BWC Advance Specials
Advance Specials are ministries that provide opportunities for second-mile giving. The ministries below are lifted up as outstanding examples of programs that help people become fully alive in Christ and make a difference in an ever-changing world.
To contribute to any of them, write a check to “Conference Treasurer” and mail to Baltimore-Washington Conference, 11711 E. Market Place, Fulton, Md. 20759 . Be sure to include the ministry’s name on the memo line of the check.
Campus Ministry – Chaplains work with young adults at American, Howard and Frostburg State Universities and the University of Maryland to help them grow in faith and serve in mission. Support from the denomination and conference has been cut back in recent years and campus ministers are building partnerships with local churches to help enable them to carry on their programs and ministries of making, growing and nurturing disciples.
Deaf Ministries – The Deaf and Deaf-Blind communities are often overlooked by social services and agencies that provide services to hearing individuals. Deaf Ministries seek to bridge the gap between hearing and deafness, as it supports and empowers Deaf and Deaf-Blind individuals through advocacy, case management, education and referrals. Deaf Ministries projects also include camping sessions for the Deaf and blind.
Quality of Life Retreats – Held four times a year, these retreats provide opportunities to minister to people living with HIV/AIDS. One retreat participant wrote, “How do you thank a group of people for supporting and caring for us and who would freely give their time to walk along side and down the uncertain paths of so many sick and emotionally wounded? This retreat is a beacon to help us on that journey.”
SMILE – This ecumenical outreach ministry in Southern Calvert County provides food, clothing and other assistance to those in need in the Lusby area. “Service Makes Individual Lives Exciting” is entirely volunteer-run. From the beginning, SMILE has operated a thrift shop and a food pantry. It also provides emergency assistance for utility bills, rent, mortgage, gas, fuel and prescriptions as needed.
Mount Auburn Cemetery – Mt. Auburn is the oldest cemetery in Baltimore for African-Americans. The trustees of the then Sharp Street Methodist Episcopal Church purchased the land in Mt. Winans in 1810 and dedicated it as “The City of the Dead for Colored People.” It is the resting place of many prominent African-Americans, bishops, freed slaves and others from all walks of life. It was designated a Historic Landmark in Baltimore City in 1986 and since 2001 is on the National Register of Historic Places. Though historically prestigious, the church has few resources for its upkeep.
Good Shepherd School and UMC in Zambia – The project, started by members of Glenmont UMC in Silver Spring, sponsors education costs for underprivileged children in Ngombe Township in Lusaka, Zambia. The school is in need of books, educational supplies and funds for school fees. The school recently started a new United Methodist Church, under the Zambia Annual Conference. The new church is need of pews, choir robes and other church supplies.
Korean Partnership Young Adult Clergy Initiative – The funding will support the global partnership between the Baltimore-Washington Conference and Nambu Yonhoe (South Conference) of The Korean Methodist Church in order to develop young clergy leadership by assisting them in discernment, recruitment, nurturing, education and support, especially focusing on global cultural and faith experiences; and conduct joint young clergy exchange opportunities between the Baltimore-Washington Conference and the South Conference, South Korea.
Puerto Rico Partnership – As part of the covenant between the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico and the Baltimore-Washington Conference, this project will support youth, young adult, laity and clergy leadership exchanges to develop deeper understanding of, and appreciation for, one another’s culture and ministry within our own conferences and around the world; and identify specific areas of ministry and mission for mutual benefit.
Black Soil District Ministry – This project supports the partnership between the Baltimore-Washington Conference and the Black Soil District of the South Russia Annual Conference, and helps facilitate exchanges between the two conferences in various ministries.
All Kids Can Learn Village of Hope – This project, born out of Mt. Zion UMC in Bel Air, works to rescue and care for orphaned and vulnerable children in Zambia by providing economic sustainability. The Village of Hope—and its School of Hope—is located in the Chibomba District, 50 kilometers north of Lusaka. The children are cared for using a holistic approach; caring for their physical, emotional, spiritual and cognitive needs. The children live in family-style cottages with eight to nine children in each cottage. A Zambian housemother/father lives in each of the cottages, caring for the needs of the children and raising them with the help of the Villages of Hope Zambian leadership team.