Posted on : Friday March 8, 2019

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs,” Psalm 100:1-2.

Spring is near, all nature is rejoicing, and Maryland/Delaware Churches are busy planning training sessions, revivals, coffeehouses and more.

Each Thursday, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, BCM/D churches, and others, on a rotating basis, partner with the Inner Harbor Ministry of Baltimore to provide free meals to people in the Curtis Bay community. For many, this may be the only hot meal they’ll get for the week; for others it provides their family an extra meal, allowing them to stretch their limited funds.

Restoration Church ministers at Inner Harbor Feeding Ministry.

Visitors enjoy the homey, comfortable atmosphere, and tell folks they’re going to the “church dinner.”

In addition to blessing those who attend, the ministry allows church members to experience hands-on missions, exposing them to those suffering from poverty. Table ministers are always needed to sit with visitors, chat with them, hear their stories, and pray as the Lord leads. For more information about partnering, email [email protected].

Students in the “Children in Action” group at Grace Baptist Church of Sunset Beach, in Pasadena, Md., collected 13 backpacks for abused children in transit to foster care.

Grace Baptist Church stuffed bookbags with clothes,toys and necessities for children in transit to foster homes.

Julie Rhodes, who leads the group, explained the project was a missions outreach for the kids. A church member who has foster children suggested the “Blue Ribbon Project,” started by a child abuse survivor who now collects the backpacks for children.

“When kids are taken out of a home, they often don’t have anything,” Rhodes explained. The backpacks hopefully smooth the transition just a little, she said. Church members helped supply pajamas, clothing, soft toys, and toiletries designed for 3 to 4-year-old children and the kids stuffed the backpacks. Rhodes said the group prayed over the bags, for and the children who would receive them, and for their families.

A representative from “The Blue Ribbon Project” shared with the children, explaining how the organization distributes the  backpacks, and how much their contributions will mean to the recipients.

The Potomac Baptist Association will host their annual “Spring Training Tune-Up,” at Hughesville Baptist Church, in Md., on April 9, The training includes Bible teaching, evangelism, community connections, social media, worship for small churches, leadership development for Hispanic churches, human trafficking, relationship essentials, women’s ministry, spiritual gifts and deacon ministry. The evening begins with a dinner, followed by breakout sessions. Register online.

The Church of the Harbor will host their “Friendly Coffeehouse,” starting at 7 pm on March 8, with live music and a time for open mic performances.

Jessup Baptist Church, in Md., will have a spring revival March 24 to 27. David Hemphill, the discipleship pastor of

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Riva Trace Baptist Church, in Davidsonville, Md., will be the guest speaker. “The Itzels,” will lead in music, March 25 to 27. The church will have “Cottage Prayer Meetings” leading up to the revival services.

Conowingo Baptist Church, in Md., will host individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Cecil County as part

of a rotating shelter March 11 to 18. The church will provide bedding and meals.

North Glen Community Church, in Glen Burnie, Md., will have their monthly Saturday Night Live (SNL) Coffeehouse featuring the “Full Gospel Boogie Band,” on March 16, and the band, “Holy Smoke,” on Apr. 20. Doors open at 7 pm and groups begin playing at 8 pm. The coffeehouse has welcomed bands and filled the church for two decades. It’s a successful outreach packing the worship and overflow area.. During the band’s break, Paul Bachman, the pastor of the church, shares a short devotional. Members serve coffee and free food.