April & May 2018

Note from Pastor Mark
As lead pastor, Pastor Mark leads the church within the boundaries set by the BOG.
We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. (2 Corinthians 4:7 NLT)
Over the last weeks as I have simply showed up at the Farmers Market to volunteer, been friendly and been open to having gospel conversations with our neighbors, it has been amazing. The way our community has embraced the market, the joy with which volunteers are serving, and the level of openness to spiritual conversations is great. What a privilege to partner with God in his supernatural work through people like you and I. As followers of Jesus, we have been given an incredible gift of salvation, but it is not only for us! We are empowered by the Holy Spirit to bring his transformation to the world around us. My hope for each of you is to be those “clay jars” launched on mission. Thank you for being a part of God’s transformation in our area. Let’s keep praying and planning for a minimum of 12 people to have Jesus transform their lives for the first time this year through DAC. So far, we have seen two. Praise God! I believe the best is yet to come.
 
 
Prayer (Praying for a Team Leader)
We desire to be a church that prays eagerly. For this year we have 12 prayer initiatives as we pray for God’s transformative work and a minimum of 12 people to have Jesus transform their lives. So far, we have seen two. In the month of April, we took time for a prayer walk around the church as we prepared for the market. In May, we participated in The Gathering and prayed with churches across the district for God’s transformative work in both the National Capital Region and around the world. Let’s keep praying!
 
During our Sunday Gatherings, the prayer room is open to go and pray by yourself or with others. We are also seeking out a point person to raise the temperature of prayer in and beyond DAC. Would you consider being this person? If you are interested, please contact Pastor Mark.
 
Pastor Mark - dac.markt@gmail.com
 
Worship Team
The Music and A/V team provide a quality and distraction free environment to worship Jesus Christ.
On May 27, those attending the Sunday Gatherings had the joy of being led in worship by a handful of our Vision Youth students.  At DAC, we want to be a multigenerational church and what a great reminder of this vision!
 
Both the A/V and worship teams are always open to adding more techs and musicians. If you have any interest in joining the worship team, contact Hector Ayerdiz.  If you’d enjoy the A/V side of the Sunday Gatherings, contact Matthew Sutton.
 
Hector Ayerdiz – hayerdiz@gmail.com
Matthew Sutton – Sutton.matt22@gmail.com   
 
Missions Team
The Missions Team helps launch us on mission.
Local: We continue to serve around Montgomery County. April 21 was the grand opening of Derwood’s weekly community Farmers Market here on DAC’s property. It has been a great opportunity to serve and connect with our neighbors. Response to the market from neighbors and vendors is overwhelmingly positive, and the market is ripe with opportunities to make connections and build relationships.  Prayerfully consider making volunteering at the market once a month a regular part of your summer calendar.  Contact Clint Musser to be scheduled.
 
Also, DAC sponsored the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless' annual Gala on May 3 for the third year in a row.  This year, DAC was represented by Pastor Mark Trinkl, Jen Ashby, Sarah Luse, Luz Ragland, and Aubry Simmons.  The theme of the gala was "Honoring Our First Responders" who are in frequent contact with our neighbors experiencing homelessness.
 
Global: The 2018 missions team to Paris prepares to launch on June 22. Also, Andrew Black will be co-leading the November mission trip to El Salvador with Emily Harr. This trip is open to adults and teens.  Contact Emily Harr for more information.
 
Laura Hessler - llhessler@gmail.com
Clint Musser - musser@american.edu
Emily Harr - emily.harr423@gmail.com
 
Explorers Children’s Ministry
Children are at the prime age for connecting with Jesus, and we love engaging them with prime ministry!
Bethany Clemmons led her first meeting as Director of Children's Ministry on May 20 with Explorers Children's Ministry team leaders, teachers, and supervisors on duty.  The two topics for the meeting were 1: moving to centralized check in for children on Sunday mornings to increase safety and security and 2: reinvigorating the children's "offering" to go towards something tangible for under-resourced people.  Both items were well received.  Stay tuned!
 
