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News from the Virginia Conference - August 3, 2017

UMNS shares story about Roanoke pastor
The Rev. Gary Heaton’s story about his “Downriver Devotion” was picked up by United Methodist News Service (UMNS). Click the link to read the story by Madeline Pillow and video by Nick Ruxton. More….

Urgent need for Virginia Beach, Evergreen work teams
Contact Forrest White, Long-term Recovery Manager and UMVIM Coordinator, to schedule work teams for the continued work in the Virginia Conference’s disaster recovery in Virginia Beach and Evergreen. Open dates include: August 27-Sept. 2, Evergreen and Virginia Beach; Sept. 21-23, Virginia Beach; Oct. 2-4, Virginia Beach; Oct. 16-18, Virginia Beach; and Oct. 23-28, Evergreen and Virginia Beach. Email White about additional dates as well as dates in November at

Bridgewater UMC raises money for “Walls of Giving” campaign
Bridgewater UMC raised $20,154 for disaster recovery using the “Walls of Giving” campaign. Forrest White, Long-term Recovery Manager and UMVIM Coordinator, thanked the church for the tremendous support. If your church is willing to partner with the disaster recovery staff in fundraising, White is available to answer questions or to come speak at your church. White shared that the team is continuing to seek funds to help survivors in Evergreen and Virginia Beach, but they’re also focused on building a reserve fund for future disasters.

Scholarships available for seminary students
The VAUMC Grants and Loans subcommittee of the Board of Ordained Ministry gave away $78,000 dollars this year to seminary students, provisional members completing their Clinical Pastoral Education and more. The next scholarship deadline for seminary students is October 1, 2017 and applications can be found at

Sign up Wesley Theological Seminary classes
There’s still time to study this fall at Wesley Theological Seminary! “Luther at 500,” “Church, Politics, and Race in a Polarized Society” and “Women in Early and Medieval Christianity” are but a few of the exciting and challenging courses you can take this fall at Wesley. Evening and online courses are available to fit your studies into your busy life and are available to non-degree students. Apply by August 15. More…

Conferences take on immigration, sexuality
During annual conference sessions across the U.S., United Methodists took stands on various hot-button issues including the treatment of migrants and the status of LGBTQ individuals. Conferences also heard presentations on the Commission on a Way Forward. More…

Global Ministries plans Day of Health
The United Methodist Church has committed to promoting abundant health around the world. To further that aim, the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries and the North Georgia Conference have planned the “UMC Day of Health” on Sept. 15 at Dunwoody UMC in Atlanta. More…

The secret to forgiveness: Focus within
Letting go of resentment can be difficult. A United Methodist counselor offers tips to help people move away from holding a grudge and into forgiveness. 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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