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APRIL 2014 PINNACLE - SERVING THE TRIAD, THE TRIANGLE CHARLOTTE-MECKLENBURG COUNTY AND SOUTHSIDE VA Inside this Issue Pastor Christoher Robertson higher heights perfected love center

Benjamin Briggs preservation greensboro

Dr. William Ingram

Dr. Rosalind Fuse-Hall

Rodney Ellis

Anne Morris

Pastor James Cook st. stephen missionary baptist church

Priscilla Lecompte all about baby boutique

Richard Griffis stone*hinge

Bruce Davis

For U.S. Congress 6th Congressional District

Mark Little

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Editorial Passover The Jewish New Year started on April 1st. It was the first month of their year. This month is called Nissan. There are two years in the Jewish calendar. One starts with the month of Nissan-usually (March or April) and the other Rosh Hashanah, the month of Tisheri usually always in September. The Jewish calendar is derived from the calendar that we have. They only have 360 days in the calendar as opposed to our 365. When reading the Bible regardless of versions one has to study the Old Testament book to understand the New. In Leviticus Chapter 23 the Lord spoke to Moses saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them, the Feast of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feast.” We will only look at two. (1) The Sabbath, six days shall work be done, but the seven is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work on it, it is the Sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings. (2) The Passover and Unleavened Bread. These are the Feasts of the Lord, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times. On the 14th day of the 1st month at twilight is the Lord’s Passover. This year Passover comes on April 14, 2014 at twilight. This feast has to do with the children of Israel coming out of Egypt. When Pharaoh’s heart was hardened by God, so that he would not let the people of Israel leave, God hardened his heart in order to get Him some glory. This was indicated in scripture in Roman 9: 17, for the scripture says to the Pharaoh, “For this very reason I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth”. The blood of the lambs was placed upon the doorpost of the Israelites in order to save them from the plague the Pharaoh’s house was about to experience. For Pharaoh told Moses to get out of his face. He further stated to him in Exodus 10:28, “For in the day you see my face you shall die!” Moses replied, “You have spoken well, I will never see your face again.” We can learn so much from these scriptures. God said He would Pass Over the houses of the Israelites if they applied the blood to their doorpost. Obedience was required in order to live. The plague was so extensive that it even killed the first born of the animals. This was the final plague that came to show that it was the God of Israel that gave life and took it away. Jesus did not do anything without going to the Father first. When he implemented the Last Supper it was during the Passover


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Season. The Son will not do anything that is not in agreement with the Father. Jesus became our Passover Lamb. He offered His blood for the atonement of our sins. We do not have to put blood over our door post but it would be a great idea for you to anoint your doors with oil. God has always wanted men to be reconciled to Him. He carved out a nation unto Himself. His own rejected Him and He sent Jesus to reconcile His chosen people (the Jews) to Him. They rejected His son and crucified Him! When Jesus was resurrected it was not just for the Jews but was for us all. Apostle Paul states in Roman 11:17 that we are grafted into the root. The root of the tree supplies the substance to the branches. We are the bride of Christ and the Jews are God’s chosen people. Many are called but few are chosen. I believe if you are reading this article that you have been chosen to talk about Jesus to everyone, especially His chosen people, the Jews. Many Jews are Messianic which means that they believe in Christ the Risen Savior. A lot of us say that we are under Grace and not of the Law. The Lord said He came to fulfill the Law not to change it. Jesus was in agreement with the Father. That’s why Jesus taught the Old Testament scriptures. We must study the Old because it points us to the New. Jesus, our Resurrection Savior, lived and died that we might have eternal life. He was sent by the Father from Heaven in order that His judgment of death would pass over us. The Jews had 613 laws besides the Ten Commandments. No man could keep them. God gave His son as a blood sacrifice that we may live, breath, move and have our being. I know sometimes it feels that the whole world is against you, but Jesus has overcome the world! Look to Him who is the restorer of life who stood in the breech that we pass over to salvation. Our sin separated us from God but His crucifixion gave us a chance to come back to the Father. We give glory to God who brought the people out of Egypt. We thank him for sending Jesus to take us out of our personal bondage. Many of us have been delivered from many things. Give God glory for His Son and celebrate this Passover Season with the honoring of the Resurrected Christ who gives us Life Eternal.

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Editorial / Table of Contents / Staff We are Family. We Care. We Share. Church Directory Page Welcome to Durham Technical Community College / ACC Instructor to Receive NCCU Alumnus Award Pinnacle Child Care / PMBC Ad All About Baby Live Like It’s No Tomorrow Bib’s Downtown Introducing Bruce Davis Bruce Davis Ad Ad Page Ad Page PMBC Graduation / Acts 12 Ministry Preserving Greensboro One Building at a Time Sunsets Sunsets cont. / Testamonial from Blackwell Funeral Home Sweet Gum Grove Miss. Baptist Church to sponosr 3rd Passion In Pink Breast Cancer 5K Race/ Walk / BFH Ad Welcome to Bennett College / Welcome to the Burlington Downtown Corporation Stone*Hinge Jewelry / Comunidad Latina Pinnacle Recipe Corner / Distribution Team / Distribution Sites “A New Season” Series / Pinnacle Useful Emails Christianity Without Discpleship is Christianity Without Christ / Distribution Sites cont. PMY Urgent Care Ad / ACC Ad /BFH Package Ad / Tiempos dificiles Require Acciones Agresivas

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We are FAMILY. We Care. We Share and We Work Together in LOVE. Pastor James E. Cook is a native of Selma, Alabama. He has lived in a covenant relationship with his beautiful wife, Erica, since 1991, and graced with three blessed gifts to this union- two wonderful sons (Davonta and Jamarre) and a lovely daughter (Jaden). Pastor Cook received his primary and secondary education in the public schools of Selma and Dallas County, Alabama. Upon graduating from high school he served faithfully and honorably in the United States Air Force. Pastor Cook received a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Virginia University of Lynchburg. He attended the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia where he received his Master of Divinity Degree. Pastor Cook faithfully served as Pastor of the Trinity Community Baptist Church located in Roanoke, Virginia for more than nine years. He served in the Valley Baptist Association of the Roanoke Valley. He also served as President of the Social Justice Department in the Virginia Baptist State Convention. Pastor Cook has also held the position of Co-President of the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University Alumni Association. The congregation of St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina was blessed when Pastor Cook became the pastor on October 1, 2007. Since that time Pastor Cook has made a positive impact on the congregation, the community and the state. During his first year at St. Stephen he was selected to participate in the Wake Forest University Holy Land Pastoral Renewal Program. He was also a participant in Project Rising Sun, an initiative of the Fund for Theological Education. This program is a two-year leadership program for gifted young pastoral leaders. Pastor Cook also completed the Engle Institute of Preaching at Princeton Theological Seminary. This event focused on strengthening the craft of preaching. To quote Pastor Cook, “The church has marching orders to turn the world upside down through preaching, teaching, witnessing, and praying in a spirit of love and grace until Christ returns for His church.” Pastor Cook’s accomplishments include, but certainly are not limited to; the establishment of the following: Good Samaritan Food Pantry and Clothing Closet; “Preparing Leaders for God’s Tomorrow” Summer Camp; and Annual Family and Friends Day.

St. Stephens Missionary Baptist Church - Snapshot After the dissolution of the Majority Baptist Church; the St. Stephen Baptist Church was birthed in March of 1935 and established a place to Worship at 10th and Hickory Streets in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. There were a total of 16 members, including A. H. Howard, Sidney Hanks, Ben Green, and Leonard Dunovant who were appointed and served as the church’s first cadre of Deacons. Rev. L. Hines served as St. Stephen’s first shepherd. As the Lord blessed, the Church grew spiritually, numerically, physically and financially. In August 1938, the Church purchased a sanctuary formerly used by the members of Collette Tabernacle for $4,500 and held the first service at the new site on October 1, 1938. Thanks be to God, a ten-year mortgage was liquidated in five years and the mortgage was burned in October 1943. By this time, under the spiritual leadership

