- Committee on Aging
- Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School
- Bloomfield Foundation
- Church Pension Fund
- Church Schools of the Diocese of Virginia
- Committee on Congregational Missions
- Committee on Ecumenical & Interfaith Relations
- Education for Ministry
- Episcopal Church Women
- Executive Board
- Committee on Mental Health
- Commission on Ministry
- Committee on Parish Nursing
- Peter Paul Development Center
- Parish Youth Ministries Committee
- Committee on Race & Reconciliation
- Region I
- Region II
- Region IV
- Region V
- Region VI
- Region VIII
- Region IX
- Region X
- Region XIV
- Region XV
- Shrine Mont
- Standing Committee
- Committee on the Stewardship of Creation
- Virginia Diocesan Homes
- Committee on World Mission
Committee on Aging
The Committee on Aging began its active year with a display and leading a workshop at Annual Council. We have in past years sponsored an annual Longevity Service and a 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration. This idea has caught on in various places around the diocese. Instead of sponsoring these services ourselves we began to network with several regions to co-sponsor an event with them. As a result in 2013 Region 5 will be hosting a 50th Anniversary Celebration at St. John’s, McLean. We welcome working with other regions to provide these events around the diocese.
In July we celebrated the life of long time committee member, Madell Day. In addition to serving on the committee, she was a member of the Diocesan Homes Board. Although short in statue, she was big of heart. We miss her wisdom and good humor.
For the second year, in early October we met with some of the college chaplains over lunch. This afforded us an opportunity to learn about activities on various campuses and become acquainted with others who belong to the Christian Formation Commission. We also explored ways that older adults might assist with our campus ministries and how they might assist the committee.
We joined with the Diocese of Southern Virginia and Southwestern Virginia from October 22-25 at Shrine Mont for the annual Fall Camp. We had over 130 campers. Our keynote speaker was Phillip Gulley, a Quaker Minister. In addition to being the author of the Harmony Series, he has written some theology and numerous books as well. Bishop Hollerith from Southern Virginia served as Chaplain. Ed Kilbourne returned as Folk Theologian. Fall Camp in 2013 will be October 21-24. Phyllis Tickle returns as our keynote speaker. Camp will be more experiential. Our worship will be Emergent.
During the year several members of the committee visited congregations presenting Are Your Affairs in Order. This document can be found on the diocesan web site. We encourage you to use it.
The Committee on Aging is available to members of the diocese as a resource. Do not hesitate to call upon us.
Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School
We continue to focus on the same two goals: 1) creating a community of affection and an environment that the kids feel and know is different and that makes real for them the hope of a different way to live; and 2) doing all that we can to help students improve and succeed academically. Following the belief that the best people make all the difference, this year we have brought George Bland on board as our new Principal. The dividends have been apparent from day one.
Academically, the addition of a Title I teacher has been a huge asset as she is able to see over half of our kids for additional instruction in reading. We continue to commit to a double dose of Language Arts and math every day. Spanish would be nice. Right now, more English is better. On the overall academic front, I’ve been most impressed by the improved quality of our students’ writing. They’re starting to work hard at it and it shows.
I’m happy to report that our first class of graduates is doing well. Many seem to be doing very well. Academically, athletically and socially, they’re keeping pace, and then some. Most have
been back to see us, some on a regular basis. We continue to stay in touch with and support them. They have left the building but have not left the family. What’s most moving is that many of that pioneering group of 17 are enjoying a high school experience that, prior to the emergence of AJCES, would not have been possible.
At 62 students strong we’re not yet an athletic powerhouse, but our fall athletic cross country and football teams deserve a shout out. Some of you may have seen pictures on our website, Facebook (friend us!) or through the e-newsletter. I’ve come to believe more strongly than ever in the value of athletics if they’re done the right way. I don’t think our football team’s front line – Abel, Javon, Kenneth, and Robert – had ever played a single down prior to September. To see the change in them after a few wins was striking. Along the way they learned about teamwork, sweat equity, grit, and sportsmanship I’m certain, too, that none of our 16 kids in cross country had ever run 2.2 miles before. A few races into the season all of them finished, some at a pretty good pace. Kudos to our teacher-coaches who made it all happen with no small measure of grit themselves.
This summer during a week of professional development, the faculty and staff came up with a theme for the school: P.R.I.D.E. We’re focusing on taking pride in all we do as a ‘pride’ of lions at AJCES. I am Prepared; I show Respect; I model Integrity; I have a Dream; I will Excel. That’s our mantra and we’re sticking with it. If we can continue to make progress in all these areas, we know we can keep hope alive and give our kids a shot at a different kind of future.
Submitted by Mr. Michael Maruca, Head of School
Bloomfield Trustees received many more grant requests for equipment in 2012. All recipients are on Medicaid and do not have any ability to obtain any extra equipment that is beneficial to their health.
The following are examples of grant requests provided:
- Adaptive tricycles
- $10,000 to Loudon County playground for physically disabled children
- Convoid strollers
- Adaptive tandem bikes
- Therapeutic riding lessons
- Camps for disabled children and young adults
- Van lift
- Permbil Koala
- Remodeling household doorways
- Strander to help circulation
- Many wheelchairs
The total grants given in 2012 were $116,000.
The Foundation board members are volunteers who reside in all sections of Virginia. Administrative costs do not exceed three percent of all funding.
Grants are given throughout the entire Commonwealth.
Submitted by Mrs. Courtney Kohler, President
Church Pension Fund
Canon 5 requires that at each regular meeting of the Annual Council, there shall be submitted a report concerning the Church Pension Fund, a church operated corporation which provides benefits to clergy who have elected either early retirement, retirement at age 65, or those who must retire at the age of 72, as well as benefits to a surviving spouse or named adult beneficiary, for those who have disability benefits and those children of deceased clergy who are eligible for benefits and have not yet reached the age of 21.
The most current statistical information made available to the Treasurer of the diocese from the Church Pension Fund reflects that total benefits paid by the Church Pension Fund in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012 to beneficiaries in all dioceses amounted to $270,441,181. This far exceeds the benefits paid in the prior year of $258,586,963.
For the information of the 218thAnnual Council, annual benefits received by recipients within the Diocese of Virginia, based on the Church Pension Fund report dated December 3, 2012, were as follows:
192 Clergy receiving benefits (age 65, early or disability retirement): $6,166,856.17
59 Surviving spouses receiving benefits: $1,473,536.53
1 Children’s benefits paid: $6,632.28
Total benefits paid to beneficiaries in the Diocese of Virginia: $7,647,024.80
A subsidiary of the Church Pension Group is the Church Life Insurance Corporation. All active clergy, with Church Pension Fund assessments kept current, or any cleric who has earned at least 25 years of credited service but not yet receiving a pension benefit, are provided with a Group Term Life Insurance policy with a face value of four times assessable compensation up to a maximum of $100,000. The IRS does require that an “imputed value” of any Group Term Life Insurance benefit above $50,000 be included on a Form W-2. This value is provided to the clergy by both the Church Pension Fund and the Treasurer of the diocese each year.
Likewise, the Church Pension Fund benefits for clergy were expanded several years ago to include short-term disability insurance. This benefit is provided at no cost to the employer or employee and provides up to $1,000.00 per week, for up to 52 weeks, as a subsidy to the church employer. The employer is expected to continue making full compensation payments to the employee. This is only a benefit for clergy. The coverage typically has a 30-day waiting period for coverage to begin, but this period is waived for pregnant clergy mothers upon delivery.
The Church Pension Fund also offers vested retired priests, surviving clergy spouses and retired lay employees a variety of Medicare supplement plans. Based on the credited service of a cleric, the three available plans have a range of costs, but coverage can be obtained at no cost for those with 20 years or more of service.
Through the actions of General Convention, the Church Pension Group, through the Medical Trust subsidiary, is the provider of medical insurance for the Episcopal Church. The Diocese of Virginia moved all medical insurance to the Medical Trust as of January 1, 2011. The diocese maintains standalone plans for dental insurance and for long-term disability insurance. Current premiums for all insurance products can be found on the diocesan web site and in the current compensation report for the diocese.
Finally, the Church Pension Group subsidiary Church Insurance Company is the captive property and casualty insurer for the Episcopal Church. The overwhelming majority of Episcopal Church institutions use CIC for the provision of general liability, theft, fire, automobile, Directors and Officers and Umbrella insurance coverage, among others. The CIC policy can also include coverage for flood and earthquake damage at the request of the insured party. The “blanket fidelity bond” is provided through CIC and this covers all persons considered to handle finances at insured churches and institutions, therefore complying with Title I, Canon 6, Section 3 of the General Church Canons and Canon 13, Section 3 of the Constitution and Canons of the Diocese of Virginia.
Clergy, Wardens or church treasurers who have questions about the Church Pension Fund may call their offices in New York at 800-223-6602. The Office of the Treasurer is also available to provide assistance and may be reached at 800-346-2373.
Submitted by Mr. Michael J. Kerr, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer
Church Schools of the Diocese of Virginia
Each of the six Diocesan schools produces a comprehensive report of activity annually. Along with the annual financial statements of the Church Schools Corporation and the six foundations, these reports offer an historical and a qualitative sense of the year, and will join their predecessors in the Church Schools archive.
The following summary is an illustrative, but in no way comprehensive, list of activity. In a community of six schools, 800 employees, almost 4000 students, families and alumni, the schools system is a fully human enterprise with the full array of joys, accomplishments, sad events and lessons learned from experiences good and bad. It is always a temptation to describe an academic year as extraordinary, but in truth each year, while unique, is quite typical in the volume and speed of activity, the rich complexity of human experiences and balancing the deep satisfaction of accomplishment with the recognition of goals as yet unmet.
As academic year 2011-12 begun much capital work was visible. Christchurch and St. Catherine’s added to their faculty housing programs. St. Christopher’s new Luck Leadership Center was opened to great celebration and is the hub of campus activity. St. Margaret’s finished construction of a locker room/restroom facility at the athletic campus, and Stuart Hall began the planning for a very significant “Green Space” project to beautify, connect and make useful the outdoor space in the center of the campus. As the year ended we watched the last stage of a renovated and expanded Science building at St. Catherine’s that opened as the 2012-13 school year began.
Leadership transitions are important in any enterprise and are to the Church Schools. Dr. Terrie Scheckelhoff was elected Head of St. Catherine’s School in November and Mrs. Sue Baldwin did a wonderful job as Interim Head of School during 2011-12. Margaret Broad advised her board in January of 2012 that she planned to retire after academic year 2012-13, her 23rd as Head of School. Happily, 2011-12 saw continuity in board leadership and in the key administration leadership positions.
Church Schools continues to weather the difficult economy reasonably well. Five of the six schools finished 2011-12 with operating surpluses. Enrollment at the urban/suburban comprehensive day schools has reached and remained as historical high levels. The schools in small towns or more rural areas and which have a significant boarding component face a difficult set of demographic and economic trends, but their efforts have kept them both excellent and viable in a challenging season. A priority for all of the schools, but particularly at the boarding schools, is to identify and exploit the potential in collaboration. The technology that enables schools to share instructional offerings exists. Alignment of calendar and schedule makes possible myriad enrichment, service, summer and co-curricular possibilities.
Church Schools are human communities. In 2011-12 we experienced the predictable handful of difficult personnel matters and a few unpleasant student discipline situations. There were great individual joys in our communities and there was deep sadness when illness, death or other tragedy struck individual students, faculty members, alumni/ae or their families.
The array of service trips and projects continues to increase in number and to grow in participation. It would be difficult to estimate the number of volunteer service hours given annually by young people and adults in our school communities, but that number would be many tens of thousands. Most schools hung athletic championship banners in 2011-12. While the list of colleges and universities that will enroll one or more 2012 Church Schools graduates includes most of the finest institutions in the United States, we are most proud of finding the right college for each student.
During 2011-12 the officers of Church Schools negotiated and contracted with auditors, insurance companies, vendors, banks and retirement fund managers. They represented the Church Schools to the Virginia Council for Private Education, and advocated on behalf of independent schools as well as our schools to the General Assembly. Church Schools was threatened occasionally with legal action and the officers worked with heads and business officers on measures to reduce or prevent the possibility of same. Throughout the year, the CSDV officers and school leaders worked together to exploit the strength and potential of collaboration among the group members without eroding the essential individuality of each.
Academic year 2011-12 was a year of extraordinary accomplishments, challenges, joys, sorrows, wins and losses. Thousands of students and families were served. The schools, students and families were and are served by hundreds of professional faculty and staff supported by many parent volunteers. The Church Schools system is exceedingly well governed through the efforts of hundreds of volunteer governors, trustees and foundation directors.
