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2012 Theme & Mission : MAKING A DIFFERENCE


To Fulfill Christs directive given in Matthew 5:13-14. He said You are the salt of the Earth and You are the LIGHT of the World. We desire to be SALT & LIGHT. Making a difference in our community and world, as we shine the light of Christ to those searching for salvation and truth.

Church Motto: The Church That is Built On Love


Beulah Grove Baptist Church

Inside this issue:

59-63 Springdale Avenue Newark, New Jersey 07107 973-482-4054 beulahgrove@verizon.net www.beulahgrovebaptist.com

WORDS FROM OUR PASTOR

WELCOME
GREETINGS in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I, Pastor McKoy, and the Beulah Grove Baptist Church family would like you to know how excited and delighted we are to publish our first, quarterly church newsletter. This year, 2012, we are excited to fulfill Matthew 5:13-14 where Jesus reminds us we are the salt of the earth and light of the world, partaking in the theme Making A Difference. It is our desire to add flavor and show the light of God everywhere we go that God might be glorified through our lives. We invite you to join us for our many worship or fellowship opportunities. If you dont have a church home we invite you to come and be a part of our church family. For we are a church that is Built on Love.

Words from the chief editor what is Lent?

__________________________ Sunday Intercessory Prayer Sunday school Worship Wednesday Bible Study Friday Youth Ministry 6:30pm
________________________ Next addition will be published May 2012. If you would like to make a submission, please email it to the church or give directly to Sis. Tina by May 6. NO EXCEPTIONS ___________________________ The Pastor reserves the sole right to determine what is and is not appropriate to be published. ________________________ Editorial Board Sis. Tina Tchaniley: Chief Editor Tamisha McKoy

Honoring our sea- 3 soned 70 and older Saints Honoring our sea- 4 soned 70 and older Saints Current Ministry opportunities Welcome to Min. Janeide Chillis
BGBC TOP LEVEL Above the Influence Free Teen-Newark, NJ

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Birthdays, New 8 Members Welcome, Christian Humor


Bible Study, Revival, Breakfast, H&R etc Current & Upcoming Events
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Pastor McKoy
Vision and Mission Statement

Contacts & Calendar

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The Beulah Grove Baptist Church seeks to fulfill the Great Commission by Exalting the Savior Evangelizing the Sinner and Equipping the Saint through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Matthew 28:18-20

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BEULAH GROVE NEWS Words from the Chief Editor


I am so excited to introduce the first issue of the Beulah Grove News. This news letter will be published quarterly with the latest news and upcoming events here at BGBC. We encourage the members of Beulah Grove and ministry leaders to submit information such as birthdays, anniversaries,

recognitions, achievements, words of encouragement, Christian humor and more.

Tina Kpelly- Tchaniley

Season of Lent 2012

What is Lent
Lent is the Christian season of preparation before Easter. In Western Christianity, Ash Wednesday marks the first day, or the start of the season of Lent, which begins 40 days prior to Easter (Sundays are not included in the count). Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ - his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection. What is our Commitment during this Season? The BGBC family will begin fasting from Wednesday, February 22 until Saturday, April 7, 2012, 6:00am-6:00pm. We encourage those who can to deny themselves of food each day of the fast. This is for those person that do not have to take medication or have to eat because of health reasons. For those who cannot deny themselves of food, you are encouraged to deny yourselves of those things which keep you from communing with God. Ex. TV, Social Sites, internet, telephone, games, etc... During the fast, set aside time to read God's word, meditate, and increase your prayer life.

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BEULAH GROVE NEWS Honoring Our Seasoned 70 & Older Saints

The days of our years are threescore years and ten: and if by reason of strength they be four score years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away Psalm: 90 :10

James Hutchins
James Hutchins was born in Savanna Georgia on March 26, 1924 where he is 1 of 15 siblings. . Moved to NJ in 1943. Joined the Beulah Grove Baptist Church in 1974 under the Leadership of the late Rev. Aquilla Johnson. He has served on the Male Chorus, Trustee Ministry and church sexton. Bro. Hutchins worked for Asco Electric where he retired in 1989. Bro Hutchins hobbies are going to the beach, traveling and spending quiet time at home.

