Category: Lifestyle Written by Debbie Norrell
When the game Pac-Man was introduced back in the late ’70s from time to time I would go into a restaurant and play the game while I was waiting for my lunch. It was fun, I liked the sights and sounds of the game and of course racking up points is also exciting. I never got into any of the other games like Atari or PlayStation. Frankly, I thought they were the demise of our youth and often wondered how people could spend time playing a game when they could be doing something so much more productive.
Fast forward to the present, I now have a smart phone that has all kinds of bells and whistles. One of those bells is the ability to download free “apps.” I guess that is short for applications that allow me to play games on my phone. When I saw other friends doing this I was stunned. They were actually playing a game on their phone instead of engaging in conversation with the people they were with.
I don’t know when it happened but a friend or maybe it was a “phone game pusher” introduced me to a game called the Logo Quiz. It has all kinds of categories and different kinds of logos to identify, like Chanel, Gucci and Mercedes Benz. Wow right up my alley. This was actually fun I felt like I was on a game show quickly identifying the logos and moving on to the next level. The only thing that was missing was the lights, the cameras and the prize money.
My pusher/dealer told me if I liked that game I’m sure to enjoy playing Candy Crush, so I gave it a try. At first I didn’t understand how the game worked, I was earning points purely by accident and then I caught on. I’ve moved up 23 levels, I’ve filled the lake full of lemonade and I’m running down my batteries playing these mindless games. I may have to check into rehab.
I used to wonder why so many people where inviting me to play games with them via Facebook. Now I see, this is madness. I can’t see where there is any personal gain in playing the games. The only gain seems to be for the companies that run the banner ads and whoever is trying to get me to buy more time to play the game after I have run out of free time or moves.
One of the things that hooks you are the hypnotic tunes that are played and the words of encouragement that flash on the screen, sweet, divine and sugar crush. But I’m not gaining anything, no hand/eye coordination, no money, just points and bragging rights. Precious time is being wasted. I can see playing these games when you are stuck in an airport or perhaps riding a bus or train, but you better have your charger handy because these games quickly run down your batteries.
I think you should be able to earn free smart phone use or if you gain so many points you can break your contract. In the meantime after I complete level 24 I quit.
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:11
Category: Lifestyle Written by Debbie Norrell
LOVE IS IN THE AIR—Michael and Rae Fussell (Photos by Debbie Norrell)
For 21 years the season for sweethearts has kicked off with the Annual Kappa Sweetheart Ball. This year there was a new twist, the sweetheart ball morphed into “An After 7 Love Affair:” The 22nd Annual Valentines Extravaganza featuring national recording artist “After 7.”
KSEF (Kappa Scholarship Endowment Fund) President Rex Crawley commended Brother Howard Russell and his committee for their unwavering commitment to achievement and making sure that Feb. 9, was one of the most incredible events in the KSEF history. The evening began with a VIP reception on the second floor of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. Guests were beautifully dressed in fabulous evening looks and dined on salmon, roast beef, turkey and enjoyed a tasty mashed potato bar.
After dining, it was time for the centerpiece of the evening, a live performance featuring R&B trio “After 7.” The sexy, suave and debonair group blew the audience away with their hits: “Can’t Stop,” “Ready or Not,” and “Heat of the Moment.”
The formal program portion of the evening, emceed by Dwayne Cooper, was brief but powerful. KSEF will give out nearly $500,000 in scholarships with the help of sponsors, Robert Morris University, Penn State University, NEED and State Farm Insurance. Highmark executive Evan Frazier also announced the endowment of the Aaron Walton KSEF Scholarship.
After a great concert it was time for your choice of after parties. During the entire evening, love was in the air.
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:01
Category: Lifestyle Written by Courier Newsroom
FEB. 22—The Women of Power & Purpose Ministry of Rodman Street Missionary Baptist Church, 6111 Rodman St., East Liberty, will host S.H.O.TIME (Sistahs Hangin' Out at “The Street”) at 7 p.m. The theme will be “Women Growing in the Knowledge of God.” This will be an evening of praise, worship and the hearing of a preached Word. The guest will be Pastor June Jeffries of New Life Baptist Church For more information, call 412-363-8082 or www.rodmanstreetchurch.org.
FEB. 23—The SHOUT (Sisters Hanging Out United in Truth) Women’s Ministry of Union Baptist Church of Swissvale, 2117 Collingwood Ave., Swissvale, will host a Women’s Brunch from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Every fourth Saturday of the month, women will come together for food, fun and fellowship to praise the Lord and hear a Word from a woman of faith. For more information, call Synthia Brown at 412-862-6750.
