Fun & Friendship

Winter Forum with Brad Braxton

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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
(Sanctuary)

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:
https://www.stayarlington.com/blog/how-kid-friendly-is-the-smithsonians-african-american-museum/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/for-parents-and-children-difficult-history-at-african-american-museum/2016/09/18/19ed0efa-7c3b-11e6-ac8e-cf8e0dd91dc7_story.html?utm_term=.df078d266933

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.

Church Family Christmas - December 16

Get ready for an all-star performance of "The Not-So-Silent Night" at this year's Church Family Christmas on December 16th. Young shepherds joyfully shout praises after visiting the newborn Savior. How were they to know they were disturbing the peace? Watch the story develop in a Bethlehem courtroom, as performed by FBC children.

Program/Meal After Worship in Fellowship Hall
Enjoy a Christmas feast prepared by Chef Laval, carolers from the Chancel Choir and a special theatrical/musical performance by FBC Kids (See Above). Cost of the meal is $10/adults; $7/children under 12. RSVP and pay in advance below, or email Church Administrator D’O Dillard and pay at the door (ddillard@firstbaptistdc.org). Please consider chipping in the cost of an extra meal, so we can treat our guests that day.

Notre Dame [Paris] Organist Olivier Latry Oct. 18 7:30pm

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Renowned musician Olivier Latry, in recital Thursday, October 18, 7:30 pm. The latest offering in our Virtuoso Organist Series, Olivier is the principal organist at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Paris. Read his reviews and listen to him perform here.

BIO

French organist Olivier Latry is one of the most distinguished concert organists in the world today. One of three titular organists at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, he is also Professor of Organ at the Paris Conservatory of Music, Organist Emeritus with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in Canada, and maintains a full schedule of concert performances appearing regularly as a soloist at prestigious venues and festivals, and with leading orchestras around the world.

Mr. Latry was born in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France, in 1962 where he began his musical studies. He later attended the Academy of Music at St. Maur-des-Fossés, studying organ with Gaston Litaize. From 1981 to 1985 he was titular organist of Meaux Cathedral, and at the age of 23 won the competition to become one of the three titular organists of the Cathedral of NotreDame in Paris along with Philippe Lefebvre and Jean-Pierre Leguay; the three of them succeeding Pierre Cochereau. In 1990 he succeeded his teacher, Gaston Litaize, as organ professor at the Academy of Music at St. Maur-des-Fossés, and then subsequently in 1995 was appointed Professor of Organ at the Paris Conservatory where he continues to teach today along with his distinguished colleague, Michel Bouvard.

Having performed in more than fifty countries on five continents, Mr. Latry does not want to specialize in any specific repertoire, but rather wishes to explore all styles of organ music, as well as the art of improvisation. In 2000, to celebrate Olivier Messiaen as one of the greatest composers of the 20th century, he performed three complete cycles (six recitals each) of Messiaen’s organ music, at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York City and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Mr. Latry has also inaugurated many significant concert hall organs around the world, including Verizon Hall (Philadelphia USA), The Palace of the Arts (Budapest, Hungary), and The Musikverein (Vienna, Austria). In 2014 he performed the inaugural concerts at La Maison Symphonique (Montréal, Canada) and a concert as part of the inaugural concert series at the Royal Festival Hall in London (UK).

In addition to concerts and teaching, Mr. Latry has made his mark through many recordings on the BNL label featuring music of Bach, Widor’s Symphonies 5 and 6, Vierne’s Symphonies 2 and 3 and the complete works of Duruflé. With Deutsche Grammophon he has recorded a transcription disc entitled “Midnight at Notre-Dame”, a disc featuring the organ works of César Franck, and the complete organ works of Olivier Messiaen. He has also recorded the Poulenc Concerto and the Barber Toccata Festiva with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Jongen Symphonie Concertante with the Liège Orchestra. His most recent recording on the Naïve label is entitled “Trois Siècles d’Orgue Notre-Dame de Paris” which features music composed by past and current organists of Notre-Dame Cathedral.

