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Thursday Afternoon Session

Disciple Bible partnership is signed.

Conference members gathered following lunch to a time of singing with Jim Bennett.

Jim Green, conference president of United Methodist Men, introduced Mark Hicks of Disciple Bible Outreach ministries. This ministry empowers and equips the laity for servant ministry, including visiting those in prison. Gil Hanke of the General Commission on United Methodist Men addressed the gathering about the partnership between United Methodist Men and Disciple Bible Outreach. A partnership was signed, along with Gene Mims, to officially start the program in Virginia. Training will be held at the conference center, Sept. 17-18. You can sign up at

Shirley Cauffman, Conference Lay Leader

Conference Lay Leader Shirley Cauffman came to the stage to present the Board of Laity report and deliver the Laity Address, "Called by Name." (Click here to listen to Shirley's Laity Address, mp3). She cited people in the Bible who were called by God and talked about the times in her life that were trying, but she knew God was calling her to put her trust in him. "God never told me life would be easy or that tragedy could be averted -- He only promised to be with me and give me strength and peace and comfort to get through whatever comes my way."

A Service of Recognition was held for those receiving professional certification. Eric Watkins Anderson and Brian Michael Mateer were both certified in youth ministry. Karen Albro presented Janine Desrochers, secretary of Louisa UMC, who received certification with the Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries (PAUMCS).

Jay Carey and Beth Christian made the presentation on behalf of the Board of Discipleship, of the Harry Denman Evangelism Award. It is given to persons to recognize the impact their lives and ministry have had on those around them. Each year a clergy, laity, and youth is recognized. This year's recipients are:

Jay Carey, Beth Christian and David Lagerveld.
Youth: James Daniel Hiler of Franktown UMC, Eastern Shore
Laity: Louise Jennings of Vision of Hope UMC, Harrisonburg District and directory of Kingsway Prison and Family Outreach
Clergy: David Lagerveld, pastor for 17 years, the last five at McGaheysville UMC in the Harrisonburg District.

Larry Lenow, chair of the Committee on Resolutions, reminded the conference that each resolution is referred to an appropriate conference board, agency or committee with conconcurrence, nonconcurrence, or no recommendation. The body votes on the resolution itself. "We have been blessed this year with 18 resolutions," he said.

Resolution 16, Mandatory Representation for General/Jurisdictional Conference Clergy Delegations, has been withdrawn. It will be submitted to the 2012 General Conference as a petition.

Resolution 1, Election of Additional Lay Members of Annual Conference. (Supports a petition to amend the Book of Discipline). The Resolutions Committee recommended conconcurrence. Resolution 1 was approved.

Resolution 2, Certified Local Pastor, was referred to the Board of Ordained Ministry and it recommended nonconcurrence.The board said it feels there are enough categories to cover the different steps to ministry. Resolution 2 was not approved.

Resolution 3, Call to United Methodists to Fast and Pray. The Committee on Resolutions recommended concurrence. The resolution was approved.

Resolution 4, Proxy Voting of Homebound Member for Church Conference, was referred to the Committee on Resolutions. The committee recommended nonconcurrence. Resolution 4 was not approved.

Resolution 5 and 6 are being delayed.

Resolution 7, The Mission of the Church, was referred to the Committee on Resolutions and it recommended nonconcurrence. It said it feels the current language serves us well. Resolution 7 was not approved.

Resolution 8, Reporting of Votes of General Conference Delegates, was referred to the Committee on Resolutions. The committee recommended nonconcurrence. The resolution was not approved.

Resolution 9 will be taken up on Saturday morning.

Resolution 10, The 50th Anniversary of the Founding of Virginia Wesleyan College, referred to the Committee on Resolutions and it recommended concurrence. Resolution 10 was approved.

Susie Wolf presented the Cokesbury report. She said Cokesbury's Web site has been udpated and improved, and told about some new resources. Find out more at She told about another Web based resource: You can create your own ministry profile. Worship and song is available in five editions. Visit for more information on print and digital resources. For more than 60 years, Cokesbury has contributed more than $50 million to conferences. They have had to suspend this giving due to the economy, but appreciate continued support.

Allie Rosner invited lay and clergy members to meet at 6:30 a.m. to participate in a group walk or run. All are also invited to wear tennis shoes on Saturday to focus on health and wellness. A group will also be participating in the Richmond marathon this fall.



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