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)

was the familiar Schubert setting done very nicely at the proper tempo. The choir’s offertory anthem was Beethoven’s The Heavens Are Telling. As much as I love Beethoven, I don’t regard choral music as one of his fortes, but the choir did an admirable job.” 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 in turn before the bishop as he pronounced the words of the sacrament.” In spite of these complimentary comments, when responding to the question, “How would you feel about making this church your regular?” Ms. Recondwythe nevertheless wrote, “No way.” Why? She cites three main reasons. The first of these is less spiritual in nature, having to do with the comfort of the pews: “The box pews were the most uncomfortable church seating I have ever experienced. There was barely room to sit, let alone stand or hold the prayer book or hymnal.” Of course, part of this discomfiture was due to the crowded conditions of that particular service. Although she counted 230 worshipers, the actual number for that service was 345 (don’t tell the Fire Marshal!).
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The Reverend Donald D. Binder, PhD

From The Rector

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 impressions the services made. Or, if that’s become a distant memory, we also have the more recent recollections of newer members. But how about the published impressions of a reviewer who travels from church to church each Sunday, rating worship services like a food critic rates a local restaurant? One such reviewer, Amanda Recondwythe, attended Pohick this past June during Bishop Jones’ confirmation visitation. Her impressions of the service and the congregation have since been published on ShipofFools.com, a website for which she serves as a “Mystery Worshipper” (See http://shipoffools.com/mystery/2009/1747.html). While the service she attended is obviously not representative of a typical Sunday morning, her reflections nevertheless make for interesting reading. First, the positives. To begin with, our congregation seems to have given Ms. Recondwythe a proper welcome. “An usher said hello as he handed me the bulletin,” she wrote. “Another usher asked if I was a visitor. As people were seated in my box pew, we exchanged pleasantries. It did seem like a very friendly and caring congregation...I have no complaints about the welcome I received.” She likewise enjoyed the music: “the Sanctus...

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While it would be a good problem to have, were every Sunday that crowded, doubtless many parishioners would feel the same and either demand a solution or not attend as often as they could (which in fact seems to be the case, given the 798 active members on our rolls). As it is, on a more typical Sunday - especially at the early and later services - there is much more room to spread out. As for the configuration of the pews, Ms. Recondwythe writes, “the fact that fully half the seats faced away from the altar must have helped George Washington and friends catch up on their sleep while Parson Weems droned on.” Actually, Washington had died by the time Parson Weems arrived at Pohick. His predecessor, the Rev. Lee Massey, however, wrote: “[Washington’s] behavior in the house of God was ever so deeply reverential that it produced the happiest effect on my congregation, and greatly assisted me in my pulpit labors.” This serves as a reminder of the importance our colonial forebears placed upon hearing the Word of God, as opposed to the more visual expectations of today’s electronicized worshiper. Overcoming that tendency remains a challenge for all contemporary preachers, including those at Pohick. The second of Ms. Recondwythe’s criticisms is somewhat more spiritual in nature in that she characterizes Pohick’s style of worship as “decidedly low - lower than Death Valley during a new moon!” In support of this, she cites Bp. Jones’ wearing of a rochet and chimere, as opposed to a cope and mitre, along with the absence of bells, incense and chanting of the liturgy. Of course, as she tacitly admits at the end of her review - writing “I need some ceremony” - this is more a matter of personal liturgical preference. It’s also a mischaracterization. In fact, within the larger spectrum of worship styles, Pohick stands closer to the middle than either extreme. While sanctus bells and incense wouldn’t really fit with our colonial architecture, our weekly celebrations of Holy Communion, as opposed to Morning Prayer, and our ceremonial processions (including our Gospel Procession) are decidedly not hallmarks of “low church.” On high feast days, I even don a cope and chant the mass - something that would have been unthinkable at Pohick a mere thirty years ago. Members coming from a Baptist or even a Meth-

odist background discover at Pohick more ceremony than they’re used to, while many post-Vatican II Roman Catholics find it similar to the style they experienced growing up. Only Eastern Orthodox or High Church Anglicans (apparently like Ms. Recondwythe) could blithely brand Pohick as “low church.” Ms. Recondwythe’s final criticism is more substantive, as indeed it came up within our own Strategic Plan forums earlier in the year: “only the occupants of one box at a time could go up for communion, and while the others were waiting their turn, they all socialized almost as vigorously as they had done before the service. And this despite the fact that the organ was playing away and the choir was singing the announced communion hymns.” At the end of her review, she cites this as the one thing that stuck in her mind a week after visiting our church. As Ms. Recondwythe observed, Pohick is a friendly church, a point in our favor. At the same time, there is the biblical notion that “there is a time for every purpose under heaven” (Eccl. 3:1). Clearly our time within church is meant to be one of prayerfulness and reverence. That doesn’t mean, of course, ignoring or acting coldly toward your pew companions, especially if they are visitors. But there’s an obvious difference between kindly greeting your neighbors and socializing with them. Coffee Hour is for socializing. And so I’m with Ms. Recondwythe on this point, and I hope you will also keep it in mind on Sunday mornings in the future. Although Pohick’s Sunday services may not fit with our recent reviewer’s liturgical style, other “Mystery Worshippers” visit us each week, many of them going on to become active parishioners. As we have become adept at doing, I hope we will continue to do even more so: welcome them as we would welcome Christ himself.

