“Say ‘Pumpkin Patch’!” If you have ever had your picture taken by this hilarious guy, you know you will be instructed to say something random, and anything but cheese. From the first time he picked up a camera, this young man had vision and artistry beyond his years. Javier Crump is an audio/visual entrepreneur with a booming business that has taken him all over the country and around the world. However, if you ask him, he will say his greatest accomplishment is marrying his amazing wife, Amanda, and being a father to his sons, Zavier and Malik. He values family above all and frequently takes them on the road with him. Above all, Javi is dedicated to God and fulfills that with his dedication to the ministry. Every part of his craft was honed in Family Life, and he continues to use his great gift to build the Lord’s kingdom. From photography to videography, Javi blazes a trail that is uniquely his own! We know, as he continues to put God first, even the sky is not the limit for our May member of the month!
A federal judge's rejection of the Biden mask mandate for public transportation -- immediately unsettling life for Americans in the air and on the ground -- reflects views that already have emerged on today's Supreme Court.
Conservative justices have been ruling against Covid-19 measures since the start of the pandemic, including in January as the majority invalidated a vaccine requirement for large companies and, last summer, when it struck down a moratorium on evictions.
No high court rulings have involved a federal mask requirement, as Monday's case did, but they have echoed similar distrust for governmental responses to the pandemic.
Rhozlyn Monèe Willis will be graduating from Westlake High School with a concentration in Fine Arts on Sunday, May 22nd at 7pm. She has sung with the WHS Chorus for all four years of her high school career which recently culminated as she sang lead in several songs of their stage production “An Evening On Broadway.” In the future, Rhozlyn desires to use her gifts to become a social worker and voiceover actress.
Amanda Crump is the wife of Javier Crump and the mother of their two boys, Zavier and Malik Crump. She is a transfer student from Baker College in Michigan. She has excelled in all of her classes at Mercer, making her way on the Dean’s List her entire duration from 2019 to 2022. She has come a long way and is now graduating from Mercer University with honors (Magna Cum Laude) and with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education on May 15th at 5:00pm. Her future goal is to teach Kindergarten or 1st grade, which is already a potential opportunity at a private school.
La’Nijeah Smith will be graduating from Spelman College, Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science on Sunday, May 15th at 3:00pm. While at Spelman, LaNijeah became a social justice fellow where she exercised her passion by advocating for black women to have access to proper healthcare. LaNijeah is a first generation college student who will pursue a career in Law, practicing as a civil rights attorney.
Taj Lands is a graduate of Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology. He is currently employed as an Operations Manager with NutraCap Labs, and as an Atlanta Branch Manager with PAG Consulting. He has successfully passed and received his Certification License with Georgia Private Security Agency License and from the Georgia Board of Private Detective and Security Agencies, which will allow him to prepare for launching his own security business.
Felicia Hammonds will be graduating from Clark Atlanta University on Saturday, May 14th at 8:00am. She will be obtaining her Master's degree in Social Work with a focus in family and children. As a first-generation student, she stepped out on faith, and enrolled in a community college. Several years later, she obtained an Associate in Science, Bachelor's of Social Work, and now, a Master's in Social Work from Clark Atlanta University. While working a full-time job and attending school full time, she will graduate with many honors as she maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout her program, ranking her in the top 10% of the entire graduating class at CAU. Felicia plans to continue working in Social Work education. "It is a rewarding feeling," Felicia says. She currently works for Clark Atlanta University's TRIO Upward Bound Program and looks forward to implementing new program initiatives and building new partnerships.
🍎We are excited to celebrate our amazing FLAOE teachers! We appreciate all they pour into our students & we thank them for their love, time and talents!
Min. Shakiera A Brooks
Ms. Aminta Velasco
Ms. Consuelo Brown
Mrs. Annetta “NettieBee” Crump-Willis
Mr. Monty Crump
🍎 Our awesome founders & teachers:
Bishop A. T. Lands & Rev. Rosemary Lands
🍎 Thank you, thank you, thank you!
✨ The Family Life Academy of Excellence is excited to announce the official kickoff of our End of Year Celebration for our inaugural 2021-2022 school year. We invite you to join our celebration of excellence in education by donating to our End of Year Campaign. See flyer for full details!
2022 WOW Summer Camp
We are excited to announce that we will be hosting our 2022 WOW Summer Camp this year. LIFE Inc. has provided an enriching and life changing summer experience for children between the ages 5-13 for the past 20 years. Each summer we provide a safe and wholesome environment for youth, who would otherwise be at home with little to no supervision, while instilling lifelong principles that enable the children to operate in integrity throughout their childhood and even into adulthood. We do so through activities including math, science, literacy tutorials, singing, dancing, art and crafts, character building, spiritual enrichment, guest speakers, and field trips. We have countless examples of participants whose entire family’s lives have been changed as a result of attending the W.O.W Summer Camp. We pride ourselves on having a lasting effect on the children, their families, and the community as a whole and our desire is to continue to provide this life changing experience to as many children as possible.
“We know that engaging the Bible requires tangible experiences. That means water, soil, plants, rocks, and seeds!”
