Shrine Mont Camps
Support Campers through the Spring Scholarship Fundraiser
You can give the gift of the mountain top experience to families who might otherwise not be able to afford Shrine Mont Camps through your gifts to the Camp Scholarship Program. For every donation made (select “SM Camp Scholarship Fund” in the dropdown menu), donors will receive a 3” 2019 blue camp logo sticker . For every donation of $25 or more, you will receive a copy of our 2019 promotional poster . Donate now to ensure the future of beloved community at camp.

Spots at Camp are Filling Up Fast – Register Now
Don’t wait until it’s too late. Registration is open. Questions? Contact Megan Nolde .
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Training
Level One July 29 - August 2
Level Two August 5-9
St. Stephens, Richmond

St. Stephen’s, Richmond, will offer training for Level One and Level Two catechists (guides) in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. The leader, Anna Hurdle of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Charlotte, is widely regarded as one of the finest CGS trainers available. While this week-long immersion provides the training required to become a catechist, it is adult spiritual formation as much as it is instruction.  Learn more and register .
Where Online and In-Person Giving Meet
"My concern wasn’t about vanity but about witness to our younger generations." Continue reading .

If your congregation offers electronic giving, consider providing a reusable pew card so that everyone can be part of this aspect of worship . If you would like an example, check out the E-giving Card available as part of the Diocesan Giving Resources. 
Upcoming at Shrine Mont
Simply Yoga Weekend
April 12-14 | Devote a weekend to your well-being. Shrine Mont is the perfect place to reawaken with yoga this spring. Register .

Shrine Mont Women's Retreat
May 31 - June 2 | In her book Wearing God: Clothing, Laughter, Fire, and Other Overlooked Ways of Meeting God , Lauren Winner gathers a number of lesser-known images of God, reflects on how they work biblically and culturally and reveals how they can deepen our spiritual lives. Join author Lauren Winner for this weekend retreat. Register .
Preparedness Resources
Easy Ways to Prepare Your Church, Your Family and Yourself for Disasters

The Episcopal Relief & Development US Disaster Program offers a variety of resources to help people prepare and respond to disasters that may occur. Ready to serve? Episcopal Relief & Development is building a database of individuals interested in helping their neighbors after a disaster. 
Brief but Important
2019 Short-Term Mission Trip Grants
The Diocese of Virginia offers grants for individuals and churches participating in short-term mission trips.  Apply . Questions? Contact Mary Anne Bryant .

Certificate of Election and Confirmed Communicants in Good Standing
It is time to start the process to elect your church’s delegate(s) to the 225 th  Annual Convention. Please submit the combined COE and CCGS form to Bill Martin by April 15.

Parochial Reports Past Due
Parochial reports were due March 1. It is critical that every church completes a report before Wednesday, May 1. Read more. Questions? Contact Sissy Bice.

Upcoming Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training Workshops
Sexual Misconduct Prevention Trainings are required for all clergy, lay employees of churches and volunteers regularly working with children. View the full list of upcoming training workshops and register. 
Upcoming at VTS
Remembering Dinah and her Sisters: The Black Church and the 'Me Too' Movement
Wednesday, April 3 | 7 - 9 p.m.| Free. The Rev. Judy Fentress-Williams will present a lecture in commemoration of the martyrdom of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Register .

Panel Conversation: Faithful Response to Addiction and the Opioid Crisis
Monday, April 1 | 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Free. How can we put our faith into action, loving and caring for those affected by the opioid crisis? Join VTS for an evening of conversation with experts in the field. Register.

Preaching Retreat: Tackling Tough Texts
Friday, April 26, 6:00 p.m. - Saturday, April 27, 3:30 p.m.| $95. Ever avoided preaching on a passage? VTS Professors the Rev. Dr. Mark Jefferson and the Rev. Dr. A. Katherine Grieb will explore how to engage tough Scripture passages with courage and integrity. Register.
Church Events
April 5-6: Awakening the Heart: A Christian/Sufi Wisdom Retreat L earn from two great wisdom traditions about living from the heart through teaching, chant, movement, and contemplative practice. St. Aidan's, Alexandria.
April 7: Fauré Requiem Mass Ecumenical Choir Combined choirs of churches and choruses, chamber orchestra of Loudoun Symphony musicians and soloists present this masterwork. St. David's, Ashburn.
June 12-14: Invite Welcome Connect N ewcomers and seasoned practitioners will come together to work, share ideas, and learn more about this powerful ministry. University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee.