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  • Writer's pictureBrenda Cochran

Greater Allen AME Church Presents Newly Adopted Programs Toward Spiritual Growth

Greater Allen African Methodist Episcopal Church under the leadership of Rev, Doctor Elmer S. Martin, Senior Pastor, presented two newly adopted programs. The first is “Adopt a Senior” for the holiday season. Printed in an attractive bulletin, was information entitled “What is a Senior.” This program was introduced on Sunday, November 12, 2023 and on Sunday November 19th, the adopters were asked to submit their names along with the Adoptees’ name.

Following Rev. Dr. Martin’s sermon which was “Responding to Spiritual Growth” in which he noted one attitude taken toward spiritual growth taken from Judges 18:1-3 and the second attitude found in Joshua 14:6-15.

Mrs. Stephanie Norwood, a member of Greater Allen presented an invitation to the congregation to join another informational program on Organ Donation to be held in the Parish Hall.

This part of the Sunday Worship began with greetings from Mrs. Norwood and special prayer from Rev. Martin followed by a reception provided by the “Links” and the Greater Allen congregation.

Attendees were given information about Organ Donation placed on each table that not only answered many questions about organ donation, but also included steps on how to become an organ donor.

Derrick Duckworth, Multicultural Outreach Coordination from Life Connection was introduced who presented a wealth of information on not only how to become an organ donor, but was able to answer many questions about the importance of becoming a donor, but also information of how one can learn even more and register at

The literature given to each individual included facts and even more important questions and answers that included the following: 1 Organ Donor can save up to 8 lives and 1 Tissue Donor can Heal More Than 75 lives. The Questions included: Will there be a cost to my family if I donate? The answer is No. All costs associated with donation, are the responsibility of the organ and/or tissue recovery organization. A donor family is only responsible for hospital charges until death is declared and for funeral expenses.

It was also interesting to learn that Donate Life Ohio is educating Ohioans about organ, eye and tissue donation through the Second Chance Trust Fund. A $2.00 contribution supports education about donation and also provides hope to thousands of Ohioans waiting for a second chance at life.

Individuals can also contribute at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles when you apply for or renew your Ohio driver’s license or state I.D. You can further contribute to the fund by mailing a check to Second Chance Trust Fund, Ohio Department of Health, at 246 North High Street, Columbus Ohio 43215.

Following Mr. Duckworth presentation, Donerik Black, himself an organ donor and Editor/Publisher of The Dayton Weekly News, was introduced. Mr. Black had much to say about being a donor, but he was not only a donor, but a recipient from a donor.

Throughout his presentation, Mr. Black was able to not only shed a light of the importance of organ donation, but by sharing the challenges yet the appreciation that he has gained through sharing telling his story. There were even more question about how crucial it is to become an organ donor.

Eva Tuck, a member of Greater Allen, was then introduced. Although Ms. Tuck provided new information concerning organ donation, the fact that she is presently waiting for an organ transplant was riveting for all in attendance. Her story included the challenges she faces daily, but was also able to give even more importance of becoming an organ donor.

If you would like more question concerning Organ Donation – Online at LIFECONNECTION.ORG. Or by mail through an Ohio Donor Registry enrollment from found at BMVs or LCO’s offices.

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