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Voice of the Morning Morning Chapel CME Church 903 East 3rd Street Fort Worth, TX 76102 (817) 332-4842

morningchapel_cmechurch@yahoo.com

www.morningchapel.com Reverend Manuel Henderson, Pastor Rev. Russell O. Fuller, Presiding Elder Bishop Ronald M. Cunningham, Presiding Bishop

Schedule of Activities Sunday School – Sundays 9:30 am Morning Worship – Sundays 11:00 am Prayer / Praise / Bible Class – Wednesdays 7:00 pm

Voice of the Morning Committee: Editors–in–Chief: Shabra Watkins and Aisha Barron Layout Designer: Aisha Barron Writers: Althea Barron, Barbara Brown, Shauna Cass, Johnette Calhoun, Takiyah Evans, Linda Griffin, Katrina Jefferson and Acacia Nolen Photographers: Althea Barron and Christal Griffin

April 2009 Issue

Pastor’s Corner

By Rev. Manuel Henderson The Road to the Cross

In the Christian calendar year we are in the season of Lent. At the writing of this pastor’s corner, it is the week prior to Palm Sunday. As I prepare to preach this Sunday, my thoughts are focused on the drama that leads up to Easter. Palm Sunday is about Jesus’ last ride into Jerusalem, the Holy City, and brings into play the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9—the triumphant entry. The gospels tell us that Jesus rode into town on a donkey. Usually kingship is not generally associated with a lowly donkey, a beast of burden. Jesus sat on the colt with the mother donkey walking beside. If we compare Matthew’s gospel with that of the original prophecy of Zechariah, we discover some interesting facts. Zechariah’s prophecy opens with these words, “Rejoice greatly” but Matthew omitted this phrase and stated that as Jesus approached the city, He wept! Matthew also omitted “he is just, and having salvation.” Our Lord’s coming to Jerusalem was an act of mercy and grace, not an act of justice or judgment. He had salvation for them, but they refused to accept it (John 1:11). This colt had never been ridden (Mark 11:2), yet he meekly bore his burden. The presence of the mother helped, I suspect, but keep in mind that its rider was the King who had “dominion over…all the beast of the field” (Psalm 8:6-7). The second reason for this public presentation—it forced the Jewish leaders to act. When they saw the spontaneous demonstration of the people toward Jesus, the religious leaders concluded that He had to be destroyed (ref. John 12:19). The prophetic Scriptures required that the Lamb of God be crucified on Passover. This display of Jesus’ popularity incited the rulers to act. Continued on page 3

Inside this Issue: Pastor’s Corner ................................................................................................................................. 1 Church News 2nd Annual Men’s Day Celebration........................................................................................................2 Missionary News....................................................................................................................................2 DFW Region Usher of the Year March ..................................................................................................3 Fort Worth District Rozell Gray Honor and March..................................................................................3

Social Concerns................................................................................................................................ 4 Member Spotlight.............................................................................................................................. 5 Youth Spotlight.................................................................................................................................. 5 Health & Beauty ................................................................................................................................ 6 Recipe of the Month.......................................................................................................................... 7 Announcements & Events................................................................................................................. 7 Birthdays & Anniversaries................................................................................................................. 7 Morning Chapel Tidbits ..................................................................................................................... 8


Church News 2nd Annual Men’s Day Celebration By Nicholas Griffin

Calling all men, calling all men is what the men shouted again this past February to get things going for the 2nd Annual Men's Day Program. The men were charged with the task once again to raise $10,000 for the celebration. Each male of the church (young/old) was responsible for a financial asking to help reach the goal, and the rest would be raised via fund raisers. The men started off their fund raising efforts by having an after service dinner, consisting of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, chili dogs, chips, fries, drinks and a dessert. Brother Anthony Ward was on the grill flipping the burgers and lets just say that man put his foot in the burgers because they were mmm mmm good. The following Sunday the men had another after service dinner which consisted of baked and fried chicken, green beans, corn, and rice. Brother Jimmy Coleman worked his magic on the food. The only down fall on this sale was that the men ended up running out of dinners to sell, and were apologetic to those who were not able to get one. The next fund raiser on the agenda was the Men's Day Garage/BBQ Sale which was held on Saturday March 7th at the old Cowboys of Color Museum parking lot off of East Berry Street. The men started with several of old items that they were hoping to sell and get rid of to make money towards the goal. The men were successful with getting a good bulk of the items sold and some BBQ dinners sold as well. The next day, Sunday March 8, 2009, was the big celebration. Going into that day, the men felt very confident about their hard work and dedication would pay off. The church was blessed with songs from the Male Chorus and a great message delivered by one of Pastor Henderson's fraternity and line brothers Rev. James M. Taylor. He was not afraid to let the single ladies know that he was looking. Closed mouths don't get fed. The Men's day program kicked off at 4pm and was a great success. The church was full and the spirit of the Lord was ever present. The church was blessed by the Morning Chapel Male Chorus once again and also the Junior Male Chorus, who received a standing ovation for their rendition of "Cooling Waters". Next, the choir from Kirkwood kept the spirit in the church with their wonderful singing, and then Rev. Dr. Jerry Christian, Pastor of Kirkwood Temple blessed us with the word. The men were able to raise over $7,000 for the program. Overall the program and all the fund raisers were a success. The men definitely would like to thank all the women that helped out with the cooking, cleaning, garage sale, the program, donations and just for the love and support.

. Rev. Dr. Jerry Christian

The Junior Male Chorus

The Men’s Garage Sale

Missionary Corner By Johnnie Pearl Barron

Happy Easter! On February 15, 2009 The Fort Worth District Missionary President, Mrs. Emma Freeman held the annual Afro-American Tea here at Morning Chapel. This year, instead of a speaker, the Missionaries performed a The FTW District African American Tea Skit. “If Anybody Ask You Who I Am, Tell Them I Am a Child of God”. The skit was enjoyed by all. After the program, we dined on fresh fruit, cheeses, tea cakes, punch and tea. On March 8, 2009 Sister J.P. Barron and Sister Ester Menefee attended the Church Women United World Day of Prayer at University Christian Church. The Executive board was held in Jackson, Mississippi. Pastor Henderson was in attendance along with Sisters J.P Barron and Beverly Washington. Sis. Washington also participated in one of Sis. Washington as Delilah the programs called “Bad Girls of the Bible”. She portrayed Delilah. Saturday March 28, 2009, The Western Prayer Breakfast was a success. It is all Bishop thanks to your support. Bishop Cunningham brought a dynamic message Cunningham entitled “The Best of Times, The Worst of Times is Yet to Come.” He delivered & Lady Clarice at the three points: Hope, Faith in God and Faith in the Future. They were all thought Pastor Henderson and Sis. Western provoking, inspiring and enjoyed by all. A variety of baskets were given to Doretha at the Western Prayer Prayer Breakfast Breakfast some 30 plus attendees. 2


Fort Worth District Stewardess Annual Rozell Gray Honor and Awards March

Pastor’s Corner continued from page 1

The people acclaimed Jesus as their King both by their words and their deeds. They shouted “Hosanna” which By Vernice Coleman is literally translated, “Save now!” Keep in mind that Our March was held on March 22, 2009, 4:00 P.M.  this Passover crowd was composed of at least three at St. Paul CME Church, Cleburne, Texas (Rev. Alton  groups: the Jews who lived in Jerusalem, the crowd from Boatner, Pastor and local President Mrs. Faye Clay).   Galilee, and the people who saw Jesus raise Lazarus We  were  greeted  with  Love  and  appreciation  for  from the dead (John 12:17-18). Sharing the news of this traveling  South.    Rev.  Boatner  was  the  Messenger  miracle undoubtedly helped to draw such a large crowd. for the hour. He was presented to the Congregation  The people wanted to see this miracle-worker for by  our  great  Elder,  Rev.  Russell  O.  Fuller  Sr.  The  themselves, so they joined the parade. Holy  Spirit  took  charge  in  a  Mighty  Way.    He  Jesus is the true King, and here he receives a taste of delivered  an  attention  grabbing  Message  entitled   the proper reception he ought to be afforded. However, “Stay  In  the  Game”.    He  reminded  us  of  God’s  it is short lived, and his humiliation will follow swiftly. Outrageous Love, and that because of the Blood of  The people that cheered him on only got a glimpse of his Jesus, we are Pre‐approved!  greatness, but since the life he offers to them includes Our  Award  recipient  for  2009  was  Mrs.  Faye  Clay.   the way of the cross, and does not bring reward without She  was  surprised,  happy  and  overwhelmed.    The  suffering, he will be rejected. Palm Sunday offers us an Tribute  in  Song,  “Give  Me  My  Flowers”  was  opportunity to remember the Cross before we celebrate beautifully  rendered  by  none  other  than  our  own  the Resurrection. Song Bird, First Lady of the Fort Worth District, Mrs.  The Jews did not recognize Jesus as their King. The Sharon Fuller.  people were caught up in spiritual blindness. So what We were happy to have in attendance some of our  caused their spiritual blindness? I’m glad you asked. local  Pastors,  First  Ladies  and  our  Patron  Minister,  For one thing their religious leaders had robbed them of Rev. Patricia Mc Williams. I was most happy to have  the truth, their own Word, and had substituted manmy  Pastor, Rev.  Manuel  Henderson  and  First  Lady,  made traditions. The religious leaders were not Mrs.  Doretha  Henderson  in  attendance  supporting  interested in truth; their only concern was with the Stewardesses.  protecting their confession. Even our Lord’s miracles We  also  had  in  attendance  several  Stewardess  did not convince them. (Jn. 12:35ff). Spouses  with  big  smiles  and  encouragement.  A  The road to the cross has its baggage. Nevertheless, it beautiful  Reception  was  held  for  all  guests  is the road that leads us to eternal life. On this road following our Program.   there is loneliness, disappointment, temporary fame that leads to the cross, suffering and death, but if we are careful to trust in the Lord as we journey toward Jerusalem—The Holy City, God will meet us in that City one of these days and land us safely on Canaan’s side. By Aisha Barron  

