Thanksgiving is a powerful way to live!


Thanksgiving, like many of our holidays, has slowly lost its original meaning. When we truly understand what is behind living a life of thanksgiving there is a power released for us to enjoy. If you did a quick Google search on ‘gratitude’ or ‘being thankful’ you will discover various health sites providing medical proof that thankful people are healthier people. These benefits include: the ability to cope with stress, more mentally alert, a greater optimism about the future, overall improved physical health and a higher likability factor resulting in a wholesome social life.


A few keys to remember this Thanksgiving are:


1. Thanksgiving is GIVING THANKS.

It is intentionally releasing something we possess with a cheerful heart. The word thanks is an adverb that describes HOW we give. If we are thankful we willingly give, if we are ungrateful we take.


2. Giving thanks means we have to THINK.

It’s interesting to note that “think” and “thank” come from the same Anglo-Saxon root word. It has been proven if a person takes time each day to write out 20 things they are thankful for, it will have a profound affect on their mental stability and release anxiety. This takes significant thought, but the rewards are amazing.


3. Giving thanks takes EFFORT.

Complaining requires no training, but to develop an attitude of gratitude takes work. As a child when someone gave us a gift, most of our parents looked at us and said: “What do you say?”


It takes effort to think about God’s goodness and thank Him, or to think what someone has done for us and sincerely thank that person. A simple thank you note requires we sacrifice some time and a few dollars, but the benefits are huge.


As we read in Hebrews 13:15 sacrifice and giving thanks are connected: Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.


4. Giving thanks means leaving the MOAN ZONE for the BLESSING ZONE.

We can learn from Israel and their trek out of Egypt into the Promised Land. Despite having God open up the sea, witnessing His cosmic GPS system, an instant water well, heavenly catering and of course freedom from the sting of the Egyptian whip, they were living in the MOAN ZONE.


We read in Numbers 21:4,5: Then the people of Israel set out from Mount Hor, taking the road to the Red Sea to go around the land of Edom. But the people grew impatient along the way, and they began to murmur against God and Moses. “Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die here in the wilderness?” they complained. “There is nothing to eat here and nothing to drink. And we hate this wretched manna!”


5. Giving thanks yields a heart of CONTENTMENT.

Paul writes in 1 Timothy 6:6,7: But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. There is a YouTube clip of a comedian on the Conan O’Brien show entitled: “Everything’s amazing and nobody’s happy.” During the interview they talk about the amazing technological marvels all around us, and yet people still complain and whine. At one point they mention how people always complain about their airplane flights. They complain their seat does not go back far enough, or having to sit on the runway waiting to take off. Despite the fact they are flying, sitting in a chair in the sky, traveling over thousands of miles in a few hours, they are not content. 


The secret to being content in a world that offers so many amazing technological breakthroughs, is to simply step back and start giving thanks.


6. “Thanks” is your PASSWORD to log into God’s presence.

We all are familiar with using a password to gain access to an account or a website. Similarly to gain access into God’s presence, the Psalmist instructs us: “Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving”. Not only does it make a difference on the way we enter into God’s presence, it makes a huge impact when we enter the presence or our spouse, family, friends, employer in that manner.


7. Thankfulness is a WEAPON that has a powerful affect in the spiritual realm. 

Fear is a spiritual force, and one of the greatest weapons against it is an attitude of gratitude. A heart that expresses thanks will displace the fear of scarcity, break the power of worry, remove self-pity or the “woe is me” mindset, free the mind from thoughts of jealousy and deliver us from the “selfie” culture we live in. 


As we approach Thanksgiving it is important to remember that giving thanks is meant to be a way of life, not just a celebration once a year. 

The apostle Paul put it this way: in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 

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 love, grace, and faithfulness of God. Oftentimes, it’s easy to get so caught up in the “hustle and bustle of life,” that we fail to recognize how blessed we really are. Hence, the daily task of working, raising a family, caring for a loved one, attending meetings, doctor appointments, and the like can cause us to lose sight of how fortunate we really are. Please understand that being blessed does not always consist of having the biggest and the best, but it may simply mean having our daily need met by a gracious and loving God. 


The reality is that God is faithful to us even when we are not as faithful as we should be to God. Therefore, every day is a day of thanksgiving. We can be thankful that even when life is unstable, uncertain, and unpredictable we are not required to have all of the answers. The Book of James informs us, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” I am not suggesting we have to keep a smile on our faces at all times, but we can maintain the proper perspective when we are confronted with challenges. We gain the proper perspective when we give our concerns to God. Let us hold on to the word of Paul in Philippian 4:6-7 that asserts, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (NIV).”


In His Service,

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



Weekly Virtual Schedule

Sunday: Live Sunday School via ZOOM & GoToMeeting.  Interested? Email

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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Tithes and Offerings

There are several ways for you to give. 

  • TEXT 2 GIVE by following these steps: 1. Text ummbcgive to 73256, 2. Complete your information 3. Complete your gift. 
  • ONLINE GIVING through our website.
  • MAIL in your donation or stop by the church and
  • DROP OFF your envelope in the mail slot opposite the Fourth Street Doors. We appreciate your generosity; however you choose to give we are extremely grateful. 

