Capital Baptist Newsletter - December 2021/January 2022 Edition

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District of Columbia

Advent, Christmas, Epiphany


Let’s Be the Difference


The 145th Annual Gathering: A Reflection Older Adult Ministries Convocation


Highlights Finance, Health and Nutrition


Renewal in the Wilderness


Baptist Convention

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

DCBC SPOTLIGHT Why Honey? Our Future Depends on…


Christian Coaching Network


Welcome to the Incoming DCBC Board Members


Thank You DCBC Board Members


Take a Virtual Mission Trip to Budapest with Rev. Carmella Jones


DCBC Notables


Mental Health Coordinator

Jevon Billups

Capital Baptist Editor Sonia Myrick Office of Administration and Stewardship Chief Operations Officer Lashanor Doolittle, Ext. 203 Ministry Assistant Wilbur Willis, Ext. 204 Building Maintenance Saul Garcia, Ext. 212

IN EVERY ISSUE From the Desk of the DCBC President


A Message from the Executive Director/ Minister


Church Mission Giving




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From the Desk of the DCBC President

Stay the Course Every time I think of you; I give thanks to my God. (Phip:1-3 NLT.) It has been a blessing from God to have served as the DCBC Board President for the past two years. While both a blessing and exciting, it had its challenging moments. We had two years of virtual Annual Gatherings, where we could not feel and taste the full flavor of the Convention’s richness. The theme for the 145th Annual Gathering, “Making the Shift,” was appropriate because we live in a world that is shifting more rapidly every day. If we are going to survive and thrive, we must be able to make the shift. Today, as we stand at the crossroads of the end of the 20th century and mid-21st century, we can also look back over the past 145 years. Our Convention has rested on a solid foundation, the fundamental characteristic of the unity of our faith. Still, today, at the crossroads of the 21st century, we can look back and see that there have been some advancements, but we can make the “Shift.” Therefore, with great delight and intentional gratitude, I want to give a warm-hearted thank you to our Board Vice President, Rev. Dr. Ella Redfield, whose wisdom and knowledge for the two years proved to be more than valuable; to the board and committee heads, who’ve been dedicated to seeing that the Convention be the best that it could be, especially in difficult times; and special thanks to the staff members of our Convention. In the past two years, they have worked under some trying conditions, but they never complained. They advance the agenda and tasks of the Convention, even at times of self-sacrifice. Thank you, staff! I give thanks also to our Rev Dr. Trisha Miller Manarin, who has spent much time looking to the future to see the Convention’s endless possibilities. And, thank you to the DCBC for allowing me to serve. Now, as I leave office, I want to congratulate Rev. Patricia H. Fears, our new president-elect. I am looking forward to working with this dynamic woman of God and her cabinet. Last, but certainly not least, I want to thank the people and leadership of the Olive Branch Community Church for their hospitality and warm reception in hosting the 145th Annual Gathering. In Christ Joy and Peace,

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A Message from the Executive Director/Minister

God with Us

After a wonderful time together at our DCBC Annual Gathering in October, I hope and trust we will continue to make the shift. The Dream Team report, shared during the meeting, offers much for the Convention to consider. I hope you will seek the Lord’s guidance as to where you might find yourself in the honeycomb (see page 18 for more information) and join in the ministry to which God has called us. We are grateful to Olive Branch Community Church for their warm hospitality during our Annual Gathering. A heartfelt thank you to President Rev. Dr. Donald Kelly, Vice President Rev. Ella Redfield, as well as the other Board and Committee members for their service among us. In this Advent Season, as we light candles or decorate for the holidays, sing the songs of old, reflect, celebrate and perhaps, even mourn, we are called to gather at the manger. Not to stay there, but to recall God’s amazing gift — the incarnation, God with us, Emmanuel — and to journey in life with the living God among us! We lift our prayers of HOPE amid darker and chillier days, assured of the abundant life God has for us. We continue to pray for our sisters and brothers here and around the world for whom PEACE on Earth seems a distant hope. We pray for JOY to be a welcome relief and an energizing gift in a weary time. We pray for LOVE, God’s perfect love, to abound as we move from Advent into Christmas, Watch Night, Epiphany, and beyond. Making the shift, let us join our voices with the voices of the angels, our ancestors, our Christian sisters and brothers next door and across the globe as we sing new songs of the One who came and dwelt among us. The One who is our ultimate hope, offering peace to all creation, joy to the world and love beyond our comprehension. Joy and Grace,

