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    Church Everywhere!
    Coronavirus Updates

    Updated July 24, 2020 at 5 AM

    After watching the uptick of COVID-19 nationwide and monitoring the situation in Maryland, in addition to considering the best advice of healthcare professionals, the recent decision of the public school system to not meet in person, and talking with dozens of pastors and churches, we have prayerfully decided to suspend all INDOOR adult worship gatherings through October. This is a difficult decision, but we are confident this is the right decision for Mountain, for right now. 

    Mountain wants to be vigilant for what’s next. We’re eager but not in a hurry, and we want to act wisely and in harmony with the best guidelines.

    The continued directives from the Governor and trends in Maryland allow us to feel confident to continue with the “THINK SMALL” phase Mountain announced in June with a few enhancements. 

    It’s called “THINK SMALL” because we don’t believe it is the right time to resume large indoor, in person gatherings that many have experienced before at Mountain. 50% capacity limits, 7’ distancing, masks, no singing, no congregating, limits on kids programming, and potentially having to turn people away is not an experience we think will be meaningful, and wouldn’t be wise to pursue.

    Rest assured, we are investing our time, energy and resources to continue with the best ONLINE weekend worship experience we can provide. And as the summer heats up, don’t let your faith and your commitment to Mountain cool down. Stay connected. Join us every weekend, watch online and invite your friends.

    In addition to online, we will be having one OUTDOOR worship service in the parking lot at the Mountain Road Campus beginning the weekend of August 16. We will abide by social distancing recommendations while worshipping outdoors together. Bring a lawn chair and mask. Stay tuned for the time of the service.

    There also is opportunity for smaller home gatherings and the chance to “invite someone to church” even though it’s not at the church building. We’re encouraging those who feel comfortable and who have a suitable environment — whether in the front yard, patio, or even in a living room that could accommodate people with the right spacing — to host WATCH PARTIES during the weekly worship service. Gather up some friends and neighbors where you can enjoy one another and worship together. Coaching and guides will be provided on how to make it a worthwhile experience within safety constraints. Watch Parties are underway, so sign up to host one!

    Prayer & Worship Gatherings will continue throughout the summer as well. The next one is scheduled for Monday, August 3 at 7PM.

    Campus Groups, Second Saturday Serve, Celebrate Recovery and more are gathering in modified ways during the “Think Small” phase. There is more happening with Global Leadership Summit and Good Life Days. So visit the groups and events pages for continued updates.

    And one more thing… THIS Week we’re celebrating groundbreaking for phase 2 — the worship center at the new ABERDEEN CAMPUS! We’re not sure when we can have an official grand opening and launch the ABR campus, but that’s not stopping us from having blood drives and food giveaways and providing essential childcare. And even as we speak, phase 2 of the building is under way. So stay tuned. Keep praying, keep giving, and keep daring to dream about what God has next for us.

    We are continuing to “Think Small” but God is doing BIG things in this season. The mission is unchanged and it’s going forward. The love for Jesus is more needed now than ever. So while everyone is waiting and wondering, God is working. So cling to Jesus. Trust Jesus. Be encouraged by Him. And serve others in His name.

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    Good-life Days
    August 31 – September 5

    As summer winds down, jump in and be a part of Good-life Days events happening August 31-Sept 5. Experience the Mountain community by celebrating the good things in life and serving each other in fun ways! There is something for everyone; so invite neighbors, family and friends to join in with you. Check out the list of Good-life Days events below.
    We're also inviting everyone to take next steps at the Baptism Splash or take a step in generosity by donating to the School Supply Drive happening during Good-life Days.
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    School Supplies Drive
    August 31-September 5

    We are always looking to be a blessing in and around our community, so what better way to kick off the Good-life Days than with a sense of gratitude and gratefulness! The School Supply Drive is an easy way to have a profound impact on students and their learning experience. Drop off school supplies at the following locations.

    8/31 | Monday Brooms Bloom | 6–9 PM

    9/1 | Tuesday Bring supplies to your campus community event

    9/2-4 | Wednesday - Friday

    • William S. James Elementary (1 Laurentum Parkway, Abingdon, MD 21009) | 2–7 PM

    • Magnolia Elementary (901 Trimble Road, Joppa, MD 21085) | 2–7 PM

    • EFO (Extreme Family Outreach) (801 C Philadelphia Road, Joppa, MD 21085) | 12–8 PM

    9/5 | Saturday Outdoor worship service at Mountain Road Campus | 6 PM

    Supplies Needed:

    • Wide Ruled Note Books
    • Wide Ruled Paper 
    • College Ruled Note Book
    • College Ruled Paper
    • Pencils
    • Big Erasers
    • Crayons
    • Index Cards (lined)
    • Dividers
    • Scissors
    • Binder Zipper Pouch
    • Highlighters
    • Pens
    • Ruler
    • Colored Pencils
    • Wide Ruled Composition Book
    • 1” Binder
    • 3 Prong Folders
    • Glue Sticks
    • Pencil Box
    • 2-Pocket Folders
    • Pencil  Sharpeners
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    Baptism Splash
    September 5

    What better way to end the Good-life Days than with the celebration of New Life!  We will have a chlorinated pool ready for you and this next step at the end of the Outdoor Service September 5. 

