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POHICK POST

Pohick Episcopal Church


9301 Richmond Highway • Lorton, VA 22079
Telephone: 703-339-6572 • Fax: 703-339-9884

Let your light so shine (Matt. 5:16)


OCTOBER 2009
was the familiar Schubert setting done very nicely at
From The Rector the proper tempo. The choir’s offertory anthem was
The Reverend Beethoven’s The Heavens Are Telling. As much as I love
Donald D. Binder, PhD Beethoven, I don’t regard choral music as one of his
fortes, but the choir did an admirable job.”

E ver wonder how visitors view our Sunday morning


worship? Many of us, of course, can still recall our
first Sunday at Pohick - along with the first impres-
Lastly, she rated Bp. Jones’ sermon an approving “8”
on a scale of one to ten, and found the confirmation
ceremony “especially moving, as the confirmands knelt
sions the services made. Or, if that’s become a distant in turn before the bishop as he pronounced the words
memory, we also have the more recent recollections of of the sacrament.”
newer members. In spite of these complimentary comments, when
But how about the published impressions of a re- responding to the question, “How would you feel about
viewer who travels from church to church each Sunday, making this church your regular?” Ms. Recondwythe
rating worship services like a food critic rates a local nevertheless wrote, “No
restaurant? way.”
One such reviewer, Amanda Recondwythe, attended Why? She cites three
Pohick this past June during Bishop Jones’ confirmation main reasons.
visitation. Her impressions of the service and the congre- The first of these is less
gation have since been published on ShipofFools.com, a spiritual in nature, having
website for which she serves as a “Mystery Worshipper” to do with the comfort of
(See http://shipoffools.com/mystery/2009/1747.html). the pews: “The box pews
While the service she attended is obviously not repre- were the most uncomfort-
sentative of a typical Sunday morning, her reflections able church seating I have
nevertheless make for interesting reading. ever experienced. There was
First, the positives. To begin with, our congregation barely room to sit, let alone
seems to have given Ms. Recondwythe a proper wel- stand or hold the prayer
come. “An usher said hello as he handed me the bul- book or hymnal.” Of course, part of this discomfiture
letin,” she wrote. “Another usher asked if I was a visitor. was due to the crowded conditions of that particular
As people were seated in my box pew, we exchanged service. Although she counted 230 worshipers, the ac-
pleasantries. It did seem like a very friendly and caring tual number for that service was 345 (don’t tell the Fire
congregation...I have no complaints about the welcome Marshal!).
I received.”
She likewise enjoyed the music: “the Sanctus... Continued on page 2
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From the Rector: continued from page 1 odist background discover at Pohick more ceremony
than they’re used to, while many post-Vatican II Roman
While it would be a good problem to have, were ev- Catholics find it similar to the style they experienced
ery Sunday that crowded, doubtless many parishioners growing up. Only Eastern Orthodox or High Church
would feel the same and either demand a solution or Anglicans (apparently like Ms. Recondwythe) could
not attend as often as they could (which in fact seems blithely brand Pohick as “low church.”
to be the case, given the 798 active members on our Ms. Recondwythe’s final criticism is more substan-
rolls). As it is, on a more typical Sunday - especially at tive, as indeed it came up within our own Strategic Plan
the early and later services - there is much more room forums earlier in the year: “only the occupants of one
to spread out. box at a time could go up for communion, and while the
As for the configuration of the pews, Ms. Recondw- others were waiting their turn, they all socialized almost
ythe writes, “the fact that fully half the seats faced away as vigorously as they had done before the service. And
from the altar must have helped George Washington this despite the fact that the organ was playing away
and friends catch up on their sleep while Parson Weems and the choir was singing the announced communion
droned on.” Actually, Washington had died by the time hymns.” At the end of her review, she cites this as the
Parson Weems arrived at Pohick. His predecessor, the one thing that stuck in her mind a week after visiting
Rev. Lee Massey, however, wrote: “[Washington’s] be- our church.
havior in the house of God was ever so deeply reverential As Ms. Recondwythe observed, Pohick is a friendly
that it produced the happiest effect on my congregation, church, a point in our favor. At the same time, there is
and greatly assisted me in my pulpit labors.” This serves the biblical notion that “there is a time for every pur-
as a reminder of the importance our colonial forebears pose under heaven” (Eccl. 3:1). Clearly our time within
placed upon hearing the Word of God, as opposed to church is meant to be one of prayerfulness and rever-
the more visual expectations of today’s electronicized ence. That doesn’t mean, of course, ignoring or acting
worshiper. Overcoming that tendency remains a chal- coldly toward your pew companions, especially if they
lenge for all contemporary preachers, including those at are visitors. But there’s an obvious difference between
Pohick. kindly greeting your neighbors and socializing with
The second of Ms. Recondwythe’s criticisms is some- them. Coffee Hour is for socializing. And so I’m with
what more spiritual in nature in that she characterizes Ms. Recondwythe on this point, and I hope you will
Pohick’s style of worship as “decidedly low - lower than also keep it in mind on Sunday mornings in the future.
Death Valley during a new moon!” In support of this, Although Pohick’s Sunday services may not fit with
she cites Bp. Jones’ wearing of a rochet and chimere, as our recent reviewer’s liturgical style, other “Mystery
opposed to a cope and mitre, along with the absence of Worshippers” visit us each week, many of them going
bells, incense and chanting of the liturgy. Of course, as on to become active parishioners. As we have become
she tacitly admits at the end of her review - writing “I adept at doing, I hope we will continue to do even more
need some ceremony” - this is more a matter of personal so: welcome them as we would welcome Christ him-
liturgical preference. self.
It’s also a mischaracterization. In fact, within the
larger spectrum of worship styles, Pohick stands closer T he Martha Guild
to the middle than either extreme. While sanctus bells Connie Myers
and incense wouldn’t really fit with our colonial archi-
tecture, our weekly celebrations of Holy Communion, The October Martha Guild meeting will be a Pot-
as opposed to Morning Prayer, and our ceremonial pro- luck Supper with guest speaker Julia Messer, Pohick’s
cessions (including our Gospel Procession) are decid- Seminarian. The dinner will be held on Wednesday,
edly not hallmarks of “low church.” On high feast days, October 7, beginning at 6:30 pm in the Common
I even don a cope and chant the mass - something that Room Annex. All Women of the Church are cordially
would have been unthinkable at Pohick a mere thirty invited to join this monthly event. To attend this meet-
years ago. ing, please contact Connie Myers at 703-455-4652 or
Members coming from a Baptist or even a Meth- at jetskiing@hotmail.com by Sunday, October 4.
Pohick Episcopal Church October 2009 • Page 3

