July 6th, 2016

You may recall from the June Newsletter that the Session decided to ordain and install a group of Deacons to assist with pastoral care. With the reorganization of the Book of Order in 2011, it became possible for churches to ordain individuals as Deacons who serve and visit the home-centered, the sick, and those undergoing significant transitions in their lives. In other words, churches can now ordain individuals to ministries of compassion. They will receive training in active listening, prayer, and being present, and meet as a group with the pastor for training and support without functioning as a Board.
The Newsletter article invited anyone who felt called this ministry to let the chairs of the Nominating Committee know. Thankfully, two people did just that. Now the Nominating Committee has met and prayerfully selected six candidates who, if elected, will be ordained and installed as deacons. The candidates are Phyllis Albritton-Webb, Jeananne Bame, John Browder, Deb Call, Robert Dean, and Bill Neely.
I have asked the Session to authorize a Called Congregational Meeting after worship on July 17th to vote on these six candidates. Their terms of office will be staggered so that two of the candidates will serve one year, two will serve two years and two for three years. After that, the Nominating Committee will offer two candidates a year.
I give thanks to God for this wonderful group who have said “yes” to this possibility for service. Nominations will also be taken from the floor, so if you plan to make a nomination, please obtain the person’s permission before the meeting. We’ll confirm the date of the Called meeting once the elders have had a chance to vote on the request.
Scripture Readings for Sunday, July 10: Luke 6:46-49; Colossians 3:12-17

The prayer list can be found here.

Dear BPC Family,
Former elder and professor of religious studies Guyton Bowers Hammond, 85, died peacefully at his home in Crozet, VA on Sunday. A memorial service will be held on July 22 at 11:00 am at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 Rugby Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903. Those wishing to honor Guy may donate to the Virginia Tech Foundation, 902 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, VA 24061, or the Music Ministry of Westminster Presbyterian Church.