The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


July 17, 2014

Social services group sets 1st recognition event

SHARON — Isaiah 49, Inc. will have its First Annual Community Recognition Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 26 at The Corinthian in Sharon. Tickets are $35 and must be purchased by Sunday. The proceeds help us provide free and confidential services to families served in the Shenango Valley area.

The luncheon will highlight and honor first ladies in our community for their dedication to the Shenango Valley and to their community. We will also honor the accomplishments of the dedicated and committed volunteers, board members, staff, and community partners who are helping to mold Isaiah 49 Inc., into a premier social services agency.

Honorees include: Kathy DeJoy, Miracle Valley Church, Hermitage; Arnita Dukes, New Hope Ministries; Crystal Johnson, Cedar Avenue Church of God, Sharon; Lisa McCoy, Greater New & Living Way of the Apostolic Faith, Sharon; Emeritus Phyllis Bolling, Second Baptist Church, Farrell; and posthumously, Carolyn Miller Roberts.

Guest speaker the Rev. Felecia Pearson Smith, an Atlanta native.

She graduated from Wesleyan College, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion then matriculated at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University where she became the first African American woman to enroll and graduate with a Master of Divinity degree.

In June 1995, Rev. Smith was appointed to serve as the President/CEO of the Shenango Valley (PA) Urban League, Inc. She was also an adjunct faculty member at Westminster College and Penn State University’s Shenango Campus, and a founding member of the Minority Health Advocacy Committee.

She and Rev. Michael A. Smith, senior pastor of Community Church in Atlanta, have been married over 38 years and are the parents of two adult children.  

In December 2009, Rev. Smith launched Metamorphosis Ministries Inc., her ministry for pastors’ wives. In 2010, she was selected as a fellow in the Black Women in Ministerial Leadership Program at the Interdenominational Theological Center.

She recently published her first book, “My Hair ... My Marriage,” which chronicles her 38 years of marriage with her many hairstyles. It is a fun and yet insightful book about relationships and marriage.

In 2013, Rev. Smith was invited to be a host on Sylvia Global Media, a digital approach to empowering women and girls globally.

Her talk show is called Front Row Conversations, conversations with pastors’ wives and ministry leaders on emotional and spiritual health.

Isaiah 49, Inc. was established December 2011, with the main goal to assist with education, training and employment for individuals and families in our community, in response to the high rate of poverty, unemployment, underemployment and crime in the Shenango Valley.

Isaiah 49, Inc. is poised to provide career services, community advocacy, mental health counseling, tutoring and youth advocacy, personal financial management, and referral services for the disenfranchised families in these communities.

Info: 724-979-4919.

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