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December 2021

December 15
Moderator calls for meeting in January; deadline for financial gifts to presbytery; AFREIM updates identity with new name; pre-ministerial program scholarship deadline approaches; facilities task force seeks partnerships for building space; Christmas closing announced

December 8
Hybrid worship doesn't have to be costly; Winter Camp is back; Advent spirituality in a wreath; volunteers needed for youth conferences

December 2
Fall issue of the Vine available online; nominations due for General Assembly; Voices of Jubilee invites you to an Advent conversation; First Church Richmond holds Christmas concert

November 2021

November 17
Relive the birth of Christ at Camp Hanover; become a transgender-friendly congregation; submit your photos for the planning calendar; blessings on these church anniversaries

November 10
Introducing new youth ministry associate; blessings to Rexrode on new opportunity; be part of Small Church Ministry across the presbytery; Advent lecture series features scholar Amy-Jill Levine

November 3
Presbyterian Women hold fall gathering on Saturday; Ampthill welcomes friends to new playground; Three Chopt hosts Christ and Neighbor Friday; congregations share space and faith; prepare now for Earth Care certification; and more

October 2021

October 28
Recorded meetings available on YouTube; forum to help churches reach Black Millennials; become a certified church administrators; learn about Christians in Eastern Europe; another opportunity to connect with Cindy Corell

October 20
Highlights from the 109th stated meeting; SDOP invites church leaders to learn about grant opportunity; ordination, installation planned for Earp and Fiedler; learn how design thinking can help you transform your ministry for the future; open enrollment coming for Board of Pensions; social media and Spanish Bible study classes available through Union Seminary

October 13
Final reminders for Saturday's presbytery meeting; help support Afghan refugees at Massanetta; welcome, new Board of Pensions consultant; legacies across generations topic of older adult conference; learn how to engage with communities in advocating for social justice

October 6
Three candidates to preach at presbytery meeting; help SDOP identify local partners; invitation to installation service for Sugg; Kirk O'Cliff celebrates 145 years; networking and development events available for church educators; upcoming events

September 2021

September 29
Presbytery leadership changing due to moderator move; ministries hosting a variety of events next month, including Sunday with Cindy: an update on Haiti on October 17, an international Peacemaker on October 24 and 25, and a criminal justice forum on October 25; also, POJ holding a professional development event for pastors and church leaders on October 28

September 22
New event coming to Camp Hanover; Hebron hosts bluegrass concert; Camp dedicating new bell and tower; South Plains shares story of CROP Hunger Walk; into the Church Triumphant; World Communion Sunday

September 15
Prepare for World Communion Sunday and Peace and Global Witness Offering; blanket drive to benefit Afghan refugees in Virginia; Union hosts webinar on end of life issues; invitation to ordination service for Cooper; into the Church Triumphant

September 9
Content needed for fall issue of the Vine; learn about migrant ministry through Virginia Interfaith Center summit; AFREIM creates food pantry; into the Church Triumphant

September 1
Opportunities for helping Afghan evacuees; Presbyterian Disaster Assistance coordinating aid for Hurricane Ida victims; learn about relief efforts in Haiti; Union Seminary offers worship resources

August 2021

August 26
International peacekeeper to visit virtually; Shenandoah Presbytery hosts Matthew 25 event; conference focuses on vibrant and faithful aging

August 18
Continued prayers needed for Haiti; South Plains hosts Agape Conversations; SDOP seeks grant applicants

August 11
Small church profile; seminars for church administrators; scholarships available for Stewardship Kaleidoscope; Mid-Atlantic Black Caucus plans virtual meeting for October

August 5
Remind college-bound students of campus ministries; AFREIM welcomes contributions for fall drives; Camp Hanover hiring outdoor ministry director; communications workshops for dementia caregivers

July 2021

July 28
Decision made about October meeting; environmental workshops available in August; Union hosts conference in Spanish; spiritual growth workshop for church administrators

July 22
Grants fund projects that build human dignity and self-reliance; make plans to join Stewardship Kaleidoscope virtually or in person; strengthen your hybrid worship service; is your livestream worship copyright compliant

July 14
Read the summer Vine online; updates reveal hope and continued challenges in Haiti; doing great things for God; retreat for women in ministry; new program serving children in crisis

July 7
Presbyterian Men conference to be virtual; registration open for Stewardship Kaleidoscope; last call for planning calendars; virtual week of service available for teens; into the Church Triumphant

