Posted on : Thursday July 26, 2018

Churches are on the move in spite of a very wet week! Read about a congregation that found a permanent location, a church merger, a mission team, and several outreach ministries offering members a chance to meet their neighbors and share the love of Jesus.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).

SonRise Church will dedicate their new church facility on July 29.

After being mobile for 16 years, SonRise Church, Berlin Campus moved to a permanent facility at 10026 Main Street, Berlin.

In Oct. 2002, the church had their preview service at a horse track, then a year later they moved to Stephen Decatur High School, where they stayed for 15 years.

Their new 22-acre property has four existing buildings including a 33,000 warehouse, where they will have their worship center. Pastor Daryl McCready said eventually they’ll expand to a 700-seat cafe-style worship center with a full commercial kitchen and a large children’s area.

They’ll have dedication services on Sunday, July 29, during their 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. services, reflecting on God’s blessings through the years and looking forward with faith to where He will lead them.

Fenwick Island Baptist Church has “Friday Faith Fellowships” the third Friday of each month from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Church members and friends watch short videos, eat snacks and play games.

Greg James, a member Church of the Harbor, Essex, mans a bounce house at the church’s celebration on their recent merger with First Baptist Church, Essex. They’ll have a block party to welcome neighbors tonight (July 26), weather permitting, starting at 6 p.m.

Church of the Harbor recently merged with First Baptist Church of Essex, and they’re having a block party starting at 6 p.m. tonight (July 26), weather permitting, to meet their new neighbors. They’ll have burgers and hot dogs, sno-cones, cotton candy, inflatables for the kids, and music—all free. There is no rain date, but check the church website for future events.

Members of Oak Grove Baptist Church hit the road after church about three Sundays each month to meet people in the community around Bel Air and Havre de Grace. Sometimes they give away free balloons and tracts at a local park. At other times they visit hospitals or the local police department and share snacks. Always, they offer prayer. From four to ten volunteers help out through the month.

Bethany Church is accepting registrations for their August music camp.

Bethany Church, Ellicott City, is accepting registration for their summer music camps. Children in first through sixth grades can sign up for the “Music & Arts Camp.” They’ll enjoy music education classes, chorus, art, movement, and have fun with some instruments. The cost is $235 per child or $160 for two or more children.

Sixth to 12th-grade students have separate camp sessions and will learn music technology, songwriting, theory, recording, improvising, and more. The cost for this camp is $235 per person or $110 for two or more. Half days are available for $135 per person or $110 for two or more students.

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A mission team from Green Street Baptist Church, North Carolina, has been lending a helping hand to Elevate Church, Annapolis.

A North Carolina mission team gave a helping hand to Elevate Church this week.

Elevate Church Pastor Steve Poole said, “They did not let rainy weather deter them from serving in Annapolis!”

The team prayer walked, gave out snow cones at the community center and led a Back Yard Kids Club (BYKC). In addition, they shopped for back-to-school supplies, packed backpacks, visited a care facility, and played games with the kids at the community center. They’ll cap off the week with a block party on Friday.

“They have been and continue to be extremely flexible. None of these things were in our original plans, except the BYKC and block party,” Poole said.

Byron Day, Photo by Adam Covington

Byron Day, immediate past president of the National African American Fellowship of the SBC and pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Laurel, Md., was honored with the Denominational Appreciation Award at the July 17, 2018, business meeting of the Black Southern Baptist Denominational Servants Network at Ridgecrest, N.C. His former presidency of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware and his work as a missions team leader to unreached people groups in Tanzania were among Day’s achievements the award recognized.

Founded in 1996, the group seeks to provide networking, mentoring, fellowship, professional career development and guidance among black Southern Baptist denominational servants. Providing a forum for problem-solving and a periodic news bulletin also are among the group’s stated goals.

BSBDSN membership is open to African American Southern Baptist part-time and full-time employees of SBC entities, state conventions and associations, and the Woman’s Missionary Union. Membership fees range from $25 for students, $250 for institutional memberships and $500 for 10-year memberships. Join by contacting Jeffery Singletary at