Church Community – KCACM http://kcacm.org/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 19:33:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://kcacm.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-4-150x150.png Church Community – KCACM http://kcacm.org/ 32 32 Where to Pay Tribute to Club Q Shooting Victims Across Colorado https://kcacm.org/where-to-pay-tribute-to-club-q-shooting-victims-across-colorado/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 19:28:32 +0000 https://kcacm.org/where-to-pay-tribute-to-club-q-shooting-victims-across-colorado/ DENVER — As Colorado grapples with another mass shooting over a week-long holiday, this time at an LGBTQ+ club in Colorado Springs, those looking to come together to honor the victims of the Club Q shooting may do at several vigils across the state in the coming days. Tuesday Colorado Springs Police Department 3650 N. […]]]>

DENVER — As Colorado grapples with another mass shooting over a week-long holiday, this time at an LGBTQ+ club in Colorado Springs, those looking to come together to honor the victims of the Club Q shooting may do at several vigils across the state in the coming days.

Tuesday

Colorado Springs Police Department
3650 N. Nevada Avenue – 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Colorado Springs Police Department is hosting a Community Resource Expo to provide members of our community with support in navigating the variety of emotions surrounding this tragedy. The expo will be held at the UCCS Kevin W. O’Neill Cybersecurity & Research Center, 3650 North Nevada Avenue.

The Expo will provide mental health resources, spiritual support, emotional support animals, child care, emergency financial resources, LGBTQ+ support, meals, and other services. Security for all attendees will be provided by Colorado Springs uniformed police officers. The event is designed to be an inclusive and safe space for all members of our community to come together, grieve and seek emotional support.

Queer Asterisk – Boulder
100 Arapahoe Ave #9 – 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Queer Asterisk is hosting a special Queer Conversation to help members of the LGBTQ+ community process their feelings, support each other, honor victims, and remember the enduring strength and love of this community after the deadly shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs. All are welcome, no participation fee. For more information, contact rp@queerasterisk.com.

First Christian Church – Colorado Springs
16 Platte Avenue East – 6:00 p.m.

Colorado Springs First Christian Church will hold a prayer, meditation, and fellowship service at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 for our friends and loved ones affected by the Club Q tragedy.

Aurora Community College – Colorado School of Film
9075 E. Lowry Blvd. – 6 p.m.

The Community College of Aurora invites Aurora residents to a candlelight vigil hosted by the CCA LGBTQIA2S+ Working Group. This event will provide the college community with an opportunity to honor the victims of the Club Q tragedy.

PFLAG Community Remembrance & Support Event—Denver
Virtual event – 7 p.m.

Together in coordination and mourning, PFLAG Denver + PFLAG Colorado Springs + PFLAG National asks the LGBTQ+ community to unite in remembrance and collective support around the violence inflicted in Colorado Springs.

It is requested to register before the event.

Wednesday

Colorado Springs Police Department
3650 N. Nevada Avenue – 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Colorado Springs Police Department is hosting a Community Resource Expo to provide members of our community with support in navigating the variety of emotions surrounding this tragedy. The expo will be held at the UCCS Kevin W. O’Neill Cybersecurity & Research Center, 3650 North Nevada Avenue.

The Expo will provide mental health resources, spiritual support, emotional support animals, child care, emergency financial resources, LGBTQ+ support, meals, and other services. Security for all attendees will be provided by Colorado Springs uniformed police officers. The event is designed to be an inclusive and safe space for all members of our community to come together, grieve and seek emotional support.

Estes Park United Methodist Church
1509 Fish Hatchery Road – 4 p.m.

A vigil is held at Estes Park United Methodist Church to remember the five victims killed in the mass shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs.

Friday

Dragonfly Landing Family Services – Colorado Springs
3225 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Ste. 101 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Colorado Springs residents seeking to honor the victims of the Club Q shooting are invited to attend Dragonfly Landing Family Services to create posters to bring to Club Q in support as the club deals with the aftermath of the shooting. mass that took the lives of five people on Saturday night.

Saturday

Cultura Chocolate Queers for Q — Denver
3742 Morrison Road – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Organized by the Bread and Roses Legal Center, this vigil will include a fundraiser for survivors. Visitors can also expect a drag queen story hour, dancing girls and a silent auction. It is a sober space.

