Hope and deliverance: Compassionate Outreach Ministries holds women's celebration

Evangelist Aubrey Mitchell welcomes the congregation to Sunday's service at Compassionate Outreach Ministries

Brad McClenny/Gainesville Guardian
Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 7:04 p.m.

The Holy Ghost was in the house to heal and receive praise at Compassionate Outreach Ministries' Women's Weekend Celebration.


Compassionate Outreach Ministries

Pastor: Bishop Larry J. Dennison
Location: 320 SE 43rd St.
Services: Sunday school is 9:45 a.m., followed by morning worship at 10 a.m. Midweek Fellowship is 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Phone: 352-373-1888.

Evangelist Joycelyn Barnett, ordained minister of the Church of Gold in Cleveland, Tenn., delivered a powerful message of hope and deliverance during the annual women's celebration held Sunday at Compassionate Outreach Ministries. The weekend celebration included a banquet last Saturday at the Hilton University Conference Center.

Evangelist Audrey Mitchell presided over a joyful service filled with music provided by Compassionate Outreach Ministries Praise Ensemble, and a liturgical dance to "Total Praise" delivered by the Compassionate Outreach Ministries Adult Praise Dancers. Musical selections and testimony were also offered by Linda Williams of Compassionate, and Maggie Richardson and Sharonda Baker of Temple Church in Tallahassee.

Minister Dorothy Mackperson offered the prayer and Bonnie Means delivered the welcome and occasion, read psalm 121, and shared testimony.

Bishop Larry J. Dennison introduced Barnett.

Barnett encouraged the congregation to lay down their problems at the altar and to help one another. She said that when you pray for help for yourself and/or for another person, the Holy Ghost will deliver on your prayers. "The Devil will try to mess you up," Barnett said. "The enemy sees you weaker but God gives you power."

"People don't know what you are going through and you're in the middle of a broken heart," said Barnett. "But the king of glory is coming to fix your situation. The Holy Ghost is more than enough for any need that you may have. And you're coming out."

Barnett told the congregation to make a commitment to the power of the Holy Ghost. She said sometimes people have relations that keep God from getting to them, but God gives you the strength to close the doors on those people, doors that should have been closed a long time ago.

"There is no one like God," Barnett said. "I testify in front of God to the goodness and mercy of God."

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