“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Heb. 11:1

Jack and Jill ran up the hill to fetch a pail of water.  Jack fell down and broke his crown, and Jill came tumbling after….

Hickory, Dickory, Dock, the mouse ran up the clock, the clock struck one, the mouse ran down, Hickory, Dickory, Dock,…tick tock.

Mary had a little lamb, its fleece was white as snow, and everywhere that Mary went, the lamb was sure to go.

Wee Willie Winkie ran through the town; upstairs and downstairs in his night gown.

A dillar a dollar, a 10 o-clock scholar, why do you come so soon?  You used to come at 12 o-clock, but now you come at noon.

Three blind mice, three blind mice, see how they run, see how they run.  They all ran after the farmer's wife, who cut off their tails with the carving knife, have you ever seen such a thing in your life as three blind mice?

Perhaps those nursery rhymes have stirred some memories of days gone by for some of you “Baby Boomers” such as myself, and even back before our time.  We will talk of those days later.

Hopefully you have enjoyed a wonderful week, and I am praying that all coming weeks will be good ones for you and yours.  Of course, we realize that sometimes our good days are over shadowed by ones that don't seem too good at all.  It is in the shadowy times that we need to keep each other's backs with prayers of intercession.  When we sincerely intercede for others it helps to get our minds off of our problems, and when we get our minds off of our problems, God can and will work for us.  So, I pray for you today that God will lift you up to higher heights, no matter how deep and dangerous the depths.  I pray that He will heal you if you're sick, and give you the peace that passes all understanding if you are burdened down in anyway.  If you are lonely, I pray that He will bring you comfort in countless ways, and help you to be a friend to the friendless.  If you are bereaved of a loved one today, then you must know that only God can and will soothe the hurt, and each day He will lessen the pain, and even though it may be raining for you right now; be assured, the sun will shine again.

Lighthouse Church

I would like to thank Bishop Dr. and Mrs. Floyd A. Knowlin, and the Lighthouse Church family for allowing me to be a part of the July birth month program on Thursday, July 18.  I'd also like to thank Mrs. Queen Smith, the chairperson of the program for the invitation. Deacon Turner presided over the service and others on program were Deacon Blackstock, Sisters Queen Smith and Debbie Johnson.  Musical selections were brought by Lighthouse Youth and Young Adult choirs.  We enjoyed the scripture from Isaiah 14:3-16, and the contents of the subject, “Be willing to be blessed.”  Minister Rodney McCray, a fine musician and evangelist, was the guest speaker on Friday night to conclude the services.  Two came forward at his call for salvation.  Special thanks to the secretary Sister Betty Bowens Grant for her assistance.

Arnett AME Church

Arnett AME Church has been in services since Wednesday, July 24 and will conclude tonight with appreciation services for their pastor, Rev. Barbara G. Nelson.  They invite you to come out tonight at 7 p.m. to hear Rev. Dr. Kylon J. Middleton, pastor of Hopewell AME Church of Hemingway.  He'll be accompanied by his choir and congregation.  

Mt. Zion AME Church

Tavon MCutcheon is one of the young members of Mt. Zion AME Church in the Bloominvale community.  He is very active in church as a member of the YPD choir, he sings solo, and also assists in playing the drum; he is also an aspiring artist.  

From talking to his mom on last Saturday, I learned that Tavon recently attended drum major school at USC, and will be drum major over Andrews High School Band for 2013-2014.  

His grandmother, (Mrs. Joyce Nesmith) had told me at another time that Tavon was highly anointed by God since he was a little boy.

 It is a privilege knowing Tavon and wishing the best that continuously serving God has to offer.  Congratulations to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Willie and Chantell McCutcheon for doing a fine job with Tavon and his brothers. Rev. Herman Ford Jr., is his pastor.

Friends and Family Day

Friends and Family Day was held at Mt. Zion AME Church on Sunday, July 21 beginning at 10 a.m. with yours truly presiding.  

The speaker for the morning was the church's own, Licensed Benjamin Sanders.  The evening services began at 4 p.m. with Licensed Jackie Darby presiding. Others on program were Sisters Sallie Moyd, Silverteen Mitchum, Flossie Ervin, Joann Davis, Gale Green, and Evangelist Melissa White.  The speaker was Minister Billy White, son of Mr. Willie and Mrs. Eva White of the church.

He talked about standing your position from Hebrews 6:18 and Jeremiah 1:12.  Musical selections came from Mt. Zion senior, gospel, and male choirs, The Wilson Singers, and invited guest choirs which included Trinity AME's Inspirational Choir.  We enjoyed fellowship and a great meal together.  Much thanks to the chairpersons, Licentiate Elinda Greggs and Mrs. Flossie Ervin, and all family committee groups.  Rev. Herman Ford Jr., is the pastor.

Mt. Zion Elementary School

When I started first grade at Mt. Zion Elementary School in 1953 in the North Santee community, the nursery rhymes stated at the beginning of this article were some of the first things we learned, of course along with our Red, Blue, and Green, Tom, Susan, and Betty books.  

I want to thank Mrs. Harriett Thompson Smalls for such wonderful dedication and love as my first-grade teacher.  Thank you for your smile and laughter and your contribution to the teaching profession.

Prayer

Please remember to intercede for the sick and shut in, the bereaved, those in nursing homes and hospitals, the elderly, the mentally ill, drivers on the highways, and all other modes of travel, and let us always pray for one another.  May God continue to bless you and yours.