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Happy New Year Edition Dedicated to the Memory of Sister Georgie A. LaRue Diabetic Meals Role Model Award


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Youth Correspondent

Wonder Drug

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In Loving Memory





Handling It God’s Way To Think About Stewardship


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Happening Today


Christmas Fellowship


Gifted Hands

Sight and Sound Trip


Class Leader’s Day

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Founder’s Day

Capital Campaign Rochester Wedding

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Income Tax Program




Installation of Officers



God’s Sticky Notes

Events Upcoming Meet & Greet

My Name Is Rose

2011 Predictions





Black Achievers


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Through My Window


America’s Problems


A.M.E. Mission

Poetry Corner


Couples Ministry

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New Year’s Eve

From Tyler Perry


Christian Crossword


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Bringing In 2011 - What A Blessing

The guest preacher for Mt. Pisgah’s Watch Night was our native son, Reverend LaRon Hobson. The topic of his awesome sermon topic was “Why I’m Thankful Each Day” based on Romans 8:31-39. Our Christ Café was a phenomenal fellowship laced with poetry, song, dance, and plenty of good food. The Spirit truly filled our house.



December Role Model Award This honoree was nominated by Justin Joyner

Sis. Arthean L. Wicks is the Commission Chair for the Ministry of Missions and Welfare.

Role Model Columnist Sis. Arthean L. Wicks

Brother Phillip deVose The Mt. Pisgah Role Model for the month of December was Brother Phillip deVose. Ministering with our Liturgical Arts Ministry, he is a great bass player for our Worship Service and other programs. It is clear that he is dedicated to his ministry and we are grateful for his service. His discipleship also includes being a relatively new Class Leader for Class Number. He is also very active with the Men’s Fellowship. He is a true Christian working to help build God’s Kingdom. As many of you already know, he is the brother of Sister Bernadine deVose-Walls. Brother Phil will let it be known that it is not about him, and that he can do nothing of himself, but by the Father who taught Him. He has been anointed by God to minister through music with

a raw talent and a good ear. This makes him truly blessed and his choosing to use his talent to glorify God tells about the kind of person that he is. He knows that a love relationship with God is more important than any other single factor in our life. He engages with the youth of our congregation with a genuine heart of love and guidance. It is so important that we have male figures for our young men to look up to, and he is one that stands in that gap. Brother Phil is a friend to all, and we are glad that he is a part of our church family. Congratulations Brother Phil, we know that you will keep up the great work that you’re doing for the Lord at the Mighty Mount Pisgah.




Couples Ministry Fellowship The Couples’ Ministry of Mt. Pisgah AME Church under the leadership of Brother Tim and Sis-

(Repairing the Family)” a DVD study by Pastor Robert Morris, Senior Past or of the Blessed Life, Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas. The part of the study that we watched was entitled, “Happy Wife, Happy Life”. The scripture reference was Ephesians 5:25-29.

ter Bern Walls came together to fellowship on Saturday, November 13, 2010 at the church from 5:00 until 7:00 PM. As usual it was a great experience. The Walls always serves us plenty of food, desserts and beverages. They are great hosts. There were five couples in attendance and one husband. The couples were Pastor Jay and Sister Ingrid Broadnax; Brother Irvin and Sister Cheryl Hammond Hopewell; Brother Eddie and Sister Diane Pope; Brother Odell and Sister Henrietta Stukes; and Brother Timothy and Sister Bernadine Devose-Walls. Also in attendance was Brother James Collier from Ward AME Church.

There were three key points from the study:

After eating, we received a handout from Brother Tim and Sister Bernadine which had our Mission, “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” - Matthew 19:6b. The handout also discussed the DVD that we were about to watch. the

We watched the video from lesson plan, “Bro ken,

 Communication – a sense of mutual understanding, the exchange of information between individuals by means of speaking.  Leadership – ability to lead, to guide, direct or influence people.  Security – The state or feeling of safe and protected, freedom from worry about possible loss. We had an engaging discussion after watching the segment and we all learned so much from the experience. We look forward to the next study, “Happy Husband, Happy Life. We praise God for Brother Tim and Sister Bern! Here are a few pictures from the evening.



Special Event Correspondent Sister Cheryl Hammond Hopewell




Our Featured Ministry of the Month While most of the ministries in the church are directly correlated with our Spiritual health and sense of Christian discipleship, some have been established for the purpose of outreach and directly leaves an impression on our community. The Mt. Pisgah G.E.D. Program falls under the category of the latter. It is truly a blessing for us to begin this year featuring this ministry. The program, which is a part of our Christian Education Commission. Is accredited by the Pennsylvania State Department of Education. It was established under the pastorate of Reverend McCall Thomas. Those that minister through the G.E.D. Preparation Program are Sister Sandra E. Crooms, Brother Fred S. Geathers, Sr., Sister Alma Robinson (who is the coordinator), and Sister Arthean Wicks. Their mission is to empower change through facilitating an educational resource that will initiate opportunity for intellectual growth. Their goal is to ensure that each student is successful in their pursuit of a G.E.D. certificate free of charge. The completion of the program offers life-changing results, and can make a difference far beyond our awareness. Acquiring a G.E.D. places individuals in a more feasible position for gainful employment, and opens the prospect for continued educa-

Cover Story Columnist Sister Deana R. Rivers

cate. Receiving a G.E.D. can also promote mental health by increasing selfesteem, confidence and a sense of achievement.

tion to enhance one’s existence. It has definitely been proven to open doors. The first student to complete the program was a woman over the age of seventy, who passed her test on the first attempt. The second was a man over the age of eighty, who went to Community College to receive his certificate, subsequently graduated and marched with his class. It is cases such as these that validate the efforts of our instructors. One out of every twenty college students has a G.E.D. Certifi-

Classes are held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:00 AM until 12:30 PM. To be eligible to take the GED test in Pennsylvania, you must be 18 years of age or older, and not currently enrolled in school. The classes are free; one must only bring themselves and a willingness to work and attend classes. The General Educational Development (G.E.D.) tests are a group of five subject tests which, when passed, certify that the taker has high school-level academic skills. The areas of testing are Language Arts in Writing, Language Arts in Reading, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics. Each of the five (5) G.E.D. tests has a maximum score of 800. The highest possible score for all five tests is 4000 points. The average high school graduate scores 500 on each test, or a total of 2,500 points. The GED test is scored based on this average. One must pass each test with a minimum score of 450. The American Council on Education is the sole developer for the G.E.D. test. The test is always taken in person and never available online. However, there are practice tests available on the internet that






The G.E.D. Preparation Program encouraged and confident that they have the aptitude to finish. Students with a sincere desire to accomplish this feat are met with support that surpasses their expectations.

may be useful for potential candidates to use in the preparation process. After passing the test, the student will be awarded a Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma. Only individuals who have not earned a high school diploma may take the G.E.D. tests. The tests were originally created to help veterans after World War II return to civilian life. Common reasons for G.E.D. recipients not having received a high school diploma include leaving high school early due to a lack of interest, the inability to pass required courses, mandatory achievement tests, the need to work, or personal problems. It is especially valuable for older students that would find it uncomfortable to return to a class setting in a traditional high school. Adult learners have a different approach to learning than children. By the time you reach adulthood, you’re most likely responsible for

your own success and you’re perfectly capable of making your own decisions once you have the information you need. The educational environment must support these objectives. Adults learn best when learning is focused on them. Our G.E.D. Programs fits that criteria. One of their primary concerns are the completion rate of their students. All of the materials required for the completion of the course are provided for the students. They are not required to purchase anything out of their own pockets. One of the challenges that every G.E.D. Program faces is completion. While many students will pursue the endeavor, the drop out rate is extremely high. Approaching this project with a Christian perspective incorporates empathy with the students. Our instructors take painstaking efforts to not only enroll students in the program, but also to keep them


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For the upcoming year, our G.E.D. Program will reach out further into our community with the intention of increasing enrollment. While statistically, the average G.E.D. Certificate recipient is twenty four years of age, we know that there are great numbers of even older men and women that are not equipped with a high school diploma. We want to reach out to this group of people that have given up on the notion of gaining these credentials. We ardently believe that it is never too late to change your circumstances, and it is programs like ours that promotes literacy which changes their lives. Please refer the program to your loved ones. It is impossible to function in this society with out at least a high school diploma. If you are aware of individuals that could benefit from this program, suggest that they come down to Mt. Pisgah and speak with our team of educators. There is no better advertisement than word of mouth. We are grateful to this ministry for their service, and offer them unlimited administrative and marketing support. Please contact them for more supportive literature. In case you missed it, please be advised that the classes are free.






In Loving Memory Of... On the beautiful morning of Thursday, December 30, 2010, funeral services were held at our church home for Sister Georgie LaRue. She was a featured columnist and faithful supporter of this ministry, and we praise God for her life.

and the Caribbean. Georgie was adventurous, curious, and relentless in her quest to appreciate other cultures. Georgie particularly enjoyed traveling with her daughter, Linda.

