Church Chat Newsletter© Calvary Baptist Church - 6122 Haverford Avenue - Philadelphia PA 19151 Dr. Garth G. Gittens, Pastor/Teacher Evangelist Gillian Gittens, First Lady 215-747-9979
Celebrating “200 Issues” – 1994 to 2011 “Message from the Editor” This month’s scripture is from Psalm 37:3-6, “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday”. This month we celebrate the 200th issue of Calvary's Church Chat. That’s right – 200 issues. God has truly blessed us. It is truly hard to believe that 200 issues of the Church Chat have been published and 85,000 have been distributed. The Church Chat has certainly grown over the years, from a few pages to twenty-six pages; from a collating team of four to five members to a copier that can collate and staple at the same time; from two hundred copies to over four hundred copies a month; from a few contributors to about twenty-five contributors. And now, the Church Chat is on our Church’s new website – www.CalvaryPhilly.org. God has truly directed the path of the Church Chat. It is my prayer that we can continue to bring you spiritual uplifting when you are down, a chance to laugh when you need to, and a word of comfort to help you through the day. To God Be The Glory for what He has done for the Church Chat. We will continue to have faith and believe with all our hearts and soul that whatever you do for Christ will last. We have lasted over 17 years and 200 issues so far. I truly believe that whatever you do for Christ will last and the Church Chat has certainly lasted with the grace of God. We pray that God will continue to strengthen us and we will continue to Give God The Glory. Praise His Holy Name. Thank you!!!
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Calendar of Events
Words of Inspiration
1 7:00 AM Real Men Get Up Early - TFH
MEMBER NEWS rch Chat Newsletter© OCTOBER 2011 rch Chat Newsletter© 7 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Intercessory Prayer Ministry -
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Children Divine Praise Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Teen Divine Praise Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary 1:00 PM Mission Ministry Meeting - 6114 2:00 PM Pastor preaching the Installation Sermon for Pastor-Elect Carlton Aikens at Upper Room BC 7236-42 Ogontz Ave Talmadge Fellowship Hall - Reserved All Day
2 7:30 AM 105th Anniversary - Pastor William Henley - Beulah Baptist Church 9:30 AM 105th Anniversary - Pastor Kevin Aiken, Heart of Worship Restoration Center 11:00 AM Children's Church - 6116 Haverford Ave 11:30 AM 105th Anniversary - Pastor Garth G. Gittens 1:00 PM October Church Chat Distributed - 200th Issue "105th Church Anniversary" Communion Services - Sanctuary - 7:30am, 9:30am, & 11:30am
3 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Agape Outreach Services Distribute Food & Clothing - 6114 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Martial Arts Ministry - TFH
4 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Harcum College Classes 6114 & 6116 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Praise & Worship Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Teen Divine Praise Dance Ministry Class & Rehearsal - TFH 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Ensemble Rehearsal - Sanctuary 8:30 PM - 9:45 PM Adult Divine Praise Dance Ministry Class & Rehearsal - TFH
5 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM AGAPE Distribution of Food and Clothing 12:00 PM AGAPE - Free Hot Lunch Served 1:00 PM Afternoon Bible Study - Sanctuary 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Video and Special Events Ministry Meeting - Radio Room 6:00 PM - 6:55 PM Meal Time 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Focus on the Family
6 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Harcum College Classes 6114 & 6116 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Strategic Planning Committee Meeting - 6118 1st Floor 7:00 PM Pastor preaching - St. James Baptist Church, 114 N Broad St Beverly NJ - Pastor Winston Pierre Men's Day Choir singing 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Drama Ministry Rehearsal TFH
Sanctuary 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Friday Night Prayer Service Sanctuary
8 7:00 AM Real Men Get Up Early - TFH 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM New Members Discipleship Classes - TFH 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Children Divine Praise Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Teen Divine Praise Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Delaware Valley Hospitality Circle Joy Night - Sanctuary & TFH 7:00 PM Pastor preaching at Cedar Park Presbyterian Church 7740 Limekiln Pike, Phila. Men's Day Chorus singing
9 11:00 AM Children's Church - 6116 Haverford Ave 1:00 PM Hospitality Ministry Meeting - TFH Morning Worship Services - Sanctuary - 7:30am, 9:30am, & 11:30am
10 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Agape Outreach Services Distribute Food & Clothing - 6114 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Martial Arts Ministry - TFH
11 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Harcum College Classes 6114 & 6116 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Praise & Worship Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Teen Divine Praise Dance Ministry Class & Rehearsal - TFH 8:30 PM - 9:45 PM Adult Divine Praise Dance Ministry Class & Rehearsal - TFH
12 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM AGAPE Distribution of Food and Clothing 12:00 PM AGAPE - Free Hot Lunch Served 1:00 PM Afternoon Bible Study - Sanctuary 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Video and Special Events Ministry Meeting - Radio Room 6:00 PM - 6:55 PM Meal Time 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Focus on the Family
13 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Harcum College Classes 6114 & 6116 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Drama Ministry Rehearsal TFH
14 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Intercessory Prayer Ministry Sanctuary 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Friday Night Prayer Service Sanctuary
15 7:00 AM Real Men Get Up Early - TFH 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Children Divine Praise Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary
MEMBER NEWS rch Chat Newsletter© OCTOBER 2011 rch Chat Newsletter© 15 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Teen Divine Praise Ministry 23 11:00 AM Children's Church - 6116 Haverford Ave Rehearsal - Sanctuary
16 11:00 AM Children's Church - 6116 Haverford Ave 11:30 AM Right Hand of Fellowship 3:00 PM Pastor preaching at Cathedral Missionary Baptist Church 76 Dolbow Avenue, Pennsville, NJ Pastor Dawn Brown – Mass Choir & Ushers Morning Worship Services - Sanctuary - 7:30am, 9:30am, & 11:30am
17 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Agape Outreach Services Distribute Food & Clothing - 6114 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Martial Arts Ministry - TFH
18 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Harcum College Classes - No Class 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Praise & Worship Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Teen Divine Praise Dance Ministry Class & Rehearsal - TFH 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Ensemble Rehearsal - Sanctuary 8:30 PM - 9:45 PM Adult Divine Praise Dance Ministry Class & Rehearsal - TFH
19 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM AGAPE Distribution of Food and Clothing 12:00 PM AGAPE - Free Hot Lunch Served 1:00 PM Afternoon Bible Study - Sanctuary 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Video and Special Events Ministry Meeting - Radio Room 6:00 PM - 6:55 PM Meal Time 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Focus on the Family
20 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Harcum College Classes 6114 & 6116 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Drama Ministry Rehearsal TFH
21 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Intercessory Prayer Ministry Sanctuary 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Friday Night Prayer Service Sanctuary
22 7:00 AM Real Men Get Up Early - TFH 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Children Divine Praise Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Teen Divine Praise Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary 1:00 PM New Members Banquet Set-up - TFH 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM New Members Banquet - TFH
1:00 PM Deadline for articles for the "NOVEMBER" Church Chat 3:30 PM Pastor preaching at Sayers United Methodist Church 61st & Catherine Streets Lunch served at 1:30pm. Mass Choir and Ushers Morning Worship Services - Sanctuary - 7:30am, 9:30am, & 11:30am
24 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Agape Outreach Services Distribute Food & Clothing - 6114 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Martial Arts Ministry - TFH
25 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Praise & Worship Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Teen Divine Praise Dance Ministry Class & Rehearsal - TFH 8:30 PM - 9:45 PM Adult Divine Praise Dance Ministry Class & Rehearsal - TFH
26 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM AGAPE Distribution of Food and Clothing 12:00 PM AGAPE - Free Hot Lunch Served 1:00 PM Afternoon Bible Study - Sanctuary 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Video and Special Events Ministry Meeting - Radio Room 6:00 PM - 6:55 PM Meal Time 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Focus on the Family
27 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Drama Ministry Rehearsal TFH
28 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Intercessory Prayer Ministry Sanctuary 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Friday Night Prayer Service Sanctuary
29 7:00 AM Real Men Get Up Early - TFH 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Children Divine Praise Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Teen Divine Praise Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Health Support Ministry Appreciation Dinner for Cancer Survivors - TFH
30 Children's Church in Charge - Sanctuary - 7:30am, 9:30am & 11:30am
31 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Agape Outreach Services Distribute Food & Clothing - 6114 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Martial Arts Ministry - TFH
MINISTRIES CORNER rch Chat Newsletter© YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN THE BUILDING FUND MINISTRY ON SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2012 TO SEE THE EXCITING SHOW “JONAH” At Sight and Sound’s “Millennium Theatre”
DISCIPLESHIP AND CARING MINISTRY There will be an additional New Members Class on Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 1:30pm to 3:30pm in Talmadge Fellowship Hall for new members who have been unable to attend a Saturday Class. Please look for registration table at 1:00pm on that date in Talmadge Fellowship Hall. New Members Class scheduled for Saturday, October 8, 2011 & November 5, 2011 at 9:00am will still be in session. Contact Tr. Valerie Hayes at 215-2642376 for more information.
