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Second Baptist Church Evangelical Orthodox Communion Bishop Wm. La Rue Dillard, PhD 925 So. Shamrock Monrovia, CA 91016


Mission Statement econd’s Gazette serves as a monthly newsletter to inform the congregants of valuable information happening on the campus of Second Baptist Church and in the community, as well as spotlight individuals and events that edify our parish church, but most importantly; glorifies the name of Jesus Christ.

A note from the Founder and Chief Editor

Nadine O. Harris, MBA, Founder/Chief Editor Ferrari Y. Green, Production & Design Dr. Precious Flemings, Writing Editor Sherry Joiner, Operations & Distribution Vera Frazier, Operations

The King

Contributing Consultants: Peggy LaBon / Eric Johnson Jessie Anderson / Vera Reeves / James Ella Harvey Betty Thomas / Anita J. McCulloch/ Felicia Dickson

Photographers: Robert Anderson, Adele Davis Robert Hamilton, Gerald McLendon

Children’s Church Consultant Jaylyn A. Harris

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ometimes we speak or shout the truth without realizing just how right we are. That happened during Holy Week, first when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. The palmwaving crowd hailed Jesus as their king — though he wasn’t the earthly king they wanted. Days later, during Jesus’ trial, Pilate taunted the Pharisees, saying, “Here is your king.” Furious, they protested, “We have no king but Caesar.” Pilate turned Jesus over to them. But still wanting to needle the insistent persecutors, he wrote a sign reading “The King of the Jews” and had it fastened above Jesus’ cross (John 19:19). Was Jesus a king? Witnesses of the Resurrection thought so. The first Christians were accused of “saying there is another king, Jesus” (Acts 17:7). The writer of Revelation envisions the day when the whole world will understand that the risen Christ isn’t only Lord and Savior but also “Lord of lords and King of kings” (Revelation 17:14).


The crucifixion of Jesus, the Christ! Sons and Daughters of My Flock,


his high holy period of passion began with “Ash Wednesday,” leading up to Jesus’ Bodily Resurrection. This is information worth knowing, retaining, and defending. The vicarious death, bodily resurrection, appearances, and glorious ascension should always be on the mind, and on display in both belief and behavior, especially during this period of the Passion season.

Crucifixion - putting a person to death on a cross was common practice in ancient days, just as hanging was in this country a century ago. Jesus was condemned to the cross by the Sanhedrin’s Council for blasphemy, and by Pilate for sedition against Caesar. The scarlet robe, crown of (72) thorns, and other insults were the instigations of those engaged in the execution, and were peculiar to the case. Whipping was a part of the punishment, but in the case of Jesus, it was not a legal act to be applied before sentencing. The sufferer was to carry his own cross, or part of it. A cup of stupefying liquor was often given in mercy just before the hands and feet were nailed. The Romans allowed the body to be left to waste away naturally on the cross, or to be eaten by birds and beasts; however, they allowed the Jews to bury their dead because of the Law of Moses (Deuteronomy 21:22-23). In 337 A.D., Emperor Constantine abolished Crucifixion. Though the Christian era is dated from Jesus’ birth, modern chronologists insist upon a date for the momentous event at least four years earlier–about 4 B.C.E. (Before the Christian Era). Therefore, let us show the world just how important Resurrection Sunday is to Christians; from Palm Sunday, to Good Friday, and the ultimate celebration, this Resurrection Sunday. Amen! Until He Comes, I Am Serving Christ Joyfully, Bishop Dr. Wm. LaRue Dillard Parish-Under-Shepherd



he Diakonos Ministry of Second Baptist Church is available to parishioners to help Bishop Dillard with members concerns and needs. Feel free to contact your representative below. The Diakonos are assigned alphabetically by last name. We are available to “Pray with You”, “Consult with You”, and “Assist You” in any way we can to help you in your Christian walk.

