79th General Convention wrap-up: The 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church is a wrap. GC79 met July 5-13 in Austin, TX. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s call in his opening sermon for Episcopalians to follow “The Way of Love” could be felt throughout this General Convention as bishops and deputies from every part of the worldwide Episcopal Church put in very long days in committee meetings and legislative sessions. Over 500 resolutions were considered by the convention, but the two big legislative issues were revising the Book of Common Prayer and same-sex marriage rites. General Convention voted against revising the 1979 prayer book, but instead to approve and authorize alternative, expansive-language liturgical materials. General Convention voted for making authorized same-sex marriage rites available for use in all congregations, ensuring all Episcopalians can be married by their priests in their home churches. Episcopal News Service offers a good legislative wrap-up here. You can also find much more on General Convention at the diocesan #GC79 blog.
July Lemonade & Layout -Wednesday, July 18 (1:00 -3:00) & Saturday, July 28 (2:00- 4:00): Bring sorted photos that you want to scrapbook. These should be related by theme. You will begin to plan the layout of your pages, jot notes, etc. You will get a CM Power Layout Kit and CM pen. Text or call Allison at 399-3173 to make payment arrangements. Classes held in the Parish Hall of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church.
August Cupcake & Complete – Wednesday, August 8 (1-3) & Saturday, August 11 (2-4): Bring your Power Layout Kit full of pre-planned layouts and begin to put them on your pages. You will get a set of 16 CM pages and page protectors “Fast to Fabulous” or blank pages and CM tape runner. Text or call Allison at 804-399-3173 to make payment arrangements. Full payment holds your spot. Fee is $40 per class and includes high quality CM materials as listed above plus instruction. Attend all 3 (2 hour) sessions and receive a CM product certificate to be used with me for $5 off a new CM coverset of your choice. Classes held in the Parish Hall of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
Cursillo Co-ed Weekend – September 27-30 at Chanco on the James in Surry: Linda Tandy is the rector for this weekend. Go to www.cursillodiosova.org for information and an application. Cursillo is Spanish for “Short Course.” For us, it’s a short course in Christianity. The movement was started many years ago in an effort to help young Christian men grow closer to Christ. Today, there are Cursillo movements all over the world. On the three day weekend, candidates learn how to grow as leaders in their communities and in their own personal journey with Jesus.
Diocesan ECW Fall Annual Meeting – Saturday, October 20: ECW Fall meeting will be held at St. Cyprians, Hampton. More information coming soon. St. Cyprian’s is located at 1242 West Queen Street, Hampton.
Jackson-Feild Van Donations: Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is in desperate need of a van to transport students from campus to appointments in the community. They are trying to buy a 2017 van to replace their 2010 van which has over 207,000 miles on it. Jackson-Feild needs reliable transportation to support their 24 hour a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year operation. The mission of Jackson-Feild Behavior Health Services is to provide high quality, evidence-based psychiatric, residential, education and recovery treatment services for children who suffer from severe emotional trauma, mental illness and/or substance use disorders. Their rural location is ideal for a behavioral health program as it discourages runaways and all but eliminates negative influences so that residents may focus on their disorders, come to understand them, and learn how to manage them.
If you would like to contribute mail your check to the Diocesan Office (11827 Canon Blvd., Suite 101, Newport News, VA 23606) and be sure to note “Jackson-Feild van” on the check memo line. You may also mail your check directly to Jackson Feild at 4905 Dickens Road, Suite 202, Richmond, VA 23230.
Items Needed for Jackson-Feild children: For years the ages of majority of the children served by Jackson-Field has been 15-18 years old. A recent and growing trend is the placement of children ages 11-14. Consequently, Jackson-Feild is in need of “gently used” items for younger children. Heretofore their mental health services were provided in the community. Sadly the acuity of their needs dictates that they need residential treatment services.
Their wish list includes age appropriate books (mysteries, adventure, Happy Potter, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Hunger Games, Fangirl, Ask the Passenger etc.) comic books, magazines (teen, Sports Illustrated), art supplies, board games, puzzles, toys and sporting goods. Jackson-Feild is requesting that churches consider holding drives for these items and Jackson-Feild will make arrangements to pick up the items so that they can be pressed into service immediately. If you would like to help please contact the Development Office at 804-354-6929 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Diocesan ECW’s Newsletter
The Spring 2018 edition of the Diocesan Episcopal Church Women’s newsletter, The Grapevine, is now available on our website here.
Diocese of Southern Virginia on Instagram: The Diocese of Southern Virginia is now on Instagram! Follow us @Diosova.