Posts from November 2014

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Advent Lessons and Carols

by Church Staff

Mark your calendars for the annual Advent Lessons and Carols on December 14 at 4:00 p.m. at the church. There will be a reception following the service.

A Day for History, Fun and Celebration

by Church Staff

Join us for our 2nd Annual Founders Day Festival at Manakin. This year’s theme is “Family Life in the 1850 & 1860s.” It will be held Saturday, December 6 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and will feature music, games, and food. Shop for unique Christmas gifts from local vendors, and attend talks and demonstrations about Civil War era family life in Central Virginia.

The Resource Center’s Annual Banquet: “Honoring Excellence in Ministry”

by Church Staff

Manakin’s honoree for the 2014 Resource Center’s banquet during which we honor excellence in ministry is Priscilla Condyles. Priscilla is being recognized for her lifelong leadership in ministry and devotion to God’s work.

Come join us at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 21 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center as we celebrate Priscilla and the work of The Resource Center. The banquet also will feature The Inclusion Choir, with singers from Churches from all over the Greater Richmond Area, and a silent auction.

Tickets are $50 and are available through the Church Office through November 10. Ad Space in the Program also is available for those wishing to offer congratulations to the honorees and/or to show support of the Center.

Dollars for Donuts for our Christmas Families

by Church Staff

By Jo Blandford

Help support Dollars for Donuts, sponsored by the Youth of Manakin to raise money for two needy families. Please help us raise $300 or more so we can buy Christmas gifts and clothes for two Chesterfield families who would not have a Christmas without us. Here is how you can help:

• On December 7 after church, we will be selling hot and fresh Krispy Crème Donuts for you to take home and enjoy or give as gifts.

• Buy 1, 2, 3 or 4 dozen – you know they are that good! They freeze well!

• Starting November 9, we will have an offering box in Denny Hall for extra donations before the donut sale on December 7.

Note: Any extra funds will go to Stop Hunger Now! Thanks for your help as we use our hands to do God’s Work!

Raise Money for Manakin When You Shop

by Church Staff

Thanks to everyone who has registered their Kroger Plus Rewards card to funnel contributions to the Church. If you have not yet signed up for this program that replaced the KrogerCARES cards, please do so as soon as possible. This is a much simpler way of getting funds for the Church, as it does not require loading cards or anything else once your Rewards card is registered. If you need help getting your card registered, please call the church office.

If you don’t have the Rewards card, you can get one effortlessly at the customer service counter. You will still need to register it online. The Kroger programs have provided us with many thousands of dollars, and that will continue provided we all sign up and use the Rewards card each time we shop there. They will continue to gives 5% from every purchase (food, gift cards for shops and restaurants, and Kroger gas included.) Thanks for your participation!

Making an Impact Thanks to Your Support

by Church Staff

By Bryn Davis

The Third Sunday collection is going very well; thanks to your faithful support. Our needs include:

• Hope Aglow, a Prison Ministry, which needs Bibles in any condition, men’s ties and new white shirts.

• The Powhatan Food Pantry—They are in great need of the following: peanut butter, chunky soups, tuna fish, canned spaghetti, ravioli. Other items needed are: spam, flour, sugar, pancake mix, cooking oil and any other nonperishables you would like to contribute. If you are shopping and see these items on sale, please pick up a can/jar or two!

• Backpacks for Love, which provides children with easy-open items such as granola bars, beanie-weenies, Vienna sausages, fruit cups, etc.

• Chesterfield County Jail, which can always use old magazines and books for their library. Please make sure to remove any address labels.

• Richmond Animal League, which is in need of bedding such as old towels and sheets.


by Church Staff

What is JobSeekers?
JobSeekers was formed by Episcopal churches in Convocation VII in March, 2009, to provide those unemployed or underemployed with resources for landing a job and emotional and spiritual support while they’re looking. Since then, JobSeekers has helped more than 400+ people with their job search and preparations. JobSeekers volunteers assist participants with reviewing resumes; assessing skills and strengths, preparing for interviews, correspondence, and networking tips. What JobSeekers appreciate is receiving not only information about the mechanics of job searching but compassionate support. The size of the group allows real fellowship and camaraderie. Five years and still going strong!

