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News from the Virginia Conference - July 9, 2015

Virginia Conference has saved 92,901 lives from malaria
The Virginia Conference has raised $929,010 for Imagine No Malaria, saving more than 92,901 lives from the deadly disease. This is just 7,099 lives short of the conference goal of raising $1 million in order to save 100,000+ lives. More ...

Imagine No Malaria materials available for VBS
Imagine No Malaria materials to be used as part of Vacation Bible School are available for Everest and G-Force in the Imagine No Malaria church resources section of the Virginia Conference website. Make Imagine No Malaria your VBS mission focus for 2015. Click here to order coin boxes, stickers, tattoos and more to give out to your kids.

You can still order DVDs of Annual Conference
You can still order DVDs of the 2015 Annual Conference session. Volume 1 includes the memorial service, ordination, mission and special offering worship service and recognition of retirees. (NOTE: Due to a medical emergency involving a member of the tech crew, no audio is available for the retirement service.) Volume 2 includes Bishop Cho's Episcopal Address, Laity Address, Common Table and Imagine No Malaria reports, Sunday morning closing worship and Bible study led by the Rev. Timothy Bias. Cost is $22 for Volume 1, $12 for Volume 2 and $30 for both volumes. A five-minute overview video of the 2015 Annual Conference (suitable for use in making a report on Annual Conference to your local church) is available to view on the conference Facebook page or the conference YouTube channel, free of charge. Cost is $10 for a copy of the overview video on a DVD (shipping included). Click here to order online or call Pam Culler in the Communications office at (804) 521-1110 or 1-800-768-6040, ext. 110.

Clergy asked to check contact info in online directory
A draft of the 2015-2016 Clergy Directory has been posted on the conference website at Clergy are asked to look up their information (status, appointment, address, phones) and send any changes or additions to Brenda Capen, conference database manager, at You do not need to contact her if the information is complete and correct.

Lost and found items from Annual Conference now at UM Center in Glen Allen
Several items were found in the Berglund Center in Roanoke after the close of Annual Conference. These items were brought back to the United Methodist Center in Glen Allen. Retrieved items include: 3 umbrellas, 3 pairs of sunglasses, 2 pairs of reading glasses, bracelet, UMFS notepad with pen, 3 Annual Conference bags, 1 ring, 1 cross pendant, 1 cross earring, 1 small wooden cross, credit card holder, Fitbit, 2 sweaters and a Bible. A billfold with cash in it, but no identification, has also been found. To claim any of these items, contact the conference center at (804) 521-1100 or 1-800-768-6040 and speak with Marian Loving, receptionist. The items are at the receptionist’s desk in the building lobby.

Satellite School of Congregational Development available in Virginia
This year, the School of Congregational Development (SCD) will host two new satellite broadcasts during its upcoming SCD 2015 “Crossroads” event in Indianapolis, Aug. 13-16. The conference, hosted by the Indiana Conference, will offer live broadcasts in Spanish and English. Offsite participation is being made available through target congregations in all five jurisdictions on Saturday, Aug. 15. Norfolk UMC, 1520 Halstead Ave., Norfolk, will be one of the satellite sites. Those attending the Saturday event at a satellite site will be able to participate through live, interactive and tape-delayed live streaming of two presenters, the Rev. John Edgar and Dr. B. Kevin Smalls, who will share years of ministry practice, strategy planning for innovative teams, and mobilizing ministry teams to reach the real communities where we serve. Registration fee is $10 per person for the two-hour Friday evening broadcast and $29 for the 5½-hour Saturday broadcast. More ...

Women's commission launches clergy family website
Building upon a clergy-family care summit held last November, the United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women has launched a website dedicated to addressing the needs and concerns of clergy families. More ...

