Father’s Day is celebrated to show appreciation and honor to fathers. It is time set aside to salute and express our adoration for every man who has poured his love into the lives of his children, thus positively affecting their lives forever. As a father, I personally salute each and every father and take this opportunity to highlight and commend you for all you do. 

Fathers, thank you for loving your children and validating their sense of identity through unconditional love and support. Your love demonstrates their value and worth. Your kind words, encouragement, discipline, and correction, help to build their character and self-esteem, and instills in them a sense of protection and safety. 

Further, I appreciate you for loving your children with your presence first and then with the things you provide. Your presence communicates that you’re not only interested in providing good things for your children but also expressing the enjoyment you get from having them in your life. Children, young or old, feel important when you alter your busy schedule to make them a priority in your life. 

Real fathers understand the physical and emotional needs of their children. A father’s open affection toward his sons lets them know it’s acceptable to openly express their love for each other. As a result, sons develop into the men God has called them to be. Additionally, what they learn from you (good or bad) will be with them throughout their lives. 

When a father tells his daughter how beautiful she is, it nourishes her soul. It says to her that she is revered as someone quite special! The father/daughter relationship sets the course for relationships she will encounter throughout her life. 

In my own life, I greatly appreciate my father and the impact he made in my life. Although, my father wasn’t perfect, everything he taught me still influences me today. For instance, he taught me by example that a man does whatever he has to do, especially when it comes to providing for his wife and children. He also taught me the importance of a father taking on the role of overseer and protector of the family. I am forever grateful for the lessons my father imparted into my life. 

God has a specific role for fathers to play in the lives of their children. Fathers are the expression of God’s fatherly love. Therefore, as we celebrate this Father’s Day, I encourage you to continue to fulfill one of life’s greatest assignments—to father and raise children in godliness. This is the responsibility God has placed on fathers. While Father’s Day might be the designated day to celebrate you, God daily celebrates all the positive things you do in the lives of your children. Fathers, I honor you. Happy Father’s Day!

Message From Our Pastor

Greetings Brothers and Sisters,

I pray this newsletter finds you and your family being strengthened in prayer and surrounded by the care, compassion, and comfort of God. Oftentimes, life presents us with a number of unwarranted and unwanted difficulties. Whenever we find ourselves bearing this kind of weight on our shoulders, it can make it difficult to maintain our confidence in God. Hence, there are days when life throws us a heavy blow that leaves us feeling discouraged, doubtful, and even defeated. During those moments we must remember that God in Christ Jesus has not kept us in the dark about difficult days. The Bible informs us that, “…In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Although, some days are more difficult than others, let us be encouraged by these words. Our faith in God is rooted in the fact that we have the victory over challenges through Jesus Christ. Jesus has already defeated our greatest enemy and all things are under His feet. This does not mean that we will not go through storms. However, it does mean that the storm can only do so much damage because God in Jesus Christ controls the storm. It does not matter how strong the winds of adversity, hardships, and difficulty may blow; God can still speak to the storm and say, “Peace be still.” Let’s trust that God is able to calm all of our fears, dry our tears, and restore our hope.  

In His Service,

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

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Our Newsletter Welcomes Your News

We are actively seeking participation from all our ministry leaders to help expand and enhance our newsletter. We invite you to submit articles and announcements about activities, programs, meetings, and other events in which your ministry is currently engaged. Articles are limited to a maximum of 250 words and are due in the church office by 3:00 PM on the 10th of each month. Submissions will be edited for space, clarity, timeliness, etc. Please include the name of the person submitting the article, email address, and phone number (preferably mobile #) in the event follow-up is needed. Articles, and related photos (properly identified and dated), should be sent to church@unitedmetropolitan.org or online.

United Fellowship Ushers  

The United Fellowship Ushers will sponsor a Coat Drive in August! New or Clean, gently used coats will be accepted for children, youth, and adults. These coats will be donated to local charities who will distribute them to families in our community. Drop off dates for the coats will be Saturday, August 21 and Saturday, August 28 but please hold on to your contributions until then. (Drop off times and more detailed information will be provided in August.) 


The Stephen Ministry is continuing its support of our UMMBC members and at-large communities through our GriefShare and DivorceCare support group programs. 

Our GriefShare program consists of 13 weekly meeting sessions offered virtually via Zoom. GriefShare. org and find a group It offers help and encouragement to individuals after the death of a spouse, child, family member, or friend. Our trained group facilitators invite you to a warm, Christian and caring environment to assist and support you during your period of grief. Our first session will begin on Monday, August 2, 2021, and sessions will continue weekly from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

You may register online

or by calling our church office at

336-761-1358 or Bonnie Henderson

at 336-239-1037.

Our DivorceCare program will begins its ninth season on Monday, August 2, 2021, virtually via Zoom. Meeting will be held weekly for 13 weeks from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Join us and find help and healing from the pain of separation and/or divorce. Our trained Christian facilitators have all experienced and healed from separation and/or divorce and will offer you warm, confidential Christian care as you face this situation. 

Register online and find a group, 

or call the church office 336-761-1358 or

Cornelious Flood at 336-745-5141.

Senior Missionaries May Outreach Project - 

A Bed and a Book

A Bed and a Book is an amazing non-profit that builds bunk beds for underprivileged children in Forsyth County whose families cannot afford a bed for them. This organization makes it possible for children to have a proper place to sleep with bedding and books to read before drifting off to sleep.  

Nationwide it is estimated that between 1.5 to 2.2 million children in America sleep on a couch, chair, makeshift bed or a floor each night. 

In honor of Mother’s Day, the Senior Missionaries donated three bedding kits (sheets, pillows, and comforters) to A Bed and a Book. 

On Mother’s Day, we also acknowledged beloved Senior Missionaries who are no longer with us and who were mothers: 

Sister Elaine Ragland

Sister Mary B. Carpenter

Sister Cetta Thompson

Deacon Georgiana McCoy. 

Contact Senior Missionary  

Kathy Hines, President

for more information about the Senior Missionary Circle. Remember we are all Missionaries!


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835 Efird Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27105

Brookdale Assisted Living, Rm 27 2980 Reynolda Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27106

1836 Kentucky Ave NE
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
2285 Mary Dee Lane
Winston-Salem, NC 27107

South Fork Assisted Living-Room 116
1345 Jonestown Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
805 South Merritt Mill Rd. Apt 105
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Salemtowne Rehabilitation Center
1550 Babcock Drive - Room 7219
Winston-Salem, NC 2710

Sick and Shut-In: Hospital or at Home

  • R. Colin Brown
  • Reginald Brown
  • Thurman Clayton
  • Laura Cooley
  • Eva Howell
  • Dorothy Jones
  • Jennie Jones  
  • Veronica Wright

June Birthdays

Elsie Gregory
Gregory Harris

William Brandon
Xaviera Caldwell
Adia Davis

Myisha Ferguson
Eddie George Jabez Huntley

Miller Allen
Charlie Bethea
Charles Blackwell, Sr. 

Gwendolyn Love
Maya Newlin  

Druscilla Fogle
Yvette Stackhouse

Jacqueline Bethea
Mary Grissom

Elizabeth Leftwich
Barbara Manning
Barbara Shoaf

Linda Scales
Allen Thacker  

Joyce Mathis
Alphonse Odom
Edna Sigers

Theresa Johnson
Carol Nelson
Franklin Woods

Tumeka Johnson
Gregory Thrush

Evelyn Durham
Loretha Jennings

Michael Anthony
Michael Brooks
Kim Ford
Selvyn Jordan
Cordi Rumph
Clarence Watson
Allan Younger

Elvin Jenkins
Mary Perkins

Karen Cuthrell
Anne Banner
Herman Brown

Delores Lassiter
Kerri Reaves
LaJoi Wilson-Moore

ShaNese Jackson
Donald Benson
Latosha Holt
Octavius Davies
James Reed

Jim Beaty
Pamela Bradsher
Willaseania Shore

Barney Jackson
Maxine Jenkins
Barbara Walker

LaToya Witherspoon



An internal dispute among members of First Baptist Church in East Winston in 1924 led to a small prayer band meeting in the home of the pastor, Rev. Edward Gholson. Growth led participants to move to Fourteenth Street School. In July, they held a special meeting for the purpose of organizing a church, and First Institutional Baptist Church was born, with Reverend Gholson as its pastor. A church site at Twelve-and-One-Half Street was purchased for $20,800, starting as a frame structure but then enlarged, with brick veneer enhancement, and addition of a parsonage. A bus was purchased, a “top-notch” choir was organized, and the congregation grew consistently. 

Reverend Kenneth R. Williams became pastor in January 1937 and later became pastor of West End. He consolidated the large indebtedness; 33 members were added; representatives to association and conventions were identified, and in 1938 a pipe organ was purchased. The church grew for the next 27 years under the leadership of several pastors, including Reverends Logan Kearse, C. B. Byrd, Fulton O. Bradley, and R.L. Patterson. Renovations included enhancement of the church facility and a baptismal pool. Church revivals were instituted, and a Baptist Training Union was organized. In 1959, Reverend J. Donald Ballard became pastor and within six years, the church added 78 members and increased its budget from $9,000 to $16,500. Six years later, by unanimous vote of First Institutional and West End, the two congregations merged to form United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, with Rev. Ballard retained as pastor. 



