Pastor's Weekly Message                                      June 19, 2016

 "Their Eyes Were Watching God"

As we ponder the tragic terror attack that took place last week in Orlando, FL, I am reminded that within the metropolitan area of Orlando is the city of Eatonville. 
 
Eatonville is one of the nation's oldest African American municipalities and the home of the late Harlem renaissance writer Zora Neale Hurston. 
Hurston brought attention to the historic role that Eatonville played in uplifting African American people in her heralded novel "Their Eyes Were Watching God." The novel was written during a time a great persecution of African American people including racism, lynching and economic injustice, but the people of Eatonville were able to make it because "their eyes were watching God."

In much the same way, we live in troubled times -- A time of growing inequality and poverty, a time of global warming and disruptive climate patterns, and a time of unprecedented terrorist attacks and gun violence when too many of our people die senseless deaths.
 
To deal with these and many other pressing issues we must be like the historic people of Eatonville and fix our eyes on God.  David said, "One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple" (Psalm 27:4).

Indeed, the purpose for our gathering every Sunday is for us to fix our eyes and hearts on God and we are also praying that our Father's will keep their eyes and focus on the Lord and be determined to live Godly.  This is because if we keep our eyes and hearts fixated on God, then we'll be able like David to say "the Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear" (Psalm 27:1) and we'll also be able to say "Wait on the Lord and be of good courage and he will strengthen thine heart."

Peace and Blessings!
Rev. Kip B. Banks, Sr.                               

SATURDAY JUNE 18, 2016 EVENTS

9:00 a.m. - Prayer Ministry Showing of the film "War Room"
10:00 a.m. - Stewardship & Finance Mtg.

SUNDAY JUNE 19, 2016 EVENTS

9:30 a.m. - Sunday School
10:45 a.m. - Devotional Service
11:00 a.m. - Worship Service
12:30 p.m. - Constitution Committee Meeting

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

GOSPEL CHOIR REHEARSAL -Tuesday, June 21 - 7:30 p.m.

BROWN BAG BIBLE STUDY - Thursday, June 16 - 12:00 p.m.

CLOSE CLOSET - Thursday, June 23 - 10:00 a.m.

CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING - Thursday, June 23 - 7:00 a.m.

SANCTUARY CHOIR REHEARSAL - Thursday, June 23 - 7:30 p.m

YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY LUNCHEON - Saturday, June 25 - 2:00 p.m.                      

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Called Business Meeting - There will be a Called Business Meeting on next Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 12:45 p.m.

Scholarship applications and a note of thanks- to all who helped with the Children's Sunday program.  It was a total success! Thanks as well to all of those who made our annual graduates' dinner a success.  Also Scholarship applications are now available. See Sister Carroll Dyson or any member of the Scholarship Committee

Photos from bulletin board - Please see Sister Vasser Baldwin for your photos that were removed from the bulletin board located in the Educational Wing.

Young Adult Ministry Luncheon - We invite all Young Adults to attend a special Young Adult ministry luncheon for the purpose of planning our Young Adult Ministry.

Church Picnic - EWHBC will host our annual church picnic on Sunday, July 10, 2016 following the morning worship.  Donations are now being accepted.



 

 
Prayer Conference Call Number - 
Please join us for our daily (M-F) prayer conference call. These 10-minute calls are a great way to start your day and include a daily scripture lesson.  Please join us at (1-641) 715-3272 access code: 732413# at 7:00 a.m.


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