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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 info@renewdc.org. 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 amatlock@nccf-cares.org

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. http://www.stjohns-dc.org/article.php?id=22#toy

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. http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/christmas_toydrive.shtml

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.