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

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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:

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