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The Countdown is on to the Reach for the Stars Gala

by Church Staff

By Holly Walker

Excitement is building as Manakin’s signature fundraising event for Outreach – the Reach for the Stars Gala and Auction – draws near. 2018 marks the tenth year for the Gala, an evening packed with laughter and fellowship; delicious food and beverages; amazing auction items; and of course, spirited bidding!

In addition to live and silent auctions, which feature amazing trips, fun outings, mouth-watering food, beautiful jewelry, inspiring art, and a wide array of other must-have items, this year’s Gala includes the smooth vocals of Joe LaLuna, who will sing American music standards made famous by icons such as Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett.

The Reach for the Stars Gala and Auction takes place Saturday, September 30, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Salisbury Country Club.

All proceeds will be used to support Manakin’s Outreach program, which helps organizations and people throughout the area.

There’s still time to join in the fun!

Tickets are $50 each and include food and three adult beverages. To purchase your tickets, call the Church Office at 804-794-6401.

Christian Formation for Children and Youth

by Church Staff

By Julia Eliades, Interim Christian Formation Director 

We invite all children and youth to join Manakin’s vibrant Christian Formation program, which includes activities, learning opportunities and care for all ages.

The new program year begins Sunday, September 17, and families are asked to arrive at 9:15 a.m. that day to register for church school, explore new classroom spaces, enjoy good food and fellowship, and learn about our four focus areas as we Shine4God.

This fall, Manakin offers children and youth:

Children: Infant – 2-Years Old
Childcare is provided in our nursery space in Denny Hall. Megan Weast, our nursery worker, cares for our youngest children every Sunday morning from 9:30 a.m. – 11: 30 a.m. Parents/guardians are asked to sign-in at drop off, label all personal items, and leave a cell phone number to receive a text message when needed.

Children: 3-Years Old – 5th Grade
This year at 9:55 a.m., children from 3-years old through fifth grade will gather in our newly transformed classroom! The room is designed to be a place for experiential learning, where children will participate in worship and singing; explore prayer practices; and engage bible stories through story-telling and dramatic play. The class will break into two groups to further explore the bible story with age appropriate lessons, ages 3 through 2nd grade, and children in grades 3rd – 5th. This year, we are introducing the new Shine curriculum that will be our guide as we ignite, beam, sparkle and glow in our four focus areas of worship, outreach, spiritual practices, and formation. We ask that parent/guardians drop children off at the door of the classroom in Denny Hall. Children will join their families in the Sanctuary for the Eucharist (Communion).

Middle School Youth: 6th – 8th Grades
On the first and third Sundays of the month (and the occasional fifth Sunday), middle school youth will explore the history and significance of Episcopal worship practices, learn how to talk about faith challenges and try out some spiritual practices that will help them welcome God’s direction in their lives. They will also participate in outreach projects and activities. On the second and fourth Sundays of the month, they will participate in the worship service with their families.

High School Teens
All high school age teens are invited to a Rise and Shine breakfast on September 24 at 10:00 a.m. with Julia Eliades. We will talk about current events in our world, and discuss ways our beliefs influence our actions. Please let Julia know if you plan to attend.

Seven young people at Manakin have made the commitment to participate in a year-long confirmation class starting on September 10 at 10:00 a.m. The youth will be meeting on the second Sunday of the month at 10:00 a.m. until the spring of 2018. We will be using the Confirm not Conform confirmation curriculum. Much of the coursework will be done though online communication with Julia Eliades. We ask all Manakin parishioners to please keep these youth in your prayers as they begin an exciting journey in faith.

Special Activities and Learning and Worship Opportunities during Fall 2017

Soil and Animals, Abundant Life Garden Project
During September and October, children and youth will participate in the soil and animal interactive, scripture-based program developed by the Abundant Life Garden Project, Episcopal Relief and Development. Dr. Charles Boern will talk about the benefits of soil and teach students how to care for plant clippings from his garden. We will watch the clippings grow into plants and paint pots for the plants during our Rise and Shine celebration.

Blessing of the Animals Service
On October 1, everyone will participate in the Blessing of the Animals worship service. Children will continue to learn about the important role animals play in our world.

During September and October, the children and youth will be collecting and offering funds to buy a goat for an impoverished family through Episcopal Relief and Development. The cost of one goat is $80.

In October, children will make Bears4Prayers that will be given out as a way to offer comfort to those in need of prayer.

Remember: Faith experienced at an early age is the foundation for all other growth. The good news we share with our children has the power to transform lives and revitalize communities. So let’s prepare the ground for a new tomorrow, and teach our children to shine in the world.

Christian Formation for Adults in September and October

by Church Staff

By Julia Eliades, Interim Christian Formation Director 

During the upcoming program year, the Christian Formation committee is planning a series of adult forums that will meet one Sunday a month at 9:00 a.m. between Manakin’s two worship services. In September and October, Rev. Dr. Karen-Marie Yust will lead Manakin’s adult forums (see below for information about Rev. Dr. Yust).

Join us as we explore the complexities of living faithfully in an ever-changing world.

September 24
9:00 – 9:50 a.m.
Faithfully Tracking the Course of Change
We live in a time of accelerating social and technological change, both locally and globally. These changes can feel like a threat to our faith and well-being. The adult forum on September 24 will explore various social and biblical perspectives on change and explore how we can respond to change in life-affirming ways.

October 22
9:00 – 9:50 a.m.
Following God into the Future
Science fiction often sets the tone for our visions of the future, either by depicting how technological advances will improve human life or threaten human survival. The adult forum on October 22 will explore our anxieties about the future and how we can embrace a biblical vision of hope that affirms the future without losing touch with the past.

Other Opportunities for Adults

October 23
6:30 p.m.
Practical Ways of Living Your Faith
Transforming the World, Living Well: Christian Practices for Everyday Life
During September and October, we will explore a variety of practical ways to live out our faith. In Denny Hall, there will be copies of the Living Well chapter on Transforming the World, published by Lifelong Faith Associates. Pick one up, and take the material home to read on your own or with your family. Try out the activities. Reflect on the content and questions raised in the chapter. Pray about it. On Monday, October 23, join other adults to talk about the chapter and your experiences. Share your thoughts and ideas for serving the poor and vulnerable; acting for justice and peace; and caring for God’s creation. Let’s turn out thoughts into actions, transforming the world we live in!


About The Rev. Dr. Karen-Marie Yust:

Rev. Dr. Yust is a professor of Christian education at Union Presbyterian Seminary. She holds a Th.D. in systematic and historical theology from Harvard University, a M.Div. from Brite Divinity School, and a B.A. from Trinity University. She has published extensively. Her books include Real Kids, Real Faith: A Practice of Nurturing Children’s Spiritual Lives (Jossey-Bass, 2004) and Attentive to God: Spirituality in the Church Committee (Chalice Press, 2001). A focus in her work includes exploring the changing dynamics of congregational life and asking how these changes offer opportunities to develop new approaches to faith formation and new foci for educational ministries. She is an experienced pastor with dual ordination in the United Church of Christ and Disciples traditions.



Parish Forum and Service Time Change on June 18

by Church Staff

On Sunday, June 18, Manakin Episcopal Church will hold a State of the Parish Forum. On that day, there will be one worship service. It will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will be an abbreviated Morning Prayer. Following the service, the Parish Forum will be held in Denny Hall (light refreshments will be served). During the Forum, updates on Manakin’s search for a rector, the work of several committees, and the church’s finance will be given, followed by a question and answer period. The Forum will end by noon so that attendees may enjoy their Father’s Day celebrations. The Forum is open to all parishioners, guests and visitors.

Schedule of Manakin’s Holy Week Services

by Church Staff

Below is the schedule for all of Manakin Church’s Holy Week services.  The general public and parishioners are welcome to attend any and all services!


Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017

     8:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. – The Liturgy of the Palms & Holy Eucharist


Maundy Thursday, April 13, 2017

     10:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist, Rite I (no music)

       7:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist, Rite II & Stripping of the Altar


Good Friday, April 14, 2017

      Noon – The Way of the Cross

      7:00 p.m. – Good Friday Liturgy


Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017

      8:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist   (Additional parking available at the Huguenot Library next door.)


Please note:   Manakin will not have a Saturday Vigil service on April 15, 2017.  You are invited to join Dr. Bauer in attending the Easter Vigil services at Church of the Redeemer (2341 Winterfield Road, Midlothian, VA 23113)  at 5:00 p.m.

If you have any questions concerning services, please call the church office at 794-6401 or contact us via our Facebook page at



Welcome Julia Eliades, Interim Christian Formation Director

by Church Staff

On February 1, 2017, Julia Eliades joined Manakin in a consulting role as Interim Christian Formation Director. In the days ahead, she will be reaching out to many of you as the congregation moves to strengthen and expand our Christian Formation offerings for youth and adults. You can reach Julia at , the church office at 794-6401, or her cell phone at (804) 873-0220. Please contact her and share your questions, issues, ideas, hopes and dreams for our Christian Formation program. Welcome Julia!


Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper is February 28 in Denny Hall

by Church Staff

The Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will be held Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in Denny Hall. The Men of the Church will be cooking pancakes, sausage and warm apple slices and volunteers will be helping to set-up and serve. This event is sponsored by the Church and we are asking for donations of nonperishable food items for the Powhatan Food Pantry instead of money. See you there!

Manakin Church announces the 2017 Lenten Program

by Church Staff

The theme for this year’s Lenten program is Challenges to Christianity in the 21st Century. Our 2017 Lenten program will offer a variety of intellectually and spiritually stimulating individual presentations based on a general theme of Challenges to Christianity in the 21st Century. All meetings will start with dinner at 6:00 p.m. followed by the program and be over by 8:15 p.m. There will be five programs on Wednesdays in Lent, starting March 8. March 1, 2017 is Ash Wednesday. There will be a Rite II Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes at 7:00 p.m. but no pot luck supper on that day

March 8 – One of the biggest challenges our church has in 2017 is attracting young people. Dr. Karen-Marie Yust, Professor of Christian Education at Union Presbyterian Seminary will speak to us about changes in today’s Christian Formation programs, her experience teaching college students in today’s environment and implications for the traditional “Church School” approach. Dinner will be our usual covered dish dinner. Bring an entrée, a salad or dessert to share.

March 15 – The Episcopal Church has a five hundred year tradition of choral evensong. It is truly a wonderful, calm, quiet service that is rarely done at Manakin. We will have a Choral Evensong as our program following dinner. Families with children are encouraged to bring them to this short service. Dinner prior to this service will be provided. For less than the cost of going to McDonald’s, you can get dinner with wine, and experience this wonderful traditional service. There will be no sermon and families should be able to return home by 8:00 p.m.

March 22The Reverend John M. Kerr, retired Chaplain of the College of William and Mary will address us on “The Road Less Traveled: “How science and religion can coexist.” Rev. Kerr spoke to us last year and we are delighted that he will return this year for another intellectually challenging experience. If you missed last year, here is another chance to see what everyone was raving about.

March 29Dr. Arthur B. Gunlicks, Adjunct Professor at the University of Richmond and former Head of the Political Science Department there, will talk to us about the likely state of relations between the United States and Russia following our recent elections, and other related geopolitical issues impacting the Christian community.

April 5The Reverend Peter K. Stimpson will return with another talk to prepare us for Holy Week as he looks at societal forces impacting the Church in the 21st Century. In addition to his divinity degree he is a licensed clinical social worker who headed his own consulting firm.

Mark your calendar and plan to attend these offerings.

Join Manakin and Stop Hunger Now

by Church Staff

It’s a startling statistic. Hunger impacts nearly 800 million people around the world – that’s nearly one out of nine people. (Source: As part of its ongoing Outreach efforts aimed at providing nourishment to those in need, each January, Manakin Episcopal Church partners with Stop Hunger Now to hold a meal packing event. During these events, Manakin’s parishioners stand side-by-side with friends from the community to pack thousands of meals, which are then shipped by Stop Hunger Now to those in need.

Manakin’s 2017 meal packing event will take place Saturday, January 14, starting at 9:00 a.m. For a few hours that day, we will work together to pack more than 30,000 meals, all while enjoying great fellowship and fun.

Anyone interested in joining in the fight to end world hunger is invited to participate. All ages and abilities are welcome. There is something for everyone to do!

If you are interested in participating, you are encouraged to sign up at Manakin’s Stop Hunger Now event web site at You may sign up individually or sign up your entire family. Donations are welcome, but there is no fee to participate. Registering in advance helps event organizers with their planning, but if you are unable to sign up online, that’s okay! You will be welcomed the day of the event and may register when you arrive.

We look forward to seeing you on January 14!

Author Dean King to Speak at Manakin Book Club

by Church Staff

Mark your calendar, and join us on Tuesday, October 11, as we kick off the first of our fall Book Club meetings with Richmond author Dean King. King is coming to Manakin to discuss his latest book, The Feud: The Hatfields & McCoys – The True Story.

All are invited to attend and participate in what is sure to be a fascinating discussion. It all begins at 6:00 p.m., and refreshments will be served.

If you have questions about this event or would like to know more about Manakin’s Book Club, contact the Church Office.