by Robert Earl Houston
I have never understood why some churches are adversarial with their pastors. To me, it’s akin to boarding an aircraft looking at the pilot and saying “I hope you crash” while you make you way to 28D and not understanding that if the pilot crashes, you crash.
Something happened at worship today that I want to pass along in the hope that it may encourage some pastor some where.
As I extended the Invitation to Discipleship, we had several members come for prayer. One member shared that her grandmother and herself were both having health challenges. Another member shared that he and his grown daughters were having health challenges. But there was a third individual (actually the second one who spoke) and I am paraphrasing was he came forward for:
The Lord had led him forward to ask the congregation to pray for Pastor Houston. He said that our pastor is busy, he preaches out his heart each week, he visits the sick, counsels with families about funerals, has multiple meetings and today, the Lord told him that the congregation needs to pray for him, and each other.
It was spontaneous, caught me off guard, and following prayers for the other concerns, then much church prayed for me. One of the Golden Girls of our church led the prayer by my request (and how she prayed). I sat there for a few moments in awe of what God had done that morning.
I think it goes without saying that many of us who serve congregations experience the congregation serving the server. My goal is to serve the Lord continually and my church thought enough of the ministry that I provide to them, and as he said, not only here, the community, the state and the nation. It was touching because I’ve had some experiences that were not always that pleasant in the past areas that I’ve served (and all of us in ministry have that), but I would hope that the people of God that I serve would appreciate the service of their pastor – outside of a calendared anniversary.
Sunday proved it.
This reminds me of an old adage: If you want a better pastor – pray for the one you have. If you want a more loving pastor – pray for the one you have. If you want a better preaching pastor – pray for the one you have. If you want a more blessed pastor – pray for the one you have.
Prayer sure beats argumentative, hostile and woundings from an out-of-control business meeting. Thank God, we don’t have those – because we are believers first and foremost.
YOUR COMMENTS WELCOMED
First Baptist Church is saddened by the homegoing of our member, Sis. Julia Elizabeth Monie Griffin. Her homegoing services will be held on Friday, November 2, 2012. Visitation is from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Homegoing Service begins at 12:00 Noon. Pastor Robert Earl Houston will be officiating.
Julia Elizabeth Monie Griffin, was born to the union of Will Berry and Emma Monie. She entered this life on February 28, 1933 and went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 30, 2012 surrounded by her loving family.
Julia professed her faith in Christ at an early age and joined First Baptist Church, under the pastorate of Rev. R.E.S. Utterbach. She sang in the Women’s Choir and Young Adult Choir. She was instrumental in the remodeling of the restrooms in the Fellowship Hall and remained a member until her death.
She was educated at Rosenwald School and graduated from Mayo-Underwood High School. Julia was gifted with a beautiful voice and sang throughout her younger years in her high school Glee Club and at First Baptist Church. Julia was also a member of the gospel group “The Harmonettes,” which performed in churches throughout Kentucky during the 1950’s. In later year, her favorite past time was talking on the phone into the late hours with her cousin, Mabel Conda.
Julia retired from Kentucky state government after 20 plus years. She also worked at the Stewart Home for over 12 years. She was a life member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 9235, which she faithfully supported. She was a member of the Franklin Co. Senior Citizens.
She leaves to cherish her memory four devoted children who were the delight of her life, James (Barbara) Monie, Albert (Roxanne) Davis, Robert Griffin and Varita Griffin; brother James (Patricia) Monie; Sister, Emma Tillman; Seven grandchildren; Seven great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Julia was preceded in death by her parents, son Dennis Griffin and her brother William Monie
Permanently Healed – <— click to hear the audio
The First Baptist Church of Frankfort, Kentucky is saddened to announce the homegoing of our beloved member, Sister Emma F. Jackson, who went home to be with the Lord on Friday, October 5, 2012 at Bradford Square Care and Rehabilitation Center. She was 80 years old.
Services for Sister Jackson will be held at First Baptist Church, 100 Clinton Street, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601, as follows:
- Visitation will be on on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Homegoing Service will be on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 beginning at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Robert Earl Houston, Sr. will be officiating.
- Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Sis. Jackson was born to the late William Clarence Samuels and Emma Lea West on December 30, 1931 in Scott County, Kentucky, and worked in food preparation for Kings Daughters Hospital/Frankfort Regional Medical Center, and Kentucky State University.
