McClurkin helping uplift Mon Valley to God
Written by Genea Webb
GOSPEL GIANT—First Lady Denise and Pastor Timothy Caldwell of New Life Deliverance Ministries strive to restore hope to their City of Duquesne by bringing Gospel giant Donnie McClurkin, center, to the area. (Photo by Diane I. Daniels)
Pastor Timothy Caldwell is on a mission to uplift the residents of the city of Duquesne and other towns in the Mon Valley.
“It seems like people here in the Mon Valley are losing hope,” said Pastor Caldwell, president of Miracle Temple Evangelistic Ministries in Duquesne. “I’m trying to encourage people that they can do better.”
The City of Duquesne was founded in 1789. It is about two square miles and has a population of approximately 5,500 residents.
To help alleviate the hopelessness, Pastor Caldwell has come up with several ideas to “put Jesus in the street” and get the people of the region to realize how special they are and how much they are loved by God.
Some of those ideas include hosting a clothing drive and raising money to help needy Mon Valley residents with Thanksgiving and Christmas.
To help further his mission, Pastor Caldwell and his wife, Denise, brought gospel powerhouse singer Donnie McClurkin to Miracle Temple.
Pastor Caldwell sent a request to McClurkin last October, but wasn’t sure he would accept it. But he did. Pastor Caldwell saw it as divine intervention.
“Donnie is a big name in gospel and the event was standing room only,” said Pastor Caldwell, who inherited Miracle Temple Evangelistic Ministries from his father R.I. Caldwell. “He spoke about how we as a people need to put the focus back on God and do what’s right.
“We had about 700 people from all across the Mon Valley. It was standing room only,” Pastor Caldwell continued. “Pastors from other churches came to support us and that’s great because it helps us build relationships and we can all work together. The event was definitely a success. People have been calling since the event asking about CDs and DVDs. We are looking to bringing other artists to the Mon Valley.”
In the meantime, Miracle Temple Evangelistic Ministries and several other churches within Duquesne have been working together for the last five years to provide scholarships for students who wish to attend college.
“We help with books, living expenses or anything the kids need the money for,” Pastor Caldwell said. Each scholarship ranges between $200 to $300 and Pastor Caldwell estimates that the conglomerate of churches has given out about 60 of them.
In addition to Miracle Temple, the other Duquesne-based churches that help with the scholarships are: City of Hope Church of the Nazarene, Christ Soul Saving Station, Christ Lutheran, First Presbyterian, Payne Chapel AME, Macedonia Baptist Church, New Birth Baptist Church and New Jerusalem Baptist Church. Healing Temple has also been a part of the group in past years.
The group also holds a fifth Sunday service together and holy week services, which begins on Palm Sunday. They are also trying to find a way to hold skating events for all of the area’s children, although some of the churches hold skating events on their own.
“I believe the communities are separated because the churches are divided. What matters is that there is one God. If the churches come together that will bring the people in the community together,” Pastor Caldwell said.
Anyone interested in helping Pastor Caldwell with his mission is encouraged to contact him at 412-758-6274.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 March 2013 09:58
Church Circuit 3-6-13
Written by Courier Newsroom
Heroes In Our Midst
MARCH 9—The Baptist Minister’s Conference of Pittsburgh and Vicinity will host “Heroes In Our Midst” from 1-4 p.m. at Stratigos Banquet Center, 131 Colonial Manor Rd., North Huntingdon. The theme is “Shifting into 21st Century Ministry.” The event will honor Pittsburgh Steeler Charlie Batch and Rev. Dr. William Curtis, senior pastor at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church. Steeler Ryan Clark will be the master of ceremonies. Registration is required and the cost is $50 per person. For more information, call Barbara Gunn at 412-823-4049.
Young, Gifted and Black
MARCH 9—The Christian Education Department of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church will host their 6th Annual “Young, Gifted and Black” program at 3:30 p.m. at the Doubletree by the Hilton Hotel, 101 Mall Blvd., Monroeville. Ten young adults, ages 21-40, will be applauded for outstanding service and commitment to their church, profession and community. Evan Frazier, of Highmark, will be the keynote speaker and Kimberly Gill, of KDKA, will be the mistress of ceremonies. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance. For more information, call Arzella Stewart-McCauley at 412-526-8981.
Family& Friends Day
MARCH 10—Rapha Ministries of the Apostolic Faith Church, 6942 Upland St., Homewood, will host its Annual Family & Friends Day at 10 a.m. All family and friends are invited to attend. The guest speaker will be Elder Aaron Porter of Indiana. There will also be a 4 p.m. service and dinner will be served immediately after the morning service. For more information, call 412-441-1938.
MARCH 16—Solid Rock Church, 1400 Buena Vista St., North Side, will host a Women’s Breakfast from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The theme is “The Fragrance of Prayer” with guest speaker Pastor June Jeffries of New Life Baptist Church. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 412-904-3170.
