Diocese of Southern Virginia Annual Council Meeting: Read Bishop Hollerith’s address to Annual Council here: Address.
Lutheran-Episcopal Day of Prayer – Thursday, March 8 – St. Luke’s Lutheran: The Lutheran-Episcopal Joint Committee of Virginia is sponsoring a Day of Prayer on Thursday, March 8 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church on Chippenham Parkway in Richmond. The day will be led by the Rt. Rev Susan Goff, Bishop Suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. Bishop Goff will lead us in considering how and why to pray, whom to pray with, resources for prayer, prayer and the liturgical year, and will share other personal prayer practices. Click here for details and registration.
St. Paul’s Community Lenten Series: The St. Paul’s Community Lenten Series has origins as far back as 1897. Today, the Community Lenten Series features notable preachers and a delicious lunch every weekday during Lent. This year’s Community Lenten Series will run February 19-March 23. Each 30-minute preaching service begins at 12:30 p.m. Lunch is served in Scott Hall in two seatings at 11:45 am and 1:00 pm. There is no charge to hear the preachers, and 100% of the lunch proceeds are donated to non-profit agencies through a grant application process.
February 19-23: Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, Senior Minister of the Riverside Church, in New York City.
February 26-March 2: Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor Emeritus of Preaching at Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Director of the Early Career Pastoral Leadership Program, and author
March 5-7: The Rev. Michael R. Sullivan, President of Kanuga Conference & Retreat Centre
March 8: Rev. Dr. Brian K. Blount, President of Union Presbyterian Seminar and Professor of New Testament in the Walter W. Moore and Charles E.S. Kraemer Presidential Chairs
March 12-16: The Rt. Rev. John Shelby “Jack” Spong, retired former bishop of the Diocese of Newark and former rector of St. Paul’s, Richmond
March 19-23: Rev. Dr. Lance Watson, Senior Pastor of the Saint Paul’s Baptist Church of Richmond, Virginia
Over 300 volunteers from more than 50 area churches serve a homemade seated lunch in Scott Hall at 11:45 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. A hot or cold plate is offered for $9. Desserts are available for $2 (or $3 à la mode). Takeout orders are available from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Young Adult Service Corps Applications: Young adults (21-30 years old) have an opportunity to transform their own lives while engaging mission and ministry in the Anglican Communion by joining the Young Adult Service Corps. Now, applications are available for 2018-2019 placements in the Young Adult Service Corps, commonly known as YASC. Currently YASCers are serving throughout the Anglican Communion, working alongside partners in administration, agriculture, communication, development, and education. They are serving in Brazil, Costa Rica, England, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Africa and Tanzania.
Among possible placements for 2018-2019 include (but not limited to) Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, England, Honduras, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Jerusalem, Mexico, Panama, the Philippines, South Africa, Taiwan, and Tanzania. The application for a 2018-2019 placement with additional information and instructions is available here. The application deadline is Friday, January 12, 2018.
Good Book Club – Sunday, February 11, 2018: Movement is excited to announce the Good Book Club – a church-wide invitation to all Episcopalians to read Luke and Acts during Lent-Easter 2018. Participants in the Good Book Club will begin reading Luke the Sunday before Lent, February 11, 2018, and finish up the Book of Acts on the Day of Pentecost, May 20, 2018. We hope you’ll join us, and the many churches, individuals and organizations who will be a part of this special project.
The Good Book Club website (goodbookclub.org) lists the daily readings, as well as available resources to support people as they read the scriptures. Resources also will be available in Spanish at clubbiblico.org. For now, you can sign up for updates or learn more about partnering with us at goodbookclub.org. We hope you’ll read along with us, and Episcopalians around the globe!
Message from The Most Reverend Michael Curry Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church: Long ago the prophet Malachi taught that we are all children of God by virtue of our creation by the same God. “Have we not all one father? Has not one God created us?” he asked (2:10). Jesus taught the same thing when he told a story about a Good Samaritan. We are indeed all the children of God. And if we are all God’s children, then we are all brothers and sisters. As you know, our brothers and sisters in Texas now need our help. Our support of Episcopal Relief & Development is a tangible, practical, effective and reliable way to do that, not just in the short term, but for the long haul. Thank you for whatever you can do for together we are the human family of God. Please make checks payable to Episcopal Relief & Development; P.O. Box 7058 Merrifield VA 22116-7058.
Your donation to the Episcopal Relief & Development Gifts for will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $760,000, until December 31. This is the largest match ever. Make a tax-deductible gift to Episcopal Relief & Development and it will go to our Global Needs Fund, helping to empower communities worldwide. Donations can be made on line or mailed to P.O. Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058
Empowered Warriors: I am involved in an outreach program where I live. It’s a small group of people that are dedicated to bring community to a place that really needs it. Our main project right now is getting the children that live here ready for school. What we would like to do is make sure that each child has enough supplies for the school year and one new set of clothes and one pair of new shoes instead of hand me downs for the first day. A lot of the parents are immigrants and are barely making ends meet but do the very best they can; others are disabled or unemployed but work temp jobs to get by. We want to help the children and make their school year a little brighter. The program’s Facebook page is www.facebook.com/empoweredwarriors. One can make out a check to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund. M Lyell
Richmond Center for Christian Study Needs Volunteers: Urgent Volunteer Need! The Richmond Center for Christian Study is in present need of additional volunteers to take 2-4 hours one morning, afternoon or evening per week (for as many or as few weeks as you are able) just to be present and watch over the space at Libbie & Grove as it is used by UR students and the community. There is a very short “to do” list, but most of the time could be used reading or doing your own work as you simply keep your eyes open for any needed help. Please contact Chris at email@example.com or 804-852-5151 for more info. Thank you! Chris Daniel