Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Missio Alliance Meeting April 2013

It's not too early to register ($135 before January 15, $165 before March 15, $185 thereafter) for the Missio Alliance gathering April 11-13, 2013 at Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA.

Exploring the shape of a missional encounter with this new context calls for asking fresh questions and engaging in dialogue about topics as fundamental as the gospel, humanity, Scripture, the Holy Spirit, and the Kingdom of God; all framed around the role of the Church in relationship to God’s mission in the world.

For this inaugural conference, we’ve invited a diverse and compelling group of practitioners, theologians, and missiologists to speak and facilitate dialogue around these and a wide array of related issues. 

This conference is just the beginning of what we hope to see God do through the Missio Alliance in years to come. We look forward to joining with all fellow travelers!

John Marienau Turpin

Friday, November 16, 2012

Google+ concert and hang out to learn more about foster care and adoption

Google Hangout

November is National Adoption Month, and is a good chance for the Church to learn more about God's heart for the fatherless and how He is calling us to make sure all children have families.

Here in DC there is much need for the Church to take action around the foster care system, and there will opportunities for us to partner together on some things in the coming months.

There is a chance coming up soon though to learn more about God's heart for adoption and what the Church is doing nationwide to address this issue. The Jason Yost Band and New Rhythm, along with 
ADOPTION JOURNEy AND CAFO PRESENTS, will be hosting a Google+ hang-out and concert this Sunday, November 18th. Jason and Shelly Yost, who attend National Community Church here in DC, started New Rhythm, a foster care and adoption non-profit, and are doing awesome work to raise awareness and mobilize believers to love the fatherless. If you're interested in learning more about foster care, adoption, and what the Church can do - as well as spending some time in worship with other believers - definitely join the Google hang-out!

Visit Jason and Shelly's blog to learn more about New Rhythm and to register for the Google+ hang-out 

Photo: I am so excited about this Sunday night ! Make sure you tune in!

Blythe Scott
Coordinator of City Partnerships, The District Church

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Columbia Heights Tree Lighting Extravaganza

Join The District Church on December 1st for the Columbia Heights Tree Lighting Extravaganza at the Columbia Heights plaza! We are going to be lighting a pretty enormous tree and celebrating the Christmas season! There will be food, singing, and other festivities, so come out and join us!

And if you or your church would like to partner with us in helping put on the event, there are plenty of ways for you to be inovlved-  just contact me!

You can read more about the event and "like" the page here:

Also, after the Tree Lighting Extravaganza, Collaborate to Impact will be hosting Charity Happy Holiday Hours, where four area restaurants will be serving holiday drinks to benefit local organizations. You can read more about the Charity Happy Holiday Hour fundraiser and buy tickets at



Blythe Scott
Coordinator of City Partnerships, The District Church

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Kids' Konnection/Sidewalk Sunday School Stocking Stuffers for Anacostia

Help bring Christmas cheer to Anacostia's kids! Donate Christmas stocking
stuffers today!

Kids' Konnection, located in Anacostia, ministers to nearly 1,500 kids each
week in DC's toughest neighborhoods through its traveling Sidewalk Sunday
School program. This Christmas season Kids' Konnection will be distributing
1,500 stockings to its Sidewalk Sunday School kids. Join us in helping
make the Christmas of a Kids' Konnection child by donating stocking

To donate, just pick either the boy or girl list and go shopping! No need
to buy everything on the list...just get enough to fill a stocking. Please
spend no more than $50 per stocking. The women of COSC, WCF and Church of
the Resurrection will be sewing and stuffing the stockings. Please make donations no
later than Sunday, December 9th. Email Erica for further details at We hope you will join in this multi-church effort
to bless the kids of Anacostia this Christmas!

*Girls Stocking*

*Boys Stocking*

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Mysterious Prison Film Screening November 20

Mysterious Prison, an independent film about homelessness in DC is showing on Tuesday, November 20 at the E St. Cinema at 7 pm.

The film, by William D. Ashton, was produced with help from Central Union Mission and many homeless individuals throughout DC.

The showing is free, and donations for Central Union Mission will be accepted.

Register at

John Marienau Turpin

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Bittersweet Benefit to support trafficking victims

Join Collaborate to Impact and Bittersweet Benefits as they celebrate and support the efforts of local organizations to end child sex trafficking in Washington, DC.

When: October 12, 7:30-10pm
Where: Chez Billy, 3815 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 


$15 donation at the door
Cash bar + light snacks
DJ + tunes
Spoken word short film debut
Raffle tickets + artwork for sale

*All proceeds to benefit the organizations in attendance: Fair Girls, Restoration Ministries, Courtney's House and Polaris Project.

Blythe Scott

Monday, October 1, 2012

ESL Teacher Training October 13 and 27

A workshop to help volunteers learn to teach Conversational English will be sponsored by the NorthStar Church Network in Northern Virginia. This 16-hour training will be offered on Oct. 13 and 27 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Ox Hill Baptist Church,  4101 Elmwood Street,  Chantilly,  VA 20151.

Visit for more information and to download the registration form.

