Tuesday, October 14, 2008

St. Stephen Church to Set Super Sunday School Attendance Record

By: Min. Angela Lee Price

Louisville, Kentucky, October 14, 2008: On October 25th & 26th, St. Stephen Church hopes to establish a historical precedent for Sunday school attendance among African American churches with 2,900 attending Sunday school at both Louisville and Southern campuses, at all sessions, in a single weekend.

“Our Super Sunday Celebration will be a historical event,” says St. Stephen Church Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Kevin Cosby, “because we are striving to achieve the biggest Sunday school attendance among African American churches in America.” Pastor Cosby, who is a strong proponent for Christian Education and the President of Simmons College of Kentucky, will be celebrating his 29th pastoral anniversary October 25th & 26th. He has set the 2,900 attendance goal in an effort to raise the awareness of the congregation to the importance of studying the Word of God through small groups, and to overcome cultural, economic, and traditional barriers plaguing Sunday school attendance within most black churches nationwide.

“Sunday school attendance is on the decline nationwide. Many people perceive it to be an outdated mode for teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, or that it has taken a back seat to hi-tech, worship-centered services. Some churches have moved from classes on Sunday mornings to small group settings or don’t have Sunday school at all. St. Stephen church hopes to overcome these barriers and prove that Sunday school is still an essential part of the Christian experience,” says Cosby.

St. Stephen Church, the largest African American church in the state of Kentucky, experienced tremendous growth during the 1990s with an “Every 1 Bring 1” slogan and strong emphasis on Sunday school attendance. Pastor Cosby employs an “intentional growth” Sunday school model currently. Classes are organized with growth in mind having a leadership team in each class. More than 2,900 persons have already committed to be a part of this historic occasion.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Alayna's Testimony on the Goodness of God

By: Alayna Middleton

This is my testimony on the Goodness of GOD.

I was in an accident Tuesday morning, August 26th, and I was ran off the road and hit by a Semi_Truck. My car flipped 3 three times and hit a wall and I landed upside down. When the car was finally down flipping I heard GOD tell me to get out of there. So I unbuckled my seatbelt and crawled from the front to the back of the car on my elbows because there was glass everywhere [but not on me] through the back window. Even though we all know that it was GODʼs angels pulling me through. My back windshield, front windshield, driver door, back passenger windows were all busted out.

GOD is so Good because I didnʼt have glass on me. As a matter of fact I donʼt have any broken bones, gashes, no amnesia, no bruises. Not anything. All I have are a couple of scratches on my legs. I could have had so many problems today, you know? I could be in the hospital and all that.

GOD is so good he spared my life and I am just thankful to be alive today because I could have lost my life. But because of GODʼs mercy & grace I am here today this morning alive and breathing. I Praise GOD for protecting me because while my car was flipping I was still in the driver seat the whole time. Praize be 2 JESUS!

Just like the story of Meshach, Shadrach, and Abendengo! Through the fire and through it all! GOD is faithful! GOD never fails!

I pray this testimony will help you to see GODʼs everlasting Goodness, Mercy, Love, Power, and Protection. Never take life for granted because we are all one heartbeat away from death.

So trust GOD in whatever you going through today because GOD is able.

Have a Good Day everybody!

God Bless


Saturday, October 11, 2008

Louisville Hosts First Annual Power To End Stroke Awards

By: Rogers Gardner, II

Louisville will host the 1st Annual Louisville Power To End Stroke Awards sponsored by the American Stoke Association. The Louisville Power Awards will be held Thursday, November 6th with a Power To End Stroke networking luncheon followed by the Louisville Power Awards hosted by Renee Murphy at Mastersons’ Restaurant. During the Power Luncheon, the acclaimed motivational speaker, Dr. James Gebel, will be the keynote speaker. The Power Awards will conclude with a Power To End Stroke Charge and Pledge.

The awardees for the first annual Power to End Stroke Awards are influential people in the community who are interested in educating those at highest risk about stroke. Ambassadors are key opinion leaders, politicians, celebrities, community and church leaders – these are individuals who can help make a difference. Invited awardees for the November 2008 event include:
Louisville Outstanding PTES Ambassadors
•Tanika Owens: Owner, TNT Fitness
Louisville PTES Power Broker Award
•Dr. Kerri Remmel: Chair of the Department of Neurology and Director of the University of Louisville Stroke Program
Louisville PTES Legacy Award
•Dr. Adewale Troutman: Director of the Louisville Metro Department of Health and Wellness
Louisville PTES Inspiration Award
•Rev. Angela Lee Price: 1350 WLOU on air personality and Founder of Jesus Saves Ministries
Louisville PTES Impact Award
•Kentuckiana CPR
Louisville PTES Strategic Alliance Awards
• Norton’s Healthcare
• Louisville Defender

The Power Awards and Luncheon will be open to other ambassadors who may want to attend. The process for placing reservation will be communicated by mid October. The senior leadership of major African-American organizations, all local African American media outlets, and grassroots organizations will be invited to attend. Louisville PTES ambassadors will be invited to attend and speak as well.
What is the attire for the weekend?
November 6th Power Awards and Networking Luncheon: Business

The registration process will be communicated by mid-October. Reservations can be made up to four days prior to the event; Reservations for each event will be available until maximum capacity for each event is reached.
We encourage each ambassador to bring a guest or a number of guests to share in the excitement of the weekend and to see them be honored.
Who would ambassadors contact if they have questions or want more information?
For more information, please contact Debra Eichenberger at debra.eichenberger@heart.org or Rogers W. Gardner II at rogers.gardner@heart.org or call Debra at 502-371-6023 or Rogers at 502-371-6008.
You are the Power To End Stroke. Call the American Stroke Association at 1-888-4-STROKE or visit StrokeAssociation.org to:
take the stroke pledge and receive a free Healthy Soul Food Recipes Cookbook,
receive free information about African Americans and stroke, and
find out how you can become a campaign Ambassador and reduce stroke in your community through the Power To End Stroke campaign.

Power To End Stroke is nationally supported by the Bristol Myers-Squibb and Sanofi Pharmaceuticals Partnership.