Who are JobSeekers?
JobSeekers are members of your community. They are fathers, mothers, recent graduates, retirees. How they lost their job varies. Some were given little or no notice. Some spent the last several months hoping it wouldn’t happen to them. Some have lost their health insurance, have fallen behind on their mortgage and car loans. Most are trying to reassure their spouses and children and trying to keep life running as normally as possible, while the panic grows. They are trying to figure out how to get past online application processes to meet with a real human being.

When does JobSeekers meet?
JobSeekers meet weekly on Monday mornings at 10:00 a.m. to kick start their week of job search. The meeting is held in Pinder Hall at The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Midlothian (corner of Winterfield and Salisbury Rd). All help is provided FREE of charge.

Who is here to help JobSeekers?
Currently the team of top notch committed HR professionals providing assistance includes Bruce Weinert spent 30 years in Corporate Outplacement as a Career Transition Consultant. He has counseled hourly personnel, managers and executives in the greater Richmond metropolitan area and many cities throughout Virginia, innumerous states, and in London, England. William L. VanArnam, “Bill”, who is a retired Human Resources Executive from Philip Morris USA (Altria) with 30 years of experience in HR. During his career, Bill had responsibility for recruiting, hiring, supervisory training and executive development in addition to other HR functions. Roy McLeod has extensive HR experience in the Richmond area has over 25 years experience as a career transition consultant in the corporate outplacement field. He has worked with hourly, management and executive employees with major companies in this area.

What can you do?
First, encourage those who are job searching to come to the Monday morning meeting once. They will return again due to the help and support available here. They quickly learn they are not alone in their search and will pick up search clues and tips from their attendance.

If you know of someone who may want to attend, please let us know. Feel free to just come.

Hot Lunch Feeding for Richmond Friends of the Homeless

by Church Staff

By Birdie Lighthiser

As you read this, we have finished our fourth hot lunch feeding down at Greater Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, adjacent to Gilpin Court in downtown Richmond. We have prepared and served more than 800 hot, nutritious lunches to homeless and working poor…men, women and children…since we began this ministry in the beginning of 2014! This was a new program that was added to the many deserving organizations that our Outreach Committee supports! THANK YOU to all who have helped make this happen. Thanks to all who helped on October 29. Our next fifth Wednesday feeding will be on December 31….New Years Eve!

We provide these meals in partnership with Richmond Friends of the Homeless, a nonprofit organization that reaches out to some of the area’s most under served in our population. The organization was started in 1986 and is supported solely by private donations. The founder and director is Shawnee Hansen. She and her daughter Camille run two feeding sites in metro Richmond. We feel honored to be a part of this loving and life-giving ministry!

Call for Help with Pastoral Care

by Church Staff

By Birdie Lighthiser

Thank you to all who have participated in our Pastoral Care ministry this past month. Meals, phone calls, visits, prayers, e-mails, cards, and other acts of caring and kindness are greatly appreciated. We do have a need for additional people on our Gracious Gourmet list as well as anyone who might be willing to help with transportation (for doctor appointments and treatments) and anyone who could visit with shut-ins so that caregivers can have a few moments out. Please remember that YOU are the Manakin Pastoral Care Committee!

Bake Sale during Founders’ Day

by Church Staff

By Tricia Kohlbeck

The Women of the Church will sponsor a bake sale during the Founders’ Day Celebration on Saturday, December 6 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.. A sign up sheet will be posted in Denny Hall on Sunday, November 2 and remain there throughout the month. Please consider contributing baked goods for purchase. Suggested items are cakes, cookies, breads, pies, or rolls. Items for sale should be brought to Denny Hall on Friday, December 5 no later than 2:00 p.m. An area will be designated for “Bake Sale Drop-off.” If your item needs to be refrigerated, please place it in the refrigerator and note that it is for the bake sale.

Since we will have a snack bar, the Founders’ Day Committee is suggesting that small items for immediate consumption not be included. Whole items that can be taken home and used or frozen for holiday use are suggested.