Good News - May 2022

On The Cover Good News recognized Women of Distinction 2022 during an exclusive cover photo shoot at the prestigious Tower Club overlooking the majestic Fort Lauderdale skyline. Pictured from left to right: Elizabeth Mitchell, Boca Raton Community Church; yvokia a. Davidson, New Mount Olive Baptist Church; Gita Santangelo, community prayer partner; Leketia Barner Dozier, Esq., The Worldwide Christian Center, and (not pictured) Dede Lomenick, Rio Vista Community Church. Read the cover feature on pages 28 – 29 to learn more about these outstanding women of faith. Photo by Justus Martin. PUBLISHER 6 May 2022 Good News • South Florida Edition Our similarities are very different. Which may seem peculiar, but I find myself saying that a lot over the last number of years because when you endeavor to constantly improve on good things, there is no need to reinvent the wheel, as it were. I was never a fan of Frank Zappa. In fact, I didn’t like him or his music, but he was impactful in the music scene when I was young, and that was a major social avenue to what I hoped to pursue in some form. Zappa was credited with forming a band “Mothers.” As legend has it, the record company suits said you can’t be called that, so as a new band in need of a record company contract, Frank Zappa relented and became “Mothers of Invention.” So, what does that have to do with anything you ask? Last year the GOOD NEWS embarked on a new thematic feature; you may notice we do that with regularity. The month of May features “Mother’s Day,” and we wanted to honor significant women, many of whom were more recognized for their behind the scenes role, and offer them the spotlight they richly deserve to be recognized as leaders in their own right. This year, our similarities to Mother’s Day would become differently presented and become an annual feature “Women of Distinction,” realizing just how blessed we are and how many significant women we have in our village. Close to home, I asked our Editor Shelly Pond (my vote usually carries a lot of weight in these parts) to take a position as one such woman on our front cover feature along with her peers. She declined, using some such nonsense as “conflict of interest,” saying she wouldn’t feel right about it. Ms. Pond, if I may take a moment of our readers’ time, is knee deep as confidant, confessor, interviewer, activist, pacifist, schlepper, editor and doer of all things life, including successfully battling cancer, overcoming a broken knee cap at a cover photo shoot and serving as a heavy family prayer warrior to her immediate family, siblings and parents without missing a beat. Qualifications of a Woman of Distinction? She’s got the goods on any team and that’s Good News for our community! The four distinguished women: Elizabeth Mitchell, Yvokia Davidson, Gita Santangelo and Leketia Barner Dozier, grace this month’s cover taken by expert photojournalist Justus Martin. Our fifthWoman of Distinction, Dede Lomenick was unfortunately unable to attend the photo shoot due to a sudden death in the family but is featured inside. Please read the cover article on pages 28-29 about these remarkable women. Well done good and faithful servants! Special shout out to Jayne Stewart at the Tower Club, Fort Lauderdale, for their excellent accommodations and her delightful attitude. To our readers: Suggestions and nominations are now open for next year’s candidates, please submit to: [email protected] Blessings and Happy Mother’s Day Les South Florida Edition • Good News • April 2022 • Volume 24, Issue 2 Advertising: We reach over 110,000 readers each month. 80,000 in print and 30,000 via our online digital edition. Placing an ad in our publication is affordable and effective to help grow your business. Call us today! Distribution: Available inmore than 800 locations throughout South Florida. To become a free distribution point for the newspaper, please contact Shelly. The Good News is published by Good News Media Group, LLC, Reproduction in whole or part strictly forbidden without the consent of the publisher. Copyright 2022. All rights reserved. Good News Media Group, LLC. PO Box 670368, Coral Springs, FL 33067 954-564-5378 • Publisher: Leslie J. Feldman [email protected] Editor: Shelly Pond [email protected] Art Director: Milton McPherson [email protected] Advertising & Marketing: Robert “Buddy” Helland Jr. V.P. Sr. Marketing Manager [email protected] Al Lehman Sr. Marketing Director [email protected] Vice President: Michael Denker Corporate Engagement [email protected] Social Media Manager: Ariel Feldman [email protected] Editorial Assistant: Eric Solomon [email protected] Cover Photography: Justus Martin [email protected] Women of Distinction PERSPECTIVE . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Meanwhile – by Stephan N. Tchividjian IN THEWORD . . . . . . . . . .10 Franklin Graham: Pray for Ukraine – by Franklin Graham OPINION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 The Road Less Traveled by – Newton Fairweather PARENTING . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Marking Major Milestones – by Dr. Bob Barnes & Torrey Roberts LIVE THE LIFE . . . . . . . . . . .16 Love Well by Meeting the Need - by Lisa May YOU ASKWHY? . . . . . . . . .18 AGodly Mother’s Greatest Goal – by Dr. Tommy Boland THE CODE . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Who Do You Say That I Am? – by Dr. O.S. Hawkins HEART AND SOUL . . . . . .22 Unique “Lift Every Voice” Partnership Opens Program for M.Div.– by Dr. Debra A. Schwinn GOOD NEWS WANTS TO KNOW .24 – 26 What artist or band do you always recommend when someone asks for a music recommendation? COVER STORY . . . . . .28 – 30 Women of Distinction 2022 - by Shelly Pond MOVIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 “No Vacancy” -- AnAmazing True Story of Faith That Works Through Love Stanley Goldenberg INSIGHT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Hope Against Hope – by Rob Hoskins CHURCHUNITED . . . . . . .34 Revival Through Discipleship – by Michael Veitz VILLAGE HYMNS . . . . . . . .36 How to Create a New Song – by Julie Anne Vargas FAITH AND VOCATION .38 STEMing with Girls – Susie Cohen LEGAL Q&A . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Homeowner’s Insurance: “Insuring” You Get Your Money’s Worth – by William “Bill” C. Davell and Ed Curtis CALENDAR . . . . . . . . .50 - 51 CLASSIFIEDS . . . . . . . . .58 63 Leslie J. Feldman L to R: Yvokia Davidson, Gita Santangelo, Shelly Pond, Elizabeth Mitchell, Leketia Barner Dozier, and Sandra James (facing away). C O N T E N T S Good News • April • Volume 23 Issue 13