"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." - 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV
God expects for us to study and learn His Word. In addition, studying the Word of God will draw you closer to God, while providing you with wisdom and understanding about life's circumstance. We have provided various form of study material to assist you with your study of the Word of God.
Sunday School Classes
The Teens meet at 9:30 a.m. weekly in The Attic on the second floor. The Youth meet on the first floor in Bible Land weekly at 9:30 a.m.
The It Takes Two Couples' Class ministers to the husband and wife as "one flesh" through scriptural teaching from of God's Word. Couples are encouraged to keep romance in the marriage, be sensitive to their spouses' emotional and physical needs and to work together to accomplish a loving relationship and home for their family.
It Takes Two meets monthly on the fourth Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on the second floor in The Attic.
Various DP12 small groups will meet on second Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Locations will be announced prior to each class meeting.
The Golden Lights Ministry is designed for members who are sixty years and older. This group diligently seeks the depths of God through study of the Word in order to encourage, enrich, enhance and equip others to achieve independence and self-sufficiency. Standing as examples to the younger generation, these men and women provide wisdom and strength to individuals who may be waivering in their faith.
The Golden Lights meet every Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. for group study in the Adult Daycare Room. The class is open to all, young and old, who wish to develop a deeper scriptural understanding of God’s Word.
The Men's Sunday School classes meet monthly on the first and third Sundays at 9:30 a.m. on the second floor in the Upper East Meeting Room.
The Singles meet on the fourth Sundays in the Upper East Meeting Room on the second floor at 9:30 a.m.
Spiritual Warfare is the Christian concept of taking a stand against evil forces and it influences by using specific scripture and prayer (Tactics).
Spiritual Warfare and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) is a class that teaches how to overcome these influences and receive deliverance from addictions (such as, alcohol, smoking, drug abuse or any spiritual strongholds) through the study of God's Word. This class is open to all and meets first, second and third Sundays at 9:30 a.m. on the second floor in the Exercise Room.
Straight Talk, the Women's Sunday School class, teaches lessons focusing on the unique issues and needs that women deal with daily, encouraging them with God's Word and fellowship with other women. The classes strengthen women to become who they were created to be in their homes, church and business world by developing and increasing their knowledge of God's plan.
Straight Talk meets monthly on the first and third Sundays at 9:30 a.m. on the second floor in The Attic.
M.E.D.I.C. Ministry Health Tips
May your strength equal your days and may your days be long and prosperous.
~Bishop Jim Lowe, Jr.
May your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and complete, and found blameless ...
1 Thessalonians 5:23b (AMP)
Made in the likeness and image of God, we are three part beings. The perfect order is for the spirit, i.e., the heart of man, to direct the soul and for the soul to direct the body. Hence, every problem in the natural is first a problem in the spiritual. We are spirit beings where every communication with God occurs. Prayer, fasting and study of the Word are works of the human spirit. The soul is comprised of three parts -- mind, will and emotions.
In that life is choice driven, choose to follow the directions given in God's Word. Taking care of your body includes proper diet and exercise, rest and relaxation, adequate sleep, sufficient daily intake of water. You are like the three legged tripod where each leg must be in perfect alignment for it to stand and bear weight. Know the truth about your spirit, soul and body. For it is the truth you know that keeps you free.
February is American Heart Month. Some ways you can reduce your risk of heart disease -- Maintain a healthy body weight. Manage blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Stop smoking. Make physical activity a part of your daily routine. Manage stress levels. Make healthy food choices. Why? Family is why. Life is why.
Stop by the M.E.D.I.C. atrium table to have your blood pressure and blood sugar checked. Pick up educational information on heart disease and its prevention.
The M.E.D.I.C. Health Tip for the month of March focuses on chronic kidney disease and organ donation. Chronic kidney disease occurs when kidneys are damaged and cannot work as well as they should. Early detection can help prevent the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure. The two main causes of chronic kidney disease are diabetes and high blood pressure, African Americans are at increased risk. Prevention is the key. With proper diet, exercise, and blood pressure management, many of the risk factors can be controlled. When kidney disease progresses, it may eventually lead to kidney failure which requires dialysis or a kidney transplant. Almost 3,000 people are waiting right now for a kidney transplant. They need our help. Register now to make a lifetime of difference.
