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Summer 2007 - Vol. 7 Issue 5 www.MountMoriahChurch.org www.MountMoriahChurch.org Singing Preachers Emeritus Day Missionary Trip Father’s Day New Debutante —IN THIS ISSUE— Mt. Moriah Disciple, Sister Minnie Carter The Magazine Mount Moriah Baptist Church “Every Christian Is A Minister” Dr. Lucius M. Dalton, Senior Pastor 1636 East Capitol Street. NE, Washington, D.C. 20003 Phone: (202) 544-5588 The Clarion Magazine — Summer 2007 * ClarionNewsletter@verizon.net .. Page 2 From The Pastor’s Desk U ut when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will be filled with power, and you will be witnesses for me in Jerusalem, in all of Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8, GNB: Good News Bible) In April of this year, Pastor Dalton completed two weeks of missionary work in Jamaica. This is the second year of a three- Dr. Lucius M. Dalton, year Lott Carey missionary program in which Pastor Dalton is Senior Pastor, participating. Mt. Moriah Baptist We are blessed that Pastor Dalton shared excerpts from his personal journal and pictures from his missionary trip. 14 April 07 8:54 p.m. Today, our group transitioned into the next phase of our mission in Jamaica. We left Kingston and we headed to Yallahs, St. Thomas. Our host Pas- tor is Rev. Fritzner Dunois, Haiti born. Pastor Dunois is the Pastor of Yallahs Circuit of Bap- tist Churches. We sat and talked. He is about my age and his wife is a few years younger than Janice and I. A down to earth brother. I will preach tomorrow night at an evangelistic service. My anxiety for sleeping in some- one’s house has been overcome. God has placed Dr. Harold Knight and myself in Pastor Dalton enjoys a moment on the home of Brother and Sister Ben- the beach. nett. As soon as I entered their home, I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit. Our dinner was British style: a cheese sandwich and tea. I’m not com- plaining, but thankful that someone I don’t know opened their doors to me. To add, they don’t know me either. How- ever, I do know they are good Christian people. A scenic waterfall in Jamaica The Clarion Magazine — Summer 2007 * ClarionNewsletter@verizon.net .. Page 3 15 April That evening I preached at a church called White Stone. I preached, “Tell the Story.” The text was I Corinthians 15:1-12. The Pastor has a circuit of churches. Three churches and a mission to be exact. It must be a tremen- dous responsibility. At the age of 39, he has had two (2) heart attacks. I am blessed. 16 April A.B. Morrison preached at the evangelistic service. Luke 15:1-6 was his text. It was in a rural commu- nity and we worshipped under a street light. The electricity was provided to us by a house next door. A.B. took a great text and did an excellent job. Pastor Dalton joined by Preacher, Mark Buckner at the Hellshire Restaurant. The Parsonage where Pastor Dalton stayed along April 17 with other missionaries. Mark Buckner preached. Mark may soon lose his sight due to an eye illness, but he preached a great sermon. Again, the Jamaican pastors work hard and spend little time at home with their wives and families. I was told this by Pastor Dunois’ wife. April 19 More touring—I’ve never done so much touring in my entire life. We visited two Institutions: University of the West Indies and United Theologi- cal College of the West Indies, where we had lunch, did some shopping (where I bought gifts) and then ate dinner at Hellshire. Hellshire is a restaurant located on the water. It is a small hut where locals cook fresh fish and other Jamaican dishes. Ganja weed, all around. You can smell it everywhere because everyone is smoking it. I was told that it was “illegal.” It doesn’t seem so. —continued on next page The Clarion Magazine — Summer 2007 * ClarionNewsletter@verizon.net .. Page 4 April 21 Reverend Douglas Fowles was our host Pastor. He pastors the Fuller- field Circuit of Baptist Churches—5 churches. His wife welcomed us. We ate lunch/dinner. The parsonage is a big house used to host missionaries. We stayed in the same house, ate together, and shared with one another. Tonight Pastor Fowles took us to a youth meeting at one of the churches. Pastor Louis Leigh was present. He talked about abstinence. Two things I learned: First, our children want us to explain our decisions about them further and they want us to listen to them more. I have not said anything thus far about the mass killings at Virginia Tech. VA Tech is close to me because I got accepted there out of high school. I