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Praising God in our Drive-in worship yesterday at Indian Head UMC. Everyone stayed in their cars, listened through their radio, and worshipped God parking lot style.
Prayer Gregory St. James Mundy- the writer of the book “I LOVE GOD”. Explains that if all we needed to do is pray, every one of us would be Powerball winners. Praying is meditation for the soul, it is strength to keep us going and striving to do the best that we can even if in the end we fail. Always be prepared for the worst but pray for the best. Always have confidence and believe in yourself and encourage others to do the same. Prayer soothes the mind and help us not to worry and most of all prepare us for whatever comes. Through prayer we will be able to deal with crisis in our lives with a steady mind and soul. Prayer keeps us from going insane. Where if we find ourselves giving up hope then if everything this time works out, we find ourselves stressed out, frustrated, high blood pressure or worried to death over nothing. Prayer allow you to bet on yourself than bet against yourself. Prayer help you to work harder and give you the power of faith to achieve what you need when you thought you could not. No, prayer is not something guaranteed or backed by a warranty. Prayer is built on hope, it can give you confidence and sometimes, not all the time, but sometimes that is all you need to perform a Miracle!
The Virtual 50+ Resource Fair begins Wednesday, April 15th and ends on May 15th. We hope you will visit and share. Thanks so much. Perhaps this is a blurb you would consider adding to your church bulletin, e-news, social media, or even your website: Winter Grace Senior Ministries, Inc. is excited to invite you to The Virtual 50+ Resource Fair. If you might be an Older Adult or love and care for someone who is, please visit between April 15th and May 15th. We have more than 20 Service Providers from a variety of fields, all engaged in making life better for Older Adults. The Fair can be found at: www.wintergrace.org or by clicking here. If you have any questions, please contact. Rev. Debbie Burgio at [email protected] or call 443-832-3805. Thank you so much for considering sharing. I hope that you will join in.
That was a great service this morning, I really enjoyed it. Thank you to the conference for giving us a church to worship on this beautiful Palm Sunday.
Anxiously awaiting guidance from Bishop LaTrelle Miller Easterling... We need to continue to keep our churches closed, but for how long?
I invite you to the WesleyNexus Evolution Weekend program in Fulton, MD next Sunday. Join us at the Baltimore-Washington UMC Conference Center or on-line. We will also be posting the video on Youtube. Rick Barr WesleyNexus, Inc. and member of Damascus United Methodist Church Here is the program page for the event:
Dr. Sy Garte, a former board member of Wesleynexus and long time supporter of the science and religion dialogue in the DC area has just published a new book, The Works of His Hands: A Scientist’s Journey from Atheism to Faith. It is available online through Amazon.com and in stores now. Dr. Garte will be doing a reading and book signing at the Rockville United Methodist Church in Rockville, Maryland on Saturday evening, Dec 14, at 7PM. All are welcome to come and here Sy share his journey. The Works of His Hands: A Scientist's Journey from Atheism to Faith by Sy Garte Ph.D; Foreword by Alister McGrath Sy (Seymour) Garte, Ph.D. in biochemistry, has been a tenured professor at New York University, Rutgers University, and the University of Pittsburgh, Division Director at the Center for Scientific Review of NIH, and interim Vice President for Research at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is currently Visiting Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Rutgers University. He has published over 200 peer reviewed scientific papers and four books. Dr. Garte is a fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation (ASA) and serves as Vice President for the Washington DC metro chapter of the ASA. He was a member of the Board of Advisors of the John Templeton Foundation, the Board of Directors of WesleyNexus, and has consulted and blogged for the Biologos Foundation. He has published articles in Perspectives in Science and Christian Faith and elsewhere, and is the Editor-in-Chief of God and Nature. Dr. Garte has given presentations on the intersection of biochemistry, evolution and theology at several conferences devoted to science and Christianity. Dr Garte became a Christian later in life, and is now the lay leader of the United Methodist Church in Rockville MD and a lay delegate to the Baltimore Washington Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
In Honor of one of our own Rev. Dr. Patricia Johnson loved by all and a true mother at heart but a teacher to all who cross her path. A tribute to a special lady, mother, pastor and friend. Book now available on Barnes & Noble, Amazon and Blurb. She is truly an Inspiration past Pastor of Mt. Winans United Methodist Church now at Fowlers United Methodist Church and Mt. Zion UMC both in Annapolis. Give the gift of a book to someone special.
Its that time of the year and I am extending warm welcomes and Inviting you all to this years Winter Maker's pop Up as special guest of mine. Show your support and come out one of the days during this event. Thanking you in advance. My booking signing will be on Sunday December 15 between 4pm - 6pm. available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble limited books available in store during event.
These images were recorded while attending The Contemplative Photo Retreat given by The Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church at Camp Manidokan in Maryland on October 25th to October 27th.
The Wesleynexus Newsletter for October is out. It highlights the new Pew report on affiliation and younger generations. It can be found here:

A space for the people of the BWC to network and support each other as we make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

The Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church is made up of 1,032 clergy and 164,779 lay members in 632 churches in Maryland, Washington, D.C., the panhandle of West Virginia and Bermuda. Each Sunday, more than 59,231 United Methodists gather in this region for worship. Throughout the week, more than 210,238 people participate in local church ministries. Statistics indicate that in 2015, 1,325,311 people are served by local United Methodist ministries of outreach, justice and mercy. As a connectional church, the Baltimore-Washington Conference joins in ministry with 12 million United Methodists in churches around the world. Our vision is to become fully alive in Christ and make a difference in a diverse and ever-changing world. The mission of The United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

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“Moving Toward the Pain” Erin Hawkins Responds to the Death of George Floyd

The horrific death of George Floyd has sparked conversation -- again -- on the issue of racism in this country.

Erin Hawkins is the leader of the agency in The United Methodist Church tasked with addressing this problem. She wrote yesterday about the pain of yet another brutal killing of an African American man.

"United Methodists," she wrote, "have developed the propensity to focus our attention on addressing dramatic instances of racism 'out there' in the world. Meanwhile, we quietly accept, defend and participate in less dramatic but equally destructive policies, words, and actions that amount to placing a knee on the necks of people of color and other marginalized groups within the church."

Read the full article: http://ow.ly/RwnC50zSsLu

gcorr.org Moving Toward the Pain Erin Hawkins General Secretary, GCORR May 27, 2020 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to …

Celebrating Pentecost Sunday provides the occasion for Christians to recognize God’s Holy Spirit at work in the life of the church and in the lives of individuals. What is this day? Where does it originate?

Paul Stroble takes a look in this article for Ministry Matters.

http://ow.ly/Kd8s50zSr46

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Bishop's statement on the death of George Floyd

Bishop Bruce R. Ough, who leads the Minnesota and Dakotas conferences, lamented the death of George Floyd and called on United Methodists to address "this pervasive pandemic of racism." Floyd, a black man, died May 25 in the custody of Minneapolis police. Video showed an officer pinning him down while he struggled to breathe. Read Bishop Ough's statement: http://ow.ly/Oyo450zRUto

minnesotaumc.org Bishop Ough laments the tragic, racially charged, and unnecessary death of George Floyd and calls us to address this pervasive pandemic of racism.

The dates for the postponed 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences were announced in the last 24 hours. Our Erik Alsgaard has the story, including what this means for our episcopal leader, Bishop LaTrelle Easterling.

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Commission sets dates for postponed General Conference; will explore new uses of technology | The United Methodist Church

The dates for the postponed 2020 General Conference were announced today. Read more: https://www.umc.org/en/content/commission-sets-dates-for-postponed-general-conference

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The Ark Diaries

The Rev. Kyle Durbin has a flair for the dramatic ... arts, that is. As part of his ministry at Frostburg UMC, he's created The Frostburg Theatre Company, which normally would stage its productions at the church.

But, with the COVID-19 quarantine, what's a theatre troupe to do? Do it from home!

Thus, Durbin wrote, directed, and edited this 45-minute video story of Noah's Ark like never seen before, developed during the lockdown, with all recordings done separately at cast members houses.

This comedic online one act play takes a look at what life may have been like during the original, biblical quarantine... based... very loosely ...on the story found in Genesis. It took him six weeks to put it all together, he said, and "as in most community theatre productions, it's probably more fun if you know the faces, but it is really better to watch from beginning to end to pick up on some of the tiny through-lines. Plus, my family got to be in it with me!"

