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Kivette Smith A Talented Artist

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Mike and Ashton Santiago

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Harold L. Martin, Sr.

Ellen Sheppard

Nelson Mandela Remembering the Father of Nation

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that they will find the love of their life.

Happy New Year I hope 2013 was an eventful, happy year

for all of you. I realize that we lost some great fathers, terrific moms, some loving sisters and brothers, but God brought you into a new year. Your work for the year has just started. Clear your mind and ask God to take you to a new level of revelation. 2013 brought hardships for many but God brought you through. There were many disappointments but there were also many things to celebrate! You may ask “what were they?” If you are reading this article, then you can give God praise for your sight for many are blind! You can celebrate that you have a home, a car or means of transportation. You might want to thank Him for your health and celebrate that if you are having pain because that means you can still feel and there are those paralyzed that cannot feel anything. Perhaps you lost money in 2013, guess what you had money to loose, some people did not have an income. How can you give God praise in all of this? How can you celebrate in losing the love of your life? Just trust Him, it was better to have loved and lost rather than not have loved at all. Well now, that is enough about 2013 because we cannot live that year again but we can learn from the mistakes of 2013. If we procrastinate and did not do something that we should have done. This year move on what God is asking you to do. It is called faith. If you can see it, then it is not faith. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrew 11:1) Many people say that they do not procrastinate, but have you told your daughter or grandchild how much you love them? Have you told your mother or father, (if you are blessed to still have them), how much you appreciate what they have done for you? Did you start to tell that person who often motivates you how special the Lord’s presence is in their life? Ok, you get the picture. If you do nothing else this year, speak the words of love even if you have to correct someone. What we all need is to spend more time praying this year. I know that we have all made New Year’s Resolutions. Some say that they would save money, some say they would lose weight and eat less. Some say that they will travel more, while others state


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If you did not make a New Year’s Resolution perhaps you might want to incorporate the following into your plan. Write the vision and make it plain on tablets (paper) that he may run who reads it. (Habakkuk 2:2) You will be the first to read it and the first to run. Hopefully, these things that follow will enhance whatever resolution or vision you have made for your life concerning 2014:

1. To spend more time praying to God (II Chronicles 7:14) 2. To spend more time listening to God (Proverbs 1:33) 3. To read a scripture everyday (Mark 13:14) 4. To fall in love with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit (Deut. 6:5) 5. To expect and imagine the best for yourself and others (Jer. 29:11) 6. To speak love into someone’s life everyday (I Corinthians 13:1-13) 7. To do random acts of kindness (II Peter 1:7) 8. To help the poor – ex. food, clothing, shelter (Psalm 33:20) 9. To acquaint yourself with the Fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22) 10. To pay your tithes and offering (Num. 18:28) 11. To go to church regularly (Heb. 10:25) 12. To complain less and exalt more (James 1:9) 13. To truly become a disciple of Christ (John 9:27) 14. To speak out lovingly when injustice occurs (Psalms 82:3) 15. To do as much as you can for as many as can as often as you can (Hebrew 4:16) 16. Fear only the Lord (Isa. 8:1113) 17. Go visit someone in a nursing home (Deut. 15:11) 18. To speak less and listen more (I Peter 3:4) 19. To repent more (Acts 17:30) 20. To be less prideful (Prov. 13:10) 21. To be led by the spirit! (Rom. 8:14) Yes, 2014 is going to be a great year. Ministers of different denominations will gather to praise the Lord. Then we will heed to Isaiah 11:2, “And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord” As the spirit was and is with Jesus, so should the Holy Spirit empower us to do these things.

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Faiger M. Blackwell............................Founder, Publisher & Editor Gladys Shepard.............................Ad Sales Representative (Burlington) Stacey R. Choate.......................Administrative Assistant, Layout Designer & Ad Sales (Burlington, Greensboro, Forysth Areas) Brittany Parrish, Karen Parrish & Min. Robert Googe....... Proof Readers If you would like to advertise, place an article or be a distribution site, please call 336-229-1939, by fax 336-229-0663 or by email Please visit our website @ for more information. Please visit for a full on-line issue of the PINNACLE. Get excited about 2014, God will take you to new heights as we seek Him daily! 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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Come Experience Worship the “Triad” Way Founded in 1983, Triad Baptist Church is a family of more than 1,800 – pointing lives toward Christ in the Piedmont Triad area and in 11 countries from our wooded, 30+ acre campus in the heart of Kernersville. Visitors and members alike say we are “friendly” and “Biblically sound!” They also call us “progressive, Christ-centered, financially accountable, caring, committed, loving, fun, outwardly focused” and “great for families with children.” From our well-known youth and children’s ministries and worldwide missions outreach to music and preaching…Sunday School and Life Group communities offering small-group support, fellowship and teaching… Sunday evening seminars on such topics as managing finances, tips for strengthening marriages and parenting…English as a Second Language, Mothers of Preschoolers, sports teams and other community-based ministries…we hope to build stronger relationships with God through our church and to make a difference in Kernersville and beyond.

to serve Him. Pastor Rob states, “I have enjoyed a wonderful ministry and opportunity to impact many lives for eternity”.

Sunday Morning 8:45 AM Contemporary Worship Service & Sunday School 10:00 AM Traditional Worship Service & Sunday School 11:15 AM Traditional Worship Service & Sunday School

Sunday Night 5:15 PM AWANA 5:15 PM Adult Choir Practice 5:30 PM SNAC--Sunday Night Adult Classes 5:30 PM Traditional Bible Study (Auditorium) 5:15 PM The Crossing Worship 5:15 PM Radiate Life Groups

Wednesday Night

Rob Decker has been the Lead Pastor of Triad Baptist Church for 7:00 PM Wednesday Evening Service over 15 years. 7:00 PM Preschool Christmas Choir (Age 4-5K) 7:00 PM Elementary Christmas Choir (Grades 1-5) Pastor Rob is a gifted communicator and leader--he is a visionary, convicted about speaking 6:45 PM The Crossing Life Groups the truth of the Gospel as plainly as possible. His passion for helping people meet Jesus, and vision to share Triad Baptist with the community 7:00 PM Radiate Worship is attributed to his calling and determination to serve God in every aspect It’s no fun to be lost! We are presently updating the signage on our campus of his life. He believes in the “local church” as the local body of believers so that you’ll know where you’re going when you get here. Also, remember and the “true church” as the body of Christ. our greeters and guest care staff (located at the Guest Welcome Center Born in 1961, Pastor Rob was raised in a Christian home in Pennsylvania. in our main foyer) are always here to help and would love to walk you He received Jesus at the age of 13. “At the age of 18, I was on my way anywhere you need to go! to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University when my dad asked me to first Stronger lives, stronger families and stronger consider going to a Bible college a year. I told him that I would if the Bible communities…it’s a never-ending journey of faith. College had an aviation program. He found Piedmont Bible College (Now Piedmont International University). During that training, God got ahold of my heart through chapel messages and professors in the classroom, Triad Baptist Church is located at 1175 S. and I surrendered to full-time Christian service. I completed a Bachelor of Main St. Kernersville NC 27284 Theology with an aviation minor, but I’m most grateful for meeting the love of my life at the school, Bettina, who I married in 1984 after my schooling.” Pastor Rob and Bettina have four children: Alison, Zach, Nick, and Austin, and two grandsons: Isaac and Noah. They had their first child, Alison, in May, 1985. Bettina was committed to rearing children who desire to love God and partnering with him in his ministry; she would say that her greatest joy is the privilege of being called “mom” by Alison, Zach, Nick and Austin and being a part of God’s plan to help bring each of them to a saving faith in Jesus. They have loved watching them grow in the knowledge of Christ and seek ways January 2014 - Pinnacle


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

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

(336) 342-3710

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

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

(336) 395-8523 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

(919) 451-9272


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PINNACLE Fasting Information 70-Day Fast

Beginning Monday, January 6, 2014 – Sunday, March 16, 2014

Option I: The Gradual Fast st th

• Jan. 6 – Jan. 31 : No Fried Foods • Feb. 1st – Feb. 28th: No Red Meats, No Fried Foods • Mar. 1st – Mar. 5th: No Red Meats, No Fried Foods, No Sweets No Eating from 12midnight – 6pm • Mar. 6th – Mar. 11th: No Meats, No Fried Foods, No Sweets Vegetables, Breads & Juices/ Water Only No Eating from 12midnight – 6pm • Mar. 12th – Mar. 16th For those who are able and willing to push through, The Liquid Fast Week: Juices, Water, Ensure, Smoothies *Detox Lemonade Recipe The “lemonade” is: 10 oz water (purified or distilled) 2 Tbl lemon juice (best to use fresh squeezed or organic bottled lemon juice) 2 Tbl maple syrup (grade B

is best) Cayenne pepper to taste *For those who are under physician’s care, please consult your physician prior to fasting.

Option II: The Daniel Fast

Eat only for the next 10 weeks

Foods to include in your diet during the Daniel Fast: All fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts & seeds, legumes (canned or dried, beans & peas), quality oils (olive, canola, grape seed, peanut and sesame), water and other (tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices) Foods to avoid during the Daniel Fast: All meats, dairy products, sweeteners, leavened bread and baked goods, refined & processed food products (ex. white rice, white flour, foods containing artificial preservatives), deep fried foods, solid fats (shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat),other beverages (ex. coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks & alcohol)

Option III: The Material Fast

We realize that because of Medical conditions that not all are able to fast! But you can fast from things that are present in your life. • An example would be television. If you have family, you might want to set aside the TV time and read God’s Word


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new role, she will still continue making a difference in the lives of our students, because she believes that any child that walks into our school, walks into her life.

Blessed Sacrament School first opened its doors in 1935. The school was located at the home of Col. James H. Holt, with a total enrollment of 25 students. This marked the beginning of quality Catholic education in Burlington and the surrounding area – a tradition that has served the community for over 75 years.

Blessed Sacrament School follows the curriculum standards as set forth by the Diocese of Raleigh. These standards not only meet, but exceed the guidelines of the North Carolina public school system.

