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Beginning March 12
Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, 495 NW
Crawford Place, will celebrate its 124th Church
Anniversary on Saturday and Sunday, March 12 and
13. Dr. Emie Wade and cast will perform the Civil
Rights drama "Words From The TYail" on Saturday,
March 12, at 5:30 pm. The drama is free and open to
the public. It will be followed by a "Chicken &
Waffle" dinner in the church's fellowship hall for a
donation of $8.00 per person. On Sunday morning,
March 13, at 11 ajn., the celebration continues with
guest minister Dr. Serenus T. Chum, Sr., pastor of Mt.
Zion Baptist Church, bringing the message. The wor
ship service will conclude with a free potluck dinner.
Bishop Sherwood T. Davis, Sr. is the host pastor.
Feast of Salads
The Missionary Society of Reynolds Temple
CME Church, 2935 N. Glenn Ave. will sponsor its
annual Feast of Salads on March 12 from 10:30 a.m.
until 1:30 p.m. There will be a variety of salads for a
donation of $7 each. The public is invited to attend.
The pastor and co-pastor are Nathaniel Williams Jr.
and Wanda Williams.
Voices of God's Children
Grace Presbyterian Church (USA) will host the
Voices of God's Children on Sunday, March 13 at 4
p.m. to open the 2016 season of the concert series.
The Voices of God's Children is a volunteer group
founded by the late James D. Smith, former director
of music and organist at Grace Presbyterian Church.
The Voices of God's Children are now in then
eighth year and are currently under the direction of
Dr. Deborah T. Daniels. The public is cordially invit
ed to attend. Rev. Toure C. Marshall is the senior pas
tor of Grace.
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Pastor's first-year anniversary
The New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church,
located at 1212 N. Dunleith Ave., will celebrate the
first year anniversary of their pastor, the Rev. Ronald
E. Speas, on Sunday, March 13 at 3 pjn. Guests for
the celebratory service will be Rev. Samuel
Hickerson and members of New Light Missionary
Baptist Church. Rev. Speas has used as a theme his
first year, "Recognizing Your Purpose." The congre
gation is also enjoying getting to know their new pas
tor and dynamic first lady, Dr. Soncerey M. Speas, as
well as the rest of the Speas family. On Jan. 1,2016.,
Speas retired from the N.C. State Highway Patrol
Department, following 30 years of dedicated service.
The public is cordially invited to attend this service.
Beginning March 16
Spring Revival ,
Messiah Community Christian Church, 2631
Belews Creek Road, will hold a Spring Revival
March 16-18 at 6:30 pjn. Speakers will be Rev. Louis
Threatt of Messiah Community Christian Church on
Wednesday; Rev. Dr. Byron Battle, Little Bethlehem
Christian Church, Eden, on Thursday; and Rev.
Valerie Melvin, First Christian Church, Reidsville, on
Friday. Music Ministries nightly and refreshments
will be served. For more information, visit www.mes
Holy Thursday Service
Holy Thursday service will be held jointly with
Goler Metropolitan at Goler Memorial A .MIL Zion,
630 N. Patterson Ave. beginning at 7 p.m. The Rev.
Johnny Ruff will be the messenger and Holy
Communion will be administered.
Good Friday Service
The Winston Salem District will sponsor the
annual Good Friday Service cm March 25 at 7 pjn. at
Goler Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, 630 N.
Patterson Ave., where the Rev. Dr. George C. Banks
is the Pastor and toe Rev. Dr. Calvin L. Miller is the
Easter Sunrise Service
Easter Sunrise Service will be held jointly with
Goler Metropolitan at Goler Memorial AM?. Zion,
630 N. Patterson Ave., at 6 a.m. Our own pastor, the
Rev. Dr. George C. Banks, will be the messenger.
After the service breakfast will be served.
A Night to Honor Israel .
On Sunday, April 10 at 7 p.m., Agape Faith
Church, 2101 Lewisville-Clemmons Rd., Clemmons,
will hold "A Night to Honor Israel," together with
Christians United for Israel (CUFI), the largest pro
Israel organization in the United States. Guest speak
ers include: Pastor Victor Styrsky, Gary Bauer, the
Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Rabbi Mark
Cohn from Temple Emanuel, Jeff Epstein and other
representatives from our local and national govern
ment. The night will feature a performance by
Violinist and Dove Award Nominee LaDonna Taylor.
