Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Seminarian to Join ESC Staff

We are very pleased to announce that seminarian Anne Zobel will be joining us for the next two years as a part of her professional Field Education placement. Anne has been assigned to us by Bishop Haynes for ministry development and mentorship. She will be incorporated into the ESC community starting in the Fall of 2021.

Anne and her husband Dave met and were married at Eastern Shore Chapel and she is thrilled to get to reconnect with her former faith family at ESC. Anne is in the process of completing her first year of graduate studies at Bexley Seabury Seminary in Chicago, IL. Bexley Seabury offers a hybrid method of seminary education with a blend of online coursework interspersed with weekends in Chicago. (The Rev. Melody Perdue is a recent graduate of Bexley Seabury.)
 
Anne is pursuing a new model of ministry called the bi-vocational priesthood. God willing, she hopes to continue in her private practice as an LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) while serving parishes that may not be able to afford a full-time rector. Her work at ESC will be supervised by The Rev. Cameron Randle.
 
Welcome Anne!

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

All Aboard for Adult Confirmation

Our gospel reading from St. John for this coming Sunday portrays Jesus as the true vine, with God the Father described as the vinegrower. A chief characteristic of the divine vinegrower is to prune the branches (churches, parishes, individuals?) to enable the unfettered production of fruit.

If you are interested in experiencing a more productive and rewarding spiritual life, it may be that formally and publicly aligning oneself with the teachings of Jesus is a step in that direction. Any adults interested in exploring Confirmation (confirming the essence of baptism and a profession of faith in Jesus as Christ and Savior) are invited to prepare by joining in a series of conversations to be held in May and June.
 
Please contact Fr. Cameron or Rev. Melody if you are drawn to this dialogue. Bishop Susan Haynes will be officiating at a Confirmation service scheduled for Sunday, July 11 at Eastern Shore Chapel. If your faith background is Roman Catholic or Evangelical Lutheran, you would be Received (rather than Confirmed) into the Episcopal Church.
 
For those who are already confirmed Episcopalians, but are seeking a deeper relationship with God and a renewal of commitment to that process, you may wish to Reaffirm your faith when Bishop Haynes visits.
 
To discuss or obtain more information, please contact our clergy at 757-428-6763.
 
“May the Holy Spirit, who has begun a good work in you, direct and uphold you in the service of Christ and his kingdom. Amen.”  (The Book of Common Prayer, p. 419)

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Worship Hours Extended Through May

Regathering for collective worship continues at Eastern Shore Chapel, with singular Sunday services at 10:30 AM extended through May 30, 2021. Please join us for Holy Eucharist at 10:30 AM on Sundays, either in person or via livestream on our YouTube channel. For those opting to attend in person, please continue to register in advance of each Sunday service.

Looking forward: Sunday, May 9 is Mother’s Day. Sunday, May 16 is a special Youth Service, planned and conducted by our youth confirmands. Sunday, May 23 is Pentecost, with the sacrament of Holy Baptism. 
 
Communion Kits Go Out This Saturday
 
If you plan to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion at home or elsewhere while viewing our livestream services, please know that members of ESC Altar Guild will be distributing communion kits “to go” this Saturday, April 24, from 9 AM until 11 AM.

Simply drive through the parish parking lot this Saturday morning to receive the consecrated elements for future use. Altar Guild members will be stationed in front of the main entrance. Our thanks to Altar Guild for this extra effort in keeping us all connected!
 

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Bishop Haynes To Visit ESC; Adult Confirmands Welcome

Our diocesan bishop, The Rt. Rev. Susan B. Haynes, will pay her first episcopal visit to Eastern Shore Chapel on Sunday, July 11, 2021 at a service time to be announced. Bishop Haynes will join us to officiate at a Eucharist celebrating the sacrament of Confirmation. A number of ESC youth and their mentors have been preparing for Confirmation for several months.

If you are an adult who is interested in knowing more about Confirmation in your own life, and have not been previously confirmed in the Episcopal Church, please contact Rev. Melody or Fr. Cameron for information about the process leading to Confirmation on July 11. (mperdueseasternshorechapel.org or crandle@easternshorechapel.org).
 
During May and June, adult confirmands will explore the implications of Confirmation in a series of flexible and convenient conversations with clergy. If you aren’t formally affiliated with the Episcopal Church, please give prayerful consideration to doing so this summer.

Opportunities for pastoral care training

By Rev. Melody Perdue

Have you ever walked into a situation with someone who is in need and wondered, “What do I say?” or “How do I pray?”

As we open our doors both for worship and ministry, I would like to invite members of Eastern Shore Chapel to join me in a Pastoral Care Training program offered through the School for Christian Faith and Leadership in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. This course is ideal for those interested in Lay Eucharistic Visitation, our healing prayer ministry, our Pastoral Care Response teams, or anyone seeking guidance to better care for others. If you have been trained in Stephen’s Ministry, this is a great refresher course.

