Gloria Ford:We all are thankful for the determination and fortitude of our Founding Fathers
“The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world and they that dwell therein.”
The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us, and Christmas is right around the corner, which we can see by all of the beautiful decorations in the stores and malls. This is a beautiful season to really enjoy the colorful sights of nature, and give God thanks for his bountiful harvests.
Thanksgiving in the United States is celebrated every fourth Thursday in the month of November. The first Thanksgiving was said to have taken place in the 16th century,
The pilgrims crossed the Atlantic in the year 1620 in a sailing vessel known as the Mayflower. About 102 persons traveled for nearly two months with extreme difficulty. No one was even allowed to go on deck because of the terrible storms. The pilgrims comforted themselves by singing Psalms.
They reached Plymouth Rock on Dec. 11, 1620 after a sea journey of 66 days. The original destination was in the northern part of Virginia, but, they could not reach the place due to winds blowing them off course. Nearly 46 pilgrims died due to the extreme cold of winter. However, in the spring of 1621, Squanto, a native Indian, taught the people to survive by growing food.
The pilgrims learned to grow corn, beans, and pumpkins, which helped all of them to survive. In August of 1621, they held a big celebration and invited 90 people, including Indians. This feast was organized to thank God for his favors. This was known as the first Thanksgiving feast.
There is no evidence to prove if the customary turkey was a part of the celebration. According to a firsthand account written by the leader of the colony, the food included ducks, geese, venison, fish, berries, etc. The Pilgrims did have boiled pumpkin. The feast continued for three days, and was eaten outside due to lack of space. It was not repeated until 1623, which again witnessed a severe drought. Gov. Bradford proclaimed another day of Thanksgiving in the year 1676. October, 1777, witnessed a time when all the 13 colonies joined in a communal celebration. This also marked the victory over the British.
After a number of events and changes, President Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November as a day of thanksgiving beginning in 1863. This was due to the continuous efforts of Sarah Josepha Hale, a magazine editor.
It is always a great time to give God thanks at any time of the day or year, but I know we all are thankful for the determination and fortitude of our Founding Fathers who trusted in God to help them create this new nation known as The United States of America.
Low Country Veterans Group
The Low Country Veterans Group celebrated Veteran’s in great style and busyness. They participated in the Georgetown Veteran’s Day Parade on Friday, Nov. 9, and attended the Andrews Veteran’s Day Parade on Saturday, Nov. 10. They were invited to attend Greater St. James AME Church in Lake City, SC on Sunday, Nov. 11 for the 10 a.m. service with the pastor, Rev. St. Clair Fraiser and his congregation. Major General Rodney O. Anderson (ret) United States Army, was the guest speaker. Dinner was served to all veterans and their spouses. After these services the Low County Group held their annual Veteran’s Day Program at Chavis AME Church in Hemingway at 4 p.m. with Rev Elton Rutledge, the pastor, and his congregation as the hosts. The speaker was Rev. Frank Hughie who is also an active member of the Low Country Group. Rev. Michael Burgess and his congregation from Singleton Chapel AME Church, North Santee, presented the Group with a generous donation to help with gift boxes for veterans overseas.
Supper was served to all after the program.
Rev. Commander Franklin Earl Rutledge and Low Country Group wish to thank everyone for all you have done and for your gracious participation.
New Birth World Deliverance Ministry
Camp meeting is being held at New Birth World Deliverance Ministry at 899 Oatland Road with Pastor Carl Turner of Faith Soldier Word Ministry of Charlotte, NC. At 7:30 tonight.
All are welcome including choirs and psalmists.
For more information, call Sister Gamble at 843-461-4824. Rev. Dianna D. Canteen is pastor and founder.
North Santee community
The annual North Santee community Thanksgiving worship services will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m. at Mt. Zion AME Church. The speaker will be Elder David Grayson of Open Bible Tabernacle Church, and the annual Love in Action, Thanksgiving feast will be held at the North Santee Community Center on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012 at 2 p.m. Come see old friends, or make new friends, and have a delicious Thanksgiving meal.
For more information, call Mrs. Francis Swinton at 843-546-3770.
Arnett AME Church
Don’t forget Prayer, Praise, and Tea at Arnett AME Church at noon on Saturday, Nov. 17 sponsored by Women’s Ministries. Let us draw closer and give God thanks in everything.
Rev. Barbara Nelson is the pastor. The church is located on North Merriman Road.
Please remember to pray for the sick and shut in, the bereaved, those in nursing homes and hospitals, the hungry, the homeless, our men and women in the Armed Services especially those on the battlefield in Iraq and their families back home, those who volunteer their services to help others, those with breast cancer, and those in need of salvation.
Let us continue to pray for each other and look forward to the blessings of another great week.
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