News from the Baltimore-Washington Conference

SAVINGS GOING SOLAR: Congregations in the Baltimore-Washington Conference can save hundreds of thousands of dollars on their utility bills, the Rev. Stephen Tillett reports. By going solar, Asbury-Broadneck UMC, he said, will save more than $875,000 in the next 30 years. However, there is a deadline looming. In order to maximize the federal and state energy credits and saving, congregations must have a contract signed by a solar energy provider by Dec. 31, 2015, and the solar panels installed and operational by Dec. 31, 2016. For more information, contact Rev. Tillett

REACH NEW DISCIPLES :“Increasing Active Engagement” Conference. Saturday, November 14 • 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. • Wesley Theological Seminary 4500 Massachusetts Ave., NW • Washington, DC 20016 • (202) 885-8560

MISSIONARIES TO ITINERATE: Jeff and Ellen Hoover, United Methodist missionaries serving in the Congo, will be visiting in the Baltimore-Washington Conference Oct. 24 through Nov. 8. Visits to churches that are supporting them have already scheduled. The following dates are open for any congregation that would like to host a missionary: Saturday, Oct. 31; Monday, Nov. 3; Nov. 4, 5, 6 and 7. To schedule a visit, contact Sharon Leatherman or Jane Grays.

TALENT SHOW: The Greater Washington District will hold a Youth Got Talent Show Friday, Nov. 20, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at First UMC in Hyattsville. Youth are invited to share their dancing, singing, spoken word, instruments, drama, rap, and more. Prizes will be awarded. For more information or to sign up, contact Sharon Milton at 301-404-6628

GivingTuesday: Time to Change the World:  On Dec. 1, United Methodists around the world will come together for the third year in a row to support the work of Advance projects and missionaries on UMC #GivingTuesday. Sponsored by the General Board of Global Ministries, individuals, churches and annual conferences combine Advent and Christmas seasonal giving with global mission and outreach opportunities. The theme for the 2015 campaign is "Activate Love. Transform Lives. Change the World.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: The Bishop's Advent Day Apart with the Clergy will be held Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at First UMC in Hyattsville. The guest preacher will be The Rev. Dr. David McAllister-Wilson, president of Wesley Theological Seminary. Registration and other information will be available soon.