Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Bishop Hollerith confirms 16 new Episcopalians

Bishop Hollerith's visitation at Epiphany, Norfolk, on Feb. 5, where he confirmed 16 new Episcopalians - 14 from Epiphany, Norfolk, one from Good Shepherd, Norfolk, and one from Advent, Norfolk. Photos by Jackie Rochelle of Epiphany.

Bishop James Magness to join diocesan staff

Bishop Hollerith announced at Annual Council earlier this month that the Rt. Rev. James Magness will be joining the diocesan staff in late March as a part-time assisting bishop.

Bishop Magness has just retired as the Suffragan Bishop of the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries and is well known by many in the diocese. He served as interim rector of Galilee, Virginia Beach, and as a canon of the diocese. He was also the Canon to the Ordinary of the Diocese of Kentucky.

Bishop Hollerith's visitation schedule will not change, and Bishop Magness will assist with visitations so that churches will not have to wait so long between Episcopal visits. Bishop Hollerith has also asked Bishop Magness to explore a potential site for a new congregational planting.

ECW Scholarship applications due April 30

The Diocesan ECW is now accepting applications for the Elise Holladay Scholarship and the Beverley D. Tucker Scholarship. Applicants must be communicants of the Diocese of Southern Virginia and have at least a "B: or 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Students must be enrolled full time for the coming year. Applications must be postmarked by April 30, 2017 in order to be considered for the Fall semester. A student may receive funds twice. For more information and an application, click here. Questions? Contact Sandra Garner, 804-862-2578.  

Nags Head Acolyte Festival March 24-25

The Diocese of East Carolina and St. Andrew's By-the-Sea in Nags Head, NC, invite your acolytes to participate in the 8th annual Acolyte Festival in Nags Head March 24-25. All acolytes, directors, youth ministers and parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. Participants will return home with both new skills, a renewed enthusiasm for liturgy, and the rich, participatory tradition of Anglican worship. Cost is $45 per person and includes all meals, snacks, activities, workshop materials and a t-shirt. Per diocesan requirements, one adult chaperone is required for every six youth. For more information contact Debbie Luke, 252-599-6997 or lukecrew@hotmail.com. Click here for a registration form. 

2017 Missional Voices National Gathering

The 2017 Missional Voices National Gathering will be held April 21-22 at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA. It brings together church leaders, seminarians, church planters, entrepreneurs, artists, and everyday innovators to discuss innovative ministries and missional communities both within and outside of the traditional church context. Missional Voices is a weekend of thinking, planning, and dreaming about the future ministry in The Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion. It is a place where dynamic incubation of new ideas is the norm - not the exception - and where people doing uncommon ministry find support and encouragement. Cost is $99 and includes meals, free to current seminary students. Learn more at www.missionalvoices.com.

Calling the Future Church Conference: Leading from the Middle; Leading Like it Matters

Province III of the Episcopal Church is hosting this conference featuring the Rev. David Gortner, Ph.D., May 1-2 at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg, WV. What patterns of choices has the Episcopal Church made in its selection, formation, development and deployment of ordained leaders? What is the impact of those choices on mission? Might we "move the dial" by fostering religious leadership practices to reshape and redirect congregations in their culture and engagement in the public practices of evangelism, witness and community partnership? Registration is $75. Click here for more information and registration.

Episcopal Veterans Fellowship

The Episcopal Veterans Fellowship (EVF) and the Hospitallers of St. Martin, a new monastic Christian community, have been established for veterans ministry. Together they equip Christians for missional ministry to veterans through prayer, hospitality, and reconciliation. They offer educational workshops, consulting, and coaching so churches can reach out with God's love to veterans who live in the community. Learn more at their website, www.episcopalveteransfellowship.org.