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News from the Virginia Conference – June 9, 2011

Live streaming of Annual Conference available on Web, Facebook
Live streaming of 2011 Annual Conference will be available, beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, on the conference Web site,, and on the 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.

Cabinet offers Litany to welcome new 16-district configuration
To celebrate the institution of the new 16-district configuration in the Virginia Conference, the Cabinet has provided a Litany of Celebration for local churches to use on Sunday, July 3.

Tompkins elected executive director of Foundation
E. Deal Tompkins was elected president and executive director of the Virginia United Methodist Foundation succeeding Jim Bergdoll, who retires on June 30. Tompkins was most recently director of Gift Planning at Emory and Henry College. He has more than 25 years of experience in development work at several colleges and hospitals, including four years as director of Planned Giving at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland. More …

Churches asked to complete ‘All Things New’ fundraising this Sunday
By this Sunday, June 12, each Virginia Conference 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. The amounts reported to the Treasurer’s office will be announced and celebrated next week 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

July Advocate lists clergy appointments, reviews ‘Call to Action’
The July issue of the award-winning Virginia United Methodist Advocate monthly newsmagazine will be distributed to members at Annual Conference during the “fixing” of clergy appointments by Bishop Charlene Kammerer and the Cabinet. The issue will include a listing of all 2011-2012 clergy appointments by district. In addition, the July Advocate will include articles about the “Call to Action” report, information about the new 16-district alignment of the conference which takes effect July 1, and an announcement about the Advocate’s new online subscription option which will be available Sept. 1. To subscribe to the Advocate, call (804) 521-1110 or 1-800-768-6040, ext. 110; e-mail; or click here.

Peace with Justice Sunday to be observed on June 19
Peace with Justice Sunday, one of The United Methodist Church’s six churchwide Special Sundays with offering, is celebrated on June 19, the first Sunday after Pentecost. Peace with Justice Sunday enables The United Methodist Church to have a voice in advocating for peace and justice through a broad spectrum of global programs. The annual conference keeps 50% of the receipts for Peace with Justice ministries in the conference. The remaining 50% is used for Peace with Justice ministries related to the General Board of Church & Society. Click here to order free offering materials. Click here to download a pdf of a pastor’s guide to United Methodist Special Sundays. Click here to read additional stories of lives changed by Peace with Justice Sunday.

Data about college students to be entered online by July 15
In order for campus ministers and chaplains to make connections with students who are attending each institution, it is essential to obtain updated information each year. Collegiate data is collected by the office of Higher Education Ministries and passed on to each campus minister or chaplain. Last year the process was simplified through online reporting. At the same time, the type of information being gathered was enhanced. The process is now completely paper-free. In addition, anyone can complete the data entry – pastors, youth directors, volunteer youth workers, parents, students, etc. Go to to enter the site. Submit this information online by July 15 so campus ministers and chaplains have time to contact students before their arrival on campus. If you are receiving a new appointment, please ensure that the information is submitted before you move.

Society of St. Andrew offers new Vacation Bible School study
This year’s Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) Vacation Bible School program, “Order Up!” is based on Galatians 5:22-23, 25, the fruits of the spirit. Each day, in addition to being introduced to a Bible character who, by using his or her “Fruit of the Spirit,” found favor with God, students will also meet “Today’s SoSA Superhero” who will encourage them to discover ways they can help the hungry. Order at

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 actors representing President George Washington and Governor Patrick Henry. Breakfast will be available Sunday morning 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

Early Response Training to be offered June 25
When tornadoes, floods, hurricanes and ice storms bring destruction to our region, you can be prepared to help. The Virginia Conference and United Methodist Committee on Relief are offering Early Response Disaster Training 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Thalia United Methodist Church, 4321 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach. Cost is $50 and covers background check, Virginia Conference badge, T-shirt, ERT manual and lunch. To register, contact Michele Michaelian at or (757) 642-1571.

LARCUM Evening of Prayer for Christian Unity to be June 27
On Monday, June 27, at 7 p.m. Church of the Holy Apostles, a community of Episcopalians and Roman Catholics, will host the 2011 Tidewater Regional LARCUM Conference. For more than 30 years the churches of the Lutheran, Anglican (Episcopalian) Roman Catholic and United Methodist traditions have been in covenant to increase Christian understanding and unity. The Rev. Marcus Engdahl will speak on "Ecumenism: Are We Much Farther Along?" Refreshments will be served and a nursery will be provided. The church is located at 1593 Lynnhaven Parkway in Virginia Beach. Phone is (757) 427-0963.

