October 2016 Newsletter

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OCTOBER 2016

FIRST WORD

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


PASTOR’S PEN OcTObER October ushers in a number of events that must grab our attention and consideration for active involvement. Our Church family must be fully engaged. On Sunday, October 2, 2016, we will celebrate our Homecoming and Circle Ministry Anniversary. The day will begin with 7:50 am Worship Service. Sunday School starts at 9:30 am. The Circle Anniversary will be featured at the 10:50 am Worship Service followed by a fabulous dinner and Circle Fellowship Hour. The preachers for the worship service are sons of our church who are serving as pastors. On Saturday, October 8th, at 9:00 am, we will hold our Church meeting. All members are urged to be present and participate in the shared reports. We must look afresh at the vision and progress that is before us. On the third weekend of October, we will celebrate the men of our Church. We are grateful for the Men’s Ministry that hosts a fellowship breakfast each third Saturday at 9:00 a.m. On Sunday, October 16th, Men’s Day will be celebrated. The preacher for the 7:50 a.m. Worship Service is Rev. Dr. Joseph Lyles. The preacher for the 10:50 a.m. Worship Service is Rev. Paige A. Harris. Let us make every effort to support the great men of First Baptist Church. This year we want to address the important issue of violence in our community, nation, and world. October 15th through October 23rd is Non Violence Week. This week will be observed in over fifteen cities in the United States, South Africa and England. Here at First Baptist we are asking our members to participate in a prayer and fasting experience. Our Prayer Service on Wednesday, October 19th will be dedicated to prayer for the reduction of violence in our communities. The issue of violence permeates our society. Our nation was born in violence. It was established with the maltreatment of Native Americans and horrendous slave trade as well as the war of independence. Today we face domestic violence and violence against our children. We see violence in the workplace and in politics. The tension between community and police resulting in the death of police and unarmed African Americans accentuates the culture of violence in America. We must work hard to combat the division and hate that impacts our society. It is imperative that we be intentional in sharing the spirit and love of Christ to address the culture of violence. God is love. We must show ourselves to be His children. Finally, we will launch our Family Resource Ministry on Saturday, October 29th at 10:00 a.m. The purpose of the ministry is to provide individuals, primarily families and extended families, with information, referrals and support regarding personal and family concerns. We are encouraging all of our ministry leaders to take advantage of the opportunity to gain support for their particular work and ministries. We are a stronger force for the Kingdom when we work together in the spirit of Christ. He is the Source of our strength. Let us glorify Him!

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“A SALUTE TO ALL MEN”! (By The Reverend Donald D. Robinson and Deacon Bruce Roberson)

The month of October reminds us of the absolute necessity to demonstrate love, honor and respect to “our men” for the job they do in nurturing, cultivating, leading and loving their families and witnessing for Jesus. One of the best indicators of a strong relationship with God is best demonstrated by the love shown to us by our “Heavenly Father” in John 3:16…..”God so loved the world that “He” gave “His” only begotten Son to die for us.” This special love granted us redemption, transformation, sanctification, justification, salvation, forgiveness of sin, eternal life and a right relationship with our “Heavenly Father.” In other words, we’re heirs to God and joint heirs with Christ. On Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. until 12 noon the men of “First Baptist Church Men’s Ministry” will host its Annual Men’s Day Weekend. This annual meeting will honor all men. All men, boys, as well as other family members (wives, daughters, mothers, aunts, and cousins) are invited to be present. We will have guest speakers at our annual Saturday Men’s Day Breakfast. The next day, Sunday, October 16, 2016, we will have as our guest preacher, The Reverend Dr. Joseph Lyles of Fort Foote Baptist Church and at the 10:50 a.m. service the guest preacher will be, The Reverend Paige Harris, Senior Pastor, Third Baptist Church. As we prepare for the “Men’s Day” Weekend of activities, perhaps we can ponder the question Jude raised many centuries ago (Jude 1:3-7). He raised the questions to Christians throughout the land. He asked….. “Are you contending for the faith”? In other words, are you standing firm in your commitment to stand for Jesus Christ and fight against evil? Are you fighting the good fight of faith? More than fifty years ago, February 25, 1964 to be exact, a monumental pugilistic showdown took place. A young boxer from Louisville, Kentucky, who was called by many “The Louisville Lip,” decided he would challenge the heavyweight boxing champion of the world, Charles “The Big Black Bear,” Sonny Liston. Yes, “The Louisville Lip,” who at that time was known as Cassius Marcellus Clay, decided he would be a “contender” for the heavyweight boxing championship of the world. Cassius Clay told the press, the heavyweight champion of the world needs to be young, athletic, pretty and articulate. He felt that Charles “Sonny” Liston was too ugly, too old and too inarticulate to be the world’s champ. The odds makers in Las Vegas gave Clay little to no chance to win. After all he was just a young contender! That night Cassius Clay, the contender, shocked the world; he beat Sonny Liston, the Champ! A contender is someone who challenges someone who is already in a position of power or authority. A contender is someone who opposes and stands up against someone. A contender is someone, who is confident that he or she has just what it takes to come out victorious over a reigning force. Page 3


