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News from the Virginia Conference – Sept. 30, 2010

Blog shares prayers, comments from participants in weekly fasts
Check out the Virginia Conference Web log (blog) of prayers, fasting helps and comments from those participating with Bishop Charlene Kammerer in weekly fasting and praying, now through Dec. 31, to ask God to work within us for the future of the church. Click here for the blog, or go to the conference Web site home page, A link to the blog is at the bottom of the article about Bishop Kammerer’s call to prayer and fasting. You may add your comments and prayers to this blog to share with others as you go through this fasting experience.

Caretakers of God’s Creation partners with Staples, B.W. Wilson
Caretakers of God's Creation has teamed up with Staples office supplies and B.W. Wilson paper company to offer tissue paper products, copy paper and cleaning supplies that meet the environmental standards of Caretakers, the United Methodist Women's Division, and the United Methodist General Conference resolutions on chlorine. This program has the potential to demonstrate how the church and business can partner together to make a positive difference for God's creation. Click here for more information about the Staples program. Click here for more information about the B.W. Wilson program. Environmentally-friendly products are more expensive, but there are ways to reduce paper consumption so it is possible to make the switch to more responsible paper products without increasing your budget. Caretakers can work with you to help you reduce consumption. For more information, contact the Rev. Pat Watkins, executive director of the Virginia Conference Caretakers of God’s Creation Ministry, (804) 357-7098, or e-mail

Medical mission team to serve in Amazon May 19-June 1, 2011
A team is being formed for a medical mission in the Amazon region of Brazil May 19-June 1, 2011. The team will serve on the Brazil Methodist Church’s medical boat that operates out of Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. The boat’s medical teams minister to the needs of indigenous groups and river people in communities along the Amazon River and its tributaries. The boat has a triage area, complete dental suite, physician exam rooms and pharmacy. Cost per team member will be approximately $2000. This mission trip is sponsored by the Virginia Conference and the Methodist Church of Brazil. If you are interested in serving on this mission, contact Jean Broyles, team leader, at (540) 366-9065, or e-mail

Ferrum College receives grant to enhance community health center
Ferrum College has received a $396,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to be used to enhance the community health center located on the college campus. The center serves the residents of Franklin County as well as students, faculty and staff of the United Methodist-related college. Funds will be used to substantially enlarge the health center to provide more space for existing and new services due to significantly increased numbers of patients - including more students. The center serves about 3,500 people annually, according to Debra Shelor, executive director of Tri-Area Community Health Center. “We are so fortunate to have this partnership with Tri-Area Community Health Center,” said Ferrum President Jennifer Braaten. “People are looking for a model of success for rural health care, and this is it.”

New Heart Havens Home in Ashland to be dedicated Nov. 21
Dedication and Open House for the Ashland District Heart Havens Home, located at 320 North Snead Street in Ashland, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21.

Reverse Trick-or-Treating helps educate need for Fair Trade chocolate
Reverse Trick-or-Treating gives thousands of school children (and high school/college students and adults) the opportunity to treat neighbors with Fair Trade chocolate while educating them about how they can help end poverty, promote human rights, end child labor and increase awareness of environmental abuses in the cocoa industry. Fair Trade chocolate is attached to a card with information about social and environmental problems in the cocoa industry and how buying Fair Trade certified chocolate provides a solution. Click here for more information or to request kits. Click here to watch the Reverse Trick-or-Treating video.

Applications due for projects to be Conference Advance Specials
It is the time of year for mission projects within the Virginia Conference to apply for consideration to become Conference Advance Specials. Go to to download an application. Completed applications are due to the Mission and Global Justice office by Oct. 29. Existing 2010-2011 Conference Advance Special projects do not need to complete a full application, but information on page 1 should be updated and financial information on pages 2 and 3 must be submitted. For more information, contact the Mission and Global Justice office at or (804) 521-1144.

Children’s Sabbaths scheduled for Oct. 8-10
This year, The United Methodist Church will observe Children’s Sabbaths Oct. 8-10. Children's Sabbaths is an ecumenically celebrated weekend committed to educating the congregation about the state of today’s children and families in America. Children provide leadership through music, sharing of gifts and reading of Scripture. Click here for downloadable resources for this event available through the Children’s Defense Fund.

‘10-Fold’ to feature 10 Advance projects in 10 days beginning Oct. 10
For 10 days, Oct. 10-19, you will be able to go online to learn about Global Ministries' projects around the world supported through The Advance, the designated giving arm of The United Methodist Church. “10-Fold,” a new type of online event, will offer live webcasts, streaming video, online chats and other media that will enable you to see and hear about amazing projects that are changing people's lives. Every day will focus on a different project. The goal is to gain the support of 10,000 people for each of the 10 projects. During the event, $1 will be donated for every person that signs up as an advocate for a 10-Fold project, up to $10,000 per project. To get more details, visit and download the 10-Fold Participant's Guide.

Resources available for Oct. 17 Laity Sunday
In our membership vows, we promise that we will support the church with our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. Theme for this year’s celebration of Laity Sunday on Oct. 17 is Disciples Transforming the World - Through Presence. Worship resources for this Special Sunday can be found on the General Board of Discipleship Web site,, under the “Lead Your Church>Ministry of the Laity” section.