DFW Region Usher of the Year March

Every year all the ushers from the DFW Region get together to recognize one another. This year was no different. Sunday, March 15, 2009, the DFW Region ushers held their Annual Usher of the Year March. The program began with the littlest Ushers marching in followed by the more experienced. Our very own Rev. Manuel Henderson was the messenger for the evening and he was on fire. He delivered a dynamic message. Once the evening service was over, all the churches recognized their Local Usher of the Year and Presented them with Certificates. For our church the recipients were a grandmother and granddaughter duo, Sister Annette Young and her granddaughter Trinitee Young. Congratulations.

Yours in the Ministry of Christ

Pastor Manuel Henderson

New Arrival! We are proud to announce Morning Chapel’s Newest Addition! Krysti Young and Michael Dawson Jr. welcomed a baby girl named Morgyn Veola Dawson. She was born Friday, March 13, 2009 at 8:58 am. She was 6 lbs. 13 oz. and 18 in. long. 3


Social Concerns 

by Takiyah Evans

WEATHERING THE STORM: SEVERE WEATHER If your idea of preparing for severe weather is stashing an umbrella in the trunk, well, this section is for you. Those who have experienced a tornado or a flash flood first-hand will tell you just how serious and devastating severe weather in North Central Texas can be. The good news is that most weather can be predicted. The bad news is that many weather-related deaths still occur each year in North Central Texas despite advance warning. The first step to being prepared is realizing that severe weather can happen at any time—and it can happen to you. Each year, Americans cope with an average of: • 10,000 thunderstorms • 2,500 floods • 1,000 tornadoes • 6 deadly hurricanes In North Central Texas, from 1996 to 2005: • 9 tornadoes per year • 207 severe thunderstorm events (large hail, damaging winds) per year • 53 flash flood events per year

Severe Thunderstorm & Lightning Thunderstorms can be exciting to watch, especially from the safety of your warm, comfy couch. Besides staying dry, here’s another good reason to stay inside (and off the phone)—lightning kills more people each year than tornadoes. Since every thunderstorm produces lightning, you need to be prepared! Flash floods and hail are also dangers associated with thunderstorms. One one-thousand, two one-thousand, KABOOM! By counting the seconds between the flash and the thunder and dividing by five, you can estimate your distance from the strike (in miles).

Thunderstorm Facts • • • •

In North Central Texas, most thunderstorms happen in the afternoon. Thunder and lightning can sometimes even come with a snowstorm! At any moment in time, over 1,800 thunderstorms are occurring around the world—that’s 16 million a year! The typical thunderstorm is 15 miles in diameter and lasts an average of 30 minutes.

Severe Thunderstorm and Lightning Safety Tips: • • • • •

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If you can hear thunder, you’re close enough to be struck by lightning—find safe shelter immediately. Move to a sturdy building and stay away from the windows (don’t take shelter in a shed, under isolated trees or in a convertible vehicle). If a sturdy shelter is not available, get inside a hardtop vehicle and keep the windows up. Get out of boats and away from water. Unplug appliances and avoid using the telephone except in an emergency


Every month we will “Spotlight” a member of our church.