City Hall Collaborative Queers for Q – Denver
525 Santa Fe Drive – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This community space, hosted by the Bread and Roses Legal Center, will involve fundraisers for survivors, art and appetizers.

Vigils beyond Saturday

MOSAIC (UCCS) – Colorado Springs
4775 Centennial Blv.d #150 – 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Keep Colorado Springs Queer will hold a vigil in honor of the five people lost in the Club Q shooting on Monday, November 28. Those interested in participating are asked to email tspence3@uccs.edu.

Denver Q Collaborative—Denver City Park
2001 Steele Street – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Denver Q Collaboration will hold a vigil on Monday, November 28 to honor the lives lost in the Colorado Springs Club Q shooting at Denver City Park. Hot drinks will be offered to participants.

Editor’s note: These are only the events of which we have been informed. If you know of other vigils happening in Colorado, email us at newstips@kmgh.com so we can add them to this list.

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Bethany Lutheran Church in Leland Celebrates 175 Years – Shaw Local https://kcacm.org/bethany-lutheran-church-in-leland-celebrates-175-years-shaw-local/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 22:30:52 +0000 https://kcacm.org/bethany-lutheran-church-in-leland-celebrates-175-years-shaw-local/ One hundred and seventy-five years and days after his congregation first met in Baker, members of Bethany Lutheran Church in Leland will gather Sunday morning for worship and to celebrate his more than a century as a what a church. Marilyn Abbott said that after all these years, Bethany Lutheran is still a thriving and […]]]>

One hundred and seventy-five years and days after his congregation first met in Baker, members of Bethany Lutheran Church in Leland will gather Sunday morning for worship and to celebrate his more than a century as a what a church.

Marilyn Abbott said that after all these years, Bethany Lutheran is still a thriving and growing congregation that remains an important member of the community.

The church was founded in 1847, beginning with a group of people meeting in homes in Baker and Leland before Lutherans teamed up with a group of Baptists to build a church they could share together.

Abbott said the two groups shared a church until Bethany Lutheran decided to build hers two miles south of Leland in 1858. Nine years later the congregation moved that church to what was then the boundary south of Leland.

“What amazes me is that back in the 1800s, they didn’t have the vehicles, the trailers that we need to move the buildings,” Abbott said.

The church, like the present building, was lifted and moved by horses.

Abbott said the congregation decided in 1904 that church members needed a bigger church, so they built at 235 E. Lundy Lane in the same location where the church is. This building only lasted 13 years, however, before a fire burned it down.

“The foundation we have now is the foundation of this church,” Abbott said. “What they did was they cleaned up the debris and built a completely different church.”

The construction of this church, which still stands for the use of Bethany every Sunday, cost $32,500.

Since this church was built, Bethany Lutheran has grown a lot. One side of the church now houses the Bethany First Step Pre-School, a preschool program that brings children into its building.

It is also home to the Five Loaves & Two Fish Food Pantry, named after a story in the Bible’s Book of John that depicted Jesus feeding five thousand people with just five loaves and two fish.

This Sunday, Pastor Hope Johnson will hold two worship services starting at 9 a.m. with a half-hour break in between to share the story of the church.

The church will then host a dinner at 12:30 p.m. for the fellowship and to celebrate Bethany Lutheran’s 175th birthday.

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Community mourns death of 3 football players during vigils https://kcacm.org/community-mourns-death-of-3-football-players-during-vigils/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 22:33:07 +0000 https://kcacm.org/community-mourns-death-of-3-football-players-during-vigils/ CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – A community prayer service is being held for University of Virginia students mourning the deaths of three football players who were fatally shot Sunday night. The event will take place Monday on campus at 5:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Memorial Church. “All students are invited to a short service followed by refreshments […]]]>

A community prayer service is being held for University of Virginia students mourning the deaths of three football players who were fatally shot Sunday night.

The event will take place Monday on campus at 5:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Memorial Church.

“All students are invited to a short service followed by refreshments and fellowship,” the invitation reads.

Students told FOX 5 that several vigils were also planned on campus for the victims. A vigil is being held at Scott’s Stadium, Data Bridge, University South Lawn and the university said it is also holding a vigil.

Tragedy struck the UVA community on Sunday evening after authorities said Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. opened fire inside a bus on campus, killing three members of the football team and injuring two others.

