The Gospel Truth June 2022

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JUNE 2022


Dear God: Dear God,

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When it comes to productivity, these little things make all the difference. By Suzanne Winchester

Somerset Maugham once quoted, “The unfortunate thing about this world is that good habits are so much easier to give up than bad ones.” In the process of living with bad habits, your physical and mental health also get compromised along with wasting your time and energy. In general, habits are difficult to break because they are deeply wired due to constant repetition into your brains. It is clear that bad habits are patterns of behavior and it is the breaking of patterns that are the key to breaking bad habits themselves. Today, productivity is required in every sphere of life, be it professional or personal. Sitting at your workplace and compulsively doing things (or not doing things at all for that matter) that prevent you from giving your best is certainly a productivity killing spree. Similarly, indulging in activities that give you nothing but momentary pleasure at the expense of your personal relationships is a productivity killing bad habit for sure. Hence it is important for you to beware of the following bad habits that can hamper your productivity.

Failing to Prioritize

Prioritizing your tasks and attempting them accordingly by strictly sticking to the plan is the shortest route to productivity. However, this is hardly ever done. You must be clear of your priorities and goals. Many people have a notion that having multiple goals is more pragmatic way of ensuring success. In other words, if one idea doesn’t work, so what! There are more in reserve. The fact is goal setting is not a trial and error practice, it needs conviction. The more you will waver in your conviction, the more unproductive you will become. In

order for you to become productive in every sphere in your life, you must have a clear vision for it.

Procrastination

One of the biggest killers of productivity is procrastination. By definition, procrastination is simply delaying or postponing something important. Not only that, it is the practice of doing less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones. Procrastination usually results in sorrowful regrets because when work gets piled up it creates a lot of stress, which in turn is a huge hindrance in being productive. Procrastination sets off a vicious cycle – you fail to meet deadlines, which create unbearable stress impacting your productivity severely. Thus, to eliminate procrastination, you need to ask a few questions to yourself: • What are your urgent tasks that need to be done? • Why are you doing something that you shouldn’t? • What are the possible consequences of lack of performance?

Multitasking

If you believe multitasking makes you more productive then you are grossly wrong. On the contrary, it drains your productivity. Many people try to perform multiple tasks at one time feeling as though it is a superhuman effort. But the truth is attempting all those tasks simultaneously increases the possibility of performing all of them poorly because of your divided attention. According to research only 2 percent of people can multitask effectively, while the remaining 98 percent of people are hampering their productivity without even realizing it. The problem with multitasking is you partially focus on a single task, while giving the majority of your focus on switching all these tasks. So it is better to finish one thing at a time and move on to the next one.

Not Avoiding Distractions

Failing to avoid distractions can directly have a negative impact on your productivity and efficiency. Distractions drag you away from your work even if they last for a short period of time, and if you keep getting distracted, your performance gets badly affected. Although it is not easy to always stay on task when you need to work for hours, but staying laser-focused can do the trick for you. So, how to keep distractions at bay? Well, social media is the biggest culprit of all, followed by emails, messages, and smartphones. According to a research conducted by University of California, Irvine, it takes an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get back to a task after being interrupted. So, stopping notifications, staying away from social media, and using your smartphone less often can help you eliminate distractions.

Improper Routine

Following an improper routine is a habit that stays with you for a long time and if unchecked, strips all of your energy away. For example, bad sleeping habits, skipping exercise, snoozing unnecessarily, eating too much junk food, etc. If for some reason you are following a routine of doing whatever you feel like, you are not going to get anywhere. A healthy and proper work routine is essential to getting your mind into productive gear. Instead of rushing around not sure what to do next or what needs to be done, how about setting a up a system to keep track of everything? Setting up a solid daily routine is a little bit art and a little bit science. The science is figuring out what you need to get done; the art is figuring out when to do it.



