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Weekly Update - June 26, 2013

Transitioning Pastors
In order to guarantee correct information in the journal, all transitioning pastors need to update their contact information in Gateway or through their district administrator no later than July 7, 2013. The first editing of the journal will begin on July 8, 2013.


Course of Study Forms
Just an FYI that Jane Wood will be in Zimbabwe from July 12-24, 2013. She will not be able to sign Course of Study forms during that period. If you have a form that needs to be signed, be sure to have her sign it before she leaves.


Conference Room Chairs Available to Good Home
Foundry UMC in Washington DC has 10 conference room Chairs that are available to a good home. They are happy to give them to any church interested and willing to come pick them up. Contact Al Hammer if interested.


Save The Date – Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
The Conference Committee on Hispanic Latino Ministries will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month on Saturday, October 5, 2013. This is one of the committee's yearly celebrations where they highlight the richness and diversity of the Latino community in the USA. 

El Comite Conferencial de Ministerios Hispano/Latino estara celebrando el mes de la Herencia Hispana el dia 5 de octubre del 2013. Esta una de las celebraciones anuales del Comite Conferencial. En esta celebracion buscamos ensalzar la reiqueza y la diversidad de la comunidad Latina en los EU.

This year's celebration will be at Epworth UMC in Gaithersburg, MD. The service will be held at 4:00 pm, fellowship and dinner will follow after the service. 

Este an~o la celebracion sera en la Iglesia Methodista Unidad de Epworth en Gaithersburg, MD. El servicio comenzara a las 4:00 pm y sera seguido por una cena y tiempo para compartir.

Bishop Marcus Matthews will bring the message. Please bring all your members to this special service, and let us celebrate and worship our God as one people.

El Obispo Marcus Matthews sera el predicador de este servicio. Por favor traigan a sus miembros a este servicio especial y celebremos y adoremos nuestro Dios como un pueblo unido.

Please announce at your Church.The address for Epworth Church is:

Por favor anuncien este evento en sus iglesias. La direccion de la iglesia es la siguiente:


Epworth United Methodist Church
9008 Rosemont Drive 

Gaithersburg, MD USA 20877
Phone: 301-926-0424


If you have any questions please feel free to contact Rev. Eliezer Valentín-Castañón at 301-717-5860. 

Si tienen alguna pregunta sientanse en la libertad de comuicarse conmigo al 301-717-5860.


"Invalid Ticket Error” Solution in Gateway
When clicking on any of the payment/statement links in Gateway, some of you would get a message that said "Invalid or Expired Ticket". After some due diligence, we are finally able to provide a solution for this error.

  • Make sure you are not already logged into Gateway. If you are, log out.
  • Log-in normally
  • HOVER OVER (do NOT click on) the "Bills and Invoices" menu and wait a split second for the sub-menus to appear.
  • CLICK on the sub-menu you wish to access.

That's it! If you click the top menu first, something goes haywire. Hover over it, and everything works great.


Goshen UMC Sponsoring Annual Community Day
Goshen UMC in Gaithersburg is sponsoring their annual Community Day on Saturday, July 13, 2013. This event attracts well over 1,000 people for excellent food, gospel music and some shopping. More information can be found on their Community Day Flyer.


Conference Center Closings
The Conference Center will be closed on Thursday, July 4, 2013 in honor of the Independence Day holiday. In additon, the Conference Center will be closed on Fridays in July and August.

Blessings to everyone for a wonderful summer!