CM District News and Updates

October 5, 2018

REVISED Church Conference Schedule and Helpful Tips

Revised Church Conference Schedule
-- Download the UPDATED church conference schedule (10/5/18) and agenda. The updated schedule includes a later start time for church conferences held on Sunday afternoon. The new time is 2:30-4:30pm and has been changed to allow for additional commute time to your church conference site. The schedule also includes due dates for your church conference forms.  Church conference forms are due 10 days prior to your church conference.   Download the tip sheet or contact Sophie Amer at 410-309-3493 for technical support.

Please prepare and bring a set of your church conference forms to your church conference for the Presiding Elder's signature.

Meetings with Bishop LaTrelle Easterling

Finding Peace Amid the Storm
Registration is now open for Bishop LaTrelle Easterling's Pre-Advent Day Apart with Clergy on Tuesday, November 13, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at Epworth UMC, 9008 Rosemont Drive in Gaithersburg. This year, the guest preacher and presenter will be the Rev. Kirk Byron Jones, senior pastor of Zion Baptist Church in Lynn, Mass., and a professor of social ethics, preaching and pastoral ministry. The cost for the event, which includes lunch, is $35 for active clergy and $25 for retired clergy. Learn more and register.

Bishop's Day in the Washington Region
 Clergy and Laity, please save Sunday, December 2 from 3-5 pm on your calendar.  We will gather at North Bethesda UMC, 10100 Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda. More details coming soon.

A Way Forward Resources 

  • Read a summary on The Commission on A Way Forward
  • Pray now through February 23, 2019, for the Special Session of the General Conference, especially at 2:23 pm each afternoon. Learn more
  • Attend a Conversation led by Rev. Tom Salsgiver of the Susquehanna Conference who serves on the Commission on A Way Forward.  Rev. Salsgiver will lead a conversation on November 28, from 10 am to 3 pm at Grace UMC (119 N. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD 20877-2441). No registration required.  Bring your lunch or plan to eat at one of the nearby restaurants.
  • Play-back Rev. Berlin's conversation held on September 15 on the same topic.
  • Find more resources on A Way Forward.

Sign-up for Retirement, Pension and Health Benefits

Thinking about retirement? Mark your calendar for the BWC's Pension and Benefits Pre-Retirement Session on Thursday, October 18, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at the BWC Mission Center in Fulton. Spouses are also encouraged to attend. Learn more and register.  
Need Information on Pension and Health Benefits?  In preparation for Annual Election (Oct. 31 - Nov. 15), the staff of the BWC's Benefits Office will spend a day in October in each of the eight districts, to talk to clergy and lay employees about questions they may have with their benefits. Here are the dates.

  • Tuesday, October 23, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm ~ Greater Washington District ~ First UMC, 6201 Belcrest Road, Hyattsville, MD 20782
  • Wednesday, October 24, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm ~ Baltimore Suburban District ~ Epworth UMC, 600 Warren Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030
  • Thursday, October 25, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm ~ Baltimore Metropolitan District ~ John Wesley UMC, 3202 W. North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21216
  • Monday, October 29 and Tuesday, October 30, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm ~ Central Maryland District ~ Mission Center, 11711 East Market Place, Fulton, MD 20759

New Beginnings

Congratulations and a joyous welcome to new pastors and those transitioning within the district.  To our pastors heading to other districts or retirement, thank you for your service and blessings in your new journey.     

CM District Appointments

  • Kevin Beall, Bethesda UMC
  • Veronica Beckley, Community of Faith UMC
  • Sherwyn Benjamin, Damascus UMC
  • Megan Blanchard, Mill Creek Parish UMC
  • R. Lorraine Brown, Mount Gregory UMC and Simpson UMC
  • Zelda Childs, Christ UMC
  • Crystal Davis Jones, West Montgomery UMC
  • Diane Dixon-Proctor, Sharp Street UMC
  • Timothy Dowell, Memorial UMC
  • Olivia Gross, Mount Zion UMC
  • Kenneth Fell, Covenant UMC (beginning September 1)
  • Rodney Fry, Ijamsville UMC and Flint Hill UMC
  • Eunjoung Joo, St. Paul UMC  
  • Brenda Lewis, Bethany UMC
  • William Maisch, Calvary UMC
  • Tyree Newman, Friendship UMC
  • Doralyn Osei, St. Mark UMC
  • Karen Lilli Pax, Gary Memorial UMC
  • Andrew Peck-McClain, Washington Grove
  • Trenton Prieshoff, Marvin Chapel UMC and Prospect UMC
  • Mandy Sayers, Glen Mar UMC (beginning September 8)
  • Anna Schwartz, Glen Mar UMC
  • James Skillington, Morgan Chapel and Mount Olive (beginning September 1)
  • Douglas Tzan, St.  Paul UMC
  • Kathryn Woodrow, Damascus UMC
  • Ronald Young, St. Luke UMC

Transitioned to Other Districts

  • Bernadette Armwood, St. Johns-Pumphrey UMC, Baltimore Metropolitan
  • Lemuel Dominguez, Milford Mill UMC, Baltimore Suburban
  • Samuel Holdbrook-Smith, Ryland-Epworth UMC, Greater Washington
  • Amanda McMurtrey, Mayo UMC, Annapolis
  • Robert Ruggieri, Mt. Nebo UMC, Cumberland-Hagerstown  
  • Deb Scott, Lovely Lane UMC, Baltimore Metropolitan
  • Chris Serufusa, St. Andrews UMC, Cumberland-Hagerstown


  • Terri R. Chattin
  • David S. Cooney
  • Marianne S. Grabowski
  • Jim Skillington

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Clergy Coaching ~ Pro Bono Session

Pastor Alice Ford, Pastor Steven Cho and Pastor Phillip Ayers are graduates of Coaching4Clergy and approved coaches for GBHEM. They wish to share these valuable skills with clergy and congregations throughout the Conference. They are offering pro bono and discounted rates to assist in enhancing ministry. For information, contact Rev. Alice Ford: .

Revised BWC Policies and Procedures:  A Guide for Clergy and Church Business

At the 2016 Annual Conference Session, members voted to update the BWC's Manual on Policies and Procedures. This document will come before the next conference session. Download your copy now

 2018 Website Development Grant Application 

Website Development Grants are for local United Methodist churches and church entities who do not currently have a website. United Methodist Churches and church entities who wish to replace their current website with a WordPress site may also apply. NOTE: If you are a two or three point charge and want to have separate websites for each church, you will need to fill out a separate application for each church.