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1 Pastor’s Corner 1 Holiday Greeting
2 Upcoming Events
2 Lisa Fair Congratulations
2 Know Your Church
3 Pastor’s Corner Continued 4 WNCC Lay Organization
7 Class Leaders Social
8 Memorial Day Tribute
9 Food For Thought
10 Concerns & Appeals
11 Contact Info
12 Mother’s Day Poem 13-17 Miscellaneous 18-19 Answer to Quiz 20-23 WMS
Greater Bethel AME Church
THE BETHEL BUZZ
Volume II May 2021 Issue 5
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Greetings, Greater Bethel Family!
And Are We Yet Alive?
And are we yet alive, And see each other's face? Glory,
and praise to Jesus give For his redeeming grace!
For many of us who have attended the annual
conferences this hymn rings familiar and brings about
special memories. I remember hearing this hymn lined
by melodic voices like that of the late Rev. Dr.
Benjamin Foust and the late Rev. Gregory Edmond.
The contemplative manner Dr. Conrad Pridgen would
stir up the conference with the words of the hymn.
Enduring the pandemic makes this hymn sing
differently. Since March of last when the shutdown
began, and we suspended in person worship God
summoned 6 of our beloved Greater Bethel members.
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Congrats to Lisa Fair, She took her exam and passed with flying colors!! She is now a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP)
through the Project Management Institute (PMI)
WAY TO GO LISA !!
KNOW YOUR CHURCH
Do you know these abbreviations that
are used in the AME Church?
1. WMS 2. YPD 3. CLO 4. WNCC 5. SED 6. COB 7. RAYAC 8. AMEC 9. CONN-M-SWAWO+PK’s 10. PE 11. CDMC 12. WIM
The answers can be found in next
Sundays 10:00am Worship Service
(Facebook Live on GB Facebook Page or Our YouTube Channel - Please Like our page and Subscribe to our YouTube Channel)
Sundays 1:00pm Junior Church
Wednesdays 12 noon Bible Study (Prayer Call) Via Zoom
Saturdays 6:00pm Church School
Equippers’ Club 12 noon 2nd Saturday
(Contact Coach Brenda Slade for Zoom information)
WMS Meeting 2:00pm 2nd Saturday
(Contact Sis. Angie Pugh for Zoom information)
Official Board Meeting Tuesday after the 1st
YPD Meeting 4th Saturday@11am
Steward Board Meeting 4th Tuesday@8:00pm
Stewardess Meeting Saturday before the 1st
Class Leaders’ Meeting 1st Tuesday @5:45pm
Cancer Cares Meeting 3rd Thursday @ 6pm
(Contact Coach Brenda Slade for Zoom information)
May 9 Mother’s Day May 31 Memorial Day
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Continued from Page 1
➢ Yvonne Porter April 22, 2020
➢ Idelrie Harper August 14, 2020
➢ Carrie Barnette November 26, 2020
➢ LuCile Ivey Norton December 1, 2020
➢ Cinquay Farrer December 22, 2020
➢ Hermina Long December 28, 2020
These cherished Greater Bethel members and those in our families could not be celebrated as
in times past because of the strict gathering limitations. And Are We Yet Alive?
We were limited in our hospital, hospice, nursing home, and in-home visits for safety and
health reasons. And Are We Yet Alive?
Many could not say their final farewells in traditional ways that we are accustomed to. And
Are We Yet Alive?
As we look at the beloved verses of his historically powerful hymn, they speak to us about how
God’s prevenient grace has been with us, preserving us and protecting us from sin and
imputing His righteousness. But there are original verses that were omitted. I believe we can
find great comfort in these omitted verses.
Jesus, to Thee we bow, And for thy Coming wait: Give us for Good some Token Now In our
imperfect State; Apply the Hallowing Word, Tell Each who looks for Thee, Thou shalt be
perfect as thy Lord, Thou shalt be all like me!
Love God - Love the People - Do The Work
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WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA CONFERENCE LAY ORGANIZATION
To: Lay Presidents
The month of April is annual conference time for the Second Episcopal District. The Western
North Carolina annual conference is scheduled for April 29 and 30th
. We are excited to
encourage the Laity and Pastors to join us on April 30 as we celebrate our walk with Jesus the
Christ - “Laity walking humbly with God to do justice and love kindness" as “The Real Church
Rising to the Challenge”. We are asking for a donation of $50 for this service (see attachment
for more information)
We would like to list all 84 churches in the Western North Carolina Conference as having an
active lay organization. We are requesting local lay presidents to share lay membership
on-line before April 20, 2021. We will list this information in the May 2021 edition of the Lay
Express. We will continue to accept 2021 lay membership through November 2021.
