Posts Tagged ‘HTC Youth Ministry’
Music Should Come From the Heart – April 2K13 Youthful Expression
Monday, April 1st, 2013
By Ariante De La Cruz
The youth of this generation is a lot different from previous generations. The world's perception on fashion has convinced my generation that in order for a woman to look cute, you have to be half dressed. For a man, society believes that it’s cool to have your pants sag to the point to where you trip over your own drawers. I don't focus on those things. What's important to me is music.
Music today is nothing like it used to be in the past. Music used to come from the heart and today, a lot of people are listening to the beat instead of the actual words. You hear this now in some gospel music. The words have no meaning. Now more than ever, some inspirational music is taking on secular beats and putting them into so-called 'holy' gospel music with lyrics that mention nothing about God or Jesus. In these artists' attempt to try and encourage the youth to know about God, they miss a great opportunity to do so when our gospel music sounds secular and has no words at all about Jesus. How do they know that they’re listening to gospel music?
In order to change the world, we've got to change ourselves. Being holy doesn't mean trying to copy the world’s stuff so that we can draw people into our church. It means separating ourselves from the world and using what God has given us to bring the world to Christ and His Word.
What I’m Looking Forward To in 2013 – March 2K13 Youthful Expression
Friday, March 1st, 2013
As the New Year starts to unravel, my goals for this year are beginning to arise. In most of my school classes, I am asked one question. What is my goal for the New Year? In each class, it is a different answer. But I have yet to think about the overall answer that will fill up my academic, athletic and personal goals. I have individual goals that vary from each category but thinking about it overall, I need to set a goal that I can have carry me all the way throughout 2013.
My academic goal is to eventually get all A’s for at least one quarter. I have struggled with getting one or two B’s which then throw me off completely. My athletic goals are to push myself harder than I usually go. I would like to go the extra mile and exceed expectations just one step higher, i.e. varsity volleyball. Personal/spiritual goals are the type of goals that I believe shape all the other goals to actually happen. I have a personal goal of focusing and prioritizing more and a spiritual goal of drawing closer to God. If I achieve those goals, then my goal of getting all A’s and making varsity volleyball would most likely happen. That’s how they are all connected. If you keep up with your personal and spiritual goals then all your other goals will fall into place.
Superhero Christmas: 2012 HTC Christmas Program
Thursday, December 6th, 2012
Come and join Holiness Tabernacle Church as we
Our theme: Superhero Christmas
Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 6:00 pm
High School – October 2K13 Youthful Expression
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
High School is a place of opportunity. There are so many exciting things to do and get involved with in high school. Everyone always has such positive things to say about their time in high school. Every teenager looks forward to high school and experiencing all the fun things you can do. You can go to high school football and basketball games, you can go to Homecoming with all your friends, you can participate in Spirit week, and you get to go to the Prom, which is a very exciting part about high school when you’re a senior! The most important thing about your high school experience is Graduation. The special day when you get to wear your cap and gown, and all eyes are on you. That day is when you look back on not just the four years you were in high school but also the three years of middle school, and the five years of elementary school, and kindergarten and pre-school. Graduation day is when you think about all the things you did to get to this point, and all the struggles you had to face. You think about all the friends you have gained and lost along the way and all the people who helped you get to this point. I’m at that point right now. As graduation day approaches all these thoughts are running through my mind.
High school has been a very fun experience for me. I’ve met so many people, and experienced so much. One fun thing I’ve been able to participate in is cheerleading, where I am the Varsity captain. I’ve literally been to every football and basketball game these past four years of high school. I’ve been to homecoming all four years, and participated in spirit week, which is so much fun. Along the way, with all these fun things, I’ve also received an education. High school just isn’t about fun and games, it is hard work too. I am currently striving for an Advanced Diploma, I have a 3.4 GPA, and I am in the IB Program at my school. I am still learning how to be the best I can be in school. In high school you have to be on top and persistent when it comes to school work, projects, test and quizzes. You need to try to strive for that “A+” instead of that “C”. Study for everything, even the easy things. Most importantly you need to learn early on how to manage your time. Everyone in high school has a different agenda than yours, so you have to work with the time that you are given.