A non-refundable deposit of $20.00 will reserve your seat. Donation: $115.00 Bus leaves Calvary: 8:00am sharp! 10:00am to 12:15pm – Rockvale Outlet Shopping 1:00pm – Show 4:30pm – Shady Maple for Dinner Bus returns to Approximately 8:00pm
Deadline for Payment - Sunday, May 20, 2012 For more information, please contact: Marsha Lawton – 215-837-2735 Mary Wellons – 610-626-0202 A faithful, righteous prophet of God … suddenly disobeys and runs away! As a result, he encounters a TERRIBLE storm, an ENORMOUS fish, a TINY worm, a MIGHTY wind, a BLAZING sun, a WICKED empire, and the GREATEST revival in history. “Jonah” is a story of extremes! And through it all, God reveals His extreme mercy and love for all.
Blessings, Trustee Valerie D. Hayes Discipleship & Caring, Leader
NEW MEMBERS BANQUET The Calvary Baptist Church’s 8th New Members’ Banquet sponsored by Special Events and Discipleship and Caring Ministries will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm in the Talmadge Fellowship Hall. It is in honor of members who have joined Calvary and have taken New Members’ Discipleship Class between May 1, 2011 and October 8, 2011. Banquet is free of charge. Please RSVP for yourself and up to two guests by October 16, 2011 to: Tr. Valerie Hayes firstname.lastname@example.org or Sis. Sharon Russum at email@example.com after 9:30am and 11:30am service on Sunday, October 9, 2011 and October 16, 2011 with a Banquet representative in church foyer. Dress Code: Church Attire Submitted by: Trustee Mattie B. Hull, President, Special Events Ministry Trustee Valerie D. Hayes, President, Discipleship and Caring
HOSPITALITY MINISTRY The Hospitality Ministry Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show will be held at the luxurious Drexelbrook Banquet Facility in Drexel Hill, PA on Saturday, May 5, 2012.
PASTOR GARTH G. GITTENS ENGAGEMENTS Thursday, October 6, 2011 Pastor will be preaching at St. James Baptist Church 114 N. Broad Street, Beverly, NJ 08010 at 7:00pm for Pastor Winston Pierre. The Men’s Day Chorus will be singing. Saturday, October 8, 2011 Pastor will be preaching at Cedar Park Presbyterian Church 7740 Limekiln Pike, Philadelphia, PA 19150 at 7:00pm. The Men’s Day Chorus will be singing. Saturday, October 16, 2011 Pastor will be preaching at Cathedral Missionary Baptist Church 76 Dolbow Avenue, Pennsville, NJ 08070 at 3:00pm for Pastor Dawn Brown. The Mass Choir and Ushers will accompany the Pastor. Saturday, October 23, 2011 Pastor will be preaching at Sayers United Methodist Church 61st & Catherine Streets at 3:30pm. Lunch served at 1:30pm. The Mass Choir and Ushers will accompany the Pastor. MEN’S RETREAT Men Reserve Your Room Today!!! Payments are NOW being accepted for the 2012 Men’s Retreat to be held on August 17-19, 2012 at Sandy Cove, Northeast, MD. Dea. William Sawyer will be in the TFH Sunday Morning after each service to accept deposits or see Dea. Harold Hall, Dea. Joe De Reef, Bro. Ed Brown or call Dea. Wilbur Napper in the church office 215-747-9979 Ext. 7102.
FAMILY NEWS rch Chat Newsletter© A FATHER’S BOOK OF WISDOM OPPORTUNITY There is no future in any job. The future lies in the man who holds the job - George Crane Don’t wait for your ship to come in. Row out to meet it - Dad PARENTS There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it. - Chinese Proverb Fathers are pals nowadays because they don’t have the guts to be fathers. -Dad
SOURCE: H. Jackson Brown, Jr. KEEPING YOUR FAMILY HEALTHY By Lisa B. Samalonis Part Two of a Two Part Series Tweens Start the days off right. “Try the one-change challenge and follow a ‘low-fructose diet.’ Do this by avoiding food with fructose, highfructose corn syrup, sugar, cane sugar, sucrose and fruit sugar. You’ll soon see that one or more of these ingredients are in almost every processed food product. Home cooked meals will help you meet the challenge,” she said. Avoid feeding foods or diets.
“Your child needs to eat healthy fats daily, such as olive or canola oil and nuts,” Vos said. To help get tweens involved, let them help plan and prepare the recipes. Another idea is to take the family to the farmer’s market or start a family vegetable garden. Have them try new foods.
“The older a child is, the more encouragement a parent can give as far as trying new foods. Remember, it takes multiple repeat attempts for a child to pick up a food and voluntarily eat it — even as many as 20 to 30 times. Older children are more open to trying new things; they sometimes just need a little push,” said Chow. Limit “screen time” to two hours per day. This includes TV, computer, iPods and cell phones, or strike a balance. “An hour of screen time needs to be balanced with an hour of physical activity, such as soccer or hiking,” Vos said, adding that children should not go on a treadmill or to the gym. Rules of thumb: Tweens eat about one-third to one-half the amount of an adult on average and sometimes more. Limit milk/dairy to 16 ounces daily. Try not to eat out more than twice weekly, Chow advises. Good snack foods include popcorn, graham crackers, fruits, yogurt, raisins, nuts or half of a peanut butter sandwich. Many tweens participate in regular activities. “For those children who don’t enjoy sports, look for classes that emphasize fun — group activities, games, and so on. Exercise should be fun. Go to the park, play Frisbee, ride bikes or walk outside. Make exercise a daily part of your life as well as theirs so that this will encourage them to incorporate activity as part of everyday life,” Chow said. Teens Much of the same guidelines apply for teens as tweens. Make sure they eat breakfast. Teach them a lifelong lesson to read food labels. Tell them that less sugar and
more fiber will make them healthier, suggests Vos. Also, because teens are more likely to eat out, encourage them to make wise food choices. Chow notes that parents can suggest they avoid eating fried and fast food all the time and instead choose more vegetables. “Teach teens that foods drenched in dressing or sauce are guaranteed to be high in calories,” she said.
Continued on Page Fifteen THE SHEPHERD’S VOICE A time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out-those who have done good will rise to live. . . . John 5:28-29 NIV A day is coming when everyone will hear [Jesus’] voice. A day is coming when all the other voices will be silenced; his voice-and his voice onlywill be heard. Some will hear his voice for the very first time. It’s not that he never spoke, it’s just that they never listened. For these, God’s voice will be the voice of a stranger. They will hear it once-and never hear it again. They will spend eternity fending off the voices they followed on earth. But others will be called from their graves by a familiar voice. For they are sheep who know their shepherd. They are servants who opened the door when Jesus knocked. Now the door will open again. Only this time, it won’t be Jesus who walks into our house; it will be we, who walk into his. In the Eye of the Storm
SOURCE: Grace for the Moment by Max Lucado
FAMILY NEWS rch Chat Newsletter© GOD’S WORD FOR THE FAMILY The Word of God establishes the family as the most important Christian social unit in our society and gives us guidance for proper relationships so that we might be everything God chooses for us, both individually and corporately. These scriptures will help you learn more about the promises for your family, God’s guidance for a better family relationship, and how God truly wants to bless and direct every Christian family for His glory. GOD BLESSES YOUR FAMILY “WITH YOUR SPOUSE” Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the Saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband. Ephesians 5:21-33
THE LITTLE BOOK OF PRAYER INTERCESSION But Thou, taking Thy own secret counsel and noting the real point to [my mother’s] desire, didst not grant what she was then asking in order to grant to her the thing she had always been asking. ST. AUGUSTINE Confessions FIVE INVESTMENT TIPS Part One of a Three Part Series TAKE THE CONTROLS If you’ve left your company retirement plan on automatic pilot because you’re afraid to take the controls, you’re not alone. A September 2010 study by the Charles Schwab Corp. called “The New Rules of Engagement for 401(k) Success” found that only 47 percent of 401(k) participants feel “very confident” about making investment decisions. Financial planner Jennifer Lane, founder and principal of Compass Planning Associates as well as author of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Protecting Your 401(k) and IRA,” says many people are so confused about what to do with their 401(k)’s and other employer-provided plans that they ignore them altogether. Instead of dodging decisions in hopes of coasting your way toward your retirement savings goal, follow these five tips to become a more confident, hands-on investor. 1. DON’T SETTLE FOR DEFAULT CONTRIBUTION RATES Many employer retirement plans will automatically enroll you in a plan, typically at a contribution rate of 3 percent to 6 percent of your salary. That’s a good place to start if it at least equals the maximum rate your employer will match. But don’t get too comfortable at that level, or with the plan’s built-in increases. PAGE SIX
Lane says most people need to save 10 percent to 15 percent of their income for retirement, and she notes that some financial planners tout 20 percent as the target amount. Stuart Ritter, vice president and Certified Financial Planner with T. Rowe Price Investment Services in Baltimore, advocates saving 15 percent. “If your employer is bringing you in at 6 percent and increasing you by 2 percent a year, it’s still going to be a number of years before you get to 15 percent,” Ritter says. “The sooner you get there, the better off you’re going to be.”
THE JOY OF BEING A WOMAN We know the dark sides and drives of all our fellow women. This is info which men would pay millions of dollars for but which, of course, we’ll never betray. In the free world, we can now vote. We can also strive to help our sisters who cannot assert this glorious privilege. Believing that our manicurist treats us better than any blind date we’ve ever been subjected to We can fake it. (Insert evil, maniacal laugh that chills men’s spines here.)
