Sunday, September 8, 2013 Men’s Health Awareness – Prostate Screening Will Be Available

Please join us this Sunday 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM in the Mt Ararat Baptist Church Fellowship Hall for this vital service.  The Mt Ararat Health and Wellness Ministry hosts Men’s Health Awareness.  Prostate Screening will be available.

We will look forward to seeing you there.  You don’t  miss this event, mark your calendar.

Please see the Obediah Cole Foundation for Prostate Cancer Steeler Calendar. . .

Robin Cole LB #56 Pittsburgh Steelers

Robin Cole LB #56 Pittsburgh Steelers

2013 -2014 Steeler Schedule

2013 -2014 Steeler Schedule


Join us for screenings, information, and discussions.

Featuring representatives from;

  • American Cancer Society
  • American Heart Association
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Lung Association
  • Allegheny County Health Department
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • and Obediah Cole Foundation for Prostate Cancer

Includes blood pressure measurements and prostate cancer PSAs

Special Appearance: Robin Cole, former Pittsburgh Steeler

Don’t Miss This. . .


Be There for the Big Reveal of the Biggest Loser. . .Sunday 11:45AM Service on 4/7/2013

 BiggestLoserLogoAttention Biggest Loser Participants:
This is a reminder that we will all attend 11:45am service tomorrow, April 7th.  We reserved seating on the left side of the sanctuary.  We will meet in the fellowship hall directly after service to give out awards.
Pastor will announce the Biggest Loser (Male and Female) and also the Winning Team.  The Winning Team will have a free brunch after service at the Savoy (2623 Penn Ave, pgh 15222).
Thanks!  We will see you tomorrow for the big announcement!
Health and Wellness Committee

Tonight Rev. Dr. William H. Curtis and Martial Arts, Bring Your Mats and Be Blessed and Inspired

photo compliments of the Mt Ararat Baptist Church website

photo compliments of the Mt Ararat Baptist Church website

Tonight 4/3/2013 is Going To Be Incredible!

Reverend Dr. William H Curtis, our Pastor here at the Mt Ararat Baptist Church is here with us tonight providing instruction in Martial Arts. . . A fitness format that can increase strength, stability, stamina, flexibility and explosive power.

Karate Kick

Reverend Dr. William H. Curtis

Senior Pastor of Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Reverend Curtis accepted a call to ministry at the age of 17. He possesses a bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies and Philosophy from Morgan State University, a Master of Divinity Degree from the Howard University School of Divinity, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH. Dr. Curtis’ commitment to excellence through education is directly attributable to his capabilities, not only as an anointed preacher of the gospel, but also an effective teacher in practical instruction.

In 1997, Reverend Curtis was called to Mt. Ararat Baptist Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Since Dr. Curtis’ arrival at Mt. Ararat, the church has grown from 400 to over 7500 with four worship services each weekend. His ministry has led to several landmark events at Ararat, including the formation of a Community Development Corporation to minister to the greater Pittsburgh area and the liquidation of the church mortgage in a one-day “Harvest Sunday” offering. He implemented a community tithe program which returns over 10% of the congregation’s offering to the community.

Dr. Curtis has emerged as one of the well-known, spirit-filled preachers of our time. His spiritual wisdom and influence has earned him participation in a nation “think-tank” with former President Clinton, inclusion in a book title “Outstanding Black Sermons, Volume Four” edited by Dr. Walter S. Thomas, and the opportunity to minister in a multiplicity of political and community forum throughout the City of Pittsburgh.

Pastor Curtis serves on the Board of the Urban League of Pittsburgh, is a member of the African American Leadership Committee and serves as the President of Hampton University Ministers’ Conference.

In 2001, Dr. Curtis founded William H. Curtis Ministries in an effort to expand his ministry throughout the United States and abroad. Reverend Curtis’ spiritual burden to bring lost souls to Christ and encourage spiritual maturation and intimacy with God drives his commitment to spreading the gospel whenever the opportunity presents itself. Pastor Curtis’ anointed, powerful, and life applicable preaching exemplifies that well know scripture, “well done, good and faithful servant”.

Reverend Curtis is married to the former Christine Y. Richardson, and they are the proud parents of one lovely daughter, Houston.

As taken from the Mt Ararat Baptist Church Web Site <>

And Tonight we will be Blessed to have Rev Curtis’ instruction in Martial Arts . . .


A Few More New Changes. . . Please update your Calendars. . ..

Friday April 5, Rachael Goode will return with Part Two “Spiritual Journey”

Saturday April 6, Chef Diedra Moore returns! Dinner is served at 3:00 p.m. Cost just $7.00
You can pay on Wednesday or Friday class night. . .

To insure space or if you have questions, contact Anne 412.371.9234

Sunday, April 7, 11:45a.m. Church Service will Announce the BIGGEST LOSER Teams! PRIZES will be awarded after the service in the Fellowship Hall.

