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Greetings Pleasant Green Family,

"Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for [he is] good: for his mercy [endureth] for ever."  Psalms 106:1



Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 7:00 PM

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  • Please join our Virtual Prayer Service by phone on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Rev. Ron Jones teaches the week’s Sunday School Lesson at 7:30 pm. Call: 253-215-8782 or 301-715-8592; Meeting ID: 685 433 0718
  • Sunday School Lesson broadcasts Saturdays 9:00 am and 3:00 pm as well as Sundays at 7:30 am on WJMM FM 99.1
    (This Sunday’s Lesson: "Sharing Love," I Acts 4:32-5:11;
    Next Sunday's Lesson: "Impartial Love,"  James 2:1-13)
  • Virtual Worship Service on Sundays at 10:00 am on the Church Facebook Page and on YouTube. It can also be viewed on demand on the church website,
  • "Children's Sunday Worship" 12:00 noon. See Children's Ministry Facebook Page to Signup
  • Thank you for giving Tithes and Offerings by mail or the Givelify App. Our address is:

                Historic Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church
                PO Box 11845
                Lexington, KY 40578


The So Called First Recorded Thanksgiving Dinner

Governor William Bradford wrote in his journal of Plymouth Colony about the so called first American Thanksgiving Dinner.

In the fall of 1621, 90 Wampanoag (Waam-puh-no-ag) Indians and 52 English colonists gathered for a three-day harvest feast.

Everything historians know today is based on two passages written by colonists.

In a letter to a friend, dated December 1621, Edward Winslow wrote: "Our harvest being gotten in, our Governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a more special manner rejoice together, after we had gathered the fruit of our labors; they four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the Company almost a week, at which time, among other Recreations, we exercised our Arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest King Massasoit, with some 90 men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted and they went out and killed five Deer, which they brought to the Plantation and bestowed on our Governor, and upon the Captain and others."

Twenty years later, William Bradford wrote a book that provides a few more hints as to what might have been on that first Thanksgiving table. But his book was stolen by British looters during the Revolutionary War and therefore didn't have much influence on how Thanksgiving was celebrated until it turned up many years later.

No one is certain whether the Wampanoag (Waam-puh-no-ag) and the colonists regularly sat together and shared their food, or if the three-day "thanksgiving" feast Mr. Winslow recorded for posterity was a one-time event.

In 1858, Sarah Josepha Hale petitioned the president of the United States (James Buchanan) to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday. She wrote: "Let this day, from this time forth, as long as our Banner of Stars floats on the breeze, be the grand Thanksgiving holiday of our nation, when the noise and tumult of worldliness may be exchanged for the length of the laugh of happy children, the glad greetings of family reunion, and the humble gratitude of the Christian heart."

Five years later, 5 months after Northern troops defeated Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg Penn, Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday of November "as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.". He wanted the citizens of the United States to “never forget those who gave their lives that that nation might live.”

Some historians believe that many younger Americans don’t really have the capacity to visualize what it was like 50 to a 100 years ago. This makes it difficult for them to really understand the origins and the legacy of the Thanksgiving holiday. This reminds me of that song we sang often at Pleasant Green… “Don’t forget to remember children…don’t forget…where all your blessing come from.” In this regard the blessings of liberty in the defeat of evil by good.

“Thanksgiving is not just the eating, but the gathering together of family members and friends, the preparing of the food, and truly thanking God for His blessings that matters,Earl Mills, Sr an educator says, "The role of food is important, but it's gotten to the point where we become gluttons.... We could spend a lot more time really thinking about what's going on in our world and giving more thanks."

In order to celebrate True Thanksgiving our thinking and attitude must focus on what true Thanksgiving is really about. Efficiency consultant Steven Covey has a motto he employs when he trains organizations. His motto states, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” Thanksgiving is not mainly about pigging out on delicious food or enjoying the company of loved ones and friends. The main Thanksgiving Day emphasis is about giving genuine thanks for what God has done for us.

Rev. Herbert T. Owens, Jr.

Temporary Medical Insurance (During COVID-19 State of Emergency)


  • The Mayor’s Mobile Neighborhood Testing Program provides public testing at no cost to the individual. Testing is available without an appointment, with both walk-up and drive-up options. Since starting the mobile testing program in late June, nearly 13,000 tests have been administered in 52 testing days. 

  • Drive-thru testing is available at Bluegrass Community and Technical College, 500 Newtown Pike, through Bluewater Diagnostic Laboratory. Testing is available, without appointment, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

  • Free drive-thru testing also continues, through Bluewater, at Southland Christian Church, 2349 Richmond Road. Testing is available 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday. No appointment is necessary.

