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Bodyof Christ News APRIL 2016 VOLUME 27 ISSUE 8 COLORADO BY THE WILL OF I AM THAT I AM Exodus 314COMPLIMENTARY BOCNEWS.COM SERVING COMMUNITIES IN DENVER AURORA MONTBELLO BOULDER COLORADO SPRINGS PUEBLO 2 BOCNEWS.comAPRIL 2016 3APRIL 2016BODY OF CHRIST NEWS Funerals Receptions Cremations Elvin R. Caldwell Jr. President Ruby Kirk-Gray Founder Serving the Denver community for over 65 years. 2101 Marion Street Denver Colorado 80205 303-861-4644 Visitour receptioncenter at2102Marion 4 BOCNEWS.comAPRIL 2016 5APRIL 2016BODY OF CHRIST NEWS Whether therefore ye eat or drink or whatsoever ye do do all to the glory of God . I Corinthians 1031 If you were a health care worker employed working in an emergency room you would find that some of the things you see you would find very disturb- ing. This might include people injured in accidents and needing care as in a level one trauma center or children or expectant mothers who are acutely ill. I have spent many hours working in a hospital emer- gency room and now I would like to mention two ill- nesses that would actually make you lie awake when you go off duty trying to get some sleep. The two ill- nesses are strokes and heart attacks among others. These two health conditions are related and under the setting of what we call cardiovascular disease. People may die of a stroke or heart attack even before they get to the emergency room or they may succumb in the first year after the acute illness. Following a heart attack for your information 1 in 4 women will die in the first year compared to 1 in 5 men. These diseases strike both men and women and at times we seem to forget this or are just not aware. However the other events that may happen is an aftermath of disability and suffering that is just painful to witness. A stroke can cause such things as paralysis of an arm and leg inability to speak or even understand what people are saying to you. There may be visual loss and inability to swallow food and drink. You might not recover well from such conditions and you might be permanently disabled even at a relatively young age. A heart attack can cause such damage to your heart that you might suffer permanent loss of your hearts ability to pump blood as it should and you might have a condition called heart failure where fluid builds up in your lungs and legs and even other parts of your body. You might also be prone to abnormalities of your heart rhythm that can cause sudden death. For both of these conditions you might need a caretaker and this is usually a spouse or other close family member or a friend. This is certainly not a situation any one would want to go through. Believe me I will say whatever I need to say to prevent some one from going through such an illness. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for all adults in the Untied States. African Americans are more likely to be affected than others. One rea- son for this is that this popula- tion has the highest rate of high blood pressure of all population groups and the may develop it earlier in life than others. In the US stroke is the fifth lead- ing cause of death. Compared to whites African Americans are nearly twice as likely to have a first stroke. It should be noted that the highest death rates due to stroke are in the south- eastern United States in an area we call the stroke belt. The states involved are Alabama Arkansas Georgia Indiana Kentucky Louisiana Mississippi North Carolina South Carolina Tennessee and Virginia. The question we need to ask ourselves is what can we do about this besides calling 911 if we get acutely ill There is a better and more fruitful way to approach these potentially devastating health issues and that is prevention and reducing our risk factors. One key thing to keep in mind is that the things we can do to lessen our risk of stroke and heart attack are amazingly simple-this is not rocket sci- ence believe me We should be thankful for that. These risk factors are things that are pre- ventable and controllable. Here are the major risk factors Physical Inactivity-That means living a sedentary life- style. Far too many people I have met just hate any type of exercise. Just remember sit- ting can be deadly. Obesity-It may at times seem awkward to talk about but this is a major risk factor and it is controllable. High Cholesterol-It takes of course a blood test to deter- mine this. High blood pressure-You cant usually feel it but you can still have it. Only a measurement will tell you for sure. Cigarette smoking-This means that a person must quit and not just cut down. This is truly a deadly habit. Diabetes- This is something else that can be con- trolled and it must be. Controlling these risk factors can reduce your risk of heart attack of stroke by more than 80. There are of course some things we are not able to control such as some things we might inherit in our family but we cant choose our parents What we need to do is work on the risk factors noted. We need to be especially vigilant if we know someone in our fam- ily has even one of these risk factors and has had a stroke or a heart attack. Remember it is important to speak with your medical provider about how you can reduce your risk. Get everything checked that you need to get checked. Please talk with your doc- tor. It is important to take action prior to getting sick and prevention is the key. I hope this advice will help you to live longer and better and pass this information along to a loved one. May God bless you and keep you. Reducing Your Risk Dr. Conner By Byron E. Conner M.D. HEALTH Heart disease is the leading cause of death for all adults in the Untied States. African Americans are more likely to be affected than others. One reason for this is that this population has the highest rate of high blood pressure of all population groups and the may develop it earlier in life than others. 1. VIRGUE - FEARLESS 2. JONATHAN NELSON - FEARLESS 3. CHRISTON GRAY - THE GLORY ALBUM 4. DAVID NICOLE BINION - TAKE HEART 5. SEVEN CURTIS CHAPMEN - WORSHIP BELIEVE 6. TIM ROGERS - CHURCHIN 7. TASHA COBBS - ONE PLACE LIVE 8. ANTHONY BROWN - EVERYDAY JESUS 9. REGINA BELLE - THE DAY LIFE BEGAN 10 JONATHAN BUTLER - FREE 6 BOCNEWS.comAPRIL 2016 The Bible and SlaverySlaves obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. Ephesians 65 NLT It was in the summer of 2015 when an African American colleague after a Sunday church service approached me. He said Ben you are a Christian I know. For years Ive watched your actions and con- duct in our church. So I feel comfortable in asking you this question. Its been on my mind since I was a teenager. Then he said Does the Bible condone and endorse slavery I was startled. I reflected for a few seconds. I did so because in over four decades of regular church attendance never had I heard a black minister or pastor address the subject. Consequently for the next three weeks I read the Bible spending hours searching the Internet and talking to brothers about Scriptures and slavery. Later a strange thing happened. One Sunday while attending a worship service at a white church much to my surprise the pastor announced his sermon topic--Slavery and the Good News of Jesus Christ. In his introduction the minister said Ill never forget the frustration I felt when I was taking a philosophy class at New York University. The class was on Plato and Aristotle and the issue of slav- ery came up. Because Aristotle called slaves living tools someone chimed in and said Well doesnt the Bible condone and endorse slavery Thats why I will never read the Bible because it approves of slavery. The pastor added I was so mad it set me on a course of studying this issue on and off for 15 years which led me to an article I wrote which helped the Anglican church debunk bogus arguments that connected slavery.... From the pastors comments coupled with revela- tions from my independent work as a freelance writ- er I studied the relationship between the Bible and slavery. I came to many conclusions but because of space limitations here are the top seven 1. The Bible does not specifically condemn the practice of slavery. It provides instructions on how slaves should be treated. 