VALLEY RIDGE DISTRICT

VIRGINIA CONFERENCE

UNITED METHODIST CHURCH


Newsletter

June 1, 2024


At our best, we are the spirit-filled, resilient, connected, missional, faithful, diverse, deeply rooted, committed, disciple-making, Jesus-seeking, generous, justice-seeking, world-changing people of God called The United Methodist Church.

IN THIS ISSUE

Regionalization Resources

Celebrations

Annual Conference Information

UMCOR Kits

United Women in Faith

Local Church Events

Job Openings

GENERAL CONFERENCE RESOURCES

Why Regionalization Matters - A Webinar

The 2024 United Methodist General Conference endorsed Worldwide Regionalization - a plan that will reshape our denomination and enable us to remain united in mission and ministry across diverse contexts around the world. This plan represents the biggest change to our denomination in a generation - and will need to be ratified by Annual Conferences before it takes effect. The VAUMC will vote on constitutional amendments at the 2025 session of Annual Conference.


Check out the VAUMC regionalization resource page here. The webinar on regionalization was recorded, and can be viewed at this link, as well.

DISTRICT CELEBRATIONS

Rev. Dr. Yoonsik "Bright" Lee, Pastor of the McDowell Charge, recently completed doctoral work and earned a Doctor of Ministry from the School of International Evangelism and Missions at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Rev. Dr. Lee's doctoral project was on “The importance of cultural sensitivity for cross-cultural church planting.”


Debbie Brown was named to the United Way of Roanoke's 100 Heroes Project. Debbie was honored for Leadership. She is the Director of Program and Outreach Ministries at Greene Memorial United Methodist Church.


Candace Hess was named to the United Way of Roanoke's 100 Heroes Project. Candace was honored for Leadership. She is the Executive Director of Kids Soar, a Roanoke nonprofit and ministry partner of Windsor Hills UMC.


Asbury UMC in Brownsburg, VA celebrated its 155th anniversary on Sunday, May 26th. Rev. Reginald Early is the pastor.

ANNUAL CONFERENCE INFORMATION


Orientation this Sunday

An Annual Conference Orientation Session will be held by Zoom, Sunday June 2 at 3 pm. Register for the Zoom here.


Volunteers needed!

There are several areas where volunteers will be needed at These ministry opportunities are for everyone, not just members of the Annual Conference. Sign up:

Golf Carts

Ushers


Offering

The Annual Conference offering will support two important initiatives who are engaged in the work of mission and service in the world. Half of the offering will support the ongoing connectional work with our VAUMC PARTNERSHIPS OF HOPE countries: Brazil, Mozambique, Cambodia, Haiti, Vietnam, and Native American Ministries. The other half of our offering will be given towards our conference-wide Undue Medical Debt Campaign to help eliminate medical debt in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is our hope that through this debt campaign, we are able to raise $390,000 that would help eliminate $39 million of medical debt that continues to hurt the most vulnerable in Virginia. This campaign will start with the Annual Conference offering and continue through the end of 2024.

There are 2 ways to give:

By check: You can give by check, written to the Virginia United Methodist Conference with AC Offering in the memo line. Mail it to:

Virginia United Methodist Conference Center

P.O. Box 5606

Glen Allen, VA 23058

Online: You can give online using this link: VAUMC Donations and then selecting “Annual Conference Offering."

Thank you for your generosity in supporting these two initiatives!


Juneteenth Celebration 7:00 pm June 19


KITS FOR CONFERENCE COLLECTION



This year we will be collecting the three official UMCOR Kits: hygiene kits, cleaning kits, and menstrual (period pack) kits. All of the kits collected will be ready to deploy to help communities affected by different disasters. Below are the links with instructions on what is inside and how to pack these kits:


Kits are being collected at the districts prior to Annual Conference. You will find our Valley Ridge District collection points below. Please do not bring kits to Annual Conference in Hampton in June. Please do not bring or attach cash or checks to your kits. See below for shipping cost instructions.


Collection will be on Saturday, June 8, from 10 AM until noon at two locations:



Location #1: Genesis UMC3539 Peters Creek Road, Roanoke

This site is also accepting donations of non perishable food items for the Roanoke Rescue Mission (Items accepted: peanut butter, canned vegetables, canned fruits, canned meats, oatmeal, boxed potatoes, macaroni and cheese).


Location #2:Fishersville UMC1600 Jefferson Highway, Fishersville 


Please bring your completed kits (no extra supplies accepted) in boxes labeled with the type and number of kits.


Is there an additional cost for shipping and extra supplies?

