The History of the Northside Church of Christ 1954-2006 The congregation of the Northside Church of Christ (formerly Odessa Street Church of Christ) had its humble beginning in 1954, in the home of two humble servants of God, Brother John and Sister Lilli an Lundy; the parents of Sister Norris Reed, and grandparents of Sister Jacquelyn Clark and Brother Willie "Pete" Jackson. The congregation started with Brother and Sister Lundy, their family and a few adults and children at 718 Phelps Street. After wors hipping in their home a little while, the congregation moved around the corner to 714 Odessa Street. The purchase price for the property was $4,000.00 with $1,000.00 as a down payment. The payments were $34.42 a month, with 6% interest over a period of 10 years. The congregation didn't have any money to purchase the property. Bro. Lundy, along with his daughter, Sis. Norris Reed loaned the Church the money for the down payment. When the building was purchased, back taxes had to be pai d and many repairs had to be made on the property. They worshipped at this location, under the leadership of Bro. John Lundy, their first minister, until 1966. The building was a one-room storefront block building that seated about 50 people. Bible School was held by dividing the adults from the children in the back and front parts of the building. When weather permitted, the children's classes were held outdoors. During this period, Bro. Lundy taught and emphasized the importance of knowing the scriptures and manifesting them in our lives. Sis. Lundy was a very faithful supporter of her husband's ministry, and was a very good bible scholar in her own right. She worked very diligently with children and the women of the Church, as well as the community. During this period, the congregation continued to grow through Bro Lundy's strong biblical preaching and Sis Lundy's work with the children in the church and community. Bro. Ernest Tuff, Jr., Sis. Velma Tuff, Bro. Ernest Lawson, and Sis. Coretha Lawson was two of the families that worked with the Lundy’s during this time. Also, some of the children Sis. Lundy worked with were Sis. Jeannette Holmes and her sisters, and Sis. Marvette Andrews, along with her own grandchildren. Later, one of the grandchildren, Sis. Jacquelyn Clark, married Bro. Horace Clark, and he became a faithful worker at Odessa Street. After worshipping and growing at the Odessa Street location for several years, there was a need to relocate. However, there w as still indebtedness on the property. In 1963, the brethren met with Brothers Herbert Nicholson and Jack Hammond, Elders; and Minister, Walter J. Cox, Jr. of the Westside Church of Christ; along with Brothers Butler, Deese, and Johnson from Lincoln Villa Church of Christ, to formulate a plan to pay off the note on the Odessa Street property. Mr. John Weaver loaned the Church $1,500.00 to pay off the note and make a down payment on a building at another location. The Odessa Street congregation agreed to p ay half of the money borrowed, while Westside and Lincoln Villa agreed to pay the other half. In 1965, Bro. Lundy's health began to fail. There was a need to have someone assist him. Bro. Alfred Hooker, Sr. was called to work as acting Minister. On December 27, 1966, Bro. John Lundy passed. Bro. Alfred Hooker was selected to succeed him as minister of the congregation. Bro. Hooker worked faithfully and accepted whatever the congregation could afford to pay him. He implemented a plan for pledging m oney to help with the relocation plans. A Search Committee, which consisted of brothers from the congregation, assisted by Bro. Graham McGehee from the San Jose Church of Christ, began looking for a larger building in another section of the city, to relocate. A building was located on the Northside on Almeda Street. It was previously owned by a denominational church. Bro. Graham McGehee and the Kathleen McGehee Foundation purchased the building at a cost of $12,000.00 and sold it to the Odessa Street congregation for $7,500.00. The monthly payment of $67.42 was deferred for 7 months, in order to allow the Church to move and settle in. Bro. McGehee and the Foundation also donated carpet for the auditorium. The Westside congre gation donated some old theater type pews. The monies raised for relocation during 1965 -66 totaled $347.62.In 1967, the congregation, assisted by Bro. Graham McGehee, Jr., became chartered as a nonprofit 501C-3 corporation. It was named Northside Church of Christ, Inc. The first trustees were brothers Ernest Tuff, Sr, Horace Clark, Sr, Gerald Jackson, and Ernest Lawson. These brothers were appointed to handle