The video is suitable for children, and contains awesome (cough cough) stop-action photography, wonderful (cough) special effects, amazing Star Wars-like crawling biblical text (true), a couple of cameo appearances from God (who may look familiar to some people), and a dog or two (woof).

https://vimeo.com/421409971

The story of Noah's Ark like never seen before, developed during the COVID-19 lockdown with all recordings done separately at cast members houses, this comedic…

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The Small Business Administration (SBA) released the Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP) Forgiveness Application on May 15. This application will be used by lenders to develop their online and in-person processes. The lenders will soon be contacting churches who received PPP Funding to let you know exactly how you are to apply for PPP forgiveness.

During this Training Tuesday webinar, tonight at 7 pm, BWC leaders will address guidelines and offer advice to assist churches in completing their applications.

Registration is required to get the Zoom link. Go to http://ow.ly/WJWA50zMC3b

The Small Business Administration (SBA) released the Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP) Forgiveness Application on May 15. This application will be used by lenders to develop their online and in-person processes. The lenders will soon be contacting churches who received PPP Funding to let you know exactly how you are to apply for PPP forgiveness.

During this Training Tuesday webinar, May 26 at 7 pm, BWC leaders will address guidelines and offer advice to assist churches in completing their applications.

Registration is required to get the Zoom link. Go to http://ow.ly/WJWA50zMC3b

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From Washington, D.C., to West Virginia. From California (Maryland, that is ...) to Cumberland, and all points in between, there's a place for you to worship with us online today. For an updated list, go to http://ow.ly/80iY50zOOZU

Bishop LaTrelle Easterling and the Cabinet of the Baltimore-Washington Conference issued a statement late this afternoon, re-affirming the previously established guidelines for churches to re-enter their buildings for in-person worship.

Read the statement: http://ow.ly/3mux50zOevQ

As many parts of the United States continue to avoid large gatherings in midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, United Methodist summer camps and retreat centers find themselves in an uncertain position.

Many of these ministries have postponed or even cancelled their spring and summer activities while their area remains under shelter-in-place or strict social distancing conditions. While most camps are waiting for conditions to get better before safely opening their facilities, some are also connecting with campers and families virtually.

This includes Retreat and Camping Ministries of the Baltimore-Washington Conference. Its director, Chris Schlieckert, is featured in this story. http://ow.ly/PcVa50zNEst

The Everyone Counts Webinars are a series of informative events that address major social justice topics during the pandemic. They are free, open to all, and sponsored by the Baltimore-Washington Conference UMC Advocacy and Action Network. For more information and/or to register for upcoming webinars, please go to http://ow.ly/bfH650zNFue.

Upcoming Webinars include:

• TODAY, May 22, at 1 p.m.–Acquiring Stimulus Funding for Businesses, Small Business Owners and Self Employed (English), Presenter IRS Senior Stakeholder Liaison, Veronica Tubman
• Wednesday, May 27, at 12 p.m.–Restorative Justice in the Pandemic Era: Ministry and Advocacy in and beyond Prisons and Detention Centers, Presenter Dr. Harold Trulear (Howard University)
• Friday, May 29, at 1 p.m. Acquiring Stimulus Funding for Individuals with IRS Stakeholder (Spanish), Presenter Nancy Feliciano. El Baltimore-Washington Conference y el Servicio de Impuestos Internos lo invitan a asistir a una presentación de Alivio Tributario COVID-19. Más información sobre: Plazos federales de presentación y pago aplazados; Pagos de Impacto Económico, que van desde $1,200 a $2,400 (incluso más con dependientes calificados); Cuándo utilizar la herramienta "Obtener mi pago" del IRS; Cuándo utilizar la herramienta "Non-Filer" del IRS; Crédito de Retención de Empleados; Recursos del IRS
• Wednesday, June 3 at 12 p.m., From COVID-10 Crisis to Economic Justice, Presenters: Maryland Delegate Wanika Fisher and Andrea Johnson from the National Women’s Law Center
• Wednesday, June 10 at 12 p.m., US2020 Census: What’s at Stake and Creating a New World, Team Presentation.

To view past webinars, please go to our BWCUMC YouTube Channel, http://ow.ly/gGRA50zNFuf

Special Features: Accessing Health Care and Health Care Advocacy with Dr. Lisa Cooper and Dr. Chidima Ibe of JHU Center for Health Equity and Know Your Rights with Attorney Todd Cagwin of Maryland Legal Aid

The Small Business Administration (SBA) released the Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP) Forgiveness Application on May 15. This application will be used by lenders to develop their online and in-person processes. The lenders will soon be contacting churches who received PPP Funding to let you know exactly how you are to apply for PPP forgiveness.

During this Training Tuesday webinar, May 26 at 7 pm, BWC leaders will address guidelines and offer advice to assist churches in completing their applications.

Registration is required to get the Zoom link. Go to http://ow.ly/WJWA50zMC3b

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A Time to Mourn: An Ecumenical Memorial Service for Lives Lost to COVID-19

The National Council of Churches USA (NCC) will hold a public online memorial service this Sunday, May 24, to mourn the more than 300,000 people worldwide who have lost their lives to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 90,000 of whom were in the United States.

The NCC is comprised of 38 member communions ranging from mainline Protestant churches, including The United Methodist Church, to historic African American and Orthodox churches. Learn more at http://ow.ly/3Wfb50zMBrX

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Feeling bogged down by your past, discouraged about your present and unclear about the future? God cares about your emotional and spiritual well-being. Christians and unbelievers alike deal with depression and other mental and emotional illnesses, but there is hope! Jesus promises and provides an abundant life – a life full of joy, peace, and purpose.

Tonight on Training Tuesday, we continue the ReOpening, ReNewing and ReStarting series, with the topic is "Discovering a Pathway to Peace When Life Feels Off Track." The presenter will be James Tate.

The session utilizes the Living Compass resources. Living Compass is based on the belief that there is a deep, life-giving connection between faith and wellness. Our faith acts like a compass to help us check our bearings while at the same time proving ongoing direction for our lives. It is also based on the belief that we cannot be well by ourselves; this journey toward wellness requires the care and support of others.

Learn from a pastor and leader who have intentionally connected the community with a pathway to discipleship through holistic wellness ministry.

Participants will need to take the free, Living Compass assessment prior to the webinar, available after they register.

http://ow.ly/DSyY50zHwFh

Do you know available Maryland Legal Aid services and your rights in a COVID-19 era?

Attorney Todd Cagwin will be our guest tomorrow, May 20, at 12 noon, as part of our "Everyone Counts" webinar series. Topics expected to be covered include: court updates, tenant rights, family law, unemployment insurance, stimulus checks, bankruptcy, foreclosure, debt collection, domestic violence hearings, fraud, and more.

Cagwin has been with Maryland Legal Aid since March 2018, as a Staff Attorney in the Community Lawyering Initiative. In this role, he provides legal services through community outreach programs including Lawyer in The Library and Expungement Clinics. Through such clinics, Community Lawyering strives to reduce barriers to employment and housing.

Join host, the Rev. Stacey Cole Wilson, for this important opportunity to learn more about your rights in the midst of a pandemic.

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To assist your local church's Re-Entering Well Task Force, one that every congregation has been asked to create, several tip sheets have been created with specific recommendations.

See step-by-step guides to follow and that will spark further conversation in your church as it prepares to return to in-person worship. Topics range from doing Communion, taking attendance, maintaining social distancing, restrooms, parking lot ... and more.

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The Baltimore-Washington Conference has postponed its Annual Conference Session until Sept. 12, where it is expected to be a one-day event.

But what are other Annual Conferences around the world doing? Jim Patterson from United Methodist News takes a quick look.

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Looking for a worship experience today that will feed both heart AND soul? We offer hundreds of worship opportunities every Sunday, all of them online. bwcumc.org/news-and-views… #umc #worship #COVID19 #inspiration #motivation #love #worshiper #worshipper

As United Methodists in the Baltimore-Washington, we're all certainly aware of how the coronavirus is impacting our churches, members, and communities.

But what's happening overseas?

That the focus of this story from United Methodist News, that looks at what's happening in Africa and the Philippines.

http://ow.ly/yShA50zHuSY

Do you know available Maryland Legal Aid services and your rights in a COVID-19 era?

Attorney Todd Cagwin will be our guest Wednesday, May 20, at 12 noon, as part of our "Everyone Counts" webinar series.

Cagwin has been with Maryland Legal Aid since March 2018, as a Staff Attorney in the Community Lawyering Initiative. In this role, he provides legal services through community outreach programs including Lawyer in The Library and Expungement Clinics. Through such clinics, Community Lawyering strives to reduce barriers to employment and housing.

Join host, the Rev. Stacey Cole Wilson, for this important opportunity to learn more about your rights in the midst of a pandemic.

http://ow.ly/US2250zHxsm

Are you feeling bogged down by your past, discouraged about your present and unclear about the future? God cares about your emotional and spiritual well-being. God wants you to experience joy, hope, and peace every single day. Christians and unbelievers alike deal with depression and other mental and emotional illnesses, but there is hope! Jesus promises and provides an abundant life – a life full of joy, peace, and purpose.

Our next Training Tuesday session is part of the the ReOpening, ReNewing and ReStarting series, and the topic is "Discovering a Pathway to Peace When Life Feels Off Track." The presenter will be James Tate.

The session utilizes the Living Compass resources. Living Compass is based on the belief that there is a deep, life-giving connection between faith and wellness. Our faith acts like a compass to help us check our bearings while at the same time proving ongoing direction for our lives. It is also based on the belief that we cannot be well by ourselves; this journey toward wellness requires the care and support of others.

Learn from a pastor and leader who have intentionally connected the community with a pathway to discipleship through holistic wellness ministry.

Participants will need to take the free, Living Compass assessment prior to the webinar, available after they register.

http://ow.ly/DSyY50zHwFh

The coronavirus does not affect everyone the same. As more people become infected and, sadly, die, the death rates among African Americans, Latinos, and others are disproportionate to their numbers in the general population.

A recent webinar, sponsored by the Advocacy and Action Ministry Team of the Baltimore-Washington Conference, brought together two experts in the health disparity field at Johns Hopkins to look at what churches can do now to address this situation.

Our Erik Alsgaard has the story. http://ow.ly/jiE850zFvJ3

ReOpening, ReNewing, and ReStarting: What now? What's next?

If you missed last night's Training Tuesday webinar on "What Now? What's Next?" it is now online.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73Lv_QUBzOo&feature=youtu.be

Hosts: Revs. Bill Brown and Rodney Smothers Panel: Ben Trawick Rev. Chris Bishop Rev. Donna Claycomb Sokol Rev. William Chaney The coronavirus pandemic has s...

The Offices of Leadership and Congregational Development and New Faith Expressions are offering practical and timely support for congregations to connect with their communities and congregations while social distancing measures are a necessity.

The BWC is offering non-renewable micro-grants of up to $1,000 to help offset expenses related to launching and maintaining online ministry, including equipment, software licenses, training, and more. If you have already purchased equipment, software or licenses you can apply to receive a reimbursement of the accrued costs.

To apply, visit http://ow.ly/OWXv50zF8H5

The Baltimore-Washington Conference: Our Story

The Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church is made up of more than 1,000 clergy and 155,000 lay members in 628 churches in Maryland, Washington, D.C., the panhandle of West Virginia, and Bermuda. Each Sunday, more than 58,000 United Methodists gather in this region for worship. Throughout the week, more than 210,238 people participate in local church ministries. Statistics indicate that in 2017, more than 4.9 million people were served by local United Methodist ministries of outreach, justice and mercy. As a connectional church, the Baltimore-Washington Conference joins in ministry with 12 million United Methodists in churches around the world. Our vision is to become fully alive in Christ and make a difference in a diverse and ever-changing world. The mission of The United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

To learn more, visit www.bwcumc.org .

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The Baltimore-Washington Conference is made up of about 165,000 members in 632 United Methodist churches in Maryland, Washington, D.C., the eastern panhandle of West Virginia and Bermuda. We are a global church -- one of 68 conferences, or regions, that make up the denomination, totaling 11 million members.

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