A common misconception about skin cancer is that, because their skin contains a higher amount of melanin, African-Americans and people with darker skin don’t have to worry about exposure to the sun’s radiation. While it is true that skin cancer is far less prevalent in dark-skinned populations, experts say anybody can be at risk for the disease. Skin cancer among black people makes up only one to two percent of all cases of cancer in the U.S. according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, while Hispanic and other darker-skinned populations represent four to five percent of all cases of cancer. “Everybody is at risk for developing skin cancer,” says Naiara Abreu Fraga Braghiroli, M.D., Ph.D., a dermatologist at Miami Cancer Institute who specializes in skin cancer treatment that uses the latest technology to monitor and diagnose high-risk patients. “Yes, darker skin has more natural protection from higher amounts of melanin – equivalent to an SPF13 sunscreen, essentially – but they are still at risk of developing skin cancers. Dr. Braghiroli says there are five things people of color should know about skin cancer: 1. Practice Self-Exams: Dr. Braghiroli says that 75 percent of skin cancers diagnosed in people of color are in areas that are not exposed to the sun, such as the palms of the hands, nail beds, soles of the feet, inside the mouth and/or the genitalia area. Due to the locations of these skin cancers, there is a higher mortality rate for people of color as diagnosis is often delayed. As such, self-exams are extremely important.

Dr. Braghiroli recommends conducting a self-exam at least once a month. Use a mirror, she says, and have a partner help you, if possible. “Pay close attention to areas not exposed to the sun, looking for new black/ brown areas, asymmetrical moles, open wounds that don’t heal, and old scars that develop open wounds.” In addition to self-examinations, Dr. Braghiroli advises an annual screening by your dermatologist, whose trained eye may catch any spots you might have missed. People with higher risk factors should be screened more often, she says. 2. Always Use Sunscreen: While people of color are less at risk for skin cancer caused by UV radiation, it’s important that they protect their skin nevertheless. Sunscreen use can also protect people of color against hyperpigmentation, according to Dr. Braghiroli. She advises using a mineral-based sunscreen containing zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. “Mineral-based sunscreens work like a shield, sitting on the surface of the skin and deflecting the sun’s harmful rays,” she explains. The old mineral sunscreens would appear as a white coating, which could create a chalky appearance on people of color. Dr. Braghiroli says that sunscreen formulations have evolved over the years and that today’s sunscreens are far superior, with some mineral sunscreens even offering a tinted color to match various skin tones. Dr. Braghiroli advises using a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30. “Most people under-apply the correct amount, which is


equivalent of one teaspoon for face, one for the chest/ abdomen, one for the back, one for each arm and two for each leg,” she says. “Consider going with a higher SPF sunscreen and if you’ve been swimming or sweating a lot, make sure you reapply every 80 minutes. 3. Understand the Signs/Symptoms of Melanoma: According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, “the estimated five-year melanoma survival rate for blacks is 67 percent versus 92 percent for Whites.” Additionally, people of color are more at risk for developing Acral Lentiginous Melanoma (ALM), which often appears in hard-to-spot places in the form of black or brown areas. “Early detection is key in curing melanoma,” Dr. Braghiroli says, “so if you do find an unusual spot, changing mole or a wound that doesn’t heal, you want to see your dermatologist right away.” 4. Know Your Risk and Family History Individuals who have 3 or more first-degree relative diagnosed with melanoma are at a higher risk of developing melanoma themselves, according to Dr. Braghiroli. “Know-

ing your family history is very important,” she says . Additional risk factors to be mindful of are having a lot of moles (more than 50), scars from a previous trauma, and chronic/open wounds. “People who have HPV, smokers, has an autoimmune disease or who are immunosuppressed are also at greater risk for developing skin cancer,” she says. 5. Be Sun Smart: With skin cancer the most common type of cancer in the United States, it’s important to take preventative measures to protect your skin when outdoors for any length of time. Dr. Braghiroli says those precautions include avoiding peak sun exposure hours between 10am and 2pm – “Maybe let’s say 4pm here in Miami, where the sun’s rays are so much stronger than in northern latitudes,” she says – and wearing Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) clothing, hats and sunglasses to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

A SPECIAL NOTE FROM YOUR CHILD Dear Mom and Dad: Please remember that my hands are small; do not expect perfection whenever I make a bed, draw a picture, or throw a ball. My legs are short; slow down so that I can keep up with you. My eyes have not seen the world as yours have; let me explore it safely; do not restrict me unnecessarily. Housework will always be there; I am little only for a short time. Take time to explain things to me about this wonderful world, and do so willingly. Remember that my feelings are tender. Treat me as you would like to be treated. I am a special gift from God; treasure me as God intended you to do - holding me accountable for my actions, giving me guidelines to live by, and discipline me in a loving manner. I need your encouragement to grow. Go easy on the criticism; remember you can criticize the things I do without criticizing me. Give me the freedom to make decisions concerning myself. Permit me to fail, so that I can learn from my mistakes. Then someday I will be prepared to make the decisions life will require of me. Do not do everything for me; that makes me feel that my efforts did not measure up to your expectations. I know its hard, but don’t compare me with my brother or sister or other children you may know. Take me to Sunday school and church regularly, setting a good example for me to follow. I enjoy learning more about God. Thank you for loving me and for doing the very best you can.


Reverends

By: Zachary Rinkins

“The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice, and he who begets a wise child will delight in him.” - Proverbs 23:24 New King James Version

him. That’s just how much he means to me.” The younger Jackson’s upbringing counters an old, unproductive narrative that says Black fathers aren’t present. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data reveal that the majority (2.5 million) of Black fathers live with their children versus the 1.7 million who do not. The elder Jackson, the senior pastor of Second Baptist Church in Richmond Heights, shares his son’s sentiment.

In too many–often stereotypical–instances, the concept of great, present Black fathers can appear elusive. Research from various sources helps develop a more precise portrait of positive Black fatherhood. For Alphonso Jackson, Sr., and his namesake, Alphonso, Jr., their relationship enjoys a multi-generational foundation built on an enduring love of Christ, family, and ministry. “I love my son. I’ve never seen a little boy that wanted to be more like “My relationship with my father his father than that young man,” is public and passionate. I love Al- Jackson, Sr. says. “We have always phonso Jackson, Sr.,” beams Al- had the greatest relationship.” phonso Jackson, Jr., executive pastor of New Shiloh Missionary Baptist Josh Levs, author of “All In - How Church. “God knows it, the devil Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, knows it, and people know it. My Families, and Businesses--And How entire life has been trying to be like We Can Fix It Together” (Harper-

One), wrote a chapter called “How Black Dads Are Doing Best of All (But There’s Still a Crisis)”, to debunk the myth of the absent Black father. Levs shared further CDC data revealing Black fathers (70 percent) were more likely to have bathed, dressed, diapered, or helped their children use the toilet every day than their white (60 percent) and Hispanic (45 percent) counterparts. The Jacksons enjoyed quality at home and in ministry. The elder Jackson fondly recalls, “we were always together.” “I’ve always wanted to be a preacher, primarily because my dad was a preacher,” Jackson, Jr. says. “As a result, I’ve always been in love with the church as an institution and a body.” “When I was a kid, my mom could not punish me by taking away sports or TV. The only punishment that would work on me as a kid was to


tell me that I couldn’t go to revival or church.”

Arthur, always acknowledged and supported Junior’s gift. Jackson, Sr. made room for his son as a youth The senior Jackson confirms this pastor and,eventually, assistant pasrecollection and concedes that his tor of Second Baptist Church, as his namesake was the beneficiary of father did for him nearly 30 years many instances of paternal inter- before. He committed to himself vention. that he would not suppress his son’s gift. “It is so ironic. Today, they punish kids by making them go to church. “When Al Junior was here with me, But, you punish him by not let- I poured into him. I tried to help deting him go to church,” Jackson, Sr. velop him, even though I knew that chuckles. “I did not want to take the eventually, it would mean him leavchurch away from him.” ing,” Jackson, Sr. shares. “I’d rather train him and lose him, than not He fondly remembers performing train him and keep him. I’d rathministry and having a regular com- er do that than him not being prepanion with him. pared.” “He [Alphonso, Jr.] wanted to go everywhere I went. He wanted to go to revivals, trips, workshops, and conventions. He wanted to go, and I would take him,” Jackson, Sr., adds. “His mother would dress him just like me. He had his own little trench coat, just like me. God gave that young man the desires of his heart.”

The younger minister found the experience transformative.