Yes! Each church that is collecting will be asked to contribute an additional amount to cover the cost of shipping and extra supplies asked for by UMCOR. The formula for each kit is as follows:

  • Cleaning Kits: Total Number of Cleaning Kits x $3 = Cost to support the purchase of sponges and shipping 
  • Hygiene Kits: Total Number of Hygiene Kits x $2 = Cost to support the purchase of toothpaste and shipping
  • Menstrual Kits: Total Number of Menstrual (Period Pack) Kits x $2 = Cost of shipping (for instance, your church packs 10 Menstrual Kits x $2 = $20 cost for shipping) 

 

Once those are calculated, add them all together and submit them in one payment.


Please make all checks payable to “Virginia Conference UMC” with “Kits (Advance #5041)" in the memo line and mail to:

 

Treasurer

Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church

P.O. Box 5606 

Glen Allen, VA 23058


Can you volunteer? Volunteers needed June 8 in Roanoke (at Genesis in Roanoke) from 10am-12 pm for collection of kits. Volunteers needed June 10 at 7 am (at Genesis in Roanoke) and June 10 at 9:30 am (at Fishersville UMC in Fisherville) to help load the delivery truck that will transport all kits collected in the Valley Ridge District to the UMCOR mission hub.


SUMMER LEARNING


The Virginia Annual Conference in partnership with the Leadership Institute at Union Presbyterian Seminary is pleased to offer the classes of United Methodist Doctrine, Polity and History for which you can receive a certificate of completion equaling 8 CEU’s!

The Rev. Dr. Hyo Lee will be teaching the classes which will be conducted via Zoom from 9:00A.M. - 12:00 P.M., with additional discussion and homework to follow. 

The dates are:

July 8-11/2024      United Methodist Theology

July 22-25/2024         United Methodist Polity

January 6-9/2025        United Methodist History

Please click here for cost and registration details.


Mission Encounter 2024 for laity and clergy is July 26-28 in person and by Zoom. “Welcome Home” is the curriculum that explores how we can know God as an intimate friend who welcomes us. Abiding in God’s safety and dwelling in God’s provision allows us to open our hearts to a fuller embrace of the power and presence of God so that we may find our home in God. Participants are invited to dig deeper into what it means to live in the kin-dom of God and how this helps us to develop practices for building and existing in healthier communities. Registration is available at: https://vaumc.org/ME/



Save the date for the next VR District UWF planning meeting on August 10 at 10 AM in person at Trinity UMC, Lexington and by Zoom. Representatives from each unit are invited to participate. Watch for more information in the VR District UWF newsletter in June.

YOUR CHURCH IS THE CONNECTION

TO CAMPUS MINISTRIES

As high school seniors graduate this season, you can help connect those planning to attend college with a ministry home away from home. The Virginia Annual Conference supports 13 campus ministries and 4 United Methodist colleges/universities across Virginia. Our chaplains and campus ministers are excited to connect with students from your congregation as they head off to school.


Pastors, take a moment to provide campus ministers and chaplains with contact information for every student who will be enrolled in a college or university this fall (Para. 232 and 256.3d in the Book of Discipline). Our VAUMC campus ministers and chaplains reach out to incoming students over the summer, and welcome freshmen as they arrive on campus in the fall. You can find the form to submit information here.


Here's a video featuring our campus ministries, and more information about contacting our ministries is available here.


Please contact Dwayne Stinson (dwaynestinson@vaumc.org) if you have questions or would like to learn more about connecting with a campus ministry.

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Events happening around the district: organ concerts, benefit concerts, church anniversaries, missions, and more. Check out the events on our webpage by clicking the link below.

Events Webpage

Find job openings with our local churches and ministry partners, on our website HERE.

UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES

June 1 Lay Servant Ministry Training at Genesis UMC

June 2 Annual Conference Orientation by Zoom

June 19 Juneteenth, 7pm Juneteenth Celebration at Hampton Roads Convention Center (Annual Conference)

June 20-22 Annual Conference in Hampton, VA

July 26-28 Mission Encounter VAUMC Conference Center

November 9 Save the Date District and Charge Conference, Location and Time, TBA

Resident Bishop - Sue Haupert-Johnson


District Superintendent

Rev. J. Douglas Forrester


District Lay Leader

Larry Dickenson




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Fishersville, VA 22939

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Roanoke Office

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Roanoke, VA 24011

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Congregational Excellence

Rev. Dr. Dale White


Communications and Programming

Rev. Robin Barge


Treasurer

David Mawyer


Administrative Assistant

Donna Desper


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