Ministers help facilitate B-CU’s ‘Exploring Gifts and Graces’ youth program

jeroline mccarthyForty-two “Exploring Gifts and Graces (EGG)” program students visited the Life Enrichment Center, a United Methodist retreat camp in Fruitland Park, last month.

Students, completing Phase 2 of “On Eagles Wings,” shaping 33 juniors and seniors from around the state, visited with nine Bethune-Cookman University mentors from the Youth Theology Institute, School of Religion, headed by the Rev. Dr. Randolph Bracy, dean.

The Youth Theology Institute, School of Religion at Bethune-Cookman University, sponsors the “Exploring Gifts and Graces” (EGG) program.(PHOTO COURTESY OF DR. DAVID BLOW)
The Youth Theology Institute, School of Religion at Bethune-Cookman University, sponsors the “Exploring Gifts and Graces” (EGG) program.

Workshops on biblical principles were facilitated by Drs. David and Danita Blow, the Rev. Constance Pope and Deborah (Dr. Dee) Henson-Governor facilitated “Faith Exploration,” emphasizing God, Gift, Passion, Spiritual Growth and Opportunities Conversation through Cups of Love.

Dr. David Blow shared the achievements of the “Exploring Gifts and Graces” program.

Moreover, Dr. Alice Wood held a workshop on anxiety and depression that youths are facing today.

The discussion led into a worship service, delivered by the Blows. The service left students spirit-filled and ready to return for Phase 3 in the spring.

Summer program
Bethune-Cookman University has been blessed to host another summer youth program for current high school juniors and seniors during the week of July 15-23, 2017.

“Exploring Gifts and Graces: Summer Adventure in Theology and Leadership” is powered by the Youth Theology Institute, School of Religion at Bethune-Cookman University, and is funded by a $600,000 grant from the Lilly Foundation, Inc.

With an end goal to further educate about God, students are encouraged to express themselves through their individual gifts.

The EGG program is a nine-day summer program, where participants live, work and play on campus at Bethune-Cookman. This amazing program allows students to get an early college experience, an opportunity to improve their social skills, and work together to build a better and stronger social foundation.

Christ-focused program
The summer theology program will help alleviate the lack of knowledge about Christ and the lack of knowledge in the visual and performing arts. The arts are extraordinary skill sets that are often unrecognizable without understanding or knowing their importance.

In the eyes of God, individual gifts are given to promote faith and community. The youth program allows its leaders, staff and students to express their love for Christ in their own personal, unique way. With an emphasis on creativity and the arts, participants will create a special worship experience on the final day of the program.

The EGG’s 50 high school students will arrive from around Florida on the afternoon of July 15, 2017. Upon arrival, they will be greeted by 12 Bethune-Cookman undergraduates, who will serve as counselors and mentors. Families and friends will be invited to share in the worship experience that will take place on the final day of July 23.

First Church Choir to perform ‘Messiah’
Handel’s classic, popular oratorio, “Messiah,” will bring musical magic, and will be performed by the First Church Choir.

Dr. Samuel Shingles, former Music and Fine Arts director of the phenomenal Edward Waters Concert Choir, will be the director of the choral works.

Dr. Shingles is currently director of the Paxon Concert Choir and the Women’s Chorus at the Paxon School for Advanced Studies in Jacksonville. Both choirs are Triple Superior Choirs awarded by the Florida State MPA Competition.

The presentation of “Messiah” unfolds Dec. 10, 4 p.m., for a one-day engagement.

The admission is free, but a freewill offering will be requested.

The Rev. Dr. Gillard S. Glover serves as pastor of First Church, located at 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast.

For further details, contact the church at 386-446-5759.

Ergonomics the topic of Lunch N’ Lecture
Ergonomics, the study of performing tasks by preventing repetitive strains and injuries, will be discussed in a City of Palm Coast Lunch N’ Lecture Series. Cora Rehabilitation Clinic will show how ergonomics can make daily living easier and life more relaxing.

That’s 11 a.m., Dec. 9, in the Community Wing of City Hall at 160 Lake Avenue, Palm Coast.

The lecture is free, but registration is required. So call 386-986-2323, or register at

Starlight Holiday Parade is Dec. 10
Make the Palm Coast Starlight Holiday Parade a part of your adventure!

That’s 7 p.m., Dec. 10, with visits and photos with Santa from 4 – 6 p.m. There will be food trucks and family-fun entertainment.

A parade feature will be lighted floats starting 7 p.m. at Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Avenue, Palm Coast.

For further details, call 386-986-2323, or log on at

Caribbean food shopping trip set
Fill your day with friends on a “Wholesale Food Shopping Trip” in West Palm Beach at the Caribbean Food Service Markets.

Start with the freshest produce in tropical fruits and vegetables and the choicest fish and meats.

Bring shopping bags and a cooler to keep your purchases fresh.

The bus will leave Dec. 10, 7:30 a.m. from the African American Cultural Society. It will return 6:30 p.m.

So spend a little time to reserve your spot.

Reservations are required, and no refunds will be made.

The cost is $50 per person for round-trip transportation and gratuity.

Checks may be mailed to the African American Cultural Society, P.O. Box 350607, Palm Coast, FL 32135. Or if you prefer, call 386-447-7030. Reservations also can be made online at


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

Birthday wishes to David Freckleton, Ernestine Logan, Bill Day, Dec. 5; and Larry Wettlin, Dec. 6.



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