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News from the Virginia Conference – September 23, 2011

Latest edition of Laity E-News now available online
Click here for the latest edition of the Virginia Conference Laity E-News that is now posted on the Virginia Conference Web site. Please print, copy, and share the publication with others, especially those in leadership positions in your church. More …

10-day multi-media experience to begin Oct. 10
The United Methodist Church will begin a 10-day multimedia experience Oct. 10 as part of its 10-Fold project, spotlighting 10 ways the church is making an impact worldwide — from planting churches to eliminating death and suffering from malaria. From Oct. 10-19, log on daily to to explore each day's featured project. The Web site will feature live webcasts, videos, stories as well as ways United Methodists can join the effort. For each click, sponsors will give $1 to the day's initiative. More …

Oct. 2 is World Communion Sunday
World Communion Sunday is Oct. 2. Your participation in this Special Sunday offering is vital to developing United Methodist leaders in the United States and around the world. Your gifts provide scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students who might not be able to pursue higher education without your support. World Communion Sunday provides for three ministries: World Communion Scholarships, Ethnic Scholarship Program, and Ethnic In-Service Training Program. More …

Oct. 16 is Laity Sunday
Laity Sunday is Oct. 16. Theme for this year’s celebration of Laity Sunday is Disciples Transforming the World — Through Gifts.Click here for worship resources on the General Board of Discipleship Web site.

United Methodist Student Day is Nov. 27
United Methodist Student Day is Sunday, Nov. 27. Order your free offering resources for this special offering. United Methodist Student Day provides scholarships and loans for students attending United Methodist-related and other accredited colleges and universities. More …

October Advocate highlights disaster response efforts
The October issue of the award-winning Virginia United Methodist Advocate monthly newsmagazine considers the Virginia Conference’s disaster response efforts. Conference Disaster Response Teams are made up of volunteers, clergy and lay, who are called to this ministry by their desire to serve those in the midst of crisis. All who serve on disaster response teams make a commitment to be the hands and feet of Christ during situations that are at many times life threatening, physically dangerous and emotionally difficult. The October Advocate issue also includes articles about the recent intensive LEAD training event, results of a Small Church Initiative Task Force survey, Shalom Farms, proposals to change the structure of the denomination and UMCOR’s aid to hurricane, flood, earthquake and wildfire victims across the nation. To subscribe to the Advocate – print version, digital version or both – call (804) 521-1110 or 1-800-768-6040, ext. 110; e-mail; or click here.

General, Jurisdictional Conference info to be offered Sept. 28, Oct. 8
Information sessions about what happens at The United Methodist Church’s General and Jurisdictional Conferences will be led by members of the 2012 General and Jurisdictional Conference Virginia delegation 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Wellspring United Methodist Church in Williamsburg, and Saturday, Oct. 8, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Charlottesville. The same program will be presented at each location. These programs are open to all conference clergy and laity. For more information, contact the Rev. Susan Garrett at or Neill Caldwell at

Kid’s Work Camp to be Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at Westview on James
Kid's Work Camp at Westview on the James in Goochland 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 work together. Click here for brochure and registration form.

Bishop’s Convocation on immigration to be 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. Plan to join Bishop Kammerer and the Commission on Ethnic Minority Concerns and Advocacy for this important event. Registration deadline is Sept. 16. Click here for brochure or to register.

PAUMCS Oct. 5 event to focus on church safety, record keeping
Virginia Chapter of the Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries (PAUMCS) will hold its fall training event 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the United Methodist Center in Glen Allen. Training on church safety will be led by the Executive Director of the Virginia Crime Prevention Association. A session on record keeping and archiving will be led by Virginia Conference Archivist Stephanie Davis. Registration deadline is Sept. 23. Click here for brochure.

ARMS retreat set for Oct. 5-6 at VUMAC
Association of Retired Ministers and Spouses (ARMS) will hold a two-day retreat Oct. 5-6 at Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center (VUMAC) in Blackstone. Theme is “Celebrating Retirement Together.” Speakers will include the Rev. Dr. David McAllister-Wilson, president of Wesley Theological Seminary, and Susan Jean, attorney specializing in elder law and estate planning. Registration deadline is Sept. 29. For more information, contact Bob and Nancy Parsons at or Barbara and Gerould Ward at

Evangelism to be topic of 5 Talent Academy on Oct. 6
“Evangelism: Best Practices,” will be the focus of the next 5 Talent Academy teaching event, set for Oct. 6 at Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Chesapeake. Unlike previous teaching events, this one will not feature a well-known expert speaker brought in from outside the conference. For this event, leadership will be drawn from churches within the Virginia Conference that are having success with their evangelism practices. Organizers are calling this a “taste and see” event, meaning that churches not currently in the 5 Talent Academy can come and see what the program is all about, and discern if they would like to participate. Deadline to register is Sept. 30. More …

District training events to be held this fall, spring
District training events will be held across the Virginia Conference in fall 2011 and spring 2012. Schedule is: Nov. 13 – Harrisonburg District; Nov. 19 – Charlottesville District, Danville District, York River District, Fredericksburg District; Jan. 7 – Alexandria/Arlington Districts; Jan. 8 – Richmond District; Jan. 14 – Winchester District; Jan. 21 – Elizabeth River District; Jan. 22 – James River District, Farmville District; Jan. 28 – Lynchburg District, Staunton District; Feb. 4 – York River District; March 17 – Eastern Shore District. Contact your district office for details.

Clergywomen invited to join Clergywomen’s Collective
All Virginia Conference women clergy are invited to be part of the Clergywomen's Collective. Its purpose is to encourage collegiality and empower women of every background, as they serve God through The United Methodist Church. The collective will gather at the Virginia United Methodist Center in Glen Allen from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11; Jan. 11, 2012; April 12, 2012; and July 10, 2012. For more information, contact ReNe'e Teague at, (540) 659-2461, or (804) 357-4435.

