Four Black Single Mothers Blessed With Pre-Owned Cars At a Maryland Church [VIDEO]

Beyond making history as the first African American Lamborghini and McLaren dealer in the United States, Thomas Moorehead, President and CEO of Sterling Motorcars, is also establishing a legacy of giving back to the communities he serves. Recently, the Sterling Motor Cars Community C.A.R.E program surprised four single-parent moms with cars during church services held on Sunday, April 28, at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

Sterling Motorcars is a longtime member of the BE 100s, Black Enterprise’s listing of the largest black-owned businesses, and was named Auto Dealer of the Year back in 2007.

According to a statement, each of the unsuspecting mothers was gifted with a vehicle at the 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, and 6:30 p.m. services, making them the first recipients of the Sterling Motorcars’ Community C.A.R.E. Program. The community-based initiative, which stands for “commitment, assurance, reliability, and excellence,” targets school, local organizations, and faith-based organizations.

Photo credit: First Baptist Church of Glenarden

Pastor K. Jenkins Sr. of First Baptist Church of Glenarden said the moms were selected based on their economic hardships and faithfulness to the church. “We have identified four single parents based on their financial needs, having young children, and being active members of the First Baptist Church of Glenarden,” he said in the statement. “Our recipients are faithfully involved in our ministries and are single parents who recognize that their lives are bigger than themselves. They give generously by serving outside of themselves by helping other people.”

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(Photo credit: First Baptist Church of Glenarden)

Although they were not named in the statement, each of the parents was described as follows:

  • Parent One: Husband passed leaving her to raise eight children, ages 8-15
  • Parent Two: Involved in an automobile accident with uninsured motorists where her car was totaled. This parent volunteers with FBCG’s Special Needs Ministry and has a 15-year-old child.
  • Parent Three: Uses public transportation and has two children ages 7 and 9. Despite various hardships in her life, she continues to serve in the Kids World Ministry and the Children Bible Study Ministry for the last five years.
  • Parent Four: Volunteers their time working with the dance ministry youth ages 13-18.  They have a 9-year-old son, who is also actively involved in the church.
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(Photo credit: First Baptist Church of Glenarden)

Watch Marilyn Lacy, a widowed mother of eight, react after being surprised with a vehicle in the video below.



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Kanye West’s Sunday Service at Coachella this weekend was a resounding success, with 50,000 people getting up early to hear Yeezy renditions of gospel tunes. So much so, that the “Jesus Walks” rapper is reportedly thinking about starting his very own church.

Isn’t this man already hella stressed?

A “source” told People magazine, “He is extremely passionate about his faith and wants to share it more regularly with people. He spends a lot of time studying and praying, and wants to share his journey.”

Well, duh. This isn’t shocking to anyone who had paid attention to Yeezus project. But a whole church?

The source added, “Say what you want about Kanye, but he really does want to help people who need support. He understands brokenness and the need for healing, probably more than most people. He believes in the healing powers of music, but also believes that God can step in and heal people’s brokenness and their issues.”

Will the gospel of Yeezy bringing only positive vibes? Or, will it, hopefully not, become some type of cult ripe for exploitation by those with ill intentions?

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An Open Letter to My LGBTQ Siblings in the United Methodist Church

The United Methodist Church voted Tuesday at its General Conference for the “Traditional Plan” that reinforces the denomination’s statement on homosexuality. 

“The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching,” reads the document. “Therefore self-avowed practicing homosexuals are not to be certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church.” The statement also prohibits Methodist ministers from officiating at same sex weddings.

On Monday, delegates rejected a plan that would have made LGBTQ inclusion an issue for local churches to decide. Enforcement of the statement has been lax in recent years, and this year’s conference intended to respond to competing practices.

This is my response—as a feminist theologian and a queer woman.

The United Methodist Church voted Tuesday at its General Conference for the “Traditional Plan” that reinforces the denomination’s statement on homosexuality.  (Erin M. / Creative Commons)


To my LGBTQ siblings in the United Methodist Church:

While these are difficult days for the United Methodist Church in general, I know that these days are exceptionally painful, distressing and discouraging for you.

Your church has long been engaged in debate over your place as full and valued members. But while straight folks have the luxury of theological debate over LGBTQ people in ministry and relationship, your lives are much, much more than a theological question.

I write to you from a place of empathy and understanding, as a queer person who left my own denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, when its increasing misogyny and homophobia overwhelmed more moderate churches and made remaining Southern Baptist untenable.

