November 2018
Featured Articles
Happy Thanksgiving
Called at a Young Age
Mental Health Letter to the Church
Bethel Workshop
Are We Blessed?
Widows and Widowers Ministry
Parents' Corner
Thanksgiving Word Search
Bible Study,
Family Meetings &
Corporate Prayer
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Bible Study continues on Tuesday nights at 7:30 pm. Tribal Family meetings take place on the Tuesday following the first Sunday of the Month, while Corporate Prayer is held on remaining Tuesdays at 6:30 pm. Dinner is provided weekly at 5:45 pm. 

Prayer Ministry

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


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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 

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Sunday School


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Sundays at 7:45 am and
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31 Norwood Road

Silver Spring, MD 20905


Phone: 301-384-2601

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I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High. Psalm 9:1-2

Our own Minister Ayize Sabater recently distinguished himself by completing all requirements for his Ph.D. degree. There are other wonderful ways in which he distinguishes himself within our faith community - his ethnic attire, jubilant spirit, and passionate preaching, to name a few. One of the traits that stands out to me is his consistent response to the often over-used greeting, "How are you?" Ayize's answer? "I'm grateful!" It grips me every time. What an awesome way to live each day, simply - GRATEFUL.

Gratitude is one of the important character qualities that we want to build into our lives and instill in our young. All of us express it from time to time. But deep gratitude stands out. The widow's mite (Mark 12:41-44). Hannah's offering of Samuel (1 Samuel 1:24-28). The broken alabaster box (Mark 14:3-8). David, dancing out of his clothes (2 Samuel 6:16-23). These are examples of deep gratitude.

Psalm 9 expresses an impressive depth of gratitude toward God that is instructive for us today in several ways. From the opening word, we are reminded that genuine gratitude is personal. Listen to the psalmist, "I." God created us to enjoy fellowship with Him, personally. He loves us, and saved us, personally. He desires to commune with us, personally. One appropriate response to all He has done is gratitude. And, that's a personal thing. Read more >>

The Church office will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 22 and 23. 
It will reopen on Saturday, November 24, at 9:30 am.

Wishing you safe travels and joyful celebration with family and friends!

Called at a Young Age
By Auburn Mann

From a very early age, Minister O'Brien "OB" Wimbish knew and loved God. He was blessed with two parents that were on fire for the Lord and cultivated a Christ-centered household. His father, Clevester Wimbish, was a young preacher at the family church, Mt. Joy Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.

Church was a huge part of OB's environment growing up, and it influenced everything, from his education to his play. He and his siblings began their schooling at the Riverdale Baptist Church preschool in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. It was there that OB first heard and understood the Gospel under the instruction of his kindergarten teacher Ms. Randall.

"I remember, vividly, one day coming home from school and running upstairs. At the top of the stairwell I knelt down in front of a hallway mirror and asked God to forgive me for my sins and to save me and told Him that I wanted to follow Him for the rest of my life." When OB told his family about this prayer, he was baptized at Mt. Joy by his father.  Read more >>

An Open Letter to the African American Church about Depression
By Shauna Moore Reynolds, Ed.D., LCPC-S, LPC, NCC, ACS

Data collected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health reveals that African Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health challenges than the general population. A significant portion of this same 20% can be found throughout every African American church, from the pulpit to the very last pew.

Sadly, misconceptions about depression within some African American churches have severely undermined their members' recovery. These same misconceptions have caused some living with depression to question whether they actually have faith in God and reinforces shame and stigma. Read more >>

Bethel World Outreach Church Media Workshop
By Auburn Mann

On September 22, TPCBC Media Ministry was invited to a Saturday afternoon video production workshop at Bethel World Outreach Church (BWO) in Olney, Maryland. The workshop's primary focus was camera work and broadcasting during worship services.

The workshop was divided to two segments, the first of which was a seminar on field production. This entailed basic camera setup, placement, lighting and lens options for various on-location shoots, especially interviews. The second segment addressed studio production, including all the intricacies of recording a live worship service. Taking place in Bethel's studio control room adjacent to their main sanctuary, this segment tackled timing and anticipating shots in live productions.

