A Word from Our Pastor
October 1, 2018
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
This Pastor’s Pen focus upon the myriad of ways Exodus shares the mercies of Christ and extends the kingdom of God in our community and beyond. Exodus’ mission continues to be “Win One for Christ” and “Sharing the Good News” this continues to be forefront in my thinking. A question that I ask myself “Are we on track, and are we being faithful to the God who in Christ who gives us life and calls us to love our neighbor as we are loved?”
If I had to pick a theme for these past 10 months of Ministry; the theme would be “Gratefulness.” I am thankful and blessed for Exodus for your faithfulness and dedication to God and Exodus. I am grateful for those who support the teaching ministries of the church. I am appreciative for the Church Council, Men Ministry Women Mission, Titus II, The Youth and Young Adults and Usher. I am thankful for our Financial Committee and Exodus Got Talent Committee.
We are blessed each week for songs of praise rendered by The Voices of Exodus, Inspirational Ensemble and Echoes of Exodus on Third Sundays. To God be the glory for the precious gifts He has given to our Directors and Musical Staff. I am grateful for each singer for his/her participation in the Voices of Exodus, Echoes of Exodus and Ensemble of Exodus for singing praises to our Lord. I recognize the blessing of having gifts of creative and talented people who help make worship an experience of grace.
Just over a month from now, we will sponsor the Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon for Seniors, Homeless and Veterans. I want to say in advance “thank you” for the Turkeys, Mash Potatoes, Dressing, Cranberry Sauce, Cakes, Pies and Vegetables that you will donate to make this event a success. In addition to the food pantry, you made last Thanksgiving Day Luncheon special because each guest was seated, then our volunteers served and waited on over 200 guests for this annual event.
Working together with Christ United Ministry Center and New Paradise BC was impressive, and I simply want to thank the people of Exodus for your financial support and food donations. When we needed to double the amount of food, Exodus stepped forward in awesome fashion along with the churches who partnered with us. In addition, many clothing items were given. Thank you!
We are grateful that Papa Hinson Hicks was able to travel to Washington, DC to be honored for his service to our country as a World War II Veteran.
Exodus, I could go on and on about how you have been a people with a caring and giving spirit to help others, never let that spirit leave this congregation. We have done so much with so little, but that’s how God works. For nothing is impossible with God!
Finally, thank you for your support and prayers for me and my family. Words cannot express my gratitude for keeping me lifted in prayer. I cannot tell you the many ways I have grown in my pastoral ministry through my fifteen years at Exodus. I write this letter of gratitude because too often we focus on the negative and not the positive. I thank God for Exodus!
May God bless and keep you is my prayer!
Rev. Dr. Donald R. Owens, Pastor
A Word from Our Pastor
September 4, 2018
Greetings in the wonderful Name of Jesus The Christ. I’m honored you are spending time checking out what God is doing at Exodus Church. As Pastor, it is my privilege to extend an invitation to you and your precious family to join us for any of our activities on Sunday or throughout the week. Your presence will not only enhance our worship service, but you will experience the friendly church family praising and worshiping God.
This is a unique church, in that, since its existence, services are conducted in three languages: English, Spanish and French Creole. God has blessed us with great camaraderie, a strong sense of His presence, diversity in every sense of the word, people of all ages, and a wide spectrum of ministries to meet the needs of our congregation and community. We are excited about all God is doing, has done and will do for this body of believers, and we invite you to come and experience this Exodus for yourself.
Rev. Dr. Donald Owens
A Word from Our Pastor
August 2, 2017
In case you are not aware, the first day of autumn (or fall) was Friday September 22, 2017. It
marks the beginning of a new season with changes in the air. For some, autumn is a season of
melancholy, sadness, and loss. Leaves are falling from the trees and will pile up along the sidewalks, on
the streets, in your backyards, and almost everywhere. What do we have to look forward to except a
depressing, dead, and cold winter that follows?
With all the different things going on in America and in the world today—Hurricane Harvey,
Irma, Maria, the earthquakes in Mexico, the wildfire in southern California and Oregon, and the current
state of the country where racism is overtly accentuated—while the world is threatened with possible
nuclear war, it almost feels as if the world is drifting into the hopelessness of autumn.
Do not be downhearted and dispirited, there is hope! If you turn away from these depressing
thoughts and look at it from another point of view, you will see how beautiful autumn is. Before the
leaves fall from the branches of the tree, they change color and display mesmerizing beauty. It is as if
God is painting a beautiful picture in which the world is a giant canvas and the trees with their colorful
leaves are the main objects in God’s masterpiece. God is an artist who uses the colors of red, yellow,
orange, green, brown, and many others to paint the leaves and nature with their various colors. If you
haven’t had a chance to witness this sight, go to a national park or a place where there are many trees
and you will see what a marvelous scenery it is.
All the dead leaves will eventually fall but once they settle on the ground, moisture from the air,
the morning dew and the rain with the aid of the bacteria will cause them to degrade and become
fertilizer for the soil. In due time, new grass and new plants will sprout.
Before Jesus was betrayed, he predicted his death. He says in John 12:24, “Very truly I tell you,
unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it
produces many seeds.” Perhaps we cannot see the blessings of God in the midst of all the problems and
troubles, but God is doing something in our community and in our lives. Through all these tragedies,
people are coming together to help each other in the aftermath of the hurricanes and the earthquakes.
People are bringing supplies to those in need and many are coming together to rebuild the community.
Meanwhile, the call for justice is proclaimed loudly and clearly in our nation where many are
gathered together to fight against the unjust sufferings of those who are discriminated against and who
are being marginalized.
There is hope in the midst of suffering. In the hand of the Lord Almighty, there is always hope!