Overtown, other communities invited for ‘family fun day’


Bishop James D. Adams has invited the Overtown and surrounding communities to Gibson Park for the First Community Spring Family Fun Day, hosted by Adams and the Historic St. John Institutional Missionary Baptist Church.

The planned activities will include live music, sports, food, inspirational speaking, storytelling, games, bounce houses, slides, a kiddie water park, and the Bishop's very own Easter Egg Hunt that will include both candied and money eggs.

The activities will follow the church’s 5:30 a.m. Easter Sunrise service. A free breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. At 10 a.m., a mid-morning worship service will be held in the Gibson Park bleachers. Then, lunch will be served from noon to 4 p.m.

The cost is $5 for individuals and $20 for a family of four or more. The Historic St. John Institutional Missionary Baptist Church is at 1328 NW Third Ave., in the heart of Overtown.

Guest rabbis lead temple services

Rabbi Hector Epelbaum will be the guest rabbi leading services at Bet Breira Samu-El Orom, along with Rabbi Jaime Aklepiat 7:30 p.m. Fridayat the temple, 9400 SW 87th Ave. Epelbaum also will lead Shabbat morning conservative services and study session at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday.

Then on April 25, Rabbi Jeffrey Lipschultz will be the guest rabbi, leading the services along with Rabbi Jaime Aklepi. Lipschultz also will lead the Shabbat morning conservative services and study session at 8:45 a.m. on April 26 at the temple.

Call 305-595-1500, for more information.

Fundraising concert to be held

Kendall Community Church of God will host a fundraising concert to benefit the restoration a the damaged roof of Parker Hall, the church’s original sanctuary at 8795 SW 112th St.

The cost for the concert and dinner is $20 for adults; $10 for children and free to children 5 and under.

The cost of the concert only, or dinner only, is $10 per person for adults and $5 for children.

The dinner will be at 5 p.m. on April 26, followed by the concert at 7 p.m. Call the church at 305-274-3072 for more information.

Children lead Easter pageant

The theme of the annual Easter Pageant at The Church of God Tabernacle is “Hallelujah! Christ Arose and He Lives Today.” The theme will be depicted by the children in the church’s Bible classes through “ poetry, prose and songs,” said Missionary Betty Richardson, the church's head Bible class teacher. Teachers have been working with the children for months to make sure they know the songs and their parts, she said.

“This is always a very spiritual and wonderful time for us here at the church,” she said. “Our children always make us proud of the way they seriously depict the story of Easter to the congregation.”

The program will begin promptly at 10 a.m. at the church, 1351 NW 678th St. It is free and all are welcome.

Stage drama set at Bethel Church

Apostle Carlos L. Malone, Sr., pastor of The Bethel Church at 14440 Lincoln Blvd. in Richmond Heights, invites the community to the stage drama “Jesus For the People.”

The program will be presented at 7 p.m. on April 24 and 27 at the church.

“This powerful theatrical production depicts the life, death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” said Malone. “The solitary purpose of the production is to impede the lifestyle of those who are misdirected, unfocused and in the throngs of hopelessness and effect positive change in their lives.”

The production is free and open to everyone. For more information call the church office at 305-235--7423, ext. 11.

Beach temple hosts pluralism campaign

Temple Beth Shalom at 4144 Chase Ave. in Miami Beach, will present “Free to be the Jew in Me” - an American Jewry's campaign for religious pluralism in Israel, at 7 p.m. Monday at the temple.

The event, which advocates religious pluralism and human rights in Israel will will feature Cheryl Temkin, who will present a program and video about “The Women of the Wall.”

There will be a discussion about religious pluralism, including the topic of gender segregation and other related issues.

The program is free.

‘Walk the Cross’ event set

The eighth annual Ecumenical “Walk The Cross” will begin at 11:45 a.m. Friday at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 145 NE 10th St. in Homestead.

The processional will proceed to First United Methodist Church of Homestead at 622 N. Krome Ave. Those unable to walk the four blocks can proceed by auto from St. John’s to First United Methodist.

Prior to the “Walk the Cross,” event, the Kiwanis Club of Homestead will sponsor a Good Friday Community prayer breakfast at 7 a.m. at Harris Field.

For more information call Bob Jensen at 305-248-0976.

Churches set Easter services, events

The following churches in the Homestead/Florida City area will hold Easter services and activities. All are welcome:

• Redland Community United Methodist Church will join Silver Palm United Methodist for Easter sunrise service on Silver Palm’s lawn at 15855 SW 248th St. The sunrise service will be followed by a complimentary pancake breakfast served by the United Methodist Men of Silver Palm.

• First United Methodist of Homestead, 622 N. Krome Ave., will host a sunrise worship service on the lawn at 7 a.m., followed by a pancake breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m.

• Redland Community United Methodist, 18700 SW 248th St., will have Easter worship service at 9 a.m. that will be preceded by an ice cream breakfast.

• First United Methodist Church of Homestead, 622 N. Krome Ave., will have a 9:30 a.m. Easter cantata presented by the choir.

S• ilver Palm United Methodist will have an Easter Sunday worship service at 10:30 a.m. The worship service will be followed by an Easter Egg Hunt.

• Branches United Methodist will host an Easter Egg Hunt and Blast at 10 a.m., followed by an 11 a.m. “Service of Celebration” at the church, 145 SW Fifth Ave. in Florida City.

New phone number for mobile clinic

The FIU Mobile Health Clinic at Palm Springs United Methodist Church, 5700 W. 12th Ave. in Hialeah, has a new phone number - 305-919-5494.

Persons wishing to receive free medical services at the Mobile Health Center on Thursdays will need to be enrolled in the NeighborhoodHelp

program and may do so by call the above number to make an appointment.

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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