Virtual Packet of Resources
2016 Annual Conference
The United Methodist Church
We invite all delegates and other members of the Virginia churches to find resources on this page. The represents many of the programs of the Society of St. Andrew, which has been in partnership with the Virginia Conference since 1979.
Please come and see us at the SoSA Booth at Annual Conference!
Potato Drop: Come bag potatoes with us on Friday, June 17, at 7am. The event will be held at Southview UMC, 3539 Peters Creek Rd., Roanoke, VA 24019 , 540-362-1767. (Take the south exit off of I-581 onto Peters Creek Rd. The church is ¼ mile on the left of Peters Creek Rd.) Volunteers are needed to help bag and load about 40,000 pounds of potatoes to be picked up by regional food banks, church pantries, soup kitchens, and other local feeding agencies. For more information, contact Sarah Ramey, Society of St. Andrew, firstname.lastname@example.org, 800-333-4597.
Norman Ramsey CDs: Stop by the Norman Ramsey booth at Annual Conference and pick up a CD by acclaimed VA UMC pastor / singer / songwriter Norman Ramsey. The suggested donation is $10. A full 100% of your donation will be used to feed hungry people through the gleaning ministries of the Society of St. Andrew.
VBS Program: Abundance Orchard: Use this as the VBS program at your church. Two versions are now available; Year 1: Old Testament, and Year 2: New Testament. These are stand-alone, complete hunger-action themed programs. Order one copy for your congregation and make copies as needed. Many resources are available anytime online. [Learn More Online]
Harvest of Hope: This is the SoSA retreat program in which junior high, senior high, and inter-generational groups worship together, learn about hunger in America, and go out and make a difference. Participants are encouraged to make life-long commitments to being part of the solution. [Learn More Online]
Hunger Action Month (September): Join in with a national focus on hunger issues this September. SoSA provides a prayer and action calendar for the month, as well as resources your church can use to observe Hunger Action Month – and to take action. [Learn More Online]
Devotional Booklets: SoSA provides, at no cost, all-new devotional booklets each Advent and Lenten Season. Devotions are provided by many people, including several from the Virginia Conference. Online, you can find the order form to have booklets mailed to you; you can download the e-Book version, and you can set up daily devotion emails. [Learn More Online]
Year Round Food Programs:
In 2014, more than 31 thousand volunteers gleaned nutritious produce from farmers’ fields and orchards after the harvest. These gleanings provided more than 18 million pounds of fresh food to those in need. [Learn More Online]
Potato & Produce Project
Truckloads of unmarketable potatoes and other produce, donated by the agricultural community, are delivered to agencies serving the poor … more than 10 million pounds in 2014. [Learn More Online]