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Are You Ready for Some Change?

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How do you feel about change?  Are you comfortable when it happens?  Do you feel upset when change is happening all around you?  And what about change in your local church?  Are you ready for it?  These are all tough things to address; but as the ancient Greek philosopher, Heraclitus said: “Change is the only […]

Replenish Our Hope, O Lord

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“Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.”  – Romans 12:11-12 My ongoing prayer for the churches of the Alexandria District since I began to serve as your district superintendent has been, “Renew our spirit, O Lord. Replenish our hope, O […]

Report of the Arlington District Superintendent

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  Over the past three years, we have clarified the goal of the District: to “come alongside” local churches and pastors and help them become more fruitful and more vital.  We identified five levers for doing this: Encouraging clergy peer learning/coaching groups; Implementing processes to help churches go from “good to great;” Planting new faith […]

Thy Will Be Done …vs… New Fall Programs

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Well, here we are … summer is almost over, school has started for many, we have a new bishop, Founders Day programs are set, Homecoming Sundays are scheduled, Charge Conferences are about to start, and new programs or Sunday School classes are set to begin!  Isn’t it great?  But what about our Annual Conference theme […]

Cokesbury Covenant Bible Study Scholarship Application Ends November 30

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Cokesbury, through the Virginia Conference Board of Discipleship, is offering scholarship money up to $500 for a new and exciting small Group Bible Study called Covenant. Covenant Bible Study is a video based, 24 week or three eight week sessions, in-depth Bible study experience that engages participants in conversation using the biblical concept of covenant […]

A Few Good Books for September

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Becoming a Blessed Church: Forming a Church of Spiritual Purpose, Presence, and Power (second edition), by N. Graham Standish, was published this spring, and provides a theologically and spiritually rich guide for practical ways that every local church can be more focused on discerning God as the purpose, presence, and power for  everything it does. […]

History, Race, and a New Bishop

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Living in Virginia, it is commonplace for us to travel by places of very significant historical happenings, often without even pausing to notice. In the Alexandria District, we have several sites that are destinations for people around the nation, like Mount Vernon and the Manassas National Battlefield Park, along with many other monuments and markers […]

Thy Will Be Done

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I can remember the very first time I really began to pray, “thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  I was a successful corporate executive, and had begun to be restless.  I thought the problem was the management of the company that acquired us a year earlier.  I thought the problem […]

Reaching God’s People Through Pokemon Go

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From Calvary UMC, Arlington With heads down, a yellow tint to their faces, and hearts full of hope, many young people in our community have been visiting Calvary, along with many other church’s, in the last several days.  The reason is not to attend worship, but to visit our Pokémon Go Gym.  Last week while […]