Warm, colorful moments filled the 20th anniversary of the First Church of Palm Coast, with the theme “Moving from Vision to Victory.” Best wishes appropriated the Rev. Gillard S. Glover’s 20th anniversary as founding pastor.
“RNR” made the accommodations recently held in Ormond Beach at the Halifax Plantation Golf Club. “RNR” are the initials of church stewards Rose Luckett Williams, Naomi Hargrave, and Ruthie Saunders, their fund-raising tactics applaudable.
It was eye-catching for a journal, designed by Karen Griffith, the pastor’s assistant. The presentation reflected the church’s help in meeting the needs of the community and its continual growth.
Current, past members honored
The members who had gone on to glory and others living were honored as well as many souls having been touched and the hurting helped through the ministry of First Church. It celebrated God’s power and presence at First Church.
The program was entered into by the Rev. Woodrow Leeks and members Ernestine Logan, Dr. Irving Robinson, Sybil Dodson-Lucas, Horace Eubanks and young Ryan McKenzie Montgomery.
Music vividly cut through generations, orchestrated by Minister of Music Leonard Hunt, Sr. It presented the sensational Providence – Nathaniel Shropshire III; Francesca Scott, Drickus Horne, and Marria Adams. They sang “In Bright Mansions Above,” “Total Praise,” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”
Performance by Peoples
Sissy Peoples was equally enjoyable. The international songstress is an actress and comedian, born in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and now living in Orlando.
She has traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad. She’s an instructor for “Stir Up the Gifts” vocal class and has been cast in Christian plays like the off-Broadway play, “Gospel Is…!” written and produced by Vy Higginsen of “Mama I Want To Sing.”
Peoples began as a lead singer with gospel choirs and has enjoyed a 10-year junket with Natalie Cole & Company. She’s performed with an impressive roster – Jeffrey Osborne, Johnny Mathis, Diana Ross, Ray Charles, Chaka Khan, Peabo Bryson, Patti La Belle and others.
It was a joy having her again for the special occasion and singing “The Lord’s Prayer” and “A Natural Woman,” backed by Providence. Peoples had everyone spellbound like she did last October in church singing “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,” and “Precious Jesus.”
As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.