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THE RELIGION CORNER: Be Not Conformed, Be Transformed

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” — Romans 12:2

It’s Woman’s Day at All Nations Baptist Church, where our pastor is the Rev. Dr. James Coleman. Rev. Dr. Zina Pierre, pastor of Bethel Resurrection Church in Laurel, Maryland, is the guest preacher for the 11 a.m. worship service. A powerful, anointed preacher, this “Woman of God” will give life to the Scripture. We invite you to join us.

The Women’s Ministry has confirmed an entire weekend of Women’s Day activities and worship services at All Nations Baptist Church. As the chair, it is indeed a blessing to work alongside a dynamic Women’s Day Ministry! On Saturday, Oct. 19, we are hosting a prayer breakfast. Traveling quite a distance, our guest preacher, Rev. Dr. Catherine Jones, is a ministry leader in her home church of Angel View, near Williamsburg, Va., where she serves as associate minister.

Then on Sunday morning, during the 9 a.m. hour, we will honor breast cancer survivors Taffene Hollingsworth and Mary Gill. The following women from the community will also be honored:

• Virginia Ali, co-founder of Ben’s Chili Bowl, is one of the women to be honored for achieving goals at an extraordinary level. As her beloved D.C. community knows so well, Virginia’s historic destiny found her the day she met Ben Ali, her husband and partner in life, love, family and business. The dynamic newlyweds opened the doors of the now-iconic Ben’s Chili Bowl on Aug. 22, 1958. Today, over 55 years later, this institution has become a place of fond memories for countless friends from D.C., Maryland, Virginia and all around the world.

• Traveling all the way from Columbus, Ohio, is Shirley Bridges, a top aide to leaders such as Shirley Chisholm, C. Delores Tucker, Rev. Willie Barrow, Addie Wyatt and Dr. Dorothy Irene Height, to name a few. Bridges worked on the front line for these leaders, handling their day-to-day operations, coordinating their travel plans and writing speeches for them, among other things!

• Another deserving honoree is Cindy Taiwan, a self-made businesswomen and owner of Diva By Cindy hair care products. Her products are sold in airports and at Target, Wal-Mart and beauty supply shops across the East Coast, and her business is still growing. A successful businesswoman and entrepreneur, her goal is to give back and encourage other women to find the love within themselves, as well as their purpose in life, in order to realize their dreams.

• Chermaine Josey is CEO of Gibbs Contracting. In her mission statement, she outlines her corporate mantra: “To provide quality Commercial Moving & Storage Services, Relocation Management, and System Furniture Services. Gibbs Contracting gives God all the praise and glory and strives to help all men and women of modest means improve the quality of their lives and move beyond Gibbs.” With contracts with federal agencies ranging from the White House to every major federal government agency, Gibbs Contractors has done it and continues to do so today! These comprehensive services are provided from their regional headquarters and warehouse facility in the D.C. metropolitan area. Gibbs Contracting, Inc. also provides its services nationally and internationally.

• Sandra Butler-Truesdale; A Washington native and a former school board member, Butler-Truesdale has been involved in the regional music scene for more than half a century. She currently hosts the radio program “Don’t Forget the Blues” on WPFW-FM and is chair of DC Legendary Musicians, a service organization that provides support to local artists who need a hand.

• Faye Britter is retired from the federal government. We the members of the All Nations Baptist Church wish to thank Britter for the many years she has donated her services to our church. Faye has coordinated programs, served as ministry leader for anniversaries and other church programs. We are extremely grateful for her weekly work of keeping our church bulletins designed and ready for print. We are very grateful, Faye Britter — may God continue to bless you abundantly!

Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Her radio show, “Think on These Things,” airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on 1340 AM (WYCB), a Radio One station. To reach Grant, visit her website, www.lyndiagrantshow.com, email lyndiagrant@gmail.com or call 240-602-6295. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.

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A seasoned radio talk show host, national newspaper columnist, and major special events manager, Lyndia is a change agent. Those who experience hearing messages by this powerhouse speaker are changed forever!

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