Gloria Ford:Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers
“For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”
Georgetown District Lay Organization
The Georgetown District Lay Organization held their annual prayer breakfast on Saturday, April 27 at 8:30 a.m. at Mt. Zion AME Church in the North Santee community. Sister Betty Sanders, Georgetown district two vice president, and lay president of Mt. Zion AME Church in the Bloomingvale section, did a wonderful job as worship leader. After a brief praise and worship session with prayer by Sister Charlena Onyearbor, Georgetown district chaplain, and scripture by Sister Sara W. Washington, Georgetown district recording secretary and lay president of St. Paul AME, Sampit, we were made welcome by Brother Herbert Dennison, Georgetown district financial secretary, and lay president of the host church, Mt. Zion; Sister Vergie Tennison, past Georgetown district director of Lay activities gave us the occasion which was to come together for serious moments of prayers for God’s people, along with fellowshipping and fine food. Yours truly did the blessing of the meal and we ate a fine breakfast feast. After breakfast, certain pastors were assigned prayer topics. They were: Rev. Herman Ford, Jr., fellowship; Rev. Carl Anderson, love; Rev. Barbara Nelson, families; Rev. Michael Burgess, sickness; Rev. Patrick Staggers, hunger, Rev. Alfred Darby, world peace; Rev. Joe Knowlin, unity; and a solo was given by Rev. Peggy Pope. It was a soul stirring time, and special thanks are given to Brother Thomas Mention, director of lay activities and Brother Rudolph Bradley, president, and all other district lay organization officers, along with Pastor Darby and the Mt. Zion family.
A benefit program was given for Sisters Shirley Wilson, Jackie Bellamy, and Brother Larry Brown on Friday, May 3 at Mt. Zion AME Church in the Bloomingvale community sponsored by Sisters Gale Greene, Shirley Graham, Brother Freddie Graham, and all members of the church. Sister Gale Greene presided and others on program were: Licentiates Jackie Darby and Benjamin Sanders, along with Sisters Loretta Alford, Angiel Grayson, and yours truly. Words of encouragement were made by Licentiate Elinda Greggs. Special thanks to everyone who came and participated on the program. Rev. Herman Ford, Jr., is the pastor.
William J. McNeil
A retirement celebration was held for Rev. William J. McNeil on Saturday, May 4 at Pawleys Plantation. Rev. McNeil is a native of Horry County, but now resides in Andrews. He has an extensive educational background and has held several positions of leadership in the church and community. He has been an AMEC pastor for over thirty years and is a committed minister, community servant and all around proverbial “good Samaritan” willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. The crowded room of well wishers attested to these facts. Others on program included Ms. LaRetha Spain, presiding, along with: Mr. and Mrs. Wayne and LaTanya Goodson, Fantasia and Brittney Roberts, Rev. Wallace J. McKnight, Mrs. Trinette Vereen, Rev. Leonard Simmons, and yours truly. Special remarks were made by presiding elders Rosalyn Grant-Coleman and Sandy Drayton, Rev. Brenda Blackstock, Mrs. Iva Lewis, Misters Rufus Palmer and Nathaniel Giles, The Honorable J. Yancey McGill, Ms. Johanna Haynes, Mister Sam Marsh, Mrs. Virginia Stanley, Mr. John D. Roberts, Mr. Robert Cochran, Ministers Kathy Torain and JoAnne Whitaker, and Mrs. Gloria Schultz. Rev. McNeil is married to a wonderful woman who has assisted him as associate pastor in the ministry, and has stood by his side, and who made final observations. She is the honorable Rev. Gwendolyn R. McNeil, and her gracious words were well received, also on program was the Rev. Sam Spain. Congratulations to Rev. William McNeil and may he have many great days ahead.
I would like to thank Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis for the organization of Mother’s Day. I would like to say Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers, especially my mother, Mrs. Rosa Bell Barr, who at 95, or as she would say, 59, still resides in the North Santee community where she was born. I like to hear my mother tell of days gone by. Life was not always easy, but she hung in there, and I admire her for doing that, and for sharing. I admire all mothers who have been through the storm and rain, but kept their eyes on God, and realized that He is their strength in every situation, and He knows all about everything. So, a mother who loves the Lord, and gives Him her heart is worthy to be praised. “Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates”. Proverbs 31:31
Please remember to pray for the sick and shut in, the bereaved, those in nursing homes and hospitals, our men and women on the battlefield in Iraq, all mothers and mothers to be, all fathers, store clerks, and for each other. May the Lord continue to bless you, and may you have a wonderful week.
Be sure to tell your mother that you love her unconditionally.
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