Psalm 95:3-6 Reads:   
 For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
 In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.
 The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.
 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.

I thank our Mighty God for each of you because, with His help, we have experienced great success!  First, last Thursday evening, April 1st, the Richmond Planning Commission voted to approve the plans for our Family Life Center.  I give God the glory, and I thank each of you who wrote letters of support and each of you that participated when I represented St. John before the Richmond Planning Commission.  Everything within me was put to test throughout this process, but I was determined to represent God and St. John well, so I endured a lot.  Your continuous prayers are still needed regarding our building project because we still have a few more hurdles to go through.

Secondly, our Easter Programs were a success!  To begin with, we commend Sis. Pamela Harrison (writer and director) and the entire Sunday School Ministry for “The Trial Of Faith:  Journey.”  I was feeling nostalgic on Good Friday because I was not in a sanctuary worshipping God corporately, but my soul was uplifted when I viewed this journey about Jesus.  I was so pleased to see many of our parishioners whom I have not seen in a year, and I was so proud of the talents displayed by our congregants.

Moreover, we commend Sis. Tammy Brown, her staff and the children of St. John for their 2021 Easter Program.  Sis. Tammy Brown and her staff have faithfully served our children well for many years, and we thank God for them.  Our children made great Easter presentations manifesting their great gifts of salvation, memory and public speaking; also, I was amazed to learn that Kalayah Hall (my granddaughter) edited the video.

Furthermore, we commend everyone who participated in our Easter Worship Celebration.  Bro. Kevin B. Hall, Jr. (my son), along with those who assisted him, did an outstanding job videoing, compiling and producing everything enabling everyone to either view or hear it.  Our Worship & Praise Singers and our musical band were phenomenal, and we were inspired to hear them and glad to see them.  Personally, I enjoyed preaching in the pulpit of our South Campus (which is something I had not done in a year) and officiating the Lord’s Supper.

By the way, you can still enjoy and view all of this through our website at sjmbc.org, and I encourage each of you to share this information with many others.  St. John is in many ways Richmond’s best-kept secret, but this is unfortunate because people in Richmond and people abroad will be enriched if more knew what God is doing through our church.

Last but not least, I thank many of you for your expressions of love after hearing about the passing of my little dog (Minki) last week, March 29th.  I recognize that some of you cannot understand this type of pain because only people who have experienced closeness with their pet can relate.  Minki was a miracle dog!  Typically, dogs that have a Collapsed Trachea live 2-4 years, and, in exceptional cases, they may live 7 years.  Well, because of so much prayer and the best medical assistance available, Minki lived 10 ½ years with a Collapsed Trachea.

Besides this, I thank each of you who have been supporting St. John financially, especially in the last year (even though the monthly contributions are declining). We currently contribute by mailing or dropping off our Tithes and Offerings to our St. John South Campus (662 South 52nd Street—Richmond, CA  94804) or by giving online through our website (sjmbc.org).  If you are a member of St. John who is financially able but not supporting our church financially, allow God to bless you with more by giving today your Tithes and Offerings.

May God bless and sustain each of us.

Your Servant In Christ,


Dr. Kevin B. Hall, Pastor