Volume 4, Issue 7 August 2013
RECAP Stories from the past, inspiring our future
“And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. - Mark 16:15
It’s Not that Hard to Help Read about our young missionaries recent trip to Kenya (pg 4)
Time Well Spent
3 Women’s Banquet 6
Back to School
8 Health Calendar 8
Pastor’s Corner: How Are You Spending Your Time? Can you believe that we are already 8 months into the year? Can you believe that the summer is almost over and children are returning back to school? Where has the time gone? The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter Pastor William J Lee under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; ...” The question I have for you this month is “How are you spending your time?”
you use all of the deposit that day. There will not be a balance carried over and no refunds. Every morning you’ll receive another deposit of 86,400 pennies for your use on that day only.” What would you do? Most likely, a majority of us would try to withdraw all $864 every day and spend it. That is exactly what God has done for us. He gives us 86,400 seconds everyday to use as we wish. The choice of how we spend it is totally up to each individual. Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Thomas Jefferson, Albert Einstein, Helen Keller, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. How are you using your time? How much time are you giving God? How much time are you spending with your family? How much time are you currently using to do ministry? How much time are you giving to missions? Don’t say you don’t have enough time. Actually, we find time to do those things that are most important to us. The Bible says in Psalms 90:12, “So teach us to number our days that we may have a heart of wisdom.” Time waits for no one. We need to make sure we are living our best life now. With the recent deaths of both of my grandmother’s I realize once again just how important it is to spend quality time with those you love. The Bible says in James 4:14, “How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.” Each day we have is a gift that’s why it’s called the present!
Besides the eternal gift of salvation from God through Jesus Christ, one of the most precious gifts God has given to the human race is the gift of TIME. God created time and freely gives it to the entire human race. Did you realize that time is a gift and not a possession? We rush time. We spend time. We save time. We share time. We take time. We waste time. We wish time would hurry up. We get bored with time. We don’t want time to come. We don’t want time to pass. Yet, the reality is that we every human being has received exactly the same amount of time: 24 hours, or 1,440 minutes, or 86,400 seconds each day. The question is: “What are we doing with our gift of time?”
I once heard someone say pretend your bank called you and said, “Someone has opened an account at the bank for you in your name. You will receive 86,400 pennies ($864) everyday to use as you wish. There are no restrictions or instructions. It is a pure gift to you and only you. The only requirement is that
Be encouraged. If you’ll ask God to help you bring order into your life and use your time wisely by seeking Him first, He will answer your prayer and add to your time with His peace and joy from heaven. Please use the time that God has given you wisely! Here’s what I need for us to do:
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Make Jesus your top priority! Spend quality time with God! Take Time for your Personal Health. Spend quality time with your family! Pray for the Outpouring of the Holy Spirit Come to Church! Join at least one (1) Ministry Give financially to help advance God’s Kingdom Support Church events! Invite someone to church each week!
Volume 4, Issue 7
First Annual All Occasion Women’s Banquet by Wayne Burrell
A Lovely Afternoon with some of Capitol City’s Lovely Women By Marian Strong & Sylvia Wilson
Ladies in their dressy dresses, shoes and big hats ascended upon the Indianapolis Propylaeum Mansion on July 14, 2013 as Capitol City Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Women’s Ministry hosted its first annual All Occasion Women’s Banquet. It was a lovely afternoon designed to uplift and inspire all ladies in attendance. The afternoon festivities began with prayer by our First Lady Latoria Lee. Afterwards the ladies enjoyed the enchanting piano stylings of Bryce Davis, violin by the Duncan Strings, song selection by Alondra Davis (Alabaster Box). New Revelation of Praise graced the audience with a stirring performance by Elliana Byrd and Miyah Van Horn to the song Take Me to the King. Next, the ladies were taken inside “God’s Storehouse” with a poetry selection delivered by Woody Benedict who traveled from Minneapolis, Minnesota to share in this special afternoon . The attendants were then encouraged and inspired by Chaplin Sherri Headen who spoke of having the right perspective, and not cutting ourselves short, but making the most of our
moments on life’s journey. Elder Carmelita Richardson blessed the food and offered the closing prayer to the program. The ladies then transitioned to the mansion from the carriage house where colorful fresh flowers decorated each table draped in mint green tablecloths. The air was filled with the wonderful aroma of chicken marsala, vegetable lasagna, fresh green beans, linguini with red sauce, chicken tenders, smashed red potato bar with toppings, spring green salad with strawberries, homemade raspberry vinaigrette dressing and hot rolls. Dessert concluded the meal in the form of elegant chocolate and white mouse cakes and cookies. The perfect ending to a wonderful afternoon was a tour of the mansion, which was the site of the very first Children’s Museum, which is now the largest in the world. The ladies were then treated to give-aways courtesy of our corporate sponsors: Embassy Suites, Sheraton Hotel, Bravo! Cucina Italiana, P.F. Chang’s, Caribbean Cove Water Indoor Park, MakeUp By Sparkle and Phillipes Day Spa. Each woman took home an elegant teacup and saucer and a bag of tea as a memento of the day. After a fun filled photo shoot, the ladies exchanged hugs and headed home. See you next year.
