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2011–2012
Mission Opportunities
for Communities of Faith in the
Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church
                                                                                                                                                   how to Use this Book                           “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              How to Use this Book/Apportionments
Table of Contents/From the Bishop
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.
                                                                                                                                                   T    his booklet is divided into sections,
                                                                                                                                                        with each section offering a way
                                                                                                                                                                                                  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you
                                                                                                  Together we CAN                                  for congregations to be engaged in
                                                                                                                                                   mission. It’s a list of opportunities to
                                                                                                                                                                                                  have love for one another.”     — John 13:34-35, NRSV

                                            Bishop of the Virginia Conference
                                                                                                  be ‘Christ to others’                            help your faith community grow through
                                                                                                                                                   mission:                                       Spreading the love of Jesus
                                                                                                  Dear Friends in Christ,
                                                                                                                                                   • The first objective for each
                                                                                                                                                   congregation is to pay all of
                                                                                                                                                                                                  through apportionments
                                                                                                                                                                                                  B
                                            Charlene Payne Kammerer




                                                                                                                                                   apportionments in full (See pgs.                      eing a faithful disciple means following the commands of
                                                                                                                                                   4-5). Advance specials and other                      Jesus. And Jesus commands us to love one another. How do
                                                                                                  In this resource you will find countless op-     mission opportunities depend in one                   we show that love? Jesus tells us to feed the hungry, welcome
                                                                                                  portunities to show your love for God by         way or another on the existence of             the stranger, provide clothing and shelter to the poor, care for the sick
                                                                                                                                                   the basic financial structure of The           and visit those in prison.
                                                                                                  loving your neighbor. We hope that you use       United Methodist Church, which is                 While it would be wonderful if we could reach out personally to
                                                                                                  this booklet prayerfully and with anticipation   supported through the apportionments.          everyone who needs our help, we know that is impossible. But when
                                                                                                                                                   (See below                                     we join with other members of our congregation, put money into the
                                                                                                  of how God can strengthen your heart and                                                        offering plate, and participate in the carefully planned system of United
                                                                                                                                                   on where to
                                                                                                  love for mission.                                send Advance                                   Methodist mission and ministry, our gifts can stretch around the world,
                                                                                                                                                   money.)                                        helping those in need and spreading the love of Jesus Christ, even in
                                        Table of Contents                                         During the next conference year, each            • After this first-level giving is in place,   places where we can’t go.
                                        From the Bishop                                   2                                                        leaders in the faith community can             FIRST-MILE GIVING
                                                                                                  church will begin using a dashboard system       then consider the various mission
                                        How to Use this Book                              3                                                                                                          When you give to your local church, most of the money is used to
                                                                                                  to measure effectiveness and fruitfulness        opportunities offered in each section.
                                        Apportionments                                    3                                                        A wide variety of mission choices, from        support the ministries of your local congregation.*
                                        Apportionments: First- and Second-Mile Giving 4-5         in ministry. One of the areas of a vital con-    supporting local hunger-relief agencies           A smaller portion funds regional ministries in the Virginia Confer-
                                                                                                  gregation we will measure is how we are          to international mission projects,             ence (see pg. 4).
                                           Virginia Conference Ministries
                                                                                                                                                   provide opportunities for a healthy spirit        Finally, a portion of your giving goes to the worldwide United
                                           Worldwide United Methodist Church Ministries           engaging disciples in mission and outreach.                                                     Methodist Church (see pg. 5) to support programs on a national and
                                                                                                                                                   of giving in your congregation. In how
                                        United Methodist Committee on Relief            6-7       This booklet should provide for you innumer-     many kinds of mission outreach will            international level.
                                        UMCOR Kits                                        7                                                        your congregation become involved?                We share the costs of conference and worldwide church ministries,
                                                                                                  able avenues in which you can be “Christ to                                                     with each local church being responsible for contributing a fair por-
                                        Virginia Ministries                             8-9
                                                                                                  others” by sharing of yourselves beyond the      • This booklet also can be used as an          tion or “apportionment.” This is the “First-Mile Giving” expected of all
                                        National Ministries                           10-11                                                        educational tool in a variety of settings
                                                                                                  walls of your church. May God bring you joy                                                     United Methodists.
                                        International Ministries                      12-13                                                        — new member orientation, Sunday
                                                                                                                                                                                                     The power of our apportionments — our collective First-Mile
                                                                                                  in the offering of yourselves for God’s chil-    school class, small groups, youth fel-
                                        Initiatives of Hope                           14-15                                                                                                       giving — is that it enables United Methodists to do together what
                                                                                                                                                   lowship or stewardship campaign — to
                                        Missionaries                                     16       dren everywhere.                                 understand how United Methodists are
                                                                                                                                                                                                  no church, district or annual conference could do alone.
                                        How to Support a Missionary                      17                                                        a connectional people at work in God’s         SECOND-MILE GIVING
                                        United Methodist Volunteers In Mission           18       Grace and Peace,                                 mission around the world. For further             But Jesus says we should do more than the basic requirement —
                                        2011 Special and Sustaining Program Grants       19                                                        study related to the Advance Specials          we must walk the “second mile” as well. We can go beyond the pri-
                                                                                                                                                   listed in this booklet, visit the Web at       mary gifts to the church and contribute “Second-Mile” gifts to specific
                                        School of Christian Mission                      20                                                        www.vaumc.org/Mission or www.
                                        Vocational Mission Opportunities                 21                                                                                                       programs, missionaries and ministries through The Advance for Christ
                                                                                                                                                   Advancinghope.org .
                                                                                                  Charlene Kammerer                                                                               and His Church and through contributions to Special Sunday offerings.
                                        Print, Web and Other Resources                   22                                                        • Have questions about anything in                The Virginia Conference has set a goal for all of our faith communi-
                                        Mission Resource Persons                         23                                                        this booklet or like more copies?              ties to excel in worship, mission, stewardship, evangelism and disci-
                                        Additional Mission Opportunities              24-26                                                        Call the conference Mission office at          pleship. This booklet can help your congregation excel by walking the
                                                                                                                                                   (804) 521-1100, ext. 144; or e-mail:           first mile — and then going the second mile as well. You can join other
                                        Special Sundays                                  27
                                                                                                                                                   <mission@vaumc.org>.                           United Methodists and make a difference around the world.
                                        Stories of Mission                               28                                                                                                       ----
                                                                                                                                                   Where to Send Advance Money            –       * On average in the Virginia Confer- Where your offering           goes:
                                    Production Credits — This special Mission and Ministry publication is an                                       Make your check payable to Virginia            ence, 87% of each individual’s contri-
                                    annual supplement to the Virginia United Methodist Advocate monthly newsmaga-                                  United Methodist Conference. Write             bution to a local church is retained in       First-mile
                                    zine. This year’s booklet is produced by Ms. Debbie Duty, production coordinator/                              the ministry name and the Advance
                                                                                                                                                                                                  the local church and used for church          giving 7 %
                                    graphics communicator for the Virginia Advocate, under the direction of the Rev.                               number in the memo line of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                  operations, pastor salaries and         Second-mile %
                                    Glenn Rowley, conference director of Mission and Global Justice; with assistance                               check. Send to: Treasurer, Virginia
                                                                                                                                                   Conference UMC, P.O. Box 5605,                 benefits and capital improvements       giving       6
                                    from members of the Benevolence Interpretation Committee of the conference
                                                                                                                                                   Glen Allen, VA 23058.                          or mortgages. About 7% goes to ap-
                                    Board of Communications.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  portionments or “first-mile giving” and
                                                                                                                                                   100% of your contribution goes to
                                    “We envision faith communities where all God’s people are welcomed at table, nurtured                          the Advance ministry you choose!               6% goes to mission giving beyond ap- Local church
                                    and transformed to be Christ to others in the world.”         — Virginia Conference Vision Statement                                                          portionments or “second-mile giving.” expenses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   87      %

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                                                                        Virginia Conference Ministries                                                                                                 Worldwide United Methodist Church Ministries
Apportionments: First- and Second-Mile Giving




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Apportionments: First- and Second-Mile Giving
                                                WELCOMED AT TABLE ............................. $1,212,500   funding for Society of St. Andrew, Stop Hunger Now                                  WORLD SERVICE FUND ..........................$3,160,556                            living body of Jesus Christ. This fund supports ecu-
                                                The Virginia Conference has committed to establish           and the Appalachian Ministry Network.                                               The World Service Fund provides the basic sup-                                     menical efforts to foster a renewal of Christian unity
                                                250 new faith communities in the next 30 years and                                                                                               port for most of the worldwide mission and ministry                                and understanding as we work with other Christian
                                                                                                             MINISTERIAL SUPPORT ......................... $19,289,375
                                                strengthen and revitalize existing congregations, wel-                                                                                           of The United Methodist Church. This fund supports                                 communions to witness to a common faith, meet hu-
                                                                                                             District Superintendents’ Fund pays salaries, pen-
                                                coming more people to Jesus’ table of fellowship.                                                                                                the work of missionaries around the world and funds                                man suffering and advocate for peace and justice all
                                                                                                             sions, benefits, travel and continuing education for 16
                                                   Leadership resourcing is offered to congregations                                                                                             evangelistic outreach, establishment of new churches,                              over the world.
                                                                                                             district superintendents................................ $2,150,000
                                                through conference boards and commissions. The                                                                                                   anti-hunger projects, social justice advocacy, and
                                                                                                             Equitable Compensation Fund provides pastor salary                                                                                                                     AFRICA UNIVERSITY FUND..........................$93,606
                                                New Church Leadership Institute trains new church                                                                                                resources for local church work with children, youth,
                                                                                                             assistance when a church is unable to meet the annual                                                                                                                  This vital fund supports the only United Methodist-
                                                pastors; “Just-In-Time” training is offered to pastors                                                                                           singles, students, disabled persons and adults of all
                                                                                                             conference’s minimum compensation requirements. .....                                                                                                                  related, degree-granting university on the continent
                                                and spouses appointed to start new churches; Men-                                                                                                ages. It provides basic support for the programs and
                                                                                                             ........................................................................ $550,000                                                                                      of Africa — serving students from 21 countries, all
                                                toring and peer-to-peer learning is provided for new                                                                                             administration of most of the general agencies of The
                                                                                                             Retired Clergy Health provides the employer share of                                                                                                                   across the continent of Africa. Africa University pro-
                                                church planting pastors; and the 2012 budget includes                                                                                            United Methodist Church.
                                                                                                             medical care costs for retired pastors.......... $5,434,412                                                                                                            vides higher education of excellent quality, enriched
                                                start-up funding for new faith communities.                                                                                                         “The World Service apportionment represents
                                                                                                             Pension Liability Assessment – Pre 82 provides                                                                                                                         with Christian values, for both men and women,
                                                   Many other grants, programs and training help                                                                                                    the minimum needs of the general agencies of
                                                                                                             funding for the unfunded portion of the pension plan for                                                                                                               developing visionary leaders of tomorrow.
                                                churches become more welcoming, especially to racial                                                                                                the Church. Payment in full of these apportion-
                                                                                                             the ministers service years prior to 1982 ..... $2,010,310
                                                and ethnic minorities, those with disabilities, women                                                                                               ments by local churches and annual confer-                                      gENERAL CONNECTIONAL FUND ............ $611,450
                                                                                                             Conference Health Plan provides the employer share
                                                and children. The Church Extension and Develop-                                                                                                     ences is the first benevolent responsibility of the                             This combines the General Administration Fund from
                                                                                                             of medical care costs for active pastors ...... $8,713,713
                                                ment Fund provides grants for new churches, reloca-                                                                                                 Church.” — 2008 Book of Discipline (Par. 812).                                  the general church and the Southeastern Jurisdic-
                                                                                                             Clergy Support, Administration provides clergy fam-
                                                tions, expansion, or merging churches; district mission                                                                                          As United Methodists, our mission is to make dis-                                  tion (SEJ) Mission and Ministry Fund. The General
                                                                                                             ily counseling, candidate evaluation, clergy families in
                                                and church extension work; and ethnic local church                                                                                               ciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the                               Administration Fund finances general church ad-
                                                                                                             transition, sexual ethics response team, Board of Or-
                                                building and programs.                                                                                                                           world. One way is by supporting the World Service                                  ministrative activities, including General Conference
                                                                                                             dained Ministry administration and Bishop’s Assistant. ..
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Fund at 100%.                                                                      (the law-making body of the church); Judicial Council
                                                NURTURED AND TRANSFORMED ........... $1,832,200              ........................................................................ $430,940
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    which adjudicates questions of church law; General
                                                The conference provides numerous resources to help                                                                                               MINISTERIAL EDUCATION FUND ........... $1,048,613
                                                                                                             ADMINISTRATION...................................... $1,466,060                                                                                                        Council on Finance and Administration that coordi-
                                                local churches nurture and transform children, youth,                                                                                            Men and women choose ordained ministry because
                                                                                                             The budget includes support for the conference trea-                                                                                                                   nates and administers the finances of the church and
                                                young adults, singles, older adults, men and women.                                                                                              God calls them. The Ministerial Education Fund is our
                                                                                                             surer’s office, conference technology systems, Annual                                                                                                                  safeguards the denomination’s legal interests and
                                                Among them, the School for Children’s Ministries                                                                                                 way to help them answer that divine call. This fund
                                                                                                             Conference session, per diem for retired pastors to at-                                                                                                                rights; and maintenance of United Methodism’s official
                                                and Safe Sanctuaries training equip local churches in                                                                                            provides educational support for United Methodist
                                                                                                             tend Annual Conference, Conference Journal and Di-                                                                                                                     documents and historical artifacts, landmarks and
                                                ministry to and with children and their families. Camp                                                                                           ordained elders and deacons and diaconal ministers,
                                                                                                             rectory of the Ministry, ministers’ liability insurance for                                                                                                            sites. This money also supports SEJ administration
                                                Rainbow offers persons with disabilities recreation                                                                                              and provides essential support to the 13 United Meth-
                                                                                                             all pastors under appointment, conference toll-free tele-                                                                                                              plus program ministries of the jurisdiction.
                                                and spiritual development; All God’s Children camp                                                                                               odist seminaries in the United States. Of the money
                                                                                                             phone number, and Wesley Foundation maintenance.
                                                provides fellowship, love and care to children whose                                                                                             received for this fund, 25% is returned to our annual                              TOTAL:
                                                mothers are in prison. The conference supports 19            TOTAL:                                                                              conference for scholarships, clergy professional de-                               Worldwide UM Church apportionment ... $6,378,190