went to Radford University instead, but I spent lots of time there—four great years in Southern, VA. Who would have thought that such a tragedy would happen in such a remote place? I pray for the families of those who were affected, including the family of the shooter. The Clarion thanks Pastor Dalton for sharing his missionary journal. To learn more about Lott Carey and the ministry named after him, please visit www.lottcarey.org From the Editor… Hello Christian Friends! For some time I’ve wanted to develop a team of staff members for the Clarion. As you could see from the back page of previous issues, we had a long list of contributors, but no permanent, consistent staffers. I took heed of Pastor Dalton’s sermon about waiting on the Lord and my wife encouraged me to pray about it and sure enough, God came through with Sister Shadonna Jenkins. Sister Jenkins joined MMBC a few months ago with her lovely daughters, Shakiya and Shardae (see page 7 for a photo). These ladies are already hard at work in various church ministries. Please be sure to introduce yourself to Sister Jenkins and her family. We would love to have more staffers on the Clarion. Anyone can join the Clarion, which is sponsored by the Christian Education Ministry. Please see me for details as the Clarion needs you! : ) Your Brother In Christ, Steve Kendall The Clarion Magazine — Summer 2007 * ClarionNewsletter@verizon.net .. Page 5 Clarion Youth Update: Q & A with Sis. Chasity McPhail The following update interview was conducted via email with Sis. Chasity McPhail. Q: What's the name of your school/what year are you in? A: I attend Coppin State University. When fall se- mester begins, I will officially be a junior! Q: What's your major? A: I am majoring in psychology! Q: Describe one thing about college life that surprised you. A: The unprecedented amount of freedom (formally known as NO parental supervision)! Q: Any advice for our MMBC students looking forward to college? A: Please stay focused because once you lose focus, it takes awhile to get back on track & PLEASE DON'T EVER TRUST ANYBODY'S NOTES BUT YOUR OWN....so attending class is a MUST!! Q: What are your plans for this summer? A: I am currently working in an orthodontic office. Q: May the Clarion print your email address for folks to get in touch with you? A: Sure!!!!!! I am always willing to help and give my advice!!! email@example.com The Clarion wants to hear from more of the young folks in the church. Please send us your poetry, short stories, interviews with each other. We’re open to ideas, young folks, so please get in touch! ClarionNewsletter@verizon.net The Clarion Magazine — Summer 2007 * ClarionNewsletter@verizon.net .. Page 6 Welcome to the Fold by Deaconess Golden Ferguson and Sis. Desiree Davis-Frazier Welcome to Mt. Moriah Baptist Church! Please attend the Disciple Training Classes each Sunday at 9:45 a.m. and become an active member in a ministry. A list of upcoming classes can be found in your Sunday worship bulletin. You will enjoy participating in the many activities in the church. The Christian Education Ministry, your assigned Deacon and your mentor will be glad to assist you with questions or discussions concerning your journey with us. New Disciples — June, July and August 2007 By Baptism: Sis. Alex Hart By Grace of Experience: Maliaika Nouwaney Returning: Bro. Bruce Hasty Jr. June Birthdays: 7th—Deaconess Geneva Greene and Bro. Clarence Minor 8th—Sis. Katherine Brevard and Sis. Doris S. Rousey 9th—Bro. Ralph Battle, Bro. Steve Kendall, and Sis. Doreane Sumlin 12th—Bro. William Baylor (1919) 14th—Bro. Robert Lee 15th—Bro. Bruce Hasty 16th—Sis. Shardae Jenkins 17th—Sis. Hannah Martin & Bro. Mearitt Smith 19th—Deaconess Pauline A. Gray 21st—Sis. Helen Hasty and Sis. Crystal D. Waters Sis. Hannah Martin, age 83, pictured with 22nd--Sis. Christine Stewart Sis. Anna Price, age 91. This picture was taken on Sunday, June 17, 2007, on July Birthdays: Sis. Martin’s birthday. 6th—Sis. Angie Murphy 7th—Sis. Azyra Franklin (2006) 11th—Sis. Janice Dalton Don’t see your birthday, 13th—Sis. Shadonna Jenkins or anniversary listed? 