Those of us to teach and learn in the Church Schools believe that the work is the best and most satisfying work there is. Great work is done with young people. They learn skills, master content, engage mysteries of this life and the next, and become young adults of integrity and good character.
I cannot thank or recognize sufficiently those who serve in and work for these schools. They care about the Church, these schools and the young people and families that are served. Their gifts of time, wisdom, experience, insight, and their personal generosity are essential to the enterprise. I am very proud of the work done in our schools. I know the people of the Diocese of Virginia are as well.
Submitted by David Charlton, President
Committee on Congregational Missions
The Committee on Congregational Missions (CCM) assists the Bishop Suffragan in her delegated oversight of the approximately thirty-five mission churches in the diocese including those designated as Mountain Missions. Its members serve as lay liaisons or as area priests. Each lay liaison works closely with the mission(s) assigned to him or her and provides regular reports to the Bishop Suffragan and to the other members regarding each mission’s spiritual well-being and financial stability. Area priests serve as resources for the liaisons and the mission churches and may represent the Bishop Suffragan when a diocesan response is needed.
CCM was pleased to welcome the Rt. Rev. Susan Goff, Bishop Suffragan to our midst. She quickly become very engaged with the Committee and has brought thoughtful suggestions. She led our retreat at Roslyn earlier in the year.
We meet about seven times each year at mission churches throughout the diocese. At the meetings, representatives of the host churches report on their successes and their challenges. A highlight of our meetings is the opportunity for CCM members to share a meal with the leadership of the host churches and to visit informally with them.
CCM assists missions in their quest for full parish status. We rejoice with St. Peters-in-the Woods, Fairfax Station which will become a full parish at Council 2013. We are proud of their good work and were honored to endorse their application.
Our work includes identifying missions that begin to experience difficulties including such issues as a reduction in attendance or income, conflict among the leaders or between the clergy and members of the congregation. The CCM liaison then works with the area priest and bishop to help the congregation address these issues.
Each mission church, with the help of their CCM liaison is preparing a covenant to identify how they will reach beyond their bounds to become more involved in their community. A longer goal of CCM is to help the mission churches to better understand that they are members of a larger community and at the same time to educate the parish churches to understand the dynamic qualities and engagement in ministry of many of the mission churches. The covenant process may be the vehicle to help with this effort.
Our members are Dr. Paul Ackerman, Ms. Linda Bailey, Ms. Beverly Bivins, Mr. J. David Canoles, Ms. Anne Heldreth, Ms. Elizabeth Kim, Ms. Sandra Kirkpatrick, Mr. Scott Mingledorff, Mr. Robert Moffett, Jr., Ms. Kathie Panfil, Mr. Tomas Saucedo, Dr. Jack Schick, Mr. Richard Shirey, Ms. Linda Strickland and Mr. Courtland Warfield. Our Area Priests are The Rev. Webster Gibson, The Rev. Jennings Hobson, III, The Rev. David Keill and The Rev. Tinh Huynh.
The members of CCM are a talented, dedicated group. We are grateful for the opportunity to work on behalf of the Diocese.
Submitted by Mr. Dick Shirey, Chair
Committee on Ecumenical & Interfaith Relations
The Rev. Dr. Christopher M. Agnew serves as Ecumenical Officer and the Rev. Diane Carroll as Associate Ecumenical Officer of the Diocese. The Ecumenical Officer and Associate Ecumenical Officer also serve as co-chairs of the Diocesan Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Committee (DEIC). In 2012 your Ecumenical Officers and the DEIC have been involved in a number of activities to promote the unity of the one Church for whom our Lord prayed on the eve of his death.
An essential element for all ecumenical relations is the nurture of personal relationships. These relationships must take place between judicatory heads and those who work in the area of ecumenical relations on their behalf. Relationships of this type take time to develop and once developed need to be sustained over a period of years. The work of your Ecumenical Officers and of the Diocesan Ecumenical and Interfaith Committee is about developing and sustaining our ecumenical relationships. It also involves our joint witness with other Christians to the Gospel through mission and through the exploration of theology.
In response to the “Call to Common Mission” agreement of Full Communion between the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) we have continued to seek ways in which we can more fully live into this relationship. The Rev. Dr. Christopher Agnew attended the Annual Assembly of the Virginia Synod of the ELCA. Approximately once a month the Metropolitan Washington Lutheran-Episcopal Joint Coordinating Committee has met. This committee is made up of representation from the Episcopal Dioceses of Washington and Virginia as well as the Metropolitan Washington Synod of the ELCA. The Rev. Dr. Christopher Agnew and the Rev. Dr. David Harper serve on this committee for the Diocese of Virginia. Bishop Edwin F. Gulick, Jr. and Bishop Mariann Budde of the Diocese of Washington and Bishop Richard Graham of the Metropolitan Washington Synod of the ELCA meet with the Joint Coordinating Committee twice a year.
The Diocese of Virginia belongs to the Virginia LARCUM Covenant. This Covenant has been signed by the bishops of the three Episcopal dioceses in Virginia, the two Evangelical Lutheran Church in America synods, the two Roman Catholic dioceses and the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. This year Bishop Johnston and Bishop Gulick, other bishops of these jurisdictions mentioned, and their ecumenical officers gathered in the Lakeside area of Richmond the day before the annual LARCUM conference. The bishops committed themselves to joint witness in the coming year particularly during Holy Week and on the Feast of St. Nicholas. They and their ecumenical officers are committed to meeting together again in 2013. The theme of the LARCUM conference in 2012 was “Living out the LARCUM Covenant: Vatican II at 50.” The 2013 LARCUM conference will take place in Winchester on December 6 and December 7. The conference is open to all clergy and laity and we urge you to join us.
The National Workshop on Christian Unity and annual meeting of the Episcopal Diocesan Ecumenical and Interfaith Officers took place this year in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma April 16-19. There are numerous seminars and presentations at the Workshop and the Diocese of Virginia sends two members of the committee in order to cover most of the presentations and report back to the committee. One of the highlights of the workshop this year was a plenary on Native American Ministry. The Workshop took place on the anniversary of the Oklahoma City and bombing and your ecumenical officers participated in a service at the site of this tragedy.
Dr. Agnew serves as Vice-President of the National Episcopal Ecumenical and Interfaith Officers. The Annual Meeting of the National Episcopal Ecumenical and Interfaith Officers (EDEIO) takes place concurrently with the Workshop. The focus of the meeting this year was on preparing for the upcoming General Convention of the Episcopal Church. In anticipation of the adoption by General Convention of a resolution mandating EDEIO conduct a survey of the interreligious activity of the Episcopal Church the meeting examined the statement on interreligious relations adopted by General Convention in 2009. General Convention in 2012 did mandate the survey of the interreligious activity of the Episcopal Church and this will form part of the work of DEIC in the coming year.
The principal ecumenical agencies supported by the Diocese of Virginia are the Interfaith Center for Public Policy and the Virginia Council of Churches. The Center for Public Policy works on behalf of the faith community with the General Assembly.
The Rt. Rev. Edwin F. Gulick, Jr. and the Rev. Dr. Christopher M. Agnew serve on the Coordinating Cabinet of the Virginia Council of Churches and Dr. Agnew serves on the Steering Committee of VCC as well. In the past the Virginia Council of Churches has had two major program units that work in the areas of Refugee Resettlement and Rural Family Development. Beginning in the summer of 2012 the Council no longer works in the area of Refugee Resettlement.
Other program ministry of the council includes the Campus Ministry Forum and Infant Mortality. The theological work of the council is done through the Commission on Faith and Order, which is chaired by the Rev. Dr. Christopher Agnew. Each year the Faith and Order Commission helps sponsor the Joint Ecumenical Retreat which takes place in the fall at Roslyn.
Members of DEIC welcome the opportunity to speak to each Regional Council at least annually on our current ecumenical commitments and interfaith developments. We also are prepared to speak to individual parishes. If you wish to have a speaker attend one of your meetings, please contact the Rev. Dr. Christopher Agnew or the Rev. Diane Carroll to make the necessary arrangements.
The Rev. Dr. Christopher M. Agnew, Ecumenical Officer and Co-Chair
The Rev. Diane Carroll, Associate Ecumenical Officer and Co-Chair
Education for Ministry
Education for Ministry (EfM) is a formation program available to all our parishes by virtue of a contract by the Diocese of Virginia with the School of Theology of the University of the South at Sewanee. EfM is a theological education by extension for laity and includes both individual and group work in weekly seminars under the guidance of trained mentors. The four-year program of study includes the Old Testament, the New Testament, Church History, and Theology, Ethics, & Interfaith Relations. With great anticipation, Sewanee will be introducing new materials in September, 2013. Themed core texts will be used in each of the four years and each year will also have textbooks for reading in the tradition. Groups will also read several common texts. At the end of four years in EfM, the graduate will have a significant theological library for future reference.
In addition to the new texts, there will be more emphasis integrated in the seminar group on formation for ministry. Through individual and group study, shared worship, and the process of theological reflection, participants in an EfM community move toward a greater understanding of the fullness of God’s kingdom and in so doing, discover opportunities for responding to their own personal call to ministry.
An EfM seminar group is composed of six to 12students guided and administered by a trained mentor and perhaps a co-mentor. Mentors may be laity or ordained but must attend a training session sanctioned by Sewanee in order to be accredited as a mentor. Mentor training will be available in the Diocese of Virginia from July 28-30, 2013 at the Roslyn Conference Center. The Diocese sponsors one of the largest mentor training events in the nation. Last July, 65 participants from dioceses throughout Virginia and surrounding states attended training under seven certified trainers from Sewanee to either be accredited as first time mentors or to reaccredit their status as active mentors.
There are EfM groups meeting throughout the United States and the world. There are even online EfM groups. The Diocese of Virginia currently sponsors 32 active groups in parishes throughout the Diocese. Parishes interested in finding out more information about EfM are encouraged to visit the EfM website for the Diocese of Virginia at www.efmvirginia.com or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. As EfM Coordinator for the Diocese of Virginia, it is my ministry to support and promote EfM in the Diocese by assisting current groups, helping parishes that wish to explore EfM, locating groups for individuals looking for an EfM group, and coordinating training opportunities for existing and new mentors.
Submitted by Ms. Wendy Gayle, EfM Coordinator
Episcopal Church Women
2012 was a wonderfully busy year for the Episcopal Church Women. I took office as President in January. In March we sponsored a “Lenten Quiet Day,” led by the Rev. Canon Susan Goff and held at Roslyn. It was a huge success with more than 50 attendees.
Our ECW task force appointed last fall has met regularly and continues to diligently restructure the Diocesan ECW to meet the needs of all Episcopal. Other Dioceses are following our lead and will be watching our progress.
In May, our spring meeting was held at Pohick Episcopal Church in Lorton. The women of Pohick and the Rev. Dr. Donald Binder graciously hosted the meeting. The women of St. Margaret’s, Woodbridge, provided breakfast. The meeting was well attended with 24 churches and 10 regions represented. Emma Wright, Lead Diocesan Youth Speaker for the Bishop’s Nets for Life Campaign spoke. The ECW formed a partnership with the Diocesan Youth to help raise awareness and reach their goal of having 20,000 nets sent to southern Africa. We are now working with Buck Blanchard to expand our involvement in Africa.
In July three Board members and I attended Triennial/General Convention in Indianapolis. We spent eight days of prayer, worship, meetings, and workshops. The presence of the Holy Spirit was evident throughout.
Our Annual Meeting, held at Christ Church, Glen Allen was well attended with 32 churches and 11 Regions represented. Ruth Gibson, an ECW past president, was recognized as “Distinguished Women of the Year” as she was at Triennial in July. Ruth’s love and service to her church are a true reflection of God’s love…she is a ‘Miss Sallie’…always showing joy in service.
The Communion Alms Fund collected in 2012 was divided between the Bishops Netsforlife Inspiration Fund 2012, and the Canterbury Campus Ministries fund, which we will continue to uplift. The Viva Voce funds collected this year were given to five recipients within the Diocese, all of whom work with women and/or children at risk.
UTO reported that $84,474.26 has been collected thus far and that 54 Grants were funded in 2012. ECW Gifts and Scholarships awarded 5 scholarships this year totaling $4,500. Our historian continues work on the booklet, “Joy in Service” with research, revisions, and rough drafts completed. Tentative date for distribution is ECW Spring Board 2013.