of Pastor Hines, the membership had grown from the 16 charter members to 310. On September 20, 1947, after 12 years of outstanding service to God and to St. Stephen Baptist Church, Rev. L. Hines passed and the Church was without pastoral leadership. However, the financial status of the Church was excellent. There was no indebtedness! Rev. Joseph R. Samuels was called to serve as a supply preacher in 1957 and formerly installed as the fourth Shepherd of St. Stephen Baptist Church in 1958. After five years under his dynamic leadership, the Lord prospered the Church and she was once again faced with the need to relocate to a larger facility. The O’Connell Street location was sold and several lots were purchased on Bowen Boulevard and Manchester Streets. After securing a loan from Standard Building & Loan, the groundbreaking ceremony was held on November 11, 1961 and the Church continued praying and serving faithfully. The members of St. Stephen marched to their new Church on Bowen Boulevard on August 19, 1962. The seating capacity for the newly erected facility was 800. Over time many capital improvements were made, acquisition of two lots for additional parking, and the purchase of a bus and two vans. After 29 years of faithful service at the Bowen Boulevard location, Pastor Samuels was lead by the Holy Spirit to erect a new Church home. As a result of this vision, eight and one-half acres of land on Pressman Drive and Noble Street were purchased from the estate of Frank Murrell. The Architect, Clifton E. Gravely & Associates drew the plans and Cogun Industries, Inc. constructed the new church. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on Saturday, January 11, 1990. On Sunday, June 23, 1991 a motorcade from the Bowen Boulevard location arrived at the newly constructed church building at 5000 Noble Street, and the inaugural worship service was held. Open house was held on July 14-19, 1991 and dedication services were held in November 1991. Under Rev. Samuels’ leadership, the Church’s name was officially changed from St. Stephen Baptist Church to St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church of WinstonSalem, NC on February 7, 2007. Pastor Samuels retired after serving faithfully for 50 years and is currently Pastor Emeritus. Once again, the church was taxed with searching for a new pastor. Therefore, a search committee was appointed to identify a qualified candidate who would become the fifth Senior Pastor of the St. Stephen’s Church family. On October 7, 2007 God answered the church’s prayers. Reverend James E. Cook was installed as the fifth Senior Pastor of St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church. He purposefully endeavors to flesh out Church’s motto, which states: “We are family. We care, we share, and we work together in love.” To that end, under his leadership the Church began a spiritual revitalization and reorganization through developing and implementing relevant and transforming ministries. The emphasis of these ministries is Christian discipleship, congregational empowerment, and community development—purpose driven ministry. Pastor Cook’s leadership is inspired by his conviction that: “The Church has marching orders to turn the world upside down through praying, preaching, teaching, and witnessing in a spirit of love, grace, and courage until Christ returns for His Church.”

We invite you to worship with us as we lift up the name of Jesus. e

SUNDAY SCHOOL - 8:30 a.m. SUNDAY WORSHIP - 9:30 a.m. BIBLE STUDY - Wednesday 12:00 noon and 7:00 p.m.

St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church

5000 Noble Street Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27105 Phone: 336-744-7303 FAX: 336-744-7828 Email: April 2014 - Pinnacle


Looking for A Place to Worship Visit with the Church of Your Choice Listed Below “O taste and see that the Lord is good...” Psalms 34:8

Elm Grove Baptist Church Rev. Clarence Johnson, Pastor 1302 US 29 Business Reidsville, NC 27320

(336) 342-3710

Salt of the Earth Church of God in Christ Pastor William H. Cooper

1412 N. Church Street, Suite D Burlington, NC 27217

(336) 395-8523

Rev. Dr. Theodora K. Moss, Pastor

The First Baptist Church 508 Apple Street will present an Easter Drama entitled

5016 Woodsdale Road Roxboro, NC 27573 (336) 599-0337

Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 5:00pm.

First Baptist Church

Come and Witness Be A Witness for Jesus!

Bailey’s Chapel AME Church

Rev. Dray Bland, Pastor Bible Study, Tuesdays @ 1:00pm Minister Dewitt Johnson, Teacher 508 Apple Street, Burlington, NC 27217

(336) 227-2542

Pearson Chapel AME Church Rev. Barrington Ross, Pastor 222 Hwy 62 South Yanceyville, NC 27379

(919) 451-9272


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“Can I Get A Witness”

Gethsemane Christian Church

1650 Burch Bridge Road, Burlington, NC 27217

Monthly Food Giveaway Every 4th Saturday from 8:0010:00am Except Nov. & Dec. which will be Every 3rd Saturday ******************************** Alamance County Community Food Saturday, April 12th from 2:004:00pm Held at Holly Hill Mall in the former Hibbett Sports location

Sponsored by Local Businesses


Welcome to Durham Technical Community College Dr. William Ingram is president of Durham Technical Community College. He previously served as senior vice president and chief instructional officer, director of Continuing Education, director of OffCampus Programs, and dean of Technical and Vocational Programs. He also served as special assistant to the dean of instruction at Southeastern Community College. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Ohio Wesleyan University and a master’s of science and doctorate in Adult and Community College Education from North Carolina State University.

Department of the Durham City Schools. A Practical Nursing program had been established in 1948; other programs included training in mechanical drafting, architectural drafting, and electronics technology. In addition, literacy skills training was offered for adults. Courses to upgrade the skills of workers were also offered in a variety of trades. As a result of the General Assembly’s appropriation, a challenge went out from the State Board of Education to the various school administrative units in North Carolina to establish separate education facilities which would provide for the educational needs of the area’s adult population. A comprehensive curriculum was devised for people needing the education and technical skills required to advance satisfactorily in their careers.

Dr. Ingram is past president of the North Carolina Adult Education Association; served on the Durham Workforce Development Board, Durham County Library Board, and Durham Workforce Partnership Board; and chaired the Durham Public Education Network. He has served on the Community College Review Editorial Board and for 15 years has been an evaluator and chair of visiting committees for the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. He is a graduate of Leadership Durham, Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro, and Leadership Triangle as well the American Association of Community College’s Future Leadership Institute-Advanced program. With Terrence A. Tollefson and Rick L. Garrett, he is co-author of Fifty State Systems of Community Colleges: Mission, Governance, Funding and Accountability. Dr. Ingram and his wife Ann have lived in the Triangle since 1982 and are the parents two adult children, Christine Elizabeth and David. Durham Technical Community College is a charter member of the North Carolina Community College System. When the North Carolina General Assembly authorized a small appropriation to establish a limited number of area schools to be known as industrial education centers in 1957, Durham already had a vigorous program in adult education through the Vocational and Adult Education

Through action by the Durham City Board of Education, Durham was among the first of six counties in North Carolina to meet the State Board of Education’s challenge. In a successful referendum in June 1958, Durham County residents made $500,000 available to purchase a site and erect the initial building. The Durham Industrial Education Center officially opened its doors on September 5, 1961. The institution continued to operate as an Industrial Education Center until February 4, 1965, when the State Board of Education officially designated that henceforth it be properly identified as a technical institute. On March 30, 1965, the Board of Trustees authorized changing the name of the institution to Durham Technical Institute. On July 15, 1986, the North Carolina General Assembly approved Durham Tech’s request to add a university transfer program to its curriculum offerings. During a meeting on July 22, 1986, the Board of Trustees authorized the institution to change its name to Durham Technical Community College. On September 16, 2011, Durham Tech celebrated 50 years of service to the residents and employers of Durham and Orange counties, the Triangle, and beyond. Durham Tech created a commemorative book Celebrating 50 Years, to honor the commitment of the individuals involved in making Durham Tech the excellent college that it is today.

Durham Technical Community College 1637 East Lawson Street Durham, NC 27703 · 919-536-7200


ACC Instructor to Receive NCCU Alumnus Award

during the 2000-01 year at Riverside High School in Durham. From 2001-03, he worked as an instructor, recruiter and advisor in the Huskins criminal justice program at Piedmont Community College in Roxboro.

Rodney Ellis, an instructor in the Criminal Justice program at Alamance Community Ellis also serves as a pastor of the WAVE Church in Durham. College, will receive the Alumnus Award for Excellence in Education from the Department of Criminal Justice at North Ed Williams, director Carolina Central University. 336-506-4178 The award will be presented at the Edward.Williams@ Tenth Annual Alumni Recognition and Scholarship Banquet on March 29 in Durham. Jon Young, staff writer Ellis, who earned his bachelor’s and 336-506-4122 master’s degrees in criminal justice from N.C. Central University, has taught at ACC since 2003. Previous employment included two years as a correctional officer and four years as a parole officer with the N.C. Department of Corrections. He was also a special education teacher April 2014 - Pinnacle



Pinnacle Child Care Where children are learning and growing

We are happy to announce that Pinnacle Child Care is taking applications for children from six weeks to school age for our program. We will be offering experienced care for the children in our community. Our teachers have over thirty years of experience in the field, some of them worked in the school system, some worked in other preschools as well as nursing experience. We look forward to sharing this wealth of experience with you and your child. Here, at Pinnacle, we believe in working hand and hand with the parent in order to provide the care that is ideal for you and your family. Mission: To inspire children to learn through exploration, in a safe and caring environment.

experience in the class room in both public and private settings. Some of our teachers are parents as well which assist us in giving our students the tender loving care they need throughout the day as if they were one of our own children. We also believe that children learn better with a quality diet which includes freshly made food, which includes fruits and vegetables. We even provide baby food for our new solid diet students.

What We Offer:

� Students will be exposed to sign language. � We encourage the children to discover their talents and to develop other areas. � Children will be exposed to positive affirmation to develop self confidence � We also offer pre math, reading, and science exposure. � For infants who are transitioning to solid foods we offer freshly made baby food. Currently our Staff includes:

Philosophy: We believe that children learn through experiencing the world around them. We provide our students an environment that is safe for exploration and learning. In our center the teachers operate as, facilitators and guides to the students. The students set the curriculum through our observations of their behavior and their interest. This includes their interaction with activities, toys, materials and each other. Alexandria Blackwell Janet Marshall Tammy King We believe at Pinnacle that we are a home away from home for our students. For our students that need specialized therapy, we make our facility available for therapist to offer these services. We believe that Pinnacle Child Care is located at 1009 Sharpe Road, Burlington, this will be beneficial to the students because they will be able to get the NC 27217. Contact Tammy King at 434-710-1544 or Alexandria therapy they need in a comfortable, familiar environment.

