• Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Jenkins, a trailblazing entrepreneur, celebrated

St. Stephen native Christopher Jenkins celebrated his 75th birthday on Feb. 4, 10 days before his actual birth date of Feb. 14, when family and friends surprised him with a dinner program at the American Legion Hall in St. Stephen.
This phenomenal gentleman who started a barbershop business and school at a time when farming was the main way to make a living, has clearly established himself as a positive role model for all of us.
During the celebration, Christopher was dazzled by the well-wishers who came in honor of a man who has helped build the lives of so many in the community with his talents, time, money and influence.
Serving as Masters of Ceremony for the occasion were Rodney and David Jenkins, the sons of Mr. Jenkins. The dynamic duo offered many short stories and comedy that entertained.
The poem “The Bridge Builder” was delivered by son David honoring the many lives his dad touched over more than four decades as a barber who trained and employed many young men and women in the profession and provided many more with sound advice. A short pictorial film reflecting back on Mr. Jenkins’ life with family and friends followed the poem as everyone feasted on a delectable meal.
A proclamation signed by the Mayor declared Feb. 4 as “Christopher Jenkins Day” in St. Stephen was presented, followed by tributes to Mr. Jenkins from David Woods, Willie Gamble, David Addison, David Washington, Annie Rose Wright, Albert Harrison, his brother Henry Jenkins and the Honorable Dewitt Williams.
In his short remarks following the tributes, Mr. Jenkins, almost speechless, thanked everyone for the wonderful time provided, and for their attendance.
Mr. Jenkins is active in the church and local community as a business owner.
We congratulate the Jenkins family for the special tribute provided for this husband, father, friend and mentor.  It is our pleasure to congratulate Christopher on reaching this milestone in his life and we pray that he will be blessed to enjoy many more such occasions.

Rainbow of Colors Program

The pastor, officers, members and friends of Calvary R.E. Church of St. Stephen are pleased to invite the public and all Missionary Auxiliaries to worship during the Fifth Annual Rainbow of Colors Program, which will feature seven Christian women of the community.
The women will be sharing the Word of God, creatively, through the use of colors.
The program will be conducted on Feb. 27, at 4 p.m. in the church sanctuary.
The Rev. E. A. Sims is pastor; Sister Rebecca Pettigrew is the program’s coordinator and president of the Missionary Society; and Sister Roberta White is president of the Women of the Church.

Family and Friends Service

Messiah R. E. Church (3133 Highway 45 in Pineville) will be conducting its Family and Friends Services, Feb. 22 – 24 at 7:30 p.m. each evening, with the culminating service occurring on Feb. 26 at 4 p.m.

Gospel Concert

The Saint Phillip Baptist Church (1898 Highway 35 in Saint Stephen) will conduct a gospel concert on March 4 at 4 p.m.
Performances will be provided by: the Wright Family of St. Stephen; the Dingle Ensemble of St. Stephen; Holy Spirit of St. Stephen; the Spiritual Wings of St. Stephen; Thomas McClary and the McClary Singers of Kingstree; the Spiritualties of New Zion; and many other surprise performers.
The public is invited to come out and enjoy a wonderful concert.  Attendance is free. The host Pastor is Rev. Curtis Dingle.

Gospel Inspiration

The Gospel Inspiration Singers of Huger will perform at the Wild Lifer Center in Cross on Feb. 26 at 5 p.m. along with Barbara Pinkney and the Voices of Cross and many other local groups.
For more information contact Muhammad Washington at (803) 971-0413 or Philip Green at (843) 860-2225.

Keeping in Prayer

We continue to pray for the recovery of health and comfort for Viola Middleton, Nolan Johnson, Ruth Williams, Noel Smalls, Earnestine M. Williams, Earnestine G. Williams, Loretta White, James Pinckney, Annie Lee Graves, Deloris Montgomery, Annie M. Booker, Gracie Williams, Francis B. Newland, Dr. Hattie Martin, Elizabeth Jenkins, Lucretia Gadsden, Annie Lee Crawford, Noel Smalls, Samuel Middleton, Ruth Middleton, Helen King Eady, Annie Wiggins and Annie Gregg.

Items of Interest

Send items of interest to Yvonne J. Barnes, 1458 Colonel Maham Dr., Pineville, SC, 29468. Call (843) 567-4182 or email ybarnes@homesc.com.

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