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A New Thing … Update #3

by Kim Johnson

Well, here we are … our 2017 Charge Conferences are finalized, Isaiah 43:18-19 has been recited approximately 150 times, clergy compensation and lay leadership decisions have been made, 75+ lay servants have been approved, State of the Church reports and Pastors’ reports have been shared, and 1,331 new things have been noted and listed!!  Thank […]

Light In the Empire’s Shadow

by Kim Johnson

“In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city […]

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 […]

Exciting Times … A New Thing … Update #2

by Kim Johnson

The last couple of months, I’ve been sharing about our exciting times that we are experiencing in the Alexandria District this year. This is all centered around the theme … “A New Thing” …  for our Charge Conferences this fall. Last month, I wrote about the “60+ new things” that were reported during our first […]

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 […]

Thank You- Just Neighbors

by Kim Johnson

Thank you for your generous gifts during our District Conference offering. The money collected was split between our friends at Rising Hope Mission Church and Just Neighbors. We received this kind note of thanks from Just Neighbors and wanted to share it with you.

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 […]