FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH VALENTINE’S DAY
Church Chat Newsletter©
Issue #216 AND PASTOR GITTEN’S BIRTHDAY
Calvary Baptist Church - 6122 Haverford Avenue - Philadelphia PA 19151 Dr. Garth G. Gittens, Pastor/Teacher Evangelist Gillian Gittens, First Lady 215-747-9979 Our Website: www.calvaryphilly.org.
“Message from the Editor” This month’s scripture is from Ephesians 4:31-32, “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” KINDNESS. What is kindness? Kindness according to Webster’s dictionary, “of a sympathetic, forbearing, or pleasant nature.” Kindness according to Paul was that he realized that goodness, knowledge, self-control, patience, and godliness are parts of life and a relationship with God that produces brotherly kindness. If we were more aware of what our duties as Christians are, then we wouldn’t have time for all the envy, pride, disputing, and fighting. We would spend more time loving one another. Respecting one another. Where is your kindness? Is it in your church, home, or workplace? Do you have kindness? Do you show it whenever you can and wherever you go? Something is very positive about a spirit of family love, church love, and kindness. What a combination. Kindness will come and stay only where there are men and women with self-control, knowledge in the Word of God, and where people will want to do what is right to demonstrate their continued faith in God. It’s when we lack kindness that we go against God’s Word. And if we are going against God’s Word, then we don’t have what it takes to live the Christian life. Just remember Jesus loved His enemies, did good to those that hated Him, blessed those who cursed Him, and prayed for those who spitefully used Him. The theme for 2013 is “Try not to be mean in 2013.” We hope everyone enjoyed the January 2013 issue of the Church Chat, where we celebrated 200 issues. However, all praise, all honor, and all glory, belong to God, without Him, the Church Chat would not be possible. Thank you for the many, many compliments and words of encouragement. Special thanks go to all the contributors of the Church Chat this month. Please try to submit your articles BEFORE the deadline, ESPECIALLY if it is a FULL PAGE. Also, you can leave it in the Church Office, fax it to 484-463-8229, or E-mail it to email@example.com. PAGE 1 Don’t forget. The Church Chat is now on our new church’s website –
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Calendar of Events
Words of Inspiration
1 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Friday Night Prayer Service -
9 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Teen Divine Praise Ministry
Rehearsal - Sanctuary
2 7:00 AM Real Men Get Up Early - TFH
10 11:00 AM Children's Church - 6116 Haverford Ave
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM New Members Discipleship Classes - 6116 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 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Mission Ministry Meeting 6114
3:30 PM Pastor preaching at Upper Room Missionary BC - 7236 Ogontz Ave - CBC Mass Choir & Ushers. Dinner served at 2pm. Morning Worship Services - Sanctuary - 7:30am, 9:30am, and 11:30am The Church will shower Pastor Gittens with Cards and Gifts during 7:30am, 9:30am, and 11:30am services
3 9:30 AM February Church Chat Distributed
11 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Agape Outreach Services
11:00 AM Children's Church - 6116 Haverford Ave 1:00 PM Hospitality Ministry Meeting - TFH 6:00 PM Super Bowl Party sponsored by the Men's Ministry Communion Services - Sanctuary - Mass Choir 7:30am, 9:30am, and 11:30am Morning Worship Services - Sanctuary - 7:30am, 9:30am, and 11:30am
Distribute Food & Clothing - 6114 10:30 AM Seniors Ministry Meeting - 6118 Haverford Avenue 6:00 PM Building Fund Ministry Meeting - 6142 Haverford Avenue 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Martial Arts Ministry - TFH Happy Birthday Pastor Gittens
4 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Agape Outreach Services
Haverford Ave 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
12 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM AARP Income Tax Preparation - 6116
Distribute Food & Clothing - 6114 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Martial Arts Ministry - TFH
5 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 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
6 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 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM AARP Income Tax Preparation - 6116 Haverford Ave 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 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM AARP Income Tax Preparation - 6116 Haverford Ave 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
15 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Friday Night Prayer Service -
8 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Friday Night Prayer Service -
16 7:00 AM Real Men Get Up Early - TFH
9 7:00 AM Real Men Get Up Early - TFH
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern at Calvary Class - 6116 Haverford Ave 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Children Divine Praise Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Children Divine Praise Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary
16 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Teen Divine Praise Ministry
24 11:00 AM Children's Church - 6116 Haverford Ave
Rehearsal - Sanctuary 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM New Members Banquet - Talmadge Fellowship Hall
Morning Worship Services - Sanctuary - 7:30am, 9:30am, and 11:30am
17 11:00 AM Children's Church - 6116 Haverford Ave
Distribute Food & Clothing - 6114 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Martial Arts Ministry - TFH
25 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Agape Outreach Services
11:30 AM Right Hand of Fellowship 1:00 PM Deadline for Articles for the "MARCH Church Chat Morning Worship Services - Sanctuary - 7:30am, 9:30am, and 11:30am
26 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM AARP Income Tax Preparation - 6116
AGAPE Outreach Services Closed in Observance Presidents Day Holiday Calvary's Children Learning Center Closed in Observance President's Day Holiday Church Administration Office Closed in Observance Presidents Day Holiday
Haverford Ave 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
27 12:00 PM AGAPE - Free Hot Lunch Served
18 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Martial Arts Ministry - TFH
19 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM AARP Income Tax Preparation - 6116
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
Haverford Ave 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
28 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM AARP Income Tax Preparation - 6116 Haverford Ave 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 Ministry Leadership Council Meeting - TFH 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Praise & Worship Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary
20 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
21 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM AARP Income Tax Preparation - 6116 Haverford Ave 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Harcum College Classes 6114 & 6116 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Drama Ministry Rehearsal TFH
22 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Friday Night Prayer Service Sanctuary
23 7:00 AM Real Men Get Up Early - TFH 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern at Calvary Class - 6116 Haverford Ave 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Children Divine Praise Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Teen Divine Praise Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM Talmadge Fellowship Hall Reserved
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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 We ask every Calvary member to please place a patron ad to help our youth. Sis. Denise Clark, Ads Committee Chairperson and Sis. Cynthia Lowery, Ads Committee CoChairperson. 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, February 28, 2013 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.
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.
MALE CHORUS The Male Chorus has postponed rehearsals until further notice.
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. PASTOR GARTH G. GITTENS ENGAGEMENTS Pastor will be preaching at Upper Room, 7236 Ogontz Ave Street Phila, Pa 19138 on Sunday, February 10, 2013, for Pastor Carlton Aiken. All Ministries Anniversary. The Mass Choir and Ushers will accompany Pastor. The mini-bus will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. Please call, or visit the Church Office to sign up. The mini-bus will leave Calvary at 1:30pm. Dinner will be served at 2:00 pm. CALVARY USHER MINISTRY The Calvary Usher Ministry will be celebrating their anniversary on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 3:30pm. The Guest preacher will be Pastor George Tynes of Truth Baptist Church with their Ushers, Choir, and Congregation. Your prayers and support is requested. TITHING ENVELOPES - 2013
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.
FREE AARP TAX PREPARATION HELP AVAILABLE AT CALVARY Calvary will host Free AARP Tax Preparations for low to moderate taxpayers regardless of age. Trained tax interviewers will be available on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10:00am to 2:00pm in 6116 Haverford Avenue beginning Thursday, February 7, 2012 to Thursday, April 11, 2012. Services will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointments will be given. Please bring your W-2 forms, and all necessary taxable financial information. Please contact Deacon Wilbur J. Napper for further information. Please note: Please Do Not Bring Small Children.
A FATHER’S BOOK OF WISDOM
personnel and even the bullies themselves are quite common.
their negligence makes the injury possible.
Increasingly, these plaintiffs are also naming the parents of the bullies as defendants. Why? Because the bully’s parents often bear some financial or legal responsibility for the harm their child inflicted, perhaps because the parents have insurance that could cover some of these damages or, worse, because the parents themselves allowed or enabled the bullying, either intentionally or through negligence.
What to do What should parents do to protect themselves from legal liability for bullying? It’s simple. Do exactly what you would want other parents to do if their child was bullying yours. Take it seriously.
