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Tithing & Offering

“Tithe” is a word that comes to us from tēotha, which means “tenth” in Old English. The word itself is a reminder that God requires us to return to Him the first 10 percent of all our earnings, as all abundance comes from Him in the first place. In a spiritual sense, the tithe is a practice of gratitude.

Interestingly enough, the first tithe actually appears in the book of Genesis – “And he blessed him and said, ‘Blessed be Abram by God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!‘ And Abram gave him a tenth of everything.“ (Gen. 14:19-20)

Because money can be such an emotional subject for everyone, the act of tithing the first tenth, and then most likely following up that with additional donations, is a pretty strong act of faith. It is an act that says you don’t mind letting money flow away from you because you know it will also flow back to you. It is an act that says you trust God to take care of your needs, as He has promised to do. In addition, allowing a tenth of your earnings flow into the church is a fantastic community-building act that allows you to help care for those who need a little something extra. It allows you to take care of others in your community, which returns blessings to you.

“Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house. And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you.“ (Gen. 28:20-22)

Manage Your Tithes Via the Website

Of course now we have our technology to support us in every aspect of our lives, including the aspect of giving back to God. Our new and improved Taylor Church website includes a section in the user dashboard (what you see when you sign into your account on the site) which provides you with the summary of your total tithing throughout the year, so giving through the site has many additional benefits, making it easier for everyone. You can even download a report for tax purposes. In order to have a dashboard to sign into, you have the option of three different accounts you can create: Free Account, Active Member Account, and Dedicated Member Account. You will have the option of having your membership payment deducted from your bank account.

Once you are a member of any type, you can access your personalized dashboard to perform the following actions:

Send a private message to the pastor
Schedule an event at the church
Post a prayer on the prayer wall
Invite friends
Check amount of donations submitted
Reply and Post a thread on the community board
Check their saved articles and prayers
Update their account info

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Feed The Hungry
It is truly wonderful that we have the opportunity to provide our Pre-Thanksgiving meal to those who would not normally be able to sit down to such incredible bounty – but the hungry are hungry every day of the year. And they will be, until we are in a place where we can do something about that. It is a dream of Pastor Anthony’s to be able to call the hungry to the table once a week. Yes, once a week! With your help, he can. He envisions opening our doors as well as our hearts to 500 hungry people each and every week of the year, so that they can sit down to a warm, nutritious dinner of chicken and vegetables, with rolls and rice and dessert, as well as a bottle of water. He wants to enable our brothers and sisters of Oakland to come and enjoy a good meal and fellowship with their brethren to heal them and strengthen them, knowing that someone cares enough to sacrifice. It’s just a small sacrifice, but when added to the sacrifices and gifts of others, it can move mountains.

Why Donate?

Taylor Memorial Church exists to provide more than a place of praise and fellowship. It exists so that God’s people may come together in a spirit of love and improve the lives of our fellow human beings. That means resources: needed items, time and money. In order to continue to make a difference in the lives of others, Taylor needs your help. Here are some of the things your valuable donations make possible:

Meals for the hungry
Coats, socks and other clothing for the homeless
Recordings of sermons for our homebound members
Resources to help keep our formerly incarcerated loved ones off the streets and help them make a valuable contribution
Please…won’t you help us help those in need?

If you wish to donate via check, make it payable to Taylor Memorial Church. If you wish to donate items, this is what we need:

New or gently used clothing
New socks and underwear
Personal hygiene kits
Feminine products
Think of the difference any one of these items will make in someone’s life. Think of the difference it will make to know someone like you cares enough to share just a little. Thank you and God bless you.
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Children/Youth Church School

The Children and Youth Sunday school is a great way for the younger members of the Taylor congregation to learn about the Word of God, build solid friendships, and have fun in the process! The group meets during the regular Sunday Service every week, which starts at 10:00 a.m. Once everyone is settled, the teachers announce when it’s time for the children to come with them, and this takes place at 10:30 a.m. They then retire to the nursery and the library for their learning experience.

