DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE YOU WOULD LIKE TO LEAD TO CHRIST?Restoration Bible Church and Rev. Dr. George E. Noble, CRE will bepresenting an ‘EVANGELISTIC TRAINING’ onSaturday June 16that 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM atRestoration Bible Church-228 S 128thStreet, Seattle, WA 98168Come hear and learn the essentials ofTHE PLAN OF SALVATION, and its presentation to others.There will be handouts. Refreshments will be served.EVERYONE IS INVITED – Rev. Dr. George E. Noble, CRE Instructor.
HOW DO I LEAD SOMEONE TO JESUS CHRIST?
What started in the 19th Century as a group of people holding church services in their homes, grew into the city’s largest African American congregation.
Mount Zion Baptist Church was incorporated in 1894. This week, Mayor Jenny Durkan signed an ordinance formally designating it a historic city landmark. The city council approved the designation in May.
Reverend Dr. Phyllis Beaumonte led the effort to nominate Mount Zion for landmark status. She says the congregation has always been an example of progress for Seattle.
Beaumonte: “With Mount Zion Baptist Church’s status as a Seattle Historic Landmark comes the assurance that the legacy of faith, love, hope, and justice, which began 128 years ago, will continue.”
The church was once Seattle’s only African American Baptist church. 128 years later, it’s known as the largest African American congregation in the state.
The building’s interior and exterior will now be preserved as a landmark. Seattle City Council President Bruce Harrell says the institution also represents a cultural landmark in Seattle.
Harrell: “Mount Zion is a second home to many in our African American community. The cornerstone of the Mount Zion church family is self-help, the empowerment of people, and reinforcing the community spiritually, educationally, socially, and politically. It is a place of hope and camaraderie for positive change.”
Over the years, church members have been greatly involved in the community. Parishioners have opened credit unions, new Baptist churches, and the city’s first African American branch of the YWCA. One longtime pastor, Reverend Dr. Samuel McKinney, was a leader in civil rights in Seattle. He died in April at age 91.
McKinney was a driving force behind improvements to the church, including the addition of an education wing. Mayor Durkan’s office says the church’s design “was the product of Reverend Dr. McKinney’s vision to create a place of worship that reflected African heritage through its structural form and architectural vocabulary”.
As a designated city landmark, the church is now eligible for economic incentives and technical assistance for the continued preservation of the landmark.
David Fredrick Mann, the youngest of ten children, was born in Dalton, Georgia, on February 16, 1933 to the union of King Solomon and Mary Mann located at 603 Spring Street. After attending first through eighth grades at Emery Street School in Dalton, David moved to Detroit, Michigan, to live with his brother, John “Snook” Mann. He finished his high school education at Miller High School in Detroit and soon after attended Wayne State University. In 1953, David had the privilege of being the first Sepia athlete to sign a professional baseball contract out of the State of Michigan. Adding to this historic fact, two black Daltonians, he and Harry “Suitcase” Simpson, were the first and only athletes to play pro baseball from Dalton,Georgia. David played professional baseball for 13 years with the St. Louis Browns, Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, and Cleveland Indians organizations. David holds the distinction of playing with and being the roommate of Satchel Paige, when they played for the Miami Marlins in 1960.
Another prominent memory for Dave happened in 1963 when he became the first black baseball player to play for the then Atlanta Crackers of the International League. In 1962, the year of the World’s Fair in Seattle, David moved out west to play baseball. He, along with Hall-of-Famer Carl Yastrimski and Earl Wilson, came from the Minneapolis Millers, a Triple A Club of the Boston Red Sox organization, to play for the Seattle Rainiers. David played with the Rainiers for three years before retiring in 1965. David fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and made Seattle his home. After retiring from baseball, Dave worked for Nordstrom. He was the first African American male model to be featured in the Nordstrom catalogs. His recognition and achievements in the black community were important, but David was even more passionate about the growth of mankind. He was an ambassador for equal rights and the struggle that brought all of us together.
