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April 2014
Latest News, Announcements & Vignettes


Creech to Return to Social Work Roots
Rev. Ricky O. Creech, executive director/minister of the D.C. Baptist Convention, will leave the post on April 24, announced Convention President Rev. Larry Hentz at a meeting of the board of directors on April 3. Rev. Creech, who led the Convention through a major governance structure change with a smaller governing body and streamlined committees, will return to his social work roots as president/CEO of a faith-based nonprofit that focuses on suffering children in eastern Kentucky and Ohio. Click here to read the news release in its entirety.

Piano Available
A member of FBC DC has a used piano in good condition (Spinet) that she would like to donate to a church.  If interested please contact Robert Cochran at 202.265.1526 or

Project Restoration 2014
One critical factor in the quality of life for older adults is housing. Too often home repairs become unmanageable and make it difficult for seniors to stay in their own homes. The Older Adult Ministries Team of the D.C. Baptist Convention is seeking to help older adults make repairs to their homes. Teams of volunteers have been enlisted, grants for supplies have been received, and some work has already been done.  In partnership with MissionServe, volunteers from across the nation are coming to our area this summer. Do you know someone who needs help with repairs?  If so, please submit a request online or complete the form and return by Thursday, April 24 for consideration to: DCBC, Attn: Project Restoration, 1628 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20009, or fax to (202) 667-8258, or email to You may contact Lashanor Doolittle or Robert Cochran with questions at 202.265.1526 or

BWF Holds Biennial Meeting
On Friday, April 11 at 10 a.m., the Baptist Women’s Fellowship (BWF) of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. will hold its biennial meeting at Liberty Baptist Church, 517 Kentucky Ave., SE, Washington, D.C. The BWF was founded 40 years ago to promote a closer relationship between the Baptist women’s organizations of Metropolitan Washington by sharing fellowship and prayer, information and inspiration, as well as opportunities for cooperative Christian service.  An administrative council representing a dozen regional organizations plans the annual region-wide observance of the Baptist Women’s World Day of Prayer on the first Monday in November each year.  Every two years the BWF holds a Biennial meeting for the election and dedication of officers and invites all Baptist Women to attend.  This year’s Biennial speaker will be the Rev. Ernestine Jones, Vice President at Large, Women’s Auxiliary, Baptist Convention of DC and Vicinity, speaking on "In Step with the Spirit: Love."

Upcoming White Cross Deadline
Each year Baptist Women donate money, disaster relief kits and handmade medical supplies to aid American Baptist missionaries around the world.  At the recent “Let’s Do It!” conference on Saturday March 22, 35 women worked on 19 school kits, 50 roller bandages, 10 baby gowns, 10 packages of cotton squares, and 6 baby blankets.  This was a great cooperative achievement – and fun, too.  Women’s groups in individual churches are asked to complete their handwork by April 15 and bring their items to the Baptist Building for transportation to the Brethren Service Center at New Windsor.  Contact Gail Lacy at 202.265.1526 or if you need instructions on completing, packing or shipping your White Cross items. 

Meals for Children at JBCC
Beginning Saturday, April 26, the Johenning Advisory Council is sponsoring a project to provide meals for economically-challenged children in the neighborhood of the Johenning Baptist Community Center in Ward 8. Church groups are asked to volunteer to prepare a hot lunch for 50-75 people, serve it and cleanup on one Saturday a month.  If your church would like to participate, contact Robert Cochran at 202.265.1526 or  The Baptist Women’s Ministries is preparing the first such lunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 26 and would welcome volunteers to help.  Please contact Gail Lacy at 202-265-1526 or  

DCBC Office Closings
The D.C. Baptist Convention will be closed from Friday, April 18-Monday, April 21 in observance of Holy Week and Resurrection Sunday services. We will reopen on Tuesday, April 22.

OAM Workshop on the Affordable Care Act
Do you have questions about how the Affordable Care Act affects you?  Older Adult Ministries is sponsoring a workshop to address this vital new law, which allows those without healthcare coverage to obtain it, on Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Baptist Building, 1628 16th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20009.  For registration, visit or call DCBC at 202.265.1526.

May Module of the College of Prayer
The College of Prayer will be held at Fort Foote Baptist Church in Fort Washington, Md. from May 15-17.  The registration fee ranges from $50 to $95, depending on how many people register together. This year at the May and November sessions we are focusing on “Lord, as Families, Teach Us to Pray.”  We are looking forward to going deeper into God’s Word about how families can pray together and for each other; and how to build God-centered, Holy Ghost-filled families. We count it a blessing to have Rev. Kip B. Banks, Sr., the pastor of East Washington Heights Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., as our May presenter.  Don’t miss this opportunity.  On Saturday May 17, bring out your families for prayers of blessing. The deadline to register is Thursday, May 1.  Register at or by calling DCBC at 202.265.1526.

