Washington East District News & Updates

November 8, 2017

Important: Clergy & Laity Gathering On Tuesday,November 14th

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Thank you for holding the date for a gathering of the laity and clergy of the Washington East District.  I praise God that plans are coming together for us to spend time together in a time of learning as well as prayerful discernment around faithful responses to the painful events happening all around our neighborhoods, homes, churches, and schools.  We can wait no longer to have these crucial conversations.

 As I prayed about what is happening in our communities, I felt a spiritual burden in my heart for the circumstances of boys, young men, and adult males.  If we see with the eyes of Christ, I believe we can see there is pain.  Therefore, the theme for the evening is:  “Created in the Image of God: Abundant Life for Males.” 

 We will be blessed with the testimony and presence of four persons who will share their perspectives, each from a different angle, about the current circumstances, and paths to healing.  We will then have a facilitated process of discernment.  My hope is that each one of us will leave with a sense of hope, as guided by the Holy Spirit, we each will have committed to action steps. 

 Please join me in prayer for our gathering on Tuesday, November 14.  We will be at La Plata UMC, 3 Port Tobacco Road, La Plata, MD.  We will have light refreshments available at 5:45, in our seats by 6:15 pm, and finishing by 9 pm.  

 Please RSVP with estimated numbers of people attending so we can plan for seating and food.

 Looking forward to seeing you!

 Evaluation and Advisories

All clergy and congregational evaluations are due December 1, 2017. Evaluation are entered directly into the Arena Self Service Application using your Arena username and passwords.

Baltimore-Washington Conference Closing

The Conference Mission Center will be closed November 23-24 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday and December 22- January 1, 2018 in observance of the Christmas and New Year.

Last day to Pay 2017 Apportionments

The last day to pay your 2017 apportionment is Tuesday, January 9, 2018.

Statistical Reports

Statistical Reports for the year ending December 31, 2017 are due January 26, 2018. Additional information and training schedules will be announced in the coming weeks.

2018 Leadership Day

On Saturday, March 3, 2018, we will welcome a recognized visionary leader in church revitalization, the Rev. Junius B. Dotson is the General Secretary (chief executive officer) of Discipleship Ministries, an international agency of The United Methodist Church.

As a leader who responds to challenges and opportunities in new and creative ways, Rev. Dotson believes that effective ministry is about training, developing, and empowering leaders to establish ministries that address the needs of the whole person – body, mind, and spirit. 

Later that afternoon you will have the opportunity to attend administrative and mission-centered workshops where you will be able to choose TWO workshops to attend. Each workshop will be 90 minutes in length. The cost for this event is $50.00 and it includes a boxed lunch. A $10 discount is available to anyone who attends the full day session.

Deadline for registration is Saturday, February 3, 2018. NO Walk-ins, NO paper Registrations. Registration will open mid-November.

School of Christian Growth

The classes offered may be taken by anyone: member of a congregation, local church leader, or lay servant. All class offerings except Introduction to Lay Ministries: The Basic Course may be used as a re-certification class for lay servants. The cost of $35 per course.

You may attend classes outside of your district, based on your own needs. Registration will open mid-November.

New Facebook Page

The Washington East District has created a New Facebook Page. The page will be used to push information out into the district. It can be found at

This page should not be used as a means of communicating back to the district office. If you have questions or need assistance you should contact Christol D. Medley, Washington East District Administrator at 410-309-3439 or .

Local churches are invited to share their upcoming churchwide events on our page. Each post will be approved by the district administrator prior to being posted.  We reserve the right not to post anything that is not in alignment with the mission and vision of the Washington East District of the Baltimore-Washington Conference.