All of the trees and bushes were covered in icy over coats

  • Friday, February 14, 2014

Bishop Love(Dedrick Gilliard) and his brother, Minister Love (Dwayne Gagum) from the play, "Church Folk"

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.”

Psalm 23:1

Hopefully you have made it safely through another ice storm of the winter season, and are enjoying warmer weather. It was amazing to see almost all of the trees and bushes covered in icy over coats. I was also amazed at the pine branches that fell from the trees and covered the roads and yards. Most amazing was to see the artistic work of our Creator. It was as if His canvas was large enough to capture the brilliant beauty of his wintry handiwork. I had to sing praises to His creativity and worship His majesty.

Again, I have to give thanks to the electric companies, especially Santee Electric, as they worked diligently in the icy temperatures to restore power to those of us that were powerless, and some of us were cold, as electricity was the only source of heat. Many of us took a much needed break just to listen to the rain and ice falling as we sat silently in candle lit homes. I hope some, if not many of us, took time to pray for others. Thanks to the Good Shepherd for restoring our souls.

St. John AME Church

The Founder’s Day celebration and GOMI, Inc. installation service was held at St. John AME Church in Pawleys Island on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. with the Reverend Kelly Spann serving as worship leader. Others on program were the Reverends Dr. Charmaine Ragin, Alford Buckner, John Sumpter, Aundry Evans, Sandra Ladson, Dr. Carl Anderson, Michael Burgess, Peggy Pope, and Dr. Kylon Middleton, along with Mr. Norman Deas. The key speaker for the occasion was The Reverend Dr. Charles Young, formerly of Georgetown, and pastor of Campbell AME Church of the Charleston area. Dr. Young preached a dynamic sermon entitled “Faith of our Fathers,” from Hebrews 11:1-3 while the Freedom Readers from GOMI, Inc who ranged from very young ages, and represented the literacy program at GOMI, named all of the presidents of the United States from George Washington, number one, to our present 44th president, Barack Obama. We congratulate Ms Cassandra Jackson who works so diligently with these young people, and to others who volunteer their services for a program such as this. The board of directors for Georgetown Outreach Ministries, Inc. are: Reverend Rosalyn Grant Coleman, board chairman, Norman L. Deas, vice-chair, the honorable judge, Jan B. Holmes, Lillie M. Coleman, Reverend Aundry Evans, Leona Miller, Reverend Michael Burgess, Pearl Edge and Brenda Heyward. The honorary members are Senator Yancey McGill and Dr. Focell I. Jackson Dozier. Musical selections were provided by St. John AME Choir and the Georgetown district non-denominational choir. Thanks to presiding elder Coleman for a fine program, and to host pastor, Rev. Alford Buckner and the St. John family.

Love Chapel Deliverance Church

I stopped by Love Chapel Deliverance Church on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. for a free presentation of the play, “Church Folks.” The play was written by church member, Ms Talisha Grant-McCoy. Miss Grant-McCoy, according to one of the characters, Mrs. Jackie Lawrence, wrote the play to show that there are different spirits in the church, not just by outside people coming in, but those people who are already in and even hold certain church positions, such as three of the main characters: Bishop Love played by Minister Dedrick Gilliard, and his two brothers, Minister Love, played by Dwayne Gagum, and Deacon Love, played by Raymond Jenkins. All three men sat in the pulpit as great leaders, but they were actually wolves in sheep clothing as they were responsible for having the church robbed on choir rehearsal night, and stealing monies from the church. Other characters were: Felicia Green, Eric Booker, Latoya and Ramey Lewis, Evangelist Sharon Brantley, and Minister Phillip Brantley, Phineus and Janice Geathers, Jaunita Ladson, April Dennison, Tyrika Grant, Crystal Young, Tamara Brown, Deacon Joe-Joe Grayson, and the mother of the church who really tried to keep them all together, and keeping you laughing at the same time, was Mrs. Jackie Lawrence as Mother Rasberry. Ms. Grant-McCoy, would love to have you see the play. Perhaps you may want to have the play performed at your church or organization, fee of charge; or you may see yourself in one of the characters and want to make a change, if so, please call 843-546-8638, or 843-344-2405. Apostle Richard Frazier is the overseer of Love Chapel, and Evangelist Avis Frazier is the pastor.

Black History Parade

The 32nd annual Black History Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. The lineup begins at 11 a.m. on the boulevard. Anyone interested in participating in the parade should contact Carretha Vereen at 843-833-3070, Abie Ladson at 843-708-8865, Odell Ruffin at 843-359-6521, or Lillie Johnson at 843-546-6307.


Please remember to pray for the sick and shut-in, the bereaved, those in nursing homes and hospitals, our men and women on the battle field and their families back home, those in war torn lands, and victims of natural disasters, the homeless and hungry, and for each other. May God bless you to continue having a wonderful weekend, and upcoming week until we meet again.

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