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Newsletter of Presbytery of the James.



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    Camp Hanovers Incredible International Adventurers

    On the Inside Presbytery in Review ............................................ 2 St. Andrews celebrates 25..................................... 3 Richmond First publishes 200 yr. history ............... 4 Chuck Harvill new president of IADC ..................... 4 Seminary Day ....................................................... 5 Tower of Hope ...................................................... 6 Office Park Funding............................................... 7 POJ Youth Council ................................................ 8

    Campus Bookstore opens at Union Seminary, Richmond

    T he new campus bookstore serves as an academic bookstore for Union Presby-terian Seminary, Virginia Union University and Baptist Theological Seminary. Located at 1101 Melrose Ave, (in the back of Richmond Hall), the hours are Tuesday-Thursday, 12 pm-5 pm. Friday, 12 pm 6 pm. Saturday, 12 pm4 pm. Closed Sunday and Monday. The store also provides books, church sup-plies, and resources for local churches and clergy and carries bibles, general books. Fair trade items and other gifts. The store will provide services in-cluding special book orders as well as custom cler-gy and choir apparel. The store is managed by Anne McGinnis: 804-353-6815.

    POJ packed meals shipped to Haiti

    S top Hunger Now is delighted to an-nounce that the meals packed at the Presbytery meeting held at Salisbury Presbyteri-an Church on June 18, 2012 have been shipped in a container totaling 285,120 meals from the Richmond warehouse. The meals will be received by our in-country partner Salesian Missions in Haiti. The meals will support the holistic work of Salesian Mis-sions in Haiti. The Salesian work Lakay/Lakou is a three step program in Cite Soleil, Haiti, to socially and economically rehabilitate street chil-dren. Cite Soleil is one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Haiti, and armed gangs are in control of most of the area behind the Salesian complex.

    (See Stop Hunger Now, page 5)

    By Doug Walters

    E ach summer, Camp Hanover hosts a handful of international staff who serve as counselors and activity leaders during summer camp. This year, six young adventurers have jour-neyed from Bolivia, Scotland, Northern Ireland and England to be a part of the summer camp team. Theyve endured the hot Vir-ginia sun and thunderous rain-storms to live, play and wor-ship in Gods creation, sharing their culture with our camp-ers. Jamie Taggart, Counselor, Northern Ireland I live in a small rural town in Northern Ireland with my mother, father and two broth-ers. I recently graduated from the University of Ulster with a BA (Honors) Degree in Business and Marketing. However, upon graduation, I came to the realization I wanted to pursue a ca-reer working with children and young people.

    Working as a camp counselor will offer me a challenge, a new opportunity and the experience I am looking for. When I first arrived at Camp Hanover, I real-ized how friendly and accepting the staff are. Every person I met and talked to were genuine and keen to develop a relationship with me. I have been humbled by the sense of community within camp and honored to be a part of it. I have been living and training at Camp Hano-ver for two weeks now, and I can honestly say I have learned a lot and have experienced many firsts. During Staff Orientation, I went on my

    Jamie Taggart

    first canoe trip, and took my first ride down the Mudslide. I also obtained qualifications in First Aid, CPR and usage of an AED (automated electronic defibrillator). I believe the knowledge and training I have acquired has prepared me greatly for my role as a camp counselor. I still have a lot to learn in all aspects of camp life from both campers and the other staff members. With help from God, I hope I make a difference and provide an ex-perience to remember in the campers under my care this summer. Chloe Blackburn, Counselor, Scotland Im thrilled to be working as a counselor at Camp Hanover this summer! I am from a wee town in the center of Scotland called Falkirk. I have just finished my first year at Edinburgh Univer-

    (See Incredible Adventurers on page 7)

    Chloe Blackburn

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    Blackstone Conference CenterBlackstone Conference Center


    Over 277 attend the Stated Meeting held at Blackstone Conference Center on June 18, 2013.

