Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Clergy transitions

The Rev. Michael Stone, began as rector time certain, Christ Church, Amelia, on April 1
The Rev. Dr. Thomas D. Bauer, began as Interim Rector at Manakin, Midlothian, on June 4
The Rev. Robert R. (Bob) Gilman, began as Priest-in-Charge Time Certain at Glebe, Suffolk, on June 12

The Rev. Jack Lynch will leave Christ the King, Tabb, for a call in Rhode Island; July 24 will be his last Sunday. 

Be ready for the start of Sunday school with Safe Church training

While you're preparing for the start of Sunday school in the Fall, don't forget to make sure your program leadership has completed Safe Church training. The next classroom trainings will be held on Saturday, August 27 at Christ & Grace, Petersburg, and on Saturday, September 17 at Galilee, Virginia Beach. Online Safe Church training is also available. Click here for more information. 

Dedication of sign and cornerstone at the site of St. Andrew's, Victoria

On Sunday, July 10 at 1 p.m., a memorial sign and cornerstone will be dedicated at the site where St. Andrew's, Victoria, once stood. In 1995, St.Andrew's joined St. Paul's to become the Episcopal Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew in Kenbridge. In May 2014, the St. Andrew's church building burned. It was secularized and demolished in 2015. The memorial sign reads:

"St. Andrew's Episcopal Church was erected here in 1921. in October of 1908, Reverend Girard William Phelps, who came to Victoria from North Carolina, who had been appointed to mission work in the Victoria area by The Right Reverend Beverley D. Tucker, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of southern Virginia. Reverend Phelps first held services in St. Paul's, the "old brick" Episcopal Church, one and one-half miles north of Victoria on the Crewe Road. The original St. Andrew's Episcopal Church structure was built in 1908 at First Street and Lunenburg Avenue in Victoria. The Reverend Herbert H. Young arrived in 1916 to assist. Mr. Phelps died in 1918. Mr. Young continued as rector of the Parish until 1921, and it was during his tenure that a larger, brick St. Andrew's was built on this corner of Ninth St. and Washington Ave. in 1921. This marker memorializes those early Episcopalian priests and all who worshiped here through out the twentieth century. In 1995 St. Andrew's joined St. Paul's to become the Episcopal Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew of Kenbridge. Sadly, the St. Andrew's church building burned in May 2014, and was subsequently secularized and demolished in August of 2015."

New online courses at ChurchNext

Summertime is a great time to take advantage of some of the courses available at ChurchNext.tv. There are some new offerings available too.

First, in these tumultuous times, would you like to learn more about renewing your congregation? In conjunction with Forward Movement, seasoned clergyman Jay Sidebotham offers Five Keys to Renewing Your Church, available in both For Individuals and For Groups formats.

Also, does your church work with a local public school? In partnership with the >All Our Children, National Network we've just launched How to Establish a Church/School Partnership, available in both For Individuals and For Groups formats.

Also, why not consider having your church subscribe to ChurchNext? They have a special congregation rate of $300 for the year for unlimited access for your whole church. Maybe this is the year to try it. Email for details at hello@churchnext.tv.

Look for big developments in the weeks ahead: ChurchNext will be launching work from Bishops Ian Douglas and Kirk Smith. Also, in just a few weeks they'll be launching the first-ever online certificate for Vestry Leadership, as well as another free 'Big Class' in the works to help us get through the upcoming presidential election.

Hyppolite recognized by VCU School of Social Work

Marie Hyppolite, Senior Clinician for Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services was honored by Virginia Commonwealth University' s School of Social Work with their 2016 Amy Rosenblum Award.
This award is given to field work instructors who supervise undergraduate and graduate social work interns during their field placement with a human/behavioral health organization. It embodies excellence in teaching and supervising students in an on-going collaboration with the School of Social Work. It the School of Social Work's most prestigious award. The recipient receives a monetary honorarium.
Ms. Hyppolite has guided many students in their development as professional social workers and the school was very happy to accord her this honor for 2016. She was recognized at an appreciation luncheon for all field instructors.
Ms. Hyppolite began her career at JFBHS in 1993 as a case manager at the Eleventh House which was a community-based group home operated by Jackson-Feild to prepare residents for independent living. She was later named director. She moved to Walnut Grove in 2009 to serve as a therapist and was later promoted to senior clinician.
She received her undergraduate from Oral Roberts University and her Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is forever working to improve her skills and is currently working toward certification for EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) which is an effective psychotherapy to treat children with posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Help students get connected to campus ministry

In an effort to increase outreach to those headed off to colleges in our diocese, click here to submit the names and any information you have on your college-bound students. The diocesan-sponsored Canterbury ministries at the College of William and Mary, Old Dominion University, and Hampden-Sydney/Longwood Universities are eager to welcome new students. Please fill out the survey for anyone headed to a college within our diocese, even if it is not one of the aforementioned universities. We want to make sure students are able to get in touch with a ministry wherever they go!

