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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: 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

 

Pastor Willie D. Hall, Interim Pastorasto

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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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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Pastor’s Corner 07 April, 2013

” Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.” – Ecclesiastes 11: 1

 

 

My dearly beloved “FAMILY”
“Grace, Mercy and Peace Be Unto You From God our Father”

 

We greet you once more in the name of the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords, who because of His loving kindness and tender mercy has crossed us over both individually and as the bride (Church) of Christ.  We ended the  month on a high note with our Resurrection Service on this past Sunday.  What a great time it was of worship, praise,  and celebration with simply awesome and inspiring music; and of course the proclamation of God’s Word.  Yes “HE IS RISEN, HE IS RISEN, INDEED.”  His resurrection, power and strength is ever present, both to you and me, today and forever until He returns to claim his church.

 

In the verse cited above we have one of the most important principles undergirding and related to “Church Growth”.  I have stated before that Inward growth will lead to Outward growth.  When the people within the Church are filled with power from on high, we’ll see the results.  The early disciples, the early followers of Christ applied this principle in the proclamation of the gospel.  INCREASE BY SCATTERING.  The Apostle Paul applied their principle after he met Christ and became a great missionary. He won many souls to Christ.

 

Dare we as a Church, the “TAB”, as a household of faith apply the words of this passage from the pulpit to the pew, that each Ministry In our church will be purpose driven, yes nourish others that Christ is revealed in us to others.  Did not God himself apply the words of this passage, when He gave to us the Loving Bread to be our Savior;  the redeemed of mankind; For certain, when we cast this bread His word upon the waters, lives will be transformed after many days and in due season.  This is our CHALLENGE if we are really serious about GROWTH.  Yes, EACH ONE WIN ONE TO CHRIST.  Keep in mind our theme for this year.  “Reaching The Lost – TEACHING THE SAVED TO SERVE.”  This involves personal stewardship, dedication and commitment.  Why Not link up, hook up, with our Evangelism team which goes out in our community on the 1st and 4th Saturdays, each month?

 

The month of April is now before us.  It is ‘pregnant’ with opportunities and
possibilities.  We do solicit your time, talents and means (tithes and offerings) to advance the cause of Christ.  The bottom line is that it is all about Him.

 

 

Finally, let us be much in prayer for one another,  for our many, many  sick and shut-in, infirmed, those in convalescent centers, the bereaved,  and for suffering humanity everywhere.  Also, let’s continue to lift up in daily prayer our President, that God will direct him in his words, actions and policies during these trying and most difficult days.  His every step is attacked by a most vocal opposition.

 

 

Prayerfully Yours,

R.M. Leffall, III , Senior Pastor

 

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Pastor’s Corner 03 March, 2013

“The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee.” – Jeremiah 31:3

 

My dearly beloved “FAMILY”

 

The days weeks, months, even the  hours and minutes move so swiftly; already we are in the third month of the year 2013.  We thank and praise God for having been spared to cross over to another golden privilege and coveted opportunity to be about the Lord’s Work in WORD, ACTION, DEED, and GODLY PURPOSE.

 

The past month was rich and rewarding in every way, because during the month we celebrated and observed “African American Heritage Month.”  We closed the month  of Last Sunday with the culminating Service following by our traditional “Fellowship Feast”.  And too in my message for the Morning Service, we were reminded to not take for granted the
blessings that have come our way as people of color, yes if it had not been for the Lord on our side, where would we be? NEVER COULD HAVE MADE IT WITHOUT HIM.

 

In the passage cited above, we have one of the most powerful expressions of God’s  yearning and faithful love for His children.  Although the Prophet is speaking of Israel, yet this Word is applicable to both you and I.  Although mankind has been resistant , yet God
continues his “Love Affair”, it is not luck, it is not chance.  His everlasting love outlasts our blunders, missteps, mistakes and willful defiance.  O hear Him speak to us today, “I have loved thee with an everlasting love.”

 

The month of March is now before us and on next Saturday, we shall convene our “Annual Church Conference”; a record of our stewardship during the past year.  As we
embark upon this year let each of us dedicate ourselves to be STEWARDS that God can be pleased with, giving of our TIME, TALENTS, & MEANS (tithes and offering) to support His cause, right here in the “TAB”.  Because in the end, each of us must stand before our God, and give an account of our Stewardship, our Discipleship from the Pulpit to the Pew.  For only what we do for Christ will last, and will be counted in the end.

 

Finally, let us continue to 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 us lift up in prayer, President Obama as he gives leadership during these trying and most difficult times.

 

 

 

Joy, Peace & Blessings

R.M. Leffall, III , Senior Pastor

 

 

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Pastor’s Corner – 03 February, 2013

  And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.”  – Luke 16: 1-2

 

My dearly beloved “FAMILY”

 

We thank and Praise God for having spared us to cross over to this the beginning days of the second month of 2013, February.  It is a month in which we celebrate and observe the contributions of African Americans to American life and history.  In reflection without a doubt we have come a long way, but yet we have a long way to go.

The past month was rich and rewarding in every way.  And although our attendance was down largely due to the changing weather patterns and the accompanying flu epidemic, those who were blessed to be in attendance were blessed by fellowship, the Ministry of inspiring Music, and the proclamation of the Word of God.

 

As we embark upon another month, I want to call to your attention the passage cited above.  As Pastors we address a number of matters in our Messages, but seldom do we address and dwell on a matter of STEWARDSHIP.  The real truth is that Jesus came teaching and preaching STEWARDSHIP during His earthly ministry.  He used the word “steward” or stewardship on numerous occasions.  It was not a “sound bite”, but a truth to get his followers  both then and now to be properly focused and the privileged associate with being one of His followers, one of his disciples.  In the familiar parable, he raised one of the most probing questions in holy writ – What is this I hear about you? Give me an account of your stewardship.  The Lord was talking about more than money, He is addressing the whole life of believers.  Yes MONEY is important, it is much needed by our Church and Churches to beef up and stay on target with our budget.  When people are truly aligned with Christ, they will give their TITHES and OFFERINGS; and freely give of their TIME and TALENTS to advance the cause of Christ.  The Question to each of us from the Pulpit to the PEW, from the front Row to the BACK Row – are we being fair with God??  Yes TITHING IS OUR WAY, God expects our TIME, TALENTS and MEANS – STEWARDSHIP this is a bible Doctrine and acknowledges of gratitude.  For what God has done, is doing and shall do for us, in Christ Jesus.  It is a call to Sacred commitment, mindful of our indebtedness to our Lord. WE ARE DEBTORS.

 

This last point, not only are individual believers in Christ are asked to give on account of their STEWARDSHIP, but ultimately the corporate body, the CHURCH will be held accountable for its’ STEWARDSHIP.  The bottom line is not to major in “minor things”, but to major in that which is of eternal value.  My prayer is that our Church will embark upon this New Year with renewed determination to LOVE GOD MORE and SERVE HIM BETTER ever mindful of the “DIVINE Call to STEWARDSHIP.”

 

The month of February is now before us.  Let this be a month to give our unstinted support to all of our regular Services and special activities.  And more importantly as followers of Christ to be fired up on the true Spirit Of Evangelism.  Yes each one, win one to Christ in 2013.

 

“Finally, let us continue to 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 us lift up in prayer, President Obama as he gives leadership during these trying and most difficult times, in this his second term of office.

 

Be Blessed,

R.M. Leffall, III , Senior Pastor

 

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