Church baseball league’s longtime leader retires

Seventeen years ago, Bob Haworth, a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Miami Springs, organized a coed softball league. And for all of those years, Haworth has served as the commissioner. Comes this summer, the good commissioner will move to Winter Haven, where his wife Diane, has started a new career.

On April 28, all seven teams in the league honored Haworth on the field for his years of service. It was a fitting show of appreciation for the man who, not only founded the church league, but who also played third base for Grace's team.

Joni Precht said she has played with the church team for the past seven years, "and they just don't make men like Bob Haworth anymore."

Precht said Haworth started the Church League in Miami Springs 17 years ago, "and we've won the series all 17 years," she said.

You might remember the name Haworth. His daughter, Miami-Dade police detective Mandy Haworth, was one of two officers killed in the line of duty a few years ago. She left a teenage son. Recently, Precht said the ball field in Miami Springs where the games are played each spring was named in Mandy's honor.

Here's wishing only the best for Bob Haworth as he and his wife embark on another leg of their life journey.

Seminar teaches positive thinking

Unity on the Bay will present Michael Beckwith at a seminar titled, "Living from the Overflow: How to Embody a Consciousness of Wealth" at 7 p.m. on May 30 at Unity, 411 NE 21st St. The event is a part of the center's 2013 Speaker Series.

Beckwith, an international speaker and teacher of meditation, is a renowned spiritual leader and is the founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles. He is the featured teacher in the best-selling book and film, The Secret, and has appeared on Oprah's Best Life Week series. His books include "Spiritual Liberation - Fulfilling Our Soul's Potential", "Inspirations of the Heart", "Forty Day Mind Fast Soul Feast", and "A Manifesto of Peace". His most recent book, Life Visioning: A Transformative Process for Activating Your Unique Gift and Highest Potential, was released in 2012. In addition to Oprah, Beckwith has appeared on Larry King Live, Tavis Smiley and his own PBS special, The Answer Is You.

In a press release from the center Beckwith said, "Happiness, health, love — and yes, money — are all manifestations of what the universe has to give." At the seminar participants will be taken on a "journey" that will "cultivate" a mindset of authentic wealth, exploring meditation, affirmative prayer and visioning and understanding how gratitude and generosity create a magnetic field for wealth.

In addition, Rickie Byars Beckwith, singer-songwriter, will perform transcendent music at the seminar to "open the heart, touch the soul and uplift the spirit." She has performed for the Dalai Lama, at Green Festivals across North America and at many peace concerts the promote unity and the principles of non-violence.

Tickets to the event are $50 each and are available online at, Or, you may contact Diana Perez at 305-573-9191, ext. 215.

Pastor celebrates eight years

Congratulations to the Rev. Dr. Joreatha McCall Capers, the senior pastor of Ebenezer United Methodist Church, who will celebrate her Eighth Annual Pastor's Appreciation Anniversary at 2 p.m. on June 1, at the Miami Shores Country Club, 10000 Biscayne Blvd.

The cost is $45 per person. If you go, make your RSVP by calling the church at 305-635-7413 no later than May 24.

Church to host indoor garage sale

You know that summer is here when Palm Springs United Methodist Church, 5700 W. 12th Ave. in Hialeah, is talking about its annual Summer Indoor Garage Sale.

The two-weekend event will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 7 and 8, and June 14 and 15 at the church.

My friend Nancy Perez tells me that there will be "a large variety of items for sale, from clothing and lines, to records, videos, toys, and small furniture; and from baby items and pet supplies to school and office supplies, craft supplies, and medical supplies."

Items for sale will also include luggage, lamps, pictures, books, holiday items and decorations and collectables.

In addition, Derek Alfonso, a Boy Scout from the church's Troop 306, will have a car wash on both Saturdays to help raise funds for his Eagle Scout project.

Lunch and snack foods will also be for sale. Money raised from the garage sale will be used for church work and missions, Perez said. For more information call her at the church at 305- 821-3232.

Dance and spoken word show at St. James AME

St. James AME Church at 1845 NW 65th St., will present a "Dance and Spoken Word" showcase entitled, "Brokenness to Beauty at 4 p.m. Saturday at Charles Hadley Park's Black Box Theater, 1300 NW 50th St.

This is our way of ministering to the issues in our community, said Tiffani Page, a member of the church. "The program will speak to our journey in life and the different issues we face on a daily basis. For instance the opening numb er will be a dance and monologue by Cecilia Hudson featuring Vessels of Worship, the church's liturgical dance company. The piece will explain how to know that Christ exists in your life," Page said. "The next dance will also be about faith. From there the program will feature dances and monologues depicting the life of slavery and how we overcame, she said

Tickets are $20 in advance and may be purchased at the church, and $25 at the theater door on the day of the event. The community is invited.

Member honored as ‘Mother of the Church’

On Mothers Day, Linda McIntyre Swift said she got one of the "surprises of my life," when she was honored as the “Mother of the Church” at The Church of God Tabernacle, 1351 NW 67th St.

Swift, 47, and her husband Deacon Milton Swift, are the parents of Isaiah, 6. She is the youngest mom ever honored as the church's Mother of the Year.

In presenting the award, Bishop Walter H. Richardson said, "This mother is one of the sweetest mothers I know." The church gave the very surprised Swift a standing ovation. She was selected by the church's Trustee Board on the basis of how she works with, not only her child, but also how she interacts with her nieces and other young relatives.

Church youth leaders head for Disney

The Youth Leader Experience will be at Walt Disney World on Sept. 3-6. But if your church youth leader is planning to attend he/she should register real soon, as this event usually sells out fast.

The event will be at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando and will feature nationally known speakers; 60 workshop options; six general sessions; eight Christian contemporary music artists, six comedians; four Disney parks; late night sessions; regional lounges, and confidential and free Christian counseling.

To register, go to or call 1-800-393-2393.

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