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ISSUE: Thursday, November 4, 2021
Daylight saving time ends Sunday, November 7, this year. So plan on changing your clocks on the night of Saturday, Nov. 6, turning them back a full hour.
Upcoming Conversation on the District Initiative
DS Kim is inviting Clergy and Laity on the Elizabeth River and Eastern Shore districts!

Join us for Clergy conversation on the District Initiative 
Mon., Nov. 8, 1-2 pm or 6:30 - 7:30 pm (same Zoom link) 
https://zoom.us/j/95722047106
Meeting ID: 957 2204 7106
Passcode: 659526ng 

Join us for Laity conversation on the District Initiative
Wed., Nov. 10, 6:30 - 8:00 pm or Saturday, Nov. 13, 10 -11:30 am 

(same Zoom link) https://zoom.us/j/95965418044 
Meeting ID: 959 6541 8044
Passcode: 653915 

 Download the pdf documents for more information.
There is no better time than NOW to connect or reconnect to the Lay Servant Ministries of the Eastern Shore District! The Course completed in it's entirety: laity will receive an Advance Course Credit and clergy will receive 1 Continuing Education Unit.

     Laity (Receive Advance Course Credit):
  • Already participating in the Lay Servant Ministries program but have questions about your status or how to maintain your certification?  Or perhaps
  • You may have already answered a calling BUT what if God is nudging you in a new ministry direction?
  • What if he is setting you on fire for ministry and you don’t know how to get started in your church?
  • What if he is reigniting a ministry passion or awaking a new gift for ministry?
  • What if God isn’t done with you yet?
    Pastors:
  • Your laity will be seeking guidance from you as they discern their call.  Are you equipped to assist them in the Lay Servant Ministry process?  This is an opportunity for you to learn more about this vital ministry!
Register today at https://www.easternshoredistrictumc.org/nov-6-lsm-course.html
Training for Staff/Pastor-Parish Relations Committees and Pastors, Sat., Nov. 20!
DS Seonyoung Kim is inviting Eastern Shore District and Elizabeth River District Pastors and S/PPRC members to attend a S/PPRC Zoom Training session on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 10 am -12 noon.  This training session will be a Q (question) and (answer) format. 

How do you prepare for the meeting?  DS Kim will be using the Virginia Conference S/PPRC Training Manual.  The DS encourages you to review it prior to the training. Ask your pastor or church office if you would like a hardcopy of the manual. 

Who should attend? Pastors, S/PPRC members and anyone who is interested in the work of the S/PPRC.

Registration is not required.  Ask your pastor or church office for the Zoom link if you would like to attend.
Sherando UMC Fire
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
On the morning of Friday, October 29, the Sherando United Methodist Church building was destroyed in a fire. Sherando UMC is located not far from Waynesboro and Stuarts Draft on the Staunton District. On October 31, the saints of Sherando UMC packed the local Ruritan hall for worship, and two new members united with the congregation. Through tears and even moments of holy laughter, fond memories were shared and the congregation demonstrated great resilience as we looked to God's future with hope. As soon as the news of the fire broke, a number of you reached out to both the Roanoke and Staunton District offices looking for ways to help. Right now, the most useful way to help Sherando is by monetary contributions. If you or your congregation feels moved to support the people of Sherando UMC in this way, please mail a check made out to "Staunton District" to: Staunton District United Methodist Church, 26 Orr Drive, Fishersville, VA 22939
 
Thank you so much for your prayers and concern. They have been of immeasur-able benefit to the church. It is our connection at its best.
Grace and peace, Doug Forrester, Staunton District Superintendent 
Nominations being accepted for Conference Boards and Agencies
This is the time of year when the Conference Nominations Team begins diligently finding and resourcing individuals interested in serving on our conference boards, agencies, and in other leadership positions under our purview. Information and videos about many of these positions can be found on our conference website at https://vaumc.org/conferencenominations/. In fact, everything an individual would need to explore God’s call for leadership within our annual conference leadership teams is housed at this location on our website. Additionally, there are current vacancies that you might want to consider and pray over at https://doc.vaumc.org/Profiles/Vacanciesfor2021.pdf.  

If you have any questions about leadership opportunities through the Virginia Annual Conference please do not hesitate to email our Assistant to the Bishop and Director of Connectional Ministries, the Rev. Dr. Steve Summers, at stevesummers@vaumc.org
Love, Learn, and Lead Webinar focuses on AMENDING Through Faith
Mark your calendars now, and please join us on Tuesday evening, November 9, 2021 at 6:30 PM EDT for a Love, Learn, and Lead webinar on AMENDING Through Faith, a program that encourages men and boys to challenge a culture that supports violence against women.
 
