July/August 2020
Featured Articles
Happy Anniversary!
42 Years
Vacation Bible School
I Love to Cruise
Brother Lawrence
Processing Your Emotions
Check This Out!
Presence of God
Parents' Corner
First Steps Program
Word Search
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Family Meetings &
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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 Welcome Top

This is a day to remember. Each year, from generation to generation, you must celebrate it as a special festival to the Lord. This is a law for all time.  Exodus 12:14 (NLT)

"Don't forget to remember." Sound silly? Not when we consider just how important remembering is. Remembering is foundational to every aspect of life. Without it we simply cannot thrive. It is critical to learning. Remembering alphabets is a precursor to learning words. Remembering word spellings and meanings is a prerequisite to reading and comprehending sentences, paragraphs, chapters and books. Remembering digits is fundamental to reading prices, tallying figures and measuring flour, fabric or floor dimensions. Remembering is important.

Remembering is critical to our social and professional development. It's important to remember people and places, triumphs and tragedies which alter the trajectory of our individual and collective pilgrimages -- people like Representative John Lewis; and pivotal events like the election of President Barack Obama and the murder of Brother George Floyd. Our skill in remembering names, faces, birthdays, anniversaries, appointments, deadlines, directions, commitments, manners, protocols, etc., significantly impacts the opinions people form about us. Regrettably, many of us don't use our memories at the level we once did. Calculators, artificial intelligence (e.g., Siri, Alexa, Google) and other technological advancements have reduced the dependence upon our own ability to remember addresses, directions, phone numbers, special days, etc. Some argue that many advancements have come at the expense of adverse impact on our bodies. Look around: Memory Centers, like Cancer Centers, abound these days. Remembering is important. Read more >>

To The People's Community Baptist Church
Happy 42nd Anniversary!

This day is to be a memorial for you, and you must celebrate it as a festival to the Lord. You are to celebrate it throughout your generations as a permanent statute. Exodus 12:14 (CSB)

On Sunday, August 2, The People's Community Baptist Church will celebrate its 42nd Church Anniversary. This special day commemorates that first August Sunday in 1978, when Dr. T.J. Baltimore led the initial worship service of this church, thereby establishing The People's Community Baptist Church in Silver Spring, Maryland.

We are blessed today to have as our beloved shepherd Pastor Haywood A. Robinson, III, who succeeded the late Dr. Baltimore fifteen years ago. Under Pastor Robinson's leadership, The People's Community Baptist Church has grown to become a Spirit-filled global ministry.

So this weekend, we remember what God did in planting this church 42 years ago. We thank Him for His guidance and protection throughout these decades. We praise Him for the growth of the church and for a reach that has come to extend across the world. May this ministry continue to spread the love of the Lord, edify our church family, take the Gospel to the unreached and work to advance God's Kingdom. May God be forever glorified by The People's Community Baptist Church.

Happy Anniversary!

In Honor of The People's Community Baptist Church
On its 42nd Anniversary

Thank You, Lord, for the vision and motivation of Pastor T.J.
Who organized our church with love and devotion -- that will live on
He paved the way for exemplary church leadership to come to fruition
With the highly motivated Interim Pastor Donald Kelly,
and then with our honored and honorable Pastor Haywood A. Robinson, III,
who demonstrates for us the meaning of
Along with dedicated leadership.
There is no question that we have come this far by
As written in the Book of Hebrews (Chapter 11)
"Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do
not see."
That has been the perfect focus for Church Family like
you and me.
And throughout this Anniversary year, let's continue to focus on the certainty in Psalm 46:1,
which states: "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."
And let us never forget that our Precious Lord and Savior makes our Good Fortune DOUBLE!


He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will. (Ephesians 1:5) 

Vacation Bible School 2020 (VBS) was a landmark event hosted by the Benjamin family. In this season of unprecedented change, the VBS planning team quickly pivoted to the ZOOM virtual platform that TPCBC is using for so many different activities. As a part of the preparation for our ZOOM adventure, we established a "Command Center" in the Norwood Center. The entire team worked awfully hard to build a crew and staff that were ready to welcome all of the participants to "Get Onboard to Go Cruising with God's Family!"

Our scripture for the cruising experience was Ephesians 1:5. Nightly themes and scriptures gave attention to God's plan to "Free Us From Fear" knowing that "We Are Adopted Into His Family"
 (Romans 8:16 and Ephesians 1:5); accept that we are "Lavished With His Grace" (Luke 15:22-24); live knowing "We Are Blessed With Kingdom Values" (Matthew 5:1-10); and finally, understand that we are all called to "Leave a Legacy of Love" (1 John 4:18).

