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THE PALM BEACH POST FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 1 998 5F Will the spirit move 71' : F" TT -p T , i Jh .o t r:r -i : r I - 1 KlSm r r the old building in Pleasant City as an outreach center. Church members will volunteer to tutor children, train adults for jobs, educate families about health care and more, he said. "We don't plan on throwing themselves They didn't grow up here." Russell called a meeting 18 months ago to take a congregation vote. About 40 attended and all but a handful voted to move to 3 acres the church bought in Haverhill for $260,000. (The turnout was typical for such a meeting.) They'll build when they raise the money, Russell says. ST. PAUL'S From IF big the pastor as (Jart-time secretary, helping teach the word to children, including her own. But it's time to move, the retired teacher says. Most mem-fiers have already fled the neigh-Borhood, which has few resident property owners. 'Z. With its rental homes and pub-Hp housing, the neighborhood is no longer safe, she says. The church building was broken into before it Had an alarm system. Cars have been stolen. Drugs are peddled on the nearby corner, White said. Z' "To stand at the top of those steps and see your car passing by and you're not in it is not good," she said. But that's precisely why the church must stay, says Ignatius Wallace, who grew up in the church and doesn't want it to move. Wallace, 51, now lives and works at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga., but his mother, Felicia, is a St. Paul's member who Still lives in Pleasant City. Wallace sees the neighborhood as a mis-won. "Just stand up on those steps and look out," he says. "If God's Work is working with poverty, Willie Lee Jackson (right), who has been an usher at St. Paul's gloves at the start of Sunday service. Photos by MARK MIRKOStaff Photographer A.M.E. Church since 1950, dons his J 9 wtMtw. : The A.M.E. church's bishop, Frank Cummings, approved the move when told that most voters were in favor of it. "The choice to move there is a choice of the congregation, not mine," said Cummings, who is head of the 11th district, which includes 476 A.M.E. churches in Florida and the Bahamas. "I support the idea of a congregation relocating when they are getting functional space they can use to minister to people," he said. Ministry in Pleasant City may be necessary for the health of the new suburban church, says the Rev. Dr. Mozella Mitchell, an A.M.E. minister and professor of religious studies at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Mitchell said she does not dispute the need for St. Paul's to move. A church must go where the membership is, she said. But a church also needs to stay in touch with its roots. And a black church from the inner city may feel alienated in the suburban climate, she said. Using the old church as an outreach center may be as necessary for the church as it is for the poor. "The real meaning and significance of these people comes from their link with the people of their own race in the inner city," Mitchell said. "They must have something to hold them in touch with their roots." Church member Ed Gallon has another idea entirely. Gallon, 61, who lives in the Northwood section of West Palm Beach, says the members who want to move should move, and he'll start a new inner city church in the old building. the community away," said Roland Starr, 44, a church member since 1970 who lives west of Pleasant City in West Palm Beach. St. Paul's members have been talking on and off about moving the congregation for years, Starr said, long before Russell came to the church more than four years ago. . "We plan on doing outreach in the community," Starr