Georgie was born on April 15, 1927 to the late James Allen and Elizabeth (Parker) Branham in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. All of her siblings (Amanda, Eleanor, James, McKinley and Phillip) preceded her in death. Georgie graduated from West Philadelphia High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her warm and outgoing personality was apparent even then. In 1947, she married the late Harry Edward LaRue, and from this union came their beloved daughter Linda. Georgie was truly a family oriented woman whose relationships with her relatives were tightly knit and laced with devotion. She loved entertaining and preparing great meals, and enjoyed the fellowship of family and friends. Georgie was employed as a Contract Specialist for the United States Navy Aviation Depot. She was recognized for her outstanding performance several times during her tenure, and retired after thirty-four years of service. Georgie loved to travel, and has been in almost every state within the United States. She enjoyed several cruises. She has visited numerous cities and countries in E u ro p e , La t in America, Africa

Her influence has been even more profound at home. Georgie enjoyed giving. She established a scholarship fund in memory of her mother at the Monumental Baptist Church in 1991. She was a founding member of the Gaskins Hopkins Pride Scholarship Committee at Mount Pisgah African Methodist Episcopal Church. Even as she struggled to preserve her health, she continued to give to various organizations, family and friends, including the Cancer Support Group at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. Georgie was active in civic life and in her neighborhood. Her inclination to improve the quality of life around her compelled her neighbors to elect her Poetry Correspondent Block Captain. Sis. SheMuriel additionally Dawsonworked at the polls in her ward during election time. Georgie truly loved the Lord. For over seventy years, she was an active disciple for the Mount Pisgah A.M.E. Church that she loved dearly. Her service began as a Junior Usher. Georgie taught in Church School and Vacation Bible School. She ministered through The View from Mt. Pisgah Magazine, and also the Historical Committee. Georgie was a former Women’s Day Chairperson, and a Trus-

Sister Georgie B. LaRue the residents there and was elected Vice-President and subsequently President of the Simpson Garden Council, and Chairperson of the Sunshine Committee. She was also a regular attendee at the Simpson Garden Bible Study.

tee Emeritus. She was also elected as a delegate for the First District Annual Conference. For over twenty years Georgie served as president of the Ladies Auxiliary of Ushers, who honored her in 2007 for over thirty-five years of service. She was presented the Christian Leadership Award under the pastorate of the Reverend James L. Dandridge. Besides serving God and traveling, Georgie was an avid fan of the arts. She was enriched by the theatre and was a subscribing member of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She was especially fond of the traditional Christmas programs presented in Philadelphia and New York. In 2004, Georgie made her home at the Simpson Gardens in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. She was embraced by

As the years went by, Georgie continued to be one of the most active networkers that we know. Her days began with scores of phone calls with family and friends. Georgie spoke with her daughter Linda daily. The number of people touched by her faithful interest and encouragement was reflected in the hundreds of cards, flowers and calls that poured in to express comfort and love. Georgie was joyous, and her enthusiasm was infectious. She made occasions memorable. She created a place in which those around her learned to delight in each other’s company and the simple pleasures of loving life and each other. The many lives that Georgie touched have been made better because of her. She will be fondly remembered for her natural beauty inside and out. She has been a blessing to far more people than we can count, and she will live on in the hearts of generations to come. We will always treasure her discipleship with this ministry.








My Feet Are Off The Ground

Special Feature Journalist Brother Bruce Cunningham

From Writer, Director, Producer, Actor‌ Tyler Perry This morning I awoke and was so frustrated about all of the stuff that I'm dealing with in trying to get this studio open. I was about to open my mouth and start complaining when I remembered something that happened to me about a year ago. I was walking to my car when this woman who appeared to be homeless started walking towards me. I'm ashamed to say this but I thought, 'I don't feel like being hustled today.' Then I got quickly convicted. I felt guilty so I started digging in my pocket for some money. As she got closer I noticed that she had the kindest eyes that I had ever seen. As I was reaching into my pocket she started to speak. I thought, 'Here goes the sales pitch'. She said 'Excuse me sir, I need some shoes. Can you help me?' My eyes filled with water because I remember being out on the streets and having only one pair of run over shoes. I was taken aback for a second. I took her inside the studio and had my wardrobe people find shoes in her size. As she put the shoes on she started crying, praising God and thanking Jesus, and saying, 'My feet are off the ground! My feet are off the ground!' Several of the wardrobe people started crying. I was crying. But I never forgot those words. 'My feet are off the ground!' I thought, 'Wow! All she

sure that she had food and clothes. After about a month or so we lost touch, but I never forgot her. This past summer I was shooting 'Daddy's Little Girls' and this woman walks up to me smiling. I didn't recognize her face, but her eyes were familiar.. She had on a really nice dress and her hair was done. It was her! She told me that the little help that I had given her had changed her life. She was in a house now and doing very well.

wanted was some shoes.' She quickly disappeared and never asked me for a dime. I realized that I still had the money in my hand so I went out looking for her. She was gone just that quick so I looked all around the neighborhood for her. I found her standing on a corner looking down at her shoes, still crying. I was so touched. I asked her how she had gotten homeless. She told me that she had AIDS and that she was waiting to get into a shelter.. She said that her family had turned their backs on her and that she had no place to go, but she knew that God would make a way for her. I said to myself, 'He just did.' Her faith and her praise moved me. I took her to a nearby hotel and put her up until she was able to get on her feet. I had someone that worked for me to check on her from time to time and to make


I said all of that to say this. After I met this woman, every time I think about complaining and mumbling I remember, 'My feet are off the ground!' I wanted to share this with you just to let you know that when I say that I am thankful for you, I mean it. And when I say that you are a blessing to me, I mean it. We take so much for granted sometimes that I just wanted all of you to know that I am grateful to God for you everyday. Thank you for being in my life. ~Tyler Perry Reference: World Press, August 8, 2007 HIV/ AIDS and Me‌ Tyler Perry Reflects.

The rate o f A frican Ame r ica n Women diagnosed with HIV/AIDS are growing rapidly. If you are sexually active it is advised that


Give Thanks Always A newly arrived soul in Heaven was met by St. Peter. The saint toured the soul around Heaven. Both of them walked side by side inside a large workroom filled with angels. St. Peter stopped in front of the first section and said, “This is the Receiving Section. Here, all the petitions to God said in prayer are received.”

If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death then you are more blessed than three billion people in the world. If your parents are still alive and still married then you are very rare,.

They walked again until they reached the 2nd section, and St. Peter told the soul, “This is the Packaging and Delivery Section. Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are packed and delivered to the persons who asked for them down on earth.” The soul saw how busy it was. There were so many angels working in that room, since so many blessing were being packed and delivered to Earth.

If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful then you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.

Thank you Lord, for giving me the chance to share this message with others and also, for giving me so many wonderful people to share this with.

If you can hold someone's hand, hug them or even touch them on the shoulder then you are blessed because you can offer healing touch.

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep then you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you can read this message, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness the you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.

“This is the Acknowledging Section,” St. Peter told the soul. “How is it that, there is no work here?” “That's the sad thing,” St. Peter answered. “After the people received the blessings they asked for, very few send their acknowledgments.”


“How does one acknowledge God's blessing?” “Simple,” St. Peter answered. “Just say, ‘Thank you, Lord’.”

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish some place then you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.

Finally at the farthest corner of the room, the soul stopped at the last section. To the surprise of the soul, only one angel stayed there idly, doing nothing.


Inspirational Journalist Sister Linda L. Gray

imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation you are ahead of five hundred million people in the world.

The soul looked at the section, and it was terribly busy with so many angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets from all the people of the world.



If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of


-- Author Unknown THANK YOU LORD!

2011 Predictions

Inspirational Journalist Sister Margaret Miller



ENCOURAGING PREDICTIONS FOR 2011 With all the problems that the world is facing, it can be unsettling to the mind. Today, I will share with you ten predictions that are true!

Top 10 Predictions for 2011  The Bible will still have all the answers.  Prayer will still be the most powerful thing on Earth...  The Holy Spirit will still move.  God will still honor the praises of His people.  There will still be God-anointed preaching.  There will still be singing of praise to God.  God will still pour out blessings upon His people.  There will still be room at the Cross.  Jesus will still love you.  Jesus will still save the lost when they come to Him.

Isn't it great to remember Who is really in control, and that: "the Word of the Lord endures forever." ( 1 Peter 1:25 )

The Youth Ministry will be having a movie night on Friday, January 14, 2011 at 7:00 PM. The Feature Presentation will be “Gifted Hands The Ben Carson Story� The movie is based on the true story of a frustrated young boy with problems in school who overcomes the obstacles in his life to become a world-renowned neurosurgeon. Dr. Carson was been the recipient of a vast array of awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom; nonetheless he remains humble and praises God for blessing him. He is a devout Christian that is dedicated to serving God and his family. Directed by Thomas Carter (Coach Carter), the film stars Academy Award winning actor, Cuba Gooding Jr. in the title role. NAACP Image Award winner Kimberly Elise. This is a family event that every generation will be able to truly appreciate. Please join the Youth Ministry with your family and friends to marvel in this truly inspiring story. Dr. Ben Carson is a role model for children and adults of all ages. For more information contact Sister Ingrid Broadnax or Sister Diane Pope.



The History of Mt. Pisgah: Part VII Old Mt. Pisgah 4008 Locust Street Hamilton Village, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Our search in the lives of our former pastors and members is an ongoing project. At this time I would like to introduce you to the seventeenth servant of Mount Pisgah, the Re ve r e n d P e te r Emanuel Mills and his distinguished history. Rev. Peter Emanuel Mills was born in the island of St. Christopher, British West Indies of Christian parents, and devout members of the Wesleyan Methodist Church. His father, Benjamin L. Mills was a Class Leader. At an early age, Peter Mills became the subject of serious impressions, and while yet a boy he showed signs of his future life’s work. At the age of twelve, he gave his heart to God, joined the Wesleyan Methodist Church, and soon after was appointed leader of the children’s (catechumen’s) class. After graduating from school, he was licensed to preach in the Wesleyan Methodist Church. At this time, Rev. David Wright of England, superintendent of the Wesleyan Church in the island of St. Vincent invited him to attend his theological seminary, where he studied for four consecutive years and graduated with high honors. He was ordained to the Wesleyan Methodist ministry. Afterwards, he made an extensive tour of the United States and Europe, visiting the chief points of interest in several states and all the principal cities and points of interest in the United Kingdom of Great

Historical Columnist Sister Cheryll Morris-Davis

Britain and Ireland. He also traveled to Paris and other points in France. He was under the direction of the missionary office in London. He preached in City Road Chapel and a score of other churches. He also made addresses at Richmond, Wesleyan College and other institutions. He visited Methodist College, in the City of Hull, and was appointed as the superintendence of Bath Circuit, Jamaica, West Indies. He received an A. M. degree while in England, and a D. D. in American by Shorter University in Arkansas. In 1885, the subject of this sketch returned to the United States and joined the African Methodist Episcopal connection in Buffalo, New York under Bishop Cain. After that, he held the following charges: Elizabeth, NJ; Princeton, NJ; Union A.M.E., Bethel A.M.E.; Brooklyn, NY; Coxsackie, NY; Lockport, NY; Bethel A.M.E., New Haven, CT (which he recovered from the Methodist Episcopal Church of that city and restored it back to the African Methodist Episcopal Church after it had been out of the connection for seven years); Narragansett, RI; Bethel A.M.E, Vicksburg, MS; Bethel A.M.E., West Chester, PA.; Mt. Pisgah A.M.E., Philadelphia, PA.; Media, PA.; Bethel A.M.E., Wiley Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA (which he completed and dedicated), and Brown Chapel A.M.E., Cincinnati, OH. He paid off debts in churches in different parts of the connection, and brought approximately one thousand people into the Church. He served as Presiding Elder under Bishop Tyree in the Mississippi Conference; under Bishop Derrick, Bishop Arnett and Bishop Gaines in the Philadelphia Conference; and under Bishop Shaffer in the Ohio Conference. He was elected delegate to the General Conference in 1900. He contributed articles to the Christian Recorder, Southern Recorder, Voice of Missions and the A.M.E. Review. He owned his own home and was married.

