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June 3, 2024 | "Transformed Lives Transform Lives"

More than 1,100 United Methodists gathered for holy conferencing at the 240th Annual Conference May 29-31. It was a time of inspiration, learning, setting priorities for ministries and mission, fellowship and vital faith.

Today, we pray for our affiliate partners in the Peninsula-Delaware Conference, who meet for their annual conference in Ocean City on June 6-8.

Learn more about how God is calling you

Are you wondering if God has huge plans in store for your life? Are you sensing that God might have a career for you in ministry? Are you ready to Step Out and see where God is calling you? Then join us for our Step Out event on June 22 at Wesley Freedom UMC in Sykesville. You will hear from leaders in our church and have the opportunity to ask questions about all the ways you could serve God. Learn more and register.

Discipleship Opportunities

A.I.M. (Administrators in Ministry) is excited to announce, Walking by Faith, an in-person meeting on Thursday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All administrators in the UMC connectional structure are invited to participate. The event, which will take place at the Conference Mission Center in Fulton, will include sessions on various topics in support of administrators taking their administry to the next level. The plenary speaker is Rev. Denise Norfleet-Walker, pastor of St. Paul Praise and Worship Center and Elderslie-St. Andrews UMCs in Baltimore. The cost is $35 for A.I.M. members and $60 for non-A.I.M. members. Learn more and register.

Addressing Racism: On June 9 at 10 a.m., St. Margaret’s Church of Annapolis will extend an apology for its role in slavery to Asbury UMC in Annapolis. The event will bring together the congregations of the two churches, community leaders, activists, and members of the public. The gathering will provide a platform for dialogue, reflection, and collective action to confront the legacy of slavery and racism in America and its enduring impact.

Intergenerational VBS Retreat: Mount Vernon Place UMC at 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW, and Dumbarton UMC, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW, in Washington, D.C., are collaborating on an intergenerational VBS Retreat Weekend using the "Just Like Me" curriculum from the Reconciling Ministries Network. The retreat will begin on June 14 at Dumbarton UMC with dinner at 6 p.m. and VBS programming from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The retreat will then continue on June 15 at Mount Vernon Place UMC, starting at 9 a.m. with a continental breakfast and VBS programming from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The program will conclude on June 16 with a field trip, potluck picnic, and community celebration at a local community garden. Learn moreRegister.

Study Leave at Duke: Find time to read, reflect, research, or just relax with Study Leave for Ministry Professionals. Over five to seven days participants can immerse themselves in learning and renewal through self-directed study, worship, and prayer on the Duke University campus. Designed for Christian institutional leaders, pastors, program staff, or laity, participants select their topic and Duke Divinity School provides the resources needed for a relaxing and productive week. Learn more and register.

The So You Want to Repurpose Your Church event at Emory UMC in Washington, D.C., which was set for June 15, has been rescheduled for Oct. 19. Learn more and register.

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Melissa Lauber, Director of Communications
11711 East Market Place, Fulton, MD 20759
 410.309.3455  |  mlauber@bwcumc.org
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