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Ladies’ Night Out

by Church Staff

By Beverly Whitley

The next Ladies Night Out will be Tuesday, November 10 at 6:00 p.m. at Cooper’s Hawk Restaurant, Short Pump Shopping Center. This is in a standalone building facing Broad Street in front of the shopping center

A sign-up sheet is posted in Denny Hall.

Ladies’ Night Out is an opportunity for all women who would like to visit with and get to know other Manakin women and enjoy a meal together.

Visiting Writer at October Book Club

by Church Staff

By Birdie Lighthiser

Plan to be at Manakin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, October 16 to welcome Betty Macy. She is the author of our book selection for October — Factory Man. Beth is a writer for the Roanoke Times. Factory Man emerged from her

Roanoke Times reporting on Virginia’s Bassett family and John Bassett III. She explores the grand history of furniture production in Virginia, drama and fascinating stories. Please join us that evening. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served.

Book Club Schedule for 2016

January 19—The Faith Club by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, Priscilla Warner

March 15—Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

May 17—All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Help Manakin’s Outreach Efforts: Join us for the Reach for the Stars Gala and Auction

by Church Staff

By the Gala Committee

Once again it is time for Manakin’s Annual Reach for the Stars Gala and Auction. This year this fine event will be held at Salisbury Country Club on Saturday, September 26 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Do not miss this opportunity for a fun evening with delicious food and drinks, exciting items to bid on (in both silent and live auctions), and the chance to support all of Manakin’s worthwhile Outreach causes. Bring your friends, and invite members of the community. All are welcome! Tickets are on sale now. Contact the Church Office for details.

Vacation Bible Spectacular Focuses on Clean Water

by Church Staff

During this year’s Vacation Bible Spectacular, we will be “Crushin’ It” for clean water by raising awareness and money to provide clean water systems for those in need.

Join us on Sunday, August 9 following the 10:00 a.m. service. All ages 4-years old through adults (Nursery available upon request) are welcome.

The day will feature singing, a variety of programs, prizes, games, outreach opportunities and special guests. We will enjoy a pasta bar, that includes an assortment of pastas, sauces, side dishes, bread and desserts.

The cost is $6 per person and $20 per family (maximum). All profits will go to the “Clean Water System” fund sponsored by Stop Hunger Now.

ALS Benefit is Huge Success

by Church Staff

By Birdie Lighthiser and Ginger Marsh

May 31 was the culmination of our “May is ALS Awareness Month.” After wearing our red wrist bands and praying for our Manakin members with ALS for the whole month of May, we had a Chili Cook-off to benefit our families. Thirteen chilies of every variety imaginable were tasted. Our taste buds were tickled with everything from “Bill’s Wild Chili” (with deer and bear meat) to “Confirmation Chili” (white chicken chili). Cornbread, tortilla chips, lemonade and lots of conversation and laughter accompanied our chili. $1830 was raised for our two families touched by ALS! The winning chili was made by our 2015 Confirmation Class! A huge “thank you” to everyone who worked so hard to make this event such a resounding success.

Manakin Chili Cook-off Winner

by Church Staff

By Birdie Lighthiser

Manakin’s four youth confirmands and their mentors gathered on May 30 and skillfully and lovingly prepared chili for the Manakin Chili Cook-off on May 31. This is the prize-winning recipe. Enjoy!

Confirmation Chicken Chili
2-3 lbs. cooked and shredded chicken breast
4-6 cups chicken broth
1 large onion chopped
2-4 cloves of garlic, chopped fine
2 cans Northern Beans, not drained
2 (4ozs.) can diced green chiles
4 t. fresh lime juice
2 t. cumin
1 t. cayenne
16 oz. lite sour cream

Sauté onion in oil, in large pot. Add garlic. Stir in every-thing else (except sour cream) Simmer, stirring occasionally 30-45 minutes. Taste test. Add sour cream, off of heat.

Celebrating Rev. Michael Stone’s Time at Manakin

by Church Staff

By Craig Akers

Dear Friends and Parishioners,

I am pleased to report that the planning for events to recognize Michael’s nearly eleven years of service to Manakin are nearly complete. The following events are planned:

  • June 7 – Congregational family picnic at the church for all friends and members past and present to commence following the 10:00 a.m. worship service. The main course and drinks will be provided. Bring a dish to share – look for an e-mail Genius sign-up. Come join us as we bid a fond farewell to Michael+.
  • June 28 – Michael’s last Sunday. Reception for all members past and present – no cost. To commence following the 10:00 a.m. worship service.
  • July 10 – Sit-down dinner for all friends and members past and present at Salisbury Country Club beginning at 6:00 p.m.. Cost to be $25 per person. Cash bar.

We hope that you will be able to attend one or more of these events to help us show our appreciation for and celebrate Michael’s devoted service to the Church and his decade of service with us. Please call the church office by May 31 to let her know if you will attend the picnic and how many family members will accompany you. Also contact Wendy about your plans to attend the dinner at Salisbury Country Club before June 30.

Many current and former parishioners have already responded generously to our letter regarding” Michael’s retirement “purse. Some people have yet to respond. If you are among those who have not yet responded, we look forward to hearing from you. Please send your donation to Manakin Episcopal Church, Post Office Box 241, Powhatan, VA 23139.

Vacation Bible Spectacular

by Church Staff

Join us for the 2015 Vacation Bible Spectacular – an event for all ages (4 years through adults) Sunday, August 9 after the 10:00 a.m. service (nursery available). It will last until approximately 3:00 p.m.

The Vacation Bible Spectacular will include singing, prizes, games, study, outreach and more, as well as a fabulous lunch. The cost is $6 per person with a maximum of $20 per family.

Those interested in participating are asked to sign up by July 12. A sign-up sheet may be found in Denny Hall, or you may call the church office.

May is ALS Month

by Church Staff

By Ginger Marsh

We have two families in our Manakin family that are dealing with this disease. To show our love and support to these families, red silicone bands were blessed and distributed on Sunday, April 26. We encourage each person to wear these and let it be a reminder to pray for all families that are impacted by ALS.

Then on Sunday, May 31 after the 10:00 a.m. service and confirmation, we will be having a Chili Cook-Off in Denny Hall to benefit our families. Chili tastings will be set up around the room. Vote for the best one with your donations (cash, coins, check). The winner will receive a prize. All donations will be split and will go to each family. Both families will be present that day.

Now get ready! Individuals or teams can participate! Cook your favorite recipe – enough for everyone to taste and vote – red chili, white chicken chili, vegetarian chili. You decide. Sign up to bring a chili on the bulletin board in Denny Hall. Provided that day for all: tasting cups and spoons, salsa and chips, cornbread, plus a big cake to celebrate confirmation.

If you are interested in helping with this event and/or need an ALS bracelet, please contact the church office.

Gala and Auction Update

by Church Staff

By Bryn Davis

Each year, our Gala and Auction raises money for Outreach at Manakin. Here’s a list of the organizations that received donations from the Gala proceeds:

ALS Foundation (local chapter) in honor of Priscilla Condyles and Bill Novak
Boys’ Home of Virginia (Covington)
Feed More (Central Virginia Food Bank)
Chester Food bank
Coalition of Powhatan Churches
Families of the Wounded
Family Lifeline
Habitat for Humanity
Madeline’s House
Powhatan EMS
Powhatan Free Clinic
The Resource Center
Richmond Friends of the Homeless
Riverside School (scholarship)
Robious Middle School (yearbooks)
Southside Child Development Center
Stop Hunger Now

Thank you so much for your support.