To read a few Fun Facts about VBS 2020, please click here. And click here to view a video clip of the Best of VBS 2020.

The Benjamin Family is deeply grateful to Pastor Robinson, the administrative and ministerial staff, our dedicated team of volunteers, teachers and all of our participants, who all helped make Vacation Bible School 2020 a blessed success!

By Olivia Jones
(As shared during Vacation Bible School 2020)

I love to cruise. The endless buffets of food, ice cream for breakfast, fireworks at night and the adventure of waking up in a new place every day. It is the best. I only have to decide what swimsuit to wear that day. There is nothing else to worry about. It is amazing to feel the power of the ocean as the ship moves across the water. It is then that I realize, that even though the ship is huge, the ocean is even larger, and that the strength of the waves can make the cruise either miserable or relaxing. If the waves are too strong, I may feel seasick, and I just have to hold on for the ride.

That is kind of like life. The waves of life can be discouraging, and sometimes, bad things happen; you flunk your math test, lose your job, or do not get the opportunity that you wanted. You can feel like you are just moving with the tide beneath the cruise ship. It can be hard and disappointing, and if you are not careful, the waves will get so big that you will lose sight of all the good things God has done for you. You will start to focus on what is wrong in your life, or how big your problems are instead of your blessings. Do not take for granted your family, friends and all of the things that God has given to you. Read more >>

By Cheryl L. Bridges

Over these past several months, many have felt a barrage of emotions related to the persistence of the pandemic, the pain of racial injustice and the abuse of power in our country. If you've had difficulty in understanding how to handle these emotions, you are not alone.

I would like to suggest a few ways to help you process and deal with your emotions in a healthy and productive manner:

1.  Learn to RESPOND rather than REACT . The goal is not to eliminate the emotions and feelings; that's impossible to do. The idea, however, is to change how you respond to them. Reacting gives your power away; responding helps you remain in control of yourself. Responding involves remaining calm, thinking things through and making good decisions. Read more >>

Check This Out!

Many of us have heard of marriage counseling, and most of us are familiar with coaching. But what exactly is Marriage Coaching?

Marriage Coaching is a forward-thinking process and partnership that equips and empowers couples to go from their current state to their desired state through dialogue, goal setting, and accountability. Marriage Coaching can help pre-marital couples, married couples, wives and husbands set goals, make changes, and grow in unity and love.

TPCBC members Marissa and Joseph Msefya have recently expanded their marriage ministry to become Certified Marriage Breakthrough Coaches. Learn more about what they do at www.forever-marriages.com. You can also connect on Instagram: @forevermarriages | Facebook: @foreverispossible | email: info@forever-marriages.com.

Parents' Corner
By Edwina Neely
Sending blessings to you and your family as we continue to experience this pandemic.

This month, August, we are celebrating the Anniversary of The People's Community Baptist Church (TPCBC), remembering God's powerful and loving act of planting our church 42 years ago. I'm happy to be a part of the body of Christ here at TPCBC. I remember I was seven years old when I gave my life to Christ and I was baptized in a river in Texas. I'm thankful I put my trust in Jesus a long time ago. I never strayed away from Jesus because I always remember how much He loves me. I would like to share with you a few thoughts on remembering.

During this pandemic many parents might be having difficulty remembering how it used to be. Being at home every day with your child does have its challenges. Tempers may be flying, fatigue and impatience may be causing unkind words to be uttered. When this is the case we must stop and REMEMBER to give thanks! The Bible says to give thanks in all things! (1 Thessalonians 5:18) Yes, give thanks in the middle of uncertainty, in the midst of confusion, in the midst of hatred and lies! 

On Sunday, August 9, Kid Connections' First Steps program will begin. Designed for infants and toddlers up to four years-old and their parents, classes will meet virtually from 9:30 am to 10:30 am via Zoom every second Sunday of the month. Classes will provide an atmosphere where praises, scriptures, prayers and Bible lessons are experienced through song, movement, and child-appropriate activities. The August theme is "God Made the Word."

First Steps classes will be facilitated by Edwina Grice Neely, author of A Parent's Guide to Raising Gifted, Confident, Happy Children.

Register on the church website at www.tpcbc.org, then join in on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84283254837?pwd=R1QwNjRzQ1I0amdqUG0xeSt0aFh4dz09

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