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Annual Church Reports Due TODAY
It's that time of year again when we gather reports from DCBC member churches about the wonderful ministry work being done in our area and beyond. Please remember to fill out your Annual Church Report so that we have the most accurate church information for the Book of Reports, which will be disseminated at the Annual Gathering later this month. As of today, we have only received five (5) reports and we need yours!
For your convenience, this year, there are two ways of giving us your church information: through our "new" Online Annual Church Report Form at this link https://knowyourcross.net/dcbc-login. Fill it out here once and the information will be saved, allowing for easy updating each year; or download a hard copy of the Annual Church Report Form and mail or fax it to DCBC at 1628 16th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20009, fax 202-667-8258. The deadline for submitting the form is today, Monday, Oct. 6. For assistance with completing the Annual Church Report, please contact Margarita Pinto at 202-265-1526, ext. 204 or at email@example.com.
REGISTER Now for DCBC’s Annual Gathering
The joy of the Lord is our strength! This powerful reminder taken from Nehemiah 8:10 will serve as the theme and anchor for DCBC's Annual Gathering, which will be held on Monday, Oct. 27 and Tuesday, Oct. 28 at Clifton Park Baptist Church, 8818 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, Md. 20903.
We think you will enjoy many of the new features for this year's Annual Gathering. Here's a promotional video to show you what you can expect from this joyful celebration!
We hope you will plan to join us. To register for the Annual Gathering or for more detailed information about speakers, workshops and other highlights, click here. You may also contact DCBC at 202-265-1526. Please note that for meals you must register by Friday, Oct. 17th.
Baptist Women's Annual Meeting in October
The Baptist Women's Ministries Retreat and Annual Meeting is on Saturday, Oct. 11 at Purity Baptist Church, 1325 Maryland Ave., NE, Washington, D.C. from 8:30 a.m. until noon. All women are invited. The morning will focus on encouraging young women to develop as leaders. Workshops will include a hands-on project for Operation Christmas Child. Details and registration for this event are here.
YOUTH FLASH MOB NEWS FLASH!!
During the DCBC Annual Gathering, which is being held Oct. 27 and 28 at Clifton Park Baptist Church in Silver Spring, Md., we will be forming a REAL flash mob! We want all youth who sing, dance or play an instrument to join in! You do not have to be in a current group or choir - you just have to be able to learn and perform in an engaging way. Singers don't even have to read music. It's going to be the highlight of the event - believe it! With a few rehearsals during the month of October, we will put on a show that will inspire "shock and awe" to all the attendees. Not only that! This Youth Flash Mob will be the opening act for the featured speaker - a professional Christian Comedian. They won't want to miss that, either! If you have students (age 12 to 21) that are interested - submit their names and contact information (phone and email) so we can contact them about rehearsals, etc. No auditions required. The director is Mr. Tony Small, a multi-faceted artist/musician. Tony has created performance and cultural arts programs in four major cities (Chicago, Indianapolis, Baltimore and Washington, DC). The Indianapolis Star quotes that the "stage becomes a classroom for the kids" and from Chicago, "No one doubts that if Tony has his way, every child who works with him will be one of tomorrow's leaders." He is taking time from working on his original opera preparing for its world debut on the Kennedy Center stage to direct this event.
This video will give you an idea about what we mean by a flash mob:
Send names and contact information to: Maureen Freshour, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ministry Showcase and Photo Contest – DEADLINE EXTENDED
This year's Annual Gathering will showcase the amazing ministry efforts of DCBC churches through a multimedia presentation and photo contest focused on our theme, "The Joy of the Lord is Our Strength." Please send photos and a video (no longer than five minutes in length) from a local, national or international missions effort that your church participated in during the past year. Photos should capture a ministry moment that reflects the heart of the missions efforts in which you were engaged. Details about the missions project or ongoing effort, including a brief description (1-2 pages maximum), should also be submitted using the attached form. PowerPoint slides are also acceptable. We will compile the videos and photos into one presentation for the meeting. Photos from those submitted will be chosen for a photo contest that will feature the most compelling photos of the year. Please include captions on all photos. They will be posted on DCBC's Facebook and Twitter pages.
Email video, photos and PowerPoint slides along with the attached form to email@example.com no later than Friday, October 10th (extended deadline). But, don't wait until the deadline. Start sending photos now! If you have questions about the Ministry Showcase or Photo Contest, please contact Rev. Dr. Leslie Copeland-Tune via the email above or by calling 202.265.1526, ext. 208.
Older Adult Ministries Convocation
The Older Adult Ministries will hold its Annual Convocation on Monday, Oct. 27 from noon – 4 p.m. at Clifton Park Baptist Church, 8818 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, Md. The Convocation is held in conjunction with DCBC’s Annual Gathering. This year the theme is “Expressing God’s Joy Through Music and Dance” with Minister Terry Carter as the featured speaker. There will also be a special performance by Pan Lara, a steel drums group. A complimentary lunch will be provided. RSVPs are required by Friday, Oct. 17. Call 202-265-1526.
