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August 2014
Latest News, Announcements & Vignettes

DCBC Executive Director/Minister Search Continues: Applications Due Aug. 15
Applications for the next Executive Director/Minister of the D.C. Baptist Convention are due this month. The Executive Director/Minister will serve as the chief staff officer of the District of Columbia Baptist Convention administering all funds, programs, and ministries of the Convention under the direction of the Board of Directors and the Executive Team. The applicant must be an ordained minister with a degree from an accredited seminary; by education, skill and experience is capable of being an executive director/minister of a multicultural, urban-suburban convention; able to relate to pastors with effective listening and coaching skills, has proven administrative, organizational and leadership skills, knows how to bring diverse people together for ministry and mission, and able to work with all Convention affiliations and partners. For a comprehensive list of the position qualifications and responsibilities, click here. Please send inquiries and cover letters to include a statement of your faith and call to ministry, and resumes or CVs to Rev. James Tiefel, Chair, Search Committee, D.C. Baptist Convention, 1628 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20009, faxed to (202) 667-8258 or emailed to search.committee@dcbaptist.org. Please indicate "Executive Director/Minister Applicant" in the subject line. The final date for submission is August 15, 2014.


Callam Re-Elected to Another Five-Year Term
Baptist World Alliance General Secretary Neville Callam was re-elected by the BWA General Council at its meeting in Izmir, Turkey to another five years in office. His new term will run from 2015-2020. Congratulations!


Meals for Children at JBCC—Volunteers Needed
Participation in the Saturday hot lunch program for children at Johenning Baptist Community Center has been growing every month. Volunteers are still needed to cook, serve and clean-up for up to 75 children on Saturday, Sept. 27 and Oct. 25.  Please contact Gail Lacy at 202-265-1526 or gail.lacy@dcbaptist.org


Grants Available for Ministries to Senior Adults
Grants are available to DCBC supporting churches for ministry programs to senior adults in the D.C. metropolitan area. Applications for Senior Adult Ministry Grants are due in the Foundation office by Aug. 31.  Reports from current grantees are also due by Aug. 31.  Contact ellen.teague@dcbaptist.org or call 202.234.7194 for more information or for a grant application form.


Scholarship for Seminarians: Application Due Sept.1 for Spring Semester
The D.C. Baptist Convention Foundation (DCBCF) is offering scholarships for seminarians. The scholarship applications for new and continuing seminary students are due in the Foundation office by Monday, Sept. 1. Students must demonstrate financial need, be enrolled as a full-time student, be studying for a first graduate degree in theology, preparing for full-time ministry, be an active member of a DCBC cooperating church at the time of enrollment, and must maintain a grade point average of 2.75 on a 4-point scale or its equivalent. Application forms for a scholarship can be obtained here or by contacting Ellen Teague at 202.234.7194 or ellen.teague@dcbaptist.org.


Emergency Response Training
The DCBC Emergency Response Team in partnership with the Virginia Baptist Mission Board is hosting a comprehensive training event on Friday Sept. 5, from 7-9:30 p.m. and Saturday Sept. 6 from 8:30 a.mm to 3 p.m. This is meant to serve as a training exercise for new members and previously trained volunteers. We strongly encourage all previously trained volunteers to be present. A one-time fee of $25 will cover the costs of food, hat, badge, and shirt. If you have already paid $25 at a previous ERT training, the event will be free. On Saturday, the group will split into two groups; emergency feeding trailers and recovery units (chainsaw, debris removal, flood response, etc.) There will be both in-classroom and hands-on training. The host church is University Baptist Church, 3515 Campus Drive, College Park, MD. If you'd like to RSVP or get more information, email Jennifer Perry at ERT@dcbaptist.org or call at 202-265-1526.


LifeWay Sunday School Conference
Whether you are a Sunday School teacher or a small group leader, it’s not too early to begin preparing for next year’s teaching opportunities! On Saturday, Sept. 20, LifeWay will sponsor, “Transform: Teaching that Changes Lives” at First Baptist Church in Upper Marlboro, Md. The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will concentrate on the specific age-group segment you teach.  Step-by-step guidance will be given on how to teach in ways that genuinely transform lives and participants will leave with practical ideas that can be put to work immediately. The registration fee is $25. To register, call 800.254.2022 or go to www.lifeway.com/transform.


Former DCBC Pastor Publishes Book
Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Scott, who served as the pastor of Wisconsin Avenue Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., has published a book on how to reach the unchurched. Entitled, “American Gothic Church: Changing the Way People See the Church,” the book is available in softcover and ebook formats through Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com and other online booksellers.

