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News from the Virginia Conference - June 15, 2017

Annual Conference live streaming begins Jun. 16
Live streaming for Annual Conference 2017 will begin on Friday, Jun. 16. More…

Communications office selling DVDs of Annual Conference
The conference Communications office is selling DVDs of the 2017 Annual Conference session.
Volume 1 will include the Friday evening memorial service with sermon by the Rev. Tom Joyce and the Bible Study from Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett on Saturday and Sunday morning.
Volume 2 will include the Saturday evening ordination service with a sermon from Bishop James E. Swanson Sr. and a short overview video of the 2017 Annual Conference (suitable for use in making a local church report on Annual Conference).
The Bishop’s DVD will include Bishop Sharma D. Lewis’ Friday Episcopal Address as well as her sermon on Sunday morning.
Cost is $20 for Volume 1, $20 for Volume 2 and $15 for the Bishop’s DVD. Cost for all three volumes is $50. Deadline to order is June 26. The overview video will also be available to view on the conference Facebook page or YouTube channel, free of charge. DVDs may be ordered at the Communications display at Annual Conference, online at or by calling Pam Culler in the Communications office at (804) 521-1110 or  1-800-768-6040, ext. 110. More…

Participate in Sunday Morning Worship Service Bulletin
Local churches may show the live video of the Annual Conference worship service during their Sunday morning worship services and participate by following the liturgy for the service. The Annual Conference Planning Committee will be holding all participants in prayer. More…

Use conference hashtag to join in AC 2017 conversation
Hashtags, once your phone’s pound sign, now have a place on most popular social networks, including Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram and Pinterest. The hashtag is likely the most popular means of categorizing content on social media. It makes your own content discoverable and allows you to find relevant content from other people and businesses. The hashtag also allows you to connect with and engage other social media users based on a common theme or interest. So follow/engage in this year's Virginia Annual Conference session on social media using #vaumc17.

Join COSROW for pre-conference conversation event
You are invited you into a sacred space for conversation about your experience as a Christian woman in light of recent political atmosphere and justice issues relating to women in today's world hosted by the Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW). The conversation on Friday, June 16, is primarily by, for, and about women, however, everyone is welcome. Conversation will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in room 202 in the Hampton Convention Center. Conversation facilitators will be the Rev. Erin Geoffrion, pastor of Mineral-Mt. Pleasant Charge and Janae House, private practice clinician in Midlothian, Va. No need to register. For questions, email the Rev. Mary Dadisman, COSROW Clergy chair at or call 804-733-7349.

AC 2017 discussion about Commission on the Way Forward, called General Conference
The Rev. Tom Berlin, a Virginia Conference elder who is serving on the Commission on a Way Forward, will provide a report on the work of the Commission on Friday, June 16, in Ballroom B of the Hampton Roads Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. His report will include what to anticipate as we move toward the called General Conference in 2019. Tom will discuss why marriage and ordination of LGBTQ persons is such an important and challenging matter in the life of the UMC. He will provide ways for pastors and laity to begin to prepare for the General Conference in their churches. This will be an opportunity to ask questions and consider the work of the Commission. This discussion will not be livestreamed. Berlin will be giving a 20-minute presentation during the Saturday afternoon session, Jun. 17, that will be livestreamed and recorded.

Christian ethics in volatile times
What should a United Methodist do when there is a conflict between church law and moral conscience? More…

Reconsideration of gay bishop ruling sought
The Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops filed a motion asking the Judicial Council to reconsider part of its ruling concerning a gay bishop. The motion contends that the ruling unlawfully changes the definition of “self-avowed practicing homosexual.”  More…

Learning from biblical fathers
As the U.S. prepares to celebrate Father’s Day, what can biblical fathers teach United Methodists?  More…

Great reads for United Methodists
Looking for summer reading? Staff at the United Methodist Publishing House and Abingdon Press offer some suggestions for books that feed your faith. More…

♦ Olde Time Revival- Jul. 9, 2017
Olde Time Revival, hosted by the Virginia Conference Older Adult Council, will feature dynamic preaching from Bishop Sharma D. Lewis and worship led by Michael Berkley, associate director of music at Woodlake UMC. The event will be hedl Sunday, Jul. 9 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Verona UMC in Verona. Pre-register or get more information by calling 540-248-7777.

♦ Mission Encounter- Jul. 28-29, 2017
Mission Encounter is a cooperative event sponsored by the Virginia Conference Missional Ministries Board and the Virginia Conference United Methodist Women. This event offers a wonderful opportunity for your whole congregation to come alive to mission, by participating in an weekend mision education experience. There are classes for men, women, clergy and laity alike. This year from Jul. 28-29, the classes offered will be climate justice, living as a covenant community and the missionary conference of The UMC in the United States (Red Bird, Oklahoma and Alaska). Contact Gail Sutcliffe with questions at 703-490-3381. Event will be held at Bon Air UMC in Chesterfield. 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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