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?Oolcr Memorial AME Zion Church, 620 N.
Patterson Ave., is holding a Blowout Holiday Sock
Sale on Friday, Dec. 11, from 10 ajn. to 5 pm. Huge
selection of packaged first quality socks. All socks are
$1 a pair Dickies, Dockers, Saucony, Nautica, etc.
Special discounts for multiple quantities purchased.
Sponsored by Goler Memorial Parent Body
Missionary Society and the Women's Ministry. All
proceeds are to help with charitable work in the com
munity. For more information, call 336-529-2928 or
Surviving the Holidays
GnefShare support group will have its session,
"Surviving the Holidays" on Saturday, Dec. .12 at 10
am. at St. Paul United Methodist Church, located at
2400 Dellabrook Road. Refreshments, "Surviving the
Holiday" books and other support materials will be
available. For more information, call either 336-723
4531 or 336-722-5517.
Community clothes doset
SJ's Boutique, a community clothes closet at St.
James AME Church, will be open Saturday, Dec. 12
from 10 a.m. until 2 pm. Snacks will be distributed as
long as supplies last. St. James is located at 1501 N.
Patterson Avenue across from the US Post Office. The
Reverend Steven L. Lyons is the Pastor. All are wel
The New Birth Worship Center church is having
its Christmas play on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 9 am. at
1033 Newbirth Drive in East Bend. The title is "The
Key to Life is Jesus." Dr. James LE. Hunt, pastor, will
speak at 10 am. For more information, call 336-699
3583 or visit wwwjiewbirthworshipcenter.org.
Men's day program
New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 1201 New
Hope Lane, will hold the annual "Men of Integrity"
day service on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 4 pm. The guest
speaker will be Elder Robbins of St. Matthew
Apostolic Church. The program leader is Clayton C.
Rice. Bishop John C. Parks is the host pastor.
The Concert Series committee of Grace
Presbyterian Church will sponsor the Big 4 Choir in
concert on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 4 pm. at 3901 Carver
School Road. This will be the last concert of the sea
son for the committee. Will "EJ" Furches (Minister of
Mime) will be the guest performer. There will be a
reception following the concert. The general public is
invited to attend. Rudolph V. Boone Sr. is the chair
man of the committee. Rev. Toure' C. Marshall is sen
ior pastor. For more information, call 336-767-7530.
The Music Ministry of Mount Sinai Full Gospel
Deliverance Center, 2721 Manchester St., will host a
concert entitled "Joyful Sounds of Christmas" on
Sunday, Dec.13 at 6 pm. The talented artists and
musicians will present a harmonic experience featur
ing Christmas musical and dramatic renditions of
varying styles. For additional information, contact the
church office at 336-722-2624 or
email@example.com. The Reverend Yvonne H.
Hines is Senior Pastor.
Greater Tabernacle Worship Center, 1410 Attucks
Street, will have a program presented by the Visual
Aits and the Music Department on Sunday, Dec. 13 at
4 pm. There will be a play sponsored by the youth of
Greater Tabernacle Worship Center on Sunday, Dec.
20,2015 at 4 pm. On Tuesday, Dec. 22 there will be
a fruit bag giveaway at 4 pm. Host Pastor Apostle BJ
McCloud. For additional information contact Greater
Tabernacle Worship Center at 336-777-1113.
Now to Dec. 13
Christmas bake sale
St. James AME. Church is taking orders for its
annual Christmas Bake Sale now through Dec. 13.
Valerie's Bakery is providing homemade sweet potato
pies and tarts. Verne's Bakery offers homemade cakes
(pound, pineapple, red velvet, red velvet cheesecake,
German chocolate). Orders must be placed by Dec. 13
(absolute deadline) for delivery on Dec. 19 between 9
am. and 11 am. Cakes must be picked up (no deliv
ery). St. James is 1501 N. Patterson Avenue across
from the U.S. postal Office. The.Rev. Steven L. Lyons
is Pastor. For more information or to place an order,
The Choir of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 810
N. Highland Ave., will present An Advent Service of
Lessons, Reflections and Carols on Wednesday, Dec.
16 at 6:30 pm. Soloist Karen Berger and other guests
from throughout die community will participate. A
reception will follow. All are welcome to this free pro
gram. The Rev. Dr. Hector Sintim is priest-in-charge.
For more information call 336-724-2614.
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Emmanuel ushers in Christmas
season with candlelight service
SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE
The Emmanuel Baptist Church,
1075 Shalimar Dr., will hold its sixth
annual Christmas Candlelight Service
on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. in
the sanctuary at 1075 Shalimar Drive.
Rev. Dr. John Mendez is pastor.
The sacred candlelight service re
focuses the emphasis from commer
cialism to the true meaning of
Christmas and the miracle of Christ's
birth. The candlelight service will
consist of selected Bible readings and
The service will feature special
guest vocalist Elliott D. Lowery,
founder of the Winston-Salem
Performing Arts Alliance and the
Christian Theatre Alliance.
