Friday, January 17, 2014
“For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth.”
Hopefully you have had a wonderful week. The rains descended in torrents; the skies were dark, the air was cold, but God has spoken. He has let us know that he is the Creator of all things great and small. The sun came out in all of its splendor, blinding us with the light of the Lord, chasing away the rain, lighting up the skies, and warming God’s beautiful world.
Let us thank God for every day, even though we may be going through trials and tribulations. It is only a test, so that you may have a testimony of God’s goodness through every burden that we have to bear. The psalm writer says in Psalm 37:25” ... yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” Whatever the situation may be, God will take care of you.
Prince Hall Masonic District
The brothers of the 11th Prince Hall Masonic District of Georgetown, would say that they were in the spirit of celebrating Christmas with gifts to the residents of Oasis Assisted Living Center during the Christmas season. The committee members are as follows:
Rev. Carl Anderson
District Deputy Wayne Davis
Special Deputy Samuel Holmes
Choppee Masonic Lodge #394
The brothers of Choppee Masonic Lodge #394 had a Divine Worship celebration on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 4 p.m. at St. Paul AME Church in Plantersville. The guest speaker for the evening was Rev. Elder B. Holmes, pastor of Gospel Missionary Baptist Church. Brother Randy Ford was the event chairperson, and they thank each of you that came out to celebrate with them.
Greater St. Stephen AME Church
Greater St. Stephen AME Church located at 2807 Highmarket St. and the stewards and trustees invite you to their Cornerstone laying service on Saturday, Jan. 18 at noon. The speaker for this occasion will be Bishop Richard F. Norris. All Masonic brothers and sisters of the Stars as asked to turn out. Come worship and witness this celebration with them. Rev. Carl L. Anderson is the pastor.
Faith and Prayer Warrior’s conference
Don’t forget Jan. 29 through Feb. 2 for the Faith and Prayer Warrior’s conference. The conference will be held at Greater Bible way Church located at 1518 Hawkins St. at the hours of 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Bishop John Smith Jr., is the host pastor, and the sponsoring pastor is Pastor Johnnie Mae Tisdale of the House of Prayer Sowing Seeds of Deliverance Ministry. For more information call Pastor Tisdale at 843-240-0350.
Sara T. Hudson
The birthday celebration for Mrs. Sara T. Hudson that took place on Saturday, Dec. 7, was a pre celebration of the actual birthday which took place on Wednesday, Dec.11, 2013. On that day the family was out of town to celebrate the Doctoral graduation of Mrs. Hudson’s grandson. She does thank everyone for attending her birthday celebration.
Mt. Nebo AME Church
I would like to thank Rev. Dr. Richard Allen Brown, pastor, assistant pastor, Rev. Ruth Brown, and members of Mt. Nebo AME Church in Mt. Pleasant, for the invitation to attend and participate in their Senior Citizens luncheon on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. Their theme was: “Life” a special blessing. Those on program were Sisters Susan Simmons, Joan Grant, Delores D. Cooper, Rev. Ruth Brown, and Mr. Abraham Simmons. The special guest speaker was Minister Gregory Saxton, town clerk, mime actor, playwright, dancer, and other talents. Saxton was very agile and dynamic in his preaching. The steering committee consisted of Delores Cooper, Joan Grant, Abraham Simmons, Sharon Young, Sarah Simmons, Beatrice Ragland, Sara Young, and Louise Morris.
Mt. Zion AME Church
Mt. Zion AME Church in the North Santee community presented their annual Men Day program with Brother Charles Hill presiding, on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 4 p.m. Others on program were Rev. James Chattine, Jumari Chattine, Alfred Stephenson, Zharbray Livingston, Brothers Herbert Dennison, Eugene Humes, Vincent Drayton, Raiford Hamilton and Gregory Grayson. The speaker for the afternoon was Rev. Arthur Ford, pastor of St. Mark AME Church in Indiantown. Brother Kenneth Gilliard was the coordinator, and Rev. Alfred Darby is the pastor.
We are our brother’s keeper
A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. The mouse wondered what kind of food the package might contain. He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap. The mouse retreated to the farmyard and proclaimed the warning that there was a mousetrap in the house!
The chicken clucked and scratched and raised her head and said, “Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it.
He got the same answer when he told the pig who said the only thing he could do about it was pray.
The mouse turned to the cow who said it was “no skin off his nose”.
So the mouse returned to the house with head down and dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap alone.
That very night a sound was heard throughout the house, like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. She could not see in the dark that it was a venomous snake whose tail was in the trap. The snake bit the farmer’s wife, and he rushed her to the hospital, and she returned home with a fever. The farmer knew she needed some fresh chicken soup, so he killed the chicken.
Friends and neighbors came to sit with the wife around the clock, so the farmer butchered the pig to feed them.
The wife did not get well, but died. So many people came for the funeral, that the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them. The mouse looked at it all with great sadness from his crack in the wall. All that he had asked for help were now devoured.
So, the next time, you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn’t concern you, remember, when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk.
Also, remember that we are our brother’s keeper. Help someone today.
Please remember to pray for the sick and shut in, the bereaved, the depressed, those in nursing homes and hospitals, the elderly that live alone, our men and women on the battlefield and their families back home. Great blessings for the New Year, and let us always pray for one another. Don’t forget to join me on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. for “Afternoon Blessings”, and on Sundays for “Sunday with Gloria” at 11 a.m. on Radio station 1470 AM WLMC. May God bless you with all of his wonderful blessings until we meet again.