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News from the Virginia Conference - November 30, 2017

Theme announced for Annual Conference 2018
Bishop Lewis announced that the theme for Annual Conference 2018 will be “Servant Leaders Making a Difference.” The corresponding Bible verse is 1 Peter 4:10, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” More information will be released soon about the conference and the logo will be made available in the new year.

Calling21 program applications window open on Dec. 1
Are you feeling a call to ministry? Are you curious about how ministry looks from a lay or clergy perspective? Calling21 is a program that allows individuals a chance to intern in a church community for the summer. Applications open on December 1. More...

Seminary course to be offered at Floris UMC in Herndon
A new course on “Ethical Dilemmas in Everyday Life” will be offered by Wesley Theological Seminary at Floris UMC on Monday evenings beginning in January. Designed especially for Christians who are interested in going deeper in study and discipleship through a first master’s-level theology course, the course is designed to bring questions of faith, ethics, morality, discipleship and Christian practice to life in light of Scripture, Christian tradition, reason and experience. The course will be taught by Christian ethicist Dr. Sondra Wheeler on Monday evenings, 7 to 9 p.m., Jan. 22 – Apr. 30, 2018. Session titles include: “Is it Ever OK to Lie?”,  “Until We Are Parted by Death?” and “Should Every Law be Followed?”. Registration is open through Jan. 3, 2018. Find out more about how to try a course here, or register directly as a non-degree student for the single course using this form. The course listing is ES-249, Ethical Dilemmas in Everyday Life, for two master’s credits. Tuition is $624/credit hour. The course is not available for audit or continuing education units.For more information, contact Admissions at or call 202-885-8659.

WindsorMeade seeking job positions
WindsorMeade, a premier active senior living retirement community in Williamsburg, Va. (one of Pinnacle Living's retirement communities), has positions available for a Household Clinical Leader, RNs, LPNs, and C.N.A.s. For details, visit the Virginia Conference website at and scroll down to “Other.”

Lake Junaluska Assembly, Inc. seeks Executive Director
The Board of Trustees of Lake Junaluska Assembly, Inc., welcomes nominations and applications for Executive Director through Jan. 31, 2018. Applicants should describe in a cover letter how their experience and skill sets will further the mission. Please submit cover letter and resume to Rachel Watkins at Click here for full job description.

Lake Junaluska is a conference and retreat center located in the mountains of western North Carolina. The Executive Director oversees the organization as Chief Executive Officer; maintains and refines the vision as Chief Strategic Officer; builds and maintains strong staff teams, advancement, and communications; and exhibits entrepreneurial and adaptive leadership through economic, ecclesial, and organizational shifts. The mission of Lake Junaluska is to be a place of Christian hospitality where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind and body.

Start your Doctor of Ministry at Wesley
Take your ministry to the next level with a D.Min. from Wesley. Applications are still being accepted for the following specializations: “Soul Care for Pastors, Chaplains and Clinicians” and “Arts and Theology”. For more information, contact Doctor of Ministry Program Director Dr. Lew Parks at Spend the day with Wesley and learn more about the Doctor of Ministry program on Jan. 8, 2018 10 to 2 p.m. To register, go to Contact Admissions for questions and information at or call 202-885-8659.

Mobilizing the physically challenged in Liberia
Hand-cranked transportation devices are invaluable in areas where the terrain is too uneven for traditional wheelchairs. Liberia’s United Methodist Women distributed $54,000 worth of them. More…

Did Charles Wesley write any Christmas hymns?
A prolific hymn writer, Charles Wesley wrote several hymns for Advent and Christmas. InfoServ, a ministry of United Methodist Communications, looks at a few of Wesley’s seasonal hymns, including a yuletide favorite, in this week’s installment of Ask the UMC. More…

Liberian leper colony: A lifetime commitment
Fears of leprosy cause many families to shun those with the disease. For almost 100 years now, one United Methodist rehab center has shown them compassion and love. More…


♦ United Methodist Day at General Assembly- Feb. 1, 2018
Ever wanted to know how to create real change in our state government? Or wanted to know more about real issues facing our legislature? United Methodist Day at the General Assembly is the place for you! This is our opportunity to help faith communities become empowered to serve as missionaries of justice, as well as the more traditional missionaries of mercy. This yearly event will be held Thursday, Feb. 1 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Due to construction at capitol square this year and the relocation of the General Assembly Building, space will be more LIMITED this year. Registration for event is now open. A briefing will be held Wednesday, Jan. 31 at Bon Air UMC in North Chesterfield at 7:30 p.m. Questions may be directed to the Rev. Barbara Lewis at or (434) 594-6241. Find more information at link. More… 

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