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Steps of Faith | Volume 3 Issue 1

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The latest newsletter from Faith Moravian Church of the Nation's Capital.

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Steps of Faith | Volume 3 Issue 1

  1. 1. “I will sing to the Lord because He has dealt bountifully with me.” Psalm 13: 6 is the congrega- tion’s watchword for the year. It is the conclusion of a rather short Psalm in which David laments God’s delayed action in coming to his deliverance. How long, O Lord? He pleads with God to move but somehow God does not seem to be moving fast enough for Him. He however pleads his case before God and concludes the Psalm with a note of certainty, a statement of hope, based on his trust in God. We have just concluded our Holy Week and Easter readings. It was an emotional week for us, and will al- ways be regardless of how often we read and re-read it. Many moods are awakened in us, amazement, heart- ache, anger, and joy are but a few. In the end however, we celebrate with joy the resurrection of our Lord and the assurance we have that He is alive. The readings caused God’s saving work of redemption through Christ to come alive for us once more. It is always worth it to be re- minded in the midst of all that is happening to us and around us, that God has been kind to us thus we can be assured of his gracious provi- dence at all times. This is David’s experience in Psalm 13. He knows he is not at his best but he also rec- ognizes that God is always at His best and that is enough to give him hope, to keep him trusting and singing. The living Savior is a source of hope that is alive in us always. As we look forward therefore, we do so with many challenges facing us as a congregation. We have many plans (missions/goals) that we have to be di- vesting or putting on hold due to finan- cial constraints. We see much what needs to be done and wonder ‘who, when and how’. At the same time, we look back and are encouraged by God’s faithfulness to us thus far. Like David we can take hope in the future because God remains trustworthy and has never been anything but generous in His deal- ings with us. Like the women at the grave that resurrection morn, and the other disciples who saw Jesus before His ascension, we can live in hope of God’s benevolent actions towards us. We celebrate with songs of joy for God remains faithful to His people. We may not know how but we know who and we may not know when but we certain- ly know ‘He will never fail us…’. Let us therefore continue to celebrate our risen Savior who gives us hope and the prom- ise of a bright tomorrow. Till next time, be blessed! FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK I N S I D E T H I S I S S U E : Updates & Highlights 2 Youth Corner 3 Stewardship Moment 3 Christian Ed. Corner 3 Church Happenings 4 Church Happenings 5 Birthdays & Anniversaries 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 FAITHM A R C H 3 1 , 2 0 1 6V O L U M E 3 , 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. Watchword for the Year: “ I will sing to the Lord because He has dealt bountifully with me” Psalm 13:6
  2. 2. P A G E 2 U P D A T E S & H I G H L I G H T S Evangelism Update The Evangelism Committee endeavors to reach as many persons both within and outside the bounds of our church with the word of God. Last year the Committee, along with Rev. White, was able to realize a certain level of success in the week-long activities of the Annual Revival Services and Community Health Fair. This success came even amidst inclement weather at the time. This year we are praying for God’s blessings on the following programs: Community Health and Revival Services; Evangelism Workshop; Nurs- ing Home Visitations; (tentatively) start-up of a zumba class; Congregation Shred Day( here at the church) , and a neigh- borhood outreach through distribution of flyers. We look forward to the Congregation’s participation and support in these programs and hope that evangelism will become a little friendlier term in our spiritual and everyday experience! Thank you and God bless! Submitted by Sis. Jennifer Walker Women’s Fellowship Corner This year’s activity started off with feeding of the homeless, distribution of winter clothes in the downtown Wash- ington D.C. Area. This was very much appreciated by the residents of the shel- ter. Our anniversary service was celebrated on March 13, and it was an uplifting experience. The message delivered by Sis. Cecile White, was well received. The theme of the worship was “Common Unity: What Makes a Com- munity” and the gist of the message was explained both from a biblical and sci- entific point of view. The speaker also got the congregation engaged through open responses. The message was in- spiring, like a breath of fresh air for the lungs and the soul. KUDOS Sis Kim! many thanks. “Blessings abound where e’er He reigns” and we can be cer- tain that the Almighty dwells among us because we are blessed. Upcoming Events Spring Rally in NY 4/26 Tea Party - 4/23 Clothes distribution- spring and summer wear is planned