FBC November Newsletter 2016

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November 2016

FIRST WORD

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH ** 712 RANDOLPH ST NW, WASHINGTON, DC ** REVEREND DR. FRANK D. TUCKER, SENIOR PASTOR


PASTOR’S PEN NOVEMBER In November 2016, the citizens of the United States will be going to the polls to select a leader of the nation and indeed of the world. In a real sense, it will mark another momentous moment in the history and destiny of this country. Perhaps as significant as the election of the first black President, Barack Obama, this election will impact the future of life and culture in America. First, the election will determine the effectiveness of the President Obama legacy. Many of the policies and programs that impact the health and welfare of middle and lower class people in addition to social justice will be in jeopardy. Secondly, the potential for the election of the first woman as President of these United States is in question. Can America make a selection of this historical magnitude in succession? Third, the next President will make appointments to the Supreme Court that will influence the nature of the court and the constitutional outcome for the next two or three decades. Fourth, the ugliness of hate and racial discord has become a heated item in the election campaign. These forces have potential negative effects for blacks and other people of color in America. It reminds us of so much of the horrific history noted in the African American experience. For these and other reasons, it is imperative to get out and exercise our moral and civic duty to vote. Our history and legacy demand responsible action now. Our faith commands faithfulness to God and Country. In a few weeks we will celebrate the 153rd Anniversary of First Baptist Church and the 41st Anniversary of the Pastor. God has been gracious to all of us as we come to another milestone in the life and journey of a people who started in humble beginnings and now stand as representatives of a historic witness to Kingdom Building. We should gather on the 3rd and 4th Sundays in November to mark our blessings from God. I want each of us to encourage one another and our families to share in a time of worship and praise. On Thursday, November 24, 2016, First Baptist Church will celebrate our annual Thanksgiving Day Service with St. Paul AME Church, located at 14th and Emerson Streets NW. We have honored this fellowship for more than 65 years. This is a wonderful time to give thanks to God for all He has done for us during the year. Our nation will pause to say thanks. As people of faith, each of us has the Christian responsibility to lead the way in showing gratitude to God for His Grace and Mercy. As followers of Christ, we are compelled to be faithful in service and worship. Our worship of God must be fulfilled in our commitment to service. As recorded in Micah 6: 8, we are informed of our duties. “He has shown thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but “to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” God has been faithful. What have YOU done for HIM lately?

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“Just For Me” (Reverend Donald Robinson, Deacon Bruce Robinson)

Sometimes as I gaze upon the landscape of current events and world affairs, I am troubled by the reality of knowing that we live in a selfish, self-centered, narcissistic, dog eat dog world. However, when I remind myself from whence I’ve come, I am refreshed and revitalized, as I remember the great love, sacrifice and suffering experienced by our Lord and savior, Jesus The Christ. The sacrifice “He” made on our behalf at Calvary! As I remember Calvary, I remember the selfless, sacrificial words in the song, “Just For Me”. The lyrics go something like this”…….just for me,……….just for me, ……just for me……. They pierced “Him” in “His” side, ……….. “He” hung “His” head and died……… “He” did all that ….. Just for me”! Yes, my friends because of our Lord and Savior Jesus The Christ, we have much to be thankful for, therefore, on Saturday, November 19, 2016, from 9:00 A.M, until 11:00 A.M., the Men’s Ministry of First Baptist Church” will pause, reflect, fellowship and feast together, as we “Thank God” for “His” great unconditional love “He” has expressed to each of us with “His” death and suffering! In fact in this season of “Thankfulness” millions of people will pause to thank God and rejoice with tears streaming from their eyes, as they too remember how good God has been and is to each of us! Let us not be like those nine lepers in Luke 17, who were blessed, healed and cleansed by God, but in their busy haste, they forgot to come back and express their heartfelt gratitude to Jesus. Let us be like the one who was really “The Least Likely One” who did come back and thanked Jesus for all “He” had done for him. It seems as if I can hear another familiar song in my memory….for all you’ve done for me, for all you’ve done for me, the least that I can do is take time out to say “Thank You”….. for all you’ve done for me! Have a very Christ-centered “Thanksgiving” celebration and feast with family and friends and don’t forget to join us for breakfast on November 19 th. On that day the men will individually and collectively express their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to God, each other, their Church, their family, their friends and for the many blessings “He” has showered upon us!

