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February 2017

FIRST WORD

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH ** 712 RANDOLPH ST NW, WASHINGTON, DC ** REVEREND DR. FRANK D. TUCKER, SENIOR PASTOR


We are living in a volatile time in the history of our nation. The very foundation of the United States is facing constitutional convulsions. It appears that the national divide has no parallel since the Civil War. Significantly, we entered the first week of a new administration following the leadership of the first African American President.

We

can observe the contemporary

national challenge against the background and lenses of Black History Month.

The new President began his venture for the presidency by promoting the birthed movement. This movement insisted on promoting the falsehood that the first Black President was not born in America and therefore was an illegal President. He gathered the support of many groups who were anti-black and pro white supremacy. His solutions to the problems in America seem to attack and alienate people of color. He recklessly pursued his campaign promises without regard to collateral damage—legal and religious. His choices for the cabinet have the potential of setting back the gains in education, civil and voting rights as well as social justice made through blood, sweat, tears and loss of life.

As we pause this February to celebrate Black History, we must not be complacent

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about our station or accomplishments. We can be proud of the major roles that people of color have played in the development of this nation. The hit movie “Hidden Figures” portrays the kinds of contributions made by unheralded African American heroes throughout the history of America.

African

Americans have excelled in

every aspect of human life where they have had a slight chance to participate: medicine, arts, science, sports, literature… and the list goes on. From the astonishing triumph of Jessie Owens in Berlin, Germany in 1936 to the remarkable performance of the Williams sisters in Melbourne, Australia in 2017. African Americans have earned the right to be on the American stage of honor.

However,

the

current

backlash

and

unrest in the nation have caused a resurgence of polarization that threatens the human progress made in our nation— and around the world. We must not rest on the laurels of achievement, lest we find ourselves reliving the horrors we thought were lost in history. These times call for us to be vigilant and proactive and confront the lies that impede progress. We are called to be wise and dovish, keeping God at the forefront of our prayers. “In God We Trust” is pertinent not only on our currency.


WHEN YOU FIND JESUS YOU’RE NO LONGER LOST Matthew 9:9-13 (By The Reverend Donald Robinson and Deacon Bruce Roberson)

As the “Men’s Ministry” continues its activities for the year 2017, we’re excited to celebrate our rich cultural heritage. On Saturday, February 18, 2017 the “Men’s Ministry” is inviting all men and boys of FBC to join us for an intergenerational breakfast, fellowship and memorable moments, reflecting the legacy of our history, as a chosen and beloved people. The Breakfast will begin at 9:00 A.M., and conclude at 11:00 A.M. The theme for the February breakfast will be “When You Find Jesus You’re No Longer Lost.” God has a special place in “his” heart for the lost. If you don’t believe me think about the reason “He” rescued you from the clutches of sin, degradation, sickness and danger. Subsequently, as we celebrate “Black History Month”,” I believe God is challenging both young and older to make a valiant effort to help “Rescue The Lost”! It seems there are so many people who have not heard the “Gospel of Jesus Christ” and yet, we seem so complacent and satisfied, as if that is alright. We firmly believe God is calling us to be ambassadors, witnesses and “servants,” who tell the story and assist people as we go along in life. Yes, I do believe, we are commanded to go after “The Lost,” for Jesus said…..”I’ve not come for those who think themselves well, but for those who are sick and are in need of a physician.”

When we lose people, places or things that mean something to us, psychologists and theologians tell us we’re experiencing grief. Grief isn’t just death; it’s when we experience any significant loss! Therefore, when people are lost to the world, God our heavenly Father’s heart is grieved. However, God doesn’t sit around twiddling “His” thumbs and moping. God gets busy and considers what “He” can do to cause us to have a desire to come back home, that we can experience fellowship and the security of “His” presence! Matthew “The Apostle” was lost when Jesus found him. He was at the tax collection booth! We don’t know how Matthew got lost, we just know when he met Jesus….he was lost! Another thing we know about Matthew is that he was a government official. He collected taxes for Herod, the King of Judea. In ancient times, to be a tax collector meant that you were a despised person with a thankless job. Not only were you despised, but feared, rejected and sometimes hated. You were hated because many tax collectors had a reputation for being insensitive, indifferent, corrupt, unfair and violent. In some instances, tax collectors were even against family and friends. However, one day while at his familiar table at

