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Rev. Clarence Laney, Jr. Monument of Faith Church

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Dr. Rodney Coleman First Baptist Church Chapel Hill

Rev. Mark Weekley Grace UMC

Bishop Tyrone Hunter St. Thomas Chapel Pentecostal Holness Church

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Merry CHRISTmas One of my fondest memories of Christmas was learning the words to be recited during the Christmas play at church. Mrs. Ruth Lambeth worked hard with us to get us to memorize our lines. She motivated us by telling everyone that we would get gifts when we were through. It was an awesome time when we saw children become more loving. We also got a chance to see the adults act nicer towards each other. Often you would find people holding doors for one another and people smiling and wishing everyone a Merry Holiday Season. Yes, the spirit of being nice could be felt by everyone. You could hear the guy ringing the Salvation Army Bell. Occasionally, you could hear the coins hitting the entrance of his bucket. You would see people digging deep into their pockets to make sure that they gave the bell ringer something. Today many people walk the other way from those who are collecting money for the poor. Our generation has become hard hearted. We have become a very self-centered society. We are looking to receive rather than to give. Many people will become angry this holiday as they compare what they received to what they gave. If you find yourself doing that, remember, you have forgotten what the gift of giving truly means. We should be motivated to give because people are in need. We must learn that we must give without motives of expecting someone to do something for us in return. If you give from your heart, you will never have regrets. John 3:16 states that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that who should believe would not perish but have everlasting life. The Christmas season has become so commercialized that we are down when we do not make our target goals of sales. All types of promotions are had in order to spend money on gifts, but the biggest gift is not being talked about. It is the gift of salvation.


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The Lord Jesus came into the world as a child to live among us, to teach, and yes, to die for us. He knew His purpose although He was 100% God, He was also 100% man. He bled, was hungry, and had feelings like us, although he was divine. He became the salvation to fallen men. He restored us into a right relationship with his father. This Christmas we will buy many gifts. We will spend millions on gift wrap. All in order to make people smile and to show them that we care about them, but have we considered the gift of time. That people do not want another shirt, pair of gloves, or coat that they desire to have relationships again. We may have forgotten the simple reason for Christmas. It is not about the food, the shopping, the parties or even going to church socials and plays. We are so busy giving gifts to each other but what gifts are we offering to God? Will we spend our tithe money and give God an I.O.U.? Will we be so tired this Christmas that we forget to pray for others? Will we ask God what does He want us to give this season? Will we ask Him who we should visit? As you are making your list and checking it twice remembering God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. This is a great season to wrap yourself up and rededicate your life to God. It’s a great time to call that loved one that does not see eye to eye with you and tell them how much you love and admire them. It’s a good time to witness to others about what Christ means to you. Tell them about the gift of salvation and that it does not cost a thing and yet it is priceless. Let God know that the Holy Spirit is keeping and guiding you and that you accept the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I am so thankful that you allowed Pinnacle to come into your church, business, home and most of all your heart. I am appreciative for all the prayers that you continue to pray on our behalf. I am joyous that the best is yet to come for our readers. Read Chapter 1 and 2 of the book of Luke for the Real Christmas Story and realize by accepting Jesus as your Savior is the best gift of the Season! Luke 1:32-33 “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.”

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Marie Reynolds Hospital Guest House Board of Advocates and the AdviDonald Julian Reaves was elected Chancellor at sory Board of the North Carolina Humanities Council. Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), in Febru- Dr. Reaves and Dr. Deborah Ross Reaves, a clinical psychologist, have ary 2007, by the Board of Governors of the 16-cam- two adult children: Marc, a graduate of Cleveland State University; and pus University of North Carolina System, and as- Katherine (Katie), a graduate of Yale University and the University of Chisumed his duties as Chancellor on August 16, 2007. cago Law School. Prior to his election as Chancellor at WSSU, he Why WSSU? had served as Vice President for Administration • WSSU is a regional institution that consistently ranks among the and Chief Financial Officer at the University of best public universities in the South. Chicago and Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer at • WSSU offers degree programs within four “academic centers of Brown University. excellence” – Health Services, Science and Technology, Teaching & Learning and Financial Services. Students gain the opportunity In his role as vice president and CFO, Dr. Reaves had primary oversight to contribute and succeed in growing industries, while promoting of the University of Chicago’s fiscal and administrative operations. Key regional economic development by addressing increasing demand areas of responsibility included budgeting, human resources, capital planfor new workforce skills. ning and facilities services, construction, risk management, and fiscal and strategic planning. Dr. Reaves also supported five committees of the uni• WSSU’s flexible curriculum provides multiple entry points to versity’s Board of Trustees. accommodate diverse student backgrounds and life situations, ranging from full-time study for recent high school graduates, to Dr. Reaves’ 14-year tenure at Brown University in Providence, RI, includpart-time and distance learning programs for working adults. ed leadership positions as Assistant Vice President and University Budget Director, Vice President for Finance, and Executive Vice President for Fi• WSSU is an integral contributor to the Piedmont Region’s nance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer. He served in the economic growth and development. The university prepares latter position for nine years prior to joining the University of Chicago in graduates with general knowledge and specialized skills that 2002. address the workforce needs of emerging industries, thereby supporting the transformation of North Carolina’s economy from A native of Cleveland, OH, Dr. Reaves graduated from Cleveland State one dependent upon tobacco and textiles to one built largely University in 1976 with a degree in political science. After completing upon the health care industry, financial services, education and his master’s degree (1978) and a doctoral degree (1981), both in political information technology. science and public administration at Kent State University, he accepted a tenure-track faculty position at Northeastern University in Boston, Massa• In a world increasingly driven by digital technology, WSSU chusetts. Soon thereafter Dr. Reaves joined the Massachusetts Department prepares students to use computers and other advanced devices as of Public Welfare (1984-88), rising to Deputy Assistant Commissioner for powerful tools for continuous learning, career advancement and Budget and Cost Control. Dr. Reaves continued to teach as an adjunct proentertainment. fessor in Northeastern’s Graduate School of Arts and Science until 1993. Active in professional and higher-education organizations, Dr. Reaves is a former chair of the Roxbury (Boston, MA) Community College Board of Trustees and a former vice chair of the Tougaloo (MS) College Board of Trustees. He has previously served as a director of the Eastern Association of Colleges and University Business Officers (ECUBO), and the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO). Dr. Reaves currently serves on the boards of the American Student Assistance Corp., the William Blair Mutual Funds, and the Amica Mutual Insurance Company.

WSSU offers students more than technical skills. Through curriculum, field experiences and faculty interaction, the university seeks to inspire a passion for community service, a goal reflected in the school motto, “Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve.”

Winston-Salem State University students can choose from more than 40 majors to fit their strengths—from computer science to sport management, from accounting to visual arts, clinical lab science to elementary education.

Across this broad spectrum, students find programs that prepare them well for future careers, graduate school, and life. Our faculty is known for their Dr. Reaves is actively engaged in a number of civic activities. His civic research expertise as well as their teaching in the classroom, where they activities in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County community include servhave a long history of getting to know their students and working closely ing on the following boards and committees: Novant Health Triad Region with them. Board of Trustees; Big Ideas Group; Forsyth Futures (Board of Directors); Millennium Fund Oversight Executive Committee (Member); United Way Winston-Salem State University of Forsyth County (Board of Directors); Old Salem Museums and Gardens 601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (Board of Trustees); Piedmont Triad Leadership Council; Piedmont Triad Winston-Salem, NC 27110 Research Park (Board of Directors); Winston-Salem Alliance (Board); (336) 750-2000 Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors); the Josh and December 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

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

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

(336) 227-2542

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

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Transformation Ministries Celebrating 14 Years Recovery at Life Changing Church Saturday, December 14, 2013 3:00pm - until 2759 Eric Lane, Suite E Burlington, NC Landmark will be J. R. Tobacco

Come and See what God has Done! Meetings are at The Healing Station 142 S. Lexington Avenue, Burlington, NC

Contact: Sherry Buie 336-269-8477 Romans 12: 1-2: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

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A Ministry for the Church of God of Prophecy: Monument of Faith Church The Rev. Clarence Laney, Jr. is a native of Selma, NC. He holds a Master of Divinity from Duke University School of Divinity, Durham, NC. and a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, NC and is a 2007 graduate of the Harvard Divinity School Leadership Institute in Cambridge Massachusetts. Currently he is pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1996 he was appointed Pastor of the Church of God of Prophecy in Durham NC. In May of 1998 the name Monument of Faith Church (MOF) was added to personalize the ministry. Since his appointment, significant growth in membership and finances has occurred. Existing ministries have been strengthened and over twenty new ministries have been birthed. Under Pastor Laney’s leadership, education, both

spiritually and academically has become the cornerstone of this ministry.

as Interim Pastor and was officially appointed as Pastor in July of the same year.

