FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH ** 712 RANDOLPH ST NW, WASHINGTON, DC ** REVEREND DR. FRANK D. TUCKER, SENIOR PASTOR
PASTOR’S PEN On Sunday, October 7, 2 018 , w e w i l l celebrate our Annual Homecoming Day. This is the time when the First Baptist Family seeks a spirit of unity to mobilize our collective energy to exalt the Name of God. This energy will continue to bless us throughout the remainder of the year.
Pastor of CenterPoint Baptist Church in Washington. For the 10:50 am Service, our speaker will be The Reverend Dr. William Bennett, Pastor of Good Success Christian Church & Ministries in Washington.
The guest preacher for the 7:50 a.m., Worship Service is The Reverend Dr. Michael Armstrong, Pastor of Colesville United Methodist Church in Silver Spring, Maryland. He is also a son of First Baptist. The preacher for our 10:50 a.m., Worship Service is The Reverend Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, Dean and Co-Founder of Skinner Leadership Institute. Dinner will follow the 10:50 a.m., Service.
On October 16, 2018, we are launching a special program to provide assistance and social services for specific members of our church and community. The program will feature many activities to foster health and wellness for persons who desire help in improving the quality of life and legacy security. Activities will include: health assessments, fellowship, games, theater trips, physical therapy, and hands on assistance in preparation of advance directives and wills. A major component of the service plan is to enhance support for caregivers.
The Circle Ministry will have tables assigned for their members. Please join your Circle Leader at your designated table and share the experience with members from your neighborhood. Dr. Skinner, who is an expert in political education, will talk to us during the dinner about the importance of this election season. We need to hear from her. On Saturday, October 20, 2018, we will have our Men’s Day Prayer Breakfast at 9:00 a.m. The speaker will be The Reverend Edward Hailes, Associate Minister at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Washington. The following day, Sunday, October 21st, the speaker for the 7:50 a.m., Service will be The Reverend Orlando Bego, Page 2
Tuesday, November 6, 2018, is Election Day. The outcome of this election will determine the direction of our country for the next fifty years. Our destiny as a nation may hang on our willingness to get out to vote. Let’s make sure that we find a way to help everyone go to the polls.
We are expecting to start construction on our elevator real soon. The second phase of our fundraising effort for the elevator will also come to a closure in November. We hope your family has decided on the level of your family support and will meet your contribution goal soon. I thank you for your faithfulness and support. Let us pray for the health of our nation, church, and community. The Word says pray without ceasing.
“HE IS THE BREAD FROM HEAVEN” – JOHN 6:25-35 (Deacon Bruce Roberson, Reverend Donald Robinson) As the Men’s Ministry gathers once more to celebrate a weekend of “Men’s Ministry” activities on Saturday, October 20th and Sunday, October 21, 2018, we are excited about the great breakfast the women will prepare for us. Yes, we can imagine hot grits with butter, chicken and gravy, scrapple, oatmeal, fried fish, bacon, fried apples, rice and gravy, hot biscuits, toast, coffee, tea, jelly, preserves and all kinds of pastries and bread items. Speaking of bread, we are also excited and mindful of the great spiritual food, “The Bread From Heaven,” we will be eating from God’s table!
who can rise above the mediocre things of the world. People want a God whose powers extend beyond the puny limitations of humanity. They want a God who is self-perpetuating, self-sustaining and all powerful! People want a God who says…. “I” am “The Bread Of Life.” People want a God who contains all of the spiritual essentials for our spiritual and moral growth and development in life as “The Bread of Life,” Jesus possesses all of the spiritual nutrients and ingredients necessary for our growth in faith, to be witnesses, to endure trials and in the power to resist temptations.
Speaking of bread, what’s your favorite bread? Pumpernickel, pumpernickel raisin, raisin bread, potato bread, cornbread, rolls, biscuits, or is it wheat bread? With all of the conveniences stores we have today, it’s now pretty easy to get your favorite kinds of bread. However, a generation or two ago, getting bread was a laborious task. Women worked hard in the kitchens over wood or coal burning stoves to make a variety of bread products, which were the subject of legend today.
The uniqueness of Jesus comparison of “Himself” as Bread can best be seen when we discover just what bread does for the physical body. A close look at the nutritional make-up of a single slice of bread, gives us a better appreciation, why the creator of the universe called “Himself” “The “Bread Of Heaven!”
