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130th Anniversary Celebration Informational Packet

The Reverend Wayne E. Croft, Sr., D. Min, Ph.D. Senior Pastor

Celebration Activities at a Glance Jan 21—Musical Dinner Theater The Desmond Hotel 4PM Jan 22—Youth/Young Adult Service Minister Nicolas Christian, Guest Preacher Jan 23-25 —Church Revival Rev. Dr. James Perkins, Guest Preacher Jan 26—Day of Fasting and Prayer Jan 27—Youth/Young Adult Fun Night Bowling Palace & Entertainment Center, Downingtown Jan 28—Gospel Concert 5pm featuring Maurette Brown Clark and Patrick Lundy & The Ministers of Music Jan 29—Anniversary Celebration and Mortgage Burning Service Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Guest Preacher Founder and President Rainbow Push Coalition


The Desmond Hotel 1 Liberty Blvd. Malvern, PA 19355

Saturday, January 21

Minister Nicolas Christian

Youth / Young Adult Ministry Service

was born in Philadelphia, PA. He is the son of Terry and Anita Christian and the second youngest of six children. He is a member of Triumph Missionary Baptist Church in Philadelphia where the pastor is Dr. James S. Hall Jr. He was a member of the Choir, Jr. Deacon Board, and the Audio Visual Ministry. Min. Christian knew he was called by God at the age of twelve, but didn’t publicly surrender to Gods call to ministry until the age of twentyone. He was later licensed to preach by Pastor Hall. Min. Christian graduated from Bensalem High School with a full Basketball Scholarship to Philadelphia University, a Division II University coached by Basketball Hall of Fame Coach Herb Magee. Min. Christian graduated from Philadelphia University with Dean’s List honors. As a result of his hard work in the classroom, on the court, and as a public leader, Min. Christian was named the Commencement Speaker at his College Graduation. After completing his speech, Min. Christian received a standing ovation and was later ranked the 2014 #2 overall commencement speaker in the country by the National American Association of Commencement Officers (NAACO). Other names to round out the list included Stephen Katz, President Barack Obama, and the CEO of YouTube Susan Wojcicki. In addition to preaching and teaching the word of God, Min. Christian is currently a fulltime student at Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia. He is studying to earn his MDiv (Masters in Divinity). Min. Christian is a full-time Senior Operations Auditor at Fortune 50 Company Comcast/NBCUniversal in Center City Philadelphia. He has a long history of Community involvement including the Police Athletic League (PAL), the Crysto Rey program where he is a mentor, and religious participation in various community service events. His sole purpose on this earth is to serve God and believes “His Destiny is Greatness”. This is in line with the understanding that when you live in the favor and will of God, you may not see, or know where you’re going, but if God is leading, it will surely be a great destination. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me”.

Sunday, January 22

The Reverend Dr. James C. Perkins was ordained to Gospel Ministry in 1974. He has served as pastor of Greater Christ Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan for thirty-five years. He received his Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio (1990, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Fellow). In August 2014, he was elected 20th President of the Progressive National Baptist Convention. An internationally recognized minister, Dr. Perkins fulfills speaking engagements at churches, seminaries, and conferences across the United States and abroad. He is the author of Building Up Zion’s Walls: Ministry for Empowering the African American Family and Playbook for Christian Manhood: 12 Key Plays for Black Teen Boys, published by Judson Press (Valley Forge, Pennsylvania). His other writings, as well as profiles of his ministry and details of his community activism, have been included in both secular and Christian publications such as Black Enterprise, USA Today, Ebony, American Baptist, The AfricanAmerican Pulpit, several edited works published by Judson Press, and the best-selling Success Runs in Our Race by George Fraser.

Join us for Revival as Rev. Dr. James Perkins Greater Christ Baptist Church Detroit, Michigan brings us a powerful message that will revive our spirits, minds and souls! 7:00 pm St. Paul’s Baptist Church 1 Hagerty Blvd West Chester, PA 19382

Monday through Wednesday, January 23-25

Day of Prayer and Fasting Thursday, January 26—7:00 AM – 7:00 PM Most of us initiate our prayers with our goals in mind. What do we want out of this? When we start out this way, we block out possibly 90% of what God has to say to us or give us. Because we only want to hear and receive what we want, we limit the blessings far beyond our imagination because we refuse to let God reign over our vessels. We pause for one day to pray and fast for our church. This is what is known as a congregational fast found in 2 Chronicles 20 as well as intercessory prayer. We are interceding and asking God to guide us and open our eyes to the will of God for St. Paul’s, as well as, the direction God wants us to go in the years ahead, and to make clear the path we are to take. WHY SHOULD WE SET ASIDE THIS TIME TO FAST?  Fasting and Prayer combined can bring about a transformational revival in our church, the nation, the world, and our lives.  Fasting and Prayer can be a very powerful tool in seeking God. The ultimate purpose of the fast is not us the purpose is to hear from God. Fasting is a true way to sacrifice for God and humble ourselves to God and God’s voice (Psalm 35:13 and Ezra 8:21).  Fasting and Prayer is an act of worship and honoring. HOW SHOULD I PREPEARE FOR OUR FAST?  Pray before you fast. Ensure that you communicate with God and seek God’s guidance.  Ask God to help you examine your heart, detect and repent any unconfessed sins.  If your health is a question mark in your mind, consult a doctor before fasting, in order to ensure that all of your vitals are stable.  If you have severe medical maladies you should definitely have professional supervision while fasting  Decrease the amount of food that you eat a couple of days prior to the fast starting in order to prepare your mind, stomach and appetite for less food  The best way to choose the appropriate fast is to follow the lead of the Holy Spirit. Pray purposefully by identifying what specifically you want to pray for as it pertains to St. Paul’s.

