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March 11, 2017

A resolution calls him “a diligent, dedicated and compassionate administrator, facilities manager, preacher, teacher, and civic-minded leader.”

Worshippers Interceding Retirement celebration marks 12 years of ministry for executive pastor Apostle Shirley Dowling will help members of Worshippers Interceding for Excellence celebrate their 12year church anniversary and appreciation for Apostle Kathern Thomas on March 19 at the Georgia Piedmont Technical College Conference Center in Clarkston. The program begins at 3 p.m. Dowling, guest speaker for the event, is pastor of Praise Temple International Ministries in Duluth. Thomas, senior pastor and founder of Shirley Dowling Worshippers Interceding for Excellence in Scottdale, is author of “Celebrating Celibacy,” “Private Hell Public Ministry,” and “Act Like a Lady, Think Like Jesus.” She is a 2016 recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award for volunteer service from President Barack Obama and founder and creator of the annual “Called to Be A D.I.V.A.” – Divine, Inspirational, Victorious, Kathern Thomas and Anointed – Women’s Conference. The GPTC conference center is at 495 N. Indian Creek Drive. For more information, call 404-587-2751.

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Members and leadership of Greenforest Community Baptist Church will celebrate the retirement of the Rev. Herman Cody on April 1 in Decatur. The black-tie optional event begins at 5 p.m. in the Genesis Room. For tickets, visit or call 404-486-1120. Cody, 69, a test engineer, has been a member of Greenforest since 1985 and has served as its executive pastor since 1999 with an emphasis on pastoral care. A resolution on his retirement calls him “a diligent, dedicated and compassionate administrator, facilities manager, preacher, teacher, and civic-minded Herman Cody leader.” “My plans are to focus on the Atlanta Metro Baptist Association and my HOA and enjoy retirement,” Cody said. He is moderator-elect of the association and was recently elected president of his HOA. The Air Force veteran served as senior pastor of Allen Chapel Road Baptist in Parrottsville, Tenn., before moving to Atlanta. He and his wife, Jeanette, live in Stockbridge with Mother Lillie Treece and are proud parents and grandparents.

Parents, grandparents, godparents and guardians can attend the Family Matters Conference on March 18 at Greenforest Community Baptist Church in Decatur. The program, which is free and open to the public, begins at noon in the Media Center. To register, call Mary Sheppard at 404-486-5731. Free child care is offered during the conference. This year’s title is “MinisterRhonda Hicks ing With Children Through Grief and Bereavement.” The facilitator is the Rev. Rhonda Hicks, a member of Greenforest and chaplain for the Greenforest McCalep Academic Center. The Preschool Division of the Sunday School Department is host for the Family Matters Conference, which has been held twice a year in spring and fall for the past 15 years. The church is at 3250 Rainbow Drive. For more information, visit or call 404486-1120.

‘Prom on Fleek’ teen summit tackles tough issues facing today’s youth A “Prom on Fleek” fashion show and teen summit on March 17 at Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church will tackle tough issues impacting today’s young people. It begins at 7 p.m. at the Atlanta church and is free to attend. Seating is limited – con-

tact Donna Tate at 770-879-6342. The Y.E.S. Conference is presented by the M.A.R.K.E. Grove Youth Ministry and the nonprofit Community Unification Initiatives Inc. There will be interactive discussions about the truth and consequences of choices

teens make on prom night that can affect them for years or a lifetime. Topics include domestic violence, drug use, date rape and unprotected sex. Experts will be on hand. The fashion show will feature prom dresses and tuxedos. CUI, formerly Christians United Inc., evolved in 2009 from Greater Piney Grove’s

Embrace HIV/AIDS Ministry. Its mission is to make an impact on the community by providing educational services, HIV/AIDS education, health literacy workshops, and mentoring services to families. The church is at 1879 Glenwood Ave. S.E. For more information, visit and

“Come on and be a part of the vision” First Afrikan Church is an Afrocentric Christian Ministry that empowers women, men, youth and children to move from membership to leadership in the church, community and the world. Praise & Devotion Worship Service Sundays at 10 a.m. Join us for Bible Study Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

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