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News about 2014 session of Virginia Annual Conference - May 29, 2014

2014 Annual Conference to be June 20-22 in Hampton
The 2014 session of the Virginia Annual Conference will be June 20-22 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton. Theme of this year's session is "Lord, Renew Us with Your Spirit." For more information about this year's Annual Conference session, go to

Watch Annual Conference live stream on website, Facebook
Live streaming of the 2014 Virginia Annual Conference will be available, beginning at 1 p.m. Friday, June 20, from the Virginia Conference website and from the Virginia Conference Facebook page. The live streaming will show all sessions of the three-day conference, including worship at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 22, 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 and participate by following the liturgy for the service that will be available to download from the conference website at

Follow Annual Conference on Twitter, Facebook
Follow activities of the 2014 Virginia Annual Conference and post your own comments on Facebook and Twitter. The Virginia Conference Facebook page can be found at Follow the Virginia Conference @vaumc on Twitter at Participate in the conversation by using hashtag #vaumc14.

Virtual promotion packets to be available online June 1
In an effort to be good stewards of the environment and financial resources of the conference, annual conference “promo packets” will again this year be virtual. Electronic copies of materials previously submitted in hard copy for the tote bag will be included in the Virtual Promo Packet and posted on the conference website at beginning June 1.

DVDs ordered by June 15 can be picked up at end of Annual Conference
The conference Communications office is selling DVDs of the 2014 Annual Conference session. Those who order and pay for DVDs prior to June 15 will be able to pick up their DVDs at the end of the Annual Conference session on Sunday. (These DVDs will NOT include the Teaching Sessions or the Sunday morning closing worship. Those will be included on a disc that will be mailed the following week.) Those who do not pre-order, but who purchase DVDs during Annual Conference will be able to pick up DVDs at the end of Annual Conference as long as pre-configured quantities last. All others, including DVDs ordered after Annual Conference, will be mailed within one week. Volume 1 will include the memorial service, ordination, Annual Conference Offering worship and recognition of retirees. Volume 2 will include Bishop Cho's Episcopal Address, Laity Address, reports on The Common Table and Equipping Vital Congregations, Sunday morning closing worship and the Teaching Sessions led by the Rev. Dr. Elmer Colyer Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. 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. Click here to order online or call Pam Culler in the Communications office at (804) 521-1110 or 1-800-768-6040, ext. 110.

Free child care to be offered at Wesley UMC, Hampton
During day and evening sessions of Annual Conference, free child care will be offered at Wesley UMC, 2510 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton, which is less than three miles from the Hampton Roads Convention Center. Child care will be a mini-Vacation Bible School experience using Cokesbury’s "Workshop of Wonders," where kids will discover how to imagine and build with God. To register your child/children for child care, go to For more information, contact the Rev. Beth Anderson, Annual Conference child care coordinator, at

Photos to be taken June 20 for online pictorial directory
All clergy, diaconal ministers, certified professionals, those serving as pastoral supply, retired bishops and conference staff who DID NOT have a picture taken last year, including those newly commissioned, will have the opportunity to have their photos taken this year for the Virginia Conference online pictorial directory. Lifetouch will have a photo booth in the exhibits area from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, June 20. If your picture is already in the online directory, it is NOT necessary for a new photo to be taken. For more information, contact Linda Rhodes, director of Communications, at, (804) 521-1111 or 1-800-768-6040, ext. 222.

2014 Annual Conference offering to help fund eight ministries
This year the Annual Conference special offering goal is $200,000. Bishop Young Jin Cho is requesting contributions to support eight different ministries:
Imagine No Malaria - $50,000;
Initiatives of Hope - $50,000 for Cambodia church construction and Christian education, $25,000 for Mozambique lay leadership and communication training, $15,000 for Brazil Shade and Fresh Water program for street children;
Engaging/Connecting God’s Mission Funds - $10,000 to promote mission engagement of Virginia Conference small membership churches;
Children Out of Poverty in Virginia - $30,000 divided between Community Outreach Program in Roanoke and Agape Children’s Center in Horntown, Eastern Shore; and
Haiti - Connecting Hope - $20,000 to coordinate and connect Virginia Conference churches in Haiti mission projects. Click here to download a bulletin insert. More ...

