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Moving the Mountain The Lord is my light and my salvation! Whom shall I fear! The Lord is the strength of my life of whom shall I be afraid (Psalm 27:1). David was making a declaration of faith, when he wrote these words! In an economy where we work two jobs just to maintain, one often finds themselves trying to make two ends meet. One being that of bills (lack), and of our finances (abundances). We often look at our situation more than our solution. Lack is a real fact, but it is also a state of mind. It is hard to think that things will shift into abundance if we are consistently looking at our lack condition. Look towards the hills which cometh your help. Your help comes from the Lord. The cattle on a thousand hills, looking to the Lord. Whatever you need is, God has it. When we are in a valley situation, we often feel that the mountain is (1) blocking our view, (2) keeping the sunlight from entering our dark condition (3) separates us from our destiny (4) would require to much energy and concentration to climb. If the mountain is blocking your view of what is on the other side, then refocus. You will have to picture in your mind the picture that is on the other side. The Lord said He could give you beyond anything that you could think or imagine. Maybe it’s time to see yourself on the other side of the mountain. You can only go where your mind will lead you. Move the negative thoughts out of your mind! When we are driving along the mountain we often find ourselves in a shady place. The sunlight is necessary to keep the forest growing and to help keep everything green. If a plant does not receive ample sunlight direct or indirect it will wither, die or be stunted in its growth. The same thing happens when we miss the sunlight of Jesus. When we find ourselves in deep dark places, we need to look up and cry out to the Lord as in Psalm 25:1, “To you O


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Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in you; Let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies triumph over me”. When problems seem to loom over us like giant trees; when you cannot see the light of day in your situation, just call out to the Lord as in Psalm 25:5, “Lead me your truth and teach me, For you are the God of my Salvation, On you I wait all the day”. The trees that separate you from the light will have to move. We often think that the problem is so big that the desires of our divine destiny will no longer take place. Put your eyes back on the things that are promised to you through the Word. He has given us power and authority. Remind yourself that He said He would never leave us or forsake us. We can leave God, but He will not leave us. If God made a promise, it is up to you to believe. He is a covenant maker not a covenant breaker. Trust him, pray to him. Your destiny is secure in Him! When you are in doubt about what God promised you, read James 1:17, Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no visitation or shadow of turning. He cannot turn from you, please do not turn from him. Move unbelief and doubt from your mind. The last thing will be that we look at our mountains and we get tired. The mountain is so tall that it zips our energy. Stop looking at how tall the mountain is and start going up one step at a time. The farthest distance is conquered by making the first step. In Matthew 17:20, the disciples were asking Jesus why they could not cast out the spirit of epilepsy. Jesus stated, “because of your unbelief, for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to the mountain, move from here to there and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting. Remember to fast, pray and you can help (336)260-2482, (336)2132016 or (336) 229-1939. Until next time, pray for our advertisers who advertise in this paper. They make it free to you. May the Lord bless you with the desires of your heart and the richness of His glory.

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FORSYTH COUNTY WSSU Announces New Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Dr. Corey D. B. Walker, associate professor and chair of the department of Africana studies at Brown University, has been named the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) effective July 1, 2013. As dean, Dr. Walker will be the academic and administrative leader for the College’s more than 200 fulltime and part-time faculty members in 13 departments that enroll more than 3,300 students in courses each year. Walker will become the John W. and Anna Hodgin Hanes Professor of the Social Sciences and tenured professor in the department of social sciences. He will report to Dr. Brenda Allen, WSSU provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. “We are delighted that Dr. Walker will be joining the university and bringing to us an outstanding record of scholarship, academic leadership and a dynamic vision for the liberal arts and sciences,” said Allen. “His approach to education certainly meshes with the curriculum reform efforts that we have instigated at WSSU which have had a considerable impact on the College of Arts and Sciences. “The College of Arts and Sciences not only provides a significant number of our students with a liberal arts education essential for the 21st century, but also provides core foundational courses for all of the university’s undergraduate and graduate programs,” Allen added. “Additionally, the College contributes to the area’s economic development through innovative faculty research, distinctive degree programs such as the program in biotechnology, and supporting broader community development by integrating community service within more student learning opportunities.” “I am truly honored at the opportunity to join the outstanding academic community at Winston-Salem State University,” said Walker. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in the College of Arts and Sciences and across the university in advancing the research, teaching and service mission of this

historic institution which commitment to innovation,

has a rich creativity and

tradition and deep service to society.”

A scholar of African American social, political and religious thought, Walker joined the faculty at Brown University in 2006 where he is also an affiliated faculty member in the departments of American studies and religious studies, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Center for the Study of Race and the Committee on Science and Technology Studies. A tenured associate professor of Africana studies since 2009, he was named chair of the department of Africana studies in 2011. During 2010-2012, Walker was a non-resident fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. Prior to Brown University, he was an assistant professor of religious studies and African and African American studies at the University of Virginia where he was also director of the Center for the Study of Local Knowledge funded by a major grant from the Ford Foundation. Walker has served as a visiting professor at the Historisches Institut at Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena in Germany. Walker earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Norfolk State University, master’s degrees from Virginia Union University and Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in American studies from The College of William and Mary. Walker is the author of “A Noble Fight: African American Freemasonry and the Struggle for Democracy in America,” has completed another book manuscript entitled “Between Transcendence and History: An Essay on Religion and the Future of Democracy in America” and has begun work on a new book project examining African American intellectuals in Europe at the turn of the twentieth century. He co-directed and co-produced the documentary film, “Fifeville”, with acclaimed artist and filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson and served as Book Review Editor and as an Associate Editor of “The Journal of the American Academy of Religion,” the top academic journal for the study of religion. Active in the community, Walker served on the Board of Visitors of Norfolk State University and recently served on the Boards of Directors for the Brown-Fox Point Early Childhood Learning Center, Mt. Hope Neighborhood Association and the Rhode Island Black Business Association. He is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and Prince Hall Freemasons.


Closing One Door to Open A New Journey Jerome Wilson is a native of Caswell County. He is married to Lucinda Johnson. Their son is Omar Wilson. He spent 28 years in the Caswell County School System as a teacher and administrator. The end of his journey came to an end on July 1, 2013. He was able to retire with 30 years of service due to 2 years of sick leave. His journey started in Virginia seven years prior to coming to Caswell County. His longevity was due to his faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His interest in working with the youth started in church. He was given the opportunity to teach the young children in Sunday School. That’s when he learned that he wanted to be in the teaching field. He wanted to work with the young people of the world.

Throughout his career in education he was blessed to see some of those students become lawyers, doctors, teachers, government leaders, business leaders, community leaders, parents, and he lost a few along the journey. He was blessed to work over 35 years with the youth in North Carolina and Virginia. During his journey, he has worked with many organizations throughout the county molding our youth. Some of those groups were the Mentoring Program, Partnership for Children, Caswell County Medical Center, Caswell County Recreation Department, NoBell, and BYHS Booster Club just to name a few. Jerome’s new journey will start in August. He will be working with the Danville Public Schools. Those students will have a positive and nurturing role model. He will be touching lives across the border where he lives. Jerome will become more involve with the youth in Danville, Virginia. He will continue to work with the youth of Caswell County through officiating and various organizations that support our youth. August 2013 - 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

First Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. James Ballard, Interim Pastor Rev. Gary Williams, Youth Pastor Bible Study, Tuesdays @ 1:00pm Minister Dewitt Johnson, Teacher 508 Apple Street, Burlington, NC 27217

(336) 227-2542

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 Bailey’s Chapel AME Church Rev. Dr. Theodora K. Moss, Pastor 5016 Woodsdale Road Roxboro, NC 27573 (336) 599-0337

Bethseda Baptist Church invites you to the

Initial Sermon of

Tavaris Summers Sunday, August 25, 2013 3:00pm

4338 Mebane Oaks Road Mebane, North Carolina 27320 4

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

(919) 451-9272


Website Design Tips By Shaughnessy Design Inn keeping with our goal of serving the community, The Pinnacle is adding this monthly feature to our publication. Elizabeth Shaughnessy, Shaughnessy Web and Graphic Design, will present information and tips for developing websites. Today, it seems that everybody has a web site. It is true that having a web presence should be an integral part of your marketing and advertising strategy. And you are considering having one yourself. But, how do you start? There is so much information about it. Whether you are looking to hire someone to develop your site or you are going to do it yourself, there are some things for you to think about before the work begins on the actual design of the site which will help you get the most from your investment.

purpose of the site. There are many sites where interactive features were included just to have them, but they do not enhance the overall site and can become an undesirable element of the site. Jot down the ideas features which you like. Then when the actual development of the site begins consider these with a critical eye. Ask if this idea or feature is necessary and will enhance the site. Is the purpose of the site still being achieved by using it? Take the time to think about the purpose and objectives of the site at the beginning. It will help the web developer design a site right for you. Elizabeth Shaughnessy is a web and graphic designer in Burlington. Visit for more information.

I recommend that you have a clear statement of purpose for the site which covers what you want to accomplish with the site and the people you want to reach with it. And write it down. This seems so obvious, right? It is easy to lose track of your purpose as your site is developed. Most people visit other sites to get ideas and see what can be done. And there are great ideas out there. You have to be careful to select features which serve the

GUILFORD COUNTY Conference to Equip, Enrich & Elevate Worship and Praise for Vocalists, Musicians and Dancers Featuring VaShawn Mitchell, Six-Time Stellar Award Winner and GRAMMY ®Nominated Recording Artist with the Mega-hit Single “Nobody Greater” Saint James Presbyterian Church Hosts Professional Artists to Lead Workshops Greensboro, NC – The e3 Music & Liturgical Arts Conference hosted by Saint James Presbyterian Church will be held September 20-21, 2013 at the Greensboro Cultural Center to bring together regional vocalists, musicians, dancers and seasoned professional artists for two-days of workshops and networking conversations. VaShawn Mitchell, six-time Stellar Award Winner and GRAMMY ®nominated recording artist with the mega-hit single “Nobody Greater” will share practical insight and techniques as well as take questions from attendees during an open forum forum.

