Central Union Mission
At any given moment there are as many as 12,000 men, women and children in the Washington area living without a home. Everyday there are people who are “falling through the cracks” of our society, ending up in shelters, in transitional housing or on the streets. Many of these people have often been hit with a job loss, illness, domestic violence or eviction-all things that could happen to any of us.
Most face not only homelessness, but an increasing sense of hopelessness.
Our work at Central Union Mission is to proclaim the Gospel, lead people to Christ, develop disciples and work to meet the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of the people we serve.
We display a gracious, sincere spirit of integrity and Christian love in everything we do. By displaying excellence in all aspects of this ministry, we honor God and inspire the people we serve, our community, donors, volunteers and staff.
What We Do
The lives of tens of thousands of men, women and children have been changed for the better by the Mission’s time-tested programs. The faithful and generous support of our donors makes it possible for us to:
Feed the hungry: We provide free meals at least three times every day and distribute free food and groceries through our Food Depot program.
Serve the poor: The mission serves homeless men, underprivileged families, women, children and youth, seniors, veterans, Hispanic families, and others in need.
Provide a place of rest: We provide a safe night’s sleep for overnight guests, and a 220-acre retreat and conference center for rest and recreation.
Give to those in need: Families and individuals rely on the Mission’s food assistance program in emergencies and as a steady source of food. In partnership with individuals, corporations and churches, the Mission distributes more than $5 million-worth of in-kind food, toiletries, clothing, household items and furniture each year.
Heal the brokenhearted: The mission operates an 18-month recovery program to restore once-broken men to productive lives.
Help needy children: Children are served through a number of community outreach programs, including meals with their families, a residential summer camp, and a program that provides free toys and clothes at Christmas.
Invest in others: The Mission’s free programs provide English language instruction, GED preparation, health consultations and vocational support.
Show we care: We celebrate the forgotten and friendless at programs and events throughout the year.
Britt Nicole with Jerry & Blanca
On Tuesday morning, Britt Nicole joined Jerry & Blanca on the morning show to update us on what’s new in her life. She shared how she loves being a mom of two children, just 18 months apart! Her youngest Aiden was born just this past February.
Britt’s music has touched fans young and old over the years with hit songs like The Lost Get Found, Walk On the Water, Ready or Not, and Gold, with an over-arching message that God loves you no matter what you’ve done. And she’s been able to expand her platform with some mainstream success as well. She shared how the song Gold came out of a place of doubt and low self-esteem, but wanted to use that experience to encourage young girls.
She’ll be joining tobyMac and Colton Dixon on the “This Is Not A Test” Tour coming to EagleBank arena November 14th. Learn more
Job Opening – WGTS Station Chaplain
Responsible for managing all chaplain department functions and team members; the spiritual care and well-being of the WGTS 91.9 team; overseeing the spiritual direction and tone of the ministry keeping it consistent throughout the various channels of communication. Responsible for managing the chaplain department’s budget; participates and supports fundraising and promotional activities of the ministry, and in implementing the overall mission, vision and strategy of the ministry; is a member of the leadership team.
Work closely with management and on-air team during emergencies, supporting the team and going on-air as requested to help listeners cope with the emergency from a spiritual perspective.
Represent the media ministry at various industry and community functions and events.
Host, preach and present upfront at various community functions and events, including area schools, churches of many different denominations, and community organizations.
Participate in preparing written, video and audio content for distribution amongst a variety of social media platforms, websites and on-air.
Communicate via email, phone, and in person with donors, churches, and people of influence in our listening area and beyond.
Creatively engage partner churches in various aspects of the ministry such as PrayerWorks, Hands & Heart initiatives, fundraisers and more.
Manages regular chaplain department programs such as Gateway Fellowship, Live Night, and also occasional programs such as Night of Hope.
Develop and maintain proper administration procedures for the department in accordance with policy.
Meet regularly with general manager and leadership team.
Attend, lead and participate in team meetings, retreats, and functions.
Attend and present at various fundraising events. Help raise money for the ministry; in person, during on-air fundraisers, and various other ways, including networking with donors and visiting them along with station management.
Attend seminars, webinars, and conventions associated with learning and improving; continuing education, certification.
Contribute to the wider community through publication, teaching, and research.
Author or co-author materials relevant to spiritual care.
Participate in teaching/lecturing on a regular or periodic basis as invited and approved.
Participate in research relevant to the field.
Reports to the Vice President/General Manager
Has a direct supervisory responsibility over various full and part time employees, student employees and volunteers.
Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the station’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring and training student employees; planning, assigning and directing work, appraising performance, rewarding, and disciplining student employees, addressing complaints and resolving problems.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and/or Experience:
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required in related field
Five or more years of experience in a ministry position, pastoral or chaplain in the Seventh-day Adventist church.
Chaplain certification preferred
Must possess strong counseling skills and have at least 2 years of counseling experience
Superior command of English grammar and spelling.
Advanced verbal and written communication abilities.
Exceptional presentation skills and public speech ability.
Mathematical and Technology Skills:
Knowledge and application of Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Ability to learn new software packages.
Other Skills and Abilities:
Exhibits superior leadership skills and ability to work effectively and constructively with a wide variety of people from many backgrounds and cultures.
Excellent interpersonal and conflict resolution skills.
Possesses capacity for planning and organizing.
Must be able to exercise excellent judgement in selecting and producing content appropriate to station audience and while meeting management and ownership standards.
Must be able to remain calm and in control during stressful situations.
The ability to work on a team and independently.
An impeccable attention to detail and reliability.
Must qualify and be able to drive company vehicles and maintain a clean driving record.
Benefits package includes:
Health care, including vision, dental and prescription drug
Flexible Spending Plans
Competitive 403B plan Retirement Plan
Tuition assistance for employees, spouse and dependents
Life insurance including supplemental and accidental death and dismemberment policies
Long Term Disability
Long Term Care Insurance
Legal Assistance Program
Employee Assistance Program
WGTS/CUCB Inc. is committed to equal employment opportunities, and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, disability, age, race, color, or national origin. WGTS/CUCB Inc. reserves constitutional and statutory rights as a religious employer to give preference in employment to members of the Seventh-day Adventist church, and claims specific exemption from provisions as set forth in 47 CFR 73.2080, insofar as they conflict with the Seventh-day Adventist teaching and practices.
WGTS 91.9 is a listener-supported Federal Communication Commission licensed noncommercial radio station that is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; it is a self-supporting media ministry under common control of the Washington Adventist University Board of Trustees – a parent/subsidiary relationship.
tobyMac in Studio!
TobyMac stopped by to hang out with Blanca, Producer Spencer and Dina on the morning show! He shared his enthusiasm for his upcoming show in Fairfax on November 14th, and his new album featuring the new hit “Feel It.”
Of course, being a Northern Virginia native, Blanca had to find out what he was really like when he was growing up here, and being friends with Michael Tait. He reluctantly shared some things about his past that continue to haunt him to this day, but how he’s grateful for grace! And besides music, Toby has a real passion for his family. He and his wife made the incredible decision to adopt a few years ago, and he shared a little bit about that journey, and what led them to that decision.
Family Name Game
The Family Name Game is your chance to make your kids the star of the day on WGTS 91.9!
How to Win
If you’re the mom/dad, grandma/grandpa of the name we give (or something close!) just be the first person through at 800-700-1094. First or middle name works, too!
You have 3 chances to win each day!
1) Jerry & Blanca (6-10a)
2) Becky Alignay (10a-3p)
3) Scott & Sam (3p-7p)
And we’d like to let you know how much you mean to us as you raise these special kids – we’ll provide dinner for your family from Chick-fil-A!
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Discover fun activities for the family this month!
Woodlawn Movie Premiere Contest Rules
To enter this Contest, you must agree to and abide by these Contest Rules.
NO PURCHASE OR DONATION NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. You must have an active e-mail account to participate.
- WGTS 91.9: WGTS 91.9, 7600 Flower Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912.
- Eligibility: The “Touchdown or No Touchdown” contest is open only to legal residents of the United States, who are 18 years of age or older
- Contest Period: The contest period runs Monday thru Friday, October 12-16 2015 at 7:40am EST (“Promotion Period”).
- Contest Rules: Monday to Friday, October 12-16 contest entrants shall call the WGTS 91.9 studio line at 800-700-1094 at 7:40 am during the morning show to play the game “You Make the Call”. Jerry & Blanca will air a clip of a football game which will suddenly stop, allowing entrants to decide whether a touchdown was scored or not. Each winner will receive two (2) movie passes for the movie Woodlawn. The grand prize shall take place on Friday, October 16th at 7:40am EST. The entrant that correctly answers the question shall have the choice to receive four (4) movie passes to the movie Woodlawn and two (2) tickets to a Washington Redskins or Baltimore Ravens football game or two (2) personalized jerseys of the winner’s favorite team.
