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News from the Virginia Conference – Dec. 23, 2010

Merry Christmas and


Conference offices closed for Christmas, New Year's
Conference offices in the United Methodist Center in Glen Allen will be closed from 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23, through Tuesday, Dec. 28, in observance of the Christmas holiday. Offices will also be closed on Jan. 3 in observance of the New Year's Day holiday.

2010 Conference Journal now posted on Web site
The 2010 Virginia Annual Conference Journal is now available on the conference Web site, One printed copy will be mailed to each local church. One copy on a CD will be mailed to each active clergy, retired clergy and spouse of deceased clergy at no cost. Additional copies may be purchased at a cost of $10 for CD or $25 for print version by calling the Virginia Conference Communications office at (804) 521-1110 or 1-800-768-6040, ext. 110.

Board of Discipleship offers wording for churches
As we look toward the start of a new year, the Virginia Conference Board of Discipleship has prepared several paragraphs to be used in bulletins, newsletters or other church communications as a reminder of our commitment to prayer, fasting and discernment. The Board of Discipleship will be sending additional reminders throughout the remainder of the conference year. Click here for the insert for January.

Human Relations Day is Sunday, Jan. 16
Human Relations Day is Sunday, Jan. 16. This day of social action and raising awareness aims to heal social ills at the national level. It supports Community Developers, United Methodist Voluntary Service and the Youth Offender Rehabilitation Program. In The United Methodist Church calendar, Human Relations Day is the Sunday immediately following the observance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. However, you can observe Human Relations Day at anytime of the year. The United Methodist Book of Discipline describes the purpose of Human Relations Day as a call to "the Church to recognize the right of all God's children in realizing their potential as human beings in relationship with each other." More …

Jan. 18-25 is Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is Jan. 18-25. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity invites the whole Christian community throughout the world to pray in communion with the prayer of Jesus “that they all may be one” (John 17:21). The 2011 theme is One in the Apostles’ Teaching, Fellowship, Breaking of Bread and Prayer (Acts 2:42). Click here for resources. More …

2011 Calling 21 helps college students discern God’s call
Calling 21 is a conference-wide, grass roots, congregation-based, youth-focused approach to the Virginia Conference's emerging culture of call. During the summer, college students are placed in church internships and spend the summer immersed in the life of a local church, not their own, discerning God's call into church leadership. Calling 21 interns will both learn and lead. The host church will be a church that has been noticed and named for its potential to help young people hear God's call upon their lives. The intern's stipend will be $2,500. Applicants shall be college students and interested in exploring their call to church leadership. Calling 21 partners include: The Institute for Church Professions of Shenandoah University, Virginia Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, The Fund for Theological Education, Virginia Conference Cabinet, and Calling 21 host congregations. More ...

Conference seeks three 2011 summer interns
Virginia Conference offices of Congregational Development & Evangelism, Leadership & Inclusivity,and Mission & Global Justice are each seeking a summer intern for 2011. Applicants for all three positions should desire to pursue a career in a ministry setting, have experience in and passion for the area of interest, and familiarity with The United Methodist Church. Intern salary is $250 a week (with a minimum of 10 weeks). Click here for application and guidelines. Deadline for submission of applications is Feb. 1. Applications should be e-mailed to Becky Tate at

Voices of Youth accepting applications for 2011 tour participants
Voices of Youth (VOY), a mission program of the Virginia Conference designed to connect high school youths with those in need through music and mission, has a new Web site, It includes information about the program, the VOY 2011 tour, information and applications for churches interested in hosting a concert in 2011 and participant applications. Applications are being accepted for new youths, returning youths, college students and adult staff. The VOY 2011 tour will be July 13-Aug. 5. The choir will travel to Haiti/Dominican Republic before returning to the Virginia Conference for its annual concert tour. Applications for youth and college students are being accepted through Jan. 3. The group is still looking for a few adult staff members and an accompanist. For more information, contact Voices of Youth coordinator, Rachel Hundley, at or the 2011 Team Leader, Chad Hrbek, at

Young adult team to travel to Brazil in July
Virginia Conference young adult team will travel to Brazil July 18-29 or 31 as a part of the conference mission focus, Initiatives of Hope. The team will be involved in a young adult program called Week for Jesus, which aims actions in the social and health areas, evangelism and church construction. The other week will focus on relationship building and will include seminars/discussions with Brazilian young adults on theological and social issues of mutual concern. Up to $1000 in scholarship funds is available for clergy in their first five years of full-time ministry. Application is on the conference Web site at If you are interested in participating in this team, contact the team leader, the Rev. Kristin Holbrook, pastor of Central UMC, Salem, at or (540) 389-2933.

Stop Hunger Now seeks warehouse manager
Stop Hunger Now seeks full-time warehouse manager for its Lynchburg facility. For details, visit the Virginia Conference Web site at and scroll down to "Other."

Friends of Lithuania to hold annual consultation May 6-7
Friends of Lithuania will hold their annual consultation Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7, at Centreville UMC in Centreville. At this meeting, you can hear reports on Lithuanian United Methodist churches, their pastors, and mission support for the congregations. The group plans two days of activities and will consider ways to improve partner church relationships. For more information, contact Dan Stapleton, Planning Coordinator, at (703) 754-9014 or

Register now for Jan. 18-20 Ministers’ Convocation
Register now for the Jan. 18-20 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.

