By Anthony Phelps Sr.
If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
The Richmond/Madison County Branch of the NAACP meets 7 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at the First Baptist Church, 302 Francis St., Richmond.
Pathway to Wholeness session
Pathway to Wholeness, “A God-centered, Bible study recovery program based on the 12-step principles, meets 6 p.m. every Thursday at St. Paul AME Church, 437 Francis St., Richmond.
“Please come and join us in learning about the healing power of Christ,” said the Rev. Junann Johnson, the leader. The Rev. William R.T. Hale is the pastor.
Every Thursday, noon-3 p.m., St. Paul AME Church, 437 Francis St., Richmond, serves a free lunch to all who attend. “This is an ongoing, weekly ministry to serve the hungry, the homeless and feed anyone who walks in our doors,” says Pastor William Hale.
31st pastoral anniversary
On Sunday, April, 21, at its 11 a.m. worship service, First Baptist Church, Francis Street, will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its pastor, the Rev. Dr. Robert R. Blythe.
The Rev. Leland Jones of the Greater New Light Missionary Baptist Church, Atlanta, Ga., will be the guest speaker.
Sunday school fellowship day
April 21 at 3, p.m. Concord Predestinarian Baptist Church will be in fellowship with St Paul A.M.E Church of Richmond, Pastor William Hale and congregation. Dinner will be served. Host pastor is Elder Anthony Phelps Sr. Everyone is welcome to come out and fellowship.
Embry-Gilbert family reunion fish fry
On April 20, 11 a.m., at 901 E. Irvine St., come out and enjoy fresh fish, wings, chili dogs, pulled pork, homemade sides, homemade pies, cakes and candy. For preorders or directions, go to (firstname.lastname@example.org) or you can call 624-1590, 797-7925 or 358-5664.
Sunday, 3 p.m., Pleasant Green Predestinarian Baptist Church will be in fellowship service and their guest is Rev. Alvin Farris and congregation of the Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church of Richmond. Host pastor is Elder Virgil Gardner. Everyone is welcome.
Concord spiritual hour program
On Saturday, April 27, 6 p.m., Concord Predestinarian Baptist Church will host its annual spiritual hour program. Several choirs and soloists from the community will be performing. Everyone is invited to come out and help us lift the name of Jesus in songs and praises. This program is sponsored by Sister Madge Huguely.
Men and Women's Day
May 5, 3 p.m., Concord Predestinarian Baptist Church will be hosting its annual men and women's day. The afternoon guest is Rev. Reed and congregation of Farristown Baptist Church. Dinner will be served. Host pastor is Elder Anthony Phelps Sr. Everyone is invited to worship with us.
Usher day planned May 5
Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church will have usher day, May 5, 3 p.m. The afternoon guest will be Pastor Alvin Farris and Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church. Host pastor is Rev. Floyd Ballew. The church is located at 1037 Jacks Creek Road, Richmond.
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: 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, call 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 Road in Berea.
Straight Way 5K & 1-mile fun run
Upward Bound Ministries and the Teen Turning Point program will sponsor their inaugural 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run on Saturday, April 27.
The event will start and finish at Madison Southern High School in Berea. Check in and registration will be from 7 to 7:45 a.m., with an 8 a.m. start.
The 5K registration fee is $25 (T-shirt included). Registration for the 1-Mile Fun Run is $10 (T-shirt not included).
The purpose of the event is to help teenagers overcome drug abuse and life-controlling issues. The proceeds of this race will be given to the Madison Southern High School Youth Service Center to help teens and their family who are in need.
For details, or to preregister, visit: www.active.com/5K-race/berea-ky-ky/straight-way-5K-2013
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Until next week
May the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus stay fresh in your minds, and in all thy heart. Until we meet again God bless you.