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News from the Virginia Conference - May 23, 2014

This Sunday is conference-wide 'Day of Prayer'
Bishop Young Jin Cho has declared this Sunday, May 25, a conference-wide “Day of Prayer” and is asking all churches in the Virginia Conference to pray for renewal and revival of our churches during worship services that day. More ...

Conference offices close for Memorial Day holiday
Virginia Conference offices in Glen Allen will close at 1 p.m. Friday, May 23, and remain closed all day Monday, May 26, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 27.

Virginia Conference leads denomination in giving to The Advance
The Virginia Conference continues to be a leader in mission giving. The General Board of Global Ministries reported that Virginia Conference churches contributed $2,535,029 in designated giving to The Advance in 2013, more than any other conference in The United Methodist Church. In addition, the Virginia Conference led the Southeastern Jurisdiction in total amount given to support United Methodist missionaries, giving $396,364 in 2013.

16 Virginia Conference churches send volunteers to North Carolina
Responding to a call for help from the North Carolina Conference, at least 16 Virginia Conference congregations have sent United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) teams to eastern North Carolina to aid in recovery from tornado damage suffered in mid-April. Teams from Annandale UMC, Graham Road UMC (West Falls Church), St. Matthew’s (Fairfax), St. Stephen’s (Burke), Courthouse Community UMC (Virginia Beach), The Gathering UMC (Virginia Beach), Nimmo UMC (Virginia Beach), Charity UMC (Virginia Beach), St. Luke's UMC (Yorktown), Herndon UMC, Trinity UMC (Richmond), Spiritual Life at Shenandoah University, Centreville UMC, Galilee UMC (Sterling), Bethlehem UMC (Moneta), and Blacksburg UMC worked in Chocowinity, N.C., helping with debris removal and cleanup and providing a caring Christian presence to survivors. If your church would like to send a team to help in eastern North Carolina, you must have a leader who has completed Early Response Team training or UMVIM team leader training. To schedule a team, contact Ann Huffman in the North Carolina UMC Disaster Call Center, 1-888-440-9167, or e-mail disasterresponse@nccumc.org.

Missionaries Kip and Nancy Robinson available to speak in churches
Virginia Conference-sponsored missionaries Kip and Nancy Robinson will be available to speak in churches around the conference during the first week in August as they complete vacation time prior to returning to Sierra Leone. Churches should contact Ann Klotz at jasnc5@gmail.com if they would like to invite Kip and Nancy to share the story of their work.

Just Neighbors receives Peace with Justice grant
Just Neighbors, a mission project of the Arlington District, is one of 14 ministries that received a Peace with Justice grant from the General Board of Church & Society (GBCS). Just Neighbors has been providing legal services to low-income immigrants for 15 years. It received $5,000 for its New Hope Project to help youths and young adults respond to new immigration policies by helping them obtain needed work permits to remain safely in the United States. GBCS awarded a total of $49,315 Peace with Justice grants to church groups in five U.S. jurisdictions and the Philippines. Grants went to programs addressing immigration, Korea, the death penalty, community development and racial discrimination. More ...

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. More ...

United Methodists work to "change the world"
Thousands of United Methodists rolled up their sleeves over the weekend to address the needs of their neighbors locally and globally. They were participating in the fifth annual "Change the World" event — a denomination-wide effort encouraging local congregations to show that God is at work in communities. Many shared their activities via social media outlets. Click here to read and share more

UMCOR rebuilds 200 homes in Philippines
Six months after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines and left thousands of people homeless, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is rebuilding 200 homes in Calogcog, a devastated community in the town of Tanauan. The reconstruction is made possible by a $2.7 million grant approved by the UMCOR board of directors in April. View video

GBCS urges Sudan to set aside death penalty for Christian convert
The General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) is calling on the government of Sudan to set aside the sentence of capital punishment handed down to Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag for converting to Christianity. "We strongly denounce this sentence," the GBCS statement said, "and urge the government of Sudan to meet its obligations under international human rights law and its own Constitution." In addition to the death sentence, the court in Khartoum sentenced Ms. Ishag to be flogged for adultery because she "illegally" married a Christian man. More ...

Unnamed pastors issue call for amicable split
The Good News caucus says that a group of United Methodist pastors and theologians is calling for an amicable split of the denomination, saying differences over homosexuality and other issues are irreconcilable. The group describes itself as "traditionalist" and says its ranks include more than 80 members, although the names of the pastors were not released. Four members of the group have come out publicly. More ...

Chuck Knows Church: Crossing the Red Sea
You may know that "Crossing the Red Sea" is a passage in the Bible describing the escape of the Israelites, led by Moses, from the pursuing Egyptians. But is that all you know? Chuck does his best Charlton Heston impression 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 ...

GBCS has three job openings
The General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) has three job openings: Grassroots Organizer, Executive Assistant for the Office of the General Secretary and Program Associate for its U.N. & International Affairs office. The first two positions are at the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.; the third is at the Church Center for the United Nations across the street from the U.N. headquarters in New York City. Click here for job descriptions and more information.

♦ Resource Center Inclusion Concert - June 8
The Resource Center will hold its Inclusion Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 8, at Anointed New Life Baptist Church, 1616 E. Parham Rd., Henrico County. The event will be a celebration of the various ways we praise God — a tapestry of different cultural expressions of worship and song, dance, mime, drums and more. A massed choir will come together for the event, and anyone is welcome to rehearse and sing. Rehearsals will be 6:30 p.m. Tuesday June 3, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 8175 Pleasant Grove Rd., Mechanicsville; 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 5, at Laurel Park United Methodist Church, 2700 Hungary Rd., Henrico; and 10 a.m. Saturday, June 7, at Anointed New Life Baptist Church. The Resource Center, an ecumenical agency headquartered in Richmond, has been designated by the Virginia Conference Common Table as the organization to help Virginia Conference congregations find and use media resources. For more information, contact Dr. Denise Janssen, executive director, at (804) 464-8913 or revdlj@att.net.

♦ 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 of The United Methodist Church 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 www.kingsdominion.com and enter promo code KDUMC14. The special discount tickets will be valid June 26-30, July 1-6, and July 18-20. More ...

♦ LEAD youth leadership training - July 25-Aug. 3
The Conference Council on Youth Ministries invites youths from across the conference to participate in LEAD, a 10-day leadership training immersion experience, July 25 - Aug. 3 in Roanoke. District and local church youth councils are encouraged to select as many as 3-5 youths who are willing to commit to this 10-day intensive experience. Upon their return, they will implement covenant action plans to utilize newly developed leadership skills in their districts and local communities. 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.

♦ '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.

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