Church Chat Newsletter© Issue #214
Calvary Baptist Church - 6122 Haverford Avenue - Philadelphia PA 19151 Dr. Garth G. Gittens, Pastor/Teacher Evangelist Gillian Gittens, First Lady 215-747-9979 Website: www.calvaryphilly.org.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS!!! “Message from the Editor” This month’s scripture is from Ephesians 5:15-21, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.” MERRY CHRISTMAS!! Well, another Christmas celebration is upon us, where some of us celebrate the birth of Jesus, and some of us celebrate the exchanging of gifts, decorating, holiday parties, and other festivities. Why not spend time with your family this Christmas and discuss the real meaning of Christmas --- the birth of Jesus Christ. What happened to Merry Christmas? That’s right. We used to always say Merry Christmas. Now it’s Have a Happy Holiday. Have a Happy Holiday? When did we take Jesus out of Christmas and what can we do to bring it back? How can we get back to the real meaning of Christmas? Spreading the word is one way. Keep saying Merry Christmas and not Happy Holiday. Spending time with your family is another way. Build relationships, instill family values and morals, learn more about the bible and God’s Word, learn more about your children’s lives, etc. The options are endless. The more you participate in your child’s life, the more they will appreciate the time spent. If we have no time for our children now while they are young, then when they get older they may not have time for us when we are old. We ought to make the most of each opportunity. Be a part of your children’s lives and make family time a priority. Make plans to spend time together so quality experiences can occur and your child will have a lifetime of memories to cherish forever. Your family is a gift from God. Spend time with your loved ones today. Tomorrow may be too late. Jesus is the reason for the season. And don’t forget to say “Merry Christmas”!!! We hope everyone enjoyed the October 2012 issue of the Church Chat, where we PAGE 1 to God, celebrated 200 issues. However, all praise, all honor, and all glory, belong without Him, the Church Chat would not be possible. Thank you for the many,
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Calendar of Events
Words of Inspiration
1 7:00 AM Real Men Get Up Early - TFH
8 try Rehearsal - Sanctuary
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Male Chorus Rehearsal Sanctuary 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM New Members Discipleship Classes - 6116 2nd Floor 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Children Divine Praise Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Teen Divine Praise Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Mission Ministry Meeting 6114 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Childrenâ€™s Church presents their Annual Fashion Show and Dinner in TFH. Donation $12.00.
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Teen Divine Praise Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary
9 11:00 AM Children's Church - 6116 Haverford Ave Morning Worship Services - Sanctuary - 7:30am, 9:30am, and 11:30am
10 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Agape Outreach Services Distribute Food & Clothing - 6114 10:30 AM Seniors Ministry Meeting - 6118 Haverford Avenue 6:00 PM Building Fund Ministry Meeting - 6114 Haverford Avenue 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Martial Arts Ministry - TFH
11 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Harcum College Classes 6114
2 9:30 AM December Church Chat Distributed
& 6116 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Memorial Choir Rehearsal 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Teen Divine Praise Dance Ministry Class & Rehearsal - TFH 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Mass Choir Rehearsal Sanctuary 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Adult Divine Praise Dance Ministry Class & Rehearsal - TFH
11:00 AM Children's Church - 6116 Haverford Ave 1:00 PM Hospitality Ministry Meeting - TFH Communion Services - Sanctuary - 7:30am, 9:30am, and 11:30am Morning Worship Services - Sanctuary - 7:30am, 9:30am, and 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
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 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Focus on the Family
4 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Harcum College Classes 6114 & 6116 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Memorial Choir Rehearsal 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Teen Divine Praise Dance Ministry Class & Rehearsal - TFH 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Mass Choir Rehearsal Sanctuary 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Adult Divine Praise Dance Ministry Class & Rehearsal - TFH
13 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Harcum College Classes 6114 & 6116 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Drama Ministry Rehearsal TFH 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Praise & Worship Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary
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 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Focus on the Family
14 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Friday Night Prayer Service Sanctuary
15 7:00 AM Real Men Get Up Early - TFH 9:00 AM Male Chorus Rehearsal - 6114 2nd Floor 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Children Divine Praise Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Teen Divine Praise Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM Talmadge Fellowship Hall Reserved 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Women's Ministry Meeting 6116 2nd Floor
6 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Harcum College Classes 6114 & 6116 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Drama Ministry Rehearsal TFH 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Praise & Worship Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary
7 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Friday Night Prayer Service Sanctuary
16 11:00 AM Children's Church - 6116 Haverford Ave
8 7:00 AM Real Men Get Up Early - TFH
11:30 AM Right Hand of Fellowship Morning Worship Services - Sanctuary - 7:30am, 9:30am, and 11:30am
9:00 AM Male Chorus Rehearsal - 6114 2nd Floor 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Children Divine Praise Minis-
17 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Agape Outreach Services
25 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Christmas Day Services
Distribute Food & Clothing - 6114 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Martial Arts Ministry - TFH
AGAPE Outreach Services Closed in Observance of Christmas Day Holiday
18 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Memorial Choir Rehearsal
Christmas Church Administration Office Closed in Observance of Christmas Holiday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Teen Divine Praise Dance Ministry Class & Rehearsal - TFH 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Mass Choir Rehearsal Sanctuary 8:00 PM - 9:00 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 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Focus on the Family
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 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Focus on the Family
27 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Drama Ministry Rehearsal TFH 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Praise & Worship Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary
20 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Drama Ministry Rehearsal -
28 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Friday Night Prayer Service -
6116 Haverford Avenue 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Ministry Leadership Council Meeting - TFH 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Praise & Worship Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary
29 7:00 AM Real Men Get Up Early - TFH 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Male Chorus Rehearsal - 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
21 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Friday Night Prayer Service Sanctuary
22 7:00 AM Real Men Get Up Early - TFH
30 Children's Church in Charge - Sanctuary - 7:30am,
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Male Chorus Rehearsal - 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 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Talmadge Fellowship Hall Reserved
9:30am & 11:30am
31 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM New Year's Eve Service Sanctuary 10:00 PM New Year's Eve Watch Night Service Sanctuary No Martial Arts Classes due to New Year's Eve Holiday AGAPE Outreach Services Closed in Observance of New Year's Eve Church Administration Office Closed in Observance of New Year's Eve
23 11:00 AM Children's Church - 6116 Haverford Ave 1:00 PM Deadline for Articles for the "JANUARY Church Chat 4:00 PM CBC Christmas Program "Season of Victory" - Sanctuary Morning Worship Services - Sanctuary - 7:30am, 9:30am, and 11:30am
New Year's Eve
24 No Martial Arts Classes due to Christmas Eve Holiday AGAPE Outreach Services Closed in Observance of Christmas Holiday Church Administration Office Closed in Observance of Christmas Holiday
HOSPITALITY MINISTRY Did you get your 2013 calendar yet? If so, please mark Saturday, March 30, 2013 – that’s the date of our Annual Awards Luncheon and Fashion Show. Get Ready for another award winning show. Get Ready for another day of fun, fashions, and fellowship. Get Ready to reserve your tickets now!! It will be held at the luxurious Drexelbrook Banquet Facility in Drexel Hill, PA —Sis. Carmen Stratford and Sis. Maxine Timazee, Ticket Chairpersons. Sis. Barbara Ricks-Strand and Sis. Denise Royal, General Chairpersons. Sis. Mattie Hull, President New Members’ Class Schedule – Talmadge Fellowship Hall December – Saturday, December 1, 2012- 9:00am – 1:00pm For more information see: Sister Valerie Hayes, Sister Sharon Russum, Sis Janet Williams, or any member of Discipleship & Caring Ministry
NEW MEMBERS BANQUET The Calvary Baptist Church’s 10th New Members’ Banquet, sponsored by Special Events and Discipleship and Caring Ministries, will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 4:30pm to 7:30pm in Talmadge Fellowship Hall. It is in honor of members who have joined Calvary and have taken New Members’ Discipleship Class between May 5, 2012 and October 14, 2012. All Ministry Leaders are requested and encouraged to attend. Banquet is free of charge. Please RSVP for yourself and one guest by Saturday, February 10, 2013 to Tr. Valerie Hayes firstname.lastname@example.org, Sis Sheila
Heath email@example.com or Sis Sharon Russum firstname.lastname@example.org. Submitted by: Trustee Valerie D. Hayes, President, Discipleship and Caring Trustee Mattie B. Hull, President, Special Events Ministry
MINISTRY LEADERS COUNCIL There will be an important Ministry Leaders Council Meeting on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 7:00pm in the Talmadge Fellowship Hall. Important church business to be discussed. All Ministries should have at least one person present to get pertinent information to take back to your Ministry members. Ask your ministry leader to attend this important meeting. MALE CHORUS Men of Calvary we need YOU. The Male Chorus will have rehearsals on Saturday, December 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th Talmadge Fellowship Hall. New members are always welcome!
CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH TOYS FOR TOTS Calvary Baptist Church is now an authorized distribution and drop-off center for Toys For Tots. If you would like to donate a new unwrapped toy, there will be several drop-off boxes in the sanctuary and the church office. If you have children living in the 19151 and 19131 area and need toys for Christmas, please fill out an information sheet in the church office 6142 Haverford Avenue or see Sis. Keisha Parker. Calvary Baptist Church is sponsoring a Christmas Program called “Season of Victory” on Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 4:00pm in the Sanctuary. OVERFLOW MINISTRY
Please be mindful of people attending 11:30am worship service in the Overflow in the Talmadge Fellowship Hall. Loud talking and unnecessary walking are distractions to our Worshipers. Thank you and God Bless.
NEW YEARS EVE SERVICES There will be two New Year’s Eve Service on Friday, December 31, 2012. The first service will be from 8:00pm to 9:30pm. And the second service will be from 10:00pm to 12:00am.
TITHING ENVELOPES - 2013 Attention all members. If you need to order Tithing Envelopes for 2013, please fill out a Tithing Request Form, which is located in the church vestibule. Place the form in the offering basket or drop it in the church office mail slot located at 6142 Haverford by Thursday. You may then pick up your envelopes on Sunday from the Ushers Ministry in the sanctuary.
WOMEN’S MINISTRY The Women’s Ministry will have a meeting on Saturday, December 15, 2012 in the Talmadge Fellowship Hall from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. All women are invited to attend. Evangelist Gillian Gittens will be one of the speakers at the RUWACH United Fellowship, Inc. “Spring Cleaning” 9th Women’s Conference. Theme: Psalm 51:10 – Wednesday, March 6 to Saturday, March 9, 2013 at The Hotel Hershey in Hersey, Pennsylvania. For more information contact: Bishop Dawn R. Brown 856678-6144 or the Church Office 215747-9979.
A FATHER’S BOOK OF WISDOM OBSERVATIONS You are the same today that you’ll be five years from now except for two things: the people you meet and the books you read. - Mac McMillan People who are resting on their laurels are wearing them on the wrong end. - Unknown How To Make A Speech: Be Sincere Be Brief Be Seated -Dad Art is man’s attempt to improve on nature. -Dad
SOURCE: H. Jackson Brown, Jr. HOW TO FIND A RELIABLE SITTER by Stephanie Vozza You wouldn’t walk up to a teenage girl at the mall, ask her to hold your purse and walk away, but trusting your children with a new babysitter can feel just like that. So how do you find a good sitter — someone you can trust? Where To Look Other parents are often great sources of sitters, if they’re willing to share! Be sure to ask for both positive and negative feedback. Some churches, synagogues and neighborhood associations have lists of members who are available for babysitting. High school and college campuses often have newsletters or bulletin boards where you can post jobs. Many community newspapers offer domestic help wanted postings. Or consider organizing a co-op where parents take turns watching each other’s children for evenings out.
In our high-tech age, a convenient source of sitters is online referral agencies, such as Sittercity.com or Babysitters.com, which match parents with local sitters and provide feedback and other resources. The Interview Here are some questions that sittercity.com suggests you ask each candidate: • What is it that you like about babysitting? • What do you look for in an employer/family? • What is your hourly rate? • Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a felony? • Are you okay if a job runs later than planned? • How soon will you let us know if you can’t do a job? • Do you know First Aid and CPR? • Tell me about a time where you faced a crisis on the job. How did you handle it? • What would you do with the kids on a day like today? • What do you do when a child refuses to go to sleep? • What do you think is the best way to handle tantrums? • What kinds of discipline have you implemented in the past? What To Pay Babysitters.com CEO Michael Cravens says teenage sitters typically have less childcare experience and charge a lower hourly rate. “Parents with school-aged children can benefit by hiring a teenage sitter and save some money on the rate,” he says. “Also, many teenage sitters have at least one parent that is just a phone call away if they run into a situation that requires some assistance,” Cravens adds. “Parents with infants and toddlers may want to get a sitter with more childcare experience, who is usually an adult sitter. The hourly
rate can go up significantly, but the peace of mind … is usually worth it.” Hourly rates can vary greatly, from $5 to $15 per hour. Remember, you often get what you pay for. Getting Started When you find suitable candidates, Genevieve Thiers, founder and CEO of Sittercity.com, says parents should set up an interview with at least three sitters. “Have each spend an hour or two with the children while the parent is still at home,” she says. “It’s a great opportunity for the children to be a part of the selection process. After all, they will be spending the most time with the candidate that is selected.”
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A NOBLE MOTIVATION At dawn on the first day, Mary Magdalene and another woman named Mary went to look at the tomb. MATTHEW 28:1 It isn’t hope that leads [Mary and Mary Magdalene] up the mountain to the tomb. It is duty. Naked devotion. They expect nothing in return. What could Jesus give? What could a dead man offer? The two women are not climbing the mountain to receive; they are going to the tomb to give. Period. There is no motivation more noble.... Service prompted by duty. This is the call of discipleship. He Still Moves Stones
SOURCE: Grace for the Moment by Max Lucado
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 GUIDES IN YOUR RELATIONSHIPS “WITH THE POOR” If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? James 2:15, 16 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked. Psalms 82:3, 4 GOD GUIDES IN YOUR RELATIONSHIPS “WITH YOUR SIBLINGS” Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth. He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes. I John 2:8-11
THE LITTLE BOOK OF PRAYER
GIFT GIVING LIFE INSURANCE PROGRAM
MODEL “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” When you say this in your pew on Sunday, It means nothing unless you live it on Monday. BILLY SUNDAY The Lord’s Prayer, in the King James Version, contains only sixty-six words. It can be repeated in less than a minute. Despite its brevity, it has been an enormous benefit to multitudes of men and women. W. PHILIP KELLER A Layman Looks at the Lord’s Prayer
PASTOR GARTH G. GITTENS FOCUS ON THE FAMILY NIGHT I am of the firm opinion that the root cause of breakdown in our communities is a breakdown in our families and it’s time for the church to return it’s focus on family life and family values. To this end Wednesday nights at Calvary are about to change, instead of Bible Study as usual Wednesday nights are now titled “Focus On The Family Nights”. 7:00 – 7:30 pm During this time we gather in the upper sanctuary for praise and worship. The idea at this time is twofold: to allow our praise and worship team to introduce the congregation to new praise songs and simultaneously to allow members of our community who work on Sundays an opportunity to worship with us. 7:35 – 8:25 pm This is our Education hour: we break up into specially designed classes for the purpose of practice oriented Bible Study.
Mr. Michael C. Sanders will be in the Church Office 6142 Haverford Avenue on Thursday, November 1st from 11:00am to 8:00pm, to answer questions and accept applications for the Gift Giving Life Insurance Program. No Appointment Needed. Mr. Sanders will also make house calls. You may call Mr. Michael C. Sanders at 973-609-9488.
THE JOY OF BEING A WOMAN Those glorious afternoons when your husband says, “Honey, I’ll watch the kids, you go relax for a little while and do something fun” The amazement we have with our bodies as we cycle to the rhythms of the moon and oceans Taking a cheating husband for all he’s worth after watching The First Wives Club, then going on with your life Catching a game of women’s soccer Having a linen chest full of our special treasures. On rainy days, it’s fun to peruse our past by flipping through long-forgotten letters, childhood toys, wedding photographs, diplomas, and other special tokens from our lives. Knowing you’re always in control of your man and just letting him think he’s making all the decisions (I found it amusing that nearly all the people I polled about the joys of womanhood mentioned this.)
SOURCE: Amy Hall
25 FOODS THAT FIGHT FAT Part Two of a Four Part Series 3. Cinnamon Studies suggest cinnamon may have a stabilizing effect on blood sugar levels. This could curtail appetite, particularly in people with type 2 diabetes, Bonci says. Nearly everyone can benefit from cinnamon in its traditional role. Stir some into your coffee, tea, or yogurt to add sweetness without adding calories. 4. Hot Peppers Hot peppers contain a flavorless compound called capsaicin. It’s more plentiful in spicy habaneros, but also occurs in jalapeños. This compound appears to curb appetite and speed up the metabolism slightly, but only for a short time. Bonci doubts that this has a significant impact on weight loss. But, she says, people tend to eat less when their food is spicy. 5. Green Tea Several studies suggest green tea may promote weight loss by stimulating the body to burn abdominal fat. Green tea contains catechins, a type of phytochemical that may briefly affect the metabolism. To get the most benefit, you may need to drink green tea several times a day. Bonci recommends taking your tea hot, because it takes longer to drink, slowing your calorie intake and providing a soothing, mindful experience. 6. Grapefruit While grapefruit doesn’t have any magical fat-burning properties, it can help dieters feel full with fewer calories. Bonci attributes this to the plentiful amounts of soluble fiber, which take longer to digest. Having half a grapefruit or a glass of grapefruit juice before a meal may help fill you up, so you eat fewer calories during the meal. 7. Watermelon Foods that are high in water content take up more room in the gut, Bonci
says. This signals the body that you’ve had enough to eat and leaves less room for other foods. Many raw fruits and vegetables are chock-full of water and nutrients, but low in calories. Watermelon is a great example. It’s a rich source of the antioxidant lycopene and adds some vitamins A and C to your day, too.
LOWERING YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE Part One of a Two Part Series Exercise and High Blood Pressure High blood pressure affects about 1 in 3 American adults and increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. Exercise, weight management, and a healthy diet are important ways to help prevent high blood pressure. Working out also boosts the effectiveness of blood pressure medication if you’re already being treated for hypertension. Be sure to check with your doctor before starting a fitness program. Put the Fun Back in Exercise Find activities you enjoy and aim for 30 minutes a day of “exercise” on most days of the week. Daily housework, gardening, washing windows, using the stairs, carrying your groceries, walking at the mall, or riding bikes with the kids all add up to exercise that benefits your heart. Tip: Increase activity by parking at the end of the lot, or get off the bus a stop early and walk to your destination. Hit the Gym You don’t need to belong to a gym to become more active. But some people find it easier to focus on their workout in a gym setting. As an added bonus, the trainer at your local fitness center can teach you how to use the equipment properly to avoid injury. If any move feels wrong, check with your trainer. Depending on your health and physical condition, some exercises may not be recommended.
Strengthen Your Heart Resistance exercise can be done with in many ways, such as with free weights, weight machines, exercise bands, or by doing abdominal crunches or curl-ups. Resistance training helps reduce body fat, increase muscle mass, and boost your metabolic rate. Losing as little as 10 pounds can reduce or help prevent high blood pressure in many overweight individuals. Check with your doctor before starting a new weight-training program. Can’t Take the Heat? Then Swim Heart-pumping conditioning exercise is important for lowering blood pressure. But if you can’t take the heat, try swimming at your local “Y” or fitness center. Swimming for 30 minutes reduces the amount of circulating adrenaline in the body and relaxes blood vessels. Swimming can help lower your pulse rate and lower blood pressure. How Much Exercise Is Enough? Regular exercise may prevent or control high blood pressure. Moderate-level aerobic activities, such as brisk walking, for 30 minutes a day may be enough to keep you off medications or help them work more effectively. Exercise can reduce your blood pressure readings by as much as 5-15 points. Gradually increase the intensity of your workout to continue lowering your blood pressure to safer levels. Getting Started Haven’t exercised in a while? Start slowly to prevent injuries. Start with 10 to 15 minutes of exercise you enjoy, such as walking around the block or on a treadmill. As you get stronger, increase the time and intensity of your workout until you reach the goal of 30 minutes each day. Avoid sudden vigorous exercise or cramming your workout routine into a couple days in an attempt to catch up, which can lead to injury.
Submitted by Brother Curtis Lawton
AARP DRIVER REFRESHER COURSE AT SENIOR CENTER For Ages 50 and Over
Registration is required. To register, or
NEVER take legal advice from a
for further information, call Christine at 610-237-6222, ext. 126. (for people with hearing challenges the center is equipped with a room loop).
nursing home staff member. NEVER purchase long term care insurance without having it coordinated into your asset protection plan! NEVER use a nursing home that insists on application for assisted living unit as a condition of admission to the nursing home! NEVER surrender your private health insurance on admission to a nursing home! NEVER assume that Medicare will cover more than a few weeks in a nursing facility. If you are married, NEVER accept a Medicaid placement without understanding the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA2005) NEVER make gifts of any amount without understanding the new rules under DRA 2005. ALL gifts after 2/8/2006 have consequences under the new law. MAKE sure you have Medicaid A and B coverage. SOURCE: http://www.shoberrock.com
SAVE MONEY ON YOUR AUTO INSURANCE On December 21, 2012 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Senior Community Services Center for Life Long Learning will offer the American Association of Retired Personsâ€™ (AARP) Driver Safety Program at Friendship Circle Senior Center in Darby. If you have taken the 8-hour course through AARP, and can produce documentation of having taken it (certificate, cancelled check, insurance statement) you are eligible to take the 4-hour refresher course. Space is limited. A check made out to AARP for $12 for AARP members, $14 for non-members is due at the first class. Must show certificate of completion from an initial class. Bring your AARP card to class at the Mercy Fitzgerald Campus in Darby.
CONSIDERING A NURSING HOME, ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY OR LIFE CARE COMMUNITY? NEVER admit anyone to a nursing home without reviewing the inspection history of the facility! NEVER sign an application or contract for care without a Health Care Power of Attorney! NEVER tell a nursing home how much money your loved one has! NEVER apply for Medicaid unless you are SURE that you are eligible! NEVER accept Medicaid without understanding how Medicaid Estate Recovery works! NEVER let a nursing home apply for Medicaid on your behalf! NEVER pay a nursing home ANYTHING until you have exhausted all third party insurance! Appeal all denials.
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ADOPTED BY GOD Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ. Ephesians 1:4,5 I always knew, from this verse in Ephesians, that we have been “adopted” by God. We did not know Him or seek Him, but He reached down and chose us to be part of His family. But the meaning of that passage never hit home until 1983, when God gave us our fifth child. Barbara and I were in New York City, about to speak at a marriage conference. We received a message to call a friend back in Little Rock, and when we saw the name we looked at each other. It was the name of an obstetrician. For three years we had prayed about the possibility of adopting a child, and we had mentioned it to this doctor. So when we called him he said, “We’ve got a baby for you.” We said, “You what?” “We have a teenage girl who is having a baby right now and she told us some time ago, when she first came in, that she wanted the baby raised in a good Christian home. We thought that yours might be a likely one.” Soon we found ourselves conducting a family conference by speakerphone with our four kids. “Hey kids, how would you all like to have another baby?” The unanimous cheer went up, “Yeah!” They did not even need to vote on it. So we returned home to a newly enlarged family. The little girl’s name was Deborah. I believe she has been placed divinely in our home. We adopted her-making her our own. And
I believe God feels the same way about you and me. We are His. We have been redeemed and placed in the family and given an inheritance. We are in God’s family! We are His adopted sons and daughters. Discuss: What type of life did God take you from when He “adopted” you? Describe the changes in your life since you’ve been adopted into His family. Pray: Thank God for causing you to be holy and blameless before Him because of His Son, Jesus Christ.
The guy says, “Listen, I don’t want your money, nor do I want your daughter! I want the person who pushed me in that water!”
GOD CAN HANDLE ….MARRIAGE By Dr. S. M. Henriques
WHEN ADVERSITY COMES Many years ago, William Shakespeare penned, “Love is an ever-fixed mark that looks on tempests and is never shaken.” We agree. Love is the one thing that enables us to keep pushing forward when everything else is crumbling around us.
MARRIAGE HUMOR MY DAUGHTER IS YOUR REWARD Once there was a millionaire, who collected live alligators. He kept them in the pool in back of his mansion. The millionaire also had a beautiful daughter who was single. One day he decides to throw a huge party, and during the party he announces, “My dear guests . . . I have a proposition to every man here. I will give one million dollars or my daughter to the man who can swim across this pool full of alligators and emerge alive!” As soon as he finished his last word, there was the sound of a large splash!! There was one guy in the pool swimming with all he could and screaming out of fear. The crowd cheered him on as he kept stroking as though he was running for his life. Finally, he made it to the other side with only a torn shirt and some minor injuries. The millionaire was impressed. He said, “My boy that was incredible! Fantastic! I didn’t think it could be done! Well I must keep my end of the bargain. Do you want my daughter or the one million dollars?”
If the love of a husband and wife is true, the appearance of adversity actually strengthens their love. Gary Smalley has written, “Suffering has a way of bringing people together; the most important things on earth come into sharper focus.” Since none of us are exempt from trouble, let us prepare ourselves in advance, knowing that adversity can make a marriage stronger. The darkest hour is only 60 minutes long. Unknown When everything seems gray, look for the color. Cherry Hartman The night is not forever. Unknown Even if I walk through a very dark valley, I will not be afraid, because you are with me. Psalm 23:4a (NCV)
COMCAST INTERNET ESSENTIALS PROGRAM • About 30% of Americans— many of whom are living below the poverty line—remain on the wrong side of the digital divide. Research consistently shows that the barriers to broadband adoption involve a complex mix of low digital literacy, perceived lack of relevance of online content and the need for low-cost, good-quality computers and Internet service. Internet Essentials is intended to address all of these critical hurdles to broadband adoption. • Internet Essentials is not just another Comcast product or service. It represents the largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program anywhere in America and provides low-cost broadband service for $9.95 a month; the option to purchase a full-service, Internet-ready computer for under $150; and multiple options for digital literacy training in print, online and in-person. • The Internet Essentials program has three principal components: • Low Cost Internet Service: Internet Essentials provides eligible low-income families in the Comcast service area affordable access to highspeed Internet service from their home. For only $9.95 per month – around 33 cents a day – eligible families receive Comcast’s XFINITY Internet Economy Service with no monthly equipment fees, installation charges or activation fees, representing a discount of at least $27.00 a month or over 70% off regular charges for this service. In addition, Internet Essentials families are not subject to standard credit checks and are not asked or required to sign any contracts to take the service for a specified period of time. • Discounted Computers: As part of Internet Essentials, Comcast offers eligible families the opportunity to purchase a full-service, Internetcapable computer for under $150, substantially below retail. Working with our partners, including Microsoft, we offer fully loaded computers with
Internet Explorer and productivity software. We also provide the Norton Security Suite, a $160 value, at no additional charge to ensure that Internet Essentials users have a secure online experience. • Digital Literacy: Internet Essentials customers receive access to print, online and in-person digital literacy training free of charge. These digital literacy materials are the first step in helping those who have not been connected understand the value, relevance and the ease of use of the Internet. • In addition, once we help families get online, we want them to stay online. Any household that qualifies during the initial three-year enrollment period will remain eligible for the discounted price so long as at least one child in the household continues to meet the program’s National School Lunch Program eligibility test. As long as they remain eligible, participating families will be able to benefit from Internet Essentials throughout their child’s K-12 education. • To qualify for Internet Essentials, a household must: 1. Reside in a location where Comcast offers Internet service; 2. Have at least one child receiving free or reduced price lunches through the National School Lunch Program; 3. Have not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days; and 4. Not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment. For more information, please call 1855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376) BASIC DISASTER SUPPLIES KIT A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items: •Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
•Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food •Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both •Flashlight and extra batteries •First aid kit •Whistle to signal for help •Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place •Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation •Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities •Manual can opener for food •Local maps •Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger Once you have gathered the supplies for a basic emergency kit, you may want to consider adding the following items: •Prescription medications and glasses •Infant formula and diapers •Pet food and extra water for your pet •Cash or traveler’s checks and change •Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container. •Emergency reference material such as a first aid book •Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate. •Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate. •Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted, nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
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FIRST THINGS FIRST FOUND IN THE BOOK OF GENESIS Cain built the first city. 4:17 Jubal was the father of people who play harps and flutes. 4:21 Cain committed the first murder. 4:8 Noah planted the first vineyard. 9:20 Lamech was the first polygamist. 4:19 Abel was the first shepherd. 4:2 Cain was the first farmer. 4:2 Tubal-Cain was the first iron worker. Did he start the union too? 4:22 Abram was the first Hebrew. 13:14 JOKE FOR YOUR SOUL At a picnic for a Catholic school, the Mother Superior stacked a pile of apples on one end of a table with a sign saying, “Take only one apple please - God is watching.” On the other end of the table was a pile of cookies, on which a second grade student had placed a sign on saying, “Take all the cookies you want -- God is watching the apples.” A minister told his congregation, “Next week I plan to preach about the sin of lying. To help you understand my sermon, I want you all to read Mark 17.” The following Sunday, as he prepared to deliver his sermon, the minister asked for a show of hands. He wanted to know how many had read Mark 17. Every hand went up. The minister smiled and said, “Mark has only sixteen chapters. I will now proceed with my sermon on the sin of lying.” BASIC DISASTER SUPPLIES KIT
◄Continued From Page Ten •Fire extinguisher •Matches in a waterproof container •Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items •Paper and pencil SOURCE: www.ready.gov DAILY PRAISE FROM
THE BIBLE Inspiration from the Psalms By Dan Dick If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy. Psalm 137.6 Brett joined the church when he was fourteen. In the sixty years following his confirmation, he set foot in a church no more than a half-dozen times. Just prior to his seventy-fifth birthday, Brett died and stood before the Lord. The Lord said, “You joined my church long years ago. Why?” Brett stood speechless and ashamed. No answer or excuse, and Brett had many of them, seemed adequate. No apology covered his negligence. All Brett could do was hang his head and cry, for he only now began to realize why he had needed the “church”. If we forget our Lord, we will find ourselves steeped in shame when we stand before Him. To call Him Lord, Master, Guardian, Friend requires commitment on our part. We cannot take continually without giving something back. Remember the Lord, and speak forth with joy in His presence, for you have known Him, and indeed He knows you. PRAYER: Lord, forgive me when I neglect You and turn to other things. Help me to keep You fully in my mind and heart. Prepare me for Your glory. Amen. Submitted by Sis. Marsha Lawton
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN BUYING A NEW CAR (NAPSA)-Buying a used car is becoming an increasingly common practice. In fact, it’s estimated that just over three used cars are now purchased for every new one sold. However, just because many people do it, doesn’t mean it’s easy to find the used car that’s right for you. Fortunately, doing a little homework before buying can keep a driver on the road to safety, savings and satisfaction. To help, here are a few tips from the experts at Auto Trader.com and OnStar: • Consider purchasing a certified preowned vehicle: Certified pre-owned vehicles usually come with extended warranties and have been thoroughly inspected before being sold. • Make sure the vehicle you’re considering is functional for everyone who will be traveling in it: If searching for a used family vehicle, bring the whole family on an extended test-drive to make sure everyone is comfortable with the vehicle. If you have small children, make sure child safety seats fit and can easily be installed in the vehicle. • Purchase a vehicle history report and have the vehicle inspected by a qualified mechanic: By taking both of these actions, you will reduce the chance of unexpected issues later on down the road. • Ask about promotional programs: Many’ manufacturers offer specific incentives to purchase their used vehicles. For instance, buyers of used OM vehicles equipped with OnStar are eligible to receive a three-month free trial of its Directions & Connections package, which includes turn-by-turn navigation, automatic crash response, remote door unlock, hands-free calling and more.
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PROMISES YOU CAN COUNT ON!
because of what Jesus is saying about Himself.
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.
He is God. He is alive. And He is powerful. With the keys to death and the world of the dead, Jesus possesses absolute control over life and death.
GOD’S PROMISES ON “RIGHTEOUSNESS” For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. Psalm 84:11 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing. Psalm 34:10 The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted. Proverbs 10:24 Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed. Proverbs 13:21 A good man obtaineth favour of the Lord: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn. Proverbs 12:2 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33
WHAT JESUS IS SAYING TO YOU By Peter Wallace [I am] the living one. I died, but now I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys to death and the world of the dead. -Revelation 1:18 Assurance. Confidence. Certainty. That’s what you can experience today
Your Savior appeared to John in glory and power decades after His death on the cross. He is still alive, still powerful, still reigning in heaven. And still concerned about His children, including you. Jesus’ absolute power and glory may seem fearful-as they did to John-but they are not intended to be. Rather than fear, Jesus intends to build confidence-in Him. He is alive; He is willing; He is able.
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 GIVES FREELY TO MEN “Wisdom for Each Day” But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. James 3:17 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. James 1:5-6 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. If you are wise, you are wise for yourself, And if you scoff, you will bear it alone. Proverbs 9:10, 12
A wise man fears and departs from evil, But a fool rages and is self-confident. Proverbs 14:16 My son, keep my words, And treasure my commands within you. Keep my commands and live, And my law as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart. Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” And call understanding your nearest kin, That they may keep you from the immoral woman, From the seductress who flatters with her words. Proverbs 7:1-5
HOWEVER COLD THE WINTER However cold the Winter, I find the golden sun. However dark the night hours, The dawn is sure to come. Though storm clouds often gather, There still is peace to lend, And when the storm is over, A rainbow ‘round the bend. However cold the Winter, The Spring will melt the snow, And then the May time flowers Will set the world aglow. The ever-changing seasons Have so much to impart, And somehow each in turn it seems Lends laughter to my heart. The beauty of the Autumn, The Summer’s magic bliss, And each December snowflake Is like an angel’s kiss. Each sunrise - every sunset Has so much warmth to bring. However cold the Winter, It always ends in Spring. Garnett Ann Schultz Submitted by Sis. Eleanor Richardson
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
WHY DON’T WE SAY WHAT WE MEAN? We don’t say what we mean often because we don’t know what we think and feel. Our thinking and feeling are fuzzy. If we say what we think, we may hurt someone’s feelings. If we think we may hurt someone’s feelings, we obscure the message. If we obscure the message, others miss the point. If others miss the point, they ignore it. If they ignore it, nothing changes. If nothing changes, they’re off the hook. If they’re off the hook, we’re blameless. If we’re blameless, we can at least say we “tried.”
and defend me while I am sleeping, That my soul may continually watch for thee, and both body and soul may rest in thy peace forever. Bishop Cosin O Lord Jesus Christ, thou Word of God, Creator and Redeemer, Possess our mind and conscience, Our heart and imagination, By thine indwelling Spirit That we and all men, being purged of pride, May find and rest in that love Which is thy very self William Temple SOURCE: Life’s Little Prayer Book
BEST POEM IN THE WORLD I was shocked, confused, bewildered As I entered Heaven’s door Not by the beauty of it all Nor the lights or its decor. But it was the folks in Heaven Who made me sputter and gasp The thieves, the liars, the sinners. The alcoholics and trash. There stood the kid from seventh grade Who swiped my lunch money twice. Next to him was my old neighbor Who never said anything nice.
The greatest problem with communication is the illusion that it has been accomplished. -GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
Herb, who I always thought Was rotting away in hell. Was sitting pretty on cloud nine, Looking incredibly well.
Some people use language to express thought, some to conceal thought, and others instead of thought. -ANONYMOUS
I nudged Jesus, What’s the deal? I would love to hear Your take. How’d all these sinners get up here? God must’ve made a mistake.
SOURCE: The Little Book of Big Questions - Answers to Life’s Perplexing Questions Preserve me, Lord, while I am waking,
“And why is everyone so quiet, So somber-give me a clue”. “Hush, child”. He said, “They’re all in shock.
No one thought they’d be seeing you”. JUDGE NOT!! Remember ... Just going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car. Every saint has a PAST Every sinner has a FUTURE! Submitted by Trustee Mattie B. Hull
GOD SAID MILK ◄Continued From Page Twenty-Two The man began speaking and half crying, “We were just praying. We had some big bills this month and we ran out of money. We didn’t have any milk for our baby. I was just praying and asking God to show me how to get some milk.” His wife in the kitchen yelled out, “I asked him to send an Angel with some. Are you an Angel?” The young man reached into his wallet and pulled out all the money he had on him and put in the man’s hand. He turned and walked back toward his car and the tears were streaming down his face. He knew that God still answers prayers. Submitted by Bro. Jerome Richardson
BIBLE SECRETS FOR SUCCESSFUL LIVING FAITHFULNESS Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 1 Corinthians 1:25 Who does this verse make you want to trust? I’m putting my faith in God.
And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. Mark 11:22 When all seems lost repeat this verse. God honors faith.
