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Spreading Holiday Cheer

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For the past eight years, Rev. Calvin ad Edna Cunningham have been spreading holiday cheer throughout the Inland Empire by serving as Santa Claus and his helper.

They have visited hospitals, nursing homes and other places throughout the Inland Empire where holiday cheer and good tidings are needed.

Black History Collection: Soul of the Church

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Enliven and enrich your celebration of Black History Month with rarely seen performances by the biggest stars of Gospel’s Golden Era in Black History Collection: Soul of the Church, heralding onto DVD Jan. 19 from Infinity Entertainment Group.

More than sweet sound, gospel moves listeners and brings them to their feet. This soul-stirring music – once limited to the African-American church – has transcended barriers, becoming Americana mainstream and capturing creative and spiritual imaginations globally.

But traditionally and to this day, gospel (soulful divas and dons, quartets and choirs) is at its roots “Black folk music” and fervent, camp-meeting religion. Gospel, meaning “good news,” derives its name from the books of the New Testament (the gospels of the apostles).

Though the genre continues to grow in variety and sound, gospel dates to an oral tradition of the 18th century – when many Blacks were unable to read – allowing all to participate in worship.

Ministering to the downtrodden and disenfranchised is at its core.

No other show, film or single album captures the rich history of the golden age of gospel as did TV Gospel Time (1962-65).

The half-hour, Chicago-based show aired on NBC Sunday mornings – merging music and God’s word – attracting a mostly African-American audience (and sponsors), but introduced the genre to a non-Black audience. Featuring guests on location (to save travel costs) it highlighted non-professional performers alongside the day’s biggest stars.

This two-disc collection transferred from the show’s original Kinescopes, includes enigmatic performances (rarely, if ever, seen since their original broadcast) by Rev. James Cleveland, Ernestine Washington, Blind Boys of Mississippi, Barrett Sisters, Ruth Brown, Sallie Martin, Alex Bradford, Dixie Hummingbirds, Jessie Mae Renfro, Harmonizing Four, Clouds of Joy, Highway QCs, Marie Knight, Caravans, Three Professors of Gospel and more!

Making a joyful noise unto the Lord invites us all to come together … to honor the past, look to the future and – through song – renew our faith.


Cross Word Church To Host Remembrance Candlelight Service

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Chief Pastor Lacy K. Sykes, Jr. and Cross Word Christian Church is pleased to host a Candlelight Remembrance Service in association with Tillman Riverside Mortuary this coming Sunday, December 20th at 4:00 p.m.

There will be comforting holiday messages by a various invited guests who will share in the celebration by offering a combination of brief presentations designed to comfort families that have experienced loss during the year. There will also be musical presentations by local Christian singers and church choirs – including the Cross Word Church Voices of The Word Choir. As a gift to the families that Tillman has served, their staff will present a candle in memory of loved ones lost in 2009.

The candlelight remembrance service is free and open to the public – everyone is welcome to join us as we remember and celebrate the lives of those we have lost in the year 2009. Even if Tillman’s did not perform the final service for your loved one, you are encouraged to attend and be comforted.

This event, organized and presented by Tillman’s Mortuary, is an annual celebration that has been held at various churches throughout the Inland Empire. We look forward to seeing you Sunday, December 20th at 4 p.m.

Cross Word Christian Church is located at 14950 Riverside Drive, Riverside, California 92518 (just east of March Air Reserve Base at Riverside & Meyer Drive).

www.crosswordchurch.org 951-697-8803

African Children's Choir in Concert

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The African Children’s Choir recently gave an amazing concert at Cross Word Christian Church in Riverside. Chief Pastor Lacy K. Sykes, Jr. and First Lady Karen Sykes were delighted to bring the choir once again to Cross Word for the community.

These young people openly and joyfully shared the love of our Lord, Jesus Christ with the world.

“Their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances melted our hearts and filled us with joy,” stated Chief Pastor Sykes, Jr.

The concert featured well-loved children’s songs, traditional spirituals and contemporary tunes. “In spite of the tragedy that has marred their young lives, the children were radiant with hope, musically gifted and were wonderfully entertaining,” he continued.

For more information on the choir, visit www.africanchildrenschoir.com.

2009 Powerful, Praying, Wives Conference Set for December 12th

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Are you happily married? Are you thinking about getting a divorce? Do you want to know how to get along better with your Husband? Does your marriage seem to lack passion and you are simply staying for the sake of the children? Do you desire to be at Peace in your home? If any of these statements apply to you, you will want to attend the 2009 Powerful, Praying, Wives’ Conference, “For Better or For Worse”.

This year will mark the 5th year for this annual conference where hundreds of wives have come yearly to renew their commitment to maintaining a healthy and loving relationship with their husbands.

The PPW conference will take place on Saturday, December 12, 2009 from 9:00am – 12:00pm. The keynote Speaker is Angela Alexander, International Speaker and author of Miracles in Action; Turning Pain in to Power and Grief in to Peace.”

Pre-Registration is $20.00 and $30.00 on the day of the event.

Registration includes all conference materials and refreshments will be served.

Location: 8351 Elm Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga. For registration information contact Minister Jenise Bush at (909) 289-4019 or email at powerfulwife@msn.com.



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