Blackwell at 336-229-1939 for information regarding possible We have a staff of teachers that have varied experiences in child care and employment or applications for your children to attend this amazing, family-oriented daycare. teaching. Some of our teachers have over three decades worth of


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All About Baby Hello! My name is Priscilla. I started investigating cloth diapers when my daughter was around 1 year after she became allergic to disposable diapers. I began researching cloth diapers and was shocked to learn how simple and easy they are to use (not like the ones from when I was a baby). Heck, I didn’t even need pins to keep them closed! With my husband’s support, we began cloth diapering our daughter, Ansley. Since starting, I have learned a whole new way of being with my daughter - I began babywearing - which both she and I have found worth every penny! I began searching out more natural baby products and have found it extremely rewarding. I also began telling other moms that I know about what I was doing. Without realizing it, I have become extremely passionate about taking a more natural approach to the products I use on my daughter. Because of this passion, I started All About Baby Boutique when 36 weeks pregnant with our second child, Connor, in November of 2010. My goals remain simple, to provide people with education about cloth diapers and other baby products and to provide customers a place to easily find those products. If you have any questions or need any help, please contact us here or by email at I am here to help! :) Ready! Once registered, we will deliver your baby’s soft 100% all cotton cloth diapers along with your start-up package. We have a great accessory package and add-on options available to help you get started successfully. We require a 4 week minimum for service, payable in advance, and offer discounts on service contracts 8 weeks or more. Set! When baby arrives home from the hospital or for an older baby, when your diapers arrive, now its time to use your soft 100% all cotton cloth diapers! When a diaper is soiled we will do all the dirty work. Simply dump or shake off excess poop into the toilet and place diaper into the diaper pail. No rinsing, no soaking, no dunking! (For exclusively breastfed babies, you can skip this step, as their soft, unformed poop is washed out easily during our multi-step, sanitizing process.) Go! On your designated pick-up day, simply leave the dirty diapers in the plastic biodegradable liner in a predetermined spot at your home. Using the provided tags, give us the number of clean diapers remaining. And thats it! We take care of the rest! We will come to your home and pick up the dirty diapers, replacing them with fresh, clean diapers inside a fresh, clean biodegradable pail liner. Our professional laundry service guarantees each diaper to be pH balanced to baby’s skin.

Our Basic Packages: New Baby will allow you to cloth diaper your baby from birth (6-10 lbs), providing you with approximately 80 diapers per week. Infant will allow you to cloth diaper your baby from approximately 2 months - 6 months (7-15 lbs), providing you with approximately 80 diapers per week. Regular will allow you to cloth diaper your baby from 4-24 months (15-30 lbs) providing you with approximately 65 diapers per week. Toddler will allow you to cloth diaper your baby from 18 months up, (30-45 lbs), providing you with approximately 50 diapers per week. Our Pricing: We believe that you deserve great service at a great price! Our packages are priced in 4 week, 12 week, 6 month, and 1 year increments, saving you up to $188 on your diaper service package.

Service Length 4 weeks 12 weeks 6 months 1 year

Cost $96 $274 $562 $1,060

Savings* -$14 $62 $188

Avg Weekly Cost $24 $22.83 $21.62 $20.38

*Save an additional $2 per week if you choose to drop off/pick up at All About Baby! Please contact us directly at 336-793-9586 to arrange this discount. Service area: At this time, we cover Greensboro, High Point, Kernersville, and WinstonSalem. If you are outside of these cities, please contact us to see if we cover your area! Accessory Package: 3 covers, 2 snappis,1 small wetbag ($54 one-time cost) Add-On Options: 10 additional diapers per week ($2 extra per week) To request service, please choose your package below. Please contact us with any further questions.

All About Baby 410 Blandwood Ave., Greensboro, NC. 27401 Phone: 336-793-9586

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“Live Like It’s No Tomorrow”

Although an accomplished musician, writer, composer and producer, through life’s experiences Christopher R. Robertson is a pastor, author, and renowned mentorships, unknowingly God was preparing him for a greater assignment beyond producer, songwriter, music. In May of 2012, Pastor Chris answered the musician, life-coach clarion call of Interim Pastor of Higher Heights and entrepreneur. Pastor Ministries of Greensboro and was officially Chris has a powerful ordained as the Senior Pastor in April of 2013. deliverance and inner healing ministry. He is When Pastor Chris was asked who was his biggest the author of the new influence, he answered, “I’ve had many influences book entitled “Broken throughout the different phases of my life but in Pieces”. He has also been ministry”. “My greatest influence has been my featured as a “Spotlight spiritual father – Bishop George G. Bloomer”. Pastor” on THE WORD NETWORK. He is We are dedicated in equipping all people with currently the Senior biblical and practical life skills needed to achieve Pastor of Higher Heights holistic success. We are as equally committed to *Perfected Love Center* reformation projects and very active in prison of Greensboro, North Carolina. ministry. In the providence of God, Pastor Christopher R. Robertson was born on December 22nd, 1974. Pastor Chris was born into a family of strong apostolic faith. It was at an early age that he learned the value and importance of having a personal relationship with God through the acceptance of God’s son, Jesus Christ. Along with biblical strengths, Pastor Chris was born into a family who appreciated the power of Gospel Music.

It is our desire to see the Christian leaders and community unite to combat homelessness, crime, scholastic challenges, drugs and poverty; additionally moving impoverished people to a place of empowerment. Pastor Chris states that the biggest reward in being a Pastor is seeing the process of transformation in people. His scripture of strength is Philippians 4: 12-13. Like Paul, “I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I am a firm believer that I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”.

In his pre-teen years, Pastor Chris began his musical quest by playing the drums for the church choir. From there, he moved to the organ by receiving his God-Given Gift of “playing by ear”. His early musical years were later influenced by Dexterity Sound’s - Marcus Dawson, Creative Design He wants to be remembered as the person who Manager for Bishop T.D. Jakes of Dallas, TX. retired empty, because he gave all he had while he Pastor Chris began to expand his music ministry was alive. “If we are going change our community, in his late teens by playing for worship services, we have to be willing to lay aside titles, egos workshops and conferences in Virginia and and color to unite.” They say “live like it’s no North Carolina. In his early twenties he received tomorrow”…but I say; love like it’s no tomorrow and accepted the great opportunity to work with and forgive like there was no yesterday! musical giants such as Vickie Winans, Steven Ford, Fred Hammond, Bishop Andrew Merritt & the Pastor Chris and his ministry have a nonStraight Gate Mass Choir. Therefore he relocated traditional worship time which caters to to Detroit, Michigan. After four years in Michigan, those who have diverse work or school Pastor Chris moved to Houston, Texas to further schedules or just can’t seem to get up on expand his music ministry. Sunday mornings. Their weekly services In January of 2000 he moved back to North Carolina to join the ministry of his spiritual father, Bishop George G. Bloomer of Durham. While an employed musician for GG Bloomer Ministries he developed a stronger thirst for the word of God. 8 Pinnacle - April 2014

are held on Sunday’s at 5pm. They are physically located at 455 Gorrell Street in Greensboro, NC. They can be found on social media via Facebook at Higher Heights Perfected Love Center.

FORSYTH COUNTY and Bib’s Downtown is open to the public. Bib’s Downtown’s next step is to become a Winston-Salem hallmark restaurant where people come from all over to eat our specially smoked meats and homemade sides.

Robert Moreau Our Pitmaster, Mark Little, has a rich history of cooking and living in WinstonSalem. Born in Winston-Salem, NC Mark comes from a long line of cooks. His father and Grandfather worked together at Williams & Company Meat Market at the Downtown City Market in the 1920’s and 30’s. His Uncle cooked in several downtown restaurants starting at the age of 13. His Grandmother cooked and served several meals out of her home during the Great Depression. With all that history, it seems only right that Mark returns to Downtown Winston-Salem for a restaurant venture of his own. Learning most of his techniques from his Mother who learned from his Grandmother, and along with many other influences, Mark has kept alive his passion for cooking through the years. For the past 5 years Mark has had his own personal cooking service, “Little by Little Specialities.” He tantalizes his clients with a variety of slow cooked meats and delicious homemade sides. Mark is now bringing his own style and flavors back to Downtown Winston-Salem at Bib’s Downtown. Come try his own blend of dry rubs and sauces and discover our taste is “Not Eastern, nor Western, It’s Bestern!”

Bib’s Downtown Bib’s downtown is a labor of love for food and Winston-Salem. Co-Owner’s Ricky Seamon and Robert Moreau hatched the idea while on vacation in April 2006. Just acquaintances at time, Ricky and Robert to their surprise, had very similar ideas on the perfect restaurant for Downtown Winston-Salem. Following vacation, we met over dinner once a week. During those weekly meetings, Ricky’s Father-in-Law, Mark Little, was folded into the mix. Mark became a coowner and the core of the restaurant. Mark has had a personal cooking service specializing in on-site cooking of pulled pork, ribs, chickens and beef brisket. The name came from the fact that Mark Little wears “bib” overalls as his everyday attire. It is also fitting for our patrons to perhaps wear a “bib” to enjoy our food. Also, our location is “downtown” right across from the Forsyth County Public Library. All these facts together brings us fittingly to the name “Bib’s Downtown.” Jump forward to 2008 and 675 W. Fifth Street. All our dreams have come true

Robert Moreau moved to Winston-Salem in May of 1993 and fell in love with the city. He worked selling nuts, bolts and construction supplies which helped him get acquainted with the city. Moreau has always had a dream of owning or running a restaurant. With this dream in mind, in the late 1990’s, now wife Tracie and he toured the downtown looking for that perfect restaurant space. Winston-Salem’s initiative for downtown development was in its infant stages in the mid to late 1990’s so the restaurant idea was hot. It just wasn’t in the cards for Mr. Moreau to own a restaurant at the time. Jumping forward to 2006, the restaurant dream was resurrected during a vacation with Co-Owner Ricky Seamon and his wife Kati. We agreed to meet once a week until we either opened the restaurant or left it a dream.

