Akron Alliance Fellowship Church Ladies Brunch Conference – Saturday, September 24, 2016 – Margaret Bernstein

09/14/2016 § Leave a comment

Save the Date: Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Ladies in Cleveland, Akron and Northeast Ohio, join us for our second annual L.A.D.I.E.S. Brunch Conference (Living as Devoted in Every Sense)! Saturday, September 24, 2016 will be a great morning of inspiration and encouragement with our special guest speaker, literacy advocate, writer and award-winning local journalist Margaret Bernstein.


About Ms Bernstein:

Margaret Bernstein is the Director of Advocacy and Community Initiatives at WKYC Channel 3.

A Los Angeles native, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Southern California. She worked as a reporter and editor at The Plain Dealer, Ohio’s largest daily newspaper, from 1989 to 2013. A recipient of many journalism honors, Margaret won the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists’ first-place award for minority issues reporting in 2011 and 2012, for co-writing a series of profiles about the 11 Imperial Avenue victims and their families.

She is an award-winning volunteer as well. Margaret was named the National Big Sister of the Year in 2000 for her work with two Cleveland girls, Cora and Ernestine, through the local Big Brother Big Sister agency. She was also a longtime volunteer with the Urban Journalism Workshop, an annual program for high school students put on by local black journalists.

Margaret Bernstein is also the writer of The Bond, a memoir on fatherlessness by The Three Doctors, Sampson Davis, Rameck Hunt, and George Jenkins. That experience led her to write her most recent book, a storybook titled All In A Dad’s Day, designed to tighten the bond between fathers and their young children.

Margaret is married to Shaker Heights Chief Prosecutor C. Randolph Keller, and is the mother of two children, Randy and Alexandria.

Ms. Bernstein is a champion and advocate for literacy, and her message is very important and worth hearing! Feel free to invite or bring the boys and young men in your life to this event!

Along with a delicious brunch, admission is FREE for this “can’t miss” event, and there will be door prizes, too! If you or a group are interested in attending, let us know as soon as possible (we need a head count!). Please call our church office at 330.376.4654 or call Melvin Gaines at 234.206.0345. You can also send a message (voice or text) to 234.214.6550.


Your IMAGE and Forgiveness – Free Seminar – April 17-18, Stow OH

03/27/2015 § 1 Comment

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Your IMAGE and Forgiveness – Spring Break Relationship Conference 2015 – April 17-18

02/24/2015 § Leave a comment

Your Hosts: Melvin and Lynn Gaines

Your Hosts: Melvin and Lynn Gaines

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

Penn Center: A National Treasure

01/19/2015 § Leave a comment

The Retreat House at Penn Center Photo: Stephen Morton for The New York Times

The Retreat House at Penn Center
Photo: Stephen Morton for The New York Times

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.

My Christianity Podcast – Sermons, Sunday School Sessions and Seminars

08/08/2014 § Leave a comment

Melvin Gaines

Melvin Gaines

My Christianity podcast is #197 worldwide today. You’re welcome to give a listen and pass this link on. Thanks!



My Published Media for the Gospel

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.

My eBook is available on Amazon.com (for Kindle or Kindle apps) or BN.com (for Nook or Nook apps) for only $2.99.

My podcast is available through iTunes or through PodOmatic.com via webpage or RSS feed.  They’re free.

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.

Spring Break 2013 is in Stow Ohio April 19-20

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.Spring Break 2013 is Here! (and it's free, too!)

Spring Break 2013 is Here! (and it’s free, too!)

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