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‘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.

Singles find fellowship through Episcopal group

Ask a single person of a certain age how to find other singles, and the typical respondent is likely to swear by online dating.

Sandston Baptist turns 85

Sandston was prospering.

The little village – located a mere 40 minutes from Richmond by electric trolley car – was fast growing into a bustling suburb during the post-World-War-I decade.

High time, said community members, that Sandston had a new place of worship. And on September 26, 1926, forty-one of those community members gathered to adopt and sign a covenant for Sandston Baptist Church.

‘Model congregation’ finds new life

Twenty-five years ago, as a fledgling Jewish congregation took root and began to grow in Henrico County, it flourished first on the passion of its 40 founding families and their vision of a culture that was participatory, egalitarian, and child-inclusive.

As additional families flocked to the congregation and services began to outgrow the members’ homes, Congregation Or Atid blossomed anew with a move to a building convenient to its membership – thanks to a helping hand from others in the community.


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