FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH ** 712 RANDOLPH ST NW, WASHINGTON, DC ** REVEREND DR. FRANK D. TUCKER, SENIOR PASTOR
PASTOR’S PEN they are under the threat of police brutality all over our nation. The rationale for that fear is seen in cities like Baltimore, Chicago, New York, and other areas. Circumstances exacerbated by poverty, economic blight, social and political deprivation have produced a generation of hopelessness. The pervasive system of racism is intensifying deprivation in “Thanks” is a small word to express
overwhelming gratitude for the woman who brings you coffee in the middle of the night, bears the children, and then raises them, while you share in the fruits of her labor. At First Baptist, the month of May offers several special opportunities to show appreciation to the beautiful women in our lives. Sunday, May 14th is Mother’s Day. We invite all mothers to share in a time of worship and recognition for all who serve as major instruments in God’s creation. We are so proud of all mothers, for they are lovers of the children God has blessed us to share. Black mothers are in constant prayer for their children, especially their sons, as
some communities, while stimulating economic growth and elitism in others. We are living in a time when it is hard to expect our children to move beyond the level of their parents. Black mothers deserve all the love and encouragement we can shower upon them. On Mother’s Day, First Baptist will pause to show mothers they are special, honored, and adored. On the following weekend, we will again honor the great women of First Baptist, as they lead us in a powerful experience of Christian fellowship and praise.
PASTOR’S PEN (CONd’T) Our women have planned a series of events to inspire women for service and fellowship. Please support them in celebrating their contributions to Kingdom building. Saturday, May 20 will be highlighted by a Women’s Brunch and Fashion Extravaganza. The men of our church will prepare and serve a delicious meal. Be sure to register in advance for this wonderful occasion.
effort successful. If there has been a change in your contact information, please let your circle leader or the church office know. When persons in your family are sick or need a visit, please let your leader know. And whenever you believe we can assist you, do not hesitate to contact us. We are called to be a blessing to one another.
Sunday, May 21 will feature three Worship Services. For the 7:50am service, the sermon will be delivered by Rev. Dr. Brenda Tuggle, Pastor of Garden of Prayer Christian Church (Baltimore). The 10:50am service will feature Rev. Dr. Delores Carpenter, retired Professor of Religious Education at Howard University School of Divinity. And at 3:00pm, the “200 Women in Hats and Gloves and Crowning of 2017 Ms./Mrs. FBC” is sure to be a joyous fellowship. The fourth Sunday, May 28, is our Memorial Day Celebration. We will pay tribute to all those who have made their final transition in the past year. We are inviting all families to join us in this special time to remember the lives and love of those who shared in the journey of faith and service. Finally, our Circle Ministry is working hard to serve you. We need your cooperation and support to make this Page 3
“FBC Men Are On The Move, As They Put On The RiTz duRiNg ThE 2017 WOmEN’S dAy EvENTS” (Reverend Donald Robinson, Deacon Bruce Roberson)
In the award winning movie, “The Great Gatsby,” highbrow children of the rich and famous, often danced the night away under the stars. In fact, they danced as if they didn’t have a care in the world. After all they were “heirs to riches.” Yes, these opulent soirees were peculiar in the hearts and minds of regular working people because this merry making occurred at the close of “The Roaring Twenties” and the beginning of “The Great Depression.” This was a time when many people were destitute, without food, suicidal and even homeless! Often these “highbrows,” danced to a familiar song entitled, “Putting On The Ritz.” This song implied something unusual, ritzy and noteworthy is taking place, therefore I need to put on my snazzy, smart, party garments! In a real sense, that “ritzy event” was clearly a social event you couldn’t miss, nor could you wear your average clothing to. For this august occasion you had to step it up; you had to put on your absolute best outfit! “You Had To Put On The Ritz!” During the month of May “The FBC Men’s Ministry” will not be meeting at its regularly scheduled time (third Saturday May 20, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.). Instead during “The Women’s Day (weekend) the men of First Baptist Church will be “Putting On The Ritz,” as they dress up in garments of righteousness to serve the women of FBC! Several “Women’s Day events are scheduled, however the event whereby the men will be serving “The Women” will be the fashion show and brunch, Saturday, May 20, from 11:00 a.m., until 2:00 p.m. As you can imagine the Women’s Day Committee is going to transform Ida Clark Hall into “The FBC Waldorf Astoria.” Already, the FBC Men have prepared a menu that will satisfy all of our culinary desires, excite our taste buds and bring unspeakable joy to all of our discriminating pallets. We look forward to seeing you; meanwhile, we’re got to go and get ritzy!
