Greetings to everyone in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ our Soon Coming King.
The Lord has been good to us in 2019 and we are now facing the new century with the New Year 2020.
As we face this New Year we are grounded in the truth of God’s Word in Philippians 4:13 that: ”I can do all things through him that strengthens me.” Indeed, leaning on God’s strong and everlasting arms we can face all things. There will be challenges as we continue to build our beloved Antioch after losing our former Pastor the Rev. Dr. Marquita Carmichael Carruthers. The year 2019 was one that saw many other losses in our church family as several of our number were called home to their heavenly reward. However, through it all, God has comforted us and He continues to strengthen and uphold the families and loved ones of our deceased members.
With the new beginnings, we are aware that there will be many challenges ahead as we continue to build up our church and community. We are confident that through God’s help we will be complete the restoration of the Rosenwald School and Museum located at the Wales Center and continue to carry out God’s will for this branch of Zion. There is much to do and we are thankful for the faithful members of the Diaconate and the Trustee Boards who continue to give their unselfish leadership to the members of this great church.
I am humbled and truly thankful to God for the opportunity to serve as the Interim Pastor of Antioch as we transition into new leadership. With God’s help and guidance and the continued faithfulness and support of Antioch’s members, I am sure that we have all that we need to meet whatever we will face. Antioch, as a friendly church in the heart of a friendly people, we will face these new times with the assurance of Philippians 4:13: ”I can do all things through him (Christ) who strengthens me”
God bless you always.
Rev Julia M. Forrest
MDiv, MACE, MEd. BA