Annual Statistical Reports are due by midnight on Wednesday, Jan. 31. We are grateful for all the work that you have done to assemble this information and enter it into the ACStats system. If you are concerned that you may be unable to submit by the deadline, please reach out to your district office as soon as possible. We can offer up to a week of grace. Please visit the Statistical Reports page for a recording of the training webinar, detailed instructions, and additional resources.
Churches are encouraged to observe Disability Awareness Sunday on the first Sunday of February or another Sunday of their choice. Yvonne Caughman and the Rev. Leo Yates, leaders of the BWC Disability Ministries team, share these resources.
Maryland Legislative Advocacy Day: The BWC's 2024 Legislative Advocacy Days will be on Feb. 21 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Asbury UMC in Annapolis. The event allows United Methodists to meet their representatives and advocate for United Methodist values. It also allows the voices of United Methodists to be heard and considered when our representatives make important decisions that impact the lives of our communities. Learn More & Register.
The BWC’s Creation Care Advocacy and Action team is co-sponsoring a legislative briefing call on Feb. 4 from 2 to 3:30 p.m., hosted by Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake and Interfaith Power and Light DMV. Learn how your community can advocate for legislation in Maryland that promotes clean water, clean air, and environmental justice. Participants will hear from issue experts about priority legislation and how people of faith can be advocates from a moral and religious perspective. RSVP, and a webinar link will be sent to you.
Cooperative Parish Summit moved to Good Hope Union UMC: Due to overwhelming interest, the Cooperative Parish Summit on Jan. 27 is being moved to a nearby local church to accommodate the large number of registrants. The event will now be held at Good Hope Union UMC, located at 14680 Good Hope Road in Silver Spring, approximately eight miles from the Conference Center. Registration is full. Read a story on cooperative parishes.
Local Church Activities:
Grace UMC in Aberdeen will hold its 11th Annual Chocolate Festival with food and homemade crafts on Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hopkins UMC, at 12350 Highland Road in Highland, will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, Feb. 19, from noon to 5 p.m. Schedule a donation time at www.redcrossblood.org or by contacting Penny Smith at 410-456-6663.