the material affairs of the Church. Their first order of business was to transfer the pledge money to a new account in the name of Northside Church of Christ, Inc. After remodeling the building on Almeda Street, over a period of several weeks, the congregation conducted its first worship service, the first Sunday in September 1967. The dedication of the Almeda Street building was held on the first Sunday in October 1967. This building would only seat about 125, comfortably. Bro. Hooker worked very diligently with the congregation for four and one-half years. Several outreach programs were started. Programs such as a Weekly Radio Program, Prison Ministry, Youth Singing Group (NYC), Mission, Benevolence, and Bus Ministry. As a result, the Church grew to about 200 members. In May of 1973, Bro. Hooker resigned as Minister of the congregation. On June 3, 1973, Bro Charlie McClendon, who had been one of the Elders at the Westside Church of Christ, was selected to become the Minister of Northside Church of Christ. Bro. McClendon was working as assistant to Bro. Walter Cox at Westside, during that time . When Bro. McClendon began his devoted service at the Northside congregation, he found about 157 of the 200 members that were on the roll. The congregation could only pay him $60.00 per week. The Sunday collection was about $170.00 per week. Bro McClendon immediately started to organize the congregation by teaching lessons on Love and Unity. His first order of business was to make up a budget for the congregation. The first proposed budget was $10,650.00 per year. They set a goal to collect $225.00 per week to meet the budget. The first year of Bro. McClendon's ministry, several programs were implemented. Programs such as The Annual Teachers Training Workshop; Zone Ministry; Leadership Training Class; A Strong Discipline Minist ry; Personal Evangelism; Youth Ministry, and other ministries, were started to help build a solid foundation so that the congregation would grow and maintain its growth. Shortly after Bro. McClendon became minister of the congregation, Bro. William Stephe ns and his family, who were new converts at Westside, placed their membership with the Northside congregation, in order to work with Bro. McClendon. Bro. Stephens worked very diligently with the youth. As a result of Bro. McClendon's preaching and teaching on love, unity, and the importance of every Christian being involved in personal work and the work of the Church, the congregation experienced phenomenal growth the first five years of his ministry. By the end of 1974, 158 had been baptized. Another 205 were baptized in 1975. In 1976, 198 were baptized. By this time, the congregation had to go to three worship services on Sunday morning and one in the evening in order to accommodate the members in worship. Many times, members would stand in line waiting for one service to dismiss so that they could get in and get a seat to worship. Needless to say, by 1975, since the building could only seat about 125 comfortably, there was a need for larger facilities. After decidin g that it was not feasible to add to the present building, the brethren, led by Bro. McClendon, began to search for land to construct a new building. As in past years, the congregation sought the counsel and advice of Bro. Graham McGehee. He, along with Bro. McClendon and the brethren looked all around the area for land for several months. Finally, a 6.3 acres tract of land was found at 4736 Avenue "B ” (our present location), a few blocks north of the Almeda Street building. Because the city only required a minimum of 2 acres of land to build, the brethren tried to buy only 2 acres of the 6.3-acre tract. Mr. John Weaver, then owner, would not sell 2 acres. He would only sell all or nothing. The brethren insisted on 2 acres. He would not sell! After meeting, praying, and seeking God's guidance, the brethren decided to put the idea before the Church to buy the whole 6.3 acres of land. The congregation agreed. Bro. McClendon came up with a plan that would enc ourage each member to make a pledge toward paying for the land. The total price was $75,000.00. After collecting about half of the pledges, Bro. McClendon, along with Bro Graham McGehee, and the brethren discussed the idea of using a Church Bond Program to pay off the land and build the new Church building. No one at that time knew very much about Church Bonds. However, after researching he matter, the brethren secured the services of Nashville Securities Company of Nashville, Tennessee. The total bond issue was $300,000.00. Bro. C.G. McGehee, Jr. served as Advisor and Trustee of the bond