Newsletter Volume 11, Number 9
IN THIS ISSUE Page 3 Words from our Pastor: “Falling in Love with Jesus” Page 4 Words from our First Lady/Women’s Department Page 5 Multi-Media/Communications Church Retreat (Thanks) Secretary’s Note Choir Department Page 6 Greeters Ministry Ushers Ministry Church Anniversary Information Page 7 Article – Falling in Love with Jesus, Newsletter Ministry Page 8 Newsletter submissions and deadline information
FALLING IN LOVE WITH JESUS
How can you lose by humbling yourself before the One who loved you so much He humbled Himself to die for you and me? Answer: You can't! The first step in restoring your first love is, remembering who Jesus is and what He has done for you and me. Page 3
Pastor Albert J. Mays, Jr. TRUTH TIP: Gossip – Part 2 – Proverbs 20:19 He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.
“I have come to realize that talebearers and slanderers may be liars, but they are ultimately sowers of discord. They are the type of people (friends, family, associates, and members (regardless of titles) of the body of Christ who unethically reveal truths that were meant to be hidden forever or until a certain time. If God erases sins and forgives someone’s past, who are we to bring it up to cause destruction and purposeful hurt to their life? We must be careful with “thus saith the Lord” because anything of and from God will bring cohesion even if it is something that is meant to be torn apart or hurts our personal “feelings”… God’s love is real and trumps anything the enemy sends our way to harm us. Don’t be a gossiper, don’t sow discord and don’t run with tales that aren’t yours to bear. Let us operate in the magnitude of God’s love at all times, thereby alleviating undue stressors to our lives and the lives of those we touch. ~Sis. Monica
9925 Alcan Street ~ El Paso, Texas ~ 79924 915.755.7937 Worship Services SUNDAY: Prayer: 8:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m. Newcomer’s Class: 9:15-10:15 a.m. (last Sunday of the month) WEDNESDAY: Apprentice Class 6:15-6:50 p.m. Intercessory Prayer: 6:30-6:55 p.m. Bible Study: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Young Adult Enrichment Classes: 7:00-8:00 p.m. Men, Women, and Youth Group Study (last Wednesday of the month) THURSDAY: Choir Rehearsal: 7:00 p.m. FRIDAY: Noonday Prayer: 12:00-1:00 p.m. Joy Night: Prayer 7:00-7:25 p.m., Service 7:30-8:30 p.m. (3rd Friday of each month) SATURDAY: Congregational Prayer: 9:00-9:30 a.m. Minister Training: 8:00 – 8:55 a.m. (1st Saturday) Deacon Training: 8-8:55 a.m. (2nd Saturday) Baptismal Class 10-10:30 a.m. (2nd Saturday) Prophetic Class: 8-8:55 a.m. (3rd Saturday) Pastor and Wives Training: 8-8:55 a.m. (4th Saturday) Street Witnessing 10-11:00 a.m. (4th Saturday)
Falling in Love with Jesus By Pastor Albert J. Mays Jr.
My thought for this edition of "Life in the Word Newsletter" is "Falling in Love with Jesus Christ." Today’s pluralistic society is engulfed with institutional racism, materialism, egotism, pride, arrogance, ignorance, superiority, inferiority, poor-self-esteem, fascism, colonialism, irreligious ideology, secular humanistic practices, and etc. One may perceive me as pragmatic and a little graphic; however, if more individuals would fall in love with Jesus Christ, then we would not struggle with the ills of this ungodly world. How can you lose by humbling yourself before the One who loved you so much He humbled Himself to die for you and me? Answer: You can't! The first step in restoring your first love is, remembering who Jesus is and what He has done for you and me. See, Christ did even more than lay aside the glories of heaven. He did even more than give up the tree, independent use of His divine attributes to empty Himself into man. Philippians 2:7-8 states, "But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." How wealthy was Jesus Christ in heaven? …Very, very wealthy. The Bible says that by Him all things were created (Colossians 1:16). So you figure He's got a little bit of change in the bank. He's fabulously wealthy. Paul says Jesus gave up that wealth, His possession and enjoyment of glory, and became not just a human being, but a "bondservant." The Holy Spirit who inspired Paul chose this word carefully. It's the word doulos, which means "slave." It was used of Roman slaves who were the most abused, misused, and ill-treated people of the day. In Jesus' day, you couldn't get any lower than a bondservant. If you were born as a doulos, a slave, you were at the bottom of life's barrel. That's why it bewildered everyone when Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, was born in a dirty stable with the animals, laid in a trough, and wrapped in clothes used for dead people.
As we remember who Jesus Christ is, we also need to remember that Paul wants us to have the same mind-set Jesus had in His self-humiliation. It's the mind-set that says no matter how elevated we may seem to be, we are not so high that we cannot go to the bottom of the barrel if necessary to meet someone's need because Jesus went to the bottom of the barrel for us. On today, let us fall in love with Jesus Christ today because He loved us first and gave us everlasting life. Let us fall in love with Jesus' glory, power, righteousness, holiness, wisdom, love, faith, joy, understanding, and direction. Let us fall in love with Jesus steps and His ways. I understand His ways are not like our ways, but trust Jesus at His Word because He has the power in 2012 to see us through every trial, temptation, roadblock, and hindering/fowl spirit. Let us fall in love with Jesus as we approach a major presidential election. Let us fall in love with Jesus by selecting Him as our Lord, Savior, and propitiator for all our sins. Jesus has the power to translate us out of darkness into His marvelous light. Falling in love with Jesus! Your Brother and Friend!
Pastor Albert J. Mays, Jr.
Pastor Mays encourages all auxiliary leaders and church members to share information, words of wisdom and/or encouragement…in the church newsletter.
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Word of Life Women’s Ministry Evangelist Willie M. Mays, 1st Lady
“Blessed be the Lord, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. The Lord is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed. Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up forever.” (Psalm 28:6-9)
“Blessed be the Lord, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. The Lord is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed. Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up forever”. (Psalm 28:6-9) TWJ Rainbow Feast: Min. Lois Richardson and Dea. Junella Manglona was the captain for Word of Life Ministries. Our color for the event was green and royal blue. Our captains did an outstanding job! We had a lot of support from our church, especially preparing the food and serving. The decorations were great, and we worked together. Church Picnic & Family and Friends Day: Bro. & Evang. Colbert were in charge of the church picnic did a great job. There were games and food for the young and the old. Min. and Sis. Rule did a great job also. They had a lot of donations (food) for the dinner after church, and a lot of the guests stayed to eat. Three prizes were given to the member with the most guests. First, second and third place winner: First place – Min. Michael Williams Second place – Sis. Maria Natera Third place – Sis. Lakeysha Rule The Wedding: Brenton & Elexis Fogle-Gibbs had a beautiful wedding; the wedding and reception was held at Word of Life Ministries. They had great support. May God bless their marriage! The food at the reception in the fellowship hall was delicious. The food was donated by some of the church members. May God bless them for their giving. Women’s Sunday: The theme: “The Anointing Brings Power” The Choir sang songs about the anointing and power of God, and the skit was about the anointing and power of God. The anointing and power of God was all over the building. The Mighty and Powerful God were in control. I thank God for the women of Word of Life for all the work and love they show to others. FALLING IN LOVE WITH JESUS made a difference in my life. My relationship has improved for the better! Always make sure we put God first before anyone else. My main focus is to let God know how much I love him. It’s not about me anymore but it’s about being in love with him. The work that I do, I will always give him the glory for the anointing and power He has giving to me. God said, in His word, He will not share His glory with no one. Praise the Lord for His favor!
Mother Willie Mae Mays Life in the Word Newsletter
The WOL Media Ministry would like to thank the WOL family, for their support of the Media Ministry. This is a ministry of excellence and we are overjoyed. There will be opportunities for WOL members to participate in up-coming commercials and church marketing initiatives. For more information, please see Sis. Merriweather or email email@example.com. If you have visual presentations, we ask that you keep it less than 45 seconds in length. "All things are possible to him that believeth" Mark 9:23. May God bless and keep you always. I thank everyone for continuing to uplift the multi-media ministry. Elder Darren Colona
WORD OF LIFE MINISTRIES, INC MULTI-MEDIA MINISTRY “Doing All That We Do In Reverence to God”
Elder Darren Colona, Operations Director Monica Merriweather, Admin Director
Church Retreat The WOL Annual Church Retreat was a phenomenal success!!! The Colona family would like to thank all who were participants during this grand occasion. A special thanks to all Teachers, you all were fantastic and the reviews from participants were outstanding!!! This was a very blessed time that God allowed us to spend with each other. To Pastor and Mother Mays we say thank you for making this event possible for the parishioners of WOL. Lastly I would like to thank Missionary Jasmine Colona for her tenacious and unyielding work ethic to make sure that this event was coordinated in the spirit of excellence. Awesome Job to all!!! May God bless and keep you always, Elder Darren Colona
From the Secretary If your information has changed, please let me know as soon as possible. If you would like to schedule an appointment to speak with Pastor Mays, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Sis Sherry Leapheart, WOL Secretary
CHOIR MINISTRY Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, I love Jesus! How about you? As a little girl, I remember making up little rhymes to match the poem. As an adult, we sing songs penned by Jonathan Butler like, “Falling in Love with Jesus” or “More than anything” by Lamar Campbell. People express their love differently. When we enter into our worship of God, do we clap our hands, do we sing a song, write a poem, serenade God with words of thanksgiving and praise, or do tears fall from our eyes, because there is nothing we can say out of our mouths that can explain our feelings? Whatever your expression may be, the next time we’re doing a song, whether it is an inspirational song, or during praise and worship, think back to when you first fell in love with Jesus and He WAS more than anything. God Bless! Min. Lois Richardson Choir President
From the Newsletter Ministry: LET US OPERATE IN… Love instead of hate Power instead of weakness Faith instead of fear, Kindness instead of envy... “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.” Galatians 5:22-26
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Greeters’ Ministry Mission Statement
Grace and peace be multiplied unto you from GOD our Father and the LORD Jesus Christ. I would like to thank everyone for attending the meeting on Saturday Sept 8th; it was a great turn out! I would like to give special thanks to our newest member Sis Berkley for joining our team. Remember: As we continue to grow and follow Jesus and the pastor he has placed over this ministry, we will be blessed from the head on down.
“To greet our members and visitors as well as making sure every guest feels welcome in the house of the Lord by providing a warm and friendly atmosphere in love”.
Matthew 16:24 states: Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. With that mind as an usher we should have an open spirit to give thanks unto Lord on any day he calls for us to serve! Remember Ushers were no different from the disciples we all have to deny our self and carry our own cross!
Hello Saints! I greet you in the name of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. I recently thought about what a wonderful responsibility the greeter’s ministry has at Word of Life. We have a unique opportunity because the greeters are one of the first individuals a person will encounter when they come into our church. This means that we as greeters have the ability to directly shape a person’s worship experience through our words, actions or deeds.
Aspiring Missionary Kalish Nelson
However, I now realize that this responsibility also extends beyond just the greeters ministry. 1 Corinthians 12:20 tells us that we are many members yet one body. Therefore it is every member’s responsibility to ensure anyone choosing to worship at Word of Life is able to experiences the joy, peace and love of Christ that is promised in his word. We accomplish this by displaying the fruit of the spirit found in Galatians 5:22. Sometimes we my easily underestimate how a heartfelt hello, hug or handshake can brighten someone’s morning. Jeremiah 31:3 says therefore with love and kindness have I drawn thee.
12th Church Anniversary
So Saints of God, I challenge you today to step out of your comforts zones by venturing beyond the normal circles of friendships that you may have become accustomed to. Let’s all purpose in our hearts to make a positive impact on someone else’s life today by showing them the fruit that is planted on the inside of us. Greeter: Sister Lakeysha Rule
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WOL will host its 12th Annual Banquet and Church Anniversary on November 17 - 18, 2012. The banquet will take place on November 17th. Tickets are $25.00 for adults, $11.00 for children ages 4-11, and free for children 3 years of age and younger. The Annual Church Anniversary service will take place on November 18th during the evening service which will be followed by a special Thanksgiving dinner. POCs for the banquet are Evangelist and Minister Williams. POCs for the anniversary service are Deaconess Manglona or Sister Tiffanie Johnson for anniversary evening program. A souvenir journal will be available for purchase at both events. If you are interested in placing a sponsorship ad, please see Sis. Monica. October 2012
Falling in Love with Jesus Caused Me to Build My Faith and Give My Time…Without Grudging Sis Monica Newsletter Editor
When we fully believe, doubt has no opportunity to cause us not to trust God. It’s just like getting out of bed while your eyes are still closed and knowing that when you swing your feet out of the bed…the floor is still there. That’s faith and trust.
