FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH ** 712 RANDOLPH ST NW, WASHINGTON, DC ** REVEREND DR. FRANK D. TUCKER, SENIOR PASTOR
God has brought us through another year. His blessings sustained us during the turbulent times of 2018. The political, social and natural storms taught us how great and marvelous God is. It is only His Grace that empowered us during the difficult challenges of last year’s journey. Because of His wonderful and sustained mercies already granted, we can be confident that He will keep us throughout the years to come. God has promised to be with us to the end of the ages. As we step into 2019, let us seek a closer walk with God and make a fresh commitment to be faithful to Him. Will you join us in our New Year’s Fast? By rejecting the material pleasures and appetites of this world, we seek and focus on God through prayer and study of His Word. Seek Him in oneness of spirit. His presence will comfort us as we walk through the valleys and shadows of tomorrow. We will close out our Fast on Saturday, January 12th at 9:00 AM before our Quarterly Church Meeting. On Sunday, January 13th, we will install the appointed and elected officers for the year. All committed officers and leaders are expected to be in place for installation. Let us start the year together and charged to work in unity to fulfill our mission. On the third weekend in January we will celebrate the legacy of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This prophet, pastor, preacher and civil rights leader lifted the social and spiritual vision for our nation. His spiritual leadership inspired America to become a better people and reach toward the dream for which it was founded. We must use this time of celebration to push back on the racist forces that seek to destroy the progress that has been made. Let us extend special prayer for our nation. The soul of American Democracy is threatened by demonic forces that seek amoral and materialistic ends for just a few. Remember the lessons of the prophets and maintain our civic duty to “do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly before God.” We must stand up and speak out for justice and righteousness. The fourth Sunday is Heritage and Stewardship Day. It is a time to celebrate and pay tribute to those persons who have made leadership and service contributions to the growth and development of First Baptist. In addition, we call upon each member to consider the tithe. On Heritage and Stewardship Day, all members are encouraged to respond to the voice of the prophet Malachi: “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, says the Lord of Hosts…” Try God and give a tithe. Let us see how God will bless us.
“FBC MEN’S STRIDE TOWARD FREEDOM”
(By The Reverend Donald Robinson and Deacon Bruce Roberson) The Men’s Ministry of First Baptist Church will inaugurate its 2019 season with an examination and celebration of the life and legacy of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 9:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. The central focus of our examination and celebration will be on Dr. King’s award winning book, “Stride Toward Freedom.” As we reflect upon the challenges in our world today, dealing with racism, gentrification, police brutality, mass incarceration, underemployment, unemployment, the lack of affordable housing and escalating medical bills we can learn a few invaluable lessons from Dr. King’s book. To this extent, we believe a careful examination of the book “Stride Toward Freedom” and its strategies, plans and the invited presence of God helped ignite a powerful movement which changed the culture, social, political and spiritual fiber of our world. In fact, more than 60 years later the strategies of that movement are being used as the impetus for global, progressive change – throughout the world. More specifically “The Montgomery Bus Boycott” was not a dramatic movement with only two actors, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Rosa Parks, no, it was so much more! More precisely it was the legacy and activity of more than 50,000 African Americans, who were then called “Negroes”! These were persons who took to heart the strategic principles of non-violence, passive resistance and civil disobedience. With these new socio-political tools, they learned to fight for their rights using the weapons of love, while in the process acquiring a new spiritual estimate of their own human worth.
This “Montgomery bus boycott” was a story of many “Negro” leaders of many faiths and divided allegiances, who came together, in the bond of a cause they knew was right! And of these “Negro” followers, many of them who were beyond middle age, walked to work and home again each day for as much as twelve miles each day. They did this for over a year, rather than submit to the discourtesies, injustices and humiliation of segregated busing. The majority of these “persons” who participated in this year-long bus boycott were poor and uneducated. However, they understand the essence of the “Montgomery bus boycott movement”. More specifically, they knew even though the challenge was bigger than they were, they had an intuitive feeling that they’d be victorious because God was on their side. Perhaps one elderly lady summed up the collective attitude of all of the other persons, who were committed to their cause. When asked, after several months of walking, whether she was tired, she stated, “my feet are tired, but my soul is at rest”! Join us on the 3rd Saturday in January (1/19/2019) as we go forth in our examination and celebration of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mrs. Rosa Parks and countless heroes and sheros of “The Civil Rights Movement,” as we together…. “Stride Toward Freedom”!
