RENTON, Wash. — Pastor Garry Tyson described his Wednesday night as an encounter with pure rage.
FAIRFIELD, N.J. — Investigators say the death of a church pastor who drowned in a northern New Jersey hotel pool this weekend appears to have been an accident.
But further testing will be done to see if medical issues contributed to the death of Charles Ahia, a 51-year-old Irvington resident who died early Saturday.
The Star-Ledger (http://bit.ly/PQjkYl) reports Ahia was a pastor with the World Outreach Church, which was holding a weekend retreat at the hotel in Fairfield.
Authorities say Ahia entered the pool with another church member around 7 a.m. and inadvertently moved toward the deep end. The other church member then ran to the front desk for help.
Another hotel guest got Ahia out of the water and he was taken to a hospital, where he died a short time later.
First Baptist Church announces the following arrangements for the Homegoing Services of two of our beloved members, who went home to be with the Lord on September 1, 2012:
BOTH SERVICES WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2012 at First Baptist Church, 100 Clinton Street, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601, Pastor Robert Earl Houston, Sr., Senior Pastor and Officiant. The Magnificent Mass Choir will be singing at BOTH SERVICES.
SISTER MABEL CONDA – Visitation: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Services begin at 10:00 a.m. Interment: Greenhill Cemetery, Frankfort, Kentucky. UPDATE: Repast will be held at the Frankfort Capitol Plaza Hotel.
SISTER CAROL DAVIS – Visitation: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Services begin at 2:00 p.m. Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens, Frankfort, Kentucky. Repast follows at First Baptist Church.
DUE TO HAVING TWO FUNERAL SERVICES ON SATURDAY, THERE WILL NOT BE AN 8:00 A.M. MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2012. PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE 11:00 A.M. MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE.
CONDOLENCES CAN BE E-MAILED TO FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH AT FBCFRANKFORT1833@YAHOO.COM OR MAILED TO: (FAMILY), C/O FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, 100 CLINTON STREET, FRANKFORT, KENTUCKY 40601 OR BROUGHT TO THE CHURCH PRIOR TO THE RESPECTIVE SERVICE.
Please remember both families in your prayers during this hour of bereavement and transition.
If there are any pertinent changes, we will notify you via Facebook or email for those on the FBC email list.
This was the most difficult day that we (FBC and I) have walked through together. The weather was cloudy with some light rain, but our difficulty had nothing to do with rain and everything to do with bereavement.
We gathered together (in good numbers) in both services with the cloud of the loss of Sis. Carol Davis and Sis. Mabel Conda weighing heavily on our minds.
At 8:00 a.m., we had two souls (coincidently) to be baptized – two grown women – and I am certainly thankful for that. The service was a little behind time, so I preached a sermon on renewed commitment, “Don’t Jump Ship!(1 Corinthians 4:1).” The purpose of the message was to recount the purpose of the rowers in the hull of a ship in New Testament times, that they were responsible as the engine to the ship, therefore, we must continue rowing and rowing and rowing .. . until the Lord taps us on the shoulder and says “well done,” just as he had down with Sis. Davis and Sis. Conda.
Minister Pamela Black taught during Sunday School.
At 11:00 a.m. we had the McCoy Family Reunion from California, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, and other states worshiping with us. Attendance was down due to the Labor Day holiday and again, bereavement was in the air. I commend our Gospel Choir for singing anyhow – they were awesome. The sermon (see above) went well and something special happened during communion. We started singing “Look Where He Brought Me From” and the Holy Spirit took over. It was a special time of the Spirit ministering to the Pastor and People of FBC. Thank God for His power.
Now, our preparation is for two services this weekend.
GO OREGON! The Oregon Ducks, ranked #5 in the nation, beat Arkansas State like they stole $50 from the Ducks. Final score: 57-34, but it was never close.
