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Dr. Mark A. McCleary, Pastor Robin P.

Walker, Chaplain
Dear Visitors & Friends,

On behalf of the First Church of Seventh Day Adventist, I would like to welcome you to our First
Annual Community Day of Awareness for HIV/AIDS and Cancer. A full day of events has been
meticulously planned for your spiritual and educational benefit.

To start off the Community Day of Awareness, a prayer breakfast has been planned where we
will pray for all members of our community who are suffering from cancer, hypertension, or
HIV/AIDS. As we move throughout this day, I would also like for you to keep Senator Ted
Kennedy, who has brain cancer, in your thoughts and prayers. There will also be breast cancer
screening signup, anonymous HIV/AIDS testing, limited prostate and blood pressure screenings,
lectures, exhibits, and a healthy cooking demonstration.

Many times we take our health for granted, and I would like to personally take this opportunity
to encourage you to make a personal choice to be proactive in caring for our bodies.

May God Bless You This Day and Always,

Dr. Mark A. McCleary, Pastor

The First Church of Seventh-day Adventists is a community of believers
who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In continuity with the people
of God in Old Testament times, we are called out from the world; and we
join together for worship, for fellowship, for instruction in the Word, for
the celebration of the Lord's Supper, for service to all mankind, and for
the worldwide proclamation of the gospel.

In faithfulness to our charge, we come in worship and leave to serve. Wholistic ministry is our
vision as we strive to emulate the command of Jesus to help the "least of these." Our aim is to
be a lighthouse to our community. In communion with the Father, Jesus our Savior and Elder
Brother, and the Holy Spirit, as our Comforter, we can do all things.

In addition to our aim, our goal is to positively affect the quality of life of our members and
visitors in such a way that when we appear before the judgment bar, our Savior and Judge will
be so satisfied with our stewardship that He will say to us "Well done, thou good and faithful

Our Mission is to nurture the spiritual, mental, and physical well-being of its members and
surrounding community by sharing and administering the Good News of Salvation. (Matthew
28:18-20; Luke 19:10; John 10:10).
Dear Distinguished Colleagues,

We extend to you thanks for participating in our First Annual

Community Day of Awareness on HIV/AIDS and Cancer. This day is
made possible through the companies, organizations, exhibitors, and
hospitals which you are affiliated. We deeply appreciate their
support and your willingness to lend us your time, expertise, and
talent. Please know that we are very grateful.

We would also like to thank our partners and sponsors. They

include, but are not limited to Target, Giant of Maryland LLC, The Community
Services Partnership, and the FCSDA leaders for their collaboration in making this day a success for all.


Chaplain Robin P. Walker, MDiv.

Program Chair

Kimberly A. Eddings

Co-Program Chair

“If we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:12 (NIV)
Prayer for Senator Ted Kennedy

Lord, the members of the First Church of Seventh-day Adventist are sad to hear that Senator
Kennedy has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. You created him with the gifts to
champion many causes on our behalf; civil rights, homelessness, healthcare and the poor
among us. He is a great advocate of the America’s poor and middle class people. Now, that he
has fallen ill we advocate on his behalf by praying for his health and beseeching YOU to wrap
him in a warm blanket of your love while he recovers.


“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, and virtue with knowledge.”
John 1:2 (KJV)
Schedule of Events:
 Questions: Please see anyone wearing a T-Shirt with the First Church Community Day of
Awareness logo.
 Safety: Please do not leave children under 13 unattended. Also, please do not leave
laptops, purses, cell phones, or any personal belongings unattended.
 Courtesy: Please turn off all pagers and cell phones before participating in any of the
day’s events. If it is necessary, please feel free to use the vestibule, or step outside.
 Plan: Be sure to study the schedule and plan now to be with us each step of the way!