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“WHEN YOU FIND JESUS YOU’RE NO LONGER LOST” (Continued)

the tax booth, where he collected taxes from merchants, fishermen, craftsman and trade smiths, Matthew had an encounter with Jesus. This encounter radically changed Matthew’s life! What did Jesus do to Matthew? How did Matthew life change? First, Jesus Looked At Matthew. The biblical dictionary gives two definitions for look. One definition refers to a passing glance, whereby you quickly observe someone or something. The other definition refers to a piercing view, whereby you give full attention and keep focus on something or someone. When you look at people in this manner, it’s as if you’re looking through them. I believe Jesus looked at Matthew this way and saw his heart, his mind and Matthew’s potential for change. So often we see people and we don’t see them as people or as human beings. We see them as labels, categories… titles or positions. In other words, we see an athlete, an entertainer, a homeless person, a lawyer, a doctor or a teacher. As a result we tend to categorize people by what they do or who they are externally. When Jesus saw Matthew, he saw more than just a tax collector or a sinner named Levi. Jesus saw a sinner in need of a Savior! Secondly, Jesus called Matthew. Jesus called Matthew and said, “Follow Me”! The Bible says Matthew got up and followed Jesus. You know once the Lord calls you for a specific body of work or Page 4

ministry, He equips you and empowers you to do “His” will. When Jesus calls you, “He” begins the transformation process within your heart and mind right where you are. He doesn’t always move you from one external place to another, but “He” usually changes you internally. He changes how you think, how you feel about Him, yourself and others. Yes, externally you look the same, but internally, dramatic transformation has taken place within you! Where were you when He called you out of the darkness into “His” marvelous light? Thirdly, Matthew Responded To The Call. Often when Jesus calls us, we make the mistake of believing we have a long while before God will hold us accountable for living out “The Call.” This wasn’t the case with Matthew; he heard the call, got excited about the call and began to respond to the call immediately. The Call of Jesus demands that we immediately tell someone else about this amazing and miraculous experience, which has happened to us. We do this with the hope that they too will accept the great grace, love, mercy and forgiveness from “our Lord and Savior, Jesus The Christ”! When Jesus touches you, you just can’t keep it to yourself; you have to share this experience with others! Come Join “The Men’s Ministry” and Youth Ministry as we take on intergenerational, focus on “Black History Month.” Most importantly, remind people who might be lost, “When You Find Jesus You’re No Longer Lost”.


“REcOGNIzING aND USING OUR GOD GIvEN GIFTS” “Arise, Shine; For Thy Light Is Come, and The Glory Of The Lord Is Upon Thee” – Isaiah 60:1

(By Sister Colleen Sweat and Fellow Missionaries – February 2017)

The Missionary Society Ministry is a dedicated group of faithful believers, who are members of “The Body Of Christ” and who meet monthly on the 4th Saturday of each month from 12 Noon until 1:00 PM. Our mission is to serve God and our fellowman, while spreading peace, love and hope. We are also supportive of other ministries and programs within the Church, as well in the community. These are ministries and programs which strengthen and encourage families, as well as individuals in need.

great need at Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home we are encouraging you to help us brighten the lives of others. We especially want to reach out to other friends and family in nursing homes during the month of February, the month whereby we express a special measure of love with others. We are also actively engaged in ministry with the Lott Carey Foreign Mission Board, as well as the Women’s Auxiliary of the National Baptist Convention of DC and Vicinity. There are no other scheduled activities for the month of February. Meanwhile, we encourage you to pray daily, share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with someone each day and render an act of kindness as often as you can! Peace, love and blessings to you in this season of “unconditional love.”

