Diocesan Newsletter
September 28, 2021
A Church That Looks and Acts Like Jesus 

Have you ever heard the term “Rule of Life” and wondered what it meant? Well, our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, is encouraging us to embrace our re-formed Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement by developing our own rule of life. Watch this short video of Presiding Bishop Curry expressing this exciting vision in his own words.


Download the invitation to Becoming the Church here, and practices for Living a Rule of Life here.
My Way of Love

Presiding Bishop Curry gives us lots to ponder in this conversation with the Rev. Canon Scott Gunn of Forward Movement. They help us understand that developing and keeping a rule of life need not feel daunting but rather liberating as we grow in our life in the Way of Love (with a laugh or two along the way).

Follow this link to learn more: https://bit.ly/39HcwP3
Do you have parishioners who want to donate stock to your church, but can’t because your church doesn’t have a stock brokerage account?

Gifts of appreciated stock can provide donors with a significant tax benefit, and often enable members to provide their church with greater financial support than by making a cash gift. Many congregations don’t have or need a brokerage account, and therefore have difficulty accepting these win-win contributions.

We can now sell your stock on your behalf with no additional commissions or fees. We are offering a service that provides churches and associated organizations the ability to accept donations of publicly traded stock, bonds, or mutual fund shares and receive the proceeds of the stock sale without opening a brokerage account and paying brokerage fees.

Would this be helpful for your congregation or organization? We have a simple form here that will start the process. Once filled out and signed, you can mail it to: The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia, Attn: Comptroller, 11827 Canon Blvd Ste 101, Newport News, VA 23606 or email to jdobson@diosova.org.  

Do you have other questions? We want to answer them. Contact Judy Dobson at the email above or by calling (757) 213-3386.
Funeral service for Bishop Buchanan this Friday, available on YouTube

A service celebrating the life and ministry of the Rt. Rev. John Buchanan, who served as interim bishop in this diocese from 2006-2008, will take place this Friday, October 1 at 2:00 p.m. on YouTube at https://youtu.be/yRTsP9zbuO4.
Episcopal Migration Ministries Needs Your Help 

Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) is one of the most direct and tangible ways that we embrace the invitation to become a Church that looks and acts like Jesus. In partnership with The Episcopal Church’s Office of Development, EMM has created the Neighbors Welcome: Afghan Allies Fund, recognizing that considerable funding is needed to support the housing, medical, legal, and other basic needs of the Afghan families we will welcome. Click here for a bulletin insert with more information, including how to contribute and other ways to help.
Chanco Friendsgiving
 
Get ready for our 2nd annual Friendsgiving Festival! Join us November 19-21 for fantastic Thanksgiving food, fellowship, and fun at the most beautiful time of year—think hayrides, bonfires, pumpkin decorating, ornament making, worship, and gratitude with your favorite people. A perfect opportunity for Chanco friends and family to reunite—and meet new friends, too! Cost is $160 for people over 18, $100 for under 18, or $60 to come on Saturday. Registration coming soon at www.chanco.org. We look forward to seeing you there. Questions? Contact us at 1-8887CHANCO (888-724-2626) or hospitality@chanco.org.
Tri-Diocesan Council on Aging Annual Fall Camp
October 25-28, 2021 at Shrine Mont Conference Center

Fall Camp is a four-day adult conference sponsored by the Tri-Diocesan Council on Aging, which represents the three Episcopal dioceses in Virginia. The Camp is an attempt to take seriously the spiritual needs and journeys primarily of retired people. We attempt to challenge participants through keynote speakers, workshops, worship, and interaction with one another. Click here for more information about the Fall Camp 2021, including registration and Covid-19 information.
Around the Diocese
14th Annual Oktoberfest at St. Stephen’s in Newport News 

Oktoberfest will take place Saturday, October 9, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 372 Hiden Blvd., Newport News. Huge yard sale featuring household items, furniture, tools, and toys; vendors, bake sale, book and DVD sale, kids’ activities, live music, hot dogs, soft drinks and beer, and lots more!
Job Postings
Part-time Music Director/Organist
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church located in the heart of downtown Suffolk, VA is looking to hire a part-time Music Director/Organist to lead our Chancel and Handbell Choirs as well as to coordinate and support all aspects of our music ministry. A link to view the Position Profile is now available on the parish website at www.stpaulssuffolk.com. Contact information and the application process are outlined in the profile.

More detailed information on this and other jobs is found on the Employment Opportunities page of our website.
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