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The new face of hunger in America By Christie Garton World Hunger Program

After job losses, home foreclosures, mounting debt and bills some can no longer afford to pay, families such as theirs have become part of the new face of hunger in America. Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger-relief charity with a network of more than 200 food bank partners, says there is a growing problem with suburban poverty, "where new clients are individuals who have never needed to rely on the charitable food system." Hunger has been a challenge in the U.S., even when the economy is running on all cylinders. At the end of the economic boom in 2007, 13 million people or about 11% of all households were considered "food insecure," the official term used by the government to define one's inability to access an adequate amount of nutritious food at times during the year. "Not everyone who is food insecure is literally going hungry," says Mark Nord, sociologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service. "Some are able to head off hunger by reducing the quality and variety of their diets. But if food insecurity is severe or prolonged, it is likely to result in hunger."

that level since — the 2009 number, released last November, was 17.4 million. With that has come the increase in need among groups that were historically less vulnerable to hunger, according to the USDA's Household Food Security in the United States annual report. Providing a buffer against this need, a record number of 44 million or one in seven Americans (half of whom are children) are currently enrolled in the government's largest nutritional safety net program — the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, according to the USDA. Formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, SNAP is federally funded, but administered by states. Additionally, governmentaffiliated food banks and other community and faithbased food pantries and soup kitchens served more than 37 million Americans, according to Feeding America's 2010 hunger study. This figure is up 46% from 2006. "This is a record number of Americans who are voluntarily seeking emergency food assistance," says Kevin Concannon, USDA undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, charged with admin-

istering the 15 federally funded nutrition programs. "Not since the Great Depression has this kind of assistance been as urgently needed as now." Despite those numbers, many struggling middle -class families don't know they are entitled to these benefits, even those who own a home or have a job. About one-third of people who qualify for a major federal nutrition program are not currently (Continued on page 8)

81st Stated Meeting packed 10,000 meals for Stop Hunger Now Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid around the world. The organization is driven by a vision of a world without hunger and a mission to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable and by creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources. Stop Hunger Now’s meal packaging program provides volunteers the opportunity to package dehydrat(Continued on page 2)

Hundreds attend Seminary Sunday Service

Record number seeking food assistance When the recession took hold in 2008, the number of Americans who were considered food insecure spiked to 17 million, the highest level recorded since the Department of Agriculture (USDA) began monitoring food security in 1995. It has remained close to

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Eighty-first Stated Meeting June 19, 2012 Salisbury Presbyterian Church

Next Stated Meeting, October 20, 2012, Chester Presbyterian

The Presbytery of the James held its 81st Stated Meeting on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at Salisbury Church, Midlothian, VA. The meeting went well and was celebratory in many ways! Three celebrations: We celebrated 98 years of ministry of Third Presbyterian Church, Petersburg, hearing of their ministry from a former member Susan Edwards. The Administrative Commission authorized to dissolve the church made their final report.

They streamed from the Sanctuary to the gym to pack meals for “Stop Hunger Now”

We celebrated the approval to charter the new Tappahannock Presbyterian Church with a petition from the members to form a new congregation. The Tappahannock Administrative Commission was given additional powers in order to charter the church. We celebrated 22 years of ministry of Bob Pryor as Director of Camp Hanover. A resolution expressing thanks and gratitude and a gift of $2,200 to a cause of Bob’s choosing were given. A good friend of Bob, Rev. Art Gatewood, Honorably Retired minister from South Carolina, preached during the morning worship.

Arch Wallace

We approved the employment of Doug Walters as the new Executive Director for Camp Hanover for a four year contract. Doug will begin his work October 1, 2012. In addition, the change in ministerial call for Rev. Gordon Mapes to be pastor at Chester Church was recognized. In addition to all the celebrations, a new experience for the presbytery was to pack 10,000 meals for the Stop Hunger Now program prior to having lunch.

