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MISSION STATEMENT

Our mission is to glorify God by proclaiming HIS WORD , serving the hurting, reaching the lost and teaching the saved to become disciples of Jesus Christ.

CALENDAR SCD Convention July 9 – 11, 2010 Christ Temple 114th Nat’l Conv July 22 – 27, 2010 St. Louis, Missouri CONTENTS Page 2

Our Scholars Page 3

Internet Safety Boy Scouts Page 4

Y.A.M. Page 5 What is Revival? Page 6 Reflections Page 7 Calendar

MESSAGE FROM THE PASTOR

Pastor and First Lady of New Lake Church

Praise the Lord, New Lake! As I write to you I am thankful to the Lord for his manifold blessings and mercies to us. Our God has done great things for us and we cannot help but to give Him praise and glory. I thank God for each of you. I thank Him for your commitment to Him, your family and your church. Many of you have made great sacrifices of your time, talents and treasure to help to make New Lake the great church God has ordained it to be. One night in bible study, I asked the question, “How do you build a great church?” One brother replied, “It takes people.” I said, “You’re right. It takes people who are committed to God and to the vision of the house.” God has given me the vision and the mandate for New Lake to become a church with a holistic ministry. Holistic ministry deals with multiple needs of people. We are going to build a ministry facility that will be much more than just a gym. It will be a building where lives will be transformed. We need every member to realize the vision and help to make it a reality. In His service,

Elder Eddie L Brown Sr., Pastor

CONGRATULATIONS

Dr. Castilla with his award

On Sunday, April 11, 2010, the Deacon Board of New Lake Church of Christ (Holiness) U.S.A. awarded Dr. Willenham Castilla with the title, Emeritus Chair of the Deacon Board of New Lake Church. Dr. Castilla, a devoted Christian, family man, author, World War II veteran, retired U.S. Postmaster, and humanitarian, has been a member of New Lake Church since 1937 and has served as chairman of the deacon board for 38 years. He has also served in numerous capacities in the local church, district, diocese, and national level. Bro. Castilla has formed lasting relationships with past and present members of New Lake Church and serves as a source of inspiration for many. He is a Christian role model, who is a true example of how we should be good Christian stewards. As Elder Brown often preaches, “your vertical relationship should line up with your horizontal relationship.” Deacon Castilla exemplifies this. His relationship with God is lined up with his relationship with his fellow men. His latest book, “Moving Forward on God’s Highway,” is a textbook history of the Church of Christ (Holiness) U.S.A. See him about getting your personal copy of the book.


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OUR SCHOLARS PASTOR

Elder Eddie L. Brown, Sr. PUBLIC RELATIONS MINISTRY MEMBERS

Almesha L. Campbell PR Director Lee E. Campbell II Graphic Designer/Web Master Helen Bennett Church Clerk Delores H. McKinnis Keauna Toatley Erica Stewart THE EXPERIENCE

Almesha L. Campbell Editor

Lee E. Campbell II Graphic Designer

CONTRIBUTORS

Michael Harris Tekesia McClendon Keauna Toatley

The Experience is a publication of the Public Relations Ministry of New Lake Church. The Experience is designed to inspire and uplift our members, promote our ministries and their activities, and a great resource to share with our friends and family who are not members of New Lake. If you have questions or comments about anything presented in this publication, please email us at prministry@newlakechurch.com New Lake Church 5907 Livingston at Beasley Rd. Jackson, MS 39201 P.O.Box 11851. Jackson, MS 39283 Telephone: (601) 982 1531 Website: www.newlakechurch.com Email: info@newlakechurch.com