DC Baptist Convention Annual Meeting October 29-30: "A Story to Tell"

UPDATE 11/14/12: Following postponement due to Hurricane Sandy, DCBC Annual Meeting will be held Mon-Tues December 3-4.

The 136th Annual Meeting of the District of Columbia Baptist Convention will be held on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 29-30 at Clifton Park Baptist Church, 8818 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, Md. 20903. We will gather using the theme, “A Story to Tell” with Deuteronomy 6:5-7 as the Scripture reference.

To register or receive detailed information about the Annual Meeting, click here. This year, delegates, exhibitors and regular attendees can register online as well as order meals and find out more information about speakers and the schedule.

Beltsville, MD Worship Space for Rent

Power House Baptist Church is interested in renting worship space in their building on 10778 Rhode Island Avenue in Beltsville,  MD to another church.  The building would be available on Saturday or after 3pm on Sunday afternoon.  Contact Pastor Geoffrey Gatambia for details at

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Honey Bees and New Life

An excerpt from "The Gift of Honey and the Promise of God" by Ashley Goff of Church of the Pilgrims, in Dupont Circle. Published in Faith & Leadership.

...By that fall, we had expanded to our current three hives and wanted to integrate our garden more intentionally into the life of worship at Pilgrims. One of our first ideas came easily. In the ancient church, the first meal the newly baptized received was milk and honey. It was to remind them of the sweetness of life in Christ and the “promised land” they were now entering because of their baptism.
Drawing on this ancient tradition and the biblical stories, we began sharing milk and honey with our newly baptized, along with these words, added to our liturgy: With the living waters, may the justice and mercy of God flow from you like the sweetness of milk and honey. ...

We badly need reminders of the new that Jesus Christ gives. But our need is not out of a lack of such reminders. Lord, grant us the eyes to see your work in the world and the people around us.

John Marienau Turpin

Saturday, September 22, 2012

The Line

Passing along the invite:

You're invited to the official world premiere of The Line on Tuesday, October 2 in Washington,DC! From Emmy award-winning producer Linda Midgett, The Line is a groundbreaking documentary chronicling the new face of poverty in America.

Immediately following the screening, a panel of experts—featuring Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners, and producer Linda Midgett—will discuss the film and its impact.

The event is free and open to the public; however an RSVP is required as space is limited.

Please click here to RSVP.

Guests must plan to arrive at The Gwendolyn and Morris Cafritz Theatre no later than 7:30 p.m.

Since this event will be filmed, guests who arrive after 7:30 p.m. will be denied entry. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

With over 1,000 simultaneous screenings across the country, we hope that you will join us for this very special premiere in DC!

October 2, 2012
World Premiere of The Line
8:00 – 9:30 p.m. ET (Guests must arrive by 7:30 p.m.)

The Gwendolyn and Morris Cafritz Theatre
Columbia Heights Education Campus
3101 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20010

Contact: Sojourners,
RSVP at by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28!

Blythe Scott

Loving the fatherless

There are 373 kids waiting for adoptive families in the foster care system in DC. there are about 800 churches in DC. that means if ONE famly in every 2 or 3 churches in DC adopted ONE kid, there would be NO kids in the foster care system. and if every family in every church was involved in supporting families in need in some way (helping provide food, job resources, counseling, parenting classes, etc), the Church would PREVENT the situations that cause kids to enter the foster care system in the first place. The Church can literally make sure there are no more fatherless children.

This is our calling as the Church - God tells us to "seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; defend the cause of the needy." (Isaiah 1:17) And just as He adopted us through Christ into His family (Ephesians 1:4-5), He desires us to show His love to the world in the way we adopt others into our family. Fostering and adoption is one of the biggest ways we can tangibly show the love of Christ to these children and the rest of the world. And if you aren't in a place to foster or adopt (like me), there are many other ways you can love the fatherless: by mentoring foster kids, and by supporting biological, foster, and adoptive families through counseling, respite services, and other resources so they are better able to support their children. You can look into organizations like Foster and Adoptive Parent Advocacy Center and Family and Youth Initiative for different opportunities.

A group of churches are also planning on doing a big foster care and adoption awareness event in January, which we would love your help promoting to your churches. And before that, we will be doing a lunch for pastors and other church leaders to talk more about this event, and our vision for the Church as a whole uniting together to make sure all children in DC have a family. You'll be hearing more about this, but please email me now if you would definitely like to be invited to this brunch!

Blythe Scott

Friday, September 21, 2012

Fight human trafficking

Human trafficking is referred to as modern day slavery. Today, more children, women and men are held in slavery than over the course of the entire trans-Atlantic slave trade. And some of these people are enslaved right here in the U.S. - and right here in DC. Human trafficking is one of the worst injustices imaginable: buying, selling, and using people's bodies, taking something from them against their will. God's Word makes it clear we are to fight for the cause of the oppressed, and this is undoubtedly one of the clearest situations of oppresion in our world today. To learn more about human trafficking, as well as what some faith groups are doing to combat this injustice, check our FAAST's website. There are also a group of churches here in the DC area meeting to talk about working together to fight human trafficking, so if you're interested in learning more about that send me an email.

