Spring is a wonderful time of the year

  • Friday, March 21, 2014

Ray and Naomi Gailey's yard on McDonald Road showing their Bradford pear trees in bloom.

Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.

Proverbs 3:13

Hopefully you have had a wonderful week, and you are enjoying the blessings of spring. When I was in elementary school we always drew pictures of spring months. Usually there were beautiful flowers, mostly tulips embedded in green grass, a basket filled with eggs, and an umbrella with raindrops coming down. Sometimes we wrote the words, “Happy Easter” or “April showers bring May flowers” Kites flying high in the sky with tails hanging down always represented March and its winds. We always looked forward to wrapping the May pole along with all of the outdoor activities that went along with May 1. Our families would come and applaud all of the hard work that the teachers and students had done. Spring also meant the blossoming of various fruit trees, dogwood trees, and the first smell of yellow jasmine flowers that grew alongside the road where we walked to school. Spring is a wonderful time of the year.

Mt. Zion AM.E. Church

I enjoyed homecoming services at Mt. Zion AM.E. Church in North Santee on Sunday, March 16. The services began at 10 a.m. with the pastor, Rev. Alfred Darby presiding. Other minsters present were associate minister of Mt. Zion, Rev. James Chattine, Pastor Williams of Arizona, and yours truly, along with the guest speaker of the day, retired presiding elder of the Mt. Pleasant district, Elder Charles Graves. Others on program were Sister Francis Swinton, and Brothers Richard Swinton, and Herbert Dennison. The congregation gathered from far and near to celebrate this annual event. Elder Graves preached from the subject: “Should we look for another?” Which was the question John the Baptist asked of Jesus from his prison cell according to St. Matthew 11:2. The combined choir did a wonderful job under the direction of Mistresses Brenda Whitis, and Ruth Grayson. A delicious meal was served by the homecoming committee. Thanks to Rev. Darby and all of the church members for a wonderful time at home.

Greater St. Stephen A.M.E. Church

Greater St. Stephen A.M.E. Church presents: Women, Stepping Into God’s Grace through Spiritual and Physical Wellness, on Saturday, March 22 at 10 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the church. Presenters will be Cheri L. Franklin, M.D., the first African American to serve as chief resident of internal medicine at MUSC and Honorable Rev. Gwendolyn McNeil, a born-again spirit filled believer, itinerant elder in the A.M.E.Church, and Georgetown County summary court judge. Greater St. Stephen wants you to know that the conference is free and coordinated by the Women’s Ministry of Greataer St. Stephen A.M.E. Church where the Rev. Carl L. Anderson is the pastor. Registration may have ended, but just in case they have an opening, you may call Patricia at 843-520-0369, or Linda at 843-240-7934.

Greater St. Stephen AME Church located at 2807 Highmarket Street, and the church family want to invite you to annual Family and Friends Day celebration on Sunday, March 30. You are invited to the Church School which begins at 9 a.m., and the worship service will begin at 10:07 a.m.

They look forward to seeing you so that all may fellowship and praise God together.

Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church

Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church invites you to attend their first annual prayer breakfast with the title, “Somebody Prayed For Me” on Saturday, April 19 at 9 a.m. The keynote speaker will be Evangelist Dr. Evelyn Murray Drayton, renowned author, recording artist, and motivational speaker. They base their founding on the scripture recorded in James 5:16 which says, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” The program is being sponsored by the prayer breakfast committee. Rev. James Carraway is the pastor.

District conference

The Georgetown District Conference will be held at Bethel AME Church in Georgetown on Friday and Saturday, March 21 and 22.

Cherry pie

The following is a French cherry pie recipe by Ruth Kay as printed in The Taste of Belle Isle cookbook

1 cup of graham cracker


1 cup of chopped nuts

1 cup of soft butter or margarine

1 cup sifted flour

8 oz. pkg cream cheese ˝ cup powdered sugar

˝ pint whipping cream 1 can cherry pie filling

1 cup powdered sugar ˝ teaspoon vanilla

Blend together graham cracker crumbs, nuts, butter or margarine, flour and ˝ cup powdered sugar and spread in a 13x9 x2 baking dish. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes at 400 degrees. Cream together cream cheese (softened), 1 cup powdered sugar and vanilla. Whip the heavy cream (or use Cool Whip) and fold into cream cheese mixture. Spread this over baked, cooled crust. Add one can cherry pie filling directly from the can over mixture and chill.

Hope you enjoy this recipe. I am also going to try it with blueberry pie filling.


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 in Iraq and their families back home, the elderly who live alone, the hungry and homeless, missing persons, our schools, our teachers, and our children, our doctors and their staff, our hospitals and their staff, our newspapers and their staff, our pastors and church congregations. Most of all, let us pray for one another. May God bless you, and give you wonderful days until we meet again.

You may write to me at Glrfo9@aol.com or P.O. Box 1082/Georgetown, SC 29442

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