News & Information

110 of 48 items

A Testimony of Hope

by Kim Johnson

At Arlington Temple UMC, a formerly homeless woman offered her testimony on “Being God’s people in the world” as she joined the church. Because God’s people at Arlington Temple offered her a relationship, and nurtured it over a long period of time, this woman became part of their community of faith and found a home. […]

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 […]

These are Exciting Times … Update #1

by Kim Johnson

Last month, I shared some particulars from my report to the Alexandria District Conference and it was all very positive.  I began the article with a short paragraph that included the following sentences: How about this “New Thing?”  Have you seen it?  Have you experienced it?  Are you willing to talk about it, or maybe, […]

When the Fog Lifts

by Kim Johnson

“For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 4:6 (NRSV) The other morning, I was driving to Lake Junaluska in the mountains of […]

When the Storm Winds Blow

by Kim Johnson

“The boat, battered by the waves, was far from the shore, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning He came walking toward them on the sea.” – Matthew 14:24-25 (NRSV) I can still remember hunkering down in our basement with my wife as Hurricane Isabel blew over us in September of […]

40th Anniversary Arlington CROP Hunger Walk

by Kim Johnson

40th Anniversary Arlington CROP Hunger Walk Set for Saturday, Oct. 28 – Supports Arlington Food Assistance Center ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA.  Congregations, community groups and individuals from across Arlington will gather on October 28th for the 40th annual Arlington CROP Hunger Walk. Organizers have set a goal of raising $40,000 to support Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) […]

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 […]

“These are Exciting Times”

by Kim Johnson

I know that not everyone goes to our Alexandria District Conference, so let me share some insights from my Lay Leader report to the District. I begin by asking … How about this “New Thing?” Have you seen it? Have you experienced it? Are you willing to talk about it, or maybe, pray about it? […]

Finance Workshop

by Kim Johnson

  Attention: Finance Committee members, Church Treasurers, Business Managers, Stewardship Chairs, and Clergy! You are invited to learn, discuss, ask questions, and help others with questions and insights on church finances from 9-12 on Saturday, November 4 at St. Stephen’s UMC.  (9203 Braddock Rd, Burke, VA 22015)  Light refreshments will be served at check-in beginning […]