The Farmville District:

Vision of the Farmville District of the Virginia United Methodist Conference
“Being passionate about leading, listening and loving all people to build
up the Kingdom.”

* One Church Plant
* A Campus Ministry for Longwood University and Hampden-Sydney College
* 107 United Methodist Churches  Wesley Fdn BldgOur district:
* covers over 5,500 square miles
* is in 12 counties of Southside VA,
* is geographically the largest of 16 districts in the Virginia Conference, one of the largest conferences in Methodism.

The churches are filled with people who share a unique history and faith perspective. No matter how or where they serve Jesus Christ, United Methodists do God’s work in a unique structure—referred to as “the connection.” It is our connectedness that makes us strong, enabling us to work together in making disciples and in being the hands and feet to the poor, the lonely, and the marginalized people in our world today. 
Vision for the Farmville District…
“Being passionate about leading, listening and loving all people to build up the Kingdom.”

From Bishop Sharma D. Lewis -

A challenge to read the Bible in 2017 (find the link below)
Please take a short survey to let the bishop know if you are participating in the Bible reading challenge.

Dear Virginia Annual Conference,

I think you would agree with me that every New Year there are individuals who decide to make a New Year’s resolution. I googled “New Year’s resolution” to discover that there are several articles written on this popular subject.

All of us have made New Year’s resolutions ranging anywhere from losing 10-20 unwanted pounds, starting a new exercise program, paying off our credit cards and giving up a bad habit.

I’ve always found it interesting that people will go to great lengths to make a New Year’s resolution — throwing away food that tempts their cravings, buying expensive exercise equipment with a voice-activated trainer or being the first person to join the gym. Unfortunately, it has been proven that New Year’s gym resolutions are normally broken in 90 days, and the gym equipment becomes the new and latest clothes rack in our homes.

I’ve always wondered when individuals are making resolutions if they ever considered making a “Christian resolution.” For example, resolving to pray daily for your church, to become an active agent in inviting people to your church or to increase their participation in a ministry in their local church. As your new bishop, I would like to challenge you to look at this yearly tradition from another perspective.

Let’s make a “Christian resolution” by joining me in reading the Bible together this year:
• Choose your own translation to make this experience engaging and exciting.
• Invite others to join you on this journey.
• Commit to sticking to the outlined plan at this link:

Let’s become Bible scholars in 2017.

Peace and Blessings,

Bishop Sharma D. Lewis


Two ScheHoly Land eo_hometop_jerusalemduled Holy Land Trips

2017 September 4 – 14, Alex Joyner, DS of the Eastern Shore District and author of A Space for Peace in the Holy Land, is hosting a study trip to Israel and Palestine.  Learn more about the challenges and possibilities for peace as you tour the holy sites of the land.

For more information or to apply, follow this link:  http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/holy-land-2017-peacemaking#eotours.
Tour HL 17, Date 090417, Code P, ID 56010.
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2018  February 26 – March 7 with Bishop Lewis – I invite you to join me in the Holy Land Program that will expand our knowledge of the Bible and this sacred land. A journey following the footsteps of Jesus will change the way you read the Bible, and you will learn why scholars refer to it as the “Fifth Gospel.” –Bishop Sharma D. Lewis

For more information or to apply, follow this link: http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/holy-land-journey-with-bishop-sharma-d-lewis-and-the-virginia-conference-of-the-umc#.WJNpO1MrLiw.
Tour HL 18, Date 022618, Code L, ID 55915.
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For information on the Council of Bishops “Praying Our Way Forward” program click on the link:  A-FarmvillePrays  -   We are One in Christ