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“it’s tiMe to CeLebrAte”! (ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS)

Please come out and join us for the Pastor’s Anniversary on November 20, 2016. The Reverend Frank D. Tucker has pastored First Baptist Church for 41 years and a grand celebration is planned in his honor. We plan to start the celebrations with two dynamic speakers. The guest speaker for the 7:50 A.M., service will be Pastor Eric D. Barksdale of the St. Charles Baptist Church in Washington, DC. Reverend Barksdale is sought after as a preacher, teacher, lecturer and retreat leader. He has preached and taught across the United States, the Philippines, Africa and the Caribbean. Reverend Barksdale is actively involved in local and national, religious and civic bodies, including the Missionary Baptist Minister’s Conference of Washington, DC and Vicinity, Four Corners International Missions and the Global Faith Alliance. He is also privileged to serve as an instructor and preacher for many Baptist Congresses, Associations and Conventions. Currently, Reverend Barksdale serves as President of the National Capital Baptist Convention of Washington, DC and Vicinity. He also serves as a State President and Board Member of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Please come out and help us welcome this dynamic preacher, as he brings us a word from heaven. The guest speaker for the 10:50 A.M., service will be The Reverend Stephen Tucker of New Commandment Baptist Church in Bowie, MD. Reverend Tucker is no stranger to First Baptist and is always a welcome addition to our service. Prior to serving as Pastor of New Commandment Baptist Church, Reverend Tucker served as a Deacon and Superintendent of the New Shiloh Baptist Church Saturday Church School. He is the son-in-law of the late Reverend C.C. Cornell and a proud student of the late Dr. Harold Carter, Sr., at the New Shiloh Baptist Church (Baltimore, Maryland). Additional, the First Baptist Church will celebrate over 150 years of Kingdom Building on November 27, 2016. Our guest preacher for the 7:50 A.M., service will be The Reverend Mark A. McCleary, PHD., of the Liberty Seventh-Day Adventist Church of Windsor Mill, Maryland. The Reverend Terrence Griffith, the Pastor of the First African Baptist (FAB) Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will be the guest speaker at the 10:50 A.M., service. May God continue to bless you richly, as we come together to thank God for the great things “He” is doing in the life of our Pastor, Reverend Tucker and through the lives of the fine members of First Baptist Church. Page 4


“the Joy oF GivinG” (there’s nothinG Like A huG!) Sister Colleen Sweatt and Members Of The FBC Missionaries Society It’s wondrous what a hug can do. A hug can cheer you even when you’re blue. A hug can say, I love you so, or my, I hate to see you go. A hug can say welcome back again and great to see you, where’ve you been? A hug can soothe the small child’s pain, and bring a rainbow after the rain. The hug ---there’s just no doubt about it we scarcely could survive without it. The hug delights and warms and charms, it must be why God gave us arms. Hugs are great for fathers and mothers, also sweet for sisters and brothers and chances are, favorite aunts. Love them more than potted plants, kittens crave them, puppies love then, Heads of State are not above them. A hug can break the language barrier and make your travel so much merrier, no need to fret about your store of them. The more you give, the more there’s more of them, so stretch out those arms without delay and give someone a hug today. Author Unknown Events/Activities: The Baptist Women’s World Day of Prayer which is sponsored by the Baptist Women’s Fellowship of Metropolitan Washington, DC, will be held this year at Carmody Hills Baptist Church, 6501 Seat Pleasant Drive, Seat Pleasant, Maryland, 20743. This event will take place on November 7, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. Beginning on November 1, 2016, The Missionary Society will commence taking names of the persons requesting Thanksgiving baskets. The cut-off date for submitting these requests is Wednesday, November 16th at 4:00 p.m. If you know of any families or persons in need, please identify them to the committee, ASAP! The baskets will be distributed on Monday, November 21, 2016 from 11:30 A.M. – 6:00 P.M., at First Baptist Church. Please remember, on the first Sunday of each month the “FBC Missionaries” would be delighted to have you to attend the Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home with us. The Missionaries lead the Sunday service and participate in rich fellowship with residents, their families and the staff. Let us not forget to pray for and to visit our sick and shut in members, as well as, make calls to them as often as possible. Mark your calendars, The Missionary Ministry meets every 4 th Saturday at 12:00 Noon here at First Baptist Church. Let us see your face in the place this month! Have a wonderful time serving in the name of Jesus, during this month of gratitude, thankfulness and appreciation. Page 5


