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Sunday, 17 December 2017

Third Sunday of Advent – Rose Sunday

8:00am Holy Eucharist, Rite I

9:15am Holy Eucharist, Rite II

10:30am Holy Eucharist Rite II

10:30am The Gathering, Holy Eucharist

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

John 1:6-8,19-28

 Canticle 15

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Ho, Ho, Ho!

Today is the Feast of St. Nicholas… martyr and bishop of Myra (Turkey). Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, repentant thieves, children, brewers, pawnbrokers and students in various cities and countries around Europe. He was one of the bishops at the Council of Nicea in 325, where legend has it that he got into a fist-fight with Arius the heretic. Stories about his secretive gift-giving led to him becoming the forerunner of today’s Santa. He was just with us Sunday in the Gathering to tell the children some of his stories (not about striking Arius) and help them hear the gospel of God’s love that is the foundation of this season.

This coming Sunday we will be graced with a visit from our friend, Rabbi Israel Zoberman. Israel and I will present a conversational sermon at 8:00 and 10:30 in the Church. At 9:15 I preach on my own, while Israel is teaching about the Hebrew prophets and God’s Truth in “Power Hour”. Fred is in the Gathering. Advent worship is the tops!

Pete Owens’ funeral is Saturday at 2:00 with reception to follow. Pete taught many of us important lessons about life and faithfulness. Come and give thanks to God for his life.

Tonight several vestry commissions are meeting. Worship at 6, supper at 6:30 and meetings from 7-8:00. You are always welcome to be part.

See you around the kingdom!


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 Sentara-Bayside Hospital parking lot on weekends and evenings.

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

8:00am – Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:15am – Holy Eucharist Rite II
9:30-10:15am – Christian Formation for all ages
10:30am – Holy Eucharist Rite II with choir
10:30am The 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 Evenings – Resumes in January

6:00pm Holy Eucharist; 6:30pm Supper; 7:00pm Adult Studies

GriefShare 6:00pm in Alfriend House

Thursday Mornings

Holy Eucharist 10:00am, Bible Study at 11:00am.

 Young Adults Group

Thursdays, 5:30pm – 7:00pm. See Mother Ashley for information.

 Nottalotta Acres Urban Farm
Thursday, 7 & 21 December in the ODEC Parking lot from 4:00pm – 6:30pm!


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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