Greater Galilee Gazette Empowering People to Be God’s People Pastor Robert L. McGowens Sr. 501 W. Park Ave. Charlotte, NC 28203 greatergalileecharlotte.org * firstname.lastname@example.org * 704-376-8600
It’s In Your Shout Are you fighting a battle you're afraid you won't win? Who are you depending on: God or yourself? When faced with the combined armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, God told His people Israel, … The battle is not yours, but God's…(2 Chronicles 20:15 NIV). And God's never lost a battle yet! He told Joshua, …I have delivered Jericho into your hands (Joshua 6:2 NIV). Notice, He didn't say, “I will deliver” or “I might deliver.” No, He said, … I have delivered Jericho into your hands!… Israel already had the victory, now they were being called to act on it. But the question remained, how? God's answer was, Shout… Joshua told the Israelites, When you hear the trumpets give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and you will go straight in (Joshua 6:5 NIV). Now no rational
Mark Your Calendar August 1st - Pre Revival Concert Dinner Served after 10:30 service 3:00pm Concert Church School August 2nd - 4th Annual Family Conference & Youth Revival 6:30pm - Classes Begin 7:30pm - Service Begins August 6th –8th Second Baptist Church, Atlantic City, NJ August 11th 4:30-6:00pm - Women’s Shelter Outreach August 13th Pastor McGowens Pre Anniversary Service 7:00pm Pastor Oscar Gardin—Elizabeth Baptist Church, Monroe, NC August 14th Back to School Kick-Off August 15th 10:30am - WeRocc Anniversary 4:00pm - Ordination & Consecration Service August 20th Pastor McGowens Pre Anniversary Service 7:00pm - Dr. Benjamin Hinton & Tabernacle BC, Gastonia , NC August 22nd Pastor McGowens Anniversary Celebration 8:00am - Pastor Lamont Johnson-Providence BC 10:30am - Pastor Carol Austin—Griffin-Ebenezer BC August 26th –29th Antioch Baptist Church, St. Louis, MO
person would expect a shout, no matter how loud, to bring down the walls of a big city. But this was no ordinary shout; it was a shout of faith based on a promise God had made. Even though victory looked impossible, when Israel shouted God responded by bringing down the walls and opening the doors to the Promised Land. When you're looking for an open door and all you can see is a brick wall, the last thing you feel like doing is shouting victory, right? But you need to do it regardless, because: 1) the shout of praise leads to victory 2) it puts your faith 'on the record' 3) it confounds the enemy and robs him of two of his greatest weapons: doubt and discouragement 4) obedience, even when you don't understand, always brings results. So shout; for the victory is yours!
It’s our privilege to not only raise our hands in worship but also to combine the visible with the invisible in a rising stream of praise and adoration sent directly to our Father.
It’s About that Time - Back 2 School The Education Ministry is sponsoring their annual Back-2-School Kick-Off. The event will be held on Saturday, August 14th, 10:00am2:00pm. This parent/child event will afford you the opportunity to hear pertinent information regarding your child's education. Topics will focus on new initiative programs within CMS and the importance of parental involvement. Additional information will be provided along with any questions you may have. The sessions will be led by Charlotte
Mecklenburg principals, counselors and teachers. We ask that you support this event by you and your child attending and also by purchasing school supplies and donating them to the church by Wednesday, August 11th. The event is FREE….. Lunch will be served and each child will receive new school supplies. During the event parents will have an opportunity to win door prizes. Start now by investing time into your child’s education. Parents… “Be supportive; be informed so your child can be prepared.”
