Pentecostal Tabernacle is committed to ministering to the whole man. Through various initiatives we are able to foster growth and development among our congregants. Our ministry is also cognizant of the importance of actively engaging the community. The following are various avenues PenTab has sought to carry out this mandate.
Cords of love we fashioned for you
We know it is a small thing to do
But to let you know how much we care
We want you “Wrapped in Love” not fear
Individually crafted is our gift
To warm your body – your spirit to lift
It does not matter – we don’t know your name
Through God’s love – we love you just the same
Accept this gift from our heart
We know it is only a small part
To share in all the hurt you feel
But for the rest, in prayer we’ll kneel
By Annette Taylor-Spence
While spending days with her mother as she had chemotherapy treatment at Broward General’s outpatient infusion center between 2008 and 2011, Annette Taylor-Spence noticed that the patients needed blankets. From her mother’s experience she knew that they were extremely sensitive to cold and thought that they would appreciate handmade throws that were “Wrapped in Love.” She wrote a poem expressing those sentiments, presented the idea to the Singles Ministry of Pentecostal Tabernacle and “Wrapped in Love” was born.
Over 50 people participated in the project in various ways, donating cash, yarn, and knitting the products. The main goal was to provide warmth rather than to be decorative. The yarns chosen were based on that goal but bright colors were used that would be uplifting. A deliberate attempt was also made to use some sober colors as male chemo patients had a similar need for warmth. The size of the adult throws is approximately 4ft x 6 ft (to cover an adult while sitting in a chair). For the children, sizes ranged from 2.5ft x2.5ft to 2.5ft x 5ft.
The Mission Accomplished…
On November 8, 2011, a group from Pentecostal Tabernacle delivered 70 throws to BGMC social worker Elizabeth Maus at the Outpatient Cancer Center to be given to patients who are undergoing cancer treatment. On that day, the group which comprised of Jennifer Stewart, the wife of Pastor S. Robert Stewart; Pansy Rose, Minister of Fellowship; Annette Taylor-Spence, Jennifer Evans, and Petchur Langston, personally delivered 18 throws to patients in the center. Annette’s mother Delores Brown, and her sister Sandra, were among those who made the throws for the project as their way of saying thanks for the care Delores received at BGMC.
In the words of Elizabeth Maus, “These blankets give patients more than physical warmth – they feel the emotional comfort and support of knowing that someone has personally knitted something for them.”
The effort to share and care continues…
The recipients of the award are chosen based on the following criteria:
- Church Involvement
- Documented Scholastic Achievement
- Community Service
- A Strong Desire to Succeed – Drive, Personal Achievement and Motivation
Rose Johnson, Director
PenTab Academic Support Services commonly known as P.A.S.S. was established over a decade ago with the primary objective of strengthening academic support services in our community. P.A.S.S. is staffed by a highly-qualified volunteer staff and equipped to service middle and high school students with a wide array of scholastic needs. Weekly sessions are held in our state-of-the-art, WiFi enabled, Academic Resource Center affectionately known as The ARC at no cost to attendees. The mission of P.A.S.S. is to connect students to resources and challenge their academic aptitude through mentoring, homework assistance, SAT/ACT Prep, Critical Needs Boot Camp, Skills workshops and much more! – Don’t Just Study! P.A.S.S.