September 2018
Featured Articles
A Cause to Celebrate
40th Anniversary
Then & Now
A Message for All
Bible Study, Kickoff, Corporate Prayer
Tribal Family Meetings
Fall Sunday School
Women's Emphasis Month
Man of the Year Award
Girl Scouts in Belize
Parents' Corner
US Embassy Move Bible Study
Young Leaders Conference
Lupus Walk
Marriage Enrichment Seminar
Domestic Violence Conference
International Day of Prayer
Bible Study,
Family Meetings &
Corporate Prayer
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Bible Study resumes this month 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. 

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: Prayer in the church sanctuary every Friday morning, 6:00 am to 7:00 am 

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At the end of three days the officers went through the camp and commanded the people, "As soon as you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God being carried by the Levitical priests, then you shall set out from your place and follow it. Yet there shall be a distance between you and it, about 2,000 cubits in length. Do not come near it, in order that you may know the way you shall go, for you have not passed this way before." Joshua 3:2-4 (ESV)

K.I.S.S. For decades, it's been an acronym used by coaches, teachers, parents, managers and other influential people in the world. Keep It Simple, Stupid. A bit harsh, I'd say. We are pretty adept at complicating the simple, aren't we? This admonition is issued to encourage the listener to be as clear, concise and complete as possible when communicating with others.

Created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26a), human beings share some of God's attributes, albeit to a lesser degree. These include intelligence, knowledge, ingenuity, judgment, independence and will. By their very nature, these qualities are good. Left to our sole oversight and usage, they can lead to some frightening outcomes. These words from Joshua, along with many throughout the Bible, remind us of one simple, but, important truth. We're not left alone to employ these God-given traits in framing our futures. Read more >>

A Cause to Celebrate
By Min. Sharon M. Prather

At that time Solomon held a feast, and all Israel with him, a great assembly from the entrance of Hamath to the Brook of Egypt, before the Lord our God, seven days and seven more days - fourteen days. On the eighth day he sent the people away; and they blessed the king and went to their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the good that the Lord had done for His servant David, and for Israel His people. 1 Kings 8:65-66 (NKJV)

In seminary three of my classmates and I were afforded the opportunity to study in Oxford, England. We were overcome with joy and excitement when we learned of our acceptance into the program. But more importantly, we thanked God for His favor upon us.

Our experience was memorable! Each day was full of activity. Mornings were spent in the classroom learning about religion and politics in the U.S. and England. Our afternoons were filled with walking tours, exploring museums, visiting great libraries and 15th century buildings, punting on the Thames River (a popular boating pastime), sampling the British food stuffs, and shopping. The culminating event of our two-week stay was our dining at High Table in one of the school dining halls replete with dark-paneled walls on which portraits of solemn-faced dignitaries and former students proudly hung. Here we celebrated our completion of the program and received recognition for our individual achievements. Truly, it was cause to celebrate. Read more >>

The 40th Church Anniversary of
The People's Community Baptist Church

It's Time to Rise: Equipping and Empowering the Next Generation

"Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them - to the Israelites. Joshua 1:2

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9

Joshua said to the priests, "Take up the ark of the covenant and pass on ahead of the people." So they took it up and went ahead of them. Joshua 3:6

Click here for a slide show of photos
from our month-long celebration.

The People's Community Baptist Church celebrated 40 years of ministry last month. We thank the Lord for the visionary pastor, Dr. T.J. Baltimore, who established this church in 1978, and shepherded its spiritual, fiscal and campus growth for 25 years. We're grateful for his successor and current pastor, Dr. Haywood A. Robinson, III, our leader, preacher, teacher and friend. We are grateful for all whom the Lord has sent to serve in any way during the forty years of this vibrant global ministry, and celebrate the "Joshuas" in our midst and yet to come, who are poised to accept - and charge ahead with - the baton.

Then & Now
By DeLunte Lewis

The future is bright.

The creativity and anointing and exceptional gifts of the young adult population were on full display for the IMPACT Ministry's "Then & Now" presentation in July in celebration of The People's Community Baptist Church's 40th Anniversary. What was instantly received was that this generation is not only excited about the possibilities to come, but is also willing, ready, and able to take the reigns and engage fully in the work of the Kingdom now.

To God be the glory for the bold and unashamed way in which He was praised by these young people, from the food and fellowship to the ministering through song to the proclamation and teaching. The diversity of exchange; honoring the traditions of the past and the advancements of our present age; garnering a greater understanding of the culture within which we are called to minister; and modifying the method while remaining true to the Messenger and message - these were merely a few takeaways of such a rich and layered evening.   Read more >>

The fall semester of TPCBC Bible Study will launch on Tuesday, September 11, at 7:30 pm, preceded by a special worship service at 6:45 pm in the sanctuary. Pastor Gareth E. Murray, Jr., senior pastor of Hillendale Baptist Church in Woodbridge, Virginia, will preach for this occasion. Pastor Murray has ministered across Africa, Asia, and Europe as a teacher, pastor, and musical artist. He has been instrumental in building the multicultural ministry of Hillendale, where he has served as senior pastor since 2015.

