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Dance Like David Danced...

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Dancing for God has always been a joy and a blessing. Whenever I get to dance before the Lord it allows to me do several things; 1) Give Him what I believe to be my utmost, bold and daring worship as a man to dance and give glory 2) Minister to those in the congregation and hope my praise, my movement for God to whatever song we are dancing to will touch them, move them and get closer to God 3) Get past my own insecurities of praise to my God.

I am a dancer by blood. I grew up dancing, involved in dance organizations and choreographing etc. When I danced int he secular world, it was out of arrogance, to show how good I am and to dominate the dance floor and popularity. How funny, when i joined the church way back when, and Deacon Karita asked me to dance for 2-3 months I kindly declined because I couldn't see myself dancing in church. I have seen praise dancing and thought it was out of my realm, not my kind of dancing, not masculine enough and I didn't want to be looked at a certain way. But as I started growing in my faith, growing in my word and understanding that this body is the body the Lord gave me and that my body was an instrument of praise and that I could and should use my gifts for dancing to praise God, I went full speed ahead and never looked backed. I have been able to get other men to dance with me and sometimes I am the only male dancing with an all female ensemble if you will.

Sometimes there can be self doubt and feeling awkward of being the only man dancing. Sometimes as much as I love dancing for the Lord, I wish there were more men who would be up there with me. When those thoughts enter my mind, I am reminded of David in 2 Samuel 6:4 

 

Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, 15 while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets.

David was bold. David was unashamed and David danced with all his might. I am a man who is and should not be afraid to praise the Lord with all I have, because He deserves all of the glory, He deserves all of me and it's not about being the only man dancing as much as it's about sharing my public praise with my congregation. Showing other men, it's OK to step outside of our comfort zone and shout, clap and move our feet for the Lord, because sure enough if we were all at a birthday party or celebration we would be shaking our behinds to the music we hear! So God often reminds me that with every breath, every step that I have on this earth whether it's with a group of women or by myself, I will Dance Like David Danced!!! Always and Forever because My God who continues to show my mercy and grace deserves it, because my God who came down as man and died on the cross, deserves it. So if you are a man, and you feel uncomfortable dancing before the Lord...then I say good..let's step out of our comfort zones together..let's dance because I know He has done a might wonderful things for you and your families lives..let's dance just of joy of having Christ in our lives!!!

 

 

NYCC Anniversary Story

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Isaiah’s Room, The Covenant Justice Conference, Main Street Restoration – these are three of New York Covenant Church’s (NYCC) nearly 20 ministries. However, when Pastor David Holder founded NYCC 18 years ago, preaching the Gospel was the sole focus, and there were just four members.

On that July 19, 1998 Sunday, Pastor Holder and his college friend Christopher Salley, and their respective wives, Tarshia and Kimberly, held the first NYCC service in the sanctuary of the Covenant Church of New Rochelle (CCNR), a small red brick building at the corner of Mayflower and Pershing Avenues. Pastor Holder also served as the Pastor of CCNR, a congregation that has existed for more than 100 years.

Pastor Salley was on the keyboard, and Sisters Tarshia and Kim were in the wooden pews. Pastor Holder delivered the Word. Times have changed. NYCC now has close to 300 members working in its ministries, seven associate ministers and nine deacons. “We didn't set out to build a big church,” Pastor Holder said. “We set out to build a great church. And I can truly say God has been faithful. I love His church.”

We asked some NYCC members about their personal NYCC history. Here’s what they said:

Anselm James

Member since 2011

Men’s Ministry member

Like many new members, Anselm James learned about the church through a mailer, but it took awhile before he decided to visit.

“The first time I saw the mailer I saw the pastor and his wife,” said Anselm. “The second time, it was the pastor, his wife and a baby. The third time was the pastor, his wife, a little girl and a young baby.”

It took a few years, but Anselm, a Mount Vernon resident, eventually visited and was immediately drawn to the congregation because of the strength of the Men’s Ministry and the camaraderie among the men.

“You don’t find too many men in church,” said Anselm. “To see a group of men who believe in Christ coming together to discuss Christ, that got to me.”

Tamara Berthaud

Member since 2000

Perpetual Praise Ministry member

Tamara Berthaud’s was planning to visit NYCC, but was deterred by a heavy rainstorm. But after she read a story about the church in The Journal News, she was convinced to visit.

The attraction was immediate, Tamara said. “I was comfortable after the first time. I wanted to get closer to God, and I felt that it was a good place to do it.”

Anthony Robinson

Member since 2009

Isaiah’s Room Ministry member

Anthony Robinson and his wife were living in the neighborhood when they saw church letting out one Sunday. They decided to visit the following week.

Anthony said he found Pastor Holder to be warm, inviting, personable and relatable.

“In one of his first sermons I heard, he used a hip-hop term,” Anthony said. “He was part of my generation.”

“This is it,” Anthony said. “I found my home.”

Like Anselm, Anthony also was enthusiastic about the Men’s Ministry.

“I liked the fact that we are real brothers and real men, and that there is no pretense,” he said. “We can come to each other and trust each other. I love that.”

Alana Millings

Member since 2007

Praise and Worship Team; CARE Ministry

Alana Millings and her husband, Minister Gregory Millings, are true millennials. Upon receiving the NYCC mailer, they went to the website to investigate. Not finding enough information on the first-generation site, they did not immediately visit.

A subsequent mailing, and a visit to a revised website changed their minds. Alana recalls a top-10 list of reasons to attend NYCC, with the last one being “the preaching is all that and a bag of chips.”

“Somebody has to be really cool there,” she recalls saying to Minister Greg.

The couple’s first visit was Palm Sunday 2007. “We were decked out for our first time there,” Alana said. “We were dressed to the elevens.”

However, the morning greeter informed them that dressing up was an option, not a requirement. More importantly, the Word they heard that day really was all that.

“During that first sermon, Greg and I looked at each other and said ‘This is it.’ He’s (Pastor Holder) the real deal.”

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