T he MarTha Guild
Connie Myers The October Martha Guild meeting will be a Potluck Supper with guest speaker Julia Messer, Pohick’s Seminarian. The dinner will be held on Wednesday, October 7, beginning at 6:30 pm in the Common Room Annex. All Women of the Church are cordially invited to join this monthly event. To attend this meeting, please contact Connie Myers at 703-455-4652 or at jetskiing@hotmail.com by Sunday, October 4.

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The Reverend Lyn Youll Marshall

From The Assistant Rector

Lauren Kessler directs the graduate program in literary nonfiction at the University of Oregon. She is a writer, a wife, a mother, and a daughter. There was a time when Kessler knew her mother, but then her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and the person she knew changed. Kessler’s reactions to the changes in her mother were not what she would have wished. “I had faced my mother’s illness and death with a combination of fear and detachment, with emotions shut down, and, I felt, lessons unlearned.” And so, some years later Kessler the writer, decided to write about Alzheimer’s, and forced herself to confront what she had been “too scared to confront earlier.” In order to write about the disease, she “spent time in the trenches” working as a Resident Assistant at Maplewood, the fictional name of a real facility for people with Alzheimer’s. Her book Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer’s - one daughter’s hopeful story is the result. It is a moving and compassionate account. It introduces us to some of the faces of Alzheimer’s and to the back breaking, minimum waged, and undervalued work of caregivers in that field. Kessler introduces the reader to people. We meet Brooke, the perky and enthusiastic administrator, who does not see Maplewood as a place of tragedy and despair, “but rather as a vibrant community of quirky souls.” We meet Susan, the activities director, who despite management’s attempts to cut her budget, provides creative and engaging ways for the residents and their families to be involved in activities and have fun! We meet Jasmine, bringing up her seven year old son alone, trying to make enough money to pay for a course at the local community college. If she works a 40 hour week as an RA, she brings home about $225. Most RAs do not stay longer than three months. And, we meet the residents. We meet Marianne; impeccably dressed, able to take care of her own hygiene and personal care, “pleasant, competent and articulate.” She seems completely ‘normal’ until we discover that she believes herself to be the director of the facility. Then there is Eloise, who is not able to take care

of her own hygiene or personal care. Her clothes are good quality, but she cannot dress herself. Each morning she greets the caregivers with a smile as the three of them help her to the restroom, change her diaper, and get her dressed. Hayes is ninety-one. He is tall and lean with a chiseled face. “If Jeremy Irons lives to be a nonagenarian, he’ll look just like Hayes.” Hayes is one of only four men in a community of thirty-nine people. When Kessler first meets Hayes, she introduces herself and says “How do you do, Hayes?” He replies, “I do as I please.” The book is peppered with quirky and sometimes heartbreaking ‘conversations.’ Kessler learns how to enter the lives of the people at Maplewood. As she gets to know them, she moves from seeing them defined by the disease to being interesting people who have Alzheimer’s. This is not a text book or a ‘how to’ book. Principally, it is the means by which Kessler attempts to come to terms with her perceived shortcomings as a daughter. She comments, “the better I get at this job, the more I find ways to connect with and enjoy the company of the people I care for, the more I realize how badly I blew it with my mother.” Kessler does not pretend that her situation is the same as other RAs with whom she works. She gets to choose her hours, the days she works, and her livelihood is not dependant on the job. She is honest about the reasons that brought her to Maplewood, but this does not diminish the effort and the love that she brings to the people for whom she cares. And Kessler is not related to any of the patients. She can afford a certain detachment that allows her to write: “a part of me has come to think of Alzheimer’s, despite its obvious horrors, as a disease of freedom. It’s not just the memory that one loses. It is inhibition. It is pretense...What remains is some unvarnished, unprotected self, maybe the self a person would have been had culture and society, gender and class, manners and mores not overlaid it. The buried self, the unlived self.” Are these consoling words for those who are ‘losing’ or have ‘lost’ loved one’s to Alzheimer’s? Probably not. But maybe they offer a different perspective, and perhaps, this is the strength of Kessler’s book.

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Stew Remaly, Senior Warden What a great time it is for this Parish. After a wonderful summer, Church activities are once again in full swing awaiting participation by the Parish Family. God has truly blessed this Parish with fantastic volunteers who seem to have boundless energy. By the time this article is published in the Post, another successful Apple Butter and Homecoming Week will be completed culminating in the Pohick Country Fair - the biggest event of the year. Thanks to all who generously gave of their talent and time to make these events such great venues for displaying God’s love through outreach and to welcome newcomers. Special thanks go out to Wendy Remaly and Mike Wooten for all their hard work and dedication over this past year as the Fair Chair and Deputy Fair Chair. Look forward to the start of the Stewardship Campaign in October. This year’s theme is Imagine If? “Imagine if ” heating bills could not be paid or up keep to Church facilities could not be provided. “Imagine if ” the members of the staff had to be laid off or staff pay had to be drastically cut - a staff that provides critical

