First Sunday Virtuoso Organists Concert Series

From the first year our Austin Organ was installed (2013), we have presented world-famous organists in concert. Washington organists have participated in the annual Halloween concerts, but this is the first year we will present Washington Virtuoso Artists in solo concerts.

Starting in September, we will present these artists in our First Sunday Virtuoso Organists concert series:

Sunday, September 1 @ 2pm -- Dr. Mickey Thomas Terry
Sunday, October 6 @ 2pm -- Dr. Eileen Guenther
Sunday, November 3 @ 2pm -- Marvin Mills

Mark your calendars, invite your friends, and join us for world-class music!


A Prayer on 9-11

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)

Loving, present God, as we begin this day 
we pause to remember. 
We remember the 2,976 men, women and children 
who died in New York City, at the Pentagon 
and on Flight 93 eighteen years ago. 

We pray for spouses and children and parents 
and grandparents and friends and co-workers 
who find themselves weeping today.

As we remember that harrowing day, 
we acknowledge that You are Almighty God, 
maker of heaven and earth, 
giver of life, 
vanquisher of death, 
bringer of life everlasting.  

You are the God of all power 
who has given us power, as well:

power to create, not to destroy;
power to love, not to hate;
power to build instead of tearing down;
power to reconcile instead of breaking apart; 
and power to seek restorative justice instead of revenge.

As we pray in the name of Jesus Christ,
may we walk always in his Spirit and in his way,
even as we pray the words he taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
Peace and grace,



Pastor Julie

Flawed and Faithful: The Life of David

The books of Samuel in the Hebrew Bible, written with exquisite artistry and intuition about the human condition, tell the story of the shepherd-king, David, one of the few people in the Bible whose life we get to follow all the way from youth to the end of old age. David is not an exemplary man. He shows us not how we should live, but how in fact we do live. In watching him, we learn something of our own "hurts, hates and hopes" (W. Brueggemann). The story of David invites us to discern what humanness is all about when lived in the presence of an ever-reaching God and in the presence of earthly power that invites, entices and consumes.

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September 15
Resisting Oppressors
1 Samuel 17:32-33, 36-49

September 22
Jon Singletary Preaching
Jon and his wife Wendi are leading our Enneagram Weekend Sept. 20-21. Read more here. Dr. Jon Singletary is dean and professor at the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He earned his PhD and MSW degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University, his MDiv from Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, and his BA from Baylor. He and Wendi are the parents of five children and are members of Calvary Baptist Church in Waco.

September 29
Repaying Evil with Good
1 Sam 24:8-19

October 6
Living with Abandon
2 Samuel 6:14-23

October 13
Amanda Tyler Preaching
Amanda Tyler, Executive Director of BJC (Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty) and a member of FBCDC, brings the message on 10/13 while Pastor Julie leads a church retreat in the U.K. In 2016, Amanda became the sixth executive director in the organization’s 80-year history. She earned her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and her law degree from The University of Texas. Amanda lives nearby in FBC's neighborhood with her husband, Robert Behrendt, and their son, Phelps.

October 20
Owning Our Guilt
2 Samuel 12:1-14

October 27
Grieving Terrible Loss
2 Samuel 12:15b-25

November 3
Navigating Betrayal
2 Samuel 15:13-16, 23-26, 28-30 (CEB)

November 10
Surviving the Unthinkable
2 Samuel 18:24-19:4

November 17
Leaving Unfinished Dreams
1 Chronicles 22:1-16

November 24
Giving Genuine Gifts
2 Samuel 24:18-24

Enneagram Weekend September 20-21, 2019


Join us for a special workshop on “Enneagram and Relationships,” taught by experts Dr. Jon and Wendi Singletary. The Enneagram is a tool with ancient roots that can help us know ourselves and each other better so we can grow more into the people that God created us to be. Anyone is welcome to attend this special workshop, which will provide a good introduction and more information for those who want to continue their exploration of the Enneagram.

Jon Singletary is dean and professor at the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Wendi Singletary, a Baylor University graduate, is a first grade teacher. They are the parents of five children. They have both taught and led several workshops on the Enneagram for groups around the country.

Friday, September 20: Doors open and dinner served at 6:30pm, program 7pm - 9pm
Saturday, September 21: Doors open and coffee/snacks served at 9:30am, program 10am – 3pm (including lunch)

Register below to reserve your spot! Registration fee for the entire weekend is $30. If that fee is a financial barrier to attending, please let us know as we have a limited number of scholarships available.

August Forum 2019

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Sundays begin with a light breakfast in Fellowship Hall at 9am, followed by a presentation/lecture from 9:30–10:30am and worship in the sanctuary at 11am.