In January of 2004 Monument of Faith dedicated their new sanctuary to accommodate their growth. In 2006 Faith Community Development Corporation was birthed out of the congregants call to community revitalization. MOF is a progressive Pentecostal church with a strong commitment to social justice and community outreach.

Significant growth in membership and finances has occurred under the leadership of Pastor Laney.

In addition to his pastoral responsibilities Bishop Laney serves as District Presbyter of the Research Triangle Park (RTP) District providing oversight for the denominational churches in Chapel Hill, Durham and RTP. He is married to the former Lisa Carvana and they have two sons, Caleb Elijah and Joshua Holt.

His favorite saying is that of Fredrick Douglas, ‘’Where there is no struggle there is no progress.’’ Historical Synopsis In the year 1933, Elder Cleveland Robinson began having prayer meetings in the home of Mother Julia Luster. Brother C.L. Taylor, State Bishop of North Carolina, officially appointed Elder Robinson as Pastor of the Durham church. In March of 1996 Clarence Laney, Jr. was appointed

In May of 1998 the name Monument of Faith Church (MOF) was added to personalize the ministry. MOF is a progressive church on the move for God. Inspired by our vision, our lives as individuals and as a church body have been greatly enriched and our community has been positively impacted.

Sunday Christian Education - 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM New Members Class - 9:45 AM -10:45 AM Sunday Morning Worship - 11:00 AM Tuesday Early Morning Prayer - 6:00 AM Wednesday Morning Manna Bible Study - 10:30 AM Sweet Hour of Prayer - Noon Evening Prayer - 6:30 PM Bible Study - 7:00 PM

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“For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger and ye took me in . . .” -Matthew 25:35 KJV

Prompted by the close of Loaves & Fishes in Mebane, NC a few concerned citizens decided to start the process of forming a non-profit agency dedicated to feeding the hungry. The hungry of Mebane, its surrounding areas, and the country at large is an ever growing population and the resources available to those who are food insecure are diminishing. There is a definite need in our community and One Meal is a non-profit agency being developed to meet that need.

meals. The vision of this organization is to involve the community in helping children, families and individuals one meal at a time regardless of social status by providing hot, nutritious meals in a safe, clean and accessible environment. One Meal exists to provide for a basic need, and we seek to do so in the simplest manner possible, with charity, compassion and love. Everyone should have enough to eat.

Thank you, Najah Salleh, President Norie Prince, Vice President Teresa Allen, Secretary Elder Corine Wilkins, Assistant Secretary The Foundation Group has been hired to oversee the local and national registration Elizabeth Dischino-White, Treasurer of One Meal as a 501(c)(3) charitable JoAnna Graves, Volunteer organization, a process which may take Coordinator until April 2014. As they have assisted over 12,000 non-profit organizations through this process with a success rate in the ninetieth percentile, we are confident that we are in good hands and that the process will be thorough, effective and efficient. While the paperwork is being handled by The Foundation Group, we would like to unite the Mebane community in taking care of our neighbors, acquaintances and friends by providing them with food to eat. We would like to start by providing one hot meal a week, then expand services to a full-fledged soup kitchen and food pantry as funding is acquired. The organization is currently seeking a location at which to start serving hot


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Contact One Meal at: 309 Ashbury Square, Mebane, NC 27302 919-638-9236


Meet the Physical Therapy Department of Elon University

fosters the continuing professional growth of the physical therapy faculty as a part of a community of learners in partnership with their professional colleagues at Elon, at Alamance Regional and in the wider community. The partnership with Alamance Regional provides opportunities for Charity Johansson is a physical therapist with faculty and students to have access to patient models for learning as over 30 years of experience as an educator and well as the enhancement of clinical and research opportunities. For the practitioner in the field of healthcare. Currently physical therapy faculty, the department promotes involvement and strong a professor of physical therapy in Elon participation on campus committees, in campus governance and in campus University’s School of Health Sciences and activities; and promotes appropriate areas of cooperation between the a certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist, Dr. physical therapy program and Elon’s other academic programs. Johansson has published and presented widely on healthcare, geriatrics, and education. Mission Statement: Elon University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum, in partnership with Alamance Regional Medical Center, Her Education: provides graduate professional physical therapy education. Solid principles University of North Carolina at Chapel of science and research are incorporated using the highest ethical standards, while looking toward the future of the profession and its role in all health Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, from 1985- care delivery systems along the continuum of care. 1992. Adult and Higher Education, Doctor of Philosophy. August 1992. Gerald L. Francis Center: Home of Elon’s School of Health Sciences Stanford University School of Medicine, Division of Physical Therapy, Palo Alto, California, from 1980-1982. Physical Therapy, Master of Arts, The Gerald L. Francis Center, 762 East Haggard Ave., is the home of Elon’s School of Health Sciences and includes 50,000 square feet dedicated to the June 1982. Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, from 1975 to doctor of physical therapy program 1980. French, Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, February 1980 and the master of physician assistant Physical Therapy Program History Elon’s Department of Physical Therapy Education was created in 1996, studies program. in partnership with Alamance Regional Medical Center. When Elon The facility is enrolled its first physical therapy class in 1998, the university offered a named to honor master’s degree. The Elon MPT program received accreditation from the Vice Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education two years Executive later. The report included a rare commendation stating “the curricular plan President Gerald is unusually well developed and graduates are singularly equipped to join L. Francis, who the physical therapy profession.” has dedicated his entire academic career to Elon. As physical therapists began to take on more substantial roles in the direct care of patients, the profession recommended transition into doctoral-level education. In 2003, Elon debuted an innovative DPT program integrating Contact Charity Johansson, Professor of Physical Therapy dynamic classroom instruction with an impressive number of hands-on at: Gerald L. Francis Center 100H clinical opportunities. In 2012, the program moved to the newly renovated 2085 Campus Box Gerald L. Francis Center, custom-designed for Elon’s School of Health Elon, NC 27244 Sciences. Partnership with Alamance Regional Medical Center: The department

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A former Danville City School educator at George Washington High School, Rhonda served as the first coach of the Volleyball Team and the first coach of the Gymnastics Team at GW in 1973. She also served the community in the past as the first Black female Vice-Chair of the Danville Looking for a one-stop shop for your Redevelopment and Housing Authority. insurance needs, then you need to pay a She served on this commission for 16 years visit to The Womack Agency located in along with serving on other city committees. Danville, Virginia. Rhonda is the wife of Associate Agent John The Womack Agency was started as a H. Womack and mother of their three adult scratch agency in 1977 by Rhonda Poteat sons. She enjoys traveling, movies, theater, Womack. This means it was built by her and expounding with scholars about the with no previously established Agency files. Scriptures. “I thank God for the opportunity She has been proud to serve individuals, to serve.” families, churches, and businesses for

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“He Is Lord God Almighty” “A church in the heart of the community with the community in our heart” On August 27, 2013, history was made at First Baptist Church – Chapel Hill, when Dr. Rodney Lavon Coleman was elected as the newest called pastor of First Baptist Church, succeeding Dr. J.R. Manley, who served as pastor there for 65 years, a legacy that Coleman intends to continue. Dr. Coleman and congregants are extremely excited to embark upon this new journey together, striving to remain one of the beacon lights of Chapel Hill and the surrounding community through their service, ministry, and love. Dr. Rodney Lavon Coleman was born in Roxboro, North Carolina, and raised in nearby Leasburg. He is the son of Roderick and Verna Coleman and the brother of Shonda and Christopher. Coleman is a 1995 graduate of Bartlett Yancey Senior High School and a 1999 graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. He is a 2008 graduate of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, where he earned his Master of Divinity; and a 2011 graduate of United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, where he earned his Doctor of Ministry degree. His dissertation addressed financial illiteracy of young adults in the Black rural church by providing an extensive online financial literacy curriculum. Reverend Coleman preached his first sermon, “How Long is Too Long,” on April 2, 2000, at St. James Baptist Church of Leasburg, NC, under the leadership of Rev. Haywood Smith. He was ordained on July 25, 2002, by the High Point Educational and Missionary Baptist Association, under the leadership of the past moderator, the late Dr. J.W. Walker. Dr. Coleman is a former Executive Pastor and Minister of Music at New Calvary Baptist Church of Greensboro, NC, where he served for six years; and the former Senior Pastor of Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Mocksville, NC, where he served for six-and-a-half years. Under Pastor Coleman’s leadership and administration, “The Grove” experienced tremendous and exponential growth spiritually and numerically, which included renovating the church’s sanctuary. Through his ministry, The Grove’s community outreach, evangelism, and missionary projects greatly increased locally and globally, including a mission trip to Haiti. Reverend Coleman is a highly sought-after preacher, who has ministered throughout the United States with his singing and preaching ministry. He has a passion for youth and college ministry, and believes that if a healthy church is to be sustained, an effective intergenerational ministry must be established and maintained. Dr. Coleman is known for his thought-provoking sermons that challenge and empower listeners to strive to achieve holistic greatness and to not accept mediocrity as the norm. Coleman’s preaching style and his ability to captivate listeners through his preaching have earned him the nickname, “The Pitbull of the Pulpit,” because when he has your attention, he won’t let you go until he is finished. In addition to preaching and pastoring, Dr. Coleman has over 20 years of experience as a minister of music. He served in this capacity at New Calvary Baptist Church, St. James Baptist Church, Winston-Salem State University (Gospel Choir), Middlestreet AME Zion Church, High Point Educational and Missionary Baptist Association, and Greater Faith Holiness Church. He is the cofounder and COO of Colebro Entertainment, Inc. and Sauna Musical Production Studios of Winston Salem, NC. Reverend Coleman is an accomplished musician who plays five instruments. He is a singer, songwriter, producer, composer, certified recording engineer,

