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Steps of Faith | Volume 1 Issue 1 (May/June 2014)

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The first issue of Faith Moravian Church of the Nation's Capital's newsletter

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Steps of Faith | Volume 1 Issue 1 (May/June 2014)

  1. 1. If you can think of something, share it with us. I plan to visit with every member of the congregation during this year. It will help if I know what is a good time for you. This is a visit to get to know you better and to learn what your expectations and aspirations are for Faith. I am sure that together we will be able to do a lot. That is the principle of team work;' Together Each Achieve More!' I therefore seek your assistance in building Team Faith, a team that will take us into a future filled with possibilities. In- deed, all things are possible with God for those who believe. Join me there- fore in Faith, as we grow by faith moving forward in Faith. Pastor Bevon. It is an honor to be sending this first edition of our Newsletter out to you, our family and friends of Faith. It is our hope that this marks the awakening and con- tinuation of what has been a tradi- tion of our congregation. I invite you to share this with as many persons as possible as a way to inform them of what we are doing at Faith, to solicit well needed support for our ministries as they develop and as a means of invit- ing those without a church home to join us. Thanks to our Adminis- trative Assistant for taking on the task of the production and distri- bution of our newsletter. March 15th marked one year since I started serving the congre- gation on a part time basis and the middle of this month will be one year since I started serving on a full time basis. There has never been a time when I was not made to feel welcome in this congrega- tion. I was joined by the rest of my family in September 2013 and we were warmly welcomed by the congregation at the Installation Service on September 29th. They too were made to feel as welcome as I and are fully integrated into the Faith Family. We are truly thankful for your warmth and generosity. As you read through this edition you will get a taste of the many ministries and events that are taking place at Faith. Our aim is to get you more involved, in what- ever way you see fit, in the ministries and activities of our congregation. As a con- gregation we strive to be true to our mission and to ensure that our mission is directed by the vision of our founders. It is for this reason that we plan our activities. We have strong Boards and Committees that move the ministries forward but they cannot do this effectively without the involvement of the entire congregation. What can you do to help? How can you make us more effective in ministry as a congregation? Each day we must ask ourselves these questions as we assess our individual roles against the role of our congregation. We should also be seeking other or newer ways of fulfilling our vision. FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK W H A T ’ S I N S I D E ? From The Pastor’s Desk 1 Health Corner 2 Featured Ministry 3 Youth Corner 4 Did You Know 4 Church Happenings 5 Proud Moments 6 FAITH MORAVIAN CHURCH O F T H E N A T I O N ’ S C A P I T A L STEPS OF FAITH M A Y / J U N E 2 0 1 4V O L U M E 1 I S S U E 1 OUR MISSION: Faith Moravian Church, responding to God’s love has been called to:  Spread the Gospel  Serve Others  Nurture all God’s people with love, respect, trust and forgiveness after the example of Christ. Upcoming Events & Celebrations 7 Watchword for the Year: “ We want each of you to show diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope to the very end.” Hebrews 6:11