Membership dues are $6.00 a person, for each conference year. Lay membership runs from
January through December. Make the check payable to WNCC-LO and mail the check along
with membership names to Treasurer, Woodrow Winchester, 912 Fairgreen Rd., Greensboro,
NC 27410. Also, please add your membership on-line utilizing this link:
Membership may be edited online also.
NOTE: You cannot pay membership dues on-line, only add your membership names using the
We need your vision and your courage, your knowledge, your creativity, your humor, and your
honesty. It takes all of our gifts humbly working together!
Our common goal is to be
Christ-centered and to strengthen our church. We must be real churches rising to the challenge so,
we not only strengthen our church, but we grow it by winning souls for Christ!
Be safe! Get the COVID-19 vaccine and remember to follow the three W’s. Wear (a
mask). Wait (6 feet apart). Wash (hands frequently).
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GREATER BETHEL YPD NEWS
YPD ANNUAL DAY
As this YPD Conference Year (2020-2021) came to an end, we attended our ANNUAL
DAY virtually on Saturday, April 24, 2021, proudly wearing our GREEN AND WHITE,
I AM YPD
The YPDers attending the Annual Day were as follows : Trinity Barnette, Christina
Blackett, Abdue Knox II, Payton Green, Kaidence Green, Makaila Bynum, Kezia Knox,
Emery Bynum, and Alexander Wofford. Adults attending our Annual Day were
Angeline Pugh, Jacqueline Stowe, Patrice Bynum, Phyllis Wonson, Brianna Marshall,
Tamara Blackett, Vernessa Bowles, Mrs. Rashida Knox, Rev. Dr. Knox, and Mary Alyce
As we finished this YPD Conference Year, we had two Greater Bethel YPDers “steppin’
up” to the plate and running for YPD Conference Officers for the Year 2021-2022.
Congratulations to New YPD Conference Officers:
Makaila Bynum – WNC Conference YPD Assistant Recording Secretary
Abdue Knox II – WNC Conference YPD President
Vera L. Holt Talent - Annual Day
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‘Hearing GOD’S Voice Above the Noise’
We will observe Self-Denial from
May 7, 2021 – May 14, 2021
Booklets have been mailed
Parents and YPDers!
“GROW – GLOW - AND GO FOR CHRIST!”
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I Scream, You Scream
We all Scream for Ice Cream!
Drive thru or park, stay in or by your car and socially
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Please sign up for this presentation. I would love to see some
members from Greater Bethel “in the House”.
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Hope all of our May birthdays are
filled with love and happiness on
their special day.
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to
you, Happy birthday, God bless you,
Happy birthday to you.
Happy Anniversary to all of our
May married couples.
Continued Prayers for:
Pastor Abdue Knox
Rev. Lizzie Barber Bro. Donald Barnette
Sis. Tamara Blackett Mother Mildred Blackwell
Sis. Lillie Boyd Mother Marjorie Brown
Mother Theora Byrd Rev. Barbara Crawford Sis. Annie Davis & Family Family of Sis. Mary Dingle
Sis. Betty Evans Sis. Bobbi Hague Sis. Tara Harbison
Sis. Alice Harris Rev. Brendalyn Jones
Sis. Hattie Littlejohn Sis. Gloria McNeill Sis. Betty Montgomery
Sis. Dolores Moore Family of Sis. Betty Parker
Bro. Dwight Patterson Sis. Albertha Prince
Bro. Bobby Rankin Bro. Jalil Shabazz
Sis. Jackie Stowe Sis. Cynthia Vaughn Sis. Paulette Wisdom
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Noonday Bible Study Call
Please join us for our Noonday Bible Study on Wednesdays, at 12:00 PM via
Zoom videoconferencing - information listed below.
Zoom Meeting Info:
Meeting ID: 523 228 2150
Please see Bro. Harold Gaines for Password information
Conference Call Number: (312) 626-6799
One tap mobile:
The church office will be open on Tuesdays, between 10 AM - 2 PM
to receive offerings in person. Members can also mail in their givings or give
electronically using one of the methods listed below.
