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"So What if God So Loves the World?" MLK Weekend 2011

Update: Presentation audio now available.
Session 1: Evil and the Problem of God
Session 2: God's Word, God's World & God's Mission
Session 3: Saints in the Marketplace
Session 4: God & The Answer To Evil; Missional Living

Renew DC, a new church-planting initiative, will host a conference on Mission in the Christian life with Chris Wright. Chris is the International Director of Langham Partnership International, a ministry started by John Stott to help equip Majority World churches with mature and informed leaders and pastors.


Sessions will be hosted at Church of the Holy City on Friday, Jan. 14 at 7:30pm on the topic of Evil and the Problem of God; and Saturday, Jan. 15 at 9:30am on the topics of God's Word, God's World & God's Mission, and of Saints in the Marketplace. The final session is at National Baptist Memorial Church on God & The Answer To Evil on Sunday at 5pm.

For more info, contact info@renewdc.org. Childcare provided.


"For God so lo…

Christmas Toy Drives

Many many churches and organizations are organizing or participating in toy drives for low-income children in the DC area. Let us praise God for these efforts work as we assist them and/or benefit from them.

Central Union Mission, as always, has a wide variety of ministries caring for the most poor and destitute among us. - Give a meal - Sponsor/buy a child's Christmas gift - They hosted a toy drive December 4, but there's still time to give to the regular programs. (Central Union Mission Physical Address: 1350 R Street NW, Washington, DC 20009; Mailing Address: P.O. Box 96763, Washington, DC 20090)
The DC Baptist Convention is partnering with the National Center for Children and Families in NCCF's Annual Toy Drive.
Please deliver unwrapped gifts to 6301 Greentree Rd., Bethesda, MD 20817 and give to the receptionist in the John and Penny White Volunteer and Training Center (Building #3) by Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 5:00pm.  Items are accepted Monday - Friday between the…

December 7-10, Conference of National Black Churches Annual Consultation

The District is host to the Conference of National Black Churches' annual gathering. For more information, see http://www.thecnbc.org/nconsultation/index.html.
The CNBC is comprised of the national leadership of nine black denominations, - African Methodist Episcopal - African Methodist Episcopal Zion - Christian Methodist Episcopal - Church of God in Christ - Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship International - National Baptist Convention of America, Inc., Intl. - National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc. - National Missionary Baptist Convention of America - Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.

Ministry Idea - Basketball Nets

Almost all DC school playgrounds have basketball hoops. But not all those basketball hoops have nets.  DC schools also have lots of teenagers, but not all those teenagers have spending (or other) money. It would be cool for a church or ministry to employ a youth group, a basketball team, or any old group of teenagers to go around and replace broken or non-existent nets with good new ones. From the kids' perspective, it's summer job meets scavenger hunt. And it would be a good way for God's Church to help the schools in our neighborhoods.

I'm not sure what the process would have to be make such a project official with the school board, but I suspect they would appreciate the gift. And I wouldn't be shocked if someone donated a few nets either.

How Do We Do Advent? - Saturday, December 4

“How Do We Do Advent?” - Ecumenical Fellowship and Discussion at Howard Divinity School, 1400 Shepherd St. NE.

Saturday, December 4, 11am-2pm. Lunch will be provided.

The Student Board of the Washington Theological Consortium (aka the DC Area's graduate theological programs) invites you to a time of ecumenical sharing and discussion. The topic: Advent. How do we honor this sacred season within our Christian denominations? What Advent traditions do we bring from our churches, our cultures, and our families? What can we learn from one another?

Come to listen, come to share.

Harmonica Workshop This Saturday!

This is awesome:

Technology Playground and Florida Avenue Baptist Church are hosting
a great opportunity for all children ages 8-12 to get to work with
harmonica virtuoso Frederick Yonnet. Learn about playing the harmonica, an
instrument that many have owned but few have mastered by an
internationally renowned talent.

This opportunity will not happen again in the District of
Columbia. Event will take place on Saturday, November 20, 2010 at the
Florida Avenue Baptist Church 623 Florida Avenue, NW Washington, DC
20001 at 2:30pm - 3:30pm. The workshop is free but pre-registration is
preferred. Call 202.667.3409 to register by phone or go to
www.flavbc.org to download the a registration form.

Help Provide Thanksgiving Baskets

When Nabal refused to feed David and his men in 1 Samuel 25, in spite of their help for him, the insult was all the greater because it occurred at a feast time, when landowners and the wealthy were under obligation to feed the poor. So with Nabal's fortunes in mind, we can think of these events as more than just opportunities to serve. In the words of Capitol Hill Group Ministries, "Remember that your generosity means there are more families seated at the Thanksgiving table." Let there be much Thanksgiving!

