FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH ** 712 RANDOLPH ST NW, WASHINGTON, DC ** REVEREND DR. FRANK D. TUCKER, SENIOR PASTOR
PASTOR’S PEN We all recognize the important role women play in the history of human experience. The month of May is when First Baptist provides a season for special tributes to the women in our lives. In so doing, we honor God who created women to enhance the quality and longevity of human existence. I lovingly treasure my mother who provided comfort support and encouragement to my father. Her love and nurture given to me and my siblings remain as guiding principles and models for life even today. Her legacy shall remain in the archives of human history.
Women have powerful influence on today’s national political scene. A record number of women are running for President of the United States. It is clear that more women are rising to their rightful place of leadership. At First Baptist, we are extremely proud of the talented and brilliant women who serve in our church. The women of our church provide significant contributions in our ministries. As we observe May as the month to celebrate women, we will pause to affirm and give recognition for all the services provided by the many ladies who foster the ministries. On Sunday, May 12, 2019, we will celebrate Mother’s Day in First Baptist. We encourage you to come and share in this time of honoring all mothers. We pray that you will be with us in paying tribute to your mother. She has been Page 2
and remains a blessing of God the Creator. You honor Him when you salute her. On Saturday, May 18, 2019, the Women’s Day Brunch and Talent Show will start at 10:00 am. The women have planned an exciting event that will display their talent and creativity. Please come and share in the joy. The next day, Sunday, May 19, is Women’s Day at First Baptist. The preacher for the 10:00 am worship service will be Sister Eunice Watson Cornelius. The following Sunday, May 26, we will conduct a memorial tribute to the members who have transitioned during the year since May 2018. We are inviting the families and friends of each of the deceased to join us in the celebration of their lives. Throughout the month of May, let us continue to give thanks to Almighty God by exercising our love for mothers, aunts, sisters, grandmothers, and for all of our loved ones who have passed on to Glory.
MAY 1, 2 and 3, 2019 7:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.
REVIVALIST THE REVEREND DR. REGRETTA RUFFIN GREATER NEW SAINT PAUL BAPTIST CHURCH WASHINGTON, DC
THE REVEREND DR. FRANK D. TUCKER SENIOR PASTOR FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 712 RANDOLPH STREET, N.W. WASHINGTON, D.C. 20011
“REFLECTIONS ON MEMORIAL DAy” Reverend Donald D. Robinson
To some May 27 2019 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 27, 2019 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 people mixed religion and celebratory nationalism and to provide 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 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
Missionary Society Ministry By Missionary June Cunningham
A MOTHER’S LOVE IS TRUE She is our mother She is a gift to her children, our strong devotion each day; A hand in our hand, a breath of fresh air along the way; She is our Fairy Godmother, a mighty mom everywhere; The sun in the morning, she is our daily prayer; She is our encouraging voice, as we grow day by day; The rose in the vase, the sunshine on a cloudy day; She is God’s angel sent from heaven, our bright star in the night; The queen of our soul, she is our shadow in the light; A comfort when she holds you, a memory when she is gone; A million tiny heart beats, the music in a song; She is a love that is everlasting, worth more than diamonds and gold; We thank God for our mothers, a sacred treasure to behold!
Happy Mother’s Day
The First Baptist Church Missionary Ministry will have their annual Mother’s Day Celebration, on Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 1:00 until 3:00 pm in Ida Clark Hall. Please join us for a great time and bring those you love to enjoy this celebration. On April 6th 2019, Missionary Shirley Lambert attended the Baptist Convention of the District of Columbia and Vicinity Women’s Auxiliary, Women’s Conference, where she did one of her dance presentation. Excellent, was the word she used in describing this event.
Easter baskets and cards were given and sent to our sick and shut-in members. We appreciate our Deacons and Deaconess for their support in delivering these gifts of love to our members. We continue to attend Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home every 1st Sunday of each month from 1:30 until 2:30 pm. The time has been changed due to First Baptist Church new worship service schedule ending earlier. We fellowship with the residents, families and staff and would love for you to join us as your presence will remind the sick and the elderly that God and First Baptist Church cares and love them. The Missionaries continue to offer food to families in need through our food pantry. We also visit and call our sick and shut-in members. Congratulations! Missionary Bria Cunningham will be graduating May 11, 2019 from Delaware State University. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Development. We pray for her to have much success in the future. The Missionary would like to congratulate all of our graduates of First Baptist Church! The Missionary Ministry is recruiting youth and the not so young to join us. We meet on the 4th Saturday of each month, 12 noon here at First Baptist Church.
Missionary Shirley Lambert also attended the Lott Carey W.I.S.E. annual Easter-InGathering at the Rehoboth Baptist Church on April 15, 2019.
