Heritage Fellowship Church 2018 Annual Congregation Report

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CONGREGATION REPORT Connecting Christ, Congregation and Community

2018 Reverend Dustin B. Sullivan, Pastor



We affirm Jesus Christ as the head of the church and therefore commit ourselves to keeping Him at the center of all our activities. EVANGELISM • We accept the responsibility of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with others. STEWARDSHIP • We pledge ourselves to the giving of our time, tithes and talents toward the building of God’s church. EDUCATION • We dedicate ourselves to the studying and the teachings of God’s word through continuing Christian Education for people of all ages. OUTREACH & MISSION • We commit ourselves as disciples of Jesus Christ to minister to those in need. FELLOWSHIP & COMMUNITY • We recognize that we are all God’s children and we promise to embrace and care for one another as Jesus cares for us. WE COVENANT WITH GOD AND ONE ANOTHER TO FULFILL THIS MISSION.

OUR VISION STANDING ON THE WORD OF GOD (1 Peter 1:23) “Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God, this lives and abides forever.” SEEKING THE WILL OF GOD (Matthew 7:21) “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord,’ ‘Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” SURE IN THE WORSHIP OF GOD (John 4:23-24) “But the hour is coming and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” STEADFAST IN THE WORK OF GOD (1 Corinthians 15:58) “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

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PASTOR’S PERSPECTIVE I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it

grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor.” 1 Corinthians 3:6-8 (NIV)

“Christ, Congregation, and Community” PLANTING THE SEEDS

Invest in Heritage Families & Congregation (In-Reach) • Staff Expansion-Expertise & resources to support our ministries and outreach • AWANA & Youth-Meeting the spiritual, social and cultural needs of our youth • Seasoned Saints- Meeting the spiritual, social and cultural needs of our Senior members • Israel Focused Trip-Christian Education to re-frame our reading of scripture, understanding of Bible, making us a more informed biblical people • Coffee Conversations- Informal sessions with Pastor Sullivan offering answers to theological questions and issues concerning Heritage Fellowship Church • Small Bible Group-Growing in the Word of God and Fellowship

WATERING FOR GROWTH Faith-in-Action (Out-reach)

• Micah 6-Social, political and education engagement • 40X40-Local missions in Loudoun, Fairfax, and Prince William Counties • Missions with Lott Carey-Extending the Christian witness globally into indigenous communities to support ministries of evangelism, compassion, empowerment, and advocacy • Long-term Mission Project Liberia- Extending our love and God’s Word globally

HARVEST Celebration

A Closer Portrayal of God’s will for His Church: Heritage a place that impacts members & community • Revival- Growing and celebrating the word of God • Youth Retreat-Instilling faith and leadership in future generations • Watch Night-Celebrating our faith, fellowship, service in Jesus’ name

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION Minister Johnnie Mae Parker Christian Education endeavors to teach the Word of God with the Bible as its authority and the Holy Spirit as its guide. Heritage’s Christian Education programs provide Bible study and Bible based experiences across all age groups within the Congregation.


90 youth participated in first month-long Fest revival 15% increase in middle school aged attendance from 2017 Nursery attendance increased from 0 to 5 during 2018 Bible Institute Fall 2018 Session, 8 classes were offered; 48 students enrolled and successfully completed studies 2 new teachers joined the Bible Institute staff


individuals received the Right Hand of Fellowship.


AWANA-Youth Discipleship & Evangelism will launch in October GetAnswers- Bible Institute Initiative weekly in Sundays after each worship service Get Clarity-New Bible Institute Course Offering


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baby dedications were performed during 2018.


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Parent & Youth Town Hall Meeting Immediately after 10:45 a.m. Service

2018 MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS • An average 20 teens attend Teen Church per Sunday • 33 teens (including 14 non-members) participated in Lock-in • Youth led 10 worship services for Family Sunday • Youth volunteered with “Helping Hungry Kids” for community outreach

2019 MAJOR INITIATIVES • Youth Ministries Parent & Youth Town Hall Meeting schedule for February 3 • Continue to provide Teen Church 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th Sundays monthly • February 23 and September 21 host Lock-ins • Youth will engage in the following community service outreach initiatives: • Helping Hungry Kids January 19 and April 20 • Church in the Park July 14 • Ronald McDonald House November 9

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4,100 meals were served to those without homes in Washington, DC and Reston, VA Over 605 families received 900 Angel Tree gifts


Continue to serve meals and Christian love at St. Stephens (DC), Embry Rucker Shelter, and Hypothermia Shelter (Reston)


92 students (3-11 graders) prepared for SOL testing 20 young men (ages 12-17) attended Brothers Fun Camp 12 young women (ages 8-17) participated in the Girls Empowerment workshops and Camp


Reading Lab will be added to the Sunday Tutoring program


Over 400 food packages were purchased by Heritage members and the community Over 190 food packages were donated to Heritage Senior Saints, Lake Anne Fellowship, and the community


An average of 15 youth participated in the monthly Sunday School sessions at the Prince William County Youth Detention Center

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Continue to expand the number of SHARE food packages purchased and donated Jail & Prison Ministry-increase the number of mentors serving at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center


Supported over 20 Missionary & Ministry partners financially and/or through prayer Short-term missions team of five members served at Camp Promise and Providence Baptist Church in Monrovia, Liberia Short-term mission team facilitated the 3rd Annual Guardian Workshop at School for life in Gary, WV


Short-term mission team will serve Living Springs Ministry in Johannesburg and Cape Town South Africa


launched to celebrate Heritage’s 40th Anniversary. During 2019, Heritage will touch 1,600 individuals with 40 acts of service.

