Joel 2:25 King James Version (KJV)
25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.
A Call for a "Solemn Assembly..."
In prayer, faith and wisdom, churches around the country are practicing "social distancing," by pausing "in-person" worship. Many are hosting online worship services, ZOOM sessions and Facebook live streaming. During this season, each Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m., Restoration Ministries will hold Worship Service via conference call. For more information about this service and or to participate, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
"Responding with Faith & Wisdom to COVID-19"
Whenever I am afraid,
I will trust in You. Psalm 56:3, NIV
“Looking back across the landscape of my lifetime, I realize that something unexpected and larger than life seems to happen every once in a while, that acts as a corrective measure...” These are the words shared by Dr. Ken Druck in his article, “The 'One Planet, One People' coronavirus corrective.” In this article, Dr. Druck suggests that life has a way of reminding us about what really matters.
Right now, the world is facing a pandemic in the form of the Coronavirus. Many are gripped by fear. Many are hoarding hand sanitizer, toilet paper and water, depriving others of what is needed to try and stay healthy. Churches are struggling with real decisions regarding meeting the needs of their congregation, pastoral care and finances. Some are in a panic.
However, as the people of God, we must remember that “we are not as those who have no hope.” Even in the midst of this modern-day plague, God is still in control. Even though many painful and sad things are happening including death, isolation, fear and struggle, several positive things are happening. We are being reminded of our humanity, our frailty, our need for compassion and our need for one another. CLICK HERE to read more...
Restoration Ministries creates Endowment for African American Female Senior Solo Pastors...
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 3/12/20)—
Restoration Ministries of Greater Cleveland Inc.—a small church formerly known as Covenant Baptist Church—has blessed American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ In Support of Excellence financial literacy program with a $70,000 endowed gift.
“When we sold our building, the Lord blessed us with a decent sum of money,” says the Rev. Christine A. Smith, the church’s senior pastor and author of “Beyond the Stained Glass Ceiling: Equipping & Encouraging Female Pastors” (Judson Press, 2013). “We believe in tithing, so we wanted to pay a tithe as an offering.”
The endowment will support at least two African-American female pastors yearly who serve congregations of 300 or fewer members as senior solo pastor. Grants from the endowment will begin to be offered in approximately two years. The pastors do not need to be affiliated with American Baptist Churches USA. CLICK HERE to read the full article...