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News from the Virginia Conference - June 12, 2015

Paulo Lopes named director of Ministries with Young People
J. Paulo Lopes has been selected as Virginia Conference director of Ministries with Young People. He will begin his duties Aug. 1. Lopes is currently minister of Youth, Young Adults and Family Life Center Ministries at Surfside UMC in Surfside Beach, S.C. In this ministry, he has developed an evangelism and discipleship pathway to establish campus, young adults and family ministries. He has launched an E-group (evangelistic small group) initiative and built a youth leadership team to transition to a model targeting families. He also leads a mid-week contemporary worship service. A native of Brazil, he has lived in both Brazil and the United States, and his ministry experiences span both countries. More ...

Virginia Conference churches have saved 65,526+ lives from malaria
As of June 1, Virginia Conference United Methodists have raised $655,263.98 and saved more than 65,526 lives for Imagine No Malaria. We’re moving toward our goal to save 100,000+ lives by 2015 Annual Conference which will be June 19-21. Churches are urged to send in all Imagine No Malaria donations to the conference treasurer as soon as possible. More ...

Watch Annual Conference via live stream on website, Facebook
Live streaming of the 2015 Virginia Annual Conference will be available, beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, June 19, from the Virginia Conference website, www.vaumc.org, and from the Virginia Conference Facebook page, www.facebook.com/vaumconf. Or go directly to http://livestream.com/VAUMC/AC2015. The live streaming will show all sessions of the three-day conference, including worship at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 21, when Bishop Young Jin Cho will preach. Local churches may show the live video of the Annual Conference worship service during their Sunday morning worship services. Click here to download liturgy for the service that may be used in a church bulletin.

Follow Annual Conference on Twitter, Facebook
Follow activities of the 2015 Virginia Annual Conference and post your own comments on Facebook and Twitter. The Virginia Conference Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/vaumconf. Follow the Virginia Conference @vaumc on Twitter at https://twitter.com/VAUMC. Participate in the conversation by using hashtag #vaumc15.

July Virginia Advocate focuses on Discipleship Circles, clergy appointments
The July issue of the Virginia United Methodist Advocate contains the complete list of clergy appointments for 2015-16 and will be distributed to all members of Annual Conference during the Sunday morning worship service that "fixes" the appointments. Also highlighted are local churches that paid 100% and above of their 2014 conference and district apportionments and those churches that had a 10% increase in payment of apportionments from the prior year. In addition, this issue of the Advocate focuses on Discipleship Circles, small group opportunities designed to help leaders throughout the Virginia Conference support each other spiritually, collaborate with each other for increased fruitfulness, and hold each other accountable for constant improvement. The Advocate is the official monthly magazine of the Virginia Conference. To subscribe to the Advocate – print, digital or both – call (804) 521-1110 or 1-800-768-6040, ext. 110; e-mail Advocate@vaumc.org; or go to www.vaumc.org/advocate.

Board of Higher Ed honors Margie Turbyfill, Tracy Fitzsimmons
The Virginia Conference Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministries announced that the Rev. Margie Turbyfill received the 2015 John Wesley Award for making notable contributions to higher education and campus ministries within the Virginia Conference. Dr. Tracy Fitzsimmons, president of Shenandoah University, received the 2015 Francis Asbury Award for fostering United Methodist ministries in higher education. More ...

Communications office to sell DVDs of Annual Conference
The conference Communications office is selling DVDs of the 2015 Annual Conference session. Volume 1 will include the memorial service, ordination, mission and special offering worship service and recognition of retirees. Volume 2 will include Bishop Cho's Episcopal Address, Laity Address, Common Table, Discipleship Circles and Imagine No Malaria reports, Sunday morning closing worship and teaching sessions led by the Rev. Timothy Bias. 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. This year, for the first time, a short overview video of the 2015 Annual Conference (suitable for use in making a report on Annual Conference to your local church) will be available to view on the conference Facebook page or YouTube channel, free of charge. Cost is $10 for a copy of the overview video on a DVD (shipping included). DVDs may be ordered at the Communications display at Annual Conference, or click here to order online or call Pam Culler in the Communications office at (804) 521-1110 or 1-800-768-6040, ext. 110.

