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New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church celebrates "17 Years of Pastor and People" in honor of Rev. Dr. Wilma R. Johnson (Theme: "Celebrating A Pastor Who Enjoys Life!" - John 10:10). Pre-Anniversary Revival, May 3-5, 2016 at 6:00pm Nightly: Rev. Connie "CJ" Jackson, Lecturer (Houston, TX) and Rev. Dr. Walter T. Richardson, Revivalist (Miami, FL). Anniversary Celebration Weekend, Friday, May 20, 2016: Love, Music and Laughter. Saturday, May 21, 2016: Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Sunday, May 22, 2016, 7:30am: Rev. Dr. Charles G. Adams, Guest Preacher (Hartford MBC); and 11:00am: Rev. Dr. Wilma R. Johnson, Senior Pastor, New Prospect MBC. More info at New Prospect MBC, 6330 Pembroke, Detroit, MI 48221, 313-341-4204 or 313-341-4883, www.newnpmbcunity.org.

High Achievers Montessori School Open House, Thursday, May 5th, 5 - 7:00 p.m. Now enrolling: 6 Months - Kindergarten. 7-Week Summer Day Camp begins June 13th. Discover Us! If you are looking for: A Christian Pre-School; Excellent Academics; Summer Day Camp; Full Montessori Curriculum...Plus Music, Art, Computers, Dance and Karate; Breakfast, Lunch, Snack Everyday; and Certified Staff, all at reasonable rates...High Achievers Montessori School (Located inside New St. Mark Church), 24331 W. Eight Mile Road, Detroit, MI 48219, 313.541.4410.

Triumph Church presents special musical guest Ricky Dillard & New G, Saturday, May 7, 2016, at 5PM. Triumph Church - North Campus (Millennium Centre), 15600 J.L. Hudson Dr., Southfield, MI 48075. For more information call 313.386.8044 or visit www.TriumphCh.org.

Supernatural Sistas Pre-Conference Mother's Day Celebration: "Women Worth Fighting For," Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 10:00am. Special guest: Dr. Ane Mercer. Lighthouse Full Life Center Church, 2415 Madison Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507, Phone: 616-241-LGHT (5448), Fax: 616-241-5352, www.marvinsapp.com; Bishop Marvin L. Sapp, Senior Pastor

Triumph Church presents special musical guest Israel Houghton & New Breed Saturday, May 14 & Sunday, May 15, 2016, ALL SERVICES. East Campus (SUN: 7:45AM & 11:45AM), 2760 E. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48211. North Campus (Millennium Centre - SAT: 5PM and SUN: 8:45AM, 10:45AM, & 12:45PM), 15600 J.L. Hudson Dr., Southfield, MI 48075. West Campus (SUN: 9:45AM), 16115 Beck Rd., Northville, MI 48168. Eastland Campus (SUN: 12:15PM), 19801 Vernier Rd., Harper Woods, MI 48225. South Campus (SUN: 1:45PM), 2550 S. Liddesdale St., Detroit, MI 48217. For more information call 313.386.8044 or visit www.TriumphCh.org.

Christian Tabernacle Church invites you to Family & Friends Day with special guest Travis Greene, Sunday, May 15, 2016 @ 10 AM. Christian Tabernacle Church is located at 26555 Franklin Rd., Southfield, MI 48033; Dr. James L. Morman, Pastor. For more info call 248.213.4770 or visit www.CTabChurch.com.

