Beth Eden Baptist Church

Dr. Craig M. Jenkins, Pastor


Pastor's Letter.....






June 17, 2021

Think how much the Father loves us. He loves us so much that he lets us be called his children, as we truly are. (I John 3:1a Contemporary English Version)

Dear Church Family,

One of the blessings today is to thank God for the country acknowledging “Juneteenth” as a national holiday. On this past Wednesday, Illinois Governor Pritzker signed into law for this state to commemorate this special time in the life of this country. Also, President Biden signed a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday. Understanding Juneteenth is to embrace June 19th as a federal holiday in the U.S. Called Juneteenth National Independence Day. This day commemorates the end of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865. Juneteenth is commemorated in 47 states and the District of Columbia. Juneteenth has long been seen as an indicator of the day state-sanctioned slavery in America ended.

I purposefully used the word “commemorate” instead of “celebrate” because of the need for serious reflection, not only to the challenges of obtaining freedom in this country, but also to acknowledge the grace, power, and majesty of God that made legislators understand the significance of observing this day in America.

My prayer is that we can come together as a race of people to appreciate our freedoms. We are living in turbulent times, yet we see a brighter day ahead. Why? Because I believe in us. The upcoming generation has so much available to them. With the technological advancements, the sky really is the limit to what we can have. It takes a united front from all people of all races and creeds to understand and appreciate that we need one another. This leads to my second point in this letter.

Secondly, on Sunday, we recognize fathers on Father’s Day. There is a great demand for fathers to be fathers. This is to understand that fatherhood is more than sperm to impregnate a woman. It means taking on the responsibility of loving, caring, providing, and protecting that precious child that comes into the world. It also means that this father is to be the one to love, care, provide, and protect the mother of that child!

In the last section of the poem A Strong Black Man, written by D. A. Baugh, the following words are found. A strong black man takes the reins of his life to provide, the stability to get thru life preventing any pitfalls. A strong black man always stand tall, overall; he is the driving force that our Lord has appointed, husband & father to take a stand on his glorious land.

The Lord reminds us that we can still fall from grace once we stand tall; as we humble ourselves to our Lord to not fall with disgrace; live life with a humble grace. A strong black man has taken care of his clan following God's master plan.

Thirdly, I want to encourage you to participate in our virtual Vacation Bible School for this year. Again, we have partnered with Arnett Chapel, for this wonderful week of learning. Our VBS leader Sister Linda Broadnax, along with Sister Sheila Williams, and other volunteers have been working hard for you to enjoy this spiritual educational time together. To get the most out of learning, participate. The theme for VBS is “Sing a New Song! A Message in our Music!” For further information, please contact the church office.

Each week, I send out a Zoom invite encouraging you to participate in the study of the word of God, and to view our ministry. You are encouraged to participate in the study of God’s word through Sunday School lessons on Saturday and Sunday. For information regarding the times for Saturday and Sunday lessons, please call church office. On Wednesday at Noon and 7:30 p.m., we study God’s word. In addition, we have our live Zoom worship service on Sunday at 9:00 A.M. For those who miss being in the sanctuary, we have our Facebook/ YouTube tapings on Wednesdays at 4 P.M. This taping is for our ministries airing on Sundays starting at 11 A.M.

PUT ON A SMILE: A funeral service was being held in a church for a woman who had passed away. At the end of the service, the pallbearers carrying the casket accidentally bump into a wall jarring the casket. They hear a faint moan. They open the casket and find that the woman is actually alive. She lives for 10 more years and then dies. A ceremony is again held at the same church and at the end the pallbearers are again carrying the casket out. As they are walking, the husband calls out, "Watch out for the wall

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Love ya,

Pastor Jenkins

Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 1st Corinthians 2:9