“A SALUTE TO ALL MEN”! (CONT’D) In our text, Jude, reminds us, we’ve got to “contend for the faith.” In other words, we have to stand up and fight the good fight of faith against evil. Jude further tells us that wicked people have slipped into our midst (fellowship) and are threatening “the Kingdom” work because of their false teaching. Furthermore, Jude reminds us we can’t sit around and allow evil people to destroy the good work that is taking place for “Kingdom Building”. He said “We have to contend for the faith!” Therefore, I raise the questions “are you contending for the faith.” Are you being a witness for Jesus and standing up against evil? Jude shares with us two areas we need to focus our attention upon, in order that we might be better contenders of the faith. First, We Must Get In fighting Shape To be good contenders we have to be spiritually ready to fight the good fight of faith. Too many of us are not in fighting shape because we’ve been eating and nibbling at other theological and philosophical tables. Therefore, we are spiritually gluttonous. We’ve got a lot of knowledge, history and information about religion, but do we know “The Word of God.” In other words, are we studying God’s word with a purpose? Not only are we gluttonous, but some of us are also spiritually malnourished. In other words, some of us have the opposite problem, we don’t eat enough and therefore we’re weak and tired! In order to stay spiritually healthy and in fighting shape, we must daily ingest the Word of God! Jesus, in fact, said my meat (my nourishment) is to do the will He who sent me! Secondly, We Are To Pray in The Holy Spirit Jude reminds us that our power is based in “the holy Spirit.” If we’re going to be effective contenders of the faith, we must daily engage ourselves in fervent prayer. We have to specifically pray that “The Holy Spirit” will lead us, guide us, protect us and give us the spiritual strength we need. This means, we have to daily ask the Holy Spirit to equip us with “The Whole Armor of God,” that we might wage war in the name of Jesus. There are many people, who need to be witnessed to and rescued. We can only do this if we are spiritually fit, under the anointing and consecration of God. Join us the weekend of October 15 and 16, 2016, as we stand up for Jesus, contend for the faith and celebrate the great things God is doing in the lives of men! Page 4


“PUMPKINS” (By Missionary President Colleen Sweatt) Being a Christian is like being a pumpkin. God lifts you up, takes you in and washes all the dirt off of you. He opens you up, touches you deep inside and scoops out all of the yucky stuff, including the seeds of Doubt, Hate, Greed and etc., that are inside of you! Then He carves in you a smiling face and puts His glowing light inside you to shine for all the world to see. (HAPPY HARVEST TO ALL PUMPKINS.) MPBC LIBRARY ----JJH EVENTS/ACTIVITIES: Recently, during September 26, 2016, The Baptist Convention of the District of

Columbia and Vicinity, Women’s Auxiliary Session (Home Mission Day) was held. This event took place at Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church, 4611 Sheriff Road, N.E., Washington, DC. The Baptist Convention of the District of Columbia and Vicinity’s 144th Annual Session will be held on October 11-14, 2016, (all day session) at New Macedonia Baptist Church located at 4115 Alabama Avenue S.E., Washington, DC, The Reverend Patrick Walker is the Host Pastor. Our First Baptist Church Missionaries will not be attending Stoddard Baptist Nursing