THE BIBLE PROMISE BOOK FOR WOMEN HOPE And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed. ROMANS 5:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 PETER 1:3 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the LORD is. JEREMIAH 17:7 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 1 THESSALONIANS 4: 13-14
GOD’S ANSWERS FOR YOUR LIFE HOW TO PRAISE THE LORD I WILL bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1 PRAISE ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD. Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’S name is to be praised. Psalm 113:1-3 Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God. Psalm 50:23 TRUST MORE -- FEAR LESS By Max Lucado And he said, “O man greatly beloved, fear not! Peace be to you; be strong, yes, be strong!” So when he spoke to me I was strengthened, and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.” DANIEL 10:19 NKJV All those boasts of bravado? All those declarations of devotion? They lay broken and shattered at the gate of Gethsemane’s garden. We don’t know where the disciples went when they fled the garden, but we do know what they took: a memory. They took a heart -stopping memory of a man who called himself no less than God in the flesh. And they couldn’t get him out of their minds. No, they couldn’t forget him. As a result, they came back. And, as a result, the church of our Lord began with a group of frightened men in an upper room. Six Hours One Friday
Submitted by Bro. Curtis Lawton
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN BUYING A NEW CAR
◄Continued From Page Eleven • Secure your financing in advance: Because used vehicle loans can vary when it comes to interest rates, visit a bank or credit union before making a final decision so you can be sure you’re receiving the best interest rate. • Don’t negotiate price based on what you want your monthly payment to be: Monthly payments can always be lowered to fit your budget by extending the length of the loan. Negotiations should be made based on the price of the car; rather than the monthly payment. • The sale process continues past the acceptance of an offer: After both parties agree upon an appropriate price, dealers usually will offer extra accessories and services you might not be interested in. Be sure to stand firm and make it clear that you are not interested in paying more than the previously agreed upon price. For more information on OnStar, visit www.OnStar.com. For more information on Auto Trader, visit www.Auto Trader.com. SOURCE: Yeadon Times 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. Makai Beadle Michael Beadle Kia Chenevy Tymia Chenevy Tymu Chenevy Nicole Ford Shawn James Deborah Watson
10,000 THINGS TO PRAISE GOD FOR church school curriculums that exalt Jesus having professionals on the job those who have a “prophet’s chamber” always ready and waiting for use marine biologists finally figuring out the rules of the game having someone ask you to play once you know the rules missionaries in training cartographers having a personal Belt of Calms buttes
THE RESUME’ OF JESUS CHRIST Address: Ephesians 1:20 Phone: Romans 10:13 Website: The Bible. Keywords: Christ, Lord, Savior and Jesus _______________________________
Objective My name is Jesus -The Christ. Many call me Lord! I’ve sent you my resume’ because I’m seeking the top management position in your heart. Please consider my accomplishments as set forth in my resume’. _______________________________
The blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant comes upon your life through me, (See Galatians 3:14) _______________________________
Occupational Background I’ve only had one employer, (See Luke 2:49). I’ve never been tardy, absent, disobedient, slothful or disrespectful. My employer has nothing but rave reviews for me, (See Matthew 3:1517) _______________________________
Skills Work Experiences Some of my skills and work experiences include: empowering the poor to be poor no more, healing the broken hearted, setting the captives free, healing the sick, restoring sight to the blind and setting at liberty them that are bruised, (See Luke 4:18). I am a Wonderful Counselor, (See Isaiah 9:6). People who listen to me shall dwell safely and shall not fear evil, (See Proverbs 1:33). Most importantly, I have the authority, ability and power to cleanse you of your sins, (See I John 1:7-9) _______________________________
I founded the earth and established the heavens, (See Proverbs 3:19)
I encompass the entire breadth and length of knowledge, wisdom and understanding, (See Proverbs 2:6).
I formed man from the dust of the ground, (See Genesis 2:7)
In me are hid all of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, (See Colossians 2:3).
I breathed into man the breath of life, (See Genesis 2:7) I redeemed man from the curse of the law, (See Galatians 3:13)
Major Accomplishments I was an active participant in the greatest Summit Meeting of all times, (See Genesis 1:26). I laid down my life so that you may live, (See II Corinthians 5:15). I defeated the arch enemy of God and mankind and made a show of them openly, (See Colossians 2:15). I’ve miraculously fed the poor, healed the sick and raised the dead! There are many more major accomplishments, too many to mention here. You can read them on my website, which is located at: www dot - the BIBLE. You don’t need an Internet connection or computer to access my website. _______________________________
References Believers and followers worldwide will testify to my divine healing, salvation, deliverance, miracles, restoration and supernatural guidance. _______________________________
In Summation Now that you’ve read my resume, I’m confident that I’m the only candidate uniquely qualified to fill this vital position in your heart. In summation, I will properly direct your paths, (See Proverbs 3:5-6), and lead you into everlasting life, (See John 6:47). When can I start? Time is of the essence, (See Hebrews 3:15). Submitted by Sis. Juanita Ford
My Word is so powerful; it has been described as being a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path, (See Psalms 119:105). I can even tell you all of the secrets of your heart, (See Psalms 44:21).
SOLUTIONS TO NOVEMBER PUZZLE CORNER ANSWERS: WASH: 1-C, 2-I, 3-E, 4-H, 5-F, 6-B, 7-G, 8-A, 9-D, 10-J Cryptogram Solutions: 1 Chronicles 29:11-12
MEN OF THE BIBLE By Dan Hannon JOHN THE APOSTLE Matthew 4:21-22; Mark 1:9-20; 10:35-45: The Gospel of John; Acts 3:1-4:31; 8:4-17; 1, 2 and 3 John; Revelation John and his brother James followed in the footsteps of their father Zebedee and became fishermen. Their friends, the brothers Andrew and Peter, were also fishermen. All four were called to be His disciples by Christ early in His ministry. In his gospel, John gave us firsthand accounts of many of the Savior’s miracles, beginning with the wedding at Calla where Jesus turned the water into wine, all the way to Jesus’ visitations after His resurrection. Although John did not record all the miracles he saw, he offered ample proof that Jesus is the Son of God. John’s gospel makes effective use of metaphor: In it Jesus is a Shepherd to His flock, the Living Bread and the Water of Life, the Light of the World, and the True Vine. John was a brilliant thinker, an eloquent writer, and passionate in his devotion to the Savior. So much so that from the cross Jesus asked him to care for His mother. After Jesus’ ascension, John labored among the churches in Asia Minor and is credited with writing Revelation and the epistles of John. Historians believe that of the original twelve disciples only John died a natural death in his old age.
I’VE DISCOVERED Part One of a Two Part Series God grant me the Senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones that I do, and the eyesight to tell the
difference....Now that I’m here’s what I’ve discovered:
1. I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it. 2. My wild oats have turned into Shredded Wheat. 3. I finally got my head together; now my body is falling apart. 4. Funny, I don’t remember being absent minded... 5. All reports are in; Life is now officially unfair. 6. If all is not lost, where is it? 7. It is easier to get older than it is to get wiser. 8. Some days you’re the dog; some days you’re the hydrant. 9. I wish the buck stopped here; I sure could use a few... 10. Kids in the back seat cause accidents. 11. Accidents in the back seat cause...kids. 12. It’s hard to make a comeback when you haven’t been anywhere. 13. Only time the world beats a path to your door is when you’re in the bathroom. 14. If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees. 15. When I’m finally holding all the cards, why does everyone decide to play chess? 16. It’s not hard to meet expenses...they’re everywhere. 17. The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth. 18. These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter...I go somewhere to get something, and then wonder what I’m here after....
Submitted by Brother Earl Sawyer THE CURE FOR PRIDE Submitted in Memory of Sis. Priscilla Young 1.We must come to possess the attitude of God toward pride (Proverbs 6:16-19). 2.Love will cure pride (1 Corinthians 13:4).
3.We must remember that we are but men (Psalm 9:20). 4.We must never forget that we have no sufficiency in and of ourselves; rather, our sufficiency is of God (John 5:30; 2 Corinthians 3:5). 5.We must avoid thinking of ourselves more highly than we ought to think (Romans 12:3; Galatians 6:3). 6.We must walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8). 7.We must remember that we are debtors, since all we have was obtained through the grace of God and the help of others (1 Corinthians 4:7; 1 Corinthians 15:10; Deuteronomy 8:1120). 8.We must come to glory only in the cross of Christ (Galatians 6:14). 9.We must crucify self (Galatians 2:20). “I” is the middle letter in both pride and sin. —Wendell Winkler, Heart Diseases and Their Cure “He that walketh uprightly walketh surely.” —Proverbs 10:9
DECEMBER BIRTHDAY’S ◄Continued From Page Twenty-Four 28 Clara Gilbert Latoya Guerra Hasan Randolph 29 Nancy Booth Matthew Fosque 30 Brittany Moore India Rose Michael Trent Heather Wilson 31 Victoria Ayers Briana Davis Deborah Fisher Darlene Perkins
BRIEF HISTORY OF DECEASED CALVARY MEMBERS AND FAMILY MEMBERS ◄Continued From Page Nineteen Her greatest joy came from watching her children and grandchildren succeed. She was constantly present during her families milestones, including weddings, graduations, and birthdays. Holiday dinners were frequently held at her home, and you could always find her cooking, smiling, or sharing stories. Her last words to her children were “let me go, I want to go to Heaven”. She is gone, but will sadly be missed. Flossie leaves to mourn and cherish her memory, two children: Brenda Smith and Junius Beale Jr. (Maxine); four grandchildren: Kenneth (Felicia), Jason (Colleen), Aminata, and Jamila (William); five great-grandchildren: Keyon, Farrell, Gwyneth, Cecelia, and Sia; Siblings: Frank, Willie, Margaret, Robert Lee, Mamie and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Also, she leaves her Church Family, the Calvary Baptist Church. Evangelist Rose Gale, Officiant – Pastor Garth G. Gittens, Eulogist
Home Going Services were held on Friday, October 26, 2012 for Mr. Frank Dean, father of Calvary member, Sis. Paulette Samba. Mr. Frank Dean was born on May 1, 1912 in Georgia. He was educated at the little school house, and completed up to the sixth grade. Later in life he relocated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Here he met his wife of many years, Beatrice McLaughlin. From this union two children were born, Alfred
McLaughlin and Paulette Samba. In 1988, after many years of marriage Beatrice went on to glory. Although, not an avid church goer, he was definitely a believer in Jesus Christ. His belief was that “God was everywhere.” Everyone wonders how he lived a hundred years; he would attribute this to the 23rd Psalm, “The Lord is My Shepherd.” Around the neighborhood, Mr. Dean was lovingly referred to as Mr. Feel So Fine. He considered himself a natural ladies magnet. Not only was he funny and friendly, but he was an outspoken man, “with the silk hair” who loved to dance and loved his wife, Beatrice. He taught his grandchildren that, “a real man is not completely dressed unless he wears a hat.” He was a member of the Big Brother/Sisters program, an activist in the Boys and Girls Club, Block Captain of the 3600 Block of Brandywine Street, and took pride in participating in Philadelphia’s beautiful community. He was preceded in death by his wife, son, Alfred and sister, Mattie. On, Tuesday, October 16, 2012, Frank was called from labor to reward. He leaves to cherish and celebrate in his memory: his daughter, Paulette Samba; grandchildren, Aquilla Rouse, Ghaiha Samba, Marie Samba, and Deanna Samba; eight great granddaughters, two great-grandsons; and a host of other relatives, neighbors and friends. Officiant – Pastor Garth G. Gittens, Eulogist
Home Going Services were held on Saturday, November 3, 2012 for Mr. L C Willis, brother of Calvary member,
Sis. Annie Gamble and uncle of Calvary member, Bro. Russell Gamble. L C Willis was born on Monday, April 12, 1937 in Macon, Georgia to the late Grady and Lula Willis. L C was one of two children blessed to this union. He began his education in the Macon, Georgia public school system. L Chis parents and his sister Annie with whom he was very close left Georgia and moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1953. L C met, courted, and married Helen May Forden, and they have been together a happy fifty-four years. L C had various jobs before he settled in the construction business. He remained with the same company for forty years before retiring. L C loved life; he enjoyed sharing stories with his close friend Deacon James Fuller, while they were fishing with his close buddies Bubba and Art; his two favorite spirituals were “I Got a Feeling Everything is Going to be Alright” and “Precious Lord”; and most importantly, he always loved traveling with his family and friends. L C was an impeccable dresser with a wonderful sense of style that complimented his beautiful smile. On Saturday, October 27, 2012 God in His infinite wisdom called our beloved L C home. L C leaves to cherish fond memories: the love of his life, his wife Helen; his two children, son Faraaj, and daughter Sharon; his sister Annie; his nephew Russell; one niece Karen; a great nephew Tyree; and a great-great nephew Jahlil, other relatives and friends. Dr. Cynthia Jefferson, Officiant – Bishop Edward A. Thomas, Eulogist
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HOW TO FIND A RELIABLE SITTER
◄Continued From Page Five Thiers also urges parents to ask for and call each of the candidate’s references. Also expect a babysitter to have safety training. The Red Cross offers a six-hour Babysitter’s Training Course in many communities. Thiers values previous experience, but says look for energy and enthusiasm. “An enthusiastic sitter won’t resort to sticking the kids in front of the TV or talking on the phone for a few hours while she gets into who-knows-what,” Thiers says. “She’ll be alert and creative on the job, which will keep your kids safe and entertained — what more could you ask for?” Check Point How can you evaluate your sitter? Sittercity.com offers this three-step monitoring system:
You can also ask your neighbor to keep an eye and an ear open while you’re gone. Or set up your own nanny cam in the house.
