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News from the Virginia Conference - Apr. 9, 2019

Assistants to the District Superintendent announced
The Bishop and Cabinet are pleased to announce a new part-time leadership position for the Danville and Farmville Districts, effective June 30, 2019. The Rev. Brad Dulaney has been named as the Assistant to the District Superintendent for the Danville District. The Rev. Shayne Estes, has been appointed as the Assistant to the District Superintendent for the Farmville District. More…

Bishop Weaver, Cabinet shared April projected appointments
Bishop Weaver and the Cabinet shared April’s projected appointments yesterday. More…

Bishop Weaver shares "Partners in Ministry" reflection
Bishop Pete Weaver, interim bishop of the Virginia Conference, will start sharing weekly reflections of  "some periodic, random thoughts, prayers and experiences which God is stirring in me as I journey with you in following Jesus and serving Virginia while God brings healing to Bishop Lewis." This week, he shares some ministries he has heard about in the past week. More...

Board of Laity shares letter following General Conference
The Board of Laity shared a letter following General Conference. In the letter, it stated, “It is our continuing prayer at this time for our church and its people called United Methodists that our God will most assuredly lead us forward in His unfailing way. May we, the Virginia Conference laity, in partnership with all our clergy, district superintendents, and bishops be truly faithful to each other with the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ as we move forward together.” More…

Conference toll-free number going away
The conference IT Department will be moving the conference center over to a new phone system this month.This change will make the toll-free phone number (1-800-798-6040) inoperative. The toll-free number was added to the conference phone system when long distance calls were expensive. Currently, free to low cost long distance calling plans are now available and calls made to a toll-free number add a charge on a per call minute basis regardless of whether the call is local or long-distance. The removal of this number will lower the conference monthly telephone bill. The target date for the phone system conversion is Friday, April 19. The toll-free number will work up until that date. The conference’s main phone number is 804-521-1100. The Disaster Response number will remain as 866-264-8488. For any questions, please contact Bryan Compton at 804-521-1115 or

Faith & Film class available for a CEU credit
Have you ever wanted to have a conversation about film with your friends, family, or ministry group but weren’t sure how to start? In this course the Rev. Jacob Sahms, pastor at Wesley UMC in Hopewell, will help guide you through the process of thinking critically and theologically about film so that you may better engage others in written and face-to-face conversations about films. Participants will share their own thoughts through written responses to film together. Over the two-week course, participants will be encouraged to watch films such as Superman: the Movie, Star Wars: A New Hope, Field of Dreams, Friday Night Lights, and The Mission and Silence, as well as offer up films of their own choosing for discussion. Reading Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero with a Thousand Faces is encouraged but not mandatory. This course is worth 1.0 CEU. More…

Information about 4Cans4Conference
As annual conference members gather in Roanoke this June, the plan is to bless that community with five tons of non-perishable foods for the Roanoke Rescue Mission. Suggested items are:
1 can of meat
1 can of vegetables and/or fruit
1 can of soup and/or stew
1 can that may be opened with a pop-top

Boxes of nonperishables such as pasta, rice, beans, cereals are also welcome. 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 details, contact Herb Brynsildsen at You can download flyers for your churches at the link. More…

Fresh Expressions "Roundtables" scheduled for June
If you are ready to take the next step in starting your fresh expression, then a Roundtable is for you. At the Roundtable you will:
-Ask in-depth questions about the process of fresh expressions
-Envision a fresh expression for your specific congregation and community
-Discern your next steps on this journey
This event is for anyone needing more hands-on information regarding a fresh expression, regardless of whether or not you have already attended a Fresh Expressions Vision Day. Fresh Expressions Roundtables are being hosted in Richmond and the Valley and are FREE for any clergy or laity in the VA Annual Conference. Additional Roundtables will be scheduled around the state in the coming months. For questions, contact Mark Ogren, Director of Congregational Excellence, at 804.521.1155 or

Sat. June 8, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Bon Air UMC, North Chesterfield
Fri. June 14, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Fishersville UMC, Fishersville

New position open at the conference center
The Advisory Team of the Board of Ordained Ministry and the Appointive Cabinet are pleased to announce that applications and interviews are open now through Apr. 26 for the Associate Director of Call & Candidacy in the Center for Clergy Excellence. This position, beginning July 1, 2019, will focus on missional areas of call, candidacy mentoring, District Committee on Ordained Ministry support, Course of Study and be a primary resource to Licensed Local Pastors. A more detailed job description is available from To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to the Rev. Darcey Johnson at  by Apr. 26. Interviews will be held as scheduled at River Road UMC, Richmond, VA. If you have questions about the position, please call the Rev. Lindsey Baynham at the Center for Clergy Excellence at or (804) 521-1100 Ext. 160. This position is also posted on the Virginia Conference website at

