In the Community

There are many ways in which Pathways members and friends serve in our local community. If you are interested in finding out more about any of these opportunitues, please contact Pastor Clark at

Thanksgiving Food basket Outreach
As a part of our Make a Difference Day we are asking our members at Pathways to participate in a Thanksgiving food drive. This November, 354 families at the National Center for Children and Families (formerly known as the Baptist Children’s Home) will not have a Thanksgiving Dinner without our help. These items will be given to them to prepare a meal for their family. Please purchase any or all of these items and bring them to the church on Sunday, November 13th. Items will be organized by the Youth Ministry to be taken to the National Center for Children and Families. If you cannot purchase the items, we are accepting monetary donations. Perhaps you can prayerfully consider “adopting” a family with a $75.00 cash/check donation (please make checks out to “Pathways Baptist Church” with “Thanksgiving Basket” in the memo section) to purchase all the items on the list.

Items Needed:


Basket – Wicker or Laundry $25 gift card to Whole Foods, Safeway, or Giant (for turkey)
Napkins Paper Plates
Aluminum roasting pan Pie filling
Pie crust Bag of potatoes
Rolls or Cornbread mix Stuffing
Macaroni and Cheese Canned vegetables: sweet potatoes, yams, carrots, creamed spinach, corn
Gravy mix Any other desserts


We support American Baptist Women’s Ministries - a community of mission-minded women who initiate and support local and international mission projects. Ongoing project include organizing Health Kits through the Church World Service, White Cross projects through DCBC Women, providing school supplies for local elementary schools, and "Baby Bottles for Change" which benefits the Rockville Pregnancy Center.

We offer English as a Second Language classes to teach people in our community how to read English and improve their language skills to communicate in English.

Gaithersburg HELP
We partner with this organization of local religious and community groups to promote the collection of nonperishable food to meet the needs of our local community. Some financial help is provided and volunteers are coordinated to drive clients to various appointments as well as work in the food pantry. The Souper Bowl of Caring held on the 1st Sunday of February each year brings in needed canned goods and non-perishable food items that will help fight hunger in our local community.

Mid-County United Ministries
We partner with this organization which helps people in crisis in the Wheaton, Kensington, and Aspen Hill, Maryland communities with food, medicine, eviction prevention and utilities.

Carpenter’s Crew
We seek out opportunities to assist local homeowners or communities to repair or build their homes through Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Montgomery, Restore DC, or from local requests.

Emergency Response
We partner with various national organizations by sending funds and teams to assist after natural disasters. Past projects have included partnering with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship to rebuild a community center in Homestead, Florida after Hurricane Andrew; sending teams with Habitat for Humanity to rebuild in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and with the DCBC to rebuild in New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy.

Homeless Support
We seek to promote activities that benefit the homeless in our local community through the Gaithersburg Wells Robertson House and other local services.

Good News Jail and Prison Ministry
We provide support to the local Detention Center Chaplain and encourage volunteer participation for Bible classes and services for inmates.

Micah 6:8
We provide practical assistance for those in our local community who are in need of household cleaning and repairs, moving household items, or other physical labor.

Builders for Christ
We help churches build their buildings by providing and coordinating volunteer labor. Building teams consist of volunteers from all walks of life, including contractors, public servants, computer professionals, students, retired people, nurses, truck drivers, and more.

National Center for Children Families
We partner with this local organization through fund-raisers and other venues to assist them in creating total, healthy living environments for vulnerable children, youth and families.

City Gate Ministry
We partner with this local organization which serves many underprivileged children in Washington, DC and surrounding communities throughout the year. They provide 20,000 meals annually for roughly 300 children who participate in daily after-school and summer programs at 10-12 different program sites. During the summer, City Gate offers day camps to children to give them a chance to improve math and reading skills as well as explore their world through hands-on learning and field trips, all the while serving them three nutritious meals each day.