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March 2017

FIRST WORD

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


Our Spring Educational Institute will take place on Monday, March 20th through Wednesday, March 22, 2017. We will have three nights of concentrated study. The bible study will be on the scripture that supports our 2017 Theme, “Seeing the Vision in Difficult Times” (Habakkuk ). We need to fortify ourselves to face the challenges before us. Let us study His Word. It is March. The weather is changing. The wind is blowing. One day it’s warm. The next day it’s cold. We thought the groundhog had made a big mistake, but doubt arises as the temperatures cause us to shed our garments. Such is the month of March. No wonder they call the unpredictable basketball tournaments “March Madness.” In like fashion, daily turmoil in the political climate keeps us in a state of constant change and social madness. Every day we find one crisis after another. We stand on tiptoe, guessing what will be the next outrage and unpredictable outcome stemming from Capitol Hill and the White House. We are made uneasy by the impending threat to healthcare. The apparent emotional instability of a President, the threat of active terrorists and the challenge to our national security are imminent pressures on the minds of people worldwide. This daily instability urges us to embrace the Rock of Ages. We must not sink into a state of despair, but look to the hills whence our help comes. God is still our anchor. We are called to hold fast and be firm in the faith. Our victory is in Christ Jesus. Keeping emotional balance must be a deliberate goal. On March 25, 2017 at 10:00 AM, our Health and Family Resource Center ministry will sponsor a Behavior Health Program featuring mental health professionals who will share information and help to support people in need. Take advantage of this opportunity to gain insight on how to address behavioral challenges. Page 2

And the LORD answered me and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Habakkuk 2:2-3 (KJV) Sunday, March 26, 2017, is Officers’ Day in First Baptist. This is a special time for all of us to support the Deacons, Trustees and Deaconess in their hour of appreciation. These leaders have played a significant role in the life and well-being of our Church. We thank God for their commitment to services that sustain the development of our fellowship. Please be present at the 10:50 AM Worship Service. Finally, Saturday, March 11, 2017, is the 76th birthday of our First Lady, Mrs. Brenda Tucker. An “Afternoon of Elegance” has been planned to celebrate her natal day. She is requesting that you support the First Baptist Church Senior Center through a designated contribution suggested on the promotional materials. Please show your love by providing a gift to support the ministry that she gave 38 years of her life to build. Her heart and memories are still lingering. Let the spirit of love and peace always abide, even in the ever-changing tides. For God never changes. He is from everlasting to everlasting.


“HUSH, SOMEBODY’S CALLING MY NAME!” (By The Reverend Donald Robinson and Deacon Bruce Roberson) (Genesis 12:1-5)

The words of the hymn writer seem so appropriate for this occasion “…..hush, hush, somebody’s calling my name, hush, hush, …….somebody’s calling my name ……oh my Lord, oh my Lord…. What shall I do”? Yes, Hush Somebody’s Calling My Name, that is the theme for the March Men’s Ministry breakfast meeting. At this meeting “The Men’s Ministry of First Baptist Church (FBC)” will invite other men and persons in the community to join us for breakfast, as we fellowship, feast, praise God, strengthen one another and answer God’s call to come to “Him”! Each of us has a been or will be “Called By God.” As a result, “God” has put a measure of Himself in each of us and is calling us to do “His” Will. God has uniquely put a measure of “Himself” in us, that we can serve humanity and glorify “Him” as we serve. For instance, when God reveals His divine Will for our lives and we say yes to His Will, that’s called “answering God’s call.” In other words, when God calls you, don’t look to your left or to your right to see how others are responding; this call is to you, the individual. In other words, God is expecting each of us (you) to respond to “His” Call! Too often, we concern ourselves with what others in the group or the crowd are doing. However, when God wants to do something special, He doesn’t call the group, “He” calls an individual. In this 12th chapter of Genesis, God has called Abram, who will eventually become Abraham. Can’t you see Abram, days before he experienced his call? Can’t you see God speaking to Abram, saying: “Abram, this isn’t a career move; this is a calling,” I am calling you to be with me! Yes, there

is a difference. A career move is well thought out, it’s timed. It involves planning and networking with measurable goals and objectives. On the other hand, when there is “a call from God” there is no empirical data; there are no maps, no charts, no compasses, or written directions. Answering a call from God involves listening to God through the depths of your heart that you can hear “His” still, quiet voice!

