January/February 2019
Featured Articles
Double Issue
Jonathan Davis: 30 Years of Service
Music Ministry Christmas Concert
Tuesday Night Bible Study
Mortgage Liquidation
New TPCBC Website
Eboda Visit
Sunday School
Job Opening
Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.
Black History Month
The Niagara Movement
Kid Connections December
Olaudah Equiano
Valentine's Day
Parents' Corner
Bible Study,
Family Meetings &
Corporate Prayer
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Bible Study is held on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm. Dinner is served at 5:30 pm, followed by Corporate Prayer/Tribal Family Meetings at 6:30 pm. 

Prayer Ministry


Join the Prayer Line each morning, Monday through Friday, 6:00 am to 7:00 am


Call Numbers:

No bridge number necessary

Conference Bridge Number: 183063#

And...don't forget the
Hour of Power in Prayer
: Prayer in the church sanctuary every Friday morning, 6:00 am to 7:00 am 

Weekly Services
Worship Service and

Sunday School


Saturdays at 6:00 pm

Sundays at 7:45 am and
11:00 am

Sunday School is available for all ages every Sunday at
9:30 am

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The People's Community

Baptist Church

31 Norwood Road

Silver Spring, MD 20905


Phone: 301-384-2601

Fax: 301-989-2242

Web: www.tpcbc.org 


This year's theme, "Lord, it's all about You," challenges us to live daily with an awareness and conviction that all we are and do should revolve around and reflect the Son of God. Personal, pointed and powerful, this is the driving passion, defining perspective and daring proclamation of the Christ-centered life. It yields the kind of audacious witness of which our world is in desperate need. Such a distilled resolution guides and governs the disciple's actions and reactions as the world turns on its axis of self-centeredness. 

We live in a very pivotal, painful and perilous time. As in many countries around the world, within our nation, many individuals, families and communities are facing hardship and uncertainty. The Church of Jesus Christ has an opportunity, in the midst of this darkness, to shine the light of hope, help and healing before those who are afraid, anxious and angry. For, we have witnessed in our God One Who is all-powerful and Who is ever-present with and for His people. He keeps proving Himself to be more than enough, no matter how dire or daunting our circumstances. Read more >>

Jonathan Davis: 30 Years of Service to The People's Community Baptist Church
By Auburn Mann

"If you had told me when I was in high school that I would spend my next 30 years working full-time at a church, I would have looked at you a bit strange. But as I confidently look back over 30 years, I know that God had a plan for me that I wasn't even aware of then." 

Those are the words of Jonathan Davis, whose presence and impact can be felt every weekend and throughout the week, through his leadership as the director of the TPCBC's Music Ministry and through his touch of the piano keys, which produce his signature melodious sound. As we approach Jonathan's 30th anniversary as a member of the TPCBC staff team, we thought it fitting to reflect on the divine orchestration that forged his path into our fellowship. Read more >>

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11

Click here to view photos from the concert
On December 16, 2018, the TPCBC Music & Worship Arts Ministry presented a joy-filled Christmas concert that was a festive musical experience bar none. Christmas choral renditions, solos, instruments and dance filled the sanctuary as each TPCBC choir and praise team, Instruments of Praise and New Creations Dance Ministry honored God and blessed the congregation with their creative gifts. Ave Maria, Carol of the Bells, Mary Did You Know, Joy To the World, and Who Would Imagine a King were just a few of the presented selections. We praise and thank the Lord for the Spirit-led leadership of Minister of Music Jonathan Davis and for all who participated in this memorable event.

Spring Bible Study begins on Tuesday, March 5, at 7:30 pm. Dinner will be served at 5:30 pm, followed by Corporate Prayer/Family Meetings at 6:30 pm. Click here to view the course descriptions, then visit the church website at www.tpcbc.org to register. See you on Tuesdays!"

TPCBC Mortgage Liquidation
By Marissa Msefya

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21

The Mortgage Liquidation Campaign (MLC) officially launched on January 15, 2019, thanks to unanimous support at the church meeting!

