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Christmas Eve services planned

The following churches in Henrico County are among those that will hold Christmas Eve services Dec. 24: Trinity United Methodist Church, 903 Forest Ave. – 4 p.m. (family), 6 p.m. (modern), 8:30 p.m. (traditional) and 11 p.m. (traditional); Welborne United Methodist Church, 920 Maybeury Dr. – 5 p.m. (family) and 8 p.m. (traditional); River Road Church Baptist, 8000 River Rd. – 4 p.m. and 11 p.m.; Oak Hall Baptist Church, 1877 Old Hanover Rd. – 4:30 p.m.; St. John’s Catholic Church, 813 W. Nine Mile Rd. – 5:30 p.m.; Highland Springs United Methodist Church, 22 N. Holly Ave. – 7 p.m.; Battery Park Christian Church, 4201 Brook Rd. – 7 p.m.;

‘Run 2 Rebuild Richmond’ scheduled at River Road UMC Oct. 1


River Road United Methodist Church will host its fifth Run 2 Rebuild Richmond Saturday, Oct. 1 to raise money for Rebuilding Together Richmond.

The event will include a 5K run/walk, a one-mile “Fun Run” and a wellness fair. Event proceeds will benefit Rebuilding Together Richmond, a local non-profit that brings volunteers together to repair the homes of low-income homeowners.

A unified mission, one footprint at a time


Five years ago, a humble man named Bill Pike had an idea that would bring his church community together and raise money for a few noble causes. Today, that idea has blossomed into the Mission Footprint 5k race, which involves three local churches and benefits five charitable organizations.

This year’s Mission Footprint 5k will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12 and will feature members of Trinity United Methodist Church, River Road Church, Baptist and Third Church.

ICGR honors CARITAS


The Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond (ICGR) held its 7th Annual Clergy and Community Leaders Recognition Program March 16 at Rosyln Retreat Center in Henrico, honoring CARITAS and the Rev. Ben Campbell of Richmond Hill for their efforts to enhance understanding, respect and cooperation among the various religious faiths. Pictured, from left, are Tiffany Hall and Clara Stokes of CARITAS, Ben Campbell, and Lynn Johnston of ICGR.

Or Ami to continue open doors policy for high holiday services

Congregation Or Ami will continue its open-doors policy for high holidays in the coming weeks and months.

‘Elf shop’ helps children provide gifts for their families


Earlier this week, Varina Episcopal Church hosted its first "Elf's Shop," an event designed to provide an opportunity for disadvantaged children to "shop" for Christmas items for their families.

In April 2009, the chuch established a food pantry to assist residents in the area by distributing meat, produce, bread and dry goods on the first and third Monday of each month. Since that time the pantry has grown from four families to 40 families and has distributed more than 40,000 pounds of food.

Virginia United Methodists name resident bishop

The Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church, headquartered in Glen Allen, has named Bishop Young Jin Cho resident bishop effective Sept. 1. Cho is the first Korean-American to lead the Virginia Conference.

He will oversee nearly 1,200 churches and 335,000 United Methodists in the Virginia Conference.

Va. Christian Alliance honors Cuccinelli

The Virginia Christian Alliance has presented Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli with the “Founders” Leadership Award for his outspoken stand on pro-family, pro-life issues. He was also honored for his efforts to support House Bill 1, the so-called Right to Life Bill, in the 2012 session.

Women of faith

The world marked International Woman’s Day on March 8 by celebrating the economic, political and social accomplishments of women. The special day falls during the month that’s also set aside to honor women in history.

Women continue to make history today often by accepting new challenges and taking on important leadership positions.

Anjum Ali and Jessica Stewart of central Virginia are two minority women who have taken on unique roles in their communities. Both said their faith is what motivates them to work to try to make a difference.

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