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Central Maryland District News and Events ~ June 15, 2022

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Living Well Retreat for Clergy  
that provides a holistic understanding of their life and ministry and a personal development plan, and the steps pastors can take to make incremental and significant improvements in selected aspects of their life and ministry. The program is comprised of two retreats, one in the fall of 2022 and one in the spring of 2023. There are also monthly cohort meetings between the retreats to process learning and support each other. Learn more and register.  

Backpacks and Shoes Needed
The BWC is collecting supplies for refugees entering through Texas and Arizona. Especially needed are backpacks for children and adults and shoes for children. Supplies may be dropped off at the Mission Center in Fulton on Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m.

Discipleship Ministries Video Playlist 2022
At the recent Annual Conference Session, Discipleship Ministries offered a number of videos to inspire and equip congregations as they grow in vitality and discipleship. See the video playlist.

Ways United Methodists can take a stand against gun violence 
In the wake of the recent mass shootings in Buffalo, Uvalde and Tulsa, many United Methodists may be considering ways to respond to gun violence in their midst. United Methodist Communications has suggested strategies and practices available for those who wish to take a stand.  Learn how.  

Church Administrator (Part Time)
Wesley Freedom UMC in Sykesville (961 Johnsville Rd.)  is hiring a Church Administrator. They seek an excellent communicator who is motivated to help this large, dynamic church community function effectively. This 30 hour-a-week administrator will execute multifaceted communications and oversee operations of the office, facilities, and calendars. Salary is $36,000 (negotiable). Learn more and apply.

Facilities Service Worker ( Full or Part Time)
Glen Mar UMC in Ellicott City (4701 New Cut Rd.) is seeking an energetic Facilities Service Worker, to assist in all types of services, from light maintenance to custodial work, including event set up and break down. The Service Worker will report to the Facilities Manager.  If interested, please contact Brian Tucker ( ).

Organist/Choir Accompanist

St. Paul’s UMC in Sykesville (7538 Main St) seeks an Organist/Choir Accompanist responsible for providing the service music for worship at 11am on Sunday mornings, accompanying the choir in rehearsal each Wednesday night, and providing service music and accompaniment during special, seasonal worship services (e.g. Lenten/Easter, Advent/Christmas). The salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience. The full posting is available at https://stpaulssykesville.com/organist-accompanist-position/. Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to



 June 16 (7:30pm) -- Introduction of New Relationship for United Methodist Congregations and BSA
New relationship agreements between United Methodists and Boy Scouts of America will be ready by June 30. To help orient congregational Scouting leaders, a ZOOM information session will be held Thursday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m., via Zoom. Register to attend the session and contact information will be emailed to you.

June 18 (8:30am) -- Mass Poor People’s & Low-Wage Workers’ Assembly & Moral March
Join your siblings from the BWC and thousands more for the Mass Poor People’s & Low-Wage Workers’ Assembly & Moral March on Washington & to the Polls.  On Saturday, June 18, United Methodists will meet at 8:30 a.m. in front of the U.S. Botanic Gardens at 100 Maryland Avenue in SW, Washington, D.C.  Learn more about the March and register.  Please share this event with your congregations and networks and let us know that you are joining us. For those unable to join us for the March, there are many more additional ways to add your voice

June 19 -- Join the Racial Justice Prayer & Action Challenge
Religion and Race invites congregations to take part in a six-week challenge starting on Juneteenth (June 19) that uses the power of prayer, communal worship and suggested individual practices to promote racial justice. Downloadable resources include original items written by Christians all over the world. They are available in multiple languages.  Register now and sign-up for the General Commission on Religion and Races (GCORR) weekly newsletter -- https://www.gcorr.org/signup  

June 23 (12:30pm) -- Unfinished Church Lunch and Listen ~ Juneteenth Podcast
Opal Lee, the grandmother of Juneteenth is the next guest speaker for the podcast --  https://www.bwcumc.org/event/6561963-2022-06-23-lunch-and-listen-unfinished-church-podcast/.  Juneteenth is the best known and one of the oldest American holidays that celebrates the end of slavery in the United States.   Learn more and get resources for worship

June 25 (10am) -- Virtual People’s Supper Conference-wide Brave Conversation
During this virtual mini-people’s supper, we will have a brave conversation regarding how we can be disciples of Jesus Christ who love well across all dimensions of difference, be a church that embodies antiracism, and build beloved community. This virtual session is free and open to all.  To register, go to https://forms.gle/gaJLMnsQ9gtttjd9A

June 25 (10am) and June 30 (7pm) -- Voter Registration Training 
The BWC’s Peace with Justice team wants to help your church register people to vote. They are holding two webinars, Saturday, June 25, at 10 a.m. and Thursday, June 30, at 7 p.m. Register for the webinar and Zoom details will be emailed to you. Register for June 25 ; register for June 30. The facilitator will be Nicole Hill, an election judge with the Recruitment and Outreach Division of the Anne Arundel County Board of Elections. 