Robert Johnson

In addition, we elected Rev. Arch Wallace as the Stated Clerk for October-December, 2012, while the Stated Clerk is on sabbatical. We also elected Rev. Robert Johnson as GenDoug Walters eral Presbyter for the same period while the General Presbyter is on sabbatical. (The Stated Clerk and the General Presbyter are the same person)

Attendance: 109 of 235 Teaching Elders attended: 130 of 235 Ruling Elders attended: 75 of 111 congregations represented: In addition, the following actions were taken by the presbytery: Approved the February, 2012, Presbytery minutes. Approved the revised Presbytery Manual. Approved a new balancing of commissioners to Presbytery meetings beginning in 2013. Dismissed with gratitude the Administrative Commission for Third Church, Petersburg; (Continued on page 4)

UPCOMING MEETINGS Saturday, October 20, 2012 Chester Presbyterian Church Invitations Needed for: Saturday, February 16, 2013 Tuesday, June 18, 2013 Saturday, October 19, 2013

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ed, high protein, and highly nutritious meals that are used in crisis situations and in school feeding programs for schools and orphanages in developing countries around the world. In its efforts to respond to emergency needs around the world Stop Hunger Now receives and distributes significant donations of in-kind aid. These donations are large quantities of food, medicines, medical supplies. Meals from recent meal packaging events have been shipped in a container totaling 280,584 meals from the Richmond, Virginia warehouse. This container also included 3 pallets of medical supplies and 5 boxes of handmade quilts. Your congregations can hold a meal packing event by contacting: Stop Hunger Now. www.stophungernow.richmond%20va/.

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An empty belly hears nobody.


WORLD MISSIONS A year of service A lifetime of change By Amelia Volger

A year of service. A lifetime of change. “Priceless,” writes Amelia Vogler, a recent college graduate and member of Second Presbyterian Church in Richmond. She is in Kenya serving as a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) where she works with Church World Service, a mission partner of the Pr esby te ri an Chu r ch (US A). Wo u ld y o u b e willing to serve? It’s not the Peace Corp, but the Presbyterian Church. Every year in the spring, the World Mission YAV office selects 70 young people of faith between the ages of 19-30 to venture into a new culture, either in the U.S. or around the world. These volunteers serve with mission personnel in a variety of placements including churches, schools, youth and children’s ministries, community development, advocacy and social justice. All sites emphasize spiritual growth, community, and simple living. Both the site and the site coordinators offer opportunities for volunteers to develop their gifts and leadership and most of all to discern God’s calling for their lives and what it means to live as a Amelia Vogler Christian in a challenging world. “Even on the hardest days, I knew I was in the right place,” Amelia affirms. Where do YAVs serve? Countries include Kenya, Guatemala, Peru, Northern Ireland, India, and South Korea, as well as placements in the United States. Can you give a year to serve? Do you know someone who could? More information about the program and how to apply can be found at In the presbytery, there are a number of young adults who have previously served in the YAV program. To make arrangements for one of them to visit your church email Mary Jane Winter ( Amelia Vogler will be available to speak to your church when she returns in September. Meanwhile, Rob Vaughan from Westminster Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville prepares to leave in August for a year of service as a Young Adult Volunteer and would be glad to speak about this opportunity.

Meet Beatrice Meet Beatrice, a three-year-old girl from the Makadara neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya. Beatrice is just like any other three-year-old: shy around strangers, curious, loving and cute as a button. But Beatrice is different because she was orphaned in October after a fire devastated her

home. Her parents died from injuries they sustained. Disasters like this happen on a regular basis in Kenya. I met Beatrice and other fire victims through my job placement as a communications intern at Church World Service—Africa Office through the Presbyterian Church (USA) Young Adult Volunteer program (YAV). Since I have arrived here in Kenya. I have encountered many different kinds of disasters: oil pipeline explosions, drought, famine, floods and terrorists attacks. I began to ask God and myself why these things happen to innocent and wonderful people, and often to the most marginalized. It isn’t fair for these troubles to befall people who have so few material possessions, so few monetary assets. This verse from the book of Luke addresses the injustice:

“John answered, ‘the man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same.’ “—Luke 3:11 Serving as a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV), especially in a developing country, you quickly learn that you are not here to be Superman or Wonder Woman. You can’t save the world and that isn’t your job. What drew me to the YAV program was its commitment to empower disenfranchised people. The purpose of the volunteer is

Beatrice, from Nairobi, Kenya.

not to be a hero or to offer a handout. We work alongside our brothers and sisters to empower communities, not simply to distribute unsustainable aid. “Putting on one’s sunglasses” is a euphemism for not seeing the magnitude of the struggles many face every day in Kenya: illness and death from easily curable diseases and from those for which there is no cure (e.g. AIDS), food insecurity (when will I eat again? What will I eat?), lack of clean water and accessible water, unemployment, racism, tribalism. I admit I have put on my sunglasses, not only in Kenya, but also in the United States, Malawi, Guatemala, and Ireland, and other countries stamped in my passport. Am I proud of it? No., but I am learning to see my life in Kenya and those around me differently. I have had to face a lot of new challenges, but with God’s help, I am walking in the path he has set for me in Kenya, and I can’t imagine being anywhere else. Thank you for supporting me and for helping to make this year possible. I look forward to sharing more with you when I return to Richmond.

