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From the Pastor and First Lady’s Heart

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Happy 20th Anniversary, GEMBC!

It’s that time of year again, by which we Celebrate the Life and Legacy of GEMBC and 20 years of service to the Master, the Lord Jesus Christ.

What a privilege and an awesome responsibility to be a part of God’s Eternal Purpose, Plan and Pleasure to (1) Glorify Him, (2) Grow in Grace and in the Knowledge of Christ and (3) Gain the Lost. Paul made it clear in the letter to the Ephesians that He chose us in Christ before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted as his sons and daughters through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will (Ephesians 1:4-5 NIV) The message of the Gospel will bring about the same spiritual blessings in the life of every sinner who believes in Jesus.

As we reflect on our humble beginnings, we should never forget that we are a church which walks by faith and not by what we see. This church began with 104 members on a Wednesday night, November 2, 1994, in Alphonso Dawson Funeral Home on Martin Luther King Drive. We worshipped and praised God in a chapel next door to those who had transitioned from this life. We didn’t have anything of our own as a church, but we did have faith in God. This faith gave us hope and determination to pursue our dream and fulfill the vision of worshipping in our own sanctuary one day. After 7 years, our dream and vision became a reality. Zechariah prophesied to Judah, “Who despises the day of small things? Men will rejoice when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel.”

Throughout the years, we have been a church rooted in sound teaching,fellowshipping in love, breaking of bread, persistence in prayer and seeking the salvation of the lost through sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a variety of ways. Many ministries have been established with the central focus in heart and mind to meet the physical and spiritual need of others with the objective of winning them to Jesus Christ. We must continue to live by our focus:

Each One, Reach One, for the One who died for All!

In conclusion, we have encountered some mountain top and valley experiences over the past 20 years, but our LORD has been faithful and forever on our side. We experienced a spiritual storm in 2011, but God! Our 2012 church theme was New Beginnings. God had started to Regather His People, Rebuild His Spiritual House, Restructure His Spiritual Organism (Church), and Regenerate the Souls of Men, Women, Boys and Girls. In 2013, our church theme was Forever Grateful. The LORD led us by His Spirit; regathering, rebuilding, re-structuring and regenerating continued with financial growth to expand His Ministry of Reconciliation. (II Corinthians 5:17-19 KJV) As the LORD unfolds the next phase of His Vision for us, our theme for 2014 is absolutely befitting: Unity of the Spirit in the Bond of Peace! (Ephesians 4:1-3 KJV)

Pressing Forward in the Name of Jesus,
Pastor Rickey and First Lady Christine Jones, Sr.
November 2014

"For We Walk By Faith, not by Sight" 2 Corinthians 5:7