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Special Edition 2011 Annual Conference News – June 3, 2011

Information, agenda for Annual Conference posted on Web
The 2011 Virginia Annual Conference session will be held June 15-19 at the Civic Center in Roanoke. Theme of the conference is “Being Christ to Others: Snapshots of the Kingdom.” Information about this year’s session, including an agenda, is available on the conference Web site at

Live streaming of Annual Conference available on Web, Facebook
Live streaming of the 2011 Virginia Annual Conference will be available, beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, from the Virginia Conference Web site and from the Virginia Conference Facebook Fan page. The live streaming will show all sessions of the five-day conference, including worship at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, June 19, when Bishop Charlene Kammerer will preach. Local churches may show the live video of the Annual Conference worship service during their Sunday morning worship services. The Call to Worship and Litany for the Sunday morning service are available on the conference Web site for congregations that wish to incorporate them in their worship.

‘All Things New’ gifts, pledges to be celebrated at Annual Conference
Each Virginia Conference church has been sent a letter from Bishop Charlene Kammerer and a supply of All Things New” brochures for distribution to congregation members. These brochures, along with the videos on a DVD sent to each church Feb. 1, are resources for churches to use as part of the “All Things New” fundraising campaign.
     In addition, weekly stories from new faith communities will be posted on the conference Web site and e-mailed to pastors for inclusion in bulletins or worship announcements until June 12.
     PLEASE NOTE: By Pentecost Sunday, June 12, each congregation is asked to receive gifts and pledges for “All Things New” and send any gifts and pledge information to Becki Stokes in the Conference Treasurer's office. Gifts and pledges should NOT be brought to Annual Conference, but the amounts reported to the Treasurer’s office will be announced and celebrated during the Annual Conference session in Roanoke. Receipt of these gifts and pledges will conclude the financial campaign for “All Things New” approved by the 2009 Annual Conference. Questions about this invitation for financial support or “All Things New” may be directed to Marc Brown, conference director of Connectional Ministries, at

Annual Conference offering to fund 4 mission projects
The 2011 Annual Conference offering goal is $200,000 and will benefit four mission projects: Mozambique – Leadership Development/Living Well Society: $50,000; Brazil – Shade and Fresh Water/John Wesley Medical Boat: $50,000; Agape Christian Children’s Community Center, Inc. – Eastern Shore: $50,000; and Shalom Zone: Grace Ministries – Roanoke: $50,000. Click here to download an information flyer (pdf). Click here to download a black and white bulletin insert (pdf). Click here to download a color bulletin insert (pdf).

Children from Brazil to be at Annual Conference
A team of 13 children, ages 11-14, and four adults from one of the Shade and Fresh Water projects in Brazil will be featured guests at the Thursday, June 16, evening mission celebration during Annual Conference. More …

Prayers, funding asked for Brazil guests
On June 11, the representatives of the Brazil Methodist Church's Shade and Fresh Water program will arrive in Virginia. Members of the Virginia Conference are invited to join in three weeks of prayer for this team as they prepare to travel, while they are in Virginia and after they return home. Prayer suggestions for each day of the three-week period June 5-25 can be found in a Prayer Calendar on the Virginia Conference Web site at Donations to support the expenses of having our Brazilian guests with us are also appreciated. Checks should be made out to “VAUMC” or the “Virginia Conference of the UMC” and sent to Terri Biggins in the Mission and Global Justice Office, VAUMC, P.O. Box 5606, Glen Allen, VA 23058. Write “AC Brazil Team” on the memo line. Even a $5 or $10 contribution will help to finance this once-in-a-lifetime experience for these children – and for the Virginia Conference.

Churches asked to bring 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 an exhibit in the Special Events Center 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.

43 Mission Mentors to be commissioned at Annual Conference
The first group of conference “Mission Mentors” will be commissioned at Annual Conference during the evening worship celebration of mission on Thursday night, June 16. These 43 persons are prepared to come to any local church to share ideas, materials and resources to encourage churches to become more mission-minded in their ministry focus. Any church, regardless of its size or current involvement in mission, can receive encouragement and support to strengthen its involvement in God’s mission in the community and the world.

Conference to elect 13 clergy, 13 laity General Conference delegates
During the 2011 Annual Conference, the Virginia Conference will elect 13 clergy delegates and 13 lay delegates to the 2012 General Conference. An additional 13 clergy and 13 laypersons will be elected delegates to the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference and will also serve as reserves for General Conference delegates. Another 10 clergy and 10 laity will be elected jurisdictional conference reserves. General Conference will meet April 24-May 4, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference will meet July 17-21, 2012, at Lake Junaluska, N.C.

