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March 2022 * Volume 23, Issue 3

President's Message by Albert Weal, Jr.

The Details of Our Lives

Good Morning,

If a person consecrates to the Lord any inherited landholding, its assessment shall be in accordance with its seed requirements: fifty shekels of silver to a homer of barley seed. (Leviticus 27:16).
In those days when there was again a great crowd without anything to eat, he called his disciples and said to them, “I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way—and some of them have come from a great distance.” (Mark 8:1-3)

In the Old Testament, the Lord very much cares for the people of Israel and spells out very specific details about how they should behave. Be it the instructions in the law, the configuration of the tabernacle, or the plans for building the Temple, God is very detail oriented. Consider as well the records of the censuses in the Old Testament. Names are recorded for posterity in God’s Word indicating God’s love and care for each of us. The Lord wants to be in relationship with Israel and very much understands their lives.

Much of Jesus’ ministry is spent teaching and healing the afflicted. Jesus knew the needs of the crowds that gathered constantly. Jesus had compassion on the crowd, those whom he healed, and those that touched him seeking healing. Jesus cared about the specific details of their lives.
During this season of Lent, be aware that Jesus cares about and wants to be involved with the details of your life. I sincerely hope you will join us tonight as David Bean discusses mentoring and ways to grow closer to Christ through a study of Chris Folmsbee's book The Wesley Challenge: 21 Days to a More Authentic Faith. Connection details for tonight’s webinar are below.
Have a good Lent,

Albert Weal, Jr., President
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Please join us for a Love, Learn, and Lead webinar on Chris Folmsbee's book The Wesley Challenge: 21 Days to a More Authentic Faith with David Bean. Reading and discussing each chapter from The Wesley Challenge will deepen your faith and lead you and those you mentor to a closer relationship with Jesus.

David Bean will lead us in a discussion about The Wesley Challenge. David wrote a Mentor Guide with best practices and training materials for preparing mentors and helping new Christians become disciples.

Webinar recordings from previous Love, Learn, and Lead webinars are posted on our website

VA UMM Cabinet Meets on April 9

The Virginia Conference UMM Cabinet will meet on Saturday, April 9 from 9am to 2pm EDT at the Virginia United Methodist Center in Glen Allen and also virtually. More details will be sent to the Virginia Conference UMM Cabinet members before the meeting.

The Virginia Conference UMM Cabinet consists of elected officers, past presidents, the Virginia Conference Lay Leader, the Virginia Conference representative, ministry advocates, and UMM district presidents/team leaders.

Thank You from Heart Havens

A New World for Residents and Families

It was wonderful that the Virginia Conference UM Men were able to join us for the virtual Heart Havens meeting on February 22. It was a strong showing to the residents, their families and the staff, demonstrating your commitment to our mission. To watch the video of “An Evening with Heart Havens,” please click here and enter the passcode “R?8wKZJk”.

I hope it was a time for you to also deepen your connection to our mission and celebrate the many thoughts and gifts of the people we support. Thank you for your support of Heart Havens.

Jennifer Boyden, MA, QDDP
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Honor a Woman in Your Life

March is Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate women’s role in society, culture, and history. The Bishop's workgroup on Racial Reconciliation and Justice invites all men in the Virginia Conference to honor a woman in their life who has "made a difference."

Please write a tribute about a woman in your life and email, with or without pictures, to Brenda Capen at [email protected] during the month of March. Your responses will be shared on the conference website in March in honor of Women's History Month.

Phishing Emails Under Albert Weal's Name

Please Delete if Received

Phishing emails are being sent out purporting to be from Albert Weal, president of Virginia Conference United Methodist Men using this email address: [email protected].

Phishing is when an email is sent using words in the email or pretends to be from an account they are not. Usually, they are asking for action from you, such as sending funds, purchasing gift cards, sending an email, your credentials, etc. These are almost always sent from criminal organizations.

If you recognize a phishing email, DELETE it. Please know Albert would not issue this type of request.

Words to Live By …


A Prayer for Lent

Dear Lord,

Into your hands,
I place my worries, cares, and troubles.
Into your wisdom,
I place my path, direction, and my goal.
Into your love,
I place my life.


Recommended Reading: John 15:13 (NIV)
In continued efforts to fulfill the Virginia Conference goal of having Connectional Ministries become a greater resource to districts, laity and clergy, United Methodist Men are now partnered with Virginia UM clergy. Clergy, you are receiving the Beacon newsletter as part of your Virginia Conference connection.