University President Jim Ryan identified the three gunned down students as Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler and D’Sean Perry. All three were members of the UVA football team. Two other students were injured and taken to UVA Medical Center. One of the injured students is in good condition and the other is in critical condition.

The suspect was apprehended Monday afternoon and is currently in custody.

Prayers, heartfelt feelings and memories came from all over the country after the incident.

Earlier today, University of Virginia President Jim Ryan canceled classes and released a statement saying, “I want the victims, their families, and all members of the University of Virginia community in my heart today, and we will make plans to come together as a community to grieve as soon as the suspect is apprehended.”

“I cannot find the words to express the devastation and grief our team feels today after the tragic events of last night which resulted in the deaths of Lavel, D’Sean and Devin, and the others injured,” said said the Virginia head coach. Tony Elliott tweeted. They were incredible young men with huge aspirations and extremely bright futures. Our hearts ache for their families, classmates and friends.”

“As a mother of three, I feel bad for parents and family members,” Virginia Athletics manager Carla Williams said in a statement. We have lost three talented and brilliant young men. We will never see what their impact would have been on the world, but we will never forge their impact on us. I miss Lavel, D’Sean and Devi. I pray for their peace, comfort and hope for their parents and loved ones. For their teammates, coaches and friends, I pray for strength and a peace that surpasses all understanding.”

“We had a horrific overnight tragedy at UVA, lives were lost and families changed forever. Thanks to the diligence and commitment of our law enforcement, the suspect is in custody. While there are still many details to be uncovered, let us raise the whole community in prayer,” Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin tweeted.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre released a statement saying President Biden and the first lady mourn the loss of the gunshot victims.

“Too many families across America carry the terrible burden of gun violence,” the statement said. “Earlier this year, President Biden signed the most important gun safety law in nearly three decades, in addition to taking other historic steps. But we need to do more. We need to enact a ban. assault weapons to get the weapons of war off the streets of America. House Democrats have acted and the Senate should follow.”

Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares sent prayers via Twitter to the UVA community.

“The Attorney General’s office is working with federal and state law enforcement and they are actively investigating the case. We will provide more information in due course,” he tweeted.

A professor of American Studies and Media Studies at UVA said Devin Chandler and Lavel Davis were his students. “Devin was in my class in the spring of 2022, and Lavel is in my class this semester. I’m so indescribably sad right now but I wanted to share some memories of them because they were such wonderful people.

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Roanoke church tries to find solutions to end gun violence https://kcacm.org/roanoke-church-tries-to-find-solutions-to-end-gun-violence/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 22:05:00 +0000 https://kcacm.org/roanoke-church-tries-to-find-solutions-to-end-gun-violence/ ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – Gun violence continues to claim lives in Roanoke, and so far this week we’ve seen three shootings alone. But for a man, this topic is personal. He uses his experiences to try to make a difference. Darnell Woods was only 13 when his father was shot and killed. Nothing has ever […]]]>

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – Gun violence continues to claim lives in Roanoke, and so far this week we’ve seen three shootings alone. But for a man, this topic is personal. He uses his experiences to try to make a difference.

Darnell Woods was only 13 when his father was shot and killed. Nothing has ever been the same for his family.

“It impacts their mentality through the trauma first and foremost. Then you have a single mom raising seven kids,” Wood said. “And my mom did a great job.”

51 years later, he still faces the death of his father.

“Every birthday that comes along. The day he dies comes around. He comes back, you know he’s still there. And you go back and relieve those moments. It impacts you. It impacts your life,” explained Wood.

But it’s that feeling that fuels his work as Community Outreach Coordinator for Hill Street Baptist Church.

Earlier this year, the church applied for a grant through the Roanoke Gun Violence Prevention Commission and received $27,000.

The focus is on helping young people.

“We need to get out there and let them know there’s a better way than pulling out a gun and shooting each other,” Wood added. “Gun violence just has to stop.”

So far he has hosted the first National Village Night in Lincoln and several community barbecues.

On Saturday, he leads a 2-mile march to end gun violence. Not only to raise awareness but to find solutions.

“We can also strategize. Bring in new ideas. Brainstorm next steps,” Wood said.

Wood thinks the key is for the churches to function as one.

“Churches are not doing enough. It can be hard to hear for some,” Wood explained. “But we have to unite. Not just one church doing something, but we all have to come together.