2. The Old Testament did allow for economic- based slavery but regulated it. 3. Slavery in biblical times were very different from slavery that was practiced in the past centuries in many parts of the world. 4. People often sold themselves as slaves when they could not pay their debts or provide for their families. 5. Some folks actually chose to be slaves to have all their needs met by their masters. 6. In New Testament times sometimes doctors lawyers politicians and people in other pro- fessions were slaves of someone else. 7. In the US black people were slaves exclu- sively because of skin color and nationality. Furthermore many white folks believed black people were inferior human beings. In closing after all I did it became obvious to me that the purpose of the Bible is to point the way to salvation not to reform society. The Bible often approaches issues from the inside out. If a person experiences the love mercy and grace of God by receiving His salvation I believe God will reform the persons soul. And equally important change the way that the individual thinks and acts. By Ben L. Walton Colonel USA Ret. Child Abuse Prevention Month Jesus said Whoever welcomes a child... wel- comes me Matthew 185. Children are our present and our future our hope our teachers preachers and pastors and our inspiration. They are full participants in the life of our churches and in the heart of God. Jesus also said If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones . . . it would be better for you if a great millstone were fastened around your neck and you were drowned in the depth of the sea Matthew 186. Our Christian faith calls us to provide protection for children. Our Social Principles should emphasize that children must be protected from emotional physical economical sexual exploitation and abuse. Discussion of this issue is taboo in many church- es and especially amongst the African American Church. I believe we need to focus more on where our Faith meets our Works to bring life to our mission. Children are growing up in an environment where theyre confused. Confused about what a family looks like about their place in the family church and the world. Theyre trying to understand their sexuality and their morality with little concern for their mortality let alone their immortality. Many unfortunately are being transferred into the church as a last resort with warm hearted good intended programs rather than being transformed by the renewing of their minds. Sadly enough churches have not always been the safest place for our children. Ritual abuse sexual abuse exploitation occur in many churches both large and small rural and urban. The problem crosses all ethnic economic cultural and racial lines. It is real and it appears to be increas- ing. Virtually every congregation has among its members adult survivors of early sexual trauma. Many annual conferences can cite specific incidents of child sexual abuse and exploitation within churches. Such incidents are devastating to all who are involved the child the fam- ily the local church and its leaders. Increasingly churches are torn apart by the legal emotional and monetary consequences of litigation following allegations of abuse. 1. God calls us to make our churches safe places protecting children and other vulnerable persons from sexual and ritual abuse. God calls us to create communi- ties of faith where children and adults grow safe and strong. 2. Ritual abuse refers to abusive acts com- mitted as part of ceremonies or rites ritual abusers are often related to cults or pretend to be. Ritual abuse refers to abusive acts committed as part of ceremonies or rites ritual abusers are often related to cults or pretend to be. In response to this church-wide challenge there are things we can do to reduce the risk of child sexual abuse A. Local churches should 1. Adopt screening procedures use of applica- tion forms interviews reference checks back- ground clearance and so forth for workers Sadly enough churches have not always been the safest place for our children. Ritual abuse sexual abuse exploitation occur in many churches both large and small rural and urban. The problem crosses all ethnic economic cultural and racial lines. The class was on Plato and Aristotle and the issue of slavery came up. Because Aristotle called slaves living tools someone chimed in and said Well doesnt the Bible condone and endorse slavery TESTIMONY COMMUNITY Thomas Mayes By Dr. Thomas Mayes Continued on Page 7 7APRIL 2016BODY OF CHRIST NEWS paid and unpaid directly or indirectly involved in the care of children and youth 2. Develop and implement an ongo- ing education plan for the con- gregation and its leaders on the reality of child abuse risk fac- tors leading to child abuse and strategies for prevention 3. Advise children and young per- sons of an agency or a person outside as well as within the local church whom they can con- tact for advice and help if they have suffered abuse 4. Develop and implement safety procedures for church activities such as having two or more non- related adults present in class- room or activity leaving doors open and installing half-doors or windows in doors or halls pro- viding hall monitors instituting sign-in and sign-out procedures for children ages ten or younger and so forth 5. Carry liability insurance that includes sexual abuse coverage 6. Assist the development of aware- ness and self-protection skills for children and youth through special curriculum and activi- ties and B. Denominations should 1. Develop safety and risk-reduc- ing policies and procedures for Denomination-sponsored events such as camps retreats youth gatherings childcare at 12th Annual Commanders of The Rite Banquet Elvin R. Caldwell Jr. Vice President of the Denver Commanders of the Rite announced the honorees for the 12th Annual Commanders of the Rite Banquet to be held on Saturday May 7rd at 6 pm at the Doubletree Hotel 32nd and Quebec. Tommie T. Lewis Jr. 33 mason and a member of Mtn. Plains Consistory 33and PLLR B. Louise Dave member of Mtn. Plains Assembly 49 are being honored. Members of the Commanders of the Rite are all 33 masons the highest level in masonry. The banquet was started in 2004 by Elvin R. Caldwell Jr. 33 Tommie T. Lewis Jr33 Osie Winds 33 and the late Bill Wooden 33 Interdenominational MinistersWives And Widows She opens her mouth with wisdom and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. Proverbs 3126 For 32 years the Denver Local Council of Interdenominational Ministers Wives and Ministers Widows MWMW have hosted a Leadership Conference and Luncheon in the Denver area. On Saturday March 5th 2016 the brilliant bright and beautiful women of the MWMW did not let the Denver community down with National President of the International Association of Ministers Wives and Ministers Widows Inc. Dr. Beverly Groves as the conference speaker and Dr. Sandra Powell of Soul Care Ministries presenting at the luncheon the audience was ener- gized and electrified. Adding to that a dynamic an angelic youth dancers and the house was on fire. Dr. Nita Henry presented a sizeable scholarship to Dr. Claudette Sweet the President of the MWMW for their literacy program. Oddie Kennedy First Lady of Unity C.O.G.I.C was bestowed an Honorary Doctorate from the Denver Urban Institute. Dr. Claudette Sweet and the Denver Council of MWMW exemplify the words in Proverbs 3110 An excellent wife who can find She is far more precious than jewels. Saying Goodbye to Rev. Dr. Paul Martin The Denver community and many around the state mourn the loss of a great spiritual leader who was known by so many. The Rev. Dr. Paul Martin passed away on March 23 while in Denver. He and his wife Agnes had moved to California but often returned to Denver to visit. Rev. Martin was the current presi- dent of the American Baptist Seminary of the West. He served nearly 60 years in the ministry. Many of those years as head pastor at Macedonia Baptist Church in Denver. Former Mayor Wellington Webb of Denver and his wife Wilma were close friends with Rev. Martin and is sad- den by the loss of someone he called a great person. When Paul first came to Denver from Los Angeles we had two things in common. We were members of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. He would kid me a lot saying I reminded him of Tom Bradley. And also when he pledged Kappa one of his line broth- ers was Johnny Cochran. So he called up both Johnny Cochran and Tom Bradley to host a fundraiser for me when I ran for mayor for the first time said Wellington Webb. Paul wanted me to be the first Black mayor of Denver and make history. That was an important step in our campaign efforts. Wellington and Wilma Webb and the Martins became close friends. Rev. Martin even officiated the reaffirmation of Mayor Webb and Wilmas wedding vows in the state capitol building on the floor of the House of Representatives back in the mid-1990s. Webb also appointed Rev. Martin as the chair of the Stapleton Neighborhood Association in overseeing the redevel- opment of that area. Wilma Webb was no stranger at Macedonia Baptist Church as guest speaker on different occasions. I spoke with Paul the night before he passed stated Webb. He had just came back from Rose Hospital. And Agnes was worried about him. His breath was kind of lumbering and he had difficulty breathing. Then we got a call from Agnes that morning of the big snow storm that he had passed. It was a shock. And you never know when you are going to pass. Only God knows that. He will truly be missed. The Rev. Dr. James Peters also recalls what a good friend and spiritual leader Rev. Martin was. He was loved and respected by the people at Macedonia and he had always stayed in touch with them Rev. Peters said. Rev. Peters worked with the members of the church during that transition of getting a new pastor after Rev. Martin and his wife moved to California. I was the advisor to the church dur- ing that period. But Paul Martin had a great ministry in California before he came to Denver. He was a great leader who will be greatly missed. Rev. Martin grew up in South Central Los Angeles where he com- pleted his secondary education in the public schools. He graduated with honors from Pepperdine University with a bachelors degree in Religion Psychology and Greek. He received his Master of Divinity from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University and went on to earn his Doctor of Philosophy at the California Graduate School of Theology. He also received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the Denver Seminary along with addi- tional study at Fuller Seminary the Claremont School of Theology and the Union Theological Seminary. Back in 2007 US Rep. Diana DeGette paid a tribute to Rev. Martin and how he left his imprint on the commu- nity. Under his leadership he allowed Macedonia Baptist Church to be that shining light and beacon of hope. In her words on that day says a lot about the late Rev. Dr. Paul Martin. Martin Luther King Jr. once noted that everybody could be great because everybody can serve. Rev. Martin has burnished a reputation of spiritual leadership that I think is the opposite of what most people think. His leader- ship is not only guidance it is service. It is caring for one another. It is serv- ing alongside those whom you lead. It is service which is ordinary and yet extraordinary. TRIBUTE Continued on Page 21 Sister Kennedy Dr. Mary Watson Dr. Tracie Allen of Las Vegas NV. Dr. Beverly Glover International President from Macon GA Dr. Claudette Sweet President of Denver Local. Osie Winds left Tommie T. Lewis Jr. right CHILD ABUSE ... continued from page 6 James Peters Wellington Web 8 BOCNEWS.comAPRIL 2016 HEALTH Refuse to Surrender TO The SympTOmS Of paRkinSOnS DiSeaSe OR eSSenTiaL TRemOR a seminar for patients with parkinsons disease or essential tremor and their caregivers. This seminar will help you understand Medtronic DBS Therapy an FDA-approved treatment for the symptoms of advanced Parkinsons disease and essential tremor. risks and benefits of Medtronic DBS Therapy. For more information on DBS Therapy visit Join us for a Free Seminar Co-sponsored by Medtronic Dr. David VanSickle with the Denver DBS Center and Dr. Adam Wolff with the Denver Neurological Clinic. Date Monday April 25 2016 Time 600 PM Registration 630 PM Presentation Place Dahlia Campus for Health and Well Being 3401 Eudora Street Denver CO 80207 RSVP 303-830-1839 866-718-2996 toll free Light refreshments served Deep Brain Stimulation Improving Lives Parkinsons disease is a brain disor- der that affects a persons muscle movement. It is progressive mean- ing symptoms continue and worsen over time and degenerative meaning irreversible. It is often considered a chronic disease. People with Parkinsons produce less dopamine which is a chemical that sends messages to the part of the brain that controls movement and coordination. As the disease progresses the amount of dopamine produced in the brain decreases and symptoms become more pronounced. Motor and non-motor symptoms can affect a person with Parkinsons. Motor symptoms can include tremor of the hands arms legs jaw and face slowness of movement such as slowed responses and even the lack of facial expressions rigidity or stiffness of the limbs and trunk to the point it may cause pain to the person difficulty swallowing and problems with speech and voice and postural instability or impaired balance and coordination. Non-motor symptoms may include mood changes such as depression and anxiety fatigue slowed thinking dry skin and cognitive changes. Parkinsons Disease in the African American Community Though African Americans are less likely to develop Parkinsons disease than other races they do have greater disability and disease severity and are less likely to be prescribed medi- cation. Studies show that African Americans may be more likely to be undiagnosed. Cultural differences may prevent patients from seeking appropriate care particularly at early stages when symptoms are not yet disabling. Studies show that African Americans more than Whites may see Parkinsonian symptoms as an inevi- table part of aging and dementia more as a natural result of living a difficult life. Proven Treatments No cure currently exists for Parkinsons disease but there are ways for people to significantly improve their quality of life. Appropriate medi- cations can help address symptoms in early stages. A regular exercise regime that focuses on neuroprotec- tion protecting neurons in the brain from degeneration and neuroplastici- ty getting different