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Inside this Issue Pastor Matthew Clapp The Way
LN1 (SW/AW) Cleotis W. Robinson US Navy
DR. Maya Angelou
Pastor Mark Maltby
Rev. James Brown
Jaime Cooper Boys & Girls Club of Greensboro
Tavores Vanhook Menâ€™s Empowering Resource Center
Shonda Sutton NC Mentor
Apostle James Carter Cornerstone Church of Christ
Merry Christmas Feliz Navidad Happy Hannukah
Rev. Robert McKeehan Community Bible Church
Editorial As we grew older we began to understand characters that were performed in our Sunday Plays. Mrs. Ruth Lambert would have us recite scripture that would deal with the birth of Christ. We It’s Christmas Time know that it was important to remember the play but somehow It’s Christmas time in the city. I was it was overshadowed with all the walking through the downtown thoughts of getting gifts. area last week and I began to smile as the Christmas trees were I wonder do many of us remember lit and the decorations from the the Christmas plays of yesterday. street lanterns were illuminated How proud we were to recite with Christmas decorations. It things about Baby Jesus. How we reminded me of days gone by. would sing Away in the Manager, Silent Night and Hark the Herald As a kid we could not wait for Angels Sing. Christmas Eve to arrive. We were always on our best behavior. As a teenager we began to realize We as kids were sometimes that Christmas was not about the mischievous but around the 3rd toys, the food, the clothes or the week of November, right before decorations. We began to realize Thanksgiving we all turned into it was about a child who came little angels. We constantly did our into the world to save it from chores and even asked if there was sin. We began to take notice of something else we could assist our John 3:16. As children we could parents in doing. not comprehend that a baby boy named Jesus could die for our sins. Our parents carried us to see Santa and of course, when he asked us As a young adult our revelation of if we had been good or bad we who Jesus was become clearer as would reply, Good! We often John 3:16 became clearer. When looked over our shoulder to make we could go back and research sure our mother or father was not the Bible and realize that Isaiah disagreeing with us. Chapter 9:1-7 was a plan from My parents had great joy during God even in the Old Testament. the Christmas Season. My mother Isaiah 9:1-7 would help me put out the corn for Nevertheless, there will be no Santa’s reindeers. We would cut a more gloom for those who were in slice of daddy’s favorite cake for distress. In the past he humbled Santa and pour a glass of eggnog the land of Zebulun and the land for him. My mother always talked of Naphtali, but in the future he about how Santa loved that cake. will honor Galilee of the nations, We would be off to bed by 8pm by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan— The people walking in often being told that if our eyes darkness have seen a great light; were open that Santa would put on those living in the land of deep black pepper in them. We would darkness a light has dawned. You hold our eyes shut tight no matter have enlarged the nation and what we heard. After some time increased their joy; they rejoice would pass we would fall off to before you as people rejoice at the sleep only to awaken the next harvest, as warriors rejoice when day to our favorite toys that Santa dividing the plunder. or as in the brought for us to enjoy. day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens We could not wait to run down the them, the bar across their street to show off our new toys, new clothes and to see what Santa cont. on pg. 21 had left to our neighbors’ kids. 2
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Editorial / Table of Contents / Staff
Everybody is Somebody / Miracles, Love and Obedience to God
Church Directory Page
Mosaic Church: A New Type of Freedom / Miracles cont.
A New Look Salon
Celebrating 40 Years Serving the Community: Ralph Scott Lifesrvices, Inc.
A True Definition of a Man: LN1 (SW/AW) Cleotis W. Robinson, USN
Growing, Building, Becoming
Chief Apostle James H. Carter
Live Life, Laugh Lots and Love Forever
Ad Page Global Renaissance Woman
Health Watch / House & Home Watch
Sunsets cont. / Pinnacle Recipe Corner
Calling All Men / Pinnacle Intercessors / Blackwell Community Bible Study / Blackwell Funeral Home
Things Worth Saving / Tips to Get Your Car Ready for Winter / SOMEMUCC / MLK Coalition of Alamance County
Brother’s Keeper coming to Pinnacle / Live Life...cont.
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A Positive Place for Kids / Editorial cont. Mentoring One Child at a Time Dreams of a King Ad / Wanted Ad / Distribution Team Barn Dinner Theater Ad / Honey Baked Ham Coupon
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CASWELL COUNTY “Everybody is Somebody” Pastor James W. Brown is believed to be truly a “God sent pastor”. He has been the pastor of both Allen’s Chapel & Warren’s Missionary Baptist Churches in Prospect Hill, North Carolina for over 30 years. On December 31, 2011 Pastor Brown will be retiring from Allen’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church after 32 years of faithful service. He has decided that his work load was getting too heavy and the time has come that he needed to lighten his work load and pastor only Warren’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Pastor Brown has been a hard working and dedicated Pastor to Allen’s Chapel. Under his leadership numerous things were accomplished. To name a few, ﬁve deacons were ordained, seven people were called into the ministry, and he ordained the ﬁrst woman preacher at Allen’s Chapel. Many were lead to Christ and baptized under his, the church was remodeled, and the addition of the new fellowship hall was built under his leadership. Pastor Brown has not only been dedicated to Allen’s and Warren’s Chapels, he has worked with the Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist
Association in different positions, worked with various organizations and churches throughout North Carolina. Each year, on the week leading up to Easter Sunday along with four other Pastors he host “Passion Week Services” and the offerings from the services are donated to the Central Children’s Home of North Carolina, Inc. in Oxford, North Carolina. He is always willing to help anybody that he is able to help. Bible Study is one of Pastor Brown’s main ministries, in addition to Wednesday Bible Study he teaches a “Minister’s and Teacher’s” Bible Class on Monday nights that is open to anybody that would like to attend. He wants his members and others to know the will of God and know God by studying His word. Pastor Brown is married to First Lady Doris Walker Brown. They have been blessed with four children, two daughters - Alice and Laverne and two sons Jimmy and Anthony. They are also the proud grandparents to ﬁve grandchildren. Pastor Brown has been truly a blessing to Allen’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, members, and the community. He will be truly missed at Allens Chapel, but his teaching and preaching will forever live the hearts of those that have been under his leadership. Pastor Brown believes that “Everybody is Somebody”. On November 23rd, he turned 80 years young and he is still working to his fullest
to deliver God’s message that He has for him to deliver. Pastor
Brown is truly blessed by the BEST and HIGHLY favored.
MIRACLES, LOVE AND OBEDIENCE TO GOD! For 1½ years God has sustained and blessed the Ministry of My Faith Looks Up To Thee Ministries under the leadership of Pastor Annette Dickens (see picture pg. 5) as they attempted to do what God would have them to do. They were worshipping and serving in The Comfort Suites Hotel in Sedalia, N.C. where Mr. M. Shifﬂett and
Pastor Matthew Clapp & Family “God’s Angels”
his staff so graciously showed the love of God to each one of them. God provided everything that that needed. “We give thanks to God for how He has community friends to contribute to the ministry, family members to faithfully bless the ministry, strangers giving ﬁnances, encouragement, and prayers to the ministry and churches (especially Faith Baptist Church in Gibsonville-Pastor and First Lady McConnell) giving of themselves and their resources.” When you step out on faith, God provides what you need. He opens doors that you don’t even see, doors that would not even have dreamed of Him opening. When we started the Ministry, a young pastor and his wife (who is also a Minister) greeted us in Food Lion and wanted to help us with whatever we may need. They started a small church and they understood that there were lots of things that were needful, so they offered to let us use their sound system.
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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
First Baptist Church
Rev. Clarence Johnson, Pastor
Rev. Gary Williams, Youth Pastor
1302 US 29 Business Reidsville, NC 27320
508 Apple Street, Burlington, NC 27217
Simple Prophetic Ministries A More Excellent Way Temple Pastors Tauﬁki & Michele Lee 126 W. Parrish Street, Durham, NC
Christ Within Deliverance Ministries Pastor James Wilson 6512 NC Highway 62S Yanceyville, NC 27379
Bailey’s Chapel AME Church Rev. Theodora K. Moss, Pastor 5016 Woodsdale Road Roxboro, NC 27253 (336) 599-0337
City of Refuge Ministries 719 Hermitage Road Burlington, NC 27217
Pastor Pauline Curry (336) 229-4291
Jeffries Cross Baptist Church Rev. Benjamin Morrow, Pastor
2015 Jeffries Cross Road Burlington, NC 27217 (336) 228-9626 4
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Celebrate Recovery now in Burlington
If you want freedom from habits, hurts and hang-ups, we encourage you to check out Celebrate Recovery. The purpose of Truth Deliverance Church’s Celebrate Recovery ministry is to fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power through the “8 Recovery Principles” as they guide us through the 12 steps to recovery. This experience allows us “to be changed”. We open the door by sharing our experiences, strengths and hopes with one another. Celebrate Recovery is a volunteer program. You may choose to participate in all that is offered or simply attend the main session from 7 - 8pm on Mondays.
