I’m writing this column on Monday. And as I write, I am still basking in the outpouring of love I received on (Mother's Day) from my family and my church family at the Church of God Tabernacle, 1351 NW 67th St., in Liberty City.
Bishop Walter H. Richardson and the men of the church presented a wonderful Mother’s Day celebration for all the moms present. Special honors were presented to mothers 65 and older. No mother left the service without a gift.
And while Missionary Ludie McDaniel, who at 96, was honored as the church’s oldest mother, Yours Truly (that’s me) was honored as the church’s Mother of the Year for 2014. I was totally surprised. And touched.
To top things off, my daughter-in-law Debra (the widow of my son Rick), granddaughter Keva and great-grandson Jaylen, surprised me by attending worship with me and later taking me out to lunch. Debra had gone to early service at her church just so she could be with me on Mother’s Day. Jaylen who is 7, gave me his handmade Mother's Day card early. He wrote in it: “... I have loved you all my life.”
I tell you folks, it just doesn't get any better than that.
Praise, prayer on the program at Bunche Park church
First Baptist Church of Bunche Park is inviting the women and men of the community to the Second annual Women's Conference, Friday and Saturday at the church, 15700 NW 22nd Ave., in Miami Gardens.
The conference will begin at 7 p.m. Friday with an “Opening Night of Laughter, Praise and Prayer!” The program will feature renowned gospel artist Helen Miller; Comedian “Lady T” (Teresa Poulos, and rap artist “God's Baby Girl” (Tia Diodonet).
The conference theme is “Women of God Breaking Chains Through Faith, Hope, Love and Prayer.”
Registration is from 8 a.m. to 9:15 Saturday ; the fee is $25 per person and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Workshops will be from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., followed by an open panel and lunch from 11 a.m.to noon.
Call the church at 305-621-1991, for more information.
High tea competition to bring out best
The First Family Help Ministry of Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church of South Miami, 6316 SW 59th Pl., will present The first Lady’s Calendar High Tea Competition from 3 to 5 p.m Saturday at the church.
The tea will feature beautifully decorated tea tables, each one in competition with the other and representing the months of the year.
The event will feature door prizes, tea and treats. The cost is $10 per person and you are invited.
Cantorial extravaganza at Temple Shmuel
The seventh annual Cantorial Musical Extravaganza will be at 7:30 p.m. today at Temple Beth Shmuel, 1700 Michigan Ave. in Miami Beach.
The event will feature outstanding voices from a group of cantors, including: Cantor Gaby Enser Tangir, event organizer, and Cantor soloist Jodie Rosenthal, Temple Judea; Cantor Julie Jacobs, Temple Beth David; Cantor Joel Fox, Temple Menorah; Cantor Norman Cohen Falah, Temple Sinai; Cantor Marcos Askenazi, Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center, and Cantor Rabbi March Phillip, Temple Emamu-El. The cantors will be accompanied by Richard Shapiro, pianist soloist.
The event is sponsored by Dr. Isidoro Morjaim in memory of his parents Roberto and Sarita Morjaim, and is presented by the Inter-American Chapter of Hadassah. Refreshments will be served following the concert.
Wine tasting among events at St. Basil
The North Miami Beach community is invited to a bring-your-own-wine-tasting event at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Parish Hall of St. Basil Catholic Church, 1475 NE 199th St.
The cost is $5 per person for this adults-only event. The evening will include music, games, a raffle and refreshments.
Shabbat weekend brings celebration
Ellen Allard, an award-winning singer, composer and educator, will be the guest artist-in-residence at Temple Israel of Greater Miami for a “Song, Spirit and Celebration” Shabbat Weekend May 16-18.
The weekend will feature a Saturday night “Lag B’Omer Songfest” geared to adults, in addition to many family-friendly programs that include three different Friday evening Shabbat experiences. The weekend will culminate on Sunday with the Religious School’s annual “Parents Appreciation Day” event that will include a brunch with the guest artist and a student talent show. The brunch is $24 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under.
An early, family-friendly dinner will follow the 5:15 p.m. Sababa Shabbat on Friday. Dinner is $15 per adult and $5 per child. Call the office at 305-573-5900 to RSVP for dinner.
The “Service of the Heart” led by Rabbi Tom Heyn, will follow at 6:30 p.m. in the Bertha Abess Sanctuary. At 7:30 p.m., Rabbi Heyn will lead the Shabbat Evening Service. Allard will be the guest soloist at this service, and will be accompanied by the temple’s musical director Dr. Alan Mason on piano. Families will be encouraged to sing along at the service.
The “Lag B’Omer Songfest” will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday , which is the eve of a festive day that celebrates mystical traditions, Jewish unity, and is marked by song and dance. The musical guests will include Susan Shane Linder, Geniene Buschel Miller, Mallie Duboff Perlmutter, Daphna Rose, Adina Baseman Sharfstein and Marcia Wachtel Weinstein.
Allard has recorded 10 award-winning CDs and six songbooks. Her latest CD, “Build it Up” will be released this month. She has written more than 200 compositions, many of which have been recorded by other well-known performers and recording artists and are played in synagogues and religious schools throughout the country.
The weekend event is open to the community. Temple Israel is at 127 NE 19th St. Call the temple at 305-573-5900 for more information.
Author is guest speaker at elderly conference
The 19th annual Ministering to the Elderly Conference will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on May 21, at Temple Israel of Greater Miami, 137 NE 19th St.
The conference is hosted by the Greater Miami Jewish Federation's Mishkan Miami, the Jewish Connection for Spiritual Support; Miami Jewish Health Systems, and Jewish Community Services of South Florida. Sponsors also include The Archdiocese of Greater Miami., the Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami, Senior Advantages and Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care and Vitas.
Participants will analyze the issues and concerns through the topic, “Society, Aging and Our Responsibility: Ethical Decision-Making.” Martha Holstein, Ph.D., author of “Ethics, Aging and Society: The Critical Turn,” will be the guest speaker.
Holstein is an instructor at Loyola University-Chicago and is co-director of the Center for Long-Term Care Reform. She has worked in the field of aging for more than four decade, with a focus on policy, ethics and gender issues.
Registration is $40 per person and includes a continental breakfast. For more information call 786-866-8611 or go to: JewishMiami.org/ministering.