Women’s Retreat Day – Saturday, December 2: Join us at Chanco on the James for a very special Women’s Advent Retreat Day on December 2. This retreat will feature a series of engaging workshops and inspired worship built around the theme “Living the Magnificat”. Participants will enjoy time for fellowship and refreshment throughout the retreat, concluding with a delightful Afternoon Tea. The cost to attend is only $35.
You may also take advantage of our optional Friday overnight retreat on December 1, which includes an additional arts workshop, hospitality hour, and breakfast …all for just $95. This event is sponsored by the Program Committee of Chanco on the James. Scholarships are available. Contact Ronda Toll at 757-869-8873 or firstname.lastname@example.org for scholarship information or for more details. There are 3 ways to register:
- Online at https://registration.campbrain.com/Portal/Login.aspx?H=Chanco&G=1258
- Mail registration form to Melissa at Chanco on the James, 294 Floods Drive, Spring Grove, VA 23881
- Call Chanco on the James at 888-724-2626
Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale – Friday, December 15 and Sunday, December 17 – Handel’s Messiah, Part I: Friday’s performance takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 4200 Dover Rd., Richmond. Sunday’s performance is at 3:00 p.m. at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, 201 Henry St., Ashland. Advance tickets are $10 for adults ($15 at the door) and $5 for students. Purchase tickets at Cross Bros. Grocery in Ashland, online at www.cvamc.org or by phone 1-800-838-3006. Ann & David Boelzner sing in this group.
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.
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