Posts from April 2016

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May 2016

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“I must become lesser,” the pastor said, explaining why he felt called to a smaller church. “Wow,” I thought, “this is just like John the Baptist!” John the Baptist was really clear about who he was and what he was sent to do: …”I am not the Messiah but I have been sent ahead of […]

What Does General Conference Mean to Me?

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The theme of the 2016 General Conference is “Therefore Go,”  United Methodist Communications developed the logo as an action-themed graphic that ties to the roots of the United Methodist Church in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20).  That passage reads, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father […]

General Conference and Acts 15

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When I search the scripture for inspiration and guidance about the United Methodist practice of General Conference, the passage that I return to again and again is the 15th chapter of Acts. From a United Methodist perspective, it’s almost like the 15th chapter of Acts recounts the first General Conference. Or, perhaps better, the Wesleyan […]

Easter Rebirth

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The week before Easter, I had (once again) gotten caught up in the “busyness” of life in N. Virginia and in my own need to “be of use.”  So now, my 65-year old body was “laying down the limits.”  My back ached,  and I was tired…very tired.  I did manage to claim “a day at […]

A Tale of Two Dates

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What does Sunday, April 10th mean to you?  And for that matter … what does Sunday, May 1st mean to you?  Allow me to explain the tale of two dates. As you know from last month’s newsletter, beginning at 12 a.m. April 10 and continuing until 12 a.m. April 11, the Virginia Conference and all […]

What We’re Reading: April 2016

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Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown At first glance, this may not seem like a book that would help church leaders, but in fact, it is one of my favorite books for just that purpose in the last few years.  The premise is that we have so many options, so many things […]

“Celebrate the Increase” on May 1!

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“CELEBRATE THE INCREASE” BANQUET We have some good things to celebrate on the Alexandria District. Many good things to celebrate. More than we can count, actually. But there are some things that we have counted, and we want to take time to celebrate! Too often, we simply take our blessings for granted and get preoccupied […]

Special Prayers on April 10 – For GC 2016

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SPECIAL PRAYERS ON APRIL 10 FOR GENERAL CONFERENCE 2016 Every four years, the General Conference meets as the legislative body for United Methodists all over the world. The last General Conference was in 2012. The next one will be May 10-20, 2016, in Portland, Oregon. The delegates to General Conference will consider approximately 1000 pieces […]