02/24/2015 § Leave a comment
The act of forgiveness is very difficult. An unforgiving person may experience extreme anger, anxiety or hopelessness…or all of these emotions. Unforgiveness can cause others a lot of pain, as well—people may tend to avoid you. What about you? These unresolved issues are spiritually debilitating and can even make you physically ill.
There’s no need to avoid dealing with forgiveness any longer! If you are harboring animosity, resentment or dread over past hurts or injustices, then this two-day seminar is for you! We will discuss and share how forgiveness, with the healing power and grace of God, is the best way to conquer the past, free your mind and soul and experience true rest in Jesus Christ! Join us for lively conversation, prayer time and fellowship! The seminar is free (hotel stay extra)!
Friday, April 17 · Saturday, April 18
Hampton Inn Stow
4331 Lakepointe Corporate Drive • Stow OH 44224 • 330.945.4160
Special room rate for overnight stay (April 17) only $85.00 plus 15.25% tax.
When booking ask for the Akron Alliance Fellowship Church rate.
Book your reservation by Friday, March 20 (up to 4 guests per room).
A free hot breakfast is available for hotel guests
Free internet • pool • fitness center
comfortable and relaxing amenities • shopping and restaurants nearby
Availability will go quickly! Be sure to register today!
Questions? Call Melvin Gaines at 234.206.0345 or visit akronalliance.org
01/19/2015 § Leave a comment
If you ever decide to visit the Savannah/Hilton Head area, I highly recommend a visit to Penn Center, a true national treasure with a special place in Black American history that covers 150 years. It dates back to 1862 when the abolitionist Quakers from Philadelphia established a school on Saint Helena Island, South Carolina, for the purpose of educating recently freed slave children. Penn School was the first such school established in the United States. It was a labor of love for Laura Towne, who had studied medicine and education in Philadelphia and had only planned to stay at the school as its instructor for about ten years as a volunteer. She remained there for thirty-nine years until her death. The Penn Center museum notes her legacy with her meticulous records of her students and their progress and development with excerpts from her diary. The school continued into the twentieth century under Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) as an industrial and agricultural high school for black men and women for over 50 years.
The school closed in 1953, but it evolved into an important community center on the island that served the needs of blacks throughout the southern counties of South Carolina. One of the most important functions of the center was to provide legal assistance for blacks to overcome shady dealings from incoming developers who sought to grab land and property from the native residents. To this day, the land titles of properties on many of the sea islands may be held by entire families instead of individuals, which can make the determination of property ownership a murky process. Penn Center helped to resolve these issues and to prevent unscrupulous developers from taking advantage of family property owners. The center continues to provide programs of education, job training and assistance for black residents today with the help of donations and volunteer efforts.
The other significant role of Penn Center was its role in the Civil Rights movement. It was a place where Martin Luther King, Jr. spent a significant amount of time on the 50-acre campus as a retreat, and he also used the facilities there for many strategy meetings with fellow members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. A retreat house was also built for King and his wife for lodging and as a meeting place in 1968, but he never was able to use it as he was assassinated that year. The house sits on a trail on the property facing a waterfront marsh to the west with a breathtaking view. It just might bring tears to your eyes if you ever have the opportunity to see it for yourself.
It is seldom that you will find a place like Penn Center with its magnitude of significance in American history. The campus is on Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive (SC 45) east of Beaufort, South Carolina off U.S. Highway 21 on Saint Helena Island.
08/08/2014 § Leave a comment
My Christianity podcast is #197 worldwide today. You’re welcome to give a listen and pass this link on. Thanks!
07/01/2013 § Leave a comment
I have been blessed to be able to teach Sunday school and present sermons at my home church, Akron Alliance Fellowship Church in Akron, Ohio. There is nothing more important to me than to relay the gospel message through my words and actions everywhere I go. It’s important to me because it is also important to God that each of us presents the gospel to others, for He wants to see everyone receive the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 2:3-4; 2 Peter 3:9). Salvation is a gift–but just like any gift, you have to accept it.
Each of these is my way to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. There is only one way to receive eternal life, and it is through Jesus Christ when you acknowledge your need for Him to be your personal Savior (John 3:16-17; 14:6).
Feel free to share my eBook or pass on links to my podcast to friends or family members. If you are in need of prayer, please inbox me on my Facebook page or send me a message on Twitter (@melvingaines). You can also visit my website and my two blogs on Blogger and WordPress. I welcome your questions, comments or suggestions, but most of all, if you don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, make a decision for Him today.
04/18/2013 § Leave a comment
We’re just a day away from Spring Break 2013! Join me this Friday afternoon at 5pm at the Hampton Inn in Stow OH for what promises to be one of my best relationship conferences ever presented! If you want to see your relationship with Jesus Christ really take off and become a strong testimony before others, then this is where you want to be this weekend! We will meet tomorrow evening and Saturday morning with tips and strategies to help you on your way. Best of all, the event is free and open for singles and couples.