Tuesday, December 28, 2010

"So What if God So Loves the World?" MLK Weekend 2011

So-What.jpgUpdate: Presentation audio now available.
Session 1: Evil and the Problem of God
Session 2:
God's Word, God's World & God's Mission
Session 3: Saints in the Marketplace
Session 4:
God & The Answer To Evil; Missional Living

Renew DC, a new church-planting initiative, will host a conference on Mission in the Christian life with Chris Wright. Chris is the International Director of Langham Partnership International, a ministry started by John Stott to help equip Majority World churches with mature and informed leaders and pastors.

Sessions will be hosted at Church of the Holy City on Friday, Jan. 14 at 7:30pm on the topic of Evil and the Problem of God; and Saturday, Jan. 15 at 9:30am on the topics of God's Word, God's World & God's Mission, and of Saints in the Marketplace. The final session is at National Baptist Memorial Church on God & The Answer To Evil on Sunday at 5pm.

For more info, contact Childcare provided.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."
- John 3.16-17

Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas Toy Drives

Many many churches and organizations are organizing or participating in toy drives for low-income children in the DC area. Let us praise God for these efforts work as we assist them and/or benefit from them.
Central Union Mission, as always, has a wide variety of ministries caring for the most poor and destitute among us.
- They hosted a toy drive December 4, but there's still time to give to the regular programs.
(Central Union Mission Physical Address: 1350 R Street NW, Washington, DC 20009; Mailing Address: P.O. Box 96763, Washington, DC 20090)

The DC Baptist Convention is partnering with the National Center for Children and Families in NCCF's Annual Toy Drive.
Please deliver unwrapped gifts to 6301 Greentree Rd., Bethesda, MD 20817 and give to the receptionist in the John and Penny White Volunteer and Training Center (Building #3) by Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 5:00pm.  Items are accepted Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.  Thank you for fulfilling these wishes, and please know that you are helping make the holidays a special time for our children and youth.  Questions? Contact Alisha Matlock at 301-365-4480 x113 or

St. John's Catholic Church in Lafayette Square has an annual Christmas Toy Drive that began in November and ends Friday, December 17.  Contact: St. John's Parish Office, 1525 H St. NW, 202-347-8766.

St. Patrick's Cathedral had a toy drive ending December 12. 
For more information, contact St. Patrick's by phone at 202-347-2713 or by email.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Ministry Idea - Basketball Nets

Almost all DC school playgrounds have basketball hoops. But not all those basketball hoops have nets.  DC schools also have lots of teenagers, but not all those teenagers have spending (or other) money. It would be cool for a church or ministry to employ a youth group, a basketball team, or any old group of teenagers to go around and replace broken or non-existent nets with good new ones. From the kids' perspective, it's summer job meets scavenger hunt. And it would be a good way for God's Church to help the schools in our neighborhoods.

I'm not sure what the process would have to be make such a project official with the school board, but I suspect they would appreciate the gift. And I wouldn't be shocked if someone donated a few nets either.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

How Do We Do Advent? - Saturday, December 4

“How Do We Do Advent?” - Ecumenical Fellowship and Discussion at Howard Divinity School, 1400 Shepherd St. NE.

Saturday, December 4, 11am-2pm. Lunch will be provided.

The Student Board of the Washington Theological Consortium (aka the DC Area's graduate theological programs) invites you to a time of ecumenical sharing and discussion. The topic: Advent. How do we honor this sacred season within our Christian denominations? What Advent traditions do we bring from our churches, our cultures, and our families? What can we learn from one another?

Come to listen, come to share.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Harmonica Workshop This Saturday!

This is awesome:

Technology Playground and Florida Avenue Baptist Church are hosting
a great opportunity for all children ages 8-12 to get to work with
harmonica virtuoso Frederick Yonnet. Learn about playing the harmonica, an
instrument that many have owned but few have mastered by an
internationally renowned talent.

This opportunity will not happen again in the District of
Columbia. Event will take place on Saturday, November 20, 2010 at the
Florida Avenue Baptist Church 623 Florida Avenue, NW Washington, DC
20001 at 2:30pm - 3:30pm. The workshop is free but pre-registration is
preferred. Call 202.667.3409 to register by phone or go to to download the a registration form.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Help Provide Thanksgiving Baskets

When Nabal refused to feed David and his men in 1 Samuel 25, in spite of their help for him, the insult was all the greater because it occurred at a feast time, when landowners and the wealthy were under obligation to feed the poor. So with Nabal's fortunes in mind, we can think of these events as more than just opportunities to serve. In the words of Capitol Hill Group Ministries, "Remember that your generosity means there are more families seated at the Thanksgiving table." Let there be much Thanksgiving!

Care Company is giving collections of food to families all over the city associated with a host of different local ministries.  There are three ways to help:
 1) On November 20, help them package food and distribute it to homes around town.  Contact them at 202-594-9599.
2) Send a check for $40 to Care Company at 801 North Carolina Ave SE, DC 20003, to enable them to buy enough food to add another.
3) Make your own Thanksgiving basket and get it to Care Co. at the address above by November 19.  Suggested items include (but are not limited to!) a family's worth of the following:
  o Sweet Potatoes (canned or fresh)
  o Veggies (canned or fresh)
  o Box of Stuffi ng mix
  o Potatoes or Box of Mashed Potatoes
  o 1 can of cranberry sauce
  o 2 cans of gravy/mix
  o Fruit juice/sparkling cider
  o 2 boxes of macaroni and cheese
  o 1 dessert option (pie crust and fi lling)
    o Safeway gift card ($10 or more) to purchase meat of choice
Care Company requests that a "basket" be in the form of a cloth shopping bag or cardboard box.
Notes and cards are welcome.

Capitol Hill Group Ministry 
CHGM doing a very similar campaign for homeless and poor families in the Capitol Hill area.  You can write a check for $50 to CHGM, 421 Seward Sq., SE, Wash., DC 20003. ATTN: Thanksgiving Basket Drive.

Or you can create a basket of your own, along similar lines.  CHGM requests that gift cards for meat be for $20.  Contact Valerie McCray at 202-544-0631 or by email at with questions or to let her know how many baskets are on the way.

Drop off by Sunday, November 21, at Shirley's Place Day Hospitality Center, 1338 G Street, SE (7 days per week, 9am - 5pm) or CHGM Main Office, 421 Seward Square, SE (Mon - Fri, 10am - 2pm).

There is a wealth of similar programs around the city run with the help of churches, government organizations, and others. In addition, on top of the always incredible work of DC Cares, a Thanksgiving volunteering gateway can be found here.

"It is right to give Him thanks and praise!"

Monday, November 8, 2010

DC Church History Resource

Editor's note: It is one of my long-term goals to write--or better yet, have someone more qualified write--a church history of Washington, D.C. (hopefully with a good chapter on the Washington ministry of Alexander Crummell).  Much like reading global church history, such a story no doubt would reveal us to be sinful and fallen, with prejudices and quirks that have changed over time. But it would also reveal the power of the Holy Spirit working through God's people in both ordinary and extraordinary circumstances.

If you are that highly qualified writer, or if you happen to be interested in your own past, the Historical Society of Washington, DC has compiled a useful resource from which to start.