In his initial call, God moved Abram out of Haran, which represented Abram’s “comfort zone.” God wanted Abram to come out of his familiar safe place, to a different environment that he was not as familiar with. In other words, God wanted Abram to move out of his comfortable past and into his uncertain future. Now between God’s call to Abram and Abram’s response to God, God made some promises to Abram. Let’s examine these promises. FIRST, GOD SAYS, I WILL SHOW YOU. In other words, God wants Abram to know, He doesn’t have to figure everything out. Abram doesn’t have to guess God’s Will; God says… “I will show you a small glimpse of what your future will be! Just believe, I am guiding you and directing your course, thus I will get you to this destination safety. Perhaps today God wants to show you a glimpse of “His” Will and of your future.

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“HUSH, SOMEBODY’S CALLING MY NAME!” (Cont’d)

SECONDLY, GOD SAYS, I WILL MAKE YOU A NATION. God is saying to Abram, I won’t just give you a few children, grandchildren or a son. God is saying, I will enlarge you beyond your comprehension. I will reproduce you in great numbers; I will make you a nation of people! This promise from God was unusual because Abraham and Sarah were both well past their reproductive years. Thereby, the only way they could have a child would be for God to grant them a miracle baby! And yes, God did give them a miracle baby; they named him Isaac (laughter). As you can imagine to Abram’s wife, Sara, this was laughable. However, from this baby came a nation of people. In fact, all of the hundreds of millions of Jews, Arabs and Christians can trace their spiritual ancestral lineage to Abraham. THIRDLY, GOD SAYS, I WILL BLESS YOU. Often we are looking outside of God for our blessings. We want our families to bless us; we want our communities, politics, jobs, schools, fraternities or churches to bless us! But God is reminding us, “He” is the one who is the true source of our blessings. He reminds us: ‘I will bless you through the family, through the community, through the school, through the job, or through the church.’ It seems as if I can hear David saying,…….. “He” will prepare a table for me, even in the presence of my enemies. Page 4

FOURTH, GOD SAYS, I WILL MAKE YOUR NAME GREAT. Too often, we find ourselves competing in the marketplace to become famous or popular. We try to have the right friends, be in the right places or at the right time for the right job. We try to meander through the winding social, political and fraternal circles in this asphalt jungle, called America! We do this because we want to be known. We want to be recognized. However, as Christians we find that the pursuit of selfaggrandizement over and against the selflessness which Jesus requires of us, puts our diverse agendas into conflict. In other words, this spiritual walk causes us to wear an uneasy crown. Thanks to Abram, we are reminded, we don’t have to make ourselves great. All we have to do is humble ourselves, surrender to God, do His Will, then He promises, He will make our names great! During the month of March, Men of FBC, will you let the Holy Spirit guide you? Will you answer God’s call? Let’s in the meantime, re-commit ourselves to Christ, His teaching and to FBC, as we listen quietly for our names. Meanwhile, Hush, hush…..Somebody’s Calling My Name…..Hush, hush.


“FBC Missionary Society Ministry” (By Sister Colleen Sweat and Fellow Missionaries)

Heaven’s Grocery Store As I was walking down life’s highway a long time ago, I saw a sign that read “Heaven’s Grocery Store.” As I got a little closer to the door, it opened wide and when I came to myself, I was standing inside. I saw a host of Angels. They were standing everywhere, one handed me a basket and said, and “My child shop with care.” Everything a Christian needed was in that grocery store; and all you could not carry, you could come back the next day for more. 

First, I got some PATIENCE; LOVE was in the same row. Further down was UNERSTANDING; you need that wherever you go.

I got a box or two of WISDON, a bag or two of FAITH.

I just couldn’t miss the HOLY GHOST, for it was all over the Place.

