**Special Notices**


                                              ** Church Bulletin**


First Bethel Baptist Church Announcements – Sunday, November 20, 2022


The following are our church announcements for the week:

Hello Viewing Audience and thank you for joining our Praise & Worship Service today!


Sunday School Class occurs each Sunday at 9:00 a.m. in the Parlor Room. Our Noon Day Bible Study Class also occurs in the Parlor Room each Tuesday. All are welcome to attend.

Thank you to everyone who came out to the “Trial Sermon Service” on Thursday night to support our beloved Greg Gavin. Let’s continue to pray for and encourage Greg as he continues to grow in the ministry and allows God to use him as a vessel to preach the Gospel and bring people to Christ.

Thank you to everyone who has donated towards our Annual Thanksgiving Basket Drive and our Robert Gray Elementary School mission! So much love and dedication has been devoted to these missions, and we can’t thank you enough for all your contributions. Our sincere thanks to the coordinators – Sisters Joan Carver, Debbie Thomas, Helene Richardson, and Faye Highsmith; Deacons Khaliff Kassim and Antwon Corbin; and Trustee Rodney Davis. If anyone brought perishable items today to complete our baskets, please see Sister Helene Richardson immediately following service.

We extend “Happy Birthday” greetings to everyone celebrating a birthday this month. This week, our love and birthday wishes go out to: our beloved Deaconess Rose Artis, who will celebrate her special day on November 24th, and Sister Gloria Bates, First Lady of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Charlottesville, who will celebrate her birthday on November 26th.

This morning we send our love and prayers to Sisters Louise White, Renee Crosson, Vonzy Davis, and Helen Hoben. We’re continuing to pray for Mr. David Lopes, as well as all our First Bethel family and friends who are experiencing health or caregiver challenges. As the holidays approach, please send cards to all our sick, shut-in, and/or bereaved families, to brighten their day and encourage their heart. It’s always uplifting to be reminded of God’s love and that others are praying for you.

Thought for the Week


“When God opens a door before you, He expects you to trust Him and walk through it.”

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**Great News:  New Sanctuary for Worship: ** 

Since  Sunday, January 3, 2021, God has blessed us with a new location for Sundays Worship, Tuesdays Noon Bible Study and Saturdays Choir Rehearsal. We will now be resuming live worship services at Bells United Methodist Church, 6016 Allentown Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746.  Church is now available at full capacity and subject to county COVID restrictions. Entry through the main front door. The schedule for worship and Bible Study Classes are as follows:

  • Sundays - Sanctuary and three rooms - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

  • Church School is 9:00 am to 10:00 am (classroom)

  • Church Service is 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (Sanctuary)

  • Tuesdays -  classroom -  12:00 pm to 2:00 pm 

  • Saturdays - Sanctuary - 11:30 am to 1:30 pm (choir rehearsal)  

Additional Announcements:

  • During this transitional period, our members and friends are reminded to check regularly for email updates regarding the status of our official move-in to the new location. We invite our viewing audience to continue to worship with us through our streamed services at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKPwu9mskrkoV80R0tgXe-A/featured

  • Additionally, First Bethel Baptist Church has obtained a new PO Box to be used during the interim. The box is now active and can be used.


                                  **Please do not use the Kettering church address after 12/28/2020.** 

                                                                                 The new mailing interim address is:

                                                                                 First Bethel Baptist Church 

                                                                                 9201 Edgeworth Drive #4734

                                                                                 Capitol Heights, MD 20791


  • Donations can still be made via mail at the new address, and the use of the paypal account (Donate link above).

  • Any/all email inquires are still available at firstbethelbaptistmd@gmail.com

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Welcome to First Bethel Baptist Church

Welcome to the Website of FBBC of Camp Springs, MD

Thank you for visiting us. 


On behalf of myself and the First Bethel Church family, we welcome you to our sanctuary.  It is our hope that your experience with us will strengthen your relationship with God, cultivate your desire to link with our church and its numerous activities, and/or accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.


At your first opportunity, you are invited to come and Worship with us on Sunday Mornings at 10:00AM.  Sunday Church School Classes for all ages begins at 9:00AM.