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    *
                                                Campus Ministries.                                           Virginia Conference Ministries ..............$26,151,810                            velopment and continuing education, and programs to                                    In the shaded box below, “Your Local Church
                                                                                                                                                                                                 encourage men and women to respond to the call to                                      Share” is that portion of your church budget
                                                CHRIST TO OTHERS IN THE WORLD ...... $2,351,675
                                                                                                                                                                                                 ordained ministry.                                                                     meant for others. The amount is unique to each
                                                The conference reaches out to those in need in many
                                                ways, including the Initiatives of Hope partnership                                                                                              EPISCOPAL FUND .......................................$962,717                         congregation, so you may want to ask your
                                                with the church in Mozambique and Brazil, Volunteers                                                                                             Our bishops oversee and promote the church’s                                           pastor to fill in the number. This represents
                                                                                                                                                                                                 spiritual and temporal interests. This fund underwrites                                your “first-mile” in giving to mission and minis-
                                                In Mission leader training, Disaster Response coor-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        try beyond your local church.
                                                dination, Voices of Youth mission choir, social and                                                                                              salaries, housing, office expenses and travel costs of
                                                economic justice advocacy, Caretakers of God’s                                                                                                   active bishops. It also provides pension and health
                                                Creation work, and criminal justice and mercy min-           A portion of the dollars                                                            benefits for active and retired bishops and their fami-
                                                istries.                                                                                                                                         lies.                                                                               TOTAL:
                                                                                                             you give goes towards the                                                                                                                                               Virginia Conference and Worldwide Apportionments
                                                   Helping Hands events offer education and mission          Educational Fund, helping                                                           BLACK COLLEgE FUND.............................$418,244
                                                experiences for children. The School of Christian            students such as these from                                                                                                                                             .......................................................................$32,530,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                 This fund supports the 11 United Methodist historically
                                                Mission helps men, women, youth and children                 Randolph-Macon College.                                                             black colleges and universities in the United States,
                                                learn about being partners in God’s global mis-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 including one medical school. These schools pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     *Your Local Church Share .....................$____________
                                                sion. The Educational Fund provides support to                                                                      (Left) Members
                                                                                                                                                                                                 vide opportunities for many students of promise who
                                                five Virginia Conference church-related colleges                                                                    of Nelson UMC,
                                                                                                                                                                                                 otherwise might be excluded from higher education.
                                                and one preparatory school, including scholarship                                                                   Charlottesville                                                                                                 For more information about apportionments
                                                                                                                                                                    District, worked             Graduates of these institutions — teachers, doctors,
                                                assistance for United Methodist students attending                                                                                                                                                                                  and how they are calculated, contact the
                                                                                                                                                                    with Society                 ministers, bishops, judges, artists and entrepreneurs
                                                these schools.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      conference Business office at 1-800-768-6040
                                                                                                                                                                    of St. Andrew                — are leaders in the African-American community and
                                                   Our support allows Chaplain Service of Vir-
                                                                                                                                                                    (SoSA) to distrib-           in a rapidly changing, more diverse United States.                                 or (804) 521-1100, ext. 109; e-mail
                                                ginia to provide chaplains in 33 state prisons and
                                                four juvenile correctional facilities and Industrial                                                                ute watermelons              INTERDENOMINATIONAL COOPERATION FUND                                               <DavidDommisse@vaumc.org>; or visit the
                                                and Commercial Ministries to provide chaplains                                                                      to the hungry.               .........................................................................$83,004   Web at <www.vaumc.org>, and click on
                                                                                                                                                                    Your gifts help                                                                                                 “Administrative Services >> Business Office.”
                                                in workplaces across the state. We help feed the                                                                                                 United Methodists acknowledge that we are but a
                                                                                                                                                                    fund SoSA’s min-
                                                hungry and are in ministry with the poor through                                                                                                 small part of the worldwide Christian church — the
                                                                                                                                                                    istry to the poor.

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                                                       ardly a week goes by when there is not a natural disaster in some part of the world. No matter what
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    UMCOR Kits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ittle things do mean a lot — especially when those little
                                                       happens, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) seems to be involved very quickly.                                                                               things are brought together as United Methodist Commit-
                                                       Even in places where there is not already a strong United Methodist presence, UMCOR seeks to help                                                                      tee on Relief (UMCOR) Kits. The contents of each of these
                                               by working with other churches or non-governmental organizations as partner agencies. That’s why UMCOR                                                                         “starter sets” are such simple, small things — pencils, tablets,
                                               is active in more than 80 countries and across the United States.                                                                                                              washcloths, latex gloves — but having or not having them can
                                                  While UMCOR is quick to respond with supplies, water and personnel, it also is often the last group to                                                                      make a world of difference. That’s why School, Health, Baby/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Layette and Birthing Kits are among the items most requested
                                               leave an area that has been affected by a disaster. That’s because part of its mission is to stay in place as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              by our overseas partners each year. The need is great, and
                                               long as it takes to ensure long-term recovery and not simply a quick fix.                                                   Birthing kits provide the                          we can never have too many on hand. Collecting materials for
                                                  UMCOR also utilizes thousands of volunteers every year. In fact, in 2006 at the Sager Brown depot in Loui-               essential items to promote a safe,                 kits is a great group hands-on project for young and old alike.
                                               siana alone, 3,031 volunteers prepared more than 300 tons of disaster relief supplies for shipping all over the             clean delivery and to encourage                    The full list of additional UMCOR kits is available at: http://
                                               globe.                                                                                                                      good aftercare. (Darla Rowley/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              new.gbgm-umc.org/umcor/getconnected/supplies/.
                                                                                                                                                                           UMCOR photo)
                                                  Founded during the massive devastation during
                                               World War II, the organization’s mission statement
                                               is “to alleviate human suffering — whether caused                                                                           Birthing kit                                              Health kit
                                               by war, conflict, or natural disaster — with open                                                                           • One hotel-size bar of soap (1 oz. and up)               • One hand towel
                                               minds and hearts to all people.”                                                                                            • One pair of clean latex gloves                            (15” x 25” up to 17” x 27” — No kitchen towels)
                                                  UMCOR receives no funds from World Service                                                                               • One square yard of clear 4 mil. plastic sheeting        • One washcloth
                                               or any apportionments. All operating costs come                                                                             • Three pieces of clean string each 12” long              • One comb (large and sturdy,
                                               from gifts made to the “One Great Hour of Shar-                                                                             • One clean single-use razor blade (carefully               not pocket-sized)
                                                                                                                                                                             wrap the blade in paper or plastic to protect it        • One metal nail file or fingernail clippers
                                               ing” Special Sunday offering (observed on the
                                                                                                                                                                             and keep it from causing injury)                          (no emery boards or toenail clippers)
                                               fourth Sunday of Lent). This offering ensures that                                                                          • Two flannelette receiving blankets, each 1 sq. yd.      • One bar of soap (bath size, 3 oz. and up)
                                               100 percent of every dollar you give to a specific                                                                            Seal all items in a one-gallon plastic bag.             • One toothbrush
                                               project will go directly to help those people in need.                                                                                                                                  (single brushes only in original wrapper —
                                                  You can donate to any project by placing a con-                                                                          School kit                                                  No child-size brushes)
                                               tribution in the offering plate at a local United Meth-                                                                     • One pair of blunt scissors (rounded tip)                • Six adhesive plastic sterile bandages (Band-Aids)
                                               odist church; by sending a check to UMCOR, P.O.         UMCOR has been present in Haiti following the January                                                                           (NOTE: DO NOT INCLUDE TOOTHPASTE!
                                                                                                                                                                           • Three pads (or loose leaf) of 81/2” x 11” ruled
                                               Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068; or by calling 2010 earthquake. (UMCOR photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS)                          paper (approx. 250 sheets total)                          UMCOR Sager Brown is now purchasing tooth-
                                               1-800-554-8583, where credit card donations are accepted. You can also give online by clicking on any of the                • One 30-centimeter ruler                                   paste in bulk to be added to health kits before
                                               “Give Now” links at <www.umcor.org>. For more information on UMCOR, visit <www.umcor.org>.                                  • One hand-held pencil sharpener                            shipping to ensure that the product does not
                                                                                                                                                                           • Six unsharpened new pencils with erasers                  expire before kits are sent.)
                                                                                                                                                                           • One large eraser (21/2”)                                  Seal all items in a one-gallon plastic bag.
                                                   NEW! Packing and Shipping Instructions for UMCOR Kits:                                                                  • One box of 24 crayons (only 24)
                                                   • All items included in kits must be NEW items and should be packed in boxes with only one type of kit in each          Pack these items in a 14” x 16” (finished size)
                                                      box. The contents should be clearly written on the outside or inside of the box.                                     cloth bag with handles, and secure contents with
                                                   • All kits are carefully planned to make them usable in the greatest number of emergency situations.                    a closure (Velcro, snap, or button). A pattern for
                                                      Because of strict rules in other countries, kits must contain only the requested items — nothing more.               making cloth bags is available from the UMCOR
                                                   •	 Do NOT include any money, personal notes, or additional materials in the kits. These things must                     Web site at http://new.gbgm-umc.org/umcor/
                                                      be painstakingly removed and will delay the shipment.                                                                media/reliefsupplypdfsimages/schoolbag
                                                   • Complete two packing lists: one for your records and one to put outside the box with the shipping label. Paste        pattern.gif.
                                                      the shipping label/packing list on the outside of each box you send to UMCOR. The shipping label may be
                                                      downloaded from the UMCOR Web site at <http://gbgm-umc.org/umcor/print/kits/shipping.stm>.
                                                                                                                                                                           Baby/Layette kit
                                                      Kits may be brought to Annual Conference in June* or shipped prepaid to:
                                                             UMCOR Sager Brown Depot, P.O. Box 850, 131 Sager Brown Rd., Baldwin, LA 70514-0850.                           • Six cloth diapers
                                                      Monetary donations include:                       If you prefer UMCOR to provide kits for you, include:              • Two shirts or two one-piece body suits
                                                      • $1.00 per kit for processing and shipping       • $12 for UMCOR to provide a health kit                            • Two baby washcloths
                                                      • $1.00 for UMCOR to purchase toothpaste          • $11 for UMCOR to provide a school kit                            • Two gowns or sleepers
                                                                                                        • $35 for UMCOR to provide a baby/layette kit                      • Two diaper pins
                                                                                                        • $8 for UMCOR to provide a birthing kit                           • One sweater open in the front
                                                   * SEND ALL MONETARY DONATIONS (including $1 shipping for each kit and $1 for toothpaste) ON ONE CHECk,                                                                            Health kits provide basic necessities to people who
                                                                                                                                                                           • Two receiving blankets
                                                      payable to: Virginia United Methodist Conference (earmarked for “UMCOR Kits”) and mail to: Treasurer, Virginia                                                                 have been forced to leave their homes because of
                                                      Conference of The United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 5605, Glen Allen, VA 23058                                       Wrap items inside one of the receiving blankets           human conflict or natural disaster. Health kits are also
                                                      (DO NOT PACk MONETARY DONATIONS IN BOXES WITH kITS!)
                                                                                                                                                                           and secure with diaper pins.                              used as learning tools in personal hygiene, literacy,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     nutrition and cooking classes.
                                                      (CHECkS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE! Send money prior to or immediately after.)
                                                   To learn about other UMCOR kits, cleaning buckets (formerly known as flood buckets — urgently needed to replenish the
                                                   supply at the Sager Brown Depot), and medicine boxes that are needed throughout the world, visit the UMCOR Web site                                                    Be sure to read the NEW packing and shipping in-
                                                   at <www.umcor.org>, the conference Web site at <www.vaumc.org/Mission>, or contact the conference Mission
                                                   office at 1-800-768-6040, (804) 521-1100, ext. 144; e-mail: <mission@vaumc.org>.                                                                                       structions for UMCOR Kits on the bottom of pg. 6.

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                                            Together we CAN




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Virginia Conference Advance Specials
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          churches in the Arlington District. Provides support and empowers the low-income immigrant community in northern
 (Ministries that reach across the state)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Virginia through its ministries distribution and job-training classes.

                                            be in mission and ministry in Virginia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          E-mail: mreal@florisumc.org .......................................................................................................................... (#5035)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    10.   Northern Virginia: ESL and Immigrant Ministries: A network of churches offering English as a Second Language



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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (ESL) classes to northern Virginia immigrant communities. Provides volunteer recruitment, student recruitment and
                                                    od’s mission in the world has                                                                emphasis by the conference Board                                         administrative support for its partner ESL programs.
                                                    no boundaries and although                                                                   of Global Ministries. These mission                                      Web site: www.eslim.org ................................................................................................................................. (#5036)
                                                    when we first think of mis-                                                                  opportunities provide individuals and                              11.   UM Urban Ministries of Richmond/Shalom Farms: Working to assure food security, educational supports and
                                            sion we usually think of ministry in                                                                 churches an opportunity to know that                                     faith development in Richmond primarily through the development of an organic farm and related community and
                                            some other part of the world, we also know that the                                  100 percent of their gift goes directly to the project                                   faith-based programming.
                                            need for us to participate in God’s mission is most                                  — another benefit of our United Methodist con-                                           Web site: www.umumr.org..........................(#5001)
                                            evident next door. Our call to mission and ministry in                               nection! For more information about these Virginia                                 12.   Teens Opposing Poverty, Inc. (TOPS): Provides
                                            Virginia is represented by the following Virginia Ad-                                Conference Advance Specials, visit the conference                                        opportunities for youth to serve and share Christ to
                                            vance Specials which have been chosen for special                                    Web site at <www.vaumc.org/Mission>.                                                     the poor and homeless.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Web site: www.teensopposingpoverty.org(#5010)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    13.   Virginia: Heart Havens: Provides residential sup-
                                                         Virginia Conference Advance Specials                                                                                                                             port for adults with intellectual disabilities through a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          network of 12 homes across Virginia. Heart Havens’
                                            1. Richmond: Embrace Richmond: Working to prevent and end homelessness by equipping, empowering and en-                                                                       homes offer a Christian, faith-based home environ-
                                               gaging people of faith in hands-on ministry with those living on the edge.                                                                                                 ment, empowering individuals to be independent
                                               Web site: www.embracerichmond.wordpress.com....................................................................................... (#5039)                                 contributing citizens in their community.
                                            2. Lexington: Crossroads College Ministry: Connecting college students to God and their community through                                                                     Web site: www.hearthavens.org.................(#6442)
                                               weekly study, worship and mission.                                                                                                                                   14.   Waynesboro: Casa de Amistad: A nonprofit orga-
                                               Web site: www.lexumcm.org ........................................................................................................................... (#5030)              nization that seeks to equip, empower and enrich
                                            3. Christiansburg: Summer Project Youth (SPY): Empowering youth leadership as they engage in relational com-                                                                  lives in the multicultural community.
                                               munity mission such as home winterization.                                                                                                                                 E-mail: cdajenn@comcast.net....................(#5003)
                                               Web site: www.project-SPY.com ................................................................................................................... (#5018)            15.   Lynchburg: Park View Community Mission: The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          United Methodist Church’s Four Areas of Focus                         Heart Havens ministry began when parents of intellectually
                                            4. Rocky Mount: Henry Fork Service Center: A multipurpose mission outreach providing a Christian presence and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          converge at Park View Community Mission, an                           disabled adults asked, “Where will my child live when I am
                                               addressing the needs of an economically deprived community in Franklin County. The Center is a place where chil-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          outreach ministry of the Lynchburg District.                          gone?” Your support is needed to continue this ministry.
                                               dren, youth and adults can spend creative time and find a helping hand and a listening ear.
                                               Web site: www.gbgm-umc.org/hfsc ................................................................................................................ (#5008)                   E-mail: Phil12_13@yahoo.com ....................................................................................................................... (#5019)
                                            5. Roanoke: United Methodist Community Outreach Program: A direct-service provider for children and youth of                                                            16.   Portsmouth: Wesley Community Center: A national mission institution related to the Women’s Division of the
                                               poverty in inner-city Roanoke. It addresses basic needs of poverty such as food and clothing, and provides a safe                                                          General Board of Global Ministries, offering programs and services in the tradition of the historic settlement house
                                               environment for children and youth in dealing with issues of violence, racism, drug and alcohol abuse.                                                                     movement in America, aimed at empowering the poor and marginalized while conveying a message of human dig-
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                                               E-mail: domaha@cox.net ................................................................................................................................ (#5004)            nity and worth for all persons.
                                            6. Virginia Conference Disaster Response and Recovery: Coordinates preparation, response and recovery in the                                                                  E-mail: wesleys@exis.net ................................................................................................................................ (#5025)
                                               conference during times of disaster. This addresses the personnel needed, equipment required and Christian wit-                                                      17.   Gloucester County: Helping Hands Mission Camp: A Christ centered, youth focused, multi-denominational
                                               ness that is desired in such situations.                                                                                                                                   community service mission for youth and adults. Youth campers are divided into work teams with adult mentors to
                                               E-mail: vacdrt@cox.net ................................................................................................................................... (#5037)         complete home maintenance, home repairs and small construction projects for people in Gloucester County that
                                            7. Caretakers of God’s Creation:                                                                                                                                              need our helping hands.
                                               Implementing creation care ministry                                           (Bottom) Disaster Response trailers are packed and ready                                     Web site: www.hh-missioncamp.org .............................................................................................................. (#5026)
                                               teams in local churches throughout                                            to go to such hard-hit areas as gloucester (below), where
                                               the conference. To equip, empower
                                               and resource United Methodists to
                                                                                                                             Response and Recovery Teams jump in for cleanup.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Virginia Advance Specials that are also supported
                                               live out their faith by caring for and                                                                                                                               through General Board of Global Ministries
                                               healing God’s creation.
                                               E-mail: caretakersofgodscreation@                                                                                                                                     • Alexandria: Rising Hope United Methodist Mission Church: This ministry meets the needs of the poor through
                                               cavtel.net................................(#5016)                                                                                                                       programs such as food, clothing, emergency assistance, afterschool care and others. The programs are run by
                                            8. Eastern Shore: Agape Christian                                                                                                                                          volunteers. Web site: www.risinghopeumc.org .......................................................................................... (#803001)
                                               Children’s Community Center,                                                                                                                                          • Marion: Project Crossroads, Inc.: Rehabilitation of older homes and first-time home ownership for low-income
                                               Inc.: An outreach ministry to children                                                                                                                                  families.
                                               at high risk for abuse, neglect and                                                                                                                                     Web site: www.projectcrossroads.org ....................................................................................................... (#781380)
                                               school dropout on the Eastern Shore. Shar-                                                                                                                            • Arlington: Just Neighbors Ministry: Offering immigration legal services to low-income immigrant communities.
                                               ing Christ through programs like preschool,                                                                                                                             Also, involved in bringing immigrant and non-immigrant communities together through community clinics.
                                               Vacation Bible School and computer train-                                                                                                                               Web site: www.justneighbors.org ............................................................................................................... (#803002)
                                               ing.                                                                                                                                                                  • NEW Advance this year: Pathways-VA: Advancing community restoration, spiritual and physical health, and eco-
                                               E-mail: esdsumc@verizon.net........(#5020)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       nomic growth in Petersburg through partnerships. Programs include youth and workforce development, affordable
                                            9. Arlington: GRACE Ministries of The                                                                                                                                      green housing production, civic engagement, and free specialty health services.
                                               United Methodist Church: A network of six                                                                                                                               Web site: www.pathways-va.org ................................................................................................................. (#803405)

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                                          Together we CAN                                                                                                                                               (Right) Members of local churches at-
 (Ministries that reach across the USA)




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       National Ministries
                                                                                                                                                                                                        tending the 2011 Virginia Annual Con-

                                          be in mission and ministry across the nation                                                                                                                  ference in Roanoke, gathered bright
                                                                                                                                                                                                        and early Friday morning to bag and




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                                                                                                                                                                                                        load 39,500 pounds of sweet potatoes,
                                                  articipating in God’s mission                                                             colleges, health care facilities and                        which went out to 12 feeding agencies in
                                                  and ministry is where our                                                                 women’s residences. Through these                           Virginia and West Virginia. The potatoes
                                                                                                                                                                                                        will provide 118,000 servings of food for
                                                  United Methodist connec-                                                                  ministries we can participate as                            hungry people. More than 220 people
                                          tion may be strongest. Through our                                                                witnesses to the redeeming love of                          participated in the annual mission
                                          participation in programs and projects across the                                God in Christ to those in special need, the stranger,                        project sponsored by the Society of St.
                                          United States by giving to the Advance we make a                                 the hungry, the broken and hurting. Your gift makes                          Andrew’s hunger relief ministry.
                                          difference in the lives of people who need our caring                            a difference and 100 percent of your gift through the
                                          presence.                                                                        Advance goes to the project or ministry. The mission
                                             The “Caring Connection” of National Missions                                  and ministries listed below are being promoted by
                                          Institutions related to the General Board of Global                              the conference Board of Global Ministries for 2011-
                                          Ministries includes 103 institutions located across the                          2012. For more information about these projects,
                                          United States such as community centers, schools,                                visit <www.vaumc.org/Mission>.


                                                                           National Advance Specials
                                          1. USA: Farming for Churches:
                                              Supplying soup kitchens with fresh produce through an interfaith hunger-relief organization..............
                                              ............................................................................................................................................ (#3021060)
                                          2. North Carolina: Robeson County Church and                                                 The homeless in Washington, D.C., can get as-
                                              Community Center:                                                                        sistance from the Christ House recovery facility.
                                              Seeks to involve people across cultural, racial, class                                                                                                    (Above) Attorney Thomas J. Mills (left) helps
                                              and denominational barriers in partnership with                                                                                                           Haitian immigrants at Justice for Our Neigh-
                                              each other to address social needs and to move in                                                                                                         bors’ New York clinic.
                                              Christ’s name toward solutions.................(#791742)
                                          3. District of Columbia: Christ House:
                                              A recovery facility that provides for the physical and                                                                                                                                                                                                            (Above) Disaster response and
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                                              emotional needs of homeless men and women .......                                                                                                                                                                                                                 recovery personnel come to the
                                              ..................................................................(#381215)                                                                                                                                                                                       assistance of North Alabama
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                residents after spring tornadoes
                                          4. kentucky: Red Bird Mission, Inc., Beverly:                                                                                                                                                                                                                         wreaked havoc across the South.
                                              Community education and outreach programs in                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (Left) Members of the Alaska Mis-
                                              rural Appalachia........................................(#773726)                                                                                                                                                                                                 sionary Conference raise their
                                                                                                                                                            Josh and Jack Burnap show their                                                                                                                     hands to vote on 2012 general
                                          5. Tennessee: Jubilee Project, Inc., Sneedville:                                                                  painting skills during                                                                                                                              and Jurisdictional Conference
                                              Leadership development and community organizing in an impov-                                                  Kenwood UMC’S                                                                                                                                       delegates during its 40th annual
                                              erished area...................................................................(#781350)                      (in Ashland)                                                                                                                                        gathering held the first week of
                                          6. Florida: Cornerstone Family Ministries:                                                                        mission trip to                                                                                                                                     June in Homer, Alaska.
                                                                                                                                                            Hinton Rural
                                              Ministries for needy infants, children and youth.............(#751202)                                        Life Center                                 11. Alaska: Parish Partners, Alaska Missionary Conference: Strengthening local church mission
                                          7. North Carolina: Hinton Rural Life Center, Hayesville:                                                          in North                                        and ministry and launching new leadership programs. ........................................................ (#931027)
                                              Resource and training center for small-membership rural                                                       Carolina
                                                                                                                                                            last summer.                                12. USA: Justice for Our Neighbors Immigration Ministry:
                                              churches........................................................................(#731372)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Engaging congregations to welcome immigrants and provide free, quality immigration legal services
                                          8. kentucky: Henderson Settlement, Frakes:                                                                                                                        .............................................................................................................................................. (#901285)
                                              Programs for disadvantaged teenagers, parents and the elderly. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                        13. Southeastern Jurisdiction: Volunteers In Mission:
                                              .......................................................................................(#773365)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Assists those offering their skills in this country and abroad. ............................................... (#901875)
                                          9. National Challenge Fund for Hispanic/Latino Ministries:
                                                                                                                                                                                                        14. USA: Response and Recovery to Natural Disaster:
                                              Lay missioners, education, outreach and evangelism....(#982620)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Responds to emergencies such as tornadoes and flooding throughout the United States. . (#901670)
                                          10. South Dakota: Tree of Life Ministry:
                                                                                                                                                                                                        15. Society of St. Andrew:
                                              A ministry with Native Americans at the Rosebud and Crow
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Provides direct relief to the hungry through three main programs: Gleaning Network, Potato Project
                                              Creek Reservations.......................................................(#123615)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            and Harvest of Hope education retreat program. The ministries provide unique opportunities for
                                                                                                                                                                                                            United Methodists to live their faith as disciples of Jesus Christ. ......................................... (#801600)
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                                         Together we CAN                                                                                                                                                        12. Brazil: Ministry with Children, Shade and Fresh Water Project: Outreach to children who are hungry,
  (Ministries that reach out globally)




