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November 17, 2019 Issue 40 Volume 44

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National News:

Black Teen Suicide Reaches Historical Highs

Sheldon Neeley Sworn In As Mayor of Flint

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Around Town:

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Announces $1 Million in Grants for Flint Neighborhoods

See the story on page 2.

Local Partnership to Rehab Vacant Homes in North Flint Gets a Boost from the Consumers Energy Foundation

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National News:

Rory Gamble Named First African American UAW President See the story on page 2.

UPFRONT: SPEAK to BE HEARD See the story on page 10.


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Sheldon Neeley Sworn in as Mayor of Flint By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer

Flint, Mich. - Sheldon Neeley was sworn in Monday, Nov. 11 as Mayor of the City of Flint. The former Democratic State Representative resigned his after defeating incumbent Mayor Karen Weaver in the Tuesday, Nov. 5 general election. Neeley will serve a four-year term. A special election will be held March 10, 2020 to fill the 34th District House seat vacated by Neeley who was serving his final term in Lansing.

Local Partnership to Upgrade and Sell Vacant Homes in Flint Gets a $250,000 Boost from the Consumers Energy Foundation

During his inaugural remarks as Flint’s new Mayor, Neeley pledged to be transparent with voters and work together with city council. “This is a day of unity. Unity is strength,” said Mayor Neeley who also vowed to help the Flint Board of Education, which is contemplating closing more schools as it faces a $5 million budget shortfall. Neeley said the State of Michigan will perform a transitionary audit of the city’s finances. He promised to be transparent with voters about the audit findings. “The elephant in the room is truth,” the Mayor said. Staff Appointments Mayor Neeley named Phil Hart as Flint’s interim Chief of Police. Hart is also running for Genesee County Sheriff along with Undersheriff Chris Swanson and former Flint Police Chief Timothy Johnson who resigned following the Nov. 5 general election and announced plans to run for Genesee County Sheriff. Mayor Neeley named Brian Larkin as chief of staff.

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Announces $1 Million in Grants for Flint Neighborhoods Residents are invited to submit ideas and help decide where the money goes Flint, Michigan – The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has announced that it will commit $1 million to address neighborhood improvements, safety and blight in Flint in the coming year. Ridgway White, president and CEO of the Foundation, made the announcement via a Facebook video.  The announcement comes after months of dialogue with the community. The Foundation hosted 28 conversations throughout the city of Flint and heard from nearly 400 residents and business owners who shared their priorities for making Flint a better place to live, learn, work and play.  “Residents told us a focus on neighborhoods is their top priority, and they want to see improvements to address safety and blight,” said White. “We want to be able to respond quickly to those concerns.”   Because the Foundation wants to make it easy for people to provide input, residents may submit ideas at focusonflint.org/ideas, send e-mail to focusonflint@mott.org or call the Foundation at 810-2374888. The Foundation will accept ideas until Nov. 30.  In keeping with what residents identified as their top concerns, community members are asked submit ideas in the following categories: •

demolition;

housing improvements;

neighborhood clean-ups and beautification; and

streetlight and sidewalk repairs.

After ideas are collected, Mott Foundation staff will report what they heard and give the community opportunities to weigh in and help determine where the Foundation’s money will go.  “We appreciate residents taking time to share their experiences and advice with us,” White said. “We’re excited to have their help and insight regarding the best ways to strengthen neighborhoods throughout the city.”

Flint, Mich. - The Consumers Energy Foundation is backing a plan to provide new housing opportunities in Flint with a $250,000 grant award that will be used to upgrade and sell over three dozen vacant homes to first-time homebuyers in Flint. Metro Community Development will provide new housing opportunities in the north part of Flint through the grant, which is part of the Foundation’s first-ever Prosperity Awards. Officials with the nonprofit organization, the Consumers Energy Foundation and the Genesee County Land Bank announced the award on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Mount Tabor Missionary Baptist Church, near the first home that will be renovated. “We are excited to play a role in the revitalization of Flint, which is part of Consumers Energy’s commitment to people, the planet and Michigan’s prosperity,” said Brandon Hofmeister, president of the Consumers Energy Foundation. “Our Prosperity Awards represent that commitment in action, working with great organizations to help Michigan continue to be a great place to live, work and innovate.” “This funding will enable us to strengthen neighborhoods by transforming abandoned houses into affordable and attractive residences for first-time homebuyers,” said Brian Glowiak, CEO of Metro Community Development. “It is literally the gift that continues to give as we will leverage the proceeds from each home sale to purchase and renovate additional homes. This will multiply the momentum for cultivating pride, ownership and reinvestment in our community.” The $250,000 grant will support the organization’s Acquisition and Rehabilitation Program by facilitating the purchase and rehabilitation of vacant homes into safe, affordable housing for resale to income-eligible homebuyers. The program will support up to 37 homes over the next decade. Metro Community Development and other community leaders are working to improve housing and create housing and employment opportunities for Flint residents. The new program will work with a local building contractor and deploy young people from Metro Flint YouthBuild, a national workforce a national workforce readiness program funded through the U.S. Department of Labor, to rehabilitate homes. “The Genesee County Land Bank is pleased to partner with Metro Community Development to see abandoned tax foreclosed structures transformed into safe and affordable homes for Flint families,” said Michele Wildman, executive director of the Genesee County Land Bank. “I applaud this partnership to help strengthen neighborhoods in Flint and ensure that first-time home buyers have access to affordable housing,” U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee said. “I thank the Consumers Energy Foundation and Metro Community Development for their partnership on this project, which will hire Flint residents and bring new economic investment to our city.” The Consumers Energy Foundation will contribute $500,000 to Michigan nonprofits through its Prosperity Awards, which are the second of three $500,000 grant allocations this year totaling $1.5 million. Planet Awards winners were announced in April, and applications for People Awards that support job readiness are being reviewed. (Story Photos by L. M. Land)


