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The Places of Worship Advisory Board (POWAB)

2021 Theme:

The POWAB General Body Meeting is
January 14, 2021

Good Day!

The Co-Chairs of the Places of Worship Advisory Board invite you to our monthly
POWAB Zoom meeting

Vision: We connect people and communities to resources to achieve and support whole person health in mind, body and spirit.
POWAB hosts monthly General Body meetings that are open to the public.
When: The 2nd Friday
of each month
At each meeting we will have a Community Wellness Check-In where you can also win prizes!

To learn more about
POWAB, visit us at:

the services provided for the
community in 2021
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We Need You!
Those interested in a partnership or membership should email their business information or bio and
recent photo to
Rev. Dana "Salia" Mitchell

Joy To The World
featuring Pastor Anil Kant & the Satsang Team. This is a Hindi Version of Joy to the World. Based on Scripture from Isaiah 9:6
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Little Drummer Boy (African Tribal Version) - Alex Boye featuring, Genesis Choir
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POWAB Recognizes the following:

Please visit POWAB'S Facebook page!
The Spirit Newsletter editor, Bernadette Bailey, interviews Pastor Mark D. Venson, Pastor of Ebenezer United Methodist Church
Address: 4912 Whitfield Chapel Road
Lanham, MD 20706
Telephone: 301-577-0770
Sunday School: 8:45-9:45 AM (contact church for Zoom link)
You are welcome to join us at 11 AM every Sunday (limited to 80 persons; mask must be worn).

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Meditation Monday
Brother Hamani Wilson
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Top 10 December Global Holidays and festivals | List of festivals and Holidays in December 2021
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Joy to the World & Joy of the Lord (feat. Naomi Raine &
Todd Galberth),
Maverick City Music
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Masaka Kids Africana Dancing Merry Christmas
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FOCUS ON YOURSELF NOT OTHERS - Best Motivational Speech 2021
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POWAB General Body Meeting

01/14/22 12:00pm - 01/14/22 2:00pm

POWAB monthly meetings are open to the general public. We welcome you to join us. Let's change lives together.
I will attend!
I will not be able to attend!
I am interested in membership!

Highlights of POWAB Membership and
Community Partnership
Virtual Holiday Celebration 2021

What POWAB Means to Me Word
Puzzle Game
At the Holiday Celebration participants were asked to provide one word that describes POWAB.
See the word puzzle responses
POWAB Spotlights our
Community Partnership for 2021
In recognition of their generous support of POWAB and our 2021 Community Day Health and Wellness Fair, we salute these three partners for their generous support which was considered "above and beyond". Our 2021 Community Day Health and Wellness Fair was a much greater success because you extended yourselves to do more !! 
Damien Ministries
Gail Oliver
Michael Shankle
Miller's Farm
Rick Miller
POWAB Events Committee 2021
Donald Burch III
Terrell Powell
Valerie Bloomfield
Gertie Williams, Community Events
T'Wana Holmes, Government Co-Lead for Events.
POWAB Celebrates Resilience & Diversity:
Sharing Special Holiday Moments
The POWAB Annual Holiday Celebration was a marvelous virtual time of fellowship as we played games, had a dinner comedy show, spoken word reflections, honored partners, and celebrated both POWAB 2021 accomplishments and POWAB’s interfaith diversity. We had 35 members, partners, and guests in attendance.

 I am truly graterful to all POWAB's membership, partners, and friends who attended this virtual event. I am extremely appreciative for the Events and Logistics Committee, who worked diligently as a team to support the efforts to make our 2021 Holiday Celebration a success.
I have received numberous acknowlegments via, phone, texts, and emails.
it is clear that the success of Annual POWAB Holiday Celebration was possible only through efforts of my A-TEAM. I was blessed.

Special thanks are owed to the Events and Logtics Committee for pushing through with me to the finish line. Terrell Powell did an amazing job leading the development of the “Celebration: POWAB Greatness” Slideshow. Donald Burch III was outstanding in his emcee role. Thanks to T'Wana Holmes for facilitating our “What POWAB Means to Me” word puzzle game. Valerie Bloomfield, coordinated the " Celebration: POWAB Interfaith Diversity," and made the vision to be inclusive of our interfaith members a reality. Reaction to that segman was particularly positive.

