Contribute for Easter Lilies Before April 2, 2017

Purchase Lilies for Easter (in honor or in memory of)

Please submit this form by Sunday, April 2.  For additional information, contact Jean at the Church Office at or 202-387-2206, ext. 251.

Contributions for EASTER LILIES must be submitted by Sunday, April 2, 2017.  Each lily is $12.00 and has 5 to 7 blooms on a single stem.

March 5: Furman Singers in Worship at FBC

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Furman Singers is recognized as one of America’s premier collegiate choirs, touring annually throughout the Southeastern United States. Over its 70-year history, the Furman Singers has achieved a national and international reputation for choral excellence. Beginning in 1974, biennial summer concert tours abroad have taken Furman Singers to many of the great churches and cathedrals of Europe. Under the direction of Dr. Hugh Floyd, the Singers have performed in Austria and the Czech Republic, England, Wales, Ireland and Germany.

Annual Benefit for National Center for Children and Families Sunday, May 7, 2017

Please help to support NCCF while enjoying a wonderful dinner and performance of “Beauty
and the Beast
” to benefit the youth in the Greentree Adolescent Program (GAP) on Sunday, May 7 at Toby’s Dinner Theatre of Columbia, MD at 5 pm.  Tickets, including dinner, show, and gratuity are $56 per person ($10.00 tax deductible).  The NCCF (formerly Baptist Home for Children) is a private, non-profit agency serving the national capital area. The residential programs serve homeless families, victims of domestic violence and vulnerable adolescents.  Other programs include treatment foster care, social services for family reunification, parenting education, independent living, and stabilization of families in the community.  If you cannot attend, but would like to make a contribution so that the youth from GAP may attend as our guests, we would be very grateful.  Checks should be made payable to the Board of Church Representatives, NCCF.  Please make your reservation or make a contribution by March 19. For tickets or donations, please contact Bonnie Jorgensen:, (240-418-2788).


Winter Forum

Feb 25: Saturday Mini-Retreat Led by Glenn Hinson
Spiritual Preparation for Lent
Please bring a Bible and a journal or diary (something for writing or doodling).

 9:30am    Gathering for coffee & pastries
10:00         1st Presentation: “Letting Go” (Phil. 4)
                  Silence for meditation and/or doodling
11:00          2nd Presentation: “Fasting from the Internet” (Rom. 12)
                  Silence for meditation and/or doodling
12:00pm    Lunch catered by Chef Laval ($8 per person paid with registration)
  1:00         3rd Presentation: "Facing Our Temptations” (Luke 4)
                  Silence for meditation and/or doodling
  2:00        4th Presentation: “What Will We Do with Our Fear?” Matt. 6; 1 Jn. 4)
  2:30        Sharing of insights from our meditation
  3:00        Communion

Feb 26: Sunday morning with Glenn Hinson

  9:30am    “The Top Ten Things My Life Has Taught Me” 
                   (Adult & Youth classes meet together)
  11:00         Message in Worship: “Pursuing an Elusive God”
                   (Exod. 24; Matt. 17)

Dr. E. Glenn Hinson is a world-renowned church historian and respected and sought-after leader in Christian Spirituality, who sees himself as very much a Baptist while also describing himself as a “Bapto-Quakero-Methedo-Presbyterio-Lutherano-Episcopo- Catholic.”

Glenn earned degrees from Washington University in St. Louis (B.A.), the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (B.D., Th.D.), and Oxford University (D.Phil.). During his academic career he taught on the faculties of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville (1962-1992) and Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond (1994-2000). During the 1960s, Glenn’s friendship with Trappist monk and spiritual writer Thomas Merton led him to become involved in the ecumenical movement of spiritual renewal—connecting the revivalist spirituality of many Baptists to ancient and medieval spiritual practices. He maintains a deep commitment to Christian nonviolence and the work of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, serving as the original editor of The Baptist Peacemaker.

Glenn is the author of more than 30 books, including his most recent publications, A Miracle of Grace (Mercer University Press) and Baptist Spirituality: A Call for Renewed Attentiveness to God (Nurturing Faith, Inc.) He is married to Martha Burks. They have two adult children, Christopher and Elizabeth.

Inclusion Conversations About to Begin

Two days and times available (please choose one and RSVP on the form below by Wednesday, January 18) 

Sunday, January 22 @ 12:30 pm (after worship) Light lunch provided.
Saturday, January 28 @ 10:00 am Continental breakfast provided.


