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Sept. 10, 2020
POJ News
Online Donation Option Available Now
Individuals can now go online to make financial gifts to certain POJ funds, such as the Pastoral Care Fund. The new form accepts donations through Paypal via credit card, debit card, or electronic bank transfer. (A Paypal account is not required, however.) If you wish to send a check, the form offers instructions. We encourage churches to continue using checks and the annual remittance form for contributions.
Clergy Evaluations During a Pandemic
Evaluating a pastor during normal times can be a challenge. It is even more so during a pandemic, when churches are operating differently. Jan Edmiston, general presbyter of the Presbytery of Charlotte, recommends churches use questions by Jill Hudson to conduct clergy evaluations. Read her thoughts about the review process’s role in building a healthy congregation.
POJ Updates Congregational Meeting Guide
Last week, POJ emailed to clerks and pastors updated guidelines for conducting congregational meetings and ordination/installation services during the pandemic. These guidelines also are available on our website, under Forms and Documents in the Presbytery section.
Ministry News
Help Build a Wheelchair Bridge at Camp Hanover
Brown Pearson, moderator of POJ’s Disaster Relief Ministry, is seeking volunteers for a construction project at Camp Hanover. Volunteers will help build a bridge to aid wheelchair access from Wise Lodge to the lake. Building will occur September 22-25. Crew members can stay overnight at Camp Hanover during the project or come each day. For more information, contact Brown at 804-347-8895 or by email at
Other News
Russian Region Ministry Group to Hold Virtual Conference
Learn about ministry in Eastern Europe through the Presbyterian Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia (BURM) Mission Network (formerly the Russia Mission Network). The network's annual conference will be held virtually this year. Topics include outreach to marginalized peoples, peacemaking with youth, and climate change/ecology. The free event occurs September 17-19.
Church Educators Event Stresses Importance of Lifelong Discipleship
October 5-7, the South Central Region of the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators is hosting a three-day virtual workshop called “Dipping Deeper Into the Well of PC(USA) Ministries”. The workshop is recommended for Christian educators, pastors, volunteers, and anyone else interested in learning about denominational resources available for Christian education and formation in the local church.
Check out our online bulletin board to be reminded of events mentioned in recent issues of FYI.
Stated Meetings
October 17
106th Stated Meeting
Online, via Zoom
Overture deadline: Aug 20 at noon
Packet online: Oct 1
February 20, 2021
107th Stated Meeting
Second PC, Richmond
Overture deadline: Dec 17 at noon
Packet online: Feb 4
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