Mississippi church invites Hurricane Katrina relief volunteers to 10-year reunion
As the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, St. Paul UMC in Ocean Springs, Miss., is hosting an event to thank the thousands of volunteers who came to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to help in recovery and rebuilding. St. Paul hosted more than 3,000 volunteers, and the church is inviting them to return to see the impact they had on the lives of so many people. All who helped with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts are invited to be guests at a 10-year reunion Aug. 22-23 at St. Paul UMC's East Campus located at the intersection of Highways 57 and 90 in east Ocean Springs. RSVP on the St. Paul UMC website at More details will be posted as they develop. You can also join a Facebook group dedicated to this event called the CORE Reunion Facebook page at And you can send e-mail to or call St. Paul UMC at (228) 875-5701 for more information.

July 17 is deadline to submit youth, young adult stories for General Conference
Friday, July 17, is the deadline to submit youth and young adult video and text for the 2016 General Conference. United Methodist youths and young people are invited to share their best personal stories, visions and innovations for the church, and two people will be selected to express their thoughts in person at the 2016 General Conference, the denomination's top lawmaking body. The messages from youths and young people about the church's impact on their lives and their vision for the future can be either in the form of written text or 1- to 2-minute video presentations. More ...

Agency urges vigilance in wake of church fires
"The burning of many black churches in recent weeks reminds us of our need to be ever vigilant against acts of hate and racism," the Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, top executive of United Methodist Board of Church and Society, said in a statement issued last week. Some of the recent fires have been identified as arson. She offers advice for how Christians can respond to acts against sacred havens. More ...

Commentary: Confessions of a white southerner
The Rev. Clayton Childers was a pastor in South Carolina when state residents debated removing the Confederate battle flag from the top of the statehouse. Now that the South Carolina legislature is discussing removing the flag from the capitol's grounds, Childers reflects on how his understanding of the U.S. Civil War and the flag has changed since childhood. Childers is director of Conference Relations for the United Methodist Board of Church and Society. His wife, the Rev. Denise Childers, is a pastor in the Virginia Conference. Read commentary.

Video: Are Christians serving an imaginary Jesus?
The Rev. Adam Hamilton, lead pastor of United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan., sat down with the Rev. Mike Slaughter, lead pastor of Ginghamsburg Church, a United Methodist congregation in Tipp City, Ohio, to talk about why most Christians miss the true Jesus and often replace him with a sort of civil religion. Ginghamsburg Church posted a video of the pastors' conversation. Watch video

Chuck Knows Church: Dead Sea Scrolls
The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in a series of 11 caves around the site known as Wadi Qumran near the Dead Sea in the West Bank (of the Jordan River) between 1946 and 1956 by Bedouin shepherds. Chuck gives the quick explanation of the scrolls while having fun at the same time on this episode of "Chuck Knows Church," an online series that explains the meaning behind some of the objects, symbols, terms and rituals in church. Episodes can be downloaded for free at 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 United Methodist Discipleship Ministries. More ...

Magazine examines life, work of Francis Asbury
The latest issue of Christian History magazine examines the life and work of Francis Asbury, the early Methodist leader. "Francis Asbury — Pioneer of Methodism, America's Most Explosive Church Movement" is published by the Christian History Institute and is available at no cost by subscription on its website. More ...

Virginia Wesleyan College to host 2015 Worship & Music Conference
Virginia Wesleyan College will host the 2015 Worship & Music Conference July 27-Aug. 1, with workshop sessions for clergy, musicians and all those interested in worship leadership. Continuing Education Units are offered, and on-campus air-conditioned housing is available. Guest clinicians include Leonard Sweet (Drew University), Eileen Guenther (Wesley Seminary), DeAndre Johnson (Westbury UMC-Houston), Mack Wilberg (Mormon Tabernacle Choir), Joseph Martin (internationally known composer), and ‘Friends of the Groom’ theatrical team. In all, 17 clinicians will lead 45 workshop sessions in evangelism, worship leadership, theatre-in-worship, congregational singing, cross-cultural worship, conflict resolution, eurhythmics, guitar in worship, children’s music, organ, handbells, choral technique and conducting. Advance registration is $315 (full conference); $90 (day); $45 (half-day). UMC clergy rate is $75 per day. VWC clergy alumni rate is $60 per day. For more information, go to, call Dr. Sandra Billy, The Center for Sacred Music, at (757) 455-3376, or e-mail