Rev. Dr. Trisha Miller Manarin Executive Director/Minister

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Advent, Christmas, Epiphany Advent Throughout the Advent Season, DCBC will be sharing videos of scripture readings and carols both foretelling and telling the birth of Jesus. We encourage you to share these short videos on your social media platforms and even during your worship services. You are also invited to combine the individual videos into one worship experience to use as you see fit. We hope to provide a resource you can use with your congregation perhaps on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, the Sunday after December 25, etc. This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY

We hope you will experience this Holy season afresh in the diverse offerings.

Christmas The holidays are marked by celebrations; yet, they are often stressful or sad for those who have lost loved ones in the last year. In 2021, DCBC offered an online Blue Christmas Worship service. This year, we are collaborating with The First Baptist Church of the City of Washington for an in-person experience. Join us, Wednesday, December 15, at 7 p.m., for Blue Christmas: A Service of Hope and Comfort as we set aside time to be together to remember, lament, grieve and yearn for God to come closer to the world’s struggles. The service will take place at The First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, DC, and will be offered in partnership with the DC Baptist Convention. The church address is 1328 16th St. NW, Washington, DC, 20036. Parking is available on O Street or in the church parking garage.

We hope to see you on December 15

Epiphany A Responsive Reading Call to Worship for Epiphany Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For darkness shall cover the earth, but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

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They will fall down and worship with great joy, and all nations will serve him. Let it be so, because he is Emmanuel, God with us. He delivers the needy who cry out, the poor, and those who have no helper. He has compassion on the weak and the needy; He redeems their lives from oppression and violence.

Come, let us worship the Lord.

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Excerpts from Isaiah 60:1-3 and Psalm 72:11-14, Matthew 2:1-12

Hope, Peace, Joy and Love to You…

Let’s Be the DIFFERENCE: Mental Health Educational Opportunities for Pastors, Leaders and Families By Rev. Jevon Billups

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he pandemic has taken its toll on the most vulnerable members in our communities. Emergency room visits due to mental health and substance use concerns have risen drastically. The sustained impact of COVID-19, social isolation and grief have caused an increase in anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation and unhealthy self-soothing behaviors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports “considerable elevated adverse mental health conditions associated with COVID-19 among younger adults, racial/ethnic minorities, essential workers, and unpaid adult caregivers.” Many older adults have reported increased feelings of depression and anxiety as well. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has declared a national emergency in children’s mental health, causing the AAP to call on policymakers to take action to address the ongoing challenges facing our children and adolescents. And while the world has been responding to the pandemic by closing schools and turning to more online activities, the dark reality of December/January | Capital Baptist Newsletter


increased child sexual abuse and exploitation also has increased. Some reports show that at least 1 in 5 children will experience some form of sexual abuse, most often, by someone they know. The abuser may not always be an adult — it could be a child who is exerting power or control over another child. The holiday season also brings on mental and emotional challenges for millions of Americans. Signs and symptoms of seasonal depression, anxiety and grief can have significant impacts on the wellbeing of many people during November and December. There are also reports of increased concerns in January as we enter a new year and some adjust to the reality of overspending during the holiday season or the process of taking down all the beautiful decorations, or that all the parties and festivities have ended and families are retreating to their everyday lives. Our churches must respond to this escalating issue. We cannot close our eyes or turn away, and with our churches now reopening, we must equip our pastors, leaders and families with the skills to create communities of hope and recovery, and to protect our children. Join Church of the Great Anointing, Dominion Life Center, Fellowship Baptist, Fort Foote Baptist, First Baptist of Minnesota Avenue, National Baptist Memorial, Pathways Baptist, Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist, Purity Baptist, St. Mary’s Baptist, Shiloh Baptist and Zion Baptist of Eastland Gardens in this movement to save a life one conversation at a time. Let’s Be the DIFFERENCE.

DCBC is offering the education and growth: •




Mental Health First Aid Certification Course: This skills-based training course teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues and how to identify, understand and respond to the signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training provides you with the skills needed to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or who is experiencing a crisis. Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Blended In-Person) Saturdays, Jan. 15 & 22, 2022, 9 a.m. – 12 noon (Virtual) — Cost: $75.00 per person Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children Certification (aka Stewards of Children®) Course: This is an evidence-informed, award-winning two-hour training that teaches adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Through interviews with child sexual abuse survivors, experts and treatment providers, Stewards of Children® teaches adults practical actions to reduce instances of child sexual abuse in their organizations, families and communities. Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (InPerson) — Cost: $20.00 per person December/January | Capital Baptist Newsletter


Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification Course: This course is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12–18) who is experiencing a mental health or addiction challenge or is in crisis. It is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. It introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development and teaches a fivestep action plan for how to help young people in crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD) and eating disorders. Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, 4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Virtual) — Cost: $75.00 per person • A Conversation on Money and Mental Health: Studies show that mental health concerns cost the global economy more than $1 trillion every year in lost productivity. Mental health challenges can cause high turnover rates, increased absenteeism or unfortunate employee errors. On the other hand, lack of financial stability can cause increased stress, food inequities and housing concerns, which contribute to psychological and substance use challenges. During this conversation, we will take a deeper look at the data, risk and protective factors and discuss measures we can take to improve our own mental wellbeing and help others who may be presenting some challenges. Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. (Virtual) — Cost: FREE If your church would like to host any of these certification courses for your staff, congregation or community, please contact for more information. •

Rev. Jevon Billups is the DCBC Mental Health Coordinator (


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The 145th Annual Gathering: A Reflection By Minister Kristin Kelly

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Shifting is difficult when one wants to remain stagnant and unmoved because they have made themselves more significant than the spirit working within the present moment...


hese are the thoughts that came to my mind during the DCBC 145th Annual Gathering. Various moments stood out, but the preaching moments captivated me. Each preacher I heard spoke of the Woman at the well and mentioned her interaction with Jesus and her physical response of going back to tell the “story,” but one point that made me look deeper was said on the last night: “Jesus went through some things and places to get to the point of meeting this Woman.” This preaching moment was when I understood DCBC’s new outlook on ministry and partnership. This conference called for an intentional Christ-like shift in a post-pandemic world: A shift to being more aware and compassionate. This shift challenges us to go through some things and places to get to communities and individuals to create partnerships and engage in empowering work. Jesus and this Woman showed us, however, that the work calls us to come with our fullness and wholeness and have honest conversations about what is going on in our everyday lives. Sometimes, we have to shift from what we know and shift into the possibilities of what we will discover. Shifting may be uncomfortable, but it is necessary. Minister Kristin Kelly is an Educator and Freelance Researcher (

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Older Adult Ministries Convocation Highlights Finances, Health and Nutrition By Rev. Kimberly A. Palmore-Ferguson


ver the past 18 months plus, the older adult community has been confined to their homes with little to no interaction from family, friends or the local church. Even after getting vaccinated, older adults have been cautious about being in the company of others. With much thoughtfulness, the Older Adult Ministries Team (OAM) prayed and came up with the theme “Brain Power” to speak to the members of this community as they continue to deal with the pandemic and post vaccine aftereffects, specifically highlighting finances, health and nutrition. The OAM team invited Dr. Alka Gupta from the Bluerock Care Group to speak about health during and post vaccine. Dr. Gupta blessed the group of 30 with information and motivational words to keep the needed doctors’ appointments, pay close attention to the food that aides in proper brain health and information on foods that lower blood sugar and control cholesterol. In keeping with her guidance, lunch, provided by MK Caterings, consisted of an array of brain-healthy salads, organic smoothies and water. Ms. Lisa A. Mitchell from the American Kidney Fund provided attendees with information about good kidney health and the importance of early detections. Just Older Youth (J.O.Y), a Blessing initiative conceived and executed in 2019, was designed to help senior adults learn the basic skills of sending and reading emails, searching online and basic accounting for bill

