Philip R. Cousin AME Church - Company Message
Philip R Cousin AME Church of Mandarin Inc.
The Praise Report
January 2018 Edition
Pastor's Message
Brothers and Sisters we have adopted the theme for the 2017-2018 Conference Year. "Philip R Cousin Letting our Light Shine in Faith in Evangelism and in Fellowship". Scripture: Matthew 5: 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
The beginning of the 2017-2018 conference year has brought us time to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. We have also seen some difficulties through,  death, surgeries, harsh weather, and other natural transitions. We can say that life goes on, and it is up to us keep the  faith as the year moves on.
Moving on, our partnership with University of Florida's Smart Couples kicked off this year, and we are learning the skills for couples to continue their loving relationships. Our Health Ministry has also transitioned from the 8 Weeks to Healthy Living and are now working with Jorif's Functional Fitness to continue strengthening our bodies.  Our Evangelism team is working with the Edward Waters College Schell Sweet Center Staff on food distribution to the needy. The Clara White Mission and UCOM continue as long term partners.  ICARE's Justice Ministry is focusing on reducing community crime issues.   Internally our boards and auxiliaries preparing their calendars and selection of officers. and we are looking forward to the South District Conference in February and our Mid Year Meeting in March.
Spiritually, we are coming to the conclusion of the Daniel Fast and look forward to the Winter Revival with Elder Toby Johnson.  The Lenten Season will soon be upon us and we are conducting Ash Wednesday Services with the Episcopal Church of Our Savior; and Rector Joe Gibbes.
We look forward to letting our light shine brightly.
Special thanks to Sister Johnese Lennon for her creativity in the production of our newsletter the past conference year. We are returning to this electronic version as she takes time out to focus on her health.
Lest we Forget.
"But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed." Isaiah 53:5 (NKJV)
Rev. Roger Williams
February is Heart Month
Sister Glenda Cooper and
Sister Jennifred Douglas
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease.
The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices.
Make a difference in your community: Spread the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encourage people to live heart healthy lives.
How can American Heart Month make a difference?
We can use this month to raise awareness about heart disease and how people can prevent it — both at home and in the community.
Here are just a few ideas:
*             Encourage families to make small changes, like using spices to season their food instead of salt.
*             Motivate teachers and administrators to make physical activity a part of the school day. This can help students start good habits early.
*             Ask doctors and nurses to be leaders in their communities by speaking out about ways to prevent heart disease.
             AME Church          Founders Day Worldwide
Bishop Richard Allen
Birthday: Feb 14, 1760
“Let’s Not Forget”
An Extraordinary History –
An Incredible Future
The African Methodist Episcopal Church: The oldest traditionally Black Protestant denomination founded on American Soil!  As we reflect and celebrate Founder’s Day 2017, we cannot afford to have a memory lapse about our extraordinary beginning.  Will and Ariel Durant wrote, “We are the best-informed people on earth as to the events of the last 24 hours; we are not the best informed as to the events of the 60 centuries.”
The African Methodist Episcopal Church begin in 1787 when Richard Allen, a former slave, refused to accept white Methodists’ racist and un-Christian behavior at St. George’s Methodist Church in Philadelphia. In April 1816, 29 years after Allen and others walked out of St. George’s, Allen and numerous black Methodists met in Philadelphia and formally organized the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Our founding fathers and mothers bequeathed us a great legacy. Their work and witness in our collective past gave birth to the African Methodist Episcopal Church, our inheritance. As we celebrate Founder’s Day 2017, we may need to remind ourselves that the past is the foundation on which we build. It was our forbearers who opened the paths and blazed the trails we now travel. They organized the churches in which we pray, preach and fellowship; they composed the songs that got many of us over; they erected the schools where some of us studied.
Given our extraordinary history, our future is incredible. We are called to transform the world, in Jesus’ name. We are called to share our extraordinary history at every level of our Zion with a vision to ensure that our future is Incredible. Who would ever have thought that our Zion would be in India, Brazil, and 40 other countries around the world with a motto of “God is Our Father, Christ is Our Redeemer, Holy Spirit our Comforter, Humankind our Family”?
Let’s not forget:
Stony the road we trod,
Bitter the chastening rod,
Felt in the days when hope unborn had died;
Yet with a steady beat, Have not our weary feet
Come to the place for which our fathers sighed.
We have come over a way that with tears has been watered,
We have come treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered,
Out from the gloomy past, till now we stand at last.
Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast
(James Weldon Johnson)
As we celebrate our extraordinary history, our Incredible future is greater than our proud past — for the best is yet to come for the African Methodist Episcopal Church. During the Month of February, as we celebrate Black History Month in the United States and Canada and Founder’s Day of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, I invite the entire membership to read the book; Freedom’s Prophet: Bishop Richard Allen by Richard S. Newman.  It is my hope that the words from this inspired reading will both enlighten and enhance your knowledge, understanding and appreciation of our founder and the great legacy of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Bishop John F. White
President Council of Bishops
Presiding Bishop, 4th Episcopal District
African Methodist Episcopal Church
Upcoming Events
Winter Revival:  Friday February 2, 7:00 p.m.
Elder Toby Johnson, Revivalist.
Lay Organization: Elections February 4, 2018. Immediately after Morning Worship.
Official Board: Training Meeting February 7, 2018. 6:00 p.m.
South District Conference:
February 11-13, 2018
Elder Eugene Moseley, Jr.
St. Paul AME Church, St. Augustine.
Rev. Ron Rawls, Pastor
Ash Wednesday Service
Begin the season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Service. Worshipping with us will be  Episcopal Church of Our Savior Rector Joe Gibbes.
Black Heritage Weekend
Edward Waters College
February 16-18, 2018
ICARE Network Members Meeting.
PRC Ancestral Hall.
February 24, 2018 10:00 a.m.
Community Hospice
904.268.5200 <tel:904.268.5200>
Understanding grief, loss and bereavement
Grief is a natural reaction to loss and can affect every part of our lives — physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. Grief reactions range from anger, guilt and anxiety to changes in appetite or behavior.
It’s best not to think of grief as a series of stages. Instead, think of the grieving process as a roller coaster — full of ups and downs, highs and lows. Understanding what is "normal" in grief gives us the knowledge that others have gone through this process and have found healing.
Common reactions include:
*             Physical sensations: hunger, nausea, and breathlessness
*             Behaviors: sleep and appetite disturbances, crying, and social withdrawal
*             Feelings: sadness, loneliness, increased irritability, guilt, fear and relief
*             Thoughts: disbelief, confusion, obsessive thinking about the deceased
*             Spiritual reactions: embracing religious rituals or questioning of faith
Adapted from Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy: A Handbook for the Mental Health Practitioner, second edition, by William Worden (1991).
Contact Us Today
Bishop: A. J. Richardson Jr.
Supervisor: Connie Speights-Richardson
Presiding Elder: Eugene E. Moseley Jr.
Sis. Evelyn Moseley, District Consultant
Pastor:  Rev. Roger Williams
Assoc. Minister: Rev. Charles West
Assoc. Minister:
Rev. Christopher Johnson
Sister Sandra Platt, Steward Pro Tem
Brother Sherman Cooper Trustee Pro Tem
Sister Cora Ross, Treasurer
 Sister Veronica Anderson, Administrative Assistant.
Philip R. Cousin AME of Mandarin Inc.
Jacksonville Florida 32223
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