Friday, January 3, 2014
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
Happy New Year to each and every one of you; I pray that this will be your best year yet. As for me, I love to read the above scripture that lets me know I am on God’s mind, and He wants only the best for me, and for you.
My resolution is to dig deeper into the Word of God, which is the Holy Bible, and seek after that agape love; also, to leave the past behind, and look forward with great anticipation to what God has for me today and tomorrow.
Diana W. Jones
I was pleased to travel to Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church on Dec. 27 for a birthday celebration for Diana W. Jones. I met Diana Jones sometime ago, and found her to be a very gentle and dedicated mother who mostly raised 10 children on her own, and each one of them receiving a worthy education. This article is dedicated to her.
Diana Jones, the mother of Dr. Joseph E. Jones Sr., former pastor of Bethel AME here in Georgetown, and Mt. Lebanon AME in Andrews, recently turned 90. The program was emceed by her son, Dr. James L. Jones. Others on the program were Michael Cobb and Diana Smalls, Gabriella Herriott and Ryan Simmons, Dr. Joseph E. Jones Sr., Paulette Jones Simmons and Leah Lawson.
The highlight of the evening was when two of the great-grandchildren who were toddlers, recited from memory, one of the honoree’s favorite scripture verses, the 23rd Psalm.
After enjoying all that had been planned for the program, along with a delicious meal, we were honored to watch a video tribute presentation on the giant screen, of various happenings in the life of Diana Jones. Diana Jones was also given the opportunity to give thanks at the end of the program. She opened with verses of a song called, “I’m going to stay under the blood.” She then gave thanks to all of her children, and everyone else who had a part in the services, but mostly she gave thanks to God who had been so good to her, and is still good for giving her an opportunity to celebrate another birthday. The following is a poem from her daughter, Paulette Jones-Simmons, who at one time suffered a brain tumor, but due to the prayers of a faithful and steadfast mother, God miraculously intervened and brought healing to her body:
Mother, Dear Mother, God’s gift from above
He created you, shaped you and filled you with love
You’ve touched so many lives in so may ways
You represent Jesus; We give God the praise!
Mother, Dear Mother, we’re calling your name.
No matter who calls you, you answer the same;
With love and compassion and kindness you show,
The gentleness, patience, we’ve all come to know.
Mother, Dear Mother, your light’s been our guide.
The way your love shows us that you’re on our side.
Through all generations you have been the same-
A servant of God who honors His name.
Mt. Zion AME Church
I would like to thank Rev. Alfred Darby along with Rachel Edwards, and the missionary department of Mt. Zion AME Church, the officers and members, for allowing me to be a part of the fifth Sunday missionaries program. The program was well put together.
Dickerson AME Church
Dickerson AME Church held its usher’s program on Dec. 29 at 4 p.m. The program was given in honor of all ushers of various churches, and to honor three past members of Dickerson who were also dedicated ushers. They were Rev. Herman Ford Jr., Wilhemenia Windley, and Constance Simmons.
The mistress of ceremony was Shauna Simmons, the musician was Kiah Williams. Others on program were: Raneajah Muhammed, Ashley Humes, Ukari Humes, and soloist, Debra Burgess. The speaker for the occasion was Rev. Andre Evans, pastor of St. Mark AME Church of the Bloomingvale community.
The ushers’ strut consisted of ushers from the various churches that marched down the aisle in accordance to their churches singing a song of victory.
Ella Mae Graham presented plaques to the deserving members. She was the chairperson of the program. Rev. Patrick Staggers is the pastor.
Please remember to pray for the sick and shut in, the bereaved, those in nursing homes and hospitals, those who are on the battlefield, and their families back home, the homeless, the unemployed, those with back problems and hip problems, merchants and their businesses, schools and children, principals, teachers, and staff, our wounded service men, those facing fatal diagnoses, and the continued blessings of the New Year. May God’s peace comfort you, and His light take you straight through the darkness until we meet again.
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