January/February 2020
Featured Articles
Black History Month
Did You Know...?
Book: Atomic Habits
Happy Valentine's Day
Memorize Ephesians
Ash Wednesday
Kudos: Max Myers
Man of the Year
Mission Trip to Houston
Forever Marriages
Parents' Corner
Lent Word Search
Bible Study,
Family Meetings &
Corporate Prayer
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The winter semester of Bible Study is underway on Tuesday nights at 7:30 pm. Dinner is provided weekly at 5:45 pm. Tribal Family meetings take place at 6:30 pm on the Tuesday following the first Sunday of the Month, while Corporate Prayer is held every Tuesday 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 

Pastor's WelcomeTop

"Now some Greeks were among those who went up to worship at the festival. So they came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and requested of him, 'Sir, we want to see Jesus.'" John 12:21

Lord, It's All About You! This, our sobering and centering declaration for 2019 places a demand upon us and, hopefully, a desire within us to now, see the Lord more clearly and completely in this New Year. There is so much today that threatens to blur, distort, or even worse, eclipse, our view of Christ. The relentless preoccupation with ourselves - our dreams and dilemmas, our plans and problems, our hopes and hurts - conflicts and competes with our capacity to see Him. The lyrics of two songs from the past come to mind. Since we believe that "Jesus [still] is the Answer for the World Today," then it seems only right that "Everybody Ought to Know Who Jesus Is." Our 2020 theme, then, reflects the global hunger of humanity for Christ. It can be heard from those who know and those who need to know Him - those who see and those who need to see Him.

First, "Lord, We Want to See You," is a cry from the heart of those who know Him. Discipleship involves a significant degree of learning by living in close proximity with one's mentor or mentee. For the disciple, it requires interest in, instruction from, interaction with and, ultimately, imitation of his/her teacher. Those first disciples who walked with Jesus so valued His call or invitation to follow Him that they abandoned careers and relationships in order to be with him, to learn from Him, and to truly see Him. Although He is not here with us physically, the requirements of discipleship have not diminished. Through the Scriptures, the Spirit and the mature saints among us, a clear, composite and compelling picture of the Christ we are to follow must be painted and pursued, ensuring that His disciple-making enterprise remains in full operation until He returns. Read more >>

The year 2020 is a landmark year for African American voting rights, commemorating two major events in Black history, and therefore United States history. First, we mark the 150th anniversary (sesquicentennial) of the ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which gave African American men the right to vote. Ratified on February 3, 1870, the Fifteenth Amendment declared that "the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude." 

This year we also mark 100 years (centennial) since the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, which provided women in the US -- including African American women -- the right to vote, thereby culminating the women's suffrage movement. The Amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920. Read more >>

On March 31, 1870, Thomas Mundy Peterson, of Perth Amboy, New Jersey, was the first African American to vote in an election in the United States under the provisions of the 15th Amendment to the US Constitution.

Years later, Peterson described how one white man, upon seeing him vote, ripped up his own ballot and declared that the franchise was worthless if a black man was allowed to vote. Peterson said that particular white man did not vote again for at least a decade.

As a registered voter, Thomas Peterson also became the first black man to serve on a jury. He died in 1904 at age 79.

Book: Atomic Habits

Recently, Pastor Robinson recommended to the congregation a book that he had begun reading for the New Year. The book, Pastor said, described how one can make desired life changes not through sweeping resolutions, but instead in 1% increments. The book is Atomic Habits, by James Clear, and applying its principles can be a game-changer.

According to Clear, bad habits repeat themselves not because people don't want to change but because they have the wrong system for change. One of the core philosophies of Atomic Habits is that people do not rise to the level of their goals, but rather fall to the level of their systems. In Atomic Habits, readers find a proven plan that can take them to new heights. Read more >>

Greetings TPCBC Family,

Pastor Robinson has invited us to join together and memorize the book of Ephesians as a church family this year. To accomplish this, all six chapters of Ephesians have been sub-divided among the TPCBC Tribal Families. To support our effort to achieve this goal, the church has launched a group profile on a Biblememory.com app. Please follow the steps below to access this tool.
  1. Select the link: TPCBC Bible Memory Group direct link
  2. If you do not have an account, please click "Join" and set up an account. Otherwise, sign in with your login information.
  3. Once logged in, you will be able to select your Tribal Family and follow the directions to begin your memorization journey.
If you have trouble with these instructions, please contact the church office or send an email to F1Admin@TPCBC.org.

