Posts from July 2017

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Welcome New Clergy

by Kim Johnson

Please help us welcome new clergy to the Alexandria and Arlington Districts. As of July 24 churches received new pastors or associates. Some are homegrown, some have come from other states, and several are starting their very first appointments. Learn more about them below. New Alexandria District Clergy New Alexandria Clergy Benson McGlone, Gainesville UMC – […]

Day to Serve 2017

by Kim Johnson

Day to Serve 2017 Clergy and Leadership Council Partnership in Fairfax County Thanks to the partnership between the Fairfax County Clergy and Leadership Council and Day to Serve, houses of worship are joining together in unified service. This year, you’re invited to join neighborhood churches, mosques, temples, synagogues, and other religious institutions to serve those […]

Third Thursdays

by Kim Johnson

Ever feel like people aren’t getting your message? Despite your best efforts, does someone still say, “I never heard about that”? Well, we have some ideas that just might help get your message heard. Join us in the District Training Room (2nd floor, 3600 Chain Bridge Road) each third Thursday from 1:00-2:30 p.m. for communications […]

Status Quo vs Vision to Grow

by Cynthia Lopynski

“See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?”  (Isaiah 43:19).  This scripture announced the theme and set the tone for the 2017 annual conference.  Throughout the three days, Bishop Lewis occasionally punctuated and highlighted reports with the question “isn’t this a new thing?”  She told us laity, […]

What’s All This Fuss About “A New Thing”?

by Cynthia Lopynski

As we heard during our recent Annual Conference; and as we begin to prepare for our upcoming District Conference in late September and all of our local Charge Conferences this fall – all centered on the theme, ‘A New Thing’ – I have to ask, “What’s all this fuss about?”  Haven’t we been doing this […]

Give me Jesus

by Kim Johnson

Everyone knows Bishop Cho’s main focus; his great passion in his four years as our leader was prayer. Why prayer? Because every great revival; every great movement of the Holy Spirit throughout history has begun with prayer. Prayer is the doorway to living a life alive in Christ. Prayer turns us from seeking our will […]

Got Church Leases?

by Kim Johnson

Does your church rent space to a preschool, congregation, or other tenants, either formally or informally? Were you aware that ALL leases and renewals of leases need to be run through the Board of Church Location and Building (CLB) at the District? And did you also know that we have sample leases that might help […]

3 Books Worth Reading

by Kim Johnson

If you are wondering how to get better results for your efforts, but are not sure where to begin, then this may be the book for you. It is called Smarter, Faster, Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity, by Charles Duhigg (Random House, 2016). The author is a journalist who has gone on a […]

Vision

by Kim Johnson

Our ministry vision for the Virginia Annual Conference is to be disciples of Jesus Christ who are lifelong learners, who influence others to serve.” – Bishop Sharma Lewis On the basis of much listening to the people of Virginia United Methodist churches, much analysis of the common themes that emerged from all of that listening, […]