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News from the Virginia Conference - May 21, 2019

Bishop Weaver, Cabinet share May projected appointments
Bishop Weaver and the Cabinet shared the May 2019 projected appointments yesterday. More…

Advocate editor looking for submissions related to Advocate magazine memories
Do you have memories of the Advocate magazine? After almost 200 years, the print and online publication will come to an end in 2019. In upcoming issues and on the conference website, memories from around the conference will be shared. Email Madeline Pillow at or mail to the conference office: ATTN: Madeline Pillow, P.O Box 5606 Glen Allen, VA 23058.

Bishop Weaver shares "Partners in Ministry" reflection
Bishop Pete Weaver, interim bishop of the Virginia Conference, shares weekly reflections of recent events and ministries in the conference. This week, Bishop Weaver shares about Game of Thrones and his recent district meetings around the conference.

Openings still available for ERT training
Openings are still available for Early Response Team (ERT) training. Recertification training will be held Friday, June 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Bethlehem UMC in Moneta. Address is 13586 Old Moneta Road. Cost of training is $35 with Steve Cass as instructor. Contact Carolyn Koontz at 540-719-0555  or  for more information or to register. Initial certification training will be held Saturday, June 8 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bethlehem UMC. Cost for training is $35. Contact Carolyn Koontz at 540-719-0555 or to sign up.

Lewis Center shares about faith and public life in recent podcast
How can people of faith bring their values to work in government and the public square? Listen as Mike McCurry, former White House Press Secretary and Director of Wesley Theological Seminary's Center for Public Theology, shares on the topic. More…

Festival of Wisdom and Grace to be held in August at Lake Junaluska
The Festival of Wisdom and Grace, a conference for finding purpose and renewal in the second half of life, will be held from Monday, Aug. 5 to Aug. 8, 2019 at Lake Junaluska. Worship, workshops, recreation, entertainment and learning activities highlight the event. The conference is co-sponsored by Lake Junaluska and The Upper Room, a global ministry known for resources and publications including a widely read daily devotional magazine. The 2019 festival theme, “Growing Deeper Roots,” is based on the Bible verse Ephesians 3:16-17: “I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit. Then Christ will make His home in your hearts. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.” More…

Electronic voting video released prior to Annual Conference 2019
The conference office of Communications released a tutorial video detailing how voting members to Annual Conference in 2019 can use their electronic handsets to register their votes for nominees to both General and Jurisdictional Conferences. More…

Blessing over new Heart Havens home will be in June
Join Heart Havens in blessing their new home and its future residents on Sunday, June 2, 2019 from 2 to 4 p.m. Address is 11516 Elmwood Lane, Chester, Va. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP to Jennifer Boyden by May 27 at 804-237-6097 ext. 9. You can also send housewarming gifts for future use at this link. Learn more about Hearts Havens…

Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts offering summer event
A Place at the Table, a national event presented by The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, will be held July 15-18 in Kansas City and is open to all involved in worship leadership and planning, including musicians, visual and fine artists, dancers, pastors, and liturgists. Learn more about what to expect and special registration at the link. More… 

June Advocate focuses on disaster recovery 
Learn more about how you can be prepared for a natural disaster in your local church community or be prepared to help in the June Advocate feature. Also in this month's magazine are moving day memories and devotionals from the Rev. Joanna Dietz. Contact the Advocate office to get issues for the remainder of 2019, before the magazine ends, or to purchase single issue copies at 804-521-1110 or

Pastors, Professors and Pioneers to Speak at Lake Junaluska Summer Worship Series
All are invited to attend the Summer Worship Series at Lake Junaluska from June 9 to Aug. 4. The series includes spirited traditional worship services led by inspirational preachers on Sunday mornings. Services take place on Sundays in Stuart Auditorium at 11 a.m., with a prelude by the Lake Junaluska Singers at 10:45 a.m., except for the June 9 kick-off event, which takes place in Memorial Chapel at 7 p.m. The kick-off and final services of the series will offer Holy Communion. The theme for this year’s Summer Worship Series is “Psalms of Our Times.” More…

Guide to Annual Conference 2019
Attendees of the Virginia Annual Conference 2019 can expect a few differences this year. The format this year is changing from a Friday-Sunday schedule to a Thursday-Saturday schedule and a 5K Walk, Run, Bike and Yoga event is scheduled. More…. Updates and more information about AC 2019 can be found at

Join Bishop Weaver at upcoming District Days events
Bishop Pete Weaver issued a letter on Apr. 27 in response to the United Methodist Church’s Judicial Council’s rulings pertaining to the 2019 General Conference. Bishop Weaver also invites clergy and laity of the Virginia Conference to join him in district gatherings in May and early June to engage in conversations. Click here for details. More…