Pictured is his wife.

Ref: Centennial Encyclopedia of the African Methodist Episcopal Church 1816 to 1916, by Richard R. Wright, Jr., A.M., B.D., PhD. http ://






Awesome Christmas Fellowship Our annual church-wide Christmas celebration was held on Sunday, December 19, 2010.

church family as they feasted.

Family and friends gathered to fellowship over a delicious free meal prepared by Sisters Carrie W. Yon, Janie Weeks, Kimberly Yon and Sharon Weeks-Hinton. Did we say ‘free’?

The beautiful Christmas centerpieces were made by Sister Bernadine Walls and were given to those fortunate to have the right tickets. Also recognized was our new member Sister Patrice Trilio, who joined the Mt. Pisgah family in November.

Sisters Cheryll Morris-Davis and Deana R. Rivers delivered the Angel Mail Christmas Cards to the

Thank you to all of the Class Leaders, willing workers and m e m b e rs t h a t m a d e t h e

Special Event Correspondent Sister Joyce A. Criss

afternoon a huge success. We could tell that everyone had a great time. We had a great turnout and look forward to our next o p p o rt u n it y t o fe l l o w s h ip together. This is such an important part of church, and it blesses our hearts to watch you share in love and enjoy each other’s company. Happy New Year Mount Pisgah!

Our Sight and Sound Theatre Trip On Tuesday, December 28, 2010, the youth of Mt. Pisgah A.M.E. Church were treated to the Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster, PA to see the play Miracle of Christmas, and to lunch at Cracker Barrel Restaurant.


Special Event Correspondent Sister Jailyn Anderson

We had a great time at the restaurant. We ordered whatever we wanted and the food was really good. After lunch, we headed out to the theatre to see Miracle of Christmas. The play presented the good news of great joy that the Savior, Christ the Lord has been born. We had a great time and the youth thanks everyone who helped make that day a day of enjoyment for the youth.

We went on the church bus and Sister Ingrid, our supervisor, drove. Sister Lisa drove and brought her nephews, and Sister Tara drove some of her family members.


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Transformation - Determination “So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5: 16-21 One of the great privileges of serving at Moody Bible Institute was hearing about graduates who had impacted the world for Christ. Their stories of sacrifice, perseverance, and passion for the gospel were inspiring. In the late 19th century, Mary McLeod Bethune spent 2 years studying at Moody in Chicago, training to become a missionary in Africa. But after she graduated, no mission board would give her the opportunity, as an African-American woman, to serve on the mission field. Unable to fulfill her dream to go to Africa, she didn’t give up on her calling to serve Jesus. Undaunted, she started a small school for AfricanAmerican girls in Florida that would eventually blossom into Bethune-Cookman College. She became a powerful force for change in the status of women.

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Motivational Columnist Sis. Elsie M. Galloway

Mary’s legacy was forged by her determination to serve Jesus even in the face of shattered dreams. She knew that God had entrusted to her “the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18)—and she wouldn’t give up. That wasn’t just a mandate for Mary McLeod Bethune. Telling people they can be reconciled to God through Christ is a calling given to all of us. Look for a way to make a difference for Jesus today—right where you are! One of the qualities God looks for in His people is a heart that is willing to serve Him. PRAYER Wherever You have placed us, Lord, Give us the courage to proclaim To people who are lost in sin: “You can be new in Jesus’ name.” -Sper

Ref: Stowell, Joe. Undeterred Determination. January 5, 2010 © RBC Ministries, 2011

Prose Columnist Bro David D. Rivers

I believe that self-sacrifice is often necessary. But if you work yourself to ashes, there is nothing left with which to ignite the rest of your life.

after fifty, but one that recognizes it as a time of change, growth and new learning, a time when our courage gives us hope.

- Linda Hawes Clever, MD.

- Sarah Lawrence

We don’t know what tomorrow holds,,, but we know who holds tomorrow.

There are no extra pieces in the universe. Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill, and every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle.

- Sam Flowers We must develop a compelling vision of later life: one that does not assume a trajectory of decline

- Deepak Chipra





Liturgical Arts Christmas Program




Mt. Pisgah Youth’s Got Talent !


This Month in Black History January 1, 1863 – Emancipation Proclamation issued. January 3, 1956 – Colored Methodist Church, established in 1870, officially changes its name to Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. January 4, 1920 – Andrew “Rube” Foster organizes the first black baseball league, the Negro National League.

January 13, 1990 – L. Douglas Wilder became the 1st Black governor since Reconstruction.

January 23, 1941 – Richard Wright is awarded the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal.

January 13, 1913 – Delta Sigma Theta sorority is founded at Howard University. January 15, 1908 – Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority is founded at Howard University by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle.

January 17, 1882 – Lewis H. Latimer is granted a patent for the process of manufacturing carbon filaments for light bulbs.

January 6, 1996 – Recycling Black Dollars, an organization of black businesses, campaigns for “Change Bank Day” to benefit black-owned financial institutions.

January 11, 1940 – Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. becomes the US Army’s first black general. January 12, 1948 – U.S. Supreme Court ruled Blacks have the right to study law at state institutions.





January 24, 1985 – Tom Bradley, four-term mayor of Los Angeles, received the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal for public service. January 25, 1966 – Constance Baker Motley becomes the first African American woman appointed a federal judgeship. January 26, 1961 – Carl T. Rowan, given White House job. January 27, 1961 – Leontyne Price debuted with the Metropolitan Opera. January 28, 1944 – Matthew Henson receives medal from Congress as co-discoverer of the North Pole.

January 7, 1890 – William B. Purvis patented the fountain pen.

January 9, 1914 – Phi Beta Sigma fraternity is founded at Howard University.

Black History Columnist Sister Cheryl Hammond Hopewell

January 22, 1793 – Benjamin Banneker helped plan Washington, DC.

Januray 16, 1920 – Zeta Phi Beta sorority is founded at Howard University.

January 9, 1866 – Fisk University founded in Nashville, TN.


January 12, 1952 – University of Tennessee admitted 1st Black student.

January 16, 1978 – NASA named Black astronauts: Guion Bluford, Ron McNair, Frederick Gregory.

January 5, 1911 – Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity is chartered as a national organization.


January 18, 1938 – Captain B. Collins patented portable electric light. January 20, 2009 – Barack Obama inaugurated first Black President of the USA. January 21, 1821 – The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church is organized.

January 29, 1872 – Francis L. Cardoza is elected SC State Treasurer January 19, 1926 – Violette Nealy Anderson became the first African American woman admitted to practice before the US Supreme Court. January 30, 1844 – Richard Theodore Greener is first African American to graduate from Harvard University.

A Salute to Black Achievers



Heritage Columnist Sister Linda Campbell Graham

Mary Ellen Pleasant (1814 - 1904) other prominent abolitionists. She met and married Alexander Smith, a Cuban planter, who after his death left her a substantial legacy of $45,000, asking that she use the money to aid the abolitionists’ cause.

Mary was noted as a financial genius and the “mother of the civil rights struggle in California”. There is some question as to her actual place and year of birth. She always stated she was born in Philadelphia in August 19, 1814. She lived a mysterious life, and her records are full of conflicting accounts. She has been depicted in many guises: a blackmailer, procuress, civil rights activist, and an important financial backer of the noted abolitionist, John Brown. Whatever her background, she was a woman of unusual force and ability. It was said her freedom was bought by a Mr. Price, who sent her to Boston to be educated. There, she became acquainted with William Lloyd Garrison, and

After 1849, Mary and her second husband John Pleasant went west to San Francisco, where she quickly went into business. She opened and successfully operated a string of fashionable boardinghouses and restaurants. Among her boarders, it was reported, were men who became prominent business giants and political figures. She gave financial advice to many of her clients who, after taking her advice, enjoyed substantial financial success. Mary did much to support the Black struggle. She aided and hid fugitive slaves. She often made special trips to rural areas to rescue slaves who were being held illegally by their masters. She challenged California’s Jim Crow laws. She was instrumental in the passing of a legislative act in 1863, giving Blacks the right of testimony in court. She was especially active in establishing the right of Blacks to ride on the city’s streetcars. It is recorded in California that she filed a suit bringing action against two trolley lines whose conductors had refused to let her on board. It is also alleged she went north to Canada in 1858, and donated $30,000 to John

Brown to aid in the historic raid. Mary Ellen Pleasant died in the home of friends in San Francisco. Some say she left an estate in excess of $300,000 to those who cared for her in her declining years.

In 1976, the Mary Ellen Pleasant Memorial Park was dedicated in San Francisco at the site of her mansion. The plaque placed by the San Francisco African American Historical and Cultural Society honors her there under huge eucalyptus trees that she planted.

Taken from A Salute To Historic Black Women, Empak Publishing Company, 1984



Tasty Diabetic Meal

Health Columnist Sister Linda Campbell Graham

Cherry Berry Pie Cups

Class Leaders Annual Day On Sunday



4 slices whit1 package refrigerated pie crust 1 20 ounce can no sugar added cherry pie filling Âź cup Splenda granulated sweetener

ary 16, 2011 our Class

1 pint fresh raspberries

Leaders will celebrate

Light whipped topping for garnish

their annual day during Morning Worship Service. Our Class Leaders are

the liaisons be-

tween the Pastor, the Official





and fellowship within the


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Place one piecrust on a cutting board or flat surface and roll out lightly to an 11-inch diameter.