The Power to End Stroke

By: Rogers Gardner, II

My name is Rogers W. Gardner II, and I am the new Cultural Health Initiatives Senior Director for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. I would like to introduce you to an initiative designed to increase public awareness and action to fight stroke in the African American community: Power to End Stroke.
The Power to End Stroke campaign is a national initiative reaching out to African-Americans ages 30-64. It embraces and celebrates the culture, energy, creativity and lifestyles of African Americans. It unites African Americans to make an impact on the high incidence of stroke within our community. Power to End Stroke emphasizes the serious health disparity of stroke in African Americans and drives the message that in many cases, stroke may be preventable.

Power to End Stroke is an aggressive public awareness campaign against stroke in the African American community, compelling because:

  • Stroke is the #3 killer in America…each year 700,000+ Americans have a stroke, 160,000+ will die and 200,000+ will be disabled;
  • Every 3.3 minutes, someone dies from stroke;
    Every 45 seconds, someone has a stroke;
  • Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability;
  • Compared to whites, African Americans are twice as likely to suffer stroke;
  • The burden of stroke is greater among African Americans than in any other group. In fact, we have almost twice the risk of first-ever stroke compared with whites, and blacks 35-54 years of age have four times the relative risk for stroke.

The Cultural Health Initiatives team in the Kentuckiana Metro is working with WLOU radio and Jesus Saves Ministries to spread the word about stroke prevention. On Friday, May 30th Dr. Kerri Remmel, Chair of the Department of Neurology and Director of the University of Louisville Stroke Program, Marc Jennings, AHA Communications Director, and I were guests on the Angela/Bill Price Morning show and discussed risk factors, signs of stroke and ways to raise stroke awareness in the community. I have also participated in the WLOU Backyard Cookout, National Baptist Convention (pictured left: Rev. Broduric Purvis, Oscar Carter, Jerry Siegel, Vivien Ogburn, and Rogers Gardner), Proud Family Heritage Reunion, Governor's Fourth Annual Empowerment Conference, and various health fairs within the community.

At the cornerstone of the Power to End Stroke campaign are our “Power Ambassadors”. Ambassadors take the Power to End Stroke pledge to: 1) help the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association advance the cause by spreading the word to their family and friends and others in their sphere of influence; 2) know and recognize the risk factors and signs of stroke and 3) raise stroke awareness in the community and recruit others to do the same.

I’m asking everyone to take the pledge…make a promise to yourself and a commitment to your family to know the risk factors. Be proactive in reducing your risk…know the warning signs:

  1. Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg especially on one side of the body.
  2. Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  3. Sudden trouble seeing out of one or both eyes. Sudden trouble walking, dizziness.
  4. Sudden loss of balance or coordination.
  5. Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

Please consider becoming an Ambassador. Please help get the word out so others will know the risk factor and warning signs of this deadly disease. If you would like more information about this exciting campaign or would like to become a “Power Ambassador” please call or email me at (502) 371-6008 or rogers.gardner@ heart.org.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

NAACP effort helps former felons register to vote

By Emily Udell
Courier Journal Newspaper
October 1, 2008, Neighborhoods Section

Rev. Angela Lee Price, voter registration minister at St. Stephen Church, applauded at last night's ceremony at the local NAACP office. Donna Cook said she's been trying to get back her right to vote since her probation ended in 2005. But it wasn't until yesterday that she signed her voter-registration card through a program offered by the Louisville branch of the NAACP.

"Now I count for something. Now I stand for something again," said Cook, an environmental services worker who had her two children at her side. Cook, 44, was one of 142 participants in the local NAACP's program to register felons in time for next month's elections. Of those, 98 have had their voting rights restored, and a handful gathered last night to turn in their voter-registration cards.

"This program works - you are the living proof," branch President Raoul Cunningham told the group gathered at the office, 1245 Catalpa Court.
In Kentucky, felons must go through a process to secure their rights from the governor, and this year the NAACP reached out to people with records through radio advertisements and church visits.
To qualify, felons must have completed their sentence or parole and must not be under felony indectment, have pending charges or woe any fines or restitution.
This is the first year that the NAACP branch has included felons in its voter registration efforts. Other efforts target youths, senior citizens and African Americans.
Cunningham said laws disenfranchising felons disproportionately affect African Americans. "This is just a drop in the bucket," he said. "But we had to start somewhere."
Kentucky and Virginia are he only states in which all felony offenders are prohibited from voting unless they receive an exception from the governor, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which advocates for the restoration of their voting rights.
The ACLU estimates 5.3 million Americans are unable to vote because of felony convictions, including about 186,000 in Kentucky. It says nearly 129,000 of those in Kentucky have serve their sentences.
Karen Henry, 35, who was among those turning in their cards last nights, said he is looking foward to gooing to the polls for the firs time next month. "It feels great to be a part of something that's part of being American," he said. "Even though you make mistakes, you shouldn't be condemned to pay for it for the rest of your life if you've paid you debt to society."


Sunday, September 28, 2008

St. Stephen New Members Shining Stars At Appreciation Luncheon

By: Rev. Angela Lee Price

The St. Stephen Church Member Services Ministry hosted its 2008 New Member Appreciation Luncheon on Saturday, September 20th in the Family Life Center’s Multipurpose Room 1. The theme was “From Good to Great in 2008: You’re A Shining Star!” based on Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Approximately 100 new members, guests, pastoral and ministry leaders, and church staff attended the luncheon to celebrate what God has done and is doing in the lives of St. Stephen’s new members.

New members Carmelita Mays and Kevin Kirsey let their lights shine in song and in spoken word, and staff, and ministry leaders greeted attendees with remarks during the first half of the program.

During the Ask the Pastor segment, senior pastor and keynote speaker Rev. Kevin Cosby entertained questions ranging from, “How do you suggest that new members deal with that initial overwhelming feeling in order to get involved at St. Stephen?,” to “What are your plans to accommodate the growth in new members with a larger worship center?,” to “When is the next new member luncheon?” WLOU Radio Program Director Bill Price was the master of ceremonies.

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves!

