Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Keep watch, dear Lord






Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or
weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who
sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless
the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the
joyous; and all for your love's sake. Amen.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Let us sow love



A Prayer Attributed to St. Francis
Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

Friday, November 22, 2013

C.S. Lewis addresses the nation on the BBC during WWII

C.S. Lewis ~ 1998-1963




The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good,
but that God will make us good because He loves us;
just as the roof of a sunhouse does not attract the sun because it is bright,
but becomes bright because the sun shines on it.

~C.S.Lewis (1898-1963)







Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Be joyful





Psalm 100 
1Be joyful in the LORD, all you lands; *
serve the LORD with gladness
and come before his presence with a song.
2Know this: The LORD himself is God; *
he himself has made us, and we are his;
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
3Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise; *
give thanks to him and call upon his Name.
4For the LORD is good;
his mercy is everlasting; *
and his faithfulness endures from age to age.

Monday, November 18, 2013

A new heaven and a new earth




Revelation 21:1-8 (NRSV)
1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 

"See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them as their God;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
4 he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away." 

5 And the one who was seated on the throne said, "See, I am making all things new." Also he said, "Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true." 6 Then he said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. 7 Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children. 8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, the murderers, the fornicators, the sorcerers, the idolaters, and all liars, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death."

No. 12 UVA Men's Soccer receives NCAA Bid! Wahoowa!




No. 12 Men's soccer receives NCAA bid

Cavaliers will face winner of Delaware/St. John's

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Junior midfielder Eric Bird leads Virginia with 15 points on the season

The No. 12 Virginia men’s soccer team received a No. 8 seed to the NCAA tournament and a first round bye Tuesday. Virginia will host the winner of a first round matchup between Delaware and St John’s at Klöckner Stadium Sunday.
The Cavaliers lost Sunday in the final of the ACC tournament, dropping a heartbreaking 1-0 decision to No. 4 Maryland on an own goal in the 88th minute. Virginia’s loss was just its second in its past 16 games — a run which included wins against No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 9 Wake Forest in the ACCtournament. Before Friday’s wild 3-3 overtime victory against Notre Dame, the Cavaliers had only given up three goals in their previous six games.
Virginia will not find out its opening round opponent until Thursday, when St. John’s travels to Newark, Del. to take on the Blue Hens. The Cavaliers will play the winner three days later in Charlottesville. Should Virginia advance, the team will still have a tough road to reaching the quarterfinals in Philadelphia — the Cavaliers’ portion of the bracket includes No. 1 seed UCLA and No. 9 seed and Big East champion Marquette.
The ACC landed six teams in the Tournament, the most of any conference in the country. Virginia has now received a bid to the NCAA tournament in 33 consecutive seasons, the longest current streak of any school in the nation. The Cavaliers have won six national championships, most recently in 2009.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

UVA Women's soccer rebounds, routs St. Francis 5-0



Women's soccer rebounds, routs Saint Francis 5-0

Cavaliers roll to NCAA Tournament's second round with sublime performance Friday

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Freshman Makenzy Doniak has added another dangerous weapon to the Virginia offense. The Chino Hills, California native was named the TopDrawerSoccer.com national Women’s College Player of the Week, becoming the third Cavalier to earn the award in school history.

After tallying its first loss of the season one week ago to in-state rival Virginia Tech, the top-seeded Virginia women’s soccer team got back to its winning ways Friday, trouncing Saint Francis (Pa.) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, 5-0.
Virginia (21-1, 13-0 ACC) asserted its dominance early in the match and never gave the Northeast Conference champions a chance. Before the first half was at its midpoint, the Cavaliers had already recorded 13 shots — two of which resulted in goals. Sophomore forward and leading scorer Makenzy Doniak tallied two goals in a two-minute span to break the game open for Virginia.
Doniak’s first goal came in the 19th minute when she finished a beautiful feed from senior midfielder Kate Norbo from deep inside the Saint Francis box. The Cavaliers immediately regained possession after the strike and launched another flurry of shots at Red Flash freshman goalkeeper Abbey Collins. Though she was able to briefly hold Virginia at bay, she was merely delaying the inevitable. When Collins attempted a soft clear out of the box, Doniak easily intercepted it and put the shot away for her 17th goal of the season.
“We saw that they try, at times, to play the ball out of the back with their goalkeeper,” coach Steve Swanson said. “So we were aware of that, so [Doniak] did a great job of jumping all over that one,”
Saint Francis (13-8-1, 7-1-0 NEC) was unable to halt Virginia’s momentum, which continued to build throughout the half. The Cavaliers put on a passing clinic and made a usually tough Red Flash defense look porous. Saint Francis gave up an average of just 1.24 goals per game prior to Friday’s matchup, but Virginia nearly tripled that number by the 31st minute after junior midfielder Morgan Brian added the team’s third goal of the half.
“Our chemistry is the biggest thing that sets us apart from other teams,” Doniak said. “We connect defense to midfield to the forwards, and I think that shows. We trust each other on and off of the field and that has made a difference this year.”
Although the offense — which registered 20 shots on goal in the game’s first 45 minutes — stood out in the first period, the team’s defensive play was also impressive. Virginia allowed just one shot in the period as Saint Francis was rarely able to generate offensive chances.
The Cavalier defense — seniors Shasta Fisher, Annie Steinlage and Morgan Stith and sophomore Emily Sonnett — successfully kept Red Flash standout senior forward Tesa McKibben, the NCAA’s active leader in career points, in check. McKibben is the only player in NCAA history to win four consecutive conference player of the year awards, but she was held to just one shot on goal in her final collegiate game.
The second half was virtually identical to the first. The Cavaliers increased their overall shot count from 20 to 30 less than 15 minutes into the second period and played as they pleased deep in the attacking third. Saint Francis dropped all of its players back in an effort to clog the middle and limit chances. Virginia countered by consistently throwing long crosses into the box from the flanks — a strategy which became increasingly more effective as the game wore on.
“Our ball movement was very good,” Swanson said. “Sometimes when teams drop back that far, you stop playing as fast as you could and should, and we didn’t do that. We found the space, which was on the flanks at that point, and we got some good goals off of crosses.”
The tactic finally paid dividends in the 63rd minute, when junior midfielder Danielle Colaprico’s cross from the far side of the field found Doniak charging into the box. The sophomore headed home her 18th goal of the season to complete a hat trick. Virginia was not done, however, and 20 minutes later sophomore forward Brittany Ratcliffe headed in another cross from senior defender Molly Menchel to push the lead to five.
“My hat trick really speaks to how well we played as a team tonight,” Doniak said. “I give all of the credit to my teammates because we worked really hard as a team.”
The Cavaliers will hope to repeat Friday’s 37-shot performance when they take on Georgetown at Klöckner Stadium Nov. 22 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at 7 p.m.

Published November 16, 2013 in FP testSports

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Splendor and honor




Canticle 18 A Song to the Lamb Revelation 4:11, 5:9-10, 13
Dignus es
Splendor and honor and kingly power *
are yours by right, O Lord our God,
For you created everything that is, *
and by your will they were created and have their being;
And yours by right, O Lamb that was slain, *
for with your blood you have redeemed for God,
From every family, language, people, and nation, *
a kingdom of priests to serve our God.
And so, to him who sits upon the throne, *
and to Christ the Lamb,
Be worship and praise, dominion and splendor, *
for ever and for ever more.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Monday, November 11, 2013

UVA Field Hockey and UVA Women's Soccer get NCAA Tournamant Bids

Two Virginia squads get NCAA tournament bids

No. 1 women's soccer gets top overall seed, while No. 4 field hockey is fifth seed

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Freshman Lucy Hyams was named ACC Freshman of Year after tallying 5 goals and 10 assists on the season

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Junior midfielder Morgan Brian leads the Cavaliers in points, with 12 goals and 14 assists

The No. 1 women’s soccer team and the No. 4 field hockey team each earned at-large bids to their respective NCAAtournaments. Both teams suffered early exits from the ACCTournament during the weekend, but the women’s soccer team was still awarded the No. 1 overall seed, and the field hockey team was awarded the fifth overall seed. The top four seeds in both tournaments all went to ACC teams.
The women’s soccer team (20-1, 13-0 ACC) finished the regular season as the only undefeated and untied squad in the country and have held the No. 1 ranking since September. The Cavaliers set a new school record with 20 consecutive wins en route to earning their first top-four national seed since 2004.
The Cavaliers earned the top seed in the ACC Tournament, but fell to Virginia Tech in the semifinals by a score of 4-2. The four goals allowed in the game were the most all season and was more than the Cavaliers had allowed in the previous nine games combined. All-ACC first-team sophomores forward Makenzy Doniak and defender Emily Sonnett scored the two Virginia goals in that game. Junior midfielder Morgan Brian, also a first-team All-ACC selection, tallied an assist in the game.
Virginia will play St. Francis in the opening round of 32 teams and host games through the quarterfinals. The Cavaliers could face No. 15 Georgetown, No. 20 Penn State and ACC foe Wake Forest, among others, on their way to the semifinals in Cary, N.C.
The field hockey team (15-5, 3-3 ACC) comes off a 2-1 loss to Duke in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals. The Cavaliers beat the Blue Devils (14-6, 3-3 ACC) earlier in the season, and could have an opportunity to face the team a third time to decide the season series. The Cavaliers must first get past No. 12 Massachusetts while fourth-seeded Duke would have to defeat New Hampshire to set up a rematch between the teams.
Senior forward Elly Buckley, an All-ACC selection, leads the Cavaliers on offense with 20 goals, while freshman Lucy Hyams holds the Virginia midfield and was named the ACCFreshman of the Year on Monday.
The field hockey team opens tournament play Saturday at 2 p.m. in Durham, and women’s soccer opens at Klöckner Stadium Friday at 7 p.m.

Published November 11, 2013 in FP testSports

Thank you veterans!!


It is Armistice Day, also known as Veterans' Day,  and on this day at 11:11 on the 11th of the 11th month, the First World War ended - the "War to End All Wars" certainly was not.  Today, we remember and honor our veterans, and we pray for those who are serving in the military.

Thank you.

~The Rev. Peter M. Carey

Here are two prayers from the "Prayer Book for Soldiers and Sailors" which the Episcopal Church gave to those in military service, and was published in 1943   See more HERE


 FOR THE NATION    O eternal God, through whose mighty power our fathers won their liberties of old; Grant, we beseech thee, that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain these liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

FOR ALL IN THE SERVICE OF OUR COUNTRY    O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country, that they, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Saturday, November 09, 2013

UVA Lacrosse Holds Flag Football Tournament to Honor Former Player Will Barrow



UVA Lacrosse Holds Flag Football Tournament to Honor Former Player Will Barrow


UVA Lacrosse Holds Tournament to Remember Former PlayerPosted: Nov 09, 2013 7:09 PM ESTUpdated: Nov 09, 2013 7:12 PM EST 

Members of the University of Virginia men's lacrosse team held a flag football tournament to honor the life of a former teammate.
Teams from several universities along the east coast played in the fifth annual Will Barrow Memorial Flag Football Tournament Saturday at Lambeth Field.
The friendly games raised funds for the UVA help line - an anonymous and confidential telephone service. Organizers say it's a positive way to remember their teammate - who took his own life in 2008.
"He was such an awesome leader, awesome teammate, and when everyone comes together for a cause like this - from other teams, it just brings everyone together for a good cause," said UVA lacrosse player Bobby Hill.
Each tournament has raised about $10,000 since the event started five years ago.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

God in the thick of our day-by-day lives

God is right there in the thick of our day-by-day lives...
Trying to get messages through our blindness
as we move around down here knee-deep
in the fragrant muck and misery and marvel of the world.

Frederick Buechner in The Magnificent Defeat


A Nation of Wimps! ~ what are the spiritual effects?


I wonder about the spiritual effects of the way that we are overly controlling our children and youth...and the ways that we need to get a grip and let them fail once in a while...have some independence...and let them have some freedom!