Robert Vaughan selected to serve in Kenya By Shannon E. Langley

Robert “Bob” Vaughan IV, a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Charlottesville, has been selected by the General Assembly Mission Council to serve in mission on behalf of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He will be serving with the Yung Adult Volunteer (YAV) program in the nation of Kenya during the upcoming YAV cycle. The Young AdultVolunteer program offers opportunities in Christian service and learning for young adults (19-30 years of age) in eleven sites within the United States and six sites around the world. The job descriptions for the volunteers depend both on the needs of the partner and the skills of the Young Adult Volunteer. In each placement, the volunteer works with a church or organization, develops Christian community, and meets for prayer and Bible study with other Young Adult Volunteers. Robert Vaughan recently attended the Placement Event held on the campus of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary where the volunteers had the opportunity to discern their place-

ment in the midst of a community that included other volunteers, YAV site coordinators, and the Young Adult Volunteer program staff. Funding for YAV is shared by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Young Adult Volunteer, family and friends, volunteer placements, as well as congregation(s) and presbyteries that are able to provide support. The appointment as a Young Adult Volunteer is considered a full-time position, and volunteers are not allowed to secure other employment while they are serving. They receive a small stipend to Robert Vaughan cover basic living expenses where they live and work. With the approval of the General Assembly Mission Council, mission workers are asked to help raise funds to help defray the costs of supporting themselves and their work while they are at their places of assignment.


A hungry man is not a free man.

Total collected through Presbytery of the James Hunger Program since 1981.



By Clifton Edwards

he desire to create a greater awareness of the crisis of world hunger among the churches of the (then) Hanover Presbytery began as a dream of Ginter Park Presbyterian Church in 1981-82. The dream included a part-time paid hunger specialist who would be a presbytery staff person to work with the churches of the presbytery. Ginter Park seeded this dream with a grant of $3,000 in 1983, and the Rev. Charlotte Spencer became our first HAE (Hunger Action Enabler). Charlotte asked Rev. Starke Cauthorn, the newly installed pastor of Mechanicsville Presbyterian Church to chair a committee of six to oversee the work of the initialing hunger awareness among the churches, and to set up procedures for disbursing funds that had been collected. The thinking was that Starke would lead the committee for a year or two, to get the works started. Little did he know that 32 years later he would still be chairman of the Hunger Purpose Group. Early hunger committee meetings were held monthly in Dubose Hall, PSCE. All felt strongly about the overwhelming sense of trust the presbytery had conferred on them to make the decisions as to where 2¢ a meal funds should be directed. They did a lot of praying in those meetings. This was the Lord’s money. Where would God have it go? As the months passed, more churches climbed aboard (with regular hunger offerings). Each congregation was encouraged to receive the offering once a month. Every year the offerings grew. Charlotte left after three years with the work well underway. Other HAE’s came and went. In 1987, Starke decided it was time for him to go. The pastor of Rockfish Presbyterian Church became chair and instituted an important change by moving the meetings from monthly to quarterly. Shortly thereafter, he was called to a new church elsewhere and Rev. Cauthorn was back in the saddle as chair again. In 1990, the churches were contributing almost $70,000 a year to hunger causes. In 1995, Starke relinquished the chair to the able leadership of Elder Nancy Rice from Westminster Church, Charlottesville, who took over for about a year. By 1996 Starke was chair again, offerings were approaching $80,000 a year by 2000 and since then have continued to range between $80,000-$100,000 per year. At last count 74 of the presbytery congregations participate in some form of regular hunger offerings which are sent to the Presbytery of the James Hunger Program. Currently the program provides partial support for 16 regional food distribution points throughout the presbytery and supports international programs in Myanmar, Mexico, Guatemala, and the largest in Haiti.