Home on the first Sunday in October 2016 (10-2-2016); we will be here at FBC participating in the various Homecoming activities. We will resume our visitations to Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home on the first Sunday in November (11-6-2016). However, if you are interested in attending the Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home, we enthusiastically welcome your presence and participation. Please also remember to pray for and visit our sick and shut in members and make calls to them as often as possible. May God continue to bless and protect you, especially as you journey forth in the world to do mission!

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“YOUTh NEwS, YOU cAN USE” (By Mrs. Kareema Clark-Robinson and Minister Reginald Williams)

THINGS WE WANT TO SAY TO OUR YOUTH 1. You are of eternal value and significance because God doesn’t make junk. Regardless of who mistreated you, what lies you’ve been told, or how bad your past has been—you have a future and God has good plans for you. Life can be bad, but God’s heart is always good! And only He can turn the bad into good. (Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil to give you an expected end.”) 2. You have an amazing contribution to make to the lives of others. God created you for the purpose of serving Him in the lives of others. This will be your family, your friends, your community, your co-workers, and your future family. People you’ve never met are counting on having your good influence some day. Don’t mess it up! (Proverbs 27:17, “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”) 3. You have incredible skills and abilities to develop for God’s glory. Don’t compare yourself to others. Let God help you become who He designed you to be. You have gifts and abilities that you have yet to discover and develop, so don’t lose hope! (1 Timothy 4:14, “Neglect not the gift that is in thee…”) 4. Your only hope for real happiness is a real, private and personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It starts at salvation, but that’s just the beginning! Walking with Him, knowing Him and learning of Him on a daily basis is where life is really at its BEST! (Proverbs 18:24, “…there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”)

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“YOUTh NEwS, YOU cAN USE” (cONT’d) 5. Your life is more about your future than your past. I know lots of teens with bad pasts and bad trials because of the terrible decisions of others. But your future doesn’t have to be a response to the bad decisions of others. Don’t get angry and bitter about someone else’s stupidity. Don’t let them mess up your future. Move forward with God and chart a different course for your kids! (Hebrews 12:15, “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled”) Congratulations to Kenna Brooks, now a freshman at Trinity University in Washington, DC. Kenna recently earned her Girl Scout Gold Award. The Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. This award recognizes girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through remarkable Take Action projects that have sustainable impact in the community and beyond. Auditions and rehearsals will begin shortly for all youth who wish to have a role in the “Christmas Nativity” play that will be presented in December. For further information please contact Sister Anne Hawthorne or Sister Kareema Robinson. Remember, now is the time to seek help, if needed to make sure you reach honor roll status for the first quarter. Tutoring and homework help are available, contact Minister Reggie or Sister Kareema to schedule.

