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News from the Virginia Conference - August 16, 2018

Pastor follows in his father’s footsteps as a church planter
The new church plants and those affiliated with them were recognized at Annual Conference 2018. One of those planters is the Rev. Minoo Kim who is following in his father's footsteps. Learn more him and his father, the Rev. Young Bong Kim, in this article featured in the August Advocate magazine. More...

General Conference, Jurisdictional nomination forms now available for district lay members
Virginia delegates huddle to discuss possible next steps after the Judicial Council ruled "Plan UMC" unconstitutional. UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.District lay nominations for the 2020 General Conference and 2020 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference will be voted upon at each district conference.  Laity who wish to be nominees as delegates for these conferences shall complete the lay nomination form at www.evc.vaumc.org/open/GCNomination/Laity/.  Upon completion, the form automatically will be submitted to the district office in which the lay nominee’s church is located.   Electronic submission is preferred but if a nominee is unable to complete an electronic nomination, he/she may contact their district office. 

September Advocate focuses on technology in church
Learn more about how local churches are using technology to make their services more inclusive and pertinent to today’s styles of worship. To read these excellent articles, order your subscription to the Virginia United Methodist Advocate today. Click here to subscribe online. Or call Pam Culler at 1-800-768-6040, ext. 110, or (804) 521-1110. Or email PamCuller@vaumc.org or Advocate@vaumc.org. It costs just $20 for one year of the printed magazine; $10 for one year of a digital version; $25 for a year of both print and digital. Subscribe today!

Volunteers needed for South Carolina Conference recovery
South Carolina is still in need of volunteers for recovery efforts for 2016’s Hurricane Matthew and from severe flooding in 2015. To volunteer, email screcovery@umcsc.org or call 803-726-3105. More…

 

UMM offering ‘revamped’ spiritual weekend in October
For the 40th year the Virginia Conference United Methodist Men (UMM) will host a Spiritual Weekend, this time at Baylake UMC in Virginia Beach October 26-27, 2018. Theme will be “Go! and make disciples” and featured speaker will be Bishop James Swanson from the Mississippi Conference. 
As part of revamping the weekend, changes include making the event open to families and spouses, bringing in nationally renowned speakers and offering special rates. For more information about United Methodist Men in the Virginia Conference, please contact Andrew Kissell, president, at 757-839-0790 or Andrew.Kissell@aecom.com. More…

Lake Junaluska to offer marriage enrichment retreats
Beginning this fall, Lake Junaluska will offer three-day marriage enrichment retreats. The faith-based retreats will teach couples how to forge stronger relationships through meaningful conversation. Ned Martin, an expert in marriage counseling, will lead the retreats. Learn more at www.lakejunaluska.com/marriage or call 800-222-4930.

TUMCU provides loan options for college students, seminary students
The United Methodist Credit Union (TUMCU) is offering SnapLoan, an educational line of credit available to help with the funding gap once scholarships, subsidized federal student loans and college savings accounts have been exhausted. Their program comes with exceptionally low rates for students attending any accredited college and even lower rates for students attending seminary or United Methodist affiliated schools. In just three years, TUMCU has provided students with over $1,000,000 in educational funding. SnapLoan is structured as a low fixed rate line of credit with no application deadlines and no FAFSA required. Visit www.tumcusnaploan.com or call 866-657-0004 for details.

United Methodists build bridge to keep kids in school
During the rainy season in the Marange District, high water often prevented students from attending United Methodist Marange High School. To solve the problem, The United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe commissioned a new bridge, which also links the school to the local community and businesses. More…

Grandparent ministry offers support
Grandparent Night sponsored by Ontario United Methodist Church and Ontario Schools in the East Ohio Conference is helping grandparents who are raising their children’s kids, often because of the opioid crisis. More…

Deaf ministries group meets
The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Ministries Committee of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries recently met to discuss the year ahead, including the special General Conference and how the church can include more deaf and hard of hearing individuals. More…

 

♦ Bishop's Convocation on Prayer - Sept. 15, 2018
Both laity and clergy are invited to attend the Bishop’s Convocation on Prayer on Saturday, September 15, 2018. The event will be held at Reveille UMC, 4200 Cary Street Road, Richmond, VA 23221. The registration cost is $10 and includes lunch. Deadline to register is September 8. Contact Marc Brown for questions at MarcBrown@vaumc.org. More…

♦ Embrace: Clergywomen's 2018 Retreat - Sept. 25-26, 2018
Embrace 2018 is the first gathering of the Virginia clergywomen in 30 years! Join for two days of worship, study and community. Engage in hands-on missions, show off your skills in a Talent/No Talent Show and participate in panel discussions on change and growth within your own ministry context. But most importantly, connect with other clergywomen and claim a renewed sense of call. Be inspired. Be nourished. Be embraced. Event will be held September 25-26, 2018 at the Virginia Crossings Conference Center in Glen Allen. Click link for more information about schedule, grant money, registration and more. More…

♦ Virginia Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation- Oct. 14-19, 2018 
Registration is now open for the 2018 Virginia Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation to be held Oct. 14-19, 2018 at the Roslyn Retreat Center in Richmond. Sponsored by the Virginia Conference in cooperation with The Upper Room, this retreat is open to clergy and laity who are seeking to deepen their relationship with God through prayer, learning, and worship. This year, faculty leaders will be Dr. Luther Smith, professor emeritus at Candler School of Theology; and Dr. Amy Oden, professor at St. Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University. Registration at link. More…

♦ 5 Talent Academy- Oct. 30, 2018 
Registration is now open for the 5 Talent Academy event “Influence: Worship 2018.” Event takes place on October 30, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will be hosted live from Floris UMC in Herndon and will be livestreamed to 12 locations. For more information visit www.vaumc.org/5Talent or contact the Center for Congregational Excellence at 804-521-1100.


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