June 25 (10:30am) -- Immigration 101 Session
BWC In partnership with Just Neighbors,( https://www.justneighbors.org) will host an Immigration 101 session celebrating Refugee Day. Learn about immigration law, the process for legalization, and how to use this knowledge to advocate and support immigrants in your midst. Please invite people in your church who would like to be involved in immigration work. Register via zoom. You will receive the event link after registration. 

 June 25 -- Get Ready to Participate in Understanding Your Congregation & Community through Your ComparativeInsite Report
Your District Missional Action Planning (dMAP) team is working to ensure that your church has the data it needs to develop meaningful relationships and ministry with your community using the ComparativeInsite report from MissionInsite. One of the first steps in this process is to upload resident, active participants in order to run the ComparativeInsite report–the most ministry-impacting MissionInsite standard report. Click here for a step-by-step guide -- https://www.bwcumc.org/article/step-by-step-guide-to-creating-a-comparativeinsite-report/.  Register now -- https://arenaweb.bwcumc.org/default.aspx?page=3439&eventID=6182

June 28 (11am) -- Administrators In Ministry Information Meeting 
One of our greatest strengths in the United Methodist structure is our connectionalism; we are stronger together! We are excited to share that the BWC will be starting a local PAUMCS chapter, Administrators In Ministry (A.I.M.).  It is yet another way that we can strengthen our connectional bonds and create a more supportive base to help increase the effectiveness of our collective "administry".  To find out more about A.I.M., we invite you to join us for an informational meeting via Zoom.  This will be an interactive session and we encourage all church administrative staff and clergy to attend to find out more and how A.I.M. can support your "administry".  To register to participate, click the following link: https://www.bwcumc.org/event/6810793-2022-06-28-administrators-in-ministry-informational-meeting/

June 30 (Deadline) -- Fund Balance Report
This form must be completed through Arena by the Chairperson of the Finance Committee, Treasurer, or Pastor by June 30, 2022.  We did not include this report with Charge Conference material so that it could cover the fiscal year of January 1 – December 31.  If you need further assistance, contact your district office.   Visit the Finance resource webpage for additional information -- https://www.bwcumc.org/administration/finance/forms-and-reports/ 


July 28 -- Earthkeepers
The General Board of Global Ministries is also seeking applications for the next virtual EarthKeepers training this summer.

July 29-30 -- Mission u 2022  
Mission u is scheduled for July 29, 6:45pm - 9pm and July 30, 8:30am - 5pm.  The theme is Building Communities of Hope and Joy - Luke 13.  The Women of Faith encourage maximum participation by offering both a face-to-face and virtual experience via ZOOM.  In person space, for Adult registration, is limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis.  Youth - Mission u  is IN PERSON ONLY.  Register online.  You may also print the form and mail it to:  Rita Green, 12410 Fellowship Ln, Gaithersburg, MD  20878.  If you have any questions about registration and payment, please contact Mission u Registrar: Rita Green at or 301-648-8294. 

July 30 -- Early Response Team (ERT)
One of the primary ways the Baltimore-Washington Conference responds to disasters is via our Early Response Team (ERT). Our ERTs respond to disasters within the conference and throughout the United Methodist Connection. The mission of an Early Response Team is to provide a caring presence in the aftermath of a disaster, under very specific guidelines that enables a team to be productive and caring while causing no further harm or being a burden to the affected community.  If you are called to serve as a member of a BWC ERT, please register for one of the upcoming training sessions. These trainings are taught by skilled UMCOR trainers, and team members are given authorized ERT ID badges from UMCOR as evidence of completing the training.  Both certification ($35) and re-certification ($25) will be provided during these sessions.   Attendance is limited to ensure compliance with COVID protocols.   July 30 at Hiss UMC in Parkville, MD and Aug 20 at the Mission Center in Fulton, MD


August 3-6 -- The Hispanic Youth Leadership Academy (HYLA)
HYLA college session will be held in person at Wesley Theological Seminary. The theme is Theology and the Public Square: Responses to a World Threatened by Intermittent Pandemics. If your congregation has Hispanic-Latino college students who want to be part of this program, they can apply at:  https://www.hylaumc.com/hyla-college-2022/.  Guest Speakers: Dr. Lucila Crena, Dr. Cristian De La Rosa. To learn more about HYLA visit:  https://youtu.be/-ErS1UZEp-Y.  Download the flyer.

August 23 (7pm) -- SAVE THE DATE -- Church Conference Training Tuesday 
Join us on this webinar as we discuss what this year's Church Conference season will look like. We will walk you through the Arena forms, and show you the difference between the worksheets and forms on our website. We will show you how to end someone’s term, add someone to the committee leader toolbox and explain the importance of having someone listed as the church administrator.  If you are filling out any church conference forms, please plan to attend this training, whether they are new or they would like a refresher course.  Save the date, more information to follow.