During Sunday School, children are encouraged to use their God-given creativity to learn and serve by coloring, taking turns reading the Bible, making crafts to take home, or for the church. They are taught to grow in fellowship within a diverse community of attendees. They also help decorate the Fellowship Hall for different events and take field trips. Those are some great benefits for them right there, but there are a few more to consider as well.

Seven Reasons Why Sunday School Is Cool

Age–targetedTeaching:This is a place where your kids can get Biblical instruction that’s specifically crafted for their age and abilities. Because it’s just the kids, they are in a smaller group. And because they are surrounded by their peers, they will feel freer to ask questions, which is how they learn.
Establishing Friendships:Your child will build positive friendships with their peers by discovering God’s Word together. Another important aspect of finding friends their age in church, is that it is good for them to have different groups of friends. This is also a great outreach opportunity because, as your child shares with their school friends all the fun they had in church, their other friends will want to come as well.
It’sfun!Wait, did someone say fun? It may not be Disney Land, but our teachers work hard to teach the Bible in ways that are relevant and fun for kids. Reinforcing the idea that learning is fun can also spill over into other areas of learning and be good for your child’s school performance as well.
SpiritualMentors: A dedicated teacher can be a Christian role model who supports you and helps inspire the faith of your child.Mentors are important in every area of a child’s life, especially as they grow and become adults.
Systematic BibleLearning:The Taylor curriculum is designed to establish a broad foundation, so children will understand how all the parts of Scripture point to Christ. One of our practices is to have the kids read from different translations of the Bible, to further broaden their knowledge base.
PrayingTeachers: Our teachers consistently pray for your child’s faith to grow. Coming to Sunday School gives another opportunityfor God to answer those requests. When you are working toward a goal, it is important to take action toward that goal. Sunday School is a great action to take toward the goal of allowing your child’s spiritual growth.
Something toTalk About: “What did you do in Sunday School today?” is a great conversation topic that will not intimidate your children and encourage family discussions and bonding experiences. Children may tune out of the “adult” message of the sermon, but Sunday School speaks their language and conveys it in a way that they can understand.
We look forward to fellowshipping with you and your child this Sunday, so come on down!

Using Multiple Types of Print Bibles

For years the children have had their own classroom Common English Bible translation to study scripture. We now also have My Holy Bible for African-American Children and Children of Color Storybook Bible with stories from the International Children’s Bible for them to take home. We asked church members to be sponsors. A sponsor would pay for two books, present them to the child during worship, and then be a Bible buddy with the child forever. The sponsors presented 27 sets of books.

The service during which Pastor Anthony announced every child at Taylor would receive a set of Bibles was one of the most inspiring services we have ever had. It was as though the Holy Spirit descended upon us as it had on Jesus at his baptism. The members praised continuously. After worship we had hot dogs, salad, chips and root beer float feast to celebrate. The entire church participated. Sponsors now check on their “Bible Buddy” and their families. The children are proud to say they have a buddy. Some parents, we learned, never had a Bible in the family before.

Teachers Love Being Part of a Very Dedicated Team

Our phenomenal Sunday School staff constantly brings new ideas and make them a reality. One of our parents requested we teach the children the Lord’s Prayer. Ms. Pernita “Nickie” Brown taught the preschoolers and first graders the prayer. Mrs. Jenny Jenkins taught as her work schedule allowed. Ms. Veronica Wheaton taught the older kids a praise dance of the Lord’s Prayer using the music and prayer from the movie Sarafina. They presented their prayer just before receiving their Bibles. Mrs. Leslie Forestant moderated. Mrs. Valda Southhall, even though injured at that time, made sure we had a photographer. Every staff person was at the altar to make sure every child got a set of books or a Storybook Bible with a stuffed animal. Our youth assistant Trokan Mayson helped everyone do everything.

