July & August 2017

Note from Pastor Mark
As lead pastor, Pastor Mark leads the church within the boundaries set by the BOG.
As summer comes to an end and fall is upon us, I am reminded of having good, healthy rhythms to life.  Rhythms take in the ebbs and flows, the changes of seasons in life and allow us to not only sustain but thrive. So, as followers of Jesus, what is a healthy rhythm? A healthy rhythm recognizes we are created to be with God and not simply “do” for him. When we take time to be with God by reading and studying the Bible, prayer, participating in community with other followers of Jesus, and living on mission, it reminds us of both our belonging in Him and connection to one another. We are created for God and for community and when we have a healthy relationship with God and others, life is so much richer. Plato stated, “An unexamined life is not worth living.” As you enter into fall, why not take a moment to examine your interior and exterior life. Consider your rhythms, relationship with God, relationship with others, your boundaries, and the season of life in which you find yourself. Then make the necessary adjustments to have a healthy rhythm in life.


Worship Team
The Music and A/V team provide a quality and distraction free environment for worship.
On August 6, Katie Boss officially passed the baton onto Hector Ayerdiz and Melanie Neely.  Following the second service that day, we enjoy a great luncheon celebrating Katie’s leadership over the past few years.  Since then, there has been a great transition with the team. “They have adapted very well and are great to work with. The team has shown an ability to have an open mind in trying new things.” - Hector
 
Missions Team
The Missions Team helps launch us on mission.
Local: We are exploring the possibility of partnering with an organization to host a farmers' market on our property in 2018 for the purpose of serving and connecting with our community.  We have continued with monthly bagged breakfasts and monthly hot dinners at the men's emergency shelter of Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless. 
 
Global: Our El Salvador team returned on Saturday, July 1, and gave a moving report on Sunday, July 2.  We have begun a monthly financial partnership with the Envision work in El Salvador, and each one of us who gives to the DAC Missions Fund is part of that.  We have penciled in a second trip to El Salvador in 2018, and are exploring the possibility of another trip in 2018 to a new (to us) field.  The missions team has decided to move from a once a year, eight consecutive day missions conference to a twice a year, 3-4 events each missions conferences.  Pencil in this fall's missions emphasis for October 29 - November 5, and watch for more information as those plans come together.
 
If you are interested in trying out the missions team, which encompasses both global and local missions,
contact Laura Hessler at 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!
DAC ladies showered Miriam Black with blessings for baby Sarah Elizabeth on Sunday, July 2.  Sarah was born on August 9.  Miriam serves as our Director of Children's Ministry, and began her maternity leave from ministry on July 23.  Jen Ashby will be serving as the interim Children's Ministry Director through approximately October 18.  Jacob Munson concluded his time as Lil Explorers Team Leader, and Sarah Luse took on that role.  Thank you, Jacob and Sarah!

Over the summer we said goodbye to some children and volunteers in our program who moved, we welcomed some new children, and we graduated three children to Vision Youth Ministry.  Explorers celebrated the end of a great summer around a campfire at the home of Dave and Trudy Schwarz. It was a great time to have fun as families together.
 
Please pray for the volunteer needs in children's ministry, and if you would like to know more about how to get involved, contact Jen at jen.ashby@derwoodalliance.org.
 
Vision Youth Ministry
Vision Youth is a vital part of training up the younger generation of disciples and leaders.
Vision Youth wrapped up their summer series of Bible stories around the campfire in July and enjoyed a summer break for the month of August.  As school gets back in session, so does Vision. If you know of any youth that is not connected with Vision, invite them to be a part of what God is doing here!
 
Cafe Classes
Our Café Classes for adults and youth cover topics of faith, family, and finances.
Chris Henrich wrapped up her June/July "after hours" class, "Reaching Higher in Studying the Bible," and Jen Ashby and Evan Homan concluded the July Sunday morning class, "Just Walk Across the Room."  Our current Sunday morning class, "Soul Keeping," runs through September, and it's not too late to jump in!  The class is based on material by Pastor John Ortberg, and facilitated by Sarah Luse and Jen Ashby.
 
Small Groups
Small groups are a great place to make friends, pray, study the Bible, and live on mission.
Our June/July round of small group leader training concluded, and registration is open for our fall small group semester.  This fall, all of our groups will be unpacking our Sunday morning message series, "One," based on Jesus' prayer for unity in John 17.  Small groups are our primary venue for adults to make friends, pursue transformation, and be on mission with others.  You do not want to miss this fall's semester!  Register online or via your connect card on Sunday morning.  Registration closes and groups start September 10.
 
