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Mission Encounter 2014

Summer 2014 Mission Encounter will be held at Blackstone Conference and Retreat Center on the weekend July 25-27 and weekday session July 28-30.

The 3 areas of study will be: Spiritual Growth: How is it with Your Soul?, The Church and People with Disabilities, The Roma People.

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Important Things to Know

 Weekend (July 25th-27th) Session
 The session begins on Friday with registration at 10 AM, followed by facility tour at 11 AM, lunch at noon, and ends with lunch on Sunday.
 Week (July 28th-30th) Session
 The session begins with registration at 10:00 AM, followed by facility tour at 11:00 AM, lunch at noon, and ends with lunch on Wednesday.

Two important change to note this year:
1.  Youth will be immersed into the adult classes.  We will not guarantee if they come as a group that the group will be in the same classroom.  Mentors who bring youth will be responsible for them.  I have a new form from the Women's a Division that will have to be completed by the responsible person.
2.  There will be a Children's class.  Due to new guidelines from the United Methodist Women's Division the teachers will only be responsible for the children during the hours of (8-6).   Before the teachers were responsible for them until 9 pm.
Also note that if anyone needs assistance to please let us know what assistance they need upon registration. One of our studies this year will be The a Church and People with Disabilities.

        Questions concerning registration,
                        call Jo Ann Liskey (540) 434-2997
                                For scholarship information call
            Mary Jane Rawley (540) 828-2436
               4703 Spring Creek Road
                Bridgewater, VA 22812

 This event is co-sponsored by The Virginia United Methodist Women and The VA Conference Board of Global Ministries.

     Order in advance from Resource Center
                                United Methodist Women Orders
                                 P.O. Box 742349
                                 Atlanta, GA 30374-2349


                         or purchase from the Event Book Room   

The day will begin with morning worship. Participants will receive literature that will be helpful in teaching the studies in the local church. Please bring Bible, notebook, pencil & textbook.
Non-perishable food will be collected for Virginia Conference Food Pantries

Bring 2 1/2 years of fleece material for Mission Project.

                                                REGISTRATION DEADLINE
                            July 13, 2014. No refunds after this date.
                               $10 fee charged for late registrations.
                                                CONTINUING EDUCATION
                              CEU credit offered for clergy and lay
                                              speakers upon request.  For lay
                                  speakers, this applies one time only

Registration Costs

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Child = ages 5 to 12

Youth = ages 13 to 18

Rates are in brochure except for commuter meals.


Registration fees ( includes registration, meals, lodging):

Adult $180 for week or weekend

Youth $180 for weekend

Child $130 for weekend

(There will be an extra fee for a single room of $5 per night and there is an additional fee of $10 per person per night for Goodson Lodge.)

Commuter: $25 registration fee plus meals

Friday Lunch $9.50

Friday Dinner $8.00

Saturday Breakfast $6.50

Saturday Lunch $10.50

Saturday Dinner $8.00

Sunday Breakfast $6.50

Sunday Lunch $8.50

Monday Lunch $9.50

Monday Dinner $8.00

Tuesday Breakfast $6.00

Tuesday Lunch $10.50

Tuesday Dinner $8.00

Wednesday Breakfast $6.50

Wednesday Lunch $8.50





Registration Form(English) 2014

Registration Form (Korean) 2014




Choose from these

 Geographic Study: Roma of Europe
This study will introduce us to the Roma,with an emphasis on Eastern Europe. You
will explore their history, the ways they are treated in contemporary European culture, introduce their lifestyle and spirituality, and investigate ways the church and other organizations are working alongside them.
Study Leader: Linda Carty

Spiritual Growth Study: How Is It With Your Soul?
This study is framed within four verbs, “pray”, “learn”, “mentor”, and “trans-form”.  This study will give an overview of the setting for this question– “How Is It With Your Soul? –in Methodist class and band meetings, and moves from the individual to the church to the world. Study Leaders:  Rev. Richard Geoghegan, Rev. Judy Fender, and Darlene Runaldue.
Issue Study: The Church and People with Disabilities

This study will focus on Awareness, Accessibility and Advocacy.   Provides for hands on experience completing an accessibility audit and engaging in multi-sensory worship and education. Study Leaders: Rev. Elizabeth von Trapp Walker, Rev. Jo Ellen Hetherington and Brenda Connelly. Korean Class Study Leaders: Rev. Jinwook Oh, Kyoungee Malawi

Children’s Study: Making a New Picture: Welcoming Persons with Disabilities Into Our Lives.  
Study Leader: Mrs. Phyllis Geoghegan

Shop the World 2014

TenThousand Villages will be with us this year. Come and shop, help a life.


Seven days of photos from 2012 plus a few videos can be found on our facebook page: Virginia United Methodist Women. You will want to see them!

Resources from 2012

Wayne Rhodes, Director of Communications at GBCS shares his: Bible poverty passages and PowerPoint. He also shared these useful links:  General Board of Church and Society  , Ministry with the Poor  and Milliennium Development Goals .

Those who heard Holly Coy and would like to contact the website of Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, here is a direct link: 

Song Video

Enjoy this song in Korean sung beautifully. Recorded by Sue Trivett at Mission Encounter 2012.