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In this issue ...
Generous giving ...
... the stewardship of all the gifts we enjoy from God. Writers describe management of resources, of treating all that we share as gifts from our creator, of giving during tough economic times, and how to assess your church’s financial health. There’s also a description of how one mid-sized church managed to turn giving around in just a few short months.
Also in the March Advocate:
• Nearly 300 Virginia Conference clergy and laity spent a day lobbying the General Assembly in Richmond on issues that are dear to The United Methodist Church.
• The Rev. Mark Ogren, current Ashland District Superintendent, will take over for Anna Workman as director of the newly named conference office of Congregational Excellence.
• Thirty-three retired bishops of the church signed a statement calling for an end to the denomination’s ban against ordination of gay persons.
• This year marks the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.
• The Wesley Foundation at Virginia Wesleyan College continues its winter shelter for the homeless for the fifth year.
• ‘Undie Sunday’ at Shenandoah University collected (new) underwear for the region’s homeless.
• The Virginia Conference has a Dempster Fellow, Adam Ployd of Newport News and the Candler School of Theology.