Weekly News: Elizabeth River District of The United Methodist Church
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Issue: Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Relaunch Webinar- Season 2 begins today at 1 pm! 
Relaunch webinars will be held every last Wednesday of the month to provide resources to prepare for a relaunch! We are aware of the rising cases related to Delta, and we pray that each local church's PRG team is making the best decisions to mitigate the spread. The webinars are added resources for the churches, as we pray and plan for relaunching. 
The upcoming webinar will be a special 3 week series! Please visit for more information and registration! 

* 1 CEU will be offered to members who join in 4 or more sessions
.Wednesday, August 25, 2021, 1 p.m. 
.Wednesday, September 1, 2021, 1 p.m.
.Wednesday, September 8, 2021, 1 p.m.
Please do not hesitate to contact RJ for any questions at
District Conference, this Sunday!
Registration Required for all!
District Conference is going to be a virtual event!  Join us this Sunday, August 29, 2 pm - 3:30 pm via Zoom.  Anyone can attend. However, the following are voting members: clergy, certified lay ministers, lay leaders, chair of council/leadership board, church school superintendent, UMW President, UMM President, District steward, lay member to Annual Conference, District Trustees, District Treasurer, District Lay Leader, District UMW President, District UMM President, District Youth Council Representative.

What's going to happen at District Conference? We will have a time of worship and the convening of the business session --the 2022 District Budget will be presented for approval and  District Leadership will be voted on as well as the election of District Lay Members to the 2022 Annual Conference. 

To participate, please register using the link below or  After you register, you will receive the Zoom information, packet of documents and instructions.


Orientation session for your upcoming Charge Conference
Tuesday, Aug. 31, 10 am
Charge Conference Orientation will be on August 31 at 10 am via Zoom. Pastors, EVD Administrators, and others who prepare for Charge Conference should plan to attend. Click here to register. 

Virginia United Methodists urged to pray, give and serve during humanitarian crises

The Virginia Conference asks United Methodists to continue in prayer as the tragedies caused by the humanitarian crises in this world are witnessed. Use the prayer resources during worship that were shared through the recent statement by Bishop Lewis. Offerings can make a direct impact in the relief effort and discover ways to serve by helping people in crisis as the hands and feet of Jesus. Learn more...
Prayer Request:  
Rev. Janis Karen Whitehurst died peacefully in her home in Chesapeake, Virginia on 11 August 2021. Karen was born 29 March 1949 in Portsmouth, Virginia, the daughter of John Bentley Whitehurst and Gladys Lucille Hardison Whitehurst.  She attended schools in Cradock, Virginia, and graduated from Old Dominion University.  She taught for many years in Deep Creek (Virginia) Elementary School. After retiring from teaching, she graduated from Duke University’s Divinity School and became a local pastor at Asbury United Methodist Church in Cradock, Virginia.  She retired as a pastor when Asbury Church was disbanded. Please pray for the family!
Healing Past and Present Trauma 
an Elizabeth River District Clergy webinar!
In the past year and a half, many have experienced multiple layers of trauma. The “Healing Past & Present Trauma” webinar will equip clergy to lead both themselves and their congregation. The webinar will be Tuesday, September 21 from 10 am to 1 pm. The cost will be $10.  .5 CEU has been approved for full participation in this event. Us the link below for more information and registration!

Special and Sustaining Grant Applications Available!
Applications are now available for the 2022 Common Table Special Grants and Sustaining Grants for local churches and ministries. Forms may be found at The deadline to receive complete applications (must include all supporting documentation and be signed by the District Superintendent) is October 15, 2021. Questions may be directed to Bev Myers at
Lots of new job openings at churches on the Elizabeth River District have been listed on the website. If your church has an employment opportunity or if you have placed a job opening and it is no longer needed, please email

Check out the Job Openings on our Elizabeth River District!
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