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January Featured Events
Self-Defense and Martial Arts

1st and 2nd Thurs., 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; 3rd and 4th Sat., 10 a.m. to 12 noon, SJBC Fellowship Hall

This is a great way for parents to bond with their youth, adults to get healthy and for us to learn to be centered and disciplined.

Younger students will need parental participation.

Please register at
For questions, please contact Rev. Janelle by email or by calling 410.992.6977 ext. 1014.

MYAC – Millennial Young Adult Cluster

2nd and 4th Wed., 8 p.m., SJBC

If you are between the ages of 18 – 35, this group is for you! Each meeting has a topical discussion about things that affect this generation. We have spiritual development, as well as an active social agenda.

For more information please contact Bro. Carl Taylor or Minister of Music Eric Byrd.

Grief Share Ministry Support Group

Thurs., Jan. 12th thru Thurs. Apr. 6th, 12 Noon, SJBC Classroom

Grief Share is a free special weekly seminar and support group for people who are grieving the death of someone close to them.

Join us at St John for a journey from mourning to joy!

Register at

The required work book can be purchased in advance by visiting the Discover Resources area of the SJBC website (
For more information contact Rev. Ostein Truitt by email or by calling 410-992-6977 ext.1007.

Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service                                          

Mon., Jan. 16th, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Glen Mar UMC, 4701 New Cut Rd., Ellicott City, MD

Come for one hour or come for the day!

Glen Mar UMC, Ames Memorial UMC, and St John Baptist Church have joined efforts to host the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service!!!

As a caring and loving community, to serve those in need of the Glory of God, we are offering a number of family friendly service activities so the entire family —from young children of 5 to grandparents of 95 — will be able to serve together!

Activities will be held at Glen Mar UMC and a few other off-site locations.

Address: Glen Mar UMC, 4701 New Cut Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043

You can register via
For more information contact Rev. Ostein Truitt by email or by calling 410-992-6977 ext.1007.

PATH Action to be a Sanctuary County
Public Hearing, Tues., Jan. 17th, 6:00 p.m., George Howard Building

PATH Action Meeting, Sun., Jan. 29th, 4:30 p.m., Wilde Lake Interfaith Center

Howard County is proud of the diversity of our community. Now, we have an opportunity to protect it. Psalm 12:5 says “Because the poor are plundered and the needy grown, I will now arise”. Today, we are called to arise for our immigrant and undocumented neighbors.

The Howard County Council has proposed a bill that would make Howard a Sanctuary County. This bill would keep local police and government officials from acting as immigration agents, which is NOT their responsibility. The Baltimore Sun has endorsed this legislation.

There are three actions you can take to help protect our immigrant neighbors:

1.  Write an email to the County Council at telling them that you support CB9, and ask three of your friends to do the same!

2.   Appear for the County Council debate of the bill. Public testimony will be Tues., Jan., 17th at 6:00 p.m. at the George Howard Building, located at 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043. There will be many people present who would rather see our neighbors forced from Howard County.

3.   Join us on Sun., Jan., 29th at 4:30 p.m. for a PATH action meeting at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, located at 10431 Twin Rivers Rd, Columbia, MD 21044.

  1. We have invited the County Council and County Executive, and will hear from the people directly affected by this legislation.
  2. For more information contact Rev. Ostein Truitt.


Fri., Jan. 20th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., SJBC Fellowship Hall

Elementary students ages 5-11 are invited to an evening of fun, fellowship, snacks and the WORD!  

REMNANT KIDZ is every 3rd Friday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Youth are encouraged to bring a friend.
For more information contact Rhonda B.

Annual Congregational Meeting

Sat., Jan. 28th, 10 a.m., SJBC Fellowship Hall

Members, it’s a brand new year! Happy New Year!

Mark your calendars for the Annual Congregational Meeting.
Come to be inspired and informed as we review our 2016 accomplishments, elect our 2017 officials, and approve our 2017 church budget.

February Featured Events
Bible Study

Traditional – February; Experiential – February through March, SJBC Fellowship Hall

An 8-week Study of the Book of Romans- Paul’s letter teaches us how to be an “Extraordinary Church”.

Traditional — Tues., Feb. 7th - Tues., Feb. 28th , 7 p.m.

Experiential— Wed., Feb. 8th – Wed., Mar. 29th , 12 noon

The Spiritual Discipline of Study is an intentional encounter with the Word enabling transformation in our relationship with God and others!

Please register at

For more information contact Rev. Ostein Truitt by email or by calling 410-992-6977 ext.1007.

Black History Program

Fri., Feb. 24th, 6:30 p.m., SJBC Fellowship Hall

Youth of All Ages Needed for the Black History Program -
The 60’s, the 70’s – Then and Now!