The greatest ignorance is to reject something you know nothing about. -Dad Let your policy be quality. -Dad A diamond is a chunk of coal that made good under pressure. -Anonymous Laughter has no foreign accent. - Paul Lowney
SOURCE: H. Jackson Brown, Jr. PARENTS OF BULLIES CAN BE SUED The financial and emotional consequences are potentially devastating. By Josh Kershenbaum, Esq. and Dave Frankel, Esq. As more and more horrific incidents of suicide and school violence are traced back to bullying, the focus on this problem is likely to remain intense. We now know a lot about the psychological, academic, physical and legal risks that bullying poses to victims and bullies alike. And we also know more than ever before about the risks school districts face when they fail to adequately address bullying. But where do parents fit into all of this? What are our rights, responsibilities and risks when our child is involved in bullying? Legal action When a child is bullied today it is far more likely that his parents will turn to the courts for help. If your child is a bully, you might very well be sued. Lawsuits by victims of bullying against school districts, school
While the most important reason to stop your child from bullying is to protect him and the victims, the potentially devastating financial and emotional consequences of being sued is another reason to take this problem extremely seriously. Liability Many parents worry that they are automatically responsible for the actions of their minor children, but the truth is not that simple. Parents are usually not legally responsible simply because they are the parents. (See the Strict Liability below, for some exceptions to this rule.) Rather, parents are most at risk legally when they know their child is a threat to others but they don’t take reasonable steps to control that behavior. In this way, liability for bullying is similar to liability for your child’s drunk driving. As you might expect, the law does not look kindly on parents who knowingly allow their children to drive drunk, let alone those who give their drunk children the keys to the car. Similarly, if you know your child is bullying a classmate — whether physically, through text messages, social media, verbally or by any other means — you have a legal duty to take reasonable steps to stop it. If you don’t, the law will treat you as part of the cause of the harm your child has inflicted on his victim. As one court put it, parents are responsible when
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LOVE HUNG ON A CROSS God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life. JOHN 3:16 He looked around the hill and foresaw a scene. Three figures hung on three crosses. Arms spread. Heads fallen forward. They moaned with the wind. Men clad in soldier’s garb sat on the ground near the trio. . . . Women clad in sorrow huddled at the foot of the hill, ...faces tear-streaked. All heaven stood to fight. All nature rose to rescue. All eternity poised to protect. But the Creator gave no command. “It must be done ...” he said, and withdrew. The angel spoke again. “It would be less painful” The Creator interrupted softly. “But it wouldn’t be love.” In the Eye of the Storm
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 YOUR NEIGHBORS” Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Matthew 22:35-40 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Romans 13:10 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me. Romans 15:1-3 Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer. Psalms 101:5
THE LITTLE BOOK OF PRAYER PERSEVERANCE It is only the sentimentalists who depict prayer as a perpetual April. A good deal of prayer is framed in fall and winter, and much of the real work of prayer is best done in those very seasons. DOUGLAS STEERE Dimensions of Prayer ... nothing is so costly, so exorbitant, so extortionate, as that which is bought by prayer. While, on the other hand, nothing is so truly and everlastingly enriching as that which is gotten and held by prayer, and by prayer alone. ALEXANDER WHYTE Lord, Teach Us to Pray
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”. 6:00 – 6:55 pm The night begins with a hot meal – at no charge – served between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm in 6116 Haverford Avenue. This is to cater to people who come directly from work and children coming directly from school. The menu will vary, but along lines of Burgers & French Fries, Hot Dogs, Spaghetti and Meat Balls, Hot Wings etc. At this time we will have a homework corner set up where kids can complete their homework under supervision and may even receive help.
The idea is to afford parents a measured mid-week break from the rigorous routine of school-age parenting. Quick note: this homework help falls under the auspices of our education ministry but we encourage our educators, college students/graduates and professionals to help us to help our kids by becoming volunteers. 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.
THE JOY OF BEING A WOMAN Munching on some Godiva chocolate-covered strawberries Once women pass fifty, if they can avoid the temptations of the eternal youth purveyors, the sellers of unnatural thinness and cosmetic surgery, they may be able to tap into the feisty girls they once were. -Carolyn Heilbrun, writer and educator
SOURCE: Amy Hall
26 FOODS THAT FIGHT FAT Part Three of a Four Part Series
using salsa, hummus, or black bean dip as dressing.
there are some early warning signs to watch for.
16. Crispbreads Whole-grain rye crackers, sometimes called crispbreads, offer a low-fat, fiber-packed alternative to traditional crackers. Research suggests people who replace refined grains with whole grains tend to have less belly fat. Whole grains also provide a richer assortment of plant nutrients. This doesn’t just apply to crackers. You can get the same benefits by switching to whole-grain breads, cereals, and pastas.
20. Vinegar If you dress your salad with oil and vinegar, you may get another fatfighting benefit. More research is needed, but some studies suggest vinegar may help the body break down fat. Whether or not this effect pans out, Bonci says vinegar is a good choice. It’s full of flavor that can make salad more satisfying -- and it has no calories.
Warning Signs: Memory and Speech In early Alzheimer’s, long-term memories usually remain intact while short-term memories become sketchy. Your loved one may forget conversations you had. He or she may repeat questions that were already answered. The disease also disrupts speech, so patients may struggle to remember common words.
17. Tabouli A standout whole grain is bulgur wheat, the type found in tabouli. It’s high in fiber and protein, but low in fat and calories. That helps you fill up with a minimum of calories. Bonci adds that the rich taste makes it satisfying. “It’s flavorful, so you don’t need to add a lot of oil,” she says. To turn this dish into a meal, she suggests adding beans and stirring in extra tomato, cucumber, and parsley. 18. Soup Soup -- we’re talking broth-based, not creamy -- is a dieter’s friend in several ways. It’s full of water, which fills you up with the fewest possible calories. It’s hot, which prevents you from guzzling it down too quickly. When eaten before a meal, soup can take up space that might have gone to higher calorie foods. You can also make a satisfying, low-calorie meal out of soup alone by adding chicken, fish, cut-up vegetables, or beans. 19. Salad Another way to fill up before a meal is by eating salad. Lettuce has plenty of water content to take up space in the stomach. That leaves less room for fattier foods that might come later in the meal. Make your salad interesting by adding a variety of fruits and vegetables or grated cheese. But be careful about dressing, which can add a lot of calories. Bonci recommends
21. Nuts Nuts are an excellent way to curb hunger between meals. They’re high in protein, fiber, and heart-healthy fats. Studies suggest nuts can promote weight loss and improve cholesterol levels when eaten in moderation. The key is to “be careful with quantity,” Bonci tells WebMD. “Choose something in a shell, so you have to work harder and slow down.” 22. Air-Popped Popcorn Three cups of plain, air-popped popcorn may seem like a whole lot, but the calorie content is low. All that air adds volume without adding fat or sugar. “When people are looking to snack, they don’t stop at 10 potato chips,” Bonci says. They want to have their fill, and a big bowl of popcorn delivers. “It’s visually satisfying, plus it takes time to eat.”
Continued on Page Seventeen► WHEN A LOVED ONE HAS ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE Part One of a Two Part Series Could It Be Alzheimer’s? It’s normal for our loved ones to become a bit forgetful as they age. So how can we separate a harmless “senior moment” from a more serious problem like Alzheimer’s disease? One in eight people 65 and older have this devastating form of dementia. In its first stages, Alzheimer’s may not be obvious to friends and family. But
Warning Signs: Behavior In addition to memory loss, Alzheimer’s can cause confusion and behavior changes. Your loved one may get lost in familiar places. Mood swings and poor judgment are also common, as is poor hygiene. People who once dressed with style may resort to wearing stained clothes and unwashed hair. Don’t Ignore the Signs While it’s difficult to face the possibility that a loved one could have Alzheimer’s, it’s better to consult a doctor sooner rather than later. First, the diagnosis might not be Alzheimer’s after all. The symptoms could be caused by a highly treatable problem, such as a thyroid imbalance. And if it is Alzheimer’s, today’s treatments work best when they are used early in the course of the disease. Diagnosing Alzheimer’s There is no simple test for Alzheimer’s, so the doctor will rely on you to describe the changes in your loved one. A mental status test, sometimes called a “mini-cog,” or other screening tests can help evaluate the patient’s mental function and short-term memory. In addition, neurological exams and brain scans may be used to rule out other problems, such as a stroke or tumor -and they can help provide other information about the brain.
