A New Day Fellowship Church was named 2022 Nonprofit of the Year by the Innovation Black Chamber of Commerce at their inaugural banquet at the Cultural Activities Center this past August.
The banquet celebrated and honored those in the community for their great deeds and service in ten categories - Social Responsibility, Nonprofit, and Economic Impact, among others.
Dr. Robert H. Beamon and Dr. Teresa Beamon, pastors of A New Day Fellowship Church, were recognized for their innovative approach to ministry, which they started in East Temple 22 years ago. A New Day Fellowship Church is a multi-cultural congregation located at 510 E. Avenue J in Temple.
Driven by their strong faith and a purpose to help those who have limited resources during these unprecedented times, Dr. Teresa Beamon stated that this award “shows our passion of giving back to the community faithfully and why it is so important to them, now that they have been recognized.”
Their ministry, which started with door-to-door outreach, is now a campus that houses A New Day Learning Academy, a childcare and preschool facility that has helped children learn Christian values that embraces education through various concepts and appropriate age-base curriculum over the past five years, and a new Affordable Healthcare Clinic that saw its first patient on September 29, 2022. The Healthcare clinic will be run by Nurse Practitioners and Healthcare providers.
Both spiritual and physical health, education, and community are pillars of their purpose.
Dr. Robert Beamon and Dr. Teresa Beamon received their education locally. Pastor Robert Beamon received his Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate in Biblical Studies from the Institute for Teaching God’s Word Theological Seminary in Rockdale, TX. Teresa Beamon received her BSN, MSN-Ed, and DNP from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB). Pastor Beamon is in fulltime ministry while Teresa continues to work as an adjunct nursing faculty at UMHB and is in a nursing leadership role at the Central Texas Veterans Healthcare Administration in Quality, Safety and Value.
Both feel their personal experiences and education has impacted how they connect with their congregation and community in reaching lifetime dreams spiritually and holistically.
They host Embrace Health, which is offered through Texas A&M College of Medicine, Baylor Scott & White Health, and the UMHB Mayborn College of Health Sciences. This program is designed to serve the community through health teaching and to provide an interprofessional education (IPE) experience for health professional students. It exposes students to the challenges individuals/families encounter with respect to their health, as well as difficulties accessing healthcare. Students will work in interprofessional teams and gain a better understanding on how social determinants contribute to poor health outcomes.
Fifteen families go through these sessions during the school year and are provided a meal and fellowship prior to each class. The families are shown how to prepare nutritious meals and are provided a care plan from professional students to include: physician assistants, medical, nursing, physical therapy, and occupational health. The series also includes sessions on financial literacy to equip families with tools to live a holistic healthy lifestyle.
A New Day Fellowship also hosts flu vaccine clinics annually and was a hub for COVID-19 vaccinations in East Temple during the Pandemic.
“Pastor Beamon and I were the first in line to receive our COVID-19 vaccines,” said Teresa. “Someone has to take the first step, and we have been the ‘First-Steppers’ in many areas.”
“Some of the first steps led to opportunities of improvement within ourselves and others. From those opportunities there has always been a purpose and lesson learned to keep going. We want to be examples individuals and their families can look up to,” she continued.
Taking the first step may be difficult for various reasons but through mentoring and guidance, they both have helped families through difficult times. “Our strong faith has helped us through many trials; therefore, we impart these Christian principles to others for growth in their own lives. We have continued to believe that God has a purpose for us to be accomplished through this ministry.”
The same character and purpose to serve and give back to the community were also instilled in their two daughters Keverly Beamon and Kayla Beamon. Kayla has led a Back-to-School Extravaganza at their church each Summer for the past three years.
This event started as a backpack and school supply giveaway serving a few hundred children and grew to serve over 1,000 children in 2022.
Not only does this event provide backpacks and school supplies to children in need in the community, the Beamon’s lean on their guiding pillars and purpose for spiritual and physical health, and this event also provides no-cost healthcare services such as physicals for school athletics, vision screenings, and more through healthcare provider volunteers coordinated through Feed My Sheep and the Lion’s Club.
Plus, the 2022 event kicked off with a parade, steppers, games, music, food, petting zoo, inflatable bounce houses, and gift card giveaways for parents, and served as a positive way to the build community. This could not have been done without the assistance of local businesses contribution, individual donors and our church support.
In addition to a new Affordable Healthcare Clinic on their campus, the Beamon’s plans are to continue to “raise up the east side”. They will break ground in 2023 on the Noire Development – East Heights, a residential development that will provide 42 affordable homes in East Temple.
“Pastor Beamon and I were raised here and are intentional about being part of a growing community. We are rooted in this community serving on various Boards and Committees, and we have built a network of connections that enable us to give back and fulfill our purpose,” said Teresa Beamon. “God has been good to us, and we have a community that believes in what we are doing - we are stronger together!”
A New Day Fellowship Church falls under the leadership of Covenant Connections International, Inc., the Late Bishop Nate Holcomb, and Pastor Valerie Holcomb in Killeen, TX. Visit them online at www.anewdayfellowship.org and follow them on social media.
Summer Sizzle was on Friday, August 6, 2021, at the Santa Fe Plaza! Summer Sizzle consisted of a free community block party that featured a job fair followed by an evening of live music, food trucks, an outdoor market, and fun for the entire family.
We are proud to say we had 19 companies work with 210 job fair attendees.
The community event drew 4 food trucks, 20 vendors, and a crowd of 300.
Thank you to our sponsors that helped make this event successful!
American Legion Post #133, Cedar Crest Hospital & Residential Treatment Center, Hill & Wilkinson General Contractors, Security Bank Temple, Workforce Solutions of Central Texas, KCEN Channel 6, iHeart Media Waco/Temple/Killeen, Reynolds Consumer Products, Amos Electric, Datamars, Inc., PacTiv Evergreen, Lamar Advertising, and Ludwick, Montgomery & Stapp, PC. A special thank you goes to Niagara for donating water!
Arthur Murray Temple offered a group dance lesson and Dapper & Dashin’ Salon offered haircuts from their booth. We had a variety of food trucks: Check Point Germany, KG&D Mobile Foods, and Rossler’s Blue Cord Barbecue. We also had an assortment of vendors offering treats like Boozzy Cakes, FoxDog, Kona Ice, and Texas Style BBQ.
Market vendors that had their products for sale included Golden Poppy Boutique, Old Stumps & Scrapwood, Simply Smith’s Homemade, Simply Gracie Girl, Vixen Muscle, and West 40 Woodworks.
Various Chamber Members set-up to visit with Sizzle-goers: the American Legion Post #133, KCEN Channel 6, Pearl’s Place, Reliant, an NRG Company, Reynold’s Consumer Products, State Farm - Veronica Logan, T3 The Gym, Total Men’s Primary Care, and Workforce Solutions of Central Texas. Temple Fire Department handed out fire hats to kids.
The 2021 Baylor Scott & White Health Community Showcase was Thursday, June 24, 2021, at the Mayborn Convention Center from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.
Temple Chamber of Commerce members promoted their businesses and services to 200 new Baylor Scott & White Health Residents, Nurses, Fellows, and Senior Staff.
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Thank you to our sponsors & vendors for participating!