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From the desk of Pastor Rev. William "Bill" Dandridge

Newsletter Dedicated to Memory of our Dear Sister Bertha Roper

From the Desk of the Pastor


This newsletter is dedicated to the memory of Sister Bertha Roper as she transitioned on this past Friday to her heavenly reward.

Bertha joined Holy Light Missionary Baptist Church in 1967 under the pastoral leadership of Reverend Dr. Richmond Brown. Her continuous service over 53 years included working in various ministries of the church serving in music ministry as a choir member, youth department director, convalescent and outreach ministry, chairlady of the pastor and wife anniversary, pastor aide and many more. In 2002 she received the prestigious woman of the year.

To say that she will be greatly missed is a huge understatement. To me she was not only a member of the congregation that I’m blessed to Pastor but she was a dear friend who you would give you so much joy to be in her presence. For the rest of my life I won’t be able to forget her Spirit of faithfulness. She also essentially used her skills in coordination and design to essentially plan the remodeling of my wife and I’s house. It was our house but it was Bertha’s project.

I thank God for having such a great woman come into my path during this earthly journey. Please keep her husband Johnnie and the entire family in your prayers.

HLMBC members, please check your email or contact the Pastor about the information on the Bertha Roper services.


In person worship Services continue to be temporarily cancelled. We have a written plan for the church reopening which will lessen the likelihood of exposure during services. The plan can be viewed here.

Please note that on the Holy Light MBC Facebook account there is a live service at 9:00am every Sunday morning.


Holy Light Face Masks are available for $10 each. They will be available in black as well as purple. Please email the church email at if you want to order masks. Please let me know number and color. Thank You.


Holy Light has been chosen to participate in a project with the Foundation for Justice and Peace entitled “Every Good bye Ain’t Gone: Grief and Trauma in the time of COVID-19”. We thank Sis. Singleton for taking the lead in this project in representing Holy Light in the bimonthly meetings.


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Sermon Sunday, July 19th - "The Only Safe Place"

Psalms 91:1-6

In the message we will look at:

  • God’s Character

  • Names of God

  • God’s Protection and Care for us

When the storms of life are raging we are safe in his arms!


Sunday School Puzzle

Lesson 7: Israel Demands A King (1 Samuel 8:1-11, 18-20)

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