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Area musican tops Billboard jazz chart
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Kayla Waters grew up in two worlds, and we’re all better for it. The daughter of acclaimed jazz saxophonist Kim Waters, Kayla often attended her father’s concerts with her twin sister, Kimberly. Kayla knew, when she was 15 years-old, that she wanted to perform, too.

New mission redefines a church
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By Erik Alsgaard UMConnection Staff Lisa Middleton, Food Ministry Coordinator at Silver Spring UMC, looks over some of the selections at the choice food pantry. This is a story of how community outreach is helping to re-birth a church. This is a story of how partnerships between churches and...

The unpopular appeal of Lent
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What are you giving up for Lent? That question is one that has haunted me for as long as I can remember. Growing up Catholic, giving something up for Lent was a given. It usually involved the removal of sweets or chocolate when I was a child. As an adult, it now involves giving up my favorite...

Epworth UMC celebrates African heritage, culture
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It is said that God loves a cheerful giver. If that’s true, then God must really, really love the people of Epworth UMC in Gaithersburg. During their African Celebration in Worship service Feb. 19, motivated by soul-stirring music from a hot praise band, church members, visitors, and even Bishop...

ROCK youth retreat leads many to Christ
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What do you call it when 4,500 youth, young adults and their leaders gather for a weekend retreat in Ocean City, Md.? In the Baltimore-Washington Conference, we call it ROCK. The event, which will celebrate its 25th gathering next year, is consistently the largest group of United Methodists in...