Ministers, Educators, Administrators and Clerks,
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August 6, 2019
Strategic Planning Team Update
POJ's Strategic Planning Team continues to meet monthly, most recently on July 25. Participants are drafting a new mission statement as they envision a presbytery for the future. Summaries of each meeting are posted on the POJ website.
Improving the Lives of the People of Ghana
Helping the people of Ghana grow more crops and learn to read is as simple as writing two letters. Mission co-worker Ruth Brown seeks letters of support for grant proposals for a church with whom she is working. Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Ghana is applying for funding from the Presbyterian Women Thank Offering for two programs. One will help farmers increase their corn yield. Another aims to improve literacy among children aged 8 to 15. The deadline to email letters is August 30.
Presbyterian Outlook Celebrates 200 Years
Celebrate the Presbyterian Outlook ’s first 200 years with a special luncheon October 5 at Union Presbyterian Seminary. Brian Blount and Ted Wardlaw will speak on the past, present, and future role of the magazine in church and culture. Editor Jill Duffield will offer a reflection and moderate a time of questions and answers.
Teen Groups Invited to Youth Days
Middle and high school students and their leaders are invited to Camp Hanover for free events September through April. Most are held the last Sunday of the month from 2-4 p.m. RSVP with Colleen Earp (
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Journey to Guatemala This Fall
As God’s people, we are called to welcome the stranger and to provide for those who are in need. This fall, explore the U.S. refugee crisis from the Guatemalan perspective. Visit places where deported refugees are returned and listen to those who feel that they are not safe and must leave. Travel with others from Presbytery of the James and Presbytery of the Peaks October 28 through November 4. Some financial assistance is available to help individuals with costs of the trip.
Reminder: Youth Council Applications Due August 9
Time is running out for interested high school students to apply for the POJ Youth Council . This group develops youth leadership through learning, volunteer service, and fellowship. Applications are due August 9. Questions? Contact Colleen Earp, Youth Council Director, at 804-779-2811 or  
Church Events
Concord PC Hosts Dulcimer Concert

Concord Presbyterian Church in Rawlings, Virginia hosts a free concert on August 23. Hear national hammered dulcimer champion Joshua Messick from 7-8 p.m. Refreshments and fellowship follow.
AFREIM Holds Special Events for Anniversary

AFREIM - African Evangelical International Ministries PCUSA -   invites you to celebrate their seventh anniversary next week. Special events include worship services, nightly seminars, a musical, a cookout, and a banquet. All events will be at Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Bluegrass Concert to Be Held at Hebron

Hebron Presbyterian Church in Manakin-Sabot invites you to its Music in the Countryside recital series. Enjoy bluegrass with the Hebron Boys on August 25 at 5:00 p.m., with an ice cream social to follow. Another concert with a different musical guest is planned for September 27.
Lecture Series at Tuckahoe Focuses on Faith and Firearms

Tuckahoe PC hosts its summer lecture series on Wednesdays, August 7 through 21. This year’s topic will examine faith and firearms, including our right to bear arms and the dynamics of violence in the Bible. Attendees will receive a balanced engagement with perspectives from different points of view. Find bios of speakers and each week’s topic online. 
Stated Meetings
Oct 19
Presbytery of the James Stated Meeting
New Hanover Church, Mechanicsville
Feb 15, 2020
Presbytery of the James Stated Meeting
Invitation Needed
June 16, 2020
Presbytery of the James Stated Meeting
Invitation Needed
Oct 17, 2020
Presbytery of the James Stated Meeting
Invitation Needed
Churches throughout POJ are looking for new talent. Find information about these opportunities on POJ's job board . Searching for candidates? Submit a job.
-       Part-time chaplain at Westminster Canterbury Richmond
-       Assistant preschool teacher at Sandston PC
-       Accompanist at Three Chopt PC (Henrico)
-       Director of youth and family ministries at Community PC (Illinois)
-       Nursery caregiver at New Hanover PC (Mechanicsville)
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