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DEDICATION SERVICE SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2011 501 Bowman Road | Little Rock

Bishop Steven M. Arnold Senior Pastor

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: I am humbled the Lord has blessed me with the opportunity to serve such a wonderful church family. The Lord saw the best in me, and by His Grace, He has brought me to this place. I will be eternally grateful to Him for offering His redemptive power. My heart is overjoyed that you are allowing me to be your pastor. I will not take this opportunity for granted, for I know we are here, by the Grace of God. I also know that God has allowed us to be here at this time in history to fulfill His purpose. As we grow as a church family, we will continue to minister to those who are lost and bring them into the Kingdom of God. Grace Temple, the blessings and promises of God will be manifested in your life, because you have chosen this church as your place to worship and render service to Him. I am so proud of the work you have done and the seemingly untiring dedication you have shown in the last four months. I will remain humble and forever grateful to you. I know together, we can do all things through Christ who gives us the strength. “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for those who love Him� (1 Corinthians 2:9). My vision is that we will continue to seek to reach people with love and the Word of God, and restore them back to God by grace. The Grace, Mercy, Peace and the Love of God are extended to each and every one of you. The Love of God, Bishop Steven M. Arnold Senior Pastor


Rev. Vincent Thompson

Reading of God’s Word

Rev. John Delaware

Praise and Worship Alter Call

Rev. Frankie Williams

Dedication Litany Announcements & Recognition of Visitors

Valeria Patterson

Welcome, Occasion, and History of Grace Temple Church 8:00 Worship Service

Mother Mattye Willis

11:00 Worship Service

Representative Tracy Steele

Resolutions/Proclamations Selection

Grace Temple Choir

Introduction of Speaker

Bishop Steven Arnold, Pastor Grace Temple Church


Grace Temple Choir

Word of God

Dr. Christopher Davis, Pastor St. Paul Baptist Church Memphis, Tennessee

Invitation Pastoral Observations

Bishop Steven Arnold

Benediction (Ribbon Cutting Ceremony immediately following the 11:00 Worship Service)

DEDICATION LITANY MINISTER: Holy Father, we as family come unto you, the God of all Grace, confessing that we are who we are only by your divine Grace. Congregation: Therefore, we come boldly to your throne of Grace, that we may obtain mercy and find Grace to carry out the work of the ministry. MINISTER: It is through faith that we have access into this Grace in which we stand; and that faith is not of ourselves, it is the gift of God. Congregation: We, therefore, humble ourselves under your mighty hand, because your Word declares that you resist the proud but give Grace to the humble. Minister: Because your Grace is sufficient, we boldly confess that you are the God who makes all Grace abound towards us that we may have all sufficiency in all things. All: We receive not the Grace of God in vain. We declare that Great Grace is upon us all and we will forever Reach and Restore by Grace. In Jesus name, Amen!

HISTORY OF GRACE TEMPLE CHURCH “Reaching and Restoring by Grace” In October 2010, Bishop Steven M. Arnold and many worshippers petitioned God for direction in regards to the possibility of establishing a church. Intercessory prayer meetings were held and the worshippers visited other churches while waiting for the answer. Bishop Arnold individually petitioned the Lord and held several Prayer Services on Tuesday evenings during the month. Bishop Arnold received his answer from the Lord and the name of Grace Temple Church was also given by divine intervention. A meeting was held in late October and Grace Temple Church was organized. The first worship service was held on Sunday, November 7, 2010 at Perfecting New Life Church, 1717 North Mississippi, Little Rock, Arkansas on the gracious invitation of Rev. Kevin Allen, Pastor. During our first worship service, the Lord added to the church in such a marvelous way that an 8:00 a.m. worship service was immediately added on the second Sunday in November. Grace Temple grew rapidly over the next several weeks with worshippers joining every Sunday. It became clear a larger facility for the church family was needed. Therefore, the services were moved to 501 Bowman Road on the second Sunday in December 2010. Several church ministries have already been organized and services were provided which include: Administration Membership Media Ministry Marketing Scholarship Ushers Greeters New Member Counselors Finance/Budget

Discipleship Bible Institute Children’s Church Nursery Sunday School Teens’ Church Wednesday Noon Service (12:15) Wednesday Evening Bible Study

Music Worship Mass Choir Praise Team Praise Dancers

Outreach Evangelism Prison Ministry Visitation Ministry College Students Community Partnerships

Our prayer is that the Lord will continue to add saints to the church as He sees fit.

PASTORAL STAFF Rev. John Delaware Rev. Vincent Thompson Rev. Frankie Williams

Pre & Post - Dedication Services March Madness Pastor Kevin Adams Olivet Baptist Church Chattanooga, Tennessee March 2, 2011

Rev. Smokey Norful Victory Cathedral Worship Center Chicago, Illinois March 16, 2011

Pastor Arthur Jackson Antioch Baptist Church Miami, Florida March 9, 2011

Rev. Jamaal Harrison Bryant Empowerment Temple Church Baltimore, Maryland March 23, 2011

Pastor Noel Jones City of Refuge Gardena, California March 10, 2011

Dr. Maurice Watson Beulahland Bible Church Macon, Georgia March 28-30, 2011

Dedication Planning Committee Tracy Steele – Chair Person Miriam Bernard Rev. John Delaware

Linda Watson Mother Mattye Willis

THANK YOU A special “thank you� is extended to ministers and churches that permitted Bishop Arnold and the followers to worship with them during our wilderness experience. The Grace Temple Church Family extends our warmest regards to all of the pastors, preachers, clergy, choirs, and friends who prayed with us and assisted in making our dedication services tremendous spiritual successes. All praises and glory are offered to God.

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