Sunday August 25

9:30am Lecture: Paul, Power, and Privilege by Dr. Angela Parker
Assistant Professor of New Testament and Greek at McAfee School of Theology, Atlanta, GA.

In contemporary society, the devaluation of black and brown bodies in the United States is a continuing problem. Engaging power, privilege, and identity in Galatians, the lecture will problematize Paul’s privileged use of his own body as ״bearing the marks of Jesus״ in Galatians 6:17, and will wrestle critically with the wholesale adoption of Pauline “identity” and “body” language while thinking through steps to nuance our understanding of Christian identity for individual bodies in the collective body of Christ.

11am: Angela Parker Preaching in Worship
Sandra Bland at the Cross (Mark 15:40-47)

Dr. Angela Parker was recently appointed to the faculty of the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University, Atlanta, GA. She previously taught at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, where she served as assistant professor of biblical studies since 2015. She has also taught courses at Seattle University, Northwest University, Trinity Lutheran College and Catholic Theological Union. Her teaching and research interests include New Testament texts and contexts, The Gospel of Mark, Pauline epistles and theology, womanist biblical interpretation, theology and ethics, contemporary hermeneutical strategies, and postcolonial theory. Dr. Parker earned her Bachelor of Arts in religion and philosophy from Shaw University, Master of Theological Studies from Duke University Divinity School and Doctor of Philosophy in Bible, Culture and Hermeneutics from Chicago Theological Seminary. Welcome Dr. Parker!


Sunday August 4 

9:30am: Presentation by FBC Spain Mission Immersion Group 

11am: Pastor Alyssa Preaching in Worship
It's All Dust (Luke 12:13-21)

Sunday August 11

9:30am: Presentation by FBC/Nineteenth Street Baptist Church History Group 

11am: Rev. Dr. Darryl Roberts, Pastor of Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, Preaching in Worship

Sunday August 18

9:30am Lecture: The Ties That Bind: Reclaiming Covenant Today by Rev. Dr. David Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University in Atlanta/Macon, GA. Much of the dysfunction in American life and in our churches and families today is a result of the collapse of covenant-keeping. This central biblical theme can illuminate a path forward for church and society.

11am: David Gushee Preaching in Worship
Keeping Our Covenants (Isaiah 56:1-8, Matthew 5:31-37)

Summer of Fun 2019

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Every summer, FBC devotes intentional time and energy to building community, relaxing together and getting to know one another -- newcomers and long-timers alike -- in new and fun ways. Some events are free; others require purchase of a ticket payable below; if online payment isn't your thing, just call our office at (202)387-2206 and Zena Aldridge will be happy to assist you).

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Kayaking on the Potomac - Sunday, August 11

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Alyssa Aldape

After worship; Hosted by Alyssa Aldape
Join Pastor Alyssa and others for kayaking on the Potomac after church on Sunday, August 11th. Kayaks are a great option for beginners and seasoned paddlers alike. For ages 8 and up. Alyssa has room to bring 6 people in her car to Key Bridge Boathouse (and/or it's easy to Uber/Lyft ride). Bring a sack lunch or grab food from a restaurant close by. RSVP to Pastor Alyssa: by Friday August 9th. RATES: Single Kayak $16/hr. Double Kayak $22/hr (2 adults, 1 small child).

Kevin Biggins

Kevin Biggins

Friday, August 16
Jazz in the National Gallery Sculpture Garden

5pm, Hosted by Kevin Biggins
Travel to New Orleans without leaving D.C.! Come and hear the Dixie Power Trio, with their twist on New Orleans Jazz with hints of Rock and Roll, while sitting grass-side (or table-side) in the beautiful Smithsonian Sculpture Garden. The Pavilion Cafe is open for drinks and food. Please RSVP to Kevin Biggins; There's no cost and space is not limited, so come alone or with friends!



Saturday, July 13
Topgolf Alexandria

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Charlie Reynolds

4:30-6:30pm, Hosted by Charlie Reynolds
Never tried Topgolf? Think "golf's version of a really nice bowling alley." Fun for the whole family! Meet at Topgolf (6625 S. Van Dorn St., Alexandria, VA) a little before 4pm. Cost: $25 per person, plus food and drink. Sign up and pay below.



Tuesday, July 9
Film at the French Embassy

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Mike Henson

7pm, Hosted by Mike Henson
See Entre Nous ("Between Us"; in French with English subtitles) on Tuesday, July 9, at 7pm. The Embassy is at 4101 Reservoir Road NW, across from Georgetown University Hospital. The event is free but you must register with your name as it appears on your ID (which will be checked at the Embassy entrance). Seating is unreserved, so it's best to arrive by 6:30pm. Register at then please let Mike Henson know you're coming (703) 980-5960, If your schedule allows, join us for happy hour at a nearby restaurant TBD.