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Around Town Community Leaders, Business & Hospitality Professionals honored at the 6th Annual Art of Achievement Awards The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce and the Flint & Genesee Convention and Visitors Bureau presented Art of Achievement Awards to 17 exemplary businesses, community leaders and hospitality professionals for their significant contributions to the region’s success in 2019. The Art of Achievement Awards was held Thursday, Nov. 7. A sold-out crowd of nearly 375 people packed the Flint Institute of Arts where Master of Ceremonies Steve Landaal presented the awards to this year’s honorees. Now in its sixth year, the awards’ gala is a community-wide celebration of the accomplishments that are helping to move Flint & Genesee forward. In addition, the late William S. White was honored posthumously with the Charles Stewart Mott Award, which recognizes a citizen who has made significant contributions to the advancement and well-being of Flint & Genesee in the tradition the man for whom the award is named. Ridgway White, president and CEO of The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, accepted the award on behalf of his father, who died Oct. 9. “The Art of Achievement Awards provide the perfect opportunity to publicly recognize some of the many contributors to our region’s economic growth and strong sense of community,” said Landaal, chairman of Landaal Packaging Systems and past chair of the Chamber’s Operating Board. “The winners are the individuals and hospitality professionals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.” The gala included the honorees of the Art Hurand and Claire M. White awards, which recognize exceptional community leadership. “Tonight’s award recipients are companies, nonprofit organizations and individuals who give more than what’s asked,” said Chamber CEO Tim Herman. “They go the extra mile to ensure that their customers and communities have positive experiences.” The 6th  Annual Art of Achievement Awards honored the following businesses and individuals: • CEO Business Award – Teachout Security Solutions •

Economic Development Project of the Year Award – Peckham, Inc.

Small Business Award – Spud Software

Minority Owned Business Award – Creative Hair School of Cosmetology

Nonprofit Impact Award – Voices for Children Advocacy Center

Young Professional Leader Award – Brian Caine, Miracle League of Greater Flint

Community Champion Award – Bob Nichols, FIRST Robotics, Kettering University

Claire M. White Award – Kathleen “Kitty” Gazall, Gazall, Lewis & Associates Architects

Art Hurand Award – Dr. Bobby Mukkamala

C.S. Mott Award – William S. White (posthumously), The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Gloria J. DeHart Award – Flint Institute of Arts

Hospitality Ambassador Award – James Yates, Ascension Genesys Conference & Banquet Center

Frontline Ambassador Award – Telakia Martin, Fairfield Inn & Suites Flint Fenton

Restaurant of the Year – Blondie’s Food & Spirits

Hotel of the Year – Fairfield Inn & Suites Flint Grand Blanc

Entertainment Venue of the Year Award – Applewood Estate

Certified Tourism Ambassador of the Year Award – David Martin, Genesee County Commissioner

“As we move the region forward, there are signs of recovery and revitalization. Through strategic partnerships and clear focus, we are becoming a place where businesses want to locate, grow and expand, and equally important where people want to make a life,” Herman said. “Our forward momentum is real. And not just in downtown Flint but, in neighborhoods and throughout Genesee County.”

MDHHS Urges Residents to Get Vaccinated Against Influenza

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is encouraging all residents to protect themselves against influenza and its potentially life-threatening consequences by getting vaccinated. Although flu activity is only being seen sporadically across the state, the flu season is unpredictable and it’s important to get vaccinated before influenza activity becomes widespread in our communities. “Residents should receive their flu vaccine today to have optimal protection throughout the flu season,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “The flu vaccine is the most important tool available to prevent yourself and your families from getting the flu. It can also reduce the severity of symptoms if you do get sick.” Influenza is not the “stomach flu” and not just a “bad cold.” It is a highly contagious respiratory illness that can lead to extreme sickness and even death. The 2018-2019 flu season saw an estimated 647,000 hospitalizations and up to 61,000 deaths resulted from influenza infections nationwide. In Michigan, four children died from flu-related complications. However, only 46.1 percent of Michiganders reported receiving a flu vaccine last season, below the national rate of 49.2 percent. Everyone six months of age and older should receive a flu vaccine every year. Getting your flu vaccine protects not only yourself but those around you who may have serious complications if they get the flu. Typically, those most severely affected are children younger than 5 years old, people with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women and individuals over the age of 65. Flu vaccination during pregnancy protects infants for the first several months of their lives and lowers their risk of flu-related hospitalization by 72 percent. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) promotes the “Take Three Actions” approach to prevent the spread of influenza. •

First, take time to get yourself and your family vaccinated.

Second, take everyday preventive actions such as covering your cough, washing your hands and avoiding close contact with those who are sick to stop the spread of germs.

Third, take flu antiviral medications if prescribed by your doctor.

Although flu activity in Michigan is still at low levels, high levels of activity have been observed in other states. Nationally, two children have died due to influenza complications already this flu season. It takes up to two weeks after the vaccine is administered before the body builds up enough immunity to prevent the flu, so Michigan residents should get vaccinated now to protect themselves before flu activity increases in Michigan. The flu shot is made with inactivated or killed viruses and cannot give you influenza. There is currently ample supply of flu vaccine available at many locations throughout Michigan, including doctors’ offices, pharmacies and local health departments. To find a location near you, visit Vaccinefinder.org. For more information on influenza vaccines and flu activity throughout Michigan, go to Michigan.gov/flu.  

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religious notes

CHURCH OF THE HARVEST INTERNATIONAL 2202 W Dartmouth St Bishop Neal Robinson

FATHER, SON & HOLY SPIRIT MINISTRIES 3233 Thom Street Jesse Wilson, Jr. Pastor

GREATER HOLY TEMPLE 6702 N. Dort Highway Bishop Roger L. Jones, Sr. Pastor

It is with great joy that Bishop Neal Roberson & The Church of the Harvest International extend a special invitation to you to the Initial Sermon of Minister Jermaine Roberson & Minister RoShawnda Townsend on Sunday, December 1, 2019 during our 10:30 A.M. morning service.  

We invite you to come and worship with us on Sunday, December1, 2019 for a “Word from the Lord” delivered by Min. Tony Ryan. Sunday Church School is at 9:30 A.M. and morning worship will begin at 11:00 A.M. Come and be blessed, expecting to experience a morning of high praise and anointed worship unto the Lord. See you there!

