Ministries
Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic many of these Ministries are no longer taking place.  We look forward to bringing back all these activities when it is considered safe to do so.
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Acolytes

Acolytes attend or serve the priest in the sanctuary during services.

Christ Church currently has two acolytes.  If neither is present, the work of crucifer, chalice bearer, lay reader, and cross bearer are all combined into one duty.  This person also leads the procession and recession at Sunday services.

At Hungars Church, a young person is scheduled to be acolyte for each Sunday service.

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Altar Guild

Altar Guild is a volunteer group of service whose ministry is to care for the altar, vestments, vessels, and altar linens of the parish.  They also order bread, wine, and other supplies as needed and frequently arrange altar flowers.  Altar Guild members serve the Church under the direction of the Rector.  The Altar Guild is a ministry of "quiet service" behind the scenes but a most critical act of service.  The objective is the same for any weekly or special service:  to make each service as perfect as possible.  We encourage participation in this important ministry and welcome women and men to join our "teams" who take pride in preparing all areas of our church for worship.

Christ Church Altar Guild Head is Jennifer Ash.  Hungars Church Altar Guild Head is Sarah Bingman.

November 2021 Updates:

"The altar is the center of the Christian Church. Around it the people of God gather to celebrate the mysteries of Christ's body and blood. That sacrament, the Eucharist, along with our baptism,  is what binds us to Christ. Whatever we do in the world to live out the Christian life -whether it be prayer, study, work for social justice, ministry to the sick, care of the dying, tending the needs of the poor, and the hungry — all Christian activities arise from the presence of Christ within us and that presence begins at a baptismal font, and gets renewed, and nourished at an altar." National Altar Guild Association (NAGA)

Christ Church Altar Guild:

Meeting- Tuesday, November 9th

at 10:30 am to meet with Rev. Janet to discuss the upcoming seasons of Advent and Christmas.  Please  invite anyone who you think might be interested in joining the Guild.  Our numbers are dwindling, but there is still the same amount work to be done to prepare for worship each week.

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Bible Study

Weekly Bible Study on Wednesdays at 10:30 am.   Rev. Janet leading a study of the up coming Sunday's Lectionary Readings. These can be found at  http://lectionarypage.net/  

Regulars and drop ins are welcome.

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Choir

Combined Choir: Activity includes both churches. The group engages in worship service only, generally the 4rd Sunday of the month or at joint 5th Sunday services.  Choir rehearsal is at 5 p.m. Thursdays at Hungars.  Choir is off during the summer.

 

Our purpose it "to add to the worship experience of the congregation"; for the choir participant there is a music education component.

Choir Rehearsal 5 - 6:30 p.m. Thursdays September through June.

Anyone interested is welcome to come to rehearsal or see Lou Negretti, Choir Director.  No experience is required; Lou is an excellent and patient teacher.

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Coffee Hour

Coffee Hour is held at both churches.  This hour is meant for fellowship. 

Hungars Church: Worship at Hungars on Sunday mornings is followed by Coffee Hour in the Parish House, a time for fellowship, fun, and food.  Members sign up to provide various refreshments, simple or elaborate.  Sandra Taylor oversees this ministry and manages the sign-up sheet for those volunteering.

Christ Church:  Beginning after service Sunday morning, coffee hour has refreshments provided by one or more volunteers who serve drinks and snacks as elaborate or simple as they wish.  Cups, plates, napkins, and utensils are provided by the church for serving.  Members sign up and are welcome to share in this important ministry.

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Fall Bazaar

Each Fall Christ Church holds its annual Bazaar, our main fund raiser for the year.  Our Bazaar truly is a congregation-wide event requiring a lot of work and cooperation.  Different items for sale are Crafts, White Elephant, Luncheon, Books, and our Country Store area. 

 

From the donated items, we choose a special something for our raffle.  We’ve also raffled off hand painted pictures from local artists.  Tickets are sold during the Bazaar for $1 each or 6 tickets for $5.

 

By far our best selling items are our Country Store, which includes baked goods, jams, jellies, soups, and casseroles.   A member of the congregation sometimes donates clams or oysters for sale.  Our Luncheon is always well-attended, where we usually serve homemade pork barbeque, baked beans, cold slaw, chips, and a drink.  Diners may eat in or take out.  Barbeque is also sold by the pint.

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Holy Smokers

The Holy Smokers is a Hungars Cure Parish fellowship and outreach committee that makes it's own pork barbeque. 

Meetings: Various members homes. 
Events: Annual BBQ sale during Garden Week (the last week in April).

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Lay Readers

Lay readers are non-ordained persons licensed by the Bishop to read during services.  They read the Lessons, can conduct Morning Prayer services, lead Prayers of the People, and administer the chalice during Holy Communion.

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The Media Task Force

December 2021 Updates:

Thanks to our Media Committee, and Elizabeth Russell, we can now donate online.

On the Hungars Cure website (www.hungarscure.org),  in the top right of the home page click on the “Give” tab.

 
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Tithings for Christ Church” or “Tithings for Hungars Church”.

 

                                           

A  new window will

open with the follow-

ing to fill out. You

may use PayPal or

Credit Card.

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Music Ministry

Hungars Cure Parish welcomes all to our free concert series held at historic Hungars Church.  The vision of the Music Ministry Committee at Hungars Episcopal church is to encourage, support, and augment the Church's mission with diverse musical opportunities for our congregation and our community.  A free-will offering supports our program and will be received in the Narthex before and after performances.  A meet-the-artists reception in our Parish House will follow each concert.  The committee schedules events and has a brochure printed annually with concert information. 

The "Visit here for dates of concerts" is the Music Ministry Facebook page.  Please feel free to leave concert reviews on Facebook.

October 2021 Updates:

Orchestra of the

Eastern Shore

Hungars Episcopal Church

Sunday, October 31, 4:00 pm


Grieg Peer             Gynt Suite No. 1
Saint-Saëns           Danse Macabre
Schumann             Cello Concerto with

                                         Rebecca Gilmore

Virginia Symphony Orchestra

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Pastoral Care Committee

Jesus asked Peter “Do you love me?” three times, each time Peter answered, “Lord you know I love you”. Jesus then said, “Then feed my sheep”.

 

Pastoral Care Committee is, a group of parishioners from both churches working to fulfill Jesus words to Peter “Feed my sheep”. We will assist Reverend Janet in ministering to members of Hungars Cure that have needs.

 

Some members of the Committee are trained and licensed Lay Eucharistic Ministers who will bring Communion to anyone not able to attend worship in person, be they at home, in the hospital or nursing home. Other members will provide caretaker assistance by bringing food or meals or staying with the homebound person, so the caretaker has the opportunity to go shopping or go to doctors appointments.  Other members will provide rides to church for those with transportation needs or provide handyman services for small tasks that are hard to do.

 

One way of looking at this new Committee is “Friends Helping Friends”, which, as members of the Body of Christ, is what we are and what we are called to do.

 

MEMBERS WILL BE RESPECTFUL OF YOUR CONFIDENTIALITY.

 

If you would like to join us or have a need, contact the Cure office (678-7837). 

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Outreach

The Outreach Committee is a Hungars Cure Parish committee. The committee assists the vestries in Outreach donations and service projects. By researching non-profit organizations on the Eastern Shore, we can recommend donations, collections or service projects. We also provide some outreach to our congregation members.

We have recommended donations to several organizations on the Shore; we have provided food on a regular basis to an Exmore soup kitchen; we have had two annual trash pickups along Bayside Road around Hungars; we have taken collections of food for the Food Bank, nutrition supplements for Eastern Shore Area Agency on Aging; school supplies for the local elementary school teachers midterm and we have collected supplies, filled and shipped Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. We have arranged for speakers from local nonprofits on Fifth Sunday joint services to make our congregations more familiar with their missions and needs.

We will continue to provide information and needs to our Vestry so they can make informed decisions about participating with them. We will continue to provide speakers at Fifth Sunday joint services. We will also plan and implement service projects for some organizations. We get input from congregation members about organizations they would like us to check into.

Meetings: We meet the fourth Monday of each month at 11 am. We meet at Hungars Parish house.

Contact: Contact the Church Office or committee chair, Nancy Gonzalez (757-678-7562 or nancyg3161@verizon.net).

Outreach Opportunities: 

Dos Santos:

Third Sunday of each month at Christ Church - provide food and clothing to migrant workers and families.

December 2021 Updates

As the year winds down, we look back on some of the ways Hungars Cure Parish has shared its abundance with our neighbors:

  • 147 boxes were filled for Operation Christmas Child.

  • Monthly baskets of snacks are delivered to Kiptopeke Elementary as a morale booster for staff.

  • We’ve supplied teams who prepare one meal each month at the Exmore Soup Kitchen.