Ricky Seamon A Davie county native, Ricky was raised around the restaurant business. Although ending up in the plumbing industry here in Winston-Salem, Ricky had always had an obvious affection for preparing and eating food. Once he met his wife, Kati, his appreciation for how food is prepared and served was increased by his now father-in-law, Mark Little. Helping Mark on his private events when available only increased the drive to create for himself. As fate would have it, when Robert and Ricky hatched their plan for a restaurant on vacation, they couldn’t help but roll Mark into the mix. Helping with the design and build of Bib’s Downtown, Ricky had his hands full. Now that the dream of Bib’s has come alive, he is not able to take an active role in the day to day operations, but still plays an integral role in the business.

Check out Bib’s Downtown April 11th - 13th at the Jammin’ Pig Music Festival at the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds in Winston-Salem, North Carolina Admission: $10

Bib’s Downtown is located at the Historic 675 W. 5th Street downtown location.

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NORTH CAROLINA keep the Johnson grass pulled during the planting season and picked peas and okra and many vegetables during the harvest; that they grew up eating every day. There was a certain dignity to working Introducing Bruce Davis: J.O.B.S. a job and providing for your family, making ends meet while living Pinnacle would like to introduce Bruce Davis. Bruce was very within your means. honored with the invitation to be interviewed by us. Below is his He states, “These values instilled in me that were further sharpened story: when I volunteered to serve this great nation as a United States Bruce was born in Robeson Marine. These principles make up the basis for my platform.” County on old McNeal’s tobacco farm, a place they called Mac’s Bruce’s platform is very simple, it is all about J.O.B.S. We live in place. A place that, as a youth, an America where 67% of women are low wage earners, 16.3% of he would return each summer to women live in poverty. This is unacceptable! For the sake of our live with cousins and learned to women and for the sake of our children, who are being raised mostly crop, tie and hang tobacco. His by women, we must seek and find ways tioreconcile those differences parents moved to High Point, between employers by raising the minimum wages will lift millions North Carolina when he was of women out of poverty and require equal pay for women restoring eight months old where the bed dignity. This is where there can be economic Justice for women. he slept on was a let-out. He stated that it was not the let-out Within J.O.B.S., we find that there are Opportunities economic bed you may think of, but the opportunity for the next generation to be able to move the family to the next level of economic prosperity. We live in an America where let-out of a dress of drawers. economic opportunities often times is elusive in nature and far from His father was a Veteran from reality, especially when you’re strapped with debt from college the Korean War era, worked tuition. If you have invested time and money in a college degree or several small jobs from hauling vocational earning to better yourself you are an asset to the future of concrete in a wheel barrel until this economy. There needs to be a way that the payment of this debt he found work in a furniture can be delayed until you have stable income and in some case even plant, which is the industry waived. The return on this investment could make the difference as that lured him to the furniture mill town. His mother worked in we grow the middleclass. the chicken plant where black women were allowed to only work. “My mother and other black women were finally allowed to work WE NEED AN AMERICA WHERE THE RISING in the furniture factories.” He stated, “I would often ask my mother TIDES TRULY LIFTS ALL BOATS. about torn gloves she wore to handle the snow and ice covered wood coming off the lumber pile and she would reply that the factories had Within JO.B.S., we find that there are Benefits. A working man, very little heat in the winter and no cool in the summer, but it was a working women puts a portion of their hard earned dollars in a about keeping a job to feed our family.” retirement plan or a pension fund. Working all of their life, hoping to see a better tomorrow in the dawning days that they might be Bruce stated that his mother and father never depended on welfare comfortable. and they always kept a job and seldom stopped to do anything outside of being there on time, every day, working that job. In fact, his Within J.O.B.S., we find Security my parents did not have a lot; oldest brother, before moving to High Point was born in the cotton but they did teach us a lot. In fact, they worked until mother had field. He remembers his father talking about the time he once stood a stroke and finally died from a broken heart after dad died. Years in line hours for some cheese and flour and he said that he would taking care of family working hard to earn a living, and passing on never do again. valuable lessons that will be shared with the next generation. The security we had in knowing that as long as there was income from a His family quickly grew to ten children as they moved from Drew job that everything was going to be all right. This is basic common Street to Downing Street and then Melvin and Arlitha Davis finally sense economic growth. got a break. They moved up in the world when they moved into public housing. Public housing was moving up, as they never knew We must get back to the basics where family values matters. Back to they were poor. He stated, “We were the only family in the projects where Jobs are not something we search for to merely exist but are with live chickens. My wife and I still laugh about it to this day.” plentiful that we can enjoy the short time that we pass through this He and his wife still laugh about it to this day. His dad was off the life with dignity, with honor, and with self-worth. farm and believed that putting his hand to the plow, working the land and feeding his family was priority. GOD BLESS YOU AND MAY GOD BLESS Bruce’s father kept a garden down in Trinity ten minutes outside of the city limits on old man Fuller’s place, whereas kids they would 10

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PINNACLE MARANATHA BIBLE COLLEGE CLASS OF 2014 The Pinnacle Maranatha Bible College, Class of 2014 graduation activities will begin with an Alumni Service on Friday, June 13, 2014 7:00pm at Pinnacle Church, 1009 Sharpe Road, Burlington. The Speaker for that evening, Alumni Minister Irving Miles .

The Joint Graduation Ceremony of Pinnacle Maranatha Bible College and Trinity Theological Seminary of South Florida will be held on June 14, 2014 10:00am at ECC Community Life Center, 271 Williamson, Elon, NC 27244. The Commencement Speaker will be Bishop Terry L. Young, Pastor of Morningstar Baptist Church. Come celebrate with the graduating Doctors of Theology, Masters of Theology, Bachelors of Biblical Studies, Associate Degree and CertiďŹ cate recipients of Pinnacle Maranatha Bible College and Trinity Theological Seminary of South Florida!


Acts 12 Ministry The reason I wanted to start the Acts 12 Ministry back up is to let young and older people who seem to have giving up on life and God a lot more to live for. Another reason is I wanted them to know that there is a God.

talk to him much but I feel that this Ministry will help not only me but others as well. It will let their family members know what is going on in the Center and how they live from day to day. It will also allow them to know how God will help them if ONLY they just ask Him and pray to Him.

The Acts 12 Ministry is a ministry that will stand in the gap interceding for loved ones in the Correctional Facilities and serve as a pen-pal ministry with inmates. If you would like to be a pen-pal or assist us in interceding, contact Minister Tavaris The last reason Summers at 336-567-8225 or Blackwell I want to do this Funeral Home at 336-229-1939. Ministry is because I have an older brother that has been in the Correctional Center for Thank you and continue to keep this Ministry in Your Prayers. about 9 or 10 years. I do not really get to


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Since 1966, Preservation Greensboro Incorporated has encouraged the conservation of Greensboro’s architectual history by preserving sites such as Blandwood Mansion and the TroyBumpass House, and has partnered to save such places as Dudley High School, Blue Bell Manufacturing Company, Lindley Park, and the UNCG Chancellor’s House. Historic buildings and sites play an important role in defining our community’s identity by telling Greensboro’s unique story. They serve as tangible links to our past, energize our economy, and ensure the continuity and stability of our neighborhoods. Today, PGI is a dynamic and resourceful organization that contributes a key role in the growth of Greensboro’s economy. With such diverse initiatives as Architectural Salvage of Greensboro, the Blandwood Museum, the Preservation Greensboro Development Fund, informative meetings, seminars, and special events, Preservation Greensboro is a constant voice within the community towards revitalization, improved quality of life, and conservation of historic resources for future generations.

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SUNSETS Brought to You By:

Blackwell Funeral Home Mrs. Helen Frances Woods

Dallas Lee Farrington were held on Ms. Vernell Vernessa and a devoted and a caring church Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 1:00 McLaughlin Murray pm in the Roy Blackwell Chapel family. of Blackwell Funeral Home. Burial Ms. Vernell She was preceded in death by her followed in the Farr-Marr Cemetery V e r n e s s a late brothers and sisters, as follows: McLaughlin Herman L. Jones (Dorella), Beatrice Mr. Ernest H. Richmond Murray, 60, of L. Bigelow (William), Willie H. 121 James Drive, Jones (Nettie), Jerry W. Jones, and died March 16 Mr. Ernest H. Della Mae Williams (Bruce). at her home. Richmond, 85, She was the of 9853 N.C. Funeral Services for Mrs. Helen daughter of Mr. 86 South, died Frances Woods were held on Wallace Jackson March 7, 2014, Monday, March 10, 2014 a McLaughlin at Hospice & Burial followed in the Martins and Mrs. Mary Palliative Care Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery. of Alamance- Elizabeth Turner McLaughlin, both deceased. Caswell.

