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Tug of W.A.R. (World Against Righteousness) Conference

YA Conference Tug of War Flyer 8-5-14

 

Don’t miss this powerful conference!

This event is FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC (ages 18 and up).

Click to register today! https://gethsemanebaptist.org/ya-conference/

The Young Adult Ministry of Gethsemane Baptist Church presents:

The Tug-of-
W.orld
A.gainst
R.ighteousness
In the end WE WIN!

Theme Scripture:
Ephesians 6:12 (NKJV)
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a]against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 

Schedule of events:

Friday, August 15, 2014 from 7:00p.m.-8:45p.m. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (Registration not needed)

• P&W with Slater Johnson
• Speaker: Pastor Michael Golden, Greater Emmanuel Temple COGIC
• Topic: Who’s holding your rope (General Session)
o This session will address how to identify who is currently holding the rope in your life; Satan, self or God.

9:00pm-11:00pm Kickoff After Party (Mona J) Refreshments will be served. Christians can have fun too! Come join us for this awesome Conference Kick-Off Party!

 Saturday, August 16th 9am-3pm (Registration Needed)

Click to register today: https://gethsemanebaptist.org/ya-conference/

• 9:00-9:30am Registration (on-site)
• 9:30-10:00am P&W Pierre Whitlow and Legacy
• 10:00-10:45am Topic: Choose your team (General Session)
Speaker: Pastor William Spencer, Providence Baptist Church
o This session will talk about the importance of surrounding yourself with the right people.

• 11:00-11:45am Breakout session (men/women session) Get Ready, Get set, TUG!
Speakers: Rev. Ju & Trin’ea Joyner
o This session will talk about the different types of spiritual tug-of-wars we can have; self, drugs, alcohol, promiscuity, lies, etc. Men and women will break out during this session.

• 12:00-12:45pm Lunch (Narthex) (For Registered Participants)

• 12:45-1:45pm Young Entrepreneur Networking speed session (Narthex)

• 1:45-3pm P&W Pierre Whitlow and Legacy
• We win! (Closing session-General Session)
Speaker: Rev. Melvin Wofford
o This session will summarize all the sections and stress that when we are on the Lord’s side, no matter how gruesome the battles may be, we win.

Sunday, August 17th
• 8:30am sermon Rev. Eric Battle
• 10:30am sermon Pastor Alvin and Rev. Charla Armstead

Don’t forget to click to register: https://gethsemanebaptist.org/ya-conference/

Come find out how to deal with the struggles in life and more importantly learn the outcome as a believer in CHRIST!!! We hope to see you there! God bless!
~Nicole L. Ellis
Young Adult Ministry Coordinator
Gethsemane Baptist Church
Newport News, VA
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Fit For A Purpose Book Support

Weight Transition Collage

In April 2011, God gave me the vision to start a business that would help other individuals reach their health and wellness goals. In August 2013, Fit For A Purpose (F.4.A.P), LLC. became a reality. F.4.A.P. is a spiritual and physical wellness consultation company built on a foundation from Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” I believe we are all called for a purpose and need to be spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally fit to carry out our calling.

I am writing a book entitled, “Fit For A Purpose: A Spiritual Journey to Physical Weight Loss.” This book will chronicle my journey to losing over 80 lbs. of physical weight and even more spiritual, emotional and physical weight. It is my prayer to launch this book and help change lives through my personal testimony and experience.

I need your help to raise $7,000.00 to effectively fund a “Premier package” book launch and purchase marketing materials. No donation is too small!

Click here to donate:

http://www.gofundme.com/b0n5sc

F.4.A.P. also provides consultation to individuals, corporations, churches and other organizations dealing in the areas of spiritual and physical wellness. F.4.A.P. seeks to provide assistance dealing in the following areas; self-improvement, organizational improvement, spiritual and physical wellness, inspiration, encouragement, and motivation.

Thank you in advance for your contribution and please share with others. May God continue to bless you and keep you!

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.

Young Entrepreneur Spotlight

Young Entrepreneur Spotlight

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Good afternoon,

My name is Nicole Ellis and many of you know me as a poet and a blogger. God has blessed me with Sunshine’s Reflections blog and in August 2013 I became a business owner for Fit For A Purpose, LLC.

What is Fit For A Purpose, LLC. (F.4.A.P)?

A spiritual and physical wellness consultation company.

What is the Vision?

We believe we are all called for a purpose and need to be spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally fit to carry out our calling. F.4.A.P. provides consultation to individuals, corporations, churches and other organizations dealing in the areas of spiritual and physical wellness. F.4.A.P. seeks to provide assistance dealing in the following areas; self-improvement, organizational improvement, spiritual and physical wellness, inspiration, encouragement, and motivation.

What is the foundation of the company?

