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Greetings from the Office of the Mayor! I am writing to offer my sincere congratulations to the parishioners of Friendship Baptist Church on the occasion of your first Community Awareness Day and your efforts to bring the community of Winston-Salem together. Thank you for your dedicated work, in partnership with numerous service agencies, businesses, political figures and other churches, for the betterment of Winston-Salem. Sincerely,

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Community Awareness Day Program Devotional Praise and Worship


Call To Worship

Rev. Laura Elliott

Congregational Hymn

“Lift Every Voice & Sing”

Reading of the Scripture

Old Testament Proverbs: 10


New Testament II Cor

Choral Response

“Lord Prepare Me”


“I Can Go To God In Prayer” Youth &Young Adult Choir

The Occasion Presentation of

Choir & Congregation Robert G. Bock Jr. Elder Jermaine Richardson Choir & Congregation

Rev. Stacey Frazier (2 mins)

Sis Lavery

Special Information

Mike Akins

Morning Offering Solo

“Great Is Thy Faithfulness”

Introduction of Speaker Musical Selection Speaker Closing Hymn Benediction

Deacon Purnell Tanner Dr. Tobias LaGrone


Youth &Young Adult Choir Deacon William Rice Choir Rev. Stacey Frazier

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The Reverend Stacey Lamont Frazier graduated from Dudley High School in Greensboro, NC, and from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and Philosophy. Along with additional studies at Duke University Divinity School and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Rev. Frazier received his Dr. of Divinity degree by Apex School of Theology in Durham, NC. Licensed to preach at New Light Baptist Church in Greensboro under the pastorate of the Rev. Dr. Cardes H. Brown, Jr., he has preached numerous revivals and engagements across the US. He was privileged to speak at the National Baptist Convention-USA, National Baptist Convention of America, General Baptist State Convention of NC. Rev. Frazier is past Coordinator of the Young Pastors’ and Ministers’ Division of the General Baptist State Convention of NC. He is the youngest minister to be inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College. Reverend Frazier is the chairperson of ACT-SO and youth advisor of the Greensboro Branch NAACP, serves on the Board of Trustees of Apex School of Theology, and belongs to the Greensboro Young Professionals and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

William R. Rice is married to Hortencia D. Rice. They have one son and 3 daughters, 6 grand children and one great grand son. He graduated from Winston-Salem State University, with a BA in Psychology, where he has also served previously as a faculty member, teaching Developmental Psychology. He graduated from Appalachian State University with an MA in Human Development and Psychological Counseling and a concentration in agency counseling. He also served as assistant director of African-American Student Development. By the grace of God he is a licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist Associate in North Carolina and is currently a child and family therapist, counseling adolescents and their families with substance abuse and legal issues at The Children’s Home in Winston-Salem.. He previously served at Bridgeway Behavioral Health in High Point. He also works at Insight Human Services with the adult methadone program. He has worked with Forsyth / Stokes Mental Health Center and Centerpoint Human Services. By the grace of God, William Rice is actively involved in the congregation at Frienship Baptist church, serving as a deacon since 1985 .By God`s grace, he originated the concept of today’s “Community Awareness Day.”

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Robert G. Bock, Jr. holds an MA in Human Development and Psychological Counseling, with an emphasis on substance abuse, from Appalachian State; a BA in Applied Science, with an emphasis in psychology, from Winston-Salem State University; and an Associate’s Degree from Lenior Community College. Mr. Bock currently serves as a substance abuse worker with the NC Department of Public Safety, DART Cherry Facility, Goldsboro, NC. He has previously been involved with programming, substance abuse counseling, supervision, and consulting with Criminal Justice Programs of the Alcohol/Drug Council of NC; the NC Department of Correction in the DART Cherry Program, at Foothills Correctional Institution, and at Morganton Youth Center; the Iredell County Day Reporting Center; Wings of Change & New Beginnings Community; and Carolina Psych Group of Statesville, NC. Mr. Bock has transformed his personal experience of prison and parole into an amazing ministry over long years since, by serving those struggling with addiction behind bars and also assisting them with re-entry after their incarceration to prevent relapse. When he first exited prison, he became the assistant director at Prodigals Community of Winston-Salem, beginning work the same day he was paroled, and thus launching his ministry.

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“The Children’s Home has a faith-based heritage and more than a century of service to struggling children and their families across Western North Carolina. Our mission, to serve children in need, has not changed in 103 years and today we are refocusing on Bringing Children Home-expanding our residential offerings. We also provide food, clothing and shelter for homeless youth, and pregnant and parenting teen moms; substance abuse rehab for teens; and licensed foster care and adoption services.” Call or click The Children’s Home at 336-721-7600 or”

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Elder Jermaine Richardson was born in Charlotte, NC, and committed his life to Christ at the age of 8 years at Gospel Light House Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, NC. It was apparent that God had chosen Elder Richardson, as evidenced by the preaching of his initial sermon under the tutelage of Bishop John C Parks at New Hope Baptist Church on July 22, 2001. He was licensed as a minister of the gospel under his current Pastor and Teacher, Apostle B. J. McCloud of Tabernacle of Faith Church, on August 19, 2002. In 2005, Elder Richardson was elected President of the Youth Council of Tabernacle of Faith Church of Winston-Salem, and having served faithfully in that role, was deemed by Apostle McCloud to be a good candidate for a shared position of Coordinator of the Youth Department of Tabernacle of Faith. Elder Richardson works at The Children’s Home in Winston-Salem.