an affiliate writer for SEASAC Performing Rights Organization, and the founder of Riry Dean’s Music Publishing Group. In February 2011, Coleman won a national song writing competition hosted by the national recording Gospel group “The Soul Seekers,” which will result in his song being produced on their upcoming project. In 2008, Reverend Coleman released his debut album entitled LifeSongs. He is currently working on his sophomore album, LifeSongs II: The Transition, to be released in the summer of 2014. He is also the President and founder of Colebro Community Empowerment Organization, as well as Colebro Music Academy, a non-profit organization that teaches students the value of literacy in conjunction with music education. This program was a great success in Winston-Salem, graduating 20 students from the Level I program as potential songwriters and music producers. In addition, Dr. Coleman spent a total of 13 years in the Forsyth County School System, where he served as a third grade teacher, sixth grade Language Arts teacher, and a Primary Reading Teacher. He also served as the Literacy Coordinator at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in Raleigh, NC. Dr. Coleman is a former adjunct English Professor at Forsyth Technical Community College, the former Project Coordinator for Real Men Teach at Winston-Salem University, and a current adjunct professor at the Apex School of Theology (Winston-Salem site). Dr. Coleman is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and an entrepreneur currently working on various sermon and public speaking computer software and mobile apps. When he is not ministering, he enjoys spending quality time with his family and friends, and playing golf. Dr. Coleman lives his life according to Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me,” which expresses his belief that with God, all things are possible. This great church was organized on September 3, 1865 by the Rev. Eddie H. Cole and sixty-five members from The Baptist Church of Chapel Hill. We are indebted to The Baptist church for ordaining Rev. Cole and providing some of the furnishings for that first church. We continue to have an excellent working relationship with the successor to that church, the current University Baptist Church. Since its inception, this church has had four names. Initially it was called The Colored Baptist Church. Later, the name was changed to First Baptist Church, followed by the name Rock Hill and finally returned to the First Baptist name for the past fifty-nine years. During its 147 years, First Baptist Church has had only six pastors: Rev. Cole, serving 11 years; Rev. Eli Mitchell, serving 1 year; Rev. L.H. Hackney, serving 60 years; Rev. J.R. Stanford, serving 9 years; Rev. J.R. Manley, serving 65 years; and Rev. Dr. Josephine L. Harris, current interim pastor and only woman of the six pastors, who had been serving since January 10, 2012.

Sunday Worship Schedule: Sunday School 9:30am Praise & Worship 10:45am Regular Worship Service 11:00am First Baptist Church of Chapel Hill 106 North Roberson Street, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27516 Phone: 919-942-2552 Fax: 919-942-2586 December 2013 - Pinnacle


“Every Member In Ministry” Hillsborough United Methodist Church is an “Every Member In Ministry” congregation. Every member of their church family is a minister who is encouraged and empowered to do ministry in response to God’s call upon their life. Serving together they strive to Win people to Christ, make disciples for Christ, and glorify and serve God under the leadership of their Pastor, Rev. Al Horne. Pastor Al Horne grew up in rural eastern North Carolina. He graduated from Duke Divinity School in 1982. Prior to entering pastoral ministry he served in various administrative positions at North Carolina Wesleyan College including Dean of Students, Director of Financial Aid and Placement, and Soccer, Baseball, and Track Coach. Pastor Al and his wife, Susan, came to Hillsborough United Methodist Church in June 2004. They began serving in pastoral ministry in 1978. They have three grown sons, three wonderful daughters-in-law, and four fantastic grandchildren.

“We are excited and very blessed to be serving this wonderful

ORANGE COUNTY historic church. The congregation is so warm and welcoming and willing to be engaged in ministry. We seek to serve our Lord, Jesus Christ and this congregation by being servant - leaders.”

Our Doctrinal History The pioneers in the traditions that flowed together into The United Methodist Church understood themselves as standing in the central stream of Christian spirituality and doctrine, loyal heirs of the authentic Christian tradition. In John Wesley’s words, theirs was “the old religion, the religion of the Bible, the religion . . .of the whole church in the purest ages.” Their gospel was grounded in the biblical message of God’s self-giving love revealed in Jesus Christ. Wesley’s portrayal of the spiritual pilgrimage in terms of “the scripture way of salvation” provided their model for experiential Christianity. They assumed and insisted upon the integrity of basic Christian truth and emphasized its practical application in the lives of believers. This perspective is apparent in the Wesleyan understanding of “catholic spirit.” While it is true that United Methodists are fixed upon certain religious affirmations, grounded in the gospel and confirmed in their experience, they also recognize the right of Christians to disagree on matters such as forms of worship, structures of church government, modes of Baptism, or theological explorations. They believe

Grace is What We Need Grace Church – United Methodist was founded in 1891 as Grace Methodist Protestant Church on Lee Street in downtown Greensboro. In 1908 Grace relocated to the corner of Greene and Washington Streets, where it remained until 1924. On May 15, 1922, a lot was purchased at 438 W. Gaston Street (now called Friendly Avenue) for the location of the current Grace Church sanctuary. Hobart Upjohn, of New York, one of America’s most distinguished church architects, was commissioned to draw plans for the new Grace Church. Ground was broken in May 1925, and the cornerstone was laid on July 31, 1925. Construction, which was headed by Greensboro’s J.L. Crouse Construction Company, was completed in early 1926, and the first worship in the new building was on May 2, 1926. From that time forward, Grace has been considered one of America’s most beautiful church buildings. Because of its traditional clean lines, countless couples have exchanged wedding vows there, including the famous actor Charlton Heston who married his fiancée Lydia at Grace on May 17, 1944 while he was stationed in Greensboro during WWII. Until his death in 2007, Heston and his wife often visited Grace which he referred to as


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such differences do not break the bond of fellowship that ties Christians together in Jesus Christ. Wesley’s familiar dictum was, “As to all opinions which do not strike at the root of Christianity, we think and let think.” But, even as they were fully committed to the principles of religious toleration and theological diversity, they were equally confident that there is a “marrow” of Christian truth that can be identified and that must be conserved. This living core, as they believed, stands revealed in Scripture, illumined by tradition, vivified in personal and corporate experience, and confirmed by reason. They were very much aware, of course, that God’s eternal Word never has been, nor can be, exhaustively expressed in any single form of words. They were also prepared, as a matter of course, to reaffirm the ancient creeds and confessions as valid summaries of Christian truth. But they were careful not to set them apart as absolute standards for doctrinal truth and error. Beyond the essentials of vital religion, United Methodists respect the diversity of opinions held by conscientious persons of faith. Wesley followed a time-tested approach: “In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; and in all things, charity.” The spirit of charity takes into consideration the limits of human understanding. “To be ignorant of many things and to be mistaken in some,” Wesley observed, “is the necessary condition of humanity.” The

crucial matter in religion is steadfast love for God and neighbor, empowered by the redeeming and sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. When you visit their church, you will find: • A caring congregation that • • • •

will gladly welcome you Preaching/teaching that is centered on the Word of God Ministries to meet the spiritual needs of every age A corporate outlet for truthfilled and moving praise and worship Opportunities for service, discipleship, and growth.