Our Mass Choir Anniversary Pre-Thanksgiving Praise Service is Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 6:00 pm. (doors open 5:30 pm). Guests include: Bro. Jeremy Cornelius, Tehillah Liturgical Dance Ministry, The Flint, City Wide Choir, The Givenaires, Refuge Temple Church of Flint Choir and Greater Holy Temple Mass Choir. Come praise the Lord with Us! For more info call 810-513-4054

As you know, there is nothing quite so encouraging as the support of brothers and sisters in Christ, especially during such a special occasion as the presentation of a first sermon! Minister Roberson & Minister Townsemnd would appreciate your presence here as this great journey in their ministry continues. EVERLASTING BAPTIST CHURCH 4512 Dupont St. Rev. Ryan K. Mixon, Pastor Everlasting Baptist Church will be honoring their Pastor and Wife, Rev. Ryan K. and Twynette Mixon on their 14th Year Anniversary on Sunday, November 17th, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. morning worship. Guest churches will be Mt. Sinai, Pastor Morris Collins and El Bethel, Pastor Daniel Griffin. Pastor Griffin will bring the message. Theme: “God’s Chosen Vessel” from Jeremiah 3:15. Family, Friends and the community are invited to share with us as we celebrate this special occasion. All are welcome.

FLINT STEWART CHAPEL MISSION 4601 Clio Rd. Rev. Victoria McKenze, Pastor & Bro. George McKenze Jr., 1st Gentleman A new church start - An OpenDoor Church. Services are every Friday evening. Pearls of Wisdom Topical Group Study @ 6:00 p.m. and praise and worship service @ 7:00 p.m. Pearls of Wisdom aim is to answer questions and offer words of encouragement through the study of God’s word. GALILEAN BAPTIST CHURCH 109 W. Holbrook Rev. Sean D. Payne, Pastor Join us on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 28 at 10:00 a.m. for our O Give Thanks Praise and Worship with our guest preacher Pastor Daquan Ford of Zion Valley Baptist Church of Saginaw, MI. Come out and give thanks unto the Lord for all He has done.

AREA CHURCHES The CROSS MBC

3065 W. Coldwater Road 785-1899 Pastor Oscar W. Hare

FIRST NEW LIFE MBC

FA M I LY M B C

2520 Dupont Street 810-424-3922 Rev. Charles W. Levy, Sr., Pastor

NEW ISRAEL MBC

605 E Gracelawn Ave. 789-6563 Pastor Fletcher Johnson 742-1556

3417 N. Saginaw Street 785-1702 789-3646 Pastor Daniel Bridges

FIRST UNION MBC

QUINN CHAPEL AME

7004 Fleming Road 787-2731 Pastor A. Powell, Jr. 877-4568

ST. PETER CME

2101 Lippincott Blvd. 238-5636 Rev. Sharinese Jackson

UPPER ROOM MBC

771 E. Pierson Road Pastor Llewellyn Jones 785-6321

6009 N. Saginaw St. 789-6445 Pastor Alvin Bradford 233-6680

MT. SINAI MBC

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1215 E. Downey 787-7099 Pastor Morris A. Collins, Sr.

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JACKSON MEMORIAL TEMPLE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST G-3155 W. Carpenter Rd., Pastor: Bishop J. Drew Sheard 1 Annual Fall Flea Market & Bazaar will take place at the church, on Friday & Saturday November 22 & 23, 2019, 10 a.m. until 5p.m. There will be: Crafts, Clothes, Jewelry, Housewares, Food, Fun and much more. For Vendor and other information call Sandy Brown at 810-210-4335. st

MT. CALVARY MBC 4805 N. Saginaw St. Rev. Henry L. Fuller, Jr., Pastor Mt. Calvary’s “Alpha House” a ministry to assist in the area of providing clothing for the family is open each week on Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and can be reached at (810) 787-2563 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. M-F. MT. OLIVE MBC 424 Kennelworth Ave. Rev. Jevon Q. Catlett, Pastor Losing a loved one is always difficult, but GriefShare can help. GriefShare is a special weekly seminar & support group designed to help you rebuild your life. We will offer GriefShare classes going on now thru December 2nd, 2019, from 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm in the Roy I. Greer Family Life Center Room 103. There is a $15 fee for the participant workbook. Scholarships are available. Workbooks can be obtained from the church office or prior to each class. Please contact the church office at 810-234-8168 between 10 am – 6 pm, Tuesday - Thursday.

NO GREATER FAITH 778 E. Holbrook Ave. Rev. Clarence Lee

The No Greater Faith M.B.C. Women’s Day program is November 17, 2019, at 3:00 pm; Our is Theme “Strength of a Godly Woman”, Speaker 1st Lady Sonya Payne from Galilean Baptist Church. Come Join us. RESURRECTION CHURCH G-5165 Detroit St. Bishop Birdis Shields, Pastor If you need lawn care/yard cleanup services, please call Prime Cut Lawn Care and Renovations @ 810.336.0802 for information and reservations. We offer great customer service, that you can rely on. Call us Today! THE CROSS M.B.C. 3063 W. Coldwater Rd. Rev. Oscar Hare, Pastor The Cross would like to invite you our Pastor’s 5th Appreciation celebration services on November 17th and November 24th, 2019 beginning at 11:00 A.M. Everyone is welcome to worship with us. The following churches will be our guest. November 17th, 2019 Jachin Baptist Church, Pastor, Rev. Derrick Watkins.November 24th, 2019 Providence M.B. Church, Pastor, Rev. Edward Burns. TRUE HOPE CHRISTIAN 3116 W. PIERSON Rd. (Five-Fold Ministry Building) We present: Soup & Sandwich Saturday - Every 1st Saturday from 12-2pm. All are welcome!!! WOLVERINE STATE BAPTIST CONVENTION Young People’s Department Director, Debra Johnson The Wolverine State Convention Young People’s Department is accepting new members for the Praise Dance Ministry. If you are between the ages of 5 and 18 years of age and interested in giving God your praise through the ministry of Liturgical Dance, please contact Director Debra Johnson at 810-742-1556. Sis. Paula Davis is the Woman’s Auxiliary President, and Dr. Roy L Manning Sr, Convention President.

