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Pastor Swan's May 15th Message

From Pastor Swan To All of My Dearly Beloved MZBC Family:
As I greet you on the occasion of our 8th Anniversary as Pastor and People, I do so first and foremost in The Name of JESUS The CHRIST in whom we believe and whom we Preach, Teach and who’s Love we Share. I also greet you with a sense of love, appreciation, gratitude, joy, power, enthusiasm and encouragement, the likes of which I have not known in a long time. Hallelujah and Amen.

If it is true that the number 8 represents ‘a new beginning’, then this year has truly lived up to that reputation and expectation. I have seen great promise and possibility in us over this past year. We have made some significant strides and progress. Between ‘the Church Health Project’ and my own recent improvements, along with our Music and Worship – I haven’t felt this good – in a while. But, I am truly glad and grateful that GOD has turned it around for us and we are moving forward. Again, Hallelujah and Amen.

 
Some of you know that Romans 8:28 is my favorite verse in The Bible. This past year, and even right now, we are seeing the manifestation of the realization of that verse in our existential experience. All that we have been through (together) and all that we have both endured and overcome, is right now, ‘Working Together For Our Good”. What may have seemed so unnecessary and/or ridiculous at the time, we can now see that in GOD’S grand scheme and bigger picture, it had purpose, meaning and necessity. And, now we can look back over where GOD has brought us from and say, “It’s Working!” Hallelujah and Amen.
 
So, as we celebrate our 8 years together, I am also celebrating 20 years of Pastoring and 35 years of Preaching. [Which is why our theme comes from Romans 8:20-35] And together we are celebrating what GOD has done in, for, through and with ‘All’ of us since we’ve been engaged in GOD’S Kingdom Building Enterprise. MZBC and I have both come a mighty long way and GOD has done great things through us, for which GOD get’s The Glory. But, Thanks be to GOD, The LORD is not through with us yet. This is just the beginning of our ‘New Beginning’, and we’ve got much more to do…Hallelujah and Amen.
 
Allow me to say a Special Thank You to Dea. Donald Thompson, Jr. and all of the Members of The Pastor’s Support Ministry for your loving and dedicated efforts and energy invested in both this celebration and for all that You do for my Family, Mt. Zion and for Me. Thanks to our Office and Other Staff for your ongoing support and contributions to this work of Ministry. Also, Thank You to The Members of the Official Board of MZBC whose unparalleled and often unheralded labors of love that keep our Church in ‘Tip Top running condition’ I can’t appreciate enough with words. And, to ‘ALL of my Mt. Zion Church Family’ I can’t say Thank You enough for all of your love and support, prayers and encouragement. I Love You Thank GOD for You.
 
Also, a very Special Thank You to my Friend, Big Brother, and ‘something like my Father in the Ministry’, who was there when I started Preaching and has been there for me ever since. The Highly Esteemed and Eminently Great Pastor of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, The Rev. Ferdinand W. Hargrett. I Love You Man! And, Thanks for being here for me again. My Wife and I and MZBC are grateful to GOD for You and the Word that GOD will give us through You. Grace and Goodness be upon and Your Ministry.
 
Finally, to my Wife Desiree and our Family, God uses you daily to make it all seem worth it when it doesn’t seem worth it. I Love You and can’t Thank You enough. “When the party is over and the lights go out, it’s just You and Me Baby! And JESUS. Now, let’s see what GOD is going to do next….Hallelujah and Amen.
 

Click here to read Pastor Swan's May 17th Message

My Dearly Beloved Mt. Zion Church Family:

It’s been a while, but on this special occasion I feel compelled to set forth this Pastoral missive to express my appreciation for all of you as we celebrate this 7th Anniversary of our time together as Pastor and People. First of all I give all Honor, Praise and Thanks to our GOD and Father; and to His SON our Savior JESUS CHRIST and by whose HOLY SPIRIT we have been kept, empowered, equipped and enabled for Kingdom Work and Worship. By His Grace we have been blessed, by His mercy we have been sustained, by His love we have been favored, by His will we have been guided and by His word we have been enlightened and inspired over these past 7 years. Hallelujah and Amen!

With GOD’S help and within the ark of His Presence we have spent the last 7 years building a new legacy together. A legacy that most certainly stands on the shoulders of that which came before, and carries it forward further with love being the motive and modality in which we move to ‘Save more Souls’.
  
I simply want to say ‘Thank You’ Mt. Zion, for all we have shared, learned and accomplished together over these last 7 years. To every one of you who has in some way, shape, form or fashion made a contribution to ‘the work of The Church’ or has otherwise helped me to grow as a Pastor (as well as a person) or helped the Church to grow as a Body of Believers engaged in Kingdom Building and for every prayer you prayed or every time you let me pray for or with you, Thank You. For every lesson you taught me or let me teach you, Thank You. For every kind word or deed or expression of love you shared with me or let me share with you, Thank You. For every Pastoral Care experience we shared whether you were the recipient or giver or both, Thank You. And, for every time the JESUS in me was touched, loved, blessed or otherwise edified and encouraged by the JESUS in You, (and vice versa) , Thank You! Being your Pastor these last 7 years has been more wonderful than words cans say, so I will simply say, (again), Thank You.

Now, let’s get busy! Sheepfold Ministry awaits! Let’s not keep it waiting much longer. I thank you in advance for all we are going to do together.

On the behalf of Mrs. Swan and The Swan Family:

Love and Shalom,
Pastor Swan

P.S. Thanks T.O. for being here and more importantly for being my Friend.

Click here to read Pastor Swan's November 9th Message

To My Beloved Church Family:
 
I greet you today in The Name of GOD our Savior, GOD our Healer, GOD our Deliverer – Yes He Is! Hallelujah and Amen.Not much to say today except, I really wish you would come to the Sheepfold Training. Thank you to those who have.
 
Love and Shalom,
Pastor Swan  

Click here to read Pastor Swan's November 2nd Message

To My Beloved Church Family:
 
I greet you today in The Name of GOD our Savior, GOD our Healer, GOD our Deliverer – Yes He Is! Hallelujah and Amen.Not much to say today except, I really wish you would come to the Sheepfold Training.  Thank you to those who have.
 
Love and Shalom,
Pastor Swan
 

Click here to read Pastor Swan's October 26th Message

To My Beloved Church Family:
 
I greet you today in The Name of ‘The Rock of Ages’, our GOD and Father as well as our LORD and Savior JESUS CHRIST, who has afforded and enabled us by the power of His HOLY SPIRIT to be ‘living inside His Love and Protective and Providential Care. Hallelujah and Amen.
 
I count it an honor and joy to celebrate GOD’S Goodness and Greatness with you today. To GOD be the Glory and Praise for His incalculable Love and Grace. Hallelujah and Amen.
 
Thank you to all who celebrated my ‘national holiday’ and for all who supported both the Women’s Fall Fellowship and the Family Harvest Festival. Also, thank you to everyone who supported and participated in the NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner. A special thanks to Deacon Charles Harris for coordinating our efforts and assisting with all the logistics.
 
I remain encouraged about the participation I am seeing with The Sheepfold Training. The classes are going well (for those who are attending – Wednesdays at noon and in the evening and Saturday mornings), and although the numbers are still lower than we need them to be, I thank GOD for all who are making the commitment to come; as I anticipate the rest of our Church Family will get on board soon.
 
Thanks, Shalom & Love to you,
Pastor Swan 

Click here to read Pastor Swan's October 19th Message

To My Beloved Church Family:
 
I greet you today in The Name of The Good, Great and Chief Shepherd of our Souls JESUS TheCHRIST, The SON of GOD who Is GOD. Ben YHWH YHWH! Hallelujah and Amen.
 
Let me begin by saying “thank you” to all who participated in one of our Sheepfold Training Sessions this past week. We got off to a decent start. I am confident the rest of you will come on and get on board. The training, as well as The Sheepfold Ministry, is for 'All' Members of Mt. Zion. So, we need 'All' of Mt. Zion to participate. This was just the first week, so I'm not disappointed yet, because I know it takes time for some of y'all to get the word from the scouts that it's worth your while. Well, I will simply remind you that in order for this to work as well as it can (and The LORD deserves no less) we need everybody to participate. So, please make this a priority and make time in your schedule to attend the Sheepfold Training Sessions being conducted in one of these time slots: Wednesdays at noon, Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. This is important! And we need you. Thanks in advance.
 