In 1951, the school building at 400 West Davis Street was erected and dedicated by Monsignor Eugene Livelsberger. A total inside renovation was completed in 1984. The school offered a fully air-conditioned facility including the Koury Parish Center, the Knesel & Powell Science Lab and the Qurnell Memorial Library.

Blessed Sacrament School provides students up through 8th grade with a strong foundation in faith as well as the academic skills to succeed in high school and beyond.

In 1995, Blessed Sacrament moved to 515 Hillcrest Avenue. The building was formerly occupied by Hillcrest Elementary School of the Burlington City Schools. The building was completely renovated and refurbished. Bishop Joseph Gossman of the Diocese of Raleigh dedicated the building in August 1995. Today Blessed Sacrament School continues its tradition of excellence in Catholic education. Led by Principal Maria Gomez. Maria Gomez has worked in Catholic education for thirty-four years. She attained her degree from Elon and she is certified to teach middle and high school Science and Social Studies. She taught for eight years in the Archdiocese of New York City before returning to North Carolina and began teaching at Blessed Sacrament School in 1986. In 1991, Maria was selected Alamance County Teacher of The Year for Independent Schools. In 2006, she was the recipient of the Msgr. Gerald Lewis Award for Outstanding Teacher of the Year for the Diocese of Raleigh. Also in 2006, Maria completed her Master’s in Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix. Maria embarks on her twenty-seventh year of BSS as the new Principal. In her

Parents often ask how BSS students fare when making the transition to high school, and what options they have for high school. Blessed Sacrament students are well-prepared to succeed in life, including adjusting to the different environment of high school. BSS students are typically quite active high school students, participating in sports, drama, and other extra-curricular activities while maintaining the high level of academic excellence begun at BSS. Many BSS students transition to the public school system, attending the high school for which they are zoned. Information about public high schools can be found on the Alamance Burlington School System web site. Often students choose to continue their education in a Catholic high school. Area Catholic high schools include: • Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School • Cardinal Gibbons Catholic High School Some families choose to enroll in area Charter schools. BSS students have attended these charter schools: Blessed Sacrament School • River Mill Academy 515 Hillcrest Avenue • Clover Garden Burlington, NC 27215 • Hawbridge School Phone: (336) 570-0019 Area private schools include: Fax: (336) 570-9623 • The Burlington School • Burlington Christian Academy email:

DURHAM COUNTY Living beyond the Stereotype I was posed with a question” Why do we tend to allow others especially men dictate how we (black women) feel about ourselves?” This question prompted me to do some research on the history of the black woman. This is what I found. From the time African American women were brought to American as slaves, we were classed. The black beautiful women were the women with the flat stomach, light skinned and rounded hips were deemed good enough to work in the master house or be his mistress. The black voluptuous women were the child bearing and child raising women (mammy). The black women that did not fit into either category were the field slaves to be used at will. This stereotype continues to thrive in the African American culture today. What was once a white man’s way of looking at the black women has now become the black man’s way of looking at black

women. I don’t have the answer on how to fix this problem about how we see ourselves while looking through someone else’s eyes but I do have some suggestions: 1. Black women, be proud of the skin that you are in. Don’t let the stereotype of how society says we should look hold you down. 2. Black women, know yourself inside and out so when you meet your special someone all you have to do is present yourselves 3. Black women, be more active, not just to lose weight but to keep your heart and muscles strong 4. Black women, take time for yourself just to keep your emotions on an even keel. 5. Black women, see your physicians on a regular basis to promote good health within 6. Black woman, being successful is wonderful but to be a success and live alone is not a success. Remember black women to treat the one you say you love with respect, and kindness 7. Black women, train our young black girls to

be awesome black women. 8. Black women, remember to always keep Jesus first in your life because he will be you bridge. In closing, “Black Women”, I admonish you to live beyond the stereotype that society has placed on us. Push yourself to accomplish your dreams but don’t forget to enjoy yourself along the way. Remember, the scripture in Psalm 139:14, “I will praise thee: for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Dewanna Eubanks

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Calling All Nurses Carolinas College of Health Sciences, in Charlotte, N.C., has a proud tradition

of educating the region’s best nurses and allied health providers. They offer a small-school environment with bighospital opportunities and experiences.

Their talented faculty focuses on student success. They hold students to high standards of academic achievement and patient care while never forgetting that our most important job is to teach, develop and mentor the healthcare providers of tomorrow. As a result, our graduates consistently achieve licensure and certification pass rates well exceeding state and national norms. I invite you to visit our campus. If purposeful and worthwhile work are what you’re seeking, and if you’re ready for an academic challenge, Carolinas College of Health Sciences may be a perfect fit for you!

DID YOU KNOW? Carolinas College of Health Sciences is a subsidiary of Carolinas Medical Center (CMC), which is part of Carolinas HealthCare System. Our College is on the campus of Carolinas Medical Center (CMC), the area’s only Level I trauma center. The college features a well-equipped computer lab, simulation labs and biology labs. Ellen Sheppard is currently serves as President. She holds a BS, James Madison University; MEd, Tarleton State University; Certificate, Vocational Training Specialist,


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Texas A & M University; and an EdD, Nova Southeastern University.

Carolinas College History The roots of Carolinas College date back to the early 1940s when Charlotte Memorial Hospital, now Carolinas Medical Center, provided nursing and allied health training. The Charlotte Memorial Hospital School of Nursing closed in 1967. In the late 1980s, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority (CMHA), now Carolinas HealthCare System, realized the need for registered nurses would outstrip the number being educated in the community and established the CMHA School of Nursing. Degreegranting authority was provided by the Hospital Authority Act [NC General Statute 113E-23 (a) (31)] and was delegated to the college by the hospital’s board of commissioners.

A New Nursing Program The application to establish a new nursing program was submitted to the North Carolina Board of Nursing in 1990. Initial approval status was granted in May of 1990 and the first students were admitted in the fall of the same year. The college was located on Morehead Street on the campus of Carolinas Medical Center in metropolitan Charlotte. Full approval status was granted and the first class graduated in 1992. In December of 1993, the hospital authority’s board of commissioners passed a resolution to incorporate the CMHA School of Nursing and to appoint a separate board of directors. Degree-granting authority was delegated to the college’s board of directors. In May of 1994, the college moved into the newly renovated Rankin Education Center on Blythe Boulevard on the campus of Carolinas Medical Center. Currently, Carolinas College occupies the majority of the space in this building. Effective in 1995, the CMHA School of Nursing was accredited by the Commission on College of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to offer the associate

degree. This regional accreditation was reaffirmed in 2000 and again in 2010.

Expanding the College In July of 1996, the board of directors changed the name of the school to Carolinas College of Health Sciences and approved preparations to educate other health care providers. The existing hospital-based programs in radiologic technology and surgical technology joined the college in August 1996 and the medical technology program in January 1997. In 1999, the college began offering Nurse Aide I and phlebotomy training; Nurse Aide II offered for the first time in 2006. These three programs formed the original core of the continuing education department, opened in 2007, and now offering a variety of non-credit health care courses. In a partnership with Carolinas Medical Center’s PreHospital Medicine department, the emergency medical sciences program was started in 2003 offering paramedic education. This program was discontinued in 2008. In that same year, the board of directors approved the development of a program in radiation therapy. The first radiation therapy students were admitted in August 2009. In 2011, the medical technology program became the medical laboratory sciences program. Also in 2011, the college added anesthesia technology and degree programs in surgical technology and general studies. And in 2012, the first histotechnology students were accepted.

Carolinas College of Health Sciences is located on the campus of Carolinas Medical Center. Our administrative office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Carolinas College of Health Sciences

1200 Blythe Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28203



Experience the Healing Touch Dr. Damien Rodulfo is the operator of Healing Hands Chiropractic in Greensboro. He is a graduate of New York Chiropractic College. He received his Bachelors of Science in Human Biology from the State University of New York at Albany. While in Chiropractic College, Dr. Rodulfo had a great interest in treating and rehabilitating athletes. He is currently certified in active release technique (ART, whole body), Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP) and is a Newton certified running coach. Dr. Rodulfo is a member of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and the ACA Sport Council. He is the team Chiropractor for the University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG).

these types of problems has become increasingly popular. Professional sports teams, Olympic trained competitive athletes are employing chiropractic doctors because they demand results. Chiropractic care helps restore function to spinal joints that are locked up, and not moving properly. Besides helping to relieve pain, chiropractic care help reduce inflammation. Muscles, tendons, and ligaments depend upon joint movement for peak performance. Injuries to these tissues can reduce range of motion, affect delicate nerves decrease blood supply, and can take you out of the game. Normalizing spinal function helps speed the healing of these soft tissues and reduce the deconditioning effect of being on the sidelines.

Proper spinal function is essential for peak performance at work or play. An aerobic exercise program or a plan of brisk walking can improve tone and help you avoid strains, sprains, and other activity-restrictive health problems. Help prevent sports injuries by proper stretching warmup/warmdown exercises, and by staying in shape. Whether you golf, play tennis, bicycle, or bowl, the best treatment is sports injuries is prevention! Ask your doctor of chiropractic for a care plan based on Dr. Rodulfo is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician. In order to your age, condition, and health objectives. Find out if chiropractic care become certified as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP), Dr. can restore your health, improve your performance and increase your Rodulfo has satisfied all educational eligibility requirements established competitive edge. by the ACBSP board, and has demonstrated an acceptable and appropriate level of understanding and knowledge in all subject areas tested by the Healing Hands Chiropractic CCSP Certification Examination. All individuals certified by the ACBSP 2105-C W. Cornwallis Dr., Greensboro, NC 27408 Certification Program must also demonstrate an ongoing professional Phone: 336-235-4530 Fax: 336-235-0754 commitment to the field of chiropractic sports medicine. At this time Dr. Email: Rodulfo is the team chiropractic physician for the UNCG Sparatans and Campbell’s fighting Camels. Hours of Operation Mon: 8:00 am-12:00 pm, 2:00 pm-6:00 pm Tue: 9:00 am-12:00 pm Our Purpose Wed: 8:00 am-12:00 pm, 2:00 pm-6:00 pm Fri: 8:00 am-12:00 pm, 2:00 pm-5:00 pm We want to educate and adjust as many families as possible to achieve Sat: 9:00 am-11:00 am optimal health through natural Chiropractic care. Our office focuses on a cooperative approach to the management of your health-related condition. This is designed to optimize your access to the most appropriate care needed. Sports injuries among youngsters are often ignored as “growing pains”. Regular chiropractic checkups can help avoid problems seen later in adults. Spinal injuries can restrict range of motion, reduce strength, slow reflexes, endurance, and decrease performance. Chiropractic care for

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FOCUS Founding pastors of FOCUS Church, Mike and Ashton Santiago, met and fell in love at the age of 15. Four years later they were married, working in full-time ministry, and all the while, growing their flourishing family. They have 3 children, Ariana Promise, Joel Daniel, and Harmony Elyse, with hopes to adopt one or two more in the future.

