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News from the Virginia Conference - Feb. 27, 2015

Neill Caldwell resigns as Advocate editor
Marc Brown, director of Connectional Ministries, announced that Neill Caldwell submitted his resignation effective Tuesday, Feb. 24. Caldwell, a member of the conference staff since 2006, served as editor of the Virginia United Methodist Advocate, the weekly Sunday Advocate, the Daily Advocate at Annual Conference, the Book of Reports and the Conference Journal. “I have always relied on Neill’s dedication and capability as editor of the Advocate," said Linda Rhodes, director of Communications. "He has always been committed to the excellence of the magazine and will be greatly missed.” Please keep Neill in your prayers as he enters a new chapter in his life.

Claiborne tells 5 Talent Academy: 'It all starts with relationships'
Author and activist Shane Claiborne told the 5 Talent Academy teaching session on Feb. 21 that working with the poor starts with building relationships. Speaking to a live audience at Ebenezer UMC in Stafford and to hundreds more watching via live-stream at several sites around the Virginia Conference, Claiborne said charity in itself is well and good, but it will never replace those one-on-one relationships. More ...

Peakland UMC kids make mosquitoes to raise awareness of malaria
As part of their participation in the Virginia Conference Imagine No Malaria initiative, third-fifth grade students at Peakland UMC, Lynchburg, learned about malaria and then helped raise malaria awareness by making mosquitoes out of pipe cleaners, clothes pins and other materials. Each mosquito was different and unique. The Rev. Jason Stanley, associate pastor, reported that the kids placed nearly 50 mosquitoes all over the first floor of the church, including worship spaces, to raise awareness and demonstrate how malaria can be spread. More ...

'March Gladness' basketball tourney to benefit Imagine No Malaria March 7
The Fredericksburg District has challenged other districts in the Virginia Conference to enter teams in a "March Gladness" three-on-three basketball tournament fundraiser for Imagine No Malaria to be held Saturday, March 7, at Regester Chapel UMC, 85 Bells Hill Rd., Stafford. Three-member teams can be mixed in age, gender and ability. Starting at 10 a.m., three-on-three 10-minute games will continue until two teams remain to play in the Final Four against the top two teams from the Nov. 2 Eastern Shore District Basketball Tournament. Winner of Final Four play will be named conference champion. Goal is to raise more than $12,000 through team sponsorships, entry fees and donations from local businesses in exchange for advertising in tournament program books. To register or for more information, contact the Rev. Ted Smith, Fredericksburg District superintendent, at or (804) 448-8326. More ...

Mozambique missionary available to visit churches in April
Jeremias França, missionary serving through the Global Health Program as administrator of Chicuque Rural Hospital in his home country of Mozambique, will be in Virginia April 2-18. He will be available to speak in churches in northern, central and eastern Virginia April 6-11, and in western and central Virginia April 12–18. By hosting Jeremias at your church, you are embracing a rich opportunity for your congregation to learn more about God’s mission in Mozambique, the work of missionaries with the General Board of Global Ministries, the people of Mozambique and health and educational ministries of The United Methodist Church in Mozambique. To invite him to visit your church, send a request to Ann Klotz, conference coordinator of Missionary Itineration, at Include your church name, district, pastor's name and the best contact information (e-mail and phone) for coordinating his visit. For more information, contact Klotz at (540) 494-1697.

UMCOR kits to be collected at 2015 Annual Conference
Various types of Relief Supply Kits will be collected at the 2015 Virginia Annual Conference session in order to replenish the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) supply. Local churches are encouraged to collect items for any of the most requested UMCOR kits — Bedding, Birthing, Cleaning Bucket, Health, Layette, School and Sewing Kits — and bring them to Annual Conference. Click here for kit assembly instructions. More ...

Volunteers needed to collect kits at Annual Conference
More volunteers are needed for this year’s “Kits for Conference” collection at Annual Conference. You can help (1) write information on a clipboard; (2) sort kits; (3) seal boxes; or (4) load boxes onto the tractor-trailers. Kit collection will be Thursday, June 18, 12 noon to 2 p.m.; Friday, June 19, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, June 20, 8 a.m. to noon. If you can volunteer to help, e-mail Virgil Decker at or contact Jeff Wilson at Huntington Court UMC, (540) 366-3465, to indicate what time you will be available. More ...

Scott Miller named president of Virginia Wesleyan College
The Virginia Wesleyan College Board of Trustees selected Dr. Scott D. Miller as the fourth president of the college during a special meeting Feb. 25. Miller has been president of Bethany College in West Virginia for eight years. Virginia Wesleyan's current president, Dr. William T. "Billy" Greer, will retire in June after a 23-year tenure at the college. More ...

March 15 One Great Hour of Sharing suppports UMCOR
This year marks United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)'s 75th anniversary of being with people in times of crisis. In celebration, UMCOR is providing resources that offer creative ways to reflect and engage in UMCOR's ongoing legacy. United Methodists are encouraged to mark the 75th anniversary of UMCOR by giving to the One Great Hour of Sharing Special Offering on Sunday, March 15. Donations to One Great Hour of Sharing directly fund UMCOR's administrative costs, making it possible for UMCOR to use 100% of all other contributions on the projects donors specify, instead of on administrative or fundraising costs. UMCOR does not receive United Methodist World Service or apportionment funds, so without the One Great Hour of Sharing offerings, UMCOR would not exist.