Romans 8:28 (NKJV)

28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

What services are provided:

  • BOOK COMING 2014! Fit For A Purpose; A Spiritual Journey to Physical Weight Loss.
  • Book signings
  • Motivational speaking
  • Topics to include: Weight loss journey, spiritual growth, self-improvement, etc.
  • Lifestyle Accountability Coach
  • One-on-one and/or Group spiritual and physical weight loss consultation
  • Worksite Wellness Consultation-COMING SOON!!!
      • More productive employees
      • Fewer days of missed work
      • Lower overall costs for health care and disability
      • Improved stress management
  • Organizational Development Consultation
  • Friendliness Campaign and other created campaigns. (i.e. Self-Image Awareness/Acceptance Campaign)

Website: http://fit4purposellc.com/

Business Card:

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Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/F4APLLC

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fit4purposellc

90-day online consultation packages available.

Next session begins: Monday, May 12, 2014.

Visit the website and leave a message on the “Contact Page” to schedule a FREE information session.

Thank you in advance for your support!

God bless! Greater is Coming!

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.

New Business Website!!!

Good morning blog family and friends,

I am proud to announce that the Official Website for Fit For A Purpose, LLC. (F.4.A.P.) is up and running:  http://www.fit4purposellc.com/

Fit For A Purpose, LLC., is a Spiritual and Physical Wellness Consultation company.  God gave me the vision a couple of years ago and the vision is coming together in His perfect timing!  This is a small business that one day will grow to help people all over the world!  Humble beginnings can lead to a greater impact!  Pray with me and for me as I submit to God’s will and help people achieve a healthier lifestyle, which includes spiritual, mental, emotional and physical health!

I give God all of the glory, honor and praise for choosing me to serve His people. 

Please share with others!  God bless! 

 

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.

© Nicole Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog, 2009 to 2016. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blogs author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Nicole L. Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Young Entrepreneur Spotlight: Ashli McLean

Young Entrepreneur Spotlight

Good morning!

Today I will be spotlighting a young entrepreneur who is doing phenomenal things.  I had the pleasure of meeting Ashli McLean in grad school and I am so proud of all of her accomplishments.  Please pay close attention to this young lady because she will definitely be a woman of change.

Interview with Ashli McLean:

Ashli McLean

1.  Tell us a little about yourself
 
 Ashli McLean is CEO of Harvest Life Enterprises and Author of “$100,000 and Counting: A Faith-Based Guide to Winning College Scholarships”. Having graduated from Hampton University in May 2010 with her B.S. in Business Administration and in May 2011 with her MBA, Ashli worked in the financial services industry before branching out to start her own business: Harvest Life Enterprises. She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. 
 
2. Tells us a little about Harvest Life Enterprises
 
Harvest Life Enterprises is committed to spreading Christian-inspired education, knowledge and principles through books, public speaking, partnerships and business. The first of its endeavors is the publication of “$100,000 and Counting: A Faith-Based Guide to Winning College Scholarships”. Using the book, Ashli now provides workshops to educate groups on scholarships and financing one’s college education including: 

* Understanding the FAFSA, scholarships, grants and other sources of   financial aid
* Key principles of winning college scholarships
* Scholarship resources & listings
* How to write the winning scholarship essay
* Academic and extracurricular factors associated with winning scholarships
* Money wisdom for college planning
* Special information for parents

In addition to workshops, Ashli provides Scholarship Coaching to current high school and college students with services including:

* 1-on-1 coaching on how to best access and win college scholarships
* Analyze student’s major of study, degree, and career aspirations in an effort to determine scholarships the student should focus on
* Research and provide scholarships for student to apply for
* Assistance with filling out the scholarship application packet
* Keep student focused and on track with upcoming scholarship deadlines

 
3. Tell us a little about your book 
 
$100k and counting“$100,000 & Counting” is a faith-based guide to winning college scholarships, detailing Ashli McLean’s experience of receiving over $100,000 in scholarships for her college education. The book is an eclectic mix of academic advice, scriptural references, self-help principles, and personal testimony. With conversational writing, the book provides a wealth of information on college planning while remaining a Christian inspirational. Infused with counsel from college and scholarship professionals, it incorporates Ashli McLean’s faith in trusting God to meet her need of securing non-debt funding for college.
 
The guide walks readers through the ins and outs of scholarships and presents expert advice Ashli leveraged to win money for college. Having a special focus on minority students, “$100,000 & Counting” shares the resources and instruction regarding the college application and scholarships processes that many minorities feel disadvantaged in accessing. The book also includes a special guide for parents! “$100,000 and Counting” is an invaluable asset for parents and students seeking guidance on how to receive scholarships in a society where college costs are increasing significantly each year.
 
4. What advice would you give young people who desire to be an entrepreneur?
 
I would encourage young people desiring to become entrepreneurs to first and foremost take the vision to God! I believe God gives us inspiration and entrepreneurial visions, so dedicate those entrepreneurial visions back to God: pray over them, proclaim that the business will glorify God above all else, ask Him to guide you in managing the business, and ask Him to close the wrong doors and to open the right doors. I would also encourage hopeful entrepreneurs to not have short-term vision. There is no such thing as instant success that lasts long-term. So put yourself in a financial position to be able to fund the business while maintaining your lifestyle in the event that the business isn’t prosperous in the first year or two (which is normal). You may need to keep your current job until your own business allows you to move into it full-time. 
 
5. Where can people go to purchase your book? 
 
“$100,000 and Counting” can be purchased online at www.100kdollarsandcounting.blogspot.com.  The website also houses a wealth of resources on scholarships and college planning, news and upcoming events, scholarship listings, and more!
 

Please share this with everyone you know!  Ashli McLean is a great wealth of knowledge!  If you have children-please purchase this book!!!

 

I have my copy!  God bless!

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.

© Nicole Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog, 2009 to 2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blogs author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Nicole L. Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Save the Date: September 22, 2012 Red & Black Ball

I love my church and I love how we are able to step outside of the box and have events that reach different people.  If you are in the Hampton Roads Area, check this out:

 

If you have questions, send me a message at niklellis@live.com

God bless!

~Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis

Night of Expression- Saturday, March 3, 2012

Come Join the Young Adults of Gethsemane Baptist Church,

this Saturday March 3, 2012 for a Night of Expression!

Come share your gifts and talents with others.

You can dance, rap, sing, read poetry, do spoken word, draw, play an instrument or more.

Invite a friend, neighbor, co-worker, family member, anyone!

Whoever said Christians can’t have fun, haven’t hung out with the Young Adults at the T_Place @Gethsemane Baptist Church!

We hope to see you there!!!

Save the Date-March 3, 2012

 

Young Adults doing BIG THINGS!!!

YOUNG ADULT “SPOTLIGHT”

 

Good afternoon!  Happy Wednesday to you all!  I pray your day is going well.

I love it when people are doing great things for others.  I think that the media shares enough negative things in the world that I wanted to take a moment to highlight some people who are doing positive things. 

This month I would like to spotlight a phenomenal Christian duo.  This young adult husband and wife team are doing it big in the community. 

Allow me to introduce to you Daryl and Jaryn Crosby the founders of My Life My Legacy, Inc.

Daryl and Jaryn are a beautiful young couple with two precious daughters.  They both have backgrounds in Music education.  They both have their masters and are working towards their doctorates.  They are highly educated and qualified to share the dream and hope of education to the leaders of tomorrow.  They are close friends of the family and I am so thrilled to see how God is using them in the community. 

What is My Life My Legacy, Inc. (MLML)?  I am glad that you asked:

The mission of MY LIFE MY LEGACY Inc. is to 

  • educate
  • encourage
  • enlighten
  • empower 

youth and prepare them for the future. MY LIFE MY LEGACY, Inc. provides programs and services that are designed to teach youth how to properly prepare for a correct course of action, in seeking their college education.

The specific purpose of MY LIFE MY LEGACY, Inc. is to provide services and assistance that will help high school students in and around the City of Hampton, Virginia. These particular opportunities will educate them on the importance of preparing for their future, and motivate participants to seek post high school education. To that end, MY LIFE MY LEGACY, Inc. offers programs such as:

  •  College Preparatory
  •  College Admissions Assistance
  •  Test Preparation and Strategies
  •  College Application Assistance
  •  Scholarship Application and Essay Assistance
  •  Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) Assistance
  •  Computer/Technology Access
  •  Summer Advancement Assistance
  •  and more….

If you have high schoolers in the Hampton area, I encourage you to get in touch with My Life My Legacy, Inc.  They are bridging the gap between children, parents, and the road to college.  Planning for college can be overwhelming and these lovely people are helping to educate our youth and their parents so that college can become a real option to them. 

Check out their first online magazine: http://issuu.com/darylcros/docs/mlml.magazine1

 My Life My Legacy, Inc. contact information:

Phone: 757-912-5429

Address: P.O. Box 541 Hampton, VA 23669

Web: www.mylegacy-inc.org

Email: 1legacy.inc@gmail.com

Radio Show email: mylifemylegacyradioshow@gmail.com

-LEGACY Hampton

 

-myLEGACYinc

 

It’s refreshing to see young people doing positive things.  Share this with everyone that you know.  Find out how you can support this positive effort. 

God bless!

~Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis

 

Throwback Throw down-80’s Style TONIGHT!!!

 

The Young Adults of Gethsemane Baptist Church are having a throwback throw down-80’s style.  We are going to travel back in time and become kids for one night.

There will be child hood snacks, music, best 80’s apparel contest; where you can dress as your favorite 80’s character or even dress up like a child in the 80’s, double dutch contest, hula hoop contest, best school yard chant, and so much more.

We may even try a game of duck-duck goose…

You don’t want to miss this fun-filled night.  Young Adults ages 18-35ish.  This is a night that you don’t want to miss.  Bring your cameras because the young adult leaders are going all out tonight!!!!

God bless and we hope to see you tonight. 

Message from

~Jermaine and Nicole Ellis

Young Adult Coordinators