I stopped to get some STRENGHT and COURAGE to help me run this race,

By then my basket was getting full, but I remembered, I needed some GRACE.

I didn’t forget SALVATION, for salvation –that was free.

So, I tried to get enough of that to save both you and me.

Then, I started up to the counter, to pay my Grocery Bill,

For I thought I had everything to do my Master’s Will

As I went up the aisle, I saw PRAYER, and I just had to put that in, for I knew that when I stepped outside, I would run right into sin.

PEACE and JOY were plentiful; they were on the last shelf.

SONG AND PRAISES were hanging near, so I just helped myself.

Then I said to the Angel, How much do I owe? He smiled and said, MY CHILD, JESUS PAID YOUR’S. During the month of February, many Valentine gifts were given to the residents and staff at Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home. What a joy it was to see the glow on the people’s faces, as they received their special gifts. Remember, the First Sunday of each month we would like for you to join us at Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home that we can bring joy and happiness to the resident’s and staff at the nursing home together! We also sent Valentine card’s to our sick and shut in members of the Church, who were convalescing during the month of February. During the month of March, we will be going out in the Metropolitan area of DC, spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as well as passing out spiritual tracts and related biblical materials. As we go forth, let us remember, the Lord Jesus Christ challenges us to overcome fear and abandon our complacency. In fact, Jesus says, to us….. “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me, will do the works I have been doing and will do even greater works than these, because I am going to the Father” (John 14:12). “Let us journey onward in Jesus name and do some of these……….. greater works”! May the Peace of God be with you always, as you serve “Him” in the daytime, for the nighttime comes, when no man can work! Page 5


“Youth News, You Can Use”

(By Sister Kareema Robinson and Minister Reggie Williams) Believe What You Feel

One day a certain teacher said he had an exercise he wanted his class to try. He asked, the students to stand, facing away from their classmates and to deliberately fall backward, relying on each student to catch the other. Most of the students were uncomfortable with this and would not let go for more than a few inches, before stopping themselves. In fact, many students laughed in embarrassment, as some fell flat on their backs. Finally, one student, a thin, quiet, darkhaired girl, whom I noticed always, wore bulky, white fisherman sweaters. She often patiently crossed her arms over her chest, closed her eyes, leaned back, and did not flinch. She reminded me of one of those Lipton tea commercials, where the model splashes into the pool. For a moment, I was sure the girl was going to fall flat on the floor. However, at the last moment, her assigned partner grabbed her head and shoulders and yanked her up harshly, but safely. Thus, she never hit the floor! “Whoa!” several students yelled. Some even clapped! The teacher finally smiled and said to the girl, “you close your eyes,” that was the difference. In life, sometimes you cannot believe what you see, you have to believe what you feel. And if you are ever going to have other people trust you, you must cause them to feel that they can trust you, too, even when you're in the dark. Even when you're falling!" Page 6

Wise Words For Our Youth 1. You are in a world of prejudgment, but you can still redefine yourself. 2. Don’t ever let anyone question your blackness — it’s not their right. 3. Success not only comes through fame and fortune, but through sacrifice, hard work and integrity. 4. Athletes and entertainers are not the only aspiring role models — search for mentors in your community and elsewhere. 5. Being light or dark-skinned makes you no better or inferior than any other person. Just be the person God made you to be. 6. Boys, it’s okay to express your emotions; and girls, it’s okay to exercise independence. 7. Education is and will always be, essential — no matter what career you choose. 8. Words are stronger than fists, therefore use your words more. 9. Let your inner beauty be shown through your personal creativity, not just through images in pop culture. 10. You are smart and entitled to happiness, just like anyone else in the world.


“Youth News, You Can Use” (Cont’d)

be leading the 10:50 AM service. Each of our troops will continue to provide opportunities for our girls to build courage, confidence and character, thus enabling them to make the world a better place. And if you haven’t already done so, do pick up a few boxes of Girl Scout cookies. In fact, get them early and often!

