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
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 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

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, 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.
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
Billy Jones
Ed Haralson
Eddie & Hazel Johnston
Deane 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
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