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News from the Virginia Conference - Apr. 23, 2019

Guide to Annual Conference 2019
Attendees of the Virginia Annual Conference 2019 can expect a few differences this year. The format this year is changing from a Friday-Sunday schedule to a Thursday-Saturday schedule and a 5K Walk, Run, Bike and Yoga event is scheduled. More…. Updates and more information about AC 2019 can be found at www.vaumc.org/AC2019.

Notice: Volunteer sign-ups, agenda now posted for AC 2019
You can find all current information about Annual Conference 2019 on the Virginia Conference website at www.vaumc.org/AC2019. As new information is shared, it will be updated at the same link.

April is National Autism Awareness Month
United Methodist Family Services (UMFS) shared in a recent newsletter the story of Roger who is on the autism spectrum and has struggled with mental illness and aggressive behavior for several years. In an article, UMFS shares about his progress with the organization and his family’s story. More…

Global Ministries missionary traveling to Tidewater area
The Rev. Hyo-Won Park is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries serving as a new church planter in St. Petersburg, Russia. Familiar with the area from time previously spent there, Park is working with the leadership of the St. Petersburg District in identifying opportunities for new congregations. He is available in the Tidewater area to speak at local churches or organizations on the evening of Thursday, May 9, all day May 10 or 11, and the evening of Sunday, May 12. Email Ann Klotz if you are interested in having him speak at your church at jasnc5@gmail.comMore...

Three steps to nurture new relationships after Easter
While Easter is a very special time in the church, it isn't the climax of the story but the opening scene of God's desire to reach us. Often, churches apply all energy on the "big bang" of the Easter service. Get tips on how to focus efforts both on and beyond Easter morning as the start of a life giving relationship with our risen Lord. More…

Bishop Weaver shares "Partners in Ministry" reflection
Bishop Pete Weaver, interim bishop of the Virginia Conference, shares weekly reflections of recent events and ministries in the conference.This week, Bishop Weaver shares about "The cross in the rubble" and "Another important step forward" with the Judicial Council meeting this week.  More... 

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.

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 BevMyers@vaumc.org. 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 www.vaumc.org/AC2019.

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 anitamays@vaumc.org. 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.

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 www.vaumc.org/jobs. To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to the Rev. Darcey Johnson at darcey@riverroadumc.org  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 LindseyBaynham@vaumc.org or (804) 521-1100 Ext. 160. This position is also posted on the Virginia Conference website at www.vaumc.org/jobs.

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 lttlelori@gmail.com.

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 StacyRoberts@vaumc.org. 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 www.vaumc.org/jobs and scroll down to “Other.”

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Top court meets in aftermath of GC2019
The United Methodist Church’s top court is poised to review actions taken in February during a contentious legislative session that still threatens to divide the denomination. The Judicial Council meets April 23-26 in Evanston, Illinois. No oral hearings are scheduled, and the court’s rulings will be posted on its website at some point after the session concludes. More...

Centrists, progressives to discuss church's future
A large meeting of centrist and progressive United Methodists from the U.S. is set for May 20-22 at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan. The question to be asked is a big one: What should become of The United Methodist Church?
“We hope that this will be a diverse group of leaders who will help shape Methodism’s future and whatever comes out of those conversations will be our next steps and strategies moving forward,” said the Rev. Jasmine Smothers, lead pastor of Atlanta First United Methodist Church. Specific options to be considered include breaking up the denomination or creating a financially smooth exit plan for traditionalist-minded congregations, said the Rev. Adam Hamilton, another organizer, in a blog post. More…

Creative spirit lifts Philippines’ churches
A United Methodist team evaluated whether the Philippines should have more bishops. The group's report highlighted church strengths and needs, including the struggle to pay church workers a living wage. 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 https://vaumc.org/AC2019.


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