Friday, July 20, 2012
“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”
Hopefully you have enjoyed the blessings of another week gone by. We all have experienced the rain followed by the brilliant sunshine, and such is life:
Some days are dark and dismal like bloated rain clouds. They are followed by trials and tribulations that seem hard to bear. It seems as if one disappointment follows another which leads to the old saying: “When it rains, it pours.” That may have been the case with you this past week. And if it has, be encouraged because sunshine is on the way.
God didn’t promise you sunshine without rain, harvest without toiling, or sickness minus pain. He did promise that He would never leave us nor forsake us if we seek him and his kingdom first.
He did say that all things would be added unto us. It is good to know that God is on our side. He is working it out, so let us rejoice in another day whatever the situation may be. Remember, we will be here for a season, but we are certainly here for a reason.
I would like to acknowledge a beautiful young lady that just turned 92 in April. She is still as pretty and alluring as she always was; a fantastic dresser with socialite appeal. She is an avid reader of the Georgetown Times and one of the pillars of Georgetown society.
She is the beloved sister of the late Mrs. Alice Smith, who was my dear friend. She is none other than Mrs. Gladys Barrineau. I am sure that all of you who know Mrs. Barrineau can attest to what I am saying. I salute you, Mrs. Barrineau for your strength and wonderful personality.
Arnett AME Church
All roads are leading to “Homecoming” at Arnett AME Church at 900 North Merriman Road on Sunday, July 22, at 10 a.m. Sister Lillie Jean Johnson, the program coordinator, wants you to come and be blessed.
The speaker is going to be the dynamic Rev. Franklin Earl Rutledge, former son of Arnett, and now associate clergy at Singleton Chapel AME Church in the North Santee community. The entire church family wants you to come along with their pastor, the Rev. Barbara Nelson. They thank you.
New Birth World Deliverance Outreach Ministry
New Birth World Deliverance Outreach Ministry, located at 899 Oatland Road, invites you to their “Movie Night” this evening, Friday, July 20 at 6:30 p.m. They will be showing the movie, “Courageous”.
If you need more information about the movie, please call Mrs. Gamble at 843-685-5845. Rev. Dianna D. Canteen is the pastor and founder.
North Santee Senior Center
Mrs. Carrie Heyward Kennedy is doing great work as the director at the North Santee Senior Center. She, along with her staff have implemented many new programs, and given the seniors a time of relaxation and enjoyment that they deserve.
They travel extensively visiting several sites in and around Georgetown and interact with other centers. They even had a “May Day” celebration that mimicked the old May Day activities of days gone by such as wrapping the Maypole.
Mrs. Kennedy is also a playwright and the seniors put on dramatic performances from time to time for various occasions. A great program is in store for August and I will be letting you know more about it.
I would like to thank those of you who visited with me at the new Winyah auditorium for the performance of “Higher Ground and Prime Elevation-One Woman’s Travels to Higher Ground.”
I would like to apologize to those of you who said you weren’t aware, and I would also like to thank Mrs. Debby Summey, facilitator for the auditorium, who says that we “just have to do it again,” which I look forward to doing.
God spoke to my heart and told me it was time to do it, so I listened for directions on how and when.
I give all praises to Him for using me to present His works to His people, which means that I, as one of his children, also benefitted by giving unto others as he requires.
We all have a talent that God has blessed us with however small you may think it is, it is very big for it comes from the heart of God.
I would like to thank Wayne Golson, who has a wonderful musical talent of playing the keyboards and accompanying himself with song. Wayne assisted me with my first one woman performance in 1992. I was so glad that he joined me again this time.
I also would like to thank his mother, the beautiful Mrs. Lee Simmons for her input. I would like to thank the gifted and talented, Jeremy Vause who teaches music and voice in the Forestbrook section of Myrtle Beach and in Georgetown. Jeremy is also on YouTube with an outstanding vocal recording that he did a while back.
Thank my Mt. Zion AME Church member, Larry Brown who was my down to earth drummer, and got the audience’s participation in “Come by here, Lord”
I’d like to thank Rhonda and “God’s Creation” for doing an excellent job of video taping, and Mr. Elijah for lighting and sound, and to Rev. Herman Ford, Jr. who helped me with everything, and special thanks to my granddaughter, Kamaria Nettles for putting us all on YouTube.
You can view the entire program by typing in, “Rev Gloria Ford’s Prime Elevation” or “Gloria Ford’s One Woman Show” at YouTube.com. You can get your personal copy by calling me at 843-546-0841 or Email at Glrfo9@aol.com. Again, I thank you and may God bless you.
Please remember to pray for the sick and shut in, the bereaved, those in nursing homes and hospitals, the elderly that live alone, troubled teens and their parents, those who are traveling to any destination, those with financial burdens, the homeless, the hungry, those incarcerated, and animals that are abused and left to wander the woods and highways. Let us pray for one another for love, peace, and joy to reign in our lives, and for the spirit of forgiveness to manifest itself. May God bless you to have a blessed day today and always.