program. Also, he, along with the Kathleen McGehee Foundation, purchased many of the bonds; which he later gave back to the Church. During this time, there was a need for more help in the ministry. Bro. William Stephens was selected as Assistant Minister to Bro. Charlie McClendon. He also continued to work very diligently with the Youth Ministry. In 1976, the services of Christian Builders were obtai ned to help draw up plans for a new Church building. Since the congregation was so badly in need of worship space, it was decided that a large auditorium was needed in order to accommodate all of the members for worship. In addition to the four worship services on Sunday, schools had to be rented for special events several times a year, in order to have enough meeting space for all of the members at one time. The plans for the building were completed in late 1976. It would have a seating capacity of 1300; with a few classrooms, and a small multi-purpose Fellowship Hall; with a kitchen and nursery. During the year, in 1976, the brethren cleared the property for a gospel tent meeting. Dr. W.F. Washington was the guest evangelist for the me eting. Hundreds of people attended. Dr. Washington debated a Seventh Day Adventist preacher, who attended the meeting and challenged him. Many souls were added to the Church during this meeting and throughout the year. In January of 1977, the congregati on broke ground, to start the construction of the new building. The land had to be prepared for the foundation. With the assistance of Christian Builders, the members of the Church, people from the community, and sister congregations, the construction of the building took 11 months. It was almost like a modern day miracle, to see what took place during this time. Although the members were engaged in the physical work of the Church, they didn't lose sight of their mission and purpose; which was to save souls. As a result of this, 289 members were baptized in 1977. It seemed that whenever we needed help or some skilled laborers, we were able to baptize them into the Church. They, along with men such as Genorvis Peterson, and John Crawford wou ld combine their talents to lead the unskilled workers in getting the job done. Many of their friends would volunteer their services. Bro. Charlie McClendon served as the Chief Motivator to keep everyone going when things were down. Many times during the year, the members had to stop and pray to keep the devil on the run. The last few weeks leading up to the finish became very critical...especially, the last week. After sending out thousands of invitations and setting a date to have the dedication, it seemed that it wasn't going to take place. We needed to sell the old building on Almeda Street, so that we could buy pews for the new building. Again, Bro. McGehee came to the rescue; by co-signing at the bank in order for us to secure a loan. Three days before the dedication, we didn't have lights, pews, bathrooms, landscape, or much of the painting done. The members worked both day and night to be ready by Sunday. The last day to get the lights, if it didn't rain, was o n Friday afternoon. It rained all around the Church building. However, God held the rain back from Northside until we got the lights late that Friday evening. The weekend found everyone working together to finish. Saturday night, November 12, the members worked all night long, trying to finish before Sunday, November 13, 1977. Sunday morning Sis. Lawson, along with some of the other ladies of the Church made the suggestion to get some breakfast. This is how our Annual Homecoming Breakfast started! Sunday, Dedication Day, over 3,000 members and their families, along with brethren from throughout the Southeast attended. Bro. W.F. Washington was the dedicatory speaker. Three weeks of revival and gospel preaching followed . Bro. Washington, David Lane, and Bro. David Shanks were the speakers. In 1978, a Day Care Center was started. The congregation continued to grow by the 100's. In 1978, 200 were baptized. In 1979, there were 305 baptisms. The congregation has averaged baptizing 100 per year, every year since 1974. In 1979, there was need to reorganize the congregation to help with the abundant growth. Bro. J. S. Winston was called in to do a workshop on Church Government, Leadership, and Discipline. As a result of the workshop, a quorum of brothers was selected by the Church to work along with Bro. McClendon, until men could become qualified for Elders and Deacons. The men were Genorvis Peterson, Horace Clark, C.Williams, L. Williams, R. Lockett, William Stephens, John Crawford, and a few other