Moreover, on each Tuesday of the week Structured Scripture Study is taught by Pastor Bates at 12 Noon and 7:00PM, everyone is welcome to attend.


Additionally, Members and Friends of FBBC can contribute Tithes, Offerings and Special Gifts through our various PayPal links on this web page (including below).

“My Prayer for You is that the LORD will Bless You and Keep You Daily.”

(Psalm 118:24)

Lehman D. Bates, Pastor


About Our Church

Committed to Spreading the Good News

The First Bethel Baptist Church of Capitol Heights Maryland was organized and held the initial Worship Service on Sunday, December 23, 2012 under the dynamic leadership of our beloved Pastor and Organizer, Dr. Lehman D. Bates. The initial service was held at our previous location, 9171 Central Avenue, Capitol Heights, MD with a total of 47 members. The Lord allowed us to grow and we were officially incorporated in January 2013 with a Charter Membership of 83 Members. Today we thank God for a total of 107 members, more than twice our initial number in ONE YEAR.

GOD has continued to bless us with three faithful and dynamic ministers of the gospel; as well as the support and prayers of three Sons of the Church and their wives as Charter Members. These ministers continue to help and support our Pastor and our Church. Through God’s grace and love we receive many expressions of love and support from non-members and friends – we are blessed!

After much prayer and fasting, the Lord directed Pastor Bates to complete the organization of our church family for the work and glory of GOD. The structure now includes: Board of Deacons, Board of Deaconess, Board of Trustees, Budget Committee, Church Clerk, Church Secretaries, Music Staff, Missionary Ministry, Welcome & Announcement Committee, Church School, New Members Class, Ushers, First Bethel Gospel Choir, Golden Saints/Travel Fellowship and Revival/Hospitality Committee. The Young Adult Fellowship, Nurses Unit, Christian Education, a Historian and the FBBC Media Powerhouse Committees are still being developed. The Church By-Laws were completed and ratified. The church purchased a new set of drums and microphones. The Golden Saints/Travel Fellowship sponsored their first trip to see Moses on March 28, 2014. Our first Fall Revival was held Sunday, September 22 through Wednesday, September 25, 2013. Dr. Marshall F. Prentice, Pastor of the Zion Baptist Church in Baltimore, MD was the evangelist.

Also, the church baptized three young people: Nyha Lavern Shaw, Talayia Maria Sharon Rhode and Zander Aiden Perry. We have mourned the lost of numerous members over the years, and we continue to pray for those families. We have supported bereaved families inside and outside our church family, as we dedicate ourselves to spreading the love of God.

Our congregation presently supports both foreign and local missions. We continue to honor families with Thanksgiving Baskets on any given year in support of families in need.  The Lord also blessed us to purchase, wrap and send Christmas Gifts to The Joseph Francis General Hospital Basseterre, St. Kitts, West Indies for patients unable to go home for Christmas. The growth and stability of our congregation will lead to the continued support of education, foreign and local missions, and many other areas that our Pastor envisions, encourages and the Lord allows us to be a part of.

With Christ and Pastor, our church will make a difference as we spread the love and peace of God throughout the world.

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About the Pastor

Biographical Sketch
Dr. Lehman D. Bates

Dr. Lehman D. Bates, a native of Columbus, Ohio, was licensed to the Gospel Ministry and ordained into the Pastoral Ministry through the Union Grove Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio, and the Columbus, Ohio Baptists Pastor’s Conference. He currently serves as the spiritually pragmatic Pastor of the First Bethel Baptist Church in Capitol Heights, MD. Previously he pastored First Baptist Church of Marshall Heights, Washington, DC; Victory Baptist Church in Pittsburgh, PA; and Second Baptist Church in Delaware, OH.

          Dr. Bates is a dedicated teacher, profound thinker, and motivating humanitarian. As a dedicated Pastor, preacher, teacher, and speaker, he desires to be a positive motivator of individuals and groups, encouraging them to achieve their full potential. He travels and ministers domestically and internationally to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and provide counseling, health care support, medical supplies, and enlightened meaning of the Word to developing countries. His mission travels include the Caribbean, East & West Africa, Israel, Iran, Saudi Arabia, India, West Indies and Europe, among others. Moreover, he is the Executive Director of “Global Faith Alliance,” which has provided health care support, counseling, and the work of missions in St. Kitts-Nevis and Haiti.