There are two upcoming opportunities for the Church in DC to take action now in the fight against human trafficking:

1) Bittersweet Benefit; Friday, October 12th at 7:30pm
This is an event to raise money for four organizations doing amazing work to fight human trafficking: Courtney's House, Restoration Ministries, Polaris Project, and Fair Girls. More details forthcoming, If you're interested, email me!

2) Stop Modern Slavery Walk; September 29th at noon, starting in front of the Washington Monument
This walk is a chance to march together with thousands of others against the atrocity of human trafficking, and a way to physically stand in support of the organizations that are committed to a slavery-free future. Restoration Ministries, a non-profit my church has partnered with several times for other events, is one of the 15 organizations that benefits from the proceeds of this walk, so please come out and support them! This walk is also great way to get educated on the other anti-slavery initiatives in the DC area. If you'd like to walk, you can go here to register a team. Registration is $25 ($15 for students).

Blythe Scott

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

9/24 Lecture: Theology in the Public Square

On September 24, The John Leland Center for Theological Studies will host the 40th Annual Faculties' Convocation for the Washington Theological Consortium beginning at 3:30 p.m. with a prayer service, and a public lecture and discussion at 4:00pm.  

The title of the Lecture could not be more fitting for Leland's sponsorship: Theology and the Public Square.  Our commitment to equip transformational leaders for the global ministry of Jesus Christ demands theological reflection, not only for congregational life, but for all the vocations God gives his people inside and outside the church.  So important is this aspect of ministry preparation that our newest degree program focuses one of two possible tracks directly on the question of leadership outside the congregational setting.  And theology is at the heart of all Christian leadership.  So the WTC Lecture this year is a very timely opportunity for our students, faculty, and alums.

The lecture will be given by Gary Dorrien, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Christian Ethics at Union Theological Seminary.  A response will be given by Shaun Casey, Professor of Christian Ethics, Wesley Theological Seminary and Consultant to the Project on Religion and Post Conflict Reconstruction at the Center for Strategic and International Studies

via The John Leland Center
306 N. Highland St. Arlington, VA
The lecture will be at the main campus
John Marienau Turpin, TCDC
Editor's note: I had a class with Shaun Casey in 2010. He's well worth listening to, as I'm sure is Dr. Dorrien.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Opportunities to partner

Christian unity is so important to our witness for Christ in this world - especially in the world today, as the political sphere is intensely vicious and Christians are particularly vulnerable to being used by all sides. It is so important that now, in a time of such uncertainty and ugliness, the Church shows the selflessness and love of Christ in our unity and in our love for others. And one of the ways we can do this is by working together to bring God's redemption to our city, partnering with each other in various joint initiatives, and supporting and advancing each other's work - and in doing so making the Gospel's message stronger.

There are always many opportunities for partnership among churches in DC, but I've recently had several great meetings with leaders from some other churches that have gotten me especially excited! Below are some opportunities for partnership I wanted to share with you all, in the hope that through working together on initiatives like this we may develop deeper relationships and more effectively further Christ's purposes in our city. Please contact me if you want to learn more about the partnership possiblities for any of these opportunities:

- Several churches in the DC area have been talking for awhile now about wanting to learn how the Church in DC can best join the fight against human trafficking. There are a group of us from several different churches meeting on September 12th to discuss our various ideas, experiences, and the holes God could be calling the Church in DC to fill in the fight against trafficking. Let me know if your church would like to be a part of this meeting!

- The District Chuch recently held our first Disaster Relief training, in order to certify some of our members (about 25 of us) to be First Responders in DC in the event of an emergency. Ricky Creech, President of the DC Baptist Convention, has partnered with the DC government to help form the first all-volunteer emergency responder team, and is in the process of training individuals to join this team. This is a huge, very visible way the Church in DC can join together to practically serve and love our city. It is going to be an awesome thing to see the first all-volunteer emergency responders in DC made up of the Church! If you would like Ricky to come do a training for your church so you can have a team join us as First Responders, email me and I'll put you in touch with Ricky.

- Northwest Community Church has a regular homeless ministry called The Refuge, as well as a weekly food drop-off to needy families, both of which are open to more volunteers. These are consistent, well-run ministries that provide great opportunities for collaboration among churches in serving the poor. If you want to find out more about either of these opportunities, email Krista Kartson at

- Northwest Community Church and The District Church have been talking about the need for some type of single parent ministry. This ministry would provide parenting classes, babysitters to give parents a night off every once in a while, and other resources/services. If you're interested in talking with us more about what this could look like, please email me!

Blythe Scott

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Korean American Pastor, African American Neighborhood, Body of Christ

A nice article in the Post on Saturday about the pastor of Peace Fellowship Church in NE. The pastor, Peter Chin, is a second generation American who grew up in Chicago. The article speaks about the differences in Pastor Chin's role in the tight-knit local community and church community, as well as of his experience of America in general and African Americans in particular as compared with his parents' generation. In doing so, it has become part of a very small but growing public discussion of relations between Koreans and African Americans within the church.

