Friendship-West has a full day:Mayor Tom Leppert, Black Marriage Day, Groundbreaking for Phase II
This past Sunday was a busy one for Friendship-West Baptist Church. I’m still trying to figure out how we fit so much into each service yesterday.
- First Dr. Haynes acknowledged some guests from the Brite Divinity School Black Church Summit. There was a banquet held during the summit to honor Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Jr. Dr. Wright did not attend due in part to security concerns. The Dallas Morning News’ Jeffrey Weiss gives a summary of some of the weekend’s events here.
- Married couples in the congregation participated in a vow renewal ceremony in conjunction with Black Marriage Day. Sister Nisa Muhammad , founder of Black Marriage Day, was also in attendance. Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert and his wife were also present, and the mayor presented Friendship-West with a proclamation from the city commending the church’s support of Black Marriage Day and commitment to family. (I hope the mayor doesn’t plan to run for President anytime soon).
- Following service, Dr. Haynes lead those present in a groundbreaking ceremony for Phase II of the Friendship-West development. The ceremony was held around a monument that will be placed in the Village Prayer Garden on the site. Phase II includes:
- Wild Wild West Inspotainment Center – a Main Event/Chuck E. Cheese type family facility to serve as an outlet for area youth. It will also consist of a youth chapel, serving the spiritual needs of area youth as well.
- Senior Housing Village – Gated housing community tailored for Seasoned Saints who may be in need of assisted living.
- Amphitheater – Outdoor entertainment venue for the arts unlike any other venue in Southern Dallas.
- Phase I included the 150,000 sq. ft. Friendship-West Baptist Church and Conference Center.