Some of the things the First Baptist Church missionaries do to help others include: maintaining a food closet to feed the hungry, visiting the sick and shut-in, as well as attending Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home (on the first Sunday of each month to worship and fellowship with the residents and staff of the facility). Because of The Christ in us, the residents are always happy to have us visit, share experiences and to fellowship with them. Because of the Page 5


“YOUTH NEWS, YOU caN USE” (By Sister Kareema Robinson and Minister Reggie Williams)

ADVICE TO THE YOUNG            

Be true to your eyes, ears, thoughts, and feelings; Listen to your heart but yield to your best Judgment; Be kind and wise in spoken words, for surely your words will follow you; Be not afraid of risks but be cautious of actions driven by emotion, confusion, and false friends; Avoid jealousy of others’ achievements and possessions; Don’t live with an insatiable greed for more than you can appreciate or use; Don’t eat more than your hunger’s call or drink beyond your thirst's needs; Listen to the spirit which favors you and offend not those that oppose you; Absorb yourself in an activity worthy of your unique talent, and develop as many common potentialities as you desire and can; Whatever you do, do it as well as you can; live comfortably with your conscience, and be at peace with your soul; Be courageous in life, while always respecting death’s luring and lurking; Rest when tired and think when you are uncertain; be kind to the sacredness of life and respect the natural order of the universe; Follow no one or no thing except your own judgment and your own divine wish; Love and respect yourself and your family; be all you can by developing yourself; Do all you can in helping worthy others; and live a quality and meaningful life.

On Saturday, January 21st, two of our youth assisted the Leadership Council for Healthy Communities (LCHC) in community outreach. These two persons were Daniel and Danielle Anani, who are in the 12th and 11th grade respectively. They each worked with the organization to canvass the neighborhood and pass out critical information regarding the Affordable Care Act.

On Saturday, February 24th, the

Youth Ministry will celebrate Black History Month through poetry. There have been an abundance of poets who through their art have been able to express the thoughts, feelings struggles and triumphs of the African-American experience. These names includes persons as Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and James Weldon Johnson to name a few. The work of these poets, as well as other prominent African-American poets, will be showcased by the youth of First Baptist Church. The Poetry Showcase will take place during the regular Total Youth Experience activity, beginning at 12:30 pm. Youth who are interested in delivering historical or original poetry should see Min. Reggie Williams. We encourage everyone to come out and support our youth, as we celebrate Black History month. All are invited! Page 6


An Afternoon of Elegance For First Lady Brenda B. Tucker Join us for a gala celebration honoring our First Lady Sister Brenda B. Tucker, on her 76th birthday. As we celebrate Mrs. Tucker’s birthday we will also pay tribute to her for 38 years of dedicated, loyal and devoted service to the First Baptist Senior Center. Come join us……………… Saturday, March 11, 2017 Noon - Three P.M. First Baptist Church - Ida Clark Hall 712 Randolph Street, NW - Washington, DC 20011 Reverend Dr. Frank D. Tucker, Senior Pastor You may pay tribute in honor of the First Lady’s birthday by contributing to her most beloved First Baptist Church Comprehensive Senior Citizens Center in one of the following ways: 1.

Become a Trailblazer of the Center with a gift of $200.00

2.

Become a Benefactor of the Center with a gift of $100.00

3.

Match her years of age with a gift of $76.00

4.

Match her years of service at FBSC with a gift of $38.00

For additional information regarding the activities of the Senior Center and the fundraising project, contact Sister Victoria Taylor or Deaconess Naomi Rembert. Committee members will be in Ida Clark Hall following the 7:50 AM and the 10:50 AM worship services each Sunday through February 26, 2017. Deaconess Naomi S. Rembert Chairperson (202) 468-2990

Sister Victoria Taylor Center Director (202) 723-4313

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FEBRUARY 2017 EVENTS ~COMMUNION SUNDAY~ Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 7:50 A.M. and 10:50 A.M. Services

~YOUTH SUNDAY~ Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 10:50 A.M. Service

~MEN’S EMPHASIS SUNDAY~ Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 7:50 A.M. and 10:50 A.M. Services

~BLACK HISTORY SUNDAY~ Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 7:50 A.M. and 10:50 A.M. Services

First Baptist Church 712 Randolph Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20011 (202) 541-5000 ~ Fax: (202) 291-2565 Email: fchurch@1fbc.org

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