First Church, Crofton, will have a marriage enrichment class from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sept. 18. Marriage and family therapist, David Ochinero, a clinician with Bruce Turnquist and Associates, will lead the session. Ochinero will provide couples tools to improve and enrich their marriage and family life. The cost is $10 and includes coffee, pastries and lunch. For more information, or to register, contact the church at (410) 721-2790 or by email at FBCCrofton@verizon.net.
North Glen Church, Glen Burnie, will have its annual fall festival from 2-6 p.m. on Oct. 23. This summer, the church has been reaching out to the community with outdoor movie nights and coffee houses. Members also traveled to Garrett, Ky., to minister to the poor in Appalachia.
Riva Trace Church, Davidsonville, has a young adult worship service with praise, worship, testimonies and a relevant message on the first Saturday of each month.
Weems Creek Church, Annapolis, has a coffeehouse ministry. Every quarter, church members transform the fellowship hall into a coffee house with low lights, candles, art displays, chess sets and plush seating.
On stage, they feature acoustic performances from a variety of local musicians and poets and a large wooden accordion-style display for the exhibition of local art and photography. Volunteers serve a variety of coffees and pastries. The food is free, but donations are accepted.
Worship pastor, Christian Nuckels, said the coffeehouse is an extension of the church’s music ministry designed to provide a positive artistic environment for young adults in the Annapolis area. So far they’ve had a good response with about 50 people attending the first two events. The next coffeehouse will be from 8-11 p.m. on Dec. 3.
Captivate Church extended an invitation to recent visitors to meet the Captivate staff at a local café for a free cup of coffee or favorite soft drink as an opportunity to hang out, relax and connect.
Tabernacle Church, Fort Washington, will have a Christian skate night at Northpoint Skateland starting at 6:30 p.m. on Sept 13.
Blue Ridge Association
Members of Fellowship Church, Middletown, have been engaging their community, including manning a booth at Middletown’s Fourth of July celebration and hosting a free children’s carnival at Middletown Memorial Park later in the summer. This fall, they’ll continue their community ministries. Members will prayer walk through Middletown on Sept. 11, and they’ll man booths at local events including the Heritage Day on Sept. 25 and Railroad Days on Oct 2 and 3.
David Francis, LifeWay’s national Sunday school director, will be the guest speaker at Ogletown Church, Newark, from 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 15.
The men of Fenwick Island Church meet on the first Saturday of each month for breakfast, sharing food and fellowship. They also have a short devotional time, sing and pray for the needs in the church and community.
Micah Fries, lead pastor of Frederick Boulevard Church in St. Joseph, Mo., will be the guest speaker at Mid-Maryland’s annual fall meeting hosted by Elders Church, Sykesville, at 6 p.m. on Oct. 24. The theme is “Kingdom Risk: All we have for Him.”
Hope Church, Laurel, started a Christian before and after school program, serving the Forest Ridge School District.
Youth from Mason Dixon Church, New Freedom, Pa., will attend Urban Hope Weekend in Philadelphia on Sept 17. They’ll be ministering to the large Cambodian and Southeast Asian population at a park in South Philadelphia.
Christian Unity Church, Waldorf, will host Bishop Derek T. Triplett from Hope Fellowship Church, Daytona Beach, Fla., as special guest for the church’s men’s weekend from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sept. 18.
Dunkirk Church’s annual father’s day car show was a huge success, drawing a record crowd of over 1,200 people. Church members worked through the day serving lunches and snacks, directing traffic and meeting and greeting. Over 200 vehicles were entered in the contest.
Hughesville Church recently had a banquet honoring Pastor Keith Corrick and his wife, Terri, honoring their 10th anniversary pastoring the church. BCM/D Executive Director David Lee was the guest speaker at the banquet.
Kingdom Church, Waldorf, has jujitsu Martial Arts Ministry. Classes from 5-7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 1-4 p.m. on Saturdays and a homeschool class from 10 a.m.-noon on Thursdays.
Gary Willet was called as executive pastor of New Life Community Church, Inwood, W.V., effective July 1. Willet grew up in Nanjemoy Church where he accepted Christ and was ordained into ministry. He served 14 years as pastor of Potomac Heights Church. Members of Potomac Church had a farewell dinner for the Willet, his wife, Traci, and their children, Sarah, Abigail, Timothy and Samuel.
Prince George’s Association
The Church of the Great Commission, Suitland, has “prayer night” at 7 p.m. every Friday for “…those who need to thank the Lord and cry out to Him in prayer or who are in need of a breakthrough.”
Galilee Church, Suitland, will celebrate their 56th anniversary on Sept. 26 with guest speaker Clarence Moore, pastor of Good Shepherd Church, Augusta, Ga.
Members of Glen Dale Church raised $435 to help send Bible sticks, audio players pre-loaded with a dramatized recording of the entire New Testament, to men and women serving in the military.
Bell Forest Church, Bel Air, has a Moms In Touch program that meets every Wednesday morning. The ladies enjoy a time of fellowship and pray together, specifically for their children, and their children’s schools, staff and faculty.
Calvary Missionary Church, Rising Sun, has a Stephen’s Ministry, providing intentional trained care giving for those going through crisis situations.
First Church, Aberdeen, had a backpack give away party last month. In addition to providing school supplies, the church had dinner, games and even pony rides.
Ben LaHay, pastor of Deep Creek Church, just released a book called “Deep Creek Jamin Java Devotions.” “Simply put, all the devotions are written with a pastor’s heart and a counselor’s passion to give you the Lord’s strength to see the best and brightest possible in each new day the Lord has made,” LaHay wrote on Deep Creek’s blog page. He is a board certified marriage and family therapist and a licensed clinical pastoral counselor. The book is available on Amazon.com.