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December 2014
Latest News, Announcements & Vignettes

"For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." ~Isaiah 9:6, NKJV

Open Enrollment for DCBC Group Health and Dental Plans
All churches that are members of the D.C. Baptist Convention (DCBC) are eligible for coverage under the DCBC group health and dental plans.  The DCBC group plans with Aetna provide health, dental and prescription drug coverage.  You have the option of selecting from three different health plans (high, medium and low) and two different dental plans (high and low). The new rates for the plans reflect an increase ranging from 9.65% to 14.75% depending on the plan selected.  The rates are effective December 1, 2014 through November 30, 2015. Open enrollment takes place this month—December—with an effective date of December 1.  The completed enrollment form needs to be returned by Tuesday, December 30, 2014.  For instructions on how to complete the form, click here. If you have additional questions, please email Lashanor Doolittle at 

End of the year Giving
As we approach the end of another year, the D.C. Baptist Convention would like to thank you for your financial support again this year. For member churches that are planning to give to the Convention or to the National Capital Area Missions Offering (NCAMO) before the end of the year, please make sure all gifts are postmarked by December 31 to receive credit for 2014. Gifts that are not postmarked by December 31 will be credited to 2015, regardless of the date on the check. For more information, contact Lashanor Doolittle at 202.265.1526 or

DCBC closing for the holidays
DCBC will close for the holidays on Friday, Dec. 19 and will re-open on Monday, January 5, 2015. We wish you God’s blessings for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Glaze to Serve as Interim at Calvary
Rev. Joseph Glaze has been named the new interim pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. Most recently, Glaze served as the interim at Washington Plaza Baptist Church in Reston, Va.

Emergency Response Team Training Scheduled for January
The DC Baptist Convention Emergency Response Team will host a training for chaplains on January 10th and 17th from 9 am to 4pm at Heritage Baptist Church, 1740 Forest Drive, Annapolis, Md . 21401. Rev. Stephen Price, who is the Interim Pastor at Heritage and the DCBC ERT chaplaincy team leader will conduct this training. People of all backgrounds and skill levels are welcome, although those who already have some experience in psychology, therapy, mentorship or a similar discipline are especially encouraged to volunteer. If you’re interested in attending, contact ERT Coordinator Jennifer Perry at to receive more information. If you’re unable to attend the sessions in January, please contact Jennifer to receive notice of the next training.

Leland Offers "Spirituality and Law Enforcement Training" Course
The John Leland Center for Theological Studies will offer a course on “Spirituality and Law Enforcement Training” (S.A.L.T.) during the spring semester. The course, which begins Jan. 26 and ends on May 14, will investigate the nexus between the roles of clergy and cops in our society and to develop and recommend nontraditional interventions to sustain officer wellness and community security. Rev. Samuel Feemster, pastor of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Arlington, Va. and a former agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will teach the course. For a copy of the course description, click here. For more information about the class, contact Rev. Feemster at

The Crisis Continues: Responding to the Ebola Outbreak
Although it is no longer making headlines, the Ebola outbreak continues to impact many communities in West Africa. Baptists worldwide are responding to the crisis with courage and resources and doing their part to allay fears about the disease. DCBC member churches are encouraged to get involved in efforts to help the communities in Africa most impacted by this deadly disease, which has claimed thousands of lives.

The Baptist World Alliance (BWA) is collecting donations for Baptist World Aid to provide resources to Baptists in West Africa. Contributions can be made online at or by sending funds to Baptist World Aid, c/o Baptist World Alliance, 405 North Washington Street, Falls Church, Va. 22046.

The Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention, Inc. is requesting help from ministry partners to provide food and sanitary materials for the influx of pastors and persons who have been temporarily laid off and displaced as a result of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. Sacrificial offerings can be made through the D.C. Baptist Convention. Please send a check to DCBC with LBMEC-EBOLA OUTREACH in the memo section. For more information, contact Rev. Justus Y. Reeves, executive secretary, LBMEC, at or visit

The Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention is providing a host of resources to assist churches in West Africa with the crisis. Supplies and monetary contributions can be made to assist in their efforts to provide comfort, support and help during this crisis. Visit for more details on how to participate. Valuable information from a teleconference can also be found here

College of Prayer Module Scheduled
Please save the date for the next College of Prayer-DC module, which will be held May 14-16, 2015 at Fort Foote Baptist Church in Ft. Washington, Md. The focus for the new module is, “Lord, As Local Churches and Workplaces, Teach Us to Pray.” Click here for a flyer.

More News…

BWA Accepting Nominees for Human Rights Award
The Baptist World Alliance is now accepting nominations for the Congress Quinquennial Human Rights Award to be presented during the 21st Baptist World Congress in Durban, South Africa, in July 2015. This lifetime achievement award is given to an individual who has shown significant accomplishments in global advocacy for human rights and the pursuit of social justice and peace within the local, national or the wider global community.

The nomination form and its instructions are available on the BWA website at  

Past award winners include: Denton Lotz, former BWA general secretary for a lifetime commitment to global human rights concerns; Lauran Bethell of American Baptist Churches USA for her work with exploited women and children in Thailand; Saw Simon from Myanmar, for work in the refugee camps in Northern Thailand; and, former United States President Jimmy Carter, for commitment to human rights causes around the globe.

Deadline for submission is Jan. 16, 2015. Applications submitted after the deadline date will not be processed.

BJC Essay Contest
The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (BJC) has announced its 2015 Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest.  High school juniors and seniors can win up to $2,000 for college in the contest. Essays must tackle the topic of an employer’s ability to dictate an employee’s attire, including religious apparel that an employee requests to wear on the job. The contest is open to high school students in the graduating classes of 2015 and 2016. Essays should be between 800-1,200 words.

Each year, the contest engages high school students in church-state issues by directing them to express a point of view on a religious liberty topic. The grand prize is $2,000 and a trip for two to Washington, D.C. Second prize is $1,000, and third prize is $250.

For more information about the contest and how high school juniors and seniors can enter, visit the BJC website The deadline for entries is March 6, 2015.

Free Church Safety /Security training video
Rev. Jerry McConnell, director of ministry outreach with Center for Personal Protection & Safety would like to provide churches with a church safety/security training video absolutely free—no strings attached.  The training focuses on three important areas:

•           Protect Your Children
•           Protect Your Worship Experience
•           Protect Your Ministries

You can preview the 20 minute video ( and download the training video for use at your church by going to, click on TRAINING, click on MSC – MINISTRY SECURITY COURSE  (4th option under training), scroll down to MINISTRY SECURITY VIDEO and download the video absolutely free.  It will take about 5 minutes to download.

This is their way of giving back and fulfilling the mandate God has placed on their company to “Protect God’s People.”  Feel free to share this information with other pastors and churches.

Mission Summit 2015
The American Baptist Churches USA will hold its Biennial Mission Summit, June 26-28, 2015 in Overlnd Park, Kan. Speakers include: Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, pastor of The Riverside Church in New York; Rev. Dr. A. Roy Medley, general secretary of ABCUSA; Rev. Dr. Aidsand F. Wright-Riggins III, executive director of American Baptist Home Mission Societies; and, Rev. Dr. Don Ng, president of the ABCUSA. For more information, visit


Director. Fort Foote Baptist Church in Ft. Washington, Md. is looking for a Director for the Child Development Center. The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing the church's Child Development Center program, which may include an Infant Center and Preschool Center serving approximately 60 to 80 children ages 2 to 4 years old. The Director must be a Christian who considers the center a ministry and strives to promote an attitude of love and compassion for all the children and their families.  Candidates must consent to and pass a background check. The deadline to apply is close of business on Wednesday, Dec. 31. For a complete job description, click here.








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