Missionary Society Ministry (By Sister Colleen Sweatt)
“A Mother’s Love” There are times when only a mother’s love Can understand our tears, Can soothe our disappoints And calm all our fears There are times when only a mother’s love Can share the joy we feel When something we’ve dreamed about Quite suddenly is real. There are times when only a mother’s faith Can help us on life’s way And inspire in us the confidence We need from day to day. For a mother’s heart and a mother’s faith And a mother’s steadfast love Were fashioned by the angels And sent from God above. Author Unknown
Additionally, representatives from our missionary ministry also meets with the Lott Carey Foreign Mission Board, every 4th Saturday of the month. We try our best to be concerned with “Missions” both home and abroad. As a result, we maintain a food closet for families who are in need of food. On the 4th Saturday in May we will go out to
The First Baptist Church, Missionaries Ministry presents: A Mother Day Celebration, Saturday May 13, 2017, 1:00 until 3:00 pm. We invite all First Baptist Church (FBC) members to join us, as we salute and celebrate “All Mothers”! When you arrive, there will be a Spiritual Treat instore for each of YOU. Please don’t miss out on this great event.
Recently, the Lott Carey Foreign Mission Board held its Easter Service at the St. James Baptist Church, where The Reverend Harry English, is the Pastor, The church is located at 402 Abel Avenue, Capitol Heights, Maryland).
The FBC Missionary Ministry meets every 4th Saturday of each month from 12:00 Noon until 1:30 pm. We would like for all members to join with us. Our Mission is to serve God and our fellowman, as we spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, especially to broken, bruised, and hurting people.
feed the homeless, all are welcome to join us in this compassionate endeavor. In reality, all of us are missionaries, because we meet the needs of people and we share “The Good News of Jesus Christ”! Throughout the month of May we will continue to visit the sick and shut-in members, make calls and send cards for the various occasions within the month.
LET US CONTINUE TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER, AS GOD LOVES US…….. …………..HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!
We attend Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home every 1st Sunday of each month. There we worship and fellowship with the resident’s and staff. Because of the Jesus love that is within us, the residents are always happy to have us visit and fellowship with them. Page 3
“REFLECTiONS ON mEmORiAL dAy”
(Reverend Donald D. Robinson)
To some May 29, 2017 is just another hot day in that transitional time between the end of Spring and the beginning of summer. But to some it is a very significant day of solemnity and remembrance. Yes, May 29, 2017 is “Memorial Day,” which is a federal holiday in the United States. A time for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868. This observance was established when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, started it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers. By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, merged and Memorial Day eventually extended honor to all Americans who died while in military service. To others it also, marks the start of the unofficial summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end. During this observance, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries. Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans. Additionally, on Memorial Day speeches became an occasion for veterans, politicians, and ministers to talk about soldiers, commemorate the War and to rehash the "atrocities" of war. Often some of these persons mixed religion and celebratory nationalism and provided a means for the people to make sense of their history in terms of sacrifice for a better nation. People of all religious beliefs joined together and the point was often made that the soldiers had become true Americans in the "baptism of blood" on the battlefield. In “The Body of Christ” here at first Baptist church, Christians also pause on “Memorial Day” to remember those “Christian Soldiers of The Cross” who have transitioned from labor to reward. In other words, those persons who died, while in the service of “our Lord and Savior, Jesus The Christ.” On this Memorial Day, let us pause as the people of God and thank “Him”: that our lives have been made the richer and the better because of those stouthearted brothers and sisters who have gone on “to be with The Lord”! God bless you and have a blessed Memorial Day observance! Page 4
