December 2020
Are we sharing the gift of Jesus?
YouTube Video Message From
Our Pastors----




'Twas the night before Jesus came and all through the house
Not a creature was praying, not one in the house.
Their bibles were lain on the shelf without care
In hopes that Jesus would not come there.

The children were dressing to crawl into bed.
Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.
And Mom in her rocker with baby on her lap
Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap.

When out of the East there arose such a clatter,
I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash!

When what to my waundering eyes should appear
But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here
With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray
I knew in a moment this must be THE DAY!

The light of His face made me cover my head
It was Jesus! returning just like he had said.
And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth,
I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself.

In the Book of Life which He held in His hand.
Was written the name of every saved man.
He spoke not a word as He searched for my name;
When He said "It's not here" my head hung in shame.

The people whose names had been written with love
He gathered to take to His Father above.
With those who were ready He rose without a sound.
While all the rest were left standing around.

I fell to my knees, but it was too late;
I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate.
I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight;
Oh, if only I had been ready tonight.

In the words of this poem the meaning is clear;
The coming of Jesus is drawing near.
There's only one life and when comes the last call
We'll find that the Bible was true after all!

Author Lou Pinter
United Sisters
"Getting to Know Your Sisters"
Friday, January 22, 2021.
Details to come later.
Holiday Celebrations—CDC Recommendations

As cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to increase across the United States, the safest way to celebrate the Christmas holidays is to celebrate at home with people who live with you. Gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu.

Take Care of Yourself
  • Being away from family and friends during the holidays can be hard.
  • When you talk with your friends and family about plans, it’s okay if you decide to stay home and remain apart from others.

Do What’s Best for Your Household
  • Doing what’s best for you includes eating healthy foods and getting enough sleep.
  • Take care of your body and stay active to lessen fatigue, anxiety, and sadness.

Spend Time with Those in Your Household
  • Hard choices to be apart this year may mean that you can spend many more years with your loved ones.
  • Do what is best for your health and the health of your loved ones. This year spend time with those in your own household.
  • Have a Zoom/Google Meet/Face Time/Phone Call gathering with family and friends.

Celebrating virtually can reduce the
spread of COVID-19
Take a look at these ideas for fun ways to spend time with family and friends.

Aniyah and Kandice Wimberly singing
"Happy Birthday Jesus".
Christina Benn ministering in dance
Happy December Celebrations!! Let us know
if you are celebrating a Birthday, Anniversary, or
another life celebration.
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Wednesday Noon Bible Study on Google Meet

Minister Von Nickleberry, instructor

 Wednesday 7pm Bible Study on Google Meet, Minister Roger Fisher Instructor

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Sunday Sessions

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Christmas toys and food giveaway Saturday December 20, 2020--
440 families served--over 50 volunteers
"Today was exhausting but a GREAT day. We serviced over 440 families today at our Annual Gifts of Love. We couldn't have done it without the help of the volunteers from our church, New Life Church, My Brother's Keeper and many friends! We were blessed with donations from Toys for Tots, Timothy Eddins , Clothes & Toys from Hope America and we were able to give groceries out with the help of Food Gatherers and cleaning supplies from Washtenaw My Brother's Keeper's. Pastor Harold Wimberly and I would like to thank each and everyone that put their hands to the task and worked to make this happen through the cold and the snow 😁. We thank you Lord for being the provider that you always are and meeting the need of each person on today. We give you ALL the glory!!!"
Pastor Harold Wimberly

How can I attend Sunday Morning Worship?  
Currently worship service is being conducted on Facebook Live at 10:30 am. Please use the church business facebook to tune in: Christian Love Fellowship Ministries International. A simple way is to go to the website and click ‘Tune In’. The website address is CLFMI.CHURCH

How can I attend Sunday Sessions (formerly Sunday School)? 
Sessions takes place on Sundays at 9:00am through Google Classroom. Access classes by going to the website and clicking on Sunday Sessions at CLFMI.CHURCH.

How can I attend Bible Studies at CLFMI?
Bible Studies takes place on Wednesday at 12 noon and 7:00 pm on Google Classroom. Access classes by going to the website and clicking on the class of your choice at CLFMI.CHURCH.

What is Google Classroom?
Put very simply, it is a web-based learning and meeting method. It allows you to log-in and hear your teachers, interact with the class discussion, or participate in the meeting on your computer, tablet, or cell phone.

Who should I contact if I need prayer, have an emergency, or have a question?
Call the church the church at 734-483-7967 or send a message through ‘Contact Us” on the church website at CLFMI.CHURCH.

Is the church office open during the week?
Yes. Please call on Tuesdays or Wednesday from 10am - 5:30 pm. Monday’s are available by appointment only. Call 734-483-7967. 

