On this Friday night at 7 p.m., I will be going back home to North Star Church and my former pastor, Rev. Steven Miller Sr. A one-night revival with guest speaker, Rev. Pearl Larry of Ecumenical Baptist Church in Memphis will take place on Sept. 22. A yard sale of gigantic magnitude will be held at North Star on Sept. 23, open to the public and on Sunday morning Sept. 24 service will be held outdoors at North Star, Pastor Mille will be bringing the message. A family-styled picnic will immediately follow, public is welcome.

On Saturday, Sept 23 at 2 p.m. a “welcome babies,” with a diaper theme is being held for my daughter Princess Tate Stone and her husband, Darren, for their twin babies born on Aug. 9, Princess Denise and Princeton Marque.

On Oct. 3, Tennessee Retired Teachers will have a picnic themed meeting in the Charleston community in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Smith. Fall Revival begins at God’s Grace Gospel Church, 4955 Ballard Slough Rd., beginning at 7 p.m. from Oct. 3-5 with guest speakers each night, pastor Daryl Wynn of Mt. Zion Church in Covington, Minster Shelia Wynn is the lovely first lady. The pastor of GGGC is Pastor O’Pearl Andrews. The public is invited.

Fall Revival kicked out on Monday night at New Hope Church with Pastor Gary Andrews of Praise Temple in Ripley and with Pastor E. Dye of Covington, it was Holy Ghost filled on both nights. New Hope’s pastor is Rev. Kevin King Jr. of Covington, formerly of Jamestown.

Congratulations Michael Andrews, minister of music at God’s Grace Gospel. Michael’s the youngest son of Pastor O’Pearl Andrews and Minster Romel Andrews of Atoka. Michael now shares his musical talents each Sunday morning after learning service at his church with Pastor Kevin King Jr. and New Hope Church of Burlison. “What an awesome young man of God.”

The 1967 class of Rev. R. Ellis High School is celebrating their 50th class reunion on Oct. 14 at the Baker Center in Millington. Rhonda Heaston McLin, now of Milwaukee, Wisc., is one of their committee members. 

Happy birthday to Tyler Brown on Sept. 20, Derek Burton on Sept. 30, Rudolph Boykins on Oct. 4 and Kenny King on Oct. 5.

In prayers are ruth Alston, Connie Brown, Christine Armstrong, Terrance “T” Sherrill, Minister Pink Sherrill Jr, Robin Sherrill, Amos Miller Sr. and family, Mary Burton, John Jones Sr., Mary Ballard, Judy Sherfield, Doris King, Gigi Baker, Rudolph Boykins, Jessie Lawson, Flossie Woods, Beaulah Wakefield and Mama Lyte and the Chuck of Norma Baker Lyte family of Detroit.

This is all for this time. Remember: “A loving smile can be a welcoming ray of hope on a bad day. Plus it costs the smiler nothing but an awesome gain.”

Until next time.

Lisa DeLancey is a staff writer for The Leader, focusing on education. She is a 2016 graduate of The University of Memphis.