ANNIVERSARIES, BIRTHDAYS, CANCELLATIONS, CONDOLENCES, MARRIAGES, ETC.
Eastern Connecticut State University Jared graduates with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications, strength in Advertising, and minor in Information Systems Management. He has worked hard for the past four years maintaining honors and earning recognition on the Dean's List. Jared belonged to clubs as well as a member of a fraternity. While holding down a job, he also excelled in his weightlifting hobby. Jared will be pursuing a career at a technological systems business using his education. Parents Trustee Chairman Shawn & Cassy are beyond proud of him to be the first college graduate in their immediate family. Congratulations to Jared Venson from his family, and to all 2020 Graduates. The Macedonia Baptist Church Family & friends also congratulate Jared Venson and all 2020 Graduates.
Quinnipiac University Amber is graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in Health Sciences and a minor in Psychology. Amber has excelled in leadership throughout her four years at the university. She stood as Director of Novities and Promotions for the school fall and spring concerts, held an executive board position on the Student Programming Board as the campus Travel Chair, while also maintaining membership in the Black Student Union, African and Caribbean Student Union, and Black Christian Ministries Organizations. Amber has also worked as a campus intramural sports referee, Campus Life Student Organization Assistant, and a Edge Fitness Clubs Kids Coach. She completed her internship with Plus One, an Optum Company at Alexion Pharmaceuticals as the Exercise Science/Kinesiology Intern. This past January, Amber had the pleasure of doing a study abroad session in Barbados where she visited multiple health facilities and studied under their practitioners. She will be pursuing a career within the health industry and will begin to continue her education in the year 2021-2022. Her Grandparents, Roberta & Moses Douglas are very proud of what she has accomplished and would like to congratulate her and the rest of the Class of 2020 Graduates. The Macedonia Baptist Church Family & friends also congratulate Amber Bennings and all 2020 graduates.
Eastern Connecticut State University Jahymal "JR" has graduated earning a Bachelors of Science Degree in Communication. He will be employed at Latham & Watkins, LLP this summer. The Macedonia Baptist Church Family & friends also congratulate Jahymal "JR" Dewar and all 2020 graduates.
Gregory & Marie Gatison - September 19th - 41 years
Jimmy & Tanya Little - September 25th - 40 years
Deacon Dave & Bruni Gatison - October 2nd - 6 years
Moses & Roberta Douglas - October 22nd - 66 years
Alexis Blount - September 1st
Deacon Janice Benitez - September 1st
Karina Reid - September 4th
Debra Beall - September 7th
Ivy Sanders - September 8th
Eric R. Gladding - September 9th
Marie Gatison - September 18th
Jimmy Little - September 25th
Deacon Mariah Collins - September 25th
Keah N. Trimble - September 27th
Bernadine Charles - October 2nd
Gregory A. Gatison, Sr. - October 4th
Ritchie Gatison - October 5th
Marvin Slappey - October 11th
John W. (Billy) Gatison, III - October 21st
Mae Brown - October 22nd
Minister Bruce Goldson - October 23rd
Shawn Venson - October 25th
Arthur Charles - October 26th
THE SPIRITUAL HEALTH & SALVATION OF OUR MACEDONIA FAMILY & COMMUNITY IS OUR PRIORITY. AND SO IS THEIR PHYSICAL HEALTH & SAFETY. SO WE ARE DISINFECTING AND SOCIAL DISTANCING, WITH WEARING MASKS, TEMPERATURE CHECKS AND ENCOURAGING EVERYONE TO BE VACCINATED FOR ALL WORSHIP CENTER SERVICES. MEMBERS AND GUESTS MAY WORSHIP IN THE SANCTUARY, FELLOWSHIP HALL, OR ON THE TELECONFERENCE LINE. PASTOR ALFRED L. SMITH, JR. WILL BE PREACHING AN ADDITIONAL SUNDAY SERMON VIA HIS FACEBOOK LIVE AT 9:30 AM.
We are currently asking our leadership, members, and friends who do not attend in person, to send in your weekly Tithes & donations by check & U.S. Mail to P.O. Box 363 Ansonia, CT 06401. Thanks and may GOD bless you & keep you. May HE cause HIS face to shine upon you and give you peace.
The coronavirus has cause a major disruption of normal life, anxiety, hardship and death. We would like to encourage you with Psalm 91.
