Posts from January 2017

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Jubilee Celebration

by Kim Johnson

On January 16, 2017, Good Shepherd UMC, Dale City (Alexandria District) concluded its five month celebration of its 50th Anniversary with a member recommitment service and a look to the future. A highlight of the celebration was the return of founding pastor, W. Benjamin Pratt, in November who lauded the willingness of black and white […]

“Looking Ahead”

by Kim Johnson

What will this new year bring us? None of us knows for sure, do we? Only the Lord knows what the future holds. Even so, we can be confident that the One who holds the future also holds us by the hand. There will be surprises, yes; some unexpectedly wonderful developments; and most likely, challenges, […]


by Kim Johnson

Over the years, I have known several people who make it an annual personal project to read the Bible from cover to cover during the year. They do this year after year, sometimes using different translations, but always reporting that it feeds their spirits tremendously. I am not one of those people. I have read […]

Reading the Bible in a Year

by Kim Johnson

In 2015 I intentionally read the Bible in a year. In 2016 I did it by accident (sort of). Every few years, I read through the Bible in a year and so far I have been able to do so without falling more than three days behind. This past year only an emergency appendectomy threw […]

Taking the Challenge

by Kim Johnson

When the Bishop challenged us to read the whole Bible this year, my first thought was “Oh, no! I’m the sort of person who reads the Bible slowly & for depth! A challenge like this will take me three hours a day. I don’t have THAT much time!” But then I began thinking about Dietrich […]