  2. 2. P A G E 2 Allergy Season is here but don’t let it get you down!!! And whatsoever ye do, do [it] heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men. Colossians 3:23 Health Corner A Word from the President of the Trustees. Greetings! These Lenten midweek services have really brought us together as Christians and we look for- ward to growing deeper spiritu- ally as a church and also in the wider community. We finally got over the hurdle of getting back the heat in the Sanctuary. We now move on to roof repairs and a proper drainage system. A big thank you to all those who have contrib- uted so far to the heating system. We also have some upcoming small pro- jects, and we need the support of everyone. Spring cleaning is coming up so stay tuned and get ready. The next big event is Jour- ney of the Tribes which is scheduled for May 31st. I know different groups are working on their presentations. The Board of Trustees invites every member of the congrega- tion to become active participants in: worship, prayer, study, giving and serving. We have been called by Christ to use all our gifts for building up the church and inviting others to experience the joy of salvation. To do this we must serve and support one another and be open to hearing and sharing our stories. This re- quires the participation of all whom God has called to be members of the Faith Moravian Church. David Whittle. 2. Using air conditioning and air purifying devices. 3. Dust masks should be used during outdoor work if the work cannot be avoided, 4. Stock up on antihistamines. ( drugs that counteract the hista- mine released by the allergen- antibody reaction.) eg. Deconges- tants. 5. Inhaled steroids are often effective and may be pre- scribed by a doctor . Specific desensitizing injections are a commonly used treatment  Stay away from over-the- counter nose sprays. They are usually of limited value and their prolonged use may actually cause symptoms or make them worse. . Retrieved from: http://www.wellnessproposals.com WHAT IS HAY FEVER? Another name for hay fever is pollen allergy. An estimated 26.1 million Americans have hay fever symptoms each year. 14.6 million Americans have asthma, which can often accompany hay fever. SYMPTOMS The symptoms are:  Sneezing that is repeated and prolonged.  Stuffy and watery nose.  Other symptoms include redness, swelling and itching of the eyes; nose, throat mouth and ears. HOW TO CONTROL HAY FEVER ? There are many ways to protect yourself against hay fever. These include: 1.Avoiding the substance that causes a reaction. Allergies & Hay Fever S T E P S O F F A I T H
  3. 3. P A G E 3 ‘Be still and know that I am God.’ “Sing unto the Lord a new song.” Consider This! Spotlight On ‘The Men’s Gospel Chorus’ The Men of Faith Gospel Chorus love the Lord. Their goal is to contribute in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and that their music will be a source of hope for all who hear. The group, which was estab- lished in 2003 under the lead- ership of the late Bro. Donald Morant, was led by Mr. An- thony Bailey, the group's Organist and Mr. Monte Henry, Music Director for many years. In 2013 Brother Anthony moved on to other pastures and the group is now coached by Brother Carlos Hunter, who continu- ally introduces different styles of music to the group. The Faith Family is blessed by this group on the third Sunday of every month. These men all share a pas- sion for singing for the Lord our Master. Presently there are seven members: Brothers David Benjamin, Garth Salmon, Edward Jackson, Rudolph Panton, Bevon White, David Brown and Roy Wil- liams. We continue to invite other men to join. church and to the government? 3. Have I learned my lesson? 4. What is God trying to teach me? 5. Am I humble enough to be teachable? 6. Has the fruit of patience been sufficiently developed in me? 7. Do I still have an appetite for the world in me? 8. Did I properly respond to the last thing God told me to do? 9. Have I attained a deeper faith? 10. Is my attitude right toward God and others? 11. Am I harboring unforgive- ness? 12. What am I becoming? 13. Have I sufficiently devel- oped and matured as a person? 14. Have I taken the time to minister to the Lord? The silent years should indicate a time of reflection, introspec- tion and listening. The quieter we become, the more we hear. However, we cannot rush the silent years. During your silent years you should: 1. Practice and develop your gifts. Study. 2. Clarify. Define goals. Reor- der priorities. 3. Serve (even while you are hurting). 4. Trust God. 5. Pray Your silent years should change your life! You should come out as a new person! When you come out, you should have a new level of: 1. Knowledge 2. Responsibility 3. Authority/Power 4. Faith 5. Trust Retrieved from: www.mountainwings.com There are times when God will speak to you and then be silent for an extended period of time. Silence does not mean you have been forsaken by God. It simply means that God has spoken, and now is the time to allow the word that He has spoken to germinate and come to pass. Silence is not the same as peace. Silence is the absence of noise, but peace is the pres- ence of God! While you are going through "silent years," you should focus on inner peace. Points to ponder during the silent years are: 1.Is my life really sub- mitted to God? 2. Am I submitted at home, work, “Remember, problems never come to last, they only come to pass!” S T E P S O F F A I T H