Chin posts some excellent follow-up thoughts on his blog here. One highlight:

I appear to have become an unwitting and flabbergasted pioneer in the discussion of race in the Christian community, particularly the dynamic between Koreans and African-Americans.  The conspicuous silence on the subject allows any yahoo to speak his mind and get noticed.  And that does nothing but sadden me. ... My voice should be one of thousands, instead of one of a few.
[H]onestly, next time I ask the Post to do a feature on the subject, I hope that they scoff and turn me down because there are just too many people who are doing too much good work on the topic to include my silly opinion.

While Rev. Chin's opinions are very far from silly, let's hope he gets his wish in terms of the many voices. Praise God that we are one in Christ Jesus.

"So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off, and peace to those who were near; for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone."
- Ephesians 2.17-20

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

My People Pray: Joint Prayer on Saturday, September 15

My People Pray is a time for all Christians to join in prayer to the Lord our God. Saturday, September 15, please join your brothers and sisters in Christ for a day of prayer on the Mall. The event is non-partisan and non-political (see agenda below), and seeks to take up the privilege and responsibility given to us by God to communicate with Him and intercede for the world.

John Marienau Turpin

10:00 am Opening Music, Worship Time & the Lord's Prayer
Welcome by Moderator, My People Pray 2012
10:30 amPrayer of Adoration and Praise
Annie Roberson - Park Cities Presbyterian Church, Dallas, TX 
11:00 amPrayer of Confession & Repentance
Father Steven Dart -Christ Anglican Church, Carefree, AZ   invited
11:30 amPrayer for the Church
Rev. Ricky Creech, D.C. Baptist Convention, Washington, DC invited
12:00 noonPrayer for Families
(Speaker or Church/Organization Name Here)
12:30 pmPrayer for the Lost and Missions
Kurt Nelson, President, East West Ministries, Plano, TX invited
1:00 pmPrayer for Our Nation and World
Dr. Ron Jones, Something Good Radio, Pres. & Teacher, Fairfax Station, VA
1:30 pmPrayer for Our Leaders & Military
Bobby Little, Executive Director, Christian Embassy, Arlington, VAinvited
2:00 pmPrayer for Righteousness in Business
Jerry Elliott, CFO Leap Wireless, Darien, CT invited
2:30 pmPrayer for Education & Teachers
(Speaker or Church/Organization Name Here)
3:00 pmPrayer for Media, Entertainment & Sports
(Speaker or Church/Organization Name Here)
3:30 pmPrayer for Reconciliation, Healing & Peace(Speaker or Church/Organization Name Here) 
4:00 pmPrayer for the Poor & Persecuted
(Speaker or Church/Organization Name Here)
4:30 pmPrayer for Revival
Bill Dotson,Founder and President, DREM Ministry, Dallas, TX
5:00 pmPrayer for Christ's Kingdom to Come
(Speaker or Church/Organization Name Here)
5:30 pmBenediction and Concert of Praise
(Speaker or Church/Organization Name Here)

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Science and Faith Discussion: Matters of the Mind 8/21 6:30pm

Church of the Advent and Trinity Forum invite you to The University Club (1135 16th St. NW) from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Tuesday, August 21 for an Evening Conversation on "Science and Spirituality in Conversation: Matters of the Mind" featuring psychiatrist and neuroscientist Curt Thompson and theologian James K.A. Smith. This promises to be a fascinating conversation on the links between neuroscience and spirituality, and the insights of our faith into understanding our minds and ourselves.

This is the second Evening Conversation in a three-part series entitled "Science & Faith in Conversation: Our Place, Self, and Soul" and sponsored by the Templeton Foundation "Scientists in Congregations" Initiative

To register, visit 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Convoy of Hope September 22: Updated Contact Info

Dear Church,
Please get involved in this great ministry to communities nationwide and worldwide. Convoy of Hope is taking a three-pronged, D-M-V approach on Saturday, September 22.

Saturday, September 22
 Alexandria, VA Outreach
WhenSat, September 22, 10am – 2pm
WhereCora Kelly Recreation Center, Alexandria, VA (map)
DescriptionFor more information go to or call 202-544-0414 ext. 114
 Hagerstown, MD Outreach
WhenSat, September 22, 10am – 2pm
WhereFairgrounds Park, Hagerstown, MD (map)
DescriptionFor more information, please call 301-739-1167 ext. 201
 Washington D.C Outreach
WhenSat, September 22, 10am – 2pm
WhereColumbia Heights Community Center, 1480 Girard St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20009 (map)
DescriptionFor more information go to or call 202-643-8139

Washington, DC-Area Back Pack Drives

For those with kids entering school (again), those looking to help the kids, or both:

THC has a copy of DCPS' official K-12 School Supplies List:

Central Union Mission's Operation Backpack - Donations (monetary or supplies) due August 9; Backpack giveaway August 18. Contact: Tracy Duncan, Central Union Mission Outreach Manager: 202-745-7118 x 260, or The Redskins are accepting donations at their training camp facilities:

Transitional Housing Corporation (THC) DC - Backpacks for homeless & at-risk youth. To donate, contact Andrew Adams, THC Development & Volunteer Manager at 202-291-5535 x 405, or

NBC 4 Backpacks for Kids - Contact Aisha Karimah,

Fashion Empowering Women Foundation - Build a Backpack Drives. Donations end August 18.

