It is with earthly sorrow and heavenly joy that we announce the entrance of our beloved Karen Walker into the presence of the Lord. She was a faithful member of LIFE Church. Sis. Karen served tirelessly in various areas of the church. She was an intercessor, an encourager and a dear friend. We pray for our Minister of Music, Alexander Scott, his siblings, Vladimir and Ranate and the entire Scott and Walker families. Further details will be announced. While we are profoundly sad, and will miss her earthly presence, we celebrate her heavenly entrance into the presence of the Lord.
At LIFE, we take seriously the great commission and look forward to every opportunity to carry it out. Every 5th Sunday, we hold Baptism, in which we encourage those who've never been baptized or have recommitted their lives to Christ and wish to be baptized. Christ's resurrection is something that we as Christians have a right to take part in. We were crucified with Him, dead to sin and raised to new LIFE!! It is truly a refreshing experience like none other.
At LIFE Church, we believe in the principal of giving, and this is an example of that. On Back to Church Sunday, September, 15, 2019, Pastor Terence A. Merritt, M.D. called the congregation to sow towards to help the people of the Bahamas, who had been recently devastated by Hurricane Dorian. In moments, the congregation responded overwhelmingly. Subsequently, on this past Sunday, as we closed out Back to Church Month, LIFE Church presented a check in the amount of $1K towards Hurricane Dorian Relief Effort. We partnered with COGIC Charities to support disaster relief in the Bahamas and surrounding areas.
Over $100,000 of supplies and relocation assistance have already been provided to the devastated people of the Bahamas. Already, our first shipment of emergency supplies has arrived in the Bahamas, and is being distributed to families in desperate need. Additionally, a five acre warehouse site has been acquired by the church, where tea re establishing the COGIC Bahamas Warehouse and Distribution Center essential to the ongoing and long range distribution of supplies and resources throughout the island. The center is being stocked with 11,000 gallons of diesel fuel, pallets of drinking water, generators, tarps, tools, hygiene supplies, water filters, military grade meals, etc. Airplanes, helicopters and boats are being provided by strategic partners to facilitate continual distribution. COGIC representatives are already on the ground in the Bahamas, hard at work. Our financial support is helping to maximize our impact. LIFE Church is proud to partner with this year’s Laity Campaign “Kingdom Mission” which is so very crucial.
“If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled, notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body, what doth it profit?” -James 2:15-16
College and Young Adult Week kicked off with a young adult panel, from the theme "Living Single." From dating to chasing the bag, our young adults discussed it all. Check it out.
College and Young Adult Sunday 2019
CYA week culminated with a powerful worship encounter. Our special musical guest was Benedict College Gospel Choir, and our guest speaker was Evangelist Vandalyn Kennedy. Special guests included, Clark Atlanta Football Team, Clark Atlanta University Royal Court, Morehouse College Senate, and Mr. Benedict College, from Columbia, SC. The service ended with 37 young adults and college students accepting Christ as their Savior.
September is nearing its end, but it's not over just yet! Let's close Back to LIFE month out with a bang, with THROWBACK SUNDAY! You've asked for it, and now it's here. Make plans to worship at LIFE this Sunday, September 29th in two powerful experiences 10am with Pastor Terence A. Merritt, M.D. and Prophet Brian Mosley at 6pm.
Let's worship together.
Dr. Lee E. Van Zandt is a third-generation member of the Church of God in Christ; the daughter of the late Pastor Woodrow and Mother Gladys Paige Jones. She received the Lord at the age of eight years old through Mother Dorothy Webster Exume. Mother Van Zandt is a graduate of Saints Junior College in Lexington, MS, and Ohio State University with a BS degree in Education.
She also attended the Four Square Bible College, and received her honorary Doctorate degree in 2006 from the ABG School of Theology. Mother Van Zandt is the Pastor of Monument of Love C.O.G.I.C. in Vienna, MD, which she and her late husband Elder Benjamin Van Zandt founded.
She served as Administrator of Women in Brazil for five years, where she helped build a Mission house, a home for unwed mothers, an orphanage and established a drug rehabilitation center for men. She was appointed as Supervisor of Women in 2000, and resigned in November 2012. Mother is currently serving as Supervisor of the Eastern Shore Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Maryland Dept of Women since 2002. She is the Advisory Chairperson for the Global World Mission Dept. and has served in foreign Mission since she first traveled to Haiti at twelve years old with Mother Exume. She has traveled to 79 countries in the World and spoken in 67 of them. She has been an instructor for the Mission Department during the AIM convention for the last twenty years, and has traveled with YOAM since 1980.
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