Posts from February 2015

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Spring Arbor and Brookdale Midlothian: Manakin’s Lay Ministry

by Church Staff

By Martha Steger

Manakin’s team for lay ministry at Spring Arbor and Brookdale Midlothian (formerly Southerland Place) does Eucharistic services the first Sunday of every month at 1:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m., respectively. A couple of our team members got involved because they remembered their relatives’ experiences at assisted-living centers – and how church services meant a lot to them. Just our presence – with greetings to the 12-14 individuals as they enter for services – brings a bit of the outside world to them; occasionally, they bring a visiting friend or relative with them.

We do a Communion service with scriptural readings. As with our Manakin services, residents have the opportunity to pray openly or silently for those they wish to remember. They also enjoy singing, so we sing four hymns as part of the service. We also provide homilies or reflections.

Anyone who would like to join us the first Sunday of the month is most welcome.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

by Church Staff

By Jo Blandford

Mark your calendars now! The Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, sponsored by the youth of Manakin, will be held Tuesday, February 17. We will serve pancakes and sausage and from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The cost will be $4 per person, not to exceed $12 per family. Money collected will go to Stop Hunger Now.

Giving Back to the Community

by Church Staff

By Birdie Lighthiser

We had a wonderful New Year’s Eve with our guests down at Greater Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. We fed a delicious, hot lunch to about 175 people. The many smiles and trips back through the serving line for seconds and sometimes thirds demonstrated how much lunch was enjoyed. Thank you to the many people who prepared food and served food. I appreciate you. Richmond Friends of the Homeless appreciate you. And our guests at Greater Mt. Moriah Baptist Church appreciate you.

We serve these meals in partnership with Richmond Friends of the Homeless, a non-profit organization that reaches out to some of the area’s most marginalized people. We are honored to serve at this site every fifth Wednesday. Our next fifth Wednesday is April 29. Our Outreach Commit-tee sponsors this loving and life-giving ministry.

In addition to the hot lunch that was served on December 31, we donated many warm clothes and teddy bears to the children who were there that day.

Support the Souper Bowl of Caring

by Church Staff

By Susie Stone

On Sunday, February 1, Manakin’s youth will be collecting donations after both the 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and before the 11:15 a.m. worship services to benefit Richmond Friends of the Homeless.

This annual campaign was started by the Boy Scouts in South Carolina many years ago and has benefited local soup kitchens all across the United States. Money collected that morning will help Richmond Friends of the Homeless provide as many as 3300 nourishing meals to those in need on a weekly basis here in the Greater Richmond community!