Community Voices

Immanuel Temple to host free ‘Come Together Day’ for students

The Rev. John F. White II, who believes it is important to feed the minds and physical needs of our youth as well as provide food for their souls, will host the fifth annual free “Come Together Day” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 30 at Jackson North Medical Center, 160 NW 170th St. in North Miami Beach.

At the community festival and health fair, not only will free school uniforms and backpacks be filled with school supplies and distributed to local elementary school students, the youngsters will also receive free immunizations, physicals and dental screenings. There will also be free screenings for cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure for adults, and music, games, food, fellowship and fun for all, White said.

White, pastor of The Immanuel Temple at 7040 Pines Blvd. in Pembroke Pines, formerly served as pastor at Mount Hermon AME Church in Miami Gardens. He has been a pastor in Florida for more than a decade, and has hosted Come Together Day at each church he has served.

He and his wife, the Rev. Maria Mallory White, founded Immanuel Temple on Easter Sunday 2012, and now serve together at the church as servant leaders.

White has said that “as a foundational principle,” Immanuel Temple has committed to giving back to the community 10 percent of its income from tithes and offerings.

“Immanuel Temple is privileged to partner with Jackson North,” White said. “We are grateful for the opportunity to combine our commitments to give back to the community and care for our children.”

Elementary school students who receive free or reduced-price lunches at public schools are eligible for the uniform giveaway of one free top and one free bottom per child of parents or guardians presenting proper identification. Only three uniforms per family will be given.

For more information about the event, call the church office at 754-400-7927.


Riviera Presbyterian is another of our churches that loves to give back to the community. For example, the church at 5275 Sunset Dr. has a small food pantry that helps individuals and families in food crisis. From July 17 to 23, participating members of the church will learn just how hard it is to keep food on the table when they take the SNAP/Food Stamp Challenge. This is where they will use the average Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit as their food budget for one week.

The goal is to experience how difficult it is for the 48.1 million Americans who live in food-insecure households, living on food stamps to simultaneously avoid hunger, afford nutritious foods and stay healthy with limited resources.

If you would like to join the Rev. Martha M. Shiverick and the congregation in this demonstration, call the church at 305-666-8586.


If you think there isn’t much happening in Miami during the summer, you should attend the one-act comedy play Oh, What A Tangled Web set to be performed 7 p.m. July 15 and 16 at Old Cutler Presbyterian church, 14401 Old Cutler Rd. in Palmetto Bay.

“The play is about a young girl, who on impulse, makes up a story and the complications that result from it are extremely funny,” said Kendra Tarnell, the play’s director and member of the church. “Needing an excuse, the girl blurts out that there has been a death in the family. The only thing wrong in this family is that the cat is missing. And it goes wildly and humorously on from there,” she said.

The play was written by John R. Carroll, who published his first play, The Enchanted Bicycle, when he was 15. Since then, his plays have been published throughout the United States, Great Britain and Australia.

“The Church is delighted to present this dramatic comedy program to the community,” said the Rev. Dr. Michael Campbell, senior pastor of the church. “I hope folks will take advantage of both the performances and the dinner theater. It’s sure to be a fun and memorable evening for the entire family.”

Tickets to the play and dinner are $20 each. Since there is limited seating in Zeigler Hall, RSVPs are a must. To order tickets, call the church at 305-238-8121 or go online at


The Miami Oratorio Society will present a free choral workshop and performance July 16 at the North Miami Library, 835 NE 132nd St. in North Miami.

The event will start 9 a.m. with the workshop, aimed to develop individual voices and choral ensembles with a foundation in classical technique, encompassing the techniques required for authentic performances across a range of styles, from classical to contemporary.

Andrew Anderson, the musical director and conductor of the Miami Oratorio Society, will lead the workshop, which is open to church choir members, youth choir members, soloists, and individuals seeking new insights into choral music.

The workshop will be from 9 to 11:45 a.m., with a break for lunch from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m., followed by a rehearsal from 1:15 to 2 p.m. A concert, featuring the Grand Voices from the workshop will be from 2:30 to 3 p.m.

This is a free event and is open to all lovers of classical and contemporary music.

For more information, call Gloria Christian, president of the Miami Oratorio Society, at 954-609-3254.


You are invited, once again, to the “Dynamic Praise Experience and After Party” (DPE) 7 p.m. July 15 at First Church of North Miami, United Church of Christ, 1200 NE 135th St. in North Miami.

The event is a monthly Friday evening service and concert designed to cater to teenagers and young adults through age 32. It features a live band playing Christian Hip Hop and contemporary Christian music. Following the concert and worship service, an after party is held on the church campus and will feature a live DJ.

The monthly event features new special guest artists who come to share their music ministries. This month, the guest artist will be J. Allen Pealer and the Christian Hip Hop Mime group CRTM.

Said the Rev. Harvey Lockhart, pastor of the church: “First Church has known about the brilliant artistry and music ministry of J. Allen and his band for some time now. We first discovered his gifts at one of our sister churches, where he sings from time to time. He brings to the DPE a lively and energetic performance that gets every body on their feet.”

The CRTM Mime trio is made up of a husband and wife and their brother. They have performed alongside gospel music greats such as Tye Tribett, J. Moss and Pastor LeAndre Johnson.

The DPE service and after party speaks to the needs and interests of teenagers and young adults. He decided to have the event on Fridays to give young people a safe, wholesome alternative to Friday night entertainment.

The event is free. Call 305-354-2236 for more information.


The new congregation, Dor Chadash, which serves the Jewish community of both Reform and Conservative movement, will have its first service at 7:30 p.m. Friday at 9400 SW 87th Ave. The congregation will be led by Rabbi Jonathan Tabachnikoff and the service will be in the in the same building that formerly housed Bet Breira Samu-El Or Olom.

An Oneg Shabbat will follow the worship services. For more information, call the temple at 305-595-1500.

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