of her own hygiene or personal care. Her clothes are


From The Assistant Rector good quality, but she cannot dress herself. Each morn-
The Reverend ing she greets the caregivers with a smile as the three
Lyn Youll Marshall of them help her to the restroom, change her diaper,
and get her dressed.
Lauren Kessler directs the graduate program in Hayes is ninety-one. He is tall and lean with a
literary nonfiction at the University of Oregon. She chiseled face. “If Jeremy Irons lives to be a nonagenar-
is a writer, a wife, a mother, and a daughter. There was ian, he’ll look just like Hayes.” Hayes is one of only
a time when Kessler knew her mother, but then her four men in a community of thirty-nine people. When
mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and the per- Kessler first meets Hayes, she introduces herself and
son she knew changed. says “How do you do, Hayes?” He replies, “I do as I
Kessler’s reactions to the changes in her mother please.”
were not what she would have wished. “I had faced The book is peppered with quirky and sometimes
my mother’s illness and death with a combination of heartbreaking ‘conversations.’ Kessler learns how to
fear and detachment, with emotions shut down, and, I enter the lives of the people at Maplewood. As she
felt, lessons unlearned.” And so, some years later Kes- gets to know them, she moves from
sler the writer, decided to write about Alzheimer’s, seeing them defined by the disease
and forced herself to confront what she had been “too to being interesting people who
scared to confront earlier.” have Alzheimer’s.
In order to write about the disease, she “spent time This is not a text book or a ‘how
in the trenches” working as a Resident Assistant at to’ book. Principally, it is the means
Maplewood, the fictional name of a real facility for by which Kessler attempts to come to terms with her
people with Alzheimer’s. Her book Finding Life in the perceived shortcomings as a daughter. She comments,
Land of Alzheimer’s - one daughter’s hopeful story is the “the better I get at this job, the more I find ways to
result. It is a moving and compassionate account. It connect with and enjoy the company of the people I
introduces us to some of the faces of Alzheimer’s and care for, the more I realize how badly I blew it with
to the back breaking, minimum waged, and underval- my mother.”
ued work of caregivers in that field. Kessler does not pretend that her situation is the
Kessler introduces the reader to people. We meet same as other RAs with whom she works. She gets to
Brooke, the perky and enthusiastic administrator, who choose her hours, the days she works, and her liveli-
does not see Maplewood as a place of tragedy and hood is not dependant on the job. She is honest about
despair, “but rather as a vibrant community of quirky the reasons that brought her to Maplewood, but this
souls.” We meet Susan, the activities director, who does not diminish the effort and the love that she
despite management’s attempts to cut her budget, brings to the people for whom she cares.
provides creative and engaging ways for the residents And Kessler is not related to any of the patients.
and their families to be involved in activities and have She can afford a certain detachment that allows her to
fun! We meet Jasmine, bringing up her seven year old write: “a part of me has come to think of Alzheimer’s,
son alone, trying to make enough money to pay for a despite its obvious horrors, as a disease of freedom.
course at the local community college. If she works a It’s not just the memory that one loses. It is inhibition.
40 hour week as an RA, she brings home about $225. It is pretense...What remains is some unvarnished,
Most RAs do not stay longer than three months. unprotected self, maybe the self a person would have
And, we meet the residents. We meet Marianne; been had culture and society, gender and class, man-
impeccably dressed, able to take care of her own hy- ners and mores not overlaid it. The buried self, the un-
giene and personal care, “pleasant, competent and ar- lived self.”
ticulate.” She seems completely ‘normal’ until we dis- Are these consoling words for those who are ‘los-
cover that she believes herself to be the director of the ing’ or have ‘lost’ loved one’s to Alzheimer’s? Probably
facility. not. But maybe they offer a different perspective, and
Then there is Eloise, who is not able to take care perhaps, this is the strength of Kessler’s book.
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outreach to the Parish on a daily basis. Or, “Imagine


Senior Warden’s Report if ” critical ministries like Christian Education, Com-
Stew Remaly, Senior Warden munity of Hope, or the wonderful music programs had
to be cancelled. These are things that are very hard to
What a great time it is for this Parish. After a imagine. So instead, let’s “Imagine if ” there were over
wonderful summer, Church activities are once again in 200 pledges and each pledge averaged at least $4000.
full swing awaiting participation by the Parish Family. With that funding, there would be enough funds to
God has truly blessed this Parish with fantastic volun- sustain the Church and increase outreach to the com-
teers who seem to have boundless energy. By the time munity. Please prayerfully consider increasing pledges
this article is published in the Post, another successful to reach this very reachable goal.
Apple Butter and Homecoming Week will be com- Please remember that the Vestry continues to
pleted culminating in the Pohick Country Fair - the work hard on a number of projects. The Junior War-
biggest event of the year. Thanks to all who generously den and the Renovation Committee have set up two
gave of their talent and time to make these events proposals for renovating the Parish Hall. Rusty Booth
such great venues for displaying God’s love through will start painting after Apple Butter, and a campaign
outreach and to welcome newcomers. Special thanks to complete the funding for the first of many projects
go out to Wendy Remaly and Mike Wooten for all to improve the Parish facilities will begin. Vestry elec-
their hard work and dedication over this past year as tions will take place in December. If anyone wishes
the Fair Chair and Deputy Fair Chair. to run for a Vestry position, please talk to any Vestry
Look forward to the start of the Stewardship member for more information on the importance of
Campaign in October. This year’s theme is Imagine If? serving in this critical ministry that represents each
“Imagine if ” heating bills could not be paid or up keep and every member. Again, if anyone has an idea, wants
to Church facilities could not be provided. “Imagine if ” to discuss an issue, or has a concern please contact a
the members of the staff had to be laid off or staff pay Vestry member or use the Vestry Gram as a means of
had to be drastically cut - a staff that provides critical communication.