We live in a challenging time of church and economy, however, the ECW will continue to focus on our purpose… to joyously follow Jesus through mission and ministry.
The Rev. Torrence Harman and the women of St. Mary’s White Chapel have invited us to have our Spring Meeting there on May 23. The Rev. Daniel Robayo and the women of Emmanuel Church, Harrisonburg have graciously agreed to host our Annual Meeting on October 17. We hope you will mark your calendars and plan to attend!
Submitted by Ms. Pat Hardy, President
The Executive Board is composed of one elected member from 15 regional councils and the Bishops of the Diocese. Each elected member serves a three-year term. Each region alternately elects a member from the laity and then from the clergy. One third of the Board will end their service at the close of this Council. The ECW president has by custom a seat and voice at the meetings of the Board. Bishop Johnston serves as President of the Board and a lay member serves as Vice-President.
It has been my privilege to serve for the past three years as a member of the Executive Board and as its Vice President for the past year.
On behalf of the Board, I would like to recognize the graduating members of the current Executive Board, the Class of 2013, and thank them for their service to the Diocese.
Graduating class of 2013
Region II Dr. Barbara Allison-Bryan
Region X Dr. Craig Anderson
Region XI Dr. George Spagna, Jr.
Region XIII The Rev. John Sheehan
Region XV The Rev. Lin Hutton
I would like to recognize the continuing members of the Executive Board, as well as our ECW President, and thank them for their service to the Diocese.
Region I Mrs. Mary Jo Browning
Region III Ms. Cindy McLaughlin
Region IV Ms. Karen Grane
Region V Mr. Roland Blocksom
Region VI The Rev. Tuck Bowerfind
Region VII The Rev. DeDe Duncan-Probe
Region VIII The Rev. Valentine Han
Region IX Mrs. Mary Holly Bigelow
Region XII The Rev. Barbara Marques
Region XIV The Rev. Stuart Wood
ECW Ms. Pat Hardy
Finally, I would like to recognize the incoming members of the Executive Board, the class of 2016.
Region II The Rev. Anne Lane Witt
Region X The Rev. Michael Cadaret
Region XI The Rev. Amelie Wilmer
Region XIII Ms. Mary Frances LeMat
Region XV Mr. Stephen Wachenfeld
The Executive Board is the governing body of the Diocese between sessions of Council, with the Canonical charge to “prepare and recommend diocesan programs, and the proposed funding of such programs.” To this end the Board has two standing working groups: a working group on program and a working group on budget. Dr. Barbara Allison-Bryan led the program group this year, while The Reverend Lin Hutton led the budget group. The Board thanks Barbara and Lin for their able leadership, and for their faithful service to the Board and to the Diocese.
On behalf of the Board, I would also like to recognize the extraordinary Diocesan staff. The Executive Board could not do its work without your able and patient support; in so many ways you make the work of the Board possible. More so, your hard work, good humor, and love of church are the connective tissue that keeps this Diocese alive and thriving from Council to Council - and most certainly during Council. The few doing the work of the many. The Board thanks you for your assistance and for your extraordinary professionalism.
The Diocesan staff, and by extension the Board, have observed the transition of three key staff members this fall: Anna Moncure as Assistant Secretary; Frances Caldwell as Director of Development and Stewardship; and Henry Burt as Secretary of the Diocese and Chief of staff. Through their years of faith-filled service to the Diocese, they have each been exemplary servant leaders. They will be greatly missed by the Board and the Diocese. The Board extends a heartfelt “thank you” and “God speed” to Anna, Frances, and Henry.
These transitions have brought us the gracious services of Bill Martin as our new Assistant to the Secretary.
The Executive Board met six times since the last Council. Two of the meetings—those in April and November—were held jointly with the Regional Presidents. The Board started its annual pilgrimage at Little Fork Church, Rixeyville; subsequent meetings were held at St. Johns, Tappahannock; The Falls Church, Falls Church; St. Peters, Arlington; Trinity, Washington; and finally we concluded our journey together at Mayo House, Richmond. The Board would like to thank all the host parishes and the staff at Mayo House for their wonderful hospitality.
These are a few general highlights of the year:
- This year Pat Hardy from Our Savior, Montpellier, began her tenure as ECW President, and concurrently, started to attend Board meetings.
- In June - with a significant portion of the litigation resolved; with much of the property and churches returned to the diocese; with continuing congregations returning home; with the new Dayspring initiative being rolled out - we met as a Board at The Falls Church – a very meaningful, symbolically important, long anticipated experience.
- The April election and the July consecration of our colleague Susan Goff as our new Suffragan Bishop was a true highlight and cause for great celebration.
- We welcomed Pat Wingo this fall as our new Cannon to the Ordinary
- Finally, I want to note that the Board played a central role in two of the submitted resolutions before this year’s Council - one of which was very much a grassroots effort from and by the Board.
With regard to the working groups, the working group on budget addressed a range of issues throughout the year, including revisions in Clergy housing benefits, the refinancing of existing debt related to reclaimed properties, the sale of non-strategic properties to help defray Diocesan debt, and recommendations for the Bishop’s minority scholarships. One of the major projects the budget group worked on this past year was the development of guidelines for medical parity between clergy and full time lay employees, as directed by General Convention. In addition, the budget group developed a recommended model for medical parity for parishes and the diocesan staff following an online survey of church employees throughout the diocese. Finally, the work of the budget group culminates with the presentation of the budget at Council. Members of the budget working group are, by custom, also appointed to the Budget Committee of Council. The Executive Board, throughout the coming year, will monitor the 2013 budget adopted by this 218th Council.
The working group on program, among other responsibilities, reviews and recommends appointments to various committees of the Diocese. The program group has continued to work closely with Paris Ball and Emily Cherry this year, as well as other members of the Diocesan staff, to evaluate the reorganization of the Commission and Committee structure of the Diocese. The program group also reviews the recommendations for Mustard Seed Grants and Human Need Grants made by the Commissions on Human Need, Congregational Development, and Youth and World Mission. For the past two years the program group has worked hard to clarify, tighten and to improve the application process for Mustard Seed Grants and Human Need Grants.
One of the most joyous duties of the Executive Board is to hear the Petition for Church Status of mission churches that believe they are ready to be granted church status. In September it was our great pleasure to meet with a jubilant delegation from St. Peter’s in the Woods, Fairfax Station, led by the Rev. DeDe Duncan-Probe. At the conclusion of their presentation the Executive Board was pleased to unanimously endorse St. Peter’s in the Woods petition for church status.
On behalf of the Board, I want to thank Bishop Johnston, Bishop Goff, and Bishop Gulick for their outstanding leadership. We are blessed to have you – individually, and more so as a team. Your deep faith, inclusive collegiality, great warmth, exceptional wisdom, and notable humility are a great blessing to our Diocese.
Submitted by Dr. Craig Anderson, Vice President
Committee on Mental Health
The Diocesan Committee on Mental Health continues to work to promote understanding, awareness, advocacy, and action for and on behalf of those affected by mental illness throughout the Diocese. Our emphasis is on educational opportunities to provide knowledge and clarity about mental illness/wellness. Our goal is to alleviate the stigma that overshadows the mentally ill, thereby promoting understanding, awareness, compassion, inclusion, and mental wellness. We are focusing on education regarding resources for referral to mental health within a parish as well as educational programs through parishes regarding mental wellness and prevention of personal and community trauma. From a perspective of inclusion as its major objective, the committee is also focusing on prevention of mental health crises and problems individually and to provide the assistance necessary to help any Christian find mental wellness.
During 2012, our monthly meetings have continued generally on the second Saturday of most months at 10 a.m. at Trinity Church, Fredericksburg. The schedule is posted on the website, www.VAmentalhealth.org. Meetings are open to the public, so that other interested people may attend. Committee members and “friends” have made mental health presentations and facilitated discussions about mental health in various regions and parishes that have been well-received. Minutes of the monthly meetings, agenda, and other materials are also available on the above website.
Products of the Mental Health Committee in 2012
The Mental Health Committee of the Diocese of Virginia is pleased to announce that we have just completed the design and creation of educational program modules that will assist adult education groups in parishes to discuss the painful but inevitable tragedy of suicide in the congregation. These modules are contained in a DVD box and consist of a comprehensive and user-friendly guide for parish educational facilitators and a DVD. On the DVD are four speeches by experts on suicide and suicide prevention. These speakers were videographed at a Mental Health Committee/Diocesan conference entitled: “The Church and Suicide – Compassion and Response’ (Alexandria, VA. October 29, 2011).
Are our clergy prepared to lead and support your congregation, parish, and community in the spiritual healing process in the aftermath of a tragic event? Recent murder–suicide events, such as those at Aurora and Sandy Hook Elementary School, bring to the forefront the need for education and open discussion about mental health issues, as well as the role of the clergy, church leaders, and the church community in the spiritual healing process before and after a tragic event occurs.
Our materials can assist clergy, church leaders, and lay pastoral care givers, as well as churches and communities in their efforts to have a meaningful dialogue on mental health issues, and suicide in particular, as well as prevention of community tragedies and healing after community trauma incidents. The program has four separate discussion modules which can be run as stand-alone discussion forums or presented as a four part series. The program includes a resource guide to a wide range of mental health services and comes with a comprehensive Facilitator’s Guide. The Facilitators’ Guide can assist in a relevant discussion regarding how everyone can become more aware of prevention and response to such individual and community tragedies.
These materials, DVD Packages or internet links, will be available at the Mental Health Committee Display at Annual Council, January 24-26, 2013, or upon your request. The programs are available to anyone conducting the adult education program at no charge. The DVD or website format highlights several speakers who discuss various aspects of suicide. What is it like to contemplate or attempt to complete suicide? One articulate and sensitive professional tells us her story. What are general issues a church faces when impacted by suicide? Listen to a working priest explain the issues. Does the Bible or the Church condemn suicide? Be surprised at the answers by a scholar/priest. What can congregants or clergy do to prevent suicide or to heal the congregation? Two suicide professionals, military and civilian, give pragmatic steps on how to interact with someone who expresses suicidal thinking.
Also available on a continuing basis is a mental health Resources Tool-Kit (2011). This Tool-Kit incorporates a listing of available Commonwealth of Virginia mental health services, provides personnel names and office numbers, and also lists many internet resources for education and prevention, as well as available organizations offering services to persons with mental health challenges.
In the past and in preparation for our prior conferences, we have done outreach to include other interfaith communities including the United Methodist Conference, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, and the Presbyterian Church, as well as the Diocese of Southern Virginia and the Diocese of Southwest Virginia. We look forward to continuing our interfaith outreach efforts as well as interaction with other Episcopal Dioceses.
The Mental Health Committee plans to develop additional Education Programs (DVD format and online) focusing on 1) a church’s response to community crises; 2) Building a Bully-Free environment; and 3) assisting persons with disabilities and their families with stigma and accessibility challenges.
2013 Mission Statement – Mental Health Committee
As members of the Body of Christ, we seek to live out the reconciling love of Jesus by offering educational programs and net-working resources so that the Church may be a welcoming sanctuary for people living with mental illness.
You are invited to stop by the Mental Health Committee Exhibit Display Table to learn about opportunities for Adult Forum programs/discussions for your parish.
You are invited to become ACTIVE as a member, “friend”, or regional representative on the Mental Health Committee.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light. – Matthew 11: 28-30.
Submitted by Ms. Marta Engdahl, Co-Chair
Committee on Parish Nursing
This year the committee was represented at Council with a table. We had over 30 inquiries about the Parish Nurse Program. From those who took information we have connected with eight people and shared information about parish nursing.
We are asking this year that the name of the Committee be changed to reflect general health information for our parishes. I found while sitting at the table that people would comment that they didn’t have anyone to become a parish nurse. When I spoke to them about a health ministry in their parish they were interested.
I am going to suggest the committee name be changed to Ministry of Health and Parish Nurse Committee.
During the spring Clergy Retreat at Shrine Mont I presented two sessions on health in your parish. It was well received and I hope to do this again. I had several separate inquiries about ideas to promote health for parishioners.
Submitted by Ms. Helen Zebarth, Chair
Commission on Ministry
The Commission on Ministry is charged by the general canons of the Episcopal Church, Title III (Ministry), Section 2 (of Commissions on Ministry), to advise and assist the Bishop in "the determination of present and future opportunities and needs for the ministry of all baptized persons," and "the design and oversight of the ongoing process for recruitment, discernment, formation for ministry, and assessment of readiness therefor." The Membership is comprised of the chairs of committees and several at-large members.