Darline Smith Bell was baptized by Pastor Kenneth R. Williams and was a member of First Institutional when Rev. James Ballard came as pastor. She was reared in Winston-Salem by her paternal grandmother and attended Columbia Heights from kindergarten through 8th grades. She recalls that her grandmother started working at R.J. Reynolds as a 13-year-old and was paid one silver dollar a week. During 9th grade, Darline was elected class representative for Miss Atkins High. After completing 9th grade, she and her older sister moved to Los Angeles, where they resided with their maternal aunt and completed high school. She returned to Winston-Salem and married. Upon her husband’s retirement from the U. S. Air Force, they returned to Winston-Salem, where she got a job as teller at Wachovia Bank and Trust. She retired in 2000 as a personal banker after 24 years. She attended night school for seven years at WSSU, sometimes taking as few as three hours a semester. She was ready to quit but then learned about a satellite program offered in High Point by Shaw University, where she transferred and received her B.S. degree in 1990. Sister Bell has four daughters (one deceased), seven grandchildren (one deceased), and 5 great-grandchildren. She is a member of the Senior Choir. Her hobbies are writing poetry, fishing, gardening, and public speaking. She is author of a poetry book, O Great Jubilee. The best advice from her grandmother was “Hold your head high. I don’t want to see you with your head bowed and shuffling, and don’t be ‘skinning and grinning.’” Her advice to today’s young women: “Work, because nothing is guaranteed, and you need to be able to do something for yourself. It’s good to love your family, but sometimes put yourself first. Don’t put yourself last.” Her secret to a long life: “Watch what you eat, have faith, and take time to worship; eating properly and treating people the way you want to be treated.” 

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Our annual Easter presentation was held during Sunday School hour on April 4. Children from all classes participated, resulting in a lively, enjoyable, and spiritually uplifting program. The combined Beginners and Primary classes, led by Edna Sigers, with assistance from Lauren Bradshear, recited poems and readings and delighted all of us with their enthusiasm and delivery. The Juniors Class, led by Robert LeMay, featured recitations that students prepared on “What Easter Means to Me.” Students in Britney Jenkins’ Middle School Class and Michelle Woodruff’s High School Class also made presentations on the meaning of Easter. Jiyai Parreott from the Juniors Class served as our outstanding Mistress of Ceremonies, introducing all the participants and ensuing an orderly flow of the program. Afterwards, Mrs. Sigers also called on the audience randomly to tell what Easter means to them. We are thankful to the teachers for their dedication, patience, and enthusiasm in working with our children. Parents, grandparents, and guardians were especially encouraging and supportive as their children learned their parts. Sunday School participants applauded the children by clapping enthusiastically (muted) and inserting “hand clap,” “thumbs up,” and “love” emojis on the screen. Superintendent Francine Madrey reminded adults that we are to exemplify the love, patience, and joy that Jesus has for little children and to not hinder, either by word or bad example, those who desire to come to Christ. After all, the kingdom is comprised of those who have the loving simplicity, humility, and trust of children. May we become like children so that we may become more like Christ. 


The Children’s and Youth Ministries recently honored the memory of Ms. Cheryl Scales by making a donation to the UMMBC Endowment Fund. Ms. Scales was a supporter of many of the service projects and other endeavors of both ministries. As a fitting tribute, the ministries donated $1,409.00 to the Endowment Fund to support the Christian Service Special Scholarship. 


Our Stephen Ministers recently discussed the book Don’t Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart: How to Relate to Those Who are Suffering by Kenneth C. Haugk, which reminded us of what to say and not say to those dealing with loss. Before you say “Hello,” he suggested you pray this prayer:
Dear God, I‘m relying on you. Speak to me, and tell me what to say. Speak through me, and console the other. Speak for me, and tell the other what he or she needs to hear. Oh, and Lord tell me when to be quiet, too. Thanks for being faithful. Amen. 

What Do You Say to a Heavy Heart?
  • It’s good to see you/hear your voice.
  • Fill me in on what’s going on.
  • I’m sorry to hear that.
  • This must be difficult for you.
  • It hurts to know you are going through this.
  • My heart goes out to you.
  • How can I help?

No Nos: 

  • I know how you feel.
  • It’s for the best.
  • She/He’s not suffering anymore.
  • God doesn’t make mistakes.
  • You ought to have left years ago.
  • I’m sure you will meet someone else.
  • You’ll get another job.
  • You look depressed.
  • At least you have two other children.

Listen, don’t talk, on the phone. Focus on the other person. Avoid such statements as

  • Well, I . . . .
  • When I . . . .
  • I remember my . . . .

Silence is acceptable; you may cry with the person. Written notes and cards are less invasive than a ringing phone and can be read repeatedly. Our Stephen Ministers stand ready to walk with you on your journey from “mourning to joy.” Contact Stephen leaders:

Cornelious Flood at (336) 745-5141 or Bonnie Henderson at (336) 239-1037