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A Shared Faith Journey

by Church Staff

Join us as we take part in a shared faith journey that will take us through the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts as part of the church-wide program, The Good Book Club. The Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry encourages all Episcopalians to join together for this faith-enriching experience, which involves reading a section of Luke each day during Lent and reading a section of Acts during each day of the Easter season. 

At Manakin, we will meet at 9:00 a.m. in Denny Hall on the first Sunday of each month for Bible Study, during which we will discuss the readings, share our thoughts about them, and support each other as we grow our knowledge and faith. If you would like to participate in discussions at other times, please contact the Church Office and let Rev. Gini DiStanislao or Christian Formation Director Julia Eliades, and share your interest.

We’ll begin our readings on Sunday, February 11 and will finish on the Day of Pentecost, Sunday, May 20.

We look forward to taking this journey with you!

Follow in Jesus’ Footsteps during Manakin’s Lenten Program

by Church Staff

Throughout the season of Lent, Manakin invites parishioners and members of the community to gather Wednesday evenings as we reflect on our faith and focus on spiritual renewal. From February 21 – March 28, we will meet at 6:30 p.m. in Denny Hall to share a potluck dinner. Then, from 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. we’ll hold our Lenten program for adults, as well as children.

During this year’s program, we’ll go on a journey through the Holy Land, learning more about Jesus’ ministry from its beginning to his final days. At the beginning of each evening, we’ll watch a short video in which Adam Hamilton, who’s traveled extensively to the Holy Land, will help us explore the culture, history and geography of Biblical times. Rev. Gini DiStanislao and Christian Formation Coordinator Julia Eliades will also guide us on this journey, leading thought-provoking discussions about what it really means to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.

February 21
The Baptism and Temptation – The Jordon River and Wilderness

February 28
The Healing Ministry – Capernaum

March 7
Proclaiming the Kingdom – The Mountains

March 14
Calming the Storm – The Sea of Galilee

March 21
Sinners, Outcasts, and the Poor – Samaria

March 28
The Final Week

Bible Study: The Good Book Club

by Church Staff

In February, we embark on a faith journey that will take us through the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts as part of the church-wide program, The Good Book Club. The Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry encourages all Episcopalians to join together for this faith-enriching experience, which involves reading a section of Luke each day during Lent and reading a section of Acts during each day of the Easter season.

At Manakin, we will meet at 9:00 a.m. in Denny Hall on the first Sunday of each month for Bible Study, during which we will discuss the readings, share our thoughts about them, and support each other as we grow our knowledge and faith.

During our first meeting on Sunday, February 4, we will discuss The Good Book Club. We’ll then begin our readings on Sunday, February 11 and will finish on the Day of Pentecost, Sunday, May 20.

We look forward to taking this journey with you!

Celebration of New Ministry

by Church Staff

Join Manakin’s parishioners, special guests and other clergy, as we joyously celebrate the induction of our new Rector, The Rev. Gini Distanislao, during a Celebration of New Ministry on February 25. The Rt. Rev. Herman “Holly” Hollerith will preside over the service, which will begin at 2:00 p.m. All are welcome!

Please note: We will hold one morning service on February 25. It will be at 9:00 a.m.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

by Church Staff

Enjoy a meal of pancakes and sausage, as we come together to celebrate the festival of Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday on February 13. This meal, made possible by Manakin’s youth and the Men of the Church, will be held from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. in Denny Hall. To support Manakin’s youth program, small donations of $4 per person, not to exceed $12 per family, are requested. Join us for this fun evening of fellowship and food.

 

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 .

Manakin Welcomes its New Rector: The Reverend Virginia “Gini” DiStanislao

by Church Staff

Manakin’s Vestry joyously announces news of its new Rector – the Reverend Virginia “Gini” DiStanislao. Gini’s engaging and compassionate personality, along with her passion for preaching, her love for working with youth, and her commitment to pastoral care and outreach make her a wonderful addition to our Manakin family.