outreach to the Parish on a daily basis. Or, “Imagine if ” critical ministries like Christian Education, Community of Hope, or the wonderful music programs had to be cancelled. These are things that are very hard to imagine. So instead, let’s “Imagine if ” there were over 200 pledges and each pledge averaged at least $4000. With that funding, there would be enough funds to sustain the Church and increase outreach to the community. Please prayerfully consider increasing pledges to reach this very reachable goal. Please remember that the Vestry continues to work hard on a number of projects. The Junior Warden and the Renovation Committee have set up two proposals for renovating the Parish Hall. Rusty Booth will start painting after Apple Butter, and a campaign to complete the funding for the first of many projects to improve the Parish facilities will begin. Vestry elections will take place in December. If anyone wishes to run for a Vestry position, please talk to any Vestry member for more information on the importance of serving in this critical ministry that represents each and every member. Again, if anyone has an idea, wants to discuss an issue, or has a concern please contact a Vestry member or use the Vestry Gram as a means of communication. 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 grounds. However, a pleasing garden can be created to greet the Pohick family and visitors, and entice them to stop and “smell the roses.” A volunteer with a love of gardening and fresh ideas is needed to oversee the courtyard and other small areas around the Church buildings. John Sessums plans a Spring and Fall grounds cleanup. Mike Wolfe cares for the lawn and the mulching of plants. The goal is to prune, weed, water, and generally care for the established plants. Occasionally, annuals could be added for color. Although this is not a difficult job as the gardens are well established, it does take time. This job also provides a rewarding sense of satisfaction. To volunteer for this ministry, please contact Jackie Wells at 703-780-1472 or at cathedralshoppe@yahoo.com.

Junior Warden’S reporT
Jeff Parker, Junior Warden Fasten the seat belts! The ride around the Pohick Property is fast paced. Eagle Scout projects have been completed. Max Schwoppe deserves major congratulations for the super job in the parking lot. Tope Ayorinde did a magnificent job with the erosion control of the rectory driveway. And, Chris Vaughn is now working on the gazebo at the Fairgrounds. The HVAC system in the foyer has been successfully replaced. The Foyer sprinkler system is ready for final inspection. The Renovations Committee is still listening! Opinions and votes are being counted. The painting was delayed so that the fresh paint did not affect the flavor of the crabs and the apple butter. The first phase is just for the painting and acoustical treatment, but it will make a big difference!

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MuSic noTeS

Linda Egan, Minister of Music

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Rusty Booth, Youth Minister The youth program at Pohick has begun! The Kick-off Picnic on September 13 was a great success with teens and their families enjoying a great meal. While the teens split into their respective groups, the parents had an informational meeting. For those unable to attend the picnic, contact Rusty to get a folder with forms and information about the program. Fall is a very busy time in the EYC program with the Country Fair, Mission Trip meetings, a visit to Cox Farms, and a Pump It Up event at the end of the month. A Bible study for 7-12 graders has begun, and meets on Sundays at 5:30 pm in the Vestry House. Bring a Bible, and be ready to explore and discover the many stories of the Bible and their relevance to daily life! Contact Rusty Booth, Youth Minister, by phone at 703-339-6572 or by email at rusty@pohick.org for answers to questions about the program. More information is available on the Pohick Church website under the youth page.

Have you ever wondered about the effects of music participation on children, adults, and communities? Here are some interesting reports summarized directly from the web: A 2009 study by Chorus America found positive benefits of choruses and choral singing. A child moved by the arts sees the world through creative eyes. With so many things touching the imaginations of kids, they need to be exposed to the best of the arts, music, and culture. Children who sing in choruses have greater academic success and more advanced social skills than children who do not sing, as reported by large majorities of both parents and educators surveyed for the study. Singing in a chorus developed the self-confidence, self-discipline and memory skills of children singers; children were better able to participate in group activities as well. Both parents and educators from every discipline attributed a significant part of a child’s academic success to singing in a choir. Educators observed that children who sing have better emotional expression, and exhibit better emotional management. Researchers who prepared the study noted that “parents definitively date their child’s improvements in a variety of areas to their joining a choral group.” There are approximately 10.1 million American children and 32.5 million American adults singing in choruses today. A previous study found that adult choral singers have increased social skills, civic involvement, volunteerism, philanthropy, and support of other art forms, when compared with non-singers. Adult choral singers reported they have become better team leaders and team participants in other areas of their lives. Those who are eligible voters vote more often than the general public and are more likely to patronize the other arts. In the preparation of music at Pohick by both children and adults, the practice of music as an art is turned toward the service of the worship of God and the inspiration and encouragement of his people. We take this calling seriously, and find it a privilege to live it week by week. We are grateful for the benefits that come from it as well.

Find anything interesting while looking for Hodge Podge donations? Maybe there was an exceptionally nice item that could be consigned to the Christmas Mart Art and Consignment room. The Christmas Mart takes place on November 19, and the Consignment Room usually does a big business. However, the success of the Consignment room depends on people bringing in their treasures. New consignors are also needed to add variety. Please contact Edie Bartlett at 703780-6809 or by email at redsse@aol.com for more information.

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updaTe on iSSueS in The anGlican coMMunion
Due to early summer production deadlines, last month’s article about issues being debated by the General Convention of The Episcopal Church was written while the General Convention was still session, and those debates were still underway. After ten days of prayer, discussions, and deliberations, the General Convention approved two Resolutions, which have engendered a great deal of controversy, and which will have a significant impact on the life of the Church going forward. A third dealt with the proposed Anglican Covenant. It is important to understand exactly what those Resolutions did and did not say. The Vestry is concerned that a great deal of misinformation is being circulated within the Parish about these Resolutions; the easiest way to clarify that is to look at the texts themselves. These Resolutions generally related to gays or lesbians in committed, monogamous same-gender relationships. For simplicity’s sake, the term “same-gender unions” will be used. Resolution C056, “Liturgies for Blessings:” • Directs the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music to “collect and develop theological and liturgical resources” with regard to blessing of same-gender unions, and report back to the next General Convention three years from now; • Says this process should be “open,” with “participation from provinces, dioceses, congregations, and individuals who are engaged in such theological work, and inviting theological reflection from throughout the Anglican Communion;” • Declares that bishops, particularly those in areas where same-gender marriage, civil unions, or domestic partnerships are legal, “may provide generous pastoral response to meet the needs of members of this Church;” • Acknowledges, and says the that the Convention honors, “the theological diversity of this Church in regard to matters of human sexuality;” and • Encourages members of the Church to engage in this effort. Resolution D025, “Commitment and Witness to the Anglican Communion:” • Reaffirms The Episcopal Church’s “abiding commitment” to the Anglican Communion and declares the desire to “live into the highest degree of communion possible” with others in the Communion; • States that as a result of the Listening Process called for by the Lambeth Conference of 1998, the Gen-

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eral Convention has come to recognize that the baptized membership of The Episcopal Church includes samegender couples living in lifelong committed relationships “characterized by fidelity, monogamy, mutual affection and respect…” • Recognizes that people who are part of such relationships “have responded to God’s call and have exercised various ministries in and on behalf of God’s One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church” throughout time, and are doing so now; • Declares “that God has called and may call such individuals, to any ordained ministry in The Episcopal Church,” and that it is attempted to discern who God has so called through established discernment processes as spelled out in the Constitution and Canons; and • Acknowledges that members of The Episcopal Church, as well as those of the greater Anglican Communion, “based on careful study of the Holy Scriptures, and in light of tradition and reason, are not of one mind, and Christians of good conscience disagree about some of these matters.” Resolution D020, Provisional Acceptance of (the proposed) Anglican Covenant • Commends the current draft of the Anglican Covenant (the “Ridley Cambridge Draft”), and any successive drafts, to the dioceses for “study and comment;” • Asks dioceses to report on their study to the church’s Executive Council, which will prepare a report to the next General Convention; and • Invites dioceses and congregations to “consider the Anglican Covenant proposed draft as a document to inform their understanding of and commitment to our common life in the Anglican Communion.” The two resolutions on human sexuality passed by wide margins in both the House of Bishops and House of Deputies. Support in the House of Deputies had been widely predicted; the level of support in the House of Bishops took many observers by surprise. As often seems the case, many of those who participated in these deliberations saw primarily the nuances and compromises of the final language, while those on the outside saw primarily the bold headlines. The Presiding Bishop and President of the House of Deputies hurried to write the Archbishop of Canterbury to assure him Resolution D025 was “more descriptive than prescriptive in nature…” and that it does not explicitly reContinued on page 7

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peal the Resolution passed three years ago that urged “restraint” in consecrating bishops in same-gender unions. They added that “ordination is not a ‘right,’ guaranteed to any individual; the effect of this resolution is to open our Church’s discernment and ordination process “to all baptized members.” The Archbishop, who had told the Convention “I hope and pray that there won’t be decisions in the coming days that could push us further apart,” did not appear persuaded. He said in a Reflection published a few days later that their statements were “helpful, but unlikely to allay anxieties” within the wider Communion. While calling prejudice and violence against gays and lesbians “sinful and disgraceful,” he said, “So long as the Church Catholic, or even the Communion as a whole does not bless same-sex unions, a person living in such a union cannot without serious incongruity have a representative function in a Church whose public teaching is at odds with their lifestyle.” He raised the possibility of a “two-tier” or “two-track” model of relationships within the Anglican Communion in the future, “two ways of witnessing to the Anglican heritage, one of which had decided that local autonomy had to be the prevailing value” (rather than shared and agreed-upon discernment of values.) Pohick’s three Bishops voted for C056, with Bishop Jones playing a last-minute role in drafting the final language. Bishops Lee and Jones voted for D025 as well, while Bishop Johnston voted against it. He said in a letter to the Diocese, “I absolutely agree with every word of the resolution itself…The problem for me with D025 was how it would be seen in its implications rather than being understood for what it actually says.” He added, “The plain reality is that very little is actually changed by either one of the resolutions in themselves. Both statements address what is already true in the life and witness of the Episcopal Church. The Convention is overwhelmingly of the mind that the Episcopal Church will be the stronger for the realistic and clear perspective of these resolutions. Action and reaction followed swiftly. To highlight a few: • By early August, the dioceses of Minnesota and Los Angeles had included priests in same-gender unions on their slates of candidates for election as bishops later this fall. Should they be elected, a majority of diocesan bishops and standing committees would have to consent. • The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

(ECLA) adopted a resolution which essentially opened its ministry to those in committed same-gender relationships. • Later in August, the Diocese of Cape Town in the Province of South Africa asked that Church’s bishops provide pastoral guidelines for its gay and lesbian members living in “covenanted partnerships.” • The Bishop of Southeast Florida, authorized his clergy to provide pastoral blessings - but not to preside over same-gender weddings - and created a team to gather liturgies and write guidelines for blessings of same-gender couples. • The Bishop of South Carolina suggested that his diocese consider withdrawing from some of the Episcopal Church’s governing bodies, while not attempting to leave The Episcopal Church itself. Some within his own diocese attacked him for a failure of leadership in not bolting from The Episcopal Church immediately. • Early in September, seven Episcopal bishops who oppose these developments met with Archbishop Williams to declare their commitment to remain part of both the Anglican Communion and The Episcopal Church. They said they saw the differences within the Church as “not merely differences of opinion on human sexuality, but also about differing understandings of ecclesiology and questions regarding the independence or interdependence of a global communion of churches in discerning the mind of Christ together,” and issued a statement encouraging dioceses, congregations and individuals within The Episcopal Church work for the adoption of the Covenant. • A group in the Church of England that agrees with these developments suggested developing stronger links between like-minded people in England and The Episcopal Church. An updated draft of the Anglican Covenant is expected to be released later this fall. The critical question will be the section dealing with its adoption - whether that is limited to Provinces such as The Episcopal Church, or open to individual dioceses and parishes as well - and language on possible sanctions against signatories seen as deviating from accepted theological teaching and interpretation of Scripture. It is important to remember that despite all these controversies, the work of the Church - globally, nationally, and locally - goes on. Hungry are fed; needy are provided for; sick are visited. Pohick will send another mission team to New Orleans in October. The Vestry is determined to continue the important ministry and mission.