Bethany Clemmons - bethanyclemmons@gmail.com
 
Vision Youth Ministry
Vision Youth is a vital part of training up the younger generation of disciples and leaders.
Vision Youth had a great turn out for our District Youth Retreat at the end of April.  It was the largest group DAC has brought in many years.  While at the retreat, Ken Castor, our speaker for the weekend, challenged the students to think about “growing down” into Christ so that they might be rooted in him. This led to some great conversations during small group discussion times.
 
The Wednesday night gatherings have continued to be highly attended as students have invited more friends.  Starting in May, the group began a series on eternity. 
 
Tim Allen – timothy.allen@derwoodalliance.org
 
Small Groups
Small groups are a great place to make friends, pray, study the Bible, and live on mission.
The eight week Emotionally Healthy Relationships course got started on May 2 with 19 people involved in the course.  This updated course by Pete and Geri Scazzerro is all about gaining practical skills to actually fulfill the command of loving others well.  The combination of content and practice is challenging and exciting! 
 
Jen Ashby – jen.ashby@derwoodalliance.org
 
Connections Team
At DAC, we value authentic community and our Connections Team plays a big part in connecting us in community.
The Connections Ministry thanks Clint Musser for his great service as Usher Team Leader over the past year. As Clint steps down as leader to focus on his new role as the volunteer coordinator for the Farmer's Market, we welcome Corey Clemmons as the new Usher Team leader and thank him for his willingness to step into this role. We will still see Clint serving on the Usher Team on Sunday mornings.
 
Wendy Geraci – wendydms@hotmail.com
 
Building and Grounds
God has given us a great location and property and we strive to be good stewards of these gifts.
On April 8th we had a church work day. Thank you for all who came out to help We desire to have a physical location that enhances our neighborhood and attracts people to Jesus. If you are interested in helping care for our property, contact Mark Neely.
 
Mark Neely - MarkNeely@havtech.com
 
 

We are actively pursuing and apprenticing new leaders. We desire to be a church that empowers people into servant leadership positions. If you are interested in discovering how you can use your gifts in abilities at DAC, please let us know.
 
Staff
The staff manages ministry and meets weekly.
The staff continues to meet on a regular basis to pray, plan, and pursue after the mission of being a multi- ethnic, multi-generational church being transformed by Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit and launched on mission.
 
Elders
The Elders shepherd and give spiritual oversight to DAC. 
DAC’s elders meet monthly for a time of prayer and discussion on how to best provide care for the church. Please pray with us. Also, if you ever need prayer, please let the Elders know through your Sunday Prayer Card.  They would love to pray for and with you.
 
Current Elders: Mark Trinkl, Evan Homan, Eric Zetterberg, Steve Beardsley, Kyle Ott, Andrew Black, and Mark Neely
 
Mark Trinkl – dac.markt@gmail.com
 
Board of Governance (BOG)
The Board of Governance sets boundaries for the Pastor and meets quarterly.
The next board meeting is June 11 where we will be discussing the church wide assessment on September 7-9. We will also be talking about updating the Guiding Principles and Accountability and Support.
 
Current BOG: Mark Trinkl (Chairman), Evan Homan (Vice Chair), Jim Mullen (Treasurer), Eric Zetterberg (Secretary), Andrew Black, Steve Beardsley, Sarah Luse, Trudy Schwarz.
 
Evan Homan – evanhomanelder@yahoo.com
 


Summer Lock In – June 8-9, 9pm-9am
Help the Homeless Community Walk – June 10
MCCH Hot Meal – June 10, 5:30pm-6:30pm
Paris Mission Trip – June 21-July 2
Derwood Farmers Market – Saturdays, April 21-September 29

March 2018

Note from Pastor Mark
As lead pastor, Pastor Mark leads the church within the boundaries set by the BOG.
What an eventful month it has been as we have continued to seek God’s heart for the transformation of our neighbors, co-workers, friends, and families. We continue to pray that we will see a minimum of 12 people’s lives transformed by Jesus by the end of this year. Please know that the staff continues to pray for the names that were submitted. We believe that we will have many opportunities to celebrate as lives are transformed. Just this past weekend there was much excitement around DAC. Jen Ashby wrote,
 
“Our annual spring carnival on March 31 saw an increase from 540 in 2017 to 997 people on campus this year!  Over 40 DAC volunteers joined forces to make this possible.  At least two families joined us for worship on Easter Sunday after encountering us for the first time the day before at the spring carnival.  DAC is becoming the place to be in the neighborhood!”
 