Have fun!!

ESOL Teacher Training in VA

The NorthStar Church Network, an umbrella network for Baptist congregations in Northern Virginia with several regional offices, offers ways to help congregations with a popular and important way to welcome newcomers to the country, English language classes.  They offer several training options for teachers of English as a foreign language, including the classes below.  The trainings are open to all (not just Baptists, and not just from Virginia.  

January 15, 2011 (snow date Jan 22) – Materials covered:  teaching a foreign language, planning an ESL lesson for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels, and introducing vocabulary

April 16, 2011 – Materials covered:  teaching pronunciation, discussing communication practice activities, and introducing vocabulary

July 16, 2011 – Materials covered:  dealing with different cultures, incorporating Biblical Material/teaching a Bible study for international learners, and sharing your faith with your student
Each of these sessions will be held at NorthStar’s Annandale offices, 7100 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003  
(Enter from the parking lot of The United Baptist Church)
Check in:  8:30 AM
Class:  9 AM to 1 PM
Cost:  Class - $15; Book - $20 
(one time purchase for any/all sessions) 

For more information email Linda Whaley at or call 703-266-2068. 

NorthStar also operates 16 hour trainings, which will continue to be held, with the next taking place in March of 2011.  It is hoped that having 2 choices for training will be of benefit to church-based ESL ministries as they seek teacher training for their volunteers.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Prayer for the Poor, Thursday Nov. 18

First Baptist Church will host a meeting of Prayer for the Poor at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 18. The church is located at 1328 Sixteenth Street, NW, just north of Mass Ave.

All are invited to participate in this service of worship, praise and prayer, focusing on those living in poverty, locally and beyond. Sponsored by the Center for Church & Community Ministries of the D.C. Baptist Convention. For more information call the D.C. Baptist Convention at 202.265.1526.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

TONIGHT - Marva Dawn, "Worship Ought to Kill Us?..."

Christ Reformed Church, 1611 16th St. NW, is hosting a series on preaching and worship over the course of the fall.

EVENT: Reception and Conversation with Marva Dawn. Food and Drinks will be served beginning at 6:30, followed by Dr. Dawn's presentation, Q&A, and additional time for refreshment and conversation....

SPEAKER: Dr. Marva Dawn is an internationally renowned speaker and teacher, and the author of numerous books, including "Reaching out without Dumbing Down: A Theology of Worship for this Urgent Time" and "A Royal 'Waste' of Time: The Splendor of Worshiping God and Being Church for the World."

FREE PARKING in Colonial lot at 1616 P Street NW with validation.

SERIES: Preaching in the Capital: All Sermons Are Not Created Equal
The Reformation taught that preaching is the very Word of God, a mark of the true church, and a key of the kingdom that opens the doors of heaven to those that believe. It is the divinely appointed means by which the Spirit produces faith in our hearts, and the primary source of Christian instruction. Do we still believe this to be true today? Most contemporary sermons are a mix of anecdotes, tips, and inspirational stories—more junk food than bread of life. We often hear more about the person behind the pulpit than about the person and work of Christ. It seems that few in our pulpits—or our pews— understand what’s required by our Lord’s command to preach the Gospel. Join us for Preaching in the Capital, a lecture series that will critically explore the state of preaching today and ask how the the lost art of Reformation preaching can be recovered.

Editorial note: I have read books by Marva Dawn and have been impressed with her joy in the Lord and her sincere desire for Christians to reflect Him. I hope you can make it!

Parenting Seminar 11/7 (Sun), 5-7 at Ebenezers

Come to a Parenting Seminar with Mark Holmen, author of "FaithBegins at Home,"

This seminar will inspire, motivate, and equip parents to reestablish the home as the primary place where faith is nurtured. Come ready to gain lots of practical ideas you can begin implementing immediately to bring faith practices into your home life.

Faith Begins at Home: Extreme Family Makeover

Sunday, November 7th from 5-7pm
Ebenezers Coffeehouse
Contact nina(at)theaterchurch(dot)com with questions about the event.

*This event will be free so invite your friends! (Childcare available for a nominal fee. E-mailumlefty(at)gmail(dot)com to reserve a childcare spot.)

Hispanic Churches in DC, MD, VA / Iglesias Hispanas en DC, MD, VA

Not a complete list and partially out of date, so get in touch to add more or make corrections. God has many people in the DC area worshipping Him in Spanish:

Asamblea de Dios
7800 Good Luck Rd.
Lanham, MD 20706
(301) 262-3281
Pastors César y Myrna Mateo

The Bilingual Christian Church
6000 Erdman Ave
Baltimore, Md. 21205
Pastor Angel L. Nunez
Web site:

Centro Evangelístico
4101 9th Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 722-4047
Rev. Margarito Coyoy Web site:

Centro Cristiano
10010 Fernwood Rd.
Bethesda, MD 20817
(301) 460-0357

Centro Cristiano Casa de Bendición
(Bilingual services)
23201 Stringtown Rd
Clarksburg, Md 20871
Pastores: Elvis & Maggie Soto

Centro Cristiano de Rockville (Iglesia Cuadrangular)
5906 Halpine Road
Rockville, MD 20854
Pastor Pablo y Cibeles Guzman
(240) 432-0885

Centro de Milagros de Fe
8115 Fenton St.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(P.O. Box 43107 - 20010-3107)
(301) 559-0235
Pastors Ernesto y Alvia Mckenzie

Centro Evangelístico Cristo es la Respuesta
5200 Fillmore Ave.
Arlington, VA 22311
(703) 765-6647

Centro Latino Cristiano Nacional
6700 Bock Rd.
Ft. Washington, MD 20744
(P.O. Box 54095 - 20032-4095 DC)
(301) 567-9500
Pastor Wilson Morales
Pastor Ricardo Cachedon

Christ Church
3855 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC 20016
(202) 363-4090
English conversation classes for all levels.
Sundays from 5pm - 7pm (Spanish), 6pm - 7pm (English) Wednesdays from 6pm - 8pm

Comunidad Cristiana
Iglesia Tierra Prometida
506 South Frederick Ave
Gaithersburg MD 20886
Pastores Linker and Luz Sanchez

Comunidad Hispana en Fairfax (Anglicano)
10520 Main St.
Fairfax, VA 22030
703-273-1300 ext. 240
Rev. Carlos S. Pellot

Congregación Bautista Hispana
1401 Columbia Rd. NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 265-1410
Pastor Efraín López
Congregación El Elyon
1434 Somerset Pl. NW #201
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 882-2210
Pastor Patricia Arnáiz

Congregacion Hispana of CFC
21673 Beaumeade Circle, door 100
Ashburn, VA 20147
(703) 724-4925
Pastor Hector M. Aldaz

Congregacion La Cena del Senor
Bilingual services
8196-O Terminal Road, Lorton, VA 22079

Cristo No Está Muerto El Está Vivo
5603 Sandy Lewis Dr
Fairfax VA 22032
tel 703-323-5206
Pastor Ricardo y Mayra Palacios

Ejército de Salvación
518 S. Glebe Rd.
Arlington, VA 22204
(703) 979-3380
Maj. David Laeger

Escuadron Evangelio Mundial
1430 Park Rd. NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 270-6641
Pastor Hector Medina

First Baptist Church
1328 16th Street, NW Washington, DC 20036
(202) 387-2206
The Church of the Good News of Salvation", Sundays from 2pm - 3pm

Freedom Baptist Church
1519 U St. N.W., P.O. Box 43407, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 483-8104
The Hispanic Ministry is reaching out to the growing Hispanic population through Bible study, counseling, service support and English as a Second Language classes. Please call church for details.

