John Holt (center) was officially ordained during the regional meeting of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church recently. Shown with Reverend Holt are Fannie Holt, wife; the Rev. Deborah Thomas, co-pastor of House of Grace Ministries; the Rev. Clarence Thomas, co-pastor of House of Grace; and Reverend Sideena Holt, Bethel C.M.E., John’s mother.
Christian Faith Fellowship Church will host a festival specifically geared towards family. Join us Friday, August 16th, Saturday August 17th and Sunday August 18th.
Christian Faith Fellowship Church (CFFC) will host its fifth annual Family Fest. Family Fest incorporates fun activities that enhance family relations and build community morale.
With free grounds admission, there’s great opportunity for everyone to participate in an array of carnival rides, games and live entertainment.
Food vendors provide great tasting “festival foods” such as the traditional funnel cake, nachos, and fun snacks for children.
Last year, Family Fest hosted over 3,000 attendees. Some of our main attractions this year are the Resource Fair, the Mobile Digital Mammography Center, a very exciting REVERB young adult worship experience, a water balloon fight, Kohl’s Wild Theater, the all new “Sunday Soul Food Dinner,” and a car show for all car lovers.
It is with great excitement that we present to you Family Fest 2013.
Bring your family and friends to Destiny Youth Plaza, located on 76th & Good Hope Road Friday August 16th from 5:00pm-10:00pm, Saturday August 17th from 11:00am-10:00pm, and Sunday, August 18th from 1:00pm-9:00pm.
For more information please call (414)760-2332 or log on to www.chrisitanfaith.org.
The scripture readings assigned for Sunday, August 18 are: Jer 38:4-6, 8-10, Ps 40, Heb 12: 1-4, and Luke 12: 49-53. Let’s explore these challenging readings as we apply them to our own lives.
What is the role of prophecy in your life? First, we need to define what we mean by a prophet in the scriptural sense. For our ancestors, prophets were the “Conscience of Israel.” Another way to say it is: prophets are the people in our midst who inform us of the future implications of our present actions. It is a ministry, for sure.
The ancient prophets often stayed around the temple or the court of the king because they knew that the “holy” folks there needed the challenge to be authentic more than those outside. But the powers began to be agitated by these challenges to change and hired their own prophets who would say what they wanted them to say. They “ate at the king or priest’s table.” They were beholden to the religious and secular powers.
There are many who claim to speak for God today that just don’t. How do we discern an authentic prophet today? There are five characteristics of a real prophet: The true conscience of the people will always take us back to the beginnings of our faith. He or she can never profit for prophecy. The opposite is true; the true prophet will always suffer for telling the truth. And those who carry out the word of the prophet will suffer also. Finally, most of us know a real prophet when we see one, but we are not willing to admit is because we know what suffering will come from our following the “conscience of the people.”
Jesus was a real prophet. He came to preach repentance, a 180-degree turn around in the lives of the people. They were challenged by Jesus to change their value system: What we once thought important, we now regard as insignificant; what we once thought as insignificant is now the most important dimension of our life.
And where we having “mind changing” we have confusion and often times tension. In the Gospel today Jesus says as much when he reminds us that he came to bring fire on the earth, and that fire of truth would divide families and friends, not because that was what Jesus wanted, but because we don’t want to change or have someone tell us to change. We like it just the way it is. Jesus knew this and died because of it.
Watch for the real prophets. Sometimes they are in pulpits; most often they are out on the streets helping people, saving people, fighting for the rights of all people.
T he intensity of our neighbor-love determines how alive we are. (I have taken some of the insights for this piece from Fr. Roger Vermalen Korban)
We’ve all seen it: good, faithful people who seem to have a run of bad luck. But why on earth would God send trouble to those who love and serve Him? In What to Do When the Blessings Stop ‒When God Sends Famine, acclaimed author Virginia Hull Welch helps unravel these tangled strands that make up our faith journey.
Practical, personal, and pulling no punches, Welch asks readers to examine their conscience. “How do you counsel the Christian who never succeeds,” she asks, the one “who loses home, business, family? Do you tell him to pray more? Study more? Keep up the positive confession? Is God angry? What hope do you offer? Or is this person you?”
If you can remember a time when God filled your life with blessings, if you feel as if an unseen force has raised up against you, she continues, “Your problem may be famine, a spiritual rod God uses to correct.” But don’t lose hope, she cautions: “The fact that you’re holding this book in your hands is hope itself, because you’re spiritually astute enough to discern that things are not right, that there must be a spiritual solution to your problems. God is the answer, but you must ask the right question.”