The march will begin at 8 am at the Macedonian Baptist Church.

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St. Peter’s Episcopal Church returns to community Thanksgiving meal https://kcacm.org/st-peters-episcopal-church-returns-to-community-thanksgiving-meal/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 00:09:14 +0000 https://kcacm.org/st-peters-episcopal-church-returns-to-community-thanksgiving-meal/ ROCKLAND — St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is hosting the Thanksgiving Community Meal, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. This year, the Church is returning to a seated meal in the parish hall of the church. The free turkey dinner will still contain all the traditional dishes: roast turkey, mashed potatoes and […]]]>

ROCKLAND — St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is hosting the Thanksgiving Community Meal, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. This year, the Church is returning to a seated meal in the parish hall of the church.

The free turkey dinner will still contain all the traditional dishes: roast turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, squash, cranberry sauce, peas and carrots, and lots of pies. Gluten-free and vegan items will also be available.

“If you are not feeling well or have been around someone who is not well, we ask that you please stay home and stay safe,” St. Peter’s said in a press release. . “The St. Peter’s Thanksgiving team has worked hard this year to not only provide food and fellowship for the community meal, but also set aside any uneaten food for area donations. So please come and enjoy the meal and eat whatever you want, but don’t plan to take any more home.

There is no charge for dinner. If you are considering helping or providing food, please contact coordinator Ron Staschak at 207-691-7578.

The church is located at 11 White Street in Rockland.

If you would like to support this community meal with a donation, you can do so electronically on the St. Peter’s Parish website or send a check, made payable to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church with “Thanksgiving Meal in the memo line, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 11 White Street, Rockland, ME 04841.

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Parishes are essential places to grow in faith, community – Diocese of Scranton https://kcacm.org/parishes-are-essential-places-to-grow-in-faith-community-diocese-of-scranton/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 14:17:23 +0000 https://kcacm.org/parishes-are-essential-places-to-grow-in-faith-community-diocese-of-scranton/ Pope Francis shakes hands with a child during an audience at the Vatican with members of the young adult section of Italian Catholic Action, October 29, 2022. (CNS Photo/Vatican Media) VATICAN CITY (CNS) – The COVID-19 pandemic has weakened many parishes, but this community “among homes, among people,” remains an essential place to nurture and […]]]>
Pope Francis shakes hands with a child during an audience at the Vatican with members of the young adult section of Italian Catholic Action, October 29, 2022. (CNS Photo/Vatican Media)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – The COVID-19 pandemic has weakened many parishes, but this community “among homes, among people,” remains an essential place to nurture and share faith, Pope Francis said to young Italian adults.

The parish is “the normal environment where we learned to hear the Gospel, to know the Lord Jesus, to serve gratuitously, to pray in community, to share projects and initiatives, to feel part of the holy people of God “, the pope told the leaders. of the young adult section of Italian Catholic Action, a parish program of faith building and social action.

Meeting with thousands of young adults Oct. 29, Pope Francis said he knows that in most cities and towns the parish church is not the center of religious and social life as it was when he was growing, but “for our journey of faith and growth”. , the parish experience was and is important, irreplaceable.

With its mix of members, the pope said, the parish is the place to discover how “in the church we are all brothers and sisters through baptism; that we are all protagonists and responsible; that we have different gifts which are all for the good of the community; that life is a vocation, following Jesus; and that faith is a gift to give, a gift to witness.

Part of this witnessing, he said, is to show concretely how faith leads to charity and the desire for justice.

In the neighborhood, the city and the region, “our motto is not ‘I don’t care’, but ‘I care!’”, declared the pope.

The “disease of indifference” can be “more dangerous than cancer”, he told the youngsters. “Human misery is not a fate that befalls some unfortunate people, but almost always the result of injustices that must be eradicated.”

Pope Francis urged young people not to be frustrated or put off by the fact that in their parishes “the community dimension is a bit weak”, which “has been made worse by the pandemic”.

Learning to see each other as brothers and sisters, he said, does not begin with a meeting or a parish activity, but with each one through prayer and, above all, through the Eucharist celebrated and shared in the parish.

“Brotherhood in the Church is founded on Christ, on his presence in us and among us,” the pope said. “Thanks to him, we welcome each other, we support each other – Christian love is built on tolerance – and we forgive each other.”

