Posts from May 2015

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Vine Church Charters!

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In 2009, Dunn Loring held its final worship service in the church on Gallows Road. As the service drew to a close, Dunn Loring leaders passed the mantle of leadership onto a fledgling Vine launch team. They prayed that this new faith community might meet the challenge of reaching the young families beginning to move […]

Send a Postcard of Thanks!

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On my birthday this year, I got what is, perhaps, the absolutely best birthday gift ever.  By way of background, my 30-year old son Tim lives and works at Dropbox out in California.  He really loves the culture.  Just before my birthday, Dropbox had a “gratitude stand” where they had a supply of hundreds of […]

Leading Change…

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For some reason in my job, I find myself working with churches that need to or want to change! One of the best simple books I have read recently on the subject of change in congregations is Gil Rendle’s older (2007) book, Leading Change in the Congregation:Spiritual and Organizational Tools. Rendle’s book Journey in the […]

When Prayer Goes First

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“If prayer goes first, great things will follow!” Do you know who said those words?  No, it wasn’t John Wesley … it was our own Bishop Cho … in his latest episcopal letter to all laity and clergy of the Virginia Annual Conference.  In the letter, he highlighted our Conference-wide Day of Prayer (May 24th), […]

Book Review: The Wright Brothers

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SERENDIPITOUS THOUGHTS FOR OUR SACRED WORK FROM A SECULAR BOOK The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough, has climbed quickly to the top of the nonfiction best-seller list. I have enjoyed reading it. As a preacher, who is prone to think theologically and missionally, I discovered some interesting parallels for our work as leaders in the […]

Council of Bishops – Pastoral Letter on Racism

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UNITED METHODIST COUNCIL OF BISHOPS ISSUE PASTORAL LETTER ON RACISM [On May 7, 2015, the Council of Bishops issued the following letter to the people of the United Methodist Church. I encourage every congregation in the Alexandria District to find ways in which to make this letter known and available for discussion, along with the […]

INM News as of May 19

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The following information has been reported by Maria Maxwell, Conference Director for the Imagine No Malaria initiative. Questions should be directed to Linda Heller, your district representative for INM. INM Spreadsheet  – Alexandria  $15,790.98 District Funds  $4,190.65 Church donations  $20,073.77 Individuals  $320.00 Credit Card (Online)  $100.00 Advance  $00 Total Funds Raised  $40,475.40 Total Lives Saved […]

INM News as of May 19

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The following information has been reported by Maria Maxwell, Conference Director for the Imagine No Malaria initiative. Questions should be directed to Kenn Speicher, your district representative for INM. INM Spreadsheet  – Arlington  $12,584.70 District Funds  $1,526.14 Church donations  $33,536.25 Individuals  $3,717.26 Credit Card (Online)  $650.00 Advance  $ Total Funds Raised  $52,014.35 Total Lives Saved […]

A “Guest Speaker” for This Year’s Appointment Process

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This has been a challenging appointment year, with clergy in the District having to sell homes that they bought at the height of the market, and clergy taking compensation reductions as they move to new appointments. My colleague on the Cabinet, Ted Smith of the Fredericksburg District, wrote the following newsletter article which seeks to frame, […]

Building the Church of Disciples

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How many of you are familiar with Acts 6: 1-7?  It begins with verse 1 stating, “Now at this time while the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint arose on the part of the Hellenistic Jews against the native Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily serving of food.” Not to […]