In recognition of his distinguished work in the field of organ performance and teaching, Mr. Latry has received many prestigious awards and honorary degrees including the Prix de la Fondation Cino et Simone Del Duca (Institut de France–Académie des Beaux-Arts) in 2000, and “Honoris Causa” Fellowships from the North and Midlands School of Music (UK) in 2006, and from the Royal College of Organists (UK) in 2007. He was also presented the International Performer of the Year award by the New York City chapter of the American Guild of Organists in April 2009, and received an honorary Doctor of Music degree from McGill University in Montreal Canada in 2010. Current as of April 2015

Building the Beloved Community: Breakfast & Conversation with Nineteenth Street Baptist Church

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Saturday, September 15, 9 - 11am, at NSBC | Led by Pastors Julie Pennington-Russell and Darryl Roberts

A Shared History
Thomas Jefferson was President when, in March of 1802, six laypersons and four ministers established the First Baptist Church of Washington City. From its earliest days, First Baptist Church included African American members both slave and free. By 1810, black members comprised twenty-nine percent of the congregation and by 1822, forty percent. In 1839 First Baptist Church decided to leave their location at the corner of Nineteenth and Eye Streets, NW, and move closer to the city’s center, subsequently purchasing property north of E Street along Tenth Street. First Baptist continued to meet for a while in its two locations while preparing to transfer the property to the mostly black congregation remaining at Nineteenth Street.

Relationships between the two congregations became strained, in part because of arguments over the transfer of the property (which took more than 30 years) but also likely because of the painful realities of racial injustice. Even so, our two congregations worked together during and after the Civil War, with support from the Freedman’s Bureau, to offer health care, shelter and education to the more than ten thousand freed and fugitive slaves living in camps throughout Washington City.

Nearly 80 years later, in the early 1940s, Dr. Walter H. Brooks, esteemed pastor of Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, preached in worship at First Baptist Church at the invitation of First Baptist’s pastor, Dr. Edward Pruden.

It has been more than 200 years since our shared history began. Today, in a season in our nation’s life when racial tensions are once again flaring, the pastors of FBC and NSBC, Pastor Julie and Rev. Dr. Darryl Roberts, along with Hannah McMahan from the New Baptist Covenant, have begun meeting for the purpose of knowing each other and talking about how our congregations might shine a light together in Washington. These conversations led to our churches meeting on August 12 at the MLK Memorial for a prayer walk and communion.

A New Chapter
If you sense God’s Spirit leading you to help plant fresh seeds of understanding, love and shared mission between our two churches, join us on Saturday, September 15, from 9-11am for a light breakfast and conversation at Nineteenth Street Baptist Church (located at 4606 16th Street, NW,) led by Pastor Julie and Pastor Darryl. Please RSVP by September 12 to Zena Aldridge at zaldridge@firstbaptistdc.org.

To Puerto Rico with Love: Seafood Feast & Silent Auction at Village Baptist Church in Bowie--Sept. 29

By Bruce Salmon

Puerto Rico is hurting. Almost a year after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico is far from recovered. The 155-mph winds devastated the infrastructure and killed more than 2,900 U.S. citizens. According to The Washington Post, “basic modern-day services are still not fully operational across the island.”

To compound the disaster, “philanthropies are failing Puerto Rico.” Corporate and foundation support of Puerto Rico in 2017 was only $62 million. Compare that with the $341 million given after Hurricane Harvey, and the $128 million given after Hurricane Irma. Thanks to those investments and a robust government response, Texas and Florida “were back on their feet in a matter of weeks.” Puerto Ricans, however, continue to struggle to meet basic needs.

Not everyone has forgotten Puerto Rico. Following Hurricane Maria, American Baptists and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship began sending church mission groups. Iglesia Bautista de Metrópolis in Carolina became a base of operations. The church already was part of the CBF family, having joined CBF of Florida in 2007. Pastor Jesủs Garcia has led his church to sponsor “Faith in Action” days, when church members and mission group volunteers repair surrounding communities while sharing the message of Jesus.

