St. Matthias
Episcopal Church
Announcements for
October 8th
8:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist
10 a.m. Adult Forum & Sunday School
11:00 am Holy Eucharist
 

Please join us on Sunday, October 8th from 2pm - 6pm 
This year our annual Blessing of the Animals will also be a community wide event.  We will host two rescue organizations: HAPPE Dog Rescue & Adoption run by our very own Mary Morsch and Richmond Animal League.  We will also have various other community vendors on site!
Rev. Brenda Overfield will be blessing the animals and their humans at 3pm and 4:30pm
 
Walking a Labyrinth
Walking a Labyrinth is a spiritual and physical journey. Grace Episcopal Church, Yorktown is loaning us their portable labyrinth so we can experience this spiritual practice. This canvas, Chartres style, will be temporarily installed in Morrison Hall for our use and is open for walking Sunday Oct. 8 2-8PM, Mon. Oct. 9 through Friday Oct. 13 8:30 AM-8 PM and Sat. Oct 14 8:30AM to Noon.
Everyone is welcome to walk the labyrinth during the times mention above. Enter when the time is right for you. If you have a group of 5 or more who wishes come a specific time please use the signup sheet at sign up genius   www.signupgenius.com/go/20f084dada82fa1fe3-labyrinth, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  There will be additional information located inside Morrison Hall with suggestions and ideas about how best to walk the labyrinth. And a display board is in the Commons area is available with general information related to labyrinths.
Feeding the Wolves
Ponderings of the Priest
Feeding
The
Wolves
Sunday School Food Drive
The annual Sunday School Food Drive will begin on Sunday September 24th Each class will have a friendly competition to see who can collect the most items for our food pantry. Please bring your items to your class each Sunday and we’ll keep a tally.
Oct 8 – PB&J
Oct 15 - Cookies
 
Thank you to everyone who participated in the annual Fall Barbecue last weekend! Fellowship is grateful for everyone who helped and for everyone who came and had fun.

There is no way this event would happen without lots and lots of help - so I would like to try to thank everyone here!

 
Gerry Noell
John Watkins
Brian Griffin
Sandy Noell
Carol Giles
Beverley Norman
Jason Fiske
Bob Bledsoe
Jerry Buckner
John Goodreau
Herbert Norman
Paul Begin 
Lenny Anderson
Nell and Malcolm Turnbull
Pete Plourd and Martha Redstrom-Plourd
Jimmy Atkinson
Mark Swenson 
Todd Ramkey
Ervin Reid
Maggie and Kevin Houghton
Nat Wooding
Mary Pearrell
Amenta Buckner
Patrick Boland
Kay Gray
Andrea Larkin
Carter Ramkey
Jack Milstead
Evan Watkins
Dawn Fiske
Revie Watkins
Michelle Ramkey
Tammy Reinhardt
Mia Watkins
Hailey Holcomb
Katherine Griffin
Matthew Griffin
Stella Pecci
Julie Noyes

And thank you to everyone who came and joyfully provided a dish to share, along with your company. Thanks for taking time at the end to help in any way with our cleanup! This year's event was a success, and we'll be planning something else soon.
 
Do you feel like you have the ministry of hospitality to share with St. Matthias'? If so then we want you to join in the fun of planning and executing all of our fun events. Just email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get in touch with Meg and Beverley. There are all kinds of ways to help - we need you! No matter whether you have a little time, or perhaps a more flexible schedule. We can get you started!
The October edition of the The Channel can be found here!!
Saturday Night at the Movies
Our next movie night is Saturday, Oct. 14 at 6:00 PM. Meet in the teen Sunday school classroom. We will be showing Shadowlands starring Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger.
C. S. Lewis, the renowned author of "The Chronicles of Narnia" series, is a bachelor and Oxford University professor who spends his free time debating with fellow academics. Although he seems entirely uninterested in love, Lewis agrees to marry Joy Gresham, an American who is looking to secure British citizenship. Their arrangement soon becomes a romance, and, when Joy is diagnosed with terminal cancer, their bond grows even stronger. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times called the film "intelligent, moving and beautifully acted".  Directed by Richard Attenborough. Rated PG. Free.
 