Monday Night Line-up: Doors open at 6:30pm 7:00 - 8:00pm “The Road to Recovery” 8:00 - 9:00pm New Comers 101 Open Share Groups For more information please call 336.570.0988 Truth Deliverance Church is located at 1413 W. Webb Avenue, Burlington, NC
Mosaic Church : A New Type of Freedom by Matt Green
The United States has synonymously been known as a melting pot of different cultures and races for many generations. A place where all could come and share a hope and a vision of freedom and prosperity. This singular hope and promise has kept America a powerhouse and a forerunner in the world market and has advanced us, as one of the most diverse countries in the world. This very thing has kept us a ﬂoat, even in the more recent times of recession. The thing I personally have found odd is how so many diverse races and cultures come together in one place, they still tend to want to segregate to their own traditional cultures or peoples. This “click” mentality seems to be embedded in us at a young age. It happens in school, at work, and even most times in our very own churches. As Americans, we seem to naturally ﬂock to things which are “comfortable “ to us. Consistently searching for places and groups to ﬁt us, when the very nature of our countries very own culture is quite the opposite. For me personally, throughout my life, I have never been in an environment where I truly felt uniﬁed or felt like my race did not matter, until I went to Mosaic Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mosaic Church is a multicultural, multiethnic, and multigenerational church based on the uncompromising and unashamed focus of worship to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To that end, the purpose of their worship service at Mosaic is to provide an intimate encounter with Christ through relevant, biblical teachings and uninhibited worship. Mosaic’s worship services are traditional, yet boundless to allow the different cultures and traditions of worship to unify in worship at the same time. Mosaic Church worship services incorporate multi-ethnic worship and sing songs from different cultures such as Hispanic, Asian, African, Native American, and Anglo American. At Mosaic, they do not just bring the songs from these different cultures, they also sing them in their beautifully diverse language that the songs were originally sung in. For most, this can be a little uncomfortable or even strange, but I can tell you from personal experience at Mosaic Church, that soon after visiting you may ﬁnd yourself singing songs in different languages in your car on the way home.
worshiping together. Mosaic says, “We want to be a catalytic center for dreams, imagination, and creativity, so on any given Sunday, we will sing songs in different languages and from different cultures, and you might hear a poetry reading or see a dance piece as an expression of worship.” By incorporating singing, dance, poetry, and praise from different cultures and generations, Mosaic creates a center for change and advancement from the common culture of worship in which we practice today. When attending a Mosaic Church service I was inspired and changed forever. Like tasting a new food for the ﬁrst time, I am compelled and will never be satisﬁed again with a traditional church service. I personally and truly feel like my eyes have been opened to a new and refreshing awakening. At Mosaic Church, racism and monoculturalism is nonexistent. It is truly a church that anyone can come no matter their own personal race, culture, or even nationality and feel free to worship in unity. Mosaic brings a new freedom to our region with its uniqueness and originality. Mosaic is a family oriented church and many of the families that attend Mosaic are multiracial and even multicultural. It was truly an honor to see children of different races and cultures play and interact together. It reminded me of Mr. King’s “I have a Dream” speech. It was refreshing and a true lesson to us more mature saints of how and even why we come together in unity. I encourage you to go and experience a glimpse of what the glimpse of the kingdom of God will be like, where according to Revelations 7:9-10, all people, from every tribe, tongue and nation will be worshipping together. Mosaic currently serving the community by connecting with R3 Outreach and is serving the homeless in downtown Greensboro on Saturdays and Mosaic’s youth in involved in Total Youth Worship, a uniﬁed youth worship movement in the Triad.
Pastor Mark Maltby Mosaic Church
Fanta City International Shopping Center 4925 West Market Street, Greensboro, NC 27407 http://www.mosaic4god.com
Mosaic says that singing in different languages and of different cultures gives us a greater glimpse of what the kingdom of God will be like. According to Revelations 7:9-10, all people, from every tribe, tongue and nation will be
cont. from pg. 3 They blessed two other churches with this sound system. The Love kept rippling. The Blessings kept ﬂowing. Then after almost one year of not talking to each other, but God knowing their prayer was that He give them a temporary building that they were free to worship in, plan events that did not require extra rental payments, so that they could do more of the things that God would have them do, until He blessed them with their church; Pastor Matthew Clapp dreamed where God told him to offer them a building on his property, beside his church-The Way. “Pastor Clapp thought it would be a slap in our face because he felt that the building was too small. Pastor Clapp was obedient to God’s call. My Faith Looks Up To Thee Ministry was overjoyed and highly blessed by this young Pastor and his wife Minister Shannon Clapp and their church The Way.” Pastor Matthew & Minister Shannon Clapp, Nathan and Jacob Clapp, The Way Church Members tore out the walls for growth in this building, the painting, the plumbing, the electrical, the carpet and it’s installation, the heating was all done for free. This church showed God’s Love to another Ministry. They turned
this house into a church. In a day and time when most churches are afraid that another church is out to steal their members they opened up their hearts and their vacant building to help another Ministry to grow. This is what makes up Miracles! This Is God’s Love In Action! We need to be obedient to the call of God no matter how strange it may be. He uses us to bless others. My Faith Looks Up To Thee Ministries thanks: God, Pastor Matthew & Minister Shannon Clapp, their sons-Nathan & Jacob, The Way Church, Mr. Phillip White, Mr. Gerald Apple, Mr. Chad Foster, Mr. Bobby Foster, Mr. Bill Ritter, Mr. Tony White, Mr. Arley Reese, Mr. Gregory Flint, Mr. Chris Hare, Mrs. Nancy Way, Mr. Mitch Trent and Christian Life Center (chairs), Mr. Keith Graves and Mr. Mark Graves, For Showing God’s Love, Performing God’s Miracle, Obeying God’s Voice and Being A Blessing To Us! My Faith Looks Up To Thee Ministries New Location Co-Founders: Deacon K. Leon and Pastor Annette G. Dickens 576 Hwy. 100,Whitsett, N.C. 27377
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A New Look Salon 336-227-9911 Hours: Monday-Saturday 8:00am-8:00pm A New Look Salon is committed to providing quality hair care services to clients in a friendly, warm and caring environment. Mrs. Tracey Kirby Milton has 20 plus years experience in the Cosmetology industry. She along with a team of licensed professional stylists serve a diverse culture of men, women, and children of all ages. Each stylist is knowledgeable of the latest trends and products pertaining to their craft. They go above and beyond to ensure customer satisfaction. Tracey’s passion for hair and people began as a little girl. She enjoyed playing with Barbie dolls and creating different hair styles. She knew at an early age what she was called to do. She possesses the heart and personality of a missionary - always friendly, compassionate, caring, relating to people of all ages. During her teen years Tracey began practicing her barber and cosmetology skills on family members, especially her little brother and sister, Tim and Tia. After high school Tracey pursued her calling and graduated from the Alamance Community College School of Cosmetology. Several years later she was blessed to become a salon owner in
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downtown Burlington. Tracey is a member of the Ebenezer United Church of Christ where she serves faithfully. She is married to the love of her life Minister Gregory Milton and they have two children, Corey and Andrea. Tracey is very thankful to have a loyal client base spanning from across North Carolina and into Virginia and South Carolina. Tracey and the New Look team invite you to stop by for a visit and if you or someone you know desire “a new look” for the holidays or any occasion, then this is the place to be.
Stylists: Aletta “Lele” Johnson Kimeka White Mercedes Garrison Tia Shepard Services: Free Consultations Walk Ins Welcome Senior Citizen Discounts Monthly Specials Children Services Gift Certiﬁcates Available Winter/Summer Hair Care Tips Professional Products Barber services
Celebrating 40 Years Serving the Community: Ralph Scott Lifeservices, Inc. Jennifer E. Helton, currently serving as the Interim President/CEO, has worked for Ralph Scott Lifeservices for 13 years. She has also served as a Program Coordinator, Assistant Director of Group Living, Director of Residential Services, Director of Quality Improvement and Vice President for Programs. Prior to working with RSL, Inc. Jennifer worked for the Alamance Caswell Mental Health as an instructor at Vocational Trades of Alamance. Jennifer has presented at both state and national conferences on organizational and system change as part of RSL, involvement with the Council on Developmental Disabilities Grant called “Seeing is Believing” and under the leadership of Community Resource Alliance. Ralph Scott Lifeservices was one of three organizations chosen to collaborate on this project. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Bob Jones University and is in process of obtaining her Master’s Degree in Human Services from the Liberty University. She is a graduate of the The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities at the University of Delaware. Jennifer is married to Jon Helton, who is the Youth Pastor at Bellemont United Methodist Church and has one daughter Addison. Jennifer is active in her community and is a volunteer troop leader for the Girl Scouts. She is a native of Burlington, North Carolina and lives in Graham, North Carolina.
Who We Are •
Ralph Scott Lifeservices, Inc., (RSL) was founded in 1971 in order to provide community-based residential services to people with developmental disabilities.
RSL opened the ﬁrst group home in North Carolina operated under a community organized private non-proﬁt Board of Directors in November 1971. Directors are volunteers and represent all segments of our community.
The corporation is named in honor of the late Senator Ralph H. Scott, in recognition of his work in the N.C. General Assembly on behalf of persons with mental retardation. The Scott family has no ofﬁcial connection with the group home program.
RSL currently operates twenty-two group homes through a contract with the
Piedmont Behavioral Health LME. These homes are located in Elon, Haw River, Gibsonville, Graham, Mebane, Yanceyville, and Burlington. Five of these homes are Intermediate Care Facilities for Mental Retarded (ICF/MR), and as such receive Medicaid reimbursement. The other homes operate with resident fees and state subsidies. RSL also operates Independent Living, Supported Living, Senior Services, and MRMI in small living environments, and offers thirteen apartments and a duplex. •
Most consumers of RSL attend day programs, sheltered workshops, and some hold jobs in competitive employment.
