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ISSUE: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Saturday, March 23, 2019
2 identical two-hr workshops
2 locations, 2 different times.
How can churches spend less time meeting and more time in ministry? A simplified single board structure makes it possible for your church to better focus on leadership equipping, missional alignment, and your next steps in ministry.  Rev. Alan Layman, pastor of Grace UMC will present the NOW (Nurture, Outreach, Witness) model for small membership churches.  He will share how NOW has worked in his church. Registration and more....
Tuesdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 2019
(New dates and location!)
Devotional Life the the Wesleyan Tradition, sponsored by the E.S. District Committee on Lay Servant Ministries.  It’s great for Lent as it is structured around Wesley’s “means of grace.” This course covers Scripture, the Lord’s Supper and fasting which were all major features in John Wesley’s devotional life.  It's not just for lay servant/speakers; anyone can participate.  Registration and more...
UMCOR Sunday (Formerly One Great Hour of Sharing)
is March 26, 2017. UMCOR supports those who hurt and in greatest need, but the dedication is encouraged year round..The special offering supports the work of UMCOR. Check out the Devotion and Resources for this special Sunday.
United Methodist Women's Quiz
March is Women's History Month in the U.S. Take our short quiz to learn more about some of the pioneering females who changed the world. LEARN MORE
Update on Bishop Lewis
From the Episcopal Office, March 13: Bishop Lewis' surgery went well last Thursday.  She is now waiting to be released to a rehabilitation center in Virginia.  Please continue to pray for her healing. Cards can be mailed to: Bishop Sharma D. Lewis, c/o Terri Biggins, PO Box 5606, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5606  
Eastern Shore Youth Retreat, April 5-7, 2019
Occohannock on the Bay Camp and Retreat Center is once again offering a retreat for the youth here on the Eastern Shore –all youth and all denominations.  This year’s theme is Peace Works! The cost per youth/adult is only $55 and includes live music; all meals; lodging; speakers, fun and games! For more information and registration go to:  Youth Retreat 2019
Come, Celebrate 150 Years of UMW at Franktown!
Nancy Walsh, Virginia Conference UMW Vice President will be the Guest Speaker on Sunday March 24th during Franktown UMC's Worship Service (10:30 A.M.) Brunch will follow the service. United Methodist Women from all over the Shore, please join us for a great day of history, celebration and fellowship and all we ask is that you let us know if you are staying for lunch so we can make sure we are preparing enough food. Just call our church office (757-442-3481) with the number who will be attending by March 19. Looking forward to seeing our UMW sisters. Mark your calendars! --Debbie Bridges, Franktown UMW President
Employment Opportunity!
The Agape Christian Children's Community Center in Horntown has a part-time Teacher and Aide positions available for their pre-school during the hours of 7 am -1 pm.  Great opportunity for a retired teacher who wants to work part-time!  Salary is based on experience.  Call the Center today for an application at 757-824-0072 .

Bishop Lewis appoints new director for the Center of Clergy Excellence
Prior to her medical leave, Bishop Sharma D. Lewis appointed the Rev. Lindsey M. Baynham as the director of the Center for Clergy Excellence effective Mar. 24, 2019. Baynham currently serves as the associate director of Call, Candidacy, and Discernment and had previously been announced as the interim director. The current director, the Rev. Meredith McNabb, 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. Please continue to pray for Baynham, Kristen Siebert (program and administrative coordinator), and the ministry of the Center for Clergy Excellence in this season of transition. More…

Two-day children’s experience open to Virginia Conference churches 
Helping Hands is an exciting two-day mission experience for children (rising 4th through 6th Graders) offered to all member churches of the Virginia Conference. There are four dates and different locations available. Learn more at the link. More…

Annual Conference Worship Committee needs your help!
The 2019 Annual Conference Worship Committee is looking for pictures and videos of the street sign where you live. These images will be used to create worship art at Annual Conference 2019. Images and videos are due May 1. Send to

Disaster funds, UMVIM teams are needed in Danville
From the middle of September through the middle of October 2018, people in the city and county of Danville, Va. experienced historic flooding of the Dan River and other waterways as a result of hurricane Florence and tropical storm Michael. There are 45+ homes with significant damage, most of which are homes of persons and families that were struggling with economic challenges prior to the flooding. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) stands ready to assist with disaster recovery funds but the Virginia Conference, churches and individuals, are called to make a direct compassionate response to those affected by this disaster. There are two ways to respond to this crucial need:
1.    Please join in this disaster response with a financial gift to the Virginia Conference Disaster Response Fund which will direct contributions to the crisis in Danville. All contributions can be sent to the Conference Treasurer’s office with the reference “Conference Disaster Response Fund #5037."
2.    Consider organizing and taking an UMVIM team to work on the homes of those affected. Please contact the Rev. Lisa Nordan or 757-513-0496.

Judicial Council to review GC2019 actions
Headline-making decisions by the legislative body of The United Methodist Church will be reviewed next month by the denomination’s top court. The United Methodist Judicial Council has posted its two-item docket for the Apr. 23-26 meeting in Evanston, Illinois, with a reminder of deadlines for request for oral hearings and brief submissions. As the special General Conference drew to a close on Feb. 26, delegates approved a request that the top court review the Traditional Plan as amended. That plan would strengthen enforcement to prevent “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” from serving as clergy and would impose mandatory penalties on clergy who officiate at same-sex weddings. During a Feb. 27 closed meeting following General Conference, the Council of Bishops decided to ask the Judicial Council to make a declaratory decision on the constitutionality of Petition 90066, also adopted by GC2019. The petition outlines procedures for local churches to disaffiliate from the denomination and retain property. More…

District Events

Saturday, March 16, 6-8:30 PM is FAMILY GAME Night at Trinity United Methodist Church, 109 Plum Street, Cape Charles.  Some games will be available or bring your favorite! Refreshments provided. 
Friday, March 22, 5-7 pm, Clam Fritter/Ham Dinner at Onley UMC, 25642 E. Main St., Onley.  Menu: Clam Fritters and Ham, Potato Salad, Lime/Pineapple Salad, Deviled Egg, Roll and Dessert. Donation: Adults, $12; Children 10 and under, $6. Dine In or Take Out. Reservations suggested  --contact the church office at 757 787-4155. We hope to see you there!
Friday, March 29th, 5-7 pm St. John's UMC, 10352, Atlantic Rd., Atlantic is hosting a Pancake Supper. Includes pancakes, sausage and eggs. Dine in or Carry out. (Tickets: Adults $6.00 Kids age 10 & under $3.00) Call the church office at 757-824-6241 for more information or to place order
Saturday, March 30th, 6 pm Praise Dance Service at St. John's UMC, Atlantic.  All are welcome!
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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