PRINCE GEORGE’S COMMUNITY CHURCH NEWS The Vineyard Volume I - No.2 June/July 2006 I N S ID E T H I S I S S U E : 1st Church Anniversary Easter Celebration Daughters of Deborah Father’s Day 2 2 2 Still in the FOG (FOG stands for the favor of God) Now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 A Few Good Men 3 The Prince George’s Community Church The Tribes Ministry 3 (PGCC) celebrated its 1st Church Anniversary Calendar 4 as a full fledged church on April 30, 2006. The anniversary theme was “Still in the FOG”. The Youth Ministry 4 The FOG was evidenced in the tabernacle as we celebrated the goodness of the Lord. The guest speaker for the occasion was the Reverend Dr. Lewis M. Anthony, Senior Reverend Dr. Lewis M. Anthony Pastor of Metropolitan Wesley AME Zion Church, Washington, DC. Reverend Dr. Anthony taught on the importance of “Reaching for the Basin”. There is nothing that we should be too inse- cure or too cute to do. Also, that we must learn to be the best to the worst and to have Kidz N Praise patience with ignorance and stupidity. Children of Miriam The Holy Spirit was welcomed into our midst im- mediately. The Praise and Worship Team blessed the congregation during praise and worship. Our souls were deeply blessed by the Children of Miriam who praised the name of the Lord through dance. The Mass Choir and Kidz N Praise lifted the name of the Lord through song. The congregation was on its feet during most of their songs. The 1st Anniversary celebration of PGCC was a praise filled event. The culmination of a beautiful worship service ended with delectable feast. We are thankful to God for a momentous celebration and look forward to many more as we continue in the FOG and strive to become a Five Star Church. Kidz N Praise and the Mass Choir PAGE 2 V O LU M E 1 , ISS U E 2 Easter Celebration—When Sunday Comes ing love for his people. The play was a silent depiction of the Christ’s crucifixion. There was also a liturgical dance in the production. The stage play produced the truth- ful and honest effect that our This past Easter, the Youth Savior Jesus Christ handed Ministry produced a play ti- over His life so that we all When Sunday Comes captured tled “When Sunday Comes”. can have an eternally fulfilled a realistic delineation of what The entire play was a mixture life with Him. Jesus had to go through on of dance, interpretation, and your account and my account. miming. When Sunday The production brought new Comes was an electrifying thoughts to us on how Jesus production that grabbed your was treated because of His attention within a split sec- love for us. Review by Tyler Berry, ond. It portrayed the crucifix- Youth Department. ion of Jesus and God’s undy- The Daughters of Deborah New Members Joined During May The Daughters of Deborah have been pm. Thank you to all who came out quite busy this year. The 3rd annual and showed their support for the re- Young Ladies Retreat for the Daughters markable young ladies of the PGCC, of Deborah was held in March. The who are destined for greatness. I’m theme for this year sure you’re happy that was Young Ladies you didn’t miss this Victorious in Jesus. beautiful ceremony. Mr. Lawrence W. King Mr. Barry Witmyer The retreat featured Lastly, the young Mrs. Loren Carrington-Witmyer some amazing ladies will end the Mrs. Carole Fizer workshops, such as year with an annual “Scripture Memori- outing in June, which zation” which was will be announced at a led by Sister later date. For more Brenda Marshall. information about the We ended the eve- ning with the Daughters of Deb- orah, please contact Father’s Day “Amazing Victori- First Lady Karen C. June 18 ous Race” led by Harding. Reverend Adrienne Breckenridge of Baltimore, Maryland. First Lady Karen C. Harding The following Sunday, we were blessed Chairperson—OSK to with a powerful message from Rever- Prayer Request end Dr. Debyii Sababu Thomas, who taught us how to be “Pretty Girls.” We A Prayer Request Box and Request Forms are are currently gearing up for our annual available in the lobby end of year “Rites of Passage” cere- for use in requesting mony. The