United to Love: Advocacy and Action Team Sign-ups
We would like your voice at the table. The Baltimore-Washington Conference has six active teams to mobilize across our connection and they are: Creation Care (Climate/Eco-Justice), Gender Equality, Gun Violence Prevention, Immigration Rights, Racial Justice and Wealth Equity. If you are called to serve in one/more of these areas, if this is your passion and/or your faith community is leading in one or more of these areas, we would like to hear from you. Please go to http://www.bwcumc.org/ministries/advocacy-action/ to sign-up so that we can connect with you.
BWC Scholarship application opened January 3, 2019!
Once again, the Baltimore-Washington Conference will be awarding scholarships for qualified students currently attending college, as well as high school seniors who plan to attend college in the fall of 2019. The application process opens on Jan. 3 and closes March 7, 2019.
A variety of scholarships are offered to fit the diverse needs of our students. To be considered for a scholarship, students must complete the full online application which includes uploading their current transcripts. In addition, the student must provide contact information for their pastor and one additional church reference. The pastor and reference will be contacted and asked to submit information on the student’s participation in the local church. The entire process will be done online for ease of the student, pastor, and reference.
For details about the individual scholarships or to apply for a scholarship, please visit http://www.bwcumc.org/administration/local-church-resources/scholarships/.
The Laity Fix - Workshop Presenter Lynda Byrd
This workshop will be offered twice;
Friday February 15, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm and Saturday February 16, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm at the BWC Mission Center, 11711 East Market Place, Fulton MD 20759.
The Laity Fix is an inclusive approach to church growth. We will examine the challenges and opportunities within today’s faith communities for leaders. There are many questions that congregations face today, and leadership is just one of them. All leaders across faith communities can increase their personal leadership skills by identifying what they are and learning how to use them appropriately. We recognize that every congregation is different, every leader leads differently, and recognizing this is critical. This workshop is designed to: Explore the value of the congregational analysis; Offer strategies for sustained leadership development; and Identify growth opportunities through mission and ministry initiatives. The world has changed! What do we do now?
Go to https://arenaweb.bwcumc.org/default.aspx?page=3452&event=4094 to register.
Southern Region Advanced SPRC Training Saturday, Feb. 23.
The Staff/Pastor-Parish Relations Committee is the administrative unit in the local church where staff/pastor and congregational interests are integrated to focus on the mission of the church. The SPRC has more components to operating that personnel and clergy compensation issues. This is a critical Committee in the life of the local church.
This advanced training will prepare local church SPRCs not only regarding personnel and clergy compensation, but the role of the District Committee on Ordained Ministry, Certified Lay Ministers and Certified Lay Servants, how to conduct a comprehensive and effective evaluation, how to resolve conflicts, and what to do when an area needs improvement. It will also address the role of the District Superintendent and when to involve them in areas of unresolved conflict or concern.
The class will be held at Centenary UMC, 6248 Shady Side Rd., Shady Side, MD 20764 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. You are strongly encouraged to attend this training as a Team. The cost is $5 per person. One person should be assigned to register each team.
Registration is now open Register
Youth Leader Retreat and Training Mar 22-24, 2019
The BWC will host a weekend of training and renewal for youth workers Mar 22-24, 2019 at Wesley Freedom UMC in Eldersburg, MD. Whether you are new to youth ministry or a seasoned veteran, there will be training and classes appropriate for any stage of your ministry and time for restoration and renewal. Registration and additional information available at https://arenaweb.bwcumc.org/default.aspx?page=3439&eventID=4122. For questions, please contact Cheryl Cook.
BWC Trip to Alabama (Civil Rights Tour):
Come join us on this immersion experience as we visit some of the most significant venues of the Civil Rights movement. Sites to be visited in Birmingham, Alabama include the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Bethel Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park, and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. In Montgomery, we will visit Dexter Avenue Baptist Church and Parsonage, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Legacy Museum, National Memorial for Peace and Justice, and the Rosa Parks Museum. And in Selma, we will cross the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge and visit Brown Chapel AME Church and the National Voting Rights Museum.