The most important thing in my life – the thing that I know I wouldn’t have gotten through high school without – was my faith. Because we go to church and have access to God Himself and people who can help pray us through situations, we need to take advantage of that. You need to pray every day: before you go to school, when you take a test or quiz, and anything else you do involving school. Having a strong and steady relationship with God will give you the upper hand and guide you through certain situations. I know that without knowing Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior, I wouldn’t have made it through four years of high school. And I am so excited to see where God is going to take me in this last year of high school and in the next chapter of my life. College!
Youth Annual Day & Weekend – Preparing for the Overflow!
Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
Youth Car Wash
HTC’s Youth Car Wash and Food Sale will be held at the church on August 18, 2012 at 10 am. Come out, get your car wash and grab a snack while you wait. Your support of our youth will be greatly appreciated.
The Youth are serving ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs and sides!
Youth Annual Day
Youth Annual Day, August 19, 2012 is a day set aside to celebrate our youth here at HTC. Service will begin at 4 pm. Speaker will be Minister Charles Thomas from New Community Temple COGIC. So come out and support our youth of today as they prepare for the overflow!
Loving All Peole – May 2K12 Youthful Expressions
Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
by Deloris Pruitte
A thought came to me during a trip to Bob Evans with my brother-in-law. We were waiting for our dinner when I started to read the newspaper. I looked through it for an interesting topic when I saw a picture of an elderly woman being knocked down a very long and hard marble staircase by people trying to get to where they needed to be.
The article talked about how many people are not as nice as they used to be these days in many different places: New York came in first place, Miami came in second place and Washington, D.C. came in third place as cities with the meanest people. This really got my attention because as Christians we should show kindness even to people we don’t like. When I think of kindness and love, Jesus is the first to come to mind, not just because he died on the cross, but because of His way salvation and how His actions towards others changed people’s souls and lives. God and Jesus are not into favoritism or factions.
Other people that also came to mind are Zachheas, the Samaritan Woman, and the Good Samaritan. The story of Zacchaeus is found in Luke 19:1-10. Zacchaeus was a tax collector and many people didn’t like him because of that – because he charged more than what he was supposed to. When Jesus came into town everyone crowded around Him, but Jesus went to Zacchaeus and showed kindness to him when no one else did.
The story of the Samaritan Woman that can be found in John 4:1-30. No one liked the Samaritan Woman because of her past and present relationships. It was so bad she had to get water in the middle of the day because none of the women liked her. Jesus talked to her and He showed kindness to her.
Finally, the story of the Good Samaritan is in Luke 10:25-37. When a Jewish man got jumped and robbed, none of the church officials paid attention to him. Only a Samaritan showed kindness and wasn’t prejudiced about it. He did the best he could to help a man he wasn’t supposed to like.
A Step In The Right Direction for American Schools – March 2K12 Youthful Expression
Thursday, March 1st, 2012
Brown vs. the Board of Education: A Step In The Right Direction for American Schools
by Sis. Tamika Alexander
Many people were part of the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s. People like Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Frederick Douglass, John F. Kennedy and many more. But, there is one person who helped make a step up for African Americans in schools, even though she was a little girl. Imagine you are a seven year old and have to walk one mile to a bus stop by walking through a railroad switching station and then waiting for a school bus to go to a "black elementary school" or a school where only African American children went. This is what happened to Linda Brown, an African American third grader from Topeka, Kansas, even though there was a "white elementary school" only seven blocks away. A "white elementary school" was a school where only white students were able to attend.
African Americans thought for this to happen everyday to a little girl was ridiculous, they had to do something about it. This sparked the Brown vs. Board of Education case. After three long years the case finally ended on May 17, 1954 with the court finding in favor of Linda Brown and the other African American children like her. The Supreme Court said that it was not fair to have black and white students separated in different schools. The judges voted on this case nine to zero. It took some states many years to put students together in schools and have them treated the same because many people were still prejudiced against Blacks.
If you were a seven-year-old African American girl in the 1950s, taking a step like this was very risky. But Linda Brown believed in herself; she took the chance to integrate schools and she won. This is not only important for Black History month but to me as well because this event gives young people the encouragement to be able to fulfill any dream that they have no matter how big or small. Another reason is because I go to a school that has mostly a white population. The change from it being all white to being diverse, was something seven-year old Linda Brown started.
Be Strong…Don’t be Afraid – February 2K12 Youthful Expression
Sunday, February 5th, 2012
by Eryck McCown
1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” The Bible says you can’t fear and be in perfect love.
