Posts from September 2017

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Two Books for Consideration

by Kim Johnson

I offer two recommendations this month on issue-specific books that may appeal to churches seeking helpful resources for group study or individual reflection. The first is Holding Up Your Corner, by F. Willis Johnson (Abingdon, 2017). It is subtitled, “Talking About Race in Your Community.” The author is the pastor of a United Methodist in […]

When the Storm Winds Blow

by Kim Johnson

“The boat, battered by the waves, was far from the shore, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning He came walking toward them on the sea.” – Matthew 14:24-25 (NRSV) I can still remember hunkering down in our basement with my wife as Hurricane Isabel blew over us in September of […]

40th Anniversary Arlington CROP Hunger Walk

by Kim Johnson

40th Anniversary Arlington CROP Hunger Walk Set for Saturday, Oct. 28 – Supports Arlington Food Assistance Center ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA.  Congregations, community groups and individuals from across Arlington will gather on October 28th for the 40th annual Arlington CROP Hunger Walk. Organizers have set a goal of raising $40,000 to support Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) […]

Report of the Arlington District Superintendent

by Kim Johnson

(September 1, 2017) (New initiatives in blue) At Annual Conference, the Bishop shared her vision of the Virginia Conference: “To be disciples of Jesus Christ who are life-long learners who influence others to serve.”  Over the next year, we will be learning more about how this vision will shape the work of our district. We […]

Forty-four Reasons to Stay Married

by Kim Johnson

On September 8, Ernie and I celebrated 44 years of marriage. He has been married to me for twice as long as he was single. It hardly seems possible that we have shared two-thirds of our lives. Sitting on our deck, enjoying the gorgeous crisp fall weather, we pondered the mystery of all it: how […]

“These are Exciting Times”

by Kim Johnson

I know that not everyone goes to our Alexandria District Conference, so let me share some insights from my Lay Leader report to the District. I begin by asking … How about this “New Thing?” Have you seen it? Have you experienced it? Are you willing to talk about it, or maybe, pray about it? […]

Finance Workshop

by Kim Johnson

  Attention: Finance Committee members, Church Treasurers, Business Managers, Stewardship Chairs, and Clergy! You are invited to learn, discuss, ask questions, and help others with questions and insights on church finances from 9-12 on Saturday, November 4 at St. Stephen’s UMC.  (9203 Braddock Rd, Burke, VA 22015)  Light refreshments will be served at check-in beginning […]

Hurricane Relief Information

by Kim Johnson

In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, churches and entities all over the world are pitching in to lend a hand. Looking for ways that you help as an individual or as a church?  Find information about Hurricane Relief below. Local UMCOR ERT Training United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Early Response Team (ERT) […]