Fellowship Presbyterian Church 3406 Meridian Street, Huntsville, AL 35811
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August 5, 2012
National Black Presbyterian Caucus Youth Leadership Conference Jerita Johnson, Senior High Youth Director
From the Journal of Jerita. Fourteen youth -- Destine Brown, Destiny Canady, Evan Craighead, Jeremy Crummie, Demetrius Davis, Kyler Evans, M att hew Gardner, R yan Gordon, Galik Horton-Burks, Gakari Horton-Burks, LeYanda Jones, Kathy Ogbu, Brendan Pierre, Khadeja Wesley -- and six adults -- Tony Canady, Jerita Crummie, Stefanie Davis, Johnnie McAlpine, Thomas McAlpine, and Geneva Wright loaded a bus to Memphis Tennessee, for the National Black Presbyterian Caucus Midsouth Regional Youth leadership conference on July 18, 2012. Youth from Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and
Virginia were in attendance. After arriving in Memphis at Richardson Towers on the campus of the University of Memphis, each youth was responsible for their dorm room key and meal ticket. I am grateful that they did not lose either of them. The room keys cost $25.00 per key if lost. Our first event was the opening worship service at Buntyn Presbyterian Church where Reverend Brian Henderson, the pastor of Parkway Gardens Presbyterian , gave the message. After lively singing from the Parkway Gardens praise team, Reverend Henderson preached a sermon where he pointed out
the importance of our being there. His key theme was “You are next: the next preachers, elders, youth directors, music directors, deacons etc.” At the General Assembly the demographic numbers said it, the Bible says it. He explained that leadership development conferences are venues where seeds are sown. “We prepare you because you are next to take over.” He challenged the youth to protect their nextness. He compared the process to someone waiting in line to be called next. Getting out of line before your turn comes can forfeit your nextness. He said the devil wants you to give up (Continued on page 3)
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Significant Upcoming Dates To Remember STAFF Reverend Gregory J. Bentley Pastor
Mrs. Brenda Davis Director of Music Ministry
Mrs. Antoinette “Toni” Franklin Director Inspiration/Gospel Choir
Mrs. Janet Poles Children’s/Youth Choir Director
Ms. Darlene Richardson Assistant Children’s/Youth Choir Director
Mr. Theodus Friend Sexton
DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Sunday School Sunday Worship Choir Rehearsals Inspirational (Tues) Chancel (Tues) Adult Bible Study (Wed) Youth and Children Bible Study (Thurs.) Choir Rehearsal
9:45 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Noon and 6:00 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Newsletter Team Dr. Barbara Anthony Mrs. Pauline Bodiford Mrs. Gladys P. Bracy Ms. Cheryl K. Johnson Mrs. Mary E. Mitchell Dr. Joyce Pettis Temple Mrs. Lois N. Thompson Photographers Dr. James Hicks Mrs. Gertrude Hicks
Fall Revival September 30-October 3, 2012 The evangelists are Reverends Patrick and Sheri Smith Clayborn of the Saint John AME Church. Stewardship Campaign October 14, 2012 - November 4, 2012 Sermon Topics: Giving God Our Day Giving God Our Worship Giving God of Our Spiritual Gifts Giving to God of Our Income Stewardship Dinner October 17, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. 2013 Budget 2013 Budget input from ALL ministry teams due October 15, 2012. Church Anniversary November 11, 2012 Theme: A Visionary People with our Eyes on the Prize Fellowship Leadership Retreat December 7-8, 2012 Maranatha Camp and Conference Center
Fellowship Presbyterian Church Office Hours Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 256.539.2418 Church secretary: Ms. Momekiana Harris firstname.lastname@example.org
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your place in line. He said, “Resist the devil and act like you are next. Be prepared to receive what next people deserve. Live like you are next, so God will bless you.” Reverend Henderson used Joseph in the Bible as an example because Joseph was prepared when he was called by God. Throughout the conference, we were encouraged to allow God to mold us and make us ready for His work. He explained how important it is that our churches prepare us to become the leaders of tomorrow. Reverend Henderson then made us repeat the phrase “you are next, you are next,” until we felt the spirit and internalized the meaning of those words. After the sermon, communion was shared by all. Our youth experienced a different way of taking communion by breaking bread and dipping it into the wine. Each morning, we walked to the cafeteria for breakfast and returned to the auditorium for devotion. Galik Horton-Burk served as a devotion leader on Friday. Following devotion, the youth attended four workshops over the next two days. The workshops were Bible study, first impressions, social media, leadership, and choir. Fellowship’s own Tony Canady was the