Christian Education
Children's Liturgy
This is a mini-church program that follows the Sunday gospels, for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade.  It is offered during a segment of both early and late worship services.
  • October 8th –  Listen to God’s message.  Matthew 21:33-43
  • October 15th – The wedding party. Ma)hew 21:1-14

Sunday School
Classes are held from 10:00-10:50 am during the school year. There are 6 classes, divided up by grades:  Pre-K – K; Grades 1 – 3; Grades 4 & 5; Grades 6 – 8; Grades 9 & 10; and Grades 11 & 12.

SS Pre-K through 10th Grade
  • October 8th –  Fruitfulness.  Matthew 21:33-46
  • October 15th – Banquet of Plenty. Ma)hew 22:1-14
SS 11th & 12th Grade
  • October 8th –  Rituals & Traditions, Part 1
  • October 15th – Rituals & Tradi4ons, Part 2

Nursery
The nursery is available during both services throughout the year as well as during Adult Forum throughout the school year.  Experienced adults and youth provide loving and engaging care for infants and children up through 4 years of age.
Adult Forum
Adult Forum is held at 10:00 am, between the early and late worship services each Sunday.  We meet in Morrison Hall most weeks and explore a wide range of topics of interest to the group including Bible study. Check the weekly bulletin for topic and meeting location.
  • October 8 Internet Safety, Officer Echrick
  • October 15th Bible Study, The Book of James, Rev. Brenda Overfield
Renewing St. Matthias Update
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS
The Food Pantry is somewhat depleted but our greatest needs are: 
Cereal ~ Spaghetti-O's / Chili
Crackers ~ Pancake Mix & Syrup
What does it mean to be a member of the St. Matthias Vestry?  Generally, it means responding to God’s call to be a channel of God’s love, by supporting the clergy’s leadership toward the spiritual vitality of the parish.  We do this through faithful, active participation in worship and parish life.  It also means representing the parish with leadership in the management of finances, buildings, grounds and other assets.

Please submit candidates by October 31, 2017. The nomination form is on the reverse of this page. Please sign the form and return it to the Church Office. If you have any questions, please contact the Nominating Committee Chair, Tom Napier at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
2018 St. Matthias Vestry Nomination Form
 
From October 1 to November 12, 2017, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Goochland will host Beyond Bridges, an exhibition featuring 21 works of premier Christian, Muslim, and Jewish contemporary artists. The exhibition is organized and curated by CARAVAN, a peacebuilding arts nonprofit started by The Reverend Canon Paul-Gordon Chandler. Originally exhibited in Cairo, London, Paris, New York, Chicago, and more, Beyond Bridges seeks to build “creative bridges of dialogue” through its featured artwork by encouraging viewers to discuss similarities in various religions, rather than differences.
 
Paul-Gordon Chandler, an Episcopal priest, art curator, author, interfaith advocate, and authority on Christian-Muslim relations, will be preaching at the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services at St. Mary’s on October 1.

You are also invited to join him in a discussion of his new book, In Search of a Prophet: A Spiritual Journey with Kahlil Gibran during the 10:00 a.m. Adult Forum.  In his work, he “explores how Kahlil Gibran, a supreme East-West figure, can be a much-needed guide in the midst of today’s global challenges, related to peace, harmony, and building bridges between the creeds of the Middle East and West.” An opening reception will follow the 11:00 a.m. service.
 
All October 1 events are open to the public! Please see the attached flyers for more detail, and please feel free to post them anywhere! In addition to the event on October 1, St. Mary’s invites individuals and groups to tour the exhibition Monday-Friday, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. To schedule a weekday visit, contact Elizabeth Baker at (804)784-5678, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Rodger Hardy
Gary Bandy
Mary
Gretchen
Billy Jones
Ed Haralson
Eddie & Hazel
Johnston
Dean Blankenship
Nancy Blankenship
Andy Cole
Laura Davis
Kay-Ann
Monica
Rita Lawton
Jill Henning
Dick Harman
Ed & Sandy Taylor
Martha Riedel
Nikola Preusser
Michael R.
Meaza
Cooper
Deacon Bill Jones
Bev Sherman
Liz & George Brengel
Margo Dillon
Lindsey Haas
Carol Dixon
Lelia Moran
Paige
Sammy
Marilyn Hinds
The survivors of Harvey, Irma, Marie,
and the Las Vegas shooting.

