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Ubuntu and Tomatoes

This guest post was written by Colleen Earp, Camp Hanover’s director of youth, environment, and service ministries. Ubuntu. I am because we are. Ubuntu is one of the themes in InsideOut’s summer camp curriculum PeaceWorks, which Camp Hanover and many other faith-based camps are using this summer. This Zulu word suggests the interconnectedness of humanity,

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Could a Capital Campaign Be Right For Your Church?

A new study shows that one in four congregations has conducted a capital campaign in the past year. Researchers with Indiana University and the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving shared a sneak peek of the results of the National Study of Congregations’ Economic Practices at a recent conference attended by Deborah Rexrode, associate for

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Getting Involved Reaps Rewards

This guest post was written by Caitlin Deyerle. Rev. Deyerle is the moderator of POJ’s Committee on Ministry. She has been the pastor of Southminster Church in Chesterfield since 2013. When I was first called to Presbytery of the James, I came to Virginia not knowing a soul. I dove eagerly into my church work,

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Explore Migration and Ministry in Guatemala

You are invited to visit Guatemala October 28 through November 4 in a trip sponsored jointly by the Presbyteries of the James and the Peaks. The focus of this visit is on migration and ministry and how we can go deeper in our understanding and response. Learn about the root causes of migration, who is

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Highlights of 102nd Stated Meeting

The 102nd Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of the James took place on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, VA. Nearing the start of my seventh month with you, faces are beginning to look familiar and nametags remain a gift for conversation to be rich. I have been welcomed warmly into

First Charlottesville to Host 102nd Stated Meeting

The 102nd stated meeting of Presbytery of the James will occur on June 18 at First Presbyterian Church Charlottesville. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. The meeting convenes promptly at 9:15 a.m. Find the meeting’s docket and reports on the Stated Meetings page. At its earliest opportunity, each church is requested to share these items with Ruling

Standing With Our Virginia Beach Neighbors

Dear Friends in Christ, As I drove home last evening in a massive storm, there was another storm striking our neighbors to the east. The news was breaking of the senseless shooting in Virginia Beach. I wondered aloud as the thunder shook, “O Lord, when will it stop? When will we stop killing and start

Presbyterian Planning Calendar Pre-Orders Available

POJ is accepting orders for 2019-2020 Presbyterian planning calendars. The calendars, which begin in September 2019, will ship to POJ in August. The price per calendar is $10.50 through June 19. Payment may be made by credit card or check. Ready to find out more? Go 2018-2019 calendar shown above

Big Tent: Called to a Movement Beyond Institution

Expand your horizons of faith and engagement in God’s mission at PC(USA)’s 2019 Big Tent, August 1-3 in Baltimore. The theme Called to a Movement beyond Institution–based on Romans 12:2–will emphasize our hope of the Gospel and its power to challenge institutional conventions. Opportunities are endless at Big Tent; sessions cover mission, stewardship, earth care,

Disaster Relief Team Returning to North Carolina in June

POJ’s Disaster Relief Ministry is organizing a return trip to New Bern, North Carolina in early June to continue aiding the area in recovering from Hurricane Florence. Volunteers of all skill levels are desired. The trip is June 1-8. The group will leave from Southminster Church, which is providing logistics and accounting support. In North