  4. 4. Youth Corner P A G E 4V O L U M E 1 I S S U E 1 Youth Fellowship In January 2014, a Youth Action Committee was launched at Faith. Ten members including four young adults were invited to join or re-affirm their commitment to working with the youths. The Council will work with the Pastor and Youth Director– Sis. Audrey Waite to plan and implement the programs and activities, as well as bring new ideas and focus on mak- ing the Youth Fellowship a more vibrant and cohesive group. Committee meetings are held quarterly and members of the group will work the weekly meet- ings on a rotating roster. Youth Fellowship provides a vari- ety of activities that equip our youngsters to function physically, spiritually and mentally in our ever changing society. All youngsters are encouraged to come out and be blessed as we fellowship with one another. Youth Picnic 2014 This will be held at Patuxent River Park, Croom; Maryland on July 12, 2014 at 9am- 5 pm. Cost of Food: Children (under 10) $5 Adults: $10.00. Members and par- ents of the Youth Fellow- ship will attend free. The charge is to help defray the cost of food. Entrance to the park and use of its facilities are free. Summer Camp 2014 Camp Hope, located in New Jersey offers Christian camping experiences for children and youth. The dates are as follows: Pre-Primary Conference (completed grades 1&2)– June 22-25 Primary Conference (completed grades 3&4) June 29– July 5 Middler Conference (completed grades 5&6) July 6-12 Jr. High Conference (completed grades 7&8) July 13-19 Sr./Post High Conference (completed grades 9—age 21) July 27– August 2 Musical Theater Camp (completed grades 3-8) July 20-26 Swimming Camp (completed grades 3-6) July 20- 26 1. The Moravian movement began with john Hus. He is considered by many historians to have been the first true reformer of the church, preceding Martin Luther by a cen- tury. 2. The official name of the Moravian Church is the Unitas Fratrum, or Unity of Brethren. This was the original name of the church when it was founded back in 1457 in the Bohemian for- ests. 3. The Moravian Church is one of the oldest Protestant denominations, dating back to 1457 in Europe and first coming to America in 1735. Retrieved from: www.moravian.org John Hus (1373-1415) Facts: Did you Know? Youth Fellowship meets every Friday @ 7pm. It is fun and exciting. Transportation can be provided.
  5. 5. Church Happenings P A G E 5V O L U M E 1 I S S U E 1 Monthly Prayer Breakfast We meet the first Satur- day of each month at 9 am for prayer fellowship that begins with breakfast. All are invited to attend. It is a time of singing, praising, shar- ing and praying led by our Pastor. Women’s Fellowship Valentine’s Dinner The Valentine’s Dinner is an annual event sponsored by the Women’s Fellowship of Faith. It was held on Sat. February 15th. It was an evening of fun, food and exchange of love mes- sages to each other. We were enter- tained and serenaded by a guest singer Ms. Karen Moore. Sis. Dorrett Skip- with also entertained us with a few pieces on the piano. Sacrificial Dinner The Sacrifi- cial Meal, hosted by the Stewardship Committee, has been in existence for over 15 years . It is held each year on the evening of Ash Wednesday with the objective of preparing our hearts and minds for the forty days of Lent. It is a time to reflect, rethink and allow ourselves to take up our own cross even as Christ did. Jewel Thompson. all the children on roll who were present. The message was delivered by our own pastor. Worship was followed by a fellowship meal in Meg’s Café. Cradle Roll Service This service focused on those children who were baptized into our Congre- gation over the last ten years. It was held on 30th March. The Sunday School led worship, read the les- sons, and presented a litur- gical dance and songs. Certificates were given to general to persevere in well- doing even in times of adver- sity. Fellowship members rendered uplifting anthems