Diocesan Newsletter
September 14, 2021
From Bishop Haynes - Guidance for the Delta Variant Surge

If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes to view a message from our Bishop regarding our ongoing discernment about how best to care for and love one another during this pandemic.

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Safe Church Training - space still available for this weekend’s trainings 
 
There is still space in our Zoom-based safe church training workshops: Specialized Training, September 18-19, and Universal Training, September 20. Click here for information about registering for either Zoom-based or online safe church training.
Young Adult Bible Study

Attention all young but not so young adults! Are you aged 23-35 looking for some additional spiritual community? Then join us for a weekly Bible Study! The Diocese of Southern Virginia is launching a Bible study via Zoom for folks in the 23-35 age crowd who are looking for human connection and spiritual discussion. We’ll choose a topic, learn, and grow together as we read and discuss scripture. Space is limited to 12 participants – so grab your Bible and your glass and click here – quick before it’s full! Meetings will start the first week of October. We hope to see you there!
Clergy Transitions 
 
A host of clergy transitions took place across the Diocese over the summer. 
 
Clergy Retirements: 
The Rev. Bob Gillman retired as Rector of Glebe Church, Suffolk, on May 23, 2021. 
The Rev. Dick Budd retired as Priest-in-Charge of St. Stephen, Newport News, on June 15, 2021. 
The Rev. Scott Hennessy retired as Rector of St. Paul, Norfolk, on July 5, 2021. 
The Rev. Charles Moore retired as Priest-in-Charge of Merchant’s Hope, North Prince George, on August 22, 2021. 
The Rev. Rick Greenwood retired as Rector of St. Paul, Petersburg, on September 1, 2021. 
The Rev. Win Lewis retired as Rector of Christ & St. Luke, Norfolk, on September 5, 2021. 
 
Clergy Departures: 
The Rev. Morgan Gardner concluded his tenure as Priest-in-Charge of St. George, Newport News, on July 31, 2021. 
The Rev. Pat Geerdes concluded her service at St. John, Petersburg, on July 31, 2021. 
The Rev. Roger Robillard concluded his tenure as Priest-in-Charge of St. Barnabas, Richmond, on September 30, 2021 
 
Clergy Ordinations: 
The Rev. Darlene Jackson was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate on May 15,2021. 
The Rev. Phillip Shearin of Williamsburg was ordained to the priesthood by the Bishop of Western Massachusetts on May 22, 2021. 
 
Clergy Installation: 
The Rev. Canon Joe Green was installed as Canon Theologian at Christ & St. Luke, Norfolk, on June 27, 2021. 
 
Clergy Transitions: 
The Rev. Darlene Jackson began serving as Deacon at Christ the King, Tabb, on June 1st, 2021. 
The Rev. Donna Hines began serving as Priest-in-Charge of Glebe Episcopal Church, Suffolk, on June 6, 2021. 
The Rev. Terry Miller, formerly Priest-in-Charge of Good Shepherd, Richmond, was called to continue serving the parish as its Rector. 
The Rev. Willis Foster began serving as Diversity Officer for the Diocese on July 1, 2021. 
The Rev. Ben Randall began as Senior Associate Rector of Galilee Episcopal Church on July 1, 2021. 
The Rev. Bill Queen began as Interim Rector of St. Stephen, Petersburg, on July 1, 2021. 
The Rev. Canon James Harlan of the Diocese of Southeast Florida began serving as Canon Evangelist for the Diocese on August 15, 2021. 
The Rev. Charles (Chip) Russell of the Diocese of Virginia has been called as Priest-in-Charge of St. Paul, Norfolk, and will begin on September 28, 2021. 
The Rev. Phillip Shearin of the Diocese of Western Massachusetts has been called by the Wardens and Vestries of St. Augustine, Newport News, and St. George, Newport News, to be Priest-in-Charge of the new Peninsula Ministry Partnership and will begin on October 1, 2021. 
 
