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Glebe Church
May & June 2024


Glebe Episcopal Church

4400 Nansemond Parkway

Suffolk, Virginia 23435

Telephone: (757) 538-8842



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SHEPHERD’S CORNER: The Rev. Donna Hines 


Thoughts from our Priest: 

Dear People of Glebe,


He is Risen! He is Risen, indeed!

“But the angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek
Jesus, who was crucified. He isn't here, for he has risen, as he said.”

Matthew 28:5

What joy we experienced as we celebrated the Resurrection of our Lord together! I am deeply grateful for the many ways in which the witness of your lives throughout Holy Week showed me the hands and feet and face of Christ.

Your devotion to the God we serve shined forth as our Sanctuary, buildings and grounds were cleaned, cared for and made beautiful unto the Lord. You offered our Agapé Meal, Maundy Thursday Service and Stripping of the Altar with love and care in the spirit of Mary Magdalene who anointed the Lord with all her heart and soul.

Good Friday we commemorated the Crucifixion of our Lord. By the virtue of His Cross, joy comes to the world. Together we celebrated with a new fire at sunrise, festive Easter Morning Services and wonderful Easter Breakfast!

Thank you all for the countless ways in which you gave of yourselves during Holy Week, as we worshipped the Lord together! My heart is filled with thanksgiving for you all!Thank you!
In just a few short weeks we will celebrate Pentecost Sunday and enjoy our Glebe


Pentecost Parish Picnic on May 19, 2024. This is a great time to invite someone new to you, a friend or neighbor to come to Glebe and experience the worship, fellowship and love of God that fills this place by the power of the Spirit. I look forward to what God has in store!

You are His Church, the beloved Bride of Christ...God bless you and keep you in His love,
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 2024


May 5          Holy Eucharist Rite II 10:00am

May 5          Book Club discussion on the book

                   The Color of Water by James McBride - after coffee hour

May 8          Prayer Shawl Group 1:30 Parish Office

May 12        Holy Eucharist Rite II 10:00am

May 16        Vestry Meeting 7:00pm

May 19        Pentecost Sunday Holy Eucharist Rite II followed by                             Parish Picnic

May 22        Prayer Shawl Group 1:30pm Parish Office

May 26        Trinity Sunday Holy Eucharist Rite II 10:00am


June 2         Holy Eucharist, Rite II 10:00am

June 9         Holy Eucharist, Rite II 10:00am

June 12       Prayer Shawl Group 1:30pm Parish Office

June 16       Holy Eucharist, Rite II 10:00am

June 23       Holy Eucharist, Rite II 10:00am

June 26       Prayer Shawl Group 1:30pm. Parish Office

June 26     Vestry Meeting 7:00pm

June 30       Holy Eucharist, Rite II 10:00am


July 7          Holy Eucharist, Rite II 10:00am

July 10        Prayer Shawl Group 1:30pm

July 14        Holy Eucharist, Rite II 10:00am

July 17        Vestry Meeting 7:00pm

July 21        Holy Eucharist, Rite II 10:00am

July 24        Prayer Shawl Group 1:30pm Parish Office

July 28        Holy Eucharist, Rite II 10:00am


Aug. 4         Holy Eucharist, Rite II 10:00am

Aug. 11       Holy Eucharist, Rite II 10:00am

Aug. 17      Vestry Retreat 9:30am

Aug. 18       Holy Eucharist, Rite II 10:00am

Aug. 21       Vestry Meeting

Aug. 25       Holy Eucharist, Rite II 10:00am

Aug. 28       Prayer Shawl Group 1:30 Parish Office

Safe Church Training


Recertifications are required every three years. Our church Safe Church Training audit is due each June 1st. Please see the information below if you need to be recertified or your initial training.


Specialized Training Workshops


This training is required for vestry members, clergy, church staff. Click here to find out if this is the training you should take.


Specialized Training May 18 June 1 June 30


Universal Training Workshops This training is suitable for Sunday school teachers and VBS volunteers (it does NOT meet requirements for vestry members, clergy, or church staff). Click here to find out if this is the training you should take.


Universal Training May 19 June 2 June 30 


All Safe Church sessions may be found on the Episcopal Dioceses of Southern Virginia’s website at 




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.