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By: Keauna Toatley

New Lake, we praise the Lord for all the brilliant and intelligent young people that we have in our church! We would like to take the time out to recognize our graduating high school seniors and those students who achieved honor roll and high honors at their schools. Ms. Briana Michelle Myles, daughter of Ms. Tiffany Hill and Marcus Myles, and granddaughter of Ms. Sandrea Myles, is a graduating senior at Murrah High School in Jackson, MS. When asked how she felt about graduating, she responded, “Good! I feel like I’ve accomplished the first step in life and that I have many more goals to accomplish. This is just the beginning and I feel that it’s extremely special.” Briana will be attending Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS in the fall semester, majoring in Biology Pre-Med. In the future she aspires to be a successful pediatrician. She also looks forward to coming back and helping the community and making a difference in today’s world. “I really appreciate my church family’s encouragement and the foundation you all have helped build. I would especially like to thank my Grandmother and Aunt Nancy Whitehead. They told me that all things are possible with God and have trained me in a way that I won’t depart.” Ms. Erica Nicole Stewart, daughter of Mr. Johnny and Mrs. Linda Stewart, is a graduating senior at Callaway High School in Jackson, MS. Erica’s response to her feelings about graduating was,“OMG! I’m so excited. This has been a long journey and I am so overwhelmed [with joy]. I would like to give God all the glory. I’m actually speechless.” Erica will be attending Jackson State University in Jackson, MS in the fall semester majoring in Biology Pre-Med. She is looking forward to “experiencing the drastic changes” that are coming her way, especially going to college. She is aspiring

to become a Doctor. “I know that ONLY God really gave me the help that I needed and that by faith I asked and by faith I received. Special thanks go out to my parents for their help and support, Sis. Nancy Whitehead and Sis. Keauna Toatley for all the papers and homework that they’ve looked over, and the long nights of assistance”, she said. “To Family and Friends for all of the motivation and support, thank you.” Mr. Bobby Joe Portis, II, son of Mrs. Sonya Parker, is a graduating senior at Jim Hill High School in Jackson, MS. Bobby had this to say about his feeling toward graduating from High School: “I’m super excited about graduating and I am ready to take that walk.” He will be majoring in Chemistry Pre-Med at Jackson State University this fall semester. What Bobby looks forward to is becoming a Doctor and helping the world. “I would like to thank my mom for the inspiration that she’s given to me and I would also like to thank the Sunday School staff for helping me all my life,” he says. “Being in Sunday School has helped me mature personally and spiritually, and I appreciate all it has done for me.” Mr. Preston Chaney is graduating from Murrah High School and plans to pursue his undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education at Jackson State University. SPECIAL RECOGNITION La’Jerica Stewart - Principal’s List (all A’s) Caesar Rayford - High Honors Chistopher Rayford - High Honors Amber Moore - (Exams Exemption - except 1) Zedrick Coleman - Special Recognition

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KEEPING OUR KIDS SAFE ON THE INTERNET By Almesha L Campbell

Online predators are adult Internet users who exploit vulnerable children or teens, usually for sexual or abusive purposes. They hide behind computers, befriending innocent children, and lurking around chatrooms and social networking sites in hopes of luring an unsuspecting minor into having sex with him. In a recent study conducted by the University of New Hampshire’s Crimes Against Children Research Center, one in five U.S. teenagers who regularly log on to the Internet say they have received unwanted sexual solicitation. While social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace has begun to crack down on potential predators, they have exposed the weaknesses in their defense measures. It has been revealed that 90,000 registered sex offenders have been kicked off MySpace in the past two years. However, it was noted that the majority of these banned sex offenders migrated to Facebook, opening new accounts with new aliases. According to University of New Hampshire’s Crimes Against Children Research Center, only approximately 25% of children who encountered a sexual approach or solicitation told a parent or adult. With statistics showing that 55% of middle and high school students report having given out personal information such as name, age, gender, and home address, to someone they have only met online, the likelihood of an online predator physically targeting the child offline increases. According to wiredsafely.org, “Every year the number of cases where online sexual predators attempt to, and are successful in, luring a child into an offline sexual encounter increases exponentially. We rely on awareness of the importance of keeping personal information to yourself as our most powerful message in this war against Internet-related child molestation.” Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) statistics indicate that a child has a 100% chance of meeting a predator in an internet chat room. In Mississippi, there have been several cases of the internet crimes against children reported by the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, which is a unit of the Office of the Attorney General. In a conference recently, Attorney General Jim Hood stated, “Kids live their lives on the Internet now. “It’s so central to their lives, and parents don’t fully understand what they’re doing out there.” It is important that as parents, we monitor our children’s online activities, utilize parental controls and blocking devices, and ensure that our kids are not giving out their personal information online. Most importantly, create an environment where your child will not hesitate to inform you if they were to be contacted by an online predator. BOY SCOUTS Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of New Lake Church first meeting was held on Sunday, February 21, 2010. Scoutmasters Reginald Chambers, Jeffrey Jackson, and Terris Harris have combined to provide excellent leadership for our boys, with support from several other members and parents. Scouts meet every 1st and 3rd Sunday from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. in the New Lake Fellowship Hall. Scout Saturday Specials are done once each month. Your gifts of time or money are needed to support our young men. Come and find out about Scouting and how it can help boys and young men have fun now as well grow into healthy, successful men. Bring your sons, friends, relatives, and boys and young men from your neighborhood ages 6 through 18. This is our chance to do something positive to move our young men ahead. Help us walk the walk. For information please call Michael Harris at 601-540-5415 or email michael@afcom.biz. 3


