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Holiness Tabernacle Book Club
Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
Not going anywhere this summer? Why not take the adventure of a lifetime – through the pages of a book!
The Holiness Tabernacle Book Club will feature books for adults and teens to enjoy each month. The Book Club meets every third Sunday immediately following our Fellowship Dinner.
You can order the book online, download it to your Kindle or check it out from the library. Whether you’re an avid reader or just want to try something new, join us for some good conversation and fellowship!
Check out what we’ll be reading for our Sunday, July 21 discussion:
For Adults – “Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire: What Happens When God’s Spirit Inhabits the Hearts of His People?” by Jim Cymbala
The times are urgent, God is on the move, now is the moment to ask God to ignite His fire in your soul! Pastor Jim Cymbala believes that Jesus wants to renew His people – to call us back from spiritual dead ends, apathy and lukewarm religion. Cymbala knows the difference firsthand. Thirty-five years ago his own church, the Brooklyn Tabernacle, was a struggling congregation of twenty. Then they began to pray, God began to move. Street-hardened lives by the hundreds were changed by the love of Christ and today they are more than ten thousand strong. The story of what happened to this broken-down church in one of America's toughest neighborhoods points the way to new spiritual vitality in the church and in your own life. “Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire” shows what the Holy Spirit can do when believers get serious about prayer and the gospel. As this compelling book reveals, God moves in life-changing ways when we set aside our own agendas, take Him at his word and listen for His voice.
For Teen Girls – “Sexy Girls: How Hot is Too Hot?” by Hayley Dimarco
Every teenage girl wants to be sexy – she wants to be noticed and to be attractive. But what is "sexy," really? Do teen girls know what they are saying about themselves by the way they dress? Popular author Hayley DiMarco wants to help them figure it out. “Sexy Girls” is an honest and provocative look at everything sexy – from clothes and self-presentation to body image. With her approachable style and wit, Hayley shows teen girls:
For Teen Boys – “Degrees of Betrayal” by Dandi Daley Mackall
When Sierra lands in the hospital following a car accident, she thinks it's her own fault. What she doesn't know is that her two friends, Ryun and Kenzie, are about to let her take the fall for their mistakes. When she discovers their betrayal, Sierra is out for revenge. Join these three friends as they experience the sting of betrayal, the treachery of deceit, and the wonder of true forgiveness. Read all three friends' stories to get each one's perspective in this exciting new trilogy from thirsty.
1st Annual Christian Education Department Scholarship Banquet
Friday, June 7th, 2013
God Has Great Things in Store for Me
Thursday, June 6th, 2013
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (I Corinthians 2:9)
My wife and I just returned from what she described as her dream vacation. We celebrated our silver wedding anniversary with a trip to Europe, visiting London, Paris and Rome. We had a glorious time as we saw attractions and sites that were breath taking.
During a site-seeing trip in London, I noticed an elderly lady who was travelling with her adult children. The mother was not in the best of health and you could easily see that her children, while concerned about her, were determined to see that she had a good time. As I watched this family interact, I thought about my relationship with my not long ago, dear, departed mother.
I have said before, my mother was an incredible woman. As I grew into adulthood as a young man, I became more aware of the tremendous impact she had on my life and I wanted to do all I could to show her my appreciation. I remember taking her on site-seeing trips through downtown Chicago. We went to several high end restaurants like, Eli’s, Carson’s and the Pheasant Run. I really enjoyed spoiling my mother because of the tremendous sacrifices she had made for me. As I stood in front of Westminster Abbey in London, I felt a little sad because I desperately wanted my mother to experience something so grand. As I watched those young adults fussing over their mother, I longed for an opportunity to share this experience with my mother.
Before I became too carried away with sorrow and grief, the Spirit quickened within me. The Lord reminded me where my mother was. And what He had planned for her far exceeded anything I would ever plan or do for her. The Lord explained to me no matter how much I loved my mother, no matter how great I wanted to bless and take care of my mother, I could never duplicate or compete with His goodness and blessings.
No doubt all of us feel indebted to someone. Perhaps a husband remembers how his wife stood by him in the early days of his career. I remember the days when my wife stood with me in ministry, my career and really anything I set my mind to. Perhaps there are some parents who want to do something for their children. You’ve seen your child excel in school or perhaps you haven’t had the resources to do for them as you really desire. I remember seeing a mother brought to tears because she could not afford to get something for her children for Christmas.
My brothers and sisters in Christ, we will never be able to do enough for those who have sacrificed and help make the way for us. We can never repay someone for teaching us the Word of God. We can never reimburse someone for praying for us, or laying hands on us and casting evil spirits out and off of us. What is the value of someone witnessing to us? We cannot repay them, but God can and will!
Stop and think about what God has in store or us. Have you ever read what the apostle Paul wrote, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory that will be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18) or the words penned by the prophet Jeremiah, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11)? The Lord has great plans for us. He is going to take great pleasure and delight in blessing and rewarding His people for our labor. The more I think about God’s greatness and His ability and intent to bless us, I get both excited and encouraged. When I think about what God has planned for my mother, I am sure she would rather have what He has planned than anything I could ever come up with.
Friends of mine – be encouraged. The Lord is soon to return and He has some great things planned for all of us. Our presiding bishop has coined the phrase, “…I see you in the future, and you look much better than you look right now.” And with God’s blessings manifested in our lives, this sentiment is sure to come to pass for us!
I bless you in the name of the Lord!
High Praise Overflows at the 2nd Annual Midnight Musical!
Monday, June 3rd, 2013
The saints of God were rockin’ the house as the Holiness Tabernacle Church Of God In Christ 2nd Annual Midnight Musical went into full effect over the Memorial Day weekend, May 26.