Personal information collected in connection with this contest may be used in accordance with WGTS 91.9’s Office Contest Rules, available at http://wgts.org/contestrules/.
- Winner Notification: Contest entry winners who call in will be notified via phone at the time they call. If WGTS 91.9 notifies a potential winner via e-mail, failure to respond to the initial verification e-mail within three (3) business days after transmission to the potential winner or return of the e-mail notification as undeliverable after two (2) attempts will result in disqualification and award of the prize to an alternate winner. If WGTS 91.9 notifies a potential winner via telephone, failure to respond within three (3) business days will result in disqualification and award of the prize to an alternate winner. If a potential winner is found to be ineligible or otherwise not in compliance with WGTS 91.9’s Official rules or declines a prize for any reason prior to award, the prize may be forfeited and the potential prize winner may be disqualified. If the potential prize winner is disqualified for any reason, the prize will be awarded to an alternate winner selected from all remaining eligible entries received during the contest begin and end dates.
- WGTS 91.9 is not responsible for failed, partial or garbled telephone transmissions, or for technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to electronic malfunction or damage of any network, hardware or software. If for any reason the contest is not capable of running as planned, including tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud or technical failures beyond WGTS 91.9’s control that corrupt or affect the radio station, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the contest, WGTS 91.9 reserves the right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to terminate, modify or suspend the contest. No responsibility is assumed for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or loss, destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries; or any problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or electronic entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participation in or downloading any materials from this contest.
Entrants further agree not to knowingly damage or cause interruption of the contest and/or prevent others from participating in the Contest.
- Prizes and Approximate Retail Values (“ARV”):
(a) 20 Woodlawn movie passes: $240.00 (includes tax) plus shipping
(b) Two NFL or College football game tickets: $300
(c) 2 personalized NFL or college football jerseys: $300
Total Prize value: $540
- Conditions and Limitations of Liability: By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of WGTS 91.9, which shall be final in all respects. By participating in this Contest, entrants agree to release and hold harmless WGTS 91.9, Provident Label Group, or the National Football League from any and all actions, claims, injury, loss or damage, including, without limitation, death and bodily injury, arising in any manner, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from participation in this Contest or any Contest-related activity. By accepting a prize, each winner grants WGTS 91.9 and its designees permission to use their name, voice, likeness, photograph, prize information, biographical data and city and state of residence on a winner’s list (if applicable) and for programming, publicity and promotional purposes, worldwide in all forms of media now known or hereafter developed, in perpetuity, without further compensation unless prohibited by law. WGTS 91.9 and its designees are not obligated to use any of the above mentioned information or materials, but may do so and may edit such information or materials, at WGTS 91.9′s sole discretion, without further obligation or compensation. Contest is subject to the laws of the United States only. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. All submissions become the property of WGTS 91.9 and will not be acknowledged.
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- Disputes/Choice Of Law: Except where prohibited, entrants agree that: (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest but in no event attorneys’ fees; (c) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for and entrant hereby waive all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased; and (d) each entrant’s remedies are limited to a claim for money damages (if any) and each entrant irrevocably waives any right to seek injunctive or equitable relief. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrant and/or Released Parties in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Maryland, without regard for conflicts of law doctrine of Maryland or any other jurisdiction, and all proceedings shall take place in Montgomery County Maryland. All entrants hereby consent to the jurisdiction of such courts and waive any defense of inconvenient forum.
Seven Days Without
Most pastors can preach a good message. And one local pastor is actively living out what he’s preaching, even living on the street, to get his message across.
Becky talks to Pastor Tim Madding of Beltsville Seventh-day Adventist Church about a 7-part series he’s sharing called “Seven Days Without” that aims to reveal the Christian’s heart in the life of Jesus, and to draw attention to specific needs in our community and around the world.
Just recently, Pastor Tim spent an entire week homeless, and then another week without shoes. As a result, hundreds of shoes have been donated by his congregation to those in need around the world.
Learn more about how you can personally get involved in making a difference here: sevendayswithout.com.
Listen back to Becky’s interview with Pastor Tim
TobyMac does the Drive-thru Difference
Encouragement that Sticks!
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