Tuesday, August 26, 2014

St. Mark’s teacher raises funds for the Mama Ada Foundation

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church & School’s art teacher, Nicole Russell, held a volleyball clinic on August 19-21, 2014, to benefit the Mama Ada Foundation. The three-day clinic, for students in first through eighth grades, raised funds totaling $1,200. Nicole’s initiative, to build awareness and to raise funds for the foundation, was inspired by the Rev. Jim Cook, St. Mark’s, Palm Beach Gardens, and from the heartfelt stories she heard from people who have participated in mission trips to Kenya. Nicole’s generosity and hard work will positively impact those in need. She was joined by coaches Stephanie Binetti, Carissa Calderone, and Tony Russell; the Cardinal Newman High School volleyball team; and over 30 students who participated in the volleyball clinics. The Mama Ada Foundation, which sponsors the partnership between St. Mark’s and St. James Anglican Parish, helps pay school fees for high school students in Kebuson, Kenya, and also helps purchase seed for the poorest famers in this region. To learn more about the Mama Ada Foundation, please visit http://mamaadafoundation.org/. Visit St. Mark’s at www.stmarkspbg.org.

By: Kelee Schilling, St. Mark's Palm Beach Gardens

The Epiphanites In Nassau

The Youth Group at the Church of the Epiphany in Miami Lakes, together with their adult advisors, travelled to Nassau in the Bahamas on August 2nd to visit Elizabeth Estates Children’s Home, a church sponsored orphanage.  A heavy rain did not dampen their spirits as they got to know the residents, most of whom were also teenagers.  Outdoor basketball was not possible due to the rain, but a lively game of dominoes brought the two groups together.  The Youth Group distributed crosses made by parishioners who meet on Saturdays to make a variety of craft items.

By: The Reverend Jack Stanton and Isela Gonzelez, Church of the Epiphany

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Saint Augustine University's South Florida Alumni Chapter Sponsors Educational Scholarship Cruise

On July 12th, the South Florida Alumni Chapter sponsored its first 2014 educational fundraiser with a cruise to Bimini, Bahamas.  Over 30 guests of alumni, family, friends and parish family from Saint James-in-the-Hills, Saint Benedict, Church of the Transfiguration and Historic Saint Agnes cruised together; danced to the calypso music, ate delicious Bahamian cuisine, conch salad and later toured the island’s library, museum or walked along the beautiful, sandy beach area.

(Left to right)
Standing: Sharon Neely, Johnnie and Tiffany Jean, 
Beverly Neely Davis, Tanisha Davis, Julissa DeBlanck, Angelita Brown
Kneeling: Elisha III and Laureen Clarke, Victorya Davis

 Tanisha Davis, Irene and Fr. Paul Kane, Beverly Neely Davis

Episcopalians, did you know:

Saint Augustine’s University is one of only eight Episcopal Church schools of higher education in the United States.  It was founded in 1867 and later became known as St. Agnes Hospital in 1895. For many years St. Agnes was the only teaching hospital for blacks between Atlanta and Washington D.C. Saint Augustine’s became a Junior College in 1919 when it began offering college-level coursework.

By 1927 it became a four year college and conferred its first baccalaureate degrees in 1931.  In 2012, the institution again expanded its mission to include graduate studies, thus the name St. Augustine's University.   Its rich heritage continues to support students from all walks of life, of any race, color, or creed.

The South Florida Alumni Chapter invites you to join us in our efforts to sustain a legacy for generations to come.

Contact Beverly Neely Davis, President of the South Florida chapter for more info. 

photos provided by: Beverly Neely Davis