DEMOCRATS: Now the week-long rebuttal to the GOP begins this week in Charlotte, North Carolina. I don’t think that President Obama and the team should take the GOP for lightly – they are energized, emboldened and brazen. That’s a very dangerous combination. They’ll get the opportunity to raise the base and with President Clinton – who, if nothing else, will pull out all the stops to help President Obama. Then on Thursday, President Obama must hit the ball out of the park and line out his vision for the next four years.
SAY WHAT: Clint Eastwood needs to retire, immediately, yesterday.
CONVENTIONS: I won’t be going to National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. in Atlanta like I had planned due to my wife’s illness and now two funerals to preach. The National Missionary Baptist Convention of America will meet in Los Angeles and they will be electing a new President to succeed the late Dr. C.C. Robertson. My understanding is there are at least two candidates – Dr. Nehemiah Davis, acting President from Fort Worth, TX and Rev. Dale Jay Sanders from New Orleans, Louisiana.
I told you Saturday has been a sad day. Saturday morning I received a telephone call from the West Coast to let me know that the Reverend Cecil Dodson, Sr., pastor of the Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church of Seattle, Washington, went home to be with the Lord.
Pastor Dodson embraced me as a young minister while I was serving at the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church of Portland, Oregon as the Administrative Assistant to Pastor Johnny Pack, IV. He gave me opportunities to preach at Mt. Pleasant culminating in serving as their Evangelist for their Annual Revival for several years consecutively. Matter of fact, I was told that I was the only out-of-town evangelist that he ever brought in to preach.
I cherished those weeks at Mount Pleasant – they were special to me because of the pastoral kindness of Pastor Dodson, his supportive wife, and the Dodson family. They sacrificed to make sure that the Revival was a success from year to year and I enjoyed preaching there year to year. Pastor Dodson had old fashioned “preacher sense” and it was a church filled with musically gifted people, led by the Dodson family.
It’s been many a year since I last spoke to Pastor Dodson. Ministry does that to you when you relocate from one place to another and I’ve moved four times (Fresno, San Diego, Nashville and Frankfort) since those days in Portland and Seattle – but every now and then, when talking with friends from Portland and Seattle, his name would come up and I would ask how is he doing and how’s his church coming along.
Rest in Peace Pastor Dodson – you led Mount Pleasant over 30 years with historic distinction. Thank you for helping me become the preacher I am today.
UPDATE: HOMEGOING SERVICES FOR PASTOR CECIL DODSON, SR. WILL BE SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2012 AT THE ROSE HILL MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH, DR. SHELBY L. TATE, PASTOR AT 11:00 A.M.
I have been pastoring since I was in my late 20s. Today has been one of the saddest days of my pastorate. Tonight another one of the precious saints of First Baptist Church has taken flight to be with the Lord – Sis. Mable Conda, 94.
“Miss Mable” as she was lovingly called by generations at FBC, was a one of a kind spirit. She lived in her childhood home, across the street from Kentucky State University. Although advanced in years, it was not unusual to see her in church – whether it was her home church or supporting another church in the city. She didn’t just belong to FBC, she belonged to Frankfort.
There was always kind to me and my family and she loved her pastor. The family told me that when she was hospitalized and the doctors had said it could be any day, she told them she wasn’t going anywhere until she saw her pastor. I was in Columbus, Ohio preaching and as soon as I got off the plane in Louisville, I drove immediately to her bedside at St. Joseph’s hospital. I had prayer with her and her family and I could see a tear falling from her eye – she knew her pastor was in the room.
My first year as Pastor, I instituted a Man and Woman of the Year award and Miss Mable was the first recipient. She left an audio/visual presentation of history at First Baptist Church, coordinated by Dr. Lee Charles Harris – so that generations following would know about the early days of First Baptist Church. She was a member of the church over 80 plus years.
My heart is heavy – I’ve lost two great members today – Sis. Carol Davis and Sis. Mable Conda. BUT, Lord willing, I’ll see y’all in the morning . . .