Learn More About Embrace! – Volunteer Orientation

Embrace Richmond will be holding an orientation for people interesting in getting involved in different volunteer opportunities.  We will do a history about Embrace, what we plan to do for the coming year and how you can get involved.  There are several great opportunities to get involved whether you are part of a group or want to come as an individual.  The orientation will be: Tuesday November 9th 12:00 p.m. 1125 E. Commerce Rd. Richmond, VA 23224 Please contact Stephanie at stephanie@embracerichmond.org with questions or to register.  We hope to see you...

Discussion Packet Now Available!

A Discussion Questions Packet is now available for Wendy McCaig’s book From the Sanctuary to the Streets.  It is free and available to anyone.  This packet is great for Bible studies, small groups, Sunday School classes or simply individual reflection while reading through the book. Click here for a PDF of the packet. If you have any questions or technical problems, please email Stephanie at stephanie@embracerichmond.org.  You can find the book at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com, as well as directly from the publishers, Wipf & Stock.  The publisher offers a 40% discount on orders of four or more books.  All proceeds from the book benefit Embrace Richmond.  Find more information on the book at...

A Blessing to Be a Blessing

Blessing Day September 11, 2010 Saturday was our first Blessing Day of the season and what a great blessing it was.  Volunteers from Tomahawk Baptist Church, Walnut Grove Baptist Church, New Bethesda Baptist Church, Sandston Baptist Church and Westminster Presbyterian Church came to Embrace Richmond to serve and ended up being blessed themselves.  After a time of getting to know each other and getting to know Embrace, volunteers were sent to Hillside Court or Fairfield Court to begin the service projects that were planned by Embrace leadership teams in each community.  Hillside collected food from the volunteers, who then bagged that food and took it to seniors in the community.  Fairfield volunteers participated in a service focusing on dealing with grief after loss.  After the service, those who participated released balloons representing hope, peace and community. Some volunteers were able to stay at Embrace and head over to the CARITAS Furniture Bank to help Hillside community member John pick out furniture for his new home in Hillside.  The CARITAS movers took the furniture over and volunteers loaded up John’s house with a new living room and kitchen set. One of the most important parts of Blessing Day is praying over the House Blessing.  John was incredibly overwhelmed by the generosity and compassion shown to him.  Before Saturday, John did not have a couch to sit on in his living room and now his apartment can begin to feel like a home.  He thanked everyone who came to help profusely as he tried to hold back tears.  Volunteers prayed for John and prayed for the seniors that were visited.  Then it...

Wendy McCaig Keynote Speaker at BTSR Convocation

Founder and Executive Director of Embrace Richmond Wendy McCaig will be the keynote speaker for the Convocation ceremony for new students at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond.  Wendy graduated with a Masters of Divinity from BTSR in 2007 and it was at BTSR that she learned many of the lessons that led to the start of Embrace.  She will speak a message about going “Beyond the Pew” and living out faith in unexpected places. After Convocation Wendy will also do a book signing. Convocation and Book Signing Tuesday Sept. 14, 2010 at 10:10 a.m. in Turnbull Hall at 3400 Brook...

Welcome Janie Walker!

Embrace Richmond would like to welcome the newest member of our staff, Janie Walker.  Janie is our Program Director as of the beginning of August and we are excited to have her join our team. Janie has worked in several different areas of ministry such as community development, pastoral care, prayer and counseling.  She has been a pastor, a facilitator, a minister, a student and much more.  Now she is a mother and a grandmother who has a desire to see healing and wholeness in people and religious institutions. As the Program Director at Embrace, Janie will be responsible for overseeing Embrace’s involvement in the communities we serve, as well as leading the volunteers in those communities. “I feel like this is the place I’m suppose to be in this place in my journey,” Janie said. Janie is a native of Sandston, Va.  She studied mathematics at Virginia State University for a year before beginning work as an Accounts Payable Supervisor at Phillip Morris, USA.  She then began working as a clergy person in several roles, while continuing her education at Virginia Commonwealth University, Central Virginia School of Ministry where she earned an Associate’s Degree in Biblical Studies and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University where she earned a Masters of Divinity with a concentration in Theology. We look forward to all the great work Janie and Embrace will be able to do in the coming...

Getting Cool – Blackwell Community Pool Day

Today the Embrace team headed over to Blackwell Community Pool for a chance to cool off from the heat.  We played in the water, enjoyed some great fellowship and a chance to relax on a hot Thursday.  Thanks to the Blackwell Community Center for opening the pool for us and to all those who came out to join us.  We had a good...

Highlights from a Fantastic Summer

Embrace Richmond had a great summer with different events in and out of the communities we serve. We took a trip to Maymont Park where we played games and looked at the animals.  We celebrated the graduation of our first AmeriCorps interns.  We visited the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Three Lakes Park and played games and watched movies in Hillside and Fairfield courts.  We had a great time and want to thank all of our volunteers and community members! We still have a few weeks left of the summer!  Thursday August 19 is our Senior Disco Day in Fairfield.  Be sure and stay connected with Embrace for photos and news on upcoming...

Face painting, snow cones and popcorn – Community Day and National Night Out

It was a long and successful day yesterday as Embrace participated in Hillside’s Community Day and National Night Out, as well as the National Night Out in Fairfield.  We had some volunteers come in and do face painting and temporary tattoos, which were very popular.  Some of our interns even enjoyed the temporary tattoos!  We also worked the snow cone machine, popcorn machine and answered questions about Embrace and gave out information on coming events.  Both events were a lot of fun and had a good turn out.  We hope that the community members were blessed and provided for and thank them for being a part of it!  You can see more photos on our Facebook Page. Our next event will be a trip to Blackwell Community Pool on Thursday August 12.  There is more information on that here or you can email alanna@embracerichmond.org. Thanks to those who helped out!  We appreciate your...

Enjoying Three Lakes Park

Thank you to Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church’s youth group for helping us have a great day at Three Lakes Park today!  We visited the Nature Center and Aquarium, went fishing, played on the play ground, shared a great lunch together and enjoyed the fellowship.  Those who visited the Nature Center and Aquarium were able to see several types of snakes and fish.  The team that headed over to the fishing spot didn’t catch anything except a can of worms, but everyone enjoyed trying and one of our friends learned to fish! Thanks again to Duncan Memorial and we hope to be able to continue to have a great partnership.  Next week we will be celebrating National Night Out.  You can get more information on that here.  It will be on a Tuesday instead of Thursday, so be aware!  We have a few more weeks of summer left and we look forward to all of the fun we will be able to have.  Check out the Events page for more details on everything and we hope to see you...

Birthday Wishes – Thank you Laura Wert!

Embrace Richmond would like to give a huge thank you to Laura Wert, a longtime volunteer and friend of Embrace.  A few weeks ago Laura celebrated her 50th birthday.  Instead of the usual, sometimes awkward, gag gifts, Laura asked her friends to donate to Embrace.  Several donations have already been sent in her honor and we are blessed and grateful.  The donations will help do a lot of good as Embrace continues to serve impoverished communities.  Laura has spent much of her life helping others and she wanted her birthday to be celebrated in a way that represents that commitment.  She hopes that others will follow her lead and celebrate life by helping others improve their own.  Thank you, Laura Wert, and Happy Birthday! Thank...