“MISSIONARY SOCIETY MINISTRY”
1 Thessalonians 1:1-5 (January 2019 Newsletter) (By Sister Colleen Sweatt & Members of the FBC Missionary Society) The moment that we place our trust in Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, we become new creations. This is an act of love by our heavenly Father – He gives us new life and adopts us into His spiritual family. He also has a custom-designed plan for each believer, with specific plans for each person to accomplish. Once we are saved, the rest of our days are to be spent glorifying God and fulfilling God’s purposes for our lives. We are called to be Jesus’ disciples acting on His behalf and working zealously for God, as the Savior did. We have to daily remind ourselves that the world is still hungry for the “Living Bread,” Jesus Christ! We also remind ourselves that redemption is God’s gift, offered to us free of charge (Eph. 2:8-9). Salvation is by grace not by grace-plusworks. Once we are saved, however, works are God’s will for us—the Holy Spirits carries out Jesus’ agenda on earth through His followers. God has committed Himself to guide and equip believers to act as His servants. No matter what He calls us to do, He will provide the necessary abilities and resources. His Holy Spirit will teach us whatever we need to know, such as effective ways to relate, to pour ourselves out on behalf of others, and to share our faith. Jesus expects us to make serving Him a priority, and to surrender our time, talent, and treasure for His use. Age does not disqualify us from His service and there is never a time for retirement in our service to “The Lord”. In fact, while we are living on earth, our lifestyle is to be one of daily enthusiastic, committed service in the cause of Christ. Page 4
Therefore, let your work for God be a genuine labor of love. Additionally, we want to thank The Reverend Ralph Peters, III, for the wonderful spiritual message, as well as and Mr. John Campbell for the beautiful Instrumental Christmas Carols he played on his trombone. The residents, families, and staff truly enjoyed the service. We also visited Deaconess Easter Harris and her sister, while we were there (this brought joy to their hearts). The First Baptist Church (FBC) Missionary’s Ministries continue to support our FBC Outreach Ministry, during the recent Christmas for the Foster Children Program. We sent Christmas cards of love and joy to our sick and shut in members. Let us also remember that on the first Sunday in January, (January 6, 2019) the FBC Missionaries will be giving gifts of love and joy (presents) to the residents at Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home. We meet every 4th Saturday of each month @ 12 Noon. You are welcome to join us. We wish you and your family a blessed New Year!
“2019 Installation and re-dedication of officers day”
The First Baptist Church Installation Service will take place on Sunday, January 13, 2019, during the 10:55 A.M. worship service. We call this day “Installation Sunday” because it’s the Sunday when Church Leaders are installed as Officers and rededicate their lives and ministries unto the Lord, as “One Body in Christ”. Our guest preacher for this auspicious occasion will be The Reverend Robin Toogood, II, Senior Pastor, Purity Baptist Church. The Installation of Officers represents a new beginning and an opportunity to recognize the Leaders and their various Ministries they represent within the Church. These dedicated Officers serve, lead, worship, witness, plan and provide on-going church-wide structured programs. Throughout the year each leader is also engaged in meaningful committee work. These committee assignments support spiritual growth in the Church, as well as provides discipleship of members, while also enhancing the outreach in our neighborhoods and the broader community. Each FBC Officer is a committed Leader who possesses sterling character, has a congenial personality and exhibits outstanding leadership skills. Additionally, these leaders provide stability and spiritual enrichment in the life of the Church. Someone once said “The only safe ship in an organization is Leadership!”
