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Neighbors in Religion: Old Cutler Presbyterian Church celebrates its 50-year jubilee

Bea L. Hines
Bea L. Hines

“And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all inhabitants thereof; it shall be a jubilee unto you.” — Leviticus 25:10

This is the jubilee year for Old Cutler Presbyterian Church, and Neighbors in Religion sends out warm congratulations to the Rev. Dr. Mike Campbell and the congregation.

Fifty years for anyone or anything is a long time. Such a milestone causes us to stop and think about the things that took place during the five decades — all of which helped shape who and what we are today.

The Old Cutler church was founded in 1965 with a handful of parishioners, said Toby Brigham, of the Jubilee Celebration committee and a church member since 1972.

Brigham said early church members met at Westminister Christian School, hauling folding chairs in the trunk of a car. They later met at Palmetto High School.

“We started in a small sanctuary that held 250 people. Now known as the Davis Chapel, it is still on the church property. We built the new sanctuary in 1975 and it holds 900. When we started having three services on Sunday, the membership grew from 250 to 2,700,” Brigham said. “We have about 10 to 15 ministries that the church supports, from a homeless ministry to Habitat for Humanity and Youth for Christ to other missions that include ministries in foreign countries.”

Brigham said the Jubilee Celebration is a new beginning for the church, 14401 Old Cutler Rd. “We are going to see if we can do better for God in the next 50 years than we’ve done before,” he said.

In celebrating its golden jubilee, Old Cutler has adopted the theme “Light of the World,” because it has, through the years, tried to “light the world through ministry, missions and education,” according to information from the church.

The celebration begins Nov. 6 in the church’s Zeigler Hall, where from 7 to 9 p.m. members will share memories with old and new friends during an evening of fellowship, music, skits, laughter and dessert. There will be a display of memorabilia and photos covering the 50 years, and the Rev. Dr. Walford Thompson, a prominent pastor, missionary and former member, will be the guest speaker.

The celebration will continue at a Jubilee Banquet from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at Westminister Christian School. The banquet will feature dinner, musical performances and memorable moments that will commemorate the past and “excite us for the future,” Pastor Campbell said. The banquet guest speaker will be the Rev. Norman Mydske, a Billy Graham Crusade director and missionary. The dinner will be in the Pappas Activity Center at Westminister Christian School, 6855 SW 152nd St., Palmetto Bay. Tickets cost $12.50 and may be purchased by registering online at or at the church.

Saturday’s events will include tours of Westminister School and Old Cutler Presbyterian to see the changes to the church over the past 50 years.

The Jubilee Worship Service and Picnic will begin at 10 a.m. Nov. 8 at the church. After the service, everyone is invited to the free picnic and barbecue lunch on the church grounds. The event will include activities and games for children. Dress is casual.

Bill and Carol Richards are the jubilee committee chairmen. For more information, contact them at or 305-951-2586, or Sandy Goode at or 305-905-0485.


South Miami Lutheran Church, 7190 SW 72nd St., will have its 20th annual Fall Community Flea Market from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 31 on the church grounds. The event will feature about 50 vendors, along with home-baked goods and grilled luncheon items.

Also, the church’s quilting group will display its 80 handmade quilts and 60 lap throws during the church service on Nov. 1, before they are distributed to hospitals, children’s groups and nursing homes during November.

Everyone is invited. Call 305-235-3036 for more information.


Temple Judea will open the Eric B. Myers Scholar-in-Residence Series at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 with Cantor Natalie Young. Young is a singer/songwriter whose songs have been sung in congregations across the country.

The event will also explore how contemporary musicians are taking ancient words and making them relevant for a new generation.

Young’s musical career began when she sang in her synagogue’s youth choir as a child. Since then, she has composed secular folk songs for her college folk trio, sung in her synagogue’s adult choir and led songs in Jewish camps. She has a unique sound, which is drawn from her life experiences.

In addition, Young has given contemporary voice to Jewish texts, finding new ways to make them relevant to people everywhere.

Temple Judea is at 5500 Granada Blvd. The event featuring Young is free, but advance RSVPs are required by calling 305-667-5657.


St. Martha Catholic Church will present its first concert of the 2015-16 season at 3 p.m. Nov. 1 at Broad Center for the Performing Arts, Barry University, 11300 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores. The concert is titled “A Path to Peace: Celebrating 50 Years of Christians and Jews Working Together.”

The concert will be a “glorious, inspiring and life-affirming celebration of the 50th anniversary of ‘Nostra Aetate,’” according to Susan Palumbo of St. Martha Concert and Cultural Affairs.

The event will feature Dallas tenor Hazzan Itzhak Zhrebker, who will be joined by local baritone Cantor Stephen Texon, pianist Paul Posnak, cellist Ross Harbaugh, violinist Marcia Littley and soprano Giselle Elgarresta Rios, who will also lead the Barry University Choir.

Texon has studied at Ramiz Yeshiva in New York, the International Opera Center in Geneva and the Metropolitan Opera. He has performed worldwide with Robert Merrill and Placido Domingo. He now serves as cantor at the Cuban-Hebrew Congregation in Miami Beach.

General admission to the concert is $10 and $20 for the Blue Circle. The artists reception is included. To purchase tickets, go to or call 800-595-4849. For more information, call 305-458-0111 or 786-382-4495.


The celebration for the 22nd Lech Lecha B’nai Mitzvah anniversary will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Temple Beth Tov Ahavat Shalom, 6438 SW Eighth St. in West Miami.

The event is sponsored by the Association for Jewish Special Education, a 39-year-old local, private not-for-profit organization that hosts religious events for Jewish adults with developmental disabilities and their family and friends.

The event will include a worship service, with lunch to follow. To RSVP, call 305-205-3846.


St. Basil Catholic Church, 1475 NE 199th St. in North Miami Beach, will have its annual “Gigantic Yard Sale” from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

In addition to clothes, household items, plants, toys and books, the yard sale will also have home-cooked food and drinks for sale.

Call 305-770-0568 for more information.

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