Last week I prayed, played and was pampered at the Aria in Las Vegas, NV for the Pamper, Pray and Play Conference for pastors’ wives. First Lady Doris Ratliff of Brentwood Baptist Church and First Lady Sheretta West of The Church Without Walls are the conference hosts. This was their 14th year of coordinating a stellar getaway for pastors’ wives. Their mission for the annual destination retreat is to encourage, engage and renew women in their work of loving the people of God.
This Sunday, September 18 will mark the 20th year of pastoral service of Dr. Harold A Carter at the New Shiloh Baptist Church. As part of the events to mark this significant passage of time the Women’s Ministry of New Shiloh kicked off the celebrations, last Friday night, by honoring the first lady Rev. Monique Carter. Sharing food and fellowship, the event A Jewel of Faith was a delightful evening to honor Rev. Monique Carter and her service in ministry with her husband. photo Minister Leslie Morrison exhorting Rev. Monique Carter
Last February, the young people of Highland Park were invited to sign the floor with their name and a favorite scripture on the first level of the new church construction. On the last Friday night in August, members and friends of First Baptist Church of Highland Park were grateful and excited to get a long awaited first look inside the new sanctuary at the construction site and sign the floor before the carpet placement.
Last week the Global United Fellowship met in Baltimore, MD for The Gathering 2016. The week was packed with spiritual worship and activities for individuals and families. Lady Patrice Ellis wife of GUF presiding prelate, Bishop Neil Ellis convened a fantastic day for senior pastors' wives.
To welcome Lady Patrice Ellis and her team to Baltimore, Rev. Monique Carter, first lady at New Shiloh Baptist Church and Lady Danielle Hickman, first lady at Southern Baptist Church, hosted a delightful meal at the Rusty Scupper at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. At the close of the meal, Lady Carter gifted the guests with beautiful pashminas in colorful pouches.
Lady Ellis and Lady Carter seated in the set designed by Lady Monique Carter
Last week at our Women’s Ministry we were excited to welcome Rev. Dr. Cheryl Dudley, the Regional Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of Metropolitan New York. Previous years have included a Prayer Journey for women powerfully led by Rev. Jacqueline Arnold and other prayer warrior women. This year when the vision of a Prayer Walk was incubating, Rev. Goldie Walker said that she knew someone with a portable labyrinth.
Sunday was Baccalaureate Day at Highland Park. This service allows us to salute the academic accomplishments our members. It is always exciting and encouraging to see men and women who have actualized a long held desire and achieved a degree. This year’s Baccalaureate speaker was Melonie Wright, a 2016 graduate of Emory University School of Law.
Last Monday night at Highland Park we had a Town Hall meeting. Running in faith we are coming around the bend on a new church construction. We broke ground on May 31, 2014. Since that time we have continued in prayer and faith as the walls went up and the floors poured. Last December, everyone was inspired when the young people of Highland Park had an opportunity to write their names and favorite scriptures on the concrete of the floor of the sanctuary.
It is my delight and honor to share details of the latest book from the desk of my brother, Pastor Harold Carter. My Father’s Gospel: Reminisces of a Son is a tribute that reflects on the life of the late Dr. Harold A Carter, Sr., from his early ministerial development through to the shared pastoral ministry with his son. I had the privilege of reading this book as it was heading to the printer. It was the request of the author that I write the foreword. I was happy to do so. After reading the book, I realized that my brother's relationship with our dad was quite different from I had with him.
Today marks one year since nine prayer warriors were senselessly murdered during Midweek Prayer at Emanuel A.M.E. Church. This week is marked by anguish and disbelief of another senseless slaughter when 49 people at the Pulse Club were mudered and 53 left wounded. What is remarkable and true is the strength of people to rise from despair. The widow of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Jennifer Pinckney said "there is hope that there is going to be a better tomorrow." She is not alone as this voice of hope rose from the massacre in Orlando. photo credit:Alex Holt/WashingtonPost
Last year in Vogue magazine articles appeared about a musical coming to Broadway that would revolutionize theatre. When my husband and I took our daughter to school in New York in August we tried to get tickets. When we realized no one had them we asked the hotel’s concierge. He told us he had one ticket that he was holding for a celebrity who paid $900. That’s when I knew something was afoot. From that moment I was on a quest. Mother's Day weekend I saw Hamilton and I can report what they said is true. After answering questions for so many, at weddings, in the market… and in the spirit of tonight's Hamiltony’s, I have listed some (not all) of my star points.
I always had someone in my life to cover me. Now I am in a spot where I am responsible for myself and it has been difficult. My husband and I did everything together. I never thought that he would be taken from me so soon. I fully expected him to return to the pulpit after he recovered from surgery.
If you watch The Today Show you may have noticed the series “One Small Thing” a new feature of the show. Truth be told, I have only see 2 of them, but today's “One Small Thing” for Family and Friendship Friday was about Forgiveness. Elizabeth Lombardo was the psychologist who spoke about the topic. She gave a rationale and a strategy for forgiveness. She also talked about the benefit of forgiveness, in that it benefits the person who gives it. For me, this series clip was a divine bookend for the week and I want to share.