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The Release of Pretty Poison: Seven Deadly Sins Last year during the Lenten Season I preached a series of sermons on the Seven Deadly Sins. I must admit that when the Lord inspired me to preach this series of sermons I was frightened, unsure, and doubtful that it would be effective. Little did I know that it would be a life changing series of sermons for our congregation as well as for myself. After completing the sermon series a vast number of St. Paulians encouraged me to put the series in book form for them and others to read. Understand, putting a sermon series in book form is a challenge in and of itself, unless perhaps you self publish. However, I sought out a publisher who would be interested in a series of sermons on the Seven Deadly Sins, which is a topic rarely heard, if at all preached in a Baptist church. However, I found an interested publisher and was asked, “What is an African American Baptist preacher doing preaching and wanting to publish sermons on the Seven Deadly Sins?” As many of you know by now, I like challenging myself, and the people I serve, to think broadly about our faith tradition both culturally and liturgically, thus, a book on the Seven Deadly Sins. This no doubt was quite a challenge but I can say that I am very grateful that I trusted God to work through me to deliver this series of sermons and to have them published. I thank you, St. Paul’s, for listening and rendering an abundance of positive feedback. And now, it’s here! On next Sunday, January 22nd I will hold a book signing after church. The book will be sold for $20.00 and I hope you will purchase a book or two or three for yourself and someone you know will enjoy reading this series of sermons. Regarding the book one of my colleagues said the following, which is also printed on the back cover: Dr. Wayne Croft has dusted off the medieval construction of the seven deadly sins and made it relevant for contemporary listeners—from the most dedicated of believers to the millennial “nones.” These sermons have been field-tested during (when else?) Lent, and are resources for preachers or for individual meditation. In each, a portion of Scripture is presented exegetically, with fascinating historical background provided. Through story, contextual connections, and masterful preaching, Croft powerfully reveals why each sin is toxic, preventing us from becoming all God intends us to be. He moves the listener beyond conviction to hope, as living virtues mirror the deadly sins, showing another path for living. Rev. Katie Day, PhD, Charles A. Schieren Professor of Church and Society at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia I remain in awe that I have been able to publish now my third book since being at St. Paul’s and am so grateful for your support. Join me next Sunday for the book signing of Pretty Poison: Seven Deadly Sins.

With Limitless Possibilities, Pastor Croft


“The Lord is in His holy temple…” Please enter the sanctuary in reverence. Please turn off all cell phones before entering the sanctuary

Order of Worship Sunday, January 15, 2017 – 10:45 A.M. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday Sister Sheila M. Cassidy Minister of Music and Worship Arts

Rev. Dr. Patricia Mitchell Worship Leader

Praise and Worship The Call to Worship The Hymn of Invocation

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Litany

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Minister Carol Hicks

The Hymn of Consecration . .“Battle Hymn of the Republic” . . Congregation 

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Contest Winners: Khai Landes Brown, Bryce Cooper, Hasan Dickinson, Isaac Dickinson, Claude Cooper


Greeting Our Visitors . Pastoral Emphasis .

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Hymn of Preparation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . “We don’t need another political uprising. We don’t need another conqueror on the scene. What we need is a special word, that will bond within our hearts. And give us direction from above. We need a word from the Lord A word from the Lord Just one word from the Lord Will move all the doubts And cause the sun to shine And give peace of mind Speak Lord, Speak Lord.”

The Ministry of Preaching Rev. Dr. Wayne E. Croft, Sr. Sermon in Honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Why Jesus Called A Man A Fool” Luke 12:13-21 

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The Call to Discipleship

The Ministry of Giving Offertory Prayer Trustee Wil Carter Receiving of Tithes, Offerings & 130th Church Anniversary Mortgage Liquidation Offering - [Walk-around] "We give thee but thine own. Whate’re the gift may be. All that we have is Thine alone. A trust O Lord from Thee.” Amen The Drum Major for Justice Presentation . . . Dr. Judith A. W. Thomas Recipient of Award: Dr. Levi Wingard and Mrs. Sandra Simmons Recessional

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Doxology “Praise God from whom all blessings flow, Praise Him all creatures here below. Praise Him above ye heavenly host, Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.” A-men, A-men, A-men Benediction.

