“The First Rosa”
The Rosa J. Young Story
In Loving Memory of Rosa J. Young and Rev. Richard C. Dickinson
A Documentary of the Life and Accomplishments of Rosa J. Young
Brought to you by: The Rosa Young Movie Task Force
…and State of Grace Productions
“Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom.
One generation will commend your works to another;
they will tell of your mighty acts”
Psalm 145: 3-4
Goals: We pray that this movie will do so much more than record a deserving life.
1. We pray that young people will be inspired and see the potential with God’s guidance to change our communities. 2. We pray that our inner city churches will draw strength from the truth Rosa lived: When I am weak – He is strong 3. We pray that our Synod will reflect the commitment first made to help Rosa by raising up new Rosa’s to face the challenges of today and the future.
The Rosa Young Movie Task Force: Rev. David Burgess, Dr. Ingrid Draper, Coretta Evans, St. Philips Detroit, Susan Hill (Pastors Wife of St. John, Mt. Calvary and Family of God Detroit), Rev. Roosevelt Gray, Rev. Richard Robinson (Holy Cross, Detroit), Kaye Dumas Wolff, State of Grace Productions, Meghann Mealbach (State of Grace Productions CEO and Director), Bill Mealbach (State of Grace Productions Producer). Our commitment is to creating and producing a quality film true to the person and values of Rosa J. Young. Advisors: Rev. Roosevelt Gray (Michigan District), Dr. David Magidson (Wayne State University, JET Theater), Mrs. Mary Smith (Lutheran City Ministries) Photographs: Mrs. Betty Brown, Rev. Meredith Jackson, Library of CTSFW, Dr. Robert Roethemeyer, Rev. Robert E. Smith Books: Julie Ganaway, Historical Zion Ft. Wayne. Still Photos:Rev. James M. Hill, Bill Mealbach
Purpose …”Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.”Psalm 145: 3-4. In Judges, it speaks of a time when the generation who witnessed the works of the Lord had passed, and the generation that had heard of the works of the Lord had passed and a new generation arose who neither knew the Lord nor heard of his marvelous salvation. We are at such a crossroads. The generation that witnessed God’s servant Rosa Young is almost passed. Those who’ve heard are not far behind. In a few more years, who will know her story or appreciate what God can do with one life, totally devoted to Him? This is the backdrop for the Rosa J. Young Movie Project. We live in a time when the obstacles before us are not so different than those Rosa faced. We also live in a time when hope, commitment, and trust in the power of the Lord are a vanishing resource.