Happy New Year and may each of your days bring you abundant peace, joy and financial blessings. New Year’s Eve found me in the Methodist North ER with a severe case of bronchitis. I am well on my way to being better, with medications and rest. Well, not too much on the rest part, when you’re still enjoying houseguests from out of town. All in all, it’s going to be all right.
Because of this changing weather, of course, I’ve been inside. It will be wonderful to see spring again. Bright Hill M. B. Church layed the robe of their late pastor, Rev. S. P. Cole, over his pulpit seat for the entire month of December. He died in November. Associate pastor, Rev. Pearl Andrews, has been doing a remarkable job making sure it’s service as usual every Sunday. Rev. S. P. Cole trained her well indeed; let us keep her and Bright Hill in our prayers as they begin this new chapter in their lives.
Our prayers are with Dollie Burton Boykins, Melvin Brown and the entire Martin family on the recent home-going of their sister and mother, Mary Sue Martin. Her funeral services were held last Saturday at her beloved Greater St. John M. B. Church. They were officiated by her pastor, T. J. Lewis. The family wishes to thank everyone for prayers, flowers and phone calls, especially the funeral home and Frazier Alumni Center in Covington for hosting the repast.
St. Paul M. B. Church’s Black History program planning is now underway for the first Sunday in February at 2:30 p.m. Tena Mebane Alexander is the chairperson and sure to be a huge success. The general public is invited.
On Dec. 31, St. Paul celebrated the year’s end with a traditional watch meeting service, which included songs, prayers and lots of praise. Pastor W. E. Gatlin attended, and even though slightly under the weather, he was in fine form. Communion was served at midnight, with more prayers and testimonies given.
The missionary meeting was held the first Saturday at noon in December and also was in force for this month, Pastor Gatlin teaches and encourages more to attend.
Flossie Woods, St. Paul’s Christmas baby (her birthday is Dec. 25), was showered with gifts galore from all of her children, family and friends. Those sons and daughters of hers surely know how to do it up right for their beautiful mother. Even I got in on the gift giving to her, as all of them know, she’s my mother, too!
Happy birthday: Jan. 3, to William O “Billy” Brooks; Jan. 4, Ariel Boddie (my youngest granddaughter), who turns four in Huntsville, Ala. There was a big party for the cutest child in America in Alabama. I was ill, so all I could do was speak by phone. She is the daughter of my son, Sherman, and Patrice Boddie. They also have an eight-year-old son, Anthony.
Also, happy birthday Isiah Burton, Jr. on the sixth and to those handsome twin sons of mine, Sherman ad Therman Boddie, who turn 36 on Jan. 9, wow! The New Orleans getaway trip on Amtrak leaves Memphis at 6:30 a.m., Oct. 24, arriving in New Orleans at 3:30 p.m. The trip’s fare will include a Jazz steamboat dinner cruise and sight seeing tours of New Orleans. Guests will stay at the Wyndham Hotel in the French Quarter for three days, Oct. 24-26. Contact Jessie Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org or Scooter Butler for more information. The trip is open to adults only, even if you were not a G.E. High School graduate but would love to come along for three wonderful days and nights of fun, in the Big Easy!
We are still in prayer for Posey Reed, Katarene Harber, Ruth Alston, David and Charlene Sneed, Clark and Birdie Jones, Eva Heaston, Jessie Lawson, Carlotta Jones, Eugene Baker (Covington Manor Rehab), Clyde Cooke, Willie Reed Jr., Flossie Woods, Joseph Heaston, Sr., Beaulah Wakefield, Connie Brown, Rudolph Boykins, Rev. Darryl Rozzell and family, Mary Ballard and family, Ruth Griffin and family and Minister Pink Sherrill, Jr.
Before I close, please let me express from my heart that when events occur in our lives, we only mess up if we try to fix it without guidance and prayer to and from God. This never works out. These are the times for us to let go and “let God.” It’s not about us anyway, it is now and forever always will be “about God.”
Until next time.