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Cross Word Hosts Prostate Cancer Awareness Seminar

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On Saturday, January 14, 2012, Cross Word Christian Church Men’s Ministry will host a free Educational Seminar for men on Prostate Cancer Awareness. The event begins at 9 a.m. and will end at 12 Noon.

Manouch Lalehzarian, M.D. and Chairman of Prostate Cancer, Urology – Kaiser Permanente, Southern California, will be the guest speaker. Set the date aside and plan to come hear Dr. Lalehzarian as he shares his wealth of knowledge and experience to help men of all ages.

Continental breakfast served from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m. Seminar begins promptly at 9 a.m.

Cross Word Christian Church is located at 14950 Riverside Drive, Riverside CA 92518 (just east of March Reserve Air Base at the corner of Riverside and Meyer Drive). For directions visit: www.crosswordchurch.org. For additional information, contact the church office at (951) 697- 8803 or by email to menofvalor@crossworldchurch.org.

New Year's Eve & Freedom Eve Celebration

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Join the St. Paul Church family for a special New Year's Eve Dinner and Freedom Eve Celebration.

During the course of the evening, they will discover the true significance of the historical African American Watch Night. The Watch Night service can be traced back to gatherings also known as "Freedom's Eve." On that night, Black slaves and free Blacks came together in churches and private homes all across the nation awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation actually had become law. At the stroke of midnight, it was January 1, 1863; all slaves in the Confederate States were declared legally free. When the news was received, there were prayers, shouts and songs of joy as many people fell to their knees and thanked God.

Blacks have gathered in churches annually on New Year's Eve ever since, praising God for bringing us safely through another year. It's been over a century since the first Freedom's Eve and tradition still brings us together at this time every year to celebrate "how we got over."

This celebration takes many African American descendants of slaves into a new year with praise and worship.

Please join St. Paul on Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. as they experience and relive those precious moments through songs, prayers, praise and worship, storytelling, clothing, food items and of course the proclamation of the Word.

Samaritan's Feet Gospel Fest A Huge Success

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By BVN Staff –

The Samaritan’s Feet Shoes of Hope Gospel Fest was an overwhelming success last Saturday at the Fox Theatre in Riverside. Choirs from as far as Los Angeles sang God’s glory and shoes were collected to go towards the next opportunity to minister, wash feet, and give away the shoes.

Manny Ohonme, who founded the international organization, to give shoes to children across the world, was pleased with the efforts of the west coast team lead by Alton Green. He is looking at how he can increase awareness that 300,000,000 go without shoes everyday and 1,000,000 die each year from foot-borne diseases.

The concert featured gospel singer Beverly Crawford, the Starlights, and Voices of Destiny, this year’s Verizon Wireless How Sweet the Sound award winner.

Masters of ceremonies were Dr. Susie Jones, senior pastor of Yahweh’s House of Prayer and the Prince of Clean Comedy Cizzle C. Choir competition featured, Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, Kansas Avenue Youth Choir, LA Inner City Mass Choir, and Friendship Christian Fellowship Mass Choir. Winners of the preaudition competition were, Don Floss & Street Gospel, rappers and Female and male artist, Arie Howard and Tommy French.

The judges were, Bishop LeRoi Lacy, Bishop Kenneth Wells, Gentry McCreary, Sr. , Sylvia Cotton and Natasha Ferguson, they selected the LA Inner City Mass Choir for the top spot and although all of the choirs were outstanding, they blew out the theatre.

Shoes of Hope honorees were Lindsay Hughes, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California Community Grants Board Member and Dr. Maya Angelou, poet, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker and civil rights activist, and Samaritan’s Feet Ambassador. Dr. Angelou’s award was accepted by Cheryl Brown, Co- Publisher of Black Voice News and candidate for the new 47th Assembly District.

Good News Presents Benefit Clean Comedy Show

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A Benefit Clean Comedy Show will be held at Good News Community Baptist Church, 178 Iowa Avenue, Riverside, CA 92507, on October 29, 2011, 6-8 PM as an event to garner funds for the 2012 Scholarships.

The headliner for the event is Cizzle C, “The Prince of Clean Comedy” and the host is Eric Blake of BET and Comedy Central. Cizzle C is a comedian from California. He has been ministering through the gift of comedy for over 10 years. He has performed in London, England, and just recently tapped his very first nationally televised show BET’s Gospel Comic View “A Time To laugh” hosted by Vickie Winans.

This event is cosponsored by COLDLABEL Barbershop Culture Co. and the Law Offices of Kamola L. Gray; Esq. The food vendor will be Big Dee’s Texas Barb- que & Seafood.

Good News Hope & Help, Inc. presented scholarships to Poly High School graduates Lanae Drachslin and Mikayla Lammons for the 2011 school year. The Moreno Valley Branch of Bank of America employees volunteered at the Scholarship Banquet.

Please call Lady Gray at 951-231-9131 for tickets, to be a vendor, or to advertise in the souvenir book. Ticket donations are $15 advance and $20 at the door.

Saxophonist Mel Holder to Perform at Amos Temple

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The community is invited to attend and hear the melodic sounds of Stellar and Grammy nominated saxophonist Mel Holder, who will be ministering on his saxophone at Amos Temple Church on December 18th under the leadership of Pastor Marrix Seymore Sr.

From the ancient Asian city of Okinawa, Japan, through the secular Muslim nation of Azerbaijan, to the remote parts of post apartheid, South Africa, throughout the Caribbean, Europe, even in the socialist country of Cuba… and across the USA, this anointed Psalmist is parading the melody of his message …The healing of the nations and preparation for the return of Christ.

Born in Brooklyn, NY of Panamanian decent, Holder was a testimony in the making. From the early age of six, he was hindered from being a full participant in all of life’s youthful activities, by asthma. However, God taught him through that challenge to become a focused, relentless warrior.

This physical impairment made it quite difficult for Holder to breathe normally, but at age 9, he accidentally picked up his sister’s clarinet, and began to make haunting sounds with it.

Holder’s family immediately knew that this was ‘Divine intervention’ since such an act was deemed impossible based on his physical condition. This was a testament to the undeniable light of Gods healing power, and the beginning of miracles in young Holder’s journey to musical manhood. During hiss early school years, he developed a passion for the saxophone and made a commitment to master it. His mother made great sacrifices, due to the difficulties of those days, to give her only son, a quality instrument. Holder’s appreciation fueled his enthusiasm, and his dedication, making his desire to play the horn continuously.

He has been a guest and host of Trinity Broadcasting Network and has performed with the likes of Kirk Franklin, Kelly Price, Jonathan Butler and so many other notable artists. For more information call 951-7898720.

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