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Advent Lecture Series

December 2 & 3

Hear internationally-renowned scholar and speaker Dr. Amy-Jill Levine in a two-part Advent lecture series on December 2 and 3. The first lecture, “Revisiting Christmas: Ancient Jewish Expectations, Christian Interpretations, and Interreligious Responses Today,” will be held at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church December 2 at 7:00 p.m. The second lecture, “Understanding Jesus and Paul Means Understanding Judaism,” will be at St. Paul’s Episcopal December 3 at 9:00 a.m. The second lecture is targeted towards faith leaders, seminarians and religious educators but is open to anyone who would like to attend.

Hanover Christmas

December 10 and 11

Hanover Christmas returns December 10 and 11 for two magical nights celebrating the birth of Jesus. From 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. each evening, experience musical performances and dramatic reenactments while strolling a candlelit wooded path. A donation of $10 per person to the Annual Fund for Camp Hanover is appreciated.

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Christmas Drive for Incarcerated Youth

By December 11

Voices of Jubilee is collecting donations of items to create Christmas packages for youth who are incarcerated. Gifts will go to two units of youth who are incarcerated at Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center, and other young people who are in prison across the state. Items needed include basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, ping-pong paddles and balls, paperback books for teens, composition books, stationary, men's athletic socks, deodorant, lotion, toothbrushes, toothpaste, chapstick, individually wrapped snacks and candy, PG-13 movies, word puzzle books, Uno cards, and board games without dice. They have an Amazon wish list if you prefer to shop that way. Donations of funds, Amazon gift cards, and Barnes & Noble gift cards are welcome as well as purchased items. For more info, contact Rev. Ashley Diaz Mejias or Rev. Lauren Ramseur.

Christmas Concert at First Church Richmond

December 12, 4:00 p.m.

First Church in Richmond hosts O Holy Night: a Christmas Celebration. The evening will feature the Chancel Choir, special guests, and the strings of their Festival Orchestra. Enjoy Saint-Saëns’s charming Christmas Oratorio, and the opportunity to sing some of your favorite Christmas carols. Children of all ages are invited, and childcare (infants- 2nd grade) is available.

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Waiting in Darkness: Advent Conversations with Voices of Jubilee

December 14 at 7 p.m. and December 15 at 11 a.m.

During this time of Advent when the church watches and waits for the coming light of Christ in our world, we invite you to join Voices of Jubilee to learn about our ministry among those who are waiting in darkness in our system of mass incarceration and how we are finding Christ’s light in this work. Please join us for a Zoom conversation, where co-pastors Rev. Lauren Ramseur and Rev. Ashley Diaz Mejias will share about their experience with this new worshipping community and how your church can join in this mission.

Register for Tuesday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m.

Register for Wednesday, Dec. 15, 11 a.m.

Christmas Drive for AFREIM

Through December 23

AFREIM is collecting food, funds, and gifts for needy people for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Food items needed include meats, perishable, and non-perishable foods. Other needed items include new, unopened toys; new or gently-used coats; clothing; scarfs, and socks. For information, email or call 804-442-7811.

Winter Camp

December 28-30

Youth currently in grades 5 through 12 graders are invited to join us for this winter getaway. Like summer camp, Winter Camp is based on Camp Hanover's signature small-group camping model where “Family Groups” of 5 or six boys, 5 or 6 girls, a male counselor and a female counselor spend their time playing, laughing, worshiping, singing, and growing closer to each other and God through primarily outside activities, including cookouts, hayrides, hikes, campfires, games and more — all with a winter twist!

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Earth Care Certification Open

January 1-February 15

Is your church active in earth care or interested in becoming more involved in being stewards of God’s earth? Use Earth Care Congregations: A Guide to Greening Presbyterian Churches to find ideas for earth care projects. To become certified as Earth Care Congregations churches take the “Earth Care Pledge” and complete activities and projects in the fields of worship, education, facilities and outreach. Submit your application January 1 to February 15 of the calendar year in which you’d like to be certified.

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Presbyterian Planning Calendar

Through February 14

PC(USA) seeks photos to include in the 2022-2023 Presbyterian Planning Calendar. Ideal candidates for submissions feature church members and friends in action rather than posed. If you have good quality, high-resolution photos of your church members in worship, mission service, or conducting outreach, please submit them for consideration by Feb. 14, 2022.

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