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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Pastor’s Corner, January 06, 2013

Pastor’s Corner

06 January, 2013

 

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could
remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.   Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall
vanish away. – 1 Corinthians 13: 1-8

My dearly beloved “FAMILY”

 

Let me begin by extending New Years greetings to both you and yours.  Only
because of God’s loving kindness and Tender Mercy, we have been spared to cross over from 2012 to 2013.  Yes, yes one more coveted opportunity and privilege to be about our Lord’s business in WORD, ACTION, DEED and PURPOSE.  The question then before us as we begin 2013 from the Pulpit to the Pew, is what shall we do with this unearned
favor??? I don’t know about you, but I am more determined than ever before to Love God MORE and to Serve Him BETTER.

 

In the passage cited above we note some of the most important characteristcs ,
virtues and values of life in Christ.  Central to this theme of this passage is LOVE.  Our World, our Church, our City, State, stands in need of the awesome power and strength that comes from LOVE, for Love RESTORES, Love HEALS, Love UNDERGIRDS, Love LIFTS, yes GOD IS LOVE.

 

The month of January is now before us.  Let us give our support for all of our
Services and special activities.

 

Let us be much in prayer one for another; for our many, many sick and shut-in,
infirmed, those in convalescent homes, the bereaved, and the suffering humanity
everywhere.

 

Finally, Mrs. Leffall joins in with me, along with our Associate Ministers to wish for both you and yours, for a Prosperous and Spirit Filled New Year!

 

 

Be Blessed, and Move Forward

 

R.M. Leffall, III
Senior Pastor

 

 

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Pastor’s Corner, December 02, 2013

Pastor’s Corner

02 December, 2012

 

 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” – James 5:16

 

 

My dearly beloved “FAMILY”

 

Well, well here we are in the final minutes, hours, days and weeks of the year 2012.  We thank God for the multitude of His loving kindness and tender mercy to be sparred to this present moment.

 

This past months have been most eventful in more ways than one.  We have witnessed achievements as well as turmoil in the international homeland, and with in our city and state, coupled with this turmoil in the economic downturn which has affected our own Church and Churches around our Nation.  Also, over the past 3 years, we have suffered the loss of several members who were staunch supporters of our dear Church.  This situation is most notable in attendance and giving.  Yet I  firmly believe that God will see us through.  He did not bring us this far to leave us.  Hopefully and prayerfully as we look to the year 2013, that the people of the “SHEEPFOLD” will be inspired, yes led to renew your commitment to Christ, renew your commitment to our Church and with God’s power, His help, His strength the coming year will lead us to higher heights in His name. Yes, Yes, we can do all things through Christ.

 

In the scripture cited above, James lets us know that prayer is powerful.  We are taught to have faith.  As for me I’m thankful that in my own prayer times, that the harder I pray that oftentimes God does not answer with a Yes, many times it’s a No.  Even when He says No, He gives to me a double dose of GRACE.  I’m thankful that no matter what the answer might be, He is still good, and all the time, God is good.

 

In these closing days of 2012 I appeal to every loyal member to make an end of the year Sacrificial gift, in support of our downfall in projected giving for the current year.  I am asking for our leadership to lead the way in the special request, for end of the year-giving.  First, pray about it, and be led by the Lord.  I believe that He is in the blessing business right now, here in the Tabernacle, if we but follow His leadership.

 

Let us be much in prayer one for another; for our many, many sick and shut-in, infirmed, those in convalescent homes, the bereaved, and the suffering humanity everywhere.

 

Finally, we are approaching the upcoming “Christmas Season”, Mrs. Leffall joins in with me, along with our Associate Ministers to wish for both you and yours, best wishes for a “Spirit Filled Christmas” and for a Prosperous New Year!

 

 

Be Blessed,

 

R.M. Leffall, III
Senior Pastor

 

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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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Pastor’s Corner 01 January, 2012

“It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3: 22-23

To our Church Family & Friends

Let me begin by extending “Best Wishes” for a Spirit Filled New Year” to both You and Yours, having been spared to cross over to 2012 – Yes, One More Day, One More Chance, to be about our Lord’s Business; in Word, in Action, in Deed and in Godly Purpose.

 

In the scripture cited above, we have one of the most poignant expression of the GRACE and MERCY of God found in the Bible.  The wonder of the prophet was not for those who had been slayed or lost, but most importantly, those who have been saved, not consumed were it not for hope and relief through God’s Mercy.  Quite literally, these words represent you and I, that in spite of ourselves, our faults, failure, actions, attitudes conduct; yet God has given to each of us a brand new lease on life.  Thus the question is what we shall do with this unmerited grace?  It is a “call to be duty bound” from the Pulpit to the Pew… He is our help in ages past and our hope for years to come.