SOURCE: Amy Hall
HEALTH NEWS rch Chat Newsletter© 7 STEPS TO HELP PREVENT DIABETES Are those love handles getting a little more noticeable? Do you have a family history of heart disease or diabetes? You could be headed for trouble. The U.S. diabetes rate has nearly doubled in the past decade, largely due to a dramatic rise in obesity. The body uses a hormone called insulin to convert glucose (sugar), starches, and other food into energy. Some people with diabetes don’t produce insulin or produce very little (type 1 diabetes, which is not preventable) and some people’s bodies don’t use insulin properly (type 2 diabetes). Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90 to 95 percent of all cases. Fortunately, you may be able to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes with modest lifestyle changes. 1. Understand Your Risk Factors Being overweight or obese is the single most important risk factor for diabetes. Your risk also rises if you’re inactive. Other major risk factors include: having a parent or sibling with type 2 diabetes; a pregnancy that included gestational diabetes or the birth of a baby weighing more than 9 pounds; African-American, Native American, AsianAmerican, PacificIslander, or Hispanic heritage;
high blood pressure;
5. Eat Right
a low HDL cholesterol level or high
To help avoid diabetes, eat a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, whole-grain foods, fish, and nonfat dairy products, the ADA says. Cut back on high-calorie snacks and desserts — and watch your portion sizes.
triglyceride level; advancing age (especially 45 and older). Ask your doctor if you should be screened for diabetes because of these or other risk factors. 2. Heed A Diagnosis Of PreDiabetes
6. Stay Active If you get a diagnosis of prediabetes, take it seriously. Many people with pre-diabetes go on to develop type 2 diabetes within 10 years, says the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 3. Get A Good Night’s Sleep A 10-year study of 8,992 adults found that those who slept five hours or less a night were about 50 percent more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes than people who slept seven hours a night. According to the journal Sleep, a chronic shortage of sleep seems to increase insulin resistance.
Exercise aids weight loss and helps your body use insulin more effectively. Talk with your doctor before you start, especially if you’ve been inactive for a while. If you find it hard to stay active by yourself, involve friends and family. 7. Stop Smoking The more people smoked, the higher the odds that they would get diabetes, researchers wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
4. Lose Weight Weight loss seems to be most helpful lifestyle reduce your risk for according to the Prevention Program, a study funded by the Institutes of Health.
the single step to diabetes, Diabetes landmark National
SOURCE: Update - August 2011
SENIORS MINISTRY rch Chat Newsletter© LUNCHEON FOR SENIORS There will be a Seniors Luncheon held on Thursday, November 17, 2011 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm at Calvary Baptist Church. This event is sponsored by Community Engagement and Calvary Baptist Church. To register, please contact Sis. Mary Wellons or the Church Office. The deadline to register is Sunday, November 6, 2011.
SENIORS MAY QUALIFY FOR MINOR HOME REPAIRS AND MODIFICATIONS THROUGH PHILA. CORP. FOR AGING Low-income Philadelphia homeowners, age 60 and over, may apply for free repairs and modifications through PCA’s Senior Housing Assistance Repair Program (SHARP). The waiting list for SHARP is not very long at this time, and applications are encouraged. For information on PCA’s services and programs, call the PCA Helpline at 215-765-9040 or visit www .pcaCares.org.
KEEPSENIORSWARM.ORG WHERE TO FIND HELP: RESOURCES Sometimes the best way to help is by knowing where to find help, and who to contact in an emergency.
MARKET VOUCHERS FOR THOSE 60-PLUS Starting Monday, July 11, 2011, older Philadelphians who are incomeeligible can get $20 worth of vouchers for use at certified farmer’s markets.
Bill Assistance Crisis Program 215-560-1583 City Crisis is federally funded and administered by the Department of Licenses and Inspections to help lowincome households in a heating crisis. Homeowners Emergency Loan Program (HELP) 215-685-4901 This program offers interest-free emergency loans payable over five years to customers who were issued a plumbing or drainage violation from the Philadelphia Water Department. Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) 215-560-1583 This federal program helps people with low incomes pay for primary or secondary heating costs. Available once a year for homeowners or renters.
Residents must be 60 or older by Dec. 31 and meet income limits of $20,147 for an individual or $27,214 for a family of two in 2010. The vouchers, made available through the federal and state departments of agriculture, will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis by the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging and must be used before Nov. 30. For details on eligibility, voucher distribution sites, and farmer’s markets, please call the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging help line, 216765-9040.
MARRIAGE CORNER rch Chat Newsletter© EVALUATING YOUR SPIRITUAL RELATIONSHIP BEFORE MARRIAGE By Dave Boehi, Brent Nelson, Jeff Schulte, and Lloyd Shadrach Note: Each year, thousands of pastors and counselors use Preparing for Marriage as the foundation of their pre-marriage training for engaged couples. Preparing for Marriage was recently revised and updated, and the following excerpt addresses a subject that many couples do not adequately discuss before they are married. No other human relationship will play a more important role in shaping your life than your relationship with your spouse. And yet many pre-married couples make the crucial decisions about marriage when their minds are clouded with such powerful emotions that they find it difficult to think straight. They are so caught up in the whirlwind of romance that they fail to work out some crucial issues before they commit their lives to each other. For a Christian, the most important of these issues is spiritual compatibility. Since marriage is a spiritual relationship, your spiritual compatibility will influence the quality of your relationship more than any other factor. There are two topics to consider here: 1. Are both of you Christians? In 2 Corinthians 6:14-15, Paul writes, “Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial [Satan], or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?” This passage warns that a Christian should not enter a partnership with an unbeliever because it will be a relationship built on opposing values and goals. Building relationships on
Christian values, trust, and love is essential in the Christian life, especially in the most intimate of all human relationships—marriage. God created marriage, and its greatest fulfillment and enjoyment can only be found when both husband and wife have a growing relationship with Him. When Christians marry nonbelievers, they usually experience a growing frustration after marriage: They are unable to discuss the most precious, intimate part of their lives with their spouses. They have conflicting goals and expectations. They clash over the values they teach their children. They have differing circles of friends. They have difficulty communicating and resolving conflict. If you are considering marriage and one of you has received Christ as Lord and Savior but the other has not, we strongly recommend that you either put your relationship on hold or end it altogether. If your future spouse is unwilling to repent and change now, don’t expect it to happen after you marry. Second, if neither of you has received Christ, we recommend that you put off any wedding plans so you can focus on learning more about a relationship with Him. Give yourselves time to talk with Christian friends, or your pastor, and come to a solid decision about where you stand with God. 2. Do you both share the same commitment to spiritual growth and to serving God? Many Christians know they should not marry a nonbeliever. Unfortunately, they go no further in evaluating their spiritual compatibility.
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GOD CAN HANDLE ….MARRIAGE By Dr. S. M. Henriques
EXTENDING FORGIVENESS Conflict between a husband and wife makes forgiveness necessary. Neither one is always right; neither one is always wrong. Victor Hugo wrote, “The supreme happiness of life is the conviction of being loved for yourself, or more correctly, being loved in spite of yourself.” God is never more involved in a marriage than He is when forgiveness is offered freely and regularly by both wife and husband. Forgiveness is what He uses to bring us closer to Him; it’s also what He uses to bring us closer to each other. Indeed, there can be no lasting human relationship, in marriage or otherwise, where forgiveness is absent. One unknown sage said, “Happiness lies in the backyard, but it’s probably well hidden by crabgrass.” God calls upon us to extend the hand of forgiveness. And when we do, we never allow the crabgrass of an unforgiving spirit to obscure the happiness that exists in our own backyard. He who forgives first, wins. William Penn Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit. Peter Ustinov Learn how to apologize and how to forgive. Neil Clark Warren Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13 (N/V)
MEMBER NEWS rch Chat Newsletter© ARKTIFACTS AND MORE (First of a Three Part Series) Noah was a healthy 600 years old when God sent the flood. Genesis 7:6 A cubit is 18 inches long. That means the ark was 5400 inches long and 900 inches wide. Genesis 6:15 The ark was made of cypress wood (gopher wood in the King James Version). Genesis 6:14 Noah died at 950 years of age. Genesis 9:29 Jacob and Rachel were cousins. Genesis 29:10 In the entire book of Esther, God is not mentioned once. Job’s first daughter of his second family was named Jemimah. Job 42:14 An omer is equivalent to 2 quarts. Israelites were forbidden to wear clothes made of two kinds of material. So much for 50% cotton/50% polyester. Leviticus 19:19
JOKES FOR YOUR SOUL FALLING OFF THE HORSE The old time pastor was galloping down the road, rushing to get to church on time. Suddenly his horse stumbled and pitched him to the ground. In the dirt with a broken leg, the pastor called out, “All you saints in Heaven, help me get up on my horse!” Then, with superhuman effort, he leaped onto the horse’s back and fell off the other side. Once again on the ground, he called to Heaven, “All right, just half of you this time!” Author is Unknown
A pastor, known for his lengthy sermons, noticed a man get up and leave during the middle of his message. The man returned just before the conclusion of the service. Afterwards the pastor asked the man where he had gone. “I went to get a haircut,” was the reply. “But,” said the pastor, “why didn’t you do that before the service?” “Because,” the gentleman said, “I didn’t need one then.” Author is Unknown
DAILY PRAISE FROM THE BIBLE Inspiration from the Psalms By Dan Dick The plowers plowed upon my back: they made long their furrows. Psalm 129:3 The rookie lawyer made his case, then sat down feeling very pleased with himself. Then the fire-works began. The defense picked apart every argument he made and humiliated him before judge and jury. The judge pulled him aside and told him to put in more time next time, and the opposing lawyer just laughed and thanked him for making his job so easy. With tail tucked between his legs, the young lawyer beat a hasty retreat. There will be days when things don’t just go wrong, they self-destruct totally. When we feel we’ve gone as low as we possibly can, something else comes along to drive us deeper still. From those depths there is only one place to turn: God. He has seen all, He knows how you feel, and He patiently waits to take you into His arms to comfort and sooth you. When we feel pushed beyond our ability to cope, it is good to know that God is there. PRAYER: In times of total darkness, shine Your light into my life. Help me PAGE TEN
to pick myself up and start again. Give me strength, Lord. Amen.
Submitted by Sis. Marsha Lawton NEW MEMBERS Greetings in the name of Christ Jesus. Welcome to the Calvary Baptist Church family. Feel free to participate in any Church activity you choose. You are also invited to join our ministries as the Holy Spirit leads you. May God bless you and continue to strengthen your faith. Kim Carlton Tameka Pittman Eric Carlton Brian Pittman Jr Alveretta Hearns Christopher Pittman Bernadine Mack Marva Walker Renette Minor Trevon Walker Tasjon Mintze Velda Wilson Nafisa Patterson Thou has invited me “to ask, to seek, to knock” Assuring me that if I ask, it shall be given unto me. If I seek, I shall find; if I knock, it shall be opened unto me. Help me to believe that, O God. Give me the faith to ask knowing that I shall receive. Give me the faith to seek, believing that I shall surely find. Give me the faith and the persistence to knock, knowing that it shall indeed be opened unto me. Help me to live the Christian life in daring faith and humble trust, that there may be worked out in me, even in me, thy righteousness and goodness. With a sense of adventure, I make this prayer. Peter Marshall SOURCE: Life’s Little Prayer Book
MEMBER NEWS rch Chat Newsletter© PROMISES YOU CAN COUNT ON! Whatever your problems, whatever your needs, the answers are in the Bible. Whatever you’re feeling, whatever you’re suffering, whatever you’re hoping ... the Bible has something to say to you.
God’s Promises on “ENEMIES” And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. 2 Kings 6:16 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken. Proverbs 3:25-26 Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. Isaiah 41:11-12
CHRISTIAN BOOK OF QUESTIONS Questions to Explore Your Beliefs and Deepen Your Faith If a voice told you it was God and that you should go forth and do a difficult task, would you do it? How can God have no beginning and no end but simply be “I AM”? Why did God create people in the first place? Did he need company? Entertainment? Assurance?
Would you give up the most important thing or desire in your life if God asked you to? So many children are born unwanted; is this part of God’s plan? What is the Holy Spirit? What does it look like? If people of other religions follow those religions to the best of their abilities, is that good enough in God’s eyes? How many books of the Bible can you name? Do you know the history of your church’s denomination? How can God hear the prayers of multiple people at the same time? As some other religions grow in popularity, is it possible for Christianity to be forgotten altogether someday? Why do Christians, and society in general, so routinely use the phrase “Oh my God” when it is clearly taking the Lord’s name in vain?
WHAT JESUS IS SAYING TO YOU By Peter Wallace I will show him how much he must suffer for worshiping in my name. Acts 9:16 A Damascan disciple named Ananias was tapped by Jesus to find Saul, pray for him, lay hands on him, and heal him of his temporary blindness. Ananias had some doubts. Imagine the fear he must have felt. Jesus wanted him to visit the man who had been harming Christians?
But the Lord assured him and added today’s words. Saul, as Paul the apostle, would indeed face torture, shipwreck, imprisonment, and much more in his quest for the gospel. It came with the territory. You may not hear Jesus’ voice audibly as Ananias did. But you may get a sense of leading from the Spirit within. Don’t feel bad if your initial response is to question Him about it. He’ll let you know His will. Like Ananias, obey what you know He is asking you.
Submitted by Sis. Marsha Lawton
GOD’S PROMISES FOR MEN The Word of God doesn’t tell us about the truth; it is truth. Charles Swindoll GOD’S PLAN FOR MEN IS “To Obey God’s Word” Oh, that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me and always keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them and with their children forever! Deuteronomy 5:29 Whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Romans 15:4 The word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
MEMBER NEWS rch Chat Newsletter© DID YOU GET YOUR BOOK YET? Calvary’s Bookstore is now open. There are various items available. But, in case you did not know, our own Pastor, Dr. Garth G. Gittens, has written a book. The book is entitled “MASSA SAY, DE BIBLE SAY” and will be personally autographed. Let us show our love and support by purchasing your very own copy. You can also visit his website for more information. Please go to www.drgarthggittens.com
THIS IS AN EYE OPENER!! As you got up this morning, I watched you, and hoped you would talk to me, even if it was just a few words, asking my opinion or thanking me for something good that happened in your life yesterday. But I noticed you were too busy, trying to find the right outfit to wear. When you ran around the house getting ready, I knew there would be a few minutes for you to stop and say hello, but you were too busy. At one point you had to wait, fifteen minutes with nothing to do except sit in a chair. Then I saw you spring to your feet. I thought you wanted to talk to me but you ran to the phone and called a friend to get the latest gossip instead. I watched patiently all day long. With all your activities I guess you were too busy to say anything to me.
I noticed that before lunch you looked around, maybe you felt embarrassed to
talk to me, that is why you didn’t bow your head. You glanced three or four tables over and you noticed some of your friends talking to me briefly before they ate, but you didn’t. That’s okay. There is still more time left, and I hope that you will talk to me yet. You went home and it seems as if you had lots of things to do. After a few of them were done, you turned on the TV. I don’t know if you like TV or not, just about anything goes there and you spend a lot of time each day in front of it not thinking about anything, just enjoying the show. I waited patiently again as you watched the TV and ate your meal, but again you didn’t talk to me. Bedtime I guess you felt too tired. After you said goodnight to your family you plopped into bed and fell asleep in no time. That’s okay because you may not realize that I am always there for you. I’ve got patience, more than you will ever know. I even want to teach you how to be patient with others as well. I love you so much that I wait everyday for a nod, prayer or thought or a thankful part of your heart. It is hard to have a one sided conversation. Well, you are getting up And once again I will nothing but love for you. today you will give me Have a nice day!
once again. wait, with Hoping that some time. Your friend, GOD
Submitted by Brother Earl Sawyer
WHAT WAS GOOD ABOUT THE GOOD OLD DAYS? PAGE TWELVE
A slower pace, a lower light bill, tastier food, a safer neighborhood, a less demanding family, leaders that lead-- and a short memory. The past always looks better than it was; it’s only pleasant because it isn’t here. -FINLEY P. DUNNE SOURCE: The Little Book of Big Questions - Answers to Life’s Perplexing Questions
WALK WITH GOD Lifetime can be so glorious When you’re talking to the Lord ‘Tis my little private moments That are soft and not too hard. When I am feeling lonely, I’ll make a call or two, But it doesn’t fill my heart, Lord, As when I talk with You. Oh yes, friends are lovely, They fill a void that’s here. What makes it even fuller Is talk and love and prayer. Surely God will tell you That loving Him comes first. Walk with God and have your friends To quench your lonely thirst. James Joseph Huesgen
Submitted by Sis. Eleanor Richardson
MEMBER NEWS rch Chat Newsletter© BIBLE SECRETS FOR SUCCESSFUL LIVING
GOD’S ANSWERS FOR YOUR LIFE
WHAT THE BLOOD OF JESUS IS TO YOU
Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness. Exodus 23:1 Don’t be a slanderer or gossip. Build up and encourage others with your words.
And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken. Genesis 21:1
How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? Hebrews 9:14
ADVICE FOR THE GRIEVING: PART 2
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Be encouraged. God always keeps His Word.
She became so involved in ministering to other people’s grief, she forgot about her quest for the magical seed, never realizing it had in fact driven the sorrow out of her life.
THE BIBLE PROMISE BOOK FOR WOMEN
Remember that time will lessen the pain (Psalm 56:3; Ecclesiastes 3:3–4).
Servants, obey in all things your masters according: to the flesh; not with eye service, as men pleasers; but. in singleness of heart, fearing God. COLOSSIANS 3:22
One widow, Lynn Caine, said, “If only someone whom I respected had sat me down after Martin died and said, ‘Lynn, bereavement is like a wound. It’s like being very, very badly hurt . . . You will grieve, and that is painful. And your grief will have many stages, but all of them will be healing. Little by little, you will be whole again. And you will be a stronger person. Just as a broken bone knits and becomes stronger than before, so will you.’”
Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one, to another. LEVITICUS 19:11 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly; as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. ROMANS 13:12-13 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly, HEBREWS 13:18
When things do not make sense to us today, that does not mean they will not make sense to us tomorrow. Some things we cannot understand from our immediate vantage point; we need a little more time to change our perspective. When your children were small they could not understand why they could not have dessert instead of a meal, but now they tell their children the same thing.