Following the election of the Rt. Rev. Susan Goff as Bishop Suffragan, the Commission on Ministry transitioned to the leadership of the Rev. Canon Pat Wingo, who became the Commission’s diocesan staff liaison in September. Canon Wingo and his assistant, Ed Keithly, work very closely with the related committees, alerting them to anything that needs addressing and keeping track of the paperwork and timelines essential to the work of discernment and formation.
The Commission met three times this past year: in February, June, and September. At the annual Commission on Ministry retreat in October, with representation from the Standing Committee, the Commission focused on keeping one another informed about the work of the committees. There is a continual need for information sharing and reeducation of members and all involved in the discernment and formation process, which the Commission on Ministry is improving and seeking to improve.
The Rev. Deborah W. Rutter, Chair
The Committee on Continuing Clergy Formation
Fresh Start, a program widely used throughout the Episcopal Church, is a diocesan led program for clergy who are either newly ordained or who have recently moved to a new position in a parish, school chaplaincy, or other ministry in the diocese. The program is based on three key principles: the theory of transition, the importance of relationship building, and the need for self-care. Participation in this two-year program is required by the bishop and the support of the parish or other institution in which the clergy is serving is strongly encouraged, as both the clergy person and his or her cure benefit.
Those participating in Fresh Start meet monthly, beginning each year with a retreat either at Shrine Mont or at Roslyn in September and continuing through June. The morning session centers around some particular aspect of ministry. The sessions are led either by diocesan staff members, the facilitators, or guest presenters in various fields of expertise. The afternoon time is spent with in small groups, meeting to support one another in a safe and confidential setting where participants can share their experiences. Both the content of the sessions and the opportunity for building of relationships provides a foundation for successful transition into a new ministry.
For the 2012-2013 calendar year, there are 39 participants in the Fresh Start program. Serving as facilitators are the Rev. David Knight, the Rev. Laura Minnich Lockey, the Rev. Jim Papile, and the Rev. Kaki Swann. The Diocesan liaison staff person is Lindsay Ryland, Transition Ministry Officer for the diocese. The Fresh Start program is grateful to Trinity Church, Fredericksburg, for providing the space for the meetings.
The Rev. David H. Knight, COM Member
The Committee on the Diaconate
On February 11, 2012, Virginia ordained its second cohort of deacons – one woman and two men. The seven members of the third cohort of deacons completed their studies and were granted candidacy. Their ordination is scheduled for February 23, 2013. Two aspirants were interviewed and recommended for postulancy in 2012.
The Cross-Diocesan Committee on the Diaconate, consisting of the dioceses of Virgina and Southern Virginia, spent the past fifteen months discussing the formation a Cross Diocesan Deacons' School. These conversations have been very fruitful: The Cross-Diocesan Committee has agreed on foundational goals for the Deacons' School and have hired a curriculum consultant, the Rev. Lynn Orville, to develop and implement this new program. The new Deacons' School will open in January of 2014.
The Rev. Jane Piver, Chair
The Committee on Discernment
The mission of the Committee on Discernment is to develop, oversee and refine the discernment process for leadership ministries, both lay and ordained; train and support Diocesan Spiritual Discernment Facilitators (DSDFs); design and deliver Diocesan Discernment Retreats; and serve as a resource on discernment for the Diocese.
There are currently ten lay and clergy persons trained as Diocesan Spiritual Discernment Facilitators, six more that are continuing to be mentored, and eight new facilitators being trained and mentored. The DSDFs meet several times a year for continuing education and reflection on their ministry. The committee is in the process of training and mentoring new DSDFs, especially in the Northern Virginia area where they are most needed.
In 2012, Diocesan Discernment Retreats were held in March, June and October, with 24 participants from 21 congregations. The intent of the retreats is deepen understanding of the discernment process by providing spiritual grounding, encouraging seekers to work with spiritual directors, offering opportunities for faith sharing and discernment in community, and providing an overview of the Diocesan process for discerning call to leadership ministries.
Ms. Liz Ward and the Rev. Stephen H. Wade, Co-Chairs
The Committee on Leadership Formation
The Committee on Leadership Formation is charged with the development of leadership learning programs for lay and ordained persons in the Diocese of Virginia.
The Committee oversees the Episcopal Leadership Institute (ELI) – an action learning program for leadership development which includes modules on Biblical models of leadership, leadership theory, change processes, conflict and communication, servant leadership and leadership education.
ELI is currently used as an adjunct program to the Diaconal Formation Institute for the preparation of vocational deacons in the Diocese. Postulants and candidates meet quarterly for six sessions of ELI. 2012 saw the ELI graduation and ordination of our second class of vocational deacons and the completion of ELI for the third cohort. This cohort is scheduled for ordination in February 2013.
Although a solicitation for participants in a cohort of lay leaders did not achieve a critical mass, there are plans underway to extend ELI to other leaders who might benefit from the curriculum, such as church musicians, priests and vestries.
The Rev. Dr. Sam Faeth, Chair, Director, Episcopal Leadership Institute
The Committee on Priesthood
The Committee on Priesthood is charged with overseeing the process through which priests are formed for ministry and with guiding and monitoring the progress of those who are in the process. We work with presenting priests and aspirants from the time of discernment of a call through ordination to the transitional diaconate. Each person in the process is paired with a representative on the committee and is interviewed when applying for postulancy, candidacy and ordination by members of the Committee. The Committee on Priesthood makes recommendations to the bishop and assists and advises the bishop in matters relating to the formation of priests.
In 2012 the Committee recommended 11 of 14 applicants for postulancy and seven for candidacy. Ten people were ordained to the transitional diaconate, ten to the priesthood, and two former Roman Catholic priests were recognized as Episcopal priests.
The Rev. John Baker, Chair
The Diocesan Board of Examining Chaplains
The mission of the Board of Examining Chaplains is to review and evaluate General Ordination Examinations for persons seeking priesthood, and recommend and oversee any additional work required to demonstrate proficiency in the seven areas covered by the GOEs; assist in the development, administration, and evaluation of written and oral examinations for persons seeking the diaconate, and recommend and oversee any additional work required to demonstrate proficiency in the canonical areas examined; develop, administer, and evaluate examinations for clergy ordained in other denominations; provide advice and counsel to the bishop on matters related to GOEs and related examinations; serve as resource on theological education for the Diocese. In 2012 the DBEC read examinations of eleven candidates for priesthood and six candidates for the diaconate. In addition they developed, administered, and read the examinations for two former Roman Catholic priests seeking to be received as Episcopal priests.
The Rev. Dr. Craig A. Phillips, Chair
The Young Priests Initiative
The Young Priests Initiative is a committee designed to help young adults, college students especially, discern their call to ministry—whether that be lay ministry or ordained ministry. The program provides a committee for discernment that does much of the work that a parish-based discernment group would do for someone who had a long-term, year-round parish home. The Initiative seeks to serve young people who move often, are away from their home parishes while in school, or who have come to the Episcopal Church through college ministries and not through traditional parish membership.
In 2012, the YPI journeyed with six young adults in their discernment process. Four of them participated in summer internships, three of them are planning to apply for postulancy and go before the Committee on Priesthood in the spring. One young woman is participating in an Episcopal Service Corps internship in Omaha, also plans to interview in the spring. There are four young people planning to join YPI in March and participate in YPI’s summer internships.
The Rev. Laura Minnich Lockey, Chair
Peter Paul Development Center
The Peter Paul Development Center (PPDC), located in the East End of Richmond, is one of only two Affiliated Organizations of the Diocese working in one of the highest concentrations of urban poverty in the Diocese. In the PPDC neighborhood, the median household income is approximately $15,500 (the poverty threshold for a family of four is $22,314). Almost half (46%) of the adults over age 25 in the PPDC neighborhood have not completed high school or its equivalency, a key ingredient for continued impoverishment and dependency.
Peter Paul is directly confronting this challenge through its test-based, results-proven after school educational enhancement program for at-risk primary school kids at the Center. The success of the program prompted the Richmond Public School System to propose exporting it to one of their schools in the neighborhood. Thanks to the support of Richmond’s St. James and St. Stephen’s churches, and grant funding, the pilot program was begun at Fairfield Elementary School in November 2012.
For the last two years PPDC’s Board and management have renewed the organization’s dedication to financial stewardship. In 2012, its total revenue and public support were $967,004 and total expenses were $882,105 (without the non-cash expense of depreciation, which was $92,421 for FY12). PPDC also repaid a portion of its debt to the Diocesan Missionary Society, and has reached an agreement for the long-term repayment of the balance. PPDC’s financial focus will remain on prudent expense management, continuing to build revenue streams, and conscientiously managing debt.
In another major development, in March of 2012, the Board hired Mr. Damon Jiggetts to serve as its Executive Director. Damon has a proven record of accomplishment with organizational development, fiscal management, personnel development, and community relations.
PPDC is grateful for the encouragement and support of the Bishop and his staff, and the churches, individuals, corporations, foundations, and other sponsors who have contributed so much this past year.
“...just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” --Matthew 25:40.
Submitted by Ms. Danielle L. Ripperton, PPDC Director of Development
Parish Youth Ministries Committee
PYM. (Parish Youth Ministries) is a committee composed of high school students from across the Diocese. It is the only committee in the Diocese of Virginia that is made up entirely of youth. The members of the group, which ranges from 25-30 members, are the leaders in a series of weekend and day events held throughout the school year.
Annually PYM hosts three large events at Shrine Mont: 6th & 7th Grade Weekend, 8th Grade Weekend and Senior High Weekend. There are also several one-day events held at various locations across the Diocese such as the Fall and Spring Day of Service. The main objective of these events is to promote opportunities of fellowship and spiritual growth for the youth in our diocese through music, arts and crafts, games, bible study, small group discussion, initiative exercises, and prayer. The group also spends two weekends a year in retreat for planning and leadership training, and on months where there is not an event the committee meets in Fredericksburg to evaluate the program offerings and plan for future events. A selection of the committee serves as pages at Annual Council.
The PYM Committee elects their two co-chairs; for the 2012-2013 school year the co-chairs are Victoria Giordano and Emma Wright. The diocesan liaison is Michael Wade.
Submitted by Mr. Michael Wade, Staff Liaison
Committee on Race & Reconciliation
The Committee on Race and Reconciliation of the Diocese of Virginia embraces the responsibility to:
- Develop and implement programs and strategies that affirm our baptismal covenant;
- Engage and lead conversations across the Diocese about race and racism in a safe, prayer - and faith-filled context.
Highlights of 2012
• In 2012 we submitted the current version of the history of race relations in our Diocese. The research for this document was done by our member, Dr. John Chilton who serves as our Lead for Research and Communication. He was assisted in editing the document by Dr. Mildred W Robinson, Professor of Law at the University of Virginia. We cannot adequately express what the process and result mean to the Committee.
By submitting this current version of the Diocese’s race relations history, we have fulfilled the obligation of the Diocese set forth in the resolution of the General Convention that each diocese research and disclose its involvement the slave trade, and the perpetuation of racism. This current version of the history may be found on our webpage, http://sites.google.com/site/dovracerelations/
• In January the Committee presented a workshop at the 2012 Annual Council entitled “Many Faces, One Faith”. We introduced the Meet Me in Galilee program and offered a brief, very high-level presentation about the history of race relations in the Diocese as a taste of what was to come with the first edition of the history.
Also Joseph Royster, who had been nominated by the Committee, was elected as an Alternate Lay Delegate to the 2012 General Convention. Then, due to the untimely passing of Russell Palmore, Joseph became the first African-American Lay Delegate to General Convention from The Diocese of Virginia.
• The Committee rolled out a new program for the Diocese called “Meet Me in Galilee – A Journey from Repentance to Reconciliation.” It is a multi-year curriculum that will guide journey-groups through the difficult task of learning about and acknowledging the Diocese’s complicity in the slave trade and racist practices. The program offers the opportunity to study the characteristics and results of the power dynamic at work in race relations and other instances of social conflict, e.g. economic, gender equality. Finally, the activities of the journey groups offer a path to reconciliation so that a more perfect collaboration can be established for doing God’s work fulfilling the promise of the Baptismal Covenant in the future.
Engaging and supporting journey groups in this work throughout the Diocese are part the Committee’s goals for the next two years. In addition, the Committee spotlighted both our history and this program in July at General Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.
