updated August 6, 2014
To help expand its ministry “We’ve been providing services and facilities for retreats and conferences for Virginia United Methodists for more than 60 years,” says the Rev. Tommy Herndon, chairman of the VUMAC board, “and we want to continue that ministry.” Herndon and members of the board at VUMAC are asking local churches and church groups as well as individual United Methodists to become “Partners” in supporting the Blackstone ministry. About 80 percent of the annual budget is met by user fees from groups which use the VUMAC facilities but the remainder must come from gifts and contributions. Many improvements have been made at Blackstone in recent years, including a new biomass heating system, and more groups are using the facilities each year. More renovations are currently under way and others are in the planning stages. In her book, “Candlesticks”, the late Ethel Born called Blackstone “a place of Christian fellowship, education, renewal and spiritual growth as God’s spirit touches lives of those who come there.” rdinator, at 757-477-7657 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Mail address: Partners, VUMAC, P.O. Box 22, Blackstone, Va. 23824.
Thought you might like to see the new BioMass Furnace being installed at Blackstone conference and Retreat Center. This unit will heat the building, heat the swimming pool and all the hot water needs in the building. It burns sawdust, sage grass, wood chips – almost anything.