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News from the Virginia Conference - Apr. 16, 2019

Notice: Conference Center Easter closure
The Conference Center located in Glen Allen will close at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 18 and will remain closed on Good Friday. 

Bishop to host District Days following Judicial Council decision
Bishop Pete Weaver is inviting clergy and laity of the Virginia Conference to join him in Eastertide district gatherings in May and early June. He explained, "We will share in Communion, seek to care for one another, and look at the meaning of the Judicial Council decisions and their implications as your Bishop and Cabinet seek to follow the Book of Discipline which governs our church." Click link to review dates and agenda.

Applications due for Hispanic Leadership Network
The Hispanic Leadership Network program, an opportunity to develop Latino pastors around the nation, is a 12-month fellowship of Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF) and funded by the Lilly Endowment. Due date for the application is Apr. 30. You can apply online at The fellowship directly supports pastoral leaders who seek leadership development opportunities as they deal with the pressures of balancing their family, congregation and community. Fellows who are selected for the program will receive education, training, mentoring and coaching support to assist them with their leadership growth. More…

Information about delegation voting at AC2019
Virginia Conference delegate Alison Malloy uses a voting machine to cast her ballot at General Conference.The Virginia Conference will elect 22 delegates to the 2020 General Conference (11 clergy and 11 laity) and an additional 11 clergy and 11 laity to join the General Conference delegates for the 2020 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. Elections will be conducted during the 2019 session of the Virginia Annual Conference to be held June 20-22, 2019 at The Berglund Center in Roanoke. The election of delegates will be conducted on the afternoon and evening of June 20.
Click here to download/read the Conference Rules for the election of General and Jurisdictional conference delegates.
Click here to download/review a booklet of laity nominees.
Click here to download/review a booklet of clergy nominees.
Persons wishing to have a printed copy of the booklets may send an email request to The cost of each printed booklet is $15 to cover the cost of printing and postage.
This information is posted on the Virginia Annual Conference website at

Share the Light: Roanoke District shares their 2019 Mission Initiative 
The United Methodist churches of the Roanoke District are working to assist families who were devastated during Hurricane Maria in Vieques, an island off of the coast of Puerto Rico where 9,000 persons are still without access to power.This Easter season, the churches of the Roanoke District are invited to receive financial gifts toward the purchase of solar equipment. A solar panel emergency power system offers a clean, renewable energy source without the need for expensive generators or fuel. The Roanoke District is working directly with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to raise funds to provide Solar Panel kits to Puerto Rico. Visit the webpage to find out more. Contact Rev. Seungsoo “RJ” Jun at (540) 344-6011 or with any questions or for more information. More...

Conference accepting nominations for the Green Church Award
Caretakers of God’s Creation, a ministry of the Virginia Conference Board of Church and Society, is now accepting applications for the Green Church Award, an award recognizing churches in the Virginia Conference who are answering God’s call to be caretakers of God’s creation. Nominees should be churches who are dedicated to caring for and healing God’s creation, as demonstrated in five areas of church life: worship, discipleship, stewardship, evangelism and mission.To nominate a church to receive this award, please send a letter with the name, address, phone number and email of the church and a church representative. Also send a detailed description of what that church is doing to care for creation in these five ministry areas. Send all items to the Rev. Anita Mays at The deadline to receive applications is May 15, 2019. The winner will be contacted prior to Annual Conference, and the award will be presented during the 2019 Annual Conference session.

Kindred Project gathering for renewal, planning
The leadership team of the Kindred Project invites you to a gathering for renewal, silence, worship and Communion, and times to plan Annual Conference 2019 retreat and prayer room. Please come if you can and invite others in your geographic Kindred Project group or others who are interested in the contemplative life. The group will meet on Apr. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Aldersgate UMC in Charlottesville in room 108. Address is 1500 East Rio Road, Charlottesville and website is Please bring a bag lunch, ideas, and an open heart.

Bishop Weaver shares "Partners in Ministry" reflection
Bishop Pete Weaver, interim bishop of the Virginia Conference, will start sharing weekly reflections of  "some periodic, random thoughts, prayers and experiences which God is stirring in me as I journey with you in following Jesus and serving Virginia while God brings healing to Bishop Lewis." This week, he shares some ministries he has heard about in the past week. More... 