The workshop offered advice about media industry career avenues available for those with these skills. Also in attendance were professional cameramen and news producers, representing noted outlets such as Christian Broadcasting Network and Fox News.  Read more >>

Are We Blessed?
By DeLunte Lewis

There is something else meaningless that occurs on earth: the righteous who get what the wicked deserve, and the wicked who get what the righteous deserve. Ecclesiastes 8:14

Have we had it wrong all along? What is the measure of a blessing? What does it mean to be blessed? If we cannot determine who is righteous and unrighteous by way of appearance or possession, then how are we to know?

If you look up the word blessing, you'll find it is synonymous with terms such as "protection" and "favor." But what happens when we dive a bit deeper? If the righteous receive what the unrighteous ought to have and the unrighteous are reaping the benefits of what the righteous ought to have, then is it possible our ideas about what it means to be blessed are incorrect. Read more >>


My Dear Church Family,

The fourth annual LUNGevity Foundation Breathe Deep DC 5K Walk was recently held on the National Mall. LUNGevity is the "nation's leading lung cancer-focused nonprofit, changing outcomes for people with lung cancer through research, education, and support." My family's information technology company, Open Technology Group, partners with the LUNGevity to sponsor this and other fundraising activities in the fight against lung cancer. Each year, the Walk is held on the first Sunday of November, raising both awareness about lung cancer and funds to support research for treatment and a cure.

I'm thrilled to report that we exceeded our own expectations. We set our goal at $25,000 and ended up raising $36,000!

Your outpouring of support to stamp out lung cancer is both heartening and inspiring. I am proud to be connected to all of you who contributed to and prayed for our success. Your efforts show that, together, we can continue to make a difference: 100% of the proceeds from the 5K Walk are supporting innovative research that will bring us closer to a lung cancer cure.

In memory of my husband, Leon, and all others affected by this terrible disease, and with inspiration for a future without lung cancer, I thank you for coming together again in the community for this year's Breathe Deep DC 5K Walk. I hope to see you next year.

With sincere thanks,
Debby Burns

Issachar Family Widows and Widowers Ministry
By Anthony (Tony) Rodgers, Deacon

Scripture tells us that there should be appointed leaders in the body to oversee the care of widows (Acts 6:1-7). The Issachar Family is blessed to support the widows and widowers of our Family with a special initiative. Through the leadership of Deacons Tony Rodgers and Joe Callender, each widow and widower is assigned to a group leader who keeps them informed about Issachar Family activities and responds to their needs. Transportation to worship services and special events is also provided as needed. And most recently, we held our annual widows and widowers dinner to honor them. We want to keep our Family widows and widowers involved, and always feeling loved and appreciated!

There are 103 references about widows in scripture, indicating that they are close to God's heart. We encourage all Tribal Families to reach out to the widows and widowers with an extra portion of love and support. Be Blessed!

Parents' Corner
The Depths of Gratitude
By Edwina Neely

I will give thanks and praise the Lord, with all my heart. I will tell aloud all Your wonders and marvelous deeds. Psalm 9:1

I give thanks to God all day long for He is SO Good! Having an attitude of gratitude all the time increases how deep our gratitude goes.

This month's theme is "The Depths of Gratitude." I ask the question, "How deep does our gratitude go?" Are we thankful for the good times and bad times? That's a hard question. Teaching children to be thankful all of the time comes through modeling. Our children observe how we react to situations that happen in our lives. That attitude of gratitude has to permeate all things. Read More >>

College Prep Seminar
Saturday, December 1 | 9:30 am -11:30 am
Norwood Center. The Scholarship Committee and the Potomac Valley Section of NCNW invite parents and students to learn and share about the college prep process. For more information, please contact Deaconess Wanda Brown at

Dr. J. P. Baltimore, Sr., Memorial Scholarship Information Session
Saturday, December 1 | 11:30 am
This session, immediately follow the College Prep Seminar, will address the requirements for scholarship selection, renewing a scholarship, and application tips. All are welcome.

Initial Sermons
Saturday, December 1 | 6:00 pm Worship Service
Four of our very own will preach their initial sermons. Please come out and support Sis. Diane Battle, Sis. Janet Millner, Bro. Terry Riggins, and Sis. Brenda Southerland for this milestone in their spiritual journeys.

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