Alexandria District eNewsletter: April 2017
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From Your District Superintendent

Rev. Jeff Mickle

Holy Week's Perspective

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 language shall I borrow to thank Thee, dearest Friend, for this Thy dying sorrow, Thy pity without end? O make me Thine forever; and should I fainting be, Lord, let me never, never outlive my love to Thee.” (“O Sacred Head, Now Wounded,” verse 3)

The point of Holy Week is not to explain it, much as we preacher types feel called to do so. The point of Holy Week is...

A Book Recommendation

I have discovered a great book that provides great insights and hope for the life, calling, and struggles of the Church in these days.  The title of the book threw me off because I do not consider myself as someone who is interested in mysticism, but the meaning of the title is not what my preconceptions taught me. The Mystic Way of Evangelism: A Contemplative Vision for Christian Outreach by Elaine A. Heath (Baker, 2008) is a very Wesleyan approach to the Church’s mission and Christian salvation. Dr. Heath uses the experiences and teachings of Christians who have been  ...

From Your District Lay Leader

John Meeuwissen

By God's Grace ... and Thanks!

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 children, His agents to show His grace, mercy, and love for humanity, one person and one situation at a time. In this work, each of us has our part to do. All of this is given to us by His grace. Live in the awareness of God’s grace today. Let His grace shine through You to others. (from “Lead Like Jesus” daily devotional)

Where has God placed you? What needs have you been called to attend to? It may ...

Celebrate the Increase and Martha Flanagan! 

Too often we hear discouraging news about church trends, but there are many good things happening in the Alexandria District!
On Sunday, April 23, Alexandria churches are invited to come and celebrate the increases in professions of faith and average worship attendance across the district. Dinner will be served. A limited number of complimentary tickets are available to each Alexandria District church. Additional tickets can be purchased at a cost of $15.

Retiring Alexandria District Secretary, Martha Flanagan, will also be honored as part of the banquet.

To purchase a ticket for the Celebrate the Increase/Farewell Martha Banquet, please use the purchase ticket button below. To register for one of your church's complimentary tickets, please click here.
Purchase Tickets

Youth Ministry

Don't miss the Bi-District Youth Retreat at Camp Highroad: April 28-30

Don’t miss the annual Bi-District youth retreat! This year’s theme, “Faith through the Storm,” is from Hebrews 11:3. We will retreat Friday April 28-Sunday, April 30 at Camp Highroad in Middleburg, VA. Early Bird Registration will go until April 16. After that the price will increase. Be sure to register today!  Learn More & Register

Farewell, Martha Flanagan!

The Alexandria District has been blessed with the service of Martha Flanagan for 12 years. While we are terribly sad to see her go, we wish her the VERY BEST as she takes a well deserved retirement at the end of this month. She is pictured here (R) with incoming Alexandria District Secretary Maureen Allison.

Kim Johnson sat down and interviewed Martha this month to capture some of her stories. 

Kim: How long have you worked for the District?

Martha: I’ve worked for 12 years for the Alexandria District. I came from the Arlington
District. I worked at Sterling United Methodist for 12 years.

K: But you’re not a United Methodist yourself?

M: No! I’m a Lutheran actually. But you all have been VERRRRRY nice to me and taken me in. I appreciate that very much.

K: Is it weird to ...


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.
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Rising Hope News: May Food Drive

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 our single largest food drive donation we receive all year. Melissa Lee, Rising Hope’s food pantry coordinator says, “This showcases where the community comes together on one nationally recognized day to help provide for others. The more the community participates the more the needy are helped.”

To make this food drive successful at Rising Hope Mission Church, we are in need of volunteers on May 13th, between the hours of 2:00 – 6:00 pm to  ...

Mark Your Calendar

District Events

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!

Please note that the Bi-District Office follows the Virginia Conference calendar. Our office will close at Noon on Thursday, April 13 and will remain closed on Good Friday, April 14.

Conference/Other Events

Conference News:

Clergy: Update Your UMC Find-A-Church Profile to help people find you this Easter! (Call the District office if you need help!)

Also, don't forget to register for Minister's Convocation (May 8-10, 2017).

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!

One Last Thing ...

Do you follow the Bi-District on Facebook? This week as part of the Week of Prayer, your Bi-District Staff embarked upon a prayer journey throughout the District. Check out our Facebook Photo Gallery of that adventure! 

See that gallery and more by following our Facebook page. Follow us
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