Civil Rights Restored to 11 Former Felons

By: Min. Angela Lee Price
On September 18th, after an inquiry to Governor Steve Beshear’s office, I learned that civil rights are being restored to 11 former felons who submitted applications for restoration of civil rights through the Jesus Saves Ministries partnership with St. Stephen Church this spring. The applicants began receiving their packets from the governor’s office on September 20th, which includes an order and certificate from the governor and secretary of state restoring the rights to hold public office and vote, and a voter registration card.
Four applicants are members of St. Stephen Church, two are members of Pleasant View Baptist Church, one a deacon with Bates Memorial Baptist Church, and the others do not have a church home.

Simmons College of Kentucky employee and St. Stephen Church member Luther Anderson was one of the first to receive his packet in the mail. “This is indeed is a blessing for me. I gave my life to the Lord and was baptized last year, and now I plan to vote for the first time in my life on November 4th,” Anderson stated.

“It is a blessing from God that Rev. Price is helping former felons like myself be able to vote. I haven’t voted since Jimmy Carter ran against Ronald Reagan in 1980,” said St. Stephen usher and Mighty Men’s Choir member John R. Williams, III.

In the spring, Jesus Saves Ministries partnered with St. Stephen Church, the Department of Corrections and WLOU Radio to assist former felons in regaining their civil rights. We received 21 applications in all through this second initiative. St. Stephen Senior Pastor Rev. Kevin Cosby will recognized the new voters at the church’s 9:40 worship service on Sunday, October 5th.

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves!

Friday, September 05, 2008

Sermon Excerpt: See Yourself As God Sees You

Rev. Angela Lee Price

"She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: 'You are the God who sees me," for she said, 'I have now seen the One who sees me'" Gen. 16:13.

The story of Hagar is timely tailored to teach us three things:

1. Admit Our Sins –The angel asked Hagar, “Where have you come from and where are you going? God asked an almost identical question of Satan in the book of Job, “Satan, Where have you come from?” God already knows the answer to every question He asks. It’s up to you to provide the correct answer. Admit your sins. The bible says in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness….” Hagar admitted, “I am running away….”

2. Submit to God – The angel of the Lord told Hagar, “...go back to your mistress and submit to her” and “I will so increase you descendants that they will be too numerous to count.” I love this part of the story. Oftentimes, we think we have a plan. We think we know what we are doing. We think we’ve got it “going on!” But watch this! Hagar’s plan had nothing to do with her returning back to her abusive circumstance and everything to do with her running as far away from Sarai as she could possibly run. Can’t you hear The Temptations in your sanctified imagination, “Runaway Child running wild! You’d better go back home where you belong!”

That’s the problem now. We’ve developed “run-away” mentalities. The least little thing happens and what do we do? We run away. When there’s a problem in our marriage, we run away. When there’s a problem on the job, we run away. When there’s a problem with our children, we run away and they run away. We don’t discipline them. We don’t correct them. We throw money at them. We run away. When there’s a problem at church, we run here, there, and everywhere. We run away.

Hagar’s life should convince you tonight that you have to be where God wants you to be even if it is not the place of your first choosing. I know I’ve just said something. Yes, it can be painful, but you’ve got to be where God wants you to be even if it is not the place of your first choosing. That means you’ve got to get on God’s agenda and take Him off your agenda. Submit to God. He’s working it out for your good!

If we are going to be the women and men God has called us to be, we have to take our eyes off our situation and put them on Jesus. If we are going to be the women God is calling us to be, we have to see ourselves not as disobedient, selfish divas running, and ducking and dodging responsibility and every little problem, but as queens humbly submitting to the will of God for our lives. James 4:7 says, “Submit to God. Resist the Devil and he will flee from you! You must see yourself as God sees you!When you see yourself as God sees you, you can dare to declare with all authority, "On Christ, the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand!" If it had not been for the Lord on my side, where would I be? When I think about His goodness, and all He’s done for me, my soul shouts, “Hallelujah!”

3. Don’t Quit – Hagar went back and God blessed her son Ishmael. After his exile, a grown Ishmael later returned and help his brother Issac bury their father Abraham. (Gen. 25:9). Ishmael had 12 sons who became the heads of 12 tribes that spread from Egypt to modern-day Iraq. Arabs are descendants of Ishmael. God was faithful to his promise to Hagar. And He will be faithful to His promise to you.

An unknown author wrote:
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,When the road your trudging seems all uphill,When the funds are low and the debts are high,And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,When care is pressing you down a bitRest if you must, but don't you quit.Life is queer with its twists and its turns,As everyone of us sometimes learns,And many a failure turns aboutWhen they might have won, had they stuck it out.Don't give up though the pace seems slow,You may succeed with another blow.
Often the struggler has given upWhen he might have captured the victors cup;And he learned too late when the night came down,How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit!

Admit your sins, submit to God, and don’t quit!

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus Saves!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Those Preachin' Women Can Preach!

By: Rev. Angela Lee Price

Those preachin’ women took to the pulpit July 18-20 at Coke Memorial United Methodist Church in Louisville to proclaim the word of God to capacity audiences. A total of eight women delivered messages over three nights on Hagar, Rehab and the Widow’s Mite under the theme, “Obedience, Sacrifice, Commitment: It’s for the Kingdom.”

Preaching Wednesday night on Hagar and obedience, Rev. Ruth Mozee-Taylor, Rev. Dr. Gwen Washington, and Rev. Angela Lee Price.
Preaching Thursday night on Rehab and sacrifice, Min. Vanessa Skillion, Rev. Pearl Gillespie and Rev. Loni Floyd.

Friday night, Rev. Mercia Frierson's and Rev. Cassandra Grey's subject was tithing and commitment based on the passage, The Widow’s Mite. A consecration service and candle-lit prayer vigil caused many to rejoice. All women were asked to wear white.
Civil rights activist and newly appointed Justice Resource Center interim Executive Director Mattie Jones called the service a blessing. She fellowshipped after the service and spoke highly of her predecessor the late Rev. Louis Coleman.

Min. Vanessa Skillion, Rev. Geneva Nelson, and Rev. Linda Bunton lead praise and worship the three nights as various soloists and groups ministered in song. Jesus Saves Ministries gave away Walking with Jesus gifts in random drawings, including a See Yourself As God Sees You hope chest based on Genesis 16:13. Zephra Crawley won the hope chest, and the book, Freedom’s Daughters: The Unsung Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement from 1830 to 1970 by Lynne Olson.