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Rev. Clifford W. Burks

Faith That Escapes Corruption 2 Peter 1:1-15 Golden Text: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 2 Peter 1:4 Lesson Outline I. Greeting 2 Peter 1:1-2 II. Godliness 2 Peter 1:3-11 III. Remembering 2 Peter 1:12-15 Lesson Context Peter's second letter consists of only three chapters (61 total verses), yet it presents several intriguing connections to other books of the New Testament. Many have noted the overlap of material between 2 Peter and Jude. Both letters express concern that false teachers would try to lead Christians astray (compare 2 Peter 1:20). Such teachers claimed authority and insight from God that they did not have. The warning from the apostle Peter is stated in terms of "damnable heresies" (2 Peter 2:1). Another cross-connection is found in 2 Peter 1:16-18, which refers to the transfiguration of Jesus recorded in the Gospels (compare Matthew 17:1-5). That pivotal and spectacular event revealed the true nature of Jesus and His glory to His inner circle of disciples of Peter, James, and John. Peter continued to tell of this event for some 30 years, bringing credibility to his preaching and teaching (Acts 2:14-36; 8:25; 1 Peter 2:2325; etc.). An obvious connection between I and 2 Peter is not so clear however. The style of writing in 2 Peter is much rougher than the elegant Greek of 1 Peter. This difference may be explained in 1 Peter 5:12, which indicates that Peter had the help of Silas in writing the first letter. There is no record that Silas, perhaps a more educated man, helped write 2 Peter. Without a writing partner, it makes sense that Peter's solo work on 2 Peter resulted in a different style than that of 1 Peter. Peter wrote his second letter in the context of the persecution of Christians in the city of Rome. He wrote under duress, believing his own death to be near (see commentary on 2 Peter 1:13-15,below). The grim reality of persecution in Rome under Emperor Nero (reigned AD 54-68) served to focus Peter’s thoughts in the direction we see in today's lesson text. I. Greeting: 2 Peter 1:1-2 la. Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ. Simon Peter identifies himself with both his Hebrew and Greek names. His given Hebrew name can also be spelled "Simeon" (see Genesis 29:33;49:5).If names in two languages were not enough, Jesus called Simon "Cephas," the Aramaic version of Greek "Peter"; both names mean "stone" (John l:42) or "rock" (Matthew 16:18). Peter further identifies himself in terms of two roles. The word servant (absent from I Peter 1:1) implies that one has a master (compare 2 Peter 2:19). Such a master is the servant "lord." In calling himself a servant of Jesus Christ, Peter identifies his Lord. Peter's use of the designation apostle reminds his readers that he has been given authority by Christ himself (see Matthew 10:2; 28:16-20; Galatians 2:8; I Peter 1:1). This title reveals that the person who is so designated is sent by or on behalf of someone else. To accept a role as Jesus' apostle means Peter believes that his mission and authority come from his Lord Jesus, not from Peter's own aspirations. Simon Peter referred to himself only as Peter in his first letter (see 1 Peter l:l). The lengthening of his name may suggest that he is asserting his authority more strenuously than before. This impulse is probably linked to the false teachers that have

him concerned for his audience (see the Lesson Context). Peter is fighting for and exercising his apostolic voice. lb. To them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. Those to whom Peter writes possess a precious faith like his own. By use of the plural us, he is including other firsthand witnesses of Jesus' ministry, especially the other apostles (compare 2Peter 3:2). Such faith comes as a gift because of the righteousness of God, which has made away for all people to come to saving faith in Jesus. Peter presents a high view of the deity of Christ, the apostle's remembered and living Lord (compare John 14:7-11). Most scholars believe that by the phrase God and our Savior Jesus Christ, Peter refers not to Father and Son, but to the Son only. In so doing, Peter emphasizes Jesus' deity instead of His humanity. 2. Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord. Peter's desire that grace (a Greek greeting) and peace (a Hebrew greeting) be multiplied the lives of his readers echoes his salutation in 1 Peter 1:2 (see Lesson Context of lesson l2). This speaks to having peace with God, not mere earthly peace. Although Peter was primarily an apostle to the Jews (Galatians 2:9), he was the one chosen to reveal God's will for including Gentiles in salvation (Acts 10:1-ll:18). Because of God’s grace, everyone can experience peace with Him. Referring to Jesus as our Lord groups Peter's audience with the apostles once again. Not only do they share the faith (again, see 2 Peter 1:1b); they also share in their roles as servants of the Lord. No one can follow the Lord without being subject to the Lord (contrast 2:1-3). II. Godliness: 2 Peter 1:13-11 3. According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue. God interacts with believers through his divine nature and the results are gifts we need. Specifically, God's working in our lives provides life defined by godliness, which prepares us for His glory and virtue. All of this depends on our knowledge of him, which is not propositional or "book knowledge" as much as personal relationship. As we know God better, we live the godly life more completely. We will never match God’s perfect standards, but we still progress toward excellence in our lifestyle. The concept of virtue is well known to the Greek philosophers. Those great thinkers argue about what should be the primary characteristics of moral and ethical behavior. Before Peter's day, Plato proposed the cardinal virtues of discernment, courage, moderation, and justice. To the philosophers, virtue yields the best life. But the Greeks do not look to their gods as examples of virtuous, goodness; those (fictitious) deities are often seen to be petty, dishonest, and capricious. 4a. Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature. Related to God's working with divine power are certain promises for believers that result in being granted the privilege of being partakers of the divine nature. This is a striking way of talking about the gift and presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Sharing in godly behavior shows the hand of God in our transformed lives. 4b. Having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. To be granted the privilege just discussed is based on the fact that we see here. Worldly desires are destructive, driving us away from God and his people. Peter speaks of corruption not as the breakdown of the body but as the depravity of the soul. Our self-inflicted moral wounds