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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. NEVER take legal advice from a 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
KEEPSENIORSWARM.ORG WHERE TO FIND HELP: RESOURCES Sometimes the best way to help is by knowing where to find help, and who to contact in an emergency. Bill Assistance Crisis Program 215-560-1583 City Crisis is federally funded and administered by the Department of Licenses and Inspections to help lowincome households in a heating crisis. Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA) 215-988-0929 ECA is a non-profit corporation that coordinates and provides energy services—including conservation, heater repair, energy education and bill payment assistance—for low- and moderate-income Philadelphians.
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THREE LITTLE BIG WORDS But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly....I have no one else of kindred spirit who will genuinely be concerned for your welfare. Philippians 2:19,20 I used to think the most difficult words to utter were “I love you.” I remember the first time I told my mom and dad “I love you.” I was a typical unexpressive, ungrateful teenager, but on the day I left home for college I looked my parents in the eyes and said those three little words with excruciating pain. Then there was the first time I told my wife, Barbara, I loved her. My heart jumped wildly, and my adrenaline was the only thing flowing faster than the beads of sweat on my forehead. I remember wondering how young couples in love could survive the experience! Telling another person “I love you” represents risk and vulnerability. Yet however difficult these words of love may be, three other words are even more arduous to express: I need you. Consider the number of people you have expressed your love to: your mate, children, parents, extended family and possibly a few select friends. Now think of those to whom you have said, “I need you” a much smaller number, most likely. Most of us have difficulty admitting need. But why? Because admitting need means we are dependent upon another. It means we are less than complete by ourselves. When the apostle Paul admitted that he had no one but Timothy who could meet a particular need in Paul’s life, he was making himself vulnerable, admitting his dependence on one beloved person.
It’s interesting that in Genesis 2:18 Adam had to be told he had a need. God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.” And even after that divine, authoritative statement, Adam probably had to name several thousand creatures to finally get the point: he needed someone! Today is no different God often has to show us how we need our mates and our children. And when He does, let’s not be afraid to admit it. Discuss: Focus for a few moments on each person in your family. Interact with your spouse and children on the various ways you need him or her and them. Pray: That you will be able to lead each family member to recognize each other’s unique needs. MARRIAGE HUMOR
12. The Female must, under no circumstances, let the Male know whether she wants him to be angry or upset. 13. The Male is expected to read the mind of the Female at all times. 14. At all times, what is important is what the Female meant, not what she said. 15. If the Male doesn’t abide by THE RULES, it is because he can’t take the heat, lacks backbone, and is a wimp. 16. If the Male, at any time, believes he is right, he must refer to Rule #5. 17. Every house belongs to the oldest female living there.He wiped another tear from his cheek and said, “You know...I would have gotten out today.”
GOD CAN HANDLE ….MARRIAGE By Dr. S. M. Henriques
SEX: THE AMAZING GIFT
1. The Female always makes THE RULES. 2. THE RULES are subject to change without notice. 3. No Male can possible know all THE RULES. 4. If the Female suspects the Male knows all THE RULES, she must immediately change some of THE RULES 5. The Female is never wrong. 6. If it appears the Female is wrong, it is because of a flagrant misunderstanding caused by something the Male did or said wrong. 7. If Rule 6 applies, the Male must apologize immediately for causing the misunderstanding. 8. The Female can change her mind at any time. 9. The Male must never change his mind without the express, written consent of The Female. 10. The Female has every right to be angry or upset at any time. 11. The Male must remain calm at all times, unless the Female wants him to be angry or upset.
God knew exactly what He was doing when He made us different! Our sexuality is a part of God’s original intention, as demonstrated in the very design of our bodies. It was not added on as an afterthought. In this chapter we consider one of God’s amazing gifts: the sexual relationship between a wife and a husband. God gave the gift of sex like a precious jewel to humanity - the crown of all His creation. William Fitch I belong to my lover, and his desire is for me. Song of Solomon 7: 10 (NIV)
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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MORE PILLARS OF SALT Esau was sometimes called Edom, which means red. Genesis 25:30 In a battle, fighting men from Judah caught a man named Adoni-Bezekand cut off his fingers and big toes. Judges 1:6 There are 590 words in Obadiah. You can count them if you want to. When Nebuchadnezzar went insane, he grew claws like a bird, feathers like an eagle, and ate grass like a cow. Daniel 4:33 While Ishmael lived in the desert with his mom, he learned to be an archer. Genesis 21:20 Samson killed more people when he died than he did when he lived. Judges 16:30 Abraham had slaves. Genesis 17:27
JOKE FOR YOUR SOUL
An hour later the water was up to the roof and a third rescue boat approached the old man, and tried to get him to come with them. Again the old man refused to leave stating that, “God will save him.” So the boat left him again. Soon after, the man drowns and goes to heaven, and when he sees God he asks him, “Why didn’t you save me?”
The old man was still sitting there when a rescue boat came and the people on board said, “You can’t stay here you have to come with us.” The old man replied, “No, God will save me.” So the boat left. A little while later the water was up to the second floor, and another rescue boat came, and again told the old man he had to come with them. The old man again replied, “God will save me.” So the boat left him again.
Perhaps singing is not your talent, but each of us can find ways to proclaim the power of Christ in our lives. If God is really important in our lives, we should be excited to let the whole world know how we feel. Praise God with your whole heart, and sing forth His glory always.
God replied, “I tried. I sent three boats after you!!”
PRAYER: I cannot express how grateful I am to have You in my life, Father. Help me to share Your love with the people I meet this day. Amen.
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Submitted by Sis. Marsha Lawton
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
GOD WILL SAVE ME There was an old man sitting on his porch watching the rain fall. Pretty soon the water was coming over the porch and into the house.
sing her heart out; for grandmother, and for her Lord.
DAILY PRAISE FROM THE BIBLE Inspiration from the Psalms By Dan Dick I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee. Psalm 138:1 Linda had the chance to sing before a huge audience. Due to an audition at her college, she had chosen to appear on a well-known television show. All her friends made suggestions about what she should sing, but Linda had ideas of her own. Her grandmother had always loved the song “Amazing Grace” and told Linda that she should always look for ways to let people know what she believed. This was a chance to do just that. Linda would
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. Charlotte Aiken Raymond Napper Jr Laila Ali Elizabeth Okore Sabrina Astillero Brandon Okore Tara Crawley Cynthia Okore Evan Crawley Tyler Okore Saleema Davis Nasheed Owens Ethan Davis Dashin Owens Delvon Jackson Sandra Pray Nakia Johnson Destani Rhoades Charles Mercer Jr Lisa Marie Smalls Stephanie Mercer Floretta William Isaiah Moss LisaMarie Williams
PASTOR GITTENS BIRTHDAY In honor of Pastor Gittens Birthday on Monday, February 11, 2013, the church will shower the Pastor with cards and gifts during the 7:30am, 9:30am, and 11:30am services on Sunday, February 10, 2013.
PROMISES YOU CAN COUNT ON! Whatever your problems, whatever your needs, the answers are in the Bible. Whatever you’re feeling, whatever you’re suffering, whatever you’re hoping ... the Bible has something to say to you. GOD’S PROMISES ON “RIGHTEOUSNESS” He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Romans 8:32 Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Isaiah 3:10 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. Psalm 23:6
WHAT JESUS IS SAYING TO YOU By Peter Wallace Think about where you have fallen from, and then turn back and do as you did at first. If you don’t turn back, I will come and take away your lampstand. Revelation 2:5 To the church at Ephesus, Jesus has sent a letter revealing His disappointment that their works were performed without love. They had lost their first love of Him. Now He tells them-and us-how to correct that situation. Think about how it was, in the first blush of excited love for the Lord and for your fellow believers. Think of the energy you received from that love. And realize how far you’ve fallen from that lofty state. Remember.
Turn away from this empty existence. Change your mind about how things should be. Repent. Come back to Him, and let Him rekindle your heart. Do again the things you used to do at first as a young follower basking in the glory of the new birth. Return.
