The fourth annual Celebration of Crowns to be held at the Glisson Center of Bethel AME Saturday

  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Nevaeh Orange did the praise dance to "Via Dolorosa.


“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?”

Romans 6:1

Hopefully you’ve had a wonderful after Easter week, and enjoyed Resurrection Sunday services. Unfortunately, it rained Saturday and most of Sunday, but, the meaning was still the same...He lives! And because He lives, then, we all have a right to eternal life. If you haven’t been feeling well, or your sinuses are acting up due to the pollen, or your finances are low, or your children are being rebellious, or you or your mate maybe out of work, or, if you have an elderly parent that may be sick and you are the caretaker; whatever the situation might be, remember, God knows and will answer us when we pray sincerely. In times like these, we need to pray for each other.

The Mt. Zion AME Church choirs, soloists, and ministers of music, presented an outstanding evening of musical performances. Licentiate Elinda Greggs did a wonderful job of presiding over the program entitled: To God be the glory. Others on program were: Sister Sally Moyd,Brother Thomas Alford, Sisters Novil Seward, Little Miss Amari Morris. The procession of choirs included Mt Zion’s Male, Young People’s, Gospel, Senior, and Herman Ford Jr., choirs. The Senior choir presented a short skit before they sang, starring Sisters: Geneieve Dukes, Sadie McCray, Novil Seward, and Brother Olin McCray. They sang a hand clapping, foot stomping version of “Get right with God”. The Gospel choir was next with Brother Archie McCullough as the leader, and Sister Betty Seward Sanders on the African drum, Sister Rose McCullough led a song entitled: “O the Blood of Jesus.” Sister Myra Wiggins, producer, was one of the soloists for the evening and thrilled the audience with a song entitled: “I’m so glad He died for me”. Brother Thurmond Seward is another great soloist of the church and community as he sang, “Just want to make it to heaven.” Brothers Larry Brown, drummer, Thurmond Seward, and Thomas Alford did a short skit, and Brother Thomas followed with a solo entitled: “Power in the name of Jesus.” The male choir followed after the offering with “Running for my life.” Licentiate Jackie Darby and the Herman Ford, Jr., sang Every step I take.” A reading was done my Sister Silverteen Mitchum, and the Young People and their director, Licentiate Elinda Greggs sang a wonderful song. Sister Berniece Singleton sang a solo entitled: “In the garden,” and Sister Rose McCullough was our last soloist singing, “Rise again.”

The soloists and choirs then assembled and marched around the church finally taking their places back up front, and sang the closing song, “Saved and I know that I am” by Sister Maize Wilson. We then had prayers for salvation and healing. It was a wonderful program, and the Spirit was high in the church. We’d like to thank Brother Morris and his sister for adding their talents to the evening. Rev. Alfred Darby of Mt. Zion AME church, North Santee was our special guest minister. Remarks were made, and the benediction given by the pastor, Rev. Herman Ford, Jr. Special thanks go out to all who came to make the program a success.

The Lay organization of the AME church will have its annual prayer breakfast on Saturday, April 26, at 9 a.m. at St. Paul AME Church in the Sampit area. Tickets are $10, and you may also pay as you come. Rev. Kelly Spann is the pastor of St. Paul.

You are cordially invited to the fourth annual Celebration of Crowns at the Glisson Center of Bethel AME church at 401 Broad St. on Saturday at 1 p.m.. There will be extraordinary headdress of women and men hats. Please come and model your hat. The subscription is $15, and you will dine on a delicious lunch. All are invited. Sisters Vergie J. Tennison and Regina Cooper are the chairpersons, and Rev. Timothy Cooper is the pastor..

Pastors and churches still have time to sponsor the upcoming play: “Heaven’s Gates and Hell Fires” which will be presented at Ringel Heights Baptist church on May 18, 19, and 20 at 7 p.m.. Pastor Johnnie Tisdale of House of Prayer Sowing Seeds Deliverance Ministries, says they are in need of cast members, ushers, and volunteers in order to have a successful play. Please call Pastor Tisdale at 843-240-0350 for more information.

Leon Jackson (Osakumi) will be taking a trip to Freeport Bahamas for training in the drumming, percussion, costume making of Junkanoo Boxing Day Festival. The project will take place the last week of April, 2014. There will be 2 classes of one hour duration each day for five days. Classes will consist of the “Drum Battery” and “Costume Making,” respectively. Jackson will attend these classes at the appropriate site in Freeport Grand Bahamas daily.

The study will convene under the auspices/direction of Bahamian Cruz Al;evarares of the Swingers’ Junkanoo Group. The Swingers’ Junkanoo Group has been in existence for over 30 years and has a sterling reputation for its dedication in supporting and promoting what is the national culture of the Bahamas. The collaboration of drummers, dancers of Egbe Kilimanjaro, Ayida Wedo Drummer’s Society, Inc., and the Meeting Place of Georgetown will be utilized as a collective group for the dissemination of shared knowledge obtained in the Bahamas. Olamina Oyewole of Oyotunji African Village will be utilized for his over 40 years experience in Yoruba and Egungun Costume making.

The study will bring about expansion of the artist’s drumming knowledge, experience and training will allow him a more sold foundation of African and African-Caribbean drum techniques and culture to teach to the community of Georgetown and the southeast region of the United States. African drumming and the history and journey of the African drum through the African Caribbean has been sorely missed due tolack of training of artists in this area and a shortage of money to undertake the task. Jackson wants to bring this festival of music, choreography, costume and competition to the Lowcountry. He wants to thank Georgetown Cultural Council and the Gullah Ooman, and the South Carolina Arts Commission. During this project, there will also be a visit to Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.

Short films by women, about women and for women presented by Luna Fest will be held at Waccamaw High School 2412 Kings River Road in Pawleys Island on May 2. A reception with the guest speaker will be held from 5:30-7 p.m.. Showtime is at 7 p.m.. Tickets are $20 general and $10 for students. For more information, call 843-546-3926, or visit lunafest.org.

Please remember to pray for the sick and shut in, the bereaved, victims and families of the sunken Ferry boat, those in nursing homes and hospitals, our doctors and nurses, those incarcerated, our men and women on the battlefield and for each other.

May God bless you to have a great weekend and upcoming week until we meet again.

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