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Winter Quarter 2013
Volume 13 Issue 4
Food For Thought: Greeting in the Wonderful and Matchless Name of Jesus
How to Observe Thanksgiving •
C o u n t your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses. Count your joys instead of your woes; Count your friends instead of your foes. Count your smiles instead of your tears; Count your courage instead of your fears. Count your full years instead of your lean; Count your kind deeds instead of your mean. Count your health instead of your wealth; Count on God instead of yourself.
As the year of 2013 draws to a close, “The Year of Great Grace”, we can say that God is really good. I don’t say God was good because God is always in the NOW! Now faith is . . .
We are celebrating the end of the year holidays, All Saints Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas; this issue will give some recaps.
We have celebrated life and home goings; but God is gracious to have given us an opportunity to continue to live and give thanks for His wondrous deeds. Thank you Lord!
Bishop Oliver J. Haney, Jr. and Chaplain Laverne Haney are our most honored guests for this issue. Both of them have are highly respected in the Church of God in Christ [C.O.G.I.C.] church family and organization. D r . H a n e y i s t h e B i s h o p o f t h e North Georgia Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction.
Your Servant in Christ, Minister Rose M. Cooley-Shuman
Bishop Oliver J. Haney, Jr. &
Chaplain LaVerne Haney
Food For Thought: Thanksgiving Day. . . . . . . Pray for the USA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . They did their part . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Quote . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matter of Perception: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . All Saints Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thanksgiving Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . Bishop Oliver J. Haney, Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . COGIC - Bishop of the Northern Georgia First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction. KidsKorner: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Scary Storm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Black History: C. T. Vivian. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . History of Veteran Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LifeLines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lest we forget . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Time to Pray: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nelson Mandela . . . .. . . : . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Pray For The USA Pray for the USA Lyrics by the Clark Sisters Suicide and rape going up Homicide cases piling up Rape and killing Even with innocent, little children To those that can clearly see You know that this shouldn't be 'Cause what America needs is more love and peace She can be free if she goes back down to her knees
Pray for the USA They took prayer out of schools Now we have knives and guns Building nuclear weapons Everyday by the tons Drugs have become a way of life today Sickness and disease spread all over the land To those that can clearly see That what America needs is more love and peace She can be free if she goes back down to her knees
“They took prayer out of schools; now we have knives and guns, Building nuclear weapons . . .” Pray for the USA We can't continue to be The land of the free Home of the brave If we don't remember
Pray for the USA Come on, everybody Let us pray for our country, USA Come on, everybody Pray for our brothers and sisters Pray for the nation, let's say a prayer Pray for peace Pray for the nation
They Did Their Part
They Did Their Share By Joanna Fuchs
On Veteran’s Day we honor Soldiers who protect our nation. For their service as our warriors, They deserve our admiration. Some were drafted; Some were volunteers; For some it was just yesterday; For some it’s been many years; In the jungle or desert, On land or on the sea, They did whatever was assigned To produce a victory. Some came back; some didn’t They defended us everywhere. Some saw combat; some rode a desk; All of them did their share. No matter what the duty, For low pay and little glory, These soldiers gave up normal lives, For duties mundane and gory, Let every veteran be honored; Don’t let politics get in the way. Without them, freedom would have died; What they did, we can’t repay. We owe so much to them, Who kept us safe from terror.
Time To Pray – Ephesians 1:15-23 Instructions Stare at the four black dots in the center of the image b e l o w for 15 – 20 seconds.
Then quickly close your eyes for about 5 to 7 seconds. You should see a white circle with an image inside it.
Remember Jesus is the reason for the season
Quotes: Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illumines it. -- Martin Luther King Jr.
'A woman's heart should be so hidden in Christ that a man should have to seek Him first to find her.' Maya Angelou h
All Saints Day:
WhWrrrrrha Thanksgiving Day:
According to some sources, the idea for All Saints' Day goes back to the fourth century when the Greek Christians kept a festival on the first Sunday after Pentecost (in late May or early June) in honor of all martyrs and saints. Other sources say that a commemoration of “All Martyrs” began to be celebrated as early as 270 [A.D.] but no specific month or date is recorded. Pope Gregory IV made All Saints' Day an authorized holiday in 837 [ A.D.]. It is speculated that the chosen date for the event, November 1, may have been an attempt to supplant the pagan Festival of the Dead (also known as Samhain or the feast of Saman, lord of death). All Saints' Day, which is celebrated globally, is closely tied with All Souls ’ Day, which was first instituted at the monastery in Cluny in 993 [A.D.] and quickly spread among Christians. All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day are also closely linked with Halloween, which is a shortened for the name “All Hallows' Even”
Editor’s Note: [A.D.] is an abbreviation for the Latin "Anno Domini", which translates to "the Year of Our Lord," referring to years after the birth of Jesus Christ. [C.E.] is used by some scholars instead, which means "the Common Era."
