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January 6, 2012

Statistical Reports: Due January 17, 2012.  To access information about the statistical reports on the BWC website, click here. To get to your stat report directly on the GCFA website, click here. If you have any questions as you complete the report, please contact the regional office. You may find we respond more quickly to emails, than voice mail messages. For the regional assistant, Sharon Fleet (; for the regional administrator, Pam Neidig ( We want to do what we can to help you with this annual project. There will be walk-in opportunities for hands on help here at the conference center (11711 East Market Place, Fulton, MD) on January 10 from 9 to 11 and on January 13 from 9 to 1. (Remember the conference center is closed on Martin Luther King Day, January 16.)

ASR Leadership Day: registration deadline March 1, 2012, no walk-ins: For further information and to register, click here. You can find the flyer to post at your church here. It should be an exciting day with the various classes/workshops and the plenary speaker Shane Claiborne.

COSROW: Women's History Month Seminar with guest speaker: Bishop Peggy Johnson On March 10 from 1:30 to 5 PM the conference Commission on the Status and Role of Women will have a seminar with several workshops and Bishop Peggy Johnson. All are invited, not just women. Registration information coming soon.

Local Church Administrators and Secretaries: The Regional Administrators are hosting a professional development seminar on March 28 at the conference center. The speaker will be Barbara Ann Jaquette, a licensed Graduate Social Worker. The title of the event is: Vessel Cleaning: The Center of One's Self. The cost is $25, includes lunch, snacks, and materials. For further information and to register click here. SPRCs and pastors please encourage you church support staff to attend this event as a way of honoring them for the work and joy they bring to your local congregation.

Prodigal Worship: This well-received,annual event, with many ideas for invigorating your worship expereinces, will be held April 21 at Queen's Chapel UMC in Beltsville. To get the early bird registration fee of $79, register before January 10. After that date the fee goes up to $89. Click to register.

Manna House, in Baltimore, provides food, health, and housing services to the needy and homeless of Maryland.  For more information on how you can help others in your local community, check out their website.