In addition professional artists who have shared the stage with some of the top gospel artists of this century will conduct workshops for voice, bass, drums, keyboard, guitar and liturgical dance. These artists include Maurice Fitzgerald (bassist), Calvin Rodgers (percussionist), Rodney East (keyboardist), Joey Woolfalk (guitarist), Melvin Jones and Kim Pemberton (dancers/choreographers). “This gathering is for musicians, choir members, praise teams and dance teams who desire a deeper experience in worship and could benefit from sharpening their gifts and talents used in worship, while networking with some of the best musicians, dancers and vocalists,” says Reverend Dr. Diane Givens Moffett, Senior Pastor at Saint James Presbyterian Church in Greensboro. Participants will attend workshops on basic, as well as advanced techniques, and receive a wealth of information to enrich the gifts they share in worship. Tickets are $79 prior to August 15, 2013 and $99 after that date. The first 100 registrants will receive a free CD of new gospel music. Registration is now available for the entire conference which includes a closing concert featuring VaShawn Mitchell for attendees on that Saturday evening at the Linda Sloan Theater on the campus of Greensboro Day School.

For more information about the conference or to register, visit the website at or e3stjames. Saint James Presbyterian Church 820 Ross Ave., Greensboro, NC 27406

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Trinity Theological Seminary Partners with Pinnacle Maranatha Bible College Trinity Theological Seminary of South Florida would like to welcome you to our new branch in Burlington, NC. There are other branches in Monroe-North Carolina, Fayetteville-North Carolina, Ft. Pierce-Florida, Port St. Lucie-Florida and Kingston-Jamaica. Our Goal is to educate men and women for the ordained and lay ministries of the church and to support persons preparing for or engaged in theological scholarship and teaching at a Very Low And Affordable Cost Cost. Please don’t miss the opportunity to become God’s elect by enrolling August 31st at our new location in Burlington, NC. We offer the following degrees: Associate of Arts (A.A.); Bachelor of Arts (B.A.); Master of Arts (M.A.); Doctor of Philosophy (PhD); Doctor of Theology (Th.D.)


All educational programs and majors offered and degrees granted by TTSSF are exclusively in religious disciplines for ministerial, missionary, and religious education and services. The sole purpose and function of our programs, courses and curricula are to prepare genuinely Born Again believers in Christ for the work of service or ministry in accordance to the premise of Ephesians 4: 7-16, et. al. Degrees issued through ecclesiastical educational institutions, such as


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TTSSF, may not be regarded by some in the secular academic and business communities with parity to those issued by state, secular, or other private universities. On the contrary, we desire to make it clear that the two are manifestly different in terms of premise, substance, delivery system, philosophy of both purpose and application, and status. Trinity Theological Seminary of South Florida is fully accredited by the National Private Schools Accreditation Alliance and is dedicated to bringing to the students a wide range of Christian Educational options. Our staff has years of experience and are highly capable and motivated to teach the Word of God. Trinity Theological Seminary of South Florida has been awarded an additional accreditation from Accrediting Commission International. International Accrediting Commission International is the world’s largest non-government school accrediting association. ACI accredits over 322 schools in 39 of the United States and in 9 other countries. School and Teacher Certifications are our specialties.

DISCLAIMER POLICY: Transferability of credits earned at TTSSF and transferred to another institution are at the discretion of the receiving institution.

Essence of the Cross Ministry

MAILING ADDRESS:: PO BOX 571, Monroe, NC 28111 FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Dr. Kaye McDonald, Program Administrator Ph: 704-291-9898 (leave message) OR (See Student Profile Form to the right) May the Lord Jesus bless you and keep you.


Furthering Your Education at Rockingham Community College At RCC, you can open the door to a new world of possibilities. You may choose to earn a degree that will give you the skills needed to begin a successful career or transfer to a four-year college or university. You may choose to take continuing education courses that will help you get a new or better job, or you may be an employer who will use RCC’s business services to help your business grow. Or you may just want to take a course for fun and learn something new. Whatever your educational goals, we can help you achieve them.

equivalency) or develop basic skills and competencies; • training for employment in industrial and technical fields; • courses to develop the skills of under prepared students; • freshman and sophomore level courses transferable to other colleges and universities; • courses to develop and upgrade students’ vocational, technological, occupational, and academic skills and competencies; • in-service and start-up training for area business and industry; and • opportunities for continuing personal growth, and cultural and academic enrichment for students and the community.

Values Commitment to Students We believe that each person is important. We appreciate the diversity in the students we serve. We treat our students with respect and fairness. We are committed to giving students individual assistance and support. We provide an educational environment that encourages students to progress to their maximum potential.

Rockingham Community College is also a great place to make new friends, have new experiences and grow as a person. We offer a host of opportunities for activities outside the Commitment to Access classroom, from athletic events and student organizations to the many We believe that the programs and services of the college should be equally available and accessible to all. exhibits, workshops, and lectures that you can attend. We also offer a beautiful campus, with over 250 acres to enjoy. And we Commitment to Excellence have a dedicated faculty and staff who are always available to assist you We believe that each individual should strive for excellence and we in any way possible, from arranging tutoring to working with you to find value a job well done. We aim for the highest level of professionalism, competence, and productivity as standards for our college. We aim for the best career to fit your goals and abilities. responsible participation and high achievement as standards for our So welcome to Rockingham Community College. At RCC, we believe that students and our community. As role models, our faculty and staff strive wherever you are in life, your journey is just beginning, and we’re glad to improve the chance of success for each student. you’ve chosen to start your journey here. Contribution to the Community We are committed to enhancing the quality of life, increasing the value Sincerely, of education, and promoting the unity within the community to achieve Michael S. Helmick, Ed.D. social and economic success. Quality Work Environment We recognize the importance of faculty and staff through open and Rockingham Community College was chartered in 1963 as a comprehensive, honest communications, and appropriate involvement in planning public community college with an open door admissions policy. Our purpose is and decision-making. We encourage responsible and creative riskto provide individuals with high quality, economical, and convenient educational taking, recognize and reward exceptional performance, and provide for opportunities consistent with student and community needs. To fulfill its mission professional development. Purpose

and achieve its purpose, Rockingham Community College provides: • support services to assist individuals in problem-solving in their personal, career, and academic planning; • courses for students who wish to complete the GED (high school

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PINNACLE UPCOMING EVENTS Urgent Care I Lexington, NC August 15th- 17th Urgent Care I & II Lynchburg September 11th – 14th Urgent Care II October 17-19th in Myrtle Beach, SC

Contact Rev. Theodora K. Moss (919) 323-5509 for more information on Urgent Care

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“A Woman of Faith Leading God’s People” Sharon Diane Farrish is the current Pastor of Olive Hill Missionary Baptist Church, and she loves the Lord. “I would like to say Olive Hill after 110 years established, God has broken down some barriers, allowing the First Woman Pastor.” Pastor Sharon is married to Moses “Tony” Farrish. They are the parents to four children and grandparents to five grandchildren. She states that “being obedient to His Word” has led her journey thus far. She was influenced by the Holy Spirit. She offers the congregation to be lead and taught by the Word of God, which is the gospel of the Good News. Pastor Sharon is involved in many community activities. They include the Out Reach Ministry and Counseling. She also does the Nursing Home Ministry on third Saturday at Alamance Health Care 2:00-3:00pm along with Warren’s Chapel Baptist Church and Bill Pettiford, a Warren Chapel dedicated member. Seeing more people coming to Christ and to see people being treated the same, no matter what race, gender, nationality or creed is what changes she would like to see for the communities. Pastor Sharon states that the problem she sees with communities is we do not love like we should and like Jesus commands us to in John 13: 34-35. Witnessing to souls being saved and knowing that pay day is coming after while is Pastor Sharon’s biggest reward. Her biggest challenge is being somewhat of a young woman in the Baptist Church and still being

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treated a little different because of that. Her favorite scriptures are: Isaiah 61, Philippians 4:13, Romans 1:16, Revelation 21 and Psalm 34. “Whenever I feel like giving up, these scriptures keep me holding on.” The following statement is the advice Pastor Sharon gives to readers if it was her last day on earth, “Trust in the Lord, Jesus is coming back, and to live every day like it is you last day, and we shall see Him for myself (face to face) and rein with Him forever. Just one moment with Him will pay for it all.” She further states, “When trouble comes, and it will come, just know that you have a mighty God, who will bring you out. And know that trouble don’ts last always. Read the Word, and know that whatever you are going thru you can find it in the Word. Singing is good, praise and worship is good, but only the word is what is going to keep you.” Pastor Sharon would like to be remembered as a Woman that lives what she preaches and teaches, a woman that was real and true to the Faith. “Last, when people see me, I want them to see not me but God, and that He is working through me.” On August 11th (2nd Sunday) at 11:00 am Olive Hill Missionary Baptist Church will be having their Annual Women’s Day service. The speaker will be Minister Danielle Stone from Mill Hill Baptist Church, Roxboro NC. Contact the Olive Hill Church Secretary at 919 810 0908 for more information. Pastor Sharon would like to thank the following: “First, Honor to God, I would to thank Olive Hill Baptist Church for allowing me to be their Under Shepherd; Pastor James Brown, Pastor of Warrens Chapel Baptist Church, for his teaching and guidance through the Holy Spirit; Warrens Chapel Baptist Church; My dad, Harry G. Lea Sr. and my family and friend who encourage and support me; and the Pinnacle, for an opportunity to reach out to others.

Welcome to Alamance Cancer Center


We have the leading-edge resources you need to fight cancer: a team of skilled and expert oncologists and surgeons; the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology; more than 45 national clinical trials; and multidisciplinary case teams. Patients at Alamance Cancer Center receive the same level of care found in many major university medical centers with the added convenience of not having to travel far from home. Our experienced team understands that emotional support is just as vital to the healing process is technology. We offer a full range of support, rehabilitation and survivorship program. These services complement treatment and include everything from valet parking and free massages to active support groups and a unique patient mentor program. Members of our cancer team offer patients expert and compassionate care that’s backed by years of experience and highly specialized training. Nurses, therapists and other professionals work with our cancer center physicians to bring patients the highest standards in cancer care. Members of our cancer staff include: • • • • • • • • •

a nurse navigator for suspected thoracic and gastrointestinal cancers a certified medical dosimetrist registered radiation therapists a certified radiation physicist oncology pharmacists certified oncology and chemotherapy nurses nurse practitioners social worker pastoral care staff

Alamance Regional Cancer Center staff members also work closely with the staff of the Norville Breast Care Center. Two breast cancer nurse navigators assist patients with breast cancer. In addition, physical therapists, massage therapists, exercise specialists, dietitians and others work with patients through our many cancer support services.

certified in medical oncology and hospice and palliative care. Dr. Choksi serves as the local principal investigator for clinical trials with the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) and Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB). His clinical interests include general oncology, lung cancer and gynecological cancers. Dr. Choksi completed a fellowship in medical oncology at the University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Medical Center and a residency at New York Medical College. He received his medical degree from Baroda Medical School, India.