The Green Grass of Spring and Summer (Brother Kevin Shamblee) To everything there is a season; a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted; (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2) The spring and summer months of May and June are upon us, even as lots of seasonal events and occurrences are happening all around us. Our allergies are subsiding along with the pollination of spring. Mother’s Day and graduation ceremonies are on the way everywhere and many of us will go see our children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews reach their academic milestones! Of course, weddings are being planned by loved ones as we speak; summer vacations are on the horizon even in spite of escalating gas prices. Backyard cookouts, the abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as the roaring engines of lawn mowers are but a few of the signs of spring and summer. As such, one thing which often goes unnoticed by some, but marveled by others is the beautiful shades of green grass we witness during this transition of the seasons. Some of us vaguely notice the diverse hues of green on the well kept lawns, in baseball stadiums, on golf courses or on the adorning neighborhood yards. Still others, marvel at the creative work which is expended in order to keep our lawns looking so well!. Yes, the green grass of spring and summer is upon us! More specifically, the writer of the book of Ecclesiastes helps us to understand, everything does happen in its season! Here, timing is important. In fact the writer says…. “To everything there is a season.” The grass turns green in its season and not in the icy season of winter storms. While we sometimes may miss the beauty of the hues, we seldom, however, miss the fact that if you keep planting, watering, feeding and letting in the sunshine, grass will continue to grow in many shades and hues. On occasion, if not maintained, grass will even grow above our knees and often rise to the
dismay of our neighbors. Just as there is a time to plant, water and feed grass seed, there is also a time to cut the grass. There is also a time to pluck up that which was planted. In a nutshell, we as Christians are a lot like grass. We are as God’s seeds cast into the rich soil of life. Given enough food, water and sunshine our seeds of faith will also be nurtured in each of us. And in its season those same seeds will germinates into something wonderful and good. Likewise, the gift of salvation given to us by faith in Jesus Christ will also, germinate into something wonderful and good when we share it with others. The hope which we have in Christ can also germinate into something wonderful and good when shared with others. Yes, while we may grow into different complexions and hues, the soils in which we are cast are beautified by our presence. Therefore, as we at First Baptist Church continue to enjoy our spring and summer months, as well as, continue to study with a purpose, let us all remember to everything there is a season! Just as the spring and summer months will soon give way to fall and winter, the greenness of grass will not last forever. Yes, the hues will quickly fade. As a result, now in this present season is the time for us to share the wonderful gift of salvation with others. Now is our season to let our lights shine brightly, as the wonderful hues and gradations of green grass unfolds before our very eyes! The green grass of spring and summer is growing, even as we speak! Are you growing, as well?
“yOuTh NEWS, yOu CAN uSE”
(Sister Kareema Robinson and Minister Reggie Williams)
When I Say When I say ... "I am a Christian" I'm not shouting, "I'm saved" I'm whispering, "I get lost!" "That is why I chose this way" When I say ... "I am a Christian" I don't speak of this with pride I'm confessing that I stumble, and need someone to be my guide
When I say ... "I am a Christian" I'm not trying to be strong, I'm professing that I'm weak, and pray for strength to carry on When I say ... "I am a Christian" I'm not bragging of success, I'm admitting that I've failed, and cannot ever pay the debt When I say ... "I am a Christian"
I'm not claiming to be perfect, my flaws are way too visible but God believes I'm worth it When I say ... "I am a Christian" I still feel the sting of pain I have my share of heartaches which is why I seek His Name When I say ... "I am a Christian" I do not wish to judge I have no authority,
A big shout out to our youth choir and liturgical dance ministries who both blessed everyone in attendance at our Total Youth Experience held on Saturday, April 22. In addition to our youth, we were truly honored to have youth choirs and dance ministries from New Southern Rock Baptist Church of Washington, DC, Carmody Hills Baptist Church from Seat Pleasant, Maryland, The Lord’s Church of Restoration, Clinton, Maryland and our neighbors, the First Seventh Day Adventist Church fellowship and share their gifts with us. This event was truly anointed and the spirit of the Lord was definitely in the room. Minister Reggie Williams, who did an awesome job as our worship leader/MC for the afternoon couldn’t help but extol how all the musicians supported and played for other ministries when they saw the need. What an magnificent example of unity was displayed as the piano player from the SDA church who had graciously agreed to play for the FBC youth choir, was immediately joined by the bass player from the Lord Church of Restoration and the drummer from New Southern Rock Baptist. What a joyful noise was made together, as these Christians sang and played together, as one. To God be the Glory! Special thanks to youth leaders, Sister Darlene Williams and Sister Illiashah Robinson for their tireless efforts working with our youth and making sure they were well prepared for this wonderful day of fellowship. In addition, special thanks is extended to Sister Yvonne Murphy, and our youth ushers who were on hand to serve that day. This was truly an event which involved all, including our guest who, declared……“we absolutely must do this again, in the near future”!
“yOuTh NEWS, yOu CAN uSE” (CONT’d) Congratulations and a big shout out to Kaiya Best who once again received straight A’s and maintained a 4.0 GPA for the second and third quarters this school year. Some of the teacher comments on her report card clearly indicates that Kaiya is a joy to have in the classroom, They also reported she is a well rounded student who is bright. She is destined to have successful future. 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 who these children are, that we can share their accomplishments with our church family. Forward information to Sis. Kareema Robinson or Min. Reggie Williams. SENIOR PROFILE Date Of Birth: January 19, 1999 School: EL Haynes High School Family: Daniel is the Third born of five, and only son of Daniel T. Anani and Tarina R. Anani Career Goals: Plans to obtain a Master’s Degree in Mass Communications and gaining an A plus (certification) in repair technology Background: Daniel Anani A.K.A,“Daniel son” has been a proud member of First Baptist Church for 3 years. He is a member of FBC Junior Deacon's Board, Communications Ministry and regularly helps with the information board (posted outside the church office). Outside of church, he is currently assisting the IT Department at E.L. Haynes, and plans on teaching fellow students, how to make instrumental beats. His ingenuity and drive sets him apart from his peers, especially when it comes to his passion for learning and advancing with new technology. He is often called tech savvy or referred to as the “Phone Man”. Daniel is also known for his open mind and “calm vibe” when in difficult situations. On his free time, Daniel sometimes goes out riding his bike, exploring surrounding neighborhoods and produces his own instrumental beats. His favorite sports activities include soccer, ultimate frisbee and basketball. Daniel plans to attend the University of the District Of Columbia (UDC) for two years and afterwards transfer to the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore for the remaining 2 years and finish obtaining a Master’s Degree in Communications. Daniel’s main focus is to set an example for youth in the church, as well as to encourage them to get more involved and embrace their potential, he says……“whether we like it or not, the next generation will steer this nation. We all have potential, so why not embrace it.” Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift that’s why it’s called the present.
“WATCh ThOSE WOmEN”!
(Mrs. Gleniss Wade and Committee Members) It’s that time again! I guess you’re wondering what time? It’s time for those faith-filled, feisty, fabulous, fantastic, fiducially, florescent, fashionable, fedora wearing women of First Baptist Church (FBC) to stand and be recognized, as women servants, mothers, wives, aunties, daughters and friends who stand as the fulcrum of FBC. Yes, my friends it is “Women’s Day” (weekend) 2017 here at First Baptist Church! Ladies, this year’s Women’s Day will feature three fantastic events in addition to two worship services; you don’t want to miss either of these events. Registration for the following events will began on Sunday, April 16, 2017. Please be sure to register so that space and adequate food can be provided. Colors for Women’s Events (Light Green & White) Friday, May 12, 2017 – 6:00 p.m. Women in Praise (Breaking Every Chain) An evening of prayer, praise, worship, and lively discussions on issues concerning women of all ages! Our prayer is to strengthen the bonds within our church and foster new, lasting relationships. Food will be provided. Please spread the word to your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. It’s a “Girls Night Out”! Please, when you register, let us know if you require transportation. We want ladies present and arrive back home safely! Saturday, May 20, 2017 – 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Women’s Brunch and Fashion Extravaganza A delectable lunch followed by an extraordinary presentation of fashion, featuring our very own fabulous FBC models. Registration is required and will be available following each worship service on Sundays. Sunday, May 21, 2017 – Worship Services 7:50 a.m. The Reverend Dr. Brenda Tuggle, Pastor Garden of Prayer Christian Church Baltimore, Maryland
“WATCh ThOSE WOmEN”! (CONT’d) 10:50 a.m. The Reverend Dr. Delores Carpenter “FBC Women’s Day Choir” (Music for both services) 3:00 p.m. “200 Women in Hats and Gloves” “Crowning of 2017 Ms./Mrs. FBC” All women of FBC are asked to wear the hat/head wrap of their choice. Any woman age 18-118 is welcome to run for Ms./Mrs. First Baptist Church (FBC). Please see Sister Gleniss Wade, Sister Deborah McKethan or Sister Kareema Robinson for more information. This elegant afternoon promises to be spiritually uplifting, as well as fun and entertaining. Let us, as Christ-centered women continue to be the ladies and role models to young and old! In addition, all women are invited to let your voices be heard by joining this year’s Women’s Day choir. Rehearsals TBD
~ May Events 2017~ Communion Sunday Sunday, May 7, 2017– 7:50 A.M. and 10:50 A.M.
Women in praise—”BREAkiNg EvERy ChAiN” Friday, May 12, 2017 at 6:00 P.M.
miSSiONARy mOThER’S dAy SALuTE Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 12:00 P.M.
mOThER’S dAy ANd yOuTh SuNdAy Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 7:50 A.M. and 10:50 A.M.
WOmEN’S dAy BRuNCh & FAShiON EXTRAvAgANzA Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 11:00 A.M.
WOmEN’S dAy Sunday, May 21, 2017 _____________________________________
7:50 A.M. Preacher – The Reverend Dr. Brenda Tuggle, Pastor Garden of Prayer Christian Church Baltimore, Maryland
10:50 A.M. – The Reverend Dr. Delores Carpenter Washington, D.C. 3:00 P.M. – “200 Women In Hats and Gloves” “Crowning of 2017 Ms./Mrs. FBC” †
Total Youth Experience 12:00 Noon – Saturday, May 27, 2017
Memorial Service Sunday, May 28, 2017 7:50 A.M. and 10:50 A.M. †
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2017 FBC May Newsletter