ceremony was held on Sun- intercessory prayer. Requests can also be given to Sister Flora day, May 21, 2006, at Flowers High Rice, Intercessory Prayer Ministry Head or School in the Science and Technology by calling 202-829-2032. Lecture hall from 1:00 pm until 4:00 T H E V I N EY A RD PAGE 3 A Few Good Men by Max Rouzier It’s the end of the year for us students at Rodney Curl, and Oscar Merrida, Akil Alex- when possible, watching films and practicing nearby Howard University’s Ministry. We ander, and Uzoma Nwagba. Each of us have evangelism and community building. Ulti- were finally able to put to rest the long year internships in the fields of law, education, mately, you will begin to see a difference in of academic struggle, incredible friendships media and medicine, but plan to dedicate our the PGCC’s youth as they better themselves and overall remarkable experience. Leaving free time and gifts to achieve the aforemen- and their peers. In the future weeks, we ask that adventure behind we pick up a new tioned objective. Using the David C. Cook for support in presence, mind and prayer to exciting challenge as Youth Ministry Teach- curriculum agreed upon by the staff, we plan maintain a strong, safe and healthy environ- ers. As Youth Ministry Teachers, we are part to tackle tough issues facing our developing ment for Christian learning. As we all know of the Howard University Ministry, and our students. As upstanding Howard students and "it takes a village to raise a child," so your service at PGCC is led by Reverend Willie J. future leaders, our example shines through participation means a lot throughout this Thompson. We dedicate our time, talent and our attitudes and behaviors. To that end we process. As a Church newsletter staff mem- skills to lend a hand with the youth. Dressed hope to enrich our youth spiritually, ber I plan to keep you updated on the weekly in our Sunday best, we began work May 7th, and build them academically, socially, per- events and proud moments of your children getting to know the children we plan on sonally and emotionally. and Howard agents of change. working with for the next year. On April 30, we began by holding class After meticulous planning we are pre- and an open house where we addressed ques- pared to see what we can make of it. tions of parents and parishioners. That day Through collaboration, our efforts will be was a great success and launched us into the dedicated to one simple objective: tremendous time to come. Moreover, we plan “strengthening the relationship between the to use conventional methods to teach the child and Christ”. Altogether there are six of concepts and make it responsive to the chil- us: Jonathan Armstrong, Marcus Colbert, dren’s needs. We plan on taking field trips Tribes—A Smaller Family within a Larger Family Continued from April-May these fourteen years of service that Jacob The Leaders of the Simeon tribe gave Laban. Jacob had two wives, Leah are Carolyn Ross, Monica Ross and and Rachel. Rachel was Jacob’s favor- Nema Myazi. The Simeon tribe Jacob’s Geneagology ite. Jacob also had two concubines, Bil- receives new members and assists hah and Zilpah who also gave birth to with the worship service in July. Jacob is the second born twin some of Jacob’s children. son of Isaac and Rebekah (Genesis The Levi Tribe 25:24-26), and the grandson of Abraham and Sarah. Jacob’s name Levi – is the third son of Jacob and means usurper or deddeceiver. God Leah. Levi’s name means “Joined”. later changed Jacob’s name to Is- And she conceived again, and bare rael. a son; and said, Now this time will A Smaller Family within a my husband be joined unto me, be- Jacob purchased his twin brother cause I have born him three sons: Esau’s birthright for a bowl of stew Larger Family therefore was his name called Levi. (Genesis 25:29-34). Jacob and his Genesis 29:34 mother deceived Isaac into giving Jacob the blessing that would have The Leaders of the Levi tribe are gone to Esau. Easu vowed to kill Melissa Butler and Candi Peterson. Jacob, so Rebekah sent Jacob away The Levi tribe receives new mem- to live with her