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News from the Virginia Conference - Mar. 19, 2019

Advocate magazine to discontinue at the end of 2019
Advocate editor and conference Director of Communications Madeline Pillow announced today that the Advocate magazine, the longtime flagship communication tool of the Virginia Conference, will cease production at the end of 2019. The decision was made by the Board of Communications and approved by Common Table. More…

Worship team needs images for Annual Conference 2019
The Worship Planning Team for Annual Conference is looking for images and videos of the street, specifically the sign, where you live. The team wants to collect images from all over the Virginia Conference that show the diversity of location and context: rural, urban, mountain, beach, and everything in between.The team is drawing inspirations from Jesus' words in Matthew 28:19-20, "Therefore go and make disciples..." and Jesus' words in Luke 14:23, "Go out to the highways and byways..." To help share this in your churches, a bulletin insert, two flyers, a worship slide and two social media images can be found at the Annual Conference 2019 page at Please send all images and videos digitally to the following email address:  All images and videos must be received no later than May 1. Contact the Rev. Sarah Payne for any questions at

Free Goodson Academy event being held Mar. 27
As part of the Goodson Academy of Preaching, Donald Davis, a world renowned storyteller and retired United Methodist Church elder, will host an event at Trinity UMC in Richmond at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary on Mar. 27. The event is free and open to the public. More…

Information about Kit collection at Annual Conference
UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) is currently focusing its efforts on Cleaning Kits (aka Flood Buckets), Hygiene Kits and School Kits for collection this year. Collection of the kits will begin Wednesday, June 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. and continue Thursday, June 20 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday, June 21 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact Kit Collection Coordinator, the Rev. Morris Fleischer (Newport-Mt. Olivet UMC/Roanoke District), at (540) 544-7183 or with any questions.  A volunteer sign-up page will be available soon.
If you prefer to make a financial contribution to enable UMCOR to purchase relief kits, you can contribute $75 for each cleaning kit; $12 for each health kit; and $11 for each school kit.  Additionally, UMCOR asks for $1 per kit ($1.50 for cleaning buckets) to cover processing and shipping and $1 for toothpaste for each health kit. Please do NOT bring checks to Annual Conference.  All checks (for processing and shipping, for toothpaste, and in lieu of providing kits) should be made payable to “Virginia Conference UMC,” earmarked for “kits” and mailed to Treasurer, Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 5605, Glen Allen, VA, 23058 any time prior to Annual Conference and no later than August 31. You can find more information about putting these kits together at

Two-day children’s experience open to Virginia Conference churches
Helping Hands is an exciting two-day mission experience for children (rising 4th through 6th Graders) offered to all member churches of the Virginia Conference. There are four dates and different locations available. Learn more at the link. More…

Opportunity for missionaries to visit local churches
Missionaries to Cambodia, Esther Gitobu and the Rev. Andrew Lee will be visiting Virginia in April. Gitobu has been in Cambodia many years and Lee for about two years. They are traveling together to share of God's amazing work in Cambodia. To request a program, they are available in Northern Virginia on the following dates:

     -Thursday, Apr. 25 (evening)
     -Friday, Apr. 26
     -Saturday, Apr. 27
     -Monday, Apr. 29
Contact Ann Klotz, conference Global Missionary Itineration, at

Notice: Annual Conference 2019 information
You can find all current information about Annual Conference 2019 on the Virginia Conference website at As new information is shared, it will be updated at the same link. 

Disaster funds, UMVIM teams are needed in Danville
From the middle of September through the middle of October 2018, people in the city and county of Danville, Va. experienced historic flooding of the Dan River and other waterways as a result of hurricane Florence and tropical storm Michael. There are 45+ homes with significant damage, most of which are homes of persons and families that were struggling with economic challenges prior to the flooding. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) stands ready to assist with disaster recovery funds but the Virginia Conference, churches and individuals, are called to make a direct compassionate response to those affected by this disaster. There are two ways to respond to this crucial need:
1.    Please join in this disaster response with a financial gift to the Virginia Conference Disaster Response Fund which will direct contributions to the crisis in Danville. All contributions can be sent to the Conference Treasurer’s office with the reference “Conference Disaster Response Fund #5037."
2.    Consider organizing and taking an UMVIM team to work on the homes of those affected. Please contact the Rev. Lisa Nordan or 757-513-0496.


Task force to investigate General Conference 2019
General Conference organizers have appointed a task force to investigate possible improper voting at the recently completed special session of The United Methodist Church's top lawmaking body. More…

New York, New Jersey conferences confer on GC2019
The New York and Greater New Jersey conferences each had a special called meeting March 16, the first regional bodies to do so after actions by the 2019 General Conference. Delegates in St. Louis voted to strengthen The United Methodist Church's bans on same-sex weddings and LGBTQ clergy. More…

Grief 'in one of New Zealand's darkest hours'
Expressing “deep shock and indignation,” the World Council of Churches (WCC) called the killings of 50 Muslim worshippers in Christchurch, New Zealand, an “attack on all believers” and pledged to stand in solidarity with all Muslims. The Rev. Ray Coster, a WCC Central Committee member from Aotearoa, New Zealand, said of the March 14 mosque attacks, “We share with sisters and brothers in the wider ecumenical family our pain and grief in one of New Zealand’s darkest hours and crave their prayers for the many Muslim families grieving at this time. Some of these families may be migrants or refugees. They are part of us. What we have seen today has no place in our culture.” More…

 Goodson Academy of Preaching - Mar. 27, 2019
The Goodson Academy of Preaching urges you to save Mar. 27-28 for “Preaching as storytelling.” Guest presenter will be Donald Davis, a retired United Methodist elder and well-known as one of the nation's leading storytellers. The event will be held at Trinity UMC in Henrico. Online registration is open. For more information, email Goodson@vaumc.orgMore…

 2019 Faithful Aging Conference- Apr. 2, 2019
The third Faithful Aging Conference, presented by the University of Lynchburg Beard Center on Aging and Pinnacle Living, will be held Tuesday, Apr. 2, 2019. Persons of all faith traditions are invited to learn, network and share best ministry practices as opportunities related to aging congregations and meeting the needs of older adults, inside and outside the walls of our faith communities are addressed. Melissa Andrews, chief executive office of LeadingAge Virginia, will offer the keynote address on the theme of Aging Abundantly. Workshop offerings will include:
    -    Effective communication across the stages of dementia
    -    Things everyone needs to know when making hospital and end-of-life visits
    -    Health equity and the needs of older adults
    -    Using music to deepen spirituality
    -    Scams and financial exploitation
    -    Practical ways to enhance ministries with people with dementia
    -    Dealing with loss and grief
The conference will be held at Culpeper Baptist Church, Culpeper, VA.  For general information, contact Martha Stokes at  or 804-474-8718. More...

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