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News from the Virginia Conference - July 30, 2014

Participants study issues, grow spiritually at Mission Encounter
This week, Mission Encounter (formerly known as the School of Christian Mission) offered participants an opportunity to learn about being partners in God’s global mission and to grow spiritually through study and worship. Held at Blackstone Conference and Retreat Center, the event included studies on "Roma of Europe," "How is it with Your Soul?" and "The Church and People with Disabilities." Children studied "Making a New Picture: Welcoming Persons with Disabilities Into Our Lives." This event is jointly sponsored by the conference Board of Global Ministries and Virginia Conference United Methodist Women. Click here to view pictures.

Male counselors needed for All God's Children Camp
Volunteer male camp counselors, 16 years old or older, are still needed for All God's Children Camp to be held Aug. 3-8 at Occohanncok on the Bay. For more information, contact Casey Torrence, camp director, at

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.

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 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 (, click on “Resources,” then “Job Opportunities.”

Conference seeks director of Inclusivity and Lay Leadership Excellence
The Virginia Conference office of Connectional Ministries is seeking a lay person to serve as director of Inclusivity and Lay Leadership Excellence. Click here for job description. To apply, send cover letter, resume and three references to by Aug. 15. Selected interviews will be held Aug. 27. This position is posted on the Virginia Conference website at

Head of Cambodia Mission to be in Virginia Nov. 10-17
The Rev. Dr. Romy del Rosario, country director of the United Methodist Mission in Cambodia, will be in Virginia Nov. 10-17 and will be available to speak in churches about the Cambodia Initiative. To arrange for him to speak at your church, contact Ann Klotz, coordinator of missionary itineration for the conference Board of Global Ministries, at or (540) 366-6872. Hosting may involve providing overnight accommodations and transportation between engagements.

$176,501 collected for Annual Conference offering
To date, $176,501 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 ...

UMC doubles percentage of 'highly vital' congregations in U.S.
Bishop John Schol, leader of the denomination’s Vital Congregations Initiative, recently reported to the Council of Bishops that between 2010 and 2012, the denomination more than doubled its percentage of "highly vital" congregations in the U.S. from 14.8% to 33.9%. He also reported that 34% of U.S. United Methodist churches grew in worship attendance in 2012. United Methodist conferences in the United States also reported an increase in total professions of faith in 2012, for the first time in 11 years. More ...

2016 General Conference logo unveiled
The United Methodist Commission on General Conference unveiled the logo for the 2016 gathering in Portland, Oregon. United Methodist Communications developed the logo to complement the theme of the 2016 General Conference, "Therefore go," which the commission chose in 2013. The theme is intended to remind United Methodists of Jesus' words in the Great Commission. More ...

Peace march, vigil calls for reunification of Korean peninsula
“Peace for Korea now!” shouted about 200 people, primarily Koreans or Korean-Americans, as they marched the mile from Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., to Lafayette Park in front of the White House last Saturday. The July 26 “Korea Peace March and Vigil” was the culmination of a two-day event timed to coincide with the 61st anniversary of the signing of the Armistice Agreement that ended the Korean War on July 27, 1953. A Korean meal was provided by the Korean United Methodist Church of Greater Washington located in McLean. More ...

Red Bird Missionary Conference needs volunteers to repair building
The Red Bird Missionary Conference in southeastern Kentucky is requesting teams to immediately help with repairing and replacing a floor in an important building that is crucial to their operations. They estimate they will need 2-4 teams to complete this project so the building can be used again. The conference is offering free lodging and discounted cost for meals. Contact the Rev. Steven Riddle at if you are interested in working on this project. (Click here to learn more about the hope the Red Bird Missionary Conference is bringing one of the most underserved areas of our country.)

Emergency food, prayers needed for Gaza
Food insecurity in Gaza is one of the results of the current deadly conflict between Israel and Palestine. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is working with American Near East Refugee Aid to provide emergency food assistance to 650 Palestinian families. In a statement, Church World Service, a humanitarian aid group, said the conflict "threatens the dignity and hope for all people in the region." United Methodist Missionaries Alex Awad and Kristen Brown have written a prayer of support for those caught in the conflict. Click here to read Call to prayer. Click here to read Church World Service statement. Click here to donate to UMCOR International Disaster Response, Advance #982450.

Coalition calls for Congress to address border crisis
A wide coalition of faith, human rights and development groups, including the United Methodist Board of Church and Society and the National Council of Churches, called on Congress to address the humanitarian crisis of tens of thousands of children from Central America who have been apprehended and detained at the U.S. border. The call came in a full-page ad in the July 23 edition of The Hill newspaper. Click here to read press release. Click here to see ad. Click here to read New York Times story.