In the early 70’s, David found an outlet to speak his truths from a black athlete’s point of view. He became the sports editor for The Facts Newspaper, a weekly publication with a focus on the black community in the Pacific Northwest. He wrote Mann’s Bits & Pieces, a newspaper column that was published weekly for over 40 years. David was also a photographer (Mann’s Photography) capturing the memories and moments of a lifetime. David was a man of habit. Healthy living was his obsession. He worked out relentlessly. After baseball, Dave played tennis, skied, and lifted weights. A true man’s Mann, David had three heart attacks on the racquetball court. But his love was golfing. For David, it was more than chasing rabbits and squirrels….it was about the individuals and people he met .
David found a family in Fir State Golf Club. He was very active in building and supporting Fir State. David was instrumental in creating opportunities for youth with the Fir State junior program. If there was ever a need, David was the first to extend his monetary funds and, more importantly, his time and effort. David’s brotherhood and bond with the members of Fir State still continues. David touched everyone he came across. He was a true gentleman in every way. On May 14, 2018 at the Golden Age of 85, David Fredrick Mann left 3rd Base and ran for Home. He will never be forgotten in our minds and will always be remembered within our hearts.
Fir State “David Mann Celebration of Life”
And Golf Outing
Wednesday, May 30 at West Seattle Golf Course
4470 35th Ave SW, Seattle, Washington 98126
Golf Outing – 10:30 AM
Celebration Of Life Memorial – 5:00 PM
Golf outing open to all , followed by MEMORIAL SERVICE AFTER GOLF OUTING in banquet room of West Seattle Golf Course at 5 PM for a memorial to David Mann upon completion of golfing .
Confirm your tee time for yourself or your group with Al Hairston by May 27 th at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FIRST COVENANT CHURCH is hosting a book event featuring Dominique Gilliard, author of Rethinking Incarceration. Gilliard’s book provides a timely, faith leader’s perspective on more just alternatives to mass incarceration as Seattleites organize against the new youth jail being built and imagine together a society where all thrive and are free.
Dominique DuBois Gilliard is the director of Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation for the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). He is the author of Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores. He also serves on the board of directors for the Christian Community Development Association and Evangelicals for Justice. In 2015, he was selected as one of the ECC’s “40 Under 40” leaders to watch, and the Huffington Post named him one of the “Black Christian Leaders Changing the World.”
An ordained minister, Gilliard has served in pastoral ministry in Atlanta, Chicago, and Oakland. He earned two bachelor’s degrees—in African American Studies and History—from Georgia State University and a master’s degree in history from East Tennessee State University, with an emphasis on race, gender, and class in the United States. He also earned an MDiv from North Park Seminary, where he served as an adjunct professor teaching Christian ethics, theology, and reconciliation.”
For more information, please visit http://www.firstcovenantseattle.org/rethinking-incarceration/
Born on December 28, 1926 to Reverend Wade Hampton McKinney and Ruth Berry McKinney in Flint, Michigan, Samuel Berry McKinney was a Baptist minister, author, and civil rights advocate in Seattle, Washington. He served as pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church, one of the largest and oldest black churches in the Pacific Northwest, from 1958 to 1998 and again from 2005 to 2008.
As a child in Cleveland, Ohio McKinney was shaped by his father who challenged racism, and invited civil rights leaders such as Thurgood Marshall to speak frequently at his church.
McKinney attended Morehouse College with the intention of becoming a civil rights lawyer, but changed paths after encountering Morehouse President Benjamin Mays who encouraged him to become a minister. McKinney, a classmate of Martin Luther King, graduated from Morehouse in 1949 and enrolled in New York’s Colgate Rochester Divinity School, graduating in 1952.
One year later he married Louise Jones, an educator and activist in her own right. The couple has two daughters.
McKinney served as pastor of Olney Street Baptist Church in Providence, Rhode Island between 1955 and 1958.
He arrived at Mt. Zion in 1958, beginning an activist ministry that transformed the church and Seattle. At Mt. Zion, McKinney established numerous programs that assisted the black community including the Mount Zion Baptist Church Credit Union in 1958, the first Protestant credit union in the state of Washington.
McKinney was a founder of Liberty Bank, the first black-owned bank in Seattle and was the first black president of the Church Council of Greater Seattle.
In 1966 McKinney founded and served as president and CEO of the Seattle Opportunity Industrialization Center. He later led the construction of Samuel Berry McKinney Manor to house elderly and working poor people which was completed in 1998.
Under his leadership the Mt. Zion Pre-School and Kindergarten, and the Ethnic School (later the Louise Jones McKinney Learning Center), were founded. In 1975 he earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Colgate Rochester/Bexley Hall/Crozier Theological Seminaries. In the same year he also published Church Administration in the Black Perspective, with Floyd Massey.
By the 1960s McKinney became one of the most powerful voices for civil rights in Seattle, participating in demonstrations for equality in housing, employment, and education. He also played major role in the local Central Area Civil Rights Committee.
In 1961 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made his only visit to Seattle, at the invitation of McKinney. In 1965 McKinney joined in the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights march which pressured the U.S. Congress to enact the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Continuing his activism into the 1980s, Rev. McKinney was arrested in 1985 protesting apartheid at the South African consul’s home in Seattle. He later chaired the Washington State Rainbow Coalition.
Dr. Samuel Berry McKinney remained an active advocate for social, political, and economic equality until his homegoing .
Our heartfelt condolences to the McKinney family.
Join us in celebrating the life of Dr. Samuel Berry McKinney, Leader and Icon .
Please Leave comments, memories, thoughts and acknowledgments to the community and family
L’ Erin A. Donahoe and Shaun A. Spearmon, Oba: Men of African Descent Making a Difference in Seattle (Seattle: L. Donahoe and S. Spearmon,1997); Mary T. Henry, “McKinney, Samuel Berry (1926- ),” HistoryLink.org Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History, http://www.historylink.org/; Quintard Taylor, The Forging of a Black Community: A History of Seattle’s Central District from 1870 to the Civil Rights Era (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994). The Facts Newspaper.
Come Join Us For Our 3 rd Annual
“After Easter Revival”
Rev. Patrick Bates, Speaker
Theme: Trust In The Lord
Scripture: Proverbs 3:5-6
Date: April 5 th & 6 th 2018 @ 7:00 PM
April 8 th 2018 @ 3:30 PM
Place: New Life Christian Church of Seattle
18635 8 th Avenue S, Suite 701
Seattle, WA 98148
Dr. Allen Gooden, Pastor
Like all human beings, I’ve experienced my share of pain, and suffered considerably. I was born into a violent, alcoholic home. When the clock struck six, and my father wasn’t home yet, I knew there was going to be hell to pay that night. My earliest childhood memories at the age of four are of my father coming home drunk, creating mind bending chaos by throwing plates, swearing in the most vulgar manner, slurring, being super aggressive, beating my mother from time to time, and threatening to kill her with the shotgun that was in the apartment. I remember being terrified of losing my mother, and terrified of being killed. My strategy of protecting myself as best as I could was to hold my breath, so my father wouldn’t hear me in my bed, and therefore, wouldn’t realize I was there. I felt like a coward in realizing that I could not help my mother. I felt so bad about not being able to help her. I suffered physical, emotional, and psychological abuse from my father. I was traumatized as a child. Four years ago, I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Today, I’m fifty-five years old.
At a young age, I had low self-esteem. I learned to be ashamed of myself. I never felt good enough for myself, or anyone else. I had serious behavioral problems in school. I caused chaos in classrooms for my teachers and classmates.
