Friday, November 15, 2013
“And it shall come to pass that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Hopefully you have had a wonderful prosperous week; warm days have turned into cold days, but after knowing our weather here in the South, and especially in Georgetown, take heart those of you who don’t tolerate cold days too well, warmer days will come again soon.
If your week seemed long and uneventful, and your heart was sad and your burdens have been many, then I tell you to give thanks as the Bible directs us to do in I Thessalonians 5:18. It may sound like an odd thing to do in times of trouble, but it sure does work.
Seventh Episcopal District WIM conference
Reverend Peggy Pope, coordinator, and the Women in Ministry (WIM) of the Georgetown district hosted the Seventh Episcopal District WIM conference on Saturday, Nov. 9 at St. Mary’s AME Church in Pawleys Island with Reverend Sandra Ladson as host pastor. The theme for the program was, “Demonstration of the Spirit’s power in discipleship”. Others on program were Reverend Sandra Ladson, Reverend Lyn Drayton, Licentiate Jannie Snow, Reverend Willie B. Thomas, Licentiate Brenda Palmer, and Reverend Brenda Blackstock. We had the pleasure of entertaining the Mt. Pleasant and Kingstree districts. Reverend E.J. German, our WIM Conference Coordinator was also present among us. We had a wonderful time as we welcomed the Holy Spirit in and gave him full access to our proceedings. It was good to assemble ourselves in the unity of the Spirit according to Psalm 133:1
Singleton Chapel AME Church
Singleton Chapel AME Church held their Christian fellowship banquet on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. at J.B. Beck Administration and Education Center with the theme, “Believe” with Sister Mary Sargent as mistress of ceremony and Sister Pearletha Canteen as the musician for the evening. Others on program were Sisters Luethel Nixon, Mary Grant, Mildred Richardson, Eunice Alston, Betty Hayward, missionary president, First Lady Beverly Burgess, Rev. Michael Burgess and Rev. Franklin Rutledge. The guest speaker was Rev. Dr. Bernice Cooper. The planning committee members are Sisters: Betty Hayward, Mary Grant, Jeanette Alston, Terry Alston, Yvonne Goss, Sandra Johnson, and Mary Johnson. Rev. Michael Burgess is the pastor.
Iota Tau Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
I would like to thank Brother Leonard Nelson, Basileus, Brother William E. Ladson, Vice –Basileus, Brother Jestin B. Gilliard, chairman of the planning committee, and all chapter members of Iota Tau Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. for presenting me the Ecumenical award plaque on Saturday, Nov. 9 during their Achievement Week program and banquet held at the Glisson Center of Bethel AME Church at 6:30 p.m. The theme was: Advancing Omega’s Future through Leadership, Vision, and Excellence” with Brother Leonard Nelson presiding. Others on program were Brother (Rev.) Sammy Livingston, Brother Lamar Brown, Brother Rudolph Bradley, Brother Willie Wearing, Brother Carl Hughes, and Brother Brian Davis. Dr. Maudest Rhue Scott served as musician for the evening, and special musical guests were the Linnen Singers. The speaker for the occasion was Brother Ulysses S.C Sweeney, IV 38th Sixth District Representative Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. From an excellent oratory Brother Sweeney presented excerpt jewels such as: “Leadership does not come without obligation”, “If you have given much, much will be desired”, Real leadership is when you do the right thing when nobody is watching”, “All great men may not be Omega, but all Omegas are great men”. Congratulations to Ms. Brenda Heyward for receiving the Community Service award, Ms. Sandy Jackson for Citizen of the Year, Brother George McDaniel for Omega Man of the Year and to Tracy Bailey for receiving the Literacy award.
Mt. Zion AME Church
Thanks to Evangelist Patricia Ann Shubrick for delivering a wonderful message to the senior citizens and the congregation at Mt. Zion AME Church in the Bloomingvale community on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. Evangelist preached a sermon entitled, “Heaven belongs to you”. Others on program were: Sisters Shirley Graham, presiding, Elease White, Wanda Darby, Myra Wiggins, Betty Sanders, Leila Hooks, Gwen Wright, Joyce Nesmith, Angelia Grayson, Mary Ervin White, Janet Grayson, Silverteen Mitchum, Licentiate Jackie Darby, and Rev. Herman Ford, Jr. Youth participants included Navaeh Orange, Paige Brown, Bianca McCray, and Darius Morris. Thanks to sisters Joann Sessions, Shirley Wilson, Elizabeth Sessions, and Mary Sessions for their fine catering help and best congratulations for being 75 and above. Thanks to sisters and brothers: Iller Myers, Sadie McCray, Cora Oliver, Mamie Gamble, Bertell Bellamy, Willa Faye Watson, Marie McCullough, Novil Seward, Louise Brown, Sallie Moyd, Daisy Wright, Juanita Dozier, Olin McCray, Sam Seward and James Woody. Thanks to all of our guests,and to the Male Choir along with Brothers Heyward, Brown and Thomas our ministers of music. Rev. Herman Ford, Jr. is the pastor.
Dickerson AME Church
A program entitled “It’s your time” was presented at Dickerson AME Church on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. to honor Mrs. Ella Mae Gamble-Graham for years of service to family, church, and community. Others on program along with myself, were Rev. Alford Darby, brothers Darrell Graham (son) Kiah Williams, Minister Moshell Hicks, Brendon Barber, sisters Lydella Washington, Debra Burgess (daughter)and Evangelist Wanda Snow, presiding. The crowded congregation consisted of friends, family, well wishers, and a variety of soloists, groups, and choirs to honor this most worthy woman of God. Rev. Patrick Staggers is the pastor.
Gospel Fest 2013
The Georgetown district Lay Organization presents Gospel Fest 2013 on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 4 p.m. with host church, Mt. Zion AME in the Bloomingvale community. Come hear guest soloists, choirs, praise dancers, and many more. There is a $10 donation. Sister Betty Sanders is the host president, Brother Thomas Mention is the director of Lay activities, and Rev. Herman Ford, Jr. is the pastor. The church is located on Highway 527, also known as the Thurgood Marshall Highway. For directions call 843-546-0841.
Join Brother Steve Williams at the Georgetown County Library on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the book signing of his newest book: “If you don’t push, nothing moves.”
Please remember to pray for the sick and shut-in, the bereaved, the storm victims in the Philippines, for our service men and women on the battlefield in Iraq, and for each other.
Have a blessed weekend and days to come. Let us pray for each other.