Annual Conference 2012
"You Are The Seeds" will be the theme when 2012 Annual Conference convenes
June 22 - 24 at the Roanoke Civic Center.
Our own District Superintendent, Dr. Stephen Hundley, will preach the
Service of Remembrance and Holy Communion at 7:30 pm on Friday, June 22.
Live streaming of Annual Conference on website, Facebook
Annual Conference Orientation for the Roanoke District will take place on Sunday, June 10th at 3:00 pm
at St. Marks UMC Daleville, VA
IT IS IMPORTANT that pastors and lay people representing their charge, extension ministers, retired clergy and members-at-large representing the Roanoke district attending Annual Conference be present to be briefed on issues coming before the Conference.
At the orientation session, tickets will be available for the Laity Banquet. The banquet will be held at Hotel Roanoke Conference Center on June 23th at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $30.00. The guest speaker will be Bishop Charlene Kammerer, retiring bishop of the Virginia Conference. Bus transportation will be provided to and from the Civic Center. See Warner Bonderman at the orientation for tickets or send him a check payable to the Virginia Annual Conference with a self- address, stamped envelope to 1300 Meadowview Drive, Salem, VA 24153. No tickets will be available at the conference.
Opportunities to Volunteer
Hospitality volunteers are needed for one hour shifts on:
Friday, June 22 at 2:00 pm
Saturday, June 23 at 7:45 am
Sunday, June 24 at 8:00 am and noon
All ages are encouraged to help greet and guide our conference guests. Contact Lynne Alley-Grant at email@example.com or 540-250-5819.
Ushers are needed at various time during the conference. Contact Brenda Brooks at 540-977-4908 or BBrooks8@gmail.com.
Volunteers Needed for Child Care for Annual Conference
This year, all child care for the annual conference will take place at Greene Memorial UMC. We will host children from birth through 5th grade on Friday afternoon, all day Saturday and evening and then Sunday morning. Volunteers are needed and would be greatly appreciated in assisting with caring for the children of our families within our conference. We welcome volunteers for a few hours to all day! If you are interested or would like to know more, please contact: Debbie Brown at 344-6225 or DebbieB@gmumc.org
Volunteers needed for computer-assisted note taking
Individuals are needed who can offer their time and talent in communicating the spoken word to persons who need computer-assisted note taking at the 2012 Annual Conference sessions June 22-24 in Roanoke. Tasks include typing text of reports, worship, and music using Microsoft Word, at times as the speaker is presenting. Good typing speed and accuracy is a must. Individuals are needed for all sessions for shifts of one hour or longer. More information is available from the Center for Lay Leadership Excellence at 1-800-768-6040 or (804) 521-1100, ext. 154, or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers are needed to assist with monitoring for inclusivity at Annual Conference.
Monitor training will be held Friday, June 22 at 11:00 AM at the Roanoke Civic Center. A light meal will be provided during training. Monitoring is done to continue the positive effects of involving all people in full and equal participation in the life and mission of Church. The Conference Commissions on Disabilities (COD), Ethnic Minority Concerns and Advocacy (CEMCA) and Status and Role of Women (COSROW) join together to advocate ability, gender, racial, and age-level inclusiveness in the Conference's decision-making process by monitoring all sessions of Conference. Monitoring can be done by delegates and non-delegates (area church members, spouses, visitors). Please register your attendance so we can plan for enough meals. Those who are interested please contact Shan Sixbey email@example.com or 757-374-3835)
Kits for Conference
Volunteers are needed during all collections times (see below) and ESPECIALLY Friday, June 22 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm (as delegates are arriving), and from 4:30 until 7:30 (during dinner break) and again on Saturday, June 23, from 6:30 am until 8:30 am and from noon until 2:00 pm. If you can volunteer please contact Pastor Louis "Kit" Strickler at Woodlawn UMC 540-774-8126, cell 540-797-7608 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include the exact times you are available.
