Two decades of serving the community is a major milestone worthy of a major celebration. That’s precisely what the folks at Mission Central have in mind for their 20th Anniversary Celebration set for Nov. 18 at the Hurst Conference Center.
The festive evening will give guests a chance to mix and mingle before dinner and an inspiring program. A video presentation will take a look back at what’s happened since Mission Central was established as a nonprofit as an outgrowth of the services that First United Methodist Church of Hurst had long provided for local families in need.
Executive Director Paula Jernigan said the organization provided more than 30,000 people with food last year, the foundation of their original mission. But the agency sees the need to do more and launched their newest initiative — the Community Resource Center — this year.
“Our mission is to empower people to improve their own quality of life and our work through our Community Resource Center is designed to educate our neighbors about available resources in the community. We are interested in helping families learn about the more life-changing opportunities that are available to them,” Jernigan said.
“Our Family Opportunities Program works with homeless or near-homeless families with children to help them regain housing and financial stability, and our Village Library after-school tutoring program helps kindergarten through eighth-graders succeed in school so they experience the long-term success that education and self-confidence brings.”
A special time of the program will be a message from Nathaniel Hearne, former assistant principal at L.D. Bell High School and earlier, a coach at Odessa Permian High School (of Friday Night Lights fame). A popular guest speaker, Hearne will share his own story of rising from childhood poverty and talk about the importance of leaving a legacy of helping others.
Chairing the event committee is Kevin Henson, pastor at St. Timothy Presbyterian Church in Bedford and vice president of the Mission Central board of directors. A dedicated group of volunteers including Deanna Molsbee and Ashleigh Johnson served on the committee.
Jernigan said she hopes people who might want to get involved by volunteering at Mission Central will come to the anniversary party to learn more. About 300 volunteers are needed each week to serve the 1,800 families who come looking for help on a variety of problems they face.
Mid-Cities Stamp Club to host Expo Friday and Saturday
Science fiction and fantasy will be the theme of the upcoming Mid-Cities Stamp Club Expo at the Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 Main St. The event will include a host of stamp exhibits, a silent auction and a special center for beginning collectors. A raffle for a special “Penny Black” sci-fi and fantasy stamp will be fun for guests at the event.
“Our Mid-Cities Stamp Club Expo is a free show — a chance for people to see fine exhibits, locate dealers who may be able to buy or sell stamps and covers (envelopes with a design and purpose), and to meet with people who share their interests,” said club member Ray E. Cartier.
Cartier said the show will include “the most popular exhibit in the country, “The Magical World of Harry Potter.” The 128-page, award-winning presentation will make its Texas debut at the show. The creator of the collection is Van Siegling, who will be on hand to answer questions.
Other themed exhibits include Disney, Spiderman, Jules Verne’s Fantastic Voyages, the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Superman. “We also have a topical exhibit on the actual events that have taken place to date in the study of the planet Mars,” Cartier added.
Author Karen Cartier will make a special appearance to autograph her book, Tales by Mail, Book 2. The book is believed to be a good way to introduce young children to the hobby of philately.
The club is encouraging families with children to come check out the show. “Stamp collecting imbues children with a hobby that not only entertains them but sets the stage for finding interesting things within geography, cultures and history,” Ray Cartier said.