All Called To Serve Outreach Ministry presented a life coping skills event Sept. 18. ACTS works to help build healthy families through education, health and nutrition programs, one person at a time, according to a news release.

ACTS was invited to introduce life coping skills while sharing Cope-cakes with a group of teenagers. The cupcakes illustrated the use of various words and situations in dealing with challenges in life.

Participants listened to the ol’ school sounds of Frankie Beverly and Mays “Joy and Pain.” The group participated in reflective exercises on the words of the song and how they could relate to it in their own lives.

ACTS thanked participants and sponsors including Angela Johnson, Lisa Murray and Letreana Braswell, all of the Department of Human Services, and the youth groups, as well as Book Town USA and Rev. Robert Anderson “for the items donated, which helped to lighten the children’s loads of worry, by putting a smile on their faces when they received the unexpected bags of receivable items at the closing of the evening,” a spokesman said.