An Update Regarding Pastors Corner

This ‘blog’ was supposed to be a place to share the Pastor’s Corner letters published each 1st Sunday in our weekly publication ‘The Tab’.

Our Pastors Corner was started by our Founding Pastor, Rev. Douglas Ferrell, and continued by our Second Pastor, Dr. Charles Mims, Jr.

Our third Pastor, Dr. Reginald M. Leffall, III carried on this tradition all the way up till he retired in November of 2015. Pastor Leffall Passed away on June 23rd, 2016. We have several of his previous letters which will slowly be archived here on the site for others to read.

Currently, our Interim Pastor, Rev. Willie D. Hall has been carrying on the tradition of addressing our Church Family, every first Sunday. if you are unable to attend our Weekly Church Services, we will be working on getting more of our previous issues of The Tab in .pdf form, and archived on our website here @ MyTabNow.org

Our church is currently in the process of selecting a New Pastor for our church. Please keep the Tabernacle of Faith Baptist Church in your prayers, and lift up those chosen for the selection process. If you are interested in working with our Media Ministry please contact us, and submit your information to the Church Office.

Office Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Contact us via email through our Contact page; or call.

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Pastor’s Corner: July 3rd, 2016

Pastor’s Corner

03 July, 2016

“I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.“- Psalm 122:1

 

Pastor Willie D. Hall, Interim Pastor

My beloved Church Family,

As we reflect on the above scripture let us rejoice as we enter this house. Some people feel that staying at home and watching on tv their choice of preacher, and have no need to come to the meeting place of the church. That is within each and every one of us.

I am so grateful to the Lord that things are going well in spite of what the Devil tries to do. So just as David said, “I was glad when they said unto me let us go into the house of the Lord.”
We Thank God for all that the 6th month brought us. We were able once again to provide a place to vote, and I’m glad to report that the people came out in large numbers. We worshiped with the men and Church of St. Reed Baptist Church in their Annual Men’s Musical.

We rejoiced during the Annual Youth Day here at the Tab, The songs, Praise Dancers where the youngest dancer Mr. Williams who came in at 4 years old and knew the routine. And the message that stirred the hearts of each of us, not only were we fed spiritually, but the staff of the Youth Church served a very satisfying meal.

Bro. George & Lynda Saunders are moving rapidly in the planning stages of our 72nd Anniversary and looking for a few good men & women to join the Anniversary Committee. Please give them a hand and keep them in your prayers.

Some might think we have loads of time but it’s only three months away.

My wife and I were able to get some rest and enjoyed the company of our 2 Great Grand Daughters who were with us for two wonderful days, before they had to
return home because of death in the family.

We were shocked when Sis. Leffall called with the news of Pastor Leffall’s death. We know where we are today but don’t know what tomorrow will bring.

Let us as a church family put our arms around Sis. Leffall during these Trying time, and in the days to come. Let us continue to pray and support our Church in the building fund phase. Continue to pray for our world, our nation, state, President and each other.

In His Service
Pastor Willie D. Hall, Interim Pastor

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Pastor’s Corner: June 5th, 2016

Pastor’s Corner

05 June, 2016

“In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and
bulwarks. Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is
everlasting strength:”” – Isaiah 26:1-4

Rev. Willie D. Hall

 

To my Church Family,

God has blessed us to come through another month in which he has caused us to make progress in spite of the evil one who is always attempting to slow or stop progress; but I’m grateful to our God that we can rejoice and sing as Israel did in the 26th chapter of Isaiah. Just like they had a strong city, we have a strong Church. For more than 71 years God has used the Tabernacle of Faith to bless many in this community, city, State & Nation. Let us think on that 3rd Verse, “Thou wilt keep Him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee! Because He trusteth in Thee”.

As we wait & trust God to fill the Senior Pastor Position, let us just keep our hands in the masters Hand and keep our mind stayed on Him.

