Church to hold anti-bullying march
by Chris Norwood
This year’s homecoming and revival services at Greater Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church will be tied in with another community event, according to homecoming committee chairwoman Brenda Brown: a community-wide march to stop bullying.

Brown said the march, which was not exclusively a church-sponsored event, was set to begin Sunday morning at 8 a.m. at the Greater Talladega Area Chamber of Commerce building, and would end at the church on Scott Street about an hour later. “Everyone is invited to participate, any and all,” she said.

The church will have a van following the marchers to pick up anyone who cannot make the distance on foot, and water and refreshments will be provided at the church once the march is over.

The homecoming service will kick off Sunday afternoon, starting at 2:30 p.m., Brown said. Rev. A.G. McKinney is the pastor of Greater Ebenezer, and he will be hosting guest minister the Rev. Fred Jemison of Tallasahatchie Baptist Church in Childersburg.

The theme for the homecoming will be “A time of celebration,” and will derive from the parable of the Prodigal Son as found in the Gospel of Luke, 15:22: “But the father said unto his servants, bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; put a ring on his hand and shoes on his feet.”

Master of ceremonies for the homecoming service will be Jaylon Isbell.

Brown and Sister Georgia Holt chair the homecoming committee, and sisters Alene Scott and Leslie Jackson make up the food committee. Sister Lorraine Denison is responsible for the decorations. Members of the church youth group will serve as hosts and hostesses, and other church members will act as servers.

The program will begin with a meditation by deacons and visiting officers, followed by an inspirational singing from a guest choir and a welcome from Sister Kaylynn Esters. The occasion will be offered by Sister Phyllis Shields, followed by an offering from the deacons. McKinney will introduce Jemison.

The revival services will take place August 12 through August 16, starting at 6:30 p.m. nightly.

The guest minister for the revival will be the Rev. J.W. Lawson, pastor of Cornerstone Community Baptist Church in Atlanta.

All members of Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church are asked to donate $25. All other churches are invited to attend revival services each night.

For more information, please call the church at 256-362-3061.
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