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Greater Huntsville Pastors Prayer Summit
Monthly Mini-Summit!

Greater Huntsville Pastors Prayer Summit

Monthly Mini-Summit
January 2007
Mini-Summit Time

Mini-Summits occur the 2nd Thursday of each month.

January Mini-Summit

Thursday January 11th

Please note that the mini-summit for the month of January will be hosted by the Downtown Rescue Mission (DRM) and Director Dr. Darwin Overholt. The location and directions are included.

Meet and Greet: 10:00am
Prayer: 10:30am
Lunch: 12:00pm
Mini-Summit Location

Downtown Rescue Mission
2411 9th Avenue
Huntsville, AL 35805
Phone 256.536.2441
Fax 256.534.2441

Map and Directions
We will be meeting in the DRM Chapel.

Steering Team

Please note there will also be a meeting of the Servant Leadership Team at 8:30am in the same location.
Host Possibilities? If your church or ministry would be willing to host a mini-summit one month, or you would like to recommend a location that may be a strategic site for a future month, please let us know! Email: Host Possibility

Host Ministry Highlight
Downtown Rescue Mission

The Downtown Rescue Mission is a place of refuge for those who find themselves homeless and on the streets of our community. Whether it is a man, a woman or a child, they can find a warm meal and a safe place to stay. Since 1975, the homeless have been coming through our doors and finding help and hope for their problems.

Rescue missions for many years worked with mostly the old chronic alcoholic. But in the 70's, a new homeless population began to appear. Some of these new people on the streets had been in mental institutions. Others were coming because of the many new drugs that were invading our communities. Many were younger but still had potential to lead successful lives. Missions had to grow to meet those needs. Many new programs such as discipleship, GED, computer training and life skills were added to the Mission's outreach to the community.

In the early 80's another new group began to appear. Women and children began to show up at our doors looking for a place to stay. This group has been the fastest growing area of homelessness in America since that time. Missions again stepped forward and started working with this group of homeless people.

These changes have forced us to continue expanding our outreach and our budgets to meet the ever-increasing needs of our community. Huntsville and the surrounding areas have funded our programs and our expansion. DRM depends totally on our Lord's provisions through our faithful donors because we do not receive any federal, state, county or city funds.

I want to personally thank all of you who have prayed and given of your time, talents and donations to this worthy outreach. Help us to continue to be the place that has "A Heart For The Homeless", a place that touches hundreds of lives everyday.

In His service,
Dr. Darwin D. Overholt
Executive Director/Pastor

GHIMF Area-Wide MLK Emancipation Proclamation (VBC)

Greater Huntsville Interdenominational Ministerial Fellowship

The Greater Huntsville Interdenominational Ministerial Fellowship (GHIMF)

Area-Wide Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Emancipation Proclamation

Area Churches Joining
in Worship and Celebration

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6pm Monday January 15th, 2007

Von Braun Center Arena
700 Monroe Street SW, Huntsville, AL 35801

Special Award Presentations:
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Service Award
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Awards

Area-Wide Pastor, Choir, and Youth Processionals!
Area-Wide Mass Choir of a 1000 Voices!

Please join pastors and churches from throughout North Alabama in worship and celebration as we all come together to help fulfill the dream of Dr. King in our city and valley! Admission is free and details on other specific areas of involvement for you and your congregation are available online at

Special Honored Guest:
The Reverend Dr. Charles G. Adams, Pastor
Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, Detroit, Michigan

MLK Celebration - Online Printable Flyer (PDF)

Greater Huntsville Interdenominational
Ministerial Fellowship
P.O. Box 296
Normal, Alabama 35762


Dr. Oscar L. Montgomery, Sr.

Dr. H. Wendell Thompson, Sr.
Vice President

Rev. Earla Lockart

Rev. Jesse L. Hughes
Assistant Secretary

Rev. G.W. Lindsey, Jr.
Corresponding Secretary

Rev. Michael Jones

Rev. Larry Battle

Area-Wide Martin Luther King Jr. Emancipation Proclamation
Area Churches Joining in Worship and Celebration
6pm January 15th, 2007
Von Braun Center

Dear Pastor:

You and your congregation are invited to attend and participate in the Greater Huntsville Interdenominational Ministerial Fellowship (GHIMF) sponsored Emancipation Proclamation - Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration to be held on January 15th, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. This area-wide worship service will be held at the Von Braun Center Arena.

