Crossbearer E-zine WEEKEND OF WORSHIP:
August 2008 Mini-Edition
September 12-13, 2008 Seeking Advertisers! (see pg.4)
EXCERPTS FROM ELDER GERALD PIERCE Interview excerpts from the instrumental W.O.W. Conference 2007 Founder
INTERVIEW WITH JEREMY JOHNSON 2008 Weekend of Worship (W.O.W.) Coordinator
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Crossbearer Contents Features •
2008 Weekend of Worship Registration Form Get ready for Weekend of Worship 2008- Register today!!
Interview with Jeremy Johnson Coordinator of the 2008 Weekend of Worship
W.O.W. 2007 Excerpts from Elder Gerald Pierce From the 2007 Interview “The Man, The Ministry, The Music”
In Every Issue 4 From the Editor
4 Question of the Month
Spring Focus: Spiritual Rebirth
Share your thoughts on this issue’s topic!
5 CEO’s Message
5 Your Comments/Contest Winners
What has TUTC been up to? Find out here!
Your feedback- you talk and we listen!!
10 Sound Off
11 Where To? Travel Segment
Top Ten Gospel Songs in the D/FW Metroplex & the Crossbearer Staffs’ Music Picks
Review of Things to Do in Fort Worth, Texas
It is our mission to provide you, the Christian audience, with both a fresh and thought provoking take on issues of importance in the world we live in.
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From the Editor the Crossbearer: A Magazine with a Vision! What do you see when you look at the Crossbearer?
Crossbearer E-zine Shantelle Gray Editorial Coordinator Creative Director Columnists
As the Crossbearer continues to experience growth in concept, content and readership, I wanted to take a moment to focus on a portion of scripture that I found myself pondering with the release of this May/June issue: “Where there is no vision, the people perish…” Proverbs 29:18 In our case, the vision is a literary work of God which we strive to instill in the hearts of men and women. We attempt to reach this goal (vision) through each submission offered to you bimonthly in the Crossbearer. At times, you may note that certain articles or features are not present in the current issue. For instance, this issue, the Real Talk: Man to Man segment is not featured. This is because the columnist has asked for the support of the readership in his “open talk” or “fourm” format for the article. In this situation, if there is no dialogue, there can be no article. I implore you, our readership: do not let the columns and features you wish to see in the Crossbearer on a steady and constant basis perish. Without your input, the writers may not be able to see that their efforts are positively affecting you and the vision may be lost. If you are enjoying something you read, speak up! If you disagree, we’d love to hear from you as well. When you share your thoughts and ideas with us, the Crossbearer is able to improve itself in turn. As you read the current issue, ask yourself, what is your vision for the future of the Crossbearer?
Question of the Month:
Cornesha Johnson Adrian Gray Christy Crochett-Wafer Joe Johnson Pastor Zion McGregor Shantelle Gray Guest Columnist(s)
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About the Organization: Mission Statement: It is our mission, at Take Up Thy Cross, to address and meet the physical, social, and spiritual needs of the community. To work closely with churches and other non-profit organizations, pool resources, experience, and ideas in order to better satisfy the needs of the people are our goals. We strive to create and sustain an organization of doers, selflessly achieving the goals of the corporation. Brief History: Originally formed for the purpose of organizing the 2003 My Brother's Keeper Conference of Fort Worth, the organization now known as Take Up Thy Cross, was incorporated in November 2003. Its incorporators and founders are Frank J. Johnson, Jeremy A. Johnson, and Adrian J. Gray. Currently in its third year of service, this small organization has expanded its efforts to satisfy various community needs.
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The Crossbearer Readers’ Panel Survey The Crossbearer E-zine is now over 1 year old! We want to hear from you, our readers as we head into the new year. We have grown in content, staff and subscribers as the time has gone by, but we’re dedicated to giving you more. We urge you to complete our Readers’ Panel Survey (which should have appeared as a pop-up window when you opened the Crossbearer and can also be accessed via the link on the distribution e-mail by which you received this month’s E-zine. Your suggestions and comments are so greatly appreciated.
Message from the CEO – May/June Recap Greetings friends, and thank you once again for tuning in to the Crossbearer. It is always our pleasure to serve God in this ministry and provide you with the best in Christian periodical production. Our editor and staff have once again combined forces to present you with an insightful, educational, spiritual and hopefully entertaining series of articles and pieces.
