Letters help young woman grieve her best friend, slain at school
LEONARDTOWN, Md. — Traumatized following the tragic shooting and subsequent death of one of her best friends, Macy McCombs published “Letters to Jaelynn: A True Story of Friendship, Loss, and Healing,” released this week. In the book, she shares the story of Jaelynn Willey’s death and the impact it had on her, her friends and the community and how God sustained them through it all. And she does it through (email) letters she wrote to Jaelynn — for years after her death.
BCM/D board unanimously calls Tom Stolle as executive director
COLUMBIA, Md. (BP) — The Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware's (BCM/D) General Mission Board (GMB) unanimously elected Tom Stolle as executive director, effective March 3.
Maryland church’s food ministry opens doors, hearts
GLEN BURNIE, Md. (BP) – One Saturday a month, North Glen Community Church’s parking lot comes alive with hundreds of cars, four lanes wide, packing the lot. Police reserve officers direct traffic, and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members handle traffic management support. Cars begin lining up over an hour before the church’s mobile food pantry, Harvest Ministries, opens.
Age no barrier for 84-year-old DR volunteer
CLARKSBURG, Md. (BP) -- Gwen Arthur was saddened watching news broadcasts showing photos and videos of the devastation from recent flooding in Kentucky. So when she saw an opportunity to go, Arthur, a recently trained DR yellow hat volunteer, knew she had to help.
Celebrate Recovery is Maryland church’s ‘discipleship factory’
HUNTINGTOWN, Md. (BP) – Many people know that Celebrate Recovery (CR) is a place for those struggling with hurts, hang-ups and habits. But Marc Bartholomew, the CR pastor and a leader at Emmanuel Church, knows it’s more than that. “It’s a discipleship factory,” he said.
Baptist volunteers minister amid ‘unimaginable’ suffering along Ukrainian border
Southern Baptist volunteers who spent time serving Ukrainian refugees on the Ukraine-Poland border can’t unsee the horrors they witnessed and now can’t not care about the crisis.
Pastor’s family deals with aftermath of sexual abuse
HUGHESVILLE, Md. (BP) – Derek Yelton, pastor of Hughesville Baptist Church, and his wife Joy expected the mountaintop celebrations and heart-rending challenges of a life of ministry. But nothing prepared them for the discovery that their 13-year-old daughter had been sexually abused by a chaperone on a mission trip. That pushed them to the very edge.
God replaces one dream with another for Delaware church planter
TOWNSEND, Del. (BP) – Late last summer, LifeHouse Church entered its new 40,000 square foot modern building, with a sanctuary seating 645, on 20 acres of ground, an amazing answer to prayer. Lead Pastor Mark Lashey is in awe of what God has done and at the potential for the new facility. It is a God-sized dream come true.
Md./Del. Baptists set sights ‘for Christ’s glory’
OCEAN CITY, Md. (BP) –- In its 184th annual meeting, the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware convened in Ocean City, Md., at the oceanfront Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel. "Maryland/Delaware & the Nations for Christ's Glory" was the theme for the Nov. 10-11 sessions, which also aimed to provide encouragement to BCM/D pastors, especially those in declining or plateauing churches.
Maryland/Delaware Baptist meeting: ‘United in Prayer’
BEL AIR, Md. (BP) -- The 183rd annual meeting of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware was held Nov. 1-12 at the Oak Grove Baptist Church, founded in 1931 in Bel Air, Md. Messengers elected a new slate of officers and adopted the 2019 budget. BCM/D Executive Director Kevin Smith announced a new international partnership with the Baptist Convention of Kenya. The convention's theme was "Maryland/Delaware Baptists United in Prayer: Celebrating God's Mission in Maryland/Delaware."