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News from the Virginia Conference - March 26, 2014

All active clergy to be assigned vaumc.org e-mail address
The Virginia Conference will soon begin providing every active clergy person in the conference with an e-mail address ending in @vaumc.org, an address which will remain with the clergy person throughout his or her ministry in the conference. E-mail addresses will be provided through Google Apps. Conference staff and district superintendents already have e-mail addresses ending in vaumc.org. The plan is to add all clergy under appointment, including those in extension ministries, district staff and conference and district lay leaders. Inactive retired clergy will not automatically receive an e-mail address, but may request one. The conference Information Technology office will begin rolling out the new e-mail addresses in early April in groups of three or four districts at a time. Projected completion date is May 30. E-mail notices will be sent to the current e-mail address on record in the conference database for all active clergy. The notice will contain the new e-mail address, password and start-up instructions. More ...

April Advocate highlights Virginia's missionaries
The April issue of the Virginia United Methodist Advocate will focus on Virginia’s global missionaries. Nancy and Kip Robinson, who were commissioned as missionaries at last year’s Annual Conference, are nearing the end of their first year in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Katelyn Davis advocates for social justice in Hong Kong. Steve Claris works with the Choctaws in Mississippi. Chris Steppe is a young adult mission worker at the Nome Community Center in Alaska. And more conference-sponsored missionaries will be commissioned during 2014 Annual Conference in Hampton. 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.

Voices of Youth seeks host church for July 15 concert
Arrangements for Voices of Youth (VOY) 2014 Virginia Tour are almost complete. VOY is looking for one more host church in the Staunton District on Tuesday, July 15. If your church is interested in hosting a concert, contact Jenn Dixon, Virginia Conference Coordinator, at coordinator@voyva.org or (757) 348-7084. 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 ...

James River District seeks director of Church Development
The James River District is seeking a director of Church Development (clergy or lay). The district is located in southeastern Virginia and includes 83 churches with approximately 18,000 members. The director of Church Development will revitalize existing churches on the district and form new faith communities within the district. This is a part-time position, 20-25 hours per week. Submit a cover letter and resume to P.O. Box 3413, Petersburg, VA 23805 by April 18. For a complete job description and compensation package, contact Tish Borden, Administrative Assistant at JamesRiverDistrict@vaumc.org. Or go to the Virginia Conference website at www.vaumc.org/jobs.

'Change the World' weekend is May 17-18
On May 17-18, United Methodists around the world plan to pull together events to help "Change the World." For the fifth year, local churches will take on service projects that improve the circumstances of others and spark public interest in volunteer activities. Register your project now at umcom.org/changetheworld. Churches that register their projects early can receive a free promotional kit while supplies last. More ...

GBOD installs Bias as new top exec
The board of directors of the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) officially installed the Rev. Dr. Timothy Bias as the agency’s new General Secretary (chief executive) during its March board meeting. The installation service was conducted at Floris UMC in Herndon, which hosted the March 6-8 session as part of the board’s continuing effort to meet in The United Methodist Church’s jurisdictions, where ministry occurs. More ...

Alban Institute announces closing
The Herndon-based Alban Institute, which has long provided support to mainline denomination congregations through consulting and publications, is closing amid financial struggles. United Methodist-related Duke Divinity School is in discussion with Alban Institute officials about carrying on some of the work, Religion News Service reports. More ...

How to protect your church from theft
Often, people are shocked to learn of the significant losses congregations face from embezzlement and dishonesty by church workers. Paul Stephens, vice president of marketing and risk-management services for The Church Insurance Agency Corp., offers ways churches can reduce their risk. More ... Click here to see rest of series on protecting churches when disaster strikes.

Women pastors growing in numbers
A recent survey showed women pastors in The United Methodist Church finding more acceptance and more reasons to stay in local church ministry. But, Garlinda Burton explains, women - especially racial-ethnic women - are more likely to move to ministries beyond congregations, citing lack of support by bishops and cabinets and underuse of their "gifts" for ministry. More ...

Dallas pastor faces complaint for same-sex service
The Rev. William McElvaney says he is the subject of a formal complaint for going against United Methodist Church law by officiating at a March 1 same-sex wedding. He confirmed to United Methodist News Service the details of a letter he sent to members of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, where he once was pastor and now is pastor emeritus. More ... Bishop Michael McKee of the North Texas Conference confirmed that McElvaney is the subject of a “supervisory response.” More ...

United Methodist agencies work to protect water
Two of the denomination's general agencies are providing material to help understand the threat to water resources throughout the world. United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) joined with the United Nations to mark World Water Day on March 22. Click here for the UMCOR resource, "Five ways to make water last." "Water, Holy Water" is the theme of this year's Earth Day resource from Creation Justice Ministries of the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS). The material for Earth Day, which will be celebrated on April 22, explores "water as a gift from God being threatened by overuse and pollution." Click here for the GBCS Earth Day 2014 resource, "Water, Holy Water."

Chuck Knows Church: Passing of the Peace 
Some call it a time of greeting, but Passing of the Peace is much more than a handshake and a smile. Chuck explains it 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 ...

GBGM seeks leader for Asian-American, Pacific Islanders ministries
The General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) seeks a new Executive Secretary for Asian American Language Ministry and Pacific Islanders Ministry Plan. Potential candidates can apply directly on the GBGM website. Applications must be submitted online. If you face any challenges or want to ask questions about the position, contact the Human Resources recruitment office at (212) 870-3906 or gwykoff@umcmission.org. Click here to learn more about GBGM careers. 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 - April 5, May 3, May 17
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Early Response Team (ERT) certification training events will be:
April 5 at Trinity UMC, Richmond. (Registration deadline is March 31.) Click here to register online. Click here to download flyer.
May 3 at Virginia Beach UMC, Virginia Beach. (Registration deadline is April 28.) Click here to register online. Click here to download flyer.
May 17 at Hinton Avenue UMC, Charlottesville. (Registration deadline is May 12.) Click here to register online. Click here to download flyer.

♦ '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.

For in-depth news and features about United Methodist mission and ministry, subscribe to the Virginia United Methodist Advocate, the Virginia Conference’s award-winning monthly magazine — now available in both print and digital formats. Click here to subscribe. Or call the Communications office at 1-800-768-6040, ext. 110, or (804) 521-1110. Or e-mail Advocate@vaumc.org. For information about the Virginia Conference and resources for ministry, visit the Virginia Conference website at www.vaumc.org


 
 

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