Iglesia Alfa Y Omega
Mailing: 17508 Black Rock Rd
Germantown, MD 20874
Meetings: 4217 E-W Hwy, Hyattsville, MD
Ministros Justiniano Cruz, Jose F. Borjas

Iglesia Bautista El Camino
800 N Illinois Street
Arlington, VA 22205

Servicio de Adoracion y Alabanza 3pm
Pastor Juan Antonio Davila

Iglesia Bautista Roca Eterna
3501 Dale City
Dale City, VA 22193
Pastor Manuel Chacon - 703-819-6336

Iglesia Buena Tierra
1550 Prince William Pkwy
Woodbridge, VA 22191
Rev. Soriano

Iglesia de Cristo Arlington
20 North Irving St.
Arlington, VA 22201
Ministro: Oscar Gómez

Iglesia de Cristo Belmont
3561 Rawley Pike
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Ministro: Lucas Vasconcellos

Iglesia de Cristo Culpeper
1600 North Main St.
Culpeper, VA 22701
Ministros: Armando Peralta e Israel Peralta

Iglesia de Cristo Easton
517 East Dover St.
Easton, MD 21601
Ministro: Rafael Valderrama

Iglesia de Cristo Falls Church
6149 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041
Ministro: Roberto Alvarez

Iglesia de Cristo Rockville
1450 West Montgomery Ave.
Rockville, MD 20850
Ministro: Hector Castillo

Iglesia de Cristo Silver Spring
100 East Franklin Ave. Silver Spring, MD 20901
tel: 301-585-8727, 301-776-8407, 240-277-7678
Ministro: José Elmer Pacheco

Iglesia de Cristo Westside
7009 Johnnycake Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21244
Encargado: Manuel Portillo

Iglesia de Cristo 16 Y Decatur
4801 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20011
Ministro: Carlos Pineda

Iglesia de Cristo Efesios 2:19 Ministerio Pentecostal
44880 Falcon Pl
Suite 109-111
Sterling VA 20166
(571) 220-1957
Pastor Freddy Parada
Web site:

Iglesia de Dios
900 Westmore Ave.
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 762-8010

Iglesia de Dios
8242 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 949-8928
Pastor Mario Morla

Iglesia de Dios de Alexandria
314 E. Glebe Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22305
(703) 548-4008
Pastor Max "Eddie" Castro

Iglesia de Dios Mundial
3816 Roseneath St.
Olney, MD 20832
(301) 774-0321
Pastor Lilian García

Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal Monte De Sion
4728 Gloucester Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22312
Pastores Jose Y Xenia Rivera
Transmision En Vivo Disponible
Church Live Stream Available 

Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal Alfa y Omega
2701 Cameron Mills Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22302
(202) 726-2785
Pastor Abram Valdes

Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal Arbol de Vida
8515 Kirby St.
Manassas, VA 22110
Pastor José Melgar

Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal El Calvario
655 Spring St.
Herndon, VA 22070
(703) 437-4145
Pastor José Flores

Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal El Sinai
1601 Prince William Pkwy
Woodbridge, VA 22191
(571) 276-8842
Pastores Denis Y Ana Velasquez

Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal Emanuel
4411 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 291-4486
Juan Antonio Sanchez

Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal Esmira
6230 Richmond Hwy.
Alexandria, VA 22303
(703) 780-4998
Pastor Carlos Santos

Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal de Horeb
1840 Margaret Ave
Annapolis, MD 21401
Pastor Osmin Vasquez

Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal - La Voz Del Espiritu Santo
845 North Howard Street
Alexandria, VA 22304
Pastor Lisandro Arevalo

Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal La Nueva Jerusalem
5718 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 882-7815
Pastor Estanislao Mercedes

Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal Luz Verdadera
4347 Arlington Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 276-8483
Pastor Faustino Díaz

Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal M.I.
10689 Owen Brown Rd
Columbia, MD 21044
(410) 772-6396
Pastor José L. Ocasio

Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal Misionera
208 Lincoln Ave.
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 340-7461
Pastor David Melendez

Iglesia de Dios Pentecostes, Mision El Buen Samaritano
8502 Adelphi Rd.
Hyattsville, MD 20783
(240) 286-5964
Pastor Juan Flores

Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal Nueva Vida
4339 Kenilsworth Ave.
Bladensburg, MD 20710
(301) 891-3424
Pastor Héctor Gomez

Iglesia del Nazareno de College Park
9704 Rhode Island Ave.
College Park, MD 20740
(301) 559-4590

Iglesia del Nazareno de Gaithersburg
8921 Warfield Rd.
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
(301) 216-2349
Pastor Gregorio Chaux

Iglesia de Restauración Bethel
11405 Amherst Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20902
(301) 942-0035

Iglesia del Salvador
Hwy. 628
Haymarket, VA 22069
(703) 754-4430

Iglesia Adventista del Séptimo Día
7410 New Hampshire Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20912
(301) 439-2650
Pastor Juan Carlos Sicalo

Iglesia Adventista del Séptimo Día de la Capital
4800 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 829-3039

Iglesia Alianza y Misionera
3425 S. 9th St.
Arlington, VA 22204
Pastor Héctor Castro

Iglesia Apóstoles y Profetas
8103 Eastern Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 585-7971
Pastor Domingo Jiménez

Iglesia Asamblea de Dios Palabra de Vida
5225 Backlick Rd.
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 768-1759
Pastor Jorge Bustamante

Iglesia Asamblea Cristiana Pentecostal AIC
1208 Elm Grove Cr.
Silver Spring, MD 20904
(301) 989-9417
Pastor Angel L. Garcia

Iglesia Bautista Capital Church
3504 Gallows Rd
Annandale Va 22003
703 560 3109 Ext. 119
Pastor Luis Salazar

Iglesia Bautista Columbia
103 W. Columbia St.
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 534-2542
Pastor José Correa

Iglesia Bautista de Laurel
811 5th St.
Laurel, MD 20707
(301) 725-3004
Pastor Segundo Mir

Iglesia Bautista El Calvario
5617 Old Mill Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22309
(703) 922-1993
Pastor Mark W. Leavell

Iglesia Bautista Emanuel
832 Wayne Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 588-2951
Pastor Gonzalo H. Graupera

Iglesia Bautista Greenbier
5401 7th Rd. S.
Arlington, VA 22204
(703) 671-6688

Iglesia Bautista Hispana de Gaithersburg
1004 Quince Orchard Rd.
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
(301) 216-1453

Iglesia Bautista Hispana de Rockville
55 Adclare Rd.
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 279-2400
Pastor Luis Serrano

Iglesia Bautista Seven Locks
11845 Seven Locks Rd.
Rockville, MD 20854
(301) 279-9388
Pastor Greg Wolf

Iglesia Bautista Viers Mill
13509 Grenoble Dr.
Rockville, MD 20853
(301) 460-0189
Pastor José A. Bonilla
Iglesia Bíblica Peniel (of Arlington)
5714 Lee Highway, Arlington VA
Pastor Josue Raimundo

Iglesia Biblica Hispano Americana
Jose Rogelio Reyes
206 Manassas Drive
Manassas, VA 20111
(703) 563-0513
Web site:

Iglesia Cristiana Canaan Defensores de la Fe
8609 Greenwood Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20912
(301) 495-9634
Pastor Eymerís Acevedo

Iglesia Cristiana de la Resurreción
405 N. Argonne Ave.
Sterling, VA 22170
(703) 450-5246
Pastor Luis Castro

Iglesia Cristiana Hispana
5960 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA
(703) 765-0617

Iglesia Cristiana Metropolitana
4606 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20011
(301) 422-1111
Pastor José Padilla

Iglesia Cristiana Nuevo Renacer
701 Potomac Station Drive
Leesburg, Virginia 20176
Pastor Salvador Henriquez

Iglesia Cristiana Vida Abundante
6461 Edsall Rd. - Quality Inn
Alexandria, VA
(703) 912-6050
Iglesia Cristo Es Mi Refugio A.D.
Pastores Roberto Y Dora Paz
301 Center St N, Vienna, VA 22180
(703) 323-5381 / (703) 675-0144

Iglesia Cristo Rey
415 S. Lexington St.
Arlington, VA 22204
(703) 931-2245
Rev. Catherine Campbell
The Holy Eucharist is celebrated in Spanish at 1PM every Sunday with fellowship downstairs.

Iglesia Cuandragular El Calvario
8855 Piney Branch Rd.
Silver Spring, MD 20903
(301) 431-2614
Pastor Keith Black

Iglesia del Evangelio Completo Alfa y Omega
4217 East-West Hwy.
Hyattsville, MD 20782
(202) 726-8161
Pastor Justiniano Cruz

Iglesia Ebenezer Asamblea de Dios
8013 Eastern Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 565-2791
Pastor José M. Figueroa

Iglesia El Candelero de Oro
2239-41 E. Fayette St.
Baltimore, MD 21231
(410) 354-3935
Pastor Juan Carrion

Iglesia El Nuevo Testamento
8103 Rhode Island Ave.
College Park, MD 20740
(301) 474-8520
Pastor Felipe Lespier

Iglesia Elim
1900 Bonifant Rd.
Silver Spring, MD 20906
(301) 649-4483
Pastor Manfredo Villela

Iglesia Embajada Cristiana
1700 Reston Pkwy.
Reston, VA 22094
(703) 742-9390
Pastor José A. Ruiz

Iglesia Episcopal San José
911 N. Oakland St.
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 524-4716
Pastor Roberto Morales

Iglesia Episcopal San Marcos
6744 S. Kings Hwy.
Alexandria, VA 22306
(703) 768-7370
Pastor Roberto Morales

Iglesia Espíritu Santo
1805 Irving St. NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 232-4787
Pastor Antonio Shepard

Iglesia Evangélica Apóstoles
3912 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 723-9158

Iglesia Evangélica Apóstoles y Profetas
1409 Manchester Ln. NW
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 723-1228
Pastor Germán Bernal

Iglesia Evangélica Apóstoles y Profetas
13250 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20904
(301) 989-1797

Iglesia Evangélica Apóstoles y Profetas, El Sinai
9337 Severn Rd. 
Lanham, MD 20706
Pastor Luis A. Machado

Iglesia Evangélica Cuadrangular
Ministerio La Belleza Escondida
3709 Hamilton St.
Hyattsville, MD 20782
(301) 277-8571
Pastor Carlos (Charlie) y Agustina Santiago

Iglesia Evangélica Fuente de Vida
5915 Georgia Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 829-3338

Iglesia Evangélica Nueva Jerusalén
9347 Fraser Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 587-4472

Iglesia Evangélica Nueva Jerusalén-Ríos de Agua Viva
11139 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20902
(301) 933-0861
Pastor Manuel Herrera

Iglesia Evangélica Príncipe de Paz
4320 Hamilton St.
Hyattsville, MD 20781
(301) 942-2395
Pastor Oscar Orellana

Iglesia Hispana de Dios
4100 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20011
(703) 765-6647
Pastor Arturo Cabrejo

Iglesia Hispana del Nazareno de Mt. Vernon
3220 Holly Hill Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22306
(703) 765-2584
Pastor N Villatoro
Sitio de Internet:

Iglesia Hispana Alianza Cristiana y Misionera
16501 Redland Rd.
Rockville, MD 20855
(301) 840-9132
Pastor Julio E. Orozco

Iglesia Hispana Presbiteriana
5101 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20011
(703) 524-4535
Pastor Carlos Concha

Iglesia Luterana Augustana
1511 V St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-5315
Pastor Leonel A. Cruz

Iglesia Menonita Hispana Vida Nueva
3900 King St. Alexandria, VA 22302-1510
(703) 249-8449
Pastor: Vicente Minino
Worship 5:00pm

Iglesia Metodista Unida de Clarendon
606 N. Irving St.
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 527-9255
Pastor Juan Paredes Soto

Iglesia Metodista Unida Calvary-Casa del Pueblo
1459 Columbia Rd. NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-3422
Christian de la Rosa Granado

Iglesia Metodista Unida Culmore
5901 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041
(703) 820-5131

Iglesia Metodista Unida Hispana Bethesda
8300 Old Georgetown Rd.
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 907-4831
Pastor Yolanda Pupo-Ortíz

Iglesia Monte de Sión
4728 Gloucester Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22312
(703) 709-9265
Pastor José Rivera

Iglesia Nueva Vida
Baerga (Manuel) Ministries
7410 New Hampshire Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20912
(P.O. Box 3734 - Capitol Heights, MD 20791
(301) 336-3923
Pastor Manuel Baerga

Iglesia Obreros de Cristo
7011 Good Luck Rd.
New Carrollton MD 20784
(571) 277-7324
Pastor Jose Contreras

Iglesia Pentecostal A.I.A.
1449 Farmcrest Way
Silver Spring, MD 20904
(301) 236-0346
Pastor Juan Rivera

Casa Del Alfarero
4121 13th St. NW
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 723-7737
Pastor José R. Arce Sr.

Iglesia Pentecostal Betel
3530 Moncure Ave.
Falls Church, VA 22041
(703) 845-1549
Pastor Patricio (Antonio) Ayala

Iglesia Pentecostal Bethel de Manassas
8900 Portner Ave.
Manassas, VA 22110
(703) 369-5382

Iglesia Pentecostal Puerta del Cielo
13306 Baxter St.
Woodbridge, VA 22191
(703) 491-0976
Pastor Francisco Garcia

Iglesia Pentecostal Unida
2100 N. Quebec St.
Arlington, VA 22207
(703) 527-5003

Iglesia Pentecostal Unida
3175 Mt. Pleasant St.
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 745-0555

Iglesia Pentecostal Unida
3519 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 726-5280

Iglesia Pentecostal Unida Hispana
4949 Sudley Road
Catharpin, VA 20143
(571) 285-7146
Pastor Noe Guevarra
Hours: Wed, Fri, Sat: 7-9 and Sun: 5-7
Actividades tipicos despeus de todos los servicios.

Iglesia Pentecostal Unida Hispana
811 K St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 544-5259
(301) 379-7485
Pastor: Juan B. Romero

Iglesia Pentecostes El Refugio
Laurel Professional Building
3450 Ft. Meade Road, Suite #203
Laurel, MD 20724
Pastor: Francisco Fernandez
Co-Pastor: Nelson Castellanos
Telefono: (301) 366-3549
Pagina Web:

Iglesia Presbiteriana Buen Pastor
10613 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20902
(301) 431-3071
Pastor Carlos I. Concha

Iglesia Rebaño Compañerismo Cristiano
(Fort Belvoir, VA)
5808 Springfish Pl.
Waldorf, MD 20601
(301) 870-8429
Pastors Harry y Evelyn Pratts

Iglesia Restauración Elim
P.O. Box 7579
Hyattsville, MD 20787-7579
(301) 572-9705
Pastor Nery España

Iglesia Roca de la Eternidad
3722 41st St.
Brentwood, MD 20722
(301) 699-0073
Pastor David Paredes

Iglesia Roca de Salvación
5505 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20011
(301) 431-0493
Pastor Daniel Gálvez

Iglesia Unidos En Cristo Jesus
4413 Tuckerman St.
Hyattsville, MD 20782
(301) 459-5055
Pastor Luis Jose Alfonzo

Misión Bautista de Clarendon
1210 N. Highland St.
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 525-4119
Pastor Reyes Rodríguez

Misión Bautista National Gardens
2937 Strathmeade St.
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 698-6810
Pastor José Saravia

Misión Cristiana Elim
20432 Bloomingville Ct.
Germantown, MD 20874
(301) 601-4334

Misión Episcopal San Juan
1830 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 667-5484
Pastor Daniel Robles

Misión Hispana de Groveton
6511 Richmond Hwy.
Alexandria, VA 22306
(703) 765-2277
Pastor David Mercado

Misión Hispana de Herndon
681 Elden St.
Herndon, VA 22070
(703) 437-1538

MPCC Milagros de Jesucristo
5427 Indian Head HWY
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
Tel: 301-567-5043 Cell: 240-501-4117
Pastores Carlos and Lourdes Diaz

MPCC Milagros de Jesucristo
6301 Ager Road
Hyattsville, MD 20782
Tel: 301-422-0102
Pastors: Efrain & Irma Romero

Primera Asamblea de Laurel
1102 Montgomery St.
Laurel, MD 20707
(301) 213-5218
Pastor Melvin Lopez

Primera Iglesia Bautista de Woodbridge
13600 Minneville Road
Woodbridge, VA 22193

Primera Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal M.I.
6002 Ager Rd.
Hyattsville, MD 20782
(301) 559-9151
Pastor Rogelio Torres

Primera Iglesia del Nazareno
4401 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 723-3252
Pastor Eleodoro Joge

Primera Iglesia Asamblea de Dios
11300 Baron Cameron Ave.
Reston, VA 22090
(703) 998-6293
Pastor Oscar Giron

Primera Iglesia Bautista de Springfield
7300 Gary St.
Springfield, VA 22150
(703) 451-1500
Pastor José Cossio

Tabernaculo de Dios
PO Box 650035
Potomac Falls VA 20165
Reuniones en 5690 Oak Leather Dr
Burke VA
(703) 444-9544
Pastor Hugo Quinonez

Templo Bautista de Fairfax
6401 Missionary Lane
Fairfax Station, VA 22039
(703) 323-8100
Pastor Jack P. Ramos

Templo Príncipe de Paz
1401 E. University Blvd., G-116
Hyattsville, MD 20783
Ultima Cosecha
13631 Stepney Ln.
Chantilly, VA 22021
(703) 968-9256

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Imani Temple Jazz Concert Series - Events 10/22, 11/19, 12/17, 12/19

The Imani Temple on Capitol Hill (611 Maryland Ave. NE) is hosting a Jazz Concert Series this fall in collaboration with MSquare Entertainment, showcasing DC's top jazz performers, musicians and vocalists. This monthly community event was created to build relationships amongst the community's worship centers, promote community fellowshipping, provide a new venue for local jazz artists, and bring good entertainment to Capitol Hill. The Imani Temple invites individuals and congregations to come and enjoy the arts.

The next show is this Friday, October 22 from 7-10pm.  Amazing Washingtonian saxophonist Russell Lyles will play with his quintet.

Future events include November 19, jazz singer Denyse Pearson, whose style is reminiscent of the great Sarah Vaughn. December 17 is the Imani Showcase, where members of the Imani Temple community perform, and December 19th, the Urban Philharmonic Society performs Handel's Messiah.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Website Launch: Anacostia Gracious Arts Program

Calling Christian Artists (and their supporters):

The Anacostia Gracious Arts Program ( is an after-school ministry providing Christian fellowship through arts education for youth in inner-city Washington, DC. The website went active on Friday, October 15, and they are seeking prayer partners, volunteers and donors.

AGAP's Monday evening programs, at First Rock Baptist Church from 3:30-7:30, include dinner, homework help, Bible study, and art classes, including visual and performing arts. The students also participate in field trips, performances, and exhibitions.

"Our Mission is to unlock the heart of the city with the love of Christ, through the Arts. Our Vision is to call youth, as Christ's workmanship, to make life-giving choices that transform the city."

With art education diminished in many schools, AGAP is committed to artistic expression and education on account of "Jesus Christ and our belief that God allows us to praise Him through Art, to reflect His glory through Art, and to be functioning members of the body of Christ through Art. We view our students as God’s own artwork or “workmanship” that He created so deliberately, and we established AGAP so that our students could come to know Jesus and respond to Him in kind with artwork of their own."

Through the aid of the Holy Spirit, AGAP is a fruitful collaboration between First Rock Baptist Church, Southeast White House, Grace Presbyterian Church, and Immanuel Bible Church.
For more information, contact AGAP Executive Director Dennis Crawford at

Ten Thousand Villages International Craft Fair & Bake Sale

Friday November 5, 4-9pm and Saturday, November 6, 9am-4pm at Hyattsville Mennonite Church, 4217 East-West Highway, Hyattsville, MD.

Every purchase helps a Third-World craftsperson earn a living with dignity.
Parking and Admission are free.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Little Lights Annual Banquet & Auction

Little Lights Urban Ministries celebrates fifteen years since its founding in 1995 with its annual fundraising banquet and auction, Ignite The Light this Friday, October 22, at 6:30 pm at the Hilton Arlington. Tickets are $50 per person, $500 per table. Silent auction will begin at 6:15, and dinner will be served at 7:30. To RSVP, click here.
Little Lights Urban Ministries' mission is to empower underserved youth and families in Washington, DC with the love of Christ. They seek to develop their God-given potential spiritually, socially, and intellectually through academics, life skills, the arts, and discipleship.

