CONTENTS EDITOR & CHIEF Krystal O’Neal CONSULTANT Verna V. Nickelberry
HOLY NATION CHURCH OF MEMPHIS
WHEN WOMEN PRAY
HNC MINISTRY DEPARTMENTS
BUILDING A POWERFUL CHURCH
HOLY NATION LOGO
FAMILY SUPERFEST PARTNERS
2014 MONTHLY EMPHASIS
PRAISE & WORSHIP AT THE NATION
2014/2015 ANNUAL EVENTS
OUTREACH AT THE NATION
HNC BUSINESS DIRECTORY
A STEWARD, SOLDIER, AND SERVANT
PETALS OF LOVE GIRLS CAMP
GRAPHIC DESIGN Rushun Wiseman Randall Georges Carol Smith PROOFING Cynthia Roebuck PHOTOGRAPHY Marvin Dear Antorrian Taylor SUPPORT STAFF Kera Estes Rendi Johnson
Greetings My Friends, Lady Shirley and I are in continuous prayer for life to be gracious to you and your family during this season of change and challenge. We have indeed been blessed to have the assignment as shepherds of Holy Nation Church. Since its inception, God’s unwavering hand has orchestrated and guided each and every shift of the ministry. Our church family has grown numerically, spiritually and ministerially. Evangelism, Discipleship and Empowerment are components of the ministry focal point of Holy Nation Church and “Empowering You for Life” is our mantra. Love, Worship, Serve and Excel are the ministry qualities in which everything Holy Nation Church does is governed. SCOPE Magazine is an instrument of outreach from Holy Nation Church, which is currently published annually to keep our membership, friends, and ministry partners informed of recent ministry accomplishments and future ministry projections. We thank God for Holy Nation’s servant leadership
and the excellence in which they portray and display God’s ministry. I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to become a partner of “Empowering You for Life”, the Global Media Outreach Division of Holy Nation Church. Through partnering with us you will help dispatch the Gospel of Jesus Christ with excellence, via internet, social media, radio, television and print media throughout the world. I pray that you enjoy SCOPE and become one of many faithful ministry partners. Again, thank you so much and may the blessings of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ be with you and your family. Sincerely,
Andrew Perpener, Jr. Lead Pastor
PASTOR’S GREETING 3
The God inspired vision of Holy Nation Church of Memphis was
had given to Pastor Andrew.
birthed into fruition in 2005. Pastor Andrew took the vision and wrote it down as a power point presentation. He, along with his
In 2007, Holy Nation Church of Memphis held its official Grand
wife Shirley invited family and friends to Appling Manor (1755
Opening beginning Thursday, September 27th through Sunday,
Appling Road, Cordova, Tennessee 38016) to show what God had
September 30th. The theme was “A New Season…A Fresh
instructed him to do.
Anointing”, the celebratory services commenced at 6:00pm on Sunday, September 30th with an official ribbon cutting
Shortly thereafter, Pastor Perpener founded Holy Nation Church
ceremony. The services were a great blessing to the membership,
of Memphis without a physical facility. Bible Study was held for
partners, friends and family of Holy Nation.
several months in the Perpener’s Cordova home. God moved quickly and the first church service was held on September
The name “Holy Nation Church of Memphis” is based on I Peter
3, 2006, 3:00pm at 3333 N Old Brownsville Road, Bartlett,
2:9 “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy
Tennessee. The facility at that time was the church home of
nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of
Brownsville Road Church of Christ. The initial congregation
him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
consisted of the Pastor’s immediate and extended family and a small core group of worshippers who believed in the vision God
HNC represents a ministry for all who desire to be saved, all who
The name “Holy Nation Church of Memphis” is based on I Peter 2:9 “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” want to learn more about the precepts of God, a ministry where
fundamental to who we are.
your testimony can become a testament to others and a ministry that transcends denominational lines. We, the members, are fit
From 2005 until now, we have expanded to include twenty plus
and ready to serve the people of God and effect change in the
ministries, summer camps, and numerous outreach projects.
lives of people everywhere.
Holy Nation reaches into the community by mentoring the youth through targeted programs for young ladies and young men. We
The vision of Holy Nation is to develop a culturally relevant
also share the love of Christ through summer outreach, annual
church that is committed to dynamic worship of God while
Family Superfest and holiday give-a-ways. Holy Nation Church
extending His transforming grace to reach the un-churched
has committed itself to spiritual growth and consistent prayer for
community. Holy Nation has three objectives: Evangelism,
our church, community, and nation.
Discipleship and Empowerment. Our core values are to Love, Worship, Serve and Excel. These objectives and values are
VISION STATEMENT HOLY NATION VISION: The vision of Holy Nation Church is to develop a culturally relevant church that is committed to dynamic worship of God while extending His transforming grace to reach the un-churched community. Holy Nation has three objectives which are fundamental to who we are: Evangelism, Discipleship, and Empowerment. CORE VALUES: Love, Worship, Serve, Excel
HNC STAFF SHIRLEY PERPENER
CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER
DEBRA FAYE WASHINGTON
ASSISTANT TO THE COO
DATA ENTRY CLERK
SOUND AND MEDIA SPECIALITY
MEDIA DISTRIBUTION SPECIALIST
EDDIE HAYSLETT BUILDING AND GROUNDS
SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PASTOR
MEDIA DISTRIBUTION SPECIALIST
SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PASTOR
SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PASTOR
2014 MONTHLY EMPHASIS THEME: OUR YEAR OF PROPHETIC MANIFESTATION
Acts 2:17 “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old me shall dream dreams.”
