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Announcement – Historic Ordination Feb. 16, 2013

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Dear Friend,

I am pleased to invite you to join the leaders of our church as we celebrate the ordination of Ministers Julia Presley, Errol Cooper, Deborah Stapleton and Sharon Chamberlyne on Saturday, February 16, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. These four individuals have all completed their academic studies at fine accredited theological schools and have been serving in significant ministry at First Baptist for a number of years. We are so proud of their accomplishments and honored to have them working on our ministry team.

Please join us in this grand celebration as we continue the almost two thousand year tradition of ecclesiastical recognition and congregational blessing. We should all be excited about the call to ministry in the lives of four outstanding clergy whose lives are committed to serving the church and community in the name of Jesus and with the power of the Holy Spirit. We have all been blessed in some way by the these ministers and now I am asking us to bless them by being present at this very important occasion on their lives.

Thank you for the support you give to our church and thank you in advance for your support for this historic moment in the life of our church.


DeForest B. Soaries, Jr.

Senior Pastor

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Financial Freedom Friday (dfree tip of the week 01/25/13)

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Dear Friend,

Over the years, I’ve learned that living dfree necessitates a complete change in the way we live, and changing the way we live necessitates a complete change in the way we think. We think we must have that new pair of shoes, or that very nice suit, or that brand new car, even if it means using high interest credit cards and loans to get them. Borrowing has become a lifestyle and Americans are drowning in debt. This is fact: you cannot be financially free, until you get out of debt.

Recently, I told the story of my dear friend, a highly educated, prominent, financially secure minister, and owner of the oldest Mercedes that I’ve ever seen! He drove his old car with pride and contentment; knowing that for years, he had not had a car note. The idea that we must have certain things, the latest and greatest, suggests that we cannot be content without them. The apostle Paul teaches that God gives strength to be content in all circumstances. The ability to do that is a sure sign of spiritual maturity. For Paul, and my friend with the beat-up Mercedes, contentment came as a result of their relationship with Christ. If we have that same relationship, we can be content and resist the thought that we need things to make us happy.

This weekend, in acknowledgement of the correlation between faith and finances, read and study Philippians 4:11-13, and pray for contentment in all circumstances.

God bless,

DeForest B. Soaries, Jr.

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Thanksgiving Thoughts

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Dear Friend,

The last few weeks have been difficult ones. We’ve struggled through one of the most damaging hurricanes in East Coast history. We’ve lost food, and lived in homes that were dark, cold, uncomfortable, and in some cases; damaged. We were unable to find gas, which kept us from going to work, and some of us lost pay. But thank God, through it all, we’ve had joy, and the joy of the Lord has been our strength.

Last Sunday, I reminded you that the presence of God’s Power (the Holy Spirit) in our lives provides the undercurrent that pulls us to a place of joy. The Holy Spirit helps us find Satisfaction, Strength, and Security in the midst of storm. Although the storm put us in a dark, cold place; we knew that joy would come in the morning. We find joy in the presence of God (Psalms 16), and for that and so much more, we’re thankful.

 Please join me, onsite or online, as we come together for a joyful celebration of Praise, Worship and Thanksgiving with Pastor Gerald Thomas and the congregation of Shiloh Baptist Church at First Baptist Church on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. Please invite your friends and family to join us.

Have a blessed holiday.


DeForest B. Soaries, Jr.
Senior Pastor

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Pastor Soaries upcoming preaching events

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Pastor Soaries upcoming preaching events:

1. Greater Allen Cathedral presents “Men’s Payer Breakfast”
Date: Saturday, October 13, 2012
Time: 8 a.m.
Location: 110-31 Merrick Blvd, Jamaica, NY11433 (Banquet Hall)

2. Concord Community Baptist Church presents “Rev. Gary Simpson 22nd Pastoral Anniversary”
Date: Sunday, October 21, 2012
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: 833 Gardner Taylor Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11216

3. First Baptist Church of Pennington presents “20th Pastoral Anniversary”
Date: Sunday, October 21, 2012
Time: 3:30PM – 5:30PM
Location: Lighthouse Outreach Center – 715 Bellevue Avenue, Trenton NJ

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The Baptist Ministers Conference of Greater New York presents the Moneywise Empowerment Tour

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

The Baptist Ministers Conference of Greater New York presents the Moneywise Empowerment Tour

 at the Thessalonia Worship Center Bronx, NY 10459

(August 27, 2012) The Baptist Ministers Conference of Greater New York is proud to present the Moneywise Empowerment Tour on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at the Thessalonia Worship Center located at 951 Rev. James A. Polite Ave. Bronx, NY 10459.