Randy Shepley, CBF Missions Council member (and friend of Pastor Julie), is pastor of First Baptist Church of Newport News, Virginia. A mission trip five years ago led to a strong bond between his church and Iglesia Bautista de Metrópolis. Now, my former church, Village Baptist in Bowie, Maryland, has joined the partnership, designating its summer mission project to help Iglesia Bautista de Metrópolis rebuild their church.

To raise funds Village is sponsoring a Seafood Feast & Silent Auction on Saturday, September 29, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., at Village Baptist Church in Bowie. This is where the people of First Baptist Church of Washington, D.C. can come in. Linda and I plan to attend the Village Seafood Feast, and we invite you to join us. The cost is $40 per person, $10 for ages 5-10, and free under age 5. The menu includes snow crabs, steamed crabs, steamed shrimp, fried chicken, corn on the cob, potato salad, slaw, soft drinks, lemonade, and iced tea, with hot dogs available for the kids.

Bowie is not that far away. Linda and I come from Bowie to FBC/DC almost every Sunday. Saturday, September 29, is not that far away. We would be thrilled to have some folks from our new church home join us at our old church home for this fun and worthwhile event. Because seating is limited, tickets are non-refundable and must be purchased in advance, with a deadline of September 21. Checks are payable to Village Baptist Church or purchased below.

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Evening with Dr. Laura Parajón from Nicaragua - Wednesday, Aug. 29

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Dinner @ 6:30pm; Conversation with Dr. Laura Parajon @ 7pm
Join us on Wednesday, August 29, for dinner and a conversation with Dr. Laura Parajon from AMOS (A Ministry of Sharing) Hope and Healing in Nicaragua. AMOS is a Christian non-profit organization that exists to improve the health of impoverished communities by working alongside them in health, education and development. Laura and her husband, Dr. David Parajon, lead AMOS and are both American Baptist missionaries. In April 2008, FBCDC sponsored a team of 17 that went to Nicaragua to help lay the foundation for the Evelyn L. Shockey Medical Clinic in rural Nascascolo (Evelyn was a long-time member of FBC). Please join us as we learn first-hand from Laura about the critical situation in Nicaragua due to the civil unrest, and how it is affecting their work.

http://www.amoshealth.org

United in Love: Communion and Faith Walk - Aug 12, 2pm

Led by Pastor Julie and Pastor Darryl Roberts
August 12 marks the one-year anniversary of the white supremacists’ rally in Charlottesville. This Sunday (8/12) Pastor Julie and Pastor Darryl Roberts from the historic Nineteenth Street Baptist Church will co-lead a brief communion service at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at 2pm. Our brothers and sisters of NSBC have invited our church to join them for a snack lunch at their church (4606 16th St NW) from 12:45-1:30pm, then ride with them on their church busses to the MLK Memorial. Deacons from both churches will serve the bread and cup to all want to participate—church folk and tourists alike. (Please note: the communion service will be 2.5 miles from the white supremacist/neo-Nazi rally taking place in Lafayette Square, near the White House.)

Schedule for August 12:

  • 12:45-1:30pm First Baptist and Nineteenth Street Baptist share a snack lunch at NSBC (provided by New Baptist Covenant)

  • 1:30pm Leave Nineteenth Street by bus

  • 1:50pm Arrive at King Memorial

  • 2:00pm Communion Service

  • 2:25pm Prayer Walk around Monument

  • 2:45pm Load Buses and return to Nineteenth Street (or FBC folk may elect to Uber or Metro back to the church or to home)

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August Forum: Faith & Art

During the dog days of summer, we combine Sunday School classes as a way to slow down and reconnect. All are invited to participate in this year's August Forum as we explore our artistic side.

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August 5: 
Painting the Sacred with Amy Ordoveza
Amy Ordoveza will briefly discuss some of her recent paintings and drawings, and lead participants in creating small gouache (opaque watercolor) paintings that depict places that have been significant to them in their spiritual journeys. Participants may optionally prepare to paint by bringing a reference photo of a place where God has guided them, taught them, or blessed them. No previous painting experience is necessary. For adults and youth; children will participate in a rock-painting session with Pastor Kelly.

