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Arlington District eNewsletter: May 2017
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From Your District Superintendent

Rev. Cathy Abbott

Monumental Decisions


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 building relationships within the Commission. At meals, they intentionally sit with people they do not know, getting to know each other as persons, rather than as “representatives of positions.” Rather than getting stuck, like lava, in positions formed long ago, they are finding new channels through the divisions that have “stuck” us Methodists for so long. Tom says that he is hopeful that we can “refound” the United Methodist Church—going back to our scriptural and Wesleyan roots, but writing a new story about who we are on a clean sheet of paper.

When the Commission met in DC recently, Tom invited a historian from his congregation to organize a “leadership tour” of DC, visiting ...

Annual Conference 

Annual Conference takes place June 16-18 in Hampton, VA.  Learn More 

Annual Conference Orientation for delegates from the Alexandria and Arlington District will be Sunday, June 4, from 4:00-5:30 PM at Messiah UMC.

This training is designed for delegates new to Annual Conference. We will go over the schedule, the responsibilities of a delegate, and basic information about the Book of Reports. All delegates are encouraged to attend. 

If you have questions about being a delegate, please contact our office (703-820-7200).


For information about Annual Confernce (including kits, cans, offering, etc.) please visit novaumc.org/2017-annual-conference/

Resources

One of our goals at the District is to come alongside and partner with churches to increase vitality and fruitfulness. Below are some articles that we hope your will find helpful and thought provoking as you think about the mission and ministry of your church.
 
A Way Forward
The Bi-District has put together a page dedicated to "A Way Forward" with information and links for your reference. We will continue to update this page as new information is provided. 

Mark Your Calendar

District Events

  • Saturday, May 13: Transitions Workshop (For Clergy and SPRC of churches whose pastors are moving)
  • Thursday, May 18: Christian Educators Fellowship, 12:30 p.m. Burke UMC
  • Sunday, June 4: Annual Conference Orientation
Don't forget the Bishop's Bible Reading Challenge. Let us know if you are taking the challenge to read the entire Bible this year!

Is your ministry looking for new sources of funding?
The Deadline for Special and Sustaining Program Grants through the Conference is August 1. Learn More

Conference/Other Events

Conference News:


Sept. 22-Oct. 3, 2017: Brazil Connections for Active Seniors
Sponsored by the Virginia Conference Initiatives of Hope and designed for people over 55, this UMVIM team will not be a traditional construction team but will involve light repair/painting and interactive involvement with children in Sombra e Agua Fresca (Shade and Fresh Water), an outreach program of the Methodist Church of Brazil for at-risk children. 

Feb. 26-Mar. 7, 2018: Holy Land Journey with Bishop Lewis
Join Bishop Sharma D. Lewis and the Virginia Conference of the UMC on the 10 day Holy Land Journey departing on February 26, 2018!
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