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 10:45 service.

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

May 6, 2018 – 9:00-10:15 AM


“Family Systems”

Back by popular demand! Rev. Leo Yates is a provisional deacon serving at the University of MD Medical Center in Baltimore City. He serves as the director of a deaf program that treats deaf and hard of hearing adults with mental health and behavioral health disorders. He has a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor license and is a board approved clinical supervisor. His secondary appointment is at Magothy UMC of the Deaf serving in Deaf ministry.

Leo’s passions are deaf ministry, disability ministries, and addiction recovery ministries. On the conference level, he serves as the chairperson of the commission on disability concerns. He also serves as the consultant to Global Ministries by serving on the deaf and hard of hearing ministries committee.  In addition, he has a recently published article in the Journal of Social Work for treating deaf and hard of hearing people with addiction issues.

Family Systems is a theory of human behavior that focuses on how the family is an emotional unit. Rev. Leo Yates, Jr. will provide a presentation on family systems that includes family concepts that affect the individual and the family, as well as an examination of biblical family units.



June 3, 2018 – 9:00-10:15 AM


The Dementia Care Puzzle: Connecting Care, Research, and Future Directions”

Andrea Nelson is the Director of Memory Care Programs at the Memory and Alzheimer’s Treatment Center (MATC) at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.  She has extensive background in both geriatric and psychiatric nursing, worked in acute inpatient psychiatry, and in numerous long-term care settings including assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities and adult day centers. She has worked for and consulted with several chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association and has designed dementia training programs for the state of Virginia’s assisted living coalition, and numerous assisted living communities in MD, FL and D.C. She has been an active member of several research teams including the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center’s longitudinal study of Alzheimer’s disease and other memory impairing disorders, as well as the MIND (Maximizing Independence at Home) research study, both at JHU.  In addition to her work in clinical, training, and research settings, she has designed and oversees numerous programs including: Club Memory, a stigma-free social engagement group for patients and caregivers; the MATC Family Resource Center; is director of the annual Journey To Hope conference for caregivers; is a founding member of Baltimore City’s Memory and Aging Community Advisory Board; and is the faculty/staff director for the Patient Family Advisory Council for MATC families.

Andrea received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the JHU School of Nursing, and is currently a candidate in the Health Systems Management graduate program, also from the JHU School of Nursing, graduating in December 2017.