SASDACINFO
January 16, 2019
 
DIVINE SERVICE: The speaker this Sabbath, January 19 will be Pastor Franklin David.
 
VESPERS SERVICE: Elder Solomon Isaac will be the speaker this Friday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m. 
 
SASDAC HERNDON:  Pastor John Daniel will be the speaker this Sabbath, January 19.
 
SASDAC HEALTH DEPARTMENT in collaboration with United National Diversity Coalition of America is hosting a seminar on Teen and Young Adult Narcotic Awareness & Suicide Prevention this Saturday, January 19 at 4 p.m. in the Prayer Chapel. All are invited.
 
CHRUCH BOARD will meet this Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the Conference Room.
 
REPUBLIC DAY OF INDIA CELEBRATION will be held on Saturday, January 26. Come in your state costume. Join us for a special lunch—taste of Indian cuisine from various states after worship service.
 
REPUBLIC DAY SOCIAL PROGRAM will be held on Saturday, January 26 at 7 p.m. Come enjoy cultural program and dinner.
 
SASDAC SENIORS MINISTRY for 65+ years will be held every Wednesday from 11:30 am – 2:00 p.m. beginning January 30. All seniors are invited for Indian meal, exercise, board games, chit chat with friends etc. Please RSVP Anu Lakra at sasdac@sasdac.org or 301-879-7222. If anyone of you require transportation, please mention “transportation needed” when you RSVP. We need a minimum of 10 people in order to start the program. If interested please RSVP by January 21, 2019. 
 
Pastor’s Blog
Our President, last year on this day, made this statement: “Our forefathers, seeking refuge from religious persecution, believed in the eternal truth that freedom is not a gift from the government, but a sacred right from the Almighty God. On the coattails of the American Revolution, on January 16, 1786, the Virginia General Assembly passed the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom.” Every year on this day, the sitting President makes a proclamation. I have not been able to read today’s as yet but in last year’s statement, the President said: “Our Constitution and laws guarantee Americans the right not just to believe as they see fit, but to freely exercise their religion.” One need not go too far from our church and we can find a Sikh Gurudwaras, Muslim mosques, Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries. My reading reveals that the Byron Union School District in California has instituted a mandatory three-week course on Islam as part of the seventh-grade history class. Students in the class not only receive handouts on Islam and the life of Mohammed, they must also:
 
1. Chant praise to “Allah, Lord of Creation.”
2. Pray “in the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.”
3. Stage their own Jihad!
4. Dress up as Muslims and choose new Muslim names.
 
If one of us goes into a public school to talk about the Beatitudes and pray in the name of Jesus, we will be taken to task. We struck down religious instruction in our schools in 1948. We said the recitation of prayer in public schools is unconstitutional in 1962, took down the Ten Commandments from public schools in 1980 and in 1992, a pastor was forbidden to offer a Christian prayer in a public school graduation. So, while I am deeply grateful for the religious freedom I enjoy, I am also deeply confused to note that we are not even allowed a Christian prayer in public in a nation that was built on the Holy Bible.
 
Shalom, Shalom!
Franklin G. David
 
“See the invisible, hear the inaudible, believe the incredible, and think the unthinkable.”