Christ and big on church. His approach was building the community through the church,” Jackson, Jr. says. “He did that through building affordable housing for seniors and creating programs and opportunities within the church that will meet the needs of the area. He was really big on going out and evangelizing. I hope that will be a part of my legacy as well.” As the grandson, son, nephew and cousin of pastors, Alphonso, Jr. divulges there are many advantages of being a part of a lineage of preachers. “Those relationships have benefited me greatly. Because it allows me to see many sides of effective ministry that others may never see. I’m able to see both the performance and also the private,” Jackson, Jr. says. “ I see the thoughts, encounters, struggles, and feelings. I see the proud and painful moments. Seeing that helps me to walk with wisdom and passion.”

“I had the opportunity to experience my father through different lenses. I learned from him how to be a great minister,” Junior recalls. “He allowed me to be close to him and catch the level of excellence he exuded in everything that he did. He Transitioning to ministry cultivated me to be a great servant His father sees the realization and of Christ, church, and community. I amalgamation of a family heritage Alphonso, Sr., trained as a youth learned a lot from him.” of faith in God and service to others. pastor from 1981 to 1984 at New Shiloh M.B. Baptist Church under Leading your child as a parent is a “My son is a combination of me, my the leadership of his father, Pastor monumental task. Leading them as brother [Arthur Jackson, III, senior Arthur Jackson, Jr. He admits that an employer can be another chal- pastor of Antioch M.B. Church], serving under your father can invite lenge. and my father,” Jackson, Sr. obcriticism. serves. “He can sing like my dad. He “He was easy to have as an employ- has the mind of my brother. And, he “It is challenging because some peo- ee,” Jackson, Sr. assures. “He made has my heart when he is preaching. ple will automatically cry nepotism. my job easier. He was a great worker He is going to exceed us all, because It can hold us back,” Jackson, Sr., for me. It was easy for me.” he’s got all three of us.” notes. “Honestly, my father was con- Alphonso, Jr. eventually became cerned. I felt that he was reluctant the senior pastor of Greater New Ultimately family is the first ministo use me because of nepotism and Macedonia Baptist Church. After an try what he thought people would say.” eight-year stint, he transitioned to “I believe your gift makes room for serving as executive pastor of New Research notes that Black fathers you.” Shiloh M.B. Church last December. are more present in their children’s lives than anytime in the past forty The family, including grandfather “To me, my father’s legacy is big on years. The Jacksons also embrace a


legacy of marriage. Pastor and Mrs. Arthur Jackson, Jr. were married for 50 years. Rev. Alphonso, Sr., and his wife, Dewana have been married since 1984. And, Rev. Alphonso, Jr. and his wife Dr. Jamila have been married for eight years and are the parents of two daughters and a son, Alphonso, III. “I love my family. They look at me as the patriarch at this time. Young men need to have men in their lives,” Jackson,Sr., offers. “A woman can teach a boy how to treat a lady. But, she cannot teach him how to become a man.”

“My son grew up seeing what a real family looks like. He learned how to treat his family, by seeing me loving his mother. He knows I love my children. He is going to continue to be a great father.” Alphonso, Jr. agrees with his beloved father and hero.

thing and was still able to succeed across the board. He really made it look easy.” When reflecting on his son, the elder Jackson deploys scripture. “It is just like with Christ. In Al Junior, I have a son in whom I am well pleased.”

Log on to www.sbcmiami.org, to explore the ministry at Second Bap“My father always put his family tist Church. Alphonso Jackson, Jr. first. Now that I have my own chil- serves in ministry at New Shiloh dren, I think about the sacrifices M.B. Church (www.nsmbc.net) unand decisions I have to make. I re- der the leadership of senior pastor flect on my father and the decisions D.L. Powell. and sacrifices he made when I was growing up,” Jackson, Jr., discloses. “I wonder how he managed every-



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During my 27 years of service at the Orlando Police Department, I served in nearly every unit including Patrol, Special Operations, Internal Affairs, and started a youth mentoring program called Operation Positive Direction. Through hard work and unwavering commitment to my community, I worked my way up through the ranks and became Orlando’s first woman Chief of Police. We were under a microscope as we managed a financial crisis that was squeezing budgets. But, by partnering with our community to meet the challenge head-on, we did more with less, kept officers on the street, and crushed violent crime, cutting it by 40%.

