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News from the Virginia Conference - Aug. 15, 2014

New Facebook page focuses on 'Imagine No Malaria: Every Life Save a Life'
The Virginia Conference now has a special Facebook page for "Imagine No Malaria: Every Life Save a Life." Go to www.facebook.com/EveryLifeSaveALife and "Like" the page so you can keep up to date with all the information and stories about how United Methodists in the Virginia Conference are saving 100,000 lives or more this year. More ...

Blue Grass UMC raises $4,000+ for Imagine No Malaria
Blue Grass UMC, a small, rural church in the Staunton District, is 3/8 of a mile south of the village of Blue Grass on State Route 640. It's so far out in Highland County that it almost touches West Virginia. In a few short weeks the congregation has raised more than $4,000 for Imagine No Malaria. Pastor is the Rev. Andre Crummett.

Brosville UMC pastor to sit on church roof for Imagine No Malaria
The Rev. Faith Weedling, pastor of Brosville UMC in the Danville District, has issued a challenge to the members of her congregation. She will sit on the roof of the church one hour for every $100 raised for Imagine No Malaria. At the rate contributions are coming in, she expects to be on the roof overnight Saturday, Sept. 6, and preach from the rooftop for Sunday, Sept. 7, worship which will be held in the parking lot. The Rev. Janine Howard, Danville District superintendent, will officiate at Holy Communion during the service. Some members of the church are planning to have a cookout the evening of Sept. 6 and camp on the church grounds to continue the celebration throughout the evening. Rumor has it that Rev. Weedling will be accompanied on the roof by a life-size cutout of Bishop Young Jin Cho.

VAUMC Imagine No Malaria field coordinator shares views on video
Maria Maxwell, Virginia Conference field coordinator for Imagine No Malaria, was one of three field coordinators interviewed by United Methodist Communications in the video, "View from the Field: How Conferences Can Imagine No Malaria." Click here to view the video and hear reflections on fighting this deadly disease.

Seonyoung Kim installed as VAUMC's first Korean woman D.S.
An upbeat processional to “We Are Marching in the Light of God” set the tone for the Aug. 10 installation service of the Rev. Seonyoung Kim as superintendent of the York River District. Kim is the first Korean-American woman to serve as district superintendent in the Virginia Conference. More ...

Conference equips, connects local churches for ministry
The mission of the Virginia Conference is to equip local churches for ministry and provide connections for ministry beyond the local church. The Rev. Marc Brown, director of Connectional Ministries, reports on some of the ways conference staff and boards and agencies did that this past month. More ...

September is National Hunger Action Month
Nearly 50 million people in the United States today are hungry or food insecure, according to information from the Society of St. Andrew (SoSa). Yet in this country, we will throw away more than 133 billion pounds of good food this year. As people of faith, it is time for us to take action — to say that this situation is unacceptable and to do something about it. September is National Hunger Action Month. Plan now to make September 2014 a time for your congregation to stand together against hunger to see that each person in this country has healthy, nourishing food to eat. Society of St. Andrew, approved Advance Special of the General Board of Global Ministries, offers worship and study resources. More ...


Hispanic Heritage Month begins Sept. 15

Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month, a celebration of people in the United States who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking countries of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Worship and other church events provide settings for Hispanic/Latino United Methodists to celebrate their heritage and cultures and for others to learn more about them. Click here for worship resources suggested by the General Board of Discipleship.

Oct. 5 is World Communion Sunday
Oct. 5 is World Communion Sunday. United Methodists observe World Communion Sunday by celebrating communion with other Christians around the world on this special Sunday. Churches are also encouraged to receive an offering to support ethnic undergraduate and graduate students, which often enables first-generation students to attend college. Click here to download the World Communion Sunday pastor’s kit. Order leaflet offering envelopes and posters to enhance your World Communion Sunday celebration at www.umcgiving.org/ss or call 1-888-346-3862. More ...

