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FIRST WORD

JUNE 2017 FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH ** 712 RANDOLPH ST NW, WASHINGTON, DC ** REVEREND DR. FRANK D. TUCKER, SENIOR PASTOR


PASTOR’S PEN God has blessed us to come to the sixth month of another year. We have experienced some difficult challenges during this period. Not the least is the travail of sickness. We have learned afresh that God is a healer and deliverer. God’s grace and mercy have provided us the strength to endure the ongoing challenges of living. Indeed, looking back over just this year to date, we see that many of our obstacles have melted by the divine heat of the Holy Spirit. With renewed and reinforced faith, we honor God for His goodness. Challenges of mental, spiritual and physical sickness among our membership during the first half of the year have made us more conscious of the need to be vigilant, faithful, and hopeful. While we are on this side of Heaven’s Gate, this increased consciousness will enhance our ability and determination to achieve our goals and fulfill our divine purposes. Vigilance requires attention to positive and negative events and experiences that influence our lives. Do not ignore the signs and signals that inform us of pending dangers. Often the hardships we face are only warnings to look with care and wisdom to make sure we are making correct decisions and moving in the right directions. On the other hand, do not become so overwhelmed by blessings that we feel invincible and self-righteous. We are called to watch and pray. Faithfulness calls for steadfast commitment to what God has called us to do. It requires daily seeking of the will and purpose of God. Ours is a journey of faith. Do not give up on God. Every effort must be caught up in the desire to stay on course and abide in the work and mission God has called each of us to do. Sometimes following God and being obedient to Him requires us to do a new thing—to leave our comfort zone and embark upon a different experience. Our faithfulness is to God—not to our desire or tradition. Each day we must live in hope. We have every reason to be hopeful. In spite of the darkness that often smothers our day, maintain confidence in the future. As children of God, we are confident that He will see us through. Remember, the victory has been given to us by way of the Cross. Christ gave His life on a cruel cross to provide hope for eternal life. As the hymnist declared, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.” We are charged to press on through the challenges ahead and to know that we are not alone. Our faith is grounded in the knowledge that we can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens us. Page 2


“Reflections From A Concerned And Caring Father, To His Son” (Reverend Donald D. Robinson)

Listen son, while we have this time together let’s not spend it just talking about the weather. There are Black men who are dying every single day from every cause and in every kind of ways. Many have died in wars in which nobody won; many have died in the streets, from some policeman’s gun. But the saddest thing of all that is so hard to understand, most of them have been killed by some other young Black man. So while I have you close, while I have you near; there are a few things I must say, things you must hear. Because far too often people fail to communicate what they wished to say, many times some much too late. For a Black man this world will always be a struggle for anyone for that matter, but for you it’ll be double. But never think for a moment you cannot conquer anything always remember your people were once kings and queens. And although you live in this country called America, your spirit is from the motherland, the continent of Africa. Remember your ancestors drank from the River Jordan. Many times you’ve asked me, Dad why all the history? Because where we’re at now son is not where we should be. There is something that is just so terribly wrong, it’s like the Black man is lost in a twilight zone. When you see young brothers not much older than you, killing each other like there’s just nothing else to do; over materialism, a misguided statements, an ounce of crack, I don’t want you to think it’s always been like that. When you see Black men standing on corners holding up the walls remember there was a time when Black men stood so tall. All that wasted talent, they should be busy creating – don’t they know their skills are needed? The world is still awaiting….awaiting. There are so many inventions that are kept hid, not to mention the great wonders of the pyramids. For instance, who do you think is the father of medicine? There’s even speculation about the inventions of Edison. When you see Black women walking up and down the streets, jumping in and out of cars for some trick or treat, remember it’s only because they have lost their place, but it’s a direct result of their man’s fall from grace. And as you grow up being Black, proud and strong, it’s incumbent on you to try to uplift your own. If you meet a sister and your heart goes to thumping, it’s incumbent on you to respect that Black woman. Because among all the colors of this universal equation, the world hates to admit it; but she’s the mother of creation. Will it be your generation who put her back on her throne? Will it be your generation who’ll correct all of these wrongs? So son, as you meet this world with all it problems to bear, remember Langston, who said “Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.” And if you should die tomorrow by any stroke of fate, I’m glad we had this talk before it was too late.

