BRADEN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 2013 LAWRENCE AVENUE TOLEDO, OHIO 43606
CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION 1908 – 2008
Jesus Christ is Lord and whom He sets free is freed indeed. Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors. Wynston E. Dixon, M. Div. Pastor
DEDICATION To the many dedicated men/women of Braden United Methodist Church who made tremendous personal sacrifices and financial contributions to help shape the future of thousands of young boys and girls in this community instilling value, integrity and religious discipleship. To the current men/women of Braden, who have accepted the challenge of serving humankind, in spite of their own personal hardships and inconveniences. WE ASK GODâ€™S BLESSING UPON YOU ALL.
Dear Parishioners and Friends, Our dreams today become tomorrow's realities for the people of th God. As we celebrate our 100 Church Anniversary and give special recognition to those deserving, we give thanks to God for allowing our seed to germinate and take root. These years have been progressive and filled with challenges, yet we have come this far with hope, faith, and love. Our task is not only to celebrate the past, but to build on these accomplishments. We stand on the brink of "new possibilities" as we approach the future with great hope. We must therefore press forward towards the goals and challenges that lie ahead. God has greater things for Braden United Methodist Church to accomplish in the years ahead. God has not called us to be successful; He has called us to be faithful. We sincerely welcome our distinguished guests to our Centennial Celebration. As we follow the command of Jesus Christ to launch out into the deep, we will no longer sit on the shores and cast our lines into the shallow waters. We have ventured into ―swim or sink‖ territory. It is much ―easier‖ to let someone else do our thinking and, our writings for us determine our future, but if we humble ourselves and submit to the will of God for our lives and our church, we will be abundantly blessed. As we celebrate our blessings, let us be mindful that the will of God will never lead us where His grace and mercy could not keep us. Remember, where God leads, he provides. In other words, we should …"be steadfast in all things, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that our toil is not in vain" (I Corinthians 1 5:58). It has been a great pleasure and inspiration for us to be a part of this historic event. We express deep appreciation to the Centennial Committee, subcommittees, members, community and friends for their hard work and loving spirit. Special thanks to Vince M. Davis for heading our Centennial Celebration. May God bless and sustain you, and fill you with the presence of His Holy Spirit. Wynlita and I are glad to be your parsonage family— we love the ministry, and we love you. Elder Wynston E. Dixon
"WITH GOD AND TOGETHERNESS, WE CANNOT FAIL.”
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF ELDER WYNSTON E. DIXON Pastor Wynston E. Dixon was born in Liberia, West Africa. He answered the call of God on his life in the sixth grade, through the Holy Ghost teachings of his Bible teacher, Rev. Joel Leroy. After receiving his high school diploma from Ricks Institute (1974), Pastor Dixon graduated with honors in Theology from Cuttington University College in Liberia (1979), where he served as President of the Student Government. During his presidency, he represented the University and his country at an international meeting of student leaders in Tripoli, Libya. While at Cuttington University College, Pastor Dixon was appointed by the President of Liberia, Dr. William R. Tolbert, Jr. to serve on the preparatory committee responsible for hosting all African heads of state for the Organization of African Unity Conference (OAU). He also was a guest of the president on an official state visit to Angola. A recognized religious scholar and leader in school, church and community, he was first ordained a Deacon by the United Methodist Church Bishop (and Vice President of Liberia) Bennie D. Warner. Later he served as Assistant Pastor of A.D. Williams United Methodist Church and Associate Pastor of the Harbel Community Church in Firestone, Liberia. Pastor Dixon came to the United States in 1982 to pursue his graduate studies. Shortly after obtaining the Masters of Divinity degree from Perkins Divinity School at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas (1986), Pastor Dixon was accorded his Elder's Orders by the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1990. He was ordained by Bishop Edsel A. Ammons. Since that time, he has grown from Associate Minister, under the able tutelage of the Rev. Dr. Fred Heath, Jr. of Gaines United Methodist Church, to Pastor of the Milford-Calvary United Methodist Church of Milford, Ohio, where he served for seven years (1988-1995). He has further served as Pastor of the following churches: Asbury North United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio for five years (1995-2000); Asbury United Methodist Church of Toledo, Ohio (2000-2005); and in June, 2005 was appointed Pastor of Braden United Methodist Church in Toledo, Ohio where he is currently serving. In 1993, while at Milford-Calvary United Methodist Church, Pastor Dixon mobilized the Milford community - including ministers, housing officials and Milford schoolsâ€™ employees and parents to express concerns about racial incidents in the Jr. High School, and the lack of minorities in top positions in the Milford school system. The group called on the school system to aggressively recruit and employ African American teachers and administrators, as well as promote diversity and awareness and to offer sensitivity training to its staff. After 15 months of pressure, the Board hired its first black Administrator, adopted a district-wide diversity policy and hired a consultant to promote diversity or awareness of different races, cultures, and religions within the Milford community. Page 2
Among a few of his many affiliations and outreach ministries, Pastor Dixon was a volunteer Chaplain at Hillcrest High School, a member of the University of Cincinnati (Clermont College) Task Force on Racial and Cultural Diversity that recruits, develops and retains minority faculty and students. He also served as a member of the Milford Police Department Oral Interview Board, which interviews candidates for police officers and further served on the Eastern Community Advisory Committee for Bank One. Pastor Dixon has served Christ, the church, and the community in numerous areas including; The Conference Committee on Cross-Racial Appointment The West Ohio Black Methodist for Christ Renewal The West Ohio Board of High Education The District Board of Ordained Ministry, Wilmington District The District Board of Trustees, Toledo District The Black Methodist Minister Fellowship, Toledo, Ohio Chaplain and Treasurer The Kiwanis Club, Milford Ohio The Urban Ministry Committees The Board of Directors of the Communities Developer’s Program Asbury North UMC Member East Side Minister Fellowship, Columbus Ohio Member of the Juvenile Jail Chaplaincy Program, Cincinnati Ohio
Pastor Dixon is a man with vast experience and educational backgrounds. Pastor Dixon is a great preacher and teacher of Scripture and believes that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God. He feels blessed to be used by the Almighty God to proclaim His powerful Word. Pastor Dixon is the proud father of one daughter, Wynlita. His parents are Rachel Worrell-Dixon (deceased) and Nehemiah F. Dixon, Sr. He has four brothers; Harvey, Wallace, Nehemiah and Dave of which he is the youngest and one sister, Tina.
We Welcome Our Guest Speaker Dr. Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. Rev. Dr. Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. is Pastor Emeritus of St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas, where he served for 28 years. He was Adjunct Professor of Preaching at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University for 24 years. Known as much for his community activism as his preaching and teaching, Dr. Holmes was elected to the Texas House of Representatives from 1968-1972, while he also served as a United Methodist District Superintendent. He is the author of Reaching for Renewal (1991), Encountering Jesus (1992), and When Trouble Comes (1996). Dr. Holmes has also written chapters in Our Time Under God Is Now (1993) and Power in the Pulpit: How America’s Most Effective Black Preachers Prepare Their Sermons (2002). He is widely known for his role as narrator and host of the well-known Disciple I Bible Study video series produced by Abingdon Press. Dr. Holmes is a graduate of Houston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas and has two graduate degrees from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. In 2001 he was recognized as one of the Civil Right’s Movement’s “Invisible Giants” in the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute in Selma, Alabama. Zan and his wife, Carrie, reside in Dallas, Texas and Los Angeles, California.
Braden United Methodist Church Former Pastors
Rev. William C. Davis Serving from 1986 ~1996
Rev. Albert L. Reed, Pastor Emeritus Serving from 1966 ~ 1996
Rev. Donnetta R. Peaks (Interim) Serving from 2005 ~June Rev. Roland J. Moore Serving from 1996 ~2004 Page 12
HISTORY OF BRADEN FIRST 25 YEARS 1908 – 1933
Braden United Methodist Church owes it origin to a small group of dedicated Christians who became the nucleus to organize a Methodist Church in Toledo, Ohio sometime during the year 1908. They dedicated it to the Lord and named it the Canton Street Mission and became a part of the Methodist Church system. Prior to 1908 this dedicated group was meeting from home to home as a prayer band. Records show that some of those dedicated persons were Mr. & Mrs. Louis Allen, Beverly Harris, Bettie Williams, Charles Thomas, Anna Bland, Mary High, George Weatherly, Lela Harris and Mayme Smith. As a part of the Methodist Church, in 1908 the Lexington Conference sent Rev. George Chinn of Columbus Ohio to Toledo to pastor the Canton Street Mission. In 1918, Rev, Charles J. Johnson was sent to pastor the Mission while Dr. D. Skelton was serving as District Superintendent. Naturally, during the first few years this young church was plagued by what seemed like insurmountable hardships and financial burdens. But as the black population grew so did the Mission. Everyone felt that the Mission could better serve the black community, if they relocated. After much prayer and at the urgings of the Holy Spirit, in 1920 the congregation purchased the northeast corner of City Park at Belmont Avenues. There were two buildings on this property at that time, therefore one was used as a place of worship until a church building could be built and the other was used as a parsonage. Pastor Johnson and a few loyal members with the help of friends began making plans to erect a church building. A donation was given by the Board of Missions and Church Extension of the Methodist Church to help defray the cost. In May 1924, the dedicated little flock, still with the Rev. Charles J. Johnson as Pastor, moved into a newly built, one room church structure. At the dedication service by Bishop Matthew W. Clair, Sr., the church was named ―Braden‖ in honor of Dr. John Braden, President of Walden University of the Methodist Church at Nashville, Tennessee. Reverend Johnson continued to serve faithfully until 1927 when Rev. J. M. Hayden was appointed and served during the lean years of the depression, followed by Rev. B. H. Williams who served until 1931 when Rev. J. C. Hayes was appointed to serve. Each Pastor brought new dynamics and growth to the congregation. Rev. J. W. Chinn was appointed in 1933 bringing with him a new kind of dignity and punctiliousness.
HISTORY OF BRADEN SECOND 25 YEARS 1933-1958 In 1933 Rev. J. W. Chinn was appointed to Braden Church bringing with him a new kind of dignity and punctiliousness. 1935 brought to Braden the quiet leadership of Rev. Clarence T. R. Nelson for three years. Pastor Nelson had the distinct honor of helping to organize the Brotherhood of Methodist Men in the City. Pastor Nelson holds the distinction of being the only pastor, to have served Braden, and went on to be appointed as District Superintendent in the Methodist Church system. The evangelic style and character of Rev. Charles H. Wilkins in 1938 brought to Braden new and different challenges that guided the church forward to new heights. Then Rev. J. C. Hayes was reappointed for a second time and remained for a year. History has it that he was the only Pastor to have served Braden two separate times. In 1940, the Rev. G. G. Morgan followed the second term of Rev. Hayes and brought with him a great wealth of knowledge about the workings of missions in the Methodist Church. Following Rev. Morgan in 1942 was the memorable Rev. John H. Simpson who served ten years growing Braden to a church that was involved in many aspects of missions. Having served ten years, Rev. Simpson set the stage for other long-term pastorates at Braden. In 1952 the resourceful and wisdom-filled Rev. George W. Sherard was appointed Pastor. During his tenure, the church began raising funds to secure a new church home. It was during his administration that the beautiful church building, (Washington Congregational Church) on the northwest corner of West Woodruff and Lawrence Avenues was listed for sale at $100,000.00. With much prayer, dedication and with their faith in the Lord Jesus, the small congregation of Braden Methodist Church prayerfully paid an initial $25,000.00 down and continued to work to build up their funds in order to be ready when it was time to move into that grandiose worship facility. It was something that they could have only dreamed and prayed for and the Lord provided because of their faith and dedication. When Rev. I. R. Sumner was appointed in 1955, he continued the dream and on Sunday, October 14, 1956, the small but faithful congregation of Braden moved into their new and present facility. Rev. Sumner remained at Braden until 1959.
