Archive for August, 2011

Weather Conditions

There is considerable blowdown in the parish driveways and parking lot. Please do not attempt to come to church on Sunday. If you are in need of help, please call the rector’s emergency number. Please be safe.

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Posted by FEMA Public Affairs

According to United States Geologic Survey, the mid-Atlantic Region of the United States experienced a 5.9 magnitude earthquake this afternoon. Along with the entire federal family, we are closely monitoring the situation and are in close contact and coordination with our federal and state partners in Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland and the surrounding areas.

There are no initial reports of significant damages, but we will continue to coordinate closely with our state and local partners to assess their needs.

Today’s earthquake in the mid-Atlantic region is a great reminder that emergencies can strike anywhere and often happen without warning. Be sure your family has an emergency plan and akit of emergency supplies to sustain yourselves for at least 72 hours.

And as a reminder, here are a few tips on what to do during/after an earthquake:

  • If indoors, DROP to the ground; take COVER by getting under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture; and HOLD ON until the shaking stops. If there isn’t a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building.
  • If outdoors, move away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires.
  • Voice data networks may be congested after a disaster, so send a text message or e-mail to loved ones to let them know you’re OK.
  • Follow the direction of local officials when making the decision to return home. Return home only when local authorities have said it’s safe.

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An Orthodox Evening

St. Luke

On Friday, September 16th, St. Luke’s Anglican Church is sponsoring a talk on the Orthodox Church as part of this fall’s ecumenical series.  Fr. Alford, pastor of St. Gregory’s Parish in Washington, D.C., is a former Episcopal clergyman who became an Western Rite Orthodox priest in the mid-1990s.  Fr. Nicholas will provide an overview of Western Rite Orthodoxy and its activities in the United States. Vespers will take place at 6:30 pm followed by the program at 7:00 pm. A second talk by Fr. Seraphim Stephens of the Russian Church Outside of Russia on the Eastern Rite is planned for St. Alban’s in late September.   Join the folks at St. Luke’s, 555 River Road West, Manakin, Virginia for this outstanding ecumenical event.

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Saturday, August 20 · 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Clarion Inn North, 801 East Parham Road, Richmond, VA (804) 266-8753

“Islam, America and the Terrorist Threat” with Dr. Sebastian Gorka

America will soon commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Osama bin Laden is dead, but his ideology of global jihad is alive and well. How should we understand the threat to America? What do you need to know about Islam? And what can you do to make America safer?

Dr. Sebastian Gorka teaches irregular warfare and Counterterrorism at National Defense University. He specializes in training law enforcement and Special Forces to understand the nature of today’s threat. He has testified before Congress and is a frequent contributor to Fox News, CNN, CBS, the John Batchelor Show, and the BBC

In the Pocahontas Room at the Clarion Inn from 4-6PM Lecture about an hour Q&A afterwards, light refreshments.

Lots of Parking, next to the Diner. In front of the Lowes complex on Parham Road right next to I-95. Can’t miss it and you don’t want to miss this dynamic speaker!!!

Brought to you by Saint Athanasius Traditional Anglican Church, 10811 Staples Mill Road in Glen Allen. The little ‘house church’!

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For you parents with children thinking about colleges (and grand-parents who wish to offer sound advice), Maggie Gallagher, Chairman of the National Organization for Marriage offers a good Christian analysis of the state of university housing.

The genesis of her story is the action by John Garvey, the new President of Catholic University, to return that to single sex dorms. She reports that, “Many feathers were ruffled. It is a measure of the unisex madness in which we have become enmeshed that a Catholic university’s decision to house unmarried young men and women in separate dorms could be described as ‘controversial.’”

Garvey announced his decision in a Wall Street Journal op ed. He cited his own experience as the father of five kids, and a handful of social science studies to affirm the obvious: When adolescents freed from the constraints of family life, are tossed into the same dorms, they are more likely to do dumb things. Garvey wrrote that, “Christopher Kaczor at Loyola Marymount points to a surprising number of studies showing that students in co-ed dorms (41.5%) report weekly binge drinking more than twice as often as students in single-sex housing (17.6%). Similarly, students in co-ed housing are more likely (55.7%) than students in single-sex dorms (36.8%) to have had a sexual partner in the last year–and more than twice as likely to have had three or more.”

Gallagher asks the intuitive question, “Do we really need social science data to demonstrate this? Apparently so.”

She cites a well-designed 2009 peer-reviewed study by Brian Willoughby and Jason Carroll, “The Impact of Living in Co-ed Resident Halls on Risk-taking Among College Students” which confirms Garvey’s sense of the situation. The study, published in the Journal of American College Health, relied on data from Project R.E.A.D.Y., a multi-site research project dedicated to investigating various aspects of emerging adulthood development.

The sample consisted of 510 unmarried undergraduate students recruited during the 2004–2005 academic year from five colleges– a small, private liberal arts college, a medium-sized, religious university, and three large public universities.  No surprise in the results:

Students living in co-ed housing were more likely than students living in gender-specific housing to binge drink , consume alcohol, have more permissive sexual attitudes, and have more recent sexual partners. On-campus housing environments impact college student risk behaviors.

You can read the full article at the blog of the Ruth Institute-a fearless defender of traditional marriage and family. http://www.ruthblog.org/

I would echo the author’s plaudits to Garvey for courage, as well as common sense. Catholic University apparently is the very first university in the history of United States to return to single sex dorms, after abandoning them to go coed for no particular reason in 1982.

Garvey wrote, “I believe that intellect and virtue are connected. They influence one another. Some say the intellect is primary. If we know what is good, we will pursue it. . . . The goals we set for ourselves are brought into focus by our moral vision.” Amen!

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A Note from Wyoming










As I travel through Wyoming, I wanted to share one of the thoughts that came to mind: Can one look on such a work and fail to see the hand of the Creator at work?

Psalm 121. Levavi oculos.

I WILL lift up mine eyes unto the hills; * from whence cometh my help?
2 My help cometh even from the LORD, * who hath made heaven and earth.
3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved; * and he that keepeth thee will not sleep.
4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel * shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD himself is thy keeper; * the LORD is thy defence upon thy right hand;

6 So that the sun shall not burn thee by day, * neither the moon by night.
7 The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil; * yea, it is even he that
shall keep thy soul.
8 The LORD shall preserve thy going out, and thy coming in, * from this time forth for evermore.

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