The person spotlighted is randomly selected.

Freddie L. Nolen, III What a great day it was when Morning Chapel received 2 new Church home since relocating from Tennessee and found us.

Mr.

Freddie Nolen, III is our spotlight member of the month. He is a native of Memphis, Tennessee and an only child. He attended the University of Tennessee and received his degree in Engineering. He and his bride, Acacia, were married in November 2000 and have 2 beautiful children, Freddie, IV and Elena Acacia. The Nolens met in college and began dating in 1997. Freddie has several hobbies that include video games, softball and basketball. He also carries a 40GB iPod loaded with good music! As we all know, Freddie is a great singer and can easily give us one of Fred Hammonds’ classics! One thing we may not know about Freddie is that when he was a freshman in college, he once flew a plane! We didn’t even know he was interested in flying planes. One of Freddie’s long term goals is to

Member Spotlight By Shabra Watkins

members! Mr. and Mrs. Freddie Nolen, III were in search of a new

retire debt free. (I think we all want that Freddie). The entire Nolen family has been a joy to have here at Morning Chapel. We are thankful that in 2001 he got lost looking for the Fort Worth Library downtown and saw Morning Chapel. Our church family was glad to receive the Nolens and we are grateful for their dedication to all of the Ministries here at Morning Chapel. We pray that you and your family are richly blessed in all of your endeavors.

Youth Spotlight

By Barbara Brown

Ethan Thomas Bell Our monthly spotlight youth for this month is Master Ethan Thomas Bell. The middle son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin and Angela Bell. His siblings are, older brother Terrence Bell and baby brother, Evan Bell. Ethan was born November 30, 2001 and is 7 years old. He is currently in the first grade at Fellowship Christian Academy. Ethan has been an A & B honor roll student all year. Ethan is a high scorer for the first, second, third, and fourth Basketball teams at FCA. Ethan's School teacher is Ms. Buggs. His best and favorite subject is Math. Ethan has a nickname. He is called ET by family and friends. Ethan wants to be a Financial Banker when he grows up. Ethan still has a while before making the decision about what college to attend, but he does know that he is definitely going. That’s an honor in itself. His hobbies are playing video games, basketball, baseball, watching movies, and singing. We hear you singing in church Ethan. Keep up the good work. His favorite type of music is Hip-Hop. His favorite music artist is Michael Jackson. His favorite movie is Beverly Hills Chihuahua. His favorite food, according to his Mom, is a double cheeseburger and fries. Ethan's wonderful grandparents are Mr. Thomas Jefferson and his late wife Ms. Juanita Jefferson, who was a jewel to Morning Chapel C.M.E. Church. (We miss you Ms. Jefferson). Ms. Beatrice Kay and the late Mr. Robert Kay. Mr. Alvin and Ms. Alice Bland. His great-grandmother, Ms. Patricia Evans, is a faithful member of Morning Chapel Church. Ethan you are yet young, but hang in there, man. God is continually on your side. We all wish you the best as you are growing up, and in life. 5


