As part of its pastoral care of ministers of the Word and Sacrament and certified Christian educators, the Committee on Ministry (COM) makes confidential disbursements from the Pastoral Care Fund to those with demonstrated need. It is a gentle and loving way to show that the Presbytery cares when someone is hurting and needs help.
The Fund is replenished by the offerings received at the ordination and installation services of candidates for the office of minister of the Word and Sacrament. Prior to COVID-19, five or more ordinations happened per year. With physical distancing requirements and limits on gatherings, there have been no ordinations or installations of ministers since March 1.
The balance in the Fund is just over $1,200 and requests average $500. An ordinary month sees one or two requests considered by COM.
At its July meeting, the COM authorized me to request that churches consider contributing to this Fund. If you are able, a check can be mailed to the POJ office, 3218 Chamberlayne Ave., Richmond, VA 23227. Our staff is opening mail and depositing weekly so there will be no delay in processing gifts from churches.
In advance, let me thank you for your generosity during this challenging time in the life of our world. Ministers and educators who have a need will be blessed by your generosity.
In Christ's Service,
Fred A. Holbrook
Interim General Presbyter & Stated Clerk