Text GBAMECLT to 73256
Pastor’s Office: 980-949-7306 Email: email@example.com
Church Office: 980-949-6576 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.gbame.org
Office Hours: Tuesday - Thursday (10:00am - 2:00pm) Eastern District Website: www.easternwncc2ndamec.org
2nd Episcopal District Website: www.ame2.com
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May 2nd National Brothers and Sisters Day
May 4th National Teacher Day
May 6th National Day of Prayer
May 19th National Devil's Food Cake Day
Check out this link for additional national events in the month of May.
NEED YOUR HELP!
If you know of anyone who is sick, had death in the family, in the hospital, just had a
baby, graduated, getting married, etc., please drop us an email so that we can
acknowledge them in the newsletter.
Wear Mask (for your safety and mine)
Wash Hands (20 seconds)
Wait Distance (6 feet apart)
Department of Research and Scholarship
Terminal Degree/Speaker’s Bureau Data Base
The AMEC Department of Research and Scholarship is in the process of updating our data base of AMEs holding terminal degrees (PhD, PsyD, EdD, DMin, DSW, DSM, MD, etc.) for inclusion as members of either the Adams Coleman Williams Distinguished Scholars Guild or the Tolbert-Young Practical Theology Doctor of Ministry Consortium and Department’s Speaker’s Bureau.
If you have completed your work within the last three years (2018-2021), please forward your name, full degree title, granting institution, date of graduation, and the topic/title of your thesis or
dissertation to email@example.com by May 30, 2021. Congratulations on the fruition
of your time investment and hard work.
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Clean-up for the church grounds was
moved to Saturday, May 15th
Please contact Bro. George Fitts if you
will be available to help.
Continental breakfast will be served.
Bring rake, shovels, and other items
needed to make the church shine.
CDC UPDATES COVID-19 GUIDANCE:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on
Tuesday announced new COVID-19 guidance for
fully vaccinated Americans. Now, people who are
two weeks post their final doses of the Pfizer,
Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine can ditch
masks when outdoors “except in certain crowded
settings and venues,” such as live performances,
parades or sports events. Similar guidance applies to
outdoor dining and small outdoor gatherings with
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DID YOU KNOW?
FEMA is going to be reimbursing funeral expenses incurred after
January 20, 2020, to families of coronavirus victims. The program will
use funds from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental
Appropriations Act of 2021, which provided the federal agency with
$2 billion to reimburse individuals and households for
COVID-19-related funeral costs. FEMA is going to be reimbursing funeral
expenses incurred after January 20, 2020, to families of coronavirus
victims. The program will use funds from the Coronavirus Response
and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021, which provided
the federal agency with $2 billion to reimburse individuals and
households for COVID-19-related funeral costs.
Virtual Night of Comedy
The Addie G. Stroud Women's Missionary Society at the Historic St. Paul AME Church is
sponsoring a Virtual Night of Comedy on May 1, 2021 at 6:00 pm. This is a fundraising event to raise funds so that the Society can continue to support local and global outreach
missions. We are asking you to join us by purchasing a ticket to the event. Sit at your home in your comfortable chair, gather your family and friends, get your favorite snacks and
beverages and let's laugh together.
You can purchase a ticket on Eventbrite. Attached is the flyer for the event and the link to Eventbrite to copy and paste in your browser. Thank you in advance, you will definitely enjoy yourself!
Virtual Night of Comedy
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Save the date!
Greetings Faith Leader,
We are excited to announce the Greening Our Faith Communities Summit on May 20-21. Our
goal is to center the voices of those who are most affected by environmental and climate
destruction and use our deepest faith values of love, justice, and compassion to respond --
united and strong.
We will hear from faith leaders already doing work in their congregations, network, and learn
about programs and skills you can take back to your congregation to get started or strengthen
what you have already begun. We hope you'll join us at the Summit.
Please reach out if you have any questions or news you want to share, news of your
congregation's efforts to respond to our changing climate.
In solidarity and faith,
Rev. Amy Brooks Paradise
US Organizer, Greenfaith
Join with people of faith throughout the Charlotte region to better understand the urgency of
the climate crisis and how we can collectively engage in sustainable solutions.
Do you have a creation care committee or green team? Interested in going solar to reduce
carbon emissions and save money? Concerned about climate change impacting those most
Come together with others at the Greening Our Faith Communities Summit.