This month we will begin in earnest talking to each other about how we envision our congregation when it comes to inclusiveness of all people. Because these conversations will take place in small groups, participants must RSVP so that we can provide enough facilitators. The prevailing hope with these conversations is to get the FBC family to talk to, and learn from, each other and reach an outcome that ensures all of us feel heard, valued, and loved.
One of the small group questions we will be addressing together is this: “First Baptist Church already welcomes as membersincluding many who are serving in leadership rolesChristians who identify as members of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) communities. How do you feel about guaranteeing to all members, without exception, the ability to participate in all of the blessings and benefits of membership, including marriage and parent and child dedications?” 

Conversations will begin in Fellowship Hall.

Childcare is available on both days (reservations required). Reserve a spot for your child using the form below.

Please participate!

Your Inclusion Team:
Steve Netcott, Paul Clark, Kate Campbell, Rod Coates, Zena Aldridge and Rob Marus (with pastors Julie, Charlie and Alyssa)

Fill out my online form.

Celebration of Deborah Cochran’s Ministry—January 8, 2017

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The FBC family will gather after worship on Sunday, January 8, for a potluck luncheon and celebration in honor of our Associate Pastor for Children and Families, Rev. Deborah Cochran, who is retiring as of December 31st. Plans have been made for a wonderful event recognizing Deborah’s significant ministry these past 19 years. We’ve invited our CDC teachers and families to join us, so please bring an extra dish to share! (A-J: dessert and fruit; K-R: meats; S-Z: salad and vegetables)

A Gift to Heifer International in Honor of Deborah Cochran

Donate to Heifer in Honor of Deborah

Dear Church Family,
Merry Christmas! I hope you all had a wonderful, joyous holiday, and that the New Year 2017 will be peaceful and blessed for all of us.

  Deborah Cochran

  Deborah Cochran

As you know, Rev. Deborah Cochran, our beloved Associate Pastor for Children and Families, is retiring from FBC at the end of this month (December 2016). We will be celebrating Deborah’s years of ministry at our church on January 8, 2017 in conjunction with our monthly potluck luncheon following the worship service. I hope many of you will be able to join us on January 8th and help us recognize Deborah’s many contributions to our church over the years.
Several of you have asked me about ways that we can show our appreciation to Deborah as she retires. Starting today, the church will be collecting a love offering for Deborah to benefit Heifer International, a great organization that Deborah and our FBC Kids have supported for many years.

Heifer is devoted to ending world hunger and poverty by passing the gift of livestock (animals such as cows, goats, and the like) to families in need. Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. You can read more about the Heifer Project here:
Our goal is to be able to contribute a Gift Ark to Heifer from FBC in Deborah’s honor, passing the gift of love to those who need it most. 
Please join me in giving generously to the FBC Heifer Project in honor of Rev. Deborah Cochran. You can give a gift online through the "DONATE TO HEIFER IN HONOR OF DEBORAH" button at the top of this letter or by sending your contribution to the church office. Please make checks payable to FBC Washington, DC, and indicate “In honor of Deborah Cochran” on the memo line.
Thank you, and God bless you all.
In Christ,





FBC Moderator



Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Worship

Worship on Christmas Eve
Saturday, December 24, 4pm
Join us for this family-friendly hour of worship featuring special elements for children, a reading of the Christmas story, the music of organ and choir, and a Christmas Eve meditation by Pastor Julie. We’ll conclude the service with the lighting of congregational candles, celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, the light of the world.
Worship on Christmas Day  
Sunday, December 25, 11am
This year we celebrate on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! Join us for this hour of joyful worship as we echo the angels’ song: Glory to God in the highest! And on earth peace, goodwill to all. Come as you are. (No Church School today.)


Wednesday Nights in December

Worship @ 7:00 on Nov. 30, Dec. 7 & 14
“Advent: The Pause that Heals Us”

November 30: Pausing for Love
December 7:  Pausing for Peace
December 14: Pausing for Hope (“Blue Christmas” service for those who grieve)
December 21: Carol Sing with Lon after supper in Fellowship Hall

Church Family Supper: 6 pm, every Wednesday night during Advent - Fellowship Hall
(November 30, December 7, 14, 21)
Prepared by Chef Laval. Cost of the meal is $8.00

Thanksgiving Eve Service—11/23 @ 6:30 pm

Dessert Social in the Parlor following worship

Join us in the Sanctuary the evening before Thanksgiving for a simple service of gratitude and praise. We’ll offer prayers and sing songs of thanksgiving. Pastor Julie will bring a Thanksgiving devotional message. Please bring a dessert to share.

