Prayers of the People
We pray for and welcome the Rev. Kirstin Shrom-Rhoads who has been named the new site director of Manidokan Camp and Retreat Center, near Harper's Ferry W.Va. She comes to this position as a Deacon from the West Ohio Conference and will begin her new ministry Dec. 1. As they begin this transition, we also pray for her husband, Jason, and their 4-year-old twins, Emerson and Marley. Welcome wishes can be sent to .
At their meeting last week, the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church elected Florida Area Bishop Kenneth H. Carter as its next president. Bishop Carter will take over from Dakotas-Minnesota Area Bishop Bruce R. Ough effective at the end of the May 2018 meeting. The bishops also elected Louisiana Area Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey as the president-designate. Read the bishop's latest pastoral letter, "Finding our Way in a Time of Uncertainty and Opportunity."
Share your gifts in ministry
How is God calling you to use your gifts and talents in ways that will bless our Conference ministry together? The Baltimore-Washington Conference invites nominations and applications from across the Conference as a part of our process to ensure excellence in conference leadership. With what skills and talents has God blessed you? Let us know, and share this survey with your congregation.
New This Week
Children's books being collected: New and gently used books are being collected at the BWC Mission Center. Patricia N. Marks and the conference Committee on Justice Ministries are collecting books between now and Dec. 1, to give to 257 children whose mothers are currently incarcerated at the Maryland Correctional Center for Women in Jessup. For more information, contact her at 703-304-8030.
Between Dec. 1 and Dec. 23, children's book will be collected at the Mission Center, by the BWC's Young Adult Council, to be used by Project Transformation at their summer camps in Washington D.C. Each day this summer, children entering grades 1-6 will read one-on-one with community volunteers and participate in activity-based literacy intervention. The Mission Center, open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, is located at 11711 E. Market Place in Fulton.
The 2017 Conference Journal is available on Kindle for $2.99. A printed version is available for purchase through Amazon for $20. Questions? Contact Kayla Spears in the Communications Office at 410-309-3420.
Clergywomen's lunch: All clergywomen are invited to the annual Clergywomen's Christmas lunch, Monday, Dec. 4, at the Morningside Inn, 7477 McKaig Road in Frederick. They will have a fajita buffet with chocolate dessert. The cost is $15, payable at lunch. Make reservations by Nov. 20 by emailing the Rev. Deb Scott. There was a request to meet earlier at 10 a.m., for those who would like to build on the experience of the clergywomen's choir reunion, which was held in September. All others are encouraged to come at 11:30 a.m. to visit before lunch is served at noon.
Resolutions for the 2018 annual conference: The deadline for submitting a resolution to the 2018 session of the Baltimore-Washington Conference is Jan. 15, 2018. See online instructions for creating and submitting a resolution.
Bishop's Days on the Districts: Bishop LaTrelle Easterling is continuing her listening sessions for the clergy and laity on each of the BWC's eight districts. Clergy will meet from 2 to 4 p.m.; laity will gather from 6 to 8 p.m.
- Nov. 13 -- Cumberland-Hagerstown District, 2 to 4 p.m. at Parkhead UMC (Potomac Charge) in Big Pool; 6 to 8pm, Williamsport UMC, Williamsport
- Nov. 30 -- Greater Washington District, Glenmont UMC, 12901 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring
- Dec. 5 -- Baltimore Suburban District, Epworth UMC, 600 Warren Road, Cockeysville
- Dec. 11 -- Central Maryland District, Bethany UMC, 2875 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City
- Dec. 13 -- Frederick District, Jackson Chapel UMC, 5609 Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick
- The bishop's listening session on the Washington East District has been postponed and will be rescheduled.
Welcoming the Stranger: DC-MD Justice for Our Neighbors is hosting a discussion about the critical climate that immigrants and refugees are facing on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon. Advocacy opportunities will also be discussed. The featured speakers include Angela Edman, the staff attorney; and Emma Escobar, the BWC's Director of Hispanic-Latino Ministries. The morning also includes a silent auction with all proceeds benefiting the work of DC-MD JFON. RSVP. For further information, contact the Rev. Ken Hawes, the JFON Chair. DC-MD Justice for Our Neighbors is an immigration ministry of the Baltimore-Washington Conference and part of the National Justice for Our Neighbors network.
Bishop LaTrelle Easterling's Pre-Advent Day Apart for Clergy will be held Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Trinity UMC in Frederick. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Larry Peacock; the theme is "Expectantly Waiting: God Bending Low." The cost of the day apart, which includes lunch, is $20 for active clergy and $15 for retired pastors. Learn more and register.
