Volume 17 Issue 2| February 2020
Calling High School Students!
Applications/Nominations for Shenandoah University Youth Theology Institute are now being accepted!
Do you have a current high schooler in your life who is ready to learn about how their faith in Jesus Christ calls them to live and be in the world in a way that seeks justice? Nominate and encourage them to apply for the Shenandoah University Youth Theology Institute! SUYTI is a two-week, credit-bearing program for any young person who is currently in high school (that is, any student who will be a rising sophomore through recent high school graduate this summer). Students spend one week on SU’s campus in Winchester and one week on the campus of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, and through a daily rhythm of worship, academic study, experiential and service learning, and (of course) sabbath rest, learn to become stronger Christian leaders in their local communities. The 2020 Institute will run from July 19-August 1, 2020, and thanks to a grant from the Lilly Endowment, we are able to give your student all that SUYTI has to offer (room and board, program expenses, and three college credits) to our cohort members at a cost of only $200 per student. To nominate a student or to apply, visit our website at  www.su.edu/youththeology . For more information, contact Ian Urriola, Director of the SUYTI, by calling (540) 665-5453 or e-mailing  yti@su.edu .
The Bishop's Bible Challenge 2020

Bishop Lewis has been encouraging the clergy and laity of the Virginia Conference to read the Bible in a year since 2017. Each year has featured a different way of reading. 
For 2020, Bishop Lewis is challenging the entire conference to read the Bible all the way through with a thematic reading plan. Learn more about the challenge at the link and start reading!

From the HUB
A trip to Mission Central March 4 & 5
Take a two day trip to Mission Central to see and be part of the mission. The HUB and CUMC are making that possible March 4 & 5 2020. The bus will leave Culpeper UMC Wednesday March 4 at 6:15 AM. We will stop for breakfast and be at Mission Central in Mechanicsburg PA about 9:30AM. We will be given assignments, eat lunch, and stop working at 4PM. Rooms will be reserved for you at a local motel. We will eat out as a group and finish off the day with devotions. The next day breakfast at the motel, devotions, and back to mission central. We will leave at 3:30 PM and return to Culpeper stopping for supper, arriving back about 8 PM. Your cost - app. $80 for room and 2 meals.

The Central VA HUB is packing and collecting cleaning buckets, health kits, health equipment, computers and now shoes for Mission Central. What happens to all this good stuff when it gets to Mission Central? What other mission work does Mission Central do? How does Mission Central function and reach so many people? With volunteers , people like you and me.

To make room reservation or ask questions contact Pastor Art at jdpastorart@comcast.net or 540-229-6693.

Current HUB Needs
  • Fingernail and/or Toenail Clippers
  • Towels (no longer than 27″)
  • Band-Aids (3/4″ x 3″)
  • Snack Bags
  • 1 Subject Notebooks
  • Clothespins
  • Loose Leaf Notebook Paper (up to 200 sheets)
  • Reusable Towels – such as Handi Wipes
  • Baby Sleepers – Newborn to 9 Months
  • Rubber Bands
Clergy Gathered for Epiphany Luncheon
The annual Epiphany Luncheon was held on January 9th at the Wood Grill in Charlottesville. Thirty-eight active and retired pastors and their spouses were in attendance.
Aldersgate UMC to Open Preschool
We are excited to announce Aldersgate Christian Preschool, where children learn to love and love to learn. Beginning, September 1, 2020, Aldersgate Christian Preschool will be partnering with families to nurture children's social, emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual beliefs. Our small class sizes will help us focus on each child's unique gifts and areas of growth.   Registration will be open beginning February 10th and more information can be obtained by emailing Director Kristin Shaller at preschool@cvaumc.org or following us on Facebook. 

From the United Methodist Women

Our annual Lenten Breakfast and Worship will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Mt. Vernon UMC, 76 Garth Rd., Stanardsville, VA 22973. The Mt. Vernon UMW is most graciously providing breakfast, and our program will be presented by Rev. Debbie Powell. Worship will be led by Rev. Sam Plymale. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m., and breakfast will be served at 9:30 a.m. All women are invited – please watch for more details and plan to come and join us!