A Day at Hershey Park
At DAC, we are trying to find simple ways for people to connect outside of Sundays to have fun together. Over the summer, a group of us headed to Hershey Park for a fun day filled with rides, roller-coasters and relationships. Everybody had a great time. In September, we are encouraging people to meet at Andrew’s Airforce Show on the 16th, 9am-5pm for a free fun day!  Finally, keep October 7th marked on your calendar for our next Annual Fall Festival!

Building and Grounds
God has given us a great location and property and we strive to be good stewards of these gifts.
Thank you to all the people who volunteer around the church. Set your calendar! We have a church work day scheduled for September 30, 8am-1pm



Staff
The staff manages ministry and meets weekly.
Over the summer, Katie Boss transitioned out of her role as Worship Director and Hector Ayerdiz transited into the role. The staff is in the middle of establishing a new rhythm of meeting and growing together. We are excited for the future and all that God has in store for us. Please keep all of us in your prayers.
 
 
Leadership Development
The Staff, Elders, and BOG gather on the third Monday of every month to pray, discuss God’s leading for our church,
and grow in their spiritual formation. 

On the July 24, DAC’s leadership and families enjoyed a great night out of bowling at Bowl America.  In August, the group kicked off the fall semester gatherings by praying for the new season we’re all entering.  The book that we will be reading and discussing over the next couple of months is, “Leading a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church,” by Mark DeYmaz. We will also be looking at how to incorporate a more systematic pathway for leadership development.
 
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.  If you ever need prayer, please let the Elders know through your Sunday Prayer Card.  They would love to pray for and with you.
 
Board of Governance (BOG)
The Board of Governance sets boundaries for the Pastor and meets quarterly.
The Board last met in June. The focus of the meeting was updating the Principles and bylaws. We discussed continual community assessments to make sure that our church is meeting the needs of our community. There was also discussion about pastoral reviews, the policy manual and upgrades to the building. The next meeting is set for September 11th where we will discussing performance reviews and leadership development, along with future board members and by law changes.



District Women’s Retreat – Registration Due September 8
Andrew’s Airforce Show – September 16, 9am-5pm
District Conference – September 22-24
Church Work Day – September 30, 8am-1pm
Fall Festival - October 7, 10am-2pm

June 2017

Note from Pastor Mark
As lead pastor, Pastor Mark leads the church within the boundaries set by the BOG.
What is God saying to you and what are you doing about it?
 
This is a question that has been asked and answered by our leaders again and again. It seems simple, yet challenging. For some of us, we know God’s voice. For others, we are still learning to hear God’s voice. Jesus says in John 10:27 “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” If we say we follow Jesus, we need to know the voice of God in our lives. A powerful way to hear his voice is through the pages of the Bible, the Word of God. God’s voice will never contradict his word. If you want to hear the voice of God, make sure to read the Word of God.
 
Once we know His voice, we must be willing to respond. James 1:22 states, “But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.” I know that God is speaking and working individually and collectively and we must not only hear his voice but do what he says. So I ask again, what is God saying to you and what are you doing about it? May we be individuals and a community that hear from God and do what he says.



Missions Team
The Missions Team helps launch us on mission.
Local: We hosted our third annual awareness/fundraising walk for Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless on June 11.  We also hosted MCCH staff member, Lynn Rose, and client, Carlisle, in our worship gatherings.  66 individuals participated in the walk and $1306 was raised. Our monthly bagged breakfasts and hot dinners for the men's emergency shelter continue with Luz Ragland kicking it up a notch by organizing a cookout at the shelter complete with Hawaiian leis and grass skirts!  We are continuing to explore the possibility of hosting a farmer's market next summer, and we are talking with various market managers in the area.  Please pray with us that we would know God's direction in this.
 
Global: The team of 15 were launched on a mission trip to El Salvador on June 24! This was an amazing trip for all. We are excited to see God's direction about continued involvement in El Salvador and about where he would point us next!