Join in celebrating Rev. Dr. Steve Bland, Jr.'s 12th Pastoral Anniversary, May15th - June 5th at Liberty Temple Baptist Church, 17188 Greenfield Rd., Detroit, MI 48235. Theme: "12 Years A Servant: Our Pastor's Allegiance to Faith & Kingdom Building at LTBC" (1Thessalonians 1:3 & Ephesians 4:1). AND...Get tickets to the 12th Anniversary Banquet at St. John Armenian Church Banquet & Conference Center on June 4th @ 6PM. Tickets are $40. Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright Jr. will be the guest speaker. Guest Preachers:  Rev. Dr. Lawrence Glass Jr., Rev. Homer Jamison, Rev. Lee Winfrey Sr., Rev. Sedrick Hammer, Rev. Ira Wheaton, Rev. James Jones, Rev. Dr. E. L. Branch, Rev. W. N. Reed, Rev. Tellis J. Chapman, Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright Jr., Rev. Dr. James Perkins, and Rev. Orville Littlejohn.

Lighthouse Full Life Center Church presents Supernatural Sistas of Purpose and Power Women's Conference: "Women Worth Fighting For" (Psalms 144:1); Friday, May 20 @ 6:00PM: Pastor Veverly Austin. Saturday, May 21 @ 10:00AM: Honoring Dr. Malinda Prince Sapp; Elect Honorees: Lady Betty Dean Lady Martha Rhodes; Featuring guest psalmist: Pastor Erica Glen Saturday, May 21 @ 12Noon and Sunday, May 22 @ 10:00AM & 5:00PM: Dr. Sonya Mixon. Register Online @ https://gkmd.wufoo.com/forms/2016-supernatural-sistas-sns/. Lighthouse Full Life Center Church, 2415 Madison Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507; Phone: 616-241-LGHT (5448); Fax: 616-241-5352; www.marvinsapp.com; Bishop Marvin L. Sapp, Senior Pastor.

The world is still reeling from the death of legendary musical genius, Prince. In remembering his impact on the music industry, we thought we'd share some social media posts from gospel music's biggest names. Click here for more.

What a great weekend in Las Vegas for the 31st Annual Stellar Awards, held February 19 (Pre-Show) and February 20, 2016, at the Orleans Hotel and Arena. Starting with the All White Showcase and ending with the Stellar Awards Show, this year was truly awesome. Detroiters were well represented, and one Detroit youth choir, God's Gift and Soldiers, under the direction of Mr. James D. Render, was awarded the Stellar Award for Youth Project of The Year. The youth choir is comprised of students from Davison Elementary/Middle School where Mr. Render is one of the Teachers of Excellence. CLICK HERE for photos and complete coverage of the 2016 Stellar Awards from our roving reporters, Carl B. Phillips and Renee'. #stellarawards


This month's DetroitGospel.com and Rhythm & Praise with Deborah Smith Pollard Spotlight Artist is Mary Wynn. Mary Wynn's new release, Great Things, has an uplifting driving beat and fresh quartet style. Her soul-stirring vocals are clearly displayed on this hand-clapping, foot-stamping song that declares her witness of the life-changing hand of God.  Click to "Read More" of our exclusive interview with Mary Wynn and listen to Great Things. ALSO...Mary Wynn's CD release party is Sunday, May 22nd at the Jazz Cafe in Music Hall @6PM. The online distribution will be Tues., May 24th, so anyone who comes to the CD release will get it early!

Internationally renowned gospel recording artist Daryl Coley passed away on March 15, 2016, at the age of 60. Coley, who was known to have a four-octave singing range, had many ties to the Detroit area and considered the great Dr. Mattie Moss Clark as one of his mentors. Coley frequently collaborated with Detroit's own Vanessa Bell Armstrong, including on the beautiful "Don't Give Up On Jesus," featuring Armstrong and the Thomas Whitfield Singers. In 1992, Coley once again performed with Armstrong on the song "Comfort Ye My People," from the Grammy and Dove Award-winning "Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration," and also as a member of the All-Star chorus for "Hallelujah!" Homegoing Services are scheduled for Saturday, April 2nd, at 1PM, and will be livestreamed from the City of Refuge website, where Bishop Noel Jones is pastor. Click Here for more info.

