Morris Brown College, founded in 1881 by the African Methodist Episcopal Church, is a private, coeducational, liberal arts college engaged in teaching and public service with special focus in leadership, management, entrepreneurship and technology. Many of you reading this may remember Morris Brown College from the movie, Drum Line where it was an active and vibrant College, educating African American Youth from around the world.
Mather Academy Founded in 1887 in Camden, this was the brainchild of Sarah Babcock, a Plymouth, Massachusetts teacher who'd opened a short-lived school in 1867 before purchasing the 27-acre Thomas Lang plantation.The school was named Browning Model Home and Industrial School in honor of benefactor Fanny O. Browning. In 1890, it enrolled its first male students, and the Conference purchased the land from Babcock, who'd married Rev. James Mather. In 1900, at Babcock Mather's request, Browning Home was renamed Mather Academy in honor of her husband.
Mather Academy expanded its curriculum over the years, offering grade levels from kindergarten through high school, and accepting applicants from across the nation. In 1928, it was one of the first S.C. schools for African Americans to offer a 12th grade. In 1934, Mather’s high quality of education earned it a Class A school rating—a distinction held at the time by only three other schools in the state.
1983, Boylan Haven Mather Academy closed it's doors for the last time. In 1995, all buildings were ordered - demolished.
I bring up Mather Academy because like Mather, Morris Brown College, the issue of survival was based primarily on financial matters, not the lack of need to educate its constituents. Morris Brown College is needed and is as relevant now as it ever was. Coming from a family of educators and pastors, it makes me sad when I see yet another institution of higher learning in trouble. As a graduate of an HBCU with young adults graduating and or attending HBCU's, I will do anything possible to save them. I am currently disabled, unable to speak, but I have a voice and will to do something. It is disturbing to see African Americans fighting over the remaining assets of this great institution that has, over time, given so much to the community.
"This is heartbreaking and not only a sad day in the life of Morris Brown, but in black academia,” said former Atlanta City Councilman Derrick Boa.
According to the school's president, Dr.Stanley Pritchett, filing will give the institution time to find steady funding. "We are making a statement that Morris Brown College is not going anywhere,” said Pritchett. "We are not going to allow this latest challenge to get in the way of what we are trying to do.”
This is what we are going to do. WorldSideUp, an online shopping venue, wants to have Morris Brown College as a participant in its revolving philanthropy program. A portion of all sales of goods and services from the website will go towards the general funds. I am going to offer every student, teacher and business in the area a copy of our website, and every purchase from the site, we will donate a meaningful portion of the proceeds to not only Morris Brown College, but to every HBCU in the nation. Not only will Morris Brown College have an influx of cash, so will you.At that time, we will shift the revenue over to the respective conferences general scholarship funds.
Join the movement now and raise money to help Morris Brown and all of the HBCU's and help yourself with an income.
The mission of Hispanic Ministry at GCC is to inspire and equip the body to help Hispanics (our local mission field) to love God and love people and become passionate followers of Jesus Christ all to the glory of God.
Some of the activities we are doing now are:
English as a Second Language Class (ESL)
Devotional time each Saturday during the ESL classes.
Hispanic Service the first Saturday of every month after ESL classes at 12:00.
Sunday School class in Spanish.
Corporate worship celebration with simultaneous translation from English to Spanish.
Counseling and Visitation
Mission & Values
To love God and love people as we help others become passionate followers of Jesus Christall to the glory of God.
Connectwith God in Worship:We seek to worship God in spirit and truth both individually and corporately by bringing glory and honor to His name in all that we say and do.
(Colossians 1:15-18;John 1:1-3;Ephesians 1:22-23).
Connectwithwith others in Authentic Community:We seek to minister one another by practicing biblical love with our hearts joined together in genuine fellowship.
Grow:We seek to develop and build each other up to Christ-like maturity throughrelevant biblical instruction in the context of authentic and affirming relationships.