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“IT’S TImE TO SAy, HAPPy ANNIvERSARy”! (By Deborah McKethan)

In the Latin lexicon, there is a word which describes something or someone who is near and dear to us… the word is “anniversarius,” which means to return yearly. Another definition for this special word is the annual recurrence of the date of an earlier event. Yes, my friends, what I’m really trying to say is, it’s time to say “Happy Anniversary” again. Of course you’d like to know who’s “Anniversary” are we honoring! Friends, we are honoring the three oldest clubs in First Baptist Church, “The Tribe of Reuben,” “The Altar Guild” and “the Happy Warriors” collective “Anniversaries”! In fact, on Sunday, June 25, 2017 during the 10:50 A.M., worship service, First Baptist Church will collectively honor and celebrate the anniversaries of the three above mentioned groups. The Reverend Joel Limerick, Executive Pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church will be our guest preacher.

“History of The Altar Guild” The Altar Guild was organized in the year of 1961 by the Late Reverend R. Lavelle Tucker for the purpose of keeping fresh cut flowers on the altar every Sunday. After the flowers beautified the altar on Sunday, they are sent to the sick and shut-in or given to the R.L. Tucker Senior Citizens C enter. Besides keeping fresh cut flowers on the altar for thirty-four years, the group has brought flower stands, scarves, candlesticks, chair cushions, water pitchers and related floral paraphernalia. The floral arrangements remind us, that we too are God’s Flowers. As a result, we therefore, give thanks first to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for His Grace and Mercy and for the many years of service rendered through this organization. We also give thanks to our Pastor, The Reverend Dr. Frank D. Tucker, for his love and guidance, as we continue doing God’s work in “His Vineyard.”

“History of The Tribe of Reuben” The Tribe of Reuben Club was organized when First Baptist Church was located at 703 Six Street, S.W., under the pastorate of the late Reverend William H. Brown. The group desired to do greater works for Christ, and sponsored various activities to help shoulder the responsibilities of the growing church. The late Deaconess Martha Crawford served as its first present. Moreover, “The Tribe of Reuben continues to work together as a dignified, powerful and mighty group of “Ambassadors for Christ.” The group has a deep concern for fellow Christians and always puts Christ first, as they strive to do God’s Will. Page 4


“IT’S TImE TO SAy, HAPy ANNIvERSARy”! (Cont’d) “History of The Happy Warriors Senior Citizen Club” On Saturday, October 13, 1976, a committee of men led by Joseph Burton, Lamar Pearson, and Will Thorpe met with a group of senior citizens for the purpose of organizing a Senior Citizen’s Club.” It was decided at this open meeting that the Senior Citizen’s group would be called the “Happy Warriors,” a suggestion of the late Sister Mattie Matthews. On November 24, 1976, the “Happy Warriors” became chartered members of the National Council of Senior Citizens after Brother Walter Jones presented it to the council. Our first president, Sister Helen Anderson had a strong commitment to the club and provided the leadership necessary to keep the organization viable. She also kept the members well informed of the various programs and services available to senior citizens. Under Sister Anderson’s leadership, the “Happy Warriors” sponsored its own activities such as: bowling and dinner theater trips. They also established a public speakers bureau. Brother Ralph Parker served as the first president of the group. He provided us with outstanding leadership. Several persons have served in leadership positions from 176 until present (2017). We graciously welcome all persons who desire to join any of these three ministries. With your presence and support we believe it will be an even more effective ministry. “Consider the Lilies of the field and how they grow.” Matthew 6-28. Sister Deborah McKethan, President, Altar Guild Sister Tempie Avent, President, Tribe of Reuben Sister Colleen Sweatt, President, Happy Warriors

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“yOuTH NEwS, yOu CAN uSE” (By Sister Kareema Robinson and Minister Reggie Williams) Dust If You Must Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better To paint a picture, or write a letter, Bake a cake, or plant a seed; Ponder the difference between want and need? Dust if you must, but there’s not much time, With rivers to swim, and mountains to climb; Music to hear, and books to read: Friends to cherish and a life to lead. Dust if you must, but the world’s out there With the sun in your eyes, and the wind in your hair; A flutter of snow, a shower of rain, This day will not come around again. Dust if you must, but bear in mind, Old age will come and it’s not kind. And when you go (and go you must) You, yourself, will make more dust.

