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News from the Virginia Conference - March 20, 2014

Clergy asked to wear white robes for Jackson memorial service
A memorial service and celebration of the life of the Rev. Kenneth Jackson, Alexandria District superintendent, will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22, at St. Matthew's UMC, 8617 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. The Jackson family and the Virginia Conference Cabinet are asking clergy who attend the service to wear white or light colored robes with white stoles. Clergy should arrive no later than 10:30 a.m. in order to be seated in the reserved section. The service will be live streamed and can be watched on St. Matthew's website, www.stmatthewsumc.org. Child care for children up to age 5 is available from 10:30 a.m. to the end of the service. Shuttle parking will be available. Follow directions from signs or parking attendants. The service will be followed by a reception in St. Matthew's Social Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to St. Matthew's Joy Fund and Food Basket Ministry. Messages of condolence may be sent to Ken's wife, Gail Jackson, 8318 Chapel Lake Ct., Annandale, VA 22003-4401.

Spring issue of Neighbors newsletter available to download
The Spring/Easter issue of Neighbors features the essay “A Giving Tree God” by the Rev. Sarah Wastella, associate pastor at Larchmont UMC, Elizabeth River District. The Rev. Wastella writes about the classic book for children The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, and how the story is a metaphor for God constantly pouring out blessings and grace. Neighbors is a free, customizable direct-mail piece, produced by Virginia United Methodist Communications, designed to complement a church’s outreach ministry. This latest issue is now available online at www.vaumc.org/Neighbors. Direct mail is an inexpensive way to get your church’s message to a targeted audience. Through consistent mailings, awareness of your church will increase in the community. The Neighbors page provides simple instructions on how to download, print and mail the newsletter. More ...

Bulletin insert available to promote Annual Conference offering
This year the Annual Conference special offering goal is $200,000. Bishop Young Jin Cho is requesting contributions to support eight different ministries in Africa, Cambodia, Mozambique, Brazil, Virginia and Haiti. A bulletin insert is available to download from the conference website and use to promote the offering in your congregation. More ...

UMVIM coordinator seeks information for Facebook page
Forrest White, Virginia Conference United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) coordinator, maintains a Virginia Conference UMVIM Facebook page at www.facebook.com/VirginiaUMVIM. He asks any UMVIM teams leaving from the conference to contact him with information about their activities so they can be included on the Facebook page. He is also available to help churches with short-term missions. Contact White at VirginiaUMVIM@gmail.com or (804) 938-1026.

March issue of 'To Arms!' is now online
The March 2014 issue of "To ARMS!," newsletter from the Virginia Conference Association of Retired Ministers and Spouses (ARMS), may be viewed and downloaded by going to www.vaumc.org/ARMS or click here.

Resource Center presents 'Interesting Women' on March 31
The Resource Center will presents "Interesting Women," a celebration of Women’s History Month, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, March 31, in Room 202, Kingsley Hall on the campus of the Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University, 1500 N. Lombardy St., Richmond. The evening will include refreshments, door prizes and networking opportunities. Gigi Amateau will discuss her latest book, and her first work of historical fiction, Come August, Come Freedom, which tells the story of the ill-fated slave uprising of the summer of 1800. For more information, contact The Resource Center at (804) 358-8306 or info@resourcingchurches.com. More ...

One Great Hour of Sharing is March 30
One Great Hour of Sharing is Sunday, March 30. Click here to order free resources for this offering that supports United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Because UMCOR receives no apportionment dollars, the disaster-relief agency relies on the One Great Hour of Sharing special offering to pay for all of its administrative costs. This allows 100% of donations given for specific appeals to go directly to those relief efforts. More ...

March is Women's History Month
March is Women’s History Month. The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW) is celebrating Women’s History Month with special resources every day of March. The 2014 theme is “Women of Character, Courage and Commitment,” and GCSRW is marking that theme in The United Methodist Church three different ways: 1) Highlighting a different woman in UMC history each day on the agency’s website. 2) Providing inclusive-language, liturgically appropriate worship elements for each of the five Sundays of the month. 3) Sharing the voices of today’s United Methodists each day on the agency’s blog. More ...

'Christian Unity Gathering' to be May 18-20 in Herndon
The National Council of Churches (NCC) will hold its first “Christian Unity Gathering” May 18-20 in the Hilton Washington Dulles Hotel, 13869 Park Center Road, Herndon. “We are getting together to celebrate ecumenism and energize our journey toward the visible unity of all the Christian churches,” said Jim Winkler, NCC President and General Secretary. The public is invited to several sessions that feature prominent speakers and films about mass incarceration, beginning at 10:15 a.m. Monday, May 19. Speakers include Dr. Iva E. Carruthers, general secretary of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference; Dr. Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of Children’s Defense Fund; the Rev. Dr. Harold Dean Trulear, associate professor of Applied Theology and director of the Doctor of Ministry program, Howard University; and Jim Wallis, founder and president of Sojourners. Click here to register for entire event or individual sessions. More ...