Southern Region Annual Leadership Day April 13, 2019
The Southern Region will host our annual training for clergy and laity on April 13, 2019 at Nichols-Bethel UMC, 1239 Murray Rd, Odenton MD. This year our keynote speaker will be Matt Lake, Lead Pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Williamsport, PA—an urban congregation that consists of a mix of traditional and contemporary worship experiences. First Church also currently hosts a network of fresh expressions of ministry called the Acts Network in which people meet in places such as homes, gyms, and coffee shops.
A Way Forward Resources
At our regional gathering on October 28, Bishop stressed the importance of staying informed, attending listening sessions and praying daily at 2:23 pm for five minutes for those who will meet at the General Conference on February 23. The Bishop referenced three resources during our time together to gain understanding and stay informed:
- A Word from the Bishop: We Can Remain Together - Why I Support the One Church Plan
- Plans - At - A - Glance: A Summary and Side-by-Side Comparison of the One Church Plan
- Browse Resources on A Way Forward and Connect with the BWC Delegates
United Methodist Men Call for Potato Drop Donations
Greetings from the United Methodist Men:
For several years, The Baltimore-Washington Conference United Methodist Men have facilitated Potato Drops throughout our Conference to feed the hungry. Potato Drops have been delivered to churches, soup kitchens, and the Salvation Army. Unfortunately, the cost of diesel fuel and other items have increased to the point that we have run out of funds and are not able to have potatoes delivered to our Conference for the remainder of the year. The remaining Potato Drop deliveries have been canceled for 2018.
The Potato Drop cancellation is disappointing and we want to ensure this doesn't happen again.
In order to do this, we have a plan, but we'll need your help. Each year, the Charted UMM units make donations to support this ministry, but now we're asking each church in the Conference for a $52 donation. That is only $1 per week for every church in the BWC. We are requesting that the donation be made anytime during the first quarter of 2019. All funds collected during the quarter will be sent to The Society of Saint Andrew Potato Project - Feed the Hungry. Please put "Potato Project" in the memo line of your check and mail it to: BWCUMM, 11711 East Market Place Fulton, MD 20759. Needless to say, the United Methodist Men will be more than happy to accept donations higher than the $52 requested.
Please note that the above request is directed to each church in the Conference and not to the Chartered United Methodist Men's Unit within each of those churches. Many United Methodist Men's Chartered Units are currently contributing in excess of $200 towards The Society of Saint Andrew Potato Project - Feed the Hungry.
We will no longer send individual church checks to The Society of Saint Andrew. Instead, we will respond to their need as the United Methodist Men of the Baltimore-Washington Conference. Each Potato Drop delivery costs $4,500. We hope to have seven Potato Drops in 2019 for a total cost of $31,500.
We thank you for your support in this matter as we continue to be a Conference that feeds the hungry and blesses the needy.
God Bless You,
Hampton E. Conway, Jr.
President, Baltimore-Washington Conference United Methodist Men
Resolutions to the 235th Session of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference
All resolutions set to come before the 235th session of the Baltimore-Washington Conference are due to the Conference Secretary by April 1, 2019. The session will be held May 29-June 1, 2019.
Resolutions should be submitted using the BWC Resolution Submission Form available at: http://tiny.cc/bwc-resolution-form
You must first consult with Mark Gorman, Chair of the Rules Committee, prior to submitting resolutions pertaining to Rules of the Session.
For resolutions that have budget implications, you must first consult with Phil Potter, Chair of CFA prior to submitting the resolution.
Criminal Justice Mercy and Ministries Resources and Survey for Faith Communities
The Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church has a new CJAM website that has been created for congregations to become more aware and resourced in this vital area. You are invited to go to, http://www.bwcumc.org/ministries/advocacy-action/criminal-justice-and-mercy-ministries/ check out the resources and take the questionnaire so that we can better connect with you in this area. To go directly to the survey, please visit http://www.bwcumc.org/ministries/advocacy-action/criminal-justice-and-mercy-ministries-questionnaire/.
SAVE THE DATE: BWC Legislative Advocacy and Action Day in Annapolis - March 7, 2019, 8:30 -3PM!
