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April 3 to May 14, 2000

Sunday, May 14, 2000

  • Pastor Wright preached from the subject, "If it be so, why am I thus?" There were many mothers present today as the church celebrated Mother's Day. Mothers were given either a red rose or a white rose. Several mothers had their entire families at worship with them. They were saluted with speeches, a special song written by Brenda Omega James, a liturgical dance and other presentation. A special presentation was given to Anesia Byrd for being the youngest mother at the worship and to Sister Mildred Johnson as the oldest. (Sister Johnson at 93 claims all of  Tabernacle members as her children.)
  • Three were baptized today: Prince William Lee Sparks, Travis Carroll, and Chris Wade.
  • Debra was treated at the North Monroe Community Hospital today. She was the driver in an unavoidable auto accident involving a child that dashed in front of her car. The child sustained minor injuries. Sister Ratcliff was not injured but given rest orders and released.
  • A special tea was held this evening honoring Elizabeth Gunn-Ford on the occasion of graduation. It was held at the Carver Elementary School.

  • Saturday, May 13, 2000

  • There was a breakfast held today to help generate funds for the church scholarship fund. There were beautiful decorations and some very fine food. Sister Versie Larkin promoted the breakfast campaign as a way of generating scholarship support. She served as pancake cook. Fruit dishes were prepared by other women of the church who pitched in to help cook. Sister Debra Ratcliff said the breakfast netted about $800 in scholarship donations.
  • Married couples of the congregation shared an evening fellowship at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Claude Minor. The fellowship was social gathering of fun and friendship among the church married couples. There was plenty of food and refreshments, laughter and fun as couples played a couples game called "Women are from Venice and men are from Mars!" -The men won! Among the couples present were Pastor and Sister Wright, Brother and Sister Claude Minor, Brother and Sister Matthew Williams, III; Brother and Sister Donald Frederick Mitchell, Brother and Sister William Smith, Brother and Sister Wheatly, Brother and Sister Evans, Brother and Sister Bennie Hall, Brother and Sister Brian Reed, Brother and Sister, Debra Ratcliff, Ruby James, Brother and Sister Ralph Taylor. There was also a salute to Pastor and Mrs. Wright who celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary.
  • The Partnered Families ministry delivered Mother's Day baskets to our church partnered families today. The baskets were filled with items that will make life more comfortable for  the mothers of our partnered families. The Worthy Women helped make, fill and deliver the baskets today.
  • Sunday, May 7, 2000

  • J.R. Bryant received a second place award for his participation in an oratorical contest at the New Light Baptist Church. Sister Brothers presented the trophies today during worship.
  • The persons were selected by drawing today to be featured on the church billboards and promotional campaign beginning July 1st. There were also alternates selected.
  • Pastor Wright preached from the subject "Life gets slippery when its wet!"
  • Stephanie Love is expected to go into the hospital anyday now. She reports she will be glad when the little one makes its arrival. "I just want to get it over" she said.
  • Saturday, May 6, 2000

  • Ministers Quincy Millikin and Robert Tanzy carried several of the church boys fishing today. They went cane pole fishing on Cheniere Lake. Mrs.       Lanore Williams, Ruby Brown and Pam Tanzy were also with the group.
    Mrs. Lillie Pierce Addison celebrated her 80th birthday today with a gala birthday party at the Holidome. Sister Pierce is the Matriarch of the Pierce clan that moved to Monroe from Clayton La. She received words of praise and thanks from her children and grandchildren as the crowd dine on fine foods and saluted her with a toast (tea) to long life. Mayor Abe Pierce spoke of the old days in the Pierce family as he spoke of the great members of the Pierce family including Abe E. Pierce I, Peyton Pierce and others. He wished Sister Addison a grand 80th birthday. As Sister Pierce cut her cake, she gave God the glory!
  • Thursday, May 4, 2000

  • Sister Jeanette Mitchell checked in the hospital today for surgery. Her mother, Sister Geneva Watson and husband were with her. Dr. Minor performed the surgery.  She was released today, but expects to be out of circulation for about two weeks.
  • Wednesday, May 3, 2000

  • Jacques Williams preached tonight for the midweek service. Her subject was �It's all good.� The choir of the New Bright Star Baptist Church was in attendance. Pastor Benjamin Lyons came with them.
  • Prayers were offered for Jeanette Mitchell, Luwonjia McClinton, Sharon Drumgo, Ethel Hill and Nadine Ross at Bible study tonight. Nadine is in Shreveport in the LSU Medical center. She has been hospitalized for over three weeks.
  • Monday, May 1, 2000

  • Funeral services were held today for Pastor Robert S. Murray. He was the father of  Sister Marteal Riley. The family paid a beautiful tribute to the legendary minister and writer.
  • Sunday, April 30, 2000

  • Pastor Wright preached from the subject �Say my name, Say my name.�  We had special guests from the Carver Elementary School. The youth were being saluted for outstanding achievements at Carver.
  • The induction ceremony for the Angels of Peace was held today. It was a beautiful ceremony that highlighted the girls of the congregation who are between the ages of 8-11. Camille Bryant is the president. The girls were dressed in white and looked very pretty as they lined up across the front of the church to be inducted into the organization. The Angels of Peace auxiliary works with young girls to teach them finer womanhood skills. Among the adult sponsors are: Sisters: Lavargne Gunn-Ford, Betty Beckwith, Monique Beckwith, Renita Bryant, Sadie Cornelius, Harolyn Hall, Versie Larkin, Marteal Riley, Jerridine Woods, Dorothy Minor, Rita Miles, Dorothy Pierce, Sheri Wheatley and Doris Welch.
  • Saturday, April 29, 2000