What to Do When the Blessings Stop will teach you how to recognize spiritual famine in your life, the difference between spiritual famine and ordinary faith trials, how and why God sends famine, and what steps you must take to banish its crushing effects from your life.
Welch is the author of several books, including The Lesson. A romantic comedy, it is a light, dynamic story deftly challenging our preconceived attitudes about physical attraction and the “perfect spouse” in a friendly way. Backed by a deep and abiding faith, The Lesson is easy to read and hard to forget. The novel Crazy Woman Creek, an inspirational Western romance, was released in the spring. Her fourth book and second nonfiction title, The Hiss from Hell Only Women Hear, Is It Tradition or Is It Truth? will be released in late 2013.
Ginny lives with her husband in Virginia Beach where she works as a full-time marketing writer and editor. Their four children, daughter-in-law, and grandsons live locally. She works full-time as a writer/editor for a worldwide defense contractor. She attends New Life Providence Church and volunteers at Union Mission Ministries of Norfolk, writing résumés for homeless women to help them find work.
In 1969, Elmer Towns published The 10 Largest Sunday Schools And What Makes Them Grow. Over 40 years later, most of those churches have disappeared from the lists highlighting the largest churches in America. Why is that?
Often times, as a church grows larger the tendency grows to focus on maintaining and servicing what is already there. Internal ministries overwhelm outward mission. This is not strictly a large church phenomenon. Any church can be overwhelmed with by this temptation.
1 Peter 4:10 (HCSB) says, “Based on the gift each one has received, use it to serve others, as good managers of the varied grace of God.” The key word is each one. Each and every church member. But unfortunately, there is a huge chasm between this verse and what happens on a regular basis in our churches.
According to the research from the book I co-authored with Thom Rainer, Transformational Church, the majority of people in the majority of churches are unengaged in meaningful ministry and mission. There’s this passage in 1 Peter, but then there’s the practice in our churches.
So, how can we avoid having a church full of customers rather than a church full of co-laborers in the Gospel–develop a culture and implement a structure.
Churches need a culture that encourages and a structure that enables people to move from passivity to activity, from being passive spectators to active participants in the mission of God.
Today, I want to focus on developing the culture. Here are three steps to develop a missional culture within the megachurch environment: instill it, repeat it, and celebrate it.
A pastor I know put it in a way I thought was really helpful. He said they see four categories of people that come to their church – three categories that they want and one they do not.
• Category one: The visitor or seeker
• Category two: The mature serving disciple
• Category three: The growing disciple beginning to take steps
• Category four: The person who thinks they’re mature but is unengaged and serving no one.
And here’s what he said to those in the last category: “We need your seat for some of the other three categories.” Having that expectation of attendees, they are either serving or in the process of becoming a servant, that is creating a culture in your church.
The sooner you place this mentality into the DNA of your church the better, because as you reach new individuals you want to bring them into a place where service is the norm. A person will become what the majority of your people already are.
You can help develop this within your church. As Mike Dodson and I found in our book Comeback Churches, the primary factor for the revitalization of a church is the leadership. The same is true of developing a missional culture. The leaders, including, but not limited to the pastor and staff, must work to intentionally engraft the right mindset in the body. How can they do that? By repeating the values of the culture you want to instill.
La Vern Ware Gee made beautiful flowers grow to improve her neighborhood and made beautiful clothes to make people feel beautiful.
On July 1,Ware Gee passed at the age of 77, after a long battle with renal failure.
“My mother impacted many lives by instilling in them to believe in they we could do. She believed no goal was unreachable, if you had faith. Her determined attitude inspired neighborhood residents to take control of their neighborhood, by starting and heading the 2700 N. 7th Street block club for several years. She fought to bring attention to the ill conditions of the city’s North side inner city neighborhoods, which prompted local and state officials to take action,” her son Gregory (Toby) Ware said.
He added, “She was a lover of the earth, with a true passion for landscaping and gardening, she had earned the name…”the green thumb lady” on the block for her gorgeous and most attractive yard which features an ever blooming of plants and flowers for the seasons.”
This passion, earned her the Milwaukee’s Yard Beautification award presented by former Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist during the mid1990’s.
