News Flash March 10, 2017

By Pastor Amos Lewis |  March 29, 2017

March 10, 2017

Greetings All,
Home Going Service for Sis. Linda Bacon-Henson will be held Monday, March 13, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Rising Star MBC, 2800 E. 36th Street. Interment will be at South Lawn. The Repast will be held at Rising Star MBC in the Cole Fellowship Hall. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.
REGISTER TO VOTE IN TIME FOR THE MAY 16 ELECTION - The City of Tucson is asking voters to consider a half-cent sales tax increase to fund road repairs and police and fire capital needs on the May 16 ballot measure known as Proposition 101. Proposition 101 would end after five years and generate approximately $250 million in revenue that would be used to resurface city streets and replace ambulances, fire trucks, patrol cars and life saving police and fire equipment. Residents with a valid Arizona driver's license can register on EZ Voter through the Arizona Department of Transportation's Motor Vehicle Division website. The Pima County Recorder's Office also provides voter registration and access to the Permanent Early Voter List. Links to both agencies are listed below.
EZ Voter:
Pima County Recorder's Office:
Proposition 101:
TUCSON CITY COUNCIL TO GET UPDATE ON DOWNTOWN REDEVELOPMENT PLAN - The Mayor and Tucson City Council today will hear the results of the Independent Financial and Economic Analysis for the proposed La Placita Village demolition and redevelopment. If the Council approves, City staff will draft a GPLET (Government Property Lease Excise Tax) lease agreement with HSL La Placita Apartments LLC. The lease agreement will then be scheduled for adoption by Mayor and Council at a future date. The analysis shows the benefit to the City of Tucson, Pima County, the State of Arizona, and local schools would outweigh the benefit to the developer during the GPLET's eight-year property tax abatement. State law requires that a municipality can only enter into a lease agreement for a GPLET if the total benefit to governments and schools is larger than the benefit to the developer. This requirement does not apply to projects where the predominate use is residential, but the La Placita project still meets that requirement. HSL says the project would create 150 construction jobs that pay between $30,000 to $65,000. The proposed development would include 246 market-rate apartments. Construction is expected to cost an estimated $42 million and take 28 months to complete. The project would double the number of market-rate rental units built in downtown since 2013. Read the agenda materials (item 3):
IMA Items
IMA CAT New Office - Please send all official correspondence to the Tucson Urban League in care of the IMA CAT, 2305 S Park Ave, Tucson, AZ 85713.
There will be a special IMA Executive Council Meeting, Friday, March 10, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Tucson Urban League.  We will continue to work on our strategic plan. This meeting is for executive council members only.
The IMA CAT Domain Leaders Meeting will be Friday, March 17, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Tucson Urban League.  Please meet with the people in your domain prior to this meeting. In addition, we need to plan our list of special guests for 2017. If you can't make it, please call in or send a representative. This meeting isn't for the general public.
The IMA CAT Meeting will be held MondayMarch 20, 2017, at the Dunbar Pavilion, 325 West 2nd Street. The clergy will meet at 4:30 p.m. and the community will meet at 5:30 p.m." We will not have any special guests.  We are requesting all domain leaders and members to come out in great numbers so we can elect new chairpersons. The IMA CAT Sponsor for March is Rising Star MBC. The Theme for March is provided by the Religion Domain, "Persistence Pays Off" (I Cor. 15:58). The Business Domain will be in charge of the meeting in March.  Like us on Facebookat "IMA Community Action Team" and now you can follow us on Twitter- @IMATUCSONCAT. This meeting is open to the general public. 
IMA Spring Workshop on How To Create A Healthy Church Culture - How to Reach, Teach, and Keep People, March 30, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Siloam Freewill Church, 628 E. Adams Street. The cost will be $25.00 which will include a light breakfast, lunch and all material.  Workshop is opened to clergy and laity.  Please stay tuned for more information.
IMA - Churches can still pay their assessment for the year: large churches $300, medium churches $200 and small churches $100. Also clergy can pay their dues at this time as well. Dues for the year are $120 for Pastors and $60 for Associate Ministers. Please make all checks payable to the IMA. You can also mail your check to the IMA, P. O. Box 41491, Tucson, AZ 85717-1491.
IMA CAT Dues: Sowing Into Where We Are Going. Dr. Holt asked those in attendance at our last night meeting to make a monthly commitment to support the vision of the IMA CAT so we'll have resources to keep moving ahead. For example, we have just finished setting up an office in the Tucson Urban League. Recently, we purchased a filing cabinet and new computer. He asked each member to consider giving at least $10 a month. We will have envelopes for you at our next meeting. Please make all checks payable to the IMA CAT. You can mail your checks to IMA CAT, P. O. Box 41491, Tucson, AZ 85717-1491 or you can give online at Thank you in advance for your generosity and support!  