RSL operates a licensed Adult Day Services Program known as StarPoint. StarPoint offers 69 people day services programs ﬁve days per week.
RSL also provides a respite service for families who have someone with developmental disabilities who reside in their home. This gives families a much needed break. Services are in the home of the individual/family.
Currently, there are 144 consumers in the various programs, who receive community skills training, transportation, and assistance with medical care, residential living, and community supports.
RSL contributes to the economy of the area by providing employment for approximately 250 staff members, including approximately 20 individuals receiving supports, and by bringing revenues of over $9 million to the area.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT It is the mission of Ralph Scott Lifeservices to provide individualized community living services and supports for people with developmental disabilities that promote: sound health, dignity, growth, stability, and community involvement This Mission Statement was approved by the Ralph Scott Lifeservices, Inc. Board of Directors in June 2004. Every person who works at RSL should learn and remember these words. They are the basis for our work.
Ralph Scott LifeServices, Inc. Administrative Ofﬁce is located at 408 W. Trade Street, Burlington, North Carolina 27217. Telephone# 336-227-1011; Fax: 336-226-6465. Visit their website www.rsli.org.
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A True Definition of a Man: LN1 (SW/AW) Cleotis W. Robinson, USN
LN1 (SW/AW) Cleotis W. Robinson, USN has received various awards since being in the Navy. They include: four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, four Good Conduct Medals, two “He is more than a spouse; it’s deeper than the Meritorious Unit military background, and far more precious than C o m m e n d a t i o n gold. He is a loving, caring, father who is truly Medals and three Service one of a kind. The reason he is precious to me is Sea he serves our country Ribbons. without any regrets and is a career Caring, loving and counselor. Also he nurturing through the good times and the bad are is a great father to some of the things that make a great dad. April my kids and not only stated Cleotis has provided the love and guidance is he my spouse but that her girls need while growing up. It is rare to my best friend. His find a man to take the time with his daughters, but name is Cleotis W. to find one who takes the time with another man’s Robinson. He just daughter is phenomenal. He has been the father is not an ordinary figure in her daughter’s life for the past two years person but the true and has never complained. The sick days, late definition of a man.” This was a statement by his nights and early mornings, he is right by their side. He is more than a great father, he is a fantastic dad. wife, April Wilson Robinson. Anyone can be a father, but it takes unconditional Cleotis was born June 14, 1975 in Detroit, Michigan. love to be a dad. “To me, a stepfather is so much He was raised by his mother, Dreama D. Robinson more than just a parent; he made the choice to love in Burlington, North Carolina where he graduated me when he never had to.” (Julie Hebert). from Hugh M. Cummings High School in 1993. He attended Walter M. Williams High School from What is the key to maintaining a quality relationship, 1989 – 1992. Then he attended Fayetteville State especially in today’s hurried world? It is to be University until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy on friends before lovers. Cleotis has been more than a January 4, 1996. He continued his education and good friend but my best friend. He makes the good earned his Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies times even better, and the bad times more bearable. from Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI. He He is open minded, always willing to listen, and is currently pursuing a dual Masters in Homeland generally positive. Security and Business Administration. Cleotis also has one son with Kisha D. Lopez Motivated and devoted to his country, Cleotis has (Ramirez), Cleotis LaTerry Robinson (17). They been in the Navy for 16 years and has been a career both live in Bronx, New York. He also has a counselor for two years. Cleotis primary goal as younger brother, Matt Robinson. the Navy Career Counselor is to ensure each sailor both active and reserve, where ever stationed, be He is a great devoted sailor and career counselor provided sufficient quantity and quality of career who has his fellow sailors best interest at heart. information, to allow them to make a sound career Also Cleotis has provided the love and guidance decision. He has good communication and public that April’s girls needs while growing up. He is speaking skills, and thorough navel knowledge. way more amazing then words could describe. Although the military can be stressful, he still puts Cleotis is way more than a spouse but the best a smile on his face and provides the sailors with friend anyone could ask for. great career advice.
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Growing, Building, Becoming At Community Bible Church, we’re committed to helping you discover
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property and over the next ﬁve years both facilities were used for Sunday school and worship. In 1996 the old church building was sold and new ofﬁces and Sunday school wing was built on the present property. The church moved in mid-year 1997. In 1998, Bill Simpson, CBC member and missionary, began serving the church as Senior Pastor. Bill continued in ministry until 2007.
In December of 2007, Pastor Bill Mugford was called to the position Our Mission: of lead/teaching pastor. Bill came to CBC from High Point Church To be a growing community of God’s people dedicated to building in Madison, Wisconsin. Bill served the church until August 2009. one another up to become mature followers of Jesus Christ. While the search for a senior pastor was underway, pastors Dave As our purpose statement afﬁrms, we at CBC believe there is simply Annan, Jon Eric Woodward, Rob Black and Jeff Smith provided nothing on planet earth like the local church when it passionately leadership. In the fall of 2010 God made it clear that Pastor Robert McKeehan was the right man to lead CBC. Accepting the call, pursues God. Robert and his family moved from Peoria, Illinois to High Point. Regardless of your life stage or background, whether you are a • Main Worship Center: Sundays at 9:30am & follower of Jesus or just beginning to explore what He and the Bible 11:00am are all about, we invite you to experience a connection with the Living God at one of our identical services held Sunday mornings at • Video Cafe: Sundays at 11:00am 9:30 and 11:00. We believe it’s a journey you’ll never regret taking.
• CBC Hispana (Hispanic Ministry) Sundays at 11:00
CBC was formed in January of 1985 from a remnant of members • Community Bible Church from Westminster Presbyterian Church and a church planting team 4125 Johnson Street, High Point, NC 27265 from Westover Church of Greensboro. The Westminster Church P: 336-841-4480 F: 336-841-8101 was in existence for ten years growing from a home church to an attendance high of thirty members in the original building at 3523 email@example.com Johnson Street in High Point, North Carolina. In 1984 leadership from Westminster asked the Westover Church of Greensboro to take over the church and build an independent ministry reﬂective of the Robert McKeehan, Senior Pastor growth ministry that was taking place at Westover. This took place in January of 1985 with ten members from each body forming the I’m originally from El Paso, Texas. I nucleus of the new church called Community Bible Church. became a follower CBC was formed based on Acts 1:8b. It was the leaderships’ desire of Jesus Christ on that we would be an outreach church not only to High Point but also September 7, 1990, to the entire world. In the ﬁrst year CBC conﬁrmed this direction through the ministry through the support of our ﬁrst four missionaries. CBC also paid of Campus Crusade half of former Pastor Dennis Gill’s salary who was loaned to us for our Sunday Worship Services. In January of 1986 Dennis Gill was at the University of called to be our full time pastor. By mid-year his full support was New Mexico. My wife assumed by the church and 1987 declared the church independent Elizabeth and I have by the elder board of Westover Church. By 1987 it was evident that been married for additional Sunday school and ofﬁce space was needed to expand fourteen years and we the ministry. This addition was completed in 1988 and two worship have two kids; John services were necessary to accommodate the growth in Sunday is six and Scarlett is morning attendance. A youth leader was added in 1988, which added four. I have served to our ministry outreach. as a pastor for ﬁfteen years in various roles around the country. I graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2002. I love to travel By 1990 it was obvious even with the new building we could not continue to grow at the original property of 3 and one half acres. and am a big fan of college football, especially the Texas Longhorns. Eleven acres were purchased two and half miles north on Johnson Robert can be reached at 336-841-4480 ext. 27 and Street. In 1992 a Worship Center was constructed on this new
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Chief Apostle James H. Carter Presiding Prelate of the United Cornerstone Churches International
Cornerstone Churches International. In just one year UCCCI has chartered over 47 churches in North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia, West Indies and Africa.