Care Companyis giving collections of food to families all over the city associated with a host of different local ministries.  There are three ways to help:
1) On November 20, help them package food and distribute it to homes around town.  Contact them at 202-594-9599.
2) Send a check for $40 to Care Company at 801 North Carolina Ave SE, DC 20003, to enable them to buy enough food to add another.
3) Make your own Thanksgiving basket and get it to Care Co. at the address…

DC Church History Resource

Editor's note: It is one of my long-term goals to write--or better yet, have someone more qualified write--a church history of Washington, D.C. (hopefully with a good chapter on the Washington ministry of Alexander Crummell).  Much like reading global church history, such a story no doubt would reveal us to be sinful and fallen, with prejudices and quirks that have changed over time. But it would also reveal the power of the Holy Spirit working through God's people in both ordinary and extraordinary circumstances.

If you are that highly qualified writer, or if you happen to be interested in your own past, the Historical Society of Washington, DC has compiled a useful resource from which to start.  http://www.historydc.org/pdf/Religious_History_Resources.pdf

Have fun!!

ESOL Teacher Training in VA

The NorthStar Church Network, an umbrella network for Baptist congregations in Northern Virginia with several regional offices, offers ways to help congregations with a popular and important way to welcome newcomers to the country, English language classes.  They offer several training options for teachers of English as a foreign language, including the classes below.  The trainings are open to all (not just Baptists, and not just from Virginia.  
January 15, 2011 (snow date Jan 22) – Materials covered:  teaching a foreign language, planning an ESL lesson for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels, and introducing vocabulary
April 16, 2011 – Materials covered:  teaching pronunciation, discussing communication practice activities, and introducing vocabulary
July 16, 2011 – Materials covered:  dealing with different cultures, incorporating Biblical Material/teaching a Bible study for international learners, and sharing your faith with your student Each of these sessions will be held at…

Prayer for the Poor, Thursday Nov. 18

First Baptist Church will host a meeting of Prayer for the Poor at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 18. The church is located at 1328 Sixteenth Street, NW, just north of Mass Ave.

All are invited to participate in this service of worship, praise and prayer, focusing on those living in poverty, locally and beyond. Sponsored by the Center for Church & Community Ministries of the D.C. Baptist Convention. For more information call the D.C. Baptist Convention at 202.265.1526.

TONIGHT - Marva Dawn, "Worship Ought to Kill Us?..."

Christ Reformed Church, 1611 16th St. NW, is hosting a series on preaching and worship over the course of the fall.

EVENT: Reception and Conversation with Marva Dawn. Food and Drinks will be served beginning at 6:30, followed by Dr. Dawn's presentation, Q&A, and additional time for refreshment and conversation....

SPEAKER: Dr. Marva Dawn is an internationally renowned speaker and teacher, and the author of numerous books, including "Reaching out without Dumbing Down: A Theology of Worship for this Urgent Time" and "A Royal 'Waste' of Time: The Splendor of Worshiping God and Being Church for the World."

FREE PARKING in Colonial lot at 1616 P Street NW with validation.

SERIES: Preaching in the Capital: All Sermons Are Not Created Equal
The Reformation taught that preaching is the very Word of God, a mark of the true church, and a key of the kingdom that opens the doors of heaven to those that believe. It is the divinely appointed means by which the Spirit …

Parenting Seminar 11/7 (Sun), 5-7 at Ebenezers

Come to a Parenting Seminar with Mark Holmen, author of "FaithBegins at Home,"

This seminar will inspire, motivate, and equip parents to reestablish the home as the primary place where faith is nurtured. Come ready to gain lots of practical ideas you can begin implementing immediately to bring faith practices into your home life.

Faith Begins at Home: Extreme Family Makeover http://www.faithbeginsathome.com/

Sunday, November 7th from 5-7pm
Ebenezers Coffeehouse
Contact nina(at)theaterchurch(dot)com with questions about the event.

*This event will be free so invite your friends! (Childcare available for a nominal fee. E-mailumlefty(at)gmail(dot)com to reserve a childcare spot.)