There’s a song that says “Into each life some rain must fall, and on last month we experienced some rain in our church in a Five day Period. We experienced some rain in the homegoing Services of 3 of our congregation. However, this rain has positive results on both sides. On our side we will miss them, but knowing their destination, makes our hearts glad. Because they were saved & sanctified. So we say so long on this side to Brother Arthur Livingston, Sister Hattie Ellis & Sister Earline Jackson. They are being welcomed home by loved ones and friends in that land where they all have been made whole, in that land of no more, no more pain, no more doctors, no more hospitals, no more medications, no more death. We thank God for each of them and pray that the Lord give each family member comfort in knowing they are safely home.

Summer is apply approaching and our children will be getting out of school. Let us pray that the Lord give them protection during the summer.

Finally, let us continue to keep our eyes on Jesus as we continue to pray God’s blessings on our sick, shut-ins, and all of the families that have experienced death in their family. Pray for our church & for each one.

May His blessings always be yours.

In His Service
Pastor Willie D. Hall

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Pastor’s Corner: May 1st, 2016

Pastor’s Corner

01 May, 2016

“When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?” The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.” – Matthew 8:5-8

 

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To My Tabernacle Family,

We have once again been blessed to come through another month of God’s blessings, where we have been striving to do God’s will.  We thank and praise Him for His grace and mercy.

As we enter this 5th month of 2016, let us reflect on the above scripture.  Jesus had just healed a leper and instructed him to tell no man.  Which we may find to be puzzling, and sometimes the master may tell us to keep things to ourselves, even if it’s difficult.  Because when he blesses us, we want others to know about it, however when he so instructs, we can’t hide the visible evidence.

After this healing Jesus encounters a centurion, a man of authority.  He said to Jesus, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented and before he continued Jesus said, “I’ll come and heal him.”

However the centurion said “Lord, I’m not worth that you should come under my roof but just speak the word an my servant will be healed.” Christ spoke the word and the servant was healed at the very moment.  Jesus said to His disciples, “I have not found so grate faith, no not in Israel!”

This lets me know that can heal from a distance, that time and place is no barrier to Him.

My friends, as we move into May, let us not limit what God can and will do if we give Him the chance.  We thank God for our Mothers who have cared for us down through the years.  Let us not wait for the Annual Mother’s Day on our calendar, but thank and praise them and God each day.

Finally, let us pray for our Pulpit Committee as they continue to evaluate candidates for Senior Pastor of our Church.  Pray for our children who are facing their Summer break from school, pray for our Church as a whole, and for each other.  May God’s blessings be each and everyone’s continually,

In His service,

Willie D. Hall

 

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Pastor’s Corner: March 6th 2016

Pastor’s Corner

06 March, 2016

“Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you.  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” – St. John 13:33-34

 

Rev. Willie D. Hall

To My Church Family

The blessings of the Lord are truly here, as I reflect on the closing Service for the month of February. I am still high on His Words and
Promises, as we remember the saying “When praises go up, blessings come down”. Having closed out February Service with “Praise Him”, I can still feel the blessings flowing. I rose from my bed at 3:30 a.m. on Sunday morning the 28th of February, and I returned home at approximately
3:00 p.m. still shouting about His blessings.

From the Early Morning Breakfast Program, we experienced His choicest blessings. The music was superb, spirits were high and to end with a feast that was fit for a Kings and Queens. Thanks to all who participated in the preparation, serving, and the clean up. God has some very special
people here at The Tab. I’m also happy to report that the Pulpit Committee is moving along at a very good pace. So let us continue to pray that God will continue to direct their actions, as we wait to see who God has chosen for the Tabernacle.

We are now in the 3rd month of 2016 and plans are coming together for a successful month.

There is a Women’s Conference scheduled for March 12th, 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. We begin daylight savings time on March 13th. We
observe the beginning of Spring when the trees began to put out new life. Palm Sunday and Resurrection Sunday where Christ announced “It Is
Finished! I’ve paid the price for man’s sin”. Let us reflect on His sacrifice for us, by praising Him at all times. Lastly, let someone know that the Lord is still in the Blessing business, and especially here at The Tab.

Finally, my brothers and sisters, let us continue to pray for our sick, shut-in, bereaved, for our President, Elected Officials, and our Country. May His blessings be continually yours

In His Service
Willie D. Hall
Interim Pastor

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Pastors Corner: January 03, 2016

Pastor’s Corner

03 January, 2016

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” – Philippians 1:3-6

Pastor Willie D. Hall, Interim Pastor

To My Tabernacle Family

I greet you in the matchless name of the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ.

As I look back over the last 53 years that I have spent as a member of Tabernacle. I join Paul as He thanks God for the Philippians for their Participation and fellowship in the gospel. As I remember what the fellowship has been to me, and the people that have and are influencing my life. I just thank you, and most of all, God.

The last month of 2015 was a source of great appreciation for all that went on, the shopping and preparation for the Watts World Revival Give Away, and the very moving presentation by the Youth Church. Not forgetting the impromptu Christmas Concert by our own Brother George Saunders, Jr. In all of this, we give God the glory.

There’s a saying (I don’t remember it’s origin) that says, “God has been good and people have been kind, but they don’t have to be kind to you.

And again on Christmas Morning we gathered to praise and worship the Lord, as we remember the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. Thanks to all who made the morning so special, From Sis. Chelsea Williams, Sis. Judy Johnson, Bro. George Saunders, Jr. and the very talented Christopher Family. It was also great to have such a good time fellowshipping after the Services.

We as a Church have come a long ways. For 71 Years we have served God by serving His people. God has blessed us with 3 undershepheards to the Present Time, and I’m sure He has the next one already picked out, waiting for us to Receive him or her. It is my prayer that we will be ready to receive God’s gift.

God Has It All Worked Out

“So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.” – Ezekiel 33: 7

“And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.” – Jeremiah 3:15

In each scripture, God is stating what He will do, to give and all He requires of us is to receive His gift. Pray with me as we wait for His gift.

It is my prayer that as we move into this year, we will keep focused on being the servants of God to His people.

In His Service
Willie D. Hall
Interim Pastor

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Pastor’s Corner – August 04, 2013

04 August, 2013

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“ To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious” – 1 Peter 2: 4

 

My Dearly Beloved “FAMILY”

We thank our God for having spared us to cross over to the month of August. The year 2013 is swiftly moving to a close. Yes one more day, one more golden privilege to be about the Lord’s BUSINESS in GODLY-PURPOSE.

The Past month was a busy one yet it was rewarding in every way. Most
importantly, and the bottom line it was fruitful. Young souls were added to our
membership via our highly successful “Vacation Bible School”. We closed the month on a Sunday last with our ‘Annual Men’s Day Service” … O My Lord, what a great time we witnessed in Worship, Praise, Celebration, and of course the proclamation of the Word by our guest preacher, The Reverend Andrew Taylor

In the scripture cited above, the apostle Peter described Jesus as a living stone. He wrote, “coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house”. ( I Peter 2: 4-5) Precious in the eyes of the Father is the sacrifice of the Rock of our salvation. Christ is the enduring stone upon which the Father has built our salvation and the only foundation for meaningful life (I Cor. 3: 11). It is only as our lives are built upon His strength that we will be able to endure the harshness of life in a fallen world.

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name. – Mote

The month of August is now before us, and we do solicit your prayers and
support for all of our regular and special Services. This one added reminder, we urge every loyal member to be faithful and consistent in the financial support of the TABERNACLE, through Offering and Tithes. We do want to remain on target with our
approved budget for this year.

Let us continue to be much in prayer for each other, our many, many sick and shut-in, public, charter, college/university students, infirmed, bereaved and suffering humanity within our local community, state, nation and around the world. Also, lift up in daily prayer, President Barrack Obama.

Yours in Christ
R.M. Leffall, III ,
Senior Pastor

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Pastor’s Corner 07 July, 2013

Pastor’s Corner

07 July, 2013

” And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. “ – Mark 4: 35

Beloved,

We thank and praise our Almighty God, the Giver, the Sustainer, the rewarder of all who diligently seek Him, but because of His loving kindness and mercy, we have been spared to cross over to this the 7th month of the year 2013. He is our refuge and ever present source of power and strength. A power available to us 24/7 in the midst of the stress and turmoil we face during these the times that “Try Men’s Souls.”. In grateful reflection, the past month was rich and rewarding in every way. We had great Services, and more importantly new souls were added to our Church family.

The scripture cited above, provides an awesome stimulus from our Lord to his followers, his disciples during his earthly Ministry both then and now. A “call” to see life In a different perspective. Yes “move to the other side” toward mental and spiritual fitness. For by doing so, one is able to discover that Christ is able to replenish, renew, give new life to what is lacking in our lives individually, and as a body of believers In Him.

If it is life, it is a deeper and fuller life that leads us from mere membership to discipleship. Why not cross over to the other side? So I encourage each of us from the PULPIT to the PEW from the Backdoor to the Front-door, to dare cross over to the other side in Service, dedication with renewed determination, to LOVE HIM MORE and SERVE HIM BETTER. In His Name what more could we ask for to lead the TABERNACLE to higher heights. He has given to us the blueprint in the Great COMMISSION, all that is needed is true followers, in Word, Action, DEED and GODLY PURPOSE. The Great Commission has not changed; but the impact we elect to address our surrounding community to come to Jesus has changed. We must reach them with a new yet, biblically sound approach to embrace and attract this now generation!

The month of July is now before us. It will be a most busy month and we encourage your unstinted support for all of our Special Services, events and activities this month as reflected below:

2nd Sunday, Children’s/Youth Emphasis @ 11:00 a.m. – Graduate Recognition
@ 3:00 pm. Booster Annual Musical Extravaganza Service

July 15-19 Vacation Bible School, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Each Night

July 20 Annual Church Picnic

4th Sunday July 28th @ 11:00 a.m.
Annual Men’s Day Service

July 29 through August 1st
National Evangelism Movement Inc., Crowne Plaza Hotel, LAX

Finally, let us continue to be much in prayer for our many, many sick and shut-in, bereaved and suffering humanity everywhere.

Be Blessed,
R.M. Leffall, III , Senior Pastor

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Pastor’s Corner 02 June, 2013

Pastor’s Corner 02 June, 2013

 

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Beloved,

As we cross over to the month of June, we thank and praise God for having spared each of us to cross to another unmerited expression of His loving kindness and tender mercy.  A line in one of the great hymns of the Church comes to mind; it is an awesome prayer for God’s Power to lead and guide us each and every day on this earthly teriforma;

Come, fill our hearts with inward strength,

Make our enlarged souls possess,

And learn the height and breadth and length

Of thine eternal love and grace.

The past month was rich and rewarding in every way.  It included Mother’s Day, our Annual Women’s Day Service, and we closed the month with our 1st Annual Ladies Day Service.  All of these Services were high times of Worship, Praise and Celebrations with respect to our “Annual Women’s Day Service”; Aside from the spiritual aspect, at a time of a dismal financial climate in Churches around the nation, the financial report for the day exceeded last years effort.  We express our gratitude to our Co-Chairs, Sister Leffall and Stanley, the cadre of Captains and Co-Captains and of course our loyal women one and all, that contributed to the spiritual and financial success of Women’s Day 2013.

I once again call to your attention to a prior look at the Life Of Faith, that Christ calls his followers to!  It Is highlighted in John, Chapter 1: 35-51—Three most important dimensions unfold in the text: DISCOVER – DEVOTE – DISCIPLE

Discover (John 1: 35-39a)

Following Christ begins with discovery.

Look UP to…. Discover who Christ is; Discover where Christ is; Discover how Christ leads.

DEVOTE (John 1: 39b-42)

Following Christ grows with devotion

Look IN to… Devote all your presence; Devote all your praise; Devote all your Purpose.

DISCIPLE (John 1: 43-51)

Following Christ spreads with discipleship.

Look OUT to… Disciple through your life; Disciple through your words;  Disciple through your service.