You may have heard of the controversy among Southern Baptists during the 1980s and 90s. The Convention stated its opposition to women in ordained ministry in 1984—but, because Southern Baptist churches are autonomous, the Convention’s resolution did not affect the ability of local churches to continue to ordain women. Of course, local associations often proceeded to kick those churches out, but they still affiliated with state and national conventions.

In the early 1990s, the Southern Baptist Convention then amended its constitution to exclude churches that in any way implied acceptance of LGBTQ people. That change was astonishing, because it was the first time in the history of the Southern Baptist Convention that the denomination had required any theological criterion for membership. That they did so over LGBTQ issues is telling.

At the time, I was just beginning my own coming out process. I had fought through the battles over women while I was in seminary in the 1980s. I was about to be ordained myself. I was living in Oregon, where I was a member of the state’s only moderate Southern Baptist church and also teaching at a Christian liberal arts college that excluded LGBTQ people.

After a deep personal struggle, I decided I needed to leave the college and the Baptists. I talked to my pastor, a kind and open man, who reminded me that while the SBC had gone the way it had, my local church had not. For me, however, the problem was that while the church had not excluded LGBTQ people, it had also not done anything to support us that would get the church kicked out of the SBC. I realized that as long as the church was part of the SBC, I felt complicit.

That was when I began the process of seeking a new church home. Had I been in the Deep South, I could have become part of the Alliance of Baptists, which began in 1987 in response to the fundamentalist takeover of the SBC. These churches emphasize “progressive inquiry, contemplative prayer and prophetic action to bring about justice and healing in a changing world.” They are welcoming of LGBTQ people in membership and leadership. But we have no Alliance of Baptists churches in Oregon.

I made my way to Ainsworth United Church of Christ in Portland instead, which offered a clear alternative. Shortly after I became a member, the church, already a multiracial and multicultural congregation, began its “open and affirming” process. In the UCC, this is the way a church declares itself welcoming and supportive of LGBTQ people in all areas of life and ministry.

We spent about a month in conversations during worship and educational meetings. Our newly-arrived pastor asked me, since I had been a Southern Baptist and we Baptists know the Bible so well, to lead a study of the biblical passages about sexuality during a worship service. At the end of the process, the congregation voted to suspend its constitutional requirement for a vote and to make the decision using consensus.

Without rancor or a vote that required winners and losers, we came together to become an open and affirming congregation. Did some people leave because of our stance? Yes. But very few. I’ve been a Baptist in exile in the UCC ever since.

I’m telling this story to you, my siblings, because I know the struggle you face. Your very worth as human beings is at stake; your ability to answer God’s call to ministry in the UMC is at stake; your ability to worship, serve and marry in the church you love are at stake. Now, you’ll have to wrestle with your own conscience about staying or leaving. Neither way is without difficulties and pain.

I hope you know, despite pronouncements by the majority of voters at the conference meeting, that you are not wrong and you are not sinful. I hope you know that your life is not “incompatible with Christian teaching.” The behavior of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church toward LGBTQ people is what is incompatible with the love of God and teachings of Jesus.

If you choose to leave, I can attest to the liberation and joy that can be found in discovering a church home outside the denomination that gave you birth and then refused you. I remember so clearly the first year I was a member of Ainsworth, in the mid-1990s, when we held our annual celebration of the Loving Supreme Court decision that overturned anti-miscegenation laws. One member of the church, who was in a racially mixed marriage, said that while she was grateful for the decision, she recognized that the struggle would not be over until queer folks could marry. I knew then: Here is where I belong.

I hope you know that there is another way outside the UMC. I hope you are able to build an alternative association, like the Alliance of Baptists, with those churches that choose to leave. You’ll still need to grieve—both the loss of a church you loved and the pain that church has inflicted. Making sense of it all will take time. (It’s been 25 years since I left the SBC, and I still spend a significant chunk of my own time writing about them!)

If you choose to stay, fight the good fight, finish the race, keep the faith. The struggle for justice requires committed people who fight from the outside and the inside. But do not let this struggle with the UMC become all you are. Our lives cannot be only struggle. Seek joy and kinship with others and in those people and things you love.

Most of all, do not let this controversy cause you for a moment to question your own worth. No matter what Southern Baptists or the United Methodist Church say, you are God’s children—created in God’s image and worthy of God’s love.

Your sexuality is a gift from God—not a sin, not a disorder, not an incompatibility.

In this moment of darkness, remember the words of the Gospel of John: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” In this moment of darkness, remember the words of the author of I John: “Whoever loves a brother or sister lives in the light, and in such a person there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates another believer is in the darkness, walks in the darkness, and does not know the way to go, because the darkness has brought on blindness. Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.”

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