Joan Adams, Muriel Nolen, Fatu Stewart Brooks, Tiarra Brook and Esther Donawa joined the Henson Valley Church family during the month of July. Muriel, who joined as an Associate member, is already singing in the Church choir.
Your family welcomes you with open arms.
2018 Capital Area Regional Assembly
Now is the time to register for the 2018 Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Capital Area Regional Assembly October 12-13 at Largo Community Church in Mitchellville, Maryland. The theme, "Together On Earth As It Is In Heaven" calls us to not just imagine, but live the Beloved Community that Jesus sets forth in his prayer from Matthew 6:10.
The cost for the entire Assembly for an adult is $100, which includes all program costs, the All Assembly Dinner on Friday and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. There are prices for children and youth, as well as separate Friday and Saturday options. Online registration is now available. For more information go to: http://www.cccadisciples.org/regional-assembly-2018
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, ~Hebrews 12:1 ESV
Good evening class of 2018!
Family, friends, and faculty; it is a great honor for me to stand before you this evening, as your Salutatorian. I would like to take the opportunity to thank you all for being in attendance and to say to my fellow graduates, we made it!
This occasion brings a quote to mind: "Today's accomplishments were yesterday's impossibilities." While sitting in those classrooms, day in and day out, studying every day and then starring at exam papers every week; many of us thought of giving up. Making it through months, let alone years, was simply impossible! Some of us had a longer journey than others, but again, we finally made it!
There is no greater feeling than the feeling of accomplishment; achieving a goal that you've set for yourself, fueled by the desire to improve, not only yourself, but your family, and all those around you, will always be challenging, yet it becomes a worthwhile feat.
Each of us has made many sacrifices to get to this point. We've sacrificed time with loved ones, juggling jobs, sleepless nights and forging a way through the darkness. Yes, we were the ones sitting in the classrooms through never-ending lectures; but, we would not be sitting here today without those close to us. For us to flourish, to accomplish more, it truly does take a village. And, if we truly step back and think about it, having that support system has made this process a bit more manageable, and a little less stressful.
Two years ago, from an impulsive decision, I found myself at Fortis College, accepted into the Medical Laboratory Technician Program the day before classes were set to start. I became fearful and uncertain about the decision I'd made, and what to expect. During my tenure at Fortis, I was beyond stressed, I wanted to hurry up and be done with school. "Could I have made the wrong decision?"
But, while attending Fortis I learned many things about myself; the most important of which is to have faith, and to trust in the process. I realized that I was beginning to walk in my purpose.
None of us are sitting here by mistake. We are all here for a purpose. We have been gifted by a higher power with compassion, empathy and the desire to help others. Each of us will go off into our respective healthcare fields, equipped and ready to encounter people from all walks of life. We are in a powerful position to positively impact the lives of so many individuals.
So class of 2018, I encourage you to continue to walk in "your purpose". Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Follow your passion, stay true to yourself and take action.
Remember, "Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
Roshone Brooks and Victoria Morse are celebrating birthdays in August. We wish you a Happy Birthday
Thank you to Davette Derricks for volunteering to take care of the plants in the church vestibule and the candles in the Sanctuary.
"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily as to the Lord, and not unto men, Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance for ye serve the Lord Christ." ~Colossians 3:23-24
"The Power Behind Faithfulness"
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. Malachi 3:10
Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Malachi 3:8
Anyone with articles for the Newsletter should submit them by the 20th of each month. Give information to Bessie Bradford. Share your news with your Church family.
Family & Friends Potluck Sunday
Bring your favorite dish on Sunday August 26 to share at the Family and Friend Potluck Reception. The Potluck receptions have been a huge success. The reception will be held immediately following the 11am Service.
Monthly Birthdays will be acknowledged at the Reception.
August 26 Friends & Family Potluck Reception
All articles to appear in the Update must be submitted by the 20th of each month.
Coming Soon (Next Month) September
September 30 Family & Friends Potluck Reception
October 12-13 Capital Area Regional Assembly, Largo Community Church