27th—Sis. Deonna Burrell & Sis. Judith Kendall Please fill out a birthday form insert within 28th—Sis. Terrean S. Waters this issue and return it to the Clarion mail- 29th—Sis. Beatrice Glymph box near the Sexton’s office or give it to Sis. Shadonna Jenkins or Bro. Steve Kendall, or email them at ClarionNewsletter@verizon.net The Clarion Magazine — Summer 2007 * ClarionNewsletter@verizon.net .. Page 7 August Birthdays: 2nd—Jonathan McCrea 5th--Sis. Carolyn Wheeler 8th—Bro. Clarence Minor 9th--Bro. Alphonzo R. Liggins 11th—Bro. Amon Sutton 18th—Bro. Irvin Creighton 20th—Bro. Darryl Musgrove 26th—Minister Lorenzo McCrea and Deaconess Ida Williams Sis. Shadonna Jenkins (far right-Birthday, July 13) pictured with daughters Shardae (Left- Birthday, June 16th) and Shakiya in the middle. Bro. William Baylor proudly told the Clarion that he was born June 12, 1919. Little Sister Azyra Franklin celebrated her first birthday on July 7 Wedding Anniversaries: July 8, 2000—Bro. Irvin and Deaconess LaStell Creighton July 13, 2003—Deacon Bruce and Sister Andrea Hasty July 23, 1966—Bro. James and Sister Christine Stewart Deacon Hasty and son, Bruce, Jr., kiss the bride, Sis. Andrea Hasty The Clarion Magazine — Summer 2007 * ClarionNewsletter@verizon.net .. Page 8 GOOD NEWS! Congrats to… Mt. Moriah’s First Lady, Sis. Janice Dalton who was accepted into an academic program called the Accelerated Leadership Cohort which selects teachers who exemplify excellent leadership ability and outstanding service and dedication to a popula- tion of diverse learners. It is a two year program in collaboration with the University of Virginia that is completed in 10 months. Upon successful completion of the program, Sis. Dalton will have her administra- tive endorsement, which will qualify her to become a school principal. Sis. Dalton told the Clarion, “Prayers are more than welcome!” Bro. Jacob Dalton received the Presidential Academic Excellence award this school year. He also won the championship for his weight and division from Northern Virginia Wrestling Association this Zach and Jacob Dalton pictured past season. with Sis. Dalton. Bro. Zach Dalton was voted class president by his From 2006 Pastor Appreciation Day. high school peers. Bro. Adrian Hasty is affiliated with the North East Council as the Second Vice President and is cur- rently a River Terrace Safety Officer. He recently re- ceived a Presidential Volunteer Community Service Award, which is recognized as the highest civilian volunteer service award. His work, in the area of emergency preparedness for a national disaster was outstanding. (Submitted by Bro. Daniel Holmes) Deacon Bruce Hasty who an- nounced during the July Church Conference that Bro. Adrian Hasty discusses his award he accepted the winning evacuation plan during the Boys call to preach to Men Summit: A Pre-Men’s Day Event. and is now en- rolled at Regent University, where he is pursuing a de- gree in Organizational Leadership and Management. Deacon Hasty will then go on to continue his training at a seminary. Deacon Hasty with his Great Aunt, Mrs. Sallie Mae Hasty Graham, age 102, who visited Bible study this spring. Deacon Hasty says of his Great Aunt, “She was born March 23,1905 in Hasty, NC. She still has all of her faculties and still picks pecans out of her yard. She is the last of my grandfather's siblings. She just had a sister that passed two years ago that was 106 years old, Mrs. Maggie Revels. My aunt now lives in Laurinburg, NC. My grandson Jeremiah Hasty makes five generations of Hastys.” The Clarion Magazine — Summer 2007 * ClarionNewsletter@verizon.net .. Page 9 GOOD NEWS! Congrats to… Sis. Christine Holston’s great niece, Ms. Ashley Joy Jefferson, who signed a contract with the Washington Post as the first step in pursuing a modeling career. Ashley is a recent graduate of New York's Fordham University and the daughter of Rev. Dennis and Cynthia Jefferson (Cynthia Russell). Washington Post Express newspaper featuring model Ashley Jefferson. Christopher (center) pictured with guest speaker (l) Mr. Michael V. Hodge, Partner, Ballard, Spahr Andrews, Ingersoll, LLC and Mr. Paul Peck, Bro. Christopher Kendall founder of the Star Scholarship Foundation. who received an award from the Civic Coalition for Minority Affairs of Arlington for holding at least a B average over the last 2 1/2 years. Chris held a 3.7 GPA in his junior year of high school. He also received his third consecutive, $1,000 merit scholarship from the S.T.A.R. (Stand Tall and Reach) Foundation. Sis. Cassandra Kendall who received her first merit scholarship of $50 from the Star Foundation. Cassandra will be in the 7th grade in the fall. Sis. Lucille W. Wells who was honored on April 28, 2007 by the Anacostia Senior High School Class of 1972 at their Prayer Break- fast. Sis. Wells served as one Cassandra pictured with STAR Scholarship Founder, Paul Peck and of the cooks for the prayer guest speaker, Ms. Simone Goring breakfast, which was held Devaney of CSG Urban Partners, LLC several times since 1972. The Clarion Magazine — Summer 2007 * ClarionNewsletter@verizon.net .. Page 10 GOOD NEWS! Congrats to… Sis. Adrienne D. Wheeler, age 84, mother of Sis. Glenda M. Wheeler, is the reigning Ms. Washington Center for Aging Services (WCAS) 2007. Do you have Good News? Tell us about it! firstname.lastname@example.org Congratulations to Our Debutante, Sister Renae Charmine Bennett Story & Photos by Deaconess Mae Frances Frazier Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., Phi Sigma Chapter of Washington, DC held its 42nd Debu- tante Scholarship Cotillion on Sunday, May 6, 2007 at the Washington Marriott Hotel. This year’s Cotillion was chaired by Mrs. Mae Fran- ces Frazier. Debutantes Alyshia M. Allison, Renae C. Bennett, Ciara S. Boderick, Roxy M. Guandique, Shae J. Parker and Dominique M. Quick along with their escorts and sub- debutantes were honored. Over 300 guests attended. This year’s theme, “Where Do We Go From Here,” was eloquently woven into the message to the debutantes by the Honorary Chairperson, Dr. Mynora J. Byrant. Dr. Bryant compared life to a highway and said, “make each day that you travel one that will be meaningful and fulfilling.” The Cotillion ended with several scholarships and book stipends being awarded and the crowning of our own Ms. Renae Charmine Bennett as the 2007 The Clarion Magazine — Summer 2007 * ClarionNewsletter@verizon.net .. Page 11 Phi Sigma Debutante Queen. Queen Bennett also received a tro- phy after being named “Ms. Chic.” Queen Bennett was escorted by Mt. Moriah’s own, Brother Christopher Hall. Sub-Debutante, Ms. Bionca E. Mays was named 2007 Phi Sigma Princess and Sub-Debutante Chantel M. Cornelius was 3rd Run- ner up in the Sub-Debutante Cate- gory. Sub-Dubutante Ebony Ben- nett received a trophy after being named “Ms. Personality” among the Sub-Debutantes. Sub-Debutante Ebony Bennett, Queen Renae Bennett, and Sub-Debutante Bionca Mays Queen Bennett and her Sub-Debutantes Bionca Mays and Chantell Cornelis raised over $13,000. Queen Bennett will receive a scholarship to help de- fray the cost when she enters St. Paul Univer- sity in August 2007. Sub-Debutantes Mays and Cornelius will re- ceive a U.S. Saving Bond and a monetary donation. Bro. Christopher Hall Many thanks to Mrs. Mamie Bennett, Mrs. Lucille W. Wells, Ms. Katherine Brevard, Deacon Bruce Hasty for providing image training to the Escorts and to Debutante participants for all of their hard work and to our Mt. Moriah Baptist Church family for your continuous support of our young people. Mrs. Mamie Bennett with Queen Renae Bennett The Clarion Magazine — Summer 2007 * ClarionNewsletter@verizon.net .. Meet the Disciples: Page 12 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Chandler By Sis. Erma Holmes Brother Thomas and Sister Florence Chandler have been married for 62 years. Throughout their marriage they have practiced the philoso- phy of “give and take.” They have been members of Mt. Moriah Bap- tist Church since 1994. Every Sunday they can be found in the house of worship at the 7:45 a.m. service and on Tuesday at the noonday Prayer and Praise service and Bible Study. The source of their endurance and strength is Psalm 27, “The Lord is the strength of my life of whom shall I be afraid?” They are the proud parents of three children, 9 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Chan- dler, Mt. Moriah salutes you for your faithful devotion and love for each other, family, and most certainly, God. The Clarion would love to see more stories about our blessed disciples. Please send us a few paragraphs about someone you know—better yet, get to know someone new to you and send the story to the Clarion! MMBC Represents in Race for the Cure By Sister Janice Dalton Again this year an eager team repre- sented Mount Moriah in the National Komen Race Undated photo from a previous Race. for the Cure. Although we were few in number we were fully represented in heart, enthusiasm and mission. It was an amazing experience to see over 30,000 participants all with one vision in mind, helping to cure breast cancer. Please consider being part of Team Mount Moriah next year. The race is always held the first Saturday in June. We look forward to having a larger team from Mount Moriah next year! The Clarion Magazine — Summer 2007 * ClarionNewsletter@verizon.net .. Saved and Single by Sister Donna Wise Page 13 If you talk to the average Christian single, they will tell you that being single and a Christian isn’t very difficult, you just have to stay fo- cused. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, “Just wait on the Lord,” “Stay in the Word,” “Be patient, God will send your mate” and “God is your husband”— Isaiah 54:5. Those are all factual statements that I truly believe in; however, as an honest, single, Christian woman, I can tell you it’s pretty hard to stay focused and patient. Dealing with societal views and pressures in this commercialized world, as with all areas in life, it’s a process and it takes commitment. Many of us are saved, but not transformed. Transfor- mation has to take place in order to see manifestation. Here are some things I practice 80% of the time (just being honest), that I would like to share with the single folks: • Release old ways and be ready (willing) to be transformed. • Be true to yourself, and be honest when you pray & speak truth. Don’t make it sound pretty; God knows who you are. • Study the Word, go to Bible Study and/or start a Bible Study group – if you fill yourself up with the Word of God, you won’t allow yourself to take on the harmful spirits of others • Be mindful of what you listen to – stop listening to Luther and Gerald Levert, those good sounding slow songs that alters the mind to focus on the wrong things– go out and buy some Gospel music, there’s so many to choose from today: slow, jazzy, upbeat, and praise & worship Gospel tunes • Be mindful of whom you talk to – stop listening to “your girlfriend” and “your main man,” who always have something negative to say. Misery loves company. Remove your- self from gossip. Don’t talk about them, pray for them. • Check your surroundings/where you hang out – stop hanging at the club, the casinos, and attending those weekly Friday After Work Happy Hours – no you don’t have to net- work, your promotions come from God…remember, we must let go of the past! • Remove strongholds (A must!) – Ladies you know what we all say, “All men are dogs,” and men, I won’t discriminate, here’s yours, “Women just want your money.” There are still good men and women in this world! • Allow healing to take place. Take inventory and clean up your insides. • God has called you for greatness, so don’t settle. • Get yourself a prayer partner and hold each other accountable, Let each other know when one is walking out of order and give Scripture with suggestion. When the unthinkable happens and you fall short of your Christian walk, don’t beat yourself up. Go to that secret place and pray to your Father in the Spirit. Repent, asking Him to cleanse you, heal you of those issues, removing anything that is blocking you (situations & people) from transformation and replace them with His Spirit, with revela- tion, discernment, and manifested wisdom so you can live out the will He has for your life. Place yourself in a position with Christ in order to hear Him and when you hear, you can act and speak the Word of God when our adversaries come to attack. The enemy will attack and when he does, COMMAND and REBUKE. Young singles, fulfill your destiny, think beyond today, your body is a temple (1 Corinthian 6:18-20). Single adults, it’s not too late, rejoice, and delight yourself in God, He is faithful to fulfill the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4). Peace & Blessings! The Clarion Magazine — Summer 2007 * ClarionNewsletter@verizon.net .. Page 14 Faith @ Work A brief profile of MMBC disciples and what they do for a living. Stephens’ Limo Service, LLC President/CEO, Herman L. Stephens Vice President, Ruth G. Stephens 10330-B Theodore Green Blvd. White Plains (Charles County), MD 1-800-297-0101 Web site:www.stephenslimo.com Email: email@example.com Q: How did you get your business started? Deacon Stephens: I started this business after retirement from the Smithsonian In- stitution. I had always been in the transportation business with the transportation of artifacts from all over the world for the Smithsonian, and with a moving and hauling business I had. When I started my limousine business in 1998, it was a one-man operation with one limo. Today, the business has grown with the help of my wife, after her retirement, from one employee to six employees and a fleet of six vehicles. The fleet consist of: a Sedan Town Car, 2 Limos, 1 Cadillac Escalade SUV, 14 pas- senger Limo Bus, & a new, 27 passenger Shuttle Bus. Q: What services do you offer? A: My business offers the following transportation services, to name a few: Airports, Conventions & Business meetings, Special