God is in control of all things

  • Thursday, March 27, 2014

Gloria Ford Presenters for the 1st annual Women’s Ministry conference at Greater St. Stephen AME Church.They are Dr. Cheri L. Franklin, 1st African-American to serve as Chief resident of Internal medicine at MUSC (native Georgetonian) on right The Honorable Rev. Gwendolyn McNeil, 1st African American female to serve as a Summary Court judge in Georgetown County. They were presented with gifts from the women of St. Stephen.

“The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.”

Psalm 24:1

Hopefully you have had a wonderful week. The changes in the weather are still battling for spring, but it is wonderful just to be able to wake up in the morning and give thanks for a new day. All of us face various situations from day to day, but God is in control of all things, and as we put our trust in him, he will take us through.

Many of our college students have already enjoyed their spring break, and have returned to school, let us continue to pray for them as they seek higher educational goals.

Sister Carlethia Rudolph took her place behind the podium on last Saturday morning at 10 a.m. to bring greetings on behalf of the pastor and his wife, and the church members of Greater St. Stephen AME Church.

It was the beginning of the first annual conference sponsored by the Women’s Ministry of the church. Others on program were sisters Willette Grant, Bernadine Keith, Deborah Burroughs,Jannette Graham, Linda Young and yours truly. The opening presenter was Cheri L. Franklin, M.D.

Dr. Franklin is a native of Georgetown, and grew up in St. Stephen AME Church. She was very excited to be at home among her mother, Mrs Charlena Franklin, who was seated in the audience, and all of the other women of the church and surrounding areas.

You could tell that she was very much into her work as she showed expert knowledge as to what she was presenting.She is a graduate of Clemson University(B.S. Medical/Pre-Med Mnor with honors), McLeod University of SC Technology(M.T. Certification-A.S.C.P.A.), and Medical University of South Carolina (M.D.).

Dr. Franklin was the first African-American to serve as Chief resident of Internal Medicine at MUSC. She is currently employed as Medical Director, of XLHome Care Improvement Plus. She discussed women’s health and answered any questions that the ladies had. She had a warmth about her that made you feel comfortable in her presence. She is married to Dr. Wendell L. Richardson and has two sons, Colin and Sullivan. Her parents are Mr. and Mrs. William and Charlena Franklin. We are looking forward to her coming again.

After the first presenter, a skit written by Julia Bettencourt, and entitled “Are We There Yet?” was presented followed by the second presenter, who was introduced by the first lady of Greater St. Stephen, Mrs. Doris Anderson: The Honorable Reverend Gwendolyn R. McNeil is a native of Latta, South Carolina and currently resides in Andrews with her husband, retired pastor of the AME Church, Reverend William McNeil.

Reverend Gwen is a wonderful lady who is also a retired educator in our public schools. She is a born again spirit filled believer in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and serves on the ministerial staff at St. Michael AME Church. She is an honor graduate of Latta High School. She is also a graduate of SC State University(cum laude-B.S. Degree in Counselor Education). She received her Masters Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Francis Marion University of Florence, as well as studies at other colleges and universities throughout the state of South Carolina.

The Honorable Rev. McNeil currently serves as the first African-American female to serve as a Summary Court Judge in Georgetown County.

Rev. Gwen expounded on several scriptural references that concerned Biblical women, and addresses women of today. She used topics such as; explanation of the term, extent of truth, and living insights. She talked of grace and the resistance and acceptance of it. She left us with a quote from St. Francis of Assisi: “Preach Jesus, and only when necessary.....use words.” The presence of the Holy Spirit was greatly among us as this great woman of God spoke to us by the way.

We’d like to thank Rev. Dr. Carl L. and Mrs. Doris Anderson along with members of the Women’s Ministry: Patricia Jackson, Bernadine Keith, Doris Anderson, Willette Grant, Linda Young, Carlethia Rudolph, Voncena Guiles, Ella Pearl Logan,and Chan Golden for a most spectacular day. Special thanks go out to all the women of the church as they worked together to make the day a success.

The Women’s Missionary Society of the 7th Episcopal District of the AME Church and the Georgetown area presented their Mission service on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at Nazareth AME Church in the Choppee community at 4:00 p.m with the Georgetown Area Consultant, Rev. Melvin Coleman, presiding. Other pastors on program were the Reverends Joe Knowlin, Willie B. Thomas, Harvey Doctor, Herman Ford, Jr., Isaac Priest,Willie Holmes,and Kelly Loadholt, along with Sister Florene Linen, Emma Dorsey, Vocennia Guiles, Eunice Brown, and Sister Doris Knowlin, first lady of Nazareth. The speaker for the evening was the dynamic Rev. Linda Canteen who spoke a wonderful, inspiring word to the missionaries entitled, “Just Crumbs”. Presentations to the mission churches were made by Rev. Melvin Coleman, Area Consultant, Sister Mary L. Darby, Area Chairperson, and Sister Emma Holmes, past Area Chairperson, made a generous donation to representatives of Habitat for Humanity. Sister Verdelle Jiles, Palmetto Conference president, made ending remarks. The program closed with the missionary benediction,. Rev. Joe Knowlin is the pastor of Nazareth.

Greater St. Stephen AME Church, the pastor, Rev. and Mrs. Anderson, and all of the church family, would like to invite you to the annual Family and Friends Day celebration on Sunday, March 30,2014, beginning with church school at 9:00 A.M., worship service at 10:07 a.m. They look forward to seeing you on Sunday to fellowship and praise God together.

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, those facing surgery of any kind, our churches, our pastors, our children and their schools, and for each other. May you have a safe and happy weekend, and upcoming week until we meet again.

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