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 “Victory Over Sin” “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow. “ “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool. If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land.” Isaiah 1:16-19 Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of
the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4: 1-6 And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him. Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. 1 John3:5-7 O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory? The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:55-58
A SHAWL OF LOVE Be not dismayed, for God is near When life’s problems come your way. He’ll change your skies to azure blue And chase the storm clouds all away. He’ll take the dark that fills your soul And turn it into balmy clouds of light; Soothing breezes and sun-kissed skies Will soon replace the dark of night. You see, He’s just a prayer away; Look upward, place your trust above The darkness ‘round you will soon lift; He’ll drape you with a shawl of love! Barbara Cagle Ray But I can enter Your house because of YOUR great love. I can worship in Your holy temple because of my reverence for You, Lord. Psalm 5:8 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 BRIEF HISTORY OF DESEASED CALVARY MEMBERS ◄Continued From Page Twenty-Two So just remember to cherish good and not so good but always blessed my sons, Teddy, my brothers and sisters and family. My daughters-in-law God Bless you for taking care of my sons and grandchildren. I know God loves me, he thought I was so special He gave me the four of you. So just remember and say she tried her best to let her sons and grands know they are the best and never not love yourself, because God is right beside you He will never leave, God will be there in the midst of a storm. He will lead you in the right path, if you just ask Him, God will shield you against your enemies. Walk tall my sons. God made you He loved you first. Thank you for my life and all you giving me. Love, Mom Written by Ramona Young Romana passed on Friday, December 21, 2012, just three days after her father, Deacon Wallace Garner. Services were held at Calvary Baptist
Church on Saturday, December 29, 2012. Minister Thomas Glover, Officiant – Pastor Garth G. Gittens, Eulogist -TAMICA’S LIFE Tamica Rhoda Townsend was the third and daughter Milton Geraldine Townsend February 1973.
2012. Minister Thomas Glover, Officiant – Pastor Garth G. Gittens, Eulogist NINE THINGS THAT WILL DISAPPEAR IN OUR LIFETIME
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She was raised in Resurrection Baptist Church where she was baptized on February 10th, 1981 at the age of eight. Later she joined Calvary Baptist Church in West Philadelphia. Tamica was educated in the Philadelphia public school system where she graduated from Overbrook High School. Tamica was well known for her fashion and style. Even through the trials and battles with her illness, Tamica was concerned with others salvation and would spread the joy of knowing Jesus Christ through daily text. Tamica’s light was her two year old daughter Tori. She passed on Saturday, December 22, 2012. Tamica’s memory will be cherished by her loving and devoted mother and father, Geraldine and Milton; Tori, her daughter and two brothers, Milton III and Geoffrey; nieces and nephews and god children. Tamica also leaves a special friend, Robert Jackson, and a host of family members and friends; both by blood and in Christ. She will be sadly missed by her many friends, family, and neighbors. Services were held at Calvary Baptist Church on Monday, December 31,
So, Windows, Google, and the Mac OS will be tied straight into the Internet. If you click an icon, it will open something in the Internet cloud. If you save something, it will be saved to the cloud. And you may pay a monthly subscription fee to the cloud provider. In this virtual world, you can access your music or your books, or your whatever from any laptop or handheld device. That’s the good news. But, will you actually own any of this “stuff” or will it all be able to disappear at any moment in a big “Poof?” Will most of the things in our lives be disposable and whimsical? It makes you want to run to the closet and pull out that photo album, grab a book from the shelf, or open up a CD case and pull out the insert. 9. Privacy If there ever was a concept that we can look back on nostalgically, it would be privacy. That’s gone. It’s been gone for a long time anyway. There are cameras on the street, in most of the buildings, and even built into your computer and cell phone. But you can be sure that 24/7, “They” know who you are and where you are, right down to the GPS coordinates, and the Google Street View. If you buy something, your habit is put into a zillion profiles, and your ads will change to reflect those habits. “They” will try to get you to buy something else. Again and again. All we will have left that can’t be changed are “Memories”. KISS THEM GOODBYE
Submitted by Sis. Juanita Ford
BIBLE SECRETS FOR SUCCESSFUL LIVING
GOD’S ANSWERS FOR YOUR LIFE
HOW TO PRAISE THE LORD But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: I Peter 2:9
A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring. Proverbs 25:26 Don’t give up, Christian. Don’t give in to compromise. Be strong in the Lord.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6 Faith in the historical fact that Jesus died on the cross for our sins will bring wonderful salvation. You can’t please God without this kind of faith.
THE BIBLE PROMISE BOOK FOR WOMEN HOPE But sanctity the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear. 1 PETER 3:15 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began. TITUS 1:2 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. GALATIANS 5:5 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. HEBREWS 3:6
By Max Lucado I am telling you this before I leave, so that when it does happen, you will have faith in me. I cannot speak with you much longer, because the ruler of this world is coming. But he has no power over me. JOHN 14:29-30 CEV
Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD, and teach me thy judgments. Psalm 119:108
Picture the scene. Peter, John, James. They came back ... Daring to dream that the master had left them some word, some plan, some direction, they came back.
And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. Acts 16:25
But little did they know their wildest dream wasn’t wild enough. Just as someone mumbles, “It’s no use;’ they hear a noise. They hear a voice. “Peace be with you.” Someone looked at the door.
Oh, Lord, incomprehensible, Whom I alternately seek and ignore, forgive my inconstancy. Sometimes I clamor so childishly at heaven’s gates, demanding grace. . . . Oh, God, I don’t want this kind of wishy-washy life. This is not the kind of relationship I want with you at all. And surely it cannot be the kind of relationship you want with me. You are there, whether or not I clamor. You are here. And my much-ado merely serves to focus my mind on me. You are with me. Forgive my inconstancy. In thee do I trust. Jo Carr & Imogene Sorley
It was still locked. The one betrayed sought his betrayers. What did he say to them? Not “What a bunch of flops!” Not “I told you so.” No “Where-were-you-when-I-needed-you ” speeches. But simply one phrase, “Peace be with you.” The very thing they didn’t have was the very thing he offered: peace. Six Hours One Friday
Submitted by Bro. Curtis Lawton
SOLUTIONS TO JANUARY PUZZLE CORNER ANSWERS: ABRAHAM: 1-E, 2-H, 3-F, 4-K, 5-G, 6-I, 7-J, 8-L, 9-C, 10A, 11-D, 12-B Cryptogram Solutions: 1 Peter 1:3-6
SOURCE: Life’s Little Prayer Book
TRUST MORE -- FEAR LESS
10,000 THINGS TO PRAISE GOD FOR mountain ferns free elections the divine gift of life experienced advisers accurate communication skylarks Jesus Christ, God Manifest in the Flesh a pure blood supply foes vanquished forever diamonds NINE THINGS THAT WILL DISAPPEAR IN OUR LIFETIME Whether these changes are good or bad depends in part on how we adapt to them. But, ready or not, here they come. 1. The Post Office Get ready to imagine a world without the post office. They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term. Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive. Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills. 2. The Check Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with checks by 2018. It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process checks. Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the checks. This plays right into the death of the post office. If you never paid your bills by mail and never received them by mail, the post office would absolutely go out of business. 3. The Newspaper The younger generation simply doesn’t read the newspaper. They certainly don’t subscribe to a daily delivered print edition. That may go the way of the milkman and the
laundry man. As for reading the paper online, get ready to pay for it. The rise in mobile Internet devices and ereaders has caused all the newspaper and magazine publishers to form an alliance. They have met with Apple, Amazon, and the major cell phone companies to develop a model for paid subscription services. 4. The Book You say you will never give up the physical book that you hold in your hand and turn the literal pages. I said the same thing about downloading music from iTunes. I wanted my hard copy CD. But I quickly changed my mind when I discovered that I could get albums for half the price without ever leaving home to get the latest music. The same thing will happen with books. You can browse a bookstore online and even read a preview chapter before you buy. And the price is less than half that of a real book. And think of the convenience! Once you start flicking your fingers on the screen instead of the book, you find that you are lost in the story, can’t wait to see what happens next, and you forget that you’re holding a gadget instead of a book. 5. The Land Line Telephone Unless you have a large family and make a lot of local calls, you don’t need it anymore. Most people keep it simply because they’ve always had it. But you are paying double charges for that extra service. All the cell phone companies will let you call customers using the same cell provider for no charge against your minutes. 6. Music This is one of the saddest parts of the change story. The music industry is dying a slow death. Not just because of illegal downloading. It’s the lack of innovative new music being given a chance to get to the people who would like to hear it. Greed and corruption is the problem. The record labels and the
radio conglomerates are simply selfdestructing. Over 40% of the music purchased today is “catalogue items,” meaning traditional music that the public is familiar with. Older established artists. This is also true on the live concert circuit. To explore this fascinating and disturbing topic further, check out the book, “Appetite for Self-Destruction” by Steve Knopper, and the video documentary, “Before the Music Dies.” 7. Television Revenues to the networks are down dramatically. Not just because of the economy. People are watching TV and movies streamed from their computers. And they’re playing games and doing lots of other things that take up the time that used to be spent watching TV. Prime time shows have degenerated down to lower than the lowest common denominator. Cable rates are skyrocketing and commercials run about every 4 minutes and 30 seconds. I say good riddance to most of it. It’s time for the cable companies to be put out of our misery. Let the people choose what they want to watch online. 8. The “Things” That You Own Many of the very possessions that we used to own are still in our lives, but we may not actually own them in the future. They may simply reside in “the cloud.” Today your computer has a hard drive and you store your pictures, music, movies, and documents. Your software is on a CD or DVD, and you can always re-install it if need be. But all of that is changing. Apple, Microsoft, and Google are all finishing up their latest “cloud services.” That means that when you turn on a computer, the Internet will be built into the operating system.
