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News from the Virginia Conference – May 20, 2010

The Resource Center to support VAUMC churches
Effective May 15, The Resource Center, an ecumenical agency headquartered in Richmond, assumed the role of assisting United Methodist congregations in the Virginia Conference with their audiovisual, DVD and print resourcing needs. The conference Media Center will be discontinued. More …

Bishop Kammerer honored by Virginia Council of Churches
Virginia Conference Bishop Charlene P. Kammerer was honored on Tuesday, May 18, with the Virginia Council of Churches’ Faith in Action Award for 2010. Each year the Virginia Council of Churches recognizes an individual and an organization that exemplify personal faith and action on behalf of all God’s children. More …

2010 Annual Conference News

·    Offering to fund leader development in Brazil, Mozambique, VA
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. Click here for bulletin insert and more information.

·    Redistricting Task Force video presentation on conference Web site
A video presentation from the Redistricting Task force is now on the conference Web site. Click here to view background and rationale for the task force recommendation that the Virginia Conference reduce the number of districts to 16, effective after the 2011 Annual Conference.

·    Voices of Youth to celebrate 25th anniversary
This year’s Annual Conference gathering, June 13-16 at the Scope in Norfolk, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Voices of Youth (VOY). A VOY reunion choir will sing at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, June 15. VOY will be on tour in every district of the conference July 4-23. For more information, visit the VOY Web site at or contact Rachel Hundley at

·    Photos to be taken June 14 for pictorial directory supplement
This year the Virginia Conference will publish a supplement to last year’s Pictorial Directory of the Virginia Conference Ministry. Olan Mills will have a booth in the exhibit hall at Annual Conference from 12 noon to 7 p.m. on Monday, June 14, to take photos of clergy, local pastors, diaconal ministers, certified professionals, those serving as pastoral supply, retired bishops and conference staff who did not have a picture taken last year, including those newly commissioned. For more information, contact Linda Rhodes, director of Communications, at (804) 521-1111 or 1-800-768-6040, ext. 111.

·    Monitors needed for 2010 Annual Conference sessions
The Conference Commissions on Religion and Race (CORR) and Status and Role of Women (COSROW) will jointly monitor 2010 Annual Conference sessions. The ministry of monitoring is the act of raising awareness of how effectively all people are involved in full and equal participation in the life and mission of the Church. The goal of the monitoring ministry is to advocate gender, racial, and age-level inclusiveness in the Conference's decision-making process. Volunteers are needed to serve in this ministry. Those who are interested should be attentive to details, willing to observe at least one session of Annual Conference, and must attend training 4-5:30 p.m. Sunday, June 13, at Beech Grove UMC in Suffolk. A light dinner will be provided. Monitors do not have to be members of Annual Conference. In fact, this is a wonderful opportunity for spouses, visitors, or those from churches in the Norfolk area. If you are not a member of conference, parking expenses will be reimbursed for the session(s) you monitor. If you are interested in serving, contact Iris Smith at or Shan Sixbey at

Campus Minister sought for College of William & Mary
The Wesley Foundation at The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg seeks qualified candidates for full-time position of Campus Minister/Director for its broad-based ministry to The College of William & Mary. The search committee is interested in filling this position long-term but is willing to consider an interim. Applicants should be Certified Candidates, Licensed Local Pastors, or Commissioned or Ordained Deacons or Elders in The United Methodist Church. Applicants should be passionate about serving college students, dedicated to connecting campus ministry to the broader college community, church, and campus ministry at large, and willing to work with students from a variety of backgrounds to foster an inclusive Christian community. Qualified candidates must have skills associated with developing, leading, and equipping others for worship, spiritual formation, mission and social justice and possess strong organizational skills and team management. Experience with campus ministry is preferred. Interested applicants should send resume with cover letter and essay to: The essay should address the following: The vision for campus ministry in the Virginia Conference is, "To call, form, and send principled Christian leaders for the transformation of the church and world in ways that value our connectional strength and demonstrate faithful stewardship." With this vision statement in mind, please reflect on your personal theology of campus ministry. The search committee will begin review of applications on June 15. The position will remain open until filled. Click here for detailed job description.

