Pastor’s Pen Updates 3-5-22

PBC Family,

I pray you are well.  I bring you greetings of peace and joy in challenging times in our land and across the globe.  As we prepare for our first Sunday worship tomorrow.  I have few things I would like to share.

Founder and Deacon Ware.  Family, it is with sadness that I share that Deacon John Ware, one of Progressive’s founding members, died in his sleep yesterday.  We are profoundly saddened for our loss of a marvelous founder, Deacon and man of God.  And yet, we rejoice in that Deacon ran his race and kept the faith.  He is where, when our time comes, where we want to be—absent from the body and present with the Lord.  Keep his family and the Progressive family in your prayers.  

Womack, Felder and Ware
Deacon Enjoying Our Basketball Outing
Contemplating the Program at Our Anniversary

Calendar.  Please note our calendar remains the same with a few key updates:

  • No Adult Sunday School Today. There is no Adult Sunday/Saturday school today.  We expect it to resume next week. 
  • Churchwide Chat.  Join us on Monday at 7 pm for Churchwide Chat.  Beginning next week, we will be moving the Churchwide Chat back to Sunday.  Next week, Churchwide Chat will be on Sunday March 13 at 7 pm.
  • Regular Schedule.  Our regular schedule remains the same with:
    • Daily prayer line at 5 am, 8 am and 8 pm
    • Midweek Message on Wednesday at 12 noon
    • Youth Sunday School on the 2nd and 4th Sundays

The Word. A reminder that our worship services can be seen live on our YouTube channel and they are saved their for future viewing.  We have also begun saving the sermons by themselves.   Here are links to the last two sermons in the Moses/Liberation/Black History Month Series:

PBC in Public.  Over the past year (and years), our members have been involved in a lot of public spaces with excellent work.  Y’all know I stay out there (smile) but I also want to highlight a few others recently.

Imunique!
Photo from Washington Post
  • The “New Normal”. Sis. Carolyn Parker and Minister Byron Johnson have both been featured in this past year talking about the new normal and how churches (Progressive) have to pivot to be relevant in the times of pandemic.
Sis. Trustee, Carolyn Parker

Sis. Parker’s Article. https://www.abcofwi.org/2021/06/10/realities-of-our-new-normal/ 

Minister Byron Johnson.  https://milwaukeenns.org/2021/09/22/opinion-on-the-spot-pivots-how-my-church-closed-its-doors-but-opened-a-new-digital-space-for-our-members/

Minister Byron Johnson

Reshaping the Church. Reshaping the Church in the season of pandemic. For those who are interested, there is a PowerPoint attached. Some of the issues raised included what to do do in a “VUCA” environment (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous). It also identified the following 5 dynamics in congregations in this season as:

  • Longing
  • Fear
  • Vitality
  • Grief, and 
  • Adaptation

If you would like to join or to learn more, please reach out to me or anyone of the following participants: Donna Brown-Martin, Catherine Davis, Gerald Davis, CeCe Ferguson, Shirley Gladney, Joshua Liston, Jesse McSwain, Karen Robinson, Sharon Robinson, Roy Rogers, Tina Rogers, or Merrick Watkins.

African American Leadership Alliance Milwaukee.  I am thankful to have been named the new President and CEO of the African American Leadership Alliance Milwaukee.  It will strengthen our city and our collective work.  Here are a few news stories.

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