Starke Cauthorn

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and the Search Committee for the Executive Director for Camp Hanover. Elected Ruling Elder Jennifer Rowe and Teaching Elders Todd McCoy and George Whipple as readers of ordination exams in October, 2012. Honorably retired the following ministers Rev. David Garth, 5/1/2012 Rev. Paula Parker, 1/1/2012 Rev. Dixie Brachlow, 6/1/2012 Rev. Russ Riter, 7/1/2012

Elected Ruling Elder Elsa Falls, Region E, Class of 2013, to Committee on Preparation for Ministry. Elected Rev. Steve Starzer, Region B, Class of 2012, to the Committee on Ministry. Respectfully submitted,

H. Carson Rhyne, Jr. H. Carson Rhyne, Jr. Stated Clerk

Approved increase in the Minimum Compensation Criteria for Teaching Elders and Certified Christian educators of 2.7%. Approved that four weeks of vacation and two weeks of study leave are for all pastors and educators whether full or part time. Approved establishment of an Administrative Commission for Third Church, Richmond, in line with the Guidelines for Dismissal with the powers of G-3.03, The Presbytery.

A change of pace for this meeting include a picnic lunch.

New Purpose Group added Resource & Special Events By Glenda Hollingshead

Out of the midst of the Leadership Connections Team, the Resource and Special Events Purpose Group has bubbled up. The goal of this new Purpose Group is to provide discipleship development opportunities for congregations, small groups and individuals in Presbytery of the James. Offerings and topics, thus far, have varied from spiritual formation, seminars on Advent & Lent, lectures on the Dead Sea Scrolls, and even a lecture abut the Wright Brothers: The Bishops’ Boys: A Search for God’s Hand on the Airplane. To learn more: go to POJ website; click on “Purpose Groups”; click on “Resources and Special Events Purpose Group’; there you will find links to our current resources as well as other forms.


God comes to the hungry in the form of food.

Pryor Memorial starts Sunday School Class By Madelene Grene

Though small in number, Pryor Memorial has a vibrant active membership. However, the church has been declining some in membership for several years. This decline may change because of the prayers and hard work of the pastor Rod Spencer and the church members. Five or six new members have been added to the rolls in recent months. Adult children raised in the church have come back to Pryor. Both groups are taking an active part in church activities: helping with projects such as the church booth on Main Street for Crewe’s Homecoming, the annual church picnic, and serving on the Diaconate. This is very encouraging, but there was only one child attending church, and she stayed in the nursery during services. Her grandmother decided to start a Sunday School class for this child, but having only one in the class was not much fun. Undaunted, this grandmother started working toward getting other children in the class. She contacted adult members of the church who had children that were not attending; she called parents of children who had attended our Bible School in previous years; she called parents and friends of her granddaughter. First one came; then two; now four to five attend. Our church that had not had a children’s Christmas program for several years had one last year in which six children participated. The church’s annual Easter egg hunt had fourteen children in attendance. There were eight children at our annual picnic in May. It is wonderful to hear the pitter patter of children’s feet in Pryor Memorial once again and to hear their voices singing and praying with those of the adults. The parents of several of these children have been attending Pryor Memorial, and some are considering joining our church. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the attendance of new members, of adult children raised in the church, and the children in this new Sunday school class and their parents help Pryor to continue to grow in number and in service to Jesus Christ our Lord? Beginnings such as these can help renew any church and with God’s help will renew Pryor.

Above, class members and guests wait for lunch. Below, Madeline Greene and class members.

Feeding a child is such a simple thing—but it works miracles.


New Bethlehem sanctuary took 30 yrs.

WHEREAS, Robert H. Pryor has served with distinction for twenty-two years as Director of Camp Hanover and staff member for the Presbytery of the James; and

By Carol Hazard

Bethlehem Presbyterian Church is a 175 year old church located on Old Church Rd., in Mech an icsville. Th e church received a gift of $100,000 30 years ago with the stipulation that it be used for new construction. It has taken this long to match the fund and add enough to it to build a new sanctuary. “ Th is h a s been a long time in the coming,’ said June Cappello. She and her hu sb and w ere married in the church 31 years ago. “Community is in our DNA,” said Rev. Rebekah Johns. “We live in the community together and we worship together,” she continued. The parish community is a “comfortable community,” said Rebekah Johns, made up of educators, landowners, two doctors and one lawyer. Most churches have two services on Sunday, but Bethlehem has only one, and that is intentional. “Two services would split the congregation, and we would lose the unity.” Johns said. Built in 1837, the old sanctuary, with handmade pews too short and too narrow by today’s standards, will be used for special functions. Architect Kevin Layell explained the blending of architectural elements such as arched windows in the old structure into the new structure and an addition that connects to the parish hall.


