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Second’s Gazette Second Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Orthodox Communion Bishop Wm. LaRue Dillard, PhD

Version 8—Issue 53 September 2013

925 So. Shamrock Monrovia, Ca. 91016

He appointed the moon for seasons; The sun knows its going down. Psalms 104:19 NKJV Call 626-358-2136 or 359-7188 Fax 626-357-2477 Email: / Visit us at:


God Is First At Second Baptist Church Nadine O. Harris, Founder/Chief Editor Tinisha McDonald, Administrative Mgr. Precious Flemings, Writing Editor Ferrari Y. Green, Production & Design

Contributing Consultants: Jessie Anderson Sherry Joiner Peggy LaBon Twyla McDonald Danielle McKay

Mission Statement Second’s Gazette serves as a monthly newsletter to inform congregants of valuable information happening on the campus of Second Baptist Church and in the community, as well as spotlighting individuals and events that edify our parish church. But most important, glorify the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

A Season of Glory


ow has come the glory season. Glory in the bountiful fruits of God's earth. Glory in the breathtaking multi-colored leaves of the trees. Glory in the invigorating smells of Fall. Even glory in the sparkling frost-blanket covering the grass and putting it to sleep for the winter. Glory, glory everywhere we look.

Children’s Church Staff: Christa Moreland Jaylyn A. Harris MyReeanna Wade Second’s Gazette is published and distributed monthly, every First Sunday, to provide the congregation with information about the Church, the Church Family, the Community, and the World. Contact:

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Cover Story

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Bishop’s Epistle

Page 4, 5 Dates/Spotlight Page 6, 7 Church Ministry News Page 8, 9 Celebration Pictures/Ads Page 10, 11 Blast/Footprints/Music 101/ Bookshelf/DVD Review Page 12, 13 Kid’s Pages/Community News

The Art of Being Be understanding of your enemies. Be loyal to your friends. Be strong enough to face the world each day. Be weak enough to know you cannot do everything alone. Be generous to those who need your help. Be frugal with what you need for yourself. Be wise enough to know that you do not know everything. Be open enough to believe in miracles. Be willing to share your joys. Be eager to share the sorrows of others. Be a leader when you see a path others have missed. Be a follower when you are shrouded by the mists of uncertainty. Be the first to congratulate an opponent who succeeds. Be the last to criticize a colleague who fails. Be sure where your next step will fall so that you will not stumble. Be sure of your final destination, in case you are going the wrong way. Be loving to those who love you. Be loving to those who do not love you, and they may change. But above all, be yourself.

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Whatever Problems You Are Facing, Hope and The Spirit of God Are One

Sons and Daughters of My Flock, I love you and I’m praying for you. My mind is focused on you and perhaps the problems you are possibly passing through. When considering what the Lord Christ says in His Word, it helps all of us. “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13). When saints are filled with the Spirit, we have hope. When we close off the flow of the Spirit and demand His power for our plans, hope is diminished and lost. This is the impact of the words in the text above. The Lord’s words to the Ephesians, prior to their Spirit Baptism, were bereft; “having no hope and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12). Even though Lady Betty and I are on vacation for a time of rest, my mind thoughts are upon you. The glory of being remade in Christ’s likeness, and living with Him forever is the hope that pulls us forward in a deathless life which nothing can destroy. I pray for you daily. Whatever life gives us, or takes away is a blessing if it breaks the bind of utilitarian (useful) hope that constantly disappoints us so that we can experience an ultimate hope that is sure as the Lord himself. What Jeremiah found new every morning (Jeremiah 3:23) is with saints every moment. For the Lord is not only our portion; He’s our power to hope! Amen. Until He Comes, I Am Serving Christ Joyfully, Bishop Dr. Wm. LaRue Dillard Parish under-shepherd


Walter McDonald MaKeo Green Derek Blow Tupac Robinson Justice Johnson Kaela Barnes Kaela Barnes Vaughn McClure Velma Pratt Terrence Williams Khalil Williams Ferrari Green Antwaine Caellan Shae Harris Marva Hogan Ebony Spicer Teressa Taylor

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Teacher’s Meeting with Superintendents and Director of Christian Education. September 14, 2013 10 a.m. First Floor Fannie M. Goodwin Bldg.