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                International Ministries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    uneducated and endangered by life on the streets. ........................................................................... (#11580A)
                                         be in mission and ministry around the world                                                                                                                            13. Uganda: The Humble Place Program: Food, school fees, salaries, maintenance, transportation and a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    poultry project. .............................................................................................................................. (#14191A)


                                         O
                                                 ur conference participates                                                                     Christ’s church develops and grows                              14. Sierra Leone: Child Rescue Center Program:
                                                 in God’s mission in many                                                                       internationally.                                                    Operation of a residential facility and community
                                                 places around the world. We                                                                       The international Advance Spe-                                   outreach program for orphaned children and those
                                         have long-term partnerships in Brazil                                                                  cials listed below have been select-                                impacted by poverty.....................................(#14377A)
                                         and Mozambique through our Initiatives of Hope                                        ed by the conference Board of Global Ministries for                              15. Cuba: Methodist Christian Home, Havana: A home
                                         ministry as well as a history working with United                                     special attention this year. They represent mission                                  for retired Cuban Christian workers..............(#11635A)
                                         Methodist partners in Africa, Cuba, the Philippines,                                  and ministry settings across the globe and encom-                                16. Congo: Diengenga Trade School, Scholarships:
                                         Central and South America, the Caribbean, and                                         pass various missional needs. Remember that by                                       Scholarships to enable people from villages devas-
                                         Russia.                                                                               giving to them through the Advance you ensure that                                   tated by war to become artisans and craftspersons. ....
                                           We also continue to explore new ways and                                            100 percent of your gift goes to the mission or min-                                 .....................................................................(#15106B)
                                         places of being in mission through our United                                         istry that you designate. For more information about
                                                                                                                                                                                                                17. Sudan: Sudan Emergency: To assist the people of
                                         Methodist connection as global needs emerge and                                       these projects, visit <www.vaumc.org/Mission>.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sudan in meeting acute human needs due to drought,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    locust invasion, civil strife and floods. Funds will be
                                                                   International Advance Specials                                                                                                                   used to provide food relief, medical assistance, cloth-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ing, blankets and shelter. ..............................(#184385)
                                          1. Global: Sustainable Agriculture: Provides training in environmentally friendly and technologically ap-
                                             propriate practices in farming and off-farming activities to small-scale farmers to improve their livelihoods.                                                     18. Africa: Aviation: Aging
                                              ......................................................................................................................................................(#982188)       and inefficient aircraft
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    need to be replaced in
                                          2. Haiti: Solar Oven Project: Provides                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         (Above) A young Sudanese
                                                                                                                 Organic tea leaves in India. Over the past few                                                     order to continue and
                                             solar ovens as well as training and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         refugee cries for his mother
                                                                                                                 years, hundreds of thousands of farmers in rural                                                   expand ministries on
                                             seminars in their use...........(#418812)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   at a camp about 50 km from
                                                                                                                 India have transitioned to organic farming.                                                        the African continent.                                                                                               the border of Darfur, Sudan.
                                          3. Guatemala: Highland Support                                                                                                                                            ......................(#3019626)                                                                                     (Left) Representatives from
                                             Project: Works with marginalized                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Interchurch Medical Assis-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                19. Children, Poverty
                                             indigenous women and communities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            tance and United Methodist
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and Violence: Rais-
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                                             in Guatemala in the building of stoves                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Committee on Relief help to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ing awareness, training
                                             and planting trees...............(#15022A)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  unload medical supplies for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    advocates and assist-                                                                                                distribution to hospitals in
                                          4. Zambia, Zimbabwe, kenya: ZOE:                                                                                                                                          ing children harmed by                                                                                               the Democratic Republic of
                                             To link hearts and resources in the                                                                                                                                    poverty and exploitation                                                                                             Congo.
                                             United States with orphans and vul-                                                                                                                                    .......................(#14680A)
                                             nerable children suffering in the wake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                20. Anti-Human Trafficking: Working with those ensnared in trafficking of humans for commercial and
                                             of the AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sexual exploitation. ........................................................................................................................(#333615)
                                             Africa..................................( #982023)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                21. The Medicine Box: Essential medicines and medical supplies for clinics and hospitals in countries that
                                          5. Mexico: Give Ye Them To Eat: Strengthens the capabilities of marginalized people and communities to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    have experienced sudden natural disasters.. ................................................................................(#982630)
                                             meet their own basic needs and to assist them in determining and sustaining a just and integrated devel-
                                             opment process. ........................................................................................................................... (#07629A)              22. Zimbabwe: AIDS Orphans Trust:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Daily necessities, school fees and
                                          6. Mozambique: Evangelization and Church Expansion Ministry: Train and equip evangelists, lay and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    moral and spiritual support for chil-
                                             clergy leaders, and provide basic Christian educational material and resources. ....................... (#12580A)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    dren orphaned by AIDS.......(#982842)
                                          7. Community-Based Wholistic Health: Latin America and Caribbean: Providing training for and implement-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                23. Israel: Bethlehem Bible College:
                                             ing a cohesive, self-sustainable health program ................................................................................ (#3020620)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Training Christian leaders to serve the
                                          8. Ghana Water Projects: To provide improved water source to targeted communities, thus reducing risk of                                                                  community and stem the decline of
                                             water-borne diseases, improving quality of life and relieving women and girls of long treks to fetch water. .                                                          churches in the Holy Land..(#12017A)
                                              ....................................................................................................................................................(#3020588)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                24. Cambodia: Improving quality of life
                                          9. Macedonia: Macedonia In Mission Together: Developing leaders and working with the poor, orphaned                                                                       through education, nutrition and fel-
                                             and disabled. ................................................................................................................................ (#00220A)               lowship support...................(#14921A)
                                         10. Chile: Family Center: Preventing domestic abuse through counseling, workshops for women and a                                                                      25. Russia: Russia Mission Initiative,
                                             network of organizations. ............................................................................................................. (#14800A)                      Russia, Belarus...................(#11510A)
                                         11. Colombia: Church Buildings for the Colombian Methodist Church: Funding to purchase land and                                                                        26. Russia: Russia Mission Initiative,
                                             build a parsonage and church to welcome the community..........................................................(#3020764)                                              Ukraine, Moldova................(#14053A) An impoverished Cambodian family awaits medical care.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               What you can do...
   (Designated Va. Conference Mission Projects)
                                                                                                                                                        Learn
                                                                                        “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has              •   Go to the IOH Web page to learn
                                                                                                                                                            more about our partnerships with
                                                                                       anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He
                                                                                                                                                            Brazil and Mozambique —
                                                                                       has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and                  www.vaumc.org/Mission, click on
                                                                                       recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go              “Initiatives of Hope.”
                                                                                       free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”                 •   Review and use the IOH mission
                                                                                                                              — (Luke 4:18-19)              worship resources found at www.
                                                                                                                                                            vaumc.org/Mission, click on
                                                                                                                                                            “Initiatives of Hope.”


                                                  B
                                                         ishop Robert Schnase, in his book Culti-     (Right) Volun-                                    •   Invite an UMVIM volunteer who
                                                         vating Fruitfulness, says, “Churches that    teers give a                                          has been to Mozambique or Brazil
                                                                                                                                                                                                   During the 2011 Virginia Annual Conference held at the Roanoke Civic
                                                         practice risk-taking mission and service     child medical                                         to come to a mission event at your     Center in June, children from the Initiatives of Hope Shade and Fresh
                                                  value engagement and long-term relationship.        attention at                                          church.                                                                                  Water program in Brazil
                                                                                                      the Chicuque
                                                  They measure the impact of their work in lives      Rural Hospi-                                      •   Host a Brazilian                                                                         serenaded the gathering
                                                                                                                                                            or Mozambican                                                                            with Amazing Grace and
                                                  changed rather than in money sent or buildings      tal in Mozam-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     other songs played on
                                                  constructed.                                        bique. Many                                           missionary.                                                                              recorders (above) and
                                                     Such congregations make sure the people          children in                                       •   Plan a Mission                                                                           accompanied by drums
                                                                                                      Mozambique
                                                  they serve feel respected, confident, and           have been
                                                                                                                                                            Awareness                                                                                (left).
                                                  blessed, not dependent or helpless or in-           orphaned                                              event at your
                                                  debted. They do mission with people of other        by civil war                                          church.
                                                                                                      and the AIDS
                                                  cultures, not ministry to them. People come
                                                                                                                                                        Go
                                                                                                      pandemic.
                                                  first, and Christ’s love for people binds them to
                                                  one another and to their task.”                                                                       •   Participate
                                                     Initiatives of Hope (IOH), the primary mis-                                                            on a United
                                                  sion focus of Virginia Conference churches,                                                               Methodist
                                                  seeks to create a partnership based on God’s                                                              Volunteers
                                                  hope and love in two special areas of our world                                                           In Mission
                                                                                                                                                                                                   (Right) Ushers
                                                  — Mozambique and Brazil. Churches across                                                                  (UMVIM) team to Brazil or              pass around
                                                  Virginia are reaching out to do what any one                                                              Mozambique.                            buckets to collect
                                                  church alone cannot do on its own.                                                                                                               this year’s An-
                                                     The work we do through Initiatives of Hope                                                         Give                                       nual Conference
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Offering. Local
Initiatives of Hope