• In September 2011 Emily Cherry assisted the Committee in conducting a diocesan wide race relations survey. Using the same questions asked in a similar survey of race relations in 1993, congregations in the Diocese were asked to provide a current snap-shot of how we are doing. In 2012 the Structural Analysis Sub-Committee analyzed the material and produced a report of the findings. A poster showing the results in six areas will be on display at Annual Council. In addition, the survey questions and Diocese-wide results have become one of the tools for our “Meet Me in Galilee” program.
• We offered the workshop, “Seeing the Face of God in Each Other” in October at Christ Church Episcopal in Glen Allen. Participants were laity and postulants for the vocational diaconate.
• Since September, Ellyn and David have been working with the Committee on Liturgy in preparation for the February 16, 2013 diocesan service, “From Reconciliation to Hope: A Service of Remembrance, Celebration, and Witness In Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of The Emancipation Proclamation.” This service will begin at 10 a.m. at St. George’s, Fredericksburg with Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori presiding.
The members of the Committee on Race and Reconciliation pray for God’s continuing guidance, grace and inspiration as we continue our work in 2013.
Submitted by the Reverend J. David Niemeyer, Co-Chair, and Ms. Ellyn Lomack Crawford, Co-Chair
Region I has just completed a year of activity that has brought our 19 churches closer together. Under the leadership of our president-elect, Ben Hicks of St. Peter’s, Port Royal, we already are planning for a future that will build on our foundations.
The highlight of 2012 was our “Dinner with Bishop Shannon” on October 24 at St. George’s in Fredericksburg. With 70 attendees present, representing churches from Culpeper and Madison to Colonial Beach, we took advantage of the bishop’s offer to converse rather than to present.
It was an evening of storytelling, laughter and serious discussion, complemented by wonderful and bountiful food. We heartily recommend this format as a way to get to know our bishops on our personal basis.
Our evening with Bishop Shannon was our second annual Region I dinner since this ritual was resumed. Its success will surely lead to more evenings of conversation and community building in the years to come.
Region I has worked in other ways to connect our churches with the Diocese, other parishes and the greater Church.
During our three meetings in 2012, we hosted presentations on St. George’s, Fredericksburg, Preschool; the Virginia Diocesan Homes; and the Regional Presidents Retreat. We’ve pursued or discussed mission initiatives in Haiti, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. We’ve learned about the still new program in the Diocese to develop vocational deacons. We’ve continued to build our Region I website (regionone.thediocese.net), which is a model for connecting parish communities. We’ve offered financial assistance to several churches with earthquake damage and one church with ruptured water pipes. We’ve benefited from the outstanding participation of our youth delegate to the two Council sessions of 2012.
Another highlight of the year was the November 9 “Spirituality and the Arts” presentation at St. Mary’s, Colonial Beach, featuring Bishop Goff and Susan Tilt, the local artist who designed the bishop’s vestments for her ordination and consecration last summer. This Friday-night event filled the parish hall at St. Mary’s and helped set the stage for the town’s Art Walk later that evening.
Plans for 2013 initiatives are well underway. Region I endorsed President-elect Hicks’ proposal to help buy farming and fishing implements to assist refugees who have fled to South Sudan. This initiative, which will include a shopping list from which parishioners in Region I can purchase items, will be coordinated with the efforts in South Sudan of missionary Larry Duffee of St. George’s.
Hicks also outlined several priorities for Region I in 2013. They include:
- A series of Mission Forums to discuss mission work going on in our parishes, the Region and the Diocese.
- A greater emphasis on youth and young adults, including support for the Shrine Mont capital campaign.
- A presentation on spiritual practices and spiritual care.
- A presentation on congregational development, including issues of evangelism, hospitality and the discernment process.
With new officers and a new youth delegate and alternate, we are confident that Region I will continue to serve our member churches with programs that help them to learn and grow.
Submitted by Mr. Ed Jones, President
Region 2 Activities and Events During 2012:
The Diocesan Native American Ministry and the Renovation of St. Mark’s, Beazley, VA
Two years ago, Bishop Shannon, in his annual address to Council, called for a Diocesan supported Native American Ministry (NAM). That is now well underway with an active agenda.
Region 2, responded to this call by offering to the Diocese our energy and ideas during the development of this Ministries Goals. An initial co-operative project has been found within the Rappahannock Tribal area; which is the renovation of an abandoned historical Church. This Church, St. Marks, Beasley, was attended by some members of the tribe whose strong emotional connection is evident today.
Region 2 has developed building demolition and renovation plans for the restoration of St. Mark's Church. The Construction Work has progressed to completion of all demolition work and stabilization of the weakened structure. Region 2, and partnering churches from the DioVA are planning a Spring 2013 resumption of Work. Contact the undersigned to learn how this activity can become your Congregations Ministry as well.
Assisting Needy Regional Parishes, and People Elsewhere
Our regional Council recognized early in 2011 that the best way for us to identify and to become aware of ‘needs’ that may exist within a Parish, is by visiting our churches to meet the vestries and congregants alike. We have continued during 2012 visits to identify where we can be helpful.
Supporting Our Needy Youth
Region 2 maintains an Annual Budget Line Item for assisting our ‘Needy Youth’ to attend Summer Camp at Shrine Mont.
We are now considering an additional Budget Line Item to assist all Diocesan Youth Programs.
Paris Ball has visited a 2012 Regional Council Meeting to enlighten our Council Members on the various programs, and where help is best needed. With the benefit of her advice, we are ready to determine how the added support will be structured and funded.
Assisting Diocesan Committees and Commissions
Region 2 and its Council recognizes an ongoing need to continue to improve internal communications, and the sharing of work products, between Diocesan Committees and our Churches. We assisted in the preparation of Resolution R1a (2011 Council) which provides a means for sharing and communicating via a ‘Church Stewardship Partner’. The program gained notable success two years ago from within the Diocesan Stewardship of Creation Committee, where 25% of Diocesan Churches quickly named a representative.
During 2012, Region 2 has continued to promote the ‘Church Stewardship Partner’ concept.
We have encouraged our Clergy, and the Clergy of other Regions, to name their designated representative, or, as an alternative, to use their current Council Lay Delegate as their temporary representative until a permanent person is found.
Some areas where representation is needed remain to be:
• A positive distribution of Notices and Flyers to Churches of Workshops and Conferences.
• Naming each Church’s point of contact to communicate with Diocesan Ministries; (i.e., the Diocesan Disaster Preparedness and Response Team).
• To have a Congregational Representative to communicate with the leaders of committees and commissions of the diocese; thereby receiving reports and work products for use within our Churches.
Region 2 will continue its efforts with our Clergy and Delegates to assure that a Representative is available from each church.
Our Annual Evensong
The Region 2 Annual Evensong and Picnic continues, and once again, is open to the people of all churches of the region and beyond. At Grace Church, Kilmarnock, we gathered for the Annual Evensong which was followed by a picnic dinner on the grounds of Grace Church.
The ‘Reverend Canon’ Susan Goff accepted our invitation to our Evensong as our guest Preacher; and then …’ lo and behold’ … Rev. Susan appeared in June as our ‘Bishop Suffragan Elect’ !
Activities in our Regional Churches
To be brief, herein are named the activities which occurred in our Region this past year. We hope you too will find an exciting idea which can become a new ministry for your Church, Always, we are open to hear new ideas from everyone; which we will share.
1- Saving lives through Blood Donor Programs.
2- ‘Inreach’ Ministries that include providing Emergency Meals and other Services.
3- ‘Clothes Closets’ are developing within the Region. Donated used clothing are being supplied to needy families and to the homeless.
4- Our Regional ECW made a substantial donation to the Renovation Work at St. Mark’s, Beazley, VA.
5- In response to the Bishop’s Emergency Preparedness Ministry, Wicomico Parish prepared a notable example of a Congregational Response Report. Copies may be available by contacting the Rev. James Silcox, Rector, at Wicomico Church, or, the Parish Administrator.
Additional information is available regarding any of these Church and Community activities. Contact Rocco V. Tricarico, President, Region 2 at NorNeck@Hughes.Net.
The Regional President’s Annual Retreat:
Following a successful ‘First’ meeting last spring with Bishop ‘Ted’ Gulick, it has been agreed that under his continuing guidance, annual meetings will continue. The ‘Second’ Annual Meeting of the Regional President’s will occur again this year at Shrine Mont.
Submitted by Rocco V. Tricarico, AIA, President
Region IV is composed of the eight parishes in Alexandria – Christ Church, St. Paul’s, Grace, Immanuel on the Hill, Emmanuel, Church of St. Clement, Church of the Resurrection, and Meade Memorial.
Each year, Region IV makes grants to support a variety of organizations, using funds contributed by the eight parishes. Traditionally, we have given relatively small amounts to a dozen or so entities and in 2011, we gave $4,250 to help 11 organizations, churches, or other organizations.
In the fall of 2011, however, Region IV undertook a review of our process for making grants and came to the conclusion that rather than giving small amounts to many organizations, we would in the future concentrate the grants on a smaller number of organizations where we believed the money would be more effectively used. In 2012, the Region voted to give $6,900 to support two local organizations, two parish programs within the Region, and to help pay for a new Lenten series of speakers sponsored by our eight parishes.
Grants were made to Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services (which provides primary health care to thousands of individuals in Alexandria and surrounding communities) and to the Child and Family Network Centers (which provides services to preschool children). The Region also voted to support essential programs sponsored by two of our parishes -- the feeding program at Meade Memorial Church and the winter shelter program for the homeless at the Church of St. Clement. Finally, the Region agreed to provide monetary support for a new Lenten speakers program being sponsored in 2013 by the Region’s eight parishes.
In September, 2012, we welcomed Bishop Susan Goff, who shared with us her concerns and plans for her new ministry. We also heard from Ms. Anna Moncure, then Assistant Secretary of the Diocese, who spoke about the Diocesan summer camps.
In November, Region IV elected new officers for three year terms beginning after Diocesan Council in 2013. Elected as our new President was Ms. Beth Wiggers of Church of the Resurrection. Elected Vice President was Ms. June Huber of Grace Church, and re-elected as Treasurer was Ms. Barbie Frank of Emmanuel Church. We agreed to divide the task of taking minutes among the eight parishes and lots were drawn to determine the order in which in each parish would have responsibility for providing this secretarial role.
Submitted by Mr. Cleve Corlett, President
Region V Council conducted four regular meetings during 2012 (in March, May, October and December).
This year we welcomed the Very Rev Stephen Shepherd as our new Dean.
At our March Meeting, we passed a motion that the Church of the Epiphany in Oak Hill be welcomed to Region V provided their request for transfer to this region was approved. Then, at our December meeting, following approval of the transfer by the Standing Committee, we enthusiastically welcomed Epiphany to our region and our regional community.
At the May 14 Meeting, we discussed a proposed Latino congregation/mission at St. Timothy’s in Herndon and the ministry of Natividad Menjivar, a former Roman Catholic priest. Natividad was subsequently received as an Episcopal priest in a beautiful bi-lingual service presided over by Bishop Goff at St. Timothy’s September 29, which was attended by many from around the Region. Natividad’s inspirational participation in ministry within the Herndon Latino community has already led many in that community to look to him as a pastoral leader. The Council voted unanimously to provide $1,000 to help develop this ministry.
We also began exploring some possible ideas that had been suggested for organizing additional region-wide youth activities. And we heard an update on the Young Adults Fellowship (YAF): a group of persons in their 20s and 30s from various Episcopal churches in our Region which receives support from the Region, and which gathers twice a month at Ireland's Four Provinces in Falls Church for fellowship, to talk about their faith and to participate in theological discussions.
At our October 1 meeting, we set up a "Regional Life Committee" to continue more productively our on-going discussion within the Council about: what our Region and Council should be; what purpose and role it should serve in the life of the church and of the parishes that make it up; how we can encourage our Region itself to function better as a community with a shared life; and the role of lay delegates in improving connections and communications between the Region (and the Diocese) and their respective parishes. The Committee will be open to all interested members of the constituent parishes of Region V (not just Council members).
Mary Beth Emerson, a Deacon at St. Thomas, McLean, has begun working jointly with the various parishes of the region to coordinate projects that will involve youth and others on a region-wide basis. We warmly welcomed Mary Ellen and her new ministry as offering great promise to further the ways we can cooperate and act together, especially with our youth, on a region-wide basis and across parish boundaries. One of the first events was a very successful “gleaning” trip to a local farm to gather produce for local food banks.