For more information, contact Rev. Amy Brooks at firstname.lastname@example.org or June Blotnick at
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Answers to Last Month’s Know Your Church
T H E
ARTICLES OF RELIGION OF THE
AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
1. THE HOLY TRINITY: There is but one living and true God. He is the maker and preserver of all things. We experience the one God through three aspects of His personality, namely, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This threefold aspect of God, we call the Holy Trinity
2. THE INCARNATION OF CHRIST: In Christ two natures --Divine and Human-- are joined together in one person. In other words, Jesus is truly God and truly man
3. THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST: Christ truly arose from the dead and ascended into heaven 4. THE HOLY SPIRIT: The Holy Spirit is of one substance with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit is one of the three aspects through which we experience God.
5. THE HOLY SCRIPTURES: The Holy Bible contains all we need to know to be saved.
6. THE OLD TESTAMENT: The Old Testament is not contrary to the New; in both Old and New Testaments eternal life is offered to mankind.
7. ORIGINAL SIN: All men have inherited evil impulses from their ancestors. This corruption of the nature of every man is called “original sin.” It goes back to Adam, the first man.
8. FREE WILL: Every person is free to choose right or wrong; but even if he chooses to do right, he must have God’s help to live a good and holy life
9. THE JUSTIFICATION OF MAN: We are saved by faith in Christ and by that faith alone. Good works cannot save us.
10. GOOD WORKS: Good works are the fruits of our faith in Christ
11. WORKS OF SUPEREROGATION: The belief that one can do more good than God requires is called “works of supererogation.” We do not believe in this doctrine. No one can do more than he ought to do or be better than he ought to be.
12. SIN AFTER JUSTIFICATION: A Christian may depart from grace and fall into sin again. But those who truly repent receive God’s forgiveness and rise again to a good and holy life.
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images, relics and saints.
15. FAMILIAR SPEECH: Public worship and the sacraments should be conducted in a language the people can understand.
16. THE SACRAMENTS: There are only two sacraments ordained of Christ our Lord in the Gospels: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
17. BAPTISM: Baptism is the sign of regeneration of the new birth. It marks the beginning of the Christian life. Infants and children, as well as adults, should be baptized. The modes of baptism shall be sprinkling, pouring, or immersion. No one is greater than another.
18. THE LORD’S SUPPER: The Supper of the Lord is a symbol of Christ’s suffering and death for us. The bread and wine are not changed into the actual body and blood of Christ; they represent His broken body and shed blood.
19. COMMUNION IN BOTH KINDS: Both the bread and the wine are to be given to the people in the Lord’s Supper. (When Jesus instituted the sacrament of what we call the Lord’s Supper or the Holy Eucharist, at no time, as far as we have it recorded, did he give us only one of the elements. Both the bread and the wine were always together, so, therefore, we hold that we must partake of both of the elements for the sacrament to be complete.)
20. THE SACRIFICE OF CHRIST: The sacrifice of Christ is for the sins of the whole world, both original sin and actual sin. There is no other satisfaction for sin but that alone.
21. THE MARRIAGE OF MINISTERS: The ministers of Christ are not commanded by God’s law to abstain from marriage. Therefore, it is lawful for them, as for all other Christians, to marry.
22. RITES AND CEREMONIES OF THE CHURCH: It is not necessary that the rites and ceremonies should in all places be the same or exactly alike. Every denomination has a right to adopt and use a ritual of its own, but the rites that have been established by the church should be faithfully observed by its members. 23. THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES: The United States is and ought to be a free and independent nation. All righteous government should be supported and defended by Christians. (It is revealed that God is the supreme authority over all things, and no authority, or ruling government, can be in power without His permission. Therefore, righteous government should be respected, and therefore supported and defended, by God’s people.)
24. CHRISTIAN MEN’S GOODS: Christians have a right to own private property. However, every man should give liberally of his possessions to help others.
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MISSIONARY NEWS & UPDATES
May, 2021 First Edition Greeting & Salutations:
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians1:10)
Ask Not For Whom The Bell Tolls….for the bell tolls for thee.
I cannot change it, I must accept the tolling and bid you farewell. I along with so many of the Officers in our Society, must pass the torch on to someone else. I cannot leave without Celebrating & Honoring Willing Vessels. Willing Vessels are those individuals who have committed themselves to God, His will and work. Thank you for being a Willing Vessel for the Lord by sharing His love, sharing your blessings and being a beacon to the lost, down-trodden and a ray of hope.
I salute and Celebrate our out-going Willing Vessels for 8 or more years of services:
Sis. Lillie Boyd (1st Vice President)
Sis. Melvina Bethea (2nd Vice President)
Sis. Mildred Blackwell (Corresponding Secretary) Sis. Jacqueline Green (Treasurer)
Sis. Mary Alyce Haynes-Smith (Director of Young People’s Division)
Sis. Jacqueline Stowe (Recording Secretary) for WNCC-WMS (9 years).
