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Celebrating the Life and Ministry of Rev. R. Vincent Palmer II
Join us in praying for Rebohoth Baptist Church and the Palmer family upon the passing of Rev. R. Vincent Palmer on May 3. Rev. Palmer was a beloved pastor and servant of the Lord who will truly be missed. Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 10 at the church, which is located at 621 Alabama Avenue SE Washington, D.C. 20032. The viewing is from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. and the service will begin at 11 a.m. For more information, contact the church at 202.561.1111.
In Memoriam: Deacon David H. McElveen
Deacon Colonel David H. McElveen, USAF (Retired), who used his gifts to bless the Convention and Fort Foote Baptist Church for many years entered eternal rest on Saturday, April 27. Deacon “Mac,” as he was fondly called was a beloved member of Fort Foote Baptist Church having served as a deacon and as the Church Administrator until 2011 when he retired. He was also an active participant in D.C. Baptist life. His kindness and caring manner made him a pleasure to be around. He served the Convention with excellence and dedication as vice-president from 2005-2006, president from 2006-2007 and as chair of the Finance Committee from 2007-2010. He was also an inaugural board member of The Preservation Trust. Deacon Mac was faithful in all of these roles and encouraged those around him. He was a gentle giant and a servant leader who will truly be missed. We rejoice in knowing that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). We are grateful for his service and for having had such a wonderful person in our midst.
ERT Classes in May
On Saturday, May 11, the D.C. Baptist Convention will host Emergency Response Training certification for the following: ERT Orientation 101 (begins at 9 a.m.), Chainsaw and Debris Removal (begins at 10:30 a.m.). The classes will be held at Montgomery Hills Baptist Church, 9727 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, Md. If you would like to attend, please email email@example.com or call Jennifer Perry, ERT intern, at 202.265.1526, ext. 211.
College of Prayer: May Module Scheduled
Want to strengthen or go deeper in your prayer life? Come to the College of Prayer-Washington, D.C., May 16 -18 at Fort Foote Baptist Church, 5310 Fort Foote Road in Fort Washington, Md. This year's theme is “Lord Teach Us to Pray.” Presenters will be Rev. Dr. Cynthia T. Turner, pastor of Dayspring Community Church in Lanham, MD, and Rev. Dr. Bruce Miller, Dean of the College of Prayer-Washington, D.C. For registration information, contact www.dc.collegeofprayer.org.
MissionServe 2013 – Adopt a Work Crew
Join us for MissionServe 2013, which will be held June 30-July 5. We will have another opportunity to impact the lives of 280 volunteers who are coming to the D.C. metropolitan area to help renovate more homes. We NEED 20 DCBC churches to adopt a "work squad" of 13 volunteers. What does this mean?
• The “work squad” assigned to your church would attend worship service with you on Sunday, June 30, and we ask that you provide them with lunch.
• Commit to prepare and bring lunch to the work site Monday, July 1 through Friday, July 5 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 Montgomery County. 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 "work squad," please contact Lashanor Doolittle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.265.1526, ext. 203.
Ministry on the National Mall: Volunteers Needed This Summer
Washington, D.C. attracts visitors from all across our 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. The dates that are available are: July 13 & 27 and August 10. If interested, contact DCBC at 202.265.1526, ext. 213.
Deadline Extended for BWA Youth World Conference
The conference fee for the 16th Baptist Youth World Conference, to be held in Singapore from July17-21, has been discounted until May 31. Persons from several countries including the U.S. can still pay the discounted price of $190 instead of the full price of $225. Other costs for meals, transportation and hotel accommodations are NOT INCLUDED in the conference fee. Registration and other information are available at www.bwanet.org.
Update on New 2013 Mission Summit/Biennial Registration Changes
The first American Baptist Churches Mission Summit will be held in Kansas City/Overland Park, KS, as part of the 2013 Biennial on June 21-23. The purpose of the Mission Summit is to create the space for creative and meaningful conversation among participants in order to advance the mission and ministry of ABC among various American Baptist constituents. In addition to the new Mission Summit element, the Board of General Ministries has approved a new registration policy to make it easier for individuals to attend the Mission Summit/Biennial. This year, churches are invited to register. Once a church has registered, an unlimited number of members from that church may register to attend the Mission Summit/Biennial at a reduced rate of $35 per person. This new funding structure will not affect the number of delegates each church is eligible to send. Individuals from non-registering churches are still eligible to register for the full registration fee of $150 for the entire event or $50 for a single day. Visit www.americanbaptists2013.com to register your church today. Individuals will need to wait until AFTER their church has registered to be able to register for the $35 fee.
