2015 Christian Educator of the Year

Deacon Tod V. Miller

True Love Missionary Baptist Church salutes Deacon Tod Vincent Miller as the Christian Educator for 2015.

Deacon Tod V. Miller has been a member of True Love Missionary Baptist since April, 1987. He was ordained as a Deacon in September, 2001, and has served in numerous positions during his walk with Christ here at True Love.

His cooperative spirit has spread to the various ministries in which he serves. They include Director of Public Relations, Deacon assigned to the Altar Circle, Past President of the Adult Usher Board, the Laymen’s League, Chairman Project 2000 (Building Expansion), Secretary Board of Trustees, and Secretary Board of Deacons, Finance Committee, Budget Committee, Church Anniversary Committee and Pastor’s Anniversary Committee. In addition to his services at True Love, he has served with the Laymen in the Prospect District Association, BM&E State Convention, and as a delegate to the National Baptist Congress and National Baptist Convention.

He presently serves as the Sunday School Teacher for Class No. 5 in the Adult Sunday School Department. Deacon Miller is well prepared when he comes before his class, he has a keen since of humor, teaches with excitement and has the ability for integrating Biblical truths into practical issues. He has the heart of a servant, and is a firm believer that only what you do for Christ will last. His favorite scripture is Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Are You Your Brother’s Keeper?

“May you be forever blessed with food, drink, and rest for you body; and laugher, hope, and love for your soul.”

If these are your thoughts and prayers for our less fortunate brothers and sisters, you can help by supporting our benevolent outreach ministries.

Here at True Love, we have several ministries dedicated to that endeavor with which you may align yourselves. These ministries, under the umbrella of the Department of Missions, are as follows: The Focus Hope Ministry; The Pantry Ministry; Females in Action Today (F.I.A.T.); The Senior and Junior Laymen.

To find out ways in which you may help, please contact the president of any of those ministries.

Prayerfully Submitted,
Trustee Alphonso W. Murphy, Jr.

LORD, please help us embrace our neighbors with care. Fill our hearts with compassion so we may feed, clothe, heal and give shelter to those in need. Amen.

Organize “That” Two!

“It is not enough to be busy…..The question is: what are we busy about?” — Henry David Thoreau

Not enough said with our daily life when it comes to organization. To get to a place where we can eat right; exercise regularly; prepare and have a financial readiness plan (for now and our final obligations, if it’s God’s will); spend quality time with love ones; daily reading (Bible, Motivation, Financial, Travel, etc.); defend Mother Earth; or just take a simple get-a-way to endure moments of a positive thought — all require some type of organization.

In the spring newsletter, I spoke of approaches to stay in order in “Organize That” by: 1) Understand your values, 2) Be Realistic, 3) Plan Ahead, 4) Know the “Pros” and “Cons”, 5) Follow and track your progress, and 6) Keep Trying.

As a financial auditor for many years, I have learned and advised that staying organized is the key to personal, business and family success. A lifestyle system of daily organized procedures is the best way to avoid costly and unnecessary professional fees. In general, the approaches in “Organize That” are the same here but, let’s talk about the importance of having a financial readiness plan in which I see in many cases are either missed, or delayed too often. This holds true for personal, business and individuals who are charged with the financial responsibilities of large organizations.

For example, with this age of technology, we are required to have a password for just about every financial account, secured information or sensitive work related documentation. Therefore, when people don’t think about financial readiness or don’t have a plan in place for a set-back, this could cause much more, or even a lasting harm in the event of a loss of a family member, business partner; or any other event that may remove someone important from the process or work knowledge situation that they have. Usually, when this happens you may hear: “I think they wanted to leave….”, “I remember once they said….”, or “I’m almost sure he wanted….” comments are the only source of information left to go with. So, I suggest thinking about a quick link of information like a financial planning readiness plan that is known to your spouse, or love one who will be selected to handle your business should something happen to you. This can be done by yourself but, you may want to consult your financial planner and/or tax preparer to keep them up to date.

A quick home or business file system that should be kept up to date, should include files (alphabetically) like: Auto, Bank Accounts, Charities, Employment, Expenses, Insurances-Autos, Insurances-Health & Disability, Insurance-Home & Property, Insurance–Life & Annuity, Medical Records, Passwords, Personal, Real Estate, Residence, Retirement Savings, Schools, Self-Employment, Social Security, Taxes, Warranties, Wills & Trusts. I also suggest keeping a find index up front that would list items and where they are, such as: Accounting/taxes fees (Expense file), Personal Banking (Bank Accounts), Business Banking (Self-Employed File); Church Donations (Charities File), Deed (Real Estate File), etc. Also, on important file passwords: Place all passwords in one file. This could be a computer file or a manual file, but I do suggest having at least a hard copy even if there is a computer file.

This well put together system can be done with your spouse and children, or business partner, to have a good under- standing on the what, the where and how stuff is to be carried out should something happen.

As a former President Jimmy Carter would say: “We should live our lives as though Christ was coming this afternoon.”

Submitted By Brother Michael Wynn

Sunday School and Christian Café Hour (Baptist Training Union)

Sunday School and Christian Café Hour (also known as Baptist Training Union), are the training arms of our church. No matter your age, Sunday School will help you learn more about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

We are now in our Summer Quarter. Our study focus for the months of June, July and August, 2015: “God Demands Justice”.

There are three units:
Unit 1 — Indictments Against Injustice (4 lessons) Unit 2 — Appeals to the Unjust for Justice (4 lessons) Unit 3 — Advocates of Justice for All (5 lessons)

Our BTU study is: BAPTIST ARTICLES OF FAITH — Tenets for Life (Part 2)

This series is the second of two parts dealing with the Articles of Faith of our Baptist denomination.

The Articles of Faith are appropriately called “Tenets of Life.” The framers of our polity, policy and

practices as Baptists recognized the place, purpose and priority of a set of principles that would

serve to guide Baptist life. Baptist must stand firm upon the Word of the Lord. Each Article of Faith

will be given exhaustive coverage from a biblical perspective and a cultural/contemporary context. From BAPTIST TRAINING UNION Series—A publication of the National Baptist Convention, USA

Classes for Sunday School and BTU are conveniently scheduled between our two services. Sunday School begins at 9:00 am with BTU following at 10:15 am. We have great teachers and this is a time to ask questions and get answers to those passages you have been wondering about. We have classes to fit every leaning style. JUST TRY IT! And don’t forget you little ones!

MINISTRY SPOTLIGHT

Sister to Sister

Sister to Sister is a ministry serving women ages 19 and up. This ministry is under the umbrella of the

Mission Department. Sister Loretta Wilson is the president.

Our purpose is to encourage and support Christian Women in the growing process of learning about Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, through studying, fellowship and prayer. We aim to teach our members to be good Christian women. Our goal is to set a good example for the younger women of the church to look up to. We desire to show our love and compassion to those in need, while continuing to grow in strength and excel in knowledge of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Our first meeting was held on September 21, 2013. Evangelist Carolyn Fitzpatrick soon joined us as our teacher. She is teaching on the Titus 2 Woman.

Sister to Sister also has an outreach ministry for college students of True Love Baptist Church. We contact the students after a year and have them give us a list of some of the things they need in school. We have successfully served two students and we’re now focusing on our third student.

Sisters, we welcome you to come and join us on the 4th Saturday of each month, at 10:00 am in the Educational Building.

Submitted by Sister Loretta Wilson

The Importance of the Lord’s Supper Table

The Lord’s Supper Table is a very important part of our Christian faith. The only ordinances of our church are baptism and the Lord’s Supper, or as it is often called communion. 1 Corinthians 10:15-30 presents us with an understanding of how sacred and holy the Lord’s Supper table is to the Christian church. It is a celebration that is to be honored, glorified, and reverenced as often as possible. Every saved person should anticipate and desire to participate in this fellowship with other saints because it strengthens our faith in Christ as we wait for His return for our souls.

The apostle Paul warns the newly converted people of Corinth about compromising the sacredness of the communion with the world. That means that we have an obligation to safeguard and protect our way of understanding and worship from the enemies who come to steal, rob, and destroy. Let’s not confuse the Lord’s Supper table with other tables of the world, especially that table of the demons. Instead of learning about other tables of the world, study the real table and all the others will expose themselves to you. Other tables of the world are not the same as ours and it is important for us to separate ourselves from heathens, idolatrous and immoral man-made practices.

We must maintain our principles by standing on the Word of God. Compromising our integrity about the Lord’s Supper Table is not optional. We must continue to be conscience and concerned about the godless world around us. We cannot be so high and lifted up that we are foolishly ignoring the ways of the world. The world tries to emulate what we do as the church to persuade wishy-washy Christians to forsake Christ and follow them. This Christian life is not as difficult as it may seem and it is very rewarding in the present and future.

This faith that we are in can be reduced to simplicity by remembering a game I learned as a child. The game was called “Follow the Leader”.

Therefore, as the leader of True Love Missionary Baptist Church, who follows Jesus Christ, I hope that you will follow me as the leader that the Lord has placed over this church. As the leader, I say to all of you in our great, growing church family, remember to come and worship on the first Sunday of each month to celebrate in reverence and sacredness, the blessed opportunity to meet with me at the Lord’s Supper table for fellowship. May this enrich, empower, and encourage you to trust in the Lord with all thine heart.

God bless

Dr. H. B. Robinson, Jr.