 

As we embark upon the new year, I encourage each of us to move from mere MEMBERSHIP to DISCIPLESHIP, to catch and embrace the SPIRIT OF EVANGELISM.  EACH ONE – WIN ONE to Christ in 2012.

 

Let us continue to be much in prayer for our many, many, sick and shut-in, infirmed, caregivers, and for suffering humanity both within and beyond the wall of our dear Church.

 

I would be remiss to not express the sincere gratitude of your “Pastoral Family” for your cards, gifts, and other kind deeds during the Christmas Season,

 

Faithfully yours,

Pastor R.M. Leffall, III

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Pastor’s Corner 04 December, 2011

“The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth.” – Psalm 33: 13-14

Dear Members and Friends,

 

Wow?  Here we are in the final days of 2011, and should we be spared looking forward to 2012.  In retrospect this year has been a most eventful one.  We faced the challenges of the economic downturn which has affected our world, nation, Churches, yes even the Tabernacle and too, we have witnessed turbulence around the world, longtime leaders have been dethroned, the ‘occupy movement’ has camped in city after city, in protest against big banks and Wall Street.

 

But, nevertheless, in spite of our dismal present the people of faith must hold as never before to “God’s Unchanging Hand.”  The Word of God is right when it asserts that our hope and safety are found in God. Read for yourselves, the scripture cited in the heading of this letter.

 

The past month was rich and rewarding in every way.  We closed the month on a high note with last Sunday afternoon’s All-Male Musical Service.  It was a great time of Worship, Praise and Celebration.  The esteemed Chairman of the Board of Deacons’ was this years’ honoree. Deacon LeRoy DuBose is one of the Tabernacle’s most loyal, faithful and dedicated members (disciples). He is most worthy of the special recognition.

 

As we enter this final month of 2011, I am encouraging every loyal member to heed the “Great Commission”; yes reach out to the lost, unsaved and invite them to worship and fellowship with us.  Each One, Reach One – To Christ.  Why not be a soul winner for Christ?  This involves engaging in Discipleship, the move from Church centeredness to Christ-centeredness.

 

We continue to lift up in prayer our many, many, sick and shut in, infirmed, care-givers, and suffering humanity everywhere.  We also want to pray daily for President Obama, that God will guide his thoughts, ways, actions and leadership during these trying times.

 

Finally, my dear wife Maye Helen joins me in extending best wishes for a “Blessed Holiday Season.”  Remember, beloved that “CHRIST Is The Reason For The Season.”

 

 

Yours in Christ,

 

 

Pastor R.M. Leffall, III

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Pastor’s Corner 06 November, 2011

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” – Galatians 6:7

 

My Dearly Beloved “Family” and Friends;

We thank and praise God for having spared us, yes kept us to cross over to the month of November.  Only a few days remain and the year 2011 will be history.  In these remaining days, these difficult and trying days, let us number our day and make every human effort to draw closer to God in Word, Action and Deed and to draw closer to each other.  Yes ask the Savior to help us, and He will our strength renew.

The past month was rich and rewarding in every way as we observed our 67th year of on-going an uninterrupted Ministry, all month long.   To each participant in our Services last month, we simply say “Thank You”.

We are most grateful to our loyal and faithful members, Groups, Auxiliaries and Ministries for their support of our financial appeal related to our 67th Church Anniversary. You came through in a great way in spite of the economic downturn that affects the Tabernacle, Churches in our community, and throughout our Nation.

We continue to encourage every loyal member to be faithful and consistent in the giving of Tithes & Offering.

The month of November is now before us.  During this “Thanksgiving Season” our prayer is that the people in this “household of Faith” will give their unstinted support for all of our regular Services, Special Services and Activities this month.  In addition, let us adhere to the “Great Commission” and reach out as never before to the unsaved in our community, families, by inviting them to worship with us – Our continuing goal remains EACH ONE, WIN ONE TO CHRIST. Why not be a SOUL WINNER.

Finally, let us continue to be much in prayer for our many, many sick and shut in, infirmed, hospitalized victims of violence in our community, and for suffering humanity everywhere.  Yes, yes PRAYER WORKS, for when prayers ascend to God’s throne … Blessings come down.  I don’t know about you, but I’m standing in God’s line for another BLESSING for myself and for both you and yours.

Joyfully yours in Christ,

Pastor R.M. Leffall, III

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