For More Information on how you can get involved contact Heather Gilberry – Director of For The Triangle at

At FOCUS we believe that life-change happens in circles At FOCUS we believe that life-change happens in circles; a group where everyone is equally distant from the center, the point of it all, Christ. FOCUS Groups will connect you to relationships and community, support and encouragement, family and fun! Whether you’re a single mom looking for a place to meet other moms, a young adult that loves to hang out with other twenty-somethings, or a more mature adult looking to create new memories while celebrating the old ones, we have groups available for all ages and walks of life.You have the chance to complete a circle today!

Mike was born into three generations of ministry. He has traveled to over thirty countries world-wide due to his father and grandfather’s missionary work. His expansive ministry experience has encompassed a wide range of ages and cultures. Mike has served At FOCUSchurch, there are three different ways in full-time ministry for the past 7 years as a high- to get involved in small groups. We continually impact next generation pastor. need hosts, leaders, and people to attend the Called into ministry at the age of 14, Ashton has groups. This isn’t a structure where some people been given a tremendous passion to see people are more important than others, but rather one passionately pursuing God in worship with where we employ multiple talents to allow small everything they have, no matter the age. She has groups to be as effective as possible. served in full time ministry for the past 7 years alongside Mike, as well as on her own as a worship Hosting leader. Before a group of people can gather together to experience life change through Christ, they need a While serving together in ministry, Mike and place to gather. Do you love people? Have a place Ashton’s passion for God’s church began to grow where they can gather? Have the ability to serve immensely. It became increasingly clear that them something to drink? You should consider God was calling them to start a church as a great hosting a FOCUSchurch small group. If you are burden was placed on their hearts for those in need interested in finding out more, simply email rj@ of life-change through Christ. With visions of stadiums filled with people and a calling see life change, Focus Church has great expectations for Leading the surrounding areas of Raleigh NC. Every small group needs somebody to help As a church, we want to be known for what we are navigate the conversations. At times, this means for & not for what we are against. There are many coming up with the questions to ask, sometimes things we could be against but that’s not our style. it is just determining who to ask the questions We are For The Triangle. #ForTheTriangle is our to. And at times, it is as simple as pressing play on effort to share & display Gods love to the entire the DVD. If you are interested in leading a small region of Raleigh. Starting with target towns like group, simply email Apex, Holly Springs & Fuquay. We want to be the church that the communities look to as a source of You can contact us by emailing us hope & rescue. We are all about seeing life-change through Christ in the city of Raleigh, NC. We believe in supporting local organizations & non-profits in the area through hours of service and financial support. Together, we can accomplish more than we ever could alone. We are currently partnering with several organizations in the triangle area to help do our part to be the hands & feet of Christ. 8 Pinnacle - January 2014

directly to Call Us – 919.335.5171

Meeting on Sundays @ 10:30am at The Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem Street, Apex, NC 27502


Excellence, Collaboration and Global Reach On June 8, 2009, Harold L. Martin Sr. became the first alumnus to serve as the chief administrator at NC A&T. As the 12th individual elected to the position of chancellor (or president prior to July 1972), Martin draws from his experiences in the classroom (as student and teacher) and in administrative positions at A&T and other institutions to lead, collaborate and build consensus within the university, among alumni and donors, and in the public and private sectors in the local community, across the state and nation, and abroad. Martin provides visionary leadership that establishes long range strategic plans in consultation with various constituencies, asserts tactical leadership to develop innovative approaches for expansion resources, and ensures the fiscal and academic vitality of all colleges and schools. One of his current goals is to make NC A&T a preeminent institution of higher learning by the year 2020. “North Carolina A&T State University is one of America’s highly-respected land-grant universities, founded on principles that embrace student access and quality academic performance. In our globally competitive and economically constrained society, it is imperative that we continue to create opportunities and partnerships that are academically sound and relevant. Global circumstances demand new solutions from our science and technical fields, new enhancements in cultural competencies and social awareness, and an uncompromising expectation of integrity and character among our students, faculty, staff and administrators” says Martin. Prior to his appointment as chancellor at NC A&T, Martin was the senior vice president for academic affairs at The University of North Carolina, General Administration (2006–2009), where he led the development and implementation of the University’s academic mission, including teaching, research, international programs and student affairs. He advised the president and the UNC Board of Governors; provided leadership for the President’s Council; led strategic academic planning and the implementation of resulting policies affecting the system; worked closely with campus chancellors and chief academic officers on university-wide academic initiatives; worked to maintain the focus of the missions of the campuses; and implemented the academic portion of the long-range plan. Martin also led UNC’s research and educational missions and oversaw academic planning, faculty support and international programs, academic and student affairs, sponsored programs and research, strategy development and analysis, and the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority, units which comprise the Division of Academic Affairs.

growing enrollment in the University of North Carolina system. Martin held earlier positions at NC A&T including vice chancellor of academic affairs (1994–99); dean of the college of engineering (1989– 1994); chair and acting chair of electrical engineering (1985–87 and 1984– 85, respectively) and acting chair (1984-85) of electrical engineering. The Winston-Salem, N.C., native received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in electrical engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T) and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is married to the former Davida Wagner, county attorney for Forsyth County, N.C., and they are the parents of two sons, Harold Jr. and Walter.

Excellence, Collaboration and Global Reach: How North Carolina A&T State University Can Help You Change the World From our roots as an 1890 land-grant university, we have expanded and adapted to become a school fit for the 21st century and beyond. N.C. A&T still has award-winning faculty, intensive research programs and community-focused initiatives — but now our campus is more diverse, our curriculum includes nanoengineering and our idea of public service encompasses not only Greensboro, but the world. We believe in the power of our students to solve problems, both local and global, through technology, business, engineering, the arts and other endeavors. We believe that through exemplary instruction and interdisciplinary studies, through scholarly and creative research, and through courage and community service, N.C. A&T prepares students to enhance the quality of life for themselves, the citizens of North Carolina, the nation, and the world.

Contact Us Campus Information 336-334-7500 Applying for Admission Office of Undergraduate Admissions North Carolina A&T State University Webb Hall, Lower Level Phone 336-334-7946 Toll-free 800-443-8964 Fax 336-256-2145

Before joining UNC General Administration, Martin was the 11th chief administrator and seventh chancellor of Winston-Salem State University (2000–2006). At WSSU, he guided the reclassification of the university from a Baccalaureate I to a Master’s II institution, created a School of Graduate Studies and Research, established seven master’s degree programs and enhanced the quality of overall academic programs. During Martin’s tenure, the school’s enrollment doubled, giving WSSU the fastest January 2014 - Pinnacle



“Give Me Liberty” Liberty Baptist Church has a rich heritage. We were organized in 1922 by the joint efforts of Robert Self and W.E. Anderson. Throughout the years, God has blessed the obedience of the people of Liberty. Several building projects and 2 relocations never quenched the passion for God’s work to move forward. We have always believed God would have us reach the Triangle with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Everything we have ever done has been centered around the Gospel. Liberty Baptist Church is an independent Baptist church. We are not affiliated with any other church, college, or organization. We model our church after the early church in the book of Acts. If reaching people, teaching the believers, and maintaining a family fellowship are your concerns, then Liberty Baptist Church may just be the place for you and your family. In January of 1983, God placed Pastor Jack Cox, his wife, and their infant son here at Liberty Baptist Church. God has richly blessed this ministry during these past 28 years. Pastor Cox has seen over a 200% increase in church attendance. Scores of people have been saved and baptized. Liberty Christian School has grown to its largest enrollment in history. God has opened doors for Liberty Baptist Church to head up New Testament Church Missions, a mission board that supports nearly 200 national Indian pastors. Pastor Cox and Ron Christ take an annual missions trip to India to train those pastors and share the gospel. In 1996, Cox orchestrated the move from downtown Durham to our current Guess Road campus. In 2003, Liberty B a p t i s t Church moved into its new, 800-seat auditorium. Pastor Cox’s vision is for Liberty Baptist Church to play an active role in not only reaching the Triangle area with the gospel, but being a part of reaching the world for Christ. Pastor Cox has an unparalleled love for people. He gets to know each person that attends and makes each person feel special and loved. He finds himself fully attentive to his 2 granddaughters. In fact, come to a Sunday morning and Sunday night service, and you are guaranteed to hear about them! New to Liberty What Should I Expect as an Adult? Most adults attend our Sunday morning service where they enjoy the beautiful and inspiring music of the choir ensembles and soloists. The music is always followed by a clear, helpful, and challenging Bible message from Pastor Cox. This service begins at 10:45 a.m. and lets out at 12 noon or a little before. Also, during the 9:45 hour, there are several adult Bible classes offered for


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couples and singles. These classes are smaller group settings where you are invited to meet people, enjoy some coffee and donuts, and hear a teaching lesson more directly applicable to your stage of life. The best way to get to know people at Liberty Baptist Church is to visit one of these adult Bible classes. What’s Here for My Children? Starting with excellent nurseries, there is something special for every age child from birth through college. At every service, there are safe, clean, and highly staffed nurseries for children 3 years old and under. For children 4 years old through sixth grade, there are fun, friendly, and Biblecentered classes. These classes are staffed with trained, friendly, and wellqualified teachers and helpers who will make church exciting and memorable for your child. Teens to College Age For students seventh grade through college-aged, there are graded classes in our youth department. Most of the teens attend a class for 1 hour and then our Sunday morning service with their parents. Wednesday nights offer a time for graded classes as well. Finding Nurseries, Classes, and Services Our greeters and ushers are located around campus as well as in the lobbies of all 3 buildings. They will gladly help direct and even escort you to the right place. Our nursery is located in the hallway connecting Buildings A and B. We offer classes for children of all ages on Sunday as well as Wednesday, so bring your entire family! What Should I Wear? While it is certainly not required, the majority of our congregation dresses in their Sunday best. Many men have on a tie, and ladies a dress; some don’t. The most important thing is that you are there. Do I Have to Give in the Offering? Each service, our ushers will pass the offering plates. This is the time when you will give us your guest information card. Just drop it in the plate. Many of our regular attendees will give their tithes and offerings as well. If you desire to give, you may. But you will not have to or be expected to. Above all, we want you to experience a truth-centered friendly church when you visit. If there is anything that we can do for you, simply find an usher, pastor, or anyone that seems like a “regular.” They will take the time to assist you and answer any questions you may have. Liberty Baptist Church is the end of your search for a friendly church.