Hillsborough United Methodist Church 130 West Tryon Street Hillsborough, North Carolina 27278 Telephone: 919-732-3460 •First Sunday of Each Month Traditional Worship with Communion at both services Sunday •9:00 AM Contemporary Worship Service •10:00 AM Sunday School •11:00 AM Traditional Worship Service

GUILFORD COUNTY “an important place in my life”. In addition, to being a beautiful place for weddings, Grace has always opened its doors to a wide variety of community ministries. In the late 1960′s Grace Church became a founding church for Greensboro Urban Ministries, which today has grown into a large ecumenical effort to assist a wide range of folks in need. From 1987-2005 Grace housed the Greensboro Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. And Grace currently serves as the home for a congregation of Montagnards (mountain people of Vietnam) who worship at Grace each Sunday afternoon. In 2005, with the construction of a new downtown baseball park for the Greensboro Grasshoppers, Grace began a ministry called “Parking with a Purpose”. Each baseball season Grace Church members collect proceeds from parking cars and 100% of this money goes to support local ministries. Mark Weekley was appointed to serve as lead pastor at Grace Church in 2011. He has served 4 other congregations as an ordained elder in the Western NC Conference. Born & raised in North Carolina, he graduated high school in Belmont before attending Brevard College and graduating from Appalachian State (finest football school in the state!). After answering the call to preach, he married Jennie Starling. They lived in Atlanta, where he attended seminary at Emory University. Pulling for the Braves during their 1991 “worst to first” season made baseball fans of them for life. Mark and Jennie’s 3 children are

Rebecca, Ben, and Elizabeth, and they have a lab/beagle mix named Maddie. Mark is excited about working here at Grace Church and wants to have fun leading in ministry, making new friends, and transforming the world for Jesus Christ.

Contact Pastor Mark at

Worship @ Grace Our Services 9 am Contemporary Worship Also, stop by Graceful Grounds before or after the service for a cup of coffee! 11 am Classic Worship



438 W. Friendly Ave Greensboro, NC 27401 336-272-2171 (office) 336-272-2731 (fax)


“Fast & Furious” Gone Too Soon

subsequently led to supporting roles in the movies Pleasantville (1998), Varsity Blues (1999), She’s All That (1999), and The Skulls (2000). In 2001, Walker’s breakthrough role arrived when he starred opposite actor Vin Diesel in the successful action film The Fast and the Furious. The film established Walker as a notable film star and leading man and led to his reprisal of the role in the 2003 sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious. He continued his career with leading roles in films such as Joy Ride (2001), Into the Blue (2005), and Timeline (2003); he had a supporting role in Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of Flags of Our Fathers (2006).

Paul William Walker IV (September 12, 1973 – November 30, 2013) was an American actor. He became famous in 1999 after his role in the hit film Varsity Blues, but later garnered Blues fame as Brian O’Conner in The Fast and the Furious film series. His other films He subsequently returned to The Fast and the Furious include Eight Below, Below Into the Blue, Blue She’s All franchise, reprising his role in Fast & Furious, which was released on April 3, 2009. Walker then appeared That, and Takers.

Early life Walker, the son of Cheryl (née Crabtree), a fashion model, and Paul William Walker III, a sewer contractor, was born in Glendale, California, and raised in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles County. He was of Irish, English and German descent. His paternal grandfather was professional boxer “Irish Billy Walker”. Walker was raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He graduated from Village Christian School. After high school, he attended several community colleges, majoring in marine biology.


Walker began his small screen career as a toddler, when he starred in a television commercial for Pampers. He began modeling at the age of two and began working on television shows in 1985, with roles in shows such as Highway to Heaven, Who’s the Boss?, The Young and the Restless, and Touched by an Angel. That same year, he starred in a commercial for Showbiz Pizza.[9] Walker’s film career began in 1986, with the horror/comedy film Monster in the Closet. He and his sister Ashlie were contestants on a 1988 episode of the game show I’m Telling!; they finished in second place. In 1993 he played Brandon Collins on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless. He and his co-star Heather Tom, who played Victoria Newman, won Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress at the Youth in Film Awards. In 1998, Walker made his feature film debut in the comedy Meet the Deedles, which finally gained him fame. This

in the crime drama Takers, which began filming in early September 2008 and was released in August 2010.

The Coty Prestige fragrance brand Davidoff Cool Water for Men announced in January 2011 that Walker was going to be the new face of the brand as of July 2011. He reprised his role in the fifth installment of The Fast and the Furious series, Fast Five (2011), and again in Fast & Furious 6 (2013). Upcoming films in which Walker starred or appeared in due for release are Hours set for release in December 2013, and Brick Mansions, set for release in May 2014. At the time of his death, Walker had been filming Fast and Furious 7, which was slated for release in July 2014. His death has forced the shooting of the film to be delayed while producers try to rework the film. He was also slated to play Agent 47 in the Hitman film adaptation.

Personal life Walker lived in Santa Barbara with his dogs. He and Rebecca McBrain, a one-time girlfriend, had a daughter who lived with her mother in Hawaii for 13 years and then moved to California to live with Walker in 2011. He held a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller at Paragon Jiu-Jitsu. Walker’s first passion was marine biology; he joined the Board of Directors of The Billfish Foundation in 2006. He fulfilled a lifelong dream by starring in a National Geographic Channel series Expedition Great White (later retitled Shark Men), which premiered in June 2010. He spent 11 days as part of

the crew, catching and tagging 7 great white sharks off the coast of Mexico. The expedition, led by Chris Fischer, founder and CEO of Fischer Productions, along with Captain Brett McBride and Dr. Michael Domeier of the Marine Conservation Science Institute took measurements, gathered DNA samples, and fastened real-time satellite tags to the great white sharks. This allowed Dr. Domeier to study migratory patterns especially those associated with mating and birthing over a 5-year period of time. In March 2010, Walker went to Constitución, Chile to offer his help and support to the people injured in the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck on February 27. He flew with his humanitarian aid team, REACH OUT Worldwide, to Haiti to lend a helping hand to the 2010 Haiti earthquake victims. An avid car enthusiast, he competed in the Redline Time Attack racing series in which he raced a M3 E92 and was on the AE Performance Team. His car was sponsored by Etnies, Brembo Brakes, Ohlins, Volk, OS Giken, Hankook, Gintani, and Reach Out Worldwide. Walker had been preparing for an auto show prior to his death.

Death On November 30, 2013, at approximately 3:30 p.m. PST, Walker and Roger Rodas, age 38, left an event for Walker’s charity Reach Out Worldwide for victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Shortly after leaving in Rodas’ red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, the driver lost control and crashed into a light pole and tree in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California, and the vehicle burst into flames. Rodas was believed to be driving the car. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department declared the two dead at the scene. Walker’s publicist, Ame van Iden, confirmed early reports of his death. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office stated that speed was a factor in the crash. Police initially investigated if drag racing played a role, but were unable to find evidence of a second car’s involvement. Rodas became friends with Walker after meeting at a race track. Rodas became Walker’s financial advisor in 2007 and helped to establish Reach Out Worldwide. Rodas was the CEO of Always Evolving, a Valencia performance shop owned by Walker for high-end vehicles. Various friends posted tributes to Walker on social media.

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The Affordable Care Act and How it will Affect You

•The lowest-priced coverage available to you would cost more than 8% of your household income

By: Cyril L. NeSmith Sr.

•You don’t have to file a tax return because your income is too low (Learn about the filing limit.)

DualVision Insurance Services a division of DualVision Incorporated

•You’re a member of a federally recognized tribe or eligible for services through an Indian Health Services provider •You’re a member of a recognized health care sharing ministry •You’re a member of a recognized religious sect with religious objections to insurance, including Social Security and Medicare

In this edition I am responding to some •You’re incarcerated, and not awaiting the disposition of charges against you of the questions of the readers. Why is my current plan being canceled?

•You’re not lawfully present in the U.S

Over the next several issues of the Pinnacle we will give more detailed information about the ACA subsidies, fees, plans & answer your questions. Please send your questions to pinnaclepaper@ For personal questions Mr. NeSmith can be reached at (336) 229-5545 How do I get an exemption from the fee and his office is for not having health coverage? located at 1052 South Church You may qualify for an exemption if: •You’re uninsured for less than 3 Street Burlington, NC 27215. months of the year Despite the improvements to the Healthcare. gov website many have expressed concerns that the site will not be able to handle the waves of visitors attempting to meet the Dec. 23 deadline for coverage beginning Jan. 1. Therefore, most of the current plans will not be canceled. Health insurance companies are giving policy holders a 1 year extension. Updated letters will be mailed out before Christmas showing the new premium for 2014.


