WCC VOICE “Write the vision, and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.” - Habakkuk 2:2-3
NOV. 2011: Issue 3
Ordination of Elder Thom & Deacon Zedrick Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Romans 12:11
This Issues’ Theme: God’s Grace... A Church on One Accord: WCC in Black and White A Farewell Tribute to Ngozi Erondu
this issue Thank You! P.1 God’s Grace P.2 NextGen In Full Effect P.3 From Pastor & First Lady P.4
Elegance or beauty of form
A pleasing or attractive quality
Favor or goodwill
A manifestation of favor, especially by a superior
Thank You — By Brother Daniel Summerhill
Mercy, clemency, pardon
GOD’S UNMERITED FAVOR!
For if there were words to express the level of gratitude expressed to a King fit for praise — An all too familiar feeling of comfort, bliss, and daze
WCC says, “Grace is...
Thank... You For we gain strength from Your unfailing mercy and loving — and though one plus You equals two — if you subtract Him from you then there is nothing Thank... You Since falling short of Your glory is a regular event — and time after time our decisions lead to a repent — let’s discuss an alternative solution — for which the outcome is Your glorification ascent
Good! (Aaron Carter)
Sufficient! (Shante Evans)
An awesome gift that we don’t deserve! (Roni Yarbrough)
My everyday; My life! (Rachel Spivey)
Amazing! (Monet Barron)
Like being in a valley and knowing that you are surrounded by the grace of mountain tops! (Elder Thom Brown)
Thank... You For each season brings new problems and turmoil — and even with abundant living trouble always finds Your homes soil — but times like this I straighten up, praise and sing — because no matter what, winter is always followed by spring So I Thank... You For eyes to see — ears to hear — a heart to receive — and faith to believe
So for this, I Thank... You... Lord...
God’s Grace By Minister Kelley D. Gulley How many times in your life have you heard
Acts 8 he was persecuting the church vehe-
people say, “If it wasn’t for God’s grace, I
mently. He was violently seeking out and
don’t know where I would be.” Or, “But by
throwing Christians into prison, just because
the grace of God, I would not be here to-
they were Christian, then in Acts 9, Jesus
day!” Have you ever stopped to think about
intervened and asked him, “Why are you
For Your Quiet Time with God
what that truly means? I mean, really think
persecuting me?” Paul acknowledged the
about it? Well, I hope that this focus on
Lord after 3 days of blindness and vowed to
grace will help you understand how we real-
serve Him for his whole life after this en-
ly can’t make it without God’s grace.
counter with God’s Grace.
When Pastor asks us the definition of God’s
Although Paul fell down after he was blinded
grace, we many times, in unison respond,
by the light of the Lord, he got back up
“God’s unmerited favor.” Pastor then says,
again. He fell down in hatred and disbelief,
“I’ve got a good class today.” Then he keeps
but got back up again honoring God and
on teaching. But I must ask again, do we
believing in the King of Kings. When Paul fell
really understand the meaning of “God’s
down, he didn’t realize that it was really
God’s grace that knocked him down so that
Psalm 84:11...For the Lord God is a Sun and Shield; the Lord bestows [present] grace and favor and [future] glory (honor, splendor, and heavenly bliss)! No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
Job 10:12...You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your care you watched over my life.
Hebrews 4:16...Let us, then, feel very sure that we can come before God’s throne where there is grace. There we can receive mercy and grace to help us when we need it.
James 4:6...But He gives us more and more grace (power of the Holy Spirit, to meet this evil tendency and all others fully). That is why He says, God sets Himself against the proud and haughty, but gives grace [continually] to the lowly (those who are humble enough to receive it).
John 1:17...For while the Law was given through Moses, grace (unearned, undeserved favor and spiritual blessing) and truth came through Jesus Christ.
II Corinthians 12:9... But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
he could be raised up in God’s glory. Yes, Unmerited favor is undeserved goodness. It’s God allowing us to do and experience good things even though we don’t deserve them. It’s like giving our kids gifts when we know that they don't’ deserve it , because they have gotten bad grades or talked back
God’s grace may hurt sometimes as God has to do things “his way” to get our attention. But like Paul, if we hear Him, acknowledge Him and then vow to serve Him, His grace is sufficient for our every need (II Corinthians 12:9).
or were disobedient in some way. When we gift our children and they know they don’t
Did Paul deserve to be saved by God? Did
deserve it, isn’t it funny how they look at us
he deserve God’s grace? If you read Acts 8-
like, “Are you really giving me this? What’s
9, you probably will say that he didn’t de-
the catch? What do I have to do?” That’s
serve to be saved. He should have been
how we look at God when He does the same
stoned and persecuted like he was perse-
thing for us.
cuting others, but God had other plans for Him. God’s plans were to use Paul to help
One of the key things that our parents taught us was right from wrong. Whether a person is a Christian or not, they generally
you and me become better Christians by breathing his Word into Paul’s spirit to write 13 books of the New Testament of the Bible.
know right from wrong. So, when we do wrong (sin) and we still get good things it
I bless God that he told us, “My thoughts are
can make us feel guilty or undeserving. We
not your thoughts, neither are your ways My
know of the wrong—God even knows of the
ways.” (Isaiah 55:8) This is evident in how
wrong, but He is so faithful and His grace
God’s grace lifted up Paul after his sin.
truly abounds, so He still blesses us. Think about God’s Grace and don’t ever take As an example, let’s think about the Apostle
it for granted. God’s Grace is ever present,
Paul. When he first came on the scene in
because He loves us more than we know!
EYE on WCC: A Church on the Move... World Conquerors Church has been busy since the last edition of the VOICE...check out the happenings!