Registration open for ‘Helping Hands’ children mission events
“Helping Hands,” a Virginia Conference children's mission event, will be held in four locations around the conference this summer. This event offers rising 4th- through 6th-graders a hands-on opportunity to do mission work. Children from all over the conference join together as one "United" Methodist church making a difference in the community. The four locations are: Main Street UMC, Waynesboro area, Thursday, July 7 - Friday, July 8; Woodlake UMC, Richmond area, Thursday, July 21 - Friday, July 22; Williamsburg UMC, Williamsburg area, Monday, July 25 - Tuesday, July 26; and The Stand UMC, Petersburg area, Friday, July 29 - Saturday, July 30. Woodlake will offer an optional early start time to include on additional mission opportunity. Cost is $36 per person and includes a T-shirt, meals and snacks and overnight stay. Online and mail-in registration is now available. Go to then click on “Event Calendar,” then the date of the event you wish to attend. Direct questions to Beth Christian at or call (804) 739-4535, ext. 28.

School of Christian Mission to be 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.

2011 ‘All God’s Children Camp’ dates, locations announced
At “All God’s Children Camp” children, ages 7 to 12, who have an incarcerated mother or father, spend a week at camp, participating in activities such as boating, swimming, hiking, archery, music, crafts, Bible study, and conflict resolution. Partnering with Virginia United Methodist camps, All God’s Children Camp provides a week of sanctuary for children who face many challenges in their lives, including economic poverty, temporary living conditions, loneliness, low self-esteem, violence and drugs. 2011 camp dates and locations are July 31-Aug. 5 Camp Highroad in Middleburg; Aug. 7-12 Westview on the James in Goochland; Aug. 14-19 Occohannock on the Bay in Belle Haven. Click here to find out how you can support All God’s Children Camp by sending a child to camp, providing supplies, mentoring, volunteering, etc. A gift of $350 will send one child to camp. For more information, contact Casey Torrence, director of All God’s Children Camp, at (804) 521-1138 or 1-800-768-6040, ext. 138, or e-mail

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 …

Middle School Mission Weekends to be Aug. 19-21, Oct. 14-16
Middle School Mission Weekends will be Aug. 19-21 and Oct. 14-16 at Westview on the James, United Methodist camp in Goochland. Run by the Jeremiah Project, Middle School Mission is a great opportunity to engage middle school students in mission for a weekend and help them understand what it means to be the hands and feet of Christ in their communities. Cost is $115 per participant. Click here for more information or to register for August event. Click here for more information or to register for October event.

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 “Grace Notes” column 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.

New interactive Web site highlights ministry with poor
A new interactive Web site,, was launched May 31 by the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, in partnership with a denominational interagency task force and the Council of Bishops, to highlight the commitment by The United Methodist Church to "Ministry With the Poor." The With* educational campaign also is being introduced throughout the connection at annual conference celebrations of mission and ministry. More …

United Methodist clergy less healthy than other professionals
Many United Methodist pastors are on a quicker road to heaven than they should be. Compared to other professionals in the United States, United Methodist clergy are more likely to suffer from obesity and its related chronic medical conditions. The Church System Task Force members are concerned that such health problems are taking a toll on the mission of the church and leading some pastors to an early grave. More …

Social Principles draw young clergy to ministry
One of the strong factors that has drawn many young clergy to ministry in The United Methodist Church is the church’s Social Principles and its history of serving those living on the margins of society. Young pastors have advocated for the abolition of the death penalty, the full inclusion of gays and lesbians and better treatment of immigrants. More …

70 Minnesota clergy offer to bless same-sex couples
About 70 Minnesota United Methodist clergy members have signed a statement saying they would “offer the grace of the Church’s blessing to any prepared couple desiring Christian marriage,” including same-sex couples. The clergy released the statement at their annual conference in response to a proposed state constitutional amendment. More …

Clinic in Colombian village named for Clinton Rabb
With support from the United Methodist Committee on Relief, the Methodist Church of Colombia inaugurated a new clinic in the tiny village of Brisas del Mar, population 800. The clinic is named for the late Rev. Clinton Rabb, former head of United Methodist Volunteers in Mission. More …

25 UM bishops tell Congress that House budget cuts are immoral
Twenty-five United Methodist bishops are among more than 30 Protestant leaders who sent a letter to Congress telling lawmakers the House-passed budget contains “immoral” cuts. The statement from the 31 Protestant bishops follows a letter from Catholic bishops to members of Congress reminding them of the moral mandate to care for the most vulnerable and to pursue the common good. Click here for a copy of the letter and list of signers.

Apply for Ethnic Local Church, Human Relations Day grants by Aug. 10
Aug. 10 is the deadline to apply for two types of grants offered through the United Methodist Board of Church and Society. The Ethnic Local Church Grant is designed to strengthen local churches as they engage in social justice ministries. The Human Relations Day Grant supports ministries that respond to non-violent young offenders through education, advocacy or leadership training and development.

