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Glebe Church
June & July 2023


Glebe Episcopal Church

4400 Nansemond Parkway

Suffolk, Virginia 23435

Telephone: (757) 538-8842




Shepherd’s Corner: The Rev. Donna Hines      


Thoughts from our Priest:                                       


Dear Glebe Family,                                               June/July 2023


     “For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.” Psalm 95:3-5


     As summer begins are thoughts turn to the joys of being outside, picnics, sunshine, perhaps travel to the mountains or the beach. In creation, God pulls away a bit of the curtain of mystery that we might see and know God, being drawn close through our senses.


    The visible beauty of a lush mountain valley, the rhythmic sound of the tide lapping against the shore, or the feel of a gentle breeze on our skin remind us of the supernatural power of God and beauty of the earth.


     Our breathtaking world reminds us of God’s presence when are days are carefree and when our times are most difficult. Something as simple as a new bud blossoming into its full shape and color can be a moment in which God whispers, “I am with you,” to our hearts.


     As you begin your summer days, take time to take in the beauty of the earth and grow ever more aware of the touch of the Shepherd in your days!


     Together we give thanks to Brian Champigny for his great care of creation as our new landscape care provider on our own parish grounds. Thank you, Brian and all those who graciously tend our grounds! And check out our newly painted and lettered Glebe sign!

Many thanks to our Junior Warden!


     Glebe Church, I give thanks for all the ways in which you express your faith! Thank you for every item donated to our parish food drive in support of our local food pantry!


     We give a huge thank you to the Campbell family for our new underground waterline, faucet and garden sprayer for Glebe’s Columbarium gardens! Thank you, Ken and Lisa!


     You may have noticed we have been gifted a wonderful piano now in Keener Hall! We give a huge thank you to the Plowmans for the lovely gift of the piano and it’s tuning. Thank you, Ron and Susan!


     We are grateful to Debbie Eure and our hospitality team for a tasty Parish Picnic hamburger and hot dog fest with all the trimming! And a big thank you to Phyllis, Chip, Mary and Becky for keeping the grills going on a very windy Sunday! Thank you to the Prudens and Champignys for their help with the clean-up following the picnic!


     We give special thanks for seminarian, Mark Witte and are grateful for his presence to us at Glebe as he shares the Word of God with us this summer! Please be in prayer for Mark as he serves as a Chaplain Intern in his Clinical Pastoral Education at Riverside Regional Medical Center.


     We have much to look forward to together this summer! Vacation Bible School will be July 10-13 and the Baptism of Fyfe Anderson will be during our 10:00am Eucharist Service on July 16th!


     God is at work in our midst and together we give thanks for the gift of today and the joys we look forward to this summer!


Great Blessings,


Reverend Donna+









Coming Events:

         ❖ Sunday: 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II. Join us as we worship.                                                    


       Our mission as Glebe Episcopal Church is to foster a supportive family atmosphere in the historical setting left in our care and welcome all who seek God to worship and learn with us as we strive to live our lives following the example set by Jesus Christ.

Parish Life Calendar 2023

Jun. 14      Prayer Shawl Group 1:30pm Parish Office

Jun. 21      Vestry Meeting 7:00pm

Jun. 28      Prayer Shawl Group 1:30pm Parish Office

July 10-13  Vacation Bible School – Beech Grove Methodist


July 12       Prayer Shawl Group 1:30pm Parish Office

July 16       Holy Eucharist Rite II with Holy Baptism

July 19       Vestry Meeting 7:00pm

July 26       Prayer Shawl Group 1:30pm Parish Office

Aug. 9        Prayer Shawl Group 1:30pm Parish Office

Aug. 16      Vestry Meeting 7:00pm

Aug. 23      Prayer Shawl Group 1:30pm Parish Office

Sep. 10      Homecoming Service and Picnic 10:00am

Sep. 13      Prayer Shawl Group 1:30pm Parish Office

Sep. 20      Vestry Meeting 7:00pm

Sep. 27      Prayer Shawl Group 1:30pm Parish Office


Safe Church Training


Recertifications are required every three years.  Our church Safe Church Training audit is due each June 30. Please let Rebecca, Parish Administrator know of any training you have completed in the past year. Please see the information below if you need to be recertified or your initial training.


Safe Church Training Workshops

June 17 –    Specialized Training at Christ the King, Tabb

June 24 –    Specialized Training at St. Thomas', Chesapeake

June 29 –    Universal Training at St. Thomas', Chesapeake

July 8 –       Specialized Training at St. Paul's, Petersburg

July 16 –     Universal Training at St. Paul's, Petersburg

August 12 – Specialized Training at St. John's, Halifax

August 13 – Universal Training at St. John's, Halifax


Diocesan Racial Healing Workshop


Our next Racial Healing Workshop is Saturday, July 8 from 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. via Zoom.


This workshop was designed in consultation with Dr. Catherine Meeks of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing in Atlanta. Set in the context of our Baptismal Covenant and the Eucharist, the workshop invites participants to reflect on our experiences with race and its impacts, explore the stories we've been taught (and not taught), and recommit to this holy healing journey. Rather than an add-on program or box to be checked, this workshop is a vital piece of our lifelong spiritual formation, at the heart of the gospel's call.


We invite all to take advantage of this opportunity, but the workshop is required for diocesan leadership, vestries, parish staff, and members of search committees.