A big shout out to the youth who participated in the Total Youth Experience held on Saturday, February 25, 2017. At this event our youth shared original and historic poetry with an emphasis on Black History month. Our youth did an awesome job and showed once again, they are more than capable of handling any task or assignment they are given. Also, on Saturday, February 25, our Daisy and Brownie Girl Scout Troops competed in the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital’s Annual Step Show Competition. This event took place at Trinity University. Winners have not been announced, but we congratulate in advance our team for the highly spirited and creative performance they gave. Our Girl Scouts are serious about reaching their cookie sales goals. They were spotted this month in full force manning their cookie booths at various sites, including our neighborhood Wal-Mart. On the second Sunday in March we will celebrate Girl Scout Day with our troops, who’ll Page 7

OUTSTANDING YOUTH ACCOMPLISHMENTS Chyna Milan Holloway is a fifth grade student at Shepherd Elementary School in Washington, DC and is an International Baccalaureate (IB). She is in a Primary Years Program School. She has high goals and expectations in all her assessments and reflected high standards throughout her academic journey. Chyna also took the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) in English language arts/ Literacy (ELA). Her performance level and score indicated, she is on track for college and career readiness. Chyna is a high achiever in her French class and is also a member of the school’s choir and art club. She is a reader for the schools kindergarten class and a morning announcer on the school’s P.A. system (I wonder where she got that from). In addition, Chyna is a member of the Yearbook Club, which is scheduled to see a performance of the Dance Theater of Harlem in New York this April.


“Youth News, You Can Use” (Cont’d)

Chyna is a high achiever in her French class and is also a member of the school’s choir and art club. She is a reader for the schools kindergarten class and a morning announcer on the school’s P.A. system (I wonder where she got that from). In addition, Chyna is a member of the Yearbook Club, which is scheduled to see a performance of the Dance Theater of Congratulations to Jahmal Banks, a ninth grader at Bishop O’Connell High School in Harlem in New York this April. Alexandria, Virginia. Not only did he have an Chyna is the recipient of several school outstanding football season as a wide awards including: being named her school’s receiver on his school’s varsity football spelling bee champion, Advanced team, he also received an Honorable Achievement in Reading and Mathematics Mention at the Virginia Independent and the Hour of Code (computer) Award. In Schools Athletic Association’s Banquet, addition, this year she finished in the top held in January. Jahmal earned this award ten at the City Wide Spelling Bee for his outstanding performance as a Freshman Wide Receiver during the 2016 Competition. football season. Chyna has attended FBC since birth and is a Parents: We know your children are doing member of the youth choir and choral awesome things in school and in the speakers ministries. In addition, she is community. Please let us know of their often called upon to speak at various accomplishments, so that we can share church events. Most importantly, Chyna their achievements with our church family. regularly attends Sunday School at FBC. Forward information to Sister Kareema She is the daughter of Monica Watson and Robinson or Minister Reggie Williams. Chris Holloway. She is also the granddaughter of Deaconess Barbara Mickens, who homeschooled Chyna at an Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, early age and is undoubtedly proud to see and today is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present. how well her efforts have paid off. Chyna thanks God daily for granting her wisdom, knowledge, understanding, protection and faith. She also thanks both her personal and church family for always praying and encouraging her to do her best. Her motto is: “The Sky Is The Limit”.

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An Afternoon of Elegance

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First Lady Brenda B. Tucker Join us for a gala celebration honoring our First Lady, Sister Brenda B. Tucker on her 76th birthday. We will also pay tribute to her for her 38 years of dedicated, loyal and devoted service to the First Baptist Senior Center. Saturday, March 11, 2017 Noon – Three PM First Baptist Church ~ Ida Clark Hall 712 Randolph Street, NW ~ Washington, DC 20011

Rev. 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: Become a Trailblazer of the Center with a gift of $200.00 Become a Benefactor of the Center with a gift of $100.00 Match her years of age with a gift of $76.00 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 fund -raising project, see a member of the celebration committee in Ida Clark Hall following the 7:50 AM and the 10:50 AM worship services.

