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News from the Virginia Conference – April 28, 2010

Friday is deadline to register for ‘Extreme Makeover: Worship Edition’
This Friday, April 30, is deadline to register for “Extreme Makeover: Worship Edition,” a chance to learn how to create and deliver powerful, authentic worship that is true to the risen Christ. 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 and provide more transformative experiences for those presently attending. 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 and is sponsored by the Virginia Conference Board of Communications and the Worship Division of the Board of Discipleship. The Continuing Education Committee of the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry has approved .5 CEU for those who attend. Registration of $25 per person includes lunch. 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.

Friday is deadline for 100 Mission Mentors nominations
Friday, April 30, is the deadline to submit nominations to the Virginia Conference Board of Global Ministries for 100 Mission Mentors to be trained in United Methodist theology of mission. The board seeks both laity and clergy, diverse in age, gender, ethnicity and background, who will mentor congregations to increase involvement in mission locally, nationally and internationally. Mission Mentor training will be held in Spring 2011 at various locations throughout the conference. Nominees will be notified of exact dates and locations this fall. Training will be offered at no cost to participants. The Board of Global Ministries expects that Mission Mentors will have an ongoing relationship with at least four churches in the first year. This would involve at least one site visit per church and availability for further mentoring by telephone or e-mail. Submit nominations for Mission Mentors to Courtney Joyner at or (434) 591-0005. Include name of nominee(s), e-mail address, phone number and district.

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 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.”

May 1 ‘Real Change for Real People’ workshop cancelled
The Economic Justice work group of the Virginia Conference Board of Church and Society, in partnership with the Interfaith Center for Public Policy, is canceling the workshop that was planned for Saturday, May 1, at Calvary UMC, Richmond. Other workshops entitled "Real Change for Real People" will be scheduled around the conference in early fall. Please share your interest in these topics of social justice with Carla Stearns by sending e-mail to or Marilyn Heckstall at Information on upcoming workshops will be shared on ClergyNet and LaityNet.

May 30 is Peace with Justice Sunday
Peace with Justice Sunday, one of the United Methodist Special Sundays with offering, will be observed Sunday, May 30. This special offering supports programs that advocate peace and justice at home and around the world. Click here for more information and resources. Or, call 1-888-346-3862 to order envelopes and other resources. They will be sent at no cost to your church.

Galilee UMC hosts stranded Belgium students
Members of Galilee UMC in Sterling hosted a group of Belgium high school students stranded in the D.C. area because of volcanic ash. Click here to view ABC 7 news video.

May 8 is 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.

‘Build Now or Later?’ panel discussion set for May 13 live or as webinar
“Build Now or Later? Navigating the Current Economic Culture” will be held 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 13, at the Virginia United Methodist Center in Glen Allen. A panel of church building experts will answer your questions including: Can we save money by building now? Are banks lending to churches? What is the risk of rising interest rates and construction costs if we wait? Are there cost-saving design alternatives available? Deadline to register is May 7. You may attend in person or by webinar. Register online by clicking here. Click here to download an informational pdf flier. No charge for members of churches of the Virginia Conference; $10 for non-members. For more information, contact Pat Hickman at 1-800-768-6040, ext. 155 or (804) 521-1155.

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 14. Click 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. Deadline to register is May 10. 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.

United Methodists work to make difference on ‘Change the World’ Weekend
From cleaning up parks to sharing meals with the homeless, thousands of United Methodists around the globe worked to make a difference on Change the World weekend. More than 1,000 congregations from the United States to Zimbabwe went into their communities April 24-25 to do ministry and improve lives. The weekend was organized as part of The United Methodist Church's Rethink Church initiative. More …

United Methodist Women’s Assembly 2010 to be shown on live webcast
Those who cannot attend United Methodist Women’s Assembly 2010 in St. Louis, Mo., can watch activities from home by tuning in to the Assembly 2010 via interactive live webcast. Over three days, viewers can experience as much as six hours of Assembly 2010 worship, speakers and performances from St. Louis and connect with viewers through Facebook and Twitter. View the webcast at Streaming times (Eastern Time Zone) will be Friday, April 30, 8:30 - 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 1, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Sunday, May 2, 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Become a United Methodist Women (UMW) fan on Facebook at and follow UMW on Twitter at

UMCOR to send emergency funds to Mississippi
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is preparing to send emergency funds to Mississippi, where tornadoes rammed through 13 counties on Saturday, April 24, killing 10 and injuring dozens of residents. "Our hearts and prayers are with the people of Mississippi as they respond to these tornadoes and loss of life," said Rev. Tom Hazelwood, UMCOR executive for domestic disaster response. Saturday's storms have been called the worst natural disaster to hit the region since Hurricane Katrina hurtled through it five years ago. Donations can be designated for UMCOR Domestic Disaster Response (Advance #901670).

Bishop Carcaño joins other faith leaders to oppose Arizona law
Phoenix Area Bishop Minerva Carcaño joined other faith leaders to oppose an Arizona law that many believe will result in racial profiling in order to reduce illegal immigration."This bill does nothing to address any border security concerns," said the bishop. "The passage of SB1070 demonstrates why America needs comprehensive immigration reform. Frustration with our broken immigration system is driving Arizona to make inappropriate and self-defeating efforts in this area. We want our broken immigration system to be healed through a just transformation of the law at the appropriate federal level of jurisdiction, which makes it possible to meet the labor needs of American business while making our border secure." More …

‘Queen Mother’ of Civil Rights movement dies
Richmond native Dorothy Height, a United Methodist who worked tirelessly on behalf of civil rights and equality for women, died April 20 at Howard University Hospital in Washington at the age of 98. A colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an adviser to presidents and a friend of Eleanor Roosevelt, Height spent 33 years on the national board of the YWCA and more than 40 years at the helm of the National Council of Negro Women. More …

United Methodist is first pick in NFL draft
A Heisman Trophy-winning athlete raised in The United Methodist Church was the top pick in the April 22 NFL draft. University of Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, a member of United Methodist Church of the Servant in Oklahoma City, was selected by the St. Louis Rams. Bradford said in an interview last year that he starts every prayer by thanking God "for all the opportunities, all the blessings that He's put in my life." He discusses how he puts God first in a YouTube video.

Judicial Council upholds dismissal of South Carolina clergyman
The United Methodist Judicial Council upheld the dismissal of a South Carolina clergyman accused of having an affair with a married woman. More …

Lake Junaluska Peace Conference to be Sept. 18-21
Children’s advocates from across the United States will gather Sept. 18-21 for the third annual Lake Junaluska Peace Conference at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center in North Carolina. Theme of the event is “Peace for the World’s Children.” Keynote speaker will be Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund.More …

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