Emmanuel Episcopal Church proudly announces Reverend Gene LeCouteur as their new Rector. Gene comes to the parish from Richmond Virginia, Saint Stephens Church, and brings a vast amount of experience and a very warm and welcoming smile.
Excited by the enthusiasm and energy of the parishioners and the community, he plans to continue and strengthen the programs and outreach of the parish. Two such outreach programs offered by the parish entail a program of recitals, concerts, readings and community theatre, known as ‘At the Parish House’, and an effort directed toward the older and aging in the community, offering activities, entertainment, a communal meal with fellowship, under the title of ‘The Andy Bergner Center’. He strongly believes these such outreach programs keep the parish engaged and bonded to Middleburg.
Gene also hopes to invigorate the parish internal life through Religious study, parish readings and an ongoing series of Sunday morning teaching forums, stressing studies about Christian spiritual practices through the centuries. He makes the point that these forums are not just from the historical standpoint, but actually how to put these practices to use. Christian spiritual practices are rich and varied. LeCouteur believes his teaching can open members of the congregation to ancient practices that will enrich their spiritual lives today.
One wish for the parish is to have greater engagement with the youth and children of the Middleburg area and schools. Reverend LeCouteur cites how vulnerable young people can be when they have no spiritual grounding. Toward this thinking, Gene wishes to bring a larger engagement of the young in the area. Finally, he together with the entire parish, welcomes everyone wherever they may come from or whoever they are. Emmanuel Episcopal Church is located at 105 E. Washington Street, Middleburg Virginia. The phone number is 540 687 6297.
Sunday services are 8 am and 10:30 am.