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Carol Heddleston, Parish Nurse

Seasonal flu shots, not the H1N1 variety, will be administered on October 18 from 9:00 am until 11:00 am in the Parish Hall. These shots are to protect everyone from the seasonal flu that can be just as dangerous as the “swine flu.” INOVA community nurses will be onsite to give the injections. Vaccines will be $25, although those presenting a Medicare card will be covered by that plan. Hopefully, in a few more weeks there will be more information about the availability of the H1N1 vaccine. Until then, get the seasonal flu shot and WASH THOSE HANDS! Every 23 seconds, a person in the United States sustains a traumatic brain injury. An estimated 3.17 million Americans currently live with disabilities resulting from traumatic brain injury. A traumatic brain injury occurs when an outside force impacts the head hard enough to cause the brain to move within the skull or if the force causes the skull to break and directly hurts the brain. Traumatic brain injury can occur from motor vehicle crashes, firearms, falls, sports, and physical violence such as hitting or striking someone with an object. Many cases of domestic violence and Shaken Baby Syndrome result in brain injuries. Also, a rapid acceleration and deceleration of the head can force the brain to move back and forth across the inside of the skull. If a brain injury is suspected, encourage the injured person to seek medical attention immediately. Many people with brain injuries often experience subtle changes to their personality. Brain injuries are often misdiagnosed or undiagnosed. A Healthy Brain The brain is enclosed inside the skull and the skull acts as a protective covering for the soft brain. The brain is made of neurons (nerve cells) that form tracts that route throughout the brain. These nerve tracts carry messages to various parts of the brain, which the brain uses to perform functions like breathing, heart rate, body temperature, metabolism, thought processing, body movements, per-

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sonality, behavior, vision, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. Each part of the brain serves a specific function and links with other parts of the brain to form more complex functions. An Injured Brain When a brain injury happens, the functions of the neurons, nerve tracts, or sections of the brain can be affected. If the neurons and nerve tracts are affected, they can have difficulty carrying the messages that tell the brain what to do. This can change the way a person thinks, acts, feels and moves the body. Brain injury can also change the complex internal functions of the body, such as regulating body temperature, blood pressure, bowel and bladder control. These changes can be temporary or permanent. Acquired brain injury takes place at the cellular level within the brain. Injury from acquired brain injury can effect cells throughout the entire brain, instead of just in specific areas as with traumatic brain injury. An acquired brain injury is not hereditary, congenital, degenerative or induced by birth trauma. An acquired brain injury is an injury to the brain that has occurred after birth. Common causes of acquired brain injury are: • Airway obstruction, trauma to head and/or neck • Near drowning, throat swelling, choking, strangulation • Electrical shock or lightening strike • Heart attack, stroke, infectious disease, metabolic disorders, meningitis, certain venereal diseases, insect borne disease, exposure to toxic chemicals, and gases, such as carbon monoxide. Brain Injury Symptoms A wide variety of symptoms can occur after “brain injury.” The nature of the symptoms depends on where the brain has been injured. Below is a list of possible physical and cognitive symptoms which can arise from frontal lobe brain injury symptoms: • Loss of simple movement of various body parts paralysis • Inability to plan a sequence of complex movements needed to complete multi-stepped tasks, such as making coffee • Loss of spontaneity in interacting with others • Loss of flexibility in thinking • Persistence of a single thought, perseveration • Inability to focus on task • Mood changes, changes in social behavior, and changes in personality • Difficulty with problem solving • Inability to express language

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2009 chriSTMaS MarT • Save The daTe!
The Pohick Church Christmas Mart will take place on Thursday, November 19 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. This annual event is sponsored by the Women of Pohick Church, the Ann Mason Guild, and the Martha Guild. Many women have been busy for months planning for this wonderful event. The Parish House and the Vestry House will be transformed into a festive Christmas atmosphere - rooms are filled with beautiful arts and crafts, attic treasures, and consignments. Also, there will be many delicious items to tempt the taste buds, including fresh baked goods, items from the pantry shelf, and the ever-popular frozen casseroles. A delicious luncheon is served by ladies dressed in traditional colonial costumes. There are three seatings for the luncheon - 11:00 am, 12:00 noon, and 1:00 pm. There are MANY, MANY opportunities for the whole congregation - both women and men - to participate in making this another successful Mart. Look for sign-up sheets in the Common Room near the end of October as well as announcements in upcoming 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 buildings into a beautiful holiday atmosphere. Frozen Casseroles - donate homemade frozen main dishes, soups, sauces, casseroles, etc. Jewelry - contribute old jewelry, both fine and costume jewelry welcome. Luncheon - volunteer to help in the kitchen preparing the delicious lunch that is served on Mart day. Waitresses - volunteer to be one of the lovely waitresses dressed in colonial costume to serve the luncheon. Luncheon Ticket Sales - help sell luncheon tickets when the doors open on Mart Day. Set-up & Clean-up - help with moving furniture, decorating and cleaning up. There are MANY ways to get involved with the Christmas Mart. It is a great way to meet new friends and share hours of fun. Please come join the fun! The proceeds raised from the Christmas Mart are divided among the Ann Mason Guild, the Martha Guild, and the Women of the Church. Funds will be used by these groups in various outreach programs. There will be many announcements and requests for help from now through November 19. Hopefully, there will be a volunteer opportunity for all. Please direct questions to Connie Myers at 703-455-4652 or Prudence Brooks at 703-913-7076.