Jeff Harlow featured in UMNS article about volunteer burnout
The Rev. Jeff Harlow, leadership development and volunteer management expert who is also pastor of Brosville United Methodist Church in Danville, was featured in a United Methodist News Service article about volunteer burnout. Click here to read the article.

Eastern Shore UMVIM trip to Mozambique featured in Eastern Shore News
Delmarva Media Group’s online Eastern Shore News recently ran an article about the Eastern Shore United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) Team trip to Mozambique. Click here to read the article.

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.

Credit Union to be closed during data processing conversion
The Virginia United Methodist Credit Union (VUMCU) will be closed May 31 and June 1 due to a data processing conversion. Online and shared branching services will be unavailable beginning 4 p.m. May 31 through 8:30 a.m. June 2. VUMCU debit/check card/ATM services will have limited authorizations during this time as well.

Two openings remain on clergywomen’s trip to Mozambique
There are still two openings on the Virginia Conference Clergywomen's Team traveling to Mozambique Aug. 15-30. For more information, contact Nancy Robinson at or Goal for the team is 10 women: Elders, Deacons and those in the process. Team members will partner with United Methodist clergywomen in Mozambique, visit churches and projects, share the challenges of their respective ministries and leadership, and develop deeper relationships and friendships. Cost of the trip is $3500 which will include all transportation, lodging, meals and a trip to Kruger Park in southern Africa.

School for Children’s Ministry rescheduled to Nov. 19-20
The School for Children’s Ministry originally scheduled for May 21-22 has been rescheduled to Nov. 19-20. Current registrants will be contacted by the conference office.

Conference offices to close for Memorial Day
Conference offices in the Virginia United Methodist Center, Glen Allen, will close at 1 p.m. Friday, May 28, and remain closed until Tuesday, June 1, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

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. Click here for more information about July 8-9. Click here for more information about July 22-23.

Bishop Larry Goodpaster installed as president of Council of Bishops
Bishop Larry Goodpaster, a Mississippi native who is committed to engaging United Methodists in hands-on mission, took office May 7 as president of the denomination’s Council of Bishops. Bishop Gregory Palmer, outgoing leader, handed the presidential gavel over to Goodpaster with the words, “May you direct and assist us in the building up of God’s work.” Goodpaster, spiritual leader of the Western North Carolina Conference, promised to fulfill the office “for the glory of God and for the transformation of the world.” Following the installation service, United Methodist bishops stood and applauded while Palmer embraced Goodpaster. More …

United Methodist Communications names two executive directors
United Methodist Communications, the communications agency for The United Methodist Church, has named two executive directors. Tim Tanton, former director of the agency's media group and current interim executive director of content, will be executive director of content. Kay Panovec, communications director of the East Ohio Conference, will join the agency as executive director of new media. Tanton will direct content creation and United Methodist News Service in addition to Interpreter magazine, the agency's multilingual outreach and the agency's work with conference communicators overseas. Panovec will oversee digital distribution efforts, which include the agency's web ministry and special initiatives. Tanton and Panovec begin their new roles on July 16 and July 12, respectively.

Gerald Lord named GBHEM associate general secretary
The Rev. Dr. Gerald D. Lord has been elected associate general secretary of the Division of Higher Education of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM). His appointment will be effective on July 1. Lord has served for the past 19 years at the Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Study group recommends ending lifetime job guarantees for pastors
The lifetime job guarantee for United Methodist elders is a promise the church can no longer keep, according to a study group. "Guaranteed appointments" are a major factor contributing to mediocrity and ineffectiveness and emphasize the needs of the ministers rather than the mission of the church, declared the interim report of the denomination's Commission to Study the Ministry: 2008-2012. More …

Nurses with Haiti mission experience needed for earthquake relief
United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM), General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM), and United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) are working to identify nurses with prior Haiti mission experience who are interested in traveling to Haiti for earthquake relief. Of special interest are nurses interested in serving as individual volunteers for an extended period of time (between two months and two years). Interested personnel should contact Nancy Eubanks, Individual Volunteer Consultant for GBGM, at

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