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Exodus with Gold, Silver, and Clothing Brother Kevin Shamblee Moving from any situation that is unpleasant can seem like the beginning of a fresh start on life. Then again the unpleasant challenges of poverty, substance addictions, lack of education, unemployment, homelessness, being stuck in the justice system or having serious health concerns can all be a far cry from beginning a fresh start on life. Perhaps some would argue that they were entrapped while engaged in what appeared to be following the right path. For instance, some would argue, they were trapped by unscrupulous mortgage lenders and student loan representative, whom they thought would bring a new measure of relief from unpayable debts. Some of us might have purchased automobiles that turned out to be lemons. For others, it could have been unpleasant relationship, predicaments and the results of making bad choices. Either by the fault of others or because of our own volition, being in captivity is an unpleasant situation to be in. However, being able to depart from the unpleasant situation and begin a fresh new start is the beginning of a wonderful experience. In the book of Exodus, we are told of a nation of people who were in bondage and captivity for over four hundred years. These people’s lives were filled with agony and pain. Their lives you could say were unpleasant. Their lives were in fact demoralized. You could even say their lives were traumatized and their dreams were deferred. Fortunately, God heard their cry and because of His mercy and compassion, they were to be entrapped no more. In fact their journey and story became a life lesson and message for everyone. God not only heard the anguished cries of this nation of people; God promised His people, He would give them land of their own. To sweeten the response to their prayers, the people of Israel were instructed numerous times, through Moses to ask their captors for silver, gold and clothes in preparation for their journey to freedom. This meant the people of God were to depart in style. Every man in captivity was to ask for silver and gold for the journey (Exodus 11:2). Every woman in captivity was to ask for gold and silver jewelry and for clothing to put on their sons and daughters (Exodus 3:22). Because of God’s great grace and mercy, freedom and wealth arrived at the same time. Yes, the children of Israel were given gold, silver, clothing and freedom. What does this remarkable story mean for us today at First Baptist Church? Namely, it reminds us that God hears our petitions and answers us according to heaven’s schedule. This teaches us that patience is learned when we wait on heaven’s schedule. Through patience and prayers we can began to appreciate deliverance, as well as strengthen our hopes when we encounter other adverse circumstances. This is our gold and silver, which reminds us the God we serve, enjoys blessing and uplifting the captive to seats on a throne. God raises our stations from anguish to happiness. We are uplifted to new places where we enjoy milk and honey. Therefore, we arise from misery to rejoicing, from sowing in tears to reaping in joy. At First Baptist Church, we look forward to continued prayers for one another, as we journey forth in pursuit of silver, gold and clothing. God bless you this October in your pursuits. Page 8


FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH SENIOR CENTER 2016 OCTOBER CALENDAR

3 GETHSEMANE 9:00 9:30 9:45 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30 1:15 2:00 2:30

Continental Breakfast Interest Group Mindful Matters – AM Radio Time Daily Reflection Time Work It Out Exercise Bible Trivia Time Fellowship Gethsemane Bap Church General Group w/ Dr. Kalu Oldies But Goodies Radio Station Going Home Fun Time

10 PG PLAZA MALL

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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 Diabetes Care and Prevention Hand Dancing Time r Computer Class Do You Know Trivia Going Home Fun Time

11 HAND DANCE

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 News U can Use w// Mike General Group w/Dr. Kalu Oldies But Goodies Radio Station It’s On U Fun Time w/ Mike

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

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WALKING PG MALL

18 HAND DANCE

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 News U can Use W/ Mike General Group w/Dr. Kalu Oldies But Goodies Radio Station Get To Know your Game

24 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 Crime Prevention w / Discussion General Group w/Discussion Oldies But Goodies Radio Station It’s On U FW Time w/ Mike

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 Stretch It Out Exercise Time Hand Dancing Time Computer Class Fun Jokes on Us Going Home Fun Time

Continental Breakfast BP/Weigh-In/Temp/H2O Club Mindful Matters – AM Radio Daily Reflection Time Personal Hygiene w/ Mike Hand Dancing Time Computer Class Who Invented the Computer Going Home Fun Time

25 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 Sit-A-Cize w/ Mike Hand Dancing Time Computer Class Then and Now w / Discussion Going Home Fun Time

5 SENR 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 w/ Dr. Kalu Work It Out Exercise w/Mike Fellowship Time w/ Mrs. Cooke Bingo Fun Time w/Mike Going Home Fun Time

12 SENR 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 Ball-A-Cize w/Mike Seniors Fellowship Time Bingo Fun Time w/Mike Going Home Fun Time

19 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

26 SENR 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 Dr. Kalu Bingo Fun Time w/Mike News U Can Use w/Mike

6 CREATIVE ARTS @ PETWORTH REC CTR 9:00 Continental Breakfast 9:30 Interest Group 9:45 Mindful Matters AM Radio Time 10:00 Daily Reflection Time 10:30 Crochet /M. Ellis/Arts w/ D. Ellis 11:30 General Group w/ Dr. Kalu 1:00 Creative Arts 2;00 Town Hall Meeting w/Ms. Taylor 2:30 Going Home Fun Time