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves!

Monday, August 04, 2008

Join the Jesus Saves Ministries Social Network

Jesus said in Luke 4:18-19, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord."

In celebration of our third anniversary, we invite you to join the new Jesus Saves Ministries Social Network. If you have a heart for the the poor and marginalized, the left back and left out, the discriminated against, the sick and suffering people of this world, join the Jesus Saves Ministries Social Network today. It's free to join. Once you become a member, you can set up your own web page, participate in forums, create blog posts, meet other pastors, preachers, teachers, ministry leaders, and Christians like yourself, and share with others what the Lord has given you to do in ministry. This network is concerned with "the least of these," preserving the purity of the gospel, and reaching the lost for Jesus Christ. Join today!

View my page on Jesus Saves Ministries

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Walking With Jesus Continues A Second Summer

Enoch walked with God and didn’t see death. Abraham walked with God and became the father of many nations. Moses walked with God and led the Israelites out of Egypt. Conversely, the disciples walked with Jesus on the Emmaus road, and didn’t know it. Are you walking with Jesus this summer?
The Bible says in Micah that there are three things required of us, to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly before God.

Jesus Saves Ministries is giving away Walking With Jesus gifts a second summer in an effort to share the gospel and encourage Christians in their walk with God. A variety of gift packages include New Testament Bibles, sermons, gospel CDs, books, flip flops, t-shirts, and various Jesus novelties.

Jesus Saves Ministries distributed more than 200 New Testament Bibles the first two weeks of summer, 60 Bibles to Pleasant View Baptist Church and several local churches’ mission trip to Zambia and Johannesburg South Africa, and 20 Bibles to Joshua Tabernacle Baptist Churches upcoming Friends and Family Homecoming Celebration. If you have a special need for New Testament Bibles, contact the ministry.

Walking with Jesus in the sunshine will not only improve your spiritual and physical health, but also will pay off during the dark, rainy times in your life. Walk with Him daily in the Bible and in prayer this summer.

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves!

Thousands Remember Rev. Louis Coleman

Rev. Angela Lee Price

More than 2,700 people, including many pastors, church, political, civic, and business leaders, paid final respects to First Congregational United Methodist Church pastor and civil rights activist Rev. Louis Coleman on Friday, July 11th after a week of memorial observances. Rev. Coleman,64, died suddenly on Saturday, July 5th at Norton Suburban Hospital after experiencing several seizures.

National civil rights activist and friend Dick Gregory eulogized Coleman, and compared him to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s predecessor Vernon Johns. Referring to the 23rd Psalms, Gregory stated, “Coleman had wisdom. He didn’t walk in Louisville, but through it.”

In the 3-1/2 hour service, an array of people including Mitchell Payne, Rev. Diane Mosby, Ben Richmond, John Johnson, Rev. Clay Calloway, Rev. Dr. Kevin Cosby, Rev. Dr. Walter Malone, Judy Greene, David Tandy, and others presented different perspectives on the impact Coleman’s ministry and activism had on Louisville and the state of Kentucky. A letter was read from State Senator Gerald Neal in his absence.

Mitchell Payne remarked about having to arrest Coleman, his Godfather, once on the grounds of the University of Louisville. Rev. Kevin Cosby gave some of his time to Rev. Clay Calloway, President of the Interdenominational Ministerial Coalition who asked all preachers in the audience to stand in recognition of Coleman’s pastoral and ministerial service.

Referring to the prophet Micah, Cosby stated, “Coleman was a man who practice justice, loved mercy, and walked humbly before God.” Rev. Walter Malone compared Coleman to the prophet Amos stating, “He was a prophet of the truest order, a spokesperson for the oppressed.”
First District Councilwoman Judy Greene stated that the Metro Council will explore changing 34th Street to Rev. Louis Coleman, Jr. Blvd.

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Min. Angela Lee Price Will Be Guest On Simmons Saturday Morning Solutions Tomorrow

Jesus Saves Ministries is helping former felons regain their civil rights including the right to vote. I will be a guest on the Simmons Saturday Morning Solutions Show tomorrow at 11:00 AM on 1350 WLOU to talk about this initiative. Please consider joining me, St. Stephen Church, and the Department of Corrections in this effort. As you know there are many individuals who have turned their lives around. They are serving in the church in ministry and are doing the right thing. However, their past is still haunting them.
A deacon at Bates Memorial Baptist Church completed a Restoration of Civil Rights application just yesterday, returned it to me, and shared his testimony. He is the kind of person I am speaking about, hard-working, committed to service, loves the Lord, yet haunted by something that happened 20 years ago. I have told him and so many others that Jesus Christ is a God of reconciliation. When He does something, He doesn’t do it half way. He is not mediocre in His deliverance. He is able to break the shackles that bind our people to low-paying jobs, poverty, and despair. I am a living witness.

So many people have misconception about felony offenses -- they are for violent crimes, murder, rape and the like. This simply is not the case. Writing bad checks can lead to felony convictions. There are white collar crimes as well that can lead to felony convictions. As quite as it is kept, people in other communities with resources who commit those crimes are getting their records expunged and rights restored everyday. Regaining their civil rights is one way former felons can show potential employers they are taking initiatives to become productive citizens. Another way is through criminal record expungement, another initiative about which I am passionate. Please help us help those whom the Lord wants restored within our communities. If we don’t do it, who will?

If you know of someone who has completed parole or probation and has paid fines and restitutions, please give them my name and number. I will follow up with them. I can be reach weekday afternoons at WLOU Radio between 3:00-6:00 p.m. at 776-1350. You can e-mail me anytime at aleeprice@bellsouth.net, or contact me at St. Stephen Church at aleeprice@ststephenonline.com. Join me tomorrow on Simmons Saturday Morning Solutions to learn more about restoration of civil rights.

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves!

Friday, April 04, 2008

St. Stephen East Celebrates Women's Day 2008 At Dosker Manor

A packed church participated in Women’s Day Service at St. Stephen East at Dosker Manor on Sunday, March 30th. The Dosker Manor Women’s Day Choir lead the congregation in praise and worship with two opening selections. Women’s Day Choir members wore red as did many women in the congregation. Many men supported the women on their day with the Lord.

Guest psalmist Barbara Trammell sang two songs including the pre-sermonic selection, “Not For the Miracles.” Rev. Syvoskia Bray introduced me as Women’s Day speaker.

My message was entitled, “The Power to Communicate,” based on Ephesians 6:12-14. I told the congregation that there is a strong connection between communication and spiritual warfare, that if we want the power to communicate effectively as Christians we need to 1) recognize they are in a spiritual battle; 2) stand up for truth, and, as Spike Lee has said; 3) do the right thing.

Pastor Rev. Blanche Hayden extended the invitation to except Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Pastor George Hayden counseled members of the congregation at the end of service. There was a reception after the service. The men helped in the kitchen, including Pastor Hayden.

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves!

In Loving Memory of Altmon Orr

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Indiana Voter Registration Deadline Fast Approaching

By: Rev. Angela Lee Price

Now is the time to make your voices heard! You could make the difference in who Indiana and Kentucky selects as the democratic choice for president. Register to vote, and then vote in your state's primary. The deadline to vote in the Indiana primary is Monday, April 7th. Please forward this post to as many people as you know and encourage them not to sleep on this election. Please inform those 17 years of age that they can register now and vote in the May primaries provided they will be 18 on or before November 4, 2008.

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Jesus Saves Helping Restore Civil Rights to Former Felons

Jesus Saves Ministries is partnering with St. Stephen Church and the Department of Corrections to assist former felons in regaining their civil rights, including the right to vote. Restoration of Civil Rights applications are available at the Voter Registration table at St. Stephen Church, 1018 S. 15th Street, and through Jesus Saves Ministries. Qualifying applicants should complete the application and return it to Member Services Director Min. Angela Lee Price at St. Stephen Church or by e-mail to aleeprice@bellsouth.net at Jesus Saves Ministries by June 6th. The process has been relaxed considerably. References, personal statements, and the application fee are no longer required. Please encourage those who may qualify to apply now through Jesus Saves Ministries and St. Stephen Church.

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Barack Obama Speaks Powerfully On Race and More Perfect Union

Senator Barack Obama spoke powerfully yesterday in Philadelphia, PA at Constitution Center, addressing comments by Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright which have been played over and over in the media and on the internet, race relations, and what America must do to form a more perfect union.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Listen for Angela Lee Price On WLOU Radio!

By: Min. Angela Lee Price

I am back on the radio and this time in afternoon drive! Traditionally morning (6:00-10:00 a.m.) and afternoon drive (2:00-6:00 p.m.) slots have been held by men. A large majority of women announcers nationally are midday announcers. I, too, was a midday announcer at WLBJ Radio in 2004. I was an evening announcer at B-96.5 and at Magic 101.3 when those stations first came to Louisville. I got my start in 1981 as an intern at WLOU. Greg Huffman, entertainment writer for the Louisville Defender recognized me as Best Radio Announcer of 1987 for a show I hosted on WLOU mornings from 9:00-10:00 a.m. called "For Ladies Only," a show for the community and not just ladies.

I worked behind the scenes full time as Executive Administrative Secretary to then owner and General Manager William E. Summers, III, at WLOU in the early 1980s, and later served as Traffic Director, scheduling all national and local commercials, under owner John H. Johnson of Johnson Publishing Company, the founder of Jet and Ebony Magazines.

My roots in Louisville area radio are not only long but historic. William E. Summers, III was one of the first African Americans to own and operate a radio station in America. I worked first worked at WLOU from 1981-1988 at a time when WLOU was the Number 1 station in the market twice and consistently ranked among the top 5 stations for several years. Bill Price programmed WLOU during those years, as well as Hot 104, WLBJ, and now WLOU (gospel). He has achieved many awards over the years, nationally and locally recognizing his accomplishments.

In observance of Holy Week, our gift to listeners will be Inspired By...The Bible Experience, The Complete Bible on audio CD and mp3. Nicodemus and all his Negros helped produce this award-winning audio Bible, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Denzel Washington, Kirk Franklin, Bishop Charles Blake, Yolanda Adams, Yolanda King, Bishop Noel Jones, and many more, some 240 people in all. Listen for excerpts this week on the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior. I have heard other audio bibles, but this one is the best I have heard! Inspired By... makes a great gift to ministries with members with reading disabilities, to seniors ministries, or to audio visual ministries. It comes complete with 79 CDs, a convenient carrying case, and uses Today's New International Version of the Bible.

We are strongly encouraging your participating in the upcoming Indiana and Kentucky primaries. If you are have not registered, or if you have changed your name or address, you need to register. Youth 17 years of age can vote in the May primaries, provided they will be 18 by November 4th. Make your vote count! Register to vote. You can register with me at WLOU and at St. Stephen Church between now and April 7th in Indiana, and April 21st in Kentucky. We are compiling a list of former felons who wish to have their civil rights restored. Please forward their names and phone numbers to me by e-mail at aleeprice@bellsouth.net, or contact me at the church at 593-6798, ext. 1403, or at WLOU between 3:00-6:00 PM at 502-776-1350. Please stay in prayer on this matter. The bill automatically restoring voting rights to former felons in Kentucky has NOT past yet. There are, however, fewer restrictions.

Listen for my husband, Bill Price in the mornings from 6:00-9:00 AM, and me in the afternoons from 3:00 -6:00 PM on Louisville's Praise and Worship station WLOU.

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Walking In God's Truth

By: Rev. Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook

Today we need men and women who will unashamedly walk in truth. Though it seems to have become popular and ever permissible to tell "little lies," talk back, curse, be sore losers at sports events, and to walk "out of truth," we need those among us who heed Paul's word to the early Christians to "stand therefore,having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness" (Ephesians 6:14).

Christians must stand tall-even if it means standing along-in the truth. "Our word is our bond," my parents used to say, "and we must live life so that others can trust us to do that which we say we shall do." As a ministers, I might add to my parents' phrase, "Our word should be God's Word."

A contemporary songwriter encourges us to sing to God, "Order my steps in your Word." To walk in truth is to go forward with ordered steps, knowing tht the God who created us "hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind" (2 Timothy 1:7).

Today, fear no evil, for God is with us-in boardrooms and court rooms and kitchens and bedrooms-even if we should have to "walk through the valley of the shadow of death" (Psalm 23:4). Go forward, my brothers and sisters! Walk in truth, just as Nelson Mandela walked to his freedom, as Harriet Tubman walked to her freedom. Do not look back into the darkness, but look forward t the light at the end of the dark tunnel.
This devotional from the African American Devotional Bible King James Version, page 1421.
Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Jesus Saves Ministries Lets Down The Net On the Internet

In Luke Chapter 5, Jesus is preaching to a great crowd on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. He sees two empty boats left there by the fishermen, and He gets into the one belonging to Simon. At the conclusion of his sermon, he says to Simon, "Put out into deep water and let down the nets for a catch" (v4). Simon answered, "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets" (v5). They caught so many fish that their nets began to break, and they had to signal for a second boat. Simon Peter, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, his partners "...were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken..." (v9). Jesus replied to Simon, "...Don't be afaid! From now on you will catch men" (v10). So, they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him" ( v11).

Bishop Noel Jones and the City of Refuge Sanctuary Choir has a song on their debut CD, Welcome to the City called Harvest Time. The lyrics say, "Get our your nets! Get ready for the catch! 'Cause it's your harvest time! When I heard the song a little over a month ago, I began to shout because on February 1st, Jesus Saves Ministries had already gotten out The Net.

The Net is our weekly e-newsletter. By faith, we are letting down our "nets," casting them on the deep waters of the internet, by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the world from an African American perspective. We pray that Jesus Christ is gloried, and you are edified, strengthen and encouraged by the sermonnettes, devotionals, testimonies, articles, people, and the gifts given away on The Net.

The Jesus Saves Ministries Blog
Most of "the catch" on The Net will be posted on the Jesus Saves Ministries Blog. Here, you will find "the other boat," full-length articles, video clips,and links to other websites. You can add to "the catch," too, by posting your comments on the blog. It is our hope that as we lift up Jesus Christ on the internet many will come running asking, "What must I do to be saved!"

The Jesus Saves Newsletter
Selected "catch" from The Net will be featured in the Jesus Saves Newsletter, our monthly publication. This newsletter features contributing writers, pastors and preachers, addressing important topics like the Presidential election, Hurricane Katrina, voting rights, predatory lending, health, wealth and prosperity, cults and the occult, economic empowerment and issues of importance to African Americans and the Black Church. The Jesus Saves Newsletter is distributed locally and nationally to churches, ministries, schools, organizations, businesses and civic groups.

Forward this to your pastor, church members, colleagues, co-workers and friends today.

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves!

Saturday, March 08, 2008

St. Stephen Temple Choir Celebrates CD Release

Rev. Angela Lee Price

During March, Jesus Saves Ministries will be blessing subscribers with the St. Stephen Church Temple Choir new CD, God Is Able. This is one of the best gospel CDs in the nation. I am not just saying this because I am a member of St. Stephen Church. I am saying it because I believe it to be the truth. View the video clips from the CD release celebration in January and see for yourself. Don't miss your blessing. Register for the weekly drawing today!

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus Saves!

Dr. Kevin Cosby On "Joy Boy" Preaching and Megafest Theology

Dr. Kevin Wayne Cosby is a man highly favored of God. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky on July 15, 1958. He received a clear call to ministry at a very early age. His earliest childhood memories are of his fervent desire to become a preacher. He fondly remembers preaching at the tender age of six, from a small pulpit built by one of the church trustees, at the request of hisgrandfather, Rev. Benjamin James Miller. Dr. Cosby’s pulpit playtime, was the first training ground for his dynamic ”practical living“ biblical teaching ministry.

God’s call on his life later led him to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky, a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

For complete bio on Dr. Cosby visit the St. Stephen Church homepage. Video additonal videos at the end of this clip.
Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves!

Friday, March 07, 2008

The March Jesus Saves Newsletter Now Available

Download Complete Newsletter Here

Inside the March Edition:

  • Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook Challenges W.O.W. Women to Move Beyond Circumstance
  • Musical Celebration Seeks to Explain Palm Sunday
  • Spotlight on Rev. Dr. Kevin Cosby and New Book, And Jesus Grew, Now How About You?
  • Salute to St. Stephen Authors
  • Introducing Chad Higgins & In Spirit & In Truth
  • Register to Vote in Indiana and Kentucky Primaries
  • Jesus Saves Events

Get the expanded 6-page copy of the March Jesus Saves Newsletter today!

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus Saves!

Musical Celebration Seeks to Set the Record Straight About Palm Sunday

Rev. Angela Lee Price

As Christians prepare to observe the death, burial, and ressurection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ this month, organizers of a Palm Sunday musical celebration entitled He Is Exhalted, set for March 16th at St. Stephen Church, plan to set the record straight on the difference between Palm Sunday and Good Friday, two key biblical events that preceded Jesus' ascension on Resurrection Sunday.

Palm Sunday is often misunderstood states CJ Akins, "God gave me the vision to do this Palm Sunday concert because a lot of people don't really understand what Palm Sunday was about. A lot of people confuse Palm Sunday with Good Friday, therefore you have church choirs singing songs like He Decided To Die on Palm Sunday, and Jesus did not die until Good Friday. Palm Sunday was truly a praise celebration! So God gave me this vision to have a praise celebration just like the people did in the Bible. This concert will be a true worship experience. All songs are songs of praise & adoration."

He Is Exhalted will feature St. Stephen Church praise and worship team, From the Heart (Above from left to right: Johnette Barton, Lorrie Clark, Erica Taylor, Tracy Harper, Zelda Jones, CJ Akins, Laurie Brown, Jerold Borden, and Stacy Horton, and not pictured, Beverly Frye & Rev. Diane Lewis-Brown), and special guest, Minister Corey Prather of Chattanooga, TN.

CJ Akins is the leader of From the Heart, a praise team that sings primarily at the St. Stephen Indiana location. "We've been together since October 2006. We sing every 3rd Wednesday at the St. Stephen Prayer and Retreat Center in Jeffersonville, Indiana, and on the 5th weekends in Louisville and in Indiana. God has truly blessed our ministry to be able to sing throughout the Central Kentucky area," states Akins.