areas of the brain to do the work can help. When medi- cations are no longer adequate in con- trolling symptoms deep brain stimu- lation DBS surgery can help. DBS was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for Parkinsons disease in 2002. It has been proven to most effectively treat symptoms like tremor muscle rigidity and slow- ness of movements when medications either cause side effects or dont adequately treat symptoms. Data suggests that treating the disease with both medications and deep brain stimulation can provide the most signifi- cant benefits. Deep brain stimula- tion DBS has helped more than 130000 patients over a quarter of a century take back their lives. DBS helps control symptoms by delivering tiny electrical signals into one of three target areas of the brain that control movement. DBS can be thought of as a pacemak- er for the brain. It works by sending continuous electrical impulses to tar- geted areas in the brain to block the impulses causing tremor and rigidity. Doctors arent sure exactly how the pulses work but they appear to block the abnormal firing of neurons caused by the lack of dopamine. The newest research shows that DBS therapy is superior to medical therapy alone in patients with Parkinsons disease and early motor complications. No longer do patients need to wait until symp- toms are debilitating to consider DBS. DBS has been proven effective for Parkinsons disease essential tremor dystonia and obsessive-compulsive disorder OCD. Dr. VanSickle was the first in the world to pio- neer asleep robotic DBS procedures at Littleton Adventist Hospital. Robotics provides an increased level of preci- sion and efficiency pro- viding the best possible surgical outcomes for patients. Imagine a life with- out tremor decreased muscle rigidity and slowness and overall more mobility. Thanks to DBS therapy living well is now an options for people with Parkinsons as well as other move- ment disorders like essential tremor and dystonia. Information gathered from Parkinson Association of the Rockies. Learn more at www.parkinsonrockies. org. Information on DBS courtesy of the Denver DBS Centers website denver-dbs-center. The center founded by Dr. David VanSickle is an affiliation of South Denver Neurosurgery headquartered at Littleton Adventist Hospital. By Dr. David VanSickle MD Dr. David Vansickle Dr. David VanSickle Neurosurgery Denver DBS Center Littleton CO 9APRIL 2016BODY OF CHRIST NEWS Who Is The New Master of Professional Sports Every Sunday Pastor Mike Spivey tackles the WORD OF GOD in the pulpit. When watching College Professional Football. He also tackles the consistent miss reporting of CTE and its ongoing negative impact on the lives and futures athletes in all professional sports such as hockey soccer boxing and the new cage match fights. All of these sports are accompanied by a silent killer so often overlooked and ignored for the Love of Money and the trills of a 3.3 year career in the NFL. For the love of the games like gladiators athletes trade Health and Risk Injury for 4 of the revenue dollars generated by the sport. The glamour the fame and the money combined with all short lived benefits motivates college professional athletes boys girls women and men to trade mental health and physical health for 60 seconds of coverage on ESPN. Who is the new master in professional sports His name is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy his street name is C.T.E. His job description kill steal destroy. Professional sports such as NFL football soccer hockey players have suffered and died from the long term effects of head injuries. The two hour movie CONCUSSION released back in December 2015 starred actor Will Smith focused on the discovery of CTE and the NFLs actions to sweep it under the rug Discoveries made by Forensic Pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu. The News show Night Line presented an eye opening representation of CTE from the book LEAGUE OF DENIAL by author Mark Fainaru which makes plain the resistance to sharing the Truth. Todays reporting and disclosure of the systemic problems such as tragedies loose of life Mike Wagner Junior Seau Dave Duerson and loose of dignity Earl Campbell Mohammad Ali com- bined with class action lawsuits filed by former star Athletes Tony Dorsett Harry Carson and many others remain silent as revenues from Professional Footballs Fantasy football generates 70 Billion Dollars according to Forbes magazine this does not include actual revenues generated by the NFL SHIELD which includes as many as 7 additional revenue streams combined with the NCAA College football total revenues from ticket sales cable T.V. product sales and the reality is plan to see. You need only look at The NFLs NCAA s Gladiators Elephant Grave Yard. Pastor Spivey recalls first playing football back in the 8th grade and wearing suspension helmets and being knocked in the head numerous times by Line Backer Jimmy Garrett head shots were legal then. He still went on to play football in high school college and profes- sionally in the NFL. While playing for University of Colorado in a game against Nebraska during a very violent tackle against Nebraskas running back Tough Tony Davis Pastor Mike recalls both players sustained Major Concussions in which Spivey lost his vision and was blind for 2 days and was taken back to Boulder Colorado to recover but played the following Saturday. Exactly two years later in Lincoln Neb. Colorado Linebacker Tom Perry sustained multiple Concussions resulting in head trauma so severe Colorado Medical Team Doctors performed an emer- gency procedure after the game in the stadium dressing room the Doctors drilled a hole into Tom Perrys skull to save his Life. Today Tom Perry has a Brilliant Academic Mind he Survived by the grace of GOD his Walk through the Valley of the Shadows of Death and the infamous Gladiators Elephant Grave Yard. However consider the years of emotion- al recovery and rebuilding Tom Perry endured demonstrating courage. Since then Medical Teams Doctors Staff have improved they have made tremen- dous medical and scientific advances. CTE takes on multiple layers and manifests itself in different ways. Mike Davis Pastor Spiveys College room- mate played 11 years as an NFL Safety with multiple collisions with running backs Walter Payton Chuck Muncie and Franco Harris they were over- sized tight ends and full backs. The results were total loss of hearing due to spinal pres- sure related compressed disc and nerves. Al Davis Raiders Owner paid for the surgery to restore Mikes Hearing and quality of Life some of the owners do have a real heart beat The NFL is knowledgeable of what has been going on. Committees have formed to study evaluate conditions safety improvements. However for the NFL Players its Business First. A business that generates Billions in revenue Tax exempt. CONCUSSIONS Equates to sustained head inju- ries which can later produce Dementia CTE or form of ALS so understand the financial impact football has on our society. Pastor Spivey remains concerned over the perspective 2016 draft choices and the NFL still dismissing seriousness of head injuries during games. Pastor Spivey admits that his own son played football briefly for two years in High School However he pushed him to focus more on his academics than the sport. He still ministers to old friends who played football and prays with them. They talk about their state of mind health and what the future holds for them. They Ask The Lord for Help For Wisdom Strength. I have made a man every whit whole I pray this promise for many. Pastor Spivey quotes from John 723 KJV The symptoms of this disease is hidden and not often diagnosed. People need to know its a progres- sive deterioration and thats what makes it danger- ous Pastor Spivey is the head pastor at Compass Christian Fellowship located at 12130 Canterberry Pkwy in Parker Colo. Sunday services are at 1030 a.m. By Pastor Mike Spivey He Survived by the grace of GOD his Walk through the Valley of the Shadows of Death and the infamous Gladiators Elephant Grave Yard. HEALTH 10 BOCNEWS.comAPRIL 2016 11APRIL 2016BODY OF CHRIST NEWS 12 BOCNEWS.comAPRIL 2016 13APRIL 2016BODY OF CHRIST NEWS 14 BOCNEWS.comAPRIL 2016 15APRIL 2016BODY OF CHRIST NEWS 16 BOCNEWS.comAPRIL 2016 Treasure Is Hidden Inside of You No matter what career your in teacher carpenter fast food server telemarketing and more. Dont settle where you are. Dont coast or rest on your laurels Keep your gift stirred up with what God has put in you and get better at it day by day. God has higher levels in store for your future. But if God cant trust you with a little career and you dont give your best why would He trust you with a bigger career with more responsibility and more money Give your best at what- ever you do Think about David in the Bible. He was out in the fields taking care of his fathers sheep. In todays terms he had a boring minimum wage job and no friends and it didnt look as though there was any opportunity for growth. He could have slacked off been sloppy unmotivated and thought No reason to develop my skills. I have no oppor- tunity. Im stuck out here with these sheep. Instead while he was alone he did not sit around bored and waste time. He would instead practice using his slingshot day after day and month after month. Cant you image him setting up a target slinging rocks again and again learning and get- ting better by the day. Happy is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gains understanding Proverbs 313 Learning how to make adjust- ments to make the rock hit in just the right place. This also allowed him to sharpen his skills. He became a sharp- shooter very precise and skillful. He had no idea that someday God was going to use him to defeat a giant and to lead His cho- sen people. God looked to see who was prepared. God wanted someone that was cultivating there gift that God had put in him. Do your best to present yourself to god as one approved a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who cor- rectly handles the word of truth. 11 Timothy 215 In the same way when God seeks somebody to promote He doesnt just randomly close His eyes and say Ill pick this one. No God looks for people who have developed their skills. When we read about David God has stand- ing before Goliath and slinging that rock sometimes we think it was all Gods hand at work. In a way thats right it was God but the truth is God didnt sling the rock. God didnt cause the rock to hit Goliath in just the right place. He wanted someone that had been prac- ticing the skill of precise and skillful at being a sharpshooter. That person was David who developed and used the skills God gave him. Skills that you have now will take you to the next level. Everyday you spend working on your skills it will take you to a new level. All skills have to be developed. Learning growing and improving will prepare you for that new level. As we move along in 2016 what skills do you have thats a talent or learned skills that your are trying to know to the highest level there is in that skills Now is the time to kick yourself into high gear. If your gift is making gift baskets keep working at making them to be the best in your city. An executive just might see your baskets one day while on lunch and say your baskets are so pro- fessional Id like to do a contract with you to ser- vice all 30 of my compa- nies around the world. Its all about perfecting your gift so you will be ready whenever God is ready to open the door and take you to the next level in your gift and or min- istry. You have treasure in you. There is talent and skills thats in you and will cause you to be noticed. Proverbs 2229 says Do you see a man skilled in his work He will serve before kings he will not serve before obscure men. Proverbs 2229 If you excel in your talent God has a higher level door that He will open at the right time. Remember Gods timing is always the right time. By PM Wynn Grove Dr. PM Wynn Grove and Lee Grove Jr. are the founders of Heavenly Sent Ministries and Associate Pastors at The Potter House of Denver. Pastor PM can be reached by email pmwynn9 In the same way when God seeks somebody to promote He doesnt just randomly close His eyes and say Ill pick this one. No God looks for people who have developed their skills. When we read about David God has standing before Goliath and slinging that rock sometimes we think it was all Gods hand at work. SERMON Born Identity When you were born into this world you had no idea how to worry or stress about life. My belief is that when you were born your natural state of being was that of being joyous happy and free. It is my hope that you will entertain the possibility of unhappiness being only a temporary state. Consider unhappiness as merely a distortion of your natural state. Happiness and joy are inside you waiting to replace the static which is doubt negativity and fear. Just as cold is defined as the absence of heat happi- ness can be defined the absence of negative thoughts and ideas. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toilthis is Gods gift to man. Ecclesiastes 312-13 Regardless of what you think of yourself your purpose remains unchanged by external circum- stances. You were born happy and with purpose. We find the purpose invariably to be to helping others and creating. Take a look around you are surround- ed by those who are operating in their natural creative state. The light bulb the automobile the phone the plane all created by those who dared to remember and recognize their purpose and possibilities. There is a possibility that as you read this article you are beginning to remem- ber your creative purpose. Your identity is tied to your con- sistent state of mind and the emo- tions you experience on a constant basis. The great thing about this is you have the power to change your identity in seconds. Today this sec- ond you have the ability to remem- ber who you are in your natural state. You are happy. You are motivated. You are enthusiastic. You are full of energy and ready to take on anything and everything in your path to believe anything else is Identity Theft. No longer authentic no longer your true self. Let your conduct be without covetousness be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said I will never leave you nor forsake you. So we may boldly say The LORD is my helper I will not fear. What can man do to me Hebrews 135-6 Gratitude is an MT Power Principle. If utilized it can change your thinking and reset your mind. When you are in a state of gratitude it is impossible to be in any other state. You can- not be sad depressed or angry and be in gratitude at the same time. If you do not believe it give it a try. Write down and say five things you are thankful for beginning with the words I am thankful for. You will discover that gratitude can override the feelings and thoughts which remove you from your natural state. You were born with the power to decide. You have the power make decisions that affect you and those around you. You can decide to live in the possibility of joy happiness freedom and creativity or the alter- native which is a daily walk in fear and self-doubt. If you are experienc- ing Identity Theft today is the day you restore your identity. Make a proclamation today I am Joyous. I am a creator. I am living with purpose. I take control of my life Contact me Andre Hinton for more information on MT Motivation Transformation Personal Development and Physical and Mental Transformation sessions at or 719-357-7646 website Andre Hinton MOTIVATION By Andre Hinton You were born happy and with purpose. We find the purpose invariably to be to helping others and creating. 17APRIL 2016BODY OF CHRIST NEWS CHURCH NEWS SufferThe ChildrenTo ComeTo MeJesus position about children is they too have a place when it comes to Him. Although the scrip- ture suggests the character of which adults should come unto Him in dependency and humility of need as a child to a parent it also indicates Jesus receives children unto himself. Since bible days women have desired to birth children for various reasons. Sarah being passed conception age laughed at the promise given to Abraham by God to be the father of many nations. Hanna desired a child and sought God to remove the absence of infertility and bless her womb in return she promised she would return or dedicate the child back to God. God heard the handmaidens request and granted a manifestation of a man child in which she named Samuel. Keeping her vow she gave the child back to God after being weaned leaving him with the priest to serve God. Although today we do not leave our children with the priest it is customary to dedicate our children to God for protection and as a promise to raise the child under the admonition of sound doctrine and teach- ings of Christ our Savior. Parents are the responsible agent under the laws of God in training up a child in the way he should go and when he grows old he shall not depart from it. Parents that are members of a church and attend faithfully normally will dedi- cate the child within weeks to a couple of months after birth. Others may have unknown reasons for longer time lines however the importance is not the length of time in which the dedication took place but in the validity of the dedication occurrence. The same is true for how children are conceived. Suffer the children to come unto me may be seen as an invitation from the Savior for all children to be dedi- cated to Him. Women today are faced with more challenges in the desire to have families. Here are some statistics from Yale University and the United States Bureau of Statistics supporting the challenges faced among women today For every woman there is a shortage of 12 percent of men according to a recent Yale study 42 percent of African-American women have yet to be married compared to only 23 percent of white women there are now more women of color focusing on college and career rather than family until later in life. With a greater reason for being unmarried or simply a shortage of available men in the African American community women who desire to have children seek proven scientific methods in advance technology to start a family. Among these are adop- tion surrogacy and artificial insemination. Jesus Himself did not come through the natural conception process between man and woman but was conceived by insemi- nation by the Holy Spirit into Marys womb. He too was dedicated as cus- tomary back to God and later seen to be about His Fathers business when disconnected from Mary and Joseph dur- ing a customary visit to Jerusalem. Recently Evangelist Temple COGIC Denver CO provided a place of dedication for a young career driven woman to dedicate her son now 3 years of age back to the Lord who choose an available avenue where the desire of her heart and petition to God would be manifested. While it is not in the authority of Evangelist Temple COGIC Denver CO to validate the position of the National COGIC whose authority would be rendered by the Presiding Bishop Charles Blake and the General Board we are about our Fathers business suffering little children to come unto Him. And hope make not ashamed because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. House of Joy Closing Its Daycare Doors It was just last year the House of Joy Miracle Deliverance Church celebrated 50 years as a ministry within the Denver community. Now they celebrate another milestone of having educated hundreds of children over the years at their Kingdom Learning Daycare Center that will be closing down. The church plans to celebrate Carolyn Beechum for her 30 years of service in overseeing the Kingdom Learning Center and steadfast dedication said Apostle Ralph Beechum leader of the church. This year we are closing the Kingdom Learning Center down and wanted to honor her many years of service and the many children in the community that have been blessed and progressed and leaders that were birthed out of the Kingdom Learning Daycare Apostle Beechum added. There has been so much said and what people dont know. She has gone out of her way. She has never received a salary. She has done this truly out of the love of her heart for these kids. So many people have turned their backs turned their heads some walked away and owed her money. Some not even coming back to say thank you. Apostle Beechum is proud of his wife Carolyn Beechums long time devotion to the daycare learning center and he referenced the scriptures. Like it says in Proverbs 272 Let someone else praise you and not your own mouth. The Kingdom Learning Center is not closing down because of any financial hardships or anything like that he stated. We simply want to commend her for her years of service. And we want Denver to know we have Lady Carolyn Beechums back. A citywide luncheon will be held to honor Carolyn Beechum from 1230 to 300 p.m. on April 16 at the Afrik Mall 10108 E. Colfax Ave. The cost will be 20. For further information contact the church at 303-388- 9060. Its ironic and amazing how God will put something in your heart. He put a desire in me and I loved teaching said Carolyn Beechum. At age eight she would line her dolls up and have her pencil and point at the black- board as if she was teaching them. We saw in this community an opportu- nity to make a difference for the children. We found that we could be a blessing not only through learning but nutrition. Had some of the best food at the Kingdom Learning Center. Kids would go home and say Mom that sure was some good food. she shared on why the daycare learning center came about because of a vision Apostle Beechum had. The daycare learning center facility will not be sold itself. Instead the church will utilize it for ministries to help the commu- nity including summer programs vaca- tion bible school and others programs. The community is encouraged to come out and share their love Carolyn Beechum and all that she has done in helping shape the minds of young children and begins another chapter in her life. COMMUNITY The church plans to celebrate Carolyn Beechum for her 30 years of service in overseeing the Kingdom Learning Center. Carolyn Beechum Lashae Stiggers and her son Josiah from last months article on artificial insemination Jesus Himself did not come through the natural conception. SUNDAY APRIL 24th 18 BOCNEWS.comAPRIL 2016 19APRIL 2016BODY OF CHRIST NEWS We want your news Body of Christ News wants to hear about your calendar events announcements or conferences. Send your news to or fax us at 303.344.4608. MCCOWANS CELEBRATE 65 YEARS Mr. and Mrs. Gussie Lee McCowan celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on March 21 with a reception with their family and friends. Mr. Gussie McCowan married the former Sarah Mae Williams on February 13 1944. Mr. McCowan has worked for the City of Athens and Brownsboro Independent School District. Mrs. McCowan is a loving devoted housewife and mother. Their children are Glory Thompson Deloris Robinson and Victor McCowan all of Tyler Paul McCowan and Jimmy McCowan both of Colorado Ronnie McCowan of Missouri and the late Theaudry and Isiah McCowan both of Dallas. They have 24 grandchildren 30 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. 