Paris Biker’s Church has big plans on Saturday

The Paris Biker’s Church invites everyone to its three events on Saturday, July 20, starting with a mens’ breakfast and ladies’ brunch, then ending with an outside church service in the evening.

The Paris Biker's Church, located at 3910 SE Loop 286 (Photo by Josh Allen)

The Paris Biker’s Church, located at 3910 SE Loop 286 (Photo by Josh Allen)

All three events are free and a motorcycle is not required.

The mens’ breakfast will be at 8 a.m. It will feature a special guest speaker while pancakes and sausage are served.

Following the breakfast, there will be a ladies’ R & R Pot Luck brunch starting at 10:30 a.m. Both the mens’ breakfast and the ladies’ brunch will be at the Paris Biker’s Church, 3910 SE Loop 286.

From 7-9 p.m. the church will present an open air service called ‘Outside the Walls’ with a message from Bro. Ronny Ross. Free hotdogs will be served while supplies last.

The outside service will be held in the parking lot of the Evening Side Apartments, 750 Bonham Street.

Everyone is invited to all three events, and they are all free.

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Get revived at 2013 God’s Satisfied Woman Conference coming July 27

For those looking for a revival or spiritual awakening, SEB Ministries & Enterprises, Inc. is hosting the God’s Satisfied Woman Conference.

Founder of SEB Ministries and speaker at this year's God's Satisfied conference, Shay Easter-Bills.

Founder of SEB Ministries and speaker at this year’s God’s Satisfied conference, Shay Easter-Bills.

This annual, spiritually rejuvenating event will take place July 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Momentum is gaining as women from all across Northeast Texas and Southeast Oklahoma position themselves together in one location, under one roof and all for the glory of God,” founder of SEB Ministries Shay Easter-Bills said. “Many gifts were given to the body of Christ and three of them will be used mightily at the conference to mend the broken hearted, deliver the bound and to set free captives.”

The conference will be held at the PJC Ballroom (2400 Clarksville Street, Paris, Texas).

“It is my prayer that one day we can move it to a different, larger venue, but PJC has been so good to us and the ballroom is great,” she said.

A Paris native, founder of SEB Ministries, and author of Is Your Ghost Holy and When Faith Fights will be speaking at the event, being joined by evangelist and author of Sanctified H.O.T.T.I.E.Damita Carthen-Crosby, of Jericho City COGIC (DFW), and co-pastor Sandra Warren, of Life Outreach Ministries, Inc., of Arkansas.

“I try and get people in from other areas, so that people can hear speakers that they do not usually get to,” Bills said.

This conference has been especially designed with powerful speakers and teachers of the Gospel, as well as anointed praise dancers, worship groups, various vendors and even a Christian comedian, making it a desired conference for women every year.

ddff2c_f03bc66cb6624b506a4897d69dc3293f.png_srz_415_185_85_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_png_srz“Everyone looks forward to this conference every year,” Bills said. “Most women walk away from these saying that it was fresh and that they needed it. Others say that it is encouraging and empowering.”

Although this is a women’s conference, men are welcome to attend as well.

“God’s word is just that: God’s Word,” Bills said. “It’s universal and goes for all of us. It’s important to us women to see the support of men. It means a lot.”

“God is moving in memorable, life changing ways through SEB Ministries,” said Bills. “Don’t miss out on your destiny. Register yourself, your women’s group or family and friends for the 2013 God’s Satisfied Woman Conference.”

Registration is $15 and includes a souvenir program, ‘goodie’ bag, provided lunch and many opportunities for door prizes. To register visit or mail funds to the SEB Ministries Headquarters at 1125 Pine Bluff, Paris, Texas.  You can also call 903.335.6676 for tickets.

Registrants must be at least 18 years of age, and no childcare will be provided.  Seating is limited.

By Josh Allen, eParisExtra

Habitat for Humanity requests volunteers for Saturday, June 22

Volunteers work on a housing project for HFH.

Volunteers work on a housing project for HFH.

The Paris affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, a Christian housing organization, is requesting volunteers for the Saturday, June 22 ABWK painting project.

Tomorrow, volunteers will gather at a local two-bedroom house to coat the walls of the structure in a fresh layer of paint. The structure is small and should not take a great amount of time, according to Judy Martin.

If you would like to sign up to volunteer for Saturday’s project, contact Judy Martin at 903.783.0599.

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‘A Starry Night in Paris’ raises thousands for down syndrome society; Click for photo gallery!

The 2013 Dancing With the Stars champion Cayton Flippen with professional dance partner, Amy West.

The 2013 Dancing With the Stars champion Cayton Flippen with professional dance partner, Amy West. (eParisExtra! photo by Josh Allen)

Themed ‘A Starry Night in Paris…Save the Last Dance’, the 2013 Leadership Lamar County Dancing With the Stars event attracted hundreds of people to the Love Civic Center on Saturday night and raised thousands of dollars for the Red River Valley Down Syndrome Society.

This is the fourth year for Leadership’s Dancing With the Stars, and it may very well have been the best one yet.  With a complimentary beer and wine bar, a catered dinner, a silent auction, live auction and live music entertainment on top of the main attraction of Paris ‘celebrity’ dancers competing for the title of champion, swaths of people packed the Civic Center.

Professional dancer, Leon McKenzie -- paired with LaJuana Eckel for the competition -- delivered a stunning solo performance for the crowd, while judges tallied the scores for the event.

Professional dancer, Leon McKenzie — paired with LaJuana Eckel for the competition — delivered a stunning solo performance for the crowd, while judges tallied the scores for the event. (eParisExtra! photo by Josh Allen)

Chip Waggoner from Dallas’ Fox Channel 4 was even there for green room interviews with the dancers.