Let's all join together with our Tribal Families to accomplish this feat, which will edify us and fill us all with the Word of God.

So they came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee,  and requested of him,
"Sir, we want to see Jesus.""John 12:21

Lent is the annual season observed by Christians that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends with Easter Sunday. Ash Wednesday commemorates Jesus Christ's 40-days of fasting in the desert which ended in His temptation by Satan and began His earthly ministry.

Lent is a time for believers to focus their hearts and minds on Jesus during their journey to Resurrection Sunday. Some Christians choose to give up or "fast" food, a habit or behavior during Lent as an exercise in prayerful self-denial. Others commit to a special devotional activity during Lent, perhaps daily Scripture reading, regular prayer for a specific person or issue, or service in their community.

We encourage you to prayerfully plan how you will focus on Jesus during this Lenten season, so that, in keeping with our 2020 church theme, "Lord, we want to see You," you may encounter Him in a new way.

Maxwell Myers, an 18 year-old freshman at the University of Maryland, College Park, recently experienced quite a few "firsts." Just weeks ago, Max came in first place in his very first college track meet, running the 600 meter race for the first time. Max won both the heat and the overall race, which pitted his collegiate team against track teams from local universities, including Howard, Coppin State and Johns Hopkins.

But track is not new to Max - and neither is winning. When, as a ninth grader at Howard High School in Ellicott City, he was cut from the football team, Max turned his focus to indoor and outdoor track, and over the next four years, made his mark competing on his high school track team. Max was the Indoor 500m State Champion; the Indoor and Outdoor Howard High School 800m record holder; the Howard High School record holder for the 4x400m relay; the Howard County meet record holder in 4x400m relay; the Indoor Howard County Champion in the 500m, 800m, and 4x400m relay; the Maryland 4A 2019 Regional Champion in the 500m; and the Howard County Indoor Athlete of the Year! Simultaneously, Max competed with an AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) club team, traveling the country and competing in the Junior Olympics. He finished in the Top 8 in his final club championship, placed 6th overall out of 2,000 runners, and last summer finished 8th in his division at the Nationals. Given his high school success and his first collegiate meet win, the future looks bright for Max. Read more >>

By Dr. Bob Brown and George Hudgens, Deacon

The following article highlights a 2019 TPCBC notice that still warrants recognition today...

Michael Franklin, director of the TPCBC Kid Connections Ministry, was named the 2019 "Man of the Year" by the Men's Ministry, receiving the Annual Jaronza "Jay" Ellis Servant Leader Award.

Our church has been blessed over the years with a rich cadre of men who meet the high standards for the "Man of the Year" Servant Leader Award. This annual recognition is named after the late Deacon Jaronza "Jay" Ellis, who modeled by word and deed the attributes of a Godly man in his home, church and community. His tradition is anchored in 1 Thessalonians 1:7-8, where Apostle Paul praised the Thessalonians for their examples of Christian living as, "a model worthy of imitation by other Christians."

Michael Franklin definitely lives a Christian life worth imitating. This is evidenced by his faith and eagerness to spread the Gospel at home, in the community and abroad. It is impossible to overstate the positive image and substantive work of this physically impressive black man as he circles among and passionately ministers to TPCBC youth each week.  Read more >>

By Janet Millner, Director, Missions Ministry

The People's Community Baptist Church, in partnership with Youth with a Mission in Washington, D.C., (YWAM-DC), will host a Spring Break/Holy Week Mission trip to Houston, Texas. Youth and adults, ages 14 and older, are invited to serve the Lord and His people the week of April 6 through 11, 2020. This will be our third mission to Houston since Hurricane Harvey devastated the city in August 2017. The $800 per person fee covers airfare, accommodations, meals, ground transportation, and group travel insurance.