JOYCE BRILEY
The daughter of Muriel Ramsey and Earnest Ramsey, JOYCE BRILEY was born July 21, 1931 in Montreal, Canada. She was married to the late Finis Briley. She worked as a machine operator at Revlon in 1992. She presently work for Newark school system since 1999 as a Food Service Handler. She became a member of Beulah Grove Baptist Church in July 2010. She was invited by her Eastern Start Sister, Barbara Maybanks. Saddened by the lost of her husband, she felt at home and inspired from the message and loving people. She is a part of The Nurses and Missionary Ministries. Her hobby is playing bingo and traveling to Atlantic City. Sis Briley so grateful to be part of Beulah Grove Baptist Church family. It hasn't been a year since shes joined but , she feel like shes been here all her life. Her favorite Scripture is Psalm 27.

IDA WALKER
The daughter of James Walker and Matilda Love , IDA WALKER was born July 9th, in Boytin, Virginia., was one of 12 siblings. She worked at Kessler Institute, West Orange, NJ as a Medical Supply Clerk where she retired in 1994. She joined Beulah Grove because she wanted to worship with her brother. She is a member of the Trustee, Missionary and Pastor aide Ministries. Her hobbies are volunteering for various nursing facilities and watching Court TV.

ALICE COMER
The daughter of Pearl Williams and Willie P. Williams, ALICE COMER was born in Reidsville, North Carolina and has 3 siblings. Married to Deacon Jessie Comer, she has 2 children, 2 grand's children. She is a Deaconess and a former Usher. She loves to travel and make ceramics. Her favorite scripture is Psalms 23.

LULA BATES
The daughter of Georgia and Harry, LULA BATES was born in Birmingham, Alabama and has 3 brothers and 1 sister. She has 4 children, 5 grands and 5 great grands children. She became a member of Beulah Grove Baptist church over 40 years ago when she was in need of a church home. She is a part of the Trustee, choir, Pastor aide and a former usher. She loves to cook and travel. Lula Bates is a loving person who loves to work in the church, and sing on the Choir. She takes a great joy encouraging people and helping others in any way she can be of assistance. One of her favorite songs/ quotes is May the work Ive done speak for me. Her favorite Scripture is John 14.

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Honoring Our Seasoned 70 & Older Saints


The days of our years are threescore years and ten: and if by reason of strength they be four score years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away Psalm: 90 :10

JOSEPH CAMPBELL
The son of Elizabeth Campbell and Richard Campbell, JOSEPH CAMPBELL was born October 10, Charleston, SC and has 3 siblings. He was married to the late Gloria. He has 1 child, Kim Joan Butler and 3 stepchildren, 3 grands and 7 great Grands. He worked at Marshalls Department Store. Campbell became a member of Beulah Grove 22 years ago. He attended a funeral and his eyes were open that he needed to be saved and join a church. In search for a church home be attended Beulah Grove and the rest is History. He is a part of the Mens Ministry and a Usher. His hobbies are shooting pool and cooking. A very comical loving caring guy, he loves to chit chat, tells jokes and have fun and be the life of the parget along with just about anybody.

ty. He can

CARRIE SAUNDERS
Carrie Saunders is a long time member of the Beulah Grove Baptist Church, where she has served as a Usher for many years.

Deaconess Alberta Brown Agee


The daughter of Doris Washington and Mitchell West, ALBERTA BROWN AGEE was born February 27, 1942 , Cochran, Georgia and has 12 siblings. She is married to Deacon Thomas Agee. She has 4 children, Sylvester Fleming, Gary Fleming, Ronald Thomas and Rosemary Fleming. She has 6 grands and 2 great grands Children. She worked as a Nurse Aide at Bergen Nursing Service, Hackensack, NJ for 34 years. Alberta Agee became a member of Beulah Grove 41 years ago. She is a deaconess and a member of the Trustee, Intercessory prayer, Willing Worker, Pastor Aide Ministries and a former Choir member. Her hobbies are Sewing , creating clothing, making / designing flowers, cooking and gardening. . Her favorite quote is Do unto others as you would ask them to do unto you. She loves her church and her sisters and brothers in Christ . Her favorite Scriptures are James Chapter 4 and Psalms 27

