Capital Baptist Newsletter - October/November 2022

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October/November 2022

DCBC 146th Annual Gathering of Churches October 27-28 Clergy Appreciation Month World Communion Sunday

TABLE OF CONTENTS District of Columbia

FEATURE Disaster Relief: Hurricane Fiona: Puerto Rico & Atlantic Canada Longing for Justice in Myanmar Communities in Crisis A Brief History of the Chin Christian Institute of Theology Prayers for Peace 146th ANNUAL GATHERING • Reaffirming a Sense of Community Why Gather? • A Source of Encouragement • Helping to Fortify the Post-Pandemic Church Annual Gathering: Connecting Care to the Local Church

Baptist Convention

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

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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 Adrien Ngudiankama

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Mental Health and Wellness Coordinator

Jevon Billups

Capital Baptist Editor Sonia Myrick


World Communion Sunday Clergy Appreciation Month DCBC Notables


From the Desk of the DCBC President A Message from the Executive Director/Minister Church Mission Giving Calendar Capital Baptist Submission Guidelines

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Office of Administration and Stewardship Chief Operations Officer Lashanor Doolittle, Ext. 203 Building Maintenance Saul Garcia, Ext. 212 Accounting and Administrative Specialist Fam SaeChao Chock, Ext. 206 JBCC Building Coordinator Robin Foulk, Ext. 215 ERT Coordinator James Barbour


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From the Desk of the DCBC President

Engage with Our Diverse Convention We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. — 2 Corinthian 4:8 - 9 We are living in a wonderful time to be a person of faith. There is so much to be done, and there are so many opportunities to show the light and love of the God we serve to the world. Yes, we are being pulled in many directions. Yes, we must plan. Yes, we need financial resources. But, moving forward the agenda of Christ requires people of faith willing to do the work. How do we settle our spirits, with all the distractions, to press to mark of the high calling? How can we strengthen our church? I recommend you engage with our diverse Convention. Our diversity is a rare and precious jewel that, even though it is not perfect, provides us with opportunities to explore possibilities. One example of how we are supporting our members is the Annual Gathering where we’ll share the tools to enhance our peace of mind and sooth our souls. Another example is by sharing thoughts and ideas with one another during the monthly Pastor Chats. Our amazing committee chairs are fortifying our Conventions pillars, and the work of the committee members is shaping our future. We have workshops, disaster relief training and much more. I encourage you to come to the Annual Gathering. You will be glad you did. Be Blessed. Be God’s.

Rev. Patricia H. Fears President of the DCBC Board of Directors

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A Message from the Executive Director/Minister

Work for the Benefit of All Resourcing the local church is one of the reasons DCBC exists, as we equip, empower and engage or, in other words, resource one another. DCBC’s Annual Gathering is a great opportunity to experience Practical Resources for Effective Shepherding and Spiritual care (PRESS) as we connect care to the local church. I hope you and your fellow church members are registered for this October 27–28 event. If you haven’t, there is still time to register at October is an “event-full” month with Clergy Appreciation, World Communion Sunday and the North American Baptist Fellowship’s (NABF) Annual Meeting, in addition to our meeting! NABF is eager to welcome you to its meeting at the BWA headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia. This free event is scheduled for October 24 and 25, and you can register at November is a time of giving thanks, and DCBC will once again be distributing turkeys. To sign up for this distribution, send an email to We also would love to share your Thanksgiving worship times with everyone, so send us your updates! Three days after Thanksgiving — November 27 — is the first Sunday of Advent! If your church would like to contribute to our virtual lessons and carols this year, see page 11 for details on how to share this information with us. Sisters and brothers, let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time, we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up or quit. Therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith. (Galatians 6:9-10 The Message). As always, I welcome the opportunity to get to know you better, to pray with you, and worship with you. Let me know when we can set a time to visit! Joy and Grace,

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in-person at eagle eyrie in lynchburg, virginia Pick your dates:

November 4-5 or 5-6, 2022


DISASTER RELIEF: Hurricane Fiona: Puerto Rico & Atlantic Canda

Here’s what’s happening: Hurricane Fiona Aftermath in Puerto Rico

Even as other parts of North America deal with the effects of Hurricane Ian, in the wake of Hurricane Fiona, communities in Puerto Rico slowly emerging from being underwater, with bridges and roads destroyed, and many residents' homes left unlivable. A tough road lies ahead as residents attempt to recover.

Playa Salinas is flooded after the passing of Hurricane Fiona in Salinas, Puerto Rico, on Monday.

It will be some time before experts get a full handle on the scale of the damage caused

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by Fiona. At one point last week, the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority reported more than 760,000 customers had no water service or were dealing with significant interruptions.

Here’s what’s happening: Hurricane Fiona Aftermath in Atlantic Canada

The same storm meant that hundreds of thousands of Canadians were without power last week after Fiona slammed into the country’s Atlantic provinces, causing what officials called a shocking and devastating amount of damage.

A worker begins the process of cleaning up after post-tropical storm Fiona, in Charlottetown, P.E.I., Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. BRIAN MCINNIS / THE CANADIAN PRESS

At least three Canadians are dead and thousands of people remain without power as Ottawa and Atlantic Canadian governments continue their disaster relief and recovery efforts in the regions pummelled by posttropical storm Fiona over the weekend.

Here’s what NABF is doing.