This course will be offered on zoom Monday evenings beginning Apr 19th, from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, and will be taught by Rev. Joan Crittenden.

Over this six-week course learn the basic and advanced skills of pastoral care. Care for one another is a calling of the body of Christ. In this biblically grounded training, participants will explore a biblical model of care, basic and advanced skills of pastoral care, guidelines for home and hospital visitations, and the value of prayer.

  • Week 1: Biblical Basis for Pastoral Care
  • Week 2: Basic Skills for Caring
  • Week 3: Advanced Skills for Caring
  • Week 4: The Use of the Bible and Guidelines for Home Visitation
  • Week 5: Pastoring in the Spirit
  • Week 6: Caring for People in Crisis

The Rev. Joan Crittenden is a deacon in the Episcopal Church currently serving at Christ Church in LaPlata, MD and Christ Church in Wayside, MD, a volunteer chaplain at Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center and a palliative care chaplain at SagePoint Senior Living Services. She also serves as an end-of-life doula. Deacon Crittenden is on a mission to help prospective lay caregivers develop good pastoral care skills.

To register, click here or email Rev. Melody at mperdue@easternshorechapel.org


Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Invitations to Prayer

By The Rev. Melody Perdue

“When you call out to me and come to me in prayer, I will hear your prayers. When you seek me in prayer and worship, you will find me available to you. If you seek me with all your heart and soul, I will make myself available to you,’ says the Lord” (Jeremiah 29:12-14).
 
As we enter this season of regathering and reconnection, I invite you to several opportunities to gather and pray, individually and alongside one another. As we prepare for “in-person” gatherings and the joy of being fully present with one another, and present in our sanctuary, I’ve thought of the longing expressed in the words of Psalm 27:
 
“One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple…Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me. My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek.” (Psalm 27:4, 7-8)
 
Dwelling. Seeking. Gazing. The longing to see God’s FACE. When I think of looking into someone’s face (a poignant image given our year of masked faces) I think of being fully present with and to another person. Seeking God’s face in prayer is an opportunity to be fully present with and to God. In return, God promises to hear our prayers and be available to us. God also longs for “face-time” with us.
 
Maundy Thursday Night of Prayer
 
Click here to sign up online. We invite your presence in the parish sanctuary and to sign up for an hour shift of our Night of Prayer as we prepare for Easter Sunday. There will be creative prayer stations set up in the narthex (entryway to the sanctuary) as well as guides for quiet, personal prayer. All ages are welcome and family participation is encouraged. If you have questions or need help signing up, please contact Rev. Melody at mperdue@easternshorechaple.org or Patti Glowatsky at pglowatsky@easternshorechapel.org.
 
Intercessory Prayer Ministry
 
We invite you to join a team of people who regularly pray for the church. Also known as our prayer chain, these individuals commit to praying throughout the week for those on our parish prayer list, and the special needs and concerns of this congregation and community. If you would like to receive bi-weekly updates of our prayer needs, please email Rev. Melody Perdue (mperdue@easternshorechapel.org), to be added to the list of those who receive prayer requests.

Noonday Prayer in Holy Week

On Monday through Friday in Holy Week at 12pm, there will be an in-person service of prayer in the Sanctuary. No registration is needed to attend these services. Members of Eastern Shore Chapel will lead the service and offer a brief homily. We would like to thank those who have offered to lead us in prayer and reflection, and invite you to pray with us:
  • Monday 3/29 – Harold Williams
  • Tuesday 3/30 – Allison Ward Johnson
  • Wednesday 3/31 – John St. John
  • Thursday 4/1 – Lee Davis
  • Friday 4/2 – Deborah Quam

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Regathering Plans Are Underway

By The Rev. Cameron Randle, Rector

We are moving toward a resumption of indoor in-person worship at Eastern Shore Chapel after the year-long disruption brought about by last year’s onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yesterday, Bishop Susan Haynes lifted the restriction on indoor in-person worship and other church-related gatherings throughout the Diocese of Southern Virginia. Today, we rejoice and continue to discern the best and safest way forward for our specific faith community.

Clergy and vestry leaders, including members of our Parish Health Equity Group, are formulating plans to return to indoor in-person worship in time for Holy Week and Easter Sunday. We will NOT resume indoor in-person worship before Palm Sunday on March 28. Our prerecorded virtual worship services, posted on the YouTube Channel, will continue for the foreseeable future, even if/when we meet in person during Holy Week and Easter Sunday.

Please remain attentive to parish announcements in the Chimes and other sources, including our parish website at easternshorechapel.org. Details about Regathering plans and protocol will be conveyed in coming days. Many restrictions and limitations will be necessary in order to safely conduct indoor in-person worship services.  

Meanwhile, the sentiment expressed in one of our Lenten Bible study passages is more relevant to us than ever before: “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul.” (III John 1:2)