JUNE & JULY Birthdays


O God, our times are in your hand: Look with favor, we pray, on your servants who will celebrate a birthday this month. as they begin another year. Grant that they may grow in wisdom and grace and strengthen their trust in your goodness all the days of their lives, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


         June 5:      Laura                         June 6:      Mark 

         June 6:      Skip                           June 22:    Laura 

         June 22:    Karen                         June 25:    Richard

         June 30:    Julie                           June 30:    Molly                         

         July 6:       Mary                          July 22:      Taylor                                       July 23       Rita                           July 25:      Tina

         July 27:      Ken                           July 28:      Ron

         July 29:      Janet


JUNE & JULY Anniversaries


O God, you have so consecrated the covenant of marriage that in it is represented the spiritual unity between Christ and his Church: Send therefore your blessing upon these your servants, that they may so love, honor, and cherish each other in faithfulness and patience, in wisdom and true godliness, that their home may be a haven of blessing and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


         June 1       Peg & Peter                 June 8       Hilary & Richard 

         June 15:    Tina & Sean                 June 18:    Candi & John 

         June 22:    Susan & Ron                June 24:    Tyann & Robert 

         June 26:    Laura & Robert             June 28:    Taya & Brian 

         July 21:      Phyllis & Keith             July 22       Mary & Chip 

         July 31:      Karen & Mike 


                      It is not too late to order Glebe polo shirts!


                       We will continue taking orders for our Glebe polo shirts. If you                            would like to order shirts we have included an order form below.                       There are also order forms located in the back of the Sanctuary.        Please include your name in the chart below if you want your name on your        shirt. Thank you.






                       Name you would like imprinted on shirt______



                       Amount due $35.00 Each__________________


Payment is due at the time of order. Please drop order forms off in the parish office with cash or checks made payable to Glebe Church.

Thank you!

These will make great gifts!



New Glebe Church Directory is on the way!



                                   Please take a moment and check the information in the                                     current directory and let me know if you need any changes                               made by completing this form. If you are new to Glebe,                                   please complete the form below and email or turn it into      the office. We are striving to have the new directory completed by the end of the summer.






                 Phone Number_______________________________________


                 Email Address________________________________________







                 (please include_______________________________________

                 their birthday.)________________________________________







Rebecca Mahoney, Parish Administrator

Glebe Episcopal Church

Telephone: (757) 538-8842

Fax Phone:  (757) 538-0509


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HOSPITALITY: Phyllis Edwards & Debbie Eure


Our Glebe parish picnic was held on June 4th following the 10 AM service to celebrate the beginning of summer. We enjoyed a good meal and lots of fun! Burgers and dogs with all the trimmings were served. Thanks to all who came and most especially to those that helped with the clean-up.  


We hope you enjoy your summer. Stay safe! Don’t forget your sunscreen. 


Thank you for all the things that you do to make Glebe activities fun and successful. 

Debbie Eure 


Prayer Shawl Group


Prayer Shawl Group meets the second and fourthWednesday of the Month.

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You are invited to join our diligent knitters and crocheters or join our group for the fellowship even if you do not knit or crochet on Wednesday, June 14, June 28, July 12 and July 26 at 1:30 p.m. in the Parish Office.


All prayer shawls are blessed during a Sunday Eucharist service.


For more information, please contact Becky Mahoney via telephone: (757) 538-8842 or email: Thank you for your contribution to the wonderful ministry. Also, if you know someone who needs a prayer shawl, please let Rev. Donna know.



Submitted by: Larry Todd


Update on the Bennett Creek Historical Society


         For those who may not yet recognize the name Bennett Creek Historical Society (aka BCHS),  it is the newly formed 501(c)3 organization that will make it more inviting and possible for private and public grantors and donors to make tax deductible donations for the church's planned history related facilities to promote public awareness and understanding of the unique history of Glebe Church and the Bennett Creek communities.  At the present time, grant applications are being prepared for the creation of a history trail with interpretive historic markers throughout the three graveyards on the church property. 


         In the not-too-distant future as the proposed expansion of Nansemond Parkway gets closer to becoming reality, the BCHS will seek funding to create a roadside parking area where our history can be displayed combined with making the driveway entrance and egress more convenient and as safe as possible with turn lanes.


         Currently the BCHS is working to assure that the graveyard areas north and west of Keener Hall are kept mowed and maintained.  The intent, at this phase, is not to maintain a manicured lawn, but to prevent the recurrence of high growing plants and shrubs.


Please consider becoming a participant

         Anyone from Glebe or the general community is welcome to participate in the Bennett Creek Historical Society.  Meetings occur as needed every 2-3 months and all participants are welcome to attend. Please contact Richard Todd, BCHS president, at 757-484-7199 or at if you would like to become a participant in the BCHS or if you have any questions.  BCHS participants pay no membership fees.  Participants with an interest in Glebe Church's history, its historic cemeteries and the history of the local area can help make BCHS successful in meeting its goals.


Donations are welcome

         Also last, but not least, please consider making tax deductible donations that are vitally needed to maintain our historic property and to assist with the above efforts.  Donations are currently needed for mowing and maintenance work, preservation of headstones that we continue to discover after their centuries of turf coverage, and for the facilities that will interpret our fascinating history.


         Very few churches in Virginia and the U.S. have a history dating as far back as Glebe Church, especially with its glebe farm that dates back to a king's grant in 1636.  Glebe Church is the only known church in Virginia, and likely the country, that still possesses its original colonial glebe land.

For Joy in God's Creation

We give you thanks, most gracious God, for the beauty of

earth and sky and sea; for the richness of mountains, plains,

and rivers; for the songs of birds and the loveliness of flowers.

We praise you for these good gifts, and pray that we may

safeguard them for our posterity. Grant that we may continue

to grow in our grateful enjoyment of your abundant creation,

to the honor and glory of your Name, now and for ever. Amen.


The Book of Common Prayer, pg. 840

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