To request an appointment or more information, call 336-538-7725. To reach our Mebane Cancer Center, call 919-563-1160. Community members have an opportunity to assist cancer patients and families through a number of volunteer and donation opportunities. Several different funds designed to help cancer patients in need are administered through the Alamance Regional Charitable Foundation. These funds assist with diagnostic procedures, medications, transportation, wigs and prosthesis, the KidsCan support group, as well as basic living expenses. For more information about donating to the foundation, call 336-538-7945. Volunteers help check patients in for radiation treatment, assist patients who need to go to other areas of the hospital for tests or treatment, transport lab tubes and serve in the American Cancer Society Resource Center. Volunteers also assist patients in the Mebane Cancer Center. For more information about volunteer opportunities, contact Volunteer Services at 538-7545. In early 2013, Alamance Regional plans to begin construction of a new 40,000 square-foot cancer center. This two-story center has been designed to provide the optimal healing environment for patients. Features of the facility will include an abundance of natural light, a welcoming atrium, a boutique for cancer patients, a family lounge area with internet access, and a café that offers coffee and smoothies. The center will also include a family resource center and space for community education and support groups. Adjacent green space outside the new center will provide a walking area and healing garden in a courtyard setting. The new structure will join the current cancer center at the end of the Medical Arts Building on the Alamance Regional Campus. The radiation treatment area will be expanded and a larger chemotherapy treatment area will include options for small group treatment, private treatment bays and rooms with beds. Twenty large exam rooms are designed to allow more space for family members who may accompany patients.

Janak Choksi, MD, Medical Oncology Dr. Janak Choksi is the Director of Medical Oncology at Alamance Regional Cancer Center. He is board

PINNACLE Your Presence is Requested for the Anniversary Appreciation Weekend Friday, August 23, 2013—Saturday, August 24, 2013

For Chief Apostle Faiger M. Blackwell Friday Service 7:00pm Roy Blackwell Chapel, 1292 Rauhut Street, Burlington, NC

Saturday Appreciation Dinner 5:00—6:00pm Meet & Greet Reception 6:00pm Dinner Occasions 286 E. Front Street, Burlington, NC 27215

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DURHAM COUNTY Meet Your Local Congressman Congressman G. K. Butterfield is a life-long resident of eastern North Carolina. Born and raised in Wilson, Congressman Butterfield spent his formative years attending Charles H. Darden High School and worked tirelessly in the Civil Rights Movement as a youth. His parents were Dr. & Mrs. G. K. Butterfield, Sr. His father practiced dentistry for 50 years and served as the first black elected official in Wilson since reconstruction. His mother was a teacher for 48 years. Congressman Butterfield graduated from college and law school at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. After earning his law degree, Congressman Butterfield founded a law practice in Wilson and served the community in that capacity for 14 years. He is best known for his successful litigation of voting rights cases that resulted in the election of African-American elected officials. In 1988, Congressman Butterfield was elected as Resident Superior Court judge. In this role, he presided over civil and criminal court in 46 counties of North Carolina. For two years, he served on the North Carolina Supreme Court by appointment of the governor. Butterfield retired from the judiciary after 15 years

of service and successfully ran for Congress. He was elected to serve the First District of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in a special election on July 20, 2004, where he continues to serve today. In Congress, Butterfield is a champion of affordable medical care, education, investments in rural communities, veterans, renewable energies, and federal programs that support low-income and middle-class Americans. Butterfield serves in the Democratic leadership as Chief Deputy Whip and as First Vice-Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. He sits on the influential Committee on Energy & Commerce as the 8th most senior Democrat on the Health Subcommittee. In addition, he serves as a member of the subcommittees of Commerce, Manufacturing & Trade, and Oversight and Investigations. Congressman Butterfield is a life-long member of Jackson Chapel First Missionary Baptist Church. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and a proud father and grandfather. Congressman G. K. Butterfield’s Durham Office Open House was a tremendous sucess! On July 3rd, hundreds of community leaders, bussiness executives, politicians, and ordinary citizens seized the opportunity vist the Durham Office of Congressman Butterfield to meet Mr. Butterfield and his staff.

Durham Office 411 W. Chapel Hill Street, Suite 905, Durham, NC 27701 Phone: (919) 908-0164 Fax: (919) 908-0169

GUILFORD COUNTY Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum:

“African American Heritage Day” (A “Special Gem” Explored)- By: Tarriel DuBose

Dr. Charlotte Hawkins Brown (1883-1961), was born in Henderson, North Carolina. She was raised in Massachusetts during the late nineteenth century. In 1901, she accepted a position with the American Missionaries Association (AMA), to teach in a one room school house in rural Guilford County, North Carolina. While spending her formative years in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the young woman was well acquainted with a classical education, which included the study of literature and the arts. In 1902, she became the Founder of the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum, while still a teenager, she opened the doors to Palmer Memorial Institute, a private institution for african-americans. During the decades that followed, the institute grew steadily, as it became one of the premier private schools for african-americans in this country, until doors were closed in 1971. On 13 July 2013, the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum had their, “African American Heritage Day” community event, which was free and open to the public. It was a very educational event with africa-american arts, crafts, food vendors, historians, genealogy librarians, a live musical band, and a host of other activities, as well. I, personally, enjoyed everything that I observed going on at the event. I had the pleasure of speaking to many intelligent and knowledgeable individuals, of whom, I’ve found to be very passionate and serious about their roles in educating american communities about african-american history, which is every american’s history. I’ve learned a great deal that I didn’t know before, about african-american history and culture, that day. There were three individuals that struck my undivided attention, immediately, namely they were: Mr. Edward Baxter, Mr. Maurice Johnson, and Mrs. Kay


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Tillotson. Mr. Edward Baxter, is an artist and an art gallery owner. I was very impressed by his paintings and various art drawings, that he displayed. I found his art work very interesting, emotional, and they all seem to tell a story. Mr. Baxter’s art gallery is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. (see his article on pg. 15) Mr. Maurice Johnson, is a war historian from Charlotte, North Carolina. Mr. Johnson specializes in the history of United States Colored Troops of the revolutionary war, civil war, and proceeding war eras. He had an absolutely wonderful display of memorabilia from each war era that he specializes in; he is an active member of the 102nd United States Colored Troops, which re-enacts events of the civil war era. Mrs. Kay Tillotson, works with the Genealogic Research Department for the State Library of North Carolina, in Raleigh. She displayed a wealth of information about the State Library of North Carolina’s Genealogy Collection, which is a very special gem in itself, for learning about our ancestors, doing family tree research, all american history, and the list goes on. The Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum, is one among other valuable historical learning landmarks, throughout our great nation; it is the tunnel that connects america’s past history into the present. It is worthy of support locally, state wide, and nationally. It is a special gem that should not be ignored, taken for granted, nor carelessly loss. It played a vital role in the american experience and continues to do so, even to this day. Pinnacle is dedicated to bringing together and strengthen our american multi-cultural communities. Remember, we all have a history, a story, and are part of a legacy. *Pinnacle will be sponsoring it’s 2nd Annual: “Family Fun Day,” on 7 September 2013, at North Park (Mayco Bigelow Center): in Burlington, North Carolina. *Attendance is Free, everyone is invited to participate and attend! Please review our ad in our newspaper, for information.

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About Vandalia Christian School (VCS): A Ministry of Vandalia Baptist Church Be it known…

Distinctives Every school is defined and known by distinctive hallmarks or distinguishing qualities. The prominent compelling trait of a Christian school that successfully impacts students is a divinely empowered school climate where students are spiritually and intellectually equipped to serve Christ. An effective and God honoring climate is: •

Be it known to all who enter here that CHRIST is the reason for this school. He is the unseen but ever present teacher in its classes. He is the model of its faculty and the inspiration of its students.

Dr. Mark Weatherford graduated from Bob Jones University in 1988 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education. Upon graduation he taught and was elementary principal on the island of Guam for 8 years. He received his Masters of Education degree in 1992. After coming back to the States in 1996, he joined the ministry of VCS as principal. He received his Doctor of Education Degree in 2001. His life’s verse is 1 Corinthians 10:31, “Whether therefore ye eat or drink or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” Dr. Weatherford states that he is thankful for the years of service that have been given to him at VCS. Go Vikings!

Our History Our first building and students in 1971.

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Rooted in the Word of God Centered on the preeminence of Christ Reflective of Christ’s teaching and character Dependent on the Spirit of God Permeated with prayer Passionate in its pursuit of excellence for God’s glory Loving in its environment where people are valued because they are created in God’s image

God is the Author of Truth and the Creator of life, and He must be honored and glorified by the distinctives of a Christian school. Prayerful, intentional focus on these seven distinctives will yield meaningful fruit for Vandalia Christian School and for those it serves.

Accreditation / Af�iliations Vandalia Christian School is fully accredited on the State, National and Regional level by the American Association of Christian Schools, the North Carolina Association of Christian Schools and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. We are also members of The National Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society and the College Board.

The vision for a Christian school was begun by Pastor David Oates of Jones Memorial Baptist Church (the former name of Vandalia Baptist Church). His concerns over the depraved condition of the public schools prompted him to start the school. He cited three specific reasons for starting the school: education in a Christian atmosphere, spiritual training, and evangelism.

Our Campus

Vandalia Christian School, a non-profit ministry of Vandalia Baptist Church, began in 1970 with a kindergarten class that met in the church. On August 25, 1971, the school opened for grades kindergarten through 10th with over 300 students. In 1980, the ministry purchased additional land and the construction of a multipurpose building housing classrooms, office space, cafeteria, library, music room, and gymnasium was completed.

God has abundantly blessed VCS with a well-trained, dedicated staff of highly qualified teachers. Their goal is to exemplify Christ through their godly example in and out of the classroom. Showing forth Christ in attitude, spirit and actions helps develop young people with a heart for God. Our strong evangelistic ministry in the classrooms is the reason we have many students accept Jesus as their personal savior each year and the discipleship our students receive ensures a path of growth. We seek to be an extension of the vibrant Christian home offering a well-rounded advanced curriculum.

In 1982, Donnie Oates became pastor of Vandalia Baptist Church and served as school administrator for 14 years. In 1996, Dr. Mark Weatherford joined the staff as principal and later became the administrator. A 16 classroom elementary building was added in 2000 and an additional gymnasium and storage facility was completed in 2003. Pastor Oates, Mr. Cordova, Mrs. Herriage and Dr. Weatherford, round out our administrative staff.