“ChRISTIAN wOMEN LEAvINg gODLy LEgACIES”! (In The Lives Of Others) Sister Gwendolyn W. Davis, Chairperson
Women’s Brunch and Extravaganza 2019 “Women’s Day Celebration” program at First Baptist Church will begin on Saturday, May 18th. The devotion program will begin at 10:00 A.M. with light refreshments followed by a delicious lunch and talent show extravaganza featuring First Baptist Church Talent! Theme: Christian Women Leaving Godly Legacies In The Lives Of Others Philippians 2 1-5 Colors for Women’s Day Event (Light/Powder/Sky Blue and White)
Sunday, May 19, 2019 – Worship Services - 10:00 A.M. Sister Eunice Watson Cornelius
Greater Leavy Missionary Baptist Church Atlanta, Georgia Sister Gwendolyn Davis, Chairperson Sister Eloise Freeman, Co-Chairperson The Reverend Frank D. Tucker, Senior Pastor
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
Please see form below, which must be filled out and turned in to any youth leader prior to Sunday, May 12th. Forms can also be left in the youth box in the Randolph Street lobby. Our Youth Excellence Program will be held on Sunday, June 9, 2019 in Ida Clark Hall during the Sunday school hour. It is important that all of our youth are recognized for their academic accomplishments, so please get this form in on time. First Baptist Church 2018-19 Achievement & Excellence Registration Form Reverend Dr. Frank D. Tucker, Senior Pastor GENERAL INFORMATION Name _____________________________________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________________________________ Home Phone _____________________________ Cell Phone _______________________ Email ______________________________________________________________________ Birth Date ____________________________Age__________________________________ ACADEMIC INFORMATION (First three quarters of 2018-19 school year) Please check this box if you are graduating from any level of education this year. School Currently Attending __________________________________________________ Grade Level ___________________ G.P.A. ______________________________________ 2018-19 ACCOMPLISHMENTS (Please circle each advisory goal was reached) Honor Roll: 1st 2nd 3rd Perfect Attendance : 1st 2nd 3rd Science Fair: 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place Honorable Mention Elected Position Held _________________________________________________________ Community Service Hours ________________________ College Attending (H.S. Seniors Only) ___________________________________________ PARENT/GUARDIAN INFORMATION Parent Name __________________________________________________________________ Please check if email address is the same as above. IF NOT, PARENT EMAIL: ________________________________________________________ Please complete this form and give to Sister Kareema Robinson, Sister Gleniss or Brother. Leroy Wade, no later than Sunday, May 6, 2019. Page 8
“gODLy FRIENDShIP” ~ Enjoy this great read and embrace the gift of Godly friendships. Hugs ~
Godly Friendships: Friendship should be rooted in love. It helps to have Godly friends because when the two of you walk in one accord, you’ll be doing so with Jesus at the center of your friendships. Good example of friendship can be found in Jonathan and David.
It is sad to see that friendships have completely different meaning nowadays. People tend to become friends for all the wrong reasons. Some use friendships as a way of getting things that they couldn’t get on their own. There are a number of friendships where loyalty is non-existent. If you know that there are friendships in your life that do not glorify God because they are based on the wrong things, you need to walk away. It will help them and you.
Friendships should reflect the love of God in everybody. When people take a look at you and your friends, they should see the bond of unity – not a heap of distrust.
It will be hard for you to minister effectively if people notice that all of your friendships are founded on dishonesty.
Godly friendships should be about loving each other, looking out for each other, and striving to bring out the best in each other – the same way Christ loves you, looks out for you and strives to bring out the best in you. Page 9
~ May Events 2019~ spring revival Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, May 1 thru May 3, 2019 6:00 P.M.— 6:40 P.M. (DINNER SERVED) REVIVAL WORSHIP @ 7:00 P.M.
Communion Sunday Sunday, May 5, 2019 – 10:00 A.M.
MISSIONARy MOThER’S DAy SALuTE Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 1:00 — 3:00 P.M.
YOUTH SUNDAY Sunday, May 12, 2019 – 10:00 A.M.
HEALTH & WELLNESS WORKSHOP Tuesday, May 14, 2019 – 10:30 A.M. until 1:30 PM
wOMEN ‘S DAy BRuNCh & TALENT ShOw EXTRAvAgANZA ”ChRISTIAN wOMEN LEAvINg gODLy LEgACIES IN ThE LIvES OF OThERS”
Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. until 1:30 P.M.
wOMEN’S DAy SuNDAy Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 10:00 A.M. *********************
Sister Eunice Watson Cornelius Greater Leavy Missionary Baptist Church Atlanta, Georgia
BAPTISM AND MEMORIAL SUNDAY Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 10:00 A.M. First Baptist Church 712 Randolph Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20011 (202) 541-5000 ~ Fax: (202) 291-2565~Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
First Baptist Church May Newsletter 2019