Deaconess Naomi S Rembert Chairperson (202-468-2990)

Sister Victoria Taylor Center Director (202-723-4313)

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GET READY FOR HOLY WEEK 2017 AT FBC” (By The Reverend Donald Robinson)

According to II Chronicles seven through ten, when God’s people came into the Temple to worship they expressed an insatiable desire to experience God. The text gives the impression when God’s people come into God’s House,” they were excited and ready to experience “The Shakinah Glory” of God! In fact, it seems God’s presence was so dynamic that, the priest and Levites could barely get into the Temple to perform their ecclesiastical duties because the hot fire of The Holy Spirit was so overwhelming! I can imagine, as they were entering the Temple of God, they sang with great joy…..“The presence of The Lord” is here, I can feel it in the atmosphere”…..the presence of “The Lord” is here, I can feel it in the atmosphere…. My friends, I believe that’s what many will be singing and testifying, to as they make their way into “The House of God” at First Baptist Church (FBC) on “Good Friday” (April 14, 2017)! Therefore, beginning Friday, April 14, 2017 (from 12:00 Noon to 3:00 PM) get ready to hear seven dynamic accounts of the “Last” poignant words uttered by Our Lord and Savior, Jesus The Christ from “The Cross!” Yes, seven sons and daughters of The First Baptist Church will render these utterances; we commonly call “The Seven Last Words” of Jesus at “The Cross.” Please remember, on “Good Friday” the government extends religious leave to persons, who desire to share in this deeply personal religious event unencumbered! This “Good Friday” service is a great opportunity to invite some of our co-workers, colleagues, neighbors, friends and family, who have not

accepted Jesus The Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Perhaps on that day, they can say yes to “Him!” Additionally, you can rise early Sunday morning and experience the spontaneity and freshness of “The People Who Were Looking For Jesus” as they journeyed “on the road to Emmaus.” During this “Easter Sunrise experience,” which will be held on Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 6:00 AM. Our Pastor Reverend Dr. Frank D. Tucker and the ministerial staff will lead us on this hope restoring, faith affirming “Road To Emmaus” experience! You don’t want to miss out on what it might have been like for those persons who rose early Sunday morning looking for Jesus after “His” death on the cross. What is it like for you today, as you revisit His death, suffering and resurrection? Do you believe he has risen within you? Come and experience afresh for yourself what it means to have Jesus alive inside of you! Next we’ll conclude our day with two spiritually enriching worship services at 7:55 AM and 10:50 AM. The senior pastor of the historic First Baptist Church, The Reverend Dr. Frank D. Tucker will proclaim “the Gospel” at both of these services. If you know someone who needs to be spiritually revived, encouraged or restored, please bring them with you! If there’s someone who doesn’t know Jesus, as their personal Lord and Savior, bring them also.

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GET READY FOR HOLY WEEK 2017 AT FBC” (Cont’d)

Whatever you do, if you care for them, don’t let this moment of personal spiritual opportunity pass them by. Get your friends to Jesus, by any means necessary! Listed below are the scriptural themes the preachers will preach from on “Good Friday:”

“SAYING FROM THE CROSS” “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)

“Today Thou Shalt be with me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43)

“Woman, behold They Son! Son, behold Thy Mother” (John 19:27)

“My God, My God, why has thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)

“Thirst” (John 9:28)

“It Is Finished” (John 19:30)

“Father, in Thy hands I commend my Spirit.” (Luke 23:46)

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MARCH 2017 EVENTS ~COMMUNION SUNDAY~ Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 7:50 A.M. and 10:50 A.M. Services ~AN AFTERNOON OF ELEGANCE FOR FIRST LADY BENDA BARBOUR TUCKER~ Saturday, March 11, 2017 DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME CHANGE ~YOUTH SUNDAY~ Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 10:50 A.M. Service THE REVEREND DR. FRANK D. TUCKER’S BIRTHDAY March 17, 2017 ~MEN’S EMPHASIS SUNDAY~ Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 7:50 A.M. and 10:50 A.M. Services ~FAMILY RESOURCE MINISTRY INSTITUTE~ March 23, 2017 through March 25, 2017 ~OFFICER’S DAY~ Sunday, March 26 2017 at 7:50 A.M. and 10:50 A.M. Services

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