Cokesbury Needs Your Help
Susan Simmons our Cokesbury rep needs a few volunteers to help unload materials and displays before and after Annual Conference. This is a great opportunity to help out. She needs help on Thursday, June 21st beginning at 9:00 am and Sunday, June 24th anytime. If you have a few hours to spare contact her at: email@example.com or 540-989-2037. Youth are welcome. Lunch will be provided.
Potato Drop to be at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, June 23
Opportunities to Contribute
Kits for Conference
Various types of relief supply kits will be collected at the 2012 Virginia Annual Conference session. Kit collection is being conducted to replenish the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) supply. Local churches are encouraged to collect items for any of the most requested UMCOR kits — Health Kits, School Kits, Layette Kits and Birthing Kits — and bring them to Annual Conference. Bring kits to the collection site in the Roanoke Civic Center Parking Lot from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 22, and 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 23. Click here for details
Annual Conference Offering
Bishop Charlene Kammerer has announced that the 2012 Annual Conference Offering goal is $200,000 and will benefit four mission projects:
· Brazil— Shade and Fresh Water expansion: $50,000
· Mozambique– Leadership Development/Shade and Fresh Water: $50,000
· Cambodia—Church Growth: $50,000
· Virginia—Shalom Farms, Richmond: $50,000
4 Cans 4 Conference - 2012
It's time to begin gathering canned and staple goods to benefit the SW-VA Food Bank in the Roanoke-Salem area of our Conference. Each Clergy and Lay Member of Conference is asked to bring a minimum of 4 cans of food to this year's gathering in the Roanoke Civic Center. The offering should be at least:
If each Clergy and Lay Member brings the minimum number of cans, we may be able to present the SW-VA Food Bank more than 10,000 pounds (5 tons) of food to distribute to the various agencies in the area of the Roanoke Civic Center! This can be a church-wide collection, a Youth Group project, an initiative of the UMW or UM Men, your congregation’s Mission emphasis group, or an opportunity for individuals to take up a meaningful, personal act of charity and grace. Your gifts are also not limited to 4 Cans! Bring 4 boxes of cans! Bring 4 dozen cans! Bring 4 cases of canned food! Bring 4 cans of each type of food!Bring 4 grocery bags of cans! In addition, there is a need for cereal (hot, cold, or instant), peanut butter and jelly, cooking oils, dry preparation aids (like Hamburger Helper, pasta, etc.), flour, etc. Also, as you are able, please bring your 4 Cans in recyclable grocery bags, rather than the easily-available and -abused plastic bags. The SW-VA Food Bank will gladly pass the 99¢ re-useable ones along to the recipients with the food. Please do not bring home-canned items, out of date cans, glass jars, damaged cans, fresh fruits/veggies, or already-opened or partially used supplies. Remember those who will be receiving these gifts as you prepare them! As you might already know, the need for the ministry and supplies of the SW-VA Food Bank continues to grow. More requests come every day for food supplies. To get additional insight, please have a look at their web-site: www.faswva.orghttp://www.faswva.org/ Altogether in the last three years, VA United Methodists have given more than 25,000 pounds of canned and staple goods to the SE-VA Food Bank in Norfolk and the SW-VA Food Bank in the Roanoke Valley area,, as we gathered there for Conference. Now, as we prepare to convene in Roanoke again, let’s continue this tradition by bringing
4 Cans 4 Conference!
If you have any question about the "cans", contact , Jim Earley, via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or at Walker Chapel UMC in Arlington, VA (703-538-5200).
The Holy Rollers Riding with a Holy Purpose
The Holy Rollers are a group of United Methodist Clergy and Lay People from every corner of Virginia who share: A love for the Lord Jesus Christ,
A deep concern for dispossessed and marginalized people, and the inexplicable joy of riding bicycles long distances.
Each June the Holy Rollers embark on a group bicycle ride of 150 to 200 miles over three days, taking us through the beautiful back roads of Virginia, and ending at the site of the Annual Conference (for 2012 the Roanoke Civic Center). The purpose of our journey is THREE-FOLD:
Fund Raising—To help raise funds for and awareness of the Virginia Annual Conference Offering.