By Johnette Calhoun & Althea Barron

The Up and Downs of Bipolar

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Bright Ideas

Everyone has feelings of happiness and sadness. The spring season has arrived. It is now time to brighten However, for someone with bipolar disorder, these feelings take on an extreme form. They have mood up your look. Your skin tone may have changed due to the swings, ranging from very high (mania) to very low change of the season. You may need to do a color (depression). These ups and downs are often too much for a person to handle and can interfere with daily analysis. The best way to analyze your skin tone is to use life. Sometimes, these extreme emotions can even be a sponge with your current foundation, stroking the bridge dangerous. Bipolar disorder is a lifelong condition, but it can be effectively managed. of your nose or just below your cheek-bone. Sometime Causes of bipolar disorder you might just need to change the sponge that you are Currently, the cause of bipolar disorder is not fully known. Scientists believe that family history plays a using. (It might be time to change out your foundation). large role in the development of the condition. Most people diagnosed with bipolar disorder also have a Now that you have the right foundation, a splash of color relative with the condition or with some similar form could be just what you need this spring. According to of mood disorder. Scientists also believe that special chemicals in the celebrity make-up artist Michael Marcus, the look for the brain may be involved in the condition. This chemical spring is vibrant eye colors. Visit or call your beauty imbalance can cause the brain cells to work differently than they should, which may be the cause consultant to try the vibrant colors. You can also use a of the rapid mood swings. concealer under your eye shadow - it will make your eye Bipolar disorder often starts in teenagers or young adults, but there have been cases in children and color more vibrant. Remember vibrant color is just what older adults, as well. you need to add a splash of color to your spring –time Symptoms of bipolar disorder The most common signs and symptoms of bipolar look. disorder involve disturbances in emotions or feelings. The following signs may indicate bipolar disorder and Scarf Wearing Tip should be discussed with a doctor: ƒ Experiencing extreme or frequent mood swings ƒ Undergoing periods of time when thoughts are racing through the mind ƒ Getting less sleep but not feeling sleep deprived ƒ Having close relatives who have depression or bipolar disorder Bipolar disorder treatment There are many medications available that will help bipolar disorder patients manage their conditions, allowing them to lead full, happy lives. There are three common types of treatment: ƒ Medication – Types of bipolar disorder medicines include mood stabilizers, antidepressants (such as Buproprion) and antipsychotics. These medicines can be used alone or with others. ƒ Therapy – Therapy sessions, either one-on-one with a counselor or in group settings, can help patients learn about themselves and get feedback and support from others. ƒ Education – Self-care is about taking an active role in the management of bipolar disorder. Patients should learn about the condition, track their moods and learn what triggers these mood swings so they can be avoided. Childhood bipolar disorder Evidence shows that bipolar disorder in children may be different and possibly more severe than adult-onset bipolar disorder. It has been described as a continuously or rapidly cycling state of disruptive disorders, including signs of conduct disorder (CD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A child with bipolar disorder may continuously feel irritable, moody or depressed. Children showing the above symptoms should be evaluated by a doctor right away, especially if bipolar disorder runs in the family. Medications can be prescribed to lessen the symptoms, and an accurate diagnosis is the first step to properly managing the disease. Source: WebMD


Events for April 2009 Friday & Saturday,

District Spring Convocation and

April 3 & 4, 2009:

Reporting Meeting

Friday, April 10, 2009:

Young Adult Praise Night

Friday, April 10, 2009:

Good Friday

Saturday, April 11, 2009:

Easter Program Practice and Egg Hunt

Sunday, April 12, 2009:

Easter

Sunday, April 12, 2009:

Mission Beyond USA Offering Sunday

Saturday, April 18, 2009:

DFW Missionary Children, YYA Retreat, Christian Chapel

Sunday, April 19, 2009:

Women’s Day Celebration

Saturday, April 25, 2009:

Computer Class

Sunday, April 26, 2009:

Connectional Missionary Day April Birthdays

April 3

Juanita Thompson

April 7

Eula Caldwell

April 8

Terence Bell

April 18

Chester Johnson, Sr.

April 18

Gabrielle Lewis

April 18

Nellie Lewis

April 20

Danielle Jones

April 23

Shabra Watkins

April 28

Anthony Dangerfield, Sr.

April 28

Joe Washington And Anniversaries

April 3

Hattye & Waymon Allen

April 11

Mattie & Leonard Roberts

April 14

Chester & Cynthia Johnson

April 21

Pete & Melissa Cook

Have an Article you want Published? If any Member, Board or Auxiliary is interested in submitting an article to be published in the Voice of the Morning newsletter, please contact Shabra Watkins or Aisha Barron. All articles should be submitted no later than the last Wednesday of the month to be published in the next issue. The articles must be submitted in electronic format and emailed to the Editors at morningchapel_cmechurch@yahoo.com If you are interested in being a member of the newsletter committee, please contact the editors.

Recipe of the Month Angel Chicken Pasta Ingredients: • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves • ¼ cup butter • 1 (.7 ounce) package dry Italianstyle salad dressing mix • ½ cup white wine • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed golden mushroom soup • 4 ounces cream cheese with chives • 1 pound angel hair pasta Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). 2. In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in the package of dressing mix. Blend in wine and golden mushroom soup. Mix in cream cheese, and stir until smooth. Heat through, but do not boil. Arrange chicken breasts in a single layer in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Pour sauce over. 3. Bake for 60 minutes in the preheated oven. Twenty minutes before the chicken is done, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a rolling boil. Cook pasta until al dente, about 5 minutes. Drain. Serve chicken and sauce over pasta. Serves 6

Submitted by Linda Griffin

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Easter Word Search

MORNING CHAPEL TIDBITS by Acacia Nolen

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