NABF Disaster Relief Coordinator James Barbour has connected with NABF leaders in Atlantic Canada as well as churches who are actively helping with cleanup and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. In Puerto Rico Rvd. Marta González, who is District Superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene in Puerto Rico West has 27 congregations where most of the damage has occurred. Currently, we have established centres to collect supplies in 3 churches that are doing well, and tomorrow we have a drive to Cabo Rojo to deliver much-needed drinking water, food, bed linens, towels, cleaning supplies and hot food to the communities there. Pastors and leaders have come together to make this possible. Our church Nueva Vida in Parcelas El Tuque in the southern town of Ponce was one of the most affected. The water came inside the church and damaged all the equipment. Also, it caused flooding in the communities nearby, and many people ended up in shelters in the area of Ponce. Another church that didn’t suffer much damage but is doing the most to help others

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is Semillas de Amor in sector Corcovado in the town of Hatillo in the north of the island. Pastor Rvd. Freddy Galan is actually Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Coordinator for the District. Pastor Freddy is the contact person for emergency and disaster relief throughout our district. He works as part of my leadership team, coordinating and distributing aid where it is needed, be it within the churches or in the surrounding communities. Rev González offered to serve as a contact in the event that people would like to offer their help. In Atlantic Canada We were grateful to receive this summary of how the storm has affected the east coast of Canada from Dr. Greg Jones, Associate Executive Minister of Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada. Atlantic Canada consists of the four eastern-most provinces of Canada: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador. When you look on a map of North America, these four provinces (with a combined population of app. 2.4 million) are located to the east of Maine sticking out into the north Atlantic. All of these provinces are still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Fiona – one of the worst post-tropical storms to ever impact the region – as its eye traversed north to south intersecting and devastating large swaths of land and coastline.

While thankfully loss of life has reportedly been minimal compared to the storm’s severity, hundreds if not thousands of homes have either been washed into the sea or flooded; countless others have sustained substantial wind-damage by being blown off their foundation or having their roofs, siding, or decks torn off; thousands upon thousands of trees have been toppled; miles of roads have been made impassable or have disappeared altogether, and a large number of residents are still waiting nearly a week later for their power to be restored. The Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada (CBAC), a part of the Canadian Baptist family as well as the North American Baptist Fellowship and the Baptist World Alliance, are a network of approximately 400 churches – many small and rural – with a large number of them scattered through many of the regions so adversely affected by Fiona’s scourge. These churches are needing to repair their own facilities while also offering support and care to individuals and families throughout their neighbourhoods and beyond. Prayer and financial support to the CBAC for distribution to local churches in assisting them in these endeavours would be much appreciated.

Here’s what YOU can do. Please pray: • pray for US and Canadian Citizens affected by this hurricane • pray for the many victims that have lost homes • pray for the first responders and National Guard

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pray for the willing hearts and hands that are coming to give relief in this disaster

Practical and Financial Assistance: To contribute financially to the recovery efforts of churches within the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada, visit their donate page (select ‘Other’ and enter ‘Fiona Recovery’). To contribute to the relief and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, donate online via Global Giving, or you can mail cheques directly to the Church of the Nazarene at the address below: GENERAL BOARD OF THE CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE CARE OF THE TREASURER-MR. JAVIER GARCIA PO Box 9241 ARECIBO, PR 00613

We are grateful for your partnership and solidarity in this important disaster relief work. To donate to the work of the NABF in coordinating and supporting these important disaster relief efforts across our continent, use the link below to donate by credit card or Zelle. Donate to NABF Disaster Relief Coordination

Thank you, and may God bless you,

James R. Barbour Disaster Relief Coordinator North American Baptist Fellowship Toll Free: 1-888-615-6223

Reprinted with permission from North American Baptist Fellowship.

Our next scheduled virtual class is *Empower 502: Establishing Dynamic Coaching Relationships on October 31, November 1 & 2, 2022. *Prerequisite: must have successfully completed CAM501 To register for our October/November 2022 class or to receive more information about the Coaching Ministry, please go to: DCBC Coaching Ministry

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Longing for Justice in Myanmar by Rev. Ah Le


ars between ethnic armed groups and Myanmar’s military began after Myanmar won its freedom from the British Government in 1948. Many innocent people were killed, and women were raped by the military, especially in the ethnic areas. One of the most unforgettable and tragic memories for Kachin society is that of two Christian volunteer teachers from the Kachin Baptist Convention: Maran Lu Ra and Tang Bau Hkawn Tsin. They were raped and killed by the Burmese army in Kaung Kha village on January 19, 2015. Justice has not been served because the Burmese army destroyed all the evidence. Innocent women are being raped and killed for a war on society. The Myanmar military seized power in a coup and detained President Win Myint, Aung San Suu Kyi and other government leaders on February 1, 2021. According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), the Burmese military has killed more than 2,171 and arrested 11,977 people since this coup began. The people of Myanmar are no strangers to atrocities. Video shows the Burmese military shooting people to death on the street in Myitkyina, my hometown. The military burns down churches and houses in the ethnic areas. The ethnic people are fighting for their

rights and freedom because they have been treated as second-class citizens in Myanmar. They do not get any fundamental human rights, and there are no ethnic high officers in the government offices of Myanmar. The brutal military in Myanmar threatens and oppresses Christians. Many innocents have lost their lives for the sake of democracy in Myanmar. Most of the people of Burma are living below the poverty line. Education, health and the economic system have fallen apart. The people of Burma long to be liberated from this oppression in society. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United Nations Security Council have failed to act against the Burmese military. Global communities need to stop aiding this brutal Burmese military and raise their voices to transform Burma into a Democratic country. We, Christians, believe that God will provide the people of Burma with peace and justice in society. We believe that Jesus, the true liberator who loves justice, will liberate the people of Burma from the oppression and unjust social structures. God’s people are to bring justice to society.

Rev. Ah Le is Pastor of the Maryland Kachin Baptist Church.

