Pastor's Weekly Message                                              February 12, 2017
"Trouble All Over this World"
I love Negro Spirituals.  I love them because they are simple songs that carry very profound messages.  I also love the Spirituals because they are practical.  It was the Spirituals that helped to sustain African Americans through slavery and during the times of the oppressive Jim Crow era, and one of my favorite Negro Spirituals is "I've Been Buked and I've Been Scorned." This song says:

I've been 'buked an' I've been scorned, children
I've been 'buked an' I've been scorned
I've been talked about, sho's you're born
Dere is trouble all over dis world
Children, dere is trouble all over dis world
Ain't gwine to lay my 'ligion down
Children, ain't gwine to lay my 'ligion down
I love this song because it provides hope in the midst of very challenging situations.  Indeed, the song rings true today because there is so much trouble in our world - trouble everywhere.  Just in the first three weeks of the new Trump Administration we have seen a rush of troubling policy measures including a Muslim Ban, mass deportations, an executive order to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act and the appointment of an educational cabinet secretary who has little to no experience working with public education.  There has also been a devastating tornado that hit New Orleans, and the list goes on and on.
However, as we hear about these and many other troubles, our response must be the same as the writers of the spirituals.  Our response needs to be that we "are not going to lay our religion down." The Bible says that "God is our refuge and strength and a very present help in the time of trouble." (Psalm 46:1).  The Bible also tells us that we are not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together as a church family and especially as we see the day of the Lord approaching (Hebrews 10:25).

Peace, Power and Progress,
Pastor Kip Banks, Sr. 


VALENTINE'S DAY - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017

GOSPEL CHOIR REHEARSAL - Tuesday, Feb 14 - 7:30 p.m. 
FOOD PANTRY PREP - Wednesday, Feb 15 - 11:00 a.m.  
BLACK HISTORY NIGHT OUT - Wednesday, Feb 15 - 6:30 p.m.
 CLOTHES CLOSET - Thursday, Feb 16 - 10:00 a.m.
 HOUR OF POWER - Thursday, Feb 16 - 11:45 a.m. 
FOOD PANTRY DISTRIBUTION - Thursday, Feb 16 - 1:00 p.m.
EXERCISE CLASS - Thursday, Feb 16 - 6:00 p.m.
SANCTUARY CHOIR REHEARSAL - Thursday, Feb 16- 7:30 p.m.
CONNECTIONS MINISTRY - Saturday, Feb 18 -  11:30 a.m.
STEWARD AND FINANCE MEETING - Saturday, Feb 12 - 12:30 p.m.
Prayer Conference Call Number  - Please join us for our daily (M-F) prayer 
conference call.  These 10-minute calls are a great way to start your day and include a daily scripture lesson.  Please join us at (1-641) 715-3272 access code: 732413#
 at 7:00 A.M. 
Biggest Loser Contest - We are in the midst of a church-wide Transformational 
Health and Body Campaign.  The purpose of the campaign is for us "to offer our
 a Biggest Loser contest which kicked-off last Sunday and will run through April 2. 
It's not too late to join us! Please see Dea. Al Dixon for details.
Black History Night Out - is scheduled for Wednesday, February 15, 2017, please 
plan to be in attendance. Also, our children and youth ministry is sponsoring a 
trip to the Fredrick Douglas house on this upcoming Sat. at 1pm.
Youth Retreat - The Board of Christian Education is sponsoring all high school 
youth to participate in a Spring Youth Retreat, March 24 - 26, 2017. The cost is $65. 
For more information please contact Dr. Priscilla Ellerbe at (703) 447-8825.


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