No matter what your role in ministry, the Ministry Summit has been planned to help you explore new ideas and timeless solutions as well as to offer networking opportunities and support for you. Senior pastors, associate pastors, staff ministers, church staff and others involved in church ministry will find something for them during this summit. A pre-event to the Annual Gathering, the Ministry Summit will take place on Monday, Oct. 27 from 1:45-4:30 p.m. at Clifton Park Baptist Church, 8818 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, Md. 20903. Speakers include: Rev. Dr. Michael Catlett, who served for more than 20 years as the senior pastor of McLean Baptist Church in McLean, Va.; Rev. Larry Hentz, who is president of the D.C. Baptist Convention and the pastor of True Gospel Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.; Rev. Dr. Connie Stinson, who is vice president of the D.C. Baptist Convention and pastor of Luther Rice Memorial Baptist Church in Silver Spring, Md.; and, Rev. Ray Nelson, an experienced youth minister and president of 4th Quarter, LLC. Hors d’oeuvres will be served. For more information, call DCBC at 202-265-1526 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Responding to the Ebola Virus Crisis
There are several ways that DCBC churches can respond to the Ebola virus crisis in Africa. 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 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 email@example.com. You can also visit www.LBMEC.org for more information.
In addition, the All Africa Baptist Fellowship, a region of the Baptist World Alliance, has declared Sunday, October 12 as Ebola Sunday. The aims of this Sunday as outlined by the AABF are as follows:
1. To create awareness of the deadly Ebola virus.
2. To pray for God's mercy on the African continent.
3. To pray that God would intervene and stop the epidemics ravaging some countries.
4. To pray to God to stop its spread to other countries.
5. To pray to God to sanctify the medication given to Ebola patients in order to accelerate their healing process.
6. To pray to God to protect the lives of the health workers and other care givers.
Donations are also being collected for Baptist World Aid and they can be made online at www.BWAnet.org or by sending funds to Baptist World Aid, c/o Baptist World Alliance, 405 North Washington Street, Falls Church, Va. 22046.
Baptist Women’s World Day of Prayer
Monday, Nov. 3 is the annual observance of the Baptist Women’s World Day of Prayer. A special service will be held at 10 a.m. at Liberty Baptist Church, 527 Kentucky Ave., SE, Washington, D.C. Women on every continent will be gathering for prayer on this day. Join us for this time of prayer. Offerings taken during the service will provide funds needed for the Baptist World Alliance Women’s Department’s ministry projects around the world.
National Clergy Appreciation Month
October is National Clergy Appreciation Month. On behalf of the D.C. Baptist Convention, thank you for your tireless service, diligence and perseverance in building God’s kingdom and edifying God’s people.
MBC Hosts Milestone Anniversary & Retirement Gala
Metropolitan Baptist Church will celebrate its 150th Anniversary and the retirement of Rev. Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr. at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17 at Martin’s Camelot, 13905 Central Avenue, Upper Marlboro, Md. 20774. For more information, click here.
Rev. James Tiefel is celebrating 10 years of faithful service as pastor of First Baptist of Camp Springs (Md.). Congratulations and blessings on your next decade of ministry together and beyond!
Training for Ushers: Mark Your Calendar
On Saturday, Nov. 1, DCBC will host training for ushers from 10 a.m. until noon. More details about the training are forthcoming. Please check DCBC's website for details.
NCCF Centennial Celebration
The National Center for Children and Families, which began as the Baptist Home for Children, is hosting its Centennial Celebration! NCCF has been serving children in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area for 100 years! A number of events and activities are planned to mark this milestone. The Centennial Celebration will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. Tickets are $200. Click here for more information.
Workshop for Trustees and Deacons/Deaconesses
On Saturday, Nov. 15, DCBC will offer workshops for Trustees and Deacons/Deaconesses from 9:30 a.m. until noon. There will be sessions for new and prospective Deacons/Deaconesses as well as sessions for Trustees in the morning. There will also be workshops for all Deacons/Deaconesses from 1-3 p.m. More details are forthcoming. Please check DCBC’s website for details.
Food Drive for Thanksgiving Baskets
DCBC is collecting nonperishable items for food baskets that will be disseminated at the Johenning Baptist Community Center. Please bring donations to the Baptist Building, 1628 16th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20009, by Friday, Nov. 21 for distribution at Thanksgiving.
Senior Pastor. THE INTER-FAITH CHAPEL, an independent non-denominational church in Silver Spring, Md. with a multi-cultural membership from 40+ denominations in the Protestant tradition, is seeking a full-time Senior Minister. The church is located in an active community of residents 55 and over. The successful candidate must have proven ability and skills serving older adults and experience working in a multi-staffed program church. Compensation based on our non-denominational policy. Resumes will be accepted until Oct. 15, 2014. E-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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