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News from the Virginia Conference - October 19, 2017

Register now for the Middle and High School Fall Youth Retreats
Registration is open for the Middle and High School Fall Youth Retreats. Middle School Retreat is from Nov. 10-12 at Eagle Eyrie in Lynchburg, Va. High School Retreat is Dec. 1-3 also at Eagle Eyrie. Deadline to register for Middle School Retreat is Oct. 30. Click link for more information about pricing and how to register. More...

Virginia Clergy Leadership Program’s new cohorts begins in 2018
The Virginia Clergy Leadership Program's (VCLP) new cohort begins in January 2018. The application to join the third group of excellent VAUMC pastors going deep in spiritual and leadership growth is available at  Priority applications are due October 22, 2017. Please contact with questions about these six in-residence sessions with national expert leadership. As VCLP facilitator the Rev. Dr. Mochel Morris puts it, "The underlying focus of the six sessions is to enrich our spiritual lives and leadership skills in the midst of, and in light of, our post-contemporary, post-modern, post-Christendom world. There is no template for being church—or clergy—in this time. There is, however, still and always the powerful work of our Three-in-One God who invites us to be part of the healing of all creation."

Tornado Recovery efforts in Evergreen ongoing
Forrest White, Long-term Recovery Manager and UMVIM Coordinator, thanked everyone  in a recent email for their support of tornado recovery efforts in Evergreen, the small community in Appomattox County devastated by the line of violent storms in February 2016, as well as in Tappahannock and Waverly, where the conference ceased operations in the spring. White shared that his role as Disaster Recovery Manager for the conference ends effective Oct. 31 and that date is also the deadline the conference has set for Evergreen recovery to be completed. “While the three remaining new construction projects are moving rapidly toward completion, it's going to take a few additional weeks to wrap up. We are seeking work teams to serve in Evergreen out through Nov. 18, the Saturday before Thanksgiving,” said White. Contact White if you or your team can provide a week or even a day at The open weeks are Oct. 29-Nov. 3, Nov. 5-11 and Nov. 12-18. Please consider making a donation to help finish the houses in Evergreen and to outfit them with basic furnishings so survivors can finally begin the process of making the houses their home. Checks should be made to the Virginia Conference with advance #5037 and Tornado Recovery Evergreen in the memo line. Mail donations to: Virginia Conference UMC, Treasurer's Office, P.O. Box 5606 Glen Allen, VA 23058-5606.

Camp Rainbow Connection 2018 dates set
Camp Rainbow will be returning to Richard Bland College in Petersburg for 2018. Training dates will be held at the conference center on April 21 and May 5. Camp dates will be June 23-29 and July 21-27. For more information regarding Camp Rainbow, visit Click the link to watch a video on Camp Rainbow.

New and Recertification Early Response Team Training available
Two trainings are being offered for ERT training: basic training will be held Oct. 14 at Bethel UMC in Warrenton and New and Recertification ERT training will be held Oct. 28 at Wilderness Community UMC in Spotsylvania. Click link for more information and to register. More…

Special service on Capitol Hill to mark 500th Anniversary of Reformation
The United Methodist Council of Bishops (COB) in collaboration with the General Board of Church and Society will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation with special service on Oct. 25 in the Simpson Chapel at the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill. Under the theme “Reformation as Reconciliation,” the service will feature several ecumenical participants including those from the United Church of Christ, The Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Roman Catholic Church, and the African Methodist Episcopal Church. COB Ecumenical Officer Bishop B. Michael Watson will be the preacher for the service that is scheduled for 12:10 pm. The service will also include a baptismal remembrance celebration. More…

Start your Doctor of Ministry at Wesley
Take your ministry to the next level with a D.Min. from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Coursework is mainly online with a few on-campus residencies, to enable those in full-time ministry to balance their church, family and academic demands. Applications are being accepted for the following tracks (starting May 2018): “Soul Care for Pastors, Chaplains and Clinicians”  and “Church Leadership Excellence”. The deadline to receive applications for the above-stated academic tracks is February 15th, 2018. For more information, contact Doctor of Ministry Program Director Dr. Lew Parks at

Global Migration Sunday is Dec. 3, 2017
Global Migration Sunday is an opportunity for the denomination to support the 65 million displaced people around the world and deepen the understanding of the biblical call to welcome and care for the displaced. Resources and promotion materials are available as you plan for this meaningful Sunday, including an offering talk, PowerPoint slides, an infographic, social media assets, logos and digital banners. More…

Be part of the Wesleyan Political Theology Project Conference
How can your Wesleyan heritage inform political engagement in today's society? Wesley and the Center for Public Theology invites you to consider this question with noted academics, historians, ethicists, theologians and others involved in politics and government. This two-day academic conference from October 26-27, 2017, is open to the public. Register today - space is limited. Visit link for more information or to register. More…

Apply for 2018 Foundation Ministry Grants
The deadline for Virginia United Methodist Foundation (VAUMF) Grant Applications is approaching! Deadline is October 31. If you have any questions about how to apply for a VAUMF Grant, please call 804-521-1121 or visit to apply. To read more about the Foundation’s Grants Initiative, read here

Ohio pastor charged with disobedience
A committee in the West Ohio Conference has certified a charge against the Rev. David Meredith of “disobedience to the order and discipline of The United Methodist Church.” More…

Church partners with ex-offenders
Tennessee’s Take One program matches faith-based and nonprofit organizations with offenders being released from prison. Kathy L. Gilbert tells the story of a former inmate and the United Methodist church that is helping her adjust to her new life. More…

♦ Small Congregation Leadership team event- Nov. 4, 2017
David Canada talks about spiritual disciplines at the “Spring Day Apart” for the diaconate.The Small Congregation Leadership Team invites small church clergy and laity to a day of learning, conversation and discussion with the Rev. David Canada. Event will take place Nov. 4, Chestnut Hill UMC, 4660 Fort Ave., Lynchburg.
The time will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $25 per person with lunch provided.The event is worth 0.5 CEU. Group discounts are available. To register, visit Contact the Center for Congregational Excellence for more information at 804-521-1100 or by emailing or

♦ ERT Basic class held in Richmond- Nov. 11, 2017
The Rev. Kirk Culpepper, Conference ERT Coordinator, will offer an ERT Basic class on Nov.11 at Unity of Richmond in Richmond from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $55 which includes background fee, materials and ERT t-shirt. For registration or questions, contact Culpepper at 757-434-0078 or email

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