On this short-term mission trip, participants will:
  • Lead worship services at street church;
  • Help rebuild flooded homes;
  • Serve and minister to community at Faith Center clothing and food pantry;
  • Facilitate prayer station ministry.
Three team meetings are scheduled as follows:

Saturday, February 15
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Completed trip application and $50 deposit are due at this meeting.
Team Meeting 
Saturday, March 7 
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

A payment of $400
is due at this meeting.
Team Meeting
Monday, March 23
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

A final payment of $350
is due at this meeting.

All payments are tax-deductible and nonrefundable.

For additional information, please call or text TPCBC Missions Ministry Director Janet Millner at 240-603-6938.

We are seeking someone who has a heart of service and love for Christ to join the Forever Marriages (FM) Team as an Event Coordinator! This person will be instrumental in building and maintaining the Forever Marriages community by coordinating and executing meet-ups and events in 2020.

Reasons why you should join the FM team:
  • Free FM gear
  • Connection with dope couples in the FM community
  • Discounted price to attend the annual FM marriage retreat
  • Social recognition
  • Positive impact on millennial marriages
  • Transferrable skills/resume builders
If you or someone you know is interested in serving, please send an email expressing interest to forevermatthew19v6@gmail.com by February 25.

Praying for your forever marriage,
Marissa & Joe
Co-Founders, Forever Marriages

By Edwina Neely

Happy 2020! We know if our vision is 20/20 we can see clearly without the need for corrective eyewear. This year's TPCBC theme is "Lord, we want to see You!" Let's work on seeing Jesus more clearly, in our lives, our homes, our work and play. As parents we are "walking Bibles;" that is, we are to model what it means to see Jesus in our lives. We are the "Jesus" our children will see in our actions, words and unconscious behaviors. We can make our families accountable in our behaviors, not to judge but to affirm each other. When we say, "Lord, we want to see You," the Holy Spirit works in us to shine for Jesus. Jesus reveals His Power through us.

Here is a list of statements of affirmation that express seeing Jesus in you and in your children!
  • I saw Jesus in the way you treated your sister/brother today.
  • I saw Jesus in you when you smiled and obeyed my instructions.
  • I saw Jesus in you when you came when I called.
  • I saw Jesus in you when you got up and had your devotions (prayed and studied scripture) this morning.
  • I saw Jesus in you when you helped me wash the dishes/clothes/clean up.
  • I saw Jesus in you when you prayed before your meals.
  • I saw Jesus in you when you spoke softly on the playground to the person you were confronting.
  • I saw Jesus in you when you showed kindness and helped the lady walk across the street.
  • I saw Jesus in you when you were singing in the choir.
  • I saw Jesus in you when you gave your sandwich to a hungry child.
  • I saw Jesus in you when you helped needy children.
  • I saw Jesus in you when you shared your toys.
Let us work to see Jesus in our children and allow Jesus to be seen in us.

10th Annual Prayer Breakfast in Celebration of Black History Month
Saturday, February 15 | 8:30 am
Norwood Center
The Breakfast theme is: "Black Elected Official through Generations: Stewardship through Government Service." The event is sponsored by the Men's Rites of Passage. Please pre-register by sending an email to mensfellowship@tpcbc.org
Girls Rites of Passage Black History Program
Saturday, February 22 | 12:30 pm
Norwood Center
"Stepping with Purpose, Passion and Pride" is the theme of this event, hosted by the Girls Rites of Passage Program of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), Potomac Valley Section.
Annual Blood Drive
Sunday, February 23 | 9:00 am to 1:30 pm
Fellowship Hall
The Blood Drive is sponsored by Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Troop 96 and the TPCBC Social Action Ministry.
Scouts Sunday and Open House
Sunday, February 23
Immediately following the 11:00 am Worship Service, Room 202
Stop by and learn more about scouting. Hosted by Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Pack and Troop 96.
Dr. J.P. Baltimore, Sr., Memorial Scholarship Information Session
Sunday, February 23 | 1:30 pm
Location: TBD
For high school students and their parents. Come find out about the application process and important deadlines.

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