                                                  doesn’t just change the lives of those we go                                                          •   Support the Annual Conference          churches raise
                                                  to serve. It changes our lives, too. When we                                                              Offering for Initiatives of Hope.      money for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                   global mission
                                                  engage in risk-taking mission and service, we                                                         •   Support the Advance projects           projects des-
                                                  begin to see the world through the eyes of                                                                related to our partner ministries in   ignated by the
                                                  those we go to serve.                                                                                     Brazil and Mozambique.                 bishop and then
                                                     Our partnership is aimed at providing re-        (Above) A Mozambican woman baked a cake to wel-   •   Support individuals and teams that     send the money
                                                                                                                                                                                                   to the annual gathering by way of each church’s pastor or lay represen-
                                                  sources that our partner conferences can            come an IOH team from Virginia.                       are going as short-term missionaries   tative. Mozambique and Brazil projects will receive part of the offering.
                                                  sustain long into the future:                                                                             to serve in Brazil and Mozambique.
                                                  •   Church leadership training for clergy and                                                         •   Enter into a covenant relationship
                                                                                                                                                            (see pg. 17) with a missionary from
                                                      lay leaders of the United Methodist Church      (Right) In
                                                                                                      2008, an IOH                                          Brazil or Mozambique.
                                                      of Mozambique;
                                                                                                      team went to
                                                  •   Early childhood intervention through the        Cambine, Mo-
                                                                                                                                                        Pray
                                                      Shade & Fresh Water program in cities           zambique, to
                                                      across Brazil;
                                                                                                      lead pastors                                      •   For the people of Mozambique and
                                                                                                      in training.                                          Brazil.
                                                  •   Medical and dental care through the United      Pictured is
                                                                                                                                                        •   For the Virginia Conference UMVIM
                                                                                                      Paige Wil-
                                                      Methodist medical boat on the Amazon in         liams and her                                         teams to Brazil and Mozambique.
                                                      Brazil and at Chicuque Rural Hospital in        translator                                        •   For God to guide you in how you            (Above) The IOH Medical Boat makes stops along remote areas
                                                      Mozambique.                                     with the class.                                       might serve.                               of the Amazon to give needed medical treatment to its impov-
                                                                                                                                                                                                       erished residents.
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                     ersons who have chosen to follow God’s call               and disenfranchised in rural and urban areas                  nited Methodist missionaries sent by the General Board of Global     3. How does a church group
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        How to Support a Missionary
                     to full-time mission service are living and               throughout the United States.                                 Ministries (GBGM) are supported in their work through the Cov-          enter a Covenant Relation-
                     working in some 100 countries around the               •	 Young	Adult	US-2s	and	Mission	Interns:                        enant Relationship Program. A covenant relationship is two-fold:        ship?
               world and the United States. They offer their gifts             Young adults who are called to missionary ser-        You provide financial support and no less important, prayer support. In         Any group in your church
                                                                                                                                     return, the missionary prays for and communicates with you. Through          (Sunday school class, fellowship
               of teaching, health care, evangelism, refugee as-               vice for a defined time to work in leadership de-
                                                                                                                                     this relationship you participate in the ministry and mission of The Unit-   group, United Methodist Men,
               sistance, community development and congrega-                   velopment through peace with justice missions.        ed Methodist Church through their work in places of need and service.        youth group, etc.) can enter into
               tional development as they serve God’s mission                  – US-2 – These young adults commit 2 years of            You are asked to prayerfully consider entering into a covenant rela-      a covenant relationship with a
               and share the good news of Jesus Christ in word                    their lives to serve in the United States serv-    tionship with a missionary. There are three types of covenant relation-      GBGM missionary. Youth groups
               and deed. Through their work, these missionaries                   ing with community-based organizations in          ships. You can enter into a covenant relationship with a missionary if       and campus ministries are en-
               serve in partnership in ministry and mission with                  various mission settings.                          you are:                                                                     couraged to enter into covenant
               those in need of support and love as well as the                – Mission Intern – These young adults com-               1. A local church                                                         relationships with young adult
               need to share who they are as God’s children.                                                                            2. An individual or family                                                missionaries that are serving as a
                                                                                  mit to a three-year program divided into a
                                                                                                                                        3. A church group (Sunday school class, fellowship group, youth           US-2 or a Mission Intern. Informa-
                  The General Board of Global Ministries                          16-month international work/study assignment                                                                                    tion on the different categories
                                                                                                                                             group, campus ministry, United Methodist Men)
               (GBGM) categories of mission service that seek                     and a 16-month action/education assignment         1. How does a local church enter a Covenant Relationship?                    of missionary service is located
               covenant missionary support are as follows:                        in one’s own country.                                 • Select a missionary to support from those listed at the bottom of       on the Missionaries page of this
               •	 Standard	Support	Missionaries: Persons                    •	 Individual	Volunteer	in	Mission: Persons who               these two pages of this booklet.                                        booklet (see pg. 16). To enter into
                   who have answered the call to serve outside                 have answered the call to serve in mission for           • Determine the level of financial commitment:                            a covenant relationship with a
                   their home country for a term, usually three                a determined period of time from two months to             a) Annual gift of $2,500 OR                                             missionary your group should:
                   years (renewable).                                                                                                     b) Annual gift of $5 per congregational member.                            • Select a missionary to sup-
                                                                               two years as a volunteer. (All individual volun-
                                                                                                                                        • Complete the Covenant Relationship Form which is found on the                port from those listed on the
               •	 Church	and	Community	Workers: Commis-                        teers have the same Advance Special Number                 Web at www.vaumc.org/Mission, click on “Missionaries >> Local                Missionaries page of this
                   sioned mission personnel who, in response                   so covenant relationships are with individuals but         Church Covenant >> Local Church Covenant Relationship Form.”                 booklet.
                   to God’s call, are devoted to uplifting the poor            the support goes for all Individual Volunteers.)         • E-mail the completed form to the Office of Mission as directed on          • Commit to an annual gift of a
                                                                                                  The missionaries listed below           the form.                                                                    minimum of $5 per member
                                                                                                have been chosen by the Vir-         2. How does an individual or family enter a Covenant Relationship?                of your group.
                                                                                                ginia Conference Board of Global        • Select a missionary to support from those listed at the bottom of          • Complete the Covenant
                                                                                                Ministries, so that you as a local        these two pages of this booklet.                                             Relationship Form which is
                                                                                                                                        • Commit to an annual gift of $500 per Individual or Family.                   found on the Web at www.
                                                                                                church, individual or family or                                                                                        vaumc.org/Mission, click
                                                                                                                                        • Complete the Covenant Relationship Form which is found on the
                                                                                                church group can enter into a             Web at www.vaumc.org/Mission, click on “Missionaries >> Indi-                on “Missionaries >> Church
                                                                                                covenant relationship with one or         vidual Covenant >> Individual Covenant Relationship Form.”                   Group Covenant >> Cov-
                                                                                                more missionaries.                      • E-mail the completed form to the Office of Mission as directed on            enant Relationship Form.”
                                                                                                                                          the form.                                                                  • E-mail the completed form
               The Mississippi Unit-                                                                                                                                                                                   to the Office of Mission as
               ed Methodist Choc-                                 •	 Cambodia – Clara Biswas (Code #13952-Z)                         • Mozambique – Jeremias Franca (Code #3019570)                                    directed on the form.
               taw Mission includes                                                                                                    E-mail: health.missions@yahoo.com
                                                                     E-mail: clarabiswas@online.com.kh                                                                                             Missionary Lisa Nichols
               the Pushmataha
               Family Life Center                                 • Chile – John Elmore (Code #13109Z)                               • Mozambique – Dieudonne karihano (Code #3019569)             (right) is executive director
               (above) that was built                                E-mail: jelmore56@yahoo.com                                        E-mail: dkarihano@yahoo.com                                of Henry Fork Service Center,
               in 1991 by Volunteers                                                                                                                                                               a Virginia Advance Special
                                                                  • Democratic Republic of Congo – Poto Valentine Shutsha            •	 Roanoke, Va. – Don Edwards (Code #982026)
               In Mission teams                                                                                                                                                                    (see pg. 8). (Below): Some of
                                                                     (Code #14163Z) E-mail: ujacques1@juno.com                          E-mail: donedwards.esq@gmail.com
               from Mississippi and                                                                                                                                                                the more than 100 children
                                                                  • Democratic Republic of Congo – Jacques Akasa Umembudi            •	 Roanoke, Va. – Rebecca Parsons (Code #3021143)             who attend the center were
               other United Meth-
                                                                     (Code #14020Z) E-mail: ujacques1@juno.com                          E-mail: beck12_98@yahoo.com                                at the 2011 Virginia Annual
               odist conferences.
               It is a multipurpose                               •	 Florida – kim king Torres (Code #982904)                                                                                      Conference to sing and thank
                                                                                                                                     •	 Rocky Mount, Va. – Lisa Nichols (Code #982953)             members for their support.
               building containing                                   E-mail: kimktorres@msn.com
                                                                                                                                        E-mail: henryforkcenter@cs.com
               a kitchen, a dining area, a gym, classrooms,       • kentucky – Betsy Jack (Code #773938)
               a library, a clothes room, a computer lab and         E-mail: chuck.jack@redbirdconference.org                        • South America – Eduardo Campana (Code #15171Z)
               the office of Steve Claris (far right), a Church                                                                        E-mail: educame1942@yahoo.com
               and Community Worker with gBgM, serving            • kentucky – Chuck Jack (Code #773938)
                                                                     E-mail: chuck.jack@redbirdconference.org                        • South America – Eluzinete “Luz” Pereira Garcia (Code #14208Z)
               the Choctaw Mission in community outreach
                                                                                                                                       E-mail: eluzinetegarcia@hotmail.com
               and leadership development. Steve is a             • Liberia – Elma Jocson (Code #13980Z)
               member of Bonsack UMC in Roanoke. The                 E-mail: dokelma@yahoo.com                                       •	 Southeast Asia – Charles Tran (Code #3021133)
               6.5-acre Choctaw Mission site also includes        •	 Marion, Va. – Linda Stransky (Code #803004)                        E-mail: hope4newlife@yahoo.com
               a recreation/playground area, three separate          E-mail: fullcreel56@comcast.net                                 •	 Virginia – Pat Watkins (Code #3020927)
               dorms for housing mission teams and three
               parsonages. (Inset above) A Choctaw Indian         •	 Marion, Va. – Mark Stransky (Code #803003)                         E-mail: caretakersofgodscreation@cavtel.net
               woman from one of the communities that                E-mail: fullcreel56@comcast.net
               make up the Mississippi Band of Choctaw            •	 Mississippi – Steve Claris (Code #3020817)                        For missionary bios or updates on new missionaries,
               Indians Reservation weaves a basket.                  E-mail: n4spr@rev.net                       Missionary            visit the Web at <www.vaumc.org/Mission>.
                                                                                                                  Steve Claris
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                                         U
                                                 nited Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) is a hands-on ministry that                                  Special and Sustaining Program Grants to Local Churches/




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               2011 Special
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Special Program
United Methodist Volunteers In Mission
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and Sustaining
                                                 offers everyone the opportunity to serve in mission. UMVIM exemplifies                                     Faith Groups Reaching Out into Communities — Because the mis-                                               Grants of Va.
                                                 “Christian Love in Action” with teams building ongoing relationships with com-                             sion of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world,
                                         munities as they serve locally to internationally. UMVIM partners in projects which empower others and             the Virginia Conference has long seen the need to assist churches which are reaching out
                                         promote sustainability. Projects require a wide variety of skills and gifts, from construction to mentoring        into their communities. The Common Table, Committee on Ethnic Minority Concerns and Advocacy, and United Meth-
                                         and teaching, from supporting healthcare initiatives to assisting in cleaning up debris after disasters.           odist Women have combined their resources, including a designated portion of the Church Extension Apportionment,
                                         Teams are especially encouraged to work in the two countries of our conference Initiatives of Hope min-            to assist in this work. A total of $106,750 will be distributed to the mission projects listed on this page. Descriptions of
                                                                                                                                                            these projects can be found on the Web at www.vaumc.org/specialprogramgrants. For more information about a
                                         istry. In Brazil, the Shade and Fresh Water project offers teams an opportunity to teach street children as
                                                                                                                                                            specific project, or how you can assist, contact the appropriate persons listed below; or call Bev Myers in the confer-
                                         well as work with the community on repairing homes or churches. In Mozambique, it may be construc-                 ence Office of Connectional Ministries at (804) 521-1100, ext. 134, or e-mail <BevMyers@vaumc.org>.
                                         tion of churches or schools or buildings for a hospital or doing continuing education for lay persons and
                                         pastors. Together, visitors and hosts share a love of the Lord.                                                    Special Program Grants
                                                                                                                                                            ALEXANDRIA DISTRICT                                               Care Pantry at South Covington UMC: Linda Black,
                                         TEAMS                                                       For more information about UMVIM opportunities,          St. Paul UMC Outreach: Gail Stzanko, (703/791-                  (540/747-5261), (540/962-6377); <llblack47@aol.com>.
                                         What is required to send out an UMVIM team                  contact Julie Warren, RN, Virginia Conference            4510); <gailmerily@aol.com>.                                  YORK RIVER DISTRICT
                                         from your church? The Virginia Conference                   UMVIM coordinator, Woodlake UMC, 6601 Wood-            CHARLOTTESVILLE DISTRICT                                          Bread Plus: Harold Richardson Sr., (757/357-4066);




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and
                                         requires three things of UMVIM teams:                       lake Village Parkway, Midlothian, VA 23112;              Belmont Community Clothes Closet: Patricia Carter,              <harold.richardson@charter.net>.
                                         • Each team will be led by a trained UMVIM team             Phone: (804) 739-4535, ext 32 (o), (817) 975-9216        (434/409-3615); <pcarter@courts.state.va.us>.                 Sustaining Program Grants
                                           leader. Team leaders should have participated             (c); E-mail: <umvim@vaumc.org>; or the confer-         DANVILLE DISTRICT
                                                                                                     ence Mission and Global Justice office at 1-800-         Design 2 Learn: Amy B. Wood, (434/836-4545);                  ALEXANDRIA DISTRICT
                                           on a mission trip. There are several team leader