Saturday, May 18 . .. Highmark Walk, Registration under the BIGGEST LOSER

Thank you and see you tonight!

Friday 3/22 The Big Day, Final Weigh – In & Assessments with The Fitness Team of Cal Univ of PA. . . & Dinah Hainesworth Fitness Class . . .& Fruit Tips from the Cobalt Team

Friday 3/22 is the “Big” day.  Our weigh- in and assessments with the fitness team of Cal University.

Find out your new body fat percentage, and complete a  new functional movement analysis, see how far you have come since the beginning of our Mt Ararat Biggest Loser Challenge.  Meet with Bobby and Phil once again.

Our Cal U Fitness Assessment Team . . .


Bobby SepesyStrength & Conditioning Coach

Started at Cal U:  2007

Phone:  724.938.4562

Fax:  724.938.5849


Bobby Sepesy is in his third year serving as the Strength & Conditioning coach at California University of Pennsyvlania in the 2009-10 academic year. Along with overseeing all of the weight training with Cal U student-athletes, he works directly with the football, volleyball, softball and women’s basketball teams.

Before arriving at Cal U, Sepesy assisted with the strength & conditioning at Division I College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.

A nationally-ranked bodybuilder, Sepesy holds many titles including Mr. Pittsburgh in 2005 and Mr. Lehigh Valley in 2002. He was also named runner-up at the Junior Nationals in 2005. (Compliments of the Cal U website)


Phil Vitalbo

Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

Started at Cal U:  2007

Phone:  724.938.4562

Fax:  724.938.5849


Phil Vitalbo enters his third year serving as a graduate assistant with the Strength & Conditioning Staff at California University of Pennsylvania during the 2009-10 academic year.

Vitalbo completed his undergraduate work with a degree in mathematics at The College of Wooster (Ohio). He was a two-year starter on the Fighting Scot football team and finished his career with 149 tackles (82 solo) with 14.0 tackles for loss (TFL). After helping lead Wooster to an eight-win season in 2006, Vitalbo earned all-conference honors and ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District accolades as a senior.

He is currently certified through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and is pursuing his Performance Enhancement Specialist certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

In high school, Vitalbo was an all-conference linebacker at Seton-La Salle Catholic High School in Pittsburgh. He was also a member of the Rebels’ 2002 WPIAL championship and PIAA runner-up football team.

Vitalbo also serves as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at nearby Ringgold High School in his hometown of Monongahela, Pa. (Compliments of the Cal U website)

And also Friday 3/22 wear your Team Tee-Shirts, bring your gear, for Fitness Class with Dinah Hainesworth. . . Don’t miss this great fun time. .  .

Photo by Anne Germany

Photo by Anne Germany

See you there, be sure to check the Team Stats  tab to review the team weigh loss status!

Here is a special fruit tip sent in to us from Tiwanda Taylor of the Colbalt Blue team. . .   Thanks Tiwanda!!!

What Fruits Are Low In Sugar?

That said, if you are determined to eat low-sugar fruits to boost your weight loss (and your morale) during the early days of your weight management plan, the following fresh fruits are low in sugar:

Apple (sliced)
Apricot (4 oz.)
Cherry (sour, sweet, 10 medium)
Coconut meat (1 oz. or 1 cup shredded/grated, not packed)
Coconut milk
Currant (red, black, white)
Grape (10 medium)
Honeydew melon
Kiwi fruit (1 medium)
Kumquat (1 medium)
Lemon/Lime (2 inch diameter)
Lemon/Lime Juice (1 oz)
Orange (sections, without membrane)
Peach (1 med, 4 oz.)
Persimmon (American, Japanese, 1 medium)
Pineapple (1 oz)
Tangelo (1 medium)
Tangerine (1 medium)

Except where noted, all have less than 10 gm carbs in a half cup serving.

What Fruits Are High In Sugar?

Fresh fruits that are relatively high in sugar are grapes, kiwi, oranges, pineapple and tangerines.
Fresh fruits that are very high in sugar are bananas and mango. All dried fruits are high in sugar as they are concentrated.

Read more:

We Are Looking For Your Testimonials!. . .New Stats, Final Weigh In News, Wednesday 3/20 Sabrina Wright & More. . .

Hello We are looking for your testimony from your experience with the Mt Ararat Biggest Loser Challenge, be sure to share your story and get your photo taken. Plus  lots more News for you, please read below. . .

1. Wednesday 3/20 Tonite! Fitness with Sabrina Wright, please bring your gear, include your BL Tee-Shirts, dress comfortably.


