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Friday, September 15, 2023

Steele Hill A.M.E. Zion Church

Rev. Sandra Sistare, Pastor

By definition, hope is the optimistic expectation for a certain thing to happen. As Christians, hope is our way of expressing confidence in God’s promises. It’s the part of our faith that focuses on the future and the firm belief that whatever it holds, God will keep true to his promise.

Unlike other books in the bible, the book of Psalms speaks about personal experiences. Its verses convey the author’s innermost thoughts, faith, desperation, and hope for the future. But most importantly, it teaches us about how to hold on to hope even when we couldn’t find a reason to.

So whenever you feel discouraged and feel like giving up, know that you can always find hope in the words of God. Be like King David who, in his Psalms to God, still managed to fight for hope even after going through a lot of suffering.

Psalms of Hope

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. – Psalm 143:8

I lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. – Psalm 121:1-2

The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? – Psalm 27:1

Sometimes we come to life’s crossroads

And we view what we think it the end.

But God has a much wider vision

And He knows that it’s only a bend—

The road will go on and get smoother

And after we’ve stopped for a rest,

The path that lies hidden beyond us

Is often the path that is best.

So rest and relax and grow stronger,

Let go and let God share your load

And have faith in a brighter tomorrow.

You’ve just come to a bend in the road.

– “Bend in the Road” by Helen Steiner Rice

Sunday School

Faith, Hope and Love

Lesson 3 - September 17, 2023 - 9:45 AM

Adult General Lesson Title: Jesus Gives God Glory

Adult Topic: Who Is Trustworthy?

Background Scripture: John 7: 14 - 24

Home Daily Bible Reading

Friday, September 15 Deuteronomy 4: 1 -14 Obedience Shows Wisdom and Discernment

Saturday, September 16 Psalm 119: 113 - 128 God, Teach Us Your Statutes

Sunday, September 17 John 7: 14 - 24 Jesus Speaks to Glorify the Father

Ms. Shannon Lindsay

Lancaster District Conference and Church School Convention

Thursday, Sept. 21 - Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023

Host Church: Steele Hill A.M.E. Zion Church


Thursday, Sept. 21 - 6:30 PM - Oratorical Contest

Friday, Sept. 22 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM - District Conference

Friday, Sept. 22 - 4:00 - 5:00 PM - Missionary Meeting

Saturday, September 23 - 10:00 AM - Penny Brigade/Church School Convention

Little Miss Chloe Holmes is our church representative for Steele Hill. Please show your love and support by helping her bring home the title of the Lancaster District Penny Brigade Winner for 2023! Donations can be deposited in the Penny Brigade Collection Jar in the vestibule or Givelify (Envelope: Penny Brigade) Thank You, Robin Kirk & #TeamChloe
Okay Steele Hill, You Know What We Do

Large church and small church FRIENDLY competition!

The church with the largest attendance at Church School Convention will receive $200 toward a children, youth or young adult ministry project! Outline of project with follow up review of success of project and pictures required. Winners will also receive a pizza party or “Ice Cream Blast” for the children/youth at their church!

Attendance will be based on church check in/sign-in rosters from 9:45 am– 10 am at the beginning of the convention.

IMPORTANT: COVID protocols will be in place. Please wear a mask and sign in with your name, telephone number and church. Thank You!

Elder & Mrs. Mary Christian, Sr.

District/Lay CED 5th Saturday Program

Steele Hill Y's

No One Wins (or Loses) Alone


Contact: Verta W. Looper

Lancaster County School District

The Lancaster County School Board has narrowed down to five finalists for the superintendent's position. So far two of the candidates have met with the community. The other three meetings are forthcoming soon. You can watch a replay of those two candidate meetings here:

Happy Belated! September 10 Sharon Smith

Happy Belated! September 11 Nathaniel Barber, Jr.

September 15 Sanders Gabriel

September 17 Malik Zimmerman

September 19 Doris Weathers

September 19 Whitney D. Massey

September 21 Melvin Witherspoon

September 23 Fred & Renee Witherspoon

60 years after 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, "5th Little Girl" still fighting for justice

12 Years Old, Going To Church To Learn About God

Friday, September 15, marks 60 years since the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, one of the darkest days of the civil rights struggle. Sarah Rudolph Collins, a 72-year-old survivor, tells CBS News about the struggles of living with the traumatic event. CBS News' Elise Preston reports.

Still I Rise


You may write me down in history

With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may trod me in the very dirt

But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?

Why are you beset with gloom?

’Cause I walk like I've got oil wells

Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,

With the certainty of tides,

Just like hopes springing high,

Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?

Bowed head and lowered eyes?

Shoulders falling down like teardrops,

Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?

Don't you take it awful hard

’Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines

Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,

You may cut me with your eyes,

You may kill me with your hatefulness,

But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Out of the huts of history’s shame

I rise

Up from a past that’s rooted in pain

I rise

I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,

Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear

I rise

Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear

I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,

I am the dream and the hope of the slave.

I rise

I rise

I rise.

Maya Angelou, "Still I Rise" from And Still I Rise: A Book of Poems. Copyright © 1978 by Maya Angelou. Used by permission of Random House, an imprint and division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved.

Source: The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou (1994)

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Thank You for Reading

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