Dr. David Blow and wife Dr. Danita Blow recently led high school juniors, seniors and their parents on “Exposure: College Road Trip 2016,” a spirit-led, educational experience with stops at Morgan State University, Howard University, tours of the nation’s capital, museums and monuments.
Dr. David Blow is the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church youth minister, under the pastoral leadership of the Rev. Edwin Coffie. Dr. Blow penned the notes of the trip.
They took on a personal, guided tour – a worship experience – and a gourmet breakfast at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden, a multi-campus ministry seating over 5,000 for a weekly attendance of upward 13,000 persons for one of four Sunday services. The Rev. John K. Jenkins is the pastor.
There were students who have never traveled outside of Florida or experienced the red carpet treatment of the youth ministry.
They experienced pride because the tour guides were men from the Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. and the Pi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. They introduced the students to the serious side of college life, which oftentimes is not portrayed on TV or in the movies.
From rare art to athletics
The students toured the museum at the Murphy Fine Arts Building, which boasts of rare art and artifacts from Africa at Morgan State University. At the Earl Graves School of Business, students sat in the Socratic-style lecture rooms and experienced a simulated stock exchange, a Wall Street style classroom that maintains reporting with only a three-minute delay.
On another side of the campus, the group toured the state-of-the-arts Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. School of Engineering and a multi-million-dollar earthquake simulation room, wind tunnel, storm surge lab, structural integrity testing area, and a roof-top, eco-friendly student area.
One of the most memorable experiences was meeting head basketball coach Todd Bozeman and seeing the entire athletic facility and fields. The young men learned about the rigors of Division 1 athletics and academics.
Other tours and a discussion were facilitated by Dean Emeritus Eugene Deloatch, Ph.D.; Dr. Craig Scott, and finance and budget officer John Parker.
Museums and MERGE
The excitement of the National Mall, museums and other sights and people proved almost overwhelming. Moreover, the group toured the Air and Space Museum, Museum of Natural History, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial and Howard University.
The group joined more than 900 other teens from the Washington, D.C. Maryland, and Virginia intersection (DMV) on the Ministry Center campus of the First Baptist Church of Glenarden.
They praised and worshiped during MERGE, a weekly, Friday night experience, ministering to youth, and supervised by countless adults for enjoying games and fellowship.
The youth gained an all-access tour of the worship center and the CNN-styled master control, from which the television broadcast is produced.
The adults were delighted that the return trip provided the youth the opportunity to share testimonies. Several youths are making preparations to attend Morgan State University, and both the youth and adults owe gratitude for providing the trip to Pastor Edwin Coffie and the members of the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church.
Food giveaway at First Church
The Women’s Missionary Society of First Church – pastored by the Rev. Gillard S. Glover – has scheduled a food giveaway for Nov. 12, 1 to 3 p.m. at the church – 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast.
For further details, call the church at 386-446-5759.
Thanksgiving dinner set for Nov. 23
Members and non-members alike are invited to the “Community Thanksgiving Dinner,” which is free of charge at First Church, Nov. 23, 3 to 6 p.m.
Chairman Nellie Chapman Davis says the church is planning to feed 125 persons. An invitation is extended from First Church at 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast.
For further details, contact the church at 386-446-5759.
NAACP to meet Nov. 15 at AACS
The Flagler County NAACP will meet at 6 p.m. Nov. 15 at the African American Cultural Society (AACS), 4422 North U.S. Highway 1, Palm Coast. The meeting was rescheduled to an earlier date because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
The election of officers and at-large members of the Executive Committee will take place. The polls will remain open from 6 to 8 p.m.
A member must be in good standing at least 30 days prior to the election in order to vote. Some form of identification will be required.
Should a run-off election be required, the membership will be notified well in advance with the location, date and the time of the run-off election.
For further details, call the Flagler County NAACP at 386-446-7822.
Humanitarian Award Banquet coming
Standing head and shoulders above peers, some special person will be honored at the First Annual Humanitarian Award Banquet of Nov. 19, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 55 Town Center Boulevard, Palm Coast.
It will be “An Evening of Hope’’ sponsored by Abundant Life Ministries – Hope House, Inc.
Tickets are $45 per person or a table for eight at $350.
To purchase tickets, call 386-597-2861, or email the administrator at almhhi.org.
Free weight management program available
Looking for a way to lose weight and get healthier? A new weight management program is available at the Flagler Extension Office, a University of Florida annex.
The no-cost, healthy lifestyle program aims to help participants lose weight, increase fitness, improve nutrition, and manage stress. Compensation for travel will be provided.
So call today 352-273-5235, and find out more about the program.
As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted, and bereaved.
Birthday wishes to my sister-in-law, Blossom Coaxum in the Bronx, Nov. 10; Sasha Delaney, Nov. 11; Ashley Thomas and Shaunte’ White, Nov. 14.
Happy anniversary to Richard and Rose Williams, Nov. 12; and Bill and Shirley Day, Nov. 16.