Terri Hardy-Levine Terri Hardy-Levine “A Doorkeeper in the House of the Lord”


erri has been a member of Second Baptist Church for a number of years. She resides in Covina, California with her husband, daughter, Ariel; and niece Keshia. During her tenure at SBC, Terri has served on the Usher Board, and has participated on a number of special programs. She said her greatest joy comes with involvement in community events for special causes at Second Baptist Church. Terri has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and is Post-Master General for the United States Postal Service at her local branch. Her proudest accomplishment was purchasing her own home as a single parent. Terri said that her best mentors were her father and mother, the late Bishop and Future Tolefree, who laid the spiritual foundation for her life. Her role model is her daughter Ariel, whom she said has studied and worked very hard to receive both her Bachelor’s of Arts and Master’s of Science Degrees. When asked how she uses her influence, as a Christian woman, Terri replied, “In the workplace of course, while leading my team and running the Post Office; and with my daughter Ariel and my niece Keshia. I want to influence them to be great women, especially women of God. When asked if given the opportunity to help people in world, what would she do? Terri said that she would educate all children. She said, “If you educate a child, this would create structure and stability in their lives.” We also wanted to know what a Post Master General, and an Usher do to unwind. Terri said that she listens to Gospel and Jazz music to relax and unwind; and she likes going to concerts and visiting museums. Both are happy places. With a sweet, quiet demeanor, this was a surprising fact to the person interviewing Terri, and probably for some of you too. Terri manages and supervises 100 employees. So you see, you can’t judge a person by appearance. One last thing Terri told the staff interviewer when asked about a “Dream Super Power.” She said that her Dream Super Power would be to “FLY.” Don’t worry Terri, because with all your years of service as a Doorkeeper in the House of the Lord, we believe that God is going to say, “Servant Well Done! Enter in and receive Your Reward,” which just might be a Pair of Wings. So Terri, on behalf of Bishop Dillard, Lady Betty Dillard, the Gazette Staff, and the entire SBC Family, we are proud to say congratulations to you for being our Spotlight recipient for this month’s issue of Second’s Gazette. Keep serving the Lord in your duties as an Usher. Amen!

Epiphany I was careful when trying to look at Him, I could not to be gazed upon, His Countenance is blessed, The rays of His Son cast a shadow this perfect Day, The Light of His Glory blinds my innocence, Cooled by His summer Breeze, Life appears to be rough on the outside, Yet the feel of it is so smooth, Hearing His melodic tones of joy tickles my ears, The flavor of Honey out of his Rock, so sweet I cannot sustain the taste, Giving all His peace, Too much to get, I am! There and here for me. I am! My support! Have I come this far by faith? If so, when I reached for Him, There is Love at the end of His rainbow. Eric M. Johnson


40 YEAR OF BLESSINGS!!! Purchase your space in the Second Baptist Church Souvenir Book by sharing a Prayer of Blessings, and well wishes from your business and others in the community that may want to congratulate Bishop on 40 years of leading SBC. Local businesses and the community are welcome to congratulate him by purchasing a space as he has served this community well. The examples on this page illustrate options to do so or design your own. To do this: Choose an Ad Option or design your own; fill out the Order Form on page 6 (forms in the church foyer and Fannie M. Goodwin foyer and the church office) and submit to: Second Baptist Church, Inc. Attention: Souvenir Book Committee, Nadine Harris 925 South Shamrock Avenue Monrovia, CA 91016 You may also scan via email to: Don’t forget to sign your order form and include a contact number or an email address if additional information is needed. Make All Checks Payable to Second Baptist Church, Inc. PLACE AN AD – SEE ANY SECOND’S GAZETTE STAFF MEMBER FOR DETAILS! Be a Part of Second Baptist Church History; Because His Glory, Is Our Story !!!

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By Twyla McDonald

What’s Your History


ho are you? What are your family’s origins? What is your ancestry? What’s our history as African Americans? These are questions that many of us may not know the answers to because we may not have mapped out our families lineage, or compiled a family tree.

Now imagine a world where you were unable to find any of this information because our history was not documented. This could have very well been the case had it not been for the influence of one man by the name of Carter G. Woodson. In September, 1915, Carter G. Woodson, known as the “The Father of Black History,” founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, which is now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). Mr. Woodson recognized that the history and the accomplishments of African Americans were going unnoticed and decided to start a movement to document our history. Born to former slaves in 1875, Mr. Woodson realized, while growing up, that securing a proper education was one way of making the most of one’s divine rights and freedoms. Although he did not receive any formal education until he was in his 20s. Mr. Woodson graduated from the University of Chicago with a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees. He also became the second African American to receive a PhD from Harvard University in 1912. Under Dr. Woodson’s pioneering leadership, the Association created research and publication outlets for Black scholars with the establishment of the Journal of Negro History (1916), and the Negro History Bulletin (1937) which garners a popular public appeal (Brown, 2011). Dr. Woodson initiated the Celebration of Negro History Week in 1926, which coincided with Fredrick Douglas’ and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays. In 1976, this celebration was turned from a week to a month long celebration which is now known as Black History month. ASALH view Black History month as the most important component of Dr. Woodson’s legacy. In honor of all the work Dr. Carter G. Woodson did to promote the study of African American History, an ornament, in his honor, hangs on the White House Christmas tree every year. As Christians, we should know our past, recognize our present, and look forward to our future because we know we will go to live with our Heavenly Father. As humans, it is beneficial to know our history so we can recognize the trends and patterns in order to not repeat them with our own families, or within our communities. But do not be consumed with your past, because your future with the Lord God is greater than you can imagine!



he services God does for His people are unparalleled; but what about the service we (His people) do for each other. God gave His Son for our salvation. He gave us His Spirit to dwell within us; to guide us, to protect us, and to tell us when we’re not doing His will.

