School to honor Gospel-singing Metrorail rider

A few weeks ago, 82-year-old Emma Anderson had a harrowing experience when she was pulled off a Metrorail train in February for refusing to stop singing gospel songs.

The community was appalled when it saw pictures of the frail, old lady and learned of her story. Now, the Spirit of Christ Child Development Center and Academy, 18801 W. Dixie Hwy in North Miami Beach, wants to honor Anderson today in a special assembly at the academy.

In a letter from the academy, Anderson is being honored because she was "abused, mistreated, and misunderstood for wanting to sing the praises unto the Lord while riding the Metrorail. We consider her our new ‘Rosa Parks’ for this era and for this generation of children."

The academy has declared April 25 as "Emma Anderson Day" and will honor her with a spiritual and musical tribute to include songs, dance and speeches, all presented by the children in the academy.

The assembly will be at 9:30 a.m. today and the community is invited.

Dancing with the Archdiocese

This should be fun: On Saturday, seven members of different ministries and parishes of the Archdiocese of Miami will partner up with professional dancers to compete for a Mirror Ball Trophy at the second annual Heavenly Dancing with the Stars which benefits St. John Vianny College Seminary.

The diner dance competition will be at 7 p.m. at St. John Vianney College Seminary, 2900 SW 87th Ave. The dancers are: Gaston Arellano, Barry University Campus Ministry; Ian Arispe, Our Lady of Lourdes parish; Solange Hernandez, St. John the Apostle; Annmarie Block, St. Louis parish; Anna Cairo, Church of the Little Flower; Victor Gonzalez-Quintero, St. Augustine Church; and Sharon Utterback, Miami Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women.

The event will produce two winners — one selected by popular vote based on the number of voting tickets sold, the other based on their dancing prowess as determined by the judges’ scores.

The judges are the Rev. Alejandro Rodriguez Artola, pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish; the Rev. David Zirilli, vocations director, and Msgr. Kenneth Schwanger, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. Joyce Kaufman of 850 WFTL AM Radio, will be the mistress of ceremony.

The event is open to the public, but seating is limited. The cost is $50 per person and includes dinner. Voting tickets, which are used to vote for a specific couple, are $10 for 10 votes.

For tickets and more information call Juan A. Di Prado, media coordinator for the Archdiocese of Miami at 305-762-1046.

Church youth to present ‘A Supernatural Show’

The Children’s Church at the Historic Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 301 NW Ninth St. in Overtown, will present "A Supernatural Show" at 8 a.m. on May 5.

The show is a 30-minute recital of prayers, songs, dances and dramatic interpretations. The event is based on the recent outreach program, "Seek God for the City 2013," and will also feature a music video, breakfast theatre and the live recording of a CD.

According to Gail Willlingham, a member of the church, the plan is for the show to become an annual event. "We hope to add service components to nursing homes, homeless shelters and schools in the community, and may also involve a workshop during next year’s spring break.

A donation will be requested of adults who will be attending the event, but it is free to children under 16. The menu will include food that will fit most lifestyles and diets.

For more information, call 305-379-4147.

Organ concert

You are invited to hear Jay Brooks, director of music at the First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables, perform a mid-day organ concert on May 2, and the first Thursday of every month throughout the year. Concert time is from 12:30 to 12:55 p.m.

Brooks will perform a rich repertoire of spiritual and secular music on the church’s 4,000 pipe Louisa Candler Eldredge Memorial Organ. In doing so, Brooks said he "hopes to give listeners some mid-day refreshment," as they experience the beauty and power of the church’s pipe organ, which is the second largest in Miami-Dade County.

"When you are an organist you are almost a one-man orchestra," Brooks said. "You have this palate of different sounds to choose from. The organ can be a big powerful instrument and it can also be a whisper, and I plan to use all of it."

Brooks, a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, said, "I’m going to play a solid organ repertoire, including things I might not have the opportunity to play during church. It can be anything from Bach to Broadway."

The free concerts are open tot he public and will be in the sanctuary of the church at 536 Coral Way. Call 305-445-2578 or visit for more information.

Gospel singers to perform

The Sounds of Greatness Concert Series of First Church of North Miami, Congregational United Church of Christ, will present the Covenant Choral Gospel Singers at the first concert of the series at 4 p.m. Sunday at the church, 1200 NE 135th St. in North Miami.

Directed by Andrew Anderson, Chorale members are made up of members and friends of the Covenant Seventh Day Adventist Church in Pembroke Pines. The chorale was founded 10 years ago and serves to enhance the worship service by performing a wide variety of music that includes classical, gospel and contemporary.

The Chorale will be accompanied by the AAM Productions Band, managed and directed by Adrian Morrison.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Call Judith W. Feldman at 305-891-1183, for more information.

Choral Evensong in Biscayne Park

The community is invited to an evening of Choral Evensong at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Church of the Resurrection, 11173 Griffing Blvd. in Biscayne Park.

The service will include congregational hymns, choral chants and anthems, scripture readings, and prayers.

Evensong is regarded by some as one of the most beautiful and prayerful liturgies in the Anglican tradition. It’s free.

Explore Episcopal identity

Each Sunday through May 19, following the 10 a.m. worship service, the clergy at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral lead conversations that explores what it means to be a member of the Episcopal Church. The conversations will include church history, scripture, ethics and Anglican identity.

All are welcome. the church is at 464 NE 16th St.

Christ Fellowship raises $90,000 for hungry kids

Our hats are off to Christ Fellowship in Miami for raising $90,000 over Easter weekend to help feed 450 underprivileged local school children every weekend for an entire school year.

According to a press release from the church, hundreds of children have already received backpacks full of food and snacks for the weekend. And because of the generous donations from Easter, the backpack program will continue throughout the 2013-2014 school year.

To contribute to the backpack program or to learn hour your church, organization or company can get involved, call 305-238-1818 or log on at

Send all items at least two weeks in advance to Religion Notes, c/o Neighbors, 2000 NW 150th Ave., Suite 1105, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028, fax it to 954-538-7018 or email Pictures are accepted but cannot be returned.

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