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News from the Virginia Conference - April 24, 2014

#CovertheNet for World Malaria Day tomorrow
World Malaria Day is Friday April 25, and "Imagine No Malaria" is asking United Methodists all over the world to Twibbon, Thunderclap, tweet, post, share, and change their profile and cover photos on social media, all in an effort to #CovertheNet with messages that draw attention to this killer disease. Malaria’s death rate is half of what it was in 2006, yet this preventable and treatable disease still claims the life of a child every 60 seconds. No one should die from a mosquito bite. On World Malaria Day, help #CoverTheNet so that we not only Imagine No Malaria, but also so we can eventually live in a world without it. More ...

Bishop Cho, other bishops offer comfort after ferry disaster
United Methodist bishops - including Bishop Young Jin Cho and two other Korean-American bishops - have extended prayers, words of comfort and the hope of Easter following last week's ferry tragedy in South Korea. More ...

Conference deacon writes FaithLink piece on 'Noah' movie
The Rev. Peter Surran, a deacon who serves as minister of evangelism at Franktown UMC, Eastern Shore, wrote this week’s FaithLink study on the movie “Noah,” which is currently in theaters. “The film is definitely not all giraffes and rainbows, as in an elementary Sunday school rendering, and it has sparked a significant amount of controversy in the weeks since its release,” he writes. “People of faith have found much to applaud and lambast about the film.” FaithLink is a weekly resource applying faith to major current events and life issues. Available through Cokesbury, it is delivered electronically each week as printer- or copier-reproducible material designed for use in small groups or Sunday school classes. More ...

Safe Sanctuaries Training June 18-19 to offer CEUs, CLS renewal credit
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are important for clergy and lay professionals, and certification renewal courses are important for Certified Lay Servants (CLS). The two-day Safe Sanctuaries training to be held June 18-19 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center will provide one CEU for participating clergy and lay professionals and renewal credit for CLS participants. You must already be a CLS in order to use this course for renewal. It does not meet criteria for initial certification as a CLS. Information gained from this training will help your church provide an environment in which children, youths and vulnerable adults are safe from neglect and abuse. Since the provision of Safe Sanctuary applies to all our ministries, all staff and volunteers, clergy and laity, this training may be of particular benefit to Certified Lay Servants who offer leadership in worship and spiritual formation at assisted living, long-term care, and other residential settings for older and vulnerable adults. Event leadership will be provided by the Rev. Joy Thornburg Melton and the Rev. Sherry Cothran. More ...

Older Adult Recognition Sunday is May 4
In the Virginia Conference, Older Adult Recognition Sunday is May 4 when United Methodists are invited to show appreciation and support for older adults who continue to enrich and strengthen our faith communities. This Sunday should also call the church to action in addressing the needs of older adults in the congregation and community. Your congregation can choose the first Sunday in May or another date that best fits your needs. Click here for worship resource materials around this year’s theme, “Walking the Walk. Knowing the Verse. Living the Word.” More ...

Native American Ministries Sunday is May 4
Native American Ministries Sunday, May 4, reminds United Methodists of the contributions made by Native Americans to our society. The special offering benefits Native American outreach within annual conferences and across the United States and provides seminary scholarships for Native Americans. More ...

Worship resources offered for Mother's Day
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11. Healthy Families, Healthy Planet (HFHP), an initiative of the General Board of Church & Society, offers a Mother’s Day worship resource, “Stitching Our Lives Together.” The resource offers new ideas, prayers and advocacy suggestions to make Mother’s Day an inclusive, globally focused event in your community. HFHP encourages communities of faith to become agents of change for a better, healthier world for women and their families. More ...

VIPCare offers forum on caring for first responders
The Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care (VIPCare) invites clergy, religious leaders of all faith traditions and the general public to a forum on “Compassionate Care for First Responders Impacted By Tragedy and Trauma” 9 a.m. to 12 noon Thursday, May 1, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 903 Forest Ave., Richmond. Admission is free. For continuing education credits, a $35 processing fee is charged. To register or for more information, call VIPCare at (804) 282-8332 or e-mail Attn. Forum on Trauma and Support.

