The Pastor's Message                 January 14, 2017

"Dr. King's Birthday and Trump's Inauguration"
I'm praying that we'll see this week's two major events - the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday and the inauguration of Mr. Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America -- in tandem.
I feel this way because Dr. King gave his life to make certain that our nation lives up to its creed to be a place of liberty and justice for all.  Mr. Trump should heed the legacy and life's work of Dr. King. Nonetheless, nearly 50 years after Dr. King gave his life to ensure the well-being of all Americans, President-elect Trump is coming to town with an agenda that includes dismantling programs like the Affordable Healthcare Act (Obamacare) - an act which has provided health coverage for 20 million uninsured Americans  --- that protect the poor.
Considering Mr. Trump's agenda, it is time for the church, in the spirit of Dr. King, to renew our fight against poverty, racism and militarism and to make certain that our nation does right by the least of our brothers and sisters as Jesus instructs us in Matthew 25:40.  What can we do?
  • Give Thanks. Our 44th President Barack Obama and his wife First Lady Michelle Obama deserve thanks for their outstanding service to our nation. We should especially celebrate President Obama's commitment to the most vulnerable in our society as reflected not only in the passage of Obamacare, but also in passage of the Consumer Protection Act and many other pieces of legislation.
  • Pray. The Bible tells us to give prayers for all people and especially for those who rule over us, that we "may live quiet and peaceful lives" (I Timothy 2:1-2). 
  • Protest. Peaceful protest is a hallmark of our democracy and there are many opportunities for us to take advantage of including the Women's March which will take place on Saturday, January 21 on the National Mall.
  • Advocate. We have a participatory form of democracy and as people of faith, we are expected to weigh-in with our lawmakers.  As the Congress acts, we need to call-in to our representatives and express our views.  You can reach Congress through the Capital switchboard 202-224-3121. Social media is also an effective advocacy tool.
  • Worship. Ultimately, we understand that our fate is not in the hands of the President of the United States, but in the hands of God. Therefore our most important response to the times that we live in is to worship God.  
Indeed, Dr. King once said, The great problem facing modern man is that the means by which we live have outdistanced the spiritual ends for which we live.

Peace, Power and Progress,
Pastor Kip Banks, Sr. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017
Second Week of Daniel Fast
9:30 a.m. - Sunday school
10:45 a.m. - Devotional Service
11:00 a.m.-Worship Services
1:00 pm - Children & Youth Ministry Trip to Kennedy Center Performance 
"Bud, Not Buddy"

GOSPEL CHOIR REHEARSAL - Tuesday, January 17 - 7:30 p.m.
FOOD PANTRY PREP - Wednesday , January 18 - 11:00 am
BIBLE STUDY & PRAYER MEETING - Wednesday, January 18 - 6:30 p.m.
HOUR OF POWER WORSHIP - Thursday, January 19 - 11:45 a.m.
NOON DAY BIBLE STUDY -  Thursday, January 19 - 12:00 p.m.
FOOD PANTRY DISTRIBUTION - Thursday, January 20 - 1:00 p.m.
CLOTHES CLOSET - Thursday, January 20 - 10:00 a.m.
SANCTUARY CHOIR REHEARSAL - Thursday, January 20 - 7:30 p.m.
Prayer Conference Call Number  - Please join us for our daily (M-F) prayer 
conference call.  These 10-minute calls are a great way to start your day and include 
a daily scripture lesson .  Please join us at (1-641) 715-3272 access code: 
732413# at 7:00 A.M. 
Parents Meeting - There will be a meeting with all parents on Sunday, 
January 22, 2017 after service in Fountain Hall.  We will discuss the upcoming year. 

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