Daily Archives: October 29th, 2012

Homegoing of a Saint – Dr. Henry L. Hudson, Oakland, California

In 1991 I moved from Portland, Oregon to accept the pastorate of Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church in Fresno, California. I was called there on a Friday evening and I drove overnight to be there on Sunday morning to accept the call of the church and to represent the church at the California Missionary Baptist State Convention.  Dr. S.M. Lockridge was the president and I was formally introduced to my new moderator, Dr. Henry Foster Dean, St. John Missionary Baptist Association, of Stockton, California and he introduced me to his cabinet, including Dr. Henry L. Hudson, pastor of the Williams Chapel Baptist Church of Oakland, California.

On Sunday morning, October 28, 2012, Dr. Hudson, who was the Pastor Emeritus of Williams Chapel after retiring last year, fell ill during the worship service, suffering a heart attack, and went home to be with the Lord. He had served as their pastor for 29 years and was active in the St. John District, California Convention, and the National Missionary Baptist Convention of America.

He and his brother, Dr. J.L. Hudson, pastored significant congregations in Oakland and he was known throughout the community.


10:00 – AM, Friday, November 9, 2012
Williams Chapel Baptist Church
Rev. Kenneth J.L. Anderson, Pastor & Officiant
Dr. J.L. Hudson (his brother) will be preaching the eulogy
1410 10th Avenue Oakland, CA, Alameda 94606
Click Here to view a map.


Public Visitation/Musical will be held November 8th, 2012

Viewing 5:00-7:00 PM
Musical 7:00-9:00 PM.

Burial Location: Mountain View Cemetery Oakland, CA


Homegoing of a Saint – Pastor Danny Kirk

This is from the Fort Worth Telegram – very sad news . . .

FOREST HILL – A longtime Baptist pastor was fatally beaten inside his Forest Hill church Monday morning, and the suspect later died in the back of a patrol car, according to police and MedStar.

Pastor Danny Kirk was apparently inside Greater Sweethome Missionary Baptist Church, 7312 Forest Hill Drive, about 11:15 a.m. when a vehicle crashed into the side of the building.

Police Chief Dan Dennis said they believe the attack on the pastor began in the parking lot of the church, and then moved inside the church, eventually ending in the music room. When officers arrived, they found the man beating Kirk with an electric guitar, Dennis said.

An officer fired his Taser to end the assault, Dennis said. The suspect was placed in the back of a patrol car. When officers later returned to the car, he wasn’t breathing, said MedStar spokesman Matt Zavadsky.

A janitor was attacked outside the church and was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A church secretary was also inside the building but locked herself in a storage closet and was not injured, Dennis said.

Authorities have not released the identities of anyone involved. Church members identified Kirk as the pastor.

Paramedics were on the scene Monday afternoon treating multiple grief-stricken patients.

Dennis said that police weren’t yet sure of the motive but that robbery hasn’t been ruled out. He said he they don’t believe that the suspect was a church member but that he might have had family members who are members of the congregation.

Associate minister Claudie Loftin praised Kirk’s leadership at the church.

“He had a hug for everyone,” Loftin said. “If you came in this church, you got a hug, no matter how long the line was. He was a man of honesty and integrity, and he showed it every day.”

Kirk was ordained in 1984 and started the Forest Hill church in 1995, according to the church’s website.

The church has more than 850 members and offers a food pantry, a clothing ministry and a scholarship program for students. Members were planning an expansion, largely due to the leadership of Kirk.

“People wanted to come hear and see him,” youth minister Cleveland Starr said.

The pastor also was a chaplain in the Fort Worth school district.

He grew up in the Central Texas city of Marlin before moving to the Forest Hill area, Starr said.

“He was a faithful man, a religious man, who loved his family,” Starr said. “You could find him at the other church or somewhere nearby. He always had time for everyone.”


Sunday Re-Cap, October 28, 2012 (on Monday, October 29, 2012)

by Robert Earl Houston

The big news today (Sunday) is Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy is slowly creeping up the coastline of the eastern United States after terrorizing the Caribbean. Sandy has dominated the airwaves, thrown our political process on hold, and is on our minds. We’re praying for all those who Sandy will affect – including those of us in Kentucky, who are now (Monday) experiencing high winds and clouds. Should be a very interesting week ahead.

On Sunday, we joined with my home church, Westwood Baptist Church, University Center, Minister Barton Elliot Harris, Senior Pastor, as they celebrated their 90th Church Anniversary. Church was filled to capacity and we were blessed by the Praise and Worship led by Minister Derrick Lamont Smith. A portion of the Magnificent Mass Choir lifted their hearts in praise by singing, “Clap Your Hands” and “Awesome.”  I was introduced by my dear friend, Minister Brian K. Wilkins and preached “Which Way Will You Go?” from 2 Kings 7. The Lord was kind to the preaching moment. We feasted next door at Pearl-Cohn Comprehensive High School immediately after worship and it was a great meal. Thank you Westwood for your hospitality!

Sunday evening, Jessica and I were the guests of Pastor Marvin Neal, Assistant Pastor of Westwood and his lovely wife, Sherri. We were honored to be in their new home and Sherri’s mom, Regina Prude, “cheffed us to death” with an asian combo of chicken, shrimp and beef. We are very proud of what the Lord is doing with the Neals. Praise God for His blessings!

And now, Sports . . .

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants for running the table on the Detroit Tigers. It was never a contest, the Tigers were outgunned from game 1 and the Giants looked hungry for the title. Sadly, the city doesn’t know how to celebrate a victory. Rioting is asinine and stupid over a baseball game. SMH . . .

The NFL . . .

Tampa Bay 36, Minnesota 17 – did anyone remind Tampa Bay that they were not supposed to win very much this year?
Chicago 23, Carolina 22 – Here’s my suggestion Cam Newton – try getting traded to Dallas.
Cleveland 7, San Diego 6 – 2 out of 3 for the Browns? A hurricane must be approaching.
Detroit 28, Seattle 24 – Both equally matched teams, but Seattle was outcoached.
Green Bay 24, Jacksonville 15 – GB is on the tracks now. Can they run the table?
Miami 30, NY Jets 9 – What must go wrong for the Jets to put Tebow in?  The Sanchez era is over.
Atlanta 30, Philadelphia 17 – This is Atlanta’s year. Atlanta vs. Green Bay or NY Giants in the Super Bowl?
Pittsburgh 27, Washington 12 – RG3 was impressive, but the Steel Curtain is  . . .  the steel curtain.
New England 45, St. Louis 7 – New England needed a blow-out victory after the last few weeks.
Indianapolis 19, Tennessee 13 – Not a bad game and Andrew Luck needed this one.
Oakland 26, Kansas City 18 – I find the Raiders getting better and good news – they’re in the AFC West.
NY Giants 29, Dallas 24 – Cowboys showed disappointment, then heart, then disappointment. I wonder if that was the hand that Dez Bryant lifted against his mom? Note to Tony Romo: Yards passed are meaningless if you don’t win.
Denver 34, New Orleans 14 – It must be the air up there – many of the home games for the Broncos are affected by their great play and their opponent’s tiredness.
San Francisco at Arizona (Monday Night) – San Francisco by 20.


by Pastor Robert Earl Houston

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