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News from the Virginia Conference – Sept. 8, 2009

Mississippi Bishop sends ‘thanks’ for Katrina relief help
Virginia Bishop Charlene Kammerer recently received this note of gratitude from Mississippi Bishop Hope Morgan Ward regarding the ongoing recovery effort from Hurricane Katrina and the financial gifts and United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) work teams that have gone to the area from Virginia Conference churches:
“As we mark the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we give thanks for you and for the partnership of the Virginia Conference in recovery. The United Methodist churches of Virginia were here early on and have sustained their interest, generosity and commitment to our long recovery. We continue to remember your partnership and your generosity through the 2008 Annual Conference offering. We are all deeply grateful for all the ways you have blessed our lives. Please extend our thanks to the conference staff, mission and UMVIM leaders and the entire conference for their perseverance. Through the connection of The United Methodist Church in response, over 13,000 families are back home in Mississippi. The work continues and we look forward to seeing many of you as we press on in this good work.”

Stewardship Resources available on Web site
The Division of Stewardship of the Conference Board of Laity has provided new stewardship resources for local churches that are now available on the Conference Web site. Resources include a description of one model of holistic stewardship used at Main Street UMC in Suffolk; an updated resource booklet, “Stewardship and Capital Campaign Resources, Programs, and Packages”; and a new five-part DVD series called “Living for Giving: A Wesleyan View of Stewardship” written and narrated by Bishop Kenneth Carder and made possible through collaboration with the Virginia United Methodist Foundation. Click here for more information. Or visit, select “Resources,” then “Stewardship Opportunities.”

Palestinian Archbishop to speak Sept. 24 at William & Mary
Elias Chacour, Archbishop of the Melkite Catholic Church in the Galilee, will address the topic of peace in the Middle East from a faith perspective at events hosted by the Wesley Foundation United Methodist campus ministry at the College of William and Mary on Thursday, Sept. 24, in Williamsburg. At 10 a.m. at the Wesley Foundation, Chacour will provide a first-person account of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with proposals for how conflict can be addressed faithfully in the Middle East as well as personal and congregational life in the U.S. Lunch will be provided at the cost of $10 to registrants. At 8 p.m. in Andrews Hall on campus, Chacour will address “Faith, Peace and Reconciliation,” examining how religious faith can assist or impede the quest for peace and justice. Chacour, a Palestinian Christian and a citizen of Israel, is an unflinching advocate for peace. He founded the Mar Elias Educational Institutions which yearly provide education to 4500 students of Christian, Druze, Jewish and Muslim communities. He is the author of Blood Brothers and We Belong to the Land and was the 1994 recipient of the World Methodist Peace Prize. Click here for details, go to, or call (757) 229-6832.

Bishop to meet with Extension Ministers Oct. 2
Extension Ministers (elders, provisional elders and local pastors) and those appointed Beyond the Local Church (deacons and provisional deacons) will get together Friday, Oct. 2, at the Virginia United Methodist Conference Center in Glen Allen, to connect with each other and hear from Bishop Charlene Kammerer. This year, the group will also hear from Dr. Russell E. Ritchey, Professor of Church History at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, and author of a new book,  Extension Ministers: Mr. Wesley’s True Heirs. Click here to register and for more information.

Oct. 3 Older Adult Conference to focus on aging, ministry in 21st Century
Join the Virginia Conference Older Adult Ministry Council on Saturday, Oct. 3, at Mt. Pisgah UMC in Midlothian, as we explore aging and ministry in the 21st century with Rev. Dr. Richard Gentzler, Jr., director of the Center on Aging and Older Adult Ministry for the General Board of Discipleship. All who are interested in ministry across the mid-life and older stages of life are welcome. Click here to register by Sept. 25. Or contact the Office of Leadership and Inclusivity, (804) 521-1153 or (800) 768-6040, ext. 153, or e-mail A block of 15 rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Select - Koger Center at 1021 Koger Center Boulevard(10800 block of Midlothian Turnpike), Richmond, for folks who want to come in the night before. These rooms will be available until Sept. 25. To reserve a room in the block, call the hotel directly at (804) 379-3800 and ask for the rooms reserved for the “United Methodist Church” for Friday, Oct. 2. Many other hotels are in the immediate area.

Retired Ministers and Spouses Retreat set for Oct. 7-8
The Association of Retired Ministers and Spouses Retreat will be held at the Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center (VUMAC) in Blackstone Oct. 7-8. In addition to a fun-filled program, special addresses by Dr. Bill Mallard, and great food, there will be a session on the future of our Retirement Program. All retired clergy and spouses will want to hear this. Three meals, overnight lodging, and great program for only $25 per person. Click here for brochure and registration form. Or contact Dick and Pat Faris, Retreat Directors, at (434) 974-6970 or

2009 Laity Sunday is Oct. 18
The 2009 celebration of Laity Sunday is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 18. This year’s theme is Disciples Transforming the World: Through Prayers. Click here for worship resources on the General Board of Discipleship Web site. As we continue through the quadrennium, the Disciples Transforming the World theme will be followed by: through presence (2010), through gifts (2011), and through service (2012).

Sudan mission speakers available
If your church or group would like to invite a speaker to come and share with you about Sudan please contact Angelo Maker at

‘Autism and the Local Church’ workshop to be held Oct. 23
You are invited to a day of learning on autism and the local church. Sponsored by the Virginia Conference Commission on Disabilities and  the Southeastern United Methodist Agency on Rehabilitation (SEMAR), the workshop will describe the challenges of understanding autism, being in ministry with those with autism and their families, providing support, and advocating for positive changes in our churches and communities. Come join us Oct. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Virginia United Methodist Conference Center in Glen Allen. Registration Deadline is Oct. 15. Click here to register online. You may also contact the Office of Leadership and Inclusivity by calling (804) 521-1153 or (800) 768-6040, ext. 153 or by e-mail to

Scouting Fellowship will be Nov. 6-8 at VUMAC
Annually almost 1000 youths and leaders attend the Virginia United Methodist Men’s Scouting Fellowship. The event is open to any Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts units. Those attending enjoy the opportunity to work on projects that will lead to rank advancement while practicing traditional scouting games and activities in a camping atmosphere. The 2009 event will be held Nov. 6-8 at the Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center (VUMAC) in Blackstone. For more information and to download a registration form, visit Registration form and deposit are due by Sept. 30.

REMEMBER: Sept. 15 is deadline to join 5 Talent Academy
As many as 500 people could attend the 5 Talent Academy’s first Big Teaching Event on Thursday, Oct. 1, at River Road UMC, Richmond. Tony and Bart Campolo will be featured leaders on the topic of “Ministry with the Poor.” Deadline is Sept. 15 for churches to return their covenant forms to the conference office in order to participate in the Oct. 1 session. A maximum of five people may attend from each participating congregation. Registration deadline is Sept. 21. Click here to register. More …



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