the Current

The Current is published weekly. Recipients include ministers, Christian educators, church administrators, and clerks of sessions. Recipients are encouraged to share the information with members of their congregations. Send news or announcements for the Current to editor Kelley Hope by Monday at 5 p.m.

August 2020

August 27, 2020
Black Caucus creates opportunities for racial reconciliation; help Voices of Jubilee support incarcerated youth; application deadline extended for Youth Council; worship and music conference content available for download; online Pathways classes start in September

August 20, 2020
October meeting will be virtual; college students can find spiritual care with campus ministries; SDOP ministry seeks grant applicants; contribute to Camp Hanover's psalter

August 13, 2020
Special session of Virginia legislature offers opportunity to advocate for criminal justice reform; Board of Pensions offers new benefits for 2021; learn about new pay stub requirement; encourage teens to get involved in Youth Council

August 6, 2020
Pastoral Care Fund welcomes contributions;  application period extended for Young Adult Volunteer program; orders for planning calendars end August 14

July 2020

July 30, 2020
Save on planning calendars with POJ; Youth Council seeks candidates for 2020-2021; volunteers needed for bridge project at Camp Hanover

July 23, 2020
POJ commissioners reflect on 224th General Assembly; registration open for online courses at Union Seminary; Camp Hanover creates full worship service available for use at your church or ministry; catch up with fellow campers, staff at virtual camp reunions

July 16, 2020
Explore gratitude in online class; new program to help small churches create websites; Isaiah 40 team hikes Camp Hanover; free hymnals available

July 9, 2020
Camp Hanover creating a Psalter and a worship service; Union holds conversation on unjust policing; a new perspective on wearing a mask

July 2, 2020
Message from the general presbyter on churches reopening; stated meeting summary available; SDOP seeks projects for funding; does your church have youth elders

June 2020

June 26, 2020
General Assembly activities continue today; Hanover hosting eight young adults this summer; next campfire to be Chopped-style competition

June 18, 2020
Recording of presbytery meeting available; General Assembly begins June 19; Montreat extends discount to church professionals

June 11, 2020
Message from the general presbyter; stated meeting reminder; Camp Hanover hosts virtual campfire to start summer; Cindy Corell shares Haiti news in webinar; GA supports youth business initiative; Congress updates Paycheck Protection Program; COVID-19 and Native Americans

June 2, 2020
Registration is open for 105th presbytery meeting; view meeting details and packet of documents; participate in pre-meeting events

May 2020

May 28, 2020
POJ commissioners prepare for virtual General Assembly; Presbyterian Peace Fellowship plans action alternative; Zoom training opportunities for stated meeting

May 21, 2020
POJ seeks to understand coronavirus impact on churches and ministry partners; Zoom training classes available; values to embrace for uncertain times

May 15, 2020
Phase I in reopening process begins May 15 for most of Virginia; check with insurer carrier before reopening; Zoom experts wanted for help preparing for virtual meeting

May 7, 2020
Stay-at-home order requires remote worship through June 10; video and audio conferencing training to be offered in advance of June presbytery meeting; Youth Council invites you to fellowship hour; joint online worship brings churches together; Inspire Gift supports housing needs for recovery community

May 1, 2020
Contribute coronavirus stories for the Vine; preparing for reopening; annual Sprunt Lectures online and free; churches fill food void

April 2020

April 23, 2020
C&C Team makes June meeting virtual; evolving ways of being a faithful steward; General Assembly will be held online; news from around the presbytery

April 17, 2020
Thank you from POJ staff; Youth Council meeting on Sundays; Historical Society documenting Easter 2020; Disaster Assistance provides stress management webinars; stories from around the presbytery

April 9, 2020
Holy Week blessings; state issues guidance on worship alternatives; Presbyterian Foundation summarizes CARES Act; masks needed for juvenile correctional center

April 2, 2020
Governor extends quarantine; new federal laws enacted in response to COVID-19; BOP benefits will continue; mission co-workers urged to return to U.S.

