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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 […]

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 […]

Kairos Informational Dinner

by Kim Johnson

“ . . . I was in prison and you visited me.”  – Matthew 25: 36 Kairos Prison Ministry is a lay-led, Christ-centered, and Holy Spirit inspired ministry that shares the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ with incarcerated men, women, and youth.  The Northern Virginia Kairos Prison Ministry team, serving the men’s prisons […]

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 […]

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 […]

By God’s Grace … and Thanks!

by Kim Johnson

God places us where He needs us. Where has God placed you? What has He given you to do? Who has He placed in your life to care for in His name? All that we are, all that we have, all that we are called to do is because of Him. We are His, His […]

Farewell, Martha Flanagan!

by Kim Johnson

After 12 years on the job, Alexandria District Secretary Martha Flanagan will retire at the end of April. Kim Johnson sat down with Martha to talk with her about her time on the job. Here are portions of that interview. Kim: How long have you worked for the District? Martha: I’ve worked for 12 years […]

Confirmation is Coming!

by Kim Johnson

Ministry Spotlight: Confirmation is Coming! As we approach Pentecost, many of our churches are preparing for Confirmation. Cathy Abbott received the following note of excitement about the upcoming confirmation at Great Falls UMC.  On June 4 – Pentecost Sunday, nine Confirmands will affirm their Christian faith and become full members of Great Falls United Methodist Church. This […]

Rising Hope: May Food Drive

by Kim Johnson

Saturday, May 13, 2017, is the 25th National Association of Letter Carriers food drive to stamp out hunger … one bag at a time. Rising Hope United Methodist Mission Church participates in this national endeavor receiving food the Post Office Letter Carriers pick up from the door steps where the mail is delivered. This is […]

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 […]