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“Great Beginnings Start Here” Women’s Hospital opened on Nov. 5, 1990, and by 9:40 a.m. the squeal of a baby boy signaled a new era. A special place for women and babies, our 134-bed hospital provides women in our community with leading-edge, compassionate and exceptional care for every stage of life. Our services include:        

Maternity Admissions Unit Newborn Nursery Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Imaging Department (including mammography) Women’s Education Center Other Medical and Surgical Care (including robotic surgeries) Adult Intensive Care At Your Request Room Service

Our homelike rooms, extra special room service for new moms and their birthing partners, and our family-centered model of care make us a leading choice with expectant moms. And, whether you seek specialized care for a high-risk pregnancy, the latest diagnostic services, or alternative birth options such as a water birth, you can count on us for world-class service that’s close to home. Ms. Cynthia B. Farrand has been President of The Women’s Hospital of Greensboro of Moses Cone Health System Inc. since February 2010 and also served as its Vice President of The Women’s Hospital of Greensboro. Ms. Farrand joined the Health System as Vice President/Administrator of The Women’s Hospital in June 2005 and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the hospital as well as the strategic direction for women’s and children’s services for the Health System.

breast biopsy. In 1998, Cone Health consolidated all maternity services for The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital and Wesley Long Hospital to Women’s Hospital. And, by 2006, we were the first in the state to offer new mothers the opportunity to donate their newborns’ stem-cell rich umbilical cord blood. On a national level, Women’s Hospital has been selected as a Best Fed Beginnings location, which is a pioneering national effort to significantly improve breastfeeding rates. We offer a range of breastfeeding consultations and support, and we are well on our way to earning our “Baby-Friendly” designation. Great Beginnings is a special way to honor the birth of a baby. With a $100 contribution to Women’s Hospital, your baby’s name and birthday, or the name and birthday of an older child, will be displayed on a plaque for one year. After a year on display, you will receive your child’s plaque as a permanent keepsake. The Great Beginnings Wall is located on the first floor near the Central Nursery. Gifts of support to the Great Beginnings fund promote excellence in women’s and children’s services by helping to provide state-of-the-art equipment, programming and education. Every donation is appreciated and helps us serve the women in our community. A colorful plaque with your choice of an animal design (giraffe, hippo, lion or elephant) can be selected when submitting an application. Women’s Hospital offers patients and families support for spiritual, religious and emotional issues through our Department for Spiritual Care and Wholeness. Our specially trained chaplains are available days and nights, weekdays and weekends. Our treatment team members will gladly assist our patients and families.

Our patients can seek: • • •

Special religious services for new arrivals. Religious literature and emotional care as needed. Loss and grief counseling through our Comfort Program.

Ms. Farrand serves on the Board of the Greensboro Chapter of the American Red Cross. Ms. Farrand has an Executive MBA from College of William and Mary in Williamsburg VA and a Master’s of Science in Public Health (Health Policy and Administration) from University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She has a Bachelor of Science in Radiology from Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

Katy Claussen, Women’s Hospital Staff Chaplain 336-832-6882

Upon opening their doors in 1990 as North Carolina’s first free-standing hospital dedicated to women, Women’s Hospital introduced our area’s first Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Today, the hospital’s board-certified neonatologists continue to offer around-the-clock support for our extra early arrivals.

Our chapel is a perfect setting for quiet reflection or family meditation. It is located near The Women’s Clinic on the ground floor of the hospital.

In 1995, Women’s Hospital was the first hospital in the Triad to offer stereotactic


Lisa Lundeen, Women’s Hospital Staff Chaplain 336-832-6882

Women’s Hospital

801 Green Valley Road, Greensboro, NC 27408

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SUNSETS Brought to You By:

Blackwell Funeral Home

Mr. George “Bo” Evans On Saturday, November 2, 2013, God dispatched His angels to call home one of His servants, Mr. George “Bo” Evans.

Roy Evans (Pauline) both of Burlington and Larry Evans of Graham; five sistersJoan Evans, Linda Wiley (Bobby), Adelle Crawford (Roy Lee), Mae Fannie McCollum, and Annie Bell Harvey all of Burlington; one daughter-in-law, Glenda Evans of Yanceyville; ten grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral Services were conducted on Wednesday November 6, 2013, 02:00pm at Camp Springs UMC with burial following in the church cemetery.

George was born on August Ms. Josephine 27, 1932 to the late Mr. Jesse Strickland Newton Evans and the late Mrs. Lottie Daye Evans. The beautiful life of He was married to Mrs. Josephine Addie Watlington Evans Strickland is of the home for 47 years. pictured in the book of George was a Veteran in Ecclesiastes the Army. He was retired Chapter 3. Her Machinist with Machine & time to be born Manufacturing in Graham. was September 3, 1949, He was a member of and her time to die was Visitor’s Chapel United November 3, 2013. Church of Christ. He loved working outside, welding A time to weep: Those and could build almost weeping her passing are her anything. He also had an daughter, Tina Strickland innovative mind which Miles (Derrick); her parents, could create many things. Fletcher H. Strickland (deceased) and Georgia He was preceded in death Strickland; her brothers, by one son, Danny Evans; Hayworth Strickland two brothers, June Evans (Carolyn), Randy Strickland and Tommy (Buck) Evans; (Kay); sisters, aunts, special and one sister, Katie Poole. friends (I thank you for all you did!), nieces/nephews George leaves to cherish his (I will miss you dearly) memories: one son, Troy and a host of relatives and Sellars of Washington, DC; friends (that will be forever three daughters, Rebecca cherished). Johnson (Carl) of Caswell County, Ruby Spinks A time to mourn; preceded (Reginald) of Reidsville, in death are her father NC and Delois Lloyd (Fletcher H. Strickland), her (Gilmer) of Graham, NC; sister (Donna Strickland) three brothers, Henry and son (Ricky Strickland). Eugene Evans (Rose), 16

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A time to dance: We dance, as we rejoice in the fact that she had a life in Christ and we rejoice with her home going to her new mansion. Funeral Services were conducted on Thursday November 7, 2013, 01:00pm at New Covenant UHC. Burial followed in the Belview Church Cemetery.

6, 2013 at his home. He was the son of the late Mr. William Garrett and the late Ms. Rosa Ann Morrow and husband of Mrs. Edith Morrow of the home.

She leaves to cherish her memories: one son, Lamont Adams of Danville, VA; one daughter, Ashley Adams of the home; three brothers-Richard Womack (Shelia), Albert Adams and Charles Adams (Joyce) all of Danville, Virginia; three sisters-Georgia Ann Walker, Teresa Adams and Della Stone all of Danville, Virginia; five grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Survivors include one son, Donnell Morrow Jr. (Shawn) of Burlington; one daughter, Pamela McRae of Burlington; four Mrs. Diane Emily grandchildren, Shiree, Asia, Bramond McRae and Blanchard Brant Quinton Morrow; a special Diane Emily Blanchard sister-in-law, Mary Crisp of She was preceded in death Brant, 66, passed away Burlington; and a host of by one sister, Elaine Adams on Sunday, other relatives and friends. Davis. November 3, 2013. Diane He was preceded in death Funeral Services were Tuesday, was born in by brothers, John W., Glen conducted Syracuse, NY Leroy, Robert Lee, and November 12, 2013, at noon at Alpha & Omega and lived most George Raft Morrow Sr. of her life in Jordan, NY but He was a member of New Holiness Church. had moved to Burlington, Covenant Holiness Church. NC in 1994 where she died. He had a passion for Mr. Willie Herman putting together puzzles; he She is survived by her loved sports and watching Oliver husband of 31 years, western movies. He was Edward Brant and six also a craftsman and loved Mr. Willie children, Ronald Harris to draw. Herman Oliver, of Auburn, NY, David 74, of 2117 Brant of Syracuse, NY, The funeral was held Wrenn St., Jim Brant of Mooresville, on Sunday, November Burlington NC, Jeff Harris of Attica, 10, 2013 at 1 p.m. in the passed away MI, Christee Alexander of Roy Blackwell Chapel of November 12, Burlington, NC and Melanie Blackwell Funeral Home, 2013 at Hospice Street of Masontown, WV. Burlington. Burial will be of Alamance & Caswell. in North Lawn Cemetery. Diane and her husband Willie was born to the late were active in the Jordan Ms. Rosemary Oliver Mr. Henry Oliver and the Methodist Church during late Mrs. Myrtle Vaughn their time in Jordan. Diane Ms. Rosemary Adams Oliver. He was married to delighted in her children Oliver, 51, of the late Mrs. Margaret Alice and 15 grandchildren, 610 Worsham Smith Oliver. loved travel and camping, Street, died cookbooks and QVC. She Nov. 5, 2013, He loved to work and had been quite ill in recent at enjoyed fishing. He was a Danville years and her family is R e g i o n a l faithful member of Holy comforted that now she is at Medical Center. Tabernacle of Jesus Christ peace. in Leasburg, NC, where he Rosemary was born on served as a member of the Mr. Donnell “Don” August 9, 1962 to the late Deacon Board. Mr. George Thomas Adams Morrow, Sr. and the late Ms. Mary He leaves to cherish his Mr. Donnell Frances Womack in South memories: one daughter“Don” Morrow Boston, Virginia. She was Michelle Oliver of Mebane; Sr., 75, of 306 employed in the textile one step-daughter, Amanda Sunsts Hall Avenue, industry with JTI. died November Sunsets cont. on pg. 17

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Terrel of Burlington two brothers, James Oliver and Kendall Oliver both of Burlington; four sisters Addie Oliver, Betty Oliver Slade both of Burlington, Margie Oliver and Francis Oliver Woods both of Gibsonville; one grandchild Telvin Dickey of Mebane, and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral Services were held on Friday November 15, 2013, 02:00pm in the Roy Blackwell Chapel. Burial followed in the North Lawn Cemetery.

