Posted on : Thursday July 18, 2019

“Although I am free from all and not anyone’s slave, I have made myself a slave to everyone, in order to win more people. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win Jews; to those under the law, like one under the law—though I myself am not under the law—to win those under the law.  To those who are without the law, like one without the law—though I am not without God’s law but under the law of Christ—to win those without the law. To the weak I became weak, in order to win the weak. I have become all things to all people, so that I may by every possible means save some.  Now I do all this because of the gospel, so that I may share in the blessings.” 1 Corinthians 9:19-23. 

Girl’s Camp at WoMeTo

Eighty-one girls, ages 8-15, attended the Women’s Missionary Union (WMU) Girls Camp at Camp WoMeTo July 7-12. Seventeen girls made professions of faith in Christ, and ten girls made rededication decisions. This year’s theme was “Set Free.” The verse of the week was Micah 6:8, “Mankind, he has told each of you what is good and what it is the Lord requires of you: to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with your God.”

Girls at WMU camp enjoy Bible stories, crafts, and other activities throughout the week.

Chris McCombs, the pastor of Lexington Park Baptist Church in Maryland, served as the camp pastor for the week and Jancy Glisson, the wife of Bruce Glisson, executive pastor of Allen Memorial Baptist Church, in Salisbury, Maryland, served as the camp director. Many adult volunteers, including members of the WMU executive board, served as volunteers through the week. Also, counselors in training, ages 16 and older, former campers, helped with the camp adventure.

Each day the girls learned Bible stories, worked on crafts, made new friends, and had fun. Misisons education is always a part of the WMU curriculum. WMU Executive Director Melody Knox said the girls enjoyed learning about refugees, and about WorldCrafts.

WMU camps provide children opportunities to have fun, meet new friends, and most importantly, learn about Jesus.

Their annual offering, totaling $120 and given out of the girls’ spending money, was sent to Alpha’s Glory Pregnancy Center in Aberdeen, Maryland.

Fair Ministry 

Western Baptist Association churches have a whirlwind summer each year, working together to ensure a fun and fruitful summer camp followed immediately by their ministry at local fairs. Churches provide volunteers at the Allegany County Fair through July 20, then they’ll turn to the Garrett County Fair, July 29-August 3, and then later to the Autumn Glory Festival on October 12.

Church members man the popular baby comfort stations at the fairs and festival, providing clean, safe areas for families to change and feed their babies. They also provide cold water. These comfort stations provide great opportunities to chat with families and offer prayer.

Volunteers lead vespers services at the Allegany County Fair and help with the Miss Allegany County Farm Bureau Contest. At the Garrett County Fair, they lead senior citizen’s day activities. Also, at both fairs, they provide dinner and a worship service for the Reithoffer Shows workers and WBA Director of Missions Kenny Heath serves as chaplain.

John Wyrick, pastor of Rush Baptist Church leads worship at a WBA sponsored dinner for fair workers.

At the Autumn Glory Festival churches provide and man the baby comfort station, and they have a children’s activity area. Volunteers also help with the Grand Feature Parade and Heath helps emcee the parade.

Sportsman’s Day 

Mid-Maryland Baptist Association (MMBA) will host their annual MMBA Sportsman’s Day from 8 a.m. to noon on August 24, at Friendly Farm Restaurant in Upperco, Maryland. Men, women, and youth enjoy the shooting sports and bow and arrow target shooting. Veteran shooters and those who have never handled a firearm are welcome. Tracy Groves, the president of Heartwood Outdoors, a Christian sportsman’s ministry, provides a shooting demonstration.

MMBA Director of Missions Larry Steen, says the Sportsman’s Day is a family event. Kids can shoot “flu-flu” arrows at Frisbees. Those under 18 may shoot guns with Heartwood Outdoors professional supervision and when accompanied by a consenting parent.

The event also includes a catered lunch with traditional picnic foods, and including wild game foods such as elk burgers, venison stew, and wild boar chili.

The MMBA started the event with the purpose of promoting fellowship and as an opportunity to bring friends to enjoy the day and hear a brief Gospel presentation.

Mid-Maryland Baptist Association’s Sportsman’s Day is an opportunity to invite friends to have a fun day, enjoy shooting sports and dinner, and hear a Gospel presentation.

There is no charge for children under age 10; $10 for youth ages 10-15; and $15 for persons over age 16. For reservations made after August 20 add $5 per ticket. All are welcome. Click Here to Register

Pleasant View Baptist Church, in Port Deposit, Maryland, has a Grief Share support group starting on August 12. Sessions will be from 6 to 8 p.m. “Your Journey from Mourning to Joy” is for those who are struggling with the heartbreak of losing a loved one.

Glanville preaches final sermon as interim at Greensboro Baptist Church 

Gary Glanville will preach a farewell sermon as inerim pastor at Greensboro Baptist Church on July 21.

Gary Glanville will preach his farewell sermon at Greensboro Baptist Church in Maryland, at 11 a.m. on July 21. The church’s new pastor, Kevin Randolph, and his wife Terri will also be at the service.

Glanville retired from Northwest Baptist Church on Dec. 31, 2016, then served as the Mid-Maryland Director of Missions through 2017, and then the intentional interim pastor of Greensboro Baptist Church for 19 months.

A dinner and reception will follow the service and folks can meet the Randolphs and say goodbye to Glanville. All are welcome.

Members of Grace Seaford Church in Delaware were busy serving their community at the community’s annual Nanticoke Riverfest on July 13.  The church’s band played on the main stage, and members gave out over 1200 free cold water bottles, over 480 gift bags which included a presentation of the Gospel. They also had games and crafts for kids and did face painting. Three families visited the church as a result of the outreach.