The Neighborhood Scoop by Dr. Cynthia L. Toles


A Praise Celebration

One of the joys of life is celebrating the length of days on earth. Saturday was a day of celebration for Gertie Thompson Lowe. Gertie celebrated her 80th birthday at the Antioch Family Life Center with more than 160 guests in attendance. 

The guests were welcomed by the hostess and memories of Gertie’s achievements were given by friends and family. Many guests came from all across the state of Alabama to share in this celebration. Blessed is a life filled with love and is highly favored and blessed of God. Gertie is a blessed woman with 80 years of challenges and successes, but through it all she has made it.

Stephanie Cherry is a local business owner of Sheer Elegant Beauty Salon who has the responsibility of sculpturing the latest hairstyles for the ladies in Gadsden. As part of caring and sharing her talent, Stephanie wanted her customer to know that they are appreciated. 

Saturday was Customer Appreciation Day held at Quality of Life Services, Inc. There were games, door prizes, food and gifts for all in attendance. Stephanie Cherry appreciates your business and her customers

Sunday was Friends and Family Day at the Sweet Home Methodist Church. Many friends and family gathered in the sanctuary to hear the renowned Pastor Dedric Cowser deliver a touching message: “Can You Believe He Changed Me?” Not only was it an appropriate question but an inspiration of hope and restoration to all of the parishioner in attendance.  After the worship service, friends and family assembled in the fellowship/dining hall for a wonderful and tasty dinner.

Straight Talk

The First Anniversary of Straight Talk with Bishop Cliff Leach and Mary Leach was celebrated Sunday evening at the Golden Gate Church. The guest speaker was Pastor Terence Gooden of the New Covenant Church of Bessemer. His words of encouragement were on Servant Leadership. Bishop Leach was also encouraged to continue his straight talk of taking the Word around the world.

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