“Transforming Lives Through the Discipleship of J esus Christ”


Sunday, May 4, 2014
7:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Services

Theme for 2014: Generosity; Transforming Your Mind (The Mind of the Disciple)

As often as you do this, do it in remembrance of me.


3412 South 22nd Street, Arlington, VA 22204 – Sanctuary
2229 South Shirlington Road, Arlington, VA 22206 – Offices
(703) 521-7663 / (703) 521-6316 (fax)


I n the seventeenth Chapter of Acts, the Apostle Paul stood at Athens in the
defense of the Gospel and stated in a portion of his proclamation that “The God
who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and
does not live in temples built by human hands.
And he is not served by human
hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and
breath and everything else.
From one man he made all the nations, that they
should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in
history and the boundaries of their lands.
God did this so that they would seek
him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.
‘For in him
we live and move and have our being.” As we gather on this Forerunner’s Sunday, I am thankful for
the witnesses that are proclaiming the knowledge of and relationship with this God. I am grateful for
the disciples who are declaring their faith as followers of Jesus Christ. Today, we say “Thank You” and
give honor to the Forerunner servants and witnesses of Macedonia. We are blessed because of you and
I declare once again that the Ministry of Macedonia is stronger through the Faith, Wisdom, and
Sacrifice of those who have been leading the way. I n the midst of this ever changing world, we are
thankful to God for all the great things God has done through each of you.

Dr. Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr., Pastor


The Forerunners may have started out as Ripples on a Pond, but we are now footprints in the
sand. Our footprints have been left in the church and in the community. Our prayer is that with
each set of prints we left a message for the young people that will come behind us. We tried to
leave a message of hope – to let you know that your hope for better and brighter days ahead is in
Christ J esus, your Lord and Savior. We tried to leave a message of obedience – which you would
show obedience to God’s commandments, to God who is your Father in Heaven and to your
parents (Ephesians 6:3 – that you may live long on the earth). We pray a set of footprints left a
message of respect – again to your parents and to those in authority. And with every footprint
made there is a measure of faith, faith that we trusted God to bring us through hard times and
shower us with His blessings. We pray we left messages of commitment, dedication, generosity
and most of all LOVE, LOVE for each other and yourselves. And we pray the footprints of those
that follow behind us will leave an even greater message.
Deaconess J oan Henry

Ripples On the Pond!

Have you ever thrown stones in a creek and noticed the ripples it caused? I t only takes a
small stone to cause a ripple that can make a big splash for J esus.
The people we are recognizing today have created ripples for J esus with a show of their
faith and love for God, family, church and friends. They have worked tirelessly and
unwavering in the positions and duties held.
Sister Blanche Terry was faithful in her attendance at Wednesday night prayer services.
Some nights were very few in numbers but she could always be counted in the number.
Sister Terry was always on duty in her Usher uniform at funerals and other church
events. And as long as her health permitted she supported her Pastor on many of his
engagements away from the church. She and Sister Evelyn Townes greeted many
Sunday morning worshippers in their positions as Ushers. Their friendly smiles and
sincere words of welcome were always present.
Sister Townes was also active as a missionary in the church and is a member of the
Baptist General Convention, Area D, and District One. District One has selected Sister
Townes as Honoree of the Year for 2014.
Deacon Thomas Adams and Deacon Ulysses Terry started their ripples on the pond as
Trustees, keeping a careful watch over and helping us to be faithful stewards over that
which God had entrusted to us. Deacon Adams’ voice could be heard in the Male
Chorus as he sang “One Day at a Time.” After serving many years on the Deacon
Board, visiting and praying for the sick, comforting and praying for bereaved families
and being available for many other chores needing to be done in the church and in the
community Deacon Adams and Deacon Terry now serve as Deacon Emeritus.
The ripples from these four reached far into the church and the community. Today we
thank you for the faith and love you have showed over the years and present you with
this Ripple from the Pond.

Macedonia Baptist Church Forerunners

For the past 26 years, the Reverend Dr. Faye S. Gunn served in several capacities at the
Alfred Street Baptist Church. On July 31, 2010, she retired officially from her position
as the Assistant Pastor of the church. She still remains in her position as the Director of
the Christian Life Institute.

The Reverend Dr. Gunn is recognized as a leader; she has been honored by her
congregation for her outstanding leadership. She received the 1999 James L. Anderson
Award for her support of education and community projects from the Northern Virginia
Urban League. Under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Gunn, the Christian Education Ministry
of Alfred Street Baptist Church received the “Outstanding Christian Education Award”
in June 2010 from the Baptist General Convention of Virginia. Also, as a member of
the Board of Trustees for the Nannie Helen Burroughs School in Washington, DC, she
was honored for “Outstanding and Dedicated Service” in l996. In March of l99l, she
received the Ebone` Image Award for her contribution in the field of religion from the
Coalition of 100-Black Women of the Northern Virginia Chapter.

