NOTE FROM PASTOR MARK
As lead pastor, Pastor Mark leads the church within the boundaries set by the BOG.
We are now into a new ministry season, and it is exciting to see how God is moving. People across all ages are connecting with the church. Small groups have expanded to include new leaders and new groups, Vision Youth has welcomed more students, and Explorers Children’s Ministry is going strong. We are launched on mission locally and globally. We are loving our neighbors and the nations. Locally, the farmers market and serving the material poor through MCCH continues. Globally, we are sending resources and people to be a part of God’s global mission. And on top of this, each one of you continue to give generously of your time, talent and treasure…thank you!!!! I am so grateful for all of you and your love for God, for people and this church. Please continue to pray for God’s “breakthru” in your life, in the church and community. I believe it is only a matter of time till we see many more people saying “yes” to Jesus.
We want to pray eagerly as prayer is first about a relationship with God and second transforming our world.
We are in the midst of “40 Days of Prayer”, which began at the beginning of the month as an initiative to break strongholds in our individual lives and as a church. Each day, we've been using various platforms to encourage people to pray and to think about a specific scripture for that day. On September 20, DAC hosted a prayer night for the District as one of many sites where people in the Mid Atlantic District gathered to pray, and on October 18, we are having another prayer and worship night. Please join in.
Every Sunday, the prayer room next to the sanctuary is open during both services for anyone who would like to pray specifically over the services as they happen. Praises and prayer requests are sent out weekly from the Connect Cards collected at each service, and if you would like a request to be sent out during the week, you can submit a prayer or praise on the church website from the prayer page under the connect tab.
Joella Liddle – firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric Liddle - email@example.com
We want to worship in all we do as we are designed to worship God as a way of life.
The worship and A/V team do a great job with providing an environment for this local body of believers to worship together. The worship team is more and more reflecting our multi-generational church through new members joining the team! If you would like to be a part of helping others worship Jesus, contact Hector Ayerdiz or Matthew Sutton.
Hector Ayerdiz, Worship Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
Matthew Sutton, A/V Team Leader – email@example.com
The Missions Team helps launch us on mission.
The missions team met on September 16 and did an annual re-evaluation of how we are directing the giving to the DAC mission fund. Thank you for your generous giving that enables us to financially support six missionary households on a regular basis, as well as 700+ others serving with Christian and Missionary Alliance. Our prayer focus for October is Jesse Blaine, serving with Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders in Cambodia. Jesse was highlighted in our worship services on September 1. Also, in September, Jen Ashby held two informational meetings about our next short-term mission trip to Paris, France in April 2020. Applications and deposits for the trip are due October 6.
On the local side, Luz Ragland led a team to prepare and serve a meal at the men's emergency shelter run by our partner, Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless. Our dedicated volunteers continue to make the Derwood Farmers Market a weekly reality. The market season runs through the end of October, and a market celebration for vendors and volunteers is being planned for November 2.
Jen Ashby – firstname.lastname@example.org
EXPLORERS CHILDREN'S MINISTRY
A place for children to explore God’s world and Word and to make friends.
A number of our Explorers kids moved up to the next age group on September 1. Kids and teachers alike seem to be rising to the occasion. =) Our elementary age Explorers and their families enjoyed a fall hike at Lake Needwood with Mr. Steve on September 29.
Bethany Clemmons - email@example.com
VISION YOUTH MINISTRY
A place to meet Jesus, continue to know Jesus & be encouraged to share Jesus.
September brought Vision’s Fall Kick Off event which ended our summer break and welcomed our new 6th grade students! It was a great evening full of pizza, water balloons & fun! The rest of September began our study and discussion under the theme of “Meeting Jesus” from Vision Youth’s vision statement (Meet Jesus, Know Jesus, and Share Jesus). The students and leaders have been watching RightNow Media’s video series, “Why Jesus?” with David Nasser.
Tim Allen – firstname.lastname@example.org
Our primary venue for making friends, inviting God's transformation through Scripture and prayer, and living on mission together.
Our fall series, "Welcome: Opening Our Lives to God and Others" kicked off on September 8, as well as seven small groups that are meeting to share meals and take the Sunday morning messages a few steps farther. Thank you to all of small group leaders and hosts that make this ministry possible, and for all those who are opening their lives to each other through small groups.
Jen Ashby – email@example.com
We desire authentic community and want to create space for transparency and real relationships.
Whether you’re a regular attender or new to the church, we want you to feel connected! And knowing you are welcomed is the first step towards cultivating authentic community. If you enjoy inviting friends to your own home and meeting new people, consider joining this great team by contacting Wendy Geraci.
Wendy Geraci – firstname.lastname@example.org
BUILDINGS & GROUNDS
God has given us a great location and property. We strive to be good stewards of these gifts.
Thank you to all who invest their time maintaining and improving the property. If you have interest in handy work and would like to be a part of this vital team, contact Mark Neely.
Mark Neely - MarkNeely@havtech.com
We continue to pursue apprenticing people in all areas of ministry. We desire to be a multiplying church, and to do this we must have a multiplying mindset of training and releasing more people into ministry. If you are not currently serving, we would love to help you discover your giftedness and where God would like to place you. Check out this page on our website.
The staff manages ministry teams and meets weekly.
The staff continues to meet on a regular basis for prayer and planning. We attended the Global Leadership Summit in August and are now reading the book, “Beginners Pluck,” from Liz Forkin Bohannon. We are also are in the process of setting goals for 2020 and believing God for greater things. Please pray alongside us that God will work in supernatural ways through DAC.
The Elders shepherd and give spiritual oversight to DAC and meet on a monthly basis.
There is a great group of Elders who are serving and praying for you faithfully. If you ever would like prayer for any reason, we would love to pray for you.
Mark Trinkl – email@example.com
BOARD OF GOVERNANCE (BOG)
The Board of Governance (BOG) sets boundaries for the Pastor and meets minimum quarterly.
The Board met on September 9 for our quarterly meeting to talk about monitoring performance, the name changes, and other matters. There will be a meeting for the Board, Elders, and Ministry Leaders on October 14 to make a final decision on the name change. There will be another Board on November 11 where we are updating our current constitution from an older to the cost current and making sure our bylaws are in alignment. The bylaws will come to a congregational vote at the Annual Meeting in January. Please pray for all in leadership and the church for the unity of spirit and the bond of peace as we continue to discern God’s heart for DAC and beyond.
Chairman Mark Trinkl – firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice-Chairman Evan Homan – email@example.com
40 Days of Prayer for Spiritual Breakthru – September 8-October 18
Baptism Sunday – October 6
Prayer & Worship Night – October 18
Market Celebration – November 2
Meet the Staff – November 10