13 CREATIVE ARTS @ PETWORTH REC CTR 9:00 Continental Breakfast 9:30 Interest Group 9:45 Mindful Matters AM Radio Time 10:00 Daily Reflection Time 10:30 Crochet M. Ellis & Arts D. Ellis 10:30 Men’s Barber Shop 11:30 General Group w/ Dr. Kalu 1:00 Creative Arts Rec Center 2:00 Halloween Trivia Time 2:30 Chit Chat and Chew

20 CREATIVE ARTS @ PETWORTH REC CTR 9:00 Continental Breakfast 9:30 Interest Group 9:45 Mindful Matters AM Radio Time 10:00 Daily Reflection Time 10:30 Crochet M. Ellis & Arts D. Ellis 11:30 General Group w/ Dr. Kalu 1:00 Creative Arts 2:00 How Much Can U Remember 2:30 Going Home Fun Time

27 CREATIVE ARTS @ PETWORTH REC CTR 9:00 Continental Breakfast 9:30 Interest Group 9:45 Mindful Matters AM Radio Time 10:00 Daily Reflection Time 10:30 Crochet M. Ellis & Arts- D. Ellis 11:30 General Group w/ Dr. Kalu 1:00 Creative Arts 2:00 Let’s Have Fun w/Mike 2:30 Chit Chat and Chew

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ARMISH MARKET

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

Continental Breakfast Interest Group Mindful Matters- AM Radio Time Daily Reflection Time Armish Market Shopping Time How To Handle Stress Movie Time Movie Time Snack News U Can Use

14 9:00 9:30 9:45 10:00 10:30 11:30 1:00 2:00 2:30 2:45

NATIONAL MUSEUM Continental Breakfast Interest Group Mindful Matters- AM Radio Time Daily Reflection Time National Museum of History Natural History Trivia Movie Time Movie Time Snack Chit Chat Chew Time News U Can Use

21 9:00 9:30 9:45 10:00 10:30 11:30 1:00 2:00 2:30

AIR & SPACE MUSEUM Continental Breakfast Interest Group Mindful Matters- AM Radio Time Daily Reflection Time Air and Space Museum Air and Space Trivia Time Movie Time Sit –A-Cize Going Home Fun Time

28 GOLDEN CORRAL 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 Time Daily Reflection Time Step-A-CIZE w/Mike Golden Corral News U Can Use w/ Discussion What Do You See? Mind Games Going Home Fun Time

31 HARVEST FESTIVAL 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 AM Adventureland Day Care Center Stroke Prevention DVD Bridges Program Harvest Festival Oldies But Goodies Radio Station Going Home Fun Time

COME, JOIN US EVERY FRIDAY FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER @ 1:00 FOR “FLASH BACK” Page 9


~October 2016 EVENTS~ HOMECOMING SERVICES AND COMMUNION ANNIVERSARY OF THE CIRCLE MINISTRY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2016 - (7:50 A.M. and 10:50 A.M.) JOINT BOARD MEETING THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2016 - (7:00 P.M.) CHURCH MEETING SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2016 - (9:00 A.M.) ALTAR GUILD MEETING SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2016 - (11:30 A.M.) YOUTH SUNDAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2016 - (10:50 A.M.) MEN’S DAY BREAKFAST SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2016 - (9:00 A.M.) WEEK OF NON-VIOLENCE “CHANGING THE CULTURE OF VIOLENCE IN AMERICANAND THE WORLD” SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15 THRU SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2016 MEN’S DAY - THE REVEREND DR. JOSEPH W. LYLES - (7:50 A.M.) THE REVEREND PAIGE A. HARRIS - (10:50 A.M.) SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2016 HEALTH AND NUTRITION WORKSHOP - (10:00 A.M.) YOUTH EXPERIENCE - (12 Noon) OCTOBER 22, 2016 BREAST CANCER AWARENESS - HEALTH MINISTRY OCTOBER 23, 2016 (7:50 A.M. and 10:50 A.M.) FAMILY RESOURCE MINISTRY OCTOBER 29, 2016 (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