You are invited to participate in the procession of Pastors and Ministers into the Hall at the beginning of the service. Dark attire is to be worn for this event. Your choir is invited to participate in the Area-Wide Celebration Mass Choir under the direction of Dr. Janette Kotey. The choirs are asked to dress in their robes for this occasion. We are asking you to please submit the name of your music director to Dr. Kotey at your earliest convenience. She will then distribute copies of the music to be sung at the service to each choir and the mass choir rehearsal dates prior to the final rehearsals at the Von Braun Center. The choirs are to march into the Center from various entrances and proceed to the West side of the arena in a grand march as they sing the songs of Zion.

We are also requesting contact information for your Youth and Ushers. The youth of each church will be asked to participate in the procession some of which will carry flags or banners. The usher teams from area churches are to serve during the worship service.

The coordinators of each activity are listed below and information about how to contact them (and an online form for contact information) may be found at

Pastors: Rev. Wendell Thompson,, 256.372.5527 office
Music: Dr. Janette Kotey,, 256.852.4318, x231
Youth: Rev. Leroy Cole,, 256.379.3250
Ushers: Min. Pricilla Montgomery,, 256.428.7400

Thank you in advance for the participation of your church in this event. We hope that we can all come together to help fulfill the dream of Dr. King here in Huntsville, Alabama.

Yours in Christ,
Rev. Dr. Oscar L. Montgomery, President of GHIMF

"Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world." (1 Jn 4:4)

Primary Contacts - Special Areas of Involvement

  • Area Pastors to participate in Area Pastors Processional (Senior, Associate, Youth Pastor or Ministry Leader)
  • Area Choir/Music Minister to participate (with Choir) in Area Choir Processional
  • Area Usher to help with Area Ushering Teams
  • Area Youth (Middle School-High School) to participate in Area Youth Processional with flags/banners

    Please provide contact information for you or your congregation and note if you have interest in any of the special areas of involvement through the ONLINE FORM here, or if you prefer to contact a coordinator for that special area directly you may do so through one or more of the following:

    Pastors Processional
    Rev. Wendell Thompson
    256.372.5527 office

    Choir Directors/Ministers of Music (Choir Processional)
    Dr. Janette Kotey
    256.852.4318, x231

    Youth (Processional w/ Flags/Banners)
    Rev. Leroy Cole

    Usher Teams
    Minister Pricilla Montgomery
    256.428-7400 office

    Area-Wide MLK Mass Choir Rehearsals
    CONTACT Dr. J Kotey, or 256-852-4318, x231

    Online Flyer for Choir and Worship Leaders (PDF)

    7pm Dec 29th - Union Hill Primitive Baptist Church
    Union Hill PBC, 2115 Winchester Rd. NW, Huntsville, AL 35810
    Phone: 256-852-0170, Web:

    1pm Jan 6th - First Missionary Baptist Church
    First MBC, 3509 Blue Springs Rd NW, Huntsville, AL 35810
    Phone: (256) 852-4318, Web:

    7pm Jan 12th - Saint Bartley Primitive Baptist Church
    Saint Bartley PBC, 3020 Belafonte Ave NW, Huntsville, AL 35816
    Phone: (256) 536-6266, Web:

    1pm Jan 13th - True Light Church of God In Christ
    True Light COGIC, 6480 Pulaski Pike NW, Huntsville, AL 35810
    Phone: (256) 859-0693


  • Marriage Savers Initiative - Community Marriage Covenant!

    Marriage Savers Greater Huntsville!
    February 2nd - 3rd, 2007

    Madison County divorce rate is more than 50% higher than the U.S. average, which is 500 divorces per 1000 marriages. We have 771 divorces per 1000 marriages, a divorce rate of 77.1%. The Marriage Savers ( strategy has been instituted in over 200 communities in the past 10 years and has significantly enriched marriages and prevented divorces in these communities (see website above for more information).