TYPES OF FAST FOR ONE DAY A Normal Fast - This is where one abstains from all food, but not from water (Matthew 4:1-2). One drinks only water and fruit juice on this type of fast. Juice provides strength and gives you something to look forward to, which helps to alleviate the mental stress that comes from knowing that you are not going to eat that day. Orange or tomato juice is not recommended because of their acid content. The best juices are cleansers and should be taken in the morning while the vegetable juices are restorers and builders; they are best taken in the afternoon, and water keeps you hydrated. A Partial Fast - This limits food but is not abstention from all food. It may consist of omitting two meals, which in this case might be breakfast and lunch or lunch and dinner. One may also only eat fresh vegetables from 7:00 AM-7:00 PM. The Prophet Daniel with his three friends are examples of those who participated in partial fasts (Dan. 1:12). An Absolute Fast - This is the avoidance of all food and liquid for a period of time, in this case, for one day from 7:00 AM-7:00 PM. It is also called a supernatural fast; Deut. 9:9; Ezra 10:6; Esther 4:16 and Acts 9:9. This type of fast requires God’s supernatural intervention and is not repeatable apart from the Lord’s specific calling and miraculous provision. Be sure to try the Spirit by the Spirit (Jn. 4:1). It is not unusual for God to call one to an absolute fast. BEGIN - Choose one of the types of fast listed and remember fasting does not have to be abstinence from food. It can be your cell phone, social media, or whatever seems to control your day and will be a sacrifice to abstain from. Don’t choose any type of fast whether food or something else that is not a sacrifice. 7:00 AM – Pray for Submission to God; Read Romans 12:1–2 and Psalm 61:1-4 9:00 AM – Pray for Spiritual Growth; Read Hebrews 5:11-14 and 1 Peter 2:2 12:00 PM (Noon) – Pray God’s Will be Done; Read Ephesians 5:15-20 and Jeremiah 29:11 3:00 PM – Pray for your Church; Read Ephesians 4:1-15 and 1 Corinthians 12:12 -27 5:00 PM – Pray for your Pastor; Read Hebrews 13:17 and 1 Timothy 5:17 6:57 PM – Pray for God to hear and answer your Prayers; Read Matthew 6:9-13 and 2 Chronicles 7:14 End Your Fast but Don’t Stop Praying!

Youth/Young Adult Ministry







e e Fr Friday, January 27, 2017 6pm - 8pm

Palace Bowling & Entertainment Center 977 E. Lancaster Ave. Downingtown, PA 19335 2 hours unlimited bowling - rental shoes - 2 slices of pizza - unlimited soft drinks 

must secure a ticket to attend  limited tickets available

Contact Min. Mack to reserve your free ticket or 215-498-4147

Friday, January 27

Gospel Concert Saturday, January 28, 2017 5:00 PM Doors open at 4:00 PM Special Guest Artist Maurette Brown Clark “King oh King”, “Awesome God”, “I Just Want to Thank You”, “It Ain’t Over”, “One God” and more!

Patrick Lundy & The Ministers of Music

“Jesus is a Rock”, “Even Me”, “Standing”, “Take it to the Lord, in Prayer”, “Determined” and more!

Free will offering Saturday, January 28 of the great orators of American history.

130th Church Anniversary The Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. Founder & President Celebration Service Rainbow Push Coalition & “My work is a faith journey,” and “My passion Mortgage Burning is to expand the tent—make room for the rich, Sunday at 10:45 AM young ruler, and the man on the Jericho road. January 29, 2017

Many Americans have made Jesus into an American religious trophy. I’m into the Galilean Jesus, not the post-Constantine Jesus. I’m into the Jesus that was an ethnic minority, a subject of the Roman Occupation, a refugee to Egypt escaping genocide, a preacher to the poor, and someone who never stopped challenging the oppressive schemes of the ruling class. Jesus spent more time on policy than piety.” “Leadership is about reviving the spirit. Leadership rebuilds the infrastructure of people’s minds, because leadership comes in when people cease to believe.”

Sunday, January 29

Anniversary Booklet Ads Greetings on behalf of the 130th Anniversary Celebration Committee of St. Paul’s Baptist Church. As you know, our anniversary is approaching and we ask for your prayers as we continue to “Walk with Grace, Purpose and Praise” Please consider supporting by purchasing an ad or becoming a patron in our program booklet. EMAIL “PRINT READY” AD OR JPEG IMAGE TO Poor quality images will not be used and those submitted will be recognized as “Patrons” Make checks payable to “St. Paul’s Baptist Church” and place “130th Anniversary Booklet Ad” in the memo section. Deadline for submissions is January 6, 2017




Patron Names $3.00 (single name or Mr. & Mrs. same price)

Committee Sister Carol Anderson Sister Sheila Cassidy, Minister of Music & Worship Arts Jefferson Cooper, Youth Member Rev. Bethany McCabe Sister Gloria Thornton Sister Renee Washington Deaconess Carol Weaver Sister Sharon Webster Sister Aimee Wilson Deaconess/Trustee Irene Wilson Deacon Daniel Walker, Chair Deacon Elbert Wells, Vice Chair

130th Church Anniversary Informational Packet  

Informational Packet

130th Church Anniversary Informational Packet  

Informational Packet