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News from the Virginia Conference – July 8, 2011

$186,670 collected for Annual Conference Offering
To date, $186,670 has been collected toward the $200,000 goal for the Annual Conference Offering which will support leadership development in the United Methodist Church in Mozambique, Shade and Fresh Water programs in Brazil, Agape Christian Children’s Community Center on the Eastern Shore, and Shalom Zone: Grace Ministries in Roanoke. Contributions may still be sent to the Conference Treasurer's office, P.O. Box 5605, Glen Allen, VA 23058. Designate “Fund #5500 – Annual Conference Offering” at the bottom of your apportionment statement.

Voices of Youth begins summer mission experience this month
Voices of Youth will begin its 26th summer mission experience this month. Following a time of orientation at Shenandoah University, the choir will travel to the Dominican Republic to work at Renewed Hope Missions July 18-24. Upon returning to Virginia, the group will conduct a 12-day tour of the Virginia Conference sharing music and testimony. All concerts are at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Concerts are scheduled: July 25 - Oakton UMC, Arlington District; July 26 - Ebenezer UMC, Fredericksburg District; July 27 - Chester UMC, James River District; July 28 - Williamsburg UMC, York River District; July 29 - Community UMC, Elizabeth River District; July 30 - Zion UMC, Charlottesville District; July 31 - Timberlake UMC, Lynchburg District (8:30 and 10:45 a.m.); July 31 - Crenshaw UMC, Farmville District; Aug. 1 - Raleigh Court UMC, Roanoke District; Aug. 2 - Mount Vernon UMC, Danville District; Aug. 3 - Braddock Street UMC, Winchester District; Aug. 4 - Asbury UMC; Harrisonburg District; and Aug. 5 - Corinth UMC, Sandston, Richmond District. Go to for church addresses and any updates or changes.

Greene Memorial UMC in Roanoke becomes VIPCare satellite
Greene Memorial UMC in Roanoke has become the newest satellite center of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care (VIPCare). The church finished a $2.5 million renovation and approached VIPCare through the Rev. David Mucha to explore the possibility of locating a counseling center there. Mucha will be offering individual care and some form of group counseling primarily for clergy. To schedule an appointment, call (804) 282-8332 or visit the Web site, VIPCare was founded in 1967 to provide counseling, care and education inspired by faith.

Register now for this summer’s ‘Helping Hands’ children’s mission events

Registration deadline has been extended to July 11 for the three remaining “Helping Hands” children’s mission events. “Helping Hands” is held in various locations around the conference and offers rising 4th- through 6th-graders a hands-on opportunity to do mission work. The three remaining locations are: 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 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.” 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

Three dates set for ‘All God’s Children Camp’
“All God’s Children Camp” provides a week of fun and sanctuary for children, ages 7 to 12, who have an incarcerated mother or father. 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. 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 deadline is Aug. 3 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. More ….

Middle School Mission Weekends set for 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. Click here for more information or to register for August event. Registration deadline is Aug. 8. Click here for more information or to register for October event. Registration deadline is Oct. 3.

‘Launch’ offers weekend of rafting, hiking while exploring call to ministry
High School sophomores, juniors and seniors are invited to apply to participate in “Launch,” a weekend of rafting and hiking in the Appalachian Mountains while exploring a call to ministry Friday, Sept. 30 – Sunday, Oct. 2. Cost is $80 (includes rafting, lodging, food, and transportation during the event) payable upon selection to participate. Application deadline is Aug.1. Sponsored by the Spiritual Life Office at Shenandoah University and the Virginia Conference Board of Ordained Ministry. Click here for application form, informational flyer and more details.

Kid’s Work Camp to be Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at Westview on James
Kid's Work Camp at Westview on the James will be Sept. 30-Oct. 2. This weekend camp for 2nd- through 6th- graders focuses on outreach and mission opportunities designed just for kids and their leaders. Some projects occur on-site, but most groups will head out into the Goochland area to assist with home repair, yard work, visits to the elderly and more. Campers will worship together, play together and, of course, work together. For more information and registration form, go to

South Carolina Conference calls for U.S. immigration reform
The South Carolina Annual Conference passed a resolution at its annual meeting last month that calls for reform of U.S. immigration policies. The resolution criticizes legislation being considered in the state senate and encourages every United Methodist congregation to study the biblical basis of hospitality to all. More …

Pensions board applies Social Principles to investments
Part of the job at the denomination's pension agency is to "do good" while still making good returns. To that end, the United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits recently launched Wespath Investment Management, a new brand name for its institutional investment services, which work to apply the church's teachings to stock selections. More …

2012 United Methodist program calendar now available
Themed around Africa University, the official 2012 United Methodist Program Calendar is now available from United Methodist Communications. Available in several designs, including a pocket size that shows a week at a glance, a large deluxe wall calendar with the year at a glance and a reproducible calendar which makes it easy for churches to add their own events to calendar pages and then copy them to newsletters and bulletins, the multi-functional formats meet a variety of uses and needs. The most popular designs, known as the Standard (fits easily in a briefcase) and the Classic (can sit on a desk or hang on a wall) contain monthly planning checklists, lectionary Scriptures, liturgical colors, dates of Special Sundays and celebrations, descriptions of offerings, and church agency contact information. They also contain a chart of events that includes where to obtain resources, a section on United Methodist giving and a listing of United Methodist Web sites. An electronic calendar — compatible with Outlook, Google calendar, iCalendar, Windows Live Calendar and most calendar applications — is also offered. Watch a video presentation about the 2012 program calendar or to place an order, call toll free 1-888-346-3862, or go to

GBOD offers worship resources for 9-11 anniversary
The General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) has made available a variety of worship, preaching and music worship resources for the 10th anniversary remembrance of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Click here for Remembering 9-11 resources.

SoSA offers three autumn intergenerational weekend events
The Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) is offering three autumn intergenerational weekend events through “Harvest of Hope,” the food-rescue agency’s ecumenical study, worship and action mission-trip program. Participants will glean fresh fruits and vegetables that will immediately, through the help of local feeding agencies, find their way onto the tables of those in need. More …

Retreat offered to clergy affected by substance abusers
The United Methodist Special Program on Substance Abuse and Related Violence is sponsoring an Aug. 21-23 retreat in North Andover, Mass., designed for clergy adversely affected by growing up in an alcohol, drug or other dysfunctional family setting. The retreat, which is co-sponsored by the New England Annual Conference, will be led by Elene Loecher, spiritual director and educator at the Hazelden Foundation. More …

Central Conference Pension Initiative reaches $22.5 million
The United Methodist Church’s Central Conference Pension Initiative has received at least $500,000 in new contributions during this annual conference season. The program, under the auspices of United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits, now has $22.5 million in pledges toward its $25 million goal. The program’s goal is to provide sustainable pension payments to clergy and their spouses in 62 annual conferences in Africa, Asia and Europe. Nine annual conferences in Africa are covered under the initiative, which serves 429 retired pastors and 547 surviving spouses.

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