By Chris Frost
Oxnard—It was a celebration of faith, devotion, and values at Saint Paul Baptist Church, March 10, as the congregation held a special mass to celebrate 100 years in service of the Lord.
The event was a sacred occasion, as the celebration included music, cries of joy to the Lord and the readings of Deuteronomy 28:1-6, 9 and 10.
Ramirez honored the church for 100 years of service to the community.
“We know that faith gets us through the hard times and faith will get us to the blessings that we receive,” she said. “I am honored to be here for this great celebration. Congratulations and may you have another 1,000 years.”
She was diagnosed with rare blood cancer, she said, and on Feb. 19, God let her get out of her bed and enabled her to be at Saint Paul’s for the 100th-anniversary celebration.
“We’re always praying for her, and our whole family is here,” she said. “This is where we all grew up, and we all have our own families and bringing them together is important.”
“I grew up in this church and to have both of my sons here is truly a blessing that we can continue to serve God together,” he said.
Moving forward, he is inspired to keep teaching his children the word of God.
“The blessings are through God,” he said.
A special treat during the celebration was a celebration of mime, featuring Shaquile Read, who drew lots of enthusiastic response.
“It’s the words in the psalm which kept me going through everything and those words give me the drive to encourage others:” she said. “You don’t know what you could have been through. God put you in this place you are in right now.”
“God is the answer, and he has to be perceived in a way where all people can receive him,” he said. “As a product of the inner city, there was a church just like this, I was 17 years old, and I was a part of this, and I worked in the youth group, and it was the mentorship, the tutoring and having a place that was open every day and you can come in and not be judged.”
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