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April 16, 2019
An Easter Blessing
As we journey through Holy Week, the Presbytery staff is most thankful for the faith and witness of our 101 congregations, two immigrant fellowships, and the churches' pastors, educators, musicians, and support staff. We pray that, as you worship on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday, the power of God represented in the life, death, and resurrection of Christ Jesus will inspire and comfort you.

Please join us in praying for our friends in Christ at the Cathedral of Notre Dame whose Easter celebration will be marred by smoldering ashes yet filled with hope and renewed faith. May we all see that buildings are evidence of God's work in the world but the Church is truly the people who love like Christ loved.

May God bless and strengthen each of you!

Fred Holbrook, Barbara Espigh,
Cindy Hollingshead, Deborah Rexrode,
Doug Walters, Franklin Reding,
John Vest, and Kelley Hope
New Stewardship Tool Available
Presbyterian Foundation’s Stewardship Navigator is a new online tool to help you create a year-round stewardship program, along with customized materials for your congregation. Within it, find templates, a stewardship calendar, and year-round guidance. The tools and resources are provided at no cost to your congregation. Register your church at
Camp Incorporation Conversations Continue
Camp Hanover board members and staff are traveling around the presbytery to share the incorporation plan presented at the February POJ meeting. A vote on the recommendation will take place at the June POJ meeting. The dates and locations of upcoming incorporation meetings are below.
  • April 16 – Charlottesville
  • April 17 – Mechanicsville
  • April 22 – Richmond
  • April 23 – Fredericksburg
  • April 24 – Richmond
  • April 25 – Amelia 
Registration Open for Camp Hanover Middle School Retreat
This retreat, focused on Joshua 1:9, is for youth in grades 6th through 8th and their adult youth group leaders. Through large group keynotes, small group discussion and fun, youth will explore their faith in a safe, caring environment. The event begins at 11:30 am Saturday morning and concludes by 11:30 am an Sunday. The cost of $60 per person includes Saturday night lodging, 3 meals and all program materials.
Early Registration Deadline Approaching for PW Summer Gathering

The Summer Gathering of Presbyterian Women of Synod of the Mid-Atlantic will be held June 6 through 9 at Massanetta Springs. Register by May 1 for a discounted rate.

Special guest and plenary speaker will be Eugenia Gamble, author of the 2019-2020 HORIZONS Bible Study, "Love Carved in Stone: A Study of The Ten Commandments."
Massanetta Springs Hosts Bible and Music Conferences

July 21-27, Massanetta Springs will hold Church Music Conference and Bible Conference concurrently. Have kids? Camp Connections provides youth programming for children of adults attending the conferences.
Capital Grant Program Intent Letters Due May 1

National Fund for Sacred Places supports historic houses of worship across America with capital grants and technical assistance. Letters of Intent (LOIs) for the 2019 funding cycle of the National Fund are due May 1. LOIs must be submitted electronically.
Stated Meetings
June 18
Presbytery of the James Stated Meeting
First Church, Charlottesville
Oct 19
Presbytery of the James Stated Meeting
New Hanover Church, Mechanicsville
April 27-28
Camp Hanover, Mechanicsville
May 4
River Road Church, Richmond
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