Thursday, October 31, 2013

FBC Silver Spring Celebrates Homecoming, Gets Ready for Move

On Nov. 3, First Baptist Church of Silver Spring (MD) will host a Homecoming Celebration and say farewell to its current church building on the corner of Wayne and Fenton Streets in Silver Spring. The church will be moving to a location nearby but must vacate the building by December 1. A light reception of cake and punch (a Baptist tradition) will be held after the morning worship service at 11 a.m. All are welcome to attend. Visit for more information.


December Domestic Violence Prevention/Intervention Workshops - Time to Fly

Time To Fly Foundation is devoted to helping abused women and their children regain their God given worth, break the generational cycle and strengthen the family unit with the unconditional love and transforming power of Jesus Christ!

It is hosting FREE Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Workshops on Dec. 3 (Tues, 6:45-9pm), Dec. 10 (Tues, 6:45-9pm), and Dec. 14 (Sat, 9:45am-12pm).

For more info, visit or call 877-570-9488.

The intervention workshops, hosted in the DC area, will notify participants of the location within three days of the beginning of the workshop.

New Arlington Congregation, West City Fellowship, in ARLNow

Jewish Rocker-turned-Pastor Launches Arlington Church
by Ethan Rothstein | October 30, 2013 at 1:15 pm

It’s not every day that a new church starts in Arlington, but musician-turned-pastor Scott Maurer
of newly formed West City Fellowship has a background even more unique.

Maurer, 46, was raised Jewish, played in a rock band for five years in the mid-Atlantic region and
worked in the D.C. tech industry for 10 years before deciding to join the ministry. West City Fellowship, which is a nondenominational Christian church, held its first official service
Sunday morning in a lecture hall at Wakefield High School, where it will continue to hold weekly
services at 10:30 a.m.

Raised in Alexandria, Maurer’s father was a “very religious Jew,” but his mother wasn’t observant, so when they divorced, Maurer said he was drifting spiritually. As he grew up, he had a natural
curiosity; studying Eastern philosophy and several other Western religions, but shunning Christianity.

“I was extremely hostile to Christianity, very cynical to anyone that claimed to be a Christian,” he
said. “I had the idea that you couldn’t be an intellectual and believe any of that nonsense.” As Maurer got older and entered graduate school, he met a lay pastor and began gravitating more toward Christianity. In his late 20s, after marrying his wife, Julie, Maurer finally “gave his life to Christ.” ... continued on

John Marienau Turpin

Foster the City - SATURDAY NOV. 2



1 - Fostering & Adopting
2 - Mentoring
3 - Support
4 - Advocacy & Mobilization

To learn more about adoption and foster care, see:

John Marienau Turpin

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Fall Alpha Courses

Explore the meaning of life and the insights of life oriented toward Jesus!

Holy Trinity Church is hosting two Alpha Courses, introducing people to the Christian faith in a non-threatening environment that encourages questions. All - believers, skeptics, inquirers - are welcome, and welcome to bring a friend.

September 26 information session open to all. Attendance at the information session not required to attend subsequent meetings.

Downtown DC - 12-1pm Tuesdays, October 1 - November 12 at Shakespeare Theatre's Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW, DC.

Mclean, VA - 7:15-8:15pm Thursdays, October 3 - November 21 at Holy Trinity Church, 850 Balls Hill Road, Mclean.

John Marienau Turpin

Friday, September 6, 2013

Foster the City - DC Foster Care Convention Nov 2

Every child deserves a loving and stable home. There are 1,300 children in DC’s foster care system, three hundred waiting for adoptive families, and thousands more across Maryland and Virginia. 
The good news? There’s something you can do about it. On November 2nd, the National Council For Adoption and DC127 invite you to Foster the City, a FREE, one-day, citywide event where you can learn more about making a difference in the life of a child living in foster care. Listen to inspiring speakers, ranging from national experts to ordinary people showing extraordinary love and sacrifice, and whose lives have been changed as result of their involvement on this critical issue. Choose one of several workshop tracks, specially tailored to your interests. Connect with others who are also in the process of thinking through how to take the next step.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Pastoral Gathering & Renewal Conference, July 12-13

First Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Dumfries, Va. in partnership with Princeton Theological Seminary will be holding a Pastoral Renewal Conference (July 12-13) and a Church Leaders Gathering (July 13). The theme for both is “At the Heart of Leadership.” Participants will be encouraged to consider the theological and practical challenges for effective pastoral Christian leadership today. Speakers include: Rev. Dr. Craig Barnes, president and professor of pastoral ministry, Princeton Theological Seminary; Rev. Dr. Kenyatta Gilbert, assistant professor of homiletics, Howard University Divinity School; Rev. Dr. Adam L. Bond, assistant professor of historical studies, Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology; and, Rev. Dr. Leslie Copeland-Tune, director of communications & resource development for the D.C. Baptist Convention. The Pastoral Renewal Conference is open to pastors, while the Church Leaders Gathering is open lay leaders. Registration is now available online for both the Pastoral Renewal Conference and the Church Leaders Gathering. There is a fee of $80 for the Pastoral Renewal Conference and $30 for the Church Leaders Gathering.
John Marienau Turpin

"A Change is Gonna Come," A Play on Domestic Violence in the Church, Jun 22 & 29

“A Change Is Gonna Come,” an award-winning play, will be featured during the 4th Annual D.C. Black Theatre Festival. The play addresses the issue of domestic violence behind the walls of the church. Performances are scheduled for Saturday, June 22 at 8 p.m. and Saturday June 29 at 4 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center of Silver Spring, Md. (at Montgomery College), 7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Md., 20910. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit
John Marienau Turpin

Friday, May 10, 2013

Seminary Scholarships for Korean-American Students

The Global Mission Church of Greater Washington in Silver Spring offers scholarships for Korean-American students pursuing seminary education.

Applications are available directly from some seminaries, or stop by the church at 13421 Georgia Ave., 301-460-1656.
John Marienau Turpin

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


Join the DC127 initiative!

There are 1300 children in the DC foster care system, and 300 of them are looking for adoptive homes. We believe the Church is uniquely positioned to respond and care for these children. Starting on May 21st, join DC127 each month this summer as we gather to pray for the children living in foster care, the families God is calling to respond, and the Church as we unite around this issue. Our first prayer gathering will be on May 21st in Columbia Heights.

DC127 is a new initiative in DC that seeks to unite churches around the foster care issue. Our goal is to recruit and support foster families so that there are no more children waiting for a family, but rather families waiting for children. For more information contact Chelsea Geyer at


DC Foster Care Prayer Gathering
Tuesday, May 21st at 7:30pm
GALA Theatre
3333 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

Blythe Scott
Coordinator of City Partnerships, The District Church


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Holy Week & Easter Services, DC Baptist Convention Churches

Blessed Is He Who Comes in the Name of The Lord
A listing of special services for Holy Week and Easter being held this week by churches connected to the DC Baptist Convention. Via 

7th Annual Community Communion Service
6:45 p.m. Central Baptist Church of Camp Springs 5600 Old Branch Avenue Camp Springs, MD 20745 301.899.3800
With DCBC churches: Fort Foote Baptist Church (Rev. Joseph Lyles, pastor), Fort Washington Baptist Church (Rev. Darin Poullard, pastor) and Word of Life Church Ministries (Revs. Freddie and Myrtle Jones, pastors)

East Washington Heights Baptist Church
Maundy Thursday Service with Florida Ave. Baptist Church 7 p.m.
623 Florida Ave NW Washington, DC 20001 202.667.3409 (FABC) 202.582.4811 (EWHBC)

First Baptist Church/Camp Springs
Maundy Thursday Service 6:30pm
6936 Allentown Road Camp Springs MD 20748-4102

Luther Rice Memorial Baptist Church
Maundy Thursday Service 7 p.m. 801 University Blvd W Silver Spring, MD 20901 301.593.1130

National Baptist Memorial Church
Maundy Thursday with Seder and Tenebrae 6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
1501 Columbia Rd., NW Washington, DC 20009 202.265.1410

Shiloh and Metropolitan Baptist Church Joint Service
Dr. Wallace Charles Smith, Preaching 7 p.m. 1400 First Street, NW (1st & P Streets) Washington, D.C. 20001 or

Streams of Hope Church
Journey to the Cross An interactive “tour” of Easter experiences 6-9 p.m.
16227 Batchellors Forest Road (Washington Christian Academy) Olney, MD 20832 301.260.SOHC (7642)

University Baptist Church/College Park
“Being in the World but Not of the World” Maundy Thursday Service 7 p.m. 3515 Campus Drive College Park, MD 20740-3170

Calvary Baptist Church
Number Your Days: Music for Good Friday 7:30 p.m. Admission free; suggested donation $10
In the Historic Sanctuary 755 8th St. NW Washington, DC 20001

CenterPoint Church
Seven Last Words from the Cross 7 p.m. At Temple Hills COG
5818 St. Barnabas Road Temple Hills, MD 20748

First Baptist Church/ Camp Springs
Community Good Friday Service 7 p.m. Bethany Christian Church 7128 Allentown Road
Fort Washington, MD 301.449.8987 (FBC/Camp Springs)

First Baptist Church/Gaithersburg
Tenebrae Service of Darkness 7 p.m.
200 W. Diamond Avenue Gaithersburg, MD 20877-2107 301.977.9007

