Tangier Island Water Crisis
After being without running water for almost a week due to a main water line brake, Tangier residents are looking at days more before the line will be repaired. While the island has set up some temporary fixes to help residents live day-to-day, drinking water is still needed.
All Food Lion Stores on Virginia's E.S. (purchase the water in the store and a pallet will to taken to Tangier). Mallard's Restaurant in Onancock, Elks Lodge in Accomac, Bloxom Volunteer Fire Company, F&G Automotive in Onley, Exmore Town Office and Cape Charles Fire Department are collecting water to take to Tangier.
If you would like to make donations directly to the Town of Tangier you can contact Town Manager Laurie Thomas at 757-891-2438.
The Springtime of the UMC by Alex Joyner
Winter has got a few more cold snaps left in it before we get to spring, but I can see the signs that a new season is on the way. Daffodils are pushing up from the ground. The sun sets a little later each day. Pitchers and catchers will be reporting to Florida and Arizona before you know it.
As we approach the called General Conference Feb. 23-26 in St. Louis, many United Methodists seem to be fixated on wintery possibilities. The three plans that emerged from the work of the Commission on A Way Forward, (which you can find through this link: https://www.vaumc.org/GC2019), all suggest different ways to address a long-running debate within the church and in our culture around questions like same-sex marriage and eligibility for ordination. Each of the plans would involve some change in our general church structure and stance. And there is the possibility that the 864 lay and clergy delegates who come from all over the world to the General Conference will adapt the plans or decide to adopt none of them, in which case we will continue with our current Book of Discipline.
I’ll be watching and praying for the conference and I hope that you will join me in those prayers. And in this time, I will also be looking for those signs of new growth and new life that will help us discern what God is doing with The United Methodist Church and with churches on the Eastern Shore in this season. I look forward to the new energy that comes from a fresh wind of the Holy Spirit. And I expect it.
To paraphrase a slogan from a recent TV series: It’s not winter that’s coming. It’s spring!
Stand firm, Alex
Help in preparing for 2019 GC
What are some ways to prepare for as well as respond to what occurs at General Conference 2019? That was the question the Virginia delegation asked The Right Rev. Ian Markham, dean and president of Virginia Theological Seminary, during our recent prayer retreat. One of the reasons we invited him to speak was the desire to learn from the experience of The Episcopal Church during their walk down a similar path and what he had observed both before and afterwards.
The six-minute video of his interview is available on the conference Vimeo site at https://vimeo.com/314259503. Our prayer is you will find Dean Markham’s words helpful as you guide your congregation through the coming weeks. --Rev. Rob Vaughn, General Conference Delegation
2018 Eastern Shore Apportionments and Benevolences Conference Apportionments: paid $484,292.61 of $634,161.00 or 76.36% paid
District Administration: paid $87,197.50 of $93,525.00 or 93.23% paid
Occohannock on the Bay: paid $26,648.25 of $30,000.00 or 88.82% paid
Va Conf Related Benevolences: $896.50 paid
Va Adv Specials and Benevolences (Agape Ctr., Una Familia): $2,220 paid
Va Annual Conf Offering: $1,170 paid
Special Sundays: $3873 paid
GBGM Advance Specials: $20,505 paid
Three LSM Courses offered in February! Trinity UMC, 109 Plum Street, Cape Charles, VA 23310 Friday, February, 8, 2019, 6:30 pm -8:30 pm Saturday, February 9, 2019 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Courses are free but we ask that you purchase your workbook as indicated under each course at the webpage and bring your lunch on Saturday!
Basic Course (for beginners) -with CLM Barbara Justis
Leading Worship -with Rev. Rob Kelly
Called to Preach -with Rev. Linda Lowe
by Thursday, January 31st
Year End Statistical Table II and III and the remainder of Table I reports completed on EVC
Saturday February 16, 6-8 pm: Game Night! Come play some old fashioned board games at Trinity United Methodist Church in the social hall. Some board games will be provided and you can bring your favorite! This is an Adult game night. A Children's Game Night will be held later in March.
Saturday March 9, 5-7 pm: Bar-B-Que Cook- Off at Trinity United Methodist Church, 109 Plum Street, Cape Charles. Menu includes pulled pork bar-b-que (at least 2 types) rolls, cole slaw, baked beans, drinks and dessert. Tickets: Adults:$10, Children (5-12 yrs.) $5, questions for contest entry or tickets contact Kathy Griffith (757) 647-1842.
Update on Bishop Lewis' surgery
A prayer service organized by the Virginia Conference Cabinet was held at Good Shepherd UMC last Friday to pray for Bishop Sharma D. Lewis who underwent an additional surgery stemming from her hip replacement in late December. The Lewis family later in the day shared their thanks for everyone's prayers and for the prayer vigil. Bishop Lewis had all the parts of her hip replacement exchanged, and she is now recovering.
Bishop announces staff changes in Center for Clergy Excellence
Bishop Sharma D. Lewis announced changes in the Center for Clergy Excellence effective March 24, 2019. After serving with distinction as the director of the Center of Clergy Excellence for five years, the Rev. Meredith L. McNabb is relocating to Indianapolis, IN for family reasons. She will become associate director of the Lake Institute at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), leading their clergy and congregational trainings around the country. The Rev. Lindsey M. Baynham, currently associate director for Call, Candidacy, and Discernment, will become the interim director of the Center for Clergy Excellence. She will serve in that position through the rest of the conference year. Please join Bishop Lewis in praying for both McNabb and Baynham and the continuing work of the center during this time of transition.
Two summer conference internships available
Connectional Ministries of the Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church is looking to select summer interns for two roles: Communications and Next Generation Ministries. CX-21 (Connections 21) is a 10-week full-time summer internship for college students interested in using their gifts/skills in a faith-centered work environment. In addition to each specific role, during the 10-week period interns will: read books/articles together; reflect on the intersection of faith and work; develop their strengths; listen to stories of others who have been through the journey of professional and vocational discernment. For details, visit the Virginia Conference website at www.vaumc.org/jobs.
Safe Sanctuaries Policy workshop to be held in March
Prepare for your children and youth programs with this five-day online workshop for congregations that don’t have a Safe Sanctuary policy or whose policy is outdated, needs revision or doesn’t meet the needs of current ministries. Participants will learn why congregations should have an up-to-date policy, what the policy includes generally and specifically, and how to get a policy written, approved, and implemented – or edited. This is an INTENSIVE workshop, so participants need to be involved on the site every day to receive a completion certificate. Plan on reading two documents, posting a response to one question, and posting responses to at least two other participants every day – a minimum of an hour a day. You are required to read Safe Sanctuaries: Reducing the Risk of Abuse in the Church for Children and Youth by Joy Thornburg Melton as a part of this course. Please make sure you have access to a copy of this book throughout the duration of the course.Following this workshop, you may decide to schedule six additional weeks of support while you get your policy written or edited. The additional time would consist of once-a-week, one-hour conference calls or chat room conversations, for an additional $150.
This course is eligible for 0.5 CEU. More...
Virginia pastor Tom Berlin featured in UM News article on One Church Plan
"The One Church Plan puts trust in clergy, congregations and conferences to find their own way," Berlin said in the article. Berlin is pastor of Floris UMC in Herndon. This article is the second of a series of four stories briefly explaining each of the most prominent plans that will be considered at the February special General Conference in St. Louis by UM News. More…
Job opportunity: Foundation seeks president
The Virginia United Methodist Foundation (VUMF), Glen Allen, Va., is seeking a president. The Foundation provides stewardship education and manages assets for local churches, districts and agencies of the Virginia United Methodist Conference. VUMF seeks a proven nonprofit leader with at least five years of progressive leadership experience and a passion for the Foundation’s mission. The selected candidate will be a visionary with strong strategic planning experience and skills. For details, visit the Virginia Conference website at www.vaumc.org/jobs and scroll down to “Other.”
Bishop Lewis appeals conference for disaster recovery in Danville
Bishop Lewis shared an appeal for aid to the city of Danville following historic flooding in the city in from September 2018 to October 2018. Contributions can be sent to the conference Treasurer’s office with the reference “Conference Disaster Response Fund #5037.” More…
February is Heart Havens month
Heart Havens is a Virginia Conference Advance Special mission that provides residential support to adults with a developmental disability, but it’s so much more than just providing a house. Heart Havens empowers people to discover what it is they love and then pursue it. No matter what the goal is, Heart Havens is all about helping the people they support find a way to make their dreams a reality. More…