June 2021

June 28
Vice moderator nomination deadline approaching; presbyter search committee selected; presbytery hiring associate for youth

June 18
Highlights from the 108th meeting; prepare applications now for synod grants; learn to become an inclusive church; women's tea; convergence conference for teens

June 9
Reminder to register for June meeting; nominations needed for 2022 vice moderator; planning calendar bulk order in progress; congregation spotlight: Hebron; Convergence conference for teens

June 1
Registration open for June meeting; social distancing, capacity decisions now up to organizations/businesses; volunteers needed for work days at Camp Hanover

May 2021

Presbytery office closed for Memorial Day; bulk order planned for liturgical calendars; presbytery meeting documents available next week; Pathways program at Union offers theological education for all; church employment opportunities

May 20
Update on Virginia mask mandate; learn how to livestream at little to no cost; local mission trip helps Camp Hanover prepare for summer; free hymnals available; racism in housing and wealth building

May 12
Youth Council speaks on climate change; 108th POJ meeting will be virtual; new process for Christian education associate certification; help for clergy in transition; where would you like to get POJ news; veteran suicide prevention workshop

May 6
Help Camp Hanover in final push to ready for campers; submit your news and mailing list for July issue of the Vine; Board of Pensions retirement seminar offered as e-learning course; deadline approaching for Young Adult Volunteer applications; New Covenant bell finds a home at Camp Hanover

April 2021

April 29
Stewarding the Church during a pandemic; grants available for older adult ministry programs; new training resources for ruling elders and deacons; would you subscribe to texts from POJ; womanist courses available online

April 22
Four churches certified as Earth Care Congregations; get ready for Legacy Giving Sunday; theological education topic for 2021 Sprunt Lectures; offer your services for pulpit supply; music conference coming in June; into the Church Triumphant

April 14
Learn about streaming, social media, and other digital communication; discuss church's role in leading healing; register now for Presbyterian Women Spring Gathering; Older Adult Sunday approaching; camp counselors needed; suicide prevention in veterans; resource books available; into the Church Triumphant

March 2021

March 31
Digital services available for use in April; construction help needed; talk social justice with Virginia Interfaith Center; gender and inclusion workshop; event for church librarians

March 25
Governor increases social gathering limits; March issue of the Vine is the in the mail; where do we go from here; presbytery churches respond to continuing hunger crisis; Good Friday service features PC(USA) leaders of color; folding machine available; observe Faith Climate Action Week

March 18
How will you support youth ministry in 2021; summer camp registration is open; Nehemiah Action focuses on housing and gun violence; join the Good Friday pilgrimage against racism; guest preacher available for April 11; food drive at River Road PC

March 10
One Great Hour of Sharing offering provides safety, sustenance, and hope; learn about disaster relief in Guatemala; when physical touch is impossible; grant program preserves houses of worship; into the Church Triumphant

March 4
Learn about 2021 gun violence prevention legislation; clergy now eligible for vaccine under Phase 1B; borrow resources for worship, Bible study, and Christian education programs; into the Church Triumphant

February 2021

February 25
Presbytery approves strategic plan at 107th meeting; 2021 moderator and vice moderator installed; other meeting highlights; find God in moments of crisis; NEXT Church national gathering coming up in March

February 18
Check POJ website for weather-related meeting updates; join Black Caucus for second event in Redeeming the Narrative series; small church leaders invited to join networking group; First Richmond's lecture series to look at healing

February 10
Presbytery meeting to include two candidate examinations; share your news in the Vine; resources for new clerks; put a bucket down where you are; what does poverty look like in America?; church newsletter workshop

February 4
Registration open for 107th meeting; session records due to readers March 1; Union hosts social justice conference; young adults encouraged to serve

January 2021

January 27
Ideas for observing Ash Wednesday and Lent during continued pandemic; health department offers vaccine town halls; Westminster Richmond and POJ ministries host PC(USA) co-moderators for conversation on race; round table planned for youth leaders

January 20
Meet PC(USA) co-moderators at virtual meeting on race and the Church; make your covenant with the presbytery; youth leaders and volunteers invited to Youth Ministry meeting

January 13
Stated clerk and advocacy director to discuss capitol attack; support group for clergy partners forming; SPT listening sessions final reminder; small church leaders invited to join new stewardship group; 2020 books close next week; PW plan virtual Spring Gathering

January 6
Share thoughts, ask questions about strategic plan report; deadline for 2020 contributions; cohort forming to focus on stewardship in small churches; General Assembly launches support program for lay leaders