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“Verdict: 6-1… In Favor of SBETA!”

Lou Coleman (left) and Executive Director of SBETA, Mr. Ernest B. Dowdy, Jr. (right)

Lou Coleman (left) and Executive Director of SBETA, Mr. Ernest B. Dowdy, Jr. (right)

By Lou Coleman

As a Christian, what do you do when life is coming down on you hard; when there seems to be no way out? When you are worried or afraid? When you are in distress? What do you do when you are facing such monumental obstacles? How do believe beyond your ability to understand how your problems can be solved? The answer lies in the Word of God.

In [2 Chronicles 20] Jehoshaphat was the King. As King everything would fall on his shoulders. When a great multitude came against Judah to do battle, Jehoshaphat determined to seek God for help. Key Verse: 17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.

The reason I am writing this is to remind you that the battle you are facing is not yours, but God’s. Yes, the battle is the Lord’s, but we have a part – and that is to trust and believe His promises in the face of hopelessness and what seem to be impossibilities.  Faith demands that we turn over all our problems – all our critical situations, all our fears, all our anxieties – into the hand of the Lord.  When we have done all we can do and we know our battle is beyond our power, we must submit all into His hands.

If you will hold fast to your faith – trusting Him, resting in His promises, rejecting all lies of Satan coming into your mind – then expect God to come by His Spirit into your situation and bring an expected end to your particular battle.  He will move heaven and earth to deliver you and make a way.  The way out is to trust, trust, trust!  “He makes wars to cease” (Psalm 46:9).

I want you to know that God’s testimony was on the line at the City Council Meeting on Monday, September 21st in reference to whether or not the City will continue to run SBETA or the County. God had made promises to the nation of Israel.  Jehoshaphat claimed the promises that God made. On this day the Executive Director of SBETA, Mr. Ernest B. Dowdy, Jr., claimed the promises that God made. Jesus said, “Come to Me all who are heavy laden and I will give you rest,” (Matt 11:28). “I am with you always, even to the ends of the earth,” (Matt. 28:20). He said that His words will not pass away (Mark 13:31). He said that He would raise you up on the last day. (John 6:40). He said that whatever you asked in His name would be given to you. (John 14:14).  Because of whom God is and what He has already done for you, you can trust Him even more for the future and have no fear that He will continue to uphold you, love you, and continue His wonderful loving plan in your life. To God Be All The Glory! United We Stand…. Divided We Fall!

2nd Annual Comedy for a Cure Raises Awareness on Sickle Cell Disease

Comedy for a Cure

By Naomi K. Bonman

LOS ANGELES, CA—Like the old saying goes, laughing is a good source of medicine. It has the magic tip in making one forget about their current worries. On Sunday, September 27, The Mentortainment Group will be collaborating with Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California, AEOM PR, AND Crack Em’ Up Comedy to present the 2nd Annual Comedy for a Cure: A Benefit and Awareness Show for Sickle Cell Disease. The show will be held at The Comedy Store located at 8433 W. Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood.

The host for the night is comedian and sickle cell survivor, Six Foota Slim. He will be telling his story as well as keeping you entertained between each set of comedians. Those that will be blessing the stage for the evening include London Brown, HBO Ballers; Edwonda White, Def Comedy Jam; and DC Ervin, NBC Last Comic Standing. In addition to laughing your butt off, there will also be a special what’s Da Count Awards Presentation as well as a red carpet hour hosted by Lacora Stephens.

Patrons interested in attending must be 21+ to enter the building. You can get your tickets now and save 5 bucks at $25 or purchase your tickets at the door for $30. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California. For more information, please contact Melinor Moore at nmoore@aeompr.com, Nichelle Murdock at nichellemurdock@gmail.com, or Kelvin Taylor atthementortainmentgroup@gmail.com.

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.