Mrs. Helen Frances Woods, 90, of 1053 Crittenden St. NE, Washington, D.C., Deacon Dallas Lee died on March 3, Farrington 2014, at Pine View Nursing Home, Clinton, MD. Deacon Dallas Lee Farrington, She was born in 78, of 1170 NC 49 Caswell County and was the North, died March daughter of the late Mrs. Mamie 6, 2014, at Hospice V. and Mr. Henry W. Jones and the and Palliative wife of Mr. William L. (Bill) Woods Care of Alamanceof Accokeek, MD. Caswell. Helen was a licensed cosmetologist and was employed by the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles as an Information Specialist. Helen was a very happy, active, family-oriented and well-rounded person who never found any task too difficult. It was said that, “She never let grass grow under her feet.” She enjoyed being a cosmetologist/entrepreneur. Helen prepared the best meals and especially loved preparing meals for out-of-town family, guests, and friends. She was especially known for her southern cooking and southern hospitality. Helen believed in strong family ties and taught her children to always “stick together.”

He was the son of the late Mr. Atlas Jackson Leroy Farrington and the late Ms. Grace Foust Farrington and the husband of Mrs. Hilda Stanfield Farrington.

Survivors include four children, Patricia Y. Jones of Accokeek, MD, Minister Theresa E. Wright (Walter) Fort Washington, MD, Michael L. Woods (Eula) Upper Marlboro, MD, Denise Michelle Robinson, Fort Washington, MD; eight grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; one great-great grandson; four sisters-in-laws; and a host of loving nieces and nephews, a magnitude of friends

He is survived by three daughtersRita Farrington Clark of Durham, Anita Farrington of WinstonSalem, and Marella Farrington of Greensboro; two sisters, Marella Moore of Burlington and Virgilla “Jill” Farrington of Oakland, CA; four grandchildren; one great grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


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He was a member of the Deacon Board, Baptism Ministry and he carried communion to the shut-in; he was a cell leader as well. He was a great giver and generous with many. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, welding and carpentry. He loved family gatherings and loved talking to everyone. Most importantly, he loved spending time with his wife and family.





He was the husband of Mrs. Mary F. Stephens Richmond, who survives, and the son of Mr. Ernest Richmond and Mrs. Ruby Poole Richmond Lea, both deceased. He was a lifelong member of Beulah Baptist Church. He was retired from White Furniture Company of Mebane. He was a great “outdoorsman,” and loved to fish, hunt, and was an excellent farmer. He loved spending time with his family. Survivors include three sons, Ernest C. Richmond (Wanda), Harry T. Richmond (Grace Jones) and Michael B. Richmond (Cynthia), all of Burlington; a daughter, Rosemary Richmond (Eric Bratcher Sr.) of Greensboro; a brother-in-law, James C. Stephens (Fannie Ann) of Burlington; five grandchildren; 12 greatgrandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by five brothers, Calvin Richmond, Isaac Richmond, Archie Richmond, Hayes Richmond and Steve Richmond; five sisters, Adell Lea, Mae Belle Lea, Ruby L. Richmond, Myrtle Pennix, and Ethel Harris. Funeral Services for Mr. Ernest Richmond were held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Beulah Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry O. Wilson delivering the eulogy. Burial followed in Beulah Baptist Church cemetery.

She was a member of Mt. Moriah Church. She enjoyed softball, sewing and cooking, especially coconut and sweet potato pies. She loved watching talk shows and her favorite TV shows, such as “Touched By An Angel,” “Smallville” and “Flip this House.” Survivors include a son, Stacey Watlington Sr. of Burlington; daughters, Je’Nell Strayhorn of the home, Shandra Richmond of Burlington and Kiana Baldwin of the home; brothers, Anthony McLaughlin (Betty) of Reidsville, Grayling McLaughlin of Yanceyville and Daryl McLaughlin of Reidsville; sisters, Vivian McLaughlin Jeffries, Pauline Williamson (Rev. Thomas), both of Reidsville, Paulette McLaughlin of Danville, Va. six grandchildren, Stacey Watlington Jr., Bianca Yolanthe, Brandon Watlington, Johnathan Watlington (Shai’Asya), Kylei Richmond and Kanilynn Coltrane; best friend, Lisha Baker of Green Level and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Willie Howard Graves and Lacy Lawrence McLaughlin; and a son-in-law, Colby Richmond. Funeral Services for Mrs. Vernell Vernessa McLaughlin Murray were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March Sunsets cont. on pg. 17

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22, 2014, at Blackwell Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Thomas Williamson delivering the eulogy. Burial followed in the church cemetery

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Shamikia McDaniel; a brother, James Yarborough; a sister, Rachel Summers; a niece, Lisa Sellars; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Raymond and Minnie Snipes; and three brothers-in-law, Jimmy, Vernell and Raymond Jr. Snipes.

Mr. Rufus Yarborough Mr. Rufus Yarborough, 71, of 126 S. Beaumont Ave., Apt. H3, died Sunday, March 16, 2014, at Hospice of AlamanceCaswell. He was the son of the late Mr. Rudy Frank Yarborough and Mrs. Minnie Cousin Yarborough, both deceased. He was formerly married to Margaret L. Yarborough and from this union three daughters were born. He was a retired cloth handler with Culp Finishing. He loved being around family, socializing at Pump & Pak, and loved talking to people. He especially loved his daughters and family. Survivors include three daughters, Cheryl Baldwin (Thomas), Carol Currie (Donald) and Shonda Yarborough, all of Graham, N.C.; a brother, Roy Yarborough (Dorothy) of Tennessee; five sisters, Frances Walker (Tim) of Graham, Bernice Allison (Gilbert) of Mebane, N.C., Kathy Yarbrough of Bridgeport, Conn., Emma Yarborough Robinson of Georgia and Hallie Ennis of Kentucky; 11 grandchildren; six greatgrandchildren; two goddaughters, Lisa Summers (William) and Denise Henderson (Melvin); a sister-inlaw, Shelia Snipes; four brothersin-law, W.D. Snipes (Brenda), Elder A.J. Snipes (Ruth), Charles Snipes (Annette) and Sanford Snipes (Sandra); two aunts, Mollie Belle Dodson and Delores Holsey; an uncle, Edward Yarborough; and a host of nieces,

Funeral Services for Mr. Rufus Yarborough were held on Friday, March 21 at 2 p.m. in the Roy Blackwell Chapel of Blackwell Funeral Home with Minister Derrick Sellars delivering the eulogy. Burial followed in North Lawn Cemetery.

Mr. Dwight Wilson Dwight Wilson, 55, of 470 Lenox Ave. Apt. 7J, New York City, New York, formerly of Danville, Va., died on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Harlem Hospital. The son of the late Russell Wilson and the Late Dorothy Walters Wilson. He attended Pittsylvania County Schools and was a dedicated employee of the New York Transit Authority of New York. He enjoyed traveling home to visit with his family. He was very friendly and always easy going. He always had something nice to say and was well liked by everyone. He is survived by four sisters, Lora Wilson Baldwin (Michael) of Alexandria, Va., Michelle Wilson Hughes (Amos) of Timberlake, N.C., Wanda Wilson Adams (Bishop Tony J. Adams) and Sandra Wilson, both of Danville, Va.; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Funeral Services for Mr. Dwight Wilson were held on 1 p.m. Friday,

March 28, 2014, at the Gospel Way Outreach Worship Center, 305 Highland Court Danville, VA 24541. Burial followed in the Floral Hills Memorial Garden, 1665 South Boston Rd. Danville, VA 24540.

Church on 508 Apple St., Burlington, NC. The Rev. Dray Bland officiated with the Rev. Dr. Richard Styles delivering the eulogy. Burial followed in North Lawn Cemetery, Ross Street, Burlington.

Mrs. Faye Corina Harris King

Mr. Larry “The Godfather” Darnell Warren

Mrs. Faye Corina Harris King, 63, of 108 James Drive, died Thursday, March 27, 2014, at Select Medical at Moses Cone Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Mr. James Henry Harris and the late Mrs. Orma Johnson Harris and the wife of Mr. Willie James King. She was an excellent cook. She enjoyed talking with everyone and always had positive words to say. She loved to praise the Lord worshipping with her First Baptist Church family. Most importantly she cherished spending time with her family. Survivors include a son, Ray Charles Harris of the home; three brothers, Clyde Harris and Charles Harris, both of Burlington, and James Elbert Harris of Yanceyville, and three sisters, Linda Richmond (Buddyrow) of Burlington, Shirley Poteat of Burlington, Marie Bryant (Hulon) of Mebane, Mary Harris of Burlington and Jeanice Harris of Burlington; two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives. She was preceded in death by three brothers, William Harris, Richard Harris and Earlie Gene Harris. Funeral Services for Mrs. Faye Corina Harris King were held on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist

Mr. Larry “”The Godfather”” Darnell Warren, 60, of 1035 N. Main St., died March 30, 2014 at ARMC. He was the son of Willie Frank Warren and El Berta Warren Woods. His special companion was Mrs. Mary Anne Barnett. He loved watching sports, riding in cars and enjoyed listening to music. He was especially fond of socializing at family gatherings. He was a very friendly and humble guy and cherished the time he spent with his friends and family. He was very compassionate and was affectionately known as the “Godfather”. He was an active member at Lees Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors include a brother, the Rev. Willie F. Warren Jr. (Minister Sandra) of Burlington, N.C.; a sister, Minister Tammie D. Norman (Anthony) of Burlington; and a host of nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives. He was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Anthony Warren. Funeral Services for Mr. Larry “The Godfather” Darnell Warren was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at Lees Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 3804 Lees Chapel Road, Cedar Grove, N.C. with the Rev. T.E. Taylor delivering the eulogy. Burial followed in Lee’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church cemetery.