Junior Warden’s Report Garden News


Jeff Parker, Junior Warden God created the Garden of Eden. Of course,
creating a garden like Eden is not possible, and
there is not a single apple tree on the Pohick
Fasten the seat belts! The ride around the Pohick
grounds. However, a pleasing garden can be cre-
Property is fast paced.
ated to greet the Pohick family and visitors, and
Eagle Scout projects have been completed. Max
entice them to stop and “smell the roses.”
Schwoppe deserves major congratulations for the su-
A volunteer with a love of gardening and fresh
per job in the parking lot. Tope Ayorinde did a mag-
ideas is needed to oversee the courtyard and other
nificent job with the erosion control of the rectory
small areas around the Church buildings. John
driveway. And, Chris Vaughn is now working on the
Sessums plans a Spring and Fall grounds cleanup.
gazebo at the Fairgrounds.
Mike Wolfe cares for the lawn and the mulch-
The HVAC system in the foyer has been success-
ing of plants. The goal is to prune, weed, water,
fully replaced. The Foyer sprinkler system is ready for
and generally care for the established plants. Oc-
final inspection.
casionally, annuals could be added for color. Al-
The Renovations Committee is still listening!
though this is not a difficult job as the gardens are
Opinions and votes are being counted.
well established, it does take time. This job also
The painting was delayed so that the fresh
provides a rewarding sense of satisfaction.
paint did not affect the flavor of the crabs
To volunteer for this ministry, please contact
and the apple butter. The first phase is just
Jackie Wells at 703-780-1472 or at cathedral-
for the painting and acoustical treatment,
shoppe@yahoo.com.
but it will make a big difference!
Pohick Episcopal Church October 2009 • Page 5

Ø Music Notes
Linda Egan, Minister of Music

Have you ever wondered about the effects of mu-


EYC News
Rusty Booth, Youth Minister

The youth program at Pohick has begun! The


sic participation on children, adults, and communi- Kick-off Picnic on September 13 was a great success
ties? Here are some interesting reports summarized with teens and their families enjoying a great meal.
directly from the web: While the teens split into their respective groups, the
A 2009 study by Chorus America found positive parents had an informational meeting. For those un-
benefits of choruses and choral singing. able to attend the picnic, contact Rusty to get a folder
A child moved by the arts sees the world through with forms and information about the program.
creative eyes. With so many things touching the imag- Fall is a very busy time in the EYC program with
inations of kids, they need to be exposed to the best of the Country Fair, Mission Trip meetings, a visit to
the arts, music, and culture. Cox Farms, and a Pump It Up event at the end of the
Children who sing in choruses have greater aca- month.
demic success and more advanced social skills than A Bible study for 7-12 graders has begun, and
children who do not sing, as reported by large ma- meets on Sundays at 5:30 pm in the Vestry House.
jorities of both parents and educators surveyed for the Bring a Bible, and
study. Singing in a chorus developed the self-confi- be ready to explore
dence, self-discipline and memory skills of children and discover the
singers; children were better able to participate in many stories of
group activities as well. the Bible and their
Both parents and educators from every discipline relevance to daily
attributed a significant part of a child’s academic suc- life!
cess to singing in a choir. Educators observed that Contact Rusty Booth, Youth Minister, by phone
children who sing have better emotional expression, at 703-339-6572 or by email at rusty@pohick.org for
and exhibit better emotional management. Research- answers to questions about the program. More infor-
ers who prepared the study noted that “parents defini- mation is available on the Pohick Church website un-
tively date their child’s improvements in a variety of der the youth page.
areas to their joining a choral group.”
There are approximately 10.1 million American Christmas Mart
children and 32.5 million American adults singing Art and Consignment
in choruses today. A previous study found that adult Find anything interesting while looking for
choral singers have increased social skills, civic in- Hodge Podge donations? Maybe there was an ex-
volvement, volunteerism, philanthropy, and support of ceptionally nice item that could be consigned to
other art forms, when compared with non-singers. the Christmas Mart Art and Consignment room.
Adult choral singers reported they have become The Christmas Mart takes place on November 19,
better team leaders and team participants in other ar- and the Consignment Room usually does a big
eas of their lives. Those who are eligible voters vote business. However, the success of the Consign-
more often than the general public and are more likely ment room depends on people bringing in their
to patronize the other arts. treasures. New consign-
In the preparation of music at Pohick by both ors are also needed to
children and adults, the practice of music as an art is add variety. Please con-
turned toward the service of the worship of God and tact Edie Bartlett at 703-
the inspiration and encouragement of his people. We 780-6809 or by email at
take this calling seriously, and find it a privilege to live redsse@aol.com for more
it week by week. We are grateful for the benefits that information.
come from it as well.
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Update on Issues in the Anglican Communion