Our belief is that The People's Community Baptist Church should be a cornerstone in the local community. Our church has embarked upon this campaign to liquidate the two mortgages within 24 months so that the church will have the freedom to better serve God's people, expand God's Kingdom and focus on identified needs, such as educational scholarships, local missionaries, domestic violence and the youth.

We need your help, People's! We are asking all members to make a Faith Promise above their tithes and offerings by February 28. Please ask an usher for a Faith Promise card before or after worship service, grab a special MLC envelope and place your contribution in the designated collection receptacles.

The TPCBC Media Ministry is pleased to present the new TPCBC Website! After nearly three years of planning, the new website recently went live with a new look and new technology, including dynamic scrolling features and a welcome video from Pastor Robinson.

Under the leadership of Media Ministry Director Stacey Ward, a team of engineers, content managers, photographers, videographers, writers - and even a composer - collaborated to create the interactive site. As Stacey paraphrased 1 Corinthians 3:6, "Some watered, some planted, but God gave the increase." May He get all the glory through the ministry of this new website.

You can visit the new website at www.tpcbc.org. The Media Ministry welcomes your feedback. Please forward your comments to feedback@tpcbc.org.

"Everyone faces mountains, but the ones with faith move theirs." "The only way a believer is permitted to live is by faith. The only mode a believer is permitted to be in is in the mode of faith."
- Understanding Faith

"The reason for today is tomorrow. The essence of today is locked up in the realities of tomorrow." 
- Single Without Wrinkles

"There is no wealthy man without and altar! The altar may, however, be to God or to the devil.
The difference is that it is only the blessing of the Lord that can make rich and add no sorrow."
- Accelerate Your Success Rate

"Failure is supposed to be a teacher, not a killer, a trial of your faith, not its burial." 
- Oracles of Wisdom

These quotes are from the published works of Pastor Gbeminiyi Eboda. The referenced books, and his many others, have been a source of transformation in people's lives around the world. Pastor Eboda is a preacher, a teacher, an inspirational speaker, a consultant and the Lead Pastor at HarvestHouse Christian Center in Ibadan, Nigeria. HarvestHouse is a "dynamic congregation with a mandate to raise models and empower saints in order to fulfill their God-ordained destinies." The church has branches in both the commercial and administrative capitals of Nigeria, as well as satellite sites in South Africa, Ghana and the United Kingdom. Read more >>

By Ruth Powell, Sunday School Director

The key Scripture for Sunday School is Psalm 119:18, "Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Your law."

This year, the Sunday School teachers and leaders invite you to study with us each Sunday from 9:45 am to 10:45 am in the education wing. Through the study of God's Word, we gain courage, wisdom, and knowledge. Sunday School Matters!

Classes are available for the entire family: pre-school through adults. The Pre-school through Upper Elementary classes began their studies for this quarter focusing on the birth of Christ and studies about Jesus. The Middle School Class and Adult Class #1 will study scripture around the theme "Our Love for God." In the "Understanding the Bible" class, students will continue studies from "Joshua, Fulfillment of a Promise." The High School Class is also involved in a special study. The Special Study group will continue their study of the Bible in chronological order, and the Women's Study Group will continue their study, "Faithful, Abundant, True: Going Deeper."

There is a class for every member of the family. In 2019, make Sunday complete through worship and study.

Jobs Junction

In this era of employment uncertainty, information about job opportunities is of vital importance to our church family and community. The TPCBC Newsletter invites you to submit postings of local job openings. Please submit your job announcements to newsletter@tpcbc.org. The Newsletter Team reserves the right to edit all content for quality and space availability.

JOB OPENING | Staff Accountant

C2 Essentials, Inc., is looking for a new staff accountant to report to either the Greenbelt, MD, or Crystal City, VA, locations of the Z Systems Corporation.  Read more >>

Let us remember the civil rights leader and Baptist minister, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
and celebrate his life and legacy.

Honor through service the memory and the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
not just on his birthday, but the whole year through.