Rochelle Howard

Rochelle Howard

Saturday, June 29
Picnic on the National Mall

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Hosted by Rochelle Howard
Meet at the church at Noon and walk to the national mall. Rochelle is providing sandwiches, drinks and snacks (limit: 20 participants). No cost, just good company. Enjoy fellowship in the midst of DC's most visited grounds. BYOPB (bring your own picnic blanket)!

Saturday, June 1: Congressional Chorus Concert

Amanda Tyler

Amanda Tyler

Philip Hawkins

Philip Hawkins

Hosted by Amanda Tyler
The Congressional Chorus (including FBCDC's own Philip Hawkins) will perform at 7:30pm, at National City Christian Church (5 Thomas Circle, just blocks from First Baptist). The program, titled “Let Justice Roll: From Montgomery to Selma to Birmingham,” features ground-breaking musical works that shed light on the long and painful history of racial inequality in the United States and celebrate the people who have worked to bring justice, freedom and hope to everyone who calls this nation their home. Deadline to RSVP and pay HERE: Friday, May 17. And, if your schedule allows, join us for dinner before the concert at 5:30pm at a nearby restaurant TBD. Questions? Contact Amanda Tyler at

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Saturday, June 15: Baseball! Nationals vs. Diamondbacks

Hosted by Lucy Plovnick
Game starts at 4:05pm. - SOLD OUT - Friday, June 7. Questions? Contact Lucy Plovnick at

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Lucy Plovnick

Acts: Adventures in Being Church - Summer Sermon Series 2019


Biblical scholar Eugene Peterson pointed out that the story of Jesus doesn't end with Jesus, it continues in the lives of those who believe in him. Join us in worship as Pastor Julie brings a summer series of messages from the Book of Acts.

June 2 God’s Instruments (Acts 1:1-11)

June 9 All the Difference in the World (Acts 2:1-21) (Pentecost)

June 16 Commitment Cards and Coroners (Acts 5:1-11)                       

June 23 Get In the Game (Acts 6:1-7)

June 30  Following Jesus: What we Lose (Acts 9:1-9)

July 7 Following Jesus: What we Find (Acts 9:10-19)

July 14 Paul, Barnabas and that Crazy Radio Station (Acts 14:8-20)

July 21 Facing Conflict in the Spirit of Christ (Acts 15:1, 2, 6-20)       

July 28 Learning to Let Go (Acts 20:17-38)

Serve at the Memorial Day BBQ at Christ House—Monday, May 27

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2018 BBQ

10:30am -2:30pm
The FBC Missions Team invites you to come and help grill, set up and serve food, play corn hole and board games with the wonderful residents and staff of Christ House to celebrate the holiday weekend. Contact Alyssa Aldape if you can serve ( FBC is asked to bring desserts. Even if you can't serve on the 27th, please bring a dessert (labeled for Christ House) to church the day before and leave in the kitchen.

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2018 BBQ

Letter to the Congregation from Pastor Charlie

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Dear treasured brothers and sisters in Christ,

It is with sadness that I tell you that my and Cindy’s season here with you in Washington is coming to an end. We all knew that our time here would be limited, and it’s become clear to both Cindy and me that God is calling us back to the Southwest. Since moving here in late 2016, another grandchild has arrived. In addition, both of our daughters and their families now live in the Dallas suburb of Plano. It’s time for us to move nearer to them and give them what support we can.

Julie and I and our church leaders have determined that I will remain your Executive Pastor until July 1, the end of our budget year. This will give time for church leadership to make decisions and arrangements about what will come next. 

Please know that I continue to love the privilege of being one of your pastors. I love the work I do. I love those with whom I get to do it. I love living in this wonderful city. It has all been, and continues to be, a holy privilege and I will always consider my time here to be one of God’s most precious gifts. While I wish that our tenure here could be longer, the time has come for us to live nearer to our family. We hope you will understand and continue to love and support us as you always have. Know that we will do the same for you, you dear people who call yourselves The First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, D.C.

In love and gratitude,

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Charlie Fuller, Executive Pastor

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Dear FBC family:

I join you in feelings of sadness at Charlie and Cindy’s news. Charlie shared their discernment with me some weeks ago, so I’ve had longer to let the news fully arrive in my mind and heart. While I would have loved serving alongside Charlie for years to come, I recognize that he and Cindy are following God’s call in this season of their lives, and of course I fully support them in their desire to be closer to their family.

