Emmanuel brings timely topics to our attention at our First Sunday Live speaker series. Bringing a wide variety of issues that face us today, these events will expand our thought, and help us learn to open our hearts, minds and doors to the things that matter to God most. Special programs for children and childcare so you can enjoy the series.

We’re still having our regular Sunday services in the sanctuary at 9:00 and 10:45 AM. If you want to worship and attend the First Sunday Live program, come to the 9:00 service.

Childcare is Available – Children younger than 3, can go to our childcare room, room 6, where they will be supervised by trained staff.

Opioids in Howard County: Understanding the Crisis, Community Engagement, and Strategies for Improvement, Followed by Narcan Training

Sunday December 2, 2018

10:15 am in the Youth Room

Like many communities across the country, Howard County continues to battle the opioid epidemic.  This presentation, offered by Howard County Health Department, aims to educate our community about the impact of the epidemic and increase public awareness of the programs in place to address the crisis. Many lives have been saved through the use of naloxone (brand name Narcan®) and an overview of the Opioid Overdose Response Program will be included. Together, we can help our residents find freedom from the grip of addiction.
Presented by Liesele Wood

Liesele Wood has spent over 15 years in the health care field, with a clinical and instructional experience in multiple medical specialties including oncology, obstetrics, emergency medicine, and primary care as a Medical Sergeant in the US Army. She served as a combat medic during Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom and retired in 2014. She completed a BA in Health Administration and Public Policy with a focus in Public Health from UMBC followed by a Presidential Pathways internship with the Office of Minority Health at Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Mrs. Wood has been with the Bureau of Behavioral Health at Howard County Health Department since 2016 and, in early 2018, assumed the role of Overdose Response Program Coordinator, overseeing all opioid epidemic/overdose education and naloxone distribution efforts in Howard County.

You Work in a Prison?

Sunday January 6, 2019

9:00 am in the Youth Room

Led by Susan Walters, Karen Collins and Carol & Georgette Brown, all members of Emmanuel and all working in the Federal Prison System. All of these women bring both their experience working in the criminal justice system and their faith perspective to the discussion.

Talking Points:

-Our faith as it pertains to our job

-Women/LGBT/POC (Persons of Color) in corrections

– Gangs

– How can you help with reentry?

– How to deal with an ex-offender?

– America has the highest prison population in the world – why do we think that is the case?


Susan works in the Learning and Career Development Branch which provides oversight of all staff training for approximately 30,000+ staff members.   Her focus is on creating leadership and enrichment programs for staff at all levels of employment.  Prior to her position in staff training here in Washington D.C. and at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick, Georgia, Susan was a Regional Education Administrator for 20 institutions. Her passion was ensuring quality Education programs were being offered which fostered vocational training skills as well as GED and ESL.  Prior to that, she worked in two other facilities as Supervisor of Education and a teacher.   Susan received her B.S. degree in Biochemistry as well as her M.A. in Biology and Post-Secondary Education from the College of Charleston.


Karen began working in the prison system as a teacher in 2001.  She taught GED and ESL.  She has been involved in Parenting Classes as well as reentry type programs which taught inmates how to prepare for job interviews and write resumes.  Now she works to provide quality programs in all institutions.  The primary focus of the programs she evaluates assist individuals in the reentry process.   Karen received her B.A. in French with a minor in Secondary Education in 1999 at UVA’s College at Wise.



Carol Brown is an Auditor for the Bureau of Prisons. Carol began her career in 1995 as a Paint Foreman at FCC Butner in North Carolina.  Subsequently, she was selected for positions of increasing responsibility to include General Foreman (NY and NC), Facilities Manager (AR) and Facilities Management Specialist (MD and DC). She has worked in most levels of security, Regional and Central Office. She has been instrumental in the development and interpretation of policy for the agency.  As an auditor, Carol oversees and provides guidance to Facilities Management staff in the Bureau regarding policy adherence/program performance.


Georgette Brown is the Affirmative Employment Program Officer for the Bureau of Prisons. She advises management on issues regarding members of minority groups, persons with disabilities, disabled veterans and women. Georgette began her career in corrections in 1998. She has worked in Florida State prison system and the Federal system as a substance use treatment provider, clinical social worker and case manager. From 2010 to 2016, Georgette facilitated the procurement of community based mental health, substance use, and sex offender treatment for inmates releasing to half-way houses and home confinement. From 2016-2018, she was the National Coordinator for Community Treatment Programs. In that position, she oversaw 6 offices, 45 staff and 250 Community based contracts.

In 1996, Georgette received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, and in 1998 she received her Masters of Social Work, both from Howard University. In 2015, she received her Ph.D. in Psychology.