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Holiness Church of God holds
98th General Assembly
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The assembling of the 98th General Assembly of
the Holiness Church of God Inc., with General
Bishop Amie Hunter Joyce presiding, will convene
Monday, Sept. 28 through Sunday, Oct. 4.
The Assembly will gather at Kimberly
Park Holiness Church, 1640 S.M. Caesar
Drive, where Elder Robert R. Edmond Jr.
is the host pastor. First Vice-Bishop
Theodore R. Rice, Second Vice-Bishop
James Ijames and the Elders Board of the
Holiness Church of God Inc. will assist
Joyce. The selected theme is Exodus
14:14; "The Lord shall fight for you, and
ye shall hold your peace."
The opening session begins on
Monday at 10 a.m. with the convening of
the Elder Board with Joyce presiding. At
2 p.m., the Elder Board will meet again
with the secretaries to receive all desig
nated reports. A recess immediately fol
lows this session and tne evening service
begins at 7:30 pjn., with Overseer Angeline deliver
ing the message.
Tuesday, there will be a workshop at 10:30 a.m.
conducted by Prophetess Arlene Buford. At noon,
the keynote speaker is Ruling Elder Wardlow
Frazier; 2 p.m.. Overseer Izaliar Dalton; and 7:30
p.m.. Overseer Eugene Paramore.
Wednesday there will be a meeting with all pas
tors and ordained ministers at 10 a.m. In addition,
there will be a "Worship Church Workshop" with
Elder Robert R. Edmond, host pastor. At 11:30 a.m.,
2 p.m., and 7:30 p.m., respectively, the keynote
speakers are Ruling Elder Carolyn Lazenby, Ruling
Elder Andrew Montgomery and Overseer Jonathan
Thursday, the 'Rules and Regulations' meeting
begins at 10 a.m. The messages for
the day will be delivered at 11:30
ajn., 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The
speakers for the sessions are Ruling
Elder Noah Bullard, Overseer
Eugene Kirby and second Second
Vice-Bishop James Ijames.
Friday, at 10 a.m. is the
'Ordination Committee' meeting.
The services for the day are at
11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Respective speakers are Ruling
Elder Tyrone Rice, Overseer David
Terry, and First Vice-Bishop
Theodore R. Rice. The evening will
conclude with presentation of
Saturday, Oct. 3, there will be an
'Ordination Service' followed by an "Altar Service"
at 9:30 ajn. and a series of sermonettes given by
Minister Alford (Central District), Elder Clemmons
(NANW District), and Elder Anthony Bell (VA&
The 98th assembly will close out on Sunday,
Oct. 4, with Joyce delivering the final message at 10
The General Assembly choir will provide the
music for all services. The general public is wel
comed to come and hear the 'Word.'
General Bishop Joyce
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Originally the choir started with
nine members of the congregation,
have had as many as 30 members and
currently has 16 active members
including, president Donna Harper.
Alexandra Barnes said she joined the
choir because "I just felt so welcomed
from the friendship and fellowship
that I just stayed."
Vernita Oaks added. "I love this
choir, I love going to the prisons and
singing, I love expressing my feelings
because I love God."
The choir starting singing at the
jail on Cherry Street, but now pro
vides services at prisons throughout
the state of North Carolina and
remains the only A.M.E. Zion choir
dedicated to this ministry. The choir
also aids the inmates with supplies,
such as reading glasses and toiletries,
when they visit.
Mistress of Ceremonies Lori Hill,
started things off with an energetic
praise and worship that excited the
entire crowd and set the tone for what
was to come from the choirs.
The history of the Prison Ministry
Choir was provided by Melissia
Sutton, who then presented Donna
Harper with a gift for her years of
serving as president.
The Prison Ministry Choir then
took the stage and delighted the
crowd with a number of selections,
and was joined by Hill for the song
"Intentional" that got everyone in the
crowd on their feet.
Following the Prison Ministry
Choir was the First Baptist Church
Gospel Choir, who sang a number of
hymns, and finally the gospel group
Just Sangin ended the performances
for the day with two selections.