James Baxter, 59, lived next door to Ware Gee for 55 years. He said, “She kept an eye on things on the block since I was a child.” Neighbor and close friend since 1968, Hattie Polk, said, “I am going to miss meeting her at 6:00 a.m. to plant flowers and sharing coffee and breakfast. She cooked every Christmas for both of or families and I cooked every New Year’s Eve.” She also stated, “We played cards together, went on two-week shopping vacations for 15 years and worked at keeping our block quiet and safe.”
Ware Gee also left her footprints as one of the city’s best seamstress. For over 30 years she was the Master Seamstress for J H Collectables, Inc. (former Junior House). She was known for making special moments more special in a customer’s, family member’s, or friend’s life by providing one her fine designer creations. Pat Hilliard said that Ware Gee designed her stand-out prom dress and wedding dress.
Her son Gregory shared, “She had a warm spirit, with a down to earth, tell-it-like-it-tis attitude. Most folks, even staff at the nursing homes, and hospitals during her last challenging days, would be drawn to her, even after just meeting her for 5 minutes. Ware Gee spent her days at the Ballard Rehab Center in Desplains, Ill. She continued to share her homespun humor. She told her nephew the day before she died, who she thought looked handsome, “You cleaner than Clorox.”
Ware Gee was member of Greater Galilee Missionary Baptist Church for 59 years, long-time Girl Scout leader and bowling champion. Her son Gregory said, “To me, my mother was and still is, one of the greatest women I have ever known. She influenced me in so many ways I could never count them enough. As a single, divorced mother she taught me what being a Man is really all about. She molded me, guided me, and used God’s wisdom and teachings to elevate me, and all her children.”
Besides her son Gregory, Ware-Gee is survived by daughter Danita Ware; sons DeWayne Ware and John Gee Jr.; and three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A Celebratory Memorial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 25 at Greater Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, 2432 N. Teutonia Ave., Milwaukee.
Many years ago a makeup line adopted the slogan – “You’re worth it.” While seemingly simple, for many people it is easy to forget that investing in oneself is a good investment.Whether that investment is in education, enhancing relationships, seeing projects through to completion or working out, you are worth it!
One of the biggest lies that the devil tells us on a regular basis is that somehow, for whatever reason “We aren’t worth it.” The enemy seeks to make people, especially selfless, hardworking people, feel guilty about anything that they do for themselves. Many of you like me may have suffered through seasons of life where you sacrificed your own needs to meet the needs of others. To be clear, I am not speaking of the many sacrifices that spouse make for one other or how (good) parents take seriously the needs of their children. I am talking about the everyday personal care needs that often take a back seat to help others when in fact we will be better for everyone else if we attended to these needs first.
Recently I lost 75 pounds by changing my diet. I, however, simply refused to work out – until I hit a plateau and wasn’t losing anymore weight. I then realized that I was going to have to work out in order to lose the next 75. Annoyed and with an admittedly bad attitude, I joined a gym. After being dragged in the gym by a member of the congregation who is way too happy, way too early in the morning -I began working out.
I soon realized that I wasn’t going to die.Although I was active there was a mental roadblock about working out. I soon realized that even at the first work out I was able to do a few miles on the bike in addition to more than a mile on the treadmill plus weights. It was then that I realized how much time I had wasted not trusting that I could do it and that I was worth it.
One day, I had an early morning appointment to check on someone else. The first thought I had was, “I can’t workout today.” Abandoning my workout wasn’t going to help me and it wasn’t going to help the other person. I recognized that once again I was mentally prepared to do less for myself in order to do more for others.
The reality is that when I take care of myself I am far more able to help others and so we both are blessed by my self-care. I went to work out. I had to abbreviate the workout but I went and that was significant. This concept can be applied to so many areas.
Many people find themselves in difficult financial situations because they have negated their own needs to rescue everyone else. Others have no peace in their home because they are seemingly running a hotel for all of their relatives that don’t feel like paying their own rent. Still others abandon their dreams of an education as they focus solely on today’s paycheck rather than invest in the education needed to make future paychecks much larger.
God, through His son made us worthy. He told each and every one of us that we were fearfully and wonderfully made! Not because we were a certain size, race or complexion but simply because we were made in His image.We look like Him!