Love and Shalom,
Pastor Swan 

Click here to read Pastor Swan's October 12th Message

To My Beloved Church Family:
 
I greet you today in The Name of our Awesome Creator and Architect of life in all of its beauty, The LORD our  GOD ELHOIM and His Son, our savior, JESUS CHRIST. Hallelujah and Amen.
 
Welcome to Autumn, (my favorite time of the year) in all of its splendor. This is a busy time for us here ‘On This Mountain’; and I’m about to make it a little busier. But, I’m trying to keep it simple also. So, first of all, let me encourage ‘all’ of MZBC to participate in the upcoming ‘Sheepfold Ministry Training Classes’. Over the next 3 or 4 weeks, we will be teaching through the Sheepfold Materials during our Wednesday Noonday, Wednesday Evening and Saturday Morning Bible Study Classes. Please make plans to attend during one of those time slots. Then by the end of October or early November, we will take an inventory of where we are and who’s on board. If we determine at that time that it is necessary, we will schedule a three (3) Night Institute and/or a (long) Saturday Session (or two) to get everybody trained before the Thanksgiving Holiday. Once everyone has gone through the training, we can work to compose the Sheepfolds and be ready for action when the New Year arrives.
 
Please take or make the time to attend the Sheepfold Training Sessions. It will be informational and inspirational, and if you’re not careful, you just might have some fun. Thanks in advance.
 
Love and Shalom,
Pastor Swan 

Click here to read Pastor Swan's October 5th Message

To My Beloved Church Family:
 
What an honor and joy it is to greet you on this side of the Revival and Anniversary celebrations. Therefore, I greet you in The Name of The LORD who “has been our dwelling place in all generations”. I give thanks and praises unto Him for the many blessings He has bestowed upon us over the years and even now. I think the song the Choir sang which included our ‘call to worship’ says it all. Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way to make it a success. Hallelujah and Amen.
 
Now beloved, a brief word about upcoming events, particularly the Sheepfold Ministry Training. We need to share the training with ‘ALL’ Members of MZBC. So, we will take the next few Wednesday nights, some Wednesdays at noon and Saturday mornings. If necessary we will schedule a three (3) night {Monday through Wednesday or Tuesday through Thursday} series and even a Saturday afternoon session or two. The plan is to get through the training before Women’s Day, so we can launch the next phase before the end of this year. All of this will make more sense when you come to the first training session. So, please make time to attend, come and find out what it’s all about; and get ready for The Sheepfolds.
 
Love and Shalom,
Pastor Swan 

Click here to read Pastor Swan's September 21st Message

To My Beloved Church Family:
 
I greet you today in The Name of JESUS our Commander in Chief. I just want to say today that I am glad to be in the service one more time. Don’t forget about F.R.A.N.gelism Month. Invite and/or bring somebody to Church with you. Pray and get ready for Revival. The Sheepfold Training will begin soon.

Love and Shalom,
Pastor Swan
 

Click here to read Pastor Swan's September 7th Message

Beloved Church Family:
 
I give Thanks and Praises to our GOD for the privilege of worshipping, fellowshipping and communing with you on this 1st Sunday in September. I am grateful to be back and even more so for being back in Preaching mode. Thanks again to all of our Associates for 'standing in John's shoes', and for doing it well. I appreciate all of you. Hallelujah and Amen.
                                     
Now let me remind everyone about this being F.R.A.N.gelism month and encourage you to make a special effort to invite and or bring folks to Church this month. I'm pretty sure I don't have to tell you about our upcoming Seasoned Saints’ Day, Revival and 145th Church Anniversary, but I am reminding you again to invite, invite, invite. I hope to see you in Bible Study and Prayer Service.
 
Love and Shalom,
Pastor Swan
 
“The Sheepfolds are Coming!”
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