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MEN OF THE BIBLE By Dan Hannon JONAH Jonah Storms on the Mediterranean Sea can be fearful and none was more ominous than the one that boiled there in 862 B.C. and engulfed a little ship outbound from Joppa. The vessel rocked dangerously and was deluged by wave after great wave while the crew tossed cargo overboard to lighten the load. They also prayed fervently. But the storm intensified. They thought that perhaps someone among them had provoked the Lord’s wrath and brought on this calamity. Then they remembered the passenger Jonah. They knew he was fleeing from God. Yet he was fast asleep despite the drastic pitching of the vessel. Who was he? What had he done to bring on such terror? Jonah admitted he was the likely cause of their peril. And he told the crew the solution-throw him into the sea, then the waters would calm. The sailors at first could not bring themselves to do this. They tried to maneuver the ship toward land, but it was futile. So they followed Jonah’s brazen advice and cast him into the sea. Immediately the storm abated. Jonah was a Hebrew prophet. The Lord had commanded that he travel to Nineveh, a huge city on the River Tigris far to the northeast of Judea. There he was to warn the people that their wickedness would soon be punished. It seemed to Jonah that this was a long way to go to for nothing but trouble. So he fled by ship in the opposite direction. Jonah wanted the Lord to find another prophet for this difficult and dangerous mission to Nineveh. Despite Jonah’s attempt to flee from God, his disobedience was used for
God’s purposes. The experience of the storm and the sudden calming of the waves was such a dramatic demonstration of the Lord’s power and grace that the crew of the ship worshipped God and pledged to honor Him. Meanwhile, God had no intention of letting Jonah off the hook-even by death. So a gigantic fish swallowed the hapless man after he was cast from the ship. For three days the fish swam the sea with Jonah alive in its belly. The wretched prophet prayed for his life and repented, and the Lord heard. At God’s command, the leviathan vomited Jonah onto the shore. Jonah followed God’s orders, journeyed to Nineveh, and preached to the people that, because of their sinfulness their city would be destroyed in forty days. The people listened, stopped their evil ways, and asked the Lord’s forgiveness. The Lord forgave them and granted their city a reprieve from judgment. However, instead of being overjoyed at the Ninevites’ change of heart, Jonah was angry. God sent him on this exhausting, dangerous errand, knowing full well that in the end the people would repent and be forgiven! “I want to die,” the pitiful Jonah told the Lord. “You care about the wrong things,” said the Lord. “It is right for Me to be concerned for a great city like Nineveh.” FORGIVE ME Today upon a bus I saw a girl with golden hair, and wished I was as fair. When suddenly she rose to leave I saw her hobble down the aisle. She had one leg and wore a crutch But as she passed, she smiled. Oh God forgive me when I whine, I have 2 legs, the world is mine. I stopped to buy some candy. The lad who sold it had such charm,
I talked with him - he seemed so glad, If I were late, it’d do no harm. And as I left he said to me “I thank you, you’ve been so kind. You see,” he said,” I’m blind.” Oh God forgive me when I whine. I have 2 eyes, the world is mine. Later while walking down the street I saw a child with eyes of blue He stood and watched the others play He did not know what to do. I stopped a moment and then I said: “Why don’t you join the others, dear?” He looked ahead without a word, And then I knew, he couldn’t hear. Oh God forgive me when I whine. I have 2 ears, the world is mine. With feet to take me where I’d go With eyes to see the sunset’s glow With ears to hear what I’d know Oh God forgive me when I whine I’ve been blessed indeed, the world is mine.
Submitted by Brother Earl Sawyer WHEN SHOULD YOU RETIRE? Beware of this common experience in retirement: waking up in the morning feeling as though you have nothing to do and going to bed at night feeling as though you got only half of it done. Consider retirement when you have three foundations in place: • something to live on, • someone or something to live for, • and someone to think you’re somebody. It’s only possible to live happily ever after on a day-to-day basis. -Margaret Bonnano SOURCE: The Little Book of Big Questions - Answers to Life’s Perplexing Questions
25 FOODS THAT FIGHT FAT
◄Continued From Page Seven 23. Skim Milk Skim milk provides plenty of protein and calcium with none of the fat found in whole milk. And even though it’s fat-free, skim milk can help you feel full. It takes longer to leave the stomach than drinks with less protein, Bonci says. There’s also evidence that skim milk and other nonfat dairy foods may promote weight loss, particularly around the mid-section. More research is needed to confirm this effect. 24. Lean Meat As we’ve seen, protein can keep you full longer and burn more calories during digestion. But you want to choose your protein carefully. Dark meat tends to be high in fat, which could cancel out some of the benefits. Skinless chicken breast is a great choice. And some cuts of beef can make the grade. Flank steak, eye of round, and top sirloin are extra-lean with less than 4 grams of saturated fat per serving. Just stick with a 3- to 4ounce portion. 25. Fish One of the best sources of protein is fish. Studies show it’s more satisfying than chicken or beef, probably because of the type of protein it contains. Most fish is low in fat, and the exceptions usually have a healthy form of fat -- omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3’s, which are found in salmon, herring, and other fatty fish, appear to help protect against heart disease and other chronic conditions. 26. Beans Beans deliver a nutritional triple punch, Bonci says. They’re a vegetable, a protein, and a great source of fiber. This means they’ll help you stay full for the price of very few calories. They’re also easy to prepare when the munchies strike.
Open a can of garbanzo beans and toss them into soup or salad or mash them up to use as a dip. One cup packs 12 grams of fiber, just 4 grams of fat, and 15 grams of protein. SOURCE: WebMd
Submitted by Brother Curtis Lawton
FIRST SWEETHEARTS Submitted in Memory of Sis. Priscilla Young Part One of a Two Part Series The history of love begins in a beautiful locale, long, long ago. Lonely man meets available woman. A match made in heaven, to be sure, they seemed made for each other. Adam desired a sweetheart (Genesis 2:18). It is normal and natural for us to desire to find one of the opposite sex with whom to share life. “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD” (Proverbs 18:22). Parents should encourage their children to interact socially, date, and develop wholesome relationships (1 Corinthians 7:36). Solomon observed, “Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?” (Ecclesiastes 4:911). A sweetheart is a blessing from God (Genesis 2:22). In Adam’s case, God made and presented this gift directly to him. Through providence and in answer to prayer, God will lead us to a lifelong companion. Solomon wrote, “House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the LORD” (Proverbs 19:14; cf. Proverbs 3:6; James 1:17).