maintenance. The Blessing initiative is an annual DCBC mission offering (also called the National Capital Area Mission Offering) that raised more than $5,000 in donations throughout the year. Because the pandemic closed so many vital programs, these funds were used to bless OAM Convocation participants with Amazon Fire tablets they can use to access the skills training previously mentioned and to view virtual church services. In addition to this gift, the Office of Public Relations and Outreach will offer a class on usage and upkeep on these tablets early in December. The convocation ended on a high note with Mrs. Shirl Ross, a fitness instructor, leading the OAM Convocation attendees in an invigorating session of chair exercises with uplifting music. Mrs. Ross also provided the attendees with a series of workouts that can be safely accomplished at home.

Rev. Kimberly A. Palmore-Ferguson is the DCBC Minister of Public Relations and Outreach ( December/January | Capital Baptist Newsletter


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If you were not an in-person convocation attendee and would like to participate, please feel free to join us in this session with your tablet.




Renewal in the Wilderness By Jim Paraboschi


ore than 20 years ago a thin book titled Who Moved My Cheese? became a worldwide bestseller. This allegorical story is about two mice and two little people who live in a maze and must search for cheese each day. Eventually, they discover a corridor with an ample supply of cheese, so they return there regularly. One day, all the cheese is gone, and they are forced to deal with this significant, life-altering change. Likewise, the theme for the 145th Annual Gathering of churches, “Making the Shift,” helped us to focus our attention on needing to respond to change as well. We were given the opportunity to reconsider what seems like sudden changes due to the global pandemic. But, in fact, the pandemic drew our collective attention to what had been hidden from view all along. Once various distractions had been taken away, we realized the cheese had moved.

Rev. Dr. Anna Robbins offered her perspective on the realities of the situation during the Ministers’ Convocation. Indeed, we live in a fractured and fragmented world today. People yearn to return to what feels familiar and gives them comfort. They want to repeat what was done in the past and see the same results. We like to believe we’re in control and like having our expectations met. We desperately want things to get back to normal.

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However, Dr. Robbins cautioned us about this way of thinking. Mere nostalgia focuses us on reproducing warm feelings of the past, but it robs us of having a true picture of what life was like back then. Our nostalgic memories can cause us to long for something that never really existed. This was the case for the Israelites after God rescued them from bondage. Everything they had known as slaves was stripped away and left behind in Egypt. God led them into the wilderness to start a new way of life as His people. And yet, they longingly looked back at their previous life in Egypt with fondness. They reminisced about the meat pots and their favorite foods. And, they chose to selectively forget what it truly was like to live as an oppressed people (Exodus 16). Their cheese had moved, and they needed to make the shift. We also need to make this shift. We need to recognize that the old ways of doing things have ended. However, as Dr. Robbins reminds us, we have all that we need: Jesus will lead us, the Holy Spirit will empower us,

God will sustain us. We are not in control, but in the midst of it all, God will do something new. Therefore, we can be filled with hope as we follow God in the wilderness together. We can willingly let go of the things of the past to live into new ways of being God’s people. We can prayerfully seek God in the pain of injustices, as well as carry His presence into the world to bring about redemption. We know God will continue working within us and through us. This, indeed, may be the moment to turn everything over to God and renew our spirits in the wilderness. It’s when God will bring new life to barren places. As He said through the prophet Isaiah: “I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs” (Isaiah 41:18). Decide to make a complete shift to God, and trust God to “watch over your coming and going, both now and forevermore” (Psalm 121:8).

