News and Information

News and Information

Find articles written by our District Superintendents, Lay Leaders, Staff, and more here. 

Christian Mindfulness

An Evening with Amy Oden: Christian Mindfulness April 29 from 7-9:00 p.m. | Fairfax UMC Looking over the popular landscape of mindfulness movement, you might never know that mindfulness is part of Christian tradition. In her book, Right Here, Right Now,  Amy traces...

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Leaning into Lent

Leaning into Lent

Leaning into Lent “O God our deliverer, you led your people of old through the wilderness and brought them to the promised land. Guide now the people of your church, that, following our Savior, we may walk through the wilderness of this world toward the glory of your...

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Rising Hope Celebrates 25th

Rising Hope United Methodist Mission Church Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Gala, Concerts and More! For the past 25 years, Rising Hope has offered resources, fellowship, and spiritual support to men and women living in poverty. Rising Hope provides a number of...

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It’s a New Year!

It’s a New Year!

It's a New Year As the year has turned, I want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! My prayers for you and your church are that you know you are beloved of Christ, and share that abundantly in your neighborhoods and communities so that Christ’s kingdom comes here...

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Can I Fix It?

Can I Fix It? OK, self-disclosure time – I know some of you are guilty of this!  You are driving on an open road and you see a car stopped ahead on the side of the road and there are emergency lights nearby, do you slow down and gawk?  I know some of you do, but in...

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Statistics and Protocols

Statistics and Protocols

Statistics and Protocols Love does not insist on its own way.  – 1 Corinthians 13:5 The end-of-the-year statistical reports for the Alexandria District churches are almost complete. All churches have reported but one. So we do not have total for the district, but we...

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Meet Your New Lay Leader

Meet Your New Lay Leader I’d love to take this moment to introduce myself, as the new Arlington District Lay Leader. I have been a lifelong Methodist and a member at Mt. Olivet for over 30 years. I met my husband there the day I became a member of the church. We enjoy...

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Nevertheless, Good News!

Nevertheless, Good News! “Say among the nations, ‘The Lord is king!’” – Psalm 96:10, NRSV The scripture readings during the season of Advent often come from Old Testament prophets or psalms that describe deeply troubled times. Oddly enough, that resonates deeply with...

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The Eyes of a Child

The Eyes of a Child

The Eyes of a Child 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was...

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Give Thanks

Give Thanks I’m not a big Halloween fan (too much sugar & scary stuff!) and Christmas is a holiday I enjoy, but my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. What’s not to like about a holiday that involves family getting together, food being shared and eaten, laughter,...

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