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Lion’s Magazine Roar

April 2012

A Publication of The City of Praise Church

The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion. Proverbs 28:1


Taking The Ministry To The Next Level Upcoming Events at The City



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Take the 5000-Hour Volunteer Challenge

Take the 5000-Hour Volunteer Challenge

As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. Whoever speaks, let him speak, as it were, the utterances of God; whoever serves, let him do so as by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. - 1 Peter 4:10-11


by Lion’s Roar Staff

irst Lady Ylawnda Peebles recently announced a 5000-Hour Volunteer Challenge. The initiative is designed to encourage people throughout the Washington D.C. metro area to make a positive impact by volunteering in their communities. First Lady Peebles and Pastor Joel Peebles have logged tens of thousands of hours volunteering over the last two decades and know the impact that a helping hand can lend. “Mark 10:45 teaches us that even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve,” said First Lady Peebles. “Serving others is a founding principle of The City of Praise Church. Bishop James Peebles and Apostle Betty Peebles dedicated their lives to serving others. This volunteer challenge honors their legacy.” The City of Praise Church will partner with charitable organizations throughout the region that could use a helping hand. The first volunteer day will be held in April. The success towards accomplishing the 5000-Hour Volunteer Challenge will be tracked on The City of Praise Church Website – “I am excited to see the powerful impact that this effort will have on our community,” said Pastor Peebles. “I know that in our wildest imagination, we can’t comprehend the amazing things that can be accomplished when God’s people are mobilized to do good work.” For more information about upcoming volunteer opportunities, email cityofpraisechurchmd@ Media Bistro Connect with us every day and be inspired by the powerful Word of God. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter. Download our Mobile App by visiting this link on your smart-phone, He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” Mark 16:15

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Ministry Matters

Ministry Matters Webcast: Log on to Church Office: 301-333-0500 Upper Room: 301-333-9300 Jericho Christian Academy: 301-333-9400 Jericho Christian Training College: 301-333-0856 Follow us on twitter – @Cityofpraisemd Like us on Facebook – City of Praise Church Weekly Schedule Sunday Service: 8:00 am & 10am Sunday School (Ages 4 -18): 9:00 am Holy Communion Sundays: 10am Intercessory Prayer & Holy Communion Mondays – Saturdays: 6:00 am Mondays – Saturdays: 12:00 pm Mondays: 7pm Jericho Christian Training Center/College Mondays – Thursdays: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Pastoral Care In case of Emergency Contact: Elder Terence Cook: 301-596-9899 Minister Clayton Hunter: 240-608-9646 Deacon Karen Burrows: 301-203-0717 He Sent His Word and healed them Elder Edith Joynes Deacon Ann Wesley Please continue to keep our members in prayer. Annual Prayer Breakfast All are encouraged to attend the People of the Word Ministry Annual Prayer Breakfast Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 8:30am Theme: “Let Go, Let Go, God is in Control – Put The Past Behind.” Cost is $25 for adults and $6 for children 6 and under. City of Praise Bishop Hall - For information, contact Elder Gertie Thomas at 301-583-0319 2 - Magazine

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Ministry Matters People of the Word The People of the Word Ministry (POW) is seeking adult and youth workers to work in all its ministries:Prayer Partner, Nursing Home Visitation, Prison and JCTC Correspondence Ministries Contact: Elder Gertie Thomas at 301-583-0319 Additional Ministry Announcements Men & Women Exhorting One Another Saturday, March 3rd 10 am A powerful morning of praise, worship and teaching Every first Saturday of the month Jericho Men’s Ministry ‘J.A.M.I.E.” Saturday, March 10th at 9:00 am in the college Men of Valor Youth Group – 2nd, 3rd & 4th Mondays Integrity Cell Group – Meets Monday through Saturday Weekly All men are encouraged to join one of these groups 12-Hour Prayer Thursday, April 5th at 11:55 pm to Friday, April 6 at12:00 pm 7 Last Words Friday, April 6 at 12:00 pm Sunrise Service Sunday, April 8th at 6:00 am Singles Ministry DC Sightseeing Trip Saturday, April 14th For more information contact front office 301-333-0500 Christening Sign up in the Glory Hall before the 10:00 am service. Christenings will be immediately following 10:00 am service in the Chapel. For more information, contact the church office at 301-333-0500. Jericho Christian College Classes Monday, Tuesday, Thursday JCTC/C Building 7:00 pm nightly Continued on page 7