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Sick and Shut-In VISITATION MINISTRY

Contact Number: 336-761-1358; Extension: 1008


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


LOUISE THOMAS 
Trinity Glenn, Rm 310 A 
849 Waterworks Road, 
Winston-Salem, NC 27101 


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 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


Condolences

We solicit your prayers for our bereaved families:

  • Barbara Debnam - Brother
  • Nolie Miller - Sister-in-law
  • Edna Sigers - Cousin



November Birthdays


1

Rosemary Chavis
Prestina Gist
David Gray
Calvin L. Rice, Jr.
Edna Smith
2
Afuluenu Ebo-Brown
Lawrence Durham
James Stackhouse
3
Nigel Alston
Ryan Hutchings
4
Darline Bell
Robert LeMay
Margaret Pannell
Amy Stewart
6
Lauren Caldwell-Lea
7
Faith Davies
Lemuel Watson

8
Amaka Lawrence-Mitchell
9
Eric Gist

10
Evan Andrews
Ellis Coan
Emma Nesmith
11
Hilbert Brown
Christie Dubose
12
Jaelyn Holmes
Justin Jordan
13
Bobby Bradley
Fleurette Gregory
Michael Mundy
14
Derek Nichols
James Smith

15
Florina Hairston
Alice Rhodes
16
Kathryne Thompson
17
Terri Gullick
Earl Miller
Carlos Rodriguez

18
Dominique Caldwell
Maryann Leftwich
Lois Martin-Curry
19
Rev. Dr. Alvin T. Armstead, Jr.
Hannah Davies
Ethel Evans
Paxon Jarrett
20
Anthony Cropps
Yvette Evans
Jeanine Terry
21
Lydia Johnson
22
Antonio Bennett

23
Annie McMorris
Bill Palmer
Dorian Parreott
24
Rachel Cassaberry
Wylinda Curtis
Jeanette Huntley
Blondell Penn

25

Veronica Scales
26
Thomas Johnson
Avery Odom
James Reaves
Lauren Robinson
27
Ronald Hughes
Odell Jones
Nyree Rodriguez
Annette Sunday
Miriam Wagner
28
Damian Anderson
Bryce Baker
Martha Brimage
Fredrick Evans
Gloria Woods
30
Davida Martin


ENDOWMENT SCHOLARSHIP

The Endowment Scholarship Committee is interested in identifying all High School Seniors and Juniors so that we can provide UMMBC scholarship information. 


UMMBC offers scholarships to high school seniors who are members of the church and meet the guidelines as specified on the church’s resource page. 


We are also requesting high school juniors to identify themselves so that we may keep them informd about scholarship opportunities, and in preparation for their senior year.

STEPHEN MINISTRY CELEBRATES

14 YEARS OF SERVICE

The Stephen Ministry at UMMBC celebrated its 14 year anniversary this summer in a number of ways. First our members collectively donated $1004. to YMCA Camp Hanes. This money was designated to send boys in the Skyline Village and Piedmont neighborhood to summer camp.


In July we had our annual retreat via Zoom with a presentation on “Barriers to Leadership” by Dr. Oliver Thomas.


Our Ministry next recruited six UMMBC members who agreed to take the 50 hour training class towards membership in the Stephen Ministry. This is part of our Long Range Succession Plan to keep our Ministry thriving at UMMBC and in our community. Our Ministry is currently working on succession plans for Stephen Leader, DivorceCare, and GriefShare Administrators.


The culmination of our 14th anniversary celebration occurred on September 7 when Stephen Leaders Bonnie Henderson, Cornelious Flood and Pastor, Rev. Dr. Alvin T. Armstead commissioned our six new Stephen Ministers.

  • Juliet Brown: 

    Deacon, United Fellowship

    Ushers, Christian Fellowship Choir.

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  • Francine Madrey: 

    Sunday School Superintendent, 

    Former Endowment Scholarship Chair, Sunday School Teacher.

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  • Edwardo Barrow: 

    United Men Ministry, 

    Men’s Sunday School Class.

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  • Tonya Tate: 

    Joined UMMBC in 2019.

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  • Alma Flood: 

    Gospel Choir, Computer Ministry. Life Connections Class.

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  • John Thacker: 

    Transportation Ministry, Security Ministry and some Drama Ministry Participation.

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PROMOTION SUNDAY

Promotion Sunday was held August 29, with scores of students, parents and family, teachers, members of our congregation, and others in attendance to congratulate our children as they moved to the next level. Students were commended by the superintendent on their accomplishments and growth during the year.


In addition to participating regularly in Sunday classes, many of our Juniors and Middle School students have learned the 23rd Psalm, the Lord’s Prayer, and the books of the Bible in order. Special thanks were extended to our teachers for introducing the children to these practices and to parents for supporting them in gaining skills they can use throughout their lives.


Lauren Bradshear, teacher assistant, introduced the children from her and Mrs. Sigers’ Beginners and Primary classes to open our program. Avary Adams and Nea Brooks presented the morning scripture and were followed by Ivy Brown with prayer.


A slide presentation prepared by our Audiovisuals Ministry introduced the children being promoted. Bro. Robert LeMay, teacher of the Juniors Class, then introduced his students to recite books from both the Old and the New Testaments.


The audience was asked to give a thumbs up or clap in the chat box to show their appreciation. The superintendent reminded everyone, as our Father’s children, to seek to live to His glory and to love by His example. The closing prayer was given by Jiyai Parreott, who is in the Middle School class taught by Sis. Brittany Jenkins.