Conference seeks part-time videographer
The Virginia Conference office of Communications is seeking a part-time videographer to create and produce videos to be used by the conference as effective communications tools to describe its mission, vision and ministry. The position reports to the director of Communications. To apply, send resume to Linda Rhodes, director of Communications, at LindaRhodes@vaumc.org or P.O. Box 5606, Glen Allen, VA 23058. Applications will be received through Sept. 1. Click here for more information, or go to the Virginia Conference website (www.vaumc.org), click on “Resources,” then “Job Opportunities.”

$179,632 collected for Annual Conference offering
To date, $179,632 has been received for this year's Annual Conference special offering. Goal is $200,000. Funds will support Imagine No Malaria, Cambodia church construction and Christian education, Mozambique lay leadership and communication training, Brazil Shade and Fresh Water program for street children, mission engagement of Virginia Conference small membership churches, Community Outreach Program in Roanoke, Agape Children’s Center in Horntown on the Eastern Shore and connection of Virginia Conference churches to Haiti mission projects. Contributions may still be sent to the conference Treasurer's office, P.O. Box 5605, Glen Allen, VA 23058. Designate “Annual Conference Offering” on your check or at the bottom of your apportionment statement. If the check is from a church, be sure to indicate the church GCFA number on the check. More ...

Dec. 6 Nutzy's Rotary FUNN Run will benefit UMFS
The annual Nutzy’s Rotary FUNN Run 5k on Saturday, Dec. 6, will benefit United Methodist Family Services (UMFS) for the second year in a row. The Rotary Club of West Richmond, in partnership with the Dominion Christmas Parade and the Richmond Flying Squirrels, created this event to offer a festive, family-friendly competition while fulfilling the club's philanthropic mission to improve the lives of local children. Runners, walkers, families, children and strollers are welcome to participate. Students from UMFS will participate again this year. Visit www.nutzyrotaryfunnrun.com to register.

VIPCare accepting applications for Pastoral Counselor training
The Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care (VIPCare) is currently accepting applications for its Certified Pastoral Counselor Formation Program beginning in mid-September. The two-year program offers coursework and training in pastoral counseling to prepare students for certification with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) and possible state licensure. Deadline to apply is Sept. 5. For more information or to apply to the Certified Pastoral Counselor Formation Program, contact Dr. Douglas Thorpe, VIPCare’s Director of Education, at (804) 282-8332 or e-mail dthorpe@vipcare.org.

Church uses communications to combat Ebola
Muddled messages and misinformation have complicated efforts to contain the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The United Methodist Church is responding with a communications strategy aimed at saving lives and reassuring people of God's presence. More ...

Liberian United Methodists respond to Ebola emergency
With the Ebola outbreak in West Africa declared an international health emergency, United Methodist church leaders in Liberia are educating people about prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Above all they are reminding Liberians that Jesus Christ is a healer. More ...

Comedian's death opens conversations
Robin Williams' death has opened the door to difficult conversations about mental illness and suicide. Erik Alsgaard of the Baltimore-Washington Conference shares ways United Methodists can help with suicide prevention. More ...

United Methodists express solidarity with Iraqi Christians
Top executives at the General Board of Global Ministries expressed solidarity with Christians and other religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq as they are driven from their homes, some herded into isolated encampments where they face death by starvation and thirst. More ...

Church offers resources for faithful response to border crisis
Threats of kidnapping and death by criminal gangs, combined with poverty, have led to thousands of unaccompanied minors fleeing to the United States from Central America. The United Methodist Church is responding in ways few organizations can. More ...

Pastor facing complaint enters hospice care
The Rev. William McElvaney, a retired United Methodist pastor and seminary president who faces a complaint for officiating at a same-sex wedding, is undergoing hospice care. McElvaney recently wrote members of Dallas' Northaven United Methodist Church, where he is pastor emeritus, that his liver cancer has spread and no good treatment options are left to him. The pastor also wrote of the "amazing grace" he has received in his 86 years, including from his wife, Fran. More ...