Fellowship Building—To encourage fellowship and to build Christian collegiality among clergy and laity through cycling.
Fitness Encouragement—To offer Holy opportunities for clergy and laity to increase their fitness and well-being.
If you are passionate about cycling and love to ride in the midst of great fellowship, we invite you to join the Holy Rollers for this year’s ride to Annual Conference - Charlottesville to Roanoke! We encourage riders of all colors, shapes, ages and experience levels to join us.
If you cannot participate in the full three-day ride, you can join us for any portion of the journey as you are able. Below is our ride plan:
Holy Roller Travel itinerary - route details are being finalized, but our basic itinerary is as follows:
Gathering - Tuesday, June 19, 2012
We will gather from 5:00 to 6:00 PM at Mount Moriah UMC, 4524 Garth Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901. The church will provide us a meal and accommodations on the floor using our air mattresses and sleeping bags. Riders who prefer other sleeping arrangements may stay at a local motel. We will enjoy a worship time together at about 8:00 PM.
Ride Day 1 - Wednesday, June 20, 2012
After breakfast at church, we will depart Mt Moriah UMC at 7:00 AM and ride approximately 85 miles to Eagle Eyrie Conference Center in Lynchburg, 1 Eagle Eyrie Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24503. During our ride host churches along the way will provide us with snacks and/or meals. Eagle Eyrie will provide our evening meal and accommodations for a modest fee.
Ride Day 2 - Thursday, June 21, 2012
After breakfast, we will depart Eagle Eyrie at 7:00 AM and ride approximately 58 miles to Bonsack UMC, 4493 Bonsack Road, Roanoke, VA 24012, again stopping at host churches along the way. Bonsack will provide a meal and accommodations on the floor using our air mattresses and sleeping bags, or you may stay at a local motel.
Ride Day 3 - Friday, June 22, 2012
After breakfast, we will depart Bonsack UMC at 7:00 AM and ride approximately 27 miles on a route which will include the Blue Ridge Parkway and Mill Mountain (a challenging climb!) and stop at the Roanoke Olive Garden restaurant. Here we will share a celebratory luncheon together. Following lunch we will ride the final 3 miles to the Roanoke Civic Center, arriving as the conference attendees arrive.
Holy Roller Lodging along the way
We hold down the costs of our lodging, meals and snacks on our journey by requesting support from UM churches. If you would rather not sleep in a sleeping bag on a fellowship hall floor, you may make your own arrangements to stay in a nearby motel. SAG vehicles will accompany us to carry our luggage, and provide drinks and food during our ride stops. Remember to bring sleeping bag, air mattress, and comfortable clothes for the evening.
Holy Roller Expenses
Each Holy Roller is asked to wear the official HR jersey: ~$50 (subject to availability)
Each Holy Roller is asked to contribute to the cost of drinks/snacks for the ride: ~$25
Cost of lodging and meals at Eagle Eyrie Conference Center $50
The availability of Holy Roller jerseys for this year's ride is TBD. Therefore, if you would like to participate in the ride please mail your check for $75 payable to Ray Stearns to cover drinks/snacks and lodging/meals at Eagle Eyrie to the address below along with your Registration Form. We need to have a final count of ride participants no later than June 13, 2012. In addition, we encourage each Holy Roller to talk about the Annual Conference Offering at your church - let me people know about the ride you will be doing and ask them to support the Annual Conference Offering on behalf of the Holy Rollers.
If you are interested in the “Ride to Conference”, please call Ray Stearns at 757-871-1243 (c) or 757-380-7678 (w), or email email@example.com for details. Here is how to register for the ride:
Registration HOLY ROLLER RIDE TO ANNUAL CONFERENCE - JUNE 20 - 22, 2012
CELL PHONE:______________________HOME PHONE:______________________
DO YOU WANT TO ORDER A HOLY ROLLER JERSEY? ______YES ______NO
If YES, what size jersey? ______S ______M ______L ______X-L
Mail this form to: Holy Rollers c/o Ray Stearns, 111 Kent Taylor Drive, Yorktown, VA 23693
(You will receive an email when the availability of Holy Roller jerseys is determined)
Opportunites for Fellowship
Virginia Conference UMW Breakfast
will be held Saturday, June 23rd at 6:45 am at the Holiday Inn Airport, 3315 Ordway Drive, Roanoke 24017. Tickets can be purchase from Lou Talbutt, District UMW President.
Clergy Spouses' Luncheon
The Clergy Spouses’ luncheon is one of the truly delightful events at Annual Conference. We reunite with long-time friends and get acquainted with new spouses who become our new friends, all while enjoying a charming catered lunch. So don’t be shy: just come along for the joy and fun. Sign up online www.vaumc.org (click EVENTS, then June 23 on the calendar) or send in your reservations with your check (payable to “Virginia Annual Conference Clergy Spouses’ Luncheon) to Judy Tongue, 101 Sunbright Dr., Bridgewater, VA 22812. Reservations must be placed by June 1, 2012. Cost: $12.00.
All Clergywomen, Friends and “Islands of Support”
Are invited to a time of reconnecting, conversation, lunch and introductions of women being commissioned and ordained
June 22, 2012 10:30 am - 12:15 pm
Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church 707 East Washington Street, Vinton, Virginia
The Bruncheon Menu
Chicken and Rice Salad, Tossed Salad, Fruit Tray, Jello Salad, Assorted Crackers, Blackberry Cobbler with Whipped Cream, Tea, Coffee, Lemonade and Water- Cost is 14.00 and Deadline to register is June 15th.
Please RSVP to Lynne Alley-Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-250-5819. Please make checks payable to Beth Givens and mail to Kenwood UMC 11208 Elmont Road, Ashland, Virginia 23005-7704.
You’re invited to Sunday breakfast at The Virginia Annual Conference Sunday, June 24th at 7:00 a.m. Roanoke Civic Center – Old Exhibit Hall
Enjoy a FREE breakfast, connect with old friends, and discover the amazing work being done in your home community! Together we are changing lives for the better.
Your hosts: Heart Havens, United Methodist Family Services, Virginia United Methodist Homes, The Virginia United Methodist Foundation
To register online: http://umbreakfast.eventbrite.com/
Or call for information and registration: Toll free – 1 888 673 1031 Local – 1 804 474 8700
Space is limited for this FREE breakfast, so don’t be late! Registration required by June 8, 2012
Wesely Alumni Luncheon
Saturday, June 23, 12:15 p.m., Sheraton Hotel, $14. Wesley's president, the Rev. David McAllister-Wilson, will be the guest speaker.
He will give a broad seminary update as Wesley is undergoing many exciting changes and he will discuss the future of Wesley Theological Seminary. Deadline for Checks is Thursday, May 31! Checks should be made out to WTS Alumni Association and mailed to
Ben Horrocks at Beulah United Methodist Church 6930 Hopkins Road, North Chesterfield, VA 23234
His email is email@example.com Office is 804-275-2325 Cell is 804-551-5574
The Church Planting and Revitalization Breakfast will be held Saturday June 23rd 7AM at the Roanoke Convention Center (Old Exhibit Hall). The cost for the breakfast is $14. --------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------- ------------------------------ VIRGINIA CONFERENCE BOARD OF GLOBAL MINISTRIES & BOARD OF CHURCH AND SOCIETY
The Church Planting and Revitalization Breakfast
will be held Saturday June 23rd 7AM at the Roanoke Convention Center (Old Exhibit Hall). The cost for the breakfast is $14.
VIRGINIA CONFERENCE BOARD OF GLOBAL MINISTRIES & BOARD OF CHURCH AND SOCIETY
FOR THE MOST UP TO DATE INFORMATION ON ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2012 GO TO THE VIRGINIA CONFERENCE WEBSITE: www.vaumc.org.