- Faith & Family
Congratulations to Pastor Elder Oliver Gordon, Sr., officers and members of The Church of Jesus Christ on their 22nd anniversary, January 15th. In 1990, Gordon was not asked to return as pastor Ebenezer UMC. But the members rallied behind him and convinced him to start his own church and be followed their wishes.
Furthermore, 18 adults/young adults came forward as candidates to include, Margaret Clark, Minister Shirley Bradshawam, Minister Kyla Manns, Lillie M. Cohen, Ethel Cohen, Laroe Waters, Rutha M. Curtis, Iva Bullard, Oralene Gordon, Oliver Gordon, Jr., Nicole Mitchell, Yvette Mitchell, Kevin Cooper, Dawane Mitchell, Yolanda Mitchell, Myranetta Cooper, Lunston Dennis, Christopher Dennis, Andre Oliver, Robert Lee and Timecca Lee.
By the end of February, 100 members had joined the new church — many of them came from Ebenezer. Christina Eve believed in Gordon and wanted him to grow in the ministry. She asked Dr. Richard J. Strachan to apply for the minister of music position. He had just retired from the Dade County School System and he enjoyed the new atmosphere.
The church formed a board of directors, including Gordon as chairperson; Ethel M. Cohen, treasurer; Dr. Kyla Manns, financial secretary; Bernice Carey, secretary; Shirley Bradshawam, Margaret Clark, James Mobley, Iva Bullard, Rhonda Gillard and Tillie Stibbins. The rest is history.
Two celebrations were held: 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. with highlights being provided by the choir, Ruby Allen (Singing Angel), Elder Henry McKelly, Gracie Edwards, New Born Faith Deliverance Choir, Rev. James and Gloria Pacley, Rhonda O. Gillard, Eunice Davis, Oralene J. Gordon, Martha A.Whisby and Gordon opening and closing the programs.
Kudos go out to winners of personal giving: Eunice Davis, 1st place; Oralene J. Gordon, 2nd place, Tilliie Stibbins; 3rd place; souvenir book winners: Eunice Davis, 1st place; Ceola Adams, 2nd place; and Millie Davis, 3rd place; and children and youth: Alexus Edwards, Daija Edwards, Taliyah Jeanbaptiste, and Duce Jeanbaptiste, all 1st place awards.
Kudos go out to supporters, Letitia Bowden, Dorothy Joseph, Mr. and Mrs. Williams Robinson, James Stubbs, Henry Small, Samuel Williams, Anton Bell, Virginia Smiley, Mamie Ivory, Henry & Mrs. Williams, Sybel Johnson, Nettie Murphy, Rev. & Mrs. James Pacley. 54th Street Medical Plaza, Howard McKnight P.A. and Hall-Ferguson-Hewitt Mortuary.
Willard Hart, 85, retired educator, died on January 14, in Miami, surrounded by his loving family members and supported by 110 lodge members that filled St. Paul AME with leaders Antonio Reddy and Samuel Lamar, along with brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.
Family members listened to testimonies to Hart including those from: his wife, Irene Rivers-Hart, Beverly Hart-Luckie, Collette Hart-Richardson, Allyson Hart (Fredrick), Bryant, South Carolina, Darrel Thompson, Elaine Cooper, (Tampa), Theresa Thompson, Betty Hart, Atlanta GA., Willard and Stephanie Hart, Denver, Colorado: sister Delores Hart Roberts (Della Reese), grandchildren LaRon Nakea Hart, Woodrow Richardson, Christine Forbes, Caleb, Zachary, Joshua, and Angelo Amari.
Resolutions were read by: Dr. Dorothy Fields, founder, Black Archives; Dr. Dorothy Bendross- Mindingall, Miami-Dade County school board member; Pat Range, Range Funeral Home; and St. Paul AME Church. The resolution entered by Congresswoman Frederick S. Wilson become part of the Congressional Record. Other testimonies came from: Lona Brown Mathis, Carlton Jerkins, Greg Wright, former Commissioner Dorrin Rolle, Robert Edwards, Alice Harrell, Pernella Burke, a request for the Morehouse Foundation Scholarship Fund, Kim Bullard, Carnell White and Nancy
The service started on time while Willard Hart emulated his father with the same glib expression and assuredness of success. More music came from Pernella Burke singing, “Too God Be The Glory” and the Clark quartet singing two of Willard’s favorite songs. However, the choir received an “A+” on their rendition of “Total Praise” with Burke’s voice being added to the climax.
Other recognitions came from New Providence Blue Lodge #365, F&AM, P.H.A. BTW Class of 1944, Kazah Court #117, Daughters of Isis, Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., Clark Atlanta U. Alumni, Pierre Rutledge, Steve Rodriguez, Horace Roberts, Anthony Brooks, Lt. Colonel Ferguson, Thomas Jones (KKP), Aubrey Brunson, Alvin Robinson, Mayor Tomas Regalado, Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones, Vice-Chairperson, Audrey Edmonson and Senator Oscar Braynon II.
Rev. Robert Jackson, III, followed with the topic “Do You Love God?” Coordinator Veronica Rahming received responses from an article in The Miami Times’ “Chatter That Matters” appealing for more 11th grade boys. Parents continue to call her because it’s not too late. Some of the boys are Claudel Cooper, Jabril S. Ivory, Wesley Levros, Leroy Parker, Koran Robinson, Maxwell Sampson, Melvin Tooks, II, Bakari J. Wilder, Michael J. Williams and Paris C. Webb, II. At the last meeting, officers were elected by the membership with Michael Williams, president, Bakari J.Wilder, James McKinney, chaplain; and Antonio Harden, reporter. Next activities will include and audition of talent, Jan. 19 and complete essay on Jan. 26 at the Caleb Center.
Unity and Wilton Manors in North Beach celebrated its Employee Recognition Gala at Aventura Cultural Arts Center, January 12th where employees were cited for 10 or more years of service. Among the 100 recognized were Annette Harrell, CNA, who is also a member of the Psi Phi Band, grandmother, wife and mother of eight.
When Annette received her pin for 32 years of service, her family of 15 stood and cheered. It was not dance time, but Annette turned the gala into one as she demonstrated her electric slide move — others joined her.
When you pass on 95th Street and gaze at the new Miami Central High School, all alumni will experience a real sense of pride. Those uniform lights emulate it as a “wonder” of the world. Yet, the news media reported recently that academically, the Central students are not scoring high enough to convince the state educational team of its capability. When Vice Principal LeNair Dawkins was asked about the differences between students at Turner Tech High School and Miami Central, he responded, “I do not have to conduct a study; Turner Tech students are selected and Central’s are grandfathered in.”
It is now official regarding the resignation of former President Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed, who has served at Bethune-Cookman University since 2004. Dr. Larry Handfield, Trustee Board chairman, named a committee of board members, faculty and Student Government Association members who will begin to look for a replacement. Stay tuned for more information.
By Dr. Richard Strachan