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Moment in the Word

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“This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
(Psalm 118:24 KJV)

If you could TIVO your life, what parts are worth seeing again?

There is a wonderful gadget on my television, it’s called a TIVO. It records.. movies, news and other broadcast to insure that I don’t miss them.

I can.. anticipate upcoming broadcasts and often get replays of old broadcasts, all..with a touch of the remote.

While watching a taped episode of “Bonanza” last night, my mind drifted on..the question . What if life offered a TIVO experience? It would be.. interesting to see the replay of all the episodes that happened in my life.. that I missed while I was doing what I thought was important. I probably..missed a lot.

Fast Forward. There’s a life coming up, I don’t want to miss any of it. Too..bad I can’t TIVO it and cut out all of the commercials and obligations: .. reading, studying, praying, serving, earning a living and all of that..mandatory stuff. It would be really neat if I could just get down to the.. part where I will be blessed. If I fall, I can skip to the part where I get..up on the TIVO edition of my life. .. That would be cool! Skip what I don’t.. like and zero in on the good parts! Is there anybody out there that sells.. one of these life TIVO’s?

Unfortunately TIVO’s only work on television sets, not human lives. We have..to live one day at a time, commercials and all. We can’t skip the tears and..go straight to the smiles; neither can we skip the pain and jump to the joy...We must live each day one day at a time.

Seize the moment! Live in the present! David said, “This is the day which.. the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Today is a gift from.. God; take it and squeeze every ounce of joy out of it! Today is the next..installment of your lifetime episode...No TIVO! .. Your Movie’s on! ..‘This is..the day’, live in it.”

In His Love & Service,
Pastor Larry E. Campbell

Drexel University Gospel Choir, Comes To New Joy Baptist

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The community is invited to attend New Joy Baptist Church upcoming Spring Gospel Musical Concert featuring Drexel University Gospel Choir from Philadelphia, PA on Friday, May 13, 2011 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Concert will be held at New Joy Baptist Church located at 5694 Jurupa Ave., Riverside, CA 92504.

The Drexel University Gospel Choir has an outstanding background with students from over eleven countries.

The Choir has conducted Musical Concerts throughout our nation and has performed at some of the following places: Philadelphia First Union Center and First Union Spectrum, Billy Graham Crusade, ABC TV Network/BOSCOV’S Thanksgiving Parade, etc.

The Spring Gospel Musical Concert will be an uplifting night of inspirational singing.

Come and enjoy these young and dynamic students singing to the glory of God. Refreshments will be served before the Concert from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. For further information call the church at 951-779-0088.

16th Street Hosts Christian Cotillion/Beautillion

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It’s spring and that means it’s time for the Deb’s and Beau’s Annual Etiquette Luncheon & Tea. This year marks the 17th year of this event.

The Debutantes of the 2011 Christian Cotillion/Beautillion (CCB) attended two etiquette workshops facilitated by Ms. Earlene Freeman, which culminated with the Luncheon and Tea on April 3, 2011.

The Debutante’s Luncheon & Tea wi th guest speaker Dr. Ramona Hyman was simply marvellous.

Each Debutante took great effort preparing their table settings, with each table setting being judged by the Chairperson Mrs. Yolanda “Angel” Cohill as per their etiquette training.

Every year the Deb’s & Beau’s participate in a six month program which consists of cultural, civic, etiquette, current events and public speaking workshops. As one part of the cultural aspect, the Debutante’s saw the Disney’s Broadway Musical “Beauty and The Beast” at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles.

The debutantes volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House for families of hospitalized children in Loma Linda. They also had a chance to take part in the “Young African American Women’s Conference” presented by Del ta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. with guest speaker NBC News Correspondent Beverly White. The Debutantes also visited the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, which was another part of the cultural events.

Ms. Cohill has been involved with this program since inception.

She worked closely wi th the founder, the late Ms. Roylestine Bowman, who began the CCB seventeen years ago. Mrs. Cohill has picked up the baton and hasn't stopped.

She states: “Every child should be afforded the opportunity to experience a Cotillion, not just the privileged children of the elite”. The 2011 17th Annual Christian Cotillion/Beautillion participants are: Debutante Tonisha Williams, Debutante Shanyce Blossom, Debutante Al isha Peeler, and Debutante Annasa Card.

Commit tee Members: Chair-- Yolanda “Angel” Cohill, Treasurer-- Dr. Glyne Thorington, Mrs. Betty Daniels, Mrs. Virginia Irby, Ms. Danielle Mackey, Ms. Trebria Woods, Ms. Shelley Johnson. Auxiliary committee Detra Marshall, Host & Hostesses and 16th Street SDA Church.

The Christian Cotillion / Beautillion Scholarship Ball will be held on Sunday May 1, 2011 at the Hilton Hotel in San Bernardino, California; Guest Speaker, Pastor Joshua Beckley of Ecclesia Christian Fellowship Church.

Ticket sale price $50.00 per person. For more information regarding ticket purchase, please contact: Angel Cohill at (909) 229-2369 or Danielle Mackey at (909) 556-

Greater Faith Christian Hosts Spring Fest

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Greater Faith Christian Fellowship pastured by Bishop JD White, Jr. will host a Spring Fest on Saturday, April 23, beginning at 12 Noon to 4:00 p.m. Come enjoy a day of food, fun and fellowship in celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The entry fee is $5.00 per person and activities planned include face painting, sack race, relay race, bean bag toss, egg hunt/scavenger hunt, musical chairs, arts/crafts, story time, raffle, pie eating contest and cupcake eating contest.

Greater Faith Christian Fellowship is located at 14420 Elsworth St., Ste. 109, Moreno Valley.

For more information, contact the church at (951) 653-5556.

Mt. Zion To Hold Holy Week Services

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Good Friday is the day we remember the crucifixion of Jesus on the cross. Mt. Zion, under the leadership of Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr., will hold Good Friday Service on Friday, April 22, 2011 at 7:00p.m. The service will be held at 224 W. California Street, Ontario and will feature the Seven Last Sayings of the Cross.

Continuing on Sunday, April 24, the church will celebrate the resurrection of Christ by hosting its annual community Easter Sunrise Service. This service will begin at 6:00a.m. and will be held at the Jack Mercer Bandstand located at the corners of Euclid and C Street in the city of Ontario.

Worshippers will gather at Jack Mercer Bandstand for the Easter Sunrise service where the Mt. Zion Mass Choir, under the direction of Leon McCrary, will provide good gospel music and Rev. Dwight Peace of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church will deliver an inspiring message.

Worshippers are encouraged to dress warmly, bring a lawn chair, and come prepared for great music, the good news of our God’s love, and close fellowship.

Immediately following the Sunrise Service worshippers are invited to proceed to the church for regular worship services at 8:00a.m. followed by an Easter Pageant at 9:30a.m. where the Children’s Department, under the direction of Yvonne Okonji, will feature their annual Easter play.

The Easter play will be followed by regular Sunday worship service at 11:00am. Questions about this year’s Good Friday and Easter Sunrise Services can be answered by calling the church office at (909) 983-2411.

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