YOUTH DEPARTMENT NEWS

The Youth Department would like to thank all those who supported our Pancake Breakfast.

The following people helped to make the Easter Egg Hunt a success:
The parents who brought their children to the Easter Egg Hunt.
Bro. John Thomas and Min. Gwen Thomas donated our hot dogs.
Trustee Mary Thomas donated the hot dog rolls and sauerkraut.
Sis. Joslyn Rivera - Kitchen Committee and Sis. Sharifa Thomas and Trustee Sandra Lewis were servers.
Rev. Louise, Sis. Olivie Lowery and Trustee Mary Thomas donated Easter Baskets for the winners of the Easter Egg Hunt.
Trustee Mary Thomas donated the eggs for the Easter Egg Hunt.
Trustee Sandra Lewis monitored the Musical Chairs game and donated the prizes for the winners.
Sis. Linda Paul donated candy that were used for the candy bags.
Trustee Tasha Saffold donated home-made cupcakes and the icing so each one of us could decorate a cupcake
Sisters Louise Murphy and Tomisyne Watts donated gifts so that each youth left with something to take home.
If anyone was omitted, thank you for whatever to did, both great and small.

Today, Sunday, May 5, 2019 the Youth Department will be having a Bake Sale after service.

On Tuesday, May 21, 2019 we will have our monthly Youth Department Meeting at 7 p.m.   All Youth Advisors and members of the Youth Advisory Board are asked to be present.

The Greater Life Teen Leaders Retreat will be held May 17-19, 2019 at the Clarion Hotel/Marigot Condos, Ocean City, MD.  The cost is $415 per person. There is an additional cost of $100 per person for luxury bus transportation.  A deposit of $125 must be given to hold your spot.  

On Friday, June 21, 2019, the Youth Department will be sponsoring the Sixteenth Annual Youth Recognition Program at 7:00 p.m.  This is an opportunity for parents/guardians and the Good Neighbor Family members to encourage our youth for their accomplishments at home, in church, in sports, academically, etc.  Don’t miss this opportunity to be a positive force in the lives of our youth.   Applications and a recent picture can be given to Trustee Mary Thomas by Sunday, June 2, 2019.

On Saturday, July 6, 2019 the Youth Department will be sponsoring a trip to Dorney Park.(Rain Date is Saturday, August 3, 2019). Tickets are $29.00 per person and the meal tickets are $15.15.  There are fifty-five (55) available seats on the bus, so please sign up by Sunday, June 16, 2019 with one-half deposit on your ticket price. All money is due by Sunday, June 23, 2019.  Bus will leave at 8:30 a.m. sharp!!   For more information see Trustee Mary Thomas.      
                                    TRUSTEE BOARD NEWS

The sanctuary renovation Tree of Life initiative kicked-off February 2017; we are slowly approaching the finish line.  $13,000.00 is needed to start the work this summer so we are asking all members to make a sacrificial pledge of $530.00 or a second pledge and for members who started a pledge to see Trustee Rountree-Young to finalize your balance.  Thank you for your support towards the upkeep and restoration of our sanctuary.
Project Cost: $53,000 - Pledges Received $39,700 – Balance $13,300

Congratulations and thank you to the following member(s) for completing your Tree of Life pledge during the month of April.
                 Trustee Tasha Saffold (4th pledge)                     The Inscription slips are in the form bin near the Trustee office; please return the slip to Trustee Rountree-Young for your leaf.

Attention Senior Ladies: If you are 62 and older, please give your name to Trustee Norma Edrington by Sunday, May 5, 2019.

GNBC will partner with the Chancellor Avenue Block Association in its annual Sidewalk Yard Sale.  If you have items that you are interested in selling at bargain prices, please see Trustee Rountree-Young for a table rental of $25.  We will also host a Fish Fry so please tell a friend, dine with us and find some treasures on Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 10am to 4pm – proceeds to benefit the Building Fund.  We will have a special treat for all Fathers. 

GNBC Louise A. Murphy cookout will be held at GNBC on Sunday, July 28, 2019 immediately after church service.  We will wear our Arnelle Alexander Walk t-shirts, the parking lot and church grounds will be setup with food and fun-filled activities for the youth and adults.  The neighboring community is invited to join us for a day of worship and fun.  Volunteers are needed, please see Sis. Louise Murphy or Trustee Rountree-Young to lend your talents.

                                    Weekend Getaway 2020

                                       Save-The-Date 2020

                  Friday, August 28, 2020 - Sunday, August 30, 2020

                             Back by Popular Demand

                                GNBC Weekend Getaway

                       Washington DC / MD National Harbor

(trip details and payment installments will be forth-coming later this year)

                                     INCOME AND CHURCH SUPPORT                      

The table printed below is intended to aid you in establishing your weekly gift to the church. Tithing of 10% has been the traditional standard of giving in the church.   

                              Weekly Income     10% Tithe 

                                      25.00             2.50
                                      50.00             5.00
                                     100.00           10.00
                                     150.00           15.00
                                     200.00           20.00
                                     250.00           25.00
                                     300.00           30.00
                                     400.00           40.00
                                     500.00           50.00
                                     750.00           75.00 
                                   1,000.00         100.00
                                   1,500.00         150.00 

                                 SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE NEWS

The scholarship committee will hold a bake sale on Sunday, June 2, 2019.  You do not want to miss out on the delicious goodies we'll be baking for you!