A Nation of Wimps
Parents are going to ludicrous lengths to take the bumps out of life for their children. However, parental hyperconcern has the net effect of making kids more fragile; that may be why they're breaking down in record numbers. 
By Hara Estroff Marano, published on November 01, 2004 - last reviewed on February 19, 2013
A Nation of Wimps
Maybe it's the cyclist in the park, trim under his sleek metallic blue helmet, cruising along the dirt path... at three miles an hour. On his tricycle.  
Or perhaps it's today's playground, all-rubber-cushioned surface where kids used to skin their knees. And... wait a minute... those aren't little kids playing. Their mommies—and especially their daddies—are in there with them, coplaying or play-by-play coaching. Few take it half-easy on the perimeter benches, as parents used to do, letting the kids figure things out for themselves.  
Then there are the sanitizing gels, with which over a third of parents now send their kids to school, according to a recent survey. Presumably, parents now worry that school bathrooms are not good enough for their children.  
Consider the teacher new to an upscale suburban town. Shuffling through the sheaf of reports certifying the educational "accommodations" he was required to make for many of his history students, he was struck by the exhaustive, well-written—and obviously costly—one on behalf of a girl who was already proving among the most competent of his ninth-graders. "She's somewhat neurotic," he confides, "but she is bright, organized and conscientious—the type who'd get to school to turn in a paper on time, even if she were dying of stomach flu." He finally found the disability he was to make allowances for: difficulty with Gestalt thinking. The 13-year-old "couldn't see the big picture." That cleverly devised defect (what 13-year-old can construct the big picture?) would allow her to take all her tests untimed, especially the big one at the end of the rainbow, the college-worthy SAT.  
Behold the wholly sanitized childhood, without skinned knees or the occasional C in history. "Kids need to feel badly sometimes," says child psychologist David Elkind, professor at Tufts University. "We learn through experience and we learn through bad experiences. Through failure we learn how to cope."  
Messing up, however, even in the playground, is wildly out of style. Although error and experimentation are the true mothers of success, parents are taking pains to remove failure from the equation. 
"Life is planned out for us," says Elise Kramer, a Cornell University junior. "But we don't know what to want." As Elkind puts it, "Parents and schools are no longer geared toward child development, they're geared to academic achievement."  
No one doubts that there are significant economic forces pushing parents to invest so heavily in their children's outcome from an early age. But taking all the discomfort, disappointment and even the play out of development, especially while increasing pressure for success, turns out to be misguided by just about 180 degrees. With few challenges all their own, kids are unable to forge their creative adaptations to the normal vicissitudes of life. That not only makes them risk-averse, it makes them psychologically fragile, riddled with anxiety. In the process they're robbed of identity, meaning and a sense of accomplishment, to say nothing of a shot at real happiness. Forget, too, about perseverance, not simply amoral virtue but a necessary life skill. These turn out to be the spreading psychic fault lines of 21st-century youth. Whether we want to or not, we're on our way to creating a nation of wimps. 
Read it all HERE at Psychology Today

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Fall rides in central Virginia

It has been quite an amazing Fall here in central Virginia!

Here are a few photos from some of my recent bike rides:






Sunday, November 03, 2013

Readings for tomorrow's Bible Study at CVille Coffee



Haggai 1:15b-2:9
Psalm 145:1-5, 18-21 or Psalm 98
2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
Luke 20:27-38



The Lessons Appointed for Use on the

Sunday closest to November 9

Proper 27
Year C
RCL

Track 1

Haggai 1:15b-2:9
Psalm 145:1-5, 18-21 or Psalm 98
2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
Luke 20:27-38



The Collect
O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Haggai 1:15b-2:9

In the second year of King Darius, in the seventh month, on the twenty-first day of the month, the word of the LORD came by the prophet Haggai, saying: Speak now to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to the remnant of the people, and say, Who is left among you that saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Is it not in your sight as nothing? Yet now take courage, O Zerubbabel, says the LORD; take courage, O Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest; take courage, all you people of the land, says the LORD; work, for I am with you, says the LORD of hosts, according to the promise that I made you when you came out of Egypt. My spirit abides among you; do not fear. For thus says the LORD of hosts: Once again, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land; and I will shake all the nations, so that the treasure of all nations shall come, and I will fill this house with splendor, says the LORD of hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, says the LORD of hosts. The latter splendor of this house shall be greater than the former, says the LORD of hosts; and in this place I will give prosperity, says the LORD of hosts.


