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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 […]

Accept the Challenge – Rise Up – Rebuild Lives!

by Kim Johnson

Have you heard about “Accept the Challenge – Rise Up – Rebuild Lives?” It’s the catchy title for the Rising Hope United Methodist Mission Church’s capital campaign, which is coming to your local church! Rising Hope’s capital campaign, which was unanimously approved at last October’s Alexandria District Conference, is focused on continuing the transformation of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Top 10 Reasons Why Your Church Needs to Attend “How to Connect”

by Kim Johnson

These are the top 10 reasons why your church should attend a How to Connect or How to Connect: Deeper Dive event 1. Your church came to the first round of these workshops, and wants to DIVE DEEPER in the second level class. 2. You think maybe your church doesn’t have the gifts or skills […]

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 […]

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 […]

“Chat & Chew Theology”

by Kim Johnson

We’ve all heard about Pub Theology – in fact, some of us may have experienced it – you know, that’s where we form a small group or have a bible study that just happens to be meeting at a non-church venue. So, what’s “Chat & Chew Theology?” At the end of January, some of us […]

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 […]