Host a Relief-Kit Assembly Fair to celebrate UMCOR's 75th anniversary
A fun and easy way to celebrate the 75th anniversary of United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is to host a Relief-Kit Assembly Fair with your church or community. Click here to download a guide to see the impact each kit has. You can also learn what goes into each kit by watching this video playlist showing how to properly construct each kit. There are several types of kits UMCOR uses to provide aid to those who need it. Visit the Relief-Supply Kits page to learn which kits are needed most. More ...

Lent Quiz: Test your knowledge of the season
Do you know why people give things up for Lent? Do you know why eggs are associated with Easter? See how much you know about the traditions and symbols of Lent and Easter by clicking on the daily questions found on The United Methodist Church website. More ...

Lewis Center offers 'Doing Good Well' conference March 7
The Lewis Center for Church Leadership will offer the “Doing Good Well” conference Saturday, March 7, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Vital congregations are increasingly committed to serving others through mission. And congregations are asking whether their good intentions always yield good results. At "Doing Good Well" you will explore the fruitfulness of mission efforts and learn practical strategies to make sure your mission hits the mark. Online registration ends Thursday, March 5. More ...

Video of Central Conference panel on human sexuality can be watched online
On Feb. 10, in Maputo, Mozambique, The Connectional Table’s Human Sexuality Task Force hosted its third and final panel on human sexuality which emphasized the denomination’s central conference perspective. Ricky Harrison, Connectional Table member and Master of Divinity student at Duke Divinity School, moderated the panel. Panelists included the Rev. Nday Bondo of Africa University and elder in the North Katanga Conference, the Rev. Israel Alvaran of Reconciling Ministries Network and elder in the Philippines Conference, and Bishop Christian Alsted of the Nordic and Baltic Episcopal area of the Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conference. Click here to view video of the panel discussion. More ...

Resources available for Earth Day celebration
Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22, and many congregations will celebrate in their churches on Sunday, April 19, or Sunday, April 26. Creation Justice Ministries offers a downloadable resource around the theme, "Have you anything here to eat? Sustainable Food in a Changing Climate." Click here for the resource on the intersection of food and climate change and look at the website for further resources on faith, food and climate as well as materials on sermon preparation, Christian education ideas, song suggestions and more. More ...

UMCom seeks Electronic Marketing Specialist
United Methodist Communications (UMCom), headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., is seeking an innovative Electronic Marketing Specialist to support and execute the agency’s e-mail marketing program. To apply or for more information, contact UMCom/Human Resources, P.O. Box 320, Nashville, TN 37202-0320; Phone: (615) 742-5137; e-mail: Application deadline is March 19. More ...

♦ Clergy Spouses' Retreat - March 5-7
Clergy Spouses’ Retreat will be March 5-7 at Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center in Blackstone. “Is It Well With Your Soul?” is the theme of the retreat, organized by the conference’s Clergy Family Enrichment Committee. Speakers will include Dr. Dawn Peck, a member of Trinity UMC in Lexington and certified spiritual director; Dr. Lisa Rochford, a clinical psychologist and clergy spouse; and the Rev. Charlie Reynolds, executive director of Virginia Conference Wellness Ministries. Cost of the entire weekend is $100, but you can come as a day participant for $30 a session. More ...

♦ United Methodist Men Spring Training Roundtable - March 7
Virginia Conference United Methodist Men 2015 Spring Training Roundtable Event will be Saturday, March 7, at three host churches around the Virginia Conference. Just choose the church location nearest you and join with men to pray, share, exchange ideas and get closer to the Lord. To register and for more information, click on the church location nearest you: Centenary United Methodist Church, Portsmouth; Crenshaw United Methodist Church, Blackstone; and Trinity United Methodist Church, McLean

♦ Bishop's Convocation on Prayer - March 21
Would you like to learn about the difference “Breakthrough Prayer” can make for your church? Would you like to learn about personal spiritual disciplines or how to apply spiritual disciplines in your congregation? Come to the Bishop’s Convocation on Prayer 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at Trinity UMC, 903 Forest Ave., Richmond. The Rev. Sue Nilson-Kibbey will be the plenary speaker, and 13 workshops will be offered to participants. More ...

♦ UMVIM Team Leader Training - March 28, May 16
Team Leader Training is required for all first-time United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) team leaders, but all interested persons are welcome to attend whether leading a team or not. The following training events are currently scheduled:
♦ March 28, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Cave Spring UMC, 4505 Hazel Dr., Roanoke. Click here to register online and pay by credit card. Click here to download a pdf form and pay by check.
♦ May 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Floris UMC, 13600 Frying Pan Rd., Herndon. Click here to register online and pay by credit card. Click here to download a pdf form and pay by check.

♦ Senior High Youth and Young Adult event - April 17-18
The Winchester District and Shenandoah University’s Faith Seeking Justice Christian Leadership Program invite senior high youth groups, young adults, youth workers and pastors to attend Thy Kingdom Come: Where Our Mission in the Commonwealth of God Is Justice April 17-18 on the campus of Shenandoah University, Winchester. Keynote speakers are Lisa Sharon Harper and Shane Claiborne. Cost is $10 person, which will go to Imagine No Malaria. Registration deadline is April 6. Participants are invited to bring a tent and spend Friday night camping out on the field at Shenandoah University to raise money for Teens Opposing Poverty and Imagine No Malaria. Think creatively for ways church members can sponsor you as you sleep out under the stars. For more information, contact Martha Reynolds, Winchester District director of Congregational Excellence, at, or the Rev. Dr. Justin Allen, Shenandoah University dean of Spiritual Life, at More ...

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