Potomac Conference

“Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you’” (Gen. 41:39, NIV).

I like Genesis 41:39 because it shows God’s power and what He can do, especially in this abbreviated version on the story of Joseph:

Joseph lived with his father, Jacob, and 11 brothers in Canaan. Jacob made Joseph a coat of many colors, and God gave Joseph two dreams. One day, Jacob asked Joseph to take food to his brothers who were taking care of the sheep. When Joseph arrived, his brothers, except for Reuben—the oldest, and who wasn’t present—sold Joseph into slavery. Later, Joseph’s slave master took him to Egypt and sold him again.

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The thousands of Afghan refugees housed at the Quantico Marine Base in Virginia are in desperate need of winter coats for the upcoming winter months. To help meet this dire need, several Potomac Conference members are helping.

International recording artists and national talent winners Bernadette and Winston Charles, members of Potomac Conference’s Seabrook church in Lanham, Md.; Rocky Twyman, Founder of the Pandemic Comforters and member of the Rockville (Md.) congregation and Pastor Sifa Potauine of the Beltsville (Md.) church have united to help.

Story by Debra Anderson

Lola Moore-Johnston grew up in Newark, N.J., and at an early age felt God’s call on her life. Her leadership gifts were evident early in her spiritual development, as she led out in her local church and while attending college at La Sierra University (Calif.). In her youth, God was preparing her to be a change agent and a history maker.

Moore-Johnston joined the Potomac Conference in 2018 as the pastor of the Woodbridge (Va.) church. On July 1, she was installed as the lead pastor of the Restoration Praise Center in Bowie, Md. This is the first time in the history of the Potomac Conference that a female has been selected the lead pastor of a congregation.*

“‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’ Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” (Matt. 22:36–39, NIV).

In 2020, I performed with Takoma Academy’s chorale at the Capitol Hill church in Washington, D.C. Earlier that week, I had celebrated my 16th birthday. But sadly, I lost a family member the next day. I walked into church that Sabbath with intense emotions.

“Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me” (1 Cor. 11:24, NKJV).

I woke up this morning with “The Lord’s Last Supper” on my mind. We participate in this ceremony once a quarter, but do we really think about its meaning? Does it stimulate our remembrance of Christ?

For me, the Lord’s Supper reminds me that God is the Sustainer of our lives. We are not self-sustaining; a loving God provides for us. We are dependent on Him, not just as our Creator but our Redeemer. With the inability to save ourselves, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to die for our sins that we might be saved. We rely on Christ, the Bread of Life, to sustain us physically and spiritually.