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Pastor Micah & Rev. CC Jackson
ON THE COVER
COMMUNAL VISION CONGREGATIONAL COMMITMENT
Do You See What I See?
I want to remind us we are called to this community for a greater work. Everyday we are becoming a caring community committed to strengthening our church’s facility while increasing our congregation’s faithfulness, as we keep our community in focus. As we are currently not worshiping in our facility (3014 Meadowbridge Road), it is critical that we do everything this within our means to continue the “good work” we’ve begun: Our building must be restored and renovated for greater work. It is equally important to increase our congregation’s faithfulness in stewardship, discipleship, worship, and workmanship. This will call for us to commit to family study and joining ministry. explore ways we can partner and share the load of ministry in our community. The Bethlehem Center property remains in view and by faith I still believe that we can claim it, if indeed it’s God’s will. It can house an afterschool ministry/daycare and a school where young people can be educated naturally and spiritually in the same place. Further, it should be our desire to be able to purchase other properties around us in order to offer additional services to our community.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
Blueprints for Building Update
Upcoming Events 5
However, we must continue to keep our community in focus. We must continue to
Love In Action
As we turn our vision toward what shall be, we must understand it will not be accomplished with “I” or “YOU”, but only with WE. Therefore, as we partner together to call this vision into view; we covenant to show our love for our God, our local assembly, and our community in word and deed as we connect our community with our creator by congregating regularly with this local assembly during times of worship, work, and witness; growing in our commitment to Christ through study, and increasing our care for community, by participating in various service opportunities, as we strive to effectively communicate our faith, in word and deed, so we can all celebrate our God together.
The Immeasurable Investment
As we prepare to supply more effective ministry and heed the encouragement of Jesus who stated, “Greater works will you do in my name”, it is important to know why we give to the Lord, invest in the work of the church, and sow seed to prepare for a future harvest. Let us reinforce our commitment to give through this scriptural declaration from 2 Corinthians 9:6-8. (Paraphrased)
What is the biblical PRINCIPLE FOR GIVING?
...He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion… (2 Cor. 9:10-11)
Whoever sows sparingly will reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will reap generously. How much should we give? Each of us should give what we’ve decided in our heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. What is the result of our generous giving? We believe, when we give generously, God is able to bless us abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that we need, we will abound in every good work.
Come Grow With Us!
Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that need not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)
(Gathering Regularly to Open the Word)
Pastoral Teaching “Giving : Unlocking the Heart of Stewardship”, By John Orthberg, Laurie Pederson, & Judson Poling
Estimated price: $9
“Giving to God”, Mark Allan Powell
Estimated price: $11
SUNDAYS @ 10 A.M.
(At our Worship Center—2701 Garland Avenue, 23222)
TUESDAYS @ 7 P.M.
(At our meeting center—3030 Meadowbridge Road, 23222)
Blueprints For Building
“For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” (Habakkuk 2:2 -3)
As of May 31, 2013
Initial Investors ($1—$28) Stephen Alexander Kimberly Ampey-Tucker Steave Anthony Crystal “Sunshine” Booker Erica Billingsley Theodore Brinkley Elijah Brown Sade Conyers Gregory Day, Sr. Jakyra Day* Janae Day Harolette DePriest Rosaria Edge Katrina Edwards Anna Fleming Deacon Mary Gaddy Wayne Garner Jr. Deacon Keagan Giles Destine Gee Deacon Naomi Graham Deacon William Graham Dominique Graves Kionna Harris Gail Hicks Helen Hicks Marvin Hicks Deacon Irvin Jackson William Jackson Sarena Johnson Esther Jones Taylor Jones Latoya Kenney Ieshia Key Syrika LaLande Laura Law LaVerne Lee Diondrea Mahone Amber Mayes Ogletha McCluney Donte McCutchen Adrian McLaughlin Melanie Miller Demetria Mitchell
Nathaniel Phillips, II Rev. Nichole Phillips Anees Rasheed Jelisa Ricketts Judith Rodriguez Samita Simpson Lawrence Stephens Edward Taylor, Jr. Julio Taylor, Jr. Kamiyah Temple Deacon James Thorpe, Sr. Daya Tucker Beatrice Whidbee Sarah Whitaker Tybias Whitehead Mia Wright-Ross Gracious Givers ($29—$149) Kimberly Allen Deacon Annette Banks-Conyers Corey Boone Stephanie Catlyn Arlene Clemons Deacon Diane Cox Mary Day Rev. Felisha Eady Juanetta Goldwire Joanne Harris Deacon Zenobia Jackson Trustee Emma Johnson LaKesha Johnson Min. Linda Johnson James Jones Keisha Jones Deacon Jennifer Key Deacon-Elect Kevin Mason Malaika Mason Deacon Deborah Morris Lakeitha Phillips Christine Powell Jasmine Reynolds Ann Robinson Teshena Robinson Brenita Scott
Ginai Seabron Sherita Seabron Min. Eric Smith Min. Samuel Tarry Katina Watson Xavier Williamson Bernice Winston Chandra Wright Min. Niki Wright Dedicated Donors ($150—$500) Trustee Alonzo Brooks Deacon Tashira Brown Linda Crews Wanda Ewell Laverne Harris Trustee Joanne Hieskill Lucy Hudson Rev. CC Jackson Pastor Micah Jackson Stephanie Johnson Min. Gloria Kenney Deacon-Elect Robert Meyers Mildred Williams Deacon-Elect Patricia Williams Deacon Berley Wright Committed Contributors ($501—$750) Debra Carlyle Trustee Pearl White Steadfast Stewards ($751—$1000) Covenant Congregants ($1001—$1500)
Vital Visionaries ($1501—$2000) Sacred Sacrifice ($2001 & Up)
Cooperative Outreach Ministry (COM)
COM is a benevolence ministry which offers assistance to persons in our community who may not be affiliated with a church family. This ministry is funded through the gathering of 5 area churches (First Baptist Church of Washington Park, Good Hopewell Baptist, Providence Park Baptist, St. John Baptist Church, and Seventh Street Memorial Baptist) who come together for various worship services throughout the year (Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, Thanksgiving, and Christmas). ALL proceeds from those services go toward this effort (no honorariums are given to churches or the ministering preacher) so that the love of our God can be experienced in word and deed. Because this benevolence ministry is TOTALLY dependent on the liberal and voluntary financial gifts from these services and the members of these congregations, we ask all persons to give generously to this effort.