Psalm 104:14 state: “He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, and vegetation for the service of man that he may bring forth food from the earth.” Revelation 2:19: “I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first.” There are so many “self-help” programs available in our society today because we are in desperate need of help! The ways that you can be of service to help people today are endless. We are required to do some type of service for someone else in our individual lives; and it’s hard to go through any given day without doing something for someone, and most of the times, it’s easy and very rewarding. It takes very little effort to lend a hand to someone and the satisfaction of being of service is like receiving a spiritual pay check. Service is very important to the body of Christ; and…“Only what you do for Christ will last.”


Tears unavailing, no merit had I, mercy had saved me or else I must die; sin had alarmed me, fearing God’s face-but now I’m a sinner saved by grace! ~Gray


ey SBC! Today I am brining you someone who is a part of a legendary gospel family, and who is from Detroit, Michigan. Her father is the pastor of Greater Emmanuel Institutional COGIC and her mother is a member of the Clark Sister. Yes, I am talking about Kierra “KiKi” Sheard.

Kierra is a CEO, a singer, and a songwriter. Her version of music is known as Urban Gospel with R & B. She has been singing since the age of six, and turned pro in 1997 when she debuted with her mom on her first solo album titled, “Finally Karen.” One of the songs you might have heard Kierra singing with her mom is called “The Will of God.” Kierra has been performing alone since 2004. Her goal is to reach young people through music. One of my favorite songs is “Praise Him Now.” Okay, for now, be blessed in the Lord and the fullness thereof. I am out! ~Danielle~


"Do not be afraid" appears 365 times in the Bible. Hmm, same amount of days in a year!


Spanish: Volver a la escuela

e all should be authors of our own books because keeping a journal is not only for teenage girls, it is for everyone. Journal writing is for anyone who has a thought, or an idea. And who said it has to be in writ-

ing? If you are an artist, draw a picture that sums up your day; a picture is worth a 1000 words and small children can do this with crayons. For Christians, this could be another way to channel what God is trying to tell us, and it would not be the first time He did this through divine inspiration. Here are some benefits for keeping a journal:

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English: Back to School

“Journaling A Book”

To record events in your life To archive your prospective To relieve stress To communicate with yourself To be your own author

The Chronicles of Narnia


onder-Works Productions brings the classic tales of C.S. Lewis to life in a 3 DVD set where Kids of all ages can enter the enchanting world of Narnia with talking animals, mythical creatures, and a heroic battle between good and evil. High quality performances and special effects fill almost 9 hours of viewing time. Although the stories never mention the word GOD, it depicts images of God, the life of Christ, and restoration to the household of faith. These are wonderful movie to watch with the entire family; everyone will enjoy them. The Chronicles of Narnia series (all DVD’s) can be purchased at any Target store, or order online.


12 Parish Members Bernice Holefield Gloria Blount Mother Deloris Bridges Mother Maylene Buckley Gregory White Chester Walls Mother Eldora Polk Mother Fannie Greene Brenda Warmsley


Grace Jordan Ursula Martin Matter Simpson


Earl Manning Frankie Platt

Non-Parish Members Erica Batie Darlene Cobb-Boone Barbara Brown

Derrick Sawyer John & Mary Scott General Smith

Elisa Brown

Precious Thompkin

Naha’s Brown

As summer ends - - - school begins! When you think about your health, are there some unhealthy habits that you should END; and other healthy habits you should BEGIN?

Donald Rosemond

Jospeh Brown Jr. Daniel Bruton

Willie Waters Patricia Ann Wilkerson

Deidra Butler Darryl Carr Cameron Carter

We are nine months into the year of 2013, so remember the following do's and don’ts; because it’s never too late to start with a Healthier you! Do control your weight Don’t smoke Do follow a healthy diet Don’t overuse over-the-counter painkillers Do get an annual physical exam Don't keep unhealthy, or toxic relationships Do exercise regularly Do talk to your family and know your family's health history Don't put off taking care of yourself until tomorrow, for tomorrow never comes Do manage you stress in a healthy way Do share kindness and the love of God with others Take charge of your health and learn what you need to do, and when you need to do it to keep your body running at tip-top shape. Healthy behaviors work far better than medicine at preventing illness. “Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take” (Proverbs 3:6 NLT). Be Healthy!