Amy is an artist, art teacher, and a member of First Baptist Church. She studied painting at the New York Academy of Art and the Maryland Institute College of Art, and art education at George Mason University. She has taught art for Arlington Adult Education and Fairfax County Public Schools.

August 12
Meeting God Through Flowers with Shirley McBeath
Enjoy learning techniques in arranging flowers, God’s inspiring handiwork. Experience the spiritual blessings and gifts of flowers. Participants will leave with their own floral creation. For adults, youth and children.

Shirley joined FBC in February 1974 with her husband Bill and three children, Beth, Becky and Wil. She was ordained as a deacon in 1976 and has served several times on the diaconate, as well as on many committees and teams. She began her ministry of flowers in 2000 when she envisioned ways to expand the use of the message of God’s love by sharing the altar flowers with others after the worship hour. To fund this ministry, she enlists individuals willing to sponsor each week’s fresh flowers on the altar. After worship, these flowers are creatively arranged into smaller bouquets and delivered to the homebound and hospitalized, as well as to those celebrating special occasions. Shirley donates her time and often the flowers used in arrangements for FBC events. Many of these arrangements are augmented by flowers from her own garden.

August 19
Liturgical Fabric Art with Jac & Kathy Whatley
Design your own liturgical banner! Kathy and Jac will introduce us to the use of fabrics to support and enhance worship and will talk about traditional liturgical colors and holy days and their historical place of symbolism in the church. For adults, youth and children.

Forty years ago, a radiator pipe exploded in Jac and Kathy’s first apartment, destroying a quilt his mother had made. They decided to make one to replace it (and hope to finish it this winter). Along the way they begin making placemats and table cloths and fabric stuffed animals and gifts for Christmas and birthdays. Until they joined First Baptist two and a half years ago they had never done any church art (besides Vacation Bible School!). Julie asked Kathy to make a banner for Pentecost and since then they’ve made more than a dozen banners and stoles for the church. Typically Jac designs, patterns and chooses colors while Kathy cuts, sews, quilts and hand stitches details.

August 26
What Makes You Sing? with Lawrence (Lon) Schreiber and Kevin Biggins
After breakfast we'll head upstairs to the third floor Choir Suite where Lon and Kevin will lead us in a musical adventure in worship featuring William Howard Doane, who is also seen in our Sanctuary stained glass. Lon and Kevin will play a duet featuring one of his most famous and beloved hymns: "To God be the Glory." For adults, youth and children.

After 40 years of serving National City Christian Church as Minister of Music, Lon Schreiber was called to be interim Organist-Choirmaster here at First Baptist in October 2000. He was among the consultants for the FBC Steinway Concert Grand, and the Austin organ with more than 6000 pipes.

Kevin has been a part of FBC since (circa?) 2004 through Lon and the music program, and its many talented members; often through leading worship as the substitute organist or being part of the choir. After completing music school at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, Kevin joined Megabus as a supervisor in NJ/Philadelphia, and eventually became the manager of operations in DC and MD. Since returning to DC, he has attended FBC weekly, involving himself in young adult programs, and showing his deep love for the music program here and its future in the church and the community.

 

Benefit Recital for Agape National Academy of Music June 10, 2pm

The Agape National Academy of Music (ANAM) is based in Monrovia, Liberia and has as its' mission "Making Liberian Children Successful through the Arts." ANAM was founded by Samson Tarpeh in 2008 in response to thousands of children in need of healing and spiritual development following 14 years of civil war in Liberia. Mr. Tarpeh, on piano, and accompanied by two vocalists, will perform in the Sanctuary on Sunday, June 10 at 2pm. One of ANAM's goals is to raise money for the project; a free-will offering will be accepted. Questions? Contact D'O Dillard at ddillard@firstbaptistdc.org. All FBC members and friends are cordially invited.

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Capital Pride Parade Saturday, June 9

Pastor Julie and others from FBC who are marching with AWAB (Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists) at the Capital Pride Parade next Saturday, June 9. We’ll join friends from Baptist churches in the DC area in showing love to people who are too often excluded from church.

