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.

January 2022

January 12
Registration open for called meeting; Facilities Task Force seeks information about space available to share; hybrid worship workshop recording available; learn about grants for capital projects; into the Church Triumphant

January 6
Process of selecting three presbyters moves forward; we invite your covenant with us; celebrate the ordination of Parker on Saturday; share your gifts as a Massanetta volunteer; join PW Churchwide for book discussion

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

May 27
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, 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