Steve Schaefer, VACUMM advocate for AMENDING Through Faith and co-team leader of the Elizabeth River District UMM, will share how the AMENDING Through Faith study trains men to recognize, respond to, and prevent violence against women.
 
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89824607164

Meeting ID: 898 2460 7164
Shopping for Afghan Allies
Veteran’s Day Weekend usually brings a lot of sales and commercial promotions.  But this year, the Virginia United Methodist Church is asking you to join your fellow Methodists and shop for the Afghan Allies who have recently come to our Commonwealth after the fall of Kabul.  These are Afghans who stood alongside our soldiers as translators, worked on U.S.bases in country, or served at our embassy alongside our diplomats.  In the words of Bishop Sharma Lewis, “many of them have sacrificed and risked more than most of us will ever be asked to do.”

Most arrived in Virginia with little more than the clothes on their back. While some of the wishlists were prepared by organizations working to resettle the Afghan Allies, the most immediate needs can be found on the Amazon wishlist for refugees at Fort Pickett.  As temperatures drop, winter clothing is needed, especially for women.  I hope you will join me in shopping to meet the VAUMC goal of having a completely empty wishlist by November 14!!  This can be our way of following the command set out in Matthew 25 by Jesus, himself a refugee.  I needed clothes and you clothed me, Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?  The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Thank you for showing Christ’s love to those who, like He was, are refugees in a new land.

For more information and the shopping lists, visit https://vaumc.org/grateful-for-the-service.  Please make sure to use the address of the organization included in the wishlist as your recipient!

Latest News and Resources from PRG  
Nov. 15–22: Drop-off sites for Operation Christmas Child 
More than 4,000 locations will open to collect Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts for the Samaritan’s Purse project. Volunteers are preparing to collect shoebox gifts during National Collection Week, Nov. 15 ­– 22, offering a curbside option. Operation Christmas Child has been collecting and delivering shoebox gifts—filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys—to children worldwide since 1993. This is a project that everyone can still be a part of, even with COVID-19 restrictions. Individuals, families, and groups still have time 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. 
     “In the midst of the pandemic, children around the world need to know that God loves them and there is hope,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “A simple shoebox gift opens the door to share about the true hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ.” For more information about how to participate, go to samaritanspurse.org/occ.
     Participants can learn the hours of operation by calling the following Drop-off Site Leaders as they make plans to drop off their shoebox gifts. Signs at each location will identify the drop-off: Onancock Baptist Church, Jayne Wilson, 757-787-4348 | Union Baptist Church, Chincoteague, Marsha Eley, 757-336-5018 | Exmore Baptist Church, Lucy Freeman, 757-442-9491| Trinity UMC, Cape Charles, Jim Moore, 757-331-256
Resources now available for UMFS December offering
United Methodist Family Services (UMFS) is the Virginia Conference designated offering for December. UMFS does not receive any apportionment funding, so the organization deeply appreciates your generosity through this offering. The offering supports high-risk children across Virginia, including children in foster care, children struggling with mental health challenges, and special education students.
A variety of resources are available to support the offering and help bring this ministry to life for your congregation. You can find the following resources at www.UMFS.org/church: bulletin inserts, offering envelopes, church offering scripts, short videos, and images for newsletters, emails, social media, and websites. Please contact Jill Gaynor (jgaynor@umfs.org or 804-254-9463) with any questions.
 
Learn more about UMFS as they celebrate 120 years in this recent NBC12 segment.
Council of Bishops shares anti-racism resources for Advent:
As churches prepare for Advent season, prayerfully consider incorporating the Advent 2021 theme project from the Council of Bishops (COB) into your local church's preaching and teaching and adapting any of the following elements for use in your context. View project...

Grace United Methodist Church, 18484 Wilson Ave., Parksley will hold their Thrift Shop: Wednesday. Nov. 10, 10-1 pm and Saturdays, Nov. 6 and 13, 9-12 noon

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Eastern Shore District, Virginia Conference of
THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
E-mail: easternshoredistrict@vaumc.org
Web: www.easternshoredistrictumc.org 
Phone: 757-665-6295
Rev. Seonyoung Kim District Superintendent
Jennifer Hume, District Lay Leader
Connie Owens, District Administrative Assistant
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