Issue 6June 2011
In This Issue
Ministry Tidbit
Healthy Corner
Money Matters
Living Single
Monthly Emphasis
Pick of the Month


She's played the organ for us since she was fifteen. She's written more than 150 songs like "You Brought the Sunshine" and now Elbernita "Twinkie" Clark has a new solo project, With Humility, that looks back and testifies about more than four decades in gospel music as a member of what is arguably the most prominent gospel music family of all time - the Clark Sisters.

With this new project Twinkie declares, "It has let me reflect back on how I was raised and how I got started in music with my dad being pastor and my mom being so involved with church and choirs."

As such, the CD has a little bit of everything. There's a good choir song, something for the older people, such as 'Precious Lord.' We also have contemporary-style music for the young people, with a little hip hop gospel. She does a duet with her nephew Larry Clark, who produced the CD, and an instrumental on the organ. The Clark Brothers are also featured on this project.

The album's first single is the rousing "God's Got a Blessing."

Perhaps the most interesting selection, "A Tribute", teams Twinkie and her mother, the late Dr. Mattie Moss Clark [kind of like what Natalie Cole did with her father Nat Cole's "Unforgettable"].

This project is a must have for anyone claiming to be a gospel music lover.

Zacchaeus Hayslett
Contributing Writer

 
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Welcome! It seems like just yesterday that 2010 began; now we are navigating through 2011.

Once again we have the privilege to greet you in our monthly Inspirer newsletter. Take your time and peruse each article because there is a lot of good information for you and yours. We have tidbits from many areas of ministry we know you will enjoy. So don't just scroll down to the end and look at pictures; you'll miss some very valuable information.

Our theme this year is "Embracing The World Around You"! Jesus said in Mark 16:15 "...Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel..." Each of us is strategically placed where we are but we must have discernment in order to see the needs of those around us. This year, I challenge you to be the light of your community!

Always remember, if ever you are in our area, we would love to have you and your family come by and visit with us.  

 

EMBRACE,

Bishop Brandon B. Porter
Senior Pastor www.bbporterministries.org

 

 

 

 

 

 
Ministry Tidbit

Miracles In Memphis

Greater Community Temple was honored to host its 1st Annual Miracles In Memphis on Saturday April 23rd. This city-wide benevolent give-a-way was nothing short of miraculous!

Held at the Winchester location and grounded in the true spirit of giving, the entire City of Memphis was invited to this free event where clothing and food were given away, health education seminars were provided, free health and dental screenings were offered, employment guidance and a job fair were made available. Servicing over 1,500 people, Miracles In Memphis touched the hearts and souls of the community by meeting them at the point of their need.

Along with the support of several community businesses and organizations, Miracles In Memphis inspired the entire city into positive community action. Wal-Mart Super Store, United Health Care, The Children's Museum, The City of Memphis Fire Department, Living Legacy Women's organization and Girls Incorporated (Memphis Foundation) donated goods and services. Children received free vision screenings provided by Wal-Mart and dental cleanings from Firestone Dental; adults received blood pressure and hypertension screenings; women and teens received domestic violence support and information from Living Legacy; and Friends For Life provided HIV counseling. The Memphis Fire Department came out and discussed fire education and the Children's Museum donated materials for over two hundred children to do arts and craft projects. Loads of clothes, shoes, toiletries, educational toys and other items were given away. Over 365 families received non perishable food items, necessities for living and gift bags.



A special guest appearance by Mayor A. C. Wharton showed the city's support as he fellowshipped with the community. 95.7 Hallelujah FM's Michael A. Davis, Sherry Mackey and Eileen Collier also stopped by and hosted their Saturday morning show from the grounds of GCT.

Miracles in Memphis would not have been possible without the hundreds of volunteers and ministries that worked and served throughout the day. A special thanks goes to E3 (Educate Edify Empower) Teen Ministry and their dedication to recycling as they manned stations to ensure proper trash placement. In celebration of Earth Day 2011, E3 filled an entire dump truck and 20 33gallon trash bags with plastics, paper and aluminum.

Miracles In Memphis proved to be a successful event with long term effects on the people of Memphis. GCT looks forward to next year.


 ChaVale Q. Conner
 Contributing Writer

 
 
Healthy Corner


What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose [sugar] for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn't make enough insulin or can't use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugar to build up in your blood. Diabetes can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, lower-extremity amputations and kidney failure.

Type 1 Diabetes develops when the body's immune system destroys pancreatic beta cells, the only cells in the body that make the hormone insulin that regulates blood glucose. To survive, people with Type 1 Diabetes must have insulin delivered by injection or a pump.

Type 2 Diabetes usually begins as insulin resistance, a disorder in which the cells do not use insulin properly. As the need for insulin rises, the pancreas gradually loses its ability to produce it.

Symptoms of Diabetes
One may have SOME or NONE of the following symptoms
Frequent urination
Excessive thirst
Unexplained weight loss
Extreme hunger
Sudden vision changes
Tingling or numbness in hands or feet
Feeling very tired much of the time
Very dry skin
Sores that are slow to heal
More infections than usual.

Treatment for Diabetes
Diet, insulin and oral medication to lower blood glucose levels are the foundation of treatment and management. Patient education and self-care practices are also important aspects of disease management that help people lead normal lives.

Many people with Type 2 Diabetes can control their blood glucose by following a healthy meal plan and exercise program, losing excess weight and taking oral medication. Medications for each individual will often change during the course of the disease. Some people with Type 2 Diabetes may also need insulin to control their blood glucose.

Self-management education or training is a key step in improving health outcomes and quality of life. It focuses on self-care behaviors, such as healthy eating, being active and monitoring blood sugar. It is a collaborative process in which educators help people with or who are at risk gain the knowledge, problem-solving and coping skills needed to successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions.

Source: //www.cdc.gov/diabetes/index.htm

Contributing author: Tekeela Green, MPH, CHES
 
Money Matters

Committed to Getting OUT of Debt

 


The basis of the word debt has taken on new meaning; it has become a troublesome term that causes people to cringe when spoken. Even though the interpretation of the word debt has changed, the meaning of the word responsibility has not changed. When you put your Jane or John Hancock on that car, home and credit card contract, you become responsible for the debt. Some believe God should create a "way of escape" for them to get out of debt. But the Bible is clear in Ecclesiastes 5:5 which reads "better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay". Therefore a contract should not be signed if the individual has no intention of paying.

We have taken our finances for granted too long by waiting for someone else to take responsibility for our actions. If we are truthful when we examine our current financial situation, we can see that what's happened to us is our own fault. I know that is tough to digest but it is the truth. We knew before we signed the contract for that BMW that we would barely be able to afford the note, let alone maintenance costs. Why purchase an expensive car when a Nissan Versa or Honda Civic will get us from point A to point B just the same?

The meaning of the word commitment, like responsibility, has not changed. Commitment is defined as "a pledge or promise; an obligation" (Dictionary.com, n.d.). Now is the time to make promises/pledges to ourselves to get out of debt no matter how long it takes. Although getting out of debt could take weeks, months or even years, we should have patience and be willing to endure because as mentioned earlier, no one forced us to sign all of those contracts. Once you have made the conscious decision to get out of debt, spending decisions, paying tithes and giving offering become easier.

Have you made a conscious decision to do whatever it takes to get control of your finances? If the answer is no, you should consider changing it to yes so you can experience true debt freedom.


 Tamara Smith
 Contributing Writer

 

 
Living Single

Being Single Today: A Crisis?

In the 21st century, the Christian single community, specifically the African American community, has many challenges. I noticed that one of the challenges the Black church is facing is its future. What will the church look like in 25-50 years? From the world's standpoint, not good.

As singles, you might agree with me when I say the culture of today's music and other forms of media have caused a potential identity crisis. For instance, rap selfishness threatens the growth and sustainability of the family of God.

As believers, we have the answers that only come from the Word of God. Romans 12:2-3 admonishes us to not be conformed to the ways of the world (music, internet, etc). I noticed on Youtube that many singles are taking advantage of one another. This is the way of the world and as Christians, 'these things' should not be named amongst us. Philippians 4:19 reminds us that God shall supply all our needs according to His riches. So, since God owns everything that a Christian man or woman could possibly want or need, we do not have to deceive nor dig ditches to live abundantly.

Everyone is valuable to God, even singles. In these last and evil days, take time to read the Word of God, attend church regularly and learn more about what God says about you. As we walk with God, there is no doubt that the Black church will thrive and foster productive citizens this year and beyond.

Contributing Writer: Minister Sylvester Person

 
Monthly Emphasis: Commitment

Heavenly Father, we thank you for all the High School and College graduates. Thank you for bringing them through the challenges and obstacles that came their way. In the days to come, we ask for your help because you said all our help comes from you (Psalms 121:1-2). We thank you in advance for the manifold blessings that will spring forth as a result of them finishing this part of the race. Amen

By: Minister Sylvester Person

 

GREATER COMMUNITY TEMPLE'S mission is to impact its community through evangelism, discipleship in order to change the world. We are committed to developing the believer in their faith of the Lord Jesus Christ through the consistent and systematic study of God's word. We exist to celebrate God's presence, to demonstrate God's love, to communicate God's word, and to educate God's people.

Bishop Brandon B. Porter
Senior Pastor