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Sunday, 20 August 2017

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

8:00am Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:15am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:30am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:30am The Gathering Holy Eucharist
Sundays @ 5
August is normally a time for lazy Summer breaks, relaxing with a cold beverage, and dreaming about startups of school, football, and the normal Fall stuff.  Usually it is a relative quiet time.  This year has been nothing like normal.
The hate and violence on display in Charlottesville was startling and cause for dismay. At vestry last night, we discussed our reactions and what we could do at ODEC.  We disavowed “partisan political” alignment, which is not our calling. But we identified a Christian’s call to recognize good and evil… and what we are called to support and oppose, without alignment to some party’s ideology.  Thoughts included a need for education about what’s happening and why. We talked about the need for clarity and training so we can faithfully tell the Christian truth with courage and an articulate voice that is so needed. We need to be involved in the world and with others unlike us, particularly through serving the needs of the world (like our Outreach programs). And we emphasized intentional prayers for people to find healing and peace that will bring unity. Like we did last Sunday, we will add intentions to our Sunday prayer cycles and pursue means to have the prayers of the people better reflect the immediate needs of our world.
I was strengthened by the witness of your vestry and its resolve – that we can and must make a difference in world if we are being true to Christ’s call. Please keep these needs in your daily prayers and watch for ways Christ may be calling for you to be an agent for positive change.
There is plenty going on at ODEC this week. Tonight our Summer Wednesday Faith in Film movie is “RISEN”. Join us at 6:00 for a fine Lebanese meal from Mediterranean Cuisine restaurant. Make a donation for dinner and enjoy this biblically centered movie from last year. We finish by 8:10.  There is also a children’s movie in the Music Room – “Finding Dory” – with pizza and plenty of adult supervision. The first week went super and we look forward to another great night.
Friday night is our first softball game with our team playing a doubleheader.  Games are 6:45 and 7:45 at the Princess Anne Athletic Complex.  Join us and cheer on your friends!
Saturday is our annual pool party at Pembroke Meadows community pool (at the end of Pembroke Blvd). I’ll be there so come and let’s get wet! Details below.
I have previously mentioned the Turkish NATO families, stranded here through no fault of their own in the aftermath of last year’s coup attempt.  One family is needing a place to rent while they rebuild their life.  If you can help them find a place, it would be a blessing.  Details are below also.
In the midst of the storms of our lives, we are called to get out of the boat and trust Christ as we follow his call.  I give thanks that we are all in this together.

 Episcopal Relief & Development invites you to join The Episcopal Church to participate in the #ForSuchATime movement. On the 21st of each month through December 2018, the community is called to pray, fast and act to fight hunger and poverty around the world. What might you do to participate? Click the photo above and learn more here.
 Nottalotta Acres Urban Farm Returns!
Every 2nd & 4th Thursday in the ODEC Parking lot from 4:00pm – 7:00pm!
 Would someone you know delight in the sudden appearance of tropical birds in their yard?  Don’t miss out on the chance to bring joy, and express appreciation for someone special, while supporting the Pilgrimage fund for our J2A youth. Your $40 donation will bring a flock of flamingos descending to celebrate.
Removal of all evidence included! Contact Carol Gurioli by email with specifics!

googlemapOld Donation Episcopal Church is located just east of Independence Blvd at 4449 N. Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach, VA

Plenty of parking is available across the street in the Sentera-Bayside Hospital parking lot (weekends)

We have nursery care Sunday mornings from 7:45am – 11:45am.

8:00am – Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:15am – Holy Eucharist Rite II with hymns
9:30-10:15am – Christian Formation for all ages
10:30am – Holy Eucharist Rite II with choir
10:30am Gathering – Contemporary Holy Eucharist & children’s sermon
5:00pm 2nd Sunday  – Paws, Prayers & Praise Holy Eucharist with pets
We have nursery care Sunday mornings from 7:45am – 11:45am.

Wednesday Thursday
6:00pm Holy Eucharist 10:00am Holy Eucharist
11:00am Bible Study


4449 N. Witchduck Rd Virginia Beach, VA 23455
757.497.0563   odec@olddonation.org

What’s Happening

Wednesday Night: Faith in Film!
Come directly to the Parish Hall at 6:00pm to get your supper. “Risen” will begin at 6:10.
We will also have a movie & pizza for the children and babysitting for the really young children! The movie this evening is “Finding Dory”!
Bring the children to the Music Room and then head back to get your supper.

GriefShare 6:00pm in Alfriend House

Thursday morning
Holy Eucharist 10:00am, NO 11:00am Bible Study this week.

Get ready to Watch our Bellringers play Softball!

This Friday, 25 August: 8:45pm & 9:45pm at City View Park. Come out to cheer on our team!

Check out the full schedule HERE!


Friday, 25 August @ 5:30pm at Chili’s. RSVP to David Eckhardt!
Saturday, 26 August: EYC is off to Busch Gardens. If you don’t yet have a pass and would like to attend, please contact Marta for information and to RSVP!
Education for Ministry – EfM
EfM is a four-year study and group reflection process for the formation of Christian ministry through the development of knowledge, attitude, skill and identity as Christians. Click here for information! The group is limited to 12 members and only a couple of spaces remain.
Life Line Screening
Thursday, 24 August in our Parish Hall.
Click HERE for information and to register.
Tuesday 2017

Tuesday VBS

Wednesday 2017

Wednesday VBS

Thursday 2017

Thursday VBS

Monday Photos

Friday VBS


First Friday @ 7pm

Enjoy a night out, meet some interesting new friends, be entertained with a friendly game, just chill!

New Each Month

Each month Rev. Ashley has a special fun family night planned, appropriate to the season.  Come meet other families with young children. Always something new.

4th Friday Night

Enjoy eating out and looking for good company?  A group of twenty or so adults try a different restaurant each month.  Let us know you are coming to ensure enough seats are reserved.

Parish Calendar

Access the complete calendar for Old Donation Church with all scheduled events and services.  Find when meeting rooms are booked or available. See publishing deadlines.  It’s all here!

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