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2010-07-21 / Columnists

Amityville & More

Our Piece of the World
by Ellen Holliday

Bethel A.M.E. Church at 20 Simmons St., Copiague under the Direction of Rev. Stanley Gordon Smith, M. Div., Senior Pastor, invites you to attend a “Praise Party for Jesus,” Vacation Bible School. Come and join us, August 9–13, 6:30–8:30 pm. Worshiping God with our head, heart, hands, feet and souls. Also, starting this week, Bethel will offer Family Support Services, which is a volunteer care giver project for mothers who are in need of properly supervised care for children ages 5 to 10 years old. Thisproject will offercare for your children between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., providing community-based activities, lunch and an afternoon snack with very reasonable rates, starting at $50. For more information, please contact Ms. Roma Faire at 631-643-4912 or call the church office. Please speak to Ms. Sharon Addison, 631-842-8463.

They are looking for volunteers and youth mentors.

Congratulations are in order for Rev. and Mrs. Stanley Gordon Smith as they celebrate their second year in our community. He came to us, preaching his first sermon on Father’s Day, 2008. I am happy to announce that I was present in Philadelphia when he was assigned to this area after Pastor and Mrs. Eugene McAshan retired. I drove a delegation there to get the good news first hand. Bethel celebrated this occasion with a luncheon at the Millerridge Inn in Jericho. His bio will follow in the next edition.

On Father’s Day the Men’s Day Kick Off Breakfast was held, headed by the Chairman, Barron Terrell, a retired employee of Amityville School District. Thank God for him and his new kidney. I would also like to mention that Rev./Sister Benetia Tekosky, of Bethel’s Bridging the Gap Ministry was engaged to be married on July 4th to Mr. Harry Johnson. Sister Priscilla Jackson, operations manager, of the mature workers program, sponsored by the National Urban League’s New York City Office, hit the BIG 50, on July 10.

Ms. Carol A. Gordon, a local resident, is running for State Senate in the 8th District. Thisis her second attempt, winning 39 percent of the vote in 2008. As Albany’s politicians were on summer break, she kicked off her campaign on July 11 at her home in Massapequa, Sunday. Her platform: The People’s Agenda: Empowerment through Education and Information. Website: www.elect.carolagordonforsenate. com

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