2009 Christmas Mart
November 19 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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pohick’S f inancial STaTuS and WaY forWard
John Pasour, Treasurer
The annual stewardship campaign is about to begin. Here are a few points concerning the stewardship process. This past year has been very difficult economically. Despite the financial uncertainty and large losses experienced by many, giving to the Church has held up quite well. Assuming the usual surge in giving at the end of the year, the total income for the Church should be very close to the originally budgeted amount. However, even if budgeted giving is reached, the year is likely to end with a sizeable net operating deficit. Furthermore, the budgeted income this year is $20,000 less than last year. The year began with a budget of $638,000 and a projected deficit of $36,000 with hopes that either income would increase or expenses would decrease to achieve a balance. While spending may come in somewhat below budget, this will probably be another deficit year, perhaps even exceeding last year’s $16,000 deficit. The concern is that this is symptomatic of a structural problem with the budget, and that there are more commitments than can be supported. Over the past several years, staff has been greatly enhanced, with truly talented and dedicated people in all the key positions. The positive impact of this is all around, from the tremendous music on Sunday mornings, to the wealth of programs, ministries, and educational opportunities that are available, to the wellmaintained grounds and facilities. However, there is a cost for all this talent, and as a parish the congregation must show through their wallets that this is indeed the kind of parish desired for the future. It is true that in most of the past dozen or so years, the budget has operated at a surplus, which has provided a healthy safety net. During the “Binder Era” of 2001-2008, the net operating surplus has been over $66,000, averaging $8,300 per year. This track record has also provided a strong justification for the Vestry to adopt a deficit budget as it has every one of those years. There is a leap of faith that somehow everything will work out all right, and it usually does work. A closer look at that history, however, reveals the surpluses to be due largely to lower than expected expenditures, most often due to staff vacancies, or to large, unanticipated gifts. The personnel costs now consume 70% of the budget - an increase from 62% in 2002. After adding the other large budget items like utilities, facilities upkeep, and basic parish operations, there really is not much room for cuts. The only truly discretionary portion of the budget is the outside giving, whereby a variety of agencies and missions in the larger community are supported. That portion of the budget has in fact been reduced substantially from its peak of about 11% of the operating budget to its present level of 6.8%. However, much of Pohick’s Outreach is funded outside the operating budget by various parish organizations, such as the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, the Martha Guild, the Ann Mason Guild, and by the clergy discretionary funds. Since 2006, the total operating budget has increased steadily, while the income has actually decreased. Thus, it is clear that the only way to maintain the status quo on a long-term basis is to increase the level of giving. Is increased giving realistic in the current economic environment, and perhaps more importantly, in light of the turmoil in the Episcopal Church? Increased giving is possible for the following reasons: 1. The parish has the means. God has blessed this congregation richly, and although there are wealthier congregations, the average family income of Pohick would be the envy of many. 2. There is a calling to return a share of riches to God. While there may be disagreements over some issues in the Episcopal Church, or even here at Pohick, there can be no disagreement about the Biblical directive to give freely for God’s work. There should also
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be no disagreement that this parish is totally focused on doing that work, whether by educating the youth, providing spiritual nourishment, Christian fellowship, opportunities for worship, and personal ministry to all members, or by reaching out to those in need in the surrounding community. Every member of this parish is called to support it, and should do so enthusiastically, and feel truly blessed to do so. 3. Checkboxes are provided on the pledge card for those who for reasons of conscience do not want to support the Diocese of Virginia or the Episcopal Church. These designations are absolutely honored. While the theology of this mechanism can be debated, and certainly one can argue that it directly contradicts the example set by Paul in raising money for the Church in Jerusalem, with which he had many disagreements, this method was believed by the Vestry when it was implemented six years ago to be a reasonable, hopefully temporary, means of dealing with the issues at hand. 4. Finally, please pledge. Ideally the whole process of pledging should be strongly spiritual. Pledging is extremely important to the budgeting process. Every year an educated guess at the next year’s giving is made as budget requests are scrutinized and needs are prioritized. Please provide the advantage indicating giving intentions by making a pledge. “Intention” is the key word. A pledge is not a binding contract. It can always be amended (downward or upward) should unforeseen circumstances arise. From the Finance Committee’s initial look at next year’s budget, it is very clear that the present staffing and basic operating costs cannot be sustained over the long term without increased giving. Please prayerfully consider the stewardship packet and a pledge.