A TESTAMONIAL FROM BFH To Everyone at Blackwell Funeral Home, We, the family of Ernest H. Richmond, would like to extend our deepest appreciation for every aspect of how you handled this difficult time for us. Your service, follow up, and execution were seamless. Your compassion was heartfelt and sincere. The Richmond Family April 2014 - Pinnacle



Sweet Gum Grove Missionary Baptist Church to sponsor 3rd PASSION IN PINK BREAST CANCER 5K RACE/ WALK Sweet Gum Grove Missionary Baptist Church and Norville Breast Care Center invite the entire community and surrounding counties to help make our 2rd race/walk a success on April 26, 2014, at the church at 8609 Hwy 119 South, Mebane, NC. Our 2010 and 2012 Race/Walk were successful. We were able to make a large donation to Alamance Regional Norville Breast Care Center BCCPS Program to aid both men and women with expenses for mammograms. In addition, the church gave stipends to applicants going through treatment who needed support with day-to-day expenses. Participants may pre-register through April 12, 2014 at the church from 5:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. or mail in registration forms, along with waivers and fee to Sweet Gum Grove Missionary Baptist Church PO Box 3637, Burlington, NC 27215. All pre-registration forms must be received at the church by this date. Early registration fee is $25.00. After April 12, and on the day of the race/walk, the fee is $35.00. Shirts and pre-registration gift bags are available on a firstcome-first -served basis and are included in the registration fee. Registration will begin at 8:00 A.M., and the race/walk will begin at 9:30 A.M. at the church and will continue on Burton’s Chapel Road 1.5 miles and end back at Sweet Gum. Participants may walk as individuals or as teams in support of family or friends. After the race/walk, join us for seminars, entertainment, and food. Local media and newspapers are expected to cover the event. In addition, on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at 2:00 P.M., join us for our Passion in Pink program. Our theme is “Be Calm, Go Pink.” Our focus will be on the importance of faith hope, love, and strength of victims and their families during their ordeal. Breast cancer survivors and those going through treatment will

participate on the program and share how they are combating this disease. We are asking women to wear pink, and men to wear pink ties as solidarity and commitment of support on Sunday. We are thrilled to organize and host such a worthwhile event. Breast cancer is the leading cause of death among women between the ages of 35 to 44, and according to the American Last year’s 1st Place Winner, Anthony Harris Cancer Society, one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Therefore, we are asking churches and organizations within our community to join us by sharing their passion and commitment to combat this disease. Working together for such a worthwhile event as this will afford us a unique sense of community of people coming together for a common cause- the defeat and control of breast cancer. Our goals are to: 1) Raise breast cancer awareness; 2) Raise as much money as possible to make sure that those affected by breast cancer are ensured quality care; 3) Empower those affected by breast cancer with knowledge to make informed, educated decisions from diagnosis to treatment to survivorship. Proceeds will aid both men and women’s fitness, education, mammograms, awareness, and support for survivors. We are again partnering with Alamance Regional’s Norville Breast Care Center.

For more information, contact Rev. Dr. Daniel Webb at 336-7077802, email address , Michelle Richmond at; Christal Graves at christalgraves@gmail. com, Lizzie Hooker at 336-421-3881, or Faye Thorne at 336-312-1964 Registration forms, waivers, and more information may be downloaded from the church website at sweetgumgrovemissionarybaptistchurch. org.

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Welcome to Bennett College Dr. Rosalind Fuse-Hall became the 17th president of Bennett College on July 1, 2013. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, she grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina on the campus of Fayetteville State University, where her father was on the faculty. A 1980 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Fuse-Hall earned a Bachelor of Science degree in administration of criminal justice. In 1983, she earned her Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law, Newark, New Jersey. Dr. Fuse-Hall also studied at Harvard Graduate School of Education in the Institute of Educational Management. Although she began her career in law, Dr. FuseHall soon gravitated to higher education. She comes from a family of educators. Her mother and five aunts were teachers. She is married to Dr. Jarvis Hall, a political science professor at North Carolina Central University, and her daughter, Ifetoya Hall, who is a 2013 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a teacher with Teach for America, working in Texas. Dr. Fuse-Hall started her legal career as a judicial law clerk with the Honorable William H. Walls, Essex County Superior Court in Newark, and then as a staff attorney in the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in New York City. Her first position in higher education was at St. Lawrence University, where she was assistant director for minority affairs. Most recently, she served as chief of staff to the president at Florida A&M University and interim executive director

of Title III Programs. She has served as executive assistant to the chancellor at North Carolina Central University and corporate secretary to the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina system, comprising 17 campuses. While at Florida A&M University, Dr. Fuse-Hall managed $10 million dollars in special programs to enhance institutional strengths and student outcomes. She is especially proud of a grant that she drafted with several colleagues that was funded for an additional $10 million over five years. At North Carolina Central University, she worked on two special initiatives that brought nearly $44 million to the University. One was the Biomanufacuturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise or “BRITE” Center for Excellence. This was a research institute that brought together the biotech industry, governmental officials, community colleges and a major research university to secure $19.1 million in capital funds to build the institute and an additional $7 million in annual operating funds from the state legislature. The second project resulted from a public-private partnership that built a 408-bed residence hall on the newly created West Campus of the University. Dr. Fuse-Hall also has worked as associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC Chapel Hill. In 2004, Dr. Fuse-Hall traveled to Southeast Asia on an Eisenhower Fellowship. She was in the charter class of BRIDGES, a UNC Academic Leadership Program, and was a participant in Leadership America, a national leadership development program, both in 1993. She serves on numerous boards and advisory panels, and her professional affiliations include the Association of Black Women in Higher Education. Dr. Fuse-Hall is a member of the Links, Inc. an international, not-for-profit corporation with a membership of 12,000 professional women of color devoted to voluntary public service. She is a frequent presenter and public speaker.

Office of the President, Global Learning Center Phone:336-517-2225 and 336-517-2226 Fax: 336-370-8688


Welcome to the Burlington Downtown Corporation Burlington History by Michael Holt Skinner July3, 1957 On January 29, 1856, the last spikes were driven into the final tie of the North Carolina Railroad project uniting the cities of Goldsboro and Charlotte by rail. The next day, the first locomotive passed along the new route. When that iron horse arrived in Alamance County, locals referred to it as “the eight wonder of the world.” Throughout this century-and-a-half of economic change, Downtown Burlington grew, adapted and prospered. Originally the center of commerce for Company Shops, the downtown area still serves as the heart of today’s community with financial services, government services, an expanded library, small shops, eateries and a restored theater. Downtown has also returned to its status as a major employment center, becoming the home to Laboratory Corporation of America, one of the

world’s largest biomedical testing firms and Burlington/Alamance County’s largest employer. A blend of old and new, Downtown Burlington is poised for a continued prosperous and dynamic future. Excerpts taken from “Art & Architecture of Historic Downtown Burlington: A Walking Tour” Copies of this brochure and walking tour are available from the Corporation office. Burlington Downtown Corporation 408 S. Spring Street, Suite 201 Burlington, NC 27216-0761 Tel: (336) 222.5002 • Fax: (336) 222.5036 Our offices are located above Plageman Architecture in Downtown Burlington. Services We Provide The BDC acts as a liaison with the City of Burlington for all downtown-related activities. We provide the following services to business and property owners with the Municipal Service District as well as to Burlington-area residents and prospective investors. •

Generous grants for property renovations and business development ($215,000 awarded since 2010)

• Project development, acting as liaison between the City and project proponents • Available Property listings • Business directory listings • Comprehensive Marketing and Brand Development for downtown • Long-range and strategic planning for downtown, including the following recent plans and projects: • Downtown Master Plan, 2008 • Downtown Streetscape Plan and Implementation, 2010 • Downtown Parking Plan, 2012 (liaison) • Downtown Public Art Process, 2012 • Downtown Wayfinding Development, 2013 • Downtown Branding, 2013 • Downtown website and social media campaigns • Bi-weekly electronic newsletter • Downtown promotions such as 4th Fridays Downtown • Special event liaison to City of Burlington Recreation and Parks • Fundraising Management Please contact us for