Rev. Laura Alexander Elliott serves as Chaplain & Congregational Liaison at The Children’s Home in Winston-Salem, which serves Western North Carolina. Rev. Elliott is an ordained United Methodist clergyperson and is appointed by the Bishop to her ministry at TCH. Previously, she was appointed to Experiment in Self-Reliance (ESR) which provides services to low-income families and the homeless in Winston-Salem. Prior to her call to ministry, she had a 17-year career in Corporate Communications & Marketing, including working as a Marketing Manager and VP at the former Wachovia Corp. Laura is a native of Gastonia, NC, and graduated as a Morehead Scholar from UNC-Chapel Hill, along with receiving a Master’s Degree from Temple Univ. in Philadelphia. She received her seminary education at Wake Forest Divinity School and Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, from which she graduated magna cum laude. Son John recently graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and just returned from studying abroad in the Yucatan; son Zachary graduated from RJ Reynolds this spring and just started his college career at Vanderbilt.”

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W D Mitchell & H D Rice Devep. LLC & General Contractors “The company where we plan our work and work our plan”

Established in 2000 Owned & operated by Warren D. Mitchell & Hortencia D. Rice-Founder “Visionary, results-driven Characterized as well, respected, resourceful” General Contractors with repeated recognition for exceeding goals, especially in new home construction and affordable housing. Planned, developed, administered and managed housing programs including, identifying property for acquisition and infrastructured with the end results of qualifying and matching future home owners with programs.

Single family sub-divisions built in Winston-Salem, NC 2001 Essex Point 2003 Antoinette`s Place 2003 / 2004 Whitter Point 2005 Desiree Acres

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Mike Akins is a native of the Triad, having grown up in Greensboro, NC. Married for 34 years, he has three adult children—two sons and one daughter. Mike owns and operates of Akins & Associates, LLC, providing DWI assessments and treatment, court-ordered drug/alcohol assessments, and DMV evaluations and outpatient treatment programs for people needing alcohol and drug services, as well as dual-diagnosis groups. Mike has worked in Substance Abuse/Criminal Justice/Dual Diagnosis field for 37 years, serving populations in outpatient and inpatient, jails and prisons, both male and female. He is a community advocate and believes in the concept of empowering and uplifting his community. He has served as a board member of Ole Asheboro Street Association in Greensboro, NC, and has participated in Impact Greensboro, Undoing Racism, and the Other Voices program offered through the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce. Mike embraces the belief that you must meet people where they are and work hard to help them achieve their goals. He loves his family, is proud of his children, and has a great love for music and good food.

Dr. Tobias E. LaGrone was born in Chickasaw County, Mississippi, in 1968. He fulfilled his parents’ dream of becoming the first in his immediate family to earn a college degree, receiving a BA in Political Science from Jackson State University in Mississippi, and holding both the M.Div. and D.Min. from Memphis Theological Seminary in Tennessee. Having accepted his call to preach at the age of 17, be began pastoring at 19 years old, and possesses more than 20 years of pastoral experience. Dr. LaGrone has been married to Patricia Wade Freeman LaGrone of Guntown, MS, for 19 years and they have one child, Tabrea, who is 13. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and is a 32nd degree Mason. Presently, Dr. LaGrone is a Clinically Trained Pastoral Counselor, Psychotherapist, and Substance Abuse Counselor in private practice in Greensboro, NC. Dr. LaGrone expresses his passion for ministry and the Christian Formation process of the total person (mind, body, spirit, and soul) through his preaching, teaching, writings, and counseling. Website:

Sis Lavery Allied Health Care Services, Inc. is a comprehensive, therapists owned company, based out of Winston Salem, North Carolina. We provide the following services: Behavioral Health Therapy, Substance Abuse Therapy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy. We provide licensed professionals to assist our clients to meet their personal goals, mentallly and/or physically, so they may lead a more quality filled life.

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Lei Lie`s Cusine

The Children`s Home

Des Jamaican Restuarant

Experiment in Self-Reliance (ESR)

Sun Printing

Crisis Control

Southernland Roofing Co

Habitat for Humanity

Los Compadres Auto Sales & Repairs

W-S Urban League

The AC Phoenix



Drug Free North Carolina

W D Mitchell & H D Rice Development,


LLC & General Contractors

New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist

Brown Funeral Home

Friendship Baptist Church

Russell Funeral Home New Jerusalem Missionary Baptiist Church Mechanics and Farmers Bank

Rev. Stacy Fraizer Friendship Baptist Church

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Friendship Baptist Church Community Awareness Day 2012  

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