Every year when the pledge cards come out in October someone wants to know: What do the boxes that can be checked mean? How do they get applied in the budget process? The three possible boxes to check appear as follows: ® Unrestricted ® Restricted to Parish and Diocese ® Restricted to Parish

STeWardShip pledGe inforMaTion

If no box is checked, the pledge will go into the general fund without any restrictions. If the Unrestricted box is checked…the pledge will go into the general fund without any restrictions. If the Restricted to Parish and Diocese box is checked...the pledge will be applied only to the Parish and Diocese and not at the National level (The Episcopal Church USA). If the Restricted to Parish box is checked...the pledge will be used only at the Parish level (Pohick Episcopal Church). When a person makes a pledge, the church finance secretary notes which of the three boxes on the pledge card is checked and records that on the teller sheet to ensure that the pledge will be applied as designated. Each year during the budgeting process, the Vestry pledges a certain percentage of the Unrestricted funds to the Diocese. This year that percentage is about 6%, as compared to the expected 12-14% for a church the size of Pohick. Funds are not sent directly to the National Church, so for the funds marked Restricted to Parish and Diocese, the amount that would be sent to the National Church is withheld from the Diocese. Pledges that are marked Restricted to Parish are used 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.

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5th & 6th Grade EYC EYC Fun Event Cox Farms
Centreville, VA

Send News!
Articles for the November 2009 Pohick Post are due no later than October 15! Forward input by email in Word compatible format to Lori Buckius, raebuck@aol.com. Design concerns & items for the Sunday Service Volunteers page should be addressed to Carmel Hodge, cchodge@cox.net.

Sunday, October 25, 2009 1:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Meet in Old Colchester parking lot. Bring money for fast food dinner.

Dress for the weather! Cost: $18
Includes 1 pumpkin to take home! Money and permission slip due October 11.
Questions? Contact Rusty Booth at 703-339-6572, rusty@pohick.org


Manassas, VA Sunday, October 25, 2009 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Meet in the Old Colchester parking lot.

The Pohick Fall Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, October 24 beginning at 9:15 am. The work usually ends at 2:00 pm. Bring gloves and handyman tools if available but volunteers are needed most of all!

Cost: $20 Includes pizza and soda
Money and permission slip due October 11, 2009. For more information, contact Rusty Booth, 703-339-6572, rusty@pohick.org.

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Proper 21b 7:45a HE I 9a HE II 10:15a Christian Ed 11:15a HE II 12:30p St. Cecelia St. Alban 5:30p Jr&Sr Bible Study 6:30 EYC ( Jr&Sr)



Pohick Church Activities • October 2009
28 Monday
10a Parent/ Toddler Group 7p Adult Christian Ed Cmte Mtg 7:30p Stewardship



9:30a Staff Mtg. 2:30p HE/FX 6:30p Alpha Course



6p St. Francis 6:30p Bell Choir Choir 7p EFM 7:30p HE/LOH 7:30p Adult Choir 8:30p AA







8a BSA 10a Country Fair


Proper 22b 7:45a HE I 9a HE II 10:15a Christian Ed 11:15a HE I 12:30p St. Cecelia St. Alban 4p Blessing of the Animals


10a Parent/ Toddler Group


9:30a Staff Mtg. 2:30p HE/FX 6:30p Alpha Course


6p St. Francis Choir 6:30p Community of Hope 7:30p HE/LOH 7:30p Martha Guild


6:30p Bell Choir 7p EFM 7:30p Adult Choir 8:30p AA



8a BSA 10a Country Fair Rain Date


New Orleans Mission Trip New Orleans Proper 23b Mission Trip 7:45a HE I 9a HE II 10a Parent/ 10:15a Christian Ed Toddler Group 11:15a HE II 12:30p St. Cecelia St. Alban Columbus Day 5:30p Jr&Sr Bible Office Closed Study 6p EYC Dinner (All Grps)



New Orleans New Orleans Mission Trip Mission Trip 9:30a Staff Mtg. 9:30a Ann Ma- 6p St. Francis Choir son Guild 7:30p HE/LOH 2:30p HE/FX 6:30p Alpha Course 7:30p Vestry Mtg



New Orleans Mission Trip 6:30p Bell Choir 7p EFM 7:30p Adult Choir 8:30p AA


New Orleans Mission Trip


New Orleans Mission Trip

8a BSA


New Orleans Mission Trip 10a Parent/ Proper 24b Toddler Group 7:45a HE I 9a HE II 9a-11a Flu Shots 10:15a Christian Ed 11:15a HE I 12:30p St. Cecelia St. Alban 1:30p Mission Trip Team Mtg 6p EYC ( Jr&Sr)



9:30a Staff Mtg. 2:30p HE/FX 6:30p Alpha Course 7p Tutoring


6p St. Francis 6:30p Bell Choir Choir 7p EFM 7:30p HE/LOH 7:30p Adult Choir 8:30p AA

Deadline for Pohick Post 22



8:00a BSA 9:15a Fall Clean-Up (tentative)


Stewardship Sunday 10a Parent/ 9:30a Staff Mtg. In-gathering Toddler Group 2:30p HE/FX Proper 25b 7:30p Stewardship 6:30p Alpha 7:45a HE I Course 9a HE II 7p Tutoring 10:15a Christian Ed 11:15a HE II 12:30p St. Cecelia St. Alban 1:30p EYC Fun Event (All Groups)




6p St. Francis 6:30p Bell Choir Choir 7p EFM 7:30p HE/LOH 7:30p Adult Choir 8:30p AA



8:00a BSA Alpha course


Contact the Parish Secretary, Vonne Troknya, troknya@pohick.org, to list group meetings or events on the calendar.

