August 2013


Men, It is time to step up and accept our role in behaviors which fuel the over sexualization of women

Eric Clapp 4.0

If you have ears, you’ve heard Robin Thicke’s hit “Blurred Lines.” If you’ve had any amount of spare time in the past few days and have access to the internets, you’ve heard about Thicke’s performance at the VMA’s with Miley Cyrus. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, congratulations! You must have looked past the headlines on CNN’s main page in order to read about “secondary” news like Egypt or Syria. You can find a video of the performance here.

If you’ve been on Facebook or Twitter with any kind of regularity over the past few days, you’ve probably heard countless friends or followers sounding off on any number of objectionable things about the performance. Undoubtedly, 99% of things written about it throw around words like “obscene”, “offensive”, and the like.

There have been a number of different parenting websites or blog posts who have come up…

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For immediate release July 1, 2013                    
Media contact:  Donna Dodson 410.409.5378

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DODSON APPOINTED AS NEW CAMPUS PASTOR, CELEBRATE RECOVERY, AT INFINITE GRACE FELLOWSHIP.

Minister Ronald S. Dodson Sr. has been appointed as campus pastor of the Celebrate Recovery Ministry at Infinite Grace Fellowship by resident Bishop Marcus Matthews of the Baltimore-Washington Conference. Min. Ronald S. Dodson Sr. began his appointment on July 1.  The church is located at 5130 Greenwich in Baltimore, on the city’s historic “40 West” corridor. 

Minister Dodson is a native of Baltimore MD. Min. Dodson started his career after attending Hampton University with the United States Air Force retiring in 1998.  He is currently employed with the United States Postal Service working in Human Resources.

Prior to his appointment, Minister Dodson served the Mt. Winans UMC congregation for 19 years under the leadership of some awesome Elders. During that time he served in many capacities some of which were, as musician and choir director, chaperone to ROCK, Lay Minister, and Lay Leader.  He is a member of the first graduating class in 2009 for Certified Lay Ministers for the Baltimore Washington Conference.  The Dodson’s also conducted bible studies and a couple’s ministry “Making Love Last A Life Time”.

His favorite scripture is:  John 9:4 that says, “We must work the work of Him who sent Me, as long as it is day; night is coming, when no man can work.”  (NKJV)

Dodson is married to Lay Minister Donna Dodson and they have three children Deena, Dana, and Ronald Jr., two son-in-laws Quinn Sr., and Joshua Sr. and two grandsons Quinn Jr. and Joshua Jr. 

The Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church is comprised of 694 congregations with nearly 200,000 members. It is the home of Methodism in America, with the founding of the denomination at Lovely Lane Chapel in 1784.

 

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For immediate release August 18, 2013            

Media contact:  Donna Dodson 410.409.5378  

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NELSON APPOINTED AS NEW CAMPUS PASTOR AT WEST BALTIMORE UMC

The Rev. Armon Chadell Nelson has been appointed as campus pastor of the West Baltimore United Methodist Church by resident Bishop Marcus Matthews of the Baltimore-Washington Conference. Rev. Armon C. Nelson began his pastoral duties at West Baltimore July 1. The church is located at 5130 Greenwich in Baltimore, on the city’s historic “40 West” corridor.

Rev. Nelson, a native of Flint, MI later moved to Nashville, TN.  Rev. Nelson started his career in law enforcement in which he advanced through the ranks of Lieutenant.    Rev. Nelson made a life changing decision step out on faith and took an early retirement from the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department to continue his education at Wesley Seminary.

Armon Nelson is called to teach and preach a life changing Word.  He was ordained as an Elder in the Church of God in Christ in 2002.  He has developed many ministries throughout the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) under the leadership of Bishop Jerry L. Maynard, prelate of the Tennessee Fourth Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction.  Pastor Nelson served as an Associate Pastor of the Cathedral of Praise COGIC and a special assistant to the Bishop.  He is the founder of the Faith Clinic Outreach Ministry and Mentoring Program, helping individuals through life issues.  Armon also serves as a member of several organizations such as: NAACP Nashville, Speaking with One Voice Nashville (SOV) and Urban League of Middle Tennessee.  Pastor Nelson is an advocate for Restorative Justice and Human Rights.  His model is pursuing excellence through divine principles.  His favorite scripture is:  John 9:4 that says, “We must work the work of Him who sent Me, as long as it is day; night is coming, when no man can work.”  (NKJV)

 Nelson is married to Evangelist LaTaska Nelson and they have three grown daughters. His educational background includes degrees in Leadership and Ministry from the Williamson Christian College and BA in Bible and Theology from the American Baptist College, Nashville TN.   Armon is currently a student of Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington DC. 

The Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church is comprised of 694 congregations with nearly 200,000 members. It is the home of Methodism in America, with the founding of the denomination at Lovely Lane Chapel in 1784.

This article is from theresurgence.com  I found it to be informative

Article Link – http://theresurgence.com/2013/05/23/the-places-grace-empowers-us

In fact, God’s grace grounds and empowers everything in the Christian life. Grace is the basis for:

  • Our Christian identity: “By the grace of God I am what I am” (1 Cor. 15:10).
  • Our standing before God: “. . . this grace in which we stand” (Rom. 5:2).
  • Our behavior: “We behaved in the world . . . by the grace of God” (2 Cor. 1:12).
  • Our living: Those who receive “the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ,” (Rom. 5:17) by the “grace of life” (1 Pet. 3:7).
  • Our holiness: God “called us to a holy calling . . . because of his own purpose and grace” (2 Tim. 1:9).
  • Our strength for living: “Be strengthened by the grace that is in Jesus Christ” (2 Tim. 2:1) for “it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace” (Heb. 13:9).
  • Our way of speaking: “Let your speech always be gracious” (Col. 4:6).
  • Our serving: “Serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Pet. 4:10).
  • Our sufficiency: “My grace is sufficient for you” (2 Cor. 12:9), “God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work” (2 Cor. 9:8)
  • Our response to difficulty and suffering: We get “grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16), and when “you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace . . . will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you” (1 Pet. 5:10).
  • Our participation in God’s mission: As recipients of grace we are privileged to serve as agents of grace. Believers receive grace (Acts 11:23), are encouraged to continue in grace (Acts 13:43), and are called to testify to the grace of God (Acts 20:24). In John 20:21, Jesus says, “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” God’s mission is to the entire world (Isa. 49:6Matt. 28:19Acts 1:813:47).
  • Our future: God, and his grace, is everlasting. “Set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Pet. 1:13).
  • Our hope beyond death: “Grace [reigns] through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 5:21).

The gospel is all about God’s grace through Jesus Christ. That’s why Paul calls it “the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24) and “the word of his grace” (Acts 14:320:32; cf. Col. 1:5–6).

Compassion starts with asking questions because you care. Lord allow me to care more and slow down to enough to be in relationship with your my homeless neighbors.

For immediate release August 14, 2013

Media contact: Donna Dodson  (410) 945-8397
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FORMAN JOINS INFINITE GRACE FELLOWSHIP LEADERSHIP TEAM

Dr.  Scheherazade W. Forman has joined the leadership team of Infinite Grace Fellowship of the Baltimore-Washington Conference. Dr. Scheherazade W. Forman will begin her ministry with Infinite Grace on July 1. The church is located at 5130 Greenwich in Baltimore, on the city’s historic “40 West” corridor.

Dr. Forman, a native of Newark, NJ, was formerly co-pastor of Grace Renewed Community Church, in Baltimore, where the mission was to restore men to their families and unite the family around Christ.

During her time in ministry, Scheherazade has served in the children and youth ministries, music ministry, women’s ministry, marriage ministry and pastoral counseling.

“In 1 Peter 5:10 God promises He will strengthen and settle us. God has given me a passion for the family. My devotion to God and commitment to relationships drives me to foster restoration of families.”

Forman is married to Rev. Anthony L. Forman and they have seven children and six grandchildren. Her educational background includes a bachelor and master degree from the University of Maryland, University College and a doctorate from Morgan State University with training at the International Harvest Bible Training Center.

The Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church is comprised of 694 congregations with nearly 200,000 members. It is the home of Methodism in America, with the founding of the denomination at Lovely Lane Chapel in 1784.

 

Image“I believe that God has been working on me my whole life.  Every experience that I have had, both good and those that have been challenging, have led me to this point.  In Christ, I am a new creation that comes to the table with all of my past experiences and with my hope in Him for the future.  My prayer is that at Infinite Grace Fellowship, God would empower each of us to impact the lives of those in our community for the Kingdom of God and that the Good News would be spread far and wide both in word and in action to make disciples of Christ to then make more disciples of Christ.  We are going to be doing church differently and it is exciting!”

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