Donna T. Harris, Morning Coordinator & Facilitator
 Welcome
 Opening Prayer
 Instrumental Selection
 Prayer for Senator Ted Kennedy
 Breakfast Served
 Instrumental Selection
 Introduction of Speaker
 Prayer by Table
 Closing Prayer

CHURCH AT STUDY: 9:15 AM - 10:30 AM

AWARENESS LECTURES: 10:35 AM - 12:45 PM (All lectures will take place in the Sanctuary)
 HIV/AIDS: Still A Challenge - Dr. Celia Maxwell, M.D., F.A.C.P., Director of Howard
University Women’s Health Institute
 Introduction of Breast Cancer Panel Holocaust Memorial:
Dr. Sara Horton, MD-Oncologist Youth between the ages of 10-
Sharon Francz, LPN-Cancer Care Navigator 12 are invited to attend a trip
Sara Moore, Staff Chaplain for Oncology to the Holocaust Memorial
Dr. Vanessa Sheppard, Ph.D., Assistant Museum with Pastor Charles
Professor for Oncology Research Richards. Departure is at
 10 Minute Q&A 12:30 PM.
 Morning Tithe & Offering
 Break (12:45-12:55)
Arthur Wharton, Jr., Afternoon Coordinator & Facilitator
 HIV 101 - Christopher King, FACHE, MHSc, CHES
 Q&A


Parents with children ages 4-9 will be served lunch at 2 PM in preparation to relocate to the
Kindergarten Room located on the upper level: Jackie McFarlane, Children’s Ministry

HIV/AIDS Testing (Youth House - 824 Shepherd St.)

Blood Pressure Screening
(Primary House - 814 Shepherd St.) FOR MEN ONLY: 2:30 – 3:30
Prostate Cancer Screening Join O.D. Dickson of the Faces,
(Primary House (upper level) - 814 Shepherd St.) Inc. and the EHESS Staff in the
Breast Cancer Screening & Sign-up Sanctuary for a special
Prostate Cancer Presentation
(Primary House (lower level) - 814 Shepherd St.)
Chaps Expressions Exhibit
(Youth House - 824 Shepherd St.)
National Marrow Donor Program Exhibit (lower lever foyer)
Healthy Cooking Demonstration by Lisa Davis (Fellowship Hall)
Pharmaceutical Presentation by Helene Akconji (Fellowship Hall)

Pastor Charles Richards, Emcee
 First Church Praise Team
 Angela Brown (soloist)
 Musical Selection - Arthur Wharton, Jr.
 Spoken Word - Debbie Trotter
 First Church Mass Choir
 Spoken Word - Orville Walker
 Chosen Vessels Choir

 Chaplain Robin Walker

“For this very reason make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with
knowledge.” 2 Peter 1:5 (KJV)
“A human tragedy of one man and one family,
to a community of commitment and outreach”

In 2003, The Faces Project was created and conceived by Mr. “O.D.” Dickson, Jr., along with his
son, Onias “Timothy” Dickson.

The Faces Project was their response to a personal crisis that Mr. Dickson and his family had to
face. Having lost his father O.D. Dickson, Sr. in 1993 to prostate cancer; Mr. Dickson, Jr. was
diagnosed with “metastatic prostate cancer” just ten years later.

What angered Mr. Dickson, more than anything else, was the failure on the part of his father’s
doctors to tell him that heredity was a very real “risk” factor, and that an annual “PSA”
screening is advised.

With three sons, (8, 13, 17) and a legacy of prostate cancer, Mr. Dickson decided to take on the
challenge finding the best care for himself and the responsibility of educating and saving other
men and their families from the ravages and shame of prostate cancer and prostate disease.

Center front: O.D. Dickson, Jr., President

Sharon Francz, LPN

Sharon Francz, LPN is the Cancer Care Navigator for Shady

Grove Adventist Hospital. Sharon is a nurse, with 17 years
experience in a variety of settings and roles, with a rich
experience working with persons with cancer.
In her role as the Cancer Care Navigator, Sharon is an advocate
for all who have cancer, or for those who are concerned about
cancer. She is a guide and personal care coach. In this role,
she can facilitate access to services, be a source of accurate
information, coordinate and connect patients and families to
financial, transportation, rehabilitation and psychosocial
support, which may be difficult to access on one’s own.
Services made available include those provided by Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, as well as
those provided throughout the expanded community.

