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

FTP Asks Memphians to Simply Give

MEMPHIS, Tenn- Fresh Touch Publicity (FTP) kicked off its 2nd Annual “Simply Giving Project” Nov. 1st, in which Memphians are asked to donate clothes, shoes, food, and money to the Serving In Christ Outreach Ministry (SICOM). These items are considered urgent need items because SICOM, a nonprofit organization, receives requests daily from people in the community needing them.

 

TJ Jefferson, owner of FTP, felt that it was important to partner with an organization that is in direct contact with the community on a regular basis. Fortunately, SICOM gives food and clothes to the people in the community throughout the year since 2010 when the organization was founded by Memphian Lashanta Rudd. The SICOM facility, headquartered in the Orange Mound area, has a computer room, food pantry, and clothing room to store donated items.

 

“When I was visiting the SICOM facilities, I witnessed someone calling in need of clothes for a job interview,” Jefferson said. “That confirmed that the ‘Simply Giving Project” was necessary.”

 

The “Simply Giving Project” runs from Nov. 1st through Nov. 26th online and items can be dropped off at 2546 Deadrick Ave and monetary donations can be made securely on SICOM’s website at www.ServingInChrist.weebly.com.

 

The sponsors are local small businesses- RichED Consults, an education consulting firm, Cocky Cutz, a barber shop and Kreative Kustom Wear, a graphic t-shirt printing company.

Women’s Group Launch WOW’d the Crowd

SMYRNA, GA- A Jeopardy-styled game, mixed with opinionated women, tossed with food and prizes equals a fun, interative evening at the SHE's GOT GAME event presented by Agape' Christian Counseling Center (ACCC) on Thursday, March 29th at the Smyrna Community Center. The event was the official launch of ACCC's new women's program W.O.W. Ministry, which is the acronym for Women of Worth.

 

[quote]"Our Jeopardy game really set the tone for the event, I enjoyed listening to all of these beautiful women from all walks of life engage in dialogue on various subjects. This was a snippet of how I designed W.O.W. Ministry." -Ieshea Hartwell, Founder/Executive Director of ACCC[/quote]

 

There was a panel of judges of comprised of Sisera Dowdy, Finance Attorney for Kutak Rock LLP, Yvonne Pierre, Owner of YPierre Productions, and Hartwell, who is a Certified Christian Counselor, who gave feedback on the answers from questions in categories such as "Monster-in-Law" and "Sex in the City" and "Love is Blind". The keynote speaker was Khiara Washington, who is the co-owner of KHIJO, an all-natural hair care product and she spoke on "Knowing Your Self-Worth." Guests also had opportunities to win prizes such as prayer pillows, candy babies, candle holders, etc.

 

[blockquote]"I came not really knowing what to expect, but what I learned from this event was to seek God, love self, and Girl Power!"  -Rhonda Shipp, audience member[/blockquote]

 

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