2.  Friday  3/22  Final Weigh-in and assessments with the fitness team from California University of PA.

3.  Friday  3/22  @ 5:30pm  is Fitness class with Dinah Hainesworth


4.  Mark your Calendar for the New UPDATES below!

Saturday …….March 23      Rescheduled (Due to Fast) to April 6

Tuesday………March 26      Fitness class

Monday……….April 1          Zumba class

Wednesday…..April 3          Pastor Curtis or Rev. Calvert – Martial Arts

Friday…………April  5.        Rachel Goode  Part 2 Spiritual Journey

Saturday……..April  6.        Chef Diedra  dinner prepared at 3pm

Sunday ……….April 7.         11:45am  service announcement of  Mt. Ararat Biggest Loser  (Indiv & Team)

Saturday……..May 18          Highmark Walk (Forming a Biggest Loser Team)

5.  See your New Team Stats  by clicking on the “BL Team Page and Stats” tab. . . Congratulations you are doing Great!  You can also click on the chart to the right to take you to the Stats Page for your team results. . .

6.  Be sure to take a look at the great juice blend recipe suggestions below, I am sure you will find something delicious. . .  ummmm


7.  Don’t forget your testimony, tell us your story. . .  we really want to know…

Fruits and Vegetables . . . Here Are Some Juice Ideas From WholeLiving

Eating living substance gives life back. . . Here are some great ideas from You can purchase fruits and vegetables from your local grocer or make an outing of your shopping by visiting the Strip District. You can purchase your fruits and vegetables whole or in juice form and use in combination, or hand juicer, or in a high speed blender or juicer. . . Enjoy!








More Healthy Tips on Fruits. . .


Enjoy and thanks for stopping. . .

Monday 3/18/2013 Status Update: Zumba Tonight . . . .

Hi BL Participants, bring your Tee-Shirts, dress comfortably, and be prepared for a fun workout tonight, with Zumba.

A wonderful way to keep that weight off.  This is the time when we all have so many Blessings and things to LIVE for, thank God for life and the health and strength to participate in a workout like this and for living life even through our struggles.

I bet you move in everything you do so much better than before, right?  Your thoughts are clearer. Your energy levels are higher.  Such a Blessing.

Keep up the good work, and continue to keep it moving!

Zumba Zumba Zumba, Hey!

A Portion Control Tool and A Couple of Great Recipes . . .

Here is the “” recommendations for balanced and healthy meals. You select the portions as shown. . . Proteins can be derived from beans, there are tons of really tasty varieties. . .

Check out these recipes as an example to how this method is applied. . .

You can remove any ingredient to maintain your fast. . .

These recipes can be use anytime, breaskfast, lunches, dinners and great for snacks and as a twist for desserts that are waistline friendly. . .

Friday 3/16 6:30pm. . .Rev Benjamin Calvert Strength & Core Workout

Photo Compliments of Mt Ararat Website

Photo Compliments of Mt Ararat Website

Hey Biggest Loser participants Friday 3/16/2013 @6:30 pm don’t miss a Strength and Core Fitness class that will test endurance, strength and stamina

 Our Special Instructor: Rev. Benjamin Calvert

About Rev. Calvert. . .

Reverend Benjamin L. Calvert II was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa. to Benjamin and Etta Calvert. He was licensed to preach in May of 2001 and ordained in January 2002, under the training, leadership, and direction of Reverend Dr. William H. Curtis.

In 2003, Rev. Calvert was promoted to Executive Minister after serving as an Assistant to the Pastor and the Minister of Outreach. Under his leadership, he is responsible for overseeing the daily operations. His duties include coordinating all planning, administration, and implementation of all church programs, activities, and special events. He also provides oversight and direction in the development of new ministry opportunities discovered in the church and the community.  He has stewardship responsibility over the entire Mt. Ararat Church staff and their individual ministry tasks and responsibilities.

Rev. Calvert’s ministerial mission is to provide effective, quality leadership under the Pastor’s vision by serving the congregation and the community. It is his desire to be a direct representative of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God both here at Mount Ararat and abroad. In order to maintain his effectiveness, he believes in Jesus Christ as the relational model for ministry, which allows him to keep his hand on the pulse of the people and the community. To do so, he leads from among the people.

With a burden for the strengthening of males, both young and old, Rev. Calvert started The Manhood Project.  The focus of the Manhood Project is to restore masculinity and manhood to its natural place of stature in the home, church, and community by regular advocacy, mentoring, and life-coaching.  For additional information, visit

Rev. Calvert is also the Chairmen of the Board of Directors for A Giving Heart, an organization that is burdened to address the needs of homeless families in the city of Pittsburgh.  With a burden for outreach, he continues to serve in various capacities of leadership throughout the community and abroad. He is a gifted leader, teacher, and preacher that is grateful to be saved and enthused about the privilege to minister on behalf of the Kingdom of God.

According to Rev. Calvert, “God has brought me out of the iron furnace and included me into the fellowship with the people of His inheritance. While I am among the fellowship of His chosen people, I seek to be used by God to bless Him and the church.”

Compliments of Mt Ararat site