Thanksgiving Day has been an annual holiday in the United States since 1863. Not everyone sees Thanksgiving Day as a cause for celebration. Each year since 1970, a group of Native Americans and their supporters have staged a protest for a National Day of Mourning at Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts on Thanksgiving Day. American Indian Heritage Day is also observed at this time of the year. There are claims that the first Thanksgiving Day was held in the city of El Paso, Texas in 1598. Another early event was held in 1619 in the Virginia Colony. Many people trace the origins of the modern Thanksgiving Day to the harvest celebration that the Pilgrims held in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621.
“George Washington,. . . proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving Day in 1789.” However, their first true thanksgiving was in 1623, when they gave thanks for rain that ended a drought. These early thanksgivings took the form of a special church service, rather than a feast.
A Matter of Perception What do you see? Instructions: Hold the image about three inches from your nose and slowly move the image away from your face. You should see an amazing 3D image of a “Heart” in the center of the image. Go ahead; Try it!
In the second half of the 1600s, thanksgivings after the harvest became more common and started to become annual events. However, it was celebrated on different days in different communities and in some places there were more than one thanksgiving each year. George Washington, the first president of the United States, proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving Day in 1789.
Christmas Poem God so loved the world that He gave, That’s the essence of the season, Giving as well as receiving. Let’s look at some things you can Only see with the Heart Love - Joy – Peace In giving you will find treasures, Far from the ordinary, Not only at Christmas time but, In every moment of the New Year. -- Rose M Cooley-Shuman
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Dr. Oliver J. Haney, Jr. Bishop of the North Georgia Teresita Glasgow Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction
the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.” 1 Timothy 5:17 (KJV) (Cont’d in the next column)
Bishop Oliver J. Haney - Cont’d Teresita Glasgow – Cont’d We are blessed to have two of the greatest gifts that God can give any church congregation, Bishop Oliver J. Haney, Jr. and First Lady Laverne Haney. For 22 years at his church they have diligently and faithfully served the Lord and His people. For us they have created an unforgettable legacy. By preaching and teaching God’s word, their legacy of laboring with sincere compassion for lost souls, had caused our lives to be changed completely. They are counted worthy of receiving double honor, a more abundant provision, for demonstrating the power of holy living. Bishop Oliver J. Haney, former Interim President of the Inter-denominational Theological Seminary (ITTC) has been faithful in his calling as pastor. In previous years he has served as pastor of four churches from 1965 to the present. He was pastor of two Presbyterian churches Antioch in Dalton, Georgia and Ebenezer in Rome, Georgia; and two church of God in Christ congregations, Fairburn Church of God in Christ in Fairburn, Georgia and New Horizons Church of God in Christ in East Point, Georgia.
Bishop Haney –
Bishop Oliver and Chaplain LaVerne Haney have been married forty-seven years and have a beautiful family; their son, First Administrative Assistant and Pastor Oliver J. Haney, III, and his wife First Lady Tiffany Haney and their three wonderful grandchildren, Olivia, Oliver J. IV and Taylor.
Pictured above are three Alumni Deans of CH Mason Seminary [L to R] Bishop David Hall Memphis TN, Rear--Bishop Oliver J. Haney, Jr. Atlanta, GA, Dean Harrold V. Bennett Atlanta, GA. –Middle Mother Margarette Moore Atlanta, GA
“Dr. Oliver Haney, was the Dean of The Charles H. Mason Theological Seminary (C.O.G.I.C.) thirty years --from 1974 – 2004” Bishop Haney has traveled the world extensively, spreading the Word of God, often as a revivalist, conference speaker, and workshop leader. He has received numerous awards throughout his career and has been appointed Bishop of the [C.O.G.I.C.] Northern Georgia First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction. Chaplain Lavern Haney has faithfully served the Church of God in Christ in numerous capacities. She has worked as the secretary of ITC in the pastoral Care Office. President of the Ministers and Deacon Wives, President of Sister in Touch Ministries, and currently serve as the Director of Congregational Life and pastoral Care here at New Horizons Church of God in Christ. (Cont’d in the next column)
The Charles H. Mason Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center – Atlanta, Ga. -(hereafter cited as (ITC) is the official school for graduate theological education in the Church of God in Christ. Because of its membership in the ITC, the Charles H. Mason Theological Seminary is the only fully accredited, African- American Pentecostal Seminary in the world.
Christ The Lord
A Child's Prayer for Morning Now, before I run to play, Let me not forget to pray To God who kept me through the night And waked me with the morning light Help me, Lord, to love thee more Than I ever loved before, In my work and in my play Be thou with me through the day. Amen. Author Unknown For unto us is born in the City of David this day a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2: 11
Knock Knock. Who's there? Donut. Donut who? Donut open 'til Christmas!