As we continue to seek God’s heart for the good of our community and world, we will launch the Derwood Market in partnership with Milk Lady Market on April 21st.  This is an incredible opportunity to both serve and get to know our community. Please pray for God to bring his transformation in our lives and beyond and that we will be willing to share the hope we have in Jesus in all avenues of our lives.
 
 
Prayer (Praying for a Team Leader)
We desire to be a church that prays eagerly. For the month of March, we asked you to take one day to fast from one meal and pray for one hour for people to come to know Jesus. We saw many people take this on and are continuing to pray for transformation. During our Sunday Gatherings, the prayer room is open to go and pray by yourself or with others. We are also seeking out a point person to raise the temperature of prayer in and beyond DAC. Would you consider being this person? If you are interested, please contact Pastor Mark.
 
Pastor Mark - dac.markt@gmail.com
 
Worship Team
The Music and A/V team provide a quality and distraction free environment to worship Jesus Christ.
If you are interested in joining the worship team, please talk to Hector Ayerdiz.  If you have interest in joining the A/V team, contact Matthew Sutton.
 
Hector Ayerdiz – hayerdiz@gmail.com
Matthew Sutton – Sutton.matt22@gmail.com   
 
Missions Team
The Missions Team helps launch us on mission.
If you are interested in volunteering to serve at an event or on the mission’s team, which encompasses both global and local missions, contact Laura Hessler.
Local: We continue to serve around Montgomery County and are excited for the launch on the Farmers Market on April 21st. If you would like to volunteer, click here.
 
Global: The November 2018 missions team to El Salvador is being finalized!  This trip is open to adults and teens.  Contact Emily Harr for more information.
 
Laura Hessler - llhessler@gmail.com
Emily Harr – emily.harr423@gmail.com
 
Explorers Children’s Ministry
Children are at the prime age for connecting with Jesus, and we love engaging them with prime ministry!
During late February and early March, the children got to meet Mr. John and Mrs. Beverly, international workers to an African country, the Republic of Congo. They learned how people in the Congo eat, work, live, and learn about Jesus. They also got to hear from an international worker to the Hmong people.
 
The month's teaching theme was "Jump Ball" and focused on keeping peace in the madness of life.  We really love ministering to the children in our church, and the blessing of watching them grow in life and in their various stages of relationships with God.
 
Vision Youth Ministry
Vision Youth is a vital part of training up the younger generation of disciples and leaders.
The students have continued their study of the book of John and experienced growth in the youth worship team! Please be praying for our youth and leaders as we look forward to our upcoming District Youth Retreat (DYR).
 
Tim Allen – timothy.allen@derwoodalliance.org
 
Small Groups
Small groups are a great place to make friends, pray, study the Bible, and live on mission.
Our winter/spring small groups had over 60 adults participating in small groups and are wrapping up in March and April.  Stay tuned for a mid-sized group that will be offered in May-June.
 
Jen Ashby – jen.ashby@derwoodalliance.org
 
Connections Team
At DAC, we value authentic community and our Connections Team plays a big part in connecting us in community.
Please continue to pray that we do a good job in connecting guests with the church.
 
Wendy Geraci – wendydms@hotmail.com
 
Building and Grounds
God has given us a great location and property and we strive to be good stewards of these gifts.
If you are interested in helping care for our property, contact Mark Neely.
 
Mark Neely - MarkNeely@havtech.com
 
Good Friday Service
On the 30th, DAC joined four other congregations at First Alliance Church in Silver Spring for a Good Friday service.  It was a meaningful time to reflect on the magnitude of our sin and Christ’s sacrifice.  We also experience a great time connecting with others from local Alliance churches.
 
 
We are actively pursuing and apprenticing new leaders. We desire to be a church that empowers people into servant leadership positions. If you are interested in discovering how you can use your gifts in abilities at DAC, please let us know.
 
Staff
The staff manages ministry and meets weekly.
The staff continues to meet on a regular basis to pray, plan, and pursue after the mission of being a multi- ethnic, multi-generational church being transformed by Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit and launched on mission.
 