I'm Not What It Says I Am - Helping Heterosexuals deal with HIV/AIDS meets every 2nd Thursdays at 3202 E. First Street from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Please call Tina at (520) 302-9239 or Nika at (520) 278-9358 or go to www.facebook/I'mnotwhat.itsaysiam
The Kingspawns Chess Club meets in the Park Mall food court on Monday nights every week from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.!  Free classes, beginners are welcome! POC is Min. Eddie Danyfield.
Special Announcements
The NAACP meets at the Donna Liggins Center, 2160 N. 6th Ave, every 2nd Monday unless otherwise announced from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  They are looking for new members. Annual membership fee is only $30.00. They need an army of volunteers to join the fight for freedom and justice for all Americans. Please make your check payable to the NAACP and mail it to: NAACP Membership, P.O. Box 50894, Tucson, AZ 85703. 
Pastor Alma Jones is a prayer moderator for Bible Way Ministries, located in Atlanta, Ga. She hosts prayers for "Those In Authority" and a "Pastor's Prayer Line" every Friday morning, 4:00 a.m. - 5:00 a.m. MST. The numbers for this prayer line: 1-605-475-3235, access code 153465. The alternate phone number for the Bibleway Prayerline is 530-881-1042. Callers may try both numbers and use the number that is toll free. Pastor Jones is also the founder and director of "Home Churches" for Christ Ministry. Website: Any questions, please call Pastor Alma at (520) 429-3806.
KXCI 91.3 on your FM dial plays good Gospel music from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. every Sunday morning.  They are asking churches and businesses to mail your letters of announcements directly to them and support with your prayers and financial donations.  Please send correspondence or donations to KXCI Community Radio,220 South 4th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701 or call (520) 623.1000. 
Join Debbi Embry, Radio Talk Show Host, for "Conversations About Issues Affecting African Americans", with community leaders, FM 96.1, KLPX, Sunday, from 6:30 a.m. - 7:00 a.m. It's time for STRAIGHT TALK!
New Jerusalem MBC is in partnership with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. They have a joint effort and commitment to feeding America one household, neighborhood and one community at a time. They offer food boxes every Friday from 9:00 am until 10:30 am. At New Jerusalem MBC is located at 1341 S. Tyndall Ave. 
Church and Community Announcements
On Saturday March 11, 2017 at 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Bishop Dr. Jackie Green, Founder of JGM Enternational PrayerLife Institute will host an Apostolic Summit at Living Water Ministries, 4343 E. 22ndStreet, Tucson, AZ 85711 under the leadership of Apostle Warren Anderson.  The summit theme is "Apostles and Apostolic People Arising to Advance the Kingdom."  The summit is designed to encourage and equip Apostles in Ministry, Apostles-in-Training, Apostolic Market Place Ministries, Apostolic Prayer Warriors, Apostolic Worshippers & Musicians, Apostolic Teachers, Apostolic Church Planters, Apostolic Team Ministry and Apostolic Ministries in Transition.  It is our prayer that you and your congregation will be able to attend.  Early registration is $60.00/$70 at the door.  To register online, please go to @,click on JGM Events and scroll down to the Apostolic Summit. For additional information, please see the attached flyer.  You may also contact me at 303-880-5212 with any questions. 
The SDA Second Quarterly Board Meeting will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity MBC, 1402 N. El Rio Drive, Tucson, AZ.  All pastors and church department leaders are asked to attend. Members of district churches are welcome to attend as well.
Greater Antioch MBC, 147 Huachuca Blvd, will honor and celebrate Pastor Larry D. Smith and First Lady Alfreda Smith, Pastoral Anniversary, Sunday, March 12, 2017.  Preaching at the 10:45 a.m. Service will be Rev. Clifton Price of Friendship MBC and preaching at the 3:00 p.m. Service will be Pastor E. Allen Stanley of Morning Star MBC.  For more information, please contact the church at (520) 456-1391. 
The Men and Women of Prince Chapel AME Church invite the community to their Annual Men's & Women's Day celebration onSunday, March 12 at 10 am and 3:00 pm worship services.  The speaker for the morning service will be Rev. George Priest from Prince Chapel and the afternoon speaker will be Bishop La'Tresa Jester from Gideon Full Gospel Baptist Church.  Please join us in this celebration by wearing purple and/or gold.  Prince Chapel is located at 602 S. Stone Ave. at the NW intersection of 17th and Stone in downtown Tucson.  Lunch will be served between services. All are invited and encouraged to attend. 