Rev. Jim Paraboschi is the Associate Pastor at Wisconsin Avenue Baptist Church (

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Our Future Depends On…

By Rev. Dr. Trisha Miller Manarin

The DCBC Dream Team’s final report, shared during the Annual Gathering, included a video that explained the dreaming process and the work to which the team believes God is calling the Convention. The honeycomb image offers a visual of how DCBC will function as we move forward: empowering, equipping, engaging and supporting our churches and ministry partners to live into our motto: One Faith. Many Cultures. Endless Possibilities. The following seven key initiatives, which will overlap and require all the characteristics surrounding the comb to be employed, will ignite our work at the moment. However, these initiatives are not set in concrete: They are organic, generative and morphing. They include:  Clergy & Disciple Forming (Everyone needs to grow in their faith to make it more than a “church” or “Sunday”

activity.) — Luke 2:52 And Jesus matured, growing up in both body and spirit, blessed by both God and people (The Message).  Glocal Mission (GLObal + loCAL = GLOCAL (i.e., mission from everyone to everywhere and vice-versa.) — Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (NIV).  Justice Engagement (Beyond simply responding to crises, justice, grounded in faith, engages systemic, grassroots and global issues from a faith foundation as opposed to an issue-by-issue concern.) — Micah 6:8 He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to

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love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (NRSV).  Resourcing One Another/ Collaboration (Individual members of the body of Christ are uniquely gifted, as are congregations who can share their gifts and wisdom for the good of God’s Kingdom.) — Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another (NIV).  Building Usage to Connect to Our Mission and Further It (Our buildings should be reimagined to be resources that can equip and engage our churches, as well as develop new mission/ministry partners.) — Matthew 25:14 For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. (ESV).  Supporting/Developing Ministry Sources (Ministry in the 21st century involves seeking creative ways to equip ourselves to do the ministry God has called us to do. We will seek to assist our members in grant writing, building development, stewardship development, and other resourcing.) — Romans 1:112022 Hopes • Clergy Retreat • Senior Pastor Retreat • Facility Use Committee at work • Young Adult Mission Trip • Biennial Social Justice Colloquy • 2 Coach Trainings 2023 Dreams • Leadership Conference • Biennial Worship and Preaching Colloquy • Holy Land Pilgrimage

12 I am longing to see you so that I may share with you some spiritual gift to strengthen you — or, rather, so that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine (NRSV).  Training (DCBC has offered traditional and innovative training, which will expand to included certifications in areas such as coaching and mental health, etc.) — Ephesians 4:11-12 The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors, and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ (NRSV). As a result of these overarching initiatives, there are several hopes for 2022. Please contact me to learn more about the initiatives, assist with planning, and/or participate in these activities. For DCBC to flourish, we must engage younger people, while affirming the many cultures that are present in our Convention. Below is a list of our hopes for 2022 and dreams for 2023:

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2 Mental Health Certifications Weekly Prayer Gathering Lenten Journey Advent Experience Trainings

— Rev. Dr. Trisha Miller Manarin, DCBC Executive Director/Minister (

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Christian Coaching Network Rev. Dr. Gerald Martin, chair of the DCBC Coaching Network explains Christian Coaching and the benefits of coaching in a brief video that was shared during the Annual Gathering. The International Coaching Federation (ICF) defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thoughtprovoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. The process of coaching often unlocks previously untapped Coaching Network Level One Certificate recipients: (l to r) Rev. Jevon Billups, Rev. Dr. Edwin Jones, Rev. Dr. Gerald sources of imagination, productivity and Martin and Rev. Dr. Donald Kelly (Rev. Walter Sadler not in leadership. As Christians, we trust the Holy photo). Spirit to guide the coaching process so the person being coached may experience the fullness of life in Christ. The DCBC Coaching Network offers coach training and a certificate, once training is completed, to interested clergy and congregants. The Coaching Network also provides training for our congregations, pastors, and church leaders for those interested in having a personal coach. At the October Annual Gathering, the following five people received a Level One Certificate:  Rev. Jevon Billups  Rev. Dr. Gerald Martin  Rev. Dr. Edwin Jones  Rev. Walter Sadler  Rev. Dr. Donald Kelly The next coach training, 501 Foundations for Christian Coaching, will be held Jan. 24–26. To register or to obtain more information, please click here. Cost: DCBC members $200; Nonmembers $250.

