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News from the Virginia Conference – January 27, 2010

Health kits for Haiti earthquake victims to be collected Feb. 2
In response to the massive earthquake in Haiti, Virginia Conference United Methodists are assembling health kits for United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Click here for instructions on assembling kits. Bob Pihlcrantz, Virginia Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, announced that kits should be delivered to regional pickup sites by end of business on Monday, Feb. 1. Kits will be picked up from the regional sites on Tuesday, Feb. 2, and will be packed on pallets, shrink wrapped and shipped to the UMCOR Sager Brown warehouse in Baldwin, LA. Click here for list of Regional pickup sites. For more information, contact Pihlcrantz by e-mail to VAUMCDisasterInfo@vaumc.org or VACDRT@cox.net or telephone 1-866-264-8488.

United Methodist volunteers urged to wait to travel to Haiti
A great many United Methodists are indicating a willingness to serve as relief or rebuilding volunteers in Haiti. In response to this outpouring, the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) has prepared an information site on the Internet at http://new.gbgm-umc.org/about/us/mv/haiti. A letter on volunteers from Bishop Joel N. Martinez, interim GBGM general secretary, to members of the Council of Bishops is linked to the site. Please note that the bishop requests that groups and individuals not set out on their own for Haiti at this time. Please refer persons asking about volunteer opportunities to the site above.

Support of Advance projects in Haiti is crucial
There are 12 United Methodist Advance Special projects in Haiti (see list below), including Grace Children's Hospital and Pediatric Clinic. Partnered with International Child Care (ICC), this mission provides general medical care with particular treatment for respiratory conditions. The hospital was severely damaged during the earthquake, causing the death of one orphan. Frequent updates about Grace's Children's Hospital can be found at http://us.internationalchildcare.org/. As recovery efforts continue, support of Haitian mission projects through The Advance will be crucial. With eight of the 12 projects directly related to health care, housing and hunger alleviation, support of these efforts will be a substantial part of rebuilding Haiti. For more information about any of these projects go to http://new.gbgm-umc.org/advance/projects/search//. Advance Projects Related to Haiti:
Haiti Emergency Advance #418325
Community Health Workers Program and Goat Project Advance #418705
Family Health Ministries Women's and Children's Health Programs Advance #3021059
Grace Children's Hospital and Pediatric Clinic Advance # 418520
Haiti Children Project Advance #3020507 
Haiti Global Mission Partners Advance #00483L
Haiti Undesignated Advance #00483A
Haitian Artisans for Peace International Advance #3020490 
Haitian Creole Pig Project Advance #418002
Hot Lunch Program Advance #418790
Integrated Community Health Advance #418847 
Solar Oven Project Advance #418812

United Methodists invited to Change the World April 24-25
What if … on one weekend all around the world, 11 million United Methodists came together to work with their local communities? What If … as we serve people locally, we unite globally to eliminate a preventable, treatable disease that kills one child every 30 seconds? On April 24 and 25, your congregation is invited to participate in “Change the World,” an event that will reveal the many ways faithful Christians everywhere are serving God. To get started:
1. Consider how your congregation currently impacts its community. Do you have a food pantry, a clothing closet, an ESL program, a tutoring program, etc.?
2. Schedule an activity for an existing or new outreach ministry on either April 24 or 25.
3. Invite both your congregation and local community to be involved.
4. Use the Rethink Church World Malaria Day (April 25) Sermon Starter coming soon to http://www.rethinkchurch.org/changetheworld.
5. Collect a special offering to combat malaria.
Go to http://www.rethinkchurch.org/changetheworld for more information, or send an e-mail to changetheworld@umcom.org.

Disability Awareness Sunday is Feb. 7
The Virginia Conference celebrates Disability Awareness Sunday on the first Sunday in February. Of course, your church can recognize this day at anytime throughout the year. Click here for suggestions for worship and activities provided for your use by the Commission on Disabilities. Or, go to the conference Web site, www.vaumc.org, select “Ministries,” then “Disabilities.”

Sally Morgenthaler to keynote 5 Talent Academy on Feb. 20
Sally Morgenthaler, nationally recognized leader in worship evangelism, will be featured speaker at the next teaching event for the 5 Talent Academy. The event, which will focus on “Worship,” will be 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Cosby High School in south Richmond (near Woodlake UMC). Morgenthaler is known best for her book, "Worship Evangelism." She helps missional congregations innovate ministry that begins in neighborhoods and workplaces. She also helps congregations craft corporate worship experiences that reflect this key shift. Morgenthaler teaches on culture and leadership at Fuller, George Fox and Asbury seminaries. Churches that are members of the Academy can click here to register.
     Churches interested in enrolling in the 5 Talent Academy are invited to do so by completing the covenantal agreements and returning them to the Conference Office of Church Development and Evangelism before Feb. 10. The 5 Talent Academy is designed to help existing congregations grow in fruitfulness and multiplication of ministries centering on worship, mission, discipleship, evangelism and stewardship. Participation in the 5 Talent Academy is through a covenantal agreement by local congregations. Churches of all sizes, contexts and stages are welcome and invited to be a part of this exciting new work. Click here for forms and additional information. Or go to www.vaumc.org, click on All Things New (right hand column), then choose 5 Talent Academy.