NextGen — What’s it all about? By Sister Shante Evans “How can a young man keep his way pure? By Living according to your word.” Psalm 119:9 For the past few months there has been a new title surfacing, called NextGen. Many may have an idea what this is all about, however, keep reading and you’ll know for sure. NextGen is a group of young adults between the ages of 19-33, with a hint of élan--we are not just hungry for the word, but hungry for life; with an attitude that nothing can stop us, except God. We are also a group of individuals that are striving in every area to perfectly seek the Lord, by staying pure and living according to the Word. Some of us have children, some do not, some of us are married and some are in college. Some of us are shy and some are vehement. Nonetheless, it is all our differences and similarities that makes us--us…A lively group of individuals who all desire to make an imprint on WCC, the Community and the World. I had an opportunity to ask Roni Yarbrough (The wife of Shane Yarbrough, and the second leader of NextGen) some questions in what is the next move for NextGen and I am quite excited about what is yet to come. Shante: So Roni, what flavor do you think that NextGen will bring? What can WCC expect as NextGen makes its NextMoves? Roni: NextGen is a group that is full of young, creative, and enthusiastic men and women who love God and don't see any limits to what they are capable of with God. We bring all of this flavor and add it to the structure, strategy and spirit of WCC. Shante: Where do you see NextGen going in the upcoming year? Roni: In the coming year, NextGen will continue its mission to prepare the next genera-
tion of WCC leaders, fulfilling the churches mission to build people, impact communities, and reach the world. We will do this with our monthly growth groups, additional spiritually-based events, and the implementation of new ministries/ideas. Shante: Why should a 19-33 year old participate in NextGen? Roni: When I think about why someone who is 19-33 should participate, I think of Proverbs 27:17 "As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend." One should participate in NextGen because they have an awesome support system who understands what they have gone through, are going through, and will go through. Wee also offer accountability and additional opportunities for spiritual growth that are tailored to their needs. The current NextGen members started off as acquaintances, we are now becoming friends and quickly moving towards being a family. I am blessed to be a part of this group and am excited about what is to come.
April: VIP Anniversary Service, Resurrection Sunday, WCC Communion & Family Fun Night
May: Mother’s Day Tea & Celebrating WCC Graduates
June: WCC 7 Weeks of Change, Boys to Men Pancake Breakfast, Father’s Day Service, Twenties Tuesdays Premier, Family Fun Night, Friends & Family BBQ
July: WCC Baptism at the Beach
August: WCC Anniversary Celebration Services, NextGen Summit, WCC International Day, Backpacks & Books Drive
September: Friends & Family Day, Family Fun Night, VPE Conference
October: WCC Super Giving Sunday & WCC Harvest Festival
November: Launch of Power Girls & On Track, Dinner at Women’s Shelter, WCC Communion, WCC Food & Clothing Donations
Get Connected at WCC... Don’t forget to stop by the information tables after service on Sunday to get connected at WCC. Check out:
A Message from Pastor & First Lady Giving Thanks for the WCC Family, Friends & Partners We bless God for His Goodness and His Mercy and His GRACE! To all of you who have helped
Membership...where we join.
Maturity...where we grow in Christ Jesus.
Ministry...where we serve.
Missions...where we outreach to meet community needs.
Magnification...where we praise and thank the Lord.
this church become what it was born to be, we thank God. To all of you who support the ministry with your time, your talent and your treasures, we thank God. To all of you who visit us at church, online or by attending our events and activities, we thank God. To all of you who hear the Word and respond by accepting Christ Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, we thank God. To all of you who recommit your lives to Christ as a result of something that is said
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or done at World Conquerors Church, we thank God. We “Give thanks to the Father, Who has qualified and made us fit to share the portion which is the inheritance of the saints (God's holy people) in the Light. (Colossians 1: 12) We pray that you will remain thankful in this season of Thanksgiving! We love you!! Pastor Daren & First Lady Monnique Barron
World Conquerors Church—The place where you discover who you were born to be!
World Conquerors Church P.O. Box 14101 Oakland, CA 94101 510.530.7777 ph www.worldconquerorschurch.org
It’s Only Because of God’s Grace... Dear WCC Members, Friends and Partners, It is only because of God’s Grace that we have not experienced a major earthquake in the Bay Area for many years. You might remember that during WCC’s year of Preparation, Prayer and Peace, that I requested that all WCC members come in alignment and set your house in order and purchase some emergency preparedness equipment. Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood, workplace or school or can confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services – water, gas, electricity or telephones – were cut off? Often times, the outcome of an emergency is directly affected by how well the people involved are prepared. WCC families will cope best by preparing for disaster before it strikes. After a disaster, local officials and relief workers will be on the scene, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it may take days. There are real benefits to being prepared.
Being prepared can reduce fear, anxiety, and losses that accompany disasters. Communities, families, and individuals should know what to do in the event of a disaster such as an earthquake. They should be ready to evacuate their homes and take refuge in public shelters if the need arises and know how to care for their basic medical needs.
The need to prepare is real.
Disasters disrupt hundreds of thousands of lives every year. Each disaster has lasting effects, both to people and property.
If a disaster occurs in your community, local government and disaster-relief organizations will try to help you, but you need to be ready as well. Local responders may not be able to reach you immediately, or they may need to focus their efforts elsewhere.
You should know how to respond to severe weather or any disaster that could occur in your area - hurricanes, earthquakes, extreme cold, flooding, or terrorism.
You should also be ready to be self-sufficient for at least three days. This may mean providing for your own shelter, first aid, food, water, and sanitation.
Log on to www.worldconquerorschurch.org for more information and recommended supplies lists.