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Peace & Unity March 2013 What is really at stake here?

Front Row from (L to R) Pastor Cain Raya, youth pastor Miracle Center, Ventura; Pastor Lonnie G. McCowan, Miracle Center, Ventura; Associate Pastor Mary Carr, Soul Harvest Christian Ministries, Ventura; Pastor Patricia Arbaiza, Soul Harvest Christian Ministries, Ventura; Associate Pastor Charles Johnson, Ephraim & Manasseh Worship Center, Oxnard; Minister Rosemary Hammack, SHCM Ventura Miracle Center; Pastor Ken Johnson, Eternal Life Christian Center, Oxnard; Back Row from (L to R) Pastor Steve Perez, Fountain of Life Church, Ventura; Deacon Richard Valverde, Fountain of Life Church, Ventura; Pastor Robert Cox, Bethel AME Church, Oxnard; Pastor Michael McCurtis, Total Life Christ Center, Ventura; Don Montgomery, BAPAC, Evangelistic Baptist Church, Port Hueneme; Associate Pastor Michael Collazo, Ephraim & Manasseh Worship Center, Oxnard; and Minister Bill Hammack, SHCM Ventura Miracle Center

By Lonnie McCowan

On Saturday, June 22, 2013, hundreds of local residents will be joining pastors and churches to participate in a PEACE & UNITY MARCH taking place at 10 a.m. at Plaza Park in Oxnard.

Fifteen pastors and churches are leading this effort. The march is the first of many that will take place. It creates a community consciousness about becoming actively involved in reducing violence and improving our neighborhoods for our future generations.

A pastor’s voice and presence in a community has and will always be extremely important. A pastor can no longer just stay in the pulpit. They must be visible in the community in which they serve. This gives us a real feel for what people in our churches face every day out side of the four walls. People in our churches are effect by what happens in the community because they are the community.

Unity is absolutely essential to reach any kind of success. It’s needed in families. To have a happy family, you must have unity there. It’s needed in business. Employees must learn to get along. It’s needed in government, in order for the government to get anything done. Our government can be brought to a standstill whenever the different parties cannot get along.

On a hockey, football, basketball or baseball team players have to be unified in order to win and just putting guys in the same jersey doesn’t automatically make them a team as you very well know.

Especially in the church, there must be unity for God to be able to work and for the church to become all that God wants it to be.

Unity is a key theme in the Bible. The Bible talks more about unity than it does Heaven and Hell. It is up to EVERY person to help safeguard the church’s unity.

Churches are made up of people and believe it or not, there are no perfect people. So people get into conflict with each other so we need to learn.

4 reasons why unity is important.

1. Unity is important because Christ prayed for it.

Just before Jesus went to the cross, He prayed for His followers.  In this prayer Jesus prays for the unity of the church.

I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one — I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” John 17:20-24

2. Unity is important because we are commanded to make unity the top priority.

Ephesians 4:3 says: “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bonds of peace.”

3. Unity is important because it is a witness to the world.

In John 13:34-35 Jesus said: “By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, that you love one another.”

4. Unity is important because God blesses the unified church.

Acts 2:46-47 says: “Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

Everyone is invited to participate in this event. We hope to see you there.

WHAT: The Peace & Unity March

WHEN: Saturday, June 22, 2013

TIME: 10:00am

WHERE: Oxnard City Plaza Parke 5th and St. The march will start at Plaza Park in Oxnard.

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