Gini comes to us from The Episcopal Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew in Kenbridge, Virginia, where she’s served as the Priest in Charge since her ordination in 2008. Born in Chesterfield County to Ernest and Virginia Gates, Gini grew up in Central Virginia, attending St. John’s in Chester and then Christ and Grace in Petersburg. She graduated from Mary Baldwin College in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and went on to become the President of Bon Air Title Agency in Richmond, where she worked with real estate attorneys and professionals throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 2005, Gini heard God’s call and decided to pursue a path to ordained ministry that took her through the School of Ministry Formation in the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia. Gini currently serves on the Executive Board of the Diocese as the Vice-Chairperson.

Gini and her husband, Phil, are residents of Petersburg. Phil is a Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge for the City of Petersburg. He grew up in the area, attending St. Christopher’s. He is a graduate of Hampden Sydney College and of the T.C. Williams School of Law of the University of Richmond. Gini and Phil have two sons, Thomas and Drew. A few years ago, their family gained a daughter when Thomas married Elizabeth, and just a few months ago, their family celebrated the arrival of a grandson, Phillip. Gini and Phil also have an eight-year-old black lab rescue dog named Millie.

Gini’s interests outside of church include walking and hiking with Phil, watching sports, and spending time in the mountains with family and friends.

When asked about joining Manakin, Gini’s face lights up, and her happiness is palpable. She talks excitedly about this next part of her faith journey and of becoming part of Manakin’s Church family.

Gini’s first Sunday at Manakin will be December 3.

Join us in welcoming Gini and Phil to our Parish!

An Evening of Music with LYRA of St. Petersburg, Russia

by Church Staff

By Holly Walker

Join us for an evening of musical beauty with LYRA, a vocal ensemble from St. Petersburg, Russia. LYRA treats listeners to a rich, musical journey that highlights the vast, musical heritage of the Russian Orthodox Church, including ancient songs and the works of famous masters from the 18th – 20th centuries. The performance also showcases the traditions of Russian folk music, featuring songs inspired by love, laughter and dance.

LYRA is an acappella group, made up of singers who perform in professional choirs and opera houses in St. Petersburg. The ensemble travels the world, sharing their talents with music lovers, history buffs, and those interested in Russia’s culture.

LYRA’s performance at Manakin will take place Thursday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to be part of this amazing, musical experience, and there’s no charge to attend.

For more information about LYRA’s performance, contact the church office at or 804-794-6401.

Call for Vestry Nominations

by Church Staff

The Nominating Committee requests your assistance in the Vestry nominating process. Three persons will be elected at the Annual Meeting for the 2018-2021 term. In making your recommendations be governed by these considerations:

* Vestry persons should be faithful, dedicated and possess good judgment. Their manner of life should reflect the Christian Gospel, both within the Church and in the world.

* Church leaders are extremely important. The nominating process is not a popularity contest. Serving on Vestry is a commitment with responsibilities involving various leadership duties, requiring time, energy and talents.

* The Nominating Committee asks that you present names to be considered, including your own if you wish, for election to the Vestry for the three-year term beginning in 2018.

* According to Church Canons, only confirmed members of Manakin Church, in good standing, may serve on Vestry.

* Candidates for nomination must have consented, to their presenter, for their names to be put forward for nomination.

Names should be submitted by Friday, September 29, 2017. Nomination forms can be found in the September Manakin Messenger. Please sign the form and return it to the Church Office, Attention: Michael Walker, Chair of the Nominating Committee. Thank you for your prayers and for your participation in this process.

Nominations may be made from the floor of the Annual Meeting. In order for a nomination to be presented from the floor the presenter must have obtained consent from the prospective nominee and also determined, from the interim rector, that the prospective nominee is in good standing in accordance with the Canons.

If you have any questions, please contact the Nominating Committee Chair, Michael Walker at jmwalker263@comcast.net. If you need additional forms, contact the church office at office@manakin.org