Dr. Gunn received her Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. She has
earned two masters degrees with honors. Master of Divinity from the School of Theology at Virginia Union University,
Richmond, VA (magna cum laude); and a Master of Education in secondary educational administration from Bowie
State University, Bowie, MD (summa cum laude). She received her Bachelor of Science from Norfolk State University,
Norfolk, VA, and has studied at the University of Virginia, at Virginia State University, and at Virginia Polytechnic

As an advocate for social justice, she is actively involved in community affairs. She has served on boards of directors and
as a member of community and religious organizations, including the Resource Mothers of the Northern Virginia Urban
League, the American Cancer Society-Alexandria Unit, the Alexandria Chapter of the Red Cross, the Alexandria Clergy
Association, and the Alexandria Council of Church Women United. Through the Kellogg Foundation, she has dialogued
with women from across the United States in a seminar seeking resolutions for the African-American male. She has served
as a participant with the International summit for “Cancer Awareness” through the Washington Hospital Center. October,
l996, she was a speaker for the Howard University Hospital on Cancer Awareness. She serves as an Advisor Member
for the Y.E.S. (Youth, Education, & Scholarship) Foundation; and a member of the Cancer Development Committee for
the City of Alexandria.

Dr. Gunn has been the conference preacher for the Women’s Auxiliary of the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission
Convention; Progressive National Baptist Convention; Conference preacher for Women’s Retreats; guest speaker for the
Department of Army, Navy, and the City of Alexandria for Black History month; and she has served as a workshop leader
and consultant for the Baptist General Convention of Virginia and local churches. She has been privileged to preach at the
historic Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in New York City. At the 18
Baptist World Alliance Conference in Melbourne,
Australia, Dr. Gunn served as a Community Leader for over 250 Baptists from around the world. At the New Baptist
Covenant Convention in Atlanta, GA (2008), Dr. Gunn served as a moderator for one of the focus groups, “Proclaiming
the Good News.” She was a presenter for Christian Education in London, England and preached at one of the largest
Black churches in England. One of her sermons entitled “Converted on a Cross,” is published in Those Preaching
Women, Vol. 2, edited by Dr. Ella P. Mitchell. She has a published devotional in Sister to Sister, Vol. 2 and she served
as an Editorial Advisor for the first Women of Color Study Bible.

Dr. Gunn is a former teacher and administrator; nominated as an outstanding secondary educator; served as workshop
consultant for the Department of Education in Richmond, VA. A former officer and member of the Jack and Jill, Inc., of
America; former Cub Scout mother; former president of the Alpha Wives of Prince George’s County, MD and member
of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. In March of this year, Dr. Gunn was the recipient of two prestigious awards: The
Sonya Carson Award, awarded by Dr. Ben Carson, honoring outstanding community leaders of the DC Metro area;
and The Alexandria Commission for Women awarded Dr. Gunn their Alexandria Commission on Women’s Making a
Difference Award.

A native of Virginia, the Reverend Dr. Faye S. Gunn and her husband, Fred J. Gunn currently reside in Fort
Washington, MD. They have two adult sons, Kelvin E. and Rodney D. Gunn.

Pastor: By what common and gracious experiences do we enter into spiritual covenant with God and with one another?

Congregation: Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior;
and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
we do now in the presence of God, angels and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one
another, as one body in Christ.

Pastor: What is the great bond of our union with God and each other?

Congregation: We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love.

Pastor: What are our great privileges and duties in this, our own Church?

Congregation: To strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge and holiness; to give it a place in our
affections, prayers, and services above every organization of human origin; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline
and doctrine.

Pastor: What vow do we gladly make as stewards of that which God has entrusted to us?

Congregation: To contribute cheerfully and regularly, as God has prospered us, towards its expenses, for the relief of
the poor and the spread of the Gospel throughout the world.

Pastor: For the sake of our homes and loved ones, what gracious tasks do we humbly assume?

Congregation: We also engage to maintain family and secret devotion; to study diligently the word of God; to
religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintance.

Pastor: For the sake of the unsaved for whom our Saviour died, to what manner of life and conversation are we
solemnly pledged?

Congregation: To walk circumspectly in the world; to be kind and just to those in our employ, and faithful in the
service we promise others; endeavoring in the purity of heart and good will towards all men to exemplify and commend
our holy faith. In case of difference of opinion in the church, we unanimously agree, we will cheerfully recognize the
right of the majority to govern.