In December, we held officer elections, and the Region V Council unanimously elected a new Vice-President, Diane Miller (St. Timothy’s, Herndon) and warmly welcomed her to her new role in the leadership of the Region. Diane succeeds Betsy Heilman (St. Thomas, Mclean), who will leave office after the 2013 Annual Council, having served the maximum three-year term allowed by our Bylaws. The Council unanimously passed a resolution thanking Betsy for her years of exceptional service to the Region V Council, both as lay delegate and as Vice-President.
Submitted by Mr. John Schwarz, President
During 2012, Region VI concentrated on the Woodbridge area. With the settlement of the lawsuit involving St. Margaret’s, the parish’s former home on Church Hill Dr. returned to the Diocese. Concurrently, All Saints Church vacated their former home on Saratoga Lane. St. Margaret’s then opted to move to Saratoga Lane, rather than return to Church Hill Dr. This move required removing parish property both from their temporary location in Lakeridge and also from the Church Hill Dr. site. One problem at the Saratoga Lane site that has only partially been fixed is a leaky steeple that caused part of the ceiling in the nave to collapse prior to the move. The region continues to monitor this transition and to offer support as needed.
The Church Hill building has three sections: a worship space, a parish hall wing, and an education wing. The education wing is not fit for habitation and probably should be demolished. The parish hall wing has been leased to the Woodbridge Free Clinic. That leaves the worship space, which the region sees as an opportunity to maintain an Episcopal presence in that part of Woodbridge and at the same time to minister to a new community of people. With the US1 corridor becoming increasingly Latino, we saw a potential need for a bilingual ministry. The region has been funding a feasibility study during the last half of the year, led by the Rev. Navidad Menjivar from San Marcos in Alexandria, for such a congregation. They started meeting in homes on Friday evenings and since October in the Church Hill Dr. facility at 7:00 on Friday evening and 5:00 on Sundays. They currently have about thirty members and call themselves Iglesia Cristo Redentor at St. Margaret’s. The next step is to write a report of the study to be presented to the Diocese and to potentially seek recognition of this community by the Diocese as a mission.
As long as anyone in the region can remember, we have operated mainly on consensus without bylaws, which we have now rectified.
We held our tri-annual elections and Doug Varner of St. Mark’s has been elected president commencing with the conclusion of Diocesan Council.
Submitted by Dr. Edward A. Schneider, President
The Region VIII parishes and affiliated organizations include: Holy Cross Korean (Falls Church), Iglesia de Santa Maria (Falls Church), St. Albans (Annandale), St. Barnabus’ (Annandale), St. Patrick’s (Falls Church), St. Paul’s (Bailey’s Crossroads), The Falls Church (Falls Church), and Center for Liturgy and the Arts (Annandale).
2012 Officers: Doug Hansen (The Falls Church), President; Mareea Wilson (St. Barnabus), Vice President; Christine King (St. Paul’s); Secretary; Jim Curren (St. Alban’s)/Gail Coleman (St. Alban’s), Treasurers.
A highlight of our 2012 activities include:
In General: Year Two of our “Pledge Card” program continued, which has enabled each parish to commit to a pledge card with a suggested amount of $6.25/pledging unit. As a result, we received funds in a timely manner from our parishes and had a $2500 budget this year dedicated to outreach, youth programs, Region VIII functions, and other support and education efforts as mentioned further below.
February 7, 2012 meeting (St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church): The Council recognized with appreciation Mr. Alan Forssell’s many years of outstanding service to the Council. He stepped down as secretary this year. Christine King was elected to replace him. Jim Curren was also recognized for his service as Treasurer, as he would be leaving in May to join the Peace Corps, working in Liberia. The Council celebrated the return of St. Patrick’s Church to full church status after 21 years as a mission church, and as recognized at the 2012 Diocesan Council. St. Alban’s Church, as well as Goodwin House, hosted a Lenten program for all the regional churches to attend. Support for outreach ministry in conjunction with the International Justice Mission was approved.
May 2, 2012 meeting (St. Alban’s Episcopal Church): The Council approved to financially support the work of Safe Haven, a community day shelter. Discussion took place regarding the wonderful news of Bishop Susan Goff’s election as Suffragan Bishop, with an idea to hold a Region VIII potluck with her as guest in Fall 2012. Gail Coleman was elected to replace Jim Curren as Treasurer, due to his impending departure for the Peace Corps.
September 4, 2012: There was the first-ever Regional President’s Retreat held in June at Shrinemont, hosted by Bishop Ted Gulick, and the President recounted some of the major topics discussed, including why new confirmands join the Episcopal Church; a process of discernment regarding Shrinemont Camps, which are celebrating 50 years’ service; the importance of explaining to parish’s how their money is being spent in stewardship campaigns; and the disconnects between the younger generation and the Church, and how to overcome this perception. A Region VIII potluck is scheduled for September 23, 2012 at The Falls Church, for region parishes to have an opportunity to meet Bishop Susan Goff. The Council elected Andrea Perez of Iglesia de Santa Maria, as youth delegate for the 2013 Diocesan Council. A Task Force was established for the purpose of exploring the establishment of a University Chaplain’s Program in Northern Virginia. Outreach support was approved for: University Chaplain’s Project, Peace Corps. (Liberia), Annandale Christian Community for Action, Falls Church Community Service Council, Culmore Clinic, and Shrinemont Camps.
November 27, 2012: The Council agreed to invite a member of the Diocesan Committee on Race Relations to speak with Region VIII as to how we can further support their work. The diocesan Commission on the Prevention of Sexual Misconduct is working with regional councils to offer training, and it was agreed that Region VIII would offer training sessions in January through March, 2013, as taught by The Rev. Cathy Tibbetts. Paris Ball, Director of Christian Formation for the Diocese of Virginia, gave a report on the importance and activities of Shrinemont Camps, celebrating their 50th anniversary. A check was presented to Ms. Ball to support the Shrine Mont Camp scholarship fund. Ms. Ball also presented an update on the Diocese of Virginia’s Campus Ministry Program, which supports five programs including George Mason University’s “Arise” program, an ecumenical ministry. 2013 officers were elected: Christine King (St. Paul’s), President; Scott Moser (St. Barnabus’), Vice President; Doug Hansen (The Falls Church), Secretary; Gail Coleman (St. Albans), Treasurer. The Rev. Cayce Ramey is being ordained a priest for St. Alban’s, in a ceremony being held at The Falls Church on December 15, 2012.
Submitted by Mr. Doug Hansen, President
Region IX consists of seven parishes in an area that starts in eastern Richmond and runs down the James River to include eastern Henrico, James City and Charles City Counties.
Region IX had another successful year, meeting quarterly on the second Thursday of February, May, September and November. The Regional Council continued its long-standing tradition of eating together before each meeting, with each church taking turns hosting.
In February Trinity Highland Springs hosted the Regional Council, and in May we gathered at Richmond Hill. Richmond Hill is an ecumenical Christian retreat center located on Church Hill in Richmond within the boundaries of Region IX. In September the Regional Council met at Westover Church, and in November at St Peter’s Richmond.
Our November meeting was held on All Saints’ Day. In lieu of a guest speaker Lynne Washington presided over a lovely service in the newly renovated worship space at St Peter’s Richmond, in Church Hill.
Region IX looks forward to another eventful year in 2013, in which Susan Bland will succeed Brian Carr as Regional President.
Submitted by Mr. Brian Carr, President
Region X is comprised of five churches in the Fan District and near West end of Richmond: Grace & Holy Trinity, St. Andrew’s, St. James’s, St. Mark’s, and Church of the Holy Comforter. All have been active this past year, as both a group and individually. Group projects involving more than one church in the region, include the following:
• Mutual support of the VCU campus ministry
• Joint soup kitchen/food pantry provided by St. Mark’s and St. Andrew’s twice a month
• Wednesday morning Bible Study supported by St. Mark’s and Grace & Holy Trinity
• Participation in the ACTS program, Area Congregations Together in Service, a Greater Richmond interfaith mission providing support and resources during periods of financial crisis to prevent homelessness. St. James’s was a founding member of this program, and it has now expanded to more 40 congregations, including all of the Region X churches
• Participation in CARITAS, which provides emergency shelter to individuals. Involvement varies from acting as an intake site to providing overnight shelter.
• Joint Vacation Bible School between St. Andrew’s and St. Mark’s
• Shared Lenten program between Grace & Holy Trinity, St. Andrew’s and St. Mark’s
Other notable happenings include the celebration of services of Holy Union (Same Sex Blessing) at two of our churches, St. Andrew’s and St. Mark’s. We have lost Rev. Lauren Karatko, previously at Grace & Holy Trinity, to St. Martin in the Fields in Atlanta, Georgia, but are pleased to announce the arrival of Rev. David Niemeyer as Priest-in-Charge at St. Mark’s. For the first time in many years we will have a youth delegate at Council this year, Conor Salter from St. Andrew’s.
Following is a synopsis of the highlights of the year for the individual churches within the region:
Grace & Holy Trinity is planning a major renovation of the Parish Hall. An architect was hired to do preliminary plans for opening up the structure of the Parish Hall, renovating the kitchen, changes to the Chapel and choir space, and creating a columbarium. The Parish is now in the discernment process for a capital program. A soup kitchen is operated every Friday, assisted by volunteers, including those from the VCU campus ministry. A Celebration of Unity Concert was held in honor of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in January, 2012. Participants included the G&HT choir, the Greater Richmond Children’s Choir, and the Sanctuary Choir of Ebenezer Baptist Church. Several mission trips were held: the youth took a pilgrimage to Liverpool and London, England in June and two mission trips were made to Belize: a spring trip focusing on medical needs, including dental care; and a trip in July to run a camp for youth in San Ignacio. VCU Campus Ministry meets Wednesday and Sunday nights at Grace & Holy Trinity. This past spring the students took a mission trip to the Diocese of Christ the King in Johannesburg, South Africa, where they worked with the St. Mary’s Children’s Home.
St. Andrew’s is reaching out to their neighbors to create a greater sense of community. They are working with Pine Street Baptist Church to address homelessness issues and they sponsored the Annual Harvest on the Hill Community Fair. In July, St. Andrew’s was awarded a Mustard Seed Grant to explore the intersection of nature connection and Christian spiritual practice, with an emphasis on youth and young adults. With the partnership and support of the Diocese, St. Andrew’s is continuing the planning and implementation of a young adult service corps. They are expecting to welcome 3 to 6 post-collegiate, young adult interns in August, 2013. Two priests, raised from St. Andrew’s, were ordained in December of this year, Megan Limburg and Andrew Terry. A mission trip to Uganda was undertaken in the summer.
St. James’s has begun a new service – a jazz mass is held every Sunday night and features local musicians. The annual service in celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., including St. James’s choirs and the Concert Choir of Norfolk State University was held in January. In February, “WomanKind 2012: Holy Mysteries” was opened by Krista Tippett, host of public radio’s On Being and author of Einstein’s God: conversations about Science and the Human Spirit . The closing Eucharist was led by the Rev. Dr. Lauren Winner, author of Girl Meets God. Music was provided by the Women’s Gospel choir from Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria. Church retreat opportunities were provided at the Society of St. John the Evangelist in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and at the Trinity Center on Emerald Isle. Numerous mission trips were held to locations including New Orleans, LA; Welch, West Virginia; Gonaives, Haiti; the St. Joseph’s Home for Boys at Port au Prince; and Inner city Richmond, VA. St. James’s also hosted children for the World Pediatric Project.
St. Mark’s was pleased to announce the arrival of Rev. David Niemeyer as Priest-in-charge this past year. In conjunction with an effort to reach out to the neighborhood, St. Mark’s has begun holding monthly community dinners, which have been well attended. St. Mark’s was awarded a mustard seed grant to assist in achieving the goal of becoming a cooling center for city of Richmond. The grant will assist in improvements to the air conditioning system. A youth mission trip to Southwest Virginia was undertaken in cooperation with Trinity, Fredericksburg. St. Mark’s continues its twice monthly food pantry ministry. The number of people served continues to increase.
Church of the Holy Comforter has adopted an environmental theme for the year. They are working with Virginia Interfaith Power and Light to become more environmentally sensitive, including ways to make their facility more energy efficient. Holy Comforter has linked with the village of Mzula, Tanzania on the Carpenter’s Kids program, a Parish Community Project. “Team TJ” has been established to Team up with Thomas Jefferson High School, to provide support to their neighborhood high school. Demand for the food pantry has increased this year, and support for the monthly feeding program at Freedom House continues. Holy Comforter became a participant in ACTS this year.
We are the congregations and other ministries of the Episcopal Church in and near Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. The Shenandoah Valley stretches 200 miles through the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains.