Teaching the Principles and Relating the Word of God to Our Everyday Lives

Here are the kinds of lessons we teach the children in our Sunday School class:

The books of the Bible. The Old and New Testaments.
Mary and Elizabeth
The birth of Jesus
Jesus grows up
John the Baptist
History of communication: oral history as the main way of communicating, and the changes that followed during the days before cell phones or video games. How writing was long ago, when they made scrolls to record the teachings of God.
God’s Promises
Jesus as a teacher, preacher, healer
Jesus and The Last Supper
Palm Sunday
The Crucifixion and the Resurrection
Praying and tithing are weekly lessons
Here are some of the events and activities that the children really enjoyed:

All-church Easter Extravaganza. Everybody loved the fellowship, the joy the children showed, the food, games, face-painting, live-plant giveaway, the feeling of happiness as we celebrated Resurrection Sunday.
During Black History month students presented information about historical and contemporary African-Americans who contribute to making our world a better place and help our people have better lives.
The Pentecost: the coming of the Holy Spirit. Mrs. Southhall and Ms. “Nickie” were truly prepared when teaching this great event to our young children.
The study of Moses and the escape from slavery. The children learned The Ten Commandments and win a prize.
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Sunday Service

What do you want in a Sunday Service?

This is a major question that you need to ask yourself when you are looking for your Church Home. Since the Sunday Service is a big way that you receive information from God about how He wants you – YOU, personally and specifically – to live, it is important for you to get clear on what you want that experience to be, and what God wants that experience to be for you.

Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church is proactive in a lot of ways. We are known for our outreach initiatives. But what we are not as known for, is the proactive stance we take on love each and every Sunday morning.

Taylor Is Proactive About Love

That’s right. We are proactive about love. That’s what God wants us to be proactive about! When you come to a Sunday Service here at Taylor, you experience love. You experience the love of God pouring out of every person in the congregation. You will witness your brothers and sisters in Christ caring for one another in large ways and small ways. How? You will witness and be a part of this love in many ways during your two-hour experience in our Sanctuary.

One thing we do is allow a few minutes for the congregation to greet each other. This is not a formality. Be prepared to feel the warmth and the love pouring out as everyone mingles for hearty handshakes, genuine smiles, well-wishing and plenty of hugs. They say that a human being needs eight hugs a day to experience wellbeing. Well…you can start filling your quota right here during Sunday Service as our congregation welcomes you – literally – with open arms. It just simply feels good.

You’ll also experience the love as members get up and give their testimonials and speak of their hardships. You will witness the support and love pouring from their spiritual family as they patiently and lovingly encourage each other. You will witness the love as people make arrangements to include those members who can’t make it to the service, and celebrate those who haven’t been able to make it but have made it that day. Yes! Taylor brothers and sisters in Christ celebrate each other. We laugh and we cry – not for each other, but with each other. You will never feel alone or lonely at Taylor Church.

Pastor Anthony: A Strong Man of Service

And then there’s our pastor, a truly wonderful human being. Pastor Anthony Jenkins, Sr. is a great leader and visionary, which every pastor of a successful church has to be. He is a warm, welcoming human being who gives the credit to God. A leader strong enough to allow himself to be vulnerable in front of his congregation, he allows his congregation to be vulnerable in front of him. He partners with God to create a safe space for you to come and worship and grow. Not only that, but you will have a great time doing it. Pastor Anthony also has a great sense of humor, which you will surely experience once you take the time to get to know him. We’re certain that you’ll enjoy being in his company. But don’t take our word for it. Come and see for yourself!

Service takes place in our beautiful main sanctuary every Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
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Adult Sunday School

The Taylor Church Adult Sunday School class meets in the church library from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. before the regular service, and it is definitely worth getting up for. Members use a workbook to guide them through a variety of topics that invite them to establish a deeper relationship with Christ. There is also some additional reading material included within these workbooks, with every message substantiated by the Bible.

There are many benefits of attending Taylor Church’s Sunday School, which are slightly different from the obvious benefits of attending Sunday Service.

Here are just a few of them:

Benefits of Attending Sunday School

Gaining aDeeperPerspective of the Bible: Your teacher will have a slightly different approach to the material covered by the Pastor, because Sunday School has a different purpose than the weekly sermon. This additional approach will enable you to consider different aspects of the material and make connections that you may not otherwise make.
OpportunitiestoDiscuss and Share: Sunday School is an environment where members can share their ideas and experiences within a small, intimate group setting. If you are the type of person who really enjoys a more active level of participation, this will be a great experience for you.
SpiritualNetworking:You just never know what your spiritual needs are going to be. Sometimes you may not even be aware of what your spiritual gifts are, until you realize you are looking at someone who needs what you can do. Getting out there and getting to know people is a great way to discover more about yourself, and simply put yourself in a position to more fully participate in the lives of others. That’s what it’s all about.
DeepeningChurchFriendships. It’s great to greet everyone once a week, but relationships are deepened when we see each other in slightly different settings that involve more communication with one another. Sunday School is a fertile ground where budding friendships turn to fully-blossomed bonds that can last a lifetime. It’s simply a great way to get to know people!
EmotionalSupport:Being a member of a small, intimate group will provide you with a safe emotional environment to unburden yourself and to accept the help and support that God requires us to give to one another. Your brothers and sisters in Christ will welcome you because they know what it means to need someone to lean on, and you can always count on them to pray for you and support you when you need it most.
A sense ofBelonging.We all need to belong. Human beings are wired to seek the companionship of groups of people. Why not make sure that your groups are the type that really care about your wellbeing and growth? When you belong to a tight-knit spiritual community, and participate in activities like Sunday School, you can have faith that you belong to something that is good for you.
ExperiencingDifferentPerspectives: The discussions that you will have in your Sunday School class will not only allow you to express your thoughts, but it will allow you to hear what others think as well, and what they are going through. Maybe they’ve thought of approaches to life’s challenges that you haven’t. Either way, sharing is a wonderful thing to do with your friends at church and gaining new perspectives is beneficial both within the group and outside of the church setting.
Please come out and join us for Sunday School this week!
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Anchor Of Prayer Ministry

Come on out to the exciting weekly prayer meetings that take place before Sunday service each week! They are run by Nancy Harden, who has been training Prayer Warriors for decades. Yes! Prayer Warriors! In just a one-hour weekly meeting, you will learn how to prepare yourself spiritually so that you can pray the way God intended, and you will also be able to enjoy the practice of praying with a warm, supportive group on a regular basis.

Miss Nancy and her Warriors meet each Sunday from 8:30 a.m. until 9:45 a.m., giving the group ample time to learn, practice and experience fellowship before the 10:00 a.m. Sunday service. This allows members to greet and get to know their fellow Warriors in prayer while simultaneously preparing them spiritually to take in the Word of God.

Intercessory Prayer Practice

Praying for each other is a big part of what we do during our weekly meetings. Prayer is such a powerful thing to do for one another that we really need to make it a priority in our lives. We pray for our brothers and sisters at Taylor who are going through a hard time – who are on the threshing floor, as Pastor Anthony preached on Communion Sunday – and we also pray for the leaders of our church, our community and our country, that God may guide them, and they may be able to hear His still, small voice in their ears wherever they happen to be.

During our meetings, Miss Nancy refers to several important verses in the Bible that explain why prayer is so important, and also explains the types of prayers to use during different times and needs. However, what we do here at Taylor is anchored in three important chapters. We call them the three 9’s: Ezra 9, Nehemiah 9, and Daniel 9.

Preparing to Pray

Prior to July 2018, we did a series on preparation for having an intercessory prayer practice. We have to prepare ourselves spiritually so that we may be the proper vessel for doing God’s work in this way. We have to make sure that we are spiritually clean, by approaching God and asking His forgiveness for not already having this in our lives. Then, we must acknowledge where in our lives we bear any grudges or harbor ill feelings toward anyone and pray to God to forgive us for that. Once we are clean vessels, we may then begin to pray for others.

