Church seminar to deal with substance abuse


A one-day educational seminar will approach the lifestyle of substance abuse in a comfortable setting, beginning a conversation of addiction, and understanding what it does, how the family is affected, and what can be done.

Presenter Theresa Waters, author of “Not My Son, Not on Mother’s Day,” will lay out the chronological account of treatment, counseling and spiritual warfare of her family’s journey with her youngest son’s addiction.

Jeffrey defeated a battle of drugs and alcohol. He has passion “about his calling into the ministry and improving the world in which he lives.”

From user to youth pastor
The Rev. Jeffrey Dove now serves as youth pastor at Grant Chapel AME Church in East Point, Ga. He’s enrolled at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta and is pursuing a master of divinity degree.

His mom, a retired professor emeritus from Gainesville State College in Oakwood, Ga., is the former pastor of Allen Temple United Methodist Church in Buford, Ga. She’s the former director for the college’s minority affairs, as well as a faculty member of the religious studies’ two-year degree curriculum.


After a long haul of grappling with God to serve Him, Waters spent four years at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

Her background includes numerous hours of coursework and seminars, which address the issue of drugs. She’s on the board of the pastoral committee at the Southeastern Institute of Substance Abuse in Gwinnett County, Ga.

Seminar scheduled May 19 at church
Families are not immune to substance abuse. Many suffer in silence while struggling with the addictive, destructive behavior of loved ones.

Waters’ 10 steps’ restoration of “spiritual healing” for families dealing with substance abuse will be a resource for the seminar attendees. Class materials will include handouts. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The fee is $15, but scholarships may be awarded to those in need.

The seminar will be sponsored May 19, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. by the First Church of Palm Coast, the Rev. Gillard S. Glover’s pastoral ministry, 91 Old Kings Road North.
Call Nellie Chapman Davis at 386-446-5759 to register for the seminar.

Society giving away clothes, food
The Women’s Missionary Society of First Church will be giving away clothing to those in need on May 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. as well as groceries, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For more details, call the church at 386-446-5759.

AACS hosting trip to shrimp festival
Make your next destination the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival.   The Town of Fernandina Beach sits at the top of Amelia Island, a onetime playground to the rich.
It’s the origin of a day trip sponsored by the African-American Cultural Society (AACS).  Ways and Means Chairman Sybil Dodson Lucas boasts of the birthplace of the shrimping industry, which will begin its course with shrimp, fish, hot dogs and cotton candy and provided by vendors in arts and crafts, fine art, antiques, etc.

In the discovery zone, the island is steeped with African-American history.

A bus will leave the AACS at 4422 North U.S. 1 on May 5, 8 a.m. and will return 4 p.m.

The cost is $35 per person.

If you’re interested in having fun at the shrimp festival, call the AACS at 386-447-7030.


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


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