June 2018
Featured Articles
Men's Month
In Praise of Dads
To Jeff
Vacation Bible School
Sunday School Youth
Remember Vietnam
July Bible Study
Missions Conference
Parents' Corner
40th Church Anniversary
Annual Church Picnic
Father's Day Word Search
Bible Study,
Family Meetings &
Corporate Prayer
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A two-day Bible Study class will be offered Tuesday, July 10, 7:30 - 8:45 pm, and Wednesday, July 11, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, in the church sanctuary. Tribal Family meetings will be held on Tuesday, July 3, 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

Live Stre aming

Worship online with us during our Sunday services at www.tpcbc.org 



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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 

By Darchelle M. Garner

What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.  
1 Corinthians 2:12-13

I was physically tired, emotionally spent, and spiritually drained. The valley had been long and dark, and the mountains - looming on all sides - remained unyielding. I was overwhelmed by circumstances that, over the years, had become worse instead of the "better" for which I had long prayed and believed God. I had grown weary waiting for things to improve.

But Spring Revival was approaching. TPCBC revivals in the past had always been uplifting and encouraging with awesome preaching, exceptional teaching, warm fellowship, and invigorated worship. Yet, even though there was much to look forward to, this spring I needed more. I needed change - actual, tangible, measurable change - in my life. I needed to see some element of my circumstances transformed, improved as a result of my participation in Revival. I shared with God that, as much as I appreciated encouragement, encouragement alone would not suffice this spring. I asked that Revival would bring about exactly what I believed it is supposed to bring about: my life revived, refreshed, renewed,  changed . Read more >>

June is Men's Emphasis Month, when we salute the men of our church and praise the Lord for their love, leadership and loyalty.

Men's Day of Service will be held on Saturday, June 23. Then, Sunday, June 24, is Men's Emphasis Day!! The winner of the 2018 TPCBC Man-of-the-Year/Jaronza Ellis Servant Leader Award will be announced.

For more information, please contact Deacon George Hudgens at 240-372-5950 or gthudgens@aol.com.

Men's Emphasis Month is a special time in the life of our church. Please plan to join us in celebrating TPCBC men!

To Jeff
By DeLunte Lewis

Ever since my first day walking home on my own, when you left work early and hopped the fence to check up on me and make sure I was ok, I knew that you would go to any length to ensure that I was protected and provided for.

The strength of your will, your resolve, when you put your mind to something, when you determine to employ your energy in an effort, there isn't much that can deny you nor stand in your way.

I've been afforded the privilege of being around some remarkable and accomplished men, yet they are relegated to your background, found under the covering of your shadow as a result of your towering presence.

You are the embodiment of manhood. You are my hero, you are all that I aspire to be. You have sacrificed your life so that I might have access to better opportunities. You have nurtured me, inspired me, motivated me.

Your exceptional ability as my earthly father enabled me to recognize, accept and appreciate the majesty and might of my Heavenly Father.

I love you, Dad... Happy Father's Day!

The 2018 Vacation Bible School, for children and adults of all ages, will be held Monday through Thursday, June 25-28, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm each evening. The theme this year is "24/7: Jesus Makes a Way Every Day!" supported by John 10:10, which says, "I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." The Simeon Family, who are this year's VBS hosts, invites you to put Vacation Bible School on your calendar for the entire family!

Three members of our TPCBC family are candidates for office.
Please visit their websites to learn more about their platforms.
For more Montgomery County information, please visit:
AIM (Action In Montgomery) at www.actioninmontgomery.org

For more Prince George's County information, please visit: https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/559/Board-of-Elections

TPCBC Sunday School and Youth Connections at the Weinberg Housing Facility
By Maxwell Myers, Member, Youth Connections

On April 29, members of The People's Community Baptist Church Sunday School youth classes and Youth Connections joined together in the Norwood Center to decorate lunch bags with inspiring messages and art work for the Weinberg Housing and Resource Center in Baltimore, Maryland. The bags were used to pack meals that the facility distributed to the homeless. The Center's shelter houses over 275 residents, providing each resident with case management, workshops, resource referrals, meals, and a caring staff.

Residents and staff alike were blessed by the morning prayer and scripture that the students offered. They also presented a lesson based on Ephesians 2:10: "For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Students recognized the impact they made as they encouraged homeless people with the inspiring messages and designs they created on each lunch bag.

The goal was to decorate 125 lunch bags for the facility to use to pack lunches for the homeless. With the support of the Sunday School, Youth Connections, and 1st-grade students from Fairland Elementary School, we completed 134 bags! This was not the first time that Sunday School students decorated bags for the Center, and they look forward to partnering again with Youth Connections to continue to help others and let God's light shine through acts of kindness.

