Information for ministers, educators, church administrators, clerks, and congregations
February 10, 2021
Presbytery Meeting to Include Two Candidate Examinations
Two candidates for ministry will be examined at the presbytery meeting on February 20. Erin Burt is a May 2020 graduate of Union Presbyterian Seminary. Burt serves as the director of admissions for Union's Richmond campus. Keli Shipley Cooper is a May 2019 graduate of Union Presbyterian Seminary. Shipley Cooper serves as the director of adult faith formation at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Richmond. Learn about each candidate in the meeting packet, pages 49-58.
Erin Burt 
Candidate for Ministry
Keli Shipley Cooper
Candidate for Ministry
Registration for the meeting closes Friday, February 19, at 9 a.m. The virtual meeting opens at 9 a.m. on February 20 and the agenda gets underway at 9:30 a.m. View all meeting documents, as well as tips for participating, on the presbytery website.
Share Your News in the Vine
Churches, ministries, and partner organizations, what good news would you like to share with our presbytery? We welcome your contributions for the March issue of the Vine newsletter. Please send text and photos to editor Kelley Hope by February 22.
Resources for New Clerks
New clerks of session, learn responsibilities put forth in the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and other duties you might be asked to perform. POJ offers a training event video and a handbook in the Session section of the Forms and Documents page on the presbytery website.
Put a Bucket Down Where You Are
The co-moderators of the 224th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) say churches need to step out of their comfort zones to bridge the divide in race relations across the country. They also advised that one doesn't need to look far to find a person or group with whom they can create a positive change. More than 70 people from 33 congregations joined the webinar on February 1 where the co-moderators spoke. A summary of the event and a recording are available on the presbytery website.
What Does Poverty Look Like in America?
The Presbyterian Mission Agency has created a 30-second social media video for churches. Its purpose is to start conversations and raise awareness around the systemic poverty facing people in all walks of life, especially with the additional impact of the pandemic. Share it in your worship service and on your social media channels. The video is available to view and download from Vimeo.
Stated Meetings
February 20, 2021
107th Stated Meeting
Online via Zoom

June 15, 2021
108th Stated Meeting
Invitation needed
Overture deadline: April 20, noon
Packet online: June 1
October 16, 2021
109th Stated Meeting
Invitation needed
Overture deadline: Aug. 19, noon
Packet online: September 30
Other News
Learn how to tell the story of your work inside and outside the church walls through effective e-newsletters. Join the Presbyterian Communicators Network on February 16 for an informative workshop that will share a variety of resources available at little to no cost.
Check our online bulletin board to be reminded of events mentioned in recent issues of the Current.
Learn about church employment opportunities or submit a job to POJ's job board.

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