First Bap­tist Church cel­e­brates 114th an­niver­sary

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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 or learn more about this and you can also sign up to par­tic­i­pate. You can go to or tele­phone 800-272-3900 for get­ting in­for­ma­tion and learn what you can do.

Mu­sic ev­ery­where

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 at­band. 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.

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