GOD’S SPECIAL HELPERS
Are you stuck in the same place, faced with challenges, obstacles, crisis and strongholds that seem unmovable? You need a breakthrough. II Corinthians 10:3-4
The Holy Spirit comes to help us in our time of need. On many occasions, God has sent angelic helpers to speak life into your situation. Join us as we search the scriptures to see how God has helpers working day and night on your behalf. Hebrews 13:2
There is much work to be done in the kingdom, but few workers. We labourers for Christ must be equipped with the right tools. Matthew 9:37
GOD CONSCIOUS The hustle and bustle of this world can consume your time and thoughts. We as Christians should always have a constant realization of God’s presence regardless of our over crowded schedules. I John 3:22
DEALING WITH ISSUES Many Christians live life in a fog, because they allow issues and problems to cloud their vision and dampen their spirit, which leads to anxiety, turmoil and a sense of defeat. Let’s search the scriptures and see how we can come out of the fog and walk in the sunshine. Luke 8:14
RENEWED FAITH Is it possible to receive a spiritual renewal in our faith walk? Where and how can we get it? II Corinthians 5:17
KNOW JESUS UP CLOSE
Need a little push up that mountain in your life? Are you running in circles around your mountain? Be a mountain climber, release your faith. God can and will help you with your unbelief. Mark 9:24
Who is this man Jesus? He is not just another man, nor just another carpenter, nor just another religious leader, but He is the son of God. When you know Him it means you know many other things, such as love, peace, joy, hope, forgiveness, gentleness . . . . Acts 17:28
PULL UP THE ROOT Do you have something in your life that needs to be destroyed from the root? It is hard to pull up things that have been planted so deep. Godâ€™s word has the power to dry up and destroy every evil root. Mark 11:20
We are inspired and motivated to do many things for many different reasons on a daily basis. As Christians we must examine our motives to ensure we are motivated by love, because God is love. I John 3:16-18
The harvest is great. The problem is not the lack of prospects to come to Christ, but the lack of labourers going out to fill Godâ€™s house. Matthew 24:32-34
Nothing can be more trouble to your soul than to not be sure of your salvation. Through the redemption that is in Jesus, we are also born of the Spirit. John 3:7
REVIVAL FEBRUARY 23 - 25
REVIVAL FEBRUARY 22 - 24
IN-HOUSE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE MARCH 22
IN-HOUSE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE MARCH 23
PASTOR’S & WIFE’S APPRECIATION MAY 18
PASTOR’S & WIFE’S APPRECIATION MAY 17
FAMILY & FRIENDS DAY JUNE 14
FAMILY & FRIENDS DAY JUNE 14
KINGDOM BUILDERS CONFERENCE AUGUST 7 - 10
KINGDOM BUILDERS CONFERENCE AUGUST 6 - 9
CHURCH ANNIVERSARY SEPTEMBER 14
CHURCH ANNIVERSARY SEPTEMBER 13
GOLF TOURNAMENT OCTOBER 10
GOLF TOURNAMENT OCTOBER 9
FAMILY SUPERFEST OCTOBER 11
FAMILY SUPERFEST OCTOBER 10
CHRISTMAS FELLOWSHIP DECEMBER 21
CHRISTMAS FELLOWSHIP DECEMBER 20
HNC BUSINESS DIRECTORY Jennifer Geter IMANI Psychological Services Licensed Clinical Psychologist/ Health Services Provider email@example.com (901) 725-5200 or (901) 308-8160 Marlon Bradford Representative Amro Music USA & Hammond Organ (901) 210-4063 Verna V. Nickelberry Ordinary People Magazine Founder and Editorial Director firstname.lastname@example.org (901) 949-3409 Eddie Hayslett Hayslett Landscaping Service Owner (901) 486-6594 or (901) 382-1663 Josie Hayslett Sheffield Antiques Mall Antique Dealer Antique & Restored furniture, Vintage Items, Wall Pictures, Table Top Accessories (901) 853-7822 Kera Estes Initials, Inc. Personalized Independent Creative Partner www.myinitials-inc.com/kera (901) 335-4206
Teka & Maurice Hampton Crust and Bones Restaurant Owner and Operator 2612 Lynch Street, Jackson, MS 39213 Ora Turner, Kera Estes, Kayla Franklin 3 Generations Cakes & Confectionaries email@example.com (901) 949-4056 Kayla Franklin Kayla’s Sweet Treats firstname.lastname@example.org (901) 628-7050 Loura M. Edmondson Crye-Leike Realty Realtor (901) 262-2202 cell (901) 653-2070 E-fax Javier Bailey Javier Bailey Capital Group Investment and Business Consultation Firm CEO email@example.com (901) 859-8689 Javier Bailey First National Realty Commercial Investment and Real Estate developments Broker firstname.lastname@example.org (901) 859-8689
Jerry Redmond Redmond Design Principal/Sr. Design Director 1460 Madison Avenue (901)728-5464 www.redmonddesign.com Meka Bradley Hair Stylist (of all types), Facial Threading, Eyelash application email@example.com (901) 859-6485 Henry Morgan Owner & Operator Heavenly Touch Lawn Services “For all your lawn care needs” Call: (901) 605-7101 Aretha Phillips Owner & Operator MELODIES FROM HEAVEN “Melodies for any occasion” (901) 279-4226 or (901) 644-3669 firstname.lastname@example.org Fayette Washington Owner Glory Childcare Raleigh Bartlett Area (901) 406-1084 April McKnight Operator ANB Senior Care Assistance (901) 428-8420
SOLDIER, AND SERVANT
10 YEARS IN MINISTRY
In celebration of 10 years of ministering the word of God, Pastor
Andrew Perpener was honored by family and friends. This great milestone was captured with a banquet on March 23, 2013 in
The evening continued with other tributes of love and honor
the Holy Nation Church of Memphis Family Life and Conference
rendered by friends and respected leaders in the community:
David Porter, Bishop David Hall, and Dr. Lorene Essex.
The evening kicked off with music signifying the entrance of the
No tribute would have been complete without the sounds of
honoree, Pastor Perpener and banquet coordinator, Lady Shirley
music to honor Pastor Andrew, a musician in his own right.
Perpener who were both escorted separately by the members
Musical renditions from his nephew, Steven Glass, Maestro
and partners of the ministry.
Derrick Jackson, his God-daughters Lindsey Perkins and Kesha Joseph and a gospel throw-back choir from the years 1977-
The banquet, hosted by gospel radio personalities, Stellar
1988 charged the atmosphere with praises unto God.
Award Winning, Tracy Bethea and Dewayne Benton, featured words of faithfulness and gratitude given by several friends
It was indeed a great celebration to honor a steward, a soldier,
and members of the clergy: Bishop Jerry L. Maynard - spiritual
and a servant of God who is second to none.
father, Bishop Brandon B. Porter - spiritual brother, Bishop Samuel Lowe (represented by Mother Georgia Macklin-Lowe) -
petals OF LOVE GIRLS CAMP
In 2010, Lady Shirley Perpener
professional backgrounds. The Petals of Love Girls Camps relies
founded The Petals of Love Girls
on the donation of time and expertise from professionals in the
Camp. She solicited the expertise of
community to help educate our campers.
seventeen distinguished, astute and professional women to help further
The young ladies participate in various classes such as financial
build a place where young ladies
responsibility, self-image, career preparation, personal-growth,
from all walks of life can come to be
health and fitness, Spanish, sign language, and many others.
empowered. The Petals of Love Girls Camp also benefits from the guidance The Petals of Love Girls Camp was created to meet the needs
of a board made up of teachers, engineers, psychologists, social
of developing adolescent girls, to empower them through
workers, historians, medical and administrative professionals
health awareness, social interaction, and self-image training.
who all lend their skill-set to outline a curriculum that will benefit
The program is tailored for girls of all socio-economic, racial
those who attend the camp.
and ethnic groups seeking to be empowered, equipped and energized. Its goal is to break down barriers that may cause them
The following four courses are just a few of the classes offered to
to feel trapped such as depression, an unhealthy environment,
improper self-image, educational challenges or misplaced emotions.
Math Strategies â€“ Math skills play a direct role in academic success and school readiness. This course will provide campers
Each year, the Girls Camp benefits from some of Memphisâ€™ most
with math strategies that will help them become more successful
inspiring, inspirational, and successful instructors of various
in achieving the high standards now expected of them
Etiquette - The participants will learn the specific rules of etiquette for a variety of situations. This class will help participants to be more
Lady Shirley D. Perpener Camp Founder
self-confident in their social environment. Health & Fitness – This class is designed to help any individual
PETALS OF LOVE GIRLS CAMP BOARD MEMBERS
that wants and needs a healthy lifestyle achieve that goal. Camp participants will learn the value of nutrition in order to maintain a healthy life, free of diseases and medication. Self-Growth – This course is designed to inspire personal growth and expand awareness of topics such as motivation and attitudes, values and will help them learn and acquire effective ways for developing their emotional, social, educational, and life skills
Stacy Bailey Annette Bursey Patricia Campbell Helen Dickerson Mia Davis Jennifer Geter Josie Hayslett Shamille Jones Sabrina McCune Verna Nickelberry
Krystal O’Neal Forestine Owens Aretha Phillips Cynthia Roebuck Tabitha Walker Debra Washington Ruby Wilkins Dorothy Young Latina Young
HNC MINISTRIES Holy Nation is a church whose focus is Evangelism, Discipleship and Empowerment. All of the HNC Ministries are created to strengthen and equip its members with the necessary tools to build the Kingdom of God. There are a total of nine departments and 45 ministry areas.
CYNTHIA ROEBUCK, DIRECTOR The Christian Education ministry provides wholesome education and Christian teaching to children, youth and adults in accordance to God’s Holy Word and in direct correlation with the vision, purpose and goals of Holy Nation Church of Memphis. Our objective is to provide biblically based education that will motivate students to live for Christ, become a Christian leader, choose service before self and participate in social affairs all for the up building of God’s Kingdom. Christian Education ministry consists of the following: • • •
JOSIE HAYSLETT HISTORIAN
Empowerment School Church History Couples’ Ministry
ANNIE SESLEY VBS COORDINATOR
• • •
Singles’ Ministry Pastor’s Heart Class Vacation Bible School
VONZELL & MARY BIBBS COUPLES COORDINATORS
LOURA EDMONDSON, DIRECTOR The aim of the Evangelism/Outreach ministry is to extend Holy Nation beyond our four walls. We desire to reach the un-churched community and to fulfill the great commission by proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost by ministering to the basic needs of mankind. Our overall objective is to see men, women and children saved and brought into the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Through intercessory prayer we stand in the gap for our pastor, our first lady, our church and the overall community. Evangelism/Outreach Ministry consists of the following: • • •
Men’s Outreach Prayer Team Prison Ministry
Saints With A Testimony (S.W.A.T.) Shelter Outreach
Women’s Outreach eMpowerment Life Bible Study(extended)
FAMILY LIFE & CONFERENCE CENTER
JOSEPH WASHINGTON, SR. CO-COORDINATOR Besides worship services, Holy Nation is a place the community can gather for recreation and fellowship. We want to support families and encourage inter-generational activities. The Family Life and Conference Center is a safe, welcoming environment for the congregation and neighborhood. Our objective is to strengthen and extend our Christ-centered ministry of faith and fellowship through expanded ministries and intentional outreach. The Family Life and Conference Center ministry consists of the following: • •
Family Night The Sports Ministry
Banquets & Special Events
MAURICE HAMPTON CO-COORDINATOR
DEBRA FAYE WASHINGTON, DIRECTOR The Helps Ministry is designed to develop a strong positive impression of HNC. This ministry seeks to ensure members and guests are loved and appreciated as they experience every aspect of Holy Nation. The objective is to establish and extend a friendly, warm, helpful and Christ-like attitude to every person entering God’s property. The Helps Ministry consists of the following: • • • •
Catering Decorations Greeters Health and Wellness
• • • •
Hospitality Photography Pulpit Aide Security & Parking
ANNIE CAST CATER
GLORIA HARE PHOTOGRAPHER
ARETHA PHILLIPS HOSPITALITY COORDINATOR
BERTIL ALEXANDER, DIRECTOR The Membership Ministry is the beginning of the basic education, knowledge and history of HNC. The objectives are to effectively intake new members and educate them about the vision, goals, objectives and history of HNC. The Membership Ministry consists of the following: • •
New Members Intake New Membership Orientation
RUDY WALKER, MEN’S DEPARTMENT COORDINATOR The Men’s Ministry provides opportunities to build covenant relationships among adult and young men. It also provides mentor programs for the younger generation. The mentorship program is designed so that young men know and understand what it means to be a Christian man. The objective is to provide opportunities for spiritual growth, male bonding, and leadership skills. The Membership Ministry consists of the following: • •
ManKave Discipleship Roundtable
MUSIC AND FINE ARTS
LINDSEY PERKINS, HNC VOICES COORDINATOR The Music Ministry and Fine Arts ministry is key to creating an atmosphere of praise and worship of God. Through spiritual songs and hymns they lead the congregation to focus on God and His glory. The objective is to display the love, sovereignty, and power of God while creating an environment of worship, thanksgiving and praise through music, dance, and theatrical presentation.
The Music and Fine Arts Ministry consists of the following: • •
HNC Voices Praise Dance & Flag
Praise & Worship Team Theatre
JONATHAN NICHOLSON PRAISE TEAM ASST. COORDINATOR
VALENCIA BENSON PRAISE DANCERS COORDINATOR
SHIRLEY PERPENER, DIRECTOR The Women’s Ministry promotes activities and fellowship among women to enhance spiritual growth and understanding. It provides an outlet for women to unite and learn holy living. The Women’s Ministry ministers to the total needs of all women. The objective is to create experiences that give holistic messages to build adult women, motivate young women and inspire young girls to begin and continue their walk with Christ. The Women’s Ministry consists of the following: • •
Elders’ and Deacons’ Wives Holiday Outreach Team
• • •
Mother’s Board Nursery Petals Of Love Girls Camp
JENNIFER GETER, YOUTH DIRECTOR At HNC, we believe that children are gifts from God. We are dedicated to mentoring them into a loving relationship with Jesus Christ. We provide opportunities that help children and their families live Christ-centered lives. Our desire is to raise a generation of youth who have a true heart for God and will stand as leaders in the present and future. The objective is to create activities and worship services that will stimulate and motivate interest in the youth causing them to learn and understand God’s word. The Youth Ministry consists of the following: • •
Children’s Ministry Collegiate Ministry
Drill Team Teen’s Ministry
DISCIPLESHIP ROUNDTABLE In Genesis 1:27 the Word of God says; So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Every since creation Satan has been attempting to deceive Adam, man into giving up ruler ship over the earth. Trying to come up with diversions which will steal man’s understanding of his true authority and assignment. The greatest instrument that the enemy uses against man is slavery.
Slavery is devised to diminish and blur our awareness of self. To become a distraction in which men will forget their original mission in which God made them.
It began with physical slavery and now it has escalated to spiritual and subliminal slavery. Here are some current statistics of slavery.
7-12 had been suspended or expelled from school. The rate was 20 percent for Hispanics and 15 percent for Whites.
Black students, while representing only 17 percent of public school students, account for 32 percent of suspensions and 30 percent of expulsions. In 1999, 35 percent of all Black students in grades
Black children are labeled mentally retarded nearly 300 percent more than White children and only 8.4 percent of Black males are identified and enrolled in gifted and talented classes. Black males in their early 30s are twice as likely to have prison records (22 percent) than bachelor’s degrees (12 percent). A Black male born in 1991 (today’s 7th grade student) has a 29 percent chance of spending time in prison at some point in his life. The figure for Hispanic males is 16 percent, and for White males is 4 percent. A Black male is 700 percent more likely
than a White male to be sentenced to a local, state, or federal prison.
Black males are imprisoned at a rate of 3,405 per 100,000 (3.4 percent); Hispanics at a rate of 1,231 per 100,000 (1.2 percent); and Whites at a rate of 465 per 100,000 (.465 percent). Black men suffer far worse health than any other racial group in America. Black men live 7.1 years less than other racial groups 40% of black men die prematurely from cardiovascular disease as compared to 21% of white men Black men are 5 times more likely to die of HIV/AIDS 44% of black men are considered overweight 24% are obese A higher incidence of diabetes and prostate cancer A high suicide rate. It is the 3rd leading cause of death in 15 to 24 year olds
more men for the project. The Discipleship Roundtable man does not have to be a member of Holy Nation Church, just a member of the body of Christ, with a desire to make a change in his community. The Discipleship Roundtable men help provide teens and young men with training and encouragement to become more like Christ. Personal accountability is emphasized and necessary to achieve the goal of godliness and integrity in their daily lives.
MISSION STATEMENT Holy Nation Church Man will know God the Father and Creator, honoring Jesus Christ through worship, prayer, and obedience to God’s Word in the power of the Holy Spirit. We will build and sustain family relationships in love and faithfulness becoming Prophet, Priest, Protector, Provider and Progenitor. We will fight the good fight of faith shoulder to shoulder in unity seizing the opportunity to further the kingdom of God.
VISION For the statistics to change, for the perception to change, for our community affairs to change the Black Male, Boys, Men and Fathers are going to have to change. The encouraging thing in this chapter of the story is God is still in control not satan.
Change the lives of men to become effective leaders and servants in their homes, community, and their world, evangelizing unbelieving men reflecting Christ likeness in faith, love, and fidelity. We are exist to Take Back What the Devil has Stolen.
In Exodus the bible talks about a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. This king felt threatened because of the growth of the children of Israel, God’s people. The king saw them as, more and mightier than the Egyptians. So the wisdom that he implemented to control their growth was slavery.
We know according to the Word of God that the more the Egyptians afflicted them the more the children of Israel, God’s people multiplied and grew. Man you are made in the image and likeness of God. And because of that your assignment is to rule, subdue and cultivate your home, your family, your place of worship, your community and beyond. Man it is your assignment from God and you cannot allow the tricks of the enemy to detour you from your mission. Holy Nation Church Men’s Ministry (aka) the Man Kave has developed an outreach project called “The Discipleship Roundtable” As iron sharpens iron our goal is to strive to be godly husbands, fathers, sons and businessmen. Through small group fellowships, church wide men’s conferences and school adoptions we will increase the awareness of what a Christian man should be. The Discipleship Roundtable meets regularly in an effort to enroll
INCREASE SPIRITUAL GROWTH AND AWARENESS (Mark 12:30, Proverbs 3:5-6; 9:10, Luke 9:23, Philippians 3:10, Ephesians 1:17-23, Galatians 5:16-26) • IN PRAYER ( Luke 18:1, James 5:16, Philippians 4:6-7 ) • IN FAMILY ( Ephesians 5:25-31; 6:4, 1 Peter 3:7, Colossians 3:19, Proverbs 22:6 ) • IN PURITY ( 2 Corinthians 6:6, 1 Timothy 4:12, 1 Peter 1:13-16 ) • IN UNITY ( Psalm 133:1, Ephesians 4:1-13, Romans 15:5-6, Hebrews 13:1 ) • INFLUENCE HIS WORLD In Word and Deed ( Matthew 22:37-39; 28:18-20 ) If you are interested in making a difference in your community with young men contact us at 901.791.9583 or hncchurch@gmail. com and we will show you how to begin with the Discipleship Roundtable Project.
TEKA & MAURICE HAMPTON How did your family decide to go into the restaurant business? Maurice has always wanted a little restaurant, but we couldn’t decide what type. One day, we were discussing how our neighbor across the street owns a hot wings place. That’s when we said, how about a wing place that also serves quick-fix pizza. How did you come up with the name for the restaurant? Crust and Bones is the idea of the restaurant. We want the customers to eat the pizza down to the crust and the wings down to the bones. What has been your greatest test and testimony since making this decision? Since we opened the restaurant in a city (Jackson, Mississippi) that we don’t live in, the traveling has been the hardest. Another challenge has been all of the code inspections. We’re so glad that we have a manager who is knowledgeable of the business and is a great support.
Our greatest contribution has been the restaurant decoration, recipes and staff selection. Most of our children and their friends will make up the staff. The whole family is involved. Even our daughter is working on outfitting the staff. Right now, We’re working on names for the variety of wing choices. The whole process is a lot of work and a lot of fun. Our faith has played such a role in making this decision. We didn’t want to sell beer and alcoholic beverages. A lot of friends told us how much money we would be missing out on, but we don’t want the restaurant to feel “worldly”. God is the reason we are able to do this, therefore we want to honor Him. What has surprised you the most? We are extremely excited about the logo design. A gentleman in Atlanta created exactly what we wanted and we love it!! God has blessed us and we cannot wait to get started.
ELDER JAVIER BAILEY My testimony, declaration of appreciation and loyalty to Holy
I never asked to be baptized at my former church because God had not shown
Nation is deeply seeded in my desire
me that it was the place for such an
to worship with my family in a place
important point in my life. After joining
where we feel loved and spiritually
Holy Nation, the Lord showed me
secure. An example of this feeling
that not only was this the place for my
is found in my recent decision to be baptized at Holy Nation.
familyâ€™s spiritual growth, but that it was the right place for me to symbolically go to the grave, arise and be born again. So, I obeyed
I have been in the Pentecostal church and specifically in
the Lord and I submitted to submersion in the water,
the Church Of God In Christ (COGIC) for almost 20 years.
because this is the right place as God would have it.
Prior to joining the COGIC, I was a member of the Nation of Islam. When I was born, my family was Catholic. So, I had never been water baptized though I am Holy Ghost filled.
First off, I would like to give thanks to my church, Holy Nation Church of Memphis, led by Pastor Andrew and Lady Shirley Perpener for giving me this recognition. I would also like to give thanks to my parents, Herbert and Bertil Alexander, for molding me into a hard working, self-confident woman of God. Last, but definitely not least, I want to say thank you to Jesus Christ for giving me the opportunity to accomplish my goals.
As a young girl I was very active in school as well as in church. I attended Gordon Elementary and performed in the band KIDS N’ Blues, directed by the late Jonah Ellis. The band taught me teamwork, responsibility, and commitment. While other students were playing outside, we were practicing for big events and preparing to perform on television. From this time on I loved being apart of groups. I attended Girls Incorporated where I learned how to play volleyball. Volleyball taught me to interact with people, and how to receive constructive criticism. Our motto at Girls Incorporated is, “Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold”. As an eleventh and twelfth grader at Manassas High School I was captain of the team and helped win three volleyball championships. During my high school years I was involved in many activities such as: volleyball captain, cheerleader captain, and senior class secretary. Being responsible and persistent came natural to me given my up bringing. I graduated from high school on May 21, 2011 as number four out of the entire senior class and received the Manassas
Alumni Scholarship. I was overjoyed to graduate, but I knew
manager and rose to a director. My father worked to support
graduating was only the first step.
our family. The example my parentsâ€™ set showed me that I should strive for greatness, but most importantly, greatness does not
I applied to many different schools and got accepted to all of
come quick. You have to be willing to work hard and everything
them, which made my decision even harder. On top of having to
else will fall in place.
find a college, I had to pick a major. Fortunately, for me, I already had an idea of a major I wanted to study. My parents worked in
I have been a member of Holy Nation Church of Memphis since
healthcare for many years and being able to see the birth of my
January 2005. I was the first youth. My Pastor and First Lady
nephew and godson drew me toward healthcare. My freshman
placed emphasis on doing good in academics while having a
year of college I attended the University of Memphis with a major
connection with God. The youth at my church are acknowledged
in Nursing. I maintained a grade point average of a 4.0, which
for having good grades, which makes us want to work even
was not easy. While in college, I remained active at my church
harder. Our youth pastor is a great motivator while giving
as a usher, greeter, and assistant praise dance coordinator. My
encouragement to all the youth.
family and church gave me encouragement throughout the stresses of having to make great grades and living on campus.
If I had to give advice to the youth I would say set high goals. It is
After my sophomore year at the University of Memphis I decided
important to not cheat or under estimate your self-worth. I know
to transfer to Baptist College Of Health Sciences. Transferring
that God made us in his image, so anything less than great is not
was a hard decision to make because I never transferred to
of God. Hebrews 11:1 says, â€œFaith is the confidence that what we
another school before and I was not sure if I was making the
hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things
right decision. I knew that transferring schools was my decision,
we cannot seeâ€? (NLT). Your faith and knowledge will determine
and I did not want to let myself down. I became a student at
how close you will come to reaching your goals.
Baptist College of Health Science in September of 2013 perusing a degree of Health Science in Nursing. I love it and I can finally say that I made the right decision about transferring schools. I am on a path to have a Bachelors degree of Health Science in Nursing. My parents were great examples. Their guidance helped me become the person I am today. My mother excelled as a case
We have been members of Holy Nation Church of Memphis for 2 ½ years. My husband, Darrion has been working for his current company for nine years. Pastor Andrew was speaking about growing where you are. He was challenging us to get out there to seek what we want and where we want to be. Holy Nation has played such a big role in my husband’s decision. If he had listened to me, his promotion would have taken a lot longer. The direction and teaching that we have been receiving since under Pastor Andrew has been received and has played an integral part in our lives. The most difficult thing has been dealing with the shift change. His faith played a part in his decision making by knowing that God would take care of His own and that God doesn’t make mistakes. Regarding my work background, I have always been open to new positions. It was just in God’s time, not mine. My educational background is in Journalism and Communications. I have a Master’s Degree in Human Resource management, a Bachelor’s in Journalism with a minor in Communications. I, like my husband, was open to the teaching that Pastor has given us. God is in control of every decision for me. If it is meant to be for me, He will let it be so. The most fulfilling part of this change has been being able to be a better provider for our family. We are so glad about our decision. We have been blessed to become more financially stable and being able to help our church grow.
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How long have you been in the catering business?
I have been catering for over 25 years. I got started by doing functions for friends and family, but decided to go into business for myself. My son works in the hotel business and he was a great resource person of equipment, linen and other necessary items needed for my business.
I have a testimony.
As a caterer, I use a down draft stove. It went out and I knew that I had to get another one. They usually cost about $1,700 â€“ $2,500.00. Immediately, I started praying. I knew that I could not pay that much for the stove. Early one morning, the Lord told me to get up and go to a particular store. This store always carries good used appliances. I got up that morning and went where He directed me to go. God told me to get up and go get it. I walked into the store and there was the down-draft stove I needed for only $20.00. I purchased it immediately. Upon leaving the store during another visit, I noticed a half price sign. They told me to bring back my receipt and they would charge me only $10.00 for the stove. I was truly walking in favor. My husband and I were able to install it ourselves. It was just like new, a stainless steel down draft stove. When you walk in the favor of God, He works every time. You have to realize that just because people go to church doesnâ€™t make them believers. I listened to God and acted on what He said. The Lord is good. Whenever God blesses me with an overflow, I always bless someone else.
My family has benefited.
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God has given me favor. When I want something, God favors me. It inspires my children to believe God even more. From my immediate family to distant family, they all know to call me if they want to find a good price for something they want. My family has faith in me to be the bargain hunter for them.
He will bless.
God blesses me, and I like to bless others. Even when I go to garage sales, I ask God to give me favor so that I can find bargains for other people. I donâ€™t mind helping people. I thank God for His favor on me.
My journey started when I lost part of my income due to my second job and relocation to another city. On President’s Day of 2013, I decided to take off from work and enjoy the day. While laying in bed, early that morning watching the news a young man came on talking about this program called “Save my Tennessee Home”. He was stating that if you are having any problems paying your mortgage you might qualify for this program. So I wrote the information down and put it aside. Well, a few months later my cousin Bertil Alexander called me up stating that she got some information for me concerning my mortgage. She told me that a young lady who worked with her got assistance for three years. I told her that I thought that I already had the information. She began to give me the website address. So I went and got the paper that I put down a couple of months ago, and realized that it was the same website. I told my cousin, this is a confirmation from God! My cousin told me not to give up, go through the process. So, I went online, completed the application, and was assigned to meet a counselor downtown. I went downtown to meet with my counselor. While standing in line I start chatting with this young lady. She stated that she was not working and she was several months behind on her mortgage. So I told her I’m working, and also have a small business on the side. She immediately told me I was not qualified - this program was for people that don’t have any income. I said, I didn’t get that memo. I’m going to stay in this line. I have taken off from work, paid this parking fee, took this long walk, somebody else has to tell me this story because I’m not moving. The next step was to meet with a counselor. Well, when I got there she read my paperwork and immediately said I might not be qualified. So I said ok. I don’t feel that in my spirit. So my counselor ran my numbers. My numbers were in that bracket which meant I did qualify, but because I worked a full time job and had a small business on the side, she didn’t want to accept that. So she said she was going to run my numbers again and get back with me at the end of the week. So deep down inside I already knew God had already taken care of this for me.
Later that week she called me back stating that I was qualified and I had to come back and fill out more paperwork to complete the case. After completing the paperwork another young lady came out to say congratulations, and you know that it was nobody but God on your side. I thanked God and I thanked her and walked out. Thank God for what He has done and is about to do for me. Several months later it was finalized. When I went back to meet with the counselor again she told me that they paid my late mortgage and house insurance, which was seven months behind. So all I could say to her was thank you, thank you. Most of all I thank God for taking care of me.
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. My name is Aretha Phillips and I have been a member of Holy Nation since April 2006 and it has been a plum pleasing pleasure to be a part of such a spiritual and enjoyable church where growth is daily and miracles are constant. I respect and appreciate the leadership of my Pastor who is such an inspiration in my life. I appreciate the life that he lives and the walk of faith that he travels. What can I say about Lady Shirley. She is a motivator, a spiritual energizer who keeps going. I appreciate and love you both. November 4, 2012, the devastating news was given that my job of 6 yrs would be closing and relocating out of state. As the news was given, I said in my mind “God I trust you.” As time went on, I put forth faith. The bible says that faith without works is dead. So, I put in over 100 resumes all over the city of Memphis, Cordova and the surrounding areas with a calm spirit. As the weeks approached to a closing date jobs were posted in other areas of the company so I talked with my team leader. She told me to apply for another position within the same company. I was off three days before my office closed. I received an email that I had an 11:00 interview and on February 27, 2012, one day before closing. I said to myself “Oh my, I am not dressed.” I heard the voice of the Lord said “Go.” So, me and God had a talk. I said “Lord show me how to do this. You know I haven’t been on a interview in six years, and I need you to go around the corner and dwell within the manager’s office.” I went to the interview at 11:00 on the 27th, and I went home not worried . When I returned to work on February 28th, I received the news that I would be transferring to a new job same building same company.
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So people of God, I was only unemployed officially 8 hrs. What a mighty God we serve. I have learned the scripture that says “Lean not to thy own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and shall direct thy path.” Stay tuned more blessings and miracles to come. God is not through with me. GODS DIVA07 ARETHA
TESTIMONY CYNTHIA HARRIS, ED. S. I joined Holy Nation Church of Memphis in the year of 2008. When I became a member, I had no idea of the journey that God was about to take me on. I had always wanted to finish school but because of financial stressors within my life, I was not able to fulfill my life-long dream. I attended church on a regular basis and became active in ministry. I was employed with a decent company but did not have a career. I was a divorcee with two sons in my early forties. After a failed marriage, feelings of rejection and failure began to fester within my spirit. One night during bible study, Pastor Andrew began to teach on trusting God with your dreams. The 2013 vision statement for the ministry was “The Year of Seven-fold blessing”. He quoted Philippians, “I can do all things through Christ, which strengthens me.” He then said something l shall never forget. He said sometimes the reason we are not successful and living our dreams is not because of our circumstances, but because of our lack of trust in
God. The enemy will speak to our minds and tell us we are defeated. He repeated the phrase the enemy tries to get “in-a-me”. For the next two months, he emphasized that same point in every message. I began to re-evaluate my life. I could no longer allow the feelings of failure and rejection to dominate me. I had been attending school off and on for the last ten years. I had been taking a class here and there, one semester at a time or one class per year. Holy Nation Church of Memphis revolutionized my faith. While sitting under the leadership of Pastor and Lady Perpener, they taught me the application of God’s word. I currently have a Bachelors of Science in Psychology, a Masters degree in Special Education and Educational Specialist in School Administration. Through the teachings of Pastor Perpener, the Lord gave me strength to accomplish this goal within the span of four years. I am currently pursuing my PH.D.
