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This is W. E. 1_11_2022

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The annual BWC College Scholarship application period is open. Students who are enrolled in college or who are high school seniors are encouraged to apply. There are several scholarships sponsored by the BWC. Find out more information and apply online by March 24.

Student loan forgiveness: Employees of religious organizations may now qualify to have their student loans forgiven through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. The program forgives the student loans of those individuals that work 10 years or more for a qualifying applicant. Learn more. A webinar to learn about who qualifies for the program and the application process, hosted by the Church Pension Group, will be held Wednesday, Jan. 26, from 1 to 2 p.m. Learn more and register.

Racial/ethnic ministry grants: General Board of Global Ministries racial/ethnic local church grants are available to assist congregations with projects and programs focusing on leadership development, church growth and development, ministry with the poor, and health ministries. Grant recipients may receive up to $10,000 for programmatic grants, and up to $10,000 for one-year salary support. The deadline is March 4. Learn more and apply. For questions, please contact Dana Lyles at 

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be observed Jan. 18-25. This annual observance, started in 1968, invites all Christians everywhere to remember one another in prayer and strengthen the bonds of love and mutual mission we share in Jesus Christ.  Learn more.

Step Out: God Has Plans for You is an event for those exploring their future and their call to ministry. Participants will experience a day of worship, breakout sessions, personal reflection and conversations with church leaders to learn more about all the ways one may serve God. It is intended for young people ages 14-25, but all are welcome. The event, sponsored by BOOM and the Center for Vital Leadership, will be held twice:

  • February 5, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Wesley Freedom UMC, 961 Johnsville Road in Sykesville, Md. Register here.
  • March 12, - Wyoming UMC, 216 Wyoming Mill Road in Dover, Del., 11a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Register here.


Potato Drop: The Conference United Methodist Men announce that churches, organizations, and volunteers are needed to help distribute 40,000 pounds of potatoes on Saturday, Feb 5, at 7 a.m. They will meet at the Glen Burnie UMC parking lot, 5 Second Ave., S.E. in Glen Burnie. To reserve your 50-lb bags of potatoes, visit www.bwcumm.org/adummpotatoes.

 Loving People and Planet in the Name of God is a course to engage the local church. The five, two-hour sessions begin Feb. 20. This is an advanced lay servant course that offers credit to certified lay servants, lay speakers and lay ministers. Learn more.

The United Methodist Appalachian Ministry Network is offering hunger and poverty grants of up to $2,500. Priority will be given to projects that address causes and barriers related to hunger and poverty in the Appalachian region. The deadline to apply is April 1. For more information, contact Angela Kirtdoll, executive coordinator.

Grace UMC in Fort Washington is seeking a part-time administrative assistant to handle the church’s day-to-day operations. Candidate must have strong verbal and written communication and strong computer skills. If you are interested, forward a cover letter and resume to the SPRC chair, Marc Greene or call 202-556-3249.