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this issue Easter at Amway Center P.1/2
New Ministers, Deacons & Deaconesses P.3 ―Free to be Me‖ Women’s Conference P.4 Member Spotlight: Chey Massey P.5 Family Care Teams P.6
Ministry Spotlight: Hope’s Haitian-Creole Ministry P.7 2012 Calendar of Events & Announcements P.8/9
Newsletter of The
LOVE IS ALIVE!! By Denita Pimienta
The church has left the building! And Pastor David Uth of First Baptist Church of Orlando along with Bishop Allen T. D. Wiggins of The Hope Church of Orlando couldn’t be more encouraged about that news. Pastors Uth and Wiggins are co-laborers of a vision that is much larger than either of them. These two kindred spirits have joined together to become a force which will expand their reach beyond the comfort of their sanctuaries. On Easter Sunday you are invited to share their vision in a powerful celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ as they host the local community at one of the largest venues in Orlando – the Amway Center.
Top: Pastor Uth & Bishop Wiggins Bottom: Bishop Wiggins & Jarian Felton
Easter at Amway is the brainchild of Pastor Uth who says he really doesn’t know of anything which unites all of us as one people, ―other than the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.‖ He goes on to express how much love God had for us all; wherein He would sacrifice His only begotten son. This is a sentiment, which is shared by Bishop Wiggins who adds that his hope for this union is that we as pioneers of this new genre of ministry will be able to display a unified front for the entire body of Christ. Bishop Wiggins went on to say, ―where we move beyond race, denomination, barriers or how we typically worship on Sunday mornings.‖ Bishop Wiggins passionately cites the historic relevance of this event suggesting that for both churches to lay down all of their agendas, ―speaks volumes about our roles as ambassadors for Christ.‖ It shows that we are able come together as one to present the love of Christ, so that the body may be further built.
Pastor Uth says he is extremely sensitive to the pain, which is so prevalent within our community and our nation. He knows that people are hurting economically, mentally and physically but he knows that Jesus is the answer to all of the suffering that people are feeling. As such, he connects this event with the biblical passages found in II Corinthians 4:8-15 8 [We are] troubled on every side, yet not distressed; [we are] perplexed, but not in despair;9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.11 For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you.13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present [us] with you.15 For all things [are] for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
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