Posted on : Monday April 4, 2011

Arundel Association

The Church at Severn Run will welcome Duane and Mary Laflin, award-winning Gospel illusionists, to their Easter Extravaganza on Saturday April 16. The program is at 11 a.m. There will also be Easter egg hunts at 10 a.m. and at 12:15 p.m.

On April 17, the Laflins will present “Gospel Illusions 101” – how to use tricks and illusions to share the Gospel. The program begins at 1:30. The cost for the program is $12 for advance registration and $15 for walk-ins; spouses of registered guests pay just $5.  For more information call Donnie Hatcher, (410) 551-6654.

Now that the weather is officially turning “bike friendly,” Severn Run Christian Riders motorcycle group is gearing up for fellowship and some serious ride time.

College Parkway Church, Arnold, will have a spaghetti dinner after worship on April 3 to raise money for children and youth to attend Passport camps this summer.

Lake Shore Church, Pasadena, will celebrate Easter at Chesapeake High School at 10:45 a.m. on Easter Sunday.

Baltimore Association

John Smith, pastor of First Church, Essex, baptized 11 people on March 6—three of which were unscheduled.

The Light Church meets with Stepping Stone Church once a month on Fridays. Both churches are part of Grace Life Network. Roger Kim is the senior pastor. Stepping Stone is a college campus church that meets at Johns Hopkins University. It is comprised of mostly all undergrad students. There is a large staff of volunteer lay leaders—mostly recent graduates or graduate students. Stepping Stone meets on Fridays at 8 p.m. for worship and prayer and they have worship services on Sundays at 4 p.m.

The Light Church opened its art gallery during March for an ongoing silent auction featuring Cambodian art work. The art was the product of students of Danielle Long, an artist who went to Cambodia for a mission trip and has been travelling back and forth providing assistance. She and her husband, Sambat, started a church in Cambodia and are working to provide clean water, food, and sustainable growth programs. Funds from the sale benefited those efforts. The silent auction ended with a special awarding of prizes, food and music.

Blue Ridge Association

Fellowship Church, Middleton, has a gluten free support group to encourage and help those who are gluten intolerant or who have celiac disease. They share ways to rid their diet of wheat products and share recipes.

Jews for Jesus Missionary Larry Dubin spoke at Fellowship Church last month, sharing about a recent trip to Israel and efforts to share Christ.

NorthStar Church, Monrovia, will have an Easter Celebration and egg hunt at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. on April 24.

Delaware Association

Iron Hill Church started a new Celebrate Recovery (CR) group and has been averaging about 15 people each week.

Last month the Iron Hill CR group invited another CR group from Chichester, Pa., called “2nd Chance Ministries” to join them.

A cancer patient who had to speak through a voice box shared about his life as an addict and dealer for 30 years before God saved him and brought him back from addiction, cancer, and prison, but most importantly, eternal damnation.

Eastern Association

The men of Fenwick Island Church met on the first Saturday of each month for food, fun and fellowship. They have devotions, sing and pray for the needs in the church and community.

Lynnhaven Church will have a family fun spring fling on April 16 with a car show, games, entertainment, petting farm and refreshments.

Mid-Maryland Association

Bethel Church, Ellicott City, will present the musical “Savior, Jesus Messiah” at 7 p.m. on April 9.

The church is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The church is designating the second Sunday of each month to emphasize a part of Bethel’s history—through each decade, its history of ministering to youth and children, to worship and to missions. In October, Bethel will have a big homecoming celebration. As the year ends in November and December, the church will turn its attention to refocusing on God’s mission for Bethel in the future.

Crosslife Community Church is accepting registration for its summer Bible-based sports camps. “New Level Basketball Camp” is for teens going into ninth through eleventh grades. A track and field camp is available for youth ages 6 to 13. Both camps are from June 27 to July 1. For more information see the church’s website,

Taneytown Church will have its fifth annual sportsman celebration on April 2 at Uniontown Bible Church in Union Bridge. The program title is “Hunting Deer with a Wildlife Biologist.” Doors open at 5 p.m. and food will be available at 6 p.m. The guest speaker will be C. J. Winand, an outdoor writer for Bowhunter magazine. For more information, or to register, call the church, (410) 756-4444 or email

Montgomery Association

Colesville Church, Silver Spring, will have an Easter musical, “Did it really happen?” at 11 a.m. on April 17.