  • We’ve planned monthly collections of items that have benefited the SPCA and the nutritional programs of the ESAAA.

  • Significant contributions have been made to support the work of Dos Santos, Habitat for Humanity, ESCC (Crandall Scholarship), Camp Chanco, Camp Silver Beach, and Occohannock-on-the-Bay.

When the Outreach Committee was formed several years ago, we hoped to increase opportunities for meaningful, thoughtful giving in many different ways. We research, assess, the needs of which we become aware, and we actively seek the involvement and input of the congregation.

 

Don’t Forget! the Red Cross Blood Drive, to be held in the Hungars Parish House on Thursday, December 9th 1-6 pm. You can sign up on-line, or contact Sue Thatcher for information.

 

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Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Hungars Cure Prayer Shawl Ministry began in 2015.  Since then, eleven women have participated and have completed eighty-four shawls.  Sixty-four of those shawls have been given to friends and family in need of comfort and our prayers.  They go to those facing major surgeries, treatments or illness.  Some have found homes with nursing home residents.  Others have gone to those  who are dealing with loss.  One went to a nursing mother and gave her baby "his own private dining room" when she nursed in public.  Another has gone to college to be a comfort against homesickness.  The shawls are given for many reasons, for any reason people need our prayers. 

 

The shawls are knitted with love and prayer.  We do not knit in a group because we see the knitting as a very personal experience.  Our knitting is a time for prayer and meditation.  Each knitter choses her own pattern and materials and each shawl created is as unique as the knitter and the person who receives it.  We also knit small "pocket prayer shawls" that can be tucked in a purse or pocket for travelers or those who don't want a full size shawl.   When a shawl is completed, it is blessed by Father Dan and the congregations continue to pray for those who receive the shawls. 

The shawls are free and everyone is welcome to take one for someone in need of comfort and prayer.  Please contact the church office or see Megan Rose-Jensen at Hungars to choose one.  If you are interested in knitting or crocheting a shawl, please contact Megan for more information.

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Real Men Sing Loud

“Real Men Sing Real Loud, phase 2” began 3 years ago with a group of 12 men who banded together to resurrect the original “Real Men Sing Real Loud” idea. The concept was men singing praises to God to spread the Gospel message. We requested a room at Hungars for Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 PM for practice. We have had 2 performances at Hungars, a dress rehearsal for our families and our first performance for the public. Since then we have performed in several of the Shore’s churches of different denominations and have travelled to Prince George County, VA and Crisfield, MD.

During our performances we sing a mix of classic and contemporary hymns and praise music. We sing with recorded music and also sing several acapella songs. One of our members gives a testimony about God’s interactions in his life and his faith journey. A free will offering is taken up and the proceeds are to be distributed annually to a worthy cause once the cost of our equipment is recouped.  

Practice at Hungars: Thursday evenings from 7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

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St. Cecelia's Guild

Christ Church's St. Cecelia Guild meets once a month on the first Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the parish house.  We are a member of Convocation 1 (Eastern Shore) of the Episcopal Church Women (ECW).  All women of the church are invited to attend our meetings.

Annual events we sponsor include a Spring Plant Sale held the same day as the Eastville town-wide yard sale.  During the Summer we hold a Card Party with lunch and prizes.  In the Fall we're all busy with the Bazaar, also held during Eastville's yard sale.  At different times during the year, we hold Bake Sales.  At Christmas our Bake Sale and Evergreen Arrangement Sale are very popular.  All money we collect is donated to various church needs and local non-profit charities.

December 2021 Updates

During coffee hour at Christ Church, they will be selling packs of blank note cards featuring a view of either the interior or exterior of Christ Church, Eastville. They are useful any occasion and helpful to have on hand. $10.00 for 4 cards, 2 of each view.

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Sunday School

Hungars Church Sunday school:  Through storytelling, parables and imagination the children learn about God and how to practice love, joy, peace, patience, kindliness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. In the summertime we learn through a group craft project. The children help serve at the annual spaghetti dinner and help fill the Operation Christmas Child boxes. During the Easter Service they place flowers on the the chicken wire cross changing it into a thing of beauty.  An Easter Egg Hunt takes place after the Easter service.

 

When: We leave for Sunday School right before the sermon.

Contact: Anyone who loves and enjoys children is welcome to teach or help with an activity. Contact Cindy Walker at 442-2830 or cswalker614@gmail.com.  The attached PDF file contains a Nursery Attendant Schedule.

