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CM District News, Events and Updates ~ February 2, 2021

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Bishop Appoints Rev. Dawn Hand as the New Central Maryland DS starting July 1

COVID Vaccine Information for Clergy

Job Opportunity -- Church Administrator
Wesley Freedom UMC, a dynamic multigenerational congregation in Eldersburg, is seeking an experienced administrator to join their team. This position is the behind-the-scenes communicator, calendar keeper, and building manager, who supports staff and volunteers in our mission of sharing the story of God's grace. A job description for this 30-hour per week position can be found at www.wesleyfreedom.org. Salary will be negotiated based on experience. Submit cover letter, sharing your passion for supporting the mission, and resume to .



Black History Month
February is Black History Month, a time to reflect on the history of black Americans and to honor the individuals and groups who have worked tirelessly toward racial justice. 

American Heart Month
February is American Heart Month, a time to raise awareness about a heart-healthy lifestyle and to urge those around you to prevent heart disease.

Disability Awareness Sunday 
Churches within the Baltimore-Washington Conference are invited to observe Disability Awareness Sunday during the month of February. The conference's Committee on Disability Concerns encourages churches to use the following Scripture passages on this special Sunday: Isaiah 53:1-5 and Mark 2:3-11. See a complete order of worship for the observance -- https://umcdmc.org/worship/disability-sunday-order-of-worship/. The committee also recommends viewing the eight-minute PBS broadcast (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bElXJ63FQSQ) on ways to reach out during the pandemic and how to provide respite to caregivers.

February 3 (7-7:30am) – We Rise United Bi-Weekly Prayer Call

We all must look to God for help, guidance, and support during this time and as we journey forward towards reaching the goal of being an antiracist Church, let's lift our voices and be heard so that together, We Rise United. To join the prayer call and for more information, visit https://www.bwcumc.org/event/1946656-2021-02-03-we-rise-united-prayer-call/. The prayer call is held the first and third Wednesday every month until December 16, 2021.

February 5-6 -- ROCK(ish) 2021
This free interactive online experience is designed for youth. Friday night will feature an interactive time with Bishop Easterling, as well as music by Urban Street Level and the ROCK Mass Choir. Saturday's session will offer a range of virtual interactive breakout sessions. Topics will include addressing racism, human rights, mental health, life after high school, and regional breakouts. At 9 a.m., there will be a youth-leader training.  Register now -- https://arenaweb.bwcumc.org/default.aspx?page=3452&event=5909 

February 17 – Ash Wednesday
Discipleship Ministries has prepared a list of tips to help you prepare for Ash Wednesday during COVID-19 -- https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/articles/tips-for-ash-wednesday-during-covid-19 

February 17 – Lent Begins

  • Reclaiming and Living Covenant -- this Lenten resource explores ideas about social and racial justice through the lens of the Bible and the United Methodist Social Principles. It contains a wealth of information for learning, reflection, and action and makes a perfect online study for you and your church during Lent. Learn more -- https://www.bwcumc.org/article/reclaiming-and-living-covenant/ 
  • Created to Love -- this Lenten devotional is a seven-week resource that offers opportunities for spiritual renewal.  It includes Scripture readings, sermonic excerpts from Bishop LaTrelle Easterling, denominational resources, music, and centering prayers.  Learn more -- https://www.bwcumc.org/createdtolove/
  • Listening with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind -- is a free Lenten resources created by Living Compass. Learn more -- https://www.livingcompass.org/lent  

February 18 (7pm) – 7th Racial Justice Team Gathering
The BWC is committed to hearing from diverse voices and cultivating a community committed to putting their faith to action in the areas of racial justice. If you are interested in learning more or becoming a member of the Racial Justice team. Join the next Zoom meeting, get details here -- https://www.bwcumc.org/event/1974365-2021-02-18-7th-racial-justice-team-gathering/ 

February 25 (6pm) – Mapping a Path to Racial Justice Group
This supper series is designed to help persons break down barriers and deepen trust and understanding of one another across lines of difference of race and identity. Mark your calendar for future sessions on March 25, April 22, May 27, and June 24. Sign-up here -- https://www.bwcumc.org/event/1971444-2021-02-25-mapping-a-path-to-racial-justice-group/ 

February 27 (2pm) – New People in New Places
This is a yearlong experience that includes live webinar training, independent team learning, and an ongoing cohort to help you set goals and provide encouragement. The experience will be led by Discipleship Ministries and Michael Moynagh of Fresh Expressions in the Church of England, and the Rev. Michael Beck, a United Methodist pastor leading the Fresh Expressions movement in the United States. The regular cost is $300 a team; however, there is no cost for local churches in the BWC if they contact the Rev. Bill Brown ( ) to receive a special code that can be used during registration. Register now -- https://store.umcdiscipleship.org/product/new-people-new-places/?mc_cid=dd0d3b6e77&mc_eid=64fece61c3 

March 1Deadline for Submitting Statistical Reports 
More information about the Statistical Reports can be found here (https://www.bwcumc.org/administration/finance/statistical-reports/). In addition, church leaders will want to review the recently revised 2020 EZRA Table Instructions, which contains updated guidance regarding worship attendance and COVID-19 grants/relief.

