Impact Church makes a difference at Fall Festival

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! TAGSBishop Kelvin CobarisFall FestivalImpact ChurchMADPastor Hezekiah Bradford Previous articleSTEM programs turning classrooms blueNext articleMinisterial Alliances plan Gospel Music Festival Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here South Apopka Ministerial Alliance partners in alternative to trick-or-treatingA large energetic crowd of super heroes, zombies and princesses mingled with parents, law enforcement officers, community leaders and pastors on Halloween evening at the MAD Movement Fall Festival held at Wheatley Park in South Apopka. Impact Church partnered with The South Apopka Ministerial Alliance to put on the event that was billed as an alternative to children trick-or-treating by themselves on a potentially dangerous night. The children enjoyed a petting farm, rode a pony, rode on trains, shot baskets, played in a bounce house, got their faces painted and showed-off their costumes. There was also free food, drinks, music and participation from the Apopka Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.And it was all to provide a safe place for the children of Apopka.But Kelvin Cobaris, the Lead Pastor at Impact Church, took it a step further than just a safe place. The MAD movement stands for “Make A Difference” and according to Cobaris, that’s exactly what they did.“This is an example of making a difference in our community,” he said. “We can talk about the violence, we can talk about the issues, we can talk about the problems, but all we’re doing then is talking. Some people asked me why are you having a festival on Halloween as a church? And the answer is I’d much rather our young people be in a park in a secure environment than on the streets trick-or-treating when this is one of the highest crime nights of the year. I would urge all churches to get out of your four walls and into your community.”According to Cobaris, sponsors of the event included The Impact Church, Apopka Mayor Joe Kilshiemer, Apopka City Commissioner Kyle Becker, Sheriff Jerry Demings and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Chief Michael McKinley and the Apopka Police Department, Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh, Orange County Clerk of the Court Tiffany Moore-Russell, Orange County Tax Collector Scott Randolph, Chief Val Demings, the South Apopka Ministerial Alliance, Rod Love, Evelyn Jewett, Eric Dubois, Eric Jackson, and a host of volunteers and other donors. Love, the former Chairman of the Apopka Community Task Force Against Violence, was eager to be a sponsor of the event.“This is about community,” he said. “This is about protecting our youth. I’m proud to sponsor this event.”Hezekiah Bradford, President of The South Apopka Ministerial Alliance, echoed Cobaris’ thoughts.“All of this represents what we can do together. The Festival is a safe space for the kids in a safe environment accompanied by adults. Instead of going door-to-door with kids walking where it’s not safe, we just want to make it more of a safe space opportunity. We want to work with the community.” Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Deel Manor takeover

first_imgFacebook Cllr Kevin SheahanLIMERICK City and County Council have revealed plans to advance Deel Manor in Askeaton for taking in charge when it has been completed to a “satisfactory standard”. Fianna Fail councillor and Askeaton native Kevin Sheahan this week asked the local authority for an update on the proposed council takeover of the estate. In response, director of services in economic development and planning, Pat Daly, revealed that the council has engaged with the developer and the bank who hold the bond for this development and both are willing to complete the outstanding works on this estate. “A schedule of works has been submitted to the council for approval,” Mr Daly said. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Decision to enter Phase 4 of reopening Ireland deferred to August 10 NewsBreaking newsDeel Manor takeoverBy Alan Jacques – April 23, 2015 716 Twitter Askeaton/ Ballysteen bring Easter joy to local community WhatsApp Limerick TD says GLAS payments welcome but ‘much more action’ needed to support Agri-sector Advertisementcenter_img Previous articleCulture and chips to be bigger and betterNext articleWillie goes on the Dole Alan Jacques TAGSAdare-Rathkeale municipal districtAskeatonCllr Kevin SheahanDeel ManorFianna FáillimerickLimerick City and County Council Print Linkedin Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins appointed as Minister of State Email Top Fianna Fáil councillor will reject Green coalition deal Minister Patrick O’ Donovan announces opening of Limerick heritage site to the public for the first time last_img read more

VCU fraternity under investigation after death of freshman student

first_imgCourtesy Courtney WhiteBy DEVIN VILLACIS and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(RICHMOND, Va.) — Virginia Commonwealth University said it shut down a fraternity and the police are investigating after a freshman student was found dead this weekend.Adam Oakes, 19, was found dead at an off-campus residence early Saturday morning by authorities, the university and the Richmond Police Department said in statements. The medical examiner’s office is working to determine the cause of death, according to Richmond Police.“This is a tragic loss for Adam’s family and members of our community, and we encourage any students in need of support to contact University Counseling Services,” the school said in a statement.Oakes’ cousin, Courtney White, told ABC News that the teen had rushed the university’s Delta Chi fraternity, and this weekend was the night of his “big little reveal.”The national office of Delta Chi said in a statement it suspended its VCU chapter Saturday afternoon and extended its condolences to Oakes’ family.“We encourage all members to cooperate with law enforcement, investigative efforts and all directives of the University Administration,” the national fraternity organization said in its statement.The university said it also took “similar action” against the chapter.White, 39, said Oakes was an only child and the youngest of all of the family’s cousins. She said her cousin pledged with the fraternity because “he was just trying to be accepted and find his place.”“Adam was a kid who loved life and was just coming out of his shell,” White told ABC News.The university instructed students to contact the Richmond Police if they have any information regarding Oakes’ death or this weekend’s incident. Richmond Police said anyone with information is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Michael Gouldman at (804) 646-3915 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.White urged her cousin’s classmates and fraternity members to speak up and help find answers.“Don’t be afraid, be brave,” she said. “There is no healing from this, but it would give us a sense of what happened.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Black Stars avoid Nigeria in play-off draw

first_imgGhana is amongst Africa’s top five seeds for the final qualifying for the 2014 World Cup but Tunisia take the place of the disqualified Cape Verde.The Black Stars and four other group winners from the second round qualifiers, Ivory Coast, Algeria and Nigeria and Tunisia based on the FIFA ranking following Cape Verde’s disqualification for fielding an ineligible player.Tunisia whom Cape Verde fielded an eligible player against in their Group B campaign thus qualify for the final round.All five teams will avoid each other in the draw for Africa’s third round qualifying.The Confederation of African Football -CAF, announced the seeding on Thursday.Ghana can draw either Egypt, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Senegal or Cameroon for the two-leg ties, with the winners going to the finals in Brazil. With the seeding revealed following Thursday’s release of the FIFA World ranking, all is set for the final round draw which will take place in Cairo on 16 September to determine the pairings.Top five seeds in Pot 11. Ivory Coast2. Ghana3. Algeria 4. Nigeria5. TunisiaUnseeded five in Pot 26. Egypt7. Burkina Faso 8. Cameroon9. Senegal10. Ethiopialast_img read more