Presbytery of the James Resolution of Appreciation June 19, 2012

WHEREAS, during his term of service to the Presbytery, Robert has exercised extraordinary abilities in activities that ultimately touched the lives of thousands of children, youth, adults, ministers, Christian Educators, youth leaders, counselors and staff members, as well as congregations of the Presbytery of the James; and WHEREAS, he has promoted the work of Camp Hanover and the Presbytery Bob Pryor of the James to the benefit of the Presbytery, the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic, and the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.); and WHEREAS, Robert will successfully complete his service to the Presbytery of the James and Camp Hanover in August 2012; THEREFORE, Be it now resolved that the Presbytery of the James expresses its appreciation for the faithful and dedicated service of Robert H. Pryor; and Bethlehem Presbyterian Church

The total cost for the new sanctuary is $1.2 million, and the church will carry a mortgage for the first time in its history. “It will be short-lived. We’ll pay it off in four years,” Johns said, “The idea of debt in this community is unacceptable.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Resolution be endorsed by all those present at the Eighty-first Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of the James, with our sincere thanks for Robert H. Pryor’s exemplary service to Christ and His Church through Camp Hanover and the Presbytery of the James. Mary Baril, Moderator

do whatever it takes’ to save Bott Memorial By Bryant Nevelle

Bott Memorial Presbyterian Church, a family in Christ today of about eighty (80) members, has a history dating back nearly 110 years. The Sanctuary, with its magnificent heart pine floor and wainscoting, tall narrow windows and huge doors, was erected in 1906. We’ve had many changes throughout the past century. We changed to central heat and air from open windows to combat summer heat and the two big oil heaters that once sat in the center of the congregation with their awkward looking flew reaching into the high ceiling (also hand crafted of heart pine) for warmth against the wintertime cold. We’ve added building additions during the 1970’s and 1980’s including Sunday school rooms, a fellowship room, kitchen, bathrooms and vestibule linking all buildings together. Faces have changed as well as generations have come and gone in the life of Bott. But, what hasn’t changed during this entire time has been and remains the love and support that has bound us, our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren together. Last June, our entire church family was threatened; not by the usual culprit—but by termites. We noticed cracks in the walls developing and a weakness in the pulpit floor. The old sanctuary, built very low to the ground and long before the age of treated lumber, had been ravaged by the long term effects of missions of the tiny unseen insects. At first, we were not certain

Termites have their way with Bott Memorial Presbyterian Church

whether the damage could be repaired to make the structure safe or if it is was financially feasible to do so. For a few weeks, we were faced with the very real possibility of the end of Bott Memorial as we had come to know it. Fortunately, engineers determined the building could be saved; however, doing so would require replacing and rebuilding from the original 10 x 10 sill plates upward to the point where damage ended. Though we were excited that our sanctuary was salvageable, the beautiful and historically irreplaceable interior was gone with only the old ceiling to remind us of the church’s former look. More importantly, we had to seriously consider if we could afford the renovations—we certainly didn’t have the necessary cash on hand. God has a unique way of reminding us what we have at times. Out of our prayers and numerous discussions, we found ourselves recalling how we didn’t have the resources to add central heat and air, the various additions or any of the other monumental endeavors we’d undertaken, but the money came. Further, we realized it wasn’t the antique setting that made us what we were. It was in our shared faith, our friendships, our close-knit lives and most of all in the eyes and hearts of our children now numbering nearly 20 in count who are just beginning their journeys in faith. “Could we save Bott?” The answer was simple, “We’ll do whatever it takes!” The repairs were estimated to be $75,000 to $100,000. Pledges were made and a loan was secured to fund the project. In the end, the costs totaled $92,000, and, through God’s Grace, the money came. Our members, friends from other churches of varying denominations and the local community demonstrated such an outpouring of generosity that the outstanding debt on our totaled sanctuary is a whopping $3,500. Churches like Bott don’t exhibit the grandeur or have the resources to offer many of the extended bene-

Exterior and interior of the newly renovated church, (right) Bryant Neville.

fits (schools, daycares, etc.) of the huge houses of worship, and they often seem forgotten or overlooked by our larger counterparts and our governing bodies. What we do bring to bear is that uniquely close tie between those with whom we share not only our Sunday mornings but our day to day lives as well. We are truly humbled by our recent events, and, though we have depleted our resources, exhausted our meager cash reserves and owe a small debt, we stand comforted and united in our renewed faith. Whatever the challenge, our little country church will survive just fine!

