Arlington District eNewsletter: February 2017
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From Your District Superintendent

Rev. Cathy Abbott

Draw the Circle

Mark Batterson believes in the power of prayer. Prayer has fueled the astonishing growth of National Community Church (NCC) here in the DC area. NCC started two decades ago as a new church plant and now has eight locations, successfully reaching emerging generations. These are folks we Methodists yearn to reach. A group of us visited Mark last fall to learn about how prayer—both personal and corporate—is at the heart of NCC’s great fruitfulness.

In Draw the Circle: The 40 Day Prayer Challenge, Mark writes:
One of my heroes is Peter Marshall, the former ...

Chat n' Chew

Bishop Sharma Lewis will be visiting the district on Saturday, February 18, 2017 for Chat n' Chew. There will be separate sessions for both clergy and laity. Questions can be directed to Program Coordinator Cynthia Lopynski,
Registration closes on Wednesday, February 15.

Don't Miss the How to Connect Events

Top 10 reasons your why church should come to "How to Connect" or "How to Connect: Deeper Dive":
1. Your church came to the first round of these workshops, and wants to DIVE DEEPER in the second level class.
2. You think maybe your church doesn't have the gifts or skills necessary to move toward your mission field,  but you'd like to be proven wrong.
3. Your potlucks need an infusion of new blood! Pass the Naan bread and kimshi please!
4. Your congregation no longer looks like the neighborhoods that surround the church. And your people are driving in from further and further away for church.
5. You've got a totally cool and awesome ________________ (worship service, youth program, preschool, mission project) and you want the community to know about it!
6. You look around your congregation and its not getting bigger. Or its getting smaller. Even almost disappearing.
7. Your church seems ready to actually do the "CHANGE" thing, and move outwards toward the surrounding neighborhoods in friendship and relationships.
8. Children? Youth? We haven't seen many of them for a while...
9. You and your congregation are wondering - is there anybody out there? What are they like? What kinds of things could we do to meet them?
10. Our District is providing us with cutting edge, Northern Virginia contextual programs that actually help us meet our mission to make disciples for the transformation of the world? Count us in!

Learn more and Register Today

Youth Ministry

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

This event is open to all youth grades 6-12 (group registration). This year's theme, "Soul on Fire," will focus on Luke 24:32 and apply it to life. On Saturday afternoon, we will take time to enjoy some of the activities at Camp Highroad.   Learn More

Youth Service Fund Grant Deadline Extended

We are excited to accept applications for the YSF (Youth Service Fund) Grants. The idea is this: money is available for work/initiatives to be done BY young people FOR young people. Please submit an application if you are interested. Please click HERE for the application and HERE for application guidelines. Please contact the Office of Ministries with Young People with questions by emailing or calling (804-521-1139). Deadline: Feb 27.

Youth Ministry Survey

The Virginia Conference is working on learning as much as they can about the current ministry context in Virginia as it relates to ministries with young people.  
If you work with children, youth, or young adults, please consider taking this simple survey.
Here is the link:


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.

Ministry Spotlight

Bi-District Training Day 2017

Despite the snow roughly 500 people attended Bi-District Training Day 2017 at Christ Church.  Folks from ninety different churches braved the weather to attend workshops and connect with other United Methodists across the two districts. Quite a few churches brought large groups to the event. The largest group came from Ghana Wesley who brought 30 people! The day began with a keynote address from Carey Neiuwhof.

Carey shared his 10 predictions about the future church which many agreed, “was the best part of the day.” Thirty different workshops were offered as well as fifteen lunch time roundtables. Other highlights of the day included lunch from Chik-fil-A and the incredible hospitality experienced at Christ Church.

Bi-District Training Day will return to Christ Church on Saturday, January 13, 2018. Mike Slaughter will serve as the keynote speaker.  The planning team will soon begin to determine the workshops and speakers for Bi-District Training Day 2018 event. If you have suggestions for workshop topics or speakers, let Cynthia Lopynski know. 

Did you miss Bi-District Training Day? Or, do you want to hear Carey Neiuwhof's keynote presentation or breakout session again? You can listen to those presentations online using the links below.
Keynote Presentation  |  "Leading Change Without Losing It"

Mark Your Calendar

District Events

Conference Events

Conference News:

VAUMC Releases Appointment and Itineracy Process video:

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!

District Job Opportunity

The Alexandria District of the UMC, with offices located in Fairfax VA, is seeking an Administrative Assistant. The qualified candidate must have outstanding people skills and be able to work with clergy, senior church leaders, and staff while maintaining confidentiality and sensitivity as needed. The candidate should have knowledge and experience in modern office practices, be proficient in office related procedures, be able to prepare effective correspondence on routine matters and to dispose of minor business without reference to a supervisor. See position details.  Inquiries for this position should be sent to Artabia Campbell-Marshall.
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