We also pray for those in the military, especially:
Todd Ba)eau
Sooky Brooks
Rich Cashman
Christopher Garland
Alice Gibson
Christopher Grady
Michael Handlan
Jake Hentges
Donta Mason
Tom Montgomery
Jacob Murdock
Heather McCullough
Phillip Plourd
Andrew Rodgers
Hank Truillo
Nat Williams
For all who died in the Las Vegas shooting
Quentin Corbett 8
Debra Cyrus 8
Mark Swenson 10
Jackson Pryor-Kolster 11
Rebecca Conway 12

St. Matthias
Episcopal Church
Announcements for
October 1st
8:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist
10 a.m. Adult Forum & Sunday School
11:00 am Holy Eucharist
 
John Murdock's email address has changed: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
LAST CALL for the Fall BBQ!
Please, we are asking that you use Sign-Up Genius here to let us know how many people in your group are coming, the side dish you plan to bring to share and whether you might be able to help us setup and/or cleanup!
You don't need a sign-up genius account to RSVP here!
BBQ will be sold for $9/lb after the event and on Sunday following each service
 

Please join us on Sunday, October 8th from 2pm - 6pm 
This year our annual Blessing of the Animals will also be a community wide event.  We will host two rescue organizations: HAPPE Dog Rescue & Adoption run by our very own Mary Morsch and Richmond Animal League.  We will also have various other community vendors on site!
Rev. Brenda Overfield will be blessing the animals and their humans at 3pm and 4:30pm
How Are We To Believe
Ponderings of the Priest
How Are
We To
Believe
Sunday School Food Drive
The annual Sunday School Food Drive will begin on Sunday September 24th Each class will have a friendly competition to see who can collect the most items for our food pantry. Please bring your items to your class each Sunday and we’ll keep a tally.
Oct 1 - Cereal
Oct 8 – PB&J
Oct 15 - Cookies
The Church Office
will be closed on
Wednesday, October 4
for a staff team building event
The October edition of the The Channel can be found here!!
Saturday Night at the Movies
Our next movie night is Saturday, Oct. 14 at 6:00 PM. Meet in the teen Sunday school classroom. We will be showing Shadowlands starring Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger.
C. S. Lewis, the renowned author of "The Chronicles of Narnia" series, is a bachelor and Oxford University professor who spends his free time debating with fellow academics. Although he seems entirely uninterested in love, Lewis agrees to marry Joy Gresham, an American who is looking to secure British citizenship. Their arrangement soon becomes a romance, and, when Joy is diagnosed with terminal cancer, their bond grows even stronger. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times called the film "intelligent, moving and beautifully acted".  Directed by Richard Attenborough. Rated PG. Free.
 
CAMP: Hey Kids!! Want a short break from your parents in the Summer of 2018, ask to go  to Camp Chanco for a week or two. The "Do It Now" discount has been extended to September 30th to lock in 2017 rates. Kids have a blast on the Zip Line, the Superman Swing ropes course, canoeing, sailing, rock wall climbing, archery, and lots of faith based group discussions.
WOMEN’S RETREAT: Friday December 1- Saturday Dec 2 is the second annual Women's Advent Retreat. This event was a huge hit last year. There are currently 75 slots available, but are expected to fill quickly. Contact the Chanco office for full details.
CURSILLO: Several people have recently inquired about Cursillo. There are two sessions planned in 2018 that will both be co-ed. April 19-22 and September 27-30.  These sessions are always filled so contact the Chanco office for full details.
To see full camp schedules and events, visit www.chanco.org or call 1-888-724-2626.
 
Christian Education
Children's Liturgy
This is a mini-church program that follows the Sunday gospels, for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade.  It is offered during a segment of both early and late worship services.
  • October 1st - Making choices.  Matthew 21:28-32
  • October 8th –  Listen to God’s message.  Matthew 21:33-43

Sunday School
Classes are held from 10:00-10:50 am during the school year. There are 6 classes, divided up by grades:  Pre-K – K; Grades 1 – 3; Grades 4 & 5; Grades 6 – 8; Grades 9 & 10; and Grades 11 & 12.

