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Some of the cast of the annual show performed “Someway Somehow” for Good Day DC to kick start the four day event. Co-directors shared what’s in store this year for the expected audience of thousands.

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Amidst the fest, Pastor Jenkins and First Lady attended a presentation at the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) where they contributed $25,000 on behalf of First Baptist Church of Glenarden. FBCG was honored to help alleviate the challenges caused by the natural disaster.

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Hundreds of men gathered together to discuss issues facing black men and teens. Click here for story by Hamil R. Harris.
Young and old, married and single. White collar, blue collar and no collar.

Civilians and the police.

More than 800 men and boys poured into the FBCG Ministry Center on a recent Saturday morning for “You Matter,” a special panel discussion on black males’ tense relationship with law enforcement. With news accounts of run-ins popping up on a regular basis, the attendees were eager to hear from a panel featuring former NBA players Harvey Grant, Tony Massenburg and Etan Thomas, as well as gospel hip-hop artist Bizzle, youth advocate William “Tipper” Thomas and an FBCG youth leader, Malcolm Reid.

“This came together because of all of the events going on,” said Thomas, noting that the Terence Crutcher case in Tulsa set the wheels in motion. “No one is happy with what’s happening. A big emphasis for this event was to let young people know that the older generation is here to guide them and help them. We have to do a better job of that.”
The program was co-facilitated by Dr. Johnny Parker and Rev. Jonathan Queen, who took turns asking the panel questions, directing the audience’s breakout sessions and keeping things moving. Rev. Queen, FBCG’s Youth Pastor, led a Youth Town Hall on the same topic earlier this year. He said many youth are angry about current circumstances and feel disconnected from the adults in their lives.

“I’m grateful we had this opportunity where we have young and men together,” Rev. Queen said. “My main objective was to show young men that there are men who care and will sit down with you to have crucial conversations on how to do better and be better.”

The event began with a performance by Bizzle, followed by a powerful video that included some all-too-familiar footage of black men dying at the hands of the police. The panelists spoke about their own experiences and fears that their children could wind up in an unfortunate situation. A highlight of the morning was Thomas’ 11-year-old son, Malcolm, delivering a powerful poem that challenged men to be better examples.

Lt. Colonel Raphael, a deputy chief with the Prince George’s County Police Department, offered a different perspective. He provided the audience with a list of do’s (keep hands in plain sight) and don’ts (make fast, sudden movements) to help ensure their safety and officers’ safety. A video offered similar advice, emphasizing that the goal after any encounter is to reach home safely.

Dr. Parker is an African-American man with three sons, but “You Matter” resonated with him for another reason, too. “For me it's very personal," he said. “Ten years ago, my cousin Sean Bell was killed by officers working for the NYPD. I wanted to give brothers a chance to talk it out so they won't act out. "As men of faith, we must teach others how to honor themselves and to honor law enforcement officials.”

Please click on the below photos to enlarge. Photos courtesy of FBCG Photography Ministry.

On Sunday, Oct. 9, an estimated 1,500 participants gathered for the 3rd Annual Washington Prayer Gathering, organized by McLean Bible Church and hosted by First Baptist Church of Glenarden (FBCG) at our Worship Center.

Locked in arms and forming circles, attendees of all denominations, generations, ethnicities and races began to pray for one another, crises plaguing our country and church unity. While some prayed in small groups, by themselves and as a whole, ultimately the goal of the prayer gathering was to come together in unity to seek God.

Local pastors also individually prayed on a number of topics, including personal sins and repentance before the Lord; sins of our churches; sins of our city; and for a revival to sweep through our personal lives, churches and the Washington, D.C. metro area. “We are gathered here [tonight] to humble ourselves before God … we want to show that in Christ, there is no white or black,” said Lon Solomon, Senior Pastor of McLean Bible Church.

During a time where prayer is needed more than ever, this event proved to be timely. Since its first gathering in 2014, Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr., Senior Pastor of FBCG, has been a supporter and participator of this significant event. “My goal as a pastor is to see lives transformed and won for Christ. I know He was pleased to see all of His children come together in unity, in His name.”

Pastors and participants alike can expect to gather again in prayer for the National Day of Prayer, set for May 4, 2017.

Please click on the below Merge event photos to enlarge. Photos courtesy of FBCG Photography Ministry.

Merge teens turn to church leaders to make sense of the two police shootings of black men and the attacks in Dallas. Prince George's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins reports.  Click here to watch video.
On Friday, July 8 several hundred Merge students came together to worship and participate in a Town Hall concerning the series of recent deaths: both civilian and police.

Facilitated by youth pastor Reverend Jonathan Queen, its purpose was to provide a safe space for youth to discuss feelings about the losses, what it is like to be considered a “threat” based on difference in pigmentation and thoughts on how to produce positive change in America during these crises.

Reverend Queen called everyone to put God first, stating “I can speak on perspective change – from running from the police and considering them my enemies to training with them and partnering with them. [I’m] grateful for God sparing my life to be able to help invoke change and speak the Word. The word of God is designed to bring about peace and justice.”

In small groups, youth were asked to discuss topics. Each student was then invited to voice their concerns before the Town Hall population.

Merge member Kyra W. said that though she never encountered the police, from news and social media, she has a reason to be fearful.

“I am [fearful], but I trust God. I trust God in a way that supersedes my fears as a black man,” Reverend Queen said.

A collective prayer for those lives that were lost, the state of our country, and for the morale and well-being of one another ended the night.

Merge’s youth recap writer Karis B. concluded the event best by writing, “We hope you all left the building with a feeling of hope and love.”

Written by Bria “Charlei” Baylor, Marketing & Public Relations Department SYEP

Please click on the below Merge event photos to enlarge.  Photos courtesy of FBCG Photography Ministry.

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