2014 Annual Conference offering goal is $200,000
Each year members of local churches are encouraged to help raise money for global mission projects designated by the bishop. The pastor or lay representative of each church will take that money to Annual Conference where it will be collected during a special time of the session.
Checks may be made payable to "Virginia Conference of the UMC" with "Conference Offering" in the memo line.
Click here to download an informational bulletin insert (pdf) that you can print and use in your congregation.
This year the Annual Conference special offering goal is $200,000. Bishop Young Jin Cho is requesting contributions to support eight different ministries.
"With renewed confidence and commitment our offering will be broad in its scope," Bishop Cho wrote in a letter to all Virginia Conference United Methodists, "as we reach out across Virginia and around the world to renew and strengthen our commitment to those with whom we partner in God’s mission."
Contributions are asked for the following ministries:
♦ Imagine No Malaria - $50,000
Every 60 seconds, malaria claims a life in Africa. Millions of lives, needlessly lost each year. Entire nations…slipping away. Imagine No Malaria is an extraordinary effort of the people of The United Methodist Church, putting our faith into action to end preventable deaths by malaria in Africa. Achieving this goal requires an integrated strategy against the disease, including prevention, treatment, improving infrastructure, education and communications.
♦ Initiatives of Hope - $90,000
$50,000 for Cambodia. We want to continue to strengthen our partnership with Cambodia by offering support for church construction, Christian education materials and scholarships for youths and young adults.
$25,000 for Mozambique. These funds will help strengthen lay leadership training and provide needed improvements in the Mozambique Conference Communications department.
$15,000 for Brazil. These funds will help grow and expand the Brazil Methodist Church's Shade and Fresh Water program for at-risk street children.
♦ Engaging/Connecting God’s Mission Funds - $10,000
This ministry will promote mission engagement of Virginia Conference small membership churches by offering grants to individuals and churches desiring to begin or strengthen participation in short-term Volunteers in Mission (VIM) trips.
♦ Children Out of Poverty in Virginia - $30,000
This will provide financial support for two United Methodist ministries serving at-risk children in Virginia:
The Community Outreach Program of Roanoke works to improve the quality of life of inner city children by providing tutoring, school supplies and programs such as You Feed Others weekend meals, Clothing Closet, Christmas Angels and Camp. (Click here to view the Community Outreach Program website.)
The Agape Christian Children’s Community Center in the small rural ethnic minority community of Horntown on the Eastern Shore strives to provide a healthy nurturing environment for at-risk children. The center operates a preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds that is open 11 hours daily, Monday through Friday; after-school program for kindergarten through second grade; and Vacation Bible School during the summer months. (Click here and click here to view more information about the Agape Center.)
♦ Haiti - Connecting Hope - $20,000
These funds will help connect and coordinate the mission work of Virginia Conference churches that have a long-term commitment to the ministry of the Methodist Church in Haiti.
The 2014 session of the Virginia Annual Conference will be held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Va., Friday, June 20, to Sunday, June 22. Laity and Clergy sessions will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday. First plenary session begins at 3 p.m. Ending time should be around noon on Sunday.