News From Around The Capital Area Region!

We give thanks for the mission and ministry of all of our congregations, clergy, and lay leaders from around the Capital Area Region.  Here are just a few of the recent events, special occasions, and newsworthy items from our Region!

2017 Bridge Builder Awardees - Rev. Joan Bell-Haynes, Rev. Dr. W. Chris Hobgood (with Cary Meade Hobgood)

2017 Bridge Builder Awardees - Rev. Joan Bell-Haynes, Rev. Dr. W. Chris Hobgood (with Cary Meade Hobgood)

Nominations Sought For 2019
Bridge Builder Award

In 2017 the Capital Area Commission For Congregational Life created our “Bridge Builder Award” recognizing persons in our Region for their significant work on issues of justice, peace, and in particular racial reconciliation.
Previous recipients of the award include: The Rev. Joan Bell-Haynes and the Rev. Dr. Chris Hobgood (pictured, with Cary Meade Hobgood) in 2017 and Rev. Nathan Hill and Oscar Haynes (posthumously) in 2018.
Please send names and a description of why you are nominating them to the Rev. Dr. Rosetta Robinson at
by October 31, 5:00 p.m.

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Bethany Beach Christian Church Celebrates Designation As A "Green Chalice Ministry"

“The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it."  Psalm 24:1-2

Bethany Beach Christian Church (Disciples Of Christ), in Bethany Beach, Delaware, has diligently been working on being more faithful in it's stewardship of God's earthly resources.  Under the leadership of Glenn Chisholm and a team of volunteers, along with their previous pastor, the Rev. Dr. Chris Hobgood and their current pastor, the Rev. Dr. Rusty Hesse, significant strides have been made to be more environmentally sustainable as a congregation and as individual people of faith.

Some of the tangible efforts at sustainability and earth stewardship happened when the chapel of the Christian Church Conference Center, the grounds upon which the Church sits, was rebuilt in 1998 to be a year-round worshipping community.  Improvements such as well insulated walls, double-paned windows, and programmable thermostats were made.  Even then, however, a  2015 Energy Audit by the University of Delaware showed the leaders how they could do even better with the improvements they already had.

But this was not enough for this intrepid congregation!  They wanted to do absolutely everything they could to save energy and preserve resources for future generations.  Some of the steps the leaders took were:

Replaced their old unrepairable copier with a “green” copier that has large plastic ink bottles which are recyclable when they are empty.

Segregated recyclable trash from non-recyclable trash according to the Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) guidelines and properly dispose of each.  

Essentially eliminated the use of non-recyclable coated paper/Styrofoam cups by encouraging congregants to keep personal washable coffee cups at church. Storage shelf installed for personal cups (pictured below).

Window candles were replaced.  The old bulbs, 7W C7 bulbs (26) needed to be replaced since they are in photo-sensor fixtures, burn all night, and collectively use about $135 of electricity per year.  Replacing them with LED bulbs will yield a 7-month payback. 

And MANY other steps were taken!

A complete listing of all that Bethany Beach Christian Church did - and is still doing - to live into God's call to be faithful stewards of all God has give us is available on the Capital Area Region's website at: or by clicking on the button below.

For more information about Bethany Beach Christian Church, go to their website at  For more information about the Disciples Green Chalice Ministry Program go online to: 

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Fulfilling Promises: Final Phase Of Capital Campaign At Camp Mary Mac Has Begun!

Even though it was begun in the midst of one of the greatest recessions in the United States and was ultimately undersubscribed, the Capital Area Region’s Share The Light capital campaign, which concluded it’s active fundraising in 2012, was able fulfill most of the commitments it had made to those who gave so generously.  One promise left unsatisfied was the work at Camp Mary Mac to expand the dining hall, upgrade the kitchen, and add staff quarters.

In conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the purchase of Camp Mary Mac, in April of 2017, at a joyful and well-attended celebration, the Capital Area celebrated the completion of two of the three final commitments to Camp Mary Mac.  The Shorty & Thelma Melott Dining Hall and the new kitchen/office were dedicated on Saturday, April 29th, 2017.  An expanded dining hall, complete with a beautiful new fireplace, a completely rebuilt kitchen with new appliances and air conditioning, and an office, ADA-compliant bathroom, and first aid room were finished.  And as of this writing Spring of 2018, the walls are going up for the new staff quarters to complete the final phase if the project.   The Region has secured a contract with Callas Construction Co., who did the work on the dining hall and kitchen, to complete the project.
Not part of the capital campaign, but equally important, is the rebuilding of the cabins which is being funded by congregations and individuals throughout the Region.  Special thanks goes to Bob Stockslager and Bob Hindsley for their hard work and passion on this part of the project.

All of this work is being led by the Mary Mac Management Committee under the leadership of Mike Cline, Chair, Bob Stockslager, Chair-Elect, and Mark Grzeszkiewicz, Secretary

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Adult Education Curriculum Explores Faith & Civil Rights

On April 4th, 2018, the nation will mark 50 years since the death of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In observance of the lasting impact of Dr. King’s ministry, Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City is offering a new video curriculum free of charge.
Martin Luther King Jr.: Epistles & Prophets brings together an interview with Civil Rights icon and theologian Ruby Sales and expert speakers exploring contemporary black/white relationships through writings by James Baldwin, Thomas Merton, and King that resonate powerfully today.
Use the segments in faith-formation educational settings large or small, or on your own. Each video comes with a set of questions to help facilitate further reflection.
The material can be viewed online or downloaded at

(Thanks to Rev. Brenda Cardwell for making us aware of this exciting resource!)