Pastors Retreat

After more than two years since the COVID 19 pandemic began, pastors need a break and time to encounter God in a fresh and transformative way. Plan now to attend the Pastors Retreat at Hallowood Retreat Center ( Invite someone to come along with you! Register today at March 22-24, 2022 | Cost: $290.00 pp for regular (double) room, $310.00 for private room (partial scholarships are available). December/January | Capital Baptist Newsletter 18

Welcome to the Incoming DCBC Board Members President, Rev. Patricia Hailes Fears, Fellowship Baptist Church Vice President, Rev. Dr. Saw Ler Htoo, Calvary Burmese Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Orlando Jermaine Bego, CenterPoint Baptist Church Rev. Jim Paraboschi, Wisconsin Avenue Baptist Church Rev. Kenneth Rioland, Jr., Paramount Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Robin Toogood, II, Purity Baptist Church & Urban Center Minister Victoria Venerable, Temple of Praise Rev. Dr. Jesse Wood, Metropolitan Baptist Church

Outgoing DCBC President, Rev. Dr. Donald R. Kelly is pictured with incoming President, Rev. Patrcia Hailes Fears.

Online Board Meeting Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. 

Online Committee Orientation Jan. 15 at 10 a.m.

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Thank You DCBC Board Members


heartfelt thank you to Rev. Dr. Donald Kelly, President, and Pastor Rev. Ella Redfield, Vice President, for their faithful service these last two years. You have been a steady presence in a time of transition at every level of our existence. You have prayed for and with us and supported us. Thank you, also to the committee chair people who have completed their terms: Mrs. Charlotte Peddicord (Human Resources), Rev. Jevon Billups (Program), Rev. Dr. Wallis Baxter, III (By-Laws), and board members: Rev. Alethea Smith-Withers, Rev. Roderick Moore, Rev. Harold Brooks, and Rev. Dr. Marion Criddle. We give thanks to God for your willingness to serve and offer God’s richest blessings on you.

Take a Virtual Mission Trip to Budapest with Rev. Carmella Jones Have you ever wondered what it would be like to serve as God’s hands and feet away from home for several years? What if your ministry was in Eastern Europe? What are some of the surprises and challenges missionaries face in times of pandemic or tumultuous political decision making? On Dec. 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (EST), hear the answer to these types of questions from Rev. Carmella Jones. Join her virtually in Budapest (via Zoom) where she is ministering at a local “public” school for children with learning disabilities and at a pediatric hospice and respite home for children. Rev. Jones looks forward to welcoming members of the District of Columbia Baptist Convention and the American Baptist Churches of the South and sharing how God has surprised her in Budapest as she contributes to Kingdom building in Hungary. It’s an opportunity to experience ministry in new ways and, perhaps, to meet a member of her local spiritual support team. Sign up by Dec. 1 to participate in this unique experience sponsored by the staff of the ShortTerm Mission desk at International Ministries. Send an email to and a Zoom link that will enable you to be part of this special Zoom flight to Budapest will be sent to you.

Renew, Empower, Connect Youth & Children’s Ministers Retreat February 7–8 at Hallowood Retreat ( Calling all youth & children’s ministers for a time to… be renewed | be empowered | get connected. Sign In begins on-site at 1:30 p.m. February 7; the retreat will end after lunch, February 8. Register today at Cost: $170 ($190 for private room); partial scholarships available — contact December/January | Capital Baptist Newsletter


DCBC NOTABLES DCBC shares the following notable events in the life of its members:

Congratulations to…  Rev. William Young (top left), who was installed as the Sr. Pastor of Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 10, 2021.  Rev. Dr. Andrew Lofton IV (at top), who was ordained at Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 9, 2021. He is pictured with DCBC’s Executive Director/Minister, Rev. Dr. Trisha Miller Manarin.  Rev. Joel S. Hawthorne (pictured at left with Terri, his wife, seated in the foreground), former pastor of Montgomery Hills Baptist Church in Silver Spring, Md., on whom the church bestowed the honor of Pastor Emeritus on Oct. 10.

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 Rev. Dr. Marcus Jerkins, pastor of the Resurrection Baptist Church of Silver Spring, Md., on the publication of his new book Black Lives Matter to Jesus: The Salvation of Black Life and All Life in Luke and Acts. To kickoff Black History Month next year, DCBC will host a book signing at 11 a.m. with Rev. Dr. Jerkins on February 1, 2022. A Black-owned Food Truck will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Baptist building Courtyard, and immediately following that Rev. Dr. Jerkins will give an author’s talk at 2 p.m. in the ballroom. Plan to attend and bring a friend!

 Pastor Bruce Salmon, retired pastor of Village Baptist Church in Bowie, Md., who has published two new books: Spelunking Scripture: Christmas— Exploring Important Passages of the Bible and Spelunking Scripture: The Letters of Paul—Exploring Important Passages of the Bible.

Happy 40th anniversary

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 DCBC sends birthday greetings to former

DCBC President, Mrs. Mattie Robinson, who recently celebrated her 99th birthday!

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DCBC extends our deepest sympathies to…  The family of Pastor Ngai Kung of Matupi District in Chin state Myanmar/Burma. Pastor Kung was arrested two months ago, and on November 18, his family was told of his death by the Burmese soldiers. He was tortured severely before he was killed. Please continue to pray for our sisters and brothers in Myanmar/Burma and for our churches here who have loved ones there.

 Rev. Freddie Davis, pastor of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church his family, friends and the Pilgrim Rest family on the passing on Nov. 2 of his wife, First Lady Deaconess Margaret Davis (above).  The members of Allow God Deliverance

Ministries at the passing of Rev. Barbara Bullock, their Ministries’ Founder, Overseer, and Pastor, who passed on Oct. 19.

 Rev. Dr. Patricia Hernandez of ABC-USA on the passing of her father, Rev. Charles Mercer, on Oct. 25. Rev. Mercer was a member of Washington Plaza Baptist Church in Reston, Va., and he and his wife Marie (pictured above) were co-recipients in 2019 of the Cora and John Sparrowk President’s Award, given to an American Baptist, who has over a period of years made an exceptional and outstanding contribution to the life of Christ’s Church and who in life and service manifests richly the fruits and gifts of the Spirit.  DCBC Board Member, Mrs. Denise Sadler and her husband, DCBC Pastor, Rev. Walter Sadler, on the passing of her father Deacon Leroy Hayes of Greater New Hope Baptist Church on Oct. 7. Deacon Hayes, was 91 years old.

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Church Mission Giving

For the Ten Months Ended October 31, 2021

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Churches Agape Baptist Church Agape Bible Christian Fellowship Allow God Deliverance Min., Intl. American Baptist Church Brazilian Baptist Church Broadneck Baptist Church Broadview Baptist Church Brookmont Baptist Church Calvary Baptist Church Carmody Hills Baptist Church CenterPoint Missionary Baptist Church Chin Baptist Mission Church Chin Community Baptist Church Church of Restoration, The Clifton Park Baptist Church Commonwealth 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 the City of Washington DC First Baptist Church/Camp Springs First Baptist Church/Silver Spring First Kachin Baptist Church of VA Forest Heights Baptist Church Fort Foote Baptist Church Glory Baptist Church (Korean) Heritage Baptist Church Hillandale Baptist Church Hillcrest Baptist Church Israel Baptist Church Lai Baptist Church Luther Rice Memorial Baptist Church Maryland Baptist Church (Tedim Chin) Maryland Kachin Baptist Church Metropolitan Baptist Church Metropolitan Outreach Ministry Montgomery Hills Baptist Church Morning Star Baptist Church Mt. Airy Baptist Church Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Mt. Gilead Baptist Church Mt. Jezreel Baptist Church Mt. Moriah Baptist Church Nations United Baptist Church Olive Branch Community Church Paramount Baptist Church Pathways Baptist Church Pavilion of God Baptist Community Power House Baptist Church 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) Siyin-Chin Baptist Church Southern Bethany Baptist Church Takoma Park Baptist Church Temple of Praise The Pennsylvania Avenue 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 Word for Life Church Ministries Zion Baptist Church North Site TOTAL