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The Church of Jesus Christ building will be the new home of the Idaho Food Bank https://kcacm.org/the-church-of-jesus-christ-building-will-be-the-new-home-of-the-idaho-food-bank/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 03:05:29 +0000 https://kcacm.org/the-church-of-jesus-christ-building-will-be-the-new-home-of-the-idaho-food-bank/ A former meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 351 W. 14th Street in Idaho Falls was recently donated to the Idaho Falls Community Food Cart. (Jay Hildebrandt) Estimated reading time: 3-4 minutes IDAHO FALLS — A generous donation from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will provide a […]]]>

A former meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 351 W. 14th Street in Idaho Falls was recently donated to the Idaho Falls Community Food Cart. (Jay Hildebrandt)

Estimated reading time: 3-4 minutes

IDAHO FALLS — A generous donation from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will provide a larger venue for a local food bank to serve customers in eastern Idaho.

A former Latter-day Saint meeting place at 351 W. 14th Street in Idaho Falls has been donated to the Idaho Falls Community Food Cart, meaning the food cart will move its distribution center to the 17,389-foot building squares.

Ariel Jackson, executive director of the food cart, tells EastIdahoNews.com the new building is more than 13 times the size of its current location at 245 N. Placer Avenue. The nonprofit plans to move into the space within the next six to nine months following a renovation project.

“The plan is to receive the keys in December after removing the steeple, signage and building art,” Jackson said. “The building doesn’t have a dock for us to drop off food, so we need a dock in the back and some shelving. We also didn’t want to uproot our families in the middle of the holidays. This moving in the snow is no fun.”

Half of the building will be used as a food bank distribution center and the other half will be used for community events, such as self-sufficiency classes and other charitable purposes.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has contributed to the food basket over the years and it is the organization’s largest donation to date.

The Idaho Falls Community Food Cart will move into its new building following a renovation project.
The Idaho Falls Community Food Cart will move into its new building following a renovation project. (Photo: Jay Hildebrandt)

It comes at a time when the number of people benefiting from the food basket continues to rise. It distributed the equivalent of 1,738,105 meals last year, serving 1,043 families each month.

“The need continues to grow at an unprecedented rate, testing our ability to safely distribute food to those who need it most,” Jackson said in a press release.

The larger building will not only improve the efficiency of food distribution, but also improve customer safety in a welcoming indoor location.

“We had to call an ambulance three times this summer because customers had to stand in the sun and now we are hitting the winter months. This gives us the opportunity to get our customers out of the weather…to wait in a warm or cool building (depending on the time of year),” Jackson says. “Our biggest goal was to get a bigger space and shelter our guests from the elements, so that’s going to be awesome. “

Food donated to the Idaho Falls Community Food Cart.
Food donated to the Idaho Falls Community Food Cart. (Photo: Ariel Jackson)

The church building dates from 1950 and has not been used as a meeting place for at least a decade. A press release from the church says it recently operated as an administrative office for full-time missionaries.

The church wanted to sell or donate it and contacted the Regional Council for Christian Ministry, the food basket’s umbrella organization, to see if they were interested in the space.

“They liked what we were doing, realizing that we were meeting the needs of the community and we just didn’t have (adequate) space,” Jackson says.

Elder Fernando R. Castro, a member of one of the church’s Quorum of Seventy overseeing members in this area, is thrilled to provide a much larger space for the food bank’s mission.

“We are grateful to The Food Basket for its many years of dedicated service helping food insecure individuals and families and for the opportunity to repurpose this building in such a meaningful way,” Castro said in a press release. .

Jackson appreciates the “remarkable gesture” of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The current food cart building on Placer Avenue is owned by the First Presbyterian Church. Jackson is grateful for his support over the years. Once the move is complete, Jackson says it will be used for other nonprofit entities.

Its warehouse located at 1895, boulevard Nord will remain in operation.

Idaho Falls Community Food Cart Volunteers
Volunteers at the Idaho Falls Community Food Cart (Photo: Ariel Jackson)

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James Khuri and Street Light Church join special event to uplift underserved communities https://kcacm.org/james-khuri-and-street-light-church-join-special-event-to-uplift-underserved-communities/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 14:01:00 +0000 https://kcacm.org/james-khuri-and-street-light-church-join-special-event-to-uplift-underserved-communities/ James Khuri, founder of BeautifullMinds, and Street Light Church join in a special event to uplift underserved communities. James Khuri, Founder of BeautifullMinds, and Street Light Church Join Special Event to Uplift Underserved Communities LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA, Oct. 29, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — James Khuri, Founder of BeautifullMinds, and Street Light Church are joining in […]]]>

James Khuri, founder of BeautifullMinds, and Street Light Church join in a special event to uplift underserved communities.

