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Greetings All,


HOME REPAIR AVAILABLE FOR LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS - As the weather heats up in Tucson, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild is reminding low-income residents that help is available for emergency home repairs, including fixing a swamp cooler. The help comes from Community Home Repair Projects of Arizona (CHRPA), which uses mostly volunteers. To learn more, contact CHRPA at (520) 745-2055 or the link below.

CHRPA: http://bit.ly/2qcnp7k


IMA Items


IMA CAT New Office – Please send all official correspondence to the Tucson Urban League in care of the IMA CAT, 2305 S Park Ave, Tucson, AZ 85713.


The IMA CAT Domain Leaders Meeting will be Friday, August 18, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Tucson Urban League.  Please meet with the people in your domain prior to this meeting. If you can’t make it, please call in or send a representative. The IMA Executive Council Meeting will take place on the same date and location but at 1:00 p.m.  These meetings ARE NOT OPEN for the general public.


The IMA CAT Meeting will be held Monday, August 21, 2017, at the Dunbar Pavilion, 325 West 2nd Street. The clergy will meet at 4:30 p.m. and the community will meet at 5:30 p.m. The IMA CAT Sponsor for August is Pilgrim Rest MBC. The Education Domain will be in charge. We will have several local politicians and media coverage. Like us on Facebook at "IMA Community Action Team” and follow us on Twitter- @IMATUCSONCAT. This meeting IS OPEN to the general public. 


IMA - Churches can still pay their assessment for the year: large churches $300, medium churches $200 and small churches $100. Also clergy can pay their dues at this time as well. Dues for the year are $120 for Pastors and $60 for Associate Ministers. Please make all checks payable to the IMA. You can also mail your check to the IMA, P. O. Box 41491, Tucson, AZ 85717-1491.


IMA CAT Dues: Sowing Into Where We Are Going. Dr. Holt asked those in attendance at our last meeting to make a monthly commitment to support the vision of the IMA CAT so we’ll have resources to keep moving ahead. For example, we have just finished setting up an office in the Tucson Urban League. Recently, we purchased a filing cabinet and new computer. He asked each member to consider giving at least $10 a month. We will have envelopes for you at our next meeting. Please make all checks payable to the IMA CAT. You can mail your checks to IMA CAT, P. O. Box 41491, Tucson, AZ 85717-1491 or you can give online at www.imatucson.org. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support!  




I’m Not What It Says I Am - Helping Heterosexuals deal with HIV/AIDS meets every 2nd Thursdays at 3202 E. First Street from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Please call Tina at (520) 302-9239 or Nika at (520) 278-9358 or go to www.facebook/I’mnotwhat.itsaysiam


The Kingspawns Chess Club meets in the Park Mall food court on Monday nights every week from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.!  Free classes, beginners are welcome! POC is Min. Eddie Danyfield.


Special Announcements


The NAACP meets at the Donna Liggins Center, 2160 N. 6th Ave, every 2nd Monday unless otherwise announced from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  They are looking for new members. Annual membership fee is only $30.00. They need an army of volunteers to join the fight for freedom and justice for all Americans. Please make your check payable to the NAACP and mail it to: NAACP Membership, P.O. Box 50894, Tucson, AZ 85703. 


Pastor Alma Jones is a prayer moderator for Bible Way Ministries, located in Atlanta, Ga. She hosts prayers for “Those In Authority” and a “Pastor’s Prayer Line” every Friday morning, 3:00 a.m. - 4:00 a.m. MST. The numbers for this prayer line: 1-605-475-3235, access code 153465. The alternate phone number for the Bible Way Prayer Line is 530-881-1042. Callers may try both numbers and use the number that is toll free. Pastor Jones is also the founder and director of “Home Churches” for Christ Ministry”. Website: homechurchesforchristoutreachministry.wordpress.com. The first Sunday of each month there is a “Family Prayer Line” for those who would like to pray for their families. See the numbers above. Any questions, please call Pastor Alma at (520) 429-3806.


KXCI 91.3 on your FM dial plays good Gospel music from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. every Sunday morning.  They are asking churches and businesses to mail your letters of announcements directly to them and support with your prayers and financial donations.  Please send correspondence or donations to KXCI Community Radio,220 South 4th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701 or call (520) 623.1000. 


Join Debbi Embry, Radio Talk Show Host, for “Conversations About Issues Affecting African Americans”, with community leaders, FM 96.1, KLPX, Sunday, from 6:30 a.m. - 7:00 a.m. It’s time for STRAIGHT TALK!


New Jerusalem MBC is in partnership with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. They have a joint effort and commitment to feeding America one household, neighborhood and one community at a time. They offer food boxes every Friday from 9:00 am until 10:30 am. At New Jerusalem MBC is located at 1341 S. Tyndall Ave. 