Take Up Thy Cross, Inc. is preparing to minister in a great way in the upcoming months. In August, TUTC will rebirth the My Brother’s Keeper Conference. The 2008 version of this conference will be in the form of a retreat. We are specifically seeking Christian men between the age ranges of 25 – 35 to come share in this awesome event. If you are interested or know of someone who may be interested in learning more about this event please contact me directly at email@example.com. In the Month of September Elder Gerald Pierce and Glad Productions, Inc. will unite with Jeremy Johnson and TUTC to bring forth the 2nd Weekend of Worship. Last years event was truly amazing and this year’s worship conference will exceed last year’s efforts in reenergizing the brides (church) desire for the bride groom (Jesus Christ). For more information on this event please contact TUTC Music Ministry leader Jeremy Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you again friends for your support of this and all TUTC ministires. Until next time, may God bless you real good is our prayer. Your Brother in Christ, Adrian J. Gray Chief Executive Officer
Interview with Jeremy Johnson: Coordinator of the 2008 Weekend of Worship by Adrian J. Gray Staff Writer- Crossbearer
What affect do you feel the new W.O.W. location at Forest Hill Church of God in Christ will have on the overall effectiveness of the conference? While working with East St. Paul was a blessing and a joy, we look to fellowship with other local ministries as well. The Forest Hill COGIC family has welcomed us and we look forward to sharing with them in this event. They have also extended their welcome by offering to host the next N.O.W. scheduled for November 22nd.
Recently, Take Up Thy Cross Music ministry leader Jeremy Johnson took time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions from our Crossbearer interviewer. Here's what he had to say about the upcoming Weekend of Worship.
Your wife, Monique Johnson, is very active in the TUTC Music Ministry. How has having your better half so deeply involved helped your ministry? I have spoken with several individuals working in ministry and one of the key elements to being able to endure the pressures of life is having a relationship with your family. Being able to minister with my wife has been a tremendous help in both ministry and at home. There's something special about worshiping God with the one He has placed in your life to be your "Eve". In that, I mean the ONE He has created just for you.
What can conference attendees from last year expect to see this year at the 2008 W.O.W.? The conference is going to be in the exact same format. However, Pastor Pierce will bring new worship topics that convict the heart and provoke a deeper worship experience.
Will we be hearing any new material written by yourself at this year's worship conference? No sir, not this time around. But our group is full of young, inspired writers so look for new material in the months to come.
How has the incorporation of N.O.W. affected preparations for the 2008 W.O.W.? The Night of Worship has allowed attendees to get a better understanding of what to expect during the Weekend of Worship. In its inaugural service, many came to the first N.O.W. not knowing what to expect. Gladly, I can say everyone left anticipating the next one. W.O.W takes everything to the next level.
What will constitute a successful W.O.W. in your opinion? Brother Gray, my true desire is for God to inhabit the praises of His people. As long as that happens during this weekend....success!!!
Pre-Register now for the 2008 Weekend of Worship!!! Visit http://www.takeupthycross.org/musicministry/wowregistration.html
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Reflections on the 2007 Weekend of Worship Conference with Elder Gerald Pierce by Adrian J. Gray Staff Writer- Crossbearer
In 2007, Elder Pierce was gracious enough to share a few notes about his life and ministry with Take Up Thy Cross, Inc. For those of you who may not have experienced the Weekend of Worship 2007 and to prepare you for what’s in store for you at this years’ Conference, we have included excerpts from that interview:
Describe the impact of the Glad! Group in your life personally, professionally, and spiritually. I am surrounded by an ever growing group of worshipers who share testimonies similar to my own. They didn't all grow up in church and experience the failures that I did, but they all Have powerful testimonies of the forgiveness and delivering power of God. I have been delivered from that horrible past for 15 years now, but even since then there have been major tragedies and losses in my life, and this group has been a source of strength for me. They are gifted, professional, and committed to the work of the Kingdom and they have increased my value to the ministry just by their presence. Why do you believe the church of today has strayed so far from worship? In short, I believe the enemy (the original worship leader) has with subtlety seduced the bride from intimacy in worship to tradition and self satisfaction. However, I see clearly that all over the world the Bride is arising in worship and realizing that all she needs is her Bridegroom (the Lord Jesus) and He alone (not our traditions) is worthy of worship.
