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Session Adopts 4 of 5 Advancing Goals

At its monthly meeting in August 2012, the VPC Session acted on the previously-proposed goals (five advancing goals and two sustaining goals).  Session voted to adopt four of the five advancing goals and the two sustaining goals.  The remaining advancing goal, while not officially adopted at this time, will have elemnts incorporated into the other four goals.  Session announced this decision to the College of Elders and Board of Deacons in a recent email.  Read the message conveyed in that email.

2012 Paralympics

Lt Bradley Snyder, USN

Brad Snyder, the nephew of VPC member Erin Allen, is competing in swimming events with Team USA in the London Paralympics, August 29 September 9, 2012.  Brad is a lieutenant in the US Navy who served in Iraq and Afghanistan; he was wounded and lost his eyesight from a PMN mine in September 2011.  He witnessed to the congregation at the "Lest We Forget" Memorial Day worship service on May 27, 2012.  A video of that worship service is available for viewing; an MP4 media player is required.

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General Assembly 2012

The 220th General Assembly (2012) of the Presbyterian Church (USA) met in Pittsburgh during the first of July for a week of worship and work as the highest council of the denomination.  Just under 900 elected commissioners and advisory delegates from every presbytery came from north, south, east, and west to discern together the mind of Christ for the PC(USA).

Knit, Purl, Love -- A Knitting Ministry

VPC is actively supporting Knit, Purl, Love... a Christian ministry that knits for orphans.  Knitters are needed now!  Scarves will go to orphans in Ukraine through New Hope International, while Teddy Bears will go to orphans in Haiti through Community Coalition for Haiti.  Read more about this ministry and how you can help.

South American Visitors Look at VPC ESOL Program

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Visitors from nine South American countries came to VPC to discuss our ESOL program.  These visitors are invited to the United States under the auspices of the Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program.  Their program is arranged by the Institute of International Education.

The Department of State has outlined the following specific objectives for the project:

  • Examine Teaching English as a Second Language programs in the United States;
  • Provide teachers of English an opportunity to meet with American instructors;
  • Develop a better understanding of the educational system in the U.S; and
  • Provide exposure to the complexity of social, political, economic, and demographic dynamics in the U.S. with particular attention to immigration patterns and the impact they have on English acquisition and usage in the U.S.

This is the second year that VPC's ESOL program has been recognized for its excellent outreach to the community and for the effective education that they administer.

Congratulations to Bonnie Grouge, Pam Gissendanner, and the 120 volunteers that it takes to run the ESOL program each week!

TAG TCI and Assessment Reports

VPC contracted with TAG Consulting of Fairfax to assess our congregation in preparation for a leadership development process.  The TCI Report gives the results of the congregational survey that was taken in August 2011, while the Assessment Report offers VPC a comprehensive assessment of our current condition as perceived by our community. You may view these reports online at our Publications page.  Note that to view the reports online, you must be registered with and logged-in to the VPC website.