Region XIV includes the 19 congregations and ministries in the Shenandoah Valley: Calvary, Front Royal; Cathedral Shrine of the Transfiguration, Orkney Springs; Christ Church, Luray; Christ Church, Winchester; Christ the King, Harrisonburg; Cunningham Chapel Parish, Millwood; Emmanuel, Harrisonburg; Emmanuel, Woodstock; Good Shepherd Church, Bluemont; Grace Church, Berryville; Grace Memorial, Port Republic; Meade Memorial, White Post; St. Andrew's, Mount Jackson; St. George's, Stanley; St. Mary's, Berryville; St. Paul's, Shenandoah, St. Paul's on-the-Hill, Winchester; St. Stephen and the Good Shepherd, Elkton & Canterbury Episcopal Campus Ministry (James Madison University), Harrisonburg.
Mission driven, a large part of the identity of Region XIV is mission. How are we living into our baptismal vows in the Shenandoah Valley?
Here are a few things that we did in 2012:
Emmanuel, Harrisonburg began a Sunday, Holy Eucharist in Spanish. An average of 15 new people attended this 9 am service, which also brought about 6 new children to the Sunday school. In addition, more Spanish-speaking families have begun to attend the 10:30 am service because their children prefer to worship in English.
In response to the desire of the vast majority of current and potential Latino parishioners, la misa en español will move to 2pm in 2013.
Christ Church, Millwood - Our primary 2012 outreach activity was the Christ Church Cares Food Pantry, where we helped an average of 53 households per month (representing 125 individuals). At the pantry day each month, we provide fresh vegetables from the Millwood Community Garden, venison and beef from local hunters and farmers, and healthy food purchased and donated for the pantry. We gave away hams and turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and we offer a clothes closet for free clothing and toys each month. The Valley Health Coach also offered free heart health and bone density screenings on three different occasions at our church, twice on pantry days. After Superstorm Sandy, we collected over 500 pounds of coats, cleaning supplies and baby items and shipped them to Long Island for relief work in the Rockaways.
Christ Church, Winchester; is participating in the WATTS (Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter) program this year, whereby we provide shelter and food for the homeless for a one week period. This is in conjunction with a number of other churches in the area which do the same thing for a week.
In the spring, we will have a project for Stop Hunger Now. For the last two years we have provided 15,000 meals and hope to increase that number this year.
Calvary, Front Royal was the recipient of a $5,000 Diocese of Virginia Mustard Seed Grant award and a $500 Region XIV grant that we used to assist in the renovation of our parish hall kitchen in support of parish feeding programs; Backpack Buddies, which served over 8,000 meals (over 16,000 since 2011); Tuesdays Table, which served over 5,000 meals (over 31,200 since 2007); hosted the inaugural meeting for Region XIV Community College Returning Warriors outreach project ministry; utilized resources available through the Diocese to revise and implement new guidelines for gifts – coincidentally just before Calvary received a major bequest of $100,000; and With others, inaugurated an ecumenical Youth Group with Front Royal Presbyterian, Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran, and Asbury & Linden United Methodist churches.
St. Paul's on-the-Hill, Winchester - Our Food Pantry provided the equivalent of 65,000 meals in 2012; the Blessing of the Bikes where over 40 people and 30 bikes (motorcycles) were blessed; gleaning, helped gather apples with the Society of St. Andrew; and participated in the Salvation Army Winter Clothes Drive.
Submitted by Alisha King, President
Region XV is comprised of 19 churches within the city of Charlottesville, the county of Albemarle, and also in parts of Greene, Fluvanna, and Orange counties.
The Region XV Council met three times since our last Diocesan Council meeting. Each of our gatherings was held at a different parish within our region. Each evening began with Eucharist at 6:00, followed by time for a reception, fellowship, and dinner. The business meeting usually began at 7:30. An average attendance for each meeting was approximately 40 delegates and/or clergy.
On Thursday May 19, we met at Trinity Episcopal Church in Charlottesville with Emergency Preparedness as our meeting topic for discussion, and with a presentation by Ruth Gibson on the mission of the Schoolhouse Thrift Shop. In June, I attended the Regional President’s retreat with Bishop Gulick at Shrine Mont. Thursday September 13, we met at St. Thomas, Orange with the Rev. Jane Piver and the Rev. Don Cady giving a presentation on the Deaconate. On Thursday November 8, we were honored to have Suffragan Bishop Susan Goff as our guest and speaker..
Region XV has five significant outreach ministries which it supports. The Schoolhouse Thrift Shop at Rio just celebrated its 20th anniversary. It continues to be not only a wonderful place of fellowship for members of the region who volunteer there, but is also a very much needed ministry to the community. The Thrift Shop also continues to be a large contributor to the outreach budget of the region. The Ministry with the Aging, under the guidance of three marvelous missioners, continues to meet the needs of many elderly within the region. AIM serves to help those in emergency situations by helping with prescriptions, utility bills, and transportation. PACEM is a local homeless shelter and program. Again this year Region XV supported the ministry of Habitat for Humanity, in both Albemarle and Greene Counties. There are also several smaller donations given to local charities including the Mitchell House for battered women.
This has been my fourth and final year as President, as I am moving on to the Diocese Executive Board. John Savage of Emmanuel, Greenwood has been elected the new President of the Region.
Submitted by Mr. Stephen C. Wachenfeld, President
2012 was a busy year for Roslyn as we hosted 250 groups and organizations, served over 25,000 meals, offered complimentary clergy retreats and dished up our popular Easter Brunch. We welcomed back many groups, like the College of Bishops, CREDO, the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, the Mid-Atlantic Vipassana Network (MAVN), the Education for Ministry, the Washington National Cathedral, the Virginia Council of Churches and the International Mission Board. We were pleased to welcome several new organizations too, like the Episcopal Preaching Foundation, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, River Road Church – Baptist and the Youth Apostles Institute.
In the spring of 2012, Roslyn completed the renovation of the Chancellor’s Room (formerly the East Room in the Dining Hall) in honor of Russell V. Palmore, Jr, who was a long time member of the Roslyn Memorial Trustees. The room was decorated to embody the warmth and caring that Russ brought to Roslyn in his leadership role with the center. A portrait of Russ, by artist Louis Briel, was unveiled at the room’s dedication ceremony in May.
This past fall, Roslyn’s Memorial Trustees established a board designated maintenance fund for The Bishop’s Chapel. The fund’s $400,000 goal is to ensure that the chapel is properly maintained for years to come. This fund is essential to the delivery of Roslyn’s fundamental mission of serving the clergy and laity of the Diocese of Virginia.
Throughout the year, Roslyn continued the cost savings measures that were implemented in the fall of 2011. The Trustees refinanced the original loan for the debt associated with the dining hall and the new lodges. By refinancing the loan and extending the schedule from 20 to 30 years, payments were lowered substantially – resulting in an annual savings of $160,000. Collectively, budget reductions, realignment of responsibilities, and refinancing of debt have helped Roslyn realize over $250,000 in cost savings.
As we begin 2013, Tucker Hall is getting a much needed face-lift that includes removing the outdated wallpaper and painting the walls a warm, welcoming color. This will open up and brighten the space, making it more appealing to our guests.
We are also excited about a new relationship with Challenge Discovery and Signature Team Building, a company that specializes in facilitating team building activities. This partnership will offer a new type of service to the groups and organizations that come to Roslyn.
As the year continues, the Roslyn Managers Corporation has a forward focus on marketing, with a goal to develop concrete ways for Roslyn to directly impact the center’s revenue and visibility. This focus includes utilizing social media in new and different ways and establishing an intentional contact structure with our current groups and organizations.
Roslyn came into 2012 a more efficient organization and is now positioned for growth in 2013 thanks to the very hard work of the staff, the Roslyn Managers Corporation, and the Memorial Trustees. This support, when combined with that of our groups, organizations and donors, has made Roslyn’s accomplishments and growth possible.
Submitted by Ms. Kass Lawrence
Shrine Mont hosted over 14,000 guests and 700 campers in the 2012 season.
Some highlights from this year include:
- Thousands of people worshiped in the Cathedral Shrine of the Transfiguration and we marked the 87th anniversary of the consecration of the Shrine on August 6
- Over 90 parishes from the Diocese held retreats
- Nine different camps hosted 700 youth and families of the Diocese
- 125 volunteers attended our Annual Work Weekend providing Shrine Mont an invaluable service in preparing to open for the season
- Shrine Mont hosted the following programs:
Creative Art Workshop,
Arranging For the Fun of It,
Walking the Labyrinth
Two digital photography workshops
- Bishop Shannon hosted the annual Bishop’s Jubilee on July 14 and Shrine Mont and the Diocese celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the Shrine Mont camps at a special gathering on July 15.
- The Gourmet Dinner and Wine Tasting sold out and was a success raising funds for Shrine Mont and bringing new friends to our facility.
- Three marching bands from Fairfax County kept Shrine Mont very busy during the month of August.
- The St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes Football and Cross Country teams returned to the mountain for training.
- Shrine Mont continued its long tradition of working in the local community hosting events and programs for
The West Shenandoah Ruritan Club
The Bayse/Bryce Mountain Lions Club
The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Department Leadership Camp
The Shenandoah County Public Schools
The Mt. Jackson Chamber of Commerce
- Shrine Mont also hosted an open house for the Shenandoah County Tourism office, and continued our tradition of hosting the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival.
- Province III held a small church retreat and a Christian education retreat
- The tri-diocesan council on aging welcomed 150 people to the Annual Fall camp. In 2013 the Fall Camp will welcome Phyllis Tickle for her final keynote presentation.
- In November Bishop Johnston recognized Ed and Ellen Hardy with the First Bishop’s Award for Volunteer Service to Shrine Mont. The Hardy’s have spent many years tirelessly working to beautify Shrine Mont.
- Shrine Mont welcomed a number of new parishes for retreats and events including:|
Christ Church Spotsylvania, Olivet Episcopal Church, Emmanuel Episcopal-Richmond, Trinity-Upperville, St. Andrew’s Arlington, St. Thomas-Orange, St. David’s-Ashburn, St. Alban’s-Annandale, St. Paul’s-Falls Church, Trinity-Manassas, Church of Our Savior-Montpelier
Numerous women’s, creative art, and personal retreats
St. Frances Peace Camp from Washington D.C.
The first annual Boomer Camp
Shrine Mont continues in our efforts to improve facilities
- St. Andrew’s cottage, the first new cottage built in decades, opened in October. St. Andrew’s has a capacity of 20 people and is our third winterized cottage along with Hillside and Stidley. We also continue to repair and maintain many of our cottages and meeting spaces.
- The Cathedral Shrine of the Transfiguration underwent extensive masonry repair shoring it up for generations to come.
- Shrine Mont entered into an agreement with Stoney Creek Sanitary District to allow the closure of our own waste water treatment facility and free Shrine Mont from the onerous responsibilities that go with the upkeep and management of this facility.
Two long time members of the Shrine Mont board of directors stepped down in 2012. We are deeply appreciative to Mr. Tom VonHemert and the Kate Parthemos for their hard work and commitment to Shrine Mont and their continued support of the work we do.
Shrine Mont would like to thank the Shrine Mont Board of Directors, the Diocesan staff, and all of the guests and donors for their hard work and efforts to continue to make Shrine Mont ”A Place Apart.” We are looking forward to another great season in 2013 and hope that every member of the Diocese will spend some time with us.
Submitted by Mr. Kevin Moomaw, Executive Director
Your Standing Committee has had a full and productive year in caring for the prescribed canonical needs of the Episcopal Church as they came before us each month. Each of us values this opportunity to serve and we are particularly aware of the responsibility we hold as our many decisions involve the lives of as well as relationships with other people. A list of our specific Official Acts may be seen elsewhere in the report of this 218th Annual Council.
This group of 12 members, four each serving a three-year term rotation, begins its year-group time of being together with the celebration of Holy Eucharist and starts each gathering with prayer and devotions being offered by our members. We come from various parts of the diocese, are both male and female, lay and ordained, gay, widowed, married and blessed partnership, employed and retired, and of varying ages. We are enabled to speak in open and honest communication with each other because we are faithful members in our own congregations and serving in ministry there. We are one of the elected bodies of the diocese, along with your deputies to General Convention, deputies to Provincial Synod, and members of the Disciplinary Board. We are called to service by the broad range of delegates to our Council and we hold fast to God’s love for each of us.
