Ministers, Educators, Administrators and Clerks,
please share this information with your congregation.  
August 1, 2018
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Called Meeting of
Presbytery of the James
Tuesday, August 7
3:30 p.m.
Leadership and Anxiety Workshop Offered by First Mennonite Church in Richmond
Clergy members and laypersons who seek to understand congregational dynamics better and to learn ways to calm anxiety and heal broken relationships may be interested in a workshop available at the First Mennonite Church in Richmond. Leadership and Anxiety in the Church will be held September 26. Early-bird and group discounts  are available until September 12. One group discount is for four or more members of the same congregation . Another discount is for seven or more members of Presbytery of the James . To receive the group discount, register online through Presbytery of the James . For questions about registering, contact Barbara Espigh in the POJ office at 804-262-2074 or .
Grants Available for Small Churches
Congregations with up to 100 in worship attendance may be eligible for a small church grant to further ministry in the community or to pay for an emergency repair. This special fund of the Presbytery has been established to help small churches with projects that may be just beyond their reach (“emergent” need) or when the HVAC goes bust (“urgent” need). Since funds are finite, they are limited to churches that also have a real financial need. The expectation is that the congregation will also make a contribution to the project. The Presbytery has designated the Small Church Purpose Group to evaluate applications and make awards. The purpose group reviews applications throughout the year and will awards funds until the account is exhausted.
multiple hands contribute funds to a common goal
These documents are also available (in both PDF and Word) on the POJ website, under Forms . For questions, please contact Mark Sprowl, Small Church Purpose Group moderator, at 804-512-9197 or .

The Synod of the Mid-Atlantic has a similar grant program for small churches .
Syrian Peacemaker to Visit Virginia This Fall
Rev. Dr. Mary Mikhael, an international peacemaker from Syria, will visit Presbytery of the James this fall. From September 27 through October 4, Mary will speak at or attend a number of events. These include the "Living Life Abundantly" fall retreat at Camp Hanover and engagements at churches, Westminster Canterbury, Union Presbyterian Seminary, and others as her time allows. A graduate of PSCE, Mary is the recent past president of the Near East School of Theology and a writer of the Horizon Bible Study  Joshua  for the Presbyterian Women. She is a noted speaker on the refugee crisis that has devastated Syria and the Middle East. For more information about her schedule, topics, and availability, contact Mary Jane Winter at .
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The Case for Church Camp
"A week of church camp is a shedding of external influences and a time when one puts on the Body of Christ," says Pastor Shelly Wood of Orchard Park Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. Instead of the superficial social media world, teens and tweens need (and crave) the community they find at camp. "The mental, spiritual and physical health of [kids'] souls depend on it." Read her powerful argument for the Presbyterian Church investing in camps in an essay in The Presbyterian Outlook .
photo of children enjoying the outdoors at camp
Special Offerings of the PC(USA): Peace and Global Witness
The Special Offerings of the PC(USA) represent the largest ways Presbyterians come together in support of mission and ministry. These offerings belong to you and to the whole church. The Peace and Global Witness Offering celebrates Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, and is usually received on World Communion Sunday. We join with children of God around the world at Christ’s table, grateful for the grace that reconciles us to God and to one another.
Your gifts will help more people experience the freedom and dignity that Christ wants for everyone. Fifty percent of the offering will stay within our community and our Presbytery for ministries of peacemaking and reconciliation while the remaining fifty percent will unite Presbyterians who are working actively for peacemaking efforts around the globe.
Available materials include a Leader’s Guide, bulletin inserts, posters, and offering envelopes. For more information or to order resources, call 1-800-533-4371 or email .
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Stated Meetings
Aug 7
Village Presbyterian Church, Richmond
Oct 20
Lord Jesus Korean, N Chesterfield
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

Into the Church Triumphant
Bob Ruggles
December 30, 1937 - July 23, 2018

Husband of Rev. Donna Ruggles,
Lutheran Pastor currently serving Lakeside Presbyterian Church

Memorial Service
August 1
3 p.m.
Christ Lutheran Church
Patty Withrow
July 1, 2018 

Ruling Elder of Tuckahoe Church
and active in Presbytery's life 

Memorial Service 
August 2
2 p.m.
Tuckahoe Church
Tuckahoe Church Holds Series on Immigration
Tuckahoe Church invites you to a three-part series on immigration in August. " For All of You Are ONE in Christ Jesus”  will be held Wednesdays, August 8, 15, and 22, at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall. The series will examine the issue through theological, historical, economical, and legal lenses led by three professors from Randolph-Macon College: Dr. Larry Enis, professor of biblical studies, Dr. Mark Malvasi, professor of history, and Dr. Debra Rodman, professor of anthropology.   
Sept 10-11
Ginter Park Presbyterian Church, Richmond
Sept 21-22
Camp Hanover, Mechanicsville
Sept 27
Camp Hanover, Mechanicsville
Oct 5-6
Camp Hanover, Mechanicsville
Oct 6
Small Church Forum
Forest Hill Presbyterian Church

Job Openings
Children's Ministry Director
First Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville  is
is seeking a children’s ministry director to plan and implement education and spiritual formation programs for children through fifth grade. The position is 32 hours with health benefits. View job description and apply.

Parish Nurse

First Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville is seeking a half-time parish nurse. The position will a ssist in providing congregation care as appropriate, with a special emphasis on compassion. View job description and apply.

Finance Director
First Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville is seeking a half-time finance director (20 hours). The position is responsible for maintaining sound financial accounting practices and budgetary control of the church’s assets. View job description and apply.

Interim/Transitional Pastor

Church of the Redeemer in Washington, D.C. , seeks a part-time Interim/Transitional pastor (25 hours) to assist in the transition period between called pastors. View job description and apply .