The Lost & Found Rehabilitation Christian Center (TLAF RCC), Pastor J.P. Come claim your stuff...Service Times: Every Sunday @ 12:30PM Sharp and Every Wednesday @ 7PM Sharp. Sunday Emergency Release Services. Wednesday Night "The Fix" BKA Bible Class. One Hour of Power. 25536 Lahser Rd., Southfield, MI 48033, (248) 506-8856, www.tlafrcc.org. A place of healing, miracles and restoration. All are welcome.

Have you been looking & waiting for a recurring alcohol-free event with clean entertainment options at the perfect venue? LOOK NO FURTHER...Couples, Singles, Groups, Ministries...All are welcome to GOSPEL JAZZATIONS @ THE SHOWPLACE, 2140 Holbrook (UAW Local 235), Downtown Hamtramck (with comedic performance by LENA), kicking off Friday, March 4th, 2016 at 7:45PM, and every 1st Friday thereafter. Join The Showplace Family for "1st Fridays Gospel Jazzations," great music, line dancing, gospel comedians, musicians, and much more. Dedicated entertainment, music, non-alcoholic drinks & bar...Just for you! Come experience drinks from the BEST non-alcoholic mixologist in the business. Food available for purchase. Tickets: $7.00. On sale NOW at Showplace Box Office and by phone @ 1-888-321-EARS(3277).

Pastor J.P. & The Lost & Found Rehabilitation Christian Center present SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE, every 1st Sunday @ 6:30PM. Featuring: Temple Change. The Lost and Found RCC, 25536 Lahser Rd., Southfield, MI 48033 (Rear Entrance), 248) 506-8856  /  www.tlafrcc.org.

Watch the "Eric Lloyd Show" on NOW Network with Bishop Eric Lloyd, Host and Michaiah, Co-Host. Tuesdays @ 6:30PM EST and Sundays @ 9PM EST on WGGS-TV Channel 16.4, Vertical TV in Canada, and ROKU. Text NOWTV to 54244 to get the Mobile App, or watch online at www.TheNowNetwork.org.

The family of legendary musical prodigy, songwriter, pianist, organist, director, arranger, and native Detroiter Herbert L. "Pee Wee" Pickard,  along with The Mighty Voices of Thunder male chorus of Greater New Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, is planning a Memorial Tribute during their annual Moments of Meditation at 6 PM on Sunday, March 20, 2016.

Mr. Pickard was a trailblazer who played with a who's who of gospel, including The Rev. James Cleveland and the Voices of Tabernacle, Albertina Walker, Dorothy Love Coates and the Gospel Harmonettes. Pickard also taught in the Detroit Public School system as a music instructor. He is featured on two Savoy albums; one is an instrumental, and on the other he plays both keyboards and fronts the Pickard Singers. He also recorded with The Mighty Voices of Thunder. "Pee Wee" was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in Detroit in 2001.

Herbert L. "Pee Wee" Pickard departed this world on Friday, February 19, 2016, at the age of 81. According to a posting on Mr. Pickard's Facebook page by a family member, he did not want a funeral and donated his body to science. His loss is mourned by family, friends, and all those touched by his amazing music ministry. (Click here for links to full bio and YouTube uploads of some of Pickard's recordings.)

This month's DetroitGospel.com and Rhythm & Praise with Deborah Smith Pollard Spotlight Artist is Jon Plair. Jon Plair's new release, the beautiful worship song, More Than Yesterday, is the follow-up to Jon's upbeat debut single I Gotta Do BetterClick to "Read More" of our exclusive interview with Jon Plair and listen to More Than Yesterday and I Gotta Do Better.

LISTEN to Carl B. Phillips' Exclusive Interview with Bill Moss, Jr., where Bill reflects on his family's gospel music legacy, shares advice for aspiring artists (including a key piece of advice from his cousin Twinkie Clark), and talks about his newest project, Songbook of Praise & Worship.

The highly anticipated single from Mary Wynn's "GREAT THINGS" available Feb. 9th. Project Released in Spring 2016. Available on: iTunes, AmazonMusic, and Google Play. Connect with Mary Wynn at facebook.com/mary.wynn2, twitter.com/gospetality (@gospetality), and instagram.com/marywynn29 (@marywynn29).

