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News from the Virginia Conference – Sept. 14, 2009

Conference office seeks Mailroom, Building Maintenance Coordinator
The Virginia Conference is seeking a Mailroom & Building Maintenance Coordinator for the conference office center in Glen Allen. Click here for more details.

Conference UMW to hold Young Women’s Event Sept. 18-19
The Virginia Conference United Methodist Women (UMW) will host an event for young women, ages 18-35, at the Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center in Blackstone beginning after dinner on Friday, Sept. 18, and closing at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19. Theme is "Made In The Image of God." Leader will be the Rev Amanda Garber, director of the Wesley Foundation at James Madison University and Campus Minister and Associate Minister at Asbury UMC. Click here for more information and registration form.

United Nations Seminar for Youth set for Oct. 12-16
The annual United Nations Seminar for youth will be held Oct. 12-16. That week, 11th and 12th grade youths and college students will travel to New York City to learn about the many social justice issues that face our world today and how the United Methodist Church is lobbying with the United Nations for change. This year’s topic is “Exploring Just Relationships with Humanity through Caring for God’s Creation.” Participants will have the chance to learn about the day-to-day realities that face people in other parts of the world. Participants will be challenged to put their faith into action by thinking globally and acting locally in their own communities to make a difference in the world! Click here for more information.

Roanoke District runs back-to-school TV commercials
The Roanoke District produced two back-to-school television commercials which were aired the first two weeks of September on local CBS and NBC affiliate stations and on area Cox Comcast stations. Viewers were directed to the district Web site,, to find a United Methodist Church near them. Because the commercials also were seen by people in the Lynchburg and Danville Districts, churches in those districts were also listed on the Web site. Visit the district Web site or click here to view the commercials. For more information, contact the Rev. Stephen Hundley, Roanoke District Superintendent, at (540) 989-3335 or

Middle School Mission Weekend is Oct. 16-18
The October Middle School Mission Weekend is Oct. 16-18 at Westview on the James in Goochland. This is a great opportunity to introduce your middle school students (6th-8th graders) to mission and help them understand what it means to be the hands feet of Christ. Click here for more information.

Bishop Schnase will keynote 2010 Ministers’ Convocation Jan. 19-21
Bishop Robert Schnase of the Missouri Area, author of Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, will be keynote speaker for the 2010 Ministers' Convocation, Jan. 19-21, at the Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center in Blackstone. Theme of the convocation is "Fruitful Living." Preachers include Bishop Charlene Kammerer, Dr. Youtha Hardman-Cromwell and the Rev. Jonathan Park. Convocation will also include worship, special music, workshops, and time for fellowship with other Virginia Conference ministers. Watch for the brochure in the mail.

You can help the Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan
We have a tremendous opportunity to provide scholarships to educate the 350 Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan who are here in Virginia and empower them eventually to return to their homeland as leaders in their communities. To learn more about the Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan, contact the Rev. Dr. Marg Kutz at (804) 748-6006 or e-mail

Christian Educators to consider ‘Digital Discipleship’ Oct. 8
The Virginia Conference Christian Educators Fellowship and the Conference Board of Discipleship’s Division of Education are hosting a Day Apart on Thursday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Virginia United Methodist Conference Center in Glen Allen. Stan Hargraves will present “Digital Discipleship: Christian Ministry in a Technological World.” Cost is $20 and check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. Space is limited. For more information, contact MaryKaye Cochran at (804) 739-4535, ext. 33, or e-mail Deadline to register is Thursday, Oct. 1.

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.

Conference Communications office issues IT support policy
Working with the Director of Connectional Ministries, the Virginia Conference Communications Office has established the following policy regarding Information Technology support, effective immediately:

Virginia Conference Information Technology staff provides basic support for data and phone communications as well as all computing concerns for the bishop, district superintendents, employees and staff of the Virginia Annual Conference. This support includes installation, maintenance and necessary repairs of computers, information systems and other information technology resources supplied by the conference to be used for the business of the conference.

IT staff will advise district offices on office software and hardware purchases and will help set up and maintain access to COLTS, Raiser’s Edge and any other conference databases or software programs that must be accessed by the districts. With the exception of the Richmond District (which has office space in the Virginia United Methodist Center and includes payment for IT support in the rent it pays to the conference), district offices are expected to use funds in the district budgets to provide for all other computer and telephone equipment support and maintenance.

Due to limitations of number of staff and time availability, Virginia Conference Information Technology staff will not provide assistance with maintenance, repairs or other support for personal equipment or systems that are not used for conference business or for equipment belonging to family members of conference employees or District Superintendents. Nor will IT staff provide maintenance, repairs or other support for computer equipment or other information technology resources for local churches.

Conference IT staff will not purchase equipment or software for anyone except the bishop, district superintendents, employees and staff of the Virginia Annual Conference who require resources to be used for the business of the conference. However, district offices, local churches, members of Virginia United Methodist churches, and employees of any local church, conference office, district office or conference-related agency may use the Virginia Conference Dell Employee Purchase Program (EPP) (or other vendor programs which the conference may decide to join) to purchase equipment and receive a discount on items purchased. Payment for all items purchased under the EPP program must be made directly to the vendor. Click here for more information.



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