Zion” at First Baptist Church. Moreover, we look forward to seeing you on “the 13th,” as we prepare for the Installation of Officers Service. We also relish opportunities to bring glory to God and experience qualitative and quantitative growth in the Body of Christ! The installation service is also a time of rededication of offers. This time together also provide opportunities for Officers to demonstrate that they are equipped, empowered and enabled to go forth in Jesus name and do ministry. This ministry of excellence begins and ends with commitment. Yes, commitment to the cause of Christ and “Kingdom Building”! This high level of “Kingdom Building” is best exhibited as the Officers communicate with the Pastor, Ministerial Staff, the Leadership Teams and Church Members, as well as persons in need in the broader community. Most importantly, the rededication and installation of Officers is a time when Christian believers continue to trust God, while stepping out on faith and believing that: If a job is once begun, Never leave it until it’s done, Be the labor great or small, Do it well or not at all. Respectfully Submitted By: Deaconess Barbara Watson-Mickens, Church Clerk
To that end, we encourage you to enthusiastically get on board “God’s Ship of
“YOuTh NEWS, YOu CAN uSE” By Sister Kareema Robinson
Message to our Youth from our Youth Leaders
Words are of more importance than we often realize. Words can wound, maybe even kill, but they can also affirm and build up. What we as youth leaders tell our youth matters. The words we use can make a difference. Here are five messages youth need to hear from us, as youth leaders: 1. God loves you, no matter what
This is the most important truth of them all and one that we should keep repeating every single time we talk to youth. No matter what you have done, no matter what you will do, God will always love you. He loves you even if you’re the biggest sinner that ever walked the face of the earth. There is absolutely nothing you could ever do that would make God stop loving you. Let us give our youth this truth and continuously affirm to them God’s love for them.
2. I love you.
It may sound too cheesy to say, but do you know how many teens are longing to hear someone say this to them? Show them you love them by spending time with them and investing in a relationship with them by participating in their activities. But don’t forget to say the words as well. “Hey man, I love you, you are like a little brother to me, you know that? I love you, girl, I’m so blessed to know you and to have you in my life.” Say these words and watch how words like this make a difference in that youth’s life.
3. I forgive you.
Teens will mess up. At one point or another, they will make a mistake, cost you money or end up hurting you. How you react to this can have a huge impact on them. The words they need to hear are: I forgive you and followed by and I still love you! Teens need to know that they have the room for mistakes, that messing up every now and then is OK.
I’ve been reading a book called “Generation iY”. The author paints a startling picture of the current generation of young people. One of the things the author states is that this generation is spoiled. On one hand their parents are usually over protective and hovering, but on the other hand they are afraid to set clear boundaries, deny their kids’ requests and simply say no. Teens need boundaries, they need rules and they need to hear you say no. As a youth leader, it’s important to remember that you are not their buddy or BFF (best friend forever), you are their leader. They follow you, not the other way around. That means setting boundaries and lovingly saying no when teens cross them. You may feel like you’re hurting them by saying no, but in the end it’ll be better for them….and for you.
5. hANg IN ThERE AND DON’T quIT.
Barnabas is the best example of an encourager in the Bible. What hit me as I read about him encouraging young believers was his message to them: “Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.” (Acts 14:22 NKJV) Encouraging our teens doesn’t mean telling them everything is going to be okay, that things will look better tomorrow or that others have it way worse then you. Barnabas encouraged young believers by telling them the truth: struggles and trials are part of the life as a Christian. Just hang in there and don’t give up. And I’d like to add; “and you’re not alone.” Those are words youth need to hear.
Being a teen has never been easy and it sure isn’t nowadays. Teens need our support and encouragement, both in their everyday struggles and in their faith. But let’s encourage them with the truth, not with platitudes. Let’s help them to continue in their faith, to hang in there and not quit.
Our youth put on their rendition of “A Christmas To Believe In” for our Outreach Ministry’s Foster Child Program on Saturday, December 15th and then again on Sunday, December 16th for our fellow church members and families to enjoy. Our young people did an outstanding job relaying the message of the birth of Christ in a way that could be understood by everyone. This year’s cast included Khyree Dickerson, Zuri Gorham, Yasmin Gorham, Marcus Graves, Cameron Grissom, Nova Grissom, George Hancock, Chyna Holloway, Travon Toliver, Tobias Robinson, Kiana West, Aiyden Wright and Aubrey-Rose Wright. Special thanks and appreciation to Sister Yvonne Murphy for doing the costumes and to Sister Darlene Williams who was the director for this production. In addition, as part of the Christmas production our newly revamped liturgical dance ministry blessed us with a rousing, soul stirring performance that was enjoyed and appreciated by all.
Upcoming Youth Events February --Black History Tribute --Snow Tubing Saturday, February 23, 2019 Roundtop Mountain Resort Lewisberry, Pennsylvania
“SENIORS MATTER” First Baptist Church Senior Center
(By Victoria E. Cooper, Center Director)
Greetings from the First Baptist Church Senior Center (FBSC) and welcome to 2019!! We here at the First Baptist Church Senior Center, would like to welcome all seniors of the District of Columbia (that is, persons who are 60 years plus) to join us this in this “New Year”. We believe “Seniors Matter” for many reasons, primarily they matter because they represent those beloved persons who have sacrificed, invested and paved the way and future for each of us. Their knowledge, strength, good will, wisdom, love, education, hard work, contributions and hope has opened many doors far beyond our dreams, goals and imaginations. They still have more contributions and a wealth of information that could be beneficial to us today. In fact, the FBSC have members who have reached the golden age of 90 years plus. Yes, they’re still in good health, have sound minds, as well as good spirits. We daily pray that God will allow us to reach that great age and still be in good health, of a sound mind and delightful spirit some day! FBSC January 2019 Upcoming Events Includes (but not lim ited to): On Mondays we walk at Prince George’s Mall; Tuesdays is health day, that’s the day we do things like, monitor blood pressure, weight and temperature reading; also on Tuesdays we have Computer Classes and Games; Wednesdays is Seniors Fellowship Day, thus we have Drama Classes and Games; on Thursdays we have Trips as well as, Arts and Crafts; and on Fridays we have more trips, trips, and trips. These are Key Dates to remember: January 4, 2019 – January 8, 2019 – January 11, 2019 – January 14, 2019 – January 18, 2019 – January 25, 2019 – January 31, 2019 –
Amish Market Shopping Trip Cancer Prevention Discussion Senior Pamper Time Walking At P.G. Mall Golden Corral Eat Out FBSC Movie Time Creative Arts @ Petworth Recreation Center
For More Information Please “Call” 202-723-4313.
SENIOR CITIZEN’S & COMMUNITY CENTER TELEPHONE 202) 723 4313
715 Randolph Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20011 …..
FAX (202) 541-9537 E-MAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
Reverend Dr. Frank D. Tucker, Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church Members, Friends and Church Organizations
We appreciate your support and giving in the past. Listed below is the Center’s Wish List of things the center need ongoing. Again, we appreciate and thank you for your support. First Baptist Senior Center 2019 WISH LIST Monetary Donations Are Welcomed Paper or plastic cups (colored) Paper or plastic bread plates (colored) Small cans-fruit juices (apple, orange, grape) Facial Tissues Nail Polish Remover Reynolds Wrap Liquid Soap & Hand Sanitizer Room deodorizers Plastic table clothes (Size 60x108 or 54 x90) Zip Lock Plastic Bags (sandwich, storage) Latex-Free Exam Gloves (Large) Birthday napkins and table clothes Disposable Aprons Treats-Breakfast Treats Waffles, French Toast Storytellers & Exercise Instructors Tea bags (variety-green, decaf, regular)
Packs-brown paper lunch bags Colored Napkins Mint candies Model Kits (airplanes, train, etc.) Typing Paper (Constr., colored etc.) Birthday Greeting Cards Hand Lotions Assorted Cards (birthdays, sick, etc.) Puzzle Books/Word Find; Med/Large Print Games (checkers, bingo, horse shoes) Toilet Paper and Paper Towels Postage Stamps Quaker Oatmeal Box White plastic spoons/forks/knives Volunteers in Food Service Bingo Prizes/Trinkets Lite Syrup; Hot Chocolate
Part of the District’s Senior Service Network supported by the Office on Aging
FBC HEALTH & WELLNESS PROJECT On October 16, 2018, First Baptist Church (FBC) kicked off a Health & Wellness Project for seniors 80 years and above. During this first series of workshops, with many more to come, the seniors obtained much information on the matters of: personal business affairs, diabetes prevention, caregiver resources, as well as natural remedies. Over 50 seniors came out to meet the FBC Care Team, learned more about our ministries, Senior Center services, and programs to assist in their overall health and wellness. In the month of November workshop sessions provided were on holistic remedies, decluttering your home discussions, and personal financial affairs. These sessions were well received by all. In the month of December, FBC Health & Wellness ended 2018 with their first holiday celebration. This was a musical affair. The seniors were amazed with local talent by the Rahmat Shabazzâ€™s Jazz Band, who played a variety of music from oldies but goodies to holiday songs.
