By Cheletia Johnson, Lincoln Recreation Center Supervisor
As we celebrate MLK Day on Jan. 20, let us remember his selfless acts of serving everyone. Giving your time to help others is a deed from the heart that delights the soul.
The City of College Station has many opportunities for you to share your gifts and talents by serving on a community board, coaching youth basketball, or volunteering at the Lincoln Recreation. It takes just a little effort and compassion with a big scoop of kindness to make a positive impact.
Join us at the Lincoln Recreation Center as we embark on another year of commemorating King’s life and legacy with these activities:
Wednesdays in January
Community Bible Study (Ages 14+), 6:30-8 p.m.
Local pastors lead Bible studies about peace, love, and unity.
- 8: “Sustain Hope,” Pastor A. C. Clark, III
- 15: “Love Your Enemies,” Pastor Sam Hill
- 22: “Work for Equality & Justice,” Pastor Eleanor Colvin & Donna Renfro
- 29: “Build the Beloved Community,” Pastor Dan DeLeon
Friday, Jan. 17
Keep the Dream Alive Celebration, 6-9 p.m.
Join us for an evening of praise honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Hear words of empowerment from Pastor Marie Nutall of Bryan’s New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, along with uplifting spirituals by the Minds Of Champions youth choir. We’ll also recognize many who have made a significant impact on our community.
K&J Southern Cuisine will serve dinner for $10 per plate. The menu includes smothered chicken or meatloaf, green beans, mashed potatoes, peach cobbler, and a roll.
Thursday, Jan. 23
Career and Job Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Dress to impress and bring your resume to connect with local employers. We offer the fair in partnership with Workforce Solutions Brazos Valley.
Thursday, Jan. 30
Teen Talk (Ages 11-15), 5:30-7:30 p.m.
We designed the open forum to give teens a safe, judgment-free zone to discuss the issues and topics relevant to them. The goal is to bridge generational gaps, encourage open communication, and foster an environment where we are more understanding of others.
Remember: dreams don’t work unless you do! One person can’t do everything, but we can all do something.
For more information about programs at the Lincoln Recreation Center, call 979-764-3779.
About the Blogger
Lincoln Recreation Center Supervisor Cheletia Johnson is a College Station native who grew up near the LRC. She has worked with the City of College Station for more than 25 years. Cheletia earned a bachelor’s degree in community health from Texas A&M and a master’s in counseling from Prairie View A&M.
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By Lance Jackson, Lincoln Recreation Center Supervisor
A friend and I were recently discussing Saturday’s Dream Works Conference at the Lincoln Recreation Center. We agreed that fear and faith – like oil and water – don’t mix.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. Fear cripples and inhibits possibilities and opportunities for positive, personal growth in many aspects of our lives.
If I’d allowed fear to rule before I applied be to supervisor of the Lincoln Center in 1997, I couldn’t have lived out my dream of contributing to my community and serving the needs of others, especially our youth. As I reach a 20-year milestone in my life’s work, I want to express my sincere gratitude to the citizens of College Station for your faith in me. (more…)
Novelist, playwright, poet and social critic James Baldwin once said, “I can’t believe what you say, because I see what you do.” I don’t think he meant that as a personal indictment; he was simply encouraging people to do something that matters. And one thing that matters is time.
There are 168 hours in a week. How much of that time is wasted? Probably much more than one percent, but that’s all Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., challenged us to give as a doer for others. As we celebrate his legacy, shouldn’t we consider answering his challenge?