       May 1:  Marie                May 1: Ray                     

       May 8: Keith                  May 9:  Nancy

       May 9: Lucy                   May 11: Sally 

       May 12: Dick                  May 13: Chase 

       May 20: Bette                May 29: Christian 

       Jun. 5: Laura                  Jun. 6: Mark 

       Jun. 8: Skip                     Jun. 22: Laura 

       Jun. 22: Karen                Jun. 25: Richard 

       Jun. 28: Pat                    Jun. 29: Toni 

       Jun. 30: Julie .                Jun 30: Molly 




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.


      Jun. 1: Peg & Peter          Jun. 8: Hilary & Richard 

      Jun. 15: Tina & Sean        Jun. 18: Susan & Ron 

      Jun. 24: Tyann & Robert   Jun. 26: Laura & Robert 

      Jun. 28: Taya & Brian 






Glebe Church now has a defibrillator on site that may save one of our lives someday. A group of parishioners were given a demonstration on using the unit by the Suffolk Rescue Service after church on a recent Sunday, but it is important that all parishioners know of its location and have access to a similar demonstration on YouTube or on the Philips website.


The AED has been placed on the wall in the church office near the door on the church side. Please take a moment to check out its location. This location puts it about half way between Keener Hall and the church.






It is important to know that this device will talk you through all the steps. In an emergency, you don't have to remember everything or try to pull up videos at that time. Also, you can not accidentally shock someone who does not need it; the device analyzes 6 heart rhythms to determine if this process is necessary. Most important, if someone is in distress, we need you to act - call 911, and get the AED to the patient. These two things will get help in motion when minutes count.


To learn more about using the defibrillator and performing CPR, please periodically check out the following information sources: -


On YouTube: "Philips HeartStart OnSite AED Demonstration Video" -

On YouTube: "How to Perform CPR on Adults & Infants | In Case of Emergency | Mass General Brigham" -


The AED also is capable of giving instructions on performing CPR -

OnLine: "Philips HeartStart

OnSite AED User Manual

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Safe Church Audit:


We are required by the Diocese to submit our Safe Church Audit by June 1. If you have taken either the Specialized training or Universal training, please make sure to submit your certificates to me. Thank you!


Universal Training:

1.5-hour Session - for non-supervisory program participants and for those with key or code access to buildings who have limited direct interaction with those who might be vulnerable. The training is designed to cover a broad range of topics regarding vulnerability, boundaries, inclusion, power, and basic best practices to enable all to live out their Baptismal Covenant. This training is suitable for Sunday school teachers and VBS volunteers (it does NOT meet requirements for vestry members, clergy, or church staff). Click here to find out if this is the training you should take.


Specialized Training:

Daylong Session - for those who work directly with those who might be vulnerable, and those who are in supervisory, staff, or key leadership roles. This training dives deep into specifics related to sexual misconduct, boundaries, inclusion, power, pastoral relationships, and sexual harassment, and addresses basic best practices for program supervision. 


This training is required for vestry members, clergy, church staff.  Click here  to find out if this is the training you should take.


Serving the Parish:

Would you like to serve? We welcome all for would like to help make our services so special. Please let us know if you would like to serve as Licensed Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Coffee Hour Hosts or on the Altar Guild. Please see Phyllis Edwards, Reverend Donna or me if you are interested in any of these ministries.


Hubs Peanuts:

Are you missing the taste of those delectable Hubs Peanuts? You can still purchase from our remaining stock from the fall peanut campaign. We have chocolate covered, salted and a few boxes of Hubbies for sale.


Rebecca Mahoney, Parish Administrator

Glebe Episcopal Church
Telephone: (757) 538-8842 




Holy Week festivities:

A huge thank you to all for help, participation, bringing food, clean up during our Holy Week festivities. Holy Week is not for the meek and I appreciate everything you did to help make it all special.


Pentecost Picnic:

We will celebrate Pentecost with a picnic after the church service on Sunday, May 19, 2024 in Keener Hall. All picnic foods will be provided by hospitality, so just bring yourselves, your families, and special friends. Come on out and enjoy a meal and friendship. We look forward to seeing you!


