January 2014 Volume 2
We Honor the life and legacy of
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968
General Board Bishop Sheldon M. McCarter Assistant Presiding Prelate
Bishop Eric D. Garnes Presiding Prelate
Bishop Glenn E. Livingston General Treasurer
Bishop James R. Chambers Secretary General
Bishop James E. Dukes National Director of Social Justice
National Directors Overseer Dan Johnson National Business Manager
Elder Reginald McCaskill National Director of Music
Pastor Aurelia H. Jemmott National Director of Operations & Logistics
Bishop Orlando A. Wilson National Director of Center for Theological Studies
Overseer Frank Robinson National Youth Director
Pastor Martin J. DeSilva Major General – Apostolic Knights of Pentecost
Elder Jacqueline Marshall National Director of Women’s Ministry
Elder Reginald King Adjutant General
Bishop Rory Marshall National Director of Men’s Ministry
Sister Edna Capers National Director of Ushers
Letter From The Editor Grace and peace be unto you UNITED, Glory be to God for the GREAT things He has already done in these opening days of 2014. There is so much going on this month in the body of UNITED and we are so honored to highlight this GREAT work that God is doing. Have you registered yet for our upcoming Winter Leadership Conference? There are exciting classes to look forward to with hot topics such as How do we teach Christian basics in the 21st Century, Alternative worship services and styles to reach an out of the box generation, The nuts and bolts of using technology to reach an out of the box generation, and so much more. There is something for everyone as we gather in the warmth of Orlando, FL - go online and register TODAY! In this issue, we take a moment to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the great contributions he has made to American history. His life is a testimony that with the hand of God, one person’s life can not only change a nation, but the world. Be encouraged Saints, and consider spending your upcoming MLK Day holiday serving others in your community. Read on and be blessed UNITED, and above all, continue to stand. In His Service, Annette Parkins Editor www.unitedcovenantchurches.org
Healthy Saints A Health Publication of Rehoboth Temple of Praise
â€œBeloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.â€? 3 John 2
The Month of the Daniel Fast! (The First 21 Days of January) The purpose of the Daniel Fast is to promote health, healing and spiritual breakthrough! We are challenged during this 21-day fast to eat only vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Please keep the following in mind, as we sometimes tend to eat more of the sweet fruits. Vegetables and vegetable juices are the healers of the body. Fruits and fruit juices are the cleansers of the body. The whole grains provide much needed fiber for the body. Enjoy this tasty Stir Fry Vegetable and Brown Rice recipe.
Stir Fry Vegetables with Brown Rice N ot o nly is this recipe very appe tizing in its colorful pre sentation, but it is fillin g an d tasty! C hang e th e recip e to yo ur o w n lik ing a nd w ith w ha t yo u ha ve availab le, but don ’t skim p on the ve getables as th at’s w h at m ak es this recipe u niq ue a nd satisfying . Ingred ien ts: 1 tab lesp oon sesam e oil 4 cups greens, ch opp ed (k ale, b ok cho y, spinach, c ollards, (etc) 3 gree n on io ns, finely ch op ped 3 tab lesp oons fresh ginger, m inced (optio na l) 4 cups fresh broccoli, chop ped ½ po und fresh green bea ns, chopp ed 2 carrots, pe ele d a nd sliced on d ia gon al
2 tab lesp oons B raggs Liq uid A m inos (the hea lth y o ptio n for so y sa uce!) 1 ½ cu ps of peas (tha w b y running u nder w ater if froze n ½ cup toaste d slice d a lm onds 2 clo ves g arlic m inced 1 can sliced w ater chestnuts, drain ed 3 cups cook ed bro w n rice
P rep aration: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
H eat a de ep sk ille t or w ok over m edium heat for ab out 1 m inute. A dd oil a nd heat for 1 m inute. A dd gree n on io ns and ging er. S aute ’ for 5 m inutes. A dd broccoli, gre en b eans, carrots and g arlic. S tir-fry for 8 -10 m inutes. A dd gree ns and toss for ab out 2 m inutes or un til gree n s are w ilted . S tir in w ater chestnuts, bro w n rice a nd B rag gs Liquid A m inos, peas a nd alm onds. S erve as a com plete m eal and w ith a side of slice d fresh fruit. U m m m m Y um m y! Y ields 4 servings.
