Bethel AME Church holds Women in Hats program

  • Thursday, May 1, 2014

Certificate and trophy winners of Women in Church Hats. Gail Wright, third from left was the winner.

“A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.”

Proverbs 29:11

Hopefully you have had a wonderful week. The rain was good for the crops, and the grass continues to grow. Let us keep in prayer the victims of natural disasters, and help them whenever we can.

March winds still seem to be blowing, but May’s flowers are blooming all over the place, including the beautiful red roses that seem to bloom just for Mother’s Day.

I remember my May 1 days at Mt. Zion Elementary school in North Santee. It was always a special occasion. We called it “May Day.”

We would spend the last part of April getting ready for May 1. There were dancers, singers, sack rollers, rope jumpers, and May pole wrappers. One May Day, I was an Indian dancer as we went around in a circle with our hair loosed on our heads singing”Y-Oh-Y-Oh- Y-Oh We.” We would repeat this several times as we pushed to the right with our hands touching, and then we would switch quickly to the left in the same manner; we would then suppress the circle by going in and coming back to the original form singing the “Y-Oh We” tune. You can see that I never forgot that dance. I was always shy, and that dance was a part of my “coming out.”

May is the fifth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars, and one of seven months with the length of 31 days. It is a month of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere, and spring in the Northern Hemisphere. May starts and ends on the same day of the week as January of the following year..

The month of May was named for the Greek goddess Maia, who was identified with the Roman era goddess of fertility, Bona Dea, whose festival was held in May. The birthstone for May is the emerald which is emblematic of love and success.

The May birth flower is the Lily of the Valley, and the Crataegus monogyna. Some of the events happening in the United States in May, are: Lei Day in Hawaii. The custom is to wear a lei throughout the day.

In the Catholic Church the month of May is dedicated to and honors the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is May Day in many countries, and Labour Day in many countries.

May 4 is considered by many fans to be Star Wars Day. The first Saturday in May is the date of the annual Kentucky Derby, the most famous horse race in the Untied States. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in Mexico and widely celebrated in the United States. The second Sunday in May is recognized as Mother’s Day in the United States. The last Monday in May is Memorial Day in the United States, first celebrated on May 5,1866, Waterloo, New York. May is also Asthma Awareness Month, National Stroke Awareness Month, National Brain Tumor Awareness Month, Lou Gehrig’s Disease Awareness Month, Older Americans Month, Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and National Bike Month in the United States. Military Spouse Day is observed on the Friday preceding Mother’s Day. Those are just some of the happenings in May. I hope you have a great month of May.

The Georgetown District Lay Organization held its 11th annual prayer breakfast on Saturday, April 26 at St. Paul AME Church in the Sampit community at 9 a.m. with Sister Betty Seward Sanders as the worship leader. Sister Sanders is the Georgetown District’s 2nd vice-president and the Lay president for Mt. Zion AME church in the Bloomingvale community of A ndrews. Others on program were Rev. Herman Ford, Jr., pastor of Mt. Zion AME church, Bloomingvale; Brother Herbert Dennison, Georgetown District’s financial secretary and Lay president of Mt. Zion AME Church, North Santee. Mrs. Sara Washington, Georgetown District’s corresponding secretary and host Lay president of St. Paul AME Church, Ms Dasha Fluitt did an inspiring praise dance. Evangelist Alice Seward prayed for fellowship. Brother Murray Vernon, Lay president of Nazareth Choppee prayed for good health, Licentiate Mark Hudson prayed for Love, and Brother Rudolph Bradley, Georgetown District’s Lay president, prayed for world peace. The breakfast foods were delicious and served up by the members of St. Paul, and special thanks was given to Reverend Kelly Spann, II, Sister Sara Washington, and the St. Paul AME Church family for their expert hosting of this occasion.

The annual “Women in Church Hats” was presented on Saturday, April 26 at 1 p.m. at the Glisson Center of Bethel AME Church with Sister Regina N. Cooper, presiding. Others on program were Rev. Antonio Padron, Sisters Ursula H. McCray, Judy Bell Moore, and Dasha Fluitt. A delicious lunch was served as we anxiously awaited the upcoming parade of hats. The monologue was given by the founder and co-chair, Sister Vergie J. Tennison, as she introduced Sisters: Diva, High and Mighty, Yakkety Yak, Prim and Proper, Know it All, Forever all, Culture, Queen, Elegant, Bling, Encourage all, Old Time Religion, and the First Lady; then began the procession of extraordinary headdress. The participants did a wonderful job with their extraordinary fashions as they vied for smallest hat, widest brim, tallest crown, oldest hat wearer, youngest hat wearer, and the trophy awards for most unique hat, most elegant hat, and the phenomenal hat. The judges, also in hats were: Mistresses Cheryl Adkins, Gwendolyn Keith and yours truly Gloria Barr Ford. It was a hard decision, but the emerging winners were: Cleo Walker, most unique; Ruthena Campbell, oldest hat wearer; Gayle Gamble, tallest crown; Jacqueline Brave, smallest hat, Victorious Mitchell, youngest hat wearer, Clara Witherspoon, smallest brim, Judy Moore, widest brim and most elegant; and Gail Wright was the winner with the phenomenal hat. The men would not be outdone as Rev. Antonio Padron, Nathaniel Rutledge, James Jenkins, and pastor Cooper strutted down the aisle in their favorite hats. Brother James Jenkins was chosen as the winner. If you didn’t make it this year, don’t miss next year, and bring that hat to be looked at by all. Thanks to Sisters Tennison and Cooper, and pastor of Shiloh, Rev. Timothy Cooper.

Please remember to pray for the sick and shut in, the bereaved, those in nursing homes and hospitals, employers and employees, the elderly, especially those who live alone, and for each other.

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

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