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September 2014
Latest News, Announcements & Vignettes

REGISTER Now for DCBC’s 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.

Registration materials have been mailed to DCBC churches. 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 more information, contact DCBC at 202-265-1526.

Ministry Showcase and 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 by Monday, October 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.

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.  Not only that!  This Youth Flash Mob will be the opening act for the featured speaker - a professional Christian Comedian.  They won't want to miss that, either!  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: Maureen Freshour,

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's missions 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.

Annual Church Reports Due
It's that time of year again when we gather reports from DCBC member churches about the wonderful ministry work being done in our area and beyond. Please remember to fill out your Annual Church Report so that we have the most accurate church information for the Book of Reports, which is disseminated at the Annual Gathering in October. For your convenience, this year, there are two ways of giving us your church information: through our "new" Online Annual Church Report Form at this link Fill it out here once and the information will be saved, allowing for easy updating each year; or download a hard copy of the Annual Church Report Form and mail or fax it to our office. Please do not fill in the .pdf form online. Use the website to submit the form electronically or print out a copy and mail or fax it to DCBC at 1628 16th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20009, fax 202-667-8258. The deadline for submitting the form is Monday, October 6. For assistance with completing the Annual Church Report, please contact Margarita Pinto at 202-265-1526, ext. 204 or at

Emergency Preparedness Workshop for Faith Leaders
FEMA and Serve DC have a workshop coming up on Tuesday, Sept. 30. The workshop is intended to walk through the "Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Houses of Worship" with faith leaders. It will be held from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Capitol Holiday Inn, 550 C Street, SW, Washington, D.C. 20472. The workshop is for up to 100 faith leaders of all faiths and those who work with/want to improve their collaboration with the faith community as it relates to emergency preparedness.

To pre-register for the workshop e-mail with "NCR - RSVP" in the subject line, please include your contact information (name, organization, title, work number and e-mail).

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

Clergy Ambassador Presentation on Clergy Privilege
There will be a Clergy Ambassador Presentation about Clergy Privilege on Tuesday, Sept. 30. Please arrive at 10 a.m. The presentation will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the Honorable Inez Smith Reid and Assistant United States Attorney James M. Perez will be the presenters and they will discuss the clergy privilege—the legal principle that protects the content of communications between members of the clergy and their parishioners or congregants. 

This presentation will cover the basic meaning of clergy privilege; how the privilege works; and the privilege’s limitations and parameters.  This session hopes to provide information to heighten awareness about clergy privilege. 

The event will take place at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, 555 4th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20530.

 For more information and to RSVP, contact Assistant U.S. Attorney Ademuyiwa Bamiduro at or 202- 202-252-7222.

Church Bulletin

Antioch Marks 90 Years of Ministry
Antioch Baptist Church of Deanwood is celebrating 90 years of ministry! The Anniversary Celebration will continue with a banquet on Saturday, September 27th, at the grand La Fontaine Bleue, located at 7963 Annapolis Road, Lanham, Maryland, from 2-6 p.m. For more information, visit

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.

Baptist Women’s Annual Meeting in October
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.


More News…

Clergy Leadership Program
The historic Chautauqua Institution has introduced its new Chautauqua Clergy Leadership Program, which is designed to cultivate the potential of selected clergy leaders to become “public pastors,” that is, leaders of spiritual and civic renewal in their towns, cities and communities. Funded by the Lilly Endowment, the CCLP will span the course of two years, including four mid-week retreats and two one-week immersions during the Chautauqua summer seasons. If you are interested in finding out more about this program, please email by Monday, Sept. 29. Click here for a flyer.

Mini Global Health Conference
The African Educare Mission Group is hosting its Annual Mini Global Health Conference, Oct. 2-4, at Montgomery Hills Baptist Church, 9727 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Md. 20910. The theme is “Health, Education and Development within the Context of Mission in Sub-Saharan Africa.” Speakers include: Dr. Robert Cochran, Associate Executive Director of DCBC and Dr. Marion Criddle, pastor of Rivers of Joy Bible Fellowship Church in District Heights, Md. The program is free of charge. Donations will be accepted to support the Health Promotion Programs for women and children in Kinshasa. Click here for a flyer.


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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