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

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

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 Rasheedah Ruffin, Gerald McLendon

Children’s Church Consultant Jaylyn A. Harris

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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


ong before the Rev. Jesse Jackson encouraged AfricanAmerican children to repeat daily the words “I am somebody!” the brilliant scientist George Washington Carver had reached the same conclusion.

Carver attended church-sponsored Simpson College after being denied enrollment elsewhere because of his skin color. When the school’s president asked what the college had done for him, Carver replied, “Simpson College helped me realize that I was a human being.” That was the starting point of the great inventor’s career. People all need affirmation that they are valuable because God created and loves them. Newsletter Newsletter , 2010. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8 NKJV He recognizes that everyone is somebody; He created each one of us. Jesus has always heard our prayers and the cries of individuals to be treated fairly in our homes, cars and on the streets, today. We must continue to pray unceasingly for the answers to come. Our power or connections will not get us there, but Justice will come by the Spirit of God.

Second Baptist Church Schedule of Worship Services Sunday Morning Services 10:45 AM Sunday Church School, Baptism and New Member’s Orientation Classes from 9:45 AM—10:30 AM ————————————————— Ordinance of the Lord’s Supper Celebration is served every First Sunday after the 10:45 AM Worship Service and at 4:45 PM in the Sanctuary ————————————————Mid-Week Bible Study and Prayer Services Bible Study, Prayer, Praise, and Testimonies at 10:45AM & 6:45 PM On Wednesdays Except Holidays Second’s Gazette

We are black every month.


“Lord, You Can Depend on Me in This New Year!”

Sons and Daughters in Light, Grace to You!


he encouraging word from the Lord is: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).

The steadfast nature of the Lord is like an anchor that never lifted from the bottom. It stabilizes the ship amid the storm. It is because God loves us that we know He is faithful. He cannot contradict His own nature. He Himself is unmerited, unchanging, unconditional love. The fruit of your faithfulness is the result. Faith is a primary gift of the Holy Spirit. It is the imputed gift by which we respond to what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. Belief is not our accomplishment. The same God who is Source and Sustainer of all; who dwelt in Jesus Christ for the reconciliation of the world, is the same Lord who comes to each of us to give us the capacity to claim what was done for us as the basis of our hope, now and forever. This faith leads to faithfulness, a full-grown faith which dares to believe that all things are possible. It develops as a consistency in all of life. Our faithfulness is not our human follow-through, but our trust that Christ will follow through in all of life’s changes and challenges. He says, “You can depend on Me!” Can we say that to Him, and to others? His dependability makes us dependable. Each day we should shout, “Oh praise the Lord, all you people! Laud Him, all you Saints! For His merciful kindness is great toward us, and the truth of the Lord endures forever” (Psalm 117:1, 2). Amen. Serving Christ Joyfully,

Bishop 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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The Bishop’s Epistle

Every Month 2 4 5 8,9

Editor’s Comments Diakonos Praying with You Contents Blast from The Past/Footprints

EXTRAS 6, 7 10, 11 12, 13

Black History Community News Movies /Health Corner

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Tax Updates/Services Birthdays/Community Calendar Good –Bye To Jorge / Remembering MLK Conference/ Poem / Celebration Good-Bye Emelbra/Eugene / Mission Corner


Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson, born in December 19, 1875. He worked as a sharecropper, miner and various other jobs during his childhood to help support his large family. He became an African American historian, author, journalist and the founder of Black History Month. He conducted a scholarly effort to popularize the value of Black History. He recognized the importance of people having an awareness and knowledge of their contributions to humanity and left behind an impressive legacy. After retiring from Howard University, Dr. Woodson devoted his life to historical research, and to preserving the history of African Americans, whose contributions, he noted, ''were overlooked, ignored, and even suppressed by the writers of history textbooks and the teachers who use them,'' Race prejudice, he concluded, ''is merely the logical result of tradition, the inevitable outcome of thorough instruction to the effect that the Negro has never contributed anything to the progress of mankind,'' In February, 1926, Woodson single-handedly pioneered the celebration of ''Negro History Week'', for the second week in February, in order to coincide with the birthday celebrations for Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The week was later extended to become Black History Month of February Knowledge is Power! Elizabeth Freeman (c.1744—December 28, 1829), also known as Bet or MumBet, was the first enslaved African American to file and win a freedom suit in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling, in Freeman's favor, found slavery to be inconsistent with the 1780 Massachusetts State Constitution. Her suit, Brom and Bett v. Ashley (1781), was cited in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court appellate review of Quock Walker's freedom suit. When the court upheld Walker's freedom under the state's constitution, the ruling was considered to have implicitly ended slavery in Massachusetts.