Letters Dimissory: 
The Rev. Dan Mannen, from the Diocese of Central Florida.
Congregations Receiving Names 
 
Several congregations in the Diocese are currently receiving names for open positions. Any clergy person sensing a call to enter into discernment is invited to contact Canon Roy Hoffman to explore the possibilities. The congregations currently receiving names include: 
 
Christ & St. Luke, Norfolk (Priest-in-Charge) 
Merchant’s Hope, North Prince George (Part-time Priest-in-Charge) 
St. Barnabas, Richmond (Part-time Priest-in-Charge) 
St. John, Chester (Interim Rector or Priest-in-Charge) 
St. John, Petersburg (Part-time Interim Rector or Priest-in-Charge) 
St. Paul, Petersburg (Interim Rector) 
St. Stephen, Newport News (Priest-in-Charge) 
 
Other congregations are taking steps to form search committees in the weeks and months ahead.   
 
Interested clergy are invited to send a current resume and OTM portfolio to Canon Roy, who will submit them to the parish with whom the clergy person desires to enter into discernment. 
 
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church and guide the minds of those seeking a faithful pastor, that they may discern your will, for the good of the faithful and for the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Job Postings
More detailed information on this and other jobs is found on the Employment Opportunities page of our website.

Teacher's Assistant
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Norfolk is looking for a Teacher’s Assistant to work with 2-year-olds in our pre-school. The position is for five days a week, 12:30-5:30 p.m. Please call Vel at 757-466-9392 if interested or for more information.
Lutherans and Episcopalians Together at the Table: 
The Future of Called to Common Mission 
Thursday, September 30, 2021, 7-9 p.m. 
A Zoom Event of the VA Lutheran-Episcopal Joint Committee 
 
The full communion agreement between the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Called to Common Mission, turned twenty this year! Is God still calling our churches into full communion even through a pandemic and beyond? Mitzi Budde, D.Min. will share stories of Episcopalians and Lutherans creatively implementing full communion today and offer an overview of how this ecumenical partnership came to be. Dr. Budde is a deacon in the ELCA, Head Librarian at Virginia Theological Seminary, and the Arthur Carl Lichtenberger Chair for Theological Research, and co-authored Daring to Share: Multi-Denominational Congregations in the U.S. and Canada with Sandra Beardsall and William McDonald.

Come share your hopes, dreams, and questions about joint mission and ministry in this interactive Zoom session. This Zoom event is open to clergy, students and laity. There is no cost to attend; registration deadline is September 28. Click here for more information and registration.
Choral Evensong at St. Andrew's, Newport News
 
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church is hosting one of the country’s top church musicians, Robert McCormick, from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Philadelphia at a service of Choral Evensong Sunday, September 26, at 4:00 PM. We invite you to join us for this service. 
 
Mr. McCormick will improvise the prelude and postlude as well as direct the choir. Five organists will play the accompaniments to the anthems, as the culmination of a Saturday workshop in organ accompanying hosted by St. Andrew's. A service of Choral Evensong is just that, a mostly sung service of Evening Prayer. Mr. McCormick’s artistry is the best; a rich experience is promised! 
 
St. Andrew's is located at 45 Main Street, Newport News. For more information contact Music Minister Brad Norris, music.minister@standrews-episcopal.org, or 757-595-0371 ext. 1004.
Episcopal Church Women (ECW) News

The Grapevine Fall 2021 newsletter of the Diocesan ECW is available now on the ECW News & Events page of the diocesan website. Included in this edition of The Grapevine is registration information for the Annual Fall Meeting on October 16, 2021, and a listing of open positions on the Diocesan ECW Board for which nominations are being accepted. Click here for this, and back issues, of The Grapevine.
St. John's, Portsmouth featured in community foundation annual report

The Southeast Virginia Community Foundation (SEVACF) helps donors meet local charitable needs in Chesapeake, Portsmouth, and the greater southeast Virginia region. St. John's Church in Portsmouth has used grant monies received from SEVACF to serve their neighborhood in a number of ways, and was featured in SEVACF's 2020 Annual Report. Click here to view the article.