said. "We'll be there." More than 10 church members, including the pastor, are taking classes to learn how to counsel those in the neighborhood who are infected with HIV, White said. Few opponents to the move dispute the facts: No more than two or three of the church's 350 members live in Pleasant City, but many have family roots there. Members travel from western parts of West Palm Beach, Riviera Beach, Lake Worth and Royal Palm Beach to attend services. One member drives from Pompa-no Beach, Russell said. The 1925 building is still attractive but needs work. A new roof installed last year helps, but plumbing and electrical systems need repair and the foundation is weak. And those 15 stairs, so impressive in 1925, are hard for old members to climb. Felicia Wallace, 79, has lived in Pleasant City all her life, and though she doesn't attend services because she can't climb the' stairs any longer, she is against the move. "I was born and reared in that church," she says. She thinks the pastor should put in an elevator and he shouldn't listen to the folks without family ties in Pleasant City. "He's (Russell) going by what those other communicants are saying," Wallace says. "They haven't been around here anytime ASCENSION LUTHERAN CHUHCH-ELCA Eucharist: 10: AM-Nursery Available Sunday School: 10:15 AM-Noon Lenten 8ervlce: Eucharist: Wednesdays 1 1:00 AM and 7:00 PM Confirmation Class: Mondays 6:30 PM g 2929 S. Seacrest Blvd. So Woolbright uoynton ueacn rois prostitution, drugs and homelessness, there is your work." But there can be no ministry to the poor, the church's leadership maintains, unless there is a con Russell gregation. And if the congregation is to grow, it must go. The Rev. James Russell, St. Paul's 47-year-old pastor, believes God has called him to this task. - "My vision is to build a church for the 21st century," Russell said. IJGod has given me that goal. It's going to be the mecca of African Methodism. That mecca will include using '"'Jit In St. Paul's basement, Choir the choir in practice. Gallon claims to have nearly 800 signatures on a petition that will ask Bishop Cummings to appoint a new minister when Russell and his followers move west. Many of those names are not associated with St. Paul's, he admitted. "If that's what some of them want to do, and the pastor wants to build a new church, that's fine," Gallon said. "I just think that St. - - - Director Timothy E. Kitchens leads Paul's should be kept as a neighborhood church in the black community." There may be one point everyone can agree on: St. Paul's can get a new building, but it shouldn't abandon Pleasant City. "We are not moving and forgetting from whence we cometh," Marian White says. "We know where we came from. We've lived in the inner city all our lives." FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH Of Palm Beach Counly 8 North Palm Bern. h. 627-6105 Religious Education & Nursery Care Available Al DnKfurilu Farm. RilnH VTVi NiaMa AT A GLANCE WHAT: St. Paul's AME Church WHERE: 509 21st St., West Palm Beach CONGREGATION MEMBERS: 350 HISTORY: St. Paul's started as a mission in 1900 in a section of Palm Beach known as the Styx, a neighborhood of ; shanties along North County Road, because people could not-get to the mainland for services" at Payne Chapel. ' Members built a small 1 - ' church and named it Gethsem- ane. A pastor, the Rev. S.A. Harris, was assigned to the church shortly after 1900, and the congregation moved to the- mainland. They settled in Pleasant rj City and built a church named St. Paul's near the Northwood ' section of West Palm Beaclv ' said church secretary Marian - Bacon White. After fire de- 1 stroyed the first building, the ; church rebuilt at the present :i' site on 21st Street; the buildings