March 2020

March 26, 2020
PC(USA) expands COVID-19 resources; trusted sources for pandemic information; moments to celebrate; Camp Hanover adds new ways to connect; BOP Employee Assistance Program can help

March 19, 2020
Communication and financial resources to help congregations stay connected during public health emergency; visit Camp Hanover through Facebook

March 11, 2020
Recommendations for communion practices during coronavirus outbreak; explore God and the environment at spring retreat; deadline to order Eco-Palms

March 5, 2020
Keeping your congregation healthy during virus outbreaks; welcome and blessings to new POJ ministers; Presbyterian World Mission seeks input; Camp Hanover hiring summer staff

February 2020

February 27
Presbytery enjoys generous fellowship at Westminster Charlottesville; SDOP awards grant; One Great Hour of Sharing; Union hosts lecture on buddhist mindfulness; Board of Pensions shares federal update; Richmond Hill hosts celebration; PC(USA) agencies organize Haiti trip

February 21
Learn about God and the environment; high school retreat will guide teens to good; Tuckahoe hosts organist; Westminster brings Scot Band of Wooster College to town; First Richmond holding mental health first aid workshop

February 13
Southminster hosting February's Youth Day; learn how to apply for a SDOP grant; Camp Hanover is hiring for summer camp; Union workshop addresses mental healthcare; and summer programs for teens

February 6
Session minutes due to readers by March 1; Union Seminary offers workshop on Old Testament; Lenten devotional available; Camp Hanover hosting teen retreats

January 2020

January 30
Presbytery meeting packet available; what is a commissioned ruling elder; Pathways courses available at UPSem; choose Eco-Palms for Holy Week; create links of love with giving campaign

January 23
Keeping hope alive for Haiti; sexual misconduct training; registration open for Camp Hanover summer programs; update your session info; and more

January 15
Local churches in the news; deadline for overtures for 224th General Assembly approaches; events promote faith-rooted activism for racial healing; registration open for confirmation retreat; and more

January 9
Covenants due January 31; 180 Days of Prayer to 224th GA; Synod grant deadline approaches; Youth Council offers monthly events; and more

2019 issues

December 5:  The reason for the season; deadline for 2019 financial gifts; parliamentary procedures training; update on Haiti and Cindy Corell; older adult retreat recap; Camp Hanover News
November 20:  Happy Thanksgiving and start of Advent; Share our Facebook posts with your circle; Update your member list for next Vine mailing; Camp Hanover news; also, scholarships, grants
November 6:  Make your offering come alive; hospitality abounds at October meeting; let your light shine in Presbyterian calendar; join in sharing the greatest story ever told; build a brighter financial future with BOP program
October 16:  Stated meeting to feature ministry fair; Board of Pensions enrollment begins soon; Camp Hanover to host bluegrass concert; Youth Council seeks adult committee members; clerk training scheduled for November
October 2:  PC(USA) co-moderator to visit POJ; registration open for conference on giving; training planned for clerks; strength and hope focus of fall retreat for adults; youth groups invited to peacemaking retreat; Youth Council seeks adult volunteers
September 19:  Trinity Ghanaian receives growth grant; World Mission Ministry sponsors attendance at Big Tent to promote leadership development; struggles of mental health affect many; Hurricane Dorian spurs Disaster Relief team into action
September 11:  Presbyterian Outlook invites churches to 200th anniversary celebration
September 5, 2019: POJ supports restorative justice forum

August 23, 2019: recharge at the 2019 women's retreat
August 6, 2019: Improving the lives of the people of Ghana
July 17, 2019: Area teens head to Triennium conference
July 3, 2019: Stated meeting highlights
June 20, 2019: Haiti Mission Network to meet in Baltimore; Invite international educators to your church
June 5, 2019: SDOP accepting applications for annual grants
May 15, 2019: Baltimore hosts Big Tent in August
May 1, 2019: Disaster Relief Ministry returning to North Carolina in June; Cove celebrates 250th anniversary
April 16, 2019: new Stewardship tool; Camp incorporation conversations continue
April 3, 2019: Three POJ churches lead in caring for the Earth
March 20, 2019: Grants for small churches
March 6, 2019: Nominations needed for General Assembly; seminary seniors seek first call
February 21, 2019: Highlights from the 101st stated meeting
February 7, 2019: POJ churches excel in meeting statistical report deadline
January 16, 2019: Retirement seminar
January 4, 2019: POJ introduces new logo