Capital Baptist Newsletter - August/September 2022

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TABLE OF CONTENTS District of Columbia


Baptist Convention

4 146th Annual Gathering Info. POINT/COUNTER POINT 8 – Omitting the Christian Label 9 – Sharing the Christian Label, When Appropriate 12 The Effects of Pandemic Brain Fog on Mental Health: God’s Grace Is Sufficient 14 988 Fact Sheet 18

1628 16th Street NW Washington, DC 20009 202.265.1526 (office)

Office of Executive Director/Minister Executive Director/Minister Trisha Miller Manarin, Ext. 214 Ministry Assistant Loretta Polite-Shipman, Ext. 213


American Baptist Women in Ministry 2022 BWA Annual Gathering: A Strong Voice for Racial Justice DCBC Notables DC Homeowner Assistance Fund 988 Fact Sheet (Spanish)

Campus Ministries LeeAnn Carrera


Mental Health Coordinator

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Jevon Billups

Capital Baptist Editor Sonia Myrick Office of Administration and Stewardship Chief Operations Officer Lashanor Doolittle, Ext. 203


A Message from the Executive Director/Minister Calendar Church Mission Giving Capital Baptist Submission Guidelines

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Building Maintenance Saul Garcia, Ext. 212 Accounting and Administrative Specialist Fam SaeChao Chock, Ext. 206 JBCC Building Coordinator Robin Foulk, Ext. 215


A Message from the Minister of Public Relations and Outreach


Office of Public Relations and Outreach


Minister of Public Relations and Outreach Kimberly A. Palmore-Ferguson, Ext. 208 ERT Coordinator James Barbour

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A Message from the Executive Director/Minister

Mental Health and Wellbeing We know mental health and wellbeing concerns have increased since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our young people are often struggling in silence, while the isolation of our senior citizens has fiercely increased. DCBC is committed to engaging concerns of mental health and wellness. Our wellness team includes therapists, social workers, coaches and other certified professionals. It is a relief to know the new 988 number — suicide and crisis lifeline is now live. Please be sure to share this news with others. The District of Columbia Baptist Foundation provided a grant to enable everyone in DCBC to be trained and certified in Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid for only $25. Please take advantage of this opportunity to better serve your church and community. For less than the cost of a fancy dinner, you can gain the skills and knowledge to bring hope to your neighborhood and beyond. To register for the next class, contact Loretta PoliteShipman ( The Annual Gathering Program Committee is deeply committed to mental health as an act of justice. During our 2022 Annual Gathering, mental health will be the primary topic of discussion. We will hear from experts in the field who are real-life practitioners who love Jesus and the church. Please gather your church representatives and register at for this powerful time together, October 27–28. Early registration ends October 1, 2022. I’m looking forward to being together as we PRESS (gain Practical Resources for Effective Shepherding and Spiritual Care) at St. Stephens Baptist Church in Temple Hills, Maryland. Joy and Grace,

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ith this issue of the Capital Baptist, we focus on the issue of advertising you are a Christian therapist for Point Counterpoint. Our desire is to offer two perspectives on a topic related to society, leadership, mission, polity, the church and so on. The essays are solely the opinion and perspective of their authors, not declarations stating DCBC’s position on the topics. We do, however, hope this feature will provide opportunities for you to begin having conversations with your congregation around issues that may be divisive or even challenging to discuss. The following essays were written by A DCBC pastor and a member of the DCBC Mental Health team. As people of faith, we are not asking everyone to agree or disagree with the perspectives in these articles. We do however, invite you to consider beginning a conversation with someone who holds a differing perspective on this or any of the issues raised in this space to try to understand each other. We offer a few questions for you to consider and/or use with a small group as you explore this topic: 1. Do you believe there is an advantage/disadvantage for therapists who advertise themselves as Christian Therapists? 2. Do Christians today still hold the view that secular therapist will provide advice that runs counter to their beliefs? If you would like to submit an essay for Point/Counterpoint, send it to We do not guarantee your essay will be published, but it will certainly be read and considered.

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Omitting the Christian Label By Lisa Wardle, LCSW-C, CBIS


am a disciple and follower of Jesus Christ, and I am a therapist. A few years ago, I needed to delineate this for myself while talking with a friend of mine who referred to me as a Christian Counselor. My response was more adamant than I would like to admit. To her surprise, I quickly interjected, “please don’t call me a Christian Counselor.” It was at this point that I searched inside myself to learn why I reacted so strongly. Ultimately, I realized, it came down to the perception of what the term “Christian” has evolved to mean over time. This perception could include those who have been hurt by the Church or who don’t believe in the Word of God at all. I’ve felt this way for many years; however, these last few years have led me to separate myself from the title. In his book When Bad Christians Happen to Good People, author Dave Burchett writes: Evangelical Christians are much maligned in our society — and some of that reputation is earned. The word evangelical has become a pejorative among many unchurched folks and former churchgoers. In the course of doing research for this book, I searched the Internet to examine the popular perception of evangelical Christians. Dozens of anti-Christian sites later, I was stunned, amazed, disturbed, and frankly discouraged by the amount of venomous verbiage directed toward Christians. The connotation of a Christian therapist, to some, can be interpreted as judgmental, narrowly minded, sin-focused and very politically based. Now more than ever, I believe folks have trouble separating their Christian values lens from their political views lens. In addition to the political

perspective, over the last few years, many pastors and churches have ended up in the media because of their actions, words and poor choices. The decision to separate the title Christian from my therapy title isn’t only about politics. In the mid-1990s, I sought out a counselor, and as a Christian, I thought I needed to see a Christian Counselor because that was what I was “supposed to do.” The perception from the church and other Christians around me was that non-Christian therapists would give me a worldview outside Christian values and morals and, therefore, steer me in the wrong direction. So, I searched for and found a Christian counselor who had a practice in her home. Once I arrived, she immediately greeted me with a hug. After that, I did not hear a single word she said. I was uncomfortable for the rest of the session and could not wait to leave. That was my first exposure to Christian

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counseling. Later, I wondered why she believed she could hug me — a vulnerable stranger who took a risk for the first time to seek help and guidance. Did she do that to all her clients? Was it because I was a Christian that she took such liberty? Although I wasn’t a therapist at the time and hadn’t yet gone to graduate school for social work education, something didn’t feel right to me. I felt my personal boundaries had been broken. I’m sure she hadn’t intended it to feel intrusive; however, I thought it to be pretty presumptuous, and it took me a few years before I again sought counseling. The next time I tried counseling, I decided I would just use my own discernment during therapy with a “secular” therapist. I practice discernment everyday with what I watch, read and listen to in the world, so why not with my therapist? The therapist I found practiced as a licensed psychologist. I felt safe as she and I worked on issues and made progress together to build better strategies. Little did I know this psychologist was a Christian but had not advertised as such. I found out years later when I called her practice to pick her brain about an issue I was having, and it was during this time, she shared something she had learned — I could tell her beliefs and mine were aligned. Looking back, I observed we had the initial trust and safety within the therapeutic relationship to share our personal beliefs. Isn’t that good therapy? It’s love and acceptance no matter who is sitting across from us, where they’ve come from, how they identify or what they believe in? I truly believe I can be an example to more people who are hurting by omitting that I am a Christian therapist.

Jesus called himself the Son of God — not a Christian. It took a trip to Israel to open my eyes further about Jesus and who He really is according to scripture and not just what I grew up hearing interpreted to me. During this trip, my mind was opened to what I was taught to believe – that Jesus was white, blond, blue-eyed and placed in a nice-looking wooden manger filled with straw. It wasn’t until I was well into my adulthood, unfortunately, that I learned Jesus was of Middle Eastern decent and at birth was placed in a dirty feeding trough. Middle Eastern culture isn’t America. Jesus isn’t an American Christian. I wondered if others felt the same way I did. Did they know this too? At that moment, sitting on a stone wall at Masada, was when I no longer wanted to refer to myself as a Christian but, rather, as a follower of Jesus. I believe the word Christian means something different in today’s society than it did in Jesus’ time when the church in Acts was being established. As a result, I find the need to separate myself from it. I choose to refer to myself as a follower of Christ first and then live through the gifts of shepherding and exhorting He has given me to be a therapist. I could not do this without Him. I do my humanly best to approach my clients objectively, welcomely and nonjudgmentally so I can see, hear and lean in to others’ perspective and life. Jesus’ greatest command to us is so straightforward: Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law? And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all

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your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ — Matthew 22: 36-39 The followers of Jesus back in His day were not perfect; however, they were inclusive and did not use God’s words as a weapon. They learned from Him and loved the leper, the widow and the foreigner. Jesus taught peace and acceptance. I have sat across from many folks who state they are believers but feel ashamed of the things they’ve done and would never step into a church. I get the privilege of talking to them about that and exploring their relationship with God if they chose to bring it up. I believe Jesus led his ministry by just being who He is — and through what His Father called Him to do and He loved whoever was in front of Him. Not because they might have believed in who He was — but because he loved them first. Each person who sits in my office has been created by God regardless of how the world sees

them or how Christians and the church may view them. Lastly, I worked for many years as a therapist within an elite group of active-duty military members, and now I work within a therapy practice that serves the Metropolitan Police. My clients experience trauma daily, and they need to be able to express, unhindered, what they are thinking and feeling in a world that doesn’t make sense, isn’t fair and, certainly, isn’t just. I can have discussions with people about their belief system knowing they have no idea where I stand. I can sit and listen to them, care about them and process through with them about what they’ve done or the gruesomeness they have seen without their tendency to hold back because of their perception of what I believe based on the label of Christianity in the year 2022. Lisa Wardle, LCSW-C, CBIS is a National Capital Region Social Worker and a member of the DCBC Mental Health team.

The DCBC Enlistment Committee Needs You… The Enlistment Committee of DCBC is soliciting nominations to fill upcoming vacancies on the Board of Directors and Committees. Committee members are reaching out to engage you and enlist your support to fill open positions on the Board and the following committees: Bylaws | Program | Human Resources | Enlistment | Stewardship | Membership

We need your creativity and commitment. Questions? Contact Rev. Dr. Lisa Banks-Williams, Enlistment Committee Chair |

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Sharing the Christian Label, When Appropriate By Stephen Price, LGPC


hile I believe that Lisa Wardle and I agree on much that she points out in her article, particularly about the ways the name “Christian” has been used and abused, there are some significant places where I disagree. The first is her description of the early Christians. I don’t think that we can say as a blanket statement that they “loved the leper,” etc. The early church was a wild and wooly place. It took years, as we have taken centuries, to get the teachings of Jesus through its head. JESUS loved and touched the leper and called the early church, and calls us today, to do so as well. Therapy is one of the ways we do that. I have spent most of my career working with marginalized persons and our culture’s “lepers.” I think that we, as Christians who do therapy, have too often joined the culture in denying such people care. I don’t totally blame us. We spend a small fortune going to grad school, getting licensed and being supervised. We deserve to make a living. But how many single mothers who may have two jobs and three children can afford what we normally charge for therapy? There are many good nonprofits that provide care, but it is usually done by therapists in training. The poor become guinea pigs for those in training who may go on to charge $150+ per session when they become fully licensed. We’ve let the system seduce us (and I count myself among the seduced).

While on my soapbox, let me hold forth on another subject. Many of the theories we study and how we are taught to do diagnosis are antithetical to my faith. Diagnoses tend to saddle people with a label they’re stuck with forever. Theories of personality, taught all too often, work from a similar premise. My faith teaches me that change is possible and that people can truly “have life in all its fullness.” I’m not naïve about this, as I spent more than 30 years treating sex offenders and working with trauma victims of child abuse and war. However, real change is possible. I also am done allowing the religious right and others to steal my Bible and the name Christian. I don’t advertise it to my clients, but if they ask, my first question is “Why do you want to know?” Then, if appropriate, I acknowledge my faith. Sometimes it gives us a way to speak a common language. To all my brothers and sisters in Christ doing the work in the trenches…Peace Be with You. Stephen Price, LGPC is Pastor of First Baptist Church of Hyattsville, Maryland.

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October 24-25 in Falls Church, VA




lease join us for this year’s Annual Meeting as we gather again in person, with a virtual option. We will discover what it means to embrace Hope in Church Revitalization, Creation Care, and Mental Health. WHEN: Oct 24-25th, starting at 10am EST WHERE: 405 North Washington Street, Falls Church, Virginia BWA headquarters (Both virtually and in person) COST: This event is free, but you must register to participate. Presentations will begin at 11:00 EST on Monday, followed by the business meeting. Breakout networking sessions will take place on Tuesday. Sincerely,

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe — Creation Care Paul Whitfield Horn Distinguished Professor, Texas Tech University Katharine Hayhoe is a climate scientist who is the Chief Scientist for The Nature Conservancy and a distinguished professor and endowed chair at Texas Tech University. She is author of Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World, and can often be found talking with fellow Christians about why climate change matters and what we can do to fix it.

Rev. Daniel Whitehead — Mental Health CEO, Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries Rev. Daniel Whitehead leads Sanctuary Ministries, which resources communities of faith around the world to raise awareness, reduce stigma, support mental health, and promote mental wellbeing. Daniel has over ten years of full-time vocational church ministry experience.

Rev. Jevon Billups ­— Mental Health Mental Health Coordinator, District of Columbia Baptist Convention Jevon is a highly respected instructor of Mental Health First Aid throughout the Mid-Atlantic United States, from within the Roman Catholic Church to local school systems and fire companies. As a local church pastor, Jevon has a deep love for God and God’s people which deepens commitment to mental and the holistic health of people.

Rev. Dr. Jonathan L. Smith — Church Revitalization Director of Church Health Strategy, Texas Baptists Jonathan Smith’s role with the Texas Baptists is to encourage, equip, and coach pastors and congregations within their denomination in all aspects of church health, growth, and leadership development. He also hosts “Re:Vision” a podcast about church health and growth.

Rev. Dr. Daynette Snead Perez — Church Revitalization CEO/President, DIASPRA Domestic Disaster Response Manager, CBF Rev. Samuel Tolbert President: NABF, National Baptists of America, Inc

Rev. Jeremy Bell General Secretary

Dr. Snead Perez leads DIASPRA, an intercultural focused ministry equipping churches in building new relationships in their own communities. She is the author of CHURCH: What To Do When Everyone is Like You, and serves as the Domestic Disaster Response Manager for Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF). Dr. Snead Perez engages in disaster response and intercultural ministry as opportunities for transformational change within the body of Christ.

For more details including hotel packages, and to register, visit our website: under Events

The Effects of Pandemic Brain Fog on Mental Health: God’s Grace Is Sufficient By Rev. Bryan D. Jackson May 12, 2022 — Used by permission of The Christian Citizen.

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any of us who have survived the past couple of years have come away with significant pandemic-related “brain fog.” Forgetfulness, confusion, agitation, fear, anxiety. You might have encountered a spike in any or all of these and more. The question marks continue to appear as COVID-19 cases come August/September 2022 | Capital Baptist Newsletter


and go in different parts of the world. If you do not seem to be your old, pre-pandemic self, you’re not alone. Regardless of the etiology (cause) of the pandemic or the many dynamics—social and political—that have played out since, the fact is, it happened, and we must continue to deal with it. Part of that, for so many, is trudging through the muck of symptoms that on some days seem to defy the imagination. The result can be days of exhaustion, chronic fatigue, befuddlement, headaches, chronic anxiety, grief, depression, and so on. I am not speaking particularly to the concerns of “long haul” COVID patients. These folks have a different level of complexity and causation. I’m referring generally to the funk that has embraced pandemic survivors, irrespective of being diagnosed with COVID-19, that keeps us at bay from the clarity that, not so long ago, we seemed to have taken for granted. It is not breaking news, of course. People are aware of the phenomenon. I’m attempting to gently remind us all of its presence after two years of upheaval, and that we need to be kind to ourselves. And I’m purposely distinguishing between COVID-19 itself and the general effects of the pandemic. Since the pandemic’s outset, the constantly changing advice and information from government officials, doctors, health agencies, and others have created a confusion and bewilderment unlike any other in modern times, including that which we encountered on September 11, 2001. The mixed signals regarding masking, social distancing, and vaccinations have contributed to extreme division and rancor. This division hatches suspicion and more confusion, which in itself

promotes more “fog” because our brains are not accustomed to the constant switching such signals produce. It’s akin to standing on a railroad track with an old-fashioned train coming and, when the locomotive driver least expects it, throwing the manual switching device and expecting the driver to adapt to the sudden jolt and change in direction. A healthy response to pandemic brain fog is reminding ourselves that we cannot reasonably be expected to synthesize the various unclear messages that keep bombarding us. It has been much like a modern-day Tower of Babel. Instead of a confusion of the language itself, it has been more like a confusion of ideas, and social media platforms have played their own part in its promotion and cultivation, as have certain media outlets that pride themselves in their extreme views. Differentiating oneself and working to maintain thoughtfulness in a sea of groupthink is challenging. Many of us who have survived the past couple of years have come away with significant pandemic-related “brain fog.” Forgetfulness, confusion, agitation, fear, anxiety. You might have encountered a spike in any or all of these and more. The question marks continue to appear as COVID-19 cases come and go in different parts of the world. If you do not seem to be your old, pre-pandemic self, you’re not alone.

Despite some success lately with herd immunity, as of this writing, COVID cases are on the rise once again. Several states are experiencing increased illness and hospitalizations. It is at times like this current cycle that we can begin to take stock and

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activate our own resources. What follows are a few practical suggestions on how to manage brain fog and get right with yourself and the world again. Breath prayer. When you find yourself in overwhelm, give this tried-and-true crisis method a go. Find a space that works for you, if possible, and think of what is on your heart and what you need to make it through the next hour. As you ask God for assistance, inhale deeply, and as you briefly and silently state the key words of your greatest need, exhale with that thought, seeing the light and joy of God’s existence move through your body and out as you exhale. Read Genesis 1. Slowly and deliberately, and not as a chore, reread the first chapter of the Bible. It is an excellent remedy for confusion and brain fog. I would suggest reading it in one translation, and when confusion returns, read it again in another. For example, begin with a formal equivalence translation such as the New Revised Standard Version or English Standard Version, and pay special attention to the order and purposeful structure. Next time, read a dynamic equivalent version such as the Good News Translation (Today’s English Version), the Common English Bible, or the New American Bible (Catholic Bible). Do it as often as necessary or when the mood strikes. It’s amazing what that chapter can do to clear the mind. Think things through with a time limit. Take five or ten minutes to concentrate on the

thinking process. No phone, no computer (and therefore no Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Snapchat, YouTube, or anything else). Just you and your thoughts. Thinking takes work. Try focusing on the thinking brain as opposed to the feeling brain. This one is a real challenge for some. I would never suggest that you ignore your feelings. In fact, you won’t be able to. Our feelings are automatic, being part of the autonomic nervous system. Your feelings will be there when you actually need them. Home in on what seems to be causing the confusion and brain fog and gently remind yourself that you have the skills to think through and identify what is causing so much chaos. This practice alone will help reduce the number of confusing episodes. Giving yourself a time limit will help you avoid “overthinking it.” Believe in the conclusion you arrive at. Above all else, be good to yourself if you encounter the haziness that comes with this relatively recent phenomenon. God’s grace is indeed sufficient, and we can count on the fog lifting in time.

Rev. Bryan D. Jackson is an American Baptist Minister and a member of the Cherokee Community of Puget Sound and the Mt. Hood Cherokees, both satellite communities of the Cherokee Nation. He lives on Vashon Island, Washington and is the author of Chattahoochee Rain: A Cherokee novella.

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In 2020, Congress designated the new 988 dialing code to operate through the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the lead federal agency, in partnership with the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Veterans Affairs, working to make the promise of 988 a reality for America. Moving to a 3-digit dialing code is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to strengthen and expand the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (the Lifeline). Of course, 988 is more than just an easy-to-remember number—it is a direct connection to compassionate, accessible care and support for anyone experiencing mental health related distress – whether that is thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress. Preparing for full 988 implementation requires a bold vision for a crisis care system that provides direct, life-saving services to all in need. SAMHSA sees 988 as a first step towards a transformed crisis care system in much the same way as emergency medical services have expanded in the US. Developed in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 326316-D

In pursuit of this bold yet achievable vision, SAMHSA is first focused on strengthening and expanding the existing Lifeline network, providing life-saving service to all who call, text or chat via 988. Longer term, SAMHSA recognizes that linking those in crisis to community-based providers—who can deliver a full range of crisis care services— is essential to meeting crisis needs across the nation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Too many Americans are experiencing suicide and mental health crises without the support and care they need. In 2020 alone, theLorem USipsum had one death by suicide about every 11 minutes — and for people aged 10-34 years, suicide is a leading cause of death.

What is the Lifeline and will 988 replace it? The Lifeline is a national network of over 200 local, independent, and state-funded crisis centers equipped to help people in emotional distress or experiencing a suicidal crisis. Moving to 988 will not replace the Lifeline, rather it will be an easier way to access a strengthened and expanded network of crisis call centers. Beginning July 16, 2022, people can access the Lifeline via 988 or by the 10-digit number (which will not go away).

When will 988 go live nationally?

Moving to an easy-to-remember, 3-digit dialing code will provide greater access to life-saving services.

The 988 dialing code will be available nationwide for call (multiple languages), Lorem ipsum text or chat (English only) on July 16, 2022. Until then, those experiencing a mental health or suicide-related crisis, or those helping a loved one through crisis, should continue to reach the Lifeline at its current number, 1-800-273-8255.

How is 988 different from 911? 988 was established to improve access to crisis services in a way that meets our country’s growing suicide and mental health related crisis care needs. 988 will provide easier access to the Lifeline network and related crisis resources, which are distinct from 911 (where the focus is on dispatching Emergency Medical Services, fire and police as needed).

How is 988 being funded? Congress has provided the Department of Health and Human Services workforce funding through the American Rescue Plan, some of which will support the 988 workforce. At the state level, in addition to existing public/ private sector funding streams, the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020 allows states to enact new state telecommunication fees to help support 988 operations.

Is 988 available for substance use crisis? The Lifeline accepts calls from anyone who needs support for a suicidal, mental health and/or substance use crisis.

Providing 24/7, free and confidential support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress works! The Lifeline helps thousands of people overcome crisis situations every day.

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American Baptist Women in Ministry (ABWIM) celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Women in Ministry Project, the precursor of ABWIM, June 15–18, at the Green Lake Conference Center in Green Lake, Wisconsin. A diverse group of women, men, leaders, ministers and lay people, ranging in age from 4 years to 90 years, participated in “Engaged in the Word” sessions led by Rev.

Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles, Morning Explorations led by Rev. Dr. Trinette V. McCray, and evening worship sessions led by Rev. Lauren Lisa Ng (Wednesday), Rev. Adalia Gutiérrez Lee, MD (Thursday), and Rev. Dr. Zina Jacque (Friday). Each day, Rev. Dr. Marie Onwubuariri, as Poet Laureate, shared her inspired “Spirit stirrings” with attendees.

Kimberly Palmore-Ferguson (designer of the Radical.Redeemed.Ready Program book), Patricia Hernandez (Associate General Secretary for Women in Ministry and Transition Ministries, American Baptist Churches USA, and member of Washington Plaza Baptist Church),Michelle Nickens (ABC USA VP and pastor of Washington Plaza), Marie Mercer (Washington Plaza Baptist Church), and Rev. Dr. Trisha Miller Manarin all attended from DCBC, as well as Zina Jacque from our area, serving sister congregation, Alfred Street Baptist Church. August/September 2022 | Capital Baptist Newsletter



State of Women in Baptist Life The results from the Women in Baptist Life Survey 2021 have been published in The State of Women in Baptist Life Report 2021 and show a resurgence in the number of Baptist women being ordained. Overall, from 2011 to 2019, the number of women being ordained has seen a small increase: from a yearly average of 46 ordinations between 2011 and 2015 to a yearly average of 48 between 2016 and 2021. However, 2020 saw a dramatic decrease in the number of reported ordinations — from 54 in 2019 to 21 in 2020 — likely as a result of disruptions caused by the COVID pandemic. In 2021, the reported number of ordinations was 44, slightly more than double the number in 2020 but still below the 2019 number. Many of the challenges still facing women in ministry are highlighted throughout the 2021 report; however, there are two noteworthy areas for current and future celebration: • “Today, more women are serving as pastors and co-pastors since the last State of Women in Baptist Life Report”: 272 female pastors and copastors reported in 2021 compared to 174 in 2015. • “In 2021, students enrolled in master’s degrees at nine of the 15 schools were at or over 50% women…This is exciting for the future of women in ministry, and it presents a unique opportunity for Baptist denominational groups, churches, chaplaincy settings, and nonprofits to prepare for these

future ministers by fostering environments where women can thrive.” Another cause for celebration relates specifically to DCBC, which according to the report, has “made the most statistical progress in the last six years . Since the last report, DCBC’s number of female pastors and co-pastors doubled, and the overall percentage of female pastors/co-pastors nearly doubled as well.” In the report, DCBC Executive Director/Minister, Rev. Dr. Trisha Miller Manarin states: “Over the years, DCBC has been watched by other Baptist groups in North America as many cannot imagine the way we are able to navigate and serve from our diversity…We are a denominational body which embraces women at all levels of leadership while working to ensure we are more than a ‘poster child’ for the full inclusion of women. This has certainly been a journey for DCBC and not always easy, but as the scripture says, ‘your sons and daughters shall prophesy.’” Data Gathering Each year, ABWIM works to expand the list of Baptist denominational groups and theological schools included in its reporting. For the first time, data from the following organizations were included for this report: American Baptist Churches USA, General Baptists State Convention of North Carolina, Northern Seminary, the Baptist House of Studies at Perkins School of Theology, Shaw University Divinity School and Yale Divinity School.

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The next scheduled Coaching class, Empower 501: Foundations for Christian Coaching, will be held virtually, September 12, 13 & 14, 2022. To register for the September classes or to receive more information about the Coaching Ministry, please complete the form found at

Complete the 2022 Annual Church Report Deadline: September 8

This annual report collects statistical, leadership, and financial information — data that is widely used for a variety of purposes, including:  Developing strategic priorities, programming and initiatives for DCBC’s work with member congregations.  Helping to populate regional and national directories (DCBC and ABC)  Providing statistical reporting within DCBC and national bodies. Statistical results are often used by funders.  Providing congregational profiles for pastoral search committees and strategic planning. Please visit and carefully review and enter the requested information.

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2022 BWA Annual Gathering: A Strong Voice for Racial Justice


acial justice was the theme of this year’s Baptist World Alliance Annual Gathering, held July 10–15 in Birmingham, Alabama. It was the first inperson gathering since 2019 and saw some 600 Baptist leaders from around the world attending in a hybrid format (150 people participated virtually). In his remarks during the opening worship celebration, John K. Jenkins Sr., senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Glenarden, Maryland, quoted Martin Luther King, Jr.: “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.” His remarks help set the tone for the week’s activities centered around BWA’s focus on “being a strong voice” for racial justice. In keeping with the week’s theme, attendees had the opportunity to earn a racial justice leadership certificate. They were required to participate in two racial justice forums and a minimum of five BWA commission presentations. Leadership certificates were awarded to 21 people during the final General Council session. Dr. Allan Boesak from South Africa was one of the featured speakers, along with Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative. Attendees joined their voices in singing and declaring the glory of God and the call for justice, and prayers were offered for those facing challenges around the world, including Myanmar/Burma and Ukraine.

Several resolutions were passed regarding Ukraine, Myanmar, Restorative Racial Justice and Slavery Reparations and can be found at resolutions. DCBC Well Represented at the BWA Annual Gathering Our own James Barbour (Fort Foote Baptist Church) serves as the North American Baptist Fellowship Disaster Relief Coordinator, and in his presentation during the regional meeting, he encouraged others to engage in disaster relief ministry. Florence and Kayode Opadeji (Alafia Baptist Church) both received a Christian Leadership Certificate in Racial Justice, as did Rev. Dr. Emmanuel McCall, a trailblazer who has spent much of his life working for racial justice, and renowned Baptist peace activist Daniel Buttry. Patricia Hernandez (Washington Plaza Baptist Church) presented a paper to the Commission on “Racial, Gender, and Economic Justice.” Rev. Emmett Dunn serves on the General Council as the representative from Lott Carey Missionary Society, and Rev. Dr. Trisha Miller Manarin also serves on the General Council as a DCBC representative, as well as a Vice President for the North American Baptist Fellowship.

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DCBC SPOTLIGHT Rev. Dr. Kayode Opadeji (2nd from left in beige) and his wife, Pastor Mrs. Opadeji of Alafia Baptist Church, Maryland, are pictured with BWA General Secretary, Elijah Brown (3rd from left) and other attendees at the BWA Annual Gathering

DCBC’s Emergency Response Team Coordinator, James Barbour, talks about disaster relief at the North American Baptist Fellowship meeting, held at the BWA Annual Gathering.

Below left, Rev. Dr. Kayode receives his Christian Leadership Certificate in Racial Justice. Below right, Rev. Dr. Manarin delivers remarks during the BWA Annual Gathering.

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My Tribute to Former DCBC Executive Director/Minister Rev. Ricky Creech: A Friend and Mentor By Lashanor Doolittle I am honored to write about my friend, Rev. Ricky Creech, who passed suddenly on July 16, 2022. Rev. Creech, or Ricky as he preferred to be called, joined the DCBC family in 2011, and his cheery and hospitable persona was a welcome addition to the DCBC family. DCBC also enjoyed the bonus addition of his wife, Donna, who always greeted you with a smile and encouraging words. They were a selfless, caring, supportive, loving, and humorous couple. Ricky was a hands-on Executive Director/Minister who believed in leading by example. He had a heart for people and believed in engaging nonbelievers to work alongside us as we worked to show the love of the Father. One of many examples of the multilevel partnerships he envisioned for the Convention was our work with Mission Serve, an organization that believes in being the hands and feet of Jesus Christ and in sharing His love through missions and home rehab. Ricky introduced the DCBC to Mission Serve and in his first year, we were awarded a Community Development Block Grant of $40,000 from the City of Takoma Park. In partnership with Mission Serve, which brought 350 youth volunteers, we worked to rectify code violations on the homes of 25 low-income families. As part of this endeavor, 21 DCBC churches partnered to provide daily meals for the volunteers, and one church even housed the entire group. In addition to Mission Serve, Ricky developed the DCBC’s Emergency Response Team, which was designed to model the whole body of Christ working together to meet human needs. Helping people was in his DNA, and there was an overwhelming joy that he received when he saw the look of happiness on the faces of those we helped. I got to know Ricky and Donna when we, along with Rev. Paula Moutos (Discipleship Pastor at Pathways Baptist Church, Gaithersburg, Maryland), traveled to Juneau, Alaska in September 2013 to serve the Alaskan Baptists. We served from sunup to sundown for several days until we were exhausted, but we laughed, shared family stories, and experienced many “firsts” together, August/September 2022 | Capital Baptist Newsletter 26

DCBC NOTABLES including seeing a bald eagle, seeing hundreds of seals covering the shoreline, encountering an adult black bear (literally) and a whale swimming under our boat. (I’m not sure if it was an orca or a humpback. All I know is that it was longer and wider than our boat, and we were on top of it. Paula and I were screaming at the top of our lungs while Ricky captured the incident on video.). On another occasion, I can remember hysterically laughing as the four of us sat in a car on the side of the road, in pitch blackness, hoping to see another bear (definitely not my idea, but it was a oneof-a-kind experience). During this time of ministry, we became like family. One of Ricky’s passions was cooking for others. Many of you may have stopped by the Baptist Building to enjoy the BBQ he enjoyed cooking. I especially appreciated all his home-cooked meals and hearing the stories of the meals he shared with the families who invited him into their homes, which speaks volumes about his relationship with many of you. He was a good man who desired nothing but the best for you, for me, and for the Convention. In 2011, he shared the following words with the Convention — words that are still appropriate for us today: This Convention is about you and your congregation. We exist to serve our member churches and communities that God has given to us. The future story is yours to write, and your involvement in the journey will assist in making a successful journey our reality. As with any journey, there will be pot-holes, missed turns, low fuel levels, flat tires, scenic routes and expressways. There may even be “law enforcement” along the way that will seek to impede our journey by citing some infraction or putting up a barricade. Still, our resolve as a body must be to unite, to set aside our differences and seek to move forward toward a new day and a new Convention. I am convinced our divine destination exists. We just have to be willing to travel in the same vehicle. Will it be what I or you want? Will all of our congregations embrace it? I don’t know. I just have to rest assured that the future is not about me or you, not about any particular congregation but totally and unapologetically about God. With Him as our focus, we will not fail. To bring this to a close, I felt it fitting to share some of the parting thoughts shared with Ricky on the day when he left DCBC in April 2014: We have a lot of unfinished business, but all of the beginnings have been GRAND. As I hold within my heart the heaviness of unfinished friendship, unfinished work, unfinished dreams, and unfinished deep affection held for you and Donna, I realize that the huge JOY experienced by knowing you has (almost) been worth the pain of losing you. My only consolation is the hope that our paths will cross again. — Connie Stinson, former pastor, Luther Rice Memorial Baptist Church When I met you, I was impressed with your leadership ability and your willingness to serve. For we recognize that true leadership is servant-hood which you so capably demonstrated. In the Gospel of Mark it states that, ‘For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.’ You demonstrated your love for God by expressing your love for this Convention. I am sure that all of your friends have fond memories of you too – whether it be your smile that greeted them when they walked through the doors of The District of Columbia Baptist Convention, the fact that you were a Social Worker, the barbeque that they ate that was prepared in love at the Baptist Building or the kind words that you gave to them as they attended meetings with you. Therefore, I share with all of them the honor, privilege and delight to celebrate you as you embark upon your new journey. — Eular Robinson, member, CenterPoint Baptist Church August/September 2022 | Capital Baptist Newsletter 27

DCBC NOTABLES You have helped the Convention to open its eyes to the need for a more innovative approach in carrying out its mission. As a part of the Search Committee that interviewed you for this position, I am grateful for your service, and what it has meant for giving a needed jolt to the status-quo of convention life. — Ernest Trice, Sr., pastor, Takoma Park Baptist Church Goodbye, my friend! I will miss your stories, your smile, and your humor. I look forward to seeing you again in eternity. Lashanor Doolittle is DCBC’s Chief Operations Officer.

Heard Around the Convention DCBC is global – there are people around the world who are excited about our annual gathering theme and hope to attend! — Rev. Dr. Adrien Ngudiankama

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DCBC Notables DCBC shares the following notable events in the lives of its members: We congratulate the following individuals celebrating anniversaries, ordinations and other accomplishments:  Rev. Janice Preston, who was ordained on July 17 by Rev. Dr. Donald Kelly, Senior Pastor Olive Branch Community Church in Sandy Spring, Maryland.  Pastor Skye Hallman McQuillan, who, on July 10, celebrated 10 years as Associate Pastor at Heritage Baptist Church in Annapolis, Maryland.

 Dr. Wallis C. Baxter III, Pastor of Second Baptist Church, SW, DC, on the recent publication of his book Phillis Wheatley as Prophetic Poet: You Must Be Born Again. Baxter uses Wheatley’s poetry and life experiences to create an image of her not only a poet, but also as “the mother of liberation theology.” Wheatley is described as “both poet and visionary who wrestles with God during the creative process.” We extend condolences to Rev. Dr. Harold N. Brooks Jr., Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Washington, DC., and to his family at the passing of his father Harold N. Brooks Sr., whose homegoing celebration was held July 27 at FBC-DC. August/September 2022 | Capital Baptist Newsletter


The DC Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF) is a financial assistance program that serves as a one-stop shop, accessed via a digital portal, that provides grants to District homeowners, impacted by COVID-19, who are struggling with their mortgage payments and other property or housing expenses. Each household can receive a grant of up to $120,000, but there are limits for each type of assistance. However, unlike loans, HAF grants do not have to be paid back. Eligibility You may be eligible for the HAF if you meet the following criteria: • You are a District homeowner • You have fallen behind on mortgage, property charges or utility/internet payments • Your household is at or below a certain income limit • You have experienced a COVID-19related hardship • Your loan does not exceed the conforming loan limit a time of origination You can find more information, see if you qualify, and apply at You’ll create a profile, answer a pre-screening questionnaire, and complete your application online. Applications are only accepted through this site, and you’ll need to register your email before starting your application to receive updates about your application and requests for more information, if needed.

The following steps must happen before you can receive HAF assistance. 1. You create a profile and complete Pre-Screening Questionnaire 2. You complete the application 3. You attend housing counseling while your application is being reviewed 4. We review your eligibility and benefits 5. You provide corrections, if necessary 6. We notify you of your eligibility 7. Your mortgage company or other service providers confirm your information 8. HAF issues payments directly to service provider For assistance in filling out the online application, contact a housing counselor listed on the Required Documents & Resources page. If you have questions about HAF, call (202) 540-7407 or email



En 2020, el Congreso designó el nuevo código de marcación 988 para operar a través de la Línea directa nacional para la prevención del suicidio existente. La Administración de Servicios de Abuso de Sustancias y Salud Mental (SAMHSA, por sus siglas en inglés) es la agencia federal líder, junto con la Comisión Federal de Comunicaciones y el Departamento de Asuntos de Veteranos, que trabaja para hacer realidad la promesa del 988 en Estados Unidos. Pasar a un código de marcación de 3 dígitos es una oportunidad única en la vida que permite fortalecer y ampliar la Línea directa nacional para la prevención del suicidio (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline o la Línea de vida). De hecho, el 988 es más que un número fácil de recordar —es una conexión directa a la que puede acceder cualquier persona que tenga problemas relacionados con la salud mental para recibir atención y apoyo compasivo y accesible– ya sea que se trate de pensamientos suicidas o de una crisis de salud mental o relacionada con el consumo de sustancias o cualquier otro tipo de angustia emocional. Prepararse para la implementación integral del 988 requiere una visión audaz que permita diseñar un sistema de atención de crisis que proporcione servicios directos que salven vidas a todos aquellos que lo necesiten. SAMHSA considera que el 988 es un primer paso hacia la transformación de un sistema de atención de crisis que se equipara a la forma en que se expandieron los servicios médicos de emergencia en los Estados Unidos. Desarrollado en colaboración con los Centros para el control y la prevención de enfermedades 326316-I

En busca de esta visión audaz, pero alcanzable, SAMHSA se centra primero en fortalecer y ampliar la red existente de la Línea de vida, proporcionando un servicio que salva vidas a todos los que se comunican con el 988, ya sea mediante una llamada telefónica, un mensaje de texto o por chat. A más largo plazo, SAMHSA reconoce que conectar a quienes están en crisis con proveedores comunitarios —que pueden ofrecer una gama completa de servicios de atención en crisis— es esencial para satisfacer las necesidades de crisis en toda la nación.

Realidades urgentes.

Preguntas más frecuentes ¿Qué es la Línea de vida? ¿El 988 reemplaza a la Línea de vida? La Línea de vida es una red nacional de más de 200 centros de crisis locales, independientes y financiados por el estado que se encuentran equipados para ayudar a las personas con dificultades emocionales o que padecen una crisis suicida. El paso al 988 no sustituye a la Línea de vida, sino que es una manera más fácil de acceder a una red fortalecida y ampliada de centros de llamadas en caso de crisis. A partir del 16 de julio de 2022, las personas pueden acceder a la Línea de vida a través del 988 o de un número de 10 dígitos (que seguirá vigente). ¿Cuándo se lanzará el 988 a nivel nacional? El código de marcación 988 estará disponible en todo el país para llamadas (en varios idiomas), texto o chat (solo en inglés) el 16 de julio de 2022. Hasta Lorem ipsum entonces, quienes sufran una crisis de salud mental o relacionada con suicidio, o quienes ayuden a un ser querido en una situación de crisis, deben seguir utilizando la Línea de vida con el número actual: 1-800-273-8255.

Ya son demasiados los estadounidenses que padecen crisis suicidas o de salud mental y que no cuentan con la ayuda y la atención que necesitan. Solo en 2020, ipsum se registróLorem una muerte por suicidio cada 11 minutos en EE. UU. y además, entre las personas de 10 a 34 años, el suicidio es una de las principales causas de muerte.

Más fácil de acceder.

El paso a un código de marcación de 3 dígitos fácil de recordar permitirá un mayor acceso a los servicios que salvan vidas.

Hay esperanza.

¿En qué se diferencia el 988 del 911? El 988 se creó para mejorar el acceso a los servicios de crisis de una manera que satisfaga las crecientes necesidades de atención de crisis relacionadas con el suicidio y la salud mental de nuestro país. El 988 proporcionará un acceso más fácil a la red de la Línea de vida y a los recursos de crisis relacionados, que son distintos de los que ofrece el 911 (donde el foco está en despachar los servicios médicos de emergencia, los bomberos y la policía, según sea necesario). ¿Cómo se financia el 988? El Congreso proporcionó fondos al Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos a través del Plan de rescate estadounidense (American Rescue Plan), algunos de los cuales serán destinados a financiar la plantilla del 988. A nivel estatal, además de los fondos provenientes del sector público/ privado, la Ley nacional de designación de la línea directa para la prevención del suicidio (National Suicide Hotline Designation Act) de 2020 permite a los estados fijar nuevas tarifas estatales de telecomunicaciones para ayudar a financiar las operaciones del 988. ¿El 988 está disponible para crisis relacionadas con el consumo de sustancias? La Línea de vida acepta llamadas de cualquier persona que necesite ayuda para una crisis suicida, de salud mental y/o por el consumo de sustancias.

La ayuda libre y confidencial las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana a las personas en crisis suicida o con angustia emocional es muy útil. La Línea de vida ayuda a miles de personas a superar situaciones de crisis cada día.

Envíe preguntas sobre el 988 por correo electrónico a:



3 Coaching Team Mtg. (1 p.m.) 4 Prayer Gathering* (8:25 a.m.) 9-12 PNBC 61st Annual Session (Orlando, FL) 11 Kimberly’s Farewell Lunch, Baptist Building (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.) 13 Youth Ministry Collaborative (in-person – Baptist Building, 10 a.m. – 12 noon) 10-18 Lott Carey 125th Session (New Orleans, LA) 17 Coaching Network Ministry Mtg. (1 p.m.) 26 Older Adult Ministries Mtg. (Baptist Building, 11 a.m.)

1 Prayer Gathering (8:25 a.m.) | 5 8 12-14 13 14 14-15 21


Stewardship Mtg. (6:30 p.m.) Labor Day | DCBC Offices Closed Annual Church Reports Due Coaching Network Ministry CAM 501 (virtual) Pastors’ Chat (online, 10 a.m.) | Board of Directors Mtg. (7 p.m.) Staff Mtg. MinistrySmart Conference (virtual) | DCBC Offices closed for training Coaching Network Ministry Mtg. (1 p.m.) Older Adult Ministries Mtg. (11 a.m.)

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6 Prayer Mtg.* 9 Clergy Appreciation Day 10 Indigenous Peoples’ Day/Columbus Day | DCBC Offices Closed 11 Pastors’ Chat (10 a.m., Zoom) 12 Staff Mtg. 19 Coaching Network Ministry Mtg. (1 p.m., Zoom) 24-25 NABF Annual Mtg. (Falls Church, VA) 27-29 DCBC Colloquy/Annual Gathering (St. Stephens Baptist Church, Temple Hills, Maryland) 31 DCBC Coaching Network Ministry CAM 502 (virtual) | DCBC Offices Closed

*Prayer Gatherings are held weekly on Thursdays at 8:25 a.m.

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For the Seven Months Ended July 31, 2022 The Convention recognizes that the giving cycles of each church are different. Some give monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually. DCBC - 65%; Coop - 35% UNIFIED COOP Churches Agape Bible Christian Fellowship Alafia Baptist Church Allow God Deliverance Min., Intl. American Baptist Church Berean Baptist Church Broadneck Baptist Church Broadview Baptist Church Buenas Nuevas de Salvacion Calvary Burmese Baptist Church Carmody Hills Baptist Church CenterPoint Missionary Baptist Church Chin Baptist Mission Church Church in Bethesda Clifton Park Baptist Church Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ Dayspring Community Church Dominion Life Center East Washington Heights Baptist Faith Shepherd Baptist Church Fellowship Baptist Church First Baptist Church of Silver Spring First Baptist Church/Camp Springs Forest Heights Baptist Church Fort Foote Baptist Church Glory Baptist Church (Korean) Heritage Baptist Church Israel Baptist Church Lai Baptist Church Luther Rice Memorial Baptist Church Maryland Baptist Church (Tedim Chin) Metropolitan Baptist Church Metropolitan Outreach Ministry Montgomery Hills Baptist Church Morning Star Baptist Church Mt. Airy Baptist Church Nations United Baptist Church Nineteenth Street Baptist Church Norbeck Community Church Paramount Baptist Church Pathways Baptist Church Pilgrim Baptist Church Power House Baptist Church 50.00 Purity Baptist Church Ravensworth Baptist Church Resurrection Baptist Church Rivers of Joy Bible Fellowship Church Saint Mary's Baptist Church Salem Gospel Ministries (Silver Spring) Second Baptist Church SW Siyin-Chin Baptist Church Takoma Park Baptist Church University Baptist Church/College Park Upper Room Baptist Church Vienna Baptist Church Village Baptist Church Walker Memorial Baptist Church Washington Plaza Baptist Church West Hyattsville Baptist Church Wisconsin Avenue Baptist Church TOTALS 50.00

ABC COOP 4,500.00 1,000.00 286.39 300.00 4,520.00 10,606.39

CBF COOP 673.75 1,500.00 1,540.00 3,713.75

100% Designated PNBC 500.00 500.00

DCBC 400.00 800.00 50.00 81.08 100.00 1,740.00 500.00 100.00 4,200.00 700.00 2,000.00 3,000.00 1,000.00 1,499.98 2,000.00 2,100.00 50.00 900.00 500.00 1,150.00 8,288.17 3,805.98 524.14 13,550.00 100.00 700.00 500.00 1,500.00 3,368.00 500.00 3,050.00 300.00 2,100.00 1,000.00 300.00 4,115.18 400.00 400.00 1,380.00 500.00 250.00 500.00 300.00 300.00 700.00 1,000.00 300.00 750.00 700.00 5,000.00 5,605.21 500.00 2,300.00 2,900.00 1,000.00 250.00 1,000.00 2,000.00 94,607.74


75.00 673.75 3,980.00 4,728.75


3,536.82 100.00 707.22 520.25 1,347.50 50.00 3,571.00 645.74 1,000.00 500.00 300.00 6,537.70 610.00 19,426.23

NCAMO 144.00 338.00 100.00 1,430.00 250.00 2,262.00


50.00 8,956.35 1,380.00 10,386.35



436.10 50.00 5,281.80 5,767.90

YTD Total Gifts 400.00 800.00 50.00 4,054.00 100.00 1,740.00 5,000.00 100.00 4,200.00 700.00 2,000.00 4,000.00 1,000.00 1,499.98 2,000.00 2,100.00 100.00 900.00 500.00 1,325.00 9,281.78 4,626.23 524.14 13,694.00 100.00 700.00 500.00 1,500.00 6,063.00 600.00 3,050.00 300.00 7,509.00 1,000.00 300.00 13,717.27 400.00 500.00 1,380.00 13,850.00 500.00 300.00 500.00 300.00 300.00 700.00 2,000.00 300.00 750.00 1,000.00 5,000.00 17,424.71 500.00 2,300.00 2,900.00 1,000.00 250.00 1,250.00 2,610.00 152,049.11

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2022 Publication Schedule & Article Deadlines Issue

October – November 2022 December 2022 - January 2023

Article Submission Deadline Friday, Sept. 1 Monday, Oct. 31

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All submissions should be sent as a Word document with one-inch margins on all sides. No PDFs, please. All articles should be typed in 12 pt. font, double-spaced and limited to 400 to 600 words. All articles should feature original content and be previously unpublished, unless reprint permission is provided. Please also provide a brief author bio in the following format: “[Author name is [job title] at [name of church/org. (email address or social media handle – optional).” Please provide a photo credit in the following format for any images you provide to help illustrate your article: “Photo courtesy of [name of photographer or owner of image].” Please provide the names of all persons featured in a picture listed from left to right. Please also provide background information about the image: the who, what, why, when, where. All articles are subject to editing and may be held for a future issue. Article submissions that do not meet the guidelines may not be accepted or will be returned for appropriate editing. Please email article submissions to Address questions/comments to Sonia Myrick, Capital Baptist Editor at

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