In the fall of 2016, God gave a significant gift to First Baptist Church when we invited Charlie to become FBC’s very first Executive Pastor. Given the complex nature of FBC’s operational systems and structures, the church determined that we needed a staff leader to guide these areas in order to allow more of our congregation and pastors to focus on our Christ-centered mission as a church.

During the past two-plus years, Charlie has exceeded every one of my highest hopes for this position. His wise, patient, keen leadership, coupled with his caring pastor’s heart, have helped First Baptist to turn a number of crucial corners operationally. Many of our systems are healthier today as a direct result of Charlie’s leadership, and more people feel connected to God and this church family because of his love and care. For all of this I say, thanks be to God.

Be assured that our gifted lay leaders in each of the operational areas for which Charlie is responsible—finance, personnel and facilities—are already discussing next steps. They and I will keep the congregation informed all along the way as we walk together into God’s good future.

In the meantime, please join me in blessing our dear brother and sister in Christ. Charlie and Cindy, we love and appreciate you!

Peace and Grace,

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Pastor Julie

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Dear brothers and sisters,

It has been said one characteristic of a true leader is to prepare the organization for their departure. On that basis alone, Pastor Charlie will be reckoned among the great leaders of the First Baptist of the City of Washington D.C. for he has surely prepared us well for the coming days when we must move forward without him. At this point I want to assure the congregation about several things:

  • The leadership of First Baptist Church is committed to following through on the upgrades and improvements Pastor Charlie has been supporting since he joined us.

  • The leadership is assembling a search committee to call a new Executive Pastor; we will soon ask the congregation to affirm and bless the committee.

  • We will hire an interim Executive Pastor/Chief of Staff to carry on with the work Pastor Charlie has been doing for us until the search committee completes its work.

  • Pastor Charlie will be with us through the end of June to help facilitate a smooth transition.

I encourage everyone in the congregation to pray for Charlie and Cindy as they respond to this new call for their lives. We praise God for their time with us and the gifts they have shared.

Roderick Coates




Sunday, April 14@11am
Take part in the annual Palm Sunday Parade! After worship on April 14, join FBC as we walk through the local neighborhood singing God's praises and blessing our neighbors. Wear your walking shoes and biggest, welcoming smile! Meet in the narthex immediately after worship and begin the parade on 16th Street.


Thursday, April 18 @ 7-9pm
FBC will enjoy a fellowship meal together with Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, followed by a worship service with communion, foot-washing, the music of the FBC Chancel Choir, and a meditation by Pastor Julie. NSBC is located at 4606 16th St NW (at Crittenden Street). Parking available onsite and in the neighborhood.


Friday, April 19 @ 7pm
Remember and reflect on Christ's crucifixion in this "Service of Shadows" led by our Chancel Choir, other musicians, and readers from the congregation.


Sunday, April 21 @ 11am
We celebrate the resurrection of Christ and offer hospitality to the many who worship with us! Communion will be celebrated. The Easter celebration continues after worship in the side courtyard (weather permitting) for light hors d’oeuvres provided by FBC and Cascarones (a Mexican tradition with hollowed-out eggshells filled with confetti).


FBC & NSBC Teams Meet Wednesday, Feb. 27

In November of 2018, twenty-two men and women from First Baptist Church and Nineteenth Street Baptist Church met for prayer, conversation and the planning of joint ventures between our two churches in the areas of worship, social & racial justice, and the writing of a new, combined history. On Wednesday evening, February 27, FBCDC hosted supper and the second meeting.

The three teams are:
• Worship: Leslie Alford & Kenyatta Hobson, co-leaders
• Social & Racial Justice: Kate Campbell, Rhonda Glaude & Cheryl Coleman Hall, co-leaders
• History: Janice Osborn & Louise White, co-leaders

New Music CD--Unique and Sacred: Original Compositions and Arrangements by Dr. Lon Schreiber with Debbi Miller, Soprano

Beginning this Sunday (3/3), we are pleased to make available for purchase a new music CD, Unique and Sacred. Dr. Lon Schreiber has been writing sacred music for more than 60 years and soprano Debbi Miller has long cherished the dream of recording his soprano solo pieces to preserve that portion of his beautiful body of work for posterity. Together they realized this dream last August, recording here in the sanctuary of FBC, and creating a CD of eight inspirational songs. Lon's specialty is to use very familiar texts and/or melodies, and re-imagine them in his own unique style. Cost: $10. All proceeds will benefit the National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) which creates healthy living environments for vulnerable children, youth and families. CDs may be purchased in the Narthex after worship, in Fellowship Hall during the potluck, and here

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Ash Wednesday is March 6

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“Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Gen. 3:19). For nearly a thousand years, these words have been spoken to believers as the sign of the cross is traced on their foreheads with ashes, a sign of our mortality and repentance. Join us March 6th at 7pm for the Ash Wednesday worship service (Dinner at 6pm, catered by Chef Laval). Can’t make it to the evening service? Pastor Alyssa will offer ashes on the front steps of the church (16th Street) that morning from 8am until 10am.