In July 2018, we started the exciting second part of our Anchor of Prayer meetings: The Heart, Mouth, Humility Connection. We have to always be aware that what comes out of our mouths – every single word we utter or even think – has the power to do damage or do good. We’re doing somebody’s work every time we say something, so we must always make sure that it’s God’s work that we are doing. What’s in our heart will be in our mind and will eventually, be spoken through our lips. If we make sure that our heart is where it needs to be, and if we practice humility, then we will be in a good place to do God’s amazing work.

Come on out this Sunday morning and join Miss Nancy and her Prayer Warriors at the Taylor Church Conference Room.

We’ll be expecting you!
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Pastor’s Bible Study

Pastor Anthony Jenkins, Sr., who is the current Pastor of Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church, is much more involved with his congregation than simply preaching the Sunday morning sermon. One of the things he enjoys doing is holding his Pastor’s Bible Study once a week. He really likes to get into the material, too. This isn’t a basic Bible Study 101. It’s not a Cliff’s Notes experience. He does not gloss over anything. When you study with Pastor Anthony, you are really going to get into the meat of the material.

Pastor Anthony Jenkins, Sr. delves so deeply that he has been in the book of Romans since he started at Taylor Church in 2015. It’s a slow process, he says. If you really don’t want to leave any stone unturned in your Bible study experience, this is the group for you.

The sixth book of the New Testament is an interesting one for study, mainly because the Apostle Paul is outlining the gospel in a letter to the Romans. He’s essentially performing marketing outreach for the Word of God, explaining to the Romans in authority at the time what it takes to achieve salvation. This is a very important epistle, or letter.

Thus, studying the official, canon outline of the gospel with a man who has dedicated his life to the subject, and who lives it every second of every day as an example to us, is a treat that we welcome you to take advantage of. This is an incredible opportunity for learning and for being inspired in your own spiritual journey.

It is also a time for fellowship, because you’re going to get a whole lot more out of this experience than intellectual or even spiritual learning. You are going to get emotional support. You are going to get the opportunity to be in the room with some very amazing people. People who are making things happen in their community for the glory of God, and for the love of His children. When you participate in the Taylor Church Pastor’s Bible Study sessions, you are going to experience the warmth of God’s love. It is a wonderful time of sharing and growth, that will enable you to be a vessel of God’s love. And love is what it’s all about.

That’s what Paul was explaining to the Romans in his eloquently penned epistle. He was explaining to these men – men who were accustomed to handling the machinations of the physical world – the workings of another world that touches us and that we touch. God’s world. God’s vision for humanity. He told them how to exist in the world, to appreciate and use the world and all its amazing benefits, yet not be of that world, with all of its temptations and potential ugliness. He taught them how to rise above what they could see, taste, touch, hear and smell, and get into the realm of the heart and the soul, which is where God wants His people to dwell.

Please come and be a part of this beautiful experience. You are invited to come and study with Pastor Anthony each Wednesday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the conference room next to his office.
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Women’s Bible Study

If you are a woman who enjoys engaging in spiritual growth with a small, intimate group of 8-12 spiritual sisters, then the Women’s Bible Study is just the group for you. The Women’s Bible Study was established over twenty years ago in the 1990s, due to the popularity of a study series called “Disciple.” That study experience was church-wide, but a few of the women in the church really missed it when it ended. As a result, the Women’s Bible Study was born.

The group is structured somewhat like a class, in that we read from several translations of scripture and other sources. We then meet together on Wednesday afternoons to talk about our thoughts and experiences. We also use a woman-centered workbook to guide participants through different scriptures and topics that we feel draws them into a deeper relationship with Christ. Everything that we do is substantiated first and foremost by the Bible.

In addition to that, we commit to a daily prayer practice to help us center our thoughts on God.

