Church celebrates double anniversary

It’s going to be a double celebration at the Liberty City Church of Christ Aug. 24 through Aug. 30. That when the congregation and former members of the church at 1263 NW 67th St., will celebrate the church’s 75th anniversary and the 35th ministerial anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Freeman T. Wyche Sr. and his wife Anna M. Freeman.

The anniversary celebration will kick off at 7 p.m. on Aug. 24, with a celebration banquet to be at the Miami Shores Country Club, 10000 Biscayne Blvd. The black and white formal event will honor the Wyches. The theme for the anniversary celebration is "Let the Church Say Amen".

"Truly the Almighty God has blessed this congregation and brotherhood in its ministry because of the loyalty, dedication and hard work of our minister and his lively wife," said Bernadette Wiggins, a spokeswoman for the church. "Minister Wyche is an incredible minister, evangelist, teacher and counselor."

Wiggins said in addition to teaching and preaching the Word of God, Wyche also enjoys reading, fishing, golf and "teaching people how to be fishers of men."

"Our First Lady Anna is an awesome speaker and teacher in her own right," Wiggins said. "She also is chairwoman of South Florida Bowser Women, an organization that raises funds for scholarships to help youth in the church attend Southwestern Christian College in Terrell, Texas; a mentor to many and a member the national sorority Phi Delta Kappa Inc. She also loves to bowl and is a counselor. Most importantly, she loves God, her family and loves to give to others."

The church anniversary worship services will be at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Aug. 25 at the church. On that day, Wyche will also be celebrating his birthday. The Keynote speaker will be Minister Wesley T. Leonard of the Southside Church of Christ at Orlando. Special music will be performed by Revelation, an a capella musical group.

Weekly gospel meetings will be at 7 p.m., Aug. 26 through Aug. 30 at the church, and will feature speakers from the church’s sister congregations from throughout Florida.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the celebration. Tickets for the banquet are $50 each. For more information and to RSVP for the banquet, call Wiggins at 786-991-8665.

Back-to-school prayers

It seems to me that when we had devotion time in the schools, with school children having a few minutes to pray and/or meditate for a few minutes to help get their day off to the right start, life in our schools was less chaotic. But all that’s changed now, and neither children nor their teachers are allowed to pray in the classrooms.

But there’s still hope. On last Sunday, at The Church of God Tabernacle at 1351 NW 67th St. in Liberty City, Evangelist Essie L. Baker, who was celebrating her ministerial anniversary, took the time to call to the altar all the young people in the congregation for special prayer as they prepare to go back to school. Prayer was also offered for teachers and other school personnel.

And at Faith Mission for Christ, 4213 NW 17th Ave. there will be a "Back-to-School Worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday, to pray for all children and teens and for their "spiritual growth in God."

The church will pray for children to earn good grades; top pass the FCAT and other standardized tests, and for their protection. The sermon will be preached by elder George N. Gibson. Mother Barbara Steward is the pastor and overseer of the church.

For more information call: 786-488-2108.

50th anniversary of March on Washington

On Aug. 25, the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida’s Office of Immigration and Social Justice Ministries will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington by launching a series of conversations about race, racial profiling and the Stand Your Ground Law and gun violence.

The first conversation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 25, in the J. Kenneth Major Hall at the Church of the Incarnation, 1835 NW 54th St., and is co-sponsored by the Theodore R. Gibson chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians and the diocesan Anti-Racism Commission.

People of all ages are invited to the conversations. The dialogue will include presentations and information from Tamara F. Lawson, professor of law at St. Thomas University; Wilfredo A. Ruiz, legal counsel for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and Kimberly Rodriguez, a member of the Dream Defenders. The moderator will be Dr. Gay Outler, chair of the Anti-Racism committee for the Diocese of Southeast Florida.

Open house at Temple Beth El

Temple Beth El, 1351 S. 14th Ave. in Hollywood, will have an Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. At the event, new members who join the temple will pay for six months and get six months free on annual membership. Also, High Holiday tickets are on sale at the temple for $100 each at the Open House event only.

The community is invited to meet the new director and teachers of the temple’s preschool and learn about the new curriculum and technology, including Links to Literacy in Math, Science and Reading. The program includes hands-on experiences for children 12 months to five years. Attendees will also visit the Jewish Learning Center, where comprehensive education for pre-K through the 10 grade is taught, and also get the latest news on the temple’s Adult Education classes which will start in October. For more information call the temple at 954-920-8225.

Jazz at Temple Israel

The "Jazz at Temple Israel" concert series will feature the Avery Sharpe Quartet at 8 p.m. Saturday at the synagogue, 137 NE 19th St. The concert is co-sponsored with South Florida’s jazz station WDNA 88.9-FM.

Avery Sharpe is a musician, composer and teacher and has performed and recorded with such jazz legends as Dizzy Gillespie, Archie Shepp, Art Blakey and Wynton Marsalis. He may be best known for his 20-year association with the McCoy Tyner Trio, with whom he performed on more than 20 recordings.

Sharpe is hailed as an outstanding bassist and has 11 releases on his own label, JKNM Records. His most recent release is entitled, "Sojourner Truth -Ain’t I A Woman Project."

At the concert, Sharpe will be performing with Duane Eubanks on trumpet; Onaje Allan Gumbs on piano, and Yoron Israel on drums.

Tickets are $36 per person, general admission and $10 for students and young adults ages 18-29, and are on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets. Everyone is welcome. For more information call the temple at 305-573-5900 or email:

Church Bazaar and Car Wash

Kendall Community Church of God, 8795 SW 112th St., will have its Church Bazaar and Car Wash from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 24, on the church grounds.

The event will include snacks for sale. Everyone is invited out to browse around the bazaar and drive away with a clean car.

Tickets available for High Holy Days

Temple Bat Yam, a reform synagogue in east Fort Lauderdale has tickets on sale to non-members for the High Holy Days.

Services will be at the Parker Playhouse at Holiday Park, 707 NE Eighth St. (at U.S. 1) in Fort Lauderdale. Rosh Hashanah services will be at 8 p.m. on Sept. 4, and at 10 a.m. on Sept. 5. Family services will b e at 1:15 p.m. on Sept. 5, with participation by the Temple’s youth performing a musical celebration of the New Year. Services will also be at 10 a.m. on Sept. 6 in Temple Bat Yam’s Sanctuary at 5151 NE 14th Terr. in Fort Lauderdale.

Yom Kippur services will be at 8 p.m. on Sept. 13 and at 10 a.m. pm on Sept. 14, also at the Parker Playhouse. The Saturday service will be throughout the day with a family service to begin at 1:15 p.m., followed by an afternoon service at 2:30 p.m. The afternoon service will feature a special healing component and will be followed by Yizkor and N’ilah.

Tickets are $136 for adults and are complimentary for children and college students. Tickets are not required for the family services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. To purchase tickets call 954-928-0410. or email info at

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