Hispanic Churches in DC, MD, VA / Iglesias Hispanas en DC, MD, VA

Not a complete list and partially out of date, so get in touch to add more or make corrections. God has many people in the DC area worshipping Him in Spanish:

Asamblea de Dios
7800 Good Luck Rd.
Lanham, MD 20706
(301) 262-3281
Pastors César y Myrna Mateo

The Bilingual Christian Church
6000 Erdman Ave
Baltimore, Md. 21205
410-483-0100
Pastor Angel L. Nunez
Web site: www.1bccb.com

Centro Evangelístico
4101 9th Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 722-4047
Rev. Margarito Coyoy Web site: www.centroevangelisticodc.org

Centro Cristiano
10010 Fernwood Rd.
Bethesda, MD 20817
(301) 460-0357

Centro Cristiano Casa de Bendición
(Bilingual services)
23201 Stringtown Rd
Clarksburg, Md 20871
Pastores: Elvis & Maggie Soto
www.godscorner.org
301-972-4614

Centro Cristiano de Rockville (Iglesia Cuadrangular)
5906 Halpine Road
Rockville, MD 20854
Pastor Pablo y Cibeles Guzman
(240) 432-0885

Centro de Milagros de Fe
8115 Fenton St.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(P.O. Box 43107 - 20010-3107)
(301) 559-02…

Imani Temple Jazz Concert Series - Events 10/22, 11/19, 12/17, 12/19

The Imani Temple on Capitol Hill (611 Maryland Ave. NE) is hosting a Jazz Concert Series this fall in collaboration with MSquare Entertainment, showcasing DC's top jazz performers, musicians and vocalists. This monthly community event was created to build relationships amongst the community's worship centers, promote community fellowshipping, provide a new venue for local jazz artists, and bring good entertainment to Capitol Hill. The Imani Temple invites individuals and congregations to come and enjoy the arts.

The next show is this Friday, October 22 from 7-10pm.  Amazing Washingtonian saxophonist Russell Lyles will play with his quintet.

Future events include November 19, jazz singer Denyse Pearson, whose style is reminiscent of the great Sarah Vaughn. December 17 is the Imani Showcase, where members of the Imani Temple community perform, and December 19th, the Urban Philharmonic Society performs Handel's Messiah.

Website Launch: Anacostia Gracious Arts Program

Calling Christian Artists (and their supporters):
The Anacostia Gracious Arts Program (http://www.agapdc.org/) is an after-school ministry providing Christian fellowship through arts education for youth in inner-city Washington, DC. The website went active on Friday, October 15, and they are seeking prayer partners, volunteers and donors.
AGAP's Monday evening programs, at First Rock Baptist Church from 3:30-7:30, include dinner, homework help, Bible study, and art classes, including visual and performing arts. The students also participate in field trips, performances, and exhibitions.

"Our Mission is to unlock the heart of the city with the love of Christ, through the Arts. Our Vision is to call youth, as Christ's workmanship, to make life-giving choices that transform the city."
With art education diminished in many schools, AGAP is committed to artistic expression and education on account of "Jesus Christ and our belief that God allows us to praise Him through…

Ten Thousand Villages International Craft Fair & Bake Sale

Friday November 5, 4-9pm and Saturday, November 6, 9am-4pm at Hyattsville Mennonite Church, 4217 East-West Highway, Hyattsville, MD.

Every purchase helps a Third-World craftsperson earn a living with dignity. Parking and Admission are free.
Hyattsville Mennonite Church
Ten Thousand Villages

Little Lights Annual Banquet & Auction

Little Lights Urban Ministries celebrates fifteen years since its founding in 1995 with its annual fundraising banquet and auction, Ignite The Light this Friday, October 22, at 6:30 pm at the Hilton Arlington. Tickets are $50 per person, $500 per table. Silent auction will begin at 6:15, and dinner will be served at 7:30. To RSVP, click here.
Little Lights Urban Ministries' mission is to empower underserved youth and families in Washington, DC with the love of Christ. They seek to develop their God-given potential spiritually, socially, and intellectually through academics, life skills, the arts, and discipleship.

A great opportunity to learn about and support a strong local ministry! If you're looking for even more ways to get involved, pray! They are still looking for volunteers for the kids, and they have plenty of ways that you can provide ongoing support. For more information, contact Josie Ortega at 202-548-4021.

My block is a happy place today

Thanks to the People's Community Church community day and bazaar at 653 11th St. NE until 3:30.  Good praise music, a yard sale, and scrumptious apple crisp.  Thanks to Rev. Dr. Creech, Raymond, and everyone else for making the neighborhood a community!

Who Is My Neighbor? - Discussion Series

Who Is My Neighbor?
Saturday Morning Discussion Series, 1st Saturdays 9-12 from October - December.

As congregations address the demands created by the changing demographics of their communities and the gospel mandate to reach all people, this series invites both lay and clergy to be stimulated by a presentation and then participate in peer learning.
Venue: Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church
Washington
Telephone:
202-403-0962

Event Type:
Community - Panel Discussion / Forum
Date Range:
Starts: 10/02/10Ends: 12/03/10
Schedule: 1st Sat: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Event Cost: $20

via: http://washington.dc.eventguide.com/events/e506250.htm

Japanese Churches in the DC Area

Providing Christian community for Japanese Christians and preaching good news to the large Japanese community in the DC area...

ロックビルファーストバプテスト教会日本語ミニストリー/Japanese Ministries of First Baptist Church of Rockville
Meetings: 55 Adclare Rd. Rockville, MD 20850 (First Baptist Church of Rockville)
Sundays 9:30 am - Worship; 11:00 Bible Study; 12:30 Lunch Fellowship
Tel. 240-370-6703
Email: Nick Nishio, nick@JapaneseChurchinDC.com
www.japanesechurchindc.com

ワシントン日本人キリスト教会/Washington Japanese Christian Church
Meetings: 7611 Clarendon Road, Bethesda, MD 20814 (at Bethesda Presbyterian Church)Sundays, 2pm.
Office: 1635 Martha Terrace, Rockville, MD 20852
Tel. 301-770-3717
http://www.wjcc.net/; http://www.wjcc.net/en/index.html (English)

ワシントン アライアンス日本語教会/Washington Alliance Japanese Church
Meetings: 1099 Rockville Pike Rockville, MD 20852
Sunday Services/礼拝 10:30-12:00
Office: 13008 North Commons Way, Potomac, MD 20854 Tel. (240) 314-0249 http://www.wajc.org/; http://www.wajc.org/e-index.html (Eng…

Christianity Engaging Islam in the Public Square

This Talk is Co-sponsored by C.S. Lewis Institute and Reformed Theological Seminary

featuring Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo

Friday, October 15, 2010, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 16, 2010, 9:00 a.m. - Noon

McLean Presbyterian Church
1020 Balls Hill Road
McLean, VA 22101

"For though we live in the world; we do not wage war as the world does.. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God; and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

As 21st century Christians how do we engage Islam in the "Public Square"? The problem of Islam is multi-faceted and complex. As we explore this issue we are challenged with many difficult questions:

In our current politically correct environment, how do we develop a strong apologetic against the ideology of Islam and still be able …

Health Fair and Block Party - Sat., September 25

PARAMOUNT BAPTIST CHURCH TO HOST BLOCK PARTY AND HEALTH FAIR

WRITTEN BY PARAMOUNT BAPTIST CHURCH
SUNDAY, 05 SEPTEMBER 2010 09:31

Paramount Baptist Church, under the leadership of Rev. Ishmael Shaw, Pastor, will hold its 15th annual Harvest Day Community Block Party and Health Fair on Saturday, September 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Paramount is located, in Ward 8, at 3924 4th Street, S. E., Washington. The day’s event will provide an opportunity for the Church and community to come together in unity. EVERYTHING WILL BE FREE -- food, fun and games for the children, clothes give-a-way, testimonies, drawing for prizes, and much more.

The Health Fair will provide screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose (diabetes), spirometry (lung function), body fat, osteoporosis, PSA for prostate health, HIV testing and education, foot care, and more. There will also be education on nutritional foods, diabetes, and kidney function. Come out and take advantage of this opportunity.

From:http://www.…

The Gospel Over Lunch

Members of six local churches work together during the school year to offer a Christian perspective on some of life's big questions to people working or studying in and around two high-pressure environments, Georgetown Law School and the U.S. Capitol. Their presentations, called Lunchtime Talks, occur over the course of several weeks during the fall and spring semesters, and discuss difficult questions from a Christian perspective. All are welcome to join, no matter your religious affiliation. Q&A sessions allow attendees the chance to discuss the presentation, but active participation is not required.

Contact Information:
(202) 543-6111 Ext 307;
info@lunchtimetalks.org;
http://www.lunchtimetalks.org/


Capitol Hill
12:30-1:30 pm, Capitol Building Room HC-9. Lunch provided.
October15 Why believe anything at all? 22 What's wrong with the world? 29 Does Jesus matter?November5 What's more important: Justice or Mercy? 12 Can we have hope for the future? 19 How should we live?George…

This Saturday Community Health Fair

Evangel Assembly of God church, 5900 Old Branch Avenue, Temple Hills, Maryland 20748, will sponsor the 6th Annual Community Health Fair on Saturday, September 11, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This year’s theme is Healthy People = Healthy Communities. It is free to the public, and it is a family affair. Please invite your entire family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. For more information about Healthy People = Healthy Communities, contact the church office at (301) 899-5940, or visit the website http://www.eagcs.org/.

