Dallas City Temple Celebrates a Month to Remember
DALLAS – The month of September is a time of transition in so many varying ways. This is when we get back to routines with school, daily life, work and more. September includes the last day of summer and it marks the beginning of the end of the year. With these transitions in mind, Dallas City Temple Seventh-day Adventist Church hosted several events to show support to our church, local and collegiate communities.
On Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023, for children ages 3-10, the church hosted a Children’s Day program featuring Ben Roy, renowned children’s speaker on 3ABN. The day started with an outreach activity, where 250 snack bags were prepared for underserved community children and families experiencing homelessness. During divine worship service, Roy used demonstrations to allow the audience to experience God’s incredible creation through the wonders of science. This day was planned by Kathryn McNorton-Edwards, our children’s ministry director.
We know music to be a powerful medium and a unifying force; the inspiration and roots of all music being connected to classical music. Dallas City Temple church also celebrated Gospel Music Heritage Month and National Classical Music Month by hosting the Brass and String Ensembles of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO). As part of the DSO’s continued commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and social impact, they were excited to bring ‘DSO Cares’, a phenomenal social impact initiative to Dallas City Temple church on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023, to perform for divine worship. DSO Cares brings orchestra musicians directly to churches, hospitals, senior living facilities, schools for disadvantaged children, various organizations, neighborhoods and communities throughout the Dallas area, to bring the joy and healing power of music to the communities they serve. We are thankful to the DSO for the many programs they bring directly to our community.
September allowed yet another great opportunity to show the church’s support at a time of new beginnings and transition for our families and others affected by the start of a new academic year. Dallas City Temple church hosted its “Back to School Sabbath” on Sep. 23, 2023, supporting the schools, nurseries and colleges that have a huge impact on local communities. Carlton P. Byrd, D.Min., Southwest Region Conference president, was the divine worship speaker, with special music guest and gospel artist, James Fortune. We offered our support of prayer, fellowship and ministry. To collegiate students who are away from home, we extended an offer to consider our church family as ‘home away from home’ for worship and fellowship.
The Dallas City Temple church is committed to supporting our children, education, community outreach and celebrating those who contribute to the better good of our communities.
By Carolyn Medlock