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Wednesdays In Lent For Families - A Cosmic Adventure Through Science & Faith (2 evenings)

We are often confronted with scientific questions from our young people.  Like, does the bible oppose evolution?  If everything dies, does that mean God’s not in control, or does God like killing things?  If the universe is still expanding why did God makes so much space?  If there are aliens would Jesus still matter?

Join us on February 28 and March 14 where we will put questions that put the scientific theories, like evolution and big bang cosmology, in direct conversation with the tenets of faith—that God is love and is full of grace.

 The evenings will start with a pot-luck supper at 6:30 pm.  The program will begin at 7:00 pm, followed by a short Eucharist at 8:00 pm.  Contact Kristen Ketron (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for further information.

The year is 1980 and I have a picture perfect life.  I am a stay-at-home mom to one adorable son headed to kindergarten in the fall and another long wished for child is on the way.  My husband is a rising star with an established company and our home is furnished and comfortable.  I have been a member of St. Matthias for two years and things are humming along.

That was the outside.  Inside I was hiding deep shame and unhappiness.  I did not have the vocabulary to speak of the things that were upside down in my life nor did I have a trusted friend to confide in, to listen to my angst or to take my turmoil seriously.  It is a long story and a long journey from despair to hope, and then happiness. 

It began with a book that had the story of my life on its pages and told me I was not alone.  It took finding a trustworthy confident who could listen without judgment but with compassion, empathy and honesty.  For God to put this person in my life made all the Bible stories I had heard as a child come to life.  Now I could understand concepts such as “rebirth”, “new life”, love, joy.  I found the strength to face fears and the courage to solve problems. 

My true life story has evolved into a calling to Stephen Ministry.  If I can help open up the world for someone as it was opened up for me, I shall not have lived in vain.  

Linda Brooks              

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 

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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

CrossOver Healthcare Ministry is one of the largest recipients of Our Congregation's Outreach pledges.

Why is CrossOver needed?

"Despite the passage of the Affordable Care Act, more than 60,000 plus low income people in the Greater Richmond Area are without access to affordable healthcare.  This is due to the strict requirements one has to meet to receive Medicaid in Virginia.  CrossOver steps in to provide care for people who might otherwise fall through the cracks of our healthcare system."  Here is one Crossover story:

“I came to Richmond by way of Hurricane Katrina…. back in 2005.crossoverlogo new

We were evacuated from New Orleans a day before the Hurricane made landfall, so we headed to Atlanta where I had some family. Spent 4 days there … and then decided to come to Richmond where my daughter was in college and had an apartment.

I had not planned to be gone for more than a week… and now I have been in Virginia for 12 years.

I needed to see a doctor to renew my prescriptions. I have some chronic illnesses that need regular attention … diabetes, hypertension and thyroid disease … so I wasn’t going to fool around with my health.

I started calling some providers to see where I could find a doctor who could see me soon, and at no cost. You see, I had no proof of medical insurance.

The storm had shut down everything in New Orleans, so all communication down there with doctors and pharmacies was cut off. Even cell towers across the deep south were out.

When I called CrossOver Healthcare Ministry at the Quioccassin Clinic and explained that I was an evacuee from New Orleans, they gave me an appointment to come in the very next day!

I got my prescriptions filled, and I found wonderful care at one of the worst times of my life. In all the uncertainty, I felt so blessed to get the medical care I needed.

Now I work at CrossOver Ministries … I can help others going through their own personal health issues.”

If you have any outreach stories, please submit them to the Channel, so that we can highlight it.

Carrie Deane      


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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