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LOC Celebration Sunday to showcase The Williams Brothers

LOC Celebration Sunday to showcase The Williams Brothers

The LeMoyne-Owen College celebrates music, art, students' talent and the faith-based community at its annual talent showcase that is free and open to the public.

The Williams Brothers, who have spread the gospel through song since 1960, will be the featured artists at The LeMoyne-Owen College's LOC Celebration Sunday on April 7.

LOC's annual free art and music talent showcase will begin at 4 p.m. at the Cannon Center dowtown. Each year, the college sponsors the event to thank the community for its support throughout the year.

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New pope – the Memphis view

New pope – the Memphis view

Pastor Martin Orjianioke of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church began pastoring in his homeland of Nigeria. He also pastored in Germany before coming to Memphis, where on Wednesday he witnessed history unfold on television.

Along with Pastor Orjianioke in Memphis, Catholics – and non-Catholics – watched as 76-year-old Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Buenos Aires, Argentina was presented to the world as Pope Francis I.

The naming of any pope is historic, but this was way beyond that. In a remarkably fast conclave, 115 cardinals made the decision to select the Catholic Church's first pope from the Americas, the first from outside Europe, and the first Jesuit.

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  • Written by Dorothy Bracy Alston

‘Cute and Casual Easter Shake’ is ready to roll at Saint Andrew

‘Cute and Casual Easter Shake’ is ready to roll at Saint Andrew

Saint Andrew AME Church is choosing to go against the grain this year, encouraging churchgoers to come to "The Saint" on Easter Sunday dressed in casual attire, and then to leave the sanctuary for the streets, to perform "The Resurrection Shake" on South Parkway.

Traditionally, churchgoers in the South come to church dressed up on Easter Sunday. Getting a new Easter outfit has been a common cultural practice for children and adults who celebrate Easter.

For 20 years at Saint Andrew, fifth Sundays have been "Come As You Are" Sundays, when everybody – from the pulpit to the pews – intentionally dresses down, even if that is a departure from their customary attire. It's been a mission-driven, evangelistic statement to the public, and to the thousands of persons who are served annually by The Saint's outreach programs, that the Lord isn't looking at the outward appearance, but at people's hearts.

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Instead of cursing, why not bless?

Instead of cursing, why not bless?

Dear Lucy: My son is seven years old and he has already been to three different schools. He just won't behave, sit still, stop talking or pay attention. His Dad says that he was the same way as a kid and I know that even though I was smart in school I was also a smart aleck. But we have tried everything with this boy and I am frustrated. What can you recommend.

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A big-time Pentecostal conference – is one in Memphis’ future?

A big-time Pentecostal conference – is one in Memphis’ future?

Praises went up and the blessings came down at the Greater Memphis Pentecostal Assembly during Installation and Rededication services last Sunday (March 3).

The guest speaker was Presiding Bishop Charles H. Ellis III of the Pentecostal Assembly of the World (P.A.W.). Ellis, senior pastor of Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, delivered a moving message of love to the standing-room only congregation at the GMPA's newly-built facility.

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Goals, planning & backtracking; How to get over the hump

Goals, planning & backtracking; How to get over the hump

Dear Lucy: I have been working on my goals for this year. I have ideas that I know are good and will help me as well as others. But I keep going back thinking about all of the ways I have tried and failed in the past. If I am not thinking about the past, I am thinking about what could go wrong with my plans. Is this just natural when we start to plan a new life?

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Detox, purify and speak up, says Lenten speaker Rev. Moss

Detox, purify and speak up, says Lenten speaker Rev. Moss

The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago completed his two-day speaking engagement as the kick-off for the Lenten Speaking Series at Calvary Church downtown last Friday (Feb. 15).

Moss spoke on "Purification." He drew his text from the third chapter of Malachi. Here's an excerpted version of the text:

"I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me....For he will be like a refiner's fire or a launderer's soap..."

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