The Shepherd’s Corner “40 Day Daniel Fast of Consecration” Join The Love Nation as we consecrate ourselves for the first 40 days of 2014. The initial fast will span from January 2nd – 21st. The next level of fasting for the “spiritual meat lovers/2nd milers” will span January 22nd – February 12th. We will focus our faith on Manifestation, Managing and Maximizing with an emphasis on ascertaining a mortgage and aggressive marketing. We will Focus our faith and Sanctify ourselves in preparation and expectation for a year of Acquisition and Expansion, I. Read Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah and Jonah (1 chapter per day) II. Make an altar at your home – pray, read, meditate and sacrifice III. Set a side $1 per day for the first 100 days of the year; children sow silver coins a day for first 100 days (Bring all gifts Resurrection Sunday morning)
The Official Pastoral Installation of Elder Carol Elizybeth Harris Consecrating the Legacy & Continuing the Vision
It is with our complete and utter love, appreciation and commitment to the vision, that we, the leadership and membership of Ecclesia Family Worship Center, Inc., ask that you join with us in celebrating the installation of our beloved Pastor, Mother, Trainer, Midwife and humble Kingdom Warrior, The Reverend Carol E. Harris, to the office of Senior Pastor. Together they planted; together they built; and together WE CONTINUE!!! Saturday January 18, 2014 9:30am
Let Freedom Ring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs. King led numerous non-violent protests against segregation and racial inequality in America. In 1963 he helped to organize the March on Washington where he delivered his now famous “I Have a Dream” speech, establishing his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history. King also gained the reputation as a radical garnering numerous FBI investigations and death threats.
On October 14, 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. In his final years, King expanded his focus to include poverty and the Vietnam War. In 1968 King was planning a national occupation of Washington, D.C., to be called the Poor People’s Campaign when he was assassinated on April 4, in Memphis, Tennessee.
King was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a federal holiday in the United States in 1986, and a memorial statue was opened on the National Mall in Washington, D.C in 2011. Between 1955 and 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. helped change America. He brought to the world's attention how unfairly blacks were treated. He had the help of millions of Americans, but his strong leadership and unprecedented power of speech gave people the faith and courage to keep working peacefully even when others did not. This led to new laws that ended the practice of keeping people of different backgrounds apart, making life fairer for everyone.
The legacy of Dr. King lives in each of us and we are responsible to promote, teach and live the American Dream.
Find opportunities to serve or register a project at www.mlkday.gov
UNITED in Panama As an international reformation, we are doing a mighty work around the globe for the Kingdom of God. Check out these highlights of a recent trip to Panama! The Joshua 1:9 Ministries Computer Lab is open to children and teens that do not have a computer at home to complete school assignments. The computer lab allows for each of the child to perform research for school assignments, receive formal training on the use of computers for research projects and also permits some of the children to connect with distant relatives through social media. Volunteers that cook meals on a daily basis for children in need. The volunteers donate their time each day to prepare a hot meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They prepare meals 75-100 meals per day Presiding Bishop Eric D. Garnes presents a certificate of affiliation to Pastor Daphney Turner of Joshua 1:9 Ministries. This ministry serves over 250 impoverished children per week, providing food, a place to study and perform research, while at the same time, ministering the Word of God.
Listed from left to right: Apostle Leslie Ismay from Iglesia Cuadrangular in Panama, Pastor Jairo De La Cruz of Dominican Republic, Presiding Bishop Eric D. Garnes, Pastor Ramon Pena UCCC D.R., and Bishop Christopher T. Cox, II enjoying and celebrating a fundraising dinner event for Joshua 1:9 Ministries A Panamanian event would not be complete without a traditional dance to the folklore music known as “Tipico”. A folk dance, called tamborito is very popular. Danced by men and women in costumes, the tamborito is led by a cantalante, a female lead singer, who is backed by a clapping chorus (the "estribillo") that sings four-line stanzas of copala (a lyrical form related to Spanish Poetry) as well as three drums. Pastor Vladimir Moore, Overseer of the UCCC D.R., ministers to the people after a powerful preached word at the 2nd largest church in Panama, Tabernacle of Faith in Panama City, Panama.
Presiding Bishop Garnes ministers to the people after a thought-provoking preached word at the largest church in Panama, Hosanna Church
Connect with us on
to view more photos!
Mark your calendars for our upcoming conferences â€“ Registration is now open!
www.unitedcovenantchurches.org Connect with us on facebook and twitter to receive the latest information.