Events, Nights on the Town, Share what you do for a living and how the Shuttle Service, Theaters & Concerts, Sporting Events, Weddings, Proms, Social Lord has blessed your work. Contact the Engagements, Birthdays, Graduations, Funerals, Medical Appointments, and Charter Service. Q: How has the Lord affected the way you do business? A: With my current business, I’ve been blessed to be still involved in different people’s lives everyday, whether the occasion is happy or sad. Relocating to Charles County, Maryland in 1994 has been a great influence and challenge to Clarion staff today! my life and business. I thank my Savior and Creator for my continued success. Q: Anything else you would like the Clarion readers to know? A: When someone has lost someone by death, some pastors tell the family to call Stephens’ Limo Service and get Mr. Stephens to help you on the day of the ser- vice, because it takes a special person to deal with death. I’m not going to get The Clarion Magazine — Summer 2007 * ClarionNewsletter@verizon.net .. Praise as Poetry Page Page 15 All The More Ups and Downs By Sister Nancy R. William By Mitchell L. Jackson (A poem written by the late brother -in-law of James and Thelma Scott.) If all the world were The more I learn about me, broad and flat The more I realize that in Christ’s presence I need to be. How dull the scene Lord I need Thee all the more. would be! The more I try to do things in my We’d wish instead for own strength, The more I realize hills and vales that I have no power without Him. With changing views to see. Lord I need Thee all the more. If all the world were The more I seek happiness in free from care, worldly ploys, The more I realize that fulfilling my God given purpose Without tears or pain, will bring me true joy. There’d be no failure Lord I need Thee all the More. or success— The more I seek love in the wrong No summits to attain. place, The more I realize that I’m in need of God’s grace. But life is filled with Lord I need Thee all the more. ups and downs, With happiness and woe. The more I fight against what God requires of me, The more I realize Our joys are like that I’m in need of His mercy. mountain tops; Lord I need Thee all the more. Our sorrows lie below. The more trouble seems to follow me, The Lord that made The more I realize that in Christ I have peace. the lofty peaks Lord I need Thee all the more. Designed the valleys too. And His is there at The more I look back over my life, The more I realize that I can do every turn nothing without Christ. To guide our passage through. Lord I need Thee all the more! The Clarion Magazine — Summer 2007 * ClarionNewsletter@verizon.net .. Page 16 WHAT THE PEOPLE OF GOD ARE READING By Sister Courtney Byrd A few months ago, the book club that I belong to, the ♥Sweet Soul Sisters♥ Book Club read, When Seasons Change by Darrell A. Cador. It tells the story of two people that meet and start a relation- ship based on being friends, and going through the trials and tribula- tions that couples go through. To me the book was enjoyable. I will tell you that the story line was great and once you start reading you will not want to put it down. It is definitely worth reading. If you would like to get to know a little more about the author you can go to his website at http://www.darrellacador.com. This month we have a church member that has been busy reading--Sister Ma- mie Underwood. She has been reading a lot of books. Here they are: An Introduc- tion to the Bible by Christian E. Hauer and William A. Young, Answering God: The Psalms as Tools for Prayer by Eugene H. Peterson, Where Your Treasure Is: Psalms That Summon You from Self to Community by Eugene H. Peterson, and The Soul’s Religion by Thomas Moore. Book flash back, there is one book that I read a few years ago and that I think is a fantastic read. It is called, Boaz Brown by Michelle Stimpson. Many of you know the story of Boaz from the Bible, well this book gave it a modern twist. Here’s the book synopsis: In this daring debut novel, a young Christian woman finds her own racist atti- tudes as well as those of her family, friends, and church challenged when she is drawn to a man of a different race. Smart-talking LaShondra Smith and her girl- friends all face the same relationship issue-where to find a good man. They yearn to meet a strong, confident man who loves God, just like Boaz in the Bible. The problem is that they don't just want a godly man, they want a godly, black man. Enter Stet- son Brown, a handsome engineer and faithful man of God