Dr. Sara L. Horton, MD

Dr. Horton comes from Annapolis, Maryland where she has been
practicing hematology and oncology in the private sector since
2001. She received her undergraduate degree n Biology from
Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She subsequently
attended medical school at Wright State University in Dayton,
Ohio and served as an intern, resident and chief resident at Good
Samaritan Hospital n Cincinnati. She joined the Lombardi Cancer
Center at Georgetown University Hospital as a
hematology/oncology fellow in July 1996. After completing her
fellowship, she remained at the Lombardi Center to pursue clinical and
translational breast cancer research until 2001.
Christopher J. King, FACHE, MHSc, CHES

Christopher King is a public health program planner, health

educator, and researcher who specializes in healthcare
leadership and health disparities. His areas of focus include
chronic disease management, universal access, and health
services administration. As a resident of the DC
metropolitan area, Christopher is especially interested in
the high incidence and prevalence of HIV infection in the
region. He has served as a grant writer and program
manager - bringing over 2.7 million dollars of
comprehensive healthcare services for low income residents of
southern Maryland with HIV/AIDS. In addition, he has authored several publications that
highlight recommendations for addressing HIV in the African American community.

Christopher has an undergraduate degree in Community Health from East Carolina University
and a master's degree in Health Science from Towson University. He is currently pursuing a
PH.D. in Health Services Administration from the University of Maryland School of Public

Christopher is board certified in healthcare management and he is a Fellow of the American

College of Healthcare Executives. He is a certified health education specialist and a member of
the American Public Health Association. Christopher is also a member of the National Scholars
Honor Society.
Celia J. Maxwell, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Dr. Maxwell is the Assistant Vice President for Health Sciences

and Director of the Women’s Health Institute at Howard
University. She is and has been the Principal Investigator of
several prestigious projects. They include: The Center for
Infectious Disease Management and Research, and The Henry
J. Kaiser Family Foundation Barbara Jordan Congressional
Scholars Program at Howard University among others. She
has been appointed to several national boards or
committees including serving as a member of the
Healthcare Reform Task Force chaired by then First Lady, Hillary
Rodman Clinton, and the Office of the Aids advisory Council at NIH. She was selected for the
nationally renowned Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship, and from 1997-98,
through the fellowship, Dr. Maxwell served as a Health Legislative Assistant for Senator Tom
Harkin (D. Iowa).

Dr. Maxwell obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Hunter College and her medical
degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She completed her
residency training in Internal Medicine at Howard University Hospital and a Fellowship in
Infectious Diseases/Tropical Medicine at NIH and Howard University.
Pastor Dr. Mark A. McCleary

Pastor McCleary's pastoral experience began in 1974 after

receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Theology with a minor in
history from Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama. He also
completed studies for his Master of Divinity degree in 1978
from Andrews University Theological Seminary, Berrien
Springs, Michigan, and his Doctor of Ministry degree from
Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1998 and is
currently pursuing a Doctorate in Conflict Analysis and
Resolution from NOVA Southeastern University in Fort
Lauderdale, Florida.
Pastor McCleary continued to gain experience in spiritual leadership through the years
beginning in 1974 as an Associate Evangelist in Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas,
and continuing to culminate currently as Senior Pastor of this outstanding edifice. Since coming
to Washington, D.C., Dr. McCleary has been affiliated with the Faith-Based Community
Association Partnership (FBCAP), for which he is currently President, and the Metro Area
Ministerium of Seventh-day Adventists.

Pastor McCleary has written several publications, A Guide to Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts,
and his recent publications: "Gospel Presentation", "A Comprehensive Study Guide: Back to
Basics", and "A Study Guide and Workbook: Daniel and Revelation", were published in 2007.

