It’s May! Spring has sprung and Maryland/Delaware churches are preparing for a busy summer season ahead. Here are a few news nuggets from the past few weeks, including new staff, awards, and special events. May all we do be for God’s glory!
George St. Anthony Ferguson, Sr., pastor, and wife Lawan, founders of Christ Creative Baptist Church in Temple Hills, Md., will celebrate the church’s 28th anniversary with a special event at the Succotash Restaurant at the National Harbor on May 5 followed by a special worship service on May 6.
The church also is in the midst of a three-day revival, “We’ve Come This Far by Faith,” leading up to the anniversary celebration. Services are at 7 pm nightly through May 4. Revival speakers include Dr. Marcus Tillman, Cedar Baptist Church, Suitland, Md.; Pastor Adrianne Brady, Survival Temple Church, Capitol Heights, Md.; and Bishop Leroy Long, Harvest Evangel Christian Church, Clinton, Md.
The Communications Team at the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware received two awards at the recent Baptist Communicators Association’s annual workshop, held April 18-21 in Alexandria, Va. In the news writing category (single article, 750–1,500 words), Shannon Baker and Sharon Mager received a 2nd Place award for their BaptistLIFE article, “Honored Guests Enjoy Their Special ‘Night to Shine.’” Sean Copley and Shannon Baker received a 3rd Place award for BCMD.ORG in the website category (organization or company site, custom-built.
Arundel Baptist Network (ABN) welcomed Grace Eppard as their new administrative assistant. Eppard is the daughter of Thomas Han, pastor of Living Water Baptist Church, Severn. She and her husband, Earl, have two children, six-year-old Derek, and 17-month-old Jason.
Her office hours are 10 am to 2 pm Mondays and Wednesdays and from 10 am to noon on Fridays. The ABA email is email@example.com. The phone is (410) 647-0507.
Agape Baptist Church will celebrate their 27th anniversary on May 6. They’ll have their worship service at Levelle Dupell Park. The theme is “Thrive—Extending Roots, Yielding Fruit,” based on Jeremiah 17:7-8. BCM/D Church Planting Catalyst James Choi will be their guest speaker.
National Day of Prayer
Today, May 3, throughout Maryland and Delaware, churches have had, or are preparing to participate in special prayer meetings and/or rallies in conjunction with the National Day of Prayer.
LaVale Baptist Church was a major sponsor of the Cumberland chapter of the National Day of Prayer. They partnered with area churches for a rally yesterday, a prayer breakfast this morning, and then a march to Cumberland Town Center, led by the Veterans of Foreign Wars where they prayed for local, state and national leaders. The guest speaker was Mike Lindell, inventor of “My Pillow.”
Jim Jeffries, the pastor of LaVale Baptist Church, said this year’s attendance was the best yet.
Kendall Baptist Church, Temple Hills, will have a prayer service this evening. From 6 to 7 p.m., there will be a time for silent prayer, then from 7 to 9 p.m., there will be a time of corporate prayer with selected individuals praying for various topics.
Northwest Baptist Church, Reisterstown, will host a community prayer service—”The Churches of Reisterstown, Finksburg, & Glyndon Praying Together,” at 7 p.m. tonight. Pastor Grant Lauterbach said this is the first year the church has participated and he and other church members are excited about being able to host the event. They’ll open with a presentation from the Franklin High School JRROTC honor guard. Various community members will participate in the service of music, worship, and prayer.
Ocean City Baptist Church (OCBC) participates in the National Day of Prayer by meeting at the town’s City Hall on Third Street to pray for the nation, families, schools, churches, businesses, first responders and the country. Davis said, “We also have a time of ‘popcorn prayer,’ and then we have the kids from Seaside Christian Academy sing ‘God Bless America.'”