Archive for March, 2011

Pastors Corner : March 2011

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen..” – Romans 16:24

My dearly beloved “Family”

We thank and praise our God for having spared us to cross over to the month of March, one more coveted opportunity to be about the Lord’s WORK in WORD, DEED and PURPOSE. His grace brought us safe this far, His GRACE WILL LEAD US both ONWARD and UPWARD.

In the scripture cited above the Apostle Paul asserts a great truth that our task is not to define grace, but to experience it. Grace, an unmerited gift, comes to the heart of every believer in Christ to receive power beyond ourselves. It is God’s transforming to come and meet us where we are, and empower us to accept His presence. He works in all things for good – for those who love Him, and are the called according to His purpose.

The past month was rich and rewarding in every way, and we closed the month on a high note with our ‘Annual Afro/American Culture Day Service’ and of course, the “Fellowship Feast” which followed. We express our appreciation to Sister Birdia Mims and all the volunteers, groups and auxiliaries who made the “Fellowship Feast” successful.

The month of March is now before us. I want to call your attention to the “Super Local Evangelism Workshop” that our Church is hosting March 29th-31st at 6:30 p.m. each night. It is under the direction of the National Evangelism Movement of which our dear friend, Dr. Sylvester Washington, serves as Executive Director. We are asking for church-wide attendance and participation in this workshop.

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

Faithfully yours,
Pastor R.M. Leffall, III

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23rd Annual Women’s Prayer Breakfast

23rd Annual Women's Prayer Breakfast

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SPOTLIGHT ON YOUTH: Jordan Turner

Our spotlight is on a very fine young man, Jordan Cameron Turner, the elder of two children in the Turner family. Jordan is affectionately called “J-nice” by family, schoolmates, teammates and friends.  His family consists of the Turner and Hall families whose lineage is richly steeped in the history of Tabernacle of Faith Baptist Church:  his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce (Robin) Turner; younger sister, Morgan; paternal grandparents, Deacon and Mrs. L. C. (Janie) Turner; and maternal grandparents, Pastor and Mrs. Willie (Johnnie Mae) Hall, all whom are very actively involved at the Tabernacle of Faith Baptist Church in the various Ministries of the Church.  Jordan is volunteer worker at Tabernacle of Faith Baptist Church assisting in the Finance/secretary office (2009-present) as Sunday School Secretary; and he serves as Youth Church Devotional Leader.

Jordan is a Sophomore at Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy.   His scholastic and athletic accomplishments include:  Student of the Year, May 14, 2009; Valedictorian, June 3, 2009; played Cross Country baseball and basketball (2009-2010); recipient of the Most Valuable Player Award – Basketball, 2009; beneficiary of the Best Offensive Player Award, Football, 2009; recipient of the Andrea Claymore “Christian Character” Award; and on the Honor Roll for the 2009-2010 school year.

Jordan, whose favorite subjects are Mathematics and English, stated his career goals and objectives as follows:  “My ultimate goal is to graduate from high school and graduate from College. I want to attend a four year college and major in teaching. I also plan to play basketball and then the NBA. Although, if the NBA plan fails, I would like to become a Basketball Coach or Sports Analyst.”  Jordan said he is considering several universities for submission of applications such as University of Southern California (U.S.C); University of California, Berkeley; University of Oregon; Texas University; and Arizona University.

We are delighted to present Jordan Cameron Turner.  Jordan is a wonderful Christian young man, scholar, and athlete.  Jordan gave four (4) characteristics to describe himself and they are as follows: (1) Diligent; 2) Honest; (3)  Intelligent; and (4) Hard working. These are mighty fine attributes which Jordan has embraced – without a doubt handed down from one generation to the next by his parents and grandparents who have taught and modeled for him how to BE CHRISTLIKE.

Jordan carries himself with dignity, self-confidence, and self-assuredness.  When asked if there were a scripture, a song, or a poem that gives him strength, inspiration, encouragement, keeps him grounded and away from peer pressure, Jordan readily responded:  “Philippians 4:13:  I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”

Joy and blessings and to the proud parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Turner, the Turner and Hall grandparents, and all who have played a role in the shaping and molding of this focused, goal-directed young man.  And, Jordan, your
Tabernacle of Faith family is also proud of you.  Keep up the good work.  May the LORD richly bless you in all of your endeavors.  Go forth, doubting nothing.  “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him (1st Corinthians 2:9 NIV).”

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