 

 

To Discover, Devote, Disciple, will lead each of us from the PULPIT to the PEW to move from mere “CHURCH WORK to GOD’s WORK” — Church work in “NON-SPIRITUAL HANDS” breeds judging others, envy, strife, pettiness, faultfinding and confusion, but on the other hand; God’s Work is highlighted and undergirded by the LOVE, PEACE, HARMONY and the abiding JOY found in our Lord.  In the final analysis, all that we do in Word, Action, Deed, or Purpose; It should all be about Him whom having not yet seen, We LOVE.

 

I want at this time to express a special word of appreciation and delight for the noteworthy improvement in our Music Ministry, under the most capable and dynamic direction of Rev. Gregory Perkins-Bowen, our Minister of Music, assisted by Brother Nathan Christopher, along with Brother Lawrence Crenshaw. This Ministry adds so much to regular and special Services.  Keep up the good “WORK”, because without a doubt, WE ARE ON OUR WAY once again to have a strong and vibrant Music Ministry.

During this the month of June, we salute all of our graduates k-high school or college.  We commend all of you, and wish for each of you continued success as you move ONWARD and UPWARD.  We’re praying for you every step of the way.

Finally, let us be much in prayer for our students in the public schools, colleges or University. Our sick and shut-in, bereaved, caregivers and for suffering humanity everywhere. Our prayer, and thoughts go out to all of the families affected by the tornadic activity in Moore, Oklahoma, Texas and other areas of the country.

Be Blessed,

R.M. Leffall, III , Senior Pastor

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Pastor’s Corner 05 May, 2013

Pastor’s Corner 05 May, 2013

” Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:.” –  Matthew 13: 5

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My dearly beloved “FAMILY”

We greet you once more in the name of the King of Kings, our Lord , Savior, our Redeemer. He has spared us the cross over to a “brand new month”, May, yes, “One More Day”, “One More Chance”, one more Golden Opportunity to be about our Lord’s business in Word, Action, Deed and Godly Purpose. The pertinent is what shall we do with it? As or me, your “UNDERSHEPHERD”, I remain determined to LOVE GOD MORE, TO SERVE HIM BETTER; for only what you do for Christ will be counted in the end.

The month of April was rich and rewarding in every way. We had rich and rewarding Services and great times of fellowship, both with and beyond the walls of the Church. In the passage cited above, our Lord unfolded a parable about what happens, what develops, when the GOSPEL, the GOOD NEWS is sown in various kind of soil grounds. He concludes this parable, the earthly story, with a heavenly meaning saying “He who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the Word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit. What a reminder of both the privilege and the responsibility that accompanies our salvation.

Praise God for the seed of the gospel and the soil of spiritual growth. Our daily prayer ought be: “Lord, I would be soil in which You can plant Your Word with its promise of fruit; I want to be open to You every day, So what You have planted takes root.”

The month of May is now before us. We do solicit your prayer and support with TIME, TALENTS, MEANS (Tithes and Offering) to support the WORK of the Lord in the “household of Faith”. The month will be highlighted by “Mothers Day”, and of course our Annual Women’s Day Service on the 3rd Sunday with Dr. Sandy Scranton-Lee as our guest speaker. Our Cadre of Captains and Co-Captains ask that we rally together to support the financial appeal for Women’s Day. Just be prayerful, do your best, and God will bless the “Cheerful Giver” . A special and traditional part of Women’s Day is the naming of the Woman of the Year for 2013. We shall also be honoring Dr. Gwendolyn Smith-Taylor who served for many years in the Music Ministry of our Church.

I do, feel that it is necessary to correct some misinterpretation of my statement about “RETIRING”. For the record, I am still in prayer and when a final decision is made, when god directs me, the people of the Church will be the first to be informed in accordance with my “Pastoral Contract”. I am simply trying to prepare you for a “Pastoral Transition” because “due season of an appointed time” the station will be passed to another. Until then, just pray for me that I will follow God’s Lead.

Finally, let us be much in prayer for our students in the public schools, colleges or university. Our sick and shut-in, bereaved, caregivers and for suffering humanity everywhere. Also, let’s lift up in prayer, President Obama, as he gives leadership during these trying and most difficult times.

Be Blessed,
R.M. Leffall, III , Senior Pastor

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