February 2015 - St. John AME Church

Volume V, Issue 5
February 2015
St. John Revelations
The second part of the first verse of “The Hymn for
The Sons of Allen,” found in our Discipline (p. 594595), goes “Thank God for Richard Allen, our founder
true and bold, Whose life was swayed by justice firm
and bravery untold…”
Born a slave on February 14, 1760 in Philadelphia,
Penn., Richard Allen, after working hard to purchase
his freedom in 1777, went on to found, with others,
the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1816 and
be consecrated our first bishop.
In 1787, Allen, along with other Africans, were
pulled from their knees at the altar of St. George’s
Church in Philadelphia by
the sexton. Allen is reported
to have stated
to the sexton,
“Please, sir,
allow us to finish our prayers and we will trouble you no more.”
Having been treated with such disregard, they walked
out; never to return.
February is Black History Month. It is a time to reflect upon where we have been as a people. Our history is deep and wide and goes back further than
slavery. It has more nuances than what is reported
about the Civil Rights Movement of the last century.
There are unsung heroes and heroines that are in our
midst whom we sit next to every Sunday morning.
The next time you pass by Grant Cushinberry Park
or Samuel C. Jackson Park, or drive over Ken Marshall Bridge or visit the Brown v. Board historical
sight, know that their legacy is closer than you think.
Our history is alive.
My challenge to you this month is to make your
own historical discoveries. Knowledge is power!
- Pastor Glenn
February 8
Greater Kansas City
Area Founder’s Day
4 p.m. at Bethel AME
Church, 2329 Flora
Kansas City, Missouri
Rev. Brenda Hayes
February 12
Clergy Lay Luncheon
at Allen KCMO
12 Noon
February 17
Mid-year Financial
Report Due
February 18
Ash Wednesday
service at FUMC,
12:10 p.m. Pastor
Glenn preaching
6:30 p.m. Joint Ash
Wednesday Service
at Lane Chapel
February 25
12 Noon and 6 p.m.
Love Feast
Page 2
30th Men in Song Concert
“God Our Father,
Christ Our
Holy Spirit Our
Humankind Our
“Moving... For
the Glory of
- Romans 15:7
Join us for…
Sunday School
9:30 a.m.
Morning Worship
11 a.m.
Wednesday Bible
12 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Check us out…
On Sunday, January 18, the Sunday of
MLK Jr. weekend, St. Mark’s AME Church
of Topeka held their 30th Annual Men in
Song concert.
Over the years, the event has outgrown
being able to be hosted at St. Mark’s so St.
John opened our doors to accommodate our
sister church.
The St. John Men’s Ensemble represented
in two ways: by singing two selections as a
solo act under the fine directorship of Mrs.
Frankie Sheffield and second, by singing
along with members of St. Mark’s and Asbury Mt. Olive’s choir in a combined Methodist Men’s choir.
God was praised and our souls were uplifted!
- photos courtesy Charles & Fannie Banks
Church School Concludes Winter Quarter in February with Stewardship
The Winter 2014-2015 Theme of “Acts of
Worship,” concludes in February. We are reminded of the “fact
that worship is more
than what we do on
Sunday mornings.”
“[It] means that worship includes how we
live daily.”
Epistle to the Ephesians. “The studies in this
quarter will enrich your sense of worship so
that you live each day in the acknowledged
presence of God.” (Standard Lesson Commentary)
Join us at 9:30 a.m. There is a class for
everyone. These are Unit 3’s lessons:
Feb. 1: Daniel 1:5, 8-17 & Matthew 6:1618, “Feasting and Fasting.”
Feb. 8: Luke 10:25-34, "Serving Neighbors, Serving God.”
In Unit 3, “Stewardship for life,” “addresses
this reality In terms of stewardship, the way
we use the resources and opportunities that 
God gives to us.” We will see how worship is
tied to service for God and to others.
Unit 3’s lessons will survey Gospel writers
Matthew & Luke and then will look at the
Feb. 15: Matthew 25:31-46, "Serving the
Feb. 22: Ephesians 6:10-20, “Always be
- Rosalyn Carr is our Superintendent.
Doorstep’s 12th Annual Operation Soup Line
A Publication of
701 SW Topeka Blvd.
Topeka, Ks 66603
Rev. Gordon Glenn,
[email protected]
Linda Smith,
Church Administrator
[email protected]
The month of February brings cold weather
and hot soup and chili! Doorstep’s major fundraiser, Operation Soup Line, is in its 12th year
and will take place on Wednesday, February
25that the Expocentre Ag Hall. This year we are
adding dinner to the event. After receiving feedback over the past few years about only serving
lunch and people not being able to come we have
decided to grow the event to include dinner. We
will still have lunch and delivery on orders of 10
or more. We will still have celebrity servers, car-
ry out, entertainment and the theme
basket auction during lunch and dinner. Lunch is from 11:00 am – 1:30
pm and Dinner will be from 4:30 to
7 pm. Ticket price: $9 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Bring your family and
friends and join us for lunch or dinner and
support Doorstep!
Doorstep is open Monday – Friday, 8 am – 3
pm for donations. We are located at 1119 SW 10th
Street. - http://doorsteptopeka.org/