Virginia Annual Conference begins Sunday night, June 13, with a Service of Remembrance and Holy Communion in the Scope arena in Norfolk. Live streaming of the 2010 Virginia Annual Conference session will be available, beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday, from the Virginia Conference Web site, www.vaumc.org. You will find conference schedules and other up-to-date information on the conference web site.
The Rev. J.P. Hong will preach for Sunday night’s service, while the Rev. Vance Ross, deputy general secretary for the General Board of Discipleship, will be the conference preacher. The ordination service will be held Monday evening. The Rev. Marc Brown, the Rev. John Briggs and Kathy Merry will lead Bible study and a plenary session.
The Rev. Jim Gulley, who survived the collapse of the Hotel Montana in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, during the January 12 earthquake, will speak to the conference on Tuesday night and will also be the featured speaker at the annual Laity Banquet on Monday.
There will be opportunities during the conference to pack meals for Stop Hunger Now and bag potatoes for the Society of St. Andrew. Among other issues, members of the 228th session of Annual Conference will look at changing the number of districts within the conference, shortening the length of future conference sessions, and the conference’s relationship with its longtime retreat center at Blackstone.
The conference meets through Wednesday afternoon. Please be in prayer for all the members of the Virginia Annual Conference as they go about this work of the church this week.