Gloria Ford:Happy Father’s Day to all fathers everywhere

  • Friday, June 14, 2013

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
 Psalm 27:1

Hopefully you have had a wonderful week.  The flowers are blooming; the birds are singing; gardens are flourishing; the fish are jumping, and all seems to be right with your world.  If this is not the case with you, and everything seems to be going wrong that can go wrong, I certainly can relate to that, and I pray that God will bring all things decently and in order for you, and that His peace will comfort you in every situation. He longs to fellowship with you today. Invite him in, and have a great day.

 Dickerson AME Church

Georgetown area Women’s Missionary Society held their end of the year meeting on Saturday, June 8 at Dickerson AME Church at 9 a.m. with Sister Mary L. Darby, the Georgetown area WMS chairperson presiding.  Others on program were sisters Verna Cooper, Vanessa White, Voncennia Guiles, Coretta Green, Theresa Humes, Emma Dorsey, Joyce Linnen, Florine Linnen, Kim Williams, and Mary Duncan.  The meeting was carried out in an orderly and timely fashion.  Thanks to hosts Mrs. Vanessa White local WMS president, and Rev. Patrick Staggers, pastor of Dickerson AME Church.

Church School Convention

The Georgetown District Church School Convention will be held at Carvers Bay High School on Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15.  Friday’s session will begin at noon.  The opening worship service for the Church School Convention which will be held at Hopewell AME Church beginning at 6:30 p.m., Friday, June 14. The speaker will be The Right Rev. Richard Franklin Norris, Presiding Bishop of The Palmetto AME Conference.  Rev. Dr. Kylon J. Middleton is the pastor of Hopewell.

God’s Trombones

An encore performance of God’s Trombones, Seven Negro Sermons in Verse by James Weldon Johnson and back by popular demand, will be held on Saturday, June 22 at Lighthouse of Jesus Christ Church at 6 p.m.  Doors will open at 5 p.m.  The church is located at 159 Johnson Road.  

The program will benefit Helping Hands of Georgetown and will feature Zeb Harrison and the Sounds of Praise of Charlotte, N.C. along with Ted Martin and the Gospel Music Workshop of America, Charlotte, N.C.,  and seven of our own powerhouse ministers.  For tickets or sponsorship information, call 843-240-0432, or 843-527-3424.  This is a Sweet Gilliard Production.


Don’t forget the play “Yield Not to Temptation” Saturday, June 15 at The Choppee Complex auditorium.  The play is written by Hazel Winns and performed by  Hazel Winns and Company.  There will be two showings; one at 5:30 p.m. and the other at 7 p.m.  This is a pre-Father’s Day treat for the man in your life, or for the entire family.  It’s a comedy with a message that is sure to keep you laughing.  Tickets are only $10.

Dr. Antwon Sutton

Dr. Antwon Sutton took his stand behind the podium and made the necessary protocol.  He then proceeded to sing a song called, “Jesus is a friend of mine”.  
It was Children’s Day at Mt. Zion AME Church in the North Santee section, and I had come to hear Dr. Sutton speak to the children.  It seemed not too long that he had occupied the pews as a young lad growing up at this, his mother’s church, Mt. Zion. He was born in McClellanville, where his mom Yvonne moved after her marriage to Harry Sutton.  He is the grandson of Richard and Elizabeth Grayson. He attended Lincoln High School and graduated in 1998 as third in his class with full academic honors.  

He obtained his bachelor of science degree in business administration from Winthrop University and a masters of arts in teaching degree, in business and marketing education, also from Winthrop.  
He taught marketing, economics, and computer applications for three years, and was promoted to an assistant principal at Clover High School with over 2,000 students.  
While at Clover he was the first person to hold the title of Teacher of the Year and assistant principal at the same time.  

He completed his doctoral program in Educational Leadership at South Carolina State University in May, 2009.  
He later became the principal at Sedgefield Middle School, the largest of eight middle schools in the area of Goose Creek with 935 students.  
After desiring to be closer to the Charlotte, N.C. area (he lives in Rock Hill) Dr. Sutton was selected from among 15 candidates as principal of Alcorn Middle School in Columbia where he just completed his first year.  He is the youngest of 52 principals in the school district.

He spoke with compassion and understanding to the children, and they listened attentively.  He chose Jeremiah 29 verses 11-13 as he spoke from a subject entitled:  “Unlocking your future – making your own line”  He told them about the three A’s to reach their full potential: Awaken like the prodigal son did in the Bible;  Be aware that you can do all things through Christ , and be alive to your responsibilities, most important, your responsibility to the Lord.  

He told them they did not have to compromise to get ahead in life, but they must have that relationship with Jesus, and choose to make their own line to be leaders and not followers of bad devices.
He told them of many other things to help them with their future endeavors.  We adults also learned many things.  
Many of us older persons remember Antwon as an obedient and humble son.  He continues to show those characteristics as he serves God and mankind in a positive and inspiring way.  May God continue to bless this native son, and lead him through open doors of greater successes.

Remembering Father’s Day

When I was a little girl of eight or nine, I saved my pennies and other change in a little bank that looked like a corner post office box.  Every Father’s Day I would travel to “Mr. Jerry’s Store” across the road and purchase some razor blades, or handkerchiefs for my father, Rev. Sam Barr Sr.   He made my gift seem like it was a million dollars or more.  

As I got older and could afford more expensive gifts there was no differentiation in the gratitude showed by my father.  He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather and will live forever in the hearts of all who loved him and miss him dearly.     


Remember to pray for the sick and shut in, the bereaved, those in nursing homes and hospitals, and for each other.  Happy Father’s Day to all fathers everywhere.

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