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March 5, 2020
Keeping Your Congregation Healthy During Virus Outbreaks
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) provides guidance for congregations to prepare for outbreaks of severe infectious disease, such as influenza or COVID-19, a new coronavirus. As of today, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 in Virginia or neighboring states, however, flu activity in Virginia is high and expected to continue for weeks.
Simple precautions include:
  • Asking ill members to stay home
  • Providing alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Turning off water fountains
  • Encouraging smiles instead of hugs or handshakes during passing of the peace 
Welcome and Blessings to New POJ Ministers
Presbytery of the James welcomes these new minister members:

  • Rev. Rosalind Banbury, member-at-large, from Shenandoah Presbytery
  • Rev. Richard Goodman, pastor at Blackstone Church, from Presbytery of New Hope
  • Rev. Tom Launius, member-at-large, from Grace Presbytery
  • Rev. Matthew Messenger, pastor of Mechanicsville Church, ordained and installed on Feb. 29
  • Rev. Stephanie Workman (United Church of Christ), interim associate pastor at Second Church in Richmond
Help World Mission Help You
PC(USA) World Mission wants to hear about your congregation’s involvement in mission and how World Mission might support you. Share your thoughts by completing a nine-question survey. By participating, you will help shape World Mission's resources and give World Mission an opportunity to tailor them for your congregation.
Camp Hanover Hiring Summer Staff
Do you know a college-age person who is good with kids and looking for a fun summer experience? Camp Hanover is always looking for people to be summer camp counselors, lifeguards, or support staff. We are hiring for both our residential and traveling day camp programs. Our staff help make the summer camp a success, and make a lasting impact on the life of a child.
Other News
Hosts Needed for Scot Band
Westminster Church in Richmond will host a concert by the Scot Band of College of Wooster on March 10. In addition to inviting you to attend the concert, Westminster seeks your help in housing band members for their one night in town. For more information, contact Helen Trevey at .
Volunteer in Puerto Rico
Presbiterio del Noroeste in Puerto Rico invites your congregation to visit and volunteer. As the country is still recovering from devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in September 2017, mission volunteers can support recovery efforts by painting, removing debris, and performing light carpentry, plumbing, or electrical work. Mission trips are hosted by First Presbyterian Church in Aguada. For more information, contact Danilie C. Hilerio Villanueva, long-term recovery coordinator, at .
Forest Hill Invites You to Lenten Series
Forest Hill Church is hosting a Lenten Luncheon series designed to be part of your spiritual journey leading to Easter. Each Tuesday in March from noon to 12:45, bring your lunch and be inspired. Explore practices to deepen your spiritual walk and learn about opportunities to get involved in what God is doing to bring healing and justice to our community.
Salisbury Sponsors Golf Tournament
Salisbury Church invites you to play in the 20th annual Joe Ward Golf Tournament on April 24. The tournament raises funds for scholarships for theological education at Union Presbyterian Seminary. The tournament is hosted at Providence Golf Club and begins at 1 p.m.
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
21-22 -- High School Retreat, Camp Hanover
24 ------ God in Our World Older Adult Retreat, Camp Hanover
29 ------ Youth Day, Camp Hanover

25-26 -- Middle School Retreat, Camp Hanover
26 ------ Youth Day/Camp Fun Day, Camp Hanover

2 -------- Presbyterian Women Spring Gathering

20-27 -- 224th General Assembly, Baltimore
Find details for these events and more online .
Churches throughout POJ are looking for new talent. Find information about these opportunities on POJ's job board.
  • Leadership Institute program coordinator, Union Presbyterian Seminary
  • Full-charge bookkeeper, First Presbyterian in Richmond
Searching for candidates? Submit a job.
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