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Church Website Training

by Kim Johnson

The Bi-District understands how important a clean and easy to use church website is to your ministry. We also understand that many churches struggle with how to develop and maintain a good website. Cynthia and Kim are offering two website classes to provide your church hands-on website instruction and assistance. Website 101 and 102 will […]

Testing and Temptation in the Wilderness

by Kim Johnson

I have always wondered how Dietrich Bonhoeffer was able to go to his death in the Nazi prison camp offering words of hope and assurance. When the Gestapo came to get him—everyone knew it meant one thing–death. And Bonhoeffer took a friend aside and said: This is the end. For me, the beginning of life. […]

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 […]

2018 Annual Conference

by Kim Johnson

The Virginia Conference has released information for the 2018 Annual Conference. This year’s Annual Conference will take place June 15-17, 2018 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, VA and will include the Great Day of Service this year. Learn more about Annual Conference on the VAUMC website: vaumc.org/AC2018 Annual Conference Orientation We will hold our Annual […]

Civil in an Un-Civil World

by Kim Johnson

As I was driving in to work recently and listening to WTOP, I heard an ad for the Washington Post that highlighted some feature stories, one of which was titled, “The Quest for Civility – Finding Civility in an Un-Civil World.” This made me think about a devotional message I remembered from the “Leading Like […]

A”Rise” Against Hunger: Church-Campus-Community Partnership

by Kim Johnson

Almost 200 people took a stance against hunger on November 14, 2017 by participating in Rise Against Hunger. The event was hosted by Arise Campus Ministries and generously sponsored by St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church located in Annandale, Virginia. The activity was aptly scheduled during Hunger and Homelessness week at George Mason University. The weather […]

Lake Junaluska Statement on Racism

by Kim Johnson

SEJ UMC Annual Conference Leaders and Communicators, At the October 2017 ​Lake Junaluska Assembly ​Board of Trustees Meeting the attached Statement on Racism was unanimously approved. This was initially encouraged by a motion of the Holston Conference but was also in response to the tragedy of Charlottesville, VA. The purpose of the statement is to […]