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Sunday School: 9:30 AM
Sunday Morning Worship: 11: 00 AM
Wednesday Bible Study: 12:00 Noon and 7:00 PM
From Pastor's Desk
Lift every voice and sing, Till earth and heaven ring; Ring with the harmonies of Liberty; let our rejoicing rise, high as the listening skies, let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
These are the opening words od the Negro National Anthem which was written in 1900 by James Weldon Johnson not even forty years after the end of slavery while African Americans were still considered less than human. Despite this truth, he writes of liberty for those who has liberty in words but not deed. In these words and a review of the context in which they were written, is a hopelessness of a better day to come which was still being expected over fifty years later in the 1950's and 1960's when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led the Civil Rights Movement. As I consider these words, today, there is a struggle to embrace the hopefulness that James Weldon Johnson wrote about, I can't help but wonder the source of this hopefulness.
Quite honestly, hopefulness does not initiate from wha we see nor what we experience, but it comes from our understanding of who is truly in control. Yes, there are entities empowered to create laws, create policy, create procedure, and to enforce them all. But there is no power unless in initiates elsewhere. For all of us there are Greater Things ahead, a hopefulness for a new day, mornings for our nighttimes, and healing for our sickness because our hope comes from the true and living God who has all power. Remember, "Greater is He that is within you, than he that is within the world" (I John 4.4). So,
Sing a song full of faith that the dark past has taught us, sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us: facing the rising sun of our new day begun, let us march on till victory is won.
1/21 - 7 pm - Church Conference
1/24 - 9:30 am -12 noon - Leadership Retreat at New hope.
1/24 - New Hope will go see "Selma"
1/25 - Installation of Officers
1/31 - 10 am - The D.I.V.A.S Ministry will be implementing a new educational and empowerment series entitled "Sister Seminars". The topic of Discussion is the "Superwoman Syndrome". Sister Amanda C. Brown will be the guest speaker.
February is Black History Month
2/18 - 7pm - Ash Wednesday Service
The Spirit of Judah will be singing January 25th, for Morning Worship
Thought for the Week:
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
- Helen Keller
Sunday School Lesson
Lesson for January 25, 2015 - "We Pray for One Another"
Sunday School Classes
Adult - Dr. B. Angeloe Burch Sr., Sis. Cloyce Lassister
Primary: 5- 8 - Rev. M. Barnes Guy
Junior: 9-11 - Sis. Diana Robinson
Tweens: 12-13 - Minister Mark Bynum, Angela Powell
Teens: 14-17- Deacon L. Guy, Deacon C. Stephens
Young Adult - 18-40 - Rev. Johnny Ashe
2nd Bible Class - Rev. Joyce Parker