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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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Prince George’s County community leaders, residents and members of First Baptist Church of Glenarden kick off construction of new community-focused center

Upper Marlboro, MD – May 16, 2016 – Hundreds of residents, religious and community leaders gathered on Friday evening to celebrate and commence the development of the Family Life Center.  The center will be housed on a portion of First Baptist Church of Glenarden’s 160 acres located in Upper Marlboro, MD where the main Worship Center stands.  The first-ever groundbreaking event was held at the site of the future center, which is scheduled for completion in 18 months. 

At more than 63,000 square feet in size, this multi-use community complex will be one of the largest of its kind in Prince George’s County and features three indoor basketball courts with performance platforms, an indoor running track, fitness room and three multi-purpose conference rooms.  Renewable energy will power 50 percent of the facility through a solar farm being built directly behind the center.

Once completed, the Family Life Center will be available to Prince George’s County residents, providing opportunities to engage in health and wellness through educational workshops, nutrition and sports programs.  Additionally, we hope to provide jobs opportunities to citizens.

Designed by Grimm and Parker, the Family Life Center is uniquely created to house FBCG’s 10 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball teams and their growing fan-base of more than 700 attendees and tournaments.  Additional AAU organizations have shown interests in using the facility for practice, games and seasonal tournaments.

Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr., Senior Pastor for First Baptist Church of Glenarden, said “The Family Life Center is an extension of community outreach that we are currently achieving through some of our church ministries, including our Health and Sports ministries.”  Jenkins went further stating,  “We are delighted to have a facility to accommodate the Prince George’s County community and look forward to bringing together youth and seniors alike to enjoy healthy living.“

Event attendees were treated to a performance by FBCGs Praise and Worship Team accompanied by a full band and remarks by leaders. 

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About First Baptist Church of Glenarden

First Baptist Church of Glenarden, led by Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr. is a vibrant, Bible-based church located on three campuses in Prince George’s County, Maryland.  With more than 11,000 active members, FBCG is one of the largest congregations in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  It has impacted both local and global communities through its 100-plus ministries, outreach and educational programs.
On April 25, 2016, Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr. delivered a powerful message – LIVE – as a featured guest on Daystar Television Network’s Marcus & Joni Show.  Daystar Television Network reaches more than 100 million households throughout the United States and 2 billion globally.  Additionally, Pastor Jenkins’ appearance was streamed live and can be seen On Demand. Please click on the below photos to enlarge.  

Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr. on Daystar TV’s Marcus and Joni Show

Fresh off his historic haul of 10 Stellar Awards, FBCG Assistant Minister of Music Anthony Brown visited the set of “Good Day DC” to chat and sing his hit single. Click here to watch video.
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