begin to heal as we experience the Holy Spirit in our hearts and yield to the Spirit's influence in our lives. 5a. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue. Godly habits do not happen without diligence and real effort. Peter warns against a lazy attitude in pursuit of godly traits, knowing that making every effort toward godliness is crucial to one's relationship with God. We don't know God in any identifiable way if our lives do not reflect our commitment to Him. All godly habits flow from faith, based on our committed relationship to God. 5b. And to virtue knowledge. Second, virtue should lead to knowledge, clear understanding of the Parameters of the Christian life. Knowing God and knowing about God will result in knowing how to behave in a godly manner (compare Proverbs 2:1-10). This is self-knowledge based on God-knowledge. 6a. And to knowledge temperance. Third, our knowledge of God and His expectations for our lives should produce temperance. Such self-control should be applied to all facets of life. 6b. And to temperance patience. Fourth, temperance leads to patience, steady endurance. For Peter's readers in their environment of persecution, patience is necessary. God fulfills promises in His timing, not ours. Sometimes we can only wait patiently on Him (Isaiah 40:31). 6c. And to patience godliness. Fifth, we should be refining our godliness, our patterns of devotion and respect for the Lord. This cannot be done passively, just as none of the other Christian traits discussed so far can be obtained through inaction. Human hearts are inclined to evil (Genesis 6:5; Psalm l4:l-3; Jeremiah l7:9; Romans 7:18-20); without the Holy Spirit's work and our own persistence, we will cultivate evil instead of godliness. 7. And, to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. We group the sixth and seventh characteristics together because brotherly kindness is so closely related to charity (translated "love" in other places; example: 1 John 3:1). Love that results in action with and for fellow Christians is to be a hallmark of believers (John 13:34-31; Romans 13:8; 1 John 4:19-21; etc.). This primary characteristic of the church defines how we are to relate to one another (Romans 12:10). This should flow, naturally from patient endurance and godliness. Loving others often requires great patience and requires many other godly traits to be exercised in a holy way. Unselfish love is motivated by a concern for others that has greater weight than concern for oneself. What Peter began with faith (see 2 Peter 1:5), he ends with charity (compare 1 Corinthians 13:13). 8. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Diligent attention to these faith-based characteristics will result in spiritual fruit (compare Galatians 5:22-25). Growing in Christ is based on our knowledge of him (see commentary on 2 Peter 1:3, 5b). As we know him more fully, it is reflected in our lives. As we develop these characteristics of godliness, we know him better. 9. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Does the neglect of the godly characteristics that flow from faith result from or result in a blindness to what God has done for a person? Perhaps it's both. This cycle must be broken or, better, not allowed to start in the first place. The beginning point for either is always to keep in mind the fact that we have been purged from our old sins, and they no longer condemn us. 10. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.

To be called is to be invited; to be elected is to be chosen. These are not separate concepts but different aspects of the same thing. God both chooses and calls us to be part of his people. We are not earning our salvation but living it as God expects. The practice of godliness becomes a beloved lifestyle, not a burden. 11. For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The risen Christ promised the church in Smyrna that the one who is faithful until death will be given a crown of life (Revelation 2:10). Peter offers a similar promise to the ones who strive for godliness. This reminds us of Jesus' teaching about the kingdom of God, which Peter heard often (Matthew 6:33; 19:16-30; Mark 4:10-20; Luke 8:1; etc.). Jesus warned the unbelieving Jews of His day that they would be barred from the kingdom of God because of their failure to produce fruit that God desired (Matthew 21:43). They were blind to His will and would suffer the consequences. III. Remembering: 2 Peter 12-15 12. Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. Peter commits himself to helping his audience remember and practice these important components of Christian living. This is not a new endeavor for the apostle. His readers already know how they should live and be established in truth. Peter's concern is that they not grow tired in the midst of persecution or fault for compromises offered by false teachers who would demolish the foundation Peter has built with them (2 Peter 2:1-3). 13-14.Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you for by putting you in remembrance; knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me. Peter is feeling his mortality. Choosing to refer to his life as a tabernacle recalls the temporary structure that housed God’s presence in the desert wanderings (Exodus 29:43-44; 33:9-10; I Kings 8:10-12, 27-30; 1 Corinthians 6:19). Christians look forward to the new, resurrection bodies that we will be given after our temporary, earthly bodies die. The brevity of Peter's remaining time has been revealed to him by Jesus himself, although Peter does not explain how (compare John 21218, l9). He believes his last days are best served by refreshing believers' memories concerning the important lifestyle matters just presented. In this way, they will be prepared for the return of Jesus or their own deaths, perhaps as a result of the murderous Roman persecution. 15. Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance. The Christian life is not about seeking new commands or innovative doctrine. Quite the opposite: the Christian life is about remembering and practicing the old, that which has already been given (see 1 John 2:7,8; 2 John 5, 6).Nothing would please Peter more than ro know that his readers are doing just that. Conclusion: Christian Efforts Christians cultivate godly characteristics and habits as modeled by Christ. This is essential in following Jesus as Lord. Our values and attitudes flow from faith in Christ. This is the Christian life as Peter presents it to his readers. We do not live without guidance in how to do this. We have Jesus' example and the Holy Spirit to guide us. God has shown us what he values. Are you making every effort to confirm your calling, to live your faith virtuously? Thought to Remember: The condition of our faith defines our lives.


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More local news SPEAK to BE HEARD: Scott School Alum Teaches Flint Students the Art of Communication

By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer

It’s been more than 50 years since Myron McFee Tucker and a group of neighborhood kids walked the halls of their local elementary school. A lot has changed. Walter E. Scott Elementary School is now Scott Accelerated Learning Academy and home to 7th through 12th graders. This fall, Tucker and a dedicated group of childhood classmates returned to the school where they once created fond memories to present SPEAK to BE HEARD, an interactive youth-based program that provides tools that enable students to become better communicators. “My vision was to create a space where our youth could become better communicators,” said Tucker, a TEDx New York Salon presenter and designer of the cur-

riculum. “We’re always speaking, but are we communicating in a way that leaves a good and memorable impression,” said Tucker a life fitness coach who has also successfully managed the construction of many real estate projects on both East and West Coasts. As part of the interactive classroom sessions, students are taught how to develop speech topics and techniques for effective delivery to any audience. Scott students selected topics that relate to the world that they experience on a regular basis. Their chosen topics included, school violence, bullying, communication between teachers and students, the Flint water crisis and the need for arts and science classes in schools. Students presented their

39th Annual Free Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Dinner and Annual Blanket Drive The Honorable Floyd Clack & Honorable County Commissioner Brenda Clack are again hosting their annual Thanksgiving dinner for seniors, and annual blanket drive.

Thanksgiving Dinner:

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 11:00 am. Foss Avenue Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Reginald Flynn, Pastor 1159 E. Foss Avenue Flint, Mi 48505 No Reservations Needed. FREE TO SENIORS. Contact: Honorable Floyd Clack (810-232-7007). Co-Host: Genesee County Community Action Resource Department (GCCARD) Matt Purcell, Executive Director.

2019 Annual Blanket Drive

Kickoff is November 1 to December 13. The Zeta Beta Omega Chapter Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will collect new and gently used blankets, hats, gloves or monetary donations in preparation for winter months. Drop off your donations at: Genesee County Administration Building 1101 Beach Street, Room 312, Flint MI These donations will support Catholic Charities, Flint Shelter, Inc. and My Brother’s Keeper. Small lap blankets will once again be collected and donated to Genesee County Animal Control. Thank you!!!

(l to r) Program volunteer Sheryl Thompson and Myron McFee Tucker, creator of SPEAK to BE HEARD.

speeches to their teachers, fellow students and some parents. “My goal is to bring the curriculum to at least one major city across the U.S. within the next couple years,” Tucker said. Scott school alum and volunteers supporting the vision, include Sheryl Thompson, Kevin Washington, Crystal Flynn, Bishop Urundi Knox, Rawlan Lillard II, Gregory S. Harding, Sr., Sheri L. Stuart and Scott School Principal Kelly Fields.

Christ the King Parish of Flint to Host 90th Anniversary Celebration Flint, Mich. - Christ the King Catholic Church will commemorate its 90th anniversary with a celebration taking place at Flint Golf Club on Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 5-8 p.m. In addition to the dinner celebration, the Diocese of Lansing’s Bishop Boyea will preside over Christ the King’s Sunday Mass on November 24, 2019 at 9:45 a.m. “Every day I am humbled to serve and be a part of such a devoted parish family,” said Fr. Phil Schmitter, pastor of Christ the King Catholic Church. “I invite the entire community to join us as we celebrate 90 years of being just that, a family in service to this community.” Tickets to the dinner celebration are $50 and can be purchased by contacting the church’s office at (810) 233-0402. Founded in 2019 by Fr. Norman DuKette, Christ the King has served the Flint community through ministry offering programs and services such as music ministry, vacation bible school, a food pantry, community holiday parties, and an annual African-American festival. The vision of Christ the King took root when Fr. DuKette was assigned to organize a mission in the city of Flint. With a head full of dreams and heart full of determination, Fr. DuKette began to lay the groundwork for the formation of Christ the King. Christ the King Catholic Church is a faith community founded in the African American culture to answer God’s “Call” to be a guiding light and disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ. Through gifts and talents, the Church strives to evangelize and minister to our entire multi-ethnic community.


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National News ‘Generation S’ PSA Calls Everyone to Help Raise Awareness of the Impact of Sickle Cell Disease

Rory Gamble Named First African American UAW President Rory Gamble was elected a vice president of the UAW in June 2018, at the union’s 37th Constitutional Convention in Detroit. Gamble previously served three terms as director of UAW Region 1A. On November 3, 2019, he assumed the position of UAW acting President, as appointed by the International Executive Board. He maintains his position as UAW Ford Vice President. Gable is the first African American UAW president. The announcement comes just days after FBI agents conducted a series of raids former UAW Presidents Gary Jones and Dennis Williams. Gamble, a welder fixture repairman, joined the UAW in 1974 when he was hired at the Ford Motor Co. Dearborn (Mich.) Frame Plant. He immediately became active in UAW Local 600 and has since served in numerous elected and appointed positions.

(BPT) - Despite being one of the most common genetic disorders in the world, patients with sickle cell disease frequently live their lives in the shadows - their voices going unheard, their condition may often go undertreated or ignored. A new public service announcement (PSA) campaign featuring Grammy®-nominated singer, film and Broadway star, Jordin Sparks, and five people touched by the disease, invites the public to get involved and help patients through understanding and support. Last year, Sparks helped launch “Generation S” - a national sickle cell disease storytelling project sponsored by Novartis that encourages people touched by the disease to break their silence about the true impact of sickle cell disease. Since then, more than 750 stories about experiencing life with sickle cell disease have been submitted to JoinGenS.com. Although sickle cell disease affects roughly 100,000 Americans, it has gone unseen by many. The general public may not understand the impact and burden of sickle cell disease. The stigma associated with the disease has left many patients under-treated and lost in the health care system. Despite their challenges, the PSA highlights the resiliency of people touched by sickle cell disease, who are fighting the disease and starting foundations in honor of family members. Here are some ways to join Jordin Sparks and the storytellers to help educate those who may interact with people living with sickle cell disease at work or in their personal lives: Stay informed - What is sickle cell disease? Sickle cell disease is a genetic blood disorder that affects the shape of red blood cells and makes blood cells stickier than usual. This can cause blockages in blood vessels and when the blood flow slows or gets blocked, there can be more health risks over time, like organ damage and organ failure and other long-term health complications. It also can impact family and friends of those carrying the disease in profound ways. While one patient describes her condition as feeling like “shattered glass moving through my veins,” others share stories of watching loved ones struggle for years without being able to ease their suffering. Communicate and interact By sharing the PSA, you can help the public understand the burden and impact of the condition and the real life stories of those living with sickle cell disease. The PSA is supported by Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA), Sickle Cell 101, Sick Cells, the Sickle Cell Community Consortium (SCCC) and Bold Lips for Sickle Cell - all partners to Novartis’s “Generation S.” Interact with the community and view additional stories featured in the “Generation S” mosaic on the JoinGenS.com website. Share your story For Jordin Sparks, sickle cell disease is personal. She lost her young stepsister to the disease in 2018. “Many people still don’t know the impact sickle cell disease has on people living with it, and their families and friends,” Sparks said. “I hope this PSA will help change our mindset regarding sickle cell and I am proud to lend my voice to shine a light on these stories.” To learn more and share your story, visit www.JoinGenS.com.

Study Says Suicide Among Black Teens is Rising (American Academy of Pediatrics) - In 2017, 2,200 teens ages 15-19 committed suicide, which was the second leading cause of death in young people aged 12-18. That same year, more than 111,000 young people ages 12-18 went to a hospital emergency department after they harmed themselves. A study, “Trends of Suicidal Behaviors among High School Students in the United States: 1991-2017,” in the November 2019 Pediatrics, found increases in suicidal behaviors and thoughts among black teens, far outstripping trends among their peers. Researchers for the study, which is published online on Oct. 14, analyzed survey results of 198,540 young people from the 1991 to 2017 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey, which surveys 9th-12th grade public and private school students in all 50 states and Washington DC. They found increases in reported suicide attempts among black teenage girls and boys, and that black teenaged boys had an increase in injury associated with these attempts. Researchers also found that among all students surveyed of any race and gender, one in five adolescents are thinking about suicide (18.8%) and more than one in ten has a suicide plan (14.7%). Researchers concluded preventative interventions within the black community and screenings by health care providers could help identify young people who are vulnerable and reduce stigma related to mental illness. They suggest more research is needed to examine trends of suicidal ideation, to inform prevention efforts, and to examine the underlying reasons.