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Sandra F. Powell-Simmons, MSW Sandra F. Powell Simmons is a dynamic, outstanding, visionary leader in Coatesville, who is making a significant contribution to the community. Her commitment and dedication to serving others is exemplified in her home, community, church and career. She is native of Midway, Georgia. Mrs. Simmons received a Bachelors of Science Degree from Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, NC and a Masters in Social Work from Jane Adams School of Social Work, University of Illinois, and Champaign, Illinois She was employed as Director of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Diversity at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Coatesville, PA for 30 years until she retired, January 3, 2014. In this capacity she managed the Veteran Integrated Network 4 Conflict Resolution/Mediation Program; EEO and Affirmative Employment Programs for Minorities, Women, Veterans and Persons with Disabilities and the Discrimination Complaint Process. During her tenure with VA, she initiated the Historically Black College and Universities Career Experience Intern Program. This program provided an opportunity for students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities to obtain temporary employment with the VA in their career field of study and eligibility to convert, with satisfactory performance to permanent employment. In addition, she designed the Conflict Management/Mediation program which afforded the employees an opportunity to mediate and resolve workplace and EEO disputes outside the protracted legal system. Ms. Simmons is a certified mediator; trained by the Atlanta Justice Center. Mrs. Simmons believes it is important to share her talents and give back to the community; thus she volunteers and actively supports the following organizations: Women’s League for Minority Education, NAACP, Housing Authority of Chester County, Coatesville Rotary and Mt. Tabor AME Zion Church She is the Founder and President of Women’s League for Minority Education. This nonprofit organization founded in 1978 has awarded over one hundred thousand dollars in scholarships and book grants to deserving high school graduates in Chester County to pursue higher education. She has served as a Housing Commissioner with the Chester County Housing Authority for the past 20 years. This agency is responsible for providing safe, decent and affordable housing to low income residents in Chester County. She was appointed by the Governor and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Lincoln University


Levi Wingard, Ed.D. Levi Wingard, Ed.D. serves as a Senior Advisor to the Education Board, Inc. At the Education Board, Inc., Dr. Wingard provides leadership for business development, client relations, and content-specific engagements. His areas of expertise include leadership development, strategic planning, teacher development, school reform, multicultural education, educational policy and non-profit board development. He is also the current Board Chairman of Trillion Communications Corporation and Stonebridge Bank. Dr. Wingard’s formal education includes a doctorate degree from Immaculate University in Educational Leadership; earned graduate degrees and professional certificates from the University of Pittsburg and Temple University; and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, where he was a member and captain of the varsity basketball team. The Wittenberg Alumni Association recently recognized Dr. Wingard with an Alumni Citation Award. The award is present annually to “alumni who have brought honor to Wittenberg by their exceptional accomplishments in which service to humanity is placed above personal gain or recognition”. Dr. Wingard has served as a public school teacher and administrator in Pennsylvania for 36 years. He began his career teaching mathematics and distributive education in Pittsburgh and McKeesport Are School District schools. His administrative experiences began as an assistant principal at Francis McClure Junior High School in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. After relocating to Chester County in 1975, he served ten years as assistant principal at West Chester East High School; four years as Principal of Downingtown Senior High School; eight years as Principal of Great Valley High School; two years as Assistant Superintendent in the West Chester Area School District; and three years as Director of Research & Development for the Chester County Intermediate Unit. He retired as Superintendent of the Downingtown Area School District in 2006. Dr. Wingard’s professional and past community accomplishments includes serving as a member and advisor to several boards and committees: Board Chair of the Chester County United Way; Board member of the Chester County Economic and Development Council; Board Member, Vice Chair and Gran-making Committee Chair of the Brandywine Health Foundation; Scholarship Committee Advisor for the Chester County Community Founddation and Advisor to the Wholistic Health Advocacy Institute CDC; and carious leadership roles with the St. Paul’s Baptist Church, including Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. Dr. Wingard and his wife, Marcy, have been married 47 years and currently reside in Downingtown. They are the parents of Leslie E. Wingard, Ph.D. and Jason M. Wingard, Ph.D. and his wife Gingi as well as the very proud grandparents of Jaelyn, Jaia, Jazze, Joye and Jaxen. She was appointed by the Governor and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Lincoln University


See you Sunday Mornings at 9:30 AM

Praise God the Provider Psalm 65 M: T: W: T: F: S: S:

DAILY BIBLE READINGS Rejoice During the Festival of Booths (Deuteronomy 16:13-15) God Forgives and Saves the People (Psalm 65:3-4) God’s Awesome Stabilizing Deeds (Psalm 65:5-8) Let All the People Praise God (Psalm 66:1-5) God’s Restoration of All Humanity (Isaiah 66:18-23) Sharing in God’s New Community (Acts 2:37-47) Thanks to God for Earth’s Bounty (Psalm 65:1-2,9-13)

CHILDREN’S CHURCH MINISTRY Children’s Church will meet on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sunday on the 3rd floor. Teen Church will meet on the 2nd and 3rd Sunday in the Fellowship Hall (if space is available).