A preacher at a Christian college once prayed, “Dear Lord, please, please give me this young lady for a wife.” For some reason God said, “No” and she married someone else. He saw her fifteen years later and prayed again, “Dear Lord, thank you!” Understand that it is permissible for you to be happy again. When Paul said to “rejoice in the Lord alway” (Philippians 4:4), he must have included following a period of grief. It is important also to avoid beating yourself down with guilt (Romans 8:1). An 86-year-old man who had lost most of his loved ones said, “I’ve learned to keep looking ahead. There are still so many good books to read, sunsets to see, friends to visit, and old dogs to take walks with.” Remember a firm faith in God produces the hope that can only lead to a way out of the darkness of grief.
Submitted by Sis. Priscilla Young TRUST MORE -- FEAR LESS By Max Lucado These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. JOHN 16:33 NKJV The Gospels list some 125 Christissued imperatives. Of these, 21 urge us to “not be afraid” or “not fear” or “have courage” or “take heart” or “be of good cheer.” The second most common command, to love God and neighbor, appears on only eight occasions. If quantity is any indicator, Jesus takes our fears seriously. The one statement he made more than any other was this: don’t be afraid. Fearless
Submitted by Bro. Curtis Lawton
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By Jan Dargatz ADVICE FOR THE GRIEVING: PART 2 Don’t be afraid to ask for support from your family and friends. The Sequoia trees of California tower as much as three hundred feet above the ground. A Sequoia is an evergreen that may live up to 2,200 years, and this species includes the tallest trees on earth, reaching up to about 400 feet in height and 26 feet diameter at breast height. The current tallest tree is Hyperion, measuring at 379.1 feet. It was discovered in Redwood National Park by Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor in 2006, and has been measured as the world’s tallest living organism. Strangely, these giants have unusually shallow, wide-spreading lateral root systems. This allows them to capture the greatest amount of surface moisture but also makes them vulnerable to wind, so seldom will you see a redwood standing alone. They grow in clusters so their intertwining roots can provide support for one another against the storms. One of the ways that God gets us through our storms is by the intertwining support system of our family and friends. He comforts us and He uses us to comfort others. Chuck Swindoll
wrote, “Unbelievable as it may seem, God has a reason for our suffering. Our Father is preparing us to meet the deep inner needs of others by bringing us through the dark places first.” Those who have known affliction, doubt, sickness, and temptation are better equipped to console others in similar situations (2 Corinthians 1:3– 4; 1 Peter 3:8; John 11:31; 1 Thessalonians 2:11; 5:14; Job 2:13). Seek comfort from others in the same situation (2 Corinthians 1:3–4). King Harry VIII, wandering disguised one night in London, was met at the foot of a bridge by night watchmen. They did not believe he was the king, so they shut him up without fire or candle in the Poultry Compter. Upon liberation he granted thirty caldrons of coals and some bread for all night prisoners in the Compter. Experience brings sympathy. One preacher preached a funeral for a baby, talking about the baby’s going to heaven and what joy was there. Afterward, the family told him: “We know that he is all right, but what about us?” They made a good point. Those who are grieving need knowledge and help they have never needed before. There is likely someone in the congregation who has gone through something similar to your experience, so seek them out and talk with them. If not, check for a support group or online resources.
during this time. “I remember the first Christmas after our son Timothy was killed in an auto accident,” recalls one father. “We obsessed about getting through Christmas dinner facing his empty chair. We came up with the idea of filling his chair with several other people. That Christmas we invited a distant relative to spend the week with us. We also invited two recently widowed men from our church to share Christmas dinner. As we sat together, all of us were thankful for the love around the table and the memories we shared.” Norman Singer tells the story of a woman whose only son died. In her grief she went to a “holy man” and said, “What magical incantations do you have that will bring my son back to life?” Instead of sending her away or reasoning with her, he said, “Fetch me a mustard seed from a home that has never known sorrow. We will use it to drive the sorrow out of your life.” The woman set out in search of the magical seed. She came first to a splendid mansion, knocked at the door and said, “I am seeking a house that has never known sadness. Is this the place?” They told her, “You have come to the wrong place,” and began to describe all the tragic things that had befallen them.
Invest in others. Paul taught us to “look . . . on the things of others” (Philippians 2:4). It often helps to get out of the house. Volunteer to help at the church office, visit someone in the nursing home, help a neighbor, or donate time to a worthy cause. One person had another idea along these lines.
The woman said to herself, “Who is better able to help these poor people than me, who has also known great sorrow?” She stayed and comforted them, then went on in search of a home that had never known sorrow. But wherever she turned, in hotels and quiet places, she found one tale after another of sadness and misfortune.
Continued on Page Thirteen Rather than be demoralized by an empty chair during the holidays, consider expanding your “family” PAGE FOURTEEN
MEMBER NEWS rch Chat Newsletter© MEN OF THE BIBLE By Dan Hannon GIDEON Judges 6-8 He was not a man to be trifled with, as many a foe discovered. Happily, Gideon was on the side of the Israelites. During the time of the judges God let Israel be subjugated by Midian, and for seven years the children of Israel were impoverished victims of their conquerors. After they had suffered long enough the Lord spoke to Gideon. This poor Israelite from Ophrah was trying to horde a supply of wheat from his captors, but God had more important work for him to do. God told Gideon, “You will save Israel from the hand of the Midianites.” Gideon was afraid-not only of the assignment, but of his encounter with God. His tribe was weak, Gideon protested, and he was the lowest member of his own family. The Lord responded by bringing the Spirit upon Gideon. Thus empowered, Gideon sounded a trumpet and sent messengers to gather an army. Thirty-two thousand men initially joined him. “This is too many,” God told him. If Israel won the victory with such a large army the people would assume credit for themselves and deny the power of God. So Gideon invited those who were afraid of fighting to turn back. This left him with ten thousand soldiers. “Still too many,” the Lord saiddoubtless stirring Gideon’s uneasiness. To reduce the number of soldiers further, God told Gideon to send the soldiers to the water’s edge and drink.
The ones who lapped the water as a dog would drink were to be separated from those who knelt to drink the water cupped in their hands. Three hundred men lapped to drink. God told Gideon to discharge all the others. “I will deliver the Midianites into your hands.” The Midianites camped in the valley were as thick as locusts; their camels were as numerous as sand on the seashore. Gideon naturally was timid so the Lord told him to slip into the Midianite camp at night and promised to show him a sign there for reassurance. When Gideon crept near the Midianite camp he heard two men talking. One was relating a dream he’d had of a bread loaf tumbling into camp and flattening one of the tents. His friend interpreted the dream: “The bread loaf is the sword of the Israelite, Gideon. God will deliver the whole Midianite camp into his hands!” Gideon knew his mission was secure. Gideon and his men took trumpets, jars, and torches and surrounded the Midianite camp. When signaled they sounded the horns, smashed the jars, and waved the torches. The sudden clamor on all sides wakened the Midianites to a scene of total confusion. In their rush to escape they mistakenly attacked and killed many of their own comrades. Other Israelites were summoned and completely routed the Midianites. As Gideon and his three hundred commandos chased the Midianite kings across the Jordan River, they wearily stopped at the towns of Succoth and Penuel and requested food, but the leaders of both towns refused to help them. Gideon angrily warned that when he returned with the two kings in tow the insolent town leaders would be punished severely.
He was as good as his word. Succoth and Penuel were punished and the captured kings of Midian were put to death. The grateful Israelites wanted Gideon and his descendants to be their rulers. But Gideon responded, “The Lord will rule over you.” Gideon’s story ends on the unhappy note of forgetfulness and idolatry. In the aftermath of his unprecedented victory Gideon collected the gold earrings captured from the Midianites. They were melted and cast into an idol which Gideon took to his hometown of Ophrah. Then, as is the pattern in the book of Judges, Israel forgot God and gathered in Ophrah to worship Gideon’s idol. KEEPING YOUR FAMILY HEALTHY By Lisa B. Samalonis Continued From Page Five Rules of thumb: Chow notes that teens need to drink 16 ounces of milk and dairy daily. “Also, don’t let your family get too busy where you can’t eat together at least four to five times weekly,” she said. Teens should be active at least 45 to 60 minutes five to six times weekly. “Tell them to walk/bike instead of driving everywhere. Small efforts add up over time and can make a difference of five to 10 pounds yearly,” Chow added.
Submitted by Sis. Denise Clark SOLUTIONS TO SEPTEMBER PUZZLE CORNER COATS: 1-C, 2-H, 3-B, 4-F, 5-G, 6-J, 7-D, 8-I, 9-E, 10-A Cryptogram Solution: Psalm 34:1-5
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MEMBER NEWS rch Chat Newsletter© LIFE IS NOT FAIR – GET USED TO IT! Part One of a Three Part Series Church One Sunday morning, a mother went in to wake her son and tell him it was time to get ready for church, to which he replied, “I’m not going.”
SOME REAL WISDOM HERE They are like the Ten Commandments to follow in life all the time. 1. Prayer is not a “spare wheel” that you pull out when in trouble, it is a “steering wheel” that directs the right path throughout.