Please extend a big shout out and words of congratulations to Trayvon Toliver, when you see him! Trayvon received special recognition for his outstanding performance and contributions to his basketball team. He was also acknowledged, celebrated and named “Super Hero” for his courage and compassion while helping a fellow student. When Trayvon noticed that one of his classmates was in distress, he immediately alerted a teacher, who was able to perform the Heimlich maneuver in a timely fashion. This saved a child’s life! Good job Trayvon, your FBC family is proud of you! Let’s also congratulate Chyna Holloway who again was the 2017 Spelling Bee Winner at Shepherd Elementary School. In addition, Chyna recently received the 2017 Reading Proficiency Award and the Award for Advance Math at her school. GIRL SCOUT AWARDS During May, two of our Girl Scouts, Kenna Brooks and Kalyn Murphy (pictured below with troop leaders Sister Mary Martin and Sister Yvonne Murphy) received their official Gold Award. The Gold Award is the highest achievement within the Girl Scouts of the USA. It is earned by Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts. Only 5.4% of eligible Girl Scouts successfully earn the Gold Award.

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“yOuTH NEwS, yOu CAN uSE”(Cont’d) GIRL SCOuT AwARDS (CONT’D)

In addition, (pictured below with troop leaders Sister Yvonne Murphy and Sister Mary Martin) Bhaylynn Tiwari, Amber Carpenter, Bailey Pinckney and Nova Grissom, all received the GS Silver Award. The Silver Award is the second highest award of the Girl Scouts of the USA. It is the highest award that a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. Only Cadette Scouts ages 11–14 or in grades 6-8 can earn the Silver Award. Girls must complete a Cadette Journey prior to beginning their project. Once the journey is completed, girls must complete a 50-hour service project that is sustainable and educational. Upon completion of the Silver Award project, the Girl Scout may need to submit the Girl Scout Silver Award report to her local Girl Scout Council. Girls may work by themselves or in groups of 2-4 girls. Likewise several of our Junior Troop members (Chyna Holloway, Aniya Eccles, Kristen Murphy, Ajaya Robinson, Caroline Easterling, Angel Smith, Kaiya Best and Cierra Andrews, (they are pictured left with troop leaders Sister Geraldine Washington and Sister Karen Mickens) recently received their Bronze Awards. This is the third highest award in Girl Scouts of the USA. It was introduced by GSUSA in 2001, and can only be earned by Girl Scouts at the Junior level. The Bronze Award is a team effort comprised of a group of Juniors, (usually from a single troop). The project's objective must be to benefit the local community and/or benefit Girl Scouting as a whole in some way. Each scout is expected to contribute 20 hours to the project. The project is to be girl-led, but, unlike the Silver and Gold Awards, adults may be on-hand to assist and guide. Congratulations to all of our Girl Scouts who have received awards, we are proud of all of them. Congratulations to Sister Mary Martin (pictured above with the troop). She was instrumental in the creation of the GS Teen DC Group, which gathers troops together to offer additional programming. Mary took over the leadership of the group 5 years ago. She has planned exciting and engaging programming for our older girls; including journey blitzes, trips to the theater and community service projects. Mary has also helped coordinate trips for these girls to places such as Niagara Falls, Florida, Great Wolf Lodge and Savannah Georgia. She also makes sure teen girls are recognized for their hard work by coordinating the DC Annual Precious Medals ceremony.