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Stone•Hinge Jewelry Richard Griffis, Jr. (but he goes by Rich) graduated college two years ago. He currently work as a graphic designer for French/West/Vaughan, one of the leading PR & Marketing agencies in the southeast region of the United States. Moreover, he is the CEO/Owner of Stone•Hinge; “my jewelry line I started at the top of this year (2014)”. He was born and raised in Burlington, NC and is currently residing in Raleigh. Rich is the youngest of two—he has an older sister and three nephews. Rich has been the keyboardist at his church for nearly 10 years now. He first and foremost, gives all credit the big man above for the success he has had in his life. “Without Him, I would be able to do any of what I’ve done thus far.” He also commends his family for always supporting his dreams and ambitions and encouraging him to reach for the stars. When asked about influences in his life, Rich stated, “I have a strong support system, but my cousin Lotticia Mack is one person I’ve always looked up to”. She has never been afraid to think outside the box and go against the grain. Although they are some years apart in age, they have always had a tight bond and she has been one of his biggest supporters with any idea or vision he has ever had—even going back to when he was just a child. Rich’s brand Stone•Hinge offers beaded wristwear for both men and women. They are also looking to expand into a youth line as well as eventually venture in clothing and apparel. He stated the kind of change he would love to see in his community is more of the positive things showcased and talked about in his community versus the negatives. “While I don’t live in Burlington anymore, 90% of my family does, so I’m there constantly. There are so many talented individuals in my community that don’t get the recognition they deserve. I personally know a number of people that I graduated high school with, who are really making moves—be it in the education field, entertainment, fashion… We should highlight these individuals instead of the negative stereotypes portrayed in my community.” One of his biggest challenges thus far has been saying “NO.” His has a tendency to over-extend himself by taking on too many projects at once. Aside from Stone•Hinge, he also works full-time, is a church musician, involved in a few extra-curricular activities, and is a freelance graphic designer. At the end of the day he has learned that he is the only one person meaning, “I can only have but some much on my plate. Keeping a work-life balance is essential.” His biggest reward thus far has been seeing so many pleased customers. “When

I initially started this business, I didn’t know what to expect. But with the first release, my customers have been very supportive and that has been a great feeling inside.” Rich states that his most influential scripture is Jeremiah 29:11, “ For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. He says he never really understood the true meaning behind that scripture until recently. “For me, that scripture gives me hope for my future. Our plans are not our own—only God knows the things He has in store for us and it is up to us to walk in obedience so that those plans will come into fruition. I’m excited about what God has planned for me because as the scripture states, He has plans to prosper me, to not harm me and to give me hope!” hope He wants to be remembered as a man who allowed God to use him and his talents to bring glory to His name. “Without God, I am nothing and I could do nothing. I want to be remembered as someone who went after his dreams and didn’t let anyone or anything stop him or get in the way.” His advice to others if it was your last day on earth, “When God speaks, listen. For a long time, I ignored His voice and as a result, it caused me to run into many roadblocks and issues in my life. When I stopped ignoring Him and began to walk in obedience, I saw my life take a 180!” “It has officially been about 3 years since I gave my life back to Christ and decided to be serious about my walk with Him. Every day I wake up I have to put my armor on and take up my cross. I thank God that He has allowed me to have a strong circle of friends who hold me accountable—we hold each other accountable as well. I want the readers to know that being a Christian is one of the most rewarding decisions you can EVER make. Every day is not easy and there are some areas that God is still working on me in, but at the end of the day, I am happy with where He’s brought me and where He’s taking me. We all have the opportunity to walk with Him; it’s just up to us to make the decision.” Rich states there are too many people to specifically name individual names but he would like to thank everyone and anyone over the years who have supported him in any way! He is blessed to be able to say that he has a huge support system and could name names for days!

To purchase any of my Stone•Hinge jewelry, you can check them out online at Also, be sure to find and like them on Facebook (search Stone Hinge) and follow them on both Instagram and Twitter @StoneHinge_Co Rich Griffis - Stone•Hinge -


“Queremos servir su comunidad al mas Empleo: La empreza esta buscando persona acto nivel encorporando lo mas posible interesada en trabajar dando servicio funeral. su tradicion en la manera mas expidiosa Negocio Espacio Ad: Tenemos espacio en nuestra para su revista para anuciar su negocio. necesidad. Translator Availability: Tenemos traductor Seremos disponibles sombra de Llame Funeraria: Blackwell Funeral Home corazon en (336) 229-1939 Para mas informacion pesame.” 20 Pinnacle - April 2014

PINNACLE RECIPE CORNER From the Kitchen of Red Lobster Taken from: Ladies Home Journal August 1994 Submitted to us by Janet Marshall

Garlic / Cheese Biscuits

onto an ungreased cookie sheet 4. Bake 8-10 minutes until golden brown 5. Combine ¼ cup butter or margarine (melted) and ½ teaspoon garlic powder; Brush this mixture over warm biscuits before removing from cookie sheet

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees 6. Serve warm

2. Combine 2 cup of Recipe makes 10 to 12 biscuits buttermilk baking mix (Bisquick), 2/3 cup of milk and ½ cup of shredded cheddar cheese with a wooden spoon beat vigorously for 30 seconds 3. Drop spoonfuls of the dough

Pinnacle Distribution Team If you would like for Pinnacle to be in your church or business please feel free to call Stacey at 336-229-1939.

Alamance Area & Rockingham Area: Winston Staunton (336) 512-9536 Southern Alamance & Chapel Hill: Karen Parrish (336) 260-1471 Brittany Parrish (336) 260-2482 Caswell & Southside VA: Min. Grea Blackwell (336) 514-2909 Durham Area:

Pastors T & Michele Lee (919) 880-3602

Forsyth Area: Stacey R. Choate (336) 609-0858 Guilford Area: Min. Grea Blackwell (336) 514-2909 Lexington & Thomasville Area: Lenora Bobo (336) 470-8388 Person Area: Rev. Cleavie Brandon (336) 583-5196 Rev. Theodora Moss (919) 323-5509 Pittsylvania County: Dwain Toomer (434) 710-9785

A FEW OF PINNACLE’S DISTRIBUTION SITES Alamance County Churches Arches Grove Belview Baptist Church Bethel Fellowship Church Burnett’s Chapel Cedar Cliff Holiness Church Christian Tabernacle Church Clinton Memorial Church Ebenezer UCC Elon Baptist First Baptist - Apple Street First Baptist Church-Graham Ganttown Baptist Church Gethesmane Church Glen Raven First Baptist Gospel Tabernacle Green Level Christian Church House of Prayer Jeffries Cross Maple Grove Baptist Melfield UCC Miles Chapel Church Miracle Temple Morgantown Baptist Morningstar Baptist Mt. Carmel Church New Birth Baptist New Covenant UHC New Pentecostal Church Queen’s Chapel AME Church Refuge Temple Church Stoney Creek AME Church St. Matthew AME St. Peter’s Holiness Church Stoney Creek AME True Revelation Baptist Visitor’s Chapel Waymon Chapel Alamance County Businesses Alamance Community College Alamance Health Dept. Amko Fairway One Atop

Atty. Christopher Watkins Atty. Early Kenan, Jr. Auto Zone Auto Parts Bennie Poteat Big Daddy Barber Shop Blackwell Bros. Florist Bur-Gra Meat Charles Drew Center Citgo Station - Mebane Cox Toyota Dave’s Discount Dave’s Mini Market Dick Shirley Dollar General Dominican Wrap Dr. Eason Dr. Pinnix-Bailey, DDS Dudley’s Eagles Food Mart Exxon Fairway One Stop God’s Favor Childcare Golden Eagle Tax Great Stops Taxi Hair in Motion Salon Harbor Inn High Profile Barbershop Joe Shopwell Mini Mart Joy Mart K Discount Beauty Supply Kanagroo Express KC Quickie Mart Kim’s Mart L & J Fashions L & M Barbershop Mini One Mart Nations Hair Care Center New Directions International Occasions O’Reilly Auto Part Piedmont Health Care Positive Youth Center Presbyterian Home

Pump Pack Rick’s Stop Mart / Sunoco Sam’s Mart Schewel’s Furniture Shell Station Steven’s Market Steven’s Market Tommy’ s Mini Mart Trinna’s Trinkets Trollinger’s West 70 Vogue West Webb Market Durham County Churches & Businesses Abiding Savior Luth. Evangelistic Angier Baptist Antioch Church Bethel Life Family Worship Center Bethlehem Temple Apostolic Faith Church Cameron Grove Baptist Church City of Joy Ministries Community Baptist Cox Memorial Freewill Baptist Ebenezer Missionary Church Ecclesia House of Prayer Emmanuel AME / Baptist Faith Assembly Church Faucette Memorial CME Church First Calvary Baptist Fisher Memorial United Holy Church George’s Restaurant Gethsemane Missionary Church Glad Tidings Grace Church of Durham Greater Walltown United Holiness Greater Word Holy Infant Catholic Church Immanuel 7-Day Church Kings Park International Lakeview Baptist Church Lakewood Baptist

Life Community Lincoln Memorial Love of God Missionary Church Lowes Grove Church Men’s Dorm Monroe Christian Center Morning Star Missionary Baptist Mt. Calvary Light House Mt. Calvary United Church of Christ Mt. Gilead Mt. Olive Church Mt. Vernon Baptist Mt. Zion Nehemiah Christian Center New Covenant Holiness Church New Creation United Methodist Church New Jerusalem Cathedral Church North East One Love Ministries Peace Missionary Piligrim Baptist Russell Memorial Seed Time & Harvest Fellowship Shepherds House Church St. Joseph Baptist Church St. Jospeh Place St. Mark True Way Holiness Union Baptist United House of Prayer for All People Victory Temple West Durham Baptist Women’s Dorm Forsyth County Churches & Businesses Carver Road Church of Christ Dellabrook Presbyterian Church Delta Arts Center Greater Cleveland Avenue Macadonia TVPH Church

Shiloh Baptist Church Shouse CME Temple Church Solid Rock Missionary Baptist St. Paul UMC St. Stephens Guilford County Churches & Businesses 7th Day Adventist Ashtae / Minority Business Dev Center Bessemer United Methodist Bethany Community Church Bethel AME Cappadocia Church Cedar Grove Baptist Clapp’s Chapel Destiny Christian Center Dudley’s Cosmetology Eagle Food Mart Emmanuel United Church of Christ Evangel Fellowship COGIC Faith Baptist First Baptist Fruit of the Spirit Genesis Baptist Godly Faith Christian Center Grace Lutheran Hall Station Hayes Memorial United Holy Holy Temple House of Prayer Jesus Is the Answer Deliverance Sanctuary Laughlin Memorial Lebauer Health Care Mack’s Chapel Metropolitan United Methodist Missionary Bible Study Mt Zion Baptist New Beginners Church

Distribution Sites cont. on pg. 23

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ALAMANCE COUNTY of old.” He says, “Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth: Shall you know it?” And Written by Keith Jackson then He says, “Behold, I will do Over the next several months a new thing, Now it shall spring Pinnacle will be showcasing this “A forth; Shall you not know it?” New Season” series written by Keith And then He says, “I will even Jackson. These are words spoken to make a road in the wilderness and him by the Holy Spirit. rivers in the desert.”

