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Freedom Fund Banquet
“Insuring Our Future Through Participation” is the theme of the annual Freedom Fund Banquet of the Richmond Madison County Branch of the NAACP tonight, Oct. 27, at the Armed Forces Reserve Center at the entrance of the Blue Grass Army Depot.
John Johnson, executive director of the Kentucky Human Rights Commission, will be the guest speaker for the banquet which starts at 6 p.m. in the center, 233 Battlefeild Memorial Hwy. (US 421). Local NAACP Youth Scholarship recipients will be recognized.
Cost for the buffet dinner is $ 25 each. Tickets are available from branch officers or by calling (859) 544-1390.
NAACP monthly meeting
The Richmond/Madison County Branch of the NAACP meets on the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 302 Francis Street, Richmond.
Celebrate Red Ribbon Faith Day
On this Sunday, Oct. 28, as a part of the National Red Ribbon Week, the Faith Task Force of Madison County asks the Madison County faith community to join in the commitment and educational efforts to make our county “drug free.” As a symbol to denote this day, please provide red ribbons to members of your congregation or display one large red ribbon. The red ribbon pays homage to all men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in support of our nation’s struggle against drug trafficking and abuse. The Rev. Robert R. Blythe is Faith Task Force chair. W. Lloyd Jordisonis vice-chair.
Men and Women’s Day
Sunday, Oct. 28, at 3 p.m., the Richmond Predestinarian Baptist Church will celebrate Men and Women’s Day. Dinner will be served. The Rev. Floyd Ballew and congregation of Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church will be special guests for worship at 3 p.m. Everyone is invited to come and fellowship with us. Host pastor is Elder Raymond Walker.
Peytontown Men and Women’s Day
Sunday, Oct. 28, the Peytontown Baptist Church will celebrate its men and womens day, the guest for the morning worship service at 11 a.m. will be Rev. Mervin Johnson. The afternoon guest at 3 p.m. will be Rev. Alvin Farris Choir and Congregation of Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church, dinner will be served. Chairpersons Dec. Calvin Mitchell and Sis. Bernice Campell.
Sunday, Nov. 4, at 3:30 p.m., the congregation of Concord Predestinarian Baptist Church invites everyone in the community to join them as they honor a servant of our most high God, Elder Anthony Phelps Sr., and First Lady, Sister Margaret Phelps. Special guests for the afternoon will be Rev. Floyd Ballew, choir and congregation of Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church. Dinner will be served and everyone is welcome. Host Pastor is Elder Anthony Phelps Sr.
Country Ham Breakfast
Saturday, Nov. 3, 7 a.m to noon, everyone is invited to a country ham Breakfast at First Baptist Church, Francis St., Richmond. The breakfast is hosted by the Men’s Fellowship. Rev. Robert R. Blythe, is the pastor. For additional information, call the church at 624-2045. $6 per plate.
Serving others, uniting people
Saturday, Nov. 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. everyone is cordially invited to Soup Day at First Baptist Church, 300 Francis St., Richmond.
The theme for the missionary project hosted by the church’s Children’s Fellowship is “Love: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.” There will be free food, fun and fellowship as well free coats and other winter clothing. Rev. Robert R. Blythe is host pastor. For more details, call 624-2045.
Every Thursday, from noon to 3 p.m., Saint Paul AME Church, 437 Francis St., Richmond, serves a free lunch to all who come.
“This is an ongoing, weekly ministry to serve the hungry, the homeless and feed anyone who walks in our doors,” says Pastor William R.T. Hale.
Also, our Free Lunch Ministry will be open and active, Thursday, Nov. 22, serving Thanksgiving Dinner from noon to 2:30 p.m.
Upward Bound Ministries
Teen Turning Point: is an intervention and prevention program for teens identified as at risk for academic failure, substance abuse issues, and potential judicial interaction.
• Is your teen experiencing trouble at school? (suspension, truancy, grades)
• Does your teen display defiant or rebellious behavior?
• Has your teen had problems with the law?
Register your child online at www.upwardboundministries.org
Teens with defiant and rebellious behaviors, substance abuse, or potential judicial interaction issues needs this program. Our goal is to improve the health and well-being of teens in Madison and the surrounding counties, specifically addressing physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
Other Ministry Components:
Turning Point: is an intervention program for adults with addictions and compulsive behaviors issues.
Cope: supports parents, spouses, grandparents or family members who are affected by the addictions and compulsive behaviors of family members or friends.
Lifeline: is drug awareness and prevention that is telecast once a week to Time Warner Cable’s viewing audience in Richmond and Berea.
For more details about Teen Turning Point, contact Darnell Hill, Executive Director/Founder, at 986-1650 or TTP Coordinator Brad Reynolds, 200-1632. We are located at Church on the Rock 1049 Richmond Rd, Berea, KY.
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Until next week
May the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ stay fresh in your mind and in your heart. Until we meet again, may God bless you.
Church and Community Focus
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
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Boost your energy without caffeine
When your energy level starts nose-diving in mid-afternoon, do you reach for a cup of java or that canned energy drink for help?
If so, you’re like a growing number of American men and women. In one recent USDA report, women in their 30s consume about 165 milligrams of caffeine each day, but by age 50, the daily average climbs to 225 milligrams.
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Dream becomes reality only when you persevere
A young boy grew up in Berea, in a family that was blessed with a variety of musical talents.
His mother was a member of a female group who performed onstage regularly at Renfro Valley, in Rockcastle County.
This young man would routinely attend shows to watch his mother, and other artists, perform on stage. He was eager to learn from them every chance he could. He knew from a young age he wanted to pursue a career in the music industry and was willing to seek advice and mentoring from those who were experienced in the industry.
’Tis the season for giving
There is a feeling of pride that wells up in all parents when they see their children giving something of theirs to another person. It is all the more poignant when children are giving something that they greatly value and reflects a significant sacrifice on their part.
Young children are often looking for ways to contribute and help others’ out. The trick for parents is to have children continue their giving behaviors as they get older.
Moving to Richmond was the right decision
I was just thinking the other day about a decision I made 30 years ago that was definitely right.
I answered the call of First Baptist Church in Richmond to serve as its minister of music. My first Sunday in that position was Nov. 27, 1983.
The shopping frenzy cuts into Thanksgiving
Anyone who was out this weekend, whether to join in the bargain hunt or out of necessity, met with heavy traffic and people on a mission. Some in a great holiday mood and some frustrated with it all.
I heard a lot of talk about the days when the “blue law” that kept businesses closed on Sunday was in effect. This law came about in colonial times to keep a “rigid religious standard.” But as time progressed, it was shown that those not necessarily religious liked the idea, too, as a family day and day of rest from a busy world.
Does first Thanksgiving compare our observance?
I have done some research on what our forefathers actually ate on the first Thanksgiving in America. This is probably what happened.
Prepare your home for the holiday
Reading “The Night Before Christmas” has always been one of my favorite holiday traditions. In the poem the family has prepared for a visit from St. Nicholas with stockings hung by the chimney with care. The chimney must have been clean because Santa came down it with no trouble, just a little ashes and soot on his fur.
Difficult ordeal made easier by caring friends
I was just thinking the other day about a number of things related to my broken hip and that were happy experiences rather than difficult ones.
Resistance to change prevents opportunities
“I heard we may be getting a new computer system installed” a co-worker shares with you. “I heard the changes to the system may be pretty big. I don’t know if I can learn a whole new system again. It seems like it wasn’t that long ago that we had to upgrade to this one.”
St. Mark Christmas Bazaar Dec. 7
St. Mark's Christmas Bazaar will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. One of the favorite items, the Cookie Trays, a glass plate filled with delicious homemade cookies and decorated with holiday flair will again be available as will tables of other baked goods including pies, cakes, coffeecakes, fruitbreads, candy, and homemade bread. Jams, jellies and pickles will add to the goodies that will tempt your palate. There will also be craft items and a silent auction of two wooden angels, nearly life-size and handcrafted by parishioner Don Fourre, that will be a bargain. What would be a better time than now to purchase them to decorate the front of your home.
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