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News from the Virginia Conference – April 15, 2010

Glenn Rowley named conference director of Mission and Global Justice
The Rev. Glenn Rowley has been named new Virginia Conference director of Mission and Global Justice, effective July 1. The Common Table Personnel Committee announced that Rowley will fill the position being vacated by the Rev. Denise Honeycutt who has been appointed to pastor a local church. Rowley is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) of The United Methodist Church and is currently GBGM Executive Secretary for Missionary Training, overseeing training for all categories of mission personnel for the denomination. More …

Conference implements strategy to develop young adult leaders
Building on information and opinions expressed by young adults during focus group meetings held last fall, the Virginia Conference is moving forward with a strategic initiative to develop more leaders in the 18-35 age group. A proposal from the conference Connectional Ministries staff was approved by the Common Table. More ...

Join Blessed Earth simulcast at 7:30 p.m. April 21
On Wednesday, April 21, the eve of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, church groups will have an opportunity to join with Blessed Earth in conjunction with Asbury Theological Seminary to share an international simulcast, Hope for Creation, to be aired live around the world at 7:30 p.m. (EST)The event will last one hour and will include prayer, musical guests and introduction of a new creation care film series by the makers of NOOMA. There will be a conversation among participants around the globe using straightforward Internet, cell phone and Skype technology. Any church, camp and retreat center, school or group that has access to the Internet can participate. For more information, go to

Resources available to help churches celebrate Earth Day Sunday
April 25 is Festival of God’s Creation (Earth Day Sunday). This year’s theme is “Sacred Spaces & an Abundant Life.” The United Methodist General Board of Church & Society has worked with the National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Working Group to produce Festival of God's Creation resource materials. Click here for information about these resources that can help congregations celebrate and promote stewardship of God's creation.

Trail of Dreams walkers need help in journey up Route 1
Trail of Dreams is a 1,500-mile walk from Miami, Florida, to Washington, D.C., that started Jan. 1 when a group of undocumented students brought to the U.S. when they were young decided to walk to the nation’s capital to try to influence legislators to enact laws that would afford them American rights to human dignity. They have been covered by The New York Times, Associated Press, CNN Online, on television with Rick Sanchez and on Univision with Jorge Ramos. These students are walking 15 miles per day up Route 1 to Washington, D.C. They need the help of churches in Virginia within 15 miles of Route 1 that will provide places to stay, food, and, if necessary, medical attention. In addition, the students want to be able to talk with churches or groups about why they are marching to Washington. If you can join them for a day walking or serve them breakfast, lunch or dinner, contact the coordinator for Virginia, Meagan Patrick, at (203) 559-6034 or e-mail her at For more information, go to

United Methodist Church recognizes older adults in May
The United Methodist Church took action at the 2008 General Conference to establish May as the time to recognize the contributions of older adults and to join with them in providing ministries that support and empower older adults. More ...

May 2 is Older Adult Recognition Sunday
The Virginia Conference designates Sunday, May 2, as Older Adult Recognition Sunday. Materials have now been posted on the conference Web site for 2010 Older Adult Recognition Sunday. This year’s theme, “Seasoned Adults Flavor the Young: Intergenerational Ministries,” follows the 2009 theme of “Seasoned Adults Spice Up the Church.” Lectionary readings for Older Adult Recognition Sunday include Psalm 148 and John 13:31-35. Since a portion of Psalm 148 reads “…young men and women alike, old and young together…,” the theme of intergenerational ministries was chosen. Click here to access materials. Or go to, select “Ministries,” then “Age-Related Ministries,” “Older Adults,” and “Older Adults Recognition Sunday.” Scroll to the bottom of the page for the link to the “2010 worship service.”

Churches urged to ‘Sleep Out to End Malaria’  and ‘Change the World’
The United Methodist Church will mark this World Malaria Day, April 25, with a call to local churches to “Sleep Out to End Malaria” on the weekend of April 24-25. The sleep-out events – in which individuals sleep overnight under imitation bed nets – coincide with the denomination’s official launch of Imagine No Malaria, an initiative that seeks to raise $75 million to eliminate death and suffering from malaria in Africa by 2015. Directions for holding a sleep out are available at “Sleep Out to End Malaria” events are among the many service and awareness-building events planned by United Methodist churches worldwide during The United Methodist Church’s first-ever Rethink Church Change the World event, April 24-25. Congregations can register their events on a global map of Change the World events at

Women in ministry to gather at UM Center April 20
All women in ministry – licensed, ordained, consecrated, candidates for ministry and other women – are invited to a “Refreshing Sabbath” gathering 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, at the Virginia United Methodist Conference Center in Glen Allen. Bring a bag lunch or run to Ukrop’s supermarket across the way. The day will include Scripture, song, Holy Communion and the support and friendship sisters provide. For information or to check in, e-mail ReNe'e R.Teague at

Ted Campbell to present ‘Wesleyan Perspective on Sacraments’
The Society for Wesleyan Studies will sponsor “A Wesleyan Perspective on the Sacraments,” presented by Dr. Ted A. Campbell, Associate Professor of Church History at Perkins School of Theology and one of the world's premier Wesleyan scholars, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, April 26, at Duncan Memorial UMC, Ashland. Cost is $40, which includes lunch. The Board of Ordained Ministry has approved .5 CEU for this event. Both laity and clergy are invited. For more information, contact the Rev. Carl Ulrich at or (804) 592-5962. Click here for more information.

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 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 26 for clergy and church leaders without CEU request. Click here for more information or contact Janice Cagle at (757) 428-7727 or Sponsors are Alzheimer’s Association, Southeastern Virginia Chapter; Virginia Beach UMC; Virginia Conference Commission on Disabilities; Virginia Beach Department of Human Services; and Virginia Wesleyan College.

May 8 will be United Methodist Day at Kings Dominion
Saturday, May 8, will be Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church Family Fun Day at Kings Dominion amusement park, with discounted tickets to the park available for United Methodists. A special picnic will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Group Catering Pavilion. To purchase tickets online, go to, click on “Tickets,” then “Corporate Partners,” and enter company code UMC4. The special discount tickets ($27.50 for ages 3-61 and 48" tall or taller; $24.50 for ages 3-61 and under 48" tall or ages 62+) will be valid Saturdays May 1, 8, 15, 22, and Memorial Day Weekend May 29, 30, 31. Children ages 2 and under admitted free.

‘Extreme Makeover: Worship Edition’ will revitalize your worship
The Continuing Education Committee of the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry has approved .5 CEU for those who attend Extreme Makeover: Worship Edition in May. There is still plenty of time to register for this learning opportunity around innovative worship sponsored by the Virginia Conference Board of Communications and the Worship Division of the Board of Discipleship. The Rev. Chris Hughes – innovator, author, speaker, worship leader and professor of Worship at Pfeiffer College – and the Midnight Oil Productions guys, Len Wilson and Jason Moore, will help identify ways to enhance worship to attract those not currently involved in worship and provide more transformative experiences for those presently attending worship. Choose one of two locations: Tuesday, May 11, at Calvary UMC in Stuarts Draft or Wednesday, May 12, at Shady Grove UMC in Mechanicsville. This event is designed for pastors, worship leaders and worship design teams. Registration of $25 per person includes lunch. Registration deadline is April 30. Click here to register for May 11. Click here to register for May 12. Or go to, click on “Event Calendar,” then the date you wish to attend. You can register online, paying by credit card, or print a registration form to send by mail with a check.

May 15 workshop to help churches interested in Hispanic ministry
Sam Rodriguez, director of Hispanic/Latino New Church Starts at the General Board of Discipleship, will lead a workshop, “Pentecost Journey: Moving Beyond Our Culture,” 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at Floris UMC, 13600 Frying Pan Road, Herndon. This workshop is designed to help congregations fulfill Christ’s mandate to make disciples by helping local churches understand issues related to developing ministry with Hispanics/Latinos. Cost is $20, which includes lunch and workbook. Registration deadline is May 10. For more information go to and click on the “Pentecost Journey” logo on the home page. Questions about registration should be directed to Sharon Sheldon at (703) 820-7200 or Questions about the program should be directed to the Rev. Martha Real at (703) 793-0026 or

School for Children’s Ministry to be May 21-22 at VUMAC
School for Children’s Ministry will be May 21-22 at the Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center (VUMAC) in Blackstone. Friday evening guest speakers will be Bradford Hulcher from the Autism Society of Central Virginia, speaking on “Including Children with Disabilities in the Church Community,” and the Rev. Ellen Heatwole, pastor at Forest Grove UMC in the Ashland District, speaking on “Experimental Worship.” Six different workshops will be offered: Children in Mission, Got Volunteers?, Sponsored by the Children’s Ministry Team, “Show me” a Children’s Message, How to Build an Effective Nursery Ministry and Children’s Ministry 101. Registration deadline is May 14Click here for more information and to register.

PAUMCS Spring Retreat to be May 23-24 in Orkney Springs
“Living Abundantly in Times of Scarcity” will be the theme for the Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries (PAUMCS) Spring Retreat May 23-24 at the Shrine Mont Retreat Center in Orkney Springs. Leader will be the Rev. Rhonda Van Dyke Colby. PAUMCS invites all church administrative staff, full-time, part-time, paid and volunteer, including, but not limited to, administrative assistants, financial secretaries, office managers and newsletter editors. Click here to download a brochure.

Children offered two chances to experience ‘Helping Hands’ mission
“Helping Hands,” a two-day hands-on mission experience for children, will be held July 8-9 at Main Street UMC in Waynesboro and again July 22-23 at Woodlake UMC, Midlothian. All rising fourth- through sixth-graders, parents and adult leaders of Virginia Conference churches are invited to participate in one of these events and 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 about July 8-9. Click here for more information about July 22-23.

Texas pastor named new head of UMCOR
The Rev. Cynthia Fierro Harvey, a pastor from Texas with a background in the local church, international health ministries, domestic disaster relief, and organizational management, is the new head of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). She was elected on April 13 by directors of the General Board of Global Ministries, the United Methodist mission agency of which UMCOR is a part. Harvey succeeds the Rev. Sam Dixon, who was killed in the earthquake that shook Haiti Jan. 12. Her new position is effective May 1. More …

New Web site kicks off Youth 2011 national youth gathering
A Web site kicking off Youth 2011, next year’s national youth gathering for The United Methodist Church, is now online with information and links about the quadrennial event sponsored by Young People’s Ministries, a division of The General Board of Discipleship. For the first time, the four-day conference will be held twice on opposite sides of the country to better serve the denomination. Event theme is “More Than,” and youth participants will be shown that with the presence of God they can be “more than” just ordinary. Youth 2011 will be held at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., on July 13-17 and at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, Calif., on July 27-31. Go to

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