Contribute Funds for Disaster Recovery and Preparedness Efforts in the Virgin Islands
In 2017, the Virgin Islands were devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Though there has been significant progress, recovery efforts continue. You and your congregation can help churches in the Diocese of the Virgin Islands continue their recovery efforts and prepare for future emergencies by raising funds for the items listed below. To contribute, contact Aisha Huertas .

Funds will be used to purchase:
  • Chainsaws and products for their use and upkeep. These will be used in debris removal to allow access to roads and necessary aid
  • Battery reciprocating saws
  • Portable generators
  • Master breaker boxes to power churches still without electricity
  • Stoves and washers
New Deans Appointed
Bishop Goff with the consent of the Standing Committee has appointed the following deans:
  • The Very Rev. Cass Bailey, Trinity, Charlottesville, is Archdean. In this position he will work with the Bishop to plan deans meetings and to support the ministry of deans. This position is new and will develop as we live into it together.  
  • The Very Rev. Megan Limburg, St. Mary's, Whitechapel, & Trinity, Lancaster, is Dean of the Northern Neck Region.
  • The Very Rev. Weston Mathews, Grace, The Plains, is Dean of the Northern Piedmont Region.
  • The Very Rev. Corry Weierbach, Church of the Spirit, Alexandria, is Dean of the Potomac Region.
  • The Very Rev. Gary Barker, Kingston Parish, Mathews, is Dean of the Upper Tidewater Region.
The Rev. Deacon Barbara Ambrose Receives St. Stephen Recognition
The Association for Episcopal Deacons awards St. Stephen Recognition to deacons who represent the ministry of a deacon at its best. The Ordination of a Deacon liturgy describes the ministry of deacons saying, "In the name of Jesus Christ, you are to serve all people, particularly the poor, the weak, the sick, and the lonely. You are to make Christ and his redemptive love known, by your word and example, to those among whom you live, and work, and worship. At all times, your life and teaching are to show Christ's people that in serving the helpless they are serving Christ himself."

The Rev. Deacon Barbara Ambrose, Deacon of St. Andrew's, Richmond, received the St. Stephen Award this year for her ministry to the homeless and those suffering from addiction. Barbara leads the diocesan Addiction and Recovery Team and represents the Diocese of Virginia on the Province III Opioid Response Task Force.
What Can Julia Do for You?
Staff Spotlight
Do you have questions about the history of your church, the Diocese of Virginia or how to care for the records of your congregation? Your diocesan staff is here to serve you. Call Julia Randle, the diocesan Registrar and Historiographer, at 804-643-8451 x1045 or email her at jrandle@thediocese.net .
Shrine Mont Summer Celebration Weekend
July 5 - 7 | Register

Whether you have never been or are a long time lover of Shrine Mont, come for a relaxing weekend, see old friends and make new ones. Weekend activities include live music, the Bishop's 5K run/walk, activities for the whole family and all that Shrine Mont has to offer.
Brief Announcements
Send Pictures of Your Summer Ministries
Does your church host Vacation Bible School, outreach programs or go on a summer mission trip? Send your pictures to Erin Kamran and share how God is at work in your community. A tip for capturing God's work in photography: take pictures of people doing, not being. Learn more about this in Coy Ferrell's photography presentation from Church Vitality Day .

Help Incarnation, Mineral, Take an Ambulance to Rosebud Indian Reservation
Members of Church of the Incarnation, Mineral, have restored an ambulance and are donating it to Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. If you have a church van that could be used as a ride-along vehicle in this 1,500 mile trip, contact the Rev. Lura Kaval at 443-562-6242.
Upcoming at VTS
"Easier to Bleed than Sweat": The Institutional Church in a Post-Institutional Age 
Tuesday, June 25, 7 - 8:30 p.m. | Free. P owerful rhetoric has emerged in today's changing society that claims "mission is important and the institution is not." This separation can weaken institutions like churches, causing them to lose the capacity to practice the values they embrace. The Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe, Bishop of the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania, will present this Reinecker Lecture and explore how strong institutions with deep capacity are essential to fulfilling God’s mission in the world. Register.

 Community Organizing Workshop: Presented by VOICE
Friday, June 28, 2 - 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 29, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. | $100. Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE) will teach participants how community organizing is built on a foundation of knowing the people you stand with. Instead of simply seeking justice and social change   for  people, work  with  them to build homes, raise wages, reduce crime, improve schools and rebuild communities. Limited scholarships are available for clergy and lay leaders. Register .
Church Events
June 15: Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention Workshop St. Mary's, Arlington.
June 22: Child Sexual Misconduct Prevention Workshop St. Stephen's, Culpeper.
June 27: Child Sexual Misconduct Prevention Workshop St. Stephen's, Culpeper.
June 29: One Journey Festival Celebrate the talents, tenacity and contributions of refugees and other displaced people at this family-friendly festival. Washington National Cathedral.
June 29: The Gospel of Revolution Examine the history and theology of American independence followed by a Colonial-inspired dinner and worship according to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. Holy Cross, Dunn Loring.
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