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News from the Virginia Conference – April 26, 2011

Each church asked to bring two mission photos to Annual Conference
In celebration of the Virginia Conference special mission culture, there will be a mission worship/celebration on Thursday evening, June 16, at Annual Conference. The design team for that event is asking the delegation from each church to bring two 8 x10 photos that represent “Snapshots of the Kingdom” showing what their church is doing in mission. Those photos will be a part of the worship experience and then will be displayed in the exhibit hall for the duration of the conference. Photos need not be professional and can even be printed on printer paper. Name of the church and what mission activity is represented should be indicated on the photo. If you have questions, contact the conference office of Mission and Global Justice at or 1-800-768-6040, ext. 144, or (804) 521-1144.

May 7 is Virginia Conference Family Fun Day at Kings Dominion
Saturday, May 7, will be Virginia Conference Family Fun Day at Kings Dominion, with discounted tickets available for United Methodists. An all-you-can-eat picnic will be held from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Group Catering Pavilion. To purchase tickets online, go to, click on “Tickets,” then “Corporate Partners,” and enter company code UMC4. The special discount tickets will be valid all Saturdays in May and Memorial Day Weekend (May 28-30). Children ages 2 and under are admitted free.

Older Adult Recognition Sunday to be observed in May
In April 2008, General Conference adopted legislation inviting congregations to celebrate Older Adult Recognition Day each year during the month of May. The 2006 Virginia Annual Conference had already voted to designate the first Sunday in May as Older Adult Recognition Sunday. On Older Adult Recognition Sunday, United Methodists are invited to show appreciation and support for older adults and address the needs of older adults in the congregation and community. Click here for suggestions for this year’s recognition Sunday, developed by the conference Older Adult Council. Or go to, select “Ministries,” then “Age-Related Ministries,” then “Older Adults,” then “Older Adult Recognition Sunday.” Click here for additional resource materials on the General Board of Discipleship Web site.

Native American Ministries Sunday is May 8
Native American Ministries Sunday is May 8. Be sure to order your free resources to promote the May 8 offering that supports Native American ministries and helps United Methodist Native American seminarians to become church leaders. Or click here for free downloadable resources. More …

Register now for Change the World May 14-15
United Methodists around the world will participate in community service projects on Saturday, May 14, and neighbors will be invited to attend church services on Sunday, May 15, as part of “Change the World 2011.” Local churches can prepare now to participate in this year’s Change the World weekend. First, identify a project that makes a difference in the local or global community (or both). Then, register at and download the free flyer. Third, invite your community to get involved. Free and discounted resources are available to all churches who register. Registered churches will receive free shipping and postage from product orders placed on through May 15. More …

Find a project for Change the World weekend May 14-15
If you have not yet decided on a project for your church to participate in during this year’s Change the World weekend May 14-15, there are a number of great ministry suggestions on the official Change the World Web site. Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) Hunger Ministry Weekend is one of the many Partner Resources listed there. For more information about SoSA, go to

Volunteer staff needed for Camp Rainbow
New and returning staff volunteers are needed for Camp Rainbow Connection 2011 to be held at the Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center in Blackstone July 10-15 and Aug. 7-12. Staff members must be at least 16 years of age, agree to a criminal background check, attend one training session in the spring, and commit to attending the full week of camp. Click here for applications or go to the conference Web site,, select “Ministries,” followed by “Disabilities,” then “Camp Rainbow Connection.” For more information, contact the Office of Leadership and Inclusivity at 1- 800-768-6040 or 804-521-1100, ext. 153, or e-mail

Training scheduled for volunteers to teach Disciple in prisons
The Virginia Conference has established Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries (DBOM) of Virginia, an affiliate ministry of the General Commission on United Methodist Men program that recruits, trains and equips local church volunteers to teach Disciple Bible Study in prisons, jails and youth development centers. All DBOM prison volunteers must be trained and certified for this ministry. The ministry held training for prison chaplains earlier this month at the Virginia United Methodist Center in Glen Allen. The next two training sessions will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at the conference center. To register or for more information, contact Gene Mims at (804) 733-8632, or go to

Gov. McDonnell to speak at June 11 VUMAC Founders Day dinner
Gov. Robert McDonnell will deliver an inaugural Founders Day address titled “Faith of Our Founding Fathers” on Saturday, June 11, at a colonial style dinner at the Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center (VUMAC) in Blackstone. His address will be followed by a debate between renowned PBS interpreters for President George Washington and Governor Patrick Henry. A hearty Southern breakfast will be available for guests spending Saturday night at VUMAC. Bishop Hasbrouck Hughes will deliver the June 12 Sunday morning message. For more information, call (434) 292-5308 or e-mail

Clergywomen’s Collective to meet May 4 at Conference Center
The Clergywomen’s Collective will meet at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 4, at the Virginia Conference United Methodist Center in Glen Allen to share Scripture, song and Holy Communion. Bring a bag lunch or run to Martin's across the way. For more information, contact the Rev. ReNe'e Teague at (540) 659-2461 or (804) 357-4435.