  • About 50 of our members traveled to Shreveport today to participate in the Youth Encampment Tournaments at the Mt. Canaan Baptist Church. We used both vans, a trailer and several cars to transport everyone. It was an enjoyable day. The youth performed well in every area. Some participated in their first tournament. It was enjoyable, but it was a long day. We met at the church for 6:30 a.m. and did not get back until about 7 p.m. tonight.
  • Sunday, April 23, 2000

  • Today is Easter Sunday. It poured down raining early this morning, but the rain let up just in time for the morning services. Children were everywhere today! Girls were wearing new dresses with freshly curled hair glistening in the light. The boys had new suits, bought a size too big to give them room to grow. The choir stand was filled with youth who filed down one by one to render traditional �Easter� speeches or to play instruments. Sister Ann Smith has been handling this for the Sunday School for many years. She picked up the reins from the late Lottie Stewart who did the same for decades. There was a skit this year. Zakkiya Kyles put it together. It wasn't long ago that she was standing on the box saying speeches. There was a Baptizing today. The Minor girls and Zakkiya Davis. They appeared confident despite their young ages. We sang, �Take me to the Water to Be Baptized.� Pastor Wright preached today, �An Empty Cross, An Empty Tomb and a Living God.� We celebrated the Lord's Supper as well. It was a spiritually enriching Easter Sunday.
  • Thursday, April 20, 2000

    Bakari Guice completed his Eagle project today. He painted the lines on the parking lot. He was assisted by Deacon James Lyons. Yesterday, Bakari had members of the fire department to help clean the dirt from the pavement so the line could be pained. He hopes to be presented as an Eagle Scout in June.

    Wednesday, April 19, 2000

    The senior ushers celebrated their anniversary tonight. They looked beautiful, dressed in white with beautiful corsages (The corsages). The three male ushers were there too. Pastor Wright preached from the subject the "Stone Roller." He compared the angel at the tomb of Jesus to ushers meeting guests at church. There were several visiting boards present, the choir too. Only a handful of the membership came however.  The ushers reported $1,700.00. A special tribute was given to usher board president Mary Taylor by Ms. Anita Thomas on behalf of the board. They caught Sister Taylor off guard..she was misty eyed and grateful.

    A special class was held tonight for new members and baptismal candidates. Pastor Wright explained the meaning of the covenant to the new members.

    Sunday, April 16, 2000

    There was a special presentation today saluting the Pastor's 24th anniversary by the Pastor's Aide Club. He was given an Easter Basket with 24 cash filled eggs and a giant egg with donations as well as a Haneline's Gift Certificate. After the service about  50  members joined pastor and Sister Wright for dinner at Copeland's Restaurant.

    Pastor Wright preached today from the subject: "Cross Talk."

    Saturday, April 15, 2000

    The church puppet team performed for a G.B. Cooley fashion show today. It was held at the Robinson Recreation Center on Jackson Street. The team was invited by Sister Florence Fields who organized the fundraiser for Cooley. She was helped by her friend, Patricia Blunt.

    Friday, April 14, 2000

    The Circle of the Chosen had an all night study session tonight. Circle members practiced and memorized scripture from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. They laughed and had fun as they shut up in various rooms upstairs memorizing scripture as a part of the BYE program. The youth were excited and had a great deal of fun. Several adults worked with them and pulled the all night shift.

    Wednesday, April 12, 2000

    The Circle of the Chosen performed a demonstration tonight at Zion Springs Baptist Church.  They  a good job, considering there was only a small space in the church for them to do their routine.

    Sunday, April 9, 2000

    Pastor Wright preached from the subject "Cross Crowds" today.

    Saturday, April 8, 2000

  • The Health care ministry of the church sponsored a youth oriented STD and HIV session today. There were about 60 youth present, males and females. Among the presenters were Dr. Richard Smith, Harolyn Hall and Dorothy Minor.  They showed a film about STD and then talked girl talk and boy talk with the boys and girls separately.
  • The homeless shelter had many volunteers today. Our women were the volunteers today.
  • Mr. Curtis Williams was saluted today by the staff of Burger King for his 30 years of service. Brother Williams was joined by his son Levon, and daughters Pearline and Bertie Mae as well as his wife. They gave him several gifts as well as fine meal at Ryan's Cafeteria. Pastor Wright offered prayer and words of inspiration for the occasion.
  • Friday, April 7, 2000

  • Luwonjia McClinton was hospitalized again today. The church is praying for her recovery.
  • Thursday, April 6, 2000

  • There was a meeting of the girls ministry tonight. Dr. Lavargne Gunnn-Ford, Renita Bryant and Doris Welch met to begin plans for the girls. Camille Bryant and Chrisitna Hall were also present. The ministry will be for girls 9-11.
  • The church puppet team practiced tonight there were several new members added to the team.
  • Wednesday, April 5, 2000

  • Midweek worship was held tonight. Jacques Hall preached from the subject, "It's going to be a fight!"
  • Pastor Wright taught the bible study tonight. It focused on 1 Corinthians 8.
  • Monday, April 3, 2000

  • The Worthy Women met today. The women participated in a lively worship and made several craft items.
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    • P.O. Box 9063
    • Monroe
    • La
    • 71201

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