It’s Not that Hard to Help: Student Missionaries visit Kenya by Wayne Burrell >>>Read & See more from Areisa & Ayana’s Kenya 2013 blog: http://4himkenya2013.weebly.com/
In June of 2013, students and faculty from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama embarked upon a mission trip to Kenya sponsored by 4Him Missions. Areisa Peters and Ayana Stewart, who are members of the Capitol City Seventh-day Adventist Church (Pastored by William J. Lee), were a part of this outreach program. Little did they know that this trip would not only change their outlook on life, but it would profoundly impact their relationship with God.
U.S. If you go somewhere and you make a promise, your whole entire group is expected to honor that promise since what you say has great value. Their moral code is very black and white. In one instance a robber snatched a purse of a 4Him missionary. In the same way a parent would apologize for the transgressions of their child, the women cried and apologized for the theft on the robber's behalf while some of the newly baptized men gave chase.
After a 24 hour plus voyage, the 22 person contingent arrived in Nairobi Kenya. Much of the trip was spent meeting the needs and ministering to the people of Mombasa and Kenya's capitol Nairobi. Their acts of kindness included administering medicine to sick kids, singing & speaking at evangelistic series with 8,000 plus in attendance, and helping baptize 23 precious souls. They overcame many nights of exhaustion, man-eater (lions) sightings and the dangers present in the world's 2nd largest slum.
“When we saw the love of God exhibited over there as it is here and the same God that can touch us here was touching them there. That's what made God real to us. - Areisa Peters
In a talk prior to making the trip, Oakwood University President Leslie Pollard advised that they should not bring with them a 'Saviors attitude' as the people would see right through it. "Don't look at it as a culture of despair, but one of resiliency." Instead they were told to look at the more redeeming qualities of the culture and for what they could learn from the people.
Areisa and Ayana felt privileged when their Kenyan friends at the Cornerstone Seventh-day Adventist Church felt comfortable enough to have a conversation on Africans versus African-Americans. After exchanging perspectives their hosts were impressed to say that the Capitol City missionaries were good representations of what African-Americans (blacks in America) should be. The Experience at Church The churches were described as clans. In fact there was not church building per se. The congregation gathered outside like at camp meeting, but there was no separating afterwards. After church, everyone shook hands. Not even the passing rain shower could affect services as Areisa looked on in wonder as members simply opened their umbrellas without skipping a beat.
Areisa helps a little boy tie his shoe laces as he waits for medical care.
Adjusting to the Cultural Differences Upon their arrival, it was quickly apparent that they were not in Indiana anymore. After interacting with the people they quickly adapted because of the many cultural similarities including the internet, social media and the “universal youth culture”. These and other commonalities made Nairobi feel like home by the time they left.
Kenya’s culture has a far stronger community mindset in contrast to the rugged individualist mindset of the
Several of the 42 tribes were represented in the Cornerstone Church. They all seemed to get along well because their love of God and Kenya was greater than any tribal issue. "When we saw the love of God exhibited over there as it is here and the same God that can touch us here was touching them there. That's what made God real to us. It was humbling to realize that they know the same God that we know over here.” The Trip’s Impact on their Relationship with God For Ayana, this trip was far unlike her first mission trip to Mexico as a high schooler. This was a real jump out of her comfort zone. There were no parents and translators weren't needed this time as Kenya is an English speaking country. Unlike America, where after singing and ministering at the evangelistic meetings you
Volume 4, Issue 7 would simply leave the stage and go about your business. In Kenya the expectation was that you then stay to interact and connect on a personal level with the people. This forced them to be transparent. Having been in the same church and school for her whole life, this was Ayana's first time being on her own and immersed in another culture. She feels like that forced her out of her comfort zone and that was what God wanted for her life.