John Marienau Turpin

Sunday, July 15, 2012

@TheChurchinDC is on Twitter!

TCDC is now on Twitter. Please follow us @thechurchindc. And while you're at it, check out some of the great local churches on twitter as well:

Mount Carmel Baptist Church - @mymcbc
Open Door Presbyterian Church (English Congregation) - @ODPCEC
Glee Kingdom Church - @gleekingdommd
Fairfax Community Church - @FairfaxCC
Metropolitan AME Church - @MetropolitanAME
McLean Bible Church - @mcleanbible
Capital Baptist Church - @capitalbaptist
Washington International Church - @WIC_CMA
The New Macedonia Baptist Church - @mytnmbc
The Church in Bethesda - @ChurchnBethesda
Restoration Church - @RestChurchDC
Beulah Baptist Church - @BeulahDC
... and many more! The Spirit is present with His churches. Sanctify us, Lord!

John Marienau Turpin

Monday, July 9, 2012

AIDS Workshop

As was already posted below, this Tuesday, July 10th, at 7pm there will be a one hour workshop on HIV/AIDS at the Festival Center in Columbia Heights. DC has the highest infection rate of any city in the U.S., yet the Church has been largely silent when it has come to fighting this epidemic over the past 30 years. Christ calls His Church to love like He loves, and there is no question that He would confront this issue face on, fighting the spread of this disease and loving passionately those who are affected by it. The workshop on July 10th is an opportunity for Christians to come together and learn more about HIV/AIDS, see how DC faith communities are already responding, and see where God might be calling you to be His hands and feet when it comes to this issue.

The International AIDS Conference is in DC at the end of July, which presents an awesome opportunity for the Church to become better educated on HIV/AIDS and how to best take action. The workshop on the 10th will talk about the conference and some of the ways the faith community can be present, as well as action steps the faith community can begin to take after the conference.

Three local DC churches - The District Church, Church of the Advent, and National Community Church - are partnering together to host the workshop. This is a great opportunity for churches to join together to more powerfully live out Christ's love in an area filled with misunderstanding and pain. Please join us on Tuesday and find out how you and your faith community can partner with us in this!

To recap:

Where: Festival Center - 1640 Columbia Road NW

When: Tuesday, July 10 at 7pm

If you have any questions about the event, you can contact Michael O'Brien at

Blythe Scott
Leadership Resident and Outreach Director, The District Church

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Mclean Pastor to Lead Redeemer City to City Network

Dr. John Hutchinson, head pastor of McLean Presbyterian Church, will start in September as head of Redeemer City to City, a gospel-centered church planting movement in global cities across the world. Dr. Hutchinson and McLean Pres have been involved in City to City's fostering of a church-planting network in Berlin.

See the story at
Posted by John

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Capital Vietnamese Christian Fellowship Summer Retreat, Aug 2-5

Capital Vietnamese Christian Fellowship Annual Summer Youth Retreat: August 2-5, 2012

CVCF's primary goal is to make Jesus famous in the lives of youth in the greater DC area and beyond. 

The 2012 CVCF retreat will be August 2-5 at the same location this year - Rhodes Grove Conference Center, Chambersburg, PA. Fundraising help still needed, so get your church involved!

The conference will welcome guest speaker David Tauler. David, a minister at Antioch Korean Baptist Church and worship leader at McLean Frontline, was born in Washington, D.C. and graduated from the University of Maryland on a music scholarship. His father is Chilean and his mother is American. He speaks English, Spanish and learned Korean as a 17-year old when he began serving in a Korean church. He promises to bring a message of humility, prayer, and worship to fellowship with all the youth.

See the Brochure And download the Registration Form here
For more information see or email

Make sure to bring your Bible, notebook, journal, pen, sleeping bag or blanket, soap, shampoo,  toothbrush, toothpaste, towel, athletic clothing, and sneakers. It would also be great if you brought a friend and we also hope that you make some new ones too!
Posted by John
Info courtesy Frank Wilson, CVCF

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Adult Literacy Training Workshop, June 9 & 16

Literacy Missions: Spread God’s love by teaching someone to read and write
In a 16-hour Adult Reading and Writing Literacy Missions Workshop you can learn to share the Gospel while teaching someone to read and write. The workshop will be held on Saturday, June 9 and 16 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Baptist Building, 1628 Sixteenth St. NW, Washington,  D.C. Bring a sack lunch. The cost of materials is $30. Information and registration can be found by visiting or 202.265.1526.  The workshop is sponsored by the Center for Church and Community Ministries (CCCM).
John Marienau Turpin
3 Strands Community Church,


Volunteer for American Baptist Youth Conference, July 22-28

Volunteers Needed for IMMERSE: National Gathering of American Baptist Youth

Members of the D.C. Baptist Convention are needed to serve as volunteers for the upcoming National Gathering of American Baptist Youth (Immerse Conference). If you have a heart to serve, then this is your opportunity to bless those coming to the D.C. metropolitan area.

Volunteers are needed in the following areas for a two-hour (or more) shift:

 • Registration (July 22 – 24, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.): Help stuff bags in preparation for registration,  man tables during registration,  and help students unload busses (July 24).