We are located at 3919 Pleasant Garden Rd. in Greensboro, NC. Our physical plant sits on over 25 acres and currently consists of four main buildings, a baseball field and soccer field.

Faculty & Staff

Vandalia Christian School 3919 Pleasant Garden Rd, Greensboro, NC 27406 (336) 379-8380

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PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY Medical Center has been part of the close-knit fabric of the Dan River community, close at hand when health needs arise. When we’re not feeling our best or our health is threatened, we want to be surrounded by familiar faces and Eric Deaton joined Danville Regional rest comfortably in a familiar place. We want to Medical Center in 2010 stay at home. We live and breathe freer knowing after leading Wythe that care and compassion is always there, close County Community by when we need it. Hospital in Wytheville, Virginia. Prior to DRMC is close in so many, many ways. Our that, he was the CEO staff, nurses and doctors work closely as a team of Coastal Carolina for your health. Because we’re close to you, Medical Center in quality care, leading technology and life-saving Hardeeville, SC. Eric is techniques are nearby. Because we’re close, known for his expertise your family and circle of friends stay close, too. in recruiting physicians, collaborating with Because we’re close to you, we care enough to internal teams as well as community teams to bring the very best to serve your health, whether improve the health and wellness of all in the it be technology, technique, expertise or caring community. He also serves as a Fellow for the professionals. American College of Healthcare Executives. He received his B.S. in Business Administration We’re your neighbors, the people you know from Milligan College in Milligan, Tenn. and from the ball field or the grocery store, the his Masters in Business Administration from people you go to church with or say “Hi” to at a Bristol College in Bristol, Tenn. restaurant. We’re close to you and we care. Licensed for 250 beds, Danville Regional Our Vision Medical Center (DRMC) is the most comprehensive source of healthcare in the Dan Our hospital is a place where people choose to River Region of Virginia and North Carolina. come for healthcare, employees want to work For more than 120 years, this hospital has been and physicians prefer to practice. part of the community and has an active medical staff of approximately 140 members and Our C.A.R.E Values employs over 1,300 associates. The hospital provides over 25 medical specialties and 14 C – Customer Is Always First surgical services to the community. Danville A – Actions Speak Louder Than Words Regional has the largest, leading-edge surgical R – Respect = Golden Rule capacity with advanced capabilities (including E – Excellence Is Our Standard 13 state-of-the art surgical suites), open-heart surgeries and other complicated procedures in the area, including those usually found only at Our Mission Providing healthcare excellence close to home. large teaching hospitals. 142 South Main Street, Danville, VA 24541

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WAKE COUNTY THE REAL STORY OF MR. EDWARD L. BAXTER: “Owner of Ed Baxter Art Gallery”- By: Tarriel DuBose I had the great pleasure of meeting and speaking with a very talented and passionate artist by the name of, “Edward Baxter.” I met him at the, “Charlotte Hawkins Brown MuseumAfrican American Heritage Day” event, on 13 July 2013. Believe me, when I tell you, that the pleasure was mine. Mr. Baxter’s art work truly brings out his insights and envisions to the eyes of the beholder. It really makes one visualize and think deeply about what is being conveyed. Mr. Edward L. Baxter, was born on 6 March 1947, in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is the son of Isaac and Effie Baxter. Edward’s story begins shortly after his birth, when his mother left North Carolina and moved to New York, in search of finding work. Edward’s grandmother, Bertha Goodson, then took on the role of raising him. They resided in a small community, east of Raleigh called, “Eagle Rock.” Edward’s mother would come to visit him every six months, but he has fwe memories of this happening, as he was raised by his grandmother until the tender age of five or six. After this age, his living arrangements changed once again. At five years of age, he went to school with his older cousins. He was placed in the first grade at Eagle Rock Elementary School, which was only a stone throw from the house of his grandmother. The next year, he was promoted to the second grade at Carver Elementary School in Wendell, North Carolina, which is about six miles east of Eagle Rock. The surname, “Goodson” was Edward’s mother’s maiden name and it was the only name that he was aware of, at that time. Edward’s mother, later left New York and returned to North Carolina. She met and later married his step-father, William Mitchell. Edward after which, took on his step-father’s surname. William worked with his uncle, tending tobacco. After the tobacco season had ended, William had decided to move to Baltimore, Maryland in search of work. William later returned, to take Edward and his mother with him to Baltimore, where they all lived with William’s sister, his sister’s husband and their two children.

books and sometimes doing free hand drawings. He truly believes that his love for art, started at this point, in his life. After a year of living in Baltimore, the family had decided that it was time to move back to “home sweet home, “Eagle Rock.” The family had returned and moved into an apartment in Raleigh, North Carolina (Washington Terrace), before the start of the school year. When school started, Edward began his second grade year at “Lucille Hunter Elementary.” After attending there for half a year, he went on to finish out the remainder of the school year, at the newly built school, “Mary E. Phillips.” While attending, he continued to draw and got even better at it. Edward’s dream of attending the great, “John W. Ligon Junior and Senior High School,” had finally come to fruition. After his completion of the seventh and eighth grades, he entered the ninth grade and was very eager to sign up for the one class that he had been waiting for, it was the art class, of course. For the next four years, Edward took art classes under the instruction of Ms. Mable Bullock, she would introduce him to the world of oil painting. During that time, he had won awards for outstanding artist, best painting, and a many number of other art work awards. After graduating, he joined the United States Army, where he continued to draw, and remains doing his art work, even so to this day. Edward’s art is sold in North Carolina and all throughout the United States. He has several exhibits annually and hopes to continue with his exhibits, for many more years to come. Although Edward considers himself self-taught, he does realize the role that Ms. Mable Bullock has played in his early artistic development. Artists such as Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, John Bigger, and Picasso have inspired Edward, early in his life. These days, artists such as Thornton Dail, Purvis Young, and Kehinde Wiley continue to provide a spirit-of-creation that has enabled Edward to produce his paintings, for more than 40 years. During a phone conversation between Edward and myself, he expressed to me that his surroundings, environment, the things that he comes into contact with, from day to day in his life, all inspire him with his art. To Edward, being able to communicate his expressions and emotions through his art, educating many people, especially sparking an art interest in our youth, is a blessed achievement. Below: is one of Mr. Edward L. Baxter’s portraits that were displayed at the African American Heritage Day event of 13 July 2013.

Edward Baxter encourages everyone to visit and browse his beautiful art work, displayed on his website: www.edbaxterartgallery. Living in Baltimore was such a big change for Edward, especially being that he com While in Baltimore, Edward’s mother attempted to enroll him in school. On that day, the “Baxter” surname was revealed to Edward, for the first time, when he observed his birth certificate. Also, at that same time, his mother was told that he would have to repeat the first grade. Edward was never, to this day, told the reason for having to repeat the first grade.

grew up in a small community. School in that big city was so different, but he met, made friends, and looked forward to attending his classes. One of the things that came naturally to him, was drawing. He enjoyed tracing pictures from


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Mr. Maurice Lea, 53, of 601 Apple St., died July 2, 2013, at UNC Chapel Hill. He was the son of the late Mr. Lawrence Lea Jr. and the late Mrs. Edith McMillan Lea and the husband of the former Jerldine Lea to which one child was born. He loved watching movies. He was a sports spectator and loved the N.Y. Giants and Duke. He is survived by his companion, Rachel Degraffenridt; one son, Christopher Lea of Burlington; one daughter, Shana Lea of Burlington; two brothers, Michael D. Lea (Tina, L.) of Virginia Beach, and Gregory Lea of Burlington; three nieces, Tiffany Lea, LaToya Lea and Lauren Lea; one nephew, Rakeem Lea; two grandchildren, Jaylen Lea and London Lea; and a host of other relatives and friends. A funeral service was conducted on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at 2 p.m. in the Roy Blackwell Chapel of Blackwell Funeral Home. Burial will be in North Lawn Cemetery.

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501 Veterans Drive, Elon, North Carolina passed away on July 3, 2013 at Alamance Regional Medical Center. John was born on January 17, 1961 to the late Mr. John Kennedy Fitzgerald, Sr. and Mrs. Adella Slade Fitzgerald of Green Level, North Carolina. He was a Taxi Driver with Golden Eagle Taxi Company. He loved Deep Sea fishing, playing pool, music, singing, dance, and having a good time. He was also an avid fan of the Miami Dolphins and the New York Yankees. John, Jr. leaves to cherish his memories: his loving and devoted wife of 28 years, Maria Vita (Fitzgerald) of the home; one son, John K. Fitzgerald III of the home, one daughter, Tiffany Marie Fitzgerald (fiancé, Joshua Faucette) of Burlington, N.C., two brothers, James Kevin Fitzgerald (Karen) and Jessie Fitzgerald, both of Green Level, NC, three sisters Anne Gaskins, New York, Betty Lou Fergurson (George) of Charlotte, NC and Delores Fuller (Michael) Burlington, NC; and a host of other relatives and friends. The funeral service was held Monday, July 8, 2013, at 2 p.m. in the Roy Blackwell Chapel of Blackwell Funeral Home, Burlington with Rev. Robert Elmore delivering the eulogy. Burial followed in Gibsonville City Cemetery

Ms. Ruby Mae Oliver On the ninth day of July 2013, God dispatched His angels to the residence of 209 Hawthorne L a n e , Burlington to carry Ms. Ruby Mae Oliver to her eternal

resting place with Him. Ruby was born on March 2, 1948 to the late Mr. Early Noble Oliver and the late Mrs. Hallie Beth Birch Oliver. She was a member of Ebenezer UCC, Burlington, North Carolina where she sang in the choir. She formerly attended Person County Schools in Roxboro, North Carolina. Ruby leaves to cherish her memories: one son, Willie Graham Downey, Jr. of Burlington; two daughters, Tammy Goolsby of Greensboro, NC and Angela Downey of Burlington; two brothers Olander Oliver of Roxboro, NC and Harold Oliver of Burlington; nine sisters, Catherine Teachey of Burlington, Louise Oliver of Oxford, NC, Sarah Stewart (Amos) of Burlington, NC, Shirley Williams, and Alice Wright (William) both of Oxford, NC, Brenda Kirk (John) of Roxboro, NC, Vivian Teachey (Joe) of Kittrel, NC, Gloria Oliver and Sandra Pettiford (Stacey) both of Durham, NC; a special granddaughter Ashley Downey; two special great grandchildren, Kendrick Warren and Ashyra Leath, all of Burlington, NC; two special god-daughters, Chancy Taylor (Edward) and Francy Oliver; one special godson, Brandon Brewer (Crystal) of Burlington, NC; one uncle, Frank Birch (Esther); two aunts, Lucinda Coleman and Mary Davis; and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by one brother, Eugene Oliver. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Ebenezer UCC with Rev. Dr. Larry Covington delivering the eulogy. Burial followed in North Lawn Cemetery.