    According to the Heritage Foundation, “A well executed community marriage covenant can save up to 80% of marriages headed for divorce, reconcile more than 50% of separate couples, enable 80% of step families to be successful parents and marriage partners”

    Clergy Letter of Invitation (PDF)

    Covenant Signing Ceremony
    1pm Fri, Feb 2nd, 2007
    Steps of the Madison County Courthouse
    Community Marriage Covenant (PDF)

    Marriage Savers Training
    Fri: 6:30pm - 10:00pm
    Sat: 8:30am - 5:00pm
    Faith Presbyterian Church
    5003 Whitesburg Drive, Huntsville, Alabama
    Training Information (PDF)

    Marriage Savers Initiative
    Coming to Huntsville!

    The highly successful Marriage Savers Initiative (, instituted in over 200 communities throughout the United States in the past 10 years with profound impact, is coming to the Madison County-Greater Huntsville community February 2-3, 2007. Mike McManus, the founder and director of the Marriage Saver ministry, and his wife will lead the day and half training to clergy and other marriage ministries in our area. This event is being sponsored by the Madison County Coalition for Healthy Marriages ( and will be held in conjunction with the signing of a Community Marriage Covenant (CMC) by many local clergy who want are willing to join this area-wide effort to strengthen marriages and reverse the devastating trends of divorce in our community.

    There are three primary activities of the Madison County Coalition for Healthy Marriages before the February 2-3 training occurs.

    1.) Inform the Madison County clergy of the Marriage Savers initiative and the clergy Community Marriage Covenant (CMC) proposed.

    2.) Solicit the over 450 churches and clergy of Madison County to commit to the Community Marriage Covenant (CMC) and have their commitment publicized to the community in a media event scheduled for Feb 2nd, 1:00 PM at the Madison County courthouse.

    Clergy willing to commit to the Community Marriage Covenant (CMC), who we do not already have confirmed, please contact:

    Pastor Kenny Mitchell
    Marriage Savers Pastoral Steering Committee
    256-859-4444 (home)
    256-783-9425 (cell)

    Marriage Savers Pastoral Steering Team co-chairmen:
      Pastor Kenny Mitchell, Senior Pastor Covenant of Peace Church
      Reverend Leroy Cole, Senior Pastor Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church
      Pastor Garry Jordan, Senior Pastor Jackson Way Baptist Church

    3.) Register clergy and marriage ministry leadership couples for the Feb 2/3 training to implement the Marriage Savers initiative in our community. The schedule for this training as well as the location and cost of training are all defined below.

    Schedule: Starting on Friday Feb 2nd at 1:00 pm, a Community Marriage Covenant (CMC) SIGNING CEREMONY will take place at the Madison County courthouse to announce the new initiative to our community. Clergy committed to the Community Marriage Covenant are encouraged to attend this ceremony to sign publicly. The Marriage Savers initiative TRAINING will take place from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM on Friday (Feb 2), and Saturday (Feb 3), from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

    Training Location: The host church for this training will be Faith Presbyterian Church located at the intersection of Whitesburg Drive and Airport Road in Huntsville. This church is dedicated to implementing the principles of the Marriage Savers program in our community.

    Training Cost: There is no cost to sign the covenant, but is some associated with the training (primarily for materials). Sponsorship is also being raised so cost will not be a hindrance to any who would desire to be part of this strategic time and training. Please see following links for addtional details.

    Letter to Clergy (PDF) * Additional Information (PDF)

    The Madison County Clergy
    Community Marriage Covenant (CMC)

    Community Marriage Covenant
    Madison County, Alabama

    This covenant expresses the common bond of clergy in our community to establish healthy marriages and strengthen existing marital relationships for the welfare of our homes, families, and greater community.1

    We believe

    • God has established the sanctity and companionship of marriage in scripture (Gen 2:24).
    • God intends the marriage bond between husband and wife to last for a lifetime (Mal 2:16, Matt 19:5-6).
    • As clergy we have a responsibility before God to establish a standard for marriage preparation, enrichment of existing marital relationships, and restoration of couples in need (1 Pet 5:2-3).

