March/April 2021
Featured Articles
An Easter Prayer - From the Heart
Kudos: Dr. Ruby Reese Moone
Women's History Month: Fanny Crosby, Hymnist
Spring Revival: First Fruits to Fire
Business Enrichment
COVID-19 Update
How We Have Seen the Lord Move During the Pandemic
Dr. Kenyatta Gilbert's New eBook
Justice Reform Summit
Parents' Corner
Easter Word Search
Bible Study,
Family Meetings &
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So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.
Matthew 28:8

From childhood, it's been curious to me that scriptures reckon a day from evening to morning. Quite the opposite of our approach. Take note in Genesis, chapter one. "There was an evening, and there was a morning; one day" (v. 5 CSB). "... Evening came and then morning; the second day" (v.8 CSB). The pattern continues for the third day (v.13), fourth day (v. 19), fifth day (v. 23), and the sixth day (v. 31). Considering the law of first mention, one could conclude that God initiates some of His best work during the night season. The term night often implies a loathsome, lonely, dark and difficult time period. Perhaps that has been your experience. However, it also seems to be an ideal environment during which God crafts things of great value, ready to be revealed in the morning.

Could this be an important life-lesson God wants us to draw from Joseph's pit-to-Prime Minister journey, or David's shepherd-to-sovereign saga, or Jesus' crucifixion-to-resurrection event? Perhaps God is training us to rethink the significance, and possible blessing, of the night. Maybe God is aiming to stretch our patience and shape our perspective on life's discomforts. As we might be caused to sulk and sorrow in life's waiting room, the Word of God offers us hope. "Weeping may stay overnight, but there is joy in the morning." (Ps. 30:5b CSB). 

All of us reckon with "night-times" - periods of time often marked by unexpected, unbearable struggle, stress, weight, worry, pressure and pain. We can only imagine the emotional toll that Jesus' arrest, trials and execution had on His closest followers over the weekend. The contrast of emotion displayed by Jesus' disciples in response to news of His crucifixion compared to that of His resurrection is clear. The one brought on grief; the other, gladness. The resurrection not only gives us assurance of eternal life with Christ, it gives us lasting hope in Christ, with which to expect and experience morning joy. Read more >>

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

Although a multitude of days, years, and centuries has come to pass,
The miracle of Your resurrection, Dear Lord,
Is the blessed assurance
That will always last!

Thank You and bless You, Dear Brother Jesus,
and thanks be to God the Father Who sent You,
His only begotten Son, to redeem us through Your suffering on the Cross,
Enduring excruciating pain and agony
To atone for the sins of Your children, like me!
You rose from the dead
On that blessed Sunday morn
So that sinners, like me, could be forgiven through Thee.

Thank You, again, beloved Jesus,
For the miracle that allows us, Your loving Christians,
Through our prayers and worship,
To be saved as we strive to be sin-free!
Guide us and keep us on this and every day
And receive our prayer, Dear Jesus,
as in Your blessed Name we pray. Amen.

By Japera Rahming

Reflecting on this season and remembering what Christ did on that cross for us...all of us! Giving me new life, renewed hope, full rights to commune with the Father and benefits beyond measure. How often do we forget the way Christ submitted His will to the Father's...just for us? How often do we forget the sacrifice Christ made...just for us?

Lest I forget Gethsemane, lest I forget Thine agony,
lest I forget Thy love for me, lead me to Calvary!

Dr. Ruby Reese Moone was recently honored by the Maryland Commission for Women and the Women Legislators of Maryland when she was inducted into Maryland Women's Hall of Fame (MWHF). Dr. Moone was lauded for her extensive work advancing the cause of civil and human rights. The MWHF recognizes Maryland women who have made unique and lasting contributions to the economic, political, cultural, and social life of the state. Among those honored are legislators, political and social activists, scientists, medical professionals, educators, writers, and spiritual and community leaders. Honorees are selected by an independent committee each year and are inducted in March during Women's History Month. Five women have been selected annually since the Hall of Fame was established in 1985.

A Georgia native and the sixth of ten children, Dr. Moone was exposed early on to the racist and segregated ways of the American South. Nevertheless, Dr. Moone was a diligent student and excellent reader, skipping several grades as a child and excelling in high school. Her experiences of poverty and systemic racism motivated her to become the first in her family to attend college. 

Fanny Crosby was an American mission worker, poet, lyricist, and composer, who wrote more than 9,000 hymns during her life. Among them are "Blessed Assurance," "I am Thine O Lord," "All the Way My Savior Leads Me," "To God Be the Glory," "Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior," "Safe in the Arms of Jesus," "Rescue the Perishing," and "Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross."

