Gloria Ford: Play to benefit bereaved families of Lighthouse of Jesus Christ Church

  • Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Updated Monday, September 23, 2013 10:50 am

“And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.”
Isaiah 65:24

Hopefully you are still in good spirits from last week’s blessings, and you are anticipating another great weekend and upcoming week.  If your week was not so good, then, I pray that you are going to be especially blessed this week, and that the ministering angels will do your bidding in Jesus’ name.  Remember, as you pray for others, God will answer your prayers.

On Feb. 1, 1790, the Supreme Court met for the first time in the Royal Exchange Building on Broad Street in New York City with Chief Justice John Jay presiding.  The present Chief Justice since 2005 is John G. Roberts, Jr.

W.M. Anderson Primary School

Rev. Herman Ford, Jr., pastor of Mt. Zion AME Church in the Bloomingvale community of Andrews visited with his student members at W.M. Anderson Primary School on Jan. 29.  The Parent Academy presented a “Father’s celebration” at 9 a.m. with the theme: “Identifying your Role as the Primary Model for your Child Parent Workshop”.  

The welcome was done by Mariana Burgess, Miss W.M. Anderson Primary for 2012-2013.  Others on program were:  Samara McFadden, student body council president for 2012-2013 led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Entertainment was provided by church member and kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Betty Seward Sanders and her class.  Parent liaison, Ms. S. Cue introduced the guest speaker, Dr. Linwood Cooper from School Board District 7.   Ms. Cue also made presentations and more entertainment was given by Ms. Royster’s kindergarten class.  Remarks were made by assistant principal, Ms. Cora Ravenell, and breakfast was served.   Rev. Ford is proud to visit the schools of all of his students and appreciates the help and interest of the parents, and of the fine work the schools are doing. He also visited student, Ms Louise Bellamy  at her school.

Project Valentine

Project Valentine 2013, an outreach community project sponsored by Georgetown Outreach Ministries, Inc., will be presenting gift bags of love to women in several battered and homeless shelters.  We are taking this Valentine’s Day to express our sincere love, care and concern for our sisters who find themselves in difficult and hurtful situations.  The gift bags are a small gesture of our love and to let them know that we are thinking and praying for them as God carries them through these pressing times.  Items that are needed for the gift bags are as follows:  lotion (we ask that all liquid products including lotion, shower gel, etc.) not exceed 10 fluid ounces.  Shower gel,  body splash, shower puff, socks, manicure supplies, cosmetics, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, packets of coffee, chocolate (individually wrapped or 4 piece candy box), daily planners, journals, laundry detergent packets, pillow cases, sewing kits, and candles.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Lillian Cotton at 803-524-9726 or visit www.lilliancotton.com

It is always a wonderful thing to be able to help others.  It is even more wonderful when we sacrifice what we have to help someone else.  Hopefully you will open your hearts for Project Valentine.  

Lighthouse of Jesus Christ church family

It seems that many members of our fine city and county of Georgetown will be opening their hearts in another effort of help for the Lighthouse of Jesus Christ church family as Mayor Jack Scoville, Attorney John Hilliard, Joe Young of Low Country Forest Products, and Scott Jacobs of the Cultural Arts Council gathered at the church for a press conference  with coordinator Marilyn Hemingway, along with Bishop Floyd Knowlin and many of his church members, invited guests,  director and producer, Donald Gilliard and members of his family and media guests from News Channel 2, WPDE Channel 15, WCIV Channel 4,  Scott Harper and yours truly from The Georgetown Times.  Special guest spokesman was Elder Charles Johnson from Aunny’s restaurant who spoke on behalf of the late Mrs. Angie Arthur who was employed at the restaurant for several years; also the daughter of the late Mrs. Edith Jackson made remarks.

On Nov. 14, 2012, the Lighthouse of Jesus Christ Church and Georgetown County suffered a tragic loss when three members of the church and community were killed and one member critically injured in a devastating vehicle accident.  The immediate impact created tremendous heartache for family members, church members, and loved ones; however, the long term impact is just beginning.  Two grandchildren are missing their grandmother who was the major financial provider and caretaker.  Another family struggles as their father, the lone survivor, recovers from life threatening injuries.  There is still much emotional and financial loss.

God’s Trombones

Donald Gilliard, a native Georgetonian, has directed God’s Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse for over thirty years.  He has produced this outstanding musical more than 20 times across the nation.  After graduating from Howard High School, Donald attended SC State University and majored in Theatre.  He also attended the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.  He believes that James Weldon Johnson’s classic work is one of the most powerful literary works in American history

Donald Gilliard and all of the other names that were mentioned, have opened their hearts wide to bring this play to Lighthouse Church to benefit the bereaved families and the recovering survivor on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. Six of 7 local participating will be Pastors: Jason Coakley of St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church, Carl Anderson of St. Stephen AME Church, Bishops John Smith of Greater Bibleway Church and Floyd Knowlin of Lighthouse of Jesus Christ Church, Apostle Richard Frasier of Love Chapel Deliverance Center, and Elder Robert Davis of Soul Saving Station Church.  The sermons will be accompanied by music from Ted Martin, the Gospel Music Workshop Choir, Zeb Harrison and Sounds of Praise, a trombone ensemble from Charlotte, NC.  The tickets will be $15 in advance and $20 at the door.  For more information regarding donations, tickets, etc. Please call Marilyn Hemingway at 734-834-2114 or Donald Gilliard at 843-240-0432.   You may also call the church at 843-527-4166.

Please join me for an exclusive interview with Mr. Donald Gilliard and Bishop Floyd Knowlin on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on radio station 1470 WLMC.

Continue to pray for the sick and shut in, the bereaved, those in nursing homes and hospitals, the homeless, the hungry, the naked, and for each other.  Have a blessed week.

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