I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
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.
Paula Deen coming for St. Mark benefit tea
Paula Deen, the cook, author and entrepreneur known for her southern-style food, will make a personal appearance in Lexington on Memorial Day, May 26, hosted by Richmond’s St. Mark Catholic Parish.
Deen will be the special guest for tea and conversation at the Carrick House, 312 N. Limestone St., in downtown Lexington.
“The tea will begin at the ‘proper’ time – half past 2 – and guests will enjoy a lovely afternoon featuring traditional foods, such as scones, small cakes, cookies and finger sandwiches,” said Father James Sichko, pastor of St. Mark Parish. “I think everyone will enjoy the conversation, too!”
An aMAZEing afternoon of exploration
“I’m getting too old for this,” one father exclaimed as his little one tugged his hand toward the entrance of the maze for another go.
Clad in knee pads and headlamps, a band of young explorers and a few brave adults, made their way through a network of dark tunnels. They passed through a black-light room and finally a triangular overhead bridge before they descended into a belly crawl to come out near where they began.
Annual St. Paul AME tea Sunday
Most people think of a “tea” as an idle get-together to chat and socialize.
Jesus is our brother
Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God.
Chocolate strawberry sales to help fund trip
Fusion Student Ministries at Eastside Community Church, 2010 Catalpa Loop, is selling homemade chocolate-covered strawberries just in time for Valentine’s Day to fund its July trip to the Prince of Peace Home for Girls in San Cristobal, Guatemala.
A church member, known for her candy-making, will be dipping the strawberries herself, said Carla Perry, who is heading up the fundraiser.
Radio Maria US to carry ‘Among Friends’
“Among Friends,” a program by Father James Sichko of St. Mark Parish in Richmond, will become part of the regular schedule of Radio Maria US beginning 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8.
“Father Jim will share real lived experiences and connect them to the gospel to help listeners find Jesus and His lessons in all aspects of life,” an announcement from Radio Maria states.
Rejoice in God’s loving kindness this year
Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips: When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.
Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.
— Psalms 63:3-7
Madison brass to present music of Holst, others at Episcopal Church
The Second Sunday concert 2 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour will feature the Madison Brass performing some all-time favorite melodies arranged for brass.
The concert will include some of the ensemble’s favorite melodies, said Patrick Tuck, the group’s founder and director.
“Gustav Holst’s “Second Suite in F,” one of the selections, is an inspired arrangement of some of the most familiar melodies in European art music,” Tuck said.
First Presbyterian Church to serve Christmas Eve dinner
Children may go to sleep Christmas Eve with visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads, but for some people in Madison County, sugar plums and family gatherings may be only a fantasy.
However, First Presbyterian Church in Richmond will host a Christmas Eve dinner to which they are invited.
He is the gift of our Salvation
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
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