My study for myself this past week: Building My Faith and Giving My Time–It’s A Process. Sometimes we often refrain from charitable works…including the giving of time, talent and finances…for one reason only: LACK OF FAITH.
Tidbit: It’s okay to request that someone not pray for you…especially if their own faith is weak and their exhibitions towards living declare that they have little respect for Our Father. In churches around the world, ministers and others get offended if a parishioner goes up for prayer and make a request for someone other than them to pray for them…that’s not judging, that’s using God’s gift of common sense.
How do we build up our faith?… By spending time with God in fervent prayer. What is meant by fervently praying?… …It is by the pouring out of our hearts to God with real faith knowing that He hears us. …It is shutting out the cares of the world and even our own cluttered minds at times. …It is zoning out to the point that you feel as if you’ve left earth and embraced, infiltrated and attained to the very throne of God. …It is getting to the point that even if the phone rings, you can’t hear it. …It is the knowing…not thinking…but knowing that you are In His Presence! Fervently praying is no joke! If we were once at that point in our prayer life with the Lord but no longer feel that connection…it’s time to make some ‘travel plans’ to get back on the ‘right road’ with every part of our being and all that is within us. It’s not all about asking him for something (materially) for ourselves. It’s okay to do a ‘faith walk’ around a house or building and laying hands on a car that we want…by faith… but it’s not always about that. That’s selfishness…especially if that is the only time prayer is exercised. He is the only one who truly knows our needs and wants. James 5:16b – The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
RECAP: I don’t claim to have “made it”…but the one thing I do know is that my faith is intact and I can profess that loud and proud because it took a long time for me to get to that point. Reality check: We should pray for one another. The only way we can truly know that God will hear our prayer for others is to be in His will. Fervently praying is serious. Yes. We can say a little prayer for situations, to start the day and before eating, etc., but there is something about being in the Lord’s Presence…just because. A long time ago, I had so much doubt that God even existed that I fell into a deep depression. I mean I was questioning EVERY THING. It took the faith of a dear friend in North Carolina, at the time, to pray for me and help me get to the point to understand that the same God that saved me, is the same God that exists whether I see him or not. Prayer is powerful. That was a miracle in my life because I was truly headed for destruction…it’s a testimony but also proof that the enemy comes against you hard…especially AFTER you profess your faith and belief in Christ.
Obviously no human is utterly righteous…but righteous in the sense that you cannot stand ‘wrong doing’ even of yourself. Psalm 66:18 – If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me. When we get to the point of having the type of faith in which we know God hears us…we can matter-of-factly state those next verses (19, 20) without a doubt – But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.
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Your deeds are a reflection of your ‘living arrangements’ with Christ. If all you do is complain, moan and gripe…please don’t lay hands on me. Misery loves company and two people who cannot see the road ahead cannot truly get to their destination… Again, it takes faith…indeed.
God’s grace and mercy, the prayer of my friend and my mustard seed of faith is how I GOT THIS FAR, BY FAITH. Sis. Monica -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Deadlines for Newsletter Submissions November Issue Deadline: October 29, 2012 All auxiliary leaders are encouraged to contribute to the Life in the Word Newsletter. In addition to any events or recaps of events, please share words of encouragement with Word of Life parishioners, visitors and friends. The Life in the Word Newsletter is a tool that our spiritual leaders (Pastor and Mother Mays) have made available to members and visitors of Word of Life Ministries. The purpose is to not only provide information and updates about the happenings within each ministry, but to share words of inspiration and encouragement. If you are interesting in being a part of the newsletter staff please email email@example.com.
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