MARCH 17—The Educational Board of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 330 4th St., Rankin, will host its International Holiday Program at 4 p.m. The guest speaker will be Dr. Curtiss Porter, chancellor of the Penn State Greater Allegheny Campus. Proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund. For more information, call Sondra Barbour at 412-867-6694.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 March 2013 09:56
Don’t sleep Real Husbands of Hollywood
Written by Debbie Norrell
I’m always looking for a good sitcom and I have found it. “Real Husbands of Hollywood” on BET is laugh out loud funny. It is billed as the fakest reality show ever, as least they admit it is fake. Funny man Kevin Hart is the creator and executive producer and by the way I’m loving me some Kevin Hart. He is funny, smart, and cute and when you meet him in person he is friendly and open. I digress.
This is the best spoof of the Hollywood reality Housewives franchise that I have seen. Each man plays his self but you never see his wife. Most of them have a wife, according to Hart’s bio he was married but seems to be filing for divorce. He is enamored with the other guy’s wives who you rarely if at all see; you only hear about them or see their photos.
The cast list includes: Kevin Hart, J.B. Smoove (Shahidah) Robin Thicke (Paula Patton), Nick Cannon (Mariah Carey), Duane Martin (Tisha Campbell-Martin) and Boris Kodjoe (Nicole Ari Parker). There are always special guests like Trey Songz, Faison Love, Common, Nelly, Shaquille O’Neal and Jay Leno. Entertainment Weekly voted the show on its top ten list as number one.
I plan to own this series because I’m loving it just that much, I now look forward to Tuesday night television. Also on Tuesday night is the “Second Generation Wayans.” The laugh-at-our-pain comedy stars Craig and Damien Wayans, their real-life production partner, George O. Gore II, who played Damon Wayans’ son Michael on ABC’s “My Wife and Kids.” Despite Craig having writing credits on Scary Movie 2, Damien having directed the 2009 parody film Dance Flick, and both cousins having writing and directing credits for episodes of “My Wife and Kids,” Craig says the cousins still “have to pay dues every day,” as some industry insiders still dismiss their accomplishments as nepotism. But Damien insists, with a laugh, that “There is no nepotism in the fam! There are a lot of unfunny Wayans,” he says, considering that there are 10 siblings in Keenan’s generation alone, each with their own children. “If you can’t do the work (even on a family production), you don’t get the job.”
The cousins make fun of their one-foot-in-and-one-foot-out Hollywood struggle in a new, semi-autobiographical BET sitcom, “Second Generation Wayans.” The show is scripted but also has that reality flavor.
It is nice to see the evolution of Ali since her Fresh Prince days. I loved her on “Love That Girl” and would like to see more episodes of that show as well. Gore has grown up and thinned out, he seems like a really smart young man, so different than his character on “My Wife and Kids.”
I was telling a friend about these new shows and they immediately told me that they don’t like baffoonery. I asked them which episode were they talking about and they informed me that they had never seen either show. Uh hello, how do you judge a show you have never watched? I say check out both be open and enjoy.
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 February 2013 10:24
Fashion Watch : The puppy purse goes to the Oscars
Written by Debbie Norrell
PUPPY PURSE: Actress Quvenzhane Wallis arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Feb. 24, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
by Debbie Norrell
Quvenzhané Wallis wasn't the only pint-sized star to dazzle on the Oscars red carpet Sunday night. Her tutu-and-tiara-wearing puppy purse was also turning heads and was so age appropriate.
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 February 2013 22:44
Mercy Meet & Greet: Focus on Diversity
Written by Debbie Norrell
MEET & GREET—Kellen Hill, Ray Brooks, Lula Barron and Linda Holmes (Photo by Debbie Norrell)
The best way for job seekers to find that next position is to network, network, network. On Feb. 21 at the beautiful Savoy Restaurant, Pittsburgh Mercy Health System sponsored “Meet & Greet: Focus on Diversity,” a networking opportunity for human and social service professionals who hold bachelor’s and/or master’s degrees. Attendees were able to enjoy a beautiful and comfortable atmosphere while learning more about Pittsburgh Mercy, one of the region’s largest health and social service nonprofit organizations, serving more than 26,000 people annually in 60 locations in southwestern Pennsylvania and all it has to offer.
Robyn Macklin, program specialist supervisor, says Savoy was the perfect place to bring people together to learn more about Pittsburgh Mercy Health System. “This was a good central location, I know the owner and this was a warm and inviting space,” Macklin said.
The Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, a member of Catholic Health East and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, is an extension of the Catholic health care ministry to all people in southwestern Pennsylvania. They carry out their mission through core values and with a commitment to being a transforming, healing presence within the communities they serve. They stand with the vulnerable of our communities in assessing needs, collaborating with others, providing services that address the whole person and advocating for social change.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 10:30
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