Pastor George Banks concluded
the evening with thanks to all of the
choirs and to those who attended then
instead of a traditional benediction,
he asked those who were struggling
with anything in their lives to come to
the front and held an altar call and
blessed everyone with a prayer.
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Fellowship Hall. The Rev.
Toure' C. Marshall is sen
ior pastor. To assist financ
ing the event, contact
Rudolph V. Boone. Sr. at
336-767-4087. For more
information call 336-767
St. John C .M.E. Church
will have its 13th annual
"Anointed Men Singing to
God" series on Sunday,
Sept. 20 at 4 p.m. at 350
NW Crawford Place. Male
choruses and various tal
ents will be performing
including Methodist Men
from St. John C.M.E. and
the Male Chorus of Hamlet
Chapel of Pittsboro. The
Rev. Omar L. Dykes is pas
tor. For more information
Beginning Sept. 21
Living Healthy workshop
Living Healthy is a
workshop that will help
you take control of your
ongoing health condition
rather than letting it control
you. The workshop starts
on Monday, Sept. 28, from
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Peace
Haven Baptist Church on
3384 York Road. This
workshop will continue to
meet every Monday
through Nov. 2. Pre-regis
tration is required. For
more information and to
register, call 336-748
Beginning Sept. 23
Exodus United Baptist
Church, 2000 Wilbur St., is
having its Kingdom
Sept. 23 through Friday,
Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. night
ly. Alvin E. Carlisle is sen
ior pastor. The theme is
"Return, Restore, Receive"
from the scriptural refer
ence of Isaiah 61: 1-7.
Guest speakers include
Pastor Yvonne Hines of
Mount Sinai Full Gospel
Deliverance Center, Pastor
Kedrick Lowery of Grace
Church of Durham, and
Bishop Stephen Williams
of Goodwill Baptist
Church of Clemmons. For
more information contact
the church at 336-650
Vessels of Honor
Church Ministry will host
its Women's Fellowship on
Friday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. at
3608 Ogburn Ave.
Prophetess Tammy Clark
will be the guest speaker.
For more information or
Pastor Clara Cremedy at
Prayer Around the Jail
On Friday, Sept. 25 at 6
p.m., members of the
Forsyth Jail and Prison
Ministries will gather
around the Forsyth County
Jail on 201 N. Church St. to
form a human prayer cir
cle. The theme this year is
"Overcoming Guilt and
Shame." For more infor
mation, call Claudette at
The Forsyth County
Sunday School Union will
be hosting a gala to cele
brate 115 years of service
on Saturday, Sept. 26 from
6 to 8 p.m. at the Embassy
Suites on 460 N. Cherry St.
The guest speaker will be
the Rev. Dr. Haywood T.
Gray, N.C. Executive
Secretary of the General
Baptist State Convention of
North Carolina. For more
Rodney McCormick at
336-926-9775 or Wanda
Davis at 336-245-8735.
St. James A.M.E.
Church will celebrate
Women's Day on Sunday,
Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. on 1501
N. Patterson Ave. Guest
speaker will be the Rev.
Vernell McAdoo. The Rev.
Steven L. Lyons is pastor.
The public is invited to
attend. For more informa
tion contact the church at
Church will be celebrating
Women's Day on Sunday,
Sept. 27 at 11 a.m. on 2651
Belews Creek Road. The
theme is "Hope, Joy, and
Love provide Women with
strength for the journey
ahead." Guest speaker will
be the Rev. Oretta McNeill
Missionary Baptist Church
of High Point. The Rev.
Louis Threatt is pastor. For
more information, contact
Ureta Miller at 336-602
New Hope Missionary
Baptist Church, 1201 New
Hope Lane, is sponsoring a
Gala event on Saturday,
Oct. 3 at the Enterprise
Center, 1922 Martin Luther
King Jr. Dr., from 6 to 10
p.m. There will be a live
jazz band and playwright,
comedian James Lyons aka
"Uncle Ezell". A silent auc
tion will be held for the late
Transportation will be pro
vided by 'A Formal Affair'
limousine services. Dress
code is formal attire.