Taking Christian Education Outdoors
Sunday school attendance drops off at our suburban church, so we offer a simplified program for June and July with time for free play outside. Last year our side yard was under construction, leaving us with a small brick courtyard. But that small space offered big opportunities. Classic activities like bubbles, sidewalk chalk, clay, gardening and painting were surprisingly engaging for the younger elementary class. Reflecting back, I believe that the outdoor time offered children something that they are often lacking: unstructured play.
So the question is: How can we provide authentic opportunities to practice faith outdoors? Below are a few very simple, inexpensive ideas for taking children outside for faith formation this spring and summer. The activities are not new. But last summer taught us important lessons: children crave time outdoors, and this time is a valuable opportunity to connect with God.
With all the chaos raging in our world at the moment, one of the hardest things to do on a daily basis is keep our cool. For the believer, single or otherwise, it helps to know that the relationship we have with the creator of cool, God, will calm us down as the world continues to turn up around us. The timely topic of commitment in our relationship with God was the subject of one of this month's SAS sessions held on Mondays via Zoom.
The evening began with an engaging Would You Rather quiz. Deas. Trunaé Green then gave out an acronym for COOL, which stands for Committed, Obedient, Open, and Loving. Dea-Elect Thomas Green then ended the evening by bringing out the point that we can always trace the point in our journey where we went off track back to the lack of bible study and prayer. With that, the evening concluded.
To see some highlights from the evening, go to our Facebook and Instagram pages here:
Faith, Fun and Friends!
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We hope to see you there!
With so much in the world “returning to normal” its still important to make sure you stay up to date on your COVID vaccine boosters to ensure you have the best protection against severe illness.
As we still bask in the new year, this is a great time to designate your "reading spot"! Now I know you are probably wondering, 'what is a reading spot'? Simply put, it's a place you have created to get cozy behind a book. It is the spot you have created just for reading. This month I am sharing 4 Tips on creating the perfect reading spot!
1. Your reading spot should be in a quiet place. This may be a place in your home, such as a corner in a room, the closet, or even the garage. It can also be a place outdoors. Find what works for you!
2. Once you have chosen the space, make it cozy. You want your area to feel warm and inviting. Adding a few throw pillows, a throw blanket, and a nice rug can help create that comfortable space. You can even add a comfortable chair or bean bag. Choose what works best for you.
3. Next, put your favorite books and current reads in that space. It will help remind you that it is your reading spot, and you'll always know where to find your recent books.
4. Lastly, grab your favorite drink, head to your reading spot, and start reading!
Do you have a reading spot? And if not, did you find these tips helpful? Let me know! Please email me at email@example.com. As always, Happy Reading!
Catch us every 1st Saturday of the
month for CAP (Couples Are Partners).
It’s a Date Night, May 7, 2022, 6:00 PM.
Follow us on all social media platforms @couplesarepartners for dates, times, and locations!
Fish and Fellowship went hand in hand at the April Couples Are Partners’ Date Night. Our facilitators gave an awesome lesson on commitment that can be referenced time and time again. Want a 10 quick ways to improve your marriage? Look no further!
1. Create a commitment statement. Habakkuk 2:2
2. Greet each other each day, Romans 12:10
3. Talk about your dreams and desires, Ephesians 4:29
4. Spend a good amount of quality time together, Colossians 3:17
5. Practice open and honest communication, Provers 12:13-14
6. Appreciate your spouse, I Thessalonians 5:11
7. Do not get into a blame game, Romans 12:18
8. Do not try to change your spouse, Romans 12:1-2
9. Learn to compromise, Ephesians 5:21
10. Pray and study the word of God, Luke 18:1, Romans 10:17
The single command that Jesus gave his followers before igniting a movement was “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised…” He was telling them to wait for and then move with the Spirit. In 2022, we’ll discover a growing awareness of the Spirit’s work and leadership while also realizing that we will always be more effective if we move with the Holy Spirit.
The church must be aware of the strategies of the true enemy. It is crucial for the church to understand what God has revealed about the enemy (1 Peter 4:1-18; Jude 17-18). Paul was not necessarily referring to any particular revelation but to the repeated teaching of the Lord (Mark 13:22), the other apostles (2 Peter 3:1-18), and himself (Acts 20:29; 2 Thes. 2:1-12). Paul gives instructions concerning false teachers and teachings which can sap the vitality of Christ's church. The source is demonic, the teachers are morally corrupt, and the teachings deprive us of things God has given in order to bless us. The situation is degenerating. Many people have abandoned the faith (1 Tim. 1:19) seeing it as too restrictive, to follow after the false teaching of deceiving spirits and demons. Sin is seldom due to innocent mistakes. It is more often due to the conscious strategies of the enemy (Eph. 6:12). The teachings (didaskaliais) of demons are false doctrines taught by pulpit pimps and celebrity wolves dressed in sheep’s clothing, whose views are instigated by demons.
The enemy does not directly confront any of us the first time with error. Instead, he works through hypocritical liars. They speak words that sound good to us, but in the end, they are poison. This is Satan's standard operating procedure (2 Cor. 11:13-15). He selects likely representatives and renders their consciences beyond feeling (Eph. 4:19), seared as with a hot iron ($$$). In this condition, they are ready to do Satan's bidding.
1 Timothy 4:1-2 Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead.