Alexandria DS Notes

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Monthly thoughts from the Alexandria District Superintendent

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, […]

Prayer, Providence, and Principles

by Kim Johnson

“By Your Spirit, make us one in Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory and we feast at His heavenly banquet.” — from “The Great Thanksgiving” prayer in The United Methodist Hymnal Last month this time, during the first week of April, our […]

To Alexandria District Clergy (April 28)

by Kim Johnson

Dear Alexandria District Clergy, As we have been praying for the Judicial Council this week, their decision has been announced this evening (Friday). You can find the information here: http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/consecration-of-gay-bishop-against-church-law In addition, the Council of Bishops has issued a statement about the Judicial Council’s decision. You can find it here: http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/president-of-the-council-of-bishops-statement-regarding-judicial-council-de I invite you to […]

Holy Week’s Perspective

by Kim Johnson

As we approach again our celebration of the most holy week in human history, we experience gratitude, humility, awe, wonder, reverence, penitence, adoration, conviction, encouragement, destitution, guilt, hope, and love. Our vocabulary reaches its limits as we seek to articulate the depths of how the divine grace engages our spirits. The hymn writer asks, “What […]

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 […]