Gloria Ford:God knows our destiny

  • Wednesday, January 30, 2013

“For they all saw him, and were troubled.  And immediately he talked with them, and said unto them; be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.”
St. Mark 6:50

Hopefully you have had some wonderful sunshiny days which you truly enjoyed, and almost thought that spring was here; don’t give up hope; spring is on the way, but first, we must get through winter, which ends in March.  In much patience we possess our souls.
If you have had a pretty difficult week; don’t give up hope.  Things are getting better every day.  We are all here for a purpose.  God knows our destiny. Let us put things into his hands, and let him give us the strength and courage to fulfill those destinies.  I am reminded of a quote by C.S. Lewis, which says, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

Speaking of the word, dream, I must say that I enjoyed the parade on Saturday sponsored by the Mitney Project, and celebrating the life and dream of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  
Dr. King strove for the top rung on the ladder of success, but he always sought a closer walk with God to lead him and guide him on his journey towards non-violent civil rights.  
The parade was well organized and was led down its chosen routes by our very own police chief.  There were crowds that assembled to watch the festivities and to wish “Happy Birthday” to Dr. King.
We thank Ms. Shana Scott, parade director, and her committee for a wonderful Saturday.

Faith and Prayer Warriors

The Faith and Prayer Warriors of Georgetown under direction of the conference host, Pastor Johnnie Mae Tisdale, are in their fourth day of the 12th annual conference at the Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort in Pawleys Island.  The conference begins tonight at 7 p.m., and continues through Saturday.  The theme for the conference is “It is Finished/Coming Together for a new beginning.  For more information, call Pastor Tisdale at 843-240-0350.


The Sons of Allen, so named for the founder of the African, Methodist, Episcopal (AME) Church and the first bishop of the church, Bishop Richard Allen, will again present “The African American Man’s tribute to The African American Woman” on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Georgetown National Guard Armory.  This year’s program has a new twist to it, according to coordinator,  Mr. Lou Pope.  The speaker for the occasion will be the newly elected bishop of South Carolina and the Palmetto Annual Conference, The Right Reverend Richard F. Norris.  The new twist in entertainment will be provided by The Mt. Zion AME Church Players of the Bloomingvale community under the  pastorate of Rev. Herman Ford, Jr.  
They will present an excerpt from the original play, The Day the Women Disappeared entitled: “At the Meeting.”  
A delicious meal will also be served.    For more information and to obtain tickets, you may call Mr. Lou Pope at 843-651-1283.  Come meet our new bishop and enjoy the play.

The Palmetto Annual Conference

The annual Stewardship seminar of The Palmetto Annual Conference was hosted by Presiding Elder of the Kingstree District, Rev. Dr. Allen Wayne Parrott, and Rev. Remus Harper, Jr. host pastor, at Moncks Corner AME Church in Moncks Corner, SC, and site pastor, Rev. Richard C.K. Harkness,  on Friday, Jan. 18 and Saturday, Jan. 19.  Other presiding elders and districts were: Rev. Dr. Juenarrl Keith of the Mt. Pleasant District, and Reverend Rosalyn Grant Coleman of the Georgetown District.  
Those persons on program and representing the Georgetown District were:  Rev. Bernard Brown, Rev. Elton Rutledge, Rev. Peggy Pope, Rev. Barbara Nelson, Rev. Willie B. Thomas, Rev. Michael Burgess, and special guest speaker, Rev. Joe Knowlin, who presented an exciting, enticing, and enveloping sermon taken from Acts 9:3.  
Licentiates Elinda Greggs, Jackie Darby, and Benjamin Sanders from Mt. Zion AME Church in the Bloomingvale community and the Georgetown District, led morning devotions on Saturday morning.  Special thanks on behalf of Elder Coleman to all pastors, clergy, and lay persons that attended the seminar.

Jan. 25

The Beatles had their first number one hit, “I want to hold your hand” on Jan. 25, 1964; American Airlines begin their first use of Jets for internal US flights from Los Angeles to New York on Boeing 707 in 1959. A one way ticket cost $300; Al Capone, famous gangster, died of pneumonia and heart failure, after fearing all of his life that he would suffer a gangster’s death in 1947; Vaughn Monroe, singer, makes it to the top of the Billboard Pop chart in 1945 for the hit song, “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow” written by Sammy Cahn; and  new USA labor rates were 35 cents per hour with a 5 day work week in 1933.   Those were just a few facts of happenings on this day in different years.


Mrs. Carrie Dennison of Georgetown, and daughter, Attorney Loretta Gail Dennison, of Washington, DC, were a part of the inaugural crowd on Monday, Jan. 20.  
Mrs. Dennison has been very active with the Obama Grass Roots campaign here in Georgetown.
I am sure she enjoyed the historic occasion. Many thanks for her hard work.


Please remember to pray for the sick and shut in, the bereaved, those in nursing homes and hospitals, the homeless and hungry; those in need of warm clothing, our men and women on the battlefield in Iraq and their families, those who have the flu and other conditions, sick children, our new presidency and other leaders of our land, supervisors and other bosses, newspaper editors, reporters, and other staff, animals that are homeless, birds that need feed, and for each other.
May God bless you and may his love warm you more than any clothing ever could.

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