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Welcome Julia Eliades, Interim Christian Formation Director

by Church Staff

On February 1, 2017, Julia Eliades joined Manakin in a consulting role as Interim Christian Formation Director. In the days ahead, she will be reaching out to many of you as the congregation moves to strengthen and expand our Christian Formation offerings for youth and adults. You can reach Julia at , the church office at 794-6401, or her cell phone at (804) 873-0220. Please contact her and share your questions, issues, ideas, hopes and dreams for our Christian Formation program. Welcome Julia!

 

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper is February 28 in Denny Hall

by Church Staff

The Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will be held Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in Denny Hall. The Men of the Church will be cooking pancakes, sausage and warm apple slices and volunteers will be helping to set-up and serve. This event is sponsored by the Church and we are asking for donations of nonperishable food items for the Powhatan Food Pantry instead of money. See you there!

Manakin Church announces the 2017 Lenten Program

by Church Staff

The theme for this year’s Lenten program is Challenges to Christianity in the 21st Century. Our 2017 Lenten program will offer a variety of intellectually and spiritually stimulating individual presentations based on a general theme of Challenges to Christianity in the 21st Century. All meetings will start with dinner at 6:00 p.m. followed by the program and be over by 8:15 p.m. There will be five programs on Wednesdays in Lent, starting March 8. March 1, 2017 is Ash Wednesday. There will be a Rite II Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes at 7:00 p.m. but no pot luck supper on that day

March 8 – One of the biggest challenges our church has in 2017 is attracting young people. Dr. Karen-Marie Yust, Professor of Christian Education at Union Presbyterian Seminary will speak to us about changes in today’s Christian Formation programs, her experience teaching college students in today’s environment and implications for the traditional “Church School” approach. Dinner will be our usual covered dish dinner. Bring an entrée, a salad or dessert to share.

March 15 – The Episcopal Church has a five hundred year tradition of choral evensong. It is truly a wonderful, calm, quiet service that is rarely done at Manakin. We will have a Choral Evensong as our program following dinner. Families with children are encouraged to bring them to this short service. Dinner prior to this service will be provided. For less than the cost of going to McDonald’s, you can get dinner with wine, and experience this wonderful traditional service. There will be no sermon and families should be able to return home by 8:00 p.m.

March 22The Reverend John M. Kerr, retired Chaplain of the College of William and Mary will address us on “The Road Less Traveled: “How science and religion can coexist.” Rev. Kerr spoke to us last year and we are delighted that he will return this year for another intellectually challenging experience. If you missed last year, here is another chance to see what everyone was raving about.

March 29Dr. Arthur B. Gunlicks, Adjunct Professor at the University of Richmond and former Head of the Political Science Department there, will talk to us about the likely state of relations between the United States and Russia following our recent elections, and other related geopolitical issues impacting the Christian community.

April 5The Reverend Peter K. Stimpson will return with another talk to prepare us for Holy Week as he looks at societal forces impacting the Church in the 21st Century. In addition to his divinity degree he is a licensed clinical social worker who headed his own consulting firm.

Mark your calendar and plan to attend these offerings.

Join Manakin and Stop Hunger Now

by Church Staff

It’s a startling statistic. Hunger impacts nearly 800 million people around the world – that’s nearly one out of nine people. (Source: www.fao.org/3/a-i4671e.pdf). As part of its ongoing Outreach efforts aimed at providing nourishment to those in need, each January, Manakin Episcopal Church partners with Stop Hunger Now to hold a meal packing event. During these events, Manakin’s parishioners stand side-by-side with friends from the community to pack thousands of meals, which are then shipped by Stop Hunger Now to those in need.

Manakin’s 2017 meal packing event will take place Saturday, January 14, starting at 9:00 a.m. For a few hours that day, we will work together to pack more than 30,000 meals, all while enjoying great fellowship and fun.

Anyone interested in joining in the fight to end world hunger is invited to participate. All ages and abilities are welcome. There is something for everyone to do!

If you are interested in participating, you are encouraged to sign up at Manakin’s Stop Hunger Now event web site at http://events.stophungernow.org/MEC2017. You may sign up individually or sign up your entire family. Donations are welcome, but there is no fee to participate. Registering in advance helps event organizers with their planning, but if you are unable to sign up online, that’s okay! You will be welcomed the day of the event and may register when you arrive.

We look forward to seeing you on January 14!

Author Dean King to Speak at Manakin Book Club

by Church Staff

Mark your calendar, and join us on Tuesday, October 11, as we kick off the first of our fall Book Club meetings with Richmond author Dean King. King is coming to Manakin to discuss his latest book, The Feud: The Hatfields & McCoys – The True Story.

All are invited to attend and participate in what is sure to be a fascinating discussion. It all begins at 6:00 p.m., and refreshments will be served.

If you have questions about this event or would like to know more about Manakin’s Book Club, contact the Church Office.

 

The deadline for the Lawrence W. Mason Scholarship is approaching

by Church Staff

The Lawrence W. Mason Scholarship program provides scholarships to all college students from the Parish. The only qualification to be considered for a scholarship is that the student be pursuing education beyond high school.