UMCOR kits to be collected at Annual Conference
Various types of Relief Supply Kits for United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) will be collected at the 2014 Virginia Annual Conference session. Local churches are encouraged to collect items for any of the most requested UMCOR kits — Health Kits, School Kits, Baby/Layette Kits and Birthing Kits — and bring them to Annual Conference. Click here for kit content instructions. Collection site will be the Hampton Roads Convention Center far northeast parking lot, off Pine Chapel Road (look for signs). Collection hours are 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Friday and 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. If you choose to donate money to UMCOR for putting kits together instead of bringing kits to Annual Conference, send your donation to: UMCOR Sager Brown, ATTN: Bill Dudleson, Box 850, Baldwin, LA 70514. All other kit money must be sent to the Conference Treasurer at P.O. Box 5605, Glen Allen, VA 23058. Do not bring kit money to the kit collection site at Annual Conference. It will not be accepted. Questions about kit contents should go to the conference Center for Justice and Missional Excellence at 1-800-768-6040, ext. 144, or (804) 521-1144, or e-mail Questions about the kit collection site should be addressed to Kits for Conference coordinator, the Rev. Eric Vaudt, (804) 815-0350 or or the Rev. David Magruder, (804) 384-7798 or

Annual Conference members asked to bring '4 Cans 4 Conference'
For the sixth year, each clergy and lay member of Annual Conference is encouraged to bring "4 Cans 4 Conference," canned goods or boxed dry foods to benefit local area food banks. This year, food will go to the Peninsula Food Bank. Requested are: one can of vegetables or fruit, one can of meat or fish, one can of soup or stew and one can with a pop-top. In addition, you may bring dry goods (e.g., boxed mac-and-cheese, spaghetti, pasta, grits, beans, cereal, flour, sugar, etc.) or preparation mixes (e.g., Hamburger Helper, soup starter, powdered milk, etc.). Do not bring anything beyond expiration date, dented or home canned goods, novelty or condiment-type items, medications, soft drinks, alcohol, tobacco or glass-packaged items. You can also make a check payable to "Peninsula Food Bank" and leave it with the collection area near the truck with the "Food Bank" banner in the Convention Center parking lot near the Kits Collection area. Every $1 you donate to the Peninsula Food Bank buys $6 of food and supplies. For more information, contact the Rev. Jim Earley at or (703) 538-5200.

Annual Conference Potato Drop to be Saturday morning
The Virginia Conference Board of Global Ministries and the Society of St. Andrew are co-sponsoring a Potato Drop at Annual Conference at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, June 21, in the Best Lot (at the corner of Pine Chapel Road and Coliseum Drive) in Hampton. It is a five-minute walk from the Convention Center. Volunteers are needed to help bag and load more than 20 tons of donated potatoes to be picked up by regional food banks, church pantries, soup kitchens and other local feeding agencies. Bagging is expected to be completed before 7:30 a.m. For more information, contact Sarah Ramey at 1-800-333-4597 or or Sharon Wallace at (757) 546-4646 or

Volunteers needed to help at Annual Conference
Volunteers are needed to help with set-up and tear-down, registration, ushering, child care and Kits for Conference collection. Check out the jobs, dates and time slots available and then sign up to assist by going to the SignUp Genius link: or call Shan Sixbey, (757) 374-3835. Kits for Conference collection remains the biggest need. Kits for Conference also has a wish list: pop-up tents, coolers with ice, bottled water and fans. Let us know if you can supply any of these items.

