“… May the name of God be praised forever and ever, for wisdom and power belong to him. He changes the times and seasons; he removes kings and establishes kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals the deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with him.” Daniel 2:20-22
Improved meeting location
Hope Fellowship Church moved last month to the Strayer University Building, 45150 Russell Branch Parkway, Suite 202, in Ashburn, Virginia. Pastor Michael Mattar, Sr. who started the church, is thrilled. Mattar says to plant a church, with the challenges, support struggles, and often discouragement can be difficult.”Then suddenly God opens doors!” he rejoices.
“We were in a hotel, and now we have moved into an office building,” Mattar says. He also says the new location offers room for a children’s ministry area, offices, and a worship center. The space also offers much opportunity to reach the community through immigration help, Bible studies and more.
The church held their first worship service in the new facility on February 28. People are excited to see the transformation, Mattar says. “God has been blessing,” he adds.
Susquehanna Youth Rally
At least 160 students and an additional 40 adults, representing a dozen churches, attended the Susquehanna Baptist Association (SBA) youth rally on February 28, at Pleasant View Baptist Church (PVBC) in Port Deposit, Maryland.
PVBC Student Pastor Andrew Goins, the SBA youth director, was thrilled. Goins formed a youth leadership team to organize the rally that included Matt Fortuano, associate pastor of North Harford Baptist Church in Jarrettsville, Maryland; Evan Holbrook, an associate pastor at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Rising Sun, Maryland; and Rusty Hewitt, associate pastor at Conowingo Baptist Church in Maryland.
“I thought it would be a good idea to get our local youth groups together and encourage them for a night. So on Feb. 28 from 6:30-8:30 we did just that,” said Goins.
Goins said that the basic goal of the rally was twofold – to share to Gospel with the student body and to have the students fellowship and meet other Christian students who may go to the same school or be in similar areas, such as towns or common sports. “That goal was definitely accomplished,” Goins said. Students met other students who they see at school every day and now they are worshipping Jesus together.
Goins said the games ranged from cup stacking to games with balloons. He added, joking, “My favorite was ‘How many chairs could a Baptist carry?’ It was a play on the common joke that when a Baptist boy desires to impress a girl at church, he carries a lot of chairs when putting them away or setting them up.”
A panel of pastors responded to questions about faith. They addressed four specific topics:
- How does the truth of the Gospel go against what the world is saying when it comes to being accepted by God?
- What do I do when I don’t “feel” the faith I claim?
- What are some ways I can continue to grow in my faith?
- One of the scariest verses in the Scripture when it comes to faith (Matt. 7:21-23)
“The fellowship was amazing and students really bonded across youth groups,” Goins said. “It was great to see all the smiling faces and the participation in the games was great. A huge highlight came at the end of the night when we gave an invitation. There was a host of students who came forward to pray, to recommit their lives to Jesus. Many were even weeping. It was amazing to see youth who were that sensitive to the Word and call of God.”
GriefShare Support Group
First Baptist Church of Dundalk, in Maryland, invites those suffering from grief to register for a GriefShare Support Group which will begin on May 5.
The group will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays for 13 weeks. It will be designed for those who have lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend. Participants will hear from grief recovery experts via a video session and then spend time as a group discussing the material and sharing current individual experiences. For more information, contact the church or register online.
Learn church history
The Potomac Bible Institute is offering “Church History Survey,” a 20-week course beginning on April 7 at two locations — Emmanuel Baptist Church in Huntingtown, Maryland, and at The Church @ St. Charles in Waldorf, Maryland.
Pastors and church leaders will learn about people, political, historical and cultural developments, religious movements and doctrinal issues over the past 2000 years which have shaped the church. Students are required to use the approved ESV Study Bible, which can be purchased through the Potomac Baptist Association office.
The cost is $75. Register online.
Celebrations at Good Shepherd Ministries
Good Shepherd Ministries in Capitol Heights, Maryland, has several special events this month.
They’ll celebrate their 19th anniversary from March 11 to 13, with gatherings at each evening. The events will kick off with a youth anniversary service at 10 a.m. on March 8. Elder Damelon Roy Sr., from Friendship Church Outreach Ministries in Capitol Heights, Maryland, will be the guest speaker.
On March 11, Dr. George A. Fitzgerald, pastor of Freedom Way Missionary Baptist Church in Capitol Heights, Maryland, will share. Dr. Nathaniel B. Thomas, pastor of Forestville New Redeemer Baptist Church in Maryland, will share on March 12, and Bishop James N. Flowers, of Shining Star Baptist Church in Seat Pleasant, Maryland will share on March 13.
On March 14, the church will honor First Lady Brenda Riddick-Roy at 1 p.m. at a special appreciation event.
Dr. Michael Black, the dean and site director of Lancaster Bible College in Greenbelt, Maryland, will be the guest preacher at the Eighth Pastoral Anniversary Celebration at 10 a.m. on March 15. The celebration will be in honor of Senior Pastor Mark J. Roy. The theme will be “Only God’s Plan for this Man,” based on Jeremiah 29:11.
Upcoming women’s conferences
Oak Grove Baptist Church (OGBC) in Bel Air, Maryland, will welcome Emily Crouch as the keynote speaker for their 2020 Women’s Conference, starting at 8:30 a.m. on March 28, 2020.
Crouch and her husband, Perry, have been happily married for 37 years and have two children and three grandchildren. For the last 30 years, she and Perry have served in a variety of ministries at Thalia Lynn Baptist Church in Virginia Beach.
Emily will share the message, “God’s Legacy, Our Heritage.”
The cost is $25 per person for ladies 26 and older and there a $10 discount for younger women. Tickets include a continental breakfast and lunch. The cost will increase to $30 after March 16. As an added bonus, OGBC will also host the Priscilla Shirer “Going Beyond” Simulcast on April 25, 2020. Tickets for both events are available for a total of $40. For more information or to purchase tickets, check out the website.
“Almost exactly 172 years before the DBA began in 1967, twelve delegates from six Baptist churches left their homes and began traveling to another historic meeting. From all three counties in Delaware and one in Maryland, they came, until on October 24, 1795, these representatives gathered together to constitute the Delaware Baptist Association.
The earliest of these churches, the Welsh Tract Baptist Church, had been started in 1703 by men and women who had recently emigrated from Wales and purchased a tract of land in New Castle County, near Iron Hill. For the next 75 years, most of the handful of Baptist churches in New Castle and Kent Counties could trace their lineage to this church. So by 1795, God had raised up at least five Baptist churches in Delaware who also belonged to the Philadelphia Baptist Association: the Welsh Tract Baptist Church (1703), the Cow Marsh Baptist Church (1781), the Duck Creek (later Bryn Zion) Baptist Church (1781), Mispillion (sic) Baptist Church (1783), and First Baptist Church of Wilmington (1785). These five churches, along with Queen Anne’s Baptist Church, which likely belonged to an association in Maryland, united to form the very first Delaware Baptist Association” (An excerpt from “Age to Age: A History of the Delaware Baptist Association and the Faithfulness of God” by Champ Thornton; used with permission).
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