Churches in Montgomergy County, Maryland aka MoCo

It took me hours to find interesting churches in the Rockville or Gaithersburg or Germantown area of Maryland during a recent visit. (I had to use creative Google searches and additional research to find all of these; #btw there’s a good church search at faithstreet.com) Here’s short list of MoCo churches in Maryland:

Journey’s Crossing http://journeyscrossing.org/ @ Germantown

GO Church http://mygochurch.com @ Germantown

Restoration Church http://www.restoration.church (opening in 2016) @ Gaithersburg

Connection Church connectionchurchmd.org @ Rockville

Streams of Hope Church http://www.streamsofhopechurch.org/ @ Gaithersburg

Northgate Community Church http://northgatecc.org/ @ Montgomery Village

Mosaic Community Church http://www.mosaicsilverspring.org @ Silver Spring

Lifechurch of Maryland www.l3church.com @ Germantown

Rock Creek Church http://www.rcreek.com/

Cedar Creek http://www.cedarbrook.org/ @ Clarksburg

The Cause Church http://thecausechurch.org/ @ Elkridge

Seneca Creek Community Church senecacreek.org

MBC Montgomery County
https://www.mcleanbible.org/locations/montgomery-county

The Well Community Church http://www.thewellsilverspring.org @ Silver Spring

WASHINGTON DC

Grace Meridian Hill http://www.gracemeridianhill.org

3 Strands Community Church 3strandschurch.org

The District Church http://www.districtchurch.org/

Mosaic Church http://www.mosaicchurchdc.org/

NORTHERN VIRGINIA

DC Metro Church http://www.dcmetro.org/ @ Fairfax

Hillendale Baptist Church http://www.hillendalebaptist.org/ @ Dale City, CA

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Since I can typically only attend one or two worship services on a weekend, I have to be selective in choosing the ones that are most interesting, in terms of music,  preaching, and multiethnic diversity.

I know there are many older traditional churches than newer contemporary churches. The older churches better served people who have already been part of that church for a long time, be it years or decades. Newer churches have better odds of being more creative and more conscientious of visitors and newcomers.

Just writing this blog post to save you time on your search. And, make some good churches easier to find.

Also see this list of the most popular churches in the metro DC area: djchuang.wordpress.com/2013/12/17/most-popular-churches-in-the-metro-washington-dc-area/

How to fix if Samsung Galaxy S3 Cyanogenmod screen won’t lock

Using Cyanogenmod 10.2 on a Samsung Galaxy S3, and noticed that the lock screen won’t activate, after trying all kinds of settings. Eventually found the solution at forum.xda-developers.com::

There’s a lock screen activation button on the quick settings (tiles that come down swiping down on the right side of the screen). It needs to be activated for lock screen to be active. 

And, if you’re using the Tasker app, the message forum thread there also talks about another setting in Tasker than might suppress the ability to lock your screen.

How To Transfer New gTLD Domains to namecheap.com

When I tried to transfer a .LINK domain from another registrar to namecheap.com, I got this error message that it was “Not Eligible for Transfer” even though I had checked to make sure that domain’s transfer lock was turned off (disabled).

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Come to find out, when I contacted namecheap.com tech support, that:

The transfers of new TLDs are submitted only manually by our support team at the moment.
 So, even though the error message was not as helpful as it could’ve been, hopefully this blog post will save you a couple of frustrating minutes. Be sure to have “top up” your account with funds to cover the transfer costs, and to have these items ready, when you’re asked for them by live person chat support:
  • domain name(s) to transfer
  • auth code
  • username
  • support PIN

Add a comment if you found this helpful. You’re welcome.

What can you do when an iPad 2 keeps on crashing

Having an Apple iPad 2 from a few years back, it gets its share of occasional iOS updates automatically suggested and recommended by Apple every few months or so. 

The last update I made was to iOS 8.3, even though it keeps reminding me that version 9.1 is available. And I can’t figure out how to tell it to stop notifying me and that I don’t want to upgrade, for fear of slowing down the iPad even more. and I don’t know when it happened exactly, but this iPad 2 on iOS 8.x became slower and slower, with almost every app crashing and unexpectedly exiting. When the web browsers, both Safari and Chrome, after looking at just one web page, that was the last straw. This iPad 2 was unusable! 
I connected the iPad 2 to iTunes and thought I could restore an old backup from 2013, but after restoring ran for like 10 minutes, it errored out. Did more research, and found out Apple doesn’t allow downgrades, so the old backup wasn’t going to get me back to iOS 7 that used to work well on this iPad 2.

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With nothing to lose, clicked on the Restore iPad button, and let the iOS 9.1 update go ahead, and then did a factory reset.

That turned out to be the answer to making this old iPad 2 useable again! Even though iOS 8.x made everything bad and slow, and eventually to a grinding halt, this clean install of iOS 9.1 on this old iPad 2 is working well! In fact, writing this blog post on it. Thought I’d share this good news, and save some others from pulling their hair out from frustration.

Other references:

http://www.disruptivetelephony.com/2015/09/update-will-ios-9-make-my-ipad2-usable-again-reports-after-the-upgrade.html

http://www.disruptivetelephony.com/2015/06/will-ios-9-make-my-ipad2-usable-again.html