20 BOCNEWS.comAPRIL 2016 LOCAL EVENTs Obsura Day APRIL 16th Sat Obscura Day at The Black American West 3091 California St Denver Colorado 1030am to 1230pm. 10 Get Inspired APRIL 16th Sat The Colorado Beautillion- Cotillion Inc. 4pm. - 6pm. Get Inspired Embrace your Power Connect with Powerful Women Get Expert Advice from Top Executives Decision Makers. Attire Dresses Gloves Hat. Enjoy Tea Pastries Cucumber Swiches More.. Panelist TBA soon. 10 Students 20 Adults at Paul Beck Recreation Center 800 Telluride St. Aurora CO. 720-217-8291 Satan No Parking APRIL 22nd Fri 7pm. Sat 23rd 5pm. Sun 24th 830 - 1030am. Kingdom Connection Christian Center presents Spiritual Warfare Conference SATAN NO PARKING Host Pastor Rev. Dr. Ade Rev. Mrs. Adeola Sr. Pastor Bishop David Bakare Jesus is Life World Ministries. Project L.I.F.E APRIL 23rd Sat Oral Health Dental Hygiene Seminar. Project L.I.F.E. partnering with Inner City Health Center will be hosting a Free inter- active seminar focusing on the Importance of Oral Health Dental Hygiene. 3840 York Street ste.100 Denver CO. for more information 303-292- 0016 Annual Painting Parting APRIL 24th Sun CBWPAs Second Annual Painting Parting Enjoy an afternoon of fun paint- ing with our CBWPA Executive Board members friends family. Everyone is welcome No previ- ous painting experience needed. Buy your tickets today. At Sipping Painting Hampden Art Studio 6300 E Hampden Ave Denver. 720-449-1067 Mother Gilmer Retiers APRIL 24th Sun Come join Loving Saints Christian Fellowship as they Celebrate Mother Leah Gilmer administrator of Little Saints Daycare Learning Center on Sun Zion Senior Center 5151 E. 33rd Avenue Denver. Mother Gilmer is retiring we wish to honor her 15 years of hard work dedication to the children parents our Community. Little Saints operated under the auspices of Loving Saints Christian Fellowship was the vision of Rev. Mother Sidney Adams. Carrying the Torch for Mother Adams was Mother Gilmer who the children affectionately called Grma Please join us as they Celebrate this Woman of God. Child Abuse Prevention APRIL 30th Sat Everyone Sharing Child Abuse Prevention Education E.S.C.A.P.E. Thomas S. Mayes. PhD. Executive Director. Art Therapy Escape through the expression of Art at the Doubletree Hotel SE. I-225 Iliff Ave. Aurora. Symposium on Child Abuse Neglect preven- tion 2-5pm. 720-366-1311 Art Show Live Jazz Professional Art painting food 6-9pm 25 registration. call Dr. T.S. Mayes 720-808-4153 to register or online at Gmdma Black Community Leadership Announce Endorsement In District Attorneys Race The Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance announced their endorsement of Michael Carrigan in the upcoming Denver District Attorney election. GMDMA President Del Phillips said After several interviews with all District Attorney candidates a major community forum at Shorter Baptist Church numerous meetings and conversations among our membership we have come to a consensus on the candidate we think will be open fair equitable in the application of the law and will hold all in the criminal justice system accountable. That candidate is Michael Carrigan. The Alliances endorsement process was thorough and detailed. I know they took this decision very seriously and Im honored that they chose to endorse our campaign said Michael Carrigan. Our vision for real lasting criminal justice reform was heard loud and clear by members of the Alliance and I am proud to have their support. GMDMA Contends Across the nation the public and community safety are major concerns and Denver is no exception. GMDMA has been a vocal advocate confronting public safety issues and problems in the Denver judi- cial system. We have a responsibility to our congregations and community to verbalize our concerns on police shootings suspicious deaths in Denver city jails and law enforcement misconduct all of which contribute to a lack of confidence in our law enforcement and justice system. GMDMA Declaration This D.A.s race is critical and GMDMA believes it is the most important local election in the Denver election cycle for this year. The outcome of this race will have significant impact in re-establishing trust and relationship between the District Attorneys office and our community. Our membership will be active throughout this race to encourage registered votes in our churches and community to vote and to get those not registered to register and vote. The Denver D.A.s race is an opportunity for the faith community to educate and get others involved to take action using their right to vote to bring change to a justice system that has been unjust. The GMDMA has been in existence for 75 years in the Denver Metro community has a membership of 50 pastors serving more than 25000 citizens in Denver and Aurora. For information on the endorsement or the Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance contact Del Phillips at 303 355-0297. 21APRIL 2016BODY OF CHRIST NEWS OBITUARIES Wilbur Theodore Billingsley died peacefully in Denver Colorado on March 11th 2016 at the age of 83. Wilbur begin his earthly jour- ney on August 25 1932 in Omaha Nebraska born to Wayman and Daisy Billingsley. He was one of seven siblings and started playing piano before he started elementary school. He loved playing music and could play most any instrument. While on his paper route as a young boy customers would regularly ask him to come in and play piano. Wilburs mother Daisy would often be upset when he didnt return home after completing his paper route. Wilbur left home at an early with just his clothes on his back. He trav- eled and lived in Chicago Milwaukee Salt Lake City and Cleveland. He made his living as a professional musician enjoying playing piano in all those cities mention. He loved to travel and to make others happy with his music. Wilbur married Betty J. Billingsley in Omaha and they were blessed with ten children five boys and five girls. He later worked at the hospital with his brother Big Jim then moved to Denver in 1954. At that time he established a five piece band in Denver called Wee Willie The Richmonds. He was proud they could play all the newest jukebox hits. He often said they practiced six hours each day to make sure the music was exactly like to original. Soon after Wilbur relocated to Denver he became a born again Christian. He loved the Lord with all of his heart. He taught his children how to pray and encouraged them to always live a life pleasing to God. He was devoted to early morning prayer and inspired to begin his ministry. Deliverance Revival Crusades where he traveled the United States preach- ing the gospel. He received an honor- ary doctorate degree at Aspen Bible College. His focus was to witness and to share the love of Christ. Ordained as a Prophet he spoke hope healing and salvation into the lives of many people around the world. Wibur loved dressing up and always looking nice. He loved his family and had a great sense of humor. Wilbur was fond of giving personalized nick-names to all of his kids some of which are still carried today. Wilbur Billingsley Wilbur Theodore Billingsley August 25 1932 March 11 2016 God called