This group is just another amazing way to give and receive support, friendship and love within the Taylor Church setting. It is also not a static group, but one that seeks to minister to the needs of each woman who is a part of it. These needs change over time, so the group grows and evolves along with its members.

When you join the Women’s Bible Study group, several things will happen for you. First of all, you will get to know God better, and will develop more of an understanding of how the Holy Trinity works. You will also experience Him on a deeper level, which leads to a feeling of security and peace that comes with becoming deeply aware of God’s presence in your everyday life. You will come to love God and each other more deeply, which is the main reward of participating in the Women’s Bible Study. When you are able to love more deeply, you are able to give and receive more fully. This creates an environment where love and support flow freely in every direction, all the time. Who wouldn’t want to be part of something that special?

In order to maintain the cozy atmosphere of a small group setting, the Women’s Bible Study group only invites women to join when the number drops below 12 regular participants. However, if you have an interest, please keep an eye on this space, and on the Taylor Church website in general, so you will see any bulletins about the group. You do not have to be a member of the church to join, as we sometimes invite friends and family of Taylor Church members to join.

By visiting the ‘Ministry’ section of the website, you can browse a list of books that we have studied in the past, as well as what we are studying now, if you would like to prepare for a future opening by engaging in a little study of your own.

The group is facilitated by Sheila Foster, Bettye Aikens and Barbara H. Johnson. We meet at the church library Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. It is a weekly meeting, but we will be taking a break for the month of August, to resume again in the fall. That is when we will begin studying The Parables of Jesus by John MacArthur.
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Praise Choir Rehearsals & Performances

“Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.” (Psalm 105:2)

As you can see, the Bible plainly states that we are to sing to God and for God. By doing that, we bless each other with our gifts. Music brings people together and allows them to celebrate the wondrous life that God has bestowed upon them. Music elevates us; it comforts us and makes us happy. And of course, music can also help us through the inevitable sorrows that we encounter throughout our lives.

If you are blessed with the gift of a heavenly voice, or simply a God-given love of music, then the Praise Choir at Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church is a great way for you to express your love and to share it with the rest of the congregation. Belonging to the choir is also a great way to fellowship, because you will see your musical brothers and sisters in Christ three times a week – two rehearsals plus Sunday Service praise performance.

The choir is led by the gifted and experienced singer Althea Battle. If you are a singer, and you come out to a service and hear what she can do, there is no doubt that God will move your heart to desire to work with her. The Praise Choir infuses such joy and energy into the Sunday morning experience that you will surely want to be a part of it.

Not only that, but this distinguished musical ensemble has performed at half-time for our very own NBA world-champion basketball team, the Oakland Warriors, as well as for the Harlem Globetrotters. (Get Pastor Anthony to talk about that sometime. He is very proud of his amazing choir and director.)

Distinguished Choir Leader Althea Battle

Miss Althea comes from a musical family, so her accomplishments should not come as a surprise to anyone. Her pianist father was a gospel entertainer right here in Oakland. She has been actively performing in churches and on the popular front as an opening act for decades.

As often happens with someone with her level of talent, she finds it fulfilling to pass along the benefits of her knowledge and experience to her fellow singers. You can come to a Sunday Service and experience for yourself the amazing sounds of the choir, as well as Miss Althea’s powerful solo voice. The group is called Taylor Anointed Praise (TAP) and started with just four members. It has grown into an amazing musical group that gets the congregation in high spirits for their weekly time of worship and fellowship with each other and with the Lord.

Miss Althea stays very busy with music at Taylor. In addition to the Praise Choir, she also leads Taylor Made Men’s Chorus, Tapestry Young Adults Choir and the Musical Prodigy Youth Choir – so, no matter who you are, there is a place for you to fit into God’s plan for music at Taylor Church.

The Praise Choir performs weekly during the Sunday Service, so please come out and hear what they can do. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Taylor Church main sanctuary.
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