Help for the Philippine Islands
In the wake of Super-Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the Philippine Islands on Nov. 8th, DCBC's Emergency Response Team
is working to provide assistance to those impacted. The Convention has created a designated fund to help with the relief and recovery efforts there. If you would like to give to this fund, please send a check to DCBC, 1628 16th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20009 and write “Philippine Islands Disaster Relief” in the memo section of the check.
You may also give online by clicking here. Updates on efforts to assist those impacted in the area will be given when available.
DCBC Elects New Officers
New officers were elected to lead the D.C. Baptist Convention during its 137th Annual Meeting. Rev. Larry Hentz, an associate
minister at Fort Foote Baptist Church in Fort Washington, Md., will serve as president of the Convention; Dr. Connie Stinson, pastor of Luther Rice Memorial Baptist Church in Silver Spring, Md., is the vice-president; and, Rev. Orlando Bego, pastor of CenterPoint Church in Camp Springs, Md., will be the secretary. Let us remember to keep them in prayer as they take on these leadership roles in the Convention!
JBCC Christmas Play, Open House & Toy Drive
The Johenning Advisory Council is organizing a Christmas play and open house at Johenning Baptist Community Center on Saturday, Dec. 21. Last year nearly 100 children participated. We need your help again this year. Gifts for children up to the age of 15 are needed. Finger food for the Open House would also be welcome. Call Carolyn Hutchinson, Metropolitan Outreach Ministries, 240.296.3583 to arrange to drop off your donations.
New Bylaws and Standing Rules
D.C. Baptist Convention delegates will vote on new Bylaws and Standing Rules that will govern the Convention moving forward. To review a copy of the new Bylaws that Convention delegates will vote, click here. A list of frequently asked questions has also been compiled regarding the new Bylaws. Click here to find the answers to those questions about the changes to the Bylaws. A copy of the Standing Rules on are posted here.
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.
2013 Calendar of Activities is Available
Now available for purchase is the 2013 Calendar of Activities. The theme of the calendar is, "Telling Our Stories" and celebrates the rich past, hopeful present and bright future of the D.C. Baptist Convention. Each month features vignettes and photos representing some aspect of the life and history of the Convention. As usual, the calendar also highlights important dates to remember about meetings, activities, programs and events. DCBC member churches will receive a complimentary copy of the calendar. If you would like to purchase your own copy of this collector's item for $10, mail a check or money order (no cash please) to DCBC, attn: Communications Department, 1628 Sixteenth Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20009. Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.