Oct. 17 is Bread for the World Sunday
Bread for the World, a Christian organization supported in part through the United Methodist Advance, has resources for churches interested in participating in Bread for the World Sunday on Oct. 17. The group organizes Christians to write U.S. decision-makers in support of efforts to eradicate hunger in the U.S. and overseas. Click here for resources.

Interfaith resources available for Veterans Day Nov. 11
Veteran's Day is Wednesday, Nov. 11, a time to honor and remember past and present military veterans. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has become a major mental health issue for veterans returning from war. Mental Health Ministries is offering an interfaith Veteran's Day resource (click here) that can be used as a bulletin insert or flier to raise important issues faced by returning troops and give your faith community ideas on how to be supportive. This resource is available in English and Spanish. Click here for an article, How Faith Communities Can Help Veterans and Their Families Readjust by Department of Veterans Affairs Chaplain David Lundell. Click here for a downloadable packet from the Presbyterian Church USA, The Wounds of War: The Church as a Healing Community.

Women in ministry invited to Oct. 21 gathering
All women in ministry — licensed, ordained, consecrated, candidates for ministry and other women — are invited to the Clergywomen’s Collective gathering 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Virginia Conference United Methodist Center, 10330 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen. Bring a bag lunch or go to the deli at Martin’s next door. For more information, contact the Rev. ReNe'e Teague at or (804) 357-4435.

Christian educators ‘Day Apart’ set for Oct. 26
Virginia Chapter of Christian Educators Fellowship and the Division of Education invite all Christian educators, clergy and laity interested in Christian education to Professional Development Training: Day Apart, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Virginia Conference Center in Glen Allen. Morning session will be “Kids With Purpose: A Weekly Program for Children Learning and Doing Missions” with Jodi Bischoff, Minister of Child Discipleship and Mission, Good Shepherd UMC. Afternoon will be Conversation Groups to discuss children, youth, young adults, adults, missions and technology. Cost of $15 includes lunch and coffee breaks. Cost is $10 for lunch and either morning or afternoon session. For more information, contact MaryKaye Cochran at (804) 739-4535, ext. 33 or Registration deadline is Oct. 19. Send registration information and payment to: Molly Gee, Wright's Chapel United Methodist Church, 8063 Ladysmith Road, Ruther Glen, Virginia 22546-2844. Make checks payable to "Virginia Conference CEF." Include name, church/position, address, phone and e-mail address.

2010 UMMen Spiritual Retreat to be Nov. 5-7 at VUMAC
The 2010 United Methodist Men (UMMen) Spiritual Retreat will be Nov. 5-7 at the Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center (VUMAC) in Blackstone. Dr. Kevass J. Harding, senior pastor of Dellrose United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kan., and a leader in the Wesleyan Building Brothers process, will be preacher for the event. He will preach on the theme “Can We Talk: It's Time To Man Up!” Sept. 30 is early registration deadline to save $20. Click here to download registration form. For more information, contact David Bean, vice president, Spiritual Life, by e-mail to, or by phone at (540) 718-2752.

New Church Leadership Institute to be Nov. 9-11
New Church Leadership Institute 2010 will be held Nov. 9-11 at the Virginia Conference United Methodist Center in Glen Allen. Participants will learn how to gain clarity in discerning ministry competencies, spiritual gifts, personal mission field or affinity group, leadership style and its implications and place on the apostolic/pastoral continuum. Registration deadline is Oct. 15. Click here for more information and online registration. Or go to or contact Pat Hickman at (804) 521-1155, 1-800-768-6040, ext. 155, or

Event for African-American churches scheduled for Nov. 19-20
A design team is busily working on plans for a fall event for African-American faith communities in the Virginia Conference. Mark your calendars for Nov. 19-20 and plan to bring a team from your church for a time of connecting and learning at the United Methodist Center in Glen Allen.

2011 Ministers’ Convocation registration is open
Register now for the Jan. 18-20, 2011, Ministers’ Convocation. Theme is “Shaping God’s People: A Study of Exodus,” addressing the question “How does the story of Exodus help us to live into a future that is different from the past?” Keynote presenters will be Dr. Gil Rendle, senior consultant for the Texas Methodist Foundation for Clergy and Congregational Excellence, and Dr. Joel LeMon, assistant professor of Old Testament, Candler School of Theology, Emory University. Preaching during the week will be Bishop Charlene Kammerer and the Rev. Lisa Yebuah, newly ordained elder in the North Carolina Conference and Minister of Community Witness at Edenton Street UMC, Raleigh, N.C. A variety of workshops will be held on Wednesday, and district reflection groups will be led by younger clergy in the conference. Click here to register online or to download registration form.

Deacons’ gathering at Lake Junaluska cancelled
The 2010 Deacon/Diakonate Gathering originally scheduled for Oct. 24-26 at Lake Junaluska has been cancelled.

SEJ Student Movement Retreat postponed to 2011
The SEJ Student Movement Retreat originally scheduled for December 2010 at Lake Junaluska has been rescheduled to December 2011.

2010 Multicultural Conference to be Dec. 2-4 at Lake Junaluska
The Southeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops is partnering with Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center for the 2010 Multicultural Conference Dec. 2-4. Theme is “Embracing the Multi-Ethnic Body of Christ: Breaking Down Barriers and Building Bridges.” Virginia’s the Rev. Myrtle Frances Hatcher is a member of the design team led by Bishop William Morris. A goal has been established for each annual conference to have 20–30 participants. Click here for more information or to register.

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