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Youth Explosion 2011 at Good News Hope & Help in Riverside

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Good News Hope & Help, Inc. held the Youth Explosion 2011 in a different format this year. Several scholarship fundraising events were held during June 3rd and June 4th. The activities began with a praise service with the Youth Explosion Choir, True Vine Church Choir, and the Good News Community Baptist Church Praise Team. A Zumba class, a read-a-thon, and a skate-a-thon were also held on Friday evening. Saturday began with a basketball clinic, a 3 on 3-basketball tournament, a visit to the Juneteenth Celebration at Stratton Center, and culminated with a lap-a-thon at Adams Motorsports Park in Rubidoux.

Drivers included ‘Bumping Granny” Margaret Jones, James Gill, Torri Demery, Jayden Turner, Johnny Hillary II, Ishmal Bartley, Jarred Bartley, and LaSon Cook. The lap-a-thon was exciting with spectators cheering for the drivers.

Funds generated from these events go towards the scholarships given by Good News Hope & Help, Inc. 501 (c) (3) as well as other events. Six scholarships were given last year.

Future events include an upcoming Technology Class featuring entry data computer skills, Parenting Classes, Youth Empowerment Conference, and tutoring. Donations for scholarships are still being accepted and they may be sent to Good News Hope & Help, inc., 178 Iowa Avenue, Riverside, CA, 92507. The email address is goodnewshopeandhelp@gmail.com.

Men of Achievement Recognition Men of Achievement Celebration along with Father's Day will take place on Sunday, June 19, 2011 at the 11:30 AM Service at Good News Community Baptist Church in Riverside.

The men who will be recognized are Elder Levonzo Gray, II, Elder Johnny Hillary, II, Pastor Ralph Rivers, Coach Damien Smith, Father John Street, and Mr. A. Leon Tillman.

The church is located at 178 Iowa Avenue, Riverside, CA 93507. Overseer Levonzo Gray, Sr. is the Pastor.

Talk Is Cheap 2 to Be Held at Sturges Theater

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On Sat., July 16 at 7:30 PM & Sun., July 17 at 4:00 PM, PNP Productions proudly brings to the Sturges Theatre For The Fine Arts, located at 780 north E Street, San Bernardino, Daz Patterson’s gospel stage play “TALK IS CHEAP” Part 2.

“Talk Is Cheap 2” is the continuing saga of those people that are still talking the talk, but not walking the walk.

The play epitomizes entertainment with a message, and addresses current and prospective social and ethical problems—marriage, divorce, religion, seduction, deception and the continuing problems of HIV/AIDS.

For tickets call Berean book stores in Riverside and Redlands. Also, call L & M at (909) 874-3229, or (909) 230-0016.

For more information please call PNP Entertainment at (909) 874-3411.

18th Annual Armed Forces Day at Kansas Ave SDA Church

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BRIEF

Kansas Ave SDA Church held it's 18th annual Armed Forces Day program which involved the Mt Rubidoux SDA Church Drum corps; Kansas Ave SDA Church Color Guard; musical tributes/ remembrance of 'fallen comrades'; an award to the Riverside Branch of the NAACP; and participation throughout the program by members in uniform.

Bethel A.M.E. Barstow 60th Anniversary

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Bethel AME Church of Barstow will celebrate their 60th anniversary on June 5, 2011.

The first attempt to organize an A.M.E. Church in Barstow was in a small house on Crooks Avenue under the leadership of Rev. Clem Johnson. The group only met for a short while.

In 1948, the church was reorganized by a very small group of devoted men and women in the home of mother Dora Porter under the leadership of Rev. G. L. Glascow.

This group also met from home to home until the purchase of the present site where an old garage was converted into a place of worship. The first small church was erected in 1951 while Rev. J. M. Burks was pastor.

Many pastors came and went until 1960 when our presiding Elder, Rev. A. K. Quinn sent Rev. B. W/ Inghram to us as pastor. The church began to grow and many accomplishments were made during his stay with us. The mortgage was paid off first, and then a block wall was built around the church. An addition was added to the rear of the church in1973. A parsonage was purchased in 1991. In 1993, a new parking lot was purchased.

We began remodeling the front area of the church. Before its completion, Rev. Inghram decided to retire at the annual conference in October of 2000, after forty years of service. Bishop John R. Bryant sent us Pastor Carrie Humphrey under her leadership we were able to complete the church renovation. We also purchased a new church sign under Pastor Humphrey.

In 2006 at the annual conference Bishop Bryant decided to relocate Pastor Humphrey and sent us Pastor Andrew Rolling’s who stayed only one conference.

Thus, at the annual conference of 2007 Bishop Bryant appointed us our present Pastor Rev. Clarence Luckey under the leadership of Pastor Luckey we have restructured the church vision, we have purchased a computer for the church and installed internet service the church web page in under construction and scheduled to launch any day now, we have also established a nonprofit Corporation for the church “Bethel Barstow Community Development Corporation”. The church continues to make progress within the community where it is located.

Moment in the Word

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BIBLE MEDITATION:
"You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me."
Psalms 139:1-5 (NKJV)

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
Beware: Your Cell Phone Is Watching You! Your cell phone knows when you're sleeping, when you're awake, and whether you prefer air or land travel. It records every step, in minute detail! With the right app, it can draw a step by step map of everywhere you have been for the last year.

Last week, this fresh revelation shocked the world, as many learned that IPhones, IPads and Android phones store GPS location data about user movements, even when the phone is off and track, as far back as a year.

That revelation instantly sparked concerns from cheating spouses, criminals studying targets, and anyone else involved in mischievous activities. Others have found it rather amusing to retrace their steps on a map over the last year. Nearly everyone is upset that they were not told that they were being watched.

Good or bad, it all means Orson Wells' projection of a "Big Brother" state where the government knows your every movement is getting closer or has arrived.

Of course, God has been tracking our movements since creation. His goes beyond just our movements: He tracks the words we say and the thoughts that we think and takes note of them. No, it's not a secret!

The fact that God watches and knows is written clearly in His life manual that He developed for all of us to read. Listen to these words of profundity ..

"God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand. I'm an open book to you; even from a distance, you know what I'm thinking.

You know when I leave and when I get back; I'm never out of your sight. You know everything I'm going to say before I start the first sentence.

I look behind me and you're there, then up ahead and you're there, too - your reassuring presence, coming and going. Psalms 139:1-5 (Message Bible)

God knows our every step and thought, whether we own a cell phone or not. The good thing is that He sees us when we stumble and helps us up again. He sees us cry and wipes our eyes.

He sees us sin, too and is disturbed by our actions.

He sees us as we are every second and minute of the day. . and loves us anyway!

Humor of the Day
A burglar broke into a house and began to steal all of the valuable. At that moment he heard a voice that said Jesus is watching you. He was so scared he froze for a second. He regained his composure and started stealing again, when the voice came louder Jesus is watching you. He just about lost it right there. After regaining his composure, he began to steal again this time watching very intent around him when he heard the voice again this time he recognized a shape in the corner as he approached he realized it was a bird cage. He removed the cover to find a parrot. He was so relieved when he saw the parrot. He said what is your name. The parrot replied "Moses". The thief then said what kind of person would name a parrot Moses? The parrot replied the same kind of person that named a Rottweiler "Jesus". Then the parrot said, "Attack, Jesus, attack!"

Joking aside, the real Jesus does see us in everyday life, and we need to do what's pleasing in His sight!

In His Love & Service,
Pastor Larry E. Campbell

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