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

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Women’s Luncheon to Endorse Sisterhood

Austell, 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” to honor and celebrate sisterhood on Saturday, August 24th at the Lions Club, 620 Lions Club Dr in Mableton. The event is for women to bring another woman, who has 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 Minister Galetha Clemons-Thompson, a dynamic motivational speaker whose background is in social services with the Fulton County Department of Family and Children Services. Other special invited guests include local Filmmaker/Producer Yvonne Pierre and members of the Salvation Army Staff on Luckie Street.

 

The tickets are $25 each and can be purchased online at www.sistahsupport.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).

Second Annual Food Drive Uses Social Media to Drive Donations

MEMPHIS, Tenn.The Mid-South Food Bank will host its 2nd annual Good Friday Food Drive online on Friday, March 29. This year’s food drive, much like last year’s, will rely on social media to spread the word and encourage support. Last year, the Food Bank received over $3000 in donations online, which is the equivalent of 9,000 meals.

 

The Food Bank, along with the Good Friday Food Drive’s official sponsors, Easy Way Produce and First State Bank, will initiate a call-to-action to followers via Twitter. Using the hashtag #MEMFOOD13, the organizations will ask their supporters to donate online at midsouthfoodbank.org. Also, donations can be made at Easy Way at 814 Mt. Moriah Rd and the First Bank locations at 5385 Poplar Ave and 3607 Houston Levee Rd.

 

“Mid-South Food Bank encourages everyone to get involved,” says Marcia Wells, Mid-South Food Bank Communications Director. “Community food drives are an important source of food and funds to purchase food.”
The Good Friday Food Drive was created to restock the Food Bank’s cupboards during the spring, as the organization typically experiences a shortage of food and supplies during this time period. Last spring, when the Food Bank’s shelves were nearly barren, Amy Howell of Howell Marketing Strategies asked her Twitter followers to donate. This ignited a surge of support in a matter of hours.

 

Easy Way and First State Bank want to continue the social media support this year.

 

“No one in Memphis should be hungry,” Howell wrote on her blog. “We need to use social [media] to do good things in our community.”

 

About Mid-South Food Bank
Mid-South Food Bank, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was founded in 1981. MSFB is a member of Feeding America, the national network of food banks. It serves 227 agencies in 31 counties in West Tennessee, north Mississippi and east Arkansas. Its mission is to fight hunger through the efficient collection and distribution of wholesome food, and through education and advocacy which supports its vision of a hunger-free Mid-South.

 

About Easy Way Food Stores, Inc. – Your Everyday Farmers Market
In operation since 1932, Easy Way Food Stores, Inc. is a locally and family owned business based in the Mid-¬‐south featuring fresh and locally grown produce, meat and grocery items. The long standing and current studies that suggest that eating more fruit and vegetables is a health benefit that fuels the passion to provide those products to this area in convenient locally staffed, easy in and out locations in a “farmer’s market” friendly atmosphere. Other than major holidays, all Easy-¬‐Way retails stores are open six or seven days a week throughout the year.

 

About First State Bank
First State Bank has 31 full-service banking locations in 25 communities throughout West and Middle Tennessee. It is owned by Community First Bancshares, a holding company headquartered in Union City, Tenn., which also operates a mortgage company, an insurance company, a specialized ag services division, investment services, a consumer finance company, an employee benefits division, a specialized trust services division, a small business lending division, and an indirect auto financing division at various locations across the state.