Perhaps there are a few of you who remember shortening bread. This was a bread so rich, so sweet, children would sing about this bread! They’d say… “Shortening, shortening, shortening, shortening, mama’s little baby loves shortening bread!” One ingredient which made all of these breads items special was “baking powder.” It made the bread rise quickly when heated. Yes, without baking powder the bread would be flat and formless. People wanted breads that would rise and be soft and fluffy! As a result, the baking powder industry blossomed and made a good profit until the invention of something called, “self-rising flour.” With “self-rising flour” there was no need for baking powder. Instead, there was a new demand for selfrising flour, everybody wanted “self-rising flour.”
THE FIRST NUTRITIONAL COMPONENT OF BREAD IS THAT IS PROVIDES “IRON” FOR STRONG AND HEALTHY BODIES. Therefore, when Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life,” “He” was saying I provide all of the strength for your overall spiritual, psychological, emotional and financial wellbeing. For instance, it was “the strength of character,” which allowed Elijah to stand a top Mt. Carmel and Challenge the 450 evil prophets of Baal. It was the strength of purpose which motivated Abraham to travel from UR of The Chaldees to Canaan. It was strength of character which prompted the three Hebrew boys (Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego) to face the burning fiery furnace rather than compromise their allegiance and belief in God. It was the strength of character, which kept our foreparents focused and strong in spite of violence, persecution and slavery. This same strength caused them to sing…. “before I’ll be a slave, I’ll be buried in my grave. And go home to my Lord and be free!”
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“HE IS THE BREAD FROM HEAVEN” (cONT’D) As Christians our strength comes from the Lord. When we are out of fellowship with Him, we are spiritually weaker. Secondly, In Bread There Is An Abundance Of Vitamin B In its various forms vitamin B promotes bodily growth and helps the body translates carbohydrates into physiological and molecular energy. When there is a lack of Vitamin B in the human body, there is a lack of energy and stamina in people. When Jesus Characterized “Himself” as “The Bread Of Heaven,” “He” was saying “He” is the one who provides what it takes to be energized and revived, especially when you have been broken and bruised by life. David found that the Lord was a great source of spiritual energy and inspiration for him at one of the lowest points of his life. He cried out in Psalms 51, he asked “The Lord” “to restore, renew and revive him.” Paul in the midst of imprisonment and rejection called on God and found powerful energy to go forward and announced his new found energy by saying, “brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended but his one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark of the prize, of the high calling of God which is found in our Lord Jesus in Christ”! Thirdly, Fiber. Bread Has An Abundance Of Fiber. Fiber is very important and acts as the cleansing agent in our digestive system which moves “waste products” out of our intestinal system! Without fiber the body would find it difficult to cleanse itself of the toxic elements, which are lodged in our human digestive system! Therefore, when Jesus says, I Am The Bread Of Life, or “Bread Of Heaven,” “He” is saying “He “is the spiritual quickening agent that help us convict ourselves of sin, and bring us into restored communion with the “God.” Even the strongest men of faith have been sometimes overtaken by sinful habits, thoughts or actions. When Jesus says, “He” is “The Bread Of Heaven,” “He’s” reminding us that Page 4
“He” is the source that removes the toxic, poisonous, sin sick elements within us, which causes us to be “stopped up” and “clogged” with sin! For instance, Moses was a powerful man of God, but he lost his chance to enter Canaan when he lost his temper. Abraham, although a great man of faith, lied and said his wife was his sister when he feared for his life. Jonah, was also a powerful preacher, however he tried to run from God and his responsibilities. When he was told to be a witness and to offer forgiveness to his enemies in Nineveh, he ran way. Subsequently, God caused Jonah to be swallowed up by a great big fish! When man was hungry, Jesus said “He” is “The Bread Of Heaven.” When man was lost, Jesus was “the bright and morning star.” When man was condemned to die Jesus became a “Savior.” But early, early, early one Sunday morning, while the dew was still on the roses, before the birds started singing and chirping, ‘The Bread Of Life” began to rise. The ground shook, but “The Bread” kept on rising. The mountains rocked, rolled and reeled, but “The Bread” kept rising! The earth “quaked” and split wide open, but “The Bread” kept on rising. The lightning flashed and the thunder rolled, but “The Bread” kept on rising. A roman soldier became a Christian witness, but “The Bread” kept on rising. Seems, I heard someone say…. because of Jesus we can rise above sickness, poverty, jealousy, greed, illiteracy, racism, classism, trouble, trials, tribulations and even death! “Bread of Heaven,” “Bread Of Heaven”, feed me until I want no more “Bread of Heaven,” “Bread of Heaven,” feed me till I want no more. May God bless you, as we look forward to seeing you at the October 20th and 21st during the FBC Men’s Day weekend of activities.
