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RELIGION BRIEFFS: Heritage Day 2012 at Monumental Baptist

Traditionally, Heritage Day at Monumental Baptist Church is celebrated on the last Sunday May. This year, it will be observed on June 10 as an addition to the activities scheduled during Youth and Young Adult Month.

The purpose is to get more young people involved in learning and honoring their history. "African American history is not to be taught only in the month of February," said the Rev. Samuel B. Kyles, pastor of the church, "but should be taught and cherished on a year-round basis."

Heritage Day 2012 will celebrate Africa and will concentrate on 12 countries on the African continent. The countries will be highlighted by the foods and clothing peculiar to those countries. The 10:15 a.m. service will be devoted to sharing information on the cultures and practices of the countries same and the struggles the peoples of these countries have overcome in the past and still face today.

"We want our young people to appreciate who they are and telling and re-telling our story is one of the ways we instill in them the pride they should have in being African Americans," said Diane Hurth, event chairperson.

Cooking Clergy Taste Fest on Father's Day

Families Matter of Memphis is hosting the Cooking Clergy Taste Fest 2012 on Father's Day, June 17, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bartlett Station Municipal Complex, 5868 Stage Road.

Local pastors will be serving their favorite dishes, paintings by local artist Lonnie Wilson will be on display and a silent auction will be held. Families Matter, an organization of Christ Community Health Services, will also be recognizing the "Dad of the Year" through its Dynamic Dads program. The award will be presented by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell.

"Fathers are called to be provider and leaders of their families," said the Rev. Walter Green, pastor of Friendship Baptist Church, advisory board member and chair of the Families Matter 2013 Walk/Run Committee.

Donation: Adults – $20; 4 to 12 year olds - $10; 3 year olds and younger – free.

BRIEFLY: The 5th Annual Men's Health Summit will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 9 at THE UT Alumni Center, 800 Madison Ave. The event is for ages 12 and up, participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 901-261-8833.

BRIEFLY: Rust College will host a luncheon during the Mississippi Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church on June 8 at 12:30 p.m. at the Jackson Convention Center. Tickets are $25. Tickets my be reserved by mailing a check to Rust College, c/o Emma Miller, 150 Rust Avenue, Holly Springs, MS 38635. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 662-252-8000 ext. 4904.

BRIEFLY: Eternal Peace Missionary Baptist Church, whose pastor is the Rev. Maurice T. Hunt, will host 2012 Youth Day with an event at 3 p.m. Sunday (June 10) at the church at 1251 S. Willett Street. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Christopher Williams from the Gospel recording group Perfection. Guest soloists are Taylor Bailey and Italy Moore. For more information, call Vernita Jones at 901-265-7392 or Rosalyn Mason at 901-644-0506.

BRIEFLY: The Jehovah's Witnesses 2012 "Safeguard Your Heart" District Convention will head at the Memphis Cook Convention June 8-10, continuing June 29-July 1 and July 6-8. The first of the three-day events begins at 9:20 a.m. on Friday. Admission is free and the public is invited.

BRIEFLY: Promise Land Church at 3430 Overton Crossing will celebrate Father's Day Weekend with "A Male Chat and Fellowship" at 11 a.m. on June 16 (lunch provided) and an 10 a.m. service on June 17. For more information: 901-357-0200; www.thepland.com.

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