who matches LaShondra's wit, style, and values, but happens to be of a different race. But will LaShondra be able to overcome the beliefs that she and everyone around her sup- ports and has grown up with, in order to open herself to the true love of Stetson and God? One Minute Sermons for the Summer By Sister Romelle Hodge June: “He shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:6) July: “Consider one another.” (Hebrews 10:24) August: “With God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26) The Clarion Magazine — Summer 2007 * ClarionNewsletter@verizon.net .. Page 17 Ministry Spotlight: The Liturgical Dance Ministry The Mount Moriah Liturgical Praise Dance ministry was organized in the spring of 1995 with eight members. In the fall of 2001, the dance ministry grew with the addition of a Mime Ministry. The Clarion recently conducted an interview with Sister Sheila Parker, Director of Mt. Moriah’s Liturgical Dance Ministry via email: Question: How did you get started with this ministry? Sis. Parker: I started as a parent helper with Ruth Royal Hill when we had the Youth Forum. She was the real dancer, I was simply a dedicated parent that would do anything to help. I stepped in to keep the ministry going Sis. Sheila Parker with daughter, Nikia when she became ill. Unfortunately, she was unable to re- turn and I have been with the girls every since. The one thing that I found to be sooo satisfying is the happiness that the ministry gave the girls and guys. I started making sure that they were able to share their gifts and talents. Q: How can MMBC disciples help? Sis. Parker: I would love to have volun- teers. I depend a lot on the parents . (Clarion note: The ministry also welcomes monetary gifts to help with the cost of costumes and supplies.) Q: Do you perform outside of MMBC? Sis. Parker: We do a lot of outside programs at other churches, community activities, weddings, nursing homes, birthdays, anniversary programs, youth programs etc... We have danced for Mayor Williams at various programs several times, we also ministered at the Washington Metropolitan Police Department Annual Awards Program at Constitution Hall. The list goes on and on. Q: How can one join this ministry? Sis. Parker: Anyone can join just by coming to rehearsals. We practice every The Clarion would love to hear more about other ministries. Friday evening from 7:00 - Send us a few paragraphs about what you’re doing. 8:00pm. We’re looking forward to reading about your ministry soon! The Clarion Magazine — Summer 2007 * ClarionNewsletter@verizon.net .. Page 18 A New Gospel Station on the Scene By Sister Cheryl Franklin On Easter Sunday 2007, Radio One, Inc. fulfilled a goal sought after for many decades in the Washington Metropolitan area – it launched its first 24- hour Gospel FM radio station. The station, Praise 104.1 (WXGC-FM), is an- other Radio One property joining the ranks of WKYS, WYCB, WMMJ, as well as TVOne television station which caters primarily to African-American view- ers. “Praise” is different from its cousin station WYCB-FM (1340 AM) in that it will not sell its airtime to local churches for broadcasts. Instead, the major- ity of its airtime will feature gospel music with church broadcasts offered only on Saturday mornings through 10am. Each weekday morning from 6am- 10am, the “Yolanda Adams Morning Show,” syndicated out of Houston, TX, starts off the daily programming with humor, scripture, and faith-based teachings. Eventually, the station hopes to add radio personalities into their format, but for now, the all music format is winning dedicated fans all over the DC Region. While steeped in gospel, Praise 104.1 does offer something for every generation. You are sure to hear a classic tune by the Caravans, an old favorite from Tramaine Hawkins, or a new favorite from Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers! Washingtonians are not new to the gifted genius behind Radio One, Inc. Cathy Hughes, a former General Manager of Howard University’s radio sta- tion, WHUR-FM is also credited for creating the nation’s first 24 hour gospel radio station, WYCB-AM. In the years that followed, Ms. Hughes purchased the ailing WOL-AM radio station (Do you remember DJ Petey Greene??? Be sure to catch the movie “Talk to Me” starring Don Cheadle) and changed its format into an all talk station. After not knowing how she would pay expenses at the station, she eventually lost her home and was forced to live at the radio station with her son. Thankfully, all of that is behind her