James Khuri, Founder of BeautifullMinds, and Street Light Church Join Special Event to Uplift Underserved Communities

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA, Oct. 29, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — James Khuri, Founder of BeautifullMinds, and Street Light Church are joining in a special event to uplift underserved communities.

BeautifullMinds and Street Light Church join in a special event to uplift underserved communities. Marco A. Letona, James F. Khuri, Pastor Jimmy Ochoa and Pastor Santos Chavez will team up to bless the children and community of the OC West Minister at Street Light Church. After talking to the pastors of the Street Light Church, both expressed their concerns about the poverty and illiteracy which are statistically increasing since the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020. As is clear that many communities have not been able to recover.

Many children and adults are increasingly taking to the streets. And we feel that they are moving further and further away from the human spirit. Therefore, BeautifullMinds and Street Light Church are hosting a special Halloween event where all children and people are welcome, regardless of financial status, color, creed or religion. Children and people will be treated to a toy, food, clothing drive, candy, Halloween decorations and Christian music.

BeautifullMinds is a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles, but as stated by its president, Marco A. Letona,

“The organization’s love and compassion reach far beyond the borders of its county. Where we are needed, where the people yearn and cry out in despair, we (BeautifullMinds) will go.”

After this event, BeautifullMinds and Street Light Church will present a well-established plan in the areas of education, employment, athletics and spiritual grounds, to give the city of West Minister the momentum it has need to be successful. As a wise man once said, “God’s work really depends on us.”
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Times are Changing: Yankton Church Adopts New Name | Community https://kcacm.org/times-are-changing-yankton-church-adopts-new-name-community/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 03:00:00 +0000 https://kcacm.org/times-are-changing-yankton-church-adopts-new-name-community/ Yankton First Assembly Church celebrated its 85th anniversary with a bold new initiative and visionary leadership. Last month, as part of this initiative, the congregation voted unanimously to change its name to River City Assembly of God. This reflects the congregation’s desire to bring God’s power, freshness and beauty to southern South Dakota and northern […]]]>

Yankton First Assembly Church celebrated its 85th anniversary with a bold new initiative and visionary leadership.

Last month, as part of this initiative, the congregation voted unanimously to change its name to River City Assembly of God. This reflects the congregation’s desire to bring God’s power, freshness and beauty to southern South Dakota and northern Nebraska.

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Everyone Invited to Attend Nuptials of Gay and Black CT Couple Deeply Bonded to Church – Hartford Courant https://kcacm.org/everyone-invited-to-attend-nuptials-of-gay-and-black-ct-couple-deeply-bonded-to-church-hartford-courant/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 10:01:02 +0000 https://kcacm.org/everyone-invited-to-attend-nuptials-of-gay-and-black-ct-couple-deeply-bonded-to-church-hartford-courant/ Reverend Darrell Goodwin and Kentavis “Kenny” Brice have 200 friends and family coming to their “black, gay” wedding at Asylum Hill Congregational, but they hope hundreds more will show up. In the name of activism and affirmation, the faith-filled couple extended an invitation to the world to attend the October 29 nuptials. “We decided to […]]]>

Reverend Darrell Goodwin and Kentavis “Kenny” Brice have 200 friends and family coming to their “black, gay” wedding at Asylum Hill Congregational, but they hope hundreds more will show up.

In the name of activism and affirmation, the faith-filled couple extended an invitation to the world to attend the October 29 nuptials.

“We decided to open our marriage to the public as an act of activism to interrupt the absence of images of black and gay love, and in particular of black and gay love in the context of faith,” said said Goodwin. “We also want to provide the community with the opportunity to support a wedding that we know will receive great negativity and criticism in our world.”

Those unable to make it to the 800-strong church in person will be able to watch the ceremony live, as the couple captured the world’s attention via social media, with guests interested in watching from Asia, D Africa and Europe. .