“THE HOly SpIRIT EquIpS uS FOR MINISTRy” Missionary Ministry News for October, 2018 (SISTER colleen sweat, president, fbc missionary society)
If you can recall the words of Acts 1:8……. “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses of Me in Jerusalem in all Judea in Samaria; and in the uttermost parts of the earth!” The foremost manifestation of the Lord’s presence in our lives, is that we are His witnesses. In other words, our changed lives should say something about God and ourselves to the world in which we live. Whether we realize it or not, we speak with our very lives the Gospel of Jesus Christ every time we appear somewhere. We are like a big bright electronic bulletin board, which displays messages about our actions and deeds. Additionally, the power of “The Holy Spirit” transforms us from a state of sinfulness to a state of righteousness. Moreover, because of Jesus Christ, we are purified and strengthened, that we might be living vessels of God’s love and power manifested in the lives of countless others. As a result, we cannot succeed in this world without the Holy Spirit’s help and guidance. Yes, so many of us have tried to succeed without “The Holy Spirit” and repeatedly, each time we have fallen short! Thus, we are reminded, anything we try to do apart from the Holy Spirit’s help and guidance is destined to fail. Whenever we try to do something apart from God it just does not work, therefore we are convinced we need the presence and power of “The Holy Spirit” every day of our lives! On the other hand, when we are in harmony with God and led by “The Holy Spirit”, we are assured success, peace of mind and life-giving blessings to all who encounter us. In Him, we have all that is necessary to live forever! Without Him, we are nothing, have nothing and destined to fail! Therefore, because we have the blessings,
covering and protections of “The Holy Spirit,” let us be encouraged by some of the wonderful upcoming events that FBC Missionaries will be participating in the month of October: We are invited to the Women In Service Everywhere’s (W.I.S.E.) annual Prayer Luncheon on Saturday, October 6, 2018, @ 12 Noon at Vermont Avenue Baptist Church, 1630 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. 20009. (If you are interested in attending, please see one of our missionaries.) Remember, on the First Sunday of each month, we would like for each of us (who can) to join us at Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home. Meanwhile, “The Missionaries” will continue to make calls and visit our sick and shut in members, as often as possible. We especially, encourage young people and young adults to visit with us, that we can do the Lord’s work together. If you would like to visit but have transportation challenges; please let us know, perhaps we can be helpful to you regarding your transportation needs. Don’t forget, The Missionary’s meet every 4th Saturday @ 12: Noon of each month at FBC. Please come out and join us. Remember all of us are called by God to be Missionaries and be “Mission Minded servants of God! “ Let us continue to praise God for the Great Things He has done for us. God Bless You.
â€œyOuTH NEwS, yOu cAN uSEâ€? (By Sister Kareema Robinson) Ten Reasons Why Christian Should Not Celebrate Halloween Many persons in our secular society believe Halloween is nothing more than a harmless festival that allows kids to collect candy. But is it? Its origins lie deeply rooted in the occult, therefore Christians should stay away from it. Here are ten reasons why. 1. October 31st has long been known as "The Festival of the Dead." The Celtic tribes and their priests the Druids celebrated this day in grave yards, as a marker for the change from life to death. 2. Halloween today is performed usually by adherents of witchcraft who use the night for their rituals. Witches celebrate Halloween as the "Feast of Samhain," the first feast of the witchcraft year. Being a festival of the dead. Halloween is also a time when witches attempt to communicate with the dead through various forms of divination. 3. Christians should not be involved with occultism practices or divination. Note God's command against divination in Deuteronomy 18. 4. Occultists believe Halloween is a time of transition between life and death. Some occult practitioners practiced divination and believe you can learn the secrets of life and wisdom by lying on a grave and listening to the messages from the long-departed. 5. Occultists is also taught that spirits and ghosts left the grave during this night and would seek out warmth in their previous homes. Villagers, fearful of the possibility of being visited by the ghosts of past occupants, would dress up in costumes to scare the spirits on their way. They would also leave food and other treats at their door to appease the spirits so they would not destroy their homes or crops, but instead move on down the road. That is the real reason why kids dress up in costumes today and go doorto-door seeking treats. 6. Occultists also would try to scare away the spirits by carving a scary face into a pumpkin. This horrible visage would hopefully move the spirit on to another home or village and spare that home from destruction. Sometimes the villagers would light a candle and place it within the pumpkin and use it as a lantern (hence the name, Jack-o-Lantern). This is the origin of carving pumpkins at Halloween. 7. In some witchcraft covens, the closing ritual includes eating an apple or engaging in fertility rites. In the Bible (Genesis 3), eating a piece of fruit brought sin and death into the world. In witchcraft, eating an apple is symbolic of bringing life. The practice of bobbing for apples brings together two pagan traditions: divination and the fertility ritual. 8. Schools are removing any religious significance from Christmas (often called winter break) and Easter (spring break). Isn't it ironic that most public schools still celebrate Halloween even though it has occultism origins? 9. Participating in Halloween gives sanction to a holiday that promotes witches, divination, haunted houses and other occultism practices. 10. Christians should avoid Halloween and develop creative alternatives. Churches can hold a Fall Fun Festival and/or celebrate Reformation Day (also October 31). They should not endorse or promote Halloween.