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Sustaining Program Grants of Va.
                                                                                                     768-6040, (804) 521-1100, ext. 144; E-mail:              <amymbrown1977@yahoo.com>.                                      Rising Hope UM Mission Church: Rev. Keary Kin-
                                           training events held across the conference
                                                                                                     <mission@vaumc.org>. Visit the Web at <www.                                                                              cannon, (703/360-1976); <kkincannon@risinghope
                                           throughout the year.                                                                                             ELIZABETH RIVER DISTRICT
                                         • The team leader must register the team with the           vaumc.org/Mission>.                                                                                                      umc.org>.
                                                                                                                                                              Read One, Take One: Arlene Connelly, (757/423-
                                           Southeastern Jurisdiction office of UMVIM (www.                                                                    2118), (757/489-4179); <patteriii@aol.com>.                   ARLINGTON DISTRICT
                                           umvim.org).                                                                                                        Thalia UMC TGIF Breakfast Club: Bruce Grubb,                    Grace Ministries: Martha Real, (703/793-0026);
                                                                                                     PRIMETIMERS                                                                                                              <mreal@florisumc.org>.
                                         • The team is to be insured. Insurance is provided                                                                   (757/340-5015); <grubbba@cox.net>.
                                           through the UMVIM office (www.umvim.org).                 Primetim-                                                                                                              DANVILLE DISTRICT
                                                                                                     ers are mis-                                             Get Smart: Richard Smith, (757/490-7048);
                                                                                                                                                              <rcsmithpe@aol.com>.                                            Henry Fork Service Center: Lisa Nichols, (540/483-
                                         How does your church send out a team?                       sion teams
                                         • What is the team’s focus for the project                                                                           Cottage Place UMC Computer Lab: Robert Barnes Jr.,              2819); <henryforkcenter@cs.com>.
                                                                                                     designed for                                                                                                           EASTERN SHORE DISTRICT
                                           (construction, educational, medical, etc.)?               older adults.                                            (757/233-6984, 757/450-3064); <rnjbarnes@cox.net>.
                                         • Where are you going, when are you leaving                                                                          Feeding All God’s Children: Joyce Barnes, (757/399-             Agape Christian Children’s Community Center:
                                                                                                     These mis-                                                                                                               Brenda M. Child, (434/848-3329); <dougchild@
                                           and returning, what is the cost? – this all needs         sion trips                                               1015); <rnjbarnes@cox.net>.
                                           research. www.umvim.org lists sites approved                                                                     RICHMOND DISTRICT                                                 telpage.net>.
                                                                                                     will include
                                           by the host bishop and/or receiving church/                                                                        Centenary UMC Walk-in Ministry: Ann Davis,                    ELIZABETH RIVER DISTRICT
                                                                                                     educational
                                           organization.                                                                                                      (804/648-8319); <cent.davis@verizon.net>                        Club Sandwich: Debbie Winn or Joann McClung,
                                                                                                     forums and
                                         • Present your proposal to your Outreach or                                                                          Emmaus UMC Ministry for Handicapped and                         (757/587-2996); <joannmcclung@cox.net>.
                                                                                                     cross-cultural
                                           Mission Chairperson as well as your pastor for                                                                     North Korean Refugees: Charlie Kang, (804/335-                  Wesley Community Service Center: John G. Hatcher
                                           support. Next go to the administrative council for        opportunities
                                                                                                                                                              8392, 804/272-5831); <eumcsh@hotmail.com>.                      Jr., (757/399-0541); <wesleys@exis.net>.
                                           approval as a church mission project.                     with field trips, This group of Primetimers is busy
                                                                                                     lectures and        sprucing up a community garden.      Food & Clothing Ministry of Belmont UMC: Ray-                 HARRISONBURG DISTRICT
                                                                                                     cultural dem-                                            mond Perkins (804/447-3380); or the church (804/275-            Lighthouse Center for Children and Youth: Sheila
                                                                                                     onstrations. They offer mature adults faith-filled       6336) or <belmontumcrichmond@gmail.com>.                        Morris, Director, (540/298-5309); <Lighthouse
                                                                                                     reflection on the purpose of ministry and greater        Lakeside UMC Neighborhood Outreach: Nancy                       4kidzz@aol.com>.
                                                                                                     exposure to the work of The United Methodist             Robinson, (804/873-1487); <nancyrobin7856@aol.                LYNCHBURG DISTRICT
                                                                                                     Church and the church universal. There will be           com>.                                                           Park View Community Mission: Rev. Phil Showers,
                                                                                                     scheduled time for private and group medita-             Trinity IN Richmond: Teresa McRoberts, (804/288-                (434/845-8468); <Phil2_13@yahoo.com>.
                                                                                                     tion and a variety of opportunities for hands-on         6056); <tmcroberts@trinityumc.net>.                           RICHMOND DISTRICT
                                                                                                     service available in each setting.                     ROANOKE DISTRICT                                                  Black Methodists for Church Renewal: Willard H.
                                                                                                     Program goals:                                           Bilingual Preschool Initiative: Lori Valentine de               Douglas, (804/321-4222); <Douglas546@aol.com>.
                                                                                                                                                              Segovia, (540/392-3514); <lsegovia@mcps.org>.                   Kids’ Club: Sandy Harmon, (804/288-3063);
                                                                                                     (1) Provide new service and learning experiences         Shalom Zone: Grace Ministries: Don Edwards, esq.,               <sandy@wrightdunn.com>.
                                                                                                          for older persons.                                  (609/709-0023).                                                 Sherbourne Food Pantry: Sandy Sahnow, (804/559-
                                                                                                     (2) Serve the ministries of The United Methodist         West End UMC: David Tanner, (540/344-0206),                     0705 or 804/921-2187); <sahnows@comcast.net>.
                                         Members of the mission team representing the (former)            Church and its faith partners.                      (540/989-3250); <dtannerea@gmail.com>.                        ROANOKE DISTRICT
                                         Petersburg District pose in their yellow shirts with some   (3) Strengthen relationships between the local         STAUNTON DISTRICT                                                 Hispanos Unidos: Rev. Dave Rochford, (540/992-
                                         of the local Haitians in front of the school in Torbeck          church and those with whom they are in mission.     Greenville UMC: Joyce Hinton, (540/337-0118);                   3030); <pastor@stmarksmethodist.com>.
                                         that was finally completed after being interrupted by                                                                                                                                UMC Community Outreach Program of Roanoke:
                                                                                                     For more information regarding Primetimers, con-         <gumcoffice1@verizon.net>.
                                         the January 2010 earthquake. The Rev. Jack Martin
                                         (far right, in yellow shirt, kneeling), has led numerous    tact Nancy Eubanks, director, at (731) 772-0458 or       Greenville United Methodist Women (UMW): Beth                   Rebecca Parsons, (540/324-3103); <beck12_98@
                                         UMVIM teams to Haiti.                                       <nteubanks@gmail.com>.                                   Haynes, (540/377-6220); <gumcoffice1@verizon.net>.              yahoo.com>.

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                              T                                                                                                                      Committee on Mission Personnel (CCMP)




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Vocational Mission Opportunities
                                      he School of Christian Mission is one of the           and be involved in mission groups by choosing
School of Christian Mission
                                      best-kept secrets of our conference. It is a           one class out of two. Another class — usually the


                                                                                                                                                     T
                                      cooperative school offered by the Virginia             Spiritual Growth study — will be taught to all. This           he Virginia Conference CCMP receives appli-              work through a 10-week leadership program
                              Conference Board of Global Ministries and United               means that all participants will have the privilege            cations, screens, interviews and recommends              with United Methodist partner agencies in
                              Methodist Women                                                                              of taking two studies.           persons with gifts for leadership and service            the United States in settings such as church-
                              (UMW). It offers a                                                                              Besides the Spiri-     in the mission of Jesus Christ through the General              based community ministries, shelters and
                              wonderful opportu-                                                                           tual Growth Study,        Board of Global Ministries (GBGM).                              youth camps. Global Justice Volunteers —
                              nity for your whole                                                                          one is Geographical                                                                       A short-term volunteer program for persons
                              congregation to                                                                              and one is a General      Categories of CCMP                                              ages 18-25. Experience cross-cultural ex-
                              come alive to mis-                                                                           Issue. Each study                                                                         posure, learning and serving as you explore
                                                                                                                                                     GBGM Missionaries — Persons called to serve
                              sion by participat-                                                                          helps us to under-                                                                        the links between faith and justice. Mission
                                                                                                                                                      in a variety of ways: pastors, teachers, nurses
                              ing in an exciting                                                                           stand God’s work in                                                                                                 Interns — Persons
                                                                                                                                                      or in other healing ministries, in various agen-
                              weekend or week                                                                              our world, and how                                                                                                  ages 20-30 serve 15
                                                                                                                                                      cies’ ministries and ecumenical programs and in
                              mission education                                                                                 we are involved                                                                                                months of work/study
                                                                                                                                                      many other forms of ministry all over the world.
                              experience.                                                                                       as United                                                                                                      in an international as-
                                 It is an excellent                                                                             Methodists. The      Deaconesses and Lay Missioners — Laywomen
                                                                                                                                                      and laymen called to full-time vocations in ser-                                         signment followed by
                              “mission trip” for                                                                                whole event                                                                                                    16 months of action/
                              your YOUTH. They have a fun                                                                       is designed to        vant ministries of love, justice and service.
                                                                                                                                                     Church and Community Workers (CCW) — Per-                                                 education in their own
                              time together as they learn about                                                                 challenge us to                                                                                                country. US-2s — Per-
                              what United Methodists are do-                                                                    be in mission as      sons devoted to uplifting the poor and disen-
                                                                                                                                                      franchised in rural and urban areas primarily in                                         sons ages 20-30 serve
                              ing around the world to alleviate                                                                 individuals in our                                                                                             two years as part of a
                              suffering while spreading the                                                                     personal life and     the United States. Persons are assigned to rural
                                                                                                                                                      and urban ministries that include cooperative                                            social justice and lead-
                              good news of Jesus Christ. The                                                                    in the life of our                                                                                             ership development
                              YOUTH participate in hands-on                                                                     local churches.       parishes, criminal justice, congregational health,
                                                                                                                                                      immigration, disaster response, caring for God’s                                         program. They are
                              mission projects that range from                                                                  Meeting United                                                                                                 assigned to diverse
                              gleaning to working in a shelter      SCHOOL OF CHRISTIAN MISSION 2010 HIgHLIgHTS:
                                                                                                                                Methodist             creation, domestic violence and ethnic ministries. Stephanie Kimec is a US-2
                                                                    (Top) Becky Parsons (right) leads children in puppet                                                                                                                       ministries at faith-
                              to helping the elderly in the area. show tracking adventures in their hot air balloon from        MISSIONARIES         National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministries               from Virginia. Her current
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               based agencies and
                                 Each session features a class/ Mongolia to Chili during closing worship. (Inset, above)        is a highlight of     (NPHLM) — A comprehensive effort of the UMC               assignment takes her to Los
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               community organiza-
                              workshop for CHILDREN rang-           Participants are getting into the spirit making hand mo-    the event.            to focus on the development and strengthening             Angeles, where she will be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               tions throughout the
                              ing from the age of 7-12. They        tions to go with a song. Many of the 400 participants          Participants       of Hispanic/Latino ministries, seeking to incorpo- working on an immigration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                task force.                    United States, Puerto
                              study through hands-on learning rated last year’s event as the “best school ever.”                are encouraged        rate the missionary placements into the ongoing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Rico, and the U.S. Vir-
                              activities that makes mission come alive!!!                    to share the new knowledge of mission with their         ministries of the Annual Conference as soon as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     gin Islands. The program encourages young
                                 There are classes for adults where MEN and                  local church congregations. Below at left                possible.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     adults to deepen their faith while examining
                              WOMEN (young and older alike) come to learn                    are the courses being offered for the next two                                                                          their role in church and society in an opportu-
                                                                                             years. For more information about the school,           Other Opportunities to Serve                                    nity to live with and learn from communities of
                                                                                             visit the conference Web site at www.vaumc.org/         Voices of Youth: Awakening the Church to Mis-
                                  School of Christian Mission                                Mission or contact the conference mission office         sion — Virginia high school students participate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     strength while struggling with hunger, home-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     lessness, HIV/AIDS, illiteracy, children at risk,
                                       Courses for 2012 and 2013                             at 1-800-768-6040, (804) 521-1100, ext 144;              in a “31/2-week mission                                                                 substance abuse, rac-
                                  2012                                                       e-mail: mission@vaumc.org.                               experience.” They receive                                                               ism, domestic violence
                                  Weekend Session: July 27-29                                                                                         hands-on training in “how                                                               and inadequate health
                                  Week Session: July 30-Aug 2                                                                                         The United Methodist                                                                    care.
                                                                                   The Rev. Sam NeSmith,
                                  - Living Sacramentally, Walking Justly                                                                              Church answers the call to
                                                                                   veteran of 90 mission trips
                                                                                                                                                      mission locally and through-                                                            For more info:
                                   (Spiritual Growth Study)                        around the world, gives
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If you feel led to serve
                                                                                   a much-needed hug to                                               out the world,” and come
                                  - Haiti (Geographic Study)                                                                                                                                                                                  in any of these areas of
                                                                                   a Haitian woman on one                                             to understand the “fruits                                                               ministries, contact Joanne
                                  - Poverty (Issue Study)                          of his recent trips to the                                         of personal involvement in                                                              Maughlin, chair of CCMP,
                                                                                  impoverished country,                                               mission.” Musical concerts
                                   2013                                           devastated by the January
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              at (703) 536-4153 or
                                   Weekend Session: July 26-28                    2010 earthquake. Ne-
                                                                                                                                                      are held in local Virginia                                                              e-mail: <jmaughlin@
                                   Week Session: July 19-Aug 1                                                                                        churches to challenge                                                                   yahoo.com>. You may
                                                                                  Smith will show this and
                                                                                                                                                      church members to become                                                                also contact the confer-
                                   -Immigration in the Bible                      other photos from Haiti
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ence office of Mission and
                                    (Spiritual Growth Study)                      as he leads one of the six                                          involved in God’s mission.                                                              Global Justice at 1-800-
                                                                                  geographic study classes                                                                              The dollars you give to your local church’s ap-
                                                                                                                                                     Young Adult Programs:              portionments will help support Voices of Youth as     768-6040, (804) 521-
                                   -The Roma of Europe                            during the 2011 School of
                                                                                                                                                      Summer Interns — Col-             they continue their 26th year of music and mission    1100, ext. 144; e-mail:
                                    (Geographic Study)                            Christian Mission.
                                                                                                                                                      lege students aged 18-30          across the state and around the world.                <mission@vaumc.org>.
                                   - Poverty (Issue Study)
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                                      • The Missional Church in Perspective — This             • Virginia United Methodist Advocate — This                District Mission Coordinators                                       Conference
Print, Media, Web & Other Resources