Migration Sunday is Dec. 3: The Council of Bishops is calling on all United Methodist churches to observe Global Migration Sunday on Dec. 3. "From Asia and Europe to Africa and the Americas, the plight of more than 65 million men, women and children forced to leave their homes and migrate to places unknown calls all Christians to remember what God requires of us," said Bishop Bruce R. Ough. Funds collected on this day should be marked Migration Advance No. 3022144 and sent to the BWC Treasurer. A number of resources are available to help you celebrate this special Sunday.
Dream Sabbath: Emma Escobar, the BWC's coordinator of Hispanic-Latino Ministries, shares that thousands of churches, synagogues, mosques and communities of worship have participated in "Dream Sabbath" events that lift up the stories, contributions, and leadership of Dreamers in worship services, vigils, and in communication with their members of Congress. DACA will officially end in March, and Congress needs to act immediately to protect and establish a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers. Members of Congress need to hear from faith communities all across the country. The Interfaith Immigration Coalition, of which the United Methodist Board of Church and Society is a part, has updated the Dream Sabbath toolkit (PDF and Word) for you to use and share widely. The toolkit includes worship resources, ways for your congregation to be in relationship with immigrant youth and more.
ROCK, a retreat that draws 5,000 youth and their leaders to a time of revival, fellowship and learning, will be held Jan. 26-28, 2018, at the Convention Center in Ocean City. Learn more about the event, which will feature Bishop LaTrelle Easterling as the guest speaker. Register online.
Leadership Training: The Board of Discipleship is offering several webinars for church leaders. Explore these free learning opportunities, made possible by your apportionment giving.
A network for area Christian Educators: Anyone interested in learning more about Christian education ministries is encouraged to check out the work of Christians Engaged in Faith Formation, an organization of laity and clergy who work collaboratively to collect, create and share knowledge and experience, as well as to equip people of all ages to live as disciples of Jesus Christ. They meet the second Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon to share ideas on various topics in Christian Education. For more information, contact Erica Benjamin.
The BWC's United Methodist Women invite you to join them on their annual trip to New York City for the Blanche Powell Memorial United Methodist Seminar Nov. 19-21 at the One UN New York Hotel. A bus will leave from Wesley Memorial UMC in Baltimore. For more information, contact Registrar Zilpha Pinkney at 301-868-8324.
UMC #GivingTuesday is Nov. 28: On this day in 2016, more than $850,000 was given from 2,550 people in 19 countries in support of the Advance, the designated giving channel of The UMC. The denomination's #GivingTuesday theme this year is "Connect Your Passion with God's Mission." Visit umcmission.org/give to learn more about United Methodist missionaries and Advance projects.
Hurricane Response: The Texas Annual Conference is now accepting teams of United Methodists who wish to do volunteer work in Houston following Hurricane Harvey. Learn more. For individuals and teams who need training, the BWC will be offering Volunteers in Mission (VIM) and Emergency Response Team (ERT) training over the next few months. If you would like to join the "BWC Hands on Mission" e-mail list, please let us know.
The Susanna Wesley House, a place for homeless women and children in Baltimore, is hosting a Fall 2017 Theatre Series. Everyone is welcome to join them at one or both productions of "Sleeping Beauty" at Oregon Ridge Dinner Theatre in Cockeysville, or "Dream Girls" at Toby's Dinner Theater in Columbia. "Sleeping Beauty" will be Saturday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. It includes a buffet meal for $50 for adults, $45 for seniors and $25 for children. "Dream Girls" is Nov. 8 at 11 a.m. The show includes a buffet meal for $60. Purchase tickets online. For more information, call 410-837-3787 or e-mail .
Standing with the Vulnerable: In a time in which immigration reform has captured the national spotlight, United Methodists are working to fulfill the biblical mandate to welcome the stranger. See a listing of resources, compiled by the Washington Region, to assist in this ministry.
2018 Wesley Pilgrimage: Registration is underway for the 2018 Wesley Pilgrimage in England, July 9-19, organized by Discipleship Ministries The pilgrimage immerses participants in the Christ-centered leadership of John and Charles Wesley. The $1,995 registration fee includes 10 nights lodging, most meals, coach travel to pilgrimage sites and more. Learn more and register. Applications also are being accepted for 24 scholarships (each $1,200) that will be awarded to commissioned Provisional Elders and Deacons, licensed local pastors, lay servants, lay speakers and certified lay ministers. Read the press release.
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