Explorers Children’s Ministry
Children are at the prime age for connecting with Jesus, and we love engaging them with prime ministry!
As some of our team members make various transitions, we are working hard to round out our team leaders, teachers, and helpers in Explorers Children's Ministry!  In June, we welcomed new helpers Laura Hessler, Rachel Tracy, and Gareth Mugisa.  Please pray with us for the continued building of healthy, passionate teams, and for Miriam Black's upcoming maternity leave from serving as the Children's Ministry Director.
 

Vision Youth Ministry
Vision Youth is a vital part of training up the younger generation of disciples and leaders.
On June 10, we celebrated the graduation of three students: Ryan Brown, Alyssa Larason & Genevieve Messner.  The graduates and leaders enjoyed a fun dinner out celebrating their recent accomplishments!
 
On Wednesday evenings, our Vision youth have been exploring stories of the Bible around a campfire.  Each week, we have enjoyed dramatic readings of both well-known and lesser known stories, working our way from beginning to the end of the Bible.  It’s been great to read large passages of scripture in one sitting, and many students have been asking great discussion questions subsequent to the reading!
 

Cafe Classes
Our Café Classes for adults and youth cover topics of faith, family, and finances.
Keith Luse taught "Essentials: The core beliefs of Christianity" in our Sunday morning class for the month of June, and Chris Henrich kicked off "Reaching Higher in Studying the Bible" in our Wednesday evening class for June/ July.  Our interactive classes are the place to unpack Biblical truths in a relevant way, and gain crucial skills for the Christian journey.  Take advantage of these opportunities!
 

Small Groups
Small groups are a great place to make friends, pray, study the Bible, and live on mission.
Jen Ashby and Pam Homan have been investing in small group leaders this summer as we prepare for our next small group semester beginning in September.
 

Connections Team
At DAC, we value authentic community and our Connections Team plays a big part in connecting us in community.
The Connections Ministry is excited to welcome two new team leaders. Casey Sutton has recently taken on the role of Coffee Team leader, and she has already found ways to enhance how we do things on Sunday mornings. Her cheerfulness, willingness, and ingenuity make her a great fit for this role. A huge thank you to Judy Beardsley for the years that she served wonderfully in this role, and we thank her too for her willingness to devote more time to the Children’s Ministry as she steps down from her leadership role on the Coffee Team.
Clint Musser has recently taken on the role of Usher Team Leader.  Clint’s natural friendliness and willingness to serve are a perfect match for this role, and the team will be in great hands with him leading the way.  We are so grateful to Ray Boss, who was our amazing one-man usher and grew our usher team to a group of eight serving at two Sunday morning services. 
 

The Gathering
On June 14, DAC hosted the District Prayer gathering as a Satellite location.  This was a great time to connect with the larger district family. We are hoping to see more people attend at future dates.




Staff
The staff manages ministry and meets weekly.
Please continue to pray for unity of the staff during this time of transition with Katie and Hector. Katie with finish at DAC on August 6th. She is a great part of DAC and we want to bless her in every way possible. Hector will begin on July 23rd. We are excited about him and his family becoming a part of DAC and are looking forward to all God has in store.
 

Leadership Development
The Staff, Elders, and BOG gather on the third Monday of every month to pray, discuss God’s leading for our church,
and grow in their spiritual formation. 

Currently we are on summer break but will continue in the Fall.
 

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.  The Elders also lead the congregation in a time of prayer together every second Sunday of the month.  If you ever need prayer, please let the Elders know through your Sunday Prayer Card.  They would love to pray for and with you.
 

Board of Governance (BOG)
The Board of Governance sets boundaries for the Pastor and meets quarterly.
The Board met in June. The focus of the meeting was updating the Principles and bylaws. We discussed continual community assessments to make sure that our church is meeting the needs of community. There was also discussion about pastoral reviews, the policy manual and upgrades to the building. The Next meeting is set for September 11th.




Intro to DAC – July 23
A Day at Hershey Park – July 25
Hector's First Sunday – July 23
A Farewell Luncheon for Katie Boss – August 6


May 2017

Note from Pastor Mark

As lead pastor, Pastor Mark leads the church within the boundaries set by the BOG.