facilitator for the social media workshop. Reverend Oliver's workshop on leadership reiterated the same ideas, putting emphasis on the theme “Jesus is the light of the world; Jesus is a leader, and we need to follow Him. The quote by Gandhi, “You be the change you want to see in others” reverberated from workshop to workshop as we discussed knowing the importance of first impressions, being responsible in using social media, using our talents and God-given gifts to uplift others, and learning to step up, speak out, and fight against bullying that demoralizes all aspects of society. The workshops really helped us imagine the God in us. On Thursday night, the open forum was facilitated by Stefanie Davis. The youth and adults explored different topics such as bullying, suicide, and knowing when to learn about sex. One yo u n g m a n t a l k e d a b o u t perspectives. Most adults are closed to the ideas of the youth. All youth need to be open to others’ perspectives so they can be open to knowledge. Closed perspective gains no knowledge. This empowering discussion was excellent. The talent show on Friday night
featured Fellowship Five talents. The Fellowship Five sang a medley of Michael Jackson's songs “I’ll Be There” and “Man in the Mirror.” Destine Brown played three songs on the bass guitar-Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights,” “Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” and Snoop Dog's “Young and Wild and Free.” Demetrious Davis sang “Dreams of an Absolution” by Bentley Jones, and Gakari HortonBurks sang “Greatest Love of All” by Whitney Houston. The group toured the city on Saturday. After devotion, we went to Skyzone, an indoor trampoline park, and ate lunch at Chow Time, a Chinese and southern food buffet. Culturally, we thoroughly enjoyed Stax Museum and the Civil Rights Museum. Some of us were motivated to start reading more black history and some of us, regrettably, were uninformed about the journey that led Blacks to where we are now. It was really a privilege and a blessing that we are given the opportunity to learn more about God, our heritage, and about ourselves. One youth said, “My parents would never take the time to give us such experiences.” We also bonded a bit more as a group. We are beginning to feel more and more like family.
Fellowship youth and adults at the Lorraine Motel.
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“Ministry in Movement” Conference Johnnie McAlpine Fellowship youth and children attended the conference “Ministry in Movement” on Saturday July 28, 2012, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at St. Luke Christian Church. The youth in attendance were Dana Bone, Maurice Bone, Destine Brown, Jeremy Crummie, Matthew Gardner, Ryan Gordon, Galik Horton-Burks, Gakari Horton-Burks, Wheeler Ogbu, Brendan Pierre, and Khadeja Wesley. The children’s workshop started at 10:45 a.m., and they learned a praise dance in their workshop. The fellowship kids were Miriam Bentley, Callyn Williams, and Tyler Williams. The youth were exposed to different ways that Christians can serve the Lord. The conference consisted of several workshops on the use of mime, dance, praise songs, choir, sign language, the spoken word, and props in worship. In mid-afternoon, all the youth attended a vibrant, spiritual Altar call where youth ministers emphasized the meaning of worship. One of the ministers said, “Many people come to church looking for a word and having nothing to give.” His example centered on how contagious yawns can be. When one person yawns, a chain reaction starts as yawns seem to jump from one to another. They become contagious. He said praise should be the same way because we are called to be a light to the people around us. We can have great gifts, but we must have some kind of anointment or relationship with God to be able to change lives. We should ask ourselves, “Am I performing or am I ministering to someone? Am I giving God all of me or people all of me?” He told the youth that we must shift everything and serve God. Many give God comfortable worship until they are in a bad place. We have to have something on the inside to give God authentic worship. We have to be “Sold out to God.” He went on to say that worship starts with you, but it’s all about God! The conference really reiterated what the youth are taught in choir practice every week and also what’s being taught in the Experiencing God classes and the theme of Reverend Bentley’s weekly sermons: There must be a personal relationship with God. The Altar call was powerful and the Holy Spirit reigned.