Submitted by Sis. Denise Clark 101 RESOLUTIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR By Nancy Walker Hale 86 I will erase the memory of-but not the lessons from-past errors. So let us leave the first things you need to know about Christ. Let us go on to the teaching that full-grown Christians should understand. We do not need to teach these first truths again. You already know that you must be sorry for your sins and turn from them. You know that you must have faith in God. HEBREWS 6:1 NLV 87 I will obey God’s laws.
1. Assess the match. As soon as your sitter enters your home, pay attention to her relationship with your children. With a child too young to talk, look for nonverbal cues. If he is excited and all smiles, she’s doing a great job. Also familiarize yourself with warning signs that can indicate mistreatment, such as your child becoming excessively clingy or aggressive, loss of appetite or recurring nightmares.
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: a ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” MATTHEW 22:36-40 NIV
2. Communicate. Touch base with the sitter for a quick five minutes after each job. Ask her job-specific questions such as, “How was my child today?” and “Were there any problems today?” Also, talk to your child, asking open-ended questions such as “What was the favorite part of your day?” and “Did anything make you sad or worry you today?” An additional 15-minute call with your sitter each month when you’re both relaxed and prepared is a good idea too.
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3. Observe. Drop by home unannounced to see the sitter in action.
Home Going Services were held on Friday, November 16, 2012 for Calvary member, Deaconess Annie B. Smith, wife of Calvary member Deacon Henry Smith. “I sing because I’m happy. I sing because I’m free. For his eye is on
the sparrow and I know he watches me.” Annie Beatrice Smith, the oldest of three children, was born November 13, 1923 in Philadelphia, Pa to Ausie (Jack) and Georgia Anna Stewart. Her brothers, Ulysses (Sonny) and Paul preceded her in death. Annie joined Calvary Baptist Church in 1938 under the pastorate of Reverend C. David Foster and was an active member of the Youth Choir which later changed to The Excelsior Choir. She was educated in the Philadelphia Public Schools graduating from John Bartram High School in June, 1941. As a faithful and active member of Calvary Baptist Church for over 70 years, Annie was on the Deaconess Board, active in Hospitality Ministry, and a member of the Hospitality Club. She was also an Eastern Star. Annie was employed at the Quarter Master for many years at the onset of World War II. She met and married Henry Smith on July 21, 1951. To this union no children were born but they had two godchildren, William Flournoy, III and Kimberly Jones. Annie Beatrice Smith departed this life to be with her heavenly father on Friday, November 9, 2012. She leaves to mourn her beloved husband, Henry; one brother-in-law, Carol Smith; one sister-in-law, Beulah Lewis (Masceo): a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Annie will be sadly missed by her many friends, neighbors and Calvary Family. Evangelist Rose Gale, Officiant – Pastor Garth G. Gittens, Eulogist
SENIORS MINISTRY ◄Continued From Page Eight HEMAP HAS BEEN REINSTATED The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) is now accepting applications from struggling homeowners for the newly reinstated Homeowners Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (HEMAP). For nearly 30 years, HEMAP provided emergency mortgage assistance to more than 46,000 Pennsylvania families who, through no fault of their own, are in danger of losing their homes to foreclosure. HEMAP was eliminated in 2011 but was just recently reinstated utilizing a portion of the settlement money that the state is receiving from a joint federal-state agreement with the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers. Call PHFA toll-free during weekday business hours at 1-800-342-2397. SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICES TO CLOSE / MOVE The Social Security Administration has discontinued service at its Woodland Avenue office and has moved its West Philadelphia office. Residents of zip codes 19101,19104,19131,19139,19142,191 43,19151, 19153, 19190 should visit the Philadelphia University City office for face-to-face services. The new office is located at 4240 Market Street. Office hours at the new location will be 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Most Social Security services do not require a visit to an office for a faceto-face interview. For example, anyone wishing to apply for social security benefits, sign up for direct deposit, replace a Medicare card,
obtain a proof of income letter or inform the office of a change of address or telephone number may do so at their secure website www.socialsecurity.gov. SENIOR MOMENTS A senior citizen said to his eighty-year old buddy: ‘So I hear you’re getting married?’ ‘Yep!’ ‘Do I know her?’ ‘Nope!’ ‘This woman, is she good looking?’ ‘Not really.’ ‘Is she a good cook?’ ‘Naw, she can’t cook too well.’ ‘Does she have lots of money?’ ‘Nope! Poor as a church mouse.’ ‘Well, then, is she good in bed?’ ‘I don’t know.’ ‘Why in the world do you want to marry her then?’ ‘Because she can still drive!’ Submitted by Sis. Debora Richardson
BRIEF HISTORY OF DECEASED CALVARY MEMBERS AND FAMILY MEMBERS Home Going Services were held on Saturday, October, 27, 2012 for Calvary member, Sis. Flossie Beale. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. II Corinthians 4:7 On Sunday October 21, 2012 following a lengthy illness, the Almighty God gently closed the eyes of our beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, and carried her home to her eternal resting place. Flossie Jones Beale was born to Ruth Gordon Jones and Robert Jones on
May 2, 1922 in Prince Edward County of Prospect, Virginia. She was one of twelve siblings and six preceded her in death. After her mother died, Flossie moved to Washington D.C. and was raised by her aunt Valarie prior to moving to Philadelphia. She completed her formal education in the Philadelphia Public school system and graduated from John Bartram High School in June of 1940. Flossie married the late Junius Beale Sr. They were married for over 60 years. From this union two children were born, Brenda Beale Smith and Junius Beale Jr. Both loved and appreciated the life lessons, compassion, and guidance their mother provided. Following their father’s death in 2009, they did everything they could to make her life happy and comfortable. Flossie was employed at the Bonnell Dress Company in Camden N. J. where she worked as a Seamstress. Following her retirement in 1974, she worked as a teacher in a neighborhood day care and part-time as a Sales Clerk at Strawbridge & Clothier during the holiday season. Flossie has been a faithful member of the Calvary Baptist Church since the 1940’s. She was involved in the Young Adult Choir, Mite Missionary Ministry, and Sunday School Ministry as a teacher and treasurer. She constantly volunteered her services for church benefits including serving dinners to the less fortunate at the “Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Served” event. One of her favorite pastimes was shopping; she was a Fashionista, Her sense of style and fashion attributed to her eloquent look containing the latest hats, shoes, and dresses. She loved to travel and enjoyed trips to Virginia and other places like the Calvary Women’s Retreat. She also enjoyed Biblical Plays at the Sight and Sound Theater.
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William James (Count) Basie (1904-1984): Bandleader, Performer and Composer By Dorothy G. Kapenstein Most historians of American popular music agree that this musical form has been deeply and strongly influenced by the music of African Americans. Much of today’s Rock and Roll, Hip Hop, Soul, Country Music and Gospel have big, long and deep roots in the Black past that have yielded up the strong plants that form American popular music. The blues, ragtime and jazz all grew from the hearts and souls of our country’s black musicians. Jazz themes dominated the scene of American popular of the early 20th century. The playing style came to be called swing music. A commentator on the website swingmusic.net has written: “Jazz music was one of America’s truly original contributions to the world art community. The period of the 1930’s and 1940’s is thus far the only age in history when the popularity of jazz eclipsed all other genres of music in the U.S. It is an epoch known as the Big Band era, and during it swing music was king. The popularity of jazz and the way of playing it in the swing music style waned after World War II. However, a few big bands like those of Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Count Basie and others upheld the tradition into the 1970s and beyond. The ugly hand of segregation had a firm grip on American life during the big band era. There were black swing bands and white swing bands. There were famous white bands led by the Dorsey brothers, Tommy and Jimmy, Benny Goodman,
Woody Herman, Glen Miller and Artie Shaw. There were equally famous black bands led by Fletcher Henderson, Bennie Moten, Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington and Count Basie. A number of music historians give Benny Goodman credit for breaking the color barrier in 1936. Benny was working on plans for a recording session and he wanted only the best players. The black jazz pianist Teddy Wilson was one of the best and he was free at the time. Benny hired him, ignoring a barrage of protests and unwanted advice. Later, Benny hired Lionel Hampton to play with his band. Music critics said that Benny was colorblind and cared only about the music and not the color of the player who was producing it. The big bands played in theatres and nightclubs and they were often booked at hotels with elegant dining rooms that offered fine dining and dancing. In addition, they were booked into ballrooms and dance palaces that arose in many areas of the country. Many writers believe that one reason for the great popularity of the swing bands was that they played such exiting dance music and Americans of every size, shape and color loved to dance. It is ironic that the black musicians were hired to entertain in such places, but in the time of segregation, there was no way they would ever be permitted to sit down and eat on the premises. William James Basie is one of the best loved and best remembered bandleaders of this era. He first saw the light of day in Red Bank, New Jersey. He was born into a musical family. His father, Harvey Basie, worked for a wealthy white family, first as a coachman and later as a handyman. He played a horn. Young Basie’s mother, Lily Childs Basie, was a pretty good piano player. In later years, Basie recalled that there was always a piano in the house during his
childhood years and that his mother gave him his first lessons. Then she hired a professional teacher to give him lessons at 25 cents a lesson, a high price in those days! Young William Basie attended public schools and got an education of sorts, but music was filling his life more and more. He enjoyed playing the piano but he was soon attracted to the drums and he really began to feel he could be a drummer. There was another Black teenager, Sonny Greer, who was already such a splendid drummer that Basie lost heart for playing the drums. He quickly settled on the piano. Sonny Greer later achieved lifelong fame and success as the drummer for Duke Ellington’s Band. Basie dropped out of school and never got his high school diploma. Later, he said this was one of the biggest mistakes of his life. By this time he knew that making music was his destiny. He began to get gigs playing the piano. This era was the heyday of silent movies. Many movie theatre managers hired piano players to provide suitable background music to accompany the action on the screen. Young Basie got work here and there and he got a few gigs playing in local cabarets or bars where entertainment was offered. In a short time he knew he would have to move on to get more work, and he made his move to Harlem in the early 1920s. This lively section of upper Manhattan was the center of a big and ever growing Black population. At this time, it was also the home of the great and wonderful flowering of Black culture known as the Harlem Renaissance. Countless young Black artists, writers and musicians arrived on the flourishing scene looking for training and job opportunities.
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William James (Count) Basie (1904-1984): Bandleader, Performer and Composer By Dorothy G. Kapenstein ◄Continued From Page Twenty William Basie picked the right place and the right time. Some of the most talented African American piano artists of the era were gathered in Harlem and they were generous in sharing their talent and learning with younger players. Basie watched them all and heard them all- James P. Johnson, Willie the Lion, Earl Fatha Hines and Fats Domino, among others. Domino was a splendid piano artist and he was equally gifted as an organist. Basie studied Waller’s organ techniques and became a good organist. This got him more work, since some movie houses had organs. Basie’s next move was to get into vaudeville and travel as a piano accompanist to musical acts. His gigs took him to distant places such as Montreal in Canada, Kansas City, Missouri and Omaha, Nebraska. Kansas City was a busy, lively center for jazz music and the style played there was very popular and came to be known as “Kansas City jazz.” Basie was stranded in Kansas City on his second trip. TOBA, the booking company that got the jobs and paid the salaries, crashed. This left Basie without work and with not enough money to get a ticket home. However, he was lucky. The town was alive with bands and he got a job with a group known as Walter Page and his Blue Devils. In 1928, this band broke up. Once again, Basie was out of work and once again, he got lucky. Bennie Moten, an up and coming bandleader, hired some of the Blue Devils to join his band and Basie was among them. Basie remained with the Moten band until 1935. At that time Bennie Moten, a young and active man, died of complications from a badly done tonsil operation.
Basie gathered together some of the members of the Moten Band and they formed a new band called the Barons of Rhythm. A little later more former Moten band members and other instrumentalists joined and the group became known as Count Basie and his band. Why Count Basie? Some music historians say there was already a “Duke” Ellington and that a bandleader as smooth and suave as William Basie also deserved a noble title. Others write that the noble name was for the Count’s elegant piano playing style. In any case the new name stuck. Count Basie always led the band from his piano.
and never got back together again. Count Basie had to let most of his players go, but he was able to keep some in a small combo. They toured the country and held on. By the mid, 1950’s, things got better. Old players came back and new ones were hired. Basie and the band were back in business as a true big band and as good as ever. They toured Europe and on a tour of England, Queen Elizabeth II honored them with a command performance. They also toured Japan and Southeast Asia. In between all these activities, the band continued to tour this country and some areas in Canada. They made new movies.
Once again good luck followed Count Basie and the band. They began to get gigs in local nightclubs and dance halls. One of their concerts at the Reno Club was aired on radio Station WXBY. Other radio shows followed. John Hammond, a music critic and record producer, somehow picked up one of the Basie band’s radio broadcasts. He became their mentor and wrote rave reviews about their music. He arranged for their first recording session with Decca Records. Later Basie and the band would record for Columbia Records and finally for Pablo Records.
Jazz fans came to call the two Basie bands “the Old Testament band” and “the New Testament band.” This was not meant to be disrespectful. The early band was less formal and used a lot of improvisation. For the later band, Basie favored a more structured pace and he hired professionals to arrange the music. Both bands attracted great vocalists. The old one featured such great singers as Jimmy Rushing, Billie Holiday and Helen Humes. The new band had such star singers as Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. We should mention all the great instrumentalists who formed the heart and soul of both bands, but time and space do not permit this. Count Basie appeared in concerts with Louie Armstrong and often said that he regretted they never recorded together. Count Basie also appeared in concert where he played piano duets with the great piano artist, Oscar Peterson.
They were now well along the way to success. They moved on to Chicago, another great center of big band music and they were acclaimed there. Finally, they arrived in Harlem the vibrant, swinging, colorful hub of African American culture. They were invited to perform in the finest clubs and theatres. They produced a host of best-selling recordings. They appeared in a number of movies and often appeared in radio. In addition to their prime New York gigs, they performed concerts in many areas of the nation. The public loved Count Basie and his band members loved him too. Big band music fell apart by the end of World War II in the mid 1940’s. Most of the bands dissolved
Count Basie remained as the leader of his band until severe illness claimed him. In his last years, when he was weakened by illnesses, he conducted his band from a wheelchair. After his death, some of his musicians continued to lead the band. The band received many honors and awards.
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William James (Count) Basie (1904-1984): Bandleader, Performer and Composer By Dorothy G. Kapenstein ◄Continued From Page Twenty-One The Count received so many personal wards that we cannot mention more than a few here. Count Basie has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was elected to the New Jersey Hall of Fame, the Long Island Hall of Fame and the Grammy Hall of Fame. The Red Bank, New Jersey Theatre in his hometown has been renamed the Count Basie Theatre for him. A Street in Harlem has been renamed for him and it crosses a street named for Paul Robeson. Count Basie and the band were honored with an invitation to play at one of President Kennedy’s inaugural balls in 1961. Other high honors came after he passed. In 1981, he received the Kennedy Center Honors. In 1985, President Ronald Reagan conferred the Presidential Medal of Freedom on him. He was the subject of a United States stamp issued by the United States Post Office in 1996. Count Basie’s band has left an indelible mark on the American popular music scene. The Count’s biography in Gale’s Music Profiles offers these words of explanation: “Whether viewed as a bandleader, composer arranger, paymaster, chief editor, Count Basie will always be closely associated with his band. It will be the burden of all big bands past present and future to stand in comparison with the Basie band. It has been the standard for half a century. One reason may well be that Count Basie, he of the impeccable taste, was not only its leader, but also its greatest fan. He would not permit it to play less than its best. He loved it.”