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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

Communities in Crisis

American Baptist Home Mission Societies Ramps Up Relief for Puerto Rico, Jackson, Mississippi, and Kentucky


n the wake of extreme weather that pummeled Kentucky, then Mississippi, and most recently Puerto Rico, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) is responding purposefully. Through the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) fund, ABHMS manages disaster relief donations to provide financial assistance to devastated communities. ABHMS is presently mobilizing support for storm-ravaged Puerto Rico and planning a response to the water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi. Already having released $24,000 of OGHS dollars for Kentucky flood relief, ABHMS continues to seek financial support for that traumatized region.

Puerto Rico As Hurricane Fiona was making landfall in Puerto Rico on Sunday, September 18, ABHMS was already communicating with the Rev. Edgardo Caraballo, regional executive minister of Iglesias Bautista de Puerto Rico (IBPR) on a planned response. The small island has since succumbed to widespread flooding, mudslides, and a power outage affecting a vast majority of its three million residents. “Many hard-hit areas were still vulnerable because of the overwhelming destruction caused by Hurricane Maria five years ago,” said the Rev. Lisa Harris Lee, director of the Healing & Transforming Communities unit of ABHMS, which

oversees the organization’s disaster relief. “We know many are eager to set boots on the ground there, but the greatest immediate assistance we can offer is through OGHS.” To support Puerto Rico’s recovery, please go to m/projects/170170-puerto-rico-hurricanedisaster.

Jackson, Mississippi Teeming August rainfall in Mississippi drove the Pearl River to flood stage, causing the water supply system for Jackson, Mississippi, to collapse. ABHMS immediately marshaled partners in the region, including Lott Carey Missionary Society; Dr. James Harrison, executive minister of American Baptist Churches of the South; and other ministry leaders in Jackson, to provide Jackson families with greater levels of support beyond immediate supplies of bottled water. For donations to ease the Jackson water crisis, please go to Aix0yYRVAMhgiOIg?u=

Kentucky ABHMS continues to support relief efforts in Kentucky following a one-two punch of natural disasters — springtime tornadoes in the western part of the state and

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then this summer flooding in Eastern Kentucky caused by torrential rains. ABHMS has so far disbursed $34,000 into stricken Kentucky communities — $10,000 for tornado relief and more recently $24,000 in support of flood victims. The latter campaign continues to accept donations at or9QgkGsUTvDBA9SMw?u=https://abhms.

Support Relief Efforts Additionally, persons wishing to support relief efforts can do so through their American Baptist church, by giving online here, or by sending checks to the ABHMS Office of Development care of Kim Wilkins, 1075 First Ave., King of Prussia, PA 19406. Be sure to indicate “One Great Hour of Sharing,” “Kentucky Floods OGHS,” “OGHS Jackson Mississippi Water Crisis,” or “OGHS PR 2022 Hurricane.” “ABHMS staff and its board of directors are committed to partnerships with American Baptists and others to provide recovery support,” said Dr. Jeffrey Haggray, ABHMS executive director. “We are deeply concerned and in prayer with people in all these communities. These disasters are traumatic and disruptive in ways difficult to imagine unless you have experienced them firsthand. Let’s be generous as possible in our response.” One Great Hour of Sharing is administered by the World Relief Committee of the Board of General Ministries of American Baptist Churches USA. The Committee facilitates American Baptist emergency relief, disaster rehabilitation, refugee work, and development assistance by establishing policy guidelines and overseeing

the distribution of the annual OGHS offering received by churches. To read more, click OTcejtkiz-DGz5s8rFg?u= Links contained in this article have been replaced. If you click on a link in the article above, the link will be analyzed for known threats. If a known threat is found, you will not be able to proceed to the destination. If suspicious content is detected, you will see a warning.

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Hurricane Ian volunteers are needed. The Virginia Baptist Disaster Response is seeking volunteers for assessment, cleanup, and crisis care in Florida after Hurricane Ian. The group will be serving through the North Carolina Baptists on Mission (NCBoM). Volunteers can register here. Donations can be made here: Give DCBC

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A Brief History of the Chin Christian Institute of Theology By Dr. San No Thuan


e the Chin people live in the North West of Burma. Before the arrival of the American Baptist Missionaries in Chin States in 1899, our forefathers practiced animism. They worshiped different kinds of spirits. They believed the existence of God (Khuazing Pathian) but knew him mostly as the God of justice. However, when the first American Baptist Missionary couple called Rev. Arthur and Laura Carson came to Chin State on March 15, 1899, and followed by other missionaries, they sowed the seed of the Good News of God’s love among the Chins. Then, people came to see the light and now, 95 percent of the ethnic group are followers of Christ now. The main strategy that the American Missionaries in Chin State used to bring the whole entire ethnic group to Christ was equipping the local leaders. But how? They edified and equipped the local leaders by opening a Bible Seminary. Chin Christian Institute of Theology (CCIT) is the oldest Christian Seminary in Chin State, Myanmar (Burma). In this short article, I would like to mention a short history of it. Its Beginning Rev. C. Strait started a Bible School in Hakha in 1928 but it closed during the World War II. The Bible Schools were opened again

in Hakha by the Johnsons in 1948 and in Tedim by the Nelsons in 1947. The missionaries went home on furlough in 1952. Its Locations and Names Change Rev. S. T. Hau Go, the local leader, started a Bible School in Tedim in 1953 and named it “Zomi Baptist Convention Bible School.” It moved to Hakha in 1954 under the supervision of Rev. R. G. Johnson. The first graduation service was held there in 1956. The Zomi (Chin) Baptist Convention Executive Committee officially gave the name Zomi Baptist Bible School in December 1956. At this time, the school was conducted on the level of middle school. The school was moved from Hakha to Falam in 1959 as the headquarter of Zomi Baptist Convention, founded in 1953, is located there. This seminary has been always under

