Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Register now for Pilgrimage to the Holy Land Oct. 17-28

Through the assistance of Lightline Pilgrimages, this pilgrimage has been designed just for the Diocese of Southern Virginia. The pilgrimage will be led by Bishop Jay Magness and Bishop Hollerith will be among the participants. Pilgrims will have the incredible opportunity to walk in the places where Jesus walked and seeing many of the things that our Lord saw.
This pilgrimage is limited to 35 people. Click here for the pilgrimage brochure which includes a detailed itinerary and registration form.

Upcoming Safe Church classroom training

Registration is now open for the following upcoming Safe Church training classes:
Click here for a complete list of upcoming Safe Church training opportunities, online training, and more info about the Safe Church program.

March 23: One-day Justice Conference

Following the cancellation of the three-day Mid-Atlantic Regional Justice Conference that was to take place March 21-23, 2017, there was interest to proceed forward with a scaled down event because content was sorely needed in the area. So, some of the speakers originally scheduled decided to come anyway if there was a way to make it happen.
Hence, Mid-Atlantic Just Conference Lite - Thursday, March 23, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at New Life Church, 1525 Power Plant Parkway, Hampton. The day is FREE except for a $6 charge for Chic-Fil-A lunch box. Speakers include:
  • Verlon Fosner from Seatlle, WA - "Dinner Church, Reach the Unreachable, Eat and Remember Me"
  • Robert and Sharon Yazzie, who live on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona are coming to talk about life on the reservation and to take us into a deep spiritual praise and worship through song
  • Byron McMillan with Jobs For Life national office in Raleigh, NC to impart some wisdom about poverty and addressing the needs of the lost and disenfranchised in our communities through Christian Community Development
  • Plus many, many more presenters and exhibitors
Please register by calling the Peninsula Baptist Association office at 757-596-4587 or email midatlanticjusticeconference@gmail.com.

Webinar: Snapchat and the Church

Join Virginia Theological Seminary's Center for the Ministry of Teaching in an online webinar Wednesday, April 5 at 3 p.m. Carolyn Clement, Travis Walser, and Sarah Stonesifer will demystify Snapchat, the most opaque and misunderstood social media platform.

Can't make it? The webinar will be recorded and saved for later viewing! RSVP here for notifications and reminders.

Registration open for 2017 Young Adult and Campus Ministry Leadership Conference

Register now for the 2017 Young Adult and Campus Ministry Leadership Conference, CULTIVATE: Resilient Hope, slated for June 25-28 at St. David's Episcopal Church, Austin, TX (Diocese of Texas). CULTIVATE: Resilient Hope is an Episcopal conference for leaders in ministry with young adults on and off college campuses. The focus will be on how leaders and mentors can cultivate resilient hope in the midst of everyday lives, the current events in our country, and in our communities.  Click here for more information.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Stand to Support Refugees: An invitation to support Episcopal Migration Ministries

Episcopal Migration Ministries, the refugee resettlement agency of the Episcopal Church, invites participation in supporting its life-saving work through Stand to Support Refugees, a fundraising campaign to maintain a strong, viable ministry network to welcome those fleeing war, violence and persecution. Donations to Stand to Support Refugees will help strengthen important ministry to some of the most vulnerable throughout the world.

Episcopal Migration Ministries is a ministry of the Episcopal Church, and is one of nine national agencies responsible for resettling refugees in the United States in partnership with the government. Episcopal Migration Ministries currently has 31 affiliate offices in 23 states.
Like other agencies that resettle refugees and assist them with housing, job training, and other services, Episcopal Migration Ministries receives the bulk of its funding from federal grants. As a result of the March 6 Executive Order, funding is being dramatically reduced for the remainder of 2017, potentially resulting in significant negative impact to core ministries offered by Episcopal Migration Ministries.

To learn more about Episcopal Migration Ministries or to make a donation, go to www.episcopalmigrationministries.org.

The Grapevine ECW newsletter is here

The Spring 2017 edition of The Grapevine, the diocesan ECW newsletter, is available here. In this issue:
  • Meet ECW President Helen Sharpe-Williams
  • Becca Stevens of Thistle Farms to be keynote speaker at Annual Fall Meeting
  • Apply now for ECW Scholarships
  • New ECW Board members
  • Domestic violence: It's everybody's business
  • Church Periodical Club
  • United Thank Offering