 

Church Bulletin: Milestone Anniversary Celebrations

Nineteenth Street Celebrates 175th Anniversary
Nineteenth Street Baptist Church will be hosting its 175th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C. from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. The Gala will include American Idol winner and vocalist, Candace Glover, and gospel legend Bebe Winans. For more information, contact the church at 202-829-2773 or visit http://everyblessing.org/.


Antioch Marks 90 Years of Ministry
Antioch Baptist Church of Deanwood is celebrating 90 years of ministry. They will have special nightly services Sept. 17-19 at 7:30 p.m. at the church, which is located at 105 50th Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20019. On Sunday, Sept. 21, they will observe their annual "Homecoming" Sunday during the 11 a.m. service. Antioch Baptist Church of Deanwood will also host an anniversary banquet from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the grand La Fontaine Bleue, located at 7963 Annapolis Road, Lanham, Md. For more information about these services, contact the church at 202-399-8118 or visit www.antiochabc.org.


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.

 

More News…

Annual Women’s Conference
First Jericho Baptist Church will host its Annual Women’s Conference on Sept. 17-19 at the church, which is located at 304 S Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002. Services will begin at 7:30 p.m. nightly and the speakers include Rev. Colette Robinson (Bethany AME Church), Rev. Dr. Marion Criddle (Rivers of Joy Bible Fellowship Church) and Rev. Dr. Myrtle Patricia Jones (Word of Life Church Ministries). The theme is “Lifting Up the Name of Jesus.” Click here for a flyer with more information.


Ministry Showcase, Photo Contest to Highlight DCBC Churches in Action
At this year's Annual Gathering we would like to showcase the amazing ministry efforts of DCBC churches through a multimedia presentation focused on our theme, "The Joy of the Lord is Our Strength." We ask that you send 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. Please submit details about the work your ministry has been involved in, including a brief description of the effort (1-2 pages maximum) using this form. Photos and PowerPoint slides are also acceptable. Completed forms should be sent to DCBC via email at communications@dcbaptist.org no later than Monday, Sept. 29. We will compile all of the videos into one presentation for the meeting.

For the Photo Contest, churches are asked to submit a photo (s) that captures a ministry moment during one of your local, national or international missions efforts. A panel of judges will decide on the winning photo and a prize will be awarded to that ministry. Photos must be submitted by Friday, Oct. 10 with a short caption describing what the photo depicts. Email photos and descriptions to communications@dcbaptist.org. All photos will be posted on DCBC's Facebook and Twitter pages.

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.


Baptist Women’s Annual Meeting in October
Baptist Women's Ministries will be having their Annual Meeting/Retreat on Saturday, Oct. 11 at Purity Baptist Church, 1325 Maryland Ave., NE, Washington, D.C. from 8:30 a.m. until noon. The morning will focus on encouraging young women to develop as leaders. The special guest speaker is Sara Hubble from WMU -Virginia. Workshops will include a hands-on project for Operation Christmas Child. A continental breakfast will be served. For more information contact Gail Lacy at 202-265-1526 or gail.lacy@dcbaptist.org or Rev. Geneva J. Logan at nene3@prodigy.net.


DCBC's Annual Gathering: Mark Your Calendar
DCBC’s Annual Gathering will be held Oct. 27-28 at Clifton Park Baptist Church, 8818 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, Md. The theme for this gathering is “The Joy of the Lord is Our Strength” from Nehemiah 8:10. Look for further details next month and links to register. Looking forward to seeing you there!


 

Employment

DCBC Executive Director/Minister. The Executive Director/Minister will serve as the chief staff officer of the District of Columbia Baptist Convention administering all funds, programs, and ministries of the Convention under the direction of the Board of Directors and the Executive Team. The applicant must be an ordained minister with a degree from an accredited seminary; by education, skill and experience is capable of being an executive director/minister of a multicultural, urban-suburban convention; able to relate to pastors with effective listening and coaching skills, has proven administrative, organizational and leadership skills, knows how to bring diverse people together for ministry and mission, and able to work with all Convention affiliations and partners. For a comprehensive list of the position qualifications and responsibilities, click here. Please send inquiries and cover letters to include a statement of your faith and call to ministry, and resumes or CVs to Rev. James Tiefel, Chair, Search Committee, D.C. Baptist Convention, 1628 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20009, faxed to (202) 667-8258 or emailed to search.committee@dcbaptist.org. Please indicate "Executive Director/Minister Applicant" in the subject line. The final date for submission is August 15, 2014.


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 rev2006.obcc@verizon.net.



 

 


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