I also salute and Celebrate & Honor Unsung Willing Vessels who give of their time and talents, finding joy in being a blessing to others and serving without title or recognition. These Willing Vessels are always stepping up and very rarely hold a position, but they are the glue that helps hold everything to together…..thank you, thank you.
As they move on to new heights, we are truly thankful
for their thumbprint on the work of mission,
Thank you for a JOB WELL DONE!
Congratulations to the newly elected officers for 2021-2022 and let us rally around them and support the work of mission….for each of us was made for Mission. (Matthew 28:19-20 - “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”) I have enjoyed my tenure even though it will be bitter-sweet and there were times that I dreaded it but through it all I am thankful.
As I pass the torch, I am reminded that only what we do for Christ will last. “The Work is All Divine.”
I could not have done it without your support, love and words of encouragement. In spite of it all, I am thankful; thankful for everything that has been accomplished. In the midst of everything, God was there to direct and guide us. It hasn’t been easy and there were times when we did not see eye to eye or we could not see how we could do it, but God always had our back and provided a ram in the bush. I have seen so much growth in you and I encourage you to step up to the plate. God needs you and so does the WMS.
What I have always loved and admired about the WMS is that the Society has always been willing to do the work of mission, striving to do things by the book, open to attending meetings on all levels and training
workshops, reading and studying the Constitution and using all the tools - i.e., Bible, Study Guide and
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MISSIONARY NEWS & UPDATES
May, 2021 First Edition Each of us joined as coals and over the years, we have
been transformed into diamonds.
Thank you for allowing me to serve as your President, for supporting me and for being the wind beneath my wings. I also thank you for your kind words of
expression and encouragement to me and for allowing me to lead you.
I am grateful for the support of our church family in the many works of mission we have undertaken - i.e., Operation Sandwiches, Back To School Drive and Shoes for Souls, Dorcas, Dollar for Mission, Food Pantry, Thanksgiving Baskets, Angel Tree, and serving breakfast at Salvation Army Center of Hope. Special thanks to the various organizations that partnered with us over the past years - Optimist Club, Equippers Club, Briarwood Elementary, and Shannon Park.
Special thanks to all our volunteers for assisting us in many of our Projects. I cannot end this newsletter without giving thanks to Rev. Dr. Abdue Knox for his support and leadership. It has been a blessing to have worked with you….our Servant Leader.
Lastly, I leave you with this thought - What you are is God’s gift to you, what you do with yourself is your gift to God. (Danish Proverb)
Yours in Christ,
Mission Statement: We are called to
strengthen our faith and sent to continue the ministry of Jesus Christ by service and witness in the world.
Monthly Meeting Schedule - Women’s Missionary Society (WMS) meets on the 2nd Saturday at 2:00 p.m. -
Young People and Children Division (YPD) meets on the 4th Saturday at 11:00 a.m.
*Currently all meetings are held via Zoom - WMS Meeting ID: 523 228 2150
Password: 1897 or conference call number (312) 626-6799
Commission on Mission Education &
Interpretation- Melvina Bethea, 2nd Vice
Our commission purpose is to inform and raise awareness.
Arthritis Awareness Month
National Arthritis Awareness Month is observed during the month of May in an effort to bring awareness to arthritis and the need for additional advocacy and research while also encouraging physical activity among the adults who suffer from the condition.
The Arthritis Foundation reports that more than 50 million Americans are affected by the disease, which is the leading cause for disability in the U.S. One of every 5 adults and 300,000 children are affected by arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation is encouraging people with arthritis and the many more at risk to make physical activity part of their daily routine. To get started, go to www.fightarthritispain.org. Then, celebrate National Arthritis Awareness Month and your commitment or move at an Arthritis Walk event. Visit
www.letsmovetogether.org to find an Arthritis Walk in your community and a movement tracker to set goals and stay on track.
American Stroke Association Month
Know the specifics of the 5 types of stroke and how to set up a prevention plan.
May is American Stroke Month, which is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s annual campaign to increase awareness that strokes are largely preventable, treatable and beatable.
