The people at Unity on the Bay are asking the community to join in their efforts by taking the time to "focus on God's creation" on Sunday by attending Earth Day Sunday worship services at 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. in English or at 1:30 p.m. in Spanish.
Shanté Haymore, a spokesperson from the church said in a press release: "Churchgoers won't find styrofoam at Unity on the Bay, but they will notice an electronics recycling drive, green tips in the foyer and a skit that teaches adults environmental habits led by the youth ministry."
Unity is inviting houses of worship throughout the community to join their efforts in the following activities on Earth Day Sunday. For example, Unity on the Bay will accept electronic items from the general public that will be environmentally recycled and dropped ff at a Miami-Dade County recycling center.
In addition, through a partnership with Environmental Coalition of Miami and the Beaches and Unity on the Bay, an inspirational message will be read to the congregation.
Because of its efforts to preserve Planet Earth, Unity on the Bay has been awarded the environmentally friendly EarthCare certification by the Unity worldwide Ministries.
Haymore said, "The environment does not take a back seat to common faith initiatives like fighting against hunger or poverty at Unity on the Bay. The congregation increasingly sees a connection between care for God's creation and social issues. ... Through the church's year-round bulletin recycling program, Unity has saved roughly 800 pounds of paper since last year. The church's Green Team efforts extend to recycling plastic, paper and aluminum."
Churches nationwide, are coming aboard the faith-based green movement and are spreading the idea that environmental protection is a responsibility shared among spiritual denominations.
For more information regarding the Earth Day Sunday activities at Unity on the Bay, contact Haymore at 305-573-9191 or send an email to: email@example.com.
Archbishop to celebrate mass for lawyers
The Red Mass, a Catholic tradition that dates back to the 13th Century, will be at noon Tuesday at Gesu Catholic Church, 118 NE Second St. in downtown Miami. Archbishop Thomas Wenski will celebrate the Mass with the Miami Catholic Lawyers' Guild.
At the Red Mass, lawyers, judges and government officials proceed into the church donning red vestments or garments to signify the fire of the Holy Spirit, whose guidance is sought for all who pursue justice in their daily lives.
Following the Mass, the Guild will host a reception at the church's Hurtak Hall to honor Judge Beatrice Butchko of the Miami-Dade Circuit Court, the recipient of the Guild's 2013 "Lex Christi, Lex Amoris" award.
Celebrating ‘prophets in training’
The Apostle TD McNutt and Kingdom Training Institute will have a "Prophetic Explosion Release Summit,” in honor of the students who have successfully fulfilled the beginners course "Prophets in Training." The event, titled "Impartation, Revelation, Elevation," will be April 24-16, at New Jerusalem Primitive Baptist Church, 777 NW 85th St. All services will begin at 7 p.m.
Kingdom Training Institute opened its Miami campus on October of 2012. Classes are held Monday evenings and Saturday mornings. Teachers include Pastor/Prophet Brenda Ray of West Palm Beach; Apostle Mark Chironna of Orlando; Pastor/Prophet Marcus Mickles of St. Louis, Missouri and bishop Iona Locke of Southfield, Michigan.
For more information about the Summit services or information on becoming a student at Kingdom Training Institute, call the office at 561-667-5603 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bishop to mark 48 years of preaching
Bishop Walter H. Richardson, pastor and overseer at The Church of God Tabernacle at 1351 NW 67th St. in Liberty City will celebrate his 48th pastoral anniversary with a Celebration Luncheon at 1 p.m. on April 27 at the Miami Shores Country Club, and at special worship services at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on April 28 at the church.
Richardson, at 90, is one of the longest serving pastors in South Florida. He is, said Elder Thomas P. Edwards, the church’s assistant pastor, one of the unsung heroes of South Florida. "He is a kind and compassionate man, who reaches out to everyone," Edwards said.
Tickets to the luncheon celebration are $20 each, and may be purchased by calling Missionary Maxine Edwards at 305-621-8813 or Missionary Cordelia Freeman at 305-751-4523.
Unity Day at Allen Chapel A.M.E.
Unity Day 2013 will be celebrated at Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church during the 10 a.m. worship services on April 28.
The Rev. Wendell Paris, campus pastor at Florida Memorial University, will be the guest preacher. Everyone is welcome to attend. the Rev. Vensen Ambeau is pastor of the church at 1201 NW 111th St.
Pastor marks 25 years as minister
Congratulations to the Very Rev. Douglas McCaleb, Dean of Trinity Cathedral on the occasion of the 25th year of his ordination on April 24
Congratulations are also in order to the Rev. Jack Stanton, associate priest at the Cathedral, whose 50th year of ordination was marked on April 8. The two ordinations to the priesthood will be celebrated at Trinity, 464 NE 16th St. on Sunday. A special celebration has been planned.
Also at Trinity: the 2013 Acolyte Festival will be at the cathedral on April 27. the theme of the event is, "the Acolyte Bible Challenge," and all attendees are invited to brush up on their knowledge of the Book of Genesis for a real Bible challenge.
Tickets are $15 each and include lunch. In addition, assorted baked goods will be for sale to help support "The Great American Bake Sale," a campaign to help stamp out child hunger. The day will also include performances by the St. Thomas Band from coral Gables; Forty Days, and gospel Hip-hop artist G-Quinn. If you participate, you must register through the diocesan website, http://www.diosef.org.
Bethel Apostolic to hold community resource fair
The Rev. Dr. Carol Nash-Lester and the congregation at Bethel Apostolic Temple will celebrate the 57th anniversary of the church on Saturday and Sunday at the church, 1855 NW 119th St.
As a theme for the celebration, the church will focus on "57 years of serving with God's Love." Weekend festivities will focus on service to the community that will involve a Community Resource Fair, to be on Saturday.
The fair will offer a variety of health screenings and social services provided by Jackson Health Systems; The Family Foundation of Miami; Miami Dade County Community Action and Human Service Department; Care Resource; Humana; the American Heart Association; Miami Dade Fire Rescue, and South Florida Workforce. The day will include a carnival with amusement rides, food and something for the entire family.
The celebration will conclude on Sunday with a morning worship service at 11 a.m., and an afternoon worship service at 3 p.m. The guest speaker at both services will be the Rev. Connail Johnson, lead pastor/teacher/overseer of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church: The City of Hope in Hollywood, who is also a celebrated gospel recording artist.
Nash-Lester said, "We look forward to the community coming out to take advantage of the services provided at the resource fair ... and spending quality time, enjoying their loved ones at the carnival and worship services."
For more information call the church at 305-688-1612 or go to www.bethelatmiami.org.