A great opportunity to learn about and support a strong local ministry! If you're looking for even more ways to get involved, pray! They are still looking for volunteers for the kids, and they have plenty of ways that you can provide ongoing support. For more information, contact Josie Ortega at 202-548-4021.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

My block is a happy place today

Thanks to the People's Community Church community day and bazaar at 653 11th St. NE until 3:30.  Good praise music, a yard sale, and scrumptious apple crisp.  Thanks to Rev. Dr. Creech, Raymond, and everyone else for making the neighborhood a community!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Who Is My Neighbor? - Discussion Series

Who Is My Neighbor?
Saturday Morning Discussion Series, 1st Saturdays 9-12 from October - December.

As congregations address the demands created by the changing demographics of their communities and the gospel mandate to reach all people, this series invites both lay and clergy to be stimulated by a presentation and then participate in peer learning.
Venue: Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church

Event Type:
Community - Panel Discussion / Forum
Date Range:
Starts: 10/02/10Ends: 12/03/10
Schedule: 1st Sat: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Event Cost: $20


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Japanese Churches in the DC Area

Providing Christian community for Japanese Christians and preaching good news to the large Japanese community in the DC area...

ロックビルファーストバプテスト教会日本語ミニストリー/Japanese Ministries of First Baptist Church of Rockville
Meetings: 55 Adclare Rd. Rockville, MD 20850 (First Baptist Church of Rockville)
Sundays 9:30 am - Worship; 11:00 Bible Study; 12:30 Lunch Fellowship
Tel. 240-370-6703
Email: Nick Nishio,

ワシントン日本人キリスト教会/Washington Japanese Christian Church
Meetings: 7611 Clarendon Road, Bethesda, MD 20814 (at Bethesda Presbyterian Church)Sundays, 2pm.
Office: 1635 Martha Terrace, Rockville, MD 20852
Tel. 301-770-3717; (English)

ワシントン アライアンス日本語教会/Washington Alliance Japanese Church
Meetings: 1099 Rockville Pike Rockville, MD 20852
Sunday Services/礼拝 10:30-12:00
Office: 13008 North Commons Way, Potomac, MD 20854 Tel. (240) 314-0249; (English)
"Washington Alliance Japanese Church is an evangelical Protestant church, affiliated with the Christian & Missionary Alliance. Our mission is to reach the Japanese-speaking people in the Greater Washington area with the Gospel of Christ."

ワシントン アライアンス日本語教会 Northern Virginia集会/Washington Alliance Japanese Church Northern Virginia Congregation
Meetings: 12113 Vale Road, Oakton, VA 22124
at Cornerstone International Church
Meetings/礼拝 5:00-6:30 pm Sunday

If you know of others, please share!!

Christianity Engaging Islam in the Public Square

This Talk is Co-sponsored by C.S. Lewis Institute and Reformed Theological Seminary

featuring Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo

Friday, October 15, 2010, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 16, 2010, 9:00 a.m. - Noon

McLean Presbyterian Church
1020 Balls Hill Road
McLean, VA 22101

"For though we live in the world; we do not wage war as the world does.. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God; and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

As 21st century Christians how do we engage Islam in the "Public Square"? The problem of Islam is multi-faceted and complex. As we explore this issue we are challenged with many difficult questions:

In our current politically correct environment, how do we develop a strong apologetic against the ideology of Islam and still be able to evangelize Muslims?

Can Christianly and Islam co-exist peacefully in a Pluralistic Society?

Is the American idea of "Freedom of Religion" at odds with Sharia Law?

How do we challenge the truth of Islam and still love Muslims?

Can liberal/progressive Muslims reinterpret Islamic shari’a law so that it does not contradict the US Constitution’s understanding of religious freedom and human rights?

These lectures will radically change your understanding of Islam and prepare you to help the Church face what may be her greatest challenge in the 21st century.

Friday night lectures:

The Growing Influence of Islam in America

The Clash of Worldviews - Western and non-Western
Saturday morning lectures:

The Impact of Islam on US Society

What tools do we have as Christians to respond to Islam in the Public Square?

Patrick Sookhdeo was born in 1947 in Guyana, South America of Muslim parents. He moved with his family to the UK in 1959 and became a Christian while studying architecture in London. He met his wife Rosemary while they were both students at London Bible College and together they founded and directed In Contact Ministries (later called Servants Fellowship International). This was an evangelistic and church-planting ministry in Britain's inner cities, and included pastoring a multi-cultural congregation in east London for some 20 years. In 1989 Patrick and Rosemary founded the Institute for the Study of Islam and Christianity, which aimed to inform Christians and others about the plight of the Church in Islamic contexts and to facilitate prayer. From this arose the ministry of Barnabas Fund, which provides practical aid and relief for Christian minorities where they are suffering discrimination or persecution, particularly in the Muslim world.
Patrick lectures nationally and internationally on Islamic issues, multicultural issues and race issues. He is the author/editor of over 20 books and numerous papers on these subject areas. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the George C. Marshall European Centre for Security Studies; Senior Visiting Fellow at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom; Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University, Royal Military College of Science; and a Fellow of the Security Institute of the United Kingdom. He has also worked extensively with numerous US military and security agencies.
Patrick holds a Ph.D. from London University's School of Oriental and African Studies, a D.D. from Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon for work on pluralism, and a D.D. from Nashotah House, Wisconsin. He was awarded the 2001 Coventry Cathedral Prize for Peace and Reconciliation and was also awarded the Spring 1990 Templeton UK project award to an individual for work in the community.

This event is free, but registration is required.

To register, click on this link and then go to the checkout.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Health Fair and Block Party - Sat., September 25


SUNDAY, 05 SEPTEMBER 2010 09:31

Paramount Baptist Church, under the leadership of Rev. Ishmael Shaw, Pastor, will hold its 15th annual Harvest Day Community Block Party and Health Fair on Saturday, September 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Paramount is located, in Ward 8, at 3924 4th Street, S. E., Washington. The day’s event will provide an opportunity for the Church and community to come together in unity. EVERYTHING WILL BE FREE -- food, fun and games for the children, clothes give-a-way, testimonies, drawing for prizes, and much more.

The Health Fair will provide screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose (diabetes), spirometry (lung function), body fat, osteoporosis, PSA for prostate health, HIV testing and education, foot care, and more. There will also be education on nutritional foods, diabetes, and kidney function. Come out and take advantage of this opportunity.


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Gospel Over Lunch

Members of six local churches work together during the school year to offer a Christian perspective on some of life's big questions to people working or studying in and around two high-pressure environments, Georgetown Law School and the U.S. Capitol. Their presentations, called Lunchtime Talks, occur over the course of several weeks during the fall and spring semesters, and discuss difficult questions from a Christian perspective. All are welcome to join, no matter your religious affiliation. Q&A sessions allow attendees the chance to discuss the presentation, but active participation is not required.

Contact Information:
(202) 543-6111 Ext 307;;

Capitol Hill
12:30-1:30 pm, Capitol Building Room HC-9. Lunch provided.


  • 15 Why believe anything at all?
  • 22 What's wrong with the world?
  • 29 Does Jesus matter?


  • 5 What's more important: Justice or Mercy?
  • 12 Can we have hope for the future?
  • 19 How should we live?

