Grace United Methodist Church, 4105 Junius at Haskell, has faith in our neighborhood, says longtime parishioner Palmer Strother. That’s why the church works hard to help needy families who live here, Strother says.
Built in 1905, the church is in the midst of a $2 million capital campaign to renovate its facilities. The campaign, which began in 1987, has raised nearly $1 million and has resulted in a clinic in the church’s basement that provides free legal advice and medical examinations on alternating days throughout the week. Grace is sponsoring a family garage sale Nov. 2 from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. to raise funds for its capital campaign.
“It is a testament to Grace’s commitment to the community that the first phase of the church renovation campaign was to build a permanent, five-room exam clinic in the basement,” says Rev. Chuck Cox, the church pastor. “We now need to focus on the sanctuary and the parlor.”
Last month, Grace was featured on CNN for its community service during a “practicing what you preach” series.
“Our mission is to reach out – not necessarily to evangelize people to join the church, but to provide needed services and relieve financial burdens,” Strother says.
Strother heads Grace’s legal service for the church, which is offered every other Thursday night. Members of the Legal Services of North Texas donate their time to help families with civil cases.
Every Saturday morning, the courtroom turns into the Agape Medical Clinic headed by Dr. Bobbie Stark. The clinic provides primary care, immunizations and medicine to residents at no charge. Then, every other Wednesday night, The Bridge Breast Center sets up shop to provide mammograms.
“The church is there to help people,” Strother says. “The community sees that the church is growing. They have faith that we’re going to be around for quite awhile.”
For church information, call 824-2533.
News & Notes
McDaniel Will Not Seek Re-election: City Councilman Craig McDaniel of District 14 has announced he won’t seek re-election this spring. In McDaniel’s quarterly District 14 newsletter, he writes: “When I first ran for this office, I said that it was my goal to leave the City a better place than it was before I became involved…My goals for holding local office have substantially been realized…Serving on the City Council is rewarding, but it is also a significant drain on one’s time, finances and energy. “I will continue to be involved in our community, but it is time for me to step aside so that we may elect another progressive, public-spirited person to carry us on into the next century.”
Auction Helps Kids and Seniors: The Zonta Club of Dallas, a professional women’s service group, holds an auction, dinner and bingo fund-raiser at 6 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Lakewood Country Club, Gaston and Abrams. Proceeds benefit nonprofit agencies serving children and senior citizens. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased by calling Irene Hostrup at 341-0495.
Adopt A Grandparent: Cathedral Gardens Apartments, a 15-year-old nonprofit retirement community at 1500 N. Garrett, is seeking participants for its new Adopt a Grandparent fund-raising program. The Gardens, which is operated by the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Dallas, serves about 100 people of different faiths and struggles each year to make ends meet, says Director Rev. Charles F. Keen. The fund-raising program would require a group or an individual to adopt a room and resident at a cost of $500 a year. Participants will receive names and pictures of the residents they adopt. Many residents would enjoy an occasional letter or visit, Keen says. Call 821-5910.
Bank Expands: Swiss Avenue Bank is expanding into North Dallas, where it will open a branch in the Spring 1997 at Walnut Hill and Rambler. The new 12,000-square-foot, single-story building is being designed by Dahl Architects. Swiss Avenue Bank opened in 1974 and established its first branch in Oak Cliff in 1992. Sheena J. Burden-Clift recently joined the bank as vice president, internal auditor and network administrator. She has 15 years of bank auditing experience.
Investment Broker Joins Southwest Securities: James A. Parry, formerly of Rauscher Pierce, has joined Southwest Securities as an investment broker. Parry has an MBA in finance and more than 10 years experience.
Lake Fund-Raisers Net More than $10,000: Bake for the Lake, an event sponsored recently by the nonprofit group For the Love of the Lake, raised $3,100 for improvements to White Rock Lake’s park area. A benefit concert by Santana, Ottmar Liebert and Buddy Guy last month at Coca-Cola Starplex raised $7,300. The money will be used to purchase items such as water fountains, playground equipment, benches, bike racks, and trash and recycling receptacles.
Public Safety Awards Luncheon: The East Dallas Chamber of Commerce and the Northeast Organized Neighbors, a crime prevention group, will honor a paramedic, firefighter and two police officers for outstanding service to our community at the Public Safety Awards Luncheon at noon Nov. 12 at Lakewood Country Club, Gaston and Abrams. Dallas Police Chief Ben Click is the guest speaker. Tickets cost $15. Call 321-6446.
Silver Medal Winner: Neighborhood chef Christian Freeman won a silver medal as a member of the Apprentice Team USA at the Culinary Olympics held recently in Germany. Thirty countries competed in the event, and the United States received 58 medals. Freeman attends El Centro College and was the only Texan chosen for the competition.
All Aboard!: Toby O’Brien, founder of Yegua Creek Brewing Co. at 2920 N. Henderson, has been named outstanding volunteer of the year by the Institute for Shipboard Education, also known as the “Semester at Sea” program. O’Brien is the president of the organization’s Dallas Alumni Club and has assisted with student recruitment for more than 10 years. He was a student in Fall 1983.
Rotary Club Donates $20,000 to Texas A&M: The White Rock Rotary Club of Dallas honored its late president, Billy L. Stephenson, by endowing at $20,000 civil engineering fund at Texas A&M University. The money will be used to provide scholarships to high school graduates from Dallas, Denton, Collin, Grayson and Rockwall counties based on financial need. Stephenson, a retired civil engineer, had just completed his third term as president at the time of his death in 1995. He was a 1951 graduate of Texas A&M.