brothers. During the next few years, Bro. Winston did several workshops to help the congregation understand the organization and government of the local Church. In 1982, some major changes took pl ace within the congregation. The first Deacons were selected. They were Brothers Chester Orr, Horace Clark, Genorvis Peterson, Harold Andrews, and Philip Mobley. Bro. William Stephens and his family moved to Durham, North Carolina to take the new mission work that had started there. The Northside congregation supported this work for a few years, both financially and spiritually. There was a need for another Assistant Minister. Bro. Willie “Pete” Jackson was selected to come as Bro. McClendon's assistant and work as Education Director of the Bible School. Also, Bro. Harold Rollinson, who was just finishing school at Abilene Christian University, came to intern and work as Youth Minister. Many changes took place between 1982 and 1992. The Church continued to do heavy evangelistic work through personal evangelism. We continued to baptize 100's. A ten-year plan was drawn up in 1982. This plan included working toward obtaining Elders and Deacons, 2,000 membership, Educa tion and Family Life Buildings, Radio and TV Programs, and other outreach ministries. In the early part of 1981, a plan was put together by Bro. McClendon to present to the sister congregations to start a TV Program. It would be ca lled, "Let The Bible Speak". The program went on the air in 1982, and is still on until this day. Many souls have been saved as a result of this program. In 1985, an attempt was made to build an Education Building. Plans were drawn up, and pledges were made. However, God was not ready for this to happen. Therefore, the Leadership decided that the congregation should wait until it was time to build. During the next five years, many changes took place with the congregation. The Leadership went through another change. Bro. Pete Jackson became the Minister of Westside Church of Christ in 1990. In 1991, Bro. Michael McClendon was asked to come and work as Assistant Minister to Bro. Charlie McClendon. In 1992, Elders and Deacons were ordained and appointed. The Elders were Amon Palamore, Bobby Gibson, Philip Mobley, Louis Jackson, Jr, and Charlie McClendon. The Deacons were Genorvis Peterson, Frank Copeland, Stanley Shootes, Harold Andrews, and Melvin May. In 1992, it was time to start another building program. A Building Committee was selected, which included the Ministers, Elders, and Deacons, along with Bro. Ed Outler and Bro. Everett Robinson. Bro. Charlie McClendon served as the head of the committee and Bro. Everett Robinson served as Secretary. The first order of business was to start a Capitol Fund Drive. This was done in 1992-1993. Almost $200,000.00 was collected through the sacrificial participation of the membership. During this time, plans were being drawn up for the new Christian Complex. Several sets of plans and three models were made up, before the congregation decided on the exact plan. The Leadership finally settled on the plans presented by McDonald Contractors & Architects, Inc. (now Holmbeg -Bagdonas Group, Inc.) The estimated cost of everything was about 1.8 million dollars, which included the plans and sight work. After seeking advice from Bro. C.G. McGehee, and checking out other lending institutions, the congregation decided to enter into another Church Bond Progr am. In 1995, the congregation entered into a contract with American Heritage Church Finance, Inc. to spearhead a 1.3 million dollar bond program to help finance the construction costs. Construction started in the summer of 1995. By the end of the year, t here was a need for additional funds to help with the site work and remodeling. Again, the services and advice of Bro. C.G. McGehee was sought. He was working with us to secure a loan from the bank, when he passed in December of 1995. After looking at b ank financing versus adding on to the present bond program, the Building Committee decided that it was best to go with the bond program. Another $200,000.000 in bonds was issued. At the same time, the Kathleen McGehee Foundation decided to make a donation toward the Family Life Community Center. It was decided by the congregation, that when the Family Life Center is completed, it would be named in honor of Bro. C.G. McGehee, Jr., for his unselfish dedication and devotion to help the Church and make the lives of men and women better, both spiritually and physically. It was, also, agreed by the congregation to name the Education Building in honor of Bro. John & Sis. Lillian Lundy, for their sacrifice and love for the Church