Feed The Children, an international relief organization that provides hope and resources for those without life’s essentials, has opened an office in the Baptist Building. The new Government Relations office will engage in efforts to advocate for U.S. policies that address child hunger, education for homeless children and youth, disaster relief and foreign assistance. Feed the Children provides more than 350,000 children around the world with a hot, nourishing meal daily. In the U.S., nearly 10 million people receive assistance each year from food and supplies distributed through over 1,200 local partner agencies. Kevin Hagan, a former member of Washington Plaza Baptist Church, where his wife, Rev. Elizabeth Hagan served as pastor until December 2012, is the President and CEO of the organization. Visit www.feedthechildren.org.
Salem Gospel Ministries is in need of used instruments (guitar, keyboard, violin, flute, etc.) to teach music to the children in their congregation. If you have instruments for sale or to donate to this ministry as it seeks to extend God’s kingdom, please contact Dr. Adrien Ngudiankama at 240.595.2127 or email@example.com.
EFL Teacher Training
There will be English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher Training Workshops on Saturday, June 1 at Ox Hill Baptist Church, 4101 Elmwood Street, Chantilly, VA 20151, 703.378.5555. The registration form, which can be found here, is due by Friday, May 24.
MMBB Webinar on When to Claim Social Security Benefit
The Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board (MMBB) is hosting a webinar entitled, “Social Security: When Should You Start?” at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 16. The webinar will address the issues you need to consider to determine when to begin claiming your Social Security retirement benefit, including:
• How your age affects your Social Security benefit
• How many years do you expect to spend in retirement
• Do you plan to continue working
• What are your other retirement income sources
• What is your income tax picture
• How will your decision affect your spouse and the benefits they will receive
DCBCF Grants for Senior Adult Ministries
Grants are available to DCBC supporting churches for ministry programs to senior adults in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Applications for Senior Adult Ministry Grants are due in the DCBC Foundation office by Aug. 31. Reports from current grantees are also due that day. For a grant application, contact Ellen Teague at 202.234.7194 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Life Insurance Program for Parents
DCBC has partnered with MassMutual to introduce LifeBridge, MassMutual’s free life insurance program. With the belief that ALL children are the future of our country, LifeBridge provides a life insurance benefit to use for educational expenses of surviving children—providing children the opportunity to get an education if an insured parent dies during the term of the policy.
How the program works:
• Under the LifeBridge Program, an eligible parent or legal guardian will have a $50,000, 10 year term life insurance policy issued on their life. MassMutual pays the premiums.
• If a covered parent or legal guardian dies during the policy term, the money goes directly to a trust fund, managed by The MassMutual Trust Company, FSB, a wholly owned stock subsidiary of MassMutual, to pay for the educational expenses of the child(ren).
• Covered expenses include books, tuition, fees, and room and board. The types of schools covered include pre-school, private school, trade school or college.
For more information on eligibility and to schedule an on-site application meeting at your church, please contact Lashanor Doolittle at 202.265.1526, ext. 203 or at email@example.com.
Mt. Jezreel Hosts Church Alive! Conference
The Church Alive! Ministry Leadership Conference will be held July 14-18 at Mt. Jezreel Baptist Church in Silver Spring, Md., where Rev. Dr. Eldridge Spearman is the pastor. The conference will feature Rev. Dr. Joel Gregory, Rev. Dr. Robert Smith, Rev. Dr. Joy Moore, Rev. Dr. Gene Sims and Rev. Dr. Cleophus LaRue, among others. Registration is $150. For more information, visit http://www.churchalivemjbc.org/index.html or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NCCF Hosts Art & Soul Charity Auction, Youth Arts Fair
The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) will present its 11th Annual Art & Soul Charity Auction from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, June 7 at the Silver Spring Civic Building in Silver Spring, Md. NCCF is a DCBC partner organization that began as the Baptist Home for Children. The Art & Soul Charity Auction recognizes artists and performers who care deeply about the community and support children and youth in need. The event includes a silent and live auction with original artwork, jewelry and more. Tickets are $75. For full event details visit: www.nccf-cares.org/art-and-soul.
In addition, the 3rd Annual Youth Arts Fair: “Gifted, Talented, and Under 21 Showcase” will be held earlier in the afternoon, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. More information about this event is also available by visiting, www.nccf-cares.org.
Pastor for Youth and Children. Vienna Baptist Church is seeking a Pastor for Youth and Children. The individual will work with the Youth and Children's Ministry Team to build upon existing ministries and introduce innovative, meaningful and fun activities for both youth and children. This is a full-time position with benefits. To apply for the position, contact the search team at VBCyouthmin2013@gmail.com or call 703.281.4400. Click here for a complete job description.
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