The Hospitality committee will slow down a bit for the lazy days of summer. Coffee hours will continue following the church services and if you’re interested in helping out, please see me. Don’t be bashful or nervous about hosting, I am most usually available to help you out.


On a personal note, I would like to thank all of you for your care and concern during this often-difficult journey since October 2023 with Wayne’s various health issues. There’s still a way to go, but with your prayers and friendship, we’ll get through it. Thank you so much.


Coming up:

Welcome back from summer picnic. Details to come.


Enjoy your summer! Be safe! Don’t forget your sunscreen!

Debbie Eure Hospitality



Book Donations to Support the Public Library









Glebe Church History Presentation: Larry Todd 

On May 23rd, the Crittenden, Eclipse, Hobson Heritage (CE&H) Civic League will meet at Glebe Church for the third in a three-part series on Glebe's history. The presentation will include a summary of the history for those who missed previous meetings and a tour of our historic colonial church and grounds. Emphasis will be placed on the church's long history, post-Revolutionary changes in the church's architecture, and the historic event on June 4th, 1775 as the Revolutionary War was heating up when  The Reverend John Agnew was asked to leave the pulpit during his sermon calling for loyalty to the Crown. All Glebe parishioners are invited to attend the meeting and perhaps learn more about Glebe's unique history.


The meeting will begin in Keener Hall at 6:30 PM.

Sunday School Update: Theresa O’Byrne

 First, we give a Huge Thank You to our terrific Sunday School teachers! Thank you, Candi MacDonald, Mickie Esleeck and all those who helped in any way! We are wrapping up our Sunday School Season. The final dates for classes are: May 5th, May 19th and June 17th


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Kathy and Jesse Pruden will be collecting books to support the public library. They have indicated the library can use hard covers, paper backs or books on tape. The items can be new or used. Please bring your donations to church and Kathy and Jesse will take them to the library

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Please feel free to visit the Sunday School class any of those days to see us in action. We are seeking helpers so that there are always two adults with the students. Helpers

We have created a Sunday School Wish List for all that would like to contribute to Glebe’s Children’s Sunday School in that way. We are always in need of basic supplies for our kiddos.

Thinking you want to volunteer with the Sunday School but not quite sure it’s for you? No problem! Theresa, Candi and Mickie invite you to attend a Sunday School session to learn more and see our Sunday School in action. We promise, if we can do it, you can do it! Is teaching not your calling but you still want to support the program? Talk to any of us to see what other needs you can help us fill. Together we can make the Glebe Sunday School a thriving and successful program for our young members.


Glebe’s Youth Rocks Outreach Project Culmination: Theresa O’Byrne

Thank you all who helped our young scholars with the Glebe rock project and adopted a rock. We were able to use the money to offset our curriculum cost for this Sunday School season with your generous donations. We want to extend a special thanks to Lindsay Boone for donating the majority of the rocks. Thanks Lindsay!


We had a wonderful Blessing of the Rocks during service on April 28th. Our youngsters got to be part of Reverend Donna’s Blessing and come to the front of the church to show off their hard work. After church a group of us took a beautiful stroll down the walking path behind the church to place the rocks for the community to enjoy. Now all who walk the path will see the rocks and be able to appreciate our kiddos project. We hope our community will enjoy the rock gifts and experience the love that Glebe has to offer.

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Did you know?: Theresa O’Byren

The candle in the upper left corner of Glebe’s Sanctuary is a candle called the Perpetual Sanctuary Candle. In the Episcopal Church it is a symbol that represents the Light of Christ. It has a special bulb hardwired by Lawrence Edwards so that it never goes out. Even in blackouts or storms this light remains shining.

It burns continuously as a reminder that the Reserve Sacrament is in the church and always present. It is the first light lit during our Easter service, and shines all through the year. The only time its light is extinguished is during the stripping of the Altar during the Maundy Thursday service. It is a reminder that the Lord is always with us.

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The Scripture this tradition is based on can be found in Exodus 27: 20-21:

“And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always.”

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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, May 8th., May 22nd., June 12th. and June 26th. at 1:30p.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.

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.


We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.


And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up ourselves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen

The Book of Common Prayer pg. 101


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