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News from the Virginia Conference – March 10, 2010

Remember: Set clocks forward this Sunday, March 14
Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. this Sunday, March 14. Set your clocks one hour forward on Saturday night (so that 10 p.m. becomes 11 p.m.) so you won’t miss church! Here’s a song from the General Board of Discipleship to help your choirs, congregation and Sunday school teachers remember to change their clocks: http://media.umcom.org/gbod/sibfiles/timechangesongspring.pdf

Methodist leaders help Chileans recover from earthquake
A week after the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked Chile, Methodist leaders are helping the country respond in pastoral and practical ways. On March 7, Chile officially began three days of mourning for the hundreds of people who died during the Feb. 27 earthquake. The Methodist Church of Chile has received emergency grants of $10,000 from the United Methodist Committee on Relief and $15,000 from Church World Service. More …

Mike Slaughter to chat on Twitter about his new book, Change the World
In support of his new book, Change the World: Recovering the Message and Mission of Jesus, Abingdon Press is hosting a Twitter chat with Mike Slaughter on Thursday, March 11, at 2:30 p.m. EST. To join in, go to www.TweetChat.com, sign in with your Twitter account, and type in “changeworld” at the top of the page. You will then be directed to the #changeworld chat room to participate.
     With Change the World, Slaughter offers a challenge to live out the radical mission of Jesus by taking the church into the world. This book will cause readers to rethink their faith and its role in bringing about global change in Jesus’ name. The Twitter chat will include discussion of some of the topics addressed in the book, such as:
• How do you move individual attendees to disciples? Off the bench and into the field;
• How does a leader revitalize a dying/disinterested congregation?;
• How should my church prioritize/manage resources to be about mission vs. mortar?; and
• How do I develop/demonstrate the courage to lead change?
     For more info on the book, the Change the World Photo Contest, and to view the book trailer and excerpts, visit www.ChangetheWorld.AbingdonPress.com.
     To learn more about how to get involved with the Change the World message, click on Change the World Event. For materials to help your congregation prepare for the Change the World event, April 24-25, go to Change the World Cokesbury Store Event.

Join sleepout to end malaria on April 24
Mark your calendars for the weekend of April 24-25. The United Methodist Church’s “Imagine No Malaria” campaign, in partnership with “Rethink Church” and the United Nations Foundation, is calling churches across the country to “Sleepout to End Malaria.” On April 24, many United Methodist churches nationwide will participate in Change the World outreach that builds community locally. That night, World Malaria Day eve, churches are encouraged to host a mosquito net sleepout to show a unified commitment in the fight against malaria. In fact, the global malaria community has come together to share this call in a show of solidarity worldwide. Click here for more instructions. Or go to ImagineNoMalaria.org. For more information about Change the World, go to www.rethinkchurch.org/changetheworld.

Annual Conference offering to fund leadership development
Bishop Charlene Kammerer has announced that the 2010 Annual Conference offering goal is $300,000 and will benefit three leadership development projects: Brazil: $100,000 — curriculum and teacher training materials for “Shade and Fresh Water” centers and other children’s centers sponsored by the Brazil Methodist Church; Mozambique: $100,000 — education and training for Sunday school teachers, lay preachers and pastors in the United Methodist Church in Mozambique, which is growing rapidly and needs leadership for the hundreds of new United Methodist churches being established throughout this southeastern African nation; Virginia: $100,000 — job training programs at Grace Ministries, a community outreach program of the Arlington District that addresses the most pressing material and spiritual needs of low-income immigrants in northern Virginia and empowers immigrants to become community leaders. More …

April 18 is Native American Ministries Sunday
Sunday, April 18, is designated as Native American Ministries Sunday in United Methodist churches. Native American Ministries Sunday recognizes and supports the contributions of Native Americans to the church and society. The observance, approved by the 1988 General Conference, is one of six special churchwide Sunday offerings. Advice on observing Native American Ministries Sunday includes: Teach Native history as a regular part of U.S. history. Don’t teach about "Indians" only at Thanksgiving; Avoid arts and crafts and activities that trivialize Native dress, dance or ceremony; Use materials that present Native heroes who fought to defend their people; Use materials that show Native women, elders and children as integral and important to Native societies; Don’t use materials that present as heroes only those Native people who aided Europeans. Click here to learn more.

UMVIM to hold ‘visioning’ meeting March 27
Virginia Conference United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) coordinator the Rev. Keith Mottley is hosting a meeting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at the conference office in Glen Allen. Lunch will be provided. Goal of the meeting is to organize a team to help with UMVIM on the conference level and discuss a vision for the future. If interested in this important area of ministry, RSVP to TerriBiggins@vaumc.org.