As in the past, to be certain no one who is eligible gets overlooked, each summer we remove all the names from the scholarship list and ask anyone who is interested to reregister. This is the only way we can account for the changing circumstances of the students we are supporting. Please call Wendy by August 17, 2016 with the student’s name, the school attending and projected completion date.

Thanks to the generosity of the members of Manakin, we are able to help our young people continue their education with scholarships and to let them know their church still remembers them while they are away.

– The LWM Scholarship Fund

 

Are you registered for the Kroger Community Rewards Program?

by Church Staff

 The Kroger Community Rewards Program is the new name of the former KrogerCares program in which Manakin participates. It is connected to your Kroger Plus Rewards card, which provides gas and grocery discounts.

The simplest way to sign up is to register or reregister your Kroger Plus Card at Kroger.com and search “Kroger Community Rewards” program. This link will give you easy step-by-step instructions. If you still have a difficult time registering, give Ginger Marsh a call at (804) 639-9381.  Once you are enrolled in this new version of the Kroger Community Rewards Program, use your card each time you make a grocery or gas purchase. Kroger will then donate a percentage to Manakin.

We received $4,520.00 in 2014 and $2,215.00 in 2015 to support our operating budget. In the quarter ending May 31st, we had 18 households who enrolled in the program—down from 49 as recently as September 2015—and we will receive $136.33 as a quarterly distribution.

Many thanks to all who participated in this unique fundraising activity. Please signup if you have not done so!

 

Manakin Welcomes Interim Rector

by Church Staff

Rev_BauerManakin Episcopal Church is excited to welcome the Rev. Dr. Thomas D. Bauer as our Interim Rector. Dr. Bauer brings with him extensive experience – as an interim rector, parish priest, counselor and educator. He has served parishes in Maryland, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Virginia and the Bahamas. He was a counselor and teacher at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C. and headmaster of Grace & Peter’s School in Baltimore. In addition, he taught ethics and psychology courses at the College of William and Mary and has counseled students in Baltimore public high schools and middle schools. He’s also worked at Safe Harbor Christian Counseling, LLC and spent time as a family life counselor for Magellan Corporation, serving military bases at Fort Meade, Maryland (serving also as a chaplain) and in D.C.

Dr. Bauer graduated from the McDonogh School in Maryland, and then attended Yale University, where he graduated with a Bachelors of Art degree. He studied at the General Theological Seminary in New York City and was ordained to the Episcopal priesthood in Maryland in 1961. He went back to Yale, where, in 1965, he earned a master’s degree in Religious Sociology and Urban Studies. In 1986, he was awarded a doctorate in Developmental Psychology and Moral Education from Harvard University. He received a Certificate of Advanced Study in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University.

Dr. Bauer was married for 47 years to Ann, who passed away in 2008. The Bauers have two children, Tom Jr., who lives in Florida and manages multiplex theaters, and Margaret, who is a graphic designer in Washington, D.C. When he’s not busy helping others, Dr. Bauer enjoys singing. He is a member of the Yale Alumni Chorus and has traveled around the world with the group.

Dr. Bauer officially began his tenure as Interim Rector with Manakin on June 4, 2016.

Manakin Announces Holy Week Services Schedule

by Church Staff

For Holy Week 2016, Manakin Church will have the following services.  All are welcome!

 Maundy Thursday, March 24th – 7:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist – The Rev. Martha Jenkins

 Good Friday, March 25th – 7:00 p.m. – Good Friday Liturgy – The Rev. Martha Jenkins

 Easter Sunday, March 27th – 8:00 & 10:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist  – The Rev. Alan Coffey

In order for our whole Manakin family to celebrate together, we will not have Sunday School classes on Easter Sunday.  Child care will be available.  Additional parking available at the Huguenot Library next door.

If you have any questions about Holy Week services, please contact the church office at (804) 794-6401.

 

Many area organizations benefit from Manakin’s 2015 Reach for the Stars Gala

by Church Staff

By Bryn Davis

The 2015 Annual Gala was a huge success and resulted in over $20,000 available for Manakin’s Outreach program.  The Gala Committee met and the Gala funds were disbursed to the following organizations:

ALS Foundation (Powhatan)
Backpacks of Love
Boys’ Home of Virginia
Chester Food Bank
Families of the Wounded
Family Lifeline
Feed More
Free Clinic of Powhatan
Grace Inside (prison chaplains)
Habitat for Humanity
Powhatan Coalition of Churches
Powhatan County EMS
Rainbow Connection
Richmond Friends of the Homeless
Riverside School
Robious Middle School (yearbooks)
SCVP (Madeline’s House)
Southside Child Development Center
Stop Hunger Now
The Resource Center

A big thank you to everyone who participated in the Gala through donations, attending and/or helping with set-up and clean-up.  We appreciate your support and we’re looking forward to another successful Gala this year!   The 2016 Gala and Auction will be Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the Salisbury Country Club.  Save the date!