Women’s Luncheon to Endorse Sisterhood

SMYRNA, Ga.- Catty fights and talking behind each other’s backs are a few stigmas associated with the cliché of how “women don’t get along”. Instead of buying in to that cliché, Ieshea Hartwell, Founder of Agapé Christian Counseling Center (ACCC), decided to plan and host a “Sistah Friend Luncheon” Fundraiser to honor and celebrate sisterhood. The event takes place at the Taylor-Brawner Hall in Smyrna on Saturday, August 23rd. It is for women to bring other women, who have impacted their lives in a positive way- that woman could be her mother, sister, aunt, friend, cousin, neighbor, co-worker, etc.

“As women, we don’t spend enough time telling our sisters that they have it going on,” Hartwell laughs. “This event is all about taking that first step to making it a part of our own lives and hopefully it will break cultural and generational curses.”

All guests will be highly encouraged to wear hats for the “Parade of Hats” Runway portion of the program. ACCC’s brother organization, Men on Point, will prepare the food for the luncheon and serve the ladies as a way of honoring them. The keynote speaker is Elaine Bryant, a speaker who definitely is after God’s own heart. Bryant currently serves on ACCC’s Board of Directors as the Treasurer.

The tickets are $25 each and can be purchased online at https://celebratesistahfriends.eventbrite.com or you can purchase them directly from the ACCC by calling 404.913.6221

ACCC is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization that focuses on the counseling needs of adult individuals, couples and groups and hosts free monthly workshops for the community on various subjects through its W.O.W. Ministries (women of worth).

Empowerment Sessions have Leaders Sharing their Vulnerable Side

MABLETON, Ga. – Last year there seemed to be a headline every other month about a pastor or leader attempting or committing suicide. As a general rule, most leaders do not reveal to their followers when they’re frustrated or having personal issues. So where can these leaders talk out their frustrations or reveal their weaknesses or shortcomings? Agapé Christian Counseling Center has created the “Embracing Love Empowerment Sessions,” a small, invitation-only, open forum for women leaders to release all of those burdens without fear of judgment. The first round of participates opened up immediately at the first hour and a half session on April 28th.
 
“I shared some things tonight that I have never had the courage to say out loud,” said one participate.
Another participate said, “Thank you for allowing me to completely be myself; to exhale and woosah"
 
Because there is no agenda, the attendees are small in number so each person has time to share. All participates are leaders in the community, in churches, and in business. The topics range from Challenges in relationships at work, personal or the community, and the pressure of being held to a higher standard. Although, the ladies in the first session are leaders in different industries, they shared a commonality that the “Embracing Love Empowerment Sessions” gave them- a voice to be vulnerable.
 
“I openly praised God for my obedience after hearing all of the women share and tell me how each of them were blessed by this experience,” ACCC’s Executive Director Ieshea Hartwell said. “It really turned out to be something that was really needed.”
 
The next “Embracing Love Empowerment Session” will be Tuesday, May 20th at a location disclosed in Mableton on the invitation. If anyone would like to participate in the future sessions or if anyone wants to book a session with their own group of leaders, email info@agapecccinc.org.
 
ACCC is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization that focuses on the counseling needs of adult individuals, couples and groups and hosts free monthly workshops for the community on various subjects through its W.O.W. Ministries (women of worth). www.AgapeCCCinc.org

Local Nonprofit Celebrates Anniversary with Favorite Annual Event

Smyrna, Ga. - Tackling taboo subjects has been the primary success of W.O.W. Ministries, a women’s program through Mableton-based Agapé Christian Counseling Center. Since W.O.W. Ministries launch in March 2012, guests anticipate the “SHE’s GOT GAME” event, where there is an open discussion about sex, in-laws, abuse, etc. This year, the event will take place at the Smyrna Community Center on Saturday, March 22nd at 6pm. It is free and open to the public but everyone has to RSVP.
 
“It is a blessing that the event we created to launch W.O.W. Ministries is still a highly-anticipated event that our guests ask us about through-out the year,” said Ieshea Hartwell, ACCC’s Founder/Executive Director. “It’s a testament that when you do things in Kingdom Quality fashion, the people will receive it. This is our favorite event and we hope our guests leave just a little bit more knowledgeable and open-minded than when they arrived.”
 
There will be a panel of judges of comprised of local counselors and a keynote address. Guests will get the opportunity to mingle and network with each other, sample the appetizer and dessert bar, recap the major success stories of the previous year, hear upcoming news and have opportunities to win prizes. Be sure to follow on Twitter @AgapeCCCinc and search hashtag #SGG2 for updates. To RSVP, visit http://bit.ly/1cmmra4.
 
ACCC is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization that focuses on the counseling needs of adult individuals, couples and groups and hosts free monthly workshops for the community on various subjects through its W.O.W. Ministries (women of worth).

Cash Prize Up for Grabs in Dance Team Competition

MEMPHIS, Tenn.- Local praise dance teams have the opportunity to win a $1000 cash prize and dance scholarships by participating in the 4th Annual “Dance In His Name” Liturgical/Praise Dance Showcase Competition on Saturday, June 22nd. BALLET ON WHEELS DANCE SCHOOL & COMPANY is sponsoring this event to honor the spirit of dance worship. Registration is free through Feb. 15th and it will take place at the Bartlett Performing Arts Center at 5pm. Hallelujah 95.7’s Michael Adrian Davis will host the event, which will include a diverse panel of acclaimed dance industry judges.

 

The praise dance teams must be connected with a church, have between 5-25 members over the age of 10 and no members can be a part of any professional dance troupes or companies. A full listing of the Official Rules is on the website at www.DanceInHisName.org. The teams will be judged in the following categories: Creativity/Originality, Dance Coordination/Synchronization, Technical Merit, Attire/Costume, and Overall Impression/Performance Presentation.

 

“We love to celebrate the art of dance in its many forms,” said Chaunience Conner, founder of BALLET ON WHEELS DANCE SCHOOL & COMPANY. “This competition will allow the liturgical teams to unite and praise God through dance.”

 

BALLET ON WHEELS DANCE SCHOOL & COMPANY is a local, non-profit African-American dance school and company founded in 2002. It provides fundamental classroom and theory instruction on the art of ballet, pointe, modern and jazz dance disciplines. The dance company is also committed to sponsoring innovative dance programs and projects that unite communities across the region.

 

Register for this event at www.danceinhisname.org.

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