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Churches nationwide struggling to find organists

Churches nationwide struggling to find organists

BY JONATHAN M. PITTS BALTIMORE SUN/TNS BALTIMORE – When the longtime organist at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Havre de Grace, Md., announced her retirement last fall, the leaders of the small 200-year-old congregation faced a bigger challenge than they knew. Music — particularly the music of the organ — is central to the life […]

Area churches preparing for busy Holy Week

Area churches preparing for busy Holy Week

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Easter is April 16 and there are plenty of activities and services for residents leading up to the Christian holiday. Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter Sunday, will include services hosted by the Daytona Beach Black Clergy Alliance. On Good Friday, April 14, the alliance will host its […]

Community greets Greater Friendship pastor, wife

Community greets Greater Friendship pastor, wife

Dr. Michael A. Chambers and his wife, Lizzie, received a warm welcome from the Daytona Beach community the evening of June 30 during a Meet and Greet held at Bethune-Cookman University. Chambers is the new pastor of Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. Chambers, who moved from Baltimore, Maryland, started pastoring Greater Friendship in May. He […]

Ormond Beach church to host Founder’s Day event

Ormond Beach church to host Founder’s Day event

Emmanuel Church of the Living God will observe its first Founder’s Day Celebration commemorating the legacy of the late bishop and founder, Dr. L. Delores Simmons-Ward. The church was founded by the bishop and her husband, Deacon George W. Ward. Bishop Simmons-Ward died on Nov. 23, 2015. She is survived by Deacon Ward. Evangelist Dr. Willie […]

Holly Hill to honor pastor and wife

Holly Hill to honor pastor and wife

New Life Church Ministries in Holly Hill is hosting the 25th pastoral appreciation for Pastor Victor and Lady Charline Gooden this weekend. The church is at 1625 Derbyshire Road. On July 8 at 7 p.m., the special guest will be the Rev. Dr. Milton Biggham. The special preacher at 11 a.m. on July 10 will […]

DAYTONA TIMES OUT & ABOUT

DAYTONA TIMES OUT & ABOUT

Residents observe Good Friday, Easter services There were plenty of Holy Week observances in the area last week. The Daytona Times was able to stop by services at two Daytona Beach churches. The Daytona Beach Black Clergy Alliance hosted a noon Good Friday service on March 25 at Mount Bethel Baptist Church. Superintendent Derrick Harris […]

Maryland minister to pastor Greater Friendship

Maryland minister to pastor Greater Friendship

Dr. Michael Chambers to preach Sunday, officially starts in May BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF The Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church of Daytona Beach has selected Dr. Michael A. Chambers, 49, of Baltimore, Md., as its new senior pastor. Chambers, a native of Mississippi, will deliver the sermon at 10:45 a.m. on Easter Sunday at church, […]

Black churches seeing big savings after going green

Black churches seeing big savings after going green

BY AVIS THOMAS-LESTER URBAN NEWS SERVICE The biggest challenge at Dr. Earl D. Trent Jr.’s historic Black church is raising enough money to do the Lord’s work. Trent, pastor of Washington, D.C.’s Florida Avenue Baptist Church, was grappling with that very issue five years ago when he heard a presentation about how going green could reduce […]

‘From the pit to the pulpit’

‘From the pit to the pulpit’

Former inmate to become a pastor at megachurch in Kansas BY LAURA BAUER KANSAS CITY STAR (TNS) KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Darryl Burton sits a few feet from his desk, where an open laptop waits. He’s got a research paper to write. At least 10 pages on the doctrine of Scripture and what the words […]

Young gospel artists put on powerful show

Young gospel artists put on powerful show

A Youth Benefit Concert called on Maurice Griffin, BET’s “Sunday Best” vocal finalist; Melvin Eugene Cotton, III, a.k.a. G.E.N.E.; and Jeremy Wallace and Peerless Songs of Worship for jammin’ recently contemporary gospel and hip-hop rap and exalting the name of Jesus. It evidenced the artists’ popularity and why they were called to the praise scene […]

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