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MISSIONARY NEWS & UPDATES
May, 2021 First Edition https://www.bing.com/th?id=A%252bw65EEVyQ1808x 1150&w=344&h=h218&c=7&rs=1&qlt=80&cdv=1&dpr= 1.5&pid=16.1 https://www.stroke.org/en/about-theamerican-stroke-association-stroke-month-secondary-prevention Symptoms
As different parts of brain control different parts of the body, symptoms will depend on the part of brain affected and the extent of damage. The main symptoms are:
◆ Paralysis or numbness or inability to move parts of the face, arm or leg - particularly on one side of the body
◆ Confusion including trouble with speaking ◆ Headache with vomiting
◆ Trouble seeing in one or both eyes ◆ Metallic taste in mouth
◆ Difficulty in swallowing
◆ Trouble in walking (impaired coordination) ◆ Dystonia
◆ Alexia ◆ Agnosia
National High Blood Pressure Education
Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure increases the risk of serious diseases and conditions such as heart disease and stroke. In the US, heart disease is the most common form of death whilst stroke is the third leading cause. Other risk factors of high blood pressure include congestive heart failure & kidney disease.
High blood pressure can have a huge impact on a person’s life. During 2007, over 46 million people in the US visited a health care provider about this condition.
Overall, the incidence of high blood pressure is about the same in men and women. However,
there are gender differences between age groups. In people under the age of 45, the incidence of high blood pressure is higher in men whilst in the over 65 years of age category it is higher in women. There are also race differences; it is more common among African Americans than Caucasians and less likely to occur in Mexican Americans.
In the US approximately 1 in 3 adults has high blood pressure; however, most people are not aware they have this condition due to a lack of signs or symptoms.
High Blood Pressure Education Month encourages people to look at various lifestyle factors which may be contributing to high blood pressure. It is well documented that high levels of sodium (salt) is linked to high blood pressure. In the US, the
majority of people consume more than twice the level of recommended sodium intake. Guidelines recommend up to 2,300 mg of sodium per day for an adult.
Those at higher risk should consume even less (up to 1,500 mg of sodium a day). Higher risk groups include those who have diabetes, kidney disease, existing high blood pressure and African American people. It is also recommended that people eat potassium rich foods which help lower blood pressure. Potassium rich floods include fish, green leafy vegetables, bananas, citrus fruits and
Lifestyle changes which can help reduce blood pressure, include maintaining a healthy body weight (check with our BMI Calculator), regular exercise, quitting smoking and following a healthy low sodium diet rich in fruits and vegetables. There are many affordable blood pressure monitors available for the consumer making it convenient to monitor your blood pressure at home.
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May, 2021 First Edition
Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It is 31 days dedicated to improving your well-being and quality of life. With heightened awareness, you can take purposeful steps to achieve it and love your life even with the ups and downs. Key aspects of mental health awareness: Mental health is not the opposite of mental illness.
In recent times, attitudes towards mental health issues appear to be changing. Negative attitudes and stigma associated with mental health have reduced and there has been growing acceptance towards mental health issues and support for people with them.
Despite this shift in attitude, the idea of a mental health awareness campaign is not a recent one. In the late 1940’s, the first National Mental Health Awareness Week was launched in the United States.
Gone But Not Forgotten
Sis. Hermina Long (Recording Secretary) Sunset - December 28, 2020
Mary Gresham. (Recording Secretary) Sunset - January, 2020
OPERATION SANDWICHES Ongoing/Monthly) - On
Friday, April 16, 2021 we made and donated 464 sandwiches (Ham 214 and Turkey Breast 250) to Roof Above.
KUDOS to our volunteers and Pastor Knox for his
support and taking pictures. Our next tentative date is May 14, 2021.
⚫ SICK & SHUT-IN/BEREAVED - let us continue to remember our sick and shut-in/bereaved with a phone call or sending a card.
Haynes-Schofield Women’s Missionary Society Officers 2021-2022
Ex-Officio - Rev. Dr. Abdue Knox President - Dr. Vernessa Bowles 1st Vice President - Linda Kaye Givens
2nd Vice President - Jacqueline Green
3rd Vice President - Jacqueline Stowe
Recording Secretary - Linda Cherokee Gaither Assistant Recording Secretary - Rashida Knox Corresponding Secretary - Melvina Bethea Treasurer - Phyllis Wonson
Parliamentarian - Janice Hazeley
Historiographer/Statistician - Mary Alyce Haynes-Smith
Worship Director - Dorothy Beaman
Promotion & Missionary Education Director - Angeline Pugh
Director of Young People Division - Briana Marshall Young Women’s Initiative (YWI) - Whitney Johnson Brown