and shared their Mission Work and achievements in community projects, outreach, spiritual growth and provincial activi- ties. Current President and Vice President are Sisters Dor- ret and Stephanie respectively. Spiritual leader Sister Jennifer Walker leads in discussions from our Study Guide Book at meetings. Meet- ings are held on the second Satur- day of each month @ 1:00pm. All women are wel- come to attend!! Jennifer Walker Women's Fellowship 29th Anniversary The Faith Moravian Women’s Fellowship celebrated its 29th Anniversary on 9th March, 2014 at the regular 11:00am worship service. Guest speaker was Rev. Rhonda Bent– Robinson, Pastor of Iglesia Esperanza Moravian Church. Her message was one of encouragement to the women and all members in “Suffer the little children to come unto me.” “A woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”
  6. 6. Proud Moments!!!!! P A G E 6V O L U M E 1 I S S U E 1 20 YEARS AS CHOIR DIREC- TOR. It seems like only yesterday; my family moved, and found our new church home – Faith. It was Easter of 1993. I was asked by Bro. Douglas Robertson to assist the Chancel Choir for Christmas,1993. An easy decision given my love for music. I was invited to remain with the choir. After serious thought I ac- cepted on one condition: that they would trust me to share what I knew with them for their better- ment. After weeks of rehearsals (some very late nights) I made my debut as the Choir Director on Easter Sunday, 1994. Thus began my journey. We grew, learned about each other, learned new music and techniques - all through hard work. Rough patches were experienced but we prevailed and delivery was always to the Glory and Honor of our Lord. During my journey I have been blessed to work with the young people, Men’s Gospel Chorus, the Women’s Fellowship, many indi- viduals and two amazing Organists. Occasionally I also play the piano and organ for worship. I never thought my years of study- ing music (piano and voice) would have taken me to this place, but I thank God for the opportunities to ‘give back’ from the fruits of the talents He gave me. Thanks to my beloved mother, Miriam Salmon, who ensured that I received necessary training. Also to my husband and daughter for their encouragement and support. Thanks to Faith, and more than ever, to the members of the Chancel Choir over the years. Twenty years!! To God Be the Glory!! Another Proud Moment!!!! Smithsonian's National Museum of African Ameri- can History and Culture, Rockefeller Plaza, NY, and the Washington National Cathedral. She was also the 1st Place winner of the 2010 Rising Star Vocal Showcase Competition. She is also a performer in the Chamber Choir. We are proud of our daughter Annisse who has represented us well at all her events. WELL DONE YOU HAVE MADE US PROUD !!!! Faith Moravian Church is blessed with a dynamic and talented singer in the person of Annisse Murillo. She has demonstrated a genuine interest in music ministry at age four. Her participa- tion in Washington Performing Arts Society’s Children of the Gospel summer workshops gained her acceptance in the Choir under the direction of Artistic Director Mr. Stanley Thurston, Director of the Children of the Gospel, Ms. Michele Fowlin and many other notable directors, affording her additional opportu- nities for musical growth. As a member of the Washington Per- forming Arts Society Children of the Gospel Choir she has per- formed at various venues including The Kennedy Center, The Embassy of France, The Embassy of Indonesia, The EASTER HIGHLIGHTS!! Holy Week Services started with Palm Sunday worship and culmi- nated on Easter Sunday. The ser- vices for Monday to Thursday started at 7pm and were led by the Boards, Men’s and Women’s Fel- lowships. On Thursday we cele- brated the Holy Communion. There was a meditation each night by our Pastor. Good Friday service was from 1 to 3 pm. Easter sunrise service concluded in the Rock Creek Cemetery. This was fol- lowed by a sumptuous breakfast, prepared by the Men’s Fellowship. It was truly a blessed week.
