ANNOUCEMENTS

ANNIVERSARIES, BIRTHDAYS, CANCELLATIONS, CONDOLENCES, MARRIAGES, ETC.

  JARED VENSON

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.

AMBER BENNINGS

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.

 

JAHYMAL DEWAR

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.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!

Curtis & Carmen Douglas - August 1st - 28 years

Minister Bruce & Faye Goldson - August 7th - 31 years

Gardner & Pattee Lewis - August 21st - 16 years

Gregory & Marie Gatison - September 19th - 40 years

Jimmy & Tanya Little - September 25th - 39 years

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Nigel Ingram, Jr. - August 1st

Lily Douglas - August 4th

Meany Redd - August 4th

Sheonte Douglas - August 6th

Tameka Grant-Mack - August 13th

Joseph Z. Collins, Sr. - August 28th

Curtis Douglas - August 30th

Whisper Sanders - August 30th

Alexis Blount - September 1st

Deacon Janice Benitez - September 1st

Debra Beall - September 7th

Ivy Sanders -September 8th

Marie Gatison - September 19th

Jimmy Little - September 25th

Deacon Mariah Collins - September 25th

Keah N. Trimble - September 27th

CANCELLATION

THE SPIRITUAL HEALTH & SALVATION OF OUR MACEDONIA FAMILY & COMMUNITY IS OUR PRIORITY.  AND SO IS THEIR PHYSICAL HEALTH & SAFETY.  SO BEYOND DISINFECTING AND SOCIAL DISTANCING, WE WILL BE CANCELING ALL WORSHIP CENTER SERVICES INCLUDING CHURCH SCHOOL & BIBLE ACADEMY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  PASTOR ALFRED L. SMITH, JR. WE BE PREACHING SUNDAY SERMONS VIA FACEBOOK LIVE AT 9:30 AM.  MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW.

We are currently asking our leadership, members, and friends 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*

Lucius Antrum - August 29th

Mother Katie Bacote - March 14, 1928 - August 21, 2019

Agusta Coleman - November 24, 1911 - August 23, 2016

Deaconess Anna Louise Daniels - December 3, 1919 - August 17, 2014

Flore Jett - February 12, 1925 - August 18, 2019

Henry Roseboro - August 29th

Alean Lena Douglas Thomas - August 26th

Cheryl Albea - September 12th

Maggie Gatison - September 26, 1919 - September 14, 2017

Reverend David Knight - September 3rd

Easter Mae Tinney - September 3rd

CONDOLENCES

Our community is sharing a collective feeling of loss, and we sympathize with the grieving families over their departed beloved.

Our deepest sympathy, love, and support go out Evett Hodge and family in the passing of her husband James A. Hodge, Jr.  Brother Hodge unexpectedly passed from labor to reward on Friday, July 31st.  He was an outstanding family man, mason, and educator.  We pray the Peace of GOD be upon his family and all who mourn his passing.

The Macedonia Baptist Church Family is collectively praying for GOD's Comfort & Mercy be upon First Lady Brenda Smith in the passing of her daughter Kaya Ford on Wednesday, August 26th.  Our prayers also go up for Kaya's daughter Sister Dream Ford, and the rest of the family.  This year 2020 has been very challenging on the family, but we trust that GOD's Grace will be sufficient for them.

Our love and deepest sympathy goes out to Sister Maxine Stanley in the passing of her husband Brother Walter Stanley, who went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 26th.  We pray for GOD's Comfort, Strength, and Peace for Maxine and family during their time of mourning, and in the days to come.

Our hearts, prayers, and condolences are with our Church Clerk Sister Cynthia Bostic and her family in the passing of her father Edward Bostic, Sr. on Thursday, September 10th.  We pray for their strength in the Lord, and the comfort and peace of GOD be in them during this time of loss and in the days ahead.  A Homegoing Service will be held at Macedonia on Thursday, September 17th at 11 AM, following Calling Hours from 9 to 11 AM. 

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 frown

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 

ENCOURAGEMENT

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!