DCBC - 65%; Coop - 35% UNIFIED ABC CBF COOP COOP COOP 635.00 4,367.65 2,689.99 300.00 5,000.00 700.00 5,367.65 8,324.99

100% Designated PNBC 1,740.00 500.00 2,240.00




400.00 1,000.00 75.00 89.43 1,000.00 1,937.00 3,000.00 600.00 1,410.00 1,000.00 1,000.00 3,000.00 2,000.00 500.00 2,083.30 500.00 250.00 2,700.00 100.00 3,510.00 500.00 300.00 5,625.00 8,528.87 14,616.09 500.00 958.31 55,814.00 200.00 1,100.00 3,200.00 500.00 1,000.00 2,000.00 4,244.25 600.00 1,200.00 150.00 350.00 15,800.00 1,000.00 450.00 900.00 2,000.00 2,000.00 1,500.00 4,018.26 950.00 500.00 200.00 500.00 500.00 450.00 1,000.00 1,000.00 500.00 700.00 500.00 2,500.00 25.00 1,500.00 9,456.41 1,000.00 2,000.00 2,900.00 1,000.00 250.00 1,000.00 2,000.00 1,500.00 100.00 187,240.92

4,381.82 1,792.50 1,807.98 1,906.00 600.00 10,324.00 500.00 11,447.69 600.00 33,359.99

1,271.00 2,500.00 1,677.66 5,448.66

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NCAMO 500.00 300.00 1,945.00 770.00 1,096.91 250.00 4,861.91


BWA 600.00 9,375.90 645.00 1,091.91 11,712.81


MISC 25.00 7,021.98 7,046.98

YTD Total Gifts 400.00 1,000.00 75.00 4,471.25 1,000.00 1,937.00 3,500.00 600.00 1,410.00 1,000.00 1,000.00 3,000.00 2,000.00 500.00 2,083.30 500.00 250.00 2,700.00 100.00 5,250.00 500.00 300.00 5,625.00 10,321.37 16,424.07 800.00 958.31 57,759.00 200.00 1,100.00 3,200.00 500.00 1,000.00 2,000.00 8,056.25 1,800.00 1,200.00 150.00 350.00 29,394.00 1,000.00 450.00 900.00 2,000.00 2,000.00 1,500.00 13,394.16 1,595.00 500.00 10,924.12 200.00 500.00 500.00 450.00 25.00 1,000.00 2,000.00 500.00 1,000.00 500.00 7,500.00 25.00 1,500.00 27,926.08 1,000.00 2,000.00 2,900.00 1,000.00 250.00 1,250.00 2,600.00 1,500.00 800.00 265,603.91


14 Pastors’ Chat 15 Christmas Fellowship at Baptist Bldg.(11 a.m.-2 p.m.) - Blue Christmas Service (The First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, DC 7 p.m.) 20-31 DCBC Closed

6 Epiphany - Prayer Mtg.* 7 Mental Health First Aid Cert. Course (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) 10 Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children Cert. (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) 11 Pastors’ Chat (10 a.m.) - Youth Mental Health First Aid Cert. Course (4 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.) 12 Chapel/Staff Mtg. 13 Board of Directors Mtg. (7 p.m. via Zoom) - A Conversation on Money & Mental Health (4 p.m.) 15 Online Committees Orientation (10 a.m. via Zoom) - Mental Health First Aid Cert. (9 a.m.-12 p.m.) 17 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (DCBC Closed) 22 Mental Health First Aid Cert. Course (9 a.m.–12 p.m.) 24-26 Coaching Network Class (Virtual)



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Black History Month 1 - Chinese New Year - Black Lives Matter book signing with author Rev. Dr. Marcus Jerkins (details below) 7-8 Children & Youth Ministers Retreat (Hallowood Retreat Center) 9 Chapel/Staff Mtg. 14 St. Valentine’s Day 21 Presidents Day (DCBC Closed)

*Weekly Prayer is held on Thursdays at 8:25 a.m. each week.

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2022 Publication Schedule & Article Deadlines Issue

Article Submission Deadline

April – May 2022 June – July 2022 August – September 2022 October – November 2022 December - January

Monday, February 28 Monday, May 2 Monday, June 27 Friday, September 1 Monday, October 31

February - March 2022

Wednesday, January 5

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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 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 Please address questions/comments to Sonia Myrick, Capital Baptist Editor at December/January | Capital Baptist Newsletter


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