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mission Resource Persons
                                        book outlines the history and describes what it          award-winning full-color publication is the confer-
                                        means to be a missional church. It also gives a
                                        wide understanding of mis-
                                        sional church from evangelical,
                                                                                                 ence’s official newsmagazine. Published monthly,
                                                                                                 it includes local church and denominational news,
                                                                                                 features and Bible lessons. Upcoming training
                                                                                                                                                          E  ach district has a District Mission Coordinator
                                                                                                                                                             and United Methodist Women (UMW) District
                                                                                                                                                          Education and Interpretation Coordinator. They are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mission Personnel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Conference Secretary of Global
                                                                                                 opportunities, resources and information of inter-                                                                           Ministries and Director of Mission
                                        mainline and historical sources.                                                                                  responsible for promoting and interpreting the mission
                                        Order from Cokesbury at                                  est to local church leaders are also included. To                                                                            and Global Justice:
                                                                                                                                                          opportunities in United Methodism to your district.                                                        Rowley
                                        1-800-409-5346 or online                                 subscribe, call 1-800-768-6040, (804) 521-1100,                                                                               Rev. Glenn Rowley, Virginia Con-
                                        <www.cokesbury.com>.                                     ext. 110; e-mail: <advocate@vaumc.org>;                  How can these persons help your church?                              ference Office of Mission and Global Justice,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               P.O. Box 5606, Glen Allen, VA 23058;
                                      • Joy to the World — The pur-                              or go online at <www.vaumc.org>.                         •   They are available free of charge to present a mission
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               1-800-768-6040 or (804) 521-1100, ext. 144;
                                        pose of this book is to explore                        • The Journey — Forgiveness,                                   program for your church.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               e-mail: <mission@vaumc.org>.
                                        the theology of mission and                              Restorative Justice and Recon-                           •   They can conduct a training session for your mission/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              President, Conference Board of Global Ministries:
                                        evangelism in the 21st-centu-                            ciliation intertwines stories from                           outreach committee or UMW.
                                        ry context of Christianity as a                          the Bible and recent history to                                                                                               Kristin Holbrook, (540) 337-2980 (o),
                                        worldwide religion and our role as                       illustrate the redemptive power
                                                                                                                                                          •   They can explain how to enter into a covenant relationship       e-mail: <kristinholbrook@umc2179.com>.
                                                                                                                                                              with a missionary (see pg. 17).
                                        a local congregation. To order, call 1-800-305-9857      of forgiveness, the restorative
                                        or order online at <www.missionresourcecenter.           power of God’s justice and the                           •   They can share with you mission opportunities for your          Mission Mentors
                                        org>. Item #M3074-2010-01.                               Good News of reconciliation.                                 children, youth and adults.                                        The Virginia Conference Board of Global Minis-
                                      • Concepts of Mission — This booklet is an easy-           The Journey includes a study                             •   They can help provide mission materials for your church.        tries is launching a new mission resource program.
                                        to-use Bible Study on mission. There are chapters        guide that takes us from spiritual                       •   They can provide information on available scholarships          The Mission Mentors have been through training
                                        on the biblical basis for mission, concepts of mis-      concepts to tangible, practical life skills.                 for children, youth, young adults and adults to attend the      that equips them to assist your congregation in as-
                                        sion in the 21st century, and social justice issues.     To order, call 1-800-305-9857 or order online at             conference School of Christian Mission.                         sessing its response to God’s call to be in mission
                                                                                                 <www.missionreourcecenter.org>. Item: #M3110-                                                                                and to offer support and encouragement to what
                                        To order, call 1-800-305-9857, e-mail <cs@
                                                                                                 2011-01.
                                                                                                                                                          •   They can locate other mission speakers for your church
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              you are doing in mission as well as what goals you
                                        missionresourcecenter.org> or order online at                                                                         from across the jurisdiction.
                                        <www.missionresourcecenter.org>. Item #2820.           • Youth Mission Opportunities — Go to <www.                                                                                    may have to further your mission involvement.
                                                                                                 vaumc.org/Mission>.
                                                                                                                                                          •   They can work with your church or district in planning a           If your church has a strong mission program
                                      • Mutuality in Mission — This is a good study for                                                                       mission celebration.                                            going on, you may want to use the mission men-
                                        a mission team or Bible study group. This booklet      • The ADVANCE Web site at <www.AdvancingHope.              •   They can give you practical ways to get involved with special   tors to help you explore how to expand that mis-
                                        deals with the future of mission and crucial is-         org> provides a variety of mission resources, includ-        conference mission emphases, such as Initiatives of Hope.       sion into other areas of the church’s life. If your
                                        sues the church may be facing in this century. Call      ing short videos clips, PowerPoints, pictures and                                                                            church has been considering how to become more
                                        1-800-672-1789 or order online at <http://gbgm-          stories of United Methodists in mission around the       In short, these persons are YOUR local resources
                                                                                                                                                          for making God’s mission a central, active part of                  involved in mission, the mission mentor can offer
                                        umc.org/e-store>. Item #9781890569327.                   world.                                                                                                                       you the resources to help make that happen.
                                                                                                                                                          your congregation.
                                      • Prayer Calendar — Includes a                                                                                                                                                             For more information on locating a mission men-
                                        listing of mission personnel and                                                                                  To locate these persons in your district, visit the Web at          tor, contact your district mission secretary or the
                                        projects, excerpts from mission-                       Important Phone Numbers,                                   <www.vaumc.org/Mission>, or call the conference Mission             office of Mission and Global Justice at <mission@
                                        ary letters, maps, names, ad-                                                                                     office at 1-800-768-6040 or (804) 521-1100, ext. 144; or            vaumc.org> or (804) 521-1144 or 1-800-768-6040,
                                                                                               e-mails & Web Sites                                        e-mail <mission@vaumc.org>.
                                        dresses and birthdays of active                                                                                                                                                       ext. 144.
                                                                                               • The Virginia United Methodist Conference Center,
                                        and retired missionaries and                             Richmond: toll free,1-800-768-6040; locally (804) 521-
                                        deaconesses. Call 1-800-672-                             1100
                                                                                                                                                          Key Mission Contacts
                                        1789 or order online at <http://                       • InfoServ, United Methodist Communications, Nashville:    1. Conference Mission Interpretation Team — Judy Fender, 703/250-6100 (o), 703/978-5796 (h);
                                        gbgm-umc.org/e-store>.                                   — General Information: E-mail: <infoserv@umcom.             <jgfender@erols.com>
                                      • New World Outlook — The                                      org>; Web site: <infoserv.umc.org>                   2. United Methodist Volunteers In Mission — Julie Warren, 817/975-9216; <umvim@vaumc.org>
                                        bimonthly general-interest mission magazine of         • General Board of Global Ministries:                      3. IOH – Brazil Coordinator — Dot Ivey, 804/897-4060; <Ivey1961@verizon.net>
                                        the United Methodist General Board of Global Min-        — UMCOR General Information: 1-800-554-8583;             4. IOH – Mozambique Coordinator — Jay Hanke, 540/450-8138 (h); <jhhanke@comcast.net>
                                        istries. To subscribe, call 1-877-881-2385 or online        Web site: <http://gbgm-umc.org/umcor>                 5. Missionary Support/Itineration — Dale Childrey, 804/275-7560; <dchildrey@comcast.net>
                                        at <http://gbgm-umc.org/nwo>.                            — Women’s Division Mission Resource Center:              6. School of Christian Mission — Louise Miller, 540/343-7529 (h); <rolmiller@cox.net>
                                                                                                    1-800-305-9857; E-store: <www.mission
                                      • Response — The monthly mission magazine of                                                                        7. Voices of Youth — Rachel Hundley, 540/383-5480; <rwyseh@gmail.com>
                                                                                                    resourcecenter.org>
                                        United Methodist Women (UMW), which shows                                                                         8. Disaster Response Coordinator — Bob Pihlcrantz, 757/482-2364 (o), 757/408-6653 (cell); <vacdrt@cox.net>
                                                                                               • Cokesbury Customer Service: 1-800-672-1789; fax:
                                        how UMW is in mission on behalf of the entire            1-800-445-8189; E-mail: <customerservice@                9. Conference Committee on Mission Personnel — Joanne Maughlin, 703/536-4153 (h),
                                        United Methodist Church. To subscribe, call 1-877-       umpublishing.org>; E-store: <http://gbgm-umc.org/           <jmaughlin@yahoo.com>
                                        881-2385 or online at <www.umwmission.org>.              e-store>
                                                                                               • Internet Home pages:
                                                                                                                                                          For information about the following countries, contact
                                      • Children & Youth Mission Education Resources                                                                      1.    Cambodia — Juanita Csontos, 703/780-5851; <Juanita@csontos.net>
                                        — Mission education resources for children and           — Mission Projects Around the World: <www.
                                                                                                    AdvancingHope.org>                                    2.    Uganda — Jennifer Score, 540/729-7563; <jlscore@gmail.com>
                                        youth are an integral part of local church Christian
                                                                                                 — Virginia Conference of The United Methodist            3.    Sudan — Nancy Childress, 703/759-3705; <pastor.greatfallsumc@verizon.net>
                                        education. To find a wealth of United Methodist
                                                                                                    Church: <www.vaumc.org>                               4.    Sierra Leone — Jennifer Hamilton, 703/793-9521; <jenniferhamilton@helpingchildrenworldwide.org>
                                        resources designed to excite and educate children
                                        and youth for mission, you can log onto <http://         — General Board of Global Ministries: <www.              5.    Cuba — Aldo Gonzalez, 703/309-7903; <afgon@cox.net>
                                                                                                    gbgm-umc.org>                                         6.    Russia — Laura Whittle, 540/742-8148; <whittle.la@gmail.com>
                                        gbgm-umc.org>, click on “Resources >> For
                                                                                                 — The United Methodist Church home page:                 7.    Guatemala — Rachel Triplett, 804/643-8635; <rachel@highlandsupportproject.org>
                                        Children and Youth.”                                        <www.umc.org>                                         8.    Honduras — Kip and Nancy Robinson, 804/744-5624; <Kip@fobf.org>

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Additional Mission Opportunities




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Additional Mission Opportunities
                                                                                  All God’s Children Camp
                                                                                 for children of incarcerated mothers or fathers                                 Virginia United Methodist
                                                                           T   he All God’s Children Camp provides a week of sanctuary for
                                                                               children who face so many challenges in their lives: economic
                                                                          poverty, loneliness, low self-esteem, violence, drugs and temporary
                                                                          living conditions while their mothers or fathers are incarcerated. Chil-
                                                                                                                                                                 H e a lt H & R e l i e f t e a m
                                                                          dren spend a week at camp participating in activities such as boating,
                                        swimming, hiking, archery, horseback riding, music, crafts, Bible study and
                                        conflict resolution. The camp is now offered three weeks during the summer                                               If you or someone you            Comfort, Security & Peace of Mind
                                        at three different United Methodist camps.                                                                             know is seeking assistance,        for Children, Families, Seniors & Communities
                                                                                                                                                                    please contact us.
                                        How You CAn Help
                                                                                                                                                                                                  The ministries of the Health & Relief Team touch many lives, provid-
                                        Financial Contributions: Gifts from individuals, groups, and churches make this
                                        ministry possible. A scholarship of $350 sends one child to camp.                                                                                         ing service throughout the Virginia Conference of The United Method-
                                        Mentoring: Volunteers come from churches across the conference to spend the                                                                               ist Church. We have differing missions but share a common ministry:
                                        week at camp. These mentors model to the children what God’s presence means in
                                        their lives. Mentors do not lead activities, but rather provide supervision, companion-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     To invest in supportive communities for seniors, families, children,
                                        ship and compassion to the children during their daily activities.                       A little girl proudly                866-558-3533                   and people with disabilities.
                                        Supplies: Your Sunday school class, United Methodist Men, United Methodist               displays the shells she              www.umfs.org                We value our relationship with the Virginia Annual Conference and
                                        Women or Vacation Bible School can help the camp by collecting needed supplies.          found during her week
                                                                                                                                 at one of the camps.                                             feel privileged to be a part of this ministry team. We are grateful for
                                        Transportation: Help drive some of the campers to and from camp. Caregivers do
                                        not always have the car, money for gas, time or energy to provide their own transportation for the children.                                              all of the support received each year from individuals, congregations,
                                                         For more information: Visit www.vaumc.org/agcc or contact Casey Torrence                                                                 and communities. Thank you.
                                                         at 1-800-768-6040 or (804) 521-1100, ext. 138; or CaseyTorrence@vaumc.org.
                                                                                                                                                                    877-442-8368
                                                                                                                                                                  www.hearthavens.org


