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AN District News......UMC Buzz....March 31, 2023

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Registration is open for Annual Conference scheduled for May 31 through June 3, at the Hilton Hotel, 401 West Pratt St. in Baltimore. The theme of the conference is “All About Love.”  Follow these links to:
• Register for the virtual Pre-Conference Session on May 6, 9am-noon
Register for the Annual Conference – registration closes May 17, no on-site registration 
Make reservations at the Hilton  
See a list of workshop offerings
Find all things Annual Conference 
• Contact Darlene Washington, Conference Registrar with questions about registration and lodging:    / 410-309-3498

The West River Center is looking to partner with local church leaders for some of our busiest days! In May, every 5th grader from Calvert County Public Schools comes for a day at West River which gets really busy. We’d love for local leaders to get trained in how to lead the rock wall and giant swing to help out on a couple of those days. Since you’ll be trained, you can then bring your own youth group (or other group) to camp and lead those activities for your own group for free. The training is May 20th and there is a school here almost every Monday-Friday after that until June 2nd that you can come out for. If you’re interested in this opportunity, please email Jenna at  

Deceased Lay Member to Annual Conference
In preparation for the Service of Remembrance, the district office needs your help identifying current or past Lay Members to Annual Conference who died after the 2022 Annual Conference. Please send their full name, a photo and their dates of birth and death to .



•Apr. 20 & Apr. 21 (9am-1pm)

Apr. 1 (deadline)  – Harry Denman Evangelism Award

Apr. 1 (deadline) – The Unified Funding Task Force Grant Application

Apr. 1 (deadline) – Moral Courage Awards Application

Apr. 16 – Fundraising Dinner for Camping Scholarships

Apr. 24  – Seeds of Security Golf Tournament


Apr. 24-26 – Stronger Together! UM National Planters Gathering

May 5 – Pilgrimage Day Bus Trip

Jun. 24 – Step Out:  Discerning a Call to Ministry

Jul. 1 (deadline) – New Certified Lay Minister Class Applications 

Jul. 16-22 – Appalachian Service Project

Jan. 29-Feb. 7, 2024 – Pilgrimage to the Holy Land



Pen-Del-BWC Native American Ministries Conference Announcement
Please tell us how you celebrate Native American Ministries Sunday or Native American Heritage Month. Tell about a missional activity or study related to Native Americans that you've had. We’d love to share this information across the connection.  Please share here.


Scholarships Available for YOUTH 2023 in Daytona, FL
The denomination’s annual youth event will be held July 25-28 in Daytona, FL.  Full details about the event including the agenda and costs can be found online.  Scholarships are no longer available from the denomination, but if your youth group is interested in attending, we want to help support you!  We will match the denomination’s original scholarship, $100 per student who attends.  Scholarships are limited, so email Cheryl Cook at for more details.

Fund Balance Report (deadline June 30) – Upload in Arena
Who can upload a signed copy of the Fund Balance Report in Arena?
• Church Finance Chair or Church Treasurer or Church Pastor – log-in as themselves
• Church Administrator (must log-in with the Church's Arena Account credentials) 
The Fund Balance Report template can