Every Life to Save A Life
Imagine No Malaria is a United Methodist initiative to beat malaria through prevention, communication, trained health workers, improved health facilities and grassroots education. Virginia Annual Conference members voted to support the initiative by raising enough money in the next year to save at least 100,000 lives. Bishop Cho wants every church and every United Methodist in the Virginia Conference to take part. You can text “Malaria VA” to 27722 to make a $10 donation and save a life. Contributions also may be sent to the conference Treasurer’s office, P.O. Box 5605, Glen Allen, VA 23058. Designate“Imagine No Malaria” on your check. (If the check is from a church, be sure to indicate the church GCFA number on the check.)
- The Bishop has challenged the VA Annual Conference for every life to save a life.
- Our average worship attendance in the Charlottesville District for the end of 2013 was 4,384 persons per Sunday.
- Every Life-Save A Life – Let’s try and raise $43,840 during this Conference year as the people of God in the Charlottesville District. Can you and your church Help to Save A Life?
Join The Spiritual Renewal Covenant
Clergy and laity are asked to join conference delegation and Bishop Cho in ‘spiritual renewal’ covenant. This covenant was originally signed by the Virginia delegation to the Southeastern Jurisdiction in support of Rev. Dr. Cho’s leadership throughout the episcopal process. We wish to continue this support of Bishop Cho as he begins his work with the Virginia Annual Conference. Please consider this commitment carefully, and, if you feel so led, add your name to this covenant and join us on this journey. Click here to join the spiritual renewal covenant.
All Things New – Equipping Vital Congregations
“All Things New – Equipping Vital Congregations” is a Virginia Conference initiative designed to implement the denomination’s “Vital Congregations” measurement system in a way that promotes collaboration, support and continued improvement among all conference churches. Aug. 1, 2013 – Hands-on training will be offered, beginning next week, for use of the new Equipping Vital Congregations data input and information system slated to go into effect Jan. 1, 2014. Click on this link for more information.
Wesley Foundation UVA
Higher Education and Campus Ministry Highlights: Rev. Deborah Lewis has brought forth incredible leadership and vision to the Campus Ministry setting of UVA where she resides as the Director. Reverend Lewis began to vision where she wanted the ministry at UVA to be five to ten years from now. It is in this time of prayer and waiting on God that has led her to move towards a Capital Campaign where she and her board have raised over $600,000 to transform the space into a more modern, energy efficient, and welcoming space for the students of the Wesley Foundation of the UVA. Many of us will be seeing more news of this soon in various mailings and announcements. Also, Bishop Cho will be joining them on Saturday, April 11, 2015, for their 50-year celebration and the end of their Capital Campaign. (Their public announcement goes out next week but check out their amazing video now. click on this link for more information
Emanuel Youth Mission
Emanuel Youth Mission began in July, 2005 when John Clarkson traveled to rural El Salvador with Marvin Benavides. John saw poverty like none he had ever seen before, with absolutely no resources to change that perpetual cycle. People lived in make shift one room homes with dirt floors, no electricity, no furniture, outdoor kitchens, very little food, perhaps an outhouse or some families used holes for bathrooms, living, working and farming like they had for centuries with no hope of anything different for their children. They could not afford to send their children to school. That November, John and Jonna Clarkson were moved by the Holy Spirit during outdoor Sunday school when those children kneeled in the dirt and prayed to Jesus, their Savior, El Salvador! Their faces lit up with the pure love and joy of knowing Jesus! How long would it be before that JOY turned into discouragement when they learned their lives held no future? The Clarksons were moved to connect the need in El Salvador with resources in Virginia. Marvin wanted to make a difference for his people. The vision for Emanuel Youth Mission began. Emanuel Youth Mission Winter 2014 newsletter Emanuel Youth Mission Fall 2014 Newsletter
Charlottesville District Heart Havens Housing Project. The Charlottesville District United Methodist Churches are trying to raise $400,000 to build a Heart Havens housing apartment complex. Join Charlottesville District Mission Team and Heart Havens as we work together to move forward with providing housing for men and women with intellectual disabilities in the Charlottesville area. Want to get involved? Call the Charlottesville United Methodist District Office at (434) 977-4254! Make a donation!!!click here for more information
Beulah Retreat and Prayer Center is extending an invitation for Pastors and their immediate families to come and enjoy the retreat center free of charge! For those of you who do not know about us, we are a small retreat center located in rural Amherst County. Our facilities include the original Beulah UMC Church building (which includes a full kitchen and fellowship hall), a pavilion with heated and air conditioned bath and shower rooms, a picnic area, an outdoor amphitheater, a hiking path with camping area and 4 small cabins. Pastors could use this time as a quiet personal spiritual retreat, or for a quiet place for prayer and worship planning. Or, you can bring your spouse and/or children to just get away from it all in the quiet of the mountains and wooded areas. Also we are only 40 minutes away from the beautiful James River State Park.
We offer this 4 day (3 night) stay free of charge for all pastors in hopes that it will provide for them a place where rest and spiritual renewal can take place.
Items to bring with you should include:
-Linens or sleeping bags and pillows
-Enough food for your stay (full kitchen available for use)
-Bible (never leave home without one!)
For any questions or to reserve your time away please call 434-933-8403. If no one is available please leave a message and we will respond as soon as possible. Beulah Retreat and Prayer Center