St. Giles News
November 4, 2020
This Sunday at St. Giles
Sunday, November 8, 2020

10:30 AM Livestreaming from the Sanctuary

Our Sunday Morning
Worship Plan Continues
As Virginia has now entered Phase 3 of re-openings, our basic plans for in-house worship continue. These plans enable us to partner with the larger community to slow the spread of the virus, and to keep our St. Giles folks safe.

Livestream will continue! So whether you are in the church house or at home, you may continue to join us.

Here’s what we’re doing:

1. We will have a single service at 10:30 in the sanctuary, and we will continue livestreaming worship.

2. We will ask anyone with Covid-19 symptoms or recent exposure not to come.

3. We will have children will sit with their families.

4. We will sit only in every other pew, individually or by family.

5. We will wear masks. (We have some masks for those without their own.)

6. We will visit outside after worship, with safe distancing.

7. We will celebrate communion with various protections in place.
Josh's Installation
This past Sunday, Josh Modrzynski was officially installed as our new Co-Pastor. Here are some pictures of the event. Welcome, Josh and family!
Pre-Service Prayer Zoom Meeting
You can join John and Jane Harler in a Zoom prayer meeting every Sunday before the service at 9:45 AM. The Zoom meeting link will be the same as that for the 9 AM Sunday school. If you are not currently attending Sunday school and wish to attend the Zoom prayer meeting, please email John Harler at
Adult Discipleship
Sunday Morning Class
James Anderson is teaching on the book of Isaiah Sunday mornings from 9:00 to 9:45. Please email Ross Anderson at if you'd like to join the ZOOM class.
Wednesday Evening Class
We will be meeting from 6:30-7:30 in the sanctuary as Josh continues his series on the Old Testament Covenants. Feel free to join us for dinner at 5:30 beforehand. Meals are $8/adult & $4/kid and can be reserved through emailing Patience ( by 12:00pm Monday.

This series will be livestreamed for those who would like to join from home.
Women's Bible Study
The Tuesday morning Women’s Bible Study continues next week at 9:30 am. Our study will be “Better - A Study of Hebrews” by Jen Wilkin. We are meeting in Patterson, wearing our masks, and practicing our social distancing. No refreshments will be served, but you may bring your own. We look forward to seeing everyone!
Daily Bread
Skip and Karen Thistle have been providing copies of Daily Bread for any who would use it for devotionals. But with most of us not coming into the church building these days, where we can pick one up, our distribution system has broken down. So Skip has volunteered to deliver a copy to any who request it. Thanks, Skip! If you’d like a copy, just call the church office, and we’ll get word to Skip.
Your copy should address 3 key questions: Who am I writing for? (Audience) Why should they care? (Benefit) What do I want them to do here? (Call-to-Action)

Create a great offer by adding words like "free" "personalized" "complimentary" or "customized." A sense of urgency often helps readers take an action, so think about inserting phrases like "for a limited time only" or "only 7 remaining!"
Christmas at St. Giles
Wreath Making Class
On December 5th at 10 AM, Sue Mondeau will be holding a wreath making class in Patterson for $10. Please bring your own grapevine or metal wreath and paddle wire if you have it. Greenery will be provided. Contact the church office if you would like to participate.
Poinsettias will once again be available for purchase price of $12. They will be used to decorate the Sanctuary and available for pick up after the Christmas Eve Service. Sign up by calling the church office.
Christmas Eve This Year
This year there are a couple of changes in times and location. The Family Service will be held outside at 4 PM and the Candlelight Service will be in the Sanctuary at 8 PM.
Church Life
Good News on the Organ!
We have a firm schedule for the installation of our rebuilt organ! The new organ console together with all the computer, digital, and related equipment will arrive in February. At that time all the reed pipes that we are keeping in the new organ (trumpets, trombones, oboes and the like) will be taken out and shipped to Shopps Sons in Ohio to be rebuilt. They are the best reed pipe builders in the country. The other pipes and organ parts that have to be rebuilt and/or repaired will go to the Colby factory in Tennessee. With the arrival of the console in February, we will get all the new stops that will be on the organ with a preliminary factory voicing (adjusting how they sound). We will also be able to continue to play the old pipes that will be staying here. Colby will rewire the organ and bring it up to code.

In early summer, the pipes and other parts of the organ that have been taken away will come back. When everything is in place, the pipes and digital sounds will all be voiced and regulated to make the best sound they can in our sanctuary, to produce the particular quality of sound we want from them, and to work together the way they should. We are fortunate to be having R. A. Colby’s best pipe voicer to revoice and regulate our older pipes, Mr. Walker himself to voice all the Walker additions to the instrument, and Roger Colby to oversee all of it. When that’s done, our new organ will be finished, the culmination of a five-or-more year congregational project.

God works in mysterious ways…wonders to perform! The delay has actually benefitted us.