Go:We seek to go and serve in the ministries of the church, into the community and around the world to influence others for the sake of Christ. We seek to bring people into a relationship with Jesus Christ and into thefellowship of His family through personal witness and the proclamation of the Gospel.
Grace Community Church understands and fulfills its mission in the context of the following values and distinctives which define the nature of our ministry.
The Preeminence of Jesus Christ: In every aspect of everything we say and do, the ultimate and final focus will always be the honor and glory of the Lord Jesus Christ
(Colossians 1:15-18;John 1:1-3;Ephesians 1:22-23).
The Inerrancy of the Bible: The authority for our ministry comes from the Word of God as we submit ourselves to its teaching, commit ourselves to do what it says, and yield our lives to become what Christ desires for us to be (2 Timothy 3:16-17;Hebrews 4:12;
2 Peter 1:20-21).
The Enabling Work of the Holy Spirit: We believe that all that we accomplish is only by the enabling work of the Holy Spirit abiding and working within us to produce growth, maturity and spiritual fruit (John 14:16-17, 26; 15:26; 16:7-11;Acts 1:8).
The Undergirding of Prayer: All that we do must have the thorough undergirding of prayer support or else there is no reason to anticipate the attending power and presence of the Holy Spirit in our ministry (Ephesians 6:18;Philippians 4:6;Colossians 4:2).
An Atmosphere of Grace: We understand that nothing good happens in our lives that is not the result of God’s grace or unmerited favor toward us. Consequently, our relationships and our ministry together must be characterized by love and gratitude rather than guilt, shame and condemnation (Colossians 3:12-14).
The Importance of the Family: Recognizing that one of the greatest battlefields and proving grounds of our faith in Christ is right within the home, we are committed to strengthening the spiritual lives of families as we seek to fulfill the creation mandate and to become beacons of light for Christ within our community (Genesis 1:27-28;Ephesians 5:21-6:4).
The Sanctity of Human Life: We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being, endowed by his or her Creator with divine dignity and the right to life. We affirm that life continues to be sacred until a person’s natural death and that mental or physical disability in no way decreases the sacred value of a person’s life (Psalm 139:13-16;Jeremiah 1:4-5).
A Commitment to Biblical and Godly Leadership: Following the model of the New Testament church, we are committed to an elder-led form of leadership and authority. Elders are responsible before God for ensuring that biblical principles are taught, protecting against false teaching, overseeing the affairs of the church, and otherwise providing Christ-like leadership that ensures the spiritual well-being of the church
(Acts 14:23; 20:17-31; 1Timothy 5:17;Titus 1:5; 1Peter 5:1-3; 1Timothy 3:1-7;Titus 1:6-9).
An Appreciation for Creativity and Innovation: We believe that the church should be culturally relevant while remaining doctrinally pure. In today’s rapidly changing world, forms and methods must be continually evaluated, and if necessary, altered to fit new conditions. We attempt to communicate the truth of God’s Word to our society in ways it can understand without compromising biblical absolutes (1 Chronicles 12:32; the teachings of Jesus).
An Irresistible Influence in the Community: We passionately embrace the calling to be salt and light in our community by reaching out with compassion to those in need and standing up for truth with courage and conviction (Matthew 5:13-16;Acts 13:10;Philippians 1:27-28).
An Appropriate Sensitivity to the Lost and Unchurched: We believe that all people matter to God and therefore all people matter to us. Since there are many people in our community and around the world who are spiritually lost, we seek to create a non-threatening environment in which they are free to explore the Christian faith at their own pace (1 Peter 3:15).
An Active Participation in World Missions – We are committed to making disciples of all nations through financial and prayer support of missionaries as well as personal and active participation in short-term mission trips by going, giving and sending (Acts 13:1-3;Mark 13:10;Mark 16:15).
Great Tribulation – 2013-08-04
But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.2 Timothy 3:1-5
Abomination – 2013-07-28
The world is filled with many let downs, but Jesus is not one of them.
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