“The Lord is my shepherd; I have what I need. He lets me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside quiet waters. He renews my life; he leads me along the right paths for his name’s sake.”
Psalm 23: 1-3
Sign Language classes open doors to the community
Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, in Rohrersville, Maryland, is offering free beginner/refresher sign language classes from June 27 to August 1. Church member and teacher Ron Pitts teaches “Sign English,” as opposed to “American Sign Language (ASL).”
Most people who are deaf use ASL in their day-to-day interactions, Pitts explained.
ASL is like shorthand to people who can hear. Sign English is more like complete sentences. “The person who is deaf would call a person using Sign English as being ‘wordy,’ but they would be very happy that they don’t have to break out their pencil and paper to communicate,” Pitts explained.
Pitts said there is always time built into the class to talk and to create and build relationships. Read more about this ministry in a past BaptistLIFE article.
Free VBS Material
Friendship Baptist Church, in Sykesville, is offering free “In The Wild” Vacation Bible School materials including props and decorations. They will be available after FBC finishes their VBS July 14-18. Pick-up would be the evening of Thursday, July 18th. For more information text 410-868-0710.
Outdoor movie night
Connecting Church, in Abingdon, will have a free outdoor movie night at Abingdon Elementary School. The church will show a favorite family movie on a huge screen and serve popcorn, drinks, and other free treats. Before the movie, church members will provide crafts and games.
Church hosts symphonic band
First Baptist Church of Delaware, in New Castle, will host the First State Symphonic Band in concert from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on May 31. The band will perform a variety of music, including “Night on Bald Mountain,” a George Gershwin medley, and music from the movies “Mary Poppins” and “The Incredibles.” Admission is free. Doors open at 7 p.m.
BCM/D Upcoming Opportunities
Please visit our BCM/D website to see the many training and mission opportunities that are available including Preaching Roundtable events, English as a Second Language training, and a disaster relief training that will be held on June 1 at Tri-County Baptist Church in Damascus, Maryland.
There are also many free resources for your church including children’s ministry safety packets, VBS security packets, and congregational safety information.