 It was fantastic Annual Holiday Celebration. We are thankful to be the chosen vehicles and give total praise as we leave 2021 and look to 2022 to continue the more significant work we have been called to do!
With Gratitude,
Gertie Williams,
POWAB Co-Lead Events and Logistics Committee

POWAB Highlights the Senior Outreach Committee

Senior Holiday Sing Along
at St. Paul Senior Living at Wayne Place
114 Wayne Place, SE, Washington, DC 20032

POWAB Senior Outreach Committee and
Mr. Irwin Royster, Director of Community Engagement and Community Partnerships of East River Family Strengthening Collaborative
Donna Gayles
Rev. Dr. Barbara Rainey
Brother Baron Bell
Valerie Bloomfield, Community Co-Lead, Donna Gayles, POWAB Co-Chair, Baron Bell, Social Justice Co-Lead, Regina Jefferson, Government Co-Chair, Terrell Powell, Government Co-Lead, Rev. Dr. Barbara Rainey, Community Co-Chair 2022, Deontrinese Henderson, Government Co-Lead (not pictured)
Women, Infants, & Children Services:
Food, nutrition counseling, and access to health services are provided under the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, popularly known as WIC.

Community Resources
Holistic videos for whole person health in mind, body and spirit.
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Best apps for entrepreneurs 2021: 20 FREE business tools & software for small business owners
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Wage Theft: How it Happens
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POWAB Social Media Committee and The SPIRIT Newsletter Team needs your help to grow our presence and achieve our goal to connect people to resources for whole person health in mind, body, and spirit. Please consider volunteering as a writer or reporter on our dynamic team.

Mr. Stephen Reese and Evangelist Stephanie Smith
are the voices for the official
POWAB Partnership Public Service Announcement
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Video created by The Health Education Network

Meet The Talented Women Behind
The monthly Spirit Newsletter

POWAB The SPIRIT Newsletter Editor, Bernadette Bailey

POWAB General Editor, Rev. Dana "Salia" Mitchell
POWAB Resources and
Outreach Activities
CDC Reverses Indoor Mask Policy For Vaccinated Americans
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masks and hand sanitizers
for your family or your place of worship
while supplies last!

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Walking by Faith and Wearing a Mask in your Faith Communities!

Mayor Bowser's Administration has directed approximately $2 million each to three local nonprofit organizations to administer the relief: 

These nonprofits can assist renters with applying for relief. Renters and homeowners can find more information about relief programs at

COVID-19 Updates

PG County Maryland Resources COVID-19 Updates


Virginia Resources

POWAB congratulates newly elected Chaplin Elder Reginald Hart Sr.
Fast Grants Approved in 48 Hours 70,000 Housing Grants
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DC Hearing Aid Assistance Program
Do you know someone age 65 or older who is a District resident and needs a hearing aid? The DC Hearing Aid Assistance Program (HAAP) provides up to a $500 reimbursement towards the cost of a hearing aid purchase. To qualify, you must be age 65 year or older and have an annual gross household income of $100,000 or less. Visit to download the
the application or to complete it online. To request a paper application or if you have questions, call (202) 617-5919 or Click here for email

POWAB Trivia Question:

Which American president was the first to be televised?

The Answer is found below

Famous quote
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
 James Baldwin, American Writer 

POWAB's Inspirational, Empowering and Educational Corner!

Powerful Buddha quotes that can change your life, Buddha quotes about Life,
inspiring quotes

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POWAB General Body meeting January 14, 2022

POWAB General Body
November meeting 2021
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Out of Place: The Trans Chinese Community Fighting for Gender Equality
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Muslim Mindful Moment

Islamic Networks Group
Founded in 1993, the Islamic Networks Group is an organization dedicated to building peace and fostering an understanding of Muslims, Islam and other marginalized and misunderstood groups. The site provides a plethora of information for use by educators, community groups, corporations and law enforcement, among others.

From Al-Qur'aan Al-Kareem (The Qur'aan, Generous) Surah Al Imran Ayat 45-48. (Chapter Family of Imran Verses 45-48
[QK 3:45] When the angels said: O Marium, surely Allah gives you good news with a Word from Him (of one) whose name is the Messiah, Isa son of Marium, worthy of regard in this world and the hereafter and of those who are made near (to Allah).

[QK 3:46] And he shall speak to the people when in the cradle and when of old age, and (he shall be) one of the good ones.

[QK 3:47] She said: My Lord! how shall there be a son (born) to me, and man has not touched me? He said: Even so, Allah creates what He pleases; when He has decreed a matter, He only says to it, Be, and it is.

[QK 3:48] And He will teach him the Book and the wisdom and the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel).
POWAB Honors
Senior Citizens
Seniors dancing to Uptown Funk
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POWAB Trivia Answer:

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

POWAB Educational and Informational Resources!