The Moneywise Empowerment Tour is the national outreach program of the Moneywise with Kelvin Boston public television series. This grass root traveling money management seminar has become one of the leading African American Faith Based financial tours in the country, serving more than 35,000 minority consumers and military members in the United States. In 2012 the Moneywise Empowerment Tour will visit churches in sixteen cities, including Los Angeles, CA, Philadelphia, PA, Atlanta, GA, Oakland, CA, and Washington, DC.

“The work that Kelvin is doing with the Moneywise Empowerment Tour is exactly what is needed: that inspirational push to be more attentive in securing our financial futures.  The Moneywise Tour is a leader in providing practical, doable advice around money management and asset building.  We could not imagine a better seminar to partner with us as we continue to help African American address their financial education and counseling needs,” says Rev. Dr. Shellie Sampson Jr. President of the Baptist Ministers Conference of Greater New York.

This September 29th seminar will feature national speakers Kelvin Boston, best-selling author and host of the Moneywise TV series; Rev. Dr. DeForest B. Soaries Jr., Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, NJ and author of Dfree: Breaking Free from Financial Slavery; Robert Ferguson, MS, CN author of “Diet-Free for Life”; Ken Brown motivational speaker and author of “L.I.F.E. Living In Freedom Everyday”; Carl Jefferson, President of the National Association of Human Resource Professionals: and Stellar Gospel Award nominated recording artist Doreen Vail. 

The daylong (9 AM to 5 PM) seminar will also feature results-oriented workshops: overcoming financial stress, becoming debt free, increasing your saving and investments, understanding new housing programs, how to find a job online, living a diet-free life, protecting your retirement and estate, the steps to starting a business. This wealth-building seminar will provide attendees the opportunity to engage representatives from community based non-profits, governmental agencies and local financial services companies. There is no charge to attend the Moneywise seminar, which includes a lunch and free parking.

“I am glad that the Minister’s Conference of Greater New and the Moneywise Empowerment Tour were able to partner and bring the tour to New York in 2012”, said Kelvin Boston.  “The African American Church will play an important role in Black America’s economic future,” added Rev. Dr. Donald Reid Chairman of the Baptist Conference Economic Development Committee. “Today, in spite of the recession, we still have financial and human capital to protect, save and invest”, he continued.

This valuable seminar will be held from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Thessalonia Worship Center located on 951 Rev. James A. Polite Ave. in Bronx, NY 10459  (718)542-0828 Space is limited. Attendees can registrar online at or register by calling 718-542-0828.

The New York Moneywise tour is presented by the Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Greater New York and sponsored by New York Life Insurance Company, SCORE, the Moneywise Foundation, Operation Hope, the US Black Chamber of Commerce and the National Sales Network.

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Pastor Soaries upcoming preaching events

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Please come out and support Pastor Soaries at one of his upcoming preaching events:

1. First Baptist Church of Red Bank presents Jersey
Shore Men’s Conference
“Men of Grace…New Beginnings”
Date: Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 from 8:30 a.m.– 2:00 p.m.(Doors open at 8 a.m.)
Registration: $20 per person (Lunch included)
Location: 84 Maple Avenue Red Bank, NJ 07701

2. Mount Zion A.M.E. Church presents Usher’s Annual Day
Date: Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 at 3:30 p.m.
Location: 39 Hildebrand Way New Brunswick NJ 0890

3. Community Baptist Church of Englewood presents 80th Anniversary Celebration
Date: Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012 from 5-7 p.m.
Location: 224 First Street, Englewood, NJ 07631