Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Mission of the Holy Spirit needs school supplies

Education is one of the most important tools Mission of the Holy Spirit youngsters have to improve their lives and break the cycle of poverty that has plagued their families for generations. Please help the Mission collect school supplies so the kids can start back to school with everything they need for a successful school year. Backpacks for boys and girls of all ages are especially needed. Supplies are needed by August 24 to allow time to sort and pack supplies in backpacks. Call Mission of the Holy Spirit at 757-858-0010 to arrange drop-off or pick-up. Office hours are Monday through Wednesday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

Double your donation! Matching grant opportunity at Boys Home

Boys Home is in the midst of a capital campaign called The Journey Continues which will ensure that Boys Home is equipped to continue to serve young men and point them toward success for generations to come. Some of the projects funded by The Journey Continues include cottage and common space renovations, educational upgrades, staff housing renovations, and program marketing initiatives.
You have a unique opportunity to double your donation to Boys Home. The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation has awarded Boys Home a $100,000 Matching Grant to go toward The Journey Continues. This means that until the grant amount is met, all new donations and pledges to The Journey Continues will be matched dollar for dollar.  Click here for more information and learn how to make your donation.

Jackson-Feild promotes Katherine Turner

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is pleased to announce that Kate Turner has been promoted to the position of Director of Utilization Review. Ms. Turner has held several positions at Jackson-Feild most recently serving as a therapist for residents.
The Director of Utilization Review ensures that children are receiving effective and appropriate treatment services. It is a key position that focuses on ensuring that quality services are provided to residents and that Jackson-Feild is complies with best practice for risk management, performance quality improvement goals, HIPPA requirements and Council on Accreditation standards.
Turner provides oversight of the case management services for children's records. This position interfaces daily with managed care organizations, external reviewers and regulatory entities. She works closely with Virginia's managed care vendor, Magellan, regarding the funding of children's services and issues related to funding.
Turner received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Master's Degree from Liberty University. Her education and experience makes her well qualified to fulfill the responsibilities of her new position.

Jackson-Feild elects new officers and board

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is proud to announce the election of new officers and two new board members.
James M. Cox
James M. Cox,
Vice President and Partner of Manry Rawls Insurance headquartered in Franklin was named board chair. Mr. Cox is a VMI graduate and received his M.B.A. from William & Mary and is a highly respected executive in the insurance field. He is active in the Franklin community.
M. Stuart Bolton, Jr. will serve as Vice-Chair. Mr. Bolton retired from Dominion Resources as a Senior Vice President. He has served on a number of civic and charitable organizations, and is a proud alumnus of the University of Virginia where he received his accounting degree.
T. Darnley Adamson, III was re-elected as Secretary of the Board. Mr. Adamson has many years of experience in both the insurance and real estate fields and currently owns and operates Green Solutions, LLC, with his son. Mr. Adamson attended Hampden-Sydney College, and is active in charitable and conservation causes.
Craig A. Tilley was re-elected as Treasurer of the Board. Mr. Tilley has had an extensive career in the finance field working for major banks and corporations in Richmond and is currently a Director of Credit at Owens & Minor. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina where he received his degree in economics.
Laura Y. Peery is a newly elected member to the Board of Trustees. Ms. Peery currently is a sales associate for Sotheby's International Realty. After a successful career in marketing and communications, she returned to school to obtain her music therapy certification. For several years, she was a music therapist working with active duty military personnel suffering from combat-related stress. She received Bachelor Degrees from the University of Virginia in psychology and Virginia Commonwealth University in music.
The Rev. Judy W. Davis is assistant rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Richmond. She was a life-long Episcopalian and was called to the priesthood many years ago. She returned to Virginia Theological Seminary after raising her two children. She was ordained in 2014 and was called to All Saints shortly thereafter.  