Sexuality issues on docket for Judicial Council this week
A marriage equality resolution and a request for a decision regarding benefit coverage for same-gender spouses of United Methodist general agency employees are among the issues to be considered when the Judicial Council, the denomination's top court, meets this week in Little Rock. More ...

Connectional Table to discuss human sexuality
Members of the Connectional Table will meet in Chicago April 27-April 29 for the semi-annual meeting of the 59-member body, which is responsible for guiding the vision, missions and ministries of The United Methodist Church. From 10 a.m. to 11:15 p.m. ET Tuesday, April 29, the group will stream online a conversation on human sexuality, the denomination's mission and United Methodist church law. The event will begin with Bible study led by San Antonio Area Bishop James Dorff, followed by a panel of United Methodist leaders and theologians. The panel includes retired Bishop Daniel Arichea Jr., Mark Teasdale of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Pamela Lightsey of Boston University School of Theology. Click here to register to watch event. More ...

Faith leaders praise clemency process for low-level offenders
United Methodists were among leaders of faith-based organizations who praised U.S. Dept. of Justice officials’ announcements this week that they will expedite a clemency process for persons serving excessive sentences for low-level and non-violent offenses in federal prison. More ...

Deadline to apply for Spark12 grants extended to May 16
Spark12 provides funding, coaching, and other support for young adult leaders and those working with young adults who have innovative ideas they believe will change the world. Deadline for applications for grants has been extended to May 16. Spark12, supported by the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, is accepting applications from teams or individuals who want to bring their ideas to life. More ...

Shenandoah University seeks Spiritual Life Coordinator
Shenandoah University in Winchester invites applications and nominations for the position of Spiritual Life Coordinator to 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. Primary responsibilities include working in a supportive team relationship with Spiritual Life staff members including the dean, seminarians, staff and administrative staff. For details, go to and scroll down to “Other.”

UMCom seeks ICT4D Project Manager
United Methodist Communications (UMCom), headquartered in Nashville, is seeking a Project Manager for Information Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D). The project manager is responsible for designing, launching, leading and completing small to midscale programs under the UMCom initiative known as ICT4D. The ICT4D project manager will work under the supervision of the Director of the ICT4D Initiative. This initiative seeks to utilize communications technologies to empower individuals and communities, in partnership with local United Methodist leaders, local churches and related entities. The initiative addresses pressing problems, which can be affected positively by communications technologies in under-served communities. More ...

General Board of Discipleship seeks Accounting Assistant
The General Board of Discipleship, headquartered in Nashville, is seeking an Accounting Assistant. Deadline for receiving applications is May 7. Go to for application information.

WindsorMeade seeks part-time chaplain
WindsorMeade, one of the homes of Virginia United Methodist Homes in Williamsburg, is seeking a chaplain to work 20 hours per week. Must have a Bachelor’s Degree and be certified as an ordained minister with training in Christian education and Pastoral Care. Certification ministering to the elderly preferred. Click here for a detailed job description. Send resume to; Fax: 757-941-3611; or mail to WindsorMeade, Attn: HR, 3900 Windsor Hall Dr., Williamsburg, VA 23188.

♦ Cambodia Consultation - May 1-3
The Virginia Conference will host a Consultation on Cambodia May 1-3 at Aldersgate UMC in Alexandria. This event is co-sponsored by the General Board of Global Ministries in order to provide opportunities to meet missionaries and Cambodian leadership and learn more about the Cambodian mission, a new partner in the Virginia Conference outreach and mission program, Initiatives of Hope. More ...

♦ UMVIM Team Leader training - May 3, May 17
United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) Team Leader Training events will be May 3 at Virginia Beach UMC, Virginia Beach. (Registration deadline is April 28. Click here to register online. Click here to download flyer.) and May 17 at Hinton Avenue UMC, Charlottesville. (Registration deadline is May 12. Click here to register online. Click here to download flyer.)