AME Church and the congregation.


Using a 4-inch round cutter, cut out six rounds and set scraps aside. Repeat with the second piecrust. Lightly press the pastry rounds into 12 muffin cups pressing into the bottoms and up the sides. Set aside.


Their role is key in our

In a medium bowl, mix the cherry pie filling and the sweetener. Gently fold in the raspberries.

community and spiritual development, and

Spoon about 3 tablespoons of the filling into each crust-lined cup.

we are so grateful for

Make leaf designs from the scraps and prop into filling.

their service. We



every member of this congregation


out to show their love and


Bake for 17 to 19 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and the filling is bubbly. Let cool slightly and serve warm or cool. Garnish each pie cup with a dollop of whipped topping.

Recipe taken from:


this awesome group.

Fall 2010


Sturdy Staples


Healthy Food Columnist Sister Diane E. Pope

You've just gotten halfway through a recipe, only to discover that a key ingredient is missing because you tossed it during your last cleaning spree. It’s a predicament you shouldn't have to face again — at least when it comes to these kitchen staples listed here. When stored properly, these everyday items will last for years — sometimes decades — even after they’ve been opened. They lose very little, if any, of their original quality as time passes. HONEY Pure honey keeps safe indefinitely; it may change color or crystallize over time, but that won't make it unsafe. Keep it fresh: Store in a cool area and keep tightly closed. Revive crystallized honey by placing the opened jar in warm water and stirring until dissolved. RICE White, wild, arborio, jasmine and basmati rice all have an indefinite shelf life, when kept free from contaminants. The exception: brown rice. Keep it fresh: Store in a cool, dry area. Once opened, place rice in a sealed airtight container or place original package in a resealable heavy-duty freezer bag. For added protection, store rice in the refrigerator or freezer. SUGAR

Founder’s Day Events From







February 12, 2011 the

White, brown or powdered — sugar never spoils . The challenge is to prevent it from becoming rock-hard.




Keep it fresh: Keep sugar in a cool, dry area. To prevent sugar from hardening after opening, place it in an airtight container.

Founder’s Day events.

quarters will present

There should be a

MAPLE SYRUP Pure maple syrup keeps forever in the freezer.


Keep it fresh: Refrigerate after opening. For long-term storage, freeze maple syrup in airtight plastic containers.

felt for this ultimate


heritage. The richness

Yes, it’s more expensive than its imitation counterpart. But pure vanilla extract keeps forever, so you’ll never have to waste a drop.

of the history of the

Keep it fresh: Store in cool, dark cupboard and keep tightly closed when not in use.

well as a source of in-




CORNSTARCH Cornstarch will keep indefinitely if it's kept dry and free from contaminants. Keep it fresh: Store in cool, dry area; keep package tightly closed between uses. SALT From the basic table variety to fancier versions like kosher and sea, salt is a flavor enhancer that never spoils or goes stale. Still Tasty/Your Ultimate Shelf Life Guide. Sturdy Staples: 9 Foods That Can Outlast You © Copyright 2010 StillTasty LLC. All rights reserved





spiration for us all.

A reliable standby in everything from marinades to salad dressings, distilled white vinegar will remain virtually unchanged as the years pass by. Keep it fresh: Store vinegar a cool, dark area and keep tightly capped after each use.


This ministry will advise you of specific events in the upcoming



Month edition. Please dates



the addi-

tional information.






Handling It God’s Way


Philosophical Columnists Sis. Kelli A. Criss-Joyner & Sis. Lisa Younger

I Am the Body of Christ and Satan Has No Power Over Me! Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually - 1 Corinthians 12:27, New King James Version

Behold I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you - Luke 10:19. In the book of Luke, we are reminded that Satan has no power over us. This means we do not have to journey through this life afraid of what the enemy can do to us! Jesus gave us authority to trample on serpents, scorpions, and over all of the power of the enemy, He then took it a step further and said nothing shall by any means hurt us. He has given us power to domineer harshly over, crush, and extinguish

the power of the enemy. Jesus dominated the enemy at every turn. In Mark 5:8, He said to the devil, "Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit." Jesus spoke with authority; He didn't say, "Satan, if you don't mind, would you please come out of that man?" It is time for us to become aware of and stand firm in who we are in Christ and exercise the power God has given to us. In order to trample over the power of the devil, we must see ourselves as God sees us. God sees us as victorious, powerful, and triumphant through His Son Jesus Christ and He plans to do great and mighty things in our lives. We are

formed against us shall prosper! "Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” -1 Corinthians 15:57 References: Dollar, Creflo. “Change Experience” Creflo Dollar Ministries 2010

the body of Christ; Satan has no power over us and no weapon

Sis. Kelli A. Criss-Joyner and Sis. Lisa Younger are the Commission Chairs for the Ministry of Membership

The Mission and Purpose of the A.M.E. Church The Mission of the African Methodist Episcopal Church is to minister to the spiritual, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs of all people by spreading Christ’s liberating gospel through word and deed. Each local congregation of the African Methodist Episcopal Church shall engage in carrying out the spirit of the original Free African Society, out of which the A.M.E. Church evolved.






Mt. Pisgah Lay Trivia Challenge Hello Mt. Pisgah family! The Lay Organization is resuming their Lay Trivia feature. As in school, here is a review of questions from some of the previous editions of The View from Mt. Pisgah Magazine. 1) Who wrote The Church is Moving On? 2) Which Bishop had the most children? 3) What two Bishops had/have spouses that are/ were practicing physicians? 4) Who were the “Four Horsemen” of the African Methodist Episcopal Church? 5) Who was elected the first Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church? 6) How many people are buried in Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church? 7) Who was the first Bishop to come out of the First Episcopal District?


Lay Organization Columnist Sister Cheryll Morris-Davis

8) What is the current name of what was previously called Union Seminary? 9) Who was the youngest elected Bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church? 10)Which entertainers is not a member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church? LL Cool J, Arsenio Hall, John Legend, Cicely Tyson, Billy D. Williams. The answers to these questions will appear in the next edition of The View from Mt. Pisgah. We invite you to join the Mt. Pisgah Lay Organization. Our meetings are held the fourth Monday of every month at 7:00 PM (except for the months of July and August). Become an informed Mt. Pisgah member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

We’re Still Thinking B.I.G. and We’re Almost There! As we start a new year we must remember that there are still critical projects that must be completed to keep our church home in tact. Primarily, the building pointing project will begin in April of this year in excess of $242,000. We were tremendously blessed to raise almost half of that last year through your pledges, however the fact remains that we are only halfway there. Subsequently, the only way that we can avoid going into debt is to raise the other half this year. Please be mindful that our giving must be sacrificial, and above our regular tithes. It is critical that we remember that we

need our tithes to meet the fulfill the obligations that we face with the day to day business of the church. We must pray about this and do our best. While we have calculated guidelines for this seed, you know what God enables you to do. We need fifty (50) people to give a total of $1,000 this year in order to raise a total of $50,000 for our campaign. We need fifty people to give a total of $750 this year in order to raise a total of $37,500 for our campaign. We need fifty people to give a total of $500 this year in order to raise a total of $25,000 for our campaign.

Meeting these goals will yield $112,500, and enable us to proceed without going in debt, which we are sure is everyone’s preference. By making these commitments, we can easily reach our goal. We are still “Believing In God’s Greater Glory”, and trusting him to secure these proceeds. We are asking that you complete a Covenant Card for 2011. We pray that God will place it in your heart to remain faithful to your commitment. We thank you for your faithfulness, and God for His favor. We ask Him to continue to bless us, and His holy temple which is our family home.



Something To Think About

Empowerment Columnist Sister Linda Campbell Graham

I Can Do Whatever I Need To Do In Life Through Christ

New Member Meet & Greet Please come and meet and greet our new members in the Church School Room, after Morning Worship Service on Sunday, January 23, 2011. (fourth Sunday) Take advantage of this opportunity to welcome them into our church family, and introduce them to our various ministries. We have had quite a few members join us during the last month and we praise God for them. Let us show how full of Christian love and family that we really are.

In other words, I can handle whatever life hands me. Do we really believe this, or are there things that cause us fear, such as facing a serious illness, going on a strict budget to avoid foreclosure on our home, or having to care for a disabled elderly parent. The fact of the matter is, while some situations may be intensely difficult for us, we can do whatever we need to do in life. God tells us in His Word that we have the strength to do all things, because Christ empowers us (Philippians 4: 13). The secret to being able to do what we need to do is realizing we cannot do it alone. We can only do it in Christ. For some reason we often fail to use our faith. Instead we think we have to do it all ourselves forgetting that the power of Christ works through us. We say many times, “This is too hard” or “I just cannot do this”. God will not call us to do anything He will not enable and empower us to do. He will not allow us to go through anything that is impossible. Our attitude toward unpleasant things is a very important part of going through them successfully. If we change our attitude to a more positive faith filled one, we will find that our trials are not as bad as we thought. We must be willing to face anything God wants to show us, and ask Him to change us. If we are trusting in our own strength stop right now and trust God instead. Words contain power and when you say the right things, you will do the right things. When challenges arise, we must develop a habit of saying immediately, “I Can Do

Whatever I Need To Do Through Christ Who Is My Strength”. Today is a new day. We must do away with negative words which come from the enemy and not from God. All of us will face challenges in life. God does not want us to be afraid or discouraged in the face of difficulties. We should throw away our “excuse” bags. What are these? When issues arise that are troublesome we say, “I do not have enough time”, “I cannot see how that will ever work.”, “I do not know how to do that”, “I do not have anyone to help me.”, or “I am afraid”. We have got to get a “can-do bag” and fill it with biblical, faith-filled reasons we CAN do what we need to do. Let us stop making excuses and start doing what God is telling us to do. If we think about negative circumstances too long, they can easily overwhelm us. The Bible says we should look away from those things that distract us from Jesus, (Hebrews 12:2). Right thinking is the first step toward a better life. Wishing will not work. BeingComunist jealous of Special Poetry Feature Correspondent someone who has what you want does Sis. Sis.Muriel MurielDawson Dawson no good. Self-pity is a waste of time and energy. Discovering God’s will through an accurate knowledge of His Word is the beginning of a new life for anyone who desires one. Let us begin the new year of 2011 staying in the Word of God. Editor’s Note: This is the first installment of a new c olumn p re se nted to e mp owe r, strengthen and encourage our church family. The column will appear each month.

America’s Problems


Special Feature Journalist Sister Margaret Miller


Ben Stein and Anne Graham Lotz Speak to CBS On CBS Sunday Morning, Ben Stein States that, “I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees... I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are, Christmas trees. It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, 'Merry Christmas' to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. If people want a crèche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away. I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Consti-

tution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.

pert should know what he's talking about, and we said okay.

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.”

Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves. Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with 'we reap what we sow’.

In a separate interview, Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of evangelist Billy Graham states that, “In light of recent events such as terrorists attack, school shootings, etc., I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said okay. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself, and we said okay.

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can share jokes and they spread like wildfire, but when you mention speaking about the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar, and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.”

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their selfesteem. We said an ex-

Installation Of Officers The Officers of Mt. Pisgah A.M.E. Church will be installed on Sunday, January 30, 2011 during M orning Worship Service. The Officers of Mt. Pisgah are the Board of Stewards, the Board of Trustees, the Class Leaders, the Stewardess Board, and the Ministry Leaders. We praise God for all of their diligence, and their commitment to the Spirit of discipleship and service for our congregation. Please them in prayers.

keep your



Christian Crossword

Christian Cryptogram


Word Power Reigns Chronicle A) Daily ritual B) Widely held beliefs C) Account of events Repository A) Paper shredder B) Med. delivery device C) Storage container Clarion A) High pitched B) Partially obscured C) Loud and clear Epitaph A) Editorial B) Clever headline C) Tombstone inscription

































Special Feature Columnist Sister Linda Campbell Graham

Taken from Reader’s Digest, September 2010

Ledger A) Accounting book B) Illustration C) Address book Excelsior A) Ever faithful B) Ever upward C) Ever changing Whip A) Staunch conservative B) Member of historical British political party C) Editor appointed by the Queen Derrick A) Serif font B) Woody tropical plant C) Framework over oil well

Solutions on page 50

Gleaner A) Makes predictions B) Gathers information C) Classifies data Dominion A) Control B) Large group of people C) Wisdom Laconic A) Concise B) Weekly C) Circular Hub A) Last minute assignment B) Center of activity C) Funny caption




Poetry Corner

Special Feature Journalist Sister Muriel Dawson

To Know Joy The joy of life is living it and doing things of worth, In making bright and fruitful all the barren spots on earth. In facing odds and mastering them and rising from defeat, And making true what once was false, and what was bitter, sweet. For only he knows perfect joy whose little bit of soul Is richer ground that what it was when he began to toil. - Author Unknown

Drop a Pebble in the Water Drop a pebble in the water, just a splash, and it is gone; But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on, Spreading, spreading from the center, flowing on out to the sea. And there is no way of telling where the end is going to be. Drop a pebble in the water, in a minute you forget, But there's little waves a-flowing, and there's ripples circling yet, And those little waves a-flowing to a great big wave have grown; You've disturbed a mighty river just by dropping in a stone. Drop an unkind word, or careless, in a minute it is gone; But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on. They keep spreading, spreading, spreading from the center as they go, Poetry Correspondent And there is no way to stop them, once you've started them to flow. Sis. Muriel Dawson Drop a word of cheer and kindness, just a flash and it is gone; But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on, Bearing hope and joy and comfort on each splashing, dashing wave Till you wouldn't believe the volume of the one kind word you gave. Drop a word of cheer and kindness, in a minute you forget; But there's gladness still a-swelling, and there's joy circling yet, And you've rolled a wave of comfort whose sweet music can be heard Over miles and miles of water just by dropping one kind word. - James William Foley

Poetry Corner



Special Feature Journalist Brother Carl E. Wilson

God’s Phone Number Hello God, I called tonight to talk a little while I need a friend who'll listen to my anxiety and trial. You see, I can't quite make it through a day just on my own... I need your love to guide me, so I'll never feel alone. I want to ask you please to keep, my family safe and sound. Come and fill their lives with confidence for whatever fate they're bound. Give me faith, dear God, to face each hour throughout the day, And not to worry over things I can't change in any way. I thank you God, for being home and listening to my call, For giving me such good advice when I stumble and fall.. Your number, God, is the only one that answers every time. I never get a busy signal, never had to pay a dime. So thank you, God, for listening to my troubles and my sorrow. Good night, God, I love You, too, and I'll call again tomorrow! P.S. Please bless all my friends and family too. - Author Unknown

Special Feature Journalist Sister Linda L. Gray

Mary Had A Little Lamb Mary had a little lamb, His fleece was white as snow. And everywhere that Mary went, the Lamb was sure to go. He followed her to school each day, twasn’t even in the rule. He made the children laugh and play to have a Lamb at school. And then the rules all changed one day, illegal it became; To bring the Lamb of God to school or even speak His Name. Everyday got worse and worse, and days turned into years. Instead of hearing children laugh, we heard gunshots and tears. What must we do to stop the crime that’s in our schools today? Let’s let the Lamb come back to school, and teach our kids to pray. - Author Unknown The love of God is like an ocean; you can see it’s beginning but not its end.

Sanctuary Reverence Please! Demonstrating reverence in the sanctuary is an act of submission to God and the purpose of His church. In addition we must set the example for our children by conducting ourselves with respect for His house, and our Pastor. Please be mindful most especially during the organ prelude, devotions, and the postlude. Refrain from moving about during the scripture reading especially the and sermon. Please turn your cell phones off and leave them off during the service. We app reciate your cooperation, and so does God.



The Gift of the Old One

A brother and sister had made their usual hurried, obligatory pre-Christmas visit to the little farm where their elderly parents with their small herd of horses dwelt. The farm was where they had grown up, and had been named Lone Pine Farm because of the huge pine, which topped the hill behind the farm. Through the years, the tree had become a talisman to the old man and his wife, and a landmark in the countryside. The young siblings had fond memories of their childhood here, but the city hustle and bustle added more excitement to their lives, and called them away to a different life. The old folks no longer showed their horses, for the years had taken their toll, and getting out to the barn on those frosty mornings was getting harder; but it gave them a reason to get up in the mornings and a reason to live. They sold a few foals each year, and the horses were their reason for joy in the morning and contentment at day's end. Angry, as they prepared to leave, the young couple confronted the old folks. “Why do you not at least dispose of The Old One. She is no longer of use to you. It's been years since you've had foals from her. You should cut corners and save so you can have more for yourselves. How can this old worn out horse bring you anything but expense and work? Why do you keep her anyway?" The old man looked down at his worn boots, holes in the toes, scuffed at the barn floor, and replied, "Yes, I could use a pair of new boots. His arm slid defensively about the Old One's neck as he drew her near and with gentle

caressing he rubbed her softly behind her ears. He replied softly, "We keep her because of love. Nothing else, just love." Baffled and irritated, the young folks wished the old man and his wife a Merry Christmas and headed back toward the city as darkness stole through the valley. The old couple shook their heads in sorrow that it had not been a happy visit. A tear fell upon their cheeks. How is it that these young folks do not understand the peace of the love that filled their hearts? So it was, that because of the unhappy leave-taking, no one noticed the insulation smoldering on the frayed wires in the old barn. None saw the first spark fall. None but the Old One. In a matter of minutes, the whole barn was ablaze and the hungry flames were licking at the loft full of hay. With a cry of horror and despair, the old man shouted to his wife to call for help as he raced to the barn to save their beloved horses. However, the flames were roaring now, and the blazing heat drove him back. He sank sobbing to the ground, helpless before the fire's fury. His wife back from calling for help cradled him in her arms, clinging to each other, they wept at their loss. By the time the fire department arrived, only smoking, glowing ruins were left, and the old man and his wife, exhausted from their grief, huddled together before the barn. They were speechless as they rose from the cold snow covered ground. They nodded thanks to the firefighters, as there was nothing anyone could

Special Feature Journalist Sister Diane E. Pope

do. The old man turned to his wife, resting her white head upon his shoulders as his shaking old hands clumsily dried her tears with a frayed red bandana. Brokenly he whispered, "We have lost much, but God has spared our home on this eve of Christmas. Let us gather strength and climb the hill to the old pine where we have sought comfort in times of despair. We will look down upon our home; give thanks to God that it has been spared, and pray for our beloved most precious gifts that have been taken from us. And so, he took her by the hand and slowly helped her up the snowy hill as he brushed aside his own tears with the back of his old and withered hand. The journey up the hill was hard for their old bodies in the steep snow. As they stepped over the little knoll at the crest of the hill, they paused to rest. Looking up to the top of the hill the old couple gasped and fell to their knees in amazement at the incredible beauty before them. Seemingly, every glorious, brilliant star in the heavens was caught up in the glittering, snowPoetry Correspondent frosted branches of Dawson their beloved Sis. Muriel pine, and it was aglow with heavenly candles. Moreover, poised on its top most bough, a crystal crescent moon glistened like spun glass. Never had a mere mortal created a Christmas tree such as this. They were breathless as the old man held his wife tighter in his arms. Suddenly, the old man gave a cry of wonder and incredible joy. Amazed and mystified, he took his wife by the hand and pulled her forward. There, beneath the

led them up the hill, stepping cautiously through the snow. The foals were frightened and dashed about. The skittish yearlings looked back at the crackling, hungry flames, and tucked their tails under them as they licked their lips and hopped like rabbits. The mares that were in foal with a new year’s crop of babies, pressed uneasily against the "Old One" as she moved calmly up the hill and to safety beneath the pine. And now, she lay among them and gazed at the faces of the old man and his wife. Those she loved she had not disappointed. Her body was brittle with years, tired from the climb, but the golden eyes were filled with devotion as she offered her gift tree, in resplendent glory, a mist hovering over and glowing in the darkness was their Christmas gift. Shadows glistening in the night light and bedded down about the "Old One" close to the trunk of the tree,

was the entire herd, safe. At the first hint of smoke, she had pushed the door ajar with her muzzle and had led the horses through it. Slowly and with great dignity, never looking back, she had

Because of love…only because of love. Tears flowed as the old couple shouted their praise and joy... and again the peace of love filled their hearts. - Rev. David L. Griffith, 1998

What God has joined together…

On Sunday, December 12, 2010, at 4:00 PM Kim Rochester wed Joseph Catrombone in our church home. The beautiful bride is the daughter of Sister L. Lynn Rochester, Philadelphia Conference Branch Y.P.D. Director. We pray for God to continually bless this union.


