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

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.]

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

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

John Marienau Turpin

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 with questions or sign up for free online at

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.