You can find a link to the form and much more information on campus ministry on the diocesan website, www.diosova.org/college.

UBE planning bus trip to Virginia Theological Seminary

The James Solomon Russell Diocese of Southern Virginia Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians is planning a bus trip to Virginia Theological Seminary on Saturday, September 17. The group will enjoy a private tour of the seminary, particularly the African-American historical collection, which includes contributions from John Harris, past national president of UBE and a chapter member. Cost will be $40 per person. Please contact David Flores ASAP if you would like to participate, drf71137@gmail.com

Summer opportunities for feeding children

Virginia Feeds Kids is an interfaith and interagency initiative of the Virginia Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The Virginia Feeds Kids website provides a repository of ideas and lessons learned to help Virginians find and feed hungry children.

There are some upcoming opportunities for kids to get a meal in Hampton, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach and Norfolk. Click here for information. For opportunities in the Richmond area, click here. Please help spread the word!

Administrative & Financial Best Practices conference on Sept. 15

Join us on Thursday, September 15, at the diocesan office in Newport News for a day designed for church financial and administrative personnel.  Whether you are new to your job or have been at it for years, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn, ask questions, and connect with your colleagues in other churches. Register early; space is limited. $15 fee includes lunch. Click here for more info and to register.   

Friday, June 17, 2016

Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild graduates eight students

June 10 was a very special day for eight students who attend the Edna Hayden Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services. Four students received their standard high school diploma and four received their GED. In addition, seven graduates and undergraduates received their Home Health Care Aide certificate and pin.
Dr. Bill Bowling, Director of Education, presided over the ceremony held at the Golden Leaf Commons at Southside Virginia Community College, Emporia Campus. Dr. JoAnn Smart, Director of Clinical Services, was the commencement speaker.
Two students addressed the members of their class expressing their thanks to the school and faculty. They challenged their fellow graduates to build upon the education they received at Gwaltney School.
Six scholarships were awarded to students to help with college expenses. Nancy Sands, President of the Episcopal Church Women from the Diocese of Southern Virginia, presented each graduate with a $100 honorarium.
Over the last eighteen years, 157 students have graduated from the Gwaltney School with either a diploma or GED certificate. Each year, in honor and recognition of the student's work, an anonymous donor has provided a bouquet of roses for each girl, a wallet for each boy, and a gift card for every graduate. Another donor underwrote the cost of class rings which were presented to every graduate.

Spring LARCUM Service is now Christian Unity Service

On Sunday, June 26, at 7:00 p.m., Holy Apostles, Virginia Beach, will host the Christian Unity service featuring Biblical Storytelling. (This service was formerly known as the "Spring LARCUM" service.) The service will focus on Christian Unity through the lens of bible passages; how Holy Scripture demonstrates that unity is part of God's plan for the world.

The centerpiece of this service will be proclamation and illumination of God's word by local members of the Network of Biblical Storytellers. The Network is an international group, both lay and ordained, dedicated to telling Bible stories as authentically as possible. The goal of Network members is to recreate to the greatest extent possible what members of the early churches would have experienced and enjoyed as they heard the word of God. The two tellers at this service will be the Rev. Mark Wilkinson, rector of St. Aidan's, Virginia Beach, and Ellen Clements. As is the tradition at this service, a Question & Answer time will be offered so those attending can have a conversation with the Network presenters.
Church of the Holy Apostles is at 1593 Lynnhaven Parkway, ­Virginia Beach. For more information, please email admin@holyapostlesvb.org, call 427-0963, or visit www.holyapostlesvb.org.

Cursillistas refurbish Chanco shed

By Mike Nickelsburg, Emmanuel, Virginia Beach   

During the week of June 6, 26 Cursillo volunteers cleaned out and refurbished Chanco's shed, inside and out. While one group unloaded the shed to a POD, inventoried, and cleaned out years of accumulated stuff, the rest of the crew removed the rotten wood, added new siding, caulked and painted, rebuilt the porch, added a roof over the porch, cleaned out the interior, and added new storage shelves. A new roof was installed the following week, and a new HVAC unit will be installed shortly. Many thanks to all those who worked and to those who supported the project through prayer and monetary donations.

