REGISTER NOW: 2014 DCBC 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.
There will be many new features to this year's Annual Gathering as we seek to bring life to the Scripture in Nehemiah, which says, "Then he said to them, 'Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength."
Workshops and plenary sessions are designed to meet the needs of clergy and laity, more seasoned saints and those who are new to the faith. We hope you will plan to join us and watch for regular announcements and updates leading up to the Annual Gathering. For meals, you must register by Friday, Oct. 17. To register, click here. For more information, contact DCBC at 202-265-1526 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*NEW* Ministry Marketplace
Do you have old books that you really want to get rid of but don't want to throw in the trash? Does your church have a gently used communion set that you no longer use? Extra tables or chairs? Well, if you've been looking for a way to be a blessing to someone else and to get rid of that stuff you don't use anymore, we have a solution for you!
At this year's Annual Gathering, we will host the first Ministry Marketplace where you will be able to donate "gently used" or "unused" ministry items (e.g., robes, books, communion sets, lecterns, PA systems, pews, bookcase, Sunday school materials, etc.) as well as purchase items for your church or ministry. The items will be sold for a small donation, with the proceeds going to "The Blessing," DCBC'smissions campaign. "In-kind" gift receipts will be available upon request.
To donate items, please complete this form and submit a photo of each item to be donated. The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 3.
For more information, please contact DCBC at 202-265-1526.
Youth Flash Mob and Choir
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.
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: Rev. Maureen Freshour, email@example.com.
In addition, we are putting together a Youth Choir to perform during the service on Tuesday, Oct. 28. Please call the Convention at 202-265-1526 or email Rev. Freshour (email address above) if you are interested or know a young person who is interested in participating.
Baptist Women's Ministries Annual Meeting/Retreat
Baptist Women's Ministries will be having their Annual Retreat on Saturday, October 11 at Purity Baptist Church, 1325 Maryland Ave., NE, Washington, D.C. from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Registration is FREE and ALL women are invited. The morning will focus on encouraging young women to develop as leaders. The special guest speaker is Sara Hubble from Richmond, Virginia. Women of Purity and the Purity Dance Ministry will lead in Worship. Workshops will include How to Encourage Young Leaders, Packing Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, and The Power and Privilege of Prayer. A continental breakfast will be served at 8:30am. There will be a brief business meeting for the election of the BWM Leadership Team and the approval of revised bylaws and job descriptions. Register here and download additional information.
Ministry Showcase & Photo Contest
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, Oct. 6th. 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.
DCBC Values Statement
As a part of the Journey of 180 strategic planning process, the Denominational Affiliations/Partnerships Task Force recommended the following statement be adopted by the D.C. Baptist Convention as reflective of the shared beliefs and values of D.C. Baptists. This statement was approved for adoption by DCBC delegates at the 136th Annual Meeting and will be used as a guideline for future denominational affiliations and partnerships:
We believe that God has called us together under the Lordship of Jesus Christ to be in Christian community. While we are autonomous as local churches, we are interdependent and believe in the power of working together as a witness to Christ. Jesus affirms the diversity of our gifts and calls us to be in unity. We are many members but one Body—one Lord, one faith, one baptism.
We believe in:
• Sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ through acts of evangelism and social action
• Involvement in cooperative missions
• Believers’ baptism
• Priesthood of all believers
• Autonomy of the local church
• Separation of church and state
We will pursue clear, intentional, purposeful and mutually beneficial partnerships, relationships and networks with other bodies that affirm these values without differentiation to any particular denominational group.