"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."


Romans 10:13 (KJV)

GEBC Update for 2-2-2023


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10:00 A.M.

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Bible Study

Tuesday - 5:45 P.M.



Prayer Time

Wednesday - 12:00 Noon




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Did you know...


Guy Bluford, a member of the SDS-8 space shuttle Challenger crew in 1983, was the first African American in space. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bluford was interested in math and science and knew he wanted to work in aerospace engineering before graduating high school. His high school counselor suggested that college was not for him. Refusing the advice, Bluford became the only black engineering student at Pennsylvania State University in 1960. Undaunted, he graduated with a degree in aerospace engineering in 1964 and went through pilot training at Williams Air Force Base in Arizona where he received his pilot wings one year later. Before being sent to Vietnam in 1967, Bluford felt the sting of racial discrimination when his family was denied housing on base. He flew 144 combat missions with the 557th Squadron in Vietnam. (Blackpast.org)




We look forward to seeing more of you in the sanctuary on Sunday for Communion. Remember to wear a mask when you come to the sanctuary. We are joyous in being able to gather in person for worship. We want to keep each other safe. 


COVID is still a part of our daily existence. Please be mindful. The government announced yesterday that there will be changes to the coverage for COVID treatment and testing after May 2023.


Most of you have registered. We still have many who have not taken care of this matter. We've been trying to complete registration since November of 2022. Please do your part in the process. Thank you to all who have taken care of this.


The GEBC Trustees have begun distributing the Tithe and Offering Statements for 2022. Some were distributed in person on Sunday. Others were placed in the U.S. Mail. If you have not received yours, please respond to this email and the trustees will be informed. Have you moved? Did you include your apartment number in your address?


The birthday list for February was attached to last week's update. You will notice that we have nonagenarians who will celebrate birthday this month. Did you know that we have a significant amount of octogenarians (those 80-89 years of age) in our congregation, as well? We celebrate each and every one of our members, from the youngest to the most senior. You are all gifts from God.


Please be reminded that our 70th Church Anniversary will be celebrate in June of this year. Details will be announced soon. Make sure to check the update weekly for further details. In addition, we anticipate a Women's Day fellowship in May. 


If you do not receive an update in your inbox, check your Spam or Junk mailbox. Sometimes, the email provider sends it there. This is especially true if you don't open the update in your inbox weekly.


Happy Groundhog Day! Get prepared for six more weeks of Winter. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow. Keep the necessary supplies on hand. It is still Winter and you need to be prepared. According to an article in USA Today, Phil's prediction has only been correct 39% of the time, since this practice started in 1887 and according to the Stormfax Weather Almanac.


Please continue in fervent prayer for out nation with an emphasis on the City of Philadelphia. Pray for all of our leaders. Pray for all of our youth. Pray for all of our first responders and law enforcement personnel. Give thanks for your own health, safety and blessings each and every day.




Pastor Otis V. Brandon

Sis. Denise Grant

Rev. Frederick L. Bowers, III (Pastor Emeritus)

Bro. Perrington Harris

Min. Margie Carroll

Sis. Lynette Ivery

Pastor Barbara Montague

Sis. Delores Kenner

Deacon James Dicks

Sis. Linda Lynch

Deacon John McNeffer

Sis. Cynthia McGraw

Trustee Gwendolyn Jackson

Sis. Beatrice McNeffer

Trustee Linda McNeffer

Sis. Charmaine McNeffer

Deaconess Sarah C. Bowers

Sis. Vivian Meggett

Deaconess Clara Brandon

Bro. Dwayne Nealy 

Deaconess Georgette Curry

Sis. Frances Nelson

Deaconess Carrie Dancy

Sis. Dora Reese

Missionary Pearline Sonnie

Sis. Della Riggs

Missionary Elaine Taylor

Sis. Threatha Simon

Sis. Joyce Brandon

Sis. Naomi Smalls

Sis. Renee Coleman

Sis. Clareissa Williams

Sis. Essie Crockett

Sis. Mary Louise Williams

Sis. Ethel Deery

Sis. Marion Wright

Sis. Brenda Dent


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 Contact Us

Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church

3200 N. Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA  19140

Rev. Otis V. Brandon, Pastor

215-227-7310 (Office)

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Renee Coleman