Our canonical responsibility to receive names of those candidates seeking ordination after obtaining recommendations to us from the Committee on Priesthood or the Committee on the Diaconate, calls forth our best efforts and the Bishop Diocesan is called to wait on our decision before being able to take affirming action. We are privileged to read volumes of their paperwork of reflections in discernment and the comments of others with whom they have been in study and ministry over a period of years. We approved six persons for candidacy to the priesthood who are expected to be ordained this June to the transitional diaconate on their journey to become priests in the church. We granted approval for candidacy to seven persons as candidates to become vocational deacons. These same seven persons were approved for ordination to the diaconate which will take place on February 23, 2013 at All Saints Church, Richmond. We also approved the ordination of eleven persons to the priesthood.
We gave our approval to accept two candidates coming from the Roman Catholic tradition to have their ordination in a church in apostolic succession but not in communion with the Episcopal Church recognized and then, we gave approval to receive them into our tradition.
Another focus of our responsibilities is in connection with church property. Each of our three actions involved distinct and different changes. One was an exchange of boundaries on each side of a common driveway – we actually gained more land while making clearer sense of where the road boundary should be as they lead to the two entities. Another was an easement sought by the state to use land to install a sidewalk, a decision in which we had no choice but to agree but, canonically, we had to give permission. The third was to give an easement to a telephone company to erect their own pole for wires on church property after years of using, unknowingly, a church pole upon which to hang the telephone wires. Clearly, our church members gained benefits from all of these decisions.
One church sought our approval to change regional identification. While originally located in the region of their founding parish, in the ensuing years their mission, ministry and identity now are more affiliated with communities in another. We were happy to grant permission for this to take place with the prior approval and recommendation of each region.
It was joyous to hear the presentations of lay and ordained persons from three parishes coming to us with sound plans for incurring debt. Their growing needs and increased focus in ministry made these decisions for expanding and renovating their properties necessary. It is encouraging to hear about the spread of the gospel in their areas where people are joining their communities of worship and their additional needs. We wish them well and will keep in contact with them over the next few years to support and uplift what is happening. There are several additional congregations who currently have liaisons of Standing Committee members to their parishes as they work through the process before coming to see us.
We filled another canonical responsibility by consenting to the appointment of a new Registrar for the Diocese. The incoming members will have this opportunity to affirm a diocesan staff person when the new Secretary of the Diocese is named.
We approved a positive renouncement of vows for a priest who is relocating to the Anglican Church in Canada. This is a General Church requirement even though the person continues to be a priest within the Anglican Communion.
Our polity has been enhanced by the presence that the Diocese of Virginia has given to the participation of youth and collegiate delegates. While youth delegates are raised up from within Regions, it is our place to affirm the election of two collegiate delegates. This years’ delegates come from the Canterbury Ministries at James Madison University and from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville programs. We hope, with the second reading of the proposal at this Council, that each of our college chaplaincies will be able to send the name of a delegate for approval in future years.
We are tasked by the General Church to grant approval to hold an election for bishops and affirmation or rejection for bishops who are elected. This year we gave approval to two dioceses to do so, one for a Bishop Diocesan and the other for a Bishop Suffragan. Additionally, we must have a majority of members give consent to elections in all other dioceses to any bishop elected. Because this was a year when General Convention met, six of these approvals happened at the Convention. We have given approval for two other persons elected Bishop during our deliberation period. This will no longer be the method of approval – due to actions taken at the General Convention, all approvals for election of bishops, in addition to approvals needed by a majority of Bishops Diocesan, will come before Standing Committees for action.
In my role as President, it was a distinct privilege to have the role of presenting Bishop-elect Susan E. Goff to the Committee on the Election of Bishops during General Convention and of reading the affirmation of the election of our Bishop Suffragan Susan E. Goff at her consecration service last July.
Lest you think that all of our business is voting approvals and affirming or rejecting items needing consent, much of our time is also spent in pastoral ministry. Bishop Johnston dedicated his time in conversation and consultation with us in our crucial role as Council of Advice to the Bishop during the morning gathering of each of our meetings, missing only two for other, wider calls of service. This was a nourishing and nurturing time for all of us and our conversations on behalf of the people of this diocese and the Episcopal Church and wider Anglican Communion were wide-spread, filled with open sharing, debate and discernment, with care for each other and with the presence of the Holy Spirit. In being able to have these conversations, the gifts of each person were able to unfold as needed and to enhance the ways we sought to move forward in every instance.
We enjoyed getting to know our recently arrived Canon to the Ordinary, the Rev. Canon Pat Wingo, when he joined us for a meeting. Our diocese is blessed with the gifts he brings to share among us and for what he expects to learn from and with us. Two of our members joined twenty-plus members of the various committees that function under the heading of the Commission on Ministry for the second time at a retreat under his leadership this fall at Shrine Mont. The sharing of information about our inter-activity and the impact each of our various places of service has on the other was enlightening to all. We look forward to places of enhanced growth under his focused direction of raising up leadership, lay and ordained, in our diocese.
We have sent a letter, with Bishop Johnston’s approval, of faithful and faith-filled support, to the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina. Members of the Standing Committee will continue to work to be aware of what is happening there and the ways that our experiences over the past few years may be of assistance in understanding and in pastoral care.
None of our work could move forward without the capable and gracious support of persons at Mayo House. Henry Burt has been most generous in his time and efforts to keep us apprised of ongoing actions with continuing congregations and needs that have arisen with the positive return of properties to the diocese. Sometimes, our advise and then consent is needed for action to continue to move forward without final decisions in place but often it is a matter of open dialogue but privileged communication. Mike Kerr is a valuable consultant especially in all things financial. We rely on Ed Keithly for communications about those in the ordination process and for the many needed attachments to emails that we must read and make ourselves aware of as we hold conversations with candidates. Amy Williams assists us in the way things need to flow between Bishop Johnston and our group.
The class of 2013 has been filled with changes. We were called to release lay member Paul Brockman to eternal life and to accept the call of the Rev. Michael Pipkin to ministry in a parish in the Diocese of North Carolina. We were blessed last year with the appointment of others, Mareea Wilson and the Rev. Bob Malm, to sit at the table. Elections at last year’s Council filled our year-group seats to complete the term with faithful service offered by Steve Van Voorhees and the Rev. Bob Malm. The Rev. Abbott Bailey has been a faithful presence throughout these many adjustments. All has been a blessing.
This gathering of twelve, known as your Standing Committee, who grew in strength, understanding and community through dedicated work, brings special friendships that will forever be a bond. I am thankful for the presence, voices and service of my other colleagues – from the class of 2014, Frank Baxter, Janet Peyton, the Reverend Wes Smedley, Secretary of the Committee, and the Reverend Jackie Thomson, and from the class of 2015, the Honorable Jane Delbridge, the Reverend Lucia Lloyd, the Reverend Sven vanBaars, and Mareea Wilson. May God continue to bless this work being done on behalf of others for the enrichment of God’s kingdom.
Submitted by Ms. Cynthia [Cindi] S. Bartol, President
Committee on the Stewardship of Creation
1. Help Parishes identify and implement ways to become even better stewards of God’s creation.
2. Offer ideas for action to help restore and protect the Earth.
3. Provide theological and scientific materials on environmental matters and spirituality.
4. Encourage dialogue on the environment and our faith.
We share information about ongoing environmental and sustainability issues. The SoCC Vice-Chair (Mr. Tal Day) maintains the SoCC website providing access to information and resources. See http://www.caringforgodscreation.net
The SoCC blogs on topical issues deemed important to spur additional conversation. See http://www.caringforgodscreation.net/Blog/. SoCC blogs include Climate Change and Justice, World Hunger, Energy, Water Quality, Water Supply, and Sustainable Agricultural Systems.
The SoCC’s weekly “eBlast” provides practical information for our Parish Partner’s Sunday bulletins, weekly emails, and monthly newsletters. (If your parish currently does not receive these eBlasts please contact Lesley Markham at email@example.com!)
We help people to understand environmental issues as religious concerns. The Committee is guided by a “Spiritual Co-Chair,” a member of our Clergy (vacant as of the end of 2012).
We conduct conferences on issues related to faith and the environment. The 2010 and 2011 conferences focused on “Water Sustainability.” The September 2012 conference focused on “Food and Agricultural Sustainability” and included experts in public policy, organic farming, preservation of agricultural land, water and energy resources, sustainable livestock production, and the challenges of global food insecurity. See http://www.caringforgodscreation.net/Annual_Conferences/ The September 2013 conference will continue focusing on food and agricultural sustainability issues.
We provide articles and SoCC events for the ‘Virginia Episcopalian’ and weekly Diocesan e-Communiques. See, e.g., the Virginia Episcopalian, Winter 2013 (‘Feed My Sheep,’ by Martha Burford, at page 26).
Submitted by Mr. Wm. Craig Dubishar, Chair, and Mr. Tal Day, Vice-Chair
Virginia Diocesan Homes
Virginia Diocesan Homes, Inc. (VDH) has been designated by the Annual Council as the diocesan agency through which institutional care of the aging is maintained. VDH’s mission includes encouraging the development of new residential care communities for aging people in the Diocese and maintaining liaison with the five existing CCRC’s with six locations and the HUD subsidized facility as follows:
Goodwin House in Alexandria and Baileys Crossroads 459 units
Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury Irvington 232 units
Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury Winchester 312 units
Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge Charlottesville 374 units
Westminster-Canterbury Richmond 850 units
Lockwood-Elmwood House Arlington (HUD) 150 units
The VDH board meets quarterly and rotates its meetings between the seven locations throughout the Diocese giving board members a chance to observe the facility and hear from the administrator as to the condition and operation of the facility. Each of the CCRS’s maintains a Foundation which can offer financial aid to residents who have out lived their assets. Lockwood-Elmwood, because of the HUD subsidy, runs a constant waiting list for entry. Several of the CCRC’s are restructuring their unit mix to offer more of the larger in demand units vs. the smaller studio’s that were original constructed. This will keep them current with market trends in the industry and keep occupancies up. Several CCRC’s are also exploring in home care as an option to further leverage their expertise and bricks and mortar facilities.
In addition to monitoring the existing facilities, VDH scheduling meetings with the different Regions to talk about (1) what the existing CCRC’s have to offer and schedule presentations with individual Churches and (2) see if any of the Churches within the Diocese have land they would like to use for the construction of moderate income retirement housing. To date we have met with Regions I and V and have scheduled Regions X and IX.
VDH is actively seeking interested Churches to sponsor a moderate income housing project in their area, either on their land or Diocesan land that might be available. Management capability already exists with either the CCRC’s that are close by or the management company that handles Lockwood-Elmwood House. These will most likely be not for profit structures with no financial liability to the Church or Diocese. VDH will assist with that structure and has funds for initial studies. Thus far we have two churches in the northern part of the Diocese, two in the central portion and two wests.
If your Church has an interest in any of the VDH areas, pleas contact us directly through Mayo House or by contacting Mary Holly Bigelow at 7613 Hollins Road, Richmond, Va. 23229 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by Mr. Richard K. Juergens Jr., President
Committee on World Mission\
The Committee on Mission and Outreach is organized to encourage the national and international mission efforts of parishes throughout the Diocese of Virginia. The Committee issues grants for mission trips, develops training materials, organizes informational meetings and conferences and makes mission-related resources available to parishes throughout the Diocese.
The Committee on Mission and Outreach issued the following grants during 2012:
- William D. Figg, II, Sierra Leone, Africa, $250
- Greg Lowden, Guatemala, $250
- All Saints, Richmond - Wise, VA, $500
- Church of the Creator, Mechanicsville - Appalachia, $500
- Grace, The Plains - Ft. Defiance, AZ, $500
- Immanuel Church, Old Church - Honduras, $500
- Pohick, Lorton - Rushville, IN, $500
- St. Andrew’s, Richmond - Uganda, $500
- St. James’, Leesburg - Costa Rica, $500
- St. Mark’s, Alexandria - Pittsburg, PA, $500
- St. Peter’s in the Wood, Fairfax Station - Welch, WVA, $500
- Trinity, Washington (Reg. 13) - Haiti, $500
- DOVA Young Adult Haiti Group - Haiti, $500
- DOVA Staff Mission Trip - Northern Neck, VA, $500
- Hope for Humanity, Inc. - Sudan, $500
- Five Talents International, $500
- Dominican Development Group, Dominican Republic, $1,000
- AFRECS, Sudan, $1,000
- EPGM, International, $500
- GEM, International, $500
Total grants given in 2012 as of 12/31/2012: $10,500