Don Brownlee
Due to early summer production deadlines, last month’s eral Convention has come to recognize that the baptized
article about issues being debated by the General Conven- membership of The Episcopal Church includes same-
tion of The Episcopal Church was written while the General gender couples living in lifelong committed relationships
Convention was still session, and those debates were still un- “characterized by fidelity, monogamy, mutual affection
derway. and respect…”
After ten days of prayer, discussions, and delibera- • Recognizes that people who are part of such rela-
tions, the General Convention approved two Resolu- tionships “have responded to God’s call and have exer-
tions, which have engendered a great deal of controversy, cised various ministries in and on behalf of God’s One,
and which will have a significant impact on the life of the Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church” throughout time,
Church going forward. A third dealt with the proposed and are doing so now;
Anglican Covenant. • Declares “that God has called and may call such
It is important to understand exactly what those individuals, to any ordained ministry in The Episcopal
Resolutions did and did not say. The Vestry is concerned Church,” and that it is attempted to discern who God
that a great deal of misinformation is being circulated has so called through established discernment processes
within the Parish about these Resolutions; the easiest as spelled out in the Constitution and Canons; and
way to clarify that is to look at the texts themselves. • Acknowledges that members of The Episcopal
These Resolutions generally related to gays or les- Church, as well as those of the greater Anglican Com-
bians in committed, monogamous same-gender rela- munion, “based on careful study of the Holy Scriptures,
tionships. For simplicity’s sake, the term “same-gender and in light of tradition and reason, are not of one mind,
unions” will be used. and Christians of good conscience disagree about some
Resolution C056, “Liturgies for Blessings:” of these matters.”
• Directs the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Resolution D020, Provisional Acceptance
Music to “collect and develop theological and liturgical of (the proposed) Anglican Covenant
resources” with regard to blessing of same-gender unions, • Commends the current draft of the Anglican Cov-
and report back to the next General Convention three enant (the “Ridley Cambridge Draft”), and any succes-
years from now; sive drafts, to the dioceses for “study and comment;”
• Says this process should be “open,” with “participa- • Asks dioceses to report on their study to the church’s
tion from provinces, dioceses, congregations, and indi- Executive Council, which will prepare a report to the
viduals who are engaged in such theological work, and next General Convention; and
inviting theological reflection from throughout the An- • Invites dioceses and congregations to “consider the
glican Communion;” Anglican Covenant proposed draft as a document to
• Declares that bishops, particularly those in areas inform their understanding of and commitment to our
where same-gender marriage, civil unions, or domestic common life in the Anglican Communion.”
partnerships are legal, “may provide generous pastoral re- The two resolutions on human sexuality passed by
sponse to meet the needs of members of this Church;” wide margins in both the House of Bishops and House
• Acknowledges, and says the that the Convention of Deputies. Support in the House of Deputies had been
honors, “the theological diversity of this Church in re- widely predicted; the level of support in the House of
gard to matters of human sexuality;” and Bishops took many observers by surprise.
• Encourages members of the Church to engage in As often seems the case, many of those who partici-
this effort. pated in these deliberations saw primarily the nuances
Resolution D025, “Commitment and Witness and compromises of the final language, while those on
to the Anglican Communion:” the outside saw primarily the bold headlines. The Pre-
• Reaffirms The Episcopal Church’s “abiding com- siding Bishop and President of the House of Deputies
mitment” to the Anglican Communion and declares the hurried to write the Archbishop of Canterbury to assure
desire to “live into the highest degree of communion him Resolution D025 was “more descriptive than pre-
possible” with others in the Communion; scriptive in nature…” and that it does not explicitly re-
• States that as a result of the Listening Process
called for by the Lambeth Conference of 1998, the Gen- Continued on page 7
Pohick Episcopal Church October 2009 • Page 7

Update on Issues in the Anglican Communion, (ECLA) adopted a resolution which essentially opened
continued from page 6 its ministry to those in committed same-gender relation-
ships.
peal the Resolution passed three years ago that urged “re- • Later in August, the Diocese of Cape Town in the
straint” in consecrating bishops in same-gender unions. Province of South Africa asked that Church’s bishops
They added that “ordination is not a ‘right,’ guaranteed provide pastoral guidelines for its gay and lesbian mem-
to any individual; the effect of this resolution is to open bers living in “covenanted partnerships.”
our Church’s discernment and ordination process “to all • The Bishop of Southeast Florida, authorized his
baptized members.” clergy to provide pastoral blessings - but not to pre-
The Archbishop, who had told the Convention “I side over same-gender weddings - and created a team
hope and pray that there won’t be decisions in the com- to gather liturgies and write guidelines for blessings of
ing days that could push us further apart,” did not appear same-gender couples.
persuaded. He said in a Reflection published a few days • The Bishop of South Carolina suggested that his
later that their statements were “helpful, but unlikely to diocese consider withdrawing from some of the Episco-
allay anxieties” within the wider Communion. While pal Church’s governing bodies, while not attempting to
calling prejudice and violence against gays and lesbians leave The Episcopal Church itself. Some within his own
“sinful and disgraceful,” he said, “So long as the Church diocese attacked him for a failure of leadership in not
Catholic, or even the Communion as a whole does not bolting from The Episcopal Church immediately.
bless same-sex unions, a person living in such a union • Early in September, seven Episcopal bishops who
cannot without serious incongruity have a representa- oppose these developments met with Archbishop Wil-
tive function in a Church whose public teaching is at liams to declare their commitment to remain part of both
odds with their lifestyle.” He raised the possibility of a the Anglican Communion and The Episcopal Church.
“two-tier” or “two-track” model of relationships within They said they saw the differences within the Church as
the Anglican Communion in the future, “two ways of “not merely differences of opinion on human sexuality,
witnessing to the Anglican heritage, one of which had but also about differing understandings of ecclesiology
decided that local autonomy had to be the prevailing and questions regarding the independence or interde-
value” (rather than shared and agreed-upon discernment pendence of a global communion of churches in discern-
of values.) ing the mind of Christ together,” and issued a statement
Pohick’s three Bishops voted for C056, with Bishop encouraging dioceses, congregations and individuals
Jones playing a last-minute role in drafting the final lan- within The Episcopal Church work for the adoption of
guage. Bishops Lee and Jones voted for D025 as well, the Covenant.
while Bishop Johnston voted against it. He said in a let- • A group in the Church of England that agrees with
ter to the Diocese, “I absolutely agree with every word these developments suggested developing stronger links
of the resolution itself…The problem for me with D025 between like-minded people in England and The Epis-
was how it would be seen in its implications rather than copal Church.
being understood for what it actually says.” An updated draft of the Anglican Covenant is ex-
He added, “The plain reality is that very little is actu- pected to be released later this fall. The critical question
ally changed by either one of the resolutions in them- will be the section dealing with its adoption - whether
selves. Both statements address what is already true in that is limited to Provinces such as The Episcopal Church,
the life and witness of the Episcopal Church. The Con- or open to individual dioceses and parishes as well - and
vention is overwhelmingly of the mind that the Episco- language on possible sanctions against signatories seen as
pal Church will be the stronger for the realistic and clear deviating from accepted theological teaching and inter-
perspective of these resolutions. pretation of Scripture.
Action and reaction followed swiftly. To highlight a
few:
• By early August, the dioceses of Minnesota and Los It is important to remember that despite all these con-
Angeles had included priests in same-gender unions on troversies, the work of the Church - globally, nationally, and
their slates of candidates for election as bishops later this locally - goes on. Hungry are fed; needy are provided for; sick
fall. Should they be elected, a majority of diocesan bish- are visited. Pohick will send another mission team to New
ops and standing committees would have to consent. Orleans in October. The Vestry is determined to continue the
• The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America important ministry and mission.
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sonality, behavior, vision, hearing, taste, smell, and touch.


Health News Each part of the brain serves a specific function and links
Carol Heddleston, Parish Nurse with other parts of the brain to form more complex func-
tions.
An Injured Brain
Time for Seasonal F lu Shots When a brain injury happens, the functions of the
Seasonal flu shots, not the H1N1 variety, will be neurons, nerve tracts, or sections of the brain can be af-
administered on October 18 from 9:00 am until 11:00 fected. If the neurons and nerve tracts are affected, they
am in the Parish Hall. These shots are to protect ev- can have difficulty carrying the messages that tell the brain
eryone from the seasonal flu that can be just as dan- what to do. This can change the way a person thinks, acts,
gerous as the “swine flu.” INOVA community nurses feels and moves the body. Brain injury can also change the
will be onsite to give the injections. Vaccines will be complex internal functions of the body, such as regulat-
$25, although those presenting a Medicare card will ing body temperature, blood pressure, bowel and bladder
be covered by that plan. control. These changes can be temporary or permanent.
Hopefully, in a few more weeks there will be more Acquired brain injury takes place at the cellular level
information about the availability of the H1N1 vac- within the brain. Injury from acquired brain injury can
cine. Until then, get the seasonal flu shot and WASH effect cells throughout the entire brain, instead of just in
THOSE HANDS! specific areas as with traumatic brain injury. An acquired
brain injury is not hereditary, congenital, degenerative or
Brain Injuries induced by birth trauma. An acquired brain injury is an
Every 23 seconds, a person in the United States sus- injury to the brain that has occurred after birth.
tains a traumatic brain injury. An estimated 3.17 million Common causes of acquired brain injury are:
Americans currently live with disabilities resulting from • Airway obstruction, trauma to head and/or neck
traumatic brain injury. • Near drowning, throat swelling, choking, strangulation
A traumatic brain injury occurs when an outside force • Electrical shock or lightening strike
impacts the head hard enough to cause the brain to move • Heart attack, stroke, infectious disease, metabolic dis-
within the skull or if the force causes the skull to break orders, meningitis, certain venereal diseases, insect borne
and directly hurts the brain. Traumatic brain injury can disease, exposure to toxic chemicals, and gases, such as
occur from motor vehicle crashes, firearms, falls, sports, carbon monoxide.
and physical violence such as hitting or striking some- Brain Injury Symptoms
one with an object. Many cases of domestic violence and A wide variety of symptoms can occur after “brain in-
Shaken Baby Syndrome result in brain injuries. Also, a jury.” The nature of the symptoms depends on where the
rapid acceleration and deceleration of the head can force brain has been injured. Below is a list of possible physi-
the brain to move back and forth across the inside of the cal and cognitive symptoms which can arise from frontal
skull. lobe brain injury symptoms:
If a brain injury is suspected, encourage the injured • Loss of simple movement of various body parts -
person to seek medical attention immediately. Many paralysis
people with brain injuries often experience subtle changes • Inability to plan a sequence of complex movements
to their personality. Brain injuries are often misdiagnosed needed to complete multi-stepped tasks, such as
or undiagnosed. making coffee
A Healthy Brain • Loss of spontaneity in interacting with others
The brain is enclosed inside the skull and the skull • Loss of flexibility in thinking
acts as a protective covering for the soft brain. The brain is • Persistence of a single thought, perseveration
made of neurons (nerve cells) that form tracts that route • Inability to focus on task
throughout the brain. These nerve tracts carry messages to • Mood changes, changes in social behavior, and
various parts of the brain, which the brain uses to perform changes in personality
functions like breathing, heart rate, body temperature, • Difficulty with problem solving
metabolism, thought processing, body movements, per- • Inability to express language
Pohick Episcopal Church October 2009 • Page 9

2009 Christmas Mart • Save the Date!


The Pohick Church Christmas Mart will take place decorating and cleaning up.
on Thursday, November 19 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. There are MANY ways to get involved with the
This annual event is sponsored by the Women of Po- Christmas Mart. It is a great way to meet new friends
hick Church, the Ann Mason Guild, and the Martha and share hours of fun. Please come join the fun! The
Guild. Many women have been busy for months plan- proceeds raised from the Christmas Mart are divided
ning for this wonderful event. among the Ann Mason Guild, the Martha Guild,
The Parish House and the Vestry House will be and the Women of the Church. Funds will be used by
transformed into a festive Christmas atmosphere these groups in various outreach programs. There will
- rooms are filled with beautiful arts and crafts, at- be many announcements and requests for help from
tic treasures, and consignments. Also, there will be now through November 19. Hopefully, there will be
many delicious items to tempt the taste buds, includ- a volunteer opportunity for all. Please direct ques-
ing fresh baked goods, items from the pantry shelf, tions to Connie Myers at 703-455-4652 or Prudence
and the ever-popular frozen casseroles. A delicious Brooks at 703-913-7076.
luncheon is served by ladies dressed in traditional co-
lonial costumes. There are three seatings for the lun- 2009
cheon - 11:00 am, 12:00 noon, and 1:00 pm.
There are MANY, MANY opportunities for the Christmas
whole congregation - both women and men - to Mart
participate in making this another successful Mart.
Look for sign-up sheets in the Common Room near November 19
the end of October as well as announcements in up- 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
coming Sunday bulletins. Here are just a few of the
ways to volunteer time and talents.
Baked Goods/Pantry Shelf - donate homemade
cakes, pies, cookies, candy, fudge, breads, homemade
jams, jellies, preserves, relishes, vinegars, etc.
Attic Treasures – donate gently used household
treasures, including dishes, decorations, knick-knacks,
and Christmas items.
Christmas Shoppe - donate handmade craft items.
Consignment and Art Show - sell fine china, glass,
silver, and crafts on consignment.
Decorations - help with transforming the build-
ings into a beautiful holiday atmosphere.
Frozen Casseroles - donate homemade frozen
main dishes, soups, sauces, casseroles, etc.
Jewelry - contribute old jewelry, both fine and Church Register
costume jewelry welcome.
Luncheon - volunteer to help in the kitchen pre- Deaths
paring the delicious lunch that is served on Mart day. Bess Jones Garrott, died July 24, 2009
Waitresses - volunteer to be one of the lovely wait- Olivia Jean Howard, died September 3, 2009
resses dressed in colonial costume to serve the lun-
cheon. Transfers-In
Luncheon Ticket Sales - help sell luncheon tickets Frank, Jennifer, Gabe and Nicholas Sassin
when the doors open on Mart Day. Charlotte Lafean
Set-up & Clean-up - help with moving furniture,
Page 10 • October 2009 Pohick Episcopal Church