“youth news, you CAn use” (By Mrs. Kareema Clark-Robinson and Minister Reginald Williams)

How To Test For Gossip In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, "Do you know what I just heard about your friend?" "Hold on a minute", Socrates replied. "Before telling me anything about my friend, I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Triple Filter Test." "Triple filter?" "That's right", Socrates continued. "Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be a good idea to take a moment and filter what you're going to say. That's why I call it the triple filter test. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?" "No,” the man said, "Actually I just heard about it and ..." I don’t know if it’s really true or not! "All right", said Socrates. "So you don't really know if it's true or not. Now let's try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good?" "No, on the contrary." "So", Socrates continued, "you want to tell me something bad about my friend, but you're not certain if it's true. You may still pass the test though, because there's still one filter left: the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?" "No, not really." "Well", concluded Socrates, "if what you want to tell me is neither true, nor good, nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?" This story reminds us of the fact that everything we hear about ourselves and others may not be absolutely true so before taking offense to rumors or spreading them. Remember….if it’s not true, good or useful,…… don’t repeat it..…it’s just gossip.

General Baptist Deacons Association On October 22nd, several of our youth were on hand at the General Baptist Deacons Association of Washington, DC’s annual Testimonial Banquet. Our youth, pictured left, presented a tribute to our own Deaconess Yvonne “Ms. Butterfly” Harris. She was honored for her many years of service to the association and the community. Congratulations to Ms. Butterfly and special thanks to Sister Anne Hawthorne who not only made sure our youth were well prepared, also made sure that human butterflies circled the room during the tribute to “Ms. Butterfly”!

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“youth news, you CAn use” (Cont’d) Youth Experience – Pumpkin Patch The Pumpkin Patch at Butler’s Orchard was the site for our October Total Youth Experience on Saturday, October 29th. Several youth, youth leaders and Girl Scouts ventured out for an exciting fun filled afternoon at the orchard. In addition to face painting, the corn maze, the straw maze, pony rides and being able to pick their own pumpkins, our youth had a great time!

Above: Tobias Williams, Trayvon Toliver, Kevin Shamblee and George (Spiderman) Hancock enjoying the corn maze.

For our November Total Youth Experience, instead of enjoying our normal Thanksgiving Feast our youth will spend the day doing community service. Plans are underway for our youth and youth leaders to make at least 100 bag lunches and deliver them to members of our homeless community. This event will take place on Saturday, November 26th. Details and emails to parents are forthcoming. Our Youth Ministry has secured several tickets for youth and their parents to visit the new National Museum for African American History and Culture on Sunday, December 11th. We plan to leave First Baptist Church immediately following the youth fellowship on that day. Additional tickets may be available. If interested contact: Sister Kareema Robinson. Also, our youth will present “The Nativity,” a play being coordinated by Sister Hawthorne and our youth arts ministry on Saturday, December 10th and Sunday, December 18th. Details will be listed in our church bulletins.

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Overflow with Thanks and Give When Times are Tough - II Corinthians 9:12 Brother Kevin Shamblee- Christian Education Ministry