For those of you who are 80 and above, come join us for informative / fun / educational sessions that are geared toward increasing your well-being and livelihood. We are just a phone call away!
For more information or to register, call (202) 541-5000 or (202) 723-4313 Sponsored by First Baptist Church
Bridging Faith and Health to Impact Community Wellness
WoW, I can’t believe how fast 2018 has come and gone! I sometimes can’t remember all of the things I have done this year outside of work! But, I thank God, I can remember all of the angels He has sent my way. Some of you don’t know how much you have touched my heart in one way or another. I want to take this opportunity to tell you, thank you, maybe it was your shoulder I had to lean on; your ear to listen to my venting; your eyes watching how God is still working on me; your hands lifting me up when needed; your mouth with words of encouragement or your silent presence, praying over me. Family, Friends and Love Ones, please remember the real meaning of the season and continue to be blessed with Christ Love!
Happy Holidays Everyone and Have Blessed New Year. BJ Washington
Let It Go!!!! If you are holding on to something that doesn’t belong to you and it was never intended for your life, then you need to…...LET IT GO!!!! IF YOU ARE HOLDING ON TO PAST HURTS AND PAINS…..LET IT GO
IF SOMEONE CAN’T TREAT YOU RIGHT, LOVE YOU BACK AND SEE YOUR WORTH…LET IT GO IF SOMEONE HAS ANGERED YOU..LET IT GO IF YOU ARE HOLDING ON TO SOME THOUGHTS OF EVIL AND REVENGE...LET IT GO IF YOU ARE INVOLVED IN A WRONG RELATIONSHIP OR ADDICTION… LET IT GO IF YOU ARE HOLDING ON TO A JOB THAT NO LONGER MEETS YOUR NEEDS OR TALENTS...LET IT GO IF YOU HAVE A BAD ATTITUDE...LET IT GO
IF YOU KEEP JUDGING OTHERS TO MAKE YOURSELF FEEL BETTER….LET IT GO IF YOU’RE STUCK IN THE PAST AND GOD IS TRYING TO TAKE YOU TO A NEW LEVEL IN HIM…..LET IT GO IF YOU ARE STRUGGLING WITH THE HEALING OF A BROKEN RELATIONSHIP ...LET IT GO IF YOU KEEP TRYING TO HELP SOMEONE WHO WON’T EVEN TRY TO HELP THEMSELVES….LET IT GO IF THERE IS A PARTICULAR SITUATION THAT YOU ARE SO USED TO HANDLING YOURSELF AND GOD IS SAYING “TAKE YOUR HANDS OFF OF IT” THEN YOU NEED TO….LET IT GO LET THE PAST BE THE PAST...FORGET THE FORMER THINGS….GOD IS DOING A NEW THING!...LET IT GO IN 2019!!!
~JANUARY 2019 EVENTS ~ ~ COMMUNION SUNDAY ~ Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 7:50 A.M. and 10:50 A.M. Services ~ JOINT BOARD MEETING ~ Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 6:30 P.M. ~ CHURCH MEETING ~ Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 9:00 A.M. ~ YOUTH SUNDAY ~ Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 10:50 A.M. Service ~ INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS SUNDAY ~ Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 10:50 A.M. Service Guest Preacher, The Reverend Robin Toogood, II
~ MEN’S MINISTRY BREAKFAST ~ Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 9:00 A.M. ~ REVEREND DR. MARTIN L. KING, JR. BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION ~ ~ MEN’S EMPHASIS & BEHAVIOR HEALTH PROCLAMATION ~ Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 10:50 A.M. Service ~ FAITH AND HERITAGE SUNDAY ~ Sunday, January 27, 2019 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: email@example.com
FBC January 2019 Newsletter