Mr. Paul Fearrington Mr Paul Edward Fearrington of 1223 George Bason Road, Graham, died on July 13,2013 at the age of 60. He was the son of the late Mr. John Thomas Fearrington and Mrs. Mable Hackney Farrington of Chapel Hill. He was married to Mrs. Christina Fearrington of the home. Survivors include two Sons, Dale Farrington (Sara) of Durham, and Dana Fearrington (Simmone) of NJ, one daughter, Nicole Farrington of Chapel Hill, two brothers, Raymond Farrington of Chapel Hill and Alan Fearrington of Durham, three sisters, Mildred Harris (Bob) of NJ, Lynn Lyght (Otist) and Beverly Fearrington, both of Chapel Hill, NC, 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren, a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in the death by one brother, John Farrington, Jr. A Memorial Service may be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Hospice of Alamance/Caswell by calling the hospice home.

Ms. Willie Lea Swann Ms. Willie Lea Swann passed quietly from Earth to Glory on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at her residence. Willie Lea was born on November 17, 1937 in Alamance County as one of 12 children to the late Mr. Wiley Swann, Sr. and the late Mrs. Ollie Russell Swann. Willie Lea graduated from

Pleasant Grove High School in 1956. She joined Miles Chapel Baptist Church at an early age where she was a faithful member. Willie Lea worked in the textile industry for many years. She left the workforce to be full-time caregiver to her late parents. Willie Lea was a gentle – spirited, caring, loving person. She enjoyed spending time with her family, loved cooking and loved reading the Bible. She loved her family, church and Pastor. Her heart was a “heart of gold”, as she was always willing to help anyone she could. She was always complimenting people by saying “Thank You” and “God’s going to bless you”. She prayed for her sisters and brothers daily. Even though she had no children of her own, she was a mother to her nieces and nephews. We know in our hearts that she will be greatly missed by her family, church and community. Willie Lea’s memory will forever be cherished in the hearts and minds of her family: five brothers, Wiley Swann, Jr. (Martha) of White Plains, NY, Harvey Swann (Naomi) of Aurora, Colo., Alfred Swann (Patricia) of Burlington, NC, Lanier Swann (Barbara) of Ellenboro, NC, Jerry Swann (Lillie) of Reidsville, NC, two sisters, Ruthie Leath of Elon and Doris Richmond (Jesse) of Burlington, one aunt, Nannie Pearl Oliver of Richmond, VA, a host of nieces, nephews relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Marvin Swann, Alvis Swann and sisters, Louise Swann and Cecile Johnson. Sunstes cont. on pg, 17

Sunsets cont. from pg. 16 The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Miles Chapel Baptist Church with Reverend Victor Lamont Lane delivering the eulogy. Burial followed in Miles Chapel Baptist Church cemetery.

Baby Toni Maurie Gwynn On February 9, 2012 a beautiful angel was bestowed upon Mr. Antonio Gwynn and Mrs. Heather “Paul” Gwynn in the form of Baby Toni Maurié Gwynn. God sent a host of angels on July 11, 2013 to return Baby Toni to her heavenly home. In her very brief life, Toni left a lasting “legacy” with: her parents of the home; two sisters, Chania Taurie Gwynn and Ava Laurie Gwynn both of the home; paternal grandmother, Teresa Gwynn Smith of Burlington; paternal grandfather, James Gwynn, Jr. of Mebane; maternal grandparents, Chris Paul (Susan “Sue”) of Burlington; great grandparents of Burlington and Wilmington; aunts; uncles; and a host of other relatives and friends. Her funeral was conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, July 19, 2013 in the Mary A. Blackwell Chapel of Blackwell Funeral Home, Burlington with Rev. Tommy Williamson offering Words of Comfort. Burial followed in North Lawn Cemetery.

*Please feel free to make a donation to “Tears for Toni” at the Woodforest Bank lin Wal-Mart in Burlington, North Carolina.

Mr. Barry William Tapp Barry William Tapp, born on October 1, 1956 in Alamance County to Mr. Oddie Tapp and the late Mrs. Eunice Johnson Tapp, he was called to his heavenly home on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at Duke Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. Barry graduated from Eastern Alamance High School in Mebane, North Carolina. He was employed at GKN Automotive in Mebane for 22 years where

he worked as a fixer and machine operator. Barry enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding his Harley motorcycle. Barry was a very outgoing and loving person who touched the heart of every person he met. He leaves to cherish his memories: his loving wife, Gina Tapp who was also his best friend; one daughter, Shakia McDaniel (Rev. Dr. Keith) of Duncan, South Carolina; three sons, Jai Fonville of Burlington, North Carolina, Jonathan Tapp of Siler City, North Carolina, and Jacinta “Jay” Tapp of Mebane, North Carolina. He has five grandchildren whom he loved dearly: Keith Jr., Savion, Madison, Amisiya, and Kensley. A great group of friends who were just like “brothers”: Ray Holmes, Frankie Durham, Harpo Gant, and David Ingram “Bucksta”! A very special cousin whom he loved dearly, Vicki Garrett. A host of aunts and uncles, cousins and friends who will so ever miss, Barry aka “Tapp Money”! The funeral was conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, July 26, 2013 at Morgantown Baptist Church, Morgantown Road, Burlington. The Rev. Dr. Keith McDaniel will provide words of comfort. Burial followed in North Lawn Cemetery, Burlington.

Ms. Porsche LaShaye Cobb Ms. Porsche LaShaye Cobb, of 1127 Spencer Court, died July 27, 2013 at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. She was the daughter of Mr. Thomas Siddle III (Tina) of Ruffin and Ms. Michelle Cobb of Burlington. A graduate of Bartlett Yancey High School, she liked to do hair and enjoyed being with her family. In addition to her parents, she is survived by daughter, Destry Landis Springfield, of the home; boyfriend, Desmon Springfield of Burlington and his mother, Susan Harris of Yanceyville; brothers De-Vonte Siddle and Kyrie David Siddle, both of Ruffin, and De’Quan Beasley of Maryland; sisters, Sharonda Frenee Irvin of Reidsville, Monikka J. Johnson of Greensboro, Breanna M. Jeffries and Mercadez S. Beasley, both of Burlington; paternal grandmother, Drusilla Siddle of Ruffin; maternal grandmother, Hazel Cobb of Burlington; uncles, Eric Mims of Mebane and Bobby Mims of Burlington; aunts, Shaunta Cobb (John) of Burlington, Annie Mims of Burlington, Shreeci

Thomas (Cleveland) of Greensboro, Nancy Faison and Letita Faison of the District of Columbia; and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral Services for Ms. Porsche LaShaye Cobb were held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 1, 2013, in the Roy Blackwell Chapel of Blackwell Funeral Home, Burlington, N.C. The Rev. Darryl Hamlett provided Words of Comfort. Burial followed in North Lawn Cemetery, Burlington.

Mr. Clifton Dorsey “Boss Man” Harris God in His infinite wisdom, on Friday, August 2, 2013, dispatched His angels to UNC Chapel Hill hospital to call home His son, Mr. Clifton Dorsey “Boss Man” Harris. Clifton was born to Mr. Alvis Harris of Burlington, and the late Mrs. Lillie Cotton Harris on March 27, 1951. He was a member of Gethsemane Christian Church. He loved laying tile, yard work, cars, watching racing as well as spending time with his family and grandkids. Clifton leaves to cherish his memory: a wife of 43 years, Mrs. Cathy M. Harris of the home; son, Clifton B. Harris of the home; two daughters: Theresa Harris (Dwayne Hester) of Whitsett and Amy N. Harris of Burlington; four brothers: James Howard Harris of Burlington, Maurice “Lynell” Harris of Greensboro, Douglas Patrick Harris of Burlington, Maurice Shavers (Diane) of Burlington; three sisters: Patricia Harvey (Gary) of Burlington, Linda Pulliam, and Carol Pulliam, both of Burlington; grandchildren, Victoria, Brandon, Alexis, Destiny, Tevin, Shayla, Shamirah, Tobias, Christian and Jalen; one aunt, Nellie Corbett; a special niece, Betty Harris and special nephew, Henry Alton Harris; special sons, David Bradsher, Thad Gilliam, Terrance Vincent, Dieshone Watlington, Devin Knight and Freddy Michael; and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by one brother, Alvis, Jr. and one sister, Barbara Harvey.

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The Life of Rosa Long McKoy

Rosa Rachel Long McKoy was the

daughter of the late William Robert Long and Rosa Elizabeth Brown-Long, of Caswell County, North Carolina. Rosa, one of ten children, was born on April 27, 1926. Her other siblings were: Cora Maria Long-Lownes; Martha LongWatlington; William Robert Long, Jr.; Daniel Long; Fannie Long-Blackwell; Chester Arthur Long; Charlie Hunter Long; Willie Elizabeth Long Brown; and Linwood Long. With the death of Linwood during infancy, Rosa became the youngest member of the family. They grew up on their family-owned farm. She and her siblings played amongst themselves and were each other’s best friends.


She attended elementary school at Locust Hill School and was a graduate of Caswell High School in Yanceyville, where the renowned principal Nicholas Longsworth Dillard inspired her to achieve and develop her full potential. Her foundational influence, however, was her father Robert whom she absolutely loved and adored. By his words and actions, her father provided Rosa with a moral compass that would direct her for the rest of her life. From him, she learned the importance of being straightforward and honest, even when expediency would dictate otherwise, and of the importance of standing on principle. He also taught her mathematics. Rosa was fond of telling anecdotal stories about how she would accompany her father, as a child, to local stores, because without her, he said he “feared that he might be cheated” by local merchants. In tow, with pencil and paper in hand, little Rosa would tally the prices of the goods her father purchased. But before she could

announce the total to him, he would have already calculated in his head, to the penny, what was owed.

was considered illegal both under city and NY State law.


