Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church is celebrating Pastoral Appreciation Month in October.
The Pastoral Appreciation Services are being hosted by Sweet Home Pastor Jeremy H. Upton and his wife, Brianna Upton. All activities will take place at Sweet Home, 10701 SW 184 St. in Perrine.
Pastor Upton wants to make sure all church initiatives reflect the new church motto, “Building the House, Advancing the Kingdom.” So for Pastoral Appreciation Month, Upton said the activities will be less about him and more about honoring good church leadership.
“What we’re celebrating is a church family that has come together to make a difference in our community. This is about honoring those leaders who have supported a vision for Kingdom building,” Upton said.
The events begin at Sweet Home on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m., celebrating both the pastoral and ministerial staff leadership. The guest speaker will be Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer, senior pastor-teacher at Faithful Central Bible Church in Inglewood, CA.
In addition to leading his flock of 13,000 members, Ulmer is the author of several books: A New Thing, a reflection on the Full Gospel Baptist Movement; Spiritually Fit To Run The Race, a guide to everyday godly living; The Anatomy Of God, a major release from Whitaker House that vividly relates the awesome attributes of God; In His Image, which introduces readers to God who is teachable, emotional, and accessible, and his newest publication, Making Your Money Count, which clearly articulates biblically sound truths on the topic of money while understanding God’s purpose for money.
The celebration resumes on Friday, Oct. 7, at 6:30 p.m., with the Pastor and People Picnic, an old fashioned family cookout which will take place on the Sweet Home campus. The community is invited to come out and bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets, blankets and lots of laughter.
On Sunday, Oct. 9, at the 7:30 and 11 a.m. services, Sweet Home pastor and servant Jeremy H. Upton will be honored. The guest speaker will be Dr. Denny D. Davis, pastor of St. John Baptist Church. Under Pastor Davis’ guidance, St. John has grown to become one church in multiple locations in Grand Prairie and Southlake, TX. St. John serves 15,000 members, offers four Sunday worship services and three bible studies each week.
The celebration at Sweet Home will continue each of the remaining Sundays in October by honoring Sweet Home’s ministerial leaders.