April 2016

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Interim and search updates as we give thanks for the good work of the Manakin family

A Message from Roy McLeod, Senior Warden

Dear Fellow Parishioners,

Two important topics seem to be on your minds these days—when will we get an interim and how is the search for a new rector going? The search question is addressed by Chandler Williams, Chair of the Search Committee on page 2 of the newsletter. As for the interim status, the Vestry has interviewed a candidate and is now engaged in the process of checking references, reviewing contracts and negotiating an employment agreement before the end of May. Our efforts are conditional not only on reaching an agreement on the interim’s conditions of work, compensation, housing and benefits but also upon approval by the Bishop. We will keep you advised of these efforts.

As we approach the end of the school year and prepare to go into a less active summer schedule, it seems appropriate to thank all of you—too numerous to name—who have volunteered to support our ministries over the past months—Outreach, Pastoral Care, Parish Life, EfM, Stephen Ministry, Church School, Altar Guild, Coffee Hour, Huguenot Luncheon, etc. Space does not permit a complete listing of all the areas and individuals—so perhaps a simple “thank you” will suffice.

Special thanks go to one individual for service that many of us may not be aware of– John Mills has just completed a three year term on the Board of Chanco on the James. Chanco, the Diocesan Camp and Conference Center, was founded as a summer camp in 1967 and is situated on 125 acres, along the James River in Surry County. It was honored by Virginia Living Magazine in its “Best of Virginia” edition as the top summer camp in Virginia in 2015. Last year, 574 campers attended camp and generated $353,377 in fees (see page 4 for the 2016 summer camp dates). John, thank you for representing Manakin in this important Diocesan Ministry.

Lord look favorably upon your people,

Roy McLeod

Senior Warden

Note: As Manakin moves through this transition period, members of our congregation will be contributing to the Rector’s Message section of our web site.