Annual Conference 2021

Bishop Sharma D. Lewis, together with the Annual Conference Planning Team, announced the 2021 Virginia Annual Conference will be a virtual event held June 18-19.
 
Business of the Annual Conference will be limited, due to economic constraints, only to Friday, June 18. The conference will again be using Lumi Global as the platform vendor. 
 
Worship services and time for district-based service opportunities will be conducted on Saturday, June 19.

TEST YOUR TEXT Instructions

  • Go to  https://eventmobi.com/vaumc/. The first time you visit the platform, it will ask you for your email address to create an account.

  • Enter your email address (this must be the email address associated with your delegate status)

  • Create a password-- any password you create is fine--just be sure to write it down, as you will need it to participate this week.

  • Enter the email address/password and continue--this brings you into the platform.

  • On the left hand side of the Annual Conference platform, you will find "Member Agenda"

  • Click Member Agenda to see the AC schedule and connect to the testing session.

  • Select June 18

  • Select Morning Session

  • Click the 'Join Now' button

  • Enable your microphone (click allow)

  • Accept the terms and conditions

  • Click "I have a user ID"  (This is where you need your AC credentials - it is the six digit number that was emailed to you)

    • Note: if you were a delegate last year, the system may remember your old ID-- you need to delete any numbers you see in the User ID field and enter your 2021 credentials!

  • Enter your user ID number

  • Enter the password (which is 2021)

  • Click the blue 'Join Audio by Computer' button

  • Ensure you can see and hear the video playing in the Zoom window (right-hand side)

If anyone runs into any issues, please let them know that they can reach out to us and we are available to help troubleshoot.

AC2021 Tech Team


June 3 email to Clergy and Lay Members

The conference office anticipates Monday, June 7 as the date that clergy and lay AC members will receive an email with both access to the 2021 Annual Conference platform and voting credentials. Both platform access and voting credentials will be sent in one email to AC members.

The AC 2021 platform is being hosted through EventMobi. Voting, as with the 2020 Annual Conference session, will be conducted through vendor Lumi Global. 

A tutorial video is also expected for conference-wide release on June 7, orienting members on how to access the online platform, explaining unique features of the platform such as the Virtual Display Space, and giving an overview of voting. 

As an additional reminder, Friday, June 4, is the last day to make changes to the 2021 Annual Conference member information in EVC.

Annual Conference Music

You are invited to participate in a virtual singing of "And Are We Yet Alive" for the 2021 Virginia Annual Conference, June 18-19. CLICK HERE for all the information.

Annual Conference Orientation by Zoom 

Wednesday, June 9 at 7:00 PM the Roanoke District Superintendent will present a short orientation for the 2021 Annual Conference clergy and lay members.  Materials and the Zoom link will be emailed at the end of May.

Book of Reports is now available

The Book of Report (BOR) is available online HERE

AC Kits and Food Collection are NEW this year.  
 
This year we will be doing things a little differently. The collections will be kept on a district level. We need your support and we want to make sure you read the instructions carefully. 

First:  We will have TWO collection sites and each site will be collecting specific items. The sites are:
Huntington Court UMC - 3333 Williamson Road, Roanoke, VA 24012

edges campus of Blacksburg UMC - 706 Harding Ave., Blacksburg, VA 24060

Second:  The collection times at these sites will be from 2:00 -4:00 PM on June 19th

Third:  please read carefully the items collected at each location.

CLICK HERE (revised) for all the instructions and how you can be a part of this new way to do Annual Conference Kits and Food ministry.  Contact Rev. Jeff Wilson at JeffWilson@vaumc.org for more information.  CLICK HERE for the message from the Conference.

 
Annual Conference Theme
 
The theme for 2021 is "United as One" with the guiding Scripture of John 17:20-23 (NRSV). I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
 
Bishop Lewis shared that this Scripture shows Jesus praying for himself, his disciples, and for all believers.  "This Scripture shares the importance of us being One," she said.
 
Annual Conference session
 
Annual Conference members should begin to let their districts know if they have concerns about their ability to connect and interact in a virtual Annual Conference session. With this advance notice, districts, together with the conference office, can best assist members in the coming months.
 
Members can expect practice sessions closer to the June session to test their devices and learn about the Lumi platform.

Information will be forthcoming in February concerning Kit Collection and a district collection plan for this year's conference.

For any questions, please email the Conference Director of Connectional Ministries Rev. Dr. Steve Summers at SteveSummers@vaumc.org.