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Deacon Crawford Celebrates 80th Birthday

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When Draymond Crawford reached his 80th birthday, there were family and friends on hand to enjoy the festivities.

Known because of his early bank management job, his dedication to God and his church Loveland, and Temple MBC, his service to our country through the Air Force, his marriage of 60 years and his trademark greeting, “God Loves You and so do I and you can’t do anything about it,” his only worries are how to enjoy eating and fellowshipping less.

Happy Birthday Deacon Crawford.

Ecclesia Christian Fellowship 20th Anniversary

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Ecclesia Christian Fellowship will celebrate its 20th Anniversary with three event filled days. The 2011 Reflections Celebration theme is “Renewing Our Spiritual Service”.

The celebration will begin on Friday night with a slamming hiphop youth & young adult concert at Ecclesia featuring Flame, Shachah, Iz-Real and other exciting artists. A “Family & Friends Day” picnic will be held on Saturday at Hunt Elementary School. There will be plenty of delicious food and a multitude of games and thrilling activities.

One worship service will be held on Sunday morning at 10:30a.m. Pastor Raymond Turner of Temple Missionary Baptist Church will be the special guest speaker.

The service will include the annual recognition of volunteers; those volunteers who have gone above and beyond in ministry to the body of Ecclesia will be honored with the Taft T. Newman Distinguished Service Award.

The weekend will culminate with a 20th Anniversary Banquet at the National Orange Show Renaissance Room. Special guest speaker will be Pastor Danny Carroll of Water of Life Church in Fontana with special music by Sydne Denece Alexander- Hudson.

A little over 20 years ago a young minister was confronted with a very devastating event in his life. Nearing the lowest point in his life, God met him and gave him a vision.

He told him that I need you “TO PICK UP THE PIECES” in the lives of My people just as I had done in yours.

God placed in motion the beginning of the vision He had imparted to the young minister with a Bible study group in February 1991.

Upon receiving its non-profit tax exempt status on May 13, 1991, Ecclesia Christian Fellowship began official worship services.

The young minister, Pastor Joshua Beckley, continues to see his vision realized through the ministry of Ecclesia. “As we celebrate our 20th year we find at this point we have come this far by faith. It’s by faith we look to the next 20 years with our eyes on the Lord, with praise and thanksgiving!” stated Pastor Beckley.

On September 19, 1991, Ecclesia Christian Fellowship original members Christ ian and Torria Peacock gave birth to the first baby born at Ecclesia, Ambyr Julianna.

That baby has grown into a wonderful young lady who loves and serves the Lord and is now a sophomore student at California State University - San Bernardino, majoring in Communications.

“With the birth of a child, as parents you have the opportunity to love and nurture them. You pour into them what God pours into you.

You watch them grow into one of God's greatest blessings in your life,” stated Torria. “The same is true for Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, a home where believers are loved and nurtured until they grow into God’s greatest blessing and witnesses unto the world. So in celebrating 20 years we feel it is a tremendous honor and joy to have seen them both grow and mature right before our eyes.”

For more information please visit www.ecclesiachurch.com or call (909) 881-5551.

Assembly Member Carter Awards Crawford on 80th Birthday

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Pastor Draymond Crawford, Sr., Fontana resident, businessman, realtor, political activist, retired banker and member of Temple Missionary Baptist Church and Loveland Church celebrated his 80th birthday with a crowd of family and friends that came from many parts of the country. Lovingly referred to as “Deke” from his days of serving as a Deacon, he has also served as pastor, elder, trustee and choir member.

Pastor Crawford has served his community and fellow man, as well as his country, having served in the United States Air Force. He is well known throughout the Inland Empire and Los Angeles areas as a respected man of God. In attendance were pastors from many churches of the Inland Empire, Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter and political representative, Frank Stallworth.

At 80, Pastor Crawford shows no sign of slowing down as he still manages the Sunrise Apartments in Fontana and enjoys travelling with his wife of almost 60 years, Estelle “Sister C” Crawford.

Good News Community Baptist Church to honor Women of Achievement

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For several years as a celebration of Women’s History Month, Good News Community Baptist Church has recognized women from the community and from the congregation for their many achievements.

Past recipients include Dr. Joyce Boykin of Kaiser Permanente of Riverside, California, Celesta Frazier, Probation Officer and Photographer, Attorney Kamola L. Gray, Ruby Tiggs of Mrs. T’s Heavenly Desserts, Cookie Byrtia Barton of the Dennys’ Restaurant of Riverside, Trina McClendon-Turner of Loma Linda University Medical Center, the entire Mother’s Board and many others.

This year Good News will celebrate Mary Ellen Daniels, Esq.; Exhorter/ Retired Val Verde School District Educator Debra (Sunny) Jefferson; UC Irvine Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach Julia (Gray) Smith; Mother Dorothy Street who recently celebrated 60 years of marriage; outstanding community person and Mardi Gras Queen of the National Council of Negro Women Moreno Valley Marward Sullivan-Taylor, and recently appointed Superintendent of the Moreno Valley School District Dr. Judy D. White.

The awards will be presented on Sunday, March 27, 2011 at Good News Community Baptist Church during the 11:30 AM Service.

Overseer Levonzo Gray, Sr. is the Pastor. The church is located at 178 Iowa Avenue, Riverside, CA 92507. The dress for this service is casual blue denim and white.

For further information please call (951) 231-9131.

Sacred Sistahs to Host Conference for African American Girls

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Sacred Sistahs, Inc will host its First Annual S.E.S.H.A.T (Seeking Excellence in Science, Healthcare, Arithmetic, and Technology) Conference on Math and Science for Middle and High School African American Girls.

On Saturday, March 26, 2010 the First Annual Sacred Sistahs, Inc. S.E.S.H.A.T. Conference on Math and Science for African American Girls will be held at the Joseph B. Platt Campus Center at Harvey Mudd College located at 301 Platt Boulevard, Claremont, CA 91711 from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm.

The conference is being co-sponsored by the Harvey Mudd College Mathematics Department and Transcendence Children & Family Services of Pomona.

The inaugural theme is “Envisioning a Word of New Possibilities” and over 100 girls from all over the Inland Empire and Southern California have already registered.

The goal of the conference is to introduce careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math to African American girls in middle school and high school. Research has demonstrated that even though girls perform as well as boys in science and math, there is a marked loss of interest in STEM areas that occurs in middle school and that girls’ attitudes about careers and math and science affect their persistence and involvement in advanced coursework during their high school years.

This suggests a need for strong female role models in STEM fields at the middle school level or earlier.

Dr. Talithia Williams, an Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Harvey Mudd College, will deliver the keynote address.

In addition, the conference will feature women who are practicing professionals in the fields of medicine, engineering, aerospace technology (NASA), statistics, mathematics, and film making.

Sacred Sistahs, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to empower, serve, and improve the overall health, well-being, spirit, and vitality of African American and African women and children by nourishing and elevating the mind, body, and spirit.

For information on how to register, please visit http://www.sacredsistahsinc.org/news_and_events or call (909)910-7564.

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