We should love a sweetheart as our own bodies (Genesis 2:23). In Adam’s case, she was a part of his body. Paul may have had this in mind when he wrote, “So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it” (Ephesians 5:28-29). Sweethearts must leave parents (Genesis 2:24).Adam and Eve had no parents to leave, but God set this precedent to be projected into and applied to all future generations. Leave literally means “to forsake and neglect.” Young people who get married must leave father and mother •physically (move out of their house into your own place). One old preacher said, “Put three bridges between you and your in-laws and burn down two of them.” •psychologically (make your own decisions and live with the consequences, Galatians 6:5), and •economically (the new husband is to support his wife, and their future children, 1 Timothy 5:8). Sweethearts should cleave to each other and weave their lives together (Genesis 2:24).In creation, God made two out of one. In marriage, God makes one out of two. The Hebrew word (dabaq) behind “cleave” means “to join fast together; to glue; to cement; a death-grip.” It refers to a strong bonding together of objects and often was used to represent gluing or cementing. Job used the word when he spoke of his bones clinging to his skin and flesh (19:20; cf. Psalm 102:5). It could also have the meaning of following closely. The two ideas were sometimes carried together, as in Ruth’s clinging to Naomi (Ruth 1:14) and the men of Judah remaining steadfast to David (2 Samuel 20:2).
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per person injured, not to exceed $2,500 per act, regardless of how many people were injured. See 23 Pa. Code §§ 5502, 5505.
Take steps to address the problem with your child and his school. Take the time to remind your child that bullying is a serious problem that can have legal consequences. Monitor your child’s use of technology. It’s one of the most effective things parents can do to prevent bullying. Remember that emails, texts and posts on social networks such as Facebook are common weapons for bullies. They are also powerful and damning exhibits in bullying lawsuits. By keeping a watchful eye on your child’s computer or cell phone, you not only can avoid legal liability, you can stop bullying before it leads to tragedy. Strict liability Sometimes parents are financially responsible for damage caused by their children “just because they are the parents.” This is called “strict liability.” In Delaware, parents are liable for up to $5,000 for their children’s intentional or reckless damage to real or personal property. In all cases, any strict liability imposed on parents “just because they are the parents” may be imposed on top of any liability the parents might have for their own negligence in failing to reasonably control their children. See 10 Del. C. § 3922. In New Jersey, parents are automatically responsible for damages their children cause to school property, with no limit. See N.J.S.A. § 18A:37-3. In Pennsylvania, if a minor child (under 18) is found guilty of injuring another person, the parents are automatically liable for up to $1,000
cooking or paying the bills. A study suggests difficulty balancing a checkbook is often one of the first effects of Alzheimer’s. As the symptoms worsen, your loved one may not recognize familiar people or places. He or she may get lost easily, or use utensils improperly, such as combing hair with a fork. Incontinence, balance problems, and loss of language are common in the advanced stages. SOURCE: WebMd
Submitted by Brother Curtis Lawton
Submitted by Sis. Denise Clark WHEN A LOVED ONE HAS ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE
◄Continued From Page Seven Alzheimer’s and the Brain Alzheimer’s disease leads to nerve cell death and tissue loss throughout the brain. As the disease progresses, brain tissue shrinks and the ventricles (chambers within the brain that contain cerebrospinal fluid) become larger. The damage disrupts communication between brain cells, crippling memory, speech, and comprehension. Alzheimer’s Progression: What to Expect Alzheimer’s disease takes a different path in every patient. In some people the symptoms worsen quickly, leading to severe memory loss and confusion within a few years. In others, the changes may be more gradual with the disease taking 20 years to run its course. The average length of survival after a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is three to nine years. How Alzheimer’s Affects Daily Life Because Alzheimer’s affects concentration, patients may lose the ability to manage ordinary tasks like
101 RESOLUTIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR By Nancy Walker Hale 90 I will open my home to others. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. ROMANS I 2: 12-I 3 NIV 91 I will cover my days with prayer. “Ask, and what you are asking for will be given to you. Look, and what you are looking for you will find. Knock, and the door you are knocking on will be opened to you. Everyone who asks receives what he asks for. Everyone who looks finds what he is looking for. Everyone who knocks has the door opened to him:’ MATTHEW 7:7-8 NLV
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cold weather approaches and homeowner energy bills are expected to jump as much as 48 percent.
Homeowners Emergency Loan Program (HELP) 215-685-4901 This program offers interest-free emergency loans payable over five years to customers who were issued a plumbing or drainage violation from the Philadelphia Water Department.
KNOWING THE HEART OF GOD Monday, March 26, 2012 Read | 1 Corinthians 13:11-13
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) 215-560-1583 This federal program helps people with low incomes pay for primary or secondary heating costs. Available once a year for homeowners or renters. PECO Customer Assistance Program (CAP) 1-800-774-7040 CAP Rate offers a discount on the first 500 kWh of electric usage for lowincome households (those at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines), and who are having difficulty making payments. PGW Conservation and Customer Responsibility Program (CRP) 215-235-1000 PGW offers this customer assistance program to help low-income customers afford and maintain gas service. Philadelphia Water Department Water Revenue Assistance Program (WRAP) 215-686-6880 WRAP provides cash assistance from the city of up to $200 to help lowincome customers (those at or below 175% of poverty level) pay delinquent water bills. Stay Warm PA Initiative www.StayWarmPA.com Governor Edward G. Rendell has presented a comprehensive Stay Warm PA program to make sure Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens are warm and protected as
Most people long to be understood. We may have many acquaintances, but we all have a deep need to feel truly known by those we love most. This is because we were created in God’s image--He also desires to be intimately understood and loved by us. Just as you don’t want to be known for only the superficial details of who you appear to be, it’s not enough to know about the Lord. He wants us to learn how He thinks and feels, what’s important to Him, and what His purposes are. Of course, it’s impossible for man to completely know the mind of the Creator of the universe. In Isaiah 55:9, He tells us, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” The depth and breadth of His mind is so great we will never be able to fully grasp it in this lifetime. However, we can better understand God’s heart and character by seeking Him and learning day by day from His Word. If we genuinely desire to walk in His ways, we must first genuinely know Him. We come to know our friends better by sharing more experiences together. Similarly, we will also understand God better the longer we walk with Him and meditate on what He has revealed about Himself in the Bible. God wants you to seek Him with all your heart, and He promises that when you do, you will find Him (Jer. 29:13). So, the next time you’re feeling a need to be better understood, turn to the One who understands you perfectly. Even more importantly, ask Him to help you know Him better.