I have been a member of Holy Nation since Thanksgiving of 2008. I first attended Vacation Bible School and was excited that they had Vacation Bible classes for adults as well as the kids. After attending for a while I realized Holy Nation Church was the type of church that I was looking for somewhere I could be taught how to live from day to day in this Christian walk, and a place to learn how to increase with my walk with God.
side of my head it would have affected my writing hand and my speech. I talk for a living and I would not have been able to continue with my position. My kids have encouraged me through my bad days. They have talked about how God has blessed us. They often tell their friends that sometimes it seems like a distant memory. When I could not cook or clean they took up the slack around the house.
In 2012, I suffered a stroke and I remember not being able to move on my left side. Fear gripped me when they came in and started to tell me about a medicine that, although not often used it may or may not work for me. The doctor also said it may make it worse. I remembered what Pastor said about fear and that it cannot stay in the same place as your faith.
The most challenging thing for me was not being able to do some of the things I used to do, and the fact that I still get tired very easily. I take medicine daily and I must be very careful not to forget to take it, because doing so can cause lapses in my health.
My oldest son was with me and he asked “Mom what do you want to do?” I could see he believed God and at that same moment I felt God say “I got this.” So I allowed them administer the medicine. From that moment on I believed that I was walking in my healing. I knew in my heart I would walk fully, and that God had spared me from the worst of it.
I am becoming stronger and stronger each day. Each month I find myself doing something I couldn’t do before. For example, back in September, I walked in a 5K walk/run and actually placed in my division. I am encouraged that God will continue to transform my life, and that of my family. Even though we suffered a financial setback during these last two years God has always made a way. The most rewarding part is standing by and watching God continue to make a way for my family.
The doctors told me that if the blood clot had been on the right
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Strictly Vettes of Memphis, the premier corvette club of Memphis was established by Maurice Woodard in June 2008 with 11 men and 2 women who were eager to start a new corvette club in Memphis. They were all excited about the idea that their first club shirts read “Coming Soon A New Corvette Club in Memphis”. Strictly Vettes grew to more than 50 members in a two year span. They were organized in August of 2008 and since then have made many strides in the community to show that they were committed to what they believed in,
serving the community. They are changing the community one neighborhood at a time. Strictly Vettes offers a family oriented corvette club and believe family should be involved in all activities. MISSION STATEMENT…Always show a positive image from a corvette club that cares about the Memphis community and give time and resources to the less fortunate.
people interested in corvettes, to promote social activities, to collect and disseminate technical and mechanical information to benefit all corvette drivers and to encourage friendship with other corvette clubs on the local and national levels.
CLUB OBJECTIVE… To bring together
friendly family environment for everyone to enjoy, all while preserving the ‘Camaro’ Muscle Car legacy. The Mid-South Camaro Club is a Non-Profit Organization whose goal is to improve the community through positive outreach programs and support of charitable organizations. They place special emphasis on human services, cultural enrichment, and education. They are a diverse all-inclusive organization, embracing and promoting a
Founded in June 2011 by Ms. Lisa McPherson who envisioned a car club dedicated to community involvement and family values, the Mid-South Camaro Club (MSCC) currently has over 60 dedicated members who share this vision.
the City of Memphis and Shelby County metropolitan area for its professionalism, commitment to excellence and spirit of giving. Their activities are geared first toward serving the community, and secondly, having fun with cars.
MSCC is widely recognized throughout
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#NATIONSTRONG Thank you for reading the premiere issue of The SCOPE Magazine where we are “keeping Holy Nation in view!” We are so excited that God has blessed us with another avenue to empower His people. Our goal is to give our readers a telescopic view into Holy Nation and how we are expanding the kingdom of God. Holy Nation Church of Memphis, under the leadership of Pastors Andrew and Shirley Perpener, is devoted to love, worship, serve, and excel. With the help of our members, partners and friends, we will accomplish the vision for which were created. God impressed upon our founder to build a powerful church and we are just that….powerful. This issue is an introduction of who Holy Nation is, our vision, our beliefs, our ministries and how they operate. We have all heard the phrase “it takes teamwork to make the dreamwork.” That saying is definitely true. It takes a TEAM to do ministry. We are blessed at the Nation to have a strong team of servant leaders and staff who are vital in helping us to operate at such a high level of excellence. We are #nationstrong! Being #NATIONSTRONG is a declaration of who we are. We are a nation of believers who are strong in fulfilling
the perfect will of God. We celebrate the gifts of God in each other, accomplishments, milestone and every victory by stating, texting, tagging in social media and declaring to the world at every opportunity that we are #nationstrong. We pray that you have enjoyed this first issue of many more to come. #NationStrong
Krystal W. O’Neal Editor & Chief General Manager “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” I Peter 2:9
Published on Aug 4, 2014