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News from the Virginia Conference – Jan. 6, 2011

Anna Workman leaves conference staff
Due to ongoing physical concerns related to her Oct. 18 back surgery, Anna Gail Workman will not be able to continue her ministry as director of Congregational Development and Evangelism for the Virginia Conference. During her eight years of ministry with the conference, Workman served as primary conference staff leader with new faith communities. This included resourcing the Church Development Team during its formation and development of procedures to assist the Cabinet in discerning the location of new faith communities and identification of new faith community planters. She also served as primary staff person for the 250 Task Force that developed “All Things New,” a strategic response to beginning 250 new faith communities and revitalizing existing congregations in the Virginia Conference. Administrative responsibilities for the office of Congregational Development will be overseen by the director of Connectional Ministries until the position is filled. More ...

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 any time 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 …

Mission trip to Mozambique set for May 20-June 3
Plans are under way for a 2011 mission trip to Cambini, Mozambique. The team will have three components: medical (clinic and training), pastoral development (work with seminary students), and construction (repairs to guest house and other facilities). Tentative dates are May 20-June 3 with optional add-on trips to Africa University and Victoria Falls. Approximate cost of the trip is $3,800. An organizational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, at Annandale United Methodist Church. For more information, contact Molly Wilmarth at

Ray Buchanan named 2010 Tar Heel of the Year
Ray Buchanan, Stop Hunger Now’s founder and president, was named 2010 Tar Heel of the Year by the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer. He was selected for the honor in recognition of his “success as a nonprofit entrepreneur whose work has saved thousands of lives and improved tens of thousands more,” according to the article. More …

Drema McAllister-Wilson honored for ecumenical contributions
The Rev. Drema McAllister-Wilson, a Virginia Conference clergy member who serves as a Hospice chaplain in Washington, D.C., was among a group of women recently honored for contributions to the ecumenical movement. The event at Wesley Theological Seminary was part of the National Council of Churches’ Circles of Names campaign, which supports gender justice and women’s ministries.

United Methodist marathoners group planned
The Revs. Allie Rosner and Steve Jones invite clergy to join in the “Good Race,” a chance to support each other in running or walking on Nov. 12 in the Richmond Marathon (26.2 miles), half-marathon (13.1 miles) or 8K (5 miles). Whether you are an experienced runner or walker or starting for the first time, the goal is to make it a day of shared achievement and celebration. Watch for more information on the conference’s ClergyNet about starting an exercise program or training with other clergy; also check the race Web site, If you are interested in joining, e-mail or

January issue of Virginia Advocate focuses on young adult leadership
The January issue of the award-winning Virginia United Methodist Advocate monthly newsmagazine focuses on young adult leadership in the church. Articles include information on the conference’s new Young Adult Leadership Initiative, new faith communities attracting young adults with new ideas and ways to worship God, a new VocationCARE program to help mentor those interested in entering the ministry and campus ministries important to young people in their formative years. You can purchase a copy of a single issue of the Advocate and have it mailed to you for $3.56 ($2 issue charge plus $1.56 postage). Copies are sold for $2 each at the Advocate office in the United Methodist Center in Glen Allen. For more information, contact Peggy Cribbs at 1-800-768-6040, ext. 110, or (804) 521-1110. You can subscribe to the Virginia United Methodist Advocate for $15 for 12 issues, or take advantage of the bulk discount rate of $12 a year each for five or more subscriptions mailed to a single address. Click here to subscribe online; or call Peggy Cribbs at 1-800-768-6040, ext. 110, or (804) 521-1110; or e-mail

UMCOR Spiritual and Emotional Care Team training to be Jan. 14
The Virginia Conference Disaster Response Team is hosting a United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Spiritual and Emotional Care Team course 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, at Sleepy Hollow UMC in Falls Church. This is a CEU event. The course will be taught by the Rev. Mary Hughes Gaudreau, UMCOR Emergency Services office consultant. This course is a requirement to be considered for any type of possible participation in a United Methodist Church response to a disaster or emergency. Following the basic course on Jan. 14, a by-invitation-only care team leader class will be taught on Jan. 15 from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact the Rev. Pamela Clark-Egan, Virginia Conference Disaster Response Care Team Coordinator, at (703) 534-6461;; or Sleepy Hollow UMC, 3435 Sleepy Hollow Rd, Falls Church, VA 22044.

Lay Speaking Training to be offered Jan. 14-15
Fairview UMC, 1013 Westover Drive in Danville, will host three Lay Speaking Ministry courses on Friday, Jan. 14, and Saturday, Jan. 15. “Basic Lay Speaking Ministries” course will be taught by Gene Moorefield. Two Advanced Courses will also be offered. “Accountable Disciples,” text by Steven Manskar, will be taught by Mark Monge. “Lay Pastoral Care Giving,” text by Tim Farabaugh, will be taught by the Rev. Kathleen Monge. Deadline for signing up for any of the courses is Monday, Jan. 10. If interested, contact the Danville District Office at (276) 638-2688 or e-mail

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.

Resource Center to present VBS Curriculum Fair Jan. 25-27
The Resource Center, in partnership with Cokesbury, will present its Vacation Bible School Curriculum Fair Jan. 25-27 from 1-8 p.m. (1-5 p.m. on Jan. 26) in Virginia Hall (the Turnbull Room) on the campus of Baptist Theological Seminary, on Brook Road between Westwood and Palmyra in the Ginter Park area of Richmond. All major publishers will be represented. A Cokesbury discount will be offered on kits ordered at the fair. For information, call the Rev. Judy Bennett at (804) 358-8306 or 1-888-241-5132.

Clergy Introduction to Wesleyan Building Brothers to be held Jan. 26
"Pastors' Overview: A Clergy Introduction to Wesleyan Building Brothers” will be held at the United Methodist Center in Glen Allen on Wednesday, Jan. 26. Coffee, donuts and fellowship will begin at 8:30 a.m. Pastors' Overview, led by Dan Schaffer, will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m., with time allotted for breaks and lunch. Cost is $50 per person for registrations made by Jan. 10. After Jan. 10, cost is $60. Registration fee includes snacks, lunch, Introduction to Wesleyan Building Brothers handbook, and Schaffer's book, Spiritual Fathers. Seating is limited to 70. Pastors are eligible for 0.6 CEU credit. Click here for more information or to register, or contact Larry Burian at or (804) 453-4004.

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, United Methodist 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 United Methodist Day, please pray for our legislators and sign up for Action Alerts at the Virginia Interfaith Center Web site:

Virginia United Methodist Credit Union offers investment seminar Feb. 12
The Virginia United Methodist Credit Union (VUMCU) is offering an investment seminar to church members of the Virginia Conference 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Virginia United Methodist Conference Center in Glen Allen. Sue Lewis, a VUMCU board member and retired financial advisor, will be the speaker. During her 25 years as a financial advisor, she worked for UBS, PaineWebber and A.G. Edwards. She will discuss the basics of investing, ranging from types of investments to personal risk tolerance. There is no cost to attend, but space is limited and registration is required. E-mail Janie Hightower at to reserve your spot.

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 word 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 the Rev. 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. Click here for more information. 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

Imagine No Malaria to host webinar at noon Jan. 11
Imagine No Malaria will host a webinar at 12 noon Tuesday, Jan. 11, to provide a sneak peek at what is planned for the coming year to help save millions of lives. To participate in the webinar, visit; select “Enter as a Guest” and type your name; click “Enter Room.”

UM Women help sponsor TV documentary
“I Believe You: Faith’s Response to Intimate Partner Violence,” an interfaith documentary that explores the stories of survivors of abuse and the response of faith groups to address their needs, begins airing on ABC stations this month. The program was produced with the support of United Methodist Women as part of the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission's “Visions and Values” series. Appearing in the program are Harriett Jane Olson, head of United Methodist Women, and other ecumenical and interfaith clergy and educators. Check the Interfaith Broadcasting Web page for a complete listing of stations carrying the program at

Hinton Rural Life Center seeks new president
Late last fall, Lyle Shipley resigned as chief executive officer of the Hinton Rural Life Center in Hayesville, N.C., and returned to his home annual conference to accept a pastoral appointment. The Hinton Rural Life Center is now seeking a new president and chief executive officer. For details, visit the Virginia Conference Web site at and scroll down to "Other."

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 …

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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