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.