Conference issues clergy voting rules
Bishop Charlene Kammerer and the Board of Ordained Ministry have issued a statement regarding who is eligible to vote for clergy delegates to 2012 General and Jurisdictional Conferences. The following clergy are eligible to vote: 1. Active and retired full members (elders and deacons); 2. Active and retired provisional members (the first “nominating” ballot will follow the election of the class of 2011 at the clergy session); 3. Active and retired associate members; 4. Part-time and full-time licensed local pastors who have completed the educational requirements (Five-Year Course of Study, equivalency for the Five-Year Course of Study based on approval of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and Virginia Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, or an M.Div. from an approved seminary) and have been under uninterrupted appointment for two years (since July 1, 2009). Retired local pastors (including those under appointment) are not eligible to vote.

Learn about lay nominees for General, Jurisdictional Conferences
Click here to download pdf file of booklet of laity nominees for delegates to General Conference and Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. An opportunity to meet the lay nominees for General and Jurisdictional Conferences will be held in the Special Events Center at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, following the Laity Session.

Singers needed for Annual Conference singing group
Singers are invited to join a singing group, to be known as The Whoever Singers (John 3:16), to help lead singing for worship throughout the Annual Conference session. Laity or clergy members of Annual Conference, spouses and others who want to come only to sing for worship are all invited. Volunteers may sing for the whole event or one day. No auditions are needed. Ages middle school through adult and all skill levels are welcome. (Younger children welcome if shepherded by an adult singer.) Participants may sing in parts or melody, and will be singing hymns, psalms, gospel, praise songs, jazz, songs from around the world and more. Enlivening and enriching the singing will be a band of musicians — drums, percussion, piano, keyboard, guitar, bass and saxophone. The music will sometimes be familiar and sometimes new. Singers will receive the titles ahead of time to learn at their own pace. The choir will meet in Roanoke for one rehearsal. Those who cannot attend the rehearsal (TBA) are still invited to sing. There is still time to sign up. Go to

Annual Conference members urged to bring ‘4 Cans 4 Conference’
Each clergy and lay member of Annual Conference is encouraged to bring ‘4 Cans 4 Conference,’ canned goods or boxed dry foods for the Southwestern Virginia (SW-VA) Food Bank in Roanoke. Requested are: one can of vegetables or fruit, one can of meat or fish, one can of soup or stew and one can with a pop-top. In addition, there is a need for cereal (hot, cold, or instant), peanut butter and jelly, cooking oils, dry preparation aids (like Hamburger Helper, pasta, etc.), flour, sauces, etc. As you are able, please bring your 4 Cans in recyclable grocery bags, rather than plastic bags. Please do not bring home-canned items, out-of-date cans, glass jars, damaged cans, fresh fruits/veggies, or already-opened or partially used supplies. For more information, contact the Rev. Jim Earley,

Kits for UMCOR to be collected at Annual Conference
Various types of Relief Supply Kits will be collected at the 2011 Virginia Annual Conference session. Kit collection is being conducted to replenish the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) supply. Local churches are encouraged to collect items for any of the most requested UMCOR kits — Health Kits, School Kits, Baby/Layette Kits and Birthing Kits — and bring them to Annual Conference for delivery to UMCOR’s Sager Brown Depot. Click here for instructions. In addition, UMCOR has issued a special call for more cleaning buckets (formerly known as flood buckets). Click here for information about assembling cleaning buckets.

Send cash for UMCOR kits to conference treasurer
If you prefer to contribute cash to enable United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to purchase relief kits, you can contribute $12 for each health kit, $11 for each school kit, $35 for a baby/layette kit, $8 for a birthing kit, and $55 for a cleaning bucket. In addition, UMCOR asks for $1 per kit ($1.50 for cleaning buckets) to cover processing and shipping and $1 for toothpaste for each health kit. This year, please do NOT bring checks to Annual Conference. ALL checks (for processing and shipping, for toothpaste and in lieu of providing kits) should be made payable to “Virginia Conference UMC,” earmarked for “kits” and mailed to Treasurer, Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 5605, Glen Allen, VA 23058 any time prior to Annual Conference, and no later than Aug. 31.

Wear tennis shoes, join Saturday morning walk to improve self-care
Saturday, June 18, at Annual Conference will be self-care spirit day. To show your commitment to wellness and self-care, wear tennis shoes or sneakers to Annual Conference. Not only will you help make a statement about the importance of caring for our God-given bodies, you'll be comfortable, too. Second, take your commitment a step further. Join a Saturday morning walk or run before the morning session starts. Both walkers and runners will be participating and moving at different speeds, so you are invited to show up and find a buddy or buddies who share your fitness level and style. Meet at the fountain between the Civic Center and the Arts building at 6:30 a.m. Third, take your commitment to wellness even further and join the Good Race, a group of clergy and laity running/walking in the Nov. 12 Richmond Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K. Sign up at Questions? Ask Allie Rosner ( or Steve Jones (

Potato Drop to be at 5:30 a.m. Friday, June 17
The Virginia Conference Board of Global Ministries and the Society of St. Andrew are co-sponsoring a Potato Drop at 5:30 a.m. Friday, June 17, in Parking Lot A of the Roanoke Civic Center. This is the northeast corner of the parking lot facing Orange Ave. and Sheetz. Volunteers are needed to help bag and load more than 20 tons of donated potatoes to be picked up by regional food banks, church pantries, soup kitchens and other local feeding agencies. Bagging is expected to be completed before 7:30 a.m. For more information, contact Sara Ramey at 1-800-333-4597.