    Throughout the New Testament, Christ followers have participated in the act of baptism, choosing to get rid of the old life and enter into a new life and a new family in Christ. Just like those early believers, we too have the opportunity to choose new life through baptism. Are you ready to take this amazing next step to begin a new journey with Christ? You can sign up below.

    Baptism Splash
    Saturday, September 5 @ 6 PM
    New Life Center- Parking Lot




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    Second Saturday Serve
    2nd Saturday of each month

    Second Saturday Serve will be held in August at locations below. *Note: Edgewood will serve on August 1, all other locations on August 8. 

    Second Saturday Serve is a great way to meet new people, build friendships and be a part of Mountain culture! On the second Saturday of each month, we gather together to serve in various ways throughout our community. And, the best part is, you don't have to be skilled to participate. In fact, we have projects for all ages, interests and skill levels. 


    Some projects support the ministry of local organizations while others are aimed at meeting more specific needs in the community. We provide manual, unskilled labor and include at least one project appropriate for younger children with their parents. Projects may include:

    • Neighborhood Cleanups
    • Painting
    • Clearing Brush & Debris
    • Planting Flowers
    • Weeding


    At Abingdon | 8:30 AM - 12 PM

    • Meet at the Abingdon Campus, then head out to different locations.
    • Wear clothes that you can work in, both indoor and outdoor.
    • Bring gloves if you have them.

    At Bel Air | 8:45 AM - 12 PM

    • Meet at the Bel Air Campus. Park at the outdoor soccer fields at The Arena Club and meet at the front entrance at 8:45 AM, then head out to different locations.
    • Wear clothes that you can work in, both indoor and outdoor.
    • Bring gloves if you have them.

    At Edgewood | 9 AM - 12 PM | *August 1

    • Meet at The EPICENTER at 8:30 AM, then head to Edgewater Village Shopping Center for clean up.
    • Bring masks, gloves, and pickers if you have them.
    • Water and trash bags will be provided.

    At Mountain Road | 8:30 AM - 12 PM

    • Meet at the Mountain Road Campus (New Life Center), then head out to different locations.
    • Wear clothes that you can work in, both indoor and outdoor.
    • Bring gloves if you have them.

    Here to Serve You 

    If your organization is in need of some help from our team, please fill out the form below. Please note that the team is unable to perform any professional services (i.e. plumbing, electrical work, HVAC, ramp construction, or general construction needs).

    Project Request


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    Food Giveaway

    Updated Schedule:

    • Tuesday, August 4 | cancelled due to impending weather
    • Tuesday, August 11 | Grace Assembly of God
      11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Friday, August 14 | The EPICENTER
      11 AM - 2 PM
    • Saturday, August 22 | cancelled
    • Saturday, September 26| Abingdon Campus
      Begins at 9 AM

    Food giveaways are drive thru style. Health Fair vendors will not be onsite. These events will honor all state and local guidelines in relation to COVID-19.

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    Milligan at Mountain
    Various class options

    One of the ways we can deepen our relationship with Jesus and be challenged to live out our faith is through the power of learning. Milligan at Mountain classes offer just that. 

    Milligan at Mountain classes are full college courses: accredited and transferable. They can be audited or taken for three credit hours. Mountain has negotiated a drastically reduced tuition price of $300. To inquire about available scholarships, contact Marla DeLucia.

    Courses coming to Mountain this fall:

    Note: To register for a course(s), please complete both Part 1 and Part 2 for each class.


    1st Century Letters for the 21st Century Church -- Join us for a fascinating tour of ancient Corinth, commercial hub of the Roman Empire. We’ll explore its archeological site, its history, culture, and religions. Then we’ll turn to an in-depth study of the letters themselves—1st and 2nd Corinthians. Almost every issue that the apostle Paul addresses in these letters—unity, leadership, morality, marriage, money, spiritual gifts, men and women, the Lord’s Supper, the resurrection, Christian ministry—speaks to issues and opportunities we encounter in the church today. Please join in for this timely Biblical study. This course will be taught by Milligan Professor Emeritus Dr. Lee Magness. Coursework begins on August 25. Registration deadline is August 24.

    Meets three Saturdays: Sept 12, Oct 17, Nov 14 @ 9 AM - 4 PM
    Location TBA

    Register Part 1 Register Part 2


    Confusion, polarizing positions, and even anger dominate the discussion of so many contemporary issues. How are Christ-followers to approach important but potentially divisive issues that lie at the center of society and our mission? The Church and Culture course will explore biblical, theological, and practical responses to some of today’s pressing issues, focusing on: Race and ethnicity, Human Sexuality, Women in Ministry, Politics, Leadership, and Missional Living. It has never been more important to wisely and carefully navigate vital issues in a way that advances God’s mission. And it has never been more vital that the church do this not as individuals, but as a community that is shaped by Jesus. This course will be taught by Ben Cachiaras. Registration deadline is August 24.

    Meets Mondays, Sept 14 – Dec 7 @ 6-9 PM
    Mountain Rd Campus

    Register Part 1 Register Part 2

    *The locations of the classes will be determined closer to the date they begin based on number of participants and we’ll communicate that to registrants.