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Jericho Residences

Jericho Residences A Vision and a Victory


by Lion’s Roar Staff reat news came at the beginning of the year when Pastor Joel Peebles announced that the Jericho Residences, a senior living facility, successfully secured a $30 Million loan necessary to protect the long-term financial integrity of the thriving property. Pastor Peebles serves as President of the Jericho Residences Board of Directors. The late Apostle Betty Peebles appointed Pastor Peebles to his position of authority on the board. Under his leadership, the state of the art facility, which boasts 273 apartments, operates at better than 90% of capacity. “I am very pleased that we can announce the closing and stabilization of the loan financing for this amazing facility,” said Pastor Peebles. “This is another step in facilitating the vision of my Dad and Mom, Bishop James and Apostle Betty Peebles. It also furthers their vision to continue the expansion of The City of Praise.” “This day comes as a great blessing,” said Jericho Residences Board Member Trenillo Walters. “Our pastor Joel Peebles has shown excellent leadership as we have worked to navigate this loan in the mist of a troubled economic climate.”

Jericho Residences located on The City of Praise Church campus in Landover, Md. offers seniors assisted living as well as independent living options. Onsite amenities include a commercial kitchen and dining area, a barbershop and salon, a chapel, a theatre, a weight room and a library. “This facility has already proven that it is a great benefit to the seniors and families in our community,” said Jericho Residence Board Member Bobby Henry. “Pastor Peebles worked with all parties to make sure that during the process, the senior center maintained the highest level of service. Because of such leadership, Jericho Residences also maintained high occupancy.” Jericho Residences is valued in excess of $50 Million, exceeding the budgets of all other City of Praise properties and the budgets of most churches in the Washington, DC metro area.

Easter Bible Trivia Challenge 1. Who helped Joseph prepare Jesus’ body for burial? a.

2. What was Jesus’ next-to-last utterance from the cross? Into thy hands I commit my spirit. / b. Father forgive them, they know not what they do. / c. It is finished. / d. Today thou shalt be with me in paradise 3. For how much money did Judas betray Jesus? Email your answers to

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Trenillo “Tree” Leading by using hi talents

Paulette Shelton Always working behind the scenes with a servant’s heart

Lauren Morse A young heart on fire for Christ

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Iris Smith God inhabits the praises of His people Celebrating Family & Friends Day

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The Sky is the Limit

The Sky is the Limit

When every member of our church family is engaged, we can reach amazing heights. by Pastor Joel Peebles


he approach of spring inevitably reminds us of the hope that comes from new beginnings. At The City of Praise, we are embarking on an incredible journey that will take our ministry to wonderful new heights.

Over the last months, we have already seen hundreds of people coming into relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. They are coming to know the Lord because you are fulfilling your Christ given call to reach others. From the virtual outreach of social media to the real and hands on outreach offered by Project Life Givers, The Mass Choir, The Prison Ministry and the many other ministries of our church, people are being saved. My hope is that if you are not involved in a ministry at The City of Praise, you will take the initiative to seek out where your gifts can be best used. Contact the ministry leader today. Over 40 years ago, my Dad and Mom had a vision to reach the Washington, DC area with the real message of God’s grace. Together, we will take that vision to the next level and reach the World with the message of God’s grace.

Ministry Matters Continued Bible Study Wednesday Nights in the Main Sanctuary 7:00 pm Christian Marriage Counseling/Classes Contact Minister Preston and Deacon Janice Johnson for marriage counseling at 301-292-7574 Classes are held on Mondays, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm, in the Jericho Christian Training Center/College. And the Two Became One. After completing Marriage Counseling/Classes, members desiring to use City of Praise for weddings are to make arrangements with Deacon Diane George 240-375-3953. Jericho Center of Hope The Center of Hope Food Pantry has been designated the lead in obtaining necessary items to aid various relief efforts. You may bring your donations to the Center of Hope. The days of operation are Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm.

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The Lion's Roar is the monthly magazine of The City of Praise Church in Landover, MD.

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