SS Pre-K through 10th Grade
  • October 1st - Acting in Faith, Matthew 21:23-32
  • October 8th –  Fruitfulness.  Matthew 21:33-46
SS 11th & 12th Grade
  • Oct. 1st -Doubt
  • October 8th –  Rituals & Traditions, Part 1

Nursery
The nursery is available during both services throughout the year as well as during Adult Forum throughout the school year.  Experienced adults and youth provide loving and engaging care for infants and children up through 4 years of age.
Adult Forum
Adult Forum is held at 10:00 am, between the early and late worship services each Sunday.  We meet in Morrison Hall most weeks and explore a wide range of topics of interest to the group including Bible study. Check the weekly bulletin for topic and meeting location.
  • Oct. 1st: Emergency Preparedness, Sherri Laffoon, C
  • October 8 Internet Safety, Officer Echrick
 
Walking a Labyrinth
Walking a Labyrinth is a spiritual and physical journey. Grace Episcopal Church, Yorktown is loaning us their portable labyrinth so we can experience this spiritual practice. This canvas, Chartres style, will be temporarily installed in Morrison Hall for our use and is open for walking Sunday Oct. 8 2-8PM, Mon. Oct. 9 through Friday Oct. 13 8:30 AM-8 PM and Sat. Oct 14 8:30AM to Noon.
Everyone is welcome to walk the labyrinth during the times mention above. Enter when the time is right for you. If you have a group of 5 or more who wishes come a specific time please use the signup sheet at sign up genius   www.signupgenius.com/go/20f084dada82fa1fe3-labyrinth, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  There will be additional information located inside Morrison Hall with suggestions and ideas about how best to walk the labyrinth. And a display board is in the Commons area is available with general information related to labyrinths.
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS
The Food Pantry is somewhat depleted but our greatest needs are: 
Soup ~ Spaghetti-O's ~ Mac & Cheese ~ Jelly
From October 1 to November 12, 2017, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Goochland will host Beyond Bridges, an exhibition featuring 21 works of premier Christian, Muslim, and Jewish contemporary artists. The exhibition is organized and curated by CARAVAN, a peacebuilding arts nonprofit started by The Reverend Canon Paul-Gordon Chandler. Originally exhibited in Cairo, London, Paris, New York, Chicago, and more, Beyond Bridges seeks to build “creative bridges of dialogue” through its featured artwork by encouraging viewers to discuss similarities in various religions, rather than differences.
 
Paul-Gordon Chandler, an Episcopal priest, art curator, author, interfaith advocate, and authority on Christian-Muslim relations, will be preaching at the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services at St. Mary’s on October 1.

You are also invited to join him in a discussion of his new book, In Search of a Prophet: A Spiritual Journey with Kahlil Gibran during the 10:00 a.m. Adult Forum.  In his work, he “explores how Kahlil Gibran, a supreme East-West figure, can be a much-needed guide in the midst of today’s global challenges, related to peace, harmony, and building bridges between the creeds of the Middle East and West.” An opening reception will follow the 11:00 a.m. service.
 
All October 1 events are open to the public! Please see the attached flyers for more detail, and please feel free to post them anywhere! In addition to the event on October 1, St. Mary’s invites individuals and groups to tour the exhibition Monday-Friday, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. To schedule a weekday visit, contact Elizabeth Baker at (804)784-5678, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Matt Tignor
Gary Bandy
Mary
Gretchen
Billy Jones
Ed Haralson
Eddie & Hazel Johnston
Deane Blankenship
Nancy Blankenship
Andy Cole
Laura Davis
Kay-Ann
Monica
Rita Lawton
Jill Henning
Dick Harman
Ed & Sandy Taylor
Martha Riedel
Nikola Preusser
Michael R.
Meaza
Cooper
Deacon Bill Jones
Bev Sherman
Liz & George Brengel
Margo Dillon
Lindsey Haas
Carol Dixon
Lelia Moran
Paige
Sammy
Marilyn Hinds
We also pray for those in the military, especially:
Todd Batteau
Sooky Brooks
Rich Cashman
Christopher Garland
Alice Gibson
Christopher Grady Michael Handlan
Jake Hentges
Donta Mason
Tom Montgomery
Jacob Murdock
Heather McCullough
Phillip Plourd
Andrew Rodgers
Hank Truillo
Nat Williams
For the repose of the soul of Elizabeth Lucks.
Caroline Hott 2
Barbara Stout 2
Emily Newsom 3
Will Daniels 5
Kathryn Coker 7
  

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For the next several months members of St Matthias will be offering their experiences and thoughts related to labyrinths.  This first reflection is from Caroline Tyler, one of youth.  Thank you Caroline.