In 1946, Rosa was admitted to North Carolina Central University, known then as North Carolina College for Negroes, graduating with a degree in business in 1950. After graduation, she got her first job at Morrison Training School, a reform school for Negro male youth, located in Hoffman, N.C., a small town in Richmond County. At her job, she served as secretary and administrative assistant to the director and as the school’s accountant. It was in Hoffman that she met her husband Morris McKoy. They were married on September 9, 1951, and two sons were born of their union: Morris McKoy, Jr. and Ralph G. McKoy. Rosa would later dissolve her marriage on April 20, 1964, while living in New York City, and would continue to reside there with her two sons until her transition. She never remarried.

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It was in 1963 that she obtained her license to teach in the New York City public school system. In 1968, Rosa, as a member of the New York City’s teachers’ union, the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), took a stance to support the minority community’s demand for community control of the their local schools. The union was adamantly opposed to this and directed its members to shut down the school system, which

Rosa, in defiance of the union’s illegal directive, kept her Bronx elementary school open during the 36-day strike. During the strike, some of her colleagues, who were on the picket line, shouted insults and racial epithets at her. She, however, was not deterred, not even when she received daily phone calls taunting her with threats that the school building would be bombed. She would later say that after the strike was over, even some of her fiercest detractors conceded to her that they never questioned her integrity or the sincerity of her beliefs. After a 23-year career in the NYC public school system, Rosa retired. She enjoyed going to the opening season of the New York Metropolitan Opera, accompanied by family and friends. A New York Times photographer loved the gowns that she wore at these galas and photographs of her would appear in the newspaper’s “Style” section, on at least two occasions.


She also spent her time traveling to Paris and London. She would often say: “I love the shopping in London and the beauty of Paris.” Rosa, particularly, loved great conversations during five-course dinners with her friends in Paris.

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In New York, Rosa began her professional career as a secretary at the headquarters of the New York City Board of Education in Brooklyn, New York; was a teacher and an assistant principal at Public School 60 in the Bronx, New York; she obtained her Master’s Degree in administration from Fordham University; was a member of the North Carolina Central New York chapter of Zeta Phi Beta sorority; and was a member of a host of other civic and cultural organizations. The church she last attended was the Riverside Church in Manhattan, which, at the time, was pastored by the Rev. Dr. James Forbes, a Durham, North Carolina native. On June 27, 2013, Rosa Rachel Long McKoy made her transition, surrounded by the love and comfort of her family and friends. She lived her life with a profound love for her two sons, grandson, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Rosa Rachel Long McKoy is survived by her two sons, Morris McKoy and Ralph McKoy, both residing in Manhattan, New York; her grandson, Yanik W. EversMcKoy; her daughter-in-law, Elisabeth Evers; her step-daughter, Alice McNeil; her dear niece, Helen Graves, of Graham, N.C. Rosa and Helen played together as little girls; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted at 2 p.m. at High Rock Baptist Church, 3330 High Rock School Road, Blanch N.C. with the Rev. Henry Long providing words of comfort. Burial was held church cemetery.

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DURHAM COUNTY Long-Range Planning and Visioning

A Family on Mission

Asbury UMC has a Long-Range Planning and Visioning Ministry Team that works with the Church Council and all the ministry teams The Reverend Martha K. McLean (second from left) is an Elder in the NC so that we can be more intentional in our efforts to live into this vision Conference of The United Methodist and mission. Church appointed to serve Asbury UMC in Durham. She is a graduate of UNCChapel Hill, where she received a B.S. As we discern the ministry action plan, we remember God’s overarching in Business Administration, and also vision and mission for the redemption of all creation, guided by the of Duke Divinity, where she received a words of Jesus in the Great Commandment and Great Commission. In Masters of Divinity degree. all our tasks, we depend on God and cooperate with the Holy Spirit who empowers ministry: we don’t do anything of lasting value without abiding Martha is originally from Fayetteville in our Triune God. NC but also lived in the NC mountains for several years where she and Asbury lives into a Wesleyan model of ministry that emphasizes growing her husband (Ken) had a design, construction, and real estate company. They built custom homes and light in grace, connectional ministry, and the ministry of all Christians— all commercial projects in the resort communities until Ken’s calling into Christians are ministers and are called to share the Gospel. ordained ministry. While Ken was at Duke Divinity he served as Associate Pastor of Haymount UMC in Fayetteville, and Martha worked as District We remember the mutual dependence between personal holiness and Director for US Congressman Mike McIntyre (7th District NC). It was social holiness as well as the reality that intellectual belief and daily living during this time that Martha also answered God’s calling into ordained are intertwined. In other words, true belief is expressed with action. ministry. This Ministry Team is identifying Asbury’s assets and strengths, as well The Reverend Ken McLean, (far right) is a graduate of The NC State as barriers to growth, so that we can refine and adapt to new possibilities. University School of Design and also of Duke Divinity School at Duke University. He is an Elder in the NC Conference of The United Methodist How has God been at work in Asbury’s past? How do we discern God is Church serving a Efland United Methodist Church, just west of Durham. presently at work? What is God’s preferred future for Asbury? They have two children. John, (far left), is a senior at Duke University pursing a major in Religion. He is active in the Wesley Fellowship at Our shared discussions with these questions inform our course of ministry Duke. Anne, (second from right) is a junior at NC StateUniversity in the and the tasks involved. In all things, we rely on God’s grace that goes before us to prepare the way, and to sustain us in the journey. College of Textiles pursuing a major in Polymer and Color Chemistry. The McLean Family is thankful to have each other’s support and encouragement; they work together to respond to God’s calling.

Vision Statement As the Body of Christ, Asbury United Methodist Church reaches out to all people through the power and presence and love of God.


Asbury United Methodist Church

806 Clarendon St. Durham, NC 27705 phone: 919-286-0711 fax: 919-286-5083 email:


3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed. 4.. Say No to projects that won’t fit into your time schedule, or that will These following tips were emailed to us by Brenda Brown from a friend of compromise your mental health. hers, A.Rawiya Nash. Each month we will be sharing Useful Emails from various people, so if you have a useful tip you would like to share, please 5. Delegate tasks to capable others. feel free to email it to 6. Simplify and unclutter your life. or 7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.) An Angel says, ‘Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow 8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places. and it doesn’t happen, you have worried in vain. 9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice.’ don’t lump the hard things all together. 1. Pray 10. Take one day at a time. 2. Go to bed on time.

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Dreams Do Come True! In 1977, restaurants were not common. I was in a traveling business and I couldn’t find anywhere to eat, so I decided that we needed somewhere for people to eat. So I asked my grandma for her old wood stove, cast iron stew pot, and fried skillets and I started cooking. I had one customer that came by for my breakfast and I gave him a big bag of country ham biscuits, sausage biscuits, and tenderloin biscuits and sent him off to work at his construction site. At lunch we had 27 people and now 31 years later we’ve never been open that we didn’t have a larger group of customers. Grandma always told me, “Give them plenty to eat, season it well, and they will come.” So right she was! Since those days we are now in a larger log facility. We have added music in another building complimentary with your meal, and a couple of antique stores. Thanks to loyal customers eating and advertising for us we’ve been able to serve you now for 31 years. A dozen of our employees have been here with us all 31 years.

Sunday Breakfast Served From 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM Country Ham Sawmill Gravy Bacon Grits Sausage Apples Sliced Tenderloin Hoe-Cake Fried Potatoes Sugar Cake Eggs Sunday Lunch & Dinner Served From 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM Meat Loaf Green Beans Fried Chicken Corn Country Ham Apples Pinto Beans Slaw Fresh Taters Hoe-Cake Cornbread Chicken Gravy Thursday Dinner Served beginning the 2nd Week of February thru - Thanksgiving Day 2013 Served From 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm Menu to Be Announced

We pride ourselves on being friendly, caring, and always serving fresh food. We don’t even have a microwave or freezer. It’s all fresh food from grandma’s garden! We like you to feel like you are eating at your grandma’s house!

All You Can Eat Breakfast Prices Includes Meal & Drink

We have had visitors from 106 foreign countries and every state in the United States many, many times. We have served over a million satisfied customers and the only thing we’re missing is YOU!

Adults (Ages 12 & over) $13.00 + Tax Children (Ages 4 - 11) $6.50 + Tax Kids (Ages 0 - 3) Free

All You Can Eat Lunch & Dinner Prices Includes Meal & Drink Adults (Ages 12 & over) $15.75 + Tax Children (Ages 4 - 11) $7.50 + Tax Kids (Ages 0 - 3) Free Sincerely, Louise Bray Dessert $3.00

Come on down and enjoy an evening of fun and eat all you can eat at The Hillbilly Hide-A-Way and meet my husband, Sam, singing his heart out on stage for you. We look forward to seeing you!


Friday Dinner Served From 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM White Fish Chicken Gravy Fried Chicken Apples Country Ham Slaw Pinto Beans Hoe-Cake Fresh Taters Cornbread Green Beans Saturday Dinner Served From 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM BBQ Spare Ribs Corn Fried Chicken Apples Country Ham Slaw Pinto Beans Hoe-Cake Fresh Taters Cornbread Green Beans 20 Pinnacle - August 2013

Take Out Available Catering Available Monday – Friday Menu Subject To Change Reservations Not Required Reservations Welcomed for Large Groups Buses Welcome Open Every Weekend

Hillbilly Hide-A-Way Restaurant 4335 Pine Hall Road Walnut Cove, NC 27052

Phone: (336) 591-4861 Email:


Slow Cooker Pot Roast Ingredients: 2-(10.75) Cans of Cream of Mushroom Soup 1-Pkg. of Dry Onion Soup Mix 1 ½ c. of Water 6-Medium Sized Red Potatoes Quartered 1-Small Bag of Baby Carrots 1-Celery Stalk diced 1-5lb. Pot Roast Directions: In a bowl, mix first 3 ingredients together. Turn crockpot on High, place Roast and Vegetables in pot. Pour soup mixture over and

cover and cook on High 3 – 4 hours until meat is fork tender. You can also cook over Low Heat for up to 8 hours.

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 Caswell & Southside VA: Grea Blackwell (336) 514-2909 Durham Area:

Pastors T & Michele Lee (919) 880-3602

Durham & Orange Areas: Evangelist Alfreda Evans (919) 530-7128 Forsyth Area: Stacey R. Choate (336) 609-0858 Guilford Area: This recipe is submitted by Sandra Robertson. She is an employee of Labcorp and a member of Mount Hermon Methodist Church in Graham, North Carolina.

