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By Matthew Hay Brown and Matthew Hay Brown,matthew.brown@baltsun.com | July 9, 2009
Members of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, forced out of their landmark Baltimore building, will take temporary refuge at Temple Oheb Shalom, the spiritual leaders of the two congregations said Wednesday. A week after lightning struck the steeple of the church on Druid Hill Avenue, the Rev. Frank M. Reid III and Rabbi Steven M. Fink announced that the Christian congregation would hold Sunday services at the Reform Jewish synagogue in Park Heights through Labor Day. Fink called Reid after learning of the July 1 fire to offer Oheb Shalom's 900-seat sanctuary to the church.
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By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | January 11, 2012
It all started with a little bit of good-natured trash talk between the pastors of two of Baltimore's most prominent African-American churches. The Rev. Jamal Bryant of Empowerment Temple "fell off the wagon" and confesses he wasn't exercising as much as he should. His trainer used that to pump up another client, the Rev. Frank M. Reid III of Bethel AME Church, telling him he was in better shape than the much younger Bryant. Reid, feeling a little confident, and Bryant, his ego bruised just a bit, then threw out a fitness challenge to one another: Your church against mine.
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By Melody Simmons and Melody Simmons,SUN STAFF | June 17, 1998
Members of Bethel AME Church -- one of Baltimore's largest and most influential congregations - have endorsed a plan to buy land in the rural community of Granite for a long-sought suburban expansion, church officials said yesterday.The decision to go ahead with a feasibility study on 256 acres of southwest Baltimore County farmland ` despite opposition from area residents - comes two weeks after a contract of sale was signed, William F. Chew, the property owner, said yesterday. He declined to give the purchase price.
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December 12, 2009
Robert Greene, whose books on power and strategy have found an audience among hip-hop fans, will be a featured guest at 9:15 a.m. Sunday at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church at 1300 Druid Hill Ave., Baltimore. Greene's works include "The Art of Seduction," "The 33 Strategies of War" and "The 48 Laws of Power." His latest book, "The 50th Law," co-written with the rapper 50 Cent, is a favorite of the Rev. Frank M. Reid III, senior pastor at Bethel, who has been passing it out to church members and friends.
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Sun Staff Writer | February 7, 1995
In an emotional chorus of support for one of Baltimore's historic black churches, 11 City Council members rose last night to urge doing everything possible to keep Bethel AME Church in the city.4th District Councilwoman Sheila Dixon introduced a resolution,which was unanimously approved, calling on the Schmoke administration to actively court Bethel."The main reason I think it's important that we keep this historic church in Baltimore is because of the impact the church has made and is continuing to make in people's lives," said Ms. Dixon, a member of the church at Druid Hill Avenue and Lanvale Street in West Baltimore.
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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | September 5, 2000
Baltimore County's zoning commissioner will resume his review this week of plans by Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church to build a 3,000-seat sanctuary in rural Granite. A series of public hearings scheduled for last week was delayed by Commissioner Lawrence Schmidt so government agencies and community leaders could review drawings for a new access road at the site, which is off Old Court Road. The church had planned two such roads, but reduced the number to one. The hearings are scheduled to resume tomorrow morning.
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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | August 29, 2000
Baltimore County's zoning commissioner has delayed until next week a hearing on a proposed 3,000-seat church in rural Granite because of last-minute changes in the design of two access roads. The hearing on Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church's plans was put on hold yesterday to allow community leaders who oppose the project and government agencies to review a proposal to reduce the number of access roads from two to one. The road would funnel traffic from Old Court Road to the church site.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Liz Atwood and Dennis O'Brien and Liz Atwood,SUN STAFF | March 30, 1999
Bethel AME Church officials are moving forward with plans for a 3,000-seat church in western Baltimore County, despite continued protests from neighbors.Environmental and engineering studies show that the recently purchased 256-acre site in Granite is suitable for development, said Leronia A. Josey, Bethel's lawyer.The site, on Old Court Road near its intersection with Dogwood Road, was bought from William F. Chew of Freeland last week, nine months after church leaders found the site, she said.
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By Heather Dewar and Heather Dewar,SUN STAFF | September 8, 2003
Politics and faith crossed paths yesterday as the leading candidates for mayor and City Council president took their campaigns to two of the city's largest and most influential churches yesterday. Mayor Martin O'Malley and City Council President Sheila Dixon sat in the second row of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the city's largest and oldest black church, as the Rev. Frank M. Reid III urged members of the congregation to create "breakthroughs" in their lives and the life of the city.
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By Melody Simmons and Melody Simmons,SUN STAFF | December 24, 1998
Six months after members of Bethel AME Church voted to add a suburban site that would include a sanctuary, school, family life center and broadcast station, plans for the rural complex have only inched forward.Baltimore County officials say preliminary plans for Bethel's new complex in Granite, including a 90,000-square-foot church, fail to adequately address such issues as forest buffers, soil content, water quality and sewage capacity, said Kevin Koepenick, of the county Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management.