A—Robert and Jessie Anderson B—Dennis and JoAnne Craig Betty Brown, Rodney Bough C—A. G. Harrison, Shirley Robinson Larry and Deborah Hayes D—James and James Ella Harvey Venda Hawkins

H— Thelma Jones, George and Tamara Lewis I-J—Ellis and Thelma Johnson Eva McLaurin, Walter McDonald K-L-N-O-T—Lonnie and Josephine Stokes, Terrence Williams M—Chuck and Martha Williams Melva Hill

E-F—Ron and LaVonne Husband Adrienne Hurst

P-Q—Carrie Walker, Nadine Harris

G—Minnie Manning, Valeria Burwell

R-S—Larry Willis, Oscar Woodard

Ellen Clark, Eric Johnson

UVWXYZ—Robert Hamilton, Ron Demps, Michael Dickson

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Every Month 2 4 5 10-11 12-13 14, 15, 20, 21

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The Bishop’s Epistle 3

Editor’s Comments Diakonos Praying Contents Movies/Health Corner Community News Looking Back At March

Birthdays Spirit Buzz Kids Zone Back Cover


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Resurrection Sunday or Easter Sunday?


ome people might argue that it’s okay to celebrate this special day that some call “Easter Sunday.” However, for Christians, we celebrate and call this day “Resurrection Sunday.” Why? I am glad you asked! If you read the Gospel accounts of the crucifixion, all found in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, you will see that the resurrection is an event that God perfected through the death of Jesus Christ for every believer; and as a result of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Christians are promised a resurrection also, eternal life through Christ Jesus because the penalty for our sins was paid by Jesus dying on the cross for the “Who-So-Ever-Will” meaning, “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him (Jesus Christ) from the dead, you will be saved” (Roman 10:9). There is no place in the Bible that provides evidence of Easter Sunday for the Resurrection, but there is evidence that Jesus rose on the first day of the week, according to Scriptures (Matthew 28:12; Mark 16:9; Luke 24:1; and John 20:1-2). The resurrection of Jesus Christ displays God’s resurrection power of eternal life to all who believes in His Son “Jesus the Christ.” So let’s celebrate the Resurrection by proclaiming to every believer and non-believer that this is Resurrection Sunday, not Easter Sunday. Amen!

Dr. Precious Reference

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reetings to all God’s people! It is my prayer that you and your families are doing well, and He reigns in your lives. However, even where He reigns, stuff still happens! Why He allows it? We don’t know, but we do know that He is with us through it all.

Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me !” Recognizing our weaknesses allows the Lord to come in and use His power to help us. Believing that you can do it, you handling it, or thinking it is under control is what the “world” tell us. But John 16:33 says, “ These things I have spoken to

you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Followers of Christ know that when we allow Him to get it done His way, it is the best way. Remember, Your will be done Lord, not mind. In this Spring season, leading to Resurrection Sunday, we Thank you Lord Jesus for dying on the cross that we may live! You made a sacrifice that no other man could do; so from now on, we celebrate You until we meet you face to face. At that time, we will have the greatest celebration of all time! On a birthday note… Congratulations to Bishop Dillard on your wonderful “can’t no-body do it like Jesus” birthday!!! You are truly a Jesus kinda-man. You give us the tools of biblical insight. Even now, I still know when the scriptures are being exegesis (interpret scripture as written) or eisegesis (giving one’s own interpretation). Hope your special was as great as you are. Love you all! Peggy LaBon


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I Can Only Imagine!!!

SUPPORTERS Second Baptist Church Diakona Nadine O. Harris John P. Harris, Sr. Lady Betty G. Dillard Eleanor Harrison Mother Deloris K. Bridges Ferrari Green Diakona Melva Hill Barbara Jean Grant Shirley Towler – Hayes Elder Robert Craig Cameron & J.P. Dixon Dr. John & Apryl Harris Diakona Larry & Debra Hayes Christine Mathis Marva E. Hogan Ophelia M. Harris Barbara M. Harris Mildred Cross Diakona Carrie Walker Geneva Douglas Priscilla Stroud Diakona James Ella Harvey Laura Bullock

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“I Can Only Imagine” has been at the top of Contemporary Christian music charts for months as the number one song that has encouraged, inspired, and uplifted many people as they faced challenging times and periods of sadness. The song was also the inspiration for the movie, same title, “I Can Only Imagine,” which is based on the real-life story of Bart Millard, the lead singer of MercyMe. The movie opened in theaters on March 16, 2018. I went to see the movie on the opening day and I was shocked, (good shock) to see so many people in this theater at 10:45 A. M. to see a Christian based movie. I cried during the movie and at the end of the movie. It is a wonderful movie; because I can only imagine what I am going to do when I am face-to-face with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. For now, you can only see this movie at a movie theater of your choice. Please go see it!


April is Alcohol Awareness Month


he U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ mission is to enhance and protect the health and wellbeing of all Americans, so they endorsed the National Health Observances (NHOs) which are special days, weeks, or months dedicated to raising awareness about important health topics. Therefore, they have deemed April as Alcohol Awareness Month!

