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Flash Fellowship: Excursion #1

Posted on July 19, 2016 at 12:52 PM
This past Sunday, July 17th, we Ambassadors of Kingdom United Ministries Network  conducted our first Flash Fellowship excursion. During this phase of expansion we are simultaneously carrying out reconnaissance while joining  in the worship service of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  We visited 12th Street Baptist Church where Thad Stout is Pastor.
We made sure to arrive earlier than the scheduled service start time, which we obtained from their website. First impression, as we sat in the parking lot, was that there was a greeter  at the door who was dressed very casually. We then observed other parrishoners arriving and they were also casually dressed. As I was wearing a suit, I took into account what the other Ambassadors suggested which was to shed the jacket. This coincides with our intention to blend and adapt and not draw any more unnecessary attention to ourselves other than that of being first-time visitors. After all, as Ambassadors , we mean to be the best representatives that we can be of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
Upon entering the vestibule/lobby we observed that, of the members that we saw, it was about 95% white, at the moment, all of the participating KUMN Ambassadors were black. To act as if this is an insignificant factor would be  doing an injustice to the descriptive of our mission. As many have observed, one of the most segregated times of the week in America is Sunday morning. This dilemma could very well be a significant factor to resolving the very glaring problem of race relations in not only the church, but our society as a whole. After all, one of the highest priorities for those addressing the ills of society is trying to understand why these violent and deadly flare-ups are occurring, where understanding is the keyword.
Overall, we were given a very warm and genuine reception by everyone we encountered. Pastor Stout met us as we entered the sanctuary with a very warm and personable way. It gave us all a sense of being at ease. He introduced himself to our junior Ambassadors who are teens, and noted how he would have introduced them to their youth Pastor but, as Vacation Bible School had just ended, he and the other youth were on a mission trip to Detroit to help participate in rehabilitating and revitalizing a Detroit neighborhood. This gave us the impression of the extent of outreach that was occurring there.
The service consisted of a participatory worship which was supported by audio-visual  technology which made it easy to follow along and participate. There was also a segment which included the children who'd participated in the VBS program which just ended with about 15 to 20 elementary age children participating accompanied by audio-visual effects.
The message preached was a part of a series on the Judges from the book of the same name. This week's focus was on Gideon found in the 6th and 7th chapters of the book of Judges . Points of significance gathered from the text were, concerning faith: have it, act on it, thrive in it, and remain true to it. Ultimately, in contrast to how when Gideon died, the children of Israel forgot GOD, then failed to serve HIM, established the lesson that we today must remember to pass on our faith to younger generations -- a very poignant message which addresses the problems we now face today in our society. 
All in all, from this Flash Fellowship excursion, we found this church to be  extremely welcoming and warm. Therefore, as this will be the aim of each venture, if you like a warm, casual, family-oriented, Christ -centered environment  to worship you will really like 12th Street Baptist Church.          


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Reply Quinton Lewis
7:16 PM on July 24, 2016 
Greetings and many blessings to all! I too, had the opportunity to fellowship with the 12th St Baptist Church family, and I am very blessed by the amazing experience I had with them. The Way the church welcomed my family and I as new face, was phenomenal! We were treated as courteously and as politely as if we were regulars! The Overall environment was teaming with Gods love and power as we took part in the service. I was also blessed by the outreach towards the youth of the church. We were able to observe some of the missionary work in which the youth were currently carrying out in Detroit, hear and see the experience the children had experienced the prior week during Vacation Bible School, and see a performance that the children had been taught while there! To Top it all off Pastor Thaddeus Scott had spoken a very powerful and easy to follow sermon centered around The Judge Gideon in the book of Judges Chapters 4-8. The entire experience was very Casual, Christ Like, and friendly! I recommend this church to anyone looking for a more casual yet involving church group to fellowship with! Have a Blessed day!
Reply Clinton Lewis
2:55 AM on July 26, 2016 
I also thoroughly felt invited into the presence of all those in 12th Street Baptist Church, and most of all into the presence of the Lord. The environment was very friendly, holy, and welcomes their guests with open arms.As a matter of fact, only moments after our arrival we were greeted by pastor Thad himself on the way into the sanctuary! The whole place was very clean and they had many things going on for the Church such as Sunday schools, Vacation Bible School, and a youth mission trip in Detroit to help clean up neighborhoods and help the communities. So from my experience also. I think that 12th Street Baptist Church was a wonderful experience and recommend anyone to go there if you want to visit or in need of a church!
Reply Sondra Lewis
4:31 PM on July 27, 2016 
The welcome we received was both genuine and warm. I thoroughly enjoyed the small conversations: The elderly man who greeted each of us and shined as spoke of his wife making the shirt I'd complimented him on & that she was playing the organ at the time (I later met her inside the sanctuary as she came and greeted the first time visitors). The lady who sat in front of us who told us about all of the activities the church was involved in and invited us to the upcoming event with "The Allen Family" September 11th. Pastor Stout's greeting us as we entered the sanctuary was evidence of the tree being known by its fruit as overall, I felt quite welcomed. The outreach was apparent as the youth were taking part in a revitalization project in Detroit in which they'd also be having Vacation Bible school that week. It was a great experience, and I would certainly recommend this church to anyone seeking a thriving family atmosphere in which to use their gifts and to advance the kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Reply Imani Lewis
5:05 PM on July 27, 2016 
I thought this church was absolutely wonderful! It was very welcoming and warm and I would highly recommend it to people who don't go to church but want to find a good church! The people are so kind and the messages are very profound and for people who don't really know the Lord or even Christianity can easily understand it. So I would definitely come back to this church and share with others.