Antioch Baptist Association banquet an enjoyable evening

  • Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Photo Provided The Rev. Willie Hill speaks at the recent banquet.

The Antioch Baptist Associations’ Women’s Auxiliary conducted its annual Honors Banquet on Dec. 7 at Day Dawn Baptist Church in Pineville.

The program began with a musical prelude by Brother Ryan Vice, which was followed by a warm welcome delivered by Sister Olia McCray. Sister McCray also presented the Mistress of Ceremony, Sister Catherine Gourdine.

Sister Ernestine Glover also provided a warm welcome to those gathered for the occasion. She was followed by Sister Corrine Perry, who read the scripture. An invocation was delivered by Evangelist Sarah Milligan.

The banquet meal was blessed by the Rev. Joshua Prioleau, host pastor, as Sister Patricia Snipe Johnson performed the song “Thank You.”

Sister Patricia Snipe-Johnson accompanied by Ryan Vice, performed numerous other selections including “We are One in the Spirit,”; “I will bless the Lord” and “Let’s Go Down by the River.”

Following the serving and enjoyment of a delicious dinner, the speaker was presented by Reverend Dr. Leon G. Brown, moderator of the Antioch Baptist Association. The Rev. Willie Hill, pastor of St. John Reformed Episcopal Church in Charleston, was the evening’s speaker, and was just phenomenal. His remarks were well received, and on occasion, brought tears of joy to the faces of many present.

Appreciation was expressed to the Honor’s Banquet Committee: Sister Olia McCray, Sister Shirley Snipe, Sister Earnestine Glover and Sister Florine Perry, who served as the programs Chairperson, for providing an outstanding evening.

Also presented was Sister Eartha Dingle, Vice President, Antioch Baptist Associations’ Women’s Auxiliary.

Congratulations to everyone involved on a successful banquet.

Bishop Emeritus

Bishop Emeritus Sanco K. Rembert, retired Episcopal Bishop of the Southeast Jurisdiction and former chairman of the South Carolina Prison Parole Board, took the hand of Ms.Patricia S. Simmons of Augusta GA. in marriage over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

The nuptials took place Saturday, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. in New Saint Thomas Reform Episcopal Church, located at 5709 Ames Street in Columbia. The Rt. Rev. Alphonza Gadsen Sr. presided. The traditional ceremony was attended by over 200 family members, invited guests, and church congregants.

The 91-year-old Bishop Rembert is a native of Pineville, but spent the majority of his senior years as a resident of Charleston. He is a nationally recognized figure in the Episcopal clergy. He served for many years as Episcopal Bishop of the Southeast Jurisdiction and is former chairman of the South Carolina Prison Parole Board.

Bishop Rembert and his first wife, the late Carrie Mae, founded and built New Israel Reformed Episcopal Church in Charleston. The Rembert family roots go back well into the 19th Century. The town of Rembert, South Carolina, was founded by their ancestors. The Bishop has resided in Columbia since 2003.

The 60-something year old bride, the former Ms. Patricia S. Simmons, is a native of Augusta, Ga. and a retired business owner. The couple met on an Amtrak train rail trip one year ago.

Keeping in Prayer

Sister Earnestine M. Williams; Sister Earnestine G. Williams; Sister Loretta White, St. Stephen Nursing Home); Sister Annie Lee Graves; Sister Viola J. Middleton; Dr. Hattie Martin; Sister Elizabeth Jenkins; Brother Lamont Halback (home); Brother Clossie Williams; Sister Mary Middleton; Sister Shirley Cleveland; Sister Regina Robinson, home: Sister Gracie Williams; Sister Norma Ketcham; Sister Bertha Lee Williams; Sister Annie Lee Crawford; Sister Lillian Williams; Brother Christopher Prioleau; Sister Vanilla Thompson; Sister Emily Jones; Sister Lucille Edwards; Sister Christine Manigault, and all others that are in need of our prayers, thoughts and service.

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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