New Jerusalem MBC, 1341 S. Tyndall Ave., cordially invites you to their Annual Spring RevivalMarch 15-17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. nightly. The theme: "Restoring the Confidence and Hope in God's Power," Isaiah 57:15. The speakers will include on Wednesday, Pastor Amos L. Lewis of Rising Star MBC, Thursday, Pastor Arnell McSwain of United Gospel Fellowship, and Friday, Pastor Willie L. Coleman, Sr., of Victory Christian Church, Sierra, AZ.  For more information, please call Pastor Frazier at (520) 869-6940. 
Greater Antioch MBC, 147 Huachuca Blvd, Men's Chorus will have a Musical Celebration on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.  Please stay tuned for information.
Revelation MBC, 744 E. 37th Street, will celebrate their 62nd Church AnniversarySunday, March 19, 2017, with Min. Terry Dodd of Grace Temple MBC bringing the message at 11:00 a.m. and Evangelist Cherry Jackson, Mt. Zion District Missionary, A-Mountain Church of God in Christ, will bringing the message at 3:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Min. Patricia Hunter at (520) 425-9390. 
Ideal MBC, 2130 S. Dodge Blvd, will honor and celebrate Pastor Ron Harrison's 9th Pastoral AnniversarySunday, March 19, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.  Guest speaker for the occasion is Dr. Juan M. Brown, Pastor of Progressive Baptist Church, Mesa, AZ.  For more information, please contact Sis. Carole Jamison at (520) 747-4015.
A small cast of Black Women Walking will make a brief appearance at Rising Star MBC, 2800 E. 36th Street, Tucson, AZ, March 12, 2017 at the 10:00 a.m. service.  They will be in Tucson again for their Performance at Pima Community College Center for the Arts, West Campus, 202 W. Anklam Road, on March 24, 2017. Box office opens at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are now available online at
The Christian Men's Fellowship will be held at Rising Star MBC, 2800 E. 36th Street, Saturday, April `1, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. 
The Grace Temple Women's Ministry and The IMA Health and Wellness Domain invites you to a fun morning of gentle stretching to help improve flexibility and range of motion as we age gracefully, as well as basic nutrition education. This will be on April 8th, 2017, 9:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. at Grace Temple, 1019 E. 31st St. This event is free and bottled water will be available.
Friendship MBC is hosting a Holy Week of Sacrificial Worship and GivingMonday, April 10th- Friday, April 14th. Speakers for the week are as follows:
  • Monday: Pastor Johnteris Tate, First Thessalonia B.C., Memphis, TN
  • Tuesday: Pastor Warren Stewart Sr., First Institutional B.C., Phoenix, AZ
  • Wednesday: Pastor Orante Jenkins, Friendship M.B.C., Host Pastor
  • Thursday: Bishop LaTresa Jester, Gideon Full Gospel B.C., Tucson, AZ
  • Friday: Pastor T. Ellsworth Gantt II, Second B.C., Riverside, CA
Services will begin each morning at 5:00 a.m.  Breakfast will be served immediately following service.  Join us for Praise, Prayer, and Powerful Preaching!!
The Prince Chapel AME Church family extends an invitation to the Tucson Religious Community to our Annual Seven Last Words of Christ, Good Friday Service on Friday, April 14, 2017 from 12:00 Noon to 3:00 pm. We will have seven dynamic Pastors from the Tucson churches bringing the word. Come out and be blessed. Prince Chapel AME Church Praise Team will be hosting a Fish Fry on Friday, April 14, 2017 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Cost will be $10. To pre-order dinners please call 624-2871. 
West Side Church of God, 1901 W. King Ave., Good Friday Service (7 Last Sayings of Christ from the Cross) will be held Friday, April 14, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.  Program will feature the following speakers: (1) Pastor Hill (2) Rev. Gilbert Johnson of Westside COG, (3) Pastor Christina Montague of Emmanuel Worship Center, (4) Rev. Dollie Hardin of West COG, (5) Pastor Price of Lighthouse Church International, (6) Elder George Priests of Prince Chapel AME Church and (7) Pastor Caleb Duran of Amazing Grace Tabernacle. 
The Sidney L. Dawson Scholarship application is now accessible on our website,  Ideally, our target demographic is African-American males who are seniors in high school who will attend a two-year or four-year college/university this fall (although anyone may apply). The application deadline is April 16, 2017.  Please share with your contacts, and any graduating seniors. POC is Arthur W. Tigney, Jr., M.A., LPC, NCC, CPT Transformation Strategist www.ATigney.Solutions at (520) 323-8852, Providing Personal & Corporate Solutions.
