Ministers, Educators, Administrators and Clerks, please share this information with your congregation. 
Oct. 29, 2020
Volunteers Sought for Project at Camp Hanover
POJ's Disaster Relief Ministry is keeping busy close to home these days. After completing a bridge and boardwalk at Camp Hanover this fall, they next plan to remove downed trees on the property. Moderator Brown Pearson is seeking volunteers to help. The project will start Wednesday, November 4, at 8:30 a.m. and continue to Thursday. Tractors and chain saws appreciated. To volunteer or find out more info, email ministry leader Brown Pearson or call him at 804-347-8895.
Resources Available From Leadership Event
On October 24, members of the Ministry Collaborative, a project of the Macedonian Ministry Foundation, led an online event for congregational leaders in Presbytery of the James. During this event, participants explored the challenges of 2020 and ways they can make ministry whole-hearted under extraordinary circumstances. A recording and slides are available if you wish to view again or were not able to attend the live event.
Learn About Civil Initiative and the Engaged Church Through Online Course
An online course in November will introduce basic principles to help church communities to engage in civic life. The principled and theologically-grounded curriculum, built around the thinking of Quaker philosopher Jim Corbett (1933-2001), supports the Matthew 25 vision by nurturing congregations in responding to entrenched systems of oppression in creative and liberating ways. 
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Take a Trip to Scotland Next Fall
Join Rev. Seth Lovell, Olivet Church, and Rev. Lynne Clements, Westminster Church (Charlottesville), as they lead a trip to Scotland with Scotus Tours in October 2021. The group will travel to the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Iona, a sacred site where Christianity first came to Scotland in the sixth century. There will be castles, cathedrals, rugged mountains, beautiful coastline, and even a whisky tasting or two! For more information reach out to Rev. Lovell. Registration for the early bird discount is due by November 22.
Holiday Drives To Help Others
Two worshipping communities are coordinating collections to benefit those less fortunate during the coming holidays.
African Evangelical International Ministries (AFREIM) is collecting food and more to distribute for Thanksgiving and Christmas:
  • canned goods
  • boxed foods
  • turkeys or chickens
  • desserts
  • new, unwrapped toys
  • gloves and hats
  • socks (for adults and children)
  • blankets and sleeping bags

Food items donated by November 16 will be distributed for Thanksgiving. For Christmas distribution, items are needed by December 16. To make a donation contact Pastor Barbara Parks at 804-888-3901 for info and/or pickup.
Voices of Jubilee is preparing Christmas boxes for youth incarcerated at the Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center and invites churches to contribute:
  • composition notebooks (not spiral)
  • men’s large crew socks
  • art supplies
  • pre-packaged snacks
  • blank greeting cards (to send to family)
  • board games
  • books
  • basketballs 

Shop at your preferred store, or make a monetary donation. Contributions are needed by December 10. Drop off or schedule delivery to Voices of Jubilee, PO Box 29296, Richmond VA 23246 or coordinate a pickup by ministry leaders. They also are available to meet with ministry teams or sessions to share information about their ministry.
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Into the Church Triumphant
Rev. Nancy Essig
October 25, 2020
Former pastor at Burkeville Church

Obituary and burial arrangements not available at this time
Stated Meetings
November 21
Called Meeting
Online, via Zoom
Packet online: November 5
February 20, 2021
107th Stated Meeting
Second PC, Richmond
Overture deadline: Dec 17 at noon
Packet online: February 4
Learn about church employment opportunities or submit a job to POJ's job board.

  • Digital audience engagement manager, Presbyterian Outlook
  • Choir director/church musician, Meadows Church (Charlottesville)
  • Director of children's ministry, The Brandermill Church (Midlothian)
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