He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the
Richmonders Involved in Strengthening our Communities (RISC)
RISC brings together diverse congregations in order to powerfully address the root causes of poverty and injustice in the Greater Richmond area. RISC’s member congregations are located throughout the Greater Richmond area and are diverse in their socio-economic, racial, denominational and geographic backgrounds. Congregations in RISC methodically work together to build relationships, listen to common concerns, research community problems, and then take action to see that systems in the community are held accountable to principles of justice and fairness; making Metropolitan Richmond a better place to live for all.
LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)
As a part of our community, every member is charged with contributing to our growth (in every area) to support the promotion and progress of the vision God has given us, by actively inviting others to join them in worship/study. This can be done by word-of-mouth, social media, email, etc. We will be also preparing a card that can be given to others; indicating directions, contact info, and worship/study times. Who will be the next to bring a new candidate for discipleship?
SAVE THE DATE: 2013 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 5th Street Baptist, St. Elizabeth Catholic and 7th Street Memorial Baptist Churches “GOD’S SERVANTS: NEIGHBORS IN LIFE” July 22nd - July 25th VBS Closing Celebration: Friday, July 26th God’s Servants: Neighbors for Life Fun Fair
7th Pastoral Anniversary Celebration
On 4th Sunday in July (28th) we will be celebrating Pastor and First Lady for 7 years of service to the community of Seventh Street. All members of the Seventh Street community have been asked to sow a seed of $70 for our Pastor and First Lady. If you have any questions or need more information please see any member of the Divine Connections Committee. There will be a member of the committee available, following morning worship to assist with any questions you may have or if you want to submit your celebration seed, as we prepare for this awesome celebration in the life of our church family.
Are you interested in serving in a ministry, but just don’t know who you should talk to? Well, if you would like to serve as a: Choir Member (Eddie Taylor, Coordinator of Choral Ministries)
Children/Youth Choir sings on 4th Sundays and is comprised of young people ages 17 and below. Young Adult Choir sings on 3rd Sundays and is comprised of persons age 18-39. Celebration Choir sings on 2nd Sundays and is comprised of persons age 40 and above. ***All choir members come together on 1st Sundays as one Mass Choir
Ushers’/Greeters’ Ministry (Emma Johnson, Coordinator)
Ladies serve on 1st Sundays Children/Youth serve on 3rd Sundays Men serve on 4th Sundays ***All ushers/greeters serve on 2nd Sundays as a combined ministry
Education Ministry (Chandra Wright, Coordinator)
If you are interested in teaching or designing education opportunities for our congregation, this ministry is for you. Our Education Ministry is in the midst of developing alternative G.R.O.W. opportunities including online learning, additional class opportunities, and small group learning opportunities.
WOMEN OF WORSHIP
ATTENTION SISTERS OF “THE STREET”
Join us for “A NIGHT OF WORSHIP & A DAY OF PRAISE”
Friday, August 16th @ 7 p.m. & Saturday, August 17th @ 9 a.m.
Our Praise & Worship will take place at The Baptist General Convention Building (1214 W. Graham Road, 23220—behind Virginia Union University). For more information contact our First Lady, Rev. CC Jackson GET READY FOR A WEEKEND THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
WORD AT “THE STREET”
JOIN US AS WE TRAVEL TO...
Cedar Grove Baptist Church
5500 Adkins Road Providence Forge, VA 23140 For Homecoming Celebration
August 11th @ 3 p.m. Music Ministry & Ushers will be serving
& Dinner will be served
JUBILENT JULY BIRTHDAYS
Niki Patterson July 1st Cynthia Simpson July 14th
Alonzo Brooks July 2nd
J’Laya Key July 23rd
Stephen Alexander July 7th
Melanie Miller July 14th
Nikya Day July 28th
Amara Temple July 10th Kimberly Allen July 18th Justin Hieskill July 11th
Jennifer Key July 23rd
Call To Mission
Who are we and why do we exist? We are the Seventh Street Memorial Baptist Church. A family committed to connecting our community with our creator by providing inspiring worship, empowering discipleship, inviting outreach, and engaging fellowship. Why do we do this? We do this because no one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in union with us, and his love is made perfect in us. What is our aim? Therefore, strive to be the church that specializes in God’s love. We are the Seventh Street Memorial Baptist Church family and we love to love you!
Visit us on the web on www.7street.org
Seventh Street Memorial Baptist Church
Mailing Address: 3014 Meadowbridge Road Richmond, VA 23222 (804) 329-0628 Worship Center: 2701 Garland Avenue Richmond, VA 23222 (Across from Garland Avenue Baptist Church)
FAMILY PRAYER LIST
Esther Jones (Recovering at home) +++++++ Sarah Whitaker (Recovering at home) +++++++ Berniece Winston +++++++ Deacon Naomi Graham +++++++ Deacon Mary Gaddy +++++++ Sarena Johnson +++++++ Berneice Wright
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