Join us in Annapolis for our Annual Legislative Advocacy and Action Day co-sponsored by the BWC Advocacy and Action Board and The United Methodist Women. Newbies and interested advocates, join us as we address aspects of: Health Care Reform, Criminal Justice Reform: From School to Prison Pipeline, and Immigration Reform. To register or for more information, please contact Judy Smith at . The cost for this event is $6.
Golf Tournament and Gala in Support of Seeds of Security (SOS) Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence Prevention: Raising Awareness and Promoting Safe Havens
Join us at Hobbit’s Glen in Howard County on Monday, April 22, 2019 from 12 noon -5 pm for our first Baltimore-Washington Conference sponsored SOS Golf Tournament and Gala. These events will help us to raise awareness of Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence ,offer greater resources, create deeper partnerships, and develop and partner with more safe havens. For ticket pricing and to register yourself or a team of four, please go to https://www.eiseverywhere.com/sosgolf19.
For tickets to join us for the Seeds of Security Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Gala to be held at Turn House in Howard County at 7 PM on Friday, April 26, 2019, please go to https://www.eiseverywhere.com/sosgolf19. . There are limited tickets and this event will be sell-out. So please purchase your tickets today!
If you would like to become an event sponsor and or know someone who would like to sponsor this vital ministry, please go to https://www.eiseverywhere.com/sosgolf19 or contact .
HELP FOR LOCAL CHURCH STEWARDSHIP LEADERS GROWING GENEROSITY IN YOUR CONGREGATIONS
Thursday, February 7, 2019, 6:30PM CST
The Church Audit: You Can Do This!
Every congregation needs to do a church audit, but it doesn’t have to be a
big expense or an insurmountable obstacle. There is a great Local Church
Audit Guide, available free for United Methodist churches that will take you
through it step by step. Going through the process builds confidence among
you financial leaders and projects transparency to your donors. Join us as
we explore the tools that can make this process easier than you thought.
Monday, February 11, 2019, 10:00AM CST
Clergy Taxes: Keep All You Can!
Clergy face some unique challenges when it comes to things like social
security payments, estimated tax payments, housing allowances or
exclusions, and reimbursed expenses. Your corner tax preparer may not
understand the unique situation of clergy and finding one who does can save
you substantially in money and aggravation. Join us as the Rev. Don Joiner,
a certified financial planner, helps us navigate the preparation of taxes and
planning for a sound financial future.
Thursday, May 9, 2019, 6:30PM CDT
Going Mobile to Fund Our Mission
The statistics are astounding! 95% of Americans own a cellphone, with 77%
owning smartphones.80% of social media time is spent on mobile devices,
and users of online media spend on average 69% of their media time on a
smart phone. How is your church communicating your funding? Postal mail?
Text in an email? There is a whole, wide world at your fingertips! Join us as
we scratch the surface of your smartphone for ways to move people to
generous support of your church’s mission!
Thursday, July 18, 2019, 6:30PM CDT
When Is It Time to Talk About Money?
Jesus spoke about money and possessions more than most any other topic,
yet he didn’t do it in the context of fundraising. His concern was that these
things not get in the way of our relationship with God. How can we talk to
people about the importance of handling money well, at a time when we are
not asking them to complete a pledge card? Join us as we explore new ways
to have these kinds of “money talks” as well as when we are looking for
Thursday, September 12, 2019, 6:30PM CDT
Funding: Come Out Strong in the Fourth Quarter
In the NFL, the “red zone” is those last 20 yards you have to cover to make it
to the end zone and a touchdown. In your church, it’s those last six weeks
that will determine whether your financial year ends in the black or in the red.
As in football, this may not be the place to take wild chances, but to do the
basics extremely well! Join the conversation as we explore what this means
for local churches like yours!
Thursday, November 7, 2019, 6:30PM CDT
The Best Time to Develop a Stewardship Strategy…
An African proverb goes, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second-best time is today.”
Similarly, the best time to develop a year-round plan for growing generous disciples in your congregation
was last year, second best is right now. Join us as we explore ways your team can have an intentional plan for incorporating stewardship into your 2020 plans!
These webinars are made possible by World Service Fund support!
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