Gloria Ford:What a blessing to have a day to honor our mothers
ďHe shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.Ē
Whether in sunshine or in rain
To know we have another chance
To live a life of gain
Maybe things are not quite right
Maybe youíre sad and blue
Itís been that way a long- long time
And your prayers arenít going through
And then you ask
What am I to do?
The Lord wants you to know
He loves you more each day
Never stop to seek His will
Never cease to pray
Heís on your side
He is your guide
Heíll never leave you whatever be-tide
So let a smile grow on your face
And thank God for His saving grace
Greet each day as Godís own child
And Heíll make your living all worthwhile.
Thatís a gift from me to you via God on today.† I hope you have had a wonderful week, and I hope the poem will help you look forward to an even greater one.
The weather is wonderful, and the flowers are growing graciously and abundantly.† I had a great Motherís Day and I hope you did also.† What a blessing to have a day to honor our mothers.† Fatherís Day will be coming up in June.
Mt. Zion AME Church
Mrs. Rosa Bell Barr was named the oldest mother at Mt. Zion AME Church in the North Santee community on Sunday, May 12, and was also honored as Mother of the Year.† She received a beautifully fashioned name brand suit and a bouquet of long stemmed red roses. †
She was really surprised when her name was called, and cautioned those of us who knew and didnít tell, that ďyou just donít surprise old people like that.Ē† Iím glad she took it like a pro, and I want to congratulate her again and again, and to say that she deserved such an honor as she has accepted motherhood in a gracious way; raising children and grandchildren, with all the responsibilities that go along with it. †
She has also been a member of Mt. Zion ever since she can remember, except for the years that she left to join my father in the Baptist faith, and returned to her roots after his passing.† I even remember my filled to the top bottle of milk as I sat as a baby beside her.† Iím sure I didnít sit long, but church was a wonderful place to be even if you didnít understand why you were there. †
Special congratulations also go out to Mrs. Delores Chattine, the wife of Rev. James Chattine, one of the associate ministers of Mt. Zion.† Mrs. Chattine was chosen as the youngest Mother of the Year.† She is also a very dedicated mother and grandmother.† We applaud them, and we applaud Rev. Darby, the members of the committee, and the members of Mt. Zion† for making very wise choices.
Motherís Day Fashion Extravaganza
A Motherís Day Fashion Extravaganza was held at Mt. Zion AME Church in the Bloomingvale community on Sunday, May 12, at 10 a.m. with yours truly presiding.† Others on program were Sisters: Shirley Graham, Myra Wiggins, Silverteen Mitchum, Angiel Grayson, Wanda Darby, Janet Grayson, Paulando Hicks, Betty Sanders, Lelia Hooks, Sadie McCray, Flossie Ervin, Rosa McCollough, Joyce, Nesmith, Gwen Wright, Mary Ervin-White, Sharon McCray, Lubertha McGill and Mamie Gamble.† Music was provided by the ministers of music of Mt. Zion, Thomas Alford, Willie Singleton, Larry Brown, and guest keyboardist, Minister Wilson along with Sister Rosa McCollough and the combined Motherís Day choir, Male choir and the Wilson and Dukes singers. †
The mothers had a great time parading down the aisle showing off their fashions as was suggested by Mrs. Mamie Gamble, the coordinator.† Much humor was added that gave it a warm motherly touch. †
Mrs. Mamie Gamble received a personalized framed poem and an engraved trophy cup for being the third oldest mother in Mt. Zion at 80+, along with Mrs. Sadie McCray who received the same for being the second oldest mother at 80+ and Mrs. Iler Myers was given a personalized poem and an engraved plaque for being the oldest mother,† and newly elected church mother at 90+.† ďMiss IlerĒ still drives her white pickup to and from church. †
A wonderful sermon:† Jesus, Mother, and Me, was delivered by Mt. Zionís own Licentiate Elinda Greggs.† Licentiate gave honor with tears to her deceased mother, but stirred the church with the delivery of her sermon. †
Minister Moshell Hicks was our guest minister, along with his lovely wife, Paulando and their lovely daughters, Danielle and Courtney.† The men of the church outdid themselves with the wonderful meal they prepared for the mothers.
We would like to thank everyone who participated, along with the pastor, Rev. Herman Ford, Jr.
Godís Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse by James Weldon Johnson, will be coming back to Lighthouse of Jesus Christ on Saturday, June 22 at 6 p.m. to benefit Helping Hands of Georgetown, Inc.† featuring Ted Martin and the Gospel Music Workshop of America, Charlotte, NC, and Zeb Harrison and the Sounds of Praise also of Charlotte.† For sponsorship opportunities and ticket information, call 843-240-0423 or 843-527-3424.† This is a Sweet Gilliard Production. †
Donít forget 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, our government, our graduating seniors and their future endeavors, our dedicated teachers, and our school superintendent, Dr. Dozier, and the wonderful job he is doing in our schools with a heart of compassion and understanding that is rare in a lot of places, those with learning disabilities, our nurses and doctors, and for each other. †
May God richly bless you until this time next week. †
Donít forget to listen to Afternoon Blessings every Saturday at 12:30 on 1470 AM WLMC; and Sunday with Gloria every Sunday from 11 a.m. until noon. You can Email me at Glrfo9@aol.com.†
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