(via www.afro.com/sections/local/DC_events/index.htm)

Golf for God's Work

Several upcoming golf tournament fundraisers by local ministries. Thanks toTom Corcoran for # 3-5.(1) Capitol Hill Group Ministries 8th Annual Hope for the Homeless Golf Tournament - September 20 (Mon.)at Renditions Golf Course (Davidsonville, MD) where each hole is a replica of championship golf courses that have hosted The Masters, The U.S. Open, The British Open and The PGA Championship. The day also includes a relaxing post-tournament dinner where prizes are awarded and a fun hole-in-one contest for golfers of all levels. For more information on the tournament, please visit CHGM’s website atwww.chgm.netor call (202) 544-0631.(2) Metro Maryland Youth for Christ Golf Tournament -October 5 (Tue.)at the Compass Pointe Golf Courses (Pasadena, MD). Sponsored by Metro Maryland Youth for Christ (Baltimore). Players and sponsors welcome. For more information, see http://www.mmyfc.org/mmyfc/html/golf.html (3) Fellowship of Christian Athletes Golf Classic - October 5 (Tue.)at Westfields Go…

8/27 Concert - Tom Conlon & Wendell Kimbrough

There are of course many good Christian singers and bands out there, but here's one particular act that's coming to a church near you and promises to be both catchy and edifying. Hosted at my second church, Washington Community Fellowship, at 9th & Maryland NE, 7:30 pm on August 27. See the concert website at http://tomconlonindc.info/.

New York native Tom Conlon has a unique ability to put the meaning of relationships to song. Personal lyrics and skilled guitar work make all of his songs a meditation in their own right.

And Mississippi transplant Wendell Kimbrough, who will open, brings a folk/jig/soul background to the stage. By day he puts his talents to use for the Church in DC as Director of Worship Arts for The Church of the Advent in Columbia Heights.

See you on Friday, August 27 for the show!

An Invitation from Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell, Grace and Race Ministries

"Grace and Race Ministries, Inc. invites you to learn more about the Ministry of Racial Reconciliation. Our goal is to inspire men and women to answer the call and to be transformed as they are equipped and empowered to become Ambassadors of Racial Reconciliation."

2nd Anniversary Celebration and New Website Launch:
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 6-8 p.m. 1210 R St. NW - The entrance is on 12th and Vermont Ave. NW. Light refreshments will be served.
For more information contact Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell

bgirtonm@graceandrace.org

From http://www.graceandrace.org/: "Grace and Race Ministries, Inc. is an ecumenical ministry developed to equip and empower participants to provide leadership to help foster racial understanding, healing and reconciliation. Reconciliation requires an individual willingness to be transformed. The scripture reference for this ministry is found in 2 Corinthians 5:20-21."
Grace and Race takes seriously the call to reconciliation with God and the inhere…

Youth Seminar - Disciples of Christ, Makers of Peace

In honor of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace,

Next Wednesday, July 21, from 3-5pm, 4th St. Community Fellowship will be hosting a skill-building workshop on peacemaking for youth and youth leaders. The event is co-sponsored by the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)-East Coast and the APPA Mission Center (website in Korean). The MCC East Coast Peace and Justice Coordinator Curtis Book is the keynote speaker.

4th Street Community is located at 319 R St. NW, near the Shaw metro. If you, youth, or youth leaders from your church/community are interested, please RSVP to Pastor Sang jin at appachoi@gmail.com, tel. 571-259-4137.

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."…

Helping DC Youth Groups Next Week

Each summer, the youth groups from several different churches in the DC area get together for a week of service to their city, learning about each other, and wrestling with the biblical imperatives for justice and mercy?

That week week is called Urban Hands, and it goes from Sunday, July 11 to Saturday, July 17. And the youth can use some help from the rest of the church body, especially in the areas of food prep and driving.

To sign up to volunteer, use this form. Activities are hosted at Washington Community Fellowship church, 901 Maryland Ave. NE (metro: Union Station).


Particular needs include:
- Monday 7/12 and Saturday 7/17: Breakfast set-up & lunch prep, 7-8:15 am.
- Every day 3-5pm: Driving youth to the pool where they shower. Help them to be the aroma of Christ (2 Corinthians 2.15), but not of anything else.
- Monday 7/12 and Thursday 7/15: Dinner prep, 6:30-8pm.