As of publication time AWAB doesn’t have info from Capital Pride about the time and location for meeting up. Step-off for the parade is 4:30pm. We will likely be near the end of the parade line. Complete info will appear in next week’s email Update. The forecast says 86° and partly cloudy. The parade route is about 1.5 miles and there are some hills, so wear comfortable walking shoes and bring bottled water, sunscreen, and a snack. For more information, contact Pastor Julie at jpr@firstbaptistdc.org.

Summer of Fun 2018

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AUGUST

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August 18 (Saturday, 10am)
Kayaking on the Potomac 
(hosted by Chelsea Clarke, Didier Ahimera and Allen Norfleet)

Spend a Saturday kayaking on the Potomac with FBCDC friends! Hosts Chelsea Clarke, Didier Ahimera and Allen Norfleet invite you to join them at the DC Boathouse under the Key Bridge in Georgetown on Sat., Aug. 18 at 10 am. Kayaks are $16/hr for single; $22/hour for double. Rental includes a life vest. If you would like more information, go to https://boatingindc.com/boathouses/key-bridge-boathouse/

(RSVP below)

(nothing is added to shopping cart for this event, payment is made at the DC Boathouse)


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August 19 (Sunday, 1-4pm; come-and-go)
Board Games & Lunch 
(hosted by Kelly Magee-Prichard and Charlotte Straight)

Join the fun in Arlington! Chuck and Kelly are cooking up Pulled Pork, Baked Beans, and Cole Slaw, while Charlotte is planning a festive game-playing afternoon.

3528 6th St., South, Arlington, VA.(RSVP below)

(nothing is added to shopping cart for free events)


Past Events

AUGUST

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Aug 11(Saturday, 1pm)
Lunch at a Maryland Crab House 
(hosted by Ron & Zena Aldridge)

Join us for a delicious lunch at a Southern Maryland crab house on the Neale Sound of the Potomac River in Charles County, MD. Plan to meet at Captain John's Crab House @ 1pm. 16215 Cobb Island Rd., Newburg, MD.
Restaurant website: https://www.cjcrab.com/Home
Need a ride? Carpooling available.
A demonstration of how to open and pick a Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab is guaranteed!
(RSVP below)


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August 3 (Friday, 7:05pm)
Washington Nationals Baseball Game 
(hosted by Charlie Fuller)

(1 ticket available @ $32. RSVP and pay below ASAP)


JULY

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July 14 (Saturday, 5-7pm)
Wine & Cheese at The Chastleton 
(hosted by Rochelle Howard)

We relaxed and enjoyed visiting with friends old and new at this historic Dupont Circle neighborhood condominium. 


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July 13 (Friday, 6-9pm)
The Capitol Steps 
(comedy troupe; hosted by Lucy Plovnick)

Met at 6pm in the food court of the Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW. Show began at 7:30pm. 


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JUNE

June 29 (Friday, 5:45pm-10pm)
U. S. Marine Band Concert and Evening Parade at the Barracks (hosted by Amanda Tyler)

A summer tradition on Capitol Hill, join us for patriotic music and pageantry at the Marine Barracks in Southeast Washington. We'll gather for dinner at 5:45pm at Cava Mezze Restaurant on Barracks Row (527 8th St SE), then walk to claim our reserved seats for the concert and evening parade. (Reservations are Closed )


Artist & Teacher Tina Bailey

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June 24 (Sunday, 12:30-2:45pm)
Watercolors @ The Drake with Tina Bailey
(hosted by Julie Pennington-Russell)

18 folks unleashed their inner artists at this watercolors workshop in the beautiful Penthouse Residents’ Lounge at The Drake apartment building (next door to FBCDC). No prior art experience was needed. Artist Tina Bailey, a graduate of Savannah College of Art & Design, serves as field personnel in Bali through Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

Pentecost Jazz Worship Service May 20

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“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

Join us in worship as we celebrate God’s gift of Holy Spirit, led by FBC musicians and the Scott Paddock Jazz Quartet (jazz prelude begins at 10:45am). We’ll hear the words of Scripture in a variety of languages and Pastor Julie will bring the message, The Impartial Spirit. Flags of the nations will encircle the sanctuary from the balcony, a beloved FBC Pentecost tradition.

