Alexandria DS Notes

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Monthly thoughts from the Alexandria District Superintendent

The Wilderness Journey

by Kim Johnson

As we journey through Lent, we are remembering the 40 days of Jesus in the wilderness, which, in turn, recalls the 40 years of Israel journeying in the wilderness. In the context of our 21st century Northern Virginia culture, the concept of “wilderness” may seem far distant. After all, most United Methodists in the Alexandria […]

Prayer Vigil for the Immigrant & the Homeless

by Kim Johnson

From Rev. Jeff Mickle, Alexandria District Superintendent   February 28, 2017 Dear Alexandria District clergy, As promised, I am forwarding an invitation to join a prayer vigil this Saturday afternoon at Rising Hope UMC. The vigil is for the immigrant and the homeless, and to show our solidarity and support for them. Please keep Keary and […]

A Letter to Alexandria District Clergy

by Kim Johnson

Alexandria District Superintendent Rev. Jeff Mickle offers the following letter to all Alexandria District clergy. February 17, 2017 Dear Alexandria District clergy, I write to inform you of a special cause for prayer and advocacy involving one of our Alexandria District churches. On Wednesday morning of last week, February 8, as a group of homeless […]

End-of-Year Report of Key Statistics for Alexandria District

by Kim Johnson

2016 produced some noteworthy fruits for the United Methodist churches of the Alexandria District. For 2016, the 53 churches, including 3 satellites, of the Alexandria District collectively increased the average worship attendance for the first time since 2013, and only the third time since 2006. The worship attendance for the entire district increased from 10,378 […]

How Are We To Respond?

by Kim Johnson

Over the past several weeks, several persons have spoken to me or emailed me with the same question, which has to do with how the church should respond to the policy changes we are seeing with the change of administrations in Washington. The question about how we care for refugees and immigrants touches some of […]

A NEW (OLD) PROJECT FOR 2017

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 […]

“Lord, Prepare Me …”

by Kim Johnson

Advent is a time for waiting patiently, lighting one candle and one candle only per week, until finally the time comes for the Lord to be born anew. Advent is a time for hoping expectantly, eagerly leaning in to promises and claiming a future of fulfillment when God comes to save the world. Advent is […]

Ministry in a World of Division

by Kim Johnson

Just as I have loved you, so you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.—John 13:34-35 I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they […]

Replenish Our Hope, O Lord

by admin

“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 […]

History, Race, and a New Bishop

by admin

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 […]