“O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever.”

Psalm 136:1

Hopefully you have had a wonderful week, and the blessings of the Lord are overtaking you.  

The mums are just beautiful in various hues, and the weather is still spring like one day, and hints of winter prevail on another.  

Your heart sings with the gift of the seasons, and all is well with your world; on the other hand, someone's heart is hurting from grief and woes, and nothing seems to be going right.  

If that's how it is with you, or you know someone suffering from these type things; then be encouraged, or encourage someone else, for the Lord is nigh.  

He knows every hurt and heartache, and sometimes allows you to go through a test to see how well you will hold up under the pressures of life.  

That gives you an opportunity to have a testimony and to say, “If God did it for me, he'll do it for you.”  

Let us pray each other's strength in the Lord.

Gospel Choir of Mt. Zion AME Church

The Gospel Choir of Mt. Zion AME Church in the Bloomingvale community of Andrews, SC presented a Friday night's program on Friday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. with Brother Archie McCullough presiding.  

Others on program were Brother Olin McCray, Sisters Ann Grayson, Betty Sanders, and Rev. Herman Ford, Jr., pastor of Mt. Zion.

Special guests were the pastor and members from Morris Chapel United Methodist Church of Moncks Corner, SC.  Elder Davie D. Sanders, the pastor, presented a fine message of encouragement to the congregation.  After services in the sanctuary, a repast was held in the church annex.  Thanks very much to the Gospel Choir, and to the members of Morris Chapel.

Veteran's Day parade

The town of Andrews held its 7th annual Veteran's Day parade and program on Saturday, Nov. 2.  After a well organized parade, the program was held at the National Guard Armory with Thomas Alford/AVA chairperson opening the program.

Greetings came from the Honorable Rodney Giles, Mayor of the town of Andrews, and the master of ceremony was Senator Yancey McGill, 32nd District Senator.  

Others on program were Rev. Murray Powell, Rev. Herman Ford, Jr. Representative Rev. Carl Anderson. (House District 103) Captain Eric Watkins (A Btry 1st BN 178 FA) Colonel David Tisdale (US Army Retired) Lt. Col. Gilbert McManus (US Army Retired) was the guest speaker.  Andrews High School NJROTC presented posting of the colors and retiring of the colors on designated parts of the program. 

Walker's Chapel Freewill Baptist Church

Walker's Chapel Freewill Baptist Church celebrated the 18th anniversary of their pastor, Rev. James F. Robinson, and his wife, Mrs. Ethel Robinson on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 4 p.m.

Deacon Verland Goss served as master of ceremony.  

Others on program were the deacons, Young Adult Choir, Brother Early Walker, Deacon Dawn Verner, Sr., and Sister Mary Sue Bouie.  

The speaker for the occasion was Rev. Marvin Frieson of Friendship Freewill Baptist Church of Kingstree.  The Robinsons were presented with words of thanks and gifts.  They are to be commended for traveling from Columbia to pastor Walker Chapel.  May they have many more anniversaries.  


This is the month of November, which is the eleventh month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and one of four months with the length of 30 days.  November was the ninth month of the ancient Roman calendar.  

November retained its name (from the Latin novem meaning “nine”) when January and February were added to the Roman calendar.  

November is a month of spring in the Southern Hemisphere and autumn in the Northern Hemisphere.  

November in the Southern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent of May in the Northern Hemisphere.  In the Roman Catholic calendar, Nov. 2 is All Souls day.

It is known in Mexico as el Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), and the whole month of November is dedicated to praying for the dead.

November 10 is the birthday of the United States Marine Corps.  

November 11 is Veterans Day in the United States.

World Diabetes Day is celebrated on November 14.

International Men's Day is commemorated on November 19.

The United States and Puerto Rico observe Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November.

The whole month of November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, COPD Awareness Month, Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, American Diabetes Month, National Homeless Youth Awareness Month, Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Crohn's & Ulcerative Colitis Awareness Month, National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month in the United States, Sweet Potato Awareness Month, National Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month.

In the United States, elections are held on the Tuesday after the first Monday of November (between Nov. 2 and Nov. 8)

The Great American Smokeout sponsored by the American Cancer Society occurs on the third Thursday of November, one week before Thanksgiving.  Smokers are encouraged to quit smoking for these 24 hours, in hopes that they will quit forever.

Denise Collington Adams

Denise Collington Adams was a product of the North Santee community born April 16, 1970.  She was the daughter of Mrs. Geneva C Grant and Eugene Grant, and George and Rometta Patrick of Brooklyn, NY.  She was the wife of Rodney Adams and the daughter-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. William and Louise Adams.  “Boobie” as she was called by most as a nickname, was an outstanding young wife and mother of three.  

She worked at LeBonheur Children's Hospital of Memphis, Tennessee as a medivac Pedi-Flite Respiratory Therapist. According to her mom and a newsletter produced by her employer in which she was honored for her service; she loved her work with the children, and every day she knew she was risking her life to save another.  

It was in the line of duty on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 that Denise was called from labor to reward.  

She gave the ultimate sacrifice as the helicopter she was traveling on to pick up a patient crashed before its arrival.

A memorial service of the celebration of life was held at Mt. Zion AME Church in the North Santee community on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 11 a.m. to honor this great woman whose life exemplified her love for others and was told in turn by each of her three children.

May her soul rest in peace, and may the comforting wings of God's angels surround all of her loved ones and friends.


Please remember to pray for the sick and shut in, the bereaved, those in nursing homes and hospitals, those in physical pain, the homeless and the hungry, and for each other.  

May God give you great and wonderful days ahead, even a test that will become your testimony.