Mr. Rickey Dave Lewis Rickey Dave Lewis of Danville, Virginia went home to be with the Lord on November 13, 2013 at 12:15pm in Salem, Virginia at the Veteran’s Hospital. Rickey was born in Danville, Virginia on August 17, 1950 to the late John and Lena Lewis. He attended John M, Langston High School before entering Job Corps. Upon his completion in Job Corps, “Rick” moved to Norwalk, Connecticut. While in Connecticut, he was drafted into the United States Army where he served two years, one year was as a transportation assistant in the Vietnam War. “Rick” worked at Dan River Mills for 21 years as a “color developer”. He also attended Danville Community College working towards a certification in Air Condition and Heat/ Refrigeration. He is survived by his devoted wife of 42

years, Kaye GravesLewis; three sons-Craig Houston (Suzette) of Homerville, Georgia, Corey Dave Lewis (Carmen Hutchins) of Danville, Virginia and Marlon Lewis (LaCoria “Nicole”) of Morrow, Georgia; ten grandchildren-Marlon Lewis, Jr., Amanda Houston, Cree Houston, Amaya Lewis, Camryn Lewis, Makayla Lewis, Casyn Lewis, Chase Lewis, Marlondo Lewis and Maylasia Lewis; one brother, Harry Lewis of Danville, Virginia; four sisters-Mary Bagley of Marietta, Georgia, Barbara Lewis of Norwalk, Connecticut, Gloria Thompson and Vikki Slade (Robert) both of Danville, Virginia; and a host of nieces and nephews. Ricky was predeceased by four brothers, Joe Lewis, Freddie Lewis, Larry Lewis and Robert Lewis. Funeral Services were held on Monday, November 19, 2013 at 2:00pm at Christ Temple Apostolic Church, 180 Kentuck Road, Danville, VA 24540.

Mr. Patrick Lamont Powell On November 11, 2013, Mr. Patrick L a m o n t Powell also known as “ S a i n t ” departed this life at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina. Patrick was born on July 28, 1981 to Mr. Sherman Patrick (Marsha) of Kingsport, TN and Mrs. Shelia Powell Farrer of Greensboro, NC. He served in the United States Army with the Air Borne Division. He loved

music, football, working out, and spending time with his children and friends. He studied the Moorish Science. He loved to write, read often and also enjoyed watching movies. Patrick leaves to cherish his memories: one son, Emmanuel Malik Cordero of Burlington, NC; one daughter, Chantaé Jameerah Hall –Powell of Mebane, NC; one brother, John E. Avery of Greensboro, NC; six sisters-Kassie Michell PowellWatkins (Delvin) of Burlington, N C, Tina Marie Powell of Greensboro, NC, Brittany Leigh Avery of Greensboro, NC, Jordan Alexis Frantzen (Paul) of Kingsport, TN, Jada Marie Patrick and Jayla Elizabeth Brooks both of Detroit, MI; four uncles-Frank Powell (Vicky) of Saxaphaw, NC, Tracy Powell of Burlington, NC, Dayton Powell of High Point, NC, Joseph Powell (Marcia) of Jacksonville, FL and Wallace Patrick (Faye) of Elon, NC; seven aunts-Darlene Powell, Janice Emerson both of Greensboro, NC, Sharletta Hooks of Burlington, NC, Patricia Kirk (James) of Ecuador, Michelle Patrick Rice (James) of Winston-Salem, NC, Barbra Brown of Alexandria, VA and June Smart of McGhee, AR; grandparents, Mary Hooks of Burlington, NC, Frank Powell of Greensboro, NC and Jeannette Royster of Bronx, NY; one niece; four nephews; and a host of relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Marie and George Patrick. Funeral Services were held on Tuesday November 19, 2013, 02:00pm at Blackwell

Funeral Home. Burial followed in the North Lawn Cemetery.

Mr. Little Early Bud Smith, Sr. God,


His infinite wisdom, on S a t u r d a y, November 16, 2013, dispatched His angels to Duke University Medical Center to call home his son, Little Early Bud Smith, Sr. Early was born to the late Elder James Raymond Smith and the late Thelma Elizabeth McGhee Smith. He was a member of Prayer of Faith Ministry. Early leaves to cherish his memory: a son, Little Early Smith, Jr. (Joannie); one granddaughter, Alicia Haley Marie of Roxboro, NC; one brother, Elder John Smith (Pastor Brenda) of Milton, NC; five sisters-Frances Winstead (Flemmie) of Burlington, NC, Carolyn Jones (Alvarado) of Mebane, NC, Jeannette Williams (Wallace), Maxine Johnson and JoAnn Bass all of Roxboro, NC; one uncle, Robert Smith (Dorothy)of Leasburg, NC; two aunts, Bessie McCain of Mt. Vernon, NY and Leona Smith of Yanceyville, NC; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by: three brothers, James Lee, Ralph and Wallace; one sister, Margaret Oliver; step-mother, Evangelist Clarene Smith; and two good friends, Annie Megree and Ella Wilson. Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, November 21, 2013 at 02:00pm at Prayer

of Faith Ministry in Milton, North Carolina with burial in the church cemetery.

Mr. Larry Wade Campbell On November 19, 2013, Mr. Larry Wade Campbell passed away at his residence. Larry was born to the late Mr. Wade Campbell and the late Mrs. Allene Tripp Campbell. He leaves to cherish his memories: his wife, Mrs. Mary Riggsbee Campbell of the home; two daughters, Tracey Long of the home and Christie Harris (Rodney) of Rougemount, NC; one sister, Shirley Mauer of Chapel Hill; five grandchildren-Aaliyah Harris, Trevor Long, Alicia Harris, Ashley Harris and Ryan Long; and a host of other relatives and friends. A Memorial Service was held at 03:00pm Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Antioch Baptist Church, 1707 White Cross Road, Chapel Hill, NC.

Mr. William Henry Allen God, in His infinite wisdom, called home his servant, Mr. William Henry Allen, on November 20, 2013 from Hospice of Alamance & Caswell. William was born on December 15, 1930 to the late Mr. Lindsey Allen and the late Mrs. Corina Johnson Allen. He was married to Mrs. Adell Mebane, whom he loved dearly.

He loved to fish, cook, build and gardening. He was an excellent mechanic. He loved spending time with his family especially his grandkids. William leaves to cherish his many memories: two sons, Ronnie Allen (Frederica) of Greensboro, NC and Ray Allen of Burlington, NC; one daughter, Rhonda Allen of Burlington, NC; three brothers Larry Allen (Geraldine) of Greensboro, NC, Frank Allen(Elnora) of Whitsett, NC, and Richard Allen of Greensboro, NC; three sisters - Ola Davis of New York, Eula Graves (William) of Yanceyville, NC and Ruth Richardson of Greensboro, NC; 6 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; 2 greatgreat-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by: his three brothers Jimmy Allen, Peter Allen and David Allen; and one sister, Francine Garrison. Funeral Services were held on Saturday November 23, 2013, 02:00pm in the Roy Blackwell Chapel with burial in the Patillo Church Cemetery.