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4 OCTOBER 7:45 9:00
John Springer Mike Vaughn

Tom Mayberry Gerry Smither Tom Bland Susan Homar Pehr Pehrsson Rita Smith Chris Brown Bill Hosp

John Pasour Ken Evans Edwardene Pitcock Randy Cudworth Dave Fletcher Terry Mullins

Randy Brooks Bob Johnson

Dan Muir Tony Marsico

11:15 Stew Remaly
Jason Smith

Beth Altman Jim Bartholomew Micheyl Bartholomew Dru Hodges

7:00 1:00

Suzanne Leon Stew Remaly

Tom Mayberry Chris Brown Pasour/Remaly J. Wells N. Sage C. Heddleston H. Parker J. Buckley/S. Wrona C. Hanchin R. Stankwitz TBD TBD

OPen - UP
John Pasour

John Springer Annie Westover

John Godley Santos Garcia Grant Hodges Warren Prados

Angela Edgemon Steve Edgemon Robin Teale Jim From Kirkland/Pinkard BJ McPherson J. Holm A. Powell A. Powell/J. Schmid E. Pitcock A. Marsico D. Pasour TBD TBD

Dennis Myers Don Buckius Jim Foster Han Hoffheins Bill Bland Mike Wooten

M/M Myers Roberta Fede

Don Brownlee TBD Brooks/Mayberry BJ McPherson J. Holm A. Powell A. Powell/J. Schmid E. Pitcock A. Marsico D. Pasour TBD TBD

12:15 TBA AM
N. Bireley J. Sunderland B. Wagner R. Teale J. MacDonald A. Cannon




J. Wells N. Sage C. Heddleston H. Parker J. Buckley/S. Wrona C. Hanchin R. Stankwitz

7:45 TBD 9:00 M/M Leon 11:15 M/M Thurston AM

M/M Myers S. Caesar TBD M/M Bill Stewart

Bill Wrench M/M Tom Bland TBD

M. Yezek

M/M Keeney K. Kirkland TBD Becky Wagner Portia Richter

M/M From

M/M Heintze TBD M/M Don O’Connell Pasours/Schmid M/M Don Homar J. Springer (R) P. Springer (P) A. Poad (P) J. Pasour (R)

7:45 Doug Smith 9:00 Edie Bartlett 11:15 TBD 7:45 9:00
P. Springer (R) B. Stewart (P)

Bill & Kristy Bland M & D Holmgren E. Thorson (R) J. Springer (P) J. Pasour (R) M. Faber (P) J. Messer (P) C. Knipling (R)

J. Messer (R) E. Thorson (P) R. Heintze (R) C. LeFean (P)

M/M Rick Nelson

M/M Mason Botts

11:15 A. Poad (R)

F. Ayorinde (P) M. Elston (R) T. Mullins (P)

D. Muir (R) B. Stewart (P)

N. Sage (P) C. Cockroft (R)

F. Ayorinde (R) M. Elston (P) R. Nelson (P) T. Mullins (R)

S. Harding (R) M. Harding (P)

The Sunday Service Volunteers Schedule is also available at Pohick Church’s website, www.pohick.org, under “Ministries.”

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4 OCTOBER 7:45 9:00
LC Jacob R

LC Thomas MacG LC Jonathan C SC Rosser H T Hannah V T Melisa L B Julia H LC Sarah W SC Rachael P T Mikey K T Mary B B Casey L




11:15 LC William W
SC Klint E T Sarah B T McFerrin W B Andrew W

LC Zack P SC Dru H T Mitchell F T Keighan S B Max P




J Kids


This cute kids’ paper bag pumpkin craft is perfect for table decorations or, if filled with candy, a great party treat bag. They are easy to make with simple supplies for a fun Halloween craft! Materials: 1 brown paper lunch bag Acrylic paint: orange and leaf green Paintbrush ¼ sheet brown construction paper 6- 12” pieces of green raffia Scissors How to make: Paint the outside of the lunch bag with orange paint. 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 portion 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 section.

Paper Bag Pumpkin Craft

Continue tying pieces of green raffia around the neck of the bag until all of it has been used. Cut a 1.5” wide strip of brown construction paper and roll up into a tube. Insert the tube of paper into the center of the green portion of the bag as the stem. If these bags are used as decoration, glue the stem in place. Tips: To reuse these decorations at Halloween, add faces as jack-o’-lanterns by gluing on yellow construction paper facial features. If using these as party bags, grab all raffia pieces together and tie them into one knot to make them easier to remove rather than ripping the bag open. To give the bags some weight, especially if they will be displayed outside, add a cup of sand or clean cat litter to the bottom of the bag before adding the crumpled newspaper.

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9301 Richmond Highway Lorton, Virginia 22079-1519

Pohick Church

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
Rector: Assistant: Seminarian: Minister of Music: Director of Christian Ed: Youth Minister: Parish Secretary: Finance Admin: Sexton: The Rev’d Donald Binder, PhD The Rev’d Lyn Youll Marshall Julia Messer Linda Egan

Pohick Church Vestry
Sr. Warden: Jr. Warden: Treasurer: Register: Members:

Frances Sessums Rusty Booth Vonne Troknya Pat Osisek John Sessums

Stew Remaly Jeff Parker John Pasour Don Brownlee Femi Ayorinde, Julia Bowman, Chris Brown, Roberta Fede, Jim From, Steve Harding, Dana Hutson, Susanne Leon, Tom Mayberry, Neil Sunderland, Robin Teale

non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Permit no. 2 Lorton, VA

Telephone: 703-339-6572 • Fax: 703-339-9884 Church Office Email: Troknya@pohick.org • Web Site: www.pohick.org