He has served his passion, the Cornerstone Church of Christ as pastor for the past 36 years. In that time Apostle Carter has served the community as well: Vice President of the Thomasville NAACP, Treasurer of the Ministers United for Christ, Chaplain for the Thomasville Medical Center, Chairman James H. Carter was born in Caswell County in 1950 to Robert of the Martin Luther Gospel Fest, Board Member for Habitat for Humanity and Clara Carter. He was and Salvation Army and others. educated through the Alamance County system and later earned Apostle Carter has received several accommodations from the Mayor a Bachelor of Arts Degree from of Thomasville and several religious organizations. To his credit, he The Bible Institute in Orlando, has received the coveted Florida. He completed his NAACP’s President Award formal education and received of 2005 and the 2006 MLK a Doctorate of Divinity Degree Man of Peace Award. He from Shiloh Theological was one of the ﬁrst recipients of the Honorary Doctorate Seminary, Stafford, Virginia. of Divinity from the United Elder Carter was commissioned Cornerstone School of to preach the gospel in 1969 under Divinity in July 2006. In the pastorate of Bishop Preston addition to his many honors, Graves of the Smyrna Church Apostle Carter was recently of Christ in Reidsville, NC. He awarded the “Pastor of the served in many capacities of the Year” during the “Back to church including Youth Director, Pentecost Conference” from Superintendent of Sunday Morningstar Baptist Church School, Financial Secretary and in Burlington, NC. Assistant Pastor. He has been married to the He founded the Cornerstone lovely Cynthia Blackwell Church of Christ in April, 1975, Carter for over 40 years. then went on to organize the Faith Deliverance Mission of Lexington, NC in 1978 and the Full Gospel Church of Jesus Christ in Summerton, SC in 1980. Apostle Carter was one of the ﬁrst afﬁliated with the United Way of the Cross Churches of Christ International and Chief Apostle J. H. Adams for approximately 30 years. During his tenure with this organization he served as Assistant General Secretary and General Secretary for 18 years. His duties included keeping all ﬁnancial and ofﬁcial records and minutes of the United Way of the Cross Churches of Christ International. He also served as ofﬁce manager, supervising over 20 departments. He was consecrated as Bishop in 1986 as well as Diocesan Bishop of the NC/SC Diocese. He was also appointed as Vice Presiding Bishop of the UWCCC during the same year. In 1998 Bishop Carter was appointed as Archbishop of the UWCCC and Chairman of the Board of Bishops. In June 2003, as a result of the founders’ untimely death, Apostle Carter became the Presiding Prelate, and Chief Executive Ofﬁcer of the Board of Apostles, Bishops and Board of Directors of the United Way of the Cross Churches International, an organization which consists of approximately 50 churches in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio and the West Indies. In 2005, Apostle Carter rose to a different level by leaving the UWCCC and becoming the Chief Apostle of a newly formed organization United 10
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Cornerstone Church of Christ is currently in the process of celebrating the 43rd Ministerial Anniversary of Chief Apostle J. H. Carter. They begin on November 27th and will end on December 9th. Cornerstone Church of Christ is located at 1102 Short Street, Thomasville, NC 27360. Feel free to contact them at (336) 472-2003 or (336) 472-3392.
“Live Life, Laugh Lots and Love Forever” By: Tavores Vanhook
My name is Tavores Vanhook. I am a native of Burlington and my interests are heavily vested in our Alamance County communities. I am a graduate of Walter Williams High School and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. My fulltime profession allows me to serve as an Ofﬁce Manager for the Peterson Agency/ Nationwide Insurance Company. I am an avid sports fan and in my spare time I enjoy being a youth basketball coach, exercising my passion for teaching young children the fundamentals of the game. I have a strong passion to uplift others and encouraging others to set and reach their goals in life. I am a proud father to three children, Alexus, Aniyah and Emmanuel and husband to Chondra Vanhook. I value and cherish children and my family. I ﬁrmly believe that a family unit is the unit which builds up a child’s personality. How a child behaves and what they become in life is very much dependent upon family life. My belief is that a strong family unit happens to be the most important part of a child’s live until they grow up. I currently serve as the Executive Director for the Men’s Empowering Resource Center (MERC), Inc. MERC, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonproﬁt organization based in Burlington, North Carolina purposed with taking a proactive approach to strengthen and equip our young and adult men with various resources and provide them with support and networking systems that will help them to become productive citizens of our communities. A colleague of mine and co-founder of MERC, Inc., Zoe Walker and I spent many years coaching young female basketball players from the ages of 10 – 16. During our coaching years we noticed that as we traveled up and down the highway and from state to state, the mothers of these young ladies were mostly in attendance and there was a noticeable absence of fathers. Given our own similar backgrounds as men who grew up without our fathers in our lives, we knew all too well the impact that could have on our vulnerable youth. Zoe and I had become de facto fathers to many children. It was at that point when we realized that a high number of our children in Alamance County did not have healthy and interactive relationships with their fathers. Since 2008, our organization has strived to improve the quality of life throughout Alamance County. For the ﬁrst two years of operation, Zoe and I continued to serve our children through the establishment of our MERC Bulldawgs AAU Basketball program. We expanded the basketball program to include both males and females. We attempted to use our AAU Basketball program and network as a means to reach the fathers of the children that were a part of our program as we began to programmatically and ﬁnancially build and establish the current programs that are offered by MERC, Inc. During this time MERC, Inc. focused on building its ﬁnances through fundraisers, its
infrastructure and a strategic plan of the services it would offer. In 2010 MERC, Inc. established its ﬁrst collaboration with the Alamance County Child Support Agency. Through this collaboration, beginning October 2010, MERC, Inc. kicked off its ﬁrst two programs, the Responsible Fatherhood Program which is a twelve week parenting educational course that is designed to promote the ﬁnancial and personal responsibilities in fathers, who are in arrears in their child support, to their children and to increase their participation in the lives of their children and the Volunteer Work Program which allows the fathers, through a contract that we hold with the Greensboro Coliseum, to volunteer to work at various events at the Greensboro Coliseum and receive a stipend that is automatically sent to the North Carolina Child Support Collections Ofﬁce and applied to the fathers’ child support balance. Progressively, after administering the ﬁrst two sessions of our Responsible Fatherhood Program it was recognized that the fathers that were referred by the child support agency faced many barriers that was keeping them from their ability to ﬁnancially support their children. The two primary barriers were employment barriers and educational barriers. Many of the fathers lacked education (most having less than a tenth grade education) and the majority had either never worked or had not work within the past six to four years. Thus, in October 2011, MERC, Inc. implemented a Job Smarts program which is designed to provide these at-risk young and adult males with job preparedness training and work opportunities that gets them equipped for employment. To address the academic barrier of our participants, we are currently working to partner with the Alamance Community Program to begin an Academic program that will address these address (more details will follow on this program as MERC, Inc. progresses). Moreover, as research continues to show that fatherless homes plays a negative impact in our children’s educational progress, MERC, Inc. recently developed its Fathers United Now (F.U.N.!) program which is focused on encouraging our children to do their best in school by using the positive inﬂuence of fathers and father-ﬁgures. MERC, Inc. has just received collaboration from the Alamance Burlington School System and will be implementing this program ﬁrst at Hillcrest Elementary and will be working closely with Principal Devon Carson. MERC, Inc. has grown quite a bit over the past two years. Programmatically, we are where we are today as a result of MERC, Inc.’s ability to be keenly aware of the needs of our target population groups which are our fathers, our children and our families. MERC, Inc. stays focused on providing programs and services in key areas, including academic opportunities, job training and job placement, parenting education, child support enforcement, and peer support and transition services. Financially, we are where we are today as a result of hard working and countless fundraising efforts. In addition, we are grateful for all the personal contributions that have been received from individuals and to be recipients of a few local and foundation mini- grants (such as Holloway Foundation, Truliant Mini-Grant, Alamance Alliance CLC Mini-Grant, and Wal-Mart Community Grant) that have allowed MERC, Inc. to better provide services at its new ofﬁce which is located at 154 Huffman Mill Road, Suite 205, Burlington, North Carolina. MERC, Inc. is truly excited to have recently signed its ﬁrst grant contract with the Department of Social Services. • Job Smarts Program – Purpose is to prepare males with various employment barriers for employment. Participants must complete four weeks of classroom training and twenty hours of volunteer service.
• Volunteer Work Program – Purpose is to provide volunteer opportunities that allow our males to learn responsibility, gain leadership skills, build their character, develop a sense of self-esteem, and gain work experiences that can be used to build a future. Participants are able to earn a stipend to assist them in paying their debts until gainful employment is obtained. • Parenting Education Program (Responsible Fatherhood) – Purpose is to educate, counsel and encourage our fathers to be ﬁnancially and personally responsible to their children and to increase their participation in the lives of their children. Participants must complete twelve weeks of classroom training. • Fathers United Now Program – Purpose is to promote father and father ﬁgure involvement in the educational progress of our children. Participants must volunteer 12 hours per calendar year to be present at various elementary schools and will be responsible for activities such as tutoring, eating lunch with the children, opening car doors, monitoring the halls, etc. MERC, Inc. is involved in the following community activities: • MERC, Inc. continues to support our children being involved in extracurricular activities and MERC, Inc. currently sponsors two recreational basketball teams through the Graham Recreation Department. • MERC, Inc. is a member of Community Council of United Way of Alamance. • MERC, Inc. is a member of the North Carolina Fatherhood Development Advisory Committee. • MERC, Inc. serves on the Fatherhood Advisory Committee. • MERC, Inc. collaborates with various organizations within our community and organizes an annual Father’s Day Rally that is held the weekend of Father’s Day. MERC, Inc. would like to see the following in our community: • Our young and adult men to have more respect for themselves and others and to be more prepared to be successful in their lives. • Reduce the number of male prisoner’s in our prison system; • Reduce the number of crimes committed by males; • Reduce the number of negligent fathers; • Reduce the number of male substance and activity addicts; • Reduce the number of males in poverty and ﬁnancial distress. MERC, Inc.’s biggest challenge is gaining the adequate community backing and ﬁnancial resources to support the ideas and programs in a manner that would allow MERC, Inc. to become more effective and serve more males, children, and families in our community. MERC, Inc.’s biggest rewards are seeing fathers that previously
had no relationship with their children create and maintain an interactive relationship and bond that cannot be broken, seeing men who have not had gainful employment in over two to three years obtain a job and be able to provide for themselves and their family,
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Global Renaissance Woman Dr. Maya Angelou is one of the most renowned and inﬂuential voices of our time. Hailed as a global renaissance woman, Dr. Angelou is a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, ﬁlmmaker, and civil rights activist. Born on April 4th, 1928 as Marguerite Ann Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Angelou was raised in St. Louis and Stamps, Arkansas. In Stamps, Dr. Angelou experienced the brutality of racial discrimination, but she also absorbed the unshakable faith and values of traditional African-American family, community, and culture. As a teenager, Dr. Angelou’s love for the arts won her a scholarship to study dance and drama at San Francisco’s Labor School. At 14, she dropped out to become San Francisco’s ﬁrst African-American female cable car conductor. She later ﬁnished high school, giving birth to her son, Guy, a few weeks after graduation. As a young single mother, she supported her son by working as a waitress and cook, however her passion for music, dance, performance, and poetry would soon take center stage. In 1954 and 1955, Dr. Angelou toured Europe with a production of the opera Porgy and Bess. She studied modern dance with Martha Graham, danced with Alvin Ailey on television variety shows and, in 1957, recorded her ﬁrst album, Calypso Lady. In 1958, she moved to New York, where she joined the Harlem Writers Guild, acted in the historic Off-Broadway production of Jean Genet’s The Blacks and wrote and performed Cabaret for Freedom. In 1960, Dr. Angelou moved to Cairo, Egypt where she served as editor of the English language weekly The Arab Observer. The next year, she moved to Ghana where she taught at the University of Ghana’s School of Music and Drama, worked as feature editor for The African Review and wrote for The Ghanaian Times. During her years abroad, Dr. Angelou read and studied voraciously, mastering French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and the West African language Fanti. While Maya Angelou, 1984 in Ghana, she met with Malcolm X and, in 1964, returned to America
“I write because I am a Black woman, listening attentively to her people”.