New campus ministry workshop opportunity available
Is God calling you, and your congregation, into new ways of serving students? A pilot of a new lay servant course focused on empowering local congregations to grow in understanding and service to students in your local contexts is open to both laity and clergy at Shenandoah University on Saturday, June 1 and Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Brandt Center Room 123. The cost is free with lunch provided and both days are required to complete the course. The purpose of this 10-hour course (taught in two, five-hour sessions) is to help church leaders guide their congregations in a process of discernment and planning to better support college students. This course will help participants do the following:
• Think theologically about their congregation’s motivations and goals for creating a student ministry
• Orient themselves within the current landscape of higher education in the United States and locate their congregation within the particularity of their own institutional landscape
• Understand the importance of setting congregational goals and expectations that prioritize student needs and voices
• Identify the areas of ministry potential that already exist within their congregation and imagine new ways God may be calling them to use these gifts to serve students
• Create a plan to facilitate continued discernment and student ministry building in their congregation

For any questions please contact the Rev. Colleen Hallagan Preuninger at 315-527-7383 or Reserve your spot by using the form at the link by May 30, 2019. More...

Information about 4 Cans 4 Conference at Annual Conference 2019
Want to Can Conference? You Can with the Bishop's and Cabinet's permission. So plan on it. Can Conference this June. Can Conference with 4 Cans or 4 box loads of cans or 4 car loads of cans and be a blessing to the Roanoke community and the Roanoke Rescue Mission. All donations of nonperishable food are welcome (but no home canned food, glass jars or out dated items). Look too for cans with pop tops (not everyone who receives this food will have a can opener available). Monetary donations welcome also. Make checks payable to Roanoke Rescue Mission (NOT the conference) and mark them "Food Pantry.”  Checks can be brought to the collection truck (or mailed to 5441 Centralia Road, N. Chesterfield, VA 23237).  Volunteers are also needed at the truck during conference.  See and click on 'volunteers' to work a shift or share a shift. For questions, contact the Rev. Herb Brynildsen at

All God’s Children Camp still in need of mentors
All God’s Children Camp is just a few weeks away from giving children, ages 7 to 12 with an incarcerated mother or father, a week at camp with activities such as boating, swimming, crafts, Bible study and conflict resolution. Mentors are still needed to make this possible. Four male and seven female mentors are still needed. If you are 16 or older and are available for the dates of June 16-21, please contact Lori Smith, camp director, at 571-245-9591 or

Information about delegation voting at AC2019
Virginia Conference delegate Alison Malloy uses a voting machine to cast her ballot at General Conference.The Virginia Conference will elect 22 delegates to the 2020 General Conference (11 clergy and 11 laity) and an additional 11 clergy and 11 laity to join the General Conference delegates for the 2020 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. Elections will be conducted during the 2019 session of the Virginia Annual Conference to be held June 20-22, 2019 at The Berglund Center in Roanoke. The election of delegates will be conducted on the afternoon and evening of June 20.
Click here to download/read the Conference Rules for the election of General and Jurisdictional conference delegates.
Click here to download/review a booklet of laity nominees.
Click here to download/review a booklet of clergy nominees.
Persons wishing to have a printed copy of the booklets may send an email request to The cost of each printed booklet is $15 to cover the cost of printing and postage.
This information is posted on the Virginia Annual Conference website at


Council of Bishops Affirms Connectional Table’s Work on U.S. Structure
The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church approved a motion to work with the Connectional Table (CT) on proposed legislation for General Conference 2020 to create a regional structure similar to that of a central conference for churches in the United States. The proposed legislation, developed this quadrennium by the CT’s U.S. Contextual Ministries Advisory Group, puts forth a two-stage process for creating the regional conference:
•    Stage I creates a Committee on U.S. Matters, an interim legislative committee that will handle U.S.-specific issues until the final regional conference is established; and
•    Stage II establishes the U.S. regional conference, which will adopt a structure and function similar to a central conference. More…

Application process open for General Conference 2020 marshals and pages
United Methodists may apply online to serve as volunteer marshals or pages during The United Methodist Church’s 2020 General Conference. The denomination’s top legislative assembly will meet May 5-15, 2020, in Minneapolis. Approximately 175 volunteers are needed to serve as marshals and pages during General Conference. More…

General Conference 2020 seeks liturgists
The 2020 General Conference worship design team invites United Methodists to take an active role in the worship experience at the denomination's quadrennial event as it seeks individuals to write liturgy, including prayers, calls to worship and litanies. The denomination's top legislative assembly is set to meet May 5-15, 2020, in Minneapolis. To apply for the opportunity to write or provide original liturgy for General Conference, individuals are asked to submit a letter of application that includes the following: a sample of liturgy that includes a 5-minute devotion, a call to worship, and a prayer of confession all based on Philippians 3:14, along with the name of the writer, email address, phone number, and local church name. Applications should be emailed to Application deadline is August 1, 2019.

District Days with Bishop Weaver - May, June 2019
Bishop Pete Weaver is inviting clergy and laity of the Virginia Conference to join him in district gatehrings in May and early June. More...

Virginia Annual Conference - Jun. 20-22
The Virginia Annual Conference will be held in Roanoke, Va. in the Berglund Center from Jun. 20-22. More information is available at

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