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News from the Virginia Conference - November 8, 2018

Coming soon: December Advocate shares Christmas memories
What warm, fuzzy memories come to mind when you think about Christmas? The Virginia Advocate shares some of these memories from around the conference in the December issue. Subscribe to the monthly magazine either online or by contacting Pam Culler at 1-800-768-6040, ext. 110, (804) 521-1110 or email or 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!

Conference videographer reflects on recent lottery craze in blog
With the recent hype about the large lottery, conference videographer Nick Ruxton asks “Where is your hope” in his most recent blog. More...

Advance hope on Giving Tuesday is Nov. 27
United Methodists will come together to support vital ministry projects and missionaries around the world on #GivingTuesday as they generously #GiveUMC. Giving through The Advance empowers hundreds of dedicated project leaders and missionaries to share the love of Christ in meaningful, life-saving ways. As always, 100 percent of all giving will support the designated Advance ministry! How will you #GiveUMC? Find a project you are passionate about and make a donation! More…

Local church screening faith-based movie on PTSD
On Sunday, Nov. 11, Mount Olivet UMC in Arlington will be screening the film We Are Stronger, a faith-based film exploring a veteran's battle with PTSD. Beginning in January 2019, Mount Olivet will begin facilitating support groups for veterans and first responders living with the effects of PTSD. The event will begin at 6 p.m. For more information contact Teer Hardy,

United Methodist Student Day is Nov. 25
On United Methodist Student Day, Nov. 25, congregations will gather to support students as they prepare for a life that unites faith and knowledge. The gifts on this churchwide Special Sunday provide scholarships for diligent United Methodist students in local congregations just like yours. More…

Register now for High School Retreats
Register now for the High School conference retreat offered through the conference Next Generation Ministries office. Deadline is  Nov. 20 and will be held from Nov. 30- Dec. 2  at Eagle Eyrie Retreat Center in Lynchburg, Va. Learn more about registration and the event theme at the link. More…

Mexican bishops call for better treatment of migrants
It is important to treat migrants with dignity, said bishops of the Methodist Church of Mexico. A caravan of migrants headed to the southern U.S. border was a midterm election issue. More…

Statement on racism from Ebony bishops
The Council of Bishops ended its November 2018 meeting by taking the several actions among other decisions including adopting a statement from the Ebony Bishops. More...

WCA plans new Methodist movement
The Wesleyan Covenant Association began working on a contingency plan for creating a new Methodist movement — in or outside the denomination. The plan depends on decisions made at the 2019 General Conference. More…

Advance Daily Christian Advocate out by November 26; electronic version now available
The Advance Edition of the Daily Christian Advocate (ADCA), the official journal of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church, is set to be available in a bound and printed format by November 26, with a PDF of the 2019 ADCA accessible online now. More…

Video series helps guide talk among those who disagree
Given the current, politically divided atmosphere, many people are calling for a return to civility. But what does it mean to have honest, respectful conversations with people with whom we disagree? What does that look like? The United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race hopes to offer a model in a newly released study program entitled “Vital Conversations 4: Race, Culture, The Church, and Human Sexuality.” More…

Pre-registration for GC2019 now available
Guests and observers to the 2019 special General Conference can now pre-register online. Registration is required to attend the General Conference sessions, which will be held in St. Louis Feb. 23-26. Early registration is available through Jan. 31. More…

'Scrapdaddy' sculptor finds support at church
Mark "Scrapdaddy" Bradford makes giant, inspiring sculptures from materials he finds at the scrap yard. A recovering alcoholic, he attends St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Houston and says it has given him crucial support. More…

♦ Conference center closed for Thanksgiving observance - Nov. 21-23, 2018
The Virginia United Methodist Conference Center will be closed for Thanksgiving observance starting at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21 and will remain closed through Friday, Nov. 23

♦ Conference center closed for Christmas observance- Dec. 21-26, 2018
The Virginia United Methodist Conference Center will be closed for Christmas observance starting at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21 and will remain closed through Wednesday, Dec. 26

♦ Conference center closed for New Year's Day observance- Jan. 1, 2019
The Virginia United Methodist Conference Center will be closed for New Year's Day observance on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. 

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