Ministers, Educators, Administrators and Clerks, please share this information with your congregation.  
April 9, 2020
Easter Brings Sweet Tears of Joy in This Difficult Time
Easter is coming! It is the day of resurrection. Fred Holbrook writes how Easter reminds us that COVID-19 cannot erase the sweet tears of joy that come to God’s people.

The staff of POJ thank you for your inspiring creativity and compassionate connection. May God bless you this Holy Week and may your celebration of the resurrection of Christ Jesus be sweet, powerful, and blessed.
Remote Worship
POJ and Camp Hanover are sharing online worship opportunities each week. If yours isn’t included in this list, please send details to Kelley Hope .
PC(USA) Shares Resources for Holy Week
PC(USA)’s Office of Theology and Worship has developed guidelines for online services for Holy Week and Easter 2020, including best practices for live-streaming in Holy Week; simple outlines for online services; creative ideas for the Resurrection of the Lord (Easter Sunday); and musical suggestions in the public domain.
Vice Moderator Nomination Deadline Approaches
The Committee on Nominations is seeking candidates to serve as the 2021 vice moderator of Presbytery of the James. To achieve a balance of men and women Ministers of Word and Sacrament and Ruling Elders serving in this position over time, we are seeking a male Ruling Elder candidate to serve in 2021. Nominate yourself or someone else using the online form. The deadline for nominations is April 17.
COVID-19 Resources
Here are new resources that can help you understand evolving state and federal policies during this challenging time.
State Guidance on Worship Alternatives
On Tuesday, the Office of the Governor shared guidance to help faith communities comply with Executive Order 55. This guidance authorizes alternative religious services, including drive-in or drive-through worship, so long as worship leaders maintain physical distance and number 10 or fewer. (PDF document, dated April 7)
Presbyterian Foundation Summary of CARES Act
Presbyterian Foundation's New Covenant Trust Company provides more information about the CARES Act. (PDF document, dated April 3)
Other News
Masks Needed for Juvenile Correctional Center
Voices of Jubilee New Worshiping Community seeks your help in making or purchasing cloth masks or supplies for Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center (BAJCC) where Voices of Jubilee is located. Three people have tested positive for COVID-19 among the 500 youth and staff. Find patterns, directions, and more detailed information online.   
Apollos Scholarship Application Deadline Extended
Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation is extending the deadline for applications to the Apollos scholarship program. This program supports ministry inquirers and candidates, including those attending Union Presbyterian Seminary. The new deadline is May 1, 2020.
Stated Meetings
June 16
Presbytery of the James Stated Meeting
Salisbury PC, Midlothian
Overture deadline: April 21 at noon
Packet online: June 2
Oct 17
Presbytery of the James Stated Meeting
Orange PC, Orange
Overture deadline: Aug 20 at noon
Packet online: Oct 1
Calendar
In-person events through June 10 have been postponed; new dates will be determined once the health crisis is resolved. If you have a question about a specific event, please contact POJ.
Online Clerk of Session Training
Clerks of session, especially those new to the position, are invited to an online training with stated clerk Fred Holbrook. Learn responsibilities as put forth in the Book of Order and other duties clerks of session might be asked to perform.
Date: April 26
Time: 4 to 6 p.m
Jobs
Churches throughout POJ are looking for new talent. Find information about opportunities on POJ's job board.

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