Join us for May Weekend, May 18-20, at Chanco
on the James. This is a weekend retreat for teens (grades 6-12) focused
on fun, friendship and faith in honor of Pentecost and the 50th
Anniversary of Camp Chanco.
May Weekend features awesome music, group games, campfires,
interesting workshops, meaningful worship, camp activities, group
discussions, arts and crafts, a dance party, and fantastic food! Click here for more details and registration.
The 99th Annual Meeting of Province III Episcopal Church
Women will be held May 6-7 at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg, WV. The
gathering will convene on May 6 with Holy Eucharist, a welcome dinner
and presidents' meeting. The business meeting and joint session with
Province III Synod will be held May 7. Click here
for more info and registration form. For more information or to be
added to the mailing list, contact Province III ECW President Beblon
Parks, firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-323-0542. Click here for a flyer to post in your parish.
Matters, an Episcopal evangelism conference, was held March 15-17 for
anyone excited to learn about sharing and growing loving, liberating,
life-giving relationships with God. Video of speakers at Evangelism
Matters are available online at evangelismmatters.org. Evangelism Matters is ideal for congregational discussion, adult forums, youth groups, and other gatherings.
A new resource, Holy Week
Sermons 2018, is an ideal companion for Holy Week devotions. The 28-page
Holy Week Sermons 2018 is designed for public and personal use for
group discussions, personal meditations, reflections, and devotional
reading by preachers, groups, individuals, adults and youth. Prepared
through the Episcopal Church's popular Sermons That Work, the resource
is designed for use throughout Holy Week to follow Jesus through the
streets of Jerusalem, to Gethsemane, to the foot of the cross, and
toward the joy of Easter.
Included are resources for Palm
Sunday through the Great Vigil, all presented in different voices by the
cadre of writers from Sermons That Work. Topics are Sacrifice; Leave
Her Alone. She's Telling The Truth; Let Go Into Jesus; At the End Of
This Week; To The End; The Passion According To John. The Easter Vigil
is St. John Chrysostom's Paschal Sermon.
Holy Week Sermons 2018 is available at no cost here and for downloading here.
During this time of transition, the Standing Committee
has committed itself to regular updates to the Diocese. We hope that
this will help you stay abreast of the developments in our Bishop Search
process. In the meantime, please keep the Standing Committee, Bishop
Hollerith, and the Diocese in your prayers.
On Feb. 28, the Standing Committee met with Bishop Todd
Ousley from the Presiding Bishop's office to train us in how to set up a
Bishop search. (Click here for more information about the process.) Over the next several months we will be working on the following high level goals:
Hire a search consultant to guide the Standing Committee, Search Committee, and Transition Committee through the process.
Establish a timeline for major events.
Designate persons to work on the Search Committee and assign a chair.
Designate persons to work on the Transition Committee and assign a chair.
Mme Esperance Kungoza, founder of Programs in Ituri for Rehabilitation
and Development (PIRD), will speak at Christ and St. Luke's on Sunday,
April 15 at 9 a.m. PIRD, the indigenous NGO (non-governmental
organization), she started 10 years ago, continues to focus on women
and girls, survivors of gender-based violence in the region of Ituri, in
the Democratic Republic of Congo. Currently, Mme Kungoza works in the
US Embassy in Kinshasa, the capital, where she oversees the financial
side of an AIDS program. "We are so excited Mme. Kungoza can take time
to visit us," said Susan Broaddus, Women-to-Women Coordinator. "This
year Women-to-Women will support PIRD. Our fundraising will help pay for
counseling and education for 15 of the young women. Do plan to join us
at April 15 to learn about the wonderful work accomplished by PIRD and
to learn how you can help."
Epiphany Episcopal Church in Oak Hill, Virginia, invites
those who plan to participate in the March for Our Lives on Saturday,
March 24 to a Peace Gathering on Friday, March 23. Epiphany is also
offering overnight accommodations to chaperoned youth groups. Epiphany
is located at 3301 Hidden Meadow Drive, Oak Hill, Virginia. Get more information and register here.
Friday, March 23, from 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. ALL are welcome to attend!
There will be an Italian-style dinner, live bands, singing, readings,
and memorial time to remember and honor all of those who have been
affected by school gun violence. RSVP is appreciated for food purposes.
Overnight Accommodations (Reservations Required)
Out-of-town youth and chaperones are invited to spend the night at
Epiphany on March 23 and attend the march in D.C. the next day.
Reservations required, space is limited.