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News from the Virginia Conference - October 25, 2018


November Advocate features cooperative parishes   
What are cooperative parishes? Learn more in the November Advocate feature. In this issue, you can also learn more about an excavation project in the Jericho Valley of a fortified city, the Methodist Church formally launching in Cambodia and the group of young clergy who recently took a pilgrimage to parks in the west. To read these articles, order your subscription to the Virginia United Methodist Advocate today. Click here to subscribe online. Or call Pam Culler at 1-800-768-6040, ext. 110, or (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!

2018 Virginia LARCUM gathering starts Nov. 30
All are invited to join the ecumenical gathering of the 2018 Virginia LARCUM (Lutheran, Anglican, Roman Catholic, United Methodist) from Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at First UMC, Charlottesville. Dr. Karen Westerfield Tucker will be the presenter. For more information, contact Rick Camporali, registrar, at 703-451-8576 or More…

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…

All God’s Children Camp is ready for 2019
Lori Smith, director of All God’s Children Camp, shared her excitement that already the first camper application has been received for 2019. “We are so excited for another great summer of camp, and it promises to be a great experience for both our campers and our mentors.” Please contact Lori Smith at or 571-245-9591 for an application or more information. More…

Appalachian Christmas at Lake Junaluska
All are invited to Lake Junaluska Dec. 6-9 for Appalachian Christmas, a special festive event including multiple concerts, a storyteller and a craft show. The Lake Junaluska Singers will return, under Director Mary Huff and Associate Director Kathy Geyer McNeil, to perform Handel’s Messiah and a special Christmas concert during Appalachian Christmas. The Appalachian Christmas Craft Show will include more than 40 artisans exhibiting all hand-crafted items. The show is run by the Junaluska Woman’s Club and the profits go toward scholarships the Woman’s Club puts together for Lake Junaluska staff members every summer. Sheila Kay Adams, a renowned local storyteller and ballad singer, will perform on December 8. In 2013, Adams won the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship Award, which recognizes folk and traditional artists for their artistic excellence and efforts to conserve America's culture for future generations. The Appalachian Christmas vacation package includes lodging, meals, tickets to all performances and the Cookies & Carols event. Call 800-222-4930 to book or visit for additional information.

Register now for the Middle School and High School Retreats
Register now for the conference retreats offered through the conference Next Generation Ministries office. Deadline for Middle School retreat is Nov. 1 and will be held from Nov. 9-11 at Eagle Eyrie Retreat Center in Lynchburg, Va. High School Retreat deadline is Nov. 20 and will be held from Nov. 30- Dec. 2. Learn more about registration and the event theme at the link. More…

John Wesley, All Saints’ Day and Halloween
What did John Wesley have to say about All Saints’ Day? The Great Plains Conference has a slightly spooky video that answers this question. More…

Judicial Council oral hearings available online
A webcast of the Judicial Council oral hearings that took place Oct. 23 in Zurich, Switzerland, are now archived for viewing at any time. The hearings dealt with Commission on Way Forward plans, a question from the Commission on General Conference and questions from the Council of Bishops. The denomination’s top court can release opinions any time after its meeting concludes Oct. 26. More...

Five things to consider before engaging a public issue
When so many causes, crises and critical needs demand our attention, how can a congregation decide where to engage? Pastor and author Ginger Gaines-Cirelli outlines key questions and concerns in discerning a faithful and sustainable response to public issues. More from Lewis Center…

Decisions won't stop with General Conference
The One Church Plan, recommended by the Council of Bishops, would let a local church host a same-sex wedding, but only if the congregation votes in favor of having such weddings. All three Way Forward plans set to be considered by the special General Conference hold the prospect of tough votes by United Methodist churches and conferences. More…

♦ 5 Talent Academy- Oct. 30, 2018 
Registration is now open for the 5 Talent Academy event “Influence: Worship 2018.” Event takes place on October 30, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will be hosted live from Floris UMC in Herndon and will be livestreamed to 12 locations. For more information visit or contact the Center for Congregational Excellence at 804-521-1100.

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