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Demings takes fight to Rubio, blasts him as “do nothing“

Campaign momentum grows as she sprints across Florida Congresswoman Val Demings came out swinging against US Senator Marco Rubio igniting crowds at a series of South Florida rallies. At the Little Haiti Cultural Center, the former Orlando police chief talked about the failure of Republicans like Rubio to protect and serve. Demings pointed to the massacre of 19 Texas elementary school children as a consequence of the Senate Republicans blocking legislation dealing with the disturbing waves of gun violence. Rubio is a “do nothing senator, “according to Demings who said it’s time to go beyond offering thoughts and prayers. “I’m sick and tired of just offering thoughts and prayers. That’s fine. I grew up in the church. But doggone it, faith without works is dead. And it is time for our elected leaders, it’s time for the United States Senate to get off their knees and never do something about our children being gunned down in school,” she told the crowd. Demings supports universal background checks and red flag legislation that could alert police to those posing a danger to the community.

“She was so real, so gracious. You can tell that she understands what average people are going through and she’ll be a true fighter for us. I’m really glad she came to Broward County.” From the start, the congresswoman has posed a serious threat to the senior senator on several fronts. She has out raised Rubio repeatedly in the grueling fundraising arena that is the most difficult part of any campaign, especially for those challenging an incumbent. Despite never running statewide, Demings excites crowds with her energy and discussion of kitchen table issues impacting families. Meanwhile the Rubio campaign is dormant. Political insiders continue to speculate about Rubio’s rare appearances, lack of campaign events and disinterest in his Senate duties.

Demings provides inspiration to a diverse group of voters. Blacks, women, the largest voting block, independents and other people of color relate to her life experiences and challenges. These are the voters who win elections. As one convert said, “She will be there to As Demings crisscrossed Rubio’s back yard, she was stand up for us.” greeted by nearly four hundred United Teachers of The fearless and unflappable Val Demings appears be Dade supporters before heading north to an even larger the greatest challenge of Marco Rubio’s political career. crowd in Ft. Lauderdale. There, Broward County businesswoman Grace Carrington described her candidacy.


Nestor Torres’ Jazz Concert June 18th Salutes Dr. Juliet King, AMS 2022 Living Legacy Honoree

Nestor Torres Coral Reef Montessori Academy Charter School, Incorporated (CRMA) is excited to present an evening of unparalleled entertainment, featuring Mr. Nestor Torres, the Latin Grammy award-winning flutist, and honoring the American Montessori Society’s 2022 Living Legacy Honoree, Dr. Juliet King. History has been made as Dr. King is the first Black Montessorian to receive the AMS Living Legacy Award. The event will take place on Saturday, June 18, 2022, 7:00 PM at the Seminole Theatre, 18 N. Krome Avenue, Homestead, Florida 33030. For ticket information, please see the link below.

Dr. Juliet King standards of accreditation through opportunities for mentored individual growth, collaboration, and member engagement.

Dr. Juliet King co-founded CRMA in 1998, the first Montessori charter school to be opened in the state of Florida by two public school teachers. This unique institution has provided access to a high-quality Montessori experience for thousands of students from diverse backgrounds who normally would not be able to acquire a Montessori education. CRMA is only one of nineteen public Montessori schools in the nation to be fully acMr. Torres’ performance incorporates a seamless blend credited by AMS. CRMA’s purpose is to collectively edof Latin jazz, pop, straight- ahead jazz and classical ucate children with a culturally relevant pedagogy that styles. He has been described as “an exotic mix of styles promotes the pursuit of social justice and strengthens that takes the listener through American, Brazilian, and a child’s independence, confidence, tolerance and conAfro-Cuban jazz”. nection to the global community. CRMA has a rich tradition of supporting education and enabling countless The event will raise funds to provide scholarships for students to stay on the path of academic and personal aspiring Montessori teachers to receive their training success. Website: www.coralreefmontessori.com through the American Montessori Society (AMS), the foremost advocate for quality Montessori education. To purchase tickets: https://www.seminoletheatre.org/ AMS leads, empowers, and serves the global commu- seminole-calendar-of-upcoming-events/677 Seminole nity of Montessori educators as the foremost advocate Theatre: 786-650-2073 for research and policy, ongoing teacher education, and 


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Sunday School................. 9:45AM Sunday Worship............... 11:00AM - 1:30PM Rev. Dr. Bettie M. Ferguson, Pastor