“I promised the Lord and myself that education will never be a reason for another church to turn me down as a pastor.” Dr. Robert L. McGowens Sr. Not every pastor (or anyone) can make the above promise and keep it. Yet, Greater Galilee is blessed with a pastor who kept this promise to the Lord and himself. But make no mistake about it, the journey was not easy. Pastor McGowens began this journey by acknowledging his call to preach the Gospel in 1981. At that time, he was a member of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church of Greenville South Carolina. After being licensed by Mt. Sinai, he was ordained by the Enoree River Baptist Association. After interviewing for a different pastorate, he was not accepted because of his level of education. It was at that time that he made that promise to the Lord and himself. After making that promise, he pursued his education and earned several degrees including a doctorial degree in Theology and Ministry. But does that make him the man we see standing before us? No, but It does give him the ability to stand before us week after week and year after year and preach the Word of God that we so desperately need to save our souls. Perhaps the most noticeable characteristic of Pastor McGowens is his love to minister the truth to the saints. Known by other pastors as a “preaching machine,” it is normal for anyone to find themselves being convicted by his sermons. The one most interesting characteristic about his preaching is that everyone can understand the central theme of his sermons. So who is this man we celebrate this month. Our Pastor, Robert McGowens has a humble spirit. Along with his humble spirit, he’s loving; caring and dedicated to his ministry and to his family. A man who loves his family and is shown in his interaction with his wife Lady Terry, his children and grandchildren. What makes him a great pastor? His ability to lead his members, his desire to empower people to be God’s people; his ability to push you out of your comfort zone; his way of allowing us to use our gifts and the way he develops men and women as they are called into the ministry. With the most important being he serves with heart and he lives what he preaches.
Pastor, we are blessed to have you. You have preached from the depths of your soul; taught according to His Word; sang and loved wholeheartedly and your infinite wisdom has guided us. To Lady Terry.. your loving spirit, warm smiles and words of comfort when we need them, cannot be replaced. For all the love and support you give to your husband, provides him the strength to be the pastor we need. Thank you for being his rock and for being our first lady. We sincerely love each of you and we pray that God will continue to bless and keep you and your family.
A Healthy Lifestyle It seems that everyone is concerned with healthy living these days, which is a good thing. It is important to be concerned with your health and to look for better strategies to improve your life. Healthy living is available to everyone, and does not depend on buying the latest diet book or the most expensive vitamins. All that you need to do is to start making healthy decisions. The most important facet of your life that you need to change as you move towards healthy living is to start eating nutritious foods. Do not try to follow a trendy diet, just eat a balanced diet of nutritious foods. When you eat well, you lower your risk of many health problems. You will also give yourself more energy, allowing you to enjoy life again. Once you have started eating well, it is time to go out and get some physical activity! Just including small amounts of physical activity in your life will make a difference. Start slow and then progress. The final component of healthy living is to have a healthy mind. Everything should be done in moderation – eating, working, resting, playing, maintaining hobbies, socializing and so on. Pay attention to the thing that you're doing at any given moment, and do it well. Don't take on more work or personal responsibilities than you can realistically handle Leading a physically and mentally well-balanced existence is the ideal way to live a healthy lifestyle. Understand that leading a healthy lifestyle is a continual and lifelong process. Life is a chain of continued efforts, an ongoing process. Think of yourself as a work of art in progress.
A Celebration of Service
Mission’s Day Missions Day was held on July 25th. This group of ladies is led by Sister Mattie Stewart. Our missionaries are dedicated to helping and serving those in need. They visit and pray with the sick and bereaved and outside of GGBC they prepare and deliver hospitality baskets to the nursing homes and hospitals. We as members help support our missions area by our financial giving. This helps not only with our membership needs, but to those outside our doors. It is an essential part of who we are. Caring is more than saying, it is about doing and these ladies prove this in their actions. Continue to bless other by giving regularly to missions.
The first impression of a church that a visitor receives is from the greeting they receive at the door. This responsibility lies on the face and attitude of the usher. Being a usher/nurse involves more than escorting and issuing fans and bulletins and assisting those in the spirit. It is a ministry of service. In order to serve faithfully you must have a Christ like spirit and a willingness to serve. With every service we hold our ushers and nurses have proven to be dedicated and here to serve. We are greeted with pleasant smiles and warm welcomes. They make sure that church is kept in perfect order during the worship service. The Greater Galilee ushers and nurses could be called missionaries for the church, for they perpetuate the spirit as we come through the door and through out the service. So to you we say Thank you for your faithful service to our guest, our pastor and the Greater Galilee Family. As God ushered Adam into the Garden of Eden, Abraham ushered in faithfulness into the world, you too have ushered us into the spirit of worship. “Congratulations on your Anniversary!”
Welcome New/Restored Members (July)
Yasha Hopkins Tamilia Melton Take a moment to say hello and welcome the newest members to the family.
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