Born in 1820 in Putnam County, New York, Crosby lost her sight to an eye infection and medical malpractice at the age of six weeks. The infection eventually relented, but the mistreatment left her blind. A few months later, Crosby's father died. Her mother was forced to find work as a maid to support the family, and Fanny was mostly raised by her Christian grandmother. She nonetheless grew up an active and happy child. From 1835 to 1843 she attended the New York Institution for the Blind in New York City. Her inclination to versify was encouraged by a visiting Scottish phrenologist, who examined her and proclaimed her a poet. 

To ensure that our spirits get refreshed and our outlook is renewed this spring, plan to participate in this year's Spring Revival. "From First Fruits to Fire" will launch on Wednesday, April 7, and will continue each Wednesday through May 19. We will culminate this Resurrection and Revival season on Pentecost Sunday, May 23. Revival services will begin each night at 7:00 pm and can be streamed on the church website ( and Youtube channel, and on Facebook Live. You can also dial in at 888-260-1421.

By Renee McMullen

The Business Enrichment Ministry launched under its new name in January. Formerly the TPCBC Chamber of Commerce, this Community Engagement Ministry program seeks to encourage, educate, and enrich (of course!) the business owners at TPCBC. In addition to monthly networking, the Business Enrichment Ministry, known as BEM ("beam"), invites guest speakers, shares procurement and other resources, and serves as a place of support and accountability. Topics of discussion have included SBA Resources, Managing Stress & Anxiety, the Importance of Following Up, and how to WIN in Q2. 

Moving forward, BEM monthly meetings will include Accountability Circles. Proverbs 27:17 (NIV) says, "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another." These Circles will allow all involved to be strengthened by their fellow entrepreneurs to accomplish the goals and initiatives they have before them. Read more >>

COVID-19 Testing, Vaccines and Funeral Assistance

It's been just over one year since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although we have made great strides recently with vaccines, and the end of this painful season seems to be drawing near, we are not yet out of the woods. Let's continue to stand strong just a little while longer by wearing masks, washing hands and maintaining social distance.

Following is information about COVID-19 Testing, Vaccines and Funeral Assistance:
  • Testing for COVID-19 will be held here at the church from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on the following four Saturdays: April 10th, April 18th, April 24th and June 12th. All those tested will receive a free bag of groceries and some COVID-19 giveaways. You will also be able to pre-register for your COVID-19 vaccination. The April 10th testing day will begin with a ceremony honoring our military veterans. This observance will be coordinated by Dr. Elwood Gray, who is the Founder and President of the National Coalition of Prison Ministries. For more information, please contact Jackie Dennard, Director of the Community Engagement Ministry, at 301-467-1562 or [email protected].

By Sheri and Ken Montgomery

The COVID-19 pandemic has truly been something unusual, unexpected, and unfamiliar. The fear of the unknown can often be very challenging if one is not somewhat spiritually grounded. Finding a safe-haven from the invisible COVID-19 assailant has been a full-time job. Having to establish social boundaries with loved ones, friends, and neighbors has sometimes been heart-wrenching.

If ever there has been a time that we leaned on the Lord for direction and assurance, it has been during this time of trying to adjust to life in what has almost been an uncivilized reckoning with a life-threatening enemy. Our relationship with GOD has afforded us the marvelous opportunity to truly seek His face and thereby maintain a sense of calm in the midst of all things that have been going on. 

Dr. Kenyatta R. Gilbert Releases New eBook

Dr. Kenyatta R. Gilbert recently released his first devotional ebook entitled, Just Living: Meditations for Engaging our Life and Times. The book is ideal for daily personal meditation, journaling and Bible discussion groups. For this independent book project, Dr. Gilbert collaborated with Heritage Publishing, a Black-owned company. His prayerful desire is that the reader's spirit will be renewed and faith strengthened.

For more information, click here.

By Dorelle Scott

A Justice Reform Summit will be held on Saturday, May 22, 2021, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. Hosted by the TPCBC Prison Ministry, this online conversation about criminal justice reform will address a number of topics, including COVID-19 in prisons, juvenile probation reform and voter education.

Click here to connect to Zoom for the Summit, and if you would like additional information, please send an email to [email protected].

Parents' Corner | God's Child
By Edwina Neely

"Joy in the Morning and Forevermore" is the theme for this newsletter edition. We are all familiar with the scripture, "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning" (Psalm 30:5). 

Joy is longed for by all of us. However, sometimes our children get joy and happiness confused. Happiness is more externally triggered based on other people, things, places, or events, whereas joy is more consistent and is cultivated internally. Joy comes when we can make peace with who we are, why we are, and how we are. 

The Bible tells us, "...the joy of the Lord is your strength" (Nehemiah 8:10). So, when we are confident in knowing we belong to Jesus -- "I am God's child" -- then we know our who. We are here to worship and proclaim God's goodness. That is our why. The way our lives are now is the how. We can find joy when we know who we are, why we are here and how our lives are to be lived. Read more >>

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