Jesus is longing to come in and commune and fellowship with you

  • Friday, February 7, 2014

Mrs. Emma Drayton (“baby” girl Kia in background) at her 72nd birthday party.

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.”

Genesis 20:8

Hopefully you have had a wonderful week, and have been blessed greatly by the love and presence of God. I pray that you continue to walk in His ways and love. If your week seemed filled with anxiety and persecution, and it seemed you had no place to turn; then, I recommend Jesus for He is longing to come in and commune and fellowship with you. Try him next time it seems that all negative forces are against you. I guarantee as you call on Him from the depths of your soul, He will give you peace.


It is February already. It seems as if time is flying. February is the second month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. It is the shortest month and the only month with fewer than 30 days. It has 28 days in which we call common years, or 29 days in leap years. February is also the third month of meteorological winter in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, February is the seasonal equivalent of August in the Northern Hemisphere (which is the third month of summer) in meteorological reckoning. It starts on the same day of the week as March and November in common years, and on the same day of the week as August in leap years. February ends on the same day of the week as January in common years only. In leap years, it is the only month that ends on the same weekday it begins. February is also the only month of the year that can pass without a single full moon. This last happened in 1999 and will next happen in 2018.

There are many events that happen in the month of February such as Black History Month in the United States and Canada; National Bird Feeding Month, Super Bowl, (every first Sunday) President’s Day, Groundhog Day, Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, Valentine’s Day, and George Washington’s birthday all happening in the United States.

Many of my family members also have birthdays in the month of February, and I wish them all a very Happy Birthday, and to everyone that celebrates a birthday this month.

Howard AME Church

I would like to thank Reverend Merrielee Smalls- Salley, Mrs. Clara Gadsen, and all other members of Howard AME Church of McClellanville for inviting me to be a part of their Black History Month program on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. The theme for the program is: “Are your eyes still on the prize?” They would love to have you to attend. The church is located at 2024 Rutledge Ave., and the church’s phone number is 843-527-3286. You may also call Mrs. Gadsen at 843-527-2345 for more information. Hope to see you there.

Founder’s Day program

The Georgetown District Founder’s Day program will be held Sunday, Feb. 9. at 4 p.m. at St. John AME Church in Pawleys Island. Reverend Buckner is the host pastor.

Candlelight service

The Georgetown District Women’s Missionary Candlelight Service will be held at Mt. Zion AME Church in the Bloomingvale community on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 4 p.m. Sister Mary Darby is the area chairperson, and Rev. Herman Ford, Jr. is the host pastor.

Emma R. Drayton

It was a gala formal affair extraordinaire as family and friends gathered at the Glisson Center of Bethel AME Church for the 72nd birthday celebration of Mrs. Emma R. Drayton. The room seemed to be transformed to a different time and place with tables covered in red silk cloths over black silk and zebra endorsed scarves that adorned the backs of the chairs. The master of ceremony was none other than published author and poet, Mr. Steve Williams who did an outstanding job with oratorical flair. From time to time during the program, he inserted original poetic works from his latest book: “If You Don’t Push Nothing Moves.” The anointed Brother Randy Gamble was the musician for the evening. All eyes were toward the entrance doors as family members of Mrs. Drayton were introduced as they marched down the center aisle to their designated seating.

The honoree then entered on the arm of her favorite protégé, her husband, the Reverend Thomas Earl Drayton. A table made for two adorned the stage as they took their seats. Mrs. Drayton was resplendent in a sleeveless black floor length dress with matching accessories. She looked every bit of 50 plus. The program proceeded with a welcome address from niece, Elaine Simmons. An excerpt from her speech said that we were “celebrating and giving thanks for the great things God has done.” Bishop Floyd Knowlin, cousin, and pastor of Lighthouse of Jesus church, opened with prayer, and the scripture was read by the pastor of Bethel, the Rev. Dr. M. Charmain Ragan. Steve then read a poem in the third voice which would be that of Rev. Drayton, entitled: “Love Me Some You.” Remarks came from the children, Carey, the only and favorite boy child, Keisha, the eldest daughter, and Kia, the baby girl. A solo was then sung by eldest granddaughter, Aiyanna Drayton, and other remarks were given by the grandchildren and finally, Rev. Drayton who said that his wife was the wind beneath his wings. Dinner was served and catered by Mr. Jake Myers and Company (Jakes Emperial Catering) of Charleston, SC. Later Steve read two of his most popular works which included one of my favorites: Sweet Potato Pie. Remarks came from the floor, which included Mrs. Drayton’s former employee, Dr. Tiller, and a rousing selection of “I Love the Lord” was sung by the Charleston Connection Singers. Kia gave acknowledgements, and Emma came to give thanks to God for her 72nd birthday, and for all who came, and all that was done. Thanks also went out to Pamela Bryant for invitations. Altoya Felder-Deas and Jimal Deas for program and video; Floral arrangements and those fantastic tables and other decorations were done by Eddie Gates and Company, the nephew of Mrs. Drayton, and the beautiful birthday cake was done by Emma’s friend, Mrs. Angela A. Tiller. Hosts and hostesses did an outstanding job. Special recognition was given to Emma’s godmother, Mrs. Nelson, who not only named Emma, but helped to take of her when her mom died. She looked very special and waved to all. Her next birthday will be her one hundredth. Let’s ask God to bless Mrs. Emma R. Drayton with many more birthdays and grand celebrations.


Please remember to pray for the sick and shut in, the bereaved, those in nursing homes and hospitals, the homeless and hungry, those less fortunate than we are, our schools and our children, our churches and their congregations, and for each other. May God bless you real good until we meet again.

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