As a result of all the preaching, singing, praying and calling out to God, six or seven youth gave their lives to Jesus Christ. The experience was something that many will not forget. A testimony from one young adult put everything in perspective. She told the youth about a mother who talked to her daughter one night while the daughter was driving home from an event, just to see if she was ok. After being reassured, the mother went to bed and to work the next morning, not knowing that her daughter had been killed in a fiery accident right after that phone call. She was burned so badly she could not be recognized. The mother learned the fate of her daughter from co-workers. We prayed for that mother and her family, asking God to heal her hurt and pain. After altar call, the youth went to the afternoon workshop, which ended at 4:00 p.m. The youth and children returned to St. Luke at 6:00 p.m. for the arts concert, consisting of mime, dance, praise songs, choir, sign language, and the spoken word. It was a wonderful culmination to a day of learning and praise. “Let no man despise your youth; but you be an example to them that believe in word, in manner of life, in love, in faith, in purity.” (1Timothy 4:12)
Living Waters For The World Contributor The members of the Central North Alabama Alumnae (CNAA) Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, joined the North Alabama Presbytery, other presbyteries, churches and contributors of 2012 by supporting Living Waters for the World. The CNAA Chapter believes that all God’s children need clean water. Thus, a check in the amount of $500.00 was donated through the chapter’s International Awareness Committee. The committee chair, Frances J. Harris, was honored to share information with the chapter members on the work of Living Waters for the World and requested that these funds be donated to this worthwhile cause. Submitted by Elder Frances Harris
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What is Session Doing? Session welcomed the new secretary, Ms. Momekiana Harris. Office hours for Ms. Harris are Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Session approved a 2013 membership for the church in the National Black Presbyterian Caucus for $250.00. (Individual members may also join; membership forms are available in the office.) Session approved Fellowship Youth hosting the 2014 National Black Presbyterian Youth Conference. Session approved accepting the donation of a projection and sound system to be installed in fellowship hall, along with speakers installed in the kitchen area. Stewardship dinner is scheduled for Wednesday evening, October17, 2012, at 6:00 p.m., and Stewardship Commitment Sunday is November 4, 2012, during morning worship. Session approved the third Monday of October (annually) for submission of budget requests for the upcoming year. Session approved scheduling a meeting with members of Huntsville Housing Authority for a presentation on their Resident Emergency Assistance Fund initiative. The Christian Education Back-to-School Program is scheduled for Sunday, August 12, 2012, 9:30 a.m. Session is working on updating Fellowshipâ€™s webpage. The Vision Team reported the outcome of its work. Recommendation: Fellowship motto/slogan: The loving place that is reaching, growing, and sending people with Christ. Vision Statement:
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Christian ministry that glorifies God and transforms humanity by doing justice, living mercy, and walking humbly with God. Mission Statement: Fellowship is called to make disciples by leading people into a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ and equipping them for the work of ministry in the church, community, and world. Elder Joyce Pettis Temple presented the report to the congregation at the Friday night dinner on July 27, 2012, and made an electronic distribution on July 28, 2012. Session will meet on August 14, 2012, to vote on the recommendation. Our hats are off to Elder Temple and her team for a superb job in leading this effort. Session will conduct an audit of ministry teams in the fall (October-November time frame). Session conducted the annual review of membership rolls in accordance with the Book of Order. Session scheduled a working meeting for August 14, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. Session will meet with youth leaders on August 16, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. Session approved establishing a committee to conduct a needs assessment for a 501c(3) for the church. Elder Mary Mitchell, assisted by Elder Joyce Pettis Temple, will lead the effort. Members of the congregation are invited to join the committee.
Presbytery News Best wishes and congratulatory remarks were extended to Reverend Warner Durnell upon his call to the Middle Tennessee Presbytery as Executive Presbyter. Reverend Durnell assumes his new position on August 1, 2012. Richard D. Borie, Jr. is the Interim Executive Presbyter. (Continued on page 6)
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Reverend Gregory J. Bentley will serve as a member of the Interim Executive Presbyter Search Committee. Session accepted the Presbytery Board of Pension, Benefit Plan to extend spousal and child benefits to plan members’ qualified domestic partners, effective January 1, 2013. Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, is encouraging presbyteries to support Christmas International House (CIH). CIH is a ministry of hospitality for international students during Christmas holiday, December 18-January 2 of each year. You can find out more about CIH at www.christmasih.org.