Thursday Bible Study....... 7:00-8:00PM

Dr. Melissa JamesRolle-Scott, Walden Rev. Pastor / Teacher Pastor

Sunday School...................9:30 AM Sunday Morning Worship...11:00 AM Prayer: Tuesdays & Fridays at Noon Corporate Prayer: Wednesday....7:30 PM Bible Study: Wednesday........8 PM Youth Activities: Friday ..........8 PM

Rev. Dr. Remiel Lockwood, Pastor

Sunday Worship Service : 8am ( in person) 11am (virtual) Wednesday Bible Study : Noon (in person)7pm (virtual )

FIRST ST. JOHN M. B. CHURCH 13740 SW 264 St. Naranja, Fl 33032

305-258-4380

Sunday School

www.fsjmbc.com 8:30AM

Sunday Worship Service 10:00AM Rev. Rodney S. Rumph, Sr., Pastor

Wednesday Night Service 7:00PM

PROPHETIC REVIVAL CENTER 183 NE 8th ST. Homestead, Fl 33030 (Inside Hatikvah Temple) 305-281-9045 www.sandramoore.org Sunday Worship Service 1:30PM Children’s Church. 2:00PM Prayer / Bible Study... Wed. 7:00PM

Rev. Sandra Moore, Pastor

Rev. Robert Shaw, Pastor

12001 SW 213 Terr. Goulds, FL 33170

Rev. Elijah Bemley, Pastor

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Dr. C.P Preston, Pastor

NOW FAITH ON WHEELS OUTREACH MINISTRIES

3820 NW 169th Terrace Miami Gardens FL.33055 nowfaithoutreachministry@yahoo.com 8:30 AM

Sunday Morning Service 11:30AM Bible Study Thursday 6:30PM Corporate Prayer 12 Noon

10:00 AM Pastors Henry and Doris Burney

LIVING WORD CHRISTIAN INTERNATIONAL NW 7th 485514501 NW 183rd St. Ave. Miami, FL Miami, Fl 33168 305-624-0044

Sunday Morning Worship: 9 AM Weds. Mid-week Service: 7:30 PM SAT Corporate Prayer: 8 AM

Youth Empowerment Pastor’s PastorWillie Willieand & Karen KarenFelton Felton, 1st & 3rd Friday 7:00 PM Marriage Enhancement 4th Friday 7:30 PM Pastors

Sunday Worship 9:30 AM Sunday School 8:30 AM Tues Bible Study 6:45 PM Wed Bible Study 10:45 AM .

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GRACE EVANGELICAL BAPTIST CHURCH, INC. 8400 NE 2nd Ave. Miami, Fl 33138

Rev. Charles M. Taylor, Senior Minister

Ph: 786-230-3786 Fax: 305-754-9200 Sunday Worship Celebration & Youth Sunday School 9:50 am Tuesday Prayer Service

6:00 pm

Noonday Meditation M-Th 12noon

Senior Minister

INTERESTED IN HAVING YOUR CHURCH OR MINISTRY IN THE GOSPEL TRUTH? EMAIL US TODAY SANDY@THEGOSPELTRUTHNEWS.COM Rev. Paul E. Moss, Pastor

Sunday service: 7 AM and 10 AM Sunday School 8:30 AM Wednesday: Bible Study, 7 PM

UNITED CHRISTIAN PRAISE & WORSHIP CENTER CHURCH INC. 14501 NW 7th Ave

7626 NW 7th Ave Miami FL 33150 / Fl 33168 “Now faith isMiami, the assurance of Mailing address 2370 NW 174th Terr Miami Gardens FL 33056 things hoped for, : 9:30 AM Sunday Sunday School 8School AM things the conviction of Sunday Service :10:30 AM Study every MorningBible Worship 9 AM andother 11 AMWednesday not seen.” 7:30 PM Bible Study Tuesday 7 PM Bishop Dennis Jackson

Church Phone 786-286-5611 Church Fax 305-620-7020 www.unitedchristianpraiseandworshipcenter.com

Sunday School

9:00 AM

Sunday Worship

10:30 AM

Sunday Evening Worship 7:00 PM Rev. Jacques F. Saint-Louis, Pastor

Tuesday Bible Study Friday Prayer Meeting

7:00PM 8:00 PM