Georgetown Law
12-1 pm, 600 600 New Jersey Ave. NW, McDonough 492


  • 28 Why believe anything at all?


  • 12 What's wrong with the world?
  • 26 Does Jesus matter?


  • 9 What more important: Justice or Mercy?
  • 23 Can we have hope for the future?

Friday, September 10, 2010

This Saturday Community Health Fair

Evangel Assembly of God church, 5900 Old Branch Avenue, Temple Hills, Maryland 20748, will sponsor the 6th Annual Community Health Fair on Saturday, September 11, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This year’s theme is Healthy People = Healthy Communities. It is free to the public, and it is a family affair. Please invite your entire family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. For more information about Healthy People = Healthy Communities, contact the church office at (301) 899-5940, or visit the website


Sunday, August 29, 2010

Golf for God's Work

Several upcoming golf tournament fundraisers by local ministries. Thanks to Tom Corcoran for # 3-5.

(1) Capitol Hill Group Ministries 8th Annual Hope for the Homeless Golf Tournament - September 20 (Mon.) at Renditions Golf Course (Davidsonville, MD) where each hole is a replica of championship golf courses that have hosted The Masters, The U.S. Open, The British Open and The PGA Championship. The day also includes a relaxing post-tournament dinner where prizes are awarded and a fun hole-in-one contest for golfers of all levels. For more information on the tournament, please visit CHGM’s website at or call (202) 544-0631.

(2) Metro Maryland Youth for Christ Golf Tournament - October 5 (Tue.) at the Compass Pointe Golf Courses (Pasadena, MD). Sponsored by Metro Maryland Youth for Christ (Baltimore). Players and sponsors welcome. For more information, see

(3) Fellowship of Christian Athletes Golf Classic - October 5 (Tue.) at Westfields Golf Club (Clifton, VA). Sponsored by Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Fairfax, VA). Registration Deadline: September 1 (Wed). Cost etc.:

(4) The Community of Faith 1st Golf Tournament - October 18 (Mon.) at Goose Creek Golf Club (Leesburg, VA). Sponsored by Christ Chapel AME Church (Sterling, VA). Registration Deadline: September 24 (Fri.); Cost etc.:

(5) 11th Annual Golf Tournament to Benefit "The House DC" - October 18 (Mon) at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farms (Potomac, MD). Sponsored by The House DC (Wash, DC). Registration Deadline: September 20 (Mon), Cost etc:

Thursday, August 12, 2010

8/27 Concert - Tom Conlon & Wendell Kimbrough

There are of course many good Christian singers and bands out there, but here's one particular act that's coming to a church near you and promises to be both catchy and edifying. Hosted at my second church, Washington Community Fellowship, at 9th & Maryland NE, 7:30 pm on August 27. See the concert website at

New York native Tom Conlon has a unique ability to put the meaning of relationships to song. Personal lyrics and skilled guitar work make all of his songs a meditation in their own right.

And Mississippi transplant Wendell Kimbrough, who will open, brings a folk/jig/soul background to the stage. By day he puts his talents to use for the Church in DC as Director of Worship Arts for The Church of the Advent in Columbia Heights.

See you on Friday, August 27 for the show!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

An Invitation from Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell, Grace and Race Ministries

"Grace and Race Ministries, Inc. invites you to learn more about the Ministry of Racial Reconciliation. Our goal is to inspire men and women to answer the call and to be transformed as they are equipped and empowered to become Ambassadors of Racial Reconciliation."

2nd Anniversary Celebration and New Website Launch:
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 6-8 p.m.
1210 R St. NW - The entrance is on 12th and Vermont Ave. NW. Light refreshments will be served.
For more information contact Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell

"Grace and Race Ministries, Inc. is an ecumenical ministry developed to equip and empower participants to provide leadership to help foster racial understanding, healing and reconciliation. Reconciliation requires an individual willingness to be transformed. The scripture reference for this ministry is found in 2 Corinthians 5:20-21."

Grace and Race takes seriously the call to reconciliation with God and the inherent call to reconcile with each other across the painful lines of racial division. They are a helpful resource for the church to build intercultural relationships and skills for living out a life united to each other in Christ.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Youth Seminar - Disciples of Christ, Makers of Peace

In honor of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace,

Next Wednesday, July 21, from 3-5pm, 4th St. Community Fellowship will be hosting a skill-building workshop on peacemaking for youth and youth leaders. The event is co-sponsored by the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)-East Coast and the APPA Mission Center (website in Korean). The MCC East Coast Peace and Justice Coordinator Curtis Book is the keynote speaker.

4th Street Community is located at 319 R St. NW, near the Shaw metro. If you, youth, or youth leaders from your church/community are interested, please RSVP to Pastor Sang jin at, tel. 571-259-4137.

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4.4-7

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Helping DC Youth Groups Next Week - Addition & Correction

Addition: There is a prayer meeting on Saturday the 10th for the youth and for the work of God among them next week. 7-9 pm Saturday 7/10/10 at Washington Community Fellowship (9th & Maryland NE).

Correction: Breakfast prep time is 6:30-8:30 am, with the option to leave early if necessary.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Helping DC Youth Groups Next Week

Each summer, the youth groups from several different churches in the DC area get together for a week of service to their city, learning about each other, and wrestling with the biblical imperatives for justice and mercy?

That week week is called Urban Hands, and it goes from Sunday, July 11 to Saturday, July 17. And the youth can use some help from the rest of the church body, especially in the areas of food prep and driving.

To sign up to volunteer, use this form. Activities are hosted at Washington Community Fellowship church, 901 Maryland Ave. NE (metro: Union Station).

Particular needs include:
- Monday 7/12 and Saturday 7/17: Breakfast set-up & lunch prep, 7-8:15 am.
- Every day 3-5pm: Driving youth to the pool where they shower. Help them to be the aroma of Christ (2 Corinthians 2.15), but not of anything else.
- Monday 7/12 and Thursday 7/15: Dinner prep, 6:30-8pm.

And there are other ways to help as well. While we're at it, let's also imitate from the unity across congregational lines and the commitment to justice, mercy, and the study of God's Word that our young neighbors are learning next week.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Capitol Hill Homeless Resources

For anyone in the vicinity of Capitol Hill, Ben Doggett at Care Company has put together a very useful guide to resources for the homeless in that area. If you are homeless, meet with others who are, or are part of a church that has or would like to have a connection with people on the street, this is good stuff to have. The image is not the best, but you can read it just by printing these files. Or stop by Care Co and I'm sure they can provide you with a stack.

More Art in Worship - Fairfax

This weekend, as part of the Fairfax, VA city "Spotlight on the Arts", Truro Church is hosting the First Annual Spring Arts Festival.

One of the highlights of the event will be actor Bruce Kuhn's dramatic presentation tonight (Friday 4/30) at 8pm of "Tales of Tolstoy". Suggested donations $15, $10 for children.

Kuhn, like the more famous (as far as I know) Max Mclean (who has done Broadway performances of The Screwtape Letters and The Gospel of Mark with the Fellowship for the Performing Arts) is part of a movement urging the church to rediscover the sense of drama in Scripture. Kuhn also does dramatic performances of Luke and Acts, as well as The Cotton Patch Gospel. On Saturday, he gives a "Word by Heart" training.