This night is a night to honor the nation of Israel, the
Jewish faith, and the people of Israel. Join us as we
take a united stand for Israeli This is a free event and
everyone is welcome to attend. Childcare ages birth
to 6th grade will be available. For more information
please contact the church office at 336-766-9188.
St. Stephen's Episcopal to celebrate
Saint Augustine's University Day
SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church,
810 N. Highland Ave., will celebrate
Saint Augustine's University Day on
March 13 at 11:00 a.m. Everett B.
Ward, the president of the school,
will be the speaker. The University
Choir under the direction of
Kimberly Dunn will perform. Lunch
Dr. Everett B. Ward, president of
Saint Augustine's University,
Raleigh, was named the eleventh
president on April 10,2015. He is the
third alumnus to hold the post in the
149-year histomof Saint Augustine's
Dr. Ward was appointed by the
Saint Augustine's University Board
of trustees on April 23,2014 as inter
im president. During his appoint
ment, Ward put forth an aggressive
agenda focused primarily on three
key areas: (1) returning the institution
to financial stability; (2) strengthen
ing the faith of students, employees
and alumni in the viability of the
institution; and (3) engaging the com
munity and corporate stakeholders
for mutually beneficial partnerships
and collaborations. Transparency,
shared governance and collaboration
are the cornerstone of his administra
Prior to his appointment as inter
im president. Dr. Ward served as the
director of the Historically Black
Colleges and University Minority
Institutions of Higher Education pro
gram for the N.C.. Department of
As a dedicated servant leader. Dr.
Ward serves on several national,
regional and statewide boards to
advance opportunities for citizens
throughout the nation. In 1983, Ward
was named special assistant to the
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With the LGBT
(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
gaining acceptance all over
the world, there are still
places where homosexuali
ty remains somewhat
To shed light on the
subject, the documentary
"Holler If You Hear Me:
Black and Gay in the
Church," written and creat
ed by Clay Cane, shows the
reality that LGBT youth
often face while assessing
their role in the church.
"This is an unapologetic
black gay film," Cane stat
ed frankly about his work.
documentary filmed in
Atlanta was shown on the
campus of Salem College
on Saturday, March 5, with
creator Clay Cane jn atten
dance to introduce the film,
along with a Q&A session
afterward that turned
"For me, with this film
I wanted to push the narra
tive beyond same sex mar
riage, beyond don't ask
don't tell, because there
still is so much work to do,
and wanted people to
and spiritual violence is
just as damaging as physi
cal and emotional abuse,"
said Cane of what he want
ed to accomplish from this
The documentary opens
with the story of an
engaged lesbian couple,
who met in the church, on
the verge of their wedding
day and how their respec
tive families do not
approve of their nuptials.
The film then transitions to
a young woman who was
kicked out of her home by
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Love Skylar Lemon, a graduate of Salem College and a graduate of Wake Forest
School of Divinity, asks documentary creator Clay Cane question about his film
on the campus of Salem College on Saturday, March 5.
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son, we will
?Know the facts of
the rich young man's
encounter with Jesus
?Celebrate the direct
link between making sac
rifices and receiving
God's salvation . I
?Commit to making
greater sacrifices in the'
name of Jesus Christ
story this week is told in
three gospels, Matthew,
Mark and Luke, and is preceded in each by the encounter
with the children and the disciples rebuking them and try
ing to send them away. Jesus of course uses this as a
teachable moment and bids the disciples to allow the chil
dren to come to Him. He proceeds to explain how that the
spirit of the children is the example of the spirit needed to
enter into heaven. The children are needy, trusting, full of
Lesson: A young rich ruler poses a question to Jesus.
We might conclude that by his question the rich ruler
assumed that salvation and righteousness would come by
works. He addresses Jesus as "good" and asks what must
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and authority. Looking at
the young ruler and the
way he presents himself
to Christ by kneeling and
asking questions would
present a childlike stance,
but as conversation
grows, his heart's true
nature is revealed - a
staunch difference from
the innocence and will
ingness to give of the
children. He no doubt
thought he was willing to
take up the cross until he
found its true weight.
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