Liberty Baptist Church

3864 Guess Road Durham, NC 27705-1506 Phone: (919) 471-5522 90 Years of Proudly Serving the Faithful in Durham, Granville, Orange, Person, & Wake Counties


Remembering Julius L. Chambers (Article is a partial reprint of the “NCCU Remembers Chancellor Emeritus Julius L. Chambers”)

Julius L. Chambers, the pioneering civil rights lawyer who also led North Carolina Central University as chancellor for eight transformative years, died Friday, Aug. 2, in Charlotte at the age of 76. “Our community and our nation have benefited tremendously from Mr. Chambers’ tireless efforts to ensure that all people are treated equally,” said attorney James Ferguson of the Ferguson Chambers & Sumter, P.A. the Charlotte law firm that Chambers founded in 1964. “He believed that regardless of one’s position, status, race, creed, color, religion or gender, everyone has an obligation to ensure equality for all.” As chancellor at NCCU from 1993 to 2001, Chambers laid the foundation for a significant expansion of the university’s scope and mission. When he took office, NCCU was primarily a teaching institution with an emphasis on the liberal arts. When he retired to return to his law practice, the university was emerging as a midsized institution with a growing research presence, notably in the biomedical sciences. He was the first — and so far, only — NCCU graduate to lead the university. In 2008, he was honored with the title of chancellor emeritus. “Chancellor Chambers was a champion of civil rights and higher education,” said Dr. Bernice Duffy Johnson, interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. Johnson, who joined the faculty in 1979 and has served in a range of teaching and administrative positions under eight chancellors, added, “He was small in stature and he spoke softly, but he was probably the smartest person I have ever known. He was so visionary — he was able to look beyond where we were in 1993 and to lay the

foundation to move into the 21st century.” Beyond the NCCU campus, Chambers was far better known for his work as a tenacious civil rights crusader. He took eight cases to the Supreme Court, and won every one, including the landmark 1971 case that led to integration of the schools in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Julius LeVonne Chambers was born in Mount Gilead, N.C., a small town about 100 miles southwest of Durham, on Oct. 6, 1936. His father, William Chambers, owned a garage and general store. His mother, Matilda Bruton Chambers, helped out in the store and raised their four children, including Julius and older brother, Kenneth, a retired Charlotte obstetrician. Julius Chambers often told the story about the day in 1949 his father told him that the $2,000 he’d saved to send him to school at Laurinburg Institute, was gone, thanks to a white customer whose 18-wheeler the elder Chambers had maintained and repaired for months. The man had refused to pay the bill and jeered as he drove off with the rig. William Chambers sought help from the few white lawyers in town, but they turned him down. That was the day, Chambers said, that he decided study law. Instead of Laurinburg Institute, he attended the allblack public high school in Troy, excelling in sports and academics. He then enrolled at North Carolina College at Durham, now N.C. Central, where he was a standout student and leader. He was president of the student body and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and he graduated summa cum laude in 1958 with a degree in history. He attended University of Michigan on a fellowship and earned a master’s degree in history, then entered the UNC Law School in Chapel Hill, where, in 1962, he graduated first in his class of 100 and was the first African-American chosen editor of the North Carolina Law Review. After graduation, Chambers, by then married to Vivian Giles of Kannapolis, was appointed as a teaching associate at Columbia University School of Law, where he also received a Master of Laws degree in 1963. In 1964, he opened a law practice in Charlotte. In his first year, he took on 35 school desegregation cases and 20 suits charging discrimination in public accommodations. By 1972, the firm had 11 members, including five whites. It was North Carolina’s first integrated law firm. By 1965, integration was proceeding slowly in CharlotteMecklenburg schools. Although it had been 11 years since the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education ruling, only a few schools were integrated. Chambers sued the school board to force total desegregation. Days after he filed the suit, his car was bombed during a speaking engagement in New Bern. As Chambers checked on the car, people in the audience poured into the street, asking, “What are we going to do?” his partner Geraldine Sumter

recalled. “He said, ‘We’re going to go back inside and finish the meeting. There’s nothing we can do about that car. Chambers played a vital role in establishing NCCU as a center for biomedical research. In a 2011 interview, Chambers recalled, “When we started, NCCU had no major grants or opportunities to get involved in science research — even though we were right here in the Research Triangle.” Chambers set out to change that. He cultivated alliances and relationships with the major scientific research organizations in the region — not just UNC–Chapel Hill and Duke but also the pharmaceutical companies and other major corporations. At the same time, he pushed hard within the UNC System to bring to NCCU improved physical facilities and the resources to hire top researchers. He also understood that NCCU was uniquely positioned to fill a research niche by focusing on health disparities, and specifically on issues involving African-Americans. “All saw the need for NCCU to be involved,” Chambers said. “We knew we needed to study black people. The other institutions had very few black people involved — not as subjects and certainly not as researchers. We saw that we could develop as a major player.” Chambers retired from NCCU on June 30, 2001, and reentered private practice with the firm he started, now known as Ferguson Chambers & Sumter, P.A. In 2002 Chambers became director of the UNC Center for Civil Rights in the University of North Carolina School of Law. Throughout his career, he remained active in the affairs of his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, as well as Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, North Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Guardsmen Inc. and the Prince Hall Masons. He was also a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Chancellor Emeritus Chambers is survived by a daughter, Judy, and a son, Derrick, and three grandchildren. Vivian Chambers died in 2012, as did his mother, Matilda, at the age of 101.

The Chambers family request that contributions be made to NCCU (Julius L. Chambers Endowed Scholarship), as well as two other organizations that were dear to Chancellor Emeritus Chambers. Gifts may be made online at: donation/. Please indicate “Julius L. Chambers Endowed Scholarship” in the Designation Instructions. Contributions may also be mailed to the NCCU Foundation, P.O. Box 19363, Durham, NC 27707.

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Education University Of North Carolina, Chapel Hill COST: $25.00 For More Info: CONTACT: Mycal Brickhouse PHONE: (919)962-0916 EMAIL: WEB: schedule.html MONDAY, JANUARY 20 7:15 AM 34nd Annual Martin Luther King Triangle Interfaith Prayer Breakfast Sheraton Imperial Hotel, RTP I-40 Page Road, Durham, North Carolina, Chapel Hill COST: FREE For More Info: CONTACT: Pam Smith PHONE: (919) 862-7402 EMAIL: planner4trianglemlk@ WEB:

List of Area MLK Events Burlington, NC

MONDAY, JANUARY 20 11:00 AM Sign-In Time @ Occasions, 286 East Front Street, Burlington 11:15 AM March Time Martin Luther King, Jr. March Marching to Mayco Bigelow Center, 849 Sharpe Road, Burlington For More Info: PHONE: 336-516-1358, 336-4496702 OR 336-228-0840 Sponsored by Alamance County NAACP Branch 5368

Chapel Hill, NC

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15 1:00 AM The Real Meaning Of The King Holiday - - Commentary - Not An Event , Chapel Hill COST: FREE For More Info: CONTACT: Bruce Lightner PHONE: (919) 834-6264 EMAIL: WEB: SUNDAY, JANUARY 19 7:00 PM 29th Annual University/Community Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Banquet William Friday Center for Continuing

10:00 AM Triangle Martin Luther King Day Of Service , Chapel Hill COST: FREE For More Info: CONTACT: Natasha Wayne PHONE: (919) 463-1367 EMAIL: nwayne@ WEB: mlk

Charlotte, NC

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15 10:00 AM The Real Meaning Of The King Holiday - Commentary - Not An Event Charlotte COST: FREE For More Info: CONTACT: Bruce Lightner PHONE: (919) 834-6264 EMAIL: WEB: MONDAY, JANUARY 20 8:00 AM 20th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast Crown Ballroom, Charlotte Convention Center 501 South College Street, Charlotte COST: $45.00 For More Info: CONTACT: Debbie Smith PHONE: 704-716-6513

EMAIL: debbie.smith@ WEB: mlkprayer

Durham, NC

FRIDAY, JANUARY 10 10:00 AM The Real Meaning Of The King Holiday - Commentary, Not An Event , Durham COST: FREE For More Info: CONTACT: Bruce Lightner PHONE: (919) 834-6264 EMAIL: WEB: SUNDAY, JANUARY 19 3:00 PM Duke University MLK Commemoration Keynote Speaker Dr. Benjamin Jealous Duke Chapel 401 Chapel Drive, Durham COST: FREE For More Info: CONTACT: Camille Jackson PHONE: (919) 681-8052 EMAIL: WEB: MONDAY, JANUARY 20 7:15 AM 34rd Annual Martin Luther King Triangle Interfaith Prayer Breakfast Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center 4700 Emperor Blvd, RTP, Durham COST: FREE For More Info: CONTACT: Pam Smith PHONE: (919) 862-7402 EMAIL: planner4trianglemlk@ WEB: 10:00 AM Martin Luther King Day Of Service Durham COST: FREE For More Info: CONTACT: Natasha Wayne PHONE: (919) 463-1367 EMAIL: nwayne@ WEB: mlk

