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News from the Virginia Conference – May 25, 2010

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.

Web-based resource offers prayers, worship materials for gulf oil spill
The United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) has developed a Web-based resource that addresses the “slow-motion tragedy” of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. “Gulf Coast Resources for Prayer and Action” is available at More ...

Fire destroys church where Virginia missionary works
On Sunday, May 23, fire destroyed Branches United Methodist Church in Florida City, Fla. where Kim King Torres, a Virginia native and missionary supported by the Virginia Conference, is currently working. Torres is a United Methodist missionary assigned by the Board of Global Ministries as a Church and Community Worker in Florida City where she works with South Florida Urban Ministries and directs outreach ministries at Branches. Her focus is with children, youth and families through a variety of ministries that include after-school tutoring, community youth group, Family Literacy Program, OASIS Spring Break camp and summer outreach programs. Florida City is located south of Miami adjacent to the Everglades and the Keys. Donations can be sent to the Conference Treasurer’s office designated for ‘Kim Torres Missionary Support Project #982904.’ 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 from 18 to 16, effective after the 2011 Annual Conference.

·    Annual Conference members urged to bring ‘4 Cans 4 Conference’
Members of Annual Conference are encouraged to bring ‘4 Cans 4 Conference,’ canned goods or boxed dry foods for the Southeastern Virginia (SEVA) Food Bank in Norfolk. Requested are: one can of vegetables, one can of meat or fish, one can of soup or stew and one can with a pop-top. In addition, you might bring dry goods (e.g., boxed macaroni and cheese, spaghetti, pasta, etc.) or prepared mixes (e.g., Hamburger Helper, soup starter, powdered milk, etc.) Collection stations for the food will be on the main plaza of Scope, outside the display area in the lower level, and at the truck with the "Food Bank" banner in the parking lot on St. Paul's Boulevard. Checks payable to "SEVA Food Bank" will also be accepted at collection stations. Every $1 you donate to the Food Bank buys $6 of food and supplies for those in need. Click here for more information on SEVA.

·    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

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.

May 23-29 is Hurricane and Flooding Preparedness Week
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has recognized May 23-29 as Hurricane and Flooding Preparedness Week to emphasize the importance of emergency preparation. He is encouraging every Virginia family to take action now to get ready for hurricane and flood season. Individuals and families should have a family emergency plan and put together a kit of essential supplies including at least a three-day supply of bottled water and non-perishable food, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio to hear emergency information, and extra batteries. To help Virginians get supplies for hurricane and flood season, retailers are stocking up for the Commonwealth’s Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, which runs May 25-31. During those days, no sales tax will be charged on the purchase of many items that can be used to prepare homes and businesses for hurricane and flood season and to fill emergency supply kits. All retailers participate, according to Virginia law. Batteries, flashlights, bottled water of all types and sizes, cell phone batteries, coolers, portable generators and many other useful items can be purchased with no sales tax added during the week. Many retailers will post signs listing all the allowable items so that Virginians can get ready for hurricane season, which begins June 1. For a complete list, go to To learn more about getting ready for hurricane and flood season, visit

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.

This week is deadline to register for July 27-31 UN Seminar for Youth
Contact Angie Williams at 1-800-768-6040, ext. 135 or (804) 521-1135 by this Thursday (May 27) if you want to attend this year’s UN Seminar in New York City. The week of July 27-31, 11th-and 12th- grade youths and college students will travel to New York City to learn about the many social justice issues that face our world today and how The United Methodist Church is lobbying with the United Nations for change. The study topic will be “Exploring Just Relationships with Humanity through Caring for God’s Creation.” Participants will have the chance to learn about day-to-day realities that face people in other parts of the world. Participants will be challenged to put their faith into action by thinking globally and acting locally in their own communities to make a difference in the world! Click here for more information and online registration.

The Upper Room to be given away to soccer fans at World Cup
For the 19th time, billions of people throughout the world will gather around televisions, computers, radios, and at stadiums to watch football. That is “soccer,” to many North Americans. The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) World Cup brings together 32 teams June 11 - July 11 in South Africa. And the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) will be there, too. Through one of its divisions, Upper Room Ministries, thousands of copies of The Upper Room daily devotional guide will be given away to soccer fans throughout South Africa. More …

Publishing House releases Judicial Council changes to Discipline
The United Methodist Publishing House released revisions to the 2008 Book of Discipline reflecting recent Judicial Council decisions. Click here to view or download the errata document. Subjects include status of retired local pastors, complaints against central conference bishops and Articles of Religion. Previously unpublished additions appear in red.

Video online for Lighten the Burden III international AIDS conference
Click here to view a two-and-a-half minute video about Lighten the Burden III, an international AIDS Conference sponsored by the UMC Global AIDS Fund Committee. This conference, to be held Oct. 14-16 in Dallas, will provide spiritual and educational fuel for the journey as The United Methodist Church works to eradicate HIV/AIDS. Registration deadline is Sept. 20. Contact Linda Bales Todd, General Board of Church & Society, or (202) 488-5649.

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