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February is Men's Month at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church..."The Environment of Faith" (The Spiritual, Financial, Mental & Physical Preparation to Serve) - 3 John 1:2 (NIV) & Isaiah 41:10 (ESV). Annual Men's Day Celebration, Sunday, February 28, 2016, 7:30 AM & 11:00 AM Services. Winter Revival, 7:00 PM, Monday, February 29 through Wednesday, March 2, 2016, featuring: Dr. Lance D. Watson, Senior Pastor, St. Paul's Baptist Church, Richmond, VA. Wednesday Worship Services @ 7:00 PM: February 3 - Rev. Al Calvert, Mount Calvary International Outreach, Southfield, MI; February 10 - Rev. Dr. Nathan Johnson, Pastor, Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, Detroit, MI; February 17 - Rev. Gregory Bryant, Pastor, United Christian Church, Detroit, MI; February 24 - Rev. Andre Spivey, Pastor, St. Paul AME Church & City Councilman, Detroit, MI. Saturday, February 27, 2016, Men's Banquet - 5:00 PM and Worship Service - 7:00 PM, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, Pastor, Fellowship Chapel, Detroit, MI. Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, 18700 James Couzens Freeway - Detroit, MI 48235, Rev. Dr. Charles G. Adams, Pastor; Rev. Charles C. Adams, Presiding Pastor; Mr. Eugene Kelley II, President HMU (Hartford Men United).

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).

Love's Holiday...Who's Loving You? A conversation and lunch with Iyanla Vanzant of OWN Network's "Fix My Life." Special Guest Host: Paula Tutman. Saturday, February 13, 2016 @ 12PM at The Big Rock Reserve, 325 S. Eton St., Birmingham, MI 48009. Limited seating available. For ticket information call 313.334.1376. "The stress began the day you learned you were expected to please other people." www.lovesholidayweekend.com. Presented by New Life Family Church. Pastor Welton T. Smith IV, founder.

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.

February is Men's Month at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church..."The Environment of Faith" (The Spiritual, Financial, Mental & Physical Preparation to Serve) - 3 John 1:2 (NIV) & Isaiah 41:10 (ESV). Winter Revival, 7:00 PM, Monday, February 29 through Wednesday, March 2, 2016, featuring: The Rev. Dr. Lance D. Watson, Senior Pastor, St. Paul's Baptist Church, Richmond, VA. Nightly Lecture Series - 6:00 PM (Prior to Revival Service)...Monday - 02/29/16: Rev. David Bullock, Pastor, Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church (Topic: Police Brutality); Tuesday - 03/01/16: Wesley Norris, Special Projects Manager, Office of Contracting & Procurement, City of Detroit (Topic: Don't Stoop When It's Standing Time); Wednesday - 03/01/16: Steven Elam, Principal, EAA's Southeastern High School (Topic: Solutions to the Public School Crisis). Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, 18700 James Couzens Freeway - Detroit, MI 48235, Rev. Dr. Charles G. Adams, Pastor; Rev. Charles C. Adams, Presiding Pastor; Mr. Eugene Kelley II, President HMU (Hartford Men United).

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."

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.

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)

The 2016 Calendar for Bishop Marvin L. Sapp is now open for booking ministry engagements and concerts. Visit https://gkmd.wufoo.com/forms/bishop-marvin-l-sapp-ministries/ to Book now. Contact Info: 2415 Madison Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507; Email: Joness@marvinsapp.com; Phone: 616-241-5448; Fax: 616-241-5352; Website: www.marvinsapp.com; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Periscope.

UNSHAKEABLE JOY is now available on Amazon.com, myjoyministries.org, iBooks, and at New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church, 6330 Pembroke, Detroit, MI 48221. "Unshakeable Joy: The Call and The Response," How one pastor's courageous battle with cancer strengthened her congregation by author Rev. Dr. Wilma Robena Johnson.

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.

Bereavement & Homegoing arrangements for The Late Superintendent Fred L. Mitchell are as follows: Thursday, December 31, 2015, 4pm-6pm: Viewing - Swanson Funeral Home, 806 E. Grand Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48207. Friday, January 1, 2015, 4pm-8pm: Memorial Service - Greater Rock of Ages C.O.G.I.C., 9804 Conner, Detroit, MI 48213. Saturday, January 2, 2015, 11am: Homecoming Celebration - Historical Northeast Cathedral, 10325 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48214. Send all flower arrangements to Swanson Funeral Home. All cards and gifts can be sent to the Mitchell Residence (for the Mitchell address, please inbox Karessa Craig or Semaje Collier). Thank you so much for the love and support. Remember to keep the Mitchell Family and the Greater Rock of Ages C.O.G.I.C. church family in your prayers for the loss of their great leader.

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 updates on Larry Clark, Jacky Clark Chisholm, Deitrick Haddon, Spotlight Artist Clare Elder and many more.

Our latest DetroitGospel.com and Rhythm & Praise with Deborah Smith Pollard Spotlight Artist is Clare Elder. Clare's debut single, Must Have Faith, showcases her strong vocal chops, while the song's contemporary gospel vibe and upbeat tempo will grab you on the first listen.  Click to "Read More" of our exclusive interview with Clare and listen to Must Have Faith.

