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Jack & Jill of America Foundation co-sponsors free college fair

PASADENA, CA- Jack and Jill of America Foundation, Inc. is co-sponsoring a free college fair at the Pasadena Convention Center on Wednesday, September 30 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Local students and parents will have the opportunity to meet with over 200 college and university representatives. They can attend college prep workshops on SAT versus ACT, college sports recruiting and writing a personal essay for college applications.

Jack and Jill of America Foundation, Inc. is the philanthropic arm of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.  Since 2008, the Pasadena Chapter of the organization has brought representatives from several colleges, including historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), to Pasadena to expose more area residents to a broader array of college options.  The Jack and Jill-sponsored events have always included information regarding admission requirements and financial aid.

“While we are an organization for mothers, when we started out, it was our fathers’ auxiliary that took the lead on organizing our college fair,” says Annette Starks, Foundation Chair for the Pasadena Chapter.  “As our event grew, we moved the venue from Polytechnic High School to Pasadena City College to the Pasadena Convention Center.”

In recent years, Jack and Jill has expanded the number of students reached by partnering with Pasadena Unified School District on the event.  Additional sponsoring partners for this year’s event include the City of Pasadena, Pasadena City College, Pasadena Educational Foundation and Pasadena Learns.

Obituary: Ida Elizabeth Verrett Newell

Ida Elizabeth Verrett Newell

Ida Elizabeth Verrett Newell

Ida Elizabeth Verrett Newell, 76, of San Bernardino, CA, passed away on September 4, 2015 in Moreno Valley, CA. Born in New Orleans, LA on November 14, 1938; she was the daughter of the late Leo Sr. and Lilla Verrett and sister to the late Darryl, Gloria, the late Leo Jr., Lynn, Merlin and the late Michael Kevin.

She graduated from J. S. Clark High School, New Orleans, LA, in 1956 and married the late Cleve Newell, Jr. in 1959. They lived together in New Orleans, LA, and gave birth to their first son, Cleve III in 1960 before relocating to San Bernardino, CA. Their second son, Tyrone LaMarr, was born in 1962.

In addition to being a full-time mother, she earned her Associate Degree from San Bernardino Valley College and dedicated herself to St. Anthony School and Church where she was the President of the Parent and Teacher Association and head coach of the girls’ basketball team. Ida loved music and dancing and was an avid sports fan.

For recreation, she enjoyed bowling, watching thoroughbred horse racing and hanging out at casinos and with her dearest friends. After her sons completed college, Ida dedicated herself to community service where she was elected to the Northwest Redevelopment Project Area Committee and worked for Catholic Charities and the City of San Bernardino.

She is survived by her sons, Cleve III of San Bernardino, CA, and Tyrone LaMarr of New York, NY; two sisters, Lynn Riley and Gloria Moore, both of Shreveport, LA; one brother, Merlin Verrett of New Orleans, LA; dearest friends Maria Wilson of Rialto, CA and Cynthia Green of San Bernardino, CA; and many other relatives and dear friends.

The Memorial Service was held on Monday, September 21 at Mark B. Shaw Mortuary, 1525 N. Waterman Avenue in San Bernardino.

“Either You Are or You Ain’t!”

Lou Coleman

Lou Coleman

By Lou Coleman

And don’t nobody know better than you which you are. So what you need to do is be honest with yourself and stop playing; and stop thinking that you are fooling everybody else; because you know what they say… You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. So do yourself a favor and just admit that you like what you are doing. You like the way sin makes you feel.  Don’t worry we all are to some extent a hypocrite. Everyone has their own little treasure box… guilty as charged; and if you say that you are without sin, then you are unsaved and calling God a liar [1 John 1:8-10]. God calls all men sinners [Romans 3:10, 19-23]. Let God be true and every man a liar! Listen, as I told you before,  God has called me to teach against sin, not people. I teach against sin, many times stepping on my own toes as well.  It is “Woe is me! For I am undone” as [Isaiah 6:5] said, and as Paul said “Christ came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” [1Tim 1:15] so as [Ephesian 4:15] encourages us “Express the truth in all things, speaking truly, dealing truly, and living truly.  Refuse to wear a mask and play games. Set yourself free!  Be honest; because if you don’t live authentically, you live a lie. You live phony. You try to be somebody you’re not. And that becomes comical. [2Cor 4:2]. Tell the truth and make the devil mad! You or either a Saint or an Ain’t! I’m talking to the almost Christians. “Almost thou persuades me to be a Christian [Acts 26:28]

I tell you it is a tragedy that the church is as carnal as can be. But then again, there is nothing new under the sun. In [1 Corinthians 3:1-3] they were just as carnal back in New Testament times; yet the world has never witnessed apostasy as we are seeing it today everywhere. I want you to know; God is not pleased! Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. [James 4:4].  How sad; the same mentality that drive the world today has invaded the church. We live in a day of half-hearted service, when people serve the gods of self, materialism, recreation and pleasure more than they serve the God of Heaven. Shame on us! Listen, it’s time to get right with God and have a pure heart. It’s Time to Stop Playing Church!  God wants you to know today that He is still Lord of Lords and King of Kings; and one day He is coming back for a church without spot or blemish and like He called Israel back to Himself on Mount Carmel, He is calling you back to Him today.

You know in [1King 18:21] Elijah Challenged the People – A Question – Simply put, “How long are you going to waiver or vacillate between two ways of life?” These people were guilty of trying to hold hands with God and Baal. They wanted the best of both worlds! My friend that will never work! You might as well come to understand right now that divided allegiance is as wicked as open idolatry! This is proven by Christ’s condemnation of the church at Laodicea, [Rev. 3:14-22]. A person is either for Christ as he is against Him! You cannot be neutral! You cannot occupy the middle of the road! Jesus said it this way, “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathered not with me scattered abroad. [Matt. 12:30].  I ask you…. Where do you stand in regard to Christ?

I want you to know that Elijah presented the people with the problem. He told them that they were being contradictory. If God is Lord, then Baal cannot be. If Baal is Lord then God cannot be. Elijah told them there was room in the universe for only one Lord and one God! They were challenged to choose who they will follow. This is the same challenge before you right now. Many who claim to love the Lord are also holding hands with the world, the flesh, material possessions or whatever. This is a contradiction! Either God is Lord or He isn’t. If He isn’t, then those other things you hold to must be. The bottom line is this: you have to make a choice! Who will you serve? Who is really the Lord of your life? You can’t have it both ways! If you say you love the Lord and deny Him by your life, you actions and your activities, then you really don’t love Him at all! Be honest with yourself!

I leave you with a divine and profound paradox.  We are all sinners who miss the mark and who are in need of God’s lavish grace to forgive us and save us.  And the other side of the paradox is this:  “I beg you, I plead with you, and I implore you:  Lead a life worthy of the high calling that you have received in Jesus Christ.” As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!