Our BCM/D News January 2024

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Freedom Biker Church New Home
After 23 years of meeting remotely — in a living room, funeral home, a nature center, various churches, and rented buildings, Freedom Biker Church— First State has a place of its own.

Their new building is the old site of the Woodside Inn, 2646 Frazier Road in Newark, Delaware. There’s lots of work to do and they’re seeking volunteers to lend a hand.

Missions Conference
New Song Bible Fellowship Church, Lanham, will have their annual Missions Conference throughout March. The schedule is as follows:

  • Focus Prayer at 7 p.m. on March 13 via Zoom
  • Wednesday Bible Study, from 10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. from 7-9 p.m. via Zoom
  • Missions Conference/Workshops, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. March 23 in-person
  • Worship Service at 10 a.m. on March 24

This year’s conference theme is Proclaiming the Good News Everywhere, Every Day to Everyone—That All May Know Him (Psalm 96; Philippians 3:10).  The conference is intended to be inspiring, challenging, and uplifting. 

New Delaware Moderator
Jon Boulet has been called as the new moderator for the Delaware Baptist Association. Boulet has served as the senior pastor of Sycamore Hill Baptist Church since 2008. In addition to his pastoral ministry and volunteer service as moderator, Boulet serves in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. He and his wife, Andrea, have four children — Timothy, Joshua, Ransom, and Grace.

Jon Boulet has been called as the new moderator for the Delaware Baptist Association. (Photo provided by Sycamore Hill Baptist church.)

Biblical Relationship
First Baptist Rockville (FBC Rockville), in partnership with the Montgomery Baptist Association, is offering a seminar on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.at FBC Rockville called “How to Avoid Falling for a Jerk (or Jerkette).” You will learn how to date with head and heart working together so you can identify healthy partners for relationships. This Biblically-based class is for both never-married and single-again adults 18 and older. The cost is $20, which includes lunch plus a workbook.

Cold Weather Shelter
Covenant Church, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, will host those who are experiencing homelessness from Jan.13-20. The church is one of several in their community participating in Cold Weather Shelter, sponsored by Jefferson County Community Ministries (JCCM). Guests arrive at the church at 7 p.m. on Saturday evening and leave by 8 a.m. on Wednesday. JCCM will bring those in need of shelter to the church in the evening and leave in the morning. Each night, Covenant members serve hot meals, and members will also take turns sharing testimonies with the guests. In the mornings, the guests are provided a takeout-style breakfast and lunches to take with them.

Many Maryland/Delaware churches are participating in similar programs with different names. Each involves caring for those without housing, giving them meals, and providing a place to sleep. Many put their own spin, providing haircuts, gifts, music, and a variety of other ways to show the love of Jesus.

Dream Conference
Oak Ridge Church, Salisbury, will host their annual DREAM Church Conference March 7-8. This extremely popular event is for ministry leaders and their teams who dream God-sized dreams for their church. Many BCM/D pastors and leaders attend as guests and as speakers and breakout leaders.

Brian Moss, ORBC lead pastor, and Richard Pope, the pastor of Canvas Church, Salisbury, will be among this year‘s plenary speakers, along with a variety of national speakers.

The church’s goal for the conference is to assist other churches in discovering God’s dream for their church by equipping leaders with the practical tools they need to grow a healthy, vibrant church and become difference-makers in their communities.

The DREAM Acronym stands for the following:

Design worship services that lost peoples love
Reach the broken and connect them to the church family
Engage people in spiritual growth
Activate every member into meaningful ministry
Mobilize the whole church to change the whole world