It isn’t every day that a 91-year-old is physically strong enough to stand in the pulpit and preach a soul-stirring sermon. Bishop Walter H. Richardson is such a man.
On April 26 and 27, his church family will honor him for 49 years of service as pastor of The Church of God Tabernacle, 1351 NW 67th St. in Liberty City. It will be a glorious time, with a celebration luncheon at noon Saturday and special worship services on Sunday.
Bishop Richardson, who accepted the Lord in 1945, was anointed pastor of the church in 1965 after the death of his aunt, Evangelist M. E. Richardson. She had served as the pastor for 15 years.
Over the years he has been more than a pastor of the congregation; he has been a mentor to the community as well. A man with a giving heart, Richardson is one of the first to start an outreach whenever there is a disaster here or abroad. He is a no-nonsense man, but one who loves unconditionally. He likes to say that he doesn’t know how long he will be able to preach, “But I’ll be here until He [God] calls me home. I don’t see where Peter, James or John (biblical characters) retired ... so I’m trying to be like them,” he said.
Throughout his spiritual career, Richardson said one of the things that has inspired him the most has been, “... seeing souls changed from a life not pleasing to the Lord to become followers of Him. That’s been the most memorable thing for me as a pastor.”
In the early days as pastor of the church, there were a few rocky times, he said. “But that is to be understood whenever a church, or any organization is going through changes.” He said he thanks the Lord for those members who have stood with him from “day one.”
“Being surrounded by those souls who have been with me from the beginning, and who have been faithful to me through the tough times as well as the good times, have been a big blessing to me and to the church,” he said.
In 1996, after 49 years of marriage, Richardson’s first wife, Missionary Poseline Richardson, died after a long illness. It was a trying time for Richardson and their two sons the Rev. Dr. Walter T. and Elder Alfred Richardson, both of whom followed him in the ministry.
In 2000, he married the former Betty Forbes, a missionary in the church, “who brought back the sunshine” into his life.
Linda M. Swift, the coordinator of the anniversary celebration said the community is invited to help honor “...this great man of God.”
Tickets to the luncheon are $25 each. If you go, please call Swift at 305-624-7221.
underway at Temple Israel
Temple Israel of Greater Miami will have a festive “Paving the Way” Shabbat dinner, a Shabbat evening service and an outdoor dedication ceremony to mark the synagogue’s official launch of the Centennial Brick Campaign to lay the foundation for its upcoming 100th anniversary.
The Shabbat dinner will be at 6 p.m. in the Wolfson Auditorium on the Temple Israel campus at 137 NE 19th St. The dinner will be followed by the evening service led by Rabbi Tom Heyn at 7:30 p.m. The guest Cantorial soloist will be Jennifer Benrey, who will be accompanied on the piano by Dr. Alan Mason, the temple’s musical director. The service will be in the Bertha Abess Sanctuary.
Following the worship service, a dedication ceremony honoring those who have contributed to the brick campaign, and the display of their newly-installed, personalized bricks in the temple’s Brown Patio courtyard will be held.
The Pave the Way campaign is an opportunity to preserve your name or that of a loved on, with a personalized, engraved brick in the synagogue’s Brown Patio courtyard. An 8-inch by 4-inch brick is $252 and offers a maximum of three lines of 18 characters each, including punctuation and spaces. Bricks that are 8-inches by 8-inches are $360 each and offer a maximum of six to eight lines of 18 characters each, including punctuation and spaces.
The cost of dinner is $25 for adult members; $30 for nonmembers, and $8 for children 12 and under.
Clean up of
Biscayne Bay set
On Saturday the youth and adults at South Miami Lutheran Church will volunteer for the 32nd Annual Baynanza event to help clean up Biscayne Bay at R. Hardy Matheson Park on Old Cutler Rd. Everyone is welcome to participate.
at Temple Beth El
Temple Beth El at 1351 S. 14th Ave. in Hollywood, will remember those who perished in the Holocaust with prayers and reflection at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. The program will include information about the temple’s own rescued Holocaust Torah. Everyone is welcome to attend.
The community is invited to a Family Health Fair, hosted by the Coral Way United Methodist Church, 7900 SW 24th St.
The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and will include free health screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, vision, neurological assessment (spinal screening), dental health and more. The day will also include a variety of information booths and lectures on such topics as “Women’s Health: Adolescence to Adulthood”; Health Care Reform, and Medicare Services.
In addition to the health fair, the church has partnered with Farm Share and will distribute fresh produce on a first-come, first-serve basis. There will also be prizes and giveaways and activities for children that include fingerprinting, a bounce house, face painting and a playground.
focus of celebration
Bishops Billy and Catherine Basking, pastors of New Way Fellowship Praise and Worship Church at 16800 NW 22nd Ave. in Miami Gardens, will present “A Celebration of Music in the Black Church from its Roots to Present ... Still Standing!” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
The program will include a narrated history of music in the black church, from spirituals to contemporary gospel, dance and instrumental music.
Special guests will be CREW, Florida Memorial University Ambassador Chorale, Peaceful Zion Missionary Baptist Church Male Choir, Koinonia Worship Center Mass Choir, Saxophonist Will Marcelin and the New Way Fellowship Praise and Worship Music and Liturgical Dance Ministries.
It’s free. Call 305-625-7246 for more information.
All Greek-letter organizations are invited to Mount Hermon A.M.E. Church at 10 a.m. Sunday as the church hosts its annual Greek Sunday service. The guest speaker will be Dr. Roslyn Artis, the president of Florida Memorial University.
The Rev. Michael K. Bouie is senior pastor of the church at 17800 NW 25th Ave. For more information call Mary Salary, coordinator of the event, at 305-621-5067.
tips on aging
Are you worried about aging? If so, Christ the King Lutheran Church at 11295 SW 57th Ave. in Pinecrest will help you accept what you can’t change by offering the workshop series, “Attitudes About Aging” to the community.
The next event is a luncheon and presentation entitled “Your Nutrition and Exercise Say a Lot” and will be at 11 a.m. today at the church. The guest speakers will be Janet Konefal of the University of Miami, and Billie Gimenez. Lunch is $10 per person. Call 305-665-5063 for lunch reservations and more information.
with the Wesleys
First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables invites the community to “An Evening with John and Charles Wesley.” The theatrically and musically presentation is being presented by Ed Baker and John Flynt.
The community is invited to this evening of hymns, prayers and the early Methodist spirit at 7 p.m. today (April 24) in the church’s Founders Hall. The church is at 536 Coral Way in Coral Gables. It’s free.
Temple Sinai at 18801 NE 22nd Ave. will present Rick Recht Live at 7 p.m. today (April 24), in the synagogue’s Feinbloom Sanctuary.
According to a press release, Recht is the top touring American musician in Jewish music, and is widely recognized for his appeal to youth and family audiences. In addition to being a role model for involvement in Jewish life, he is a noted musician, singer/songwriter and entertainer. He has become an icon for Jewish youth in the United States and has elevated the medium of Jewish music as a powerful and effective tool for developing Jewish pride and identity.
In addition, he is the national music spokesman for the PJ Library and the executive director of the Songleader Boot Camp Program, which is a national leadership development immersion program held annually in St. Louis.
The program will also include appearances from the youth choir and band from Jacobson Sinai Academy and Temple Sinai’s Religious School. The concert is open to the public and will feature food trucks prior to the event starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at: www.tsnd.org/rickrecht.