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By The Rev. David Crosby, Assistant RectorJuly 17, 2013

The Groundbreaking for the new Immanuel Chapel at Virginia Theological Seminary will be on Holy Cross Day; Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Representatives of the parish, including our new rector, The Rev. J. Randolph Alexander, Jr.; a church member and a parish child, representing the continuity and future of our congregation; as well as some of our acolytes, will play a part in this liturgy. It is expected the construction phase for the new chapel will be approximately 18 months and should be completed by summer 2015.

The 1881 Immanuel Chapel ruin will be dedicated as a Memorial Garden able to host outdoor worship services and to receive the burial of ashes; that liturgy will be Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. As this will occur during convocation at VTS, it is expected a large contingent of faculty emeriti, former VTS staff and seminary alumni will be present for this occasion.

Finally, Doug John and I are part of a committee exploring a variety of events to celebrate the new chapel throughout 2015-2016; we have suggested a Messiah Sing-a-Long with choirs from Region IV churches in December 2015, and are invited to work with VTS on a Summer Arts Festival in June 2016. We welcome and encourage you to participate in these important events in the life of our parish. As more information comes available, we will pass it along.

Thank you.

~ David Crosby