DANCE AFRICA trip – get your ticket NOW!

SAVE THE DATE   Saturday, May 28, 2016 

Please reserve your seat by submitting a deposit ASAP.

BAM Brooklyn Academy of Music in Brooklyn, NY

DANCE AFRICA – Matinée performance at 2pm

DANCE AFRICA – The nation’s largest festival dedicated to African dance returns for its 39th year. It is an exhilarating celebration of culture from Africa and its Diaspora. This year’s focus is on the dance and music traditions of Senegal, West Africa.

Faith Congregational Church Missions’ Ministry is sponsoring this trip to BAM to raise monies for the Missions Ministry, Deacons’ Emergency Fund. This fund raiser assists with financial emergencies in our community.

Guests are invited to the continental breakfast that begins at 8 am on May 28. Peter Pan Bus will leave Faith Congregational Church at 9am to travel to Brooklyn, NY. We will make a short stop at a rest area to stretch our legs and to use the facilities. Arrival time at BAM is approximately at 12 noon. Performance of Dance Africa begins at 2pm. (2hrs 15 min running time, with intermission). We will leave BAM at 7pm. There is enough time before and after the performance to shop with the vendors and explore Brooklyn shops and boutiques. There are food vendors near BAM and Brooklyn offers a number of great restaurants.

Ticket price of $130 includes a continental breakfast, transportation, and Dance Africa matinée performance ticket. There is a $50 non-refundable deposit. (Proceeds of this fund raiser will benefit the Missions’ Ministry, Deacons’ Emergency Fund that assists the community with utilities and housing.)

Please contact  Deacon Pam 860-922-2757, Sister Shirley at 860-646-5416, Deacon Mora 860-296-1340.

Sugar: The Other White Powder

Why it’s so hard to kick your sugar habit

(CNN)It seems like we’re always being told to cut down on sugar — but for many of us, that’s easier said than done.

Sugar is hard to avoid, even for people who don’t consider themselves to have a sweet tooth. Even if you ignore the copious amount present where we expect to find it, like in a soda, sugar is hiding in many of our foods — even those that aren’t especially sweet.

According to says Lisa Drayer, nutritionist and author of “The Beauty Diet,” some breads can contain six grams of sugar per slice. Some pasta sauces may contain up to 12 grams of sugar per serving, and some low fat salad dressings, which people might associate with healthy eating, can contain 10 grams of sugar per serving.

The 15.2-ounce bottle of Naked Berry Blast has 29 grams of sugar. Each of these eight Chips Ahoy! cookies contains about 3.6 grams of sugar. <br />

This 15.2 bottle of Naked Berry Blast has 29 grams of sugar. Each of these Chips Ahoy cookies contains about 3.6 grahms of sugar.

“I think a lot of people think that just because something is natural, it’s healthy,” says Drayer. “So for example, honey is natural, but it’s very caloric and a lot of people might not know that a teaspoon of honey, or agave for that matter, has more calories than a teaspoon of sugar or sucrose.”

Complicating matters, scientists view some sugars as worse than others.

Natural sugars are found in foods like fruit and milk, in the form of fructose and lactose. The World Health Organization (WHO) says there is no reported evidence of adverse effects from eating these sugars, and fruits and vegetables also contain vitamins, minerals and fiber.

 Added sugars, on the other hand, are included during processing or preparation of food and drinks. These provide no nutritional benefits and can contribute to weight gain and obesity. This can lead to serious problems.

“We’ve seen an increase in risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, simply by consuming just one to two sugar-sweetened beverages each day,” says Drayer.

The WHO recommends adults and children reduce their intake of added sugars to less than 10% of their daily energy intake — and says that reducing it to below 5% is even better. Although national sugar intake guidelines vary by country, the American Heart Association’s daily recommendations for consumption of added sugar are a maximum of 24 grams a day for women and 36 grams for men. However, in the USA, the average adult consumes an enormous 88 grams of sugar a day.

Kicking the habit

But it’s not just “hidden” sugar that’s a problem. Another reason why it’s so hard to cut down on sugar is that we simply love to eat it. While it’s not known if sugar is actually addictive, some research shows it fires off the same reward centers in the brain as cocaine.

“It seems to induce cravings and hunger that are comparable in magnitude to addictive drugs,” says Drayer.

A common indicator of addiction is if a person suffers from a loss of control. Drayer explains: “If a person is obsessing about how he or she will get their sugar fix, and they simply can’t focus on anything else, and they have a psychological dependence, then I think you’re probably talking about a food addiction.” Get more information here.