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During the reconvening of DCBC's 137th Annual Meeting on Feb. 24, the proposed new Bylaws passed by a decisive majority of the churches gathered. The vote was preceded by wonderful fellowship and a delicious meal by Chef Peter and Rev. Paula Moutsos. There was also powerful preaching following the vote by Rev. Dr. Tony Campolo. DCBC extends a special 'thank you' to Dr. John Burns and the University Baptist Church family for their hospitality, Peter and Paula Moutsos, Valeria Foster and DCBC staff, leaders and delegates as well as to all those who gave of their time and offered their gifts during the reconvening. #dcbcfuture
Executive Leadership Series for Pastors and Clergy
Join us for the next Executive Leadership Series for pastors and clergy, which will be held March 20-21 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Baptist Building. Rev. Dr. David W. Key, Sr., director of Baptist Studies at Emory's Candler School of Theology in Atlanta will be the speaker. The session on Thursday, March 20 will be for senior pastors only and will cover the topic, "Contextual Analysis for Ministry." On Friday, March 21, clergy will gather to discuss "Recognizing Your Leadership Traits." There is a $10 fee to cover the cost of lunch. Information about how to register is forthcoming. The Baptist Building is located at 1628 Sixteenth Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20009.
Baptist Women Ministries
Please join the Baptist Women's Ministries at their 3rd Annual Missions Conference on Saturday, March 22 from 9:30 a.m. until noon. It will be held in the Ballroom at the Baptist Building, 1628 16th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. The theme this year is: "Let's Do It," featuring hands on White Cross projects, including assembly, handi-work & sewing. Bringing a sewing machine and supplies is useful but NOT necessary. No experience needed. Participants are invited to bring supplies for Church World Service School Kits. (See the list below.) All are welcome--men, women, youth. Any questions, please contact Gail Lacy at 202.265.1526 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Carmen A. Gray at 202.437.5343 or via email at email@example.com. A flyer can be found here.
To assemble a School Kit you will need:
One pair of blunt metal scissors (rounded tip)
Three 70-count spiral notebooks or notebooks totaling 200-210 pages (no loose-leaf or filler paper)
One 30-centimeter ruler (12")
One hand-held pencil sharpener
One large eraser
Six new pencils with erasers
One box of 24 crayons (only 24)
For details and registration, click here.
Meals for Kids at JBCC
This year the Johenning Advisory Council is piloting a monthly Saturday lunch program for needy children (and their parents) in the neighborhood of the Johenning Baptist Community Center. If your church could cook and serve one lunch for about 50 people at the Center, please contact Dr. Robert Cochran at Robert.firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss dates and details.
Sign Up for Ministry on the National Mall!
Washington, D.C. attracts visitors from across the nation and around the world. On five Saturdays this summer, teams from D.C. Baptist Convention churches will be sharing bottles of cold water, tourist information and the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who visit the National Mall. If your congregation has a puppet team, musical group, juggler, dancers, people who do face painting or can share friendly smiles, this is a ministry opportunity for you. If interested, please contact Gail Lacy at email@example.com.
It's time to get ready for Vacation Bible School (VBS)! Whether it's a Saturday, an evening, a week or more, VBS can be an important outreach to children in your neighborhood. You can teach them about Jesus. On Saturday, April 5, there will be VBS Leader/Teacher Training from 9 a.m. until noon at Luther Rice Memorial Baptist Church, 801 University Blvd. W, Silver Spring, Md. Register at www.dcbaptist.org or 202.265.1526.
We extend our congratulations and pray God's blessing for Holy Comforter Baptist Church, which reorganized as Dominion Life Center last month. May the Lord continue to bless the work that has been entrusted to you.
On the Calendar This Month
The Lenten Season begins this month on Ash Wednesday, March 5. Daylight Saving Time also begins on Sunday, March 9 and the much-awaited start of spring is on Thursday, March 20.
Kuumba Singers of Harvard at Covenant Baptist UCC for Free Concert
Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ in Washington, D.C. is very excited to have the Kuumba Singers join at their 10 a.m. worship service and for a 4 p.m. concert on Sunday, March 16. The church is located at 3845 South Capitol Street, Washington, DC 20032. Drs. Dennis W. and Christine Y. Wiley are pastors. All are invited to attend. The Kuumba Singers were co-founded in 1970 by Dr. Dennis W. Wiley, while attending Harvard University, making the Kuumba Singers the oldest existing black organization at Harvard. They are truly an inspirational group of talented and creative singers. Click here for a flyer. For further information, please contact the church office 202.562.5576.
ABWM Scholarships Available
American Baptist Women's Ministries will host an Intergenerational Women's Retreat for girls and women from July 26-29 at the Green Lake Conference Center in Green Lake, Wisc. The theme of the retreat is, "A Time to Serve: Deepening Relationships." The national board of American Baptist Women's Ministries will award six (6) scholarships to enable six first-time attendees demonstrating leadership potential for women's or girls' ministries to attend the Intergenerational Retreat. The scholarships will award $265 to each of the selected applicants. Two scholarships will be awarded to each of three age ranges: 12-18, 18-30, 30+. The deadline for applications and three recommendations is March 31. Child care is also available during the retreat. For more information, visit ABWM.
For more than 125 years, women of the D.C. Baptist Convention have been working together to make a difference. Women of the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington formed their first Mission Society in 1813. In 1888, the various women's "circles" joined together in the Woman's Baptist Missionary Association (WBMA) of the District of Columbia and affiliated themselves with the Northern Baptist Woman's Baptist Foreign Mission Society in Boston. That same year, the Woman's Missionary Union of the Southern Baptist Convention was founded. The WBMA eventually became Baptist Women's Ministries. We invite you to come celebrate with us this milestone on Sunday, June 8 in Baltimore. For more information, click here.
Community Clergy Institute: Ethical Dilemmas in Spiritual Care Workshop
Pastors and clergy from DCBC churches are invited to attend The MedStar Washington Hospital Center's Department of Spiritual Care workshop, "Intensive Spiritual & Pastoral Workshop for Community Clergy," which will be held April 22-23 at the Washington Retreat House, 4000 Harewood Road, NW, Washington, D.C. The cost for the workshop is $300 and includes registration, food, lodging and materials. Space is limited to the first 25 registrants. For more information, click here for the letter of invitation and here for the registration form.
Liturgical Dance Ministry Available
The Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel- Beacon Liturgical Dance Ministry at Howard University would like to share their ministry of dance with DCBC congregations. Beacon is a Christian dance ensemble that creates unique visual experiences to worship God and encourage compassionate fellowship and spiritual growth. Beacon is devoted to helping people of all faiths see and feel the message of God through dance and performance art. The ministry is free of charge; however, they do accept offerings to help cover their expenses throughout the year. Contact Crystall Gabriell via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. if you are interested. View their YouTube channel by clicking here.
Musician. Olive Branch Community Church in Sandy, Spring, Md. is looking for a musician who can read, play and teach music to serve during their weekly worship service on Sundays. Candidates should also be prepared to hold regular practices with the choir. For more information, please contact Pastor Donald Kelly at email@example.com.
Senior Pastor. The Vienna Baptist faith community seeks a strong pastoral leader to guide us, to minister alongside, to cast the vision, and join our journey of spiritual growth and discipleship. For further information, see the pastor search page at http://vbc-va.org/pastorsearch.htm. Send resume and cover letter to VBCpastorsearch@vbc-va.org.
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