Pastor McCleary is the loving husband of Queenie and their union has been blessed with two
sons, Brian and Michael, and a daughter, Michelle. Pastor McCleary's sincere goal is to be a role
model of Christian values in order to inspire positive life style transformation in others. He has
inspired this congregation to be FAT- Faithful, Available, and Teachable.
Sara L. Moore, MA, LPC

Sara Moore is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is a

Licensed Professional Counselor in the District of Columbia
and a Certified Chaplain with the National Association of
Catholic Chaplains. Sara completed undergraduate studies
at the University of Dayton, Ohio and completed a Master
of Public Health degree at the University of Michigan. She
worked as a study coordinator with Harvard Medical
School faculty for three years, focusing on projects
related to mammography screening and breast cancer
education. She completed a joint degree in Pastoral Ministry and
Counseling Psychology at Boston College in 2002, which included an addictions counseling
internship at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Sara completed her CPE residency under the supervision of James Shea, SJ and Brian Conley, SJ
at Georgetown University Hospital from 2002-2003. She worked for two years as a clinical case
manager at Community Connections, a mental health core service agency in Washington DC,
where she received special training in counseling with survivors of physical, sexual, and
emotional abuse and people with “triple diagnoses.” She also has experience in religious
education and is a member of Holy Trinity Parish in Georgetown. Sara joined the full-time staff
of Mission and Pastoral Care at Georgetown University Hospital in December 2005 as Chaplain
to the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, where she focuses on spiritual care for adult
oncology patients and their families, bereavement care, outreach to the outpatient population,
and supporting oncology nurses.
Dr. Vanessa B. Sheppard, Ph.D.

Dr. Sheppard is a cancer control scientist and Assistant Professor in

the Department of Oncology at the Lombardi Comprehensive
Cancer Center at Georgetown University. As a National Institute
of Health Disparities Scholar, her long-term career goal is to help
reduce the unequal burden of cancer experienced by minority
women through scholarship and service. She has received
federal and private funding to pursue this goal. Dr. Sheppard
has been fortunate to have her work presented at numerous
professional meetings and published in scientific journals. In
2001, she was awarded the prestigious Herbert Nickens, MD award
for outstanding junior faculty from the American Association of Medical Colleges. In 2007 she
launched Sisters Informing SistersSM to provide information and support to women with breast
cancer. Dr. Sheppard has been married to Mr. Earle E. Sheppard for over 16 years. In 2001, her
husband received an opportunity to pursue executive training which led them to move to
Washington, DC. They reside in the District with their twin sons – Aaron and Erik.
A special word of thanks to the planning committee members for helping us arrange this
wonderful day, and to Dr. Deborah Hoy-Jones of the Fort Foote Baptist Church for being the
program catalyst. Huge thanks to Kimberly Eddings for her investment of time, talent, and
support in assisting with the coordination in preparation for the day.

Chaplain Robin P. Walker, MDiv.
Program Chair

First Church of Seventh-day Adventist 2008 Planning Committee

Kimberly A. Eddings Deborah Y. Jeffries

Ohio State University Chap’s Expressions
Student and Co-Program Chair Church Historian
Program Logistic Coordinator

Sharon Francz, LPN Elder Arthur Wharton

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Assistant Professor of Research
Cancer Navigator Accounting & Finance Morgan State University
Program Advisor Facilitator for HIV/AIDS and Prostate Cancer

Dr. Vanessa Sheppard, Ph.D. Donna T. Harris

Georgetown University Hospital Georgetown University Medical Center
Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center Biomedical Graduate Research Organization
Assistant Professor Sr. Operations Manager
Breast Cancer Program Coordinator Program Coordinator & Facilitator for
Prayer Breakfast, Cancer Panel & STI

Susan Heitmuller
Adventist HealthCare
Washington Adventist Hospital
Faith Community Nursing Program
Program Advisor

"Fear thou not; for I am with thee." Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)

Supporters for the

2008 Community Day of Awareness

*We gratefully acknowledge the following partners, organizations, hospitals, and sponsors.*

Black AIDS Institute
The first Black HIV/AIDS policy center dedicated to reducing HIV/AIDS health disparities by
mobilizing Black institutions and individuals in efforts to confront the epidemic in their
communities. Their motto describes a commitment to self-preservation: "Our People, Our
Problem, Our Solution." It is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) charitable organization based in Los
Angeles, California

Capital Breast Cancer

Mission is to provide and maximize comprehensive culturally-appropriate breast cancer
screening services to women of the DC metropolitan area, regardless of the ability to pay,
through clinical services, education and research.