United Methodist Day at General Assembly is Feb. 3
United Methodist Day at the General Assembly will be Thursday, Feb. 3. Sponsored by the Board of Church and Society and Virginia Conference United Methodist Women, UM Day is an avenue of faithful advocacy that is both fun and meaningful. New this year: online registration, early bird pricing, morning prayer in the Capitol rotunda with Bishop Kammerer, and a large group session with General Assembly leaders and United Methodist legislators. Register before Friday, Jan. 21, and save $5. Click here for more information and online registration. Host church will be Bon Air UMC again this year. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Place Richmond Arboretum for $79 per night. As we prepare for UM Day, please pray for our legislators and sign up for Action Alerts at the Virginia Interfaith Center Web site:

Ted Hart to speak at 5 Talent Academy Feb. 19
How do we raise resources during these challenging times? How do we encourage generosity when so many seem to be just keeping their heads above water? How do we use technology to help our people respond liberally These questions and others will be addressed at the next gathering of the Five Talent Academy 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at Floris United Methodist Church, 13600 Frying Pan Road, Herndon. Consultant Ted Hart will offer practical stewardship advice. This is a great opportunity to bring Finance Committee members and anyone else who needs to hear a helpful world on stewardship during these tough times. If your church has not yet signed up to be a part of the Academy, now is the time to join. Click here for more information or contact Pat Hickman at the conference office, or Pete Moon at (804) 739-4535 or

Lay Servants Academy to be Feb. 25-27 at VUMAC
All laity are invited to the first Lay Servants Academy — and the 33rd annual Lay Speakers Training — to be held at the Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center (VUMAC) in Blackstone Feb. 25-27. You do not need to be on track to become a Local Lay Speaker or Certified Lay Speaker to attend, although these programs are developed to challenge the Lay Speaker to become skilled to the level of certification and offer continuing training for re-certification. Every chairperson, committee member, teacher, or congregational leader is encouraged to take the introductory course and overview of United Methodism. Registration deadline is Feb. 11. Click here for more information, including brochure and registration form.

Clergy Spouse Retreat to be March 3-5 at VUMAC
The 49th Annual Clergy Spouse Retreat will be March 3-5 at the Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center (VUMAC) in Blackstone. The Rev. Dr. Lynne Caldwell will speak on "Rx Laughter, the Best Medicine." Activities will include Zumba exercise class, Quilt for the Homeless, Strength to Minister workshop, Simplicity/Simple Living discussion, Tai Chi class, book review/discussion of Preacher Creature Strikes on Sunday, nature walk and knitting class. More information will be available on either or after the New Year. Registration forms will be sent. (If you haven't received one by the end of January, contact your district office.) For more information, contact Bill Moore, 2011 Clergy Spouse Retreat chair, at

Middle School Confirmation Retreat set for March 25-27
On March 25-27, confirmands will once again have the opportunity to explore how Jesus lived his life and his effect upon people. Join keynote speaker Justin Hicks from River Road UMC, the Steve Kropp Band and the staff of Westview on the James, in Goochland County, for the Middle School Confirmation retreat, "Following Jesus." Youths will consider the experiences of their own lives in light of Jesus' example and will be challenged to commit to Christ and Christ's way. Curriculum is based on "Claim the Name" retreat curriculum. Experiential learning blended with upbeat praise and worship and the energy of Westview's counselors is a great way to supplement your confirmation training. Register by Jan. 15 to receive early-bird rate of $85 per person. Click here for brochure. For more information, call the camp office at (804) 457-4210 or e-mail Cat Holbert Rudys at

Young People's Ministries launches new Web site
The United Methodist Board of Discipleship's Young People's Ministries has revamped its Web site,, with interactive features to better serve young leaders across the globe. Some of the new features include chat, text message subscriptions, free monthly webinars, grant and scholarship information and weekly stories highlighting ministries with young people throughout The United Methodist Church.

Still time for early registration discount to Rethinking Worship & Song
There’s still time to take advantage of early registration discounts for Rethinking Worship & Song, the national introductory event for the new collection of music and worship resources. Join Carlton Young, Marcia McFee, Mark Miller, Michael Hawn, Lester Ruth, and others Feb 28-March 3 in Nashville. Early registration ends Dec 31Click here for event information. For online registration, go to

Applications due Jan. 15 for Candler's top MDiv scholarships
Jan. 15 is the deadline to apply to attend Leadership Candler, a three-day event hosted by Candler School of Theology that puts prospective Master of Divinity students in the running for 30 prestigious scholarships, including awards that offer full tuition, fees and an annual stipend of up to $10,000. More...

Children’s Ministry Forum to be Feb. 22-24 in San Antonio
Children’s Ministry leaders in large United Methodist churches will receive new skills, fresh understandings and revived energy at the 2011 Children’s Ministry Forum Feb. 22-24 in San Antonio. Sponsored by the General Board of Discipleship, the event, “Remembering Our Story,” will focus on remembering, rejoicing, renewing and responding as participants experience the biblical stories in new ways and develop multiple tactics to teach the stories to children. Although the event is designed for children’s ministry leaders in large United Methodist congregations with more than 250 people in worship, representatives from smaller congregations also are welcome to attend. More …

2011 Caring for Creation Conference to be March 31-April 3
One More Generation, a nonprofit founded by Carter and Olivia Ries (ages 9 and 8, respectively), will be featured presenters at the 2011 Caring for Creation at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center March 31–April 3. One More Generation (OMG) is dedicated to the preservation of endangered species. Reduced registration fee is available until Jan. 1. For registration, scholarship request forms and more information, visit or call (828) 454-6656.

SEJ Clergywomen’s Consultation is April 4-7 in Atlanta
The Southeastern Jurisdiction Clergywomen’s Consultation will be held April 4-7 at the Emory Conference Center and Hotel, Atlanta. Cost is $150. (A $65 special fee for students includes all workshops, plenaries, worship services, but only one meal — the banquet on Wednesday night.) Virginia Bishop Charlene Kammerer will be honored during the Wednesday night banquet. Click here for more information and to register.

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