Christian Stewardship


Christian Stewardship is the practice of systematic and proportionate giving of time, abilities, and material possessions based on the conviction that they are a trust from God, to be used in His service, for the benefit of all mankind in grateful acknowledgement of Christ’s redeeming love. Christian Stewardship is giving an account to God (the owner of all we have) of all that He has given us: money, talents, resources, time, and ourselves; and using these, to the best of our abilities, for the glory of God and His Kingdom. Stewardship begins with our recognition of the fact that God is the creator of the

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world, and that everything that we see, or have, or come into contact with, has come from Him.

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God has such high regard for us, and such faith in our capabilities that he has

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placed part of his creation in our hands. Since we have been given such a great opportunity, we ought to live up to that sacred divine trust. I Corinthians 4:1-2

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says, “Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries. Moreover it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.”

Mt. Pisgah’s

Trustworthiness is not an option; it is a requirement of being a steward, manager, or caretaker in the service of God.

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In Christian Stewardship, the focus is not on how much God has entrusted to us, but how faithful we are with the entrustments.


Through the devotion of our time, talents, and tithes, the kingdom of Christ increases. Good stewardship positively affects the church. The church will be spiritually and financially blessed. As Christian Stewards, we should be digging up the time, talents, treasures, everything that God has entrusted to our care, and develop all for the honor and the glory of God.


Genesis 14:17-20 - The first recorded instance of tithing in the Bible. “After his victory, as an expression of thanksgiving and praise, Abraham gave a tenth of ‘everything’ he had gained in battle.”

Poetry Correspondent Sis. Muriel Dawson

Tithing is giving of the first 10% of your income for the support of the church, and should be the primary source of income for the church.

Tithing is part of Stewardship, and Stewardship is learned behavior.

Tithing helps the church financially. It is a dependable way for the church’s ministries to be supported. It allows for a regular, consistent flow of resources that the church can count on for its work.

Tithing is in accord with God’s plan for giving. It is God’s way for people to support Christ’s kingdom.

Obedience and Faith 

Tithing is fair in that it is 10% for everyone, no matter what your income is; whether fixed or not.

Each member should tithe, or if you are not there yet, you should be growing toward tithing. By growing in tithing, you will increase your offerings over a period of time until you are at the point of tithing.

Tithing is less than tipping. When we go to a restaurant, or other businesses that render services to us, we add amounts of 15, 18, even 20% to the bill. Sometimes, we don’t even have to add it; they do it automatically. We can at least be obedient to God and give him the 10% minimum established in His word.

Tithing demonstrates our commitment to the Kingdom of God. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33

Tithing is an expression of personal sacrifice and faith. It is faith that the Lord rewards, and obedience that pleases God. This results in the abundant life that is promised throughout the scriptures to those who trust in God.

Tithing is a discipline of sacrifice and reward. However, we should see tithing as a way to honor God instead of a way to get blessings. A Christian should tithe and contribute his or her services to the church simply to be obedient to God.

Stewardship Scriptures  “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof; the world and they that dwell therein.” Psalm 24:1  “For all things come of thee, and thine own have we given thee.” I Chronicles 29:14  “Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase: So shall they barns be filled with plenty, and they presses shall burst out with new wine.” Proverbs 3:9-10  “It is more blessed to give than to receive”. Acts 20:35  “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:10  “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33  “Upon the first day of the week, let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him…” I Corinthians 16:2  “Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38




A Thief in the Photocopier Several months ago, more than 4 0 0, 00 0 Ne w Yorkers received a data breach notification from health care provided Affinity Health Plan. The warning wasn’t due to the usual culprits, hackers who break into corporate computer systems. Rather, it was prompted by a single office copy machine. You might not think a photocopier could cause such harm, but consider this. Starting in 2002, most copiers manufactured for use by businesses, libraries and copy centers have been equipped with computer hard drives. “Every time you make a copy, print, scan, e-mail, or send a fax from that machine, it makes and stores images of the document to the hard drive,” says copier security expert John Juntunen. Unless the hard drive is erased or replaced, images of copied documents, including those Social Security numbers, bank account information or medical files remain stored inside the machine. “The problem is, about 90% of office copy machines in the U.S. are leased,” he adds, “and when those leases are over, most of those returned machines are exported or resold without anyone touching them.”

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contained police records and pay stubs with Social Security numbers. In May, Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., called for an investigation. The Federal Trade Commission announced that it was “reaching out to copier manufacturers, resellers, and retail copy and office supply stores to ensure that they are aware of the privacy risks.” Most manufacturers had already acted. Copiers made since 2007 have been equipped with built-in technology that allows the erasing or encrypting of hard drives. “The real problem is with machines made from 2003 to 2007,” says Juntunen. Hugh numbers of them remain in use across the country – possibly at your library or doctor’s office.  When home chine home pages

you copy sensitive documents, try to use a printer that has a copy function. That mais unlikely to help identity thieves. Most printers that generate twenty or fewer per minute have no hard drives.

 If you must use a public copier, ask the people who oversee it how they protect users’ information. Such inquiries will raise awareness of the issue and in the long term encourage the erasing of the machines’ hard drives. “No one wants to be responsible for resulting problems,” says Juntunen.  Ask whether the machine is owned or leased. Owned copiers are less likely to be resold and reach scammers.

For now, there is no evidence that identity thieves have used information left over in copiers, says Juntunen, whose company, Digital Copier Security, provides technology that deletes data from copier hard drives. But the potential is clearly there. Earlier this year, CBS News accompanied Juntenen to a New Jersey warehouse and brought four copiers that had been leased and returned. One of the machines, formerly used at an Affinity Health Plan office, yielded medical records of nine individuals. Based on that machine and Affinity’s use of many more hard driveequipped copiers, the company sent out it mass notice of a potential data breach. The machines also


Ref:page 24, November 2010 By Sid Kircheimer



Free Income Tax Preparation At Mt. Pisgah Beginning on January 24, 2011 and continuing until April 11, 2011 Mt. Pisgah has become a community tax site for the Campaign for Working Families. (CWF) This year, saving money is more important than ever, and you may be eligible to save hundreds of dollars in tax preparation services by utilizing this free tax-filing program. The Campaign files both Federal and PA state income taxes for working families, striving to insure that working people take full advantage of public benefits available to them. We will be offering efiling and other financial products to help you save money. Taxes are prepared by IRS-certified volunteers, who are trained to help you get all of your tax credits and refund. By e-filing returns, you can get all your money back quickly – for free! The program additionally connects individuals to the federal PA Tax Forgiveness, other tax credits, public benefits, and assetbuilding resources. The CWF helps families maximize federal and state tax credits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC is a refundable tax credit available to low wage-working families. This refundable tax credit can be worth up to $5,657.00, and available to fa m ilie s m a kin g le s s t h a n $48,280.00 per year. These free tax preparation services are available to families with income less than $50,000 in 2010, and individuals with income less than $20,000. The program also offers banking solutions for those without current accounts. Community Financial Resources Prepaid Debit Cards

may be acquired on site for the retrieval of your refund. You may also open an account (on site) at the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union with no opening fees, and have your return directly deposited. Federal Government Savings bonds which are sold at face value and accrue interest at the rate of 3.36% every six months for up to thirty (30) years will also be available for purchase with proceeds from your return. When client’s returns determine that they are eligible for public benefits they may apply on site for food stamps, free/reduced school lunch, LIHEAP, CHIP, cash assistance or Medicaid. College students may file their 2011-2012 FAFSA on the premises as well. The Campaign for Working Families seeks practical ways to improve the economic status of working people in Philadelphia so that working families have the opportunity to increase their income, wisely manage their finances, protect themselves from expensive financial services and build assets. Mt. Pisgah is blessed to be a CWF facility. Our goal is to file one thousand returns. This is the ninth year that Rev. Phyllis A. Harris has managed this service for our church; we praise God for her diligence. The schedule for the program is:

mission is to improve life’s chances for young people, low-income families and minority-owned businesses by creating economic opportunities and strengthening nonprofit organizations in urban communities. As a coalition that unites government, business, community and neighborhood leaders, they foster the healthy, safe environments and academic skills that lead to economic success.

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The Wonder Drug of All Ages Walking is man’s best medicine. A recent study found that exercising briskly for just ten (10) minutes elevates your heart rate and delivers immediate benefits in burning calories and fat, and maintaining healthy glucose levels. The American Heart Association recommends that you multiply that ten (10) minute walk by three (3) and get thirty (30) minutes of exercise at least five (5) days a week. It is also good for your lungs, muscles, blood pressure and bone health.

Healthy Living Correspondent Sister Linda Campbell Graham

 Walk in place letting your legs warm-up a bit.  Step to the side-left foot to the left then bring your left foot to meet it, then back to your start position. After ten (10) side steps switch sides.  Kick gently forward, alternating legs –does not matter which leg you start with  Raise your knees, bringing alternating knees up to about your waist, keeping your back straight and your tummy in  Alternate these four moves for about five (5) minutes, then pick up the pace with a slightly faster walk elbows pumping to elevate your heart rate.

Lunchtime Laps You can repeat the morning routine above, or go outside and walk for ten (10) or fifteen (15) minutes. You can also invite a friend or co-worker to go with you.

Walking is also known as the wonder drug of old age. It is excellent for brain function. It improves memory, attention, and aids in the performance of complex tasks. People who walk at least thirty (30) minutes five (5) days a week have better memories, and improved mental ability. Walking can possibly starve off the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Ready to get started? Here are three (3) easy ten (10) minute walking workouts you can do anywhereat home, in the office, or outdoors.