Connection to W.E.B. Du Bois Civil Rights leader and historian W. E. B. Du Bois claimed Freeman as his relative and wrote that she married his maternal great-grandfather, "Jack" Burghardt. But, Freeman was 20 years senior to Burghardt, and no record of such a marriage has been found. It may have been Freeman's daughter, Betsy Humphrey, who married Burghardt after her first husband, Jonah Humphrey, left the area "around 1811", and after Burghardt's first wife died (c. 1810). If so, Freeman would have been Du Bois's step-great-great-grandmother. Anecdotal evidence supports Humphrey's marrying Burghardt; a close relationship of some form is likely. Ref. blackthen.2017;

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r. Jackson is the first African-American woman to receive a doctorate from M.I.T. — in any subject. She is one of the first two African-American women to receive a doctorate in physics in the U.S. She is the first African-American to become a Commissioner of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. She is both the first woman and the first African-American to serve as the chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and now the first African-American woman to lead a national research university. She is also the first African-American woman elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Here are seven interesting facts about Dr. Jackson: 1. She is currently the president of the prestigious Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She’s also the highest -paid president of a private college. Shirley Ann Jackson (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) — $7,143,312. 2. She is a theoretical physicist and held senior leadership positions in academia, government, industry, and research. 3. She has a B.S. in Physics and a Ph.D. in Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics, both from MIT. 4. She is the first African American woman to receive a doctorate from MIT, and the first African American woman to serve as president at a top-ranked research university. 5. Her invention of the technology responsible for Caller ID and Call Waiting stems from days at AT&T Bell Labs where she conducted research in theoretical physics, solid state and quantum physics, and optical physics. 6. She has been awarded 53 honorary doctoral degrees. 7. She was awarded the National Medal of Science, the nation’s highest honor for contributions in science and engineering by President Obama in 2015. She was awarded the National Medal of Science, the nation’s highest honor for contributions in science and engineering by President Obama in 2015. From 2009 to 2014, Dr. Jackson served on the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), which assists the White House in policy formulation in the many areas of science, technology, and innovation that are crucial to strengthening the economy and increasing opportunity. Dr. Jackson was also co-chair of the President's Innovation and Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC), part of the PCAST. In that role, in 2011 she co-authored a report to the President offering an overarching strategy for revitalizing the leadership of the nation in manufacturing. In 2013, Dr. Jackson was named by President Obama to the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee 2.0, charged with making recommendations for invigorating the manufacturing sector of the U.S. economy. Dr. Jackson is married to Dr. Morris A. Washington, also a physicist. They have one son, Alan, a graduate of Dartmouth College.


The Cost of Freedom,


Unknown Cowboys!!!

n the beginning of the 19th Century, the Wild West drew enslaved Blacks with the hopes of freedom and wages for an earnest day’s work. When the Civil War ended, freedom came West looking for a better life where skilled and unskilled labor was in high demand.

This is where African American soldiers came also, looking for work because Black cowboys made up at least a quarter of the cowboys who lived dangerous lives, facing extreme weather conditions and other hazards of the outdoors. While there were little formal segregation in frontier towns and personal freedom to do as one pleased, Black cowboys were still expected to do most of the work and the hardest jobs then their White counterparts. Freedom for Black Cowboys did not come easy and it certainly did not come at an easy price. However, they made it! In fact it is believed that the term “Cowboy” was used a derogatory term to describe Black “cowhands.” Freedom did not come easy for Black Americans. But we are free from the ills of slavery and the degradation that came with it. Now we can sing the old Black Spiritual “Free At Last, Thank God Almighty, We Are Free at Last!”

~Dr. Precious~ Reference

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Psalms 46:1 “God is a very present help in trouble.” “Hope in Me, and you will be protected from depression and self-pity. Hope is like a golden cord connecting you to heaven. The more you cling to this cord, the more I bear the weight of your burdens; thus, you are lightened. Heaviness is not of My kingdom. Cling to hope and My rays of Light will reach you through the darkness” (Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young. January 8, 2018). What’s happening in the world today is not news to our Lord and savior Jesus the Christ; He knew that this world would become more and more corrupt. Not only is it in the White House, it can be in a local house. We can never take for granted that everyone we know desires the same things as we do. Moreover, we cannot treat all of our friends and family members the same. We must be sensitive to the spirit inside of us to guide us in His ways. January 8, 1837 Fanny M. Jackson-Coppin

Pioneer in Education. She was the First Black American Female College Graduate (Oberlin College) and the First Black American woman to become a school principal. Regardless of what is happening in the world, we’re just passing through! We have a home on high, not build by man, that’s our blessed hope! Hoping everyone will experience love; in whatever form it comes in!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love you, Peggy LaBon


A Bible you can hug! In this soft and cuddly book, little ones will find a collection of ten favorite Bible stories in rhyme, filled with comforting truths and promises. Keep God's word close to baby's heart in this perfect introduction for the very young to the stories of the Bible and God's great love for them. Second’s Gazette