May has been an incredible month to see God at work. There were two main highlights this month. First was to witness three children being dedicated and three people being baptized. A few signs of a healthy church are a full baptismal and a full nursery! Praise God for his work in individual and families in our midst. The other highlight was General Council of the Alliance in Columbus, Ohio. I was excited for my whole family to attend. My children loved the children’s ministry, and my wife and I were challenged and encouraged by God’s work through our Alliance family both in the United States and around the world. If you have a bit of time, here is a link to all of the videos from the week. http://www.cmalliance.org/video/series/alliance-council/#2017
 
 

As we enter into the Summer months we are excited to be a part of many things that God is doing This month we have our third annual MCCH walk, we are having great training and learning opportunities, and are headed to El Salvador. Please continue to pray for God’s unity and his power as we seek to follow his lead for the church.
 
 

Missions Team

The Missions Team helps launch us on mission.

In the month of May, Laura Hessler was received as an official member of DAC, baptized as a believer, and was appointed as our Missions team leader.  Laura also attended General Council of the C&MA alongside the Trinkl family and Jen Ashby to continue expanding her understanding of The Alliance and Alliance missions.
 
The El Salvador Mission trip team had a yard/ bake sale on May 13 to raise funds for their trip. The final details are coming together and everyone is excited to be going! Please be praying for all of them as we head out June 24 to July 1.
 

Baptism & Child Dedication Sunday

May 7 was a great day of celebration for our church family! Between both services, three children were dedicated to Christ and three individuals took the step of obedience to Christ through baptism!

Prayer Gathering

We are continuing to learn as a church how to pray eagerly. At the prayer gathering we had a great time of prayer for one another and our world. We are excited to be hosting the District Prayer gathering June 14th as a satellite location. Keep praying!

 

MCCH Partnership

The Church has a mandate to care for the materially poor.  At DAC, we take this seriously which is why we love to support and partner with Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless.

For the second year, DAC sponsored the MCCH Gala, and Pastor Mark and Nami, Jen Ashby, Terrance and Luz Ragland, and Laura Hessler represented DAC at the event. This month we are having a Community Walk to help toe homeless on June 11th. Invite a friend and be a part of what God is doing for some of the most vulnerable people on our area.

 

Vision Youth Ministry

Vision Youth is a vital part of training up the younger generation of disciples and leaders.

Last month, the youth completed memorizing the 66 books as well as the structure of the Bible.  Throughout this series, videos from The Bible Project were used to come alongside the memorizing to give a holistic view of the biblical narrative.
 

Small Groups

Small groups are a great place to make friends, pray, study the Bible, and live on mission.

Small groups will take a break this summer while we do some more extensive training with leaders, and then small group registration will open again in August for the fall semester.

 Cafe Classes

Our Café Classes for adults and youth cover topics of faith, family, and finances.

Ted Mueller finished the "Discovering the Old Testament" class.  Vision Youth took a Sunday to talk about their experiences at District Youth Retreat, and Karina Homan took a Sunday to talk about her mission trip to Guatemala. This month we have a class on Essentials on the core beliefs of Christianity and Café after hours on studying God’s word. See our website for more info.


 Explorers Children’s Ministry

Children are at the prime age for connecting with Jesus, and we love engaging them with prime ministry!

A continued thank you to Miriam Black and her team. Please pray for more people who are passionate about strategically investing in our children to join the team.
 

Staff

The staff manages ministry and meets weekly.

Please continue to pray for Katie’s transition. She continues to be a vital part of the team. Make sure to speak words of life and encouragement to her.
 

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.  The Elders also lead the congregation in a time of prayer together every second Sunday of the month.  If you ever need prayer, please let the Elders know through your Sunday Prayer Card.  They would love to pray for and with you.
 

Leadership Development

The Staff, Elders, and BOG gather on the third Monday of every month to pray, discuss God’s leading for our church, and grow in their spiritual formation. 

On the 15th, this group concluded the book discussion of, “Emotionally Healthy Leader.”  A summer break will be take place, but the staff, elders and BOG will continue these gatherings come fall.
 

Board of Governance (BOG)

The Board of Governance sets boundaries for the Pastor and meets quarterly.

The next meeting is scheduled for June 12th.
 

Upcoming Dates

The Gathering, a prayer event – June 14
El Salvador Mission Trip – June 24-July 1

March & April 2017

Note from Pastor Mark

As lead pastor, Pastor Mark leads the church within the boundaries set by the BOG.

This has been an exciting few months as we have continued to see God at work and many significant signs of new life in the church. Please join with me as we continue to pray for unity and God’s leading, timing and provision in all areas of the church.
 
