Church celebrates its seniors at annual Golden Harvest event

The annual Golden Harvest Celebration was held at Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Daytona Beach on Nov. 16.

Seniors, ranging from 73 to 95, were honored Sunday during the annual Golden Harvest Celebration at Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. (ASHLEY D. THOMAS/DAYTONA TIMES)
Seniors, ranging from 73 to 95, were honored Sunday during the annual Golden Harvest Celebration at Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.
(ASHLEY D. THOMAS/DAYTONA TIMES)

“Celebrating the G.O.L.D. “Grateful-Outstanding-Loving-Disciples,” was the focus of the service or as Sandra Strapp expressed, “Celebrating our senior saints who are now golden.”

Narcissus Brown, 95; John H. Gainey, 92; Joshua Edwards, 83;  Argie M. Brown, 83; Anthony P. Church, 78; Eva Lee Mitchell, 78; Viola Sampson, 76; and Johnny J. Davis, 73 were all honored at the event.

“We thank God for those who have been on the battlefield for a long time. Because of their faithfulness, God continues to allow this church to do great things in this community,” Pastor Ronald L. Durham remarked.

The program was coordinated by Deaconess Bobby J. Scarlett who stated that what she enjoyed most about putting the program together was listening to the stories the honorees share.

“I spent an hour or more with each honoree,” Scarlett indicated. She also added that what was also important to both her and Pastor Durham was the involvement of the young people who sang and ushered during the service and those who walked each honoree to their seats.

“It’s more than just a program; it is the spirit of cooperation and togetherness and the continuality of old to young which is being passed down,” she added.

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