Save the date! The District UMW is also planning a fellowship and networking event for Saturday, April 25, 2020, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. More information will be available soon.

Many, many thanks to all who have cooked and served dinner to students at the Wesley Foundation at UVA during the fall semester and to all who have taken spring-semester dates! As of this writing, we have only a few dates remaining to be covered: February 11 and 18; April 7 and May 5. If your group is available to serve dinner to appreciative students, please contact Sandra Thornton by email at sgb.thornton0612@gmail.com or by phone at 757-442-0847 (cell).

In March the Wesley Foundation will again present its annual McDonald Lecture as part of the Festival of the Book. Our event this year will feature local resident and author David Zahl, who serves on the staff of Christ Episcopal Church. David will speak on his book Seculosity on Thursday, March 19, 2020, noon – 1:30 p.m. at the Harrison Institute on UVA Central Grounds. Curiosity peaked? Please look for additional details about this event on the Wesley Foundation website and Facebook page and on the Festival of the Book webpage VaBook.org/Schedule; we will also provide more information through various communication outlets across the District and the Virginia Conference.

Thank you for your gifts, prayers, presence, and service to the students at Wesley! Please visit the Wesley Foundation website for more information about this United Methodist ministry and for directions and information on parking.
“I have all of God that I want” – said  no one, …ever . Are you totally filled and empowered by God, so much so that you sometimes lose track of everything else? Is there a fire in your heart that says there must be more? When you hear of people being filled by the Spirit, are you at least curious? What would it be like to be baptized in the Holy Spirit? 
 “ Have you ever been swimming in really rough surf been caught in a wave with other people and lost track of: what was up and what was down; what order things happened in; if you were helping them or if they were helping you; what body parts belonged to who; who was there; how long you were under; who was shaking harder; if you came up for air? Then, when it was over, you couldn’t walk, you couldn’t explain what happened, and you knew you would never be the same again… That’s the best way I can describe what kneeling at Pam’s feet and being overcome by the Holy Spirit felt like to me…” – Nicole Danek Vales, Restoration Church.
Did you know at times when John Wesley preached, that hundreds of people were “… fallen, as if dead”? That’s right, METHODISTS slain in the spirit. ( The Journal of John Wesley – John Wesley).  What would happen to you and your church, if the Holy Spirit of God were to COME ALIVE and in FULL POWER? If the Holy Spirit left your church years ago, did anyone notice? Are you ready for rekindle that FIRE? … to fan it into a FLAME that draws others in?
If you and your church are ready for revival, contact me or your District Superintendent, Danny Kesner for more information.
Pastor Greg Miller –  gemiller@live.com  (make sure the subject includes the word  revival ). We have two events scheduled already, so don’t delay.  
Answer the call that is already burning inside of you. Your life will never be the same again. Praise the Lord!
Greg Miller

This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it!
Psalm 118:24


He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
     I will be exalted among the nations,
     I will be exalted in the earth.”
Psalm 46:10

From The District Superintendent:
Laity Re-Connect Event  

Saturday, February 8, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Bishop Sharma D. Lewis is inviting laity from around the conference for a time of connection following her return from medical leave on February 8, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Woodlake UMC in Chesterfield.  

"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."  

Location for the event will be at Woodlake UMC (15640 Hampton Park Dr, Chesterfield, VA 23832). There will be five satellite locations for the event as well: 
Arlington District, Pender UMC,12301 Alder Woods Dr, Fairfax 22033
Eastern Shore District, Adams UMC, 23432 Lee Mont Rd., Parksley 23421
Elizabeth River District, New Creation UMC, 4320 Bruce Rd, Chesapeake 23321
Harrisonburg District, Bridgewater UMC, 219 N Main St, Bridgewater 22812
Roanoke District, Thrasher Memorial UMC, 707 E Washington Ave, Vinton 24179
Deadline to register is Sunday, Feb. 2.

District Youth News
District Youth Retreat Planned
February 29, 2020
Aldersgate UMC
For more information
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