To eliminate hunger, everyone has to be involved. Concord has two projects To benefit Stop Hunger Now

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By Cecelia P. Edmunds & Theresa Elder

In September of 2010, members of Concord Presbyterian Church began submitting recipes for a future cookbook to be sold as a fundraiser for Stop Hunger Now, as well as other charities, should we reach our first goal. We decided to develop our own format so that we could include personal reflections and memories about the recipes without being limited to a predetermined amount of space, as cookbook companies generally require. We used the services of an ind ep enden t press, North Star Press in Louisa County, an area that was hit by a big earthquake during the Ju ly - Augu s t (2011) printing of our completed cookbook. North Star was not damaged by the quake and numerous aftershocks. We hoped to sell 125 books to raise our goal for Stop Hunger Now, but surprisingly ended up, after three printings, selling 475 books, well over our initial goal. In fact, the weekend we picked up our first printing ended with sales of all 300 printed books and orders submitted for a second printing. We felt that God had blessed this project of our small country church, and we embraced His encouragement to work in aid of the poor. On March 3,2012 a miracle of love and compassion took place at Concord Presbyterian Church in Rawlings, Virginia. Seventy-seven people of a variety of faiths and backgrounds came together on a Saturday morning to package food to help feed the hungry in places of need around the world. Ten thousand meals were packaged and packed for shipping in slightly over an hour. Funding to purchase the food was provided in a joint venture by Concord Church and a grant from the POJ Centsability Fund. The Presbyterian Women prepared and sold 500 cookbooks to raise their portion of the funding. Volunteers from the following groups participated in the food packaging: Concord Presbyterian Church, Bott Memorial Presbyterian Church, Mansons Methodist Church, McKenney Baptist Church and the Kids for Christ Youth Group. Each Concord woman assembled a team of five volunteers consisting of family members and friends. Delicious breakfast refreshments were served by the Concord Presbyterian Women to celebrate the successful and timely completion of the mission project. Comments heard during and following the program included: “Where did you find all these people?”, “It’s a Miracle!”, “What an outpouring of love!”, “Look at those kids work!” “This was so well organized—Can we do a program at our church?”   Just think, 10,000 people-mostly children will be fed due to the generosity of these volunteers! May God bless all those who volunteered and all the hungry who will be fed.

God gathers the people to . . .

Celebrate 200 yrs. of Union Presbyterian Seminary On April 22, 2012, hundreds gather at Richmond Convention to celebrate 200 years of service by Union Presbyterian Seminary. The place was alive with the anthem presented by Trinity Baptist Church of Richmond. The worship included seminary students, staff and faculty as well as educators, clergy and elders throughout the presbytery and from other denominations. Since its founding at Hampton-Sydney College in 1812, Union Presbyterian Seminary has served the Presbyterian Church by educating pastors, teachers, missionaries, and scholars for service to Christ and the world. The “Union” in the seminary’s name represents the partnership of the synods of Virginia and North Carolina on behalf of theological education. Since 1898, the seminary has been located in Richmond. Union Theological Seminary federated with the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in 1997 to become Union-PSCE. In 2002, an extension campus of Union-PSCE was established in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Bicentennial Gift The quilt below was a gift from Presbytery of the James to commemorate the Bicentennial of Seminary and church together. It was designed by Heide Schumann and Linda Makrancy from South Plains Presbyterian Church to represent the mountains, piedmont and flat lands of the presbytery, as well as the passage of time that continues to give us new opportunities to love and serve the Lord.

African Immigrant Ministry Outreach receives $6,000

Members of the African Immigrant Ministry Outreach.

Packing 10,000 meals at Concord.

In July 2010, Union-PSCE changed its name to Union Presbyterian Seminary to reflect a collective vision for the future and to signify the new creation that God is forming out of this historic seminary.

Following a request from the Rev. Dr. Zolton Julius Phillips, III, who has been coordinating the support of the African Immigrant Ministry Outreach in the Richmond area, the New Immigrant Congregational Support division of General Assembly Mission Council approved a grant in the amount of $6,000 for 2012. This is part of our partnership with Trinity Presbyterian Church and other local congregations such as Fairfield Presbyterian Church to initiate specialized ministry.

Label on back of quilt. “To Everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Presented to Union Seminary by the Presbytery of the James for 200th Anniversary, April 12, 2012. Quilters of South Plains Presbyterian Church, Keswick, VA . 2012.


