T. Adrienne Terrell, Columnist
Greetings from The Springs! I know that most of you know that I am a Bible Study nerd. Yes, it’s true. Needless to say,it was too icy on the roads last Wednesday to go. I wanted to cry.
I had everything all planned out to get there. My husband was going to do the driving since I figured that he could navigate the roads better just in case there was a shred of hope to get to class. No go!
Yeah, this may seem a bit silly to you but trust me, if you had the type of classes that we do at USBC, you would feel the same! Thank God for a new week! The “Let’s Do It Again 70’s Night” was a resounding success.
Many had on their 70’s attire and we even had our own versions of”The Supremes”, “The Isley Brothers” and “Michael Jackson”. Thrown into the mix was comedienne Mia from Atlanta, and DJ Kenny G (otherwise known as Kenny Jackson) kept the music going.
Of course, back by popular demand was the “Soul Train Line”! Special thanks go out to Paul Fortunate for his photography services and videographer, Calvin Boswell. We will remember this night for a long time! I told you last week that Sunday, February 16 would be full and it was.
During morning service, USBC held our Annual Black History Program which was coordinated by Mother Doris Head-Sheppard and Mother Gloria Brown. The theme for the program was “Honoring the Past; Inspiring the Future.”. Both of those tasks were completed that morning.
The first speaker for the morning was Deacon Patrick Meadows. he stated that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a similar walk and destiny as Jesus. He considered the point that perhaps Dr. King knew he was about to die as he stood on the balcony and he could have been having a conversation with the Lord. Deacon Meadows ended his message with an oration based on the famous “I Have A Dream” speech.
At the end, we were all standing to our feet! Following Deacon Meadows was Mother Willie Ann Johnson. Although she stated that it was hard to come behind his message, she delivered a reading on Black History Month giving the purpose and origination of the celebration. Her presentation was equally well received by the congregation.
Pastor Terrell’s sermon was short but it packed a punch. It was based on St John 15:16, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that he should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain.” He told us that many times when Jesus spoke, He preached about fruit. the key to this message is the definition of fruit which is anything that has a seed in it.
If you consider that ten percent of a fruit is the seed, then if you eat the entire fruit, then there is no seed left to sow for the future. We must plant the seed for tomorrow. If not, you will not have a harvest. The blessings that God gives to us is not just for ourselves; it is for our children’s children. You may say that you don’t have much money to leave to your children, but you have the legacy of your wisdom that you can leave to them. Leaving them some of your wisdom can give them a head start in life just as well as leaving money.
Shifting gears a little, suppose that you are unsatisfied with your current circumstances. Pastor Terrell gave us a one word answer to that. Tithe. Sow back into the kingdom ten percent of what God has given you. The harvest that returns to you is always greater than the seed sown. (You can prove God on this one!) Reverend Terrell ended his sermon by telling us this thought provoking point.
When you don’t leave your seed blessed, then you are leaving them cursed. Following morning worship, USBC held our Church Conference and all went well. We had good reports from the Deacon Ministry concerning the growth of the church and our financial standing.
Church secretary, Jamie Baker, read the minutes from last year’s meeting. We addressed old business issues and were able to go forward with the new agenda for 2014. The calendar was set for the entire year and all chairpersons were selected for each planned occasion.
The next conference will be held around the same time next year. If you have not started planning for the future of your children, now is the time. If you have done a little and need to do more, get moving! Sow back into your children a piece of your legacy in order for your fruit to remain! Glory Be To God!