How can I give to CLFMI?
You can give through one of the church apps or you can mail your contributions to CLFMI 1601 Stamford Road, Ypsilanti, MI 48198. The apps are: Cash App, Venmo, or Tithely. Please go to the church website to click on your app of preference at CLFMI.CHURCH

If I or someone else needs emergency food, where can I get help?
CLFMI operates an Emergency Food Pantry—in conjunction with Food Gatherers on Tuesdays and Wednesday of every week from 12pm to 4pm. The food pantry is located at 1601 Stamford Road, Ypsilanti. Please call 734-483-7967 and select option 2. Leave a message and someone will return your call and arrange a pickup time. You can also obtain food at the church— usually on the fourth Saturday of the month— by coming to the church between the hours of 10:30 to 12:00 Noon. No appointment is necessary.

How can I be of service to the church?
Continue to pray for our pastors, ministers, church leaders, members and friends of CLFMI. Use your spiritual gifts by joining a ministry—or use your talents to perform a task—-such as church clean-up days, food distributions, or other special projects. Call the church office to get more information 734-483-7967. 

"Life is full of little daily annoyances and frustration. There are inconsiderate drivers, fast food drive-through clerks who never get your order right, an endless series of red lights when you're in a hurry, the clueless shopper who takes 45 things to the '10 items or less' checkout register, and on and on.

Maybe you face frustration on a higher level—like feeling as though you're stuck in a dead-end job, or trying to get through to a rebellious teen. Perhaps you're frustrated with yourself because you just can't seem to lose weight or stick with that exercise plan. Maybe you can't find the opportunity to spend quality time with your spouse or kids or you feel you are not on the spiritual level you desire. Whatever the source, frustration can keep you agitated, upset, and just no fun to be around.

The Bible has an excellent weapon to keep frustrations from infiltrating your life. It is maintaining an attitude of gratitude and cultivating a lifestyle of Thanksgiving. When you catch yourself starting to get frustrated, start saying out loud, "I refuse to get frustrated, I have a lot to be thankful for." Then begin to say some things you are thankful for out loud. Your frustration will start to melt away like a snowball in the hot August sun. If it's a problem that needs to be solved, then ask for God's help. He said He would give wisdom to anyone who would ask (see James 1:5). Refus to let petty frustration affect you or steal your joy. Instead, enter into God's presence by giving thanks and praising Him!"

"Keep Calm and Trust God"—Jake Provance & Keith Provance

Every Sunday Morning—
Sunday Sessions at 9:00 AM - on Google Classroom
One step log-in at CLFMI.CHURCH

Sunday Morning Worship via Facebook Live at 10:30 AM
One step log-in at CLFMI.CHURCH
Christian Love Fellowship Ministries International

Every Monday Morning—
Men's Telephone Prayer at 6:30 AM
Dial 515-604-9099 Pin# 207-067-452
For questions contact: Brother Milton Anderson

Every Wednesday
Bible Study at 12:00 Noon—One step log-in on the website
Bible Study at 7:00PM —One step log-in on the website
Both on Google Classroom

Emergency Food Pantry
Tuesdays and Wednesdays
12noon - 4pm By appointment only
Call 734-483-7967 and press option #2 to leave a message.
Someone will get back with you to set up a pick-up time.
10am to 12pm

Pastor Harold Wimberly is inviting ALL church leaders to a Zoom meeting.


An Encouraging Word
Encouraging Word Article
December 2020

For Such A Moment Like This 

Throughout the bible you see people who have gone through challenging times in preparation for life changing events. Look at the story of Noah and the years of labor to complete an ark in the middle of dry land. Moses went through a life of ups and downs in preparation for the job of leading God's people out of bondage. You have Joseph, David and many more.  
If you read the stories of these biblical characters you will see that their life was not always a bed of roses.  
All through history there have been others who have been prepared for hard times. So what does this have to do with us. Here is the answer. Hard times don't change who we are, but reveals who we are. The experiences, be it good or bad, have prepared us for "such a moment as this", the moment that we are currently in. How we react during these tough times have an affect on those who are struggling, whether or not we realize it.  

Remember, knowledge is good, but experience coupled with Godly wisdom is better.  The trials of life is the bootcamp for the war at hand. If you are born again feel honored that you have the opportunity to use your life's challenges and your ability to overcome with the help of God to help others. 
Till next time, 
Pastor J.

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Some of out outstanding men at CLFMI and remembering 
Minister Edwin Russell

60+ Creative Christmas Dinner Ideas That Are Sure to Steal the Show
(Disclaimer—there are several alcoholic recipes in this group that couldn't be deleted)

The 70+ Best Christmas Movies of All Time
(Disclaimer—language and content may be questionable in some movies)

12 Simple Ideas to Spread Holiday Cheer

“In every encounter we either give life or we drain it; there is no neutral exchange.” —Brennan Manning
A popular Christmas song boldly declares, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.
Yet, for many this is rarely the case. Some will be celebrating the holidays for the first time without a loved one. Feelings of isolation, loneliness, or betrayal will be multiplied over the coming weeks. Often times unmet expectations of the holiday season mix with the grey and gloom of winter to bring deep levels of depression. And for most people, the hustle and bustle of extra shopping, extra parties, crowded parking lots and check-out lines lead to greater stress than other times of the year.
Yes, indeed, the most wonderful time of the year is too often felt as the most difficult.
But we can change that.
Well, we probably can’t change it for everybody. But we can intentionally spread some holiday cheer this week and make it a little more wonderful for somebody. And if we can brighten one person’s day, maybe their smile can brighten one more.
Plus, given the fact the quickest way to find happiness is to help someone else find theirs, intentionally spreading holiday cheer is the best way to find it ourselves. Consider this list of simple ideas you could complete this week. Most of them cost less than $20 and will take less than 10 minutes.

