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BYD Volunteer at Oregon Food Bank

Posted by Khandice Lawrence on February 4, 2012 at 12:55 AM Comments comments ()

On February 3rd, 2012, BYD Youth MInistry volunteered for Oregon Food Bank in NE Portland. They spent Friday afternoon labeling and boxing food packages to send to those in need.  Our youth are doing such an excellent job contributing to the community through acts of service! Please check for future community service projects under Upcoming Events and let Khandice Lawrence know if you would like to participate.  Let's show our youth love and support for all of their hard work.  This is how we teach our youth how to be humble and appreciate God's blessings.

Youth distribute Christmas Care bags!

Posted by Khandice Lawrence on December 23, 2011 at 5:30 PM Comments comments ()

On December 21st, 2011, a few of Greater Bethesda Christian Center's youth went out to serve the downtown homeless community by distributing goodie bags.  This was an opportunity for our young people to understand many lessons. First, Christmas is about recognizing and appreciating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Second, the King of Kings was born in a manger not in a castle, not among the rich, not surrounded by fame and fortune and not in a warm house tucked in a crib.  The Lord was actually "homeless." Third, the young people were able to see that by having shelter, parents who love them and a warm bed to sleep in is already a gift! Finally, we must remember that during this time of year, many people don't have the basics of life, which is food, water and/or shelter.  We must do what we can to make a difference in the lives of others.  This is our youth department's second time delivering care packages to the homeless. We don't do it only during the holidays, but we also do it during the year. 

BYD Youth Event Opera in the park!

Posted by Khandice Lawrence on August 9, 2011 at 1:25 AM Comments comments ()

Portland SummerFest presented Opera in the Park on Sunday, August 7th, 6pm hosted by Concordia University Campus Green.  The BYD (Blessed Young & Determined) Youth Department attended an opera in the park to get exposure to the arts.  Carmen by Georges Bizet Ope'ra cominque in four acts.  It was premiered in 1875, Ope'ra-Cominque, Paris.

Sung in French in Abridged, Concert Version with the Porland SummerFest Orchestra & Chorus.  Keith Clark, Music Director & Conductor; Rodney Menn, Chorus Master.  Children's chorus from Pacific Youth Choir, Mia Hall Savage, Director. 

The story takes place in Seville, Spain, during the early 19th century.

There were 18 kids, Five Adults (Andrea, Shelly, Karen, Nike and First Lady Khandice).  The weather was beautiful and this gave our youth department the opportunity to experience the Arts in the community. 


Posted by Khandice Lawrence on May 29, 2011 at 11:44 AM Comments comments ()

BYD Youth Department will distribute sack lunches to the homeless sometime in August! If you would like to volunteer to help distribute the lunches; contact First Lady Khandice for more details.  We want to be a witness through our actions of love! We see a need, we meet the need!

Hygiene Drive

Posted by Khandice Lawrence on May 29, 2011 at 11:31 AM Comments comments ()

Our city has one of the highest homeless populations in the country.  Our goal is to find ways to make a difference. For home missions in June, we are having a Hygiene Drive for the homeless. We will be collecting  mini size toiletries including new toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, bar soap, hand sanitizer, lotion, combs, and wipes.  We are also looking for large size ziplock plastic bags.  BYD Youth Department will distribute these Hygiene bags to the homeless and designated shelters.  We want to show love through our actions!  Thank you in advance for your support.

1st Anniversary Celebration In Ministry!

Posted by Khandice Lawrence on March 23, 2011 at 12:59 PM Comments comments ()

The Lord was in the building! His annointing fell fresh and his glory rained on us on Sunday Morning Worship on March 20, 2011.  We had an awesome spirit filled service!  There were over 85 guests in attendance.  Prophetess Barbara Bailey brought forth a word from the Lord, telling us to hold on and wait on the Lord. She came from the books of Samuel and Acts...Using the story of David being called to be a king by God.  "No wealth or amount of money can get you into the kingdom, but it's your relationship with Christ," Barbara explained.  Bishop Nealon Guthrie and First Lady Mary Lawrence Guthrie came from Rome Georgia to celebrate with us.  Timothy Lawrence also came from Rome, GA to support his brother Pastor James Lawrence. First Lady Jeanette Lewis from California sang under the annointing, "To God be the Glory."  Bishop Grace Osborne, Pastor and First Lady Isham Harris also graced us with their presence and support.  Not only that, but the members of Greater Bethesda Christian Center showed up and showed out!  This was an amazing service and the credit belongs to the Lord!  We were blessed by the solos, the Youth choir and Praise Dance Productions who danced to the song called, "Encourage Yourself," by Donald Lawrence. We are excited to see what the Lord has in store for us in the second year in ministry.  Proverbs 3:6- "In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy path."

