2021 Annual Conference

The 2021 Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference begins today, October 25 and runs through Wednesday, October 27. You can find out more and follow all the happenings through the Conference website.

As a congregation, we are especially following the path of a resolution before the conference to support the “Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation.” This resolution voices the Annual Conference’s support for a framework that would allow the United Methodist Church to divide into a traditionalist branch and one or more moderate/progressive branches with congregations keeping their property. This proposed separation, in turn, is the result of the UMC’s inability to come to an agreement regarding the full inclusion of LGBTQ+ persons in the life of the church, including marriage and ordination. As a Reconciling Congregation, we support that full inclusion, and we long for the denomination that we are a part of to be of one mind on this critical issue.

Following the conclusion of the session, we’ll be sharing updates on the actions of the Annual Conference and how they might shape our ministry moving forward. In the meantime, please be in prayer for this important gathering of our larger church family!

Trunk or Treat & Children’s Sabbath

Trunk or Treat is back and we are sooooo excited! Mark your calendars now for Saturday, October 30 from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. Bring your kids, grandkids, friends and neighbors.  We will have lots of trunks, treats and games. Be on the lookout for more information.

Then, on Sunday, October 31, we will celebrate the Children’s Sabbath during both worship services with our children leading us in worship. As a part of this special service, we will present Bibles to our 3rd grade students. All children are invited to wear their costumes (virtually or in person). Please, no weapons or scary masks. During the 11:00 service, the children will trick-or-treat the congregation for UNICEF. If you have a child that would like a part in the service, or that is in 3rd grade and will receive a Bible, please contact Ms. Marie by October 20 as we want to make sure that we include all our children on this special day.

Questions about either of these upcoming events? Contact Ms. Marie.

Journey With Jesus

What does it look like to be a more faithful disciple? Not just someone who has a deep faith. Not just a trustworthy church volunteer. A disciple who is deeply connected to the community of faith, growing in their love of God, and transforming the world around them. I’m excited to share a new three-step discipleship-formation course that we’ll be offering on a regular basis. It’s called Journey With Jesus. As we look at the gospels, the church didn’t just happen. It started when Jesus called disciples to follow him, led and taught them by word and example, and then sent them out into the world in the power of the Holy Spirit to do the work of continuing and expanding his ministry. So Journey With Jesus is designed around three steps.

Step 1 is about connection to Jesus Christ through the congregation. It’s along the lines of what we used to call “new member classes.” If you’ve heard the call of Jesus to follow him, but you’re not sure what that might mean, this is where to start.

Step 2 is about growing in your faith through participating in small groups, classes, and ministries through the congregation. Think of this as the time the disciples spent traveling alongside Jesus, watching his ministry and learning from him.

Step 3 is about being sent out to make new disciples and transform the world. How can you be in ministry in your daily life in your home or work? Are you being called to start a new ministry that extends the life of this congregation in new ways? How do you take that step?

Journey with Jesus isn’t a class, and it’s not a ministry program. It’s a discipleship-formation process that can change your life and change the world.

Interested? Click here to find out more and take your next step!

– Rev. Alex

September 11 – Twenty Years Later

Today marks 20 years since the attacks on the World Trade Center and Washington D.C. that have defined so much of our lives for two decades. We continue to mourn the lives that were taken, as well as those who gave their lives to protect the safety of others.

As we remember this day, we mourn for a world in which extremism–both religious and political–devalues the lives of others who are different. We recognize the role that our nation and others played in creating a situation in the Middle East in which political rage and religious fundamentalism could come together with such deadly results.

And finally, we look back on how these events changed us, and not for the better. In the name of an unattainable national security we became suspicious of our neighbors, embraced nativism and xenophobia, and embarked on an unending war on terrorism in which we sacrifice lives today to give meaning to the lives we’ve sacrificed before, so that “their sacrifices won’t be in vain.”

On this 20th anniversary of 9/11, it’s hard to know how to pray. We lift a prayer of grief. We lift a prayer of confession. We lift a prayer of hope for a different tomorrow. We pray that we would be the agents of peace and reconciliation that Jesus Christ–the Prince of Peace–has called us to be.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.