Every day you wake up remember that you are worth it! Take time for yourself and get on the path to health and wellness physically, spiritually, financially and emotionally. There are 90,000 adults over 25 in Milwaukee who need to get a G.E.D. before the rules change in December. Yes 90,000. Start working on it! You are worth it. Many of us need a vacation – take it! You’re worth it. Others need to join me at the gym. Come on and join! You’re worth it!
by Taki S. Raton
Divine Destiny School (DDS) announces its fall opening Tuesday, September 3 at 4240 North Green Bay Avenue. Serving children in the K4 through 6th grade levels, the mission of this Christ-centered academy is, in part, to “dedicate ourselves to Christ in the pursuit of academic excellence and artistic challenge while growing in knowledge and wisdom through God’s abundant grace.”
The curriculum of DDS is structured to empower and equip students by developing, in the mission’s account, “their God-given gifts” towards becoming “passionate leaders to change the world on their journey to their Divine Destiny.”
DDS has the vision of providing a Christ-centered educational program focusing on spiritual growth and academic excellence which honors God in all divine attributes.
“Our philosophy,” says DDS founder LaQuetta Hutchinson, “is that each child is unique and we are dedicated to encouraging our students to achieve their full academic potential.”
She adds that the school will “offer a balanced curriculum that develops the social, intellectual, physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of each child through challenging course work, artistic and creative expressions, and spiritual training by the finest Christian educators.”
DDS hires the best educators in their respective instructional arenas who serve as key partners in the actualization of the school’s vision and mission. Administrators and teachers proudly assume the responsibility for the building of future scholars by molding students in the realizations of their God-given academic, talents, skills and ingenuous gifts.
Included in the goal listing, the DDS student will be able to: know the Person of Jesus Christ; be spiritually discerning to seek God’s will and utilize their unique gifts and abilities; exhibit integrity and high moral character; develop Godly leadership and service skills; be influenced by spiritual guidance in their lives and daily conduct; Integrate current technology in their course of study; apply learned skills to real life circumstances; develop an understanding and appreciation of other cultures, and communicate ideas through effective speaking and writing skills.
Inspired by the motto “Educational Excellence With A Kingdom Purpose,” DDS will additionally build in their students the character traits of citizenship, organization and time management, job skill readiness, instruction of a Biblical work ethic, compassion and respect for others, and the application of Biblical principles in personal relationships.
Working in partnership with the home, Divine Destiny School will nurture Christian ethic cultivation in the family; support the area Christian community by encouraging regular attendance and commitment to the local church; educate parents on the popular cultural imagery and programming which may impact on the home and on the raising of children; assist parents in the understanding of the schools mission, vision and goals; encourage volunteer service, and inspire parental input regarding school policy mandates and implementation.
Applications for the fall term are now being accepted. For enrollment information and for questions regarding transportation and uniform policy, please contact the Divine Destiny School at (414) 264-DDSI (3374).
Top photo: St. Mark AME Church recently held a “Men’s Empowerment Weekend,” which included a men’s fellowship prayer breakfast and men’s empowerment worship service. The goal of the “Dressed to Kill” themed service was to have 100 casually-dressed men at Sunday morning worship service. The Rev. Darryl Williams, pastor of St. Mark (kneeling in photo) said bringing men together and healing the spirit of a man is critical to addressing society’s many ills. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp) Middle photo: The Rev. Dr. Donnie Sims, pastor of Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, addresses the membership of Pastor’s United during a community forum held at Jerusalem recently. At the table to address the concerns of ministers and residents in attendance were (left to right): Pastor Greg Lewis, president of Pastor’s United; Katina Warren, community relations manager for the commission, mayoral appointee Marisabel Cabrera; and Mike Tobin, executive director of the Fire and Police Commission. (Yvonne Kemp)
Photo at right: State Sen. Lena Taylor presents a resolution recognizing the contributions of Pastor Sandy Johnson during his retirement celebration at Northside Church of God, 4858 N. 19th St., where he had been pastoring for 48 years. Next to Johnson is his wife, Northside First Lady Roylene Johnson. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)
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Redemption Fellowship Church to host resume workshop
Redemption Fellowship Church will host a resume and interviewing skills workshop. Topics that will be addressed during the workshop include: basic interviewing techniques, interview “best answers,” body language, interview attire and also how to build an effective resume and cover letter.
DATE: July 20th
TIME: 9am – 12 noon
PLACE: Redemption Fellowship Church
3500 North 26th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53206
PHONE: 414-875-WORD (9673) or www.redemptionfc.org
The workshop is free of charge. We are asking anyone who is interested to please call the church to register by leaving their name and number; a representative will contact them.