And there are other ways to help as well. While we're at it, let's also imitate from the unity across congreg…

Capitol Hill Homeless Resources

For anyone in the vicinity of Capitol Hill, Ben Doggett at Care Company has put together a very useful guide to resources for the homeless in that area. If you are homeless, meet with others who are, or are part of a church that has or would like to have a connection with people on the street, this is good stuff to have. The image is not the best, but you can read it just by printing these files. Or stop by Care Co and I'm sure they can provide you with a stack.



More Art in Worship - Fairfax

This weekend, as part of the Fairfax, VA city "Spotlight on the Arts", Truro Church is hosting the First Annual Spring Arts Festival.

One of the highlights of the event will be actor Bruce Kuhn's dramatic presentation tonight (Friday 4/30) at 8pm of "Tales of Tolstoy". Suggested donations $15, $10 for children.

Kuhn, like the more famous (as far as I know) Max Mclean (who has done Broadway performances of The Screwtape Letters and The Gospel of Mark with the Fellowship for the Performing Arts) is part of a movement urging the church to rediscover the sense of drama in Scripture. Kuhn also does dramatic performances of Luke and Acts, as well as The Cotton Patch Gospel. On Saturday, he gives a "Word by Heart" training.

Word by Heart training is described on Kuhn's website thusly:

"Using the tools of an actor and exegete, students imaginatively see what those eyewitnesses saw and say what they meant. If successful, what we ‘see’ will spark honest…

Coming Together with the Art of Worship in DC

In my community group, we are interspersing discussions of spiritual disciplines with our Bible study on Exodus.One member, who led our discussion of worship as a discipline, is a Calvin College alumna.About a month ago, she alerted us to a workshop that Calvin’s “Worship Apprentices” were putting on during their spring break.The worship workshop just so happened to be at Washington Community Fellowship, my fiancée’s and my morning church, so the two of us and our Calvin friend, took out a weeknight to see what we could see. The Worship Apprentices are a team of ten students at Calvin who plan and lead worship services for the school, study the theology of worship, dedicate themselves to practice it, and teach others about it.They begin the school year with a two-week intensive training and work all year, with heavy involvement in the well-known Calvin Worship Symposium (where every participant proves that they love God through their willingness to travel to Grand Rapids, MI in Jan…

Washington Post Town Hall on Religion Coverage

The Post is hosting a meeting on its religion coverage next Tuesday. Even if you don't have anything in particular to tell the reporters, it's a good opportunity to hear about things going on in churches and communities across the city...

The Washington Post is hosting a Town Hall Meeting on April 20, 6-8pm, on the coverage of religion and faith. Post staff writers and editors discuss the impact of religion on government, politics and social issues followed by a Q&A session.

If you would like to attend this meeting in D.C. Public Library, 3935 Benning Rd., NE, email jonesdj@washpost.com.

Tuesday Gospel Concert

Howard University School of Law Gospel Choir has a concert today. One of my home church members will be singing.

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Time: 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: Howard University School of Law Dunbarton Chapel
Street: 2900 Van Ness Street, NW (Two blocks from the Van Ness/UDC Metro)

Praise God and enjoy!

He is Risen!

He is risen indeed! Happy Easter.

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.' " Then they remembered his words.

When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apos…

Haitian Churches in the DC Area

The U.S. cities most known for their Haitian immigrant communities are New Orleans, New York, Miami, and Boston (See Haitian ministries here or Creole church search here), but the Washington area also has a strong Haitian contingent. Feel free to add to the list below if I missed a Haitian church community. If you want to get to know your Haitian neighbors, contact one of these churches! In no particular order...

First Haitian Evangelical Church of Maryland
2601 Powder Mill Rd Adelphi, MD, 20783-1143
301-498-1323
Pastor: J-Enock Guerrier
Website: http://www.premiereegliseevangelique.com
Email: firsthaitianevangelicalchurch@gmail.com

Eglise Baptiste Du Calvaire
10002 Riggs Rd Adelphi MD 20783-1205
301-431-0030
Pastor: Rev. Jean St. Ulme
Website: http://www.ebducalvaire.org
Email: contactus@ebducalvaire.org

Eglise Baptiste de La Foi
7500 Takoma Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912 (Takoma Community Center)
240-428-8280
Pastor: Rev. Fritz Olivier
Website: http://eglisebaptistedelafoi.org/