for the neighborhood. Info will be forthcoming. We continue to meet 2nd Saturdays at 1:00 pm, new members are welcome. “Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.” Submitted by Sis. Stephanie Henry (President) S T E P S O F F A I T H From the Board of Elders The Board of Elders extends a warm greeting to everyone in the name of Jesus Christ, our risen Lord! As we move forward in our Church year, we are greatly encouraged by some growth in the spiritual area of our church. For example, attendance to weekly Bible Study has shown some steady improvement and likewise members interests have been excited in the topic being studied. We are currently studying the Book of Genesis and on the very interesting person of Abraham. Our 1st Saturday Mornings Prayer Breakfast has also been off to a warm and exciting start in 2016. As the Board charged with the spiritual affairs of the church, we are happy to share with you two new expe- riences we hope to lead the congregation in over the next two months. First, we are planning a Sunday in April when each Elder will meet with his/her Shepherd’s group following worship. Members are encour- aged to share thoughts and ideas as well as concerns about the church and how we can grow together. Sec- ondly, we hope to engage members and friends in a one-day fasting experience. We will provide spiritual/ Biblical guidance – from the pulpit ; and hope that this will be of much spiritual blessings to individual as well as the congregation. We wish to encourage members and friends of Faith to join us in becoming a more fervent and passionate witness to our Lord Jesus Christ. Although sometimes it is easy for us to remain in our comfort zones, we want to encourage everyone to grow and extend ourselves a little more spiritually and otherwise, knowing that God will sustain us. Submitted by Sis. Jennifer Walker ( Vice Chair) From the Board of Trustees As we approach the end of the first quarter of this year ; the Trustees have much to be thankful. The efforts to con nue to lower our u lity costs and expenses are working. The Way of the Cross church con nue to rent the Fellowship Hall and the lower level has been rented by a Learning Center. Renova ons have already begun in that sec on of the building. The Trustees are pu'ng together a viable plan to replace all the windows in the lower level. The church sign should be up before our anniversary, as we work to obtain the necessary permits from the city. We have remained commi)ed to mak- ing our church building a more energy efficient and comforta- ble place to fellowship. We hope to accomplish much as a church in 2016. Submi ed by: Sis. Jacqueline Jackson
  3. 3. P A G E 3V O L U M E 3 , I S S U E 1 There is a critical need to invest in our youth in these forma- tive years, to bring them up in the way they should go so that when they are old they will not depart from it. We were able to do some mission work by visiting Graceham Moravian Church in Thurmont, MD on Saturday March 19th to participate in a Community Meal by assisting them in serv- ing and waiting tables at this meal. Other events planned for the youth include a Talent Night, DC tour of museums and landmarks, also a Memorial Day Picnic at Camp Hope in NJ. Every first Friday is dedicated to an interactive Bible Study. The remaining Fridays we open with devotions and then pro- ceed to the scheduled activity for that evening. During the month of February, we were honored to have Bro. Lawson Wellington ESQ, a member of the congregation, speak to our young people focusing on the importance of education and encouraging them to read as much as possible, emphasizing that "Readers are Leaders". We encourage anyone from the congregation who may have a desire to share with the youth some of their life experiences, work ethics, or an encouraging pep talk that could help to build up our youth to let us know and we will include you in our schedule. We have several fundraisers coming up in the near future to help in defraying some of the costs of the planned activities. We had a black cake sale at Christmastime and a Black His- tory bracelet sale in February and both went over very well. We are also planning a school supply drive in July-Aug before the start of the next school year. We sincerely ask for your cooperation as we do these fundraisers and projects. This year the Youth Ministry Weekend will be held here at Faith Moravian in October on the Columbus Day Holiday weekend. We will be seeking your support as needed and we will keep you abreast of plans as the time approaches. We extend our sincerest thanks to all the members and friends of the congregation and especially to those who so willingly continue to support the Youth Ministry. It is deep- ly appreciated. Submitted by: Sis. Grace L. Campbell YOUTH CORNER As we continue to explore the theme for the year “Grace, Grati- tude and Generosity” let us pause for a moment to reflect on the many blessings that we have and are experiencing. If we look at the theme from a biblical perspective then applying, Grace, Gratitude and Generosity to how we carry out steward- ship should not be so difficult. Psalm 