A future physical therapist, architect, civil engineer and global neonatal nurse are getting a helping hand with college, thanks the 50+ Ministry at Voices of Faith Ministries, whose main campus is in Stone Mountain.
Every year, the ministry gives $500 scholarships to deserving college-bound members of the church. This year, four students received the scholarships: 17-year-old Francisco Clark, Jr., a graduate of Archer High School, who will be attending Georgia Southern University; Andrew Green, an 18-year-old graduate of Arabia Mountain High School in DeKalb County who will be attending Atlanta’s Morehouse College; Asia Howard, an 18-year-old graduate of DeKalb Early College Academy who will be attending Valdosta State University; and 17-year-old Leah Smith, a graduate of DeKalb’s Stephenson High School who will be attending Kennesaw State University.
All of the high school graduates received their scholarships at Voices of Faith’s July 27 worship service.
“These four extraordinary recipients of this year’s award had outstanding church and extra-curricular community activities, remarkable essays, excellent school standing and have strong faith,” said Bishop Gary Hawkins, pastor of the church. “We have taught these students to reach above and beyond their expectations in their future endeavors. We thank God for the 50+ ministry. They work hard every year to put these scholarships together for our youth.”
Andrew Green said he appreciates the scholarship as he pursues a career path to remodel cities and to lead other large engineering projects.
“From the neighborhoods of Atlanta to war-stricken areas such as Palestine, my goal is to provide living conditions fit for royalty, but available to every person without any kind of discrimination,” said Green. “With the support of Bishop Hawkins and my family, I have adopted an outstanding amount of optimism and look forward to the future.”
The scholarship served as a way for the ministry to celebrate 17 years of helping community. Members of the 50+ Ministry’s scholarship committee say the scholarship funds are provided from an annual golf tournament and donations from congregation members.
Besides the annual scholarship, the church’s 50+ Ministry also offers the community “Grandma’s Hands,” in which senior citizens mentor children ages 5-12 through activities and events; and the 50+ Ministry also volunteers at Traditions Nursing Home in Lithonia every third Saturday to offer companionship.
“We thank everyone at the church for helping us with this scholarship and we are thankful to our recipients for their hard work and dedication to get here today,” said Debra Higgins, who serves as president of the 50+ Ministry. “As a church, we must continue to support these great young minds.”
For scholarship recipient Leah Smith, the funds serve as an affirmation of faith that with hard work and dedication, blessings flow.
St. Philip to host food pantry grand opening
Saint Philip AME Church, 240 Candler Road, Atlanta, will host a grand opening and food pantry dedication service on Saturday, Aug. 9, 1 – 2 p.m.
“We welcome all to come and join Pastor William D. Watley and the church’s missionary society for this joyful occasion as we celebrate our food pantry,” said Anna Sutton, program chairperson. “We are ecstatic and overjoyed to announce the dedication of the new and improved food pantry.”
Saint Philip AME Church, under the guidance of the Nettie Lewis Moore Missionary Society, established the food pantry for emergency food assistance over the past two years. Church members say there has been a steady increase in the number of applicants served.
The Nettie Lewis Moore Missionary Society received the Capacity Building Grant from the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Members say they used the grant to acquire sufficient commercial equipment to help increase distribution to the community. Some items included a larger refrigerator, freezer and a truck for food pickup.
The pantry will be open to serve eligible families after the dedication and will be hosting a food drive. The public is invited and food donations are being accepted. 404-371-0749.
Beulah Baptist sets prostate cancer conversation
Beulah Missionary Baptist Church will host “A Community Conversation: Prostate Cancer” on Saturday, Aug. 9, 11 a.m., in the church’s Family Life Center, 2340 Clifton Springs Road, Decatur.
Men in the community are invited to participate in this open platform discussion. Men will be able to talk with prostate cancer doctors, specialists, and survivors and receive educational material and free PSA and DRE testing.
Hosted by former Atlanta Falcon and radio personality Jamie Dukes, the event is co-sponsored by the Health Resource Ministry and the Joshua Man Brotherhood of Beulah, Georgia Urology, Midtown Urology, and the Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia.
Pre-registration will be offered on Sunday, Aug. 3. For more information or to register, call 404-241-7531.
“Praise Extravaganza” set in Conyers
Pastors Justin and Renee Cannon will join High Praise Christian Tabernacle for a “Praise Extravaganza” on Saturday, Aug. 16, 12 – 6:30 p.m., at the Wheeler Park Pavilion, 1350 Parker Road, Conyers.
The free community event includes singing, dancing and comedy acts. Some featured performers on a list of more than 15 acts are Kiesha Covington, Sovereign Praise, B. Mart, Daniel Petty and Taboc, The Sawyers and Patrick Parker, Jr.
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for this dress down event. Children can also enjoy a face painting station, hot dogs, chips and ice cream. Contests will be held as well. 404-697-6356.