Posted on : Monday June 1, 2009

Arundel Association

Broadneck Church, Annapolis, has a contemplative prayer group that meets monthly.

Glen Burnie Church high school seniors and college students will travel to Vonore, Tenn., from June 13-19 to do missions with Circle G Ministries helping to repair homes.

Members from Glen Burnie Church marched in the annual Glen Burnie Memorial Day parade on May 17.

Severna Park Church will have a car show and chicken barbecue on June 27 on the church lawn. The church was thrilled when they had a large turnout on a rainy day last year and they’re looking for last year’s visitors to return and bring friends.

Baltimore Association

Baltimore Chinese Church (BCBC) hosted their very first mission team in April. The Baptist Fellowship Church, from Randolph, Vt., brought a mission team of a dozen volunteers ranging in age from four-year-old  old Aiden to Grandma Lois.

The BCBC recently moved into a new facility in Reisterstown and needed some help getting the building functional for their growing ministry.

The mission team spent their week painting, cleaning, organizing, and encouraging BCBC through fellowshilp, worship, outreach and a mid-week concert.

Kim, mom of little Aiden and also of seven-year-old Rylee, said this was their first family mission trip and the girls were already asking when they could go on another mission trip with the church.

Pastor George Sweet, Baptist Fellowship (BF), said they were discussing plans for having Pastor Shang, pastor of BCBC, spend some time with them in Vermont as well as the BF returning to do Baltimore Chinese’s first Vacation Bible School in the summer of 2010.

Members of The Light Church, Baltimore, built a sculpture of a covered wagon and won a costume award for the American Visionary Art Museum’s annual Kinetic Sculpture Race.

“It’s funny, bizarre and unique,” Maria Sigmon, a member of the church and race participant said. The sculpture had to be able to travel on land, pavement, water and mud.

Sigmon said the church did it for fun, but also as an outreach.

“It’s such a draw for the kind of people we’re trying to reach—artsy personalities,” she said.

Church members gave out 1,000 flyers that said, “Follow The Light-creators of the Oregon Trail” with the church’s website on it.

Parkville Church had its annual community strawberry festival last month. The festival is the church’s biggest outreach each year.

In addition to strawberry desserts and foods, there were games and clowns for the kids and new this year, a classic outdoor car show sponsored by the Lost in the 50’s car club.

Riverside Church will have a children’s sports camp at Riverside Park offering soccer, basketball and cheerleading. A mission team from Pleasant Gardens Church, N.C., will lead the camp.

Church members are making plans now for the church’s 125th anniversary celebration on Oct. 18.

Ken Miller, worship leader for Streetlite Christian Fellowship and for New Hope Church, Curtis Bay, led a worship service at Baltimore’s city hall on the National Day of Prayer.

Blue Ridge Association

Richard Krauss, First Church, Frederick, student minister is volunteering to be a big loser for his youth group. The youth are raising money for their summer missions activities by taking pledges on how much weight Krauss can lose by between April 18 and June 15.

Covenant Church, Shepherdstown, W. Va., will have VBS July 20-24 from 6:15-9 p.m. They’ll use the curriculum “Crocodile Dock – Where Fearless Kids Shine God’s Light.”

Delaware Association

Greensboro Church will have its VBS on June 22-26. They’re using the “Boomerang Express.”

North Church, Wilmington, had a parents night out last month offering moms and dads a free night while the kids munch on snacks and play games.

Eastern Association

Ladies of First Church, Easton, recently welcomed Carrie Dressler, a missionary to Israel, as a guest speaker during a ladies brunch.

The church collected clothing, light blankets and sheets as a ministry to Eastern shore migrant workers.

Youth at Lynnhaven Church, Pocomoke, had a cookout and flag football night last month.

Mid-Maryland Association

Bethel, Ellicott City, will have VBS using “Boomerang Express” July 19-24 from 6-8:30 p.m. Pre-register online at or call (410) 465-5690. For all children in grades K-7.

Members of Hope Church, Laurel, marched in a community May Fest parade then sold hot dogs and water at a booth during the Main Street community festival.

Teens from Hope Church had a spaghetti dinner and auction to raise money for the youth ministry events.

Rolling Hills Church, Clarksville, will have an old-fashioned Flag Day picnic with the traditional hot dogs and hamburgers on June 14.

The Village Church, Baltimore, joined with the “clean and green’ committee of the Hampden Community council to help beautify the neighborhood by picking up liter. The church also helped rebuild the stadium place playground burned in a fire in Sept. 2008.

Montgomery Association

First Church, Rockville, has a divorce care ministry group.

Boys from Greenridge Church, Boyds, sanded, painted and customized their pinewood cars and raced them at the church’s Shape N Race derby on April 26.

The church provides, prepares and serves dinner at the Frederick Rescue Mission on the third Sunday of each month.

Poolesville Church will have a soccer camp June 22-24 for children ages six through fifth grade.

Potomac Association

Maryland Point Church, Nanjemoy, had its first Bible drill last month on Mother’s Day. The drill was right after Sunday School leading into the morning worship service.

Prince George’s Association

Emmanuel Church, Laurel, had a financial seminar entitled “Trusting God in your Financial Life” last month.

Landover Hills Church recently reported 18 conversions within just a few weeks, most of them teens and young adults. Pastor David Griesmer said he baptized 13 of them last month.

Griesmer said the church is focusing on training members to share their faith. They’re using The North American Mission Board’s one-hour witnessing program. The church requires volunteers to take an evangelism training class.

Griesmer said the teens and young adults have really embraced the training and have been witnessing to their friends.

The church recently had a community day outreach and several people made confessions of faith through church members being intentional about engaging people.

Landover Hills also has family film nights during the summer, drawing up to 70 people on Sunday nights. The youth sell light snacks to raise money for their mission trip this summer to work with Cherokee Indians in North Carolina.

The church has also opened its doors to a new Hispanic church led by Willie and Carla Cortez.

The pastor credits much of the church’s change to a health assessment they had with Randy Millwood, BCM/D discipleship missionary.

“It opened our eyes not to see inwardly, but outwardly,” Griesmer said. The church is now working through the book Comeback Churches by Ed Stetzer.

Susquehanna Association

Men from Calvary Church, Bel Air, will share fellowship as they tour well-known Washington, D.C., monuments. On June 4, the group will visit Arlington National Cemetery, the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Iwo Jima Memorial, Vietnam Wall, Korean Memorial, Lincoln memorial, World War I memorial and more.

Towne Church, Joppa, had a “pig-out” lunch last month. Members could buy pulled pork meals to take home and enjoy. Proceeds were used to fund a summer missions trip to Martinsburg, W.Va.

Western Association

Eleven members of Deep Creek Church, Oakland, traveled to Eagle Butte, S.D., to the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation last month. It was an historic first-ever mission trip for the church.

The team raised $10,000 for the trip through selling baked goods, having yard sales and selling hot dogs and French fries outside a local Wal-Mart. They also asked for $5 donations from drivers using the church parking lot during the annual Deep Creek Dunk.

Team members worked with First Church of Eagle Butte. They’ll distribute 400 “messengers” donated by Charles Stanley. The “messenger” is a handheld solar powered water-resistant audio device that contains 35 messages of biblical teaching by Dr. Stanley. The team will also repair the church parsonage and do some construction work a the Windswept Academy, a ministry of First Church, Eagle Butte.

Ben Lahay, pastor of Deep Creek said the reservation is the poorest Indian reservation in the country.

The church became interested in the reservation when a visiting couple, Lihami and Anne Konur, at the time members of Hamilton Church, Va., shared their passion for reaching Indians who lived there.

The couple had a dream of building a Christian school to teach the next generation. Through a variety of donations and support the couple succeeded and was able to build the “Windswept Academy.”