Parishioners are inspired by the sermon and worship outside at the Cornerstone Church in Nairobi.
She goes on to say "Now I have a passion to do something huge. I don't know why, but I want to change something and have a significant impact. It's like a haziness has gone away and I can see things more clearly. So I want others to be impacted the same way I was. It's translated into my relationship with God because before I had all the Seventh-day Adventist 'head knowledge' of what I ought to be doing, but now it's more real that I need to do those things. It's to the point where now I WANT to better myself so that I can share Christ’s love on a different level than I would've been able to before." Areisa shared that having to relate to the Kenya people in a genuine manner was a lot easier than first imagined. They both agreed that this transparency is a trait that should definitely be evident in American churches. Areisa did not realize she needed God as much as when she was pushed out of her comfort zone. "I saw God in
“Now I have a passion to do something huge. I don't know why, but I want to change something and have a significant impact.” - Ayana Stewart so many different ways - healer, deliverer, protector, lover, a Father. When you see God in all these facets it
makes Him greater and all the more magnificent, but it also makes Him more personal. He's my lover, because I was able to give love to kids that I didn't even know." They witnessed God imparting qualities to them that they never thought they would have, let alone have with strangers. Overcoming their feelings of unworthiness, the young missionaries experienced God providing them with right the words, songs and testimonies that helped them in influencing others to give their lives to Christ. Perspective on Life after the Trip For Ayana, "The world seems like the period at the end of the sentence until you go somewhere else and you see that there's a whole book." Ayana goes on to say that we tend to have a self-centered view of only a small facet of the book, but that international travel truly helps put things back in perspective so you can see that you are a smaller character in a huge book. For Areisa, "When you don't travel and you don't step outside yourself, the world seems for me very overwhelming. The world is very huge, unknown and everyone else seems weird because things aren't centered around you and your cultureJwhen you step outside of yourself and go somewhere else where you're the weird one it makes everything just seem a little more relative." For both young ladies, this trip made the world smaller as they realized the world is just a flight away and it's not that hard to help.
The 4Him missionaries take time for a group picture with their new friends from Kenya.
For Areisa and Ayana it's not even a question that they would recommend the trip to other young adults, but counseled that it must be done when God says it’s the right time. It was surreal to think that they were privileged to have an experience that many can only wish to have had. Their wish is that others can see a whole different world as they did because they know that their perspectives would change. They would see that if change can be made in Kenya, that there's even less excuse for not effecting change right here in the U.S. They are convinced that if change is to occur it must start in the churches. After all, if the church can rally and help send two collegiate students around the globe, the possibilities are endless for great things to be done in our local community through this church.
Back to School Tips for Teens 1. GET ENOUGH SLEEP (Rest in the Lord) Kids should go to bed early on a school night. They need that added rest in order to get up early in the morning. A good night's sleep will work wonders on your attitude the next day and it will help your whole disposition. Resting in the Lord will also make you fit and ready for the day. It will recharge you. "Rest in the
approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be
LORD, and wait patiently for him..." Psalm 37:7
2. GET A HEALTHY BREAKFAST
5. TRY YOUR BEST
(Have Prayer and Bible Study) The experts all
(Do Your Best for Christ) It's rewarding to do your best.
agree that if you eat breakfast before school it helps in knowledge retention, test scores, and overall
As Christians we need to strive to do our best in whatever we do. After all we are doing it to honor God. “And
learning. As Christians we need to get a healthy
whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not
breakfast of Bible study and prayer. Having some type of personal devotions will fuel you for the day. “My
unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the
voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the
ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy
reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.”
morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.” Psalm 5:3
6. GET ALONG WITH YOUR CLASSMATES (Fellowship With Other Christians) Getting along
3. FOLLOW THE RULES
together at school it causes such a good atmosphere for
(Use the Bible as Your Guide) School couldn't be
learning. When we as Christians get along with each
productive if it weren't for the rules. We all remember some of the basics. No fighting. No talking during
other and fellowship with one another, it causes more
class. No chewing gum. As Christians we have the
productive lives, which helps further the cause of Christ. “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have
best rule book of all. It covers all of the basics. We
fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus
need to use it as a guide on a daily basis. All of those
Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7
do's and don't in God's Word are there to help us live productive lives. “But he said, Yea rather, blessed are
7. GET TO KNOW YOUR TEACHER
they that hear the word of God, and keep it.” Luke
(Know Christ More) One of the first things a student
needs to learn is what is expected of him from his teacher. How does that teacher deal with homework? With
4. DEVELOP GOOD WORK & STUDY HABITS
classroom policies? With grades? We need to know what
(Develop Good Bible Study Habits) Children that develop good study habits are the ones who sail
Christ expects of us. Getting to know God will help us serve Him better. ”And thou, Solomon my son, know thou
through school without major problems. We as
the God of thy father,and serve him with a perfect heart
Christians need to develop good study habits when it
and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts,
comes to God's Word. Knowing the Word is what is
and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if
going to make or break us. We've got to know the Word of God in order to live it. "Study to show thyself
thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.” 1 Chronicles 28:9
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August Calendar of Events Oratorical Contest | 7th @ 6:30pm Family Life Weekend | 16th & 17th Our guests for the weekend will be Pastor John & Mrs. Gloria Josiah. Pastor Josiah who is the immediate past President and Family Life Director of the North Caribbean Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and is now retired, after 42 years of ministerial service. Pastor Josiah remains very actively involved in premarital and marital counseling. He holds a certification in Family Life Education from Andrews University. Over the years Sister Josiah has orchestrated and presented in several Family Life seminars and has lectured on marriage, choosing a mate and parenting. Friday Aug 16th @ 6:30p - Workshop • Parenting for Success in These Times (open to ALL parents) • Guided Rap session for youth/kids (respect, obedience, and self-esteem) Sabbath Aug 17th @ 11:00a - Sermon • Pastor John R. Josiah - 'God's Message in Eden's Marriage' Sabbath Aug 17th @ 5:00p - Conference • Adults: • 5:00-6:30 - “How to Say What You Say” • 6:30-8:00 - “You Don't Have to Lose your Spouse” • Youth: • 5:00-5:45 - “How to Say What You Say” • 5:45-6:30 - “Rap Session on Communication” • 6:30-7:00 - “You Can be Chaste” • 7:00-8:00 - “Walking a Straight Path, it's God's Plan for Your Life” • ALL: • 8:00-8:30 - Closing Remarks Sunday Aug 18th @10:00a - Private/Confidential Counseling • Parenting discussions, married couples, guidance for engaged or steady adults contemplating marriage. • Venue: Capitol City Seventh-day Adventist School Library (2143 Boulevard Pl) • Sign up is on a first come first serve basis. • Please speak with Dr Avonnelle Dorant to schedule your appointment! (call or text her at 317-679-3378)
4 - Letitia Loney 5 - Edela Davidson 6 - Kennie Walcott 7 - Augusta Owens 9 - Daniel Ford 10 - Elesia Castle 11 - Nona House-Thompspon 15 - Raphael Warnick 15 - Wayne Burrell 15 - Bob Nganga 16 - Alex Seawood 18 - Randolph Loney 18 - Jamel Hadley 20 - George Austin, Sr 20 - Coralette Waite 20 - Everette Van Horn 22 - Harrison Page 22 - Kameron Sumlin 23 - Priscilla Mosley 24 - Kenny Floyd 24 - Rachel Warner-Moore 25 - Kirk Pinkston 30 - Hasan Mason
11 - Lawrence & Kim Lowe (2nd) 2 - James & Izolla Ockletree (38th) 7 - Steve & Krysti Arnold (19th) 22 - Norris & Busi Ncube (20th)
Church Board Meeting | 18th (10:00a)
Prayer Meeting | 14th, 21st, 28th
Friday Sunset Times | “ Please be mindful to guard the edges of the Sabbath” Aug 3: 8:55p
Aug 10: 8:46p Aug 17: 8:37p Aug 24: 8:27p
Health Ministries Calendar of Events InStep for Life - Let’s Move Day 5K Training 1801 E 49th Street Indianapolis, IN 46205 317-251-1053 email@example.com
