Posts from December 2014

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Stop Hunger Now – Food Packaging Event

by Church Staff

By Paul Davis

On Saturday, January 17, 2015, our Manakin community will team up with Stop Hunger Now ( for our fifth meal packaging event. We will work together for a few fun-filled hours and package more than 30,000 meals to help with international hunger relief. This is a worthwhile and enjoyable project in which people of all ages can fully participate. Monetary donations are welcome. Please see the “collection jar” in Denny Hall. If you want to participate, please sign-up online at

Richmond Friends of the Homeless

by Church Staff

By Birdie Lighthiser

Our next hot lunch preparation and feeding for Richmond Friends of the Homeless at Greater Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, adjacent to Gilpin Court, in the City of Richmond will be on Wednesday, December 31, New Year’s Eve! What a wonderful way to end 2014! Food preparers and servers are needed as we provide a hot lunch to about 250 working poor and homeless. This will be a feeding where a number of children will be our guests since school is closed at that time. There will be a sign-up poster in Denny Hall on the bulletin board. Thank you so much your continued support to this ministry.

Richmond Friends of the Homeless Hot Lunch Feedings for 2015.
Mark your calendars now!
April 29
July 29
September 30
December 30

Christmas Eve Services

by Church Staff

Manakin will celebrate Christmas with three Christmas Eve services.

4:00 p.m. – Pageant and Holy Eucharist
7:45 p.m. – Carols By Candlelight
8:30 p.m. – Holy Eucharist

The Importance of Pastoral Care

by Church Staff

By Birdie Lighthiser

We are all part of the Pastoral Care Committee. Everything we do for each other in our times of difficulty (and sometimes joy!) is pastoral care. We look after each other. The people of Manakin are a church family, and we take care of our family members.

The Pastoral Care Committee reaches out to our Parish in several ways:

Manakin Prayer Vine – Anyone can be on this e-mail list that sends out prayers upon request. They can be anonymous or not. We believe strongly in the power of praying for each other!

Prayer Pagers – These are available upon request. If you or someone you know is experiencing a hard-ship, the congregation is given a pager number and every time someone remembers you in prayer and call the numbers, the pager lets you know.

Transportation – We offer rides to appointments, treatments, outpatient surgeries, prescription pick-ups, etc.

Caring Communication – Cards, phone call, visits, e-mails…just to stay in touch and let people know you care and are available.

Lawn Care – Our Men of the Church will graciously assist members of our family upon request.

Gracious Gourmets – this list of kind and generous people willingly take meals to people in need.

Stephen Ministry – The newest way we can help! Paula Price has been trained in this national lay-led pastoral ministry and will be training Stephen Ministers for us beginning in January.

If you are interested in helping in any areas that have been mentioned, please contact the church office.

Helping the Community through Third Sunday Collection

by Church Staff

By Bryn Davis

The Third Sunday collection is going very well, thanks to your faithful support.

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

The Powhatan Food Pantry is in great need of the following: peanut butter, chunky soups, tuna fish, canned spaghetti, and ravioli. Other items needed are: spam, flour, sugar, pancake mix, cooking oil and any other non-perishables 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 bed-ding such as old towels and sheets.

Buy a Manakin Christmas Ornament

by Church Staff

Our church ornaments are back…just in time for Christmas!! It is a 3-inch, solid pewter ornament that can be engraved for free on the back. It comes with a red satin ribbon for hanging and a gift box (or buy a little wooden hanger for $2.00 to display all year). Virginia Pewtersmith assisted in the design of our ornament. Each ornament is $15. It is a great idea for anyone who is a member, a child who was baptized, or a couple who was married in our Church.

Advent Lessons and Carols

by Church Staff

The choir is pleased to present a service of Advent Lessons and Carols. Our special guest musician will be the talented violinist, Naima Burrs. Please join us on Sunday, December 14, at 4:00 p.m. A reception will follow in Denny Hall.

Dollars for Donuts for our Christmas Families

by Church Staff

By Jo Blandford

Please help the Youth of Manakin raise $350 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 Krispy Crème Donuts for you to take home and enjoy or give as gifts. $10 per dozen.
• Buy 1, 2, 3 or 4 dozen – you know they are that good! They freeze well!
• There is 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!

Join Manakin for its Founders’ Day Festival

by Church Staff

Join Manakin Episcopal Church for its Founders’ Day Festival on Saturday, December 6 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The theme of the day is Family Life in the 1850s and 1860s.

Founders Day will include presentations on a variety of topics, including:
• Civil War years in Chesterfield
• Author Wilford Kale, “A Very Virginia Christmas”
• Beginnings of the Black Church in America: Absolom Jones & The Free African Society
• Presentation on Historical Quilts of the 19th Century
• The Role of Episcopal Church in the 1850s & 1860s

The day will also include children’s arts, crafts and games; children’s programs by The American Civil War Center at Tredegar; music by The Manakin Rovers; a Civil War re-enactors’ encampment; tours of the Huguenot Chapel and Headquarters/Library; shopping with local artisans; food; and more.