The Chesapeake Connection :: October 2014 :: Celebration of Ministry; Ebola Relief; New Life Gainesville FamJam; The Gathering and other District News


October 26, 2014

Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, General Superintendent of The Wesleyan Church, will be the keynote speaker for the Chesapeake District Celebration of Ministry on October 26, 2014. The event will be held at Easton First Wesleyan Church, 620 Goldsborough Street, Easton, MD 21601 beginning at 6:00 pm. All district ministers and church congregants are invited as we celebrate milestones of ministerial achievements for our pastors. Awards will be given to pastors who are celebrating year markers of service to the church. Retiring pastors will also receive special recognition. Your presence will be an encouragement to these great people who have served so splendidly among us! Please, also, plan to join the district family for a dessert fellowship after the celebration.


The Wesleyan Church is working closely with World Hope International (WHI) in an all-out offensive against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, General Superintendent of The Wesleyan Church former CEO WHI, has called Wesleyans  to prayer, stating:

The Ebola virus is spreading rapidly across these countries, doubling the number of cases every 20 days. A worst-case projection by the Center of Disease Control (CDC) would take the number of cases from the current several thousand to over a million cases by the end of January. The majority of the people who contract the disease have been dying. These numbers represent real people. 

All schools are closed, and most businesses and markets are closed as people are hunkering down in their homes. Travel is only done now by permit. Many areas are under quarantine. The economy is at a standstill and obtaining food will become an increasing issue. 

Wesleyan churches are still meeting in these countries, with monitored chlorine baths for hands before entry. There is no handshaking or other body contact. But people are hearing God’s word and praying. 

Please pray along with other Wesleyans:
  1. Pray for courage and safety of healthcare workers that are daily treating patients with Ebola. 
  2. Pray for patients, those suspected and confirmed.
  3. Pray for families who have lost loved ones to the disease or who have relatives in isolation units or treatment centers.
  4. Pray for government officials that they make wise decisions quickly.
  5. Pray Ebola doesn’t spread further.
  6. Pray that Ebola is eradicated quickly.
  7. Pray the international community moves quickly to intervene in each country.
Your donations have enabled World Hope International to do the following work:  
  1. Set-up an isolation unit at Kamakwie Hospital in the north, and to send a health care team from the US there to train staff and provide equipment. 
  2. Distribute airlifted medical supplies to hospitals and clinics.   
  3. Implement a broad education campaign to support the government's efforts to educate the public about this deadly disease.  This campaign includes radio broadcasts and village-by-village seminars. 
  4. Train approximately 750 community health working on combating Ebola.   
  5. Explore opportunities to provide water and sanitation to the Ebola treatment centers using their experienced Water and Sanitation team.   
Donations may be made either to the Wesleyan Ebola Crisis Relief fund or to World Hope International's Ebolo Emergency Response fund.  


New Life Church’s Gainesville Campus planned strategic Fall events designed to engage their local community and encourage the congregation to invite their friends to come and experience New Life. The events initiated countless conversations with people in the community about God, faith, and church. The church reached its highest attendance ever and followed it the next week with attendance far above its average. The church is currently following up with over 30 new visiting families that came during the two weeks.

The first event, a FamJam Weekend for the community, was hosted at the campus Saturday, September 13th and featured a Back 2 School Bash Treasure Hunt where kids followed a map to play games and compete in challenges to win treasures and prizes. After the hunt the kids attended a live show with their parents filled with singing, dancing, and a drama teaching about the virtue of Responsibility. This was followed by a free community cookout. The congregation invited their friends and family to Back 2 Church Sunday on September 14th and all visitors received an “Experience New Life” T-shirt, snapped a photo in our funny photo booth, and experienced a powerful New Life worship service!  

The following Saturday the Gainesville, Virginia campus opened a booth at the widely attended Haymarket Days. The booth was themed after the New Life fish car bumper magnets. Children were invited to come to the booth and catch a magnetic fish for a prize and also receive a fish balloon hat to wear around the fair - prominently displaying the message of New Life. While the kids were enjoying the game, Campus Pastor James Matchette and other congregants shared with parents about the New Life Church Campus around the corner.

These events provided an exciting opportunity to love, serve, and share with our neighbors about a place where they can discover God and Experience New Life!

GROWTH POINTS with Gary McIntosh 

Jesus fulfilled his overall mission of bringing glory to God by completing his earthly mission of providing eternal life through his sacrificial death upon the cross.  What earthly mission is God calling you to accomplish in order to bring glory to His name?  Click HERE to download the October 2014 edition of Growth Points and read part 2 of "What is Our Mission" by Dr. Gary McIntosh.  


