the Current

The Current (formerly FYI) 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.

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, 2021
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

December 2020

December 23, 2020
The joy of Christmas; into the Church Triumphant

December 18, 2020
Strategic Planning Team invites you to listening sessions; Hanover Christmas Goes Virtual; into the Church Triumphant

December 10, 2020
Highlights and recording available for called meeting; need a preacher for a Sunday; learn about security grant opportunity; grief support gathering available; into the Church Triumphant

December 4, 2020
We rejoice in your faithful support; Lakeside offers items to other churches; new semester of Pathways courses begin in January; Christmas collection reminder

November 2020

November 23, 2020
Presbyterians Today creates online Advent devotional; join online Advent discussion with NEXT Church; PC(USA) to hold telethon for Giving Tuesday; Camp Hanover open for overnight guests; Chester's Grace Café turns five

November 19, 2020
Virginia updates COVID-19 guidelines; register and review for Saturday's called meeting

November 12, 2020
Agenda updated for November meeting; invite Cindy Corell to your worship; Disaster Relief Ministry continues projects at Camp Hanover; deadline approaches for Boy Scouts bankruptcy claims; Older Adults Ministry Network seeks articles; NEXT Church plans free virtual 2021 event

November 5, 2020
Registration open for called presbytery meeting; worship option for Reign of Christ Sunday; SDOP grant deadline extended; still time to join Presbyterian Women events; art markets benefit Haiti ministries; into the Church Triumphant

October 2020

October 29, 2020
Volunteers sought for project at Camp Hanover; resources available from leadership event; learn about civil initiative and the engaged church through online course; take a trip to Scotland next fall; holiday drives to help others

October 22, 2020
Highlights from 106th meeting; welcome to new minister members; called meeting to be held November 21; deadline to register for leadership workshop is Friday; take a virtual visit to Guatemala; learn about efforts to eradicate global poverty

October 15, 2020
Leadership event inspires wholehearted response to challenges of 2020; Presbyterian Women offer virtual meeting and Bible study; applications still being accepted for SDOP grants; online option simplifies giving; webinar addresses harassment prevention

October 8, 2020
Stated meeting reminders; Camp Hanover exceeds donation goal; Call to Health deadline approaches; Presbyterian Communicators Network offers social media workshop; Stewardship Navigator makes planning campaigns easier; scholarship opportunity for future ministers; financial training resources from Presbyterian Foundation

October 1, 2020
Registration open for stated meeting; meeting packet available for review; World Communion Sunday is October 4; conference addresses pastoral care during a crisis

September 2020

September 24, 2020
Support Camp Hanover on September 30; visit with Cindy Corell on Sunday; coming wave of pastoral departures?; free pews available; find comfort and hope at Montreat; Presbyterian Foundation has resources for COVID-19

September 17, 2020
Planning underway for October presbytery meeting; Office of Christian Formation launches toolkit; beware of email scams; Next Church to hold racism series; Union Seminary grant to promote faith formation in children

September 10, 2020
Online donation option available; clergy evaluations during a pandemic; updated congregational meeting guide; volunteers needed to build wheelchair bridge at Camp Hanover; Russian region ministry group to hold virtual conference; church educators event stresses importance of lifelong discipleship

September 3, 2020
Remembering those who have entered the Church Triumphant; engaging with Peace and Global Witness Offering amid a pandemic; SDOP committee recertified; share your church news with POJ