2017 Think HBCU Scholarship

2017 Think HBCU Scholarship
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The Alpha Kappa Alpha Foundation of Detroit in conjunction with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® Alpha Rho Omega Chapter is proud to announce the “Think HBCU” Scholarship.

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance in the amount of $1,500 to two high school graduates from the city of Detroit who will attend a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in the fall of 2017.

Download the Think HBCU Scholarship Application 2017 packet for requirements and details!

Clora Funeral Home Scholarship Award 2017

Clora Funeral Home Scholarship Award 2017
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Clora Funeral Home is proud to offer it’s 2017 Clora Funeral Home Scholarship Award to graduating seniors of the class of 2017 and exclusive members of Second Ebenezer Church.

Three scholarships of $1000 will be granted to assist with college expenses for the fall 2017 semester.

Download the Clora Funeral Home Scholarship Award 2017 Scholarship Packet for more details!

Pushing To 100

Pushing To 100
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This summer, we’re believing God for growth and are pushing to 100! Help reach 100 teens each and every week at ChoZen Teens Worship (CTW) by inviting your friends and family to join us!

Share the message, tell someone, and help someone grow in or come to know Jesus!

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Fight for The Family Panel Discussion

Fight for The Family Panel Discussion
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Here are our follow-up responses to our anonymous questions received from our November 30th panel discussion.

How do you put a family back together that hasn’t gotten along for many years?

Through prayer and rebuilding the broken bonds, starting with reconciling the differences and areas of division between those that are not getting along. Anytime you’re dealing with emotions and deep hurt, prayer is your compass because it gives you perspective that you may not otherwise have. It also gives you courage to take the necessary steps to act. Because God is the only one that can truly change our heart, we should start there. Getting people to get along is really a matter of the heart, not just circumstance. Circumstances can change and people remain the same. It’s important to also remember that even with prayer, it may not always be a situation that you can fix. Sometimes, God chooses to deal with things another way than we would like. Ask God to change the hearts of those fighting in the family.

However, you can always be the example of what unity looks like in your family. The example of love, the example of caring, and most of all in the case of getting back together – the example of forgiveness. That doesn’t mean that you have to play the role of mediator between those arguing, but when you model the heart of God, people see it. Sometimes a family getting back together also means getting outside help from a counselor, pastor, leader, friend or other family member that can help talk out the issues and find a happy middle ground that everyone involved can get on board with. And that’s ok. Many conflicts and family disputes are over things that are just petty in comparison to the bigger picture, but those involved in the conflict can’t always see it.

Never underestimate your voice and influence within your family. When you model the heart of God, and when you pray, it shows up in everything you’re involved in. Find things, if any, that the family can agree on. Sometimes it takes helping them to see the bigger picture and the other side, how it’s hurting the family, and more importantly, how great the family could be if things turned around.

How do you know if you’re meant to be with someone? If God says you’re meant to be with someone and shows you signs, should you just believe and wait for it to happen?

This is where walking with God gets real because His people know His voice (John 10:27). And the only way to know His voice is to spend time with Him. The old school says that it’s a feeling of you know that you know. Hearing from God is like an inner knowing. When God arranges something that’s meant to be, there is a perfect order and sense to it. That doesn’t mean it’s picture perfect, it just means that God arranges things to our benefit. Remember that God will never confirm (or show you signs) that contradict His Word or what He says. So you can ask, how does God feel about this person and their role in my life? Does their lifestyle line up with what matters to God?

Be careful with “signs” because not every door of opportunity (a sign) is from God. The devil can open doors too and place people in our paths. This is where we learn what’s a sign from God, a sign from the devil, and just our own inner wants talking back. Ask Him – He wants us to come to Him. If you’re sure that God’s saying go for it, ask Him about the timing and what your next step should be. God cares about the process just as much if not more than the result. If you believe God is telling you to go for it, step out.

Try God

Try God
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I’ve rewrote this so many times lol. This year so far has been one of the hardest years for me. Depression was added to my life. Which was not a help at all obviously. I had a hard time making friends at school and my grades were never what I wanted them to be. And I dealt with issues from my past that I should’ve let go many, many years ago.