Women's Coffee Talk

Posted by Khandice Lawrence on January 10, 2011 at 12:55 AM Comments comments ()

The women's department (W.O.W.) are about People, Prayer and Progress!  First Lady Khandice Lawrence's goal is to make sure that women have balance in their lives.  Women have a lot of roles and responsibilities ranging from being  homemakers, working mothers, single mothers, wives, retirees and more.  It can be difficult juggling all of these roles, so it is important that we have a healthy balance between our ministry and our family responsibilities.  At our Coffee Talk meeting, the ladies were placed on ministry teams and they were given Secret Sisters to inspire and encourage.  The Women of Wisdom will be launching their quarterly newsletter in the spring!  Ladies? If you are looking for fellowship and connection make sure you come to our next get together!

2010 First Christmas Program

Posted by Khandice Lawrence on December 20, 2010 at 6:28 AM Comments comments ()


The Christmas Program was absolutely phenominal with approximately 100 guests.  The program was packed full of love, laughter and treats!  First, the Praise Team and Youth Choir combined, set the atmosphere 'A Capella' style with, "Right On King Jesus!"  Second, David Lewis, Betty Rounds and Melody Love gave words of inspiration about the true meaning of christmas.  Third, Praise Dance Productions performed a dance to Kirk Franklin's song called, "Behold the lamb."  Fourth, we were blessed by the annointed soloist JoAnna Williams from Atlanta, GA, who sang "You are holy," which ushered in the spirit of the Lord.  Fifth, With a string instrument; April Adams played our strings like the sympony with her violin by taking us back to an old negro spiritual.  Sixth, the Soloist Brittinie Love, soothed the congregation with a flavor of Jazz and Gospel as she rendered a few Christmas favorites including First Lady Khandice Lawrence's favorite called, "The Christmas Song."  Finally,  a cast of highly talented actors and actresses from our own church; performed our first Christmas Play called, "The reason for the season."  The message of Jesus was packaged in a contemporary style with love and laughter.  Closing the program was the Brown sisters (JoAnna, Dorcus and Rachel) who brought us the 12 days of Christmas in a very unique way that brought smiles to our faces and joy in our hearts.  The Lord started our day with a sunrise and filled our spirits with peace at sunset.  If you were unable to come, you were missed.  We pray that your holiday season is filled with Love, Joy, Peace and Hope, which is all in Christ Jesus!  Remember,  Jesus is the reason for this season!

Women's Day

Posted by Khandice Lawrence on November 2, 2010 at 1:42 PM Comments comments ()

On November 14, 2010 First Lady Khandice Lawrence will bring the inspired word of God.  We look forward to having a holy ghost good time.  Come with the expectancy of being healed, transformed and/or delivered from your worries, pain or transgressions. It is our prayer that you will come and be blessed!

History of Halloween

Posted by Khandice Lawrence on October 8, 2010 at 9:54 AM Comments comments ()

Behind the name... Halloween, or the Hallow E'en as they call it in Ireland , means All Hallows Eve, or the night before the 'All Hallows', also called 'All Hallowmas', or 'All Saints', or 'All Souls' Day, observed on November 1. In old English the word 'Hallow' meant 'sanctify'. Roman Catholics, Episcopalians and Lutherians used to observe All Hallows Day to honor all Saints in heaven, known or unknown. They used to consider it with all solemnity as one of the most significant observances of the Church year. And Catholics, all and sundry, was obliged to attend Mass. The Romans observed the holiday of Feralia, intended to give rest and peace to the departed. Participants made sacrifices in honor of the dead, offered up prayers for them, and made oblations to them. The festival was celebrated on February 21, the end of the Roman year. In the 7th century, Pope Boniface IV introduced All Saints' Day to replace the pagan festival of the dead. It was observed on May 13. Later, Gregory III changed the date to November 1. The Greek Orthodox Church observes it on the first Sunday after Pentecost. Despite this connection with the Roman Church, the American version of Halloween Day celebration owes its origin to the ancient (pre-Christian) Druidic fire festival called "Samhain", celebrated by the Celts in Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Samhain is pronounced "sow-in", with "sow" rhyming with cow. In Ireland the festival was known as Samhein, or La Samon, the Feast of the Sun. In Scotland, the celebration was known as Hallowe'en. In Welsh it's Nos Galen-gaeof (that is, the Night of the Winter Calends. According to the Irish English dictionary published by the Irish Texts Society: "Samhain, All Hallowtide, the feast of the dead in Pagan and Christian times, signalizing the close of harvest and the initiation of the winter season, lasting till May, during which troops (esp. the Fiann) were quartered. Faeries were imagined as particularly active at this season. From it the half year is reckoned. also called Feile Moingfinne (Snow Goddess).(1) The Scottish Gaelis Dictionary defines it as "Hallowtide. The Feast of All Soula. Sam + Fuin = end of summer."(2) Contrary to the information published by many organizations, there is no archaeological or literary evidence to indicate that Samhain was a deity. The Celtic Gods of the dead were Gwynn ap Nudd for the British, and Arawn for the Welsh. The Irish did not have a "lord of death" as such. Thus most of the customs connected with the Day are remnants of the ancient religious beliefs and rituals, first of the Druids and then transcended amongst the Roman Christians who conquered them.