March 16 (9:30am) – Healing from Woundedness
All clergy are invited to a retreat led by R. Lorraine Brown and Andy Peck-McClain who will explore how pastors can acknowledge the ways God has been a part of healing their wounds. The content will draw on ideas from Henri Nouwen, Reesma Menakem and Flora Slosson Wuellner, with guided prayers and body practices. Register by March 12 -- https://arenaweb.bwcumc.org/default.aspx?page=3452&event=5927 


Prayer in a Time of National Crisis – In this prayer from The United Methodist Church's Book of Worship, 517, we seek God's direction and enlightenment for our nation as it experiences turmoil and conflict. Take a moment to say and reflect upon the prayer, and then share it with your congregation -- https://www.umc.org/en/content/prayer-in-time-of-national-crisis?utm_source=thesource&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=resourceumc&utm_content=01/26/21paid 

Lay Servant Ministries Grace Period Extended – The Conference Committee on Lay Servant Ministries has extended the grace period begun in 2020 for those who cannot take necessary courses during the COVID 19 pandemic. Download the form.


Download a 12-month schedule of Health & Wellness topics to keep your congregation and community safe and well year round.


Free 2021 Worship Bundle Package – Download the Discipleship Ministries’ 2021 Worship and Music Planning Calendar and the 2021 Revised Common Lectionary Sundays and Special Days Calendar -- https://store.umcdiscipleship.org/product/2021-worship-planning-bundle/ 

BWC's Racial Justice Committee has been committed to shining a light on systemic racism within our churches and within our society at large.  Get involved, join the Equity 2.0 Cohort (https://www.bwcumc.org/ministries/advocacy-action/racial-justice/equity-20-eq/), this cohort will serve as a support mechanism for    making this call to action a priority. Built on a system of accountability, you will partner with others who've made a commitment to the work in building equity and justice for all of God's children. Mapping a Path to Healing around the supper table begins Jan. 12 (7pm), you are invited to engage in five "supper sessions" to gain the skills and tools needed to build a more equitable future by understanding each other, learn more by following this link -- https://www.bwcumc.org/ministries/advocacy-action/racial-justice/mapping-a-path-to-healing-a-journey-to-beloved-community/

  Randolph-Macon College Pre-Ministerial Program for Youth Discerning Call to Ministry
 Do you know a bright, inquisitive high school senior who is sensing a call to ministry?  Randolph-Macon is committed to nurturing young adults who are sensing a call to    Christian vocation.  Weekly meetings allow students to more deeply discern their calling prior to selecting a seminary and to gain valuable leadership experiences in ministry during the undergraduate years.  Find out more and apply at:  http://www.rmc.edu/academics/pre-ministerial.  Applications are due Feb 8, 2021. 
  During Bishop LaTrelle Easterling's conversations on the regions, United Methodist leaders shared questions and ideas.  Those resources have been gathered for your   information.

Online Worship:  As churches improve their abilities to conduct hybrid worship -- in-person and online --the following platforms may prove helpful:
•  StreamYard
•  Streamlabs
•  Church Online Platform
•  Church Streaming.TV
•  Sermon by Phone

  Who Are We?  An 18-week small group journey from head to heart explores our identity as children of God, United Methodists, and the people of the Baltimore-Washington     Conference. This study is an outstanding resource for churches seeking to grow deeper in their understanding of identity, faith, and discipleship. See the Study and begin your  exploration of "Who Are We?" -- https://www.bwcumc.org/resources/who-are-we/ 

   During Bishop Easterling's conversations on the region's last week, several books were recommended by people throughout the Conference that can be used for personal
    study, book groups, or small-group conversations. They include:   

  • America's Original Sin by Jim Wallis
  • Beyond Racial Gridlock: Embracing Mutual Responsibility by George Yancey
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Black and White: Disrupting Racism One Friendship at a Time by Teesha Hadra and John Hambrick
  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
  • The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone
  • How to Be an AntiRacist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall
  • Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho 

 The next annual session of the Baltimore-Washington Conference will be held Oct 25-27, 2021. 

  Improving Your Church's Web Presence 
  Sometimes we're overwhelmed by all that's involved in (re)building or maintaining a church website. Because a site requires a mix of time and skills, it's hard to know
  where  to begin. In part one of three screencast sessions, you'll learn how to improve your web presence by identifying the ministry needs and the multiple audiences
  served by your church's website. Take the first step -- https://www.resourceumc.org/en/content/improving-your-churchs-web-presence-part-1 

  Re-Entering Well Resources
  • Find the Re-Entering Well Guidelines (https://www.bwcumc.org/article/re-entering-well-guidelines/)
  • View the Re-Entering tip sheets (https://www.bwcumc.org/article/re-entering-well/)  

BWC News
• Find current BWC news and share your stories at https://www.bwcumc.org/news/ 

Church Resources
• Where do you go to get a grant or loan for your church? There are resources to help you and your church. Visit https://www.bwcumc.org/administration/local-church-resources/

Coronavirus Resources 
 A number of resources are available to assist local churches in their response to the Coronavirus—https://www.bwcumc.org/article/coronavirus-resources/