Five Flagler youth to compete in ACT-SO competition

01_JerolineMcCarthy01Since they brought home a medalist before – namely, Xavier Ryan and his bronze medal in photography – they are on the move with five finalists for racking up more at the 105th Annual NAACP National Convention in Las Vegas. They singled out the ACT-SO winners during a banquet recently at the African American Cultural Society to determine who will compete at the national competition. The local ACT-SO Culinary Arts Competition will take place April 19, 1 p.m., at LeCordon Bleu in Orlando.

Shekinah Maybin, Geraldine Simon, Dominic Davis, Alexis Williams and Elexus Jefferson will take an all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas to compete in the national ACT-SO awards ceremony.
Shekinah Maybin, Geraldine Simon, Dominic Davis, Alexis Williams and Elexus Jefferson will take an all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas to compete in the national ACT-SO awards ceremony.

ACT-SO centers on 26 categories ranging from performing arts and music to mathematics, biology and business for the 36th Annual Awards Ceremony of the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics, a major youth initiative of the NAACP.

Emcee Rose Griffin geared up with the ACT-SO Committee to present awards, entertainment, and a motivational speech by Terence S. Culver, Ph.D, principal of Belle Terre Elementary School.

Linda Sharpe Haywood is the branch president; Stephanie Ecklin, the ACT-SO Chair, along with her title of President of the African American Cultural Society. Assisting Ecklin is the ACT-SO Co-Chair Barbara Solomon.

It is worth mentioning that the ACT-SO sponsors are Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, LeCordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Staples, the Flagler County Youth Center, and Walmart. It is also worth saying that there was down-home cooking prepared by Edward Tucker Caterers Unlimited.

Revving up and ready to hit Las Vegas come July are Shekinah Maybin for her talent in drama; Geraldine Simon for photography; Dominic Davis, playwriting; Alexis Williams, vocal; and Elexus Jefferson, sculpting. Hovering around the finalists to coach them were Denise Rose, Andre Maybin and The Main Ingredient’s lead singer Cuba Gooding, Sr., best known for “Everybody Plays the Fool”  as well as the proud dad of actor Cuba Gooding, Jr.

Pastor continues ‘Letting Go’ series
140320_dt_palmcoast01bShouts rang out with handclaps of acclamation for a sermon preached by the Rev. Gillard S. Glover. It was part of a series begun March 9 at First Church. The electrifying worship and dynamic preaching are on fire through the presence of the Holy Spirit.

If you are seeking good preaching and sound teaching, I invite you as a steward at First Church to join us. The invite is open to the inclusiveness of all people. You’ll access the sermon series, “Letting Go,” which will shed light on a path of turning away from the same issues.

Join Pastor Glover on March 23 for his dynamic sermon, “Letting Go of the Persistent Pursuit of Profit,” from John 2:13-25; March 30 for “Letting Go of the Passion for Possessions,” from Matthew 19:16-23, and April 6, “Letting Go of Popularity,” Matthew 27:22-23 and John 12:12-13.

Pastor Glover’s preaching will continue April 13 with “Letting Go In Prayer,” from Matthew 26:34-46; Easter Sunday, 6 a.m., with “Letting Go of the Grave , Part I”, and  Easter Sunday, 10 a.m., for the Resurrection Celebration, “Letting Go of the Grave, Part II.”

First Church is located at 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast, which can be reached at 386-446-5759.

Board cancels Black Heritage Festival
The Afro-American Caribbean Heritage Organization’s Board of Directors has decided to cancel the Black Heritage Festival scheduled for March 22 at Palm Coast Community Center.

The board anticipated having a quality event, but knowing that all things must work together to achieve a successful festival, the board decided to cancel the event. Moreover, they are planning the festival’s return in 2015.


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

Birthday wishes to Christopher W. Robinson, March 21; young Mason Sword, Arthur Pete, Rory Ragoonan, March 22; Evangelist Robin Darling Campos, March 24; Vicki Seward, March 26, and a belated birthday to Joy Eurie, March 19.



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