“Let the high praise, begin!” rang the chorus of voices as the Holiness Tabernacle Worship Ensemble opened up the night with a season of praise and worship. Coming off the heels of a 40 day Pilgrimage to Pentecost, which included corporate prayer and fasting, the Ensemble was ready to magnify the Lord and usher in a spirit of joyous praise.
Midnight Musical Chairman, Minister André Powell, served as the emcee for the evening. He opened the night with prayer and introduced the guest artists.
First to hit the stage was Elijah Schoolfield, aka “Wizey,” of Fredericksburg, Virginia who shared his very life-altering testimony through gospel rap.
“God is just so real!” Wizey exclaimed as he recounted how the Lord delivered him from drug, alcohol and pornography addiction, three life-threatening encounters in the emergency room and recovery from an STI. Not only could one feel the sincerity of his testimony, but his lyrical prose and honest words were punctuated by heads nodding, feet tapping and an occasional “Yes!” from the audience.
Next up was a musical trio made up of keyboardist, Howard King; bass player, Aaron; and drummer, Brandon Robinson, all from the Northern Virginia area. As they opened up with a familiar tune, “Thank you Lord, for all you’ve done for me,” the congregation literally rose to its feet, pulled out their cell phones and began recording. In true 21st century-appreciation, many wanted to capture these young men’s God-given talent.
After a brief intermission, allowing guests and visitors to worship God through their offertory giving, Minister Powell returned to the stage to introduce the next musical group.
“This next guy is like a little brother to me,” he began as he welcomed Elder Darius Moore and Moore Muzik of Charlotte, North Carolina to the stage.
“Are you’ll ready to bless the name of the Lord!?!” exclaimed Elder Moore, inviting the audience to stand up on their feet and give God some praise. His bandmates – which included a keyboardist, two guitar players and a drummer –brought a God-anointed sound that literally electrified the sanctuary. After going through a full set of music, Elder Moore ended the night with a somewhat familiar tune.
“I’m saying goodbye, goodbye to the old me, old me!” he declared over the microphone in a song about saying goodbye to our past sins, defeats and struggles.
“Nah, nah, nah, nah… hey, hey, hey… goodbye!” came the familiar chant from the crowd as they waved goodbye.
Continuing in that same spirit of total praise and surrender, the final act of the evening – a talented group of young people from the Great Northern District of the First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Virginia – sang to the glory of the Lord.
“I’m chasing after You, no matter what I have to do,” their voices echoed with sincerity. “I need You, more and more!” With hands raised, the congregation again leapt to its feet to join in magnifying God.
The service ended in the early morning hours with an invitation for people to come to the altar for prayer. The Holiness Tabernacle Worship Ensemble sang the now familiar tune, “Break Every Chain,” in the background, inviting the Creator of the universe to free His people from every chain of bondage.
By all accounts, the musical was a smashing success! As the Lord continues to bless this newest avenue for ministry, all signs indicate the Holiness Tabernacle Midnight Musical will be an ever-growing, community outlet for Spirit-led praise and worship.
Pilgrimage to Pentecost 40 Day Fast Recap
Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
Our 2013 Pilgrimage to Pentecost journey began with prayer and fasting on March 9 and concluded on May 19. During this time of consecration the saints at Holiness Tabernacle Church Of God In Christ took the time to commune with God and were able to witness His miraculous power.
This consecration was not just for our local assembly, but for the entire Church Of God In Christ to petition the throne of grace for revival and renewal of Pentecostal power. Having endured to the very end, we can say with great excitement, “God did it!”
During our 40 days of fasting and prayer we ran a revival with guest speaker, Elder Robert Chambers of Flint, Michigan. The Lord poured out His spirit during the revival services and testimonies went forth as God healed, delivered and set free.
Our focus during this time of consecration was to go back to the old landmarks; this reflects our theme focus: Continuing and Upholding the Legacy of True Holiness. Pastor Pruitte often reminded the saints that we have somehow lost track of our fundamental pillars of ministry, worship and seeking the Holy Spirit. Prayer was taken out of schools, wars are rising, hatred is hovering, and so called “solutions” are ending in gun violence. God want us to go back; to remember what we learned. God is coming for a Church without a spot or wrinkle. We must bow down and worship Him to gain knowledge and understanding of what it is God wants us to do.
That’s not to say this was an easy 40 day consecration. Throughout the weeks, several shared testimonies of difficult moments during the fast; however the church prevailed and God was well pleased. During this fast, we witnessed healing, families mending, chains broken, individuals being reunited with God, deliverance and favor. It was truly a God-ordained Pentecostal journey!
15th Church Anniversary Celebration
Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
Thank You Lord for 15 Years….
…upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18b
From the pastor’s home to a school, from a storefront to the corner of Old Bridge Road and Occoquan Road, the Lord has blessed Holiness Tabernacle Church Of God In Christ to be the light on the hill so that we might, “preach the gospel and spread the message of holiness such that men’s lives might be changed and become living tabernacles that God may have a place to dwell!”
Join us as we celebrate the birth of this great church beginning May 10 through June 27, 2013. The Church Anniversary services are as follows:
You do not want to miss a great time in the place where the Lord chooses to dwell. Come, join in the celebration as we "Prepare For The Overflow!"
HTC Missions Department – Free Distribution
Friday, April 20th, 2012
Join us at Holiness Tabernacle Church of God in Christ as we distribute free food on the 2nd Monday of month from 12 – 3 pm and free produce on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 11am to 3pm. NO identification or proof of income required!