Pastor: Since one is our Master, even Christ, and all we are brethren, by what fraternal ministries are we to strengthen
each other and adorn the teachings of our Lord and Saviour?

Congregation: We further engage to watch over, to pray for, to exhort and stir up each other unto every good word
and work; to guard each other’s reputation, not needlessly exposing the infirmities of others; to participate in each
other’s joys, and with tender sympathy bear one another’s burdens and sorrows; to cultivate Christian courtesy; to be
slow to give or take offense but always ready for reconciliation, being mindful of the rules of the savior in the eighteenth
chapter of Matthew, to secure it without delay; and through life, amid evil report, and good report, to seek to live to the
glory of God, who hath called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Pastor and Congregation: Humbly confessing our past sins, we pray for grace and strength to keep these, our holy
vows, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. – Amen


Monday, May 5, 2014
7:00 p.m. – Heart & Soul Substance Abuse Support Group Ministry (The Macedonian)
7:00 p.m. – Hospitality Ministry Meeting (Board Room)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
7:00 p.m. – Called Deacon Ministry Meeting (Multipurpose Room)
7:00 p.m. – Discipleship Class 2B (Henderson/Duckett) (Classroom 4)
7:00 p.m. – Discipleship Class 3B (Brown/Smith) (FLC – Upper Level)
7:00 p.m. – Judah Choral Choir Rehearsal (Sanctuary)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
7:00 a.m. – Morning Prayer with Pastor Hamlin
Dial–in Number: (712) 432-1212 // ID Number: 373-561-388
6:00 p.m. – Operations Meeting (Multipurpose Room)
7:00 p.m. – Corporate Prayer and Praise (Sanctuary)

Thursday, May 8, 2014
7:00 p.m. – Discipleship Class 1B (Gibson) (Classroom 3)

Friday, May 9, 2014
No activities/meetings/rehearsals scheduled.

Saturday, May 10, 2014
10:00 a.m. – Heart and Soul Ministry Stage Play Rehearsal (Multipurpose Room)
10:30 a.m. – Communications Ministry Meeting (Board Room)
11:00 a.m. – Women’s Day Choir Rehearsal (Sanctuary)
12:00 p.m. – Bells of Joy Choir Rehearsal (Sanctuary)
1:00 p.m. – YCC Choir Rehearsal (Sanctuary)
2:00 p.m. – Judah Choral Choir Rehearsal (Sanctuary)


Cornerstone Life Ministries News:
Recreation Ministry is sponsoring a trip to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to see the hit musical “The
Lion King,” on Sunday, July 20, 2014. Ticket information is available at the Information Center.

Women’s Day will be celebrated on Sunday, May 18, 2014 during the 7:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services.

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Membership & Spiritual Development Ministry News:
Sickle Cell Sabbath will be back again this year on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. at Drew Model School (3500 South
23rd Street, Arlington, VA.). This worship service is collaborated with the American Red Cross, which will accept your
blood donations for sickle cell patients, who require multiple blood transfusions to control this painful disease that often
results in strokes. Please sign up in the narthex after each service beginning Sunday, May 4, 2014. Give life!! For further
information, contact Reverend Lois Nicholson at LNicholson@mbcva.ws

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Missions and Outreach Ministries News:
The Heart and Soul Ministry is seeking actors, singers, dancers and stagehands that would like to be a part of the upcoming
life-changing play “The Shot that Saved Me.” Please contact Brother Jeff Haskins or sign up at the Information Center.

Pray for our Sick and Shut-in Members

At Home
Deacon Thomas Adams
Dorothy Burke
J. Faye Henderson
Patricia Patterson
Loretta Preston

Cherrydale Health Center
Ruth Brittain

Golden Living Center
Lucy Venable

Jefferson Rehabilitation Center
Trustee Hattie McKnight

Potomac Center
Ruth Garner

Woodbine Rehabilitation Center
Irene Lewis
Evelyn Townes

Macedonia Members: Please call or have someone to contact the church office if you desire prayer, hospital visit, and /or
communion during an extended illness or for a family member. Once the office receives your request, a tribal leader will contact

Study Schedule

Baptism Worship Service
10:45 a.m. Service Only

Bible Study Schedule
7:00 p.m.
Wednesday – Corporate Prayer & Praise
Wednesday – Pastor’s Bible Study
Wednesday – Men and Women’s Bible Study
Wednesday – Young Adult Bible Study
Wednesday – Leadership Night

Communion Worship Service
7:45 a.m. & 10:45 a.m.

Sunday Morning Worship Service
through 4
7:45 a.m. & 10:45 a.m.
Sunday 9:30 a.m.

Youth and Teen Church
10:45 a.m. at the Family Life Center

Youth Directed Worship Service
10:45 a.m. Service Only