          As a family man, Dr. Bates is the grateful and honored father of one son, Pastor Lehman D. Bates II, who is married to the former Gloria Pailen, and one daughter, Lori DeVon Bates Curry, who is married to Melvin Curry and the parents of Dr. Bates’ three delightful and loving granddaughters.

Worship Service Hours

Come Worship with Us!


9am - Church Sunday School in the Polar Room

10am - Sunday Service in the sanctuary

Tuesday Bible Study: noon


Sermon for 11/20/22


Pastor Lehman D Bates

"Open Your Door"

Revelations 3: 14-22 <King James Version>


14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.



Sermon for 6/13/21:
"The good fight of faith"

11/20/22 Sermon:  

Pastor Lehman D Bates

Black History Month 3/6/22
As we all know, our Black History cannot be contained within one month, for we live “our” history 365 days a year, every year of our lives. So this week’s “Black History Moment” showcases the African American Baptist Church. The First African Baptist Church, located in Savannah, Georgia, is the oldest Black church in this country. Organized in 1777, they are still in existence and worshipping today. The 19th Street Baptist Church is the oldest Black church in Washington DC and was founded in 1839. The Ridgley Methodist Episcopal Church, founded in 1871, is the oldest Black church in Prince Georges County. It’s located on Central Avenue in Landover, Maryland, and is currently home to the New Rock Church.

Black History Moment 2/20/22
This week’s “Black History Moment” showcases the late Muhammad Ali. Born Cassius M. Clay Jr., he was a poet, activist, entertainer, philanthropist, and heavyweight boxing champion known as “The Greatest.” In the words of Muhammad Ali - “It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out, it’s the pebble in your shoe! For a man who views the world the same at age 50, as he did at 20, has wasted 30 years of his life. Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth; so live everyday as if it were your last because someday you’re going to be right. Don’t count the days, make the days count.”


What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.

Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long over due. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society.

General Order Number 3

One of General Granger’s first orders of business was to read to the people of Texas, General Order Number 3 which began most significantly with:

"The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired laborer."

The celebrations that followed the reading of the proclamation by General Gordon Granger began a tradition that has lasted for one hundred and fifty five years, and today is hosted in cities across America and beyond. The JUNETEENTH.com website is dedicated to this celebration and to those who tirelessly contribute to its continued existence and growth. For information regarding the website, contact them via email or call: 504 242-4691.


First Timers at First Bethel Baptist Church

First Bethel Baptist Church is an open and welcoming church. From humble beginnings, we have grown into a sizeable congregation. Our typical services include prayer, sermon and community inclusiveness. We are always overjoyed when people want to come to worship with us, so please know there’s always room for more in our ranks. We look forward to meeting you.

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Lehman D. Bates


Every personality has a face.  SMILE!  How do you see yourself?  What’s your real self- esteem quotient on a scale of 0 (low) – 10 (solid)?  Hopefully the face of your personality is not marred, twisted, inferior, ugly, or caustic.

The feelings and pictures you have about yourself form your self–image.  How you view yourself consists of both emotional feelings and mental pictures, this is your selfconcept.  What you see and feel about yourself will determine your relationship with other people and with God.  The Scripture statement is significant here as it brings the heart and mind together: “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7)

A sound and secure self–esteem is viable without arrogance or selfishness.  A healthy, Godly self–image is essential to virtuous growth in character, personality and disposition.  In his book, “The Sensation of Being Somebody,” Dr. Maurice Wagner discusses three (3) basic components essential to a healthy self–image:

  1. A sense of belongingness, of being loved: you are loved; accepted; enjoyed; cared for.

  2. A sense of worth and value: you count; you have something to offer.

  3. A sense of being competent: you can do this task; you can cope with that situation; you are able to meet life.

You are somebody.  You belong to God and He Loves you so much.  You count. He gave Himself for you through Christ and you have something to offer.  Never underestimate your capability.  You are fit for the task.  As you believe in God, BELIEVE in yourself.  You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13).  Change your face!  SMILE. 