 

Missions Team

The Missions Team helps launch us on mission.

Global Encounters 2017 (March 26 - April 2) was an action packed week with Colleen and John Schleh, Christian & Missionary Alliance workers in the Dominican Republic, and Paul, who serves in Central Asia.  We learned much about God's heart and activity for these parts of the world, as well as for our own neighborhoods. There were many well attended events along with a fundraiser for the trip to El Salvador in June where over $5,000 was raised!  We were inspired to pray, give, go, and send!
 

Spring Carnival

We welcomed about 540 people from the community to our 8th Annual Spring Carnival.  We had some great interactions and feedback, and it has been exciting to see some of those families with us on Sunday morning!

Good Friday & Easter Sunday

On Good Friday we partnered with three other local Alliances church. It was a great time to come together as a community to reflect on the death of Jesus.
 
Easter Sunday was a celebration of the Resurrection and the new life in Christ that is for everyone that chooses to believe.
 

Worship Ministry

The Worship Team leads us in reverence before God in a way that is transformative. 
The AV Team assists by providing a distraction free environment.

March and April have been marked with the bittersweet announcement that Katie Boss will be stepping down from her position as Worship Director come August 6. In the coming weeks, Katie and Mark will be working closely to prayerfully navigate this change. We will keep you in the loop as decisions are made that effect the worship ministry with this regard.
 
 

MCCH Partnership

The Church has a mandate to care for the materially poor.  At DAC, we take this seriously which is why we love to support and partner with Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless.

Every third Sunday, DAC packs bagged breakfasts for the men of the Gude’s Men shelter. In March, we added another layer to our partnership with Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless:  preparing and serving a hot meal to these same clients.  Huge thanks to all the adults, youth, and children who have rolled up their sleeves to pitch in, and to Luz Ragland for coordinating this effort to serve our neighbors!  
 
 

Vision Youth Ministry

Vision Youth is a vital part of training up the younger generation of disciples and leaders.

Over the past few weeks, our students have been studying the structure of the Bible and memorizing the order of all 66 books.  In April, 18 students and four leaders traveled down to Goshen, VA for the annual District Youth Retreat.  This weekend was packed with tons of fun, thought provoking sessions explaining what it looks like to be anchored to Christ, and sincere small group discussions.
 

Small Groups

Small groups are a great place to make friends, pray, study the Bible, and live on mission.

Our four small groups finished strong at the end of April, but not before inviting some different small group members to "try on" leading.  Small groups will take a break this summer while we do some more extensive training with leaders, and then small group registration will open again in August for the fall semester.
 

Cafe Classes

Our Café Classes for adults and youth cover topics of faith, family, and finances.

Ted Mueller kicked off "Discovering the Old Testament" in March, walking through the broad brushstrokes of the first part of the Bible.  This Café Class will conclude mid-May, with a couple of special events following on May 21 and 28.  Our next Café Class will begin in June.  Additionally, there will be a Café Class After Hours this summer on Wednesday evenings.  Stay tuned for more details, including registration for childcare.
 

Building and Grounds

God has given us a great location and property and we strive to be good stewards of these gifts.

In preparation for Easter weekend services and celebrations, a hardworking group came out on April 8 to spruce up not only our church property but the DAC Villa, as well.  Thank you to all that helped, and thank you to Mark Neely for his constant work and leadership in this ministry!
 

Explorers Children’s Ministry

Children are at the prime age for connecting with Jesus, and we love engaging them with prime ministry!

A continued thank you to Miriam Black and her team. Please pray for more people who are passionate about strategically investing in our children to join the team.
 

Connections Team

At DAC, we value authentic community and our Connections Team plays a big part in connecting us in community.

A continued thank you to Wendy Geraci and her team as they provide a great welcoming environment on Sunday mornings and beyond! Keep up the great work!
 
 

Staff

The staff manages ministry and meets weekly.

To further our ability to share our faith, the staff thought it would be good to have a better understanding of other religions and beliefs.  Following a Wednesday staff meeting, Mark, Jen, Tim, Katie and Linnea visited the Islamic Center of Maryland.  It was a fun visit and a great time to ask questions about the Islamic faith.  The staff also celebrated Katie’s birthday in March! 
 

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.  The Elders also lead the congregation in a time of prayer together every second Sunday of the month.  If you ever need prayer, please let the Elders know through your Sunday Prayer Card.  They would love to pray for and with you.
 

Leadership Development

The Staff, Elders, and BOG gather on the third Monday of every month to pray, discuss God’s leading for our church, and grow in their spiritual formation. 

This group is currently reading, “Healthy Emotionally Leader,” by Pete Scazzero.   This book is challenging us as leaders to live emotionally healthy lives.
 

Board of Governance (BOG)

The Board of Governance sets boundaries for the Pastor and meets quarterly.

The next meeting is scheduled for June 12th.
 

Upcoming Dates

Baptism & Child Dedication Sunday – May 7
El Salvador Yard Sale Fundraiser – May 13
Meet the Staff Lunch – May 28
General Council – May 30-June 4

February 2017

Pastor Mark

The Lead Pastor leads the church within the boundaries set by the Board.

As a church, we believe that God has positioned us here at this location and time to see lives transformed by Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit and launched on mission.  Just within the last few weeks and months, we have heard stories of people driving by, or who are living locally connecting with DAC. I love that with the building improvements that we are now more visible and attractive to our neighborhood. It is exciting to see God working both through the people of the church (remember that the church is not a building, it is the called-out people of God living out the purposes of God) and our location.
 
A few changes that we made in February were going to two gatherings on Sundays at 9:00am and 10:30am and adding Café classes. Here are the top three reasons for the changes: One, to provide an opportunity for our Explorer workers to worship on Sunday before serving during the second service. Two, to provide two different opportunities for our community to connect on Sundays. And three, to provide great classes during the second gathering while people are already here. So far this has been very well received, attendance is increasing, and people are enjoying the options and opportunities. I believe this is just the beginning of all that God has for us as a church. Please continue to pray for God to use us in a powerful way to transform lives.
 

Staff

The staff manages ministry and meets weekly.

In the New Year, the staff began to implement goals based off of their readings from “Four Disciplines of Execution.” Our biggest goal is to see at least 11 people transformed by Jesus and then take a step in baptism. At the beginning of February, we were already able to celebrate 5 baptisms. Praise God!  Also, in January, each staff member committed to visiting two new movers each week. In February, the staff shared their experience of visiting new movers on Sunday mornings. This has been stretching but a great way to connect more with our community.  The staff also began work to pull together ideas that would give the foyer a fresh new look and are planning to have some of this updated in the next few weeks.
 
At the end of February, the staff went on their second annual staff retreat to southern Maryland. It was a great time to be together, be refreshed, reflect on where we have come from, how we are doing and where we are headed.  All of the staff came away with the sense that we are on the right track and need to continue to execute the mission, vision and values that God has given to us as a church.
 

Board of Governance (BOG)

The Board of Governance sets boundaries for the Pastor and meets quarterly.

The Board met in December. The focus of the meeting was connecting with Christ.  The board training was on the biblical mission, vision and values of DAC. We also finalized the 2017 budget and continued to consider ideas of how to be more intentionally missional in our surrounding community. The next Board meeting is on March 13th where we will focus on connecting with people, culture and community.
 

Elders

The Elders shepherd and give spiritual oversight to DAC.  

The Elders met on January 7th, February 4th and March 4th for a time of prayer and discussion on how to provide care for the people of DAC.  The next gathering is scheduled for April 1st.
 
The Elders also led a time of prayer after the 10:30am gathering on February 12th.  The next time of prayer together will be held on March 12th.  If there is anything that you ever need prayer for, please let the Elders know, and we would love to pray for you.  
 

Leadership Development

The Staff, Elders, and Board gathered again on the 20th.  A good portion of the evening was spent remembering Ray Boss and praying for all of our church family members who have recently lost loved ones.
 
The second portion of the night was devoted to discussing the first three chapters of Peter Scazzero’s book, “Emotionally Healthy Leader” and answering the questions: “What is God telling you? And what are you doing about it?”  The journey to being an emotionally healthy leader is a challenge but something that we desire to be at DAC.
 

Worship

We are excited to facilitate worship at DAC and bring people before God in a way that is transformative. In addition, the A/V team allows people to worship God by providing a quality and distraction free environment for worship.

The worship team has handled the transition great to two Sunday Gatherings. This has made Thursday rehearsals even more strategic as the team prepares for Sunday. We continue to praise God for the team that he has given us and are also are praying for God to raise up more musicians, leaders, and A/V team members. Raising the value of combining different ethnicities into worship through music selection, team members and more is another important element of worship.
 

