Gloria Ford: Let the joy of the Lord be your strength

  • Friday, May 3, 2013

“Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”
Psalm 29:2

Hopefully you have had a wonderful week with good things happening one right after another; if this has not been the case for you, then I pray that this upcoming week will be a special one of good happenings for you and yours.  Mostly, I pray the joy of the Lord will be your strength.

May Day

Well, May is here already.  On May 1, my mind went back to my elementary school days when we had a special May Day celebration at Mt. Zion Elementary School in the North Santee section.  We had from first to sixth grades at our school, and all of the classes were participating in the May Day exercises.  All of the teachers had come together to make this a special time.  There were Indian tribal dances, costumes, singing and other things, but most importantly, the May pole would be wrapped.  There were festive colors of crepe paper ribbons that floated from the pole with each child that would do the wrapping dressed in the color of the ribbon.  They would walk around in a circle where one would go in and under and out until the pole was wrapped.  It was a beautiful sight to see as parents and other guests clapped and commented on all of our efforts.  My teachers at Mt. Zion from first to sixth grades were:  Mrs. Harriett Thompson Smalls, Ms. Ophelia Richardson, Ms Wilhemena Waring, Mrs. Alethia Fraser Flowers, Mrs. Victoria Clevland Gadson, and Mrs. Bernice B. Rutledge along with Mrs. Anna B. Thompson, Mrs. Ruth Williams, and Mrs. E. Gibbs that served as substitutes.  I thank them all for such wonderful memories and such dedicated work during those days.  
There are many stories about how the Maypole came into existence, and it is thought it had its first origin in paganism, but, in the United States and other countries, it was noted as a celebration of spring.  For us at Mt. Zion it was a time we looked forward to and celebrated with joy.

Mt. Zion AME Church

I, along with the pastor, Rev. Herman Ford, Jr, and members of Mt. Zion AME Church in the Bloomingvale community, would like to thank Rev. Merrilee Salley and the congregation of Howard AME Church of Germantown for their wonderful fellowship and dynamic sermon on Friday, April 26, for our “Eat and Greet” services. Licentiate Elinda Greggs presided over the services and others on program were:  Licentiates Jackie Darby and Benjamin Sanders, Sister Betty Sanders and the Mt. Zion combined choir, along with Rev. Warren Garrett, and Sister M. Smalls.  Eat and Greet has been established as an annual program at Mt. Zion where the members bring covered dishes, eat the Word firstly and then retire to the dining area to eat a fine meal; and what a fine meal it was.  Thanks to all members of Mt. Zion.

Hat show

The Celebrations of Crowns hat show was a great success on last Saturday at the Glisson Center of Bethel AME Church, Georgetown.  Mrs. Harold Jean Brown did an excellent job of presiding along with wearing her elegant black and gold African outfit topped with matching hat.  Others on program were Rev. Geneva Wilson, Rev. Catherine Gibbs, Ms. Della Prioleau, and Mrs. Geraldine Green.  Brothers Clarence McCray, James Jenkins, Rev Johnnie Vereen, and Rev. Timothy Cooper sported their best hat fashions.  
The smallest hat was worn by Mrs. Margaret Givens, the tallest crown was worn by Mrs. Mary Dozier, the oldest hat wearer was Mrs. Margaret Carr, and the youngest hat wearer was Little Jasmyn Jenkins.  They were also the certificate awards winners.  The trophy winners were:
Margaret Armstrong, 3rd place for the most unique hat, Gale Bessellieu Gamble, 2nd place for the most elegant hat, and Gale Wright of Charleston and the 1st place winner for the phenomenal hat.  
Congratulations once again to Mrs. Vergie Tennison and Mrs. Regina Cooper, co-chairpersons, the Shiloh AME Church family and Rev. Timothy Cooper, Sr. the pastor.

Miss Jabberwock Pageant

You are cordially invited to attend Georgetown Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. biennial Miss Jabberwock Pageant on Saturday, May 4 at 7 p.m. at Andrews High School.

St. Paul AME Church

St. Paul AME Church in the Plantersville section invites you to their Spring revival beginning May 13 through 16 at 7 p.m. nightly.  The Rev. Jerry Aiken of Tranquil AME Church of Bradley will be the guest revivalist.  Various church choirs will render music on the four nights.  Rev. Rubin Smalls is the pastor.

Exercise program

Don’t forget exercise every Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8:30 at Arnett AME Church with Ms. Jacqueline Dozier and Mrs. Lizzie Campbell Graham.  Rev. Barbara Nelson is the pastor.

Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church

The 110th anniversary celebration for Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church begins Saturday, May 4 with a gospel concert at 6 p.m. featuring Brother William Dunmore and Unity Love Fellowship Choir, and on Sunday, May 5 with morning worship at 11 a.m. and guest preacher, Rev. Boyd McDaniels.  The church is located at 7275 Browns Ferry Rd.,  Georgetown.

Breast clinic

A breast clinic will be held Saturday, May 4 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Georgetown Memorial Hospital, 606 Black River Road.  To schedule an appointment for the clinic, please call Doreen Jackson at 843-520-8671.  
If someone is eligible, but not available on May 4, appointments may be scheduled for clinical breast exams and referral for mammograms by calling Myra Pinckney, RN at St. James Santee Health Center, 843-887-3274.  Funding is made available through a Walgreens grant and is a partnership between St. James Santee Health Center, Georgetown Hospital, and the American Cancer Society.


Please remember to pray for the sick and shut in, the bereaved, the leaders of our land, our men and women on the battlefield in Iraq, their families back home, our children, schools, and churches, and for each other.  God bless you, and have wonderful days ahead.

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