Morning Moves This has four easy to learn steps. Start out doing each one for about thirty (30) seconds.

Afternoon Aerobics Before you settle in for a relaxing evening (or not), you are going to repeat your four basic moves with more arm movement. After a few minutes of warming up (walking in place), add a forward arms-scissor motion (as if you are clapping your hands with extended arms) to your side step. During your kicks, reach your hand down toward the opposite leg. During your knee raises, touch both hands to your knees. Congratulations! You have just burned about 150 extra calories today! Ref: Diabetes Focus, Remedy Health Media LLC. Winter 2010

Editor’s Corner Happy New Year! We are grateful for all that God has done for and with this ministry over the past year, and look forward to even greater things in this new season. We trust that we will expand our outreach in 2011 and enter with our sleeves rolled up and our hearts ready to serve. We have new features and columns that will be appearing this year, as well as a new look. We also welcome new columnists and contributors, as this ministry continues to grow. During 2010, you will recall that we distributed a survey about the magazine, that yielded a lot of very good ideas. You will notice that many of the changes that have been made are reflective of the suggestions that we received from the surveys. We plan to send out another survey later this year.

Brother Keith W. Arrington, Sr. Editor-in-Chief We ask you to continue to pray for God’s anointing on this ministry as we enter into this new year. We look forward to our continued growth and welcome you to minister with us. Many of you have told us how you have been blessed by this ministry, and we are grateful that God has used the disciples that participate to minister in this way. We encourage all of the ministries of Mt. Pisgah to take advantage of the assistance that our Commission of Public Relations has to offer. We hope that you will utilize the talent that we have in place to market and enhance your events. While it is important to disciple to each other, we can assist you in increasing the outreach of your endeavors. We would like to especially be used to increase participation for our afternoon and

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Through My Window Thanksgiving is the Key Have you ever felt far from God? Sometimes it’s as if we stand in a desert, emptiness stretching before us in every direction, wondering how we got here and longing to find a way home. When I ask thoughtful questions such as this, I have a practical and witty friend who often tosses out aphorisms. “If you’re feeling far from God,” she told me once, “just look around and see who moved!” I understood what she meant, but her glib response wasn’t very helpful. I may have moved away from God, but my present dilemma was to find a way back! I was in one of those places where trying harder just didn’t seem to help. Then, leafing through my Bible one day, I stumbled upon a familiar psalm, the one-hundredth. I must have read it dozens of times before. I think I even memorized it as a child, but suddenly, one of the phrases seemed to jump off the page. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving. When I had read the psalm before, I always assumed this meant thankful whenever I

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our self-imposed barriers and instead acknowledge Him as the source of every good thing, gratitude spills into our hearts. The warming flood of thanksgiving pushes out the fear and hostility that isolated us.

approached a time of worship. However, this time a small voice seemed to be whispering something quite different as I read the familiar words. I pictured a great gate, closed and locked. There was no hope of climbing over it or of squeezing through the heavy bars. I was on the outside, looking in, shut out from the presence of God. Then I was handed a key. It fit the lock perfectly, and as I turned it, the gate swung open. I suddenly experienced the comforting knowledge that I was with my heavenly Father once more. I was safe, secure, and home. What was the key? Thanksgiving! It was not only a way to behave, but also a way to unlock the entryway to the kingdom of Heaven. In giving thanks to God, we open the gates that separate us from His presence. These barriers might be walls of bitterness, barbed fences of anger, ramparts of resentment, or wide moats of despair and self-pity, those things that cause us to feel abandoned and lonely. But when we turn from

I believe God wants us to have a clear and open access to His peace, joy, and contentment; but that we often wander off into other places – led away from God by worry, anxiety, and discontentment. At some point in our wanderings, we stop, look around and realize we’re far from God. We long to return home, but it’s as if we’re locked out. It is then that we can take up the key of thanksgiving, unlock the gates of heaven, and joyfully return to the place God wants us to be. He is not only waiting for us, eager for our homecoming, but He also freely offers us complete access to His kingdom. This year, there is no reason for any of God’s children to stay away from home. The welcome mat is out, the table is set, and the key has already been placed in our hands! Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, and His goodness extends to every generation.


God’s Little Sticky Notes

Inspirational Columnist Sister Linda L. Gray




Thyroids Overview The thyroid gland is located on the front part of the neck below the thyroid cartilage (Adam's apple). The gland produces thyroid hormones, which regulate body metabolism. Thyroid hormones are important in regulating body energy, the body's use of other hormones and vitamins, and the growth and maturation of body tissues.

Fred S. Geathers Is the Commission Chair For the Ministry of Nursing

Diseases of the thyroid gland can result in either production of too much (overactive thyroid disease or hyperthyroidism), too little (underactive thyroid disease or hypothyroidism) thyroid hormone, thyroid nodules, and/or goiter. All types of thyroid problems in women are much more common than thyroid problems in men. Production of thyroid hormones: The process of hormone synthesis begins in a part of the brain called the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus releases thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH). The TRH travels through the venous plexus located in the pituitary stalk to the pituitary gland, also in the brain. In response, the pituitary gland then releases thyro id -s t imu lat ing hormone (TSH) into the blood. The TSH travels to the thyroid gland and stimulates the thyroid to produce the two thyroid hormones, L-thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). The thyroid gland also needs adequate amounts of dietary iodine to be able to produce T4 and T3. Regulation of thy-

Health Columnist Brother Fred S. Geathers roid hormone production: To prevent the overproduction or underproduction of thyroid hormones, the pituitary gland can sense how much hormone is in the blood and adjust the production of hormones accordingly. For example, when there is too much thyroid hormone in the blood, TRH and TSH production are both decreased. The sum effect of this is to decrease the amount of TSH released from the pituitary gland and to reduce production of thyroid hormones from the thyroid gland to restore the amount of thyroid hormone in the blood to normal. Defects in these regulatory pathways may result in hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid problem) or hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid problem). Thyroid goiter: Thyroid goiter is any enlargement of the thyroid that can occur with hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism but also with benign and malignant (cancerous) nodules. Worldwide, the most common cause of goiter is iodine deficiency. Although it used to be very common in the U.S., it is now less common with the use of iodized salt. Multiple nodules in the thyroid are very common, but only about 5% of the nodules are a thyroid cancer. Thyroid Poetry Correspondent cancer is diagnosed after a thyroid ulDawson trasound exam Sis. andMuriel a needle aspiration biopsy of the nodule. Hypothyroidism in Pregnancy Newly diagnosed hypothyroidism in pregnancy is rare because most women with untreated hypothyroidism do not ovulate or produce mature eggs in a regular manner, which makes it difficult for them to conceive. It is a difficult new diagnosis to make based on clinical observation. The signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism (fatigue, poor attention span,

synthesis of thyroid hormone. They appear to be equally effective and have the same rate of side effects. The rate of side effects of each medication is not increased in pregnancy. Iodine will cross the placenta, so its use in either a thyroid scan or in treatment with radioactive iodine is prohibited in pregnancy. One positive note for women with hyperthyroidism is that those with Grave's disease or Hashimoto's thyroiditis may have improvement in their symptoms during pregnancy. Goiter in Pregnancy

weight gain, numbness, and tingling of the hands or feet) are also prominent symptoms of a normal pregnancy. Undiagnosed hypothyroidism during pregnancy increases the chance of stillbirth or growth retardation of the fetus. It also increases the chance that the mother may experience complications of pregnancy such as anemia, eclampsia, and placental abruption. Probably the largest group of women who will have hypothyroidism during pregnancy are those who are currently on thyroid hormone replacement. The ideal thyroxine replacement dose (for example, levothyroxine [Synthroid, Levoxyl, Levothroid, Unithroid]) during pregnancy may rise by 25% to 50% during pregnancy. It is important to have regular checks of T4 and TSH blood levels as soon as pregnancy is confirmed; and frequently through the first 20 weeks of pregnancy to make sure the woman is taking the correct

medication dose. Hyperthyroidism in Pregnancy Newly diagnosed hyperthyroidism occurs in about 1 in 2,000 pregnancies. Grave's disease accounts for 95% of cases of hyperthyroidism newly diagnosed during pregnancy. As with hypothyroidism, many symptoms of mild hyperthyroidism mimic those of normal pregnancy. However, anyone experiencing symptoms such as significant weight loss, vomiting, increased blood pressure, or persistently fast heart rate should have blood tests to evaluate whether hyperthyroidism is present. Untreated hyperthyroidism does cause fetal and maternal complications including poor weight gain and tachycardia (an abnormally fast heart rate). Treatment of hyperthyroidism during pregnancy is primarily medical. Propylthiouracil or methimazole (Tapazole) are the usual first-line agents to block the

It is common for a goiter to enlarge slightly during pregnancy. It is more common when the mother lives in an area of iodine deficiency. In the United States, the average intake of iodine is adequate but can be low if someone avoids consumption of milk, eggs, and iodized salt. Not all prenatal vitamins contain iodine, but it is recommended that only prenatal vitamins that contain iodine should be used during pregnancy. Postpartum Thyroid Disease Some women may have thyroiditis that usually occurs within 3 to 6 months after giving birth. It also may occur after miscarriage. The classic clinical picture is a woman who will first have symptoms of hyperthyroidism, followed by hypothyroidism, culminating in normal thyroid function. Women with type I diabetes have a 25% risk of developing postpartum thyroid dysfunction. Consult your doctor if you have symptoms of hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism after pregnancy or miscarriage. Ref: Š 2011, WebMD Inc


Picking Up Pennies


Special Feature Journalist Sister Diane E. Pope

You always hear the usual stories of pennies on the sidewalk being good luck, gifts from angels, etc. This is the first time I've ever heard this twist on the story. Gives you something to think about. Several years ago, a friend of mine and her husband were invited to spend the weekend at the husband's employer's home. My friend, Arlene, was nervous about the weekend. The boss was very wealthy, with a fine home on the waterway, and cars costing more than their house.

tion. It is written on every single United States coin, but we never seem to notice it! God drops a message right in front of me telling me to trust Him? Who am I to pass it by? When I see a coin, I pray, I stop to see if my trust is in God at that moment. I pick the coin up as a response to God; that I do trust in Him. For a short time, at least, I cherish it as if it were gold. I think it is God's way of starting a conversation with me . Lucky for me, God is patient and pennies are plentiful!