UPCOMING Church news

8/27/22:  We will celebrate our “Annual Homecoming Weekend,” beginning with our “Fellowship Cookout” next Saturday (8/ 27/22) between Noon–5:00 p.m., followed by Worship Service on Sunday. Dr. & Mrs. Lehman Bates II and members of Ebenezer Baptist Church will be our special guests. If you would still like to make a food item or monetary donation towards the cookout, please see Deaconess Alphonise Artis after service today.


9/1- 9/2/22:  Pastor Michael Parker and Journey United Methodist Church will join us in hosting a “Two-Night Revival on the Lawn” on Thursday, September 1st and Friday, September 2nd. Both nights, services will begin at 7:00 p.m. and Pastor Michael Parker will preach. On Sunday, September 4th, Pastor Parker will serve as the Guest Preacher and Journey United Methodist Church will fellowship with us in a “Joint Lord’s Supper Worship Service.”



Get ready First Bethel à a “Joint Summer Outdoor Revival” will occur here in our parking lot on Thursday and Friday of this week, beginning at 6:30 p.m. both evenings. First Bethel and Journey United Methodist Church invites you to attend this special worship experience and bring a friend. Social distancing measures will be in place and attendees are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs. Flyers with complete details are posted in the church entrance.  

Link to Summer Revival with Bells United:  6/24 - 6/25:




We extend special birthday greetings to Dr. Roberta Turner, who is celebrating a birthday this week. Dr. Turner is the mother of our own Deacon George Turner. Sister Linda Curenton is also celebrating a birthday on Thursday! “Happy Birthday” to you both and to everyone in our congregation and viewing audience celebrating a birthday this month.


We wish a very “Happy Birthday” to everyone in our congregation and viewing audience celebrating a birthday this month. We especially want to recognize our beloved Pastor, Dr. Lehman D. Bates, who will be celebrating his birthday on Thursday, May 20th. To God Be the Glory as we thank God for you Pastor!

We also extend our congratulations to Candice Graves and Naa-Odoley Glover, the grand-daughters of Sister Regina Gladden. Candice is a graduate of North Carolina A&T, where she majored in Chemistry. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Training & Development for Adult Learners at North Carolina State. Naa-Odoley will begin her Junior year this Fall at Bethany College, majoring in Psychology for Children. We wish them both continued success in their educational pursuits.


We continue to solicit your love and prayers for our dear Pastor, and we are so delighted to have our beloved guitarist Greg Gavin back with our First Bethel family today. Please continue to pray for and send cards of encouragement to all our sick shut-in, and/or bereaved members and friends.

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Please pray for and send cards of encouragement to all our sick, shut-in, and/or bereaved members and friends.


8/21/22:  The “Home-Going Services” for Deaconess Ruth A.H. Summers will be held on Thursday, September 15th at First Baptist Church of Marshall Heights. Viewing will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by the service at 10:30 a.m. Interment will occur at 2:00 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery. Additional information is forthcoming. Please continue to keep the Coram and Summers’ families in your thoughts and prayers during their bereavement.



We send a special “Hello and We Miss You” out to Mr. Edward Brooks and Associate Minister Louis Fortune. We pray that God is tending to all your needs as you rejoice in the Lord this morning. Please continue to pray for and send cards to all our sick, shut-in, and/or bereaved members and friends to encourage their hearts.


We send our love and prayers to Sister Adrienne Taylor, who will undergo surgery on Thursday, Sept 23rd, and to all our members and friends who are home recovering from surgery and/or recent hospital stays. Thank you for sending cards of encouragement to our sick, shut-in, and/or bereaved members and friends to brighten their day and let them know we are praying with them.



We’re happy to report that Ms. Mary Ouzts was released from Doctor’s Hospital on Tuesday and is home recuperating. By God’s grace, Deacon Antwon Corbin is doing much better following a recent health scare and hospital stay. We are also keeping Sister Pamela Arnett and our beloved Pastor Bates lifted in prayer as they both prepare for upcoming surgeries this week. May God continue to heal and watch over each of you as only He can. Please continue to pray for and send cards of encouragement to all our sick, shut-in, and/or bereaved members and friends.