    The Presbytery of the James held its 84th Stated Meeting on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at Blackstone Conference and Retreat Center, Blackstone, VA. The meeting was hosted by SPIM (Southside Pres-byterians in Ministry), a group of small congrega-tions in the south side of the presbytery. The meeting was well attended and the Southside hospitality was marvelous. It demonstrated how congregations can host the presbytery meeting even if they do not have adequate space in their own building We welcomed new ministers to the presbytery: Rev. Jason Cashing, from Western New York Presbytery as pastor of the Gregory Memorial Church Rev. Arnold Lovell, from Salem Presbytery, to serve as Interim Pastor at River Road Church. Rev. Bobby Hulme-Lippert, from Greater At-lanta Presbytery, serving as pastor of the Grace Covenant Church. Rev. Syngman Rhee from Atlantic Korean American Presbytery, serving as pastor of Freder-icksburg Presbyterian Korean Church. We examined four inquirers who were approved to become Candidates to become Teaching Elders in the PCUSA: Kevin White, Three Chopt Church Michael Weiglein, Meadows Church Douglas Friesema, First Church, Charlottesville Sarah Dennis, The Presbyterian Church, Fred- ericksburg

    We examined and approved for ordination Michael Clang, Brandermill Church who will be Assistant Pastor, St. Croix Reformed Church, Virgin Islands. We examined and commissioned Shauna McCranie as Commissioned Ruling El- der for the Wesley Church, Weems, VA. Attendance:

    106 of 196 Teaching Elders attended: 117 of 196 Ruling Elders attended: 94 of 112 congregations represented:

    In addition, the following actions were taken by the presbytery: 1. Approved the February, 2013, Presbytery

    minutes. 2. Elected Rev. Jane Govan to the Committee on

    Preparation for Ministry, Class of 2013. 3. Learned that Ruling Elder Jack Corley will be

    nominated in October as the 2014 Presbytery Moderator.

    4. Approved several ministers to become Mem-

    bers at Large: Rev. Louis Williams (4/4/13); Rev. Andy Meyers (5/1/13); Rev. Nancy Sum-merlin (3/1/13); and Rev. Beverly Bullock, (4/1/13)

    5. Honorably retired the Rev. Nancy Essig, Feb-ruary 16, 2013

    6. Changed the powers of the Administrative Commission for New Hanover Church to as-sist in the strategy for the mission of New Hanover Church. The congregation has elect-ed and installed a new Session.

    7. Approved a waiver for the Thyne Memorial Church concerning the rotation of Elders on the Church Session.

    8. Approved the Fredericksburg Church selling bonds and establishing a line of credit of up to $500,000.

    9. Approved the Tappahannock Church to bor-row $450,000 from the Presbyterian Loan and Investment Program at 3.5% interest for 20 years.

    10. Approved for the Tappahannock Church a grant of $300,000 and a loan of up to $50,000 at 2% interest maturing seven years after dedication of the new church building.

    11. Learned of the work of the new Stewardship Purpose Group and the Christian Educator Purpose Group.

    12. Received counsel from the New Church De-velopment Purpose Group concerning need for a Presbyterian witness in light of some congregations desiring to be dismissed from the PCUSA.

    13. Approved changes in terms of call for 2013 for ministers, annual reports from Validated Ministers, Members at Large, and Certified Educators.

    14. Voted to recognize ECO (Evangelical Cove-nant Order of Presbyterians) as a Reformed denomination.

    15. Validated the position of Director of Virginia Interfaith Power and Light.

    16. Approved an Administrative Commission for the Crestwood Church which is seeking dis-missal. Powers of the Commission include G-3.03 (powers of the presbytery); and empow-ered to communicate official positions of the PCUSA regarding the reasons raised for dis-missal before the first congregational meeting.

    17. Approved the following persons to serve on the Crestwood AC: Ruling Elders Tom Ed-monds (Second, Richmond); Mark Siegel (Bon Air); Kenna Payne (Westminster, Richmond);

    Webb Moore (Second, Richmond). Teaching Elders: Brint Keyes, Member at Large; Janet Winslow, Bon Air; Janet James, Gayton Kirk.

    18. Increased the Minimum Compensation Crite-ria for 2014 or continuing education from $850 to $1,000.

    19. Elected Ruling Elder John Garrett to the Third Church Administrative Commission to replace Ruling Elder Marilyn Johns, who resigned.

    20. Empowered the Moderator to appoint a three person team to conduct an administrative re-view of the work of the Third Church Adminis-trative Commission.

