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Local church honors often overlooked community

admin | 12/7/2011, 7:36 a.m.

While many private homes and public institutions held dinners for a general show of gratitude, the House of God Miracle Temple hosted a dinner to show appreciation for people who have served their community in areas ranging from law enforcement to education, and church minuistry. For the past two years, the non-profit organization, His Love Supper, has sponsored these meals to honor the contributions made by often overlooked members of society, said HLS's founder Sharon Lovett. "For the more than 33 years I have been in the body of Christ I 've found that there are many talented people in the community but you would never know it if you didn't invite them to the forefront, explained the 65-year-old. "It's just not about the leaders, its about the people, those who make the leaders great." HLS held their dinner on Saturday, Nov. 19th and provided an array of Christian entertainment including musicians gospel artists, and liturgical dancers. "I am just happy I am able to do this and I want it to grow as we recognize others in the community" Lovett said. Among some of the honorees were Herma Justice Forbes, Mary Hill, Reverend Vernell Bailey Watson, Eddie J. Lovett, M. Munroe, Malachi Monroe, Pamela Avant and Jatani Emani Folston. Hill said receiving the recognition "was very inspiring." Herma Justice Forbes, another honoree also said the recognition felt great. In 1971, Forbes says she became the first Black woman to go on patrol for the City of Miami police department. "Initially, when I started on patrol, it wasn't something that was readily accepted by the men," she recalled. Forbes spent several months on the patrol beat before moving on and eventually serving 24 years with the police department. By Kaila Heardkheard@miamitimesonline.com