Gloria Ford:Thanks to all who fed the hungry during the holidays and clothed the naked

  • Friday, January 4, 2013

“For mine eyes have seen thy salvation.”
St. Luke 2:30

Hopefully everyone of you have had a wonderful holiday season, and are still prepared to celebrate each day of this year as a celebration of life.  
We are yet alive to see another day, and to do whatever good we can to help somebody.
This is a very great gift.
If you needed comfort during the holidays, then, I pray that you were comforted from the heart of Almighty God to your heart.  
If you needed healing for your physical ailments, then, I pray that the touch from God has healed you, and is healing you, and will heal you completely.  
If finances have been a problem, then, as you give of your tithes and offerings you can prove God by His word that He will provide for you above and beyond that which you can even imagine or expect.  
And remember, God knows if you don’t have the tithes or the offerings.  
As long as you have a willing heart to give it if you had it, God will provide for you.
God wants me to tell you to expect great things in this New Year, and if you truly believe, great things will come to you.  
If you find it hard to believe because of negative things happening in your past, then ask God to help your unbelief.  
Truly, he understands our hearts.
It was good to see friends and relatives from out of town during the holidays.  We pray for traveling mercies for those who have not yet returned to their destinations.

New Year’s Eve service

We had a wonderful New Year’s Eve service at Mt. Zion AME Church in the Bloomingvale section of Andrews.  
The speaker for the service was the Rev. James Williams, pastor of Asbury and Bethel United Methodist churches.  These churches joined in with Rev. Herman Ford, Jr., and the members of Mt. Zion, and Rev. Robert Ford and his congregation of St. Mark AME Church.  
Rev. Williams took his text and sermon from the book of Joshua letting us know that this is a new year and we have not passed this way before, but with trust and belief in God and his guidance that we have the victory.  
Brothers Thomas Alford, Larry Brown, Willie White, and Licentiate Jackie Darby served as watchmen on the wall for the calling in of the New Year.  
At the call of 12 a.m., we praised God and wished each other well for the blessings of 2013.  
The Young People’s Department (YPD) of Mt. Zion, served a tasty breakfast.  Rev. Herman Ford, Jr., and the Mt. Zion AME Church family, and all other churches involved, wish you the best of days, weeks, and months to come.

Missionary Sunday

The Women Missionary Department of Mt. Zion AME Church in the Bloomingvale community, under the direction of Sister Angiel Grayson, celebrated Missionary Sunday on Dec. 30 at 10 a.m.  
Sister Shirley Graham, did a wonderful job of presiding.  Others on program were Sisters Sadie McCray, Silverteen Mitchum, and Tiffany Jackson.  
I was honored to be the speaker for this occasion.  

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond (Sherby Jean) Colbert, Jr.

Congratulations are in order for Mr. and Mrs. Raymond (Sherby Jean) Colbert, Jr. as they were joined together as one on New Year’s Eve.  
I was privileged to officiate at the ceremony and pray that God will continue to bless them above and beyond that which they can even imagine or expect.

Some time ago my husband and I had the pleasure of dining at AlPhi’s Reef Seafood Steaks and More Restaurant on 621 Church Street in Conway.  
The service was so great and the food was so good that I had to tell all of you about it.   
Well, we had the opportunity to visit again and the food seemed even better than before.  
The owner, Mr. Alex Odom, commented on the article, and the Georgetown Times and was pleased to have been mentioned.
He also thanked those of you who read the article and visited the restaurant.  
They have such a variety of fine foods and friendly faces that serve you that you can’t help but go back again and again.

I would like to say thanks to Ms. Barbara Causey, formerly of Georgetown, and now living in Florence, for the wonderful Christmas card.  
I know that she is an avid reader of the Georgetown Times, and misses the folks of Georgetown.  
I would have her to know that we miss and love her too.

I prayed for blessings of comfort and joy to be upon the family of my good friend, the late Mrs. Alice Smith.  This was the first Christmas without her lovely face and pleasant voice, and her concern for my well being.  
I know she is being blessed forever and I thank her for the love.

I would love to hear from Mrs. Gladys Barrineau since she has moved and I don’t know where to find her.  
I know she too is an avid Georgetown Times reader and can reach me at 843-546-0841.


Well, this is the beginning of a new year and the days already seem to be going by extra fast, but I pray that each and every one of you will have blessings upon blessings as the days go by.
Let us look to the Lord from whence cometh all of our help.  
Let us continue to pray for the sick and shut in, the bereaved, those in nursing homes and hospitals, our men and women on the battle field in Iraq and for innocent victims in war torn lands.  
Let us pray for the lonely and depressed and for those who are homeless, and yes, even hungry.  
Much thanks to all of those businesses and individuals who fed the hungry during the holidays and clothed the naked.  
It shall be added unto you as a blessing from the Lord.  

Let us continue to pray for each other and be a blessing in the days to come.  
Let us take the cup of kindness and spread its contents wherever we go.  
God bless you until we meet again.

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