GOD SAID MILK A young man had been to Wed. night Bible Study. The pastor had shared about listening to God and obeying the Lord’s voice. The young man couldn’t help but wonder, “Does God still speak to people?” After service, he went out with some friends for coffee and pie and they discussed the message. Several different ones talked about how God had led them in different ways. It was about ten o’clock when the young man started driving home. Sitting in his car, he just began to pray, “God...If you still speak to people speak to me. I will listen. I will do my best to obey.” As he drove down the main street of his town, he had the strangest thought to stop and buy a gallon of milk. He shook his head and said out loud, “God is that you?” He didn’t get a reply and started on toward home. But again, the thought, buy a gallon of milk. The young man thought about Samuel and how he didn’t recognize the voice of God, and how little Samuel ran to Eli. “Okay, God, in case that is you, I will buy the milk.” It didn’t seem like too hard a test of obedience. He could always use the milk. He stopped and purchased the gallon of milk and started off toward home. As he passed Seventh Street, he again felt the urge, “Turn down that street.” This is crazy he thought and drove on past the intersection. Again, he felt that he should turn down Seventh Street. At the next intersection, he turned back and headed down Seventh. Half-jokingly, he said out loud, “Okay, God, I will.” He drove several blocks, then suddenly, he felt like he should stop. He pulled over to the curb and looked around. He was in a semicommercial area of town. It wasn’t the best but it wasn’t the worst of neighborhoods either. The businesses
were closed and most of the houses looked dark like the people were already in bed. Again, he sensed something, “Go and give the milk to the people in the house across the street.” The young man looked at the house. It was dark and it looked like the people were either gone or they were already asleep He started to open the door and then sat back in the car seat. “Lord, this is insane. Those people are asleep and if I wake them up, they are going to be mad and I will look stupid.” Again, he felt like he should go and give the milk. Finally, he opened the car door. “Okay God, if this is you, I will go to the door and I will give them the milk. If you want me to look like a crazy person, okay. I want to be obedient. I guess that will count for something but if they don’t answer right away, I am out of here.” He walked across the street and rang the bell. He could hear some noise inside. A man’s voice yelled out, “Who is it? What do you want?” Then the door opened before the young man could get away. The man was standing there in his jeans and Tshirt. He looked like he just got out of bed. He had a strange look on his face and he didn’t seem too happy to have some stranger standing on his doorstep. “What is it?” The young man thrust out the gallon of milk. “Here I brought this to you.” The man took the milk and rushed down a hallway, speaking loudly in Spanish. Then from down the hall came a woman carrying the milk toward the kitchen. The man was following her holding a baby. The baby was crying. The man had tears streaming down his face.
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THE SMALLEST PIECE A fourteenth-century Italian stained-glass artist was summoned to design and create a huge portrait for the window of a cathedral in Chartres, France, a place well known for its stained-glass work. He laid all of the pieces he was going to use out on the floor of the cathedral. They were beautiful to behold; most of them were large and colorful. Some of the colors from that time cannot even be reproduced today. Among these awesome pieces of glass was a small, clear piece about as big as your fingernail. As the stained-glass portrait was assembled, that little piece remained on the floor. Only the big colorful pieces of glass were used. On the day of the window’s completion, the tiny piece of clear glass was still lying on the ground. The entire city gathered to witness the unveiling of the brilliant and beautiful stained-glass portrait. The artist stood in front of the crowd, made his speech, and dramatically pulled down the cloth cover. The crowd gasped at the beauty of the colorful window glowing in the sunlight. After a few seconds, however, the crowd grew silent. They sensed that something was missing, that the portrait was unfinished. The great artist then walked over to where the little clear piece of glass lay, picked it up, and placed it in the portrait, right in the center of Jesus’ eye. As the sun hit that little piece, it gave off a dazzling sparkle. The magnificent stained glass window still draws visitors. The first thing they see is that sparkle in Jesus’ eye.
Do you ever feel like that little piece of clear glass! Left out. Untalented. A disappointment. You doubt you can ever do anything for God. Let the story of that last little piece remind you that God thinks of you as the apple of his eye (Psalm 17:8). No matter that in your eyes you don’t measure up to others, you are an important part of the body of Christ. (1 Corinthians 12). Submitted by Sis. Marsha Wellons-Lawton
1 Tr. Sally A. Adams Sandy Bailey-Pascal Jennie Bowen Hopeton Cohen Kendra Johnson Patrick Minor Charketa Reid Andrew Riley 2 Everett Elstak III Gail Thomas 3 Elisha Cropper Tracey Jackson David Kane 4 Lisa Askew Louis Glenn Christian Greene Nadine McDowell 5 Kotoka Shipanga Deaconess Nell Walker 6 Shirley Collier Chantelle Talley Lakisha Tinsley Zsavette Whitted Sophia Wright 7 Valerie Fleet Sylvester Foxworth Seaerle Greene Shelton Hargrove Rayanna Hightower Benosi Sorden Chartrese Taylor 8 Candance Campbell Lucy Mapp Robin McNear Ralph Spearman Paralee Williams
9 Michael Glover Brenda J. Gunter Marlene McIntosh Minister Nigel Pierre Ashley Sanders Kyle Thomas 10 Adrienne Gittens Charles Graham Jade Stevens 11 Jacqueline Hill Jeanette Wilkerson 12 Tr. Mattie B. Hull Ophelia Nimo Maureen Norman Elmina Parris Nafisa Patterson Nydiah Patterson Rahmel Sommerville Angela Williams 13 Michael Ayers Charaé Forney Crystal Gilmore Shanya Houser Tiffany Johnson William V. Moore Deborah Watson Ramona Young 14 Deacon Fred Anthony Karen Boglin Garid Drummond Marsha Dunn Kathleen Hill McKinley Hill Maraj Martinis Yvette Yancey 15 Corinne Brundage Ashley Dunbar Natasha Guerra-Charles Antwoine Hardy Sr
Michelle Ruffin Karen Voss 16 Minister André Gittens Mary Polché Stephanie Lofton Joyce Williams 17 Darryl Daggett Mayme Fleet Cassandra Mack Betty Overton Kevin Pope Romesha Robinson Gillian Robinson-Easy Gregory Talley, Jr. 18 Saundra D. Lowery Tammara Roberts De’Shawn Smith 19 Min. Raymond T. Burns Stephanie Dell Ayanna Frazier O’dell T Holder Barbara Keel Shirley Persad Mary Richardson 20 Steven Guerra Tammi Jones Rasheeda Nixon Cathy Reddick Maxine Timazee Erin Tokley Rebekah Wilson Deaconess Helen Wright 21 Shirley Glover Lisa Greene Andrea Herrera Kenneth Parker Lisa Truesdale Saniya White Bridgette Whitmore
Myles Wilcox-Randolph 22 Robert Haymes Zaakirah Islam Devonna Oliver 23 Zavia Forney Alicia Knox Christie Shaw Ahmeen Thomas Andrea Wallace-Reid Racheal Wortham Richard Wortham 24 Donna Sims Kendrick Wilkie Ryan Wilkie 25 Minister Christopher Florence Jenniel Hillocks Rico Miller Richard Nelson Jr Saniyah Richburg Deaconess Denise Royal 26 Felicia Day Jeffery Ford Althea Johnson Ashley Robinson Jim Wilson Sheaffer Woodall 27 Carmen Alexander Symone Barnes Andre’ Forney Jr Susan Hinds Mildred Howard Continued on Page Fifteen►
The Church Chat Staff wishes to extend birthday wishes to everyone born in the month of December. Please let Bro. Edward Brown know if we have omitted anyone.
WELLS Wells were a major source of water in biblical times. Match the person with the proper statement about wells. 1. Herdsmen of Gerar, Genesis 26:20 2. Isaac, Genesis 26:18 3. Jesus, John 4:6-14 4. Uzziah, 2 Chronicles 26:9-10 5. Isaiah, Isaiah 12:3 6. Abraham’s servant, Genesis 24:10-13 7. Joseph, Genesis 49:22 8. Moses, Numbers 21:16 9. David, 2 Samuel 23:15-17 10. Marah, Exodus 15:23
a. Produced bitter water b. Was given water at the well in Beer c. Fought over a well d. Witnessed to a woman at a well e. Built towers and wells in the desert f. Waited at a well to find Isaac a wife g. Refused to drink water because three men risked their lives getting it for him h. Was blest as “a fruitful bough by a well” i. Prophesied that people would “draw water out of the wells of salvation” j. Dug again the wells of his father
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RECIPE FOR CHRISTMAS ALL YEAR LONG
Take a heap of child-like wonder That opens up our eyes To the unexpected gifts in life— Each day a sweet surprise.
Learn to say no. It will be of more use to you than to be able to read Latin. Charles Haddon Spurgeon It’s when you run away that you’re most liable to stumble. Casey Robinson
Mix in fond appreciation For the people whom we know; Like festive Christmas candles, Each one has a special glow.
I endeavor to be wise when I cannot be merry, easy when I cannot be glad, content with what cannot be mended and patient when there be no redress. Elizabeth Montagu
Add some giggles and some laughter, A dash of Christmas food, (Amazing how a piece of pie Improves our attitude!)
Even on the road to hell, flowers can make you smile. Deng Ming Dao
Stir it all with human kindness; Wrap it up in love and peace, Decorate with optimism, and Our joy will never cease.
IN THE SMALL STUFF • Every morning you choose your attitude for the day. • The first step on the path to commitment is making up your mind.
If we use this healthy recipe, We know we will remember To be in the Christmas spirit, Even when it’s not December.
• You can plan to succeed or you can plan to fail. The choice is yours.
By Joanna Fuchs www.poemsource.com
• Motivation increases when we assume large responsibilities with a short deadline. • Develop a cause for your life. Whatever it is, dedicate yourself to it daily. • Don’t be good at making excuses.
CHURCH CHAT STAFF
Editor and Publisher: Marsha Wellons-Lawton
J. Napper, Eleanor Richardson, Debora Richardson, Jerome Richardson, and Earl Sawyer.
Contributors This Month:
Articles for the January 2013 Church Chat issue are due on Sunday, December 23, 2012. Any articles received after that date will be considered for the February 2013 issue. We reserve the right to edit and publish any articles submitted to us at our own discretion.
Trustee Mary Wellons, Edward Brown, Denise Clark, Juanita Ford, Pastor Garth G. Gittens, Trustee Valerie Hayes, Trustee Mattie B. Hull, Dorothy Kapenstein, Curtis Lawton, Deacon Wilbur