Church and Community Announcements




New Jerusalem MBC, 1341 S. Tyndall Ave., presents their 2017 Women’s Conference, Sunday, May 28, 2017. The 11:00 a.m. speaker will be Evangelist Belinda Handy of Living Faith Christian Center and the 3:00 p.m. speaker will be Min. Maisha McDowell-Tate from Trinity MBC.  For more information, please contact the church at (520) 903-1732 or by email at newjerusalemmb@aol.com or visit their website at www.njmbc.org.


The Southern Arizona Black College Community Support Group invites you to enroll in their Summer Academic Foundation for Enrichment (SAFE) Program, which will be held on Saturdays only at Pima Community College, West Campus, from May 27, 2017 to July 1, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for grades 3rd to 12th and lunch will be served.  For additional information, please contact Marie Cephers at (520) 869-5885 or Barbara Mosley (708) 712-6711. 




Christian Men’s Fellowship will be held at Davis-Monthan AFB Gospel Service, Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.

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Alliance Bible Church - Back to School

August 5



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Mt. Calvary

September 2



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Friendship MBC

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Grace Temple

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Pilgrim Rest

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House of Prayer


38th Annual SDA Prayer Breakfast will be on June 3, 2017 at the Hilton Tucson, 7600 E. Broadway, from 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. The theme is “Power of Prayer”, James 5:13-16. Dr. Carnella Hardin, PMBSC of AZ Woman’s Auxiliary President will be our guest speaker. The donation is $25 for adults and $12.50 for children under the age of 12. This year we will have tee-shirts available for purchase that can be worn with or in place of white attire for just $5.00 for youth sizes and $20.00 for Adult sizes. There is an additional $5.00 charge for size double and triple large. For tee-shirt purchase or further information, please contact Sis Anjanette Johnson at (520) 979-9528 or 1st Lady Sheila Frazier at (520) 977-4390.


Join the Tucson Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. for the 2017 Scholarship & Community Service Awards Luncheon on June 3, 2017! The event will be held at the Tucson Country Club and tickets are $50. Community honorees include Mr. Trehon Coleman, Youth Pastor of Rising Star, Ms. Desiree Cook, Founder and President of I Am You 360, and Dr. Duane Dyson, Philanthropist and Co-Owner of Dyson Pediatrics and Dyson Dermatology. Student honorees include students from University High, Canyon Del Oro High, and Empire High School. Contact https://sendomatic.com/akaheq2017 to purchase tickets.


Paradise Missionary Baptist State Convention of Arizona, Inc. Camp will be held June 5-8, 2017 at Prescott Pines.  The cost is $200 per person.  Please visit the website for more information at www.pmbscaz.orgYour church can register and pay online.


Sunshine Ministries and Racial Reconciliation Community Outreach Network (RRCON) will be hosting its 31st Annual Outreach Conference, The Awakening: “Taking The Next Step”, June 8-10, 2017.  For more information, please call (520) 790-0866 or email them at wwills1@cox.net. You can also visit their website at www.Rrcontucson.com.


Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church, 2403 S. Martin Ave., Da'Mond T. Holt, Senior Pastor – will have their Annual Women's Conference, June 10, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Theme for the occasion is "Choices & Consequences" (Deuteronomy 30:19-20). Registration fee is $10 which covers continental breakfast and conference materials. Facilitators are Requita Willis, Friendship MBC Tucson; Andrea Young, Pilgrim Rest MBC; and Sarah Harrison - Ideal MBC and Pilgrim Rest Phoenix.  For more information, please call the church at (520) 622-2214.


Rising Star MBC, 2800 E. 36th Street, will honor Pastor Amos L. Lewis and First Lady Zeannie Lewis for on their 30th Pastoral AnniversaryJune 10-11, 2017. There will be a First Lady Musical held at the church on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.  Pastor Jackson L. Glover of Greater St. Paul MBC of Pinckard, AL, will close out the celebration on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at the 10:00 a.m. service.


Vacation Bible School dates and times for the following church: Christ Kingdom Fellowship, June 19-23, 2017 - 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. nightly. Please list in the announcements; additional dates and times of other churches will follow. 




Rising Star MBC, 2800 E. 36th Street, will have their Vacation Bible SchoolJuly 10-13, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Dinner will be served from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. followed by praise and worship in the church sanctuary. Afterwards everyone will then be released for class from 7:00 p.m. to 7:50 p.m.  Then we will then return to the sanctuary for a quick review and prayer. On July 13, 2017 VBS will end at 8:30 p.m., due to all classes participating in a 2-3 minute presentation on what they learned throughout the week. For more information, please call the church at (520) 791-3068.


Siloam Christian Church Vacation Bible School this year is titled "Glow For Jesus" July 24th – 28th 2017, each evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Classes for all ages from Pre-School thru Adults. For more information or transportation, please call (520) 551-7624.