Tickets are $25 per person
and will be available at the
church from Saturday,
Sept. 19 and Saturday,
Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. to 3
p.m. For more information
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guards went to jail to get the prison
ers. They were not there! When the
guards reported to the Sanhedrin that
the doors were secure but the prison
ers were not there, all of them were
puzzled. Someone called out to the
Sanhedrin that the men they sought
were in the Temple teaching the peo
ple. The captain of the guard and
some of his men brought the apostles
to the high court.
Lesson: The high priest reminds
them that they were not to teach in
that name (Jesus). Their major con
cern is about the apostles accusing
them of Jesus' blood. The apostles'
reply is simple and direct. They must
obey God rather than man! The
Sanhedrin is beside itself; they want
these men's heads! A Pharisee,
Gamaliel one who is honored by the
people, speaks. He wants the apostles
to remain outside the hall as he talks
to the high court. His words are as
simple and direct as the apostles'
words were. Wait it out he declares. If
the apostles are false, their movement
will die like the examples he used; on
the other hand if they are truly from
God the Sanhedrin doesn't need to
fight against God. The high court
members are calm now. Instead of
killing them, the apostles are beaten,
given the same order that Peter and
John were given before and released.
The apostles left the hearing rejoicing
that they suffered for Christ. Each
day, wherever they were, the apostles
continued to teach the Good News of
Life's Application: This lesson
and Jesus' life are the foundations for
"civil disobedience." To be a follower
of God/Jesus, one has to choose their
standards over humanity's defacto
(cultural practices) and dejure (laws
on the books) laws. One has to be
consistent. It is not a pick and choose
arena where the follower finds their
comfort zone and remains there! This
lesson also points out that "good peo
ple" must take a stand for what is
right. It is not up to others but all
believers to stand for the principles of
love. Remember, when "good people
say or do nothing; they are condoning
the evil and meanness around them."
Another point that I would like to
make concerns "the signs and won
ders" connected to God's work. Here
in the West we tend to latch on to the
spectacular. It takes time to determine
a movement is real. Oftentimes,
humans create their own signs and
wonders - big houses, cars, planes
and the easy life - to show their con
nection to God. Is that really from
God? Believers have to study, be
observant, prayerful and have
Senior Choir at Mars Hill
celebrates 78th anniversary
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Mars Hill Baptist Church's
Senior Choir will celebrate 78
years of "Reaching the Masses
through Music and Worship" on
20, at 4 p.m., at
the church, at
1331 E. Fourth
St. Dr. Leonzo
Lynch, pastor of
of Charlotte, is
call to preach in
1981. He began
1984 in Mt.
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since that time has spread the
gospel of Christ throughout the
nation. He is married to Nicole
Williams Lynch. ,
Lynch obtained an under
graduate degree from the
University of North Carolina at
Greensboro, a Master of
Divinity degree from Duke
University Divinity School and
a Doctorate of Ministry from
United Theological Seminary.
Lynch has held multiple
leadership positions with the
(GBSC). He is
large and chair
person of the
As a teaching
USA uses his
talents as an
Congress of Christian
Deacon Ishman Woodard is
choir president. The Rev. Larry
Smith is pastor.
Dr. Leonzo Lynch
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?Sunday, Sept. 20 at 6 p.m., Bishop Sir Walter Mack,
Union Baptist Church, Winston-Salem,
?Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m., Bishop Kevin
Shouse, Calvary Covenant Fellowship, High Point
?Thursday, Sept. 25 and Friday, Sept. 26 at noon,
Apostle Andria Weeks, Greater Works Ministries .West
?Thursday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m.. Bishop Terry Maskell,
Mt. Sinai World Outreach, Spartanburg, S.C.
?Friday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m., Dr Kedrick Lowery,
Grace Church of Durham, Durham
"Please join us as we celebrate the legacy of this great
man, Apostle John H. Heath, and the present-day anoint
ing of Senior Pastor Janice O. Heath, the spirit filled and
anointed founders of this Reformation," the church said in
a statement. "Come one, come all, and experience a little
bit of heaven right here on earth. Lord, plant our feet on
For more information, call the Administrative Office
at 336-725-1125. Pastor Janice O. Heath is senior pastor.
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