Durham Armory 220 Foster Street, Durham COST: $15.00 For More Info: CONTACT: Carolina Theatre PHONE: (919) 560-3030 EMAIL: WEB:

Greensboro, NC

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15 9:45 AM The Real Meaning Of The King Holiday , Greensboro COST: FREE For More Info: CONTACT: Bruce Lightner PHONE: (919) 834-6264 EMAIL: WEB: MONDAY, JANUARY 20 7:30 AM Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 27th Annual Memorial Breakfast Four Seasons/Koury Convention Center 3121 High Point Road, Greensboro COST: $20.00 For More Info: CONTACT: Warlena B. Lane PHONE: 336-373-2038 EMAIL:

Reidsville, NC

MONDAY, JANUARY 20 8:00 AM Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast Zion Baptist Church 807 Piedmont Street, Reidsville COST: $8.00 For More Info: CONTACT: Reidsville Chamber Of Commerce PHONE: (336) 349-8481 EMAIL: WEB:

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26 4:00 PM Durham Symphony Orchestra’s Martin Luther King Concert

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The Second Episcopal District’s Affordable Health Insurance Project: Taking flight in North Carolina Under the leadership of Bishop William Phillips DeVeaux, Sr. and Dr. Pam DeVeaux the Second Episcopal District’s Affordable Health Insurance Project is off to a great start especially in the Western North Carolina District where Rev. Dr. Conrad Pridgen is the Presiding Elder. On December 7, 2013, Stoney Creek A.M.E. Church, one of the oldest churches in Caswell County, conducted the first of two Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) events. Partnering with the office of Senator Mike Woodard who represents North Carolina’s 22nd District (which includes Caswell County) and Piedmont Health Services, Stoney Creek was able to help 30 participants start the process of registering for healthcare. Because of confidentiality and time constraints, participants could not register on-site but information was shared, questions answered and applications administered to those present. Applications and information on the ACA will continue to be given out as inserts to Stoney Creek’s worship bulletin. Rev. J.C. and Charique Richardson, Pastor and First Lady of Stoney Creek respectively, are grateful to the Triune God for Bishop and Dr. Pam DeVeaux’s vision and work, Rev. Dr. Cassandra Sparrow for her prayers and support, Presiding Elder Pridgen for his unwavering leadership and faith in Stoney Creek. A special thank you to Senator Woodward’s office, Piedmont Health Services, and to the people of Stoney Creek AME Church for making this event the success it was. Stoney Creek A.M.E. Church will continue to help the 2nd Episcopal District achieve 100% health insurance access and coverage of A.M.E.


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Church members and the surrounding Caswell and Alamance communities with another event in February 2014.

Pictured above from left to right: Rev. Johnathan Richardson and Senator Mike Woodward

Pictured above left to right: Dianne Fuller, Ann Jeffries, Latishia Vincent (PHS Team Leader), Rev. J. C. Richardson, Patricia Hickman (PHS Bilingual Outreach & Enrollment Coordinator), Nannie Lea, Ann Kimber and Belinda Walker


“Remembering the Father of the Nation” Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born into the Madiba clan in Mvezo, Transkei, on July 18, 1918, to Nonqaphi Nosekeni and Nkosi Mphakanyiswa Gadla Mandela, principal counsellor to the Acting King of the Thembu people, Jongintaba Dalindyebo. His father died when he was 12 years old and the young Rolihlahla became a ward of Jongintaba at the Great Place in Mqhekezweni. Hearing the elder’s stories of his ancestor’s valour during the wars of resistance, he dreamed also of making his own contribution to the freedom struggle of his people.

work, in 1949 the ANC adopted a more radical mass-based policy, the Programme of Action. In 1952 he was chosen at the National Volunteer-in-Chief of the Defiance Campaign with Maulvi Cachalia as his deputy. This campaign of civil disobedience against six unjust laws was a joint programme between the ANC and the South African Indian Congress. He and 19 others were charged under the Suppression of Communism Act for their part in the campaign and sentenced to nine months hard labour, suspended for two years. A two-year diploma in law on top of his BA allowed Nelson Mandela to practice law, and in August 1952 he and Oliver Tambo established South Africa’s first black law firm, Mandela and Tambo. At the end of 1952 he was banned for the first time. As a restricted person he was only permitted to watch in secret as the Freedom Charter was adopted in Kliptown on 26 June 1955.

Nelson Mandela was arrested in a countrywide police swoop on 5 December 1955, which led to the 1956 Treason Trial. Men and women He attended primary school in Qunu where his teacher Miss Mdingane of all races found themselves in the dock in the marathon trial that only gave him the name Nelson, in accordance with the custom to give all ended when the last 28 accused, including Mr Mandela were acquitted on school children “Christian” names. 29 March 1961. He completed his Junior Certificate at Clarkebury Boarding Institute and On 21 March 1960 police killed 69 unarmed people in a protest against went on to Healdtown, a Wesleyan secondary school of some repute, where the pass laws held at Sharpeville. This led to the country’s first state of he matriculated. emergency and the banning of the ANC and the Pan Africanist Congress on 8 April. Nelson Mandela and his colleagues in the Treason Trial were Nelson Mandela began his studies for a Bachelor of Arts degree at the among thousands detained during the state of emergency. University College of Fort Hare but did not complete the degree there as he was expelled for joining in a student protest. During the trial on 14 June 1958 Nelson Mandela He completed his BA through the University of South Africa and went married a social worker, back to Fort Hare for his graduation in 1943. Winnie Madikizela. They On his return to the Great Place at Mqhekezweni the King was furious and had two daughters, Zenani said if he didn’t return to Fort Hare he would arrange wives for him and his and Zindziswa. The couple cousin Justice. They ran away to Johannesburg instead, arriving there in divorced in 1996. 1941. There he worked as a mine security officer and after meeting Walter Days before the end of Sisulu, an estate agent, who introduced him to Lazar Sidelsky. He then did the Treason Trial Nelson his articles through a firm of attorneys, Witkin Eidelman and Sidelsky. Mandela travelled to Meanwhile he began studying for an LLB at the University of the Pietermaritzburg to speak at the All-in Africa Conference, which resolved Witwatersrand. By his own admission he was a poor student and left the that he should write to Prime Minister Verwoerd requesting a non-racial university in 1952 without graduating. He only started studying again national convention, and to warn that should he not agree there would be through the University of London after his imprisonment in 1962 but also a national strike against South Africa becoming a republic. As soon as he and his colleagues were acquitted in the Treason Trial Nelson Mandela did not complete that degree. went underground and began planning a national strike for 29, 30 and 31 In 1989, while in the last months of his imprisonment, he obtained an March. In the face of massive mobilisation of state security the strike was LLB through the University of South Africa. He graduated in absentia at a called off early. In June 1961 he was asked to lead the armed struggle and helped to establish Umkhonto weSizwe (Spear of the Nation). ceremony in Cape Town. Nelson Mandela, while increasingly politically involved from 1942, only On 11 January 1962, using the adopted name David Motsamayi, Nelson joined the African National Congress in 1944 when he helped to form the Mandela secretly left South Africa. He travelled around Africa and visited England to gain support for the armed struggle. He received military ANC Youth League. training in Morocco and Ethiopia and returned to South Africa in July In 1944 he married Walter Sisulu’s cousin Evelyn Mase, a nurse. They had 1962. He was arrested in a police roadblock outside Howick on 5 August two sons, Madiba Thembekile ‘Thembi’ and Makgatho and two daughters while returning from KwaZulu-Natal where he briefed ANC President both called Makaziwe, the first of whom died in infancy. They effectively Chief Albert Luthuli about his trip. separated in 1955 and divorced in 1958. Nelson Mandela rose through the ranks of the ANCYL and through its

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Mr. Ricky Lane Corbett

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Mr. Ricky Lane Corbett was born October 26, 1967 to the late John A. Corbett and mother Ophelia Corbett who survives.

Mrs. Betty Ferguson Mrs. Betty Lou Fitzgerald Ferguson, 56, of 126 Mary St., died Dec. 2, 2013, at her residence. She was the wife of Mr. George Ferguson of the home and daughter of the late Mr. John Fitzgerald and Mrs. Adella Slade Fitzgerald of Green Level, N.C. She was a server in the restaurant with the TA Travel Center and a member of Trail Head Christian Church in Graham. Survivors include: a son, Gregory Echols of Burlington, N.C.; three daughters, LaKeshia Echols of Burlington, Alishia Echols of Green Level, N.C. and Mallory Ferguson of Columbia, S.C.; two brothers, James Fitzgerald (Karen) of Green Level and Jessie Fitzgerald of Haw River, N.C.; two sisters, Dorothy Gaskins (Willie) of White Plains, N.Y. and Dolores Fuller (Mike) of Burlington; four grandchildren, Anayah Noell, Micah Noell and Isaiah Noell; and a host of cousins, family and friends. She was preceded in death by a brother, John Fitzgerald II. A Memorial Service was held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in the Roy Blackwell Chapel of Blackwell Funeral Home in Burlington.


He departed this life after a brief illness on December 2, 2013 at Alamance Regional Medical Center. Ricky was a tobacco farmer, worked in drywall construction and would help anyone in need. When he was not working, he loved spending time with his daughter and grandson. He leaves: one daughter, Shaniqua; one grandson, Adrian and special friend, Latisha to cherish his memories and love. He also leaves behind eight brothers: John Corbett, Jr. (Gala), Lee Corbett, Guilford Corbett, Douglas Corbett (Gabriele), Rodney Corbett of Yanceyville, Tracy Corbett (Holly), Andrew Corbett (Stephanie) of Graham and Billy Corbett (Crystal) of Burlington; three sisters: Marie Corbett (Elroy), Ada Corbett Bruce, Swift both of Burlington and Vicky Corbett of Raleigh; and a host of nieces and nephews who loved him dearly. The funeral was conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in the Roy Blackwell Chapel of Blackwell Funeral Home. Burial followed in the North Lawn Cemetery.

