Join us for service to pray for our county’s students

Citizens of Howard County,
Please join The Council of Elders on Sunday, August 11th at 3:00 p.m, as we participate in a service to pray for our students for the 2013/2014 school year. This service, sponsored by Howard County PRAY, will be held at Bethel Christian Academy located at 8455 Savage-Guilford Road, Savage MD 20763, two minutes from the intersection of Routes 32 and 1. There will be members of the Howard County Public School system in attendance, along with other local organizations dedicated to school improvement in our county. This invitation is open to everyone, so please mark your calendars and join us for this very important event!


TOGETHER, letʼs ask God to protect and prosper
our students, and bless teachers and schools
in cultivating knowledge and wisdom in our young people
so they may make good choices
as they mature to be responsible citizens in our county,
in a safe academic environment
where they may freely share their faith in Jesus.

                                                                     -Howard County PRAY

Community dialogue and prayer in the wake of Zimmerman verdict

Press Release

Columbia, MD – St John Baptist Church (SJBC) in conjunction with the African American Community Roundtable of Howard County, MD will hold a Community Dialogue and Prayer surrounding the George Zimmerman verdict on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 7-9 pm. This event is intended to bring healing, information and clarification re various issues related to Trayvon Martin’s untimely death and the George Zimmerman verdict.

The African American community is very concerned and shocked over the verdict. Rev. Robert Turner, pastor of St John Baptist Church stated, “Many parishioners at church on Sunday stated that they have been speechless all night. They couldn’t sleep after hearing the verdict”. “As pastor, I have a 13 year old son. If it happened to Trayvon, could it happen to my son?”

Young people are encouraged to wear hoodies in honor of Martin, who was wearing a black hoodie when Zimmerman shot him in the chest on Feb. 26, 2012. We will hear questions from members of the community, remarks from the Howard County Police Dept., Howard County Office of Human Rights to name a few, sing songs about justice and discuss race relations in this country and County and how we can move forward. We will end the night with prayer.

The program is open to the public and will be held in the SJBC Sanctuary, located at 9055 Tamar Drive, Columbia, MD. For more information, please contact SJBC Administrative Assistant Ambrie Jones (410) 992 – 6977.