Pastor's Message                                                                               August 14, 2016

" The Moses Predicament"

I was blessed this past week to attend the 55th Annual session of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. (PNBC) in New Orleans, LA.  PNBC is the church denomination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the convention home of our church. 

It was appropriate that this year's convention was held in New Orleans because 11 years after the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, in which over 1,300 people lost their lives, New Orleans remains a microcosm of all that ails America.  The problems are pervasive: Too many displaced, disenfranchised and lacking housing; too much poverty and joblessness, too many schools that are segregated and under-performing, and too much police brutality and poor police/community relationships.

To address these and others problems, the message from the PNBC convention is that we as Progressive Baptist need to be progressive!  In particular, we must engage in the upcoming November presidential and general election.  PNBC has made a call for every church to engage in voter registration, voter education and voter mobilization efforts.   We must get involved with the election because there are candidates who seek to turn back the clock on many of the social policy gains that have been achieved over the past several decades including the provision of health care for every American that was enacted by President Barack Obama.

PNBC President Dr. James Perkins addressed the convention on Thursday evening in a sermon entitled "The Moses Predicament" based on Exodus 2:11-15.  In this sermon, Dr. Perkins brought the convention's message home by saying that just like Moses we must: 1) Come to The Rescue of Our People; 2) Think Us and Not I; and 3) Put Ourselves in a Position to Be used by God.  Indeed, just as God turned Moses from a fugitive of justice to a prophet of God, the Lord is calling us as well to get on the battlefield and to spread His light and love so that all of His children might be free!

Peace and Blessings,
Pastor Kip Banks, Sr.

Last month in Vacation Bible School (July 18-22) our young people learned from the theme "I've Got Talent." The overall message was that God has created each of us with unique gifts and talents. In addition, the message was that through our work, we can bring honor to God, help others, and play our part in God's plan for humankind.  As background, the Bible tells us "For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do" (Ephesians 2:10). In light of this, we must always remind our young people that they are made special in the image of God and that they can become whatever it is that they want to become to the glory of God.
This year's VBS encompassed members from our congregation and the community and we were blessed to have over 70 persons engaged in studying God's word.  We are grateful to the dedicated team that worked very hard to put the VBS together and we thank them for their effort.  We are indebted to the teachers for their lessons, the cooks and volunteers who provided the meals, the arts and crafts and career station leaders and the guest career speakers who shared about their lives. We also thank God for our musicians and for the overall guidance from our board of Christian Education.

VBS Preschool Class

VBS Lower Elementary Class

VBS Upper Elementary Class

VBS Youth Class
In addition, we had a wonderful Missions Night Out on Wed. July 13 featuring the Rock of Salvation Church's mission to Guatemala. Claudia Rodriquez, the wife of the church's pastor, Mario Rodriquez, shared with us about a mission endeavor that she is undertaking to train churches in Guatemala to put on Vacation Bible School programs.  Many of the churches are so impoverished that they can't even afford to purchase Bibles. Claudia returned from her mission on this past Friday and was able to work with over 100 churches.

Claudia leading a VBS training in Guatemala.


9:30 a.m. Sunday School
10:45 a.m. - Devotional Service
11:00 a.m. - Worship
12:30 Constitution Committee Meeting


PRAYER MEETING & Bible Study - Wednesday, August 17 - 6:30p.m.
BROWN BAG BIBLE STUDY - Thursday, August 18 - 12:00 p.m.

We are very pleased to announce the arrival of Baby Girl Zaya Taryan Wright, born Sunday, August 7, 2016 @ 7:12 pm, weighing 8lbs. 9oz. at the GW University Hospital.  We extend our congratulations to the proud parents Mr. Travis & Mrs. Zara Willis Wright and grandparents Mr. Vernon & Mrs. Zavolia Dortch Willis.



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