A New Season

This is a new season we are entering. We are on the periphery of a brand new season; and every new season leads us through the corridor of transition. If you the promises of God while new things are in process of budding and springing forth. Remember the prophetic Word of the Lord that comes to us from Isaiah 43:18-19, where God says, “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things

When God says I’m going to do a new thing, I’m going to do some stuff that hasn’t been done before; let me tell you that there’s nothing new to God, but there are some things that are new to us. You can come to points and places in your life, you can be in the middle of a wilderness where there is no road and you don’t know which way to go.

When you’re in a wilderness it means that there’s not a path leading showing you which way to go and what to do. Stay tuned for more....


This prayer was emailed to us by Brenda Brown. Each month we will be sharing Useful Emails from various people, so if you have a useful tip you would like to share, please feel free to email it to pinnaclepaper@ or A young man was getting ready to graduate from college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer’s showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted. As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had purchased the

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FAVORITE EMAILS car. Finally, on the morning of his graduation, his father called him into his private study, told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and how much he loved him. He handed him a beautifully wrapped gift box. Curious, but somewhat disappointed, the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leatherbound Bible, with his name embossed in gold. Angrily, he raised his voice to his father and said,” With all your money you give me a Bible?” He stormed out of the house, leaving the Bible behind. Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business. He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realized his father was very old. He thought perhaps he should go to him. He had not seen him since that graduation day.

But before he could make arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed all of his possessions to him. He needed to come home immediately and take care of things. When he arrived at his father’s house, sadness and regret filled his heart. He began to search through his father’s important documents and saw the Bible, new, just as he had left it years ago. With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. His father had carefully underlined a verse, Matt 7:11, “And if ye, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father which is in Heaven give good things to them that ask Him?” As he read those words, a car key dropped from the back of the Bible. It had a tag with the dealers name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words...PAID IN FULL. How many times do we miss God’s blessings because they are not packaged as we expected?


Forgiveness Will Set You Free By Shonté Hodnett

The morning of March 24, 2014, a female postal employee reported to work on her normal schedule at around 5am, seeing who she thought was a stranger she called 911, until the man identified himself and she felt safe. By noon, four families lives were tragically affected. Two women were found murdered, the postal employee was severely injured and the man she thought was safe committed suicide and was responsible for all of the attacks. How can such a horrible act be forgiven? Why is it important to forgive?

your Father forgive your trespasses.

Matthew 6:14-15

And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. Mark 11:25 God commands us to forgive others, no matter what, because we all have sinned. Although we may not have committed an awful crime such as murder, we all have done something we should not have done. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death…” Therefore, any sin, whether it is lying, stealing or murder, are all punishable by death. God cannot forgive us if we do not forgive others and ourselves.

Remaining intransigent in unforgiveness also causes mental, emotional and physical problems. Letting go of grudges and bitterness can make way for compassion, kindness, peace and love to enter your life more The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the abundantly. According to, forgiveness can lead to healthier word forgive as “to stop feeling anger toward relationships, greater spiritual and psychological well-being, less anxiety, someone who has done something wrong; to stop blaming someone; to stress and hostility, lower blood pressure, fewer symptoms of depression stop feeling anger about something; to forgive someone for something wrong”. It is vital to forgive others no matter the offense because through and lower risk of alcohol and substance abuse. If you struggle with any forgiveness, you literally set yourself free! Holding resentment against of these health issues, ask yourself, “is there someone I need to forgive”? someone, no matter how bad they hurt you can weigh you down spiritually, mentally, emotionally and even physically. It can eat away at you day by day causing unnecessary stress and anguish. While it is natural to be angry While hanging from the cross, before Jesus took his last breathe, he said, at someone who hurt you, it is unhealthy not to forgive. You will bring “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do,” Luke 23:34, in yourself more harm if you choose not to forgive them of their trespasses. reference to the people who persecuted him. Words are powerful… When forgiveness takes place, we naturally release the disturbing thoughts especially dying words. Jesus’ dying words on the cross are a powerful and emotions that drain our spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional well example of how you and I ought to treat those who mistreat us. This being. month, as we celebrate Easter Sunday and His resurrection, it is important for us to remember exactly what Jesus had to say right before His earthly Choosing not to forgive others causes negative effects to our spirit. This is life ended. One of the last things Jesus said while hanging from the cross why God commands us to forgive. The following scriptures explain why were words of forgiveness. He forgave his persecutors, God can forgive us all and you can forgive others. So, forgive. Be free. we all should forgive: For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will Distribution Sites cont. from pg. 21 New Covenant New Life Ministries New Light Baptist Outreach Baptist Pit Stop Poplar Grove AME Power House of Deliverance Presbyterian Church of the Cross Providence Baptist Reba’s Hair Design Redeemer Episcopal Refuge Reid Memorial Shiloh Baptist Church St James Baptist St James Presbyterian St Matthews United Methodist St Paul Baptist St Phillips AME Zion St Stephens UCC St. John AME Church Trinity AME Zion

Truth Deliverance Church Twin Oaks Church Union Grove United Holy Church United Institutional Baptist Church Unity Baptist Church Wadsworth Church We Are One Christian Fellowship Wells Memorial COGIC White Oak Grove Baptist

Orange County Churches & Businesses

Bethsada Baptist Greater Canaan Baptist Hunter’s Chapel Church Johnson Chapel AME Kimes Chapel Baptist Mebane First Baptist Mebane First Presbyterian Church Mt. Moriah Baptist New Life Tabernacle Church St. Luke’s Christian Church Citgo Gas Station Green Level Town Hall

Have any comments about this article? You may email them to: Roy Mart Trollinger’s West 70

Rockingham County Churches

Assembly Faith Bethel AME Church Brown’s Chapel Baptist Church Elm Grove Baptist First Baptist Church-Reidsville First Christian Church Free Spirit Ministry Garrett’s Grove UMC Greater Shining Light Baptist High Rock Grove True Vine Baptist

Rockingham County Businesses Advance Auto Parts Auto Zone Barnes Street Store Carolina Apothecary Cash Pawn Family Fare

Food Mart-Shell House of Music IH Food Johnson & Son Funeral Home Mr. Tuck Shoes O’Reilly Auto Parts Pelham Transportation Pine Forrest Pulliam Grocery Ross Store Spark & Son Shear Barber Shop South Scale Market The Cutting Room Barber Shop Weeks Grocery Store

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SAVE THE 2014 DATES Urgent Care I Durham, NC Apr. 10th - 12th Burlington, NC (Regional) Jun. 20th - 21st

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We have many funeral and cremation packages starting from $750. Please note the ones that are listed

below. Our two chapels are spacious. Our staff is compassionate and our prices are affordable. Let us help you plan the homegoing celebration of your loved one with dignity as we render our professional service. Such as:


Funerals followed by Cremations start and Cremations followed by Memorial Services start at


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(Prices quoted are with place of choice within a 75-mile radius)

Includes Chapel or Church Visitation, Graveside Services, Casket (5 colors to choose from), Pickup, Embalming, Dressing, Hearse, Tent, and Flower



(Professional Services are a part of the package but are not discounted)

*Does not include graveliner, vault (if required by cemetery), sales tax, charges for opening and closing of grave, flowers, certified copies of death certificates, newspaper obituary (other than free) or any other cash advance items

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Tiempos dificiles Require Acciones Agresivas

La Funeraria Blackwell - Blackwell Funeral Home ayuda y continudra asististendo en estos tiempos dificiles. Tenemos muchos servicios de funeral y cremacion disponibles empazando desde $750. Favor de referirse a la lista siguiente. Nuestra capillas son espaciosas. Nuestros empleados compasionados y nuestros precios rasonables. Permitanos ayudarles a planificar el momeno cuando un ser querido pasa al reino de los cielos con dignidad. Nuestro servicios professional son como tales:

El funeral con Cremacion: Initia en $3,600 con Servicio Memorial siguiente: $1,500

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Llame Funeraria: Blackwell Funeral Home (336) 229-1939 para mas informacion y Prenecesidades

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