Mr. Bobby Ray Jones Mr. Bobby Ray Jones entered into his eternal rest on November 20, 2013 in Tacoma Park,

Maryland. Bobby Ray was born to the late Mr. Willie S. Jones and the late Mrs. Bessie Moore Jones on October 20, 1940. Sunsets cont. on pg. 18

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Sunsets cont. from pg. 17 He was married to the late Mrs. Eliza “Faye” McCollum Jones. He loved to laugh, sing, and mow yards. He enjoyed spending time with his family who he often preached to. Left to cherish Bobby’s memories: one son, Tracy Hayes of Green Level; two daughters, Andrea “Angie” Currie (Ronald) and Barbara Jones both of Burlington; one brother, George Henry Jones of Burlington; two sisters, Lula Arletta “Sis” Jones Fowler (Wayman “Happy”) of Burlington and Patricia Conyers of Gibsonville; two grandchildren, Ronald “June Bug” Currie, Jr. and Alyssa Currie; a special nephew, Dennis Jones of Gwynn Oak, Maryland; a special great niece, Dynashia Conyers of Gwynn Oak, Maryland; and a host of other relativesand friends. He was preceded in death by: one brother, Willie Carl Jones and one sister, Claudie Jones. Funeral Services were held on Sunday November 24, 2013, 01:30pm in the Roy Blackwell Chapel with burial in the Allen’s Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery.

Ms. Corina Crisp Jones Corina Crisp Jones was born July 9, 1933 in Cedar Grove, North Carolina. She was the youngest of nine children born to the late Ed and Novella McCandies Crsip. She was named after her paternal aunt, Corina Villines. While Aunt Corina was nicknamed “Crina”, niece Corina was nicknamed “Ren”. Ren attended school in Hillsborough, North Carolina and upon completion she moved to New York City and Baltimore, Maryland. Ren


later moved to Burlington and began working at Kayser Roth Industries and the General Electric Company. She met and married John Calvin Jones in May 1970. They both loved and welcomed family and friends to their home. Ren was a member of The First Baptist Church and served faithfully in the Usher Ministry and the Hospitality Ministry. After retiring from General Electric, Ren discovered she had a green thumb. She began collecting an array of flowers and plants from her sunroom. “Who knew!” was her exclamation! After retirement, she enjoyed working parttime at Hanes and Croscill Department Stores. She enjoyed traveling and was an avid reader. She also became the Crisp family matriarch. “Aunt Ren” was always the feisty one to tell her nieces and nephews… ”You look a mess! Straighten yourself up!” Ren was the last surviving member of her immediate family, preceding her were her mother and father, and her other brothers and sisters... Lillie Mae Crisp Evans, Lucille Crisp Richmond, George “Bud” Crisp, Leo Crisp Vincent, Joseph “Pete” Crisp, Lacy Crisp, Hazel Crisp Turner and Robert Crisp. She leaves behind to celebrate her beautiful life many nieces and nephews and a host of family members and friends. Funeral Services were held on Monday, November 25, 2013 at 2:00pm at The First Baptist Church, 508 Apple Street, Burlington, NC 27217 with Rev. Dray Bland, Pastor, officiating. Burial followed in the Alamance Memorial Park.

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Latoya “ To y a ” Danielle Graves Johnson crossed over from this earthly life to eternal rest. “Toya”, as she was affectionately known by all that knew her, was born on September 14, 1985 to the late Mrs. Loucinda Alston Graves and Mr. Orbra Graves Jr. (Felecia) of Burlington. She was married to Mr. James E. Johnson. Latoya was a longtime member of Jones Cross Road Missionary Baptist Church until recently when she joined Life Changing Church in Burlington under the leadership of Rev. Evelyn Graves-Curtis. She loved to sing, working with computers, meeting people and spending time with family especially her son. She also had “adopted” kids whom she loved as if they were her own. Latoya leaves to cherish her memories: one son, TyQuavis Graves of the home; one brother, Mark Graves (Jessica) of Greensboro; one nephew, Dominique Graves; one niece, Aliyah Graves; paternal grandparents, Orbra Graves Sr.(Elsie) of Mebane and Helen Graves of Graham, NC; aunts, uncles, and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, the late Mr. Robert Alston and the late Mrs. Esther Alston. Funeral Services were on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 1:00pm in the Roy Blackwell Chapel of Blackwell Funeral Home. Burial followed in the North Lawn Cemetery.

Ms. Vanessa Enoch Ms. Vanessa Enoch delivered in God’s love on May 3, 1955 in Alamance County, North Carolina to the late Mr.


Wallace Enoch, Sr. and the late Mrs. Grace Rotha Graves Enoch and she made her transition from earth to God’s Eternal Kingdom on Friday, November 22, 2013 while in the care of UNC Chapel Hill Hospital in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She was a 1973 graduate of Graham High School in Graham, North Carolina and she was employed at Nypro and Southern Seasons as long as her health permitted. She enjoyed carrying on a family tradition from her mother, grandmother Julur Graves, and aunts by spending time sewing. She was a loving and caring person and would always have a word to make you laugh when you would least expect it. Vanessa leaves to carry on her legacy of love to a daughter, Ms. LaKeysha Enoch of the home; two grandchildren, Mr. Dillon Enoch and Mr. Patrick Enoch both of Burlington, NC; her siblings include, three sister, Ms. Hattie Marie Woods and Ms. Jacqueline Enoch both of Burlington, NC and Ms. Glenda Faye Enoch who preceded her in death; three brothers, Mr. Wallace Enoch, Jr. (Juanita) of Jacksonville, FL, Mr. Gary Enoch (Wendy) of Atlanta, GA, and Mr. Michael Enoch of Charlotte, NC; two aunts, Mrs. Hassie Pulliam and Ms. Lessie Marie Fowler both of Burlington, NC and one uncle, Mr. Walter Graves, Sr. (Emma Ann) of Burlington, NC; three nieces, four nephews, and a host of great nieces and nephews, cousins and family friends. Funeral Services were held on Saturday November 30, 2013, 02:00pm at Jeffries Cross Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Enoch Family Cemetery.

Mr. Jerry Lee Byrd, Sr. Mr. Jerry Lee Byrd, Sr. was born on March 7, 1931 in Caswell County, North Carolina

to William Alvis Byrd and Mrs. Bessie Stanfield Byrd, both deceased. After a lengthy illness, he entered into eternal rest at his residence at 602 West Haggard Ave., Elon on November 26, 2013. He was employed by Liberty Hosiery Mill as a night watchman until its closing and was owner and contractor for Byrd’s Construction upon his retirement as a Master Brick Mason. Mr. Byrd joined Elon First Baptist Church at an early age and restored his fellowship with the church under Pastor C. R. Wall, but due to failing health, was presently inactive. Jerry is survived by his faithful and loving wife of 65 years, Mrs. Doris Pettiford Byrd, of the home. To this union was born five children. He was preceded in death by one son, Jerry Lee Byrd, Jr. We will miss “Pops” as he was fondly called, greatly and he will always be remembered in our hearts for generations to come. He loved working on and restoring old cars, gospel quartet music and sang with the Gospel Harmonizers of Burlington for many years. Left to cherish his memory is: one sister, Mrs. Jessie Totten of Reidsville, NC; three sons, John Larry Foust (Mary), Michael Lewis Byrd of Elon, NC and Lonnie Edward Byrd of the home; two daughters, Minister Jean Byrd Parris (Curtis) of Burlington, NC and Ms. Vickie Byrd Bigelow of Winston Salem, NC. He left to cherish his soft spoken voice, calm and patient ways: four grandsons, DerWayne, Delaney, Jermaine, and Donté of the home. He is further survived by two granddaughters, 12 great grandchildren, two greatgreat grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Pops never met a stranger and will be missed by many. Sunsets cont. on pg. 19

Sunsets cont. from pg. 18

Alonzo Howard and Odell Howard.

He was preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters.

Alease owned and operated a Dry Cleaners in Bronx, NY and later worked as a cook in the public school system until retirement.

Funeral Services were held on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 1:00pm at Elon First Baptist Church with burial following in North Lawn Cemetery.

Mrs. Alease Torain A flower was created and planted to grow in Alamance County. Raised by two loving parents, Hattie Howard Bradsher and Lewis Bradsher.

She will greatly missed by her nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, Godchildren, and a host of relatives and family friends. Funeral Services were held on Sunday December 1, 2013 2:00pm at Gant Town Baptist Church. Burial followed in the North Lawn Cemetery.

Ms. Barbara Jeffers

Alease was born on December 15, 2016 in Alamance County, North Carolina and attended McCray Public School. She was a member of various churches in New York and Burlington, NC before settling down at GantTown Baptist Church. She was married to Mr. Elias Torain who preceded her death. She was blessed with two special nieces, Frances Miles (Rev. Bobby) and Jeannette Wade. Mrs. Torain was also preceded in death by her sister, Minnie Wilson, two brothers,

Ms. Barbara Jeffers passed away from this earthly life to eternal glory on November 28, 2013 at her residence. Barbara was born on August 14, 1940 to the late Mr. Lorenzo Harvey and the late Mrs. Jennie B. Long Harvey. She was formerly married to the late Mr. James Edward Jeffers.

sales, and taking care of babies. She also loved spending time taking care of her flowers, family and friends.

