In celebration of the first anniversary of Pastor Edwards, Sister Shawtara Edwards and Reggie Sammy Jr., the Bethlehem House of Praise Church Family shared the worship experience with the following churches: Bishop Benjamine Adams and Rejected Stone Ministries; Pastor Ronald Merthie and New Life Word Center; the Rev. Leroy Lee, pastor of Greater new Mt. Zion Baptist Church; the Rev. Adrian Washington, pastor of Jethro Baptist Church in Crescent City; the Rev. Jimmy Blake, pastor of Morning Glory Baptist Church; the Rev. Edgin Rucker of the First Shiloh Baptist Church. In honor of Pastor Edwards first anniversary, he was given a banquet on Nov. 10.
To close out this great anniversary, fellowship was held Sunday, Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. with the Rev. David Shoots, associate pastor presiding. The Bethlehem Mass Choir and Praise Team rendered the devotion and rendered spiritual selection. Welcome and occasion was given by Sister Angie Cofield, with exceptions by evangelist Diana A.Courtney of First Shiloh, and Sister Dorothy Guess for St. Matthews.
The remainder of the anniversary service was under the St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church with the guest choir rendering soul stirring selections as Pastor Leonard “L.J.” Wilson stood to bring the anniversary message he led the hymn, “Just Another Day the Lord has Kept Me.” His message came from Nehemiah 6:1-4, “Staying on the Wall” was a message to strengthen the ministry of Pastor Edwards.
He was told if he is to be a successful pastor, he must wait on God’s direction, remain faithful to God and he must stay on the spiritual wall. Gifts of love were presented to Pastor and First Lady Edwards by Sister Berniece Jenkins, president of the Pastors Aide Ministry. Congratulations on your first anniversary.
Trinity United Methodist Church, 526 Sanford Ave., will hosts its annual Revival Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. The message of the evening will be from the Rev. Thomas Curtis of Holy Methodist Community Fellowship Church, Poinciana Village. The Rev. Donna M. Lathan, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church.
Many residents of Sanford had a blessed Thanksgiving by people who felt the need to serve dinner to those who may not have had a meal on this Thanksgiving Day. Mr. and Mrs. Cerdick Coleman and the Fellowship Christian Baptist Church on Bell Avenue served more than 200 dinners. The Coleman’s desire was to give a Thanksgiving meal and bless those who need to be shown that others do care. Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Coleman, for your Christian act of kindness. The Rev. Otis Raines, pastor, and thanks to all of the volunteers who help to make for a successful thankful day.
God’s Harvesters Ministry of the Georgetown community, pastors and laypersons of the Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church and Triumph the Church of the New Age provided Thanksgiving dinners to seniors at Redden Gardens, nursing home, homebound and those who came to the church to enjoy their Thanksgiving dinner at Zion Hope Baptist Church annex. Thanks from the God’s Harvesters Ministry to all who donated and volunteered to feed the Sanford/Georgetown citizens a meal. Deacon Eugene Alexander, Elder Grady Roberson and the Rev. Michael Griffin.