Lowery is a graduate of Winston
Salem State University and Jackson
State University in Mississippi where
he received a BS and Master's degree
in Music. He is an accomplished
vocalist, choreographer and play
wright and has performed extensively
locally, nationally and internationally.
During his distinguished musical
career, he toured with New York
Stage Originals and in Europe with
Glory of Gospel and served as the
Assistant Director for the European
tour of Mahalia. In television,
Lowery played the role of Hermance
in the PBS movie "Shift." As a direc
tor and choreographer, he has direct
ed and choreographed productions
for Melinda's Magic Show in Las
Vegas, as well as performances of
"Ain't Misbehavin" and "Godspell."
He has written the musical
"Building God's House," the Reuben
K. Mildred T. Hash Story. Lowery
has been an educator for the past 22
years in schools in Las Vegas, Nev.
and Bronx, New York. Currently he
teaches music for the WS/FC Schools
The MBVC String Quartet will
also serve as special guests for the
candlelight service. The group con
sists of four UNC School of the Arts
high school students: Violet Huang
(viola), Bella Ward (violin), Michele
Zimmerman (violin), and Christina
Kim (cello). They are from Chapel
Hill, Durham, and Fayetteville.
Praise dance will be performed by
Tayllor Sherese Miles, a senior at
West Forsyth, where she is a member
of the National Dance Honor Society.
Tayllor is a member of the Positive
Image Performing Arts Dance
Studio's seniorcompetitive team. She
was chosen to dance for the Royal
Expressions Ballet Company in
The Emmanuel Drama Ministry
will dramatize scenes of Christ's birth
and the Tots Choir will render musi
cal selections. The service will also
feature a musical selection by the
Emmanuel Hand Bell Ministry.
In the Emmanuel tradition, this
ceremony of music, dance, readings
and dramatizations create a worship
experience with an inspirational mes
sage of hope, healing, blessing and
For more information, call 336
Guest vocalist Elliott D. Lowery
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"Black Nativity" shows the birth of Christ through an all-black cast.
keeps tradition as director
BY TIMOTHY RAMSEY
FOR THE CHRONICLE
Soulful singing, engag
ing dialogue and eye-pop
ping choreography were
some of the few things the
crowd was blessed with
Friday, Dec. 4, at the North
Carolina Black Repertory
Company's rendition of
Langston Hughes' "Black
It has been presented by
the N.C. Black Rep as
Christmas tradition for the
past 16 years.
This will be the last one
with Artistic Director
Mabel Robinson calling the
At the end of the year,
Robinson will be retiring.
While she will still be
around the facility, she will
not be around on a day-in
The show is a musical
that illuminates the birth of
Christ and showcases an all
black cast. Mabel
Robinson, director and
choreographer since the
inception of the show in
2001, said she likes to
change things up every
year so that the show does
n't become stale and uses
the cast to elicit new ideas
for the show. She also said
that even though many
people reprise their roles
from last year, she likes to
have open auditions to
bring new life to the show.
One audience member
said she has been coming
to the show since 2009 and
really appreciates the dif
ferences in the music and
choreography year after
The North Carolina
Black Repertory Company
was founded in 1979 by
Larry Leon Hamlin and
was the first professional
black theatre company in
the state. Hamlin passed
away in June 2007.
The evening started
with the cast running down
the aisle from the rear of
the auditorium to the stage
and singing "Hallelu Aye"
which excited everyone in
the audience from the onset
of the show. Throughout
the performance, the cast
interacted with the audi
ence, which kept everyone
The performance inte
grated traditional church
hymns, Christmas music,
and even forms of popular
culture. Another audience
member who came with a
group of friends said she
would definitely recom
mend this show to all of her
friends and enjoyed it from
start to finish.
The musical will con
tinue with performance
dates on Dec. 11,12 at 8
p.m. and Dec. 12 and 13 at
3 p.m. Call 336-723-2266
for ticket purchases and
more information. Call for
ticket availabilty for the
Saturday, Dec. 12, 3 p.m.
Leviticus 22:17-25, 31
By the end of this les
son we should:
?See the instructions
for giving and the princi
ples behind those instruc
when we comply with
God's instructions and
expressed principles, we
are obeying Him and
owning Him as our God.
?Want to arrange our
thinking and actions so
that when we do give, we
will do it as He instructed, not as we tninK oesi.
Background: Israel has been delivered from Egypt
after four hundred years of bondage, crossed the Red Sea
and been given the Ten Commandments. They now have
built the tabernacle fol
lowing God's instructions
to the minutest details.
God is particular about
His dwelling place. Also
given are instructions for
the construction of the
priest's attire. After being
chosen as God's people,
they must present sacri
fices that please Him.
Lesson: God is giv
ing, through Moses, strict
offerings that will be
agreeable and welcome.
which is the meaning of acceptable, to Him. Knowing
there would be those who would try to offer less than
required, God instructs with clarity what is acceptable.
God wants the best and He wants it whole, not in pieces or
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