She gave her life to the Lord at an early age and later united with the First Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Dr. K.L. Moore, Jr. and was an active and supporting member under the leadership of Pastor Robert Earl Houston, Sr.
She is survived by five sons, Calvin L. (Stephanie) Samuels, James L. (Jenny) Samuels, Richard Samuels, Allen (Sandy) Jackson, and Greg C. Jackson; two daughters, Mary A. Robinson and Linda Mae Jackson; three sisters, Willie L. Boffman, Mattie F. Bailey, and Thelma J. Taul; 22 grandchildren; and 42 great grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Jackson; son, William R. “Sky” O’Banion, and a brother, James William Samuel.
Flowers are welcome or expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Emma Jackson to the First Baptist Church, 100 Clinton Street, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601.
Richard Hawkins, Charles Berry, Michael Carter, Otis Hughes, Benny Yett, and Kenny Samuels will serve as Pallbearers. Sis. Jackson’s grandchildren will serve as Honorary Pallbearers.
Arrangements are under the direction of Harrod Brothers Funeral Home, 312 Washington Street, Frankfort, KY 40601; Condolences may be shared via the online guest book at http://www.harrodbrothersfuneralhome.com.
I’ve had something on my heart for the last few weeks and this week I was able to put this into motion. Today, I wrote letters to all of the Kentucky U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senatoral legislators to request consideration of naming our 40601 Frankfort Post Office in the name of my predecessor and First Baptist Church’s longest serving pastor (46 years), the Reverend Dr. Kidd Leon Moore, Jr.
Dr. Moore’s story is unique in the Frankfort area. He came to Frankfort from Chicago after serving as an associate at the Olivet Baptist Church under the leadership of the powerful Dr. Joseph Harrison Jackson, who later became President of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc, and under whose leadership the split occurred that birthed the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Pastor Moore actually led FBC in to uniting with PNBC and served as Chairman of the New Pastors Committee and the Convention Recording Secretary for many years.
My predecessor, the Reverend Dr. K. L. Moore, Jr., served the Frankfort community for 46 years as pastor of the First Baptist Church (Clinton Street). Under his leadership he held several hats – ambassador to the community, civil rights leader, pastor, community leader, bridge builder between the races, and he was known by all sectors in the community for his service to those who were sick and shut in, for performing countless funerals and weddings, and preaching literally thousands of sermons during his ministry. He can easily be considered one of the most beloved and influential African-Americans in the Frankfort area.
At present, the Post Office for the 40601, which is located just minutes from where Dr. Moore served and lived, has not been named in honor for any particular person. It has been on my heart for the past few weeks to petition you for consideration of this, which you know, would require an Act of the Congress submitted by the Kentucky Congressional Delegation.
I learned a long time ago that you cannot receive blessings if you refuse to be a blessing. Dr. Moore’s commitment to this community is legendary. He broke bread with several Governors and yet visited the Hospitals in the area. He deserves to be honored and I’m hoping that the Senators and Congressmen will agree with me.
I look forward to seeing generations walk through the portals of the Dr. Kidd Leon Moore, Jr. Post Office.
Reflecting on today, I want to go back and look at who have served as Guest Speakers at First Baptist Church since April 2009: (Excluding FBC Associate Ministers and Funerals) – if I missed anyone on the list, please let me know in the Comments Section.