Pohick’s F inancial Status and Way Forward


John Pasour, Treasurer
The annual stewardship campaign is about to be- The personnel costs now consume 70% of the
gin. Here are a few points concerning the steward- budget - an increase from 62% in 2002. After add-
ship process. This past year has been very difficult eco- ing the other large budget items like utilities, facilities
nomically. Despite the financial uncertainty and large upkeep, and basic parish operations, there really is not
losses experienced by many, giving to the Church has much room for cuts. The only truly discretionary por-
held up quite well. Assuming the usual surge in giv- tion of the budget
ing at the end of the year, the total income for the is the outside giv-
Church should be very close to the originally bud- ing, whereby a va-
geted amount. riety of agencies
However, even if budgeted giving is reached, the and missions in
year is likely to end with a sizeable net operating the larger commu-
deficit. Furthermore, the budgeted income this year nity are supported.
is $20,000 less than last year. The year began with a That portion of the
budget of $638,000 and a projected deficit of $36,000 budget has in fact
with hopes that either income would increase or ex- been reduced sub-
penses would decrease to achieve a balance. While stantially from its
spending may come in somewhat below budget, this peak of about 11%
will probably be another deficit year, perhaps even ex- of the operating
ceeding last year’s $16,000 deficit. The concern is that budget to its pres-
this is symptomatic of a structural problem with the ent level of 6.8%.
budget, and that there are more commitments than However, much
can be supported. of Pohick’s Outreach is funded outside the operat-
Over the past several years, staff has been greatly ing budget by various parish organizations, such as
enhanced, with truly talented and dedicated people in the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, the Martha Guild,
all the key positions. The positive impact of this is all the Ann Mason Guild, and by the clergy discretion-
around, from the tremendous music on Sunday morn- ary funds. Since 2006, the total operating budget has
ings, to the wealth of programs, ministries, and edu- increased steadily, while the income has actually de-
cational opportunities that are available, to the well- creased. Thus, it is clear that the only way to maintain
maintained grounds and facilities. However, there is a the status quo on a long-term basis is to increase the
cost for all this talent, and as a parish the congregation level of giving.
must show through their wallets that this is indeed Is increased giving realistic in the current eco-
the kind of parish desired for the future. nomic environment, and perhaps more importantly,
It is true that in most of the past dozen or so years, in light of the turmoil in the Episcopal Church? In-
the budget has operated at a surplus, which has pro- creased giving is possible for the following reasons:
vided a healthy safety net. During the “Binder Era” of 1. The parish has the means. God has blessed this
2001-2008, the net operating surplus has been over congregation richly, and although there are wealthier
$66,000, averaging $8,300 per year. This track record congregations, the average family income of Pohick
has also provided a strong justification for the Vestry would be the envy of many.
to adopt a deficit budget as it has every one of those 2. There is a calling to return a share of riches to
years. There is a leap of faith that somehow everything God. While there may be disagreements over some is-
will work out all right, and it usually does work. A sues in the Episcopal Church, or even here at Pohick,
closer look at that history, however, reveals the sur- there can be no disagreement about the Biblical direc-
pluses to be due largely to lower than expected expen- tive to give freely for God’s work. There should also
ditures, most often due to staff vacancies, or to large,
unanticipated gifts. Continued on page 11
Pohick Episcopal Church October 2009 • Page 11

Pohick’s Financial Status and Way Forward


continued from page 10 Stewardship
Pledge Information
be no disagreement that this parish is totally focused Every year when the pledge cards come out in Oc-
on doing that work, whether by educating the youth, tober someone wants to know:
providing spiritual nourishment, Christian fellowship, What do the boxes that can be checked mean?
opportunities for worship, and personal ministry to all How do they get applied in the budget process?
members, or by reaching out to those in need in the The three possible boxes to check appear as fol-
surrounding community. Every member of this parish lows:
is called to support it, and should do so enthusiasti-
cally, and feel truly blessed to do so. ® Unrestricted
3. Checkboxes are provided on the pledge card ® Restricted to Parish and Diocese
for those who for reasons of conscience do not want ® Restricted to Parish
to support the Diocese of Virginia or the Episcopal If no box is checked, the pledge will go into the
Church. These designations are absolutely honored. general fund without any restrictions.
While the theology of this mechanism can be debat- If the Unrestricted box is checked…the pledge
ed, and certainly one can argue that it directly con- will go into the general fund without any restrictions.
tradicts the example set by Paul in raising money for If the Restricted to Parish and Diocese box is
the Church in Jerusalem, with which he had many checked...the pledge will be applied only to the Parish
disagreements, this method was believed by the Vestry and Diocese and not at the National level (The Epis-
when it was implemented six years ago to be a reason- copal Church USA).
able, hopefully temporary, means of dealing with the If the Restricted to Parish box is checked...the
issues at hand. pledge will be used only at the Parish level (Pohick
4. Finally, please pledge. Ideally the whole pro- Episcopal Church).
cess of pledging should be strongly spiritual. Pledg- When a person makes a pledge, the church finance
ing is extremely important to the budgeting process. secretary notes which of the three boxes on the pledge
Every year an educated guess at the next year’s giving card is checked and records that on the teller sheet to
is made as budget requests are scrutinized and needs ensure that the pledge will be applied as designated.
are prioritized. Please provide the advantage indicat- Each year during the budgeting process, the Vestry
ing giving intentions by making a pledge. “Intention” pledges a certain percentage of the Unrestricted funds
is the key word. A pledge is not a binding contract. It to the Diocese. This year that percentage is about 6%,
can always be amended (downward or upward) should as compared to the expected 12-14% for a church the
unforeseen circumstances arise. size of Pohick. Funds are not sent directly to the Na-
From the Finance Committee’s initial look at next tional Church, so for the funds marked Restricted to
year’s budget, it is very clear that the present staffing Parish and Diocese, the amount that would be sent
and basic operating costs cannot be sustained over the to the National Church is withheld from the Diocese.
long term without increased giving. Please prayerfully Pledges that are marked Restricted to Parish are used
consider the stewardship packet and a pledge. only to support internal programs, staff, facilities, and
local charitable activities. The entire amount (6% this
year) that would ordinarily be sent to the Diocese is
withheld, so none of those funds find their way to the
Diocese or National Church. To maintain the spirit of
outside giving that the diocesan pledge is supposed to
represent, all the withheld funds are given instead to
local charitable organizations.
Further questions can be directed to Pat Osisek,
the Parish Financial Secretary, or John Pasour, the
Treasurer.
Page 12 • October 2009 Pohick Episcopal Church

5th & 6th Send News!


Articles for the November 2009 Pohick Post
Grade EYC are due no later than October 15! Forward
input by email in Word compatible format to
EYC Fun Event Lori Buckius, raebuck@aol.com.

Cox Farms Design concerns & items


for the Sunday Service
Centreville, VA Volunteers page should be
addressed to Carmel Hodge,
Sunday, cchodge@cox.net.
October 25, 2009
1:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Meet in Old Colchester parking lot. JR & SR HIGH EYC
Bring money for fast food dinner. EYC Fun Event
Dress for the weather!
Cost: $18
Includes 1 pumpkin
to take home! Manassas, VA
Money and permission slip
due October 11. Sunday, October 25, 2009
Questions?
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Contact Rusty
Booth at Meet in the
703-339-6572, Old Colchester parking lot.
rusty@pohick.org
Cost: $20
Includes pizza and soda
Fall Cleanup
Money and permission slip
The Pohick Fall Cleanup due October 11, 2009.
is scheduled for Saturday, October 24
beginning at 9:15 am. The work For more information,
usually ends at 2:00 pm. Bring gloves contact Rusty Booth,
and handyman tools if available -
but volunteers are needed most of all! 703-339-6572, rusty@pohick.org.
Pohick Episcopal Church October 2009 • Page 13

Pohick Church Activities • October 2009


Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
SEPT 27 28 29 30 OCT 1 2 3
Proper 21b 10a Parent/ 9:30a Staff Mtg. 6p St. Francis 6:30p Bell Choir 8a BSA
7:45a HE I Toddler Group 2:30p HE/FX Choir 7p EFM 10a Country
9a HE II
7p Adult Chris- 6:30p Alpha 7:30p HE/LOH 7:30p Adult Fair
10:15a Christian Ed
11:15a HE II tian Ed Cmte Mtg Course Choir
12:30p St. Cecelia 7:30p Stewardship 8:30p AA
St. Alban
5:30p Jr&Sr Bible
Study
6:30 EYC ( Jr&Sr)
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Proper 22b 10a Parent/ 9:30a Staff Mtg. 6p St. Francis 6:30p Bell Choir 8a BSA
7:45a HE I Toddler Group 2:30p HE/FX Choir 7p EFM 10a Country
9a HE II
6:30p Alpha 6:30p Commu- 7:30p Adult Fair Rain Date
10:15a Christian Ed
11:15a HE I Course nity of Hope Choir
12:30p St. Cecelia 7:30p HE/LOH 8:30p AA
St. Alban 7:30p Martha
4p Blessing of the Guild
Animals
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
New Orleans Mission Trip New Orleans New Orleans New Orleans New Orleans New Orleans New Orleans
Proper 23b Mission Trip Mission Trip Mission Trip Mission Trip Mission Trip Mission Trip
7:45a HE I 9:30a Staff Mtg. 6:30p Bell Choir
9a HE II 10a Parent/
10:15a Christian Ed 9:30a Ann Ma- 6p St. Francis 7p EFM 8a BSA
11:15a HE II Toddler Group son Guild Choir 7:30p Adult
12:30p St. Cecelia 2:30p HE/FX 7:30p HE/LOH Choir
St. Alban Columbus Day 6:30p Alpha 8:30p AA
5:30p Jr&Sr Bible Course
Study Office Closed Deadline for
6p EYC Dinner (All Grps) 7:30p Vestry Mtg Pohick Post
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
New Orleans Mission Trip 10a Parent/ 9:30a Staff Mtg. 6p St. Francis 6:30p Bell Choir 8:00a BSA
Proper 24b Toddler Group 2:30p HE/FX Choir 7p EFM 9:15a Fall
7:45a HE I 6:30p Alpha 7:30p HE/LOH 7:30p Adult Clean-Up
9a HE II
9a-11a Flu Shots Course Choir (tentative)
10:15a Christian Ed 7p Tutoring 8:30p AA
11:15a HE I
12:30p St. Cecelia
St. Alban
1:30p Mission
Trip Team Mtg
6p EYC ( Jr&Sr)
25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Stewardship Sunday 10a Parent/ 9:30a Staff Mtg. 6p St. Francis 6:30p Bell Choir 8:00a BSA
In-gathering Toddler Group 2:30p HE/FX Choir 7p EFM Alpha course
Proper 25b
7:30p Stewardship 6:30p Alpha 7:30p HE/LOH 7:30p Adult
7:45a HE I
9a HE II Course Choir
10:15a Christian Ed 7p Tutoring 8:30p AA
11:15a HE II
12:30p St. Cecelia
St. Alban
1:30p EYC Fun
Event (All Groups)
Contact the Parish Secretary, Vonne Troknya, troknya@pohick.org, to list group meetings or events on the calendar.
Page 14 • October 2009 Pohick Episcopal Church