Mr. Jesse James Miller, Jr. Jesse James Miller Jr. was born October 7, 1957 and passed peacefully from earth

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to glory on December 8, 2013. He was surrounded and supported by his loving f a m i l y , friends and caregivers during the last days of his life. He was the son of the late Mr. Jesse James Miller Sr. and the late Susie Mebane Miller. In his early years he attended Burlington School. He worked at Vocational Trade where he did numerous jobs. He lived at Sixth St. DDA House with Curtis Torain for 18 years, and then he resided at Alamance House Nursing Home. Jesse loved praying and spending time with family. He also enjoyed playing the guitar and drums, shooting pool and loved wearing hats. He was the life of the party and well loved by many!!!! He leaves to cherish his memories: two brothers, Dennis J. Miller (Joyce) and Garvin Miller (Gwen) both of Mebane; three sisters: Ellen Moore of Greensboro, Kay McKoy (Dr. McKoy) of Chattanooga, TN and Gloria Miller of Mebane; one aunt, Rev. Vernell McAdoo (James) of Efland, NC; and a host nieces, nephews, family and friends. He was preceded in death by two brothers Mr. Percey Lee McAdoo, and Claude Nelson Miller. A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 1:00pm at Mebane First Baptist Church Mebane, NC 27302 with Pastor Barry Morrow, Officiating and Pastor Vernell McAdoo delivering the eulogy.

Mr. Peter Hamilton Harrison Peter Harrison was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 13, 1943 to the late Sadie Mae Harrison and the late William Simeon Harrison. Peter grew up in Brooklyn with his five brothers: Donald, Lawrence, Bruce, Ross and Bill, all of whom preceded him in death. Peter attended New York City public schools, including Boys High School where he was a member of the all-city boys choir. After graduating from high school, he attended Howard University where he majored in civil engineering. After college, he worked as a communications engineer in the U.S. National Guard and at Western Electric in New Jersey. While at Western Electric, he was involved in the early stages of laying the foundations for the communication technology that we use today. After leaving Western Electric, he worked on Wall Street as a systems analyst for a number of years. With a lifelong dream to be self-employed, Peter became co-owner of a fuel oil company in Brooklyn which provided heating services to residential homes. He later founded his own company, Astral Fuel Oil, which provided fuel for private jet planes at JFK Airport in New York. While stationed in N.C. with the National Guard, his brothers, Ross and Bill, introduced him to a Bennett Belle named Barbara Jean Lake. He won her heart by sending her fresh flowers. They married on July 5, 1969 and settled in Brooklyn, N.Y. near his childhood home. There they raised a son, Bruce,

and a daughter, Kimberly. Peter loved living in Brooklyn, and was very proud of his community. He enjoyed restoring his family’s 19th century brownstone in Bedford-Stuyvesant. He also worked hard to preserve his tight-knit and diverse community, serving as a member and past president of the MacDonough-Victory Block Assn. as well as working with the local community planning board. He was affectionately called “The Mayor of the Block”. Peter had a caring heart and loved to help others, even people he did not know. He always looked out for his neighbors, especially the elderly and sick, by bringing them food, helping with home repairs, and offering to drive them anywhere they needed to go. Peter loved to travel and experience new adventures. He cherished spending time with his family, and always kept in touch with his many cousins. He loved children, and encouraged everyone to be a lifelong learner. He was well-read, politically involved and felt strongly about social justice. He adored his wife of 44 ½ years. On Sunday December 8, 2013, Peter departed this life at Cobb Wellstar Hospital in Austell, GA after a sudden and brief illness. Peter leaves to cherish his memories his dear wife Barbara; his son and daughterin-law, Bruce and Sherry; his daughter, Kimberly; two grandchildren, Jaylen and Loryn; two sisters-in-law, Georgia Harrison of Powder Springs, GA and Joyce Harrison of Greensboro, N.C.; aunts and uncles, Margaret Swain, Lavonia Washington, Mildred Eans, Estella Jenkins and Abraham Ferguson; several beloved cousins,

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nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews and many dear friends. Funeral Services were held on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 2:00pm at the Blackwell Funeral Home, Inc. in the Roy Blackwell Chapel. Burial followed in the Alamance Memorial Park.

Ms. Marjorie Brown Rollins Mrs. Marjorie Brown Rollins Rollins, 59, of 696 Roberts Road, died December 24, 2013, at ARMC.

Drive, Unit E, died at Grand Strand watching westerns. One of his biggest joys was being the host of Hospital Dec. 17, 2013. the annual neighborhood fish fry. He was the son of Dr. LaDell L.G. was a member of Wood’s Douglas (Elaine) of Hope, Ark. and Chapel A.M.E. Church. He Mrs. Constance Brown Douglas of faithfully served as a Trustee, Durham, N.C. President of the Male Chorus and He enjoyed laying tile, playing golf, a groundskeeper. Most importantly tennis and especially going to the he was a kind and generous man. movies. He also loved to work out at the gym and to read and he had The funeral was at 2 p.m. Saturday, many books. Most importantly, he Dec. 28, 2013, at Woods Chapel cherished spending time with his AME Church, 3203 Woods Chapel Road, Graham, N.C. 27253. Burial family, especially his children. followed in the church cemetery. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his former wife, Theresa Parker Gantt, and the two children Mr. Travis Sinclair Bigelow born to their union, Alyssa Divine Travis Douglas and Alexandra Delaney Mr. Douglas; special friend, Jessica Sinclair Bigelow, Hinson, with whom he shared a 27, of 908 W. child, Alivia Bree Douglas; adopted Webb Ave., died son, Christian Hinson; a twin Dec. 25, 2013 at brother, Dr. Ethan Devon Douglas ARMC. He was (Sydney) of Durham, N.C.; a sister, the son of Mr. Brown Dr. Yolanda Douglas Williams Ronald (Jon) of Durham, N.C.; and a host of Greensboro and Mrs. Frances of other relatives and friends. Bigelow Long of Burlington.

She was the daughter of Clifton Brown and Mary Sellars Brown, both deceased. She loved to shop, enjoyed making crafts and loved cooking and cultivating flowers. She was very good with electronics and most importantly, she cherished A Memorial Service was conducted spending time with her family. Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 at 1 p.m. Survivors include a son, Armond at Sweet Gum Grove Missionary Rollins (Juliet) of Burlington; Baptist Church, 8609 NC 119, brothers, Clifton Brown Jr. and Mebane, NC 27302. Dr. Webb Charlie Brown, both of Caswell delivered the eulogy. County; sisters, Annie Mae Gunn of Caswell, Gloria Stadler (Alvis) of Tampa, Fla., Catherine Stadler Mr. Leo General Foust and Ruth Brown, both of Caswell County; a granddaughter, Brianna Leo General (L.G) Foust, 86, went to be with his Rollins of New Bern and a host of Heavenly Father, other relatives and friends. on the sacred day of December 25, 2013 She was preceded in death by while surrounded a brother, Elijah Brown and by his family at sisters, Sylvia Brown and Lucille Alamance Regional Watlington. Medical Center. Funeral Services were held on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at L.G. born on July 22, 1927, was a 1:00pm at Corbett Memorial Baptist native of Alamance County where Church with Rev. Floyd Corbett he attended public school. He began delivering the eulogy. Burial work at an early age, performing farm and lumber mill work, later followed in the church cemetery. retiring from Burlington Industries after many years of service. Being Mr. Elvan accustomed to working, he returned David Douglas to work part- time at the local store until his health demanded he take Mr. Elvan David pleasure in various hobbies instead. Douglas, 35, of He enjoyed cooking, fishing, and 101 Spring Creek

Norman peacefully went to rest on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at his residence in Danville, VA. Norman attended the Columbus County Public Schools. Norman was joined in holy matrimony to Carrie Belle Taylor. To this union, seven children were born. He was a great provider, loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He leaves to cherish his precious memories: wife, Carrie Baldwin of the home; four daughters-Rita Williams (Greg), Ruth Terry (Steve) both of Danville, VA, Linda Adams (Tommy) of Blairs, VA and Brenda Baldwin of Danville, VA; three sons-Norman Baldwin, Jr. (Sharon) of Milton, NC, Irvin Baldwin (Penny) and Bobby Baldwin both of Danville, VA; fifteen grandchildren; four great grandchildren; four sisters-Ottie McKoy, Easter Davis, Emma McKoy, and Christine Barden all of Whiteville, NC; three brothers-Tom Baldwin, Harvey Baldwin, and Theodore Baldwin all of Whiteville, NC; and a host of other relatives and friends.

He loved to fish, play golf, ride gocarts and four-wheelers. He also enjoyed hunting and was trained in He was preceded in death by: three Martial Arts. He especially enjoyed brothers-Charlie Baldwin, Grady spending time with his family. Greene and Fred Baldwin; and two sisters-Lottie Graham and Ruby In addition to his parents, he is Baldwin. survived by sons, Jazian Bigelow and Tino Bigelow, both of Burlington; daughter, Katanna Funeral Services were held on Bigelow of Burlington; and a host Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 1:00pm of brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, at The Love Grove Free Will Baptist cousins and friends. Church in Whiteville, NC with Bishop Rudolph Powell and Elder The funeral was conducted at 1 p.m. Pastor Ralph Brown officiating Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in the Roy and delivering the eulogy. Burial Blackwell Chapel. The Rev. Byron followed in the church cemetery. Shoffner delivered the eulogy. Burial followed in the North Lawn Cemetery.

Mr. Norman Gene Baldwin, Sr. Mr. Norman Gene Baldwin, Sr. was born July 9, 1943 to the late Tom and Almae Baldwin in Whiteville, NC.