Psalm 145:1-5, 18-21, Page 801, BCP

Exaltabo te, Deus




1
I will exalt you, O God my King, *
and bless your Name for ever and ever.
2
Every day will I bless you *
and praise your Name for ever and ever.
3
Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; *
there is no end to his greatness.
4
One generation shall praise your works to another *
and shall declare your power.
5
I will ponder the glorious splendor of your majesty *
and all your marvelous works.
18
The LORD is righteous in all his ways *
and loving in all his works.
19
The LORD is near to those who call upon him, *
to all who call upon him faithfully.
20
He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; *
he hears their cry and helps them.
21
The LORD preserves all those who love him, *
but he destroys all the wicked.

or

Psalm 98, Page 727, BCP

Cantate Domino



1
Sing to the LORD a new song, *
for he has done marvelous things.
2
With his right hand and his holy arm *
has he won for himself the victory.
3
The LORD has made known his victory; *
his righteousness has he openly shown in the sight of the nations.
4
He remembers his mercy and faithfulness to the house of Israel, *
and all the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.

5
Shout with joy to the LORD, all you lands; *
lift up your voice, rejoice, and sing.
6
Sing to the LORD with the harp, *
with the harp and the voice of song.
7
With trumpets and the sound of the horn *
shout with joy before the King, the LORD.
8
Let the sea make a noise and all that is in it, *
the lands and those who dwell therein.
9
Let the rivers clap their hands, *
and let the hills ring out with joy before the LORD,
when he comes to judge the earth.
10
In righteousness shall he judge the world *
and the peoples with equity.




2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17

As to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we beg you, brothers and sisters, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as though from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord is already here. Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come unless the rebellion comes first and the lawless one is revealed, the one destined for destruction. He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, declaring himself to be God. Do you not remember that I told you these things when I was still with you?
But we must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth. For this purpose he called you through our proclamation of the good news, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter.
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word.

Luke 20:27-38

Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus and asked him a question, "Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless; then the second and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless. Finally the woman also died. In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her."
Jesus said to them, "Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage; but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection. And the fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive."


Optional parts of the readings are set off in square brackets.
The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, and used by permission.
The Collects, Psalms and Canticles are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.

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Saturday, November 02, 2013

All Souls Day at Westminster Abbey


Several years ago while in college, I was studying in Europe and made a trip up to England to visit a friend and to see some of the sights there.  I was excited that my friend was staying in Kent, and I would be able to go to Canterbury Cathedral to attend church and poke around in the town.  But, before going to Kent, I was in London in early November, visiting museums and churches, and doing the tourist thing.  On November 2nd, I made my way over to Westminster Abbey, where I was to meet up with one of the canons of the Abbey.  A mutual friend made the connection for me, and I was poking around the Abbey on a terribly rainy and cold day.  Not being totally keyed into the liturgical calendar, I was able to learn a bit about All Souls Day while in Westminster Abbey.  Since it was such a cold and rainy day, and since there are endless things to see and to visit, I stayed there much of the day.  Since All Souls Day is also known as the Feast of the Faithful Departed when many Christians remember all those who have died in the last year, it became a rich and deep place to observe the holiday.  In addition, just the day before, one of the elderly canons (priests in a leadership role) at the Abbey had died. So, along with the rainy day, the soulful Abbey (full of tombs!), and the occasion of the death of the canon it really was a wonderful place to learn about All Souls Day, and about the depth of our Anglican Tradition - not merely by reading about it or talking about it, but by doing it.   I entered Westminster Abbey a tourist, and left a pilgrim.

I pray that we all take time today to reflect upon All Souls Day and pray for all those who have died, and pray for us, that we might live in a way that is full, abundant, and holy.