Deuteronomy 31:6 says, “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” Here the Bible says you don’t have to be afraid. God is with you and will not fail you. We have to stay strong and we have to only fear God.
Joshua 1:9 says, “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Here God is telling Joshua to go and take the Israelites to the promise land. He tells Joshua not to be afraid because God will be with him. You must have faith to not fear.
1 Corinthians 16:13, “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong”. Isaiah 41:10, the Bible says, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
In the Bible, there are many verses that talk about faith, being strong and not being afraid. Read some of these verses and apply them to your life.
My Tribute To Mother Veronica Moses – January 2K12 Youthful Expressions
Saturday, January 7th, 2012
Dear Holiness Tabernacle Church Of God In Christ, I am writing a tribute on Veronica Moses. I am Deion Moses. I am one out of ten of Veronica Moses’ grandchildren. My grandmother was a very nice lady, stood strong, and was a very independent person. Veronica Moses was an “on the move” person. When she was very young she could do many things and move a lot faster. Then she began to get sick and grow old. But yet her grandchildren always stood by her side no matter what. We all loved her very dearly. Whenever she needed anything, one of us was always there to help her.
To tell you more about my grandmother, she had three children, David Moses, Venessa Alexander, and Mary King. All of them became successful in life and were very helpful to her. In the middle of 2006 and 2007, Veronica Moses lost one of her grandsons, Akim King. She was very hurt to lose her grandson who she taught and took care of when his parents went to work. One of her greatest loss was her husband, Hilary Moses around the same time her grandson died. That was a very hard time for my grandma so we helped her through it. She still stood strong. She was a very upright person. She blocked out the friends she had before she met my grandfather to take care of her family. My grandmother was born in Trinidad, a very beautiful place. She grew up there and so did her kids. She did the best for them when she could.
As for her grandchildren, she loved us a lot and we knew it. She started to go to church with me, my mom and my dad in 2009, and so did the rest of her kids. She loved our pastor; he is a very nice man. She loved to give our pastor a kiss. She took him in like one of her own. Her and our pastor had very good relationship. On November 24, 2011, my grandmother, Veronica Moses, passed away. We were not going to celebrate thanksgiving, but we knew she would want us to, so we did. Veronica Moses, you will always be in our hearts no matter what. Thank you for what you have done for me. May you be in a better place.
The Part That Is Rarely Told – Christmas Play Recap
Saturday, January 7th, 2012
by Sis. Delia Pruitte
On Sunday, December 18, Holiness Tabernacle held its annual Christmas program. Although both young and old look forward to the event, no one was more excited and nervous as HTC’s youth. This was their opportunity to showcase their thespian talents, and to show their parents and the congregation how hard they had been working since October.
After warming up the congregation with a few favorite Christmas hymns, Elder and Sister Green introduced the youngest HTC’s members. The Sunshine Band (children ages 2-12) proudly displayed the Christmas artwork they created for their parents. They then allowed the congregation a peek into what their Sunday School class is like through singing and reciting songs they had learned. They finished up by presenting birthday presents to baby Jesus, such as their hearts and their praise.
After a few more selections, it was time for the main play of the night, “The Part That is Rarely Told.” This year’s main play was written by one of Holiness Tabernacle’s own, Sister DeAnna Pruitte. Sister Pruitte penned the play over seven years ago at the age of 14.
“I wanted highlight certain parts of the Christmas story that people present inaccurately, such as the number of wise men, or the age of Jesus when they arrived. People always assume there were 3 wise men, and that they arrived at the manger scene the same time as the shepherds. That’s not what the Bible says. Jesus was actually a young child, and not a baby by the time the wise men arrived. And the Bible never mentions exactly how many wise men there were. ”
The youth performed wonderfully, providing a good mixture of humor and Bible quotation. No sooner had they sat down than a restlessness began to spread through the crowd, namely among the children and teenagers. As Pastor and First Lady Pruitte took the mic, the excitement grew tangible.
“As we do every year, it’s time to pass out presents!” declared Pastor Pruitte to the joyful audience. “No one here will leave without something in their hand.”
True to their word, every person in the congregation, whether they were young or old, member of the church, or member of the community, received a gift. When the benediction was given, several dozens of presents were distributed, and there was a smile on every face. Once again, HTC succeeded in being a blessing to all who walked through the door.
And that is the part that is rarely told.