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Fft^c 14 The Chronicle-Salurtia>, December 2,1^78
Church Of The Week Bethesc
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7 r^vMgeIIst Sarah Crump ton [left] and Evangelist
Caroline Lazenby, the church administrative assistance,
. A Woman Fiahfpr
By Yvette McCullough
The feminist movement is making strides in the world
^today, but it seems to be at a stalemate inside the
church. Rev. Sarah G. Crumpton is the pastQr of the
Bethesda Holiness Church of God, but she has no
administrative authority of her church. Why? Because
she is a woman.
"They believe that women should have no authority J
over the men folk," Rev. Crumpton said. "Some women I
may have executive power, but I don't.""""
The Bishop of the Holiness Church of God has the final '
word. Rev. Crumpton said she accepts the procedure as
part of the framework she is born into spiritually.
"This is a burden a woman realizes before she starts",
Rev. Crumpton said. "No woman in her right mind
would get into this without knowing first."
"I'm looking for a change, but it has to be done
orderly," Rev. Crumpton continued. "There's going to
be a change, I see great things for women in the church
^and they are going to play a bigger part than ever
Although she has no administrative power, she-ran?
. administer social programs in her church. As part of the
church's program, people are taught how to fill out job
applications, and applications for public housing. Math,
reading, and English are taught in the basement of the ;
Members are also taught how to figure out interest
rates. The church has set up a co-op called cooperative
living. There are 13 members in each group. Each
^ ^member of the group pays $\<y a weeki~At the end of four
?weeks one person collects S250. This process continues .
to each one of the 13 members has collected.
"This has done away with finance companies, there are
no interest rates, and no finance charges," Rev.
Crumpton said. "If you're the first person to get the
money you feel like you're borrowing, but if you are the last
Rev. Crumpton views her church as rather unique from
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43 years of age and most of her members are people who
had not attended church before.
"We don't go to other churches to solicit members/'
Rev. Crumpton said. "We got people who were in the
streets, or in the ghetto."
"We have members who though that the church was a
sham or a racket," Rev. Crumpton continued. "We
don't care how a person looks when they come to church,
some of the teens wear blue jeans; they get very little
I static here."
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Rogers [left] program coordinator of the T.I.U.
Club presents a check of $200 to Napoleon Jackson, a
slcle cell patient, on behalf of the Sickle Cell program.
The check Is from the proceeds of the T.I.C. Club benefit
ball which was held last month. HazaI Smtt. Sickle feH
Coordinator, looks on. :
! Ramettes from page 11
They stretched that lead to first half and scored five :
40 (54-14) at the half. quick points. She started I
Coach Alfred Harvey the final half and ended ;
showed off his depth, start- with 20 points. Brenda j
ing freshmen Lora Smith Winfield scored 21 points,
vand Linda tee and junior and Smith and Lee added
Phyllis Dabbs. Brenda 12 and 11 respectively.
Winfield and Jenkins were
the only two starters from Harvey said he was pleaslast
years team in the ed with the play oi nu?
starting lineup. team, but added, "We
All-American Carla Mc played well in spurts but wc
Phaul entered the game at need to develop consistenthe
7 minute mark of the cy.
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Holiness Church of God
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work together at the Bethesda Holiness Church of God to^
carry out the Lord's will.
For Christ, Rights
Rev. Crumpton has been an evangelist for about 10
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years, jne was a memner 01 Mount Calvary Church
when she was called to preach.
She co-founded Bethesda with Evangelist Barbara
Blakely in 1971. It began as an outdoor prayer meeting
and had two previous locations, before reaching a
membership of 185 at the church presently located on
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"A Caring Congregation"
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r * 115 Dellabrook Rd.
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Sunday 11:00 Worship
Sermon this week g
J Rev. W.R. Durnell, Pastor |
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You are invited to worship with
1131 E. 21st St. ^ i
Pastor Elder I.C. I
9:45 a.m Sunday School
\ 1 :00 a.m... ... Morning Worship - 6:30
p.m Evening Worship Service
12 Noon Wed. Midday prayer Service
7:30 p.m Wed. Evening Prayer Service
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