By Norma Evans Barber
Saturday, September 20 was a day of refreshing at Capital Wesleyan Church. It was the Capital Wesleyan Women’s annual Family Seminar Day. This year the theme was “Street Smarts for Families in 2014” and the presentations by leaders from the church proved both relevant and instructional as they addressed the topics of bullying, reality television, sexual abuse, and financial responsibility. Of special blessing was the presence of at least thirteen members from the Bread of Life Fellowship who joined members in the sanctuary for the first time and participated in the continental breakfast and a portion of the workshops.

After a rousing welcome by Director Sister Sarian Akibo-Betts, Sister Annette Burke, a certified social worker, held the audience spellbound by addressing bullying at home, school, church and in the street. She got the group to develop a definition of bullying, note its extensive consequences, and understand the recommended preventive strategies. In the second session, Sister Ula Scott, a retired registered nurse, taught attendees that reality television was not real. The prevelance and popularity of reality television necessitates discrimination between godly and worldly role models, a discernment that is certainly a challenge to achieve given the dramas with which the media bombard our senses daily. Every eye and ear was opened when Sister Vivian McCain, a Howard University School of Divinity graduate, addressed sexual abuse. She cut no corners as she exposed the ballooning crises of abuse impacting our society, its subtleties and the implications for parents and children at home, school and even the church.

The final session covered financial smarts with Brother Burke as the speaker. He exhorted attendees to know who they were as stewards of God’s resources. His was the first installment in a series which attendees requested to continue. Everyone left energized with a heightened awareness of being on guard from being tricked by Satan, the roaring lion who prowls about seeking whom he could devour.

Pastors around the world agree that families are being assaulted by sexual content online. It’s hurting marriages, harming kids, and killing their spiritual lives. That is why The Church Multiplication and Discipleship Division of The Wesleyan Church has selected Covenant Eyes as an Internet protection partner.

Seventy percent of Christian men and 30% of women say they struggle with Internet pornography, and children struggle too. The average age of first exposure is just 11 years old. Meanwhile, 12-to-17-year-olds are the most prevalent users of Internet porn.

There are two ways to take advantage of The Wesleyan Church Discount: 
  1. Pastors and Church Leaders  –  Sign up now to receive a special discount that The Wesleyan Church has negotiated on your behalf. You’ll receive your first 60 days free and a $2 monthly discount.
  2. Church Families  –  Click HERE for discount information for church families and educational resources to teach them how to protect themselves. Download the free e-book Protecting Your Family Online. Covenant Eyes also offers more free educational resources about protecting families, finding freedom from porn, helping spouses recover, and more.   
If you have any questions please contact

"DRIVE 2 THRIVE" Fall Festival
October 24-25, 2014

Denton Wesleyan Camp is having a Fall festival and fundraiser called "Drive 2 Thrive" starting on Friday, October 24 at 7:00 pm with a bonfire and continuing through Saturday. Everyone is welcome to stay the night and enjoy activities for the whole family, including pumpkin carving, chili contest, crafts, moon bounce, music and more.  For more information please contact Pastor Marilyn Searcey at 302-876-5380 or click HERE to visit the Denton Camp Facebook page.

Anyone wishing to invest in the future of Denton Camp ministries may do so by sending a check or making a monthly pledge to "Denton Camp."  Mail contribution checks to Bill Arnold, P.O. Box 1694, Pasadena, MD 21123-1694.

January 13-16, 2015

The Gathering, January 13-16, 2015, is a powerful, 3-day celebration at the The Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Florida where Wesleyan clergy and spouses gather for encouragement, inspiration and to engage with one another.  The journey of spiritual leadership is never meant to be taken alone and God is already using this event to spark a revival in our churches and communities. The Gathering is more than a conference. It is a movement of giving hope to one another as together we bring hope to the world.  Click HERE for more information and to register.  


Please mark your calendars with the following important dates:


Drive To Thrive Fall Festival at Denton Camp, October 24-25
Celebration of Ministry
October 26, 6:00 pm
DBMD Meeting
November 11, 7:00 pm
Building Committee Meeting
November 15, 9:00 am
DBA Meeting
November 18, 9:00 am
DBMD Meeting
January 6, 7:00 pm
Building Committee Meeting
January 19, 9:00 am
January 13-16, 2015
DBA Meeting
January 20, 2015, 9:00 am



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