Word by Heart training is described on Kuhn's website thusly:

"Using the tools of an actor and exegete, students imaginatively see what those eyewitnesses saw and say what they meant. If successful, what we ‘see’ will spark honest emotion and rich, subtle communication. This is not ‘pretending’ in the way most people think of an actor playing a role. Students will play themselves as if they had witnessed the event. They will tell of it in their natural voice, using the exact words of scripture from memory. The process applies to all storytelling. The goal is truth-full, technique-free relating of experience that gently compels an audience."

Other events include an art show, concert stage, and artisan marketplace.

Sound fun? See the art show website at, or just show up. The Truro church building is located at

10520 Main Street
Fairfax, VA 22030

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Coming Together with the Art of Worship in DC

In my community group, we are interspersing discussions of spiritual disciplines with our Bible study on Exodus. One member, who led our discussion of worship as a discipline, is a Calvin College alumna. About a month ago, she alerted us to a workshop that Calvin’s “Worship Apprentices” were putting on during their spring break. The worship workshop just so happened to be at Washington Community Fellowship, my fiancée’s and my morning church, so the two of us and our Calvin friend, took out a weeknight to see what we could see.

The Worship Apprentices are a team of ten students at Calvin who plan and lead worship services for the school, study the theology of worship, dedicate themselves to practice it, and teach others about it. They begin the school year with a two-week intensive training and work all year, with heavy involvement in the well-known Calvin Worship Symposium (where every participant proves that they love God through their willingness to travel to Grand Rapids, MI in January). During spring break, the apprentices split up and teach students and churches on each coast about worship. The East Coast team, of whose excellent work we were the beneficiaries consisted of Sam, Tricia, Henry, and Robin, and was led by their chapel coordinator Cindy de Jong. According to our friend, chapel services at Calvin are a real blessing and the worship apprentices do a lot of good work. Based on my limited exposure, I believe it.

The WCF meeting brought together the body of Christ, with participants from WCF as well as Reformation Lutheran Church, Alexandria Presbyterian, Silver Spring Christian Reformed, 3 Strands Community Church (that’s us!), and Christ our Shepherd (including the gang from Care Company). According to the Worship Apprentices’ blog, we were an unruly collection saints, but we were also “wonderfully pleasant” – thanks, guys!

Having allowed a month to elapse before posting, I won’t do proper justice to the session, but suffice it to say that there is ample reason to worship the Lord our God, and many ways to do it. The content was geared towards worship leaders, which to my congregation’s great relief, I am not, but the rest of us learned a lot as well. The theological pillars of our lesson were the simple but important assertion that a relationship with God needs nourishing and an emphasis on worship as a communal experience of the church.

Communal worship helps to nourish our relationship with God through communication. Much like individual prayer, corporate worship can contain adoration, confession, lament, listening, petition and gratitude. It also benefits from confession of faith via creeds or scriptural confessions, replication of certain things we see in God, benediction, peace-passing, healing prayers, and other elements. Doing these things well, which worship leaders seek to teach us to do, develops what the Calvin team called good “vertical language habits.” We are formed by worship even as we go in and participate in it. The more we worship God, and the more broadly we do it, the more natural it will be, and the greater control God can exercise over us.

I particularly liked one exercise in vertical language habits. You can try this at home:

Look at Psalm 19.1-2:
“The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.”

Now, what are some of the themes you see? God’s creativity? His constancy? There are plenty to choose from. Think of a couple more…

Next, using those themes, write a sentence or two to make a transition from this passage to a public time of confession.

For example, I highlighted God’s glory and said, “Now that we know God’s infinite glory, we can more fully see our own weakness, pettiness, and sin. Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.” Now you try!

In addition to good verbal communication habits, the Apprentices tried to teach us other means of communication with God, emphasizing the fact that the whole community has the resources to worship the Lord. They discussed using pre-made art and art created during the worship service. They mentioned dance, and talked a lot about music. The important thing is that every member of a congregation be able to participate, because participation in worship is communication with God.

Finally, we sang several worship songs. I particularly liked two new ones, The First Place by Matthew Westerholm, and Gbemi Jesu (Lift me, Jesus in Yoruba).

I thank God for the visitors from Calvin, and for the chance to share in their lessons with part of the larger body of Christ. May we in this city now listen more closely to the Lord, and declare His name more clearly through worship.

Check out the Calvin worship apprentices’ blog as well as the archive of Calvin’s chapel services.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Washington Post Town Hall on Religion Coverage

The Post is hosting a meeting on its religion coverage next Tuesday. Even if you don't have anything in particular to tell the reporters, it's a good opportunity to hear about things going on in churches and communities across the city...

The Washington Post is hosting a Town Hall Meeting on April 20, 6-8pm, on the coverage of religion and faith. Post staff writers and editors discuss the impact of religion on government, politics and social issues followed by a Q&A session.

If you would like to attend this meeting in D.C. Public Library, 3935 Benning Rd., NE, email

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tuesday Gospel Concert

Howard University School of Law Gospel Choir has a concert today. One of my home church members will be singing.

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Time: 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: Howard University School of Law Dunbarton Chapel
Street: 2900 Van Ness Street, NW (Two blocks from the Van Ness/UDC Metro)

Praise God and enjoy!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

He is Risen!

He is risen indeed! Happy Easter.

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.' " Then they remembered his words.

When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.
-Luke 24.1-12 (NIV)

Monday, March 8, 2010

Haitian Churches in the DC Area

The U.S. cities most known for their Haitian immigrant communities are New Orleans, New York, Miami, and Boston (See Haitian ministries here or Creole church search here), but the Washington area also has a strong Haitian contingent. Feel free to add to the list below if I missed a Haitian church community. If you want to get to know your Haitian neighbors, contact one of these churches! In no particular order...

First Haitian Evangelical Church of Maryland
2601 Powder Mill Rd Adelphi, MD, 20783-1143
Pastor: J-Enock Guerrier

Eglise Baptiste Du Calvaire
10002 Riggs Rd Adelphi MD 20783-1205
Pastor: Rev. Jean St. Ulme

Eglise Baptiste de La Foi
7500 Takoma Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912 (Takoma Community Center)
Pastor: Rev. Fritz Olivier

First Haitian Baptist Congregation
Columbia Rd NW, Washington DC 20009-4213 (At National Baptist Memorial)
Pastor: Rev. Israel Philogene

Horeb Haitian Company Seventh Day Adventist Church
2601 Powder Mill Rd Adelphi, MD, 20783-1143 (At 1st Haitian Evangelical)
Pastor: Arbentz A. Pierre-Antoine

L'Eglise Internationale de la Source de Vie, also known as the Living Water International Church of Maryland, is a Haitian community church that meets on Fridays (7:15pm) and on Sundays at 10:00am for worship at the Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring.
51 University Blvd E., Silver Spring MD 20901.

There is also a Creole Mass at 4:15 Sundays at Shrine of the Sacred Heart
3211 Sacred Heart Way NW (16th St. & Park Rd. in Columbia Heights)
Pastor: Fr. Arsene Jasmin