We have had a lot more time to study the capabilities of the newest computer systems that will control the organ and we have discovered a number of things that we will be able to do to make the finished organ sound even better. Because I have been regularly recording on some of the best historic instruments in the world since March, I have had a great opportunity to further study what gives each of them their unique qualities and compare that to what our new organ would be expected to do. Roger Colby (the organ builder) and I have been emailing back and forth to see how we can use these computer systems and the new stops that we are going to have to reproduce the best features of those organs and still have everything work together as an American Neoclassical Organ. We have figured out how to do things that have never been done before, and our organ will sound significantly better because of it.

There is also another benefit that the delay has given us. We had to open a line of credit to be ready to pay the bills for the organ because they would have come due long before the pledges came in. The COVID-19 crisis delayed the organ and the payments so more of the pledge money has come for us to pay bills and the interest that we have to pay will be significantly less.

Yes, God does work wonders in mysterious ways!

On Retreat with Jesus (and a few of his friends)
Prayer works one way in a morning quiet time, and another way in Sunday worship. Gifts come in both. But there’s another way to meet with the Lord that yields still other gifts: going apart on retreat.

Have you ever done so? Keith is offering some guidance, and our sister church, the Christian Arabic Church, has a lovely place out in the country in Goochland County, where we can go on retreat.

We hope to do this periodically. Our first round was to be this Thursday, from 12:00 to 4:00. But with rain likely to be heavy, we’ll find another day soon.

Here’s what we hope to do:

· Noon – Enjoy a sack lunch (bring your own), while Keith teaches about being on retreat.

· 12:30 to 3:30 – Go apart onto the beautiful land on an individual retreat.

· 3:30 to 4:00 – Share about your experience and pray together.

Have questions? Interested? Call Keith at the church, or write him an email, and he’ll add you to a list for special notification when we schedule the next “On Retreat With Jesus.”
This week, Kids' Clubhouse will move indoors with masks and will have systems in place to help with social distancing. We will be upstairs in the adult Sunday school room. This week we will be rehearsing our Christmas music.
Wednesday Night Meals To Go!
Don’t forget to call the church by noon on Monday to reserve a meal for Wednesday! This includes those that come to Kids Own Clubhouse, parents, and youth, as well as church members that would like to order a “Take and Heat” meal to be picked up from the church on Wednesday.

Menu for November 4th
Red Pepper Gouda Bisque
Greek Salad
Tandoori Chicken
Yellow Jasmine Rice
Grilled Vegetables
Naan Bread & Butter

Kids' Menu
Hot Dog
Tater Tots
Apple Sauce

The price is $8 for an adult meal and $4 for a child’s meal. Take and heat meals are individually portioned meals that are to be reheated prior to eating. These can be picked up in Common Grounds. If having a night off from cooking, yet still serving a delicious meal to your family sounds good, email Patience at by noon on Monday to place your order.
Happy news! Book Club will meet this Thursday, 11/5 at 10 AM in the St. Giles parking lot (weather permitting) or in Patterson if the weather is unfavorable. Those attending will share what they have read since our last meeting that has helped them in this pandemic season. Those who wish to share a scripture that has personally ministered to them in the last month will share to glorify the Lord and to minister to someone who might be helped by that sharing.
Community Outreach
Help Needed at Redemption Thrift
Redemption Thrift (located at 8914 Patterson Avenue), helps to fund the work of the Richmond Center for Christian Study (, which seeks to bring a biblical worldview back into the educational lives of University of Richmond students through discussion groups, speaking events and more. The thrift store currently has special needs we would ask you to prayerfully consider...

Donation Needs - While we always need donations of all types, currently we are especially in need of additional furniture, large plastic bins, and shelves. Donations can be received at any time when we are open, Mon-Sat 10am-5pm. Please call us at (804) 918-1435 if you need a free pickup!

Volunteer Needs - While we always have volunteer needs throughout the week (sorting, organizing, processing donations for the floor, etc), currently our most pressing needs are Mondays 1-5, Tuesdays 9-1pm, Thursdays 1-5pm, Saturdays 9-1pm and Saturdays 1-5pm. We also need immediate help with sorting and processing donations! Please call us at (804) 918-1435 if you can help. Thank you so much!
The Art of Marriage
Marriage is an art. Come and invest a weekend in your most important earthly relationship! With insightful teaching of God's design for marriage, we believe God will move you toward a oneness that brings life into your marriage and empowers you to leave a godly legacy! This is a video event with live facilitators weaving their story and testimony throughout. Click here for more details regarding the event.
Pregnancy Resource Center November Gala
Livestreaming Bible Study and Worship

One of our newer ministries is livestreaming our worship services and some of our classes. If you’d like to check it out, use this link to our YouTube channel. We’re doing it simply - no fancy sound or cameras - but it works to bring you the basics. If you don’t click on during the actual live stream hours, Sundays at 9:30 or 11:00, know that the videos are saved on our YouTube channel page, along with Pastor Keith’s video blogs. Find us at: