Archive for November, 2012

Pastor’s Corner 04 November, 2012

“Thus Solomon finished the house of the Lord, and the king’s house: and all that came into Solomon’s heart to make in the house of the Lord, and in his own house, he prosperously effected. And the Lord appeared to
Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice.  If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land..” – 2 Chronicles 7: 11-14

 

My dearly beloved “FAMILY”

 

Our loving God in his tender mercy has spared you and I to cross over to this the 11th month of the year 2012.  We thank Him, We Praise Him, for He is worthy to be praised.

 

The past month was rich and rewarding in every way.  We were in the spirit of celebration of our 68th year of Ongoing Ministry.  Yes, 68 years of His divine favor to this household of FAITH.  We salute our Co-Chairpersons for the 68th Church Anniversary, our dear members Bro. Nathan and Sis. Daphne Christopher for a job well done.  We thank each participant in the Services, and of course our loyal and faithful members for your prayers and support during the entire month.  Two most special highlights were the Church Anniversary Musical Service and the 4th Sunday Culminating Services.  We are still feasting on the powerful sermon by Dr. J.W. Brown on the “Power of A Praying Church”, Oh my Lord, what a WORD!

 

In the verse cited above, the Lord appears to the wise man Solomon, because the temple, the Church building we finished, yet something was missing, the people inside had no SPIRITUAL POWER”, and the Lord declared a divine remedy, to cure the dismal situation;  it requires humility and prayer to gain God’s Favor.  So I submit to each of us within the Tabernacle from the PULPIT to the PEW, that which is most needed within the Church during these trying times, is to make PRAYER a Chief and major CORNERSTONE in our Ministry.  Amidst all of the internal, external and every day jitters daily prayer is a sacrament, not a craft.  Beloved, God’s work will go forward with or without us.  If we heed not “true dedication, commitment, fervent prayer, fired up on the spirit of Evangelism.  IF we avoid these, it is not God’s loss, His fault, It’s Ours.  He that hath an ear, hear the WORD OF THE LORD.

 

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

 

Let me share with you a most personal matter; It is that I am prayerfully considering stepping down, retiring in 2013.  It is from the “Pastoral Ministry” but not from Ministry because I intend to preach until I die.  In this regard I hope to make a recommendation, ultimately the congregation will make the final decision. I hope to preside over an orderly transition unlike the uproar, discord and tensions faced when I joined you as Interim Pastor in 1997.  Be much in PRAYER that God will lead you in the selection of this choice to lead the Tabernacle to higher heights and do a greater work. Until then, Let JESUS LEAD YOU ALL THE WAY.

 

Finally let us continue to be much in prayer for each other, the sick, infirmed, bereaved and suffering humanity everywhere.  Our prayer and concerns go out in a most special way to the families affected by Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast which suffered vast and widespread destruction, and too many lives were lost.

 

 

Be Blessed,

 

R.M. Leffall, III Senior Pastor

 

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Pastor’s Corner: October 02, 2012

 

“For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” – Habakkuk 2:3

 

My dearly beloved “FAMILY”

 

The Lord has permitted  both you and I to be crossed over to the month of September. O How we thank Him, we praise Him for  the loving, kindness, Grace and Tender Mercy — YES, one more day, one more Chance to be about His WORK in Word, in Action, in Deed, and above all, in COMMITMENT!

 

The past month was rich and rewarding in everyway.  We closed the month on a High Spiritual note with our “Annual Mission Day Service”.  Our hearts were strangely warmed and lifted by the Ministry of Music, the skit by Women On a Mission, and the powerful message by our own, Bro. George Saunders, Jr., what a great time of Worship and Praise!!

 

We salute our highly esteemed member Sis. Joyce Copeland, who received the highly coveted “Helping Hand Award”.  Our dear member Sis. Natalie Fisher is doing a marvelous job in giving leadership of our General Mission, moving this Ministry to higher heights.

 

I have been in daily prayer for a SPIRITUAL BREAKTHROUGH in our Church, one that would see us catch the True Spirit of Evangelism.  It involves inward growth, growth that leads each of us to be more neighborly, compassionate.  Without a doubt, once we get each member on the same page, with each other in the spirit of Brotherly Love, it will move us to become effective soul winners, beyond the walls of the Church… A SPIRITUAL BREAKTHROUGH will have a tremendous IMPACT on a CHRIST CENTERED resolve, beginning with our Leadership and for every MINISTRY within the TABERNACLE.  Beloved, this is not a time for “BUSINESS AS USUAL” from the PULPIT or the PEW.  It involves self introspection, and a new determination to Love GOD MORE and TO SERVE HIM BETTER.  Hopefully our individual, unison, and combined response will be O BLESSED SAVIOR — COUNT ON ME!!!

 

Therefore, I take personal heart in the passage cited above. I take personal encouragement, that this BREAKTHROUGH will take place on God’s timepiece.  His appointed time, all we need to do is tarry, wait and pray, for it will surely come.  We have a very busy month before us.  It will begin on Next Saturday where we partner with Urban Hope Ministries’ “Mission Possible”.  One day Worshop/Conference geared toward our immediate community.  Hopefully it will ignite the Tabernacle to a day-to-day and week to week Ministry to our community, with the bottom line being winning souls to Christ.  We do encourage your support and participation in this undertaking.

 

On the 4th Sunday, we shall have our “Annual Family/Homecoming Service” followed by the “Fellowship Feast” . We do want to encourage our family members, former members and friends to join us for this Service.

 

Finally, let us continue to be much in prayer for our students in the public schools, college or university, our sick and shut-in, bereaved, caregivers, and for suffering humanity everywhere.  We remember in a most special way all those affected by Hurrican Isaac on the Gulf Coast and the nations heartland. Also, let us lift up in prayer, President Obama as he gives leadership during these trying and most difficult times.

 

Blessings

R.M. Leffall, III Senior Pastor

 

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