24 begins: The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. In the beginning of Genesis, God created everything and put Adam in the Garden to work and to take care of it. It is clear that man was created to work and that work is the stewardship of all of the creation that God has given him. This is the basic principle of biblical stewardship. God owns everything, we are simply managers or administrators acting on his behalf. There- fore, our call to stewardship simply expresses our obedience in taking care of everything God has placed under our control. Committing ourselves and our possessions to God’s service, shows that we give up the right of control over our property or ourselves. We might say, as in Deuteronomy 8 :17, “My pow- er and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But Deuteronomy 8:18 counsels us to think otherwise: “Remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth.” We are able to carry out these tasks because we do it not in our strength but though the grace that God freely gives. Paul wrote in his letter in 2 Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Just as we have no doubt about our salvation Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God) we should have no doubt about our Father’s ability to give us the means to carry out His will. A spirit of gratitude should accompany whatever we do. In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, we are reminded to give thanks in all cir- cumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. There it is! It is God’s will for us to be thankful and if we are not, we would not be doing his will. In case we forget or be- come distracted, we can take assurance in God’s love. As out- lined in Psalm 136:1 “Give thanks to the LLMN, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” The promise of reward is attached to our generous giving. This is not just giving money but applies to time, talent and other resources that we are blessed with. In Colossians 3:23-24 Paul writes: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. So, our stewardship should be carried out with gratitude, as we recognize that our Father in Heaven has provided us with the grace we need to be generous to His children that we encounter every day. Submitted by: Sis. Enid Wright Christian Education Corner Christian Education covers many aspects of the church life. As we move forward with our Journey of the Tribes; the Christian Education Committee helped to revamp the list so that the young members will remain with their families and contribute through the presentations. We will be examining the exciting lives of five Judges this year. In Febru- ary the Christian Education Committee put together a Black History Presentation, involving varying groups from the congregation. The young people were an integral part of the presentation. In a few months our Baccalaureate service will take place. We know our congregation will embrace our graduates for reaching such an important milestone. Submitted by: Sis. Jacqueline Jackson
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  6. 6. 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); Jennifer Walker (Vice Chair); Cheryl Gooding (Secretary); Mernel Brumley; Bernice Lloyd; Pearline Ennis, Xenia Omeir, Alda Allen. Church Council: Horace McCormack (President), Rudolph Panton (Vice President), Samantha Omeir (Secretary) In Essen als, Unity; In Non-Essen als, Liberty; In All Things Love. UPCOMING EVENTS Shepherd Grp. Mtg. 4/ 17 Church Council Mtg. 4/24 Women’s Fell. Spring Rally - 4/23 Memorial Day Picnic - 4/30 Day of Fasting & Prayer 5/5 Confirmation Retreat–NJ 5/6-7 Anniversary Prayer Breakfast 5/14 Anniversary Concert 5/21 Anniversary Service 5/22 Baccalaureate Service 6/12 Journey of the Tribes - 6/25 Mission Mob - 6/23 Eastern District Synod June 22 -25 Vacation Bible School July11 – 15 BIRTHDAYS Chynna Hodgson 4/2 Vernon Pusey 4/4 Troy Thompson Jr. 4/5 Nalini Hawkins 4/6 Garth Salmon 4/7 George W. Campbell 4/8 Ordis Harris -Garrett 4/9 Daunte Jackson 4/9 Dennis Campbell Jr. 4/11 Kathryn Taylor 4/13 Gloria Thompson 4/16 Jariah Nash 4/18 Jocelyn Hawkins-Frederick 4/19 Jordan Strong 4/20 David Benjamin II 4/23 Ivor Hodgson Jr. 4/25 Yvona Wilson 4/27 Isaiah Wilson 4/28 Gregory Walters 4/28 ANNIVERSARIES Lucas & Latisha Lopez 4/2 Gilmore & Jewel Thompson 4/2 Cecil & Delma Alexander 4/3 Cleopatra & Victor Kulass 4/10 David & Maisie Pringle 4/18 Charles & Cyndi Campbell4/22 Carl & Marva Cash 4/25 Remember to pray for: Gary Omeir Jnr. , Garth Salmon , Edward Jackson , Cheryl Carter , Juta Benjamin, Elijah , Charles Campbell , Lester Smith & Fami- ly , Olga Hodgson , Juta Lewis, Audrey Waite, Imogene Hodgson , Velma Alleyne, Beverly Morant, Jacqueline Hodgson, Marva Cash, Jaden Gooding, Ronald Fa- mous, Joan Hawkins & Rev. Dr. Jerry Moore 405 Riggs Road, NE Washington ,DC 20011-2515 Phone: 202-635-9012 Phone: 202-635-9013 Fax: 202-635-9014 writeus@faithmoravianchurch.org Email: pastor@faithmoravianchurch.org Email: admin@faithmoravianchurch.org Website: www.faithmoravianchurch.org

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