Mission Team Leaders (July 25, 27; 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.): Ride with or meet groups at mission sites, and serve as a local point of contact for mission sites.

Health Team (July 24 – 27, 3 p.m. – midnight): On-call doctors, nurses, EMT to assist with basic medical needs of participants.

Safety & Security Team (July 24 – 27, 7 p.m. – midnight): Help monitor campus during free/recreation times,  serve as ushers during worship services and assist with recreation activities as needed.

Prayer Walk Leaders (July 26, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.): Serve as Prayer Walk guides, serve as prayer timekeepers, make sure students get the items needed to carry out the action step at the Monument location, and serve as water/first aid station monitors.

To sign up for a shift or two,  please contact Lashanor Doolittle at 202.265.1526, ext. 203 or
John Marienau Turpin
3 Strands Community Church,


Churches Needed for Volunteer Support - Takoma Park, July 1-6

DCBC Partners with MissionServe: Join Us in Being a Blessing
With a grant obtained from the City of Takoma Park, this summer the D.C. Baptist Convention in partnership with MissionServe will work to rectify code violations on approximately 23 homes in Takoma Park, Md., July 1-6.

We have 330 volunteers, 6th grade to college-age, already confirmed to serve, and housing for all volunteers has already been obtained. We now NEED 23 of our churches to adopt a “work squad” of 13 volunteers.

What does this mean?
• The “work squad” assigned to your church would attend worship service with you on Sunday, July 1, and we ask that you provide them with lunch.
• Commit to prepare and bring lunch to the work site Monday, July 2 through Friday, July 6 (Wednesday, July 4 will be an off day, so no lunch is needed.) for the squad and the homeowner(s).
• Follow-up with the homeowner(s) once the work project is complete.

What an awesome ministry opportunity for your church to reach the community! To adopt a “work squad,” please contact Lashanor Doolittle at or 202.265.1526,  ext. 203.
John Marienau Turpin
3 Strands Community Church,


Friday, June 1, 2012

Convoy of Hope: Columbia Heights

Convoy of Hope (posted about below) is also coming to DC this year! For those who aren't familiar, Convoy of Hope is a Christian ministry that goes all over the world helping organize businesses, local churches, and community organizations to plan a day of family fun and much-needed free services to communities. And on Saturday, September 22nd, Convoy of Hope is coming to the Columbia Heights neighborhood of DC! There will also be a location in Alexandria, VA, but this post is specifically about the Columbia Heights location:

National Community Church (NCC) is the main church organizing the Convoy in DC, but one of the main goals of Convoy of Hope is to bring churches together and help create lasting partnerships, so NCC does not want to be the only church hosting! They want volunteers from other churches to help lead some of the outreach areas, so that this event is a partnership between churches that then turns into a more lasting outreach partnership after the event! I'll post again closer to the event with information for anyone who wants to volunteer the day of the event, but right now NCC is still looking for a few more volunteers from other churches to help lead some of the various areas. So if you have expertise or an interest in one of the following areas, we would love for you to become involved: the leaders still needed are for food, finance, and hair cuts. Some other areas can still use assistants, so if one of these three areas doesn't jump out at you but you want to help, you can email and find out about other areas! Leading an area is not a huge undertaking - you will be supported the whole way by Convoy of Hope staff and by the coordinators from NCC, and will receive training and information to assist you along the way.

No matter your interests or gifts, there are a variety of ways to get involved - from helping to plan an area now to volunteering the day of - so don't hesistate to email if you're at all interested. This is an awesome opportunity for churches to work together to serve our community in the name of Christ, and to form lasting partnerships so we can better serve our community in the future! So if you'd like any more information about Convoy of Hope, or if you'd like to help, contact Jill Carmichael at

Blythe Scott
Leadership Resident and Outreach Director, The District Church

Thursday, May 24, 2012

An Evening Conversation with Jennifer Wiseman: "Our Place in the Cosmos"

See below for information about what seems like a very interesting event sponsored by Church of the Advent:

An Evening Conversation with Jennifer Wiseman: "Our Place in the Cosmos"

Greetings from The Trinity Forum!

On behalf of The Trinity Forum and the Church of the Advent, I am delighted to invite you to an Evening Conversation with astronomer Jennifer Wiseman! Please join us on Thursday, May 31 at the University Club in Washington, DC for what promises to be a fascinating conversation surrounding what science and faith have to tell us about the awe-inspiring vastness of our universe, and our place within it.

This is the first Evening Conversation in a three-part series entitled "Science & Faith in Conversation: Our Place, Self, and Soul" and sponsored by the Templeton Foundation "Scientists in Congregations" Initiative.


Jennifer Wiseman is an astronomer and Director of the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is the Senior Project Scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, where she previously headed the Laboratory for Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics. Wiseman is interested in promoting positive dialogue on the relationship of science, spirituality, and faith. She has given numerous talks on the excitement of astronomy and scientific discovery. She has also authored several essays addressing the relationship of astronomy and Christian faith.

We hope you will join us for wine, hors d'oeuvres, and conversation at the University Club. Please register here.

