The Kenyon Memorial Church in Thomasville, Georgia, partnered with the Georgia-Cumberland Conference’s Pioneer Outreach Ministries and EW Dempsey, Georgia-Cumberland adult ministries director, to provide a Holiday Gala Banquet for the Bible Research students, and the parents of the 3 Point Play Ministries Basketball Camp students and their families from Grady County, Georgia. The Gala was a grand event held Sunday evening, December 11, 2016, in Cairo, Georgia, where about 85 guests from the community of Cairo and surrounding towns came together to celebrate the holidays with the Kenyon Memorial and Colquitt churches.
The banquet hall was elegantly decorated by Lynda Davis and her team. The food, served by Grant Fortune, chef, and his team, was delicious. The program was well organized and implemented by Lillie Witherspoon, program coordinator, along with her team. Latonia Bryant, with the Youth Ministries Department, ushered the guests. Church members served as host and hostesses to each table to ensure guests were well received and engaged with an excellent meal, friendship, and wonderful music. Music was provided by Cynthia Higdon and a local professional musician, Carlton Mills.
Ranada Wyche, photographer, offered families the opportunity to have a professional-style Christmas family photo taken. Dempsey gave a brief, stirring message about the importance of physical and spiritual health. He introduced Ervin Davis and James Mello, pastor, as speakers for the upcoming health seminar and revival series, and each gave a short synopsis of the 2017 events for Grady County. After the program, guests had the opportunity to fill out interest cards. Of the 14 interest cards received, 11 indicated an interest in the Reversing Diabetes Seminar, five requested personal Bible studies, and four hoped to visit the church soon.
It was a wonderful way to celebrate the season of our Savior’s birth. All involved were blessed by the event and the opportunity to make new friends. Dempsey shared that this is a model of how a church can follow up work in a pioneer area.
A special service award plaque was given to Dempsey for his wife, Beth Ray, in her absence. Beth Ray Dempsey processes all the Bible Research lessons. She was honored for her 23 years of faithful service to God through the Bible Research correspondence course.
Georgia-Cumberland | February 2017