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Annual Meeting Reconvening, Campolo to Speak
The delegates for the 137th Annual Meeting will reconvene at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24 to vote on the proposed D.C. Baptist Convention bylaws changes that were presented at the meeting in October but not approved. Dinner will be served. A worship service will follow the vote on the bylaws with Dr. Tony Campolo, noted pastor, author and evangelist, as the guest speaker. The exact location of the reconvened meeting and worship service will be announced as soon as the location has been confirmed.
Town Hall Meetings Scheduled
Many delegates at the Annual Meeting wanted more time to review and discuss the proposed bylaws changes. Discussions will take place in the form of town hall meetings that will be held as follows:
- Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. at the Baptist Building, 1628 16th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
- Monday, Jan 13 at 7 p.m. Location: TBD
- Monday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. at Ft. Foote Baptist Church, 8310 Ft. Foote Road, Ft. Washington, Md. 20744
- Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. at Luther Rice Memorial Baptist Church, 801 University Blvd. West, Silver Spring, Md. 20901.
Final details will be disseminated through email, snail mail and posted on DCBC's website. For more information, contact Lashanor Doolittle at email@example.com or call DCBC at 202.265.1526.
IM Week of Prayer
The week of Dec. 1-8 has been designated the Week of Prayer for International Missions. Please continue to pray and support the work of the International Mission Board and those who minister abroad. For more information about the Week of Prayer, click here.
Help needed in the Philippines
The D.C. Baptist Convention Emergency Response Team is continuing to monitor the situation in the Philippine Islands and is working to provide assistance to those affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the region last month. The Convention has created a designated fund to help with the relief and recovery efforts there. If you would like to give to this fund, please send a check to DCBC, 1628 16th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20009 and write "Philippines" in the memo section of the check or you may donate online by clicking here. Let us also be in prayer for the victims and their families as well as the Filipino churches in the U.S.
Johenning Open House, Christmas Play and Toy Drive
There will be an Open House at the Johenning Baptist Community Center on Saturday, Dec. 21 from noon to 4 p.m. JBCC is located at 4025 Ninth Street SE, Washington DC 20032. The Open House will feature food, singing, storytelling and a Christmas play. There will also be a toy drive. Donations of toys and gifts for children (up to age 15) to be distributed at JBCC are welcome. Please contact Carolyn Hutchinson, Metropolitan Outreach Ministries at 240.396.3585 or HutchinsonCL@state.gov.
Communal IT Services
In an effort to provide our congregations with reduced costs for information technology (IT) services, the Convention has partnered with Meridian, a locally owned technology consulting firm to gauge the interest and needs of our member churches. Please answer the following four questions to help us determine how we can best help you meet your IT needs. For more information, please contact Lashanor Doolittle at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for a flyer.
The D.C. Baptist Convention will close on Thursday, Dec. 19 for the Christmas holiday. The office will re-open on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!
PABC Presents Living Christmas Tree
Pennsylvania Baptist Church is presenting "Is Jesus Here?" featuring the "Living Christmas Tree" Friday, Dec. 6 through Sunday, Dec. 8. The Voices of PABC along with singers, musicians, actors and actresses from throughout the Washington metropolitan area will perform and share the Good News about Jesus' birth. Each performance will be interpreted for the hearing impaired. For tickets or more information, call 202.581.1500. Click here for a flyer.
Join VBC for Carols and Lullabies
On Sunday, Dec. 15 at the 11 a.m. worship service, the Chancel Choir at Vienna Baptist Church will perform, "Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest" by Conrad Susa under the direction of Music Minister CJ Redden-Liotta. The choir will be joined by guest soloists from George Mason University as well as guest instrumentalists on marimba, harp, and guitar. Vienna Baptist Church is located at 541 Marshall Road, SW, Vienna. For more information contact the church at 703.281.4400 or www.vbc-va.org.
Join us in congratulating Rev. Soammes Williams who celebrated his fifth pastoral anniversary with The First New Horizon Baptist Church in Clinton, Md. on Dec. 1.
MACBF Names New Coordinator
The Mid-Atlantic Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has named Rev. Trisha Miller Manarin as its new coordinator.
Ellington Performs Black Nativity
Duke Ellington School of the Arts has extended an invitation to DCBC congregations to support their winter holiday all-school collaborative of Black Nativity, Dec. 4-15. This urban adaption of the Nativity story is told through amazing gospel, jazz and rhythmic musical selections, dance and narration. This is a heart-warming, music filled all-school collaborative that is sure to bring joy! Tickets range from $25 - $40. Please contact Sherry Duncan for further information at 202.626.2628 or email@example.com.
EMERGE Ministers Conference & Orientation to American Baptist Life
The American Baptist Churches USA "Emerge: Baptist Witness in the 21st Century," an Orientation to Baptist Life and National Ministers Conference, will be held Jan. 6-9, 2014 in Orlando. Conferees will explore emergent themes in Baptist theology of the Holy Spirit, postmodern witness and third millennium mission. Bible study teachers, worship experiences, workshops and speakers will find their themes in Acts 1:8. For more information or to register, visit http://www.abcemerge.com.
Call for Applications
DCBC pastors, youth pastors and worship leaders have been invited by Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich. to apply for its Summer Seminars series. Topics include "Leadership and Christian Formation in the Early Church" and "The Next Generation: World Christianity, Immigration, and the Transmission of Faith." Applications are due on Feb. 10, 2014. For more information, visit http://www.calvin.edu/scs/2014/.
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