“yOuTH NEwS, yOu cAN uSE” (cONT’D) As we grow closer to the Lord and gain more knowledge of His Word, we should begin to feel convicted about Halloween. Here are some thoughts:
God is a God of life, but Halloween focuses on death. Should I celebrate a holiday where people decorate their front yards with tombstones?
The Scriptures tell us to put away deeds of darkness (Romans13:12) and that light has nothing in common with darkness (2 Corinthians 6:14). Is celebrating a dark holiday something a child of the light should be doing?
Witchcraft is clearly detestable to the Lord (Deuteronomy 18:10-13). Shouldn't something that glorifies witchcraft be detestable to us as well?"
Is it cute when we dress our kids like the devil (or like witches, ghouls, scary characters, etc.)? Isn't it, well, demonic?
Perhaps, some will ask……What if my child dresses in a wholesome fireman costume? Romans 16:19 says that we need to be wise to what is good and innocent of evil. If I let my children participate in Halloween, even while dressed as a fireman, aren't I sending them a mixed message by allowing them to participate in a celebration of evil?
The Lord said in 2 Corinthians 6:17, "Come out from among them and be separate ... Touch no unclean thing ..." Doesn't God want His children to be set apart from the world and from sin and evil? Aren't we supposed to be peculiar people? My extended family thinks it's ridiculous that we don’t allow our son and daughter to dress up, setting aside a day to celebrate evil, darkness, witchcraft, fear, death and the demonic brings disdain to God; Period. A Christian celebrating Halloween would be like a Satan worshiper putting up a nativity scene at Christmas, while singing, "Happy Birthday, Jesus!" The two things just don't go together. Jesus has nothing in common with Satan (2 Corinthians 6:14) and neither should we. So, what do we do instead? Hide in the basement with the lights off? Hustle the family out of the house? No, darkened homes are the enemy's victory! Where does your light shine the brightest ... in the darkness! Halloween is the one day a year when neighbors come to your door expecting to receive something good. So give them something good. Give them JESUS! You can choose to give God the glory and the devil a black eye by reaching out to our neighbors with the gospel of Jesus Christ! Give them a track, along with some candy. Remember, “you are the light of the world ... let your light shine among men that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven" (Matthews 5:14-16).