Stop by the M.E.D.I.C. table in the atrium for more information about chronic kidney disease and organ donation.
U.S. Census data indicates that approximately 36% of the nation's population belongs to a racial or ethnic minority group. Though some health indicators have improved, some minorities still experience a disproportionate burden of disease, disabilities, and death. What should you do? 1) Take ownership of your health which is key to decreasing these disparities. 2) Learn strategies to improve your health -- a) Know your risk factors; b) Know your numbers; c) Talk to your healthcare provider; and d) Learn to be your own advocate.
Stop by the M.E.D.I.C. table in the atrium for more information about Minority Health Awareness.
Beyond F.A.S.T. Other symptoms you should know -- sudden numbness or weakness of the leg, sudden confusion or trouble understanding, sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes, sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or loss of coordination, sudden/severe headache with no known cause.
Stop by the M.E.D.I.C. table in the atrium for more information about Strokes.
Men, one of the most important health tips is the importance of regular check-ups and screenings. Know that the rate of deaths from prostate cancer is estimated to be 2-3 times greater in African-American men than in Caucasians. African American men are more likely to present with aggressive prostate cancer at the initial diagnosis. Contributing factors to these statistics are family history, genetics, and diet (especially those high in saturated fats). Men, please do not fall into the trap of allowing pride or fear to sabotage your health.
To learn more, plan to attend the Men's Health Forum on Saturday, June 17th from 9-11:30 a.m. in the Gold Room. Speakers are Dr. Chris Carter, Family Practitioner who specializes in Sports Medicine and Ms. Laurie Goode, dietician at St. Vincents East. For more info, contact Elder William Jordan.
Stop by the M.E.D.I.C. table in the atrium for more information about Men's Health.
This month's Health Tip is on Immunizations and Vaccines. With school starting and flu/pneumonia/holiday season approaching, here are some helpful tips to consider in keeping you and your family healthy. 1) Immunizations and vaccines are products introduced into the body to protect against diseases, usually done by your doctor, given as a shot or injection. 2) Parents, make sure your child's immunizations are up to date. School age children are required to have proof (blue form) showing their immunizations are up to date. 3)Flu and pneumonia -- everyone is at risk especially young children and the elderly. Taking the flu and pneumonia vaccines are ways to help protect you and your family from getting these illnesses. 4) Our bodies are temples in the eyes of God. It is our responsibility to take care of what He has given us.
Stop by the M.E.D.I.C. table in the atrium for more information about Immunizations and Vaccines.
GREETINGS LEADERS AND MEMBERS,
The Leadership Development Program will offer two classes during this 3rd quarter beginning the week of July 10th.
Class - Serving and Ministering to the Congregation 102, a required 10 week long class for deacon trainees and is open to all. Very practical strategies will be presented to assist leaders on how to serve and minister to singles for three weeks, to men for 3 weeks, and to women for three weeks. The class also provides valuable information for singles, men, and women themselves. One text required - Biblical Counseling Keys on Singleness by June Hunt, on sale in the bookstore; handouts will be provided in the other areas.
_____ Section 1, Tuesdays from July 11th through September 12th, 7 pm, ADC Lounge
_____ Section 2, Thursdays from July 13th through September 14th, 7 pm, ADC Lounge
_____ Section 3, Saturdays from July 15th through September 16th, 9 am ADC Lounge
Class - Your Spiritual Gifts is open to all leaders and members who want to discover your gifts, understand why you relate to people the way you do, learn the character traits associated with each gift, identify typical problem areas for each gift, study some biblical characters who identify with each gift, learn how to use your gifts to serve God, your neighbor and your church, and more. Discover Your Gift adult testing sheets available in the bookstore.
_____ Thursdays from July 13th through September 14th, 7 pm, Overflow Room
Choose which class(es) and section you will attend and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. There will also be a sign-up table in the front atrium. If you have questions, contact Elder Charlena Bray.