Lake Junaluska offers conference on incarnational ministry Aug. 21-23
INCARNATE: A Lake Junaluska Signature Series Conference, will be held Aug. 21-23 at Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center, Lake Junaluska, N.C. Learn from expert practitioners in incarnational ministry during this two-day event that includes plenary sessions, experiential worship and hands-on workshops. Leaders include Shane Claiborne, internationally known author, activist and founder of The Simple Way in Philadelphia; Rudy Rasmus, pastor, author and global humanitarian known for his outreach efforts to the world's poorest citizens; Brian Combs, founder of The Haywood Street Congregation in Asheville, N.C. where he meets Jesus with the homeless, pimps, pushers and schizophrenics; Lanecia Rouse Tinsley, project manager of The Art Project, Houston, where she spends her days loving, encouraging and creating with her neighbors living on the streets; and Fran McKendree, worship leader and song writer mixing blues, folk and country. 1 CEU credit available. For more information and to register, go to

Discipleship Ministries offers free webinars July-September
The following free webinars for church leaders will be offered July through September by the Leadership Ministries division of United Methodist Discipleship Ministries:
• Tuesday, July 14, 7:30 p.m. (EDT) - Planning for Fall
• Thursday, July 16, 7:30 p.m. (EDT) - Planning the Annual Campaign: Pick Authentic Over Attractive!
• Tuesday, Aug. 4, 11 a.m. (EDT) - After School Programs and Intergenerational Community Outreach
• Tuesday, Aug. 4, 1:30 p.m. (EDT) - What Every Child Should Experience - web chat
• Tuesday, Aug. 11, 10 a.m. (EDT) - Seasons: The Liturgical Year Opportunities for Older Adult Ministry
• Tuesday, Aug. 11, 12 p.m. (EDT) - Still Created by God
• Thursday, Aug. 20, 7:30 p.m. (EDT) - Earn, Save, Give: A Stewardship Campaign with a Wesleyan Foundation
• Tuesday, Aug. 25, 7:30 p.m. (EDT) - Choosing Curriculum
• Wednesday, Aug. 26, 12 p.m. (EDT) - Bead and a Prayer
• Tuesday, Sept. 1, 1:30 p.m. (EDT) - What Every Child Should Experience - web chat
• Thursday, Sept. 3, 2 p.m. (EDT) - What Does Wesleyan Small-Group ministry Look Like?
• Thursday, Sept. 10, 12 p.m. (EDT) - Policies! Policies! Policies!
• Tuesday, Sept. 15, 8:30 p.m. (EDT) - Celebrating Extended Advent: Why and How-to
• Tuesday, Sept. 15, 12 p.m. (EDT) - WCC#6 Evangelism And The Context Of Small Congregations
• Tuesday, Sept. 22, 12 p.m. (EDT) - Preparing for Advent
• Thursday, Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m. (EDT) - Grant Writing 101: Launching Projects & Ministries that Make a Difference
• Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1:30 p.m. (EDT) - What Every Child Should Experience: Encountering God
For more information and to register, go to

♦ Candidacy Summit - July 17-18
The Virginia Conference is sponsoring a Candidacy Summit from 1 p.m. Friday, July 17, to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center, Blackstone. This event is for those considering ordained ministry and those who have been admitted as candidates for ministry in the Virginia Conference. You must be a high school graduate to participate. All candidates are required to attend a Candidacy Summit prior to certification. Registration is required 48 hours prior to the event in order to ensure sufficient materials are available for all participants. Another Candidacy Summit will be held in January 2016. More ...

♦ LAUNCH: Explore Your Call to Ministry - July 20-22
The office of Spiritual Life at Shenandoah University and the Virginia Conference Board of Ordained Ministry invite students who are rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to explore their calls to ministry while discovering their spiritual gifts from God July 20-22 at Shenandoah University in Winchester. Participants live on campus and meals are provided. Cost is $50. For more information, contact the Rev. Dr. Justin Allen, dean of Spiritual Life at Shenandoah University, at or More ...