Volunteers needed for computer-assisted note taking
Individuals are needed who can offer their time and talent in communicating the spoken word to persons who need computer-assisted note taking to be fully included in our Annual Conference sessions. Tasks include typing text of reports, worship and music using Microsoft Word, at times as the speaker is presenting. Good typing speed and accuracy is a must. Individuals are needed for all sessions for shifts of one hour or longer. Further information is available from the office of Inclusivity and Lay Leadership Excellence at 1-800-768-6040 or (804) 521-1100, ext. 154, or by e-mail to

Volunteers needed for data collection at Annual Conference
Volunteers are needed for data collection during Annual Conference to help inspire us to reflect God’s diverse people. Data collection training is available by clicking on Volunteer sign-up is available by clicking on For more information, contact Shan Sixbey ( or (757) 374-3835) or Martha Stokes ( or (804) 521-1100).

Safe Sanctuaries training to be June 18-19
The conference is hosting a Safe Sanctuaries Training event June 18-19 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. The Rev. Joy Melton, author of the Safe Sanctuaries series of resources, will lead this two-day workshop. Melton is an attorney and ordained clergy person in The United Methodist Church who has devoted her law practice and ministry to the protection of vulnerable individuals – children, youth and older adults. The Rev. Sherry Cothran – pastor, singer and occasional rock star – will lead worship. Training will include a session on policies for older and/or vulnerable adults. Registration cost is $25 per person or $80 for a team of four. Special lodging rates for the training are available at the Embassy Suites/Hampton Roads for participants. Registration is available on the conference website. More ...

Bert Cloud to speak at Laity Luncheon
The Annual Conference Laity Luncheon will be held Saturday, June 21, at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. Tickets are required and the cost is $22 (payable to VAUMC). Speaker is the Rev. Bert Cloud, co-pastor of Warwick Memorial UMC, Newport News. As a pastor, Bert has also served a range of church sizes and understands his call as helping people connect and journey with God. Contact your District Lay Leader to obtain tickets if you wish to attend.

Henry-Crowe to speak at Church and Society/Global Ministries banquet
The conference boards of Church and Society and Global Ministries invite you to their co-sponsored luncheon Saturday, June 21, at 12 noon at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. Cost is $15. Registration and online pre-payment by credit card is required. Registrations close June 9. Guest speaker is the Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, General Secretary of the General Board of Church and Society. She assumed her new duties in February this year after serving for 22 years as Dean of the Chapel & Religious Life at Emory University in Atlanta. For 16 years, Henry-Crowe served as a member of the United Methodist Judicial Council, the denomination’s “Supreme Court.” She is the first woman elected president of the Judicial Council, serving in that role from 2008-2012. More ...

Registration open for Friday evening Communications workshop
Registration is open for the Virginia Conference Board of Communications dinner and workshop to be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 20, at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. Speakers will provide participants with a working knowledge of website hosting and design, Facebook, Twitter, Blogging and Instagram. This year, participants will have the ability to attend three breakout sessions on skills to add to their ministry setting. Cost for dinner is $10. Click here to register. Questions about the dinner program may be directed to the Rev. Jacob Sahms at

Church Planting & Revitalization Breakfast to be Saturday, June 21
The Church Planting & Revitalization Breakfast will be held at 7-8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 21, at FIrst UMC Fox Hill, 1 Salt Pond Rd., Hampton. Every year at Annual Conference, the breakfast is held to celebrate the ministry of church planting and revitalization across the Virginia Conference. Virginia church planters will share their testimonies. The breakfast is open to all clergy and laity. Cost is $13. Click here to register online and pay by credit card. For more information, contact Pat Hickman at 1-800-768-6040, ext. 155, or e-mail

Clergy Spouses luncheon to be Saturday, June 21
Clergy Spouses’ luncheon will be 12:30 p.m., Saturday, June 21, in the Hampton Roads Convention Center. Theme is celebration of the ministry of clergy spouses. The Rev. Kiok Cho (spouse of Bishop Cho) will be guest speaker. Cost is $20 Registration deadline is May 31. More ...

Complete list of banquets available online
A number of banquets will be held during this year's Annual Conference. Click here for a list of special breakfasts, luncheons and dinners that have been scheduled for June 20-22.

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