First Baptist Church of Georgetown
Joint Good Friday Service Noon to 3pm
At Nineteenth Street Baptist Church
4606 16th Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20011 202.829.2773

First Baptist Church/Upper Marlboro (MD)
Good Friday Worship Service 7 p.m.
7415 SW Crain Highway Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 301.952.0117

Luther Rice Memorial Baptist Church
Silent Retreat 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dayspring Retreat Center
11301 Neelsville Church Road Germantown, MD 20876 301.916.1131 (retreat center) 301.593.1130 (LRMBC)

Metropolitan Baptist Church
Good Friday “Noon-Day” Worship Noon
Seven Last Words 7 p.m.
1400 First Street, NW (1st & P Streets) Washington, D.C. 20001 202.238.5000

National Baptist Memorial Church
Good Friday Service Noon
1501 Columbia Rd., NW Washington, DC 20009

Paramount Baptist Church
Sufficient Grace Good Friday Worship Service 7 p.m.
3924 4th Street, SE Washington, D.C. 20032 202.562.6339

Shiloh Baptist Church
The Seven Last Words of Christ Noo n – 3 p.m.
3 p.m. Fish Fry
1500 9th Street NW Washington, D.C. 20001 202.232.4200

Streams of Hope Church
Journey to the Cross An interactive “tour” of Easter experiences 8 a.m. – Noon
16227 Batchellors Forest Road (Washington Christian Academy) Olney, MD 20832 301.260.SOHC (7642)

The Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church
Passion of the Cross 7 p.m.
3000 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE Washington, D.C. 20020-3718

Clifton Park Baptist Church
Easter Egg Hunt & Decorating Contest For Children 4-12 Noon-2 p.m.
8818 Piney Branch Road Silver Spring, MD 301.434.2456

East Washington Heights Baptist Church
2:30 p.m. Easter Egg Hunt
2220 Branch Ave., SE Washington, D.C. 20020-3340 202.582.4811

Heritage Baptist Church
Easter Egg Hunt 10 a.m. – Noon
1740 Forest Drive Annapolis, MD 21401 410.263.6680

CenterPoint Church
Easter Celebration 9:15 a.m. Lite Breakfast 10 a.m. Worship Service (Dress down but dress fly)
Annie’s Art Gallery 5814 Allentown Way Camp Springs, MD 20748

Clifton Park Baptist Church
7 a.m. Easter Breakfast 8 a.m. Worship Service 11 a.m. Worship Service
8818 Piney Branch Road Silver Spring, MD 301.434.2456

Commonwealth Baptist Church
10 a.m. Children’s Easter Egg Hunt, followed by a pancake breakfast 11 a.m. Easter Worship Service 700 Commonwealth Avenue Alexandria, VA 22301

East Washington Heights Baptist Church
7 a.m. Sunrise Service 11 a.m. Worship Service
2220 Branch Ave., SE Washington, D.C. 20020-3340 202.582.4811

First Baptist Church/Gaithersburg
Morning Worship 10:30 a.m.
200 W. Diamond Avenue Gaithersburg, MD 20877-2107 301.977.9007

Luther Rice Memorial Baptist Church
Easter Morning Breakfast and Celebration 9:45 a.m. in the Social Hall 801 University Blvd W Silver Spring, MD 20901

Metropolitan Baptist Church
6:00 a.m. Sunrise Service 7:30 a.m. Morning Worship 10:00 a.m. Morning Worship 202.238.8000 Shiloh Baptist Church 6:00 a.m. Sunrise Service Dawn Robinson & Company singing 8:30 a.m. Church School Easter Program 10:00 a.m. Morning Worship
1500 9th Street NW Washington, D.C. 20001 202.232.4200

Streams of Hope Church
Easter Sunday Celebration 10:45 a.m.
16227 Batchellors Forest Road (Washington Christian Academy) Olney, MD 20832 301.260.SOHC (7642)

University Baptist Church/College Park
11 a.m. Easter Worship with Nadulmok Community Church Korean buffet luncheon in the Prayer Meeting Room immediately following the service Easter Egg Hunt following service
3515 Campus Drive College Park, MD 20740-3170 301.422.1430

John Marienau Turpin

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Farewell, Gordon Cosby

N. Gordon Cosby,  prophetic voice for church renewal and founding minister of The Church of the Saviour in 1947,  died on Wednesday,  March 20,  at the age of 95. A public memorial service will be held on Saturday,  April 6,  at Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington,  DC. (

Gordon and his wife Mary founded the Church of the Saviour in Adams Morgan in 1947. That movement now includes Christ House, Jubilee Jobs, The Potters House, and a wide variety of  other loving ministries in Washington, DC. In 1994, the Church of the Saviour-at-worship became a "scattered community," which now includes nine church congregations throughout the city. Even for those of us who only met Gordon briefly and in his old age, his legacy will be one of intensive humility and a foundational belief in Jesus' compassion and His ability to save poor and rich alike. 