was completed in 1937. ; . Mi Road Church of Ovist fc.mHnv Rihi ShiHv 9 .10 o m Fvanino Wnrihin 6 00 o rr, worship ervic IU JU a m. wa DiOi itudy ju p n AU SERVICES IN SPANISH & ENGLISH Benny Santiago, Jr. Minister 6240 DODD RD., GREENACRES, FL ' 561-439-0968 LANNY WOLFE GFNERAL ADMISSION "5 DONATION RESERVED SEATING s8 DONATION (CHILDREN UNDER 12 FREE) Royal Palm Beach High School Auditorium Please come loin us! r CnmrnunityofHope A Churdi ForlTie Western Communities A united Methodut Church Services: Sunday Worship 10: 1 5 am Thursday Mid-Week Lift 6:45 pm (Dinner Served 6X10-6:30 pm) Nursery Provided... "Kid's Under Construction" during worship More Info? Please call 793-8484 ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT THE SCHOOL BAND The King's Academy Band Boosters presents UVEI A Christian Concert LIVEl 7:30 P.M. SATURDAY. MARCH 2B. 1993 I rr&30Q3QQ ijfimfi.q UP Gt CD 555 U.S. 1 at Ebbtide in North Palm Beach 848-4737 ADVANCE TICKETS - s18.00 Group Rates - 516pp At the door - 0 Tickets Available at School Bookstore Amity Book Store The Singing Cross presents Jesus, We Crown You With Praise An Easter celebration of Praise & Worship to the Victorious Christ Sunday Celebration: Worship wEucharist 8:00 & 10:45 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Study: 9:30 a.m. for all ages Hearing Impaired Devices & Nursery Available i Youth & Pre-SchooUAfter School Programs Foreign Affairs Auto Inspiration House THE KING'S ACADEMY SPORTS and FINE ARTS CENTER 4215 Cherry Rd. West Palm Beach, Florida 33409 For Info (561) 622-7491 (561) 689-1081 (561) 790-1872 FLIPS Barnett Bank Varner, Stafford 4 Seaman Republic Security Bank DigitaLink Cushing Pools Foreign Affairs Pepsi Carrabbas John Smith Subs I visii u& ana WRITTEN BY Experience FAITH! The Rev. John L. Frerking, Pastor Randall Pekari. Vicar Kaihy McCoy. Deaconess FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST. SCIENTIST Friday, April 3 Saturday, April 4 Friday, April 10 7:30 p.m. Good Shepherd United Methodist Church 2341 South Military Trail, West Palm Beach, Florida (561)965-4311 809 South Flagler Reading Room. 134 Dnva, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 561-655-8162 Lakeview Avenue (adiacent to church) 561-655-2343 rm irph rF THF O-f kfl nsn r c. i PI. Sunday Worship & Children's Church School 10a.m. Rev. James W. Atchison, Senior Minister Dr. Glen D. Arfsten, Music Director Visitors are warmly invited to join us! THE ROYAL POINCIAHA CHAPEL 60 Cocoanut Row, Palm Beach ... March 29, 1998 Worship Service at 10:30a.m. Sermon "TO BE BORN AGAIN...AND AGAIN.- AND AGAIN" All are welcome! Dr. Richard M. Cromie will preach Dr. Jack W. Jones. Director of Music Methodist Churches UK THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH WELCOMES YOU WORLDWIDE ANGLICAN COMMUNION SUNDAY SERVICES yrrDTcsirvdii tanas- PAI MS CONGREGATIONAL iwiTrn rm ihph of phrkt r....:. 4..- ri D u awiniOH Ave, uciiay ucav.ii 276-6347 WEST PALM BEACH Holy Trinity 655-8650 600 S Flagler Or 8 A 10 am Holy Euchanst 9 00 am Adult Ed a Nursery 9 45 am Church School St Patrick's -633 -1903 418 SapodiHa Ave 8 00 am Holy Euchanst 9 20 am Church School LAKE WORTH St Andrew' -582-6609 North Palmway Lucerne Ave 7 30 -10 00 am Holy Euchanst 10 00 am Church School 8 Nursery BOYNTON BEACH St Joseph 732-3060 3300 South Seacrest BMJ Sal 5 PM Contemn Mass 8 Nursery 8 00 am Holy Euchanst - Rite 1 8 45 -1 1 15 am intant Nursery 9 00 Adult Education Church School 10 00 am Choral Euchanst. Church School DELRAY BEACH St Paul s 276-4541 188 Souf Swimon Ave 8 00 am The Hory Euchanst 9 15am and 11 00 am Hoy Euchanst 1st 3rd 5th Momm Prayer 2nd 8 th Sundays 9 15 a -1 Church Scnooi 8 Nursery S TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE GAZEBO ON SUNDAYS