August 26 -- Wesley Theological Seminary’s Health Minister Certificate Course
This course aids individuals in learning and growing in faith and health is now open for registration. The Certificate continues to be a great way for people to learn about the basic foundations of health ministry – a ministry which integrates body, mind, and spirit.  The registration deadline for the Online Fall Health Minister Certificate is August 26, 2022. Partial and Full Scholarships are Available.  E-mail Tom Pruski at  with any questions. To register for the upcoming online certificate, please click on the following direct link: https://www.wesleyseminary.edu/ice/programs/heal-the-sick/hts_certificate_fall2022/

Mission Trip on the Eastern Shore -- August
Morgan Chapel Charge is coordinating a disaster response mission trip to build homes near Crisfield on the Eastern Shore in early August. If you have folks who would be interested in joining us please be in touch - 


Annual Conference Highlights 
Members of the Baltimore-Washington Conference met June 1-3 for a time of holy conferencing and worship.  See an overview of the event. See stories from the Session.  Read how BWC churches are growing with the four pillars of vitality.​

2024 Holy Land Pilgrimage  
Bishop Easterling is hosting a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2024, For more information and to register click here.  If you have questions or need further information, please email the Society for Biblical Studies at  .

Faith, Activity, and Nutrition (FAN)
FAN is an established, proven, and effective program to help local congregations become stronger in health!  Churches can benefit from FAN by having healthier members. Healthy members can more fully participate in church life and carry out the work of God. Join the more than 300 churches across the country completing  FAN Training.  The FAN Online Training, comprised of 8 self-paced sessions, is provided at no charge to participants. The program also includes 12 months of materials and resources to help your church launch FAN and sustain it over the first year.  If you are interested in this training, complete an interest form today! 

Are You Being Called to Become a Certified Lay Minister?
New Certified Lay Minister Class Applications are now being accepted -- Applications for the next class of Certified Lay Minister, the Baltimore-Washington Conference Class of 2022-2024, are now being accepted. Go to the BWC website at https://www.bwcumc.org/ministries/certified-lay-ministers/ to learn more and see if you qualify and if you have met the pre-requisite requirements. Prospective CLM students must currently be a Certified Lay Servant or Certified Lay Speaker and must consult with their pastor before beginning the process. Additional information and frequently asked questions can be found on the website. Questions can be directed to Linda Flanagan, Conference Director of Lay Servant Ministries, at .

5 Ways to Overcome Anxiety

Take a 1-minute break for self-care.  Learn five ways you can overcome anxiety when you feel fearful or stressed. This video from The United Methodist Church offers a guided space to pause so that you can find the road back to peace.

ResourceUMC.org:  Communications & Marketing Tools
These online tools support your local congregation’s communication online and in your local community.  Use MyPortal to customize your communication needs or follow this link to explore all the tools -- https://www.resourceumc.org/en/agencies/communications/communications-marketing 

Support Migrants Seeking Asylum
Your help needed to support migrants: The Baltimore-Washington area is receiving a new influx of migrants from the southern border. Conference leaders are noting a significant need for basic items and temporary shelter. They are also calling on United Methodists to urge congressional leaders to end Title 42. Learn more.

Worship Resources Commemorating Millions of COVID Deaths
This morning, the Centers for Disease Control reported that 995,747 people in the United States have died from COVID-19. As we mourn this tragedy, lived out in a million personal stories of loss and suffering, the Wellness and Missions Board of the Baltimore-Washington Conference is offering a resource for local churches. This webpage – at www.bwcumc.org/article/worship-resources-commemorating-one-million-covid-deaths/ – provides congregations with resources they can use to commemorate the unprecedented milestone in worship and other devotional settings. (We recognize these resources may seem a little early, but we wanted to ensure churches have adequate time as they plan their worship experiences.)

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Mental Health Awareness Month

May is a time to raise awareness about the importance of mental health. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through older adulthood. Learn what the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and National Alliance on Mental Illness are doing to raise awareness.

Replay the Stay or Go Webinar
For individuals and churches discerning their future, the Conference has a link to playback the Stay or Go webinar and has provided several resources. For more specific information, please contact Rev. Dawn M. Hand,  District Superintendent. 

Earthkeepers Podcast
As the BWC continues its ministry to care for the earth, we recommend the podcast “Earthkeepers: Loving Creation Across Generations,” with the Rev. Cary James and Caleb James.  


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Re-entering Well Resources 
A number of resources are available to assist local churches with re-entry — https://www.bwcumc.org/article/re-entering-well/ 

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), an UMCOR partner, is dedicated to helping ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the virus. Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 -related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. For more information about this assistance, visit COVID-19 Funeral Assistance | FEMA.gov or call (844) 684-6333. Get answers to frequently asked questions about the application process on FEMA’s Funeral Assistance FAQ page. Watch the video, Providing Financial Assistance for COVID-19-related Funeral Expenses or share this flyer.