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Homecoming and Revival Highlights

Safety First: Church members preparing meals during the pandemic.

Homecoming and Revival Highlights

This year is like no other due to the pandemic that has held the entire world hostage in a way that changed our traditional worship services.  However, through God’s grace, the power of technology, and the perseverance of our church leadership and members, our homecoming and revival services was a success. “We give God the Glory.”

On Sunday we were blessed with a word from Rev. Lance Watson who delivered a powerful message from Acts 4:13-23. His message, “Jesus makes the difference.”  On Tuesday Rev. Raleigh Harris came with “Let’s Stay Together.” His message came from Acts 2:42:47. On Wednesday Rev. Dr. Craig Beasley topic was “Stay with Me” from John 15:1-7.  The final message came from Rev. Irving Woolfolk titled “Between a rock and a hard place.”
His message came from 1 Samuel 14:6-10.

We thank these powerful men of God who poured out their hearts to us despite having to speak to a computer screen.  We got their messages loud and clear.  
On Saturday before Homecoming the church members were treated to a box lunch prepared by a group of hard working men and women from our church family.  We appreciate their dedicated service in preparing this delicious meal for us.  

We are also blessed to have a dedicated group of people who work tireless to handle the finances of our church.  They come out week after week to collect our tithes and offerings.  These people include our Trustees and Financial Secretary.  To them, we say Thank You.  This year our homecoming financial goals were meet and beyond.  Thus far, the financial department reported a total of $38,032 collected for homecoming which included Sunday morning offerings and the homecoming rally.  “Ain’t God Good.”  “Thank you, Lord, for allowing us to give back a portion of what you have blessed us with. May it be used wisely and for your glory. Amen.”

On Saturday before homecoming despite the down pouring rain, members of our church did an outreach project for the community. This project was led by Sister Gail Armstead.  Many items were collected from various sources and was made available to anyone who needed or wanted it without charge.  Thank you, church family, for your love and your service to our community. 

My COVID-19 Story

By: Irvin Lee

During mid-June 2020 at a U.S. military installation in Saudi Arabia, I began to feel very tired and had no appetite.  After a few days I developed a low-grade fever. I tried to rest and break the fever with Tylenol. I had none of the symptoms I had heard about for COVID-19 so I thought I had the flu.  My fever broke and I felt a little better, but the first day of the week saw my fever return higher than before so I decided to go to the clinic. While taking my vital signs the medical techs debated whether the pulse oxygen meter had been charged over night because they believed the readings could not be correct. After waiting a little over an hour, my test results confirmed me as COVID-19 positive. I was sent home to begin isolation and told not to leave my quarters. A couple of hours later a Doctor and med tech showed up at my door with a fully charged pulse oxygen meter to take my vital signs again. My pulse oxygen readings were low and they wondered how I could still be functioning with those oxygen levels. The Dr. told me to pack a bag because they were sending me to Germany where I could get better care if my condition worsened. By 9:00 p.m. I was walking up the ramp of a USAF cargo jet and settled into an isolation unit in the cargo bay called an Ebola tent. By 4:00 a.m. we were on the ground in Germany and I was taken to the Emergency room at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC). After getting a chest x-ray and having my vitals looked good and I would probably be discharged in a few days. 

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Recipe for Life

Begin with a cup salvation
Mix with a pint of grace
Spread with the Love of Jesus,
Into every available place.
Knead prayer into the mixture,
Add fruit from the tree of life.
Leaven with patience and kindness
Omit all worry and strife.
Flavor with true compassion
Let the milk and honey flow
Sprinkle with joy and gladness.
Bake inside the heart real slow.
Mix water from the rock of ages,
With the blood of Calvary
Then you will always have
Life's Greatest Recipe. 

Contributed by Gail Armstead


 

Children's Devotions 

Joy and Fear

Nothing can separate us from the love God has for us.  Not death, not life, not angels, not ruling spirits…will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

Romans 8:38-39

Did you know that it’s possible to be both afraid and joyful—at the same time?  Think about this:  When the women came to My tomb after I had been crucified and they saw the angel, they were “afraid, but they were also very happy.”  They were afraid because they didn’t understand what was happening, but they were happy because the angel said I was alive!

Don’t let fear keep you from feeling the Joy of My Presence.  Joy isn’t just for happy times or for when you don’t have any troubles.  

My Joy is for all times because My Presence is with you today, tomorrow, and forever!

Don’t let troubles or worries about what might happen in the future steal your Joy. Remember that nothing-no problem, no worry, no person-will ever be able to separate you from My Love.

