Local Briefs

Posted on 07 Dec 2006 at 8:24pm
By Staff and Wire Reports

Faith Community Church names Darnell as new pianist

David Darnell has been named as the new pianist for Faith Community Church of Dallas, church officials have announced.

Darnell, who started taking piano lessons at the age of 9, was playing in a church by age 10 and has been playing for churches ever since.

“My prayer is that my ministry of music through the keyboard or in song will give all glory and praise to our Heavenly Father and that it will foster a time of worship and praise from the heart of each individual present,” Darnell said.

Prior to joining Faith Community Church of Dallas, Darnell served as church musician and minister of music at several churches in Texas, Florida and overseas. He also has accompanied various gospel groups and soloists.

FCC of Dallas is independent of any denomination, affirming and welcoming to all people who wish to develop a personal relationship with Christ, church officials said. The church is self-governed by the body of believers, and the church’s structure is patterned after New Testament guidelines.

FCC of Dallas holds worship services in the Chapel within Munger Place United Methodist Church, 5200 Bryan Street at Munger, every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. For more information call 214-828-1314.

WCA collecting holiday gifts for women in nursing homes through Dec. 22

The Women’s Communities Association is once again collecting holiday gifts that will be delivered to women in nursing homes through its All Our Sisters Holiday Outreach program. Wrapped gifts, with a card attached describing the gift, can be delivered to the WCA offices, 4301 Bryan St., Christine Jarosz’s office at 9034 Daytonia or to the All Our Sisters coordinator, Ann Cohn, at 2024 Custer Parkway, before Dec. 22.

Anyone who would like to set up a collection box for the gift collection effort at their place of business can call 214-319-6696.

In addition to the wrapped gifts, All Our Sisters also collects used clothing to donate to women in nursing homes.

Donations can be taken to the WCA offices and will be delivered between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

The WCA’s 2006 Christmas Party/Solstice Gathering/Hanukah Celebration will be held Dec. 23 at 2 p.m. at Lindale Park, 1510 N. Plano Road, between Arapaho Road and Campbell Road in Richardson.

MergeMedia Group wins old MarCom Creative Award for GLAAD PSA

Dallas-based MergeMedia Group, LP, a marketing and communications firm specializing in the LGBT market, has won the 2006 MarCom Creative Awards’ Gold Award in the public service announcement category for the PSA MergeMedia created for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
The announcement featured Oscar-nominated actor Julianne Moore.

The MarCom Creative Awards are an international competition recognizing outstanding achievement by marketing and communications professionals.

It is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communica-tions Professionals, an international organization consisting of several thousand marketing, communications, advertising, public relations, media production and freelance professionals.

Entries are judged by industry professionals who look for companies and individuals who talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.

There were more than 5,000 entries from around the U.S. and several foreign countries in the contest this year.

MergeMedia can be found online at www.mergemedia.com

Manning Family Chiropractic to hold toy drive through Christmas Eve

Manning Family Chiropractic will be collecting toys for its third annual Holiday Toy Drive, benefiting the Genesis Women’s Shelter, through Christmas Eve.

Those who donate a new, unwrapped toy will receive a complimentary consultation, exam and report of findings.

The clinic is located at 2701 McKinney, Suite 202, upstairs from Jake’s Burgers. For information call 214-720-2225.

Alexandre’s to host Holiday Wreath Charity Auction

Alexandre’s, a nightclub located at 4026 Cedar Springs Road, will be host for the first annual Holiday Wreath Charity Auction benefiting the Resource Center of Dallas, on Monday, Dec. 11, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The event will be emceed by Mark Alan Smith and will include catered food, silent bidding, valet parking, drink specials and prizes for the top three entries. Seating for the event is reserved, available for $20, and attire is semi-formal.

Entry into the auction and contest is open to the public, and entries will be accepted beginning Nov. 24.

Silent bids will be accepted from Dec. 4 through Dec. 11.

For rules and entry guidelines, call 214-559-0720 or e-mail alexandresdallas@sbcglobal.net.

LeatherMasters Dallas open house to feature Bo Dixon as Santa Claus

Bo Dixon, an adult film star with Colt Studios, will be dressed as Santa Claus and pose for photos with customers during LeatherMasters Dallas’ holiday open house on Dec. 16 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The charge for a photo with Santa Bo will be $5, with proceeds benefiting AIDS Services of Dallas.

DVDs, calendars and other items will also be available to purchase and have autographed by Dixon.

LeatherMasters Dallas is located at 2525 Wycliff Ave., Suite 124.

Promise MCC announces schedule for Christmas Eve worship services

Promise Metropolitan Community Church will hold services at 10:30 a.m. and at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 24, which is Christmas Eve, church officials have announced.

Holy Communion will be offered at both services, and the evening gathering will be a candlelight service.

Promise MCC, the oldest MCC in Dallas which will soon celebrate its 10th anniversary, is located at 2527 W. Colorado Blvd. For more information, call 214-623-8400 or go online to www.promisemcc.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, October 20, 2006.

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