FEB. 23—The Pastoral Anniversary Committee of Triedstone Baptist Church of Rankin, 18 Harriet St., Rankin, will host its 9th Pre-Pastoral Anniversary Prayer Breakfast at 9 a.m. This is honor of the pastoral anniversary celebration of Rev. Nathaniel and Rev. Terry Pennybaker. The guest preacher will be Rev. Richard Wingfield of Unity Baptist Church, in Braddock. The cost is $10. For more information, call 412-271-3000.
Black History Month
FEB. 24—Christ Missionary Baptist Church, 344 Hale St., Homewood, will host its Black History Month Celebration at 11 a.m. The theme is “Yes Black Women Can Achieve.” The guest speaker will be Deaconess Adrienne Lowry Ware of Georgia. For more information, call Pearl Hopson at 412-417-8783.
World Day of Prayer
MARCH 1—Baptist Temple Church, 7241 Race St., Homewood, will host the World Day of Prayer 2013 at 1 p.m. Churches from Squirrel Hill, Shadyside, East Liberty, Homewood and Penn Hills will hold services together. The day is to bring informed prayer and prayerful action to the communities. Refreshments will be served following the event. For more information, call 412-241-1624.
MARCH 6—Triedstone Baptist Church of Rankin, 18 Harriet St., Rankin, will host its Pre-Anniversary Revival Services at 7 p.m. The three-night event will feature several guest preachers, along with their congregation and choirs. They include Rev. Delbert Harris, Rev. Robert Tedder and Rev. Robert Young. There will also be a pre-anniversary Concert on March 9 at 5 p.m. The anniversary celebration will take place March 10 at 11 a.m. with guest preacher Pastor Darryl Grayson and at 5 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church in Braddock with Rev. Dr. William H. Curtis as the guest preacher. For more information, call 412-271-3000.
Heroes In Our Midst
MARCH 9—The Baptist Minister’s Conference of Pittsburgh and Vicinity will host “Heroes In Our Midst” from 1-4 p.m. at Stratigos Banquet Center, 131 Colonial Manor Rd., North Huntingdon. The theme is “Shifting into 21st Century Ministry.” The event will honor Pittsburgh Steeler Charlie Batch and Rev. Dr. William Curtis, senior pastor at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church. Steeler Ryan Clark will be the master of ceremonies. Registration is required and the cost is $50 per person. For more information, call Barbara Gunn at 412-823-4049.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 February 2013 10:05
Category: Lifestyle Written by Rossano P. Stewart
PASTOR JEREMIAH THOMAS (Photo by Rossano P. Stewart)
Rapha Ministries, located at 6922 Upland St. in Homewood, is on a mission to Nairobi, Kenya.
Pastor Jeremiah Thomas, who originally hails from Philadelphia, has been in the Pittsburgh area for the past 35 years and has served as Pastor of Rapha Ministries for the last 18 years. He is also affiliated with the Pentecostal Centers of the World and serves an assistant to the Bishop of the Greater Pennsylvania State Counsel, The Honorable Bishop Ronald L. Young.
Pastor Thomas is no stranger to the motherland, Africa, for this will be his second mission trip with the Allegheny Christian Alliance Church and also the Center for Urban Biblical Ministries, which is a part of Geneva College which is celebrating its 25th year.
“I am so blessed and honored to be on my second trip to Nairobi, Kenya, because the first trip was life changing for me.” said Pastor Thomas. The word “RAPHA,” means to heal, so it is no wonder that the mission of the church, would be to heal, the mind, body and soul. Rapha Ministries is a fundamental Pentecostal organization, and the cost of the mission to Africa, comes entirely through donations to the church.”
“We exist to serve humanity and the world,” is how Pastor Thomas, explains it. Rapha Ministries, also supports scholarships, education and the elderly, both in the U.S. and abroad while exalting Jesus Christ. Nairobi, according to Pastor Thomas, is currently about 75 percent Christian. While relating memories of his first trip, he spoke of children from a village called “Upoko” who curiously asked him, if President Barack Obama, was the President of only Black America, upon which he, explained to them, that Obama, is indeed the President of the entire United States.
The church left for the mission on the Jan. 31 for two weeks. “Although they have very little there, they have very little stress and really appreciate the compassion we show them,” he said. God speed to the Rapha Ministries of Homewood and their safe return.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 February 2013 15:35
Category: Lifestyle Written by Associated Press
ON THE ROAD-- This Sept. 23, 2012 photo shows actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, left, and Viola Davis at the premiere of their film "Won't Back Down," in New York. (AP Photo/Starpix, Dave Allocca, File)
by Alan Scher Zagier
Associated Press Writer
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The movie "Won't Back Down" starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis was a box-office dud, barely earning $5 million and disappearing from theaters soon after its September 2012 release.
Last Updated on Saturday, 16 February 2013 15:19
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