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News from the Virginia Conference - June 12, 2014

Watch Annual Conference via live streaming
Live streaming of the 2014 Virginia Annual Conference will be available, beginning at 1 p.m. Friday, June 20, on the Virginia Conference website and on the Virginia Conference Facebook page. It can also be viewed by going to the LiveStream website, You will be able to watch using a web browser on a PC, a web browser or LiveStream App on a smartphone or tablet, and on a TV using Roku on the LiveStream channel. The link to search for is vaumc or AC2014.
      Live streaming will show all sessions of the three-day conference, including worship at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 22, when Bishop Young Jin Cho will preach. Local churches may show the live streaming of the Annual Conference worship service during their Sunday morning worship services and participate by following the liturgy for the service that is now available to download from the conference website at

Volunteers still needed for Annual Conference
Volunteers are still needed to make the 2014 Annual Conference a smooth experience. We need people to help with ushers, Photo Directory booth, Annual Conference set-up and tear down, and collection of Kits for Conference. Click here to watch a video from Kits coordinators Rev. Eric Vaudt and Rev. David Magruder explaining the need. You can volunteer online at SignUp Genius,, or call Shan Sixbey at (757) 374-3835.

Order now to pick up DVDs at end of Annual Conference
If you order 2014 Annual Conference DVDs prior to June 15, you will be able to pick up your DVDs at the end of Annual Conference on Sunday. (These DVDs will NOT include the Teaching Sessions or the Sunday morning closing worship. Those will be included on a disc that will be mailed the following week.) Those who do not pre-order, but who purchase DVDs during Annual Conference will be able to pick up DVDs at the end of Annual Conference as long as pre-configured quantities last. All others, including DVDs ordered after Annual Conference, will be mailed within one week. Volume 1 will include the memorial service, ordination, mission worship service and recognition of retirees. Volume 2 will include Bishop Cho's Episcopal Address, Laity Address, reports on The Common Table and Equipping Vital Congregations, Sunday morning closing worship and the Teaching Sessions led by the Rev. Dr. Elmer Colyer Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Cost is $20 for Volume 1, $10 for Volume 2, and $25 for both volumes. After July 1, the price will increase to $22 for Volume 1, $12 for Volume 2 and $30 for both volumes. Click here to order online or call Pam Culler in the Communications office at (804) 521-1110 or 1-800-768-6040, ext. 110.

New clergy e-mail addresses now being used for conference notifications
The Virginia Conference is now using the conference-assigned clergy e-mail addresses that end in These addresses have been set up in the conference database and in the Equipping Vital Congregations (EVC) website. Most conference communications will be sent to these addresses, so clergy are asked to check their accounts often. Pastor Compensation Reports were sent out this week to the new e-mail addresses. The Treasurer’s office will send church statements to the new e-mail addresses beginning with the June statement sent out after July 1.
     E-mail addresses in ClergyNet will NOT be automatically changed. If you wish to use your new clergy e-mail address in ClergyNet, send a blank e-mail from your new account to with "Subscribe" in the subject line.
     For step-by-step guides to the three most frequently asked questions, click on the following links: How do I forward e-mail to another inbox?; How do I set up my signature?; and How do I set up Out of Office/Vacation Responder? For a password reset, contact your district office or send an e-mail to For more information, go to

Carol Mathis to retire as credit union CEO
The Virginia United Methodist Credit Union (VUMCU) has announced the pending retirement of Carol Mathis, the credit union’s Chief Executive Officer, as soon as a replacement is secured. The Rev. Alvin Horton, VUMCU board chair, said he is saddened by her upcoming departure, “but she is certainly due a well-deserved rest from her 23 years of dedicated service.” The board will conduct a search, and a job posting will soon be available on the Virginia Conference website at

Credit Union offers reduced rates, church donations for car loans
Now through Sept. 30, the Virginia United Methodist Credit Union (VUMCU) is offering the same loan rate on new or used vehicles (model year 2008 and newer). If you get pre-approved before heading to the dealership, the credit union will reduce your loan rate by an additional .25%. Your church also benefits when you finance your vehicle with VUMCU. Each time a pastor, church or church member finances a vehicle purchase or refinances a vehicle loan they currently have with another lender, VUMCU will donate $25 to their church. For more information, contact Mike at 1-866-657-0004 or

York River District moves offices to Yorktown
The York River District has moved its office from Newport News to Yorktown. The new address is 6515 George Washington Memorial Hwy, Suite 203, Yorktown, VA 23692-2182. This is both the location and mailing address. The phone number remains (757) 596-3476.

