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Homegoing of a Saint: Dr. Barry K. Hargrove, Baltimore, MD

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Homegoing of a Saint: Bishop Henry Barnwell, Phoenix, AZ

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Global United Fellowship sadly announces the transitioning of Bishop Henry Barnwell.

Bishop Barnwell was one of the first public supporters of GUF, and having already retired from full-time ministry, continued to offer his support to our presiding prelate and the fellowship, also attending his inauguration in November of 2014.
Our sincerest sympathies and heartfelt prayers are extended to his loved ones and church family members, during this time of bereavement.  We share in their sorrow and praise God for the life of our Beloved brother, Bishop Henry Barnwell.  May his soul rest in eternal peace.
Celebration of Life Services are as follows: 
Body to “Lie in State”
Wed. Sept. 20th, 2017
First New Life Church, 1902 West Roeser Rd.,
Noon to 8pm, Phoenix, AZ (Open to public)
Viewing / Wake
Thur. Sept. 21st, 2017
Pilgrim Rest Church, 1401 E. Jefferson
5pm – 7pm & 7pm – 9pm Wake, Phoenix, AZ
Funeral Service
Fri. Sept., 22nd, 2017
Pilgrim Rest Church, 1401 E. Jefferson
9am – Viewing / 10am Funeral Service, Phoenix, AZ
Interment to follow immediately after the service at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona,  23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, AZ
Please send all acknowledgements and resolutions to Preston Funeral Home: email address  Pfh3800@qwest.net
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the MLK Scholarship Fund.

This is the link to the Arizona Republic article on Bishop’s life.

Homegoing Services Announced for Dr. Clyde Elliott Gaines

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Body Lying in State: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. PST
Greater Trinity Missionary Baptist Church
3146 Oceanview Boulevard
San Diego, California 92113

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Viewing 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Homegoing Service 10 a.m.
Bayview Baptist Church
6134 Benson Avenue
San Diego, California 92114
Rev. Terry W. Brooks, Pastor
Rev. Clyde E. Gaines, II, Eulogist

Burial/Interment: 2:30pm
Miramar National Cemetery
5795 Noble Drive
San Diego, California 92122

Homegoing of a Saint – Dr. Clyde Elliott Gaines

by Robert Earl Houston

Hello everyone. I took a “blogging sabbatical” for a few months (including the homegoing of my mother, Naomi Houston in December) and now I’m back!

SAN DIEGO, CA – The Rev. Dr. Clyde Elliott Gaines, pastor of the Greater Trinity Missionary Baptist Church and religious/community leader went home to be with the Lord on May 7, 2017.

Dr. Gaines served Greater Trinity faithfully for over 38 years, assuming the pulpit on December 10, 1978 and moving from the Los Angeles area the following month.

He was an active and highly respected leader. He served as . . .

– Member of the Comprehensive Health Advisory Board, 1981-1995.
– Member of the Mayor’s Black Advisory Board (appointed by Mayor Maureen O’Connor)
– Member of the San Diego Civil Service Commission (appointed by Mayor O’Connor)
– Member of the Congressional Ministerial Advisory Board.
– Member of the Congressional District Advisory Committee.
– Featured in the 100 African American Role Models by the Museum of Arts in San Diego.
– San Diego City Council proclaimed February 11, 2002, “Rev. Clyde E. Gaines Day”
– “Man of the Year 2002” by The Women of Distinction
– Member, Public Welfare Advisory Board of San Diego
– Member, Hypertension Council Board of San Diego
– Member, the Black Development Task Force
– Member, the N.M.A. Advisory Board
– Religious Advisor to former President, William J. Clinton

Dr. Gaines was a leader in the Religious Communities. He served as . . .

– President of the Baptist Ministers’ Union, 1981-1995.
– Moderator of the Progressive Baptist District Association (and Moderator Emeritus)
– President, California Missionary Baptist State Convention (and President Emeritus)
– Vice President of Auxiliaries, National Missionary Baptist Convention of America

Greater Trinity experienced growth as he implemented a New Members Class; Pastor’s, Youth and Inspirational choirs; Scholarship Committee; Sunshine Band, Parents Advisory Committee; Dance ministries; Young Adult Bible Study; hiring of a full-time Secretary; and acquisition of additional property on Ocean View for the planned building of a new church edifice.

On a personal note, he was my pastor. He was profoundly generous and yes, no-nonsense. While traveling across the country in the interim period between my assignment at New Hope Friendship  in San Diego and moving to Nashville to serve at Westwood Baptist Church, University Center, I was his organist and he gave me preaching and teaching opportunities at Greater Trinity. On my last Sunday at the church, he received a love offering for me. He never called me “Rev. Houston” . . . he always called me son – and that was after I moved to San Diego in 1995. Matter of fact, our churches had a quarterly communion service that both churches looked forward to. It was remarkable between the two churches split from each other in the 1940s and we decided to bring us together for worship. It was awesome.

