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HolyLand COGIC Continues Dedication Services for New Sanctuary

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On Saturday, December 5, 2009 at 4:00 PM, the pre-dedication services of HolyLand COGIC’s beautiful new Sanctuary will continue.

The Special Guest will be Superintendent Roger Thomas, Friendly Temple COGIC, Victorville, CA; Freewill COGIC, Superintendent Willie Lee Smith and Barstow COGIC, Superintendent David Norman both of Barstow, CA and Adelanto COGIC, Adelanto, CA Pastor Robert Graham.

For more information on the celebration contact HolyLand COGIC at (909) 381-2662.

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. Visits Loveland Church

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Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., President, Rainbow Push Coalition, visits the Inland Empire Sunday, December 6th at Loveland Church speaking at worship services in Ontario and Victorville.

Rev. Jackson will address the unprecedented number of home foreclosures affecting Black and Hispanic families.

The public is invited with a special call for faith and community leaders to rally.

The Inland Empire is one of the hardest hit regions in the State with one-third of the areas residential mortgages placed in subprime products devastating our housing market and local economy.

During 2009 the Inland Empire experienced over 80,000 job losses and there is no hard evidence of significant corrections to the downturn.

Rev. Jackson believes resources should be directed toward saving homes not banks. In an October 2009 message, Rev. Jackson contends that banks have resisted renegotiating mortgages, writing down the debt and allowing people to stay in their homes. This sentiment was captured at a recent ABA gathering in Chicago.

Reportedly, thousands of citizens gathered sending a message to the financial industry, “Enough is enough”. Rev. Jackson states that ‘Wall Street is cashing in and Main Street is caving in’.

Join a host of concerned citizens, community and faith leaders seeking a remedy to the present course of action undermining the future health of communities of color.

Rev. Jackson speaks at 7:30AM and 10:30AM, Destiny Campus, 2970 Inland Empire Blvd, Ontario and 9:00 AM High Desert, 14470 Bear Valley Road (Cinemark 16), Victorville.

Please call the Loveland Church office, 909-466-4800 for additional information.

Dr. James Abbington Brings Message Of Education And Inspiration To The Inland Empire

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With a word for pastors, choir directors, and music lovers of all persuasions, Dr. James Abbington’s visit to the University of California, Riverside was a true blessing.

An Associate Professor of Church Music and Worship at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University in Atlanta, the event drew a wide cross section of the local faith and academic community. Engaging and highly informative, Abbington’s presentation covered historic hymnists, the spirituals, gospel, and insights for church worship leaders.

A collaborative effort between the Black Voice News, the Gospel Music History Project (GMHP) and UCR’s Department of Ethnic Studies and Office of African  Student Programs, the event was the first in a series of upcoming lectures facilitated by the GMHP.

Good Hope Celebrates 51 Years

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On November 22, 2009, at 3:00 PM Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church will be celebrating 51 years in the ministry.

The Reverend Clifford Green from 1st Baptist Church Glen Valley will be the guest speaker.

A prayer band started at the home of Deacon and Deaconess David Jones. It then moved to the home of Deacon and Deaconess Roper Mitchell. This group felt the need of a church in the Good Hope area and went about establishing it as such. In this group were Deacon and Deaconess Roper Mitchell, Deacon and Deaconess and Deacon and Deaconess David Jones, Deacon and Deaconess Jim Hair, Brother and Sister William Young, and their grandchildren, Brother and Sister Henry Williams Sr., and family, Brother and Sister Sonny Ray Stafford, Brother and Sister Clint Richardson.

Deacon David Jones with support of the group contacted the Reverend M. T. Williams from Oceanside, California, who met with them on the first Sunday in November of 1958 and organized Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church in the home of Deacon and Deaconess Roper Mitchell.

The members included, Reverend M.T. Williams, moderator of the Oceanside area, Reverend Harry Jameson, Reverend Henry Dodds, and Reverend Willie Daniels.

Sunday School was organized with Brother Sonny Ray Stafford as the first superintendent.

Sister Hazel Stafford was the first secretary of Sunday school, and Sister Willie Mitchell was the first Sunday School teacher.

After Sunday School a 11:00 A.M. service was in order and the organization of the general church was performed.

The first chairman of the Deacon Board was Deacon David Jones. Other deacons included Deacon Roper Mitchell, Deacon Jim Hair, and Deacon Henry Williams Sr. The three deacons were given the charge of acquiring a church name. The church became known as Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church of Perris, California. This name was presented by Deacon David Jones.

As a church family, under the humble leadership of Dr. James Baylark we continue to take small steps in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to him be all the Honor, Power, and Glory.

For more information please contact Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church at (951) 657-5465. This annual occasion is open to the public.

First Congregational Hosts 11th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair

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First Congregational Church of Christ will hosts its 11th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair on Saturday, November 14 from 9 am to 3 pm and Sunday, November 15 from 11 am – 2 pm at First Congregational United Church of Christ located at 3041 North Sierra Way San Bernardino.

The public is invited to come and shop the fair featuring the following crafts and items: quilts, dolls, hand knits, jewelry, wood crafts, jams and jellies, treasures, white elephants, holiday gifts, Christmas decorations, candles, greeting cards.

Food is available for purchase: quiche, homemade soups, sandwiches, salads and assorted desserts.

For further information or directions to the church, visit their website at www.sbucc.org or call 909-886-4911.

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