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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 […]

“You are…” (A Sermon)

by Kim Johnson

After hearing this sermon at the 5 Talent Academy’s Evangelism Training even in October, Cathy asked that we feature it on our website and in our newsletter.  Here it is reprinted with permission from Rev. Sylvia Meadows. “You are…” First, I want to thank God for the affirmation, guidance, and empowering presence for this day… Thanks to […]

Wisdom and Innocence In Facing Fear

by Kim Johnson

“See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” — Matthew 10:16 (NRSV) On the same morning as many of our NOVA United Methodist congregations gathered to celebrate All Saints Sunday, giving thanks for the service and witness of Christian saints who […]

Centering Prayer

by Kim Johnson

As we move into the busy holiday season, we invite you to join us for a time of centering prayer and deep holy listening. Led by Kindred Project we will gather at the District Office (3600 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax) on Tuesday, Nov. 14. A light lunch begins at 12:30 pm, followed by reflection and […]

Thanksgiving with Rising Hope

by Kim Johnson

Rising Hope Mission Church is celebrating and sharing this Thanksgiving Day meal with the homeless and those in need on November 23, 2017, with short time of giving thanks at 12:00 pm and Thanksgiving Day meal from 12:15-1:30 pm. We are putting out a call this Thanksgiving Day for both food and volunteers willing to […]

Working Together to Make Disciples

by Kim Johnson

Have you ever wondered what the Bi-District does? Well, we made you an infographic to highlight the many ways we partnered with Arlington and Alexandria churches in 2016-2017. Use the files below to share this with your congregations! We love to  help churches learn, grow, and seek vital ministry to make disciples. Let us know […]

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 […]