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The Church is Making Changes . . . 

Building restrictions continued through April 26
Posted by on Mar 25, 2020  on bwcumc.org   (edited)

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, churches in the Baltimore-Washington Conference have been responding in extraordinary ways as they live out the call to be the presence of Christ in their communities.

Effective Tuesday, March 24, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice issued a stay-at-home order for residents of that state, along with Gov. Larry Hogan of MD (3.23.2020)  and Mayor Muriel Bowser of the District of Columbia, (3.24.2020).

Given the continuing gravity of these orders and in keeping with directives from local governments to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Bishop LaTrelle Easterling directs churches throughout the BWC to refrain from gathering in their buildings through Sunday, April 26.  A few exceptions apply.

Barring changes from local governments, the first Sunday for resumption of worship in our buildings will be May 3, 2020.

As the days pass, may we continue to work together, connected as one, lifting each other and all the world in prayer as we move through this uncertain season, anxious and yet confident that God is with us.


March 30, 2020 (edited)
The BWC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Churches within the Baltimore-Washington Conference have been meeting remotely for worship for three weeks. This week, following the mandates of area governmental officials, Bishop LaTrelle Easterling has directed BWC churches to continue to meet off-site through April 26 in order to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
A Palm/Passion Sunday Service, that follows the United Methodist Book of Worship liturgy, has been created by the BWC’s district superintendents. A video of this service will be posted on the BWC website Thursday for churches to use April 5. Bishop LaTrelle Easterling and the conference worship team are creating an Easter Sunday worship experience that will also be shared with via video with local churches.
All United Methodists are encouraged to continue to practice good stewardship, giving their tithes and offerings electronically. 

Annual Conference Session postponed

In response to the coronavirus, the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore has canceled all groups meeting at its venue through May. As a result, the 236th session of the Baltimore-Washington Conference, scheduled for May 27-29, has been postponed.

Current plans call for a one-day session, which is expected to be held sometime between September and November at a site to be determined. At that session, the 2021 proposed budget, nominations, and candidates for ordination and commissioning will be addressed. Conference leaders have stressed that care will be taken to honor the work and ministry of the ordinands and those to be commissioned.

The Pre-Conference Briefing will be replaced with a virtual “State of the Church” meeting, which will be held the morning of Saturday, April 18. The session will include a time for questions and answers.

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Commission on the General Conference

March 23, 2020  (edited)

Nashville, Tenn.: Subsequent to the announcement by the Executive Committee of the Commission on the General Conference that the 2020 General Conference will be postponed, the full Commission met March 21, 2020 to determine next steps to take in setting a new date.

The Commission made a determination that the General Conference will not meet in 2020 as originally planned and elected to work toward setting a date in 2021.

Once new dates for the General Conference are set and adjustments with current vendors are made, additional information will be sent out to delegations regarding a timeline and next steps.

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