Please view screens for other announcements Music & Worship Arts Ministry Rehearsal……….. January 17th

Youth Choir

6:15 PM

January 17th

Inspirational Choir

7:00 PM

January 19th

Male Ensemble

7:00 PM

 Anyone interested in joining the choir should contact the Minister of Music, ministerofmusic@stpauls.org or call the church office.  Anyone interested in joining the Audio/ Visual Ministry should contact Sonja Dickerson or call the church office.  You may purchase CDs & DVDs in the Deacon Room. Pennsylvania State Representative Ed Neilson (D-Northwest), announced the application process is now open for students to apply for the Pennsylvania House Scholarship Program. The program is open to graduating high school seniors who are Pennsylvania residents with plans to attend a Pennsylvania college, university or career school as a full-time student. Students must have attained a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade-point average in high school to be eligible. Other factors taken into consideration are a student’s commitment to community, leadership qualities, extracurricular activities and financial need. You can find the application for the scholarship program on State Representative Neilson’s website at www.pahouse.com/Neilson. The application deadline is March 1st and two (2) scholarships will be awarded.

Greetings St. Pau-

lians,

We would like to hear from you. As a value member of St. Paul’s, please give us any suggestions, feedback or opinions about our church. We have a suggestions box with forms in the atrium.


St. Paul’s Baptist Church & Community Partners Serve the Greater West Chester Area on Monday, January 16, 2017 @ 8:00 AM Honoring The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

AV Ministry

We are proud to announce that Phase 2 the upgrade of the audio and visual system in the Fellowship Hall has been completed. We can now offer quality sound, built in screens with HDMI (Laptop) capability, and more. If you are in need of using this equipment you must complete a Program/ Event Requirements form and submit at least 2 weeks in advance to the Church Coordinator.


Join the fun with the African American Ministry on the following dates: February 18th- “I Go on Singing”- Paul Robeson’s Life in his words and Songs at The Annenberg Center, Philadelphia Ticket Cost $30.00/person for Orchestra Seats Please make checks payable to St. Paul’s Baptist Church and give to Sheri Lawrence or Drema Benson if you are interested in attending this event. June 17th– The African American Museum in Washington, D. C. The cost of the trip is $40.00 and the bus will leave at 8:30am. Meals will be on your own at the museum. Please contact Sheri Lawrence, Denise Ray, Betty Ringgold and Greta Wilkerson if you are interested in attending this event.


THE HEALTH AND WELLNESS MINISTRY Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated(https://www.cdc.gov/ flu/protect/keyfacts.htm) each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. There also are flu antiviral drugs(https://www.cdc.gov/flu/antivirals/ whatyoushould.htm) that can be used to treat and prevent flu. 1. Avoid close contact. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick. 2. Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others. 3. Cover your mouth and nose. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. 4. Clean your hands. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. 5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth. 6. Practice other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

GET CHECKED in 2017 AND know your numbers: blood pressure, cholesterol, low density cholesterol, high density cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood glucose.


Celebration Activities at a Glance Jan 21—Musical Dinner Theater The Desmond Hotel 4PM Jan 22—Youth/Young Adult Service Minister Nicholas Christian, Guest Preacher Jan 23-25 —Church Revival Rev. Dr. Lester W. Taylor, 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 Doors open at 4PM ,Concert at 5PM featuring Maurette Brown Clark and Patrick Lundy & The Ministers of Music Jan 29—Anniversary Celebration and Mortgage Burning Service


A volunteer is needed to drive the Van to pick up children in West Chester for transport to the Palace Bowling & Entertainment Center In Downingtown for our 130th Church Anniversary Youth/Adult Ministry Family Fun Night to be held on Friday, January 27, 2017. Pick Up will be at 4:00 P.M.  Take Home will be at 9:00 P.M. Please contact the following if you would like to volunteer: Sister Marschell Lee, 484-374-7267 Brother Dave Durnell, 610-732-0655 

The U.S. Marine Corp Reserves is proud to recognize St. Paul’s Baptist Church for the outstanding support of the 2016 Marine Toys for Tots Program. Your generous contributions have enabled the Marine Corps to bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to America’s less fortunate children. Bob Lohr Coordinator , U.S. Marine Corps Reserve


Calling All Greeks From Alpha to Omega With the approval of Church leadership, we have been granted the opportunity to form an Inter – Greek Council of St. Paul’s members with the primary focus on Service as St Paul’s Ministries continue to fulfill the Pastor’s theme of ‘Limitless Possibilities’. If interested, please join me for an information session following Church service on Sunday January 22, 2017 in Room 306.

Calling All Parents Create more satisfying, productive relationships with your children Register for Family Empowerment Classes Classes Begin Thurs., Feb. 9, 2017 Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm Call: 610-692-2446 Email: stpaulswc@aol.com avis.james3@verizon.net St. Paul’s Baptist Church Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza One Hagerty Boulevard West Chester, PA 19312 *Child Care Provided *Classes for School-Age Children


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