                                                          Commission on Disabilities
                                        Embracing the Inclusiveness of Christ                                                                                         888-673-1031
                                                                         through:                                                                                    www.vumh.org
                                            • Accessibility, Program and Respite Grants and Scholarships
                                           • Annual Conference Accessibility • Camp Rainbow Connection                                                                  “Provider of
                                             • Disability Awareness Sunday • Support and Resources for                                                              Affordable Housing”
                                                         Ministries with Persons with Disabilities                                                            Virginia United Methodist Housing
                                                                                                                                                                  Development Corporation


                                        F  unds for programs and activities of the Commission                                                                         540-972-0521
                                           on Disabilities come from individual and local church
                                        contributions and the support of the United Methodist
                                        Men, United Methodist Women and other mission groups.
                                        Programs of the Commission have been the mission fo-
                                        cus of the conference United Methodist Men since 1972.                                      (Above) The Rev.
                                                                                                                                    Mike Harrington                  703-642-3830
                                                For more information, contact:                                                      with Kathleen, at
                                                                                                                                    last year’s Camp
                                                                                                                                                                 www.wesleyhousing.org
                                               Office of Leadership and Inclusivity                                                 Rainbow Connection.
                                                                                                                                    (Left) A person in a
                                        1-800-768-6040 or (804) 521-1100, ext. 153 or 154                                           wheelchair sees steps
                                               E-mail: MarthaStokes@vaumc.org                                                       as a barrier for enter-
                                                                                                                                    ing this church.               opportunity • potential • support • faith • open doors • brighter futures

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                                              Youth Mission opportunities                                                                        S   pecial Sundays in The United Methodist                  these important ministries (listed below) and for
Additional Mission Opportunities




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Special Sundays and Offerings 2012
                                                                                                                                                     Church are intended to illustrate the nature            sharing God’s gifts around the world.
                                                                                                                                                 and calling of the church and are celebrated an-               Six General Conference-approved Special



                                    Y
                                                                                                                                                 nually. Special Sundays are placed on the calen-            Sundays with offerings are listed in boldface
                                         outh in mission can be found across the conference striving to share the love of God by being           dar in the context of the Christian year, which is          type. Special Sundays, or time periods, with Vir-
                                         God’s hands and feet. In addition to the events that are sponsored by the conference, such              designed to make clear the calling of the church            ginia Conference-approved offerings are marked
                                         as the Middle School Mission weekends, there is also a valuable tool right at your fingertips.          as the people of God, and to give persons the               with an asterisk (*). Other times of special recog-
                                    The conference has created a Web site where you can find mission for youth locally, regionally,
                                                                                                                                                 opportunity to contribute offerings to special pro-         nition approved by the General Conference and/
                                    nationally and globally. Through this Web site, you can search for mission opportunities by location,
                                                                                                                                                 grams. Your support is critical to the survival of          or Virginia Conference are also listed.
                                    age, cost, and length of trip; it is your comprehensive guide to youth mission opportunities! For more
                                    information, check out: www.vaumc.org/youth – and then select “mission opportunities.”
                                      B1 – a fasting campaign that encourages youth not only to abstain from food for 24 hours,
                                    but also to live day-to-day fasting from injustices in the world. The goal of B1 is to raise money to
                                                                                                                                                 2012                           Men’s Ministry Sunday (any Sunday in the year)
                                                                                                                                                                                United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) Awareness Sunday
                                    empower the poor and disempower the unjust systems that are sustaining poverty in the world. This                                           (any Sunday in the year)
                                    campaign provides young people with an opportunity to learn and experience the ways in which The             January 15                     Human Relations Day (Sunday before Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday observance)
                                    United Methodist Church has responded and continues to respond to the needs of others around the             February                       Heart Havens, Inc., Month*
                                    world through love and justice. Each youth group can choose from a list of projects that take place in
                                    countries such as Mexico, Chile, Haiti, Ghana and the United States. With such an array of projects          February 5                     Disability Awareness Sunday (First Sunday in February)
                                    and locations, the youth groups choose projects based on what they are most passionate about                 March 18                       One Great Hour of Sharing (UMCOR) (Fourth Sunday of Lent)
                                    making a difference. From there, the groups raise money,
                                                                                                                                                 April 22                       Native American Ministries Sunday (Third Sunday of Easter)
                                    and 100% of the money raised reaches its intended
                                    project. For more information and a downloadable video,                                                      May 6                          Older Adult Recognition Sunday (First Sunday in May)
                                    check out the following link: http://new.gbgm-umc.org/                                                       May 6                          Rural Life Sunday (First Sunday in May)
                                    advance/b1/.
                                                                                                                                                 May 20                         Heritage Sunday (Sunday on or preceding Aldersgate Day, May 24)
                                                YSF – the Youth Service Fund is money
                                                                                                                                                 Mother’s Day-Father’s Day      Samaritan Fund Offering* (Virginia United Methodist Homes)
                                                  raised by youth for youth. Throughout
                                                      the year, youth raise money so others                                                      June                           Virginia Annual Conference Offering*
                                                       can have the opportunity to participate                                                   June                           National Hunger Awareness Day recognition during Worship (Any Sunday in June)
                                                     in mission. Local churches can apply
                                                                                                                                                 June 3                         Peace with Justice Sunday (First Sunday after Pentecost)
                                                     for in-state and out-of-state grants to
                                                     be used in mission to youth by referring                                                    June 10                        Children’s Day (Second Sunday in June)
                                                     to the Web site and submitting an                                                           September                      Christian Education Sunday* (Any Sunday in September)
                                                     application by March 1 every year.
                                                                                                                                                 September 2                    Industrial & Commercial Ministries* (Sunday in September nearest Labor Day)
                                                                                                                                                 October                        Virginia Advocate (conference newsmagazine) Promotion Campaign Month
                                                                                             Youth in Action                                     October 7                      World Communion Sunday (First Sunday in October)
                                                                                             Mission Opportunities:                              October 14                     Children’s Sabbath (Second Sunday in October or any time during the year)
                                                                                                                                                 October 21                     Laity Sunday (Third Sunday in October)
                                                                                             Middle School                    United Nations
                                                                                             Mission Weekends:                Seminar:           November 11                    Organ and Tissue Donor Sunday (Second Sunday in November)
                                                                                             run by JErEMiAH ProJECt          in New York City   November 25                    United Methodist Student Day (Last Sunday in November)
                                                                                             at Westview on the James,        Summer 2012        December                       UMFS (formerly United Methodist Family Services) of Virginia Month*
                                                                                             Goochland                        (Dates TBA)
                                                                                             Aug. 19-21, 2011
                                                                                             Oct. 14-16, 2011                                                      World Communion                                 Older Adult
                                                                                                                                                                   Sunday                                          Recognition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Sunday


                                          For more information, visit the Web at www.vaumc.org/youth or contact the youth ministries office:
                                              Angie Williams, Director of Children’s, Youth, Young Adult, and Higher Education Ministries
                                             Tel: 1-800-768-6040, ext. 139 or (804) 521-1100, ext. 139; E-mail: angiewilliams@vaumc.org


                                                     ConferenCe CounCil on Youth MinistrY
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                     Together we CAN
Stories of Mission
                     be God’s eyes and God’s hands
                                                                                                            (Above) A
                     I t’s a Sunday afternoon and Mat-
                       thew, age 9, is on his way to
                     church. He is not going to Sunday
                                                               of our neighbors close by and around
                                                               the world.
                                                                 Ask any mp kidzJam kid what his or
                                                                                                            boy from
                                                                                                            kidzJaM
                                                                                                            makes
                     school or worship service or choir or     her favorite activity is, and you’ll get     crafts with
                     bells practice. Matthew is headed to      many different answers. Zach loves           a resident
                     church to be God’s eyes and God’s         making the Christmas boxes. Sarah            of A grace
                     hands. He will join other elementary-     loves when the mission is related            Place, an
                     aged children in a group called mp        to animals. Madison loves bringing           adult day
                     kidzJaM (Jesus and Me) at Mt.             a friend along to share in the fun.          care center.
                     Pisgah UMC, Richmond District.            Matthew loves learning about other           (Inset) A
                     Today they will make no-sew fleece        cultures and taste-testing foods from        kidzJaM
                     blankets for Project Linus, make          other countries. When asked why they         girl learns
                     UMCOR school kits, and learn about        do this, Grady answers, “I love helping      about seed-
                     what it’s like to be a child growing up   people who need help.” All the kidz-         lings, dur-
                     in present day Serbia. Last month,        JaM kids nod and with big smiles say,        ing a day
                     mp kidzJaM prepared and delivered         “Yea! Helping people!” These kids love       of helping
                     chili to the local fire station and       to show God’s love by helping.               plant trees.
                     washed windows to honor those who            When you hear the term mission, you probably picture grown men and
                     keep us safe.                             women working for God’s kingdom in a soup kitchen or at a Habitat House.
                        Mp kidzJaM is a missions program       But for the mp kidzJaM kids, they see themselves. They see our community
                     for children in grades K to five at Mt.   as God wants them to by delivering for Meals on Wheels and leading Palm
                     Pisgah. Children are “God’s hands”        Sunday services for nursing homes. They act out their faith by making cook-
                     and “God’s eyes” by learning about        ies for KAIROS and Epiphany ministries and assembling Operation Christ-
                     other cultures, learning about mis-       mas Child boxes. The children see and do. They learn and act.
                     sion in our community and around             We’re never quite sure what God has in store for us as we go out and
                     the globe, and making a difference        serve. But we can be certain that the kidzJaM kids will use the talents God
                     in our community with hands-on ser-       gave them for singing, working with their hands, and showing love and
                     vice projects. Each child is able to      respect for all the lives they touch. These children are being the disciples
                     share his or her faith through actions    Jesus has called us all to be. For all the people whose lives they touch, it is a
                     and increase his or her awareness         blessing to watch them grow and serve.


                     Old garage gets new roof with ‘Helping Hands’
                     H    omer and Mary Jane had lived in
                          Gloucester County for many years
                     raising a family, being involved in the
                                                                                                                in a person’s life when you give
                                                                                                                your time to help someone else
                                                                                                                — the love of Jesus is shared
                     community and helping to start a new                                                       with the world when you step
                     church. Now in 2005, Homer was car-                                                        out and serve your community.
                     ing for Mary Jane who was suffering                                                           Helping Hands Mission
                     from Alzheimer’s. Her illness required                                                     Camp makes it possible for
                     his attention for most of the day, but                                                     youth and adults from many
                     he was determined to care for her                                                          different churches to serve the
                     himself. His church, Susanna Wesley                                                        community together. Make a
                     UMC, helped out with meals and other                                                                  difference in some-
                     chores around the house, but Homer’s garage was in                                                    one’s life today. You
                     need of a new roof to keep his beloved wood shop dry.                                                 may just find that the
                        Helping Hands Mission Camp was delighted to be                                                     person most affected
                     able to help Homer by replacing the roof on his garage.                                               is you.
                     A team of girls and adult mentors stripped the roof down                                                 For more informa-
                     to the rafters and built it back with fresh materials. Along                                          tion, visit the Web at
                     the way, everyone involved in this project learned the                                                <www.hh-mission
                     value of helping another person. The team that built the                                              camp.org>.
                     roof received as much from this project as Homer and
                     Mary Jane did. Today, Homer takes a week of his time to        (Top left) The Helping Hands team strips the old roof.
                     volunteer for Helping Hands Mission Camp each summer           (Above) The door of “Homer’s Hangout” is decorated with
                     because he has seen firsthand what a difference it makes       all the helping handprints of those who worked on the roof.

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