Christ Church currently has no Sunday School.  If children attend services, we welcome them to sit with their parents and hope they enjoy the service.  We love having children in our church and hope at some future time to have enough interest to conduct a Sunday School.

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Thrift Shop

The Hungars Parish Thrift Shop was started in 1984 by the Rev. Harry Crandall and a group of parishioners from Christ and Hungars churches as an outreach program.  Our mission was then, as it is now, to provide low cost clothing and household items to our low income neighbors.  We not only provide a source of low cost goods to the community, but are also able to continue the outreach ministry for which we were chartered. We receive no funding, and everything we earn is given back to the community.

 

Thrift shops are an important ministry allowing those with means to share their unneeded goods conveniently and anonymously.  In doing so, it allows those without adequate means to clothe and furnish their homes while retaining the dignity of purchasing items rather than receiving charity.

 

Volunteers: The Hungars Cure Parish members staff the Thrift Shop but volunteers from the community are always welcome. Contact Marion Roe for more information.

Our hours are:  Monday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Located at 16393 Courthouse Road, Eastville, Virginia 23347.

December 2021 Updates:

For nearly 2 years, the Parish Thrift Shop has been shuttered by the pandemic. During this sleepy time many of the volunteers have moved away or “moved on”. The building that we have been using rent-free for several years was put up for sale even as demolition and renovation work begun above and around our little shop. It has been hard to envision resuming business as usual.

 

 

Dos Santos food distribution takes place at Christ Church every third Sunday where migrant workers are invited to come to the Thrift Shop to take what they can use.  We have been delighted to see so many happy customers come and go, carrying away the clothing and household items that will make life easier for them.  We have also twice opened specifically for new teachers and other staff in Northampton County schools.  We charged $3.00 for each bag taken and meeting the young teachers and chatting with them was a joy;   so many had just arrived on the shore and were eager to meet friendly non-school people and learn more about the shore.

 

On November 13th we were open to the general public for 2 hours.  The shop filled with new friends and old ones who let us know how much they have missed us.

 

Shoppers were invited to fill a bag for $5.00, and raised about $120.00. 

 

Some of the new teachers returned;  one said that her Thrift Shop purchases had been her favorite things to wear at school.

 

The Thrift Shop remains one of Hungars’ viable and useful ministries, and it will be exciting to see how the shop evolves in the future.

 

Sadly, we will be saying goodbye to our wonderful chairman, Marion Roe who will be moving in December.   For many years Marion has been managing the shop single-handedly seeing the store through many interesting times (remember the summer that fleas shut us down?) and a change in location. Through various climate challenges, and in tough negotiations, she’s been supremely competent, gracious, and well-loved, and will surely be missed.   God bless you, Marion!

 

-Ann Snyder

 

A Wonderful P.S.

We are thrilled to announce that Susan Harris has felt God’s tap on the shoulder to be the next director of the Thrift Shop. Thank you, Susan for saying YES, that this wonderful ministry can continue.

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Ushers

Members of the congregation take turns serving as Ushers each Sunday.  The formal tasks of ushers include handing out bulletins, carrying the elements of Communion up to the altar, passing and presenting collection plates, and restoring order in the pews after the service by rearranging books and removing bulletins left behind.  But the real mission of the ushers is to provide everyone who comes through the doors a warm welcome and accommodation.

 

Hungars Church ushers are scheduled by Ken Sutton.

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Vestries

A current list of Vestry members is shown.  Vestry members are elected for a three-year term at our separate Annual Meetings held in January.  Offices within the Vestry are elected by the members.

Christ Church: 

Senior Warden - Preston Trower IV

Junior Warden - Dixon Leatherbury​

Alternate Junior Warden-William Russell

Margaret MacKenzie

Susan Enzastiga

Register - Louise Boss

Treasurer - Michael Ash​​

Hungars Church:

Senior Warden -Thor Gormley

Junior Warden -Cindy Walker

Mary Floyd

Patty Kellam

Sue Thatcher​​

Nancy Bisker

Susan Stinson

Jack Wescoat

 

Sue Ingram, Register

 

​Treasurer - Croxton Gordon

Cure Vestry:

Senior Warden - Pres Trower IV

Junior Warden -Dixon Leatherbury​

Alternate Junior Warden-William Russell

Mary Floyd

Thor Gormley

Cindy Walker

Nancy Bisker

Treasurer - Natashya Freund