Father’s Day greetings to our readers

Our prayers are with the family of Mr. Darrell Patrick whose celebration of life took place on June 11 in the chapel of Evans Memorial Funeral Home. His interment was at Union Grove UM Church Cemetery. Please keep his family in your prayers.

Our prayers are with the family of Mr. Randy Hayes, son of Mrs. Maybelle Hayes and the late Melvin Hayes. His life will be honored and celebrated on Saturday June 18th at the Little Rock MB Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday, June 17 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Evans Memorial Funeral Home. Please keep his family in your prayers.

Our prayers continued to be with readers experiencing health issues, namely Bonnie Hodge, Lucy V. Moore, Otis Ormand, LaToya McClendon, Gail Lee, Don Bell, Helen Reed Akins, London Thompson, Roseann Lynn, Darryl McCurdy, Laura Jackson, Mary and Mitch Nichols, Jeanette Wash, Opal Jewel Hanford, Melba Dixon, Barbara Gatewood, Brandy Sharp, Idelia Henderson, Tommie Joe Wash, Lucille Flex, Beverly Hollingsworth, Viola Morgan, and other problem readers health.

We visited Mrs. Lucy V. Moore who was resting at Lackey Memorial Hospital and receiving the loving care and attention of her nieces, Nettie Ware and Edith Gilmore. Mrs. Moore, widow of the late Albert Moore, was in good spirits and expressed her appreciation for the many prayers of our readers.

Happy Father’s Day to our male readers who are biological fathers, grandfathers, uncles and/or brothers or caretakers, and we wish them a very special, enjoyable and peaceful Father’s Day.

We enjoyed a surprise visit from Hawkins High School graduate, Albert Allen, who came to the Slaughterhouse Library with gifts for our youngsters. Her gift bags contained bags of books, pencils, notebooks and notepads. He even brought a bag of sneakers. We appreciate his kindness and generosity and assured him that the students will surely receive his blessings. Thank you Mr. Allen and we hope you enjoy your blessings, especially on Father’s Day!!!

Pr. Adolfo gave a beautiful homily on Most Holy Trinity Sunday to the parishioners and Catholic visitors of Saint-Michel. He referred to the difficulty of explaining the Holy Trinity (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit). He guided us through the wonders of creation, mentioned Paul’s journey (Romans 5:1), and finally referred to the fact that it was Jesus himself who promised that “the Spirit of truth” would strengthen our faith (John 16:13). Without this Spirit, we might just wander in confusion.

Members and visitors to Lynch Chapel UM church celebrated Trinity Sunday – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The scripture referenced was Romans 5:1-5, and the sermon message was titled “The Peace We Find in the Lord.” Pastor Shirley Wilder’s message was appreciated by all, and members and visitors left with hearts filled with the Spirit.

The Little Rock MB church service focused on and honored Youth Day. The annual achievements of young people for this school year were on display. They were the most impressive. Pastor Sheldon Thomas’ theme was “It’s always your decision”. The scriptures referenced were Isaiah 10:27, 1 Kings 19-19-21, and Matthew 11:28-30. All decisions have consequences, whether good or bad. The baby ox was harnessed when it was only a few months old so that the ox would always know it was controlled by the yoke when it was older. The enemy wants to slowly harness our youth at an early age to have continued control over them when they are older. Drugs, alcohol, pornography, sex, etc. played with like little toys will slowly pull you into the yoke. Elisha in 1 Kings 19, saw his opportunity present itself when Elijah dropped his mantle on him. Elisha burned his yoke equipment and cooked his oxen and fed everyone in the city and followed Elijah. At this point, it was the cross in front of me and the world behind me. The anointing is the destructive power of the yoke of God. In making life decisions, remember that Noah built the ark before the flood. We must think before the fact and not after the act!!

Our hearts aches as we continue to pray for the elementary students and their teachers who were killed while attending Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX. It is sad and scary to imagine our children attending school and unable to focus on learning and actively participate in the learning process because of their fear of being killed. The same goes for shoppers in Buffalo, NY who were murdered while shopping. What a sad comment, so join us in remembering these innocent victims and their families, and working to reduce incitement to violence.

We appreciate the leadership of Congressman MS Bennie Thompson, Chairman of the January 6, 2021 Select Committee, and Vice President of Congress Liz Chaney for sharing portions of their investigation into the January 6 U.S. Capitol Riots. This shocking riot endangered the citizens, the members of Congress who were in the process of ratifying the presidential electoral votes of all the states and the American Capitol. Pray for a return to human decency and respect for the rule of law and the law of the land.

Congratulations to members of Alcorn State University and the Scott County Alumni Chapters of Jackson State University. The first ASU/JSU Family and Friends Day held Saturday at Gaddis Park marked the start of an HBCU alliance in Scott County. The colorful event was coordinated by the respective Alumni Chapter Presidents, namely Albert Wayne Gray (JSU) and Charles Longmire (ASU). It was a beautiful sunny day for this debut for the family and friends of ASU and JSU. The conviviality, fun and festivities were appreciated by all. Thank you to Club members and volunteers for preparing and serving the food. Thank you also for the donations of food, supplies and door prizes. Alumni Club members traveled many miles to participate in this inaugural event. The usual “Smack” was on the program. The winner of the ASU sign was JSU graduate Yashica Bowie, who elected to receive the JSU sign instead. Oddly enough, the winner of the ASU JSU sign was JSU graduate Carolyn Macon, who chose to donate it to ASU graduate Shelia Y. Brown. The panels were donated by Rep. Tom Miles. Presidents Longmire and Gray thanked all alumni and friends for their help and support in making this event a huge success.

Congratulations to Amber Magee of Wylie, Texas, who received the 2022 Constance Slaughter-Harvey Trailblazer in the Law Award from Tougaloo College. Ms. Magee was valedictorian with a 4.00 GPA and will attend Suffolk University in Boston on a full scholarship in the fall. Well done Amber!

Happy belated birthday to Willie Harper who celebrated his special day, Sunday, June 12, at home with his wife, Phyllis Thomas Harper, family and friends. Our best wishes for many more to come.

Belated birthday greetings to Mrs. Dorothy R. Odom Pinkston who celebrated her special day on Saturday June 11th with the children and other family members. She loved being surrounded by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other family members and friends. The youngest guest, Karstyn Donald, enjoyed his first party.

Happy birthday to Willie and Phyllis Harper as they celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary on June 12 with family and friends; and Happy Birthday to Dock and Stephanie Rhodes who celebrated their 33rd birthday on June 9 while relaxing on the MS Gulf Coast.

Happy birthday to babies born between June 16-22, namely Tim Ringo, Ashley Dawn Rhodes and Caelyn Funches (16), Marcus Johnson and Syble Horton Rule (17), LaToya McClendon, Makiya Jones. Constance Slaughter-Harvey, Deangelo Shepherd, Joyce Collins and Margaret Bates (18), Felisha Temple and Cartrellis Warnsley (19), Delora Nelson, Lakia White and Mrs. Loyce Collier (21), and Trinisa Murrell, Matthew Porter and Brenda Shepard (22).

Answer to Quiz Teaser #673: Pastor Fr. Joe Dyer was the first and only African-American priest to serve St. Michael’s Catholic Community. He lived in Forest and was an integral part of the community.

Quiz Teaser #674: Who Was/Is Forest High School’s First African American Principal?

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