St. Luke UM Church to celebrate Men’s Day

CAMBRIDGE — The Men of St. Luke United Methodist Church, 712 Bradley Ave., will be celebrating its Annual Men’s Day at 4 p.m. Sunday.

The guest minister will be the Rev. Harlie W. Wilson II of the Israel Baptist Church in Baltimore. He will be accompanied by his choir and congegation.

Pastor Wilson is a native of Southampton County, Va. He is married to the former Gayla Fitch of Lynchburg, Va. and they are the parents of two daughters, Kristi Wilson Stanley (Clinton) and Shanel Wilson Boyd (Roland), and one son, Harlie III; and grandparents of three granddaughters, Kristiana, Karlie and Julianah, and one grandson, Armani.

He attended the public schools of Southampton County, and is a The Rev. Harlie W. Wilson II graduate of the Virginia Seminary and College, Lynchburg, Va., where he received an Associate of Arts Degree, Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and the Master of Divinity Degree.

In April, 1977, Pastor Wilson was called to pastor the Israel Baptist Church of Baltimore City and was installed as Israel’s fifth Pastor on April 16, 1978.

Pastor Wilson initiated ministries at Israel to replace auxiliaries, organizations and choirs. The ultimate goal of all the ministries is to evangelize.

As Leader of this spiritual flock, Pastor Wilson teaches that, “To Serve God, We Must Go Out,” that we should not feel comfortable and stay within the confines of a beautiful edifice and ignore the problems facing us on the outside. So, he began an evangelistic street service — “Sanctuary Without Walls Ministry” in May, 1990.

In 1991, Outdoor Worship Services were implemented as another form of Sanctuary Without Walls, as in an old fashioned tent style service, with the assembling of worshipers and neighborhood residents, to reach out to the saved and unsaved.

The expansion project of the Israel Baptist Church of Baltimore City is now a reality. On Aug. 22, 2004, the Israel Baptist Church Family and friends marched into God’s New Sanctuary, which is located in the same vicinity as the present edifice, on the corners of North Washington and East Preston Streets. The new edifice (sanctuary) seats 1,500 parishioners.

The purpose of remaining in the vicinity is to better minister to the community, which offers a “wholistic” ministry that is concerned with the “total” man, woman and child. Each ministry is available to provide support and service to anyone who is in need.

The public is invited to attend. Host pastor is the Rev. Jerome E. Tilghman Sr.

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