Stay Connected with United Covenant Churches of Christ Are you attending Winter Leadership this year? Then we would like to hear from you. Share your experiences in our workshops, worship services and even time of unity and fellowship with those in attendance "mention" us on twitter @UnitedCovenant @EricDGarnes "tag" us on Facebook (search and "likeâ€œ) The United Covenant Churches of Christ "tag" us on Instagram: BishopEDGarnes Or even "pin" to our Pinterest board: bishopedgarnes
Remember to use our special hashtag #WLSoutsidethebox when sharing your experiences
2013 Vespers Service at Christian Love Worship Cathedral On December 24, 2013 @ 7 PM EST, The Love Nation brought in the Christmas season with a Vesper service to honor and celebrate Advent (a time of expectant waiting and preparation of Jesus Christ. The term Advent comes from Latin word adventus, means "coming"). Vesper comes from the Greek word, εσπερινός and its Latin equivalent vesper, means "evening”. Vesper service is an evening service which consists of an evening prayer of thanksgiving and praise. It is designed for prayer, reflection and meditation on the scriptures. The emphasis is on reflection and meditation. This is the type of service that strives to create an atmosphere in which we are able to set aside outside influences and connect with God. During our service, the Elders shared a phenomenal word based on their interpretation of the symbolic meaning of the Star, Shepherd and Stable related to Advent based on Luke 2:1-14. What an Awesome time in the Lord!
Little Bethlehem Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 110 Piney Fork Church Road Eden, NC 27288 Church Telephone 336-623-3905 Byron L. Battle Sr, Senior Pastor The Officers and Members of the Little Bethlehem Christian Church of Eden, NC, Rejoice in the installation of their fifteenth Senior Pastor: The Reverend Byron L. Battle Sr. Pastor Battle has served faithfully over the last nine years as the College/Young Adult Pastor at Greater Cleveland Avenue Christian Church in Winston Salem, NC. Pastored, by Bishop Sheldon M. McCarter. Pastor Battle also served for the last seven years and will continue to serve as Bishop McCarter’s Adjutant in UCCC.
There is still time to get fit for 2014… Zumba is a dance aerobic fitness class featuring dance movements inspired by Latin, Caribbean and Hip Hop dance. Come out and enjoy a fun filled way to lose weight and be healthy. See You There!!!
Mayoral Inauguration In New York City
Bishop & Dr. Garnes, First Lady of NYC, Chirlane de Blasio and Bishop & Mrs. Findlayter at Reception of Mayoral Inauguration 2014 on January 1st
Bishop & Mrs. Findlayter and Bishop & Dr. Garnes at The 109th Mayoral Inauguration of the Great City of New York as Special Guest of the new Mayor
Healing and Deliverance at Tabernacle of Praise On Friday January 10, the expectations were high, as was the worship, as Tabernacle of Praise gathered together to open the year with a Healing & Deliverance service. The guest speaker was Prophet Howard Hamilton of Parousia Temple of Praise and Deliverance in Wilmington, DE. The house was blessed, with hearts and minds forever changed as we march on into 2014 by faith and not by sight. We are expecting GREATER as we walk in our healing.
“The Year of the Unpredictable” at Greater Cleveland Avenue Christian Church
The theme for Greater Cleveland Avenue Christian Church for 2014 is "The Year of the Unpredictable“ I Corinthians 2:9 and Ephesians 3:20. Bishop McCarter is starting the year by imparting a word into families for the entire month of January.
January 20 Apostle Warren Martin January 27 Apostle Gilbert Coleman 1230 N. French Street Wilmington, DE 19801
Join Bishop James R. Chambers and The Greater Saint Mary Church of Christ on January 22-24 and 26, 2014 for their New Year’s Revival Service. Nightly services will be held at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 10:30 AM. The revivalist for all services will be: Bishop Roberto J. Jemmott Senior Pastor of Nazareth Christian Fellowship in Brooklyn, NY. Greater Saint Mary Church of Christ is located at 493-5 Monroe Street (between Lewis and Marcus Garvey) Everyone is encouraged to attend. For further information please contact the church office at (718) 574-4100
Raining on the Hill 2014
In the Richmond, VA area? Come out and be a support to our Presiding Prelate, Bishop Eric D. Garnes, on January 22, 2014 at 7pm. Visit csbcog.org for more information.
Women of UNITED!
JOIN US SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, @ 7AM (EST)/ 6AM (CST) for our National Women’s prayer line. We are so happy to welcome as our special guest, Pastor Leslie Christie, Senior Pastor of Kingdom Church International in Brooklyn, New York. This anointed woman of God will be speaking inspirational words of ENCOURAGEMENT and sharing in POWERFUL BREAKTHROUGH PRAYER. Ladies don’t miss this amazing time of spiritual REFRESHING and FELLOWSHIP. Make sure to mark your calendars now for February 1, and dial 712 432-0075 access code 502676. I am looking forward to UNITING with each of you in prayer. “Again I say to you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 18:19 In His Service, Elder Jacqueline D. Marshall Director of UCCC Women’s Ministry
The Family Life Men of Valor cordially invites you to their Men's Huddle Weekend entitled "P.M.S: Power, Money, Sex" on Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1. On Friday night the men will be going before the throne of God in prayer on behalf of their families from 7pm-8pm. On Saturday, make plans to attend a series of great workshops geared towards strengthening the total man from 10-1pm. Workshops will be conducted by Bishop Christopher T. Cox, II, Senior Pastor of Family Life Worship Cathedral and Bishop Roberto Jemmott, Senior Pastor of Nazareth Christian Fellowship. All men are encouraged to attend this tremendous event.