HISTORY OF BRADEN THIRD 25 YEARS 1959-1983
The 1958 appointment by the Conference brought to Braden Methodist Church, a persuasive dreamer, the Rev. Merrill E. Nelson. During his tenure the continuation of many great accomplishments happened. Braden was able to pay off the new church mortgage in full on March 28, 1965. The burning of the mortgage worship service was a celebration of the faith, dedication and commitment by those worshippers. In the spring of 1966, Bishop Gerald Ensley of the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Churches appointed Rev. Albert L. Reed to Braden United Methodist Church. Rev. Reed a young, energetic pastor, full of new ideas and concepts brought Braden’s congregation to numbers never known in the history of the church. Under his leadership, changes were made to the facility, new organizations were created and the men’s ministry flourished. One of the ministry teams that were organized was the Pastoral Care Committee; a ministry team dedicated to assisting the Pastor and his family in any way possible. This ministry team prayed daily for the Pastor, his family and the well being of the ―Church‖. Rev. Reed was a force to be reckoned with in the community and at the annual conferences convened at Lakeside, Ohio in June of each year. Rev. Reed served Braden faithfully for 20 years; the longest tenure of any pastor in the history of Braden. Under his leadership Braden met and overcame the challenges of the 1960’s and 1970’s of racial unrest and discrimination, not only in the city of Toledo but also in the West Ohio Conference. Led by Rev. Reed, Braden continued to face the challenges of a changing society and community with confidence and courage. In 1986 the Bishop moved Rev. Reed away from Braden United Methodist Church.
HISTORY OF BRADEN FOURTH 25 YEARS 1984 – 2008 As Rev. Albert L. Reed’s leadership continued from one-quarter century into the next quarter century and his name became well known in the community and within the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Churches. He was the youngest pastor ever assigned to Braden United Methodist Church. Pastor Reed was an activist for equal rights, not only for the black race but also for all people and opened the first black owned bookstore in the City of Toledo. Many Sundays, the Black Panthers would attend the worship service because of Pastor Reed’s involvement in the black community. Sunday after Sunday the congregation overflowed to the balcony and the overflow room. For the first time since the merger to United Methodist the conference experienced the leadership of two African American men, Bishop Edsel Ammons as the Resident Bishop of WOC and at the Toledo District level Rev. Vance Sumner as District Superintendent. Rev. Fred Heath became our second African American District Superintendent over the Toledo District. Following Pastor Reed’s 20-year leadership, in 1986 Bishop Edsel Ammons appointed Rev. William C. Davis, whose quiet but forceful demeanor continued to keep Braden in the forefront of the community. Pastor Davis, with his family, worked diligently to ensure that all the ministries continued to be effective. Two of the most important programs that were developed under his leadership with the assistance of Mildred Oglesby were ―Save Our Boys‖ under the guidance of Calvin White and the Toledo Ecumenical Youth Council, which met weekly under the guidance of Yolanda Robinson and Rahwae Shuman. Braden purchased a new parsonage and its first church van. After 10 years of serving the congregation, Bishop Judith Craig appointed Pastor Davis to Calvary United Methodist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1996, Pastor Roland J. Moore and his family came and brought with him the spirit of the future. He wanted to see Braden grow into the church that God had called it to be and set up program ministries to accomplish that goal. The youth attended the annual conferences and were involved in the Black Methodist for Church Renewal (BMCR) attending the Ministerial Recruitment Institute (MRI) each year to learn of God’s goodness, worshiping and socializing with other Christian youth and a liturgical dance team was organized. Dr. Margaret Mallory was the first African American woman appointed District Superintendent and under her leadership many members of Braden served on district committees: Rev. Moore and Marie Bush – Nominations, Marie Bush and Eva TuckerLingo Superintendent Committee, Charles Tuggle – District Trustees, Annette Savage Building and Relocation, Gloria Layson and Kenneth Dantzler also served. Gloria Layson is currently District Lay Leader and Marie Bush has served as chair of Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministries and now serves on the Board of Ministries and Vice Chair of the Episcopacy Committee that advises and consults with the Bishop.
HISTORY OF BRADEN FOURTH 25 YEARS (Continued) During the 89th Homecoming celebration in 1997, Rev. Merrill E. Nelson who served Braden from 1959-1966 was honored with the overflow room being named the Merrill E. Nelson Fellowship Hall. In 1998, Pastor Moore had two major surgeries. During his period of convalescence, Minister Emma J, Collins (who had assisted Pastor Davis and Pastor Moore) became the interim Pastor. She served faithfully from March through June and then was appointed by the Bishop as Pastor of New Horizon UMC located on Hill Avenue, Toledo, Ohio. In 2004, the Bishop moved Pastor Moore and family to McKinley UMC in Dayton, Ohio and brought in Pastor Donnetta Peaks as an interim pastor until a permanent pastor could be assigned to Braden. Under her leadership the ―Shepherds‖ ministry was developed and she revived the periodic publishing of ―The Steeple‖, Braden’s newsletter. In June, 2005, Bishop William Ough appointed Elder Wynston E. Dixon to Braden. Born in Liberia, West Africa, he was the first pastor appointed to the church that was currently residing in Toledo. Pastor Dixon brought with him a determination to biblically teach the congregation of the goodness of God and how to live as God has called. He endeavored to teach the congregation the importance of being good stewards of the resources God provides and stretching out on faith; teaching that bricks and mortar are not the temple of God, but each individual represents the temple of God and that wherever we may be, we are to seek to win souls for Christ. Pastor Dixon, being a proponent of education encouraged the Church Council to begin a Scholarship Fund to assist persons interested in furthering their education. Members were asked to donate $1.00 per week or $52.00 per year. The Tween Teen program was organized to bring youth together between the ages of 9 and 12 to learn of God’s goodness and the importance of assisting senior and others in need. On May 18, 2008, during a Church Conference the congregation overwhelmingly voted to move from the building located at 2013 Lawrence Avenue and to share/utilize space with another congregation due to the extreme expenses involved in the maintenance, utility cost and overall upkeep of the building. Being here for the centennial year has brought many challenges which Pastor Dixon has faced with patience and determination and much prayer. The first Sunday in June kicked off the Centennial Celebration with a Memorial and Candle Lighting Ceremony for the deceased members of Braden. One Hundred Candles were lit on the alter symbolizing 100 years of ministry in the City of Toledo. Pastor Dixon’s message was most appropriate taken from Philippians 4:4-13 entitled, ―Look Where the Lord Has Brought Us From‖. The month of September was dedicated to recognizing some of the former pastors of Braden who are still in ministry. The first Sunday in September, was in honor Rev. Albert L. Reed, and for his 20 years of service the church agreed to bestow upon him the honor of Pastor Emeritus of Braden United Methodist Church.
HISTORY OF BRADEN FOURTH 25 YEARS (Continued) The second Sunday in September, Rev. William C. Davis who served 10 years at Braden delivered the message ―A Devine Investment‖ taken from the 1 Samuel 16:1-13. Pastor Davis is currently pastoring Calvary United Methodist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. The third Sunday brought Rev. Roland J. Moore who served 7 years at Braden whose message was taken from Matthew 14:22-36 ―A Day at the Lake‖. He is currently serving as Pastor of East Glenville United Methodist Church in Cleveland, Ohio. Closing out the month of September was Rev. Donnetta Peaks who served an interim term of 6 months who took her text from Nehemiah 2:1-20, ―No More Sadness‖. Pastor Peaks is currently pastoring Covenant United Methodist Church and Springfield Central United Methodist Church in Springfield, Ohio. First Sunday of October was a service of Holy Communion and a candle lighting ceremony for Mental Illness in recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week. Pastor Dixon’s message was taken from Matthew 21:33-46 entitled ―Will You Also Reject God?‖ A formal banquet was held at the Clarion Hotel Ballroom on Friday, October 10, 2008, where many Government officials were in attendance and the guest speaker was Rev. Dr. Zan W. Holmes, Former Professor of Preaching, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. Saturday, October 11, 2008, Rev. Dr. Holmes held a Bible Study class at Braden. The culmination of the centennial celebration on Sunday, October 12, 2008 will bring again the dynamic Rev. Dr. Zan W. Holmes as the guest preacher. Bishop Duane Tisdale and Friendship Baptist Church will be our guest preacher and choir at a 5:00pm evening worship service. Over the past 100 years, many outstanding persons have come out of Braden, as well as several pastors and ministers including Pastors Josephine Whitely-Fields, Theodore Whitely, Donald Murray, Emma Collins, Waverly Early, James Christopher Matthews, and Saroya King; Ministers Sylvia Williams, Andre’ Ballard, Morell Fonfield, Gloria Layson, Janet Orr, and Bessie Jennings (deceased) just to name a few. A profound teacher of the scriptures, steeped in biblical knowledge, Pastor Dixon endeavors to share his biblical knowledge with his parishioners each and every Sunday as God directs his path for him and Braden into the next 100 years.
“We Have Come This Far By Faith!”
Braden United Methodist Church 100 Hundred Years of Celebrating Our Christian Heritage
In loving memory of
Louis and Louise Allen They were anointed by God and saw the vision for Braden Methodist Church. â€œWhere there is no vision, the people perish.â€? Proverbs 29:18
The Allen Family The Brown Family Page 21
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.. Romans 12: 6-8
In Loving Memory of
Verlie M. Lindsey 1889-1992 Born in 1889 is Starkville, Mississippi. Daughter of Columbus E.Moody, a Methodist minister and Tennie Edwards Moody, a school teacher. She was included in the first copy of Who’s Who in Methodism in 1952. She received degrees from four Historically Black Colleges: Rusk College, Tuskegee Institute, Tennessee State, and Arkansas State University. Additional degrees earned at the University of Toledo. In 1940 became the first black Home Demonstrator Agent As a member of Braden she served as Lay Leader, Lay Delegate to the Lexington Annual Conference, and headed the Women Society of Christian Services (W.S.C.S), and YWCA Toledo Council of Page 22 Churches
Braden United Methodist Nurses Ministry Congratulations! 100th Years of Service
Left to Right: Ruby Hill, Mozell Hill, Beatrice Easterly, Lois Lipkins, Deanna Webb and Bertha Henson
BRADEN UMC As you celebrate Your
From your Brothers & Sisters of the WEST OHIO CONFERENCE
BMCR CAUCUS RUTH LAWSON, CHAIRPERSON
Welcome Lord! We anticipate Your Arrival Your Annointing Your Deliverance In this Place Your Power Your Mercy Your Spirit
We Invite You In Come Into This Place Meet Us With Your Grace
We Invite You In Come On! Enter In! You Are Welcome Into Our Hearts
Holy, Lord God Almighty We Will PRAISE
We Will Give You PRAISE! Byron Cage Page 25
CENTENNIAL WORSHIP CELEBRATION BRADEN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ―Making Disciples for Jesus Christ‖ October 12, 2008 22nd Sunday after Pentecost 10:30 A.M. ****************************************************************************************** PRELUDE
LIGHTING OF THE CANDLES PROCESSIONAL
Alan Durden and Kobe Tillman
“We’ve Come This Far By Faith”
Choir & Clergy
WELCOME *CALL TO WORSHIP: Pastor Dixon Pastor: Our mission as the church is often like a ship, tossed on the sea. People: Church history has recorded many storms; but Christ always brings calm, encouraging his followers. Pastor: We have our bouts with fear and discouragement, too. But we can be sure our Lord will see us through. People: We worship Jesus, the Son of God who is with us in all our struggles, bringing peace to our souls .HYMN OF PRAISE
“God of Grace and God of Glory” (#577) Congregation
PRAYER OF CONFESSION (in unison) Father of grace and power, whose Son gives victory over life's most violent storms: Strengthen our faith as we commit ourselves to the ministry of your church; that we may be secure in our relationship with you, and true to our mission in our world. We love your church, Father, because we enjoy its security in a life of insecurity. But even within your church we experience fear when we give thought to the tremendous forces which sweep over us as if we were defenseless. Forgive us when we have surrendered our faith to the forces of evil. Keep us mindful of your presence and power that we may rejoice with you in the victory of your church. We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen. ANNOUNCEMENTS / WELCOME GUESTS
Dr. Marie L. Bush
(Let us greet one another as a sign of Christ’s love.)
Marla Brown, District Superintendent Senator Teresa Fedor,11th Senate District Mayor Carty Finkbeiner Rep. Edna Brown House District 48
“I’m Going to Let it Shine”
Braden Children’s Choir
Philippians 3:12-16 (page 1044)
Annette Savage Lay Leader Page 26
MINISTRY OF MUSIC
“Yes God is Real”
Braden Centennial Choir
INTRODUCTION OF PREACHER SPECIAL SELECTION
Pastor Wynston E. Dixon
“Jesus Christ Is the Way” Braden Centennial Choir
“Have you Learned the Lesson of the Loaves” Mark 6:30-52
Rev. Dr. Zan W. Holmes, Jr., Pastor Emeritus St. Luke “Community” U. M. C. Dallas, Texas
INVITATION TO DISCIPLESHIP PRESENTATION OF OUR TITHES and OFFERINGS
Vince Davis, Centennial Chair Charles Tuggle, Council Chair
“We Thank Thee God” (Insert)
Rev. Dr. Zan W. Holmes, Jr.
*SENDING FORTH Anniversary Quotation “You cannot change yesterday because it is gone! You can change tomorrow with God’s ability and Your availability, your courage and determination!” Sermon Notes
ASSISTING IN WORSHIP TODAY: Greeters: Cassandra Allen & Dianna Gambrell Acolytes: Alan Durden and Kobe Tillman Page 27
HOSPITALS / NURSING HOMES / REHAB CENTERS Remember the following members and friends in your prayers. George Allen, Jr. Harold Young
Whitehouse Country Manor Alexis Garden
Sick and Shut-In
Beene, Asia Bussey, Lincoln Sr.
Cohen, Quinters Coleman, Mildred Harper, Josephine Madeve, Fred Russell, Edna Seay, Lawrence Shoecraft, Velma Sisson, Elizabeth Steele, Lucille Tucker, Doretha Stewart, Rebecca
11239 Waterville St. 4560 Alexis Rd., Apt. #236
Allen, H. Carlton Greene, Lula Hadley, Mr. & Mrs. Leroy Hill Sr., Glandoy Owens, Saundrea J. Phillips, Odessa M. Simmons, Loretta & Roosevelt Sneed, Josephine West, Wilbert
DAILY BIBLE READING GUIDE
October 12 â€“ October 18 The Books of Esther (Listen to the Lord speak as you read) Day / Chapter Sun. Esther 4 Mon. Esther 5
Day / Chapter Tue. Esther 6 Wed. Esther 7
Day / Chapter Thurs. Esther 8 Fri. Esther 9
Day / Chapter Sat. Esther 10
Congratulations Braden United Methodist Church for 100 years as a body of Christ in service and fellowship with the Christian community United Methodist Women of Braden Robin Rushe: President Shirley Dantzler: Social Action Linda Hester: Vice President Diana Gambrell: Treasurer Colette Crosby: Recording Secretary/ Morell Fonfield: Spiritual Growth Secretary of Program Resources Lois Lipkins: Nominations Josephine Harper: Membership, Nurture & Outreach
â€œAs each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.â€? Peter 4:10 The members of the 2008 Braden United Methodist Church
Communion Steward Board Congratulate the congregation on 100 years of service to the community. To God be the glory!! Yolanda Durden, President Johnnie Hunt, Vice President Reba Young, Treasurer Marcella Pryor-Brown, Secretary Geneva Berry, Assistant Secretary Samella Williams, Devotional Leader Rebecca Stewart, Courtesy Chairperson Florene Allen Theresa Brister Barbara Colbert Sara Cooper Norvelle Gross
Catherine Hughes Sunceray Lamb Lois Lipkins Harriette Merriweather Deborah Smith
Honorary Stewardesses Odessa Phillips, Elizabeth Sisson and Nettie Taylor Page 29
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT Sunday School has always been a part of Braden United Methodist Church. It started when they first began in 1908 by studying the Scriptures and applying them to this lives. The mission of the Sunday School Ministries is to carry out the Great Commission to children, youth and adults in preparation for a lifetime of Christian holiness. Some of our former teachers were Jimmie Jones, Mrs. Thomas, Rosa Edwards, Mattie Hardcastle, Margaret and Charles Ford, Dr. Daniel Newsom, Eddie M. Cole, Albert Gamby, Francis Gamby, Claudia Parish, Gwen King, Colette Crosby, Annette Savage, Beth Matthews, Helen Sallee, Jackie Wise, Helen Tuggle, Joyce Sparks, Mary Wrighten, Clarence Cooper, Yolanda Robinson, Cleo Dixon, Alice Dickerson, Lucinda Lucas and Texanna McFarland. The current teachers are Joyce Sparks, Carol Robinson, Yolanda Robinson and Helen Tuggle. Some of the former superintendents and Christian Education Leaders were Jimmie Jones, Cleo Dixon, Texanna McFarland, Corene Davis, Annette Savage, Alice Dickerson, Albert Gamby, Helen Sallee, and Helen Tuggle. The current superintendent is Yolanda Robinson. During the month of February the Christian Education study focuses on Black History. Mrs. Helen Tuggle started this program because she felt that black history was not being taught properly in the school system. She also wanted the church to learn of their heritage thru teachings and displays, which started from the Bible. This program continues to grow each year and currently during the month of February, African displays are spread throughout the church showing our beginning in the continent of Africa continuing to today in the United States. An integral part of the Christian Education Department is the Junior Church led by Carol Robinson. During Sunday morning worship service Junior Church is available to young persons from the age of 7 thru 16. There they are taught Scripture, the basics of the United Methodist Church and what is means to have Christ in their lives. The Christian Education Department looks forward to walking into the future as they grow individually and collectively in the Word.
Best Wishes To My son In The Ministry The Rev. Wynston Dixon And Braden United Methodist Church As They Celebrate their Centennial Anniversary
Rev. Dr. Fred and Mildred Heath Cincinnati, Ohio
Graduates Turn New Page. Congratulations to the Class of 2008 Life can be viewed as a series of chapters, each with its own beginning and end; all chapters together form the story that is our life. Beginnings of chapters can be weddings, relocations and new jobs; endings tend toward loss of loved ones or perhaps relocation to other cities. Graduations, however, represent both endings and beginnings. On Sunday, June 29, 2008, we honored members of our church family who have completed a new level of educational growth. We presented each college graduate with a book, titled “The Purpose Driven Life for Graduates” along with a gift of $200.00 each from our Scholarship Fund. The high school graduate received a book along with a gift of $100 from the Scholarship Fund. Pastor Dixon and the Braden United Methodist Church leadership team congratulate these fine young persons on this significant milestone in their lives. We are very proud of each of you and sincerely wish all of you God’s continue blessings in the future. Wherever life may take you, may you continue to hold to God’s unchanging hands. Remember, the future is in your hands and whatever choices you make will affect your future.
Michael, Rianna, Stephanie, Roslayn & Pastor Dixon
MICHAEL A. BUSH-ARNOLD AGE 21 GRADUATE – Maumee Valley Country Day School PARENT: Marie Bush and Charles Bush (deceased) GRAND PARENT: Mrs. Frenchye Latham DEGREE: Bachelor Science – Exercise Science COLLEGE: Miami University – May, 2008 HOBBIES: Reading – Piano – Basketball - Leisure running FUTURE PLANS: Graduate school at University of Toledo, then to Medical school to specialize in Family Practice or Cardiology
FRENCHYE MARIE BUSH AGE 33 GRADUATE - Rogers High School PARENTS: Marie Bush – (Father – deceased) GRANDPARENT: Mrs. Frenchye Latham UNDERGRADUATE: Ohio State University DEGREE: Masters – Communication COLLEGE – John Carroll University HOBBIES: Fashion – Event Planning
STEPHANIE WHITE AGE 24 GRADUATE – Bowsher High School PARENTS – Gwen and Nate White (deceased) GRANDPARENT: Mrs. Frenchye Latham DEGREE – Associate Degree – Cardiovascular Technology COLLEGE – University of Toledo HOBBIES: Coaching basketball – Reading CURRENT EMPLOYMENT: TPS Head Coach Byrnedale’s Girls Basketball Part Time at NWOCC FUTURE PLANS: Nursing School - Relocate in order to advance career to become Head Echocardiogram Technician in a medical facility
ROSLAYN LORINE COOPER AGE: 22 GRADUATE: Scott High School PARENTS: Annie and Clarence Cooper GRANDPARENTS: Lorine and Shuler Cooper Charlene and Otis Washington DEGREE: B A Broadcast Media COLLEGE - Central State University HOBBIES: Dance, Acting, Modeling and Shopping FUTURE PLANS: To become gainfully employed as a permanent media figure
RIANNA C. MOSLEY AGE: 18 GRADUATE – Rogers High School PARENTS: Regina and Leonard Mosley GRANDPARENTS: Richard and Lona Allen ACTIVITIES & ACHIEVMENTS: Track and Field, Afro Club, Business and professional of America, Daughters of Promise, National Honor Roll, National Honor Society (Paragon), National Society of High School Scholars, and University of Toledo post Secondary Education HOBBIES: Shopping & Listening to Music FUTURE PLANS: Owens Community College – Medical
CATRINA DAVIS AGE: 33 GRADUATED – Ashland University PARENTS: Lucy Davis and Paul Davis (deceased) DEGREE: Masters of Business Administration, Ashland University, May 10, 2008 Our church family is unified in offering prayers and best wishes for future successes for these graduates in the chapters of their lives that lie ahead.
Scholarship Fund Committee Duanya Tillman has been appointed to serve as our scholarship fund chairperson. Application will be available in the fall for interested college students. We would like to encourage the congregation to continue to contribute $1.00 per week or $52.00 annually. Thank you Duanya for your wiliness to serve in this ministry.
Board of Trustee
Senior Usher Board
United Methodist Men
United Methodist Women
Lay Speakers Page 38
Ministry of Design
Methodist Youth Fellowship
Men and Womenâ€™s Day 2008
Centennial celebration Rev.& Mrs. Davis & family
Rev. Moore and family
Class of 2008
Centennial celebration Rev. & Mrs. Moore
Womenâ€™s Day Choir 2008
2008 Church picnic Swan Creek Park Page 43
Braden Commemorates the Home Going Of our Loved Ones LAST NAME ALLEN ALLEN ALLEN ALLEN ALLEN ALLEN ALLEN ALLEN ALLEN ALLEN ALLEN ALLEN ALLEN ALLEN ALLEN ALLEN ALLEN ALLEN ALLEN, SR. ALLEN-INGRAM ALLEN-ISABLE ALLEN-MARTIN ALLEN-SPRINGER ATKINS BARNES BARNES BEANER BEENE BERRY BIDDLE BILLIPS, SR. BISHOP BOBO BOYD BOYD BRADDY BRADFORD BRADFORD BRAXTON BRAZZEL BROWN BROWN BROWN BROWN BROWNRIDGE BUFORD BURKETT BUSSEY CAMPBELL CHANDLER CHANDLER
FIRST NAME A . J. ARTHUR BETTY EMATHA EMMA FLORENCE JAMES JAMES HARPER JIMMIE JOE E. JUANITA LOUIS LOUISE MATTIE MORELL TOWNSER WILSON JOYCE ANN WILSON ANNIE MAE DOROTHY LUCILLE KIMBERLY LEON T. EDWARD L. EMMITTE L. LOUISE SHON L. ADDIE L. B. JAMES TANISHA WILLIE JAMES A. LUCILLE KERNEY ORALEAN OTIS ELLEN BERNIE LENORA CLIFFORD DOROTHY WILLIE L. SYLVIA OLIVER LEE CURTIS TILLIE EVELENA JAMES F. JAME W. Y.
LAST NAME CHANDLER CLEMONS COLBERT COLE COLE COLEMAN COLEMAN COLEMAN COLEMAN COOK COOK COOPER CROOKS CROSBY CROWDER, SR CURRY DANTZLER DANTZLER DANTZLER DAVIS DAVIS DENNIS DIXON DIXON DODSON DORROUGH DOUGLAS DOUGLAS DRAPER EDWARDS EDWARDS ELLIS EVANS FEATHERSTONE FLEMING FLEMING FORD FORD GAHEE GALLIDAY GALLIDAY GAMBY GAMBY GAMBY GARRETT GOLDBURN GRAHAM GRAHAM GRAHAM GRANT GRAY
FIRST NAME JAKE FRANK C. T. C. EDRENE BENSON TENNIE W. BILLYE CHARLIE MARY THEOPOLIS WILLIAM H. ELEANOR ERNEST ROSSIE ELIZABETH LEON D. EDWARD LOUIS MARY LETHA RUEBEN PAUL CHARLES GARNITA CLEO WARDELL MACA WILLIAM HENRY ESTHER QUEEN ESTHER JOHN ROSA HENRY ESTHER KATE WILLIAM OVELLAR CHARLES MARGARET NOVELL COLEMAN IONIA ALBERT ELLIS FRANCES CLIFFORD AUGUSTUS RUSSELL FRANK TAHMER NATHAN FLOYD MCARTHUR Page 45
Braden Commemorates the Home Going Of our Loved Ones LAST NAME
GREENE GREENE HANNAH HARDCASTLE HARPER HARPER HARRIS HARRIS HENDRICKS HENDRICKS HENSON HENSON HERNDON HIGH HIGH HILL HILL HILL HILL HILL, SR HOSKINS HOSKINS HUDSON HUMPHREY ISABLE JACKSON JACKSON JAY JAY JENNINGS JENNINGS JOHNSON JOHNSON JOHNSON JOHNSON JOHNSON JOHNSON JOHNSON JONES JONES JONES JONES JORDAN KEMP KINCHEN KING KNOWLES KNOWLES KNOWLES LATHAM, SR.
LAYON LILLIE B. MATTIE MATTIE OTIS CURTIS DR. MAYO H. LELA CLARENCE MAURINE ALGENE BERTHA LOUIS MARY CHARLES ARTHUR CHARLES ELZIE MARY THEODORE ADDIE CHARLES MATILDA MATILDA HAYWOOD HATTIE LAURA BERTHA THOMAS BESSIE TINA GARY IRENE JAMES LILLIE L. OLIVER WILLA B WINSTON DAN GROVER JIMMIE MILDRED ZEBBE JAMES RALPH GWEN GREGORY GEORGE W. WALKER DAVID
LEWIS LIGGINS LIGGONS LINDSEY MAHAMRY MATTHEWS, SR MC CANTS MCFARLAND MCFARLAND MCFARLAND MCFARLAND MCFARLAND MEADOWS MERRIWEATHER MOODY MOORE MOSS MOSS MOORE NEWSON OWENS, SR PARKER PARKER PARKER-WRIGHT PEGUES PHILLIPS POWELL POWELL-THOMAS POWELL POWELL PRYOR REASONOVER REASONOVER RODGIS SANDERS SANDERS SEAY SISSON SISSON SLOAN SMITH SMITH SNOW SPARKS STEELE STEELE STEELE STEELE STEPHENS STEPHENS
FRANKLIN D GEORGE M. BARBARA VERLIE SAMUEL HENRY CRYSTAL CURLEY EMMA MANTEE TEXANNA WILLIAM PAUL AUGUSTA TENNIE JOHNNIE ROBIN STACY L RUBY DR DANIEL SAMMIE IDELLA CORA IRIS LEVORA JAMES FRED D DOSHIE DOROTHY LULA GLADYS E. DORA JOHNNIE MARY PRECIOUS TALITHA DARREN GEORGE B. GREEN T. CLAUDE ROSE MAYME WILLIA PEARL E. LUCILLE DEWITT RENZY LILLIE CARBETT IRENE NASH Page 46
Braden Commemorates the Home Going Of our Loved Ones LAST NAME
STOVALL SUDDUTH SUDDUTH SUMNER TAYLOR TAYLOR TERRY TERRY THOMAS THOMAS THOMAS TUCKER TUCKER TURNER
LARRY BENNIE EMMA BLANCHE MILDRED JAMES THEO JAY HENRY C. HENRY CLIFFORD MARY DEWRELL LILLIAN IRMA
WASHINGTON WASHINGTON WEATHERLY WELLS WELLS WELLS WHITE WHITELY WHITELY WILLIAMS WILKS WISE WRIGHT
EDWARD SAVANNAH GEORGE WILLIAM ROBERT GRACIE CARVIN (CAL) ARTHUR LUELLA LOUIS IRIS KAYE JACQUELINE SAMSON
A Letter From Heaven I wish you could see – It’s more beautiful here than anyplace I’ve ever seen. And it’s wonderful, just being home with the Lord… someday you will know what I mean. When your journey ends and you cross over Jordan, the Lord is the first one you’ll see… But of all the folks gathered to welcome you home, the next one in line will be me.
Councilwoman Wilma D. Brown Toledo City Council, District 1
CONGRATULATIONS BRADEN UNITE D METHO DIST CHURCH
BRADEN UNITED METHODIST
On 100 YEARS IN TOLEDO! On behalf of the City of Toledo, we have been blessed to have your commitment to providing spiritual nourishment and a solid Christian church home as part of the rich history of the Toledo community. We look forward to the next 100 years of dedicated service. Congratulations Braden United Methodist Church! ~ Most Sincerely, Councilwoman Wilma D. Brown
On Your 100th Anniversary
572 Nebraska Avenue ● Toledo, Ohio 43604 Phone: 419-248-4254
We wish you great success on your next 100 years!
Sheryl A. Riggs & The Dale-Riggs Funeral Home Family Page 51
“Over 60 Years Of Quality Funeral Service”
How DO I Become a Christian Repent - Turn away from sin. (Romans 3:23, Acts 3:19) Believe - Trust in Jesus for salvation. (John 3:16) Confess - Give Jesus control of your life. (Romans 10:9-10) Receive - Receive Jesus as your personal savior. (Romans 10:13) How to Join Braden United Methodist Church Profession of Faith - If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, you may join by professing Jesus Christ as your Savior. Renewal of Vows - If you have been a member of a church at one time, but have been inactive, you may join by renewing your faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Transfer - If you are a member of another church, you may join by requesting that your membership be transferred to Braden. Affiliate Member - Sometimes an individual has reasons for keeping his or her membership in another church, but would also like to be a member of Braden. This is possible as an affiliate member. What is the Invitation? At the conclusion of every service we offer an invitation. It is for those who want to receive Jesus as Savior, who wants to join the membership process, who wants to pray individually or need for others to pray with them. Feel free to come forward today!
Contact Us: Office: 419-241-7257 Fax: 419-241-7451 Church’s E-mail: Bradenumc@sbcglobal.net Church’s Website: Bradenunitedmethodist.org or Bradenumc.org
Parsonage: 419-475-6146 Pastor’s E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Page 52
“To God be the glory for the things that He has done”. The Centennial Committee would like to say THANK YOU!
Rev. Marla Brown Rev. Michael Denman Rev. Dr. Zan W. Holmes Bishop Duane C. Tisdale - Friendship Edna Brown, State Representative Wilma Brown, Councilwoman Teresa Fedor, Senator Marcy Kaptur, Congresswoman Blessed Blossom Florist Caught Cha Lookin, (Jerome King) Clarion Hotel (Rev. Cedric Brock) Minister Jesse Coleman & Company Dale-Riggs Funeral Home (Sheryl Riggs) Eston’s Gourmet Creations Hospitality - Braden Ministry of Design - Braden Sojourner Truth (Fletcher Word) Stanley’s Five Star Regina-Allen Mosley Michael Boyd Theresa Brister Maria Calhoun Odell Chancy Liz Conley CeCe Cook Colette Crosby Vincent Davis Wynlita Dixon Vernessica Duffy
Morell Fonfield Vicky Forrest Cynthia Gaynor Steve Halliburton Linda Hester Danyale Hill Stanley Hill Shelly Johnson Larry Jones Randall Jones Kelly Jordan Frenchye Latham Lois Mathis Beth Matthews Holly Matthews Cerssandra McPherson Genesis McPherson Yvonne Mitcham Elaine Moran Leonard Mosley Jackie Robinson Annette Savage Donna Sharper Renee Simms Cliff Southard Elbert Stewart Duanya L. Tillman Beverly Tucker