“. . .God Just keeps taking pictures of me” The Scary Storm
A little girl walked daily to and from school. Though the weather that morning was questionable and clouds were forming, she made her daily trip to school. As the afternoon progressed, the winds whipped up, along with thunder and lightning. The mother of the little girl felt concerned that her daughter would be frightened as she walked home from school, and she herself feared that the electrical storm might harm her child. Following the roar of thunder, lightning, like a flaming sword would cut through the sky. Full of concern, the mother quickly got in her car and drove along the route to her child's school. As she did so, she saw her little girl walking along, but at each flash of lightning, the child would stop, look up and smile. Another and another were to follow quickly, each with the little girl stopping, looking up and smiling. Finally, the mother called over to her child and asked, "What are you doing?" The child answered, "Smiling, God just keeps taking pictures of me." --Author Unknown
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C. T. Vivian – Civil Rights Activist
History of Veterans Day
“Father of Black History”The Song
C. T. Vivian
Civil rights activist Cordy Tindell "C.T." Vivian laughs with PresidentBarack Obama after the president awarded him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington.
Born July 28, 1924 in Booneville, Missouri, Vivian moved with his family to Macomb, Illinois when he was six years old. After graduating from Macomb High School in 1942, he enrolled at Western Illinois University earning a bachelor's degree in history. While working as a community recreation director in Peoria, Illinois, Vivian participated in a successful lunch counter sit-in in 1947. In 1959, Vivian moved to
World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased
Nashville, Tennessee, to study for the ministry at
seven months earlier when an armistice or temporary
American Baptist College where he became acquainted
cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and
with James Lawson and the nonviolent direct action
Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the
strategies of the Nashville Student Movement.
eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason,
Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C.
November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.” Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France, wait for the end of hostilities. This
In early 1960, Vivian joined Diane Nash, James
photo was taken at 10:58 a.m., on November 11, 1918,
Forman, John Lewis and other students from
two minutes before the armistice ending World War I
local universities as they staged sit-ins and other nonviolent protests throughout the city. In 1961, Vivian was among the ten Nashville students who replaced injured Freedom Ride participants. In 1963, King invited Vivian to join the executive staff of the
went into effect. In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled
SCLC as the director of affiliates. In this capacity,
with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in
Vivian coordinated the activities of local civil rights
the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory,
groups nationwide. He also advised King and
both because of the thing from which it has freed us and
organized demonstrations during campaigns in
because of the opportunity it has given America to show
Birmingham, St. Augustine and Selma. In 1966, Vivian left the SCLC and moved to Chicago to direct the Urban Training Center for Christian Mission and the Coalition for United Community Action. He later founded the Black Strategies and Information Center, the National Center for Human Rights Education and the Center for Democratic Renewal, formerly the National Anti-Klan Network. From: (Continued in next column) http://media.wayne.edu/release.php?id=2457
her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"
Lest we forget:
John 3:16-18: King James Version
16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
It’s Time To Pray Come ye Thankful People Come Come, ye thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest home; All is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin. God our Maker doth provide for our wants to be supplied; Come to God’s own temple, come, raise the song of harvest home. All the world is God’s own field, fruit unto His praise to yield; Wheat and tares together sown unto joy or sorrow grown. First the blade and then the ear, then the full corn shall appear; Lord of harvest, grant that we wholesome grain and pure may be. For the Lord our God shall come, and shall take His harvest home; From His field shall in that day all offenses purge away, Giving angels charge at last in the fire the tares to cast; But the fruitful ears to store in His garner evermore. Even so, Lord, quickly come, bring Thy final harvest home; Gather Thou Thy people in, free from sorrow, free from sin, There, forever purified, in Thy garner to abide; Come, with all Thine angels come, raise the glorious harvest home. Words: Henry Alford, Psalms and Hymns, 1844.Music: ST. GEORGE’S WINDSOR, George J. Elvey, 1858 (MIDI, score).
Lest we forget: When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone, when the kings and princes are home, when the shepherds are back with their flocks, the work of Christmas begins: to find the lost, to heal those broken in Spirit to feed the hungry, to release the prisoner, to released the oppressed to rebuild the nations, to bring peace among the people, to make music in the heart, and to radiate the Light of Christ everyday, in every way, in all we do, and in all that we say. Then the work of Christ begins – Howard Thurman (1899-1981)
At 9 years old, Wallis is officially the youngest actress in Oscar history to be recognized. She's nominated for Best Actress for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild—which also earned a Best Picture.
Nelson Mandela – 1918-2013
Nelson Mandela – Cont’d In 1958 he married a social worker Winnie Madikizela and they had two daughters. The couple divorced in 1996. In October 1963 he joined ten others on trial for sabotage in what became known as the Rivonia Trial. Facing the death penalty his words to the court at the end of his famous ‘Speech from the Dock’ on 20 April 1964 became immortalized:
Mandela was born on July 18, 1918. His father died when he was 12 and he became a ward of the Thembu Regent [tribe]. At primary school in Qunu his teacher Miss Mdingane gave him the name Nelson, in accordance with the custom to give all school children “Christian” names.
“I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” On 11 June 1964 he and seven others were convicted and the next day were sentenced to life imprisonment. His mother died in 1968 and his eldest son Thembi in 1969. In 1993 he and President FW de Klerk jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize and on 27 April 1994 he voted for the first time in his life. On 10 May 1994 he was inaugurated South Africa’s first democratically elected President. On his 80th birthday in 1998 he married Graça Machel, his third wife. He stepped down in 1999 after one term as President. He died at his home in Johannesburg on 5 December 2013. He was 95.
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