Conference toll-free number going away
The conference IT Department will be moving the conference center over to a new phone system this month.This change will make the toll-free phone number (1-800-798-6040) inoperative. The toll-free number was added to the conference phone system when long distance calls were expensive. Currently, free to low cost long distance calling plans are now available and calls made to a toll-free number add a charge on a per call minute basis regardless of whether the call is local or long-distance. The removal of this number will lower the conference monthly telephone bill. The target date for the phone system conversion is Friday, April 19. The toll-free number will work up until that date. The conference’s main phone number is 804-521-1100. The Disaster Response number will remain as 866-264-8488. For any questions, please contact Bryan Compton at 804-521-1115 or

Faith & Film class available for a CEU credit
Have you ever wanted to have a conversation about film with your friends, family, or ministry group but weren’t sure how to start? In this course the Rev. Jacob Sahms, pastor at Wesley UMC in Hopewell, will help guide you through the process of thinking critically and theologically about film so that you may better engage others in written and face-to-face conversations about films. Participants will share their own thoughts through written responses to film together. Over the two-week course, participants will be encouraged to watch films such as Superman: the Movie, Star Wars: A New Hope, Field of Dreams, Friday Night Lights, and The Mission and Silence, as well as offer up films of their own choosing for discussion. Reading Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero with a Thousand Faces is encouraged but not mandatory. This course is worth 1.0 CEU. More…

New position open at the conference center
The Advisory Team of the Board of Ordained Ministry and the Appointive Cabinet are pleased to announce that applications and interviews are open now through Apr. 26 for the Associate Director of Call & Candidacy in the Center for Clergy Excellence. This position, beginning July 1, 2019, will focus on missional areas of call, candidacy mentoring, District Committee on Ordained Ministry support, Course of Study and be a primary resource to Licensed Local Pastors. A more detailed job description is available from To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to the Rev. Darcey Johnson at  by Apr. 26. Interviews will be held as scheduled at River Road UMC, Richmond, VA. If you have questions about the position, please call the Rev. Lindsey Baynham at the Center for Clergy Excellence at or (804) 521-1100 Ext. 160. This position is also posted on the Virginia Conference website at

All God’s Children Camp in need of drivers
All God's Children Camp is in need of drivers who would be willing to transport campers to and from camp in the Richmond area this summer. Drivers are needed for Jun. 16, Jun. 21, Aug. 11 and Aug. 16.  Please contact Camp Director Lori Smith for more information at 571-245-9591 or

Camp Rainbow is seeking summer volunteers
Camp Rainbow Connection (CRC) is seeking volunteers to serve adult campers for a week or two this summer. CRC is a week-long respite camp for adults with intellectual disabilities. Volunteers are needed to help serve on the nursing team as well as people to serve in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, conducting arrival interviews with campers and their caregivers, dispensing medications and responding to health needs during the weeks of camp. If you are interested in joining (even if only for part of the camp session), please contact Stacy Roberts at For more information regarding Camp Rainbow, visit the conference website. More...

Camp Highroad seeking summer staff
Camp Highroad Christian Adventure Camp near Leesburg, Va., is hiring summer staff. Open positions included photographers, general counselors, clinic and kitchen staff. Training will begin around Jun. 5 and the summer period will end on Aug. 2. The camp is seeking a three-week commitment. For details, visit the Virginia Conference website at and scroll down to “Other.”

Notice: Annual Conference 2019 information
You can find all current information about Annual Conference 2019 on the Virginia Conference website at As new information is shared, it will be updated at the same link.


How will denominational divide affect mission?
During their spring meeting, directors of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries expressed pain over the deep divide that has occurred since the special General Conference and concern about how that divide will affect mission work and mission giving. More…

Bishop's Holy Week letter urges forgiveness
Bishop Ken Carter, the president of the Council of Bishops, has called on United Methodists to use the Holy Week to forgive one another and to seek forgiveness in return. Carter, who also leads the Florida Conference, noted that complications in life call people to walk closely with the Lord and each other. More…

Churches prepare to help in border crisis
Churches in the Rio Texas Conference are gearing up to offer nonperishable food and health care essentials to women and children being released in the Del Rio area after applying for refugee status. The United Methodist Committee on Relief is providing supplies. More…

Outcome of General Conference bittersweet
The votes were counted and one plan won, but this is a bittersweet moment in The United Methodist Church’s history, said many who supported the Traditional Plan. More…

Virginia Annual Conference - Jun. 20-22
The Virginia Annual Conference will be held in Roanoke, Va. in the Berglund Center from Jun. 20-22. More information is available at

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