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Annual Conference 2020

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 One-day virtual gathering, September 19, 2020

See All the People
Romans 15:7 in NRSV
Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

From Bishop Lewis, Appointive Cabinet and Annual Conference Planning Team
The Bishop, Appointive Cabinet and the Annual Conference Planning team have continued to evaluate options while conducting extensive logistical work of planning for the 2020 Virginia Annual Conference.
We would like to inform the Conference that the 2020 Virginia Annual Conference will take place on Saturday, September 19, 2020, in a virtual format.
Additional details regarding timing, agenda and procedure will be forthcoming. Thank you for your patience and understanding as the Planning Team continues to coordinate the many facets of conducting Annual Conference, especially in this unusual time.
Please direct any questions to your district superintendent.

 

Appointments
Click here to view this year’s appointments (pdf)

Ordination Service – View service, pictures from July 10, 2020
Eleven clergy were ordained during a service on June 10 at Woodlake UMC in Chesterfield. These clergy were Gil Lee, John Conway, Katherine Malloy, Sean Devolites, Ashley Isernhagen, John Obeng, Monica Reynolds, Marti Rigenbach, Mary Sullivan-Trent, Randy Timmerman, and Darlene Wilkins. Click here to view the service. Pictures from the event are on the conference Flickr page.

Annual Conference Mission Offering 2020
The Annual Conference Mission Offering will be taken during one-day virtual Annual Conference on September 19, 2020. Bishop Lewis encourages all local churches to participate in this second mile offering as an expression of support for designated conference priority mission projects and programs which she selects. The pastor or lay representative of every faith community should contribute to this offering. Of course, individual gifts are always welcome! Checks may be made payable to “Virginia Conference of the UMC” or “VAUMC” with Conference Offering in the memo line.
The recipients of the 2020 offering represent a mixture of long term mission partnership commitments as well as new mission opportunities:
50 Percent Food Ministries within the Virginia Conference – Funds for food ministries within the Virginia Conference will be disbursed by the Missional Ministries Board.
50 Percent Partnerships of Hope – (Formerly Initiatives of Hope) Support for our conference long-term international mission partnerships with Mozambique, Cambodia and Brazil.
Please be generous in your support of the Annual Conference Mission Offering as we continue to show our strong support for God’s mission here in Virginia and around the world.

Kits for Conference
Local churches are encouraged to continue the collection of Kits for Conference. Specific collection details still underway, but will very likely include organization of regional, or district-wide, drop-off locations. More information will be forthcoming as the new plan is created and finalized.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is currently focusing efforts on Cleaning Kits (aka Flood Buckets), Hygiene Kits, and School KitsCleaning kits provide supplies to help individuals and families clean up after flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural disasters.  Hygiene kits replace basic necessity items lost in a disaster such as toothbrushes, hand towels, and soap to help people stay clean and healthy.  School kits include school supplies for children as they return to the classroom.  Click on the kit name to see PDFs for specific item listing and assembly instructions. 
If you prefer to make a financial contribution to enable UMCOR to purchase relief kits, you can contribute $75 for each cleaning kit; $12 for each health kit; and $11 for each school kit.  Additionally, UMCOR asks for $1 per kit ($3 for cleaning buckets) to cover processing and shipping and $1 for toothpaste for each health kit.  Please do NOT bring checks to Annual Conference.  All checks (for processing and shipping, for toothpaste, and in lieu of providing kits) should be made payable to “Virginia Conference UMC,” earmarked for “kits” and mailed to Treasurer, Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 5605, Glen Allen, VA, 23058 any time prior to Annual Conference.

Alternate Member Form
The Lay Annual Conference Members attending 2020 Annual Conference will receive a mailed packet of 2020 Annual Conference information. In the event of a change in lay member, the conference mailed packet should be given to the alternate lay member. Lay members who are attending as alternates are required to present a signed, completed Alternate Member Form 2020 to the Registration Trouble Shooting Desk during Registration. In turn, name badges will be printed that identify them as lay members. Alternates are responsible for obtaining materials mailed to the persons whom they are replacing. A Book of Reports may be purchased for $5 at annual conference by persons who do not have a copy.
Click here to download an alternate local church lay member form (pdf)
Click here to download an alternate district at-large lay member form (pdf)

2020 Journal Order Form
The conference Journal is available in two forms: posted on www.vaumc.org as a free PDF. Sections will be posted as they are available and as a whole document once completed; as a regular or spiral-bound print copy for the cost of $25 (includes shipping). Request for printed copies must be made by October 1, 2020. Click here to download an order form (pdf). Questions may be directed to communications@vaumc.org

Annual Conference Logo
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