Tragedies can occur anywhere and at any time. Tragedies occur in the form of fires, earthquakes, homicides, terrorist attacks, serious auto accidents or the spread of lethal viruses. Tragedies may surface at any time. Last month in October, the Atlantic Coast experienced severe weather conditions. Many lives and homes were lost. Help is still desperately needed. In order for rebuilding to take place. It is important to know, as we enter the month of Thanksgiving there are many others who are also recovering from tragedies and in need of our generosity. For instance, there is an enormous need for food and shelter to help the hungry and homeless victims of the tragic hurricane of October. This is an important time for us to share, especially since we have already been blessed with so much! In the ninth chapter of Second Corinthians, the Apostle Paul communicates his plea for aid on behalf of a group of Christian believers who were suffering economically in Jerusalem. This passage is Paul’s summation of what it means to help others in need. Giving not only involves helping those in need, but it also overflows with many expressions of, thanksgivings to God. In reality, our giving to others is an overflow of many expressions of thanksgivings unto God. Helping the poor is a pillar upon which the practice of our Christian faith is best demonstrated. Giving is the hallmark of what God has done for us in the sacrifice of “His” son Jesus Christ for our sins. Because of God’s sacrifice, of “His” son, there is now salvation in Jesus Christ. We in turn glorify God through sacrificing our resources, time, labor and prayers as did Christ. What would happen to our communities across this city or nation if we were to overflow with gifts of love and gratitude? What would happen if when we embody the Apostle Paul’s faith and overflow with our gifts of love, in proportion to how God has blessed us? The answer is very simple. In the hallowed halls of Heaven I can hear the Voice of God proclaiming “I was hungry and you fed me.” “You gave of your time, labor, resources and prayers. Come now and join me in the Heavenly feast, which is occurring with many expressions of thanksgivings.” During the month of November, we at First Baptist Church will have many opportunities to share with those in need. We can do this with a friendly hello and conversation, a smile, a prayer, a cooked meal, a warm shower or some winter clothing. There are many churches and agencies in this city that would welcome your gifts of love on behalf of those in need of a blessing. No matter what the gift, God welcomes all gifts, especially from those who are cheerful givers. Whether large or small all gifts from the heart stretches a very long way. Little becomes much when placed into the open hands of those in great need. As we enjoy our food favorites on Thanksgiving Day, which may include turkey, glazed ham, collards, green beans, macaroni and cheese, hot buttered rolls, corn bread, cranberry sauce, dressing, sweet potato pies, red velvet cakes, candied yams, mashed potatoes, and giblet gravy, please remember those who are in need! There will be feasts going on at each of our dinner tables. The feast will not only embody the gifts bestowed upon us by God, but also the gifts from our hearts given to those who are in great need. Overflow this season with thanks to God and generous giving to those who are in need, then there will be plenty of rejoicing and expressions of shouting in Heaven with thanksgivings unto God!

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FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH SENIOR CENTER 2016 NOVEMBER CALENDAR 1 HAND DANCE @ PETWORTH REC CENTER 9:00 9:30 9:45 10:00 10:30 11:00 1:00 2:00 2:30

GETHSEMANE BAPTIST CHURCH 9:00 9:30 9:45 10:00 10:30 11:30 1:00 2:00 2:30

Continental Breakfast Interest Group Mindful Matters – AM Radio Time Daily Reflection Time Nutrition Class w/Giant Foods Inc. Fellowship @ Gethsemane Baptist General Group w/Dr. Kalu Oldies But Goodies Radio Station Going Home Fun Time

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WALKING @ PG MALL

9:00 9:30 9:45 10:00 10:30 1:00 2:00 2:30

Continental Breakfast Interest Group Mindful Matters – AM Radio Time Daily Reflection Time Walking @ PG Plaza Mall General Group w/Dr. Kalu Oldies But Goodies Radio Station Going Home Fun Time

21 WALKING @ PG MALL 9:00 9:30 9:45 10:00 10:30 11:30 1:00 2:00 2:30

Continental Breakfast Interest Group Mindful Matters – AM Radio Time Daily Reflection Time Walking @ PG Plaza Mall How To Stay Young At Heart General Group w/Discussion Oldies But Goodies Radio Station It’s On U FW Time w/ Mike

28 WALKING @ PG MALL 9:00 9:30 9:45 10:00 10:30 11:30 1:00 2:00 2:30

Continental Breakfast Interest Group Mindful Matters – AM Radio Time Daily Reflection Time Walking @ PG Plaza Mall How To Eat Healthy & Enjoy It General Group w/Dr. Kalu Oldies But Goodies Radio Station Going Home Fun Time