Talk to Me about your fears.  You can tell me anything, anything at all.  Especially the things that make you angry, sad, or afraid.  Trust Me with your troubles.  Then ask Me to give you My Joy, which no one can take from you.
                                                               
Read Matthew 28:8; John 16:22

Bible Trivia
  1. In Damascus, whose sight was restored by Ananias?  Acts 9:17-18

  2. When Sampson killed 1000 Philistines at Lehi what weapon did he use?  Judges 15:15

  3. How old was David when he was anointed King of Israel?  2 Samuel 5:4

  4. Which disciples witnessed Jesus Transfiguration? Matthew 17:1-2, Mark 9:2, Luke 9:28-29

  5. To whom did Jesus say “Get thee behind me, Satan”? Matthew 16:23 & Mark 8:33

  6. What are the final words of Jesus recorded in the New Testament? Revelations 22:20

  7. Prior to his conversation, how did Saul refer to the followers of Jesus Christ? Acts 9:2

  8. How many rivers were formed from the river that went out of Eden? Genesis 2:10

  9. What is the name of the place where Jacob slept and dreamed of Jacob’s Ladder? Genesis 28:19

  10. Who told Naaman to wash in the river Jordan seven times in order to cure his leprosy?
    2 Kings 5:10

Announcements & Reports

Monthly Reminders
National Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15 - October 15
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The idea for Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated throughout the latter half of September and first half of October, began as a way to promote the history, culture and contributions of Hispanic-Americans. Specifically — those whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Communities mark the achievements of Hispanic and Latino Americans with festivals and educational activities.

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Election Day 2020
Mark your calendars! Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Remember to Vote! It's your civic duty.

We are Praying For:

  • Brother Leslie Scott
  • Brother Lelia Carter
  • Sister Viola Shelton
  • Sister Bettye Cook
  • Sister Lauretta Pleasant
  • Sister Flora Tweedy

September Schedules
Preachers for September
•    1st Sunday - Rev. Richard Monroe
•    2nd Sunday - Rev. Charles Baugham
•    3rd Sunday - Rev. Joy Minor
•    4th Sunday - Rev. Linda Hawthorne

Bible Study for September
1st, 2nd, 3rd Wednesdays

  • September Bible Study Discussion Topic: “10 Hindrances to an Effective Prayer Life”
  • Mid-day Bible Study 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Tuesday at noon

Call or log on to start meeting at 617-941-8490.

Church Reports
Trustee Report
Collected $38,032.00 at Homecoming & Rally
Sump pump replaced due to excessive water
Oustanding mortgage: $147,000

SJBC was well-represented at a special meeting to remove a confederate statue in Bowling Green.

The statue will come down!

Deacons Report
Order of worship starting in September:
  - Greetings, Scripture, prayer, welcome, announcements, love music

Deaconess Report
Distributed 37 baskets to church members

Ministers Report
Associate Ministers will go into pulpit to test out internet for preaching.
Request a separate tab on website for Outreach

Search Committee
On hold until further notice

Thanks and Gratitude
On behalf of Rev. Cynthia Golden and her family, we express your utmost appreciation for all your prayers and support.  We are grateful for the may calls, cards, flowers, gifts and food which blessed her and lifted her spirits. The Missionary Ministry is a blessing to our community.

The battle with pneumonia was an uphill journey with twenty- three days of hospitalization. We are so thankful for our St. John Church family.

- Daryl & Stacy Golden

My sincere thank you to the Deaconess Ministry for the basket of goodies that was given to me. May you be forever blessed by your kindness.

- Ruth Wright

Thank you Connie Anderson for your work with the St. John website!

Coming Soon!
Stay tuned for the new and improved St. John Baptist Church website! 
 

If you have articles, announcements, recipes, etc. to post in the newsletter, please contact Deacon Joyce Rollins at 804-448-2817. 

Submit all items by the 3rd Sunday of the month.

Birthday Acknowledgements
Birthday Acknowledgements

May He give you the desires of your heart and make all your plans succeed.

Psalm 20:4

Recipe of the Month:
Cinnamon Pecan Quick Bread

September Birthdays

Teresa Brown - 9/1
Jermaine Dabney - 9/2
Arion Kirvin, Jr. - 9/2
Jaylin Fox - 9/4
Michael Boulware - 9/5
Barbara Wright - 9/5
Donnetta Rollins - 9/5
Floyd Fortune - 9/6
Evelyn Minor - 9/7
Mary L. Rock - 9/11
Ariek Boxley - 9/12
Lucille Bush - 9/14
Angela Minor - 9/14
Teresa Kenny - 9/15
Kevin Boxley - 9/17
Yvonne Smith - 9/18
Bridget Sessoms - 9/18 
Gerald Wright - 9/19
Raymond Wright, Sr. - 9/19
Roger Derricott - 9/21
Joshua Rock - 9/22
Jasmine Rock - 9/23
Vince Smithers - 9/23
Raymond Wright, Jr. - 9/25
Janice Dabney - 9/27
Angela Wright - 9/28
Tomeka Waller - 9/29
Edwin Johnson - 9/29

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