Sierra Leone faith groups form alliance to fight Ebola
Sierra Leone's two main faith groups - Christians and Muslims - have formed an alliance to join the fight against Ebola amid increasing infection and death rates from the epidemic in the country. The Religious Leaders Task Force on Ebola,chaired by United Methodist Bishop John Yambasu, was launched this month. More ...

United Methodists have rebuilt 60 homes in N.J.
In the 20 months since Sandy swept across the Northeast, volunteer teams from 37 United Methodist conferences have helped rebuild 60 homes in New Jersey, and the work continues. More than 7,134 volunteers have assisted homeowners like Billy from Port Monmouth. Click here to watch Billy's video. More ...

UMCom suggests ways cell phones can be used in worship
What if we took advantage of that incredible little tool most people have at their fingertips? The Rev. Jeremy Steele, writing for United Methodist Communications (UMCom), suggests ways cell phones can help people stay engaged and interact with worship services. More ...

MARCHA annual meeting to be Aug. 7-10 in Los Angeles
The annual meeting of MARCHA (Methodists Associated Representing the Cause of Hispanic Americans) will be held Thursday, Aug. 7, to Sunday, Aug. 10, at Hacienda Hotel LAX in Los Angeles. The Rev. Alexia Salvatierra, lecturer at New York Theological Seminary and expert on faith-rooted advocacy, will be the main speaker. Bishops Minerva Carcaño and Warner Brown will preach. More ...

'Revitup!' event for young clergy to be Sept. 15-17 in Atlanta
"Revitup!…For a Lifetime in Ministry!" is an event for young clergy aged 25-39 that will be held Sept. 15-17 in Atlanta. Sponsored by the General Board of Pensions and Health Benefits, this event is a unique opportunity to enhance some of the personal, financial and leadership skills that can improve your life and sustain your ministry. Learn ways to dissolve your seminary and personal debt. Gather practical tips for resolving conflict and living a healthy and balanced life. Network with other young clergy from across the denomination. Earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for attending this event. More ...

GBOD seeks coordinator of Leadership Ministries
The General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) is seeking the right person to fill the vacancy of Coordinator - Leadership Ministries. Deadline for receiving applications is Aug. 11. If you or someone you know might be interested in this position, go to for application information.

United Methodist Communications seeks traffic coordinator
United Methodist Communications Marketing – Connectional Giving Team is seeking a Traffic Coordinator with strong file management skills for print, video masters and electronic resource files to assist with the implementation of marketing tactics and coordination of project schedules, coordinate Connectional Giving projects and ensure that deadlines met. To apply or for more information, contact UMCom Human Resources at or (615) 742-5137 or P. O. Box 320, Nashville, TN 37202-0320. More ...

♦ Early Response Team training - Aug. 16, 22, 23
Early Response Team (ERT) training for anyone interested in disaster ministries will be held 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Trinity UMC, 903 Forest Ave., Henrico. Cost is $55 (includes background check, t-shirt, badge, manual, snacks and lunch). To register, e-mail Michele Michaelian at Deadline to register is Aug. 2.
     ERT Recertification Class for anyone who currently has an ERT badge that is ready to expire will be 6 - 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at St. John's UMC, 2709 Greendale Ave., Norfolk. Cost is $40 (includes background check, t-shirt, snacks) Contact Michele Michaelian at with any questions about this class. Deadline to register is Aug. 8.
     ERT Basic Training will be held 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at St. John's UMC, 2709 Greendale Ave., Norfolk. Cost is $55 (includes background check, t-shirt, badge, manual, snacks and lunch). To register, e-mail Michele Michaelian at Deadline to register is Aug. 8.

♦ 'Helping Hands' mission for children - Aug. 25-26
“Helping Hands” is a two-day mission experience for rising 4th - to 6th-graders, parents and adult leaders. The final event will be held Aug. 25-26 at Springfield UMC, Springfield (click here for more information). Kids can learn about mission opportunities and the importance of being a caring Christian. Cost of $36 per person includes a t-shirt, meals, snacks, mission supplies and overnight stay.

♦ 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 to register. Registration is $25 per person and includes lunch.

♦ 'Lord, Teach Me to Pray' - Oct. 25
"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). 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 Or contact Steve Jones at or Allie Rosner at Or join the Facebook Group “The Good Race.”

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