Register now for Fall Bible Study at To review the full course list and descriptions, please click here.

Corporate Prayer will begin on Tuesday, September 18, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. For the Fall Corporate Prayer Leadership Schedule, please click here.

Sunday School Fall Studies Update
By Ruth Powell, Sunday School Director

The 2018-2019 Sunday School year will launch on Sunday, September 9, at 9:45 a.m. in the TPCBC Education wing. Many inspirational, interesting and thought-provoking studies are planned.

The Youth Division begins this day with special kick-off activities, and parents are invited to attend. During the fall quarter, students will explore lessons from Exodus, Numbers, and Joshua, focusing on Bible truths, including: (1) God helps us when we are afraid; (2) God gives us what we need; and (3) God is always with us. Each Sunday students will be given a special activity to complete at home with parents to reiterate the lessons from the study.  Read more >>

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Min. Tony E. Miller
TPCBC 2018 Man of the Year / Jaronza Ellis Servant Leader
By George T. Hudgens, Deacon

Some are easily recognized by what they say, while others are known by what they do. Our selectee for the 2018 Man of the Year/Jaronza Ellis Servant Leader Award, Min. Tony E. Miller, exemplifies the latter. What we see of Min. Miller at TPCBC is only a small representation of this servant and his work. He is an outstanding family man who consistently demonstrates love, compassion, and concern for their welfare. His compelling desire to help also extends to his neighborhood, where he engages children in Bible study and Christian games, and cleans yards and shovels snowy walkways for the elderly.

A member of TPCBC for over 25 years, Min. Miller has served with multiple ministries including the youth rites of passage programs, prison ministry, and shelter programs. He has also provided inspirational services to numerous churches, programs, and activities in the greater Washington, D.C., area. For years he has been an integral part of a "work force" Bible study program at his place of employment. When he heard that a fellow worker and her family had lost their home to foreclosure, he organized a fund raising effort that generated over $1,000 to assist the family. This effort inspired his co-workers and the Bible study group to actively minister to the homeless. He and a co-worker established an outreach ministry to support a local family shelter. The ministry provides food, Bibles, prayer, and hope to residents who desperately need it. James 1:27 truly speaks of this man: "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit the fatherless and the widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world."

Min. Miller is a member of the TPCBC clergy, co-chair of the Evangelism Ministry, a gifted musician, and now the TPCBC 2018 Man of the Year/ Jaronza Ellis Servant Leader. Congratulations, Min. Tony E. Miller!

Girl Scouts in Belize
By Alix Swann
Ambassador Girl Scout, Troop 6260

Girl Scouts love to work on community service projects and travel. A recent trip was an opportunity to do both. Twenty girls and 15 adults traveled to the Central American country of Belize. Five troops participated over eight exciting days, traveling from Belize City, to the jungles of San Ignacio, to the oceanic beaches of Placencia.

The goal was to inspire our Girl Scouts through global travel, they might learn the value of giving to others. This culturally immersive experience helped the girls' gain leadership skills. They worked on a local service project with The Girl Guides Association of Belize, an organization similar to Girl Scouts.

We started off the first day at 4:00 am at the airport, and arrived in Belize City around noon. The best part of the day (and the best part of the trip) was meeting the Girl Guides of Belize. They warmly welcomed us with a homemade lunch of chicken, coleslaw, rice and beans, and bread pudding. We soon learned the difference between rice and beans and beans and rice - the former is cooked together, while the latter is cooked separately. This was an important distinction we had to pay attention to when ordering food later on the trip. Read more >>

Parents' Corner
By Edwina Neely

Our church theme for this year is, "Lord Show Us the Way," from Joshua 3:1-4. As God shows us the way, He brings peace into our hearts. When God made the world, He had a plan before He laid its foundation. As we go through life following God's plans for us, we can push stress aside. Everything we do should spread God's love.

Who said, "Back to School" shopping has to be stressful? It just takes planning beforehand. (This can be applied to any shopping experience.)
  • Make a list of what you want to get. Check it twice.
  • Decide where you will shop.
  • Go over the list with your children, reading aloud each item and making sure they hear each one. If they want to add something to the list, they can do so with your approval. Make it clear that, if the item is not on the list, it will stay in the store.
  • Script: "Today we are going to shop at _________ (state where) for _________ (review list)." Reiterate that you will purchase only items on the list.
  • Decide to make a day of it with reasonable time limits.

