Pastor’s Corner 02, October 2011

Well, Well, here we are in the 10th Month of the year of our Lord 2011.  This year is of particular importance to our Church for all month-long we shall be celebrating 67 years of uninterrupted Ministry.  We thank and praise God our sustainer in ages past, and our sure hope for years to come.  We never would’ve reached this milestone without HIM.

The past month was rich, refreshing and spiritually rewarding in everyway.  We closed the month on a high note with our Annual Family/Homecoming Service.  The family with the largest number of immediate members present with 18, was the McMullen’s;  led by it’s matriarch, our devoted and highly esteemed member, Sis. Odell McMullen.  We thank Sister Arlene Breckenridge for her leadership of this Annual Service, each Service participant, and of course Sis. Birdia Mims who coordinated the “Fellowship Feast”.  We had great Music from the Choir and Pastor Kevin Palmer brought us a heartwarming and powerful sermon.  His message reminded me so much of what the Apostle Paul said in Romans, that “we are all debtors; and thus we owe so much, to so many who have stood and stuck with us, showed genuine love and nurturing, throughout life’s journey.  We should be THANKFUL, and GRATEFUL.

As I stated earlier we are celebrating our 67th Church Anniversary all month-long.  Like Churches across the nation, We too are experiencing the pains associated with the economic downturn in our Nation.  Thus, as Pastor we encourage your continued and consistent support of our Church through TITHINGS and OFFERINGS.  Related to our 67th Church Anniversary, we are requesting that every loyal member contribute $67 or $1 for each year of the existence of the TABERNACLE.  Above all, be prayerful and remember that God loves the ‘cheerful giver’!

 

Individual Church Anniversary gifts will be received on the 4th Sunday,
October 23rd, during our Morning Service.  Group, Auxiliary and Ministry
reports will be received at the 3:30 P.M. Service.

Beloved, let us PRAY UP and TALK UP our 67th Anniversary Celebration by inviting our family members and friends to attend any or all of our Services this month.  Let this be a month of “Evangelistic Outreach” winning souls to Christ.  Our continuing goal is, “EACH ONE WIN ONE TO CHRIST”.  The bottom line is that all that we do is about “HIM”, for ONLY WHAT YOU DO FOR CHRIST WILL LAST – ONLY WHAT WE DO FOR HIM WILL BE COUNTED IN THE END.

 

Finally, let us continue to be in prayer for our sick and shut-in, bereaved, hospitalized, those in convalescent homes,  caregivers, victims of violence, and for suffering humanity everywhere.

 

Yours in Christ,

R.M. Leffall, Senior Pastor

 

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Pastor’s Corner , 04 September, 2011

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” – Proverbs 3: 5-6

My dearly beloved “Family”

It is because of the tender, loving and caring grace of God that you and I have been spared to cross over into a “brand new month”. Another coveted golden opportunity to be found as a faithful “steward” both within and beyond the walls of this “HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH”. We thank, and we praise God for one more Day, one more “CHANCE”.

The past month was rich and rewarding in everyway. The bottom line, the most important fact is that souls were added to our Church as Candidates for Baptism, Christian Experience and Re-Dedication. Our continuing goal is that each member, each disciple will become a soul winner. We closed the month on a high note with the “Daughters of Ruth Mentoring Ministry” on last Saturday. We salute Women on A Mission for giving birth to this Ministry geared toward mentoring the young women of faith in our Church. On last Sunday, we observed our “Annual Mission Service”. It was a great time of worship and praise, and a most powerful message from our General Mission President, Sister Natalie Fisher.

In taking a look at our Sunday Bible School lesson for this quarter, there is a powerful word about “FAITH in 3D”. Jesus’ followers are invited to pursue a wise course of faith in three aspects, DISCOVER – DEVOTE – DISCIPLE. DISCOVER – Look up to Christ and discover how He leads.
DEVOTE – Devote to Him your total praise and a spirit driven purpose.
DISCIPLE – For being a follower of Christ leads to discipleship and not mere membership. It involves Discipline in our daily walk, Discipline in our words, thoughts and utterances. Discipline in meaningful Service that is well pleasing in God’s sight.

The month of September is now before us and we request your faithful & consistent financial support to keep on target with our budget for this year; and for all of our regular Services, special Services and activities during this month.