SAVE THE DATE: Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship presents: Consecration Service of Bishop Designate La’Tresa Jester, Senior Pastor of Gideon Full Gospel Baptist Church, August 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 210 E. Lester Street, Tucson, AZ 85705. Presiding Bishop, Joseph W. Walker III will be the guest speaker.


St. Paul MBC, Sierra Vista, AZ will have both Pastor Shawn L. and First Rosalind Buckhanan’s 24th Pastoral Anniversary and St. Paul’s 34 Church Anniversary, August 22, 25-27, 2017.  Please stay tuned for information.




Save the Date: NAACP Tucson Branch 99th Freedom Fund Dinner, Friday, October 6, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Desert Diamond Casino & Hotel Convention Center, 7350 S Nogales Hwy, Tucson AZ 85756. For further information, please contact Chairwoman Jessica Sanders at (520) 809-5021.


Tucson News


VOTERS APPROVE SALES TAX FOR PUBLIC SAFETY AND ROADS - Voters in the City of Tucson overwhelmingly approved a new, five-year, half-cent sales tax to fund public safety capital needs and road repairs. Unofficial results show 41,260 voters approved the plan, while 25,413 did not. Participation in the mail-in election was about 26 percent. Proposition 101 is predicted to raise $250 million over five years, with $150 million being used for public safety needs and the remaining $100 million used to fund road repairs. The average cost per Tucson resident is estimated to be approximately $3 per month. The half-cent sales tax will go into effect July 1, 2017. From the Arizona Daily Star: http://bit.ly/2pU8R89 Proposition 101 information and maps: http://bit.ly/2nx0vlh




JOB OPPORTUNITY: TUCSON WATER SYSTEM OPERATOR - Tucson Water is recruiting a water system operator in the Instrumentation & Control Section of potable and reclaimed water systems. Rotating shifts, weekends, and holidays are mandatory. Please follow the job description below to learn about the required experience and certifications. The application deadline is May 31, 2017. Read the job description: http://bit.ly/2pXhfmv Tucson Water website: http://1.usa.gov/1kA18Hj


TUCSON EMPLOYER ADDING HUNDREDS OF JOBS - Bayview Asset Management, LLC (a nationwide investment and mortgage finance company) is expanding its operations in Tucson, according to an announcement today by Sun Corridor Inc. Bayview says it plans to hire an additional 375 people in key financial roles. The company is located in the University of Phoenix building at 300 S. Craycroft Road, and it plans to add a second location at 5151 E. Broadway Blvd. The new space will add about 40,000 square feet across three floors. The economic impact of the expansion is estimated at $552 million. Bayview Asset Management: http://bit.ly/2pe6SuU Sun Corridor, Inc: http://bit.ly/2paM1bk


Job Opening at Old Pueblo Community Services
                                    (OPCS) - Clinical Manager -Position with one of Southern Arizona's premier social service agencies. Delivery of outpatient
                                    substance abuse and dependence, and co-occurring behavioral health services to person identified as substance abuse and or
                                    substance dependent. Have fun while making a difference! Is a flexible schedule important to you? Looking for an opportunity
                                    to grow your career, have your contributions recognized and move up in the organization. Then join our dynamic team, which
                                    believes we can have fun and do well by doing good. OPCS is dedicated to eradicating homelessness. We train you and provide
                                    all the tools to be successful. Ours is a values driven organization that has a real impact in the lives of others. Are you
                                    a veteran? Your dedication to serving others is a plus at OPCS. If you are interested in applying please send your updated
                                    resume and application to: hr@helptucson.org<mailto:hr@helptucson.org>


Customs and Border Protection is aggressively recruiting to fill many officer and agent vacancies in southern Arizona.  This represents a promising career opportunity for those who can meet the requirements which are explained briefly on the attachment.  More information is available at www.cbp.gov/careers.


Other Important Links


Paradise Missionary Baptist State Convention of Arizona, Inc. - www.pmbscaz.org




For other important information from our partners, please visit these websites: www.4Tucson.comwww.pimacountyinterfaith.org and www.icstucson.org.


Important information about Boards & Commissions| Official Website of the City of Tucson at http://www.tucsonaz.gov/clerks/boards






Tucson NewsNet Daily Digest - A service of the City of Tucson Web version: http://government.tucsonaz.gov/newsnet/latest


Christian Men’s Fellowship - http://tucsoncmf.org/index.html


Have a great day and blessed weekend!


Rev. Amos L. Lewis 

Senior Pastor and IMA CAT Facilitator

Rising Star MBC

2800 E. 36th Street

Tucson, AZ 85713

(520) 791-3068 - Church

(520) 349-4876 - Home


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