Vision Youth Ministry

Vision is a vital part of training up the younger generation of disciples and leaders.

Over this past month, Vision students and leaders have been challenged in their study of, “Questions.”  In January, Tim asked the students to anonymously write down one question they would like to ask God.  Each question was very deep and thoughtful and was reflected in the rich conversations experienced on Wednesday evenings. There is a great energy in Vision and we are excited to see how God is transforming lives through this vital ministry!
 

Explorers Children’s Ministry

Children are at the prime age for connecting with Jesus, and we love them and engage them with prime ministry! 

The Explorers Children's Ministry continues to thrive under the leadership of Miriam Black.  We are facing some changes in team leaders (for Tiny Explorers, Lil Explorers, and Elementary Explorers) and are seeking God for the right people to fill those roles next.  With the birth of two new babies, and more on the way, we've identified a path for how we will come alongside new parents.  Welcome Evelyn Ott and Gabriel Carrera!
 

Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless

The Church has a mandate to care for the materially poor.  At DAC, we take this seriously which is why we love to support and partner with Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless. 

On January 25, Jen Ashby, Lucrecia Munson, and Luz Ragland assisted with the Point in Time Count at Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless' men's emergency shelter where great connections were made with clients and friendships with the staff deepened.
 
On the 12th, both services lent a helping hand in our continued endeavor to help MCCH provide food for the men they care for at the Home Builders Care Assessment Center (HBCAC) Men’s Emergency Shelter.  We have also decided to increase our involvement with MCCH by adding another monthly meal at the shelter, this one coordinated by Luz Ragland and prepared and personally served by DAC. 
 
On March 2nd, Jen and Mark attended a pre-Gala event. The Gala is MCCH’s annual fundraising dinner, which will be held on May 4th this year. If you are interested in attending, please let us know.
 

Small Groups

Small groups are a great place to make friends, pray, study the Bible, and live on mission.  

Four winter/spring small groups are up and running and are scheduled to meet through April.  New leaders include Andrew Black, and new hosts include Mark and Melanie Neely.  Each group is covering differing material this semester, but one thing all the groups have in common is an emphasis on identifying and developing new small group leaders so that we can increase our capacity for connecting people in small groups.
 

Cafe Classes

Our Café Classes for adults and youth cover topics of faith, family, and finances. 

Our first Cafe Class (Sundays, 10:30-11:30 am), "God's Economy:  It's not just about money," was taught by Evan Homan and ran through February.  Our next Cafe Class, "Discovering the Old Testament," is taught by Ted Mueller and began on March 5th.
 

Missions Team

The Missions Team helps launch people on mission.

The missions team is in the thick of planning for "Global Encounters," March 26 - April 2, during which we will be hosting three Christian & Missionary Alliance international workers.  Plans are well under way for the mission trip to El Salvador this led by Pastor Mark, Emily Harr, and Pastor Julio Orozco of the Grace Community Church.
 
Laura Hessler and others from the missions team continue to meet with local farmers' market managers to explore the possibility of hosting our own market beginning in 2018. 
 
You can begin to mark your calendars for the Spring Carnival which will be Saturday, April 15 from 10 am to 2 pm!  Jen Ashby, Melanie Neely, and Jacob Munson are heading up this effort.
 

Connections Team

At DAC, we value authentic community, and our Connections Team plays a big part in connecting people in community.

Wendy Geraci continues to provide excellent leadership to the Connections Team as they face new challenges.  The team has taken in stride the change to two Sunday gatherings.  We are seeking some additional team members, particularly in the areas of ushers and follow up team members.
 

Building and Grounds

God has given us a great location and property and we will be wise stewards of it!

It has been great to see the building refaced, the cross relit and many other projects happening around the church. Save the date for the next church work day on April 8th. There will be many projects to tackle that day to continue the improvement of the building and property.
 

Other Notables

On February 18, DAC hosted five couples for a one day marriage conference titled, “Marriage: Built to Last.” We believe that healthy couples translate to healthy families and we will continue to raise the value of healthy marriages.
 

Dates for your Calendar

Global Encounters 2017 – March 26-April 2, various times
Church Work Day – April 8
Good Friday Service – April 14
Spring Carnival – April 15
Easter Sunday – April 16