“yOuTH NEwS, yOu cAN uSE” (cONT’D) Girl Scout Cruise 2018
Pictured here is our Girls Scouts who went on a cruise to Puerto Rico recently and were able to visit the Girl Scout Council in San Juan Puerto Rico. While at their Council offices we were able to exchange patches and tour their offices. While on a stop in St. Thomas USVI, we were able to deliver over 50 books for their students. In addition, our girls were able to tour the Island and see some of the locations affected by a recent hurricane damage. Happily, we can report and thank God they now all have lights across the island. The cruise to the St. Thomas was very educational for our girls, especially since they were able to see some of their sister Girls Scouts. For some of the girls, this was the first time going on a cruise. Everyone had a great time and they are looking forward to the next cruise. Our Youth Usher Board (pictured below), serves every second Sunday in such a fine manner. Although all youth are invited to join this ministry, our current roster consists of only all young men. We are extremely proud of each of them and look forward to the awesome things God has planned for each of their lives. Let’s keep each of them in prayer and encourage them to continue to let God’s light shine through them. Congratulations to Chyna Holloway who recently exceeded expectations and tested 2 to 3 levels above her current 7th grade level on a “Performance for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)” test recently administered at her school. In English Language Arts and Literacy as well as Math proficiency, Chyna scored 50 to 75% higher than students at her school and 85 to 93% higher than students across the District of Columbia on her same grade level. As she has done since 1st grade, Chyna continues to make straight A’s and is on her way to a bright future in whatever paths she chooses to take. Please congratulate her when you see her. Please keep all of our college students who are away at school in your prayers: Danielle Anani Destinee Davis Asia Proctor Madison Andrews Tory Doby Erin Proctor Kendall Brooks Khary Doby Michaela Thomas Kenna Brooks Christopher Malcolm Samson Wheeler Bria Cunningham Kalyn Murphy Donald Younger Destinee Davis Bailey Pinckney
Our Liturgical Dance ministry has begun rehearsing on Thursdays and Fridays. Please come out to join and/or support this awesome ministry. Contact: Sister Illiahshah Robinson Rehearsals for our Christmas Play have begun, but it’s not too late to participate. Parents: Please watch the bulletin and your email for forth coming information. Parents: We know your children are doing awesome things in school and the community. Please let us know so we can share their accomplishments with our church family. Forward information to Sister Kareema Robinson at: email@example.com yESTERDAy IS HISTORy, TOMORROw IS A MySTERy, TODAy IS A gIFT THAT’S wHy IT’S cAllED THE pRESENT. Page 8
Men of First Baptist Let Us Enter Into Our ANNuAl MEN’S DAy cElEBRATION wITH A Song of Peace and Joy (MEN’S DAy cOMMITTEE cHAIRMAN, gREgg SHIElDS, cO- Chairman Deacon Bruce Roberson and Reverend Donald Robinson, Advisor)
The Men’s Ministry invites all men and boys, as well as, women and girls of First Baptist Church to join us at our “Annual Men’s Day Weekend” to “Sing A New Song Unto the Lord”. By that we mean we will lead the worship experiences by singing praises and choruses with our hearts, minds and voices during our Men’s Day Weekend of Celebration. We have planned a great season of rejoicing, gratitude and celebration starting with our annual Men’s Day Breakfast on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 9:00 a.m., to 11:00 a.m. There, we will eat, sing, offer prayers and share stories with one another regarding the wonderful things God is doing in our individual and collective lives. Our guest speaker will be The Reverend Edward Hailes, Assistant Pastor, Mount Moriah Baptist Church. At our early worship service on Sunday, October 21st (at 7:50 a.m.) our guest preacher will be The Reverend Orlando Bego, founding Pastor of Center Point Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. Pastor Bego is a noted speaker and social activist. At our 10:50 a.m. worship service, Sunday, October 21st, our guest preacher will be The Reverend Dr. William Bennett, founding pastor of Good Success Christian Church in Washington, D.C. Pastor Bennett is also a noted speaker and former D.C. City Council Candidate, as
well as former special assistant to Mayor Marion S. Barry. We encourage each member to invite a guest to hear each of these distinguished speakers on both Saturday and Sunday. Leading up to the weekend of October 20th21st, we are hoping to raise money from our men to present a special gift to Pastor Tucker on behalf of the men of First Baptist. Donations may be given to either Brother Gregg Shields 301-741-8457, Deacon Bruce Roberson 301-832-5973, or Reverend Donald Robinson 301-559-0644.
As “The Men’s Ministry of FBC,” we need your support to make this an experience that will be memorable and enriching for everyone who participates. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and assistance and may God continue to bless you.
