Community Voices

Marriage merges two generations of ministers from two families

Bishop Victor T. Curry recently laid aside all but one of the many hats he wears — the one that says ‘Dad” — when he walked his eldest daughter, Victoria, down the aisle to become the bride of Pastor John Hicks III. The wedding ceremony joined together two pastors and merged two generations of ministers from both families.

In Proverbs 22:6, the Bible says: “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

I am reminded of this proverb when I imagine Curry wearing his “Dad” hat. Seems that Victoria Curry Hicks, the eldest of Curry’s three daughters, took in her dad’s “training” and has followed in his footsteps in several areas of her life.

For example, before he became the well-known pastor and dedicated community activist that he is today, Curry was an elementary schoolteacher. His daughter teaches second grade at Henry E.S. Reeves Elementary School.

Curry is a champion of human rights. His daughter also works with the disadvantaged in such organizations as Londyn’s Closet, a not-for-profit organization that reaches out to teenage mothers.

Curry brought a dying radio station back to life with programming that included news and information for and about the African-American community that otherwise it would not have gotten, as well as a space for local, national and international news, religion news and the latest black gospel music.

Victoria Curry-Hicks started The Pastors Kids Coalition and serves as the host of The Life of a PK on WMBM 1490 AM Radio.

Her dad is one of nation’s most prominent African-American pastors. Victoria Curry-Hicks is still following the “training” and now serves as the youth pastor at New Birth.

The wedding also joined together two generations of ministers in both families. Hicks’ parents are the Rev. Johnie Hicks Jr. and Glistine Hicks-Moore, and his paternal grandmother is evangelist Mildred Hicks.

Curry Hicks’ grandmother and grandfather are Bishops Catherine and Billy Baskin, the spiritual leaders at New Way Fellowship Worship Center in Miami Gardens.

In a news release Victoria Hicks said, “My dad has been my example, my mentor, my cheerleader all my life. Much of that was reflected in my wedding ceremony. I owe so much to him.”

The couple’s wedding theme was “Grace Walk to the Altar” and incorporated several church rites.

A highlight of the evening was the choreographed father/daughter dance at the reception.

Said Curry Hicks: “It was such a fitting thing to do. My father and I work together but we also have great fun together.”

KIDS CARE MIAMI SUMMER CAMP

First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables at 536 Coral Way will host a Kids Care Miami Summer Camp from 9 a.m. to noon, Aug. 15-19.

Open to children from grades one to six, the summer camp has a program with guest speakers including Kelly Denham, community affairs officer from the Coral Gables Police Department; Sandra Martin, director of the Coconut Grove Crisis Food Bank; the Rev. Jim Moon, head of pastoral care at South Miami Hospital; and Heather Wilson, Chapman Partnership for the Homeless.

There will also be Bible lessons and stories, making gifts to be delivered on a Friday field trip; service activities to support the sick, hungry and homeless of Miami, and activities to include the music, games and lots of playground fun throughout the week.

The cost per child is $20 and includes a water bottle and T-shirt. A pre-school class is available for parents who volunteer. For more information and to register your child/children, visit, www.fumccg.orgor call 305-445-2578.

SOUTH MIAMI LUTHERAN CHURCH ANNIVERSARY

Congratulations to South Miami Lutheran Church, which will be honored by Thrivent Financial for its charitable work at a luncheon at noon on July 10 at the church, 7190 Sunset Dr.

Last year, the church was allotted funds from Thrivent, which the church used to prepare Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets; donate over 100 baby quilts and sponsor a community Christmas sing-along.

The church started in South Miami in 1948. It is celebrating its 60th year in its home on Sunset Drive and takes pride in the fact that 40 groups (some 1,000 people) use the church facility each month.

All former members who would like to attend the luncheon are welcome. Call 305-665-2562 to RSVP.

NEW JEWISH CONGREGATION IN KENDALL

Dor Chadash, A New Generation, is a new congregation serving the Jewish community of both the Reform and Conservative movements and will have its first service at 7:30 p.m. at 9400 SW 87th Ave., which is the same building that housed Bet Breira Samu-El Or Olom.

The congregation will be led by Rabbi Jonathan Tabachnikoff, who has been a rabbi for 18 years and is considered an innovative and who conducts an informative and enjoyable service. An oneg Shabbat will follow the service.

BEREAVED INVITED TO AFTERLIFE DISCUSSION GROUP

Joan Parker has formed a new afterlife discussion group and invites the bereaved, curious and even the skeptics to explore the afterlife. The meetings are free and will include an open discussion forum relating to the after life with various topics.

Those with questions or experiences to share are welcome. The first meeting will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on July 9 at the West Dade Regional Library, 9445 Coral Way. The meeting topic is, but not limited to, “Signs.”

Call Parker at 305-710-2755 for more information.

CHURCH NAMES FATHER OF THE YEAR

Congratulations to Jackie Henryhand Sr., who was named “Father of the Year” during a special Fathers Day worship services on June 19 at The Church of God Tabernacle.

Henryhand, a quiet man, smiled broadly when Bishop Walter H. Richardson announced that he was selected for the annual honor.

The father of six, Henryhand suffered a stroke several years ago, but bounced back and later, in 2013, he and his wife Karen, accepted the Lord and became members of the church. They are parents of five grown children: Jackie Jr., Mark, twins Shannon and Sharon and Javari, and Jacarah, 17. The Henryhands live in the Liberty City area.

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