O Lord We Thank You
Creator: Adult Choir
Description: This is the special program book for the "O Lord We Thank You" celebration.
Date: November 19, 1993
Original Format: Special Event Program
Relation: Historic Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church
Contributor: Kamilah Stinnett
Transcript: Come my people, let us give thanks, for our God is a generous Father, let us sing together, for our God is a joyful Father; let us praise together, for our God is a majestic Father; let us pray and share together, for our God is a listening and understanding Father.
Congratulations on this occasion of this your First Annual “O Lord We Thank You” Concert.
What a great God we serve. Unto Him thanks is given and deserved. It is when we work together that we can achieve greatness. I ask God’s blessings on you, our musicians and your special guest, Vanessa Bell Armstrong. May He continue to bless your ministries in song. I appreciate the dedication and enthusiasm that you exemplify as a singing aggregation year after year. I encourage you to continue to let God lead you in all that you do and He will give you even greater works to accomplish.
You must always remember, it is not the songs you sing but the live you live that makes the difference. For that and that alone wins souls for Christ because it comes across as a sincere message in you singing.
This Thanksgiving Season, let’s remember just how good God has been to all of us and continue to share and express thanks with others, as you are doing here this evening. May God forever bless and keep you, this is my prayer.
“Unto Thee, O God, Do We Give Thanks”
Rev. Jim Holley, Ph.D., Pastor
To the congregation of Little Rock Baptist Church:
Thank you very much for your prayers and support for me in my campaign to become Mayor of Detroit.
My vision and plans for safe streets, new jobs, and a better future for our children will result in the change Detroit, deserves
LET THE FUTURE BEGIN!
Dennis W. Archer
DR. GEORGE WEST
Dr. West has appeared in special performances with the National Baptist Congress, 1500 voice choir at Joe Louis Arena as a conductor and organist. He has also had special performances with the Wolverine State Convention Choir, Aretha Franklin at Cobo Hall as well as 1991 summer tour with Ms. Franklin.
Dr. West has served on the Music Faculty of Southern University, 1964-1971, and was the Chairman of the Keyboard Department in 1968. He was also on the accompanist staff of University of Michigan, 1971.
Dr. West has served as a workshop coordinator for churches and organizations nationally. He is listed in the 1970s-1971 edition of Who’s Who in College University Professors.
He is presently employed as a vocal music teacher at Detroit Southwestern High School. He presently serves as organist and musician for the Little Rock Baptist Church Adult Choir as well as organist at the Metropolitan Church of God.
David’s musicians- Asaph, Herman and Jedutham. Herman and jedutham had choirs at the tabernacle of Gideon (1Chron. 16:4-6, 39-42). These choirs had 4,000 members (1 Chron. 23:5); 288 of these were trained musicians who directed the lesser skill musicians (1 Chron. 25:7-8). All the musicians were divided into 234 choruses each containing 12 skilled musicians.
An orchestra consisting of string instruments (harps and lyres) and cymbals accompanied the singers (1 Chron. 15:19-21).
This is a brief part of our church music history. Therefore, greetings and thank you for coming to worship with this modern day choir and orchestra.
Yours for Church Music
Dr. George West
Vanessa Bell Armstrong
Vanessa Bell Armstrong, a native of Detroit, grew up on the gospel of Mahalia Jackson and the soul of Aretha Franklin. Those influences were apparent on her earliest traditional styled gospel numbers.
The late Thomas Whitfield produced half of the eight song collection on Vanessa’s new album, and produced her 1984 debut album, “Peace Be Still”. Carvin Winan handled production on “Count on Your Love”.
When the producers of NBC show “AMEN” in the mid-80s were looking for a power-house singer to record the show’s theme song, they considered Patti LaBelle and Aretha Franklin, but they chose Vanessa Bell Armstrong. Later, she was a smash on Broadway in the gospel musical, “Don’t get God Started”, which toured nationally for three years. Vanessa appeared in the telefilm, “The Women of Brewster Place”, which starred Oprah Winfrey, Robin Givens and Jackee.
Vanessa Bell Armstrong has been nominated for Grammy and Dove awards, while winning Soul Train and Stellar Music Awards.
The key to Vanessa’s success has been what she learned as a thirteen year old from Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, who taught her, “in everything you do, do it wholeheartedly. When you sing, sing like ti’s your last time…give it all you have.” Vanessa has vocally and emotionally given all that she has on her album, “Something on the Inside”, which reflects her love of Jesus Christ.
Joseph J. Welch
ADULT & MASS CHOIR DIRECTOR
The interest of gospel music has always been a great part of his life, for Joseph has always known that his gift was from God. Singing God’s praises under the direction of Minister Donald Vails and the Choraleers, Dr. George West, Roscoe Corner and Cheryl Merchant, Joseph has had many opportunities to sing throughout the nation. Joseph’s voice, because of extensive training and interest in classical music, has never fitted in quite well with the free expression of emotionalism in gospel music, so another talent emerged and was cultivated by Dr. George West. The directing style that Joseph has developed is due to many directors who have influenced him, but the one who made the greatest impact upon him was his very first church choir instructor, Jacqueline Allen when she would direct the New Grace Mass Choirs in the rendition of “Grace”.
Having directed church choirs since the age of seventeen and having been a member of the New Grace Baptist Church for twenty-three years; Joseph moved his membership to the Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church in 1980, under the pastorage of Rev. Dr. Jim Holley. Joseph is forever grateful to Pastor Holley for allowing him to continue his interest and talent at the rock.
Joseph has been employed with Ameritech Publishing, Inc. for twenty-two years and currently holds a position of Sales Manager.
Having been happily married for nineteen years to Cynthia, he is the father of two handsome sons, Severence, fifteen years of age, and Stefen, eleven years of age. He feels his greatest accomplishment is being able to share the love and devotion for Christ with his family.
…To God be the glory for the things He has done.
Jackie L. Currie
Detroit City Clerk-Elect
On this celebration of giving thanks, I am adding a note of appreciation to every Detroiter for the support and encouragement given as we shared victory on November 2. A special expression to Pastor Jim Holley and all of the Little Rock Baptist Church family for their hospitality and efforts on my behalf.
Beginning in January, we will continue to share this same good spirit in every Detroiter as we seek to carry out the needed changes in the City Clerk’s Office and Election Commission. There is much to be done to increase the number of registered voters, to find a more efficient way to tabulate votes, and to make city government more accessible to Detroit’s citizens. We will need to rely on your support to accomplish our goals for the good for the city of Detroit.
Additional congratulations are in order to the Adult Choir of Little Rock Baptist Church for bringing Ms. Armstrong’s divine gift of song to Detroit. I am giving thanks tonight for all that you have given for this city Detroit.
I wish everyone a happy Holy Christmas season.
God bless you, Detroit, I love you!
Jackie L. Currie
Detroit City Clerk-Elect