A Message from Pastor Sherman J. Fort

October 6, 2021


Greetings in the name of God The Father, Jesus Christ our Savior and The Holy Spirit our constant, company keeper.  

Brothers and Sisters, I pray this message finds you prospering and in good health, even as your souls prosper.  

Please note and share the following most important and exciting updates with respect to our church and ministry.  I want to begin by thanking you for praying with and for me as I traveled to Northern California for the home going celebration of Mother Alice Whitehurst.  God blessed me to go and return by His grace, mercy and love.  

Pastor Anniversary:  Sunday, October 24th we will celebrate at 8:00am, 9:30am and 10:30am we will celebrate the 31st Pastor Anniversary and Appreciation.  Our special guest for the weekend is the uniquely gifted Rev. Dr. Louis B. Jones II, senior pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church in Washington, DC.  I am asking every member to be in worship that Sunday throughout the day.  Dr. Jones will be accompanied by his wife Lady Michelle Jones.  In keeping with my initial request I am asking every member to give a minimum of $1.00 for each year of service to Pastor Fort in appreciation of his work and service.   Read afresh the following Scriptures:  

1st Thessalonians 5:12-13 The Message Bible)-
12-13 And now, friends, we ask you to honor those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience. Overwhelm them with appreciation and love!

1st Timothy 5:17 (NKJV)- “Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine”.

The 32nd Church Anniversary:  Sunday, December 5th we will praise God for 32 years of church life.  Canaan Missionary Baptist Church (aka The Word Church) held our first worship service on Sunday, December 10, 1989.  The church began with 16 charter members including youth and children.  Over the years our God has grown His church and for this we are grateful.  Help us plan and then participate in a wonderful time of anniversary celebration this December.  Our hope is to complete a video montage that captures various moments in the life of our church covering the past three decades.  The celebration will include special guest speakers, psalmists, food and much more.   I am asking every member to give a special offering, in addition to our regular tithe and offering of $100.00 for our church anniversary.   Remember what Jesus said about His church

Matthew 16:18 (NKJV)-
18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not [a]prevail against it.

Calling all men.  This Saturday, October 16, 2021 from 8:00am to 9:00am Pastor Fort is asking every, adult male in our church to meet in the sanctuary for a monthly time of discussion, discovery and discipleship.  This is a most important time for every man.  This is an in person discipleship time only.  It will not be available online.  

A closing appeal from Pastor Fort:  In keeping with our current theme of “Rebuilding, Reigniting And Reimagining The Church” based on the book of Nehemiah and additional Scriptures my first request is that each of you join me in prayer and personal participation in church life here at TWC.  

I continue to be challenged as I see so many of us out and about in the community and yet not come to church.  Brothers and Sisters, I am not asking you to not take Covid seriously.  We should all be  safe and sensible when it comes to protecting ourselves and our loved ones (especially our children) from the Covid virus and beyond.  I am however simply sharing in love that you're in person presence makes a difference.  While worship online is an option it is not the best option.  

There is something dynamic and intentional from our God when He calls us together to worship Him as a local body of believers.  To this end I request that those of you who can consider coming to worship in person and let’s praise God together.  Your presence makes the difference.

Consider the following Scripture-  
Hebrews 10:25 (New Living Translation)-
25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

Finally, allow me to share that shortly after the pandemic started I personally began making phone calls to each household on our church membership list.  I requested our deacons (congregational care teams) do the same.

I learned a number of things in the process. I discovered that many members that I called had moved out of state some prior to the pandemic.  I also discovered how appreciative so many of you were when you received a call from Pastor Fort or one of our deacons.  

Like every other church we remain in consistent “catch up” mode in our desire to get and remain connected.  Our efforts include: U.S. mail, electronic notifications via our church app, website, text messaging, e-notifications, live and archived worship services on all of our social media pages, etc.  If you are gifted in the area of connection contact me at the church office today.  I welcome hearing from you.  Have a blessed and beautiful day.

Pastor Sherman J. Fort

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