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) 323-550 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 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. 22

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Introducing Organo Gold John Harley, an independent business owner with Organo Gold company. “Working from home allows me to share and show others how they can earn income (part time/full time) from the #2 traded commodity in the world after oil and the #2 consumed beverage next to water, COFFEE!” John is a retired commercial pilot living in Alpharetta, Ga. His military career expands 35 years in an out of s e r v i c e i n corporate and private aviation. He is graduate of Teterboro Academy of Aeronautics in NJ, earning a FAA license as an airframe, powerplant technician as well as a licensed instructor and commercial pilot. He is also an armed forces veteran and spent 4 years in the United States Air Force. His Personal achievements include: Vice President of South Ward Boys Club of Newark NJ, 100 Black Men of NJ Public Relations officer of Atlanta Chapter Tuskegee Airmen, mentoring and training young people in flying as a career. Organo Gold is on a mission, spreading the knowledge of Ganoderma to the four corners of the world. By using the cost effective network distribution system to deliver these Ganoderma products, more of every dollar is shared with our growing Organo Gold family world-wide. Think about your future. Where will you and your family be in 5 years from right now? You may know where you want to be, but do you know how you are going to get there? Do you have a plan? Now more than ever 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 Marks Catholic St Matthews United Methodist St Paul Baptist St Phillips AME Zion St Stephens UCC St. John AME Church

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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

it’s up to you to define your future. That’s where Organo Gold comes into the picture. Organo Gold is a global family that is growing and thriving every day. A family that is caring and compassionate and believes that the knowledge of Ganoderma should be in the hands of people world-wide. It’s a family that cares about you. To date Organo Gold is in 33 countries and growing. In these days of economic uncertainty, job security is non-existent, increased costs of living across the board. However, even in this new 21st century information age, there is an opportunity to have a lifestyle beyond your expectations, with the fastest growing home based business in the world today. (EXCELLENT CHURCH FUNDRAISERS as well.)

A Coffee Jazz Mixer sponsored by Faiger Blackwell, an independent distributor of Organo Gold, will be tentatively held at 2234 Lakeview Terrace, Burlington, North Carolina on Monday, September 16th from 7pm – 8pm. Invited to sample a variety of Organo Gold products and gain knowledge on how you can become a part of the movement of the fastest direct sales in the world in less than five years. It has created over 15 millionaires in less than five years. This event is free and everyone is invited to attend. We are looking for business partners in this untapped area of the Triad and Virginia and looking to expand our market. If you wish to attend, please RSVP to Faiger M. Blackwell (336) 213-2016 as seating will be limited.

Green Level Town Hall 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 Saprk & Son Shear Barber Shop South Scale Market The Cutting Room Barber Shop Weeks Grocery Store

If you would like to be a Distribution Site, please call 336229-1939 or email pinnaclepaper@

50 Years Later


By Shonté Hodnett August 28, 1963 over 250,000 civil rights supporters gathered at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom to witness Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of his speech. 50 years later, much have changed in this nation, particularly for African American community. After 50 years of evolution and progress, racism still remains, although it is expressed much more covertly these days. Last month, when the not guilty verdict was announced for the Trayvon Martin case (Zimmerman vs. the state of Florida), many people, especially in the African American community felt Zimmerman got away with murdering Trayvon Martin, because of some sort of racial injustice. I do not know if racism played a part for sure in the jury’s decision, but it seems to have played some role in the case, in some capacity. The first Friday after the verdict’s announcement, President Obama spoke on the sensitive subject. I took notice of his speech and his willingness to be so transparent about his own experiences of being treated differently because of the color of his skin. I feel for the first time The President spoke from the heart concerning race. He explained, The judge conducted the trial in a professional manner. The prosecution and the defense made their arguments. The juries were properly instructed that in a — in a case such as this, reasonable doubt was relevant, and they rendered a verdict. And once the jury’s spoken, that’s how our system works, but I did want to just talk a little bit about context and how people have responded to (the verdict) and how people are feeling. You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. And when you think about why, in the African- American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the African- American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that — that doesn’t go away. I believe it is significant for The President to explain the negative reaction to the verdict to the nation and to the world. The days following the verdict, some legal analysis admitted that race played a role in the trial, while other “legal professionals” appear on major

news channels adamantly arguing how they believed race had nothing to do with the trial, the verdict or the death of Trayvon Martin and how ridiculous it is to bring race into it. After President’s Obama’s speech, the tone of some TV guests changed. I witnessed more talk on news station about race, its involvement in the trial and how race could have played a role in Trayvon Martin’s death. The President shined a light on the fact that we all should take time to realize the ignorant paradigm of racism, a demon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lead the fight against over 50 years ago, is still alive and well in the United States. The President continued his remarks by sharing his personal encounters with racial profiling. He stated, There are very few African-American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me. And there are very few African-American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me, at least before I was a senator. There are very few African-Americans who haven’t had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off. That happens often. And you know, I don’t want to exaggerate this, but those sets of experiences inform how the African-American community interprets what happened one night in Florida. And it’s inescapable for people to bring those experiences to bear. President Obama concluded his speech by urging local authorities to reconsider laws like the Stand Your Ground law in light of Trayvon Martin’s death. I do believe the Stand Your Ground Law should be changed. It would be fatal for the government to overlook the urgency of the moment to make a change to this law. A terrible tragedy lead this issue into the news and onto the doorstep of the White House instead of it being address earlier, but I hope some good will manifest. This month while many all across the nation will recognize and celebrate the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, let us never forget the words of his message. He had a dream his, “four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character”. As a nation, we have not reached a mountain top of true understanding for one another yet, but we are progressing. Think about his dream before you judge someone. No one should be judged by the color of their skin, so take notice to the content of their character first. Have any comments about this article? You may email them to: SHodnettWriter@

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9:00AM - 6:00PM

North Park, 849 Sharpe Road, Burlington, NC

The following pages include information on various events that will take our Special Expanded September issue we will include more detailed information on all events that will be included in our 2nd Annual Family Fun Day.

David Maynard Basketball Tournament This tournament is named in honor of David Maynard, a man who brought many contributions to Alamance County. David Lee Maynard Sr. was born July 3, 1925 in Burlington, North Carolina to Clem and Mary Maynard. He passed away at his home on Thursday, July 25, 2009. David resided in Burlington throughout his childhood. On December 23, 1951, David was married to Marion Virginia Wagstaff, and they enjoyed a beautiful partnership, maintained a loving home, and enjoyed what they both described as a “wonderful life” together. David was educated in Alamance County. He graduated from Jordan Sellars Senior High School in 1943, received his bachelor of science degree in physical education in 1950 from Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, NC, and the master of science degree in physical education from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro, NC. While at Johnson C. Smith University, David was a member of the Golden Bulls basketball team. In 1948, he played in the third annual CIAA basketball tournament, an event that he and Marion attended annually until 2009. From 1956 to 1970, David coached high school basketball, football, and track. He and his team won the state AAA basketball championship in 1958, 1960, 1962, and 1966; they were state AAA basketball championship runners-up in 1959, 1961, 1963, and 1969. Coach Maynard’s team won 10 Central Piedmont Athletic Association championships in track and field. David also coached Junior Olympics in Florida, Tennessee, and the District of Columbia.

Roy Blackwell’s Farmers Market

This year we will be naming the farmer’s market in honor of Roy Blackwell, a Caswell County farmer, also worked at Associated Transport in Alamance County. The focus of farmer’s market is to educate the community about local food and the people who produce and sell local food in Alamance County. Farmers from each direction of the county will be participating. Everyone is welcome whether you want to sell food or be participating. The farmer’s market wants to inform the commuity of the current problems in our food systems and provide solutions to these problems. So come out and see us! We look forward to seeing you.

Grea Blackwell - Chairman of Roy Blackwell’s Farmers Market Grea is a newly ordained Minister with Pinnacle Ministries. He is studying Entrepreuership at Elon University and also working on obtaining his Funeral Directing license as he is a Funeral Director-in-Training with Blackwell Funeral Home.

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Are you interested in brining your “A” game to our 3 on 3 basketball tournament? The basketball tournament is for anyone beginning at ages 11 and older. There will be three different age groups for the 3 on 3 teams. A middle school age 11-13), a high school age (14-17) and an adult group (18+). The games will be played in two six minute halves. The winner of the game will advance to the next round. All teams should sign up by August 30th. Trophies will be awarded to each winning team for each age group. Shantae Springs- Chairman of Basketball Tournament

Shantae is a member of Martins Chapel Baptist Church. She states, “Being in Burlington and surrounded by constant negativity, I wanted to be involved in family fun day to help bring something positive to our community.” For more information or to sign up, please contact Shantae Springs at 336-212-6792 or email her at

Super Flea Market

This year’s theme for the Super Flea Market is “Everything’s a Dollar”. With the economy in the situation that it is, this is an opportunity to purchase items at the reasonable and affordable price. Whether it is items for school, household or clothes, all items are price at $1.00. This is the chance to purchase that special item that you have been searching for but just could not find or was overpriced somewhere else. Come out and be blessed at “Everything’s a Dollar Super Flea Market”. The time is from 8am – 12 noon, and will be held inside the Gym at North Park. Find that perfect item that you have been searching for or was too expensive somewhere else. Remember “EVERYTHING’S A DOLLAR”.

Lorean Blackwell- Chairman of Super Flea Market Lorean is Co-Minister of Hedges & Highways ministry with Pinnacle Ministries. She is also a Campus Assistant with Pinnacle Maranatha Bible College.

For more information, contact Lorean Blackwell @ (336) 343-3176.


9:00AM - 6:00PM

North Park, 849 Sharpe Road, Burlington, NC

Vendors are Welcome....Sponsors & Volunteers are needed. For Vendors, Contact Amy Ireland @ (336) 260-3130. For Sponsors, Contact Brittany Parrish @ (336) 260-2482 “Best in Baking” Competition ($50 Cash Prize) Family Fun Day at North Park will once again showcase some of Alamance Counties most outstanding “pastry chefs” with a baking competition. The competition categories are as follows: cakes and pies, cheesecakes, cookies, pickles and relishes, confectionary and sweets. If you’ve got a favorite family recipe or just want to try a new recipe, show-off your fabulous baking skills please contact Prophetess Maxine Moore at Maxine.