When: Thursday, May 31, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Where: The University Club, 1135 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington, DC 20036


The Trinity Forum delights in providing compelling opportunities for thinking leaders and leading thinkers to discuss and engage life's greatest questions. If you would like to contribute to this exciting work via our website, please visit our online donation form.

For more information or to join the Trinity Forum Society, please visit our website.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Events and Development Coordinator Luci Laffitte at or 202.944.9881.

We hope to see you on May 31st!

Cherie Harder, President, The Trinity Forum
Tommy Hinson, Rector, Church of the Advent

Blythe Scott
Leadership Resident and Outreach Director, The District Church

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Frederick, MD Convoy of Hope - June 2 (Volunteer Rally June 1)

Convoy of Hope is a Christian ministry working with churches all over the United States and the world to bring a day of family fun and much-needed free services to communities.

Frederick-area churches, individual volunteers, services and businesses are teaming up to offer
FREE: Breast Cancer Screenings, Health Screenings, Groceries, Hair Cuts, Family Portraits, Job Fair, Kids' Carnival, Live Music, a variety of community services, and a BBQ lunch for all. 

For more information on Frederick's Convoy of Hope, see Facebook and

The volunteer training is Friday, June 1, 7:00pm at Thomas Johnson High School, 1501 North Market Street.

Convoy of Hope Frederick 2012 will be on Saturday, June 2 at the Frederick Fairgrounds. Gates open 10:00am, and the event runs until supplies run out.

2012 will be Frederick's second Convoy of Hope event. Last year's was also a great success.

...And stay tuned for simultaneous Convoy of Hope events in Alexandria, DC, and Hagerstown on September 22, 2012.

photo via

- John Marienau Turpin
3 Strands Community Church, DC

Monday, May 14, 2012

Fundraiser for missions trip to Uganda

This summer a team from The District Church is traveling to Uganda for two weeks on a missions trip to serve with an organization called Mercy's Village. The team is still working on raising all the funding they need, so on Wednesday, May 30th from 6:00pm - 8:30pm, Collaborate to Impact will be hosting an event at Acre 121 (right by the Columbia Heights metro) to help raise support for the missions trip. There will also be an open mic night at the fundrasier, so you don't want to miss this fun night! Come out and support The District Church Uganda team as they seek to serve this summer!

If you can't make the fundrasier but would still like to support the team, you can donate here. Or if you have any questions about the fundraiser or the trip to Uganda, you can email me!

Blythe Scott

Monday, April 30, 2012

Central Union Mission Spiritual Transformation Program Graduation, 5/31

"I came into Central Union Mission in January 2011 a broken man. I was 24 years old, confused, frustrated and lost. I had left my home in South Carolina looking to escape a lifestyle of drug addiction and violence. When I came to DC, I had nowhere to go. I ran into a lady who gave me the homeless shelter hotline, who then referred me to Central Union Mission.

After arriving here a supervisor named Kevin Wright told me about a Spiritual Transformation Program and what it did for him. That night I prayed on it, and the next day I joined the STP. My life has never been the same.

"Here I learned I don't have to be high to enjoy life. I have experienced what it's like to have people genuinely care about me and my past and what I'm going through. God has shown me His riches, His mercy and His son Christ Jesus through Central Union Mission. During my time here I have become a new creature as stated in 2 Cor. 5:17: "If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" by being reconciled to God (2 Cor. 5:18-21) through Central Union Mission. I will be forever grateful. Thank you." 

- Central Union Mission Spiritual Transformation Program Participant

STP Program participants graduate on May 31, at 11:00 am at the Mission Chapel, 1350 R St. NW. Come support children of God who have rediscovered their lives in Christ and had their brokenness turned into joy.

And join Mission DC for their prayers and groundbreaking as they relocate from R St. to 65 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

Special Service for Relocation

3:00 PM, Central Union Mission

Groundbreaking Ceremony

11:00AM, 65 Mass Ave. NW

For more information, and to volunteer, click here.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Q, Humility, and the Church

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the Q Conference came to DC earlier this month. Q is a space "where church and cultural leaders can learn, dialogue, innovate and collaborate around the important topics shaping the church’s future role in culture...We are driven by the belief that inherent in Christian faithfulness is the responsibility to work towards creating a better world, one that reflects God’s original design and intention. Q is a place leaders can explore what that might look like and how God’s kingdom is showing up in the lives of their peers as they restore through the cultural goods they create and lead."

Yes, Q was as awesome as it sounds! It was an amazing experience, full of challenging talks and inspiring ideas. I will be processing it all for awhile, but a couple things in particular really stuck out to me:

One of them was David Brooks' talk on Humility. If you weren't able to attend Q, I highly reccommend you listen to his talk (which will be available on the Q website on May 31st). It was funny, brilliant - and a painfully accurate description of the self-centerdness and pride that defines our culture today.

