Diocesan Newsletter
September 21, 2021
Attention all Christian Formation leaders: 

We are a host institution for the FORMA 2022 conference The Church for Today and Tomorrow that will take place January 18-20. As a result, a limited number of prepaid registrations are available for this virtual gathering for formation leaders in the diocese. If you work with Christian formation, have an interest in formation, or just want to learn about current trends in Christian formation, consider attending this conference. Conference topics will focus on formation as it relates to Social Justice, Intergenerational Ministry, the idea of Letting Go, Hybridization, and Re-Imagining Sabbath. Contact Lynn Farlin at lfarlin@diosova.org if you are interested in taking advantage of one of the prepaid conference registrations. Click here to learn more about the conference. 
Grant application deadlines approaching

Clergy Continuing Education Grant application deadline is October 1 
We are now accepting Clergy Continuing Education Grant applications for programs taking place from November 2021 through April 2022. With the exception of clergy within the first year of their ordination, all clergy serving in our Diocese are eligible to apply. Applications are due October 1. Click here for more information and the application form.

2021 Seeds of Hope Grant application deadline is September 30 
Seeds of Hope grants applications for this year must be postmarked no later than September 30, 2021. Awards will be announced and distributed no later than December 10, 2021. Click here for application information and form.
Chanco Spirit Center Consecration
 
We cordially invite you to join Bishop Haynes and the Chanco Board of Directors on October 23, 2021, for the consecration of the new Spirit Center, constructed as a part of The Campaign for Chanco. We are hosting a Welcome Lunch at 12:30 pm (where the naming of the Spirit Center will be announced!), followed by the consecration at 2:30 pm. Please come celebrate this important milestone in Chanco’s 53-year history! Click here for our special Spirit Center Consecration webpage with required registration coming soon! All diocesan protocols will be followed for your safety. This event is for all ages and is free and open to the public. Questions? Contact us at 1-8887CHANCO (888-724-2626) or email us at hospitality@chanco.org.
Diocesan Youth Formation this Fall 

Because we prioritize our commitment to the care and safety of all our youth and youth leaders, we will hold online gatherings this fall instead of our in-person Happening and November Weekend. Let’s make sure to stay connected through our Instagram page as we plan these online gatherings and future in-person events. We want to see and hear from every one of our wonderful youth, so stay in touch!
Fall Stewardship Resources
 
The Episcopal Network for Stewardship's (TENS) 2021 stewardship campaign materials are now available. The theme Every Perfect Gift focuses our attention on all of the gifts that God gives us. Everything we receive is transformed by our generosity and love and to be used in mission for our churches. Every Perfect Gift contains a wide variety of stewardship resources including graphics/logos, customizable letters, pledge/promise cards, reflections, as well as liturgy resources (adaptable Prayers of the People and a hymn). The materials are available in English and Spanish and may be downloaded by members of the TENS network of dioceses and congregations. If you would like to access the TENS members resources, please contact Canon Lynn Farlin lfarlin@diosova.org or 757-213-3377.
Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) recognizes the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success.

The celebration goes back to 1968 when it was known as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson, and was expanded to cover a 30-day period by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988. Some famous Hispanics include:

Vocalist Joan Baez
A sign hanging near the microphones reads “We Shall Overcome.”, Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. 08/28/1963
Rear Adm. David G. Farragut, officer of the Federal Navy (Vice Adm. from Dec. 3, 1864)
Collection: Civil War Photographs https://www.loc.gov/resource/cwpb.05210/
Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Supreme Court of the United States.
From the collection of the Supreme Court of the United States.




Please join me in celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.


Paz/Peace,

Padre Mario
Chaplain for Latino/x Ministries
God’s World in Community Advent Resource

We have purchased a small number of copies of GenOn Ministries’ seven-session God’s World in Community: Advent resource. This flexible, simple, intergenerational resource is based on the Revised Common Lectionary readings and focuses on weekly themes of Anticipate, Prepare, Expect, Welcome, Celebrate, Proclaim, and Shine. Each of the seven sessions (four Sundays of Advent, Christmas Eve, and two Sundays after Christmas) features a scripture reading, options for visual art reflection, wondering prompts for conversation, and a prayer. The program is designed to allow participants of all ages to use visual arts to explore the weekly theme and can be used in a variety of settings either in-person or digitally. If you are interested in using a copy of God’s World in Community: Advent, please contact Canon Lynn Farlin at lfarlin@diosova.org.
Around the Diocese
St. Michael’s Bon Air
Organ Concert
September 24 – 7:30 p.m.
In Celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Taylor & Boody Opus 64 organ, Colin Andrews will perform in concert. Masks are required.
Difference: The Power of Faith in a Conflicted World

The Church of the Ascension in Norfolk is pleased to host “Difference: The Power of Faith in a Conflicted World.” We will host the course online Wednesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. from October 6 through November 3 and are inviting all who want to attend. “Difference” is a five-session course developed by the Church of England that explores what it means to follow Jesus in the face of conflict and see transformation through everyday encounters. The course uses videos, scripture reflections, activities, and reflections to help us develop three habits of faith that will help us make a difference: Be curious; Be present; Reimagine. Sessions include: God’s call, Crossing divides, Disagreeing Well, Practicing Forgiveness and Risking Hope. 

For more information or to participate, please email stabb@ascension-norfolk.org.
Justice and Advocacy
Virtual Border & Migration Ministry Summit
Join Episcopal Migration Ministries and the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas October 21-23 for keynote presentations:
Karen Gonzalez, a non-profit professional at World Relief, speaker, immigrant advocate, and author of “The God Who Sees: Immigrants, The Bible, and the Journey to Belong” and The Rev. Nancy Frausto, director of the Latinx Studies Program and lecturer in Latinx ministry at the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas.
The Summit will include workshops and panel discussions on refugee resettlement, asylum & border ministries, and accompaniment. Click here for more information and registration.
National CROP Hunger Walk

Join Church World Service for the 2021 National CROP Hunger Walk on World Food Day, October 16 and end hunger in the U.S. and around the world! Walk on your treadmill, in your neighborhood, in a park with friends – you choose the location and the experience. Walk one day - 3.7 miles (the average distance a woman walks for water) or take the Weekend Challenge and walk 11.1 miles (3.7 miles for 3 days). Every step you take, every dollar you raise makes the walk shorter for neighbors in need by providing clean water, emergency food as well as livelihoods and access to education. Sign-up here and start raising funds TODAY! Contact info@cwsglobal.org for more info.
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