Finally, let us continue to be much in prayer for our many, many sick and shut in, infirmed and for suffering humanity everywhere. Our prayers and thoughts go out in a special way to victims of crime in our communities, and the thousands affected by the hurricanes that racked the East Coast. The Lord is surely speaking!!!

In Christ,
Pastor R.M. Leffall, III

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Pastor’s Corner – August 07, 2011

07 August, 2011

 

“Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” – 1 Corinthians 10: 31

 

To our Church Family and Friends:

 

We are now in the 8th month of the year 2011.  The hours, days, weeks and months are moving swiftly and before we know it, 2011 will be history.  We thank and praise God for having spared and crossed us over to a coveted privilege to be about our Lord’s Work in Action, Deed and Godly Purpose.  Remember beloved, always keep in mind that this is the Lord’s Vineyard and we are simply tenants.

 

The past month was rich and rewarding in everyway.  It was highlighted by our highly successful Vacation Bible School, our “Annual Men’s Day and concluded with our 5th Sunday Mission Emphasis Service.  We were all challenged by Pastor Hall’s sermon.

 

The month of August is now before us and we do desire your prayers for all of our regular Services, special Services and activities.

 

During these summer months when most are on vacation, please keep in mind that we need your regular and consistent financial support in order that we can keep on target with our approved no frills budget for this year.

 

Our prayers and best wishes go out to all of our students, pre-school, elementary, middle school, high school and college bound. Remember to always put GOD FIRST.

 

Finally, let us be much in prayer for President Barrack Obama, our many, many sick and shut-in, infirmed and suffering humanity everywhere.  When we keep the Faith, we can count on God’s Power …

 

HE IS ABLE….

 

 

Faithfully yours,

Pastor R.M. Leffall, III

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Pastor’s Corner – July 03, 2011

 

 

Pastor’s Corner

 

“Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.”  – Proverbs 27: 1

03 July, 2011

My Dearly Beloved “FAMILY”

We greet you once more in the mighty and powerful name of “THE KING OF KINGS” and the “LORD OF LORD’S”.  For it is by His tender mercy that you and I have been spared and crossed over to the month of July — ONE MORE DAY —- ONE MORE GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY to be about HIS BUSINESS in WORD, in ACTION and more importantly, in PURPOSE.  I don’t know about YOU — but I THANK GOD FOR ONE MORE DAY.

 

The past month was most busy for our Church. We were blessed to have rich and rewarding Services all month-long concluding with our “Praise Dancers First Annual Worship Service” this past Sunday.

 

The month of July is now before us, and it is “pregnant” with golden opportunities from the PULPIT to the PEW.  We do solicit your prayers and support for all the regular Services, special Services and activities this month.  It will be highlighted by:

 

Vacation Bible School

July 11-15, 2011 – 6:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. Each Night,

Followed by our “Annual Church Picnic” on the 16th

@ El Dorado Park, Long Beach – 10:00 A.M.

 

 “Annual Men’s Day Service”

On the 4th Sunday, July 24th, 2011 @ 11:00 A.M.

Rev. Jerry Gash as Our Guest Minister,
He is a most dynamic and gifted proclaimer of God’s Word.

 

My beloved, let each of us be the ONE to pour out our lives, our daily walk in search of the promised eternal crown. As we walk with Him, we can do no less than to praise Him in every situation in life that we face, good or bad.  Only what we do for Christ will last.  Personally, I have found out that

 

I can always count on God, my heavenly Father,
For He changes not: He always is the same.

Yesterdays, today, forever, He is faithful.

And I know He loves me, praise His holy name!

In every change I’ve found out that He faithfully will remain.

 

Let us continue to be much in prayer for our sick and shut in, infirmed, bereaved and for suffering humanity everywhere.  Our prayers also go out to the thousands of persons across the nation affected by the mighty winds, floods, and other weather related occurrences. THE LORD IS SPEAKING.  May God bestow His rich blessings upon both you and yours.

 

 

Faithfully Yours,

Pastor R.M. Leffall, III

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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

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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; SportsNetUSA.net 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; FoxSportsWest.com; Lawndale/HCTV Channel 22 Sports; and SportsNetUSA.net 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.