Labyrinths are my favorite form of prayer. I love the different ways you can use it to meditate. Walking a labyrinth uses your whole body. God leads you through the paths, and even when it seems you're far from the destination, you know you will make it. The act of slowly walking is a relaxing experience, and allows time to have a conversation through prayers. The first labyrinth I had ever walked was at a church for the poor, when a group of the youth went on a retreat to DC. Labyrinths are my favorite way to pray, because I think it is such a unique concept. Whether it's painted on a floor, or made with stones in the woods, labyrinths are used throughout the world as a holy experience.

Caroline Tyler - Grade 11

 

Life seems to radiate defining moments. I believe marriage, home ownership, birth of children are “standouts.”  However, nothing will ever be as significant as my decision to visit St. Matthias’ Episcopal Church.

In the early 70’s, Monte and I had already visited several churches. For various reasons, none of these establishments  suited our needs. So, one Sunday, I announced that I was going to visit a fairly new Episcopal church on Huguenot Road.  (Actually, my half sister had been a volunteer organist prior to this visit.) Well, I was greeted by Ed Taylor and other welcoming folks. The order of 

lou and monte

worship was appealing and Father Don Black preached an impressive sermon. Although those were important elements, it was the warmth and inclusiveness by the Congregation that “sealed the deal”  to join St. Matthias’. Monte and I were invited to a very enjoyable casino night. So, from this first association with this Church, the importance of worship and fellowship were obvious! (You may find it interesting that Al Matthews, Nancy’s husband encouraged me to participate in all parish life, especially the Vestry. There, I also enjoyed the friendship of Franck Boynton, Mary’s husband!)

The following assessment of life at St. Matthias’ may not surprise you. In my opinion, over these past 40 plus years,  St. Matthias’ has been the same warm, caring, inclusive community that you witness today. I believe that Bishop Vache’s request in the late 60’s of Don Black to go door-to-door to invite any and everyone to attend this new church set a tone that has persisted through the leadership of Bob Morrison, John Boucher, to our current Priest, Brenda Overfield.

Perhaps you will enjoy this next bit of Parish history. Again with the melding of worship and fellowship, Don Black instituted a Friday night bible study, concluding with a wine and cheese social held at 1225 Salisbury Drive, the Montgomery house.  From there, Bob Morrison saw the value of St. Matthias’ fellowship. So, the bible study became Friday Cheers, an event designed to include “guests” and a venue for our church family to socialize.

Now, back to life’s defining moments. Really and truly, I can not imagine my family life without St. Matthias’ Church.

The Godly privilege of serving others and the friendship/support of our St. Matthias’ family with my Montgomery family is priceless. So, that decision so long ago that seemed so innocent at that time was the most God directed event and defining moment in my life. Monte and I would  not be the people we are today without St. Matthias’ Church.

Louise (aka Lou) Montgomery

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From October 1 to November 12, 2017, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Goochland will host Beyond Bridges, an exhibition featuring 21 works of premier Christian, Muslim, and Jewish contemporary artists. The exhibition is organized and curated by CARAVAN, a peacebuilding arts nonprofit started by The Reverend Canon Paul-Gordon Chandler. Originally exhibited in Cairo, London, Paris, New York, Chicago, and more, Beyond Bridges seeks to build “creative bridges of dialogue” through its featured artwork by encouraging viewers to discuss similarities in various religions, rather than differences.

Paul-Gordon Chandler, an Episcopal priest, art curator, author, interfaith advocate, and authority on Christian-Muslim relations, will be preaching at the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services at St. Mary’s on October 1. You are also invited to join him in a discussion of his new book, In Search of a Prophet: A Spiritual Journey with Kahlil Gibran during the 10:00 a.m. Adult Forum. In his work, he “explores how Kahlil Gibran, a supreme East-West figure, can be a much-needed guide in the midst of today’s global challenges, related to peace, harmony, and building bridges between the creeds of the Middle East and West.” An opening reception will follow the 11:00 a.m. service.

All October 1 events are open to the public! Please see the attached flyers for more detail, and please feel free to post them anywhere! In addition to the event on October 1, St. Mary’s invites individuals and groups to tour the exhibition Monday-Friday, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. To schedule a weekday visit, contact Elizabeth Baker at (804)784-5678, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..