“Why not?” she asked. I’ll give you two good reasons,” he said. “(1), they don’t like me, and (2), I don’t like them.” His mother replied, “I’ll give YOU two good reasons why YOU SHOULD go to church. (1) You’re 59 years old, and (2) you’re the pastor!” The Picnic A Jewish Rabbi and a Catholic Priest met at the town’s annual 4th of July picnic. Old friends, they began their usual banter. “This baked ham is really delicious,” the priest teased the rabbi. “You really ought to try it. I know it’s against your religion, but I can’t understand why such a wonderful food should be forbidden! You don’t know what you’re missing. You just haven’t lived until you’ve tried Mrs. Hall’s prized Virginia Baked Ham. Tell me, Rabbi, when are you going to break down and try it?” The rabbi looked at the priest with a big grin, and said, “At your wedding.”
Submitted by Sis. Debora Richardson
2. Why is a car’s WINDSHIELD so large & the rear view mirror so Small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, look ahead and move on. 3. Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes a few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write. 4. All things in life are temporary. If going well, enjoy it, they will not last forever. If going wrong, don’t worry, they can’t last long either. 5. Old friends are Gold! New friends are diamonds! If you get a diamond, don’t forget the gold! Because to hold a diamond, you always need a base of gold! 6. Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, “Relax, sweetheart, it’s just a bend, not the end! 7. When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn’t solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities. 8. A blind person asked St. Anthony: “Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?” He replied: “Yes, losing your vision!”
9. When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you. 10. WORRYING does not take away tomorrow’s TROUBLES, it takes away today’s PEACE. Life is a coin, you can spend it anyway you wish, but you can only spend it once. Submitted by Sis. Shirley Plant
101 RESOLUTIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR By Nancy Walker Hale 39 I will treat others with respect. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 1 THESSALONIANS 5:11-13 NIV 40 I will do something that’s outside my comfort zone. “Have I not told you? Be strong and have strength of heart! Do not be afraid or lose faith. For the Lord your God is with you anywhere you go: JOSHUA 1:9 NLV 41 I will not repeat yesterday’s mistakes. I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw. PROVERBS 24:32 NIV
MEMBER NEWS rch Chat Newsletter© GOD DOESN’T CHANGE When you fully trust in God, you know that God’s love will never fail you. Nothing can separate you from God’s love. Circumstances may sometimes cause you to feel forsaken, but you never are. You may temporarily fail to enjoy the presence and love of God because of your hurts or fears, but God’s love is still there! Circumstances don’t change the reality of God’s presence and love, even though you may change in your awareness of them. God remains lovingly faithful, and faithfully loving. God doesn’t change! THE BIBLE SAYS… You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you. Psalm 86:5 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:3539 SOURCE: SOMEONE CARES
EVALUATING YOUR SPIRITUAL RELATIONSHIP BEFORE MARRIAGE Continued From Page Nine 1 John 2:15 tells us, “Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” You may both have received Christ, but if one of you is more focused on loving the world rather than loving God, you will experience many of the same conflicts as a believer and nonbeliever. Your goals and values will differ. Your lives will head in different directions. If you are both growing in Christ, however, you will experience a special joy and teamwork in your marriage. Running coaches usually encourage their long-distance runners to train in groups rather than as individuals. In a group, runners encourage and push each other to ignore their weariness and pain. In fact, a runner may run faster in a group than he would by himself, yet feel less fatigued. In the same way, two people who share the same commitment to God can encourage and help each other to keep their eyes on Christ as they “run with endurance.” To evaluate this area of your spiritual compatibility, begin by asking yourself questions such as: Do both of us share the same desire to know and please God? Do I have any sense that one of us is putting on a facade of spiritual commitment? Do our actions back up our words? Do we both consistently display a desire to obey God in all things? What priority does each of us place on ministering to other people? Are we both willing to follow God’s direction?
Submitted by Tr. Mattie B. Hull
If you cannot shake a suspicion that you and your future spouse are on different wavelengths in your spiritual compatibility, we strongly advise you, again, to postpone any wedding plans. If not, you will likely experience a distressing level of isolation in your marriage.
MEMORIES Part One of a Three Part Series A little house with three bedrooms and one car on the street, A mower that you had to push to make the grass look neat. In the kitchen on the wall we only had one phone, And no need for recording things, someone was always home. We only had a living room where we would congregate, Unless it was at mealtime in the kitchen where we ate. We had no need for family rooms or extra rooms to dine, When meeting as a family those two rooms would work out fine. We only had one TV set, and channels maybe two, But always there was one of them with something worth the view. For snacks we had potato chips that tasted like a chip, And if you wanted flavor there was Lipton’s onion dip. Store bought snacks were rare because my mother liked to cook, And nothing can compare to snacks in Betty Crocker’s book. The snacks were even healthy with the best ingredients, No labels with a hundred things that make not a bit of sense. Submitted by Bro. Jerome Richardson
MEMBER NEWS rch Chat Newsletter© THE POWER OF PRAYER By Bro. Michael R. Jones, Sr. Kuumba Koncepts© September 2011
However the faithful know that they will be answered. And the answer may not be what we expect or think we need.
Another morning I awake. Another opportunity to live and breath. I thank God this morning for waking me and giving me this chance to seek or carry out his will for me. I thank our father for his continuous Grace and Mercy because I know that it didn’t have to be. Recognizing that this morning many people didn’t wake up and that today may be someone’s last day on this earth. I may be included in this number; I don’t know. I believe that I am glory bound but am not quite ready.
The number of times that I thought that I knew what I needed are countless and countless are the number of times that I’ve been wrong about that very thing. My reliance on self always proved futile in those difficult times and it wasn’t until I was able to remove my self-centeredness that I was able to settle my mind and resort to prayer for solution. A wise older gentleman told me some time ago that you should always start out with God because in the end, that is where you’ll wind up. It took a while for me to grasp the simplicity of that statement. So today, a little more humble, I go to the Lord in prayer before I embark on situations where I am in need of guidance. He has always spoken to me through other people, so he sends someone my way that has just what I need.
What is apparent to me is that today I can be a Christian and live by God centered virtues. I have an opportunity this day to serve the lord by my walk. You never know who is watching you and if I do God’s will today maybe I can lift someone up or be of service to someone in need. I know that today someone’s prayers have benefited me. The funny thing about my prayers today is that they aren’t for me. I have learned that all of my needs are meet, so I don’t pray for things. Instead I pray for strength, guidance and the ability to stand in the gap as a saved sinner. I pray for others whose circumstances at present warrant the prayers of those more fortunate. I pray that my family, particularly that my mother will continue to age in God’s grace. I pray for others because I know that in my darkness that many others have prayed for my deliverance. The funny thing about prayer is that you never know when they’ll be answered. So patience, persistence and faith have to accompany all of my prayers. They say that God answers our prayers in his time not ours.
The prayers of many accomplish much and history proves that during the days of slavery and other forms of suppression, the oppressed people prayed and prayed. Change was delivered, sometimes it was long coming but it came. Today because of the prayers of countless believers we see oppressed people all over the globe being freed from their oppression. On a more personal note, my prayers for freedom from my own self-made captivity were delivered. So I know from my own personal experience the power of prayer and I know that my family and friends prayed many years for my deliverance from the demons that held me captive. Persistent and fervent prayer matched with action to do and be the best that I can be, have provided a basis of faith that empowers me to tackle the
varieties of life as they manifest themselves in my life. I often say openly or silently “God help me” in moments of frustration or confusion. Prayer is powerful and prayer works. For those who claim that they don’t know how to pray, take this suggestion: get quiet, rest your spirit and talk to the Lord as if he were right in front of you. Have a conversation with your friend Jesus and you’ll be surprised at the ease that you’ll encounter. BRIEF HISTORY OF DECEASED FAMILY MEMBER OF CALVARY MEMBERS A Memorial Service was held on Friday, August 26, 2011 for Theodore Lemuel Wright, Jr., brother of Calvary members, Dorothy Campbell and Josephine Wright and uncle of William Wright, Jr. Theodore, also known as “Sonny” was born on July 24, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended the Public School System of Philadelphia and graduated from John Bartram High school in 1957. At an early age, he was baptized at Calvary under the Pastorage of Reverend Emerson Talmadge. In 1958, he joined the U.S. Army Reserves and served until 2008. In 1959, he met and marries Rosetta Bovie; four children were born of this union. He was employed by the City of Philadelphia for many years. “Sonny” passed on Monday, August 15, 2011. Services were held at Robert G. Walker Funeral Home. Evangelist Lindsey, Officiant.
BLACK HISTORY rch Chat Newsletter© Charles Alston (1907-1977): A Multi-Talented Artist By Dorothy G. Kapenstein The dates of the years that began and ended the life of the great African American Artist, Charles Alston show us that he lived through many troubled times. His life began in the repressive age of racial discrimination when opportunities for education and jobs were out of reach for many black people. His family was part of The Great Migration when many African American families from the south moved to the big cities of the north in search of a break and a better life. He lived through the era of the Great Depression when almost no one could get a job and the nation was stifled with poverty and unemployment. This was a downside, but he lived and worked through the fabulous Harlem Renaissance, the great flowering of African American cultural life that arose in the 1920’s and gave black writers, artists and musicians a chance to create their works and contribute to the cultural life of the nation. Later in life, Alston fought for the betterment of opportunities for black artists and in this way he became a vital force in the Civil Rights Movement. Alston was a splendid artist who seems to have been able to turn the work of his hand, his heart and his brain into an amazing array of artistic endeavors. He was a superb painter who applied his brushes equally well to canvases and to murals. He also worked in sculpture, cartooning and illustration. He was a lifelong educator who devoted himself to sharing what he learned with his students.
After his death, he and his works were somewhat forgotten. Lately, however, art critics and historians have been writing about him. There have been a number of shows and retrospect featuring his works. Hopefully, he will never be forgotten again. Alston was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. His father was Reverend Primus Alston, an Episcopal clergyman who was also head of a private school for black children and youth. Primus Alston made one of his young students, Anna Miller, his second wife. Charles was the youngest of their five children. Reverend Alston worked hard for the welfare of all of the members of the black community of the city and to them he was affectionately known as the “Booker T. Washington of Charlotte.” Sadly, Reverend Alston died when Charles was only three and the little boy never really had a chance to know his father. When Charles was six, his mother remarried. Her second husband was Harry Bearden, the uncle of the world famous painter and art historian, Romare Bearden. Charles Alston and Romare Bearden were close in age and grew up together. In later years, they became comrades in arms in the struggle to gain equality and recognition for black artists. Harry Bearden made a good living in New York at the Bretton Hotel. He was manager of certain hotel services such as elevators and newsstands. He moved the family to New York and to a comfortable home in Harlem. As the older children attended public schools in the area, two little sisters were added to the family. For some years, the older children returned to Charlotte to spend summer vacations on their grandmother’s farm. Later in an interview, Charles said that his first
experience as an artist was as a sculptor because as a small boy, he gathered baskets of rich South Carolina clay and molded it into the shapes of animals, birds and even people. He soon began to teach himself to draw. Art became part of his life and thought. Alston won the art prize at graduation from elementary school. He did his first oil painting, a self portrait, at about that time. He attended and graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School, one of the most prestigious high schools in the city. There, he was editor of the school newspaper and drew pictures for the school magazine. He also studied at a private art academy on Saturdays. He already had strong leanings towards a career in art and these activities reinforced his ideas. Alston was offered a scholarship to Yale University, but could not accept it because there was no way he and his family could come up with money for room and board. Instead, he attended Columbia University and graduated in 1929. At this time, he got his first professional job as Director of the Utopia Children’s House, a location for the care of the children of working mothers. A little African American boy named Jacob Lawrence was one of Alston’s students. Alston became the child’s mentor and later, Jacob Lawrence became a famous and beloved American artist. The two became lifelong friends. At the same time, Alston was seriously thinking about going on for more education. He applied for and obtained an Arthur Wesley Dow Fellowship that enabled him to obtain his Master of Arts degree from Columbia University in 1931. Continued on Page Twenty-One
BLACK HISTORY rch Chat Newsletter© Charles Alston (1907-1977): A Multi-Talented Artist By Dorothy G. Kapenstein Continued From Page Twenty These scholarships were named for and honored the memory of a famous 19th century American artist. This was the first of a number of distinguished awards that helped him Alston to become an amazing artist and a beloved teacher. Alston left his job at Utopia House to pursue a full time career in art. He earned money when he began to sell a number of his drawings to top national magazines such as Fortune, New Yorker and Mademoiselle. In addition, Alston often designed and made album covers for famous musicians like Coleman Hawkins and Duke Ellington. It was at this time that he met Alain Locke, a distinguished professor of philosophy, an internationally respected black author and one of the patriarchs of the Harlem Renaissance. Locke strongly and firmly believed that black artists should look to African art for subjects and techniques. Alston absorbed Locke’s teachings and became a believer. During the next few years, Alston was much attracted to the works of famous Mexican mural paintings (paintings on walls) by Mexican artists such as Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Jose Clemente Orozco. They thought of their works as social documents that would serve to educate and inform people about the life of the poor in Mexico. Alston got to meet Diego Rivera when the Mexican artist came to New York to paint a huge outdoor mural commissioned by members of the Rockefeller family. It was to be on the front of Rockefeller Center. The two artists met often and shared ideas. They had to speak in French because Rivera couldn’t speak English and Alston did not know any Spanish.
Alston learned a lot about mural art that was later put to good use. Rivera got paid but his work was destroyed when he refused to delete a portrait of the Russian communist leader Vladimir Lenin from the middle of the mural! Alston was at the beginning of a distinguished career, but the nation was standing shakily on the brink of disaster. The years of the Great Depression were underway. Banks crashed, businesses and production were sinking in a whirlpool of destruction and joblessness became an epidemic. Artists suffered particularly because they did not have regular sources of income and black artists suffered even more because they also faced racial discrimination in regard to displaying and selling their work. Under the leadership of President Roosevelt, the government began to supply funds to create jobs to overcome the massive unemployment and there was work for artists in all fields. The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was created to oversee the projects. But even here, there was racial disparity. A number of black artists, including Charles Alston, Augusta Savage, Romare Bearden and others, rented studios in an old building at 306 W. 14th Street in Harlem. They joined with many others and formed a group to try to get fair treatment for the black artists. It was first known as “306” from the address and later became the Harlem Art Workshop. In 1935, Alston was appointed supervisor of the government funded Harlem Art Project which was ordered to create a collection of murals to decorate the Harlem Hospital. Alston became the first African American to be a WPA supervisor. Alston used the many ideas he learned from Diego Rivera to produce the murals and he and his crew created a series of paintings about the history
of medicine and healing. These works included much information about the contributions of Africans and African Americans to the healing arts. The hospital’s board of directors rejected the murals. After much outcry from the press and the public and from Dr. Louis T. Wright, the hospital’s black medical director, the murals were accepted. The famous New York Museum of Modern Art displayed two of the paintings personally produced by Alston, “Magic in Medicine” and “Modern Medicine”. Alston gained fame as a result of this turmoil and he also gained a wife. He later married Dr. Myra Logan, a surgeon he met during his work at the Harlem Hospital. In years to come, Alston would design and do work on magnificent murals in public buildings around the country. In 1938, Alston was awarded a Rosenwald traveling Fellowship and he used it to travel in his native south. He traveled with Giles Hubert, a white federal official of the Farm Security Administration. Alston traveled safely because everyone assumed he was working for Hubert. Alston took many photographs of poor black farmers and families. He later used them to create a magnificent series of paintings. With a second Rosenwald fellowship in 1940, Alston joined his good friend, the black painter Hale Woodruff in Atlanta and both artists produced some great work. Soon after that, World War II erupted. The Office of War Information hired Alston as a staff artist. He created a special series of pictures illustrating the many and varied achievements of African Americans. His drawings appeared in African American newspapers all over the nation. He was on active duty with the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1944. After the war he spent time doing commercial art projects. He also did a great deal of teaching. Continued on Page Twenty-Two
BLACK HISTORY rch Chat Newsletter© Charles Alston (1907-1977): A Multi-Talented Artist By Dorothy G. Kapenstein Continued From Page Twenty-One In 1950, he was the first African American appointed to teach at the famous Art Students League of New York. He taught there until he retired in 1971. In 1956, he became the first African American Instructor ever to teach at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York. The U.S. Department of State and the MOMA sent him to Brussels in Belgium to organize a creative center for children at the World’s Fair. That same year, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1963, Alston turned his full attention to the Civil Rights Movement. His personal and artistic life had always been focused on working for justice for African Americans. He was too old now for sit-ins or freedom riding, but he could still use his brain and artist’s tools to work for the cause. He joined with other black artists to found a group called the Spiral to do this work. In 1968, President Johnson appointed him to serve on the National Council of the Arts. In 1973, Alston became the first African American to be named a full professor at the City University of New York. He served in the post until his passing in 1977. . In 1970, Charles Alston sculpted a foot high bronze bust of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1999, it was made a property of the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian institution. President Clinton had it displayed in the White House Library for a time. A heartwarming 2009 White House news release announced that President Obama placed it on display in the Oval Office next to a bust of Abraham Lincoln! This would have made Charles Alston very proud and happy!
101 KNOWN BLACK HISTORY FACTS LITTLE KNOWN Fact #59 The “306 Group” was a guild–like club that provided support and apprenticeship for African– American artists during the 1940s. It was founded by the artist Charles Alston at 306 West 141st street in Harlem and served as a studio and meeting place for some of the 20th century’s most prominent African–American artists such as the poet Langston Hughes, the sculptor Augusta Savage, the painter Jacob Lawrence, and the collage artist Romare Bearden. Fact #60 In the mid 1800s Philadelphia was known as “The Black Capital of Anti–Slavery,” because of the strong abolitionist presence there and such groups as The Philadelphia Female Anti–Slavery Society, The Philadelphia Young Men’s Anti–Slavery Society and The Philadelphia Anti–Slavery Society. Fact #61 Wally Amos “Famous Amos” (1936 – ) creator of the Famous Amos chocolate chip cookies, was a talent agent at the William Morris Agency where he worked with the likes of The Supremes, Simon & Garfunkel, and various child stars. He founded his cookie company in 1975 with a recipe from his aunt.
Fact #62 George Monroe and William Robinson are thought to be the first black Pony Express riders. At one point Monroe was also a stagecoach driver for President Ulysses S. Grant and would navigate through the curving Wanona Trail in the Yosemite Valley. Monroe Meadows in Yosemite National Park is named for George Monroe. Fact #63 Nancy Green (1834 – 1923) a former slave, was employed in 1893, to promote the Aunt Jemima brand by demonstrating the pancake mix at expositions and fairs. She was a popular attraction because of her friendly personality, great story-telling, and warmth. Green signed a lifetime contract with the pancake company and her image was used for packaging and billboards. In 1923, she was struck by a car in downtown Chicago. Fact #64 Buffalo Soldiers is a name respectfully given to the African– American cavalries during the 1800s by the Native American Kiowa tribe. These soldiers received second class treatment and were often given the worst military assignments, but had the lowest desertion rate compared to their white counterparts. The Buffalo Soldiers served in the Spanish American war, various Indian wars and helped to settle the west by installing telegraph lines, and protecting wagon trains and new settlements. More than 20 Buffalo Soldiers have received the highest military award, the Medal of Honor –the most any military unit has ever received.
YOUTH CORNER rch Chat Newsletter© THE CIRCUS CLOWN The philosopher Soren Kierkegaard once told a story about a circus that caught fire. The flames from the circus fire spread to the fields surrounding the circus grounds and began to burn toward the village below. The circus master, convinced that the village would be destroyed and the people killed unless they were warned, asked if there was anybody who could go to the village and warn the people. The clown, dressed in full costume, jumped on a bicycle and sped down the hill to the village below. “Run for your lives! Run for your lives! A fire is coming and the village is going to burn!” he shouted as he rode up and down the streets of the village. “The village is going to burn! Run for your lives!”
Curious villagers came out from their houses and shops and stood along the sidewalks. They shouted back to the clown, laughing and applauding his performance. The more desperately the clown shouted, the more the villagers cheered. The village burned and the loss of life was great because no one took the clown seriously. After all, he was just a clown.
Like the clown in the story, pastors and priests play a role in the church that negates their message when they go out into the world. We cannot expect the clergy, therefore, to tell the story of the Gospel to the world; the world doesn’t take them seriously. Instead, it’s up to us ordinary people to take Jesus seriously and to go and preach the Gospel to the world. (See Mark 16:15.) We can’t expect the world to take the Gospel seriously if we are unwilling to tell others about Christ and to be a witness to His power and love. Submitted by Sis. Marsha Wellons-Lawton
OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS rch Chat NewsletterÂŠ 1 Jacqueline Inniss Marcedia Simmons Angela Vines 2 Marva J. Dales 3 William O. Brabham Jr Sharon Hadley Camile Lafosse Brazil Munroe Zelda Napier 4 Delores B. Cliett Alice U. Moore Jaelika Sweat Bryant Taylor Edith E Thomas 5 Latasha McCray Christopher Odom Karen Rose Richelieu Smith Dr. Jack I. Williams 6 Deborah Burgess Weedie Davis Gloria Gardiner Helen Stone 8 Jessica Adams Beverly Stokes Joy White 9 Tysheika Fisher Lester Roberson 10 Kiara Prince
11 Dana Carter Calvin Dixon Catherine Hudson Christyana Kane John Mathis, Jr. Kisha McHenry Alisha Parker Yolanda Ravnell Cerena Robertson Cinque Smith 12 Charlotte Bailey Charlene Glover Eva Hightower 13 Claudine Crispin Toni Darden Marquitta Edwards Britney Pressley Dea. Pettigrew Royal Sandra Royal Gregory Talley Sr. Mildred Tunstall DĂŠShonda Walker 14 Brittany Bell Karla Garner Helene Johnson Tamika Patton-Watkins 15 Danyelle Blackwell Jake Glaze Jr Ceasar Madison Irma Pearson Dea. Emmett O. Russum Gertrude Staton Deaconess Barbara Thomas
16 Peggy Johnson Kiana Sample Anthony Stewart 17 Nicole Collins Brenda Yearwood 18 Dellrie Hampton Laura Scipio Valerie Twyman Jason Witcher 19 Juanita Ford 20 Corine Hughes Deborah Manson 21 Doris Cherry Melissa Holder Cahlil Madison
25 Sharon Cannon Theresa Evans Herman W. Lloyd Pamela Veney 26 Gabriel Gittens Sharikka Graves Geraldine Pierce 27 Kern Clarke Iva Drummond Angela Mitchell Jadyn Stuart Deborah Teagle Whitney Walker 28 Willa M. Alston Gloria Dixon Shelton Rice-Brown Tilli A. Simmons Patrina Webb
22 Anica Lafosse Felipe Lafosse Terrance Tolbert
29 Keisha Corke Richard Lofton Uzziah Phillips Shirley Rice Michele Sykes
23 Martina Adeleke Darryl Day Kenneth Munroe Sylvia Porterfield Sherita Ragins Carine Tagni Alisha Wright
30 JoAnn Graham Jessica Hooker Ciera Mann Kyra Pope Fannie Thomas
24 Shirley Ayers Tasjon Mintze Janiya Witcher
31 Sarah Braxton Adrienne Browne Zoey Ferdinand Delores Nelson Marva Walker
The Church Chat Staff wishes to extend birthday wishes to everyone born in the month of October. Please let Bro. Edward Brown know if we have omitted anyone.
PUZZLE CORNER rch Chat Newsletter© JEWELRY Jewelry mentioned in the Bible includes rings, earrings, bracelets, and chains. Fill in each blank with the person who had the jewelry. 1. The servant of ____________ presented Rebekah a golden earring and two bracelets when she gave him water (Gen. 24:12,20-23). 2. The family and friends of ____________ each gave him a gold earring to comfort him after all the evil which had befallen him (Job 42:11-12). 3. ____________ gave Joseph a ring and put a gold chain around his neck (Gen. 41:42). 4. ____________ of the prodigal gave his son the finest clothes and a ring (Luke 15:22). 5. ____________ made an ephod from spoils of earrings which weighed seventeen hundred shekels (Judg. 8:24-26). 6. ____________ asked Judah for his signet, bracelets, and staff as a pledge (Gen. 38: 13-18). 7. The king gave ____________ the royal ring to seal a bargain (Esther 3:8-10). 8. When he realized ____________ could not live, a man killed him and took the bracelet from the dead man’s arm and brought it to David (2 Sam. 1:10). 9. The women of Israel sang about ____________ who put golden jewelry (ornaments) on their apparel (2 Sam. 1:24). 10. ____________ told the men to break off their wives’ earrings and bring them to him to make a golden calf (Ex. 32:2). CRYPTOGRAM Can you identify this scripture? Hint: T=S _____ __ ___ ____, ___ __ ____; __ _____ ____ _____ __ ___ ____, ___ ZLJTZ XY ZPO AILU, HYU UI CIIU; TI TPHAZ ZPIJ UNOAA XY ZPO AHYU, HYU ______ ____ _____ __ ___. _______ _______ ____ __ ___ ____: ___ __ _____ DOLXAR ZPIJ TPHAZ WO QOU. UOAXCPZ ZPRTOAQ HATI XY ZPO AILU: HYU PO TPHAA ____ ____ ___ _______ __ _____ _____. ______ ___ ___ ____ ___ ____; CXDO ZPOO ZPO UOTXLOT IQ ZPXYO POHLZ. MIKKXZ ZPR NHR JYZI ZPO AILU; _____ ____ __ ___; ___ __ _____ _____ __ __ ____. ___ __ _____ _____ ZLJTZ HATI XY PXK; HYU PO TPHAA WLXYC XZ ZI FHTT. HYU PO TPHAA WLXYC _____ _____________ __ ___ _____, ___ ___ ________ __ ___ _______. QILZP LXCPZOIJTYOTT HT ZPO AXCPZ, HYU ZPR SJUCKOYZ HT ZPO YIIYUHR. Submitted by Sis. Marsha Wellons-Lawton
WORDS OF INSPIRATION rch Chat Newsletter© NOTHING WE CAN’T HANDLE
No matter what distressing times I face, When rain and storms replace the sunny weather, When things I counted on fail to sustain me, There’s nothing we can’t handle, Lord, together. If those I thought were friends act more like foes, If I start to lose the things I hold most dear, I know that I can tell it all to You; You want to listen to me and to hear. When my earthly world dissolves before my eyes, When problems seem too great for me to bear, You’ll always be there for me, Lord, I know; I can come to you on bended knees in prayer. It’s such a comfort, Lord, to realize, You’ll always be my King, my Lord, my Friend; To share my burdens, worries, and my cares, You’ll love me and support me to the end. By Joanna Fuchs www.poemsource.com
No matter how many levels of consciousness one reaches, the problem always goes deeper. Shulamith Firestone I can do only one thing at a time, but I can avoid doing many things simultaneously. Asleigh Brilliant Optimism is an intellectual choice. Diana Schneider Laziness is nothing more than resting before you get tired. Jules Renard
IN THE SMALL STUFF • Rising early to meet the Lord gives you a jump on the day. Meeting God at night enables you to reflect on the day. Either option is good. • If you hurry through life without giving God time, this world will seem like a hospital, a place to get sick and die. • If you go through life with God, this world will seem like an inn, a place to stay while you’re passing through. • Buy a book of blank pages and keep a journal. • Even if you only write a few words. Record your spiritual and personal thoughts and feelings as you give God time each day.
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