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INTERVIEW WITH THE YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY (Y.A.M.) OF NEW LAKE

responsible for the service section and then for the mix and mingle. This is an opportunity to work together and grow spiritually as a team.

A section of the audience at the first Second Sunday event

The Experience: What is the purpose of Y.A.M? Y.A.M Representative: The purpose of YAM is to provide opportunities for young adults, age 18 –35, to be innovative in four (4) areas: Ministry, Training, Service and Fellowship. The Experience: How did Y.A.M. get started at New Lake Church? Y.A.M. Representative: Y.A.M. got started at New Lake through the young adult Sunday School class. Class would meet longer than the time allotted. We realized that we needed another avenue to come together and meet without time restrictions. We met one Monday night and put ideas on the table of what we would like to do. At the end of the meeting, something special happened that was not planned. People were going to each other and “clearing the air”. They were expressing hurt feelings and misunderstandings, which brought about forgiveness. It was an awesome sight to see! The Experience: You have been doing Second Sundays for a while now. How has this service impacted New Lake and Jackson young adults on a whole? Y.A.M. Representative: I think it has not only introduced another type of service, but it has brought us closer together as a church family. We receive a lot of support from the church, which is refreshing and uplifting. The Experience: Tell us about the preparation that goes into making Second Sundays a success? Y.A.M. Representative: Preparation for Second Sundays is a lot of work. We have selected coordinators who are 4

The Experience: What other activities are you planning under Y.A.M? Y.A.M. Representative: As for New Lake, we are tossing around ideas for the new convention year. We are looking to participate in a couple of service projects this year as well. The Central MS District will host its first YAM event in June as an ending to the 2010 district meeting. In addition, there will be concurrent workshops regarding YAM during the 2010 South Central Diocese Sunday School and HYM Congress in July. These workshops will target the ministers and deacons, youth leaders and facilitators, and ages 18-35. You do not want to miss it!! The Experience: What do you enjoy about Y.A.M? Y.A.M. Representative: I enjoy the energy it brings. YAM is not just a ministry; it is a movement. It requires commitment, discipline, and flexibility. “…For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required…”Luke 12:48 The Experience: Can Y.A.M be a venue for youth pastors to develop and explore opportunities for reaching the youth? Y.A.M. Representative: Definitely. It also provides opportunities to fellowship and train. The Experience: Do you get support from the National Young Adults Ministry? Y.A.M. Representative: We receive a lot of support from the National YAM by way of encouragement, prayers and training. The National YAM has a task force that meets once a month on conference call for prayer and updates on what is going on in our respective dioceses. The task force is responsible for providing training on the local, district and diocese level. At the National Music Workshop, the SCD Parent Body sponsored a luncheon hosted by SCD YAM as an opportunity to discuss the progress of our dioceses, as well as, to mix and mingle. The Experience: What are your prayers for the Y.A.M at New Lake? Y.A.M. Representative: That we continue to stay committed to God first, to the church and to one another, as we exemplify love in action.