Join John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church for a wonderful, exciting, and cultural trip to Washington D.C., Fri., July 22, thru Mon., July 25, 2016 (presented by the Christian Education Adult Ministry). All Ages are welcome! Please attend orientation/information session at John Wesley Church at 12:30pm every Wednesday during the month of February. First come, first Served! Departing from John Wesley, Friday, July 22, 2016 at approximately 7:00am (Boarding - 6:30am), and returning Monday, July 25, 2016 (Leaving DC approximately 9:00am). Cost: $475.00 per person (based on double occupancy) or $675.00 per person (based on single occupancy). Please call James Smith (313-715-3515) for registration and more details. $100.00 non-refundable deposit is due by Sunday, February 21, 2016. John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church, 28001 Evergreen Rd., Southfield, MI 48076, 248-358-9307, www.jwamez.com. Rev. Al C. Hamilton, Senior Pastor.

In case you missed the "Detroit Gospel Update with DetroitGospel.com" on Mix 92.3 FM's Rhythm & Praise with Deborah Smith Pollard radio show this month, Click Here for more info on the Memorial Tribute planned for Herbert Pickard, Spotlight Artist Jon Plair, event coverage from the Stellar Awards, a new spin on the classic gospel stage play Perilous Times, and a unique merging of gospel and jazz entertainment called Gospel Jazzations.

Congratulations to all of the 2015-2016 Stellar Awards nominees, and a special shout-out to the 8 nominees with Detroit ties, including 2 Clark sisters and 3 Winans Brothers. For a complete list of categories and their nominees, more Stellar Awards info, and to listen to music from nominees with Detroit ties, read "Full Story."

In case you missed the "Detroit Gospel Update with DetroitGospel.com" on Mix 92.3 FM's "Rhythm & Praise with Deborah Smith Pollard" radio show this month, Click Here for new projects and aspiring artist advice from Spotlight Artist Christina Benjamin, and Detroiters Carl B. Phillips, Bill Moss Jr., and Mary Wynn.

Become a part of the GAG CD Sampler. GMWA's Gospel Announcers Guild is putting together The Winter CD Sampler. $750 if sequenced from Songs 1-3; $500 if sequenced from songs 4-8; $375 if sequenced from songs 9-12; $250 if sequenced from songs 13-15. The sampler is serviced to the top 200 stations and is the second installment of what is proving to be the way radio programmers discover who's new in Gospel music. Contact Neily Dickerson at neilyforgag@gmail.com / 323.298.8860. There are 15 slots available and the deadline is: Friday, February 5th. Dennis Cole, GAG Leader; Chris Squire, GAG Asst. Leader; Bishop Albert L. Jamison, GMWA Chairman of the Board of Directors. For more info, log on to http://www.gmwanational.net/auxiaries/gag.

Pastor Donnie McClurkin joins forces with Bishop Marvin Winans and the leaders of Perfecting Fellowship International to deliver over 6000 cases of bottled water to the residents of Flint, Michigan on February 11, 2016.

Join Union Grace Sundays at 8AM for Early Morning Worship beginning January 10, 2016. At 11091 16 1/2 Mile Rd., Sterling Heights, MI. Please contact the Church Office @ 248-809-2287 for more information. (www.uniongracechurch.org)

This month's DetroitGospel.com and Rhythm & Praise with Deborah Smith Pollard Spotlight Artist is Christina Benjamin. Christina Benjamin's new release, Give Me Your Heart, seamlessly fuses her angelic voice with neo-soul orchestration and outstanding production.  Click to "Read More" of our exclusive interview with Christina Benjamin and listen to a snippet of Give Me Your Heart.

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Location: First Baptist World Changers Int'l, 22575 W 8 Mile, Detroit, MI 48201
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