“Therefore, fear the Lord and worship Him in sincerity and truth. Get rid of the gods your fathers worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and worship Yahweh. But if it doesn’t please you to worship Yahweh, choose for yourselves today the one you will worship: the gods your fathers worshiped beyond the Euphrates River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. As for me and my family, we will worship Yahweh.” Joshua 24:14-15

Dr. Ron Blankenship receives recognition

Dr. Ray Gentry presents plaque to Dr. Ron Blankenship (r) acknowledging Blankenship’s 20 years of associational ministry.

Ron Blankenship, Montgomery Baptist Association director of missions,  is the recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award at Washington University of Virginia, where he serves as a professor of practical theology at the Neal T. Jones Seminary.

The college established the award for two selected professors each year, honoring each of them for their commitment to excellence in teaching and caring for students.

Blankenship will be honored at the college’s faculty forum for the Fall 2019 semester on August 8.

In addition to the award, he was also recognized at the Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders (SBCAL) for his 20 years of associational ministry. Dr. Ray Gentry, president/CEO of the SBCAL, presented a plaque to Blankenship in honor of his achievement.

Puppet Ministry

The puppet ministry team of Pleasant View Baptist Church in Port Deposit, Maryland, will march in the Havre de Grace Independence Day parade, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Union Avenue, on July 6. A team of six, including adults and teens, will perform with the puppets all along the parade route.

Pleasant View Baptist Church’s puppet team will participate in the Havre de Grace Independence Parade on July 6.

This year’s theme is Noah’s Ark. Team leader Mike Gentry says the work for the new float starts at the beginning of each year. Church member Bobbi Sanchez painted the animals, then added painted styrofoam “splashes of water.”

The team is active in the community, marching in other parades including little league baseball season openings and Halloween and Christmas events, traveling to various locations in the tri-state area.

Emmanuel Church, Huntingtown, Maryland, is now accepting registration for their fifth annual Car/Truck/Bike show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 14. The free event includes music, games, food, and prizes.

Medical and Dental Volunteers Needed

The Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware (BCM/D) will host the North American Mission Board (NAMB) SEND Relief Mobile Medical Clinic from September 7-15, 2019. Various churches are hosting the clinic.

There is still a need for dentists, dental assistants, general medical practitioners, nurses and/or physician assistants for this event. Read more here.