“Without the cross, I would not know redeeming love that floods my soul. Without the blood where would I be? I would be lost, without the cross.” 

The words of this song speak so profoundly to my heart. As I listen, I am pointed to Christ, and this song he sang pointed me straight to the cross. 

I need the reminder of the cross often. It is the symbol of Christ who set me free. 

Despite our greatest efforts, we are lost without the cross of Christ. Spiritually, we are inclined to seek and search for a direction without the cross. But without the cross, we would have no hope, no peace, and no comfort. We would be lost. 

The cross is God’s chosen path for our redemption. The shepherd doesn’t just let his sheep wander off. He sets out to find them and bring them back home. Christ had to go the way of the cross to accomplish God’s plan for our rescue. But the cross is not where the story ends. God raised Christ from the dead on the third day. And through this victory over the grave, God has raised those who trust in Jesus to new life in Him. 

The cross frees us, restores us, and resurrects us with Christ. As children of God, when we accept Him, give our lives to Him, surrender ourselves to a mighty and powerful God who loves us, then the cross changes us. 

Yet, why did God choose the cross as the price for our redemption? Why was this form of ancient Roman punishment cross needed in the first place? 

1. The Cross Is the Climax of the Story

What I love about the story God tells through His Word is that it is one of redemption. Redemption means that there is hope for lost things. From Genesis to Revelation, a bigger picture is being knit together. And just like any story, there is always a climax, usually when evil is defeated. It may be a major battle or discovering who committed the crime, there is always a major moment when truth is revealed, good triumphs, and all the story’s threads comes together. 

The cross is that moment when everything comes together. It is the peak of God’s redemptive plan. It is what righted every wrong, defeated death, and signed the warrant for the enemy’s inevitable execution to come. 

2. The Cross Satisfied God’s Wrath

We tend to forget that God is equal in all His character. He is loving, and He is also just. God’s wrath burns against all the wrong in the world. His character and His justice requires atonement for sin. If someone wronged us we would wish for the wrong to be righted. God does too. 

God is love, justice, wrath, and mercy. By sending His Son in our stead to make payment for our sins, God is extending mercy that we do not deserve. The cross was required because the wrath of God needed to be satisfied. Atonement must be made, and in His grace and mercy, He took the punishment upon Himself instead. 

3. The Cross Was the Promised Method

Throughout the Old Testament, prophets proclaimed the Messiah to come. Isaiah described the suffering servant that would arrive, and face a cruel death. 

Psalm 22:16 says “they have pierced my hands and my feet.” This Scripture details the suffering of one crucified, a method of death that had not yet even been invented. Isaiah 50:6 tells of the beating Christ would take. The cross was foretold hundreds of years before any records are found of this form of execution. 

4. The Cross Delivers from Sin and Death

Sin requires a sacrifice. Scripture tells us in Romans that the price for sin is death. Not just physical death, but spiritual death. Eternal separation from a holy God. Jesus’ work on the cross fulfilled the required penalty, and so restores us to God. 

We have ready access to the Father because of the cross. We have hope of heaven and eternity with Christ because of the cross. We do not have to fear death because of the cross. We can live in joy and hope every day because of the cross. 

The cross is foolish to the world. In 1 Corinthians Paul says that God uses the foolish to shame the wise. God chooses the unlikely and unqualified to shame the proud. No one can boast in the presence of God Almighty. 

When Israel awaited their Messiah they believed He would come as a great ruler who would destroy the power of Rome over them. They believed His reign would be immediate and earthly. They expected the worldly standards of a king, so when Jesus came they missed it. The cross was not what they expected. They didn’t understand God’s plan, they couldn’t see what was required for them to truly be free, not just from Rome but rom death—their greatest enemy. 

The resurrection that came after the death of Christ was His victory lap, it is what revealed Christ to be God. The cross is what revealed Him as a sacrifice. The perfect sacrifice, a lamb without blemish. The perfect payment for sin, but not just one man’s sin--all sin, for all time. 

How magnificent is the work our Savior accomplished on the cross, taking that punishment in our place. In His love for us, He chose to lay down His life that we may be free. His love for you is far beyond what we can understand; it takes the shape of the wooden cross and the weight of the crown of thorns upon His head. 

Without the cross, we would not know just how much Jesus loves us. 

Message From Our Pastor

Greetings Brothers and Sisters,

I pray this newsletter finds you and your family being strengthened in prayer and surrounded by God’s love this Easter. As we reflect on Christ’s resurrection during this season, may it reinforce God’s power over the dark moments of our lives. The darkness of Good Friday and the gruesome death of our Lord and Savior gave way to the brilliance of a glorious resurrection morning. This is a powerful example of how God works in the lives of those who have placed their confident trust in God. Dark moments tend to frustrate our faith and create spiritual fatigue. The hurts, hardships, and hang ups of this life can weigh us down. Tragically, dark moments can cause us to temporarily lose sight of God’s power at work in each of us. Therefore, we can become paralyzed in our predicament whenever we magnify the severity of our situation instead of looking to our Savior. The resurrection reminds us that God is able to turn our suffering and struggle into stepping stones that lift our faith and forge a new path into the future. Nothing is too hard for God! The power of God demonstrated on resurrection morning affirms God’s ability to help us to rise above the dark conditions of life. God in Jesus Christ is able to see us through any dark experience we may encounter along the way. May we hold on to the words in John 16:33 this Easter and always that says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

In His Service,

Rev. D. Alvin T. Armstead, Jr., Pastor

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Men’s Triangle Ministry

Men’s Triangle Ministry in collaboration with Men’s United and the Women’s Fellowship Ministry will have a fellowship fun participation in March Madness Men’s NCAA tournament challenge. Fill out a bracket and compete with fellow church members for the NCAA tournament score. Top men’s bracket and women’s bracket will receive and church gift. Bracket group name on ESPN.com/bracket is UMMBC March Madness 2021 group password ummbcMM2021. Join the fellowship and fun. For more information contact Vernon Ross via email.

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Sick and Shut-In: Hospital or at Home

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We solicit your prayer for our bereaved families:

  • Diane Hairston-Brother
  • Brazel Jordan - Husband
  • Selvyn Jordan - Brother
  • Bonita Rogers-Brother
  • Manya Stewart - Mother

April Birthdays


Chrisean Hardy

Sean McClure


Pridgen Amos-Green


Michelle Cannady

Justina Simmons


Lisa Campbell


Adrian Ward

Leslie Winbush


James Brandon, Jr. 

Charles Douthit

Tina Owens

Cheryl Scales


Rochelle Brandon

JaVan Durham


Ronald Buchanan

Kharon Garnes

Jocelyn Plummer


James Huntley, III

Deborah Miller

John Oliver

Kwamina Parker


Linda Beverly

Frances Bradley

Linda Carter

Tony Ebron


Anthony Fennell

Taylor Howard

Gloria James

Darrious Patterson

Andrew Perkins

Jeffrey Twiggs


Ronald Carter

Patricia Jessup

Charles Miller

Gloria Stover


Shelley Noisette


Denise Batchleor

Robert Botley

Turner Faulk II

Jared Foster-Smith

Roberta Scott

Gladys B Sellers


Bernard Faulk

Yvonne James


Joseph Daniels

Lauryn Thacker

Joseph Ward

Lemuel Watson, Jr. 


Trey Baker

Joyce Crisp

Linda Glenn


Robert Carter

Cathy Mitchell


Pam Oliver

Orlando Parker


April Adams


Nora Baker


Miranda Newlin


James Gist

Jesse Wesley


Colin Brown


Anita Justice-Patterson

Alexis Moore

Percy Thorne


Elise Coplin

Raymond Marshall

Ernestine Street


United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church resulted from the merger of West End Baptist Church and First Institutional Baptist Church. The following except comes from our church’s recorded history. West End Baptist Church. In 1892, there was only one Baptist church that African Americans could attend comfortably and conveniently in the town of Winston (now Winston-Salem). Its location in the eastern part of the city was too far away for many families living in other neighborhoods, including the city’s West End area. The Reverend P.H.D. Gore provided a remedy by organizing a Sunday school class that met in his home. As the class progressed and the membership outgrew the meeting space, a decision was made to organize and established a church.


The Senior Missionaries were blessed to have Jeanette Stackhouse Walton join us at our February meeting via Zoom. She gave us an update on their missionary ministry in Navrongo, Ghana. 

They have built a temporary church structure to use as a Sunday School classroom in the future. Also, they have opened the Jeanette Okunyada Special School, which is named after the late Jeanette Okunyada. 

The church’s mission statement is taken from Matthew 28:19: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. The church’s motto is “Be One, Make One.”   

The UMMBC Senior Missionaries donated a monetary gift to World Venture in support of the Waltons’ ministry in Ghana. Evans and Jeanette are so very appreciative of the support from UMMBC, and they keep our leadership and us informed through their newsletter. We are so proud of them and grateful for the sacrifice they make to spread the Gospel. Their son, Little KB, is now a year old, and his favorite words are “Mama,” “Dada,” and “Amen!” 

United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church members can say we personally know two missionaries who are serving abroad. God is good. Please keep Evans, Jeanette, and Little KB lifted in prayer. Their town is also affected by COVID-19, so remain in prayer for their community and their ministry. 

Bonnie Henderson, Assistant Chaplain


Deacon and Mrs. Joseph Crocker The following information and photographs were taken from the alumni page of a recent Western Carolina Alumni Association magazine. Deacon Joseph “Joe” Crocker, chair of our Board of Deacons, and his wife, Carol Vaughan Crocker, were the first African American students to play men’s and women’s tennis at Western Carolina University. Deacon Crocker is a member of the class of 1974; he went on to serve as WCU’s first African American chair of the university’s Board of Trustees. He serves currently on the WCU Foundation Board of Directors. Carol graduated in 1975, and she was also the first woman to serve as a cheerleader for the WCU Catamounts. 


My earliest memories of church, (the former West End Baptist) are squirming on the pew while sitting next to my Mother. Her strategy to keep me still and quiet during service was to take a piece of cotton (aspirin bottle I suppose ?) from her purse, wiggle it and tell me it was a snake! It worked because I went to sleep and stopped wiggling. As a child I attended Sunday School and Vacation Bible School faithfully. After church Ms. Minnie Steele would give the children candy if we had been good (or bad) at church. The only time that I would not get candy was when she would wear her fur stole that had fox tails on it. I would go home without candy on those Sundays.

When we merged with First Institutional in 1965, I continued to participate in church activities including the Junior Choir and Usher Board.  

I began serving as Sunday School secretary as a high school student and attended State meetings of the Baptist Convention as a delegate. These experiences gave me the opportunity to sharpen my public speaking skills which have been an asset in my professional endeavors.

Sunday School participation was always important to me. After having children, I wanted to continue the legacy with them. I have faithfully attended Sunday School for 30 years and have served as Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent for a combined 17 years. 

I have been honored as a charter member to serve UMMBC in many capacities over fifty years.

Marilyn Dianne Truesdale Odom


Since the massive COVID-19 social shutdown, all UMMBC in-person activities were forced to cease; however, active participation by our Men’s Ministry has not. Its three component ministries are the Men’s Sunday School Class, the Men’s United Group, and its subcomponent, the Men’s Triangle Ministry. 

When the Men’s Sunday school class transitioned to a virtual Zoom format, our leaders Arthur Dark, Earl Miller and Curtis Scott never missed a beat. Under the direction of Dr. Francine Madrey, superintendent, 

all Sunday School classes continued virtually. 

During summer 2020, as our nation faced a major civil right crisis, the Men’s Class expanded its meeting schedule to Wednesday nights to facilitate conversations around race and law enforcement. We have continued our discussions on Christian values and their relationship with current civil and human interactions. We are actively involved with the New Canaan Society in these discussions. 

The men partnered with the Life Connections Sunday School Class to promote church members’ participation in the 2020 election. A video interview with a Forsyth County Board of Election official was posted on the church website to clarify voting logistics. 

Our activities include serving lunch to students at the Winston-Salem Street School, supporting Petree Elementary School, hosting a March Madness Virtual NCAA Bracket Challenge with the Women’s Fellowship, and creating a book club in partnership with the Roscoe Anderson Community Center. The Men’s United Group is planning a fall Men’s Retreat and Men’s Week in November. We continue to exhibit discipleship through good works, even during these challenging times.