Richmond area ‘Real Change for Real People’ workshop to be May 7
The Economic Justice Work Group of the Virginia Conference Board of Church and Society and the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy are offering regional Real Change for Real People workshops to engage United Methodists in dialogue regarding economic justice issues, including unemployment and predatory lending. These workshops will not only inform participants, but also provide opportunities to analyze and discuss deficiencies in Virginia state laws as well as empower United Methodists to become more effective in their advocacy for systemic change. Richmond area workshop will be 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 7, at Wesley Memorial UMC, 1720 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Richmond. Click here for more information or to register.

UMVIM mutual empowerment seminar offered May 12-14
Mutual Empowerment Seminar for United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) will be held May 12-14 at Servants in Faith and Technology (SIFAT) Training Campus near Lineville, Ala. This workshop is an invitation to mission volunteers to engage in reflection and dialogue about the impacts of volunteer service: who is impacted and how? More …

Westview on James to host confirmand weekend May 13-15
Bring your confirmation class to Westview on the James in Goochland for a weekend of exploring the Way of Jesus, May 13-15. Youth pastors, Christian educators and the Westview ministry team will work together to lead confirmands in activities and faithful discussions. Participants will have an opportunity to walk the Stations of the Cross with a focus on how they are called to take up the Walk of Jesus. Justin Hicks, Youth Pastor from River Road UMC, is keynote speaker. For brochure, schedule, additional information and registration, go to E-mail Cat Holbert, assistant director at Westview, at, with questions or needs.

Ordering of Ministry event to be held for clergy May 15-16
Study commission findings to be proposed at the 2012 General Conference will be discussed at the upcoming “Ordering of Ministry” event May 15-16 at the Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center (VUMAC) in Blackstone. Dr. Ken Carter Jr., chair of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry Division of Ordained Ministry and member of the Study Commission on Ministry, will present the findings. Dr. Mary Elizabeth Moore, dean, Boston University School of Theology, will lead consideration of theological ramifications of these matters in light of Methodist/Wesleyan heritage. A panel composed of Carter, Moore and Bishop Charlene Kammerer will lead a discussion of the proposed changes and implications for United Methodist clergy. A .5 CEU is available. Registration deadline is May 6. More …

Young adults invited to spend 5 days relating to God, each other, earth
“Sojourn to Sacredness: A Theological Ecological Pilgrimage for Young Adults,” June 6-10, will include hiking the Appalachian Trail, canoeing on the Shenandoah River and renewing relationships with God, each other and the earth. Participants will learn low-impact and earth-friendly outdoor living skills, experience the beauty of God’s creation, learn about some of the problems creation is facing, and discuss ways the church can be part of the solution. Conversations on the pilgrimage will include scientists, environmentalists and theologians. Fee of $125 includes canoes, food, transportation to and from trail and river and camping fees. More …

School of Christian Mission to be at VUMAC July 22-24, July 25-28
The 2011 School of Christian Mission will be held at Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center (VUMAC) in Blackstone July 22-24 and July 25-28, under the theme “All Things Made New.” Spiritual Growth Study leaders include the Rev. Steve Hundley, superintendent of the Roanoke District; and the Rev. Pat Watkins, executive director of Caretakers of God’s Creation. Registration deadline is July 10. Click here for more information, including detailed brochure, registration form and class choice, or contact Louise Miller, dean of the school, at Please note that online registration will NOT be available this year.

LEAD training for youth will be Aug. 5-14 in Roanoke
Registration is now open for LEAD, the new leadership training event for Virginia Conference youth that will replace the former YAC/VUMDYLA. LEAD will be Aug. 5-14 at the Salvation Army in Roanoke. Local churches and District Youth Councils are invited to select 3-5 youths who are willing to commit to this nine-day leadership immersion experience and a covenant action plan to enact newly-developed leadership skills in their districts and local communities upon return. The purpose of this event is to be more intentional about the denominational area of focus to develop principled Christian leaders for the church and world. More …

Bishop’s Convocation on Immigration to be held Oct. 1
A Bishop’s Convocation focusing on a faith-based response to the issues surrounding immigration will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, at Grace UMC in Manassas. In her letter in the April 2010 Virginia United Methodist Advocate, Bishop Charlene Kammerer wrote: “Regardless of our political beliefs about immigration, the consistent message of Old and New Testament Scripture invites us to embrace the sojourner and stranger in our midst.” Plan to join Bishop Kammerer and the Commission on Ethnic Minority Concerns and Advocacy on Oct. 1. More information will be available soon.

Clergy to make pilgrimage to South Korea Oct. 26-Nov. 3
A group of clergy will travel to Bupyeong Methodist Church in Incheon, South Korea, Oct. 26-Nov. 3 under the co-leadership of the Rev. M. J. Kim, conference director of Asian Ministries, and the Rev. Young Jin Cho, Arlington District superintendent. Goal of the pilgrimage is spiritual renewal by experiencing contextual hands-on mission and ministry and by seeing the fruits of the seeds American missionaries planted a century ago. Trip is limited to 35 clergy. Room and board will be provided by the Bupyeong Methodist Church. Participants will be responsible for round-trip air fare. (As of March 17, cost was $1,425 without group discount from Korean Airlines.) For more information, e-mail the Rev. Won Un at or call (804) 929-0690. Deadline to register is June 20.

