Posts from June 2015

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Celebrating Rev. Michael Stone’s Time at Manakin

by Church Staff

By Craig Akers

Dear Friends and Parishioners,

I am pleased to report that the planning for events to recognize Michael’s nearly eleven years of service to Manakin are nearly complete. The following events are planned:

  • June 7 – Congregational family picnic at the church for all friends and members past and present to commence following the 10:00 a.m. worship service. The main course and drinks will be provided. Bring a dish to share – look for an e-mail Genius sign-up. Come join us as we bid a fond farewell to Michael+.
  • June 28 – Michael’s last Sunday. Reception for all members past and present – no cost. To commence following the 10:00 a.m. worship service.
  • July 10 – Sit-down dinner for all friends and members past and present at Salisbury Country Club beginning at 6:00 p.m.. Cost to be $25 per person. Cash bar.

We hope that you will be able to attend one or more of these events to help us show our appreciation for and celebrate Michael’s devoted service to the Church and his decade of service with us. Please call the church office by May 31 to let her know if you will attend the picnic and how many family members will accompany you. Also contact Wendy about your plans to attend the dinner at Salisbury Country Club before June 30.

Many current and former parishioners have already responded generously to our letter regarding” Michael’s retirement “purse. Some people have yet to respond. If you are among those who have not yet responded, we look forward to hearing from you. Please send your donation to Manakin Episcopal Church, Post Office Box 241, Powhatan, VA 23139.

Planning for our Search Committee: A Message from the Senior Warden

by Church Staff

By Michael Walker

In the near future, the Manakin vestry will ask for nominations for the committee that will be tasked with the search for a new rector. There already has been a lot of buzz about the process and who might be part of the committee. Have you given it some thought? Do you want to nominate yourself or another member of the congregation?

The search committee should be representative of our congregation. For example, it should include parishioners of various ages; long-time and new members; and those raised in the Episcopal faith, as well as those who came to the Episcopal Church from other religious backgrounds. When the time comes, parishioners will be encouraged to nominate themselves or others for the committee. Then, the vestry, along with a consultant provided by the Diocese, will evaluate the nominations and select the committee members. The size of the committee will be determined with the help of the consultant, and it is likely that not everyone nominated will be selected.

Once formed, the committee will be tasked with putting together the church profile that is used in the search, and committee members will be responsible for evaluating candidates, using various methods. There will be meetings, discussions and more meetings as the process unfolds. There will most likely be in-person visits to see the candidates at their current churches, and that could mean some travel, depending on how wide an area our search covers. Searches can be confined to Virginia or to a particular geographic region. They may also expand nationwide.

As you pray about this and gauge your interest in nominating yourself for the search committee, I ask you to consider the skills you might bring to the committee. I also ask that you consider the time commitment. Searches generally go on for periods longer than one year. During that time, the committee must meet regularly and often frequently. Additional discussions outside regularly scheduled meetings may also need to occur. In previous searches, members of the committee also served as liaisons to perspective candidates. Think about how this might fit in with what you already have going on daily in your life.

I am not trying to talk anyone out of participating in this very important part of our lives. In fact, it is just the opposite. I want as many people as possible interested in volunteering, so we can have the best pool of potential committee members, and therefore, a wonderful representation of our Household on the search committee.

If you have any questions about the process or the committee’s responsibilities, let one of the wardens know, or talk with your vestry person. We are blessed in so many ways, and one of the blessings is that we have people with experience available to talk with you too. So, think about whether this is a way you want to support your church. Information on how to self-nominate will be coming soon.

Summer Doings

by Church Staff

“Summer Doings,” our Sunday morning program for children, will begin on June 7. We still need volunteers to teach, inform and inspire our kids with whatever program, lesson, song-fest or other experience you’d like to share. “Summer Doings” is held during the first part of each Sunday’s service. If you’d like to be involved, sign up on the sheet in Denny Hall or contact the church office. For more information, speak to Rev. Michael Stone or Jo Blandford.


Vacation Bible Spectacular

by Church Staff

Join us for the 2015 Vacation Bible Spectacular – an event for all ages (4 years through adults) Sunday, August 9 after the 10:00 a.m. service (nursery available). It will last until approximately 3:00 p.m.

The Vacation Bible Spectacular will include singing, prizes, games, study, outreach and more, as well as a fabulous lunch. The cost is $6 per person with a maximum of $20 per family.

Those interested in participating are asked to sign up by July 12. A sign-up sheet may be found in Denny Hall, or you may call the church office.

Stephen Ministry

by Church Staff

By Paula Price

The Manakin Stephen Ministry is up and running. The six Stephen Ministers have completed training, been commissioned and are serving care receivers with compassion, faith, trustworthiness, and skill. Please keep the ministers and their care receivers in your prayers.

Stephen Ministers are laypeople trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life.

Stephen Ministers are not counselors. They are trained Christian caregivers. Their role is to listen and walk along side their care receivers.

Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry. What a care receiver tells a Stephen Minister remains confidential.

Stephen Ministers are assigned only to people who agree to receive the care.

Stephen Ministry training is provided in 20 weekly sessions along with a weekend retreat.

A new Stephen Ministry training will be held this fall. If you are interested, please contact the church office.

Pastoral Care

by Church Staff

By Birdie Lighthiser

Thank you to all who have shown care and concern at Manakin with your kind acts. We continue to take care of each other with our Prayer Vine, Gracious Gourmets, caring visitors, caring drivers and by sending cards and e-mails. Visits and phone calls are always appreciated as well.

We are expanding our committee as we go through our transition period. Without a Rector, we need to be even more mindful of our pastoral care. Please contact the church office if you would be willing to serve on the Pastoral Care Committee.

Our Stephen Ministry had gotten off to a successful start. One Stephen Leader and four Stephen Ministers were recently commissioned, and, with the assistance of a Stephen Minister from St. Luke’s, six of our parishioners now have a Stephen Minster assigned. If you have any questions about this ministry or might be interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, please contact the church office.

Hot Lunch Feeding at Greater Mt. Moriah

by Church Staff

By Birdie Lighthiser

Our next hot lunch feeding, in partnership with Richmond Friends of the Homeless, down at Great Mt. Moriah Baptist Church (next to Gilpin Court in the City of Richmond) is on Wednesday, July 29. Sign-up sheets will be on the bulletin board in Denny Hall by mid-June or you can call the church office to volunteer. We need servers and people to prepare food. We serve approximately 250 people. Thank you for your continued generosity in supporting this ministry. Our guests are homeless and working poor and include many children in the summer. We can always use more volunteers!

Feeding Program

by Church Staff

By Bryn Davis

Our next feeding program will take place on Saturday, July 25 at 9:00 a.m. in Denny Hall. We will be packing and delivering 100 lunches or 3 homeless shelters. A sign-up sheet will be located in

Denny Hall or you can call the church office.

Please mark your calendars for the rest of the feeding program dates: September 26, October 31 (this is an additional date), and November 28.

All will be held at 9:00 a.m. in Denny Hall. Thank you in advance! All ages are welcome!