LinkU is the free online resource and referral guide for DC, Maryland, and Virginia, available for consumers, faith-based organizations (FBOs), and community-based organizations (CBOs). If your organization would like to become a LinkU staff member, please contact Ashley Coleman at Email Here

To apply for employment at

Mayor Muriel Bowser Extends Deadline for Ticket Amnesty Program Until
September 27,2021 -
December 31, 2021

As Mayor of her hometown, Muriel Bowser is committed to building pathways to the middle class and making sure every Washingtonian gets a fair shot. Washington, DC is a growing and prospering city—now 700,000 residents strong. To keep up with this growth, the Bowser Administration remains focused on making DC’s prosperity more inclusive, advancing DC values, and building safer, stronger, and healthier neighborhoods across all eight wards of the District.

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Residents who received the Pfizer vaccine earlier this year should start making plans to receive their booster shot. Find your vaccine card or access your vaccine record by visiting, call your healthcare provider to discuss your options for a booster, or visit to find a location near you. Residents who need support can
call 855-363-0333.
Eligible residents can go to one of the 153 locations around the city that offer the safe, free, and effective COVID-19 vaccines.
Learn more HERE. 

Virginia Health Department

Hope Campaign 
With the hopes of returning to a sense of normalcy,
the Hope Campaign was created to encourage vaccinations as a route to return to things
we miss the most in life.
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Veronica Cosby, MAHS, MS
Virginia Partners In Prayer & Prevention, Office of Health Equity,
Virginia Department
of Health
Office: (804) 864-7361
DMV Faith in Action Community Connection Webinar 2021
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Mayor Muriel Bowser and DC Health Director Dr. LaQuandra S. Nesbitt Provide COVID-19 Situational Update, 12/2/21

De-Stressing at a Holistic Healing Centre CBC Life
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15 Min. Short Peaceful Meditation Music to Relax Mind Body, Tranquility, Inner Healing Music
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Art Therapy Activity for Letting Go
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POWAB Disclaimer Statement: The information and suggestions presented in The SPIRIT newsletter are not intended to be taken as advice by an individual reader or viewer. It should not be used as a substitute for consulting your physician. Matters regarding your health may require medical supervision. The DC Health Places of Worship Advisory Board (POWAB) shall not be liable or responsible for any loss or damage allegedly arising from any information or suggestions. You, as the reader, are totally and completely responsible for your own health and healthcare

Maryland Health Department

Carmi Washington-Flood
Chief, Office of Faith-Based and Community Partnerships, Maryland Department of Health 
Prevention and Health Promotion Administration
Maryland Community for LifeSM is an innovative program developed by the Maryland Department of Aging to support older adults as they age at home.
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POWAB Spotlights our new Faith Leadership 2022
Rev. Darryl! Moch, Community Co-Chair
Rev. Dr. Barbara Rainey, Community Co-Chair
Rev. Dr. E. Gail Anderson -Holness,
Government Co-Chair

POWAB has been publishing a monthly e-newsletter, The SPIRIT, since
2019. Although we have received very positive feedback on its quality and content, we strive to increase our readership. In our effort to appeal to everyone, please provide some feedback by responding to the comments and question using the email below.

  1. I would like to submit an article and/or video.
  2. It's a wonderful publication and I enjoy the videos and articles.
  3. It's a great learning experience.
  4. My schedule does not allow me time to read it.
  5. What frequency would you prefer: monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly newsletter?

We welcome your business, organization and/or faith community to join us. If you are interested in becoming a partner or would like more information about how your business can benefit through promotion in The SPIRIT Newsletter. Contact: Bernadette Bailey, Editor
The SPIRIT Newsletter team wishes you and your families a
Happy Holiday season and a prosperous New Year.
POWAB honors our two Community Co-Chairs for 2020-2021
 Regina Jefferson,
Government Co-Chair
We, the Places of Worship Advisory Board, POWAB honors Donna Gayles and Tasha Moses, Community Co-Chairs for the last two years of serving to the Executive Leadership and the General Body of POWAB. Donna will be remaining in the position as the Community Co-lead for Senior community outreach and
Tasha Moses will continue to work with our signature event Community Day Health and Wellness Fair 2022.
Thank you ladies for the growing pains, for they made us stronger and wiser.
Thank you for your continued service to the faith communities and business partners in the DMV area.

Evangelist Regina Jefferson
Donna Gayles,
Community Co-Chair
Tasha Moses,
Community Co-Chair