The University of Arizona Black Alumni Club presents its third UABA Sneaker Ball fundraiser to support scholarships for students attending the UA.  The buffet meal and program will be held at the University of Arizona Ballroom, April 21, 2017 at 6 pm.  The honorees are Annie Sykes, President of the Black Women's Task Force; Benjamin Taylor, Esq., Law Office of Benjamin Taylor in Phoenix; and Perry A. Tarrant, Assistant Chief of Police with the Seattle Police Department and the President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement. Tickets are $50.  RSVP early or by 4/18. For tickets or sponsorship, please visit UABA Sneaker Ball 2017.
The Men's Ministry of New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 1341 S. Tyndall Ave, will be hosting on April 23, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.,"The First Seven Saying After the Resurrection.  There will be seven different speakers from the Tucson area.  For more information contact Pastor Willie Handy at (520) 290-9954.
The Southern Arizona Black College Community Support Group invites you to enroll in their Summer Academic Foundation for Enrichment (SAFE) Program, which will be held on Saturdays only at Pima Community College, West Campus, from May 27, 2017 to July 1, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for grades 3rd to 12th and lunch will be served.  For additional information, please contact Marie Cephers at (520) 869-5885 or Barbara Mosley (708) 712-6711. 
Tucson News
CITY TESTING FOR LEAD IN HOMES WITH CHILDREN - The City of Tucson is using a $2.9 million federal grant to help an estimated 180 low-income homeowners with children under 6 years old abate lead paint hazards from their homes built before 1978. The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes. The City of Tucson Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is working with a number of community partners during the three-year program. The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) reports 70 percent of Tucson is within high-risk zip codes where children should be screened for lead poisoning. Arizona Public Media recently followed a contracted inspector using a special X-ray fluorescence tool to test for lead buried in layers of paint. The testing eliminates the need for scraping off paint samples and sending them to a lab. You can hear the story by following the link below. From Arizona Public Media: Tucson's Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program (and application link): HUD Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes: HCD: ADHS:
FREE TAX PREPARATION SITES OPEN - United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) provides free tax preparation for households and individuals earning up to $64,000. The program ensures taxpayers receive all credits for which they may be eligible, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, which can equal as much as 50 percent of a family's annual earnings. VITA offers same-day, in-person assistance from IRS-certified preparers at locations across Tucson. For a schedule of sites and hours, please visit the link below. VITA sites and hours: VITA program information: United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona:
JOB OPPORTUNITY AT TUCSON WATER - Tucson Water is recruiting for the job of water program superintendent to manage public information and conservation programs. This position will oversee staff that develops, writes, edits, and approves information about public notification programs and materials. The incumbent also will be responsible for managing the utility's Public Information and Conservation Office programs related to conservation, education, and community outreach. The job also supports the public information officer with media relations and other community outreach activities and leads the City's water efficiency and conservation programs. For a complete list of qualifications needed for the job, please read the job description linked below. Job description: Tucson Water:
PAYROLL COMPANY TO ADD MORE THAN 200 JOBS IN TUCSON - ADP is adding 250 positions to its Tucson workforce, bringing the number of employees in the city to 400 and nearly 2,000 in Arizona. The new Tucson employees will be housed at ADP's renovated facility on East Williams Boulevard. The company says it's hiring inside sales managers who will be paid about $55,000 to $60,000 a year plus benefits. At the ribbon-cutting celebration yesterday, company officials credited a partnership with City and State officials to create an environment conducive to ADP's ongoing growth. The Tucson facility is a sales location where associates help clients and prospects with payroll solutions, HR, and employee management. The company says it likes to recruit a diverse workforce, with graduates from the University of Arizona, veterans, and military spouses. From the Arizona Daily Star: ADP jobs: ADP:
Jobs are available at Job Corps at this time.  Please check out their website: and submit your resume. 
Customs and Border Protection is aggressively recruiting to fill many officer and agent vacancies in southern Arizona.  This represents a promising career opportunity for those who can meet the requirements which are explained briefly on the attachment.  More information is available at
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Have a great day and blessed weekend!
Rev. Amos L. Lewis 
Senior Pastor and IMA CAT Facilitator
Rising Star MBC
2800 E. 36th Street
Tucson, AZ 85713
(520) 791-3068 - Church
(520) 546-1205 - Home 
Moving Forward with the 20/20 Vision!
Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church, 2800 East 36th Street, Tucson, AZ 85713