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News from the Virginia Conference - August 10, 2017

Music Spotlight on Josh Wortham, Chester UMC
In preparation of the September Advocate issue highlighting music ministries, the conference Communications office shared a video highlighting Josh Wortham, Director of Music at Chester UMC, James River District. To see more of Wortham’s interview, check out the September issue—out soon! More…

Registration now open for Goodson Academy of Preaching
Registration is now open for “Stir up the gift: Fan into flame the gift of God,” a one-day preaching enrichment experience, Tuesday, Oct. 3 at Aldersgate UMC, Charlottesville, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $35 by Sept. 1 and $45 after Sept. 1. Course is worth 0.5 CEU. Dr. Teresa Fry Brown, guest presenter, will give two talks on effective sermon preparation and delivery and preach the closing worship service. Register via the conference website by going to Calendar and then to Oct. 3. For questions, email

Two new courses available at Wesley Theological Seminary
Two exciting new courses are available at Wesley Theological Seminary:  “Luther at 500” and “Church, Politics and Race in a Polarized Society.” For more information, contact Wesley Admissions at or (202) 885-8659 or apply directly at
As well Wesley is offering a Health Ministers' Certificate program. The program is online and 50 percent off tuition scholarships are available for UMCers. Registration closes soon – apply by August 18, 2017. For more information, visit and click on “Online Health Minister Certificate” or call Tom Pruski, RN, at 202-706-6843,

United Methodist Communications releases Imagine No Malaria Impact Report
Review the Imagine No Malaria Comprehensive Impact Report to get an overview of the shared accomplishments in the United Methodist Church in the work fighting the disease of malaria. The report also shares ways local churches can ensure abundant health for all and statistics and trends to share about malaria. More…


A call to prayer for a just peace
The past few months have seen increasing tension surrounding North Korea’s nuclear program. Citing the denomination’s stance that war is “incompatible” with Christian teaching, the Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, top executive of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, has issued a call to join in prayer for peace on Sunday, Aug. 13. More…

Service remembers lives lost to addiction
Sobering statistics about addiction-related deaths led the Rev. Harlen Rife to hold a memorial service at Pearl Road United Methodist Church in Ohio. “We’re here to reclaim and love those people,” Rife said in his sermon. People from the community turned out to remember loved ones, pray with parishioners and speak with professional grief counselors. More…

United Methodist Communications shares 2016 milestones
Join United Methodist Communications through the photos of milestones in the 2016 Annual Report to see how the organization supports the work of the church around the world. More…

♦ 5 Talent Academy- Oct. 19, 2017
Registration is now open for the 5 Talent Oct. 19 event, "How to Structure your Church for Evangelism" with Jacob Armstrong. Armstrong will lead the event in exploring key principles for evangelism in local church including crafting a vision that fits your mission field, rethinking worship and leadership development and structure. The event will be streamed to locations across the conference. Gather a team from your church to take part. Early bird pricing as well as team discounts are available. Visit link for more information and to register. More...

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