JULIA JENKINS
The daughter of Mattie Allen, JULIA JENKINS was born September, 18, 1937, Lake City, Florida and has 15 siblings. She has 4 children, Michael Jenkins the late Willie James Jr., Barbara Jean Jenkins , and Howard Jenkins, 5 grands and 2 great grands children. Sis Jenkins worked as an home health aide at the Patient Care Medical Services. She became a member of Beulah Grove over 42 years ago, blessed to reside across the street from the church she would send her children to church every Sunday. One day, her son came home and said they were going to be baptized, When she attended the Baptism service, she was then moved to unite with Beulah Grove under the leadership of the late Rev. Aquilla Johnson. She is a part of the missionary and Seeds of Sarah Ministries. Her favorite Scripture is Psalms 27.

Deacon Thomas agee


The son of Elizabeth Agee and Chappie Agee, THOMAS AGEE was born December 11, 1925 , Birmingham Alabama and has 10 siblings. He is married to Deaconess Alberta Agee. He has 2 children, Tommie Morton and Tawatha Agee, 3 grands and 4 great grands Children. Proprietor/owner of Agee Construction, Newark, NJ, Thomas Agee worked as a brick layer/ concrete worker. Deac. as he is affectionately called joined Beulah Grove many years ago. He is currently the chairman of the Deacon Ministry a part of the choir, willing workers and intercessory prayer ministries. His favorite quote is Others Lord Yes others Let this my motto be, Help me to live for others that I might Live for Thee. He enjoy his ministries, serving and fellowshipping with his Beulah Grove family. He loves everyone as God loves everyone as His love never quits. His Favorite scripture is the entire book of Psalms

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A.T.M. (Anointed To Move)


Leaders: Lady McKoy/ Jeannine Mosley Meeting Time: TBA Our mission is to honor and worship God by encouraging, teaching, ministering and witnessing through the use of creative movement and dance. Sacred dance is the Holy Spirit within manifested in observable motion. It is the spirit in motion.

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
Leaders: Pastor McKoy/ Jewel Dennis Meeting Time: TBA
Sunday School/ New Members Class/ Yearly Workshops/ VBS

Our mission is to oversee all teaching ministry components to ensure they are biblically accurate, doctrinally sound, and in accordance with the Vision, to the end that our members are growing spiritually and moving through pew progression.

HOSPITALITY MINISTRY
Leader: Joan Jordan Meeting Time: 4th Saturday 12Noon Ministry Days: Each Sunday To joyfully welcome and greet al that enter into His gates and create a positive and warm first impression. Follow up with visitors with a card and phone call, provide a birthday celebration every other month. In most cases, we are the first impression of Beulah Grove Baptist Church.

INTERCESORRY PRAYER
Leaders: Lady McKoy/ Alberta Agee Meeting Time: Every Sunday, 9:30am

To pray for the concerns of our congregation, the Body of Christ, our nation, nations of the world and that the un-saved to come to Christ.

KITCHEN MINISTRY
Leaders: Jeannine Mosley Meeting Time: TBA To provide quality food service for different church functions in the spirit of joy, love and patience.

MENS MINISTRY
Leader: Walter Jackson Meeting Time: 4th Saturday, 9:00am BGBC Men's Ministries is devoted to helping men answer the many questions about life and encourage each other to become all that God created them to be.
MISSIONARY MINISTRY

Leader: Darlene Berry

Meeting Time: 4th Saturday, 12Noon

The missionary ministry address the spiritual and material needs of the church and community. Including home visitation to the sick members of the church, visitation to residents in the local nursing homes and oversee of the church's sick and shut in.
MUSIC CHOIR

Leader: Daniel Johnson

Meeting Time: Every Saturday

Ministry Days: Every Sunday

To minister to the entire church body through music that is spiritually uplifting and emotionally stirring

NURSES MINISTRY
Leader: Sis. Charlene Walker Meeting Time: 4th Saturday, 12Noon Ministry Days: Every Sunday The role of the nurses ministry is to enhance holistic health services available for the pastor, congregation. These services do not include invasive hands-on procedures. The Nurses Ministry is an advocate and facilitator of the whole person concept and has the potential to serve in many roles within the church.

PRAISE TEAM
Leader: Pastor McKoy Meeting Time: TBA Ministry Times: Every Sunday

To lead the congregation in dynamic spirit filled songs of praise and worship .

SEEDS OF SARAH
Leader: Lady McKoy/ Min. Janeide Chillis Meeting Time: TBA It is our vision to train, equip and empower diverse women of all ages and walks of life so we may experience the fullness of God and reach our divine destinies.

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WILLING WORKER MINISTRY


Leader: Sis. Alberta Agee Meeting Time: 4th Saturday, 11:00am is a mutually supportive Ministry of varied individuals who "do with their might whatever their hands find to do" for the betterment of the church and community

YOUTH MINISTRY
Leader: Min. J. Chillis / Sis Jewel Dennis Meeting Time: Every Friday 6:30pm To reach, teach, disciple and develop youth holistically. Informal setting with rap sessions, recreation and refreshments designed to introduce youth to Jesus and help them develop an intimate relationship with Him. Participants must be in a teaching ministry.

For more information about the ministry you are interested in joining, please contact the leaders listed.
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Pastor and People of Beulah Grove Welcome


Min. Janeide Chillis
Minister of Youth

Janeide A. Matthews-Chillis re-dedicated her life back to the Lord in 1983, where she was an active member of her family church, Canaan Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Gadson L. Graham. At Canaan she participated in the Canaan Youth Choir, the Usher Board and launched IOP (Inspiration of Praise) Young Adult Choir, Media Ministry and the Praise Dance Ministry. Janeide was called into ministry at an early age and finally surrender her life to the Lord, took heed to the Masters call, and made the decision to walk in her purpose. While recovering from a stroke in 2008, she started her Outreach Ministry in 2010. Through this experience and Gods inspiration, she began her journey as an author. All of her books, like, The ABCs of Brain Education can be found on Amazon. Janeide is the Founder and CEO of StepRite, a corporation that provides event planning, youth program and outreach ministries. She joined Life Changing Word Church International (LCWCI) under the leadership of Pastor William H. Cash in 2009, and became a Minister in Training 2010. She was then licensed to Minister the Word of God through American Fellowship Church in 2011. Gods grace and life experiences has honed her innate quality of being a good listener and identifying with people. This indisputable quality is demonstrated throughout her unwavering commitment and service in her community. Minister Chillis is active on many Boards and Associations which include the Irvington Board of Directors under Wayne Smith, and Sandra Jones. Kean Ministry, Christ Crusade, Food Bank of New Jersey (Hillside), Toys for Tots Foundation, YDP (Youth Development Program), and Zheta Phi Beta just to name a few.

Minister Janeides loving and supportive husband, Kevin H. Chillis, along with their children and grandchildren lend support and strength that enable her to continue her service to others. She embraces her journey of service to Gods people while pursuing her degree in Communications/Religion Studies at Kean University. She has been accepted into the Seminary program for her Masters Degree in Divinity at Drew University for 2012.

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Mission: Our mission is to provide and respond to the social, and spiritual needs of the youth in our church and community, by providing them with social programs, activities, and events that will allow them to be expressive in there faith which will be taught through the word of God, enabling them the ability to use their gifts, and talents within established programs, and ministries. Vision: To provide them with a safe, well rounded environment giving them the necessary tools that will enhance their physical, and spiritual growth. If we build to please ourselves, we are building on sand; if we build for the love of God, we are building on the Rock. ~Oswald Chambers~ Scripture: For I know the plans I have for you Declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 Free Teens & Youth Ministry will properly nurture and educate the youth, by making provisions that will motivate, uplift, encourage, and support all those they encounter. Within Free Teens we will focus on meeting the needs of the youth, along with creating positive resources that will empower, implement and broaden their character. These are just a few of the accomplishments that have been already established with Free Teens. They have made a decision that as long as they are apart of Free Teens they will remain free from any negativity that would be presented to them. They have established a group set of rules that each youth member must abide by. Since the start of Free Teens the group has collectively come up with a group name. The name chosen is BGBC Top Level Above the Influence, is the MOTTO suggested by one of our very own, Nazir. While in every group setting, there is level of comfort that need to be address, especially when speaking. One of the icebreakers to get each person involved was by introducing themselves with an adjective. This little icebreaker was fun, and entertaining. Within Free Teens, we will focus on the physical, and social needs of each youth member, along with the goals set forth in the program, and youth ministry. While getting to know them individually, and collectively we had each person list 3 things that they would like to change about himself or herself, or someone else on an index card. We also had the list 3 things that they would like to change in society. They have really stepped up and demonstrated how excited they are about take part in such an amazing program. Each Friday we hope to incorporate, and develop each child with, informal settings that would include spoken word, rap, dance, singing, and recreation with a holistic approach that will be designed to advance there relationship with Jesus. There will also be some one on one sessions that will give each child an opportunity to express there interest, and concerns. We will also provide light refreshments before session begins. So please make sure your child/children eat before attending Free Teens Group. Free Teens have already demonstrated their interest into the program. They are ready to make a difference, and remain above the influence. They are willing to open up, learn, and grow each week. Sis-

ter Jewel, and I look forward to working with Free Teens & the Youth Ministry at BCBC. Make sure you look out for more information on FREE TEENS- BGBC TOP Level above the influence, and youth ministry as they develop their God given gifts, talents, skills and abilities.

Min. Janeide Chillis Coordinator

Sister Jewel Dennis Asst. Coordinator

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FEBRUARY ALBERTA AGEE IKEANA HEDGEPATH

MARCH VERA HOLMES

Vera Holmes Janeide Chillis Eddie Hall III

Neiko Robinson Celeste Harrison hardy Joyce Briley

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Christian Humor
A man and his ever-nagging wife went on vacation in Jerusalem . While they were there, the wife passed away. The undertaker told the husband, "You can have her buried here in the Holy Land for $150 or we can have her shipped back home for $5000. The husband thought about it and told the undertaker he would have her shipped back home. The undertaker asked him, "why would you spend $5000 to have her shipped home when you could have a beautiful burial here, and it would only cost $150????" The husband replied, "Long ago, a man died here, was buried here, and three days later, rose from the dead. I Just cant take that chance!"

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The BGBC Missionary Dish Cloths, Dish and Pot holders during and March, which will en of the Sierra House. one to take part in this

Ministry is collecting, Towels, cooking Mitts the month of February be donated to the womWe encourage everyendeavor!

Have Breakfast With us!


The Mens Ministry will have a light breakfast available every Sunday starting..

H & R BLOCK
TAX REFERRAL PROGRAM
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Sunday, March 4, from 9:00-10:00am


Never be late for Intercessory Prayer , Sunday School or morning Worship again because you had to eat! :)

From January1-April 18th 2012 we are asking you allow H&R Block to complete your returns. For every new client H&R Block will bless our Ministry with a $25.00 donation as a thank you for trusting them with your returns. Referral # 400-79821-69351

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How long Have you been a Black Baptist Church Fill in the Blanks "First giving: ______ to God, who is the: _______ of my life, I'd like to say I'm glad to be in the: ________ of the Lord one mo' time. Cause he brought me from a: _________long__________. I coulda been dead, sleeping in my: _____________, but God is: __________ all the: ________, and all the: ____________, God is: ______________. He's a: _______________ over troubled waters. He's a mother to the: _____________________, and a: __________________to the: __________, a doctor in a: __________________ room, and a: ___________________ in the courtroom! (smile) Hes the: __________________ of the valley, a bright and: ________________star He got up early one: __________________ mon'ing, with all _______________________ in his: ________________. Pray for me that I grow: ___________________ in the Lord." Also, as you look in your church: ________________, under the special: ________________ please keep in your prayer: ________________ Sista Buela-Mae Jenkins who will be having her: _____________ surgery this week. And while you give your tithes and: ____________ we humbly ask that you contribute to the church:_____________ fund and we will be celebrating the pastor's fifteenth:_____________ so anybody please who serves on the: _____________ board please meet in the: _____________ following: ______________. And the women's auxiliary will be selling: ____________ dinners for $7.00 a: __________ along with the youth: ______ who will be having their annual: __________ sale to help fund their trip to the national youth ministry: _______ in Tennessee this summer. Parents please be: _______that vacation: _______school begins June 19, please have your child: ________ by May 13. You knew them all, if not most of them, didn't you?!!! You must go to a black church
Answers To Testimony Trivia : honor head house mighty/way grave good time good bridge motherless father/fatherless sickroom lawyer Lily shining Sunday power/hands stronger bulletins announcements requests hip offerings building anniversary usher sanctuary/service chicken plate Choir bake convention mindful bible registered