Early Response Team training to be offered in August
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 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.

Peace with Justice Sunday is June 15
Sunday, June 15, is Peace with Justice Sunday, one of six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings approved by General Conference. Celebrated the first Sunday after Pentecost, this special offering enables The United Methodist Church to have a voice in advocating for peace and justice through a broad spectrum of global programs. Donations support peace and justice ministries in our own Virginia Conference and in the U.S and around the world. Click here for worship resources. Click here for pastor's kit of resources. Click here for sermon starter. More ...

News Service reports on annual conference sessions around globe
Starting this month and throughout the annual conference season, United Methodist News Service will be compiling reports on annual conference sessions around the globe. Click here to see the reports

United Methodists invited to discuss church's worldwide nature
In an effort to foster ongoing dialogue about topics of interest to the broader church, The Connectional Table, which coordinates the denomination’s ministry and resources, and the Commission on General Conference are inviting members to join them in conversation about the worldwide nature of the church. Downloadable resources for discussion and an online survey about the worldwide issues affecting the denomination are available at a new website at Click here to read news release. Click here for resources.

Survey says making disciples tops sexuality as church priority
When it comes to issues facing The United Methodist Church today, same-sex marriage ranks far down on the list. That's according to a new survey of United Methodists across the United States. Nearly 4 in 10 United Methodists said the first or second most important issue facing the church is "creating disciples of Christ." The poll found sexual orientation and same-gender marriage was listed as a top concern among 11 percent of members. More ...

COSROW report highlights Bible stories of women
What will this summer's Vacation Bible School participants learn about women when men are six times more likely to be mentioned in Bible stories? A "Women by the Numbers" feature from the United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) highlights brief stories of biblical women, named and unnamed. More ...

Just Neighbors seeks volunteer coordinator
Just Neighbors, a nonprofit immigration legal services office, is hiring a part-time volunteer coordinator to work 20 hours/week, reporting to the executive director. The position will be located in Just Neighbors’ main office in Falls Church. Just Neighbors has provided immigration legal services to low-income immigrants and refugees in Northern Virginia since 1996. The organization was founded by members of The United Methodist Church to provide services to clients of all faiths and backgrounds and remains a mission project of the Arlington District. For details, visit the Virginia Conference website at and scroll down to "Other."

Chuck Knows Church: Ten Commandments
Can you name the ten commandments? No? How about where they are located in the old testament? No? Well, Chuck explains about the ten commandments 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 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 ...

♦ 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 ...

♦ 'Helping Hands' mission for children - July 7-8, 17-18, 24-25, Aug. 25-26
“Helping Hands” is a two-day mission experience for rising 4th - to 6th-graders, parents and adult leaders. It will be held on four dates at four different locations: July 7-8 - Fairview UMC, Danville (click here for more information); July 17-18 - Marquis Memorial UMC, Staunton (click here for more information); July 24-25 - Woodlake UMC, Chesterfield (click here for more information); and Aug. 25-26 - 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.

♦ United Methodist Day at Kings Dominion - July 19
Saturday, July 19, will be Virginia Conference Family Fun Day at Kings Dominion amusement park, with discounted tickets to the park available for United Methodists. Cost is $31.99 per person for ages 3 and older. Children ages 2 and under will be admitted free. To purchase tickets online, go to and enter promo code KDUMC14. The special discount tickets will be valid June 26-30, July 1-6, and July 18-20. More ...

♦ Mission Encounter - July 25-27, 28-30
Virginia Conference Mission Encounter (formerly known as School of Christian Mission) offers an opportunity for men, women, laity and clergy, youths and children to learn about being partners in God’s global mission and to grow spiritually through study and worship. Weekend session July 25-27 and weekday session July 28-30 will be at Blackstone Conference and Retreat Center. Geographic study is "Roma of Europe." Spiritual Growth study is "How is it with Your Soul?" Issue study is "The Church and People with Disabilities." Children’s study is "Making a New Picture: Welcoming Persons with Disabilities Into Our Lives." 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.

♦ 'Lord, Teach Me to Pray' - Aug. 23, Oct. 25
"Lord, Teach Me to Pray — Practical Applications for Prayer" will be offered two more times: 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.

♦ 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.

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