Continental Breakfast BP/Weigh-In/Temp/H2O Club Mindful Matters – AM Radio Daily Reflection Time Shake It Out Exercise w/Mike Hand Dancing Time Computer Class Then & Now w/Discussion Going Home Fun Time

8 HAND DANCE 9:00 9:30 9:45 10:00 10:30 11:00 1:00 2:00 2:30

Continental Breakfast BP/Weigh-In/Temp/H2O Club Mindful Matters – AM Radio Daily Reflection Time Step-A-Cize w/Mike Hand Dancing Time Computer Class Safety Tips w/Discussion Going Home Fun Time

15 HAND DANCE 9:00 9:30 9:45 10:00 10:30 11:00 1:00 2:00 2:30

Continental Breakfast BP/Weigh-In/Temp/H2O Club Mindful Matters – AM Radio Daily Reflection Time Work It Out w/ Mike Hand Dancing Time Computer Class Let’s Talk/Its Your Story Going Home Fun Time

22 HAND DANCE 9:00 9:30 9:45 10:00 10:30 11:00 1:00 2:00 2:30

Continental Breakfast BP/Weigh-In/Temp/H2O Club Mindful Matters – AM Radio Daily Reflection Time Just Do It Exercise w/ Mike Hand Dancing Time Computer Class Back Down Memory w/Talk Going Home Fun Time

29 HAND DANCE 9:00 9:30 9:45 10:00 10:30 11:00 1:00 2:00 2:30

Continental Breakfast BP/Weigh-In/Temp/H2O Club Mindful Matters – AM Radio Daily Reflection Time Soul Train Line w/ Mike Hand Dancing Time Computer Class Plan For Any Emergency Talk Going Home Fun Time

2 SENIOR FELLOWSHIP 9:00 9:30 9:45 Time 10:00 10:30 11:30 1:00 2:00 2:30

Continental Breakfast Interest Group Mindful Matters –AM Radio Daily Reflection Time General Group w/ Dr. Kalu Move & Groove w/Mike Fellowship Time w/ Mrs. Cooke Bingo Fun Time w/Mike Going Home Fun Time

9 SENIOR FELLOWSHIP 9:00 9:30 9:45 10:00 10:30 11:30 1;00 2:00 2:30

Continental Breakfast Interest Group Mindful Matters –AM Radio Time Daily Reflection Time Women and Men Group Time Step-A-Cize w/Mike Seniors Fellowship Time Bingo Fun Time w/Mike Going Home Fun Time

16 AM DRAMA TIME 9:00 9:30 9:45 10:00 10:30 11:00 1:00 2:00 2:30

Continental Breakfast Interest Group Mindful Matters – AM Radio Daily Reflection Time General Group Time w /Dr. Kalu Drama Time w/ Mrs. Hawthorne Fellowship Time W /Ms. Cooke Bingo Fun Time w/ Mike Going Home Fun Time

23 SENIOR FELLOWSHIP 9:00 9:30 9:45 10:00 10:30 11:30 1:00 2:00 2:30

Continental Breakfast Interest Group Mindful Matters –AM Radio Time Daily Reflection Time General Group Time w Dr. Kalu Sit-A-Cize w/Mike Fellowship Time w Ms. Cooke Bingo Fun Time w/Mike News U Can Use w/Mike

3 CREATIVE ARTS @ PETWORTH REC CENTER 9:00 9:30 9:45 10:00 10:30 11:30 1:00 2;00 2:30

Continental Breakfast Interest Group Mindful Matters AM Radio Time Daily Reflection Time Crochet /M. Ellis/Arts w/ D. Ellis General Group w/ Dr. Kalu Creative Arts Town Hall Meeting w/Ms. Taylor Going Home Fun Time

4 9:00 9:30 9:45 10:00 10:30 1:00 2:00 2:45

BLACK HISTORY Continental Breakfast Interest Group Mindful Matters- AM Radio Time Daily Reflection Time Museum of Africa History Movie Time w/Snacks Price Is Right Game Going Home Fun Time