    Therefore, we commit to

    • Encourage a courtship of at least one year.
    • Promote sexual abstinence outside of marriage, while affirming fidelity in the marital relationship.
    • Identify, inspire, and train couples with strong marriages to serve as mentor couples for engaged couples, newlywed couples, couples experiencing marital difficulties, or couples wishing to strengthen their relationship.
    • Support a minimum premarital preparation process of four to six months, which includes six premarital counseling/mentoring sessions providing spiritual guidance, the use of an effective premarital inventory, and marriage education.
    • Support enrichment opportunities for established marriages such as classes, seminars, and retreats.
    • Support stepfamily groups to help parents of stepchildren learn how to be successful parents and partners.
    • Provide intervention for marriages in crisis.
    • Cooperate with other congregations and organizations by sharing resources for the purpose of building and promoting healthy marriages in our community.

    Signed _________________________ Date: _________________

    Print name/church_______________________________________

    1 Note: This is not intended as a legally binding agreement, but a public commitment. Specific matters are subject to individual clergy judgment with liberty to pursue what may be done in faith and good conscience.

    Community Marriage Covenant (PDF)

    The Devastating Trend ... The Incredible Possibility

    National Marriage Facts and Statistics

    The Problem – A Devastating Marriage Crisis

    The four primary elements of the marriage crisis:

    Marriage - The marriage rate has plunged 43% since 1970. If the same percentage of couples were marrying now as in 1970, there would be a million more marriages a year.

    Divorce - Half of all new marriages still end in divorce. There have been 38 million divorces since 1970, impacting 35 million children. Children of divorce are three times as likely to be expelled or to have a baby as a teenager, five times as likely to live in poverty, and 12 times more likely to be incarcerated according to the Heritage Foundation. Even worse, when children of divorce become adults, only 60% marry, they are more likely to divorce, and divorced men die 10 years sooner than married men.

    Cohabitation - The number of unmarried couples living together has soared 12-fold from 430,000 in 1960 to 5 million. There are only 2.2 million marriages a year. Cohabitation has become the dominant way male-female unions are formed. However, those who marry after living together are 50% more likely to divorce.

    Unwed births - The percentage of children born out-of-wedlock rose again in 2003 to a stunning 35%. Cohabiting couples are as likely to have children as married couples.

    The Possibility – Community Marriage Covenants (CMC)

    According to the Heritage Foundation, “A well executed community marriage covenant can save up to 80% of marriages headed for divorce, reconcile more than 50% of separate couples, enable 80% of step families to be successful parents and marriage partners”

    A community marriage covenant (CMC) consists of a signed pledge by a coalition of clergy representing a diverse cross-section of congregations in the community to make marriage a priority in their church. Specifics vary by city, but the CMC core ingredients include: 1.) minimum time of marriage preparation, 2.) require anyone getting married to take a premarital inventory, and 3.) train older couples in good marriages to mentor other couples (in different stages).

    The Impact – Community Marriage Covenants (CMC)

    Modesto, CA - divorce dropped 57%, new marriage increased 11%, teen pregnancy decreased 30%, school dropouts decreased 20%, cohabitation decreased 14% (while increased 20-30% nationwide)

    Tallahassee, FL - Live the Life Ministries has pushed down Tallahassee’s divorce rate by 23% and has built a CMP with a budget of $600,000 raised locally.

    Dalton, GA - From 2003 to 2005 the number of divorces fell from 1,050 to 789, a 24% drop. Judges who perform civil weddings were also encouraged to require premarital couples to take an inventory.

    Austin, TX - After 252 pastors signed its Community Marriage Policy in 1996, the average number of divorces fell to 2,319 in 1999-2000, a steep 29% drop in the divorce rate.

    Kansas City, KS - In Johnson County, a suburb of Kansas City, the divorce rate fell 65.9% while it rose by 11.2% in comparable counties.

    Shreveport, LA - Shreveport slashed its divorce rate by 31% in its first year after a CMP signing.