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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.


Manakin Announces Holy Week Services Schedule

by Church Staff

For Holy Week 2016, Manakin Church will have the following services.  All are welcome!

 Maundy Thursday, March 24th – 7:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist – The Rev. Martha Jenkins

 Good Friday, March 25th – 7:00 p.m. – Good Friday Liturgy – The Rev. Martha Jenkins

 Easter Sunday, March 27th – 8:00 & 10:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist  – The Rev. Alan Coffey

In order for our whole Manakin family to celebrate together, we will not have Sunday School classes on Easter Sunday.  Child care will be available.  Additional parking available at the Huguenot Library next door.

If you have any questions about Holy Week services, please contact the church office at (804) 794-6401.


The Men of the Church Breakfast Meeting

by Church Staff

By Don Marsh

The next Men of the Church breakfast meeting is Saturday, December 5 at 8:00 a.m. The program will be “Christmas Traditions: Background and History” presented by Don Marsh. Don will discuss where many of the Christmas traditions we observe during the Holidays originated. Come enjoy a hearty breakfast, and learn why Christmastime has such wonderful traditions.

Ladies’ Night Out

by Church Staff

By Beverly Whitley

The next Ladies Night Out will be Tuesday, November 10 at 6:00 p.m. at Cooper’s Hawk Restaurant, Short Pump Shopping Center. This is in a standalone building facing Broad Street in front of the shopping center

A sign-up sheet is posted in Denny Hall.

Ladies’ Night Out is an opportunity for all women who would like to visit with and get to know other Manakin women and enjoy a meal together.

Visiting Writer at October Book Club

by Church Staff

By Birdie Lighthiser

Plan to be at Manakin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, October 16 to welcome Betty Macy. She is the author of our book selection for October — Factory Man. Beth is a writer for the Roanoke Times. Factory Man emerged from her

Roanoke Times reporting on Virginia’s Bassett family and John Bassett III. She explores the grand history of furniture production in Virginia, drama and fascinating stories. Please join us that evening. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served.

Book Club Schedule for 2016

January 19—The Faith Club by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, Priscilla Warner

March 15—Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

May 17—All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Help Manakin’s Outreach Efforts: Join us for the Reach for the Stars Gala and Auction

by Church Staff

By the Gala Committee

Once again it is time for Manakin’s Annual Reach for the Stars Gala and Auction. This year this fine event will be held at Salisbury Country Club on Saturday, September 26 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Do not miss this opportunity for a fun evening with delicious food and drinks, exciting items to bid on (in both silent and live auctions), and the chance to support all of Manakin’s worthwhile Outreach causes. Bring your friends, and invite members of the community. All are welcome! Tickets are on sale now. Contact the Church Office for details.

Vacation Bible Spectacular Focuses on Clean Water

by Church Staff

During this year’s Vacation Bible Spectacular, we will be “Crushin’ It” for clean water by raising awareness and money to provide clean water systems for those in need.

Join us on Sunday, August 9 following the 10:00 a.m. service. All ages 4-years old through adults (Nursery available upon request) are welcome.

The day will feature singing, a variety of programs, prizes, games, outreach opportunities and special guests. We will enjoy a pasta bar, that includes an assortment of pastas, sauces, side dishes, bread and desserts.

The cost is $6 per person and $20 per family (maximum). All profits will go to the “Clean Water System” fund sponsored by Stop Hunger Now.

ALS Benefit is Huge Success

by Church Staff

By Birdie Lighthiser and Ginger Marsh

May 31 was the culmination of our “May is ALS Awareness Month.” After wearing our red wrist bands and praying for our Manakin members with ALS for the whole month of May, we had a Chili Cook-off to benefit our families. Thirteen chilies of every variety imaginable were tasted. Our taste buds were tickled with everything from “Bill’s Wild Chili” (with deer and bear meat) to “Confirmation Chili” (white chicken chili). Cornbread, tortilla chips, lemonade and lots of conversation and laughter accompanied our chili. $1830 was raised for our two families touched by ALS! The winning chili was made by our 2015 Confirmation Class! A huge “thank you” to everyone who worked so hard to make this event such a resounding success.