AND IN THE MUSIC OFFICE DURING THE WEEK 4- DEI.RAY BEACH CASON 276-5302 Corner of Lake Ida & Swinlon Avenue Contemporary Worship 8:3(1 a.m. Traditional Worship 1 1.00 a.m. Children Church 8:30 & 1 1 :(K) a m. Sunday School all apes 9 :50 a m. Wednesday Family Night 5 4S p m. Dan Cassclhcrry. Pastor BOYNTON BEACH f FIRST 732-3435 101 North Seacrest Boulevard Worship 8:30 and 1 1 m a.m. Sunday School all apes 9 45 a.m. Youth Fellowship 5-7:00 p m Rev. Robert A. Hahn. Pasmr LAKE WORTH LAKESIDE 585-7519 1801 12 Ave. S At Lake Oshomc Drive Contemporary service R:30 AM TraditKinal service 1 1 AM Sunday School for all apes 9 SO AM Wednesday Family Night 5 30 PM Youth Choir and Fclltmship 5.00 and 6 00 PM Sunday Rev Carmen Delker. Pasu IMTED METHODIST CHI RCH OE THE PLM BECHE.S fcK7-54I I i Brandv inc Road. W est ol I 95 oil P B Lakes A ill-ige Blvd. Sunday School all aces 9 45 a m Wiwship 8IKI.9 VIA II OK am ISnrdllif m Rev W Daid Mvlntirc. Past, United WFST PALM BEACH GOOD SHEPHERD 965-431 1 2341 South Military Trail 12 mile So. of Forest Hill Blvd. Worship 8: 15, II :00 a.m. & 7 p.m. Hispanic Ministry 641-6423 Sunday School all ages 9:45 a.m. Bill Comslan. Arnold Prater. Willard Schicle. Pastors PALM BEACH GARDENS TRINITY 622-5278 9625 N. Military Trail P B G.. FL 33410 Worship 8 15. 9:30 and 1 1 :00 a m. 5:0Op m. P D W. Contemporary Worship Christian Lducatum for all ages 9 30 a m Saturday celehration 5 30 p m - Chapel Wiwdertul cdnesday Bullet 5:00-6 0Opm. Children. Teen and Adult Minisirics throughout the meek. Dr. E. Wayne Spcakman. Sr.. Pasti Jl PITFR-TFQl ESTA tllRSl 746-8116 815 E Indiantown Sunday School lor all ages 9 in I a m Sunday Worship 9 00 a m 4 1030am. s iih Children's Cliurh Dr RoKrt M Bnttain. Pavi.n lr James I) Mail jushhn. P.Moral Care Jl NO BEACH i (K LAW IEVN 626-25m "lA4:r.Q Tan Iht .mR.c 71 (kcan Drive Siin.i.iv Worship 8 0 and In 4S m Sundav Sih..ildll ages 30 am West Palm Beach MEMORIAL 832-3631 Downtown 1300 So. Olive Ave. 8:30 k 11 a.m. WORSHIP 9 30 a.m. CHURCH SCHOOL LAKESIDE 833 -3756 4601 So. Flagler Drive 8 45 k 11 a.m. WORSHIP 9 45 a.m. CHURCH SCHOOL FIRST 655-1707 Downtown 301 So. Olive Ave. 10 30 a.m. WORSHIP 915 a.m. CHURCH SCHOOL Delray Beach FIRST 276 6338 33 Ckason Street 9 all a.m. WORSHIP 10 a m CHURCH SCHOOL (vouth'adult) 11 a m CHURCH SCHOOL (vouthl Tequesta FIRST 746-5161 482 Tequesta Drive 9 k 10:30 a.m. WORSHIP 9 s.m. CHURCH SCHOOL (all agej) North Palm Beach FIRST 622 8818 717 Prosperity Farms Road 8:15, 9:30 11 a.m. WORSHIP 9 30 a m. CHURCH SCHOOL Palm Beach GardensLake Park GARDENS 848-3414 mnets at Palm Beach Canicns High School. 4.245 Holly Drive 8 a.m. WORSHIP 10 a.m. WORSHIP CHURCH SCHOOL 9 a.m. ADULT BIBLE STUDY Bovnton Beach FIRST 732 3774 235 S.W. 6th Avenue 11a.m. WORSHIP 9 45 a.m. CHURCH SCHOOL JUPITEIVTEOUESTA Good Shepherd 746-4674 400 Sea Woo Rd 7 30 am Holy Eucharist and Homily 9 05 am Sunday School 9 15 am Holy EucharistFamily Servica 1 1 00 am Holy Eucharist and Sermon PALM BEACH GARDENS St Mark 622-0956 3395 Bums Rd 7 45 am Holy Eucharist Rna I 9 00 & 1 1 00 am Holy Eucharist Rna II 9 00 am Church School & Nursery 11 00 am Nursery tor ages 2 and under PALM BEACH Betheda-By-The-Sea 655-4554 South County Rd . Baton Ave 8 00 am Holy Euchanst and Homily 9 00 am Holy Euchanst end Sermon '10 am Church School and Adult Forum 1 1 am Holy Euchanst and Sermon (1st d SHI Sundays) 11 am Morning Prayer and Sermon (2nd a 4th Sundays) Nursery care provided tor children unoer 5 from 8 30 am to noon RIVIERA BEACH St George -644-771 J 21 West 22nd Stmwl 9 00 am Church Scnool 10 00 am Holy Euchanst Noon -on Fn - Noonoay Prayer SMALL ADS GET READ, TOO j Call (561) 820-4300 to advertise. The Palm Beach Post aa

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