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Minda Street Church of Christ Celebrated their 37th Year Anniversary and much More

Minda Street Church of Christ Celebrated their 37th Year Anniversary and much More

On Sunday October 30th 2016 the Minda Street Church of Christ held a memorable ceremony for their 37th Anniversary. While it’s been tradition for The Minda Street Church of Christ to celebrate their anniversary annually, this year was much different from all others previously held and even for those to come after. The ceremony was held inside of the McMurry Student Center and also celebrated the “Changing of Guards” for welcoming their church’s new minister Bro. Ian Nickerson and his family. This event marked the official retirement of Dr. Tony Roach who preached here for the past 37 years since it’s inception. This year’s anniversary was catered and served by Aramark. The banquet room was full of attendees many of who were both current and former members of The Minda Street congregation. Of those who represented former members, many traveled from places such as St. Louis, Oklahoma City, and Austin Texas just to name a few. Also in the midst of those having come a distance was The minister Dr. Olu Shabazz whom traveled all the way from New York. Dr. Shabazz was this particular Sunday morning’s guest preacher/speaker at Minda St. From talk in the room, Dr. Shabazz delivered a powerful message that morning. In addition to having preached that morning, Dr. Olu Shabazz was also the presenter for “The Explanation” of the ceremony’s “Changing of Guards”. The Master of Ceremony was Elder and Mayor Pro Tiem Mr. Anthony Williams. There were a number of dignitaries in the room recognized for their presence for this occasion. The Minda Street Chorus lead by Mr. Remel Derrick offered a number of spiritual selections some in which the crowd was invited to sing along. {{more}}There were many kind words, songs, videos and even tears shared upon the stage this day. The number of both dedications and memories filled hearts and minds of many as they reminisced. The list of memorable moments given and received goes on and on. It is however what was shared off of stage after the banquet, that we’d like to leave with those of you reading. Scanning the room and observing the interactions, hugs, laughter, and smiles of attendees there was one particular table that caught my attention. A group of ladies that were visiting in a fashion of fellowship that was so enjoyable they were in no rush to leave. Even with the sounds of clanging of dishes from the catering clean-up crew and the breaking down of equipment, decorations and props these visiting friends were still fellowshipping. Sister Twana Neal agreed to sit down with me and to visit about the event.When asked what this day meant to Twana Neal she gladly answered without hesitation. “To me it means power! It let’s me know that an African American man can come and start from nothing and lay a strong foundation.” says Neal. Neal shares her thoughts on Dr. Roach’s ability to form a multi-cultural congregation and to have sustained that reality over many years. “This is history to me, you know and I feel real good. I’m very honored to be here today and to be able to be a part of this.” Adds Neal. Twana spoke with great conviction when opening up about her time spent at The Minda Street Church of Christ. She shares that she’s been connected with the congregation for about seven years now. “I came from a broken life you know, and I started coming here and the love and support that I received…The “New Self-Love” is what helped me to turn my life around, and the love of the congregation and the support that I had from everyone.” Neal shares with a few tears in her eyes and a bright smile. When mentioning “New Self-Love” she is referring to a portion of Dr. Roach’s curriculum that he developed for his ministry while acquiring his Doctorate of Divinity from Abilene Christian University. She attributes all that she has learned from Dr. Roach’s “God’s Love Bank” to have helped her stay strong and she says it’s what kept her coming back again. “My life has changed tremendously since I have been here.” She says. “I have made a 100% turn-around just from being under Dr. Roach’s leadership.” Neal tells that both her and her family’s lives have benefitted greatly since they’ve been connected with the people here.Twana’s sentiments are well received by the others sitting at her dinner table that day. Her gratitude is easy to both see and feel while she speaks. The Roach’s are about to enter the next chapter of their lives as they embark upon a new but similar journey together. When asked what words she’d like to leave with Dr. Tony his wife Candyce Roach, she says “I would just like to say thank you so much for your dedication and love that you have offered and shown to me and my sons…And to bless them in everything that they do.” Neal also encourages Dr. Tony and Candyce to take some time for themselves to enjoy the rest of their lives. After haven given so much of themselves to so many people it’s fitting. She says in closing that she would like to commend them for doing an outstanding job.

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