Blessings on All Souls Day,

~The Rev. Peter M.Carey



Friday, November 01, 2013

History of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Greenwood, Virginia


History of Emmanuel

History of Emmanuel Church – Greenwood, VA
Some 17 miles west of Charlottesville on the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenwood was once a flag stop on the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad where the trains climbed upgrade past Afton and Waynesboro into the Shenandoah Valley. In the early 1850′s a small group of area residents began holding services in their homes and in the Baptist Church at Hillsboro. Construction began on Emmanuel Church in 1862.
First Service – Christmas – 1863With about fifteen persons giving thanks and saying prayers for peace, the first service was conducted by Reverend Dabney C. T. Davis on Christmas Day in 1863. The Davis family lived in a log parsonage nearby. Emmanuel Church was consecrated in 1867 by Bishop John John’s assistant, Bishop Whittle, who later described it to the Diocesan Council as being a “neat, comfortable and substantial building of brick, beautifully situated. Its completion in these times of pecuniary depression afford evidence of a healthy state of religion in the parish.”
St. Paul’s – Ivy, Emmanuel – Greenwood, and St. George’s Chapel – Crozet
In 1868 St. Paul’s – Ivy and Emmanuel – Greenwood joined forces under the same rector, an agreement that was to see both churches through the financially strapped reconstruction era and into the next century. Services were held at Emmanuel twice a month. By far the most famous and influential rector was the Rev. Frederick W. Neve, who came to Albemarle County in 1888 and remained until his death. He spent seventeen of those years (1888 – 1905) as rector for Greenwood Parish, and it was under his leadership that St. Georges Chapel was constructed in Crozet. Services were held there from 1899 to 1941. Today, a small altar and plaque at Emmanuel preserves St. George’s Chapel as a vital component of our church’s history.
Church of the Holy Cross, Batesville
In 1900 Archdeacon Neve established the Church of the Holy Cross as a mission of Emmanuel – Greenwood. This beautiful and well-maintained frame chapel, four miles southwest of Batesville, also has a Parish Hall and Outreach Building which formerly housed the deaconesses who lived and served there during its period as a mission. Consecrated in 1902, Holy Cross has from the beginning been closely associated with Emmanuel, and in both of them the missionary spirit so strongly established by Mr. Neve has remained very much alive. A bell tower named for Mr. Neve was attached to the building.