in its infancy. Our new Church Complex, which was dedicated on Sunday, November 10, 1996, consists of 5 buildings. (1) An Administrative Building, which houses most of the administrative offices, conference room, and Church library. (2) An Education Building, with 17 large classrooms and a small chapel that seats 160. (3) A newly renovated Sanctuary, which seats 1200 plus. (4) A newly renovated Fellowship Hall, with a suite for the women, nursery for the babies, and a special room for toddlers. (5) A Community Family Life Center (incomplete). In January, 1996, the Leadership presented 10 year goals to the Church which includes (1) Developing the congregation by training more Elders and Deacons (2) Develop a 2,000 member congregation (3) Start a Bible Institute (4) Day Care Center (5) Private School (6) Before and After School Care Ministry (7) Complete Food and Clothing Ministry (8) Housing Development and (9) Youth Development, along with many other ministries. Also plans call for a Senior Citizens Complex. In 1997, a non-profit organization, spearheaded by Bro. Charlie McClendon was organized. Northside Community Involvement, Inc. was formed to help improve the community by working with children and families with social problems, while the Church works with the spiritual needs of the people. Under the umbrella of N.C.I, an after school tutorial program, neighborhood youth program, drug support group and several other programs that will help improve the community have been set up. N.C.I has received several grants through the city and state to help finance the programs. In 1998, we have been busy organizing and implementing a number of other outreach ministries. In our maturing, we have recognized that God's will for the Northside family is to become more in volved in the community and the lives of its people. In 1999, a plan was presented to the Church, by the Leadership, to refinance the bond program in order to take advantage of the new lower interest rates and secure enough cash to complete the inside o f the Family Life Community Center. It was our plan to finish this project by Homecoming '99. However, because the bonds didn't go as fast as expected, we were not able to complete it. If it's the Lord's Will, construction will start in January 2000. God has also blessed us to purchase about five (5) acres of land across the street east and north of the building on Avenue "B". It is our prayer that it will be used for parking and building a Senior Citizens Complex in the future. We have many other plans for the new millennium, while focusing on "The Same Gospel" that was preached in the First Millennium. We started the new millennium (2000) off with the completion and dedication of our Family Life Center. Plans were put into motion to start and develop a Child Development Center, private school and many other outreach programs to minister to the community and glorify God. During Homecoming 2000, we placed a historic marker in front of the Education Building and the Family Life Center in recognition and honor of the great contributions Bro. John & Sis. Lillian Lundy and Bro. Graham McGhee have made, along with and through their families, to help us get to where we are today. We want generations to come, to remember these Servants of God and ever be thankful. During the year 2001, God continued to bless Northside. The congregation opened a state-of-the-art Child Development Facility, housed in the Family Life Center, operating with about 60 children and approximately 10 staff members. The center was called N.C.I. Child Development Center. It operated under the oversight of our faith -based, community outreach organization, Northside Community Involvement, Inc. (N.C.I.). Among our goals of 2001 were to baptize 200 members, to begin a N ew Man Ministry, a Small Group Ministry and a Family Care Ministry. Northside was positioning itself to take advantage of the faith -based initiative program through grants that the government is earmarking to the community through faith-based organizations. All the ministries of the church were being reorganized in order to continue moving to another level. Within the next five years, the goal was to have 1,000 - 2,000 members in regular attendance each Lord’s Day. God continued to bless Northside thro ugh the family of C.G. McGehee, Jr. and the Kathleen McGehee Foundation. Northside continued to realize that it had not come that far alone. They will ever be dear to us, thus created Northside created a permanent by naming the Family Life Center in honor and memory of Bro. McGehee, and the Education Building in honor and recognition of Bro. John