Gloria Ford:Spring is a time of newness and of power
“For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.”
We can see the signs of spring and hear the singing of the birds. I stood engrossed in the chasings of two squirrels the other day. They paid no attention to me as they scampered up and down the old oak tree just having fun in the chase. The yellow and white lilies have started their annual blooms as many of the other flowers are doing. It was around this time in my birthplace of North Santee that my grandfather would plow the fields for planting of corn, watermelons and other plants. It seems as if all things just come alive with the coming of spring, as does our remembrance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a time of newness and of power, a time of knowing that all who die in the Lord shall live again as the dead flowers and trees of winter rejoin the earth in glorious bloom and new life. Ah, to live is Christ.
I would like to thank Mr. Walter Williams for his timely letter to the editor concerning my column on Michelle Obama, and for his reading of the column. First, I would like to say that it is not a church news column, but one that was offered to me in 1998 by a God sent, anointed editor to write about community news, with special emphasis on the black community. Second, let me say that I am not a politician and try not to write from a political stand point. Thirdly, I am backed up by St. Luke 12: 14 and Jesus’ words when he asked….”Man, who made me a judge or divider over you?” Let me say that I still take pride in President and Mrs. Obama being the first African-Americans to hold that office, and that Mrs. Obama’s roots stem from our own Georgetown. Thank you again for your comments. I appreciate you.
Mt. Zion A.M.E.
Reverend Alfred Darby and the congregation of Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church in the North Santee area would like for me to remind you of Homecoming Day on Sunday, March 17 at 11 a.m. The guest speaker will be Elder Junerral Keith, the Presiding Elder of the Mt. Pleasant District. They also invite you to a delicious meal after the worship experience. They want you to know that they are already excited about your coming. Mt. Zion is located 9911 Powell Road in the North Santee community.
North Santee Action Club
All roads seem to be leading to North Santee. I would like to thank the director, Vincent Drayton, and the members of the North Santee Action Club for a wonderful Saturday afternoon experience on last Saturday, March 9. It was the annual celebration of the Oyster Festival at the North Santee Recreation Ball Park. The festival began at 3 p.m.
I arrived a little after three to see the oyster tables all in place, and oyster lovers with knives in hand enjoying this delicious seafood treat, while the fire blaze welcome the next batch. There was a “Jump Castle” where children were playing, and music floated through extra loud speakers. I was privileged to meet Drayton as he was on his way to the other end of the field. I learned that 13 years ago he came up with the idea to start a Christian men’s breakfast club. They also engaged in picking up trash in the community and doing other chores. Mr. Butler, a gentleman from Plantersville, wanted to buy fish for them for cleaning up the community. The fish that he purchased was only $13. Drayton then decided that he would bring the various businessmen of North Santee together and purchase their own fish and treat the community, and he said it went from there. A pail of oysters will cost you only $7 and a delicious meal is free. I thought that was fantastic. Some of the businessmen of North Santee are Vincent Drayton and his Auto Garage business, David Collins and his logging business. David is also coming along well from a motorbike accident and transported people around in a golf cart from one end of the field to the other, Jimmy Livingston, manager of Pizza Hut and a rental business. Other members of the club are Morris Johnson, president of the Georgetown Branch of the N.A.A.C.P., Eugene Humes, Herbert Dennison, Sr., Priscilla Cromedy, public relations person, Yvonne Sutton and Georgetown County School Board member, Sandra Johnson, who is always ready to join right in and help on various occasions.
People came from areas such as Darlington, Baltimore, Md., Charlotte, N.C., Charleston, Atlanta, Ga., Florida, Myrtle Beach and Columbia. Remember, this takes place every second Saturday in March, and they are already working on next year’s activities.
If you didn’t feel like stopping at the oyster table, you could walk across the field to a line of smiling ladies waiting to give you a free hot meal. They were Minnie (Carolyn) Smith, Joyce (Nursie) Knowlin, Delores (Lo) Wearing, Odell (Dell) Moultrie, Janie Linnen, Sandra Johnson, Kathy Smith, Monique (Baby) Hill, Janasha Smith, Patricia Stephenson, Valerie (Val) Shepherd, Yvonne Sutton, Priscilla (Rita) Cromedy, and Sheryl Logan. These lovely ladies served up fried fish, beans, pork barbeque, salads, rice, bread and drinks. I’m sure I’m leaving out some of the food that was all free. They couldn’t do without the men that were doing the cooking and they were: Benjamin Doiley, Luiz Woodberry, and Leon Woodberry. The activities would last from 3 until 8 p.m. I ran into Representative Carl Anderson as he was leaving, and had only great words to say about the whole affair. I also spoke with Truman Winns who was there for the first time, but said that this would not be his last. James Wragg said this was what community coming together was all about. Lucille Wilson Minnis formerly of North Santee and who teaches in Charlotte, N.C., along with a friend said they had a great time. I had a great time with Steve and Kathy Barr and grandkids DJ and Dejana. I also enjoyed seeing Doug, Carrie and the kids.
It was good to see everyone that was there, and if you thought I saw you and didn’t acknowledge you, please forgive me because I didn’t see you. But I love you anyway. Come again next year and let us enjoy the day together.
Don’t forget to pray for the sick and shut in, the bereaved, those in nursing homes and hospitals, those who must undergo certain tests, those with migraine headaches, our schools and children, the new Pope, and for each other.
God bless you, and have a wonderful week.
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