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the umbrella of Zomi Baptist Convention (ZBC). The name of the school was changed again to Zomi Baptist Theological School in 1960 and then, to Zomi Baptist Theological Seminary in 1974. At that time, only diploma courses were offered. As the seminary has grown and became successful in producing effective ministers, the Bachelor of Theology degree program began, and the name of the college was changed again to Zomi Theological College in 1983. There came a schism in the Zomi Baptist Convention. Most of tribes that use the term “Zomi” formed their own convention called “Zomi Baptist Convention of Myanmar” (ZBCM) in 1995. The names of the convention and the college were changed from “Zomi Baptist Convention” to “Chin Baptist Convention” and from “Zomi Theological College” to “Chin Institute of Theology” effective April 1, 2013, by the 21st Triennial Conference held in Kalaymyo in March 21–24, 2013. The college was accepted as a member institute of the Association for Theological Education in South East Asia (ATESEA) in 1982.

Chin Christian Institute of Theology Programs Offered Currently, CCIT offers the following programs of study: 1. Master of Divinity (three-year master program) 2. Master of Ministry (two-year master program) 3. Master of Arts in Theological Studies (two-year master program) 4. Bachelor of Theology (four-year bachelor program) 5. Bachelor of Ministry (two-year bachelor program) 6. Bachelor of Religious Education (two-year bachelor program) 7. Diploma of Theology (discontinued in 1983 and restarted in 2013). Academic year The academic year begins June 1 and ends March 13. San No Thuan, Ph.D., is the Pastor of Falam Baptist Church in Frederick, Maryland.

World Mental Health Day October 10 The World Health Organization had designated October 10 as World Mental Health Day, a time to raise awareness of mental health around the world and support those experiencing mental health and substance use challenges. The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

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A Brief History of the Work of the American Baptist Churches in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt) By Rev. Dr. A. Roy Medley, General Secretary Emeritus, American Baptist Churches


merican Baptist work in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt) began with the appointment of Dr. Wes Brown in 1973 to serve as the director of the Center for the Study of Religions which was situated in Jerusalem. From 1978-1984, Dr. Brown served on the staff of the Ecumenical Institute for Theological Research in Tantur, led the Jerusalem Rainbow Group which was an interfaith group encompassing Jews, Muslims and Christians and provided leadership to the Ecumenical Theological

Fraternity. Dr. Brown later became the American Baptist representative to Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP). During these years American Baptists became sensitized to the issues related to the occupation of the Palestinian Territory by the State of Israel and the ongoing conflict between the two. Two specific policy actions were taken by the denomination during this time: Policy Statement on Human Rights — 1976, which included “The right of citizenship in a nation, to participate in the

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political process, to form political parties, to have a voice in decisions made in the political arenas, to be secure from fear of deportation or expulsion, to emigrate and to have political asylum.” Resolution on the Middle East and ArabIsraeli Issues — 1980, which affirmed “the right of Israel to exist within secure and internationally recognized borders” and “the right of self-determination of the Palestinian Arabs in the West Bank (called Judea and Samaria by others) and the Gaza Strip.” In 1984, American Baptists were founding members of Churches for Middle East Peace and have vigorously supported a two-state solution and decried the continuing encroachment on Palestinian territory as provocative and destructive of a two-state solution, while also condemning attacks upon Israelis. This coalition has been the primary vehicle for American Baptists’ work for peace with justice in the Middle East. From 2002-2015, American Baptists coled Peace Pilgrimages to Israel and Palestine with the Church of the Brethren to further educate our constituencies about the issues. These pilgrimages intentionally engaged with Israelis and Palestinians in an effort to understand the issues, to redress Evangelical Zionism, and to inform our prayers and our advocacy for peace. In the same timeframe, American Baptists launched an effort in interfaith understanding between Baptist Christians and Muslims. Three North American dialogues were created and held with the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). American Baptists also cofounded Shoulder to Shoulder, an effort by Christians, Muslims and Jews to address Islamophobia in the US

post-9/11. ABC was represented in the conference that led to the Marrakesh Declaration and subsequent interfaith efforts by the Peace Forum of Abu Dhabi. These efforts were rooted in ABC’s concern for peace in the Middle East. In addition, American Baptists have been a supporting organization of the Bethlehem Bible College (BBC) and its efforts in education among the Palestinian people, and have participated in humanitarian relief efforts and the resettlement of refugees in the US through Church World Service. Lord God, thank you for the historic and present day engagement of ABC and their efforts toward supporting and encouraging peace and justice in the Middle East. Go before them and CMEP in their continued efforts as they work alongside other Christians, Jews, Muslims, and people of all faith traditions to promote a resolution to the Israeli Palestinian conflict and an end to the occupation of the Palestinian people. In Jesus’ name. Amen Rev. Dr. A. Roy Medley is one of the longest serving General Secretaries (2002-2015) of American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA), having retired January 4, 2016, as the pastoral and administrative leader of the 1.3-millionmember denomination. To learn more about the American Baptist Churches, USA, visit QkGLC53ectlEHA?u= Any views or opinions contained herein are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP).

Reprinted with permission from American Baptist Churches.

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REAFFIRMING A SENSE OF COMMUNITY The DCBC 146th Annual Session of the Gathering of Churches reminds me of the reasons I put forth an effort each year to attend. It is not simply the outstanding content that propels attendance: content is only the focal point around which other, important aspects of a conference experience unfold. Information is available online 24/7, from home, and perusing that material on your computer may be a more efficient use of your time than sitting through a lecture. So, why do we bother? The benefits of attending the Annual Gathering extend beyond the program. My experience is surely similar to what others feel when they attend wellplanned conferences. There is a sense of excitement, the “thrill of the crowd,” as those who are passionate about a subject gather and devote time to a shared experience away from the ordinary day-to-day. Contributing to this thrill is the opportunity to interact informally with others during breaks in the program. So you see, the programs are good and the presenters are exceptionally great. What is most important for me, however, is taking time away from the hectic schedule of ministry for a sabbatical moment with colleagues to reaffirm my sense of community. My prayer is that you make preparations to join us this year for PRESS (Practical Resources for Effective Shepherding & Spiritual-Care). Click for more information and to register today.