SUNDAY SERVICE VOLUNTEERS


4 OCTOBER 11 OCTOBER 18 OCTOBER 25 OCTOBER 1 NOVEMBER
USHERS
7:45 John Springer Tom Mayberry John Pasour Randy Brooks Dan Muir
Mike Vaughn Gerry Smither Ken Evans Bob Johnson Tony Marsico
9:00 Beth Altman Tom Bland Edwardene Pitcock John Godley Dennis Myers
Jim Bartholomew Susan Homar Randy Cudworth Santos Garcia Don Buckius
Micheyl Bartholomew Pehr Pehrsson Dave Fletcher Grant Hodges Jim Foster
Dru Hodges Rita Smith Terry Mullins Warren Prados Han Hoffheins
11:15 Stew Remaly Chris Brown John Springer Angela Edgemon Bill Bland
Jason Smith Bill Hosp Annie Westover Steve Edgemon Mike Wooten
OPEN - UP
7:00 Suzanne Leon Tom Mayberry John Pasour Robin Teale Don Brownlee
LOCK - UP
1:00 Stew Remaly Chris Brown Roberta Fede Jim From TBD
TELLERS
12:15 TBA Pasour/Remaly M/M Myers Kirkland/Pinkard Brooks/Mayberry
ALTAR GUILD
AM N. Bireley J. Wells J. Wells BJ McPherson BJ McPherson
J. Sunderland N. Sage N. Sage J. Holm J. Holm
B. Wagner C. Heddleston C. Heddleston A. Powell A. Powell
R. Teale H. Parker H. Parker A. Powell/J. Schmid A. Powell/J. Schmid
J. MacDonald J. Buckley/S. Wrona J. Buckley/S. Wrona E. Pitcock E. Pitcock
A. Cannon C. Hanchin C. Hanchin A. Marsico A. Marsico
R. Stankwitz R. Stankwitz D. Pasour D. Pasour
FLOWER GUILD
AM TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
COFFEE HOUR
7:45 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
9:00 M/M Leon M/M Myers M/M Tracy M/M Keeney M/M From
11:15 M/M Thurston S. Caesar M. Yezek K. Kirkland M/M Heintze
NURSERY
AM TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
GREETERS
7:45 Doug Smith M/M Bill Stewart Bill Wrench Becky Wagner M/M Don O’Connell
9:00 Edie Bartlett Bill & Kristy Bland M/M Tom Bland M/M Mason Botts Pasours/Schmid
11:15 TBD M & D Holmgren M/M Rick Nelson Portia Richter M/M Don Homar
LAY READERS
7:45 P. Springer (R) E. Thorson (R) J. Messer (R) D. Muir (R) J. Springer (R)
B. Stewart (P) J. Springer (P) E. Thorson (P) B. Stewart (P) P. Springer (P)
9:00 F. Ayorinde (P) J. Pasour (R) R. Heintze (R) F. Ayorinde (R) S. Harding (R)
M. Elston (R) M. Faber (P) C. LeFean (P) M. Elston (P) M. Harding (P)
11:15 A. Poad (R) J. Messer (P) N. Sage (P) R. Nelson (P) A. Poad (P)
T. Mullins (P) C. Knipling (R) C. Cockroft (R) T. Mullins (R) J. Pasour (R)

The Sunday Service Volunteers Schedule is also available at Pohick Church’s website, www.pohick.org, under “Ministries.”
Pohick Episcopal Church October 2009 • Page 15

SUNDAY SERVICE VOLUNTEERS


4 OCTOBER 11 OCTOBER 18 OCTOBER 25 OCTOBER 1 NOVEMBER
ACOLYTES
7:45 LC Jacob R LC Thomas MacG TBD TBD TBD
9:00 LC Zack P LC Jonathan C TBD TBD TBD
SC Dru H SC Rosser H
T Mitchell F T Hannah V
T Keighan S T Melisa L
B Max P B Julia H
11:15 LC William W LC Sarah W TBD TBD TBD
SC Klint E SC Rachael P
T Sarah B T Mikey K
T McFerrin W T Mary B
B Andrew W B Casey L

Continue tying pieces of green raffia around

J Kids Korner! the neck of the bag until all of it has been
used.
Cut a 1.5” wide strip of brown construction
Paper Bag Pumpkin Craft paper and roll up into a tube. Insert the tube
This cute kids’ paper bag pumpkin craft is of paper into the center of the green portion of
perfect for table decorations or, if filled with the bag as the stem. If these bags are used as
candy, a great party treat bag. They are easy to decoration, glue the stem in place.
make with simple supplies for a fun Halloween Tips: To reuse these decorations at Hallow-
craft! een, add faces as jack-o’-lanterns by gluing on
Materials: yellow construction paper facial features.
1 brown paper lunch bag If using these as party bags, grab all raffia
Acrylic paint: orange and leaf green pieces together and tie them into one knot to
Paintbrush make them easier to remove rather than ripping
¼ sheet brown construction paper the bag open.
6- 12” pieces of green raffia To give the bags some weight, especially
Scissors if they will be displayed outside, add a cup of
How to make: sand or clean cat litter to the bottom of the bag
Paint the outside of the lunch bag with or- before adding the crumpled newspaper.
ange paint. http://crafts.kaboose.com/paper-bag-pumpkin.html
Paint the inside, top portion of the bag with
leaf green paint.
Paint a second coat of orange paint on the
bag, only this time, paint the top outside por-
tion with the leaf green-colored paint.
When paint is completely dry, fringe the
green section of the bag with scissors, strips
should be approximately ½” – 1” wide.
Fill bag with crumpled newspaper (if using
as a decoration) or candy and treats.
Gather top of bag with hand and tie a piece
of raffia around it, just below the green sec-
tion.
Return Service Requested

Lorton, Virginia 22079-1519


9301 Richmond Highway
Pohick Church
VESTRY • GRAM
Date: _____________________ Subject: _____________________
To: The Vestry

The Purpose of Pohick Church is to be a nourishing community where Christ’s love is experienced and taken beyond its walls.
From:
Pohick Church Staff Pohick Church Vestry
Rector: The Rev’d Donald Sr. Warden: Stew Remaly
Binder, PhD Jr. Warden: Jeff Parker
Assistant: The Rev’d Treasurer: John Pasour
Lyn Youll Marshall Register: Don Brownlee
Seminarian: Julia Messer Members: Femi Ayorinde, Julia
Minister of Music: Linda Egan Bowman, Chris Brown,
Director of Roberta Fede, Jim From,

Non-Profit Org.
Christian Ed: Frances Sessums

Permit No. 2

U.S. Postage
Steve Harding, Dana Hutson,

Lorton, VA
Youth Minister: Rusty Booth
Susanne Leon, Tom

PAID
Parish Secretary: Vonne Troknya
Finance Admin: Pat Osisek Mayberry, Neil Sunderland,
Sexton: John Sessums Robin Teale
Telephone: 703-339-6572 • Fax: 703-339-9884
Church Office Email: Troknya@pohick.org • Web Site: www.pohick.org