GBOD offers free Worship & Music Planning Calendar
Start the new school, music and church year right with a free Worship & Music Planning Calendar from the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) for church leaders, choirs, committees and people. The free calendar can be downloaded from the GBOD website and includes seasons, special days, celebrations and observances of both the church and civil calendars, plus lectionary reading citations for the entire year. Click here to download 2015 planning calendar. Click here to download 2014 planning calendar.

Chuck Knows Church: Funeral Pall
A pall is a cloth which covers a casket or coffin at funerals. But, what's its significance during the liturgy? And why is it called a "pall"? Chuck helps us understand the Funeral Pall in this episode of "Chuck Knows Church," a weekly online series that explains the meaning behind some of the objects, symbols, terms and rituals in church. Episodes can be downloaded for free at www.ChuckKnowsChurch.com and used in worship, youth groups, fellowship groups, confirmation classes, worship teams, new member classes and late-night snack viewing. Chuck is on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. "Chuck Knows Church" is produced by the General Board of Discipleship. More ...

OCUIR seeks Associate Ecumenical Staff Officer
The Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships (OCUIR) currently has an opening for an Associate Ecumenical Staff Officer, focusing on Leadership Development. Reporting directly to the Ecumenical Staff Officer, the chief administrative officer of OCUIR, this position develops educational and program curriculum and materials that support ecumenical formation across the connection. To apply for this position, submit a cover letter, résumé, outline of how you understand your call into ecumenical and interreligious ministry and references to jobs@ocuir.org. Closing date is Sept. 3. For more information, contact Kathryn Williams, executive director, Finance and Administration, 475 Riverside Drive, #300, New York, NY 10115, (212) 870-3800 or KWilliams@ocuir.org.

UMCom seeks Project and Administrative Coordinator
United Methodist Communications (UMCom), headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., is seeking a Project and Administrative Coordinator for the Executive Director of Marketing Strategy to provide assistance for team members; coordinate team meetings, conferences and special events for the executive director; relate to a large number of internal and external clients assuring the completion of office processes and procedures; and ensure efficient workflow for the executive director on a daily basis, including financial processes, travel arrangements, project coordination, with interaction and assistance to internal and external clients. To apply, e-mail cover letter and resume to hr@umcom.org by Aug. 29.

♦ School for Children's Ministry - Sept. 20, Nov. 8
The School for Children’s Ministry is on the road this year to come to a district near you and includes the “Bottomless Cookie Jar” and eight new workshops. Remaining events will be 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Greenville UMC, Greenville (click here to register); and Nov. 8 at Grace UMC, Manassas (click here to register). Registration deadline is the Wednesday before the event. Workshop presenters are children’s ministry professionals, representing all sizes of churches. Click here for brochure

♦ 5 Talent Academy 'Evangelism, Communication and Church Growth' event - Oct. 4
Registration is now open for the 5 Talent Academy "Evangelism, Communication and Church Growth" event 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Floris UMC in Herndon and broadcast to nine additional locations across the conference. Maria Dixon Hall, associate professor of Organizational Communication at Southern Methodist University, will explore evangelism through the lens of solid and fruitful communication practices. Registration is open to all Virginia Conference churches regardless of affiliation with the 5 Talent Academy. Visit www.vaumc.org/5Talent to register. Registration is $25 per person and includes lunch.

♦ 'Lord, Teach Me to Pray' - Oct. 25, Feb. 21
"Lord, Teach Me to Pray — Practical Applications for Prayer" will be offered again Saturday, Oct. 25, at St. Thomas UMC, Manassas, (Click here to register) and Saturday, Feb. 21, at Williamsburg UMC (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. NOTE: The event originally scheduled for Aug. 23 at Williamsburg UMC has been cancelled because the keynote speaker has a scheduling conflict.

♦ 'The Good Race' - Nov. 15
Clergy and laity are invited to join other United Methodists in "The Good Race," a day of participation and celebration as they walk or run the Anthem Richmond 8K, Half-Marathon or Marathon on Saturday, Nov. 15. Information about these races can be found at www.richmondmarathon.com. Or contact Steve Jones at richmondds@vaumc.org or Allie Rosner at pastorallie@verizon.net. Or join the Facebook Group “The Good Race.”

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