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Design for the First Baptist Church of Glenarden Family Life Center – a multi-use facility measuring 63,200 square feet – has been completed and submitted to Prince George’s County for permit review.

The contemporary structure will provide three full basketball courts, along with a multi-functional stage, adjacent practice rooms and a walking track overhead. Like the Empowerment Center, the Family Life Center will be equipped with state-of-the-art heating/cooling systems, energy-efficient LED lighting and technology enhancements.

Preliminary discussions with contractors are underway and construction is expected to begin within the second quarter of 2015.
SALT LAKE CITY — In order to accomplish great things, all people and perspectives are needed, a visiting pastor told local evangelical leaders.
"Unity does not mean uniformity. It does not mean that we all have to be the same. It does mean that we all need to be headed in the same direction," said the Rev. John Jenkins of the First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Maryland.
The Christmas story took an urban jazzy twist Saturday night at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden during a musical production titled “The Uncut Coming of Christ,” where the story of the birth of the Christ child was set on the “mean streets” of a big city.

From Joseph arguing with Mary about her sudden pregnancy, to the seedy hotel district where Jesus was born, the production was the vision of writer/director Joshua Jenkins, whose production was inspired by his work as a Prince George’s County police officer.
Upper Marlboro church offers free health screenings, demonstrations, activities

Every Sunday, parishioners and passerby who visit the First Baptist Church of Glenarden can seek first aid at the church’s clinic, but the entire worship center became a hub for health education Saturday during the church’s 21st annual health expo.

More than 2,000 people attended this year’s expo, which featured more than 80 workshops, demonstrations, and health screenings as well as a keynote address from Ruben Studdard, American Idol winner and Biggest Loser contestant.
 Sporting a 100-pound lighter frame, “American Idol” veteran Ruben Studdard came with words of encouragement instead of music to the 21st Annual Health and Fitness Expo at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden on Saturday.

While Studdard offered a few bars of “Amazing Grace,” the R&B singer and realty TV star spent most of his time talking about his struggle to lose weight and his new life.

Studdard joined doctors, dentists, and a range of health care providers at the Upper Marlboro church. He along with a nutritionist, physical fitness expert and an energetic cook were on hand to show several thousand people that they can live a healthy lifestyle.
For years, Roger Leonard served as a “corner man” for his brother, boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard. During his brother’s bouts, Leonard helped with advice and strategy from the sideline so the legendary boxer could become the icon he is today.

On Friday evening, Leonard symbolically reprised his role as “corner man” in a boxing ring set up at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden, where he was part of a dramatized sparring session to show that Christian men often need someone to keep them from being “blinded by the Devil” in the match of life.
A hush fell over the more than 2,000 parishioners at First Baptist Church of Glenarden as Nick Vujicic was lifted onto a table to preach during a recent 8 a.m. service.

The 29-year-old evangelist, based in California, was born without arms or legs because of a rare affliction called tetra-amelia syndrome.

“It was difficult as a child getting teased and bullied, feeling like I was the only one in pain,” Vujicic said, sharing a message about perseverance in the face of severe obstacles. “By the grace of God, I have a lot of people praying for me, loving me and caring for me.”
The moment the First Baptist Church of Glenarden opened its doors Friday night, nearly 3,000 teenagers rushed inside for a high-octane worship service.

Inside the Upper Marlboro mega-church, a large digital clock was at four minutes and counting down. When the numbers reached zero, the Christian go-go band Vertical exploded into view. Hundreds rushed the stage and the sanctuary was filled with spiritual music.
The members of First Baptist Church of Glenarden worship in four shifts on Sundays. As soon as one service is over, there is a steady stream of people filing into the cavernous sanctuary for the next.

At a recent 8 a.m. service, a hush fell over the more than 2,000 parishioners as Nick Vujicic was lifted atop a table to preach.

The 30-year-old evangelist was born without limbs because of a rare affliction called Tetra-Amelia syndrome. His message was a mix of humor and perseverance in the face of severe obstacles.