By Darchelle M. Garner

For three years, my parents and I repeatedly planned and then canceled (for various reasons) our inaugural visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Then, late last year, we finally made it there. Excited as I was for this long-anticipated adventure, my mother was ecstatic. That was understandably so, since she expected that photos of her grandfather and the story of his activism would be displayed somewhere in the Museum.

Upon our arrival, we proceeded straight to the information desk to ask about such a display, and after an elevator ride and a brief walk through an exhibition hallway, we arrived at the exhibit we most wished to see: the Niagara Movement.

The Niagara Movement was launched in 1905 by a group of prominent African American intellectuals, led by W.E.B. Du Bois and William Monroe Trotter. When the group was not allowed to meet in the hotels in Buffalo, New York, they crossed to the other side of Niagara Falls into Fort Erie, Ontario, where they held their first meeting. There the twenty-nine African American men, including my great-grandfather, Robert H. Bonner, met in secret to establish the Niagara Movement. They created a manifesto that demanded full political, civil and social rights for Black Americans and the end of segregation and all forms of racial discrimination in the United States. They advocated for economic and educational opportunity and for voting rights for both African American men and women.  Read more >>

Kid Connections Gospel Corner

Happy New Year Kid Connections Family and Friends!

Kid Connections is so happy to share the events that occurred during the month of December with the Kid Connections Families and Friends.

December 5 | Kid Connections invited Families and Friends to Cirque du Soleil to see the performance of "Crystal." Nearly 50 people attended and a fine time was had by all.

December 16 | God's ambassador and Missions Ministry Director Min. Janet Millner came to Kid Connections to share about her mission trip to Haiti. She showed photos of experience of Christmas in November event held for the Haitian children and a video of the party where gifts, donated by Kid Connections family and friends, were distributed. Min. Millner shared videos of the neighborhoods she visited and the workshops offered during a children's conference.  Read more >>

From Slavery to Salvation: The Life of Olaudah Equiano
By Auburn Mann

In 1789, the memoir of Olaudah Equiano (later known as Gustavus Vassa) was published. "The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano," which is widely regarded as the pioneering slave narrative, deals with the firsthand accounts of the detainment, Middle Passage, West Indian seasoning camps, auctioning, plantation dynamics, the uphill trials of negotiating freedom, the Revolutionary War and the creation of the Sierra Leone colonial settlement for ex-slaves, from the perspective of someone who was born in precolonial Nigeria and died in the west. These vivid, personal depictions of the dehumanizing pain issued by the international slave trade and its domestic counterparts played a significant role in fueling the abolitionist movement.

One of the most compelling events described in this pivotal piece of literature is the introduction of Equiano to Christ. Equiano was sold to sea merchant Captain Henry Pascal, who was a lieutenant in the British Royal Navy. It was during his travels with Pascal that he began to learn more and more about Christ and his redemptive love. Read more >>

If you are now, or have ever been in
You, my Christian brothers, sisters
are fully cognizant, that love stems from our Lord above.
Whether your current status is single, widowed, newly wed or "wed for many blessed
You have been loved by our Lord and Savior
In return for your Christian
As we are reminded in John 3:16
"God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should have everlasting
Now, isn't that what love is all
About -
The knowledge that, regardless of your earthly "romantic" status,
The Good Lord has picked you out!

Parents' Corner
By Edwina Neely

God has given us a New Year! Let's look at "NEW" as an acronym:

As we enter a New Year let us be aware of the "Never-Ending Wonders" that God sends our way daily. During your family worship time this year, have each member of the family draw or write out some wonder, some way that God has amazed them. Let the little ones draw their wonder, then ask them about the picture and write down what they say. Put your creations in a decorated shoe box. Have the children decorate the box with paper and glue, paint, crayon, or drawings. Be creative. Put the box in a special place and throughout the year drop a note about some way God has amazed you.

Periodically each month, share some of the wonders. Put them in an envelope and label the month. Keep adding and checking each month. You now have a record of the many things you can be thankful for this year. Let us praise God, our Awesome Wonder!

May God bless you this year with love, peace, mercy, grace, health, strength, safety, provision, food, family and friends!

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