These are indeed trying times for all - just found out that Mr. Jesse Barfield, the loving brother our beloved Thelma Spriggs died last month. Jesse was in the Deanwood Nursing Home in NE Washington, DC and Thelma took great care of him. Lets us all lift Thelma up in prayer. Please send a sympathy card or text her to express your love and support. Thelma's cell phone is: 202-436-1842 and her mailing address is: 

Thelma D. Spriggs

P.O. Box 64295

Washington, DC 20029-4295


We extend our sincere condolences to Regina Gladden on the loss of her niece Rolanda McLaughlin and her husband Reginald McLaughlin.  They both died in a house fire on Monday, August 2nd in West Philadelphia.  Two others, their 28-year-old daughter Jessica and 10-year-old grandson Julian, were hospitalized with smoke inhalation but are expected to survive.  They are the family of Regina’s late brother Raymond.  Please keep the Gladden and McLaughlin families lifted in your thoughts and prayers during the difficult days ahead.

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Organizational Profile




Dwayne Brown; Associate Pastor

PastorPhillip Coram; Associate Pastor; Ret.

Lewis Fortune

Vaughn Perry

Robert Morgan



Michael Artis – Chairman

Khaliff Kassim Vice-Chairman

Dwight Artis

Kelvin Cooke

Herbert Corbin

George Fisher

Murphy Hackett

Eddie Johnson

John Mozon

Marvin Nash

George Turner



Eddie Johnson – Chairman

Mikal Ba’th

Boyd Covington, Jr

John Curenton

Rodney Davis

Terry Joyner

Kim Outlaw

Samuel Tucker

George Turner

Rhonda Weaver



Rosetta Artis – Chairlady

Cassandra Cooke – Secretary

Gloria Anderson

Alphonise Artis

Sibbie Corbin

Rhodenia Coram

Frances Felder

Mary Ann Fisher

Lillie Minick (posthumous)

Linda Morgan

Krislynn Perry

Antoinette Vallier



Faye Highsmith – Church Clerk / Financial Secretary

Regina Hedgepeth – Administrative Assistant to Pastor

Deaconess Cassandra Cooke – Administrative Aide

Vonzy Davis – Bulletin & Program Coordinator



(Coordinators, Directors & Chairpersons are appointed by the Pastor, elected annually, eligible for reelection and additional term of service, dependent upon the office or area of responsibility. All members are welcome to join the various ministries).


MISSIONARY MINISTRY – Joan Carver, Coordinator

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION – Faye Highsmith, Director

CHURCH SCHOOL – Pastor Bates & Faye Highsmith, Acting / Linda Curenton - Secretary

CHILDREN’S CHURCH - Mary M. Ouzts, Coordinator

NEW MEMBERS CLASS – Regina Hedgepeth, Wilhemina Matthews,

Pastor Bates & Faye Highsmith, Leaders

FIRST BETHEL GOSPEL CHOIR – Billie Champ-Lopes, Director

FIRST BETHEL MENS CHORUS – William Joyner, Director

MUSICIANS – William Joyner, Gregory Parrish, William Lopes, Gregory Garvin & Brian West

GREETERS of VISTORS – Synthia Howell, Coordinator

HOSPITALITY – Deaconess Alphonise Artis, Coordinator

NURSES UNIT – Adrienne Taylor, Chairlady /Rachel Stevens Co-Chairlady

USHER BOARDS – Rebecca Outlaw, Coordinator

SISTER’S KEEPERS – Deaconess Gloria Anderson, Chairlady

TRAVEL & FELLOWSHIP – Deaconess Antoinette Vallier

WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENT – Trustee Terry Joyner, Coordinator

REVIVAL COMMITTEE – Deacon Michael Artis, Chairman


YOUNG ADULT FELLOWSHIP - Pastor Bates, Coordinator

FBBC MEDIA POWERHOUSE – Lawrence Weaver & Deacon Khaliff Kassim, Coordinators

SOUND TECHNICIANS – Regina Gladden & Deacon Dwight Artis


Contact Us

Current mailing address:


First Bethel Baptist Church

9201 Edgeworth Drive #4734                                                                  Capitol Heights, MD 207


Current Worship Adress:

Bells United Methodist Church

6016 Allentown Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746

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