The first day and evening went well, and Arlene was delighted to have this rare glimpse into how the very wealthy live. The husband's employer was quite generous as a host, and took them to the finest restaurants. Arlene knew she would never have the opportunity to indulge in this kind of extravagance again, so was enjoying herself immensely.

When I was out shopping today, I found a penny on the sidewalk. I stopped and picked it up, and realized that I had been worrying and fretting in my mind about things I cannot change. I read t he words, 'In God We Trust,' and had to laugh. Yes, God, I get the message.

As the three of them were about to enter an exclusive restaurant that evening, the boss was walking slightly ahead of Arlene and her husband. He stopped suddenly, looking down on the pavement for a long, silent moment.

It seems that I have been finding an inordinate number of pennies in the last few months, but then, pennies are plentiful; and, God is patient.

Arlene wondered if she was supposed to pass him. There was nothing on the ground except a single darkened penny that someone had dropped, and a few cigarette butts Still silent, the man reached down and picked up the penny. He held it up and smiled, then put it in his pocket as if he had found a great treasure. How absurd! What need did this man have for a single penny? Why would he even take the time to stop and pick it up? Throughout dinner, the entire scene nagged at her. Finally, she could stand it no longer. She casually mentioned that her daughter once had a coin collection, and asked if the penny he had found had been of some value. A smile crept across the man's face as he reached into his pocket for the penny and held it out for her to see. She had seen many pennies before! What was the point of this? 'Look at it.' He said. 'Read what it says.' She read the words 'United States of America' 'No, not that; read further.' 'One cent?' 'No, keep reading.' 'In God we Trust?' 'Yes!' 'And?' 'And if I trust in God, the name of God is holy, even on a coin. Whenever I find a coin I see that inscrip-

Thought for the Day: If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it. He sends you flowers every spring. He sends you a sunrise every morning Face it, He’s is crazy about you! God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way. If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.


My Name Is Rose


Special Feature Journalist Sister Iantha Patterson-Lester taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to the podium. As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor. Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, “I’m sorry I’m so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I’ll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell you what I know.”

The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being. She said, “Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I’m eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?” I laughed and enthusiastically responded, “Of course you may!” and she gave me a giant squeeze. “Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?” I asked. She jokingly replied, “I’m here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids...” “No seriously,” I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age. “I always dreamed of having a college education and now I’m getting one!” she told me. After class we walked to the student union building and a chocolate milkshake. We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this “time machine” as she shared her wisdom and experience with me. Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she reveled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up. At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our banquet. I’ll never forget what she

As we laughed she cleared her throat and began, “We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing. There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humor every day. You’ve got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die. We have so many people walking around who are dead and don’t even know it! There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up. If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don’t do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old. If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight. Anybody! Can grow older. That doesn’t take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change. Have no regrets. The elderly usually don’t have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets.” She concluded her speech by courageously singing “ The Rose.” She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives. At the year’s end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those months ago. One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep. Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it’s never too late to be all you can possibly be. Remember, growing older is mandatory. Growing up is optional. We make a Living by what we get. We make a Life by what we give. God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage. If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it. Ref: Clark, Dan. Forgotten Fundamentals, © Cedar Fort 2007





Why Wait?

Inspirational Journalist Brother Bruce Cunningham

On life’s road, crucial decisions are like intersections that call for a choice of direction. If we barrel through without seeking the mind of Christ, the road we pick may lead to regret and heartache. Although the Lord is ready and willing to offer clear direction, He doesn’t always give it quickly. Knowing that He has very good reasons for withholding immediate instruction can help us wait patiently at the intersection for His guidance. At times God leaves us in our confusion because He wants to get our attention. When everything is running smoothly, we tend to forget the Lord. But uncertainty draws us back to Him like a magnet. By aligning our steps with His and walking in submission to the Spirit, we open our ears to hear His voice. Our waiting time is God’s preparation time. In bringing about His sovereign purposes, He may put us on hold while He coordinates events to line up with His will. Sometimes the Lord has work to accomplish in us before we are ready to handle what He has planned for our future. If we instantly received His direction, we would never grow in faith. Spiritual maturity is evidenced in the ability to wait in peaceful confidence, trusting that in His time, we will know what to do. If impatience tempts you to jump ahead of God’s timing at a crossroad of decision, you risk stepping outside of His will and missing His blessings. But by waiting until He gives clear direction, you will walk in His peace with certainty, instead of stumbling around in anxiety and confusion. Suggested Reading: Psalms 25: 4-5

In Touch With Charles Stanley, November 17, 2010, In Touch Ministries, Inc. © 2009 All Rights Reserved

More Than The Eye Can See A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: "I am blind , please help." There were only a few coins in the hat. A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign , turned it around , and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words. Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked , "Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?" The man said , "I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way." I wrote: "Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it." Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But

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the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people that they were so lucky that they were not blind. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective? Moral of the Story: Be thankful for what you have. Be creative. Be innovative. Think differently and positively. When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry , show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile. Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear. Keep the faith and drop the fear; and remember: God is in control! Ref: Bodawala, Kotik, September 18, 2008. Motivate Us, Be Grateful and Think Positively.


Thanks For Your Time It had been some time since Jack had seen the old man. College, girls, career, and life itself got in the way. In fact, Jack moved clear across the country in pursuit of his dreams. There, in the rush of his busy life, Jack had little time to think about the past and often no time to spend with his wife and son. He was working on his future, and nothing could stop him. Over the phone, his mother told him, "Mr. Belser died last night. The funeral is Wednesday." Memories flashed through his mind like an old newsreel as he sat quietly remembering his childhood days. Yes, I heard you. It's been so long since I thought of him. I'm sorry, but I honestly thought he died years ago," Jack said. "Well, he didn't forget you. Every time I saw him he'd ask how you were doing. He'd reminisce about the many days you spent over 'his side of the fence' as he put it," Mom told him. "I loved that old house he lived in," Jack said. "You know, Jack, after your father died, Mr. Belser stepped in to make sure you had a man's influence in your life," she said "He's the one who taught me carpentry," he said. "I wouldn't be in this business if it weren't for him. He spent a lot of time teaching me things he thought were important...Mom, I'll be there for the funeral," Jack said. As busy as he was, he kept his word. Jack caught the next flight to his hometown. Mr. Belser's funeral was small and uneventful. He had no children of his own, and most of his relatives had passed away. The night before he had to return home, Jack and his Mom stopped by to see the old house next door one more time. Standing in the doorway, Jack paused for a moment. It was like crossing over into another dimension, a leap through space and time The house was exactly as he remembered. Every step held memories. Every picture, every piece of furniture....Jack stopped suddenly. "What's wrong, Jack?" his Mom asked.. "The box is gone," he said. "What box?" Mom asked. "There was a small gold box that he kept locked on top of his desk I must have asked him a thousand times what was inside. All he'd ever tell me was 'the thing I value most,'" Jack said. It was gone. Everything about the house was exactly how Jack remembered it, except for the box.. He figured someone from the Belser family had taken it. "Now I'll never know what was so valuable to him," Jack said. "I better get some sleep. I have an early flight home, Mom."


Inspirational Journalist Sister Diane E. Pope It had been about two weeks since Mr. Belser died. Returning home from work one day Jack discovered a note in his mailbox. "Signature required on a package. No one at home. Please stop by the main post office within the next three days," the note read. Early the next day Jack retrieved the package. The small box was old and looked like it had been mailed a hundred years ago. The handwriting was difficult to read, but the return address caught his attention. "Mr. Harold Belser" it read. Jack took the box out to his car and ripped open the package. There inside was the gold box and an envelope. Jack's hands shook as he read the note inside. "Upon my death, please forward this box and its contents to Jack Bennett. It's the thing I valued most in my life." A small key was taped to the letter. His heart racing, as tears filling his eyes, Jack carefully unlocked the box. There inside he found a beautiful gold pocket watch. Running his fingers slowly over the finely etched casing, he unlatched the cover. Inside he found these words engraved: "Jack, Thanks for your time! -Harold Belser." "The thing he valued most time" Jack held the watch for a few minutes, then called his office and cleared his appointments for the next two days. "Why?" Janet, his assistant asked. "I need some time to spend with my son," he said. "Oh, by the way, Janet, thanks for your time!" "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away," Think about this. You may not realize it, but it's 100% true.  At least 2 people in this world love you so much they would die for you.  At least 15 people in this world love you in some way  A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don't like you.  Every night, someone thinks about you before they go to sleep.  Someone that you don't even know exists loves you.  Always tell someone how you feel about them; you will feel much better when they know and you'll both be happy.  If you have a great friend, take the time to let them know that they are great. - Author Unknown

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(1) Sister Elaine W. Gleaves Sister Minnie Harris

(15) Sister Dlaina Davidson Sister Shavonne Randolph

Sister Clara Robinson (16) Sister Marla E. Burnett (2) Sister Hazalene Euletta Boncamper Brother Leroy Foreman

Sister Bonita Taylor Brother George Wicks

(3) Sister Jasmine Dalton

(18) Sister Nicole D. Pompey

(5) Sister Dara Broadnax

(19) Sister Denise Brunswick

Sister Patricia D. Hatten

Brother Eugene Ellison Sister Diane E. Pope

(6) Sister Eloise Jackson (20) Sister Deana R. Rivers (7) Presiding Elder, Rev. Charles H. Lett, Sr. (21) Brother Clive Dixon Sister Aisha Walters (8) Sister Anna Sarah Johnson is 94th years old. (23) Sister Elsie M. Galloway (10) Sister Eleanor Arrington

Sister Sharon Moses Sister Ke’Anna Skipwith

(11) Sister Letitia A. Arrington (24) Brother Justin Graham (12) Sister Tanya Postell Lone Brother Howard Walters

(13) Brother Scott Fryer

Brother Larry Hood Brother Allen J. Poindexter

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