The wedding ceremony will take place at 3:15 p.m. The reception will be private due to space constraints.

The Reverend Erica Thompson, the church’s chief minister, who will give a welcome speech, said they had had black weddings and same-sex weddings, but this is the first ‘same-sex loving’ black wedding. “.

“I love the idea of ​​inviting the audience to witness in the experience of love and joy,” she said. “As two men of color, I think there are a lot of layers in their relationship that are positive. We need more of that in the world today.

Their romance began when the two met in the spring of 2019.

Goodwin was living in Nebraska to begin his role as associate conference minister and had reached out to community leaders about potential partnerships. Brice, a MixxedFit master educator, agreed to meet with him to possibly offer a gospel dance fitness class.

That night, the men closed the salon after a three-hour conversation and, according to a personal wedding website featuring their story, “Darrell boldly left asking Kentavis for a goodbye kiss, which he obliged to be given many times.”

Five months later, their friendship had turned into a romance.

In March 2020, they decided to quarantine together during the pandemic. It was during those countless hours spent together that their bond grew stronger.

In June 2021 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Goodwin proposed to Brice in the most romantic way. There were sprinkled red roses and a sign in big white letters that said, “Will you marry me?”

Brice quickly said, “Yes.”

Brice said one of the most striking qualities he saw in Goodwin when they first became friends was his ability to connect with people and his love of people no matter what their circumstances.

“If he shares something, he’d give you the biggest chunk,” Brice said of Goodwin. “He is caring, inclusive, loving. I also love his million dollar smile.

Goodwin said he was inspired by faith, a sense of justice and commitment to Brice’s family.

“When we first met, Kenny made a commitment to travel with me to churches so I would be safe,” Goodwin said. “I was an openly gay black man in Nebraska.”

Goodwin said he and Brice realized that as black men they had few role models and images of black love, especially same-sex love.

Goodwin, 41, is the executive conference minister for the Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ. Goodwin’s career involves working with staff to equip, serve and empower 615 churches in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Churches are open and affirm the LBGTQ community.

Brice, 31, statewide coordinator of foster care health clinics for the Department of Children and Families, said the message they want to send is: ” God loves you as you are.”

“We want to show love, inclusiveness,” Brice said. “It’s not something you see every day. What a blessing.”

The men, residents of Bloomfield, will wear black and gold suits and welcome guests from across the country, including their mothers and Goodwin’s grandmother, Roberta Harris, who lives with them.

“I’m so excited,” Harris, 86, said. “I can’t wait for this wedding to happen. I love my grandson, and now I have another grandson.”

When asked what she thought of the open invitation which could bring in hundreds of strangers, Harris replied, “I just hope they’re as excited as I am.”

Darrell Goodwin, left, is pictured with his fiancé Kentavis Brice and his grandmother, Roberta Harris, 86, who lives with the couple in their home in Bloomfield.  Harris is thrilled with the wedding and gaining another grandson for Brice.

Brice’s mother, Delisa Monroe, who will be traveling from Nebraska for the wedding, said she understands the pair want everyone to know how they feel about each other.

“Being a Christian myself, I like it when people speak out. I don’t think the world should influence them,” Monroe said. “I’m just excited because they’re going to do what they want to do.”

Goodwin’s mother, Brenda Lee Goodwin of Minnesota, said she was fine with the open invitation.

“I think if they want to speak out in these times of hate, that’s welcome,” she said. “They want to open their hearts to the world. I can’t wait until this day to see two become one and stay true to their beliefs.

Officiating at the wedding will be the Reverend Andrea Vassell, who is bishop-elect for worldwide ministries for the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries. Vassell, who Goodwin says is black and same-sex, is a former UCC pastor and close friend.

“When we choose to step out of the closeness of life, we allow others to do the same,” Vassell said. “Darrell and Kentavis do just that.”

Goodwin said when he and Brice posted their open wedding plans on Facebook, within 24 hours people from all over the world responded.

The post received 1,000 engagements and 700 comments.

Goodwin said 99% of feedback was positive. People said they were inspired, they became hopeful and they felt joy. They had so many requests to broadcast the ceremony that they decided to do so.

“We were touched that so many people were touched by us,” Goodwin said.

Goodwin said he has received hate messages before.

“We want to drown out these messages with the community coming forward and supporting us publicly and authentically,” he said.

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