Save the date: International Black Clergy Conference in November

Save the date for an important upcoming conference and educational event, the International Black Clergy Conference, scheduled for Wednesday, November 16 to Saturday, November 19 in Houston, TX. The theme of the event is "The Jesus Movement: Embracing Our Call." The pre-conference begins on Tuesday, November 15 with meetings of affinity groups: clergy ordained five years or less; deacons; retired clergy; diocesan leadership staff; New Visions Team; and clergy serving in multicultural and/or white congregations. On Wednesday, the conference keynote address will be presented by Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry on "Embracing the Call." Click here for more information and registration.

Registration opens for Evangelism Matters conference

Evangelism Matters, an Episcopal Church Evangelism Conference held November 18-19 in Dallas, TX, is for anyone who would like to learn more about evangelism and available resources to share our faith. This innovative churchwide event is co-sponsored by Forward Movement and the Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop's Office, and is hosted by the Diocese of Dallas and Church of the Transfiguration, Dallas, where the activities will be held. Among the planned activities are an address by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, plus plenary sessions and workshops by evangelism leaders. A portion of the Saturday events will be live webcast to allow for individual and group viewing during conventions, discussion groups, and local evangelism gatherings. Click here for info and registration.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Litany for Gun Violence Prevention offered for use in Sunday services

A Litany for Gun Violence Prevention written by the Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane, Episcopal bishop of Maine, is offered for use in liturgies throughout the Episcopal Church this coming Sunday or at any other time. The litany is available here, and includes downloadable bulletin inserts in English and in Spanish. A full Eucharistic liturgy, prepared by St. Mary's Episcopal Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, is also available.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Ordination to the Sacred Order of Deacons

L to R: Bishop Hollerith; Charlie Bauer; Josh Stephen; the Rt. Rev. Neil Alexander;
the Rev. Chris Epperson, rector of Bruton Parish.

On Saturday, June 11, at Bruton Parish, Williamsburg, Bishop Hollerith ordained Charlie Bauer and Josh Stephens to the Sacred Order of Deacons. The Rt. Rev. Neil Alexander, Dean of the School of Theology at The University of the South, preached. Charlie will begin as Curate at Hickory Neck, Toano in July and Josh will begin as Associate Rector for Family Ministry at Bruton Parish in August.

Join the Union of Black Episcopalians

The Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE) invites ALL Episcopalians, regardless of race, to become members of UBE and join them in their mission of fighting racism and encouraging the involvement of Black people in the total life of the church. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is a lifetime member of UBE - won't you join him and support this vital ministry?

The James Solomon Russell chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE) meets on the second Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at Grace, Norfolk (1400 E. Brambleton Ave., Norfolk). All Episcopalians in the Diocese of Southern Virginia are invited and encouraged to join the UBE and become members of this diverse and concerned group. Annual dues are $70 for individuals, $60 for retired, and $105 four couples. For more information contact David Flores, drf71137@gmail.com.

BB&T Emporia Branch shines light on Jackson-Feild through Lighthouse Project

Employees from the Emporia branch of BB&T partnered with Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services by painting common areas in Gwaltney Cottage.
This partnership is based on BB&T's "Lighthouse Project" a company-wide community service program. BB&T believes an investment in their communities is one of the best investments they will ever make! Whether it's a financial contribution, an investment of time or both, they feel their support can truly make a difference.
This project gave BB&T an opportunity to provide corporate financial support to local charities, while associates roll up their sleeves and go to work. Since the Lighthouse Project began in 2009, their associates have contributed more than 385,000 volunteer hours and have improved the quality of life for more than 11 million people
The Emporia team members eagerly accepted this challenge to paint one of JFBHS's residential cottages Mark Owen and his team arrived bright and early on May 21st with paint brushes and rollers in hand. They got right to work and by the end of the day the cottage had a whole new look. The funds to purchase the paint and supplies was provided by a grant from BB&T.
Mark and his family have been involved at JFBHS for years. He knows the good work that is being done daily to help children with mental health disorders understand and manage their disorders.
JFBHS is most grateful for the help and support that the Lighthouse Project has provided to improve the quality of life and upgrade the living quarters for its children.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 EYC Board!

