Posts from March 2015

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Holy Week Services

by Church Staff

Experience Holy Week with us.

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March 29
8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. – The Liturgy of the Palms and Holy Eucharist

April 1
2:30 p.m. – Diocesan Renewal of Clergy Vows and Blessing of Holy Oils and Holy Eucharist
6:00 p.m. – Healing Service and Holy Eucharist

Maundy Thursday
April 2
10:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist
7:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist with Ceremony of the Washing of the Feet

Good Friday
April 3
12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. – Good Friday Liturgy

Holy Saturday
April 4
8:00 p.m. – The Great Vigil

Easter Sunday
April 5
8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m and 11:15 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

Join us for Fauré Requiem

by Church Staff

By Rita Gulliksen

Please mark your calendars for March 22. At the 9:30 a.m. service, Manakin’s Chancel Choir will present the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré in the context of the Eucharist Liturgy. Naima Burrs will be our guest violinist. Many of you have asked us to sing this beautiful work again. If you were not able to hear it last year, be sure to come and listen to this beautiful requiem music and be sure to invite your friends and neighbors!

Still not Sure What Stephen Ministry is?

by Church Staff

By Birdie Lighthiser

Manakin Episcopal Church has four people who are undergoing 40 hours of training to become Stephen Ministers. Paul Davis, Jeff Lighthiser, Bryn Davis, and Birdie Lighthiser will be available for accepting care-receivers in April. This is the newest part of Pastoral Care at Manakin. In addition to all of the ways that we reach out to each other, this will provide caring at a different level. Galations 6:2 tells us, “Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.” These are laypeople who receive Christian caregiving training in their congregation and then provide one-on-one Christ-centered care to hurting people. Each Stephen Minister typically has one care-receiver at a time and meets with that person once a week. Men minister to men, and women minister to women. It is a completely confidential relationship. Who might need a Stephen Minister? People experiencing grief, divorce, cancer, financial difficulties, hospitalization, chronic illness, job loss, disabilities, loneliness, a spiritual crisis, or other life struggles. Stephen Ministers will not replace ordained clergy because there are certain tasks, duties, and responsibilities for which an ordained clergyperson is uniquely trained, qualified and called to perform. However, caring ministry is one area of ministry that pastors can delegate to or share with lay people who have the appropriate training and level of commitment. We look forward to bringing this meaningful new ministry to Manakin.

Happening #63 at Camp Chanco

by Church Staff

Happening #63, being held at Chanco March 6 – 8, still has space available and needs a few more applicants! Happening is a teen retreat for youth grades 10-12 through the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia, and if you have not been or do not know much about it – it is truly an awesome weekend. You do not have to be a member of an Episcopal Church to attend. And – if you are an adult who has never attended Happening, there is a special “fossil” group just for you! (And often the photos are evidence that they have the most fun of all!

Go to Chanco’s Facebook page for more information, and help us spread the word about this awesome weekend with any teens or adult advisors you know at your parish. It’s truly too good not to share!

Scholarship assistance is always available for all youth activities. Please speak to the Rector if help is needed.

Register Now for Camp Chanco 2015

by Church Staff

A session at Chanco is more than just a good time in the woods. Yes, there is laughter, singing, bonfires, silly skits and amazing outdoor activities, including swimming, boating, the ropes course and zip lining. But there is more. Through time spent in Christian community and lessons taught by our chaplains who are youth ministry leaders from our own diocese, your camper will have the opportunity to grow closer to God and develop his/her own faith in a unique way. There are many benefits to attending summer camp at Chanco, not the least of which are an emotionally safe environment to simply be yourself, an opportunity to be a kid spending the majority of your time outdoors and away from technological gadgets, and developing true friendships that often develop much faster as a result of living and working together in community.

The Camp Chanco 2015 flier and registration forms are available online at You may also stay tuned to our Facebook page for the latest news and photos of all Chanco programs. We can’t wait to see you this summer for the first time or for your ninth visit in Chanco’s magical forests where “friends are friends forever!”

Kroger Rewards Update

by Church Staff

As you know, the KrogerCARES program in which we participated last year was changed in the fall to a new, simpler program. The new system is connected to your Kroger Plus Rewards card, which provides discounts and specials and fuel discount points. Many parishioners have registered their Kroger Plus Rewards cards in the new program with the proceeds coming to Manakin. (The new program pays out quarterly, instead of every four weeks like the CARES system.) Under the old program, we had distributed well over 100 cards. Only 45 individuals or families have signed up for the new program. As a result, the proceeds late last year for the fourth quarter of 2014 were down from the earlier funds.

If you had difficulty signing up, it is very important for you to get involved in the new program. The simplest way for those who had trouble is to stop at Customer Service next time you’re in the Kroger store and ask for a new Kroger Plus Rewards card. As soon as you get home, go to and search for “Kroger Plus Rewards.” On that page, you should find a link for “Kroger Community Rewards.” On that page, scroll down to the listing for Virginia and click on “enroll.” Find the store you go to most frequently, click on, and follow the enrollment instructions.

Difficulty still? Let us know.

Once you are enrolled in this new version of the Kroger Cares Program, you do not need to do anything else except use your card each time you make a grocery or gas purchase. As a back-up in case you do not have your card on you at the time of purchase, you may use your phone number as an “alternate number.” This may be done at the Customer Service Desk.

It is critically important for as many of us as possible to enroll in the program. We received over $8,000 in the original pro-gram, and included $5,000 in the current year’s budget in anticipation of the proceeds from the new one. If you are not signed up, please do so right away. If you are not sure if your card is enrolled, you can go through the steps above and check the status of your card. If you have forgotten your password, you can do this with your email address only – just hit “forgot my password” and they will send you a new one.

Many thanks to all that have participate in this unique fund-raiser – and please get signed up if you have not done so!

Third Sunday Collection

by Church Staff

By Bryn Davis

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

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

• Hope Aglow, a Prison Ministry, 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.

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

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

Ladies Night Out Dinner

by Church Staff

By Beverly Whitley

The next Ladies’ Night Out will be on Tuesday, March 10, at 6:00 p.m. at Firebird’s in Midlothian. A sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board in Denny Hall.

Ladies’ Night Out is an opportunity for us to visit with each other, get to know each other better, and enjoy a meal together.

Join us for the Men of the Church Breakfast

by Church Staff

By Don Marsh

The next Men of the Church breakfast is Saturday, March 7, at 8:00 a.m. Our guest speaker will be our own Bruce Bass. He and his wife, Meredith, are owners of the Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shops in Richmond and Henrico. Bruce will be talking about “Backyard Bird Feeding and Habitat.” Please bring a friend, and enjoy a hearty breakfast, fellowship and a great presentation on local birds and bird feeding.


by Church Staff

By Bryn Davis

A big thank you to everyone who participated in CARITAS! It was a very successful evening with 42 men enjoying a hearty dinner of spaghetti, meatballs, salad, Texas Toast and homemade desserts, as well as a filling lunch to take along the next day.

Our next CARITAS date will be on Wednesday, July 8, at 5:00 p.m., so please make a note of it if you would like to join us!