Greetings and much love from the Wesley Smith community!
I would like to say congratulations to my grandson, Joshua Alexander Randolph, who has received a 4.25 GPA and is No. 3 out of 314 freshmen in his school class of 2023. To my baby, Joshua, stay focused and keep up the good work. My grandson Joshua is the son of Dante and Schenita Davis Randolph of Mebane and is also the grandson of Charles Davis of Winston Salem, Pamila Randolph of Durham and Joe and Denise Wright of Greenville.
The following events are coming up at local churches:
Goldsboro Raleigh District Assembly’s Department of Women’s Ministry will present its women’s conference Wednesday through Saturday with day sessions beginning at 8 a.m. and evening sessions on Thursday and Friday at 6 p.m. The Wednesday session will begin at 8 a.m. with lectures by Doris Smith, Elder Katie Armstrong and Gwendolyn Pittsman. On Thursday, Dr. Everlena Oliver will deliver the word. On Friday night, the Rev. Leslie Morrisey and Greater Six Run MB Church of Turkey will deliver the message. The president, Dr. Everlena Oliver, and vice president, Dr. Phyllis Forte, along with the Bishop Robert Hood and Vice Bishop Rodney Parker invite all to come and support the conference. Registration will cost $30 at the door. New Life Worship Center, 218 Maple St., will present a Chitterling and Grilled Chicken Dinner Plate Sale on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the food runs out. The dinner will include string beans, potatoes, salad, a dessert, drink and chitterlings for $8 or the aforementioned sides with grilled chicken for $7.50. To place an order, call Pastor Janice Williams at 919-330-2124, Minister Carl Faison at 910-590-7176 or brother Donald Thompson at 910-627-3847. American Legion Post 103 will present a chicken dinner plate sale on Friday from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 709 Chestnut St. The cost is $7. To place an order of five or more plates to be delivered, call Al Southerland at 919-394-0198. St. Luke Church of Christ, 636 Waller Road, will celebrate Family and Friends Day at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 1 with the word delivered by Elder Kenneth Freeman and music by the gospel choir. Dinner will be served. I personally would like to invite all family and friends to join us for Family and Friends Day. Woods Chapel United Free Will Baptist Church, 928 E. New Hope Road, Goldsboro will present its mothers and deacons program at 11 a.m. Sunday with special guest Elder Walter Cannon and the Beautiful Valley Free Will Baptist Church choir, usher and congregation rendering the service. The pastor Elder Leo Deans and the Woods Chapel church family invite you to worship with them as they celebrate mothers and deacons. Running Branch Church of Christ, 354 Running Branch Road, Clinton will celebrate its annual Family and Friends Day at 11 a.m. Sunday with special guest Elder Terrell Powell and the Holly Grove Church of Christ choir, usher and congregation of Clinton rendering the service. The pastor, Elder Thomas Raynor, and the Running Branch Church family invites you to come and fellowship. Lunch will be served. Men of F.I.C. will celebrate its annual banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 7 at the American Legion hall in Mount Olive with special guest Raymond Smith. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from any member of Men of F.I.C. or you can call Al Southerland at 919-394-0198. Save the date of March 8 to celebrate and honor Apostle Kimberly Armstrong at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Mt. Zion Church of Deliverance, 207 Odom St., Calypso. More details will be given. New Life Worship Center, 218 Maple St., will celebrate its annual Family and Friends Day at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 8 with guest preacher Elder Dante Randolph of Durham delivering the word and Dr. Schenita Randolph and the praise team leading the music. Pastor Janice Williams invites all family and friends to join them. Saints Delight United Holy Church, 976 La Grange Road, La Grange, invites you to an appreciation celebration honoring lady elect Sharon Pickett on March 8 at 4 p.m. with special guest Elder Mary Jackson of Jerusalem UH Church in Reidsville rendering the service. The pastor, Bishop Devin Pickett Sr. and the church family invites you to come and show love to this awesome amazing woman of God. St. Paul Church of Christ, 4009 Lake Wilson Road, Wilson, will present Women Conference 2020 at 7:30 p.m. on March 13-15 with Pastor Wanda Williams of Hull Road FWB Church in Kinston on Friday, March 13; Elder Tachala Hood at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 14; and Elder Andrea Taylor at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 15. The pastor, Bishop Chester L. Aycock, and lady Tina Aycock invite you to come and fellowship. Andrew Chapel MB Church, 2541 Reedsford Road, Clinton will present Women Conference 2020 at 7:30 each night March 17-19. Guest preacher Elder Angela Whitehead of Running Branch Church of Christ Clinton will lead the service Tuesday night. Elder Stacee Carr of Mt. Pleasant MB Church of Clinton will lead the program Wednesday night. Pastor Sharon Lane of Roseboro Community Church will lead the service Thursday night. Holy Temple UH Church, 405 Parker St., Calypso, invites you to help show love and appreciation to its pastor, Elder Scottie Rodgers, and his wife, Tonya Rodgers, at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 22 with special guest Pastor Michael Reid and the Pearsall Chapel Church Choir, usher and congregation of Kenansville. Dinner will be served. Guest preacher, Elder Derrick Oats, will climax the celebration at 3 p.m. with the Johnson Chapel Church Choir, usher and congregation of Dudley. Shacklefree Church Outreach Ministries, 806 S. George St., Goldsboro invites you to its 15th annual Pastoral and Church Anniversary Banquet to be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 22. Tickets are being sold for $20 apiece. The pastor Elder Ray Williams and his wife, Sandra Williams, invite you to join them.
In our hearts
Happy birthday on Feb. 2 to Joshua Graham; on Feb. 7 to Billy Martin; and on Feb. 15 to Connell Vann, Mitchell Anderson of Raleigh and Evangelist Shirley Jones and in memory of K.C. Kirk Smith. Happy birthday on Feb. 16 to Arria McGowan and Tasha Twinkle Hunt; on Feb. 17 to Thelma Allen and Kacia Peacock; on Feb. 18 to Lila Belle Ward and Walinda Batts of Warsaw; on Feb. 19 to Peggie Morrisey; amd on Feb. 20 to Elder Jean Ward.
Happy birthday on Feb. 21 to Elder Woodrow Grandy Jr. and Clayton Ward; on Feb. 23 to Lenwood Thompson, Demetrice Ammons and Francine Belton; and on Feb. 24 to Jacob Graham.
Happy birthday on Feb. 26 to Tear Truzy and Samyia Bess; on Feb. 27 to Veronica Bell of Fayetteville and Michael Kimpson of Sanford, leader of The Supreme Angel; and on Feb. 28 to Elder Louie Boykin and Caroletha Langley. May God bless each of you to have many more.
Our prayers and sympathy are with the family of Henritta Howard who passed away on Saturday, Feb. 15 at Wayne UNC Hospital. Services were entrusted to Serenity Funeral Home. Sympathy is also with the family of Tony Edmondson whose funeral was held at Goldsboro Chapel Church on Saturday, Feb. 22.
My thought for the week: “My body sometimes feels sore, but it works. I don’t sleep well most nights, but I do wake up to fight another day. My wallet is not full, but my stomach is. I don’t have all the things I ever wanted, but I do have everything I will ever need. My life is by no means perfect, but it’s my life and I’m happy. Thank you, God, for being so good to me. Thank you, God, for your grace and mercy. Until next week, have a blessed, safe week.”