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Sunday, Apr 13, 2014 Palm Sunday Passion Sunday

Jesus Christ, Chief Cornerstone and Shepherd Rt. Rev. Gregory G.M. Ingram Bishop Rev. Herbert L. Eddy Presiding Elder Rev. Dr. Ray Hammond Pastor Rev. Dr. Gloria White-Hammond Co-Pastor Rev. Robert Gray Assistant Pastor Rev. Daryl Lobban Youth & Family Pastor Lic. Rashad McPherson Minister of Music Ministers The Entire Bethel Church Family

Sanctuary: 38 Walk Hill Street Administrative Offices: 40 Walk Hill Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 617 524 7900 x 301


WE WORSHIP GOD THROUGH THE PREACHED WORD WELCOME OF VISITORS (Dear Visitor: Please complete your Visitor’s Card and place it in the offering basket or return it to a greeter. Thank you.) TITHES & OFFERING (11:00 AM only) READING OF PASTORAL APPOINTMENTS SERMONIC SELECTION SERMON INVITATION*

WE WORSHIP GOD IN THE WORLD TITHES AND OFFERING (8:00 AM only) ANNOUNCEMENTS PALM CELEBRATION BENEDICTION *To minimize the distraction to others, please stop all walking (unless you are responding to the Invitation) during the Invocation and Invitation. Thank you for your consideration. **During the Concert of Praise please remain at the back of the Sanctuary until the Greeters seat you during a break in the songs. Thank you for your patience.

The Genius of Generosity A True Story by Brian Kluth,

After my 40-Day Spiritual Journey to A More Generous Life book became an unexpected bestseller, I was contacted by NBC to do a TV news story. When the TV reporter interviewed me, she asked, "So, you think God wants everyone to be rich?" "No," I replied, "I don't believe that." The reporter was a little surprised by my answer. "Well, what do you believe?" "I believe that everyone needs to learn to become more generous with whatever God has given them." She then asked, "Well, didn't your bestselling book make you rich?" "No," I replied, "it helped me become more generous! The truth is that everyone of us in America is rich when you compare us to the rest of the world. What each of us needs to learn is how to become more generous with whatever God entrusted to us."

Could it be that God wants to increase your standard of living so you can increase your standard of giving?

BETHEL’S UPCOMING EVENTS TODAY - we have moved to 2 services. 8:00 AM (1st service), Sunday School at 9:45 AM and 11:00 AM (2nd service) Youth services and children's church held during 8:00 AM services only. On the second and fourth Sundays join us as we minister and fellowship at St Joseph’s Nursing Home (every 2nd) and The Boston Home (every 4th). Come and join us TODAY to be blessed with a word from Lic. Jacobi Cunningham. For further information contact Rev. Jumi Onatunde (617-515-0902) Sun, Apr 20, Resurrection Sunday, NO CHURCH SCHOOL Church school will resume on Sunday, April 27th with the continuation of some classes and introducing new ones too. Class listings and locations will be in next Sunday's bulletin YOU STILL HAVE A CHANCE TO JOIN THE CHURCH SCHOOL TEAM IN 2014! The Mass Choir needs you! We are rehearsing the next couple weeks in preparation for Easter Sunday’s dramatic presentation. Not only are the music, dance and drama ministries working together collaboratively, but I’m pleased to announce that our special musical guest will be Sheri Jones-Moffett. Her ministry resume includes collaborations with Hezekiah Walker, Myron Butler, Kurt Carr, Kirk Franklin and many more! She is also the legendary voice that recorded “Encourage Yourself” with Donald Lawrence In preparation for the event, the choir will rehearse: Thursday, April 17th 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19th 11-1 p.m. For more information, please contact Min. Rashad McPherson by email: Remember, it takes ALL of us to make this event a success!

FUTURE EVENTS Sat, Apr 19, 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon - The Women's Ministry's Book Club will be meeting Bethel Youth Center Library. The April book is David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell. We look forward to seeing you! Sat, April 26, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM - Our Seventh Annual Boston Shines Day.

Sat, Apr 26, 8:30 AM to 3: 00 PM - Bethel’s Women's Ministry invites you to join with us and other activists and institutions throughout the country in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month as we host a free workshop titled Shatter The Silence. Shatter the Silence is an interactive workshop filled with videos, activities, testimonies, and discussion. The goal of the workshop is to raise awareness and explore prevention and response efforts regarding sexual violence against girls and women. Representatives from the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC), My Life My Choice (MLMC), and the Boston Police Department (BPD) will participate as speakers, panelists, and presenters for the day. This event is open to girls and women, ages 13 to older adults, respectively. Bring your mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, godmother, and best friend. Some of us know the story of sexual violence, and as a community of women, all of us are vulnerable. There will be an optional breakfast served at 8:30am, and the program will begin promptly at 9:00am. Lunch will also be provided. To attend the workshop, please register at: http:// . For more information or questions, please contact Sis. Shavonne Moore, Sun, Apr 27, 9:15AM to11:00AM and 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM, Bethel Ministry Fair in the Fellowship Hall. Are you willing to serve but not sure where? Visit the Bethel Ministry Fair and learn about the many opportunities for service, fellowship, discipleship and worship. See you there! Evangelism Ministry Prayer Schedule 2014 (all services are in the Fellowship Hall from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM and will have 2 host ministries for each month.) 5/23(Stephen Ministry and Small groups), 6/27(Stewards and Audio Ministry), 7/25(Sign and Bethel Green ministry), 8/24(Lay and Church School Ministry), 9/26(Christina R. Gray and Daughters of Anna Ministry), 10/24 (Healing Service, Allied Health), 11/21(Marriage & Family Ministry and GBIO), 12/19(YPD and Youth Ministry) July 14-18th, vacation bible school for adults, children and youth.