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to help him build his new Organization of African American Unity. Shortly after her arrival in the United States, Malcolm “When I try to describe myself to God X was assassinated, and the I say, “Lord, remember me? Black? organization dissolved. Female? Six-foot tall? The writer?”
And I almost always get God’s
Soon after X’s assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. attention.” asked Dr. Angelou to serve Maya Angelou, 2008 as Northern Coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. King’s assassination, falling on her birthday in 1968, left her devastated. With the guidance of her friend, the novelist James Baldwin, she began work on the book that would become I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Published in 1970, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was published to international acclaim and enormous popular success. The list of her published verse, non-ﬁction, and ﬁction now includes more than 30 bestselling titles. A trailblazer in ﬁlm and television, Dr. Angelou wrote the screenplay and composed the score for the 1972 ﬁlm Georgia, Georgia. Her script, the ﬁrst by an African American woman ever to be ﬁlmed, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. She continues to appear on television and in ﬁlms including the landmark television adaptation of Alex Haley’s Roots (1977) and John Singleton’s Poetic Justice (1993). In 1996, she directed her ﬁrst feature ﬁlm, Down in the Delta. In 2008, she composed poetry for and narrated the award-winning documentary The Black Candle, directed by M.K. Asante. Dr. Angelou has served on two presidential committees, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000, the Lincoln Medal in 2008, and has received 3 Grammy Awards. President Clinton requested that she compose a poem to read at his inauguration in 1993. Dr. Angelou’s reading of her poem “On the Pulse of the Morning” was broadcast live around the world. Dr. Angelou has received over 30 honorary degrees and is Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University. Dr. Angelou’s words and actions continue to stir our souls, energize our bodies, liberate our minds, and heal our hearts. (Information used in this article was obtained from Maya’s website)
HEALTH WATCH We’ve just completed November, home to the Great American Smokeout. The American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) marked its 36th Annual Smokeout on November 17th, by asking smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking on that day. According to the American Cancer Society, tobacco use remains the largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. More than 45 million Americans still smoke. The website, MedicinePlus (A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health) recently posted some pretty stark statistics about teen smoking. Nearly 25% of teens in the United States have tried smoking, and another 8% have tried smokeless tobacco products. According to their research, people who start smoking (or using tobacco products) before age 21 have the hardest time quitting. More concerning is the fact that 30% of youth smokers will continue smoking and die at an earlier than normal age from a smoking related illness.
To participate, the adolescent must be aged 12-19 and in good health, smoke at least ﬁve cigarettes a day, and have tried to quit before. Children under the age of 18 must have their parents’ permission. Participants will attend study visits for approximately 1 year. Another study examines three already-approved anti-smoking methods as compared to placebo. Qualiﬁed participants are aged 18-75, and have smoked 10 cigarettes a day on average over the past month. In this study, qualiﬁed participants will receive study-related investigational medicine or placebo at nocost, study-related medical care at no-cost and compensation up to $25 per visit for time and travel during the six month duration of the study.
To ﬁnd out more information about participating in this study, contact Wake Research Associates at 919-781-2514 or email contactus@ wakeresearch.com. About Wake Research Associates: Wake Research Associates is a large clinical research site in Raleigh, NC based on a private multi-specialty practice with twenty-ﬁve physicians. Wake Research Associates has conducted over 2,200 successful clinical trials since 1984. WRA’s employees are dedicated to providing excellent Quitting smoking isn’t easy. A pair of studies at Wake Research Associates are service to participants and sponsors with the ultimate goal of improving investigating treatments to aid those who want help quitting. patient care. Wake Research Associates brings medical expertise, One study, of an investigational treatment for smokers, aged 12-19, is enrolling. leadership, enthusiasm and professionalism to all of their projects. WRA is proud to say that they are “Focused on Adolescents who participate with their parents’ permission will receive at no the needs of both patient welfare and the cost, study-related medication, access to smoking cessation counseling and study growth of pharmaceutical research and related check-ups. development.”
HOME & HOUSE WATCH CHRISTMAS Check List
Here’s my ‘Home Check List’ for the Christmas season! I’m sure you can add items to the list, so take a few minutes to personalize it for your family & home this Christmas.
Christ – Is Jesus the focus of our holiday season? Or just an honorable mention, if that? Heart – Tis the season to love from the heart, but also to reﬂect on why we do what we do. Do I show love and kindness because I expect to get something in return? Or is it the ‘No Strings Attached’ kind of love that keeps on keeping on ‘in spite of’ ?
Rejoice! – In recognition of the Savior who was born. His Holy Spirit now dwells among us – to the extent that we invite and welcome Him into our circles of life. Intercede – On behalf of those who are experiencing their ﬁrst Christmas – after the death of a loved one, or without a job, or without the means to purchase gifts for the children. Spirit - Choose the Spirit of Christ (giving your best, sometimes sacriﬁcially, acknowledging that Jesus is the Source and provides resources to us - to bless others). Resist the spirit of Scrooge (having adequate resources to bless others, but refusing to do so due to stinginess, the fear of not having in your time of need, or storing up for self when the Lord has directed you to sow in the midst of what you’re going through). Timeless treasures – Seize the moments that will count for all eternity.
Make memories with family and friends as we love and laugh and cry and dream and build together. Resist the temptation to buy gifts if it means going into debt
or not paying bills that are due. Treasures are not in material gifts, but in the strength of relationships that propel us into our purpose.
Mending – Is there anyone with whom you’ve broken relationship (and shouldn’t have) or has the ‘ﬁre’ in your marriage dwindled to ashes? Recover (i.e. ﬁght in the Sprit) the gifts of family, friends and relationships that are yours. Ask – Is there someone near you who is in need, but is too ashamed or embarrassed
to ask for help? Take a risk and ask how you can assist him or her. Be willing to put food on someone else’s table or pay a bill or buy less presents for your household in order to bless someone else’s instead.
Sparkle – with the light of Christ, as never before, this holiday season!
Long after the Christmas lights are gone, resolve to keep His light shining brightly through the life that you live, in a way that brings only glory and honor to His name! Celebrate Jesus so as to make a difference for all eternity! May each of us infuse our time and space with an abundance of vitality, enthusiasm and boldness to extend the Kingdom here on earth – for His glory and His alone!
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Blackwell Funeral Home Ms. Lettisha Covington On Monday, October 31, 2011 at Wesley Long Hospital in Greensboro, NC, God called his angel Lettisha Covington from this world of sin, sorrow and pain to a place of eternal rest with him. “Tish” as she was called, was born on December 29, 1980 in Danville, VA to the late Ruth “Amy” Covington and Henry Wayne Jones, whom survives. She was a graduate of the Danville Public Schools and continued her education at the National Business College and graduated with an Associate Degree in Medical Assisting. She was also preceded in death by a son, Demarjai Covington. She leaves to cherish her precious memory, three children, Keiyrah Covington, Keiyona Covington and Octaven Covington; two sisters, Stephanie Covington-Clements and Tasha Covington; one brother, Patrick Covington; a special friend, Edward Mills; and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral Services for Lettisha Covington were held on Monday, November 7, 2011 at 1:00pm at New Hope Apostolic Church in Danville, VA where Rev. Jermaine Parker presided and Minister Antonio L. Fitzgerald delivered the eulogy. A private burial followed.
Mrs. Gwendolyn Brown Gwendolyn Brown was born January 25, 1958 in Brooklyn,
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New York to Mr. and Mrs. Roosevelt Randolph. She was called to her heavenly home on November 3, 2011. Gwendolyn graduated from Wingate High School in Brooklyn. She was employed with the United States Postal Service as a Mail Handler. She was known by many people and loved by all. She will be greatly missed but never forgotten. Gwendolyn leaves behind: a husband of 28 years, Napoleon Brown of the home; one son, Andrew Napoleon Brown of the home; two daughters, Karla Gainey of Fayetteville, North Carolina and Nadine Brown of Burlington, North Carolina; three step-children, Wendy Brown, Allisa Brown both of New York and Napoleon Brown, Jr. of Burlington, North Carolina; four grandchildren, Jahquese Fuller (11), Dmitri Brown (5), Dymonde McAllister (4), Ta’morrie Brown (2); one brother, Joseph Randolph of Brooklyn, New York and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.
Burlington. She was a member of Patillo Congregational Christian Church where she served on the Usher Board, Missionary Society and the Kitchen Committee. Geraldine leaves to cherish her many memories: her husband, Mr. James Earl Fuller, Jr. of Burlington, NC; one son, Anthony Leon Fuller of Orlando, FL; two brothers, John Wesley Graves, Sr. (Carolyn) of Burlington, NC and Gattis L. Graves (Bernadette) of Whitsett, NC; three sisters, Margaret L. Johnson (Leroy) of Graner, NC, Jeanette Willie (Garry) of Danville, VA and Tonia Torain of Burlington, NC; three grandchildren, Michael L. Fuller, Ashley Fuller both of Graham, NC and Amber S. Fuller of Durham, NC; three great grandchildren, Jaden, Marie and Kira; one aunt, Elizabeth Graves of Brown Summit, NC; and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by one brother, James Leroy Graves; two sisters, Barbara Graves and Linda Kay Graves.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Gwendolyn Brown were held on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 2:00pm in the Roy Blackwell Chapel of Blackwell Funeral Home-Burlington with Rev. Cephus Faucette delivering the eulogy. Burial followed in the North Lawn Cemetery.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Geraldine Graves Fuller were held on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 1:00pm at Martin’s Chapel Baptist Church where Rev. Barry Palmer delivered the eulogy. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Geraldine Graves Fuller Mrs. Geraldine Graves Fuller was called home to her Heavenly Father on November 6, 2011 at Hospice of AlamanceCaswell. Geraldine was born on January 21, 1942 to the late Mr. Johnnie Graves and Mrs. Lessie Mae Miles Graves of
Mr. Marchello Deshaun Waddell, Sr. On Saturday, November 19, 2011 our beloved Marchello Deshaun Waddell affectionately known as “Marc” departed this life here on earth. He was born April 23, 1981 to Janet T. Waddell and John D. Cobbs. Marchello
Public Schools. He was a former employee of Giledan of Eden, NC as a packer. Marchello was a very loving young man who was loved by many. March was preceded in death by both his paternal and maternal grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Woodrow Cobbs and Mr. & Mrs. Johnie Waddell. Those left to cherish his wonderful memories are his mother, Janet Waddell; father, John David Cobbs both of Danville, VA; two daughters, Shanyia Taketta and Serenity Waddell; a son, Marchello Deshaun Waddell, Jr.; mother of children, Missy Murphy; five brothers, Antonio Waddell of Roanoke, VA, Robert Lovelace III, John Cobbs Jr. (Angela), Maurice Cobbs (Tina), John Coleman (Demetrius) all of Danville, VA; two sisters, Jackie Moore and Kerrie Wilson (Brook); a loving and loyal friend, Cheryl Beck; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. Funeral Services for Mr. Marchello Deshaun Waddell were held on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 1:00pm at Rehobeth Holiness Church in Danville, VA where Rev. Tony Howerton delivered the eulogy. Burial followed in Highland Burial Park, Danville, VA.
Mr. Junior Orange Sellars Junior Orange Sellars was born on January 21, 1932, to the late George Lawson Sellars and the late Hattie Lou Graves Sellars. On November 25, 2011, surrounded by family, Junior peacefully entered into eternal rest. Junior and his siblings joined Graves Chapel Baptist Church at an early age. cont. on pg. 17
cont. from pg. 16 It was at Graves Chapel that he found his passion for singing nd Junior used his gift faithfully as a member of the Male Chorus. A native of Caswell County, Junior was educated in the Caswell County School System. He enjoyed learning new things and was quite the cartsman. Junior spent his early years farming and traveling out of town to help his uncle. Junior later worked for Bird Planning Mill. Junior was very passionate about his work and he gave his all in everything he did. It wan an honor for him to retire for The City of Burlington after 28 years of service. Retirement did not stop Junior from working though. Whenever he was not hunting and ﬁshing, he took delight in helping to build and ﬁx things for his family. Junior loved his family and took great pride in family cookouts where he was known for his lemonade, fried ﬁsh and delicious ice cream.
She leaves to cherish their memories: three sons, Donnell Corbett (Brenda) of Reidsville, North Carolina, Earl Corbett (Felicia) and Alvis Corbett (Sallie) both of Burlington, North Carolina; four daughters, Gladys Poteat of Milton (Harvey Poteat of Blanch), Dianne Corbett, Dorothy Mae Corbett both of the home and Bernice Chandler of Greensboro, North Carolina; two sisters, Jennie Rogers of Burlington and Margie Penny of Williamsburg, Virginia; 16 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; a special friend, Mrs. Odell Evans; a host of godchildren; one special godson, Rev. George Lovelace; and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil G. Corbett; one son, Larry Corbett; four brothers, John Watlington, Richard Watlington, Pete Watlington and William Watlington; and two sisters, Ressie Graves and Mary Ella Watlington. Funeral Services for Mrs. Martha Ann Watlington Corbett were held on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 2:00pm at Jones Cross Road Missionary Baptist Church where Rev. Alton Vann delivered the eulogy. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Junior was preceded in death by one brother, Willie A. Sellars. Left to cherish Junior’s wonderful memories: his wife of 40 years, Elsie Mae Pulliam Sellars; two daughters, Cassandra B. Sellars (Craig Graves of Blanch, Casie S. Medley (Tyler) of Winston Salem; three sisters, Maggie S. Sellars, Lula S. Briggs and Mary Delois Briggs all of Yanceyville; two brothers, Rev. George Sellars of Winston Salem and David Sellars (Pauline) of Burlington; special family member, C.J. Graves; three sisters-in law,; six brothers-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Funeral Services for Mr. Junior Orange Sellars were held on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 2:00pm at Graves Chapel Baptist Church where Rev. Alexander Graves delivered the eulogy. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Martha Ann Watlington Corbett Mrs. Martha Ann Watlington Corbett departed this earthly life on November 23, 2011 and entered into eternal rest with her Heavenly Father. Martha Ann was born October 28, 1919 to the late Mr. John Watlington, Sr. and the late Mrs. Nannie Watlington Totten in Caswell County. She was a Domestic Worker. She loved gardening, cooking and especially her children. She was a life-long member of Jones Cross Road Missionary Baptist Church. Her favorite song was, “I Am Going to A Better Place.”
Pinnacle Recipe Corner Cabbage & Sausage By Gladys Shepard
2 – lge. heads cabbage with green leaves 1 – 14.5 oz can Swanson chicken broth 2 – Butterball turkey sausage links Pinch red pepper ﬂakes (optional) Pour chicken broth into pot (5 qt. or larger) heat on low; Peel off green leaves, wash thoroughly, lay aside; Cut cabbages in half (cutting out cores in a V shape and discard); Rinse cabbage under cool running water, drain excess water; Cut cabbages in half again for easy handling; Slice cabbage including green leaves into small strips on cutting board, add to broth; Remove turkey
Mr. Allen Lee Pinnix (Buster) With his family by his side, Allen Lee Pinnix (Buster) departed this earthly life to be with our Lord and Savior on November 27, 2011. Allen was born on February 14, 1961 in Alamance County to Elizabeth Gail Alston and Earl Eugene Alston, Sr. He attended Sellars Gunn in Burlington, NC. Allen loved his family, his parents and his brothers. They were his world. Busta used his talents outdoors and with general maintenance. This was his passion. He was always lending a helping hand to those who needed it. He leaves to cherish his memories: his loving parents; three brothers, Earl Eugene Alston, Jr. (Theresa) of Elon, NC, Eugene Alston and Ken Alston of the home; one sister, Latonya Sellars of Graham, NC; three nephews; one niece; and two aunts, Nancy Fuller of Burlington, NC and Joann Long of Green Level, NC. Also six special friends, Michelle Tucker, Jerry Chavis, Christine Farrington, Eva S. James, Clarence Sellars (cousin) and Phyllis McBroom; and a host of other relatives and friends who loved him dearly. Funeral Services were held for Mr. Allen Lee Pinnix on Friday, December 2, 2011 at 2:00pm in the Roy Blackwell Chapel, Blackwell Funeral Home-Burlington where Rev. Michael Thompson delivered the eulogy. Burial folllowed in North Lawn Cemetery.
sausage from package and cut into 1 inch pieces, add to cabbage, stir; Add pinch red pepper ﬂakes, stir and bring to a boil; Cover, reduce heat and cook for 20 minutes (do not overcook) Note: The chicken broth is high in sodium; therefore additional salt is not needed if you are monitoring your salt/sodium intake. Red pepper amount can be increased/decreased depending on individual taste. Gladys Shepard is a member of Ebenezer United Church of Christ where she serves as the Administrative Assistant to Pastor Larry Covington and she also is a Ad Sales Representative with Pinnacle. She is a mother three children, Tracey Milton, Tia Shepard and Tim Kirby and a blessed grandmother to six children.
