Created and directed by Sherwin Mackintosh and Carrie Kelsey, the Shining Stars Performing Arts Academy is making it's debut in the Southeast on June 24, 2018. Sherwin and Carrie were two of the producers of the recent revival of Upside Down. Sherwin is the co-writer (along with Steve Johnson) and Carrie was the Assistant Director and Choreographer.
Editor's note: The following is shared from the North River Church of Christ newsletter.
We, as the Leadership Team, didn't want to close out 2017 without expressing our heartfelt thanks to all of you for the support and generosity you have demonstrated throughout the year. Our church has been steadily growing over the last several years in rather dramatic ways. You have responded with ongoing and sacrificial support, financially and otherwise. As we reflect on the year, it seems only fitting to recap some of the many highlights we have accomplished together this year through God's grace:
The Tri-County Church in Mississippi along with the New Orleans Church and The Bridge Church | Baton Rouge have teamed up to host the "Seasons of Marriage" Retreat November 10-12, 2017!
Explore your season of marriage this Fall on the mighty Mississippi River during a weekend of fun, laughter and love in beautiful Vidalia, Louisiana and Natchez, Mississippi.
Tremayne Parker, known as Parker, confessed that Jesus is Lord and was baptized on October 8. Parker is an Alabama native from the town of Union Springs. He works as a correctional officer for the Bullock County Prison. A year ago, Parker met Markeya Thomas through mutual friends at a birthday party, and she invited him to church. He wanted to be a better person and to find a group of friends who lived an honest life. He found this in the brothers at the Auburn Tuskegee Christian Church (ATCC). One of them, Travis Hawkins, asked him to study the Bible. Travis shared not only the good news, but also his life.
"I was inspired by Parker's humility and his desire to take on challenges for God," said Travis. Parker continued to take on the challenges of obeying the Bible, right up to the challenge of being baptized. "Parker has grown tremendously since the first time meeting the ATCC family," said Markeya. "He's gone from barely saying a word to being a lot more engaged." Parker is now excited to become even more engaged, and share the good news with others in Alabama!
On February 19, 2017, Lowell Hoover, evangelist of the Charleston Church of Christ in South Carolina, appointed Ernest Govan and Ivey Baird as elders of the congregation. This was the first time in the 24-year old history of the church that elders had been appointed.
On Sunday, June 26, disciples from congregations around Atlanta gathered near Stone Mountain to worship God. Members of the Athens, AcoCG, Bridge Pointe, Cornerstone, North River, The Path and Northview churches took part in the service. Together we sang, prayed, and read from the Word of God (with a portion of each in Spanish).
Toni Thomas, a sister in the Columbia Church of Christ (South Carolina), is in need of a bone marrow transplant. A search for a bone marrow match for Toni has been ongoing for several months but, a match has not yet been found. She asks that you please review the donor criteria by logging on to the informational website at deletebloodcancer.org. Even though this request is for more bone marrow donors in general, Toni is African American and there is a great need for more African American donors nationwide.