  • Bluewater, which also administers testing at Mayor’s Mobile Neighborhood Testing Program locations, is offering tests at no cost to the patient. Health insurance information may be requested, but is not required, to receive testing. Tests are available to anyone. Results are generally available in 48-72 hours.

  • Additionally, through a partnership with the University of Kentucky, UK HealthCare and Wild Health, testing is available to the public at 1505 College Way and 1350 Bull Lea Road. These sites are not intended for UK student testing. Free drive-thru testing is available from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., seven days a week. Appointments are required and can be made by visiting

  • Drive-thru testing is also available seven days a week at the Walgreen’s testing location at 2296 Executive Drive (the corner of Winchester Road and Executive Drive). Tests will continue while test kits are available. Online registration is required at

Finally, most private healthcare providers are offering testing options for their patients. Urgent Care Centers are also offering COVID-19 testing.

For information on more testing sites go to:

Bluewater Diagnostic Laboratory has been recognized by the state of Kentucky for expanding the state’s COVID-19 testing capacity. Based in Mount Washington, KY, they are committed to be an industry leader in cutting-edge instrumentation and testing methodologies.


As flu season begins and the COVID-19 Infections and deaths continue to increase, it is so very important for us to continue to observe the CDC Guidelines :

  • Get a flu vaccination as soon as possible  but getting it any time in the flu season is beneficial.  VaccineFinderexternal icon to find out where to get vaccinated near you.​
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick, maintain at least 6 feet from others who are not from your household,
  • Wear face masks when in public (Mandatory in Kentucky and is being extended on a 30 day basis until the spread is under control),
  • Wash your hands frequently,
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and leave home only when absolutely necessary.


The HPGMBC Joint Board met as scheduled on Saturday, October 24, to assess the safety of resuming In-Person Worship Services. With prayerful consideration of the current COVID-19 Virus infection rate and the composition of our membership, it was decided to not resume In-Person Worship Services for the remainder of this year.  The Joint Board will reassess the situation in January, 2021.


  • Sister Liz Brooks as she mourns the passing of three uncles, Percy Jones, (Alabama) Matt Jones (Alabama), and Jimmy Jones (Georgia), within three weeks
  • Sister Cheryl Taylor as she mourns the passing of her brother, George Taylor. Service was Saturday, November 21.
  • Sister Sandra Taylor as she mourns the passing of her brother, Eric Byrd.
  • Family of Charles Sanford (Louisville, KY) as they mourn his passing. (He is Sisters Sarah Sanford's and Markeata Rawlings' brother and Brother Dion Copeland's great uncle)
  • Family of Wanda Thomas as they mourn her passing. (KY State Senator  Reginald Thomas' mother)
  • Sister Gwen Johnson (Georgetown Rehab)
  • Sister Gloria Tompkins (Homestead Rehabilitation Unit)
  • Benjamin Brown, Jr. ( Sister Bonita Brown and Ben Brown's son)
  • Sister Nannie Caise (Home) (Sister Norma Johnson's mother)
  • Sister Delores Spencer (Home)
  • Brother Jack Sterling ( Home) (Sister Alyce Emerson's brother)
  • Brother Larry Leath and family  (Upcoming Surgeries, FL)
  • Residence of Homestead, Pine Meadow and other Nursing Homes
  • Each person listed on our Sick List
  • COVID-19 Victims around the world
  • Healthcare workers, First respondents, etc.
  • The Entire Pleasant Green Church Family
  • HPGMBC Pulpit Committee
  • Our Nation and our Government Officials

Father God, [We] thank You for Your amazing work in [our lives]. You love [us] unendingly, more than [we] can even express.  In Jesus Name. Amen (from Our Daily Bread. November 26. 2020)

Mayor's Commission on Racial Justice & Equality 

On Friday, October 23, the Mayor's Commission on Racial Justice & Equality Report was released. We are proud of two of our own HPGMBC family members, Sister Kim Baird, Esq and Brother Anthony Wright , who were prominent members of subcommittees that contributed input to the final report.

Click Mayor's Commission on Racial Justice & Equality Report to view the complete report.


  • If you have not completed the HPGMBC In-Person Re-Opening Survey, please click SURVEY and complete it. In preparation for in-person worship services, the Re-Opening Committee would like each member to complete the survey.
  • In an attempt to expand the options for communicating information to HPGMBC Family Members, if you have a cell phone, please complete the Cell Phone Information Form for yourself and encourage others to do the same.
  • Volunteers are needed to assist in the HPGMBC Online/Virtual Communications Ministry. Some of the needed knowledge and skills are Facebook and/or YouTube live streaming, video recording, video editing, general computer use, etc. If you are willing to assist, please click and complete this Contact Form. Thank you in advance for your willing spirit to help in Outreach and Kingdom Building.

Historic Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church

PO Box 11845, Lexington
Kentucky 40578 United States

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