What influenced you the most to found Glad Productions, Inc.? God's mighty deliverance in my life from a destructive pit plagued with drugs, alcohol, and promiscuity prompted a song of praise and thankfulness called, "I'm Glad". Out of that song was birthed a vision to stir a passion in the hearts of people all over the world for absolute, abandoned worship to God. My gratefulness for His mercy and deliverance ignited an unquenchable passion in my heart for Him and this passion is the heart of Glad Productions.
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Explain the heart of Intimate Encounters. Intimate Encounters was a vision that God gave Me of evenings and eventually days of just spending time in the presence of God with other worshipers. These times of worship are designed for people who "want" to come and not forced or made to feel guilty for not attending. The Bridegroom desires the unending affection of His bride (the church) and I believe we have been called to provide avenues and pathways for His presence to "abide" with His people. We have seen so many lives changed during these encounters and it has always amazed us at how God does something fresh and different every time. What has been your most fulfilling recording to date and why? They have both been fulfilling equally as I am so blessed that God would allow me the honor to write His music and record it. To God be the Glory!! Continued on pg. 9…
What inspired you the most in writing the devotional, “Private Times Meditations”? This devotional took well over a year to compile. It is filled with challenges, encouragement, and revelation that God gave me during my own times alone with Him. At the time I was writing, I didn't know God would direct me to publish it as a devotional book so that was quite surprising. However, I'm glad He did it that way so that it would be real and absent of any input of my own. On September 7th and 8th , you [brought] the Weekend of Worship to Fort Worth, Texas. What is the goal of this endeavor? The goal of this event is 4 fold: 1) To take our passion for worship to a new area of the world 2) To ignite a passion for TRUE worship in the hearts of God's people thereby spreading this passion to churches and ministries in the D/FW area 3) To win the lost to Christ and birth NEW worshipers, the kind the Father is seeking 4) To encourage, train, and fellowship with worship leaders from other areas of the world.
How will the Weekend of Worship differentiate itself from other worship conferences? That's a difficult question because I believe there are many other conferences that God has raised up to bless the body of Christ. I believe however that God has ordained for many people that W.O.W be the place of their fresh encounter with Him. One possible difference is that there will be as much to "experience" as there is to learn. Is the Weekend of Worship solely for Pastors and Worship Leaders? Who is invited to attend? Not at all! It's for ALL worshipers and those who desire to experience the Lord at a whole new and fresh level. To read the full article including how Elder Pierce got his start in the Ministry, please request a free back issue of the September/ October 2007 the Crossbearer by contacting us with the specifics of your request via e-mail at email@example.com
Don’t Forget…. To stop by the Take Up Thy Cross, Inc. Merchandise Booth during the 2008 W.O.W. Conference!! Purchase authentic TUTC merchandise including: -
Apparel (T-shirts & Caps) Housewares (Mugs & Mousepads) Church Folk DVDs MBK Conference CDs Auto Decals, Magnets, Keychains, Tote Bags & Much More!
All proceeds will benefit ongoing TUTC programs! For more details or to pre-order merchandise, Please e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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1040 A.M.’S TOP TEN GOSPEL SONGS RANK
Never Would Have Made It
Take It Back
Georgia Mass Choir
Blessed and Highly Favored
The Clark Sisters
Ricky Dillard and New G.
Not About Us
Bishop Noel Jones/City of Refuge
He’s Done Enough
Love Him Like I Do
STAFF SOUND-OFF Our staff members share what they’re listening to and what they’re listening with!
On my PC: Tye Tribbett & G.A., “Stand Out” -Monique Johnson
On my iPod: Fred Hammond, “Somethin' 'Bout Love” -Adrian Gray
On my PDA: Youthful Praise “Live! The Praise... The Worship” -Jeremy Johnson
Ruben Studdard, Deitrick Haddon, and Mary Mary
On my iPod: Stevie Wonder, “Songs in the Key of Life” -Niecy Johnson
“ REJUVINATION & RELAXTION: FORT WORTH TEXAS” by Shantelle Gray, Staff Writer- Crossbearer While the Weekend of Worship Conference will leave you spiritually revitalized, you may want to extend your trip to stay a few extra days to enjoy the city. In Fort Worth, a.k.a. Cowtown, you’ll want to be on hand to experience a place where the spirit of the Old West is still very much alive. Known as 'Wall Street of the West,' the Fort Worth Livestock Exchange includes a museum of photos and memorabilia from the heyday of Fort Worth's cattle industry. What was once the center of ranching industry is now an entertainment and shopping district, though a bit of cattle business still takes place.
