A video has been posted of the Wesleyan Covenant Association of Virginia’s 2022 Fall Gathering (“Be Strong and Courageous”) on Saturday November 12, 2022.
Special guest was Rev. Jay Therrell (President, Wesleyan Covenant Association) and greetings were brought from Rev. Keith Boyette (Transistional Connectional Coordinating Officer, Global Methodist Church).
A time of Questions and Answers was had after Rev. Therrell’s message.
Please join us for our Fall Gathering, “Be Strong and Courageous!” with our Special Guest Speaker, Rev. Jay Therrell (President, Wesleyan Covenant Association) on Saturday, November 12, 2022 at Parham Road Baptist Church in Richmond, VA!
Please share this broadly and a flyer that you can download, and print is available here.
As you have no doubt seen, Hurricane Ian made landfall in Southwest Florida as category 4/5 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph. The devastation is severe. As I write this, 19 people are confirmed dead, officials are calling it a once a 1,000 year rain event, and homes are destroyed. It is in times like these that God answers people’s prayers by calling His disciples to action. The people of Florida need our help.
Below is an appeal from the Rev. Jeremy Rebman, president of the WCA-Florida. The WCA-Florida is working in a connectional way to help connect churches and communities in need with those that are willing to provide help. They are also collecting financial donations. Every dollar donated will go directly to help people. Not one penny will go to administrative costs. Thank you in advance for prayerfully considering how you can be an answer to the prayers of the people of Florida.
All God’s love,
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
One of the greatest blessings for me in our new Methodist movement is a renewed unity in the Lord. I didn’t realize how much I was missing true connectionalism until I began experiencing it again with pastors and laity being called by God into the new movement, at New Room, and at WCA and GMC events. It seems that God is drawing together a new Wesleyan family. Praise God!
The leadership of the WCA-FL and Florida GMC feels a burden for this new family as we walk through Hurricane Ian recovery. 1 Corinthians 12 speaks of God’s special care in forming the body of Christ, and in verses 25-26, we read, “This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it…” (NLT). Therefore, let us care for one another in this difficult time. Let us give witness to the love of God and the truth of the Gospel by how we serve one another and our communities.
The WCA-Florida would like to coordinate a special offering for hurricane recovery, as well as the delivery of supplies, and potentially work teams. We would like to work through churches in affected areas to help them, and to help them serve their communities in Jesus’ name. This offering will be distributed through churches willing to serve as a ministry hub for their area. The WCA-Florida is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Please use this link to give and click the Hurricane Box: https://tinyurl.com/2y3xkt85
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if your community has seen serious impacts from the storm and/or if you need help. Also, please let us know if you would be interested in serving as a ministry hub for storm relief. We will send you a quick questionnaire to help us to learn how you can assist churches in Florida affected by Hurricane Ian.
Dear Friends, Since the postponement of General Conference, many churches in Virginia have been in conversation with the WCA-VA about their options. If your church wants to transition from the Virginia Annual Conference to the Global Methodist Church which begins on May 1, please contact right away Tom Thomas at email@example.com or mobile 434-333-5755. We have a plan in operation to partner with churches and pastors to enable you make the transition into the Global Methodist Church. Please write Bishop Sharma Lewis asking her and annual conference officials to treat churches who wish to disaffiliate regardless of their theology with grace and reconciliation in accordance with the terms of the Protocol. Please pray without ceasing. God will make a way!
From Tom Thomas, President Wesleyan Covenant Assocation of Virginia
Mark Twain said if you do not read the news, you will be uninformed; if you do, you will be misinformed. Whichever, suddenly, the news is breathtaking! First, The Commission on General Conference announced they have cancelled General Conference 2022. They announced their decision Thursday evening March 3 at 6:00pm EST. They argue we cannot achieve the value of having full participation of all global delegates. Obtaining visas for some delegates could take up to 800 days. They say the State Department has in some areas a “massive backlog” of visa applications. Which areas, they do not say. They are not satisfied a virtual or hybrid General Conference could safeguard the integrity of voting and support our style of conferencing in legislative committees. The Commission said they had a thorough debate – and I understand a very divided one. The non-US members of the Commission overwhelmingly voted for convening General Conference believing non-US delegates could safely take part. Most of the US institutionalist members knew better and voted against holding General Conference. Though the Commission spent no effort or money in helping central conference delegates get vaccinated or obtain their visas, cancellation of conference will cost $3 million. (Read UM News’s report and the Commission’s press release at UMC.org)
We are deeply disappointed, but for me the news is as expected. My conclusion: the Commission has not the red-hot desire or will for the Protocol. After two years with the Protocol before us, the Establishment has decided it flies in the face of and cuts against the grain of a ‘big tent’ vision for the church. Read the Council of Bishops “Narrative for the Continuing United Methodist Church” released November 8,2021. They are still committed to the ‘One Church Plan’ where we ‘all get along’ – like we did not on the floor of the St. Louis General Conference 2019!
Second, more noteworthy, the Transitional Leadership Council and the WCA have announced the launch of the Global Methodist Church (GMC) May 1, 2022!! The Global Methodist Church will be a legal and operating entity May1! A new Methodist movement! A renewed Methodism! Some of us have waited for this for forty years!! The decision is extraordinary! It is brave and hugely important! Thank you, leaders!
Our renewal and reform coalition leadership believes there is doubt about who the 2024 General Conference delegates will be. The chances of the Protocol passing in 2024 is slim. Plus, churches are disaffiliating and need connection now! I absolutely agree. Now is the critical moment.