  7. 7. P A G E 7 You Don’t Want to Miss These!!!!!!!! Celebrations Upcoming Events MAY 2-4 – Confirmation Retreat  11th - Men’s Gift Day (Mother’s Day)  18th - Rite of Confirmation & Family Sunday  24th - General Church Clean- ing  25th - Church’s Anniversary Service  31st – Journey of the Tribes JUNE  8th - Baccalaureate Service  15th - Women’s Gift Day (Fathers Day)  22nd - Friends Sunday  28th - Women’s Fellowship Fashion Show Vacation Bible School!!!!!!! JULY Summer worship hours begin @ 10:00 am Youth Picnic!!!!!!! Volunteers are needed for: Praise and Worship Leaders & Readers. As- sisting the Women’s Fel- lowship with sorting and distribution for the clothes drive. Assisting the women’s fellowship with the fashion show. New Arrivals We celebrate with: Takisha & Orman on the birth of their baby girl Kianni Clouden. Prayers Remember to pray for the sick, shut–ins and those facing other challenges. 18th- Jaden Gooding 19th- Dennis Campbell Sr. 20th- Chelsea Hawkins 22nd- Micah Downs 22nd- Noah Downs 23rd- Zoe Walters 25th- Cleopatra Kulass 25th- Hailey Lopez 25th– Alyssa Lopez 27th– Velma Alleyne 28th– Jasmine Hodgson 28th– Ludell Murillo 29th– Gabrielle Gordon 29th– Viviana Wilson JUNE 1st- Jacqueline Jackson 1st- Joyce Miller 2nd- Ivor Hodgson Sr. 3rd- Miku McMiller 8th– Ivory Archer 10th- Judith Hodgson 13th- Avonne Thompson 17th- Jamal Jackson 18th-Roneta Campbell 24th- Audrey Waite 26th- Annisse Murillo 27th-Kishanda Taylor 27th-Xenia Omeir 28th– George Gana 28th– Wilma Lewis MAY 1st -Alexander Patron Clore 4th -Avery Omeir 4th-Carlos Hodgson jr 5th-Christopher Hawkins-Frederick 5th-Kathleen Shaw 6th-Nayanie Henriquez 9th-David Benjamin 9th- Lucas Lopez 11th- Bernice Lloyd 12th- Albert Kulass 14th- Aaron Lewis I14th– Ivan Pusey 16th- Pearline Jackson 17th- Alyson Omeir “And do not neglect doing good and sharing; for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” S T E P S O F F A I T H ANNIVERSARIES May 18th - George & Samantha Omeir May 29th-Garth& Juliet Salmon Jun 2- Ruffino & Sarah Hodgson Jun2 – Chika & Natalie Olugbalia Jun7-Darren & Michelle Johnson Jun 14-William & Dorrett Skipwith Jun15- Alda & Dan Allen Jun 21- Aaron & Cheryl Gooding Jun 25- Edward & Pearline Jackson Jun 25- Horace & Carlota McCormack Jun29- Yuhan & Joya Joseph Jun 30- David & Carla Whittle
  8. 8. 405 Riggs Road, NE Washington ,DC 20011-2515 Phone: 202-635-9012 Phone: 202-635-9013 Fax: 202-635-9014 E-mail: writeus@faithmoravianchurch.org Email: pastor@faithmoravianchurch.org Email: admin@faithmoravianchurch.org Website: www.faithmoravianchurch.org We want to hear from you! Tell us what you think! Feedback/ Suggestions? Please submit suggestions/articles/topics of interest that you would like to be included in the next issue. FAITH MORAVIAN CHURCH OF THE NATION’S CAPITAL Board of Trustees: David Whittle (President); Audrey Waite ( Vice President) ; Jacqueline Jackson (Secretary) ; Yvonne Lyttle; Maxine Jackson-Strong; Delma Alexander; Lisa Ferdinand; Garth Salmon (Comptroller); David Benjamin (Treasurer). Board of Elders: Rev. Bevon White( Chairman); Dorrett Skipwith (Vice Chair); Cheryl Gooding (Secretary); Mernel Brumley; Jennifer Walker; Bernice Lloyd; Pearlina Ennis; Marjorie Ludwig. In Essentials, Unity; In Non-Essentials, Liberty; In All Things Love. Coming Soon “Faith Moravian Gift Cards” FUNDRAISE WHILE YOU SHOP !!! Don’t use cash, check or credit to pay for your regular household purchases. Use Faith Moravian Gift Cards instead. By simply planning ahead on everyday pur- chases like groceries, gas, clothes, entertainment and home repairs, an average family of four can raise over $1,000.00 per year for Faith. It’s free money for your church, no fees, no contract and no commitment. Just pur- chase the Moravian Gift Cards for your favorite retailers and your Church collects a cash rebate. Hello Brothers & Sisters, I want to welcome you all to the first issue of ‘The Steps of Faith’ newsletter. It is my hope that you will find it informative, uplifting and entertaining. I welcome your feedback as I seek to improve the pro- duction. I would also welcome any articles and ideas for future publications. The newsletter will be published bimonthly. The dead- line for submission of articles is the 1st of the month in which the newsletter is published. For example, the deadline for the next newsletter will be on the 1st of August and you will receive it at the end of that month. Please send all correspondence to: admin@faithmoravianchurch.org. Special thank you to all those who submitted articles to the first issue of this newsletter. I look forward to everyone's contributions at different times. Be Blessed! Cecile Miller-White.

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