Hunger steals the memory.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Rollins steps down after a decade at Boaz & Ruth By Kristen Green Richmond Times-Dispatch

The founder and chief executive of the nonprofit Boaz & Ruth, which created a safe space in Richmond's Highland Park by renovating abandoned buildings, opening businesses and providing jobs, will step down at the end of the year, the organization announced Tuesday. Martha Rollins, 69, who was recognized for her leadership of the nonprofit by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony three years ago, said she will stay on with the group in a consulting role. Rollins, a longtime antiques dealer who owned a store in Carytown, said she isn't ready to disclose her plans but said she will collaborate on friends' projects. She said she has been planning for five years to leave the organization. "People think it's dependent on the founder," she said. "It's important to me that it's not about me." Rollins, who lives near Richmond's Byrd Park, founded the organization over a decade ago as a community revitalization project. Using corporate gifts and church donations, Boaz & Ruth transformed three blocks of Meadowbridge Road into a place residents could gather and get job training. During that time, crime dropped dramatically, the nonprofit reports. "The important thing is presence in a community, filling up the emptiness with good things," she said. The nonprofit's businesses include a thrift clothing store, a café and a moving company. Another business, a thrift furniture store, has trained more than 200 ex-offenders. Rollins said she is looking forward to completing a renovation of the furniture store and extending the café hours before she leaves. She announced her decision to step down at a gathering of her employees at the nonprofit's fire station turned café.

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holds a steady job as a supervisor at the thrift clothing store. "Look at me now!" she said, showing off her professional attire. But Kelvin Coley, who has worked for the organization seven years, said he is excited to see how Boaz & Ruth blossoms and grows after Rollins is no longer in charge.

The new face of poverty

Martha Rollins, “People think it’s dependent on the founder, it’s important to me that it’s not about me.”

Ruth Cosby, who has worked for Boaz & Ruth since 2003, said hearing the news that Rollins would leave the nonprofit was difficult. "I don't know what it looks like without her," she said. Cosby credits Rollins with turning around her life from an unstable, mentally ill person to a good mother and well-rounded individual who

(Continued from page 1) enrolled to receive their eligible benefits, according to the USDA. A study released in March by Feeding America addressed the concept of a meal gap — the amount of meals needed to feed every single hungry person in the U.S. Starting with government statistics and food price data from the Nielsen Co., the "Map the Meal Gap" study worked with researchers to estimate local community hunger at the county level in all 50 states. "We know hunger exists in every state across the nation, but it looks different from county to county, and therefore, so do the solutions," Escarra says. By understanding hunger at the local level, she explains, more effective solutions can be developed.

Dr. Donald Langfitt celebrates celebrates 55 years in ministry

(l to r) Rev. Andy Meyers of Laurel Presbyterian Church, Diana Morris, principle of VREC and Margaret Fitch presenting check for $1,000.

Laurel Presbyterian Sale benefits Virginia Randolph Education Center The members of Laurel Presbyterian Church were invited to, “clean out their attics and closets” for a worthy cause. The church’s April yard sale brought out hundreds of folks from the Glen Allen community and yielded a donation for the Virginia Randolph Education Center on Mountain Road. VREC is a loving and welcoming school for handicapped and special needs children. Laurel Presbyterian sees this as an opportunity to help their neighbors in need. The Staples Mill Road church is looking to participate in the life of the school and to volunteer to help the students.

To Pastor Dr. Donn Langfitt it was another Sunday behind the pulpit, but not to his congregation at Kirk O’Cliff, the Presbyterian Church located at the north end of Lake Anna. This was the Sunday that marked the continuation of his fifty five years as a Pastor, and they would not let it pass unrecognized. Knowing his reserved nature and desire to avoid publicity, they coordinated with his wife Patricia to quietly organize a surprise barbeque for him after the service. It worked! Being Pastor of the small country church, Kirk O’Cliff, is a real change of pace for Dr. Donn Langfitt Langfitt. Other churches which “Pastor Donn” has led are among the largest Presbyterian congregations in the South and include Williamsburg Presbyterian (Virginia), Maitland First Presbyterian (Orlando, Florida) and Gaithersburg Presbyterian (Maryland). After leading so many large churches he appreciates the opportunity to “really get to know his congregation” at Kirk O’Cliff. When asked which pulpit he enjoyed the most, he responds with a sly grin, “Ask me when I’ve finished preaching”.

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