“2018 HOMEcOMINg AND THE cIRclE MINISTRy ANNIVERSARy” (A Tradition that Stands the Test of Time) (By Sister Valerie J, Ducker, Circle Administrator) Traditionally, “Homecoming” has been the time of year when churches “welcome home” family and friends who have been away and are coming back to the church. Additionally, it’s been a special time of fun, food and fellowship. Although the tradition has changed slightly, it’s still a great time to welcome the incoming Fall season, as well as welcome the members who are returning from the summer break. Even though a few things change here and there, somethings never change such as the inspiring messages, the scrumptious meals and the many hugs and greetings from friends and family, who have traveled far and near to be together. As you can imagine, Homecoming at First Baptist Church promises to be no different this year. On Sunday, October 7, First Baptist members will celebrate Homecoming with two services at 7:50 AM and 10:50 AM. The Reverend Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, President and Co-Founder of “The Skinner Leadership Institute” will deliver the message at both the 7:50 AM and 10:50 AM services. Immediately following the 10:50 AM service, members and friends will share a family style dinner and hear a presentation by Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner regarding the importance of voting in the up-coming elections. To many, it seems the best part of Homecoming Day is catching up, seeing old friends, making new friends and sharing the blessings God has bestowed upon us! As a special feature of Homecoming, First Baptist Church will recognize the hard work, sacrifices and commitments of some its dedicated, hardworking Circle Leaders. We will also celebrate the Anniversary of the Circle Ministry, thanking God for all of the great things “He” has done through us. The First Baptist Church Circle is in its 42nd year and is still relevant today as it was in 1976, when it was Page 10
first established by our Pastor, The Reverend Dr. Frank D. Tucker. As it has in its inception, the Circle Ministry will continue to meet the educational, spiritual, and personal needs of its members. Every member of the church is assigned to a Circle based on each member’s zip code. When a member has a birthday, is ill, or loses a loved one, the Circle Ministry is there to celebrate, offer comfort, a call, or a prayer. The ministry also responds to each member’s specific needs as they occur on the journey of life. Additionally, Circle Leaders lead and support activities of the church, as well as other Ministries, including the distribution of Thanksgiving baskets to needy families in the community during the holiday season. This year, Homecoming and the Anniversary of the Circle Ministry promises to be a special day at First Baptist Church. It will be a day of celebration, gratitude and rejoicing as we thank God for the many blessings He has given us. We will continue to welcome our loved ones home, break bread together, be uplifted and be inspired by the sweet fellowship “one to another”! Join us, as we continue this venerated, time honored tradition of Homecoming - an experience that never grows old!
WINTER RESOURCE PAGE Winter is here and we don’t know what God has in store for those snow days. If you have problem with your heating, or water (pipe freezing), or light off, and/or electrical outage; we hope the numbers below will come in handy.
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(A REFlEcTIVE pEOM FOR “MEN’S DAy 2018”) “IF I SHOulD DIE TOMORROw (A BlAcK MAN TO HIS SON)”
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 every kind of way.
Many have died in wars in which nobody has won, many have died in the streets from some policeman’s gun. But the saddest thing of all is that it’s so hard to understand most of them are killed by some other young Black man!
So while I have you close, while I have you near, there are things I must say, things you must hear. Because far too often people have failed to communicate what they wished to say many times come much too late. For a Black man this world will always be a struggle for anyone for that matter, but for you it will 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 peculiar country called America, your spirit is from the motherland, continent of Africa. Remember your ancestors drank from the mighty River Jordan. Many times you’ve asked me, Dad why all this 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 statement or an ounce of crack; I don’t want you to think it’s always been like that.
When you see Black men on corners holding up the walls, remember there once was a time when Black men stood tall. All that wasted talent, they should be busy creating, don’t they know their skills are needed? The world is waiting. There’s 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 upon you to respect that Black woman. Because among all the colors of this universal equation, the world hates to admit it, but that Black woman, she’s the mother of creation. Will it be your generation who puts her back on her throne? Or will it be your generation, who’ll correct these wrongs?
So son, as you meet this world with all its problems to bear, remember what Langston said, “life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.” And if I should die, today or tomorrow, by any stroke of fate, I’m glad we had this talk before it was too late.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer and the second most common cause of cancer deaths in the United States. If breast cancer is detected in the earliest stages, there can be a 95% survival rate. In the United States, 207,090 women and 1,970 men will be diagnosed with breast Cancer during 2011. Approximately 38,840 women and 390 men will die of the disease.
~October Events 2018~ Sunday, October 7, 2018 Communion Services (7:50 A.M. & 10:50 A.M.) homecoming & circle MINISTRY anniversary (10:50 A.M.) ********************* SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2018 CHURCH MEETING (9:00 a.m.) ********************* Sunday, October 14, 2018 Youth FELLOWSHIP Sunday (10:50 A.M.) *********************
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2018 FBC WELLNESS PROGRAM KICKOFF (11:00 A.M.—2:00 P.M.) - IDA CLARK HALL
********************* Saturday, October 20, 2018 MEN’S DAy BREAKFAST (9:00 A.M.) ********************* Sunday, October 21, 2018 MEN’S DAy SuNDAy (7:50 A.M. & 10:50 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 October 2018 Newsletter