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By Matthew Hay Brown and Matthew Hay Brown,matthew.brown@baltsun.com | July 9, 2009
Members of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, forced out of their landmark Baltimore building, will take temporary refuge at Temple Oheb Shalom, the spiritual leaders of the two congregations said Wednesday. A week after lightning struck the steeple of the church on Druid Hill Avenue, the Rev. Frank M. Reid III and Rabbi Steven M. Fink announced that the Christian congregation would hold Sunday services at the Reform Jewish synagogue in Park Heights through Labor Day. Fink called Reid after learning of the July 1 fire to offer Oheb Shalom's 900-seat sanctuary to the church.
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March 18, 2009
On March 11, 2009 ALICE JACKSON. The family will receive friends on Thursday at Bethel A.M.E. Church, 1300 Druid Hill Ave. at 11 a.m. Funeral Service will follow at 11:30 a.m.
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February 16, 2009
Baltimore native, Army Sgt. Demond A. Johnson A memorial service will be held at Bethel AME Church, where he was a long time member. The funeral service was held with full military honors on Friday, February 13, in St. Luke AME Church. Fayetteville. Graveside services followed in Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery in Spring Lake. A memorial service will be held at Bethel AME Church, where he was a long time member, Tuesday, February 17th family hour at 10:30 A.M. followed by memorial at 11 A.M. Dr. Frank M. Reid, III is the pastor.
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By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey,annie.linskey@baltsun.com | December 13, 2008
Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon said yesterday she will donate some of her 2.5 percent pay raise to Bethel AME Church, and another portion to YouthWorks, a program providing jobs to young adults. Dixon made the announcement at a City Hall news conference kicking off the YouthWorks jobs effort for next summer. She took no questions from reporters. "Despite the way some things are projected, I'm a huge contributor in many ways, financially, as well as others," Dixon said. "So I'm pledging to give a check from this raise, increase in living [cost]
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June 16, 2008
On June 10, DEREK. Survived by family and friends. Friends may call at the Carlton C. Douglass Funeral Service, P.A., 1701 McCulloh St. on Monday, 1 to 9 p.m. Family will receive friends Tuesday, 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. at The Bethel A.M.E. Church, 1300 Druid Hill Avenue with Services following. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery.
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By Melissa Harris and Melissa Harris,SUN REPORTER | May 29, 2008
The 31-year-old former music director of the influential West Baltimore Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church pleaded guilty yesterday to second-degree rape for having sex with a young female parishioner. Timothy D. Price III of Owings Mills admitted in Baltimore Circuit Court that he had sex with the female parishioner who was 12 at the time. He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 1. Prosecutors said they will seek a sentence of 20 years, with all but seven years suspended, and five years of probation.
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By Melody Simmons and Melody Simmons,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Jay Apperson contributed to this article | June 13, 1998
After withdrawing one controversial expansion proposal in Baltimore County, Bethel AME Church -- among the city's largest and most influential congregations -- is to vote on a new suburban site for a church, school, family life center and broadcast station.But residents of Granite, a small community sandwiched between Randallstown and the Howard County border, say such a mega-church would forever change their rural community -- and lead to traffic headaches in the area."It would be a terrible problem for the whole community," said Baltimore County Council Chairman Stephen G. Sam Moxley, who noted that there is another large church in the area.
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By HERBERT H. TOLER JR | May 21, 1995
The alienation of African-American men from the churches of their communities is perhaps the single greatest tragedy facing black America."While 75 percent of the mosque is male, 75 percent of the black church is female," laments Jawanza Kunjufu, author of "Adam Where Are You?: Why Most Black Men Don't Go to Church." It wasn't always so: In earlier generations, black men were much more involved in the church, and their religious faith bolstered their commitment to families and neighborhoods.
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May 28, 2008
On May 22, 2008, EVELYN; devoted wife of Raymond Grissett. Friends may visit the family owned MARCH FUNERAL HOME WEST, INC., 4300 Wabash Avenue, on Thursday after 8:30 a.m. where the family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. The family will also receive friends on Friday at Bethel A.M.E. Church, 1300 Druid Hill Avenue, at 10:30 a.m. followed by funeral service at 11.
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April 9, 2008
On April 3, 2008, VAUGHN THELMA WINFIELD. On Thursday, friends may call at VAUGHN C. GREENE FUNERAL SERVICES (RANDALLSTOWN) 8728 Liberty Road from 4-8 P.M. On Friday, Mrs. Winfield will lie in state at Bethel A.M.E., 1300 Druid Hill Avenue, where the family will receive friends form 10-11 A.M., with services to follow. Inquiries to (410) 655-0015.
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