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Jessie Anderson, RN

Melanie Phillips Thomas Robinson Prayer List: If you, or someone you know is ill, the name (s) may be added by contacting Diakona Ellis Johnson: (909) 944-1635, or Elder Robert Craig: (909)463-1314, or the Church Office (626) 358-2136; Fax (626) 303-2477 Demmie Raysor (Donor Needed)

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The L.A. County Fair's End of Summer Concert Series, presented by Toyota, appears 20 nights of the Fair. Fair admission is not included in the price of concert tickets. A limited number of free assigned general admission concert tickets are given away at 3 p.m. on concert days at the ticket booth on Rose Lane. It's first come first served and all wishing a ticket must be present. Prices for nighttime entertainment: grandstand seating $19.50 to $25; side box seating $24 to $45; center box seating $27 to $55; floor seating $75 to $125. All acts and attractions begin at 7:30 p.m. and are subject to change without notice.

Charlie Wilson September 1st

SUPPORTERS Second Baptist Church Nadine O. Harris Tinisha McDonald Twyla McDonald Eleanor Harrison Mother Berdie Pulliam Mother Deloris K. Bridges Barbara Wilson Ferrari Green Dr. Precious Flemings Lady Betty G. Dillard Mother Mae Lean Buckley Melva Hill Emelbra LeBlanc Redd Barbara Jean Grant Shirley Towler –Hayes Mother Hortense Anderson Elder Robert Craig Cameron & J.P. Dixon

There is room for you too, Donate!

The Jacksons September 12th

Who: Los Angelenos two-legged and fours who want to “walk the walk” for homeless pets! What: A leisurely fundraising dog walk followed by a doggie-themed festival that include: pet contests, photos, treats for your dogs, fun activities, refreshments and more. Where: Woodley Park, 6350 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, California 91436

When: Sunday, September 15, 2013, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm 8:00 am - Check-in and onsite registration opens 10:00 am - Strut begins Why: To raise money for your favorite local animal welfare group (any of Best Friends’ local No More Homeless Pets Network Partners) or for Best Friends Animal Society, and to help bring about a time when there are No More Homeless Pets®. Registration Fees:

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Individuals: $30 ($35 day-of) Couples: $50 ($60 day-of)

Kids 12 and under with t-shirt: $20 ($25 day-of) Kids 12 and under without t-shirt: FREE


Marcus K. Green

BIBLIOGRAPHY U.S. National Library of Medicine & NIH. MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: Water in Diet. http:// Brown, K. (2011). Association for the Study of African American Life and History: Carter G. Woodson. Retrieved Wednesday September 14, 2013. Retrieved from woodsonbiosketch.html

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Pray, gentle stranger, tell me, if you know, Is this the spot where Jesus stopped to rest, Where heaven and earth met centuries ago, And little children were divinely blest?

I'd like to stand where little ones were brought To Him who, sitting, sandals in the dust, The sweetest lesson of the Bible taught: That hope of heaven is born of childlike trust. There comes from all that sacred history No sweeter picture to the human mind Than when, with little children on his knee, Deity, set in jewels, crowned mankind.


Laura Trabesara



$36.14 Did you know that Jesus is the English translation of the Greek name Lesus. Joshua is the English translation of the Hebrew name Yeshuah.

The trusting mother brought her infant there What though the wise disciples oft reviled? Ministry Leadership Diakona Larry Willis, Director


Diakona Ron Husband, Trinity Co-Director; Dr. John P. Harris, Jr., Trinity Co-Director Children's Music Ministry, Kathleen Dantzler; Includes Singing, Bells, and Drums

Operations Staff Ettie Pulliam, Renee Willis, Evelyn Jenkins, Dedicated Kitchen Staff, Parents & Volunteers

SECOND BAPTIST CHURCH, INC. Bishop Wm. La Rue Dillard, Ph.D Parish-Shepherd 925 South Shamrock Monrovia, C A

Worship Services Sunday Morning Services 7:45 AM & 10:45 AM Sunday School 9:45 AM Ordinance of the Lord’s Supper Celebration 4:45 PM Every First Sunday of the month, the Lord’s Communion Supper is served after the 7:45 am and 10:45 am worship services, if you are unable to attend the 4:45 pm service.

************************ Wednesday Services Bible Study, Prayer, Praise, and Testimonials at 10:45 AM & 6:45 PM Choir Rehearsals Every Tuesday and Thursday Evenings at 7:30 pm We Welcome You to Worship on Labor Day Weekend! As summer turns to fall, may the changelessness of God’s love bless and sustain us all.

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