Diocesan Visioning Sessions
Bishop Goff and Bishop Brooke-Davidson invite you to take part in the Diocesan Visioning Tour during the season of Epiphany. This will be a series of conversations with your bishops about the vision for the Diocese for the next few years. Please plan to attend a gathering near you.

Remaining Dates and Locations
Thursday, January 30, 6:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s, Ivy
Saturday, February 8, 1:00 p.m. at Calvary, Front Royal
Saturday, February 15, 1:30 p.m. at Good Shepherd, Burke
Saturday, February 29, 10:00 a.m. at St. Peter's, Arlington

Creation Care Advocacy: The Intersection of Marginalized Communities and the Environment
February 22, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Trinity, Fredericksburg
 
At the 225th Annual Convention, we heard about the importance of caring for God’s creation. Learn how carelessness for creation affects the most vulnerable and how we can be advocates for change. Speakers include:
  • Ms. Karen Campblin of VA State Conference NAACP
  • Dr. Faith Harris, Virginia Interfaith Power & Light
  • Dr. Glenna Huber, Church of the Epiphany, Washington D.C.

Registration $20, lunch included. Questions? Contact Aisha Huertas .  
The First-Ever LGBTQ+ Diocesan Retreat
Bringing Our Whole Selves: Exploring the Vital Gifts the Queer Community Offers to the Church
August 21-23 | Shrine Mont, Orkney Springs
 
Join us and deepen your walk with Christ in a spiritual space designed by our community, for our community, sponsored by the Diocese of Virginia. Come and share your whole self with God and the Church without pretenses. Start new friendships with people across our Diocese, deepen existing relationships, be at peace in the presence of God and your fellow siblings. Our keynote speaker will be the Rev. Elizabeth Edman, Episcopal priest and author of Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity . Registration ends on May 10 and space is limited! Learn more and register. For questions about the retreat and scholarships, email lgbtqministrydiova@gmail.com .  
Christian Formation Opportunities
The diocesan Office of Christian Formation is busy bringing new resources and programs to you! Explore all that OCF has to offer at dovformation.net . 

  • 2020 Episcopal Youth Event – Youth can apply now to join others from the international Episcopal Church in College Park, Maryland, this July.
  • Formation Circles – Join this new network of formation leaders to build relationships and share resources with others from around the Diocese.
  • Lunch & Learn – Join this monthly webinar series for focused discussions on specific aspects of formation ministry.
  • Monthly newsletter – Sign up to receive updates and resources in your inbox.
Shrine Mont Camps Sunday
February 9
At your church

Join in this day of celebration and blessing as we look toward another summer on the mountain! Liturgical materials are available at shrinemontcamps.net . Learn more about Shrine Mont Camps Sunday.
ECW Lenten Quiet Day
February 27 | 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Roslyn Retreat Center, Richmond

Lenten Quiet Day is a time set aside for quiet reflection, meditation and prayer. The Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Virginia invite all to join in this day of retreat in the beginning of Lent. This year's program will be led by the Rt. Rev. David Jones, the Very Rev. Kim Coleman, ECW Chaplain, and Mrs. Ellen Johnston, Director of Music.   Learn more and register. Questions? Contact Mary Holly Bigelow.
It's Time to Elect Delegates and Alternates to Annual Convention
It is time to start the process to elect your church’s delegate(s) to the 226 th  Annual Convention. The Certificate of Election and Confirmed Communicants in Good Standing form , and Youth Certificate of Election form are both available online.  The due date for submitting the Parish COE/CCGS form is April 15, 2020.  Q uestions? Contact Bill Martin .  
Upcoming at VTS
Join Us in Prayer
We pray for St. Mark's and San Marcos, Alexandria (pictured); Trinity, Arlington; St. Margaret's School, Tappahannock; Church of the Resurrection, Alexandria; St. Anne's Parish, Scottsville; Buck Mountain, Earlysville; St. Mary's, Arlington; and St. Peter's in the Woods, Fairfax Station, as they prepare for their Bishop's Visitations. We pray for Bishop Goff, Bishop Brooke-Davidson and Bishop Mathes as they travel to these congregations. 

We pray for Regional Deans , the Standing Committee and the Executive Board as they prepare to gather.
Calendar and Church Events
February 7: Masterworks Series: Duruflé Requiem The St. Stephen’s, Richmond, Choir and instrumentalists will perform the Duruflé Requiem and other works by Duruflé .
 February 16: A Celtic Service of Evening Prayers and Holy Eucharist Grace, Kilmarnock.
August 21-23: Bringing Our Whole Selves A retreat space created for and by LGBTQ+ individuals to explore the vital gifts the queer community offers to the church. Shrine Mont, Orkney Springs.
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