By 9pm all eyes were focused on the stage in the middle of the venue eager to see the three rounds of ‘Dancing With the Stars’.  The judges — two of which were dancing professionals, the other two chosen in the auction by bidders — accounted for 75% of the dancers’ scores, while the crowd accounted for the remaining 25%.

Each Paris ‘Celebrity’ dancer was paired with a professional dancer chosen as a partner several months ago.  The dancers were Tom Caldwell, LaJuana Eckel, Cayton Flippen, LaWanda Knight-Ladell, Tray Turner and Michelle Wall.

The competition was close, but after the dust settled and all the scores tallied, Cayton Flippen danced his way to champion of this year’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’.  Finishing at a close second was LaJuana Eckel, followed by Michelle Wall in third.

The 2013 Leadership Lamar County Class.  All proceeds from Dancing With the Stars and the other events the Leadership class sponsored and held this year will go to the benefit of the RRV Down Syndrome Society.

The 2013 Leadership Lamar County Class. All proceeds from Dancing With the Stars and the other events the Leadership class sponsored and held this year will go to the benefit of the RRV Down Syndrome Society.

All photographs taken by Josh Allen, Managing Editor – eParisExtra! Click the thumbnail to enlarge.

Big Brothers Big Sisters receives big corporate support

Customers Invited to Round Up Purchases to Benefit Mentoring Youth

Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, is joining forces with Jcpenney in June for the retailer’s charitable giving program, ‘JCP Cares‘.  By rounding-up purchases both in-store and online at, customers support maintaining and monitoring long-term mentoring matches to help children who face adversity in school and life.

“The support that the Jcpenney Cares program is providing Big Brothers Big Sisters will help us match additional children with a caring adult mentor in our local community.  Our young people need guides.  They need role models.  They need a trusted, supportive companion.  They need a mentor,” stated Emily Neeley, BBBS Regional Executive Director. “Through these additional resources that jcpenney is providing, it will enable us to provide support to ensure that we have longer, stronger matches and that we are making an positive impact in the life of that child.”

IMG_0277“Our partnership with JCP Cares aligns perfectly with the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Start Something brand message, which tells people and organizations there are many ways they can support mentoring; volunteering is just one of them,” said Charles Pierson, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America president and CEO.  “JCP Cares is providing financial support and awareness that will make resources available to help our local agencies carefully match more volunteers and children and provide support needed to keep the mentoring going strong long-term.”

Jcpenney stores in Paris, Texas and across the nation will invite customers to become friends of Big Brothers Big Sisters by rounding up purchases to the nearest dollar and donating the difference to the nationwide mentoring organization.  In addition, jcpenney will donate $1 for every $50 gift card sold in June, up to $50,000, giving Big Brothers Big Sisters an opportunity to receive additional funding.

“We are incredibly excited to support an organization that is making such a profound impact on the lives of children educationally, socially and emotionally,” said Miki Woodard, JCP Cares president and vice president of philanthropy for Jcpenney.  “Additionally, we’re proud to have our long time brand partner, Haggar, by our side to fortify these efforts.”

Haggar will also support Big Brothers Big Sisters by running an in-store campaign at all Jcpenney locations June 1-30.  For any pair of Haggar pants purchased, Haggar will donate $1 to Big Brothers Big Sisters, with a contribution of up to $50,000.  Customers will have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win a trip to the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend in Canton, Ohio.

“I am delighted that Haggar has joined the nationwide mentoring network as a corporate partner,” said Lynn Swann, former professional football player and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America alumnus board member and national spokesperson.  “It’s a perfect fit, as Haggar and Big Brothers Big Sisters have a shared commitment to help children, families and communities thrive.  I will always be proud to wear my Haggar NFL Hall of Fame jacket, just as I will continue to cherish the years I’ve been privileged to serve Big Brothers Big Sisters.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters will host its Reunite Now national conference in Denver, Colo. June 24-30.  On June 26, Jcpenney will sponsor a special luncheon at the conference where the retailer will reveal a fashion makeover for a former “Big” and “Little,” followed by a surprise reunion of the two.  Throughout the conference week, Big Brothers Big Sisters employees will encourage Bigs, Littles, family members and friends to replace their Facebook profile picture with a special badge that displays the partnering organizations’ logos.

“We can not thank jcpenney enough for the difference they are making, not only locally, but nationally,” Regional Executive Director Neely said in closing.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes, such as educational success; avoidance of risky behaviors; and higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships.  Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children (“Littles”) with screened volunteer mentors (“Bigs”) and monitors and supports these one-to-one mentoring matches throughout their course.  Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Survey Report reinforces the mentoring program’s evidence base of positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth, areas linked to high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or job readiness.

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity, often those of single or low-income households or families where a parent is incarcerated or serving in the military, with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.  This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization’s 100-year history.  With about 350 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves nearly 630,000 children, volunteers and families. The organization is engaged in a nationwide search to reunite with alumni mentors, mentees, donors, and family, staff and board members.  To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters and ways that you can volunteer contact Emily Neeley, Regional Executive Director at 1.888.887.2447 ext. 503 or email

About Haggar Clothing Co.

Since its beginnings in a one-room office in Dallas, Texas in 1926, Haggar Clothing Co. has grown from a manufacturer of men’s fine dress pants and slacks, into one of the most recognized and original apparel brands in the market. Haggar coined the term “slacks” in 1938 and continued to lead menswear innovation with the introduction of pre-cuffed pants, expandable waist pants, wrinkle-free cotton casual pants, and suit separates. In addition to its Haggar® brand, the company has developed and launched the highly successful and eco-friendly LK Life Khaki™ brand.  Haggar is the official clothing partner of the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Haggar Clothing Co. today commands the #1 market position in men’s dress pants in the United States, as well as the #2 share in men’s casual pants, and has been a leader in men’s apparel for over 85 years.

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