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Winter Bridal Show

Burton, MI - Newly engaged couples will have the opportunity to bring their wedding day to life at the IMA’s 22nd Annual Winter Bridal Show. The yearly event is open to the public and will be held on Saturday, January 4, 2020 from 12 noon – 3pm at IMA Brookwood Golf & Banquet Center in Burton. “This is the first bridal show in the area, which gives couples an incentive to get to the show early to book their services” said Lisa Ray, Catering Director for IMA Brookwood Golf & Banquet Center. Bridal Shows give couples the opportunity to explore and talk to wedding experts from catering, floral arrangements, photo booths, dj’s, decorating packages, salons, accessories, reception venues, wedding cakes and more all under one roof. They also have the opportunity to sample a variety of delicious wedding cuisine and cakes from the area’s top bridal businesses! And if the bride is in the market for a wedding gown, the show features a Bridal Salon where brides will have the chance to try on wedding gowns and talk to gown specialist in a separate area. Show Day Specials are offered by vendors. The show Is open to the public and tickets are $5 pre-registered (go to www.imabridalshow.org to register and skip the line!) or $6 at the door. IMA Brookwood Golf & Banquet Center is located at 6045 Davison Road (corner of Davison and Belsay Roads) in Burton, Michigan. For vendor and show information, contact Diane Wojciechowski at (810) 249-7060, email dwojo@imarecreation.org or go to www.imabridalshow.com.


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OWN Gets Into the Holiday Spirit with Three Original Christmas Movies Premiering in November

Los Angeles – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network recently announced its first foray into TV movies with three new original holiday movies set to air over three consecutive Fridays in November beginning with “One Fine Christmas” premiering November 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. The movie stars Rick Fox and his daughter Sasha Fox – their first time acting together. “We are excited to bring holiday movies to OWN,” said Tina Perry, president, OWN. “This special time of year is about spending time with the ones you love, and we think our viewers are going to enjoy watching these movies together throughout the season.” The Holiday Movies:  “One Fine Christmas” premieres Friday, November 15 at 9pm ET/ PT Marking the first time they have acted together, Rick Fox and his daughter Sasha Fox star in “One Fine Christmas.” The father/ daughter duo join beloved actress Marla Gibbs and fan favorite Vanessa Williams in the ensemble cast. The families on Christmas Street have been busy with their day-to-day lives that they lose sight of the importance of family during the holiday season. Haley (Sasha Fox) comes home for the Christmas holiday, but home has not been the same since her family split up. Haley’s mother Susan (Williams) is working on a new work deal with her client (Rick Fox) which causes her to hardly have time for Haley or her mother Alice (Gibbs). Al (Mark Christopher Lawrence) is too preoccupied with work that he overlooks his wife Matty (June Carryl). Meanwhile, Bob (Rodney Van Johnson) and Diana’s (Eva La Dare) son Jesse (Alfonso Torres Caballero) comes home for Christmas with a very special surprise. This “slice of life” holiday tale shares the individual stories of these neighbors as they celebrate Christmas Eve and find themselves unexpectedly united for the holiday season.  “Carole’s Christmas” premieres Friday, November 22 at 9pm ET/ PT “Baking Christmas” premieres Friday, November 29 at 9pm ET/ PT The movies are produced for OWN by Hybrid, LLC in association with Harpo Films.

A New Immersive Production of Passing Strange is Coming to Flint this December

Meet Semaj Brown, Flint’s First Poet Laureate

“Poetry advances the quality of life of citizenry when organized as a precious power tool. There is poetry in a painting and in the curl of sculpture. Song is poetry. Dance is poetry and then, there is the math of poetry: PL=1(SB) to the power of FLINT.” – Semaj Brown

Flint, Mich. - A new wave of African American Theatre is sweeping through mid-Michigan with Passing Strange. That’s right, the electrifying rock and roll musical that took Broadway by storm in 2008- winning multiple Drama Desk Awards and the 2008 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical-will find a home in Flint at Flint Local 432 for three nights December 6, 7, & 8, 2019. With book and lyrics by Stew and Music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald, Passing Strange is the coming of age story of Youth, a black, teenager living in 1976 South Central Los Angeles who doesn’t fit into the structures that define blackness around him. Youth escapes to Europe in search of his identity and meets friends along the way who open his eyes to a completely new world beyond his wildest dreams. The Narrator, Stew, brings the audience along for the ride from California to Amsterdam to Berlin. Through acid trips, sexual exploration, and self-revelation, Youth discovers the true meaning of love and what it means to finally be “Real.” “The production is not your typical theatre going experience,” said Harvey, the musical’s director. “The imaginary ‘fourth wall’ does not exist. Action happens on and off stage equally.” This immersive production takes place at the Flint Local 432, an all ages music venue nestled in the heart of Flint’s downtown college scene. Passing Strange features a small ensemble of actors from Flint and Detroit who bring 25 different characters to life. Actors in the ensemble include Carmen Brown (Michigan Actor’s Studio), Jovan Brown, Lewis Clay, Harvey (UM-Flint), Cherise Hill (Michigan Actor’s Studio), Melanie Jones (UM-Flint), and Jonathon Mateen II. Passing Strange is directed by Flint performing artist Harvey, music direction by Flint native Anthony Feimster (Saginaw Valley University). Performances take place three nights only Friday, December 6; Saturday, December 8; and Sunday December 9 at Flint Local 432 located at 124 W 1st St, Flint, MI. Doors open at 7 pm show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets a free of charge and General Admission. Audience members can register for their free ticket at linktr.ee/PassingStrange. Audience members must have a ticket to get in.

