Dream Center to hold community service experience

jdeleon@bradenton.comAugust 24, 2013 

The sun sets over the 13th Av Dream Center Friday night where law enforcement officials and community leaders joined with the staff of the center to give an update on the investigation into Thursday's homicide of Brenton Coleman Sr. Grief counselors were also made available to families who may need assistance and assurances were made that security would be present for football practices. TIFFANY TOMPKINS-CONDIE/Bradenton Herald

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BRADENTON -- The 13 AV Dream Center will be holding a community worship service Sunday in wake of recent violence that took place outside of the center.

The event will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Dream Center, 922 24th St. E., Bradenton.

"We really want people to be filled with spirit and uplift hope especially after some of the unfortunate events that have happened recently," said Patrick Carnegie, president and CEO of the center's operator, United Community Centers.

The worship experience will not be the traditional Sunday devotional service. The Mt. Zion Drum Line, Warriors of Praise Mime, Pure Expressions Dance and Mt. Zion Sanctuary Choir will perform for attendees.

Rev. Louis M. Murphy, Sr. of Mount Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church in Bradenton will address those gathered at the event.

"Everybody will feel like this is a safe place," Carnegie said. "We want to put blessings over the whole community, not just the Dream Center."

The community was recently shaken by the slaying of Brenton Coleman Sr. in the center's parking lot following a football practice. Since then the Dream Center has been trying to join forces with the local churches and law enforcement to stop the violence.

"We are going to stand as a community and do what is right what is good," Carnegie said. The event will be open to the public. For more information call 941-746-7470.

Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. Follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.

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