The Washington Post carries the reflections of Dean Snyder, pastor of Foundry United Methodist Church. carries an article by Ellen Painter Dollar, whose life and depth were nurtured early in the Church of the Saviour community, and a tribute by Durham, NC writer Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove.

Christian Century carries a piece celebrating Gordon Cosby's essence--one of sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.

The Huffington Post carries grateful reflections by Dee Dee Risher of The Simple Way and CONSPIRE magazine.

The church of God carries a great debt to this insightful and humble servant of Jesus Christ.


John Marienau Turpin

Friday, February 15, 2013

Helping Without Hurting Seminar

Join Grace DC and churches from across metro DC on March 8th and 9th to learn how to better serve our city and world:

March 9th
A day-long seminar with Dr. Brian Fikkert, co-author of the renowned book When Helping Hurts. Dr. Fikkert will provide useful information and practical concepts to help churches and non-profits make a more meaningful difference in their communities and in the wider world.
March 8th

Five-minute rapid-fire presentations by local non-profits to give us an overview of various forms of mercy/justice ministry happening in our city and world. Stay afterwards for coffee and Q & A. 

  • Free to attend. No registration.


Blythe Scott
Coordinator of City Partnerships, The District Church

Thursday, February 7, 2013

National Cathedral Dean on Kojo Nnamdi Show

Last October, the Very Reverend Gary Hall became the 10th dean of Washington National Cathedral. Having led Episcopal dioceses in Massachusetts, California and Michigan before coming to D.C., Hall demonstrated early on that he's willing to make waves. He is an outspoken advocate for gun control and announced that same-sex marriages will be held at the cathedral. Kojo talks with Hall about his reputation as a fixer and his plans for the nation's landmark church.

(Site includes updated photos of reconstruction of the Cathedral since the 2011 earthquake.)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

God, Genes, and Human Identity - Dr. Jimmy Lin, Feb. 21

From The Trinity Forum and Church of the Advent.
Thursday, February 21, at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW.

Please join us on Thursday, February 21 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC for what promises to be a fascinating conversation on the links between genetics and human identity, and how to understand our bodies and our selves in the light of both genetic information and biblical truth.
This is the final Evening Conversation in our three-part series entitled "Science & Faith in Conversation: Our Place, Self, and Soul" sponsored in part by the Templeton Foundation "Scientists in Congregations" Initiative, and co-hosted by The Church of the Advent and The Trinity Forum.
Jimmy Lin, MD, PhD, MHS, is a 2012 TED Fellow and Founder/CEO of Rare Genomics Institute (RGI), the world's first platform to enable any community to leverage cutting-edge biotechnology to advance understanding of any rare disease. Partnering with 18 of the top medical institutions, such as Harvard, Yale, and Johns Hopkins University, RGI helps custom design personalized research projects for diseases so rare that no organization exists to help.
Dr. Lin is also a medical school faculty member at the Washington University in St. Louis and led the computational analysis of the first ever exome sequenching studies for human disease at Johns Hopkins. He has numerous publications in Science, Nature, Cell, Nature Genetics, and Nature Biotechnology, and has been featured in Forbes, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and the Huffington Post.
We hope you will join us for wine, hors d'oeuvres, and conversation at the National Press Club.
There is a $10 Registration Fee to help defray the cost of food and wine. Please click on the link below to register. You will be redirected to our PayPal page where you can make your payment and a member of our staff will follow up with you for the names of your guests.  
Register Now!
If you have any questions about the event, please contact Events Coordinator Luci Laffitte at or 202.944.9881.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Participate in Census of the Homeless, Jan 30 2013

2013 District of Columbia "Point in Time" Homeless Census

A project of The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness and District of Columbia Continuum of Care

On Wednesday,  January 30,  2013,  the District of Columbia will conduct its annual census of homeless persons living on the street. From 9:30pm to 2:00am on the night the census, volunteer teams led by trained homeless outreach professionals will canvass the city for unsheltered,  homeless persons and conduct a brief survey about their experiences and circumstances. 

Volunteers throughout Washington, DC are needed to assist with a survey of homeless residents that will help determine the need for services and guide decisions about how to use available resources.

Results of the 2013 count and survey will provide benchmark numbers, which establish a basis for developing local community and regional strategies to help alleviate homelessness and measure the effectiveness of programs currently serving homeless individuals and families. Please consider participating in this event to learn how to love our neighbors better.

Register to volunteer HERE.

Tom Fredericksen,
The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness
And remember, the shelter hotline is 1-800-535-7252.

John Marienau Turpin