In the second chapter of Acts, Luke tells of how, fifty days after Easter, the Spirit of God fell like a fire and blew like a wind on 120 men and women and they streamed into the streets of the city to meet their neighbors with the good news of Jesus Christ.


 

Palm Sunday Mariachi Parade

2017 Palm Sunday Parade

2017 Palm Sunday Parade

You’re invited to join us on Sunday March 25th, for a Palm Sunday Parade! “Mariachi Ay Ay Ay” will return to lead us in song as we circle our DuPont Neighborhood waving palm branches. Wear your walking shoes and join us as we let our neighbors know that they are loved. “Mariachi Ay Ay Ay” was one of the featured bands in a Washington Post Magazine article on Sunday, March 4.

Rally to End Racism Wednesday, April 4, on the National Mall

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Rally to End Racism
Wednesday, April 4, on the National Mall
50th Anniversary of the Assassination of MLK

On April 3-5, 2018 the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA and partners will gather in Washington, D.C. for a historic event to mark 50 years since the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968, and to launch its Truth and Racial Justice Initiative. The Rally to End Racism is a launching point for a comprehensive, multi-year program to address racism in our nation. Pastor Julie is serving on the fundraising committee for this event. Many volunteers will be needed from local congregations. Stay tuned for ways you can help.

Schedule At-A-Glance for April 3-5, 2018

Tuesday, April 3: Ecumenical Worship Service in the Orthodox Tradition

  • 6:30 p.m.: St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral,
    2815 36th St., NW, Washington, D.C., 20007

Wednesday, April 4: ACT to End Racism Rally on the National Mall

  • 7-8 a.m.: Silent Prayer Walk to the National Mall
  • 8-9 a.m.: Interfaith Service
  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Rally and Call to Commitment
     

Thursday, April 5: National Day of Advocacy & Action

Serving as a leading voice of witness to the living Christ in the public square since 1950, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) brings together 38 member communions (including the Alliance of Baptists) and more than 35 million Christians in a common expression of God’s love and promise of unity.

More Info: http://www.rally2endracism.org/

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service—Dec. 24 @ 4pm

This year Christmas Eve falls on Sunday. In addition to our weekly service at 11am, we’ll also gather again at 4pm 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 organ and choir, and a Christmas Eve meditation by Pastor Julie. We’ll conclude the service with the lighting of congregational candles.

60th Annual Candlelight Carols

December 10 @ 4pm (FBC Sanctuary)

Capture the joy of the season with a beloved First Baptist tradition! The first Candlelight Carols Service was held in the newly completed sanctuary of First Baptist Church on December 8, 1957, launching a tradition that has spanned six decades. Candlelight Carols continues today, featuring the choirs and instrumentalists of The First Baptist Church and The Runnymede Singers. An offering will be collected, benefitting SOME (So Others Might Eat), an interfaith, community-based organization that exists to help poor and unhoused people in D.C. Bring a friend!

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Church Family Christmas | Sun. Dec. 4 9:30am

Live Nativity During Potluck Lunch

Every year, our children and youth reenact the Christmas story during our December “first Sunday” potluck. Rehearsal will take place during the Sunday School hour starting at 9:30am (children and students should come to their classrooms first, then head to Fellowship Hall). During lunch, kids will eat first, then come backstage to dress as angels, shepherds, wisemen or part of the holy family. (Any children visiting are also welcome to dress and join the FBC kids on stage; they won’t have to speak.)


2016 Live Nativity:

Fifth Annual Halloween Concert on Tues, Oct. 31 7pm

Don’t miss First Baptist’s annual musical treat on Tuesday, October 31, at 7pm.  We have talented “Goblins” (of assorted kinds) who will thrill and chill you with performances on the magnificent 5-manual Austin Organ of more than 6,000 pipes.  The concert will last about an hour, and is free and open to the public. Performers will wear costumes, and the audience is invited to come in costume as well. Bring a friend!

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