Submitted by Sis. Debora Richardson
NOTHING’S TOO HARD OR GOD Words Of Life Inspirational Ministry, Inc. Alas, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! There is nothing too hard or too wonderful for You. Jeremiah 32:17 There is absolutely nothing too hard for God. There is not a marriage too far broken that God cannot mend. There is not a child too out of control and God cannot manage. There is not a family member too far in the world that God cannot save. There is not a sickness too far advanced that God cannot heal. There are no finances so small that God cannot greatly increase. Our God has all power in His hands. We only need to give all our problems to Him and allow Him to take complete control of our situations and see Him do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we could ask or think. For there is absolutely nothing too hard for God. Encouragement: No matter how bad it seems, cast all your cares on the Lord and allow Him to turn your seemingly impossible situations around. Remember, there is nothing too hard for God! “But Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.’” Mark 10:27 In His Service, Deaquelynn Williams Submitted by Bro. Jerome Richardson
Charles W. Anderson, Jr. (19071960): Elected Official and Civil Rights Activist By Dorothy G. Kapenstein At the end of the Civil War in 1865, The Federal government faced difficult problems Historians call the years from this time to 1877 the era of Reconstruction. This obviously means getting the nation into harmony by bringing the rebelling states back into the Union. There were also huge economic and financial problems to be solved. Probably the biggest, most difficult problem to be considered was about some four million former slaves who were now free after two centuries of being held in bondage and what their future in the nation would be. The first step in the process required amendments to the Constitution because at various times in the past, the Supreme Court and its Justices had ruled that the slaves were chattels and non-citizens. The Thirteenth Amendment passed in 1865, abolished slavery forever. The Fourteenth Amendment, passed in 1867, gave the former slaves full citizenship. In 1870, the Fifteenth Amendment granted the right to vote to black men. Experts in Women’s History point out that this did not give black women the right to vote, because at the time no woman of any color could vote in this country. Black women and their white sisters would have to wait until 1920 to cast their first ballots. For a time after the Civil War ended, African Americans ran for elective offices and won. Blanche K. Bruce and Hiram Revels became United States Senators from Mississippi. John Mercer Langston
won a seat in Congress. P.B.S. Pinchback became Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana and even served briefly as Governor. There were others who held office, but the honeymoon was soon over. With completion of the work of the reconstruction era, the southern states began to pull themselves together and close ranks against their black citizens. Little by little, the southern states changed their laws or made new ones that required all kinds of special conditions to allow men to vote, such as poll taxes, literacy tests, and being a property owner, among other such discriminations. Terroristic clubs such as the Ku Klux Klan rose up to threaten the black citizens. Eventually, these states passed Jim Crow Laws and made racial segregation a way of life. In 1893, the Supreme Court ruled in the case of Plessy V. Ferguson case the Justices endorsed the “separate but equal” policy that led to sadly underfunded schools that sabotaged education for African Americans and led to other deplorable separationist policies. Almost no African American men could be elected to government posts under such terrible restrictions. Very few even tried to get on the ballot. A freeze set in and some historians believe that the real thaw came only with the success of the Civil Rights Movement. However, there were always a few brave black citizens here and there who were willing to take a chance and stick their necks out. One such candidate and election winner was Charles W. Anderson, Jr. of Kentucky. Karen McDaniel, who wrote about Anderson in the book Notable Black American Men, stated that in November 1935, Anderson became the first African American to be elected to the Kentucky Legislature and that he was the first Black legislator in the south since Reconstruction. McDaniel also noted that Anderson was a pioneer in the Civil Rights movement initiating
numerous laws for the benefit of his people. However, it is only fair to give Anderson credit for introducing, supporting and working to enforce certain laws that benefited all poor people of every race. Anderson himself did not grow up knowing the pain of poverty first hand. He was born to a Black family that was moderately well off. . His parents were educated professionals. His father, Charles Anderson, Sr., was a physician. His mother, Tabitha Murphy Anderson was a school teacher. She later became Supervisor of Black Schools for Kentucky. As the final step of a distinguished career, she became Dean of Women at Kentucky State University. There can be no doubt that that Charles Sr. and Tabitha Anderson served as excellent role models for their son and that that they encouraged his love of learning. They inspired him to care about and work for the less fortunate members of the community. Charles Jr. was born in Louisville, Kentucky but he spent his childhood in Frankfort. He attended segregated schools for his early education. He graduated from Kentucky State College (now a University) with a B.A. Then he moved on to Wilberforce University. There he earned a second Bachelor’s degree. At this point, he decided to become a lawyer. However, at that time Kentucky Law prohibited African Americans from attending professional schools in the state in order to earn degrees to become medical doctors, lawyers, dentists or other advanced degrees. Charles Anderson, Jr. entered Howard University in Washington, D.C. and obtained his law degree of LL.B in 1931. He returned to Kentucky and settled down in Louisville. He passed the Kentucky Bar examination and received his license.
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Charles W. Anderson, Jr. (19071960): Elected Official and Civil Rights Activist By Dorothy G. Kapenstein ◄Continued From Page Twenty He began to practice law with the firm of Willie C. Fleming, Harry McAlpin, O.B. Hinnant and J. Earl Dearing. Anderson had good courtroom techniques and was always well prepared for trials with research. He soon gained a reputation as an excellent trial lawyer. In one of his famous early cases, He appeared as a member of a team of lawyers working the case for the NAACP. They prosecuted seven individuals involved in the lynching death of a Black man in the town of Hazard, Kentucky. Anderson also gained a fine reputation for training and mentoring new employees of his firm. Anderson became attracted by the idea of entering politics and running for political office. In 1935, he announced that he was a candidate for a seat in the Kentucky House of Representatives! Anderson was a Republican and ran for office under the party banner. He supported the GOP throughout his life. He campaigned hard and he won! When his term in office was up, he ran again and eventually won six terms as a Kentucky State Representative with his terms in office running from 1936 to 1946. Historians agree that while he was in office, Anderson accomplished a great deal for his own people and for others by creating bills that, when enacted into laws, fostered equal rights in all areas. He also offered strong support to similar bills proposed by others. He supported passage of bills that supported fairness in the healthcare professions. For instance, he worked for total integration of nursing schools and for equal opportunities in postgraduate medical training such as internships and residencies. Since the
Commonwealth of Kentucky did not allow Black college graduates to enter professional schools, they had to go out of state to get this training. Anderson was relentless in pushing for and finally succeeding in getting the Kentucky government to give these students money to study outside the state. He was a leader in a movement to integrate all state universities. Some of his successful bills helped many people. For instance, he pushed for laws that would permit married women to teach in public schools! He was also instrumental in fueling laws to get minimum wages and decent working conditions for people employed as domestic workers. It is almost needless to say that he was totally opposed to segregation of public facilities such as buses, trains, libraries, theatres and also of water fountains and bathrooms. Anderson left his elected post in the legislature in 1936 when he became Assistant Commonwealth Attorney for Jefferson County, Kentucky. No African American had ever been named to such a position before. President Dwight D. Eisenhower made Anderson this nation’s Alternate Delegate to the United Nations in 1959. In this role, Anderson was as committed as ever. He helped to create proposals that protected children from being abused, exploited and neglected. In addition, he sponsored acts that banned any discrimination based on race or religion. He was very active at home for years as a Civil Rights advocate. He made his voice and his ideas heard in both the Urban League and the NAACP. He served two eventful terms as President of the Louisville NAACP. He was a member of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. In 1960, the year of his death, he was chairman of the Louisville section. In this capacity, he led thirty five local leaders, both black and white, in a protest march to the City
Hall of Louisville. The marchers were campaigning hard for the passage of the Public Accommodations law that would end discrimination on all public facilities. Although he led such a full and active life, Anderson found time to serve in many civic and community organizations such as the Elks, the Masons, the National Home Finding Society for Colored Children, the Kentucky Home Society for Children and others. He was always active in the Republican Party and served on a number of committees. He was also active in a number of legal societies. He was a lifetime member of the National Bar Association founded by black lawyers when the then all white American Bar Association closed the gates and refused to admit them as members. Anderson served two terms as President of the National Bar Association. While he was generously giving all this time to help others, he still managed to be a true and active member of his church, the Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church. During his lifetime, he received many honors and awards for his good works. We can only list a few here. Wilberforce College gave him an honorary LL.D. Howard University presented him with its Alumni Award for Distinction in Government. He was honored with the Lincoln Award for outstanding service to African Americans. He was the first African American ever to be selected as a “Kentucky Colonel” by the Governor of Kentucky. Other awards and honors came after his passing. In 1971, the Human Rights Commission of Kentucky placed him in the Outstanding African Americans Poster Series. The Center of Excellence of the Kentucky State University gave him a place of honor in their Kentucky African American Historical Profiles in Courage and Achievement Calendar of 1996-1997.
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Charles W. Anderson, Jr. (19071960): Elected Official and Civil Rights Activist By Dorothy G. Kapenstein ◄Continued From Page Twenty-One Kentucky gives the Charles W. Anderson Laureate Award every year to an individual who has carried on the work and ideals of Anderson. The Kentucky Government placed a Historic marker honoring Anderson at the entrance of the Jefferson County Hall of Justice in Louisville. Writer Karen McDaniel summarized Anderson’s life of service to others with these words: “Charles W. Anderson, Jr. fought for justice and equality for the African American citizens of Kentucky and won many of the battles to insure the rights that were previously denied to people of African descent. He demonstrated a sense of responsibility for others and sought measures to change the politics that restricted people because of race, religion or economic circumstances.” Anderson was killed in a tragic accident on June 14, 1960. He was in his car alone and apparently trying to drive across a railroad track when the train hit the car and killed the driver. He was only fifty three years old. It is comforting to think of all the great things he accomplished in his short life. It is very hard to think of what he might have done if he had more years.
BRIEF HISTORY OF DECEASED CALVARY MEMBERS Deacon Wallace Randolph Garner, Sr. the son of Clarence and Katherine Garner, was born on July 27, 1923 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was the sixteenth of seventeen children, born from this union.