CEU credit to be awarded at Feb. 26-28 Lay Ministries Academy
The conference-wide Lay Ministries Academy, which includes lay speaking training, will be held Feb. 26-28 at the Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center (VUMAC) in Blackstone. The Continuing Education Committee of the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry has approved awarding one hour of CEU credit to each clergyperson who completes the Authentic Outreach course to be taught at the Academy by Stuart Holt, author, publisher and founder of The Evangelism Institute. Click here for more information and a registration form.

Register now for Bishop’s Convocation on Creation Care Feb. 27
Registration is now open for the Bishop’s Convocation on Caring for God’s Creation to be held Saturday, Feb. 27, at River Road United Methodist Church, 8800 River Road, Richmond. This event is designed to equip and train local congregations on how to incorporate caring for God's creation into all areas of their church and personal life. The convocation will include a variety of speakers and workshops, information about the Green Church Initiative, panel discussions and tree planting. Registration, displays, food and music begin at 8 a.m. with the first presentation beginning at 9 a.m. Adjournment will be at 3:15 p.m. Lunch will be provided. If your church has a creation care team, you can bring a display describing your ministry, but you must register your display with the Rev. Pat Watkins, as space is limited. E-mail Pat at jpatdenise@mac.com. Carpooling to this event is encouraged, so get together with your friends. Also bring your own coffee cups and water containers! Click here for more details, promotional flyer and registration options.

Few openings remain for August clergywomen’s trip to Mozambique
There are still a few openings for the Virginia Conference Initiatives of Hope (IOH) Women Clergy United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) team to Mozambique the middle two weeks of August (exact dates TBD). Team members will be involved in leadership training, partnering and traveling with Mozambique Annual Conference clergywomen. The team will visit the work of the Mozambique United Methodist Church in Bungane where there is a women's vocational school and other sites where the Virginia Conference partners with our Mozambique sisters and brothers. It will be a time for sharing ministries, exploring our calling as women in ministry, and planning and dreaming together for more effective partnership and ministry. On return, we will coordinate what we learn with the experience of the Young Adult Team going to Mozambique in late July-early August. Cost of the trip is approximately $3500 which creates an opportunity for each team member's faith community to assist in prayer and financial support. Some scholarship assistance is available. At the conclusion of the trip, the team will travel to Kruger National Park in South Africa for two days to rest and plan before we return. The team will consist of no more than 12 members. Interested clergywomen will be assigned a place on the team on a first-come first-served basis. Team Leader is the Rev. Nancy Robinson at nancyrobin7856@aol.com, 804-264-7856 (home) or 804-873-1487 (cell). Nancy will be out of the country until mid-February, so for information in the interim, contact Dot Ivey, IOH Co-Chair, at 804-897-4060 or e-mail ivey1961@verizon.net.

Medical, construction volunteers needed for May trip to Mozambique
The Winchester and Alexandria Districts are leading a 16-member joint medical and construction team to Chicuque, Mozambique, May 14-30. Construction skills needed are masonry, window installation, glazing, metal structure, roofing and electrical wiring. Focus will be completion of the partially finished Center of Hope. Highly sought medical specialists are orthopods, obstetricians, general surgeons, surgical nurses, anesthesiologists and a biomedical engineer (to help troubleshoot donated equipment issues at the hospital). Cost for the trip is $3200 per person and includes airfare, lodging, meals, transportation in country, and a 3-day, 2-night stop at Kruger National Park in South Africa. Partial scholarships are available. Deadline to apply is Feb. 3. Interested persons should contact Nancy Forrest, 540-409-6555, or Molly Wilmarth, 703-750-1375, for more information on the medical team. Contact Mark Bradley at Bradleyfam@aol.com for more information on the construction team.

Worship & Music Director sought for 2012 General Conference
General Conference is still looking for the right person to serve as Worship & Music Director for the 2012 General Conference, April 24-May 4, 2012. Deadline for applicants is Feb. 1, less than two weeks from now. Questions should be addressed to Alan Morrison, Business Manager of General Conference, phone (615) 369-2350, e-mail amorrison@gcfa.org.


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