10 CREATIVE ARTS 9:00 9:30 9:45 10:00 10:30 10:30 11:30 1:00 2:00 2:30

Continental Breakfast Interest Group Mindful Matters AM Radio Time Daily Reflection Time Crochet M. Ellis & Arts D. Ellis Men’s Barber Shop Laughing w/ Lucy Creative Arts Rec Center Did U Know Trivia Going Home Fun Time

17 CREATIVE ARTS 9:00 9:30 9:45 10:00 10:30 11:30 1:00 2:00 2:30

Continental Breakfast Interest Group Mindful Matters AM Radio Time Daily Reflection Time Crochet M. Ellis & Arts D. Ellis General Group w/ Dr. Kalu Creative Arts In Door Bowling Fun Time Going Home Fun Time

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING

FBC SENIOR CENTER CLOSED FOR VETERANS DAY 18

CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL

9:00 9:30 9:45 10:00 11:30 1:00 2:00 2:30

Continental Breakfast Interest Group Mindful Matters- AM Radio Time Daily Reflection Time Chipotle Mexican Grill Movie Fun Time Chit, Chat and Chew Time Going Home Fun Time

25 U.S. BOTANIC GARDEN 9:00 9:30 9:45 10:00 10:30 11:30 1:00 2:00 2:30

Continental Breakfast Interest Group Mindful Matters- AM Radio Time Daily Reflection Time U.S. Botanic Garden Trip How To Stay Healthy & Young Movie Fun Time w/Snacks Work It Out Exercise w/Mike Going Home Fun Time

30 SENIOR FELLOWSHIP 9:00 9:30 9:45 10:00 10:30 11:30 1:00 2:00 2:30

Continental Breakfast Interest Group Mindful Matters –AM Radio Time Daily Reflection Time General Group Time w Dr. Kalu Ball-A-Cize w/Mike Fellowship Time w Ms. Cooke Bingo Fun Time w/Mike Going Home Fun Time

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1ST ANNUAL SENIOR

HAND DANCE / THANKSGIVING CABARET SPONSORED BY FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH SENIOR CENTER AND D.C. PETWORTH PARKS AND RECREATION

COME JOIN US FOR LOTS OF FUN, FELLOWSHIP, FOOD AND GOOD MUSIC YOUR ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO OUR

1ST ANNUAL SENIOR HAND DANCE THANKSGIVING CABARET

DATE: NOVEMBER 16, 2016 TIME: 11:30 A.M. UNTIL 2:30 PLACE: BANNEKER RECREATIONAL CENTER GEORGIA AVENUE NW * (ACROSS FROM HOWARD UNIVERSITY)

BYOB (Bring Your Own Body) AFFAIR

Part of the District’s Senior Service Network supported by the Office on Aging

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~november 2016 EVENTS~ Sunday, November 6, 2016 - Holy Communion Services (7:50 A.M. & 10:50 A.M)

*************************** Saturday, November 12, 2016 - Fitness Workout/Health Ministry (10:00 A.M.)

*************************** Sunday, November 13, 2016 - Youth Sunday (10:50 A.M.)

*************************** Saturday, November 19, 2016 - Circle Leaders Meeting (11:00 A.M.)

*************************** Sunday, November 20, 2016 - Pastor Tucker’s 41st Anniversary The Reverend Charles Barksdale, Pastor Saint Charles Baptist Church of Washington, D.C. (7:50 A.M.)

The Reverend Stephen Tucker, Pastor New Commandment Baptist Church Bowie, Maryland (10:50 A.M.)

*************************** Thursday, November 24, 2016 Thanksgiving Service at St. Paul A.M.E. Church 4901 14th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20011 (10:00 A.M.)

*************************** Sunday, November 27, 2016 - First Baptist Church’s 153rd Anniversary The Reverend Mark McCleary, Pastor Liberty Seven-Day Adventist Church Baltimore, Maryland (7:50 A.M.)

The Reverend Terrence Griffith, Pastor The Fab Church Philadelphia, PA (10:00 A.M.)

*************************** First Baptist Church 712 Randolph Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20011 (202) 541-5000 ~ Fax: (202) 291-2565~Email: fchurch@1fbc.org