Did you know that drinking too much alcohol increases people’s risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease, and some types of cancer? Is this good news? Yes, the good news is we can all do our part to prevent alcohol misuse or abuse. For most adults, moderate drinking doesn’t cause any serious health problems; and if you don't drink at all, there is no reason to start now! Did you know that the use of alcohol can also affect heart health? Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. To help prevent heart disease, one should eat healthy, get active, stay at a healthy weight, stop smoking, stay away from second-hand smoke, control your cholesterol (koh-LEHS-tuh-rahl) and blood pressure, and manage stress levels. If you drink, drink in moderation! If you have a drinking problem, it’s important to see a doctor right away. You can improve your health by drinking less, or not drinking at all. How will drinking less, or stop drinking help? It can do the following:  Lower your risk of injury  Lower your blood pressure  Decrease risk of heart disease, stroke, some types of cancer, and liver problems  Lose weight, Save money Who needs to avoid drinking completely? Don’t drink at all if you:  Are pregnant or trying to get pregnant  Are under age 21  Take certain over-the-counter or prescription medicines (check the medicine label)  Are recovering from alcoholism  Have a health condition that can be made worse by drinking (like liver disease)  Don’t drink if you plan to drive a car or use a machine (like a lawn mower). Ask for help if you need it. Ask friends or family for support if you have a drinking problem. Talk to a doctor or nurse if you are having a hard time cutting back or stopping altogether. Don’t give up! Find a doctor or treatment program that is a good fit for you. What about cost? Under the Affordable Care Act, some health care plans must cover screening and counseling for alcohol misuse. Depending on ones insurance, a person may be able to get these services at no cost. Check with your insurance provider to find out what’s included in your plan. For information about other services covered by the Affordable Care Act, visit Are you worried about a loved one’s drinking? Talk with your love ones about cutting back, or stop drinking. Talk to children about the dangers of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs, knowing the facts will help children make healthy choices. How can Alcohol Awareness Month make a difference? We can use this month to raise awareness about alcohol abuse and take action to prevent it, both at home and in the community. Here are just a few ideas:  Encourage friends or family members to make small changes, like keeping track of their drinking, setting drinking limits.  Share tips with parents to help them talk to their child or children about the risks of alcohol use.  Ask doctors and nurses to talk to their patients about the benefits of not drinking, drinking less, or quitting. Live Life Healthy! Jessie Anderson, RN, BSN Reference:


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Support & Crisis Services Resource Referrals: We refer clients to a network of more than 100 organizations that can help them return to stability via employment counseling, shelter, health care, family support, mental health services, eviction prevention/move-in assistance and advocacy.

Transitional Services for Victims of Domestic Violence: We collaborate with Santa Anita Family Service to deliver this assistance. Housing Assistance/Motel Voucher Program: Based on funds available, we provide motel vouchers to clients who need emergency shelter and have exhausted all other resources.. This temporary shelter gives us time to help them find a longer-term solution. Food Stamps Outreach: Clients can enroll in Food Stamps and Medi-Cal programs onsite. Transportation Program: We provide bus tokens and taxi coupons in collaboration with the International Institute of Los Angeles. Work Experience Programs: Many welfare recipients, senior citizens and youths gain experience, skills, job search mentoring and references working at the Center. Last year, Foothill Unity Center provided: • 5,201 bus tokens and taxi vouchers for transportation assistance • 201 emergency shelter motel vouchers for homeless families • 3,768 clothing vouchers for bags of clothing and/or household items • 1,656 information and referral calls to connect people with needed services in their area

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Our Neighborhood Treasure Lt. Colonel Allen Allensworth Recognized In Monrovia


he unveiling of the “Neighborhood Treasure” took place at Second Baptist Church in Monrovia, California on Saturday, March 10, 2018 where Lt. Colonel Allen Allensworth was the first pastor. Over 150 people attended the event. Pictured above are some that were in attendance:

Pictured left to right: Neighborhood Services Program Coordinator Ariel Tolefree-Williams, Mayor Pro Tem Gloria Crudington, MUSD School Board President Terrence Williams, KGEM Ralph Walker, Allensworth Medallion Designer Ron Husband, Allensworth Relative Charles A. Allensworth, Second Baptist Church First Lady Betty G. Dillard, Bishop Dr. Wm. La Rue Dillard and Historian Lois Gaston, Council Members Larry Spicer, and Becky Shevlin. Let’s keep the legacy going. Picture from Monrovia Weekly March 29, 2018;

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Get out your calculator 

Begin with 66, the number of books in the Bible.