Referred to as a "baby Marvin Sapp," Minister Corey Prather is the Praise and Worship Leader for Overcoming Faith Christian Center in Athens, TN. He leads a group called High Praiz, also from Chattanooga. "He is truly an anointed man of God!," Akin states.

He Is Exhalted is Sunday, March 16th, 5:00 p.m. at St. Stephen Church, 1018 South 15th Street. It is free and open to the public.

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus Saves!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Eta Omega Celebrates 100 Years of Alpha Kappa Alpha with Centennial Week

By: Chanetelle Akins

Eta Omega chapter celebrated 100 years of Alpha Kappa Alpha by hosting a week of activities the week of January 15th. The week was titled “A Legacy of Sisterhood and Service: 100 Years of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.” To kickoff the week Sorors gathered for a Centennial dinner held at the Fifth Quarter Restaurant. During the dinner there was a centennial presentation on the founders as well as testimonials on “What AKA Means to ME” by a Golden, Silver, and new Soror. Other activities held during the week were a sisterly workout session, volunteering at the Presbyterian Community Center, an AKArd Networking mixer for entrepreneurs and professionals, a social mixer with the Beta Epsilon undergraduate chapter, and toiletry donations made to the House of Ruth from Sorors.
The week concluded with Sorors worshipping together at St. Stephens Baptist Church. The congregation welcomed the Sorors with acknowledgements from the pulpit as well as a PowerPoint recognizing our presence there during service. Following service Sorors fellowshipped by having brunch at the Bristol restaurant. Sorors and the Metro Louisville community thoroughly enjoyed the week as a kick off to celebrating for the entire year. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is celebrating 100 years of community service this year.

Pictures by photographer Allen Hill.

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves!

How Do You Feel About Barack Obama Now?

In February, Jesus Saves Ministries conducted a poll on the Jesus Saves Ministries Blog asking, "Who Do you Think Will Be the Democratic Choice for President?" The poll results were overwhelmingly in favor of Barack Obama, 70% versus 30%.

Now that Hillary Clinton has won the major states of Texas and Ohio and is back in the race, how do you feel about Barack Obama chances for becoming the nominee? Do you plan to vote in the Indiana or Kentucky primaries? Who do you plan to vote for and why?

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus Saves!

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook Challenges W.O.W. Women to Move Beyond Circumstance

Rev. Angela Lee Price

Wow! March came in like a lion as three of the nation's most recognized female pastors took the pulpit at St. Stephen Church last Saturday, March 1st for the Women of Wisdom Conference, Rev. Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook, Rev. Dr. Elaine Flake, and Rev. Dr. Gina Stewart. About 1,000 women attended the day-long event that included praise and worship, proclamation of the Word, and prayer.

Rev. Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook, Pastor, The Bronx Christian Church, Bronx, NY challenged W.O.W. attendees to move beyond their circumstance. Preaching from Numbers 27:1-8 on a message entitled, "It's Your Time," she spoke on how the sisters of Zelophehad overcame the challenge of not receiving an inheritance at their father's death. The sisters of Zelophehad, Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah experienced a kiros moment, but they 1) had a strategy, and 2) practiced "the 10 Ups." They respected authority. They went to Moses, the leaders, and to the entire congregation regarding their predicament. Then, they Stood Up, Spoke Up, Let Up, Got Up, Cleaned Up, Fessed Up, Looked Up, Thought Up, Shaped Up, and Listened Up.
Rev. Cook, a native of New York, is the founder and senior pastor of the Bronx Christian Fellowship, a new church plant for the American Baptist Churches of Metropolitan New York. Prior to this, she served for 13 years as the senior pastor of the Mariners' Temple Baptist Church, the oldest American Baptist Church in New York City where she was the first African-American woman to be elected senior pastor of an American Baptist congregation in its 200-year history.
Motivation and empowerment are the common threads in the diverse work of Rev. Cook. Her efforts to inspire and uplift are demonstrated via sermons, motivational speaking, seminars, and workshops. She leads by example as the first woman officer of the historical 7,500-member Hampton University Ministers' Conference, the largest gathering of African American clergy in the world.

Rev. Cook's most recent endeavors include Sujay Ministries, an exciting and relevant audio and video ministry designed to meet the needs of urban professionals, and youth and Jonco Productions, established to promote her oral, video and written motivational works and concepts. She is also the editor of Judson Press' Wise Women Bearing Gifts and co-author of Preaching in Two Voices (Judson Press, 1995). Her latest release, Sister to Sister: Devotions for and from African American Women, is a best seller and has won her international accalaim (Judson Press, 1996). At the end of 1997, she will release a book on spirituality for women in the work force with Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Rev. Cook received a B.S. from Emerson College, an M.A. from Teachers College at Columbia University, an M.Div. from Union Theological Sminary, and a D. Min. from the United Theological Seminary as a Sam Proctor Fellow.

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus Saves!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

People Profile: Rev. Dr. Elaine Flake

Long recognized as a powerful preacher, teacher and role model with a gift for reaching worshippers of all ages, the Reverend Margaret Elaine M. Flake has been impacting the many lives she touches at The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral (GAC) and throughout the country. She has dedicated her life to the betterment of others by leading Christian education, evangelistic and outreach ministries.

Fondly called Reverend Elaine by the GAC congregation, she was instrumental in developing the Allen Women's Resource Center which houses women who are victims of domestic violence; the Allen Prison Ministry, and many other of the 102 ministries at the GAC that serve both church and community. She acts as Advisor to the Missionary Department and as Advisor/Coordinator of the Allen Women's Ministry Department. Each year over 1,000 women from across the country and the Caribbean attend the retreats she hosts. Reverend Elaine has played a crucial role in increasing the membership of The Greater Allen A.M.E Cathedral to 20,000+. She mentors many prominent leaders in the New York City area and is frequently invited to speak throughout the country.

Dr. Flake is the author of the popular book, "God In Her Midst: Preaching Healing to Hurting Women" and has contributed to the "Women of Color Study Bible" and "Souls of My Sisters: Black Women Break Their Silence, Tell Their Stories, and Heal Their Spirits." She and her husband, the Reverend Dr. Floyd H. Flake authored two books, "Practical Virtues: Everyday Values and Devotions for African American Families Learning to Live With All Our Souls" published in 2003 by Harper Collins and "African American Church Management Handbook," published in 2005 by Judson Press.

