Mother’s Day - Make sure you show the women in your life how much you appreciate them today. And not just today,but every day! They do so much for all of us.


MOTHER

By Fred Cruz

Somewhere between the youthful energy of the teenager and the golden twilight years of a women’s life, there lives a marvelous and loving person known… as mother.


A mother is a curious mixture of patience, kindness, tolerance, understanding, discipline, industry, purity, and love.


A mother can be at one and the same time, both love lore and counselor to a heart-sick daughter, and a head football coach to an athletic son.


A mother can sew the tiniest stitch in the material for that dainty prom dress, and she is equally experienced in threading through the heaviest of traffic with a large station wagon.


A mother is the only creature on earth who can cry when she’s happy, laugh when she’s heartbroken, and work when she’s sick.


A mother is as gentle as a lamb, and as strong as a giant. Only a mother can appear so weak and helpless, and yet at the same time, can put the fruit jar cover on so tightly that even dad can’t get it off.


A mother is a picture of helplessness when dad’s around, but a marvel of resourcefulness when she’s all alone.


A mother has the angelic voice of a member of the celestial choir as she sings the Brahms Lullaby to a baby held tightly in her arms; and yet the same voice can dwarf the sound of an amplifier when she calls her boys in for supper.


A mother has the fascinating ability to be almost everywhere at once, and she alone can somehow squeeze an enormous amount of living into an average day.


A mother is old fashioned to her teenager. She’s just “mom” to the third-grader, and she’s “mamma” to the little two-year old. There’s no greater thrill in life than to point to that wonderful woman and be able to say to all the world, “That’s my mother.”


M - is for the million things she gave me

O - means only that she’s growing old

T - is for the tears she shed to save me

H - is for her heart of purest gold

E - is for her eyes with love-light shining

R - means right and right she’ll always be


Put them all together they spell mother. A word that means the world to me.

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, we will be required to wait on the Lord on our journey of faith. The reality is that God’s timing does not always match our timing. In fact, when God does not meet our demands within our deadline we are tempted to wander away from God’s prescribed path for our lives. However, scripture informs us in Isaiah 55:8-9 that, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” In essence, God’s plans are not our plans. More importantly, God’s plans are filled with purpose and less painful than our own. Therefore, Charles Spurgeon admonished those who have been tasked with waiting on God to, “Wait in prayer. Call on God and spread the case before. Express your unstaggering confidence in him. Wait in faith, for unfaithful, untrusting waiting is but an insult to the Lord. Wait in quiet patience, not murmuring because you are under the affliction, but blessing God for it.” My hope and prayer is for God to teach us to wait knowing that God has our best interest at heart. God knows each of us name by name, person by person, and situation by situation. God you know exactly what we stand in need of at this very moment. Although, it does not feel comfortable right now; let’s wait on God to supply the need, work out the problem, overcome the obstacle, heal the sickness, and move the mountain. 


In His Service,

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



Weekly Virtual Schedule

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Sunday: Live Streamed Message from the Senior Pastor (10:00am)

Tuesday: Prayer Call (6:00am (605) 475-4886 Access Code: 763201#)

Wednesday: Bible Study

Friday: Check-in


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UMMBC SENIOR MISSIONARIES ON THE "M.O.V.E"

At a recent Women’s Baptist Home and Foreign Missionary Convention, we were reminded that we are to be the hands and feet of Jesus and should be willing to:


M - Motivate, Minister

O - Observe, Organize

V - Volunteer, Vigilant

E - Educate, Evangelize


We are to leave our mission footprint wherever we go. As the need arises, we must be prepared to assist others. Each month the Senior Missionaries MOVE and reach out to others. 


Here is a list of our outreach projects: 


JANUARY - Provided breakfast foods and other items to City with Dwellings, which is an agency that works to end the crisis of homelessness in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.


FEBRUARY - Provided a monetary donation to Jeanette and Evans Walton and their mission ministry in Navrongo, Ghana. 


MARCH - Provided toiletries to the Forsyth Prison and Jail Ministry and palm trees to enhance the Sanctuary on Palm Sunday. 


APRIL - Distributed Easter Bags to our sick and shut-in members which contained toiletries and treats. 


A shout out to Youth Missionary advisor Brittany Jenkins and the Youth Missionaries for the thinking-of-you cards they made for the Easter bags. 


Contact Senior Missionary President Kathy Hines kapplewhite57@gmail.com for more information about the Senior Missionary Circle. Remember we are all Missionaries!

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY NEWS

The Children's and Youth Ministries would like to thank everyone who participated in our Cereal Collection Service Project on March 20th. Thanks to the generosity of 71 families, we collected 425 boxes of cereal, $565 in donations and 2 boxes of Pampers; all to benefit Crisis Control Ministry. Thank you to all our volunteers who helped make the event a big success! Thank you to Rev. Armstead for his support and to Mrs. Sigers for her leadership and love for our children. We are so blessed and grateful to be able to bless others through our giving! 