Elders
The Elders shepherd and give spiritual oversight to DAC. 
DAC’s elders meet monthly for a time of prayer and discussion on how to best provide care for the church. Please pray with us. Also, if you ever need prayer, please let the elders know through your Sunday Prayer Card.  They would love to pray for and with you.
 
Current Elders: Mark Trinkl, Evan Homan, Eric Zetterberg, Steve Beardsley, Kyle Ott, Andrew Black, and Mark Neely
 
Mark Trinkl – dac.markt@gmail.com
 
Board of Governance (BOG)
The Board of Governance sets boundaries for the Pastor and meets quarterly.
On March 12th, the Board met to discuss connecting culturally and review the principles, monitoring performance, and connecting with Christ. We looked at a website about current trends in the teen world (https://cpyu.org). It is a challenge to continue to face unique generational challenges but we believe God will lead us forward in seeing all generations transformed by Jesus.  The Board was also excited to see that we are meeting our budget for the year! Praise God for all your generosity!
 
Current BOG: Mark Trinkl (Chairman), Evan Homan (Vice Chair), Jim Mullen (Treasurer), Eric Zetterberg (Secretary), Andrew Black, Steve Beardsley, Sarah Luse, Trudy Schwarz.
 
Evan Homan – evanhomanelder@yahoo.com
 


Neighborhood Prayer Walk – April 18, 7pm-8:30pm
Derwood Farmers Market – Saturdays, April 21-September 29
District Youth Retreat – April 27-29

January & February 2018

Note from Pastor Mark
As lead pastor, Pastor Mark leads the church within the boundaries set by the BOG.
“Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike.” Ephesians 6:18-18 NLT
 
As we begin this new year, my prayer is that we would be people that seek the glory of God and are consistently praying for people to be transformed by Jesus, including us. As a church we are praying for a minimum of 12 people to be transformed by Jesus and baptized this year. I believe that God is still transforming lives and wants us to be a part of that, and I hope that you will join us in this pursuit.
 
 
Prayer (Praying for a Team Leader)
We desire to be a church that prays eagerly and are seeking out a point person to raise the temperature of prayer in and beyond DAC. Would you consider this and if interested please contact Pastor Mark.
 
Pastor Mark - dac.markt@gmail.com
 
Worship Team
The Music and A/V team provide a quality and distraction free environment to worship Jesus Christ.
If you are interested in joining the worship team, talk to Hector, and if you are interested in the A/V team, contact Matthew.
 
Hector Ayerdiz – hayerdiz@gmail.com
Matthew Sutton – Sutton.matt22@gmail.com  
 
Missions Team
The Missions Team helps launch us on mission.
If you are interested in volunteering to serve on an event or the mission’s team, which encompasses both global and local missions, contact Laura Hessler.
Local: We continue to serve around Montgomery County and are excited for the launch on the Farmers Market on April 21st. If you would like to volunteer, click here.
 
Global: We were honored to host John and Sue, serving in Asia, and Jay and Beverly, serving in Congo as C&MA international workers at our Spring Global Encounters 2018.  We heard powerful stories of people's lives being transformed and churches being established in minority people groups.  About 80% of DAC households connected once or more during the week with some powerful events, including the Feast of Nations, Tales from the Far East, and Taste of Paris.  Still more people connected at Vision Youth and Sunday morning worship.  Our children participated in their own parallel conference, "Get in the Game."  19 people committed to pray; 4 people committed to go; 9 people committed to tithe; $526 was collected as a gift to the international workers with us; $8,860 was raised for the Paris missions trip; $1,360 was collected in onetime gifts, $10,240 was committed in regular giving, and $15,220 was committed previously to the DAC missions fund.  A huge thanks to all who are praying giving, going, and helping to send, and to all those who worked to pull off an amazing week together.  May we be people who are launched on mission and partner with God to see lives transformed globally and locally!
 
Laura Hessler - llhessler@gmail.com
 
Explorers Children’s Ministry
Children are at the prime age for connecting with Jesus, and we love engaging them with prime ministry!
On February 25, we announced that Bethany Clemmons will be serving as our next Children's Ministry Director!  Praise God for his faithfulness and Bethany’s willingness to respond to God’s call. The transition is underway for her into this position, and we are excited about Bethany's leadership going forward.
 
