Bunnell church presents ‘Saturday Night Live’


A display of talent showed up at “Saturday Night Live” over in Bunnell recently at St. James Missionary Baptist Church, where the Rev. Patrick A. Wilkerson is the pastor.

The Youth Ministry, under youth director Monique Johnson, sponsored the gospel fervor of vocalists, other musicians and liturgical dancers.

“Saturday Night Live” was presided by Lisa Turner of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Daytona Beach. The gospel show was followed with fellowship and dinner.

Christian artists from the colleges in Daytona Beach were presented – Andrew Hudson, Diedra King, Mario Robinson, Anthony Butler and others. The St. James Little Angels liturgical dancers exercised their techniques through Kirk Franklin’s celebrated vocal, “Smile.”

Teens shine during ACT-SO competition
ACT-SO teens took to the stage in “The Olympics of the Mind” competition presented at Flagler Auditorium on Saturday, showcasing their talents in music, poetry, dance, art and design, along with science and technology.

“Saturday Night Live” was staged recently at St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Bunnell.

The Afro-Academic Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a youth initiative by the national NAACP, culminating into local and national competitions for awards and prizes and students performing their highest.

Recognition was merited to the Flagler County Youth Center for housing the ACT-SO rehearsals. The students were talented and were a handsome cast at the auditorium.

Stephanie Ecklin, Flagler County NAACP ACT-SO chair, is also the publisher of “Our Voices Thrive,” a local magazine that teaches, helps, rebuilds, inspires and empowers teens. The spring issue featured the ACT-SO participants.

The competition was the force behind the sponsors – the African-American Cultural Society, Flagler County Youth Center, Carmella’s Pizza and Pasta, Flagler Technical Institute, Sew and Quilt Shop, Palm Coast United Methodist Church, Hollingsworth Gallery, First Church of Palm Coast, 3-N Motion Dance Studio and SunTrust Bank.

The competition winners will be determined at an awards dinner banquet. They will compete against participants nationwide on July 5-7 in Houston.

The banquet has been set for April 29, 3 p.m., at the African-American Cultural Society, 4422 North U.S. 1, Palm Coast.

Attorney Raven Sword will be the speaker. Tickets are $20 per person and are available by calling 386-447-7030.

Senior Summit set for April 24
The first Senior Summit, sponsored by the City of New Smyrna Beach, has gained attention because resources chief Donna M. Banks has the expertise to make the event successful.

Banks has been the city’s coordinator since November. She was coordinator for eight years with the Central Florida Community Development Corps at Spring Hill Resource Center, DeLand.

The summit is positioned for April 24, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Babe James Community Center, 201 North Myrtle Ave., New Smyrna Beach.

Workshops are part of the scene, along with line-dance instruction by Shirley Ellison, including games, refreshments and more.

If you’d like to be a vendor or if you have a senior service to offer, e-mail Banks at babejamescommunityconnection@gmail.com. Vendor tables are free and are provided with two chairs.

Ormond center to be site of jazz fest
Get lost in the sounds at Jazz Festival 2012, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the North East Florida Jazz Association (NEFJA). It will take place April 28, 1:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center.

The tour of musicians performing are Marcus Roberts, Jason Marsalis, Rodney Jordan, Wallace Roney, Antoine Roney, Steve Williams, John Lumpkin, Doug Carn, Taeko Fukao, Mercedes Beckman, Ray Callender, Miguel Alvarado, Kenny MacKenzie, Lee and Sallie Quick, Jay Messick, Rob Whiting, Juan Rolan and Daniel Rolan.

NEFJA president Muriel McCoy explains that admission is $45 per member; $50, non-members; and $20 for students. Tickets are available online at www.NEFJA.org or by calling the arts center at 386-676-3375, or Aimee’s Hallmark Shop, 386-445-0985.


As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.



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