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Volunteers Pack 30,000+ Meals

by Church Staff

For the eighth year in a row, dozens of volunteers filled Denny Hall at Manakin Episcopal Church to take part in a Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now) meal-packing event. For nearly three hours on January 14, 2018, the room buzzed with activity, as people of all ages assembled meal packets containing soy, dried vegetables, rice and vitamin packets. Some stood shoulder-to-shoulder at funnel stations, measuring ingredients and filling meal bags. Others lined long tables, carefully weighing each bag and then sealing it shut. Runners shuttled bins and buckets back and forth, carefully moving the bags from station to station until finally delivering them to a team that counted the meals, packed them into boxes, and loaded a waiting truck.

Working together, the group of more than 120 packed 30,024 meals, bringing the total number of meals packed at Manakin’s Rise Against Hunger events to 233,742!

In the coming weeks, Rise Against Hunger will let us know where these meals are being shipped and who they will help nourish.

We want to thank all the volunteers – Manakin parishioners, family, friends and community members – who came out to support our 2018 event, as well as our past Rise Against Hunger activities. To see photos from our most recent event, visit Manakin’s Facebook page

Mark your calendars. Manakin’s 2019 meal-packaging event will take place January 19. We hope to see you there! In the meantime, if you’d like to participate in other Rise Against Hunger activities, visit www.riseagainsthunger.org/locations/richmond-virginia.

Rise Against Hunger on January 13

by Church Staff

Join Manakin on Saturday, January 13 as we come together to pack meals for Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now). During this meal-packaging event – the eighth held at Manakin – we will pack more than 30,000 meals to help with international hunger relief! This is a multi-generational activity, during which people of all ages can participate. The event begins at 9:00 a.m. in Denny Hall and will last until around noon. Participants are asked to arrive early to check in and get ready. All are welcome to take part! Bring your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and anyone who you think will enjoy participating in this fun and worthwhile activity. Organizers are trying to get an idea of how many volunteers will be present, so please take a moment to register at the event web site at http://events.stophungernow.org/MEC18 or e-mail Paul Davis at .

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.

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 https://www.facebook.com/manakinepiscopalchurch/.



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!

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: www.fao.org/3/a-i4671e.pdf). 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 http://events.stophungernow.org/MEC2017. 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!

Kroger Community Rewards Program Update

by Church Staff

By The Finance Committee

The Kroger Community Rewards Program is the new name of the former KrogerCares program in which Manakin participates. It is connected to your Kroger Plus Rewards card, which provides gas and grocery discounts.

The simplest way to sign up is to register or reregister your Kroger Plus Card at Kroger.com and search “Kroger Community Rewards” program. This link will give you easy step-by-step instructions. If you still have a difficult time registering, give Ginger Marsh a call.

Once you are enrolled in this new version of the Kroger Community Rewards Program, use your card each time you make a grocery or gas purchase. Kroger will then donate a percentage to Manakin.

We received $4,520.00 in 2014 and $2,215.00 in 2015 to support our operating budget. Many thanks to all who participate in this unique fundraiser. Please signup if you have not done so!


Stop Hunger Now

by Church Staff

By Paul Davis

On Saturday, January 16, our Manakin community will team up with Stop Hunger Now (www.stophungernow.org) for our sixth meal-packaging event. We will work together for a few fun-filled hours and package more than 30,000 meals to help with international hunger relief. This is a worthwhile and enjoyable project in which people of all ages can participate. Monetary donations are welcome. Please see the collection jar in Denny Hall. If you want to participate, please sign-up online at http://events.stophungernow.org/Manakin2016 or you can contact the Church Office.

Feeding Program

by Church Staff

By Bryn Davis

The next Feeding Program will be held Saturday, January 23 in Denny Hall at 9:00 a.m. We will be packing 100 lunches and delivering them to three homeless shelters. All ages are welcome to help us.


by Church Staff

By Bryn Davis

The next CARITAS will be held Wednesday, January 20, at Epiphany Catholic Church on Smoketree Drive, North Chesterfield, 23236 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.. We will be packing 40 lunches and also serving a hot dinner to 40 homeless guests.