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WHAT IS REVIVAL? By Charles Finney

It presupposes that the church is sunk down in a backslidden state, and a revival consists in the return of the Church from her backslidings and the conversion of sinners. 1. The foundations of sin need to be broken up. A revival always includes conviction of sin on the part of the church. Backslidden professors cannot wake up and begin right away in the service of God without deep searchings of heart. The fountains of sin need to be broken up. In a true revival, Christians are always brought under such conviction; they see their sins in such a light that often they find it impossible to maintain a hope of their acceptance with God. It does not always go to that extent, but there are always, in a genuine revival, deep convictions of sin, and often cases of abandoning all hope. 2. Revival is a new beginning of obedience with God. Just as in the case of a converted sinner, the first step is a deep repentance, a breaking down of heart, a getting down into the dust before God, with humility, and a forsaking of sin. 3. Backslidden Christians will be brought to repentance. A revival is nothing else than a new beginning of obedience to God. Just as in the case of a converted sinner, the first step is a deep repentance, a breaking down of heart, a getting down into the dust before God, with deep humility, and a forsaking of sin. 4. Christians will have their faith renewed. While they are in their Backslidden state they are blind to the state of sinners. Their hearts are hard as marble. The truths of the Bible appear like a dream. They admit it to be all true; their conscience and their judgment assent to it; but their faith does not see it standing out in bold relief, in all the burning realities of eternity. But when they enter into a revival, they no longer see "men as trees, walking," but they see things in that strong light which will renew the love of God in their hearts. This will lead them to labor zealously to bring others to Him. They will feel grieved that others do not love God, when they love Him so much. And they will set themselves feelingly to persuade their neighbors to give Him their hearts. So their love to men will be renewed. They will be filled with a tender and burning love for souls. They will have a longing desire for the salvation of the whole world. They will be in an agony for individuals whom they want to have saved--their friends, relations, enemies. They will not only be urging them to give their hearts to God, but they will carry them to God in the arms of faith, and with strong crying and tears beseech God to have mercy on them, and save their souls from endless burnings. 5. A revival breaks the power of the world and of sin over Christians. It brings them to such vantage ground that they get a fresh impulse towards heaven; they have a new foretaste of heaven, and new desires after union with God; thus the charm of the world is broken, and the power of sin overcome. 6. When the Churches are thus awakened and reformed, the reformation and salvation of sinners will follow. Their hearts will be broken down and changed. Very often the most abandoned profligates are among the subjects. Harlots, and drunkards, and infidels, and all sorts of abandoned characters, are awakened and converted. The worst of human beings are softened and reclaimed, and made to appear as lovely specimens of the beauty of holiness. 7. When a revival can be expected? A revival may be expected when Christians have a spirit of prayer for a revival. That is, when they pray as if their hearts were set upon it. When Christians have the spirit of prayer for a revival. When they go about groaning out their hearts desire. When they have real travail of soul.

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Sunday School Christmas Program 2009 Sunday School Christmas Program 2009

The children spelling “Merry Christmas”

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The Angel appears to the Shepherds

The Children’s Choir

AndreAnna Tate

The wise men present gifts to baby Jesus

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Sunday School Easter Program 2010

Quindel reading the scripture

Kevin reciting his speech

The Children’s Choir directed by Sis. Jessica Eglin

Milo reading the scripture

Halle flag dancing

Star, Cezar and Christopher reciting their speech

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS

SERVICE SCHEDULE SUNDAYS

South Central Diocese Convention July 9 – 11, 2010, Christ Temple, Lamar St

Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Children’s Church: 11:00 a.m. Worship Service: 11:00 a.m.

114th. National Convention of COCHUSA July 22 – 27, 2010, St. Louis, MO Parent Body Theme Information Theme: “Mission Possible: Transformed to Declare God’s Glory” Theme Verse: 1 Peter 2:9 Theme Song: “The Christ Has Chosen Me” Hymn #127 Sunday School & HYM Theme Information Theme: “Mission Possible: Living the Kingdom Way” Theme Verse: Luke 18: 27-30 Bible Quiz: Luke 14 –18 Theme Song: “Perfect, Perfect” Hymn #318

WEDNESDAYS Prayer & Praise: 6:30 p.m. Bible Study: 7:00 p.m. H.Y.M: 7:00 p.m. Scouts: 3:30 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. Every 1st & 3rd Sunday

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