Rev. Dr. Orlando Jermaine Bego Chair, Annual Gathering Program Committee

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By Leslie R Harris


he Annual Gathering for me is an opportunity to engage in Christian fellowship with other believers and ministers. It provides a space to come together in community as the family of God; and to be reminded that the Body of Christ extends far beyond our local congregations. We get a chance to listen to those who are also at work building the Kingdom of God and persevering in the faith. Through the workshops, master classes, worship services and training sessions, we are able to learn, grow, to be encouraged and to be a source of encouragement. It is like attending a reunion every year where we come together and see old friends, meet new friends. and enjoy a time of worship, teaching, preaching and take care of the business of doing God’s work here on earth.

The Greek word koinonia is defined as Christian fellowship. It is what Philippians 2:1 (NIV) refers to as “our common sharing in the Spirit.” At the Annual Gathering we get to interact with those with whom we share Christian beliefs and embrace the diversity of the expressions of our faith. We get to see and hear what God is doing in and through the lives of fellow Christians throughout the DMV area and beyond. I am excited to gather with other believers in Christ who will magnify the Lord with me as we exalt his name together. Will you join us? I would love to meet you. Leslie R Harris is the Ministry Associate at Wisconsin Avenue Baptist Church in Washington, DC.

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here is no doubt that the last two years have been some of the most challenging years in recent history, especially for the church and its congregation. Many thought the church would cancel out and seem to miss that we are commanded “not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together” (Hebrews 10:24-25). The church has never canceled and never will! Even now, the task is to fortify the postpandemic church, which is why attending the Annual Gathering takes on significant meaning this year. The Annual Gathering allows you to mingle with ministry peers — people from different nationalities, languages, ministerial disciplines and backgrounds — with many translatable benefits to share. Sometimes it’s about connecting with someone who has inspired you, which can lead to finding your next mentor. Each Annual Gathering is unique — developed around a different theme and focused on meeting the current challenges facing the various pastors, lay leaders and congregation members. Participants return from an Annual Gathering with new ideas and approaches that are impactful in meeting congregational and community needs. Much of the information presented will be unique, with eye-opening and heart-opening effects.

The opportunity to ask presenters and speakers questions about their ministry work expands our knowledge and offers solutions to challenges. You will hear ministry aspects that will be new to you. These could be new types of biblical software or new “terms” relative to ministry. I will never forget that it was at the Annual Gathering where I heard the term “Virtual Fellowship Hall.” This term has shaped much of our online and streaming ministry for the past two years. It’s also an opportunity not only to build your network, but to have access to additional resources and learning beyond your ministry interest. The Annual Gathering has always benefited attendees, from seasoned to young and emerging voices making their mark on the ministry environment — especially given the amount of information readily available to us over two days!

Rev. Karen R. Taylor is the Assistant to Dr. L. B. West, the Senior Pastor of Mount Airy Baptist Church.

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-minus 25 days and counting to the Annual Gathering at St. Stephen Baptist Church in Temple Hills, Maryland. The Program Committee has once again pulled together an amazing line-up of speakers and topics centered on offering practical resources for effective shepherding and spiritual care, and we are so excited to once again be able to gather in person as well as online. The following schedule provides information about the speaker(s) and sessions, but go online to for more up-to-date information.

Thursday, October 27 Mental Health Training Mental Health First-Aid Certification Training - Pt 1 and Pt. 2 Rev. Jevon Billups, Mental Health Coordinator, DC Baptist Convention 10 a.m.–1 p.m. and 2 p.m.–5 p.m. | Fellowship Hall (This in-person, 6-hour certification class is divided into two sessions) Mental Health First Aid takes the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance-use problems by improving, understanding and providing an action plan that teaches people to safely and responsibly identify and address a potential mental illness or substance-use disorder. When more people are equipped with the tools they need to start a dialogue, more people can get the help they need. Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and common signs and symptoms of mental health challenges and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help/interact with someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, how to connect a person with help, where to turn for help, and expanded content on trauma, substance use, and self-care.


1 p.m.-2 p.m. | Tent

Registration Open

1 p.m.–6:30 p.m. | Foyer

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Foundations of Christian Coaching Rev. Dr. Ken Kessler, Kessler Coaching LLC & Rev. Dr. Lisa Banks-Williams, Program Coordinator for Student Services, Wesley Theological Seminary 2 p.m.–5 p.m. | TBA This session will explore the foundations of Christian coaching and discuss the differences of coaching from other disciplines like counseling, consulting, and mentoring. A demonstration of coaching and insights of the demonstration will be shared. Learn the basic skills and benefits of Christian coaching and discover how you can use these skills in your ministry.

Dinner 5 p.m.–6 p.m. | Fellowship Hall Dinner is sponsored by American Baptist Home Mission Societies and Judson Press.

Business Meeting 6 p.m.–7 p.m. | Sanctuary The Business Session will begin at 6 p.m.; however, we are asking all Church Representatives to join the session at 5:30 p.m. so we can confirm our meeting quorum before the Session begins at 6 p.m. During this session, the Church Representatives will hear committee and partnership reports and vote on reports from the Program, Membership, Enlistment, and Stewardship Committees, as well as approve the 2023 budget. The electronic Book of Reports will be made available for each registered Church Representative.