All God’s Children Camp in need of drivers
All God's Children Camp is in need of drivers who would be willing to transport campers to and from Camp in the Richmond area this summer. Drivers are needed for Jun. 16, Jun. 21, Aug. 11 and Aug. 16.  Please contact Camp Director Lori Smith for more information at 571-245-9591 or

Camp Rainbow is seeking summer volunteers
Camp Rainbow Connection (CRC) is seeking volunteers to serve adult campers for a week or two this summer. CRC is a week-long respite camp for adults with intellectual disabilities. Volunteers are needed to help serve on the nursing team as well as people to serve in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, conducting arrival interviews with campers and their caregivers, dispensing medications and responding to health needs during the weeks of camp. If you are interested in joining (even if only for part of the camp session), please contact Stacy Roberts at For more information regarding Camp Rainbow, visit the conference website. More...

Camp Highroad seeking summer staff
Camp Highroad Christian Adventure Camp near Leesburg, Va., is hiring summer staff. Open positions included photographers, general counselors, clinic and kitchen staff. Training will begin around Jun. 5 and the summer period will end on Aug. 2. The camp is seeking a three-week commitment. For details, visit the Virginia Conference website at and scroll down to “Other.”

Notice: Annual Conference 2019 information
You can find all current information about Annual Conference 2019 on the Virginia Conference website at As new information is shared, it will be updated at the same link.

Worship team needs images for Annual Conference 2019
The Worship Planning Team for Annual Conference is looking for images and videos of the street, specifically the sign, where you live. The team wants to collect images from all over the Virginia Conference that show the diversity of location and context: rural, urban, mountain, beach, and everything in between.The team is drawing inspirations from Jesus' words in Matthew 28:19-20, "Therefore go and make disciples..." and Jesus' words in Luke 14:23, "Go out to the highways and byways..." To help share this in your churches, a bulletin insert, two flyers, a worship slide and two social media images can be found at the Annual Conference 2019 page at Please send all images and videos digitally to the following email address:  All images and videos must be received no later than May 1. Contact the Rev. Sarah Payne for any questions at

Information about Kit collection at Annual Conference 2019
UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) is currently focusing its efforts on Cleaning Kits (aka Flood Buckets), Hygiene Kits and School Kits for collection this year. Collection of the kits will begin Wednesday, June 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. and continue Thursday, June 20 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday, June 21 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact Kit Collection Coordinator, the Rev. Morris Fleischer (Newport-Mt. Olivet UMC/Roanoke District), at (540) 544-7183 or with any questions.  A volunteer sign-up page will be available soon. If you prefer to make a financial contribution to enable UMCOR to purchase relief kits, you can contribute $75 for each cleaning kit; $12 for each health kit; and $11 for each school kit.  Additionally, UMCOR asks for $1 per kit ($1.50 for cleaning buckets) to cover processing and shipping and $1 for toothpaste for each health kit. 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 August 31. You can find more information about putting these kits together at


COB President says bishops committed to unity of United Methodist Church
The United Methodist Church Council of Bishops (COB) President Bishop Ken Carter said on Apr. 8 that bishops of the church are committed to the unity of the church and to the mission of God who breaks down barriers and transcends languages. “The faithfulness, unity and fruitfulness of the church form a whole. We cannot be one without abiding in Jesus; we cannot be spirit-filled without loving our neighbor; we cannot experience revival as we sow divisions in the body,” Bishop Carter said. He was speaking at the Methodist Mission Bicentennial Conference, sponsored by Global Ministries in collaboration with Candler School of Theology of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference is celebrating Methodism’s mission heritage and looking at the future of Methodist mission. More…

The United Methodist Church Launches New Website for Leaders
United Methodist Communications is pleased to announce its new leadership-focused website The site—that launched this month—was developed as a centralized portal to equip United Methodist leaders across the globe with helpful information, tools and multilingual assets.

Virginia Annual Conference - Jun. 20-22
The Virginia Annual Conference will be held in Roanoke, Va. in the Berglund Center from Jun. 20-22. More information is available at

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