MissionServe DC 2014
MissionServe 2014 is quickly approaching and as in the past two years, we are in need of 20 churches to adopt a "work or ministry squad" of approximately 13 volunteers June 29 - July 3.  Last year volunteers from all over the country were blessed beyond words by D.C. Baptists’ expression of God’s love for them.   For the host church:

•  The "work squad" would attend worship service with you on Sunday, June 29, and then we ask that you provide them with lunch afterwards.
• Commit to prepare and bring lunch to the work site Monday, June 30 through Thursday, July 3 for the squad and the homeowner(s).
• Follow-up with the homeowner(s) once the work project is complete. This is a wonderful ministry opportunity for your church to reach the community!

Volunteers will be working in the District. If your church would like to be a blessing again or join in being a blessing this year for the first time by adopting a "ministry or work squad," please complete the online form or contact Lashanor Doolittle at or 202.265.1526, ext. 203.

DCBCF Scholarship
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 Thursday, May 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 by contacting Ellen Teague at 202.234.7194 or

ERT Trainings
DCBC is looking for churches, parachurch groups and community partners who are interested in hosting Emergency Response Team Trainings this spring and summer. The trainings are free to host, though advanced trainings charge volunteers a one-time fee of $25 to offset the costs of the hat, ID badge and T-shirt required to be recognized by FEMA as an official responder. In addition to the introductory course, advanced courses include: chainsaw, debris removal, first response (assessment), chaplaincy, snow removal and flood response. Volunteers can, and are encouraged to, train in as many of these areas as they’d like. To find out more information about hosting or attending a training, please contact DCBC’s ERT Coordinator Jennifer Perry at or 202.265.1525 ext. 211.

Church Bulletin…

Spring Revival
Mt. Moriah Baptist Church is hosting a Spring Revival this month. Rev. Dexter U. Nutall, pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. will preach on Tuesday, April 8 and Dr. Gina Stewart, pastor of Christ Missionary Baptist Church in Memphis will preach on Tuesday, April 15. Services start at 7 p.m. The church is located at 1636 East Capitol Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20003.

Hentz to Speak at Noonday Lenten Service
Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, which is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year, will have a Lenten Service on Wednesday, April 9 at noon. DCBC President Rev. Larry Hentz will be the guest speaker for the service. Nineteenth Street Baptist Church is located at 4606 16th Street N.W. Washington, DC 20011.

Help Haitian Children
Change a child’s life – donate your change for Haiti. Eglise Baptiste du Calvaire and the Haiti Work Group of the D.C. Baptist Convention ask you to donate your change to help children in Haiti.  Your church can collect the cash and send one check at the end of June to Eglise Baptiste du Calvaire, 10002 Riggs Road, Adelphi MD 20783. For more information, contact DCBC at 202.265.1526.

More News…

Volunteers Needed for Ministry on the National Mall
Washington DC attracts visitors from all over our nation and world.  On five Saturdays this summer, teams from DC 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.  Volunteers are needed this summer June 28, July 12 & 19, August 2 & 9 at the FDR Memorial. 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 202-265-1526 or

Host Church Needed, Monetary Gift Offered
Elizabeth Baptist Church (EBC) of Shelby, NC would like to partner with a DCBC church from July 6 - 12 to provide backyard Bible clubs and/or Vacation Bible School for a church in our area. EBC would provide staffing, curriculum and materials. The church just needs to provide the children and space.  In addition, they could complete minor construction projects for the church and/or its members as well as assist some seniors with projects identified by the DCBC. The monetary donation to the church for the use of the facility would range between $2,000-$3,000. There will be 50 people in the group and they would also need housing within the church for the week.  EBC would also need access to the church's kitchen to prepare their meals and a shower trailer delivered for their use.  The group would arrive on Sunday afternoon and depart on Saturday morning.  They would also assume responsibility for cleaning the facilities. Thank you for your consideration in accommodating this group.  Please contact Lashanor Doolittle at or 202.265.1526, ext. 203. 

Centennial Hampton Ministers Conference
The 100th Hampton University Ministers’ Conference will be held June 1-6 in Hampton, VA with the theme, “Honoring Our Past, Anticipating Our Future.” The conference will feature noted speakers including Bishop T.D. Jakes, Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. and Dr. Cynthia James, to name a few. The 80th Annual Choir Directors’ & Organists’ Guild Workshop will also be held simultaneously. The deadline for pre-registration is April 30, 2014. For more information, visit

DCBC Women Celebrate More Than 125 Years of Ministry
Women of the DC Baptist Convention are celebrating more than 125 years of working together.  The first Mission Society in DC was formed by women at First Baptist Church of the City of Washington in 1813.  In 1888 the various women’s circles joined together in the Woman’s Baptist Missionary Association of the District of Columbia (WBMA) and affiliated with the Northern Baptist Woman’s Baptist Foreign Mission Society in Boston.  1888 also marked the founding of national Woman’s Missionary Union to which DC women also belonged.  The WBMA eventually became Baptist Women’s Ministries of the DC Baptist Convention.  We invite you to come celebrate with us this June at a banquet to be held in Baltimore at 6:30pm on June 8.  Please contact Gail Lacy at 202-265-1526 or for more information.



Choir Director. Hillandale Baptist Church in Adelphi, Md. is seeking a Choir Director for the sanctuary choir, musicians, and musical ensembles for the weekly worship ministry, and to develop and lead a program of congregational music. Please submit resume to: Attention: Mary Harding, or to: You may also call 301.434.6033.

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



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