Blood Drive to be held Friday, June 17
An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held near the exhibits in the Special Events Center 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, June 17. To make an appointment to give blood, go to and enter pass code 0356.

Photos to be taken Thursday, June 16, for pictorial directory supplement
The Virginia Conference will publish a 2011 supplement to the 2009 Pictorial Directory of the Virginia Conference Ministry. Olan Mills Portrait Studios will have a booth among the exhibits in the Special Events Center at Annual Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, June 16, 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 or in 2009, including those newly commissioned. If your picture is already in the 2009 directory or the 2010 supplement, it is NOT necessary for a new photo to be taken. For more information, contact Linda Rhodes, director of Communications, at (804) 521-1111 or 1-800-768-6040, ext. 111.

‘Holy Rollers’ need SAG driver for trip to Annual Conference
The “Holy Rollers” is a group of clergy and laity who each year ride bicycles to Annual Conference to draw attention to and encourage generous contributions to the Annual Conference offering. This year they will be riding from Ashland to Farmville on Monday, June 13; from Farmville to Hardy on Tuesday, June 14; and from Hardy into Roanoke for Annual Conference on Wednesday, June 15. The group needs a SAG (Support and Gear) driver. This is someone who drives a vehicle carrying food, water, and other cycling gear in support of the cyclists. SAGs are particularly important because the route is not marked on the road, and SAG drivers typically drive ahead of the cyclists and find the next turn. Rudimentary sleeping quarters will be provided in Ashland on Sunday night and in Farmville and Hardy. Some support may be provided for meals and gasoline. For more information, contact Barry Penn Hollar at

Volunteer video camera operators needed for Annual Conference
The Virginia Conference Communications Board seeks volunteers to work the video cameras during Annual Conference. All camera operators must attend a training session on Wednesday afternoon, June 15, and will work in shifts throughout the conference sessions. If you have a desire to serve in this fun way, contact Betsey Davis at

Monitors needed for 2011 Annual Conference sessions
The conference Commissions on Disabilities, Ethnic Minority Concerns and Advocacy, and Status and Role of Women will jointly monitor 2011 Annual Conference sessions. The ministry of monitoring raises awareness of how effectively all people are involved in full and equal participation in the life and mission of the Church. Goal of monitoring 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 and willing to observe at least one session of Annual Conference. All those willing to be part of this ministry must attend training on Wednesday, June 15, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Roanoke Civic Center. A light meal will be provided. You do not have to be a member of Annual Conference to serve as a monitor. If you are interested in serving, contact Iris Smith at For more information, contact Martha Stokes, director of Leadership and Inclusivity, at, 1-800-768-6040, ext. 154, or (804) 521-1154.

Volunteers needed to do computer-assisted note taking
Individuals are needed who can offer their time and talent in communicating the spoken word to persons who need computer-assisted note taking during Annual Conference. Assistance is needed to type text of reports, worship and music using Microsoft Word, at times as the speaker is presenting. Good typing speed and accuracy is a must. Individuals are needed for all sessions for shifts of one hour or longer. More information is available from the office of Leadership and Inclusivity at 1-800-768-6040, ext. 154, or (804) 521-1154, or by e-mail to

Virtual Annual Conference promotional packet offered online
In an effort to be good stewards of the environment and financial resources of the conference, the Annual Conference packet again is in a virtual format and is now available on the Virginia Conference Web site at

July Advocate lists all clergy appointments
The July issue of the award-winning Virginia United Methodist Advocate monthly newsmagazine will be distributed to all members of Annual Conference on Sunday, June 19, during the “fixing” of clergy appointments by Bishop Kammerer and the Cabinet. The issue includes a listing of all clergy appointments by district and area. In addition, the July Advocate includes several articles about the “Call to Action” report from the Council of Bishops’ task force on ways to develop more vital congregations, information about the 16-district alignment of the conference that takes effect July 1, and an announcement about the Advocate’s new online subscription option. To subscribe to the Advocate, call (804) 521-1110 or 1-800-768-6040, ext. 110; e-mail; or click here.

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