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Pastor’s Corner – 05 June, 2011

Pastor’s Corner – 05 June, 2011

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.,– Ephesians 1: 18-19

My Dearly beloved “FAMILY”


Here we are in the month of June, the minutes, hours, days, weeks and months of the year 2011 are swiftly moving.  Already we are at mid-year.


The past month was rich and rewarding in every way.  We had great moments of worship and praise, and souls were added to our Sheepfold.  The month was highlighted by our “Annual Women’s Day” and concluded with our 5th Sunday, Mission Emphasis Service.


These are the times that try men’s souls. On one hand, an agnostic has said that the catastrophic occurrences of our time are related to God’s displeasure with His people, their sinful ways; on the other side, some place God on ‘trial’ asking why a loving God would permit the rage of violence that dots our cities, communities and states.  Where is He they say?  In spirit of the air of skepticism and pessimism, the child of God must be sustained and have an unfaltering Trust and Faith that will not shrink tho pressed by many a foe.  Thus, I encourage all of us from the pulpit to the pew to BE STRONG, and hold to God’s unchanging Hand.  Each victory will help you, He will carry you through!


Be Strong

We are not here to play, to dream, to drift

We have hard work to do, and loads to lift

Shun not the struggle – face it – it is God’s gift

Be Strong

Say not, ‘The days are evil, Who’s to blame?’

And fold the hands and acquiesce, Oh shame!

Stand up, speak out, and bravely! In God’s name

Be Strong

It matters not how deep entrenched the wrong

How hard the battle goes, the day how long

Faint not – fight on – Tomorrow comes the song.


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


We salute to all of our graduates from pre-school to the college level.  We are mighty, mighty proud of all of you and wish for you the very best as you move onward and upward in your educational pursuits.  Remember, to always put God First.


Finally, let us continue to be much in prayer for our many, many sick and shut-in, infirmed, bereaved and for suffering humanity everywhere.  In addition, our prayers and thoughts go out in a special way to the victims and families affected by the devastating tornado and twisters across the southern and mid-western states, and more recently on the east coast.  Many lives have been lost … The Lord is Speaking


Your co-traveler with Christ,


Pastor R. M. Leffall


SpotLight On Youth – Rahshaun Haylock

King Solomon, the author of Proverbs, writes:  “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6).”

Our spotlight is on a very talented young man, whom we are proud to
present:  Mr. Rahshaun Yusef Haylock, age 27.  He is the grandson of the family’s matriarch, our own Sis. Cora Bruner, long time member and Mother at the Tabernacle.  Sis. Sheila Haylock is the mother of Rahshaun and his two younger brothers, Amir Haylock, age 25, and Essan Cassidy, age 16 – all fine young men brought up with excellent Christian home
training.  Rahshaun has been at The Tabernacle all of his life.  He currently serves as Youth Church Assistant; and Announcement Clerk where he
regularly makes the announcements and welcomes the guest worshippers at Sunday Morning Worship Service.


Rahshaun spent his elementary school years at Redeemer Alternative School in Compton, CA; he attended Orville Wright Middle School,
Westchester (Los Angeles, CA); and El Segundo High School in El
Segundo, CA.  After graduation from high school, Rahshaun attended and graduated from California State University, Northridge.  Rahshaun said that his favorite subjects in school were broadcasting classes.  He majored in Journalism with an emphasis in Broadcasting.   He was the recipient of the following scholarships:  Our own Tabernacle of Faith’s Edna G. White Scholarship; Richard Hill Scholarship Award – the Laymen’s Auxiliary of Providence District Association; Kaiser Permanente Bill Coggins Leadership Scholarship.  Rahshaun was additionally awarded the following
recognitions:  Hawthorne/Lawndale City Cable Rookie of the year; City of Los Angeles Unsung Heroes in Watts for Achievement in Sports Broadcasting; Friends of Alma Reaves Woods Library honoree for Achievement in Sports Broadcasting; Outstanding Achievement in Sports Broadcasting; Society of Professional Journalists Region 11 Mark of Excellence Awards for Sports Television Reporting (3rd Place).


Rahshaun is currently employed at KCBS2/KCAL9 Sports;; Lawndale/HCTV Channel 22 Sports; and Internet Radio. He said that in five years/ten years he sees himself “married, raising a family and with a fulltime career being seen and heard covering sports.”


Rahshaun’s interests include family, traveling, food, sports, broadcasting, public speaking/mentoring youth,
career days, helping youth attain internships, coaching basketball, bowling, networking, video games, and spending time with his God-daughters, Amaya and Leah; and being a role model for his younger siblings, Amir and Essan.  Also
included are his interests and work with Big Sunday (Community Service); Revlon Walk, and Juvenile Walk for
Diabetes.  He said the last book he read was Meat Market:  Inside the Smash-Mouth World of College Football
Recruiting by Bruce Feldman.  His musical interests are R&B, Hip-hop, and Gospel.  He said he played the snare drum in 6th grade.


Rahshaun said that a scripture that gives him strength, inspiration and encouragement is  Philippians 4:6 which tells us to not worry about anything and to pray about everything…  In dealing with peer pressure, he stated:  “I stand firm in my beliefs and try to see situations before they happen.”  He gave his philosophical statement as:  “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”


We are delighted to present Mr. Rahshaun Yusef Haylock.  Joy and blessings to Rahshaun’s family and all who have played a role in the shaping and molding of Rahshaun.  He is a wonderful Christian young man.  And, Rahshaun, your Tabernacle of Faith family is mighty proud of you.  We salute you!  Keep up the good work.  May the LORD richly bless you and the work of your hands.



Pastors Corner – May 2011

Pastor’s Corner – 01 May, 2011

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” – John 14: 6


Our Dearly beloved “FAMILY and FRIENDS”


How swiftly these months are coming as we are now in the 5th month of the year 2011.  We thank and praise our risen Lord and Savior for having spared us to cross over into a coveted opportunity to be about our Lord’s Business, in WORD in ACTION in DEED and Godly Purpose.


On a somber note we have witnessed the homegoing of our own members and bereavement affected our Church Family.  Our prayers go out to those who experience an “empty chair” of immediate family and friends.


The past month was rich and rewarding in every way we closed the month on a high spiritual note with the “23rd Annual Women’s Prayer Breakfast” followed by last Sunday’s “Resurrection Service”.


The month of May is now before us, and we do solicit the prayers and support of every loyal member for all of our regular and special Services.  I do call your special attention to our “Annual Women’s Day Service” on the 3rd Sunday with our Sis. Chelsea Williams as the speaker.  Sis Florence Bean once again serves as the director of the Women’s Day Chorus.  All giving for the Women’s Day and all Annual Days is earmarked for our Building Fund.  We desire and ask that every loyal member support our Building Fund over and above Tithes and regular offerings.


I do want to encourage every loyal member to heed our Lord’s Great Commission to become a “Soul Winner”.  It is a personal task from the PULPIT to the PEW as followers of Christ.  It involves moving from mere MEMBERSHIP to DISCIPLESHIP.  Remember that our continuing goal is that each member become a “Soul Winner” in 2011.  Can the MASTER count on you??


Finally, let us continue to be in prayer for our sick and shut-in, infirmed and for suffering humanity everywhere.   Our thoughts and prayers also go out to those families affected by the “tornado activity” across the Southern states as well as the East Coast and the raging fires across the State of Texas … “The Lord is Speaking”


Faithfully Yours


Pastor Leffall