Category: Lifestyle Written by Genea Webb
CHURCH COVENANT—The signing of the Pastor-Church Covenant of Relationship by Rev. Dr. Willie J. Thompson Jr. as deacon Terrence Hammons, pastor search committee chairperson, looks on waiting for his turn to sign the agreement. (Photos by J.L. Martello)
Reverend Dr. Willie J. Thompson believes the best way to transform minds is to transform communities.
As the newly installed pastor of Clairton’s Morning Star Baptist Church, he plans on initiating the help of his 300 parishioners to change the City of Prayer into a thriving town once again.
“My plan is to continue to strengthen Morning Star’s efforts in becoming a worshipping, witness for Christ to impact the community, the world and the continent,” said Thompson, who was installed on April 28 as the 94-year-old church’s newest pastor. He was chosen as the church’s pastor-elect in November of last year. “The first thing you do is feed and equip people and give them the tools they need to live healthy social and economic lives.”
Reverend Thompson was born and raised in Columbia, S.C., and accepted the call to ministry in 1997. He was licensed two years later and ordained in 2002. The 34-year-old earned his Baccalaureate degree in Religion and Philosophy from Benedict College and his Masters of Divinity degree from Washington, D.C.’s Howard University. While attending Howard, Rev. Thompson served as Logistics Coordinator for the Graduate Schools Office of Retention, Mentoring and Support. He is a recruiter and ambassador for the School of Divinity and is the vice president of the Howard University Graduate Student Council, College of Arts and Sciences.
Prior to accepting the call to pastor Morning Star’s flock, Rev. Thompson was the Youth and Young adult Pastor at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Elgin, S.C., and most recently at Prince George’s Community Presbyterian Church. While at the Prince George’s Community Church, he established a college ministry, youth mission team and co-founded a national association for youth ministers. He also wrote and produced the stage plays “The Rock: A History of African American Worship,” “When Sunday Comes” and “A Mitchellville Christmas.” He is currently completing his Doctorate in Sociology from Howard.
“Every now and again our church hit a mountain, but Rev. Thompson elevated us to a level of praise and he led by example,” said Elder Dawn Brown, of Prince Georges Community Presbyterian Church in Mitchellville, Md., during the installation ceremony where she presented Rev. Thompson with a pastor’s robe. “We will forever be grateful for the outstanding work he did at our church and we thank you for challenging us in our Christian walk.”
Reverend Thompson plans to enhance Morning Star’s walk with Christ.
“I will continue to encourage the ministries of the church to do more of the works of Jesus and that will increase the ministry and the body of the church,” Rev. Thompson said. “If you have people who are doing the works of Jesus, people will come from everywhere.”
Reverend Thompson takes over the reign at Morning Star after the death of its pastor, Rev. Dr. Jerome Stevenson who died in 2011.
“We are thankful for God sending him to us. We didn’t choose him, God sent him. We are proud to work with him and to make his vision come true, support his leadership and support him freely and not have any roadblocks,” said Terrence G. Hammons, Sr. Chairman of the Morning Star Deacon Board Ministry.
Reverend Thompson said when he learned that God had called him to pastor Morning Star he stayed in bed for 24 hours contemplating the enormity of the call.
“What I saw was the ministry of Jesus taking place. He didn’t go to huge churches and cities, he went to the places where people needed an encounter with God,” Rev. Thompson said. “This city needs an encounter with God. I can tell that from looking at the vacant properties and the energy levels of the people. The spirit of God that was at Morning Star Baptist Church is what attracted me here. The sense of prayer, community and the sense of wanting to improve and do something more is what attracted me. They were hungry to reengage and do the work of Jesus.
“Church gives us the opportunity to use all the gifts that God gave us to use for his Glory. I think God likes that,“ Rev. Thompson continued. “Everything we need to change the world is already here. Clairton has everything that it needs to live again.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 May 2013 11:11
Category: Lifestyle Written by Courier Newsroom
MAY 25—The Young Women’s Initiative of Bethel AME Church, 2720 Webster Ave., Hill District, will host a Financial Seminar at 9:30 a.m. The seminar, which will be facilitated by Rhonda Carson Leach, director of the Urban Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Pittsburgh, will give women the tools needed to ensure a successful financial future. Registration is requested. For more information, call 412-683-2160.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 May 2013 11:08
Category: Lifestyle Written by Ashley N. Johnson
Vernard Alexander, the “Networking King” of Pittsburgh and fans of the hit TV show Scandal at 2nd Time Around in Homewood. (Photos by Ashley G. Woodson)
PITTSBURGH--While many all over the country watched the season finale of “Scandal” from their homes, locally, fans gathered together at 7101 2nd Time Around in Homewood for Vernard Alexander’s “Scandal Party” for what they called the most anticipated season finale since “Who Shot J.R.?” in 1980.
Last Updated on Saturday, 18 May 2013 12:29
Category: Lifestyle Written by Tri-State Defender
Vera Warren-Williams’ Community Book Center in New Orleans is located at 2523 Bayou Rd. (Photo courtesy of AALBC.com.)
Where in the U.S. can you find the most well-read African Americans? Look no further.
We reviewed our website’s traffic and ranked, on a per capita basis, the number of visitors from cities with more than 200,000 residents.
Durham, North Carolina, home of North Carolina Central and Duke Universities, tops the list. The state of North Carolina shares the honor of having the most cities in the top 20 (three), with New York State. New York State had the highest number of visitors, but North Carolina easily beat New York on a per capita basis.
This article was prompted by a similar article found on Time Inc’s website, “The 20 ‘Most Well-Read Cities’ in America, According to Amazon.com”.
#1 – Durham, North Carolina
#2 – Manhattan, New York
#3 – Atlanta, Georgia
#4 – Washington, District Of Columbia
#5 – Miami, Florida (3rd on Amazon's List)
#6 – Saint Louis, Missouri (11th on Amazon's List)
#7 – Cleveland, Ohio
#8 – Baltimore, Maryland
#9 – New Orleans, Louisiana
#10 – Raleigh, North Carolina
#11 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
#12 – Memphis, Tennessee
#13 – Charlotte, North Carolina
#14 – Bronx, New York
#15 – Detroit, Michigan
#16 – Brooklyn, New York
#17 – Chicago, Illinois
#18 – Jacksonville, Florida
#20 – Houston, Texas
Source: The African American Literature Book Club, AALBC.com's website's traffic ranking, on a per capita basis, the number of visitors from cities with more than 200,000 residents.
New York City's five boroughs were treated separately because of their large populations; Manhattan (1,619,090), The Bronx (1,408,473), Brooklyn (2,565,635). f New York City was treated as a single city (combining Manhattan, Brooklyn, and The Bronx) it would still be in the top 20 but Dallas and Los Angeles would then be added to the list at #19 and #20 respectively.
The total number of cities captured in the sample was over 500 globally. There were two non-American cities which made the top 20 (Ottawa, Ontario and London, England), but they were excluded because only American cities were considered for this list.
Reprinted from TSD Memphis
Last Updated on Sunday, 19 May 2013 08:57
Category: Lifestyle Written by Terri Schlichenmeyer
Your child has caught some bug that’s going around.
He has a terminal case of The Gimmes, and he’s not getting any better. It’s “gimme that” and “buy me this” all day long. It’s gimmegimmegimme, usually accompanied by whining, pleading, and a maddening inability to understand the word “no.”
The Gimmes are enough to make any parent crazy. They make you wish there was some sort of doctor who had some sort of shot to prevent it. But there isn’t - so why not read “Do I Look Like an ATM?” by Sabrina Lamb instead?
Last Updated on Friday, 17 May 2013 14:27
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