Webinar on spiritual practices to be offered by GBOD April 28
A free webinar, “Easter living for church leaders: Prayers and Faith,” will be offered by the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) at 7:30 p.m. (Eastern time) Thursday, April 28. Coming right after Easter, this free webinar is for developing and renewing spiritual practices among congregational leaders. Several church leaders will tell how they stay connected with God. Don't let "doing" church work overwhelm your "being." Register at

‘NCIS’ actress to help generate support for Imagine No Malaria
Actress Pauley Perrette, who plays Abby Sciutor on the hit CBS TV show, “NCIS,” has agreed to share her talent and celebrity to help generate support for Imagine No Malaria while raising awareness and money to fight the disease. A United Methodist who grew up in several Southern states, Perrette will star in several public service announcements calling for action and generosity in the fight against malaria. She will also provide narration for the TV special “A Killer in the Dark: An Extraordinary Effort to Combat Malaria” which will air on many NBC affiliates on Sunday, May 1 (check local listings). The program is presented by the National Council of Churches under the auspices of the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission and was produced by United Methodist Communications. For a list of NBC stations in your area, go to Imagine No Malaria is a ministry of the people of The United Methodist Church to eliminate malaria in Africa by 2015. Visit to learn more.

Imagine No Malaria offers mobile app to repel mosquitoes
The United Methodist Church’s Imagine No Malaria campaign is using technology to fight mosquitoes with the launch of a new mobile application that keeps mosquitoes away and also raises funds for the fight against malaria. The new mobile app repels mosquitoes using sound instead of spray. When used, the application emits three different high-pitched frequencies that serve as a deterrent for mosquitoes. Available for download on the Android platform at a cost of $.99, 70% of the proceeds benefit the fight against malaria in Africa. In addition, the app provides information about malaria, and a link to for those who wish to donate to the cause. The Imagine No Malaria app was developed by Pico Brothers in conjunction with Ad Hope.

Publishing House launches online community for church leaders
United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) recently launched the Beta version of Ministry Matters, a new online community designed for all church leaders. Ministry Matters is located at The site features a searchable database of preaching, teaching and worship planning resources pulled from earlier UMPH offerings such as (no longer available) and (now redirects to Cokesbury). Also available is content from Abingdon Press and other publishers. During the Beta phase (an unspecified time), the site will offer unlimited, free access to most available resources. Once the Beta phase closes, many premium resources will be available only by subscription. Sign up for a free account at Learn more at

Trial of lesbian elder in Wisconsin rescheduled to June 21-23
The trial of the Rev. Amy Delong, a lesbian clergywoman in Wisconsin, has been rescheduled for June 21-23 at Peace United Methodist Church in Kaukauna. Presiding officer will be retired Bishop Clay F. Lee of Mississippi. Church counsel will be the Rev. Thomas Lambrecht, senior pastor of Faith Community Church, a United Methodist congregation in Greenville, Wis. Lambrecht is a board member of Good News, an unofficial United Methodist evangelical caucus.

African-American preaching summit to be July 13-15 at Lake Junaluska
“The Foolishness of Preaching: Words that Transform the World” will be the theme for the first-ever African-American preaching summit to be held July 13-15 at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. The event will bring together African-American clergy to explore and experience effective sermon preparation, powerful preaching and worship as practiced by outstanding African-American preachers in The United Methodist Church. (1.3 CEU’S available) For more information and registration details visit

Exploration ’11 to help young adults explore call to ministry Nov. 11-13
Some young person you know needs to hear about Exploration '11, scheduled for Nov. 11-13 in St. Louis. Exploration '11 is designed to help young adults 18- to 26-years old explore what ministry in The United Methodist Church looks like and connect with resources to respond to God's call in their lives. A previous Exploration event was part of the journey to ordination for the Rev. Jessica Fuller, a deacon serving at Crozet UMC. She will attend Exploration '11 as a representative from the Virginia Conference and will be glad to talk with anyone interested in attending. Information on the event is available online at

Lambuth University to close June 30
Lambuth University in Jackson, Tenn., will cease academic operation as of June 30. The 168-year-old United Methodist-related school has struggled financially for several years and was suing to appeal a December 2010 decision by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to remove the school’s accreditation. A transition team will work with other interested higher education institutions to ensure the Lambuth campus “remains an educational facility,” the school said. Lambuth will formulate agreements with other higher education institutions to provide students the opportunity to complete their degrees. Lambuth’s spring commencement is scheduled for April 30, with 65 students expected to receive diplomas. More …

GBCS seeks Immigration Grassroots Coordinator
The General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) in Washington, D.C., is seeking an Immigration Grassroots Coordinator. For details, visit the Virginia Conference Web site at and scroll down to "Other."

East Ohio Conference seeks Director of Congregational Vitality
Director of Congregational Vitality position is available with the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church. Candidates should possess a passion to help clergy and laity understand and engage in the mission of making and maturing disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world with a particular focus in helping churches develop new and innovative ministries. For details, visit the Virginia Conference Web site at and scroll down to "Other."

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