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'The Gathering' reaches out to young adults in Tidewater
As part of "All Things New" the Virginia Conference has established a new faith community in Virginia Beach that is reaching out to young adults in the Tidewater area. More ...

Bishop, Cabinet announce new 16-district configuration
Dec. 15, 2010 - Bishop Charlene Kammerer and the Cabinet have announced new names, boundaries and local church district assignments in a configuration that will reduce the number of districts in the conference from 18 to 16, effective July 1. More ...

'Calling 21' offers young adults internships
"Calling 21" is a conference-wide, grass roots, congregation-based, youth-focused approach to the Virginia Conference's emerging culture of call. During the summer, college students are placed in church internships. These students spend a summer immersed in the life of a local church, not their own, discerning God's call into church leadership. More...

Bergdoll announces retirement
Dec. 10, 2010 - Jim Bergdoll has announced his plans to retire next spring as executive director of the Virginia Conference Foundation. More ...

District youths focus on caring for God's creation
Seventy-five youths and adults participating in the Eastern Shore District Youth Retreat focused on Caring for God's Creation. More...

VUMAC to conduct emergency appeal
The Board of Directors of Blackstone: The Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center (VUMAC) will conduct an emergency appeal to raise funds to pay a $413,000 debt incurred during its “Growing Faith” capital campaign. More ... 

Liberia’s president, a United Methodist, visits Virginia
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, visiting in Virginia in early November, said she was hanging on to a line from a letter sent by a Richmond woman welcoming her to the Commonwealth: “As you honor God, He will honor you.” More...

'All Things New' is bearing fruit
"All Things New" is bearing fruit in the Virginia Conference. Since the Annual Conference approved "All Things New" in 2008, 14 new faith communities have been planted and 10 more are currently in the planning phase in all regions of our conference. More ...

Pastors, churches look at readiness to plant.
The Rev. Paul Nixon, New Church Strategist for the New Starts Division, Path 1, of the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD), led a day of Readiness to Plant, Oct. 20, at the Virginia United Methodist Center in Glen Allen. The event was attended by pastors and church leaders who are thinking about planting new faith communities in their own communities. More ...

Conference invited to fast, pray
Bishop Kammerer invites Virginia Conference United Methodists to join her in weekly fasting and prayer, through Dec. 31. More ...

5 Talent Academy churches told to keep it simple
The Rev. Eric Geiger, co-author of Simple Church, told those attending the 5 Talent Academy that many churches are guilty of drifting off message. More ...

Messiah music director featured on Today show
Robert Rudolph, director of Music Ministries at Messiah United Methodist Church in Springfield, was featured on NBC’s “Today” show in July being interviewed by Jane Pauley for a regular feature called “Your Life Calling.” More...

Permanent marker: Pastor gets cross and flame tattoo
The Rev. Amy Beth Hougland decided to go “all in” with her commitment to The United Methodist Church, getting the familiar Cross and Flame logo tattooed near her right heel. More...

UMFS Charterhouse Day School opens in Richmond
Sept. 1 marked the opening of the new home of the Charterhouse Day School on the UMFS campus in Richmond. More...

100+ children attend All God’s Children Camps
The mother of a camper wrote: “I wanted to take a moment to personally thank you and all of your staff at All God’s Children’s Camp from the bottom of my heart. I cannot explain the joy and excitement I saw from my son when he returned back from your camp. More...

Brazil student samples Virginia Conference ministries
Talk about your whirlwind tours. . . In August, Simone Welte experienced United Methodist ministries across the Virginia Conference as only a young adult could. Welte is a university student from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, who is active in the Brazilian Methodist Church. She came to Virginia on her South American “summer” break and had a busy schedule that took her from one end of the state to the other. More...

Brazilian visits to promote Shade and Fresh Water
Brazilian visitor to the Virginia Conference Keila Guimarães is using her winning personality to promote a project that is dear to the hearts of many mission-minded United Methodists here. She is a member of Brazil’s national committee of the Shade and Fresh Water project, which will celebarte its 10th birthday in October. More...

Change in eating means ‘big’ loss for Lavender
“Dr. Jim” Lavender has lost more than 70 pounds and three clothing sizes in just six months. More...

Church member runs 400 miles in 15 days to help TOP
SuSu Jennings, member of Providence Chapel United Methodist Church in the Winchester District, ran more than 400 miles, the equivalent of 15 marathons, in 15 days Aug. 17-31 to raise support and awareness for Teens Opposing Poverty (TOP), a Virginia Conference Advance Special that teaches youth groups how to be in ministry with the poor and homeless right in their own communities More...

31 from Virginia attend Harambee Youth Conference
The 2010 Harambee Youth Conference was held on the campus of United Methodist-related Bennett College, Greensboro N.C. on June 23-27, with 31 from the Virginia Conference joining the more than 300 participants from other conferences. More...

Calling 21 interns served churches this summer
Seven Virginia Conference churches were paired with seven “Calling 21” interns during the summer, as the students discern whether their future vocation may lie in church work. More...

Simple Church co-author to lead next 5 Talent Academy
The Rev. Eric Geiger, co-author of a book which is drawing a lot of interest from church leaders around the country, will lead the next session of the 5 Talent Academy, which will focus on making disciples for Christ, Sept. 23. More...

400+ 'come alive to mission' during school
More than 400 individuals attended the weekend and weekday sessions of the 2010 School of Christian Mission held at the Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center in Blackstone July 22-29. More ...

Conference Immigration Work Group begins task
The Working Group on Immigration, at the direction of the Virginia Conference Common Table, met July 27 to begin its work on education and awareness around the issue of immigration. More in English ... en Español ...

Annual Conference issues call for discernment
The 2010 Annual Conference adopted a motion that calls all Virginia Conference boards, agencies, affiliated groups, districts and local churches to devote time during the 2010-2011 conference year to “seek God’s purposes and provisions for reaching those who do not have a vital relationship with Jesus Christ and/or who are not connected with a vibrant faith community.” More ...

2011 Annual Conference to be June 15-19
To assist in the voting process for General and Jurisdictional Conference delegates, dates for the 2011 Virginia Annual Conference have been adjusted to June 15-19. More ...

60 campers 'follow yellow brick road' at Camp Rainbow
Sixty campers and 58 volunteer staff members joined in classes and activities around the theme of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” during the July 11-16 session of Camp Rainbow Connection held at the Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center in Blackstone. More ...

RISE reaches out to college students, young adults
As part of “All Things New,” the Virginia Conference is establishing a new faith community that will reach out to college students and young adults in the Shenandoah Valley. More ...

Conference Center to close early on summer Fridays
At its June meeting the Conference Council on Finance and Administration (CFA) voted to close the Conference Center at 12:30 p.m. on Fridays beginning with the week following Annual Conference and continuing through Labor Day. More ...

Conference focused on 'Leading by Following Jesus'
Before a small boat, not unlike the size used on the Sea of Galilee in Jesus’ time, the 228th session of Virginia Annual Conference focused on “Leading by Following Jesus” in the port city of Norfolk June 13-16. More ...
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Generosity abounds at Annual Conference
Members contributed to the Annual Conference offering, packaged Stop Hunger Now meals, brought UMCOR relief kits, bagged potatoes and gave '4 Cans 4 Conference' to the local food bank. More ...

Virginia United Methodists thanked for $1.5 million
In appreciation for the $1,513,220.72 that Virginia Conference United Methodists contributed for relief and recovery in Haiti, as of May 1, the presidents of the General Board of Global Ministries, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and The Advance issued a thank you letter to Bishop Kammerer. More ...

 

 

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