As usual, one of Detroit's own is blowing up the gospel music charts. Deitrick Haddon's new release, "Masterpiece," is Billboard's #1 Gospel album the week of Nov. 28, 2015. Deitrick was spotted all over town last week promoting the project, and made a stop at God's World to sign autographs. Faithful supporters lined up to see Deitrick along with wife, Dominique, and their three beautiful children, including 2-month old, Deitrick, Jr. Click Here to check out photos and live coverage from the event.

Gospel artist and producer Larry Clark was among the supporters at Deitrick Haddon's CD signing for Masterpiece, and Larry talked with DetroitGospel.com about his upcoming Gospel Play, Hallelujah: The Journey of Larry Clark. The musical production, covering 4 generations of the legendary Clark Family, opens February 27th in Orlando, Florida, and of course, Detroit will be a stop along its journey. One of the soundtrack highlights is a duet with Larry and his grandmother, Mattie Moss Clark, on "Standing In the Need of Prayer," made possible through the wonders of modern technology.

Detroit, MI (November 20, 2015) - Today, award-winning singer, fashion designer and television star Kierra Sheard has released LED, an EP that had her teaming up with her brother, producer J. Drew Sheard II and contributing producer Jor’Dan Armstrong. In a similar vein as recent full-length public releases from artists Beyoncé and J. Cole, Kierra decided to forego the tradition of promoting singles through radio in advance of today’s release. Available digitally on iTunes, the 8-track EP is made up of an array of sounds and styles that will give you a back-in-the-day vibe. The title track, “LED,” has a strong sound and message that is sure to keep your head bobbing while listening. Other songs on the project include “Make Me Better,” “Oh Jesus” and “So Easy,” and all will have listeners transported to wherever the music leads them.

BeBe & CeCe Winans will be two of the recipients of the 17th Annual Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards at the Rialto Center for the Arts in Atlanta, GA, on January 16, 2016. The event will be hosted by former Trailblazer recipient and renowned gospel singer-songwriter, Yolanda Adams. Mary Mary will also be honored that evening.

A new devotional journal from Jacky Clark Chisholm, entitled "Inspirational Praise: Volume I" is now available and includes an accompanying music CD.

Legendary Detroit gospel artist, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, is working on a book about herself, her mother, and her son, entitled "Peace Be Still."

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Congratulations go out to gospel artist Tim Bowman, Jr. and his lovely new bride, Brelyn, who were married on October 10th, 2015, in Maryland. Following their marriage, news of their pledge to remain abstinent until marriage, went viral on social media. In the aftermath, the two appeared on Good Morning America and Good Day DC, where they expressed their firmly held religious beliefs to keep their virginity until becoming husband and wife, and served as an encouragement to others who have made the same choice. Tim Bowman is the son of gospel/jazz guitarist Tim Bowman, Sr. and the nephew of gospel artist Vickie Winans. Brelyn is the daughter of Pastor Mike and First Lady Dee Dee Freeman of Spirit of Faith Christian Church in Maryland. Tim's latest single, "I'm Good" continues to climb the gospel charts.

The Washington Post recently reported that BeBe Winans will debut "Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story," in Atlanta this coming Spring. Winans is currently in Atlanta working on music for "Greenleaf," a new megachurch-set television series for Oprah Winfrey's OWN Network. BeBe's nephew and niece, Juan and Deborah Joy Winans, will play BeBe and CeCe in the new musical.

Church Groups Specials @ Pi Banquet Hall, 28847 Franklin, Southfield, MI 48034, 248-358-3355, www.pibanquethall.com. Open Mon-Fri 10A-6P & Sat 2-6P. Prayer Breakfasts, Luncheons, Celebration Dinners, Repasses. Brunch: $18pp (Scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes, waffles, salad, chicken, potato, veg, bread, beverages) Dinner: $21pp Mon-Thu, $25pp Fri-Sun (2 entrees, pasta, veg, rice/potato, salad, bread, dessert, bev).

Native Detroiter and reality TV star, Kierra Sheard, is busy with her new clothing line for curvy girls, Eleven60. Kierra recently posted a video of her covering Beyonce's "If I Were A Boy." In the video Kierra explains how the modified lyrics apply to single Christian women. Radrick's beautiful acoustic guitar accompaniment and Kierra's powerful vocals are definitely worth checking out.

Homegrown gospel artist and "Preachers of L.A." reality star, Deitrick Haddon, recently introduced fans to his new son, Deitrick Haddon, Jr. via Facebook. This is Haddon's first son and on a recent post Deitrick wrote, "It's my job to raise him to be a much better version of me!" Deitrick is also busy in the studio working on a new album.

Our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of Derek Clayton Dirckson, former manager of gospel super group Commissioned, former member of and producer for R&B group Chapter 8, and owner of Backstage Pass Recording Studio. On Derek's LinkedIn Page, he provided a summary of his background as "Musician (drums), Producer, Writer, Studio Owner." To view tributes from Fred Hammond and Nephew Tommy, and the very long list of artists that Derek worked with over the years, CLICK HERE for Full Story. 

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