♦ Helping Hands - July 23-24
The July 23-24 Helping Hands Virginia Conference event will be held at Woodlake UMC in Midlothian. This event gives rising 4th-6th graders the opportunity to do hands-on missions in the Richmond area. Participants have the option of early-bird registration which includes three on-site mission opportunities or regular registration which includes two on-site mission opportunities. To register, go to For more information, contact MaryKaye Cochran at (804) -639-8872 or More ...

♦ Mission Encounter - July 24-26
Mission Encounter, an opportunity for clergy and laity to learn about being partners in God’s global mission and to grow spiritually through study and worship, will be July 24-26 at Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center, Blackstone. Click here to view video. Mission Encounter is open to men, women and youths. Participants may attend one of three workshops: geographic study on “Latin America” led by Marilyn Blagg, Lori Valentine deSegovia and Don Edwards; spiritual growth study on “Created for Happiness” led by Louise Miller, the Rev. Dr. Donna Mott and Darlene Runaldue (Korean study led by the Rev. Hyunsik Kang); or issue study on “The Church and People with Disabilities” led by Brenda Connelly. For registration questions, call JoAnn Liskey at (540) 434-2997. For scholarship information, call Nancy Yarborough at (757) 877-2155. More ...

♦ Kaleidoscope - Aug. 3-7
Kaleidoscope Music, Worship Arts and Missions Week for children entering grades 3-6 will be Monday, Aug. 3, through Friday, Aug. 7, at Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center in Blackstone. For 37 years, the Virginia Conference chapter of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts has sponsored Kaleidoscope to offer children outstanding opportunities in worship leadership and participation, singing and learning under an accomplished guest conductor, experiencing handbells, Orff instruments, drama, movement, scripture and worship class, outdoor water fun and musical games, all in one week. Campers create and learn how to use their hands and feet to do God’s work in the world. All activities are planned and supervised by adults. For more information, contact Selina B. Heslep, co-director, Kaleidoscope 2015, at or click here.

♦ School for Children’s Ministries - Sept. 12
The School for Children’s Ministries is on the road again offering the same school at four different locations on four different dates. The second event of this year will be 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Timberlake UMC, 21649 Timberlake Rd., Lynchburg. Learn "Extraordinary Lessons from Ordinary Objects" plus three more workshops. A .5 CEU offered. Only $20 per person. More ...

♦ Goodson Preaching Academy - Sept. 21-24
The Bishops’ Foundation will sponsor the 2015 Goodson Preaching Academy, “Craft and Creativity: Preaching in the Context of a Rapidly Evolving World,” Sept. 21-24 at the Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center in Blackstone. Presenter will be Dr. Paul Scott Wilson, professor of Homiletics at Emmanuel College, Toronto, author of many books on preaching and past president of the Academy of Homiletics. This ministry venture for clergy seeking excellence in the craft of weekly preaching was modeled after the former Goodson Academy for Preaching and approved by the Bishops’ Foundation which is assuming most of the costs of the event. The event is designed to energize your preaching and help you find creative ways to build disciples in your church. 1 CEU will be awarded. More ...

♦ Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation - Oct. 4-9
The Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation will be Oct. 4-9 at the Roslyn Retreat Center, Richmond. This program of Upper Room Ministries will provide an opportunity for clergy and laity to deepen their relationship with God through a daily rhythm of prayer, worship, learning and reflection. Each day will include teaching by Dr. Robert Mulholland and Dr. Roberta Bondi. It will also include periods of silence, morning and evening prayer, Eucharist, covenant groups and community time. Focus of this academy is Sacred Journey: Shaped by the Spirit. A $100 non-refundable registration fee is required to reserve your academy space by July 25. This amount will be applied to your total cost. Early registration is recommended as space is limited. More ...

♦ Conference UMW annual meeting - Oct. 23-25
Virginia Conference United Methodist Women (UMW) will celebrate the 40th anniversary of "Dimes and Dollars for Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center" (VUMAC) at VUMAC in Blackstone during the UMW annual meeting Oct. 23-25. The Wicker Room (beside the Dining Room) is being renovated to become the official UMW room and will be dedicated during the annual meeting.

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