Get your copy TODAY!
Greater Cleveland Avenue Christian Church is excited about Bishop McCarter's first release!! To order your copy of his 40-day devotional, Be Ye Transformed. Go to www.gcacc.org and click on the billboard.
Join us as we HONOR and CELEBRATE the birthday of our Man of God, our 4 STAR GENERAL, our Father in the Faith and now THE AUTHOR, BISHOP GEORGE E. GIBSON II ON Monday, January 27, 2014 christian love worship cathedral (1230 N. French Street, Wilmington, DE 19801) Book release, signing & Reception: 5:30-7:30 pm birthday worship: 7:30 PM tHE GAME OF lIFE: 90’X45’ “WHERE THE CROSS AND THE CROSSOVER CONNECT!”
90’ x 45’ are the dimensions of the professional basketball court. Inside these proportions, I have created a work designed for life and living. --Dr. George E. Gibson II
Check out these awesome ongoing events at Christian Love Worship Cathedral MEN 4 Change
Join Bishop George E. Gibson II EVERY THURSDAY @ 6 pm EST as the men gather for a series of informal conversations around real issues that men face such as raising their children, assuming their positions of leadership in our communities and with our children. You will not want to miss out on this time of Enlightenment, Edification and Restoration!
Please join Bishop George E. Gibson II every Saturday @ 7 PM for 7 minutes of prayer as he bombards Heaven for 7 power-packed minutes of effectual and fervent prayer while lifting up our leaders, churches, families, nation and communities. The conference number is (218) 8624152 and pass code is 533257. Please remember to mute your phone(s).
1230 N. French Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 **Join Prophetess Lady Tricia Gibson the 1st Monday of every month @ 6 PM EST for “Hour of Power Prayer” @ 1230 N. French Street, Wilmington, DE 19805** Please reach out to us at email@example.com. We would love to hear from you!
Join Little Bethlehem Christian Church for worship! 110 Piney Fork Road Eden, NC 27288 Itâ€™s a new day at LBCC!
Up" with prayer...GENERATION "Covered"! The purpose of the youth prayer call is to keep our children covered by the word and build a strong prayer life for our children. NVKLC and Uc3 provides a vehicle that will get your child's day started and encouraged to go throughout the week.
Remember, join Greater Works Worship Center at their NEW 10am Sunday Service Want to worship on Sundays but short on time? Greater Works might be the place for you! We're relaunching our worship service and are looking for individuals who want to worship in a casual, techy but high spirited and impactful atmosphere. Come and let Greater Works introduce you to something GREATER!
Let us continue to pray one for another as we move forward in this powerful season of prayer! His Kingdom will come, His will be done! CALLING ALL INTERCESSORS: Draw nigh to God in this key season. There are morning and afternoon prayer lines within your UNITED family to join and watch the Hand of God move supernaturally in your life, your family, your church and your community!
Bishop Jamie Johnson - James Temple Miracle Center Fort Valley, GA Every Wednesday night at 9:05pm EST (641) 715-3200 access code: 1004868# Bishop Roberto Jemmott - Nazareth Christian Fellowship Brooklyn, NY Tuesdays 6am EST (712) 775-7100 access code: 456009# Overseer Carlos Haynes - Faith Assemblies of God Brooklyn, NY Sunday-Saturday 5am-6am EST (760) 984-1000 access code: 919671#
Overseer Dan Johnson - The Empowerment Worship Center Chicago, IL Monday-Friday 5am-6am CST (712) 432-0075 access code: 502676# Bishop Allen Williams - Rhema Word Worship Center Elkridge, MD Tuesday-Friday 5am-6am; 1pm-2pm; 9pm10pm EST (661) 673-8600 access code: 834439# Bishop George E. Gibson, II - Christian Love Worship Cathedral Philadelphia, PA Saturdays 7pm (seven minutes) (218) 862-4152 access code: 533257# *please remember to mute your phones*
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Make sure to register today for the 2014 Winter Leadership Summit for only $50. Registration increases after Monday January 20th . www.unitedcovenantchurches.org LEADERSHIP Outside The Box - we'll see you in Orlando, FL!
Questions, comments, ideas, or to make a submission for future publication, please contact: Annette Parkins firstname.lastname@example.org (877) 97-UNITY www.unitedcovenantchurches.org