When we arrived at Pilgrim Baptist Church on Saturday around noon, June 2, it was "standing-room-only" in the parking lot at Pilgrim Baptist Church.
The Bowen-East District Usher Program was already underway. This program was a special effort among 18 Baptist Churchs in the Bowen East District.
When we entered the Sanctuary, it was a sea of white, attended by those who serve in the Usher Ministry of their respective churches throughout this distict. They were all dressed out in their white usher uniforms and white usher gloves, just like on Sunday Morning Worship Service.
Just about to take the roster to deliver the message for the day was Dr. Melvin Owens, Pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church, LaFayette, Alabama.
Dr. Owens delivered a soul-stirring message about "Worship."
After this very moving message, the congregation enjoyed music by the Pilgrim Baptist Church choir.
The ushers from the various churches throughout the district were rewarded by their President, Mary Baily Mitchell, for the church having the largest number of ushers in attendance, the group having the largest and second-largest registering, the oldest actively serving usher; and the youngest actively serving.
The program concluded with Political Concerns. Addressing the group during this session was Dr. Randy B. Kelly, Pastor of Goodsell United Methodist Church, who also works with the Alabama Democratic Conference and the National Democratic Committee. Charlotte Clark-Frieson, candidate for House District 37, Alabama House Of Representatives, and George Fanning candidate for State Democratic Executive Committee Member, both spoke about their candidacies. Mrs. Maudie Taylor spoke about Alabama New South Coalition, and Mrs. Katie Walton, chairman of the Chambers County Democratic Executive Committee, spoke about voting rules and regulations.