Posted on : Thursday October 3, 2013
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Dunkirk Baptist Church Pastor Rick and Lisa Hancock with Frank and Margaret Farley

Sunday School teacher Margaret Farley recognized at Dunkirk Baptist Church for 50 years of service

On Sept. 8, Dunkirk Baptist Church recognized church member Margaret Farley for serving faithfully in a variety of ministries for 50 years.

Margaret Farley (pictured below with husband Frank and Pastor Rick and Lisa Hancock) grew up attending Grace Baptist Church in Cumberland. She was baptized at the age of seven and married Frank Farley in 1951 while he was serving in the U.S. Air Force. The couple traveled to the Middle East, to East Africa, France, England and Belgium.

When they returned to Maryland, they began attending Parkway Baptist Church in District Heights. At Parkway Baptist, Margaret was a deaconess, served as a member and a director of the choir, taught Sunday School and even served as the church secretary.

In 1983, the couple moved to Huntingtown and became members of Emmanuel Baptist Church where Margaret served as a deaconess, sang in the choir, taught Sunday School and served as the church secretary.

The couple have been members of Dunkirk Baptist Church for over ten years where Margaret continues to serve, teaching Sunday school and singing in the choir.

Mission Team surprises North Point Baptist Church

Mark Swan, pastor of North Point Baptist Church, was amazed when he received a call from Stoney Hill Baptist Church asking if they could send a 40-person mission team to help North Point. The church had sent a team during the Embrace Baltimore effort and wanted to return.

The team remodeled and painted the church youth room, worked on the exterior of the church and parsonage, restored the church sign and landscaped.

In the late afternoons, they did backyard Bible clubs at Battle Grove Park. Forty-five youth attended.

The team slept at the church and used disaster relief shower trailers.

Elders Baptist celebrates pastor’s 15-year anniversary

Pastor Jim Edmonson, Senior Pastor of Elders Baptist Church in Sykesville, Md., celebrated his 15-year anniversary in July. A church-wide luncheon was held on Sept. 15 in his honor.

During his tenure with Elders Baptist, he has distinguished himself as a Godly man who leads by example. He has been a faithful servant of the Lord and practices what he preaches. He and his lovely wife, Terry, have two grown daughters, Brittany and Chelsea.

Woodbrook celebrates ministry of Gregory Cochran

On Sept. 8, Woodbrook Baptist Church celebrated the 25th anniversary of Gregory A. Cochran, associate pastor for children, youth and spiritual formation.

Cochran began his career at Woodbrook Baptist in 1988 as the minister of Christian education and has been instrumental in the administration and growth of the Woodbrook Early Education (WEE) Center, a National Association for the Education of Young Children accredited preschool founded by Woodbrook Baptist the same year that Cochran joined the pastoral staff. For a quarter of a century, he has guided the WEE Center, Woodbrook’s Sunday School program and youth program for middle and high school students. He has also worked with hundreds of youth, leading weekly meetings as well as ski trips, church “lock-ins,” summer camp trips and other formational programs.

“Greg Cochran is an exemplary minister whose care for people manifests itself in all his living. His long tenure here at Woodbrook testifies to his commitment to relationships through time and to deep roots that have now extended themselves throughout our community. We at Woodbrook are by no means the only ones celebrating his years here in Towson,” said Woodbrook Pastor John Ballenger.

Joel Rainey appeared on Al Jazeera network program

Joel Rainey, director of missions for the Mid-Maryland Baptist Association, appeared on “The Stream,” a national news program on the Al Jazeera America Network, on the 12th anniversary of September 11, 2001.

He was featured alongside religious leaders of other faiths, exploring the role of faith leaders in fostering peace and reconciliation in a post-9/11 age.

Church partners to make block party success—20 professions of faith

 Allen Memorial Church, Salisbury, sent 50 volunteers to help Grace Place, Dundalk, with a block party last month. William Warren, pastor of Allen Memorial, said he knew some would volunteer to help, but he was amazed when 50 people signed up.

Grace Place’s “Grace in Your Hood” drew over 300 visitors. There were moon bounces, a giant slide, free food, two bands and a booth offering coupons for free Chic-fil-A food as a reward for taking a survey. The survey led to opportunities to share the Gospel. Over 80 people participated and 20 made confessions of faith in Jesus.

Montgomery Baptist Association Fall Revival, Oct. 18-20

Montgomery Baptist Association will host a Fall Revival at Montrose Baptist Church, 5100 Randolph Road, Rockville, Md., on Oct. 18-20 at 7:30 nightly.

Dr. Robert M. Smith, Jr., professor of Christian Preaching at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Ala., will be the guest speaker. Childcare through kindergarten will be provided.

Prince George’s Association Holy Convocation, Oct. 25-26

Prince George’s Baptist Association will hold its  third annual Holy Convocation, “Time of Gathering,” at the Church of the Great Commission in Camp Spring, Md., on Oct. 25-26.

The guest preacher for both services will be Fred Luter, president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

A youth and young adult praise service will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday. Saturday’s service begins at 10 a.m. A love offering will be taken.

Chestnut Ridge Men’s Bible Conference, Nov. 1-2

Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church will host its Second Annual Mid-Atlantic Men’s Bible Conference on Nov. 1 – 2, 2013. The conference will be held at Chestnut Ridge,1010 Saters Lane, Lutherville, MD  21093. Please call (410) 374-9908 for more details.