SPECIAL NOTICES Looking for housing/rental. Seeking 2.5-3bedroom to rent immediately in Hyde Park, West Roxbury, Mattapan, Dorchester, Roslindale and surrounding areas. Max rent $1400.00 to $1600.00. Please call Andrea 617-971-6096

DID YOU KNOW? - The month of April has been designated as National Minority Health - Bethel’s Allied Health Ministry will be providing you key information on prevention related tips in your Sunday bulletin. Please take the time to read, take action and take control....Be Blessed. Wed, Mar 5th, Lenten Season began and will continue for 40 days in preparation for Resurrection Sunday. Join the Prayer ministry in a morning corporate prayer time during this Lenten Season. Dates and times are listed on the back of the bulletin. We will also memorize a scripture each week for Lent. Check the bulletin and list serve each week (7) for the memory scripture. MEMORY SCRIPTURES Week 1: Genesis 1:1 Week 2: Romans 5:8 Week 3: Romans 12:12-"Rejoice in hope, be patient in affliction, be persistent in prayer." (HCSB) Week 4: "The Lord will perfect that which concerns me.." Psalm 138:8a (NKJV) Week 5: "For God So loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life."John 3:16 Week 6: "Therefore if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come; The old had gone, the new is here!" 2 Corinthians 5:17 Week 7: Revelation 1:18b "I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever!� (NIV) BE BLESSED AS YOU MEMORIZE AND MEDITATE ON GOD'S RICH WORDS! Sat, Apr 19, Let My People Go! A Jewish and African American Celebration of Freedom with Kim and Reggie Harris and Rabbi Jonathan Kligler at Temple Isaiah, 55 Lincoln Street, Lexington, Massachusetts. Let My People Go! presents through song and spoken word a memorable analogy between the Jewish exodus from slavery in Egypt, as retold at the Seder, and the African American struggle toward equality and civil rights. Kim and Reggie and Rabbi Jonathan Kligler share the fruits of their 25-year friendship and challenging conversations in this uplifting performance. They intertwine their songs and stories and play off the experience of one group and the other. 6:30 PM there is pre-concert dinner option, prepared by Blue Ribbon Bar-B-Q. Dinner will cost $10 per person (please register). 8:00 PM, Concert (No reservation is necessary if you are coming only to the concert.) For more information, contact Marty Rogers at or 978-289-8415.

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man (or woman) is powerful and effective. James 5:16 (NIV)

Prayer Ministry 04/13/14 Morning prayer: Tuesday & Thursday, 6:00 AM Evening Prayer: Wednesday, 6:00 PM Anyone who would like to be added to Bethel’s prayer list, please call the main office. (617) 524-7900 x301

Meditative thought - April prayer focus will be for coworkers, bosses, administration, secretaries, custodians. Prayer request forms are now available above the black box next to the church bulletin boards. If you have a prayer request, please fill out the form and place it in the secured box.

Prayers of Thanksgiving ·

81st Birthday of Mother Audrey Jones

General Prayer List Rebecca Whiten (find peace) · Brian Martin (find peace/ healing of mental health issues) · Family of Pastor Gregory Leonard (death of his mother Nadine) · Bethel’s ministry fair, Apr 27 · Brandon G. (healing and protection) · Brittany Brown (killed in Detroit) · City of Detroit · The harvest of new disciples at Bethel · The crisis in Crimea & the Ukraine · The Family of Clarence Remy · Gwendolyn F. Wood, 104 yrs old (healing post CVA) · Id Adewale (God’s grace) · Arleigh Prelow ·

Prayers for Specific Healing Marie & Donald Tucker (parents of James Williams, Alzheimer's and fragility) · Richard Frederick (cancer, homelessness) · Julie O’Connor (cancer) · Willie Brown (medical concerns) · Former Mayor, Thomas Menino (cancer) · Louis Corbett (12 year old going blind) · Annie Myers (illness and age related issues) · Kent Rankin (liver cancer) ·

Ministry Schedule Sunday 8:00 AM 1st worship service 9:45 AM Church school 11:00 AM 2nd Worship service 12:00 PM Toiletries Collection (2nd Sun) Tuesday and Thursday 6:00 AM Early Morning Prayer Wednesday 6:00 PM Midweek Prayer 7:00 PM Bible Study Saturday 9:00 AM Daughters of Anna (3rd Sat) 9:30 AM Christiana R. Gray Missionary Society (2nd Sat)

Sermon Notes Taking notes is one way of making sure that we don’t allow any of God’s Word to fall to the ground. Scriptures: Title: Outline of the Main Points: 1. 2. 3. What is God saying specifically to me?

What must I do to get closer to Christ?

Church Bulletin 4-13-2014  
Church Bulletin 4-13-2014  

Bethel A.M.E. Bulletin for 4-13-2014