City of Refuge and Donate Life Partner For Man UP Conference 2010
Men of the City of Refuge prepare a 3 Day Inspiring Conference for the entire community in partnership with Donate Life
By Cora Jackson-Fossett
Sentinel Religion Editor
Man-Up Conference 2010 opens Friday, December 3 and continues to Sunday, December 5 at City of Refuge Church, 14527 S. San Pedro in Gardena .
The three-day program focuses on improving the spiritual, physical and mental health of African American males and families.
OneLegacy-Donate Life, the non-profit organ and tissue recovery organization, is co-sponsoring the event with Bishop Noel Jones and the Men’s Ministry of City of Refuge (Men of the City).
The free offering to the community is designed to uplift the quality of life in the African American community by bringing knowledge and resources to the forefront on a stage of praise. “This weekend is all about bringing resources to address very specific aspects of our existence; the cycle of life and after death decisions,” notes Ralph Sutton of OneLegacy. “It will be an inspiring experience for all in attendance that we believe will extend beyond this event. We are hopeful that thousands will see the value of taking advantage of the health and wellness ministries offered at the City of Refuge and at least 1,000 people register to pass on their freely, through sacrifice given, Gift of Life,” he said. “It’s all about stewardship, taking care of what has been given to us and giving what we have been blessed with to others after we get something new”.
The weekend opens on Friday at 6 p.m. with the music ministry of Pastor Rance Allen, a renowned international evangelist, recording artist and gospel vocalist with The Rance Allen Group. The sermon and more music will be delivered by Bishop Paul Morton, a dynamic and anointed pastor, church builder, author and award-winning singer. The Men of the City will also perform.
On Saturday, a day-long Family Health Festival takes place providing free services for prostate testing, mammograms, and blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes screenings. In recognition of World Aids Day, free HIV/AIDS testing will be offered and a panel discussion held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on national HIV/AIDS strategy for the U.S.
A College Prep panel discussion will be held from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 a.m.
In addition, demonstrations on healthy cooking and information from health insurance providers are planned and First A.M.E. Church-LA will present a free youth village with First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move Initiative.”
From 2 p.m to 4 p.m., Bishop Jones will conduct a men-only luncheon and panel discussion with community and health leaders. The topic is “Health & Wellness Mentally, Physically and Spiritually.”
Grammy-winning singer Byron Cage and recording artist Lowell Pye headline “Give Thanks Give Life GospelFest 2010 – When Men Worship,” on Sunday at 6 p.m. The event is in conjunction with the Men of the City’s Annual Gospel Concert.
Kevin Nash of KJLH radio will host the free concert. Recognition will also be given to the TNT Television series HawthoRNe for a compelling episode concerning organ and tissue donation. This event is produced by P.L.B. Media.
For information, call (310) 516-1433, ext. 630 or (213) 229-5672.