Church joins national campaign of evangelism

Sunrise Presbyterian Church, 18400 NW 68th Ave., will host a meeting of My Hope America with Billy Graham at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

My Hope America is a grass roots movement that seeks to create relational evangelism on a local and personal basis, according to Barbara Hassall, an elder at Sunrise Presbyterian.

The movement, Hassall said, will culminate nationally during the week of Nov, 7, which is the 95th birthday of the beloved evangelist Graham.

According to a press release from Hassall, "My Hope America with Billy Graham movement is an effort to reach people across the United States with the gospel of Jesus Christ. ... Under the guidance of local pastors, Christians across the country are asked to open their homes to share the Gospel with friends, family, colleagues and neighbors through programs featuring a new and powerful message from Billy Graham, dynamic music and testimonies. Like the Apostle Matthew, some will invite their guests into their homes or churches to learn about Jesus using television or video, while others will gather at a coffee shop or the park to watch the program on a tablet or smartphone.

"Christians from thousands of churches across the U.S. are asked to follow the following steps in participating in the event to culminate in November:

• Look Around — and identify friends, neighbors, co-workers, fellow students and family who do not know Jesus Christ as their Savior and they write their names on a prayer list.

• Look Up — and pray every day for each person listed.

• Look Out — for opportunities to build deeper relationships with the people on the list.

• Look Forward — to the event, and invite every person on the list, prepare their three-minute story, and pray for God’s help as they invite guests to receive Christ.

• Look After — those who give e their lives to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith."

If you or your church would like to participate in the movement, go to and click Training to register. You may also call Hassall at 305-821-5841, ext. 330, for more information.

Back-to-school fair

The third annual "Back 2 School Resource Fair," presented by Miami First Church of the Brethren, will be from noon to 4 p.m. on Aug. 10, at the Biscayne Gardens Civic Association Hall at 15000 N. Miami Ave., where the congregation meets for worship on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

The multi-cultural, multi-ethnic congregation is currently collecting backpacks and filling them with school supplies which will be distributed to needy students. If you can donate school supplies to the effort, send an email to

Women’s Day at St. John AME

It’s going to be a great weekend at St. John A.M.E. Church at 6461 SW 59th Pl. in South Miami, and the community is invited. The occasion is the annual Women’s Day Celebration, which will begin at 7 p.m. Friday with a pre-program celebration. The Rev. Dr. Joseph Turner and the Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church will be in charge of the worship service.

Then, at 10 a.m. Sunday the women of the church will be honored during a special worship service at 10 a.m. The theme is, "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made."

The weekend celebration will conclude at 4 p.m. Sunday with a post-program with the Rev. Dr. Willie Leonard of the St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church of Coconut Grove leading the worship service.

‘One hundred Women in White’

Ladies, get your beautiful, white dresses and/or suits ready for the annual "One Hundred Women in White" celebration to be at 5 p.m. on Aug. 11 at Mount Hope Fellowship Baptist Church, 15555 NW 22nd Ave. Presented by the church’s Women’s Department, the theme is "Praying Women Spreading Hope for the Church."

The worship service will feature special prayers, praise music and preaching. The guest speaker will be Elder Bertha Dukes, pastor of Faith Temple Church of God.

The Rev. David L. Garrett is pastor of Mount Hope.

Celebrating deacons and deaconesses

The Rev. Dr. Ralph M. Ross and the congregation at the Historic Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Overtown, invites the community to its Deacons and Deaconesses Ministries anniversary celebration at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 11 at the church, 301 NW Ninth St.

Refreshment will be served following the service. For more information call the church office at 305-379-4147(cq).

New faculty member at Beth Am

A warm welcome to Dr. Rebecca André, who has joined the faculty at Temple Beth Am Day School as its educational technology director. In this role, Andre’ will lead faculty and students in using technology to enhance learning in all areas of the curriculum.

In addition, the school has implemented three two science and technology programs, which will:

• Encourage students and teachers on how to use mobile devices and other technology through Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition (SAMR), which teaches students to use technology to transform the quality of their work.

• Enhance Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) instruction by including a new STEM lab for grades kindergarten through fourth grade and a new Science Exploratory Classroom for nursery and pre-k students.

• Have fifth-grade students designing and producing television news broadcasts. The students will be involved in the production of the broadcasts for the entire school.

For more information on the school’s new programs contact Cari Altman, Admissions Director at 305-665-6228, ext. 112 or email her at

Jewish singles over 50

Temple Israel of Greater Miami’s single Boomers group, the JSBoomers, is inviting all Jewish singles in their 50s and 60s to the monthly Friday night dinner and Shabbat service at 5:30 p.m. Friday for an early pay-your-own-way dinner at City Hall Restaurant at Biscayne Boulevard and 20th Street.

The dinner will be followed at 7:30 p.m. with a Creative Healing Shabbat Service and Oneg at the temple, 137 NE 19th St. To RSVP, go to

Also, the temple will have its monthly “Schmear and Schmooze” brunch and program at 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 11, in the Kaplan Hall. The program will feature Rabbi Tom Heyn, the temple’s spiritual leader, who will speak on "Finding Your Bashert (soul mate) in the New Year." His message will address the questions, "Is the search for a pre-destined soul mate helpful or harmful to those seeking one?" and "Whether there is or isn’t a pre-destined soul mate for each of us, and how can we best live so that we are most likely to find true and lasting fulfillment?"

Following his message, Heyn will lead an interactive discussion. Admission is $10 in advance through Brown Paper Tickets and $15 at the door. To RSVP and for more information contact

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