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CARAVAN GIVES BACK TO COMMUNITY - The Community Lenten Caravan gave $3,000 each to (front) Dr. Jeff Dorsey and Rev. Dr. John Bledsoe of the Pasadena Christian Youth Center and Sister Alice of the Jenesse Center. CLC members are (back, l-r) Rev. John Cager, Rev. Dr. Clyde Oden, Rev. Dr. Allen Williams, Rev. Dr. Kelvin Calloway, Rev. Dr. Elmer Redding and Rev. Joseph Nixon. (photo by C.J. Fossett)
Lenten caravan lifts spiritually and financially
By Cora Jackson-Fossett, Contributing Writer
The culminating celebration of the Community Lenten Caravan was spiritually uplifting for hundreds of parishioners and financially rewarding for two local community organizations.
The joyous service held March 31 brought together members of six A.M.E. churches for worship at Bethel A.M.E. Church. The united congregations also witnessed the presentation of $3,000 each to the Jenesse Center, Inc., and the Pasadena Christian Youth Center (PYCC).
"We have come together to praise the Lord during the Lenten Season. Since Ash Wednesday, we have gathered every week, in the spirit of love and contrition, to ask the Holy Spirit to empower us to become a true Christian community," said Rev. Dr. Clyde W. Oden, pastor of Bryant Temple A.M.E. Church.
"In addition to enhancing the spiritual health of our members, we also wanted to give back and contribute to the physical health of our community by making donations to these worthy organizations," said Rev. Dr. Kelvin T. Calloway, pastor of Bethel.
"Our CLC motto is 'coming together, to be together, to become together, one in Christ.' We are partners in the common struggle to expand the spiritual, economical and political awareness of our society," added Rev. Dr. Allen L. Williams, pastor of First A.M.E. Church - Pasadena.
Sister Alice, a Client Advocate, accepted the donation for the Jenesse Center. The PYCC representatives were Dr. Jeff Dorsey, Executive Director and Rev. Dr. John B. Bledsoe, Board President.
The service included a dynamic sermon by Rev. Joseph C. Nixon, pastor of Brookins Community A.M.E. Church, as well as participation by Rev. John Cager of Second A.M.E. Church and Rev. Dr. Elmer B. Redding, Sr. of Price Chapel A.M.E. Church.
Also, high spirited musical selections were rendered by the choirs of Bethel A.M.E. and Brookins Community A.M.E. churches.