He was a graduate of Bartram High School and later was employed at the Philadelphia Naval Yard, from which he retired. He was married to Vivilores Garner and from this union seven children were born. A veteran of the United States Army during World War II. He was a faithful member of the Calvary Baptist Church and served faithfully on the Deacon Board, until his health no longer permitted. Deacon Garner later met and married June Payne also of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who was a devoted and loving wife, and also his primary care giver during his lengthy illness. Two sons, Wayne Garner and Charles Garner preceded him in death. He leaves to cherish beautiful and everlasting memories: his wife of twenty-eight years, June; children, Wallace Jr., Ramona Young, Anthony Carner, Cynthia Fields and Cheryl Johnson; devoted god-daughter, Donna Nacho; sonsin-laws, daughters-in-law; fifteen grandchildren; thirty great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends. Deacon Garner passed on Tuesday, December 18, 2012. Services were held on Monday, December 24, 2012 at Calvary Baptist Church. Minister Thomas Glover, Officiant – Pastor Garth G. Gittens, Eulogist - MY LIFEFrom Ramona Young’s Personal Journal I was born to great parents who loved me. I was the first daughter (smile) of Wallace and Vivilores (Tea Tot) Garner on December 13, 1947 – a great day for them.
I loved life, going out with my friends, dancing, New York to shop and see a play. I always had great times at my grandparents’ house for Thanksgiving. We filled every room except the bathroom. Christmas at Mom’s was always special good food and great family, best presents (smile) and my Mom loved it even more. One day my life changed I met Teddy (wow) he was full of laughs and kind always. My single life was turned into a family and God soon blessed us with the gifts one can have my sons who bought so much joy in my life. Dorion was a happy baby with big beautiful eyes and smart walked at seven months. Todd was my sleepy head and cooper baby who was stubborn (smile) also my wandering child. Damon was born a preemie, oh how I prayed that God wouldn’t take my child look at him now. Dion was a good baby and always serious and loved me to read or tell him stories. Each so different, but so special in every way. I love them-they are my one and only! Then one day we were blessed with Grands!! Wow that’s awesome 6 boys and 5 girls. Lil Dor, Devine, Dior, Lil Todd, Diamond and Dahmir, Aliyah, Cydney and Alyssa, Zoe, and Dion That’s what the two of us made, a beautiful garden of love. Teddy thanks for loving me and taking care of me. The best was our 4 sons who I adore-the driving movies, going to the park with the boys and every Thursday we all went to dinner. Oh special thanks for driving Miss Daisy (smile). Taking care when I’ve been sick even like a child you check on me. I thank you from my heart.
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SLEEPING THROUGH STORM Years ago a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast. He constantly advertised for hired hands. Most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic. They dreaded the awful storms that raged across the Atlantic, wreaking havoc on the buildings and crops. As the farmer interviewed applicants for the job, he received a steady stream of refusals. Finally, a short, thin man, well past middle age, approached the farmer. “Are you a good farmhand?” the farmer asked him. “Well, I can sleep when the wind blows,” answered the little man. Although puzzled by this answer, the farmer, desperate for help, hired him. The little man worked well around the farm, busy from dawn to dusk, and the farmer felt satisfied with the man’s work. Then one night the wind howled loudly in from offshore. Jumping out of bed, the farmer grabbed a lantern and rushed next door to the hired hand’s sleeping quarters. He shook the little man and yelled, “Get up! A storm is coming! Tie things down before they blow away!” The little man rolled over in bed and said firmly, “No sir. I told you, I can sleep when the wind blows.” Enraged by the old man’s response, the farmer was tempted to fire him on the spot. Instead, he hurried outside to prepare for the storm. To his amazement, he discovered that all of the haystacks had been covered with tarpaulins. The cows were in the barn, the chickens were in the coops, and the doors were barred. The shutters were tightly secured. Everything was tied down. Nothing could blow away. The farmer then understood what his hired hand meant, and he returned to bed to also sleep while the wind blew.
When you’re prepared, you have nothing to fear. Can you sleep when the wind blows through your life? The hired hand in the story was able to sleep because he had secured the farm against the storm. We secure ourselves against the storms of life by grounding ourselves firmly in the Word of God. Submitted by Sis. Marsha Wellons-Lawton
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HEART QUOTES The Bible has many quotes about the heart. Fill in the blanks below with the correct words about the heart. 1. “Man looketh on the ____________ ____________ , but the Lord looketh on the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7b). 2. “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy ____________, and with all thy ____________” (Matt. 22:37). 3. “Let the words of my mouth, and the ____________ of my heart, be in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer” (Ps. 19:14). 4. “Thy ____________ have I hid in mine heart, that I might not ____________ against thee” (Ps. 119: 11). 5. “For with the heart man ____________ unto ____________; and with the mouth confession is made unto ____________” (Rom. 10: 10). 6. “____________ in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own ____________” (Prov. 3:5). 7. “Blessed are the ____________ in heart: for they shall ____________ God” (Matt. 5:8). 8. “Let not your heart be ____________: ye ____________ in God, believe also in me” (John 14:1). 9. “Incline thine ear unto ____________, and apply thine heart to ____________” (Prov. 2:2). 10. “The fool hath said in his heart, There is ____________ ____________” (Ps.. 14: la). CRYPTOGRAM Can you identify this scripture? Hint: T=L ___ ____ __ _______ _____________. _____ ____ _____ __ ____; ______ __ TLM TDQL OL SKMYDIM FKEEKXITNMKDV. NOYDA MYNM SYKBY KE LQKT; BTLNQL MD ____ _____ __ ____. __ ______ ___________ ___ __ _______ ____ _________ MYNM SYKBY KE JDDF. OL GKVFTP NZZLBMKDVLF DVL MD NVDMYLA SKMY OADMYLATP ____; __ ______ __________ ___ _______; ___ ________ __ ________; TDQL; KV YDVDIA WALZLAAKVJ DVL NVDMYLA; VDM ETDMYZIT KV OIEKVLEE; _______ __ ______; _______ ___ ____; _________ __ ____; _______ ZLAQLVM KV EWKAKM; ELAQKVJ MYL TDAF; ALUDKBKVJ KV YDWL; WNMKLVM ___________; __________ _______ __ ______; ___________ __ ___ _________ MAKOITNMKDV; BDVMKVIKVJ KVEMNVM KV WANPLA; FKEMAKOIMKVJ MD MYL VLBLEEKMP __ ______; _____ __ ___________. _____ ____ _____ _________ ___: _____, DZ ENKVME; JKQLV MD YDEWKMNTKMP. OTLEE MYLX SYKBY WLAELBIML PDI: OTLEE, ___ _____ ___. _______ ____ ____ ____ __ _______, ___ ____ ____ ____ NVF BIAEL VDM. ALUDKBL SKMY MYLX MYNM FD ALUDKBL, NVF SLLW SKMY MYLX ____ ____. MYNM SLLW. Submitted by Sis. Marsha Wellons-Lawton
GOD’S VALENTINE GIFT
God’s Valentine gift of love to us Was not a bunch of flowers; It wasn’t candy, or a book To while away the hours.
It is necessary for us to learn from others’ mistakes. You will not live long enough to make them all yourself. Admiral Hyman G. Rickover Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish. Euripides
His gift was to become a man, So He could freely give His sacrificial love for us, So you and I could live.
The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. Ellen Parr The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources. Albert Einstein
He gave us sweet salvation, and Instruction, good and true-To love our friends and enemies And love our Savior, too.
IN THE SMALL STUFF
So as we give our Valentines, Let’s thank our Lord and King; The reason we have love to give Is that He gave everything.
• Your dreams won’t come true if you’re sleeping. • If you want to achieve excellence, begin with discipline.
By Joanna Fuchs www.poemsource.com
• Worthwhile activities may be tough in the short-term but rewarding in the long-term. • People will be more impressed by what you finish than by what you start. • Motivation can fade. Habits prevail. • Self-improvement is a lifelong process.
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Editor and Publisher: Marsha Wellons-Lawton
Richardson, Debora Richardson, Richardson, and Earl Sawyer.
Contributors This Month:
Articles for the March 2013 Church Chat issue are due on Sunday, February 17, 2013. Any articles received after that date will be considered for the April 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, Dorothy Kapenstein, Curtis Lawton, Deacon Wilbur J. Napper, Eleanor