Women’s conference focuses on ‘Pursuing God’s Will’

jeroline mccarthyA recent women’s conference made a comeback at the United Evangelical & Missionary Outreach Church, where the Rev. Noris Henry is pastor.

Pacesetters pulled off calling women everywhere to one of the oldest churches in Palm Coast. The United Evangelical & Missionary Outreach Church is located at 99 Old Kings Road North.

They elaborated on a theme, “Pursuing God’s Will,” for women to attend in full force, and emanating from as far as Port Charlotte and Jacksonville. The theme, from Esther 4:14, affirmed: “…thou are come to the kingdom for such a time as this.”

Program participants included the Rev. Pauline Jordan; the Rev. Daisy Mae Henry, a former Bunnell city commissioner; and First Lady Bonnye Henry.(JEROLINE D. MCCARTHY/DAYTONA TIMES)
Program participants included the Rev. Pauline Jordan; the Rev. Daisy Mae Henry, a former Bunnell city commissioner; and First Lady Bonnye Henry.
(JEROLINE D. MCCARTHY/DAYTONA TIMES)

A spread for breaking bread was prepared for breakfast and lunch.

The conference was one feat among many events such as gospel artists Candi Staton and the late Jessy Dixon appearing in 2002.

Singer Candi Staton had charted 16 classic hits before moving to gospel in 1982 with the release of several gospel albums. Mr. Dixon networked with the gospel genre while appearing in Florida with the Gaithers from TBN and singing before 15,000 to 20,000 persons nightly.

The artists garnered a huge turnout for the congregation to put their hands together in praise to the glory of God.

Program participants at the conference were church members and friends: Tracy Hodges, Cynthia Green, The Thomas Sisters (Tiffany and Theresa and their mom, Pastor Diane Thomas), Kaitlin and Michelle Taing, Evangelist Essie Wilson, First Lady Bonnye Henry, former Bunnell City Commissioner Rev. Daisy Mae Henry, Andrea Khaleel, and the Rev. Pauline Jordan.

Mom, daughters minister
Contemporary gospel showcased a family duo of Tiffany and Theresa Thomas. And, Tiffany later sang a solo, “My Alabaster Box.”

Pastor Diane Thomas is the mother of the duo, the minister of music and a worship leader at the Evangel Assembly of God in Palm Coast. Tiffany is a worship co-leader and a youth co-leader at the Evangel Assembly of God. Theresa is in place as a worship co-leader and outreach leader.

Other features were the young singers Kaitlin and Michelle Taing, who are the perfect example of “Keeping your kids busy in the things of God, and training them in the way they should go,” said Pastor Thomas, their music teacher.

The United Evangelical & Missionary Outreach Church extended its reach, calling women everywhere, and First Lady Bonnye Henry attested that the program would be lovely. And, indeed it was.

Empowering words
Evangelist Wilson, who was called to the ministry 19 years ago, is a Palm Coast resident, and the speaker for the occasion.

She summoned truth for the theme and stated: “You can’t look back and say, ‘I don’t have the education.’ God will not give you something to do without giving you the tools to do it. You have to pursue. God will put you where you need to be,” she said.

The Rev. Pauline Jordan, a licensed exhorter from Jacksonville and the second speaker, said, “If you acknowledge God, He will direct your path.”  Further, she stated: “Meditate upon God’s Word. And, go forth, pursuing the divine purpose in your life. God wants us to prosper by pursuing the will of God.”

Church starts group for interchurch couples 
Spread the word that a new group, “Interchurch Couples/Ecumenical Families,” is forming at the Santa Maria del Mar Catholic Church in Flagler Beach.

Making the announcement was Dr. Chau T. Phan of the Christian Unity Ministry of the Santa Maria del Mar Catholic Church. Dr. Phan is the Associate Diocesan Ecumenical Officer of the Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine.

Couples can be married, engaged, or going steady, if one is a Catholic and the other a non-Catholic Christian.

They will share their hopes, dreams, difficulties, dilemmas, disappointments, and support for each other, so they can love the Lord Jesus and each other.

Call Dr. Phan, giving your name, email address, and saying something about your interchurch family, if you and your significant other desire to join the group. The contact number is 386-439-2791.
Santa Maria del Mar Catholic Church is located at 915 North Central Avenue, P. O. Box 130, Flagler Beach, FL  32136. The church entrance is in the 900 block of North Daytona Avenue.

First Church schedules food giveaway
The Women’s Missionary Society of First Church – the Rev. Gillard S. Glover, pastor – has scheduled the monthly food giveaway for June 13, 1 – 3 p.m., at 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast.
For more information, call 386-446-5759.

Cookout to help high school grads
There’s no cost to members, but a $5 cost to non-members for a wonderfully delicious cookout, sponsored by the Afro-American Caribbean Heritage Organization. Come December, the organization will have acquired enough money to continue awarding scholarships to deserving students graduating from high school.

The cookout will take place June 6, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Herschel King Park, right off Colbert Lane in Palm Coast.

If your questions have gone unanswered regarding the cookout, contact committee chair Henry Shepherd at 386-446-3024. Vivian Richardson stands at the helm as president of the Afro-American Caribbean Heritage Organization.

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As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.

Celebrations
Birthday wishes to Lenora Dabney, June 5; Arlene Banks, June 6; and the Rev. Lannie Thomas, June 10.

Happy anniversary to Maurice and Raquel Quarterman, June 6.

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