On January 7, we had an elementary team lunch and meeting, and welcomed new team member, Joella Liddle.  Since its introduction in the worship gatherings on December 31, our elementary team has started incorporating the Bible Timeline from Watermark Church in Texas to help our children get a better sense of the big story of the Bible.  We extend our thanks to Tim Allen for getting us back to the big screen and big speaker AV use that our children love. 
 
Vision Youth Ministry
Vision Youth is a vital part of training up the younger generation of disciples and leaders.
Over the past two months, the students have been studying the book of John.  After each chapter read, they have taken time to address any questions, thoughts, or observations that occurred during the reading. We have also had discussion around the recent school shooting and the effects this is having on the each of them. Please be praying for our youth and leaders.
 
Tim Allen – timothy.allen@derwoodalliance.org
 
Small Groups (Jen Ashby)
Small groups are a great place to make friends, pray, study the Bible, and live on mission.
On January 7, we had a small group leaders dinner and training.  Of these six leaders, three are leading for the first time this semester.  The six groups launched this semester represent an increase from four groups the last two semesters.  We have fifty-six unique individuals participating in groups, which is an increase from forty-five and forty-two the last two semesters.  Some people are participating in more than one group. Each group is covering a different topic, and in groups where we are using published material, we have intentionally included authors representing different ethnicities and both genders. DAC small groups are the place to be!
 
Jen Ashby – jen.ashby@derwoodalliance.org
 
Connections Team
At DAC, we value authentic community and our Connections Team plays a big part in connecting us in community.
Please continue to pray that we do a good job in connecting guests with the church.
 
Wendy Geraci – wendydms@hotmail.com
 
Building and Grounds
God has given us a great location and property and we strive to be good stewards of these gifts.
If interested in helping contact Mark.
 
Mark Neely - MarkNeely@havtech.com
 
The Gathering
On January 10th, we gathered as a satellite location with other C&MA district churches to pray for God’s continued move in our district and beyond. We are excited to be a part of God’s work in the C&MA and pray that God will help is become even more effective in proclaiming the gospel on word and deed in this area.
 
Baptism
On the first Sunday of February, DAC had the opportunity to celebrate the baptism of Kyle and Chinh Ott. Congratulations!
 
Marriage Conference
On February 10th, Mark and Nami Trinkl hosted six couples gathered for a one-day video driven marriage conference by Paul Trip titled, “What Did You Expect.” It was a great day to focus on having healthy marriages and recognizing our need for Jesus at the center of it all. Thank you to all who attended and help to make this possible.
 
We are actively pursuing and apprenticing new leaders. We desire to be a church that empowers people into servant leadership positions. If you are interested in discovering how you can use your gifts in abilities at DAC, please let us know.
 
Staff
The staff manages ministry and meets weekly.
The staff went on an overnight retreat in February. This was a great time to eat lots of food, connect with one another, allow Hector to get to know everyone a bit more, worship together, and talk about mission, vision, values and our three-year ministry cycle that is being developed. We are excited to be a part of all God is doing at DAC!
 
Elders
The Elders shepherd and give spiritual oversight to DAC. 
DAC’s elders meet monthly for a time of prayer and discussion on how to best provide care for the church. Please pray with us. Also, if you ever need prayer, please let the elders know through your Sunday Prayer Card.  They would love to pray for and with you.
 
Current Elders: Mark Trinkl, Evan Homan, Eric Zetterberg, Steve Beardsley, Kyle Ott, Andrew Black, and Mark Neely
 
Mark Trinkl – dac.markt@gmail.com
 
Board of Governance (BOG)
The Board of Governance sets boundaries for the Pastor and meets quarterly.
Our next meeting is on March 12th where we will discuss connecting culturally and review the principles, monitoring performance, and connecting with Christ.

Current BOG: Mark Trinkl (Chairman), Evan Homan (Vice Chair), Jim Mullen (Treasurer), Eric Zetterberg (Secretary), Andrew Black, Steve Beardsley, Sarah Luse, Trudy Schwarz.
 
Evan Homan – evanhomanelder@yahoo.com
 
Good Friday – March 30, 7pm-8pm
Spring Carnival – March 31, 10am-2pm
Easter – April 1, 9am & 10:30am
Derwood Farmers Market – Saturdays, April 21-September 29