But I couldn’t understand them, so I was still hanging onto them, trying to figure them out. But all along they were hurting me. I went to the places that I knew I would be, I guess, accepted and understood. Home and church. But as it turned out, it was neither of those places.

I thought people were gonna be there for me when they saw me at my lowest. They weren’t. They were only there when they needed something from me. But as soon as I was struggling and trying to find help, there was none. This took a HUGE toll on me and everyone saw it. But it felt like no one was trying to understand. I caused a lot of chaos in my family. I was literally at rock bottom.

I felt like I had no one because they would tell me that they were there for me, but the actions that were shown spoke a totally different message. I didn’t know where to turn. So I remember my mom saying, when it felt like there was no hope, “turn to God.” So I did, and I figured out that He took everything away from me because I was depending on people and things to SO much. But I never once went to Him and depended on Him.

So this summer, I am doing just that. Depending on Him. And there has never been a better decision I’ve made than this. I was raised in the church and I drifted off into the secular world. But He pulled me back because He has a greater purpose for my life. People don’t understand it. But it’s not for you to understand.

I’m so grateful that He cared enough to snatch me back. He gave me a second chance. This is my story. Yeah there’s more… But I’m just here to say that if you feel like you’re hitting rock bottom and there’s nothing there… He’s there. So try Him. ❤

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Dennis Coates
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Clora Funeral Home Scholarship

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The Clora Funeral Home awards 3 Second Ebenezer Church 2016 graduates of high school who are interested in the science career fields.

Awards of $1000 will be granted to 3 students to assist with college expenses. The Clora Funeral Home is committed to it’s mission to provide educational scholarships for deserving high school students within the Second Ebenezer membership community.

For more information, requirements, and next steps, download the Clora Funeral Home 2016 Scholarship Packet.

PREP Summer Employment Program

PREP Summer Employment Program

Financial Aid Opportunities for Minority Students

Financial Aid Opportunities for Minority Students
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Minority students have long been underrepresented at U.S. colleges and universities. There are many complex reasons for lower enrollment and graduation rates among minority students, not the least of which is financial hardship and lack of access to traditional educational support networks.

In an effort to make higher education more accessible to these groups, hundreds of public and private organizations offer specialized minority student scholarships and aid programs. If you are a student with minority status, it’s worth your while to see what’s available.

To make it easier on you, we’ve compiled a directory of these diversity scholarships and educational support programs and arranged them by category.

Visit bestcolleges.com/financial-aid/minority-students today for more information!

Why I Love The Word No

Why I Love The Word No
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Since I was a little boy, I always heard the word yes. I was the only child, and the baby on both sides of my family at the time, so I was spoiled by everybody, literally. But I remember one specific time I asked for something and my mom told me “no.” No! The word was like a jab in the stomach, it was a very baffled moment. Hearing a word I’m not used to, and having to accept it. And as I got older, I heard it more and more. When wanting to go to certain schools, I heard “no.” Applying for jobs, I heard “no.” Going to auditions, I heard “no.” Hearing the word so much, life became very challenging. I didn’t want to ask people for anything, I didn’t want sign up for anything because I was too afraid of hearing the word ‘no.’ But then I realized, why be afraid of the word when I can use it to benefit me. No! I won’t give up. No! I won’t give in. No! I won’t stop trying. No! I won’t break down. It made so much sense now… The word can be so powerful to use. No! I won’t do drugs. No! I won’t drink alcohol. See, the moment I used the word for my benefit, the better I’ve been. So now every time I hear the word ‘no,’ I get excited because now I have another opportunity to prove that I have what it takes. I have the motivation to rise above the challenge and overcome it. See when you hear the word ‘no,’ just know that God has something greater for you. Trust me, I am a living testimony of it. Of all the no’s I heard, God has blessed me. I have a job, college auditions, I’ve been performing and so much more. So thank you to everyone who told me ‘no.’ Without you, I wouldn’t be the God fearing man that I am today.

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