Since the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and its pastor, Thomas A. Harris, III have received notoriety from the complaints about their church sounds, many churches, pastors and community groups have offered their prayers and support for their Joyful Noise Celebration at the church on Nov. 7.
Harris announced that Post Publisher Paul Cobb and ministers, including Elder Ron Rosson, Elder D.J Williams, Pastors Anthony Jenkins, Ray Williams, Ulysses Barton, Kevin Barnes, Ken Chambers, Pleasant Grove Church Gerald Agee, Jay Matthews, Lawrence VanHook, James Watkins and Zachery Carey and Bishop Keith Lee Clark, have said they will erect an outdoor stage for music, provide portable toilets, serve food and offer a kid’s play space as well as room for organizations offering aid to residents.
“We hope this brings about a Church Pride Day for Oakland. The Nov. 7 event will offer time for a few speakers to support First Amendment and Freedom of Religion rights to help our city become a Sanctuary City for our many different Sanctuaries and houses of worship,” said Harris.
“We have invited the NAACP to have a table to provide voter registration forms,” he said.
“We are happy to hear that some of our public officials will attend because we intend to continue to make joyful noises about the need for jobs, affordable housing and improving our schools,” said Harris.
Those who want to contribute funds should make checks to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church c/o Joyful Noise Celebration Fund at 1124 Adeline St. in Oakland. For additional information about donations of food and volunteers, call Elder Ron Rosson at (813) 335- 3267.
Cobb reported that he had invited Mayor Schaaf and members of the City Council, the City Administrator, the Police and Fire Chiefs to celebrate the city’s churches.