Pictured clockwise from top left at their first meeting on Sunday, June 5 at the diocesan office: Jimmy, Alex, Trafton, Anthony, Audre'ana, Clare, Courtney, and Dan.

Each year at May Weekend, nine teens are elected democratically by their peers to the Episcopal Youth Community Board. These teens represent the youth of the diocese as advocates and plan and lead our EYC weekends at Chanco. The following individuals were elected this year on May 22:
Trafton Addison- St. Andrew's, Norfolk
Anthony Alfano- St. Christopher's, Portsmouth
Dan Barnum- St. Andrew's, Norfolk
Alex Ellis- St. Andrew's, Newport News
Audre'ana Ellis- St. Andrew's, Newport News
Clare Harbin- St. John's, Portsmouth
Courtney Mason (President)- St. David's, Chesterfield
Jimmy Murphy- Emmanuel, Hampton
Stephen Peabody- Emmanuel, Hampton

Friday, June 3, 2016

News from Mission of the Holy Spirit

By Keith A. Josey, Lay Pastor, Mission of the Holy Spirit
Easter Day at Mission of the Holy Spirit.
I would like to take a moment and say thank you to every individual and church that embarked on a journey with us to systematically lift up the lives of the people we serve. This process required our gathering resources and scattering seeds of hope. This meant that we had to be intentional about establishing relationships with individuals and churches that would not only support our efforts with volunteers, finances and other vital resources, but we also needed to implement programs that would bear fruit over time.

We have begun to see the fruit of our labor, thanks to everyone who has taken the risk and heard the call. Through your giving, we have had many triumphs over the years. Recently, four of our long-term members have graduated from college. Several others are continuing their education, and many of our families' lives are becoming stable. Although there are many challenges, we are confident that our purpose in the communities we serve remains vital.

I'm asking each of you to continue to support this ministry and to help us provide opportunities for the families we serve. As summer begins, many of our young people will find themselves searching for activities that will give them safe and new experiences. Every summer we strive to provide just that, and your gifts and support makes it possible. In order to continue to provide quality services that include Sunday worship, tutoring, music and arts, health programs and life skills groups for our adults, we need your help. Your commitment to support the Mission of the Holy Spirit allows us to be a very helpful presence in a truly hurting community. Too often we hear or read about violence in our communities. Every child, adolescent and adult that we are able to serve has not only the ability but also the responsibility to share the good news to those around them. 1 John 3:17 says, "But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?"

Each of you shares the love of God when you find it in your heart to give, thus ensuring that new seeds will be scattered and more lives will be changed.

For more information contact the Mission at 757-858-0010 or info@missionoftheholyspirit.org. www.missionoftheholyspirit.org.

Redeemer, Midlothian, hosts ECW Spring Annual Meeting

Boys Home Graduates Receive ECW Love Gifts
By Nancy Polick Sands, ECW President, Diocese of Southern Virginia

Left to Right: Nancy Polick Sands, ECW president, Diocese of Southern Virginia; Jo Anne Simpkins, ECW president, Redeemer, Midlothian; Megan-Drew Tiller, Church Relations, Boys Home of Virginia and the Rev. D. Donald Dunn, III
On Saturday, May 21, we had our Diocesan ECW Meeting at Redeemer, Midlothian. I want to thank Mrs. Jo Anne Simpkins, Redeemer's ECW president and the ECW members for hosting a wonderful meeting. Despite the rainy weather and getting stuck in traffic on I-64, we had 40 members present for the meeting - the biggest ECW meeting that we have had so far these two years I have been president. As each member registered we were asked if anyone had told us how important
 we were, and we were given a long stem rose. What a wonderful treat! Lunch was great, and a special thanks goes out to the Rev. D. Donald Dunn, III for having a wonderful church service and helping us celebrate Louisa Taylor Letcher Day in memory of our founder.
Our speaker, Megan-Drew Tiller, church relations, Boys Home of Virginia, brought us up to date on activities at the Boys Home. She expressed thanks for ECW's continued support and especially for our recent love gifts to the Boys Home graduates. It was my pleasure to attend the 2016 Boys Home of Virginia Award Banquet where I presented each of the eight graduates with a $100 gift as part of our God Bless the Children Outreach Project. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the gifts. Megan told us that Mr. Donnie Wheatley, Boys Home executive director, cannot remember a single year when ECW did not support the Boys Home. See more on the God Bless the Children graduation gift in the next issue of The Diocesan Connection newsletter.