Monday, July 25, 2016

Building and sustaining God's Word

By The Rev. Tyler Montgomery, Bruton Parish, Williamsburg
I am pleased to share the good news that the Canterbury Association at William & Mary received $10,000 this month from The Episcopal Church to build and sustain an alumni database. The grant money will fund various student interns throughout the course of the coming academic year. We already have over two hundred alumni names in our database.  The strength of this ministry through the decades is palpable, and we hope that our efforts building and developing an alumni community will further safeguard the future of the ministry.
As the Church continues its permanent struggle to live into God's Word, ministries like the Canterbury Association might provide us with some hope of what the future could look like. There seems to be a diaspora of W&M alumni who have been touched by the life of Christ in this place, and through their collective stewardship Bruton Parish might be empowered to strengthen this ministry well into the future. The "Church" is the collective body of Christian believers who are sustained by Christ, and it is to that very body that we must look for nourishment and guidance in the future. Buildings and graveyards, historic and beautiful though they may be, are only holy in so far as they are connected to the living God of Christ working in the flesh of the Church. Like many other areas of life in our increasingly globalized world, "Church" is less local than in might have been in past generations. This alumni database and outreach is more than simply another potential revenue source for Bruton Parish; it is a way of "being Church" that recognizes our most precious treasure to be the souls of those who have seen Jesus in this place, including those who might now live far away.
These are exciting times for the Church. Contrary to the narrative of decline so common within mainline Protestantism, I am witness to a generation of students and alumni who deeply care about God in this place, and, perhaps more than anything else, that is our witness to the enduring Truth that God's light shines in the darkness.
If you are a William & Mary alumnus or alumna, please let us know by emailing canterbury@wm.edu. We would like to include you in our database!

Pray! Listen! Speak! A message from Bishop Hollerith

Dear Diocesan Family,
From Orlando to Minnesota to Dallas, these past weeks we have heard the voices of people in pain and anguish, and voices crying out for justice. Regardless of which side of the issues we happen to stand on, we are all affected by injustice and all have a stake in seeing that peaceful resolution and reconciliation are the order of the day across our land.    
Given the complexity of the matters at hand and the fact that many of us are physically removed from the unrest, it is easy at times to feel detached and powerless. It is not always clear what, if anything, we might do to make a difference. It is not always clear how we might respond in a way that is faithful to our calling as followers of Christ. And yet I believe that God invites us to be more than passive bystanders.
To that end, I want to suggest three simple things that we can do - both as individuals and as worshiping communities - in response to these events. I offer them as the basis of a spiritual posture which we Episcopalians might assume when faced with social tragedy and conflict.   

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Flooding and damage at Boys Home

In June, Boys Home of Virginia was hit by two strong storms, both leaving damage in their path. On June 16, in Alleghany County, a heavy, intense wind storm swept through the area leaving trees and branches down, damage to houses and buildings, and thousands without power. A week later, on June 23, Boys Home was in the path of a storm that brought heavy downpours and flooding waters to the area. Boys Home, fortunately, had no damage to buildings during the wind storm and was not among the hardest hit areas during the flooding. However, we have sustained damage to several parts of the campus that will require extensive repairs. Click here to continue reading.

Delano named Secretary of National Association for Children's Behavioral Health

Patricia H. Delano, President and CEO of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services has been elected Secretary of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Children's Behavioral Health (NACBH).
NACBH is a national organization dedicated to enhancing the availability and delivery of services for children with emotional and behavioral disorders and for their families. For three decades, NACBH has been a force for change to help children. It leverages the knowledge and expertise of its members to serve as leaders who impact legislation and initiate conversation concerning children's mental issues.
With twenty-seven years of experience, Ms. Delano has served as the CEO of Jackson-Feild for the past seven years. She has guided JFBHS through some of its most challenging times in its 161-year history, and the organization is more viable and successful than ever. She welcomes this new opportunity for Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services to make a greater impact at the national level.

Seeds of Hope Grant applications due Aug. 1

Seeds of Hope grants are available to congregations and diocesan groups (e.g., affiliated institutions, commissions and task forces) within the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia to support the development or expansion of Social Justice ministries sponsored by diocesan congregations and organizations. Grants are intended to be a catalyst to help parishes and other diocesan-affiliated groups begin or expand their ministries that reflect the biblical call to care and advocate for the "widow, the orphan, and the stranger." It also includes the opportunity for special grants for economic justice causes. Applications are being accepted now. Deadline to apply is August 1. Click here for more info. 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Presiding Bishop asks for prayers following shootings

Resources for prayer and conversation

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has issued the following video asking every Episcopalian to share in deep prayer following the shootings in the United States. The video is available here.
Many Episcopal groups have prepared resources that may help congregations and individuals in their prayer and conversation this weekend.