Save the date!  The Geruth Rountree Annual Scholarship Banquet will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 11 a.m.

Students obtaining the honor roll for the third marking period should put a copy of their report card in the Scholarship Committee's mailbox no later than Sunday, May 19, 2019. 

The scholarship committee will meet on Monday, May 13, 2019 at 6:30pm.  All members are asked to be present.

The deadline to submit your completed Geruth Rountree Scholarship Application is Sunday, May 26, 2019.  Please feel free to see any member of the committee should you require assistance. Students are urged to take advantage of every scholarship opportunity.  Speak with your high school guidance counselor, gather information on FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and check out

                                        PASTOR’S AIDE NEWS 

Good Neighbor, please help the Pastor’s Aides honor our Pastor and Leading Lady, Rev. Dr. George A. Blackwell & Min. B. Helena Blackwell on their 24th Pastoral Anniversary on Sunday June 9, 2019 - Time 10 am.  The guest speaker will be Pastor Rakeem Thomas from Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, 100 Montgomery St, Newark NJ. Colors Royal Blue and White.  Light dinner will be served after Service.

                                                  USHER’S NEWS

Back by Popular Demand: The GNBC Usher Board is sponsoring a trip to Sight's and Sound Theatre to see "JESUS", it’s usually a remake, but a better version,  Dinner will be at the Golden Corral.

                                             SWEET SISTER NEWS

Please remember your Sweet Sister on her birthday.   You may have to do a belated birthday gift.   Also, remember her on Mother’s Day. 

                                            MUSIC MINISTRY NEWS    
                                             5+5+5 CHALLENGE      

Are you ready? Let’s Go! The Music Ministry is seeking 5 Sopranos, 5 Altos and 5 Tenors ages 18-30 for our new Young Adult Choir.

We are recruiting members for the GNBC Choir. Please see Sisters Mary Chestnut or Betty Davis for more information.                                             

                                      HOSPITALITY NEWS

 WANTED!!!! If you are a Morning person and enjoy Greeting people- then "We Are Looking for YOU”! Come aboard and be apart of the Hospitality Ministry. Please see Deas. Joyce Hines or Deas. Camille Perry.                                       

                                                   SOUND TEAM NEWS 

CD's and tapes of the services are now available. Tapes are $5.00 and CD's are 10.00. Please see any member of the Sound Team to purchase a CD or tape.                                        



                                            BOOK SCHOLARSHIP

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Club (of the NJ Federation of Colored Women’s Club, Inc. & Youth Affiliates & National Assoc. of Colored Women’s Clubs) is offering a bi-annual $300.00 Book Scholarship to any student of a 2 or 4-year college or university, or technical or vocational school.  Students can apply for the Book Scholarship twice a year until they graduate.  The applications are on the stage.   See Trustee Mary Thomas for any questions.                  

The Thursday evening Prayer Line phone number is 641-715-3274. The Access Code is 408721#. Time 7 p.m. All members and friends should call in the be a part of the Prayer Line.

Anyone interested in Christ Church Fresh Food For Families, please access the information from their website:


Is your child struggling in Math or Reading? Tanya’s Tutoring Service offers a specialized Reading Program and help support for Math. If you are interested, see Sis. Tanya Barr (1-201-204-8977).

Your monthly Financial Report must be submitted to the Trustee Board by the fifteenth of each month.

If you need to get in touch with the Pastor, had a death in your family, change of address or phone number, desire to have your baby dedicated, or are being baptized, please contact our Church Clerk, Sis. Gloria Robinson. She can be reached at 973-374-8739. 

                                            NEWSLETTER NEWS

The June issue of The GNBC Newsletter (which will be published on Sunday, June 2, 2019) will feature an article on "Father’s Day”. We also welcome articles from any member of the congregation. 

Trustee Arnelle Alexander, Runnells Specialized  Hospital, Berkley Heights, NJ....
Sis. Doris Cain, at home.........................................................................
Sis. Doris Flemings-James, at home Hillside, NJ...........................................
Sis. Norma McFadden, at home Hillside, NJ.................................................
Sis. Mary Pierce, The Chelsea at Forsgate, Monroe Township, NJ......................
Bro. Elbert Ruffin, at home, Newark, NJ....................................................
Sis. Delores Ulmer, Park Crescent Nursing Home, East Orange, NJ....................
Sis. Jeanilla Raymond, at home...............................................................
Bro. Vincent Raymond, at home..............................................................
Let's continue to pray for the Sick, the poor and the shut ins.........................

                                              HAPPY BIRTHDAY
                                       THE MEMBERS OF GNBC
                                    BORN IN THE MONTH OF MAY

                        BRO. FREDERICK S. DAVIS III          MAY 2
                       SIS. LILLIAN JONES                         MAY 6
                       BRO. TRAYSHAWN THOMAS            MAY 13
                       DEAS. JOYCE HINES                       MAY 15
                      BRO. ABRAHM B. EDMONDS            MAY 21
                      SIS. ANIYAH LEWIS                         MAY 21
                      SIS. SANDRA LEWIS                        MAY 21
                      BRO. CHARLES THOMPSON, JR.     MAY 24
                      SIS. ADELL B. HOWARD                  MAY 31
                     MIN. TERRI FONTAINE                    MAY 31
                      SIS. MELISSA LESTER                     MAY 31