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April 22 to June 17, 1999

Thursday, June 17, 1999

   Funeral services for Mrs. Fay Potts, sister of Brother Walter Allen were held today. It was very brief. About 15 minutes, at the family's request. Ms. Potts was a majorette at Monroe Colored High and Carroll High School before leaving for California. She was a real high stepper with the Carroll majorette team in her high school years. Pastor Wright spoke on the subject: "A high stepper's last step.
The puppet team staged a performance today at the Robinson Recreation Center. There were about 200 youth present. The Total audience so far is 375.

Monday,  June 14, 1999

Many of our youth began their first full week of work this week. Many are employed with the City of Monroe. About 40 are working with the Top Gun Leadership Program. Much thanks goes to Mayor Abe Pierce for making it happen for so many youth who need the opportunity to learn and earn this summer.
Several Top Gun scouts have an unusual job this summer. They stage puppet shows for neighborhood youth at recreatio centers, boys clubs, churches. The 32 minute show seeks to bring an inspirational message to youth who are captivated by the puppets and the sight of the eight young men, dressed in shirt and tie that stage the performances for them.
Carolyn Taylor  had surgery today on her feet. She is expected to be home bound for about six weeks.

Sunday, June 13, 1999

Today Pastor Wright preached from the subject "No substitute for Jesus"
Mrs. Ozelle Taylor was taken to the hospital today. She is battling a case of  pneumonia.

Saturday, June 12, 1999

Our Circle traveled to Jonesville for the regional tournament. This is the last one before the encampment.

Friday, June 11, 1999

Our Vacation Bible School picnic was held today at the Carver Elementary School grounds. It was wonderful. There was plenty of food including hot dogs and drinks and bar-be-que. The children and adults played games and enjoyed themselves. This week's bible school was loads of fun. The message of shining for Jesus went across very well.

Monday, June 7, 1999

Our men met for prayer today. There were special prayers given from Mrs. Renita Bryant, Mrs. Thornton, and Fred Mitchell. Among those present were: Quincy Millikin, Jimmie Bryant, Ceasar Clark, John Hall, Robert Tanzy, Nathan Thornton, and Pastor Wright
Vacation Bible School continued today. There were about 100 students. Terrizlyn Lyons and Ahmad Smith served as the musicians.

Sunday, June 6, 1999

Today Pastor Wright preached from the subject: "Don't throw in the towel!"
Bible School began today. A special feature on bible school was on our television broadcast and featured J.R. Bryant as the commentator. Scenes were shown from each class' activity.
Osaro Kyles was absent today. He took sick in Texas. (Dehydrated). The church prayed special prayers for him. Fred Mitchell was taken to the hospital today for treatment of virus. He went home.

Saturday, June 5, 1999

Sister Shirley Sapp held her music recital at our church today. Several of our members were participants including: Little Robert Tanzy and Christina Hall. They played excellently and received trophies.
Our scouts met today. They are preparing for the summer Learn/Fun trip to the middle United States. They usually cover about seven states in their annual Learn/Fun trips.
Bible School registration was held today. There was a large number of youth and adults who came out to register for the Bible School which begins tomorrow.

Monday, May 31, 1999

Today our men met for prayer in Dallas and in Monroe. There were four men who prayed in Monroe, however in Dallas there several including: Mr. Benton, Ralph Taylor, Dr. Claude Minor and his Father, Robert Tanzy, Osaro Kyles, Fred Mitchell, Jr., Fred Mitchell, Sr., Mr. Bell, Darin Amelin, Pastor Wright, Micheal Johnson and others.

Sunday, May 30, 1999

Today we held our services at 9 a.m. To our surprise there was nearly a full house for the 9 a.m. service. Everyone was very informal as requested. All deacons sat with their families, so did the ministers. Pastor Wright wore a pair of slacks and an opened collared shirt. There was a special devotion led by the Lenore Williams family, Jimmie Bryant Family and the John Hall Family. The heads of each family told what God meant for their families. The youth read scripture. Brother William Smith gave the morning message in which he urged members to "sanctify themselves" for service to God.
We traveled to Dallas Texas to Six Flags today. There were 115 people who left for Dallas. We met another 15 members once we made it to Dallas. Donna Simmons had a little car trouble. With that exception it was a safe event.
Dr. and Sister Minor treated the pastor and his wife and eight other friends to a luxurious steak dinner at an exclusive Dallas Restuarant. They saluted the pastor and his wife for 25 years of marriage. The youth enjoyed the swimming pool. They swam to the late hours.

