By Anthony Phelps Sr.
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
(1 Cor 13:1-13)
NAACP monthly meeting
The Richmond/Madison County Branch of the NAACP meets on the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 302 Francis Street, Richmond.
A Special Thank You
Elder Anthony and First Lady Margaret Phelps would like to thank everyone who worked so hard and everyone who came out to the Elder Phelps Pastoral Anniversary celebration. We would like to thank everyone in the community for your support in the church ministry, all your kindness you have shared with my wife and I and all your help throughout the 17 years of my ministry that God has called me to. We love you and may God continue to bless each and every one of you.
Every Thursday, from noon to 3 p.m., Saint Paul AME Church, 437 Francis St., Richmond, serves a free lunch to all who come.
“This is an ongoing, weekly ministry to serve the hungry, the homeless and feed anyone who walks in our doors,” says Pastor William R.T. Hale.
Also, our Free Lunch Ministry will be open and active, Thursday, Nov. 22, serving Thanksgiving Dinner from noon to 2:30 p.m.
Concert, dinner at St. Paul AME Church
On Sunday, Nov. 11, at St. Paul AME Church, speaker Sister Doris Coffey of St. Paul, Lexington, will be featured beginning at 11 a.m. and a concert will follow at 3 p.m. featuring the St. Paul Versailles Young Adult Choir. A dinner will be served between services. The church, pastored by William R. T. Hale, is located at 437 Francis Street in Richmond.
Serving others, uniting people
Saturday, Nov. 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. everyone is invited to Soup Day at First Baptist Church, 300 Francis St., Richmond.
The theme for the missionary project hosted by the church’s Children’s Fellowship is “Love: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.” There will be free food, fun and fellowship as well free coats and other winter clothing. Rev. Robert R. Blythe is host pastor. For more details, call 624-2045.
129th Church Anniversary
Sunday, Nov. 11, at 3 p.m., The Mt Nebo Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor Floyd Ballew, will be celebrating its 129th church anniversary, Elder Howard Miller of New Liberty will be the guest.
118th Church Anniversary
The First Baptist Church of Berea, Middletown, will celebrate their 118 church anniversary Nov. 18. Dinner will be served after the morning service. The afternoon guest will be Pastor Larry Wilson and congregation of the Bethal Baptist Church from Lexington. The host pastor is Rev. J.K Cunningham. Chairpersons are Deborah Flippins and Robin Farris.
In Memory of James E. Clay
Gone but not forgotten. A husband and daddy who was a strong man with gentle and loving ways, he went to be with Jesus two years ago today. He worked hard to make a living for his family from morning to night, never once complaining. To him that was all right, His wife and children was his life and he dearly loved his home. He gave us strenth and courage to run that extra mile. He is sadly missed by his wife Josiphine Clay and family.
Sunday, Nov. 18, the members of Pleasant Green Predestinarian Baptist Church invite you to come and celebrate with them as they honor their pastor, Elder Virgil Gardner, on his first anniversary as their pastor. The guest for the 11 a.m. service will be Rev. Henry Kenny. At 3:30 p.m., the guests will be Elder Raymond Walker, choir and congregation of the Richmond Predestinarian Baptist Church. Elder Virgil Gardner is host pastor.
Upward Bound Ministries
Teen Turning Point: is an intervention and prevention program for teens identified as at risk for academic failure, substance abuse issues, and potential judicial interaction.
• Is your teen experiencing trouble at school? (suspension, truancy, grades)
• Does your teen display defiant or rebellious behavior?
• Has your teen had problems with the law?
Register your child online at www.upwardboundministries.org
Teens with defiant and rebellious behaviors, substance abuse, or potential judicial interaction issues needs this program. Our goal is to improve the health and well-being of teens in Madison and the surrounding counties, specifically addressing physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
Other Ministry Components:
Turning Point: is an intervention program for adults with addictions and compulsive behaviors issues.
Cope: supports parents, spouses, grandparents or family members who are affected by the addictions and compulsive behaviors of family members or friends.
Lifeline: is drug awareness and prevention that is telecast once a week to Time Warner Cable’s viewing audience in Richmond and Berea.
For more details about Teen Turning Point, contact Darnell Hill, Executive Director/Founder, at 986-1650 or TTP Coordinator Brad Reynolds, 200-1632. We are located at Church on the Rock 1049 Richmond Rd, Berea, KY.
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Until next week
May the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ stay fresh in your mind and in your heart. Until we meet again, may God bless you.