July 31 is deadline to apply for CORR Action Fund grant
Applications are being accepted until July 31 for up to $300,000 in grants offered to clergy leaders and United Methodist seminaries whose ideas and programs help strengthen the denomination's ability to maximize racial diversity and inclusiveness. The new CORR Action Fund priority is funded by the Minority Group Self-Determination Fund of The United Methodist Church's General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR). More …

Volunteers can apply online to be General Conference pages, marshals
Volunteers can now apply online to serve as marshals or pages during The United Methodist Church’s 2012 General Conference. The denomination’s top legislative assembly will meet in Tampa, Fla. April 24-May 4, 2012. Approximately 150 volunteers are needed during General Conference. Marshals and pages are responsible for their own travel and expenses. Marshals serve in the visitor and reserved seating galleries, assist visitors and special guests and check credentials for proper authorization. Pages assist delegates, secretarial staff, bishops, members of the Judicial Council and official visitors. They distribute approved materials and deliver printed information. Those interested should submit an online application at Deadline for applications is Aug. 31. Applicants will be notified of their status by Nov. 30.

Free, downloadable worship planning calendars now available
Many churches are finishing up one year and beginning to plan for another. As part of that planning, you may be able to use free, downloadable 2011 and 2012 pdf calendars from the General Board of Discipleship containing liturgical, sacred, secular and civil holidays and observances as well as all of the “Revised Common Lectionary” citations for each Sunday and many special days. Click here for 2011 Worship and Music Planning Calendar and Click here for 2012 Worship and Music Planning Calendar.

Native American Summer Conference to be June 24-26 at Lake Junaluska
The Native American Summer Conference, “Trail of Hope: Leaders for the Future,” will be held June 24-26 at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. According to Cathy Nelson, interim director of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Agency on Native American Ministries (SEJANAM), the goal of the conference is “ to affirm our Trail of Hope as American Indian people using Native American Spirituality and cultural traditions to train leaders, uphold biblical truths and refresh the gospel of Jesus Christ.” Featured Native American speaker and leader for the conference is Ray Buckley (Lakota /Tlingit), interim director of the Center for Native American Spirituality and Christian Study. For more information, call Anne Bridges at (828) 454-6697 or e-mail More …

SoulFeast spiritual life event to be July 10-14 at Lake Junaluska
Are you in search of experiences and relationships that will nourish your soul? Don’t miss SoulFeast, the most fantastic spiritual life event you can attend, July 10-14 at Lake Junaluska, N.C. Early Bird Registration ends June 10. More …

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 CEUs available) For more information and registration details visit

School of Congregational Development to be July 27-31 in Dallas
The annual School of Congregational Development, aimed at helping United Methodists transform church life, will be July 27-31 in Dallas. Participants at School of Congregational Development, sponsored by the United Methodist Board of Discipleship, Board of Global Ministries and Path 1, can choose from a variety of learning experiences related to congregational development in new and existing churches. More …

Brown, Briggs, Merry to lead seminar at Lake Junaluska Aug. 7-9
Lake Junaluska’s Aug. 7-9 Transformational Leadership Conference, "Fishing on the Right Side of the Boat," will be led by the Rev. Marc Brown, Virginia Conference director of Connectional Ministries; Kathy Merry, former corporate executive and current organizational effectiveness consultant; and the Rev. John Briggs, retired business executive and pastor of Powhatan United Methodist Church. Based on the Leader’s Guide and Bible Study from Does Your Church Have a Prayer? In Mission Toward the Promised Land, the seminar will help participants learn and discuss biblical and organizational principles of congregational transformation and the characteristics of transformational leaders. Content of this seminar is appropriate for annual conference, district and local church leaders who seek to move their congregations from maintenance to mission. Click here for more information or to register, or call (828) 454-6656.

Festival of Wisdom and Grace to be at Lake Junaluska Aug. 8-11
The Southeastern Jurisdiction Association of Older Adults will host the Festival of Wisdom and Grace at Lake Junaluska Aug. 8-11. This year’s theme is “One in the Spirit: Age to Age Conversations.” The event is designed for older adults as well as for persons working with older adults in their congregations. Dr. Leonard Sweet will be the conference preacher. Evelyn Laycock, former director of the Lay Ministry Center at Lake Junaluska, will be Bible study teacher. Brian Jones will lead the professional track on technologies to support aging-in-place. More …

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

Nov. 13-15 Peace Conference to examine poverty’s roots
A former presidential nominee and a prominent anti-poverty advocate are slated to speak at the Nov. 13-15 Lake Junaluska Peace Conference, “Poverty, Abundance and Peace.” Speakers will include George McGovern, a United Methodist, former U.S. senator and 1972 Democratic presidential nominee; the Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, a United Methodist partner agency; and United Methodist Bishop Nkula Ntambo of the Katanga Conference in the Democratic Republic of Congo. More …

Shenandoah University seeks Spiritual Life Program Leader
Shenandoah University in Winchester invites applications and nominations for the position of Spiritual Life Program Leader that will support the Spiritual Life office. This position requires an individual who is energetic and passionate about working with and understanding college students as they explore, engage, and learn in spiritual, religious, and intellectual events and outreach programs. Click here for details.

Hinton Rural Life Center seeks Director of Program Ministries
The Hinton Rural Life Center in western North Carolina is seeking a Director of Program Ministries. Applications will be taken through June 12. Details are on the Hinton Center Web site,

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