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Do you have a relationship with Christ? Christs desire is to have an eternal relationship with you. He longs to give you a satisfying and meaningful life on earth and unending life in heaven. ABCs of Salvation A. Admit you are a sinner. "There is no one righteous, not even one ... for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:10,23. (See Romans 5:8; 6:23.) Ask God's forgiveness. "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." Romans 10:13 B. Believe in Jesus (put your trust in Him) as your only hope of salvation. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16 (See John 14:6.) C. Confess that Jesus is your Lord. "If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:9 Prayer of Salvation: Dear God I know that I am a sinner, and I repent of my sins. Thank you for Your Son Jesus, dying for me and thank You for raising Him from the dead. Now by faith, I ask you Jesus to come into my heart and save me. I accept him as my Savior and Lord Thank you God, for saving me. In the name of Jesus, I pray Amen. If this is your first time praying this prayer or if you would like to rededicate your life to Christ, We Welcome you

Contact us
Church office: 973-482-4054 Fax: 973-482-0942 Pastor McKoy:

MARK YOUR CALENDAR


Heritage Sunday: February 19 at 11:00am Annual Lent Fast Begins: Wednesday, February 22 Ash Wednesday Service: February 22 at 7:15pm, Pastor McKoy will be preaching at the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church 90 W. Demarest Ave , Englewood, NJ, The van will leave the church at 6:45 sharp. BGBC Deacon Deaconess & Trustee Annual, Day: Sunday, March 11, at 11:00am New A. M. E. Zion 150 Lawrence place, Paterson Choir Annual Day. Sunday , March 18, Pastor McKoy will be preaching. The van will leave the church at 3:00pm sharp. Palm Sunday Service: March 25 at 11:00am BGBC Marriage Workshop: Saturday, March 31 Marriage Checkup Dr. Marion & Ann Franklin, facilitators. 9-12noon Bethlehem Baptist Church, Deacon, Deaconess & Trustee Annual Day: N. 4th St. Newark, 3:30pm Pastor McKoy Preaching. Annual Lent Fast Ends Sunday, April 8 Easter Service: Sunday April 8 at 11:00am BGBC Spring Revival: May 2-4 at 7:00pm Rev. Dr. Vernon Walton, Mt Calvary Baptist Church, Englewood. Revivalist. Annual Mothers Day Breakfast: Saturday May 12th at 8:30am, given by the men of BGBC Mothers Day Worship: May 13 at 11:00am Willing Workers/ Missionary Annual Day: Sunday, May 27 at 3:30pm

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Why Should I Attend Church?


(1) It is an Expression of our Love for God Going to church is a visible, tangible expression of our love and worship toward God. It is where we can gather with other believers to publicly bear witness of our faith and trust in God, something that is required of all Christians (Matt. 10:32-33) -- and it is where we can bring Him offerings of praise, thanks, and honor, which are pleasing to Him. (2) It builds up our Spiritual Strength Receiving the preaching and teaching of the Word of God increases our faith and builds us up spiritually. Every believer knows what it is to face spiritual conflicts to their faith, and must realize the importance of being fed spiritually so that they can overcome the challenges. Paul states that Christians face a wrestling match with the Devil and his evil spiritual forces, and warns that the church must put on spiritual armor for protection, as it will take every(4) It provides fellowship with other Christians Gathering together also has compounded importance to the relationship of the Christian brethren. The Bible makes it clear that a right relationship with God requires a vertical and horizontal alignment that is, we must have a vertical fellowship with God and a horizontal fellowship with other believers. It is not possible to love God and refuse to love the brethren. If you have a problem loving other Christians, you have a problem in your relationship with God.

(3) It brings a special visitation of the Lords Presence There is the promise of a special visitation of the Lords presence whenever two or more gather specifically in the name of Jesus. By implication, this means whenever Jesus is the object of gathered prayer, worship, praise, preaching, etc. Even though Jesus resides within the heart of every believer, he honors a gathering in his name by coming in the midst, with his power, awareness, and anointing. In such a gathering, Christ is able to do things in hearts that he may not at any other time.