Cel­e­bra­tion hon­ored First Bap­tist Pas­tor and First Lady

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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.

Hol­i­day week­end

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.

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