Love was the theme of dinner hosted by First Church

Minister of music Leonard Hunt Sr. rendered upbeat remarks at the Valentine’s dinner at First Church(Left). “Me and Mrs. Jones” was among Toney Barnes’ memorable renditions at the Valentine’s dinner.

A Valentine’s dinner, celebrating love and affection, was the recent setting for songs performed by vocalists Toney Barnes and Alvin Bell.

They thrived on tapping into the favorites, while giving the guests a backdrop to partake a delightfully prepared dinner by Tracey Calhoun.

The scores were presented in a musical dinner theater, sponsored by the First (A.M.E.) Church music ministry, where the Rev. Dr. Gillard S. Glover serves as the pastor.

Minister of music Leonard Hunt Sr. rendered upbeat remarks thanking the choir for helping to make a successful event.

And, he said, “preparing for this event was exciting because the theme was centered around love.”

Lots of love songs

The memorable renditions delivered by Barnes included “Me and Mrs. Jones,” “Walk on By” and “My Girl.”

“It was very delightful,” Barnes said. “I really enjoyed doing it, and the people seemed to have enjoyed it.”

“And when you get the feedback from the people, that makes you want to continue,’’ he said.

he moments in song depicted by Bell included “Ribbon in the Sky,” “Let’s Stay Together,” “God Bless the Child,” and “Just Once,” a tribute to the late singer George Ingram.

“Love songs are an important way of relating to others,” said Bell.

“I was indeed honored to have this splendid opportunity, and to be part of this holiday Valentine’s extravaganza at First A.M.E.,” he added.

Wednesday afternoon Gospel study set

Become part of the General Bible Study, which welcomes everyone, to study the Gospel according to Matthew, the most widely read and utilized Gospel in the formative years of the early Christian community.

The faithful believers, both Jew and Gentile, who lived between the end of the first and second centuries, came to know the deeds of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on the basis of this text.

It is important because it proves that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah of Israel, who had brought salvation not only to the Jews, but to all nations.

An understanding of this Gospel is important for the modern-day Christian because it identifies the true people of God as those who transcend ethnic, economic, and religious barriers to find oneness in their submission to the authority of the long-awaited Anointed One, Jesus.

The Gospel will be taught by the Rev. Dr. Gillard S. Glover, pastor/teacher of the First (A.M.E.) Church of Palm Coast – 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast.

That’s every Wednesday, 3:30 p.m., at the church.

For further details, call 386-446-5759.

Entrepreneurs honor Dr. George C. Fraser

CEO/founder Leslie Giscombe of the African-American Entrepreneurs Association announced that the organization’s recent, second annual Black history fete – Harlem Renaissance, Wealth Development – unfolded with a presentation awarded to Dr. George C. Fraser for his sacrifice and 40 years’ commitment to the economic development of African Americans.

Dr. Fraser, the guest speaker, is a leader in a global networking, economic development movement for people of African descent.

He’s an author, and has been featured on seven national magazine covers. He has received over 350 awards and citations, including President Barack Obama’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Superintendent of Schools James Tager and Flagler County Commissioner Donald O’Brien were among the guests at the fete.


My Feb. 21 article regarding journalist Jackie Brockington should have read that she is an independent LegalShield Associate. Jeff Bell is the CEO.


As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted, the prodigal son, or daughter, and the bereaved.


Birthday wishes to Kristara Peddlar, March 1; Jazmine Major Arnold and Sybil Lucas, March 2; Carmel Hooke and Jenise Griffin, March 3.

Happy anniversary to Frank and Almedia Quarterman, March 3.



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