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ALAMANCE - CASWELL COUNTIES “We Give God All The Glory” The Church where God gets the Glory and the people are His Story Reverend Dr. Daniel Webb is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter L. McGougan. On August 6, 1994, Reverend Dr. Daniel Webb married his high school sweetheart, Dr. Tammy T. Webb. Together, they are the proud parents of two beautiful children, Dominique Daniel Webb and Devin-Danielle Victoria Webb. Rev. Dr. Daniel and First Lady Tammy T. Webb are both Assistant Professors in the School of Education of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. In the grove of Sweet Gum trees located in Caswell County, North Carolina on November 30, 1857, a group of dedicated Christians assembled to begin plans for a church. The church building was completed in 1883. This church was named after its location, Sweet Gum level and later changed to Sweet Gum Grove. The original church was destroyed by fire in 1891.Subsequently, Sweet Gum Grove moved into a church that was given to them as a mean for members to continue the Sweet Gum Grove Church legacy. Early records indicate that our first officers were: Deacons (George Baynes, J.H. Malone, Luther “Hike” Hightower, George Brown, Johnnie Kimber, Major Willis, Rev. Jack Tate and Reverend Robert Vanhook. Secretaries: George W. Baynes, David Bigelow, Luther O. Hightower, D.M. Wiley. Catherine Garland, Shirley P. Walkins and Sylvia M. Jones and others. During the years, our forefathers and mothers have made many changes

and renovations and with God’s blessings, we have our great church today. SWEET GUM GROVE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH. Our church has a proud heritage. We are recognized throughout North Carolina and other states. We have members who are living all across the world. We have members in all kinds of professions. No matter where our members go, they return to their home church with fond memories, great deeds and many expressions of love. Sweet Gum Grove Missionary Church has continued to glorify our Lord and Savior. Jesus Christ. We Honor our ministers who sowed the seeds, which harvested many souls to Christ. On October 27, 2013, we celebrated our 138th Anniversary. It was a “Glorious” Celebration! SGGMBC was filled will so many of our beautiful members. Sister Dorothy C. Yellock did such a wonderful job telling us about the history of our church. I thought one of the most precious moments was when Sister Yellock named all the Ministers of SGGMBC past and present day. People were asked to stand if they were present, joined or were baptized during the tenures of the past or current minister. It was such a great moment. What a blessing to look around and see so many members standing proudly as each minister’s name was read.

Congratulations to Our Church Family!! SGGMBC Newly Incorporated Sweet Gum Grove Missionary Baptist Church is now an incorporated entity. Sweet Gum Grove Missionary Baptist Church 8609 NC Highway 119 South, Mebane, NC 27302 Phone: 336-421-9642 Email: Website: Contact Judy Harrelson with any questions: 336 421-5270 Church Contact Information: Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3637, Burlington, NC 27216 Church Fax: (336) 421-3135 Pastor’s Study: (336) 421-8510

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A Talented Artist

c. Stay in school and get a degree in whatever path you choose to take. A God-gifted artist, Kivette S. Smith, is the son of d. Say No to all Chemical Drugs. Geraldine M. Smith of Gibsonville, North Carolina. e. And would also encourage them to adhere to Proverbs: Geraldine adopted Kivette at the age of three (3). Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; Kivette is blessed with many talents. He enjoys various and lean not unto thine own understanding; in all thy ways creative art projects, such as drawing and charcoal acknowledge him, and He shall direct thy paths.” painting. In addition, he performs exotic barbering Kivette’s Charcoal Drawings (shown below) are just an example of one techniques for young people. of his talents. Although, Kivette was brought up to be active in the church and was encouraged to attend weekly Sunday School, Bible Study, and traditional Sunday Services on a consistent basis, he still made bad choices and had a tendency to follow other peers. His mother believes if Kivette had the opportunity to assist others, he would encourage other youngsters of the following to protect them from choosing his path:

a. Obey your parents, they will not steer you wrong. b. Follow your own passion, and not be too concerned with what others think or do.

Remembering the Father...cont. from pg. 15 He was charged with leaving the country illegally and inciting workers to strike. He was convicted and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment which he began serving in the Pretoria Local Prison. On 27 May 1963 he was transferred to Robben Island and returned to Pretoria on 12 June. Within a month police raided a secret hide-out in Rivonia used by ANC and Communist Party activists, and several of his comrades were arrested. On 9 October 1963 Nelson Mandela joined ten others on trial for sabotage in what became known as the Rivonia Trial. While facing the death penalty his words to the court at the end of his famous ‘Speech from the Dock’ on 20 April 1964 became immortalised: “I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” On 11 June 1964 Nelson Mandela and seven other accused: Walter Sisulu, Ahmed Kathrada, Govan Mbeki, Raymond Mhlaba, Denis Goldberg, Elias Motsoaledi and Andrew Mlangeni were convicted and the next day were sentenced to life imprisonment. Denis Goldberg was sent to Pretoria Prison because he was white, while the others went to Robben Island. Nelson Mandela’s mother died in 1968 and his eldest son Thembi in 1969. He was not allowed to attend their funerals. On 31 March 1982 Nelson Mandela was transferred to Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town with Sisulu, Mhlaba and Mlangeni. Kathrada joined them in October. When he returned to the prison in November 1985 after prostate surgery Nelson Mandela was held alone. Justice Minister Kobie Coetsee visited him in hospital.

Later Nelson Mandela initiated talks about an ultimate meeting between the apartheid government and the ANC. On 12 August 1988 he was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. After more than three months in two hospitals he was transferred on 7 December 1988 to a house at Victor Verster Prison near Paarl where he spent his last 14 months of imprisonment. He was released from its gates on Sunday 11 February 1990, nine days after the unbanning of the ANC and the PAC and nearly four months after the release of his remaining Rivonia comrades. Throughout his imprisonment he had rejected at least three conditional offers of release. Nelson Mandela immersed himself in official talks to end white minority rule and in 1991 was elected ANC President to replace his ailing friend Oliver Tambo. In 1993 he and President FW de Klerk jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize and on 27 April 1994 he voted for the first time in his life. On 10 May 1994 he was inaugurated South Africa’s first democratically elected President. On his 80th birthday in 1998 he married Graça Machel, his third wife. True to his promise Nelson Mandela stepped down in 1999 after one term as President. He continued to work with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund he set up in 1995 and established the Nelson Mandela Foundation and The Mandela Rhodes Foundation. In April 2007 his grandson Mandla Mandela became head of the Mvezo Traditional Council at a ceremony at the Mvezo Great Place. Nelson Mandela never wavered in his devotion to democracy, equality and learning. Despite terrible provocation, he never answered racism with racism. His life has been an inspiration to all who are oppressed and deprived; to all who are opposed to oppression and deprivation. He died at his home in Johannesburg on 5 December 2013.

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MY INSPIRIATIONAL MESSAGE FROM JESUS Written by: Sandra Day E.B.B. Tides-The Flowing of the Tides Back Towards the Sea (Jesus and Me Alone At the Sea) - Jesus becoming “The Sea” Spiritually Scripture reference -MARK 6:47-51, “And when evening was come, the ship was in the mist of the sea and he alone on the land; And he saw them toiling and rowing for the wind was contrary unto them and about the fourth hour of the night he came unto them walking on the water and would of passed them, but when they saw him walking upon the sea they supposed it had been a spirit and cried out! And they all saw him, and were troubled, and immediately he talked with them and said, BE OF GOOD CHEER! BE NOT AFRAID! And he went up unto them and the ship and the wind ceased!” (These verses inspired by me-Listen to MY JOURNEY) DR.RANKIN spoke GOD said, Define and see the meaning of this word EBB tides So compiled, looked up this word, I never heard, E-B-B-THE FLOWING OF THE TIDES BACK TOWARD THE SEA! SURPRISINGLY, This mystery word! Subconsciously! Leads ME SPIRITUALLY on this JOURNEY- Positioned toward Divine Destiny. NOW This WORD “E-B-B-TIDES”- MEANING ----THE FLOWING OF THE TIDES BACK TOWARD THE SEA becomes personally--translated from this point on- JUST E.B.B. (revelation ally--To JESUS BECOMING, THE SEA!{SEA OF LIFE FOR ME}) MENTALLY My Journey begins with me laying there by the Sea. My mind could only think of the health issues just given me then! The doctors delivered that dreadful letter C!!! First time around in 2005, now here again, OH LORD I CRIED! (song-I was sinking deep within far from the peaceful shore, Drifting off and given in sinking to rise no more) Then this calmness came from the sea, the bolstering winds stopped immediately. Not walking on water, but “Master of the Sea” seemingly “Jesus” Himself appears! He begins ministering to me, “You have nothing to fear, be of good cheer! In the midst of the rain, don’t drown in your pain. You don’t have to walk on water! No, you don’t have to cross the Red Sea, but flow the tides of your heart back toward me! Lay down before my feet! Lay prostrate if you must! Allow your prayers to become a sweet smelling savory to us. Speak the Word of God, speak to your sea! If you abide in me and my word abides in you, ask anything according to God’s will. Command peace to be still, ‘Peace be still’. The heavens obey and declare His glory, God is!” (My journey CONTINUES with the next day) The Sun comes up I am trying to pray, “OH MY GOD I CAN’T TAKE THIS --NOWAY!!!” Then, Sunday July 22nd, God spoke and said, “The spoken word you heard Sunday, POSITIONING YOU TO SEE God’s GLORY (PIERCED YOUR SOUL) was the day I birthed you, though nobody else ready, understood or knew, that same darkness once again hunted you! Then the next night as you were driving by, you witness heavens mystery revealed in the sky!” God’s outstretched hands, the hand touch of His wonder reaching out from the clouds in the mist of the thunder. His outstretched hands covering, clinching the radiance of the sun as it went asunder! Then from out of nowhere, suddenly, the brightness of a full moon appears from down under. Oh! What a wonder! His hands seem to stretch even further in view and His fingers seem to reach down as to say, “I got you!” That captivating moment positioned you to see the awesomeness of God’s glory revealed in eternity and “yes it was I who guided you home to let you know you are never alone. Write on and tell the splendor of God’s glory. Tell