"Humility is not low self esteem. Humility is low self-preoccupation." -David Brooks
It is with this definition that Mr Brooks showed us how much our culture today is severely lacking in humility. We as a generation are entirely self-preoccupied. We are consumed with ourselves, with our opinions, with our lives. Our national debt is so high because we consume more than any generation previous to us, with little thought to those coming after us - because we think we deserve it. Whatever is best for us is what goes. There is no moral standard today - in fact, according to research, there is a serious moral emergency: when asked, people literally cannot describe a situation with a moral dilemma, because there are no defined limits of right and wrong. Whatever the individual thinks is right, is right. Each person defines their own morality. This is a true moral dilemma. Our culture today tells us it is all about us - that our purpose in life is to find ourselves. But as Mr Brooks pointed out, our purpose in Christ is actually the opposite - it is to lose ourselves.

We as the Church need to show our generation this truth - that true fulfillment is found in losing ourselves, in thinking less of ourselves. But are we even promoting this truth well within the Church, or do we reflect our larger culture more than we realize? How much do we each think about my personal faith, my future, my job, my possessions, my comfort, my sexual satisfaction, my emotional needs, how am I making a difference in the world (I personally struggle with focusing too much on this last one). We are so caught up in ourselves, in our needs and desires, that we often forget God's two greatest commandments: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37)

Yes, we are important. God says to love our neighbor as ourselves, which means we are to love and take care of ourselves. God desires us to know Him and spend eternity with Him, so our lives and our personal salvation are important. But because we are sinful, selfish, prideful human beings, it is easy to focus too much on this. He has created us and blessed us in order that we may love Him and love others - that is what is best for us because that is what he has created us to do. And as we've clearly seen from the world around us, the more we focus on ourselves, the more miserable we each seem to become and the more broken our society as a whole becomes:

A couple of the other most moving, poignant talks at Q for me were on racism and our criminal justice system (which will, again, be available here on May 31st!) The brokenness that exists within our justice system, and how it so unjustly affects young African-American men especially, blows my mind. How does such injustice exist in our country today without more Christians speaking out about it? How are there not more voices raised demanding reformation? How are more believers not involving themselves in the lives of youth to break the cycle and bring redemption to lives written off by so many?

I believe the answer directly connects to Mr Brooks' main point: selfishness. The Church today is too similar to the culture around us. It is easy to not care about that which does not affect us directly. We are focused more on ourselves than on loving God and loving others. The Church needs to lead the way in shifting our perspective outside of ourselves, or else I truly believe our societal problems will only get worse. As my pastor reminds us often, every powerful social movement in our country's history has started with the Church. It is the Church that must lead the way in stopping the inward focus of individuals in our culture. God meant for His Church to live differently than the culture around us, to further His redemption in the world and exemplify His sacrificial, sefless love to the world so that Christ would be seen. I believe that means we as the Church must be aware of this disease of selfishness infecting us, must pray and discuss this more, and must take active steps towards focusing outward, towards taking all that God has given us and using it to better love Him and others. We must do this, because I really believe it is only the Church that will be able to help bring about this shift in our larger culture as well, and help bring the full life that God desires to all people - those who are in physical need as well as spiritual.

And I think praying about and taking action on the injustices surrounding our criminal justice system is a great place to start. What if the Church in each city came together and unified around the issues that cause these injustices? That would be a powerful movement, a powerful voice, that our larger culture couldn't ignore. If every member of every church in DC committed to becoming a mentor for one vulnerable, at-risk youth in our city - either one headed down that path or one who has just come out of incarceration - I believe the rates of incarceration among African-American males would drop dramatically. I believe this would bring attention to the problems surrounding our justice system, as well as the very real solutions that could be brought about. And all this by the churches in our city unifying around a committment to disciple and mentor - something we can all do, and something for which I believe Christ commands we make time.

Through my church I am looking into what programs already exists and what ways we as the Church can invest in the lives of vulnerable youth. This month we at The District Church have committed to praying specifically for foster kids and other vulnerable youth, and about the ways God is calling us to bring Christ's redemption into their lives. Please join us in praying and in seeking God's will for how He wants the Church in DC to be His hands and feet in this area!

April is actually Child Abuse Prevention Month, and this coming Sunday, April 29th, is Blue Sunday - a national day of awareness for child abuse and neglect that many churches across the country are observing. As you'll see from looking at the website, Blue Sunday is a great example of a way the Church is already taking action to invest in the lives of vulnerable children, helping to break cycles of neglect, abuse, and fatherlessness that feed the cycles of high incarceration rates, joblessness, and racism. Many in the Church are already taking action to think outside of themselves. So please help bring this converation into your church, or continue it if it's already going on! And please let me know if you'd like to join our church in the initiative we are praying about, or let me know what your community is already doing - I know there are already many churches working to bring God's redemption into this area, and I would love to hear what's already happening and see this become a widespread, unified movement among the Church in DC!

As I pray for this initiative and the injustices that exist in our city, I continue to think about Mr. Brooks' observations and advice. I pray that the Church would grow in the true humility that he talked about, that we might lead the way in redeeming our culture from the grip of selfishness and pride that leads to so much personal and societal injustice. I pray we would look to Christ and be filled with hope by the reality that in the end His selfless love will win out against all pride and greed and the evil it brings. But I also pray that we would rely on the power of His love in us and follow His example of sacrificial love in our everyday lives - thinking less of ourselves - so that we may help His Kingdom come just a little more in our world now.

Blythe Scott
Leadership Resident and Outreach Director, The District Church