Claressa Shields Shares Her Spiritual Journey with Flint’s Area Youth

By Alex LaGrone, Staff Writer FLINT, Mich. – Young Life of Genesee County hosted Flint’s own, Super Middleweight Champion, Claressa Shields Monday, Feb. 12 at Bethel United Methodist Church. Shields came to speak to Flint’s youth about the importance of having faith in Jesus Christ. Shields (T-Rex), was born and raised in Flint and graduated from Northwestern High School in 2013. She was introduced to boxing by her father Bo Shields who also was a boxer. By the time she was 11-years-old, she began to pursue boxing at Flint’s Berston…

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Local Family Says Faith Made the Difference Following Diagnosis

By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer FLINT, Mich. – Minister Donald Alston said years of poor eating habits combined with a family history of high blood pressure are what led to the breaking point in his life. When the dangerous combination finally caught up with him, the medical diagnosis wasn’t good. In fact, it was bleak. “I was told by my physician that I should get ready to plan my funeral,” said Alston, 39. The diagnosis was the wake-up call that demanded an immediate lifestyle change, including blood pressure medication,…

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Women’s Boxing Champion Claressa Shields to Share Importance of Faith with Flint Students

FLINT, Mich. – Young Life of Genesee County will host a free presentation by Flint’s own Super Middleweight Women’s Champion Claressa Shields Monday, Feb. 12, at 7:00 p.m. at Bethel United Methodist Church, 1309 N. Ballenger Hwy. Shields will be sharing the importance of her faith with Flint area high school students. All Flint area high school students are invited to attend. Young Life is a world-class non-profit mentoring organization for youth serving Flint area teens and pre-teens for more than 50 years. “Claressa Shields is truly an inspiration for…

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Dedicated Believers Ministries Awarded $10k to Teach African-American Arts & Culture

By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer FLINT, Mich. – Dedicated Believers Ministries has received two grant awards totaling $10,260 to continue its Art Education Outreach program in 2018. The program introduces African-American artists, artworks, and history to K-12 students in North Flint. The program is available as an after school offering to students attending Brownell STEM Academy, Doyle-Ryder Elementary, Holmes STEM Academy, and Flint Northwestern High School. Program funders include the Ruth Mott Foundation, Crim Fitness Foundation, and Puffin Foundation West, Ltd. Pastor Anthony and Davida Artis, who founded Dedicated…

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Community Champion: Corine Simmons Threlkeld

By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer  FLINT, Mich. – Corine Simmons Threlkeld has served the Flint community as an activist, volunteer educator and foster grandparent. While she’s worn many hats since moving from Selma, Alabama in 1957, she’s affectionately known today as “Mrs. T.” Her family includes six living children, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. “I came for a better life,” she said. “I’ve seen a lot of change in Flint, but history repeats itself. I hadn’t experienced so much segregation until I moved to Michigan. When we bought…

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Flint Branch NAACP Announces 37th Annual Freedom Fund Dinner

The Flint Branch of the NAACP will be celebrating its 37th Annual Freedom Fund Gala on Saturday, March 10 at 6:00 p.m. The formal black-tie affair will be held at the Genesys Banquet and Conference Center, 805 Health Park Blvd, Grand Blanc, MI 48439. The theme for this year’s event is “STEADFAST AND IMMOVABLE”. “As we move to address today’s challenges, notably the current climate of economic uncertainty and political unrest, this is a pivotal time for our country,” said Frances Gilcreast, President of the Flint Branch NAACP. “Today we…

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King Solomon MBC Introduces Jesse McIntosh as Pastor-Elect

Reverend Jessie McIntosh has been named the newly elected Pastor of King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church. Reverend McIntosh is a Michigan native. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Tuskegee University and earned a Master of Theology from Midwestern Baptist College. In addition, Pastor-elect McIntosh earned a Master’s in Administration with a concentration in Human Resources from Central Michigan University. The community is invited to greet Pastor-elect McIntosh when he delivers his first pastoral sermon during King Solomon’s 10:30 a.m. Worship Service on Sunday, Feb. 4.

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Youth Salute to a King

The men of the Flint Chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the young men of the Esquire Mentoring & Leadership Program invite the Flint community to a program honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Youth Salute to A King” will be held Monday, Jan. 15 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 424 Kennelworth Ave., Flint, MI 48503. Young men and women from the Flint community, including The Esquire Mentoring & Leadership Program, will use their talents in the areas of song…

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MSP Offering Security Training for Places of Worship

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan State Police is offering a one-day training for clergy and others who are involved or may become involved in maintaining security at a church facility. The class will be held Thursday, Jan. 11 at the Crown Plaza Lansing – West. The cost is $100 and includes lunch and course materials. Registration may be completed online at michigan.gov/msp. The deadline to register is January 5. First Lt. Kevin Caldwell said MSP has long been sensitive to the vulnerability of soft targets like places of worship. More…

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Pastor Alfred & First Lady Denise Harris’ 4th Year Appreciation

Rev. Alfred L. Harris, Sr., Pastor Saints of God Church 2200 Forest Hill Avenue Flint, MI 48505 The Saints of God Church Family will celebrate Pastor Alfred & First Lady Denise Harris’ 4th Year Appreciation.  These events will take place beginning Wednesday, July 22, 2015 @ 7:00 P.M. with Pastor LeQuin Williams and the Heavenly Host  Full Gospel Baptist Church; Sunday  July 26, 2015 @ 10:30 A.M. with guest speaker, Pastor Floyd Fuller; and closing out Sunday July 26, 2015 @ 4:00 PM with Pastor James C. Jones and  the…

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