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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Multi-Church Prayer Night DC Oct 19 - Seek for the City

All are invited to pray to our all-powerful and faithful God for the city and the nations on October 19. The multi-church night of prayer, is the 19th at National Community Church's Barracks Row Theater location, 535 8th St. SE, 7pm.

Sponsoring churches include NCC, Christ our Shepherd, Faith Tabernacle, Church of the Resurrection, and St. Brendan's.

Childcare is provided, so bring the young ones!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

DC Church History Interlude: Georgetown's Mount Zion United Methodist Church Then & Now

From...
Black Georgetown Remembered: A History of Its Black Community from the Founding of "The Town of George" in 1751 to the Present Day, by Kathleen M. Lesko, Valerie Babb & Carroll R. Gibbs. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 1991.

p. 138
"Black Churches in Georgetown

"Georgetown today has five black churches clustered in the eastern area of town formerly known as "Herring Hill." These churches represent a time when Georgetown was home to a thriving black community. Their congregations have decreased by nearly fifty percent since the black exodus from the neighborhood during the 1940s and 1950s. Today they survive primarily as commuter churches and symbols of a continuing black presence in Georgetown.

Mount Zion United Methodist Church
"Mount Zion United Methodist Church, located at 1334 29th Street, is the oldest black congregation in the District of Columbia. Its origins can be traced to the Montgomery Street Church (now the Dumbarton United Methodist Church), nearly half of whose membership in the early nineteenth century consisted of former slaves and free blacks. On June 3, 1814, 125 black members of the Montgomery Street Church, reacting to the segregation practices of the times, formed a new church that was supervised by the parent church. In 1816 they purchased a lot at 27th and P Streets and built a small church known as "The Meeting House" and "The Ark."

[Senior Ushers, Mount Zion United Methodist Church 1920.
Courtesy of Mount Zion United Methodist Church Archives.]
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JMT
TCDC

DC Area Church Classifieds

For many, the DC area is a transitory place. Whether people in your congregational family are moving down the block or across the world, changing jobs or doing home improvements, helping people through transitions is a frequent ministry in most of our communities. In addition to many personal helping hands, some have email listserves, and a handful of local congregations have public online classifieds to facilitate the process. Please leave a comment if there are any others not included.


Church Classifieds Website Church Location
Wallace Presbyterian Church College Park, MD
Grace DC  DC-Chinatown, Columbia Heights, Brentwood
Immanuel Bible Church
McLean Bible Church-Frontline
Springfield, VA
McLean/Arlington, VA
McLean Presbyterian Church McLean, VA
Church of the Resurrection DC-Capitol Hill
National Community Church DC-Capitol Hill

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John Marienau Turpin
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Sunday, October 5, 2014

NoVa Alpha Course Begins October 8, 2014

Watch (and read) the stories here

Alpha is an opportunity to explore the meaning of life in an informal, fun and friendly environment. The Alpha course consists of a series of talks, looking at topics including 'Who is Jesus?' and 'Why and how do I pray?', with the option of a weekend away. We meet each week for a meal, and each talk is followed by discussion in small groups. Meetings begin Wednesday October 8 and run through November 19. Attendance is free and can be weekly or one-time.
Email alpha@htchurch.us with questions or sign up for free online at HTChurch.us

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Oct 2-4 Silver Spring Church Hosts Mini Global Health Conference

The African Educare Mission Group is hosting its Annual Mini Global Health Conference, Oct. 2-4, at Montgomery Hills Baptist Church, 9727 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Md. 20910. The theme is:

 "Health, Education and Development within the Context of Mission in Sub-Saharan Africa." 

Speakers include: Rev. Dr. Johnathan Weaver, Pastor of Greater Mt. Nebo AME Church & President of the Pan-African Collective; Dr. J. Davies Cole, Chief Epidemiologist for DC & Professor at GWU; Dr. Marion Criddle, pastor of Rivers of Joy Bible Fellowship Church in District Heights, Md.; and Dr. Robert Cochran, Associate Executive Director of DCBC.

 The program is free of charge. Donations will be accepted to support the Health Promotion Programs for women and children in Kinshasa, DR Congo.


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via dcbaptist.org

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Art & Mission: Prophetic Storytelling - Today 9/24

Peter and Liz Anderson will share a bit about their ministry through a workshop 

"Art and Mission: Prophetic Storytelling: How creativity can break through walls, bring hope, and build the Kingdom of God." 

Wednesday, September 24, 7:30-9:00pm at Washington Community
Fellowship, 907 Maryland Ave. NE. 
Feel free to invite friends!



Peter and Liz Anderson are a Jesus-following, Kingdom-minded,
neo-Anabaptist, art-and-creativity fueled couple with a passion for youth,
community, justice, and peacemaking.

They work with InnerCHANGE, a Jesus-centered, ecumenical order that sends
missional teams to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly in poor and
marginalized urban communities around the world. 

They live in the East End of London, an incredibly diverse urban area,
divided by issues of race, class, education and wealth. In their team’s
local community of Shadwell, two-thirds are Bangladeshi Muslim immigrants
dealing with significant ethnic and religious tension. Child poverty,
unemployment, government dependency, drug use, and youth apathy are
prevalent and destructive forces in their neighborhood.



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photo via fiercelyalive.com/blog

Friday, August 29, 2014

John Perkins Preaching in DC Aug 31

The longtime civil rights leader, activist, Mississippian, founder of Christian Community Development Association and thought provoking Christian John Perkins will preach at The District Church on Sunday, August 31.

Times: 9:30 & 11 AM at 3101 16th St. NW and 5 PM at 601 15th St. NE.
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via The District Church

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Johenning Baptist Community Day & Pediatric Health Fair July 26

The annual Johenning Baptist Center Open House/Community Day/Pediatric Health Fair will be held on Saturday, July 26 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Johenning Center, 4025 9th Street SE, Washington, D.C.  Volunteers and exhibitors are welcome.  Please contact Rev. Michael Sharp at revoldway@aol.com or Dr. Robert Cochran at robert.cochran@dcbaptist.org or 202-265-1526.

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via DCBaptist.org

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

DC Church History: Francis Grimke

On July 7, 1878, Francis was ordained as a Presbyterian minister. He would spend over fifty years in the pulpit, most of it at Washington's 15th Street Presbyterian Church. He was noted as one of the most articulate opponents of racism: "Race prejudice can't be talked down, it must be lived down."
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When Henry Grimké died in 1852, his will freed Francis and placed him under the guardianship of his white half-brother, Montague. Eight years later, when Montague threatened to enslave Francis, who was now ten years old, he fled and served as valet to a Confederate officer. When Grimké visited Charleston some months later, Montague seized and imprisoned him. Francis became ill and would have died had his mother not been allowed to nurse him. Before he was completely well again, his brother Montague sold him to another officer. But at the end of the war, Francis was emancipated with other African-Americans.

See http://www.christianity.com/church/church-history/timeline/1801-1900/francis-grimkes-christian-critique-of-slavery-11630591.html

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Rev. H. Beecher Hicks of Metropolitan Baptist Retiring

Metropolitan Baptist Church was begun by 10 freed slaves 150 years ago in 1864. Rev. Hicks has been pastor since 1977, and announced his retirement to the congregation on February 2nd. Rev. Hicks will remain involved in the transition process and will aid the church, but is retiring on account of a diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease. We are grateful to God for the service he has rendered to God's people and to the people of the DC area, and our prayers are with him and his family for his health.

The AFRO-American reports,

“He’s a world class preacher, and a universal spirit,” said Robert (Brother Ah) Northern, who has been a member of Metropolitan for 15 years. “He can reach his people—and I mean African American people—he can reach their intellect through emotions and he can reach their emotions through intellect. He has been very connected to the people.”

“There are some things that are more difficult for me to do now,” he added, discussing for the first time outside the church his struggles with Parkinson’s. “I continue to work, I continue to preach, but in order for Metropolitan to thrive, it will need to turn a corner in terms of leadership, and my responsibility at this juncture is to give guidance and ensure a transition that’s orderly and loving.
    '"All we have now is a changing of the guard, from one gladiator to the next," said Hicks, who became pastor of Metropolitan in 1977 at age 33. "All that I have tried to be is a gladiator for the Gospel." 
         ... “'Rev. Hicks and Metropolitan Baptist Church offered stability through the rough times in Washington, D.C.,” said Graylan Hagler, senior minister of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Northeast Washington. He added that Hicks “has left an indelible mark upon preachers and upon the church.'”



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TheChurchinDC

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Audrey Assad Concert January 25 in Fairfax

Audrey Assad in Concert at Truro Anglican Church, January 25 (Sat) at 7:30pm
10520 Main St. Fairfax, VA - Tickets


Audrey Assad is an independent singer, musician, and songwriter whose musical influences range from Paul Simon and the Carpenters to Feist and Jack White. Her new album Fortunate Fall was released on August 13, 2013. Fortunate Fall was funded through Kickstarter in the Spring of 2013.

The album is full of songs for liturgy, personal prayer, and corporate worship and the title is taken from the Exsultet (Easter Proclamation) – "O truly necessary sin of Adam, destroyed completely by the Death of Christ! O happy fault that earned so great, so glorious a Redeemer!"  

Tickets are $15.00 and may be ordered online here.  More information is available here and you can learn more about Audrey at her website here.
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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Ministry & Mission With Ray Bakke, Jan 1, 2014 7pm at the Leland Center


On January 11, 7:00pm at the Church at Clarendon (immediately adjacent to the Leland Center) The John Leland Center for Theological Studies will honor Dr. Bill O'Brien for his many years of outstanding teaching and leadership in a Symposium on Globalization, Ministry, and Mission. 

The Symposium guest speaker will be the internationally recognized Urban Missiologist, Ray Bakke. Ray will speak and then these two venerable servants of God will reflect together on their respective journeys in ministry and posit their hopes for the future. Everyone is invited to attend this wonderful celebration of Bill's ministry. A reception will follow immediately after the Symposium. 
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TheChurchinDC