Please Give to the Bishop's Appeal to Help COVID-relief Ministries
Your gift to the Bishop’s Appeal will help feed those who are hungry, without shelter, and provide access to other basic needs in communities of the Diocese of Virginia affected by the crisis. Through the generosity of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund all online donations up to $25,000 will be matched so your gift to help is doubled.

Encourage friends, family and fellow parishioners to join you. Share on social media what our mission means to you. Use the special hashtag #OneTogether so we can harness the power of social media and connection to help share your story!

All the Ways to Give
  1. Online: Make double the impact and help us meet our $25,000 match through your gift @ https://bit.ly/DOVGIVES
  2. Mail: Send your check to Bishop’s Appeal, PO Box 27426, Richmond, VA 23261
  3. Text: Text DIOVA APPEAL to 73256 to give to the DOV Appeal fund [Bishop’s Appeal] using your text messaging. Standard text messaging rates may apply.
Ordinations to the Priesthood: December 15-17
God willing, Bishops Goff, Brooke-Davidson and Taylor will ordain seven transitional deacons to the Sacred Order of Priests at Good Shepherd, Burke.

All are welcome and invited to attend the services via livestream. For each ordination, there will be a maximum of 10 in-person attendees, following the diocesan guidelines for safe worship during the pandemic. All services will be livestreamed through Good Shepherd’s Facebook page. 

  • Tuesday, December 15 (Bishop Taylor): Mary Margaret Winn at 10:30 a.m.; Jeremy Means-Koss at 1:00 p.m.; Chip Russell at 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 16 (Bishop Goff): Nina Bacas at 10:30 a.m.; Melanie Lewis at 1:00 p.m. 
  • Thursday, December 17 (Bishop Brooke-Davidson): Rachel Harber at 10:30 a.m.; Philene Ware Dunn at 1:00 p.m. 
Diocesan Communications Shifting from Print to Online
If 2020 taught us anything, it’s how quickly things change. From the outset of the pandemic, Diocesan Communications pivoted to real-time digital media to support our clergy, wardens and treasurers, and to keep our members informed as the evolving crisis changed church life as we knew it. We quickly realized that printed materials could not provide the kind of immediacy our members needed. Therefore, diocesan leadership has decided to discontinue printing the quarterly Virginia Episcopalian magazine for the foreseeable future. Instead we want to build on what we’ve learned in this challenging time and continue to deliver news in online media that has the immediacy and interactivity you’ve come to appreciate. We are still fine-tuning exactly what our new formats will look like, but we will continue to deliver important news – AND share stories of how God is at work among our congregations – without the lag time and the hefty price tag that comes with a traditional print magazine. Your churches will be able to release these funds to further your mission and ministry in other ways.  

This means that it’s more important than ever for parishioners to subscribe to our news updates and to follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube). If you don’t already follow us, please take a moment to connect, so that you’ll continue receiving diocesan news.  

Finally, we welcome your input in this new communications strategy. Please share your questions and comments with Nancy Chafin, Diocesan Minister for Communications.
United Thank Offering Ingatherings to Support COVID Relief
UTO ingatherings will be distributed in grants to help those in dire need because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the best way to send your UTO ingathering is to go directly to The Episcopal Church website and give online. All donations are needed by December 31, 2020. If you can support other ECW ministries, please see the ECW Remittance Form at the ECW website. At this time of uncertainty, all contributions are much needed and greatly appreciated.
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