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“Actually,” said his guide, “It’s named for Joshua Hemingway. No relation.” The visitor was surprised. “Was Joshua Hemingway a writer also?” “Yes indeed,” said his guide. “He wrote a check.” (source: worldwidefreelance.com) For me, the moral of this story is: Anybody can be a writer!
The Value of The Writer A visitor to a certain college paused to admire the new Hemingway Hall that was built on campus. “It’s a pleasure to see a building named for Ernest Hemingway,” he said.
“SOMEMUCC” Reverend Dannie Williams and the Melﬁeld United Church of Chirst family would like to share some information on the Emergency Food Pantry for the Melﬁeld UCC and surrounding communities of Alamance County:
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for over a decade and provide food boxes monthly for approximately 323 families and 730 individuals. They deliver more than 90,000 pounds of food annually with a cost of more than $131,818.54. The total cost for the ministry is approximately $3,000.00 for the year. They have a dedicated staff and a host of volunteers who work diligently to make this ministry run smoothly and to assist families in need of food during this time of recession.
Saturday afternoon November, 19th 2011, the SOMEMUCC ministry celebrated with the volunteers with a banquet at the church. Volunteers were recognized for their dedication to many families in need of food.
Tips to Get Your Car Ready for Winter This is Part II in the three part-series on “How to Winterize your Vehicle” being brought to you by The Tire Center of Burlington, owned by Jeff & Cheryl Gilliam.
traction as you drive along — and traction is often severely jeopardized in wet, snowy or icy conditions. The air pressure in your tires has likely dropped as the weather has gotten colder, so it’s important to see where things stand now. (You can generally expect that you’ll lose 1 pound per square inch whenever the temperature drops by 10 degrees Fahrenheit.) Again, your trusty owner’s manual will tell you what your target tire pressure should be.
4. Examine your belts and hoses. When you have that full service done on your vehicle, make sure the belts and hoses get checked for wear and tear — even if you’re driving a modern car. Cold weather can do a number on belts and hoses, so they deserve attention.
6. Think about switching to snow tires. Do you live in a hilly place that gets its fair share of snow? Then you might want to improve traction even more by investing in winter tires and using them over the next few months instead of your usual all-season tires. When shopping around for snow tires, ask about all the fees that might come into play, such as fees for mounting and balancing. You can accomplish this easily and make accurate cost comparisons by asking each store for the “out the door charge.”
(see their ad on pg. 12)
5. Check your tire pressure. Your tires must be properly inﬂated to ensure you’ll have the best possible
MLK Coalition of Alamance County invites the Community to come join their
Annual MLK Celebration This is a two-day event.
Janaury 15, 2012
First Baptist Church-Apple Street, Burlington, NC Speaker:
Rev. Gary Williams
Youth Pastor of First Baptist Church - Apple Street Musc by:
Inspirational Choir of Hester Grove Baptist Church
January 16, 2012
Doors open @ 8:00am
The ministry began with the idea from their pastor to feed the hungry. The church family supported the effort and thus the name “SOMEMUCC: was born. That is better deﬁned as “So Others May Eat at Melﬁeld United Church of Christ”.
Their ofﬁcers are: Dannie T. Williams, Pastor and Director Polly Tinnin, Assistant Director Amanda Albright, Packaging Supervisor Jim Torrain, Transportation Supervisor LaShauna W. Austria, Back Pack Supervisor
They have been doing this ministry
The various pictures are from the banquet for the volunteers.
286 East Front Street, Burlington, NC 27217 Speaker:
Dr. Rev. Richard Styles
Tickets are $12 Contact Francis McAdoo (336)226-2931, Louise Miles (336)228-8830 or Glenda Leath (336)221-1450 or Bonita Summers (336)227-0899 December 2011 - Pinnacle 19
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Brother’s Keeper coming to Pinnacle Cornelius Muller is a Brooklyn, NY native whose love of family is second only to his love of God. He came to North Carolina in college, was a standout on the basketball court and attended Elon University on a basketball scholarship. He was on the NBA draft list and had a professional basketball career overseas. He has been a successful local businessman and community mainstay in Burlington for nearly 20 years now. Approximately 13 years ago, he began pursuing his dream in the arts and has appeared in a number of commercials and independent ﬁlms including the 2009 ﬁlm “The Consequences of My Sins”. He currently continues his studies in method acting at Carolina Actors Group in Winston-Salem. Cornelius had been seriously questioning where he ﬁt in in the entertainment industry when a family tragedy occurred. The answer to his question came in the form of an independent Christian ﬁlm project titled “Brother’s Keeper”. The ﬁlm concept occurred after he received what can only be called signs from above leading him in the direction of this movie. Brother‘s Keeper is a unique opportunity to touch hearts and change lives through a story of ultimate love, faith and forgiveness, which Cornelius has written, produced, directed and stars. It is inspired by his real life events and tells of a religious man whose brother commits a vicious crime and how he deals with these horrible actions while trying to bring forgiveness and healing to the victim’s family. It is a brother’s quest to answer God’s call and demonstrate His presence and action in the midst of evil and tragedy. The message of the movie is that you can forgive a person without excusing the act warranting the forgiveness, bringing peace that helps you go on with life.
cont. from pg. 11 and seeing those males who are used to going to jail or prison every two to three months change their ways and become productive members our society. Favorite Scripture: “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9. Those that labor to help improve the lives of others, often times ﬁnd frustration in the systems and circumstances. This scripture reminds me that to be singularly focused on doing what one believes that they are called to do and the expected results will follow. I want to be remembered as the co-founder, Executive Director and man of an organization that dedicated its resources to help others reach their full potential, regardless of where they are in life. Life won’t always be easy but each day that we are able to rise we have the opportunity to speak to either blessings or curses, and each day that I rise I choose to be a blessing and I want myself and MERC, Inc. to be remembered for helping others speak of their blessings. Here are Tavores’ thoughts on bringing the community at large together and working together as a whole: “There is a saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” The ﬁrst and foremost problem in our society today is that the supportive community that was once present in the older days, the village, the neighborhood, that place where people looked out for each other and supported each other, where they shared joys and sorrows, good times and bad times, in our community is no more. And we are paying a really big price for that loss. It does take a village, to work with the family, to raise a child and weather the storms of life. In today’s culture we are too focused on personal gratiﬁcation. If we could focus more on the results and
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The ﬁlm follows two best friends working together doing God‘s work as clergy members in a church. Faith and bonds of friendship are tested when the brother of one man commits murder, goes on the run and subsequently ends his own life over the guilt of what he had done. The tragedy also deals with racial backlash, as the two brothers are African-American and his brother’s victim was his Caucasian girlfriend, who happened to be the sister of the best friend. Brother‘s Keeper was ﬁlmed in association with Muller’s alma mater Elon University and features a host of actors from the Winston-Salem based Carolina Actors Group. The ﬁlm was shot at various locations around Alamance County, North Carolina and on the Elon University Campus. In addition, Dr. Dewayne Book, a well-known local doctor, who is currently continuing his studies in music at Elon, also came on board and composed all original music for the soundtrack. Muller views Brother’s Keeper as a ﬁlm ministry with the intention to entertain, inspire, inﬂuence and change lives for the better and to teach those who have forgotten the impact that faith, love, and forgiveness can have on our lives and the lives of those around us. This is a meaningful ﬁlm in an industry that doesn’t always project a positive message about God. Cornelius is stressing the importance of promoting a ﬁlm that makes people think, uplifts and brings a positive message among all of the negative inﬂuences in the entertainment industry. Muller has screened Brother’s Keeper at multiple church venues and continues to seek additional venues to screen the ﬁlm in order to have a widespread positive impact. In addition to taking the important message of faith, love and forgiveness to the public, a percentage of any offering taken is donated to the survivors of domestic violence. Cornelius Muller Productions, LLC is currently working on a second ﬁlm project which is inspired by a highly regarded local high school student who recently passed away. Filming is scheduled to begin in late January.
Brother’s Keeper will be shown at Pinnacle, 336 West Main Street, Yanceyille, North Carolina on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 6:00pm. A love offering will be taking up for the ﬁlm. Contact 336.229.1939 or 336.694.7785 (Tuesdays & Fridays) for more information.
outcomes instead of who is in charge and who is reaping the beneﬁts, together our community could accomplish so much more. Our organizations should work harder on collaboration instead of trying to be so independent. If we could tighten our networks and align the organizations with similar missions together and share our resources, problems within the Alamance County communities could be better addressed and more people within our communities can be served. If it were my last day on earth, I am able to sum my advice to others by stating one single quote: “Live life, laugh lots, and love forever.” Proverbs 22:6 states, “Train up a child in the way that he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Our children are our future. I challenge our readers to dedicate themselves to help raise the children in our communities. Whether they are a parent themselves, a grandparent, an aunt, an uncle, a brother, a sister, a cousin, a friend, a person who knows of someone in any of these positions, or a concerned community member who would like to help our youth become productive members of our community, MERC, Inc. challenges you to become an active part in an initiative in our community that supports that well-being of children. MERC, Inc. would like to thank those community members who have embraced and supports our mission. A special thank you to all of our individual supporters through donations and/or our fundraisers, WalMart Community Grant, Holloway Foundation, Alamance Alliance, Truliant Federal Credit Union and the Department of Social Services all of whom have provided us with funding opportunities within the last twelve months that has allowed us to continue work towards accomplishing our mission.