now. She and her son, Alfred Liggins, III, now own 70 radio stations nationwide and the trendy television station, TV One. I do hope that you give this new station a listen. But be careful – like those of us who have already discovered this station – you, too will be hooked. Until next time, Cheryl Franklin The Clarion Magazine — Summer 2007 * ClarionNewsletter@verizon.net .. Page 19 Photo Memories Deacons/Trustee Emeritus Day —March 25, 2007 -Photos by Deaconess Sylvia Liggins- The New Emeritus Class: Deacon Leon Ferguson, Trustee Leona Barnes, Deacon Abraham McPhail, Trustee Norman Rousey The Singing Preachers Concert Presented by the Hospitality & Trustee Ministries June 23, 2007 Photos by Sis. Angie Murphy The Clarion Magazine — Summer 2007 * ClarionNewsletter@verizon.net .. Page 20 Photo Memories Church-wide Picnic—July 7, 2007 Photos by Deacon Leon Gray & the Clarion Staff Don’t remember a name or recognize a disciple in the Clarion photos? Use your Church Family Album. Don’t have a Church Family album? Please see Sis. Doreane Sumlin. —God bless!! The Clarion Magazine — Summer 2007 * ClarionNewsletter@verizon.net .. Page 21 The Clarion Magazine — Summer 2007 * ClarionNewsletter@verizon.net .. Photo Memories Page 22 Father’s Day Breakfast Sunday, June 17, 2007 Photos by the Clarion Staff Brother David and Nathaniel Russell offered a song Brother Mearitt Smith assists Worship Leaders Brother Richard Smith and Brother Amon Sutton Several Fathers offered a prayer and blessing upon their sons... Christopher Kendall and his father, Bro. Steve Kendall Pastor Dalton performs his blessing Biblical style (see Genesis, Chap. 27) over sons Zach and Jacob Dalton Minister Lorenzo McCrea and son, Jonathan Brother Anthony Greene and son, Anthony, Jr. The Clarion Magazine — Summer 2007 * ClarionNewsletter@verizon.net .. Photo Memories Page 23 Men’s Day Activities Photos by Deacon Leon Gray & the Clarion Staff “From Boys to Men” A Pre-Men’s Day Summit, June 30, 2007 Men’s Day July 8, 2007 Dr. Richardson shares a humorous story during his sermon Bro. Joseph Alexander performs a rousing (l) Guest preacher, The Reverend Dr. Bernard Richardson, Dean, Howard Univ., Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel, looks on as Rev. Reginald Green offers the Charge of Responsibility to the men The Clarion Magazine — Summer 2007 * ClarionNewsletter@verizon.net .. The Mount Moriah Baptist Church Dr. Lucius M. Dalton, Senior Pastor Magazine Staff Members Church office: (202) 544-5588 Sis. Shadonna Jenkins Church Email: Bro. Steve Kendall firstname.lastname@example.org The Church in Worship A Special Thanks to This Month’s Contributors: Sunday, Early Morning…... 7:45 a.m. Dr. Lucius M. Dalton, Senior Pastor Sunday, Church School….… 9:30 a.m. Sis. Courtney Byrd Sunday, Morning Worship....10:45 a.m. Sis. Joyce Chapman Sis. Janice Dalton Prayer & Praise Service Deaconess Golden Ferguson Every Tuesday Sis. Cheryl Franklin 12 noon and 6:30 p.m. Sis. Desiree Davis-Frazier Deaconess Mae Francis Frazier Bible Study Bro. Charles Glover Every Tuesday at 1:00 & 7 p.m. Deacon Leon Gray Youth Bible Study Sis. Janet Hailes Every Friday at 7 p.m. Sis. Barbara Harris Deacon Bruce Hasty Sis. Romelle Hodge Mount Moriah Sis. Erma Holmes Baptist Church (MMBC) Bro. Daniel Holmes Mission Statement Sis. Judith Kendall The mission of Mt. Moriah Baptist Deaconess Sylvia Liggins Church is to lead souls to Christ, to Sis. Chasity McPhail demonstrate the standard of Chris- Sis. Angie Murphy Sis. Sheila Parker tian living, and to spread the Gospel Sis. Doris Rousey of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:19, Bro. James & Sis. Thelma Scott John 15:8, Galatians 5:22-23) Deacon Herman Stephens Vision Statement Deaconess Ruth Stephens The purpose of Mt. Moriah Baptist Sis. Lucille W. Wells Church is to glorify God by being Sis. Glenda M. Wheeler fruitful disciple makers of Jesus Sis. Donna Wise Christ. The spiritual target of MMBC is Sis. Nancy Williams the unchurched, the uncommitted, the The Clarion Magazine unevangelized, and the unreached. is Sponsored by Our six-point strategy is called The Christian Education Ministry the MORIAH plan: Sis. Janet Hailes, Chairperson, Sis. Patricia Trouth, Co-Chairperson Managers Outreach Recruitment For Bible study notes, Clarion Extras & a Involvement whole lot more, visit the Message Board: http://mtmoriah.suddenlaunch3.com/ Advertisement Homework The Clarion Magazine — Summer 2007 * ClarionNewsletter@verizon.net ..
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