Miami-Dade County

Christian group presents three scholarships

The Family Christian Association of America is an organization that serves communities throughout the country by helping its members achieve independence through emphasis on Christian values, strong families, and self-determination.

Recently, the organization awarded scholarship totaling $2,250 to three young people in the Miami-Dade community who exhibited these qualities. According to a press release, the youths demonstrated “excellence in the classroom and in the community.”

The are: Elizabeth Clervil, a graduate of Miami Northwestern High School; Da’Marco Milton, a graduate of Miami Carol City Senior High, and Chrislyne Floreal; a student at Florida Memorial University.

Clervil graduated with a 4.3 GPA and was a member of the FCAA Teen Leadership Club, Women of Tomorrow, Health Occupations Student of America and the National Honor Society. She will attend the University of Florida in the fall.

While at Miami Carol City High, Milton served as president of Miami kappa League and is a former member of the 5000 role Model of Excellence Program. His community service activities include health walks, Breast Cancer Health initiatives, and toy and book bag drives. He will attend Florida A & M University this fall to pursue a degree in pharmacy.

Floreal has a 3.8 GPA at Florida Memorial University. She has been on the university's Dean's List and the honor roll. She also serves as an assistant women’s track and field coach at the university and is a member of the Sister’s United Dance Team and serves as a youth mentor for United Youth Volunteer, Inc.

Miami Oratorio Society presents classics

The Miami Oratorio Society, a musical organization that has been making beautiful music in our community since 1976, will present a concert of classical choral, with a touch of gospel at 5 p.m. Sunday at Sierra Norwood Calvary Baptist Church, 495 NW 191st St. in Miami Gardens.

The program will feature the music to range from Mendelssohn to Hadyn to Moses Hogan. The soloists are: Joane Martinez Von Goten, soprano; Leo Williams and Lievans Costello, tenors and Anthony Zoeller, baritone. Carl Richards will accompany.

The Miami Oratorio Society is made up of talented and dedicated choristers from various cultures, many of whom have been singing together since its was founded in 1974. Tickets are $20 each for adults and $10 for children ages 8 to 15, and will be available at the door. Call Judy Feldman at 305-891-1183 for more information.

Sunshine Acapella choir brings Total Praise

The Sunshine Acappella Choir will present their fifth annual concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Tenth Tabernacle, Church of God and Saints of Christ Church, 2298 NW 62nd St. The concert is entitled “Total Praise” and will feature an appearance of The Sunshine Melody Makers, a “dynamic” youth choir.

The concert is free and open to the community. Refreshments and CDs of past concerts will be available for sale.

St. Paul to discuss legalization of pot

Greater St. Paul A.M.E. Church, 3680 Thomas Ave., in Coconut Grove, will present a seminar to the community “... from a biblical perspective,” on the harms of legalizing marijuana.

The seminar will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the church and is free and open to the community.

According to a press release from Faith and Freedom South Florida, the open forum will be an opportunity for participants toi ask questions and have them answered regarding Florida Amendment 2 on the ballot in November.

For more information call Sara Leon at 305-773-4693.

Church of God couple celebrates 64 years of marriage

It was a joyous day at The Church of God Tabernacle at 1351 NW 67th St. on last Sundaywhen elder Thomas P. Edwards celebrated 62 years of preaching and also the upcoming 64th wedding anniversary with his wife Maxine. The church was filled with friends and family members, who came to congratulate the couple

There was music and special presentations and a sermon by the honoree, himself entitled: “Do You Know Him?,” which refers to getting to know Jesus Christ as a personal Savior. The couple’s eldest son Tommy served as the master of ceremonies for the service and told the audience how proud he is of his mother and father. He said it is because of his dad, that he is a “good husband to my wife Margaret.”

The couple has three other children, Linda (Demetrius) Glover, Phil (Retha), Kenneth (Tangela) and several grandchildren and great grand children.

At the end of the service, Edwards called his wife to the altar and sang: “You are so beautiful to me...” to the delight of Bishop Walter H. Richardson, pastor of the church, and the congregation.

Looking beautiful in a gold and beige suit and matching hat, Maxine Edwards blushed like a new bride as her husband sang to her. There weren't too many dry eyes in the sanctuary.