Assisting Pastor Ewing with fundraising over the growing flock is church member Olivia Young. This past weekend Young and the “Allenites,” named after Richard Allen, the first bishop of the AME Church held a shopping venture with a purpose. The Allenites focus on organizing church functions, dispelling racial oppression, upgrading the social status of the black community, organizing Sabbath schools to teach literacy and promoting national organizations to develop political strategies.
The sponsored day trip included stops to the Tanger Outlets in Hilton Head, SC and Pooler, GA. Over 50 church members and friends boarded the bus at 7 a.m. and enjoyed a continental breakfast, games, jazz music, movies and prizes. The group returned to Jacksonville at 8 p.m. exhausted from a full day of shopping.
The following Sunday, Young presented Pastor Ewing with the 3k proceeds raised from the shopping trip extravaganza. Shown is Pastor Ewing excitedly accepting the donation from the Olivia Young and the Allenites.