First Baptist Church celebrates 114th anniversary
The First Baptist Church of Deanwood in Washington, D.C., celebrated the 114th anniversary with the theme “Pressing Toward the Mark for God” on Sunday, June 12. The history of this church begins with a small group of Christians who met and organized a Sunday school in the Bumbrey home on Sheriff Road in Northeast. On the third Sunday in April 1902, the Rev. Clark organized the mission into a church which the Rev. W.D. Jarvis named the church the First Baptist Church of Deanwood. Then this church was moved to 4707 Sheriff Road. The first church was built on the lot at 1008 Whittingham Place, now called 45th and Sheriff Road. The name the First Baptist Church of Deanwood was recorded by the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs on May 17, 1906.
This church has a history of pastors: the Revs. George W. Mills, George W. Brent, Andrew J. Allen, Joseph A. Gilmore Sr., Michael C. Turner Sr., William H. Bennett II, Sara C. Britt (who was installed as the first woman pastor in the District of Columbia) and the present pastor, the Rev. Ronald K. Miner Sr. who preached for this anniversary.
The sixth anniversary observance for the Rev. Ronald K. Miner Sr. will be held at the church on Sunday, June 26. The services will include the guest speaker, the Rev. L.K. Floyd of Heart Changers Baptist Church, at the 11 a.m. service. The anniversary celebration for Miner will continue with the Rev. Bobby Hicks of New Home Baptist Church as the guest preacher at the 3 p.m. service.
The longest day
Want to help? The longest day in June is the 20th, the summer solstice. This is the day in this month, Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, that the Alzheimer’s Association encourages the public to learn how to recognize these symptoms in yourself, family members, neighbors or people in general. On June 20 you can help by getting other people to participate as a team and stay active from sunrise to sunset, a part of the nationwide effort to help by raising funds and awareness for this cause.
You can go to act.alz.org or learn more about this and you can also sign up to participate. You can go to alz.org/10signs or telephone 800-272-3900 for getting information and learn what you can do.
Celebrating Black Music Month will be a Juneteenth Concert Celebration at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 19, at the Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly. There will be jazz, bebop, fusion, Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian with spiritual music, gospel and soul music. Ticket cost is $20 per person. You can buy your ticket by calling 301-2771710, TTY 301-699-2544.
The Arena Stage’s production of “Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story” will be July 1-Aug. 8. The youngest Winans siblings, Juan Winans and Deborah Joy Winans, will star as BeBe and CeCe Winans singing hits and new songs for this event. The location of Arena Stage is 1101 Sixth St., S.W., Washington, D.C., with the phone number 202-4883300.
The United States Navy Band’s 2016 Summer Concert Series which continues until Aug. 30 will be Mondays at 8 p.m. on the West Steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., and on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at the U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. These concerts are open to the public where tickets or reservations are not required for these free concerts. You can check online at www.navyband. navy.mil if you want additional information.
Watch out, be careful
It’s that time of year again: Summertime. Schools are closing. Children are everywhere — on bikes, walking and skating in the streets, in the cross walks, through alleys. And, the older ones, some not young children, are racing up and down the streets. Also motorcycle riders are also racing up and down the streets, passing cars on either side just to get by or trying to keep up with the other riders.
Want to help?
Union United Methodist Church Women will be distributing Women Intimate Apparel (white only undergarments) to female inmates at Jessup Department of Corrections. You can take your donations to the church, 14418 Old Marlboro Pike, Upper Marlboro, before the deadline, July 17. The contact person is Marville Wilson. The church office phone number is 301-6277389 where the office is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday.