APRIL 2021
A Good Friday Prayer

Dear God, we remember today, the pain and suffering of the cross, and all that Jesus was willing to endure, so we could be set free. Jesus paid the price, such a great sacrifice, to offer us the gift of eternal life.

Help us never to take for granted this huge gift of love on our behalf. Help us to be reminded of the cost of it all. Forgive us for being too busy, or distracted by other things. Forgive us for not fully recognizing what you freely gave, and what your love is yet accomplishing.

Thank you Lord that by your wounds we are healed.
Thank you that because of your huge sacrifice we can live free. Thank you that sin and death have been conquered, and that your Power is everlasting.

Thank you that we can say with great hope, “It is finished…”
For we know what’s still to come. And death has lost its sting.

Easter Morning Prayer

Dear God, thank you that you make all things new. Thank you that you hold the keys over death, that by your might, Jesus was raised from the grave, paving the way for us to have new life with you. Thank you for keeping your word and making a way.

We confess our need for you…fresh…new…again. We ask that you renew our hearts, minds, and lives, for the days ahead. We pray for your refreshing over us.
Keep your words of truth planted firm within us, help us to keep focused on what is pure and right, give us the power to be obedient to your word. When the enemy reminds us where we have been, and lies and attacks seek to hinder our walk, we trust that your voice will remind us we are safe with you and that your purposes and plans will not fail. We ask that you will be our defense and rear guard, keeping our way clear, removing the obstacles, and covering the pitfalls. Lord, lead us on your level ground.

Shine your light in us, through us, over us. May we make a difference in this world, for your glory and purposes. Set your way before us. May all your plans succeed. Guide us to reflect your peace and hope to a world that so desperately needs your presence and healing.

Thanks be to you God, for your indescribable gift! To you be glory and honor, on this Resurrection Day, and forever.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Suggested Offering Date, Sunday, April 4

April | Southern & Western District of Churches of Christ (Disciples of Christ)
May | Kentucky Christian Missionary Convention & Ohio African-American Convention
June | Alabama-Northwest Florida Christian Missionary Convention
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SAVE THE DATES: JULY 20-23, 2022
Jarvis Christian College
Ranks 3rd Best HBCU in Texas

Earlier this month, 2021 PLEXUSS Global Rankings recognized Jarvis Christian College as the Third Best Historically Black College or University in Texas. Jarvis Christian College is a historically Black institution that has been affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) since it's inception in 1913. We salute and celebrate Jarvis Christian College, and their distinctive leadership in higher education!

Dr. Lester C. Newman, President of Jarvis Christian College, reflects, “Being recognized as the 3rd best HBCU in Texas is truly an honor. I am proud of the faculty and staff who worked diligently to provide our students with an education that is affordable, challenging, and guaranteed. That is the Jarvis Promise. We will continue to provide our students with the tools to succeed.”

Mr. Torry L. Edwards, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, observed, “Jarvis Christian College's top ranking in Texas affirms the institution’s success in preparing Christian leaders in business, education, and government.” Learn more about Jarvis Christian College here.

Application Deadline Extended to April 16
The Leadership Fellows Program seeks to cultivate and strengthen participants' potential for leadership through intentional focus on Christian community, societal transformation, global awareness, and leadership engagement. Students entering undergraduate education may apply to the program, which includes a scholarship, annual retreat, and an international cross-cultural experience.
Eligibility Requirements:
• Active membership in a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) congregation
• Entering their first year of Undergraduate studies in the Fall of 2021 (Unfortunately, we cannot accept applicants who are current college students.)
• Demonstrated leadership qualities in school, community, and church contexts
Journey Toward Wholeness
by Brenda M. Cardwell and
William K. Fox, Sr.

From Convention to Convocation:
No longer "Objects of" Mission but
"Partners In" the Work

With roots stretching to before the Civil War, the National Convocation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) today serves as the connection between African Americans and the Stone-Campbell Movement. Founders of the African American Convention movement were visionaries, coordinating the opposition to slavery, forced relocation of free African Americans to Africa, and a multitude of social ills. Journey toward Wholeness: A History of Black Disciples of Christ in the Mission of the Christian Church chronicles the predecessors of the National Convocation and the movement's roots and growth through almost three centuries.