• Add 13, the number of Paul’s books in the New Testament. • Add 7, the number of churches in Asia Minor (Revelation 1:4). • Multiply by 3, the Trinity. • Multiply by 12, the number of tribes in Israel. • Multiply by 12 again, for the Apostles. • Add 600, Noah’s age when the flood came. • Add 3, for Noah’s sons. • Add 30 the age of Jesus when he began his ministry. • Finally, add 33, the age of Jesus at his crucifixion. • Now, press the equal sign, turn the calculator around and read the number upside down. You’ll see the source for the solution to all of life’s problems.

Hidden Opposites Self-help author Karen Salmansohn writes: “You gotta look for the good in the bad, the happy in your sad, the gain in your pain, and what makes you grateful, not hateful.” As Resurrection people, we do “look for the good in the bad” — the life God raises out of death, the hope Christ offers beyond despair. But even faithful Christians can’t expect to always find happy in the sad. Neither is our highest purpose in self-help, but in other-help — serving others as Jesus did. Earthly happiness is temporary and circumstantial, but we find joy amid pain as the Holy Spirit reassures us that God is greater than this broken world. And practicing gratefulness is surely uplifting — for ourselves and others.

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Christianity is severely persecuted in at least 27 countries. That should make you shout because you don’t live in one of those countries!

L I T T L E AN G E L ! Little Johnny's new baby brother was screaming up a storm. Johnny asked his mom, “Where’d he come from?” “He came from heaven, Johnny.” Johnny responded: “Wow! I can see why they threw him out!”

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How to Make the Cross Craft: 1. Cut two cardboard strips 3/4" by 6" long and two 3/4" by 4 1/2" long. 2. Glue the strips together to form a frame. 3. Cut yarn into 4-yard and 3yard pieces. 4. Paint or decorate the frame with paint markers or acrylic paint. 5. Wind the 4-yard piece of yarn around the middle of the long side of the frame. Wind the 3-yard piece around the side to form a cross shape. 6. Tie the cross shape together where the yarn crosses with red yarn. 7. Have your children write a Bible verse around the edge of the frame.

After being initiated into a neighbor's family by a solemn backyard ceremony, a young Russian American girl and her African American brothers' determine to buy their gramma Eula a beautiful Easter hat. But their good intentions are misunderstood, until they discover just the right way to pay for the hat that Eula's had her eye on. A loving family story woven from the author's childhood.


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Home Buyers Festival 2018 in Riverside County Saturday April 21, 2018 9:00 AM –12:00 PM 14075 Frederick Street Moreno Valley, CA 92553

Date and Time Wed. April 25, 2018 8:30 –12:00 PM Location: Los Angeles County E.L.A Community Service Center 133 N. Sunol Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90063 Space is limited so if you are a job seeker you MUST register to attend.

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Ushers and Hospitality Annual Day 2018

he Senior and Junior Ushers come together each year in unity to share their love of the Ushers Ministry. They begin practicing in the month of January for their traditional march that is performed during Usher’s Anniversary Day. With much patience and love, they are instructed by Senior Instructor, Diakona LaVonne Husband. Sister LaVonne "gives it her all" when directing both the Senior and Junior Ushers. The Ushers take pride in their Annual Day and love to demonstrate their commitment and dedication towards their Ministry. The Usher’s together enjoy laughing, marching, and praying together as they count it a blessing to celebrate another year. The Ushers are led by President Vera O. Frazier, 1 st Vice, Bobby Laird and 2nd Vice Lucille Coleman along with Junior & Youth Instructor, Sister Michelle Davis and Instructor Emeritus, Amos Price. This year’s church service was coordinated by Program Chair Laura Bullock, along with committee members Mary Bourne, Diakona Betty Brown, Diakona Rodney Bough, Brenda Lee and President Vera O. Frazier. To God Be the Glory for the good things he has done!!


he Welcome and Hospitality Ministry is celebrating forty years of service. This ministry was organized in 1978, due to Bishop’s vision to establish a ministry in the church that would focus on greeting worshiper’s, welcoming and registering visitors, along with serving as an Outreach Ministry. For the last forty years this ministry has continued to thrive and attract new members. The dedication and service through these many years has been exemplary and invaluable to the church parish as a whole. Since 1990, this ministry has been led by Arthur Buckley, Diakona Valeria Burwell, Karl Hallie, Becky Hooks and Emelbra Redd.

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