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Eichelberger to also lead Pen-Del's stewardship ministries
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Paul J. Eichelberger has been voted in as the new Treasurer/Director of Administrative Services for the Peninsula-Delaware Conference when William Westbrook retires this summer, after 29 years in that position. Eichelberger currently serves as the Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of the...

Vandals strike Fowler UMC
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On June 8, vandals broke a glass window with a brick at Fowler UMC in Annapolis and came through the basement. “You would think they were coming to steal, but they just came to destroy,” said the Rev. Jerome Jones. “They destroyed all the computers, threw down the big Methodist...

Love prevails at Pen-Del Session
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It was 137 years ago when two Methodists from the racially segregated Delaware Conference had the idea to bring higher education to African Americans in Somerset County, Md. With nine students and two educators, they started a school that grew into the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore...

2023 ordinands & commissioners claim the name of Jesus
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Give me Jesus. Give me Jesus. You may have all this world, give me Jesus. The Holy Spirit was moving as the congregation sang “Give me Jesus,” during the Ordination Service on June 3, 2023 during the 239th Session of the Baltimore-Washington Conference at the Hilton Hotel in Baltimore.

BWARM celebrates 'God's foolish ones'
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A friendly group of approximately 75 attendees gathered after the disaffiliation vote for the annual BWARM/MFSA dinner on Thursday, June 1. The mood was subdued after the heaviness of the afternoon voting, but it soon shifted as the program began.

BWC celebrates saints at Remembrance Service
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By Bonnie McCubbin “For all the saints, who from their labors rest,” rung out to open the annual Memorial Service, in the Key Ballroom at the Hilton Hotel in Baltimore on Thursday, June 1 at 7 p.m., to honor clergy, clergy spouses, and lay members to Annual Conference, as well as...

Youth reflects on the Spirit and future of church's flame
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By Anna Schlieckert My time at the 2023 Annual Conference session was fantastic. Not only did it deepen my understanding of the conference, but it also deepened my understanding of God. I attended the conference for two full days, and I attended the plenary session on Thursday night. During...

For BWC, it's 'All About Love'
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By Melissa Lauber The theme “All About Love” set the stage for four days of worship, learning, mission, fun, deep conversation and holy conferencing as 1,200 members of the Baltimore-Washington Conference gathered in Baltimore, in person, for the first time since 2019, for their...

Ordinands and young people called to be the Gospel
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 By Melissa LauberPhotos by Alison Burdett & Tony Richards*Photos from June 3 will be added within a week to Flickr  Patrick, Narae, David, Michael, Robert, Malaina, and Samuel. God called these people by name as they were ordained as Elders in The United Methodist Church in a...

BWC puts Love in Action
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By Melissa LauberPhotos by Alison Burdett & Tony Richards See photos from the day ‘Justice is love in action’ Sometimes the MAP can lead you on wonderful adventures. To create more vital churches, congregations throughout the BWC have been adopting Missional Action Plans...