Monday, May 24, 1999

Our men met for prayer this morning. It was inspirational.
The Circle of  the Chosen met today, nearly everyone was present. Pastor Wright complimented the group on their performance during the tournaments. New routines and being planned for the June tournaments.
Brother Floyd Brothers took sick today. He went to the hospital for tests. His daughter Katrina also took ill. She too went for tests.

Sunday, May 23, 1999

Today our graduates were saluted. They were MaKeesha Bell, Jerry Ford, and Natalie Williams. They wore the robes and marched down the isle as their profiles were given. The program included a rap which was read by Brian Reed and a speech by Everett Green. The families of the graduates were seated on the front seat. Pastor Wright Preached "May the Force be With You"

Saturday, May 22, 1999

Our Circle performed in the Youth Encampment tournaments today. They did well

Sunday, May 16, 1999

Pastor Wright preached from the subject "I'm drinking from my saucer cuz my cup done overflowed." After the service today the healthcare ministry checked blood pressures. Many of our members learned that they had high blood pressure and were surprised.
A program honoring Jerry Patrick Ford was held today at the Carver Elementary School. Many of our members were in attendance. Jerry is graduating with the class of 1999. His parents sponsored the150 minute salute which featured a recap of his life story, video clips and words of praise from former teachers, neighbors and friends. Doris Welch read his profile. Mrs. Janie Reed his second grade teacher spoke of his quiet nature. Mayor Pierce told background history of the Gunn-Ford family and Pastor Wright gave the benediction.
Patricia Cornelius Matthews sent us photos of her son Drew's birthday party in California. Click here to see them.

Saturday, May 15, 1999

The funeral service for Brother William Gill was held today. He was burial in a beautiful black metal casket. His family filled about five pews. The male chorus sang. Pastor Wright preached the eulogy entitled "Survivor's Benefits."

Wednesday, May 12, 1999

Sister Joslyn Wright underwent a one day surgury today. She was treated for injuries to her hand while driving the church van a few weeks ago. Sister Bobbie Smith and Jeanette Mitchell sat with her, along with Deacon Fred Mitchell.

Monday, May 10, 1999

Brother William Gill died today. His wife Joyanease and daughter Alethea rushed him to the hospital when he complained of trouble breathing. He had some small complaints but was not in a serious state while at home. He was released from LSU Memorial a week earlier.  A short while after he was admitted to the emergency room, he developed problems and died. Our prayers go out to the Gill Family.
The Circle of the Chosen practiced today.

Sunday, May 9, 1999

The Sunday school saluted mothers today. There was a special tribute to mothers. There were salutes given to Mrs. Louise Mitchell. She was the mother with the largest number of children present (9). Mrs. Mildred James was on her way down to accept the prize as usual, but her eight children was topped by Sister Mitchell this year. Sister Ethel was the oldest mother present, being over 80 years old. There were 100 candles lit to represent deceased moms. "You light up my life" was played by J.R. Bryant on the Viola. He was accompanied by his mother on the piano. A sign language presentation of the song "Mama" was given by Pat Blunt, Uganda Kyles, Zakyia Kyles and Monique Beckwith.
The male chorus sang today. The men were spirited and sang with power. There were songs led by Deacons James Lyons and Julius "Ralph" Taylor, Sr. Dr. Minor played the bass guitar. Andre McDade directed the group as Judge Larry Jefferson played the organ. The male chorus was warmly received. It was a beautiful sight to see so many men singing together.
There was a tribute to Pastor and Sister Wright on the occasion of their 25th wedding anniversary. A special tribute was given by the Pastor's Aide Club which really surprised Sister Wright when all three of her sons were brought out, including Robert Wright who is in the Marine Corps. She screamed and cried. Nearly everyone in the church knew they were coming except Sister Wright. Sister Mildred James played it out to the very end. She called Sister Wright out of the church to the telephone and told her that her son was calling her from San Diego. When Sister Wright came to the phone Sister James said there must have been a bad connection that interrupted the call. Soon after all three boys entered the service. Daddy Ro gave a 25 year tribute to his parents. The pastor's Aide Club treated the family to dinner and presented them with a solid silver tea setting and album.
Pastor Wright preached today from the subject "Hand me down love."

Saturday, May 8, 1999
The Boy Scouts went to the rifle range today. Sister Lenore Williams, a military veteran, conducted the gun safety workshop. She told them about the safety of weapons and the safe use of fire arms. She emphasized the importance of human life. The boys shot targets as they worked on a rifle shooting merit badge.
The men rehearsed today. They were excited.

