Posts from April 2015

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Join Us for Holy Week

by Church Staff

Experience Holy Week with us.Palm-Sunday-Altar-(close-up-web)

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

The Time to Register for Camp Chanco 2015 is Now

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.

Camp Chanco 2015 flier and registration forms are available at

Note: Financial assistance is always available for all youth events. Contact the Rector for more information.

Manakin’s Youth Blown Away by Ski Trip

by Church Staff

By Drew Wilson

During the weekend of Saturday, February 22, Manakin’s youth went skiing at Wintergreen. It snowed, there was a steady wind exceeding 20 mph, and there were wind gusts that pinned children and adults alike into their ski lift seats, sometimes causing them to be parallel with the ground. Apparently these are ideal skiing conditions. Except for brief breaks for lunch and to thaw their hair, the children were on the slopes all day. Some even closed down the slopes at 10:00 p.m. The kids did a great job staying together in groups and looking out for one another. Thirteen young people and five chaperones attended the ski trip. All had a wonderful time and enjoyed fine food, fellowship, and accommodations. A special thanks, as always, to Chandler Williams and Dave Millen. Without their generous hospitality, the trip would not have been possible.

Souper Bowl of Caring

by Church Staff

By Birdie LIghthiser

The Youth of Manakin collected $530 from parishioners on Super Bowl Sunday for the Souper Bowl of Caring. This money was graciously accepted by Richmond Friends of the Homeless, one of Manakin’s Outreach Ministries.

On behalf of Richmond Friends of the Homeless, thank you for your generosity.

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.

Hot Lunch Feeding at Greater Mt. Moriah

by Church Staff

By Birdie Lighthiser

Our next hot lunch feeding at Greater Mt. Moriah Baptist Church will be on Wednesday, April 29. Manakin, in partnership with Richmond Friends of the Homeless, prepares a hot meal and serves it to about 250 homeless and working poor. The program is located at 913 N. 1st Street (adjacent to Gilpin Court in the City of Richmond). Feeding is from 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Volunteers need to be there about 45 minutes early. Sign-up sheet are on the bulletin board in Denny Hall.

This is one of the many ministries of Manakin’s Outreach Committee. Reimbursement is available through Outreach for your casserole preparation. We need people to serve and people to prepare food. Thank you for the amazing support of this ministry in the past year. We feed in every month with a fifth Wednesday. So far, we have fed approximately 1,200 hungry people through this ministry. Thank you!

Feeding Program

by Church Staff

By Bryn Davis

Our next feeding program will take place on Saturday, May 23, at 9:00 a.m. in Denny Hall. We will be packing and delivering 100 lunches for 3 homeless shelters. A sign-up sheet will be located in Denny Hall.

Please mark your calendars for the rest of the feeding program dates (all are Saturdays):

July 25
September 26
October 31 **this is an additional date**
November 28

The feeding program begins at 9:00 a.m. in Denny Hall.

Third Sunday Collections

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 its 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.


Pastoral Care Updates

by Church Staff

By Birdie Lighthiser

Manakin has four newly trained Stephen Ministers. After nine weeks(40 hours of training), we are ready to offer you our newest Pastoral Care ministry. Stephen Ministers provide Christian caregiving to people who are going through crisis. It is a lay ministry and does not take the place of our pastor. It is lay Christians ministering to Christians.

If you are not a part of our Prayer Vine, and would like to be, please contact me with your e-mail and you will be added to our list of prayer warriors. Any items of praise or requests are gladly sent out on the Prayer Vine. You may share as much, or as little, information as you feel comfortable with. Our Prayer Vine has been very busy and we constantly see the results of our prayers!

If you would like to have your name added to our list of “Gracious Gourmets”, please contact me. “Gracious Gourmets” are willing top prepare meals for people in our church family in their time of need.

Thanks for all that you do for each other at Manakin. We are truly blessed to have such a generous and caring church family!

The Gathering Place

by Church Staff

By Bryn Davis

Manakin continues to support the Rev. Becki Dean’s ministry, The Gathering, by providing 30 lunches on alternating second Sundays and all fifth Sundays. All are welcome to attend the service that begins at 2:00 p.m. at the corner of Decatur and Jeff Davis Highway. Please sign-up to help or attend!

Mark your calendars now for The Gathering dates for 2015:

Sunday, May 10
Sunday, July 12
Sunday, September 13
Sunday, November 8