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, 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
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

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
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
Billy Jones
Ed Haralson
Eddie & Hazel
Dean Blankenship
Nancy Blankenship
Andy Cole
Laura Davis
Rita Lawton
Jill Henning
Dick Harman
Ed & Sandy Taylor
Martha Riedel
Nikola Preusser
Michael R.
Deacon Bill Jones
Bev Sherman
Liz & George Brengel
Margo Dillon
Lindsey Haas
Carol Dixon
Lelia Moran
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