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Barbara leaves to cherish her memories: one son, Kenneth Edwards Jeffers of the home; two daughters, Sharon Denise “DeeDee” Jeffers of the home and Lisa Ann Jeffers of Burlington; one brother, James Harvey of Glen Raven; two sisters, Evangeline Kelly (Jack) of Fayetteville and Annie Mae Gant (Delmer Gant, Jr.) of Greensboro; a honorary sister, Peggy R. Curry (Jimmy Curry, Sr.) of Green Level; a great aunt, Katie Long of Roxboro; seven grandchildrenAishia, Anishia, Dominique, LeKendra, Jamison, Alexis, and Anoree; one great grandchild, Trejan; and a host of other relatives and friends.

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She was preceded in death by one sister, Hazel Nixon. Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 2:00pm at the Roy Blackwell Chapel with Rev. Allen Warren delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in the North Lawn Cemetery.

She was a self-employed daycare operator and a member of Johnson Chapel AME Church. She loved to cook, clean, yard

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“Deliverance For Today with Vision For Tomorrow” The word of the Lord as recorded in Proverbs 20:18 declares, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” A God-inspired vision was given to our founder Silas Thomas Florence. His striving to attain that vision and trusting and obeying the will of God, led to the establishing of St. Thomas Chapel Pentecostal Church. Silas Thomas Florence was born June 29, 1896, the son of Silas Florence and Margaret Bigelow Florence. He grew up in the Summerfield Community. While he was serving as a deacon in Fair Grove Baptist Church, Silas Thomas Florence explained, “a few of us 6 or 8 who were members of Fair Grove located on Highway 150 were meeting in each other’s homes for prayer meeting,” (This was not the Fair Grove Church prayer service.) One night prayer meeting was over, people were standing around shaking hands and talking when I feel to the ground. When those standing there picked me up, I said, “I’ll preach the gospel if it cost my life”. He was then twenty years of age. They continued for about five years to have service from house to house and then in the old Fair Grove School. Rev. S.T. Florence said, “I felt pressed to start a church and I organized with a small group of people and had service in Fair Grove School,” and from there to a bush arbor. Those who organized with him were: Fallie Smith, Nora Smith, Ferdinand Florence, Notre Florence, John Florence, Mary Florence, Minnie Florence, Margaret Florence, Emma Enoch, Ernest Enoch, and Minnie Gaffin who submitted the name of the church, St. Thomas Chapel. In 1924 they bought a half-acre of land and worshipped in a bush arbor. In September 1925 they held their first revival. In 1938 they purchased land where the former Fair Grove Baptist Church stood and they moved to that new site in 1943. Rev. Florence started out with the Baptist church, and he switched to the Church of the Living God in the 1930’s. In 1950 he became affiliated with the Pentecostal Holiness Church of Virginia and North Carolina. He departed this life November 23, 1975 after serving as pastor for over fifty years. Elder James R. Florence, his son, then served as pastor. In September 1978, Elder Tyrone Hunter was elected as pastor. In 1997, they moved to their present location.

later direct him to a pastorship at St. Thomas Chapel Pentecostal Holiness Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. In 2001, he was consecrated to the office of Bishop. Under the auspices of the Church’s governing body, the Greater International Pentecostal Holiness Churches, Inc., Bishop Hunter has served as Vice President and is currently a member of the body’s decision-making leadership, known as the Holy Elder’s Council. In 2004, the Lord led Bishop Hunter to open the Living Epistle Bible College, located on the campus of St. Thomas Chapel, where he is the current Founder/ Chancellor, and one of the scholars. Bishop Hunter is a man after God’s own heart. He is fondly referred to as “The eagle preacher” for his faith in God’s redemptive powers. Bishop Hunter is God’s servant at: heart. He not only leads his ministry, however, he can be found laboring directly beside his congregation. He is such a relist of the things that need to be done at the Church that he can be found laboring physically beside the Trustees, from completing landscaping and repairs, to going to purchase produce to give to the members. He has been married to Dr. Juanita Hunter for more than 46 years. They have reared five children of their own and two adoptive children. He is both a grandfather and a great grandfather, who stands tall as a figure within his family. Bishop Tyrone D. Hunter is truly the epitome of a “Pastor of Excellence”.

St. Thomas Chapel Pentecostal Holiness Church 633 NC Hwy 150W, Greensboro, NC (336) 643-6228 Secretary’s Email:

For the month of December Service Times are as follows: Sunday School 10am Sunday Worship 11am Wednesday Bible Study 7pm Scheduled Wednesday Evening Baptisms Sunday Intercessory Prayer 10-10:45am

The effect of the vision as given to Bishop Silas Thomas Florence is still visible and viable today, under the leadership of Dr. Tyrone D. Hunter.

Starting Sunday, January 5, 2014 Sunday School 9:30am Worship Service 10:30am

Under the single parentage influence of his mother, Katie B. Jenkins, who was a strong beacon in his life, was born, Bishop Tyrone D. Hunter. Called to preach at the age of 14. His destined ministry path began under the leadership of Bishop John L. Meares, Sr., at Evangel Temple in the Washington, D.C. area. God would


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Zesty Cheese Cake

almond extract*

(*The almond extract is optional.)

Add the juice of 2 freshly squeezed lemons


Grind up one package of Graham Crackers add one ½ Combine all of the ingredients cup of sugar and ½ stick of till it creates a smooth mixture. Pour the mixture into the crust melted butter. then bake on 350 til the filling Combine the ingredients then is firm. press it into the pan to form your crust. Filling: Combine 2 packages of cream cheese 2 ½ cups of sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp of vanilla and 1 tsp of

Recipe was submitted by Tammy King, newly appointed Executive Director of Pinnacle Ministries. She is also the wife of Larry King and mother of two daughters.

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

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

Pastors T & Michele Lee (919) 880-3602

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

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

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

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

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

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

Distribution Sites cont. on pg. 23

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SAVE THE 2014 DATES Urgent Care I Burlington, NC Jan. 10th-11th Savannah, GA Feb. 14th - 15th Lynchburg, VA Mar. 14th - 15th Lexington, NC April 11th - 12th

Urgent Care II

Danville, VA Jan. 24th - 25th Lynchburg, VA Mar. 21st - 22nd Dates to Be Announced Wadesboro, Durham, Greensboro If you would like Urgent Care for your church or ministry, contact us at the below information. FOR INFORMATION/REGISTRATION, Call or Email Rev. Dr. Theodora K. Moss at 919-323-5509 Or register online at

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Merry CHRISTmas! By Shonté Hodnett

The Christmas shopping season officially begins on Black Friday. Every store I walk into is blasting “Have a holly, jolly, Christmas” and an array of other traditional Christmas hits. With all of the Santa Claus hype and hoopla this time of year, it is easy to forget the real meaning of Christmas. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Christmas as: “a Christian feast on December 25 or among some Eastern Orthodox Christians on January 7 that commemorates the birth of Christ and is usually observed as a legal holiday”. The real meaning of Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of the child Jesus Christ. God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to be born. His birth brought tremendous joy to the world. Shepherds, wise men, and angels all shared in the excitement of knowing about this great event. They knew this was no ordinary baby. The prophets were told about Jesus’ coming hundreds of years before. The star stopped over Bethlehem just to mark the way for those who were looking for Jesus. The birth of Jesus is described in Luke 2: 1-20. (NIV) It reads: “In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register. 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son…” Jesus was Distribution Sites cont. from pg. 21 New Covenant New Life Ministries New Light Baptist Outreach Baptist Pit Stop Poplar Grove AME Power House of Deliverance Presbyterian Church of the Cross Providence Baptist Reba’s Hair Design Redeemer Episcopal Refuge Reid Memorial Shiloh Baptist Church St James Baptist St James Presbyterian St Matthews United Methodist St Paul Baptist St Phillips AME Zion St Stephens UCC St. John AME Church Trinity AME Zion

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

Orange County Churches & Businesses

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

born! “…She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’ 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.’ 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’ 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen which were just as they had been told.” Although the actual day Jesus was born is unknown, December 25th is the designated day to recognize His birth. This year while celebrating Christmas with friends and family, remember the true reason for the season. Do not neglect the CHRIST in Christmas. Merry Christmas!

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

Rockingham County Churches

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

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

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

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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 . 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.

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