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WE ARE CALLED TO FAST. The Daniel Fast is Coming
As we begin this new year, living and adjusting our lives over the last 9 months to a new normal of COVID-19, we have been drained, both physically and spiritually. We need to be Restored! And God can do that. When we follow spiritual disciplines, indeed our faith is strengthened. Therefore, I am inviting all of our Church Leaders and the entire John Wesley Faith Community to join me on the 21-day Daniel Fast. We will begin the fast on Wednesday, January 27 – and end it Tuesday, February 16. February 17 is Ash Wednesday, so we will ready to begin the season of Lent.
Please go online to the Daniel Fast website to get information about what foods you can and cannot eat while on the fast. A complete list is available at the website www.daniel-fast.com.
The Daniel Fast is a partial fast, meaning that some foods are eaten, and others are restricted. The fast is typically followed for 21 consecutive days and is like a vegan eating plan with more restrictions and the only beverage on the fast is water. In today’s busy and distracting culture, entering into the fasting experience is like pushing the pause button of a hectic life and centering more on the rest that Jesus offers. This method of fasting opens this powerful discipline to many people who find it difficult to fast for multiple days on a water-only or liquid only method of fasting (called a normal fast). Fasting was designed by God, not to change God, but rather to change us! Fasting doesn’t show God that you are good or deserving. Only Jesus Christ does that for us. However, fasting does bring us into an experience where our hearts are more open to what the Lord wants to show us for our individual lives. Please be in prayer for our church as we fast together.
Are you a senior living in Baltimore City and 60+ years of age in need of food or know of someone?
Here are some sources you can use. These services will deliver:
1. Call 410-826-5955 for Free Food delivery by the end of the week. You can call once each week.
2. Call 410-396-2273 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to see if you qualify for an Amazon Food Box.
Persons under 60 needing food should call 211.
Are you a senior or someone assisting a senior check out this website for additional resources www.assistedliving.org.
Children Youth and Teens!
ROCK(ish) 2021 will be a FREE interactive online event, Feb. 5-6, 2021.
The Friday night session will feature an interactive time with Bishop LaTrelle Easterling, as well as music by Urban Street Level and the ROCK Mass Choir.
Saturday's session will offer a range of free virtual interactive breakout sessions. Topics include addressing racism, human rights, mental health, life after high school, and regional breakouts. At 9 a.m., there will be a youth leader training.
The event is free but requires registration. For $3, you will be able to purchase an iron-on decal with this year's theme and logo. For $10, you will get the decal as well as a box of ROCK swag.
Scholarship applications open Jan. 2: The BWC will be awarding scholarships for qualified students currently attending college, as well as high school seniors who plan to attend college in the fall of 2021. The application process opens Jan. 2 and closes March 24, 2021. A variety of scholarships are offered to fit the diverse needs of our students. To be considered for a scholarship, students must complete the full online application, which includes uploading their current transcripts and providing references from their pastor and another person in their church. Learn more and apply.
Helping children through stressful times: Children, especially, are sensitive to these stressful times we are living in. Rituals can help, even one that uses nothing more than a can of pop, a candle, and a finger. Learn more.
Christians Engaged in Faith Formation invite all church leaders and Christian educators to their online meetings to explore how to talk about racism with children and families. Future CEF meetings will be held Dec. 10, Jan. 14, Feb. 11, March 11, April 8 and May 13. Join the Zoom meeting at The meeting ID is 891 5092 9659. Password is 297120. Or dial by phone: 1-301-715-8592.
Sunday School/Bible Study- In lieu of attending Sunday School during the Coronavirus Pandemic Stay-at-Home Orders, The Young People Ministries of John Wesley has moved to virtual Christian Education every 2nd and 4th Sunday following the ZOOM Worship service.
E-mail- In an effort to better communicate with all the young people and their guardians of John Wesley, a special separate email address has been established. The purpose of this is to distribute critical information and activities regarding the Young People Ministries. You can also use this email address to send questions, suggestions, and concerns to the Children and Youth Coordinator. The email address is JohnWesley_YPM@yahoo.com. Please save this address in your email contacts so it does not go into your spam mail.
FROM THE CONFERENCE
January 25-26th: UMC LEAD 2021; a grassroots conference for lay and clergy leaders, will take place online Jan. 25-26. It will feature 14 speakers and leaders who will offer stories of how they've led through these unprecedented times. Baltimore-Washington's own Rev. Alexis Brown and Holly Reynolds Lee will be speaking at this year's conference. In addition to the talks, there are breakouts, networking opportunities, opening mixers, fun social activities, and more. To learn more: https://www.umclead.net/conference/register/ ;
IN THE COMMUNITY
BACFAD Community Kitchen Food Distribution for Families
Produce & Shelf Foods
Drive Through - Tuesdays (12 noon to 2:00 p.m.)
315 Homeland Southway
Walk ups only - Wednesdays (12 noon to 2:00 p.m.)
Alameda Shopping Center