Exchange Ave), celebrating nearly a century of history in Fort Worth. Saddle up -- literally -- on a hotel barstool topped with a saddle, or mosey over to Joe T. Garcia's, known to locals as Joe T's (2201 N Commerce St), located just blocks away and known for its enchiladas. Further downtown, history and culture meet in the Sundance Square (area southwest of N Main St between Belnap and 6th sts), named for frequent visitor the Sundance Kid (partner of Butch Cassidy). Sundance Square is also home to one of the city's architectural gems, the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall (525 Commerce St). Completed in 1998, the massive concert hall encompasses an entire city block and features a variety of concerts and performances.
DAY 2 Explore Fort Worth's Cultural District, home to the Kimbell Art Museum (3333 Camp Bowie Blvd), considered one of the world's finest small public art museums. Next, check out the collection at the Amon Carter Museum (7501 Camp Bowie Blvd), featuring a collection of 19th- and 20th-century American art.
DAY 1 Howdy, ya’ll! You can't leave the metro area without experiencing some Western culture, so mosey over to Fort Worth's Stockyards National Historic District (121 E Exchange Ave). Twice a day, at 11:30 am and 4 pm, you can experience the Fort Worth Herd, the world's only daily cattle drive. Cowboys drive the longhorns along the streets of the Stockyards, a must-see event. Visit Log Cabin Village—six cabins built in the 1850s that contain original furnishings—for a taste of history, then take in an equestrian show at Will Rogers Memorial Center. You can even catch a rodeo at the Cowtown Coliseum (121 E Exchange Ave). Lunch in Texas means barbeque. The Stockyards are also home to Riscky's Barbeque (140 E Exchange Ave), founded by a Polish immigrant who worked in the stockyards for $9 a week back in 1911. The family carries on the tradition with sliced beef brisket and barbecued bologna as well as Texas favorites like chicken fried steak and burgers. Wander the historic streets of the district, making a stop at the Mobil Two-Star Stockyards Hotel (109 E.
Enjoy the gardens and lunch. The Fort Worth Water Gardens is breathtaking with its waterfalls, cascading fountains, and sculpture garden, while the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens (3220 Botanic Garden Blvd) offers a peaceful Japanese Garden; and the Fort Worth Zoo (1989 Colonial Parkway), housing both Texas and exotic species. Break up your afternoon with a lunch of spinach pesto pasta or pecan encrusted chicken at the Botanic Gardens' Garden Restaurant, open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday and Sunday offering a popular brunch. Discover your inner cowpoke. As you might expect, there are also several museums dedicated to cowboys (National Cowboys of Color Museum and Hall of Fame, Stockyards Museum, Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame) and cowgirls (National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame).
DAY 3 Spend a day concentrating on fun. Opt for a day at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington (Interstate 30 and Hwy 360/ Angus Wynne Jr. Fwy) The famous amusement park is a guaranteed hit with families, as is the Ballpark in Arlington, home of the Texas Rangers. If you’re a fan of water parks, you may want to cool off at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor park on the other side of the freeway.
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TUTC Benefactor Program The Take Up Thy Cross, Inc. Benefactor Program serves as a way for you the citizen, to partner with TUTC the corporation, in our effort to meet the needs of our communities. So far this year TUTC has received donations from 9 new Benefactors. TUTC would like to send out a very special thank you to all of our valued Benefactors. May God continue to bless you abundantly. Pictured is our very first Benefactor, Mr. Kendric Gray. Silver Benefactors:
Owana Cook, Gerald Pierce, Jasina Morris, Natashia Stephens, Mr. & Mrs. Nick Kutob, Jamal Williams, Adrian Gray, Shantelle Gray, Joe Johnson
Kendric Gray, Travis Smith, Mr. & Mrs. Calvin Smith, Jeanette Butler, Ann Gray
Demetrius Cook, D Tech IT
It would be our pleasure to add your name to our growing list of community supporting Benefactors. These names are the names of the leaders in service and in action throughout our churches and our cities. Please do not be the one left out as we strive to meet the needs of our community this year. Prove that we are not all talk, but that we are constantly active in this partnership. Below are the Benefactor levels, please contact Joe Johnson at (469)877-8978 or at email@example.com. Or you may simply mail your donations to 2128 Pacino Dr., Fort Worth, TX, 76134.
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