Your Generosity Plan for 2017

October 19, 2016

Dear FBC Members and Friends,

These past weeks Pastor Julie has asked us to focus on how Christian generosity can shape our lives according to God's purposes—in our own lives and as members of the Body of Christ.

Through the sacrificial generosity of past FBC members and friends we, unlike many inner city churches, have survived financially. Many of those gifts were intended to provide for the upkeep and maintenance of our facilities so that congregational giving could be dedicated to supporting our ministries and missions. Among those gifts was the property on which the Drake apartment building now sits next door.

The good news is that the Drake's ground rent provides over $1 million per year of operating funds:  The not-so-good news is that after decades of deferred maintenance, the estimated cost of needed facility repairs and improvements now exceeds $6 million.  

More good news: Because of the Drake income, 100% of your gifts and offerings does go to support our ministries and missions.  More not-so-good news:  The Drake income is providing most of the financial resources devoted to those programs as well as building repairs, deferred maintenance and aesthetic improvements. This means we can only nibble away at meeting our critical building needs.

Fact:  Our current congregational giving covers only about 21% of our budgeted needs.

The 2016-2017 budget we courageously endorsed at our September 25th congregational meeting calls for a 12% increase in congregational giving. This challenging but doable

goal increases overall congregational giving to 24% of our budgeted needs. We have a promising start: Over the past six months our membership, worship attendance and giving have seen strong growth.

We know that a church's budget is the most concrete expression of its values, vision and priorities. To put it another way: Our budget is where the rubber meets the road. In our case, it’s the road on which Christ is leading us to become the church that serves God's purposes in our community and in the world. We need your support.

These past weeks Pastor Julie has asked us to allow Christian generosity to shape our lives. If each FBC member and friend gives gratefully and generously, we will meet this year's challenging giving goal and move confidently into the future God has prepared for us.

On Sunday, October 30, we will celebrate an “offering of financial commitments” in worship together. Will you take time to pray about your financial participation in what God is doing in and through First Baptist Church during the coming year?

And as an expression of your intention, will you please complete a commitment card indicating your financial commitment between now and December 2017?  Your pledge will remain confidential—whether you make it here online or use a paper card located in the pews, sanctuary welcome area, office area or fellowship hall. (If you pledge online or turn in a commitment card early, you’ll still receive a pledge card in your order of worship on October 30th that you may use as a symbol of your pledge during the offering of commitments.)

We believe that 2016-17 is poised to be a banner year in our history—for all kinds of wonderful reasons. Thank you for all that you mean to this congregation, and to the gospel of Christ.


Your Stewardship Committee:
  Dennis Lambert
  Rob Marus
  Rochelle Howard

   Mike Henson

Lucy Plovnick

Senior Pastor:
Julie Pennington-Russell

Thomas Pandolfi - Virtuoso Pianist 10/16 4pm

Thomas Pandolfi, virtuoso pianist, returns to FBC on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 4pm. He will romance us with pieces by Russian composers like Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, and many others. The finale will be a tribute to Marvin Hamlisch. The Washington Post said Thomas is a “Master of both the grand gesture and the sensual line… exquisite…exceptionally articulate.”

This free concert is a gift to the Washington community. A reception follows the performance. Valet parking provided. Bring your friends and neighbors.

About Thomas Pandolfi American pianist

THOMAS PANDOLFI is an exciting virtuoso who, with each passing season, is becoming more and more sought after by audiences worldwide, and showered with superlatives by critics for his passionate artistry and amazing technique.

Among his engagements during the 2015-16 season, were as guest soloist with The National Philharmonic, Ohio Valley Symphony, North Charleston Pops, Cheyenne Symphony, Maryland Symphony, Alexandria Symphony, Symphonicity, Amadeus Orchestra, McLean Orchestra and Frederick Symphony.

During 2016-17, he will also be guest soloist with The Paducah Symphony, the Charlotte Symphony (FL), and the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic. His recital touring schedule will take him across the United States on a twenty state tour. Thomas' international concerts have included those in China and Europe; last season, he also made his debut in British Columbia.

An outstanding cross-over artist, Thomas' virtuoso transcriptions of the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Marvin Hamlisch, George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein are in much demand.

A graduate of The Juilliard School, Pandolfi earned both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees as a scholarship student. He is the proud father of a wonderful son and daughter, and resides in Washington, DC.

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