Society of St. Andrew invites you to join Good Friday fast
The Society of St. Andrew invites you to join its staff and volunteers in fasting on Good Friday this year. The Society of St. Andrew Good Friday Fast booklet is all new for 2014, with readings, meditations and prayers for each mealtime through which you fast between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Written by the Rev. Youtha Hardman-Cromwell, Virginia Conference elder and professor at Wesley Theological Seminary, these meditations will challenge you to deeper faith as you walk with Jesus from the Last Supper to Gethsemane, Golgatha, the darkness of the tomb and the joy of the Resurrection on Easter morning. The free booklet includes options for one day and up to three days’ fast. You may order online at endhunger.org/lent.htm or by calling 1-800-333-4597. Order by April 4 for timely delivery.

Rethink Church offers videos to support literacy
Rethink Church is showing its support for literacy and wants to help everyone else do the same. It is providing videos for use on websites or in services to help promote awareness of the importance of literacy. More ...

Formal complaints filed against Bishop Talbert
Formal complaints have been filed against retired Bishop Melvin Talbert alleging “he has violated the sacred trust of his office,” said a March 13 statement from the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops. The United Methodist Council of Bishops on Nov. 15, 2013, requested the complaints be filed against Talbert, after he officiated at the union of two men — Joe Openshaw and Bobby Prince — on Oct. 25, 2013, in Birmingham, Ala., despite prohibitions in church law. More ...

Appeal granted in Schaefer defrocking case
The Committee on Appeals of the Northeastern Jurisdiction has agreed to hear the case in which a Pennsylvania pastor, Frank Schaefer, was stripped of his clergy credentials after officiating at a same-sex wedding ceremony for his son. Schaefer was convicted of violating the United Methodist Book of Discipline, the law book of the denomination. More ...

Chuck Knows Church: Pharisees and Sadducees 
Jesus dealt with both Pharisees and Sadducees during his life. And both of these groups were part of Judean society. Have you ever wondered which one is which? Chuck will help you understand Pharisees and Sadducees 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 www.ChuckKnowsChurch.com 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 ...

♦ Extension Ministers Gathering - March 24
Virginia Conference Extension Ministers will gather with Bishop Young Jin Cho Monday, March 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Roslyn Conference and Retreat Center in Richmond. Extension Ministers (elders, provisional elders and local pastors) and those appointed beyond the local church (deacons and provisional deacons) can connect with clergy colleagues, share stories and have conversation with Bishop Cho. More ...

♦ Bishop's Convocation on Prayer - March 29
The second annual Bishop’s Convocation on Prayer will be 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Trinity UMC, 903 Forest Ave., Richmond. The Rev. Tom Albin, dean of Upper Room Ministries and Ecumenical Relations, will be plenary speaker. Small group learning opportunities will be offered in the areas of prayer and Wesleyan spiritual disciplines. More ...

♦ Early Response Team certification training - March 29
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Early Response Team (ERT) certification training will be 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Galilee UMC, 45425 Winding Rd., Sterling. Registration fee is $55, which includes training manual, UMCOR ERT badge, T-shirt and background check (forms will be handed out at training). Checks should be made out to the Virginia Conference and brought the day of training, or click here to register online.

♦ 'Look Who's Calling' youth retreat - April 5
The Wesley Foundation at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, will host the Saturday, April 5, Virginia Conference “Look Who’s Calling” free, one-day retreat for high school-age youths who may be experiencing the gentle nudging of God’s call to ministry. More ...

♦ School for Children's Ministry - April 5
The School for Children’s Ministry is on the road this year to come to a district near you. Next event will be 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 5 at Farmville UMC, Farmville (click here to register). Registration deadline is Wednesday, April 3. Workshop presenters are children’s ministry professionals, representing all sizes  of churches. Click here for brochure.

♦ Camp Overlook Confirmation Retreat - April 11-12
Confirmation classes from across the conference are invited to a one-night Confirmation Retreat at Camp Overlook in Keezletown. Sessions will be led by the Rev. Gary Heaton, the Rev. David Rochford (Staunton District superintendent), missionaries and lay people. Participants will explore Wesleyan roots, Means of Grace, connectional nature of The United Methodist Church, and importance of missions. To register or for more information, go to www.campoverlook.org, call 540-2MY-CAMP or e-mail CampOverlook@gmail.com

♦ Cambodia Consultation - May 1-3
The Virginia Conference will host a Consultation on Cambodia May 1-3 at Aldersgate UMC in Alexandria. This event is co-sponsored by the General Board of Global Ministries in order to provide opportunities to meet missionaries and Cambodian leadership and learn more about the Cambodian mission, a new partner in the Virginia Conference outreach and mission program, Initiatives of Hope. 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 margieturbyfill@rmc.edu. The program is co-sponsored by the Bailey Pre-ministerial Program at Randolph-Macon College and the Virginia Conference Board of Ordained Ministry.

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