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“yOuTH NEwS, yOu CAN uSE” Mary has 43 years of service with the girl scouts and enjoys every minute of what she does for the girls. Mary was recently awarded the Nation's Capital Pin. This pin was introduced by the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital in 1975 and is awarded to recognize dedication and significant service in support of outstanding program for girls within the GSCNC. Parents: We know there are many children in our church who are doing awesome things in their school and the community but we can’t share the information if you don’t inform us. Please let us know so we can share their accomplishments with our church family. Forward information to Sister Kareema Robinson or Minister Reggie Williams. Dorsey Andrew Spriggs Birthday: December 19th Family: Dorsey is the youngest of 6 children born to Ricardo Hunter and Lisa Spriggs. He is the grandson of Deaconess Elsie S. Brown and nephew of Terri Hunter Echols. School: Dunbar Senior High School, Washington, DC June 2017 Background: Dorsey has grown up in First Baptist Church and is currently on the youth usher board. Over the past few years he has participated in a number of activities within the Youth Ministry. Dorsey loves and excels at sports. He is an outstanding football and rugby player. His favorite sport is basketball which he loves the best. He is currently a member of the Dunbar varsity basketball team and has been named “player of the game” multiple times. Dorsey is kind hearted, helpful and values loyalty and trust. He plans on furthering his education at the University of the District of Columbia, majoring in Computer Science. Dorsey’s goal is to continue his education, while waiting to begin his training in the DC Firefighters Academy. He would like to thank the Youth Ministry of First Baptist Church for their support and encouragement of all of our youth over the years. Dorsey extends special words of appreciation to his grandmother, Deaconess Elsie S. Brown for her leadership, guidance and prayers.

Walter jones, jr. Birthday: November 7th Family: Walter is the youngest of 5 children born to Martina Jennings and Walter Jones, Sr., baby brother of Antoinette Jones and the grandson of Sister BJ Washington. School: DuVul High School, Lanham, Maryland Walter’s favorite hobbies are playing Xbox one, paintball, going carting and laser tag.

“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. Any man who lived fully is prepared to die at anytime” - Mark Twain Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift that’s why it’s called the present. Page 8


CONGRAULATIONS GRADUATES

Racquel Waltower

Queen Hudgins Bachelor of Arts in Sociology Winston-Salem State University

Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies, w/a concentration in Elementary Education, from Delaware State University

Rica spriggs Bachelor of Science in Special Education East Carolina University Page 9


“A Shining Star of Hope” Congratulations to Anthony Brandon Bagley who has graduated with honors from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science.

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Anthony has served as the manager of the Women’s basketball team for three years and as the Vice President of the Student Government Association (SGA) for one year. He has excellent leadership qualities, and has demonstrated outstanding work habits and mannerisms. It is with great pride and joy that his parents, Mr. Anthony and Mrs. Sandra Bagley, family, and grandfather Deacon Leroy Bagley extend to him our love and prayers for his accomplishments. Through adversity, Anthony prevailed and will continue working diligently until he has achieved his goal of being a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Out of over two thousand five hundred applicants, Anthony was selected as one out of twenty-seven students to attend Howard University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Anthony believes that, “To know nothing is bad, but to learn nothing is worse.” He will always put God first in his life and thanks everyone for their love and support.


“fATHER TO SON, SON TO fATHER, bROTHER TO bROTHER”! (“yOu ARE yOuR bROTHER’S kEEPER”) - james 5:13-20 (Reverend Donald D. Robinson and Deacon Bruce Roberson) Come join us on Saturday, June 17, 2107, for a great day of fellowship, fun, food and faith renewal as the Men of First Baptist Church celebrate their “Men’s Ministry Breakfast”! It promises to be a memorable morning you won’t forget. Therefore, put this date on your calendar and let’s get ready to have a great time with “The Lord” and one another! Recently I was watching a memorable movie entitled…“Cooley High.” “Cooley High” was a very popular movie which depicted the mischievous experiences of a group of black teenagers who grew up in the asphalt jungle of Chicago’s Cabrini Green public housing project in the 1960’s. The movie captured the circuitous journeys of urban youth, as they pursued their dreams and ambitions. There was a particular scene whereby precocious young males would get an adult person to buy them alcoholic beverages, as they prepared to go to a party. In memory of their friends who couldn’t sneak out of the house and join them at the party, they had a peculiar ritual they’d engage in. In this urban ritual, each of the boys would take a drink of the spirited libation; they would then make a toast to their “brothers” (friends) who were not present. In fact, they’d lift up the bottle and pour out a few ounces and say, “this is for the brothers (who “ain’t”) who isn’t here”! Although this is an awkward scene to focus upon in a Christian newsletter, the principle of friendship that the young men were projecting stands out. These young men were reminding themselves to not forget their absent brothers because they are “their brothers’ keepers”! In other words, the young men were acknowledging and affirming their caring relationships they shared with and for their friends. They reminded us, that their friend’s lives and relationships had great value. And even though they were not present, because their friend’s lives had value to them, they missed them when they were absent! The Book of James reminds us, we too are our brother’s keeper and we are “called” to be accountable one to another. James goes on to remind us, if someone strays from the truth of God, it is a good thing if you can find that person and lead that brother back to Jesus Christ and to the “truth they have strayed from”. In fact, if we’re all honest, this 5th Chapter of James will challenge each of us to be more accountable in all of our relationships, both sacred and secular. James 5 reminds us (verse 19) that he’s talking about believers, Christians who’ve gone astray. James says, they are out there and because they are out there, they aren’t in here (in the church with us)! In verse 20, James talks about sinners who have fallen away from the truth, this is not a contradiction. Sometime believers do fall away from God’s truth! Yes, these are Saved, Sanctified, Holy Ghost filled and fire baptized Christians, but they are people who have strayed from God’s truth. Because of this reality, James wants us to look more carefully at the relationships we have with our Brothers and Sisters in Christ. He gives us helpful insights as to how we can better equip ourselves to lead people back to “God’s Truth”! Page 11


“fATHER TO SON, SON TO fATHER, bROTHER TO bROTHER”! (Cont’d) First, James says recognize changing patterns. Are there things your family and friends used to do, that they no longer do in their spiritual development? James wants us to notice these changes and to know this isn’t a person who suddenly fell into sin, was setup or ambushed. This is probably a person who gradually faded into sin. In other words, these are people who gradually changed their normal patterns and spiritual rituals. For instance, they may have started missing worship services; stopped calling; stopped (2) attending prayer meeting or stopped coming to Bible Study. Moreover, James is talking about believers who were strong in the Lord and then over a period of time their enthusiasm, joy and interest for “The Lord” waned (why). James tells us, when this happens, because we are observant, this should be a “red flag of caution,” which says to us….something different is occurring! Check on this person! Secondly, James Says Be Willing To Take Risk. Too often when we see people who have strayed away from “God’s truth,” we are reluctant to go after them. We don’t want to get involved for fear we could become damaged as they are. We know, if a person falls in a muddy pit in order to get them out of the muddy pit, we have to get in the mud with them, that we might rescue them. The reality is Jesus got in the mud for us. In fact, “He” allowed “Himself” to be “muddied” by our sin, so that “He” could rescue us and deal with our sin problem. Too often, we are reluctant to get involved with “fallen” people because it reminds us of when we were in a similar fallen situation. Therefore we tend to do what the world does, which is play it safe, stay away and mind our own business. To the contrary, Jesus wants us to be in each other’s business, because our business is “His” business and “His” business is us! Therefore, we have to reach out and sometimes make personal sacrifices for the cause of Jesus Christ, that we might rescue and restore people. Yes, we have to take risk, for the cause of “Kingdom Building.” We’ve got to decide that we love this person enough to not let them ruin their lives, their relationship with God, or their relationships with their family. After all, we are who we are because “someone” took a risk for each one of us! Thirdly, Speak Truth In Love. James reminds us that love covers a multitude of sin. This is important because those who have strayed have strayed from God’s truth. Therefore, their sin has to be impacted by God’s love before they can hear us and get back on the road of hearing God’s “Truth.” Moreover, we have to both share love and speak about God’s truth. You can’t do one or the other. Love without truth is a compromise and truth without love is condemnation. God doesn’t want us to do either or (share Gods love or speak God’s truth). “He” wants us to do both! Moreover, as we express love to people, we also have to share God’s truth. This truth says Jesus suffered, bled and died, on old rugged cross just for us! Therefore, Jesus commands us to be compassionate, because we are “Our Brothers Keeper”! Someone reached out to save us, therefore the least we can do is to continue to reach out to others, who for whatever reason may have found themselves outside of the “Ark of Safety.” On Saturday, June 17, 2017, (from 9:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M.) the Men’s Ministry of FBC will host a special “Father’s Day” Men’s Ministry Prayer Breakfast. The guest preacher will be “Mr. Kevin Shamblee.” Come join us for a great morning of food, fun, fellowship and renewal of faith as we celebrate and honor Fathers and affirm the reality that….”We Are Our Brother’s Keeper.” The FBC Missionary Society will join us in our special season of celebration, as we pause to honor the remarkable men of First Church, who are Fathers! Page 12