To view photos of this outreach, please click here.

By Min. Sharon M. Prather

...Cross over again to the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of the Jordan, and each of you take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Israel, so that this may be a sign among you; when your children ask later, 'What do these stones mean to you?' then you shall say to them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall become a memorial for Israel forever. Joshua 4:4-7 (AMP)

Do you know that there were 130 service members from Montgomery County, Maryland, who were killed or reported missing in action during the Vietnam War? My only brother, Pfc. James W. Prather, was among this distinguished group who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. My sisters and I still remember when the circle of our family was broken upon his passing. But we are not alone. The Montgomery County Government has taken steps to ensure that many others will remember. Read more >>

A very touching video of the ceremony was created by Susan Kennedy, Anchor/Producer County Cable Montgomery. Click here to view.

July Bible Study

Join us on the evenings of July 10 and 11 for a Bible-centered class on "Israel, Palestine and the U.S. Embassy Move to Jerusalem." The class will be taught by Dr. Mark Meyer, professor of Biblical Studies at Lancaster Bible College in Lanham, Maryland. You'll gain a biblical perspective on the ancient and modern conflict between Palestine and Israel with special attention given to the recently-announced move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

Did you know that when we are seriously following Jesus Christ, we can expect persecution in life? Persecution is not just for full-time missionaries, but for all who pursue godly living. So, if we haven't experienced persecution, what does that say about our godliness? 

Find out at TPCBC's 2018 Missions Conference: "Missions By the Book 3: The Cause, The Cost, and The Crown." The Conference will be held July 9 and 11-15, in the midst of the 40th Church Anniversary celebration. Here's the lineup of activities:

Monday, July 9 | Movie Night
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | "The Insanity of God" (Documentary)
Wednesday, July 11 | Movie Night
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | "Polycarp: Perfect Love Casts Out Fear" (Drama)
Thursday, July 12
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Welcome Reception Dinner & Missionary Testimony Service
Friday, July 13
11:30 am to 3:00 pm | Missions Luncheon and Workshops
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Meet the Missionaries Dinner and Worship Service
Saturday, July 14 | Missions Conference
(Continental breakfast and lunch provided)
7:00 am to 3:00 pm | Prayer for the Nations, Session: The Cost, Session: The Rewards

Breakout Sessions:
The Holy Spirit & Spiritual Warfare In Missions, Evangelism 201 - Beyond the Romans Road, How to be a Mission Sending Church (for church leaders), Raising Missions-Minded Children & Surrendering Your Children to God's Call

Panel Q&A

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm | Youth Missions Worship Service
(A light dinner served, 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm)
Sunday, July 15 | Missions Sunday Worship Services
7:45 am and 11:00 am

The Children's Missions Conference will be held July 11, 13-14.

For more information, please email missons@tpcbc.org.
To register, please visit www.tpcbc.org and click the Missions Conference announcement.

Parents' Corner | "I Can See Clearly Now"
By Edwina Neely

As God's Spirit works in us, we receive wisdom and can see clearly His will for our lives. I praise God for the insight and understanding He gives that's clear in Psalm 127:3 (NCV) , which says, "Children are a gift from God; they are His reward."

Consider these insights and see clearly now: your gift, your reward, your child!

You have been blessed with a gift from God, just as you are a gift from God to your parents. If this is a new thought for you, I want you to stop now and say, "I am a gift from God!" Believe it, and from this day forward, think of your child as a gift just as you are a gift. You see, no matter how you or your child got here, how you or your child looks, or which abilities you or your child possess, you are all gifts from God. No child is a mistake or accident. You have found favor with God, and He has rewarded you with this little bundle of life. Read more >>

After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel. Judges 2:10

Check the weekly Teller and Church Announcements for events details.

As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15b

Join Us for Great Food, Fun, Fellowship, Evangelism, Excitement, Entertainment and Plenty of Activities For All! (All Children Must Be Accompanied by Adults) Saturday, August 4, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Hosted by the Gad Family.

Fitness Friday Summer Series
July 6, August 8 | 6:30 pm
Presented by the TPCBC Wellness Ministry. Join us for "Workout Worship." 1 Thessalonians 5:11 and Romans 12:1.

Evangelism Outreach on the National Mall
July 7 | 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Sponsored by the Salt of the Earth Evangelism Ministry. Celebrating our 40th Church Anniversary through Witnessing. Located in front of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) Memorial, 1850 West Basin Drive, SW, Washington, DC 20242.

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