If you are like me, the news wants digesting. It leaves us with a mixture of emotions to process – anger at the postponement of General Conference; joy and relief in the formation of a next Methodism but anxiety and fear at how local UMC churches can become a part of it. There are ways local UMC churches in the Virginia Annual Conference can now consider using to align with the GMC. The WCA-VA Chapter will be seeking the input of churches interested in the possibility of aligning with GMC. Together we will do better in considering these alternatives.
If you or your local church wants to connect with Spirit-ﬁlled, orthodox churches, clergy and lay persons who share a common understanding of Scripture and our Wesleyan doctrine and desire to be vibrant, faithful, growing 21st century church, please contact me, Tom Thomas, at dr.hot4jc@gmail or cell 434-333-5755. Our WCA-VA Executive Council will meet this Sunday March 6 at 5pm to begin processing the news and to consider how we can best assist local churches in these uncertain times.
I am confident the Lord and Captain of our host will lead us “in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake”.
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We live in an age where people feel depressed, stressed at work and at home, anxious, and unhappy. There are documentaries exploring why we live in a society that is overweight, sick and unhappy. Antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications and other mood enhancers are now being prescribed more than ever before – with a long, often dangerous list of side effects and the possibility of addiction.
If you’re looking to improve your mental, emotional and physical well-being, there are other options for you besides prescription medication. Recent studies have shown something that the churches have known for centuries: a strong spiritual faith can do wonders for your body, mind and soul.
In recent years, scientific studies have actually shown that there is a link between faith and good health. In 2015, Duke University announced that studies have shown the power of prayer in preventing illness, sickness and disease. Even when people do get sick, prayer can promote faster recovery and healing. Best of all, these scientific results are not just limited to one single study. Medical research from multiple leading journals and universities across the United States has shown the same thing: believing in a higher power is good for you. Your faith and your prayers can actually heal the body, make you happier, and possibly even help you live longer.
One of the ways prayer helps us is by reducing our stress and anxiety levels. When we “give it to God” or “let go and let God” we are releasing our need to stress, fret and worry about our current situation. Letting go of stress in this way has obvious mental and emotional health benefits, like improved mental health. Of course, it also benefits our physical bodies because high stress and anxiety levels have been linked to autoimmune disorders, weakened immune system, fatigue, and a variety of other stress-related health conditions.
Stress, anxiety and depression have all been linked to obesity. Therefore, if your goal this year is to lose weight, prayer might actually help.
Some studies have even linked psychological stress to cancer so by letting go of stress, you might reduce your chances of developing this devastating disease, and you could possibly even improve your overall health and longevity.
In addition to the health benefits listed above, individuals who have a devout religious or spiritual practice have been scientifically shown to have strengthened immune systems, lower blood pressure, and possibly even healthier cardiovascular functioning than those who don’t pray on a regular basis.
To enjoy all of the benefits of prayer, and to bolster your health and happiness, look to other areas of your life where you can encourage uplift and reduce stress For example, your home should be the respite you need from the stressors of daily life. Consider adding elements or creating spaces that promote health and healing. Add some plants, or invest in soothing artwork, reorganize your space, or even add an area that’s specifically designated for prayer and meditation.
The power of prayer is a time-tested method that has been used for centuries. It doesn’t require any pills and it doesn’t cost us a penny. There are zero side effects and you don’t need an appointment with your doctor; you can pray at your convenience, anytime, day or night, from anywhere – including the comfort of your own home. Try incorporating more prayer into your life. You’ll reconnect with God, with yourself, and you might even notice some happy benefits for your body, mind and soul.
“…Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today…” Exodus 14:13-14, NIV
On March 1st, we heard the joyful announcement about the mission and vision for the new “Global Methodist Church.” How awesome God is!!! He knows what He is doing. We can trust Him…yes, indeed, we can trust Him!!
“18.Forget the former things: do not dwell on the past. 19.See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland….21.the people I formed myself that they may proclaim my praise.” (Isaiah 43:18-21, NIV)
Yes, we see the new thing the Lord is doing: new name, new logo, new leadership and new website for this new church…The Global Methodist Church! Would you please join us in thanking God for the diligent work and the many sacrifices of the WCA Global Council and the Transitional Leadership Council? Let us praise the Lord for the new thing He is doing!! This is the sweetness of the Lord for us, and we anticipate more sweetness on the way.
The Lion of Judah is roaring over the United Methodist Church! We hear His voice as He speaks with all authority in the heavens and on the earth.
“As watchmen on the wall, we must be alert to all that we will see or hear….If He is called the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, then we also become lions on the earth. As His voice roars through the heavens, our voices must roar on the earth.” (Karen Phillips, Western PA IIPN)
We are calling lions from all around the world who will boldly roar with us over the United Methodist Church. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Way-Maker. When He roared the Red Sea parted and the army of Pharaoh was destroyed. We hear His voice louder and louder: “Let My people go!” We are calling intercessors who will boldly stand with us and roar. Let us release the roars!!
Since physical gathering is not possible due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we will gather on-line through ZOOM Video Conferencing with Live Streaming through the WCA IIPN YouTube channel.
We invite you to join us:
Date: Sunday, March 28, 2021
Time: 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time (USA)
Let us worship our Lord Jesus Christ together. You can join through the WCA IIPN YouTube channel:
The WCA-VA Chapter has made three presentations to churches in recent weeks regarding the proposed Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation and the resulting new denomination. Other churches are planning presentations. If you would like to speak with us about such a presentation to your Council or church, we would be more than pleased to talk with you. Please contact Tom Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org.