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Flake earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. She received a Master of Arts Degree in English from Boston University and a Master of Divinity Degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She was awarded the Doctor of Ministry Degree from United Theological Seminary of Dayton, Ohio as well as numerous citations and awards. She is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated; The Links, Incorporated; and the National Council of Negro Women.
Dr. Elaine Flake will be having a Women's Conference in Philadelphia April 17-19th. The following interview will help shed additional light on that conference, Dr. Flake, and her ministry to hurting women. Dr. Flake will be speaking this weekend in Louisville at the St. Stephen Church Women of Wisdom Conference along with Rev. Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook and Rev. Dr. Gina Stewart. Win tickets with Bill Price tomorrow morning 6A-9A, and Min. Angela Lee Price Friday morning on the Bill Price Morning Show on 1350 WLOU, Louisville's Praise and Worship Station!

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus Saves!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Barack Obama Chasing History

Rev. Angela Lee Price

How can we reflect on black history and those who have sacrificed so much for us, even their very lives in the pursuit of justice and equality without stopping to recognize that we are witnessing history in the making? It would be an unjust and unrighteous thing to do in my opinion.

I happened to be watching music mogul Jay-Z, of all people, being interviewed by Charlie Rose one night, and I heard him describe himself as a person "chasing history." He said in effect that he's sold enough albums, gotten enough awards, and has made enough money to last a lifetime. He is strategizing now in such a way as to leave a lasting, history-making impression on this generation and generations to come. He is chasing history.

As I watched Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton debate in Texas last week, I reflected on Senator Obama's recent consecutive string of victories, I had to say that, he too, is chasing history. In fact, I would say that not only is he chasing history, he has caught a piece of it and is becoming history personified before our very eyes. In him is now being made manifest the substance of the prayers of our forefathers and mothers, the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen. Here is a classic moment from the Texas Democratic debates.

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus Saves!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

St. Stephen Church: On the Grow, Equipping New Members

By: Rev. Angela Lee Price

St. Stephen Church is experiencing phenomenal growth. The year 2006 was a record year in the growth of St. Stephen Church as 735 new members of all ages gave the preacher their hand and Jesus their heart. In 2007, 659 new members experienced life-a new, walking with Jesus as He continued to add to the church at a near record pace.

Life- A New is the St. Stephen Church adult new member orientation class. It is designed to fully equip new members to “stay connected” through magnification, membership, Christian maturity, ministry, and missions.

“Last year was an expansion year for Life -A New, our adult new member ministry,” states Member Services Director Rev. Angela Lee Price. In 2006, 453 adults joined St. Stephen, but only 159 or 35% attended new member orientation. Consequently, we had to expand Life- A New from one class offering per month on the Louisville campus in 2006 to more than eight class offerings at all three locations in 2007. We recruited additional gifted instructors and volunteers who love serving the Lord and equipping new members for service,” Rev. Angela stated.

“In 2007, our church was truly blessed. Approximately 139 youth accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We saw an increase in the number of adults joining the church over the previous year as 520 either committed or re-committed their lives to Jesus Christ. Of that number, 300 attended new member's classes. We experienced a significant turn-around in attendance over the previous year, too. Our attendance rate grew from a 35% in 2006, to a 66.61% in Louisville, and 45.84% in Indiana in 2007. St. Stephen Church is a church 'on the grow,' and the Lord is equipping new members through our new member process which includes attending Life-A New and Spiritual Gifts classes,” Rev. Angela stated.

Life-A New sessions are offered to new members on Saturdays, 12 Noon-4:00 PM on the Louisville campus, 2nd & 4th Saturdays from 10:00 AM– 2:00 PM on the Indiana campus, and lst Saturdays from 2:00-3:30 PM at St. Stephen East, Dosker Manor. Sessions are also held twice monthly on Monday evenings from 7:00-9:00 PM by appointment only. To enroll in an upcoming Life-A New class, call Member Services Asst. Director Rev. Ton’ya Triplett, 502-583-6798, ext. 6852. For information on youth new member assimilation, contact Rev. Jamel Armstrong, Youth Ministry Director at ext. 6877.

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus Saves!

Are You in the Bible?

By: Rev. Angela Lee Price

Quick, can you name three black people in the Bible? Are You in the Bible? You will never know if you are not in it daily - reading it, that is. Exploring the Black presence in the Bible is important today like never before. Many African Americans don’t know the truth of their heritage. They think the Bible is a “white man’s book” due primarily to erroneous all-white depictions of Bible stories in some Bibles, and on television, and our failure to counter those errors with the truth of Scripture.

The Lord says my people perish for lack of knowledge. Far too many African Americans are perishing because they do not know who they are and from whence they came. They don’t know that the origins of civilization began in Africa, that Egypt is in Africa, and that science, geometry, and astronomy originated in Africa. Many people believe Jesus was a white man with blue eyes and long, blond hair. A pervasive lack of knowledge about self, heritage and history, is having an extremely damaging psychological impact upon the psyche of our people.

While the goal should not to romanticize the black presence in the Bible, I believe exploring the black presence in the Word of God to be of paramount importance to the spiritual well being of people of color. It helps us in our quest to grow in spiritual maturity and learn about Jesus. It helps us to better relate to Africans from the Motherland and become more sensitive to the plight of people of African descent. It helps us explain with dignity our heritage to other cultures of the world. Finally, it gives us life more abundantly.

In the pictures seated from left to right is the leadership team of my Sunday school class, Learning About Jesus. Seated from left to right: Sylvia Harper, the Missions/Ministry Coordinator; Marilyn Swinney, Class Administrator; Mattie Smith, Evangelism Coordinator; and standing left to right: me, Teacher; Karen Martin, Co-teacher; and Adrianne Braxton, Activities Coordinator, and Cozett Benson-Curry, Prayer Leader (not pictured). We cordially invite you to attend our class. Bring your Bibles and break the Bread of Life with us as we learn about Jesus, share testimonies, and grow in the Christian faith Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at St. Stephen Church, 1018 South 15th Street, Louisville, KY.
Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus Saves!


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