Sundays, 5 p.m.
First Church (Richmond) offers a casual evening worship service. Join Sundays at 5 p.m. for faith, fellowship, and music. Dinner follows each service at 6 p.m. The menu changes weekly and includes vegetarian options. Suggested donations are $12 or less. RSVP not required.
Plastic Jars Needed for Camp Hanover Project
Carpenter bees (a solitary bee that looks like a bumblebee) are eating Camp Hanover’s wood structures. You can help tackle this problem with an item from your recycling bin: quart-size Duke’s Mayonnaise jars with lids. Brown Pearson, moderator of POJ’s Disaster Relief Ministry, creates carpenter bee traps from these jars. Using this specific jar and lid ensures the traps reassemble easily after they are taken apart for cleaning. Deliver your clean, empty jar and lid donations to the presbytery office or Southminster Church. Email Barbara Espigh or call 804-262-2074 to coordinate a drop-off appointment at the presbytery office. Email Brown Pearson or call 804-347-8895 to discuss other options.
The Mediation Skills Training Institute presented by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center (LMPC) is designed to equip clergy and lay church leaders with the skills necessary to deal effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict. The five-day institute also includes a component on congregational mediation and consultation. View upcoming sessions and learn more on the LMPC website. Scholarships from Presbytery of the James are available; view this flyer for details.
Virginia Department of Health seeks your help in sharing information about lead poisoning with your congregation. Childhood lead poisoning is considered the most preventable environmental disease among young children, but thousands are impacted by lead exposure every year. You can’t see lead in the home, and most kids don’t show any signs that they are sick. As many undertake spring cleaning projects, encourage them to keep an eye out for possible sources of lead in their homes and safely remove them.
Visit the Virginia Department of Health Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program website for more information on how to be lead safe.
Whether you’re a camping pro, someone who just wants to kick back, relax, and enjoy the outdoors, or a first timer looking to experience some classic summer camp activities, Family Camp at Camp Hanover offers something for all ages and experience levels. Be a part of the camp family during this fun filled weekend and rejoice in being part of the family of God together.
June 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Virginia Church Library Association will hold a one-day conference at Monument Heights Baptist Church in Richmond. Morlee Maynard and Bev League of the Church Librarians Network will present. Registration costs $10 and includes lunch if registration is received by May 31.
Presbyterian Women in the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic will meet virtually this summer over two days. Friday’s session features Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, director of the PC(USA) Office of Public Witness, and Cindy Corell, mission co-worker in Haiti. Saturday's agenda includes Bible study with Rev. Dr. Carol Bechtel, a service of remembrance, and the business meeting. Save the date! Registration opens soon.
June 18-July 9
The 225th General Assembly will meet in a hybrid format this summer. Plenary sessions will occur online; committee sessions will be held in Louisville, Kentucky. The General Assembly reviews the work of synods, resolves controversies in the church, is responsible for matters of common concern for the whole church, and serves as a symbol of unity for the church.
Join the centennial celebration July 27 during the Bible and church music conferences. The conferences, July 24-30, feature something for everyone. Enjoy great worship, music, and Bible study with leaders from across the PC(USA). Children and youth have their own opportunities for singing, ringing, and more through the Camp Connections program. Register by May 31 and save $40 per registration.