♦ Large Church Lead Pastor Just-In-Time Training - May 8-9
Large Church Lead Pastor Just-In-Time Training will be May 8-9 at the Roslyn Retreat Center in Richmond. This retreat is for lead pastors who are moving this year to churches with an average worship attendance of 350 or more, as recorded by the Cabinet. Registration is open only to those lead pastors who have received an invitation to attend. Contact Beth Downs at (804) 521-1127 or 1-800-768-6040, ext. 127, or if you have questions about your eligibility to register for this event. More ...

♦ Local Pastors/Associate Members Fellowship Spring Meeting - May 8
The Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members will welcome Dr. Christine Parton-Burkett to their spring gathering Thursday, May 8, at River Road UMC, Richmond. This continuing education event and time of fellowship will focus on preaching: reducing fillers that can cloud sermons, improving public proclamation generally, non-verbal messaging in the pulpit, and creating fresh ways to craft the ancient message. More ...

♦ Mid-size Church Lead Pastor Just-In-Time Training - May 15-16
Mid-size Church Lead Pastor Just-In-Time Training, May 15-16 at Richmond Hill Retreat Center in Richmond, is for lead pastors who are moving this year to churches with an average worship attendance of 150 to 350, as recorded by the Cabinet. Registration is open only to those lead pastors who have received an invitation to attend. Contact Beth Downs at (804) 521-1127 or 1-800-768-6040, ext. 127, or if you have questions about your eligibility to register for this event. More ...

♦ 'Lord, Teach Me to Pray' - May 17, Aug. 23, Oct. 25
"Lord, Teach Me to Pray — Practical Applications for Prayer" will be offered three separate times at three different locations: Saturday, May 17, at Timberlake UMC, Lynchburg (Click here to register); Saturday, Aug. 23, at Williamsburg UMC, Williamsburg (Click here to register); and Saturday, Oct. 25, at St. Thomas UMC, Manassas (Click here to register). Main speaker will be Dr. Wendy Miller, professor emeritus of Spiritual Formation at Eastern Mennonite Seminary and adjunct faculty at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill., and Perkins School of Theology in Dallas. Click here to download a flyer.

♦ 'Change the World' weekend - May 17-18
On May 17-18, United Methodists around the world plan to pull together events to help "Change the World." For the fifth year, local churches will take on service projects that improve the circumstances of others and spark public interest in volunteer activities. Register your project now at Churches that register their projects early can receive a free promotional kit while supplies last. More ...

♦ Safe Sanctuaries training - June 18-19
The Virginia Conference will host Safe Sanctuaries training June 18-19 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center (two days prior to beginning of Annual Conference at the same location). The Rev. Joy Melton, author of Safe Sanctuaries resources, will lead this two-day workshop. One CEU available for participating clergy and lay professionals. This training will not replace or meet requirements for Clergy Ethics II training. Registration is $25 per person or $80 for a team of four from a church. Special lodging rates are available at the Embassy Suites/Hampton Roads. More ...

♦ LEAD youth leadership training - July 25-Aug. 3
The Conference Council on Youth Ministries invites youths from across the conference to participate in LEAD, a 10-day leadership training immersion experience, July 25 - Aug. 3 in Roanoke. District and local church youth councils are encouraged to select as many as 3-5 youths who are willing to commit to this 10-day intensive experience. Upon their return, they will implement covenant action plans to utilize newly developed leadership skills in their districts and local communities. More ...

♦ SERVE: A Missional Exploration for Ministry - Aug. 3-5
An event at Randolph-Macon College Aug 3-5 will help high school students explore a calling to ministry. "SERVE: A Missional Exploration for Ministry" will have a work camp focus and include small groups, Bible study, recreation, special worship services and more. Click here for more information or call Margie Turbyfill at (804) 368-7276 or e-mail The program is co-sponsored by the Bailey Pre-ministerial Program at Randolph-Macon College and the Virginia Conference Board of Ordained Ministry.

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