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New Joy Fellowship Hosts First Communication Day

Story by Faith Crumbly
Photo by Ron Pride


Celeste Ryan Blyden, left, gives tips to Jasmine Pride, about using the church camera to move good photographs to publishing quality.

New Joy Fellowship members in Hagerstown, Md., recently hosted their first Communication Day with Celeste Ryan Blyden, editor for the Columbia Union Conference’s Visitor magazine.

Blyden titled her morning sermon “What’s Your Message,” and maintained a lively flow of information mixed with soft laughter. Supporting her facts with PowerPoint slides and video clips, she led participants in applying facts and possibilities to themselves and New Joy Fellowship.

After the morning service, members surrounded Blyden. “I had never heard of Communication Day,” said a smiling June Jones, a transplant from New York City. Other members chimed in, agreeing with Jones and with Sadie Ashley who said, “I learned a lot.”

In the afternoon, Blyden addressed news writing, photography and social networking. She also walked participants through a news-writing quiz. Members submitted photographs that were numbered and exhibited on a large bulletin board. She critiqued photos, giving affirmation as well as direction for improvement where needed.

New Joy members are still talking about the PowerPoint quiz that Blyden gave, leading them to rank their communication among themselves and with the Hagerstown community. Determined to move their ranking to a 10 by January 2012, they are supporting their communication director.