3601 Seminary Avenue, Richmond, VA 23227 • 804.359.5049


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Food Drive and Change for Change 10:00 am
Food Drive and Change for Change
Sep 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
QUARTERLY FOOD DRIVE AND CHANGE FOR CHANGE, SEPTEMBER 3   As part of our offering Sunday, September 3 we’ll receive our Quarterly Food Drive for the Central VA Foodbank and our Change for Change offering.   Food drives are a simple but powerful way to gather needed foods and helpful cash contributions to sustain ongoing hunger relief efforts across our community. The items that are most urgently needed: peanut butter, canned tuna, salmon, chicken, and ham; canned fruits and vegetables; hot and cold cereals; pasta and rice. This offering will help hungry people in metro Richmond set their tables with healthy food. Our Change for Change offering will support GPPC member Ruth Brown’s new ministry as a Community Health Facilitator in Harare, Zimbabwe. In her new appointment, Ruth Brown will work with the leadership of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Harare Synod and serve as a resource, advisor, and colleague to the convener of the Synod’s Chikondano (“Love”) HIV/AIDS and Vulnerable Children Committee, as the committee works to promote health and prevent diseases throughout the CCAP and the communities in which it ministers.  For health program sustainability, Ruth will support church and community leadership training for the implementation of maintainable processes for program planning, monitoring, and evaluation. She will assist the church in collaborating with existing community health programs to promote continuity of care.   Ruth will also work with CCAP leaders to explore and plan economic initiatives intended to reduce poverty (for example; income generation schemes, community savings and loans programs, and entrepreneurship training, etc.).  These economic initiatives are also necessary to support and sustain a health program.   Zimbabwe is home to roughly 15 million people, about 80% of whom are Christian. Endowed with fertile farmland and mineral wealth, the country was at one time the “breadbasket” of Southern Africa. More recently, drought, economic decline, and a highly contested land reform program have posed serious challenges for Zimbabwe and the churches who minister in this context, including the PC(USA)’s partners, the CCAP Harare Synod and the UPCSA Presbytery of Zimbabwe, each of which have about 9,000 members.
Worship 10:00 am
Worship
Sep 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Worship
Please join us for worship that begins at 10:00 am during the summer months.
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Adult Education:Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race 9:30 am
Adult Education:Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race
Sep 10 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race book discussion   The Reverend Denise Anderson and the Reverend Jan Edmiston, Co‐Moderators of the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), have invited the church to read and discuss the book, Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race, by Debby Irving.   Here is a quote from the Rev. Anderson about this book discussion and study “We need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.” Believe it or not, this was really good news to me when I heard it at the end of my first anti‐racism training session. What I understood in a second was that it is okay to be uncomfortable. I heard this in a room full of brown, black, and white people, all with different experiences, all wanting God’s justice to be made real, all committed to loving one another. Thinking about racism in such a setting made me mighty uncomfortable, just as reading this book did. There are two wonderful gifts from this experience, though: when we pay attention to our discomfort, we can learn and change and love each other better, and we are all always (always, always, always!) held in the grace of Christ. Here’s the thing: Being uncomfortable isn’t the only thing going on when reflecting on the stories in this book. What you’ll find by using the questions at the end of the each chapter is that your life is much richer than you thought, it’s more vibrant, and you have way more resources than you thought you did for understanding what’s going on with racism in our country. Learning about how to interrupt racism is part of learning how to be a disciple of Christ. We’re learning how to love God and love others as ourselves. We will read and discuss this book over four sessions: September 24, October 15, November 5 and November 26. Michelle Freeman Owens and April Swofford will lead this class.
Worship 11:00 am
Worship
Sep 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
 
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Presbyterian Women Circles
Presbyterian Women Circles
Sep 12 all-day
Presbyterian Women Circles meet in a variety of places and at different times on the second Tuesday of each month.  Contact the church office to find a Circle gathering near you.
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Children’s Choir & Dinner 4:15 pm
Children’s Choir & Dinner
Sep 13 @ 4:15 pm – 6:30 pm
Wednesday afternoons for children and families: It’s choir rehearsal for children of all ages plus a big family dinner for children and parents alike. 4:15 Children in grades 2-5 meet in Fellowship Hall; snack is first, then rehearsal in the choir room. 5:00 Children age 3 to 1st grade meet in the Fellowship Hall  while older children play freely 5:30 All children and families gather for dinner in the Fellowship Hall.  Main dish is provided.  The meal is free and open to all!
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Adult Church School: The Lost Gospels 9:30 am
Adult Church School: The Lost Gospels
Sep 17 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Fifty-two papyri were discovered in 1945 at Nag Hammadi in Lower Egypt. Some of them had the word “gospel” in the title. Scholars have known about these and other documents dating from the 2nd to 4th centuries for a long time.   These are the so-called “Lost Gospels”.   Come and hear what Prof. Crislip has to say about the “Lost Gospels” and why they were excluded from the biblical canon.   Professor Crislip holds the Blake Chair in the History of Christianity at VCU.  His research focuses on the history of Christianity in late antiquity, particularly focusing on monasticism and medicine in Egypt and Coptic papyrology – the edition and interpretation of texts preserved on papyrus, parchment, ostraca, and wood.
Worship 11:00 am
Worship
Sep 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
 
Youth Group 5:00 pm
Youth Group
Sep 17 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Dinner: TBA   Justice: In Our Community
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Tai Chi 10:00 am
Tai Chi
Sep 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am
Clyde Davis is certified to teach a form of Tai Chi for health specifically developed for those suffering from arthritis. Whereas those with arthritis are encouraged to attend, it’s a perfect beginning class for anyone wishing to begin the practice of Tai Chi. For those who have trouble standing, the form can be done in a chair. The class is open to anyone interested from the church, seminary or the community for no cost. We encourage those participating to wear loose fitting clothing and shoes with flat soles but this is not mandatory.
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Children’s Choir & Dinner 4:15 pm
Children’s Choir & Dinner
Sep 20 @ 4:15 pm – 6:30 pm
Wednesday afternoons for children and families: It’s choir rehearsal for children of all ages plus a big family dinner for children and parents alike. 4:15 Children in grades 2-5 meet in Fellowship Hall; snack is first, then rehearsal in the choir room. 5:00 Children age 3 to 1st grade meet in the Fellowship Hall  while older children play freely 5:30 All children and families gather for dinner in the Fellowship Hall.  Main dish is provided.  The meal is free and open to all!
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PALACE COOKOUT 4:00 pm
PALACE COOKOUT
Sep 23 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
There will be a cookout at the Palace (3502 Chamberlayne Avenue) Saturday, September 23 at 4 pm. We will need folks to help cook hamburgers and to assist with serving. We will also need picnic type food (baked beans, mac and cheese, potato salad, pasta salad, fruit, desserts, chips, etc.) donations and canned drinks (various kinds; diet and non diet). There are 25 men who live at the Palace who will really appreciate a cookout and fellowship. If you can help out, please contact Cheri Nutty at 359-1868.
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Adult Church School: The Lost Gospels 9:30 am
Adult Church School: The Lost Gospels
Sep 24 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Fifty-two papyri were discovered in 1945 at Nag Hammadi in Lower Egypt. Some of them had the word “gospel” in the title. Scholars have known about these and other documents dating from the 2nd to 4th centuries for a long time.   These are the so-called “Lost Gospels”.   Come and hear what Prof. Crislip has to say about the “Lost Gospels” and why they were excluded from the biblical canon.   Professor Crislip holds the Blake Chair in the History of Christianity at VCU.  His research focuses on the history of Christianity in late antiquity, particularly focusing on monasticism and medicine in Egypt and Coptic papyrology – the edition and interpretation of texts preserved on papyrus, parchment, ostraca, and wood.
Worship 11:00 am
Worship
Sep 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
 
Youth Group 12:30 pm
Youth Group
Sep 24 @ 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Lunch (pizza) – Travel to Camp Hanover – pickup at church
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Tai Chi 10:00 am
Tai Chi
Sep 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am
Clyde Davis is certified to teach a form of Tai Chi for health specifically developed for those suffering from arthritis. Whereas those with arthritis are encouraged to attend, it’s a perfect beginning class for anyone wishing to begin the practice of Tai Chi. For those who have trouble standing, the form can be done in a chair. The class is open to anyone interested from the church, seminary or the community for no cost. We encourage those participating to wear loose fitting clothing and shoes with flat soles but this is not mandatory.
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Children’s Choir & Dinner 4:15 pm
Children’s Choir & Dinner
Sep 27 @ 4:15 pm – 6:30 pm
Wednesday afternoons for children and families: It’s choir rehearsal for children of all ages plus a big family dinner for children and parents alike. 4:15 Children in grades 2-5 meet in Fellowship Hall; snack is first, then rehearsal in the choir room. 5:00 Children age 3 to 1st grade meet in the Fellowship Hall  while older children play freely 5:30 All children and families gather for dinner in the Fellowship Hall.  Main dish is provided.  The meal is free and open to all!
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