"Wonder in All" – Turnkey Annual Giving
Are you and your church leaders searching for a turnkey annual giving program? This year’s program is based on the prayer after Baptism and leads your congregation on an engaging journey of story-telling and wonder through their own baptismal commitments. The new ministry ‘icon library’ allows leaders to choose visual cues that prompt stories of impact. Wonder what this means? Check it out!  
A Service of Lament, Reconciliation and Commitment
August 14 | 5 p.m.
St. John's, Richmond

The churches of the Central Richmond Region will host a service to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans at Jamestown and the history of oppression that followed. It will be a service of lament, reconciliation and commitment to a better tomorrow. The Rt. Rev. Susan Goff will preside and the Rev. Dr. Dorothy White will preach. Questions? Contact the Rev. Deacon David Curtis.
Hurricane Preparedness
With hurricane season upon us, it is important to prepare in case Virginia is affected again this year. In addition to direct damage from hurricanes, we are also prone to storm surge, particularly in Alexandria and Richmond, which produces as much damage from flooding as the hurricanes themselves. Learn more about steps you can take to prepare for hurricanes .

Churches can offer assistance to their congregation and community by being a cooling, feeding and recharging station in the case of extended power outages. Special attention to parishioners with functional and access needs is critical. Learn more about how you can help your community prepare.
Upcoming at VTS
Audit a Class at VTS
A variety of master’s level classes are available on campus for audit at the rate of $150/audit hour. Learn more .

Seminary 101: Introduction to Taking Masters-Level Classes
August 26, 6:30 – 9:20 p.m.| Free. Whether you’re auditing a class this fall or pondering taking a class in the future, this one-night class will introduce seminary terminology, expectations and resources for seminary studies. Email Lifelong Learning with questions. Register

Two-Day Intercultural Competency Course
August 28-29, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Registration opens July 17 | Join new VTS community members as presenters share insights on various aspects of intercultural competence. Email Lifelong Learning with questions.  Register .
Blessings to Give
If your church is in need of a table for a meeting room, there is a dining room table with two leaves and 10 chairs (sideboard also available) in very fine condition available. Located in Northern Virginia, transportation could be arranged if needed. Contact   Robin Boyd Fetsch   for more information.

If your church has a blessing to give, or is in need of a blessing to receive, send your item for the e-Bazaar to Erin Monaghan Kamran .
Join Us in Prayer
We pray for Shrine Mont campers, counselors, directors, chaplains, nurses and staff. We also pray for bishops, priests, deacons and lay leaders throughout the Diocese.

We pray for all those discerning through the Young Priest Initiative as they meet in July.
Church Events
August 10: "Rise Against Hunger" Car and Truck Show Come see vintage cars and trucks while supporting the work of Rise Against Hunger. Grace, The Plains.
September 6, 13, 20 and 27: Sowing the Seeds: an Episcopal Approach to Evangelism Learn the Episcopal way of Evangelism and how to share your walk with God in a way that is authentic and inviting to others. St. Matthew's, Sterling.
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