Our Fathers United Now! (F.U.N!) Program
will be hosting its ﬁrst Flapjacks for Fathers Fundraiser at Applebee’s on Garden Road in Burlington, NC on Saturday, December 17th, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children 12 and Zoe Walker under. Complimentary tickets are also being given to those who become Champions for Fathers. For tickets and more information about our Champions for Fathers Initiative, please call (336) 2141645 or visit our website: www.mercinc.org. Call our Ofﬁce: (336) 395-8081 Visit our Ofﬁce: 154 Huffman Mill Road, Suite 205, Burlington, NC 27215 Ofﬁce Hours are M-F- 9 AM – 2 PM and by appointment. Visit our Website:www.mercinc.org Email Us: email@example.com
A Positive Place for Kids Mr. Jamie Cooper was appointed as the Executive Director of The Salvation Army Boys
and Girls Clubs of Greensboro in October, 2011. Mr. Cooper earned his B.A. from John Wesley College, currently Laurel University, in High Point, North Carolina, and his M.A. from Liberty University, located in Lynchburg, Virginia. Mr. Cooper ﬁrst began with The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs of Greensboro as the Area Coordinator in March of 2011.
an asset to the Greensboro community. The increasing number of young people who need a safe place to learn and grow has over time made us THE Leading Youth Development Organization in Greensboro!
Our Mission is: “to inspire and enable all young people especially those who need us most to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.”
The purpose of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greensboro is to promote the social, spiritual, educational, health, leadership, and character Prior to coming on board with the Boys and Girls Clubs, development of boys and girls during critical periods of their growth. We Mr. Cooper served churches throughout North Carolina, for provide: many years, in the area of youth and children’s ministry. Mr. A safe place to learn and grow... Cooper is married to his beautiful wife, Krisite, together they have three wonderful children, Lincoln, Archer, and Aaris. Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals... Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences... Boys & Girls Clubs of Greensboro Hope and opportunity!
Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s national programs have taken members from the Clubhouse to the White House; from the games room; to the corporate boardroom; from the high school orchestra to Carnegie Hall.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America has a line-up of more than 30 tested, proven, and nationally recognized programs that address the most critical issues affecting today’s youth and help them realize their full potential. Boys & Girls Clubs of America offers high-quality, developmentally appropriate, easy-to-use program materials and manuals. Since 1938, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greensboro has been
cont. from pg. 2 shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood ill be destined for burning, will be fuel for the ﬁre. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.) Now as a mature adult we realize truly the Christian song, “Go Tell It on the Mountain”. When we realize that God gave His only begotten son to die for a world of sinners like you and me.
The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs of Greensboro Need More Information... Jamie Cooper, Executive Director at (336) 274-1509 or (336) 358-7170 For general questions or comments about The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs of Greensboro Ebonie Smith, Director of Strategic Initiatives at (336) 274-1509 Mailing and Administrative Ofﬁces P. O. Box 5310, Greensboro NC 27435-0310 phone: (336) 273-5572 fax: (336) 273-9715
We celebrate His birth because Jesus became God in the ﬂesh. The Trinity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit were now being birthed forth to save a world and mankind from destruction. Because of His birth and death and resurrection we live and have the right to eternal life if we believe. The power of belief will cause us to give the gift of love this Christmas. While we might not make it to the mountains we can tell all of our family, friends and loved ones that Jesus Christ is Born. That He is the Savior of our soul and that my friend is the best Christmas gift anyone could receive. We can tell this story with our eyes now open! 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.
Apostle Faiger M. Blackwell
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Mentoring One Child at a Time
whom they live. This special relationship between the Mentor and the individual provides the structure and support for development, growth and change – in a natural setting.
Shonda Sutton is a recruiter for the NC Mentor Program. She works with families in Forsyth, Guilford, Davidson, Stokes, and Rockingham counties. She is currently partnering with one of her coworkers to expand their services into the Rockingham/Caswell area. Her name is Andrea Smith McAdoo. She covers primarily Alamance & Caswell Counties.
Who do Mentors care for?
Shonda has been with NC Mentor for 5 years and have worked in a variety of roles, including as a coordinator, case manager, MAPP trainer, and for the last two years, as a recruiter. Her background includes a BA in Psychology from NC A&T State University, 1990. “Over the years I have worked in a variety of human service and mental health positions; from the YMCA, to a private psychiatric hospital, crisis line triage, college counseling center, and as a research assistant for an educational study. I always wanted to be a part of making positive changes in society and my current position gives me a great opportunity to do this.”
Our philosophy, which has proven successful for over 20 years, is to provide supports to individuals in the least restrictive, most natural and normalized setting possible. For many, this setting is a Mentor home.
NC Mentor believes that children belong with families, not in institutions or camps far away from home. As a recruiter, Shonda is always interested in speaking with prospective foster parents about the basic requirements for licensing and our agency’s expectations. Our families come in all shapes and sizes, just like our kids. I can answer any questions that they may have about the services that we provide and the types of children that we serve. NC Mentor is a Therapeutic Foster care agency, which differs from regular foster care in that we provide a mental health service for children who exhibit challenging behaviors in the home, school, or community setting. Our approach is team based and person centered. The MENTOR Network’s roots date back to 1980 when the organization received its ﬁrst contract to provide therapeutic foster care to emotionally disturbed youth as Massachusetts MENTOR. Since our beginning, we have evolved from a single, residential program serving juvenile offenders to a diverse network of companies offering an array of services and support to persons with special needs all across the country. Along the way we have helped to deﬁne a new vision for human services delivery – one that offers the choice and trust found in local relationships, combined with the strength and stability of a national organization. NC MENTOR joined this Network in 1993 and currently has over 17 ofﬁces providing care around the state. What is a Mentor? Mentors, or Therapeutic Foster Parents, are remarkable people who open their hearts and their homes to care for a child, adolescent or adult with special needs. With the support of a specialized team of health and human service professionals, Mentors become trusted guides, tutors and advocates for the individuals with
This is a Great Opportunity! Help a Child in Need! Become a Foster Parent!
We provide free skill development, monthly payments for your services as an independent contractor, ongoing clinical support, and 24 hr emergency support.
Individuals receiving services include persons with mental retardation and developmental disabilities, children and adolescents with emotional or behavioral challenges, children with medically complex needs, people who have sustained brain injuries, and court-involved youth. Why Mentors?
Who can become a Mentor? Mentors do not conform to any standard proﬁle. They represent a wide range of racial and ethnic groups, skills, education levels, neighborhood settings, and family arrangements. One constant among Mentors, however is their commitment to the well being and personal growth of the individuals they serve. What else is required? To become a Mentor, you must be at least 21 years of age and have • • • •
Access to reliable transportation An additional separate bedroom A demonstrated commitment to make a difference in someone’s life At least a high school diploma or GED
How are Mentors selected? Because Mentors are our most vital resource, we carefully screen and support these important people. Our comprehensive selection process includes, at minimum: • Introductory meetings and pre-service training • Home visits to interview all household members • Personal, health and other reference checks • Criminal background checks They are currently seeking families who are interested in learning more about becoming Therapeutic Foster Parents. Our next Foster Parent Development Session is scheduled for 1/11/12, in our Greensboro Ofﬁce, located at 7C Oak Branch Dr., Anyone who is interested can call Andrea Smith McAdoo (336) 229-4624 (Alamance/Caswell) or Shonda Sutton (336) 765-8912 x18 (Guilford /Rockingham). Their state website and facebook address are also noted below. Shonda Sutton, Foster Parent Recruiter NC Mentor of Winston-Salem Phone: (336) 765-8912 x 18 Fax: (336) 765-5097 firstname.lastname@example.org www.nc-mentor.com www.facebook.com/mentortriad
Free Class Starts January 11th, 2012, 6-9pm. Please call for more information.
Caswell County: (336) 229-4624 x14 Rockingham County: (336) 765-8912 x18 www.nc-mentor.com
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Pinnacle Distribution Team
The Pinnacle Distribution Team wishes each and everyone a Merry Christmas!
AD SALES REPRESENTATIVES for
PINNACLE Dependable, Reliable Ad Sales Representatives are needed Sales Experience Preferred but not required Commission-Based Pay If you are in need of a Part-Time Job and you ﬁt the above qualiﬁcations, call Stacey at 336-229-1939 for more information.
If you would like for Pinnacle to be in your church or business please feel free to call Matt or Stacey at 336-229-1939.
Alamance Area: Winston Staunton
Caswell & Southside VA: Grea Blackwell (336) 514-2909 Charlotte & Mecklenburg Area: Omega Mebane (704) 258-5310 Durham Area: Demetrius & Mickey Farrington (919) 358-5291 Pastor Tauﬁki Lee (919) 880-3602 Raymond Ervin (443) 902-5164 Durham & Orange Areas: Forsyth Area: Guilford Area:
Evangelist Alfreda Evans (919) 530-7128 Stacey R. Choate (336) 609-0858 Mabel Jones Matt Green
(910) 767-4474 (336) 229-1939
Lexington & Thomasville Area: Lenora Bobo (336) 470-8388 Person Area: Rev. Cleavie Brandon (336) 583-5196 Rev. Theodora Moss (919) 323-5509
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