Canton News

PRST STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID CANTON, MS PERMIT NO. 3 Canton News P.O. Box 1163, Canton, MS 39046 Good News You Can Use • November 7, 2019 • Vol. 5, No. 11 • Canton, Mississippi 8:30-6:00 M-F 8:30-12:30 Sat Stace Cauthe Sander & Bil M b 1301 East Peace Street, Canton 39046 601-859-4212 its not to late get your flu shot! Two dedicated Canton pas- tors are proof that perseverance and faith can lead to significant change, and their dedication has led to a positive change in an area of the community that was lacking in worship opportunities, healthcare resources and safety. In 2003, Dexter and Sheryl Washington moved to Canton from Crosby, Mississippi, so Dexter could work for the Nis- san plant. The Washingtons came to the area with ambition and felt that God was leading them to do something more. Dexter became an ordained minister in 2009, while Sheryl was an assis- tant teacher at Canton Elemen- tary. She then followed with her ordination in 2012. They start- ed Dunamis (meaning “power” in Greek) Power Ministries that same year as a children’s minis- try inside the community room at Canton Estates Apartments. It began as a Bible study only for the children. By Lori Lycette They quickly saw a need for a church, due to very few of the local resi- dents hav- ing a church home, and soon began holding Sun- day services in that com- munity room. The couple e v e n t u a l l y heard about a vacant church building in the Sawmill Q u a r t e r s c o m m u n i - ty of Canton and moved their minis- try there in 2016. Duna- mis Power Mi n i s t r i e s is covered by Apostle Gene Moody of Deliverance Ministries in Ba- ton Rouge, Louisiana. The Washingtons offer many other ser- vices, such as coun- seling for i n d i v i d u - als as well as married couples, job assistance, educat ion/ graduation help and c l o t h i n g giveaways. They really try to make themselves available to help anyone in need. “We’re a deliverance m i n i s t r y . We’re a church that believes in getting to the root cause of their issues so they can heal from the inside,” said Sheryl Washington. Dunamis holds an annual health fair every October on the church property. The most recent fair had many representatives onsite from local healthcare facilities including the G. A. Carmichael Family Health Center, Mississip- pi State Department of Health, UMMC School of Dentistry, Sta-Home, Magnolia Health and Ambetter. Free healthcare, such as blood pressure checks, glu- cose testing, HIV testing, mam- mography screening and diabetes education, was provided. A vari- ety of healthcare professionals were on site and stressed how crucial regular checkups are in the prevention and early detec- tion/treatment of serious and of- ten life-threatening health condi- tions. The Washingtons said that God told them that He would rewrite the history of Mississippi, and they are believing in faith that it will happen. The church holds an Pastor couple investing in community to foster change Special to The Canton News Pastors Dexter and Sheryl Washington of Dunamis Power Ministries. cont. on page 9 Photo by Lori Lycette Welcome Center Christmas tree dressed in gold and white this year. Canton prepares for Christmas, plans events Once again, more than 200,000 twinkling white lights will spar- kle and light up the city’s Historic Courthouse Square, bringing the magic and nostalgia of the holi- days, along with thousands of visi- tors, to Canton. Decorating has begun at the Wel- come Center inside the historic Trolio Hotel on the Square. Gar- land and thousands of lights are al- ready framing the foyer as well as the Gathering Room, which boasts a different theme every year. This year’s title will be “A Magical Movie Christmas.” Back this year is the interactive Christmas Village, giving children the opportunity to make reindeer food for Santa’s reindeer to eat on Christmas Eve. Frosty will be near his igloo handing out marsh- mallows to roast by his fire, and Santa’s elves will pass out mag- ical glasses that make the Christ- mas lights in Canton come to life in special shapes! The interactive Christmas Village is designed to allow children to take home their memories from the Canton Christ- mas festival while creating special memories with the characters. “As we all know, moments and Special to The Canton News cont. on page 18