A Breakfast to Honor the Brocks

February 18th, 2015

The 2015 Breakfast of Champions

In Honor of the Brock Family, of Chattanooga

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."

Matthew 5:16 (ESV)

If you have been a part of the Bethlehem Center for over a year, you are probably familiar with the annual Breakfast of Champions. 

Every February, the Bethlehem Center recognizes members of the community who have chosen to honor the Lord God, by using their time and gifts to help children and families in South Chattanooga. 

Honoring a champion is a big deal to us, because we have learned that people need intentional investments of time into their lives. It's one thing to know and share the good news about Jesus with someone, but it's another thing altogether to live out God's faithfulness along side them. It allows them to "see", Jesus.

Here at the Beth, God has blessed us with many volunteers, and employees who have spent years of their lives along side the residents of inner-city Chattanooga. 

The Tradition

If you have been a part of the Bethlehem Center for over a year, you are probably familiar with the annual Breakfast of Champions. 

Every February, the Bethlehem Center recognizes members of the community who have chosen to honor the Lord God, by using their time and gifts to help children and families in South Chattanooga. 

Honoring a champion is a big deal to us, because we have learned that people need intentional investments of time into their lives. It's one thing to know and share the good news about Jesus with someone, but it's another thing altogether to live out God's faithfulness along side them. It allows them to "see", Jesus. 

Here at the Beth, God has blessed us with many volunteers, and employees who have spent years of their lives along side the residents of inner-city Chattanooga.

This Year's Champion

This year, the Beth will honor the Brock family, of Chattanooga.

The woman pictured here, is Miriam Acree Brock, wife of William Emerson Brock Sr., founder of Brock Candy Company.

In August 1920, Mrs. Brock was the driving force behind the small group that took out the charter for the Bethlehem Center. At the time, it was called The Wesley Center, and it worked in one of the toughest parts of town, on the corner of Polk and E. 16th Street.

They began with small classes, but the program quickly grew. In 1926, the Center moved to 1401 College Street after Miss Mary Caldwell donated a two story brick home  in honor of her father, a minister of the Baltimore conference, Methodist Episcopal Church.

The Bethlehem House had clubs for 200 participants from a wide range of age groups who learned arts, crafts, recreational activities, and needed educational assistance.

Meanwhile, a Reverend Sallie Crenshaw was also following the Lord's calling, and moved to Chattanooga after doing surveying the conditions in a neglected section of Chattanooga in 1947. She started a Sunday School out of a borrowed beer tavern on St. Elmo Av. at 33 St., before opening Good Shepherd's Fold Day Care in December 1947.

In 1948, Mrs. Crenshaw bought a large lot for $600.00, and built a building containing three classrooms, a kitchen, an office, two baths, and a large chapel.

Then in 1969, the Board of Directors for her Good Shepherd's Fold Day Care voted to merge with the United Methodist Neighborhood Centers, which included the Miriam A. Brock Wesley Center, and the Bethlehem Community Center.

On Nov. 13, 1960, the new building was dedicated. It is said that Mrs. Brock delivered a stirring account of the efforts made by dedicated staff to bring the Center's efforts to the new facility. 

Mrs. Brock and others' obedience has brought hope and healing to the lives of countless Chattanoogans. Before the building of the Bethlehem Center it had been said that there had been no place in Chattanooga where more than 100 African-American's could meet and be served a meal.

Your Personal Invitation

In recognition of Mrs. Miriam Brock's efforts, we will honor the Brock family on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 with a breakfast at Tyner United Methodist Church from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.

We invite you to come to the Breakfast of Champions and help us thank the Brock family.

Enjoy breakfast, live performances from our kids and former Motown artist Willie Kitchens, hear powerful testimonies, and celebrate the Lord's goodness with us!

The Breakfast is FREE to attend, but table sponsorship is available. For more details on the Breakfast, click "RSVP" below.

We can't wait to see you there!

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