Children’s Corner

Prophetess Maxine Moore - Chairman of the “Best in Baking Competition”, who enjoys cooking and tweaking

Janet Marshall- Chairman of Children’s Corner Janet Marshall is the Director of The Village (a Children’s Bible Study held on Wednesday nights @ Blackwell Funeral Home, 1292 Rauhut Street, Burlington) with Pinnacle Ministries and also the second half of the Hedges & Highways Ministry with Pinnacle. to enter this year’s contest.

recipes giving them her own touch. She looks forward to this year’s entries. Has been a member of Pinnacle Ministries approximately 5 years and presently enjoys working in the capacity of Culinary Arts Director and Assistant Dean of Pinnacle Maranatha Bible College.

“Best in Baking” Competition will be held in the Mayco Bigelow Center Gym this year.

Children are the future of the community. In becoming the future of the community it’s important that children know how to interact with one another and be on one accord. The Children’s Corner’s purpose is to teach children how to interact with one another through being involved in many fun games. The Children’s Corner will consist of games such as Kickball, Sack Races, Team Building games, Corn Holes, Tug of War, Balloon Toss and many more fun games. There will also be a Puppet Show given by Cyndy London, Horse Riding with Clyde Fuller and Friends and a children’s book reading with author Toshiba Smith (see pg. 27 for more information on Toshiba).

For more information orif you would like to volunteer in the Children’s Corner, contact Janet Marshall at

Dance & Mime Performances

Choir & Praise Team Performances

Local Dance & Mime ministries are coming together to emphasize a spirit of unity, sisterhood and brotherhood focusing on our walk with Christ. Dance & Mime ministry encourages personal praise to God and tells our story of His grace and mercy.

If you enjoy listening to great gospel music please come out and hear local Choirs, Groups, Solo Artists and Praise Teams lift their voices to the Lord.

Our mission as Dance and Mime Minsters is to invite the Holy Spirit to not only inhabit us but to rain over all those watching and ignite through His Holy Spirit and Power. Come out and watch local Dance and Mime teams minister.

Jasmine Owens- Chairman of Dance & Mime Performances

Read more about two of our featured artists, Joseph Wheeler and Reggie Jeffreys on pg. 26.

Chad Thompson - Chairman of Choir & Praise Team Performances Chad is a member of Stoney Creek AME Church where he is the Drummer and Minister of Music for the Male Chorus. He is also employed at North Plaza in Burlington, North Carolina. For more information or if you would like to be a participant in the Choir & Praise Team Performances, contact Chad Thompson at (336) 213-2410. August 2013 - Pinnacle



9:00AM - 6:00PM

North Park, 849 Sharpe Road, Burlington, NC

Come Out and Receive a Free Haircut from Alamance Barber Institute. Meet Joseph Wheeler

Joseph Wheeler hails from the great state of Arkansas in a town called West Helena across the Mississippi from Tunica.

He began singing at the age of 5. His early gospel singing began after he was baptized at Wofford Chapel Baptist Church at the age of 11. He sang in the youth choir. But he was always fascinated with soul singers James Brown, Jackie Wilson, Sam Cook, the Jackson 5, and other secular artists. So the young Joseph could be seen on any given day trying to imitate these great artists. This is how he honed his craft. He joined the Job Corp at the age of 15, immediately after graduation there he started singing in night clubs around San Antonio, Texas and other small towns in the region. He was sought after

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by numerous bands in the area. In 1979, Joseph joined the U.S. Army at the age of 19, where he served as a military policeman, but he continued singing. He formed a gospel choir in Livorno, Italy. Singing Jesus is Love by the Commodores at an Italian/American banquet, the 25 year-old Joseph was taken by surprise when the Italian guests shouted Repetite! Repetite! Pefavore! They were calling for an encore. This happened about three times. That was a reminder to Joseph that singing was definitely a God-given gift to him and he was to use that gift wherever he goes in the world. Joseph have been a frequent guest on the Atlanta Live Television station. His songs from the Imagine Heaven CD is being played on several gospel radio stations, and he is enjoying great reviews of his CD.

Come and see Joseph Wheeler perform at Pinnacle’s 2nd Annual Family Fun Day.

Meet Reggie Jeffreys

Reggie Jeffreys has been described as a musician’s musician. He enjoys many styles of music yet has an extensive background in Jazz/ G o s p e l music. Reggie was introduced to music at a very early age. He was already on stage at age five; and this gifted musician was playing piano, violin, flute, clarinet, guitar and singing by the age of nine. He recalls his first radio apperance, “I was seven years old, sang ‘Fairest Lord Jesus’ and won first place”. He owes everything to his parents Van and Madelyn Jeffreys who, “let me grow, yet provided ‘everything in life I needed’ and to his four brothers who ‘were always joking me, and still do’.” Reggie has served 16 years as pianist for the North Carolina Executive

Mansion under Governors James G, Martin and James B. Hunt, and received the Long Leaf Pine award for his service. Millions have heard his smooth sound as he shared the stage with notables such as Frankie Beverly and Maze, The Spinners, Phyllis Hyman, Randi Crawford and many others. Reggie has composed songs for many organizations. He has written themes for the Fox, ABC and CBS networks. Reggie is currently the Minister of Music for Melfield United Church of Christ in Haw River, NC under the leadership of Rev. Dannie T. Williams and serves as the Worship Leader for the WELL Service at First United Methodist Church in Graham, NC under the leadership of Rev. Kevin G. Barker. His favorite scripture is Psalms 4:4: Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.” Come Meet Reggie Saturday, September 7th @ Family Fun Day!

county. Sidney Smith was born in Atlanta, Georgia on Sept. 9, The Concerned Citizens were responsible for the First Citywide celebrations of the downtown Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. They 1935 to Sidney and Eloise Smith. were responsible for a Christmas tree being donated to the City of Sidney met and married Catherine, “his love,” in 1980. Burlington. The ornaments for the first tree were made by students from While looking for a program to honor Dr. Martin Luther all of the elementary schools in Burlington. White and black church King Jr. in February of 1981, Sidney was saddened choirs, handbell choirs, as well as choral groups from the city schools to learn that no City-County celebration existed in were participants in this program. The tree lighting ceremony continues Burlington. and is now sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association. He went to Greensboro, where he met Mr. J.T. McDonald (now deceased Professor Emeritus of Bennett College), who encouraged him to start a program here. In 1982, Sid was instrumental in getting more of our youth who were in trouble as a promise to his wife, the first City-Countywide celebration was held in to receive community service rather than just be sent to training school. Alamance County at New Covenant United Holy Church on Apple Street, Many youth participated and have not gone into the prison system because with Dr. R.W. Styles, Pastor of the First Baptist Church on Apple Street as they were given another chance. the speaker. The MLK program continues today and remains the largest interracial Stay tuned to our Special September and interdenominational program in Alamance County. From this issue for more information on the beginning, the first Community Prayer Breakfast was held in 1984, which Amazing Race. The Amazing Race will also continues. The Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition was formed and now be for ages 10 and up. It will be a maze sponsors the program each year. of stops that will challenge your thought Based on the success of this venture, the Concerned Citizens group was process. There will be a grand cash formed to develop programs for youth in Alamance County, celebrate prize given of $100. senior citizens, and insure that all citizens’ voices would be heard in the 26 Pinnacle - August 2013


9:00AM - 6:00PM

North Park, 849 Sharpe Road, Burlington, NC

Vendors are Welcome....Sponsors & Volunteers are needed. For Vendors, Contact Amy Ireland @ (336) 260-3130. For Sponsors, Contact Brittany Parrish @ (336) 260-2482 Shanks-Lesueur Health Fair

The objectives for the health fair to provide health and dental screenings, education to promote proper health, wellness and nutrition, and practical knowledge of available health services to assist those with limited financial

resources. Several organizations, businesses and individuals have partnered together to make the health fair a productive as well as a fun-filled event. There will also be a sign-up sheet available for the Charles Drew Blood Drive Pinnacle will be sponsoring in February 2014.

Sharonetta McIntyre- Chairman of the Shanks-Lesueur Health Fair Sharonetta is a member of Evangel Fellowship Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. She serves as Finance Officer of Pinnacle Ministries. She is also a Real Estate Agent with Total Realty in Greensboro.

For more information about the Shanks-LeSueur Health Fair, contact Sharonetta McIntyre @ (336)558-5094 or

Mayco Bigelow Grill-Off Competition ($100 Cash Prize) Imagine the air filled with savory smells of slow-cooked ribs, perfectly seasoned and juicy steak. The ultimate Grilling event is coming to North Park. Local Grill Masters will be coming together to battle in this Grill-Off Competition to display the culinary talent in the community.

Mark Parrish- Chairman of Grill Off Competition To enter the Grill-Off, contact Brittany Parrish @ (336) 260-2482.

Ed Miles Car & Bike Show Come out and see local cars and bikes displayed by dealerships and bike clubs.

Lonnie Graves - Chairman of the Ed Miles Car & Bike Show If you would like to display your car or bike, please contact Brittany Parrish @ (336) 260-2482.

Other Areas of the Pinnacle 2nd Annual Family Fun Day Judges: Various competitions during Family Fun

Day will be judged and Clara Foriest is the Chairman in charge of ensuring that the judges are in place for each competition. Clara is a member of First Baptist Church in Graham, North Carolina. She states that her involvment in Family Fun Day, “gives me an opportunity to participate in family activities while serving my community”. If you would like to be a Judge or a Greeter, please contact Clara Foriest at 336-684-8100-Cell or Email: cfforiest@aol. com. ***********************************************************

Political Invites: Ernestine Lewis is the Chairperson ensuring the Political arena is represented at the Pinnacle 2nd Annual Family Fun Day. Ernestine is dedicated to helping others. She has received many awards for her services to mankind. Ms. Ernestine takes no credit for what she does. She says,” God is working through her.”

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Tough Times Demand Tough Actions Many families have lost their jobs or have been laid off temporarily. This has caused many hardships with grandparents often assuming the role of parents when it comes to burying their loved ones. Children are funeralizing parents who they thought had insurance only to find out that it had lapsed. BLACKWELL FUNERAL HOME has been helping and will continue to help during these trying times. We have many funeral and cremation packages starting from

$1,350 . 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.

Affordable Funeral Prices

(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) Pick-up, Embalming, Dressing, Hearse, Tent, and Flower Van...................


(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 Funerals with cremations afterwards are less than prices quoted above.

Call BLACKWELL FUNERAL HOME at 336-229-1939 for more information 28 Pinnacle - August 2013

Why Do A Pre-Need? “Having a Pre-Need in place made dealing with the loss of my loved one so much easier” For All Your Pre-Need Arrangements & Insurance Needs Contact: Faiger M. Blackwell Blackwell Funeral Home 336-213-2016 or 336-229-1939 or

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