“mISSIONARy mINISTRy NEwSLETTER fOR juNE 2017”! (By Missionary President, Colleen Sweatt)

Prayer:

In this season of “Father’s Day” observances, may God Bless the Father’s in the world. May God guide them to become good roles models, good leaders and loving parents to their children. God please help them to be loving fathers, just as “You” are. Please also give them love, wisdom, grace and patience, that they can handle situations in a loving, caring Christ-like way. Meanwhile, Happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers everywhere! As Fathers, you have loving hearts and you’re quick to forgive. Additionally, you’re always thinking of others and always willing to give your wisdom, your time and resources in support of others. As a caring Father, you’re a loving person who can see only the good in others. You seem to always do the right thing, as you believe all persons should do. A person who is as remarkable as you deserves a special award and recognition for being an outstanding and wonderful human being!

Anonymous: Please remember on the First Sunday of each month “The FBC Missionaries” invites you to attend the Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home with us. There, we lead the Sunday service, as well as, participate in fellowship and worship experiences with the residents, their families and the staff. Additionally, we continue to make calls and visit our sick and shut in members The FBC Missionaries will be feeding the homeless at several sites, during the month of June. (The date is pending.) If you have questions or concerns, as to how you can become more involved; feel free to speak with any of our missionaries or Mrs. Colleen Sweatt, President FBC Missionaries. She along with other missionaries looks forward to assisting you in any way they can. There is still plenty of good room to be of service to others in our “Father’s House.” Join us, as we need you, but most importantly God needs you to labor in “His Vineyard”! On behalf of the Missionaries, we thank all of the beautiful mothers, family and friends for making our recent Mothers Day Salute a great success! Also, we would like to thank our FBC Family and friends for the support they gave us, as well as, a special word of “Thanks” to Sister B.J. Washington, Brother James Lomax and Sister Elizabeth Hunter (FBC Culinary Ministry) for the delicious food and deserts that were prepared for each of us!

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Vacation Bible School 2017 Monday, June 19 - Friday, June 23 6:30pm- 8:30pm Dinner Provided Nightly

First Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Frank D. Tucker, Senior Pastor 712 Randolph Street NW Washington, DC 20011

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked for us...� Hebrews 12:1

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~ JUNE Events 2017~ Communion Sunday Sunday, June 4, 2017 ~ 7:50 A.M. and 10:50 A.M.

YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT CELEBRATION Saturday, June 10, 2017 ~ 1:00 P.M.

Youth fellowship Sunday, 11, 2017 ~ 1:00 P.M.

fATHER’S DAy Sunday, June 18, 2017 ~ 7:50 A.M. and 10:50 A.M.

Vacation bible school Monday, June 19 through Friday, June 23, 2017 (6:30 PM until 8:30 PM)

Altar guild anniversary Tribe of reuben ANNIVERSARY The happy warriors ANNIVERSARY Sunday, June 25, 2017 ~ 10:50 A.M.

Young adult concert Sunday, June 25, 2017 ~ 3:30 P.M. †

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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