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Allen Temple’s J. Alfred Smith Jr. Announces Retirement

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Allen Temple Baptist Church Senior Pastor J. Alfred Smith Jr., surrounded by deacons and standing next to Assistant Pastor Jacqueline A. Thompson, announced his retirement on Sunday, Aug. 6. Photo by Sue Taylor.

During Communion Sunday services Aug. 6, Allen Temple Baptist Church Senior Pastor J. Alfred Smith Jr. announced he is retiring effective Jan. 31, 2019, or possibly as early as Sept. 30, 2018, if a new pastor is found.

Pastor Smith has been Senior Pastor at Allen Temple at 8501 International Blvd. in  Oakland for over eight years after the retirement of his father, Rev. Dr. J. Alfred Smith Sr.

“I made it very clear to everyone that based on my mature age at that time (when he was selected to serve), I would not be able to plan for a long tenure, but would run my leg of the race as best I could, and then hand the baton over to a younger, fresher runner,” Pastor Smith wrote in a letter to the Allen Temple family dated Aug. 5.

Assistant Pastor Jacqueline A. Thompson stood next to Pastor Smith at the church podium surrounded by Allen Temple deacons as he made his announcement.

“Pastor Jackie may be our next Senior Pastor, but it is up to the Holy Spirit to make that decision,” he said.

Deacon Board President Ted Carter announced that after celebrating Pastor Smith’s tenure, the church membership will convene prayer meetings and town halls, receive input from individual congregation members, and then follow the church constitution in selecting a new senior pastor.

Allen Temple’s constitution dictates the selection process. When a finalist is found and has preached two services at the church, the congregation votes by secret ballot whether to affirm the candidate.

“The church does not belong to me, or the Smith Family, but to Jesus Christ,” said Pastor Smith, as he reminisced on the five generations of the Smith family that have served Allen Temple.

“As the church draws near its 100th Anniversary and the dawn of a new era, I believe that the Lord has new vision and new leadership in store for Allen Temple,”  he said.

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B.A.S.I.C. Ministry Opens Its Doors to Feed hundreds of Asian Americans in San Leandro

Since 2020, B.A.S.I.C. Ministry (Brothers and Sisters in Christ) has fed hundreds of families in San Leandro and Oakland through their Feed My Sheep Program. 

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Volunteers feed the community/ Photo Courtesy of Mustafa Muhyee, Pastor B.A.S.I.C. MINISTRY

Since 2020, B.A.S.I.C. Ministry (Brothers and Sisters in Christ) has fed hundreds of families in San Leandro and Oakland through their Feed My Sheep Program. 

Located at 1221 Pacific Ave. in San Leandro, B.A.S.I.C. Ministry feeds hundreds of Asian American families every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. Members of B.A.S.I.C. Ministry and people in the community volunteers distribute bags of groceries and fresh vegetables.  

Also, on Wednesdays the church distributes hot meals to hundreds of families on the corner of 98th and Edes in Oakland at noon.

Lisa, a young adult Asian American woman, standing in line with her elderly mother, said “Many people in our community can’t afford to buy food.  This really helps.

B.A.S.I.C. Ministry Pastor Mustafah Muhyee says “since the pandemic he has seen a rise in families needing food.” To help us end hunger in our communities call the church at (510) 961-8781. To donate funds, go to www.jointhamovement.com  

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Marvin Norman, 55

Marvin Norman of Oakland and Antioch, California, died at the age of 55 after enduring a ferocious battle with COVID-19 for more than four months.

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Marvin Norman

Marvin Norman of Oakland and Antioch, California, died at the age of 55 after enduring a ferocious battle with COVID-19 for more than four months.

He transitioned on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, in Santa Clara, CA.  

Marvin Gay Norman was born on Jan.19, 1966, in Houma, Louisiana, the son of Dennis Norman Sr. and Cora Mae Prevost.  He was the youngest of eight children.  

After moving to California in 1991, he met and married Terri (Gray) on April 20, 1996. Married for more than 25 years, they built a loving family.  

In 2000, he was hired as a longshoreman, becoming a crane operator at the Port of Oakland.  Together with his ILWU 10 brothers and sisters, he worked on the docks, moving products through the Port terminals. 

Marvin Norman was a religious man.  Most important to him was having a family, being a husband and providing for his family. He enjoyed his life and those around him, always ready with a smile and southern hospitality.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, cooking and was an avid fan of all sports, especially football.  He was a dedicated fan of the New Orleans Saints and the Morehouse College football team. 

He would make a yearly trip to support his youngest son’s game.  When his children were younger, he would often cheer and coach from the sidelines at their soccer, football and basketball games. 

 Additionally, he was a great cook, pouring love and a smile into the meals he prepared.

His happiest moments were being able to spend time with his family and friends, which included his four dogs.  

He was preceded in death by his parents and the family members Darrell “Flick” Norman, Evette Norman and Angela Norman.

He is survived by his wife Terri Norman; daughter Marshante Roberts and three sons Marvin “Smurf” Jones, Joshua James Norman and Daniel Isiah Norman; seven grandchildren, ages, 13, 7, 6, 5 and 3; as well as siblings: Ralph Hayes, Inez Williams, Bettie Jean Norman, Carnell Norman, Connie Berry, Dennis Norman, Jr., Bernadette Norman, and Mary Butler; by his in-laws Sam Brownstone and Virginia Brownstone; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 

 Condolences may be sent to 4735 Crestone Needle Way, Antioch, CA  94531.

The Oakland Post’s coverage of local news in Alameda County is supported by the Ethnic Media Sustainability Initiative, a program created by California Black Media and Ethnic Media Services to support community newspapers across California.

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