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"Fighting for Freedom in Memory of Dr. King"

This Sunday has been designated as "Freedom Sunday" by the Progressive National Baptist Convention and clergy leaders from across the nation. This day has been so designated because the battle for freedom for all people is being intensely waged in the United States of America and throughout the globe.  This Sunday has also been designated as Freedom Sunday because Monday, April 4, 2016 marks the 48th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s death.  Dr. King, who is revered worldwide for his message of peace and love, ultimately gave his life to help raise the wages and improve the working conditions of Sanitation workers in Memphis, TN.

I was reminded of this recently, as I took a stroll through the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial down on the national mall. It is worth nothing that Dr. King is the only civilian to have a major monument on the national mall in the midst of monuments to U.S. Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  However, this is fitting, because whereas the others founded and defended our country, it was Dr. King who gave his life to make certain that our nation's highest principals -- the pursuit of happiness and liberty and justice -- apply to all people.

Indeed, as I walked through the MLK memorial, in the midst of bright sunshine and radiant Cherry Blossoms, it was like God was issuing a divine summons to revive Dr. King's battle for peace and justice for all people.  We need to understand that there are strong political forces that are raging and seeking to turn the clock back on the many social justice gains that our country has made, including voting rights and educational equity.

However, we can't let these forces turn the clock back.  As people of God, we've got to rise up and act and take the light and love of Jesus from our pulpit and pews to the polls. Who are you voting for in Presidential race? What about right here in DC, Maryland and Virginia?  Do you know what the issues are? Are you and all he members of your family registered to vote? Dr. King gave his life so that we could vote and be free.  Let's honor his memory and legacy by getting involved and fighting for freedom today!  

Peace and Love, 
Pastor Kip Banks, Sr.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

"They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?" LUKE 24: 32
Holy Communion Sunday
Sunday School - 9:30 a.m.
Devotional Service - 10:45 a.m.
Worship Service - 11:00 a.m.
GOSPEL CHOIR REHEARSAL -Tuesday, April 5 - 7:30 p.m.
FIRST WEDNESDAY IN THE WORD - Wednesday, April - 6:30 p.m.
CLOTHES CLOSET - Thursday, April 7 - 10:00 a.m.
SANCTUARY CHOIR REHEARSAL - Thursday, April 7 - 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday, April 7 thru Friday, April 8 - 7:00 p.m. FOLLOWED BY A CONCERT - Saturday, April 9 - 3:00 p.m. DIACONATE MEETING - Saturday, April 9 - 9:00a.m.
MUSIC BOARD MEETING - Saturday, April 9 - 11:30 a.m.
CHILDREN & YOUTH REHEARSAL - Saturday, April 9 - 12:30 p.m.
SOCIAL JUSTICE WORKSHOP - Saturday, April 9 - 12:30 p.m.
New Prayer Conference Call Number - Please join us for our daily (M-F) prayer conference call.  These 10-minute calls are a great way to start your day and include a daily scripture lesson.  Please join us at (1-641) 715-3272 access code: 732413# at 7:00 a.m. 

Scholarship Fund - It's that time again!  Please make your donations to the scholarship Fund.  Please CONTACT THE CHURCH AT 202 582-4811

Ministry Fair, Bible Trivia Hour and Fellowship - will be held on Sunday April 10th following the morning worship service.

Birthday Circle Celebration - will be held on Sunday April 17th in Fountain Hall following the morning worship service. The Birthday Circle Chairpersons are responsible for decorating their month's table.  Birthday Circle meetings will be held at this time.  Volunteers are needed to assist with serving.  For more information, contact the church at 202 582-4811.  All are welcome!

Young Adult Sunday - Mark your calendars. Young Adult Sunday will take place on Sunday, April 10th.  There will also be a luncheon and special social justice workshop on Saturday, April 9 at 12:30PM.  We will also hold our church-wide Bible trivia contest following our Young Adult Worship service. Please invite the young adults in your family and friends circle to be a part of these special events.

North America (Home Missions) - This offering supports Missionaries and church planters on the front lines who are reaching communities in the spiritually darkest areas of North America.   The categories include, Student Missionaries, Church Planning Interns and Church Planter Apprentices.  Our goal is $1,500.  Please give generously.

East Washington Heights extends heartfelt Christian sympathy to Bro. James Jackson in the passing of his brother, Mr. Larry Wayne Jackson of District Heights, Maryland. Funeral service was held Friday, April 1st at Hillcrest Baptist Church of Temple Hills, MD, Mrs. Frednell Williams in the passing of her brother, Mr. Sylvester Williams of St. Petersburg, Florida. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church of St. Petersburg, FL and also Mrs. Evelyn Wilson in the passing of her brother, Mr. William "Bill" Jordan.  Arrangements are pending.

Prayer Conference Call Number - 
Please join us for our daily (M-F) prayer conference call. These 10-minute calls are a great way to start your day and include a daily scripture lesson.  Please join us at (1-641) 715-3272 access code: 732413# at 7:00 a.m.

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