Fri., Feb. 24, 2017

Individual or Group Acts / Participants for Speaking Parts

Catered Reception, Crafts 6:30 p.m. 
Performances 7 p.m. 

Fellowship Hall

For more information, please contact: 

Sis. Edwina Britt.

Church-Wide Soul Train Night

Sat., Feb. 25th, 6:30-9 p.m., SJBC Fellowship Hall

 As part of our celebration of Black History, we are hosting a Soul Train Night for all ages!!!

Join us for finger food, dancing, fellowship and soul!

Come prepared to participate in the Best 70’s Costume Contest!  Prizes will be awardes!

Tickets cost $9.43* in advance. $15.00 at the door. Advance tickets for sale on Eventbrite at!

For more information contact Rev. Ostein Truitt at!

Howard County Black History Expo
Sat., Feb. 25th, 1 p.m., Wilde Lake High School

5460 Trumpeter Rd, Columbia, MD 21044

Decoded Praise will be ministering at the Howard County Black History Expo. This year’s theme is “The Crisis in Black Education.” The SJBC Mentoring Program and Youth Ministry will also have a table! Be sure to stop by anytime between 12 noon & 4 p.m.

For more information, please contact Rev. Janelle at

African and Caribbean Attire Sunday
Sun., Feb. 26th,. SJBC Fellowship Hall.

We invite you to wear attire from other countries as we celebrate the rich diversity in our members. We are blessed to have 15 countries represented in our St John membership!!!

March Featured Events
Ash Wednesday Services

Wed., Mar. 1st, 12 noon & 7:00 p.m. SJBC Fellowship Hall.

Join us in this hour-long service to begin the season of Lent. Ash Wednesday is a reminder that for the next 6 weeks we should reflect on our need for repentance and gratitude to our savior, Jesus Christ who gave his life for our redemption!

12 noon- Rev. Ostein Truitt & 7:00 p.m. Rev Janelle Bruce

For more information contact Rev. Ostein Truitt at

Yoga! Back by Popular Demand!

Sat., Mar. 4th, 10-11:30 a.m., SJBC Fellowship Hall.

Come experience the many benefits of Yoga: It improves health, restores balance and flexibility and teaches us how to quiet our busy minds.

Needed: Yoga mat, available at local stores for $5.00-$10.00

Registration fee, $11.54 on

Pre-Registration begins Sun., Jan. 29th and end Tue., Feb. 28th

After Feb. 28th registration will be $15.00 (Cash only).

For more information contact Rev. Ostein Truitt at


Advance Healthcare Planning Ministry-Workshop
Sat., Mar. 11th, 10 a.m.-12 noon, SJBC Fellowship Hall.


Young adults, parents, older adult’s children, couples, singles, and friends are invited.

SBJC is inviting all adults and caregivers to:

First, learn key steps to effective advance care planning for you and your loved ones.

Second, make accessible the name and contact information of their healthcare agent to healthcare providers through during a life-threatening accident or illness.

Third, contemplate special considerations for persons with Diseases of the Brain (e.g., stroke, dementia) and Nervous System (e.g., multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease).

 Accessibility and respect for this information are key to receiving the healthcare you desire. To join us for this free workshop, you can register at no later than Thur., Mar. 9, 2017.


Questions: Contact Sis. Sandra Picot or Sis. Revolon Schmidt at

Womens Day!

Sun., Mar. 12th, All 3 Services, SJBC.

Powerful worship with 3 women of God preachers!

8 a.m. - Rev. Dr. Cheryl Sanders, 3rd Street Church of God, Washington D.C.
10:15 a.m. – Rev. Ojeda Hall, New Psalmist Baptist Church, Baltimore MD.

Noon – Rev. Rhonda Boozer-Yeary, Douglas Memorial Community Church, Baltimore MD.

Women are asked to help us win 100 women to Christ and get 50 engaged in the ministry or cluster this year! We also ask you to give a special offering of $200 in honor of Women’s Day. Help us reach our goal of $25,000!

For more information contact Rev. Ostein Truitt at



Fri., Mar. 17th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., SJBC Fellowship Hall

Elementary students ages 5-11 are invited to an evening of fun, fellowship, snacks and the WORD!  

REMNANT KIDZ is every 3rd Friday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Youth are encouraged to bring a friend.
For more information contact Rhonda B.


April Featured Events
An Evening with Callie Day

Sat., Apr. 22nd, 6:00 p.m., SJBC.

Youth of SJBC present Callie Day.

Attendees of this concert will also enjoy music from the Decoded Praise teen choir, spoken word, art and dessert reception. Join us for an evening you will not forget and an evening to support the youth of SJBC and Howard County. Please register at and spread the word!.

For more information, please contact Rev. Janelle at

Honor God with your wealth, and the first fruits of all your produce. - Proverbs 3:9

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