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Special Speaker Series Event. In honor of 2018 Black History Month, The Museum of the San Fernando Valley’s Speaker Series with the Pacoima Historical Society is proud to present:

Black History in the SFV Crystal Jackson, Founder and President of the Pacoima Historical Society, and filmmaker of the 2018 Pan African Film Festival Best Feature Documentary nominee “Pacoima Stories: Land of Dreams”, talks about the struggles, sacrifice and undying spirit of America’s proud minority culture in the San Fernando Valley. DATE AND TIME Sun, February 11, 2018 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM PST Add to Calendar LOCATION The Museum of the San Fernando Valley 18860 Nordhoff Street #204 Los Angeles, CA 91324






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SUPPORTERS Second Baptist Church Diakona Nadine O. Harris 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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his month movie preview is for Middle and High School age viewers. It is a story they might be able to relate to, because it is about the (B-Word), “Bullying.” Camp Cook Kids is about a nerdy, quirky little boy who is afraid of everything, including his own shadow. After the death of his father, his mother moves the family in with her father to cope with the death of her husband. While there, Spence gets lessons in encourage and faith from his grandfather who seems to understand all that Spence is going through. Even though Spence’s big brother is asked to take care of him while they are at camp, Spence’s brother joins in with the mean boys to bully his own brother. This is a catchy movie that involves faith. More importantly, it is about doing the right thing even if you are the only one who is doing the right thing at the moment. Stand on your convictions and faith. Camp Cool Kids are available on Netflix. Good movie for family and friends!



Side Effects Drugs

side effect is usually regarded as an undesirable secondary effect which occurs in addition to the desired therapeutic effect of a drug or medication. Side effects may vary for each individual, depending on the person's disease state, age, weight, gender, ethnicity, and general health. Side effects can occur with beginning, decreasing/increasing dosages, or ending a drug or medication. Drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for sale in the United States must be safe, which means that the benefits of the drug appear to be greater than the known risks. However, both prescription and over-the-counter drugs have side effects. Some are minor and some are just inconvenience, a few are serious, and some are just strange occurrences. Common side effects include upset stomach or nausea, dry mouth and drowsiness. Allergic reactions can happen with any drug and can range from itching to a rash all the way up to a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction. There are several ways to learn about side effects from drugs. First, ask your health care professional about possible side effects and what steps should be taken to reduce the risk when taking a prescribed drug. Some pharmacists may recommend taking the drug with food to lower the chances of getting nausea. Second, ask your pharmacist for the patient prescribing information when you receive your prescription and read it before taking the drug. This document will include possible common and serious side effects. Read the pharmacy label and any stickers that may be attached to the prescription bottle. If you experience a change that doesn't feel right, tell your doctor. Ask if the symptom could be a drug side effect. It may be an expected effect that will wear off soon. But it could signal a serious medical problem. If you are taking several drugs, ask your doctor or pharmacist to review them. Third, ask if there may be any interaction problems with your drugs and even vitamins and supplements. Ask the doctor why he or she is prescribing a particular drug. If you are in a Medicare Advantage health plan, ask if you qualify for medications therapy management services. Ask if there are lifestyle changes that you can make instead of taking a drug. Often patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes can minimize side effects, or avoid drugs altogether by losing weight, exercising, and quit smoking. Request that the doctor prescribe drugs that have been on the market for at least seven years, because it can take up to five to ten years for serious side effects on a new drug to show up in the general population. Be Pro-Active Concerning Your Health Care! Live Healthy,

Betty Thomas RN


Tax Update The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, signed into law on December 22, 2017, represents the most significant changes in tax law in more than 30 years. Whether or not you're a fan of the new legislation, it's important to understand how it affects you and what you can do to minimize your taxes under the new law. Changing Brackets and the End of the Marriage Penalty-The new law keeps seven tax brackets, but, at most income levels, the rates are lower than they were previously. One particular effect of the changing tax brackets is that the “marriage penalty" that has affected some married couples in the past may be reduced or eliminated in some cases. The Increase in the Standard Deduction-The standard deduction is nearly doubling for all filing statuses, which means that fewer taxpayers will benefit from itemizing deductions such as charitable contributions, mortgage interest, etc. The standard deduction for single filers is $12,000 for 2018, while the standard deduction for married filing jointly filers is $24,000 for 2018. The State and Local Taxes Deduction-This is a big one. In the past, taxpayers have been able to deduct income taxes paid to states, as well as property taxes, on their federal tax returns. While the new law does not eliminate these deductions, the law limits the deduction to a combined $10,000 for income taxes and property taxes. For taxpayers in high tax states, this limitation has the potential to increase your tax bill. Medical Expenses -In 2017, you can deduct medical expenses to the extent that they exceed 10% of your adjusted gross income. Beginning in 2018, you can deduct medical expenses to the extent they exceed 7.5% of your adjusted gross income. It will rise to 10% in 2020. Mortgage Interest Deduction-In 2017, you can deduct mortgage interest on loan balances of up to $1 million. Beginning in 2018, the amount decreases; you can only deduct mortgage interest on loan balances of up to $750,000. Other Disappearing Deductions-Some deductions did not survive, including Moving expenses, Unreimbursed employee expenses, Casualty and theft losses, Employer-subsidized transportation reimbursement Child Tax Credit-The child tax credit is doubling from $1,000 per qualifying child to $2,000 per qualifying child. A credit is much more valuable than a deduction because it is a dollar-for-dollar reduction of your tax liability, while a deduction simply reduces the income on which you pay tax. 529 Plans—Contributions to 529 plans can now be used to pay up to $10,000 per year of K-12 education, while in the past they have only been used for post-secondary education expenses. The earnings in these plans are also tax-free if they are used to pay for tuition for kindergarten through college. The contributions are not deductible on your federal tax return, but most states allow the deduction. Conclusion- While this article highlights several areas of the new tax bill that may affect you personally, there are many more that may be relevant. This legislation represents the most sweeping modifications to the U.S. tax code since 1986. While these changes take effect for the 2018 tax year (not 2017), now may be a good time to engage professional help specific to your personal or business taxes so that you're prepared for the 2018 changes. If you have questions about how the tax bill affects you, please contact our partner, 1-800Accountant, for a free consultation at (800) 222-6868, or check out our Legal Advantage personal legal plan, which offers both independent attorney consultations and appointments with tax professionals from1-800Accountant.

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Bishop Dr. Wm. La Rue Dillard Parish Under-shepherd February 18, 2018 Marks 60 years as a clergyman And 54 years as an under-shepherd over 4 different parishes in his ministerial pilgrimage

Events for the month of February

African Attire ALL Month

2017 Contribution Statements will be available in the Fannie Goodwin Bldg., before and after Sunday School Sat. 3rd BLL Breakfast 8—10 am Sun. 4th The Lord’s Supper Celebration 4:45PM Black History Presentation Website Ministry Sun. 11th Black History Presentation Children’s Ministry & 8th Annual TIP Valentine’s Day Street Rally Sat. 17th Health Symposium 8:45am— 3PM Fannie Goodwin Bldg. Sun. 18th Black History Presentation New Members/New Members Annual Day Thurs. 22nd Board of Trustees Mtg. 7:30 PM Sat. 24th UWFG Breakfast 9am—12 noon Sun. 25th Black History Presentation Music Ministry



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Inland Valley Uplift Foundation Supported by Members of the Zeta Tau Chapter of

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Presents the

Ninth Annual Youth Leadership Conference This Year’s Theme: “Preparation: A Key to Success” Saturday, March 03, 2018 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Location: University Of La Verne Campus Center 1950 Third Street La Verne, CA. 91750 With a special focus on:  College Preparation  Financial Awareness  Stem Careers  Life Skills Registration Deadline: February 09, 2018 Who can attend? The first 400 young men in grades 5-12 to register Cost: FREE! Food will be provided. Parents and interested adults are urged to attend. To register, contact Jim Wilson at (909) 239-7926 or by email: Second’s Gazette


Author By Rhonesia Tamar I have seen you bless me before The quest to get that type of blessing again Is not what you have for me. Author You have no desire for me to know To know your plan Just trust you, like watching a movie. My movie, Author that you create especially for me The star, you gave me to wash every blemish The lion of truth. You shared with me when you woke me up from the first dream created by my own hands .

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Eugene and Emelbra LeBlanc Redd


Say Good-Bye to Second Baptist Church

ver 15 years Emelbra Redd had an on-going Prayer Ministry here at Second Baptist. She led the Hospitality Ministry, Philemon Ministry ( coordinator for Angel Tree) and was active in the Follow-Up Ministry. Emelbra worked numerous hours for Angel Tree to ensure that children of incarcerated parents received gifts that were provided by SBC and friends for the communities of Monrovia, Arcadia, El Monte, Duarte and Rosemead. She stated “I have truly enjoyed my service and my prayer is that we, at SBC, together have reached man souls for Christ and that our work has not been in vain. She along with other members at SBC worked numerous hours to assist these children to attend Calicinto Ranch as well. Eugene assisted with cooking for the Brotherhood Laymen’s League which meets monthly and was also a member of the Hospitality Ministry. He greeted our church family, visitors and friends every Sunday. They will be missed and we will certainly look forward to their visits as they are promising to return as they travel back and forth. We pray that God will continue to bless them as they move forward and get to spend valued time with their 16 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Second’s Gazette

I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35 (NKJV)


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