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Weekly News, Eastern Shore District United Methodist Church
ISSUE: Friday, November 6, 2020
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District Conference, Sat. Nov. 14

You're invited to join us for the 
153rd Session of the Eastern Shore District Conference

Date and Time:  Saturday, November 14, 10-11 am
Location:  Virtual on-line Zoom session
Theme: "See All The People"

District Conference will be a little different this year in that we will be gathering together in an online Zoom session instead of the traditional in-person.  Our agenda will be the same though:
  • Worship
    • Special music from our local church musicians
    • District Superintendent Alex Joyner will preach 
    • Singing (As loud as we want!)
  • Zoom Skit Video
  • ​Receiving reports from the Committee on Ordained Ministry and the Committee on Lay Servant Ministry
  • Affirming our District Leadership (clergy and laity vote)
  • Electing District Members At-Large to 2021 Annual Conference (only laity vote)
And the best part --is NO DRESS CODE --you get to wear your PJs or your favorite cumfy sweats!  Bring your coffee/hot tea and join us for this year's District Conference as we celebrate another year of ministry together!

If you would like to be nominated as a District Member-At-Large to 2021 Annual Conference, complete the Nominee Form located at

Registration is required for EVERYONE!
Anyone may attend District Conference. Registration is required to enable us to get a good attendance record and to be sure that voting Lay and Clergy members are recognized. Once you register, a Zoom link and toll-free phone number will be emailed to you from the District OfficeDeadline to register is FRIDAY, NOV. 12!

In order to have the best possible District Conference experience, you should plan to join via a computer/laptop.  If you have a smart phone you can down load the free Zoom app. 

Annual Conference Wrap-up!
The 2020 Virtual Annual Conference session took place Saturday, October 31, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Click here for a video summary
Click here for a written overview.
Click here to view pictures.

View prerecorded services:
Ordination Service
A Service of Commissioning
Retirement Service
Memorial Service

For more 2020 AC information:

New Conference Lay Leader
Mrs. Martha Stokes was elected Virginia Conference Lay Leader during Annual Conference on Saturday, Oct. 31. Please join the conference office in welcoming Martha to this important position. She may be contacted directly at ministryofthelaity You may also read the remarks she gave during conference session at the link. More...
E.S. Drop-off Locations for Shoeboxes
More than 4,000 locations will now offer a curbside drop-off option for the Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child. Volunteers are preparing to collect shoebox gifts during National Collection Week,
Nov. 16 ­– 23

Operation Christmas Child has been collecting and delivering shoebox gifts—filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys—to children worldwide for more than two decades. This is a project that everyone can still be a part of, even with COVID-19 restrictions. 

There’s still time for individuals, families, and groups to transform empty shoeboxes into fun gifts. The project partners with local churches across the globe to deliver these tangible expressions of God’s love to children in need. Find a step-by-step guide on the
How to Pack a Shoebox webpage

“In the midst of the pandemic, the needs are greater than ever before,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “Children around the world need to know that God loves them and there is hope. A simple shoebox gift opens the door to share about the true hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ.” 

Eastern Shore Curbside Drop-off locations Nov. 16-23, 2020 are:

Onancock Baptist Church, 1 Crockett Ave., Onancock
(call Jayne Wilson for drop-off times at 757-787-4348)

Exmore Baptist Church, 11624 Occohannock Road, Exmore 
(call Lucy Freeman for drop-off times at 757-442-9491)

Trinity UMC, 109 Plum Street, Cape Charles 
(call Jim Moore for drop-off times at 757-331-2564)

OOTB General Bd. meeting Nov. 18

All Local Church General Board Members for Occohannock on the Bay Camp and Retreat Center will be meeting on Wednesday, November 18, 7 pm.  Because of the current conditions, the General Board will meet virtually via Zoom.  A letter with the Zoom link and call-in toll free number as well, is being mailed to all General Board Members.

UMFS December Offering
New Offering Resources: United Methodist Family Services (UMFS) is the Virginia Conference designated offering for December. UMFS deeply appreciates the support of local churches in this ministry, helping high-risk children create a brighter future. We have created a variety of digital assets to support the offering this year, and help you share the work of the ministry with your congregation. You can find the following resources at 4 short videos, an electronic bulletin insert, church offering scripts, and images for newsletters, emails, social media, and websites.

Please contact Jill Gaynor ( or 804-254-9463) with any questions. Thank you for your support!
Local Church Events
Saturday, November 14, 8 am - 1 pm, Christ UMC on Chincoteague is having a Fall/Christmas Bazaar sponsored by their UMW Op Shop.  It will be held in the Scout House which is located in the back of the downtown Chincoteague Public Parking lot off of Main Street and/or Mumford Street.  Masks required as well as Covid-19 precautions.
November 15-21: Capeville UMC, Cheriton UMC, Trinity UMC, Eastville Baptist and Lower Northampton Baptist Churches are offering a free BIBLE QUEST activity open to anyone.  Families can drive to participating churches to discover several "Heros of the Bible".  Instructions and worksheets will be available beginning November 8 at the following post offices: Eastville, Cheriton, Cape Charles, Capeville and Townsend.  Look for the pink polka dot gift bags marked "Bible Quest Forms" hanging on the bulletin boards.  There will be a prize for children who turn in a completed worksheet by December 1.
Employment Opportunity
Local Church Part Time Administrative Assistant: 
Administrative work in church office in Parksley working four partial days weekly.  General bookeeping skills required using Quickbooks, Excel, Word, Outlook, Publisher and PowerPoint. Requires maintaining church website and Facebook page, communicating with church members, managing monthly newsletter, documenting church activities and donations  and maintaining calendar. Good oral and written communication skills are required as well as a friendly disposition.   Send resume to:
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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