JOP LIBRARY NEWSLETTER
MAY 2021 - VOL. 1 No. 1
JOP LIBRARY MISSION:
"To support the biblical mission of ASBC with books and literacy resources that inspire, empower and support the emotional and spiritual Christian growth of our participants and congregation individually and collectively. "
HOW CAN THE JOP LIBRARY TEAM HELP YOU?

Alfred Street’s tradition of making books available to its congregation dates back to the early twentieth century. The City of Alexandria was segregated and did not provide library facilities for its African American residents. In 1917, under the leadership of Reverend W.H.R. Powell, the church opened a 1,600-volume library in its basement.[1] Like our John O. Peterson Library of today, the early library demonstrated Alfred Street’s commitment to education, literacy, and spiritual nourishment.
 
 Damien T. Frierson, JOP Library Team member &
Assistant Church Historian, Historical Society of ASBC
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Welcome to the JOP Library’s Evangelism Corner!
Here you will find a delightful mix of featured inspiration, information, and media recommendations on evangelism. We couldn’t be more excited about connecting with you in this manner to highlight the importance of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. With that being said, check out this month’s edifying Scripture with reflection!
Scripture Highlight:
Mark 16:15 (NIV)
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel
to all creation.”
Reflection: 
Ready, set, go! This popular phrase still holds firm across generations. Whether used for an impromptu, childhood footrace or a present-day virtual scavenger hunt game, its effectiveness persists. Upon command, it grabs our attention and prompts us to get into position for a steady readiness. Similarly, envision heaven’s excited use of this phrase when opportunities for us to evangelize arise. Wherever God leads us—and we connect with nonbelievers, the Holy Spirit speaks and guides our hearts. “Ready,” prompting us to fill up on compassion. “Set,” positioning our confidence. “Go,” instructing us to heed Mark 16:15, as we seize the moment. At a time when so many people are enduring tough circumstances globally, or are engaging in the hard conversations we need to have in our communities, may our salvation experiences and dedication to sharing Jesus with others steer a faithful readiness, as a plentiful harvest exists (Matthew 9:37). 
 
– Cherie Trahan
JOP Library’s Evangelism Coordinator
 
FREE READING RESOURCES
FOR TOTS, TWEENS & TEENS
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FREE EVENT!
Date and Time
Wed, May 26, 2021
3:15 PM – 4:00 PM EDT














"Join author Ibi Zoboi for a discussion about her inspiration for the book and the prison reform movement."


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Free Event!
Date and Time
Thu, June 3, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:15 PM




"An Open Book" is celebrating ten years of connecting authors and illustrators and their books with youth. Their goal is to build equitable access and nurture a lifelong love of reading. "The event will highlight authors sharing stories, art, and fun. " Author Minh Lê will be the emcee for the evening, joined by authors Shannon Hale, Baptiste Paul & author-illustrator LeUyen Pham, Meg Medina, and Jason Reynolds
Check out free virtual events at your local public libraries!
Questions? E-mail: joplibrary@alfredstreet.org