Friday, February 4, 2011

Saint Francis Bell Troupe featured at Absalom Jones Celebration

Episcopalians from around the Diocese of Texas will descend on Christ Church Cathedral-Houston on February 5 for the 216th Anniversary of ministry of Rev. Absalom Jones, the first Black American priest and saint in the Episcopal Church. The St. Francis Community Bell Chorus will provide worship music for the celebration in its first major performance.

Absalom Jones was born into slavery in Sussex County, Delaware, on November 6, 1746. He taught himself to read and knew the New Testament thoroughly at an early age. When he was 16, Absalom's owner took him to Philadelphia, Pa., where he served as a clerk and handyman in a retail store.

He was allowed to work for himself in the evenings and keep his earning. He was married in 1770. By the time Jones was 38 years old, he had purchased his wife's freedom, and his own, and had bought a house. Later he built two more houses and used them for rental income.

In its fourth year, Bell Troupe has participated in the Easter Service, the youth Sunday Program at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Hempstead, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, several 5th Sunday services, the Holiday Concert at Prairie View A&M University, the annual Community Christmas Cantata at First United Methodist Church in Prairie View, the Christmas Celebration at Hope Episcopal Church in Houston and the Christmas Eve service at St. Francis.

This Cathedral performance allows the Diocesan Family to view what the little church in Prairie View is doing to help the youth. The chorus is directed by Dr. Vicki Seldon, professor of music at Prairie View A&M University, with Madolyn Reed, Director of 3D Mathematics Academy as an assistant.

February 1 begins the celebration of Blacks in History Month 2011, a time to reflect on the achievement and contributions of Blacks to the American culture. Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the ‘father of Black history’, began this celebration as Negro History Week on Feb. 7, 1926.

Prairie View A&M University formally kicked off its celebration and spring semester on January 27 with Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell, Senior Pastor of Windsor Village Methodist Church in Houston, Texas as the featured speaker. Using the program's theme: “Image plus Ambition = Success,” Pastor Caldwell challenged the audience to have a healthy self esteem, get the best education and learn economics and how to create wealth. Kirby, called the entrepreneur preacher, grew his church from 25 members to more than 10K in ten years. In addition to his church role, he oversees a multimillion dollar housing complex, the power business center, a school and other business ventures in Houston.

Other community community events are planned to commemorate month in the city and at PVAMU. For other events see or contact Isis McCraw at (936) 261-3566 or

The Prairie View Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the Breast Cancer Network of Strength will host an Education on Breast Health and free Mammograms screening program for all persons over 40 in February at the PVAMU Owens-Franklin Health Center. Screenings registration closes February 11, 2011. Call Burnice Carter at 936-648-6509 or Gwen Carter 936-857-3522 for appointment.

All men of the community are invited to attend the Men's Prayer Breakfast at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church on February 19 at 8:30 a.m. at the Church on 204 Dooley Street. Please call 936-857-3272 or email, to confirm attendance.

On February 8, 2011, the College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology presents its Royce West Forum and Lecture at 3:00 p.m. in the Don K. Clark Building Auditorium. The special event honors Senator Royce West, Texas State Senator, District 23. The public is invited.

The View from the Hill: On February 3, the PVAMU College of Business will host its annual Career Forum and Open House from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm in the Willie A. Tempton Memorial Student Center . . . Congratulations to the Panthers Basketball teams on their victory over the Bulldogs of Alabama State University on January 29. First, the Lady Panthers handily crushed the Lady Bulldogs 59-36, for its second straight win . . . Next up the men's team had a close win over the Bulldogs 69-61, a major turn around for the team. Both teams will be in action this week against Alabama A&M University and Tigers of Texas Southern University.

The PVAMU Small Business Development Center presents a Credit Coaching Seminar on February 9, 2011 in Room 1c129 of Hobart Taylor, Sr. Bldg. from 6:00 pm -7:30 pm. Presenters for the Free Seminar are: Jerry Champagne, Frank Miller, Kevin Rafter of the Caravan Credit Services, Inc. Registration end February 7. Limited seating, so call 936—261-9242.

The PVAMU Family welcomes the newest staff members including Mr. K. Michael Francois, Director of Student Financial Services, Ms. Chondra Johnson, Director for Intramural Sports and Mr. Bubba McDowell,Assistant Football Coach.

The PVAMU Students In Free Enterprise team continues its “Campbell’s Soup “Let’s Can Hunger Project” which runs through April 16, 2011. The team thus far has collected and distributed 1,000 lbs of food of the 5,000 lbs goal for the year. Area churches are asked to collect canned goods for the various food pantries in the county, take stock and report their collections to David Brown, the project chairman at (936) 261-3574.

The countdown is on for the PVAMU Spring Career Fair on Feb. 16, 2011 in the Memorial Student Center. More than 100 employers from companies, government and non-profit agencies are expected to participate in the week-long event. Some of the Pre-career fair events are resume review, mock interview, dress for success, etc. For information: call 936-261-3570 or

Please remember the following in your prayers: Vera Armstrong, Esel & Willie Bell, Mary Boozer, George Brown, Leonard Campbell and Family, Ernestine Carreathers, Mary Kemp, Vera King and Family, David and Lorraine Kirkpatrick, Irene Reid, Willie Smith and Douglas Woolfolk, who all stand in the need of prayer. May God’s blessings bring them health and strength!

HAPPY February Birthday Greetings to Delilah Battle (1), Luther V. Francis (1), George E. Higgs (1), Allen Roberts (8), E. Joahanne Thomas-Smith (8), Lee Henderson (9), Doris Williams (9), Rose M. Jackson (10), Angela McMorris (10), Frank Yepp (12), Frederick V. Roberts (14) and Karen Daniels (16) and Mary Ann Spring (18).

Until next week, be mindful that "history is the rear view mirror on the road of life, so don't take it lightly." Keep the news, achievements and recognitions coming to, fax (936) 857-5352, phone (936) 857-3272 or P. O. Box 2906, Prairie View, Texas 77446

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