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ISSUE: Friday, January 31, 2020
15 brave icy waters to raise funds for Camp OOTB

Thanks to everyone that made this past weekend’s Polar Duck Dip a very successful one. I love seeing new and returning faces. The fellowship and gathering of so many that love this camp or those looking to have a place for their children to call home for the summer has blessed the camp more just by being apart of this event. Our goal was $15,000.00 and we are currently just over $12,000.00. So if you hadn’t had the chance to donate you still can. We at OOTB hope to see many of you next year, throughout the year and this summer. For tons of photos and several videos of the swim go to donate go to the website at --OOTB FB
Laity can reconnect with Bishop Lewis on Sat., Feb. 8, 10 am
Eastern Shore's Satellite site is Adams UMC, Parksley!
Bishop Sharma D. Lewis is inviting laity from around the conference for a time of connection following her return from medical leave on Feb. 8, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Woodlake UMC in Chesterfield and at five other satellite locations. "It is my deep desire to reconnect with you in a personal and special way having been away from you for six months on medical leave,” Lewis said. “Let us come together both in person and through satellite locations to have a time of worship, fellowship, anointing, sharing our hearts, and reconnecting. I want to hear from you and I want to share my journey with you." Registration and More...  A video invitation from Bishop Lewis Need help with registration? Call the District Office at 757-665-6295.
For more information about Lay Servant Courses in February, go to
District UMW Fellowship Luncheon, Sat. March 14
All UMC women are invited to the United Methodist Women's Fellowship Luncheon on Saturday, March 14, 11:30 am.  Johnson's UMW will host this year at their church located on 11175 Bayside Road, Machipongo, VA  23405.  Sign-in begins 11:30. To better prepare for the meal, local UMW Presidents please call Lorna DeGrazia at 757-678-5828 with the number attending from your unit. Thank you, Joyce Bowen, District UMW Vice President.
Reunions are good!
Reunions of church folks are better!
But Reunions focused on our Faithfulness are the best!

Choosing the Faithful Path & Checking Vital Signs Reunion!!!!
Saturday, March 21, 2020 at our Spring Training Event!

"Choosing the Faithful Path" and "Checking Vital Signs" Reunion will be a workshop at the District Spring Training Event on March 21, 2020 at Nandua Middle School in Onley.

Both of these excellent programs were authored by Rev. Beth Crissman and both programs are designed to help keep our congregations on a faithful path of ministry.  Did your congregation participate in either, or both, of these studies?  Plan to come and 
  • Share what you learned and learn from the others.
  • Share what ideas worked!  Emoji  And what ideas didn't work.  Emoji
  • Get idea from others!
  • What new vision for ministry came out of your study?
  • How did you keep your congregation focused on new ideas?
  • How did you keep the energy going?
  • What do you need now?
Who should come?  Clergy and lay people! Pastors!  Lay Leaders!  Study Group Members!  Anyone interested in faithful ministry! Questions?  Call the ES UMC District Office at 757-665-6295 or call our Church Transformation Team Coordinator, 757-710-8907 -That's me --Donna Doan! PS...I'll have cookies  Emoji

Note: this workshop is just one of many that will be offered at our district's Spring Training Event on March 21 at Nandua Middle School in Onley.  Stay tuned for registration and other workshops that will be available! It's coming real soon!
2019 Journal available in pdf form 
The 2019 Journal of the Virginia Conference has been posted on the Virginia Conference website at
For those who have ordered printed copies, the Journal is at the printers and should be available soon.
You can register for this Goodson Academy Event at
Interested in serving on a Conference Board?
Virginia Annual Conference searches for those who are interested in serving on conference boards and agencies.  If you are interested, more information on vacancies and on-line Nomination Profile form can be found at or you can contact the District Office at 757-665-6295;

District Events

February 6, is the final Registration for children Kindergarten-5th Grade for Kids Alive Winter Mini Camp at Market Street UMC.  Kids Alive is being offered on 4 Saturday mornings, February 15, 22, 29 and March 7 from 10 am -12 noon and it's FREE.  Enrollment is limited.  Register early! For more information and registration, call the church office at 757-787-4873 or email The church located at 75 Market Street, Onancock 23417
Monday, March 2, the New Hope Charge will study "He Set His Feet to Jerusalem" during the Lenten season.  Sessions will begin Monday March 2.  Morning group will be at Evergreen UM beginning at 9 a.m.  Evening group will meet at Harborton UM at 7 p.m.  Please contact Pastor Kendra if you would like more information at
Sunday, March 22 - 4-6 p.m., Guilford UMC, 24450 Guilford Rd., Bloxom 23308 invites everyone to join them for Praise and Worship concert featuring  "Real Men Sing Real Loud". Then from 6:00 p.m. - ??  join us for some delicious finger food snacks and Fellowship in the Social Hall. 
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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