Mental Health Panel Discussion 7 p.m.–8 p.m. | Sanctuary Mental health issues impact individuals across all social and economic lines. Too often, the Church doesn't know how to respond or support them. Join us as we hear from a panel of ministry practitioners to discuss and answer questions on how their churches have integrated mental health into their ministries.

Evening Worship

8:15 p.m.–9:30 p.m. | Sanctuary Rev. Patricia Fears, Pastor, Fellowship Baptist Church

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Friday, October 28 Registration Open

8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. | Foyer

Plenary Opening Session Rev. Dr. Orlando Bego, Pastor, CenterPoint Baptist Church 9 a.m.–9:45 a.m. | Sanctuary Historically, the Church has lacked the practical steps to address mental health, but now the Church can be at the forefront of erasing the silence, shame, and stigma of Mental Health. The Opening Session will set the course and provide foundational tools for pastors and mental health coaches to create and maintain a thriving mental health ministry in the Church and the local community.

Convocations Older Adult Ministries Convocation — Theme: FOCUS 10 a.m.–1 p.m. | Fellowship Hall During the Convocation, we have three (3) impactful speakers discussing areas of awareness for senior adults. Presentation 1: Fraud and Identity Theft - Mr. Ted Meyerson (AARP) Presentation 2: Estate Planning - Ms. Aimee D. Griffin, Esq. Estate planning is a foundational component of strategic financial planning. Through estate planning, we write the vision and make it plain among tablets so they that read it can run with it (Hab 2:2). God has commanded us to have an impact that goes beyond our limitations. We are proud to partner with you to create the vision that God has planted in your heart. Presentation 3: Aging Is Not a Problem to Be Solved, But a Gift and an Opportunity from God Rev. Dr. Lawrence A. Sandidge A common belief among older adults is that you should expect to be concerned about your identity, life choices and mortality. We might also start to believe that we will be marginalized by society and will be stuck in a slow aging decline. Or, we might regard aging as a never-ending midlife crisis. However, for older adults who strive to “Stay Focused” on making aging a pathway to spiritual maturity, God promises: “They shall still bear fruit in old age (Psalm 92:14).” October/November 2022 | Capital Baptist Newsletter


Pastors’ Convocation — Where Does the Pastor Go for Help? Bishop C. Guy Robinson, Bishop and Pastor, Tabernacle of the Lord Church 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m. | Where are the safe spaces for pastors to thrive? Spaces extending grace and support in their struggles to defuse the misconception that they must suffer alone to uphold a fragile veneer of spiritual perfection? There is a stigma surrounding pastors with mental health concerns. A lot will never admit to themselves, their spouses, children, or even the world around them that they, at times, feel overwhelmed. Unfortunately, pastors are the least likely to seek help because of the fear that their ability as spiritual leaders will be called into question. Pastors are called to be leaders, champions of ministry, and to uphold biblical truth; however, it can be difficult to maintain the full responsibilities that the church demands. They are often being held to standards of biblical perfection that the majority of believers cannot meet. So, what causes a belief that in taking on religious leadership, humanity is forfeited and grace no longer needed? The clerical calling is an emotionally demanding one and can cause a strain on one’s mental health. Yet, pastors must not be afraid to seek counsel and learn how and when to prioritize mental wellness. Lay Leaders’ Convocation - Spiritual Intelligence (SQ) for Lay Leaders Rev. Dr. Thuam Khai, Senior Pastor, Judson Bible College; President, Siyin Chin Baptist Church| 1 p.m.–2:30 p.m. | Sanctuary For church leaders, spiritual intelligence derives from a performance of understanding, support, and targeting the innate strengths of the congregation. Whereas an emotionally intelligent manager is able to derive high performance through empathy and awareness of needs, the spiritually intelligent church leader is able to derive performance through the premise that each individual has talents that can manifest themselves through nurturing and mentoring. Alike, emotional and spiritual intelligence can result in higher participation by targeting the latent potential of congregants. The Healthy Administration Model is Spiritual Intelligence; from self-awareness, universal awareness, self-mastery, and spiritual presence. Spiritual Intelligence investigates the relationship of the variables such as sex, age, education, ethnic, religion, and length of service. Discover selfawareness of life purpose, mission, and vision through the complexity of thought, servanthood, and decision making. How does contemporary leadership recognize both emotional and spiritual intelligence as assets to the church through turbulent times?

Workshops A – 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. & Workshops B – 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Workshop 1A/1B - Pastoral Care vs. Therapy: Knowing When to Refer Out

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Rev. Dr. Patricia Murphy, Ecclesiastical Endorser & National Coordinator, Chaplaincy and Specialized Ministries, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) Location: TBA Taking on the role of shepherding a congregation is no doubt a weighty task. There are those who will expect their leaders to have all the answers and equipment to tackle needs great and small. In this session, learn how to create a compassionate plan for supporting the congregation dealing with mental health concerns. Workshop 2A/2B - Transformational Leadership That Inspires and Motivates Rev. Dr. Ruth N. Segres, Chaplain, The United States Air Force Location: TBA With more energy being invested into mental health, churches may well be on the cusp of a revolution. To ensure that wellbeing becomes a staple of the church, it’s imperative to explore creating well-being initiatives. In this session, learn how to take the opportunity to reflect on how you can become a champion for congregational wellbeing within your own ministry. Workshop 3A/3B - Compassion Fatigue: How to Keep Your Job Without Losing Your Mind Rev. Dr. Cindy R Wallace, Mental Health Chaplain, Washington DC VA Medical Center Location: TBA This workshop teaches signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue and burnout and provides interactive practices that help reduce stress and move toward compassion satisfaction. Participants will learn ways to identify stress in their bodies, acknowledge distress from eustress (positive stress), and practice ways to manage the spiritual and emotional effects of stress in our lives. Workshop 4A/4B - Maintaining Your Mental Health While Helping Others Rev. Lenny Wrigley, 1LT, Chaplain, District of Columbia Army National Guard Location: TBA When focusing on others without practicing self-care, destructive behaviors can surface. A preoccupation with the suffering of those being helped can create secondary traumatic stress for the helper. This session will help those who help others learn how to avoid burnout, how to recharge, and how to practice self-help. Workshop 5A/5B - Creating Community Connections for Mental Health Dr. Shannon Williams, Mental Health Therapist Location: TBA Is there a role for the church in walking alongside people living with mental health? One of the most powerful gifts the church can give is acceptance as equal members of the Body of Christ. In this session, learn how to promote mental health services and develop partnerships with community agencies.

