Pastor 5th Anniversary Letters

Letter from Pastor and Founder Reverend John Melvin Wooten

November 5, 2006

"I will praise Thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all Thy marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in Thee: I will sing praise to Thy name, O Thou Most High." Psalm 9:1-2


Happy Anniversary to all the saints at Higher Calling Baptist Church. We all have so much to be thankful for! God has allowed us the privilege of another year together. By His grace we have endured much but God has again proven Himself faithful, so that through every trail, every hardship, even the loss of our dear sisters in Christ, we have been drawn ever nearer to Him. Thank God for his abiding presence.

Saints, how blessed we are to enjoy the favor of God, but I believe that we are at a time when we must be watchful and guard that which we have received of God, so that the enemy won't have occasion to steal, kill or destroy what we have. Yes, it would seem that we are "richly blessed and highly favored" now. It seems that we are doing "good" in our ministry, but there is a dangerous unseen current that we are battling with every day — a current that leads to certain destruction. A current that always comes when "good times" dull our focus and we become complacent. This current will cause us, whether babes in Christ or those who are considered to be strong, mature Christians, to drift away from God and the things of God.

Whenever I hear about somehting like that or see it happen, I think about two things. First, it can happen to anybody, including me. Second, I think about the warning in Hebrews 2:1. Consider the NASV verse: "For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it." Here the writer gives us the key to staying away from the effects of that dangerous current that is constantly working to move us away from fellowship and right relationship with God. The writer says we must pay much closer attention. In other words, "Direct your attention to the things pertaining to Christ and salvation." We have a tendency to drift toward that which we have focused our attention. That is why the enemy is constantly working to get our attention — so he can influence our life's directions as well as our church's direction.

In light of what you do for your church, how you tithe and how you feel about and treat others, what is your focus? What are you paying close attention to during this time in your life? Has something or someone other than the Christ captured your attention? If so, chances are you have begun to drift away.

Higher Calling, we must keep our focus in order to avoid disaster. If we develop the habit of paying attention to the things that matter to God, we can avoid the certain disaster that accompanies drifting.

I continue to be excited at that opportunities that God is giving us in our ministry but we must keep in mind that "the vision is for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie" Habakkuk 2:3

// signed //

Pastor J. Melvin Wooten

Message from the Youth Pastor — Reverend Tammy Pender

November 5, 2006


Grace unto you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I would like to thank God for another blessed year. Truly God has been good to us all. We have seen great increase this year and we're looking to go higher and higher!

I thank everyone who has kept our youth in mind. Deacon Terry Farmer has been a jewel. He has continually been a blessing to us. He has provided everything from a pan of sausage to the purchase of our church van, and we truly pray blessings over his life.

Once again Sister Belinda McPhail has worked very hard to provide us with an anointed youth choir. We thank you Sister Belinda, you have really put in your time and your talent.

Our Youth advisors have been very supportive and have worked by my side. Our youth department would not be what it is without you.

I encourage our parents to please bring the children out to Sunday School, Bible Study, and Upward Bound. Our classes have been fewer in number this season. We are looking for great increase.

Thank you, Pastor Wooten and first Lady Patricia, for your love for God, people, and our youth. May God bless you all.

Be Blessed,

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Reverend Tammy Pender

"Trust in the Lord and do good" Psalm 37:3 KJV

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