Lean on God in times of adversity

  • Friday, February 28, 2014

Mr. and Mrs. James Wragg and guests.

“No weapon formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn…”

Isaiah 54:17

Hopefully you have had a wonderful week. Things seem to be pretty much back to normal where the weather conditions are concerned. Things could always be worse, so let us be thankful that things are as well as they are.

Let us continue to pray for another, and come against the tactics of the enemy who seeks to destroy our peace and our welfare. We must learn to lean on God in times of adversity.

Today is the end of February and the last day of Black History Month. The Young People’s Department (YPD) of Mt. Zion AME Church in the Bloomingvale community of Andrews, presented a short program on Sunday, Feb. 23, with an introduction by Kamika Seward. The program followed with Licentiate Elinda Greggs as narrator for characters of black history. Oprah Winfrey was portrayed by Bianca McCray. Ursula Burns, CEO of The Xerox Corporation was portrayed by Precious Brownlee; Robert L. Johnson, the first African American billionaire was portrayed by Judarius Scott, he was also part owner of the Charlotte Bobcats. Russell Simmons, producer of such musical greats as The Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, and Will Smith, and others, was portrayed by Nehemiah Grayson. P. Diddy, the richest and most successful artist in the world of hip hop, was portrayed by Randy Grayson. Madame C.J. Walker, cosmetologist, inventor of the straightening comb, and the first African American woman to become a millionaire, was portrayed by Avianna Alston. J.Z. CEO of Road Nation, was portrayed by Trevor Seward. He is estimated to be worth $450,000,000.00. Each artist walked down the center aisle as he or she was introduced. The presentation gave much vital in depth information about the characters. Congratulations to Licentiate Greggs, Mrs. Virnese Seward, and Ms. Sharon McCray for their leadership of the young people. Rev. Herman Ford, Jr. is the pastor.

I would like to thank Mrs. Evelyn Wragg and her husband, Mr. James Wragg, their pastor and the congregation of Trinity Lutheran Church, for inviting me as a special guest for their Black History program on last Tuesday at noon. The prayer was done by Rev. Herman Ford, Jr, along with the blessing of the food. We were invited to ample amounts of delicious foods that were brought by various members and guests. It was a very warm gathering as blacks and whites came together to remember our black historians. I talked of our Gullah language, and told some Gullah tales, while Mr. Wragg reminisced of bygone days and customs in Georgetown. Rev. Herman Ford, Jr., also highlighted times such as the original location of Howard High School, and those that lived “across the tracks. ” My mother, Mrs. Rosa Bell Barr accompanied me, and was cited for her upcoming birthday on March 3, on which she will be 96 wonderful years old.

More thank you’s go out to Mrs. Clara Gadsden for being the speaker of the Black History program at Howard AME Church in the Germantown area of McClellanville. The theme for the program was, “Are your eyes still on the prize?” Rev. Warren Garrett, Sr., served as the worship leader for the evening. The prelude song was, “We’ve come a long way”. The gracious invocation was given by Brother Charles Singleton. The scripture was done by First Man of Howard, Brother Clarence Salley. Moments in History which included objects from the past and explanation of their use, was done impressively by Brother Peter Smalls. Brother Smalls kept us laughing from time to time as he interjected bits of humor into his presentation. Sister Deborah Melbert was in charge of the offering. Rev. Herman Ford, Jr. introduced the speaker, and I was pleased to speak from Exodus 14:13, and the word from the Lord was “Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord” with emphasis on the word, “see”. The invitation to discipleship was given by Pastor Salley. Others from the audience were recognized. I would like to thank Pastor Ford, choir and congregation members from Mt. Zion that traveled along with me; also my mother, Mrs. Rosa Bell Barr, and my sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Barr Vanderhorst, and Mrs. Carrie Barr Dennison, and all other visitors. Most of all I would like to thank the pastor, Rev. Merrilee Salley for allowing me the opportunity, and again, Mrs. Gadsden for the invitation. The affirmation of faith was led by Sister Marcella Smalls.

I know that all of you who had a chance to attend the Black History parade on last Saturday enjoyed every thrilling moment . It was history in the making as the participants remembered the past, that helps us look forward to and enjoy the future. Mr. Tommy Howard, our editor for the Georgetown Times, was on hand to take pictures, along with a representative news announcer from WCIV channel 4 of Charleston. The parade coordinators did a wonderful job.

Please remember to pray for the sick and shut in, the bereaved, those in nursing homes and hospitals, our men and women on the battlefield, missing persons and their families, the incarcerated, especially those that are innocent, choir leaders and members, school children and their teachers, Mr. and Mrs. Rod Stalvey, and mom, Mrs. Stalvey, all employers, and their employees. Let’ s not forget to pray for another. Happy March until we meet again.

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