Robert Earl Allen Jr. from labor to reward he unex- pectedly passed away at his home on February 23 2016. In Colorado Springs CO.. He was born into the union of Robert Earl Allen Sr. and Annie Jewell Allen in Junction City Kansas. He attended Fountain Fort Carson High School in Fountain CO. He served in the United States. Army. He was employed at the Air Force Academy for many years. He spent his early years in Lawton Oklahoma. He was a longtime Colorado resident. Robert enjoyed fishing and spend- ing time with his sister and family. He was an avid bowler. From the age of 12. He bowled on a league every Saturday. Robert was a young man with an old soul states his sister Carolyn Johnson. Robert was preceded in death by both parents and his older brother Ronald Mason. Robert is survived by his daughter Latoyra Edwards brother Richard Allen sister Carolyn Joseph Johnson and two Grand Children Chauntinique Monroe and Nyana Ross. Four nieces Trenesha Armarh Ashietey Tametra Kenneth Copeland and Latasha Christopher Jessie Lawton OK. Two Great Nieces Jada Zaria. Five Great Nephews Cameron Jalen Kelson Quinton and Xavier. Also survived by a host of other relatives and friends. He will be miss but never forgotten. Rober Earl Allen Jr. Robert Earl Allen Jr. Sept 26 1963 Feb 23 2016 Marlene Pauletra Dickey passed away peacefully on March 15 2016 after a long illness. She was surrounded by her family. Marlene Pauletra Blake was born September 13 1939 in Memphis Tennessee to Simon and Geraldine Lyghts. The family later moved to San Diego California where Marlene accepted Christ at the age of seven and was baptized in Bethel Baptist Church. The family relocated to Oxnard California where she met and mar- ried the love of her life George Earl Dickey while he was stationed at Oxnard Air Force Base. Marlene and George - or Dickey as she always called him - were married June 8 1958 at St. Paul Baptist Church in Oxnard. As a military wife Marlene travelled to France and other parts of Europe spent three years in Michigan and settled with her family in Colorado Springs in 1969. She always loved children and discovered her passion and talent in working with them. She began a 27-year career at John Adams Elementary School where she worked her way from a volunteer to a Para-Professional and eventually was appointed Head Secretary. It seemed as if Marlene couldnt go anywhere in Colorado Springs with- out running into a young person who fondly remembered Mrs. Dickey or Miss Marlene from their days at John Adams. She was so loved at John Adams that when she retired the Marlene Dickey Nature Park was established on the school grounds. God and church fellowship were always an important part of her life. She became a member of Friendship Baptist Church in 1969 and served her church family as a Deaconess and also as Announcement Clerk for over 30 years. Marlene was also a member of the Senior Mission and loved to sing. She sang in the Angelic Choir the Mission Choir and served on numerous committees until her health failed. Even though she could not attend church as she used to she still continued designing and making corsages for all special church events. She learned this skill from her mother she loved making corsages and was incred- ibly talented. She was a strong and courageous woman in faith spirit heart and mind. She battled bravely through kidney failure and dialysis for almost 11 years. Marlene Pauletra Dickey is pre- ceded in death by her son Reginald Lee Dickey her mother Geraldine Sylvia Lyghts and her father Simon Lee Lyghts. She is survived by her husband George Earl Dickey her daughter Rochelle Tynette Mason and only grandchild Donovan Lee Dickey-Banmally. She also leaves to celebrate her life her sister Claudette Marie McFarlane Noel niece Jeanya Jenee Young nephews Eugene Hester Rachel Gerald Lee Hester brothers-in-law several other nieces nephews and a host of relatives and special friends. Visitation and services were held on Friday March 18 2016 at Friendship Baptist Church 633 E. Dale St. in Colorado Springs. Marlene Dickey Marlene Dickey September 13 1939 March 15 2016 Denominational events mission trips and so forth and 2. Develop guidelines and train- ing processes for use by church leaders who carry responsibility for prevention of child abuse in local churches. Both sets of poli- cies can be developed by a task force appointed by the cabinet in cooperation with appropri- ate Denominational agencies. These policies shall be approved by the annual conference and assigned to a conference agency for implementation. It is suggest- ed that the policies be circulated in Denominational publications and shared with lay profession- als and clergy at official semi- nars. A growing body of clinical experience and research reveals that domestic violence and child abuse occur in the same families and are highly associ- ated with similar social and economic risk factors. Data also show that chil- dren growing up in violent families are more likely to engage in youth violence. Furthermore the social and economic risk factors for youth vio- lence correspond to the risk factors for domestic violence and child abuse. Given these findings an effective strat- egy to combat child abuse domestic violence and youth violence would be a collaborative community-based pre- ventionearly intervention effort that aims to reduce the social and eco- nomic risk factors for at-risk families. Family Violence Prevention Fund April was first declared Child Abuse Prevention Month by presidential proc- lamation in 1983. Since then April has been a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communi- ties working together to prevent child abuse. ESCAPE Everyone Sharing Child Abuse Prevention Education was birthed 26 years ago in my heart to bring this awareness to communi- ties that historically failed to acknowl- edge child abuse as a problem. The Body of Christ is welcomed to support partner with these ongoing projects. Our vision for 2016 is to recog- nize and highlight this tragic issue through the Arts. Art therapy is a visual and sensory modality that can help access traumatic material stored in implicit memory a sensory body- based form of memory that is not the same as conscious narrative memory. We CHILD ABUSE ... continued from page 7 Continued on Page 23 22 BOCNEWS.comAPRIL 2016 23APRIL 2016BODY OF CHRIST NEWS are developing a program where anyone can present an Art proj- ect entitled ESCAPE. The project must portray a visual of what escaping the challenges of life looks like in an art form. We will meet at the Doubletree Hotel in Aurora for a sympo- sium providing workshops by the Aurora Police Department Families Forward Aurora Mental Health and SungateKids from 2-5 pm. The Art show will be 6-9pm. We expect participant projects will be used throughout the year in presentations at schools and organizations and displayed in the DenverAurora Cultural Arts District During our Art Show awards will be given for winners in each category and an overall winner. During the Art presentations a jazz artist Ron McMillon will provide music while a profes- sional artist Adrienne Norris will display items from her gal- lery and paint live a piece enti- tled ESCAPE during the night. Projects will be tools to educate the community on the problem of child abuse coupled with the importance sustaining Art pro- grams and Art therapy in our schools and communities as more than just an optical pre- sentation but also as a form or visualizing the hearts and minds of the children and people who make up the community. CHILD ABUSE ... continued from page 21