Ministers, Educators, Administrators and Clerks,
please share this information with your congregation.  
Nov. 20, 2018
Join the Haiti Partnership Trip in February
The Haiti Ministry is seeking applicants for a trip to Haiti February 20-27, 2019. The trip provides an important opportunity to see God at work in this desperately poor country through Cindy Corell and through our mission partners. Participants will travel to different parts of Haiti, engage with local farmers, share in worship, and explore how our presbytery can go deeper in our relationship. The focus of this partnership trip is not physical labor, but about making a crucial difference as we bring hope and empowerment, which is essential for self-development and transformation. The presbytery provides part of the trip cost. Find the application at . Apply by November 30.

 Your last opportunities to see Mission Co-worker Cindy Corell on this visit are Sunday, November 25, at Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Mechanicsville and Woodlawn Presbyterian Church in Hopewell.

Triennium Conference Registration Underway
Local teens are invited to represent Presbytery of the James at the Triennium youth conference July 15-21, 2019. The massive Presbyterian event for high school students is held at Purdue University in Indiana every three years.

Colleen Earp , POJ's youth council director, asks interested families to contact her by December 21 so that she may arrange transportation and chaperones. The cost is $620 per youth (which can be broken into a payment plan). Once you have alerted Colleen that your student wants to attend, please complete your registration through Camp Hanover by February 14, 2019.
Questions? Want to learn more? Contact Colleen at  or 804-779-2811.
Union Seminary Awarded Grant to Map Children’s Faith Formation
Union Presbyterian Seminary has been awarded a grant to help churches find new ways to communicate the value of religious practices for children and families in a diverse and complicated world. 
The $300,000 grant from the Lilly Endowment seeks to learn from children’s museum curators, developmental psychologists, experts in media studies and language development, publishers, and other non-church leaders how to connect with children and families. Study organizers hope to translate this research into applications in religious faith settings.
Giving Tuesday is Next Week

Support your church on November 27, an international day of giving. Your gift to Presbyterian Mission will transform lives in Christ’s name.
River Road PC Hosts Carols and Keyboards Concert

River Road Presbyterian Church invites you to celebrate the Christmas season with a new Richmond tradition! A free, magical concert of holiday classics will be masterfully performed by eight keyboardists on four Steinway concert grand pianos. The December 7 event also will feature organ, vocal soloists, congregational singing, and storytelling. It's a spectacular Christmas celebration for the entire family! Free childcare is available; reserve space by December 3 by calling 804-740-7083.
Registration Opens Soon for Service Camp for Teens

High school students can spend a week this summer rebuilding homes and lives as participants in the Tri-Cities Workcamps . New church groups who have not participated before can register prior to open enrollment on January 2. Churches also are invited to adopt work crews for lunch.
Registration Continues for Dismantling Racism Winter Retreat

Join Dismantling Racism Ministries in January for discussions with author Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove on his latest book, Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion. The event will begin with check-in at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 11 and conclude at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 12. Optional lodging is available. 
Stated Meetings
Feb 16, 2019
Presbytery of the James Stated Meeting
Three Chopt Church, Richmond
June 18, 2019
Presbytery of the James Stated Meeting
Oct 19, 2019
Presbytery of the James Stated Meeting
Nov 22
Thanksgiving -
POJ office closed
Nov 25
Bethlehem Presbyterian Church, Mechanicsville

Woodlawn Presbyterian Church, Hopewell
Dec 7-8
Camp Hanover, Mechanicsville
Dec 24-Jan 2
C hristmas and New Year's Break - POJ office closed
Jan 11-12
Richmond Hill Retreat Center, Richmond
Office Telephone (804) 262-2074