Event to equip African-American congregations to be Oct. 14-15
The second in a series of events to support and equip African-American congregations in the Virginia Conference will be Oct. 14-15 at Norfolk UMC. Consultants at the event will be the Rev. Dr. Fred Allen, National Director of Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century, and the Rev. Bridgette Young, Assistant General Secretary for Campus Ministry and College Chaplaincy, Division of Higher Education at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. More …

Middle School Mission Weekend is Oct. 14-16
Middle School Mission Weekend will be Oct. 14-16 at Westview on the James in Goochland. Run by the Jeremiah Project, this 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. Deadline to register is Oct. 3. Click here for more information and to register.

Christian educators to sponsor Oct. 20 ‘Day Apart’
Virginia Conference Christian Educators Fellowship is sponsoring “A Day Apart in Christian Education” Thursday, Oct. 20, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Duncan Memorial UMC, Ashland. The Rev. David Hindman, pastor of Duncan Memorial and former campus minister at The College of William and Mary, will lead discussion from a presentation at the Florida Conference in June titled “Shift Happens: Transforming Sons and Daughters of God in the 21st Century.” Registration deadline is Oct. 14. More …

Oct. 23-24 event to offer help with Small Group Ministry
Are you looking for help with your Small Group Ministry? The Society for Wesleyan Studies' fall event may be just what you need. On Oct. 23-24, the Rev. Kevin Watson, Ph.D. candidate at Perkins School of Theology and Professor of Historical Theology at Seattle Pacific University, will help participants dig a little deeper into our Methodist heritage by “Reclaiming the Class Meeting” as a vital tool for making disciples of Jesus Christ in the 21st century. The event will be at the Roslyn Retreat Center in Richmond and will include worship and opportunities to discuss the practical challenges of small group discipleship. Click here for a brochure. More …

‘After Hours’ weekend camp to be Oct. 28-30 at Westview on James
Westview on the James in Goochland County is offering “After Hours,” a weekend camp for 7th- through 10th-graders, Oct. 28-30. Youths will explore the light and life of Jesus in worship and Bible study and will choose from a variety of camp activities to help create their schedules for the weekend. Cost is $95 per person. This weekend is designed for individuals or groups. Call the camp office at (804) 457-4210 or e-mail Cat Holbert at for more information. Click here for brochure.

It’s not too late to get ready to walk or run ‘The Good Race’
Clergy and laity are invited to join other United Methodists in “The Good Race,” a day of participation and celebration that includes walking or running the Richmond 8K, half-marathon, or marathon, on Saturday, Nov. 12. Most training programs take 16 weeks of preparation, so it is not too late to start. Contact Allie Rosner ( or Steve Jones ( to join the group. Remember: this is not a competition – these are clergy and laity who want to encourage one another in exercise and wellness.

Christian curriculum tackles immigration issues
Several United Methodist agencies and groups have helped fund a faith-based curriculum designed to guide groups with immigration discussion. The curriculum from the Colorado Council of Churches is called "Who is My Neighbor?" and includes a DVD with four one-hour sessions, class activities and discussion suggestions. The curriculum costs $20. More …

United Methodists participating in DREAM Sabbath
United Methodist agencies, churches and individuals are participating in DREAM Sabbath, a national campaign to dedicate time during regular weekly worship services between Sept. 16 and Oct. 9. The purpose is to inform and advocate for passage of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which gives undocumented students a chance to earn legal status. More …

Bishops urged to support ban on same-sex unions
More than 200 United Methodist clergy and 350 laity have signed letters urging the Council of Bishops to take a public stand supporting the denomination's standards on marriage and homosexuality. The letters respond to the pledges at least 900 active and retired clergy across the United States signed this summer to bless same sex-unions. Both the clergy and laity letters say that the pledges put the unity and future of The United Methodist Church in jeopardy. More …

Virginia Interfaith Center seeks new president
The Board of Directors of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy has begun a national search for a new CEO and president to lead the center into its 30th anniversary year. Deadline to apply is Oct. 15. More …

Learn ‘How to raise all the money your church needs’ Sept. 29-Oct. 1
Regular registration fee has been reduced for the “How to Raise All the Money Your Church Needs: Stewardship in the African-American Church” conference that will be held Sept. 29 – Oct. 1 at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center in North Carolina. Leaders will be the Rev. Dr. Walter Kimbrough, pastor emeritus, Cascade UMC, Atlanta; the Rev. Dr. Robin Dease, pastor, John Wesley UMC, Greenville, S.C.; and Jim Salley, Associate Vice Chancellor for Development, Africa University. More …

Registration now open for Exploration 2011
Registration is open for Exploration 2011, an event for young adults who sense God's call to ordained ministry as a deacon or elder in The United Methodist Church. The event will be Nov. 11-13 in St. Louis. Sponsored by the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry, Exploration 2011 is open to young adults age 18 to 26. The registration fee will cover a two-night stay at the Millennium Hotel, meals and program fees. Updates and registration information will be posted on the event Web site. Deadline to register is Oct. 3.

GBOD now recruiting to fill three positions
The General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) is currently recruiting for three job openings: Bilingual Assistant (Spanish/English) New Church Starts (deadline to apply is Monday, Sept. 26); International Director, Emmaus/Chrysalis & Living Prayer Center (deadline to apply is Monday, Oct. 17); Web Technical Developer/Designer (deadline to apply is Monday, Oct. 17). Cover letter and resume should be sent to Human Resources by e-mail to or fax to (615) 340-7565 by the deadlines listed above. More …

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