Adult Forum

Anglicanism 101: What does it mean to be an Episcopalian?

During the month of November, we will focus on the significance of choosing to live out our Christian lives in the context of the Episcopal Church.

Our Forum hours on Sundays November 11th, 18th, and 25th will be built around the beliefs and practices of our tradition. We will discuss the meaning of the sacraments, the keeping of the seasons of the Church calendar, and the place of the Book of Common Prayer in the way we worship and the ways that we pray. Forum hour begins at 9:30 and concludes at 10:15am. We gather in Cox Hall and all are welcome.

On Sundays, November 11th and 18th, we will celebrate an “Instructed Eucharist” at the 10:30am service. The services will be interspersed with teachings as to what is going on in the celebration. On November 11th, we will concentrate on “The Word of God”, that is, from the opening hymn and greeting through our passing of the Peace of Christ. On the 18th, we will consider the intent and meaning of “The Holy Communion”, including the “Great Thanksgiving”, The Lord’s Prayer, Communion, the Post-Communion Prayer, Blessing, and Dismissal.

If you have ever wondered why it is that we do what we do during the course of our worship service, then this Instructed Eucharist is definitely for you! Come join us and bring your friends and neighbors.

Advent Study Series

Dear Friends,

Advent is a season dedicated to a fuller appreciation of the call we share to live Christ-centered lives. In order to establish time in our busy calendars to focus on the real reason for this season, I invite you to join us for a series of discussions on Wednesday evenings November 30th, December 7th, and 14th. We will gather here at the church for a simple supper at 6:00pm. The program will last for about an hour. We will conclude the evening with the brief night prayer service known as Compline.

We will make use of guidelines for the season suggested by a group that calls itself "The Advent Conspiracy":

Worship Fully: On Wednesday, November 30th, we will discuss the meaning of "Worshipping fully". We will take a quick tour of the great resources we have in the Book of Common Prayer and Hymnal. We will discuss the central place of the Holy Eucharist in our worship on Sunday mornings. We will also explore the opportunities offered to help us pray daily as well as make use of the Advent Wreath in our homes throughout the season.

Spend Less/Give More: Our discussion on December 7th will focus on the fallacy that, in spending more, we will find greater happiness and peace. Much has been written about the joys of living life simply, and that it is indeed in living simply that real spiritual, emotional, and physical health are to be found. Furthermore, when we are set free from our addiction to spending, we discover our true nature in the joy of giving for the sake of the world around us.

Love All: Our final program on December 14th will focus both on John 3:16 and Jesus' summary of the Law. What did Jesus mean when he taught his disciples that we are to love God with all that we are and all that we have? What does it truly mean to love our neighbors as ourselves? How do we learn to do this more and more? How do we put our love for God and our neighbors into practice?

I will look forward to these discussions and making this journey through Advent with you.

Faithfully in Christ,

Rev. Rob Banse

Adult Forum Hour Nov 13

November 13

Sacred Music in the Anglican Tradition of Stone Churches: Gifts and Challenges of Instruments in our Sanctuary.

Dr. Paul Chandley will speak at forum about the history and qualities of our Aeolian Skinner organ and the Baldwin piano. He will also address the Anglican tradition of a stone cathedral as it relates to the acoustics for the organ, piano, and voices as well as other instruments. He will address musical topics to include the unique challenge of organ and piano maintenance in an environment of fluctuating humidity.

This interactive lecture will be held in the front of our church as his wife Sophia Pavlenko plays selected sacred pieces to demonstrate the topic’s main speaking points on both the organ and piano.

Paul Chandley received his undergraduate degree in performance from the University of North Carolina and his master’s and doctoral degrees in performance from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music. He is currently the Executive Director of the Trinity Music Academy in Troy, NC, Principal Conductor of Opera Experience Southeast, and Director of Music at the Trinity United Methodist Church. He has been a regular guest conductor for the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, the Kiev Symphony, the Rockhill Opera Company, the Kansas City Opera Company and the Opera Company of North Carolina.

His wife Sophia Pavlenko has toured extensively throughout the world and has traveled to all 48 states of the contiguous U.S. Over the last two years, she has presented 87 concerts in North Carolina alone. Her musical compositions, including her astounding 1st and 2nd Piano Concertos, have been featured by the Kiev Symphony and Chorus and the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra. Sophia has been featured on PBS television and in Our State Magazine for her contributions in bringing world caliber music to North Carolina.

Visit their site to learn more about Paul and Sophia at www.paulandsophiachandley.com

Adult Forum Hour Nov 20

November 20

Fauquier Free Clinic. Please join us to hear Rob Marino from the Fauquier Free Clinic. The Free Clinic works like a primary care doctor’s office: a place to go when you have an earache or to manage your high blood pressure, when you have the flu or need to check your diabetes. The Free Clinic also offers Mental Health services on a limited basis and its Dental Clinic does preventive and emergency care, fillings, extractions and cleanings. The Free Clinic is one of the efforts funded by our Outreach Committee using proceeds from our annual stable tour.