Thursday, December 5, 2013
“For with God nothing shall be impossible.”
St. Luke 1:37
Well, the weather is warm again. I think I warned you not too long ago when we had the colder temperatures that it was going to get warm. I know many people usually hope for a cold Christmas, even a white Christmas, but I am content with the warm weather.
Mt. Zion AME Church
Special thanks to Mt. Zion AME Church in the Bloomingvale community for hosting the Georgetown District’s annual Christmas program. We had a great time with Rev. Dr. M. Charmaine Ragin of Bethel AME Church, presiding. Others on program were the Revs. Herman Ford, Jr., James Nesmith, Patrick Staggers, Sandra Ladson, Willie B. Thomas, Lewis Dorsey, The speaker was the Rev. Harvey Doctor, pastor of Friendship St. Mary AME Church. Music was provided by the Mt. Zion ministers of music and choirs along with the Mt. Zion AME Episcopal Church choir, and the Friendship choir. Special thanks to Elder Rosalyn Grant Coleman for her leadership role as presiding elder, and to her husband, Rev. Melvin Coleman, our area consultant. Rev. Herman Ford, Jr. is the pastor of Mt. Zion.
‘Celebration of Life’ program
You are invited to the 17th annual “Celebration of Life” program to be held on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at the Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Educational Association Center, located at 613 Jones Ave. in Andrews. This year they will be recognizing and honoring our present, past, and future military guests for the great service they have rendered to our country. They would be honored if any veteran or military group could be in attendance. Please respond to Joyce Hudson, Chapter president, at 540-840-6094 or you can mail to Sisters in Unity at 5480 Kent Road, Andrews, SC 29510. Sisters in Unity is a 501©3 affiliate chapter of Sisters Network, Inc. Their mission is committed to increasing local and national attention to the devastating impact that cancer has in the community. This is a Christmas tribute to breast cancer survivors. If you are a survivor, please call and register at the above number, or 843-325-1928, or 803-473-7362. The attire is semi-formal.
Shiloh AME Church
You are cordially invited to a dedication service on Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. at Shiloh AME Church, 4995 South Fraser St. The speaker will be retired presiding elder of the AME Church, Rev. John Randolph. He is now an associate minister at Greater Goodwill AME Church in Mount Pleasant under the leadership of the pastor, Rev. Richard Crummy. The sponsors are Brother Clarence McCray, pro-tem, and Sister Vergie J. Tennison, trustee. Rev. Timothy M. Cooper, Sr., is the host pastor.
Dickerson AME Church
Dickerson AME Church located at 614 Henry St., invites you to their second annual Christmas cantata on Sunday at 5 p.m. The theme is “Take me to the King.” Rev. Patrick Staggers is the senior pastor.
The Sons of Allen
The Sons of Allen of Mt. Zion AME Church of the Bloomingvale community of Andrews invites you and your sons and daughters to a program on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Breakfast will be served. Licentiate Jackie Darby is the president. Rev. Herman Ford Jr., is the pastor.
Earlene Hilton is the founder and president of a new organization entitled: Preparation for Final Destination Organization – A Plan, A Vision, A Dream. This program is for anyone who has lost a loved one, and finds themselves in financial disaster. The program will help those who can’t pay for funeral expenses. They will come to your aid with both financial and moral support, but you must first become a member of the organization. Hilton got the idea from seeing so many lacking the funds to pay for the funeral costs. She has always had a heart for people as she sponsors a program here in Georgetown for the young people during the month of July. She uses her own funds to take those that are interested on trips such as Disney World. She has done this for the past several years. She recently gave a celebration program for Robert Smalls in the New York area on Nov. 12. I had the privilege of meeting Smalls at the first meeting of the organization here in Georgetown. He has a fantastic background that I shall be telling you about in our next article. He is a part of the newly formed organization and presented me with a handmade cap. He is described as a “living hero of the community” and he is very pleased to partner with Hilton and the other members. Ray Scott is the owner of Sunshine Caskets in Andrews. Sunshine Caskets is licensed with the SC State Funeral Board and consumers are protected by the Federal Trade Commission. Consumers have the right to purchase caskets, urns, other burial accessories from outside sources, and the consumer cannot be denied by funeral homes. Scott was in attendance at the meeting. Bishop Willie Gause is the president of the Georgetown branch of the organization, and Leola Wineglass Nelson is the secretary. For more information you may call Earlene Hilton at 347-777-2559.
Please remember to pray for the sick and shut in, the bereaved, those in nursing homes and hospitals, the mentally ill, the Christmas shoppers, our men and women on the battlefield and their families back home, the homeless and the hungry and for each other. May God bless each and everyone of you until we meet again.