Arlington DS Notes

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Monthly thoughts from the Arlington District Superintendent

The Hardest Thanksgiving

by Kim Johnson

My hardest Thanksgiving was 1999, the year my Mother died. At Thanksgiving, she could still shuffle to the car, and Dad brought her over. She was dying of cancer. Weeks earlier, the doctors had told her there was nothing more they could do. Before dinner, my Dad cornered me in the kitchen, “Will you say […]

Finding Hope in Fearful Times

by Kim Johnson

As I write, the count is 59 dead and 527 injured in Las Vegas;  Americans are still without water, food, or medical supplies in hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico; and thousands will be rebuilding their homes for years to come in Houston and other places in the Gulf Coast.  Yet in these days, when the images of […]

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 […]

Canoeing the Mountains: Facing Mortality

by Kim Johnson

By September 1, I will have made 30 visits to the doctor’s office or the hospital in 2017.  It’s not that I am particularly sick—and no, I do not have some kind of fatal disease.  It is just…I am 67 years old; and I am mortal.  Having been remarkably healthy my whole life, all of […]

Give me Jesus

by Kim Johnson

Everyone knows Bishop Cho’s main focus; his great passion in his four years as our leader was prayer. Why prayer? Because every great revival; every great movement of the Holy Spirit throughout history has begun with prayer. Prayer is the doorway to living a life alive in Christ. Prayer turns us from seeking our will […]

Monumental Decisions

by Kim Johnson

At our April Bi-District Clergy meeting, Tom Berlin energized the crowd with his update on the Way Forward Commission. Tom was uncharacteristically upbeat about the future of the denomination, saying that he has hope for the first time in a long time. The process that the Commission is going through fascinated me. They started by […]

Draw the Circle: Praying a Way Forward

by Kim Johnson

After reading Mark Batterson’s Draw the Circle,  the Bi-District staff felt compelled to get a bit creative in how we would “do our part” for the prayer challenge for “A Way Forward” this week.  We asked every church in the District to designate  one day during which they would pray for the Commission on a […]

The Sky Is the Limit

by Kim Johnson

“The sky is the limit … as long as we are Biblically and theologically sound,” Bishop Lewis told the assembled crowd at our Arlington Chew ‘n Chat on Feb. 18th. On Feb. 28th, Arlington County approved Central United Methodist Church’s innovative proposal to replace their existing building with an 8 story structure containing a new […]

Draw the Circle

by Kim Johnson

Mark Batterson believes in the power of prayer. Prayer has fueled the astonishing growth of National Community Church (NCC) here in the DC area. NCC started two decades ago as a new church plant and now has eight locations, successfully reaching emerging generations. These are folks we Methodists yearn to reach. A group of us […]