Editor-in-Chief Wayne Burrell To submit an article for next month’s ReCAP or provide feedback please send an email to: Wayne Burrell at... firstname.lastname@example.org
Aug 11 – Sept 8 InStep for Life walking sessions will resume beginning this Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on August 12th through September 8th. We will walk or do combination of walk/jog in preparation for a fun Let’s Move Day event on September 22nd. If you are unable to attend any of our group walking sessions – I encourage you to partner up with individuals who live in your immediate area and walk together as we get In Step for Life. Each week we will walk or a combination of walk/job a minimum of 3.1 miles in preparation for the 5K. Group walk schedule times and locations are listed below – Please contact Cynthia Pinkston (317-910-0621) if you are interested in being a walking leader in your area. August 11
Indianapolis Canal Walk (Downtown) Park and meet on Ohio Street (adjacent to the Indiana Historical Society) August 18 Fall Creek Trail– Park entrance that intersects at Fallcreek and Binford Blvd. August 25 Northwest way Park walking trail No Group Walk Labor Day Weekend September 8 To Be AnnouncedJ
Heartland Health & Wellness Conference | Indianapolis, IN Aug 10 Heartland Health & Wellness Conference - Early bird registration deadline Click link for and registration details and detailed event information. Regular event registration continues through September
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Sept 26-27 Heartland Health & Wellness Conference The Heartland Health & Wellness Conference is designed to arm you with life-changing resources that empower you to change your life forever. The good news is, you and your family don’t have to become a health statistic. This event is sponsored by Indiana Healthy Choices and the Indiana Outreach Coalition (Indiana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists).
CHIP (Coronary Health Improvement Plan) Plus Lifestyle Training Workshop Sept 6-8 CHIP Lifestyle Training Weekend Learn how to live life to the fullest! Dr. Hans Diehl, DrHSc, MPH, FACN – Guest Speaker , CHIP Lifestyle Medicine Institute weekend at the Glendale Seventh-day Adventist Church located at 2900 E. 62nd Street. Friday and Sabbath services are open to everyone. Sunday workshops are for individuals registered for the CHIP facilitator training (pre-registration required).
Let’s Move Day - Fun 5K Walk/Run and Children’s Health Expo Now through Sept 16 – Let’s Move Day Event Registration Early bird registration for Let’s Move Day (Sept. 22nd). See attached link. Pre-registration fee of $10 includes: Let’s Move Day T-shirt, and race participation. Children’s Health Expo and other fun activities are FREE and open to the public. Be sure to invite your family and friends!
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Sept 22 Let’s Move Day Event – 5K Walk/Run Race and Kids Health ExpoD..and more Let’s Move Day Event is a city wide interactive health and fitness expo that is consistent with the mission and goal of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North AmericaJ.to minister to the spiritual, physical, mental and social needs of our community! On Sunday, September 22nd, join in as our local Indiana churches and communities gather at the White River State Park and Downtown Indy Canal from 10 am – 2 pm for a fun filled day of health and fitness for ALL!. There will be a FREE Kids Health Expo for children ages (7-12), games, exercise demonstrations, bouncy houses, and special guest speakers and presenters. The theme again this year is “Fighting Childhood Obesity”. The fun 5K Walk/Run will take place along the canal walkway and all race participants (12+) should register at Let's Move Indy.in advance of the event. Those attending the expo and other events are not required to register. Bring your family and friends and Let’s Move together towards a healthier lifestyle. For additional information on any of these health and wellness initiatives, please contact Cynthia Pinkston (email@example.com) or text at 317-910-0621 OR Jason Ashford (firstname.lastname@example.org | 256426-8285.)
The Capitol City Seventh-day Adventist Church is a Christian congregation that has been serving the Greater Indianapolis area since 1906. Our mission is to Grow the Kingdom of God by Changing Lives so that together we can Strengthen the Saved and Save the Lost. For more information on the Capitol City Seventh-day Adventist Church please contact Sylvia Wilson at 317-251-1053.
Published on Aug 9, 2013
The ReCAP is the official newsletter of the Capitol City Seventh-day Adventist Church. Inside this month's issue enjoy "How Are You Spending...