Winter Forum with Brad Braxton


Saturday Morning, February 9 (Reservations are full)

8am: Meet at the museum

8:30am: Tour the historical galleries with Dr. Braxton

10:30am: Private, 2-hour symposium taught by Dr. Braxton

Sunday Morning, February 10

9am: Coffee, pastries and fellowship 
(side-chapel of the Sanctuary)

9:30am: Lecture by Dr. Braxton: Lifting the Veil: Religion, Reparations and Reconciliation, based on 2 Cor. 3 & 2 Cor. 5

11am: Worship, Brad Braxton preaching:
The Value of Knowing Who You Are
Text: 1 John 3:1-2

Rev. Dr. Brad Braxton is Director of the Center for the Study of African American Religious Life (CSAARL) and the Supervisory Curator of Religion at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Sat. African American History Museum Tour (Full)

This year's Winter Forum includes a guided tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Saturday morning, Feb. 9, with Rev. Dr. Brad Braxton. (Sorry, the tour reservations are full.)

Parents, if you want to know ahead of time what your children will experience at the museum, these articles may be of help:

Please note: These plans are subject to cancellation if the government shut-down is still in effect. Please continue to pray for all whose lives are affected by this situation.

Snow Advisory: FBC Facilities Closed Sunday, January 13; Online Gathering Live at 11am

Dear FBC Family:

Our pastoral staff, deacon chair, moderator and other church leaders have been in communication this afternoon and we have made the decision to cancel all Sunday activities for tomorrow, January 13. Up until a few hours ago, when only 1-3 inches of snow were predicted, the plan was to meet for worship as usual. However, now that the forecast calls for greater amounts of snow, and because some of our Sunday support staff live beyond the District, we feel it best to suspend Sunday activities and land on the side of safety.

Tomorrow morning at 11am, I will lead a brief devotional gathering on Facebook Live from our home here in Brookland. Join us! (You don't have to have a Facebook account to watch.) If you’re not familiar with Facebook Live:

  1. Tomorrow at 11am, if you have a Facebook (FB) account, go on FB and search for First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, DC. (If you don't have a FB account, go to this URL which will take you to our FB page:

  2. On the left side of our Facebook page you’ll see a list of options. Click the “Videos” button. The live session begins at 11am.

During our snow-day worship gathering, in addition to prayers, Scripture and a poem or two, I invite you to email me between now and tomorrow morning with a personal gratitude statement (“I feel grateful for…”) or a brief word about where you have felt God’s presence lately. I will read your statements during the Facebook Live session. (Please let me know if it’s okay to mention your first name…and even if you can't join us tomorrow on Facebook, I’d still love to read your gratitude statement or story of God’s presence.)

In the meantime, as the snow begins to fall, I offer this winter poem by Frederick Buechner:

Sudden Snow

You wake up on a winter morning
and pull up the shade, and what lay there
the evening before is no longer there—
the sodden gray yard,
the dog droppings,
the tire tracks in the frozen mud,
the broken lawn chair you forgot to take in last fall.

All this has disappeared overnight, and what
you look out on is not the snow of Narnia
but the snow of home, which is no less
shimmering and white as it falls.

The earth is covered with it, and it is falling still
in silence so deep that you can hear its silence.
It is snow to be shoveled,
to make driving even worse than usual,
snow to be joked about and cursed at,
but unless the child in you is entirely dead,
it is snow, too, that can make the heart beat faster
when it catches you by surprise that way,
before your defenses are up.

It is snow that can awaken memories of things
more wonderful than anything you ever knew
or dreamed.

Stay warm and be safe, friends. Savor the quiet beauty falling all around you. And be mindful of those who are seeking warmth and shelter tonight.

In peace,

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Pastor Julie

Christmas Eve At First Baptist • 4pm

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We gather on Christmas Eve to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Join us for this beautiful hour of worship featuring special elements for children, a reading of the Christmas story, the music of pipe organ and choir, and a Christmas Eve meditation. We conclude the service with the lighting of congregational candles.

The First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, D.C. • 1328 16th Street NW Washington, D.C.