Message from The Most Reverend Michael Curry Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church: Long ago the prophet Malachi taught that we are all children of God by virtue of our creation by the same God. “Have we not all one father? Has not one God created us?” he asked (2:10). Jesus taught the same thing when he told a story about a Good Samaritan. We are indeed all the children of God. And if we are all God’s children, then we are all brothers and sisters. As you know, our brothers and sisters in Texas now need our help. Our support of Episcopal Relief & Development is a tangible, practical, effective and reliable way to do that, not just in the short term, but for the long haul. Thank you for whatever you can do for together we are the human family of God. Please make checks payable to Episcopal Relief & Development; P.O. Box 7058 Merrifield VA 22116-7058.
Empowered Warriors: I am involved in an outreach program where I live. It’s a small group of people that are dedicated to bring community to a place that really needs it. Our main project right now is getting the children that live here ready for school. What we would like to do is make sure that each child has enough supplies for the school year and one new set of clothes and one pair of new shoes instead of hand me downs for the first day. A lot of the parents are immigrants and are barely making ends meet but do the very best they can; others are disabled or unemployed but work temp jobs to get by. We want to help the children and make their school year a little brighter. The program’s Facebook page is www.facebook.com/empoweredwarriors. One can make out a check to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund. M Lyell
St. Luke’s, Powhatan – Fall Festival – Saturday, September 23 – 8:00 to 2:00: St. Luke’s Festival features arts and crafts sale, music, games, plant sale, bake sale and BBQ. There will also be a rummage sale of children’s items, a cornhole tournament and a car exhibition. Tours of the church and cemetery will also be offered.
ECW Reception at Chanco on the James – Sunday, September 24 at 3:00 p.m.: You are personally invited to a unique event created especially for the ECW to learn more about how you can be a part of the future of Chanco’s ministry. The purpose of the ECW is to empower the women of The Episcopal Church to carry out Christ’s work throughout the world. Our common denominator is our love of God and the desire to do His work. Come to Chanco to enjoy fellowship and refreshments while we hear about how Chanco’s future plans will support the ECW’s continued ministry with improvements to make Chanco a more accessible, comfortable and vibrant place to do God’s work through programs that minister to women, families and children. For more information contact Rhonda Toll at firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-869-8873.
Manakin Church – Reach for the Stars – Saturday, September 30: Join Manakin Church, Midlothian, on Saturday, September 30 for their 10th annual outreach fundraising gala. Each year, Manakin sponsors the Reach for the Stars Gala and Auction, an exciting evening full of wonderful food, fun and fellowship, to raise money for Outreach. Over the years, Manakin has raised more than $120,000 for a variety of organizations, including Powhatan Free Clinic, Family Lifeline, Boys Home of Virginia, Madeline’s House, CARITAS, Families of the Wounded, Habitat for Humanity, feeding programs for the homeless, and many others. Thanks to our generous donors, the auction is always packed with exciting items, such as vacation getaways; fine jewelry; original artwork; restaurant certificates; and other goods and services. For more information, please visit the auction web site. Tickets are $50 per person. To purchase your tickets, contact the church office at 794-6401.
Invite-Welcome-Connect -Saturday, October 21 – 9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. – Williamsburg: Ross is attending this and invites you to join him. Equip and empower your congregation to bring more people into your church. Live out Jesus’ great commission to “Go and make disciples” through practices in evangelism, hospitality, and connectedness. Come be trained in the transformative newcomer ministry method, Invite-Welcome-Connect, created and presented by congregational development consultant Mary Parmer.
In the last four years, clergy and lay leaders from congregations and dioceses across the country have attended this dynamic training and report measurable results after using the materials. This transformative newcomer ministry process has brought new energy and spirit to congregations and sustained, real growth where the essentials of Invite-Welcome-Connect are followed.
This workshop is a cooperative effort of St. Martin’s, Williamsburg; St. Michael’s, Bon Air; St. David’s, Richmond; and the Diocese of Southern Virginia. Cost is $15 dollars and includes box lunch. Registration deadline is Sunday, October 15 Click here for more info and registration.
ECW Annual Fall Meeting – Saturday, November 4, 2017 beginning at 9:00 a.m. – St. Francis, VA Beach – Keynote Speaker, Becca Stevens: Becca Stevens is many things…an author, (including The Passion which we are using for our Lenten series) speaker, priest, social entrepreneur, founder and President of Thistle Farms, the largest social enterprise in the US run by survivors.
Thistle Farms is a powerful global community of women healing from prostitution, trafficking and addiction. They employ 50 survivors through social enterprises: Thistle Farms Home & Body, Thistle Stop Cafe, and an artisan studio. Thistle Farms Global helps employ more than 1,500 women.
Becca Stevens has been featured in the New York Times, on ABC World News, NPR, PBS and CNN. In 2011, the White House named Becca a “Champion of Change” for her work against domestic violence. Recently, she was featured in the PBS documentary, “A Path Appears,” named Humanitarian of the Year by the Small Business Council of America as well as the TJ Martell Foundation, inducted into the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame, and was conferred an honorary doctorate by The University of the South and General Theological Seminary.
Richmond Center for Christian Study Needs Volunteers: Urgent Volunteer Need! The Richmond Center for Christian Study is in present need of additional volunteers to take 2-4 hours one morning, afternoon or evening per week (for as many or as few weeks as you are able) just to be present and watch over the space at Libbie & Grove as it is used by UR students and the community. There is a very short “to do” list, but most of the time could be used reading or doing your own work as you simply keep your eyes open for any needed help. Please contact Chris at email@example.com or 804-852-5151 for more info. Thank you! Chris Daniel