Dr. Elizabeth Williams, Nashville, Tennessee
Rev. Clifford Williams, North Augusta, South Carolina
Minister Barton Elliott Harris, Nashville, Tennessee
Rev. Edward B. Johnson, Sr., San Diego, California
Rev. Darron LaMonte Edwards, Sr., Kansas City, Missouri
Minister Angie Smith-Peeples, Louisville, Kentucky
Overseer Jonathan McReynolds, Columbus, Ohio
Dr. Robert A. Strode, Louisville, Kentucky
Dr. A.E. Reid, Moderator, Earlington, Kentucky
Minister Barton Elliott Harris, Nashville, Tennessee
Rev. Bryant L. Bacon, Sr., Niles, Michigan
Sis. Roz Akins, Lexington, Kentucky
Dr. Walter L. Parrish, III, Baltimore, Maryland
Dr. D.Z. Cofield, Houston, Texas
Rev. Michael Robinson, Lexington, Kentucky
Dr. Floyd Greene, Versailles, Kentucky
Dr. Emil Thomas, Washington, DC
Dr. Joseph McDowell, Lexington, Kentucky
Dr. Kilen Gray, Shelbyville, Kentucky
Bishop Kenneth B. Spears, Sr., Fort Worth, Texas
Dr. Cheryl D. Walker, Louisville, Kentucky
Dr. H. Donald Cockerham, Louisville, Kentucky
Rev. Marlon Mack, Gary, Indiana
Dr. Thurman Coleman, Louisville, Kentucky
Rev. Daniel Corrie Shull, Louisville, Kentucky
Dr. Bernard J. Sutton, Chicago, Illinois
Rev. Jamal Floyd Pickens, Louisville, Kentucky
Dr. Lincoln Bingham, Louisville, Kentucky
Dr. Meadowlark Lemon, Phoenix, Arizona
Rev. Casandra Gray, Shelbyville, Kentucky
Pastor Carole Jacobs, Frankfort, Kentucky
Rev. Elvyn Hamilton, Frankfort, Kentucky
Rev. Leslie Whitlock, Frankfort, Kentucky
Dr. L.A. Newby, Frankfort, Kentucky
Rev. Jermaine Wilson, Frankfort, Kentucky
Rev. Shalmon Radford, Madisonville, Kentucky
Rev. Michael Jackson, Lexington, Kentucky
Minister Rhoda Raglin, Georgetown, Kentucky
Rev. Dianne Brown, Louisville, Kentucky
Bishop D.S. Briggs, St. Louis, Missouri
Rev. Paris L. Smith, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
Rev. Emmanuel P. Young, Greensburg, Kentucky
Rev. Reginald Davis, Keene, Kentucky
Rev. Allataye A. Russ, Nashville, Tennessee
There should be an all points bulletin issued in the Commonwealth of Kentucky for the arrest and capture of Rev. Allataye Russ, who preached us senseless today at First Baptist Church as we celebrated 179 years of ministry. For the first time, we celebrated in two services – 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.
At 8:00 a.m. (led by Sis. Marsha Young, one of our faithful Deaconesses) during the worship we heard history for one of our chief historians, Deacon Jacobs and Deacon Townsend, two loyal servants at FBC. For the first time I remember, Sis. Debra Miles blessed us in song (my how she did). Pastor Russ WORE US OUT – I can’t believe how incredibly strong and hard he preaches. I later joked with the congregation that I lost five pounds listening to him preach. He started in four gear and never let up. God tremendously used him and I’m glad that FBC received him so well.
At 10:00 a.m. we had a 30 minute Sunday School joint class that I taught. Thank God for His favor.
At 11:00 a.m. the celebration concluded in great order. Sis. Hettie Oldham, one of our faithful Trustees, led our worship. Praise and Worship went well. We paused for a unique historical presentation by our Church Treasurer, Bro. Freddie Johnson and Sis. Gloria Morgan.
We celebrated by recognition awards for some of our great saints at FBC presented by me and my wife, Lady Jessica G. Houston: Dr. Gus T. Ridgel, The Golden Girls (WMU) Ministry, Sis. Deborah Bobbitt, Sis. Norma Hogan, our bus drivers – Deacon J.D. Smith, Sis. Eula Thomas and Bro. Richard Hawkins, and then it was a delight to honor our Man of the Year – Bro. Freddie Joe Johnson and very emotionally our Woman of the Year – Sis. Carol Davis (posthumously).
The Choir from Guildfield Baptist Church of Guthrie, TN, which is actually on the State Line of Tennessee and Guthrie, Kentucky, blessed us with three selections of praise. Then Pastor Russ preached, “Too Legit to Quit” (I’ll post it later tonight). It was like a Holy Ghost explosion. In his closing, Pastor Russ told us to tell our Davids in the church not too quit and then ran through a litany of reasons why he’s glad that David didn’t quit: i.e., If David had quit, we would have never heard “Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord.”
After the sermon, with tears in my eyes, I led us into a period of praise and worship, and yes, dancing. It was awesome. After our closing remarks, the Culinary Ministry of FBC served us uniquely – every table had a server and a menu to personalize your food order. Kudos to y’all – and yes, I marked my menu (“A little bit of everything”).
Click the link below to hear the eulogy of Sister Carol Davis, preached at the pulpit of First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Kentucky on Saturday, September 8, 2012: