Alexandria DS Notes

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Monthly thoughts from the Alexandria District Superintendent

Some Books to Consider

by Kim Johnson

I have three books that I would like to recommend for some of you this month. Andrew Root has written a thoughtful analysis of how churches can obsess with the need to be youthful, and the dangers that such an obsession poses for lifelong faith formation. The book is called Faith Formation in a Secular […]

Looking Ahead

by Kim Johnson

I hope to see many persons at Bishop Lewis’ Chat and Chew on Saturday, February 24. The Alexandria District is joining together with Arlington, Rappahannock River (formerly Fredericksburg), and Richmond Districts for this morning event with lunch, to be held at Ebenezer UMC in Stafford. Registration is required for lunch and to arrange enough rooms […]

Congratulations Alexandria Churches!

by Kim Johnson

In 2017, the combined efforts of the Alexandria District churches have increased both the professions of faith and the average worship attendance. According to the statistics kept on the General Council on Finance and Administration’s website, the Alexandria District has not shown a gain in both areas since before 2004, which is as far back […]

Light In the Empire’s Shadow

by Kim Johnson

“In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city […]

Wisdom and Innocence In Facing Fear

by Kim Johnson

“See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” — Matthew 10:16 (NRSV) On the same morning as many of our NOVA United Methodist congregations gathered to celebrate All Saints Sunday, giving thanks for the service and witness of Christian saints who […]

When the Fog Lifts

by Kim Johnson

“For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 4:6 (NRSV) The other morning, I was driving to Lake Junaluska in the mountains of […]

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 […]

Charlottesville and the Church’s Mission

by Kim Johnson

As I reflect on the terrible events that happened in Charlottesville this past weekend, it has led me to consider how those events impact the Church’s mission, particularly as we consider our place as a neighboring community to Charlottesville and our witness as United Methodists in the Alexandria District. First, it is good to have […]

Celebrate the Stories

by Kim Johnson

I have been visiting one-on-one with most of the clergy in our district this summer and hearing some wonderful, amazing stories. They are stories of lives being healed, transformed, converted, saved. I have also been reading a book called A New Day in the City (Abingdon, 2017, pp. 58-59), where I came across the following […]

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, […]