insideemmanuelplaqueA Traveling Ministry

During his three years here (1908-1911), Rev. Walter Russell Bowie held services at Emmanuel every Sunday morning; on the first and third Sundays he rode to Holy Cross Mission in the afternoons; on the second and fourth Sunday afternoons he went to St. George’s Chapel in Crozet for services, after which he then took a train to Waynesboro for services there.
Replacement of the Original Church Structure
Nancy and Phyllis Langhorne gave Emmanuel a bell tower in 1905. In 1908, a rectory was constructed next to the church (now called the Marston-LaRue House). In 1914 the little Greenwood church was replaced with a new one on the same spot, including a Parish Hall with connecting arcades. Several elements were taken from the old church and placed in the new. The “tray” ceiling from the old church was placed in the new Parish Hall, and the circular windows from the 1905 bell tower were used in the new church tower.
With the exception of the move of the organ from the first floor to the gallery, relatively few changes have taken place within the Church since its re-consecration in 1915. The Parish Hall was expanded in 1959 with the addition of the fully equipped kitchen, restrooms, and Sunday School classrooms. The main meeting room remained intact.
Although both the Church and the Marston-LaRue House suffered minor fires, each time the flames were extinguished before any major damage was incurred.
Holy Cross Church – Batesville
During the early 1900′s a series of deaconesses ministered to Holy Cross. In 1918 Deaconess Margaretta James and Miss Hallie Worsham came there and remained until the Rev. H. Lee Marston became rector of Greenwood Parish in 1937.
Throughout their two decades Deaconess James and Miss Hallie administered a Clothing Bank, a Food Bank, a Medicine Bank, and made home visits, as well as performed the normal duties of running a church. Through their efforts Holy Cross was blessed with an increase in both the congregation’s size and its activities. In 1940, after extensive effort and commitment to self-reliance, Holy Cross was able to evolve into a self-supporting (with the exception of sharing the cost of the rector) sister church of Emmanuel.
The Rev. H. Lee Marston, Rector
From 1937 until 1969 the Rev. H. Lee Marston was our priest, preacher, teacher, and friend. He sparked the building of Lee Hall, which contains the parish Hall and Sunday School space for Holy Cross, and provided leadership in service for the entire community, spending many hours with Scouts, area youth and teaching thousands to swim at the Greenwood Community Center.
The Rev. Howard A. LaRue, Rector
Upon Mr. Marston’s retirement we were blessed by the arrival of the Rev. Howard A. LaRue, who preached his first sermon here in October, 1969. He was a gifted preacher and a loving shepherd to his parish. During his twenty-six year tenure both churches grew steadily in numbers and spiritual strength. He was instrumental in forming several outreach programs, most notably the Greenwood Parish Bread Fund which is housed at Holy Cross and staffed by volunteers from both supporting churches. This is the largest outreach program of its kind in the Diocese of Virginia. Reverend LaRue retired from his position as rector of Greenwood Parish on December 31, 1995.
The Rev. Charles A. Mullaly, Rector
After a 20-year career as a Medical Service Corps officer in the U.S. Army, Chuck Mullaly entered Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria. As a seminarian, he served at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Burke, Virginia. Following his ordination, he served at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Arlington, VA. Chuck and his wife Leith came to Emmanuel in November of 1997 and he retired in August of 2012.
The Rev. Sarah Kinney Gaventa, Associate RectorIn 2005, Emmanuel called its first Associate Rector, the Rev. Sarah Kinney Gaventa to serve alongside the Rev. Charles F. Mullaly in leading and shepherding the Emmanuel Church community.  Sarah’s  primary focus was on Christian Education, Youth, and Newcomers.  After serving at Emmanuel for four years, Sarah moved to Princeton, NJ to accompany her husband Matthew  who was entering seminary. In the spring of 2013, Matthew Gaventa accepted a call to serve as pastor of Amherst Presbyterian Church which brought the Gaventas back to Virginia. Sarah currently serves as associate rector at St. Paul's Episcopal in Ivy. 
The Rev. Peter M. Carey, Associate RectorThe Rev. Peter M. Carey entered seminary after a 15 year career teaching history and religious studies and coaching lacrosse and soccer in independent schools in VT, DC, NC, and PA.  He was sponsored for ordination by St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, PA, and served at Grace Episcopal Church, Silver Spring, Maryland while in seminary.  After graduating from Virginia Theological Seminary, he served as head chaplain at St. Catherine’s School in Richmond.  From 2009-2012, the Rev. Peter M. Carey served as Emmanuel’s second Associate Rector, led the Christian Formation programs, assisted with worship, governance, pastoral care and preaching at Emmanuel Episcopal Church.
The Rev. Pamela Webb, Interim RectorPam began her work as interim rector at Emmanuel in August, 2012. She had recently served as Interim Rector at Emmanuel at Brook Hill Episcopal Church in Richmond. At the time of her arrival at Emmanuel, she had been an ordained priest for eighteen years.  Pam attended the Virginia Theological Seminary. Pam is married to Dan Webb, who is from Kilmarnock and is a commercial architect in Newport News. Their "permanent" home is in Williamsburg. In August of 2013 after serving a year as interim, Pam accepted an interim call at St. George's Episcopal Church in Fredericksburg, VA.
The Rev. Christopher Garcia, Rector In August of 2013 the vestry of Emmanuel Episcopal Church elected the Rev. Christopher M. Garcia as rector. Father Christopher was previously at Christ Church, Georgetown, in the Diocese of Washington, where he served as Assistant to the Rector. For twenty-five years,  Christopher served in the U.S. Army as an intelligence officer and later as a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Assignments at the Pentagon brought the Garcia family to Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Burke, Virginia, which sponsored him for ordination. Christopher earned undergraduate, M.B.A, and law degrees from Cornell University. His seminary education was at Virginia Theological Seminary, in Alexandria, Virginia. Christopher met his wife, Cheryl, while both were in law school, and they have been married for almost 23 years. They have two children, Elizabeth and Thomas.