April 27, 2023

Information for ministers, educators, church administrators, clerks, and congregations

Five Named Earth Care Congregations

Five churches in Presbytery of the James have been certified as Earth Care Congregations by the Presbyterian Church (USA)'s Presbyterian Hunger Program through February 2024. Congratulations to Westminster Church, Charlottesville; Madison Church; Bon Air Church; Second Church, Richmond; and the Presbyterian Church, Fredericksburg. 

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PC(USA) Clerk Stepping Down

After seven years as the chief ecclesial officer of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, is resigning from his role as Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the PC(USA) effective June 30, 2023.

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Evans to Retire April 30

Rev. Alex Evans, pastor of Second Church in Richmond, will lead worship for the final time on April 30. He is retiring after serving as head pastor since December 2008. We rejoice with Alex on this special occasion and are grateful for the dedication and commitment with which he has served. May the Lord bless you and keep you.

Ministry Invites Small Church Pastors to Fellowship Dinner

Small Church Ministry invites pastors of small churches to a BBQ potluck on May 21 at Brandermill Church in Chesterfield. Join for great food, fellowship, and discussion. The ministry will provide BBQ, drinks, and desserts. Bring your favorite side dish to add to the meal. Spouses and partners are welcome. Another event is being planned for the northeastern area of the presbytery.

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Disaster Ministry Returning to Florida

Continuing their efforts to help west Florida recover from Hurricane Ian, POJ’s Disaster Relief Ministry is organizing a third trip to the area May 13-21. This time their work will be in the town of Wauchula. Volunteers must be able bodied and willing to do manual labor (at your own pace). To volunteer, email ministry leader Brown Pearson or call him at 804-347-8895.

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Woodlawn Observes 100th Anniversary

Woodlawn Church in Hopewell celebrates 100 years of ministry on May 7 at 11:00 a.m. They invite you to join in a homecoming to give thanks for the Lord’s faithfulness.

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Massanetta Hosts Vocational Discernment Workshop

Being curious about the next “yes” God is speaking into your life can be a transformative thing. Explore how vocational discernment can shift throughout our lives at a retreat May 18-21. Facilitators Alison Wood and Luke Rembold of Dream & Scheme host this event at Massanetta Springs for folks of all ages and life stages, whether actively discerning or open to future discernment. 

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Upcoming Events

PW of POJ Spring Gathering

April 29

First United Church, Richmond

Fun Day

April 30, 2-5 p.m.

Camp Hanover

Guest Preacher from Egypt

April 30

South Plains Church

Sprunt Lectures

May 1-3

Union Seminary

Older Adult Sunday

May 7

Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network

SDOP Grant Workshop

May 9, July 11

Chesterfield Library, Central branch

Festival of Homiletics

May 15

Minneapolis, MN and online

PC(USA) Scholarship Deadline

May 15

Common Chords

May 18

Camp Hanover

Family Camp

May 19-21

Camp Hanover

Older Adult Retreat

June 1

Camp Hanover

PW Synod Summer Gathering

June 8-11

Massanetta Springs Conference Center

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Presbytery Meetings

114th Meeting

Tuesday, June 20

Invitation needed

Overture deadline: April 25, noon

Packet online: June 6

115th Meeting

Saturday, October 21

Invitation needed

Overture deadline: Aug. 24, noon

Packet online: Oct. 5

Employment Opportunities

Learn about church employment opportunities or submit an opportunity to POJ's calls and jobs board.

  • Pianist or organist, Burkeville Church (Burkeville)
  • Director of Christian education or covenant pastor for family ministry, Bon Air Church (North Chesterfield)
  • Director of music/organist, Laurel Church (Glen Allen)
  • Director of congregational care and spiritual formation, Southminster Church (Richmond)
  • Summer camp staff, Camp Hanover (Mechanicsville)
  • Day camp counselor, Massanetta Springs (Harrisonburg)
  • Interim director of traditional music, River Road Church (Richmond)
  • Childcare coordinator, First Church (Richmond)
  • Children's ministry buddy, First Church (Richmond)
  • Director of youth and family ministries, Olivet Church (Charlottesville)
  • Children's ministry assistant, First Church (Richmond)
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Calls and Jobs in Nearby Presbyteries

National Capital Presbytery || Presbytery of Eastern Virginia


Presbytery of the Peaks || Shenandoah Presbytery


PC(USA) Job Board

Association of Presbyterian Church Educators Job Board






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