Mills Grove Church Celebrates 40 Years

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Mills Grove Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at 5410 Fleming Ave. in Oakland recently celebrated its 40th Anniversary Observance & Homecoming.

The theme of the anniversary observance, held on May 17, was “SOAR” based on the Old Testament Scripture –Isaiah 40:28-31 vss.

The church was formed when two congregations united as one on Pentecost Sunday, May 18, 1975.

The recently installed Regional Minister, Rev. Dr. LaTaunya M. Bynum, preached the anniversary sermon. She is the first woman and African-American appointed in the 161-year history of the 63 congregations of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Northern California-Nevada.

“We are people who are called upon to act in many different ways for God’s people…and live to our ultimate selves for others (Ephesians 2:11-22 vss),”said Rev. Bynum.

Rev. Clarence L. Johnson and guest speaker, Regional Minister Rev. Dr. LaTaunya M. Bynum.
Rev. Clarence L. Johnson and guest speaker, Regional Minister Rev. Dr. LaTaunya M. Bynum.

“We must get outside of ourselves and be prepared to serve in true Christian unity and a sense of oneness for a common cause – Not Clippers but Warriors and keep hope alive until the Lakers come back,” she said.

“Be on a team and have a sense of purpose. God speaks to us all in different ways. We know that God is here and with you. Forgive yourself now and reconnect with God. Walls can protect and build up hostility. Unity is the key. Walls need to have gates to pass through…to come, to go…ultimately ending. All are to be treated in an equitable manner.”

Rev. Bynum concluded her sermon quoting Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise.”

Some of the members and guests toured the newly remodeled day care center and community garden, the result of the Commemorative Brick Fundraiser held to honor former Mills Grove Christian Church (DOC) pastors and signatories on the 1975 Merger Agreement.

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