 

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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

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SPOTLIGHT ON YOUTH – Jason Weatherall

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. Jason Adam Weatherall, affectionately called “J” by family and friends.  Jason has been coming to the Tabernacle of Faith Baptist Church all of his life, where he and his family have been actively involved in all aspects of the Church’s work and activities for youth.   The Weatherall family consists of Jason’s father, Bro. Michael Weatherall, Sunday School teacher and Youth Church Ministry teacher, who himself was a youth pupil at The Tabernacle where he now teaches pupils where he once sat; his mother, Debra; brother, Lawrance; and two sisters, Kandis (who is away attending Norfolk State University in Virginia); and Kristy- a very fine family and well disciplined young people brought up with service-oriented Christian home training.

 

Jason attended Amestoy Elementary School in Gardena, CA;

Orville Wright Middle School (magnet school), Westchester (Los

Angeles, CA); and Banning High School in Wilmington, CA.  Jason said that his favorite subjects in school were Mathematics and English.  After graduation from high school, Jason attended and graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a major in Television – Film and Media Studies.  He was the recipient of the following scholarships:  Governor’s Scholarship; Track and Field Scholarship; and our own Tabernacle of Faith’s Edna G. White Scholarship.  Jason is currently employed at the Health Services Academy (Teacher’s Aide)/Maranatha High School(Basketball Coach, Junior Varsity).  He said that in five years/ten years he sees himself teaching his own class or counseling and coaching.

 

Jason lists his interests as The Bible – his love of reading, studying and teaching God’s Word.  He is a sports enthusiast who loves basketball, football, track and field; and he has a love for food (he enjoys cooking and eating)!  Jason also plays the violin.  Jason said that the last book he read was Values of the Game by Bill Bradley, an inspiring book which discusses the formation of character on and off the court with such values as discipline, respect, courage, leadership, selflessness, and responsibility – to name a few.   In addition to his work and interests, Jason is also very busy doing volunteer work which includes Make-A-Wish Foundation; You Can Read (Elementary Reading Program); and Jason has served here at the Tabernacle over a large span of his young life.  During his pre-teen and teen years, Jason regularly made the Sunday School announcements and welcomed the visitors. Jason is currently a member of the Tabernacle’s Audio Ministry; he is Assistant Teacher of the Men’s Bible Class; a member of the Finance Committee; and a Deacon-in-Training.

 

Jason said that a favorite song that gives him strength, inspiration and encouragement is :  “Run Til I Finish” by Smokie Norful, gospel singer and pianist.  Jason gave his philosophical statement as:  “Why complain?  It doesn’t fix anything.”  He further shared regarding how he deals with peer pressure:  “I apply peer pressure by questioning it.”  Jason further stated:  “I consider my life to be a leadership experience; I have heard it time and time again ‘be careful of how you live, you may be the only Bible some people may read;’ With that, I have to lead the best possible life.”

 

To the proud parents:  father, Bro. Michael Weatherall; and mother, Debra, you are to be commended for a beautiful job well done!  Congratulations and blessings, Bro. Jason Adam Weatherall.  Your Tabernacle family is also very, very proud of you.  We salute you and thank God for you.  May the LORD richly bless you in all of your endeavors.

 

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WOMAN OF THE YEAR 2011

WOMAN OF THE YEAR 2011
To
Jackolyn King

Your claim to our admiration is derived from your loyal and dedicated service as a member of the Tabernacle of Faith Baptist Church across the span of more than 30 Years. We do take particular note of your outstanding leadership as a Corporate Officer and Chairperson of our Trustee Ministry for the past 15 years; Coordinator of Team Jamaica visit to our sister Church in Jamaica, W.I.; officer of the Watts World Revival; Co-Chair of our successful 65th Church Anniversary and more recently, initiator of our Scrapbooking Ministry. You have freely shared your time, talents and means to advance the cause of Christ. You have and continue to be a blessing to our Church, your family and the community at large.

We salute you today and extend our very best wishes for continued good health, peace and joy. May God bestow His choicest blessings upon you and yours, both now and always.

Done May 15, 2011

TABERNACLE OF FAITH BAPTIST CHURCH
Women’s Day Committee

Mrs. Maye H. Leffall, Co-Chair Dr. R. M. Leffall
Mrs. Constance Stanley, Co-Chair Senior Pastor

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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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