November 7, 2021
We are fast approaching the end of 2021. As of November 7, we have 54 days left in this year. Daylight Saving time ends on November 7. We fall back, gaining an hour.
Sunday November 7, we have scheduled an outdoor worship opportunity at Kenneth Hahn Park located at 4100 S. La Cienega Boulevard Los Angeles, CA. Communion will be served.
Sunday, November 14 is Observed as Veterans Sunday at Second. Our veterans are leading us in worship on the broadcast at 8:00 am on KJLH.102.3 FM radio.
Sunday, November 21 is Women’s Emphasis Sunday. Dr. Rochelle Carr is the preacher for the broadcast. Rochelle was one of the students in the Doctor of Ministry program at Fuller with Pastor Epps and Dr. Warren Stewart, Sr. Our women will be leading us in worship.
Thursday, November 25 at 10:00 am, we'll have our annual Thanksgiving Day Service. Prayers of thanks and special thanksgiving ceremonies are common among almost all religions after harvests and at other times. The Thanksgiving holiday's history in North America is rooted in English traditions dating from the Protestant Reformation. It also has aspects of a harvest festival, even though the harvest in New England occurs well before the late November date on which the modern Thanksgiving holiday is celebrated. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
African Americans commemorate and celebrate Thanksgiving as an awareness of the goodness, generosity, and graciousness of the Lord in the particularity of the peculiar predicaments of our lives, communally and individually. Amazing that we have emerged and evolved from the excruciating experiences of captivity, discrimination, and the oppressive structures of slavery and segregation, fortified with a faith that saves and sustains us with an attitude of gratitude, praise, and thanksgiving. As we continue to experience the lingering effects of the original atrocities of America (racism and sexism to name two), we continue to rejoice in the Lord, pray always to the Lord and give thanks to the Lord, for what has been done, is being done, and will be done.
You have been invited to come on a journey to gratitude through the month of November.
Gratefully / Receiving /All / That / Is / Truthful / Under / Difficult / Experiences
“Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
Dr. William S. Epps, Senior Pastor