I served as his Corresponding Secretary at Progressive District and upon his recommendation, I became the first-ever General Secretary of that District. Later, even without pastoring a church in the District, he recommended me as Third Vice Moderator, which the District accepted.

I preached at Greater Trinity after I went to Nashville on several occasions. He would tell me, “Son, whenever you’re in town, you can always preach at Greater Trinity.” He was just that generous. He had a wicked sense of humor and this very tough man of God would melt being around his grandchildren. He loved being “Pa-Pa.”

His wife of approximately 60 years, Sis. Barbara Gaines, labored by her husband’s side. She supported their move to San Diego and was a visible presence in every endeavor by Dr. Gaines. The mother of their children, Clyde and Traci, she became known as a Band Mom, traveling to every competition. She too has served in denominational work as President of the Ministers’ Wives and Widows Auxiliary of the State and National conventions. They modeled a Pastoral family.

Last week Doc called me. It was the last time we talked and the call began with “Son” and ended with “love you Son.”

Homegoing services are pending.

Review: “The Birth of a Nation”

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Last night, me and my wife and two friends, went to see the movie “The Birth of a Nation.” I’ve looked at some reviews and I need to say on the onset I don’t always go to the movies looking for 100% historical accuracies. If that were the case, I’d never go to a Batman or Superman or Iron Man movie, because they are not historically accurate. A movie (which never said it way historically accurate) is the writer’s interpretation (Jean McGianni Celestin and the star/director/producer, Nate Parker).

The movie is the story of Nat Turner, who led a slave rebellion in Southhampton County, Virginia, played brilliantly by Parker. You note the evolution of Parker’s “ministry” as a “negro preacher” who was brought in to several slave encampments to teach the slaves how to obey their masters. Noticeably, the more he preached the larger his “honorarium,” which went to his slave master to help pay off his debts, grew.

As a pastor, watching the theme of the evolution of the preacher was remarkable. After he and his master, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer) were led to a slave pen, two slaves were being held there because of their own hunger strike. And after watching the brutality of how these slaves were tortured and force fed, Nat Turner, then a change of heart, tone, and a personal mission ensues.

Torture of slaves is maximized in this movie. The lynchings are “in your face” and scenes of rape, torture, brutality, and murder are intense. For the reason to get your attention . . . it met its goal. The theatre was in stone silence at the completion of the movie as the credits rolled.

After the movie, we sat down in the restaurant area of the theatre and we had to talk. This is a movie that sparks conversation and for me, it was decompression after viewing such a powerful movie.  This movie is not for the faint of heart.

Again, it’s not historically accurate but it is Oscar contention worthy.

Homegoing of a Saint: Bishop Andre L. Jackson, East Orange, NJ

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Various Vacant Pulpits – Posted 9/27/2016

First Baptist Church
Campbellsville, KY
Deadline: December 1, 2016

Second Baptist Church (bi-vocational)
New Liberty, KY
Deadline: Unknown

Greater St. James Baptist Church
Alton, IL
Deadline: September 30, 2016

Rose of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church
Odessa, TX
Deadline: October 6, 2016

New Redeem Missionary Baptist Church
Jacksonville, FL
Deadline: October 22, 2016

To view these vacancies, click below:
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Various Vacant Churches (September)

Attached is a list of pastoral position announcements for the following congregations:

Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church
Tucson, Arizona
Deadline: Not Listed

Calvary Baptist Church
Dover, Delaware
Deadline: November 30, 2016

Samaritan Baptist Church
Detroit, Michigan
Deadline: September 26, 2016

True Vine Baptist Church
Brandon, Mississippi
Deadline: September 30, 2016

Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church
Sioux City, Iowa
Deadline: December 31, 2016

Avon Avenue Baptist Church
Cleveland, Ohio
Deadline: December 31, 2016

New Calvary Baptist Church
Detroit, Michigan
Deadline: October 31, 2016

Grace Temple Baptist Church
Lawn side, New Jersey
Deadline: September 30, 2016

St. John’s Baptist Church
Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Deadline: Not Listed

Please click on the link below for the PDF file:
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Youth & Young Adult Minister Position – Consolidated Baptist Church, Lexington, KY

Good afternoon Pastor Houston:

I would like to announce a new job opening for Youth and Young Adult Pastor with Consolidated Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky. The candidate must have at least a Bachelor degree with (3) years of experience working with youth and/or young adults. A complete job description is attached and enclosed for your review.

For immediate consideration, suitable applicants should direct questions, cover letter, salary history, three references, resume, and a brief essay describing your journey in the Christian faith and why you are interested in this position to:

Rev. Richard Gaines, Senior Pastor
Consolidated Baptist Church
1625 Russell Cave Road
Lexington, Kentucky 40505

Click on the link below for more information:

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Homegoing of a Saint: Pastor John W. Smoke, Wetumpka, AL

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THE WIRE

by Pastor Robert Earl Houston

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About life, preaching, church, books, and other stuff.