and Sis. Lillian Lundy. As we move to the next level, we will continue to “Praise the Lord for His Goodness.” In 2002, we had some major changes take place. The Small Group Ministry continued to grow. The New Man’s Ministry was still going strong. Also, Northside Community Involvement (NCI), our faith -based community nonprofit organization was doing well. One of the major changes took place among our leadership; after working with the Church approximately 10 years, Brother Michael McClendon resigned from his position as Northside Church of Christ’s Associate Minister. Brother Marcus Watkins (formerly Youth Minister of the Westside Church of Christ) was hired to work with the youth here and Brother Nathaniel Stewart came to work as the Membership Minister and to work with community outreach. Our Senior Minister, Charlie McClendon, t ook time off his travel to various workshops with other congregations, to focus on home (the Northside Church of Christ). At this time, Brother McClendon focused on training, teaching and motivating both our brothers and sisters to become more involved in ministry. He encouraged them that it was time to “Move To Another Level – Phase I”. The goal was set to have 200 baptisms by the end of 2002. There were 165 baptisms by November of 2002. The Sunday morning attendance increased to 900. The contribution averaged about $16,000.00 weekly. During 2002, teachers were trained to specialize in teaching personal evangelism (one on one-bible studies). Special workshops were conducted by Dr. Tony Roach, Dr. David Lane and Brother Vernon Taylor who specialized in workshops for our youth. Our Homecoming theme was “25 Years and Still Anchored In The Lord”. We continued to give God the glory and the honor for all His goodness. Again, as in the past, we couldn’t have made it this far by ourselves. God was still blessing us through the McGehee Family and the C. G. McGehee, Jr. and Kathleen McGehee Foundation. This family will forever be dear to us. To commemorate our appreciation to them, in 1996, we dedicated the Family Life Center in honor and memory of Bro. McGeh ee and the Educational Building in honor and recognition to Brother and Sister John L. and Lillian Lundy. During Homecoming 2002, instead of placing their names on the buildings, we placed a historic marker in front of each building in honor of these saints of God. Praise the Lord for His goodness. The year of 2003 was a great year! Our theme was “Moving Up To Another Level - Phase II”. We kept this theme from last year, because we are moving up with our ministry through phases. We had 178 baptisms. Our goal was 200 for that year. Also, we started studying the “God’s Love Bank” curriculum (written by Dr. Tony E. Roach) in all of our bible school classes, and implemented an orientation once a month for all of our New Memb ers. We are continued to improve on several of the ministries that had been set in place; namely the New Man Ministry, Evangelism Ministry, Youth Ministry, etc. We started a ministry for the young boys, called “Youth Intervention”, and for the young gi rls called, “Sister-to-Sister.” Our attendance was up to about 900 per week, and the contribution had been about 16,000 - 18,000 per week. Our annual Total Day was over $40,000.00. Our outreach ministry continued to grow. We worked along with the Westside congregation to keep the Eastside congregation alive. Our faith - based community organization continued to grow. The Day Care program had a better foundation, and the After School youth program continued to grow. Also during 2003, we had more membe rs to move their membership to Northside from other congregations, than any other time in the history of the congregation. Most of these have been from out of town. Our theme for Homecoming 2003 was “Enlightened By The Past, and Excited About The Future.” The year 2004 started with a bang. We started planning for our 50 t h Anniversary and 27 t h Annual Homecoming activities. Our budget for the first three (3) months was higher than it had ever been. It was over $18,000.00 weekly. We surpassed our 2004 budget. We also had 80 baptisms in the first 3 months. Brother Marcus Watkins, our Youth Minister, along with his family, took on work in Evansville, IN. Sister Gloria Watkins, who was our Church Secretary then resigned and Sister Roshanda Morgan was hired as the Church Secretary. Brother Nate Stewart was hired on as the full time Membership Minister to help keep up with all of the many souls being add by the Lord to His Church. The women reorganized their Ladies Bible Class and the New Man Ministry continued to grow and prove to be a