brother Laban. bers and assists with the worship Jacob worked seven years for Laban The Simeon Tribe service in April. so that he could marry Laban’s Simeon – is the second son of Jacob and daughter Rachel. Yet, when his Leah. Simeon’s name means “Hearing”. time was paid, Laban told Jacob he would have to marry his other And she conceived again and bare a son; daughter Leah. Laban offered Ra- and said, “Because the Lord has heard More on Tribes in the next Issue of The Vineyard. chel to Jacob for another seven that I am hated, he hath therefore given Sister Anita Moore Hackney—Tribe Ministry Leader years of work. Jacob agreed. The me this son also: and she called his children of Jacob were born during name Simeon. Genesis 29:33 Calendar Capital Campaign Goal Tribes Schedule Assists with worship service and receives new members. June January—Issachar Men’s Ministry Mtg. (10) February—Joseph Youth Sunday (11) March—Judah Youth Picnic (11) April—Levi Worship Location OSK Ministry Mtg. (17) Charles Herbert Flowers High School May—Naphtali Father’s Day (18) 10001 Ardwick Ardmore Road June—Reuben Springdale, MD 20774 Youth Conference (19-22) July—Simeon Couples Ministry (23) Phat Friday (23) August—Zebulun Church Office September—Asher 10111 Martin Luther King Jr. Highway Kidz Zone (24) Suite 200A Parents in Action Mtg. (25) October—Benjamin Bowie, MD 20720 November—Dan 301-306-0064 (Phone) December—Gad 301-306-0944 (Fax) July Sister Deneen Worrell, Administrator Men’s Ministry Mtg. (8) Dworrell1@aol.com Youth Sunday (9) OSK Ministry Mtg. (15) Rev. Dr. Edward P. Harding, Jr. Capital Campaign Senior Pastor New Members Class (15) email@example.com Parents in Action Mtg. (23) Session Mtg. (25) Couples Ministry Mtg. (28) Phat Friday (28) Kidz Zone (29) “Not equal giving….Equal Sacrifice” Student Life College (29) www.pgcchurch.org Youth Ministry Corner ABOUT THE VINEYARD... This newsletter is devoted Represent Youth Conference, to the events and activities of Atlanta Georgia: Join REAL (Grades 6-12) and Student Life Groups the Prince George’s Commu- (College Ministry) as we travel to nity Presbyterian Church. REPRESENT 06: THE REMIX, June Our newsletter focuses on 19-22, one of the greatest gatherings of young people is taking place again what’s happening with our at the New Birth Missionary Baptist members, upcoming church Church, located outside of Atlanta, Georgia. The total cost per youth is events and our church minis- $250, which includes travel, hotel, tries. full conference admission, confer- ence t-shirt and bag, unlimited pass The 7 Sons of Thunder Church members are in- One June 11, The 7 Sons of Thunder delivered the Word passionately, to RE/P Game Land, four (4) on-site conference meals and one ticket to vited to participate by sub- prophetically and powerfully for the annual Youth Day celebration. The celebration ended with a cook-out at the West River United Methodist Six Flags Over Georgia. Join us!!! mitting interesting articles. Church Center and Park in West River, Maryland. Articles may be sent via email either : Congratulations to Tyler Berry who was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society on Thursday, Edna Greene April, 20, 2006, at the Jericho Christian Academy. Tyler maintains a 3.75 grade point average. firstname.lastname@example.org Acknowledgements: Chelsea Cochrane is the 4th or best gymnast in the state of Maryland for her age group. She competed in Churchville, MD at the Florence Wood State’s Finals gymnastics meet. Chelsea also com- email@example.com peted in the Prince George’s County Science Fair. Chelsea was invited to participate in the science fair because she won 1st place in the Woodmore Ele- mentary School science fair for her project titled: All photos are courtesy of Oscar “Rapid Ripe—Can you speed up the ripening of The following persons completed confirmation classes in April (pictured left to right): Alonzo Mable, Tori Gresham, Tyler Berry and Tuere S. Merrida, PGCC photographer. bananas?” Harding. Also completing the confirmation classes were Vanessa May- field, Eliot Johnson, II, and Edward P. Harding, III.