By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer

Semaj Brown sees poetry in everything. From art to math and science, she sees poetry. And so, it was fitting that Brown, an author, poet, educator, dramatist and playwright was named Flint’s first poet laureate by proclamation of Mayor Karen Weaver. The honor was bestowed to Brown on Friday, Sept. 27 during a special presentation at the Flint Public Library. “The power of poetry is real. A poem can enter your mind and change how you feel. Poems are words arranged into a healing life force of self-expression, self-determination, and reflection,” explained Brown who is the author of the 2019 book Bleeding Fire: Tap the Eternal Spring of Regenerative Light and Feasts and Fables from the Planted Kingdom, published in 2012. As poet laureate, Brown serves the city of Flint and surrounding area in a volunteer capacity. Over the next several months, she plans to roll out a comprehensive schedule of interactive programs and activities to promote literacy, health, and stir the appreciation and understanding of the arts and sciences. Some of her plans include a poetry podcast; an online information center for all things poetry; and open mic events at various venues throughout the city. Brown appeared at the University of Michigan-Flint on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. for a poetry and prose reading discussion and book signing facilitated by Dr. Erica Britt, Associate Professor of Sociolinguistics. The event was held in the Kiva Auditorium.


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Holiday hacks: How to spend less time cooking and more time with family

(BPT) - The holidays are a time to celebrate and make priceless memories with friends and family. However, when you are the person tasked with preparing and cooking for everyone else, you may often have to miss out on all the family fun and those moments that matter most. Here are several tips to get you motivated to get out of the kitchen and give you more time to enjoy the company of loved ones - without sacrificing any of your delicious holiday traditions. Plan ahead: Preparation is key! To begin, make a to-do list of the necessary tasks (i.e., purchasing ingredients) that can be completed ahead of time. For example, set the table the day before to save time on the day of your gathering. Also, be sure you are well stocked on things you may run out of or could dirty easily - from cloth napkins to beverage options - so you don’t stress day-of and can truly relish every minute with family. Ask for help: When time is not on your side, there’s nothing better than a little helping hand - especially when that help could be delivered right to your doorstep. Boston Market, known this time of year as the Holiday Experts, has fully prepared, precooked holiday meal spreads, as well as a la carte sides and desserts that can be preordered and picked up at any Boston Market location nationwide. You can even get a complete holiday dinner and have it shipped directly to your door! In addition, Boston Market restaurants are open on Thanksgiving and Christmas for any last-minute needs. Skip the prep work and time in the kitchen by ordering online at bostonmarket.com. Divide the responsibilities: Who says you have to do all the work? Ask friends and family to pitch in - a little help goes a long way. A few weeks before your gathering, send a message to your guests inviting them to help with beverages, picking up ice, or bringing a side dish or dessert. And when the meal is over, have a designated clean-up crew with multiple people to get the job done faster. Leftovers for house guests: Even if you have several guests staying in your home, don’t feel obligated to cook brand new meals each day. Turn holiday leftovers into tomorrow’s breakfast or lunch by adding leftover meat to omelets or putting together a sandwich bar. There are so many delicious ways to plus up Thanksgiving leftovers, like a turkey and Swiss bread pudding or even a turkey shepherd’s pie! Use the right tools: Save time by getting creative in the kitchen. If you run out of oven space, the slow cooker is a convenient alternative for baking desserts like hot fudge brownies, apple crisp and even pecan pie. You can also find easy no-bake recipes or dishes that can be made quickly in the microwave. Skip extra grocery trips: When cooking for a crowd, you’re bound to forget an item or two from your grocery list. Avoid unnecessary extra trips to the store by knowing your substitutes. If you run out of butter, you can substitute for olive oil or vegetable oil. Happen to forget the buttermilk? No worries use watered-down yogurt or sour cream. Create a schedule: If you’re still worried about spending too much time standing over the stove, create a schedule to guide your celebration. Block time for socializing, cooking and preparing for guests, but don’t forget to be flexible. Set out board games, crafts or photo albums - anything to encourage bonding and conversation so you’re not tempted to keep working in the kitchen. This year, don’t let your holiday cooking duties overtake the joy of the season. Follow these useful tips to make the most of your festive time!

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RESEARCH STUDY Residents of Flint: Were you pregnant and exposed to contaminated water? Did you try to avoid pregnancy due to water contamination? Researchers at University of Michigan are conducting a study about the impact of water contamination on the reproductive health experiences of Flint residents who were pregnant or tried to avoid pregnancy between 2014-2017. We are seeking people who:  Are currently 18-44 years old  Lived in Flint between 2014 and 2017  Were pregnant (with any outcome: birth, miscarriage or abortion) OR  Received a birth control method from a healthcare provider between 2014 and 2017  Speak English If you or someone you know would like to participate in this study, or want more information, please contact the study team at pwher.studies@umich. edu or call Leah at 734-232-9410. Someone will get back to you as soon as possible. Participation in the study will involve a one-time, in-person interview that will last approximately one hour. Interviews will take place in a quiet, local facility, such as a church or library. Interviews will be recorded. You will receive $100 for your time. This study is endorsed by Healthy Flint and is being conducted by Dr. Sheila Flaum (flaum@med.umich.edu). The study was reviewed by University of Michigan’s Institutional Review Board (IRB-MED, HUM#00152885).

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Thank you FLINT for voting yes on the Library Millage & Bond Proposal

he YMCA of Greater Flint is more than just a gym. It’s a cornerstone of the community. A safe, welcoming space with assistance programs making

it affordable to all. A place where children learn water safety, seniors have opportunities to stay active and build relationships,

With the passage of the millage and bond proposal the Flint Public Library will be able to:

and kids gather after school to learn to read. With state-of-the-art equipment, unlimited group

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• Double our children’s learning space • Double our digital learning space, including three tech-rich classrooms

fitness classes, and certified personal trainers, you

can keep your workout going strong. And your membership goes twice as far with two Flint-area branches to choose from.

• 66% more space for local history and genealogy, including a storage vault

Make your new membership decision even easier –

• 15 meeting rooms and 4 classrooms

try the Y for free with a three-day guest pass,

• Make an additional 16,000 sq. ft. available to the public

available for a limited time only.

• Make the building more accessible for people with disabilities

KEEP UP TO DATE ON OUR PROGRESS BY VISITING

Come experience the Y. The YMCA of Greater Flint.

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810.232.9622 Downtown Branch 810.732.9622 pierson road Branch Y M C A of G r e A t e r F l i n t

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