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PLEASE BE IN PRAYER FOR:
Those of our families lost to COVID-19; counties in our District that have become COVID-19 hotspots; ernestly pray for our nation and its leaders; all those designated as essential workers. Wash your hands. Wear your masks. Stay safe.
YOUTH RETREAT UPDATE!
Friends, it is hard to believe that when we gathered together last February for our Fusion Retreat, it would be the last big thing we would do as a body. With that being said, we are pleased to announce that we will be partnering with Virginia Tech Wesley and surrounding districts for a virtual youth retreat on March 20th! There will be a very small fee per youth participants that will include some fun swag! More details will be available SOON! Please contact Tara Ferris if you have any questions, firstname.lastname@example.org
FROM DS DENISE
38 “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” –Romans 8:38-39 (New Living Translation)
Thursday at Cabinet, DS Scott Davis shared this scripture for our morning worship. It is one of my favorites, so I felt especially blessed to be asked to read it. Perhaps you have heard this scripture shared as you celebrated the life of a dear one who had gone home to the Lord; perhaps it has been a touchstone for you during troubled times. DS Davis had originally wanted the words from the NRSV, but my Biblegateway app was set at NLT, and I didn’t notice until I was half-way through. I love the NRSV, and used it countless times at funerals and memorial services, as words to the family and friends, that nothing separates us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. Here is the NRSV, the powerful, beautiful words you likely are more familiar with:
38 “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” –Romans 8:38-39 (NRSV)
But, as I read the words from the New Living Translation, I thought to myself (I was multi-tasking in my brain), that the particular words of this translation speak into my heart in a special way this day. The meaning is the same. That the love of God [revealed] in Christ Jesus is THE most powerful thing, and that NOTHING can overpower or defeat it. That love is so powerful, that NOTHING, in this world or the next, can separate us from that love. I think, for me, the language of the New Living Translation reminds me that even my worries and fears cannot drive God’s love for me away. Being bound up about the past or wound up about the future, or fear about today or tomorrow, cannot separate God’s love from me. God is ALWAYS there, ALWAYS giving us love, forgiveness and new life—grace, mercy and transformation.
We all recognize that we are in the midst of a time that has many, many challenges. We all have had “life as we knew it” radically changed by COVID and its impacts. There is social division and racial division. I don’t know about you, but there does seem to be an extraordinary amount of things to worry about, and maybe even be fearful about. But, this scripture reminds us that even in the midst of all the world is going through AND all the different ways we are impacted and effected, still—NOTHING can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. I am not saying we should bury our heads in the sand and just hold on tight until everything is rosy again. But, because this love of God never fails us, never falters, we can not only just live through but shine God’s love in the midst of the storms of our days.
Like I said, these verses have always been a touchstone and anchorpoint for my life. These words have seen me through some very hard times, as well as remind me that even in the face of loss—God never loses me. I invite you to pray these words, listening to what God may speak to your heart and into your life.
Be well, be safe, be blessed—and, be a blessing to others.
Thanksgiving is lifted to the Lord for the faithful and generous church families of the district. Your generosity supports ministry that shares the love of Christ in real and tangible ways. Thank you for your faithful gifts.
As of January 21, 2021: Conference District Fund
Priority 1 98.54%
Priority 2 37.97%
Total 82.05% 100%
Because of delays with USPS, 2020 apportionment payments will be accepted until Jan. 29
FROM REV. RYAN WARE
Rev. Ken Kalungi, a deacon in the UMC in Uganda, has named a need for masks. Many folks in Uganda are unable to afford to purchase masks. Wesley Chapel and Rock Springs UMCs will be conducting a mask drive to meet these needs. We are asking that you make or purchase reusable cloth masks (no paper, buff or neck gaiters, please). Please send/bring these to the District Office by Wednesday, January 27. If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Ryan Ware at email@example.com.
Ryan met Ken when he traveled to Uganda with the Divinity school.
END OF YEAR STATISTICAL INFORMATION AND DUE DATES
Deadline Completed Data Entry Table II and Table III at Midnight Sunday, January 31, 2021
The Danville District office is open.
You are requested to call ahead if you need to come into the office.
If you feel sick or have a temperature, please stay home.
You are asked to wear a mask inside the office.
DANVILLE DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT’S
Denise’s contact information includes her cell number:
571.449.0650 and her email address: DanvilleDS@vaumc.org
EVEN WITH VACCINE, CONTINUE TO WEAR MASK
Please remember if you have received the vaccine, you still must wear a mask. This is in keeping with CDC advice, along with Dr. Fauci (virus may still be transmitted even after vaccination), and Governor Northam’s Executive Order requiring the wearing of masks while at indoor spaces (EO 72), and the VAUMC TAM. Virus levels are quite high at this time in our communities. Please take every precaution to keep you, your family, your church family and your church community healthy and safe.
The use of face masks is one way that United Methodists can continue to show their care and concern for all of their neighbors as the nation and world continue to grapple with COVID-19. Thank you, Virginia Conference, for showing your ‘Faces of Care.’
APPORTIONMENTS 2021The Council on Finance and Administration (CFA) recognizes the continued impact of the pandemic on our churches as we lead into 2021. In response, the 2021 Apportionments will be prioritized similarly to the 2020 Apportionments. This will allow churches to pay the critical and essential amounts to support the Virginia Conference clergy and connection.
Local churches are asked to first pay all of Priority 1 and they will be considered having paid 100% of the 2021 Apportionments. Churches are encouraged to pay Priority 2 after Priority 1 is satisfied, as their financial situation allows. The overall Conference Apportionments for 2021 have not changed, they have just been strategically prioritized.
Link to more detailed Priority 1 and 2 explanations.
The 2021 Conference Apportionments of $27,850,000 are prioritized in two categories:
Priority 1 represents the critical and essential ministries of the Conference:
Clergy Benefits will continue with no cuts to benefits;
Clergy credentialing and supervision of clergy were given a high priority;
The ministries and administration that support local churches were emphasized.
We recognize ministries which were placed in Priority 2 are important and CFA hopes that churches that are able will continue to support these ministries to the extent their finances allow.
New apportionment statements are on the way to the pastors. If you are in need of the statements, please contact the Conference Treasurer’s office.
DS Denise plans to be in the Danville District Office the following weeks:
February 1-7, February 22-28, March 15-21 & 29-April 4
AS OF NOW ALL MEETINGS WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY USING ZOOM.
Important Calendar Dates
- January 27 Cabinet ZOOM mtg
- January 31 Statistical Tables II and III completed
- February 3 Cabinet ZOOM mtg
- February 8-11 Cabinet Meeting
- February 17 Ash Wednesday
- February 10 Cabinet ZOOM mtg
- February 21 First Sunday in Lent
- February 24 Cabinet ZOOM mtg
- March 3 Cabinet ZOOM mtg
- March 5 World Day of Prayer
- March 8-11 Cabinet Meeting
- March 17 Cabinet ZOOM mtg
- March 24 Cabinet ZOOM mtg
- March 28 Palm/Passion Sunday
- March 31 Cabinet ZOOM mtg
- April 2 District office closed–Good Friday
- April 4 Easter
- April 5 District office closed—Easter Monday
- April 12-15 Cabinet Meeting
Virginia Conference of
The United Methodist Church
Rev. Denise P Bates, District Superintendent
Sandra S Fulcher, District Administrative Assistant