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Workshop 6A/6B - The Grief Recovery Method & COVID-19 Rev. Thomas Rodgerson, Counselor, Centrepointe Counseling Location: TBA There is a high probability that someone you know is suffering from a broken heart. It may be due to a death, divorce, or another major loss like Covid 19? This session will teach you how to help others find relief from their emotional pain by offering practical tools for managing grief and loss.

Lunch 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Lunch is sponsored by American Baptist Home Mission Societies and Judson Press.

Plenary Master Class - Copeology Dr. Joanne Frederick, Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, JFL & Associates Counseling Services 2:45 p.m.–4:15 p.m. | Sanctuary Coping with life’s struggles? Bibliopsychoeducation is a process of using faith concepts combined with psychology and counseling to educate others as a coping technique. This Masterclass will use the book Copeology to discuss topics such as coping with grief and loss, the experience of Black males in America, disabilities, Covid-19, infidelity, anxiety, trauma, and single parenting in our world today. Participants will learn how to use their spirituality, along with counseling skills, to cope with stress. Copeology will develop for clergy and layleaders the tools to navigate the complexities of building and managing a wellness ministry. Through active exploration and redefining ways to stay resilient, communicate and collaborate, you will learn the secrets of coping with any new reality. Closing Session Rev. Dr. Trisha Miller Manarin, Executive Director/Minister, D.C. Baptist Convention, 4:15 p.m.–4:45 p.m. | Sanctuary Where do we go from here? Part of fulfilling the Great Commission is building bridges within the Church to create authentic, genuine unity to foster holistic healing for every nation, tribe, and tongue. The Closing Session will embrace different cultural values and perspectives as we share in communion and go to serve as a catalyst for healing and reconciliation. Emerging Voices 7 p.m.–9 p.m. | TBA This year, the Emerging Voices session will highlight five associate pastors/ministers of DCBC churches. Each will minister for 15 minutes. October/November 2022 | Capital Baptist Newsletter



World Communion Sunday

you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

World Communion Sunday is October 2, 2022. This is a day set apart for Christians all around the world to celebrate our oneness in Christ with all our brothers and sisters, as we partake in the Lord’s Supper. For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, —

1 Corinthians 11:23-26 NRSV

A Prayer for World Communion Sunday (by Rev. Dr. Trisha Miller Manarin) God, we gather today to worship with our sisters and brothers who have already worshipped this day, who are worshipping you now and will still worship you later today. We are grateful to be united as sisters and brothers in Jesus Christ Our Lord all around the world. As he gathered with his closest friends to break bread and drink from the cup in the upper room, he offered a new way of living into an unknown future. At times, God, we are just as perplexed as those who gathered in the upper room. Our future is unknown: the concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic, acts of injustice near and far, economic trials and disunity pull us apart. And, like them, we eat and drink, and now we remember, placing our hope and trust in Jesus. Unite us God when the world says it is impossible. Gather us around the table with our brothers and sisters nearby and around the world and then, Lord, show us how to serve as we rise remembering and empowered by your Spirit, united in Christ Jesus our Lord, AMEN.

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October is the time to show clergy your gratitude. Many churches set the second Sunday of the month as the specific day to celebrate their pastors and ministers, but others use the entire month to give thanks. This special celebration was established in 1992 to show appreciation for pastors, ministers, missionaries and other religious leaders and, often, their family members. Following are a few ideas: • • • • • • •

Write letters of thanks, invite Sunday School students to write or draw or color a letter Give homemade food items that the clergy and/or her/his family members enjoy Create a gift card tree for each clergy leader If your clergy leaders have children, offer to take the children for ice cream, to pick pumpkins or apples, or just give their parents a break Invite a professional photographer to take pictures of the individual clergy as well as their families Collect a love offering Give an extra day off

Please be sure to include all the clergy serving your church!

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DCBC Notables DCBC shares the following notable events in the lives of its members… We congratulate the following congregations and individuals celebrating anniversaries, births, installations, retirements and other accomplishments:  Ms. Keva Sturdevant and Rev. Dr. Paris L. Smith, Sr., Senior Pastor at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, who were married in Washington, D.C., on September 30.  Zion Baptist Church celebrated the retirement of the Rev. Dr. Ella Redfield on Saturday, September 24 after having served 32 years of ministry. (Photo taken by Lashanor Doolittle and used by permission of Deacon Marlene Sherrill).

Above: Deacon Marlene Sherrill (left) with Rev. Dr. Ella Redfield.

 Rev. Dr. Kenneth R. Pruitt whose installation service as President of the John Leland Center for Theological Studies took place at Alfred Street Baptist Church in Old Town Alexandria on September 11.

 Riverside Baptist Church, which welcomed Rev. Mia Michelle McClain on September 1 as its new pastor and celebrated its 165th anniversary on September 25.  Rev. Thomas Rainsbury, whose installation service as pastor of West Hyattsville Baptist Church in Hyattsville, Maryland, took place on September 18.  Ginny Tourville, Associate Pastor at Vienna Baptist Church, and her husband Paul on the birth of their son Alexander David Tourville on August 27 at 9:49 a.m. We extend condolences to…  The family members and congregants of Gateway Cathedral of Praise on the passing of Rev. Dr. Diana Dunn on July 7.  Rev. Dr. Adrien Ngudiankama on the passing of his mother on September 12.  Rev. Yvonne Lamb, former DCBC President, on the passing of her husband, Greg Lamb, on September 1.

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Black Theology Pioneer, Dr. James Deotis Roberts, Dies at 95 Dr. James Deotis Roberts, who helped pioneer Black theology, a new perspective on Christianity that evolved in response to the revolutionary spirit of the Black Power movement, died at his home in Clinton, Maryland, on July 26, 2022, at the age of 95. Born in Spindale, North Carolina, on July 12, 1927, to a carpenter and a homemaker, Roberts went on to graduate high school in 1943, receive a bachelor’s degree from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte in 1947 and a Bachelor of Divinity from Shaw University in Raleigh in 1950, a Master of Sacred Theology in 1952 from Hartford Seminary and a Ph.D. in Philosophical Theology from the University of Edinburgh’s divinity school in Scotland in 1957. He was the first African American to earn a doctorate from the University of Edinburgh and did so because of the limited opportunities for minorities to attend divinity schools in the United States. Roberts’ passion for education was evident throughout his life. He began teaching at Howard University soon after earning his doctorate and later taught at Yale University, Duke University and Palmer Theological Seminary. He went on to serve as the president of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, as a distinguished professor of philosophical theology at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and, in 1992, was elected as the first Black president of the American Theological Society. In this role, Roberts worked to increase the number of minorities and women at seminaries and other religious institutions. In addition to his role of educator, he also authored several books, including The Prophethood of Black Believers; Black Theology in Dialogue; Black Religion, Black Theology; Liberation and Reconciliation; and Africentric Christianity. Roberts was predeceased by his son Deotis (his father’s middle name, suggested by his elementary school principal, who said that it meant “learned man” or “scholar) and by his wife Elizabeth Caldwell Roberts, an elementary school teacher who died in 2019. He is survived by his three daughters: Charmaine Roberts Parker of Clinton, Maryland; Carlita Roberts Marsh of Washington; and Kristina Roberts, a best-selling author who writes under the pseudonym Zane and lives in Atlanta; eight grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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For the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2022

The Convention recognizes that the giving cycles of each church are different. Some give monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually.

Your financial contributions allow DCBC to minister to and with our member congregations and partners. Please consider making a gift today at

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5 Prayer Gathering* 6 Ministry Roundtable Mtg. | Stewardship Mtg. 9 Clergy Appreciation Day 10 Indigenous Peoples’ Day/Columbus Day | DCBC Offices Closed 11 Pastors’ Chat (10 a.m., Zoom) 12 Chapel/Staff Mtg. 19 Coaching Ministry Mtg. (1 p.m., Zoom) 24-25 NABF Annual Mtg. (Falls Church, Va.) 27-28 DCBC Colloquy/Annual Gathering (St. Stephen Baptist Church, Temple Hills, Md.) 31 DCBC Coaching Ministry CAM 502 (virtual) | DCBC Offices Closed


1-2 DCBC Coaching Ministry CAM 502 virtual 3 Prayer Gathering* 4-6 Women’s Get Away 2022: Called by Name 8 Pastors' Chat (10 a.m., Zoom) 9 Chapel/Staff Mtg. 10 New Pastors Lunch 11 Veterans Day | DCBC Offices Closed 12 Mental Health Wellness Conference 9 am - 1 pm (Baptist Bldg.) 22 DCBC Annual Turkey Distribution (Baptist Bldg.) 23 DCBC Offices Closing at 1 p.m. 24 Thanksgiving 25 DCBC Offices Closed 27 Advent Begins October/November 2022 | Capital Baptist Newsletter



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Prayer Gathering* Chapel/Staff Mtg. Christmas Cookie Drop-In DCBC Offices Closed Christmas Eve Christmas Day New Year’s Eve/Watch Night

*Prayer Gatherings are held weekly on Thursdays at 8:25 a.m., except for the following Thursdays in December: 12/15, 12/22 and 12/29.

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2022 Publication Schedule & Article Deadlines Issue

December - January

Article Submission Deadline 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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The Way Forward By the presence of the Triune God, we are living out our motto One Faith. Many Cultures. Endless Possibilities. as a movement of collaboration and are equipping, engaging, and empowering one another, our churches, and our communities. In this COVID and post-COVID world in which we live, it is essential that we are fluid and focused on our purpose and program. These seven initiatives anchor the work and production of and from DCBC necessitating a high level of interconnectedness. This plan provides various levels and entry points of engagement for church participation and opportunities for people and churches to engage with us. The Way Forward energizes our membership to live out our call in an organic, active, and collaborative manner centered on Christ. New initiatives can be developed along the way as the Holy Spirit, our membership and society call us.

All of these initiatives are inter-connected, inter-working, and held together by our shared collaborative action. The honeycomb is a visual and/or metaphor for the work set out before us. While this image has limitations, it is helpful in moving us forward, together, producing the sweet goodness of the Great Commission and Great Commandment. Everyone is needed to make “honey”! The Way Forward Initiative recognizes that the local church is always its healthiest when resources flow bilaterally between the Convention and our members. Your expertise assists others to grow and live more fully into the call of God. We are grateful to partner together to live out our motto: One Faith. Many Cultures. Endless Possibilities. We are happy to be together.

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