PRAYER FOR OUR COMMUNITY & THE WORLD
Merciful FATHER, our Lord GOD in heaven, from Whom all blessings flow, we come before Your throne of grace & mercy lifting up Your Word and promises. Let not our hearts be troubled, but let us trust in You. Your Word is a lamp unto our feet, and a light unto our path. We shall not be afraid of evil tidings, for our hearts are fixed, trusting in the Lord. So let us be of good courage, and He will strengthen our hearts, all of us who hope in the Lord. So we declare now Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me: Your rod and Your staff they comfort me. Help us Lord to trust in You with all our heart and lean not to our own understanding, in all our ways to acknowledge You, that You should direct our paths. And when we lie down, we shall not be afraid, but our sleep shall be sweet. And the peace of GOD which surpasses all human understanding, will guard our hearts and minds through Jesus Christ our Lord. Father GOD, we pray that Your righteous right hand of healing, grace, and protection will uphold our households and communities throughout this time of trouble and tribulation. We pray for Your wisdom and guidance to be followed by our country's leadership as we eagerly await Your restoration. Now may our GOD of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after we have suffered a little while, restore, support, strengthen us, and place us on a firm foundation in Jesus's name, Amen.
IN LOVING MEMORY*
Cheryl Albea - September 12th
Edward M. Bostic, Sr. - August 30, 1936 - September 10, 2020
Mother Maggie Gatison - September 26, 1919 - September 14, 2017
Reverend David Knight - September 3rd
Easter Mae Tinney - September 3rd
Janelle Bostic - October 26, 1938 - October 27, 1995
Deacon Magnolia Bostic - October 23rd
Sharon Caldwell - January 5, 1959 - October 22, 2008
John W. Gatison, Jr. - May 21, 1916 - October 3, 2000
Charles J. Greene - May 15, 1921 - October 10, 2005
Deacon Edgar Gregg, Sr. - October 17th
Deaconess Martha Smith - June 19, 1911 - October 3, 2008
Narcissus Williams - February 18, 1933 - October 4, 2012
Our community is sharing a collective feeling of loss, and we sympathize with the grieving families over their departed beloved.
SUGGESTIONS FOR LENT & ALL YEAR ROUND
We can do more than just deny ourselves of things that we enjoy. We can deny ourselves of things that GOD does not enjoy in us
Give up anger.................Be more patient
Give up apathy...............Reach out and help someone in need
Give up bad company......Bad company corrupts good character
Give up bitterness...........Turn to forgiveness
Give up complaining........Focus on gratitude
Give up discouragement...Be full of hope
Give up giving up............Hang in there
Give up gloom................Enjoy the beauty that is all around you
Give up gossiping...........Control your tongue
Give up hatred................Return good for evil
Give up jealousy.............Be content with your Blessings
Give up judging others.....Accept others with flaws as GOD has accepted you
Give up negativity...........Think, speak, and act positive
Give up pettiness...........Be more mature
Give up sin....................Turn to virtue
Give up worry................Trust Divine Providence
Give up immaturity (lack of wisdom) in thinking that while you continue to do the same things the same way, you have expectations that things will change for the better.
Let us live everyday not by the world's philosophy, but by seeking and obeying GOD's Word, wisdom and guidance aided by the Holy Spirit that dwells inside of every believer.
Let us always remember, trust, and proclaim:
No weapon formed against me shall prosper. ISAIAH 54: 17
Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. 1 JOHN 4: 4
Thanks be to GOD, who gives me the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 CORINTHIANS 15: 57
The Warrior's Prayer by Georgy
PRAY ON THE ARMOR OF GOD
Heavenly Father, Your warrior prepares for battle. Today I claim victory over Satan by putting on the whole Armor of GOD!
I put on the Girdle of Truth! May I stand firm in the truth of Your Word so I will not be a victim of Satan's lies.
I put on the Breastplate of Righteousness! May it guard my heart from evil so I will remain pure and holy, protected under the blood of Jesus Christ.
I put on the Shoes of Peace! May I stand firm in the Good News of the Gospel so Your peace will shine through me and be a light to all I encounter.
I take the Shield of Faith! May I be ready for Satan's fiery darts of doubt, denial, and deceit so I will not be vulnerable to spiritual defeat.
I put on the Helmet of Salvation! May I keep my mind focused on You so Satan will not have a stronghold on my thoughts.
I take the Sword of the Spirit! May the two-edged sword of Your Word be ready in my hands so I can expose the tempting words of Satan.
By faith Your warrior has put on the Whole Armor of GOD!
I am prepared to live this day in spiritual victory!
In Jesus's name I pray, Amen!