Weekly News, Eastern Shore District United Methodist Church
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ISSUE: Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Finding Light in the Darkness
Autumn arrives and we begin our journey into fall. As sunset comes ever earlier in these months that lead to December, I remember a scene from last winter:

Around a table at El Maguey
    (one of our favorite spots).
A warm place in the early dark of December.
I had a Burrito To Go—
    misnamed because I always eat it there.
There are so few lights on the peninsula at night;
much more darkness
    as raccoons meander across untraveled roads.
Waves lap empty beaches
    depositing bits of sea glass and trash.
Winds blow through the bayside pines
    and old houses decay into dust
        so slowly.
All the more precious the table around which we sat,
    we five.
Sharing notes and news
    but sheltered by a light
        that pervades it all.
There is no darkness the light doesn’t touch.

Here’s wishing you the experience of God’s light at all the tables you gather around.  --Stand firm, Alex
Join Bishop Sharma D. Lewis and the Virginia Conference of the UMC on this 10-Day journey where you will visit all the major sites, such as the Sea of Galilee, Mt. of Beatitudes, Jordan River, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jerusalem and more! Departing on February 24, 2020, with prices starting at $3,298* from Washington DC (Dulles), $3,398* from Washington DC (Ronald Reagan), & $3,498* from Richmond, VA.  Pick up a brochure at the District UMC Office in Parksley or go to the EO Tours' website at
Bethel UMC volunteers at Manna Cafe recently served 439 free lunches. This is a very rewarding opportunity. If you or your church group would like to help serve lunch on Mondays, 11am-1 pm at Manna Cafe, Christ UMC on 6253 Church Street, Chincoteague, contact Fran Lytle at 
Can you help?
School age children of Spanish-speaking migrants and immigrants often come from families who do not speak English sufficently to help them with their homework.  Please prayerfully consider volunteering.  Make this a church group outreach!  There is no better feeling than seeing them come to you to proudly show you their grades! 

Currently, volunteers for Una Familia are needed on Tuesdays at Onley Baptist Church in Onley, VA.  Times are 3:30-5:45 pm.  Contact Rev. Veronica Barrell for more information at or 804-304-0646. Website:
Help provide aid to Bahamas 
As Hurricane Dorian wreaked havoc on the Bahamas, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) awarded a solidarity grant to Bahamas Methodist Habitat, the Disaster Ministry of the Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church. This grant provides immediate, emergency short-term funding to address the basic human needs of those affected by this catastrophic storm. You can join with UMCOR by donating to our disaster response and recovery funds. You can give directly to UMCOR by using the a link below or give to your church treasurer to be submitted to the Conference Treasurer's office.  Reference the Advance #.
Did You Know?
You can get assistance with resumes, interviewing techniques, labor market information and job search at the Virginia Employment Commission/ Virginia Career Works Center at 25036 Lankford Hwy, Onley, VA 23418. 
2019 Charge Conferences!

Find out which school you'll be attending this fall!  I'm pretty sure you're going to learn something new! Go to
District Events:
Local Church Events
Saturday, September 28, 7 am, New Beginnings UMC is hosting a Yard Sale and Fish Dinners! Fish Dinners with sides ($12 donation) begins at 11 am. Want a table? Contact Rosetta Ayers at 443-235-5005.  The church is locate at 32347 Chincoteague Rd New Church (right across from old Dream Rolling Rink).
Saturday, September 28 from 8 -12 noon, Epworth UMC is having their annual Fall Bazaar with a Farmer’s Market.  Featuring fresh produce, baked goods, chicken salad and seafood salad, plants, frozen meals, plants and so much more! Epworth Church is located at 4158 Seaside Road, Exmore. Come on out!

Saturday, October 19, 8 am - 12 noon, Market Street UMC is sponsoring another UMW Fall Food Fair.  Featuring the fabulous frozen items --casseroles, soups and chili--back by popular demand!  There's also a bake shop, jams & jellies, pickles and chicken salad for purchase. Market Street Church is located at 75 Market Street, Onancock, VA 23417. For more information, contact the church office at 757-787-4873.

Saturday, October 26, 9:30 am-2 pm, Franktown United Methodist Women will host their annual Fall Art and Food Festival.  Featuring: Arts, Crafts, Food, Music and much more! Lunch will be available from 11 am-1 pm. Franktown UMC is located on 7551 Bayside Road, Franktown, VA  23354

Saturday, October 26, 8 am-12 noon, is Bethel UMC's Harvest Bazaar. Featuring a Bake Table, Pickles, Relish, Chicken Salad, Soup and a White Elephant Table!  Bethel Church is located at 6369 Occohannock Neck Rd., Jamesville, VA  23398

Saturday, Nov. 2, 9:30-1 pm, Fall Bazaar at Trinity United Methodist Church, 109 Plum Street, Cape Charles. Bake table, Pocketbook/Jewelry (gently used) table, Silent Auction, local crafters, chicken salad by the pint, hotdog lunch with chips and drinks, Call Kathy Griffith with questions  757 647-1842

Friday, November 8, serving at 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm, Travis Chapel UMC in Oyster will host a Spaghetti Dinner. Tickets will be pre-sold.  More information will follow later.

Saturday, November 23, Grace UMC on 18484 Wilson Ave. in Parksley will hold a "Food Fest" in LeeMont Hall.  Featuring homemade frozen casseroles, baked goods, soups and more.

Sunday, December 8th at 3 pm, Travis Chapel UMC will host an old-fashioned holiday hymn sing. Please join us to enjoy some wonderful local talent.  Reception will follow.

District Calendar: View District Board/Committee Meetings and Events
DEADLINE FOR ARTICLES: "The Shoreline" is a weekly newsletter.  Submit brief articles to Connie Owens at by Wednesday morning, 9 am. 
Eastern Shore District
Virginia Conference of
Phone: 757-665-6295
Rev. Alex Joyner, District Superintendent
Jennifer Hume, District Lay Leader
Connie Owens, District Administrative Assistant
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