Churches asked to take Samaritan Offering May 10-June 21
Churches in the Virginia Conference are asked to receive a special offering between Mother’s Day on May 10 and Father’s Day on June 21 for the 2015 Samaritan Offering to support the Samaritan Program of Virginia United Methodist Homes (VUMH). The benevolent fund provides financial assistance to residents who have outlived their monetary resources and, through no fault of their own, can no longer afford the full cost of their care. VUMH mailed each charge a packet of promotional materials, including a short informational DVD, offering envelopes and a copy of the new VUMH 2015 Giving Catalog. Additional suggestions for promoting this special offering, including cut-and-paste newsletter articles, bulletin announcements, Facebook posts, Tweets, worship resources and bulletin inserts, are posted on the website at www.vumh.org under the “Samaritan Program” section. For help in telling the VUMH story within your congregation or extra copies of promotional materials, contact Martha Stokes, director of Church and Community Relations at Virginia United Methodist Homes, at MStokes@VUMH.org or (804) 474-8718.

What does it mean to be United Methodist?
What does it mean to be United Methodist? To a degree, the answer to that question depends on a person’s role, knowledge and experience within the church. What is very important to a pastor may be of less significance to a church member, especially one who doesn’t attend regularly. But most United Methodists agree that an emphasis on God’s grace is very important, as well as having a Communion table where all are welcome. An extensive new study by United Methodist Communications finds that opinions about what it means to be United Methodist are as diverse as people’s reasons for being a part of the church. The survey, conducted November-December 2014, was done online among a representative sample of 400 United Methodist members, and by phone surveys of 850 pastors and leaders. More ...

Methodists originated Father's Day
To all you dads out there: While you're relaxing in your recliner and watching sports on Sunday, June 21, and your kids are on their best behavior to honor Father's Day, don't forget to thank a United Methodist. That's right. Not one, but two United Methodist churches with the same name, oddly enough can lay claim to originating the celebration of all things paternal. More ...

Publishing House distributes corrected version of Book of Discipline
The United Methodist Publishing House is distributing corrections to the Book of Discipline, the denomination's book of law and teachings. The most significant corrections reflect a Judicial Council ruling in April (Read UMNS report on the ruling) that restores the conference committee on investigation in dealing with complaints against clergy. See corrections in English

Renew your spirit at SOULfeast July 12-16
Listen and learn while surrounded by the beautiful mountains of North Carolina at Lake Junaluska July 12-16 for SOULfeast 2015, the Upper Room’s spiritual formation event for children, youths and adults who seek deepening spirituality across a spectrum of experiences that nourish the soul. Elaine Heath, Jacob Armstrong, Missy Buchanan, Jodi Cataldo, Tom Albin, Dana Trent, Beth Richardson and more will be leaders. More ...

Get updated resource for teachers, leaders of children
A new version of What Every Child Should Experience in United Methodist congregations is now available from Discipleship Ministries. The guide outlines stages of faith development and is useful in choosing and studying scripture, selecting and writing curriculum, offering parents and guardians useful developmental information, and addressing issues facing today’s children as they learn and grow in their faith. Click here to download a free copy of the guide

♦ Helping Hands - June 29-30
This event June 29-30 at Fairview UMC, Danville, gives rising 4th-6th graders the opportunity to do hands-on missions in the Danville/Pittsylvania County 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. For more information, contact Katherine Lewis at (434) 792-3391 or director.fumc@comcast.net. More ...

♦ Small Membership Congregation Pastor training - July 11
All Virginia Conference pastors of small congregations (fewer than 150 in worship) are invited to a training event specifically designed around opportunities and challenges of the small congregation. This event will be 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 11, at the Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center in Blackstone. Dr. Lew Parks, professor at Wesley Theological Seminary who has specific interest in the small congregation, will be featured speaker. Bishop Cho will lead worship to close the day. Cost is $25 and includes lunch. 0.5 CEU will be offered. Register at VAUMC.org/SMC-Training by July 1. More ...

♦ Helping Hands - July 16-17
This exciting two-day mission experience for rising 4th-6th graders, parents and adult leaders of all member churches of the Virginia Conference, will be held July 16-17 at Christ UMC, Staunton. Come and learn about mission opportunities and the importance of being a caring Christian. Cost is $36 per person which includes t-shirt, meals, snacks and overnight stay. Participants will sleep on the floor and will not have shower facilities. Registration deadline is June 10. For more information, contact Beth Christian at (540) 932-1055 or bethchristian@vaumc.org. 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 jallen3@su.edu or spirituallife@su.edu. 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 www.woodlakeumc.org/helpinghands. For more information, contact MaryKaye Cochran at (804) -639-8872 or mcochran@woodlakeumc.org. 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 sheslep@stmarksmidlo.com or click here.

♦ School for Children’s Ministries - Sept. 12
The School for Children’s Ministries is on the road again featuring the same school at four different locations on four different dates. The second 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 ...


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