Sick and Shut-In

VISITATION MINISTRY

Contact Number: 336-761-1358

Extension: 1008


MARY T. CARPENTER

835 Efird Street

Winston-Salem, NC 27105


MRS. EVELYN CABBELL

Brookdale Assisted Living, Rm 27 2980 Reynolda Road

Winston-Salem, NC 27106


MARY ELIZABETH JACKSON

1836 Kentucky Ave NE

Winston-Salem, NC 27101


VALERIE SADDLER

2285 Mary Dee Lane

Winston-Salem, NC 27107


ELSIE SCALES

South Fork Assisted Living-Room 116

1345 Jonestown Road

Winston-Salem, NC 27103


ANITA THOMPSON

805 South Merritt Mill Rd. Apt 105

Chapel Hill, NC 27516


CLARENCE WATSON

Salemtowne Rehabilitation Center

1550 Babcock Drive - Room 7219

Winston-Salem, NC 27106


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

Condolences

We solicit your prayer for our bereaved families:

  • Lilerwease Carter - Son
  • Deborah Miller - Nephew
  • Linda Scales - Sister


May Birthdays


1

Catherine Kennedy

Naomi Williams

2

Pauline Benson

Jeanette Best

Fonta Gilliam

Raymond McCall

Elijah Nelson

3

Gwen Phillips

4

Aurdres Lewis

5

Alesia Cockerham

Carolyn Jones

Elsie Scales  

6

Delray Anthony

Ashley Banks

Justin Keitt  

7

James Belton

Michael Creswel

8

C. Lynn Dowell

Warren Richardson

9

Evelyn Cabbell

William Cockerham

10

Linda Beverly

Rosalind Miller

11

Marchell Scott

12

Carolyn Farabee

Caroline Lattimore

Pamela Snipes

13

Eleanor A. Ballard

Kentisha Bethea

Leilani Reed

14

Bradford Jackson

Angela Latta

Darrius Williams

16

Helena Carter

17

Shakira Bannister

18

Muhammad Abdul-Qohar

Lyvonne Bovell Harris

Melissa Ledbetter

James Medlock  

20

Carolyn Hardy  

21

Willie Kennedy  

22

Alan Caldwell

Ellsworth Jessup

Mi’esha Sunday

23

Clinton Mathis

24

Arthur Dark

Charlie Kennedy

Lil’ Keir Richard

Loretta Sherrill

25

Tiara Caldwell

Victoria Taylor

26

Lonnie Carpenter

28

Julian Aileru  

29

Julian Patterson

30

Cynthia Leftwich

31

Bartholomew Coan

Eva Evans

Cynthia Leftwich

H’Dina Siu

Diana Smith  

UMMBC EAGLE SCOUT RECIPIENTS

  • Austin Leftwich and Cecil Leftwich Jr. 

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  • Evan Andrews

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Evan Andrews, Austin Leftwich, Cecil Leftwich Jr. and Justin Lewis were all friends in Mrs. Edna Sigers’ Sunday School class at United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist when they joined cub scouts. Through the years, they have remained friends despite attending different schools and being in different troops. On Sunday, April 25th, these four young men ended their journey united together again when they received Scouting’s highest honor, the Eagle Award, in a ceremony sponsored jointly by Troop 916 of United Metropolitan and Troop 910 of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Scoutmasters Johnny Sigers and Ron Lyerly presented their awards. 


Evan Andrews, the son of Al Andrews and Lynnette Fuller-Andrews, is a senior at West Forsyth High School. For his Eagle Project, Evan built and installed two little free libraries to provide children access to books. One library is located at the Winston Lake YMCA and the other is outside of the dental office of Dr. Mark Oliver located at 2621 New Walkertown Road. Austin Leftwich and Cecil Leftwich, Jr., the sons of Cecil and Mia Lynn Leftwich, are seniors at Reagan High School. Austin refurbished furniture and landscapes in two courtyards for Trinity Glen Retirement Center. Cecil sponsored a drive and collected new toys and essential items for the Ronald McDonald House. Justin Lewis, the son of Audres and Regina Lewis, is a senior at Atkins.

COVID19 VACCINES AT UMMBC

On Thursday April 1, 2021 UMMBC hosted a Covid-19 vaccine drive for our local community. A special thank you to the staff and volunteers of Wake Forest Baptist Health along with Dr. Amber Brooks, Dr. Vernon Ross and Deacon Juliet Brown, Shanlon Buchanan, Katheryn Chavis, Lauren M. Chavis, Arthur Dark, Betty Hanes, Deacon Bob Henderson, Bonnie Henderson, Nyree Thorne Rodriguez, Claudia Turner and Pat Wynn This teaming up of Wake Forest Baptist Health and their program goal: Community Immunity For All or #ThisIsOurShot; was a banner day for UMMBC about 200 people vaccinated. 

STATEMENT FROM WAKE FOREST BAPTIST HEALTH

The physicians, APPs, nurses and entire team of Wake Forest Baptist Health are proud to share our compassion and commitment to serving all, especially those from underserved communities and those at greatest risk from COVID-19. We acknowledge the history of health injustice in communities of color, and we are committed to listening, collaborating and partnering to provide accessible care and education to help individuals make informed decisions to protect their health and well-being. 


To this end we are partnering across our community with other health systems, county health departments, governmental organizations and local businesses, churches and faith groups - to vaccinate everyone eligible, particularly those most at risk. We also hold coordinated activities with our Atrium Health partners in accessing and distributing vaccine to historically marginalized populations. 


Ensuring equitable access to the vaccine across our community: Helping staff and organize vaccine events with Forsyth County’s Federally Qualified Health Centers, with 92% of vaccines going to historically marginalized populations. Holding weekly vaccine clinics at Wake Forest Baptist’s Downtown Health Plaza, with 23% of vaccines going to these populations.

FACTS ABOUT THE COVID-19 VACCINES SAFETY AND EFFICACY OF COVID-19 VACCINE

  • The authorized vaccines have been shown to prevent severe illness and hospitalization from COVID-19
  • mRNA vaccines train our bodies to trigger an immune response to the disease, and don’t affect or interact with our DNA in any way
  • Vaccine development process was informed by decades of research and large-scale clinical trials with thousands of participants
  • Side effects confirm the vaccine is working with your immune system*
  • They may include pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle and joint pain or chills and fever
  • Remember, the vaccine does not contain the virus, so it cannot give you COVID-19