BCM/D’s annual language music celebration will be at 5 p.m. at Global Mission Church, Silver Spring, on April 17. The event brings a variety of language churches together for worship. A dinner, featuring ethnic food, is available afterwards.

Kensington Church will have its annual spring fling on May 15. The church will have a “spring into action” breakfast on April 2. Jeff and Nancy Hill will share their missionary experiences and stories.

Redland Church, Rockville, will have its annual sports camp for boy and girls ages 4 to 13 from July 5-July 21. They’ll host an “All About Kids” camp July 31-Aug. 5.

Seven Locks Church, Potomac, will have a silent auction and concert on April 9 to raise money for the building fund. “Raising the Roof” will feature assorted household items, baskets, books, baked goods, gift cards and services to be auctioned.

The church will have a community festival with games and an Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. on April 16.

Potomac Association

Kids in the Keepers of the Faith scouting group at First Church, LaPlata joined with the Taiko Drumming Troop for part of a special presentation last month. Afterwards they had a cookie fellowship.

First Church, LaPlata, has a “Keepers of the Faith” (KOF) Christian scouting program led by Rick and Bonnie Surfield. The couple was involved in Boy Scouts for years before a friend told them about the KOF program and the Surfields were immediately interested. They began the program two years ago and it has been growing, drawing about 15-20 kids weekly.
The group recently hosted a special presentation of the Taiko Drumming Troop through Chin’s Hamaya Culture Center. One hundred people attended. In addition to watching and listening to the theatrical drumming, kids and their families heard the personal testimonies of Rod and Kelly, owners of the center and members of Hughesville Church. The Surfields were excited to host the program, giving the children an opportunity to experience a different culture, and hear the Christian testimony. They had a cookie fellowship after the presentation.

The KOF kids and chaperones will be going camping at Cedarville Park later this month. For more information about Keepers of the Faith, see

Hughesville Church will welcome The Specks music group in concert on Aril 9. Mike Speck and his wife, Faye, have been ministering through song for over 35 years. Mike is an ordained minister and former pastor, serving on the staff of six different churches in the United States. Speck also served as minister of music for Jerry Falwell, Sr. 1999-2000.  In addition to performing, the couple writes and arranges music and church musical presentations.

The church will have its first annual sportsmen banquet at 4:30 p.m. on April 17. The guest speaker will be Dan Derby. The cost is $11 per ticket. A trophy rockfish trip is planned for April 21 at Breezy Point Marina.

Trinity Church, Waldorf, will have a children’s spring jubilee with fun activities, stories and an Easter egg hunt on April 16 from 12 to 2 p.m.

Prince George’s Association

El Bethel Church, Fort Washington, is mission driven. Upcoming mission outreaches include prayer walking and evangelism in Haiti this month and leadership training in Guyana in October. In the states, the church will minister in Alaska in June, Kentucky and Mississippi in July, doing VBS and evangelism. They also reach out to their community working at local schools, and opening the church to house the homeless during the Warm Nights program.

Sharon Bible Church, Seabrook, welcomed the North Carolina A &T State University Fellowship Choir in concert last month.

Susquehanna Association

First Church, Northeast, will have its annual portrayal of the Lord’s Supper on April 16 at 6:30 p.m. and at 8:30 and 11 a.m. on Palm Sunday, April 17. Refreshments will be served after the April 16 presentation. There will be a brunch between the 8:30 and 11 a.m. programs on April 17.

The performance has become an annual Easter event each year. Thirteen men assume the roles of Jesus and the disciples. Director Patricia Adkins said she prayerfully chooses different men to play the roles and is always interested to see how each new actor brings something special to the character.

Oak Grove Church’s CIA group (Christians in Action) is comprised of members of all ages who want to serve people in the name of Jesus in hospitals, parks and other community locations. Last month the group made and took sandwiches to the inner harbor to feed the needy.

Western Association

Christ Memorial Church, Westernport, has a team of 17 volunteers participating in a mission trip to Jamaica April 7-16. Steffan Carr, pastor, asks for prayers for the team and the trip.

The church will have a Holy Thursday communion service on April 21, at 7 p.m. On Easter they’ll have Easter sunrise services at 7 and 8 a.m.

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