Therefore, Go! With “HOPE” through Offering Christ.

Scripture:
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said,
‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows
me will never walk in darkness,
but will have the light of life.’ 
John 8:12

PLEASE NOTE:  On LAITY SUNDAY, October 21st, please wear PINK to show
support for early breast cancer detection and improved survival rates especially for
African-Americans which is the mission of the Sisters of Promise Advisory Council,
an advisory arm of Komen Atlanta.

7:30 AM WORSHIP SERVICE SPEAKER

Kerry Goode

Kerry is a native of Town Creek, Alabama where he attended Hazelwood High School.  Kerry was a football standout and was on the State Championship team his Junior and Senior years where he was a star running back.  Kerry also was on the State Championship track team during his senior year.

Kerry’s journey took him to The University of Alabama where the legendary Paul Bear Bryant recruited him.  Kerry enjoyed 4 years as a star running back for The University of Alabama Football team where he majored in Business and obtained his Bachelor’s of Science degree from the Bidgood Business School at The University of Alabama. After a successful college football career, Goode spent three years as a running back with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Miami Dolphins in the National Football League (NFL). After his playing career, Goode spent seven years as a strength and conditioning coach with the New York Giants and the then St. Louis Rams.

Goode worked 13 years as a Sales Manager for Ryder Corporation. Hewas diagnosed with ALS in July 2015.After receiving this life changing news, Kerry’s mission and passion was to bring awareness to and eradicate ALS while helping the many families that are affected and infected by this disease. In 2015, The Goode Foundation was founded as a nonprofit (501C3).  As the founder, Kerry is striving to serve as an advocate for a cure and to empower families dealing with this disease.

Kerry resides in Fairburn, GA with his wife Tanja Goode. He has 3 sons (Brooks, Devin and Roman) and 2 daughters (Ariel and Sydney).  Goode is a member of Ben Hill United Methodist Church.

10:45 AM WORSHIP SERVICE SPEAKER

The Honorable Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams and her five siblings grew up in Gulfport, Mississippi with three tenets: go to school, go to church, and take care of each other. Despite struggling to make ends meet for their family, her parents made service a way of life for their children – if someone was less fortunate, it was their job to serve that person. This ethic led the family to Georgia. Stacey’s parents attended Emory University to pursue graduate studies in Divinity and become United Methodist ministers. Stacey and her younger siblings attended DeKalb County Schools, and she graduated from Avondale High School.

Stacey received degrees from Spelman College, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and Yale Law School. Dedicated to civic engagement, she founded the New Georgia Project, which registered more than 200,000 voters of color between 2014 and 2016. Under the pen name Selena Montgomery, Stacey is the award-winning author of eight romantic suspense novels, which have sold more than 100,000 copies. As co-founder of NOW Account – a financial services firm that helps small businesses grow – Stacey has helped create and retain jobs in Georgia. And through her various business ventures, Stacey has helped employ even more Georgians, including hundreds of young people starting out. And as House Minority Leader, she has worked strategically to recruit, train, elect, and defend Democrats to prevent a Republican supermajority in the House, and has worked across the aisle on behalf of all Georgians. During her tenure, she has stopped legislation to raise taxes on the poor and middle class and to roll back reproductive healthcare. She has brokered compromises that led to progress on transportation, infrastructure, and education. Most recently, she passed legislation to improve the welfare of grandparents and other kin raising children and secured increased funding to support these families.