12 Uniquely Simple Ideas to Spread Some Holiday Cheer
1. Handwrite a letter. The handwritten letter has become a lost art in our world. During the holiday season, the handwritten letter has been replaced by the mass produced-family-photo-card-purchased-on-Shutterfly. And in a world where handwritten letters have been forgotten, their uniqueness and value increases dramatically. So find yourself 10 minutes, a stamp, and an envelope. Choose an old friend with a current street address and put some of your thoughts of appreciation on paper. You’ll be glad you did. And it will be the best piece of mail your friend receives this holiday season.
2. FaceTime/Skype an old friend. Technology has entirely changed our lives. In my lifetime alone, the idea of video conferencing with a friend has gone from far-fetched science fiction to cultural norm. Use it to your advantage by connecting face-to-face with an old friend or a friend halfway around the world. It doesn’t need to be too long, just lengthy enough to wish them a happy holiday and maybe compare how much the children have grown.
3. Buy coffee for a stranger. Next time you roll through the drive-thru of your local coffee shop, offer to pay for yourself and the person behind you (if they have already ordered, the cashier should have their bill handy). Or better yet, a little trick I learned from a friend is to leave a $20 bill with the cashier after you pay and ask him/her to pay for the following customers until the $20 runs out. Either way, coupled with their favorite beverage, this pleasant surprise is guaranteed to brighten someone’s day.
4. Smile and joke with your next cashier. The hustle and bustle and stress-filled shopping days leading up to Christmas results in plenty of customer-frustration. Parking lots are crowded, shelves are empty, aisles are full, and check-out lines are long. During these days in retail, even the simplest of smiles from a customer is too rare and fleeting. Next time you reach the front of the check-out line, make the most of your interaction by smiling, engaging, and flashing a little humor.
5. Leave a nice tip. Rare is the waiter or waitress getting wealthy at their job serving food to patrons. Most of the servers I know are working the shift just trying to make the ends meet for themselves and their family. An extra $20 added to their nightly tip will certainly bring some extra holiday cheer—especially during a busy time of the year when they’d rather be home with their family.
6. Buy movie tickets for a family in your neighborhood. Know somebody on your block who has fallen into some difficult financial times? How ’bout putting some movie gift cards in an envelope and leaving it on their doorstep? Time with family is always good. And some holiday entertainment may be just the distraction they need to experience a little extra cheer.
7. Invite someone to church or virtual church or do a watch party church service. Be willing to answer questions or disciple that person to become a believer or strengthen their beliefs.
8. Invite someone over for dinner. For any number of reasons, there are many people alone during the holidays. If you know someone alone this season, open your house to them for a meal. Rather than infringing on your holiday traditions, it may just become one of your favorites.
9. Send a gift of food/coffee. There are countless inexpensive, clutter-free gift ideas that can be shipped nearly anywhere in the world. With minimal expense and just a few mouse clicks, you can easily send an edible gift to show someone your appreciation for them. For example, a good friend just gifted me a membership to Mistobox. Needless to say, its arrival is virtually guaranteed to spread some holiday cheer into my coffee mug.
10. Shovel your neighbor’s driveway. I learned it from my dad years ago. Now granted, with the prevalence of snowblowers nowadays, this early morning surprise may be a little less appreciated than in years past. But if you can bring a little cheer to your neighbor’s face on a cold, snowy morning during the holiday season, your good deed will not go unnoticed—and will likely get mentioned by the recipient as soon as they arrive at work. And when it does, it will sound something like this, “You’ll never guess what my neighbor did for me this morning…”
11. Bring in a warm breakfast for your office or to a neighbor's house. Doughnuts are great. I mean, everybody loves the guy who brings in doughnuts. But to take it even one step further this holiday season, bring in something warm for your officemates to eat. If the timing is right, you can bring in something homemade. But I once had a boss unexpectedly bring in 25 various breakfast sandwiches from McDonalds and place them on the counter for the office staff. Certainly, it cost him a lot more than a dozen doughnuts. But I still talk about those breakfast sandwiches even 5 years later.
12. Go ahead, sing along. Whether in your car, in the office, or in the store, you know the songs. They get played every year. And quite frankly, some of them are pretty darn catchy. So go ahead, sing along when you get the chance. It’ll brighten your mood and almost certainly the mood of the person next to you as well. Even if singing isn’t your strongest talent, you can always hum along. Remember, cheerfulness is contagious.
We probably can’t change the entire world with these simple ideas. But we can still intentionally seek to add life and cheer to the people around us. And as a result, make this season a little more wonderful.


Details for the 2021 inauguration are still being announced. As of Dec. 15, the Presidential Inaugural Committee recommends that Americans should stay home and celebrate virtually. This guide will be updated with more inauguration information as it becomes available. Note the latest travel safety information before planning your visit.