Celebration honored First Baptist Pastor and First Lady
The theme “Pressing Toward the Mark of God” from Philippians 3:14 was the highlight of the sixth anniversary celebration for Pastor Ronald K. Miner Sr. and First Lady Thea O. Miner of The First Baptist Church of Deanwood. This church, located at 1008 45th St., N.E., in Washington, D.C., recently celebrated its 114th anniversary. Services at the church on Sunday, June 26, consisted of 11 a.m. with Reverend L. K. Floyd, Pastor of Heart Changes Baptist Church in Silver Spring. Reverend Floyd “is an innovative leader and dynamic preacher” who had as his topic, God’s Will. A native Washingtonian, he is active in many local and national Baptist organizations.
The service at 3 p.m. continued for the anniversary celebration with Reverend Bobby D. Hicks, Pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Landover. He “teaches the love and care of your family is your first ministry.” He “led the establishment of New Homes’ Dreams and Visions Christian Learning Center and the planning for a future senior citizens facility where seniors can live rent free.” He was introduced by New Home Baptist Church Assistant Minister Reverend Ernest N. Johnson. Also there was a choir and musician as well as several members from the church.
At both services, Reverend Miner and First Lady Miner were the honorees as they were recognized and presented to the people. Reverend Miner became the eighth pastor of The First Baptist Church of Deanwood in 2010. He is educated, dedicated and motivated to preaching and reaching all souls for Christ. He received his first Honorary Doctorate degree at the Breakthrough Bible College and Theological Seminary in Doctor Humane Letters in February 2014. He received his second Doctorate degree from St. Thomas Christian University in Doctor of Divinity on April 30, 2016. He is also active in the community where he has been the keynote speaker at the nearby IDEA Charter School. This year, he was the commencement speaker at the school’s 2016 graduation.
Outdoors worship service
Providence St. John Baptist Church at 5607 Old Crain Highway in Upper Marlboro welcomes you to come out and worship with them. On Sunday, July 3, they will have worship service at 9 a.m. not in the usual place in the church, but outside. You are invited to come and worship with them and you can come dressed in your casual attire. The pastor of this church is Reverend Pastor Billy T. Staton Jr.
Trinity Episcopal Church seeks food bank volunteers
Trinity Episcopal Church at 14515 Church St. in Upper Marlboro will be working with the Marlboro Food Bank as the church asks for volunteers to come to the church to help with providing food for our neighbors. They are looking for volunteers to sort the foods at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 7; bagging the foods on Friday, July 8, at 8 a.m.; and distributing the foods on Saturday, July 9, from 7 to 9 a.m. The parish office phone number is 301-627-2636 if you need more information. The Reverend Martha Bonwitt is the church’s rector.
This weekend will be a three day holiday weekend, Friday July 2; Saturday, July 3; and Monday, July 4, Independence Day. As usual, the city of Washington, D.C., will have several activities for enjoyment and things to do and see. There will be fireworks on the Mall starting at 9:09 p.m. and will last for nearly 20 minutes. The National Archives will have a big show with the reading of the Declaration of Independence at 10 a.m. There will be the National Independence Parade down on Constitution Ave. at 11:45 a.m. And, there will be “A Capitol Fourth” which is a concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol featuring Smokey Robinson, Kenny Loggins and Gavin DeGraw and other people. And, good news — all of these activities are free.