By Herb Edwards, Deacon

During the month of July, we were blessed with a two-session tutorial about the recent move of the United States Embassy in Israel from the city of Tel Aviv to the city of Jerusalem. This seemingly innocuous move in fact has great significance, given Israel's biblical claim to Jerusalem, dating back to the Old Testament.

The Bible Study was presented by Dr. Mark Meyer, Professor of Biblical Studies at Lancaster Bible College. Dr. Meyer is both a student and a teacher of the history of the Hebrew people. He skillfully ushered us on a chronological journey, injecting insight into the migration and evolution of the peoples who are the progeny of the Abrahamic covenant. The journey covered over 4,000 years, culminating with the decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  Read more >>

A Visit to the Young Leaders Conference
By Auburn Mann

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17

The 2018 Young Leaders Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, far exceeded my expectations. The Conference was designed to address leadership within the contexts of ministry, media, and the marketplace. Workshops catered to those aspiring to be leaders in the clergy, in business, in the arts, and even in one's own home.

Members of TPCBC's IMPACT Young Adult Ministry traveled to Atlanta to participate in the Conference. From the moment we arrived that Thursday morning last month, my senses were overstimulated with sights of people from all over. I appreciated the diversity that was thematic throughout: the many food options available and items for purchase, and, of course, the diversity of the attendees, with their varied geographic, denominational, ethnic and professional origins. This was reflected in the way the topic of "leadership" was discussed. The Conference easily conveyed the reality that leadership can take as many forms as there are people. Read more >>

TPCBC's very own Marissa and Joseph Msefya will lead the Young Adult Morning Session at the upcoming Marriage Enrichment Seminar for Married and Engaged Couples at New Canaan Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.:

"Transformations in Marriage: Mind, Body, Spirit"
Marriage Enrichment Seminar for Married & Engaged Couples
Saturday, October 13
9:00 am - 3:00 pm (Breakfast at 8:30 am)

New Canaan Baptist Church
2826 Bladensburg Rd, N.E. | Washington, DC 20018
Gregory M. Sims, Pastor
Registration Fee: $50.00 for Couples | $25.00 for Individuals
Continental Breakfast and Lunch included. Registration deadline is October 1.
Registration forms are available in the lobby of the TPCBC Education Building.

Joseph and Marissa, married for four years, are co-founders of "Forever Marriages," launched in 2017 to send a simple message to the millennial generation and beyond: Marriage is not a Game. It is FOREVER. To learn more about their ministry, please visit the Forever Marriages website at

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Domestic Violence Conference
Who's Going to Speak Up?
By Gloria Miller, Chair, and Alice Ellison, Vice Chair
Yasha Circle Ministry

...So the man took his concubine and sent her outside to them, and they raped her and abused her throughout the night, and at dawn they let her go. At daybreak the woman went back to the house where her master was staying, fell down at the door and lay there until daylight... Everyone who saw it was saying to one another, "Such a thing has never been seen or done, not since the day the Israelites came up out of Egypt. Just imagine! We must do something! So speak up!" Judges 19:22-30

All too often we learn through the media about instances of domestic violence in our community, our country and the world. Domestic violence threatens the blessing of family that God has given us. During this past year alone, multiple media reports exposed the brutal impact of domestic violence:
  • "Off-duty Prince George's County Officer Shot, Killed While Helping Woman in Domestic Incident;"
  • "Maryland Father Sentenced to Life in Prison for Killing His 2-Year-Old Daughter and Her Mother;"
  • "Utah Man Crashes Plane into His Own Home after Being Arrested on Domestic Violence Charges." 

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
Sunday, November 4, 2018
By Deirdre Coleman, Prayer Ministry Coordinator

Regard prisoners as if you were in prison with them. Look on victims of abuse as if what happened to them had happened to you. Hebrews 13:3

Hello Brothers and Sisters in Christ!

You're invited again to join TPCBC Prayer Ministry in praying for persecuted Christians, leading up to the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP), which is Sunday, November 4. This year, we stand together in lifting up Christians in North Korea, the country that has ranked #1 on the Open Doors World Watch List for 17 consecutive years, indicating that it is the most difficult place in the world to be a Christian. Yet there is reason for hope! The world's attention turned to the Korean peninsula in early 2018, and for the first time in years, North Korean President Kim Jong-un and other leaders of the North Korean regime began engaging in open conversation with leaders of the free world. Open Doors is convinced that now is the time for Christians to come together to pray for North Korea. They believe that what is happening in North Korea demonstrates that persecution is the issue of our time - and an issue on which those who follow Jesus cannot afford to be neutral. That is why they're praying that God will raise up 100,000 Christians who will commit to standing in prayer with their brothers and sisters in the underground church of North Korea for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Please join us in joining them!  Read more >>

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