At the age of eleven, we moved, and I was not able to adapt properly. I always felt different from others, wasn’t able to fit in, felt unwanted, and suffered a tremendous sense of loneliness. In order to try and comfort myself, I started using food as a substance, primarily junk food, and food that was sugar laden, like chocolate and ice cream. I also used other foods like potato chips and candy. I started drinking alcohol, and smoking cigarettes at the age of 12, and this gave me a feeling like I could let go, and try to fit in, so I became really good at consuming alcohol, and was well on my way to smoking two packs of cigarettes a day for the next twenty eight years. At the age of thirteen, I started smoking marijuana on a daily basis. I experimented with cocaine, L.S.D., and hashish later in my teenage years. Thankfully, I was afraid of needles. At the age of fifteen, I became sexually promiscuous. At the insistence of my first love, I stopped smoking marijuana at the age of seventeen, but started drinking alcohol on a daily basis. All of this substance abuse masked the pain I had suffered as a child, and was suffering as a teenager, and only made things worse.
As a result of being in so much pain, I tried to commit suicide at the age of seventeen by overdosing on a bottle of painkillers. At the age of nineteen, I slammed my car into a steel barrier at approximately one hundred miles per hour (160 kilometers per hour). I was serious about wanting to stop the pain, and kill myself. Thankfully, my Higher Power had other plans for me.
After a considerable amount of work, I’m able to forgive my parents today. I’m able to have compassion for both of them, have understanding of where it is they come from, and love them as they are. I’m also able to forgive myself for the numerous mistakes I’ve made in my life, and have done my level best to make amends to the people I’ve harmed. A big part of the reason why I’m able to do this is as a result of working the 12 Steps in various recovery programs.
Although I would have been suited to attend Al-Anon or Al-Ateen; which is a 12 Step program for people who are affected by being associated in any way with a practicing alcoholic, Narcotics Anonymous; which is a 12 Step program for people with addiction to drugs, or Nicotine Anonymous; which is a program for people addicted to nicotine, the 12 Step programs I’m a part of are Alcoholics Anonymous and Overeaters Anonymous. Some other 12 Step programs that exist are Gamblers Anonymous; Love and Sex Addicts Anonymous; Online Gamers Anonymous; and Debtors Anonymous, to name a few. If a person is addicted to something, chances are, there will be a 12 Step program available to help a person be free of the addiction. I also attended a rehabilitation center for alcoholics five times between the age of nineteen and twenty-four.
As a result of the 12 Step programs I’m a part of, and receiving treatment at a rehabilitation center, I have received the gift of thirty years of sobriety, received fourteen years of being cigarette free, am in my fifth year of abstinence from using food as a substance, and have been receiving the gift of maintaining a one hundred and thirty six pound weight release for more than two and half years now, one day at a time. I simply cannot take credit for any of this. I attribute all of these modern miracles I experience on a daily basis to the Grace of God. Of course, it’s necessary for me to do the footwork like go to 12 Step meetings, work the 12 Steps on a daily basis to the best of my ability, read the literature, pray, meditate, and help others who are continuing to suffer from addiction.
I’m not a religious person. I’m okay with, and respect those that are, but I do my utmost to be a spiritual person. 12 Step programs are spiritual in nature. We are free to choose our Higher Power as we are moved to do so, and this is one of the most freeing experiences I’ve received in 12 Step programs. When I came to my first Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at the age of nineteen, I was a proud atheist. The members told me that was okay. I was afraid to be there, but I’m so grateful I went. I remember attending my first meeting. I was full of fear, but after listening to the speaker, I felt truly understood for the first time in my life. For the first time in my life, I felt like I wasn’t alone in trying to deal with my inner demons. I knew that I belonged with these other people who were quite similar to me in that we shared the same addiction. In time, I came to experience that we would share in the same solution.
As an adult in recovery over the years, I’ve experienced my share of ups and downs. Some of the highlights have been being in an ongoing process of recovery from substance abuse, experiencing the birth and growth of my daughters, establishing fulfilling relationships, experiencing travel and adventure, learning to live a minimalist lifestyle, and helping others. Some of the low lights have been the loss of my son, and a failed marriage. Such is life. I’m continuing to learn how to live life on life’s terms, without abusing substance.
Today, I have a wonderful relationship with my Higher Power, whom I choose to call God. I’m completely free of all substances. I’m happy and joyous beyond words, experience a great deal of peace, am in the best physical health of my life, and the vast majority of days, I feel free of any craving, or compulsion of substance, and am becoming free from the bondage of self, one day at a time, one moment at a time.
One day, I looked around the room at a 12 Step meeting, and saw a couple of members named Joy and Grace. I thought about it, and realized my name is Freedom. I’m able to feel all of my feelings without wanting to numb them. These are the best days of my life on a consistent basis. I’ve been given an amazing life! After a process of thorough and fearless soul searching, I know who I am today. I can love, and accept myself as I am. I can allow myself to be loved today. I can love others.
I started reaching out for help at the age of nineteen, and continue to do so. I cannot do this alone. Over the years, my Higher Power has brought so many wonderful people into my life to help me, and this has made all of the difference in my life, and in my being! By the Grace of God, I’m able to do this for others today. This writing is an extension of the love and compassion I have for people who are suffering with ongoing addiction. Diseases of addiction are deadly! Addiction and mental health issues are the plagues of these modern times. Being in the abyss, wanting to take one’s life, is common among people who suffer with addiction. I’m hopeful sharing part of my life experience through this writing will give people hope and courage. I’m hoping this article will save lives. I’m not interested in profit or fame. It’s important to note there are millions of recovering addicts all over the world. I am but one of them. I do not represent 12 Step programs. Also, another wonderful, powerful, spiritual principle in 12 Step programs is anonymity. We can rest assured that our anonymity is protected in 12 Step programs. I am hopeful this writing will help people to receive recovery from these insidious, deadly diseases of addiction through 12 Step programs, and live lives of health, happiness, peace, and freedom on a consistent basis.
Love and Peace,
Good Friday Services, March 30, 2018
Hear the seven (7) Last Words of Jesus
Spoken by local Pastors
12:00 noon – 3:00 pm – First AME Church
1522 14th Avenue, Seattle 98122
7:00pm @ Church by the Side of the Road
3455 South 148th Street, Tukwila 98168
Clarence Williams is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana, where he attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has resided in Seattle, Washington, for 41 years. He is retired from the Seattle Fire Department where he served for 30 years. Clarence also served as Assistant Manager and Manager of Southwest Mortuary for three years.
At New Beginnings Christian Fellowship (NBCF), Clarence Presently serves as a Deacon, Deputy Chief of the Security, and Director of the Discipleship Ministry. He has been a Sunday School and Bible Study teacher for about 20 years and has served the church in several different ministry areas, to include, the Men’s Ministry, the Men’s Choir, Christian Education, the Chair of the Trustee Board and Vice Chair of the Finance Boards.
Outside of his main profession, he has served as a lobbyist at the city, state, and national levels; as a Consultant for Pryor, McClendon, Counts and Company, an investment banking Co., directory of field operations for the Seattle office of Barden Cablevision, and has owned his own business Unfogettables Cards and Gifts.
Clarence has served as President of the International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters; President and Treasurer of the Central Area Motivation Program (C.A.M.P.); Member of the Northwest Conference of Black Public Officials; Southern University Alumni Club of Seattle; member of the Washington State Martin Luther King Holiday Commission; Executive Committee for UNCF; Seattle Urban League; Seattle Chamber of Commerce Leadership Tomorrow Program; and the National Black Leadership Roundtable.
Clarence has been blessed to receive several notable awards. Made an honorary fire fighter of the Shreveport, Louisiana Fire Department; Most Outstanding Fire Fighter in Washington State; Fire Fighter of the year in 1994. Twice honored as Most Outstanding Young Man of America; received the United Nations Association of the USA award for furthering the cause of human rights; the Seattle Urban League Affirmative Action Award; the Community Service Award by the Black Law Enforcement Officers Association of Washington State; elected as Who’s Who Among Black Americans; Who’s Who in America 1997; Strathmore’s Who’s Who in America 1998; and the International man of the year by the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England.
New Beginnings Christian Fellowship
celebrate Easter with the residents of our local community.
We hope to see you there!
NEW BEGINNINGS CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
19300 108TH Avenue SE, Kent Washington 98031