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AN District News.....UMC Buzz...... June 21, 2018

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Annapolis District News

July 1, 2018 begins the new appointment season.  Please be on the lookout for the district calendar with many events listed for the 2018-2019 appointment year. This calendar will contain conference events, Southern Region events and Annapolis District events. 


Praying our Way Forward

In preparing for how the church will address homosexuality, the Council of Bishops, in partnership with The Upper Room, has launched Phase 3 of Praying our Way Forward, encouraging every United Methodist to fast weekly and to pray daily. United Methodists are encouraged to: 

  1.    Engage in a weekly Wesleyan 24-hour fast from Thursday after dinner to Friday mid-afternoon. Those who have health situations causing food fasts to be un-advisable might consider fasting from social media, emails or another daily activity.  
  2. Pause and pray for our church's mission and way forward daily for four minutes from 2:23 through 2:26 p.m. or at another time. This is because the Special Session of General Conference will be held Feb. 23 through Feb. 26, 2019.  

There is a local church media kit with downloadable resources including logos, social media posts and bulletin inserts. Learn more. In addition, there is an online video from the Rev. Tom Berlin, who spoke about the Way Forward at The Annual Conference Session. Also read the Commission's covenant, which BWC churches are encouraged to use.


Church Conference Training

Please note, church conference training's will begin in August.  Please be on the look for forthcoming details with times and locations.


Fund Balance Reports Due June 30, 2018


In accordance with Book of Discipline paragraph 258.4d:

"The committee [on finance] shall make provision for an annual audit of the financial statements of the local church and all its organizations and accounts. The committee shall make a full and complete report to the annual charge conference.  A local church audit is defined as an independent evaluation of the financial reports and records and the internal controls of the local church by a qualified person or persons. " 

 Also per the Per Book of Discipline ¶258.4d:

Local Church Fund Balance Report (Audit): Word | PDF | Excel
This audit needs to be in your District Superintendent’s office by June 30. If you need further assistance, please email  .


Please note that all churches in transition are to return their Pastor/SPRC Covenant in the district office no later than July 31, 2018


In Other News

The Annapolis District United Methodist Women of the Baltimore-Washington Conference United Methodist Church is offering The Alice S. Anderson Bryant Scholarship.  Candidates can apply through a fillable pdf, so students can type everything in and then only need to sign it and have their pastors sign.  The deadline is July 1, 2018.  If you are interested, please contact Kim Walker at for your application.


New CLM Class applications now being accepted

Applications for the Certified Lay Minister Class of 2018-2020 are now being accepted. Learn more.  Prospective CLM students must consult with their pastor before beginning the process. The website contains information to be shared with your pastor and information about steps and deadlines that must be taken before you can register for the first class. This application process includes meeting with the pastor, the local SPRC, and the district superintendent before July 1. The next step will start in September and is a two-year commitment.

School of Congregational Development Aug. 17 and 18

The 2018 School of Congregational Development is the church's premier event for leadership development. This August, you can see it online at three locations as it is broadcast live from San Diego, Ca.

Friday, August 17, Spanish Only-- 7 p.m. to $10 p.m.   $10 per person

Presenter:  Pastor Alejandro Alfaro-Santiz

  • BWC Mission Center- 11711 East Market Place in Fulton

 Saturday, August 18, English Only -- 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  -- $29 per person (includes lunch)

Presenters: Genevieve Cavil-Harris, Cedrick Bridgeforth, Larry Hygh, Lynda Byrd.

  • BWC Mission Center - 11711 East Market Place in Fulton
  • Gethsemane UMC - 910 Addison Rd S., in Capitol Heights
  • Hopewell UMC - 3600 Level Village Road in Havre de Grace

Register at http://www.onlineteachingevent.org/     

If you are a leader -- clergy or lay --  you won't want to miss this opportunity to discover innovative ways to create vital, dynamic, life-changing congregations.  Join with hundreds of fellow Christians, friends, colleagues and past participants in this unique way to learn what is new, what's working, how to empower your leadership team.

For more information contact Jo Chesson.

Continuing Highlights

The newly revised Baltimore-Washington Conference Policy Manual is now available online



Asbury Town Neck UMC is looking for an experienced part-time custodial/maintenance employee to   maintain its facilities. Major responsibilities include: cleaning, light maintenance and basic handyman skills, setting up/breaking down chairs and tables for events, safety and security of the building. Twenty hours per week. The pay is $13.50 - $15 per hour commensurate on experience. Candidate will be subject to a background check. Submit resumes to .