Sisters Informing Sisters

A program that provides women and their families with the necessary skills and support to
make informed decisions and communicate their needs, preferences and decisions to their
healthcare provides. It’s a support/information/ survivorship for women with breast cancer.

Us Helping Us, Inc.

Incorporated in 1988, Us Helping Us, People Into Living, Inc. (UHU) is one of the largest
501(c)(3) Black AIDS organizations in the nation, serving Washington, D.C., suburban Maryland,
and northern Virginia. The mission of UHU is to reduce HIV infection in the Black community.
UHU provides HIV counseling, testing and referral (CTR) services to men and women, and
specializes in HIV education and risk reduction programs for Black gay/bisexual men and
transgender persons.
The Faces Project, Inc.
The mission is to put a face on prostate Cancer in the District of Columbia and the DC
metropolitan area. They provide free screening and educational services to African American
male residents, the under served, and the working poor. Their goal is to elevate the health
concerns of African American men living in the Washington, DC area to the attention of the
Professional Health Community and providers.

Howard University-Women’s Health Institute

The Women's Health Institute (WHI) at Howard University was established to develop and
implement a comprehensive interdisciplinary University program that addresses the needs,
issues and health of women of color.

Washington Hospital Center

Washington Hospital Center, a valued member of MedStar Health, is dedicated to delivering exceptional
PATIENT FIRST health care. We provide the region with the highest quality and latest medical advances
through excellence in patient care, education and research.

Chaps Expression-Stepping Up & Speaking Out (

Chap’s Expressions, designed with women in mind, is a medium crafted to provide nurturing to
women. It addresses taboo topics dispelling the discomforts of dealing with such topics in a
public atmosphere. Many women feel isolated and alone. Chap’s Expressions allow viewers to
recognize that they aren’t alone in their discomfort, but can overcome these life experiences
with encouragement. Goals: are to provide a site that fosters a user-friendly structure
especially for:

Growing Healthy Lifestyles for Women

Connecting Women to Women and the world around them
Serving as a Medium for Spiritual Growth of Women
Sharing Women’s life experiences with stories of triumph and success

The Balm in Gilead, Inc.

A not-for-profit, non-governmental organization whose mission is to improve the health status
of people of the African Diaspora by building the capacity of faith communities to address life-
threatening diseases, especially HIV/AIDS and Cervical Cancer and HPV.

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you: he will never leave you nor forsake you.
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)

 Target Corporation
 Giant of Maryland, LLC
 FCSDA Community Services
 Carolyn King & Barbara Wilson
 The First Church of Seventh-day Adventists
 DC Metropolitan Petworth Police Department
 Shoppers Food Warehouse
 Safeway


 Adventist Healthcare
 National Marrow Donor Program
 Healthy Cooking
 Chaps Expressions
 The Faces Project, Inc.
 Capital Breast Cancer
 Us Helping Us, Inc.
 Sisters Informing Sisters
 Georgetown University Hospital Pharmacy


 Georgetown University Hospital

 Howard University Women’s Health Institute
 Washington Hospital Center
 Adventist Healthcare
 Lombardi Cancer Center
 Capital Breast Care Center
 University of Maryland School of Public Health
FCSDA Ministry Partners:

 Pastorate
 Elders
 Hospitality
 Children’s Ministry
 Discipleship
 Deacons & Deaconesses
 Health & Temperance/ Nursing Staff
 Communications Department
 Sabbath School
 Clerk’s Departments
 Community Services
 Music
 Adventist Youth Society

Thank You
A special thanks to all of our
Community Awareness Day participants, sponsors, and guests.
May God continue to bless you and yours.
“The Lord bless you and
keep you the Lord make
His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you:
the Lord turn His face
toward you and give you

Numbers 6:24-26 (NIV)

The First Church of Seventh-day Adventists

810 Shepherd St., NW ~ Washington, DC 20011

Phone: 202.829.2075 ~ Fax: 202.723.5124