Archive for August, 2009

65th Church Anniversary

From our Pastor

What a milestone! What a joyous and spiritual celebration to be held!  The month of October 2009. The Tab’s 65th Church Anniversary.

You are invited to join in this celebration of 65 years of Tabernacle of Faith’s historical journey through time and into eternity.

Our Anniversary Theme and Scripture are:

Faith: A journey Through Time and Into Eternity (Hebrews 11:29  – 12:4)

Faith is the most prominent word in religion. It is often used to describe one’s entire religious persuasion. Faith can get lost in the shuffle of religious jargon and have little meaning in daily life. In 1944, America was at war, currency lost its value, the cost of living rose 17.6%, price controls were put in place, government spending was determined to be out of control at $91 billion, unemployment was 1.2%, the average yearly salary was $2,400.00. Yet there were 38 people who had a faith that would survive this time and organized a church and elected Rev. F. D. Ferrell as its Pastor. Their demonstrated faith has survived time and in October we celebrate 65 years of faithful service.

Serving along with me in planning our 65th year Celebrations and Services are Co-Chairpersons are Deacon Alvin & Sis. Jackolyn King.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor R. M. Leffall

Souvenir Book

We are asking your support of the 65th Church Anniversary with your participation in celebrating Tabernacle of Faith’s journey of over 65 years by placing an ad in memory of a loved one, a personal congratulations note to Tabernacle become a part of the memorable journal documenting 65 years of history and tributes from members.  Prices to place a business advertisement, a memorial or congratulatory tribute are reasonable and will go toward the production of this Souvenir Book.

Ad forms will be received each Sunday following morning worship service in Mims Fellowship Hall or contact one of the committee members to submit your congratulatory tribute.

Forms are available in the foyer, in the church office and from any committee member:

Jackolyn King, Lawana Conklin, Joyce Copeland, Natalie Fisher, Daphne Christopher, Saundra Turner, Constance Stanley, Chelsea Williams,   Tsipporah Christopher and Isis Christopher, Lorrie A. Watkins, Jordan Turner

Please plan to be a part of this 65th Celebration Souvenir Book.

Jackolyn King, Co-Chairperson

Lawana Conklin, Co-Chairperson

Church’s Anniversary Luncheon/Banquet

Tickets are available for the

Church’s Anniversary Luncheon/Banquet

Date: Saturday, October 3, 2009

Where: The Reef, 880 Harbor Scenic Drive

Long Beach, CA  Phone: 562 435 3717

Time: 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.

Donation: $40.00  Adult, $30.00 Child 12 and Under


Follow the signs that lead you towards the


While you follow the Queen Mary Signs look for PIERS H-J

Harbor Scenic Drive

Piers H-J will be your exit

At the stop sign turn left – this takes you under the freeway to second stop sign, turn left.

The Reef is immediately on the right.

Tickets are available each Sunday

following morning worship service in Mims Fellowship Hall or from any of the following Anniversary Banquet Committee Member:

Deacon Alvin King, Deacon Leroy Dubose,
Sis. Natalie Fisher, Sis. Alma Hinton,
Sis. Myrtle Everage, Sis. Pat Davis-Johnson

** You can also Call the Church with any questions @ 323-569-4162

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Pastor’s Corner – August, 2009

Pastor’s Corner

“Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.”  – Psalm 119: 133

02 August, 2009

My dearly beloved “PARTNERS”  in The Lord’s WORK

Well, well here we are in the month of August, the 8th month of the year 2009.  We thank God that we benefited from His loving kindness above all “HIS TENDER MERCY”, to cross over to another coveted opportunity to till the soil in His fertile vineyard, and beyond the walls of the Church.  Yes, yes thank God for one more day, one more chance.  God is Good, and All the TIME, GOD IS GOOD.

The past month was spiritually rich and rewarding in every way, and more importantly, souls were added to our membership.  For certain, it was a most busy month highlighted by the following:

2nd Sunday – Graduates Recognition Sunday

Our Vacation Bible School

Our Annual Church Picnic

Our Annual Men’s Day Service.

The month of August is now before us, and we do solicit your unstinted prayers and support for our regular Services and special activities during this month.

We are in the countdown, for the month of October at which time we shall celebrate a milestone; Our 65th Church Anniversary Observance all month long.  Our dear members, Deacon Alvin and Sis. Jackoyln King, are Co-Chairpersons for this years 65th Church Anniversary.  Various Committees are now at work for the related Services and activities in connection with the Church Anniversary, i.e. Souvenir Book and the Anniversary Banquet.  We fully recognize that we are in tough economic times, but we have faith in our God who has been our “Help In Ages Past”, and our sure “Hope For Years to Come.”  We never could have reached this milestone without “HIM”.

Let us continue to be much in prayer for our many, many sick and shut in, our President, Our Country, and for suffering Humanity everywhere.  Beloved Keep the Faith – God Has the POWER,

Faithfully Yours,

Pastor R.M. Leffall, III


Pastor’s Corner – July, 2009

Pastor’s Corner

“Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.”
– 1 Corinthians 12: 4-5

05 July, 2009

My Dearly Beloved “FAMILY”

Well, well, well, here we are in the month of July, the seventh month of the year and it is moving rapidly.  We thank God and Praise Him for having been crossed over to yet another opportunity to be about the Lord’s work.

The past month was rich and rewarding in everyway.  We had Souls added to the Lord’s Sheepfold.  We take this opportunity to congratulate all of our June graduates, K through High School, College or University.  We make special note of 3 graduates from Tabernacle’s own School of Evangelism.  We are mighty proud of all of you, and of course, our best wishes for your future endeavors as you move ONWARD and UPWARD

The month of July is now before us and we do solicit your prayers and support for all of our regular Services, Annual Services and special activities.  We call your special attention to the following:

July 13-17, 2009

Vacation Bible School

6:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. Each Night

July 18, 2009

“Annual Church Picnic”

El Dorado Park, Long Beach

10:00 A.M.

4th Sunday, July 26th, 2009

“Annual Men’s Day Service”

11:00 A.M.

Dr. Cecil “Chip” Murray – Guest Minister

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

May God richly bless both you and yours, and I remain.

Faithfully Yours,

Pastor R.M. Leffall, III


Pastor’s Corner – June, 2009

Pastor’s Corner

07 June, 2009

“Ye are holy unto the Lord; the vessels are holy also; and the silver and the gold are a freewill offering unto the Lord God of your fathers.”
– Ezra 8: 28

My Dearly Beloved Family and Partners in the LORD’S WORK:

We greet you once more in the Name of the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.  These days, weeks and months are passing so swiftly; here we are at the month of June, the mid-point of the historic ear, 2009.  We thank God for His tender mercy; for having spared us to cross over to another coveted opportunity to be about the Masters Work in WORD, ACTION, DEED and HOLY PURPOSE.

The past month was rich, spirit filled, and rewarding in every way.  It was highlighted by our ‘Annual Women’s Day Service’, with our dear friend Mrs. Crystal Cohen as our guest speaker.  It was a powerful and great time of Worship, Praise and Celebration.  We are grateful to our Women’s Day Leadership, namely; Sister Maye Helen Leffall, Sister Madge Lytle and Sister Constance Stanley for a job well done.  We also express our gratitude to the fine cadre of Captains, Co-Captains, and of course, the women of  our  Church for what each did to insure the spiritual and financial success of Women’s Day 2009.  We salute our faithful member, Sister Eugenia Jackson, our Woman of the Year 2009.  She is indeed a dedicated and faithful servant of the Lord, and is an inspiration to all of us.

We closed the past month with the Financial Literacy Workshop to teach our young people the principles of Saving and Money Management.   It was highly successful and the second workshop will be held on the 4th Saturday in June, Sister Jackie King was principal coordinator, assisted by Makeba Neely and Vernisha Stanley.  We held on last Sunday our 5th Sunday Mission Emphasis Sunday, with great music by the Mission Chorus led under the capable direction of Sister Florence Bean, and followed by a powerful Sermon from our own Rev. Charles Williams, Jr.

The month of June is now before us, and we do solicit your prayers and support for all of or special Services and activities.  We do call your particular attention to our ‘Annual Children’s Youth Day Service’ on next Sunday at 11:00 a.m.  Rev. Michael Holliness will be our guest Minister.  Also, there will be participation by our young people in every aspect of this Service.  We salute our leadership and volunteers in the Youth Church Ministry, they are doing a wonderful job, and God is richly blessing this Ministry.

We salute all of our Graduates.  We are mighty proud of you, and we plan to honor all of our Graduates the latter part of June or early July.

Let us continue to be in prayer for our sick and shut-in, bereaved, military persons, and for the suffering humanity locally, nationally, and throughout the world.  We pray for God’s continued favor upon both you and yours.  I remain ……………..

Faithfully yours,
Pastor R.M. Leffall, III


Pastor’s Corner – April, 2009

Pastor’s Corner

05 April, 2009

“These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” – Luke 10: 2

My dearly beloved “FAMILY”

We greet you once more time in the most precious name of our Lord, Redeemer and Savior Jesus Christ who has spared us to cross over to the month of April.

Today your “Pastor” along with our Associate Ministers and  “Team Jamaica Members” are in the West Indies on a “Missionary Journey” to our Mission Church, The Tabernacle of Faith Mission Church located in May Pen, Jamaica.  Please pray with us and for us in this “Holy Weed” of Worship, Prayer, Praise and Fellowship, with God’s grace, we shall be back for our “resurrection Service” on next Lord’s Day.

The past month was rich and fruitful in everyway for we had new members to become a part of our family both as Candidates for Baptism and by Christian Experience.  Praise God for Whom All Blessings Flow.  We closed the month on a high spiritual “note” with our 5th Sunday Mission Emphasis Service.  Our Mission Church under the capable direction of Sis. Florence Bean, warmed our hearts in the Ministry of Music. A special highlight was the Commissioning Ceremony for “Team Jamaica”, followed by a soul stirring Sermon by Pastor Willie D. Hall.

The month of April is now before us.  Our focus is to move from mere Membership to Discipleship, Therefore, our continuing goal is that each of us would become soul winners, to reach out as never before to the unsaved, and persons without a church home.  And too, we want to partner with our Superintendent, Bro. George Saunders Jr., in the revitalization of our Sunday School Ministry.  Every member should attend Sunday School.  It is our prayer and hope that the fruits of Sunday Bible School thrust, will spill over to increased participation in All of our Ministries.  Each Group/Ministry Leader is asked to step forward in support of this undertaking.  Remember beloved that all that we do is about being a “FOLLOWER OF CHRIST”.  It’s all about HIM.

Let us continue to be much in prayer for our sick and shutin, infirmed, bereaved and suffering humanity everywhere.  If you have the FAITH, GOD HAS THE POWER.

May God richly bless both you and yours, and I remain yours,

In The Bond of Christ,

Pastor R.M. Leffall, III