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how the rhema word was heard, write how God ‘shows up in the mist of your story’!” Now, the essence of a new day, but this time I wake up with expectancy! “Jesus face” on my wall, “The Last Supper” overshadows me! Vividly, now I can see, finally God has touched my mind, emotionally healed my spirit internally and psychological! He restores my soul, forgives and makes me whole. Then He leadeth me through to “Worship You”, so I worship you God, worship you E.B.B. the flowing of my soul back to divine destiny. Now on August 23rd, scheduled for surgery and if God heals my body (praying that comes true), that’s just another miracle! There’s nothing too hard for you as I read in the Word, you healed the lady with the issue of blood. Jaris daughter was dead, “Arise” is all that you said, just one word you spoke. Do it for me and I will praise thee (Amen). This journey is ending, it began in Lodebar. Now all I can sing is, “How Great, How Great Thy Are!” No matter what happens, you get all the glory and thank you for the anointing it took to write this story. E.B.B. THE FLOWING OF THE TIDES BACK TOWARD THE SEA JESUS BECOMING THE SEA OF LIFE FOR ME P.S. (THAT DAY IN THE AIR (YOUR ANGEL) WAS THERE,-JUST TO LET YOU KNOW --WE LOVE YOU AND WE CARE) SIGNED JESUS****** E.B.B. Jesus and me, October 2, 2013 unfolds a new chapter of this story that was not foreseen…God blessed me to have the surgery, healing of my body, cancer free…then they pronounce this medical word, HER2. Because of this hormone called HER2, I not only need 2 treatments but 3 of chemotherapy. Chemotherapy, seriously, that was death sentence to me. I went calling on my God and these words are true, “There is no way I’m accepting this. I have had enough. This time I’m stepping out on faith. I got to trust you.” The word God spoke in Luke 18:7, “Shall not God avenge His own elect who cry day and night, avenge her (give her, me) my right so when the Son of Man comes shall He find faith on the earth.” By faith you can command, speak to your sea! By faith, I heard inside my heart, “Spiritually I will heal your body speedily, you will not go through chemotherapy. You will stay cancer free.” He spoke that so inside my soul and then so bold said, “Take those papers and burn them up! Your faith moved heaven, the epitome of prayer, no getting sick, no losing of your hair. Remember Mom Wkwanyana came from Africa, she prayed prophetic to you that prayer. That P.S. we wrote to you, remember we love you and we care.” Faith moves God. That is a guarantee. I do not care about that paper that said 67/ Chemo and 33/Faith. In faith, men’s impossibility becomes God’s possibility. Now faith becomes reality, now faith makes its own decree. The gift of faith is manifested supernaturally. Walking in faith positions you to divine testimony. You trust God 100% there is nothing too hard for God. You can testify, “For God I Live and For God I Die.” I talked with the nurse and now she agrees, no chemotherapy. There is nothing left to do, but lift my hands. Glory, his presence, his anointing conclude my story. I stand cancer free.

Sandra Day is from Moncure, North Carolina. She is a member of Wells Memorial C.O.G.I.C. in Greensboro, North Carolina.


Mini Peach Cobbler Recipe Preheat oven to 350˚F. Ingredients:

Put 2 tbsp of batter into each regular size muffin tin… on top of the melted butter.

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Then put 1 tbsp diced peaches on top of the batter.

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Sprinkle with brown sugar and then cinnamon.

1 cup sugar 1 cup flour 2 tsp baking powder a dash of salt 3/4 cup milk 1 stick of melted butter brown sugar cinnamon 1 can diced peaches

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Bake the regular size muffin tins for 12 minutes. Let them cool almost completely before taking out of pan.

Directions: Put 1 tsp of melted butter into each regular size muffin tin. Combine the first 5 ingredients by hand… sugar, flour, baking powder, salt and milk.

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

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IDMA Third Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration The Inter-Denominational Ministerial Alliance of Alamance County and Vicinity will be sponsoring its Third Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. This year’s celebration will include a Youth Educational Forum to be held on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Ebenezer’s ECCO Building from 9:00am – 1:00pm, followed by a concert by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Choir at 6:00pm the same day featuring General Anti-Gravity of Durham. This concert will be held at the Love Fellowship Church on East Webb Avenue. The celebration will continue on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 3:00pm with Morgantown Missionary Baptist Church hosting the closing worship service. This special program will feature the Martin Luther King, Jr. Choir performing, the presentation of the winning scholarship essays, and the presentation of three $1,000 scholarships. The featured speaker for this worship service will be Reverend Dr. Maurice Wallace, Pastor of the Cornerstone Community Church in Durham, NC and Professor in English and African and African American Studies at

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Duke University. The Alliance was formed three years ago to foster greater communication, collaboration, and community outreach between the faith community and Alamance County. One of the pivotal focuses of the IDMA is to encourage greater participation both in the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend program and other faith based community activities. The IDMA meets monthly at the different member churches. Rev. Edward McDowell, Pastor of Visitors’ Chapel Christian Church presently serves as President, Rev. Dr. Daniel Webb serves as Secretary, Rev. Dr. Larry Covington serves as Program Chairman, and Rev. Dwayne Griffin serves as Treasurer. Other pastors that are a part of the Alliance are: Bishop Harry Cohen, Bishop Greg Hargrave, Rev. James Patrick, Rev. Chris Stone, and Rev. Eddie Spencer, and Dr. Dray Bland. The IDMA is a non-profit organization which accepts any size donation to its scholarship fund. Donations may be mailed to: M.L. King, Jr. Scholarship Fund, Inter-Denominational Ministerial Alliance, P.O. Box 1235, Burlington, North Carolina 27216.

Blackwell Funeral Home invites you to

Our Annual “In Memory” Breakfast Saturday, January 25, 2014 9:00am If your family was serviced by us in 2013, we invite you to join us for this breakfast. Their is no cost for this breakfast, but we ask that you call and RSVP. Breakfast will be held at

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Make Your New Year’s Resolution a Reality

me accountable. Some resolutions will be harder to accomplish than others. A tough one for many is to quit smoking. More difficult goals will be much easier to achieve with support. Tell family and friends about your By Shonté Hodnett New Year’s resolution. They can offer support and encouragement when A study done by the University of Scranton you need it. Public commitments are usually more successful. Why run which was published in their Journal of your race alone? Don’t. Find some cheerleaders! Clinical Psychology, ranked the top New Year’s resolutions as the following: Form a Team. Find other people who have the same or very similar goal as you. For instance, if you want to lose weight, join a gym and find a friend who will motivate you to go and will go with you. It is much 1. Lose Weight easier to workout with someone else. If you do not have a friend who 2. Get Organized will exercise with you, attend group exercise classes. Most YMCAs offer 3. Spend Less, Save More group classes which is included in your membership fee. You can also 4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest exercise with a group for free in Greensboro. Last summer the City of 5. Staying Fit/ Eat healthier Greensboro provided free workout classes outdoors at several locations 6. Learn Something Exciting in the downtown area. No matter what your goal is, finding a team to 7. Quit Smoking accompany you on your journey can make a positive difference. 8. Help Others In Their Dreams 9. Fall In Love Track Your Progress. For my resolution to save a certain amount of 10. Spend More Time with Family money, I mapped out a battle plan. I wrote my plan out in December 2013 About forty six percent of people quit their resolution after the first month. and broke down my budget for each month of 2014 based on my current Over sixty percent will through in the towel by June. Only twenty six salary. I know unexpected expenses may occur, but by budgeting for the percent will achieve their resolution. So, how do you keep your resolution entire year, I can at least see how to realistically save my desired amount, alive until December and beyond? Here are four tips I found helpful to and what spending changes I may need to make. Mapping out a strategy to track your progress is a key component. From January to December, set make a New Year’s resolution a reality: concrete mini-goals and dates on which you plan to accomplish them. This Be Specific. Vague goals do not work. This year, one of my resolutions is will keep you motivated and help you stay focused. to save a certain amount of money. I know for a fact I have to write a yearPhilippians 3:13 reads, No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not long budget, allocating a specific amount to my savings for each month. If I do not, I will not know where my money went! When being specific, achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead (NLT). Do not let the past discourage you make sure to put your resolution in writing and display it in a place you from achieving your goals for the future. It is a new year! Focus on the will see it daily, like on your bathroom mirror, for example. If your goal is end result and continue to be optimistic on your journey to achieve this to lose weight, specify how much weight. Do you want to lose twenty five, year’s resolution. forty five or sixty pounds or more? Also specify how you plan to reach your ultimate goal for this year. The more details you provide, the more achievable your resolution will be. Have any comments about this article? You may email them


Tell Others. When I do not tell someone my goals or aspirations, I am more likely to not achieve them because there is no one around to hold 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

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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January 2014 - Pinnacle


SAVE THE 2014 DATES Urgent Care I Burlington, NC Jan. 9th - 11th Wadesboro, NC Feb. 27th - 28th, Mar. 1st

Urgent Care II

Burlington, NC Feb. 7th - 8th Lynchburg, VA Feb. 21st - 22nd

Urgent Care III

Moravian Falls

Mar. 7th - 8th

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 Tammy King at 336-229-1939 Or register online at

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. Such as: Funerals and Cremations followed followed by Cremations start at


by Memorial Services start at $1,500

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,

$4,995* (Professional Services are a part of the package but are not discounted)

and Flower Van...................

*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 $4,995 quoted above.

Call BLACKWELL FUNERAL HOME at 336-229-1939 for more information 24 Pinnacle - December 2013

Join Us on Saturday, March 1st @ 7:00pm and Get a Jumpstart on Spring by attending our but

Still Married ^ Newlywed Game The Christian Version of Bachelor & Bachelorette Game Tickets are $20 per person; $35 for a Couple Food, Music & Fellowship! For More Information, Contact:

Apostle Faiger M. Blackwell @ 336-213-2016 Tammy King or Stacey R. Choate @ 336-229-1939

Event is a fundraiser sponsored by Pinnacle Maranatha Bible College.

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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Start the New Year off with our January 2014 issue of PINNACLE. Our 70 day Fast Information is on pg. 4 for anyone wanting to join in our F...