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IN-REACH MINISTRIES Reverend Joyce Howard



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Heritage Girl Scouts held a birthday celebration for Mother Calloway 88 members participated in the Couples’ Ministry Sight & Sound trip, the ministry’s first church-wide engagement activity Over 100 women participated in the Women’s Tea Go Red event 50 people attended the Young Adults & Single Ministry (YASM) and Parenting Ministry forum, “Law and Your Community” 25 singles and young professionals attended the 3-day YASM Retreat

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Women’s Fellowship Ministry will host a prayer breakfast in January. Men’s Ministry will host a prayer breakfast and family fishing trip. Heritage Boy Scouts plan to explore the feasibility of creating a Cub Scout division.

Mental Health Awareness

is the focus of 2019 In-Reach. The ministries will explore innovative and interactive ways to educate and engage congregation members in mental health awareness and selfcare initiatives.



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Provided transportation shuttle service throughout 2018 Hospitality served 135 events, including 15 funerals, VBS, Revivals, Pastoral Installation, Sunday breakfasts. A total of 5,800 meals were served Created new training manual. New menu options Revised and update Heritage Emergency Response Plan Provided recommendations to improve infrastructure and camera system Funded Fairfax County Police Officer as visible deterrent Transportation provided 40 weeks of continual service; offered service to 26 unscheduled locations for camps and funerals throughout the DMV area Retrofitted 30% of classrooms with LED lighting Ensured cleanliness of carpets, kitchen and building painting


Reduction in overall utility costs, while maintaining increases in building usage.

2019 MAJOR INITIATIVES • • • • • • • •

Increase Parking Ministry membership Install additional directional signage to ensure traffic flow and safety Provide in-house hospitality training and ensure state certifications for Hospitality Leaders Increase Hospitality membership by 25% Increase Heritage unarmed security presence and membership by 10% Increase transportation drivers by 50%. Increase shuttle operation to accommodate anticipated growth Ensure security doorway improvements to administration area

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COMMUNICATIONS Dr. Eugenia Gardner


Photography Ministry achieved 1 million views of photo gallery Published Heritage Crisis Communications Plan & Procedures Secured $4K donation to support 40X40 outreach, providing 100 sleeping bags to those without homes

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2019 MAJOR INITIATIVES • • • • • • • • • • •

Establish Communications Advisory Board Publish Branding & Style Guide Train ministries during 2019 Leadership Retreat Align photography, website, A/V and video standard operating procedures Develop Stewardship & Sponsorship Strategy Implement Integrated Marketing & Communications Plan Website Redesign & Mobile App Increase website and mobile app usage by 15% Social Media plan & calendar Increase social media presences by 12% Provide direct collateral and communications to Heritage Ministries


Increase participation in all choirs and dance by 10% Conduct ministry-wide retreat; revise and develop ministry policies “Do you Hear what I Hear?” training for choirs and musicians on understanding and proper usage of sound equipment. Present the 2019 Heritage Fellowship Christmas Cantata

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NEW STAFF Eugenia R. Gardner, Ph.D.

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Communications Director

Minister of Youth Ministries

Prior to joining the staff at Heritage Fellowship Church, Dr. Eugenia R. Gardner was President and CEO of CommunisPR. She has served as the Director of Communications and Investor Services for the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and as the Director of Marketing for Headquarters, Air Force Space Command for the U.S. Air Force. Dr. Gardner has also served as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Tuskegee University and as a Public Affairs Manager for Intel Corporation and the Intel Foundation. She has served as a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator John Glenn. Dr. Gardner holds a Ph.D. in public policy from Union Institute and University. She is married to Colonel Elvert L. Gardner (USAF).

Negleatha Johnson, Ph.D.

Minister of Music and Worship Arts

After graduating from St. Augustine’s College with a Bachelor of Arts in music education, Dr. Johnson married James Johnson and moved to Whiteman AFB, Missouri where she wrote her first musical production entitled A Celebration of Blacks on Broadway. She received a Master of Science Degree in personnel administration from the University of Central Missouri and a Doctor of Philosophy in higher education from the University of New Mexico. At the prompting of the Holy Spirit, she entered into full-time ministry to answer God’s call. Shortly afterwards, Dr. Johnson and her husband Jimmy, co-founded Life Waters Ministries, an outreach of music, inspirational messages and products, and conferences celebrating 22 years of service this year.

Prior to joining the staff at Heritage, Minister Trice served as the Senior Youth Director and Leadership Team Member and Worship Leader for the Higher Ground Teen Church at Alfred Street Baptist Church. Bro. Trice also works as a Program Specialist/Contracting Officer Representative for the Library of Congress/U.S. Copyright Office. Bro. Trice received his Bachelor of Science in Merchandising Management from Michigan State University. He and his wife, Gina are parents to a beautiful son, Max.

Roz Fehr

Agape Center Director

Ms. Fehr has been an active and devoted member of Heritage for 12 years. Before becoming, the Agape Center Director, Ms. Fehr served as the Membership Outreach Specialist at the National Association for Music Education. Ms. Fehr also previously worked for the Newspaper Association of America for Presstime Magazine. Ms. Fehr received a Bachelors of Arts in English from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE Deacon Sharon Boone & Board Member Wallace Burnett The Deacon Board and Pastor Sullivan approved a new member process for Heritage, effective January 2, 2019. There is a four phase process for New Members to become an active voting member at Heritage: 1. The Invitation to Discipleship 2. New Member Orientation 3. Introduction to The Bible Classes (4 weeks) a. Baptism (if required) 4. Right Hand of Fellowship

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Automate the New Member Process data entry process using computer tablets during the Invitation to Discipleship data entry process Continue the data clean up activities in Power Church Plus (PCP) Develop SOPs and training for PCP users to ensure data accuracy is maintained Connecting Christ, Congregation and Community 11

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