Thursday, May 6, 1999

The youth use the computer lab tonight to set up email accounts and study scripture with each other, on line.
Mrs. Mitchell left for Chicago today. Her aunt died. We pray for her safe return.
There was a large turnout of our youth at the Jefferson Jr. High Power at the Pole Rally. The school says Katrina Patterson was responsibility for the large turnout.

Tuesday, May 4, 1999

Vacation Bible school plans were made tonight. Dr. Gunn-Ford is co-ordinating the VBS which begins on the 1st Sunday evening.
The Circle of the Chosen met tonight. They had fun. Pastor Wright spoke to the youth about the importance of loving each other, team spirit and using the scriptures they learn in their daily affairs.

Monday, May 3, 1999

Today our men met in prayer for the church. Prayers were offered by Abe E. Pierce, III, Jimmie Bryant, Sr., John Hall, Ceasar Clark, Robert Tanzy and Pastor Wright.
Many of our youth participated in the Power at the Pole Rallies today.
Carl King came by the church today. He was recently released from the hospital. He said "something" told him to just come by the church and be in the midst of whatever was going on. Praise the Lord for that "something" within.
The Circle of the Chosen began rehearsing again today. They evaluated their performance last month. The conclusion was they did a great job but it was not their best. They are spending the entire week on bible memorization. Cash prizes are being given each night as an incentive. They prize money ($100.00) is being given by Attorney Jack Wright who has been giving $100 a  year to encourage bible memorization for several years.

Sunday, May 2, 1999
The Williams family was absent today, they went to Shreveport to visit Ivory's Williams parents who are hospitalized. The Mitchell Family was absent too, his sister took sick and had to be hospitalized.
Mrs. Dovecenie McDonald and Mr. Earling Little were at worship today. Sister McDonald now lives in the Oaks nursing home. Brother Little is a rresident at the Veterans Home.
The congregation was blessed by a stirring song led by Julius Ralph Taylor, Sr. "He's always by my side." Pastor Wright preached "The Place Where Our Edges Meet"
Saturday, May 1, 1999 

It was a very pretty day today. Many membes were busy taking advantage of the sunshine. The men rehearsed again for their singing on Mother's Day. Dr. Minor will be playing his bass guitar.
The scouts went to Kiroli Park for Arts in the Park. Two van loads participated.

Thursday, April 27, 1999

Sister Henrietta Jordan is ill again. Brother Clark is trying to help her. She has no family.
The male chorus rehearsed tonight. They sound good. Judge Jefferson is playing for them. Andre McDade is directing. They will sing for Mother's Day.
There were some family sicknesses reported today. Zerry Nelson's sister Debra is in St. Francis Hospital, room 5034. Ivory Jo William's mother had kidney surgery in LSU Hospital. Her grandmother is in St. Francis.

Wednesday, April 26, 1999

Attendance was poor tonight at Bible Study. Pastor Wright taught the lesson about Jesus preparing for his death. He asked whether or not members had considered their own death and made preparations.

Sunday, April 25, 1999

We had guests today for worship. There were about 100 students and their parents from the Carver Elementary School. Their choir sang. Our puppet team, drill team and liturgical dance team gave demonstrations. Pastor Wright preached from the subject "Little posse, big God!"
Mrs. Mitchell became ill today. Dizziness. The Ratcliff's and Brothers family shared the evening with her, watching the church television broadcast together.
The youth taught Sunday school classes today. They did well.
Mr. and Mrs. Prince Sparks were at worship today. They brought their new baby to church with them, just a few weeks old. They were very happy.
Brother William Gill was hospitalized today. He is in room 456 at E. A. Conway. Brother Carl King has been in Conway a week today. He is in room 498 at Conway.  We offered prayers for them today. They were also visited.

Saturday, April 24, 1999

About 70 Tabernacle members traveled to Shreveport today to support our youth who were competing in the Circle of the Chosen tournaments. We used our highway bus one of  the vans and several cars. Our teams did well. We saw areas that we need to improve, especially in our basketball bible knowledge preparation. It was enjoyable. Several members stayed after it was over to help Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell clean the church for Sunday. Deacon brothers vacuumed the floor, Bobbie Smith cleaned bathrooms, several of the youth emptied trash cans and straightened up. Mrs. Mitchell was visibly exhausted.

Friday, April 23, 1999

There was plenty of excitement at the church tonight. All of our youth were hyped up for the tournaments tomorrow. Costumes, equipment other items were packed on the bus and there was a general feel of excitement. Parents, youth leaders, Pastor Wright and others. Pastor Wright talked to the youth about Christian spirit and doing their best. After the rehearsals everyone went to CeCe's Pizza for a pizza party. We leave at 6 a.m. tomorrow. 

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