United Methodist Men get ready for March 27 “Spring Training”
Weightlifter and speaker Jon Pritikin and the Rev. Jim Lavender, pastor of Discovery UMC in Richmond, will highlight Virginia Conference United Methodist Men’s “Spring Training” event on Saturday, March 27, at Discovery UMC, 13000 Gayton Rd., Richmond. Participants are being encouraged to bring their children and/or grandchildren who are in third grade or older. Theme for the event is “Feel the Power.” For more information, e-mail Larry Burian at LLBurian@hughes.net.

Christian Education Fellowship training event to be April 19-21
Friday, March 19, is early bird registration deadline for the Virginia Christian Education Fellowship (VA CEF) Professional Development Training Event to be held April 19-21 at Shalom House Retreat Center in Montpelier. Theme is “Unlock the Secrets to More Time and Creativity in Your Ministry.” Training leader and keynote speaker is the Rev. Doug Forrester. Workshops include: “Christian Education 101 for New Christian Educators,” “Picking Curriculum that is a Theological Fit,” “Digital Technology” and “Praying the Labyrinth.” All persons serving the local church in education, formation and age-level ministries are welcome. Click here for more information. Click here for online registration. For more information about the event or CEF, contact MaryKaye Cochran, VA CEF president, at mcochran@woodlakeumc.org or (804) 739-4535, ext. 33.

Workshop for living with Alzheimer’s set for May 7 in Virginia Beach
“Living with Alzheimer’s Disease: You are NOT Alone,” a dual-track workshop for family caregivers, clergy and church leaders, will be held Friday, May 7, at Virginia Beach UMC, 212 19th St., Virginia Beach. This conference offers current, relevant strategies for caregivers, with a special track for clergy and church leaders involved in ministry with families experiencing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Stephen Sapp, professor and chair of Religious Studies at the University of Miami and author of When Alzheimer’s Disease Strikes! Registration fee is $10. Registration deadline is April 12 for clergy with CEU request and April 26 for clergy and church leaders without CEU request. Click here for more information or contact Janice Cagle at (757) 428-7727 or jcagle@vbumc.org. Sponsors are Alzheimer’s Association, Southeastern Virginia Chapter; Virginia Beach UMC; Commission on Disabilities of the Virginia Conference; Virginia Beach Department of Human Services; and Virginia Wesleyan College.

‘Extreme Makeover: Worship Edition’ will revitalize your worship
Whether your worship needs a remodel, renovation, rehab or completely new construction, this event will give you the tools to design, develop and deliver powerful, authentic worship that is true to the risen Christ. The design team – Len Wilson and Jason Moore of Midnight Oil and the Rev. Chris Hughes of Pneumanaut Ministries – will help you clarify your blueprint for worship, overcome obstacles and explore new methods and techniques. The same program will be offered in two separate locations on two different days: Tuesday, May 11, at Calvary UMC in Stuarts Draft, and Wednesday, May 12, at Shady Grove UMC in Mechanicsville. Choose either location. Deadline to register is April 30. Click here for more information or to register for May 11. Click here for more information or to register for May 12.

Annual Conference members asked to bag potatoes June 15
The Virginia Conference Board of Global Ministries and the Society of St. Andrew are co-sponsoring the 13th Annual Conference Potato Drop during this year’s Annual Conference. The “drop” will take place at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 15, in the parking lot of Ghent UMC, 531 Raleigh Ave. in Norfolk. More …

Music & Worship Arts Week is June 20-25 at Lake Junaluska
Music & Worship Arts Week, a multi-generational, family-friendly event of arts, praise, and renewal, will be held at Lake Junaluska, NC, June 20-25. Sponsored by the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, the event is designed for those who want to sing, ring, dance, or act all week, as well as for those who lead these ministries in local congregations. Click here for more information. To register, go to http://www.regonline.com/Checkin.asp?EventId=768583.

‘Helping Hands’ mission experience for children to be July 22-23
“Helping Hands,” a two-day hands-on mission experience for children, will be held July 22-23 at Woodlake UMC, Midlothian. All rising 4th- through 6th-graders, parents, and adult leaders of Virginia Conference churches are invited to learn about mission opportunities and the importance of being a caring Christian. Cost is $35 per person and includes a T-shirt, meals, snacks and overnight stay. Registration begins May 1. Click here for more information.

Church giving, membership decline in recession
The recession continues to affect giving to The United Methodist Church at a time when the denomination is experiencing its largest percentage decline in membership since 1974. United Methodist churches in the 63 annual conferences of the U.S. contributed 84% of what the denomination budgeted to support ministries around the world in 2009. More …

John Wesley may be coming to a movie theater near you
A Moravian preacher is bringing the film "Wesley" to a movie theater near you. The two-hour movie that is slowly building a platform in theaters across the United States brings to life the story of the founder of Methodism. More …


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