First Presbyterian (Richmond) is holding an online and in-person market of handmade Haitian art culminating on November 14. The in-person market will be outside in the church parking lot. Online orders may be picked up at the in-person market or shipped to the purchaser. Sales support the congregation's partnership with Haiti Child Sponsorship and the Good Shepherd School in Haiti.
Thanksgiving & Christmas Food Drive
African Evangelical International Ministries (AFREIM) invites you to be a part of their mission to help those less fortunate. Donate canned goods, boxed foods, turkeys or chickens, and desserts for needy families' Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. They also seek new, unwrapped toys, gloves, hats, socks, blankets, and sleeping bags. Food items donated by November 16 will be distributed for Thanksgiving. For Christmas distribution, items are needed by December 16. To make a donation contact Pastor Barbara Parks at 804-888-3901 for info and/or pickup.
The Board of Pensions is offering online seminars as an alternative to its usual weekend retreat. Available to active and retired Benefits Plan members including their spouses, Well-Being Respite is a virtual space to pause, learn, reframe, and connect. The session November 18 will address health.
Early bird rate ends Nov 22
Join Rev. Seth Lovell, Olivet Presbyterian, and Rev. Lynne Clements, Westminster Presbyterian, as they lead a trip to Scotland with Scotus Tours, October 11-19, 2021. Participants will explore all Scotland has to offer, beginning and ending in the majestic capitol of Edinburgh. The group also will travel to the Isle of Iona, a sacred site where Christianity first came to Scotland in the sixth century.
Presbyterians Today’s Advent and Christmas devotional for 2020 is available exclusively online. “Let Us Light Candles: Matthew 25 and the work of Advent” begins Nov. 29 and ends with Epiphany, Jan. 6. The devotional is inspired by Baptist pastor Howard Thurman’s poem “I Will Light Candles This Christmas.”
PC(USA) will hold a telethon on Giving Tuesday (December 1). This all-day event is a virtual celebration of the collective power of Presbyterian generosity, as we profess by our actions—and with our gifts—that we can accomplish far more together than any one of us can do alone. On #GivingTuesday, we invite you to join with Presbyterians from near and far for prayer and worship, fun with some familiar faces, and an unparalleled opportunity for your generosity to make a lasting impact around the country and around the world.
Support healing and hope building for incarcerated youth around Virginia with Voices of Jubilee. Since March, these youth have been without classes, visits from family, and enrichment activities. Voices of Jubilee is delivering Christmas boxes to youth incarcerated at the Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center and invites churches to contribute. Needed items include composition books (not spiral), men’s large crew socks, art supplies, pre-packaged snacks, and blank greeting cards to send to family. The youth also need board games, books and basketballs for their pod units. Shop at your preferred store, or make a monetary donation. Donations can be sent to Voices of Jubilee, PO Box 29296, Richmond VA 23246 or we can arrange for a pickup.
Outreach to Older Adults
Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network seeks articles for its 2021 planning guide. Submit a story from your congregation to help others implement programs for older adults. In particular, the network seeks submissions that emphasize multicultural outreach and intergenerational engagement. The deadline for submissions is December 15.
Email your 500- to 2,000-word article and a short bio to Ginny Nyhuis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline February 8, 2021
For students who sense a calling to full-time Christian ministry, the A. Purnell Bailey Pre-Ministerial Program at Randolph-Macon College offers encouragement through a weekly vocational discernment group, two internships, and financial support. This scholarship provides half tuition during a student’s freshman and sophomore years at R-MC and full tuition during the junior and senior years. Applications are being accepted through February 8, 2021.
Deadline Feb 16, 2021
The Presbyterian Planning Calendar is seeking photo submissions from congregations, mid councils, camps, conference centers and education centers for use in its 2021-2022 edition. Images should feature church members and friends engaged in activities including worship, mission service, creativity and the arts, and direct outreach. The deadline to submit photos is Feb. 16, 2021.
March 5-7, 2021
COVID-19, a pandemic of racism in the United States, economic distress. Our reality right now helps us know that things need to change for the good of us all. Despite the physical space that separates us these days, our virtual togetherness can make all the difference. Join in the 2021 NEXT Church National Gathering as we Break, Bless, and Build: A Call for the Common Good.
May 17-21, 2021
How can the church recapture what it was in the first century—a distinctive, confessional community, willing to stand against the status quo, to speak up against the empire, and to stand for the Gospel—in a 21st century context? This year, the Festival of Homiletics invites you into conversation around how the promise of the Gospel might shape hope and ministry for the future church.