    21. Approved the dismissal of the St. Giles Church to the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presby-terians and the settlement agreement pro-posed by the St Giles Administrative Commis-sion: a. St. Giles will pay a cash payment of

    $250,000 to the Presbytery within three days after the Presbytery approves this agreement. (The next Presbytery Meeting is June 18, 2013. If this recommendation is approved there, the payment would have to be made before the close of business on June 21, 2013.) Upon receipt of this cash payment and fulfillment of the re-maining terms of this agreement, St. Giles will be provided a quitclaim deed to the property located at 5200 Grove Avenue, Richmond, VA 23226 and will be consid-ered dismissed to the ECO when the POJ receives a letter from the ECO accepting St. Giles. A formal letter indicating the vote of the Presbytery will be forwarded to the ECO within 30 days.

    b. A service of dismissal shall be held mark-

    (See Presbytery in Review on page 6)

    P R E S B Y T E R Y I N R E V I E W

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    The six persons in the front are newly ordained and installed Deacons in the Fredericksburg Presbyterian Korean Church. Looking on are Rev. Carson Rhyne, General Presbyter and Stated Clerk of the Presbytery, Rev. Syngman Rhee, Temporary Pastor of the Church; and Elder Larry Moffett, Moderator of the Committee on Ministry along with two elders in the church.

    I n 1988, the Rev. Tom Coye was serving a church in North Carolina when he be-came interested in a New Church Development on the Northern Neck of Virginia. At first he thought the church would be located somewhere in Northern Virginia. He soon learned that the church would be built on a five-acre corn field in rural Lancaster County, on a peninsula of land that lies between the Potomac and Rappahan-nock Rivers, off Chesapeake Bay.

    Beginning in 1984, a small group of local Presbyterians had been talking aboutand tak-ing action onforming a new Presbyterian church on the Northern Neck. At the time, there were three: Milden in Sharps (1888), Campbell Memorial in Weems (1889), and Wesley in Weems (1922). Under the pastoral leadership of the Revs. Balmer Kelly and John Lown, worship services were held, first in a parishioners living room, then at Wicomico United Methodist Church, and later in the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Kilmarnock.

    As time passed, demographic studies con-firmed that a Kilmarnock location would be best for the new church, the thinking being that even-tually people had to come into town to shop, and they would see the church. The Presbytery of the James purchased a parcel of land at 435 East Church Street in Kilmarnock. The Rev. Neal McCarter was called as Organizing Pastor. For a brief period following Neal McCarters time, the Rev. Nat Kirkland served as Interim Pastor. Then, on Pentecost Sunday, 1988, 62 charter members were present as St. Andrews Presbyterian Church was established. Shortly after, in July 1988, Tom Coye was installed as St. Andrews firstand so far, onlyPastor. At its 25th anniversary worship service on May 19, 2013, St. Andrews had 237 active Members. Over its 25-year history, St. Andrews has brought in 431 Members.

    Within its first year after chartering, St. An-drews had set up a modular building on the corn field and was worshiping there. A choir was es-tablished, and a Vacation Bible School was jointly held with Campbell.

    Ministry projects in the early years included offering a transportation service for residents of Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury in Ir-vington, forming a Recycling Task Force, serving as a food collection point for the local food bank, establishing a scholarship program, forming Shepherd Groups, and starting its own VBS. Oth-er early ministries were Just As I Am recorded hymn program for nursing home residents; par-ticipation in Meals on Wheels, the Salvation Ar-my, and the Interfaith Service Council; and hiring an Education Coordinator.

    By 1993 St. Andrews had broken ground for a larger building that would include a sanctuary (allowing the modular building to become the Fellowship Hall) and the shell of a future office/education wing. That year, Nail & Sail, the sum-mer youth program offered jointly with Camp

    St. Andrews celebrates twenty-five years

    Hanover, began. (Nail & Sail will celebrate 20 years of operation this year.) The new building was completed in 1994, and its beautiful home-made needlepoint reredos cross and unique con-temporary stained-glass windows (theres a crab in one!) were installed. In the next few years St. Andrews began a LOGOS program, hosted a pres-bytery meeting, began sponsoring interns from Union Presbyterian Seminary, started an early summer Weekenders Worship service, complet-ed the interior of the education wing, sponsored an art show, trained nine persons for Stephen Ministry, and hired an Administrative Assistant.

    A MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) program was started in 2000 and St. Andrews involvement with the Pilgrimage program began. Soon Disciple Bible Study was being offered, radio spots (The Church of Jesus is a Good Place to Be) began, a Memorial Garden was established, and a Faith Community Nurse started serving. Later, a Family Ministry Chaplain was hired, the church took its first mission trip (post-Katrina clean-up in Missis-sippi), an addition to the Education Wing and ex-pansion of the sanctuary were comple...