great success and asset to the congregation. We decided to reorganize the entire Educational Department. We went through several formats and we are currently using Dr. Tony Roach’s Curriculum “God’s Love Bank”. Also, we reorganized our Sister-to-Sister Ministry. This ministry was designed to work with young ladies in the congregation. We continue to work with our young boys through our Youth Intervention Program. A leadership class was then started which is designed to train more Elders, Deacons and Ministry workers. We continue our outreach ministry through our 501C -3 nonprofit organization, Northside Community Involvement (NCI). Many of the activities that took place during the year were centered aro und our 50 t h Anniversary Celebration. We started a 5 t h Sunday Fellowship to bring the members together all at one time, to place special emphasis on “The Year of Jubilee”, which is our theme. At the beginning of the year, we resume participating in the 3 r d Sunday Area Fellowship. We also took over the work in Palatka, FL. Different brethren along with some sisters took turns driving to Palatka every Wednesday and Sunday to conduct the worship and bible study services. Our Senior Minister continues to tr avel, doing workshop and revival all of the country. As of November 2004, we’ve had about 165 baptisms thus far. Our weekly contributions continually increase. Attendance is about 900 in attendance every Sunday. We are doing many “firsts” for our 50 t h Anniversary and 27 t h Annual Homecoming; we have our very own television program (produced and edited in the Northside studio), our first hardback commemorative album is being produced, a Jubilee songfest at the Times Union Center for the Performing Arts, which seats 1800 people. A special banquet will be held at the Clarion Airport Hotel in honor of Brother John L. and Sister Lillian Lundy. Twelve dynamic preachers, who have contributed some way to our 50 years of existence, will b e taking part in our 8-day celebration. Truly, God has blessed us this year, as He has blessed us the past 50 years. God keeps on moving us up to another level. We give Him ALL the praise, glory and thanks. With God, we would not be where we are today. Truly, this is “A Year of Jubilee.” 2004 ended with 241 baptisms, the 50th Anniversary/27th Annual Homecoming exceeded all expectations. The 5th Annual Community Day/Free Fish Fry had about 1500 in attendance. The gospel revival meeting was well attended. All the speakers did an excellent job. The John L. and Lillian Lundy Memorial Banquet were very successful. The Jubilee Songfest that was held in downtown Jacksonville at the Times Union Center for the Performing Arts exceeded all expectations. We had about 1500 in attendance. The singing group did an outstanding job. Dr. Roosevelt Wells preached about "Why We Sing The Way We Do." Sunday, November 12 ended with two worship services, dinner at 1:30 p.m. and the annual Homecoming Program along with congregational and group singing. Each December plans are made and presented to the Church for the following year. 2005 started with our Annual New Year's singing and prayer until dawn service. We held our annual Evangelism Church Growth Workshop. We continued to work with the mission in Palatka, Florida. This year we asked two of our young preachers (Bro. Michael Jackson and Bro. Thornton Brown) to care for the work. They have done a great job. A campaign was held in August by the members of Northside. We had about 40 baptisms. The congregation in Palatka named was changed from Olive Street Church of Christ to the Northside Church of Christ of Palatka. During this year, we have had about 200 baptisms. We meet our budget (which was almost one million dollars). Our 501 (c) 3 faith based organization hired a new Executive Director in the person of Monique Weeks. Also, Claytonia Johns was hired as the Director of NCI's Child Development Center. Because of this, NCI started to grow quickly and the Child Development Center started two pre-k classes, which was funded by the State. During this year, we continued the leadership training class, which was designed to train men to become Elders, Deacons, and Ministry Leaders. We are in the process of reorganizing all of our ministries to help meet the needs both members of the congregation and the community. As our theme fore stated, "The Year after Jubilee" definitely was a great year. To God be the glory! We praise Him for the great things he has done with this congregation over the past 51 years. We especially praise Him for what He has done the past 32 years.
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