Youth and Children’s Choirs Perform
During its recent annual meeting, the Community Action Partnership (CAP) of Huntsville/Madison and Limestone Counties honored former director Edwin Silsby Hill for his long-time service to the organization and the community. In a special resolution, the CAP Board of Directors recognized Hill for his more than 33 years of leadership devoted to institutional change, aiding the fight against poverty, fostering human development, promoting opportunities for the disadvantaged, and contributing to creating a just society. Included in Hill’s recognition was the rededication of the CAP central office in his honor. Mr. Hill spearheaded the purchase of the building, which currently houses the organization’s central office on Stringfield Road in Huntsville. Mr. Hill retired from the CAP in 2004. Mr. Hill is a charter member of Fellowship Presbyterian Church. Source: Speakin’ Out News, July 18-24, 2012
The FLCC (Fellowship, Lakeside, Church Street, and Center Grove) youth choir sang three songs for the Center Grove United Methodist revival on Thursday July 26, 2012, leading with the theme song “Awesome God.” The Fellowship Five lifted their voices with the spirit song. The Fellowship youth attending this event were Dana Bone, Maurice Bone, Destine Brown, Destiny Canady, Jeremy Crummie, Kyler Evans, Matthew Gardner, Ryan Gordon, Galik Horton-Burks, Gakari Horton-Burks, Wheeler Ogbu, Brendan Pierre, and Khadeja Wesley. The FLCC children’s choir sang a selection for offering; the Fellowship children participating were Johari Bentley, Miriam Bentley, Eden Joy Craighead, Callyn Williams, and Tyler Williams (pictured above).
We pray for those who mourn Former church member Reaver Brown passed on Monday, July 30, 2012. His funeral was Saturday, August 4, 2012, in Jackson, Mississippi. While at Fellowship, Reaver served as the Sunday School superintendant and a member of the choir.
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Please Remember to Pray for . . . Ezekiel Bell Stephen Bennett Clara Bryant Wilbert Cooper Constance Dees Jonathan Ford Mattie Ford Antoinette Franklin Thelma Gardner Flossie Henderson Edwin Hill
Carolyn Jackson Evelyn S. Rich Luther Scales Dana Smith Arinzie Steele Denita Gardner Walker Magnell Williams Lou Helen Williams Prentice
Donors of Altar Flowers for August 5 The Mary Mitchell Family 12 The Enoch Temple Family 19 The Woodie Lane Family 26 The Haley Bone Family
Happy Anniversary 4 ~ Margaret and E.C. Jackson 6 ~ Carolyn and Nathaniel Jackson 8 ~ Arthello and Robert Peagler 10 ~ Doretha and Thomas Ross 11 ~ Carrie and Marvell Foard 21 ~ Gloria and Richard Evans 25 ~ Johnnie Mae and Thomas McAlpine 31 ~ Debra and Gregory Evans
7~Thomas Ross 8 ~Carolyn Jackson 12 ~Gakari Horton-Burks 19~ Diann Bentley 21 ~Dana Smith 23 ~Walter L. Bone 23 ~Thelma Canady 24 ~Sharon D. Ford 25 ~Gloria Evans 25 ~Haley Bone 25 ~Lula Jones 26 ~Myrtle Buchanan 27 ~Danita Jones Clarke 27 ~Sean P. King 27 ~Tarous Rice 28 ~Michaeljon Herndon 29 ~Brain C. Evans 29 ~Bettye W. Dixie 31 ~Theodore Dixie, Sr.
Acolyte Schedule for August 5 12 19 26
Ryan Gordon and Destiny Canady Jeremy Crummie and Wheeler Ogbu Kyler Evans and Gakari Horton-Burks Destine Brown and Demetrius Davis
If there is a problem with the schedule, please contact Ollie Smith, 256.527.4147 or email@example.com. Thank you in advance for your participation! We sincerely appreciate all the youth at Fellowship Presbyterian Church. Your service to Christ and His church does not go unnoticed.
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New Pew Envelopes
You are encouraged to use the New Pew Envelopes (found in the pew holders in the back of the pew) for your contributions. Please complete and indicate the category/s of contributions. This use is one of the ways that, hopefully, we will improve our financial accountability. Stewardship & Finance Committee
Dates to Remember August
Church Humor There was a very gracious lady who was mailing an old family Bible to her brother in another part of the country. “Is there anything breakable in